Davido Releases “Owo Ni Koko” Video

Davido releases the visuals to his latest single “Owo Ni Koko”.

It’s a song that shows a different side of O.B.O; more mellow, more mature, and like his other hit songs, it’s sure to be a fan favourite over the holidays.

Watch “Owo Ni Koko” below.

 

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Kirk Franklyn is my idol –Josh Ajakaye, gospel singer

For over 15 years, gospel singer, Josh Ajakaye, a member of the now defunct JKISS, has been an underground artiste performing in churches across Nigeria. Recently, he decided to re-brand when he dropped his debut single entitled, Jomiloju. In this chat with The Entertainer, he talks about the journey so far and shares his dreams.

Excerpts:

What’s new about Josh Ajakai­ye?

Josh Ajakaye just re-branded recently. I have been a music director for over two decades. Right now I am coming out with an album with my crew, Joshua & Cedar Crew. We are here to make a big impact on the gospel music scene!

We understand that you just dropped a new single, Jomiloju, what has been the response?

Jomiloju means amazement. The song has taken over in churches across Lagos as a praise song. I am sure this is because of the unique blend of Igbo, Yoruba and pidgin embedded in the song.

When is the full album going to drop and do you have any plans for collabos?

The full album should drop in Febru­ary 2015. We are featuring Frank Edward, Victor Ayeni (Agbanilagbatan), Ighosa, Franca and Mimi. There are also some exceptionally talented young chaps I discovered in my church, The Re­deemed Christian Church of God, Rose of Sharon Parish. They are known as The Champions.

How many tracks are on the album?

I have 10 wonderful tracks produced by one of our seasoned and award winning produc­ers, Wole Oni. Other producers on the album are Lola Fadiya and Owen Charles. You were once a member of gospel group, JKISS, and you guys recorded a couple of songs. What became of the group?

I was the lead singer back in JKISS about 15years ago. We were young and vibrant then. However, the reality of tak­ing responsibilities as men came along and we just drifted apart.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

My inspiration comes from things around me and when I meditate in my closet. Most times as a keyboardist, I cre­ate melody lines with my keyboard and then later meditate to write my lyrics on the melody I created.

Who are your role models?

My number one role model is Kirk Franklin. Others are Pastor Ituah Ig­hodalo and my beloved pastor, Pastor Emeka Obiagwu.

Your sound seems to be patterned after Kirk Franklyn’s. What does he mean to you?

Kirk Franklyn is my music idol. I ap­preciate his dexterity and creativity. He revolutionalized contemporary gospel music.

What is your take on gospel music today in Nigeria?

Gospel music in Nigeria has taken a mighty leap. It’s more enterprising and I think we are in the right direction though we have more to do by taking our place in the secular environment.

What are your dreams?

I have serious passion for youth development and empowerment. I wish to promote talented Nigerian youths. I also desire to be a role model to budding youths in our society. It won’t be out of place to say I want to be among the top­most employers of labour in the world. Finally, I don’t want to miss heaven.

Desmond Elliot consoles Kate Henshaw over defeat

 

Desmond Elliot consoles

Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, has begun counting her losses following her inability to win at the just-concluded Peoples Democratic Party primary election held in Cross River State.

She had applied to represent the Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency at the forthcoming National Assembly elections in the state.

The 2008 Africa Movie Academy Award winner stated on Twitter that she was saddened by her loss, but cautioned her fans against blaming the Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, for her woes.

Intimating her online followers with the way and manner she lost out in the political permutations, Henshaw insisted that the primary election she participated in was not manipulated.

“The primary election was conducted in an orderly manner. It was fair and transparent. Sadly, I did not make it. My congratulations to the winner.

“However, my governor (Liyel Imoke) encouraged me through the process. He is not at fault,” the Nolywood actress stated on Twitter.

But actor and movie director, Desmond Elliot, has commiserated with Henshaw over her defeat at the PDP primary election.

Elliot, who won the APC ticket to represent the Surulere I constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, said he was proud of Henshaw’s magnanimity in defeat.

“Katie (Henshaw) I know you. You are a strong woman. Nollywood is proud to have a woman of substance. The women are glad you are on their side. Nigerians are blessed because you are one. I salute you. Congratulations because you are a winner,” Elliot wrote on his Twitter page.

The actor, however, argued that the APC remains the best political party in the country, as it offers young Nigerians the opportunity to contribute their quota towards nation building.

Stating that he would not disappoint his constituents if elected in 2015, Elliot noted that the APC was the only credible platform capable of empowering the youth.

“What more can I say? A party that thinks about the future of its youths, a party that has almost 70 per cent of its members in the house of assembly below the age of 40.

“Do you call it ingenuity? I call it empowerment. We will not disappoint the youths of Lagos State. Wouldn’t you rather vote APC? I would,” he added.

Also, popular musician, 9ice, has insisted that he is still in the race for the APC ticket to represent the Ogbomosho North/South and Oriire Federal Constituency of Oyo State at the National Assembly.

Describing the rumour being peddled online that he had dropped his political ambition, 9ice tweeted, “Against popular propaganda, I’m still in the race and by God’s grace. I will see it through to the end. Thanks.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has denied being at loggerheads with state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

The minister refuted reports that she has been withholding allocations and other funds due to some APC-controlled states.

Okonjo-Iweala particularly described as untrue a report that she had started to release funds meant for Ekiti State, which she allegedly withheld during the tenure of former Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Writing on Twitter, Okonjo-Iweala, through her Special Adviser on Media, Paul Nwabuikwu, stated that those making such allegations should leave her out of “Ekiti politics.”

Describing the claims as “cheap and false propaganda,” the minister stated that she enjoyed a robust relationship with all the state governors, irrespective of the political parties that they belonged to.

“Any story about a delayed Ekiti refund for political purposes is absolutely false and a cheap propaganda. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala deals with governors on professional and not partisan basis.

“For example, she is working on the Safe Schools Initiative with the North East governors. Please, leave her out of Ekiti politics,” the minister argued.

On the state of the economy, the minister claimed she had been having a running “battle” with the lawmakers at the National Assembly, as well as with the governors of the 36 states of the federation on ways of getting it right.

Admitting that poverty and unemployment was assuming an alarming dimension, Okonjo-Iweala explained that using a high oil benchmark for the 2015 budget, in view of the falling oil prices, poses a great risk to the Nigerian economy.

“Okonjo-Iweala has been warning about the risk of high benchmark and low savings. She is never triumphalist. She gave citizens credit but said poverty and inadequate jobs are realities.

“As the finance minister, she has championed prudence, helped established the Sovereign Wealth Fund, a national mortgage system, YouWin. She’s no peacock,” the minister added.

D’Banj in Unpaid Debts Controversy

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If information available to Society Happenings is anything to go by, then, award-wining musician, D’ Banj, will need more than a prayer to take him out of this mess he is currently enmeshed in.
It was learnt that the talented singer is allegedly owing a technology company, MindHub Technologies, the sum of  $240,000 and another N15,000,000.
The company claimed that D’banj had not denied the debts and that he had once issued the management post-dated cheques. They, however, claimed that the cheques were not honoured, as they were discovered to be dud.

MindHub Technologies further revealed that they had so far been speaking with D’banj through their lawyers.
According to them, since the case started last year, D’banj has only paid the sum of N8, 600,000 out of the N15, 000,000. They further alleged that he had not paid a kobo from the $240,000.
The letter addressed to Dbanj from the company’s lawyers states in parts:
“We act as Solicitors to Mindhub Technologies Ltd (hereinafter called “our Client”), and on whose instruction we write you this letter in the manner stated hereunder.
It is our brief that sometime in January 2013 in Lagos, you signed a Personal Guarantee/Memorandum of Undertaking with our client wherein you agreed/undertook to pay our client the investment fund of N100,000,000.00k (One Hundred Million Naira Only) given to D KINGS MEDIA LIMITED by our client, should the latter default in payment of the debt. The said debt is made up of Nigerian and United States of America’s currencies.”
Already, the case is before a Lagos high court and due for hearing. But it has been almost impossible for months now to serve D’banj because he has been outside the country.

Oritsefemi Releases New Album Nov 30

Rave of the moment, Oritsefemi Ekele Majemite has picked November 30th to release his new album.

The self-acclaimed “Musical Taliban” and Double Wahala crooner will host a big party to unveil the album in Lagos for his fans who have been following his music.

“I’m releasing my fifth album come 30th November 2014 at Mega Plaza, Victoria Island. Dapo ‘D Banj’ has been confirmed to grace the event. We have been working hard on this for a while. The album features Davido, D Banj, Ice Prince, Chata Wale, Oluwaseun and lots of Nigerian music stars. My management, Avatar and MSN Gang are really working assiduously to make sure we release the album at the right time. I’m very optimistic that the efforts on the project will rule the world,” Oritsefemi said.

Meanwhile, the management of the artiste have officially released the Double Wahala remix video Oritsefemi shot in L A, United States of America with D’ Banj on 24th November 2014. The video is currently trending on social media .After the album launch Oritsefemi will kick off his musical tour abroad.

Olamide shines at Industry Night

Olamide has undoubtedly carved a niche for himself in the country’s music industry. The crooner who gets inspired by his experience as a street-wise kid was hosted at the weekly music event ‘Industry Nite’ on the 19th of November 2014.

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The talented rapper performed some of his hit songs to the delight of the audience. The celebrity guests present included Phyno, Jude Okoye, Moet Abebe, Reminisce, Eniola Badmus, YQ and many others.  In a bid to ensure the continued growth of the music industry and support of upcoming acts weekly music event, Industry Nite has moved its activities to ultra premium night club Quilox.

According to Matthew Ohio,     Founder of Industry Nite :”At Industry Nite, we are all about entertainment and giving upcoming acts the desired platform to showcase their musical talents. We decided to change the venue to a more spacious one that could accommodate over a hundred people.

 

 

Mario, Ice prince, others headline 8th edition of ‘Corporate Elite Nite’ concert

It was a worthwhile experience for music lovers, as top national and international artistes thrilled fans with different jams at the just concluded 8th edition of Corporate Elite Nite concert held at Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday, 23rd November 2014.

The star-studded event which had a huge turnout provided an avenue for MTN high value customers to enjoy the music of old in a classy and convivial atmosphere.

Some of the guests who attended the event were obviously overjoyed when they listened to the soulful tunes from some of the artistes. Emmanuel Fagade, a top company executive said “I am very impressed with what I have seen here this night. It’s a good way to end the year and I look forward to another spectacular show next year.”

Speaking on this year’s edition of the classic event, General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Richard Iweanoge, explains that, “The  Corporate Elite Nite  is one of the company’s ways of creating a warm atmosphere for its high value customers to relax and enrich their network amidst exhilarating moments of live evergreen songs from great international superstars”.