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By Fasanmi Abiola/ THE NATION

The term multiracial or biracial is generally applied to individuals whose parents are from different racial backgrounds

In the entertainment industry multi- racial celebrities are doing great for themselves, these sterling men and women have gone on to have successful careers in their chosen fields.

Here are nine famous Nigerian celebrities who are multiracial:

1. Adunni Ade

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Adunni Ade

The beautiful and versatile actress was born in Queens, New York, United States to a German American mother and a Yoruba father. She was brought up in Lagos and the United States respectively. She had her elementary schooling in Lagos and Ogun states. Her Lagos-based father, who is also a businessman, motivated her to study Accounting and she procured a degree in Accounting at the University of Kentucky in 2008. Adunni worked in the housing and insurance sectors in the United States and she ventured into fashion modelling and featured in America’s Next Top Model before joining the Nigeria movie industry.

2. Daddy Freeze

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Daddy Freeze

Controversial broadcaster and radio talk show host, Ifedayo Olarinde better known as Daddy Freeze, although from Osun State, was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother. He spent most of his growing years in Ibadan, Oyo State, where he attended the International School and bagged a degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. He began his radio career in 1996 with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan and later moved on to Cool FM Lagos in 2001.

3. Eku Edewor

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Eku Edewor

Full name Georgina Chloe Eku Edewor-Thorley, the beautiful actress was born at Portland Hospital in London, along with her twin sister Kessiana to a Nigerian mum, Juliana Edewor and a British father, Hugh Thorley. Her mother is Juliana Edewor, an interior designer, restaurateur, and art collector originally from Delta State, while her father, Hugh Thorley, is British and has worked in the food and beverage supply and logistics industries. Although she is into movies now, she is best known for her work as host of the entertainment television program 53 Extra.

4. Caroline Danjuma

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Caroline Danjuma

Caroline Danjuma was born to a Scottish father and a Nigerian mother. The actress studied Environmental Protection Management, Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Calabar. She made her screen debut in 2004, starring in some of Chico Ejiro’s popular films. In the wake of taking a break from the movie business, she made a comeback in 2016, producing and featuring in the romantic thriller ‘Stalker’.

5. Shan George

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Shan George

Born in Ediba, a town in Abi local government area of Cross River State, the talented actress and filmmaker was born to a Nigerian mum and a British dad. She is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where she studied Mass Communication. Prior to debuting in the movie Thorns of Rose, she had previously featured in a 1997 soap opera titled Winds of Destiny.

6. Ibinabo Fiberesima

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Ibinabo Fiberesima

The Nollywood actress and ex-beauty queen was born to a Nigerian father and an Irish mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts certificate in English Language and Literature from the University of Ibadan. Ibinabo made her debut as a film actress in the movie, Most Wanted, and has since gone on to star in several Nigerian films.

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7. Sophie Alakija

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Sophie Alakija

The beautiful actress was born on February 8, 1985 into a family of Nigerian and Lebanese descent. Best known as the video girl for Wizkid’s Holla At Your Boy, Sophie has starred in several Nollywood movies.

8. Sade Adu

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Sade Adu

Born January 16, 1959, Helen Folasade Adu popularly known as Sade Adu, is a Nigerian-British singer, songwriter, and actress, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band. Sade was born in Ibadan, Nigeria but brought up in Essex, England since 4. She is one of the most successful British female artists in history and often recognised as an influence on contemporary music.

9. Ramsey Nouah

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Ramsey Nouah

Highly celebrated Nigerian actor Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr better known as Ramsey Nouah was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother making the very talented actor an Israeli-Nigerian man. He obtained a diploma in Mass Communications at the University of Lagos after which he pursued a career in acting. His acting career kicked off when he starred in the Nigerian TV soap opera ‘Fortunes’ and he has since appeared in numerous films starring as the lead role, and has been called “Lover-Boy” for his numerous roles in romantic films.

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By Eric Ikhilae (Abuja) and Aiewerie Okungbowa (Asaba)/ THE NATION

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the £4.2 million recovered from friends and family members of Delta State Governor James Ibori by the British Government be used to complete the Second Niger Bridge, and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja-Kano Highway.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing said in Abuja on Tuesday that the £4.2 million was the first to be returned from the UK under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Nigeria in 2016.

According to her, the Ibori case is complicated and the authorities were working on the actual amount involved.

The High Commissioner said the delay in returning the loot was to ensure due process and allow interested parties to exhaust their right of appeal.

According to her, the recovered funds will hit Nigeria’s account in three weeks.

The envoy, who spoke in Abuja at the signing of an MoU between both countries, assured that more of such recoveries from the Ibori case would be returned shortly.

On Ibori, she said: “He was trusted by the people of Delta State to be their governor for two terms. Sadly, he did not deliver on his mandate. He stole money – money that should have been for roads, for hospitals and other developmental purposes.”

She said the agreement further demonstrated that the UK was no longer a haven for stolen funds.

The UK, she added, would ensure that the full weight of law enforcement is brought upon those who like to use, move or hide their proceeds of crime there.

“It is vitally important that this agreement makes strong provision for transparency, monitoring and accountability.

“It is a guiding principle of both the UK and Nigerian governments that stolen assets should be used for projects that benefit Nigeria’s poor.”

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), who signed for Nigeria, described the event as “another major milestone in our determined quest as a nation to attain full recovery of all looted assets”.

The minister spoke on the need to “prevent abuse of recovered assets and also to ensure optimal utilisation of such recovered assets for the benefit of our deserving citizens.

“I am confident that both the Nigerian and British governments remain committed to all affirmative actions to combat corruption/illicit financial flows, ensure that looters do not find comfort or safe haven in our territories and also to guarantee that the forfeited or recovered proceeds of corruption are deployed to the benefit of the masses.”

Malami said in line with the existing framework for the management of previous recoveries, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed that the instant repatriated funds should be deployed towards the completion of the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja – Kano expressway and the Lagos – Ibadan expressway under the coordination of the Nigeria Social Investment Authority (NSIA).

Malami said the decision was to ensure the integrity of the process, adding that a reputable civil society organisation (CSO) had been engaged to monitor/supervise the expenditure of the recovered funds on the execution of these critical projects which are evenly spread across the country.

On why is recovery was also being spent on the three projects to which the Abacha loot had been committed, Malami said Abacha loot was not sufficient to complete the projects, hence the decision to deploy this to the same projects.

“This is to further consolidate on what has been achieved in respect of the three projects. It is intended to ensure timely completion,” Malami said.

Ibori in 2012 pleaded guilty to money laundering and other charges in a UK court and was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.

Some of his family members and associates were also convicted and sentenced.

But back home in Asaba, the Delta State capital, a Federal High Court, had acquitted the former governor of all 170 count charges.

Justice Anselem Awokulehin acquitted Ibori after the state government argued that no fund was missing from its coffers.

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By Okungbowa Aiwerie Asaba/ THE NATION

  • UK to return loot

  • Cash for completion of Lagos-Ibadan road, 2nd Niger bridge

Who should be the custodian of the £4.2 million recovered from friends and family members of former Delta State Governor James Ibori to be returned to Nigeria by the United Kingdom government?

The Federal Government said the cash considered as recovered loot, belongs to it. It promptly deployed it for critical infrastructure development.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami said: “The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy.”

He added: “All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is indeed, the victim of crime and not the sub-national,” Speaking on Channels Television last night.

But the Delta State Government rejected the takeover of the cash by the Federal Government.

It described the action as unjust and “smacks of impunity”, vowing to use all legal means to get the money back into the Delta State coffers.

Commissioner for Information Charles Aniagwu described the presidential directive as “provocative and condemnable”.

According to him, the state government would not “hesitate to take all necessary legal action”.

He said the state was not at loggerheads with any state or the federal to warrant any punitive action.

The commissioner said: “We condemn it. It is a decision that speaks volumes of injustice…what the federal government intends to do amounts to impunity.

“I don’t even know how to classify this behaviour of the federal government. Maybe President Muhammadu Buhari is not aware of what Malami is up to….I assume that those making those statements are showing their ignorance of the structure of our federation and the need to be equitable in decision making.”

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary Olisa Ifeajika insisted that: “The money belongs to Delta government. If it’s being returned, it should come to Delta State. Chief James Ibori was not a federal minister; neither was he a federal permanent secretary; he was never a federal official. He operated in Delta State as a governor.

“So, if there is any window for the money to be brought back, it should, naturally, come to Delta State. And if for any reason, that the Federal Government has a different plan, there should be a discussion with the state government.

“Not consulting with the government and planning to spend the cash on projects outside the state is impunity and disrespect for the rule of law.”

Yesterday, a socio-cultural group, Oghara Development Union, (ODU) Lagos Branch, urged the Federal Government to stop what it called UK hypocrisy by insisting on the repatriation of £6.2 million and £4.2 million.

It accused the UK of witch-hunting Ibori for profit by withholding £2 million.

The group said it had followed the case diligently and knows that the sum the women forfeited was £6.2 million and not £4.2 million.

The group urged the federal government to ensure every single kobo forfeited by Chief James Onanefe Ibori’s associates in the London trial be returned to Nigeria.

Ibori hails from Oghara in the Ethiope West LGA, Delta State.

The union said in a statement signed by General Secretary Sunday Agbofodoh, said: “The Oghara Development Union stands squarely with Chief Ibori in maintaining his innocence, and so without conceding that Ibori was guilty as charged, and specifying that the forfeited houses were not bought with illicit funds, we nevertheless, call on Nigeria to insist that the full worth of the three buildings seized through a court order, be repatriated to Nigeria.”

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Israel Adesanya suffered the first loss of his MMA career at UFC 259 last night, reports www.lowkickmma.com.

‘The Last Stylebender’ entered his light-heavyweight title bout with Jan Blachowicz on the back of 20 consecutive wins.

He was a considerable favourite to dethrone the 205lb champion and pick up his second UFC belt.

In the UFC 259 main event, things did not go Adesanya’s way. After three close and cagey rounds Blachowicz began to take over.

The Polish power-puncher used his bigger frame to wrestle the talented kickboxer in the final two rounds.

Ultimately it was enough for Blachowicz to retain his belt and take Adesanya’s 0.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Adesanya, disappointed but not disheartened, said: “Losses are part of life. Losses are something I deal with occasionally.

“Just this is my first one in MMA. As I say, it is what it is. If I was going to lose to anyone, what better guy to lose to than a guy like Jan?

“(He’s) a classy champion, a cool dude, a very nice guy – a guy who has a great story in himself.

“On his way to getting cut from the company, comes back and then dominates and becomes the light heavyweight champion and then hands this guy, a future legend, his first loss. Yeah, if I was going to lose to anyone, I’m glad I lost to him.”

‘Stylebender’ understood the risk he was taking by stepping up to light-heavyweight and insists he has no regrets despite losing.

“(I have) no regrets,” Adesanya said. “Like I said, I don’t know. I feel like the boxing model has made it a bad thing to lose. Yeah, it sucks losing. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like the end of the world. Like I said, I’ve lost before in the past. … Right now, me and my team, we’re just excited to get home and work on certain little details.”

Adesanya is of the opinion some minor changes to his UFC 259 gameplan would’ve seen him walk away the winner.

He’ll now return to New Zealand and focus on his comeback.

“Honestly, I could’ve won this fight,” Adesanya said. “… Tonight he played a better game plan, and he was the better fighter tonight. That’s it. He respected me, and I respected him, and we had a great showing of ourselves. I’m not heartbroken. I hate losing. Don’t get me wrong. But I’m not like, ‘Oh my god. F*ck, he really embarrassed me. Like, that was it.’ Nah, I felt like I had a great showing for myself.

“I represented my team very well. Now we go back to the drawing board. It’s kind of fun. Like, I look forward to like, this is the dip in my story. (Do) you know what I mean? This is the valley, if you will. Then, I’ll rise again like the phoenix that I am.”

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BY OUR REPORTERS/ GUARDIAN.NG

We Are Not Operating As A Nation, Says Soyinka
• Faults Gumi Theory

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has urged Nigerians to spend less energy questioning the number of loans being taken by the Federal Government to improve infrastructure, stressing that the benefits of rail transportation far outweighs the value of the loans.

He also said that controversies over the Chinese loans miss the point, since, according to him, “It is up to legislators to decide where loans come from.”

His words: “I take loans as a human being, how much more if you are running a country and you need facilities, as long as you work out how to repay the loans. It is beyond my competence to look into the terms of borrowing and repaying the loans.

“I want to see the trains. I grew up seeing the trains. It is about time we got the trains back. Don’t let adverse terms scare us. That is what the economists and the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) exit for. That is why the procurement agencies are there. That is why we put the Senators there.”

While expatiating on the importance of rail transport, Soyinka urged the Federal Government not to do away with the old rail lines. He said the old rail line would be relevant in the area of moving cattle as well as providing security for herders amid the current hullabaloo over AK47 welding herders.

“The old rail lines should continue because we have to move cattle, the rail is one of the best ways of moving cattle.

“While the cattle are in the trains, the police should protect them rather than Fulani boys wielding AK47 with which they menace everybody. Let us have a new structured movement style through the rail lines rather than having policemen protecting individuals.”

The venerable writer, who spoke in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, criticized the process of attaining political office in the country, said, “It is we citizens who must now take our destiny in our hands.”

He said: “If I may just go back to security a little bit, one of our problems is that we don’t have a sense of continuity. That means that we don’t heed warnings. And even with warnings, when we notice that something abnormal is happening, we don’t project from that to ask ourselves, what does this signify? What may come after this? How did this abnormality take place?

“My mind is on one of the very first experiences of herdsmen violence. How many years ago was a general murdered on the expressway, while changing his tyres? The whole story ended with the affirmation that herdsmen came out of the bush and accosted this general and something or the other happened and they butchered him.

“This was followed not long after with a similar episode also in the south. This, somehow, does not resonate with anybody. It happened and people felt that was the end of it; a few years later, of course, a real massive herdsmen-induced hemorrhage began to take place.

“I travelled to give a lecture in Enugu and travelled to Benue when these things happened. When Benue came under fire, I mean consistent fire, and Miyetti Allah was sounding ultimatum — I don’t know what the road is like now to go from Enugu to Makurdi and other parts, but I don’t advise it even for young bones — I took that trip and back also by road because it was essential for me to liaise with Benue people and exchange notes on what we have been seeing here and also to sympathise with them and express my outrage at the attitude of the centre.

“If you remember one: Buhari was eventually persuaded to go there and commiserate with them or do something and what did he do? He got there and said, ‘you Tiv people, learn to leave like good neighbours’. This was after killings, which transcended to three figures.

“Two, one of his spokesmen, when the mass burial took place, said Governor Ortom was making cinema show because there was a barrage of cameras and so on — you know, he was supposed to bury them in the secret, perhaps, in the bush, and forget them.

“A former Head of State even went there to lay a wreath. A spokesman of Buhari, who was not immediately sacked, said Ortom was putting on a show and so, because of the symptoms, it is why I am being very closely related towards what is going on around the governor, the people and to the Benue people.

“They were truly the first to face the fire, which the whole nation is facing now. Sorry, I don’t like to repeat the whole story, because it does not seem to make any impact on the people.”

The Nobel laureate said he became sufficiently alarmed at what he was seeing in the bush, remarking, “You know I live partly in the forest. I became sufficiently alarmed to seek an appointment with the late General Owoeye Andrew Azazi, the former Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), but we already knew enough about the infiltration of Boko Haram into the structure of governance.

“I was sufficiently alarmed that I refused to meet him in Nigeria. I contacted him and said anytime he is outside Nigeria; I will try and organize myself so we can meet. I said, I don’t want to talk to him in Nigeria, because, even your Security Services, has been infiltrated by Boko Haram and, so, we met in London.”

Making a case for the restructuring of the entire national security architecture, Soyinka decried “this very minimalist structure of defence and protection of the people.

“And so, when people ask me what are the remedies and so on, I say: ‘go back to what has been proposed. Go back to Pro-National Conference Organisation (PRONACO) report. Let me remind you, it (conference) lasted one year and some months, and a draft constitution was proposed.

“It is in print and was presented and nobody said this is your constitution; we just said this is something a collection of people across the nation, across professions, across ethnic groups, across religious beliefs, all were carefully selected.

“Every single aspect of this nation was covered in that exercise, which I said lasted over a year and whose propositions were there for people to look into. Then, there was of course, the one by Goodluck Jonathan, it is still there; what happened to it? Prof Akinyemi was the secretary and they worked very hard.”

On the issue of negotiating with bandits for the release of abductees, especially school children, Soyinka stated: “I support any kind of effort and I actually find laudable, any action, which involves personal risk.

“The question, however, is what I call the Gumi approach, is the theology that goes with it. That’s problematic. It looks safe to say he is going there to plead the cause of violators not the violated. That, for me, is my problem with what I call the Gumi theory.

“He is using the language, which for me, is pernicious. In a moment, he will get the victims feeling guilty that they allowed themselves to have been kidnapped in the first place. That is the logical conclusion of that kind of language.

“If he says he goes there to negotiate, negotiation has been taking place with bandits throughout history in the entire globe. I was involved in negotiation by MEND, for instance, and it was possible for me to relate to MEND, but at the same time, and ask them, I said I do not approve of your kidnapping.

“I think I was probably the first person in this country to speak up against such tactics. That is talking about adults, how much more vulnerable children. So, Gumi needs to get both his approach and his language right, so that he doesn’t present himself as being complicit to the very phenomenon of kidnapping.”

He said calls by activists and agitators for creation of O’odua Republic or Biafra won’t surprise anyone, noting: “For a start, we are not operating as a nation, by which I mean we are not operating on a constitution that has our will.

“This kind of call, we didn’t experience it, did we at the immediate post-independence until the first military coup? We didn’t experience this kind of loud and determined sequence of calls from different parts of the country.

“I know at one stage we had Araba. This was after the first military coup and the Araba secession, which came from the North and that has been echoed over the years from different parts, simply because the events, the issues, which resulted in one section wanting to secede have never been addressed.

“On the contrary, those problems have been compounded by the centralised constitution imposed on the nation, which even negates the limited autonomy of collective action of the components of what goes by the name Nigeria and we have been regressing ever since.”

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By Mark Savage BBC music reporter

One of reggae's most important voices, Bunny Wailer, has died at the age of 73.

The musician, from Kingston, Jamaica, was a founding member of The Wailers alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley.

Together, they achieved international fame with reggae classics like Simmer Down and Stir It Up, before Wailer left to go solo in 1974.

He went on to win three Grammys and was given Jamaica's Order Of Merit in 2017.

His death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe, and Jamaica's Culture Minister, Olivia Grange.

The cause of death is unknown, but he had been in hospital since having a stroke in July 2020.

Tributes have already poured in for the musician, with fans and fellow musicians describing him as a legend.

"This is one of the lowest moment in the history of our culture," wrote dancehall artist Shaggy on Facebook. "You have made us proud king. Rest well."

"Oh man, god bless Bunny Wailer," wrote Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. "What a true rocker and noble man. I love him."

Andrew Holness, Jamaica's prime minister, also paid tribute, calling his death "a great loss for Jamaica and for reggae".

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image captionThe original incarnation of The Wailers, circa 1964 (L-R): Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh

The star, whose real name was Neville O'Riley Livingston, had been the last surviving member of The Wailers, following Bob Marley's death from cancer in 1981, and Peter Tosh's murder during a robbery in 1987.

Born on 20 April 10, 1947, Livingston spent his earliest years in the village of Nine Miles, where he was raised by his father, Thaddeus, who ran a grocery store.

That was where he first met Marley, and the toddlers soon became firm friends, making their first music together at Stepney Primary and Junior High School.

Following the death of Marley's father in 1955, his mother, Cedella, moved in with Livingston's father. The boys were essentially raised as step-brothers, especially after Cedella and Thaddeus had a daughter together, Pearl.

After moving to Trenchtown in Kingston, they met Peter Tosh and formed a vocal group called The Wailing Wailers - because, Marley said: "We started out crying."

The area was poor and afflicted by violence. Livingston later remembered building his first guitar from "a bamboo staff, the fine wires from an electric cable and a large sardine can".

But singer Joe Higgs, aka "the Godfather of Reggae", lived nearby and took the boys under his wing. Under his tutelage, they refined their sound, adding vocalist Junior Braithwaite and backing singers Beverly Kelso and Cherry Green before shortening their name to The Wailers.

In December 1963, the band entered Coxsone Dodd's infamous Studio One to record Simmer Down, a song Marley had written calling for peace in the ghettos of Kingston.

Faster and harder than the music The Wailers later became known for, the song was an immediate hit, reaching number one in Jamaica. They followed it up with the original version of Duppy Conqueror, before releasing their debut album The Wailing Wailers, in 1965.

Soon after, the band went on hiatus as Marley got married and moved to the USA, and Livingston served a year in jail for marijuana possession. But they still managed to release 28 singles between 1966 and 1970, before releasing their second album, Soul Rebels.

Their international breakthrough came three years later with Catch A Fire - the first record they made for Chris Blackwell's Island Records.

The collaboration came about almost by accident. The Wailers had been touring the UK with Johnny Nash - who'd had a hit with a cover of Stir It Up - but found themselves unable to pay for their trip home.

Blackwell offered to sign the band to Island, paying them an advance to cover their air fares and cost of recording an album in Jamaica.

Much to the band's displeasure, some of the songs were overdubbed to make them more palatable to an international audience.

"I felt the way to break the Wailers was as a black rock act; I wanted some rock elements in there," Blackwell later told Rolling Stone. "Bunny and Peter didn't want to leave Jamaica, so Bob came to England when we did the overdubs."

The album was not a major seller and failed to chart in both the US and UK - but it has become widely recognised as a classic. Rolling Stone magazine recently placed it at number 140 in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, writing "the Wailers' ghetto rage comes across uncut" in songs like Concrete Jungle and Slave Driver.

Commercial success followed with 1973's Burnin', which featured classic cuts like I Shot The Sheriff, Small Axe and Get Up, Stand Up.

However, it was to be the Wailers last album to feature the original Wailers line-up.

Tensions already present were exacerbated by Island marketing their albums under the name Bob Marley and The Wailers, and a touring schedule that kept Livingston away from his family.

He eventually left in 1973, saying the touring lifestyle clashed with his Rastafarian beliefs - citing the pressure to eat processed foods and play "freak clubs". He later said fame was the enemy of creativity.

"Music is based on inspiration and if you're in an environment where you are up and down, here and there, that's how your music is going to sound," Livingston told The Los Angeles Times in 1986.

"People get taken away in getting themselves to be a star and that is a different thing from getting yourself to be a good writer, musician, producer and arranger."

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image captionThe star was known as an elder statesman of reggae

Free from the band, he began to work on his solo album Blackheart Man, which included classic songs like Dreamland and Fighting Against Conviction, which was inspired by his stint in prison.

He went on to release several acclaimed albums, including 1981's Rock 'n' Groove and 1980s's Bunny Wailer Sings The Wailers, which saw him revisit some of the band's classic material.

In the 1990s, he won the Grammy award for best reggae album three times - with each of those records extending and preserving the legacy of Marley and the Wailers: 1991's Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, 1995's Crucial! Roots Classics, and the 1997's all-star Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary.

"I'm satisfied with knowing that I'm serving the purpose of getting reggae music to be where it's at," he told the Washington Post in 2006. "I'm proud to be part of that."

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By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Social media was agog on Monday night after popular Nigerian rapper, Sodiq Yusuf, popularly known as CDQ called out Burna Boy for allegedly disrespecting former Super Eagles forward, Obafemi Martins.

CDQ took to his official Twitter page on Monday night to express his anger towards the ‘Ye’ coroner, Burna Boy.

He said, “I still can’t phantom this an artist just disrespected Obagoal on thinking he’s now bigger n say e don get mouth pass Obafemi Martins and I imagine how he was able to go back home and sleep comfortably without conscience in this same Lagos igbagbè manshe awa eda ooo,” CDQ wrote in Pidgin English.

“Burna for the first time I’m disappointed in u!!!!! U and ur boys need to go apologize to Obagoal now! No let dem dey deceive u wit ur village title say African giant com dey disrespect ObaEar Eko lonpe bi. Obafemi Martins is not anybody’s mate Extraterrestrial alien if we dey cry make we dey see.”

“U don’t disrespect anyone in my circle and I look d other way; no way,” (sic) he added.

CDQ however urged him to apologise to the former Inter Milan forward.

As of the time of this report, Burna Boy and Obafemi Martins are yet to react to CDQ’s claim.

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