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Bose Ogulu has told her son Burna Boy to "tone down the madness" as she celebrated his birthday. The African Giant turns 31 today, July 2, and his mother shared videos of him receiving a cake while performing on stage. She wrote in the caption: "Happy Birthday D. "You have given me so many reasons to be proud of the man you have become. "Let us tone down the madness. Cheers to a new age." SOURCE
The Lagos State Police Commissioner’s Special Squad has detained five policemen attached to singer, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, for attempted murder after they shot two fun seekers— Irebami Lawrence and another identified simply as Tolu— at Club Cubana on Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday. According to a preliminary report by the Bar Beach Police Division, trouble started when the singer and five police escorts visited the nightclub around 4am on June 8. About four policemen waited outside while one of the policemen, identified as Inspector Ibrahim, who was in mufti, accompanied the Grammy-Award-winning artiste into the club. According to multiple witness statements, the singer was in the VIP section with three women when he spotted another woman. He was reported to have told Ibrahim to invite the woman to join him. However, the lady’s husband was said to have lambasted the singer, insisting that it was disrespectful for any man to make advances at his wife. After some minutes, Burna Boy reportedly made fresh advances at the woman. This infuriated her husband further and his friends who had gathered at the club. “As things were getting heated, Ibrahim brought out his service pistol and shot multiple times while Burna Boy was laughing,” said a senior policeman. In the process, 27-year-old Lawrence was shot in the thigh while his friend, Tolu, was hit in the head by a bullet. This caused a commotion in the club. It was learnt that Burna Boy and his crew then drove off to one of his properties at the Elegushi end of the Lekki-Epe Expressway before leaving for Lekki Phase 1. “Aware of what he had done, Burna Boy took the next flight out without even informing the policemen. He only made a video call to them to inform them that he had travelled to Spain. All his police escorts have been arrested and are currently at the Command headquarters,” said a top source at the office of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police. Sources close to the victims said the police were already making attempts to protect Burna Boy because of his status while the victims were treating their wounds at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. In a chat with Sunday Scoop, a brother to the victim, who identified himself only as Jide, said his brother had undergone surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his thigh. Jide added that Irebami, who is based in the United States of America, arrived in Nigeria a week ago for a wedding. He also berated the management of Club Cubana for not doing enough to forestall the situation, adding that the club management had not even reached out to the family since the incident occurred. Attempts to get a response from Burna Boy’s manager, Mrs Bose Ogulu, who is also his mother, proved abortive as she neither responded to calls nor a text message on Saturday. Similarly, Chioma Nwachukwu, a media consultant for Cubana, did not respond to calls on Saturday. But the Spokesman for the Lagos State Police command, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the focus of the investigation was the policemen. Hundeyin claimed that the police had not received any complaint from any victim. Source; https://punchng.com/burna-boys-police-escorts-shoot-married-man-after-singer-made-pass-at-wife/?utm_source=top-story&utm_medium=web
Popular Nigerian comedian, Bovi Ugboma, on Tuesday revealed that he has been banned from entering the United States. The comic star revealed this while replying to questions from fans after he hosted a Question and Answer segment on his Instagram story. According to Bovi, he was banned from the country after he clashed with a visa-issuing officer and got labelled. He first spoke about the ban when a fan asked him to come to Massachusetts to perform. “I’m banned in the USA,” the father-of-three replied. Another fan asked him if he intended to leave the country and he replied, “I am a citizen of the world. Except for Yankee where I’m banned.” Explaining the reason for the ban, he said, “ Ill luck. Met a charity-like visa-issuing officer. Egos clashed. I was labelled.” Giving more details, he said, “I go dey carry shoulder.” The comedian had revealed in February 2022 that he was almost accused of stealing at a London hotel. In his Q&A, the comedian also addressed the perceived beef between him and fellow comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY. When asked by fans why he and AY don’t perform at each other’s show, the comedian made reference to American comedians. “Have you ever seen Chris Rock at a Henry Hart show?” Bovi replied to the inquisitive fan. Source; https://punchng.com/why-i-was-banned-in-the-us-comedian-bovi/
A disc jockey, Rachel Oluwabukola Martins, known as DJ DimpleNipple, and singer Michael Adebayo Olayinka, popularly known as Ruger, have been embroiled in a war of words over a sex-for-gig allegation involving Afro-pop singer, Charles Enebeli, better known by his stage name D’Prince. The female disc jockey had called out D’Prince, who is the founder and the CEO of Jonzing World, over a sex-for-gig allegation, saying the singer invited her to a hotel for a meeting. DJ DimpleNipple, in a series of posts on her Instagram story on Monday, claimed that the record label boss blocked her on the platform after she declined to meet him in the said hotel. She wrote, “So that’s how one celeb blocked me on IG because he asked me to come meet him at the George Ikoyi for a meeting and I said I can’t come meet him there for a meeting and a three-way call would be better and Oga blocked me on IG. “These Nigerian celebs be seeing their lil ass as small gods orisirisi. “Abeg tell me how do you expect people to grow when you must get in their pants before you can help them, I hate social media drama so much that it’s getting too much at this point. “You messaged me on IG by yourself that you wanted promotions for your artist and I was kind enough to reply you and you asked for my WhatsApp number only for you to start asking me to come to the George hotel for a meeting. “Mr how much do you even think you have? Like who tf are you? I pity a lot of young girls trying to grow in this industry”. “Like why tf will you play with something that puts food on my table? If you want s3x don’t you know askamaya??? I’m so pained because I know how I have worked so hard to get to this stage and not with muhfurkas helppppppp.. “If he didn’t have any bad intention why did he block me after I agreed to the three ways call, why should I meet you in a hotel when there are thousands of places to meet you for a business chat? Why must it be a hotel? and why did he block me after that?” However, while defending his record label boss, Ruger noted that the team would be taking legal action against the disc jockey over the allegation. He wrote, “You don do hook up hook up so tey dem call you for serious meeting you still think say na hook up. “You are the true meaning of a bitch and a low life and we go use legal actions deflate that ur (your) rotten yansh hediat.” But in her response to Ruger, DJ DimpleNipple said that she was battle-ready for the legal actions. “You this little boy? is it still the same you I saw at the airport that was about 4:3 looking like a roach and you couldn’t even look at my face. “If I slap you, you’d go back to your web. I am awaiting your lawyer’s response and between my a$$ is cleaner than how your career will look like in the next 10 years.” By Idowu Abdullahi Source;;https://punchng.com/sex-for-gig-allegation-singer-ruger-dj-dimplenipple-clash-over-dprince/
Nigerian singer, Burna Boy has declared himself the highest paid artist in the history of African music. Burna Boy in his tweet also stated that "money does not satisfy him". He wrote; I said money doesn’t satisfy me and it’s my Truth but it Doesn’t change the fact that I’m the highest paid artist in the History of African music. Believe it or not. By Linda Ikeji Source;https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2022/3/im-the-highest-paid-artist-in-the-history-of-african-music-burna-boy.html
Popular Nigerian comedian, Bovi Ugboma, has shared a recent experience he had at a London hotel where he was almost accused of stealing. In a series of Instagram stories on Wednesday, the ace funnyman disclosed how he told officials at the London hotel to ‘google’ him during an interrogation, in order to save himself. According to him, he was trying to check into a hotel in London and on arrival, he was asked to present the card he used in booking the room. Bovi noted that he made it clear to the hotel that his wife, using her card, helped him book the hotel and she was in Nigeria. He stated that his explanation did not make the situation better as they thought he was trying to steal. The comedian further noted that the matter turned worse when his own card declined. In order to save himself from the situation, Bovi revealed that for the first time in his life, he used the word ‘google me.’ In his post, the actor also made reference to a popular con man, who goes by the name Simon Leviev, known for Ponzi scheme and internet scam. Bovi noted that Leviev had ‘spoilt everywhere’ with his escapades and has made organisations more alert to scams and cyber theft. The comedian wrote, “Simon Leviev done spoil everywhere o. Tryna check into hotel in London and they insist I present the card that was used for the booking. “I tell them it was done for me by my wife and she’s in Naija. That made it worse. They think I’m stealing. Then to crown am, my own card dey decline. “For the first time in my life, I said the words ‘google me’.” By Victoria Edeme Source;https://punchng.com/how-i-was-almost-accused-of-stealing-in-london-hotel-comedian-bovi/
A Dubai based man has taken to the micro-blogging platform, Instagram, to call out a Nigerian socialite, Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as cubana chief priest over debt. According to the man, Cunaba chief priest has owed him money for over two years and has refused to pay him his money. The man accused cubana chief priest of ignoring his messages whenever he approach him over his money. “I send you DMs for my money you read and ignored”, he said. The man has posted several conversations he had with cubana chief priest to back up his claim. From the conversations, it shows that the socialite had bought a jack worth seven hundred thousand naira from the Dubai based man in 2019. The chat shows when cubana chief priest requested for the man’s bank details and promised to pay him and failed to pay. By Nairaland Source;https://www.nairaland.com/search?q=Kiilaboi%3B+Cubana+Chief+Priest+Is+Owing+ME&search=Search
One person has reportedly sustained injuries after Nigerian hip-hop star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and his men allegedly got into a fight with some people in a club in Dubai, UAE. According to reports, David's crew, known as the '30 billion gang' reportedly got into a fight at a club in Dubai, UAE over the weekend. From videos that have now gone viral, some men said to be Davido team members engaged in a brawl, breaking bottles at the club after the artiste 'felt oppressed'. Eyewitnesses claimed the 'Dubai guys' got to the club and ordered a lot of expensive drinks after which Davido got in and ordered just one Azul and Don Julio. An eyewitness said patrons bought more drinks and brought out their phones to record the musician but the club’s bouncer approached them and asked them to stop recording, saying Davido didn’t like it. “Davido only ordered one Azul and Don Julio whereas the people I went with already ordered Moet, Azul and others, that was where the problem started. Bouncers came to meet us and asked us to stop making videos. Is Davido the owner of the club? Is his father the owner of the club?" one of the members of the other camp asked. An argument ensued and a fight broke out between Davido’s crew and the patrons. One of the patrons allegedly collapsed after a bottle was smashed on his head. The police intervened but some of the ladies thereafter created a scene outside the club as they claimed Davido’s men seized their phones for recording the fight. A lady said, “You know Dubai boys love buying drinks so Davido felt oppressed. There was a guy that was making a video of Davido and Davido asked the bouncer to collect the phone from the guy. The young man said he had done nothing wrong that why will Davido ask for his phone to be seized, that was how he got angry and started throwing bottles, his boys started throwing glass cups, it was not a small issue. A young man even fainted there." One of the ladies identified as Bianca was heard hurling insults at the musician saying she was not going to go until she retrieved her phone. Others accused Davido of being arrogant and capitalising on the fact that he was a celebrity. Over the weekend, Davido donated the sum of N250 million to orphanages across Nigeria. The music artiste, who asked his friends to send him money for his birthday, thereafter received about N200 million from Nigerians, including billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola. He announced on Friday that he was donating the N250 million to orphanages to help give children in those places a good life. According to Davido, who made a personal donation of N50 million to the cause, giving and helping people around him was one of his biggest joys in life. By SaharaReporters, New York Source:http://saharareporters.com/2021/11/22/one-injured-during-fight-between-nigerian-music-star-davidos-gang-and-another-gang-dubai
Nigerian music star, Tiwa Savage, has disclosed that she is being blackmailed over a sex video featuring her and her partner. She, however, did not disclose the identity of her partner. The singer revealed during an interview with American radio host, Angie Martinez that the video features her and her current partner. She said, “Yesterday, I was leaving a radio station and I was in my car when my road manager sent me a message. “She said I should check my phone. I checked it and there was a video, and I was just like, ‘Wow!’ “I asked him where he got it from and he said he received it about 20 minutes earlier. “The video was sent to him and it is a tape of me and the person I am dating right now. "The first thing I did after I got off the phone was that I sent it to my manager and asked what we should do. “The person is asking for money now. The person I am dating is going crazy too. “My manager asked how much the person is asking for. “ But the singer said she had decided not to pay the blackmailer because blackmailers usually come for more. "I decided I was not going to pay the person because if I do, two months from now, three months down the line, or even two years later, you are going to come back again. “Who knows, if I send the money, the person will probably release it. I am not going to let anyone blackmail me for doing something natural,” she said. By SaharaReporters, New York Source:http://saharareporters.com/2021/10/08/im-being-blackmailed-over-sex-tape-featuring-me-and-my-partner%E2%80%94nigerian-singer-tiwa
The Adjabeng Circuit Court sitting in Accra, Ghana, has ordered the deportation of Nigerian singer, Bella Shmurda, from Ghana after he was found guilty of attacking a doctor with a fork while in quarantine at the MPlaza Hotel in Accra. The “Cash App” hit maker was deported alongside two others namely Ramsey Omeofe and Jubreel Abimbola while they were also fined GH¢2,000 each. The court also banned the singer, whose real name is Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, and his colleagues from travelling to Ghana for a period of three months. Bella Shmurda and the two others were said to have become agitated and attacked the doctor after being put into quarantine for testing positive for COVID-19. It is understood that the trio were quarantined upon arrival in Ghana as mandated during the pandemic and underwent COVID tests. They were quarantined at the MPlaza hotel in Accra and had their swabs taken and reportedly tested positive for the virus which meant they had to remain in quarantine. Apparently rankled and agitated that the development would disrupt their visit to Ghana, they reportedly attacked the doctor who delivered the news to them with a fork. The attack, it was gathered, was part of an alleged plot by the trio to escape from quarantine. By SaharaReporters, New York Source:http://saharareporters.com/2021/09/04/ghana-deports-nigerian-singer-bella-shmurda-attacking-doctor-who-announced-his-covid-19
The African Giant, Burna Boy, has made another great stride less than a week after winning his first-ever Grammy Award. The superstar has collaborated with Canadian singing superstar, Justin Bieber, to deliver the hit song, Loved By You, to the delight of their teeming fans. The song is on Beiber’s sixth album, Justice, which was released on Friday, March 19, 2021, with Burna Boy’s feature on Track 14. So far, the Canadian superstar is currently trending on Nigerian Twitter space over the release of his latest project, Justice, which has become a favourite among music lovers. Nigerians on Twitter are hailing Grammy Award-winning singer, Burna Boy, for his verse on the song, Loved By You. The song is co-produced by Nigerian music producer, Leriq. The ecstatic music producer, in a tweet in March, noted that he was honoured to be a part of the project. Leriq tweeted, “Honored to have co-produced the @justinbieberX@burnaboy track!! Supa stoked to be part of this !! #JUSTICE #3/19 #calltheparamedic ” A Twitter user, Sophia, with the handle @90sSophie, noted that Burna Boy almost outshone Bieber on his song. She tweeted, “King Burna boy almost chance Justin Bieber on his song ‘Loved by you’. No give Odogwu free role oh.”(sic) After listening to the song, Numen LA’BODE, with the handle @ItzLabode, noted that Burna Boy truly deserved the Grammy award. She tweeted, “Have you listened to “Loved by you” by Justin Bieber ft Burna Boy? Omo!!!! Burna truly need no explanation on why he won a grammy! If you are good you are Good!” For Twitter user, YungLaFlame, with the handle @YungLaFlame8, Loved By You is definitely the best song on the album simply because of Burna Boy’s feature. “That new Justin Bieber and Burna Boy is definitely the best song on the album #JUSTICE.” Another Twitter user @michael_mickyt, wrote, “I love this new album of Justin Bieber and most especially the track he featured Burna Boy, Odogwu really did well in that track.” More so, Nigerians also felt that the verse given to Burna Boy was too short based on his beautiful delivery on the song. Burna Boys verse was less than 30 seconds but it made the desired impact. @Filaman19 tweeted. “Burna boy verse on Justin Bieber Justice Album is too short. We go manage am like that.” Also tweeting on how short Burna Boy’s verse is on the song, afro with the handle @BillieAfro wrote, “Everybody just Dey give Burna boy 2 secs verse, from Wizkid on ginger to Stormzy on own it and now Justin Bieber. na wetin Dey happen when u beg for gumbody.” (sic) Elvis Tunde, with the handle @Tunnykvng, simply tweeted, “After what Burna Boy did in Wizkid’s Ginger song. If na you be Justin Bieber, you go give am pass 30seconds?” (sic) By Ademola Olonilua Source;https://punchng.com/burna-boy-makes-another-great-stride-with-justin-bieber-collaboration/
Some social media users have subjected Ghanaian artistes to ridicule and backlash after Nigeria's Burna Boy and Wizkid grabbed an award at the just-ended 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony. The musicians have faced all sorts of comparisons, criticisms, and condemnation on social media following the development. Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category after being a nominee for a second consecutive year. The album 'Twice as Tall' was nominated alongside albums such as FU Chronicles by Antibalas, Agora by Bebel Gilberto and others. Beyonce's 'Brown Skin Girl', which featured Wizkid, was also adjudged Best Music Video. Reacting to the news, social media users heavily descended on Ghanaian artistes for 'fooling around' instead of projecting Ghanaian music like Nigerians have consistently done, Ghanaweb reports. To them, Nigeria's Grammy Award win is an eye-opener for Ghanaian musicians to sit up and not waste time on unnecessary 'beefs'. Some are also of the view that, now that Nigeria can boast of a Grammy Award, Ghanaians henceforth should not regard them as their mate. It is worth noting that the biggest Ghana has achieved in terms of international recognition are BET Awards won by Sarkodie and Stonebwoy. In 2019, Sarkodie was the first artist to win the Best International Flow award at BET Hip Hop Awards, while Stonebwoy won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2015 BET Awards. Rocky Dawuni's sixth studio album titled 'Branches of The Same Tree' was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. It grabbed a nomination in the Best Reggae Album category. BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORKA SOURCE;http://saharareporters.com/2021/03/16/nigeria-ghana-renew-rivalry-over-burna-boy-wizkids-grammy-award-win
Nigerian music stars, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy and Ayodeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, on Sunday night, won their first ever Grammy Awards. Burna Boy bagged the much-coveted Grammy award in the ‘Best Global Album’ category for his ‘TWICE AS TALL’ album. He was nominated alongside Tuareg Desert rock group, Tinariwen; NYC afrobeat outfit, Antibalas; Brazilian-American, Bebel Gilberto; and British-Indian sitar player, Anoushka Shankar. This is the second consecutive time Burna Boy has been nominated for the Grammys. His previous album, ‘African Giant’ was nominated at the 62nd Grammy Awards for ‘Best World Music Album’, but the award went to Beninoise singer, Angélique Kidjo, who dedicated the award to Burna Boy and said he was leading the pack of young Africans who will shake up the global music space. Burnaboy is the first winner of the recently renamed category, formerly known as Best World Music Album. Wizkid, on the other hand, won a Grammy for the Best Music Video’ for his role in ‘Brown Skin Girl’, Beyonce’s 2019 hit song. The Best Music Video award is given to the artist, video director, and video producer. Their video bested fellow nominees Future with Drake, Anderson.Paak, Harry Styles, and Woodkid. Here are seven Nigerians who have won the awards in the past: Helen Folasade Adu (Sade Adu) Sade Adu, British-Nigerian singer, who turned 62 on 16 January, 2021 has won the award. She made history as the first Nigerian singer to win a Grammy. Born on January 16, 1959, in Ibadan, Nigeria, Sade was raised in London. She had been nominated for the Grammy awards nine times and won four times. She won her first Grammy in 1986 in the Best New Artist category. She also won the Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals in 1994 for the song, “No Ordinary Love.” Sade also won another Grammy in 2002 in the category of the Best Pop Vocal Album, with the song “Lovers Rock,” while in 2011, she won the Best R&B Performance by a group with vocals for “Soldier of Love.” Sikiru Adepoju 69 year-old Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music. He plays a variety of instruments and styles. Born in Eruwa, Oyo State, Adepoju was a member of Ebenezer Obey’s Inter Reformers Band until he left for the US in 1985. In the US, the ‘drummer boy’ joined O. J. Ekemode’s Nigerian All-Stars, and three months later met Babatunde Olatunji. He became an integral part of Olatunji’s Drums of Passion, and through Olatunji met Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. He was part of Mickey Hart’s group Planet Drum, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991, the first year there was a Grammy in that category. He was also part of Mickey Hart’s latest group Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 8 February 2009. Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (Seal) Born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel in 1963, he is better known by his professional name– Seal. He is a British-Nigerian musician, singer and songwriter best known for his 1994 hit song, “Kiss from a Rose.” He has 14 Grammy nominations to his name and has won four. His song, “Kiss From A Rose” earned him three Grammy awards in 1996 and in 2011 he nabbed his fourth “Imagine”. He holds one of the highest numbers of Grammy awards by a Nigerian. Lekan Babalola Born in 1960, Lekan Babalola is a Nigerian jazz percussionist and musician who started playing the conga at an early age. He has seven albums to his name and two Grammy awards. He began his professional career after joining a band called Samba Samba Band and later New York City-based Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers band, where he perfected playing the Bongo drums and performing jazz music. In 2006, he became Nigeria’s first Grammy Award winner for his work on Ali Farka Touré‘s In the Heart of the Moon which he was credited in three tracks. He also won a second Grammy in 2009 for his work on Cassandra Wilson‘s 2008 album titled Loverly. Hakeem Seriki Nigerian-American Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas. He was born November 28, 1979 in Washington D.C to a Muslim Nigerian father and an African-American Christian mother. He moved to Houston, Texas at the age of four He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including the collaborative album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles “Turn It Up” featuring Lil’ Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit “Ridin'” featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The song won the Grammy in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It was also nominated for Best Rap song. Chamillionaire is also known for his most anticipated Mixtape Messiah series, which ran from 2004 until 2009. Kevin Olusola Kevin Olusola, born October 5, 1988 is a Nigerian-American musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He is also a polyglot. He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Nigerian-born Oluwole Olusola, a psychiatrist, and Grenadian-born Curline Paul, a nurse. Olusola’s parents discovered his musical talent when he was six months old and decided to put him in music lessons. He started the piano at age 4, the cello at age 6, and alto sax. Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band, Pentatonix. After the group won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, they released five albums, which all charted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 charts, have sold over 2 million records, and have amassed more than two billion views on their YouTube channel. His group won the Grammys in 2015 and 2016 for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. The group also won in 2017 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song – Jolene, which featured Dolly Parton. Cynthia Erivo A British-Nigerian actress, singer and song writer, who played the lead role in the biopic Harriet and was nominated for several awards. Her full name is: Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo. She was born in Stockwell England on 8 January, 1987. Cynthia is multi-talented. Apart from picking awards in theatre and cinema, she also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017 for Colour Purple. BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK SOURCE;http://saharareporters.com/2021/03/15/burna-boy-wizkid-seven-others-nigerian-descent-who-have-won-grammy-awards
Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, has won his first-ever prestigious Grammy award at the 63rd Grammy Award ceremony. The African Giant was nominated in the category for the Best Global Music Album category for his album Twice As Tall. The singer, who is a nominee for a second consecutive year, beat four others including the Malian band, Tinariwen to clinch the award. During his last outing at the Grammys, Burna Boy was nominated in the same category- then known as Best World Music Album – but lost to Angelique Kidjo at the awards ceremony in 2020. However, Kidjo dedicated her win to him, saying, “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived and the way that African music is the bedrock of all music.” His album, Twice As Tall, becomes the first Nigerian album to win a Grammy. By Punch Source;https://punchng.com/burna-boy-wins-first-ever-grammy-award/
Popular Afrojuju musician, Shina Peters, has reacted to claims that he refused to raise Damilare, a son he had with a Nollywood actress, Funmi Martins, who died as a nursing mother in 2002. An Instagram blogger had recently alleged that Peters abandoned the 19-year-old who has since lived with his late mum’s younger brother. Damilare reportedly confessed that his sister, Mide Martins, had abandoned him with his uncle who lives in Sango Ota, Ogun State and that life had been difficult as he had to drop out of school due to lack of funds. According to an online blog, Mide Funmi-Martins, had neglected her role as a sister and even blocked her brother on WhatsApp to restrict any form of communication with him. Also, it was alleged that Shina Peters had refused to check on Damilare who is now 19 years old and Peters was said to be too quick in discharging the teenager who only saw his father recently at his Iju residence. But in a viral video where he addressed the allegations, Peters said he never said he would not take care of his alleged love child with Martins. “I am no longer a kid. How can someone like me abandon a child? What would it cost me? I have lost count of how many kids I have raised in my life. I love children a lot, why will I refuse to take care of Damilare?” the 62-year-old asked. “There’s a reason for everything but I have chosen to let go of the past and I will never bring it up again. I never said I wouldn’t take care of Damilare and it may interest you to know that I have been in talks with him on the phone. “And I have arranged to meet with Damilare and his uncle. I assure every well-meaning people that have interfered in this matter that I will not disappoint you. I am a father and I have successfully raised a lot of kids. “Damilare’s case will not be an issue. I want to appeal to everybody concerned to not turn this boy into a beggar that money is being contributed for because of his future.” BY SAHARA REPORTERS SOURCE:http://saharareporters.com/2021/02/19/paternity-scandal-shina-peters-reacts-claims-he-abandoned-son-he-had-late-actress-funmi
Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon is a renowned cultural promoter and diviner. In this interview with BOLA BAMIGBOLA, he speaks about his childhood, work and sundry issues Where and when were you born? I was born at Oluode Aturuku Compound, Osogbo. I am a descendant of Olutimehin. Olutimehin was a co-founder of Osogbo land. My father, Pa Akinrinde Akanbi Elebuibon, was a hunter and a herbalist-diviner by profession. He had six wives of whom my mother was the youngest. My mother had three children – two boys and a girl. My immediate elder sister was an ‘abiku.’ Was there any foretelling to your parents about you and what you would eventually become before your birth? Yes, there was. When I was about to be conceived, my mother had several miscarriages and could not conceive on time, which led to the preparation of some concoctions for her. But none of them worked for her. One day, my father decided to consult Ifa oracle, which revealed that a male child was going to be born and that he would be an Ifa priest and a cultural revivalist whose name would be known throughout the world. Ifa also said that my mother should stop using herbs. She was told to offer a sacrifice to River Osun and then fetch some water to drink. When she did all that, my mother got pregnant. While in the womb, another divination came and my name was revealed to my parents, but this was not made known until the third day after my birth during the ‘Akosejaye’ ceremony. The then newborn baby was named Ifayemi Osundaagbonu Elebuibon. What was your growing up experience like? I could remember vividly that while growing up, I used to have fever. But my mother did not give me herbs; instead of that she would go to Osun River every five days to fetch water for me to drink and used it to rub my body. She would also put some drop of water right in the middle of my head. That worked like magic. Was your birthday recorded? No record, per se, but my mother told me I was born during the reign of a king called Timi ‘Lagunju in Ede. There was no written document to prove exactly the year I was born. Although I later made some enquiry so as to know the year Timi Lagunju assumed the throne but it did not work out. However, with the help of horoscope I was able to get my date of birth, which is July 25, 1947. When did you start training in art and the practice of Ifa? I started the training at age four under the tutelage of my father. One day I was able to put to practice what my father taught me when one of my friends sustained an injury and was bleeding while playing a game and people were marvelled that I could stop a bleeding with mere incantation. I also resuscitated someone that fainted with incantation. My father taught me quite a lot as a little boy. He later assigned another Ifa priest to be my master. I continued my training under my then master, Chief Faniyi Ajani, who was the Agbongbon Awo of Osogbo in his lifetime. My father passed on in February, 1957. After his death, I left my father’s house and moved into my master’s house. Did you go to school at all? In 1955, Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced the Universal Free Education. That time, teachers would be moving from house to house looking for children to register in school. One day, my father was with the head of our family, known as Oluode, discussing an issue with him. I was standing not too far off, when two people arrived on the scene. My father excused himself from the meeting to attend to them. They requested for my name from my father so as to register me for school but my father declined. He claimed that his other children that went to school never returned home. He told them I was destined to be an Ifa priest. They pleaded with my father to let me attend school in the morning and then have my Ifa training by evening, but the old man objected to the idea. All my younger brothers and sisters went to school but my father did not allow me. But how come you are able to read and write? When I moved in with my master, we lived at Oke-Popo Catholic Mission Home, Osogbo, which was the area where Mbari Mbayo Art was situated. In my master’s house, I met three boys of my age who were in school. Every evening, when they were doing their homework, I used to watch them very closely because I loved to read and write. Watching them landed me in trouble several times because my master did not want me to have anything to do with books. Anytime he saw me writing, reading or watching them, he would beat me. But I was not deterred. Whenever my master was not around, I kept watching those attending school. Also, a friend who is now based in Ghana was of help to me too because whenever he returned from school, he would teach me what they were taught. Later, a friend, Sule Raji, advised that I should do a correspondence course. He spent the money his father had sent to him to buy books on my correspondence course. All through, I kept it away from my master and I was able to complete the course. Did your master ever find out you could read and write? He later got to know I could read and write. There was a man called Gabriel Odunade that used to write letters for my master. He was a tailor. He later relocated to a village near Ile-Ife and my master had several letters written to him from Ghana by one of his friends. At a point, my master became confused and was looking for another person that could read and write. Someone just mentioned my name to him. He then summoned me and asked if I could help him read letters. I said yes and he brought out the letters. I read and I assisted him to write replies to the letters. When his friend who was based in Ghana came home and requested to know who had been helping my master to reply his letters, he was told it was me. He was pleased and commended me. He gave me some good money that day. He said I was a better letter writer than the man that had previously assisted my master to write. What was the reaction of your master when he knew you could read and write? He didn’t say anything. I practically became the letter writer for the compound. I used to help people to record birth dates and write letters. How long does it take one to learn Ifa? My Ifa training spanned 10 years and six months. It may be more than that depending on how fast you can learn. The learning is continuous. But you can learn the basics in 10 years. What did you do after your training? February 1962 was the year when the Mbari Mbayo Cultural Centre was established by Prof. Ulli Bier, Ginas Nwoku, Wole Soyinka, Duro Ladipo and others. Ulli was a professor at the University of Ibadan in the Department of Extramural, but he did not like the atmosphere of urban centre; he preferred living in a rural area so as to know more about the indigenous setting. He left Ibadan and lived at Ilobu for a while before moving to Ede. From Ede, he came to Osogbo where he settled down. He used to attend all traditional festivals, where he would take pictures, ask questions for further research. We had all-night sessions chanting Ifa at the king’s family house. One day, the trio of Ulli Beier, Prof. Armstrong of the Institute of African Studies and Duro Ladipo attended the event. A friend of mine, who was my age-mate, and I both performed so excellently well, chanting Ifa poetry along with our seniors. Ulli Beier was so impressed and loved our performance. Was that where you got your first international connection? Yes, that was the turning point in my life. Ulli told Duro Ladipo that I must work with them. Duro told me that the white man said that I must work with them. Before then, each time I told people I was going to see Ulli Beier people believed I was going there to learn the art of magic. That year, Duro performed Obakoso and was emitting fire from his mouth on the stage. That made people to believe that going to work with Duro and others, I would become a magician and abandon my Ifa study. Whereas, what I was doing with Ulli and Duro was just assisting them to get poems relevant to their plays. They wanted to know the traditional songs that would go along with each scene in their plays. What was it like working with Ulli Beier and Wole Soyinka? I was working with Ulli to gather information. I was providing all the information he needed in both his journals and articles. At times, he would give me money to travel down to Otan to see Baba Sango and ask him about the deity. My international exposure started from that point. In 1967, I completed my Ifa study and gained freedom from my master. It pleased him to release me. When I had my freedom, Ulli was no longer around, as he used to, because he stayed in Osogbo for close to 15 years without travelling back home. I had an opportunity to continue with Duro Ladipo and we started travelling overseas for performances. What was your first foreign trip like and where did you travel to? We went to Festival Mundia in France in the year 1973. In 1975, we travelled to Sao Paolo in Brazil, also Bahia in same Brazil. We spent three months there. Later we moved to the United States of America, we spent another three months there also. With Ned Howard, who was our producer, we staged Obakoso in some parts of North America. We also went to Zurich and Yugoslavia. How many countries have you travelled to so far? They are many. I can’t begin to count them but I go to the US very often. I have been to many states in the country. What takes you to the US so often? I go there to lecture on African culture and philosophy. I also do consultation and perform sacrifices for those who want to. In one word, I do spiritual works. Do you go to universities to teach students also? Yes, I taught at San Francisco State University, United States of America. A Professor of Dance from Black Study Department and others were on a tour of Africa and they came to Nigeria. The visit coincided with our weekly drama presentation, titled, ‘Ifa Olokun, Asorodayo’ on the television in Oyo State. The professor went to the University of Ibadan and told them he wanted to see a diviner and he was directed to me. He met me in my father’s compound where I used to live in 1980, and invited me to teach in the San Francisco University for one year. Every now and then, I go to several other universities to teach. It appears people outside Nigeria appreciate Yoruba culture and traditions better than the Yoruba themselves. Why do you think this is so? It is because we have been brainwashed. Modernisation, civilisation and religious beliefs have made us forsake and abandon our culture and tradition. People no longer want to give their children Yoruba names; they prefer Arabic and Greek names. We have lost our identity. But beyond being brainwashed, there are obvious things that traditionalists do that people see and get scared. Do you think that has contributed to the loss of interest? I agreed that there are a lot of deliberate scary things that were introduced to our culture in order to scare people away. People are scared because they don’t have the full knowledge and understanding of their culture. Our Nollywood is not helping matters too. Do you think the fear of traditionalists by a lot of people is justified? People don’t need to be afraid. They should seek knowledge. We will be ready to assist them. Is any of your children following in your footsteps as an Ifa priest? I am happy with the situation now regarding my children. I am not sure of what will happen after my departure. All my children are on the right track. I have nothing to be scared of because they studied and practice Ifa too. Just like me, my children are travelling around the globe, propagating Ifa. Those that are married have not forsaken Ifa. I didn’t see the four corners of classrooms for the fear that I would abandon Ifa. But I don’t have fear my children will abandon the religion for other things in future. They have both Western Education and are all versed in Ifa. How does the traditionalists’ community deal with the bad eggs in their fold? It is better not to listen to them (bad eggs). Rather, do the right thing by following your beliefs. Study, learn and be familiar with your culture and tradition. All that people say about cutting of the head of a dead king, taking his heart and giving it to a new Oba to eat as part of the coronation rites, are all lies; such are not done. There is no religion that accepts human sacrifices. The act has been abolished. Those bad eggs have been engaging in barbaric acts to discredit traditional African religion. Mind you, there are evildoers in other religions too. You are a poet, a dramatist and a diviner. Which of these do you like and enjoy the most? I like and enjoy all of them equally. It is difficult to choose one because they are interwoven. How many books have you written? Between 10 to 11, so far. What has the patronage been like? There have been problems in terms of publications here in Nigeria. In the 1970s, the publishers used to beg us then to give them manuscripts. Onibonoje (publishers) as of then, he would come to me for manuscripts. Nowadays publishers are only interested in subjects that will bring in good money. They have no interest in cultural studies. How has been the patronage of your books internationally? It has been very impressive. At Saint Francisco, I used to have about 20 to 23 students in my class. All the topics taught and questions asked prompted me to write a book titled ‘Meaning of Sacrifice’. The books are better received outside the country than they are in Nigeria. How do you relax? Each time I plan to relax, the plan fails. But later, one of my foreign friends advised me to take pleasure with work. I preferred being outside the country to relax. Do you regularly get people coming to learn the act and study of Ifa both in Nigeria and abroad? Yes, we do. Presently I have two people who came from outside the country to learn. We have many people from Nigeria too. Where do you see Ifa in the next 30 years, when you consider the fact that many people do not show interest? It is very hard for this religion to die. It has sustenance and the only sustenance the traditional religion has is its healing power. That is its uniqueness. My only fear is that those trying to study Ifa now are not ready to pass through the numerous tests needed to have an in-depth knowledge of it. They are not ready to suffer like we did while acquiring this knowledge. Ifa will put to test the totality of a man. Your honesty and discipline will be put to test while studying Ifa. Is it possible to be a good Christian or Muslim and still learn Ifa? Yes, if you can follow the rules involved. In other disciplines, it is not compulsory you should have a good heart. But in Ifa, you must possess a good heart to learn and practice it. By Bola Bamigbola Source:https://punchng.com/i-go-to-us-often-to-perform-sacrifices-for-clients-ifa-priest-elebuibon/
Gone are the days when local aphrodisiac sellers were mostly illiterates who wore make-up with loud colours and were often restricted to hawking their wares on the streets or at ‘motor parks’. In recent times, thanks to the advent of social media, they have now ‘repackaged’. There is a booming market for these products, which is now sold by educated people, most of whom are ladies under the age of 30 but still, they smile to the bank daily. Top on their shelves is a product called, Kayanmata, among other things. Kayanmata originated from the Northern part of Nigeria and it refers to herbs or potions that act as sex or love enhancers for couples. In Hausa language, the word, Kayanmata means women’s things. Funnily, there is a no refund policy for these aphrodisiac products. The PUNCH highlights the luxurious lifestyle of these Nigerian aphrodisiac sellers. Hauwa Saidu Mohammed Known as Jaaruma, she is probably the most popular of the lot as she commands followership of 1.1 million followers on her verified Instagram account and over 42,000 subscribers on YouTube. Also known as Queen Jaaruma, P Sweetener or The Luxurious Big Girl; regardless of what you want to call her, she is rumoured to be one of Nigeria’s most successful and highly-paid sex therapist She reportedly founded her business in 2010 and is mostly known for selling a local aphrodisiac known as Kayanmata, among other things. Jaaruma is known to flaunt her wealth on social media unapologetically. For instance, about five days ago, she announced N1m cash give away via an Instagram post where she was pictured leaning on a yellow luxurious supercar. Jaaruma is known to give out millions of naira. She once gave a social media influencer, Pamilerin, a million naira for promoting her brand. It was reported that the 27-year-old also gave a former Big Brother Naija housemate, Ella, about N3.4m. In another video on her Instagram page, she was seen flaunting about N120m. She captioned the video, “AED1,000,000 Dirhams = N120,000,000 Million Naira Make Jaruma’s s€x sound in this video in writing & win N100,000.” Asides flaunting and doling out cash, Jaaruma is known for showing off her expensive accessories as well, like her diamond ring and designer bags. Most of her YouTube videos also ooze of opulence. Some online reports claim her net worth is about $2m but that is yet to be ascertained. Deborah Erioluwapo Ajayi Fondly known as Omoshola, she has garnered over 500,000 followers on her Instagram account. Although part of the bio on her websites reads that her craft ‘is a unique blend of day spa and sexual wellness spa stepping in to meet the challenges of today’s major skin and sexual crises,’ the young lady is known to trade in local aphrodisiac products. A peep at her Instagram account and one can easily assume that business is booming for the 24-year-old who is planning a tour of West Africa. She is seen in several pictures posing in a private jet. In several interviews, she has divulged that she ventured into business at the tender age of 12 while she started selling aphrodisiac some years ago. So far, she sits atop an empire of different business concerns in two cities of Abuja, Nigeria and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Often described as a sex therapist, Omoshola owns a farm in Karu area of the Federal Capital Territory where she rears livestock. She also owns a body enhancement spa in Maitama area of Abuja, as well as a salon and body spa in Dubai known as HBG Beauty Lounge at the Dubai Investment Park. Akinola Oluwatomiwa Balqees Known in the sex industry as Miwa Signature, Akinola Oluwatomiwa Balqees, is another big player in the game. The electrical engineering graduate of the University of Ilorin is proud to be called the Kayanmata goddess. In an interview, Balqees noted that her passion stemmed from her parent’s separation after 13 years of marriage. Being a product of a broken home, she vowed to help mend troubled marriages with her business, which she started in 2016. From her personal Instagram page with about 413 followers, it can be deduced that she is quite conservative but that does not stop the young lady from taking rides in private jets as she has some pictures to show for it. Although she may not ostentatiously display her wealth via her post on social media, her clothes, jewellery, designer bags and wigs show that she is truly a big girl. A typical case of “if you know, you know”. A peek into her business page on Instagram, which has garnered over 500,000 followers, one would easily know that business is booming for Balquees. She frequently posts orders, reviews and payment receipts, which range from N100,000 to N5m. In the caption on one of her posts, she stated that she sent a picture of her in the first-class section of a plane to her mother who simply referred to her as “Miwa Gbajumo;” meaning Miwa the prominent/wealthy one. The only time she gave the world a glimpse of her deep pocket was in a video post she made on her business page on Instagram where she was seen spraying money on some friends at a party, and indeed she made it rain cash. Oji Oghenetejiri Oji Oghenetejiri may have started her business about two years ago, but she is definitely a name to reckon with in the aphrodisiac business. Fondly called Teji Gold by her friends and customers, the 26-year-old brags of a verified Instagram account with over 200,000 followers. Not only is the self-acclaimed sex therapist popular in her industry, she also seems to move with popular celebrities. For instance, her Instagram page shows the likes of popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo; former Big Brother Naija contestant, Wathoni, and Bobrisky endorsing her product. In a recent interview, the self-acclaimed sex therapist revealed that she dumped her beauty, cosmetics and make-up business and “it was the best decision of my life,” adding that “it is quite lucrative.” In a video she posted on her personal Instagram page, she was seen playing with money as she kept saying, “I need more of this, more of this,” while she giggled excitedly. She also flaunted her designer bags in a post. Oji Akponehwe Miracle Miracle is also a big player in the game despite her petite stature and she has the likes of Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing, who recently became brand ambassador to back her up. Fondly referred to as Mimi by her close associates, another known face, Bobrisky, in a post on her Instagram excitedly yelled, “Mimi is your new plug guys, Mimi is your new plug.” With over 40,000 followers on her Instagram business page and 5,000 followers on her personal Instagram account, it appears that business may be booming for the young lady who posted a picture showing a bundle of N1,000 notes with the caption, “How my office table looks every day.” While much might not be known about her background, based on her post, it seems her bank account is fat as she also posted a picture of her expensive bag, as well as videos of her cruising in an exotic car. Although there have been mixed reactions about their craft and their mode of advertisement via the social media space, it does not dim the fact that these young ladies are not only smiling to the bank, but they are building empires from a trade that was ploughed by the dredges of the society. By Ademola Olonilua Source;https://punchng.com/queens-of-sex-nigerias-multimillionaire-aphrodisiac-sellers/
Paternity scandal: Soji Alabi is the only father I know- Tope Alabi’s daughter Popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi’s daughter, Ayomikun, has come out to state that the only father she knows is her mother’s husband, Soji Alabi. This is following the recent paternity scandal involving the gospel singer and a certain Mayegun Olaoye. Based on online reports, Olaoye, claimed to be Ayomikun’s father, adding that Tope Alabi had blocked every avenue for him to know his biological daughter in the past 22 years.. Reacting to the news, Ayomikun Alabi, the young lady in the midst of the controversy, in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, stated that she was not surprised about the development as her mother had since informed her about the man. Ayomikun, however, emphasized that the only father that she has is Mr Soji Alabi, who has been married to her mother for over two decades and has been taking care of them. “I know and will always know that my father is Soji Alabi. I do not know any other person and I have never met any other man. I cannot blatantly deny him because I have heard about him, but I have never had anything to do with this man before. She added, “My mother never blocked any avenue for us to see. My mother even tried for me to have a relationship with him. I remember when I was about 15 years old, she used to tell me to try and talk about him. Even when we discuss marriage, they tell me that they would want to inform him. “They always tell me all these things about him but he is the one that never tried to reach out to me. I mean that he has never ever tried to. We have never had absolutely any conversation with this man. I mean I have had absolutely no contact with this man; none whatsoever. “I am very grateful to God for the kind of mother and father that I have. They have been the best people and after God, my parents are next in my life,” the singer’s daughter stressed. Olaoye had expressed his grudge with Tope Alabi for changing his biological daughter’s surname; but in her conversation with The PUNCH, Ayomikun seemed perplexed that a man who never reached out to her in her 22 years of existence would expect her to bear his surname. “I cannot bear his surname. How can I bear the surname of someone that I have never met? There is no sense in that. I do not even know his surname. How can I bear the name of someone I have never met? She said, “God knows my real father and everyone knows who my real father is. I did not know this man when I was in my crèche, daycare, primary, secondary or during my university days. I graduated and did not get a congratulatory message; absolutely nothing from him. “So, there is no much story to tell. It is just a story about an irresponsible father and he is trying to cut every relationship he could ever build with his so-called daughter. I genuinely do not know why he is coming out after 22 years. Ayomikun continued, “I do not know what he is trying to do and I do not see the point of what he is doing. What I know is that with what he has done, he does not care about my feelings, neither did he put it into consideration. This makes it obvious that he is not that good of a father. For him to have gone out to social media to claim me, I think he has completely lost the chance of any reconciliation at any point in time; that was the last straw.” Also a sonorous singer like her mother, Ayomikun stated that the only way she can give Olaoye a listening ear is if they meet in court and there is a judgment to that effect. She said, “If the man wants to reach out to me to patch things up, it would be in court. I do not think that I want to patch things up but I know that I will definitely meet him in court if he ever wants to talk. It cannot be a civil matter because he did not make it a civil matter when he went to social media to talk.” Despite the occurrence, she said her family is fine and everything is normal as they were not shocked by Olaoye’s actions. “I have spoken to my mother about it and we are all fine. It was not something that shocked us. He is not blackmailing the family but he is an example of a very terrible father. A father that is not even trying to make it up to someone but trying to get back to someone else,” Ayomikun said. By Punch News Source;https://punchng.com/paternity-scandal-soji-alabi-is-the-only-father-i-know-tope-alabis-daughter/
The 2015 presidential election has been described by some as a watershed in the country’s chequered political history. It was the first time in the country that an opposition candidate would defeat the incumbent president at the polls. Prior to the elections, several celebrities supported the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). Five years down the line, the stories have changed. Saturday Beats takes a look at how the entertainers involved have changed their minds 9ice Not only did singer, Abolore Akande, aka 9ice, support the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), in 2015, he was also an aspirant of the All Progressives Congress for the Federal House of Representatives seat in Ogbomosho North/Ogbomosho South/Orire Federal Constituency of Oyo State. 9ice also performed at some of the party’s rallies, especially in Oyo State. However, the singer is now disillusioned with his earlier choice. Some days ago, he told his followers that he was thinking of releasing a new song and asked them to assess a snippet of the song. He sang, “Ja (run)/Don’t let them deceive you no more/Go against every decision/Iku to n pa ojugba eni, owe lo n pa fun eni (The death that kills one peers is a proverb for one)/Osha bo le gbami, fimile bo se ba mi (An oracle that cannot help me should leave me the way it met me)/Ko ma ye won mo (They don’t know what they are doing anymore)/They wore uniforms before but now, they are wearing agbada…” Shortly after the President’s national broadcast on October 22, 2020, the ‘Gongo Aso’ singer had written, “I did not bother watching. I would have been disappointed, same as you are now #EndSARS.” Ronke Oshodi-Oke Actress, Ronke Ojo, popularly known as Oshodi-Oke, can be passionate when she’s talking about what is dear to her heart. Some may even tag it as being overzealous but she is wont to express herself freely when caught in a wave of emotions. Shortly after the shooting of unarmed protesters at Lekki tollgate, Lagos, the busty role interpreter took to her Instagram page to express her displeasure over the incident. Wracked in sobs, Oshodi-Oke expressed regret that she supported the current regime during the elections, describing it as a wound on her conscience. She added, “I’m short of words because I was one of those that canvassed for votes. I campaigned for them (current regime).” Iyabo Ojo Actress, Iyabo Ojo, was one of the celebrities that lent her support to the APC for the presidential and other elections in 2015. Though she did not explicitly appear in any advert, she attended some of the party’s campaign programmes in Lagos. Also, in 2019, the mother of two rallied support for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as then Lagos State APC governorship candidate and incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Under the umbrella of the ‘League of Lagos Artistes’, they ‘endorsed’ the candidates. Other members of the Jide Kosoko-led group were Adebayo Salami, Lanre Hassan, Yemi Solade, Fausat Balogun, Ayo Badmus, Taiwo Hassan, Akeem Alimi, Funsho Adeolu, Ronke Ojo, Kemi Afolabi and Tayo Amokade. However, Ojo has had to swallow her words as she strongly announced that she would ‘never’ support either of the two biggest political parties in the country which are the People’s Democratic Party and APC. She wrote on Twitter, “I, Alice Iyabo Ojo, will never support, campaign or vote for any APC or PDP member ever again in my life even if you are my family or friend, we need a New Nigeria Flag of Nigeria, we need to stop recycling universal recycling symbol #EndBadGoverance.” Banky W Bankole Wellington is not just a singer. He is also an actor, record label executive, politician, preacher and many other things rolled into one. The artiste popularly known as Banky W had for a long time been telling his fans and Nigerian youths in general to get more involved in politics and socio-political issues. He took a bold step in 2019 when he became the candidate of the Modern Democratic Party for the Federal House of Representatives Eti-Osa (Lagos) seat. In 2015, the entertainer featured in campaign materials for the then APC Lagos State governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode. He appeared with the now former governor in a music video titled, ‘I Believe’. In 2018, the singer was rumoured to have been paid N57m to support the reelection bid of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). But he debunked the stories on social media. A follower had tweeted at him, “Mr Wellington, come out and support Buhari with your chest. You can’t be non-partisan forever. Your company, EME, was converted to a public relations firm after it got a contract of N57m through one Abubakar Ahmed to promote Buhari. Why have you not been doing your work?” Banky responded on Twitter, “False. Completely false and untrue. I have never met this person and never collected a dime to do anything for this President. I dare you to show proof of the false stories you are peddling. Why would I be running with an independent party in my own constituency if that was my plan?” Funke Akindele-Bello Popular actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, was part of the ‘I Believe’ music video for a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and APC candidate. Over the years, she has also appeared in different adverts for the state government. However, the state did not consider all that when in April 2020 the actress and her husband were convicted of flouting the social distancing guidelines set out by the government to defeat the rampaging coronavirus. The couple was sentenced to 14 days community service and ordered to pay a fine of N200,000. Reacting to the Lekki toll gate shootings, Akindele-Bello wrote on her Instagram page, “This is so sad. My heart is broken. Why shoot? This is too much, our leaders! #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS.” She also posted a video of a woman in the northern part of the country who was hit by a stray bullet from the police and was practically in a vegetative state. The actress added the caption, “Sad! This is one of many heartbreaking stories of police brutality in our country, Nigeria! We won’t stop shouting. End police brutality in Nigeria. End bad governance. Justice must be served.” Small Doctor Singer, Adekunle Temitope, aka Small Doctor, supported the re-election bid of President, Maj.Gen.Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in 2019. He even performed at the party’s national convention in Abuja.However, Small Doctor decided to stand with fellow Nigerian youths as he took active part in the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country. He led a sizeable number of youths to demonstrate in the Agege area of the state. He also took his campaign to the church. He was pictured in a white garment, holding out a sign that read, “End police brutality’. He also posted pictures of the protests in other parts of the country.After the Lekki shootings, he posted a picture of the Nigerian flag stained with blood. Omotola In 2016, top actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, called on Nigerians to support the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). She maintained that she was sure the president would do his job effectively. She had written on Twitter, “I am just going to say I believe the president; not until he, beyond doubt, convinces us that he is actually not for our interests, I think I for now chose to believe him based on his past history.” ’I want to believe him as a man of honour, I want to believe he knows what he wants to achieve and I wish everyone will support him for now until he shows us truly that he has ulterior motives. For now, we should believe him and trust him.” However, it is apparent that she no longer feels that way. In April 2019, the actress directed a tweet to President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The tweet read, “The country under your watch is hellish! The lack of money in circulation coupled with the continuous assault and killings by uniformed men will make this country implode. It is unbearable. Do something. (There is) insecurity, fear and desperation everywhere.” In reaction to the Lekki killings, she wrote, “Verified. Stop police brutality. End impunity. Who ordered the assault on the peaceful protesters?” Days earlier, she had written, “Me and my clan went out. What a privilege to be a youth and in same generation with them. It has been a long time coming.” Mercy Aigbe Actress, Mercy Aigbe, actively took part in the #EndSARS protests, calling for an end to police brutality and she has expressed her displeasure with the current government. However, as recently as December 2018, she was part of celebrities that were at the seat of power in the Aso Rock villa under the platform of the Buhari Support Organisation. The visit was part of BSO’s campaign efforts for President Buhari’s reelection. She also supported the President in 2015 and in an interview she granted a soft sell magazine 2016, Aigbe maintained that she had faith in President Buhari to ‘deliver as promised’. It is clear that the actress is not pleased with the country’s leaders at the moment. About a week ago, she wrote on social media, “I woke up very furious and sad! How the hell did we get here? Why in pete’s sake did we allow ourselves to be taken for fools for this long? So much impunity, oppression and intimidation. Our leaders are so insensitive. Whew! It’s going to be a long road to freedom.” Faithia Balogun Actress, Faithia Balogun, teamed up with some of her colleagues to lend support to the election campaigns of a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. Under the auspices of a group called the Unique Charitable Foundation, they endorsed the two candidates. However, it seems the beat has changed. Some days ago, she took to her Instagram page to post a short drama of some people accusing politicians of not fulfilling their campaign promises. She added the caption, “What we need are leaders not rulers. Nigeria will be great.” In another post, she wrote, “One question for the authorities. Are we still lazy? #EndSARS #Endtimeforthewicked #sorosoke.” But some of her fans were not happy with the actress for supporting the current administration in the first place. Many expressed their displeasure in their comments on her page. A follower, @pweetie­_o, wrote, “Please, spare us.Your eye service is too much. We don’t need your sympathy. You have failed us. All your fans know; they are only trying to play along.” Eniola Badmus In the heat of the Lekki shootings, actress and comedian, Eniola Badmus, was rumoured dead but to the relief of many Nigerians, she quickly debunked the false stories. However, she was involved in the #EndSARS protests and she even called on international celebrities to lend their support to the cause. She constantly posted about the protests and demanded an end to ‘bad governance’. Meanwhile, she was part of the celebrities that supported the current administration. In 2019, she was at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, where she adorned an APC-customised dress and campaigned for the party and its candidates, including President Buhari. ByTofarati Ige Source:https://punchng.com/celebs-who-regret-supporting-change/?amp=1
Popular female disc jockey, DJ Switch, who streamed the Lekki shooting on her Instagram Live while it was happening has recounted the horrors she faced when soldiers opened fire on the peaceful protesters at the Toll Gate on Tuesday. In a video, which she posted on her Instagram account, the DJ claimed that both the Nigerian Army and Police were responsible for the shooting. She said they aimed and shot at the protesters while they held the Nigerian flag and sang the national anthem. DJ Switch said, “Yes, there were soldiers there. Another thing people are not talking about is that the Police were also there. The SARS people we are talking about also came about 45 minutes after the soldiers left. We were tear-gassed; the tear gas felt like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. “We would run and come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor; raise our hands up singing the national anthem. That was all we had. They put off the lights, even if there was no power supply on a good day, in that axis, there is always light at the Toll Gate. It was pitch-black.” Amidst tears, the disc jockey recounted how a boy saved her life but was later shot in the process. “A boy jumped on me and kept shouting, ‘cover her, cover her.’ I did not even understand why he did that. They shot that boy while he was on my back,” she said. In the video, she showed some of the bullets the protester picked up which she referred to as proof. She also showed a bullet that was removed from the lap of one of the victims. She said, “While the soldiers were picking their shells, we were running around picking their shells too because we wanted proof. “The military, they were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens. The police and SARS people came doing the same thing. Aiming and shooting; aiming, they were pointing the guns at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest? Who does that?” Switch urged the Nigerian leaders not to insult the intelligence of its people by downplaying the incident. The disc jockey also claimed that the Nigerian army went away with most of the corpses. “To our leaders, please I urge you not to insult the intelligence of Nigerians and their families. Something I think about now in hindsight is, I wish we had not done it, but we carried the dead bodies and dropped it at the feet of the soldiers so that they could see what they did to us. When I asked their unit commander, ‘Why are you killing us?’ I wish we had not done that because they ended up throwing the dead bodies in their vans. This happened till the next morning,” she said. While reacting to fake news being peddled in her name, DJ Switch denied stating that 78 people died during the shooting; however, she said she counted about 15 dead people. “I also want to appeal to the people opening fake accounts in my name; please it is already hard as it is. People risked their lives to get me out of the place I call my home. Please, stop saying things you do not know. I understand things are hard and difficult. In this era of social media, you want to get followership that can help you make some money; I understand but at least copy the truth and put it out. That is all I am asking. “Please, I never said 78 people died, I do not know that. I do know that as at the time I was doing the Live video, seven people had died. When my battery died we had counted about 15 people. I don’t know if it was more than that because we had a lot of people that were hit by stray bullets. 78 people? I do not know where you got that information from,” the disc jockey said. Despite all she went through, she stated that she would still continue with the peaceful protest. She emphasised that the protesters should ensure that the protest is peaceful. She said, “We must continue to move because if we stop, it might take the next 60 years before we talk about this again. We must continue but we must continue peacefully. “I condemn any sort of violence. I condemn the burning of buses and the source of people’s livelihood. I know we are angry but the most powerful weapon we have is peace. Let us continue, I cannot wait to come back because I will definitely be back on the street peacefully.” \By Punch News Source;https://punchng.com/endsars-dj-switch-recounts-horrific-experience-during-lekki-shooting/