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My uniqueness makes me a global brand— Gabana Playaz

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Nigerian singer, songwriter and performer, Gabana Playaz, has said he is confident no one can take his place in a competitive music industry such as Nigeria and even on the international market.

Edo State-born Gabana, while describing his kind of sound, also said music for him, didn’t start now.


His words: “Well let me inform you that I have been making music for as long as I can remember. So I’m certain about my uniqueness as a musician and as an artiste, not only in Nigeria but for Africa and the world at large.

“My label, Playaz Worldwide, is a global movement not only to help produce music but to also help artiste master their talent and craft. As for my kind of sound, my sound is my sound. It’s a feeling I can’t put into words. But just know I’m spontaneous and also opened to all kinds of genre, even the likes of Afro-Fusion and all.

“Everything around me inspires my music; whether writing songs or producing. Nature, people, food, movies, sounds etc. I just make music and right now I’m just focused on growing my brand more, but definitely opened to collaborate when the time is right.”

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Gabana, who just released a new song entitled “Show Dem”, which is currently trending across major radio stations in the country, gives insight into his growing up days and where he sees himself in the music industry, five years from now.

“Growing up was fun and also challenging, because I grew with my grandmother and family members. We all lived in our family house. I wouldn’t say we’re so rich financially, but we had everything we needed.

“As for where I see myself five years from now, I’m often been asked this question and my answer always is that I’m here to reign for as long as God permits. So you do the maths.”

Gabana Playaz, real name Isaac Erhunse Obasuyi, was born and raised in Benin City, Edo State, and started making music from a very young age in church as a drummer.

Having learned acoustic guitar, Gabana tutored and co-directed choirs in churches as teenager.

After he arrived Lagos, he linked up with Wizkid and became his backup vocalist in 2013, where he engaged in songwriting with prominent Music Producer, Masterkraft on so many songs.

Gabana Playaz officially got into limelight after winning Beat FM Fresh artiste on radio in 2015, with the song “She Fine”, and got featured on CDQ Quality album in 2016 and in 2017 he co-found Playaz Worldwide Movement with his friend and partner Lynox Playaz, whose real name is Linus Nnamdi Adindu.

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Trump says he will ‘take a look’ at ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic pardon

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Joe Exotic could be a step closer to clawing out of his cage.


President Trump on Wednesday said he’ll examine a request for a pardon from Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, the star of the hugely popular Netflix series “Tiger King.”

“I’ll take a look,” Trump told a Post reporter when asked about the case and his son’s support for a pardon during a White House briefing.

The president’s eldest son has joked about lobbying for his father to pardon Maldonado-Passage, a kooky former roadside zookeeper serving a 22-year prison sentence for orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot targeting animal-rights activist Carole Baskin.

“Which son? Must be Don — what did he do?” Trump said of Donald Trump, Jr. and then asked about Maldonado-Passage.
“I know nothing about it … he has 22 for what? What did he do?” Trump asked.

After the reporter explained what the “big cat” enthusiast was in for, Trump asked: “Do you think he didn’t do it?”

“Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon?”

He then polled the other journalists in the room asking, “Would you recommend a pardon?”

Maldonado-Passage issued a call for a pardon from Trump and announced a $94 million lawsuit against the federal government March 19 on his Facebook page.

The seven-part docu-series on Maldonado-Passage, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” has been a hit with Netflix viewers — drawing 34.3 million unique viewers in the first 10 days since its March 20 release.

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How ‘Naira Marley’ fans stormed court in support of singer, as Lagos drops case

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How ‘Naira Marley’ fans stormed court in support of singer, as Lagos drops case

In spite of the lockdown still in place, dozens of fans of singer, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, were at the premises of an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court to show support for their idol.


NAN reports that the fans, also known as Marlians and no fewer than 200, came to show massive support for Marley who was to be arraigned on Wednesday alongside a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife, Folashade Gbadamosi.

They were alleged to have contravened the COVID-19 induced social distancing directives of the Lagos State Government.

NAN reports that there was pandemonium outside the court premises when Naira Marley and his co-defendants were being driven away by the police after the four-count charges against them were dropped by the Lagos State Government.

There was a huge stampede with loud cries of “Marlians” by the fans some of whom ran after the police vehicles to catch a sight of the singer.

The security officials present had to fire some gunshots in the air to disperse the fans.

One of the Marlians, Mr Ismail Adewale, an estate agent who goes by the alias Lord Mayor, told NAN that he came to the court to show his love, solidarity and support for the singer.

“I like Naira Marley because he represents an average man on the street, he also represents an identity of the street guys. We love his music and what he projects,” the fan said.

Adewale said, though Naira Marley flouted the law, the court should temper justice with mercy and give him a lenient sentence.

“What he did is against the enactment of the social distance law but that does not mean he should not be charged because there is a law in place.

“We just want Lagos State Government and the people at the helm of affairs of the court to temper justice with mercy.

“If he is going to be tried in court, it is not because the government does not like him, they are just using him as a deterrence because he is an ambassador of an average man on the street,” he said.

Adewale noted that no one is above the law and that even American superstars such as R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have had to face trial when they were accused of committing crimes.

Another Marlian, Miss Abiodun Bakare, said that she came to the court to show some love to the singer.

“There is nobody above the law, I just love Naira Marley and I will always be his fan,” said Bakare, who described herself as a businesswoman.

Mr Bolaji Akinrele, a student, also told NAN that he was in court to see Naira Marley and to witness the outcome of the court case.

He described the singer as the “voice of the voiceless people on the streets”.

Akinrele noted that though he felt Naira Marley was being unfairly treated by the government and the press, the law must take its course.

“I love Naira Marley because of his music and his attitude toward the government. He tells us the truth and let us know how the government is treating us.

“The government treats us like we do not have rights. They do not give us our entitlement. For example, in this time of Coronavirus, we are supposed to collect some entitlements, but we are not getting anything.

“There should be someone enlightening us on what is going on and I think Naira Marley is the one who has been doing that,” he said.

Another Marlian, Miss Saidat Abiodun, said she came to also show love to Naira Marley and other fans at the court premises.

“I just love him, his music and his person. I do not think the government is treating him badly. If he commits an offence, he has to face the law,” Abiodun said.

NAN also reports that the defendants were attendees of the 43rd birthday party of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele’s husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz.

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R. Kelly loses bid to leave jail amid coronavirus pandemic

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R. Kelly will have to stay trapped in the lockup while he awaits trials on charges of racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography, a judge ruled Tuesday.


The 53-year-old R&B icon filed requests with federal judges in the Windy City and Brooklyn to spring him from Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, arguing that both his age and his recent hernia surgery put him at high risk for catching the coronavirus.

But Brooklyn federal judge Ann Donnelly disagreed in a ruling issued Tuesday, noting that there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 among Kelly’s fellow inmates in Chicago.

“While I am sympathetic to the defendant’s understandable anxiety about COVID-19, he has not established compelling reasons warranting his release,” Donnelly wrote.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, would have needed approval from both Donnelly and Chicago federal judge Harry Leinenweber to grant his request to live with girlfriend Joycelyn Savage in her Windy City loft while awaiting trial.

Leinenweber has not issued a ruling on the motion for bail that the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner filed in Chicago.

Kelly’s Chicago trial on charges of producing child pornography and enticing minors to have sex with him had been set for June, but Donnelly said it will likely be postponed thanks to the virus outbreak.

Douglas Anton, R. Kelly’s New Jersey-based lawyer, said the legal team is disappointed with Donnelly’s ruling and the judge’s description of Kelly as a flight risk — noting that before Kelly was put in pre-trial lockup he had no trouble showing up for court dates.

“He could have run at any time and he never does,” Anton said.

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Good looks and body not enough to make a successful supermodel—Tolani Enwereji

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By Agbonkhese Oboh

Turkey-based Nigerian supermodel, Omotolani Victoria Enwereji, popularly known as Tolani Enwereji, has said one of the secrets of becoming a successful supermodel is confidence and good charisma.

The chocolate beauty said this while encouraging young Nigerians, who might want to build up a career in modelling.


In her words, “good look or good body is not enough, to guarantee your success in the industry. I want them to know this: the secret to modelling is not just about your looks or body, it is your confidence and charisma that attracts the big fish. So be positive and energetic.

“Stay true to yourself and career. Don’t let anyone make you feel less of yourself. Be proud of your skin colour and you’ll get to the top.

“Slow and steady, we are all going to get there.”

The Abia State-born model also spoke on what she thinks about the Nigerian modelling industry and the top supermodel that inspires her.

According to Tolani Enwereji, “I think Nigerian modelling industry is a broad fashion continent underestimated. I mean there are so many international record-breaking models from Nigeria.

“But we are yet to acknowledge that professionally.

“Within the next few years, the Nigeria modelling industry will be recognised globally as a force to reckon with, as long as we have people ready to put in the work.

“As for those that inspire me, I will say Gigi and Bella Hadid, Leomie Anderson, Adut Akech.”

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Supermodel Tolani Enwereji

Supermodel Tolani Enwereji

On her relationship status and what she would love to change about herself, she said: “I am definitely single but not searching.

“I want to focus more on myself and my career. I wanna be independent before letting a partner into my life.

“I do not know; I’m quite content with myself and I believe I am a work in progress. Besides, why would anyone want to change something about themselves?” Tolani wondered.

Born in the 1990s, Tolani started her modelling career by participating in a beauty pageant, where she emerged the Miss Independence for Peace Nigeria.

Having started her career locally, the ex-beauty queen took a bold step by taking her brand to the global level.

She’s worked with various renowned fashion brands and graced the runway with her peers at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, Splash Fashion, Arab Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week and so on.

She has also worked with world-famous brands such as Fenty Beauty, Ysl Beauty, Splash, Rami Kadi, Amato and featured in several Vogue magazines in France, Germany, Mexico and Spain.

The 22-year-old Tolani, who is now based in Turkey and works with one of the top modelling agencies in the country, decided to give back to the society that supported her from the start by donating part of her proceeds to various charity homes in Nigeria.

Also, she launched her own clothing line, “The Brand Definition.” She is also into agriculture, where she provides food items to the less-privileged Nigerians.

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Singer, Fecent Ricco hints on new project, denies dating top Nollywood actress

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Fecent Ricco

Following his chart-topping hit song/video “Joromi”, super-talented Nigerian singer and songwriter, Fecent Ricco, has revealed details of his upcoming project and collaborations.

The singer who is also the frontline artiste for Ricco Breed disclosed this via his official handle @facentricco and on Instagram Live that he is currently working on a new project in which he is targeting a number of collaborations.


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Fecent Ricco while hinting on the new project, also took time out to clear the air following rumours on social media and some news outlets alleging him of having romantic ties with a top Nollywood Actress (name withheld). In recent weeks there have been growing speculations about the Joromi singer after media reports alleged to have spotted him several times hanging out with the said actress in hotels in South Africa and Dubai.

Fecent Ricco

Fecent Ricco

The singer has however denied these rumours, describing them as spurious and unfounded.

Fecent Ricco, who has endeared himself to a huge number of people, has continued to grow his fan base by releasing hit after hit songs. The singer has shown beyond doubts that he is ready to take the music industry by storm as every music he releases comes with a unique style and a feel of afrobeat highlife.

Shortly after announcing the launch of the new project, fans have taken to social media to anticipate what they believe would be another banger album from the superstar, and from the look of things they are sure to get impressed as the singer has promised his fans of a continued rise in tempo and more of quality music.

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