Saturday, June 13, 2020

Nicki Minaj & 6ix9ine make history in 9 minutes

Nicki Minaj and 6ix9ine have reportedly broken the record for the fastest number 1 song on the US iTunes.

They made history in just nine minutes with their collaboration titled “TROLLZ.”

This becomes Nicki’s 14th song and 6ix9ine’s 3rd to reach #1 on the chart.

“Trollz” was released on Friday (June 12).

The song was 6ix9ine and Nicki’s follow-up to their first release “Fefe,” which dropped back in 2018 and was later added to her Queen album.

The single was accompanied by a colorful visual, which was shot at 6ix9ine’s house.

Tekashi, in his usual high spirit on the track, said “I know you don’t like me, you wanna fight me/You don’t want no problems at your party? Don’t invite me,” he raps. “I don’t worry ’bout you niggas, please stop talking ’bout me/Always talkin’ bout me ’cause you looking for the clouty.”

Nicki didn’t hold back any punches either.

She said: “Somebody ushered this nigga into a clinic/My flow is still sick, I ain’t talkin’ a pandemic/I write my own lyrics, a lot of these bitches gimmicks/They study Nicki style, now all of them wanna mimic.”

However, Nicki had earlier announced that a portion of the newly released effort will benefit the Bail Project Inc. – an organization that assists low-come individuals with securing bail while they await trial.

Music Blogger Accuses Kwara Policeman Of Extortion

Akoh Isaiah, a music blogger has alleged that a policeman in Kwara State Police Command of extorted money from him on the motion that he is an Internet fraudster.

The 27-year old musician reported that he boarded a motorcycle from the Palms Mall to the Post Office area and passed by the policeman around Muritala area of Ilorin when the policeman also boarded a motorcycle and started chasing him.
The policeman allegedly ordered the blogger’s phones and he was made to pay N6,000 after a thorough search.

Isaiah said, “I gave him my android phone and he later asked for my iPhone, which I gave him, and he searched the phones but did not find anything incriminating on them. He said he knew what young men were doing and I asked him if I could go since he did not find anything incriminating on my phone.

“He refused to let me go and demanded that I give him money. He asked me to open my bank app, which I refused to do initially and he said he was going to take me to the station and accused me of being an Internet fraudster; so, I opened the app for him.”
“He saw N7,000 in my account and ordered me to transfer everything to him and I told him I could not do that since I was not guilty of any crime; he then told me to send N6,000 to a particular account and he called the owner of the account to confirm he had received the alert before he released me.”

The music blogger reported the incident at the ‘A’ Division and on the official Twitter page of the Police Complaint Response Unit.

Wizkid Blasts Nigerian Pastors And Their Healing Prowess

Nigerian singer, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid made a jest of Nigerian pastors and their healing prowess.

Despite the powers claimed by some pastors, Wizkid said that he hasn’t seen a pastor heal anyone infected with COVID-19.

On his official Twitter page, he wrote; ”I never see any naija pastor go isolation heal anyone from covid lol”

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) reacted to the tweet with four laughing emojis.

Access Bank Manager Nwaru Jerry Nnamdi Charged With Stealing N14millions

Access Bank Logo

Police in Lagos have charged the Ketu Branch Manager of Access Bank Plc, Mr Nwaru Jerry Nnamdi, with stealing N14m.
Nwaru, 34, was alleged to have stolen the money while refilling the bank’s ATM Vault.
His employer, the Access Bank, reported the theft at the Ikoyi Division of Nigeria Police Force, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the station, CSP Tijani Mustapha N`abba, subsequently directed his men led by Inspector Afolayan Babashola to arrest the suspect.
The police arraigned Nwaru before the Igbosere Chief Magistrate`s Court on Thursday on a four-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
However, the presiding Magistrate , Mrs K.O Doja Ojo, declined to entertain the matter on the ground that the charge did not fall into the category of the emergency cases approved for the court to handle.
Doja Ojo directed the police to return the suspect to the station and bring him back after COVID 19 crisis for proper arraignment.
According to police, nemesis, caught up with the suspect when forensic auditors from the bank`s headquarters audited the account books of the branch.
The auditors discovered that the suspect stole N14m between May and December 2019 through false accounting.

Police Promise To Pursue Justice For Rape Victims In Nigeria

Rivers State Police Command has assured rape victims of prosecuting anyone found culpable of sexual assault in the state.
Mr Joseph Mukan, the Commissioner of Police promised while receiving a petition from the coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), protesting rising rape cases in the country.
Mukan said the command was yet to receive a complaint of rape in the state, but that measures had been put in place to tackle the crime.
He said: “We assure that your  (protesters) concerns will be given adequate attention, though the command is yet to record any such violence.
“The command has put in place proactive measures, including the creation of gender desks in all Police formations across the command to tackle the menace.”
He explained that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had directed the creation of special desks to address incessant sexual assaults on women and children.
“We appeal to parents and guardians to increase their security consciousness and monitor the movements and activities of their children.
“They should also damn the consequences of social stigmatisation.
“Also, the command will deal with erring officers that are found to compromise the process and compound felonies,” he said.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Kenneth Okonkwo Reveals Nollywood’s Finest Actress

Mercy Aigbe and Kenneth Okonkwo on set
Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has disclosed that Mercy Aigbe, is one of ‘Nollywood’s finest actresses.’
The 51-year-old actor complimented Mercy when he shared a behind-the-scenes photo from a movie.
“Be yourself! She loves you for who you are not for what you are. Whether you are a road side Mechanic or an Engineer, what is yours is yours. On stage with one of Nollywood finest actresses @realmercyaigbe whom I love and cherish even if I am a Mechanic and she is a Princess,” he captioned the post.

Okonkwo is popularly known for his role in the movie Living in Bondage. as MR Andy.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump Calls For Investigation Into George Floyd’s Death

The United States President Donald Trump has called for an expedited investigation into George Floyd’s death.
Floyd, the deceased was pronounced dead in a hospital on Monday night, following a brief altercation with a Minnesota policeman.
According to reports and video evidence, the officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of the black man who later died.
Trump described Floyd’s death as ””very sad and tragic” and also said that ”justice will be served”.

On his official Twitter page, he wrote; ”At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd…
“….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

Bisi Alimi Blasts Simi For Condemning Homosexuality

LGBT Activist Bisi Alimi and Simi
Nigerian gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi has called out Nigerian singer Simi after she spoke against racism and violence on Blacks while she once condemned homosexuality.
Simi on her Twitter page had condemned the brutal killing of an African American man named George Floyd by police in Minneapolis USA after a cop knelt on his neck.
The ‘Duduke’ singer wrote; “And we have our own people killing us in the streets and it has become so normal now. It’s almost more abhorrent. As fucked as it is, it is one thing for people to be intimidated by and hate you for being different, but how do you not value someone the exact same as you?”

Reacting to this, Bisi Alimi called her a hypocrite referencing how she on her Youtube series: Stoopid Sessions, she once called homosexuality, “abnormal.”
He wrote; “There is a name you call the #Nigeria middle/upper class elites that sympathise with abroad blackness but promote local homophobic violence against their own #LGBT; hypocrites. The @SympLySimi of this world. You are a disgrace.”
In January this year, Bisi Alimi shared a piece of advice to all gay Nigerians to find means to escape from the country that ” is designed to kill you and your dreams!”
The Berlin-based university lecturer shared a post which reads thus; ”Dear Nigerian LGBTQ Individuals, if you can find your way out of Nigeria please do it. To be honest, start investing in getting out of that jungle. Your future matters.”

Apple Announces DJ Cuppy As Their First African Radio Host

              DJ Cuppy becomes Radio Host

DJ Cuppy, the celebrity daughter of Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, has landed first-of-its-kind deal with Apple Music as the music platform launches its first radio show in Africa.
The streaming platform announced today, Thursday, that “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” will debut Sunday and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more.
The weekly one-hour show will be hosted at 3 pm Nigerian time on Sundays.
As face and voice behind Apple Music in Africa, Cuppy will be bringing the world to Africa.
Besides DJing all genres of African music, the show will see Cuppy entertaining the listeners with interviews from artists across the continent and even beyond.
”I’m the first ever African @AppleMusic  @Beats1 radio host? Pinch me! This is for YOU Africa! ✊🏿🎡✊🏾🎢✊🏽 Promise to do my people PROUD! 🌍#AfricaNow,” Cuppy tweeted.
“The show represents a journey from West to East and North to South, but importantly a narrative of Africa then to Africa now,” Cuppy said.
I’m the first ever African @AppleMusic@Beats1 radio host? Pinch me! This is for YOU Africa! ✊🏿🎡✊🏾🎢✊🏽 Promise to do my people PROUD! 🌍

African music and artists have found success outside of the continent and onto the pop charts in both the U.S. and U.K. in

Jude Okoye Responds To Cynthia Morgan's Allegations

Here is the contract between Cynthia Morgan and Jude Okoye

Jude Okoye has responded to the allegations made against him by Cynthia Morgan and May D.
In a live interview with Instagram influencer Tunde Ednut, Jude Okoye addressed some of the allegations made against him by the dancehall singer who accused him of shipwrecking her music career.
Her Stage Name And Social Media Accounts
Cynthia Morgan who now goes by the stage name Madrina alleged that she was not allowed to use her stage name and that she no longer had access to her social media accounts following her exit from Jude Okoye’s Northside Records.
Speaking to Tunde on the issue, Okoye denied the claim.
“I never took that name from her. I don’t have that power.”
Okoye added the songstress still had access to her social media account two years after leaving the label.
Her Contract With Northside Records
Jude stated that the contract Cynthia Morgan had with him (Northside Records) expired in 2017 when responding to a question on if Cynthia Morgan was free.
Jude affirmed that Morgan indeed owed him over 40 million dollars.
During the course of the interview, he said that he will make the contract available to the public.
Cynthia claimed that Jude was not promoting her.
“Why are people not asking questions; how come this girl has been down this so long and not even one colleague came up to her rescue? Not rescue as in giving her money or sponsoring her. Rescue as in identifying with her.”
He said she burned all the bridges he built for her and stated Cynthia Morgan once questioned his value in her life.
“Cynthia Morgan looked me in the eye and asked me ‘what the f**k have you done for me?'”
On May D
Jude Okoye also addressed the allegations made by Akinmayokun Awodumila better known by the stage name May D. Following the allegations by Morgan, May D whose brief stint with the defunct PSqaure ended in 2012, stated that while he was with the label he was poorly treated. He claimed that he slept on a carton in the boy’s quarters which he shared with their driver.
In his reaction to the allegation, Jude said he spent over a hundred thousand dollars on May D. According to Jude, trouble began after he gave May D a contract and the singer came back after 2 weeks stating that there were no incentives in the contract.
Jude said May D had demanded a car and an apartment in Lekki despite the fact that the singer was still up-and-coming and had not done any shows.
On Psquare
Jude also chipped in on the bad blood between him and Peter. He stated that the only reason he decided to speak up on the Cynthia Morgan allegations was because Peter had involved himself.
Jude Okoye stated that the reason PSquare broke up was because Peter didn’t want his (Jude) involvement in the group. When asked if he could bring back the group together again, Jude said no and that “there is nothing humanly possible for me to do to bring Psquare back”.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Live Report: Rebirth Of Real Hip Hop

Mi and AQ are undoubtedly a force to reckon with when it comes to hip hop in Nigeria, this is because their catalogue and discography vividly portrays the amount of energy and talent they have both put in to get to the stage at which their career is in presently.
Art is supposed to connect , regardless of the form it comes in; whether as photography , films,music or even poetry , it is meant to connect to give people another deep sense of imagination. This is what these two rappers artistically did on this project.
Amazingly, it was a tweet that birthed the whole project , as a fan reached out to AQ to ask him to do a project with MI and things went by so fast and six days later, The Live Report was birthed. This can fully attest to the fact that the rappers are extremely talented and they are one hundred percent confident in their craft.
It is evidently ridiculous to ignore MI when conversations of the greatest in African hip hop arises; this is because he has been around for more than a decade and his bars are still as hungry as a rookie who just broke into stardom. This project is his tenth work and it keeps getting better. The self acclaimed African rapper number one has his name imprinted in history when it comes to hip hop in Africa .
AQ’s lyricism has effortlessly put him on the map and has raised his name when conversations on who is the lyrical king in Nigerian hip hop arises. Having won the lyricist on the roll award at the 2019 Headies and putting out one the best rap albums so far this year with Gods Engineering; he cannot be counted out or ignored when hip hop is addressed in Nigeria’s music journey

A hip hop fan is supposed to except nothing less than epic when two talented rappers like MI and AQ decide to work together on a project. The six track EP covers ranges of topics and issues. They consistently hit the nail on the head and raise all the dust needed on issues that matter. This generated lots of applause when the project just came out . It also did not hesitate to top the charts on the hip hop genres.
The first track “tone of the conversation “ serves as an introductory track as the two rappers projects theirselves and the rapping prowess they possess. They waste no time to insist that nobody is on their level; with MI expressing in one of the lines that he’s a walking “Museum “ and he also serves as a protector to other rappers as he goes on to project himself as “ Amotekun”. AQ also hints on the fact that he feels his time is now as he asserts with statements like “ I have crowned so many kings and this is my coronation “. In this track , they aggressively claim their spot .
The live report serves as the second track and also the title of the project. In this song, that talk about the ills going on in the society as blunt as it could ever be , citing examples from the present Covid -19 pandemic, the 5G drama that played out , politics and the mindset of the average Nigerian . They also hinted on how social media affects the people negatively due to its excessive use. MI states clearly that “intelligence is not married to elegance” advising people to get wiser
Jesus said use your head comes off as the title of the next track . Here MI and AQ bants on religion and the extremism attached to it. They pour out their mind on the way religious people exaggerate and over analyze ; in this song, they advice the church goers to go back to the Bible so they can get a background knowledge on whatever topic the pastor raises . Ignorance towards the words of God is a harsh reality on the religious sect today . MI speaks on his disappointment at which one can easily relate criminal activities with pastors on pulpits.
The next track “Clap for yourself” features big daddy jayy. This track comes off in a hyper sarcastic intro ; it ridicules the alarming rate at which people lie ,MI hyped himself out ; throwing light on how he’s successful and he feels he ought to be applauded for all his achievement . AQ shades people who claim to be rich on the internet and in reality ; they are poor and have noting to show for themselves.
When I’m gone takes a deeper reflection on the fact that everyone will be gone one day. In this next verse ,AQ analyzes that despite the changing system of the world , he is still stuck to old values . He urges his fans to always stick to his music because he thinks he might gain more fame when he’s gone because these days ; people are heavily pulled in to the trendy “booty songs”. MI starts off with the fame thirsty people on twitter who tweet without regard and possess little or no value on how people would feel when they put out negative tweet aimed at hurting someone. He explains that even when he’s gone , the set of individuals that hated him will switch lanes and act like the loved him . The message in the song is advising people to show love whenever they can because life is not guaranteed.
The last track on the EP is titled “ brave heart “ in this song ,AQ starts off by talking about his zeal to chase his dreams. He emphasizes that no can stop him from doing what he has been designed to achieve. He continues to draw attention to his notion on the fact that he does not trust the media. Mi takes God-status on the track ; he boasts that he is always busy “starting companies and he disregards beefs” this is because he keeps wining and continues to make what he states as “clean money”.
The live report is one work of art that serves as an eye opener to the way at which rap can be a platform to buttress issues happening in the society. MI and AQ continues to break boundaries as they consistently try to regulate and push rap music to same level at which Afro beats is in Nigeria. For me, this is hip hop and as a country we need more rap artists like the two talents on this project.
By Naomi Oleribe 

Waje Opens Up About Insecurities And Why She Almost Quit Music

Waje opens up about insecurities and why she almost quit music in an interview with
Chude Jideonwo

In a bare-all interview with Chude Jideonwo, co-founder of RED | For Africa and Joy Inc., the
multi-talented singer, Aituaje Iruobe, known professionally as Waje, revealed some of her
deepest insecurities, including how she almost quit music in 2013.

In the latest episode of #WithChude, the Nigerian singer whose vocal range is doubtless one
of the best in the industry opened up about how relentless attacks on her looks from the
public, made her decide never to do music again.

“Someone said I looked like a DSTV remote control,” she said, recounting the day in 2013
when she went viral on Twitter following a music performance she didn’t feel confident
about. According to her, “Strangely, nobody said anything about my performance, but they
kept saying stuff about how I looked.”

Recounting the experience, the singer admits, “I still have the picture from that day, and I
looked good, not bad. But I really believed what they said, and I stopped being happy.”
Waje explained that she was only able to overcome that phase of her life when she
highlighted the things that were within her power to change and focused on them while
devoting a whole year to finding God and building her faith.

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations
focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart and spirit. Leveraging the
voice, network and passion of its host, Chude Jideonwo, the show underlines social issues,
aims to raise social consciousness and spark social movements.

New episodes of #WithChude show every Saturday at 9 pm on TVC Entertainment, and
every Thursday on Ebony Life TV at 7.30 pm. With an extended play podcast up on Spotify,
iTunes among other podcast platforms every Wednesday at 10 am, everyone can join the