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BY MODUPEOLUWA ADEKANYE/ GUARDIAN.NG
Nigeria’s music scene is about to witness a much-anticipated collaboration as rap artistes, MI Abaga and Vector have announced via a visual on Twitter that they have a new song in works titled “Crown of Clay”.
In a tweet, Vector posted the artwork for the single and asked that fans turn on their post-notification for when the song will drop while MI tweeted “Crown of Clay, V & M.”
Before now, there has been no love lost between both rappers. They had been at each other’s throats.
In October 2019, MI dropped a beef song, The Viper, aimed at Vector whose nickname is Vector The Viper. Not long after, Vector responded with a track, Judas The Rat, a reference to Jude Abaga.
However, they have both decided to let bygones be bygones and this collaboration is proof of that.
Many of their fans have responded positively to the news and below are some reactions.
Afrobeat began in Ghana in the early 1920s. Nigeria later joined the Afrobeat wave in the late 1960s led by Fela Kuti who experimented with different contemporary music of the time.
Ever since, Nigeria has been producing amazing sounds that travel all over the world.
The music industry has gone from CD eras to streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Audiomack and Boomplay leading the way.
One of the leading music blogs, Mp3bullet.ng under Mp3bullet Media has compiled the list of most-streamed Nigerian artistes on Spotify.
1. Wizkid – 3,485,993,216
2. Burna Boy – 1,836,385,624
3. Mr Eazi – 1,059,515,866
4. Davido – 629,862,493
5. Maleek Berry – 442,738,299
6. Tekno – 205,976,589
7. Tiwa Savage – 179,123,712
8. P-square – 171,839,601
9. Yemi Alade – 146,942,395
10. Olamide – 141,684,604
Mp3bullet.ng bagged the best music blog of the year awards at POPA Awards 2016.
An Ogba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Wednesday ordered a DNA test to be conducted on Oluwafifehanmi, the daughter of a Nollywood star, Ronke Odusanya.
The trial Magistrate, Ms. M. O. Tanimola, gave the order while ruling on an application brought before her court by Olanrewaju Saheed, the estranged lover of Odusanya.
The daughter of the estranged couple, was born in 2019.
The popular actress and the father of her child, Olanrewaju Saheed, also known as Jago, are currently in court for several reasons including the welfare and custody of their daughter.
During proceedings on Wednesday, Saheed, through his lawyer, requested the court to order a DNA test to ascertain the paternity of the child.
Shaeed’s application was based on the grounds of suspicion of alleged infidelity on the part Odusanya.
The actress and her lawyer agreed to the request on the condition that the DNA fees and other bills be footed by Saheed.
The actress’ lawyer also pleaded with the court to ensure it is a court-supervised DNA test.
Ms Tanimola, ruling, decided on an undisclosed hospital on Lagos Island for the test to be done, and for the results to be sent directly to the court.
She adjourned the case till March 31, for further hearing.
BY MODUPEOLUWA ADEKANYE/ GUARDIAN.NG
Nassau County Police in New York has confirmed the death of 64-year-old Robert Maraj according to a report by TMZ.
Maraj was walking on a road in Mineola at about 6pm Friday when he was struck by a car heading northbound on Roslyn Road at the intersection with Raff Avenue, authorities said.
The driver fled the scene and has yet to be identified. Investigators have asked for the public’s help in tracking them down.
Maraj was rushed to a hospital, where he allegedly died.
Minaj, 38, has yet to comment publicly on her father’s death.
The tragic news comes four months after the Super Bass rapper welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty.
The family has already had a tough year, after Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to life in prison in January 2020 for raping an 11-year-old child.
Minaj has spoken about her relationship with her father on multiple occasions, often posting photos of the pair sharing loving embraces on social media.
Robert Maraj was of mixed Afro- and Indo-Trinidadian ancestry. He was from Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.
When Minaj was a little girl living with her grandmother in Saint James, Robert and his wife, Carol Maraj, were living in America, looking for work and a house in Queens, New York City.
After finding a home, Minaj moved to Queens with her parents at the age of five.
The war of words between popular disc jockey, Florence Otedola fondly referred to as DJ Cuppy and Davido’s aide, Israel Afeare, escalated on Thursday.
Cuppy’s lawyers, Babajide Koku & Co., wrote Afeare demanding his public apology over alleged libellous statements against their client.
Afeare, who claims to be Davido’s personal logistics manager, alleged last month via Instagram that despite the commercial success of the 2019 hit song, Gelato, by DJ Cuppy and Zlatan, the disc jockey did not compensate Zlatan.
According to him: “Kudos to someone like Zlatan, who took a bold step by flushing a full fake friend like Cuppy who was just using his head all in the name of my papa na Otedola. Zlatan did a hit collabo with her, ordinary one kobo, he no see.
‘’She also took Zlatan to Abuja for her fundraising where she made billions of naira and didn’t even remember Zee for one kobo until tomorrow.
“No accommodation, no feeding. Zlatan had to even spend his own personal money at Transcorp Hilton to carter for everyone including me. Dis na 2021 abeg.”
DJ Cuppy simply responded Afeare would hear from her lawyers.
Her lawyers have sent Afeare a letter with some demands based on his allegations against Cuppy.
In the letter dated February 10, 2021, it is stated that there was no contractual breach between DJ Cuppy and Zlatan.
Part of the letter reads: “It is crucial to state that there are legal contracts that govern the relationship between our Client and Mr Zlatan Ibile; said contracts which very fairly and adequately cover the financial compensation of both artists, neither our Client nor Mr Zlatan Ibile have breached their contractual obligations in any way. The allegations in the statements made by you are completely untrue and constitute a grave libel upon our Client.”
The letter further states its demands which are to be met by Afeare before seven days.
“We, therefore, write to demand that you immediately cease and desist from all libellous and defamatory statements of our Client, her business and her brand.
“Furthermore, we demand that within seven days of receipt of this letter; (i) You write a letter to be shared with the public containing a suitable withdrawal and apology in terms to be approved by us on our Clients behalf. (ii) You provide us with your full assurance and an undertaking in writing that you will cease and desist from repeating the publication of those or similar allegation concerning our client.”
“Omo Ghetto” ( The Saga), a movie by Actress Funke Akindele-Bello, popularly known as Jenifa has been declared Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie of all time.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2020 comedy film has broken a four-year record formally held by Kemi Adetiba’s ‘The Wedding Party’.
In a statement released by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), the 2020 comedy film has so far grossed N468,036,300 after holding the number one spot for its third week in a row.
“Omo Ghetto’ has officially broken a four years record by knocking off Kemi Adetiba’s 2016 Comedy movie” The Wedding Party”
The movie had been Nollywood Highest Grossing Movie with N453,000,000, in the third place is ‘The Wedding Party 2 with N433,197,377,” the statement said.
NAN also reports that Akindele-Bellos’ latest feat is probably the most shocking news in recent times, as it comes amidst a pandemic that crippled the film industry for months.
The comedy movie was released on Christmas day 2020 and is a sequel to the 2010 trilogy ‘Omo Ghetto’, follows the chaotic life of Shalewa aka Lefty (Funke Akindele)
Lefty (Funke Akindele) struggled between living a life of wealth and comfort provided by her adopted mother or returning to her ghetto lifestyle.
The comedy stars Funke Akindele in the dual role of Ayomide and Lefty, Tina Mba, Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, Chioma Akpotha, Bimbo Thomas.
Other were Eniola Badmus, Deyemi Okanlawon, Zubby Michael, Mercy Aigbe, Timini Egbuson, Alex Ekubo among others.
Nollywood Actress Ebube Nwagbo has lost her mum.
She announced this on her Instagram handle.
Sharing a photo of her late mum, she wrote:
Jee Nke Oma…
You Were A FIGHTER!!!
You Fought Till U Breathed Ur Last!!!
You Held On Through The Pains Becos You Wanted To Live For Us..
The Strongest Of Them All!!
You Raised A Strong Woman In Me!!
I Promise To Be Strong For Daddy And My Younger Ones.
Heaven Just Gained An Angel..I Know You Are Up There In Heaven.. Charming The Angels With Ur Beautiful Smile And Beautiful Self..
We Are Hurt,We Are Broken,But God Knows Best..
He Decided It Was Time For You To Rest …
Away From The Pains..
He Couldn’t Wait To Have You In His Bossom
We Miss And Love You Mum..
You Will Live In Our Hearts ForEver!
Harrison Iyoha/ PM NEWS
The groovy tune produced by Timi Jay which gives off a cool vibe that shows the Artiste’s vocal flair and dexterity is the latest in the string of outstanding singles the burgeoning music act has delivered since his foray into music.
Buju’s storytelling ability is palpable in his swaggering delivery of lyrics in pidgin English and Yoruba draped with his fresh new age sound of slow and sexy Afrobeats.
Buju’s silky smooth voice is undeniable in its charm as it is welcoming to the ears.
‘So lovely’ is simply the beacon for wooing the ladies in this new age music.
Buju loves to sing; it’s crystal clear in the song’s hook ‘She say she dey lonely and she go like to boogey down on me. She dey relationship but he don’t ever keep you company’.
It is clear he’s well on his way to becoming one of the greatest Nigerian stars with this new succinctly delivered cool track that has no dramatic instrumentation whatsoever.
It goes to show how clever Spaceship Collective tidied up the Afrobeats sounds into an evolution of music precocity.
For ‘So lovely’, Buju attests to the fact that most times musically, less is indeed more.
Buju, whose name is an acronym for “Beauty Underneath Just Understood”, Tye ( is an acronym for to your ears) was born Daniel Benson.
Buju is a fast-rising 22-year-old Nigerian Afro-beats singer and songwriter who draws inspiration to create his music, ranging from his personal experiences, his environment or the experiences of his friends.
His ability to tell stories effortlessly in his music whilst including vivid melodies and harmony is something that has made his music a ‘must-listen’, as it is unexplainably enjoyable.
He has released a series of singles, including “Spiritual” featuring indigenous rapper Zlatan, “Lenu” and “Ohema”.
In 2019, he bagged a nomination for the “Rookie of the Year” category at the HipTV Headies Awards.
In April 2020, he released ‘Lenu’ remix, a chartbuster featuring legendary Burna Boy.
His ability to freestyle on any instrumental gained him exposure on social media, coupled with his music making him an unstoppable wave.
Buju’s ‘So Lovely’ was released on December 3, 2020, and available on all music platforms.
Afrobeats superstar Davido has released his highly anticipated third studio album “A Better Time”.
The 17-track album features an array of international artistes such as Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Young Thug, Nas, Lil Baby, Hitboy, Sauti Sol, Mugeez and Sho Madjozi. Nigerian stars on the project include Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, C Kay and Bella Shmurda.
Speaking on the album, Davido said in spite of the happenings of 2020, he found hope of a better time: “I won’t keep you any longer. This year we’ve been through crazy times. Real crazy times. And through it all, we’ve all had to look inwards to find our unique hopes of better times ahead. I found a few. In human form and creative form. I’m so glad I can finally share them with you. I present to you ‘A Better Time’”
“A Better Time” is coming a year after his second studio album, “A Good Time”, was released.
Davido recorded the album after his tour was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I got back in the studio, and funny enough, I was making better music than I had previously dropped, and we just kept going,” he told Rolling Stone.
“My sophomore album was called A Good Time, so, obviously, A Better Time, it’s a better album. I took my time. Better visuals, better production, everything as a whole package.”
Reported by Reuters
Sean Connery, the Scottish movie star, who shot to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent 007 James Bond, is dead.
He was 90 years old.
The BBC and Sky News reported his death today.
Connery was raised in near poverty in the slums of Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before his bodybuilding hobby helped launch an acting career that made him one of the world’s biggest stars.
He will be remembered first as British agent 007, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming and immortalized by Connery in films starting with ““Dr. No” in 1962.
As Bond, his debonair manner and wry humor in foiling flamboyant villains and cavorting with beautiful women belied a darker, violent edge, and he crafted a depth of character that set the standard for those who followed him in the role.
He would introduce himself in the movies with the signature line, “Bond – James Bond.” But Connery was unhappy being defined by the role and once said he “hated that damned James Bond.”
Tall and handsome, with a throaty voice to match a sometimes crusty personality, Connery played a series of noteworthy roles besides Bond and won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a tough Chicago cop in “”The Untouchables” (1987).
He was 59 when People magazine declared him the “sexiest man alive” in 1989.
Connery was an ardent supporter of Scotland’s independence and had the words “Scotland Forever” tattooed on his arm while serving in the Royal Navy.
When he was knighted at the age of 69 by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2000 at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, he wore full Scottish dress including the green-and-black plaid kilt of his mother’s MacLeod clan.
Some noteworthy non-Bond films included director Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie” (1964), “The Wind and the Lion” (1975) with Candice Bergen, director John Huston’s “The Man Who Would be King” (1975) with Michael Caine, director Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) and the Cold War tale “The Hunt for Red October” (1990).
Connery retired from movies after disputes with the director of his final outing, the forgettable “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” in 2003.
“I get fed up dealing with idiots,” he said.
The Bond franchise was still going strong more than five decades after Connery started it. The lavishly produced movies, packed with high-tech gadgetry and spectacular effects, broke box office records and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.
After the smashing success of “Dr. No,” more Bond movies followed for Connery in quick succession: “From Russia with Love” (1963), “”Goldfinger” (1964), “”Thunderball” (1965) and ““You Only Live Twice” (1967).
Connery then grew concerned about being typecast and decided to break away. Australian actor George Lazenby succeeded him as Bond in “”On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969.
But without Connery it lacked what the public wanted and he was lured back in 1971 for ““Diamonds Are Forever” with temptations that included a slice of the profits, which he said would go to a Scottish educational trust.
He insisted it would be his last time as Bond.
Twelve years later, at age 53, Connery was back as 007 in ““Never Say Never Again” (1983), an independent production that enraged his old mentor, producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.
Born Thomas Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, he was the elder of two sons of a long-distance truck driver and a mother who worked as a cleaner. He dropped out of school at age 13 and worked in a variety of menial jobs.
At 16, two years after World War Two ended, Connery was drafted into the Royal Navy, and served three years.
““I grew up with no notion of a career, much less acting,” he once said. ““I certainly never have plotted it out. It was all happenstance, really.”
Connery played small parts with theater repertory companies before graduating to films and television.
It was his part in a 1959 Disney leprechaun movie, “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” that helped land the role of Bond.
Broccoli, a producer of the Bond films, asked his wife to watch Connery in the Disney movie while he was searching for the right leading actor.
Dana Broccoli said her husband told her he was not sure Connery had sex appeal.
“I saw that face and the way he moved and talked and I said: ‘Cubby, he’s fabulous!’” she said. “He was just perfect, he had star material right there.”
Connery married actress Diane Cilento in 1962. Before divorcing 11 years later, they had a son, Jason, who became an actor. He married French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he met playing golf, in 1975.
Reported by Reuters
Popular musician David Adeleke aka Davido has fired Sanni Goriola aka Lil Frosh, one of the artistes signed on his record label for allegedly battering his girlfriend, Gift Camille.
Frosh, a rapper who is signed to Davido’s record label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), was called out by the brother and manager of the girlfriend Camille on Monday, October 5, 2020 for allegedly battering her.
According to Camille’s brother, Michael, Lil Frosh has been assaulting his sister for a while now.
Pictures of the swollen face and bloodshot eyes of the beautiful Lady trended on social media.
As reactions and condemnations continued to trail the incident, DMW in a statement by its founder and supremo, Davido on Tuesday said the record label had served tires with the rapper.
Adeleke, while nothing there is no justification for domestic violence, said the company does not condone such actions.
“Upon internal investigations carried out by the label, we are left with no option than to terminate the recording contract that exists between the label and Lil Frosh, effective immediately. We hereby severe all affiliations with Mr Sanni Gorilla Wasiu aka Lil Frosh”.
To mark the 2020 Green October Event, reality TV stars Lilo and Nengi, stepped out in a white and lemon outfit, which saw them looking radiant.
Winner of the Big Brother Season 5 Lockdown edition, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as Laycon has expressed delight joy at winning the show.
Speaking during the prize presentation moments ago, he thanked his fans and everyone who supported him throughout the show.
“I came to promote my song and go maybe after two weeks. But fans saw something in me to keep me in the house to win.
“I love them all,” he said.
He was presented with a cheque for N30million, an SUV from Innoson motors and a two-bedroom house from Revolution Properties.
Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo is still in shock, after her goddaughter got her the car she has been dreaming to have: a Range Rover Evoque.
The mother of two got the surprise of her life today, when she got a white Range Rover Evoque from her goddaughter, whose name is Ololade.
Ojo revealed that she just returned from Turkey unhappy, due to the way she was extorted to pay for COVID-19 test at the airport, and then she got home to receive the amazing gift.
“2 weeks ago I prayed for a car on my page, @ololadeabuta_gracias my first god daughter called me and after we gisted for some minutes she asked me the kind of car I wish to buy, I jokingly told her range rover Evoque, next thing she started praying for me that God will provide an Evoque for me, I come say i no get money now oooooo make i jeje buy Vensa she said don’t worry before the end of this month God will bless me with an Evoque, we both laughed over it but I didn’t read any meaning to it, last week Sunday she called me that she will be coming to my house with a client that wants to do interior decor but I told her I wouldn’t be home because I was travelling to Turkey, I didn’t know she had a car gift for me Lolade my God will really bless you”