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Wande Coal serenades Benin residents as they welcome New Year with  Goldberg beer

By Ayo Onikoyi

Goldberg Lager Beer, Nigeria’s golden premium quality lager, thrilled the city of Benin as the town ushered in the new year. Along with consumers and music lovers, the brand   provided an unforgettable experience. The spectacle of culture, arts and music, tagged Unlimited Fun, held at Kada Plaza on the night of   the 31st of December, 2018.


Wande Coal

The grand cross over event was an ample fill of energy, excitement and entertainment, as it featured a special appearance from Nigerian music star Wande Coal along with other artistes on ground to thrill the audience. Excited music fans and brand loyalists turned up enmasse to enjoy a cool night of music, arts and culture as they ushered in the new year in style.

Speaking on the event, the Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emmanuel Oriakhi, had this to say,

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“We at Nigerian Breweries recognise the beautiful season of yuletide, as such we have put together this Unlimited Fun event and a host of other exciting nationwide activities to help consumers usher in the new year as we are truly delighted to be part of the festivities, because delivering highly engaging and memorable moments to our consumers, is something we take immense pride in.”

I thank God I have big boobs – Adediwura Blarkgold

By Ayo9 Onikoyi

Voluptuous Yoruba actress, Adediwura Adesegha known in the industry as Adediwura Blarkgold has expressed her feeling concerning her big boobs, saying she can’t imagine what life would have been like if she had not been blessed with big boobs.


Posting a picture of herself in her teenage years, where she appears almost flat-chested and comparing it to her busty self, the dark-skinned mother of one thanked God for having big boobs and wonder how she came about the big boobs considering she was almost flat-chested in her adolescent years.

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Referring to the picture of herself as a teenager, she said, “ How I got big breast still baffles me till date. Ha Oba mi onise Ara, anu nla ni mo ri gba o ( it is a great gift from you God). What would I have done with small boobs? God, the great enhancer. Don’t lose hope, God can still do yours.”

The pictures she posted was of herself in 2001 compared to the one taken in 2018. The difference in her bosom was remarkable.

Adediwura once admitted in an Interview with Vanguard that she sees her breast as her selling point and wouldn’t hesitate to flaunt them. But when asked if she considers herself as one of the most endowed women in Nollywood, her reply was as epic as it sounded.

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Theatre expert condemns indiscipline among artistes

A Professor of Theatre Arts, Bakare Ojo, has condemned indiscipline and lack of self control among some theatre practitioners.


Bakare is a theatre expert and Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti.

He told news men in Lagos that immorality should not become habit eas a result of being in the entertainment sector.

“As a professor, I would not prescribe a particular way of life to my students, because every individual is unique on their own.

“But there are borders that should not be crossed in the process of being unique.

“Whatever you know the society appalls should not be done,” he said.

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The dance expert said that human beings were made to have a conscience which should be an anchor for everything they did.

“Whatever the conscience of the society rejects should be rejected in your conducts.

“I tell my students this everytime not because I have the right to tutor them, but because I have gathered enough experience in the field.

He added that the end products of artistes were consumed by the society which in turn impacted them negatively or positively.

“No matter how radical you may want to be, the society is the final consumer of your act.

Why Yemi Alade may be best female artiste of 2018

By Ayo Onikoyi

Johnny’ crooner, Yemi Alade has given an insight why she may very well be the best female artiste of 2018.


Yemi Alade

The woman who still owns the record of having the most viewed  Nigerian video of all times by a female artiste revealed all her activities in an Instagram post, sparking a wave of debate as to who had the most successful year between her and her arch rival, Tiwa Savage.

According to the eclectic singer she was in the US video game, just alongside Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Nicky Minaj. She won AFRIMMA Best Female artiste in West Africa and Headies Best Live Act. She also said she toured 23 cities and headlined 41 concerts. Her video ‘Bum bum’ became the most watched YouTube video by an African  woman in 2018.

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Until a couple of months ago Yemi Alade’s ‘Johnny’ video remained Nigeria’s most viewed video on YouTube until it was overtaken by Davido’s Fall video.

No doubt it was a spectacular year for the singer as she released hits like ‘Oh My Gosh’ and ‘How I feel’ and  ‘Oga’ but some have argued that Tiwa Savage had a more robust year. Her clinching the coveted ‘Best African Act’ award at the MTV EMAs in November ahead of the likes of Davido put her in the clear, so say many music pundits.

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Plateau community where natives adore grave of their ancestors

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos—Despite the crises plaguing Plateau State for almost two decades now, the State is still not only the home of peace and tourism but also that of culture and traditions as nature has so blessed the State. 


Each of the 54 tribes in the State has unique cultural practices as well as tourists sites but regrettably, the potential revenue earners are left dormant and untapped as most of the major cultural celebrations, which are tourists delight are still being celebrated with no input especially from the State Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Not minding the obvious neglect, many communities who do not want their cultural festivals to go into oblivion, continue to organize these festivals by self help to teach the young ones to take pride in them and carry on with the legacy when the elderly ones are gone.

Among the cultural celebrations in the State is the Pang Mat Long (Mountain of King’s Wife) festival celebrated by the Pan people of Qua’an Pan local government area in the Southern zone the State.

History has it that the founder of the land, Dajan (whose traditional stool still exists as Long Jan) was one of the twins of Daffiar of Kopfiar kingdom, the ancestor of the Kopfiar/Pan people who, at the demise of his wife, buried her at the said mountain.

The people believed that the King due to his love for his wife adored the mountain till his demise hence; the people continue to accord the respect to the wife of their ancestor many centuries after his death.

As part of the tradition, the installation of every king from the two areas of Jepjan (Namu community) and Doemak (Dajin) founded by the twins Dajan and Dajin of Daffiar kingdom is not complete until the candidate for the stool goes up to the mountain and stay there for seven days and fulfil the traditional rites which qualifies the candidate as a true king according to the tradition.

Also, there is a traditional belief that climbing the mountain especially during the festival which takes place every 1st  of October engenders fruitfulness in barren women and cures for the sick even those sicknesses which defy medical treatment.

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Giving an insight into the annual festival, the Chairman of Pan people in Jepjan Namu community) Miskagam Jacob Dakyap said whoever climbs the mountain does not do so just for fun but there is an intention which the person wants the ancestor to grant and there are testimonies to confirm petitions are being granted during the festival.

According to him, “For you to climb this mountain you must have something that you want our ancestor to do for you. This is a day that the entire Pan natives cherish very well. If you are not a Pan person you can climb it at anytime and on the day of the festival you can follow the train but there is a place where other people often stopped while those in charge of performing the traditional rites will go up to do the needful before coming down.

“Whenever people are suffering from some ailments, and even after visiting various hospitals and all efforts made to cure the ailments proved abortive, they resort to going to the mountain especially on this day of the festival and after climbing the mountain they would get their healing.

“When barren women climb the mountain they live to tell their testimony of conceiving after partaking in the festival. The mystery in this festival is that, if you are a Pan person and you climb the mountain you will see honey on the mountain and many other things. You can even drink the honey without using fire to chase the bees before fetching the honey and the bees will not sting you.

“This is something that our forefathers have been doing and it is historic for us, the Pan people; we all originated from one ancestor Daffiar whom one of his twin sons Dajan the elder brother to Dajin founded this land call Jepjan (Namu). It was here that Dajan buried his wife, so women are now allowed to be part of the festival due to the presence of the wife of Dajan who is being adored and asked to pour her blessings of fruit of the womb to women who are looking for children.”

The National President of Pan Youths Association in Nigeria, Nathaniel Doekoos added, that “Ka Pang Mat Long is a festival that has been inherited from our ancestors and we are trying as much as possible to pass it unto the younger generation so that our culture does not die.

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“It is a celebration that also ushers in harvest season, so I call on all sons and daughters of Pan land wherever they are to give the necessary attention to the promotion of our rich cultural heritage as a people to be an international festival in this part of the country.”

Another participant, Edmond Dajan who is the Chapter Chairman of Pan Youth Association Jepjan (Namu) stated, “This is a big celebration that we do have once in a year, this is a celebration of unity, love, peace and thanks to God and our ancestors for taking us all through the year up to the harvest time.

“This is a rite that has been on ground since time immemorial, in those days only few people often went to the mountain to perform the rite but we are now expanding it having seen the importance of this festival and its effect on us as a people and on the land over the years because some of these rites and festival have been abandoned. So we took it upon ourselves never to let it go down again after witnessing some horrific situations some years back.”

The Chief Priest of Kopfiar, Nda Dakwat Dapia further explained that the “Ka Pang Mat Long Festival is what my father was doing with a small number of people, he did gather them whenever he came down to see the well-being of the land and with the people, he would go to the mountain to perform the same rite which I am doing today, I did not go beyond what my father was doing.

“What I did was to allow women to come with us because it is very important. They carried cow tails singing and cheering the peaceful procession following those on procession with locust beans tree leaves in their mouth. If you put that leaf in your mouth from the starting point you are not allowed to speak to anybody or to one another until we finish from the mountain before the men can join in the songs by women who in the procession coming back to the town where the procession started.

“Before going for this festival, I had earlier appeased the gods even before this day. So while preparing to climb the mountain I had to perform this rite of appeasing the gods with the pouring of mous (local brew). As we finish the festival, women are going to conceive and give birth to male children in abundance, food crops will be harvested bountifully and there will be total peace in this land. This festival has nothing to do with any crisis or problem in the land but it is about our peaceful coexistence.

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Musicians that rocked the music scene in 2018 and why

BY ROTIMI AGBANA

The Nigerian music industry has probably never experienced the amount of buzz it experienced in 2018. Of course, it would be almost impossible to fully recount them all for obvious reasons. In terms of recognition, global penetration, and quality of music, 2018 superseded previous years, which is why it may go down as one of the most memorable years in the Nigerian music industry. Below is Showtime’s list of artistes that ruled the music waves in 2018 based on their impact, hit songs, feats, mainstream success and global recognition.


Wizkid

Unarguably, 2018 was an amazing year for the Starboy, as he fondly calls himself. During the year Wizkid ripped up stages worldwide, dropped hit songs, made amazing musical collaborations with notable local and international music acts, sealed major deals, debuted on the fashion runway as a celebrity model, all which made him a continuous topping for discussion all through the year. Sometime in May,  the ‘Soco’ crooner sold out the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena  in one of his most iconic achievements and also performed at the Reading Festival, UK. Not only did he break grounds in the music sphere, his influence spread outside the music circles, as he also impacted immensely on pop culture. From walking the Dolce and Gabbana runway alongside international celebrity model, Naomi Campbell, featuring as an ambassador for the Super Eagles World Cup jersey branded by Nike, to having an official  ‘Wizkid Day’  declared in his honour by the Governor of Minnesota, United States, among many other notable achievements. His 2018 hit songs which ruled the music waves like a whirlwind include,  ‘Soco’, ‘Fake Love’, ‘Fever’, ‘Gucci Snake’, featuring street music artiste, Slim Case, and  ‘Bad Energy’, featuring  Skepta.

Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Maleek Berry, Mayorkun, Simi, Toby Grey, Reekado Banks , Kiss Daniel, Falz, Niniola , Soti, Tekno and Adekunle Gold

Burna Boy

When Burna Boy’s 13-track ‘Outside’ album hit the number three spot on Billboard Reggae Album Chart within a week of its release, it became obvious that he was one Nigerian artiste who would top charts during the year. Though 2017 was a bit scandalous for the ‘Gbona’ singer who unfortunately got enmeshed in a  messy robbery attack/physical assault scandal, an experience which almost ruined his reputation, giving him negative publicity, he miraculously fought his way back to positive limelight with the release of his ‘Outside’ album early in the year.

In what seemed like a deliberate action aimed at wowing his fans and lovers of goos music beyond expectation, he began shooting the visuals of each song, beginning with his favourite hit, ‘Heaven’s Gate’, featuring Lily Allen. But a few months later ‘Ye’  turned out to become the one song that would define Burna’s year, as the song immediately floored ‘Heaven’s Gate’ as soon as he dropped its visuals. To put an icing on the cake, he embarked on a ‘Life on the outside’ tour, which eventually put his songs more on international music charts by reason of the massive acceptance and recognition they received. Afterwards, impressive collaborations, features and more hits in  ‘Gbona’  and  ‘On The Low’  continued to put him more on the front burners of the Nigerian  music scene. Take it or not, 2018 was definitely the best of years for the Don Gorgon, as he fondly calls himself.

Adekunle Gold

Though his brand of music may not be the toast of many, a few who appreciate and enjoy alternative urban music know that Adekunle Gold is a Nigerian musician in a class of his own. From his brand of music to his artistry, he has been able to distinguish himself as a unique musician of high classic taste. He kicked off the year with the release of two singles, ‘Ire’ and ‘Delilah’, following it up with his sophomore album,  ‘About 30’; after which he took a bold step of taking his craft to the prestigious Indigo at the O2 Arena where he thrilled an excited audience in his usual fashion. Besides impressive stage performances at events he was booked for and ruling the music waves with his hit songs, he ended the year with the second edition of his concert, ‘Adekunle Gold Live in Lagos’, a three-day concert where his former label boss, Olamide and Asa  and  shared the stage with him.

Falz

Undoubtedly, the release of Falz’s  controversial song, ‘This is Nigeria’  video improved his mainstream domination this year as he delivered one out of many moments that shaped pop culture in 2018. The song which satirizes the socio-political situation in the nation created a buzz around his name like never before, with the video hitting over a whooping one million YouTube views in less than two days. His most recent song,  ‘Sweet Boy’  is still making much buzz on radio and TV stations even as it has since become a social media sensation where fans have turned it into a slang using the hash tag ‘Sweet Boys’ Association’. Prior to this, he won another AMVCA award, an addition to his many musical feats. Though he failed to stage the second edition of his ‘The Falz Experience Concert’ which he debuted in December 2017, Falz was able to hold sway in 2018 with his notable achievements so far.

Tiwa Savage

Tiwatope Savage-      Balogun, aka Tiwa Savage but fondly referred to as Mummy Jam Jam by close friends and family had a spectacular 2018. From the release of good singles, to dropping beautiful videos to each of them, jumping on notable collaborations, created notable buzz around town, Tiwa was able to court media/public attention with every single move she made during the year. Like she intentionally threw caution to the wind, her activities outside the music mainstream never went without attention. While the rumours surrounding her relationship with Wizkid was one that kept the media busy, she made reasonable impact with her hits,  ‘Tiwa’s Vibe’, ‘Lova Lova’, ‘Diet’  and  her remix with international singer, Omarion, ‘Get It Now’.

To crown the eventful year, she staged her concert at the O2 Arena before a sold-out audience, floored Davido, others to win the award for ‘Best African Act’ at the MTV EMAs in November, and shared the stage with the likes of  Beyonce  and  Jay Z  at the  Global Citizen Festival  in South Africa. What more would she have needed to rule the music scene in 2018 than debuting as a video vixen in the video of Wizkid’s hit song, ‘Fever’.

Duncan Mighty

Duncan Mighty, Port Harcourt first son, as he is fondly called was a musical force to reckon with during his heydays but his music career suddenly suffered a huge setback, causing him to disappear from the music scene for a long time.

However, luck smiled on him when he bounced back to stardom after recording ‘Fake Love’ with Wizkid. Like other artistes were waiting for his comeback, he went on a collaboration spree with Tiwa Savage on ‘Lova Lova’, Reekado Banks on ‘Bio Bio’, Ceeza Milli on ‘Sabi’, Davido on ‘Aza’, DJ Exclusive on ‘Gimme Love’, and B-Red on ‘Uju’. From not being in the limelight during the first half of the year to ending it as one of the most featured musicians is one of the memorable moments that the ‘Duncan Mighty’ wave delivered in 2018.

Kizz Daniel

Though he had been ruling the music scene since he signed on to G-Worldwide, his exit from the label was a plus for the Woju crooner. It would not be out of place to say he was the most featured artiste in 2018. In 2018 alone he was featured on CDQ’s ‘Gbayi’, Harrysong’s ‘Selense’, Omawumi’s ‘Me Ke’, Ben Pol’s ‘Zai’, DJ Big N’s ‘My Dear’, Seyi Shay’s ‘Surrenda’, DJ Neptune’s ‘Wait’, DJ Spinall’s ‘Baba’, Becca’s ‘Gina’, Demmie Vee’s ‘You go Wait’, DJ Enimoney’s ‘Send Her Money’, Major Lazer’s ‘Loyal’, among others worthy of note. On his personal songs, he featured Wizkid on ‘For You’, Davido on ‘One Ticket’ Tanzania’s Diamondz Platinum on ‘Tere’, Wretch 32 on ‘Bad’, South Africa’s top rated rapper, Nasty C on ‘Ghetto’, Demmie Vee and DJ Exclusive on ‘Somebody Dey’, Diplo on ‘Ikwe’, Phillkeyz on ‘Nesesari’, and Ghanaian top notch rapper/singer, Sarkodie, on ‘Kojo’.

Why won’t he make this list when all the songs he was featured on received massive radio and TV airplay all through the year, even as they also enjoyed continuous nationwide airplay in clubs and fun spots? He ended the year with the release of his much anticipated sophomore album titled ‘No Bad Songz’, to a wide acceptance from his fans and lovers of good music. Music pundits and critics have argued that if not for sentiments and subjective reasoning/judgment, Kizz Daniel should be crowned Nigerian artiste of the year based on his musical impact and achievements in 2018.

Olamide

As always, since he made his mark on the Nigerian music scene, he has never failed to make meaningful impacts on the music space with hit songs which usually go viral in less than a day of its release. In 2018 he wasn’t left out as he dished out songs like ‘Science Student’ ‘Kana’, ‘Motigbana’, ‘Ronaldo’, ‘Bugle’, ‘Owo Shayo’, among several collaborations and features. The YBNL crooner usually finds a subtle way of holding the music space to ransom with his songs which always have a viral dance step attached to them. Like never seen before, his song, ‘Science Student’, made so much wave with the viral ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance steps which got celebrities learning it by all means. While still riding on the crest of ‘Science Student’ and the ‘Shaku Shaku’ wave, he dropped ‘Motigbana’  and another dance craze was birthed. Like he wasn’t satisfied with his musical achievement so far in the year, he released another hit, ‘Poverty’, with a smashing video to graphically communicate the lyrical message enshrined in the song.

Mr. Eazi

Show me a more disciplined, technically accomplished, tactful and talented Nigerian artiste on the global music space than Mr. Eazi then I would rest my argument that he has established himself as one of the youngest and most skilled Nigerian artistes who knows his salt. With every well calculated move, he swept through the music scene in 2018 like whirlwind, holding sway like no other fast-rising artiste ever recorded. Besides admitting that he is romantically involved with Temi Otedola, Femi Otedola’s daughter, he robbed shoulders with Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and others on this list with brilliant production on his songs ‘Surrender’, ‘Poverty’, ‘Pour me water’, ‘Suffer Head’, ‘London Town’, ‘Dabebi’, ‘Chicken Curry’, ‘Overload’, ‘Akwaaba’, ‘Soft’, ‘Open and Close’, among a number of local/international collaborations which have since continued enjoying airplay and topping billboard charts locally and internationally.

Davido

Even with only four singles to his 2018 discography, Davido still claimed bragging rights with the Starboy, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, Falz and others. In his usual fashion, he kicked off the year with his hit, ‘Assurance’, following it up with ‘Flora my flawa’ and subsequently ‘Nwa Baby’. Though the acceptance that greeted ‘Flora my flawa’ wasn’t as expected (because it was forgotten no sooner than it was released), ‘Nwa baby’ quickly came to the rescue while ‘Assurance’ continued to rule the airwaves. From winning the award for Best African Act at the BET to a collaboration spree with Duncan Mighty and Perruzi on ‘Aza’, Kizz Daniel on ‘One Ticket’, DJ Ecool on ‘Ada’, Mayorkun on ‘Bobo’, Larry Gaga on ‘Doe’, D’Prince on ‘Gucci Gang’, Peruzzi on ‘Twisted’, Dremo on ‘Kpa’, Chidokeyz on ‘With You’, DMW on ‘Aje’, ‘Mind’, among many other international and local collaborations, he rocked the music space. To wrap up the year, he dropped ‘Wonder Woman’, just after being heavily criticized for his verse on Kizz Daniel’s ‘One Ticket’, and rounded off the year with his ground breaking ‘City of David Concert’.

Davido sold out concerts in cities Nigerians never knew existed like  Suriname  and  Mayotte, rocked the stage at the Wireless Festival and Jay-Z’s  ‘Made in America’  concert, had a successful tour of the United States.

Yemi Alade

With the release of ‘Bum Bum’, Yemi Alade begun 2018 on a bright mode and she did not disappoint along the line as she maintained the momentum with which she started out with when she released ‘Oh My Gosh’ and ‘How I feel’. Though she cannot boast of a discography or awards as rich as Tiwa or Simi’s, with the little to her credit, she was able to secure a comfortable place among artistes who ruled the music scene in 2018.

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