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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Mirror™ - My People

Indigenous patriotism is more than a virtue. It is next after appreciating and protecting indigenous rights regardless of status quo.

The following words; Remorseful, Grieved and Anger are words in my own opinion that best describe the tone, vocal delivery, lyrics and production of the song - My People. 

The chorus: my people are dying / niger delta children crying / our rights denying ... instantly gets you feeling pity for the Niger Delta citizenry with open endless questions popping up on what the government of Nigeria has been doing or would not do to better the living standards of the Niger Delta people, on the other hand we need not forget the international corporations in this region benefitting immensely from this deceit. 

This song is not your usual drink or liquor commercial, romantic or club hit song. The lyrics: we mother, we father and we children cry... we loosing love once in twinkle of an eye... dem say Niger Delta we are minority they can't develop our place... that's why the ghetto youths can't stop blowing dynamite are conscious, thought provoking and rich in its message which portrays citizens injustice to fellow citizens in the same nation.

Jah Wondah pours out his displeasure without a shred of sentiment as he calls on the Niger Delta ancestors to eliminate the lives and bestow evil calamities on Niger Delta traitors. Hmm! What a gut!

No doubt, it is not the only reality song to talk about the plight of the 'minority' but like the oroko tree, Jah Wondah's My People song stand tall as a point of reference calling to mind the legendary Bob Marley’s  song – War and also the 1964 UN aching speech delivered by Emperor Hallie Selassie of Ethiopia.

Like Jah Wondah, let Niger Delta and Nigeria (African), African Union, ECOWAS and the international communities begin to effect positive and impactful changes before the ignite of an untold revolution.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Mirror™ – Charlie Dance

Joining the league of Nigerian performing artistes (Daddy Showkey, Marvelous Benjy, Iyanya and host of others) who created dance steps to their name, Ozzy Bee drops Charlie Dance video his most anticipated single of 2016.

Charlie Dance is a mild hip funk song featuring Nigeria’s most controversial rap icon Rugged Man and one of Nigeria’s finest rapper Vector who holds the rap crown for bursting non-stop for two hours on Rhythm FM 93.7 entertainment programme – rap culture.

Charlie Dance audio was officially released for public consumption on August 4th, 2016. Despite been available online via notable online entertainment website, the video to Charlie Dance officially was released on February 14th, 2017 during Ozzy Bee three–in–one Valentine concert.

The video which was directed by MattMax, shot on location at marina, Lagos, an empty hall with white, black and mixed colour background. With an impressive choreography and costume together with Kaffy’s super cool cameo appearance, it is indeed the video to talk about coming from a teenage entertainer.

The audio production is cool, calm and not cancerously distorting. Noticeable musical instrumentation was rightly used and combined together for the listening pleasure of the senses. The lyrics are a blend of edutainment “…wana be a superstar, go to school and read your book… all work and no play make me a dull boy but Ozzy Bee is not a dull boy…” without restriction even for a child’s birthday. The chorus “watch me do my dance… when I lean back when I lean forward watch me do my dance, help me call my friends to watch me do my dance…” is easy to memorize, remember and sing along.

Yesterday, it was “shoki” and “shakiti bobo” from Lil Kesh and Olamide respectively. Today it’s “charlie dance” from Ozzy Bee Nigeria’s rising teenage entertainer. Tomorrow who will it be and what will the dance be called?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The MIRROR™ - Ife Dakun

The chorus of Ife Dakun, the second single from GT The GuitarMan’s third studio album, Animal Instinct, sings:

Love I’m waiting for you
Love if I don’t see you, I wouldn’t sleep
Love if I don’t see you, I can’t eat

Ife Dakun is a Yoruba phrase from western Nigeria meaning Love Please. Released on the eve of 2017 St. Valentine Day courtesy of Ember Entertainment, it is a soft afro pop tempo song with a genuine message of love.
Delivered in an easy to relate Nigerian language – Pidgin English and traditional Yoruba language – the intro (baby baby my beautiful lady / e get wetin dey my mind / e don tey wey we don dey / I no wan ever leave your side…) of the song instantly gets you hooked as GT’s charming voice tells you how he honestly, innocently and deeply needs to love and be loved.
Though not the regular cancerous beat, the instrumentation of the song captures the moment with memories of happy butterflies. Love is a powerful therapy, breaking boundaries with ease.
Thumbs Up, GT The GuitarMan!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Rising Star™ - BigMan

In as much as size is nothing, Emmanuel Olaoluwa better known by the stage name – Big Man has proven beyond reasonable doubt that size has nothing to do with talent and potentials.

BigMan live on stage
Born and raised in Bariga, few of the notorious suburbs still existing on the mainland in Lagos, Nigeria. He was discovered in December of 2015 during a hood reggae dancehall challenge tagged ITAL SOUNDS RIDDIM CLASH REPPING UR HOOD AJ CITY Vs FESTAC. It is pertinent to note this CLASH culture within reggae dancehall has assisted in shaping the future and careers of number of artistes within this genre in Jamaica and the World beyond. Ital Sounds as a sound system has continued to push and advance this culture in Nigeria despite the reluctance and short-sightedness of artistes.

Big Man has come to understand the culture of reggae dancehall music and importance of the various and numerous mentorship and tutelage he receives from Ital Sounds team. Within the first half of 2016, Big Man has proven to his fans and foes that patience and dedication are some of the hallmarks of success.

He copiously wowed the audiences at different intervals within the outgoing year (2016), some of these moments includes; the memorial celebration of Afrobeat Legend - Fela at New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Reggae Legend - Bob Marley’s Remembrance at All Seasons Hotel garden in Gowon estate and Freedom Park, Nigeria then colonial prison turn centre for Arts and Cultural events. With his feet consistently on the accelerator for success Big Man would eventually emerge as the next big thing for reggae dancehall music in Nigeria (African). 

He is beginning to master the sing-jay style from the various mentorships received from the Ital Sounds Team. The classroom effect live on stage every Tuesday at the New Afrika Shrine is indeed evident in his delivery and overall performance. The WORD they say is enough for the WISE, the question is HOW WISE ARE YOU? 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Let’s talk Music - The Good The Bad & The Ugly™

Knowing the truth, accepting the truth and confessing the truth regardless of emotional sentiments is the sure path for outstanding excellence.

A good chuck (90%) of today’s music lacks substance especially its contents.

In the words of Sesan Adeniji of “why are artistes’ albums empty and devoid of substance and quality? …sometimes is keep pressing next …” it has become a noticeable undeniable fact that stakeholders (Artiste, Producers, A&R, Promoters, Media Houses, and DJays including the consumers) in the business of music need to tell themselves nothing but the TRUTH.

Music is an extra-ordinary powerful tool with in depth interpretations and understanding. For some, it is life. For others it is food for the soul. And yet for others it is a healing therapy. Why? Conscious lyrics, rhymes, rhythm and melody are irresistible.

As a lucrative growing enterprise, extra undivided attention must be given to the smallest of details for either a song or an album to truly withstand the test of time.

Thumbs up to artistes and music producers that have remained consistent in presenting evergreen albums and beats. As an artiste literary, my music is translated into strokes of lines as a growing Author. However, the truth remain NOT every individual will become an artiste. Not all artistes are gifted songwriters. Not all songwriters are soul lifting vocalist. And not all vocalists are excellent performers.

Though, what seems like poison for xyz could be, ‘yommilicious’ for abc. But remember, diminishing returns. Yommilicious abc fans in no time not only get tired and bored but irritated by this same song.

Another truth underneath the carpet is that music has succeeded in creating employment. It is no surprise that the difference is very clear between the authentic artiste and those wannabes artistes. In this regard I refuse to be Pontius Pilate, without favour, the good I find in today’s trending music, is that the sheep that has sense for quality music is not, shall not, would not and cannot allow its sense to be contaminated. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Brand™ - Titi The Dynamite

Within the confines of radio broadcasting there is a latent difference between being a “Presenter” and being an O.A.P (On Air Personality). An OAP creatively presents the station’s opinion on a subject matter or generally carries out his/her function making the audience to yearn for more and more, as against just conveying information without entertaining and creatively embellishing the message.

Titilayo Oyinsan aka Titi The Dynamite
One O.A.P that have humorously, brilliantly and creatively bonded the three pillars (inform, educate and entertain) of the media into an unbreakable unit is Titilayo A. Oyinsan widely known as Titi The Dynamite.

Blessed with a unique voice, distinct in her presentation style, irresistibly inviting with her vibrancy, she continues to engage her audience capped with that infotainment week days contents coupled with top notch guest appearances that guarantees a balanced dosage for the right mood all day long.

In Titi’s perspective it is super interesting to start your week by getting vital health tips after the roller-coaster of weekend fun. A healthy individual is a wealthy individual. This catchy cliché is known by all but sadly practiced by some select few. Your Health and YOU comes on air every Monday and Wednesday.

Another show she anchors is Naija Women in Business, a MUST listen for any woman in business or about to start a business. For the “Other Room” advocates please don't get it twisted folks, NO woman's education ends in the kitchen or being the certified house wife. As in the biblical proverbs, Titi brings out the enterprising spirit of the woman every Tuesday which is an encouragement to the women themselves and their husbands who believes and have respect for the sayings in the biblical book of proverbs.

Watching infants grow has never been a joyful experience. With NO apologies, our hospitals have become the profit enterprise where currencies notes have top priority as against human life. This program - Your Baby and You which airs every Thursday, brings back smiles on the faces of mothers’.  Raising children is an awesome task and a totally different experience. The joy of parenthood has become bearable thanks to T.i.t.i and Mummy Toddler.

Before the advent of On Air Book Club, another scintillating show anchored by Titi.  The Nigerian writers with their literary creativity have long been buried and forgotten, worse off for emerging and yet to be known Authors. Like the teaching profession, none who writes can speak boldly of his/her profession in public because of the degrading humiliation that awaits such individual. Today, the writing profession commands respect. Indirectly, literatures in Nigerian schools from Nigerian Authors now have a voice. Celebrate the Nigerian Author with Titi's On Air Book Club every Friday.

Standing confidently on her lane, she has become the vessel of hope for the girl child(ren) with – IamDynamite Network of Givers ensuring that every girl child (those willing and interested) gets an education. Practicing and encouraging giving, she gives via IamDynamite Store where certain percentage of the money from the book sales alongside financial donations received is used in sponsoring a minimum of 30 girls every academic term.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Rising Star™ - Jah Wondah

It was indeed an atmosphere of "wondah" as Balyesa state born dancehall reggae artiste Jah Wondah mesmerised fans and followers of Ital Sounds (known as Italist) who are lovers of reggae dancehall during the October edition of Ital Sounds monthly gig tagged Freedom Park Reggae Dancehall Nite at Freedom Park, Lagos-Nigeria. He made quite an impact with his cover version of ‘Left for Good’ originally done by Waje featuring Patoranking.

Emmanuel Ebifegha, who was renamed with the stage name - Jah Wondah from Admiral Wondah (by Luciano Jamaica born reggae artiste when he - Luciano visited Nigeria as an international guest artiste during River State Carnival in 2012) is a Business Management graduate from River State University of Education and on-transit guest to Afrofusion Reggae Dancehall Nite where he lighten up New Afrika Shrine with his freestyle song - Money. 

With his urban outlook typical of modern reggae dancehall artistes, laced with his unique blend of Patois infused with the Niger Delta lingo which he infuses in his vocal delivery. Irrespective of your mood or preferred sound system, you can't help but get hooked to his harmonious light weight voice and deep conscious lyrics one of the essential qualities lacking in today's "so called" artiste.

Jah Wondah with his award.
A true son of the soil proud of his native home land to this end Jah Wondah dedicated all the tracks in his 10tracks album titled ONE OF A KIND to the people of Balyesa and the Niger Delta as a whole. A true reflection of his pride as a Niger Delta can be felt in his MY PEOPLE track. Other notable songs on this album includes: Ayiba meaning God, One of a kind & Baseline the song that earned him the Balyesa Entertainment Award and the only track for now with a video.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Brand™ - Rely Supply Limited

Are you safety conscious? Think again? What do you know about keeping your gas cylinder in the kitchen? What will you do if your twelve years old son almost drown in your very own pool? What is your safety precaution when driving on our bad roads? And if your four years old daughter bruises her knee while jumping around in your living; what will be your first reaction? So safety precaution, trainings and gadgets are necessary for your daily survival and the one-stop shop for such is Rely Supply Limited.

For over a decade, this amazing and enterprising woman, Fayo Williams, has refused to stop evangelizing the need for safety through her very own business, Rely Supply Limited.

Rely Supply Limited is a safety organization owned and managed with excellent track record by Nigerians. Rely Supply Limited has branded safety boxes—First Aid boxes—for all purpose in various categories at best prices. And it is being distributed across Nigeria. You sure need one in your home or office. Do you think so? 

Apart from placing the branded First Aid boxes in offices and homes, her concerned for safety matters led to the birth of her radio talk show— Safety Tips with Fayo Williams on Safety Train, every Tuesday from 10:30am, on Traffic Radio 96.1FM.

Never be in the dark again on safety matters. Be informed, stay informed and updated with simple, practical and applicable safety tips from Fayo Williams. And when next you visit an office, look around for the First Aid box; I am so very sure, it is from Rely Supply Limited.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Letter to my Teachers

My Dearest Teacher,

I want to trust, that the on-going national and global economic instability is not in any way making you have a change of thought on your honorable Teaching profession.

Silver or Gold have I not, but I want to use this medium to honestly appreciate the effort and sacrifices you teachers make daily in the classrooms, not only to educate the future generation but also imbibe in them lasting moral principles.

The questions I ask myself as a primary school pupil - What will I become in the future? How secured am I in this "strange" environment (the school premises) with other children from various backgrounds? Is this truly the right path (the school system) that will  adequately equip me with all the necessary tools to face life's challenges?... These were some of the questions I asked myself and ponder over in the period between my primary to tertiary school education.

I remember how warmly and tenderly I was welcomed by my first school teacher. I remember her saying to me... "don't be shy, nobody should scare you, that you teachers are my friends..."

I vividly recall a statement she made while addressing the class, saying "we (collectively referring to pupils) have come to the right place". I remember what it was like when learning and reciting the English alphabets and numbers... spelling two and three letter words, reciting poems like "twinkle twinkle little star", "three blind mouse", "one two buckle my shoes...", "my head, my shoulders, my knees, my toes...", "the school anthem", the multiplication tables etc. 

I also remember how I was guided and prepared specially for my first inter-school debate with the caption - My Favorite School Subject. Those times were nostalgic for me. The end of every academic term was always fun-filled and splendid especially during the Christmas and new year festivities. 

I will also never forget the strokes of  "koboko" I received from my teachers for bad behavior in school. Especially, one I received while  learning a cultural song that was specifically not my mother tongue but guess what... I still sing and dance to that cultural song today.

Hmm! My Teachers, do you know that I learnt the Lord's Prayer in school and not in church?

In all of these years of learning, you never stopped correcting my mistakes and never stopped encouraging me when mocked by my peers during classroom activities. 

You teachers were a strong motivating factor of making the dictionary my companion in the continuous improvement of my vocabulary especially when you spoke a word that was "big" and new to my hearing. Having been born and raised in Lagos most notorious ghettos, where the perceptions of its occupants are almost negative, you teachers were a shining and guiding beacon towards a life of optimism, positivity and progress.

Without mincing words, it is without doubt that you teachers are the layers of the great foundations on which every great and progressive society stands. Because you are the ones who remain in the background to properly raise every succeeding generation. Regrettably, not everyone fully appreciates this undeniable fact.

It saddens my heart that I have ignorantly neglected YOU for a long time. I wouldn't say I have the slightest inkling of your innate feelings about my ingratitude but one thing I know for sure is that you will never stop being proud of how you have raised me and contributed to my achievements.

Talking of my achievements, be rest assured that with the knowledge gained from you my teachers, I have upgraded and have also been passing it on to the younger generation. I have not relented in upgrading my knowledge in line with recent trends and It's always fun for me, just as it was and still is for you impacting knowledge positively on the younger generations.

The universe will be grossly unhappy with me, if I refuse to let you know of my factual series novella - "Silver Lining" by Godwin 3ple-i. It's available online, @TerraKulture in Lagos Nigeria and soonest on IamDynamite Store. I know you are not familiar with the name "Godwin 3ple-i", but not to worry, it is the unique name I coined for myself as an upcoming author.

My next literary work (the sequel of - Silver Lining) will be ready for release hopefully before December 2016. Or unfailingly, not later than my next birth date in April 2017, with the name - Godwin Iheanacho boldly written on it. Expect my e-IV along with a surprise package after forwarding your e-mail account IDs to me.

Truly, words can't express how I feel as I also use this medium to appreciate my bossom friend turn sister - Rhoda Odigboh (@learningcraftNG). She is an unshakable force in championing the recognition and proper remuneration of teachers both in the public and private sectors through her series of educational events. 

#ValuingTeachersInNigeria is the trend theme for the first ever Nigerian Teachers Twitter Conference an initiative of The Learning Craft as the world celebrates teachers globally come 5 October, 2016. This conference would feature @educhildes & @teachersofatv

Earnestly hoping to meet with you all one-on-one based on the content of my e-IV to you.

I am proud to be your student.