Broadcaster, N6, recently criticised comedian Ayo Makun, aka AY, for allegedly making an insensitive comment when D’banj uploaded a video of himself having fun with his wife in Dubai on Instagram.
Reacting to the video, AY wrote, “Things like this only tell me that we are coming for a naming ceremony soon. Celebrations will never depart from your home. You’ve passed God’s test. Happiness is free.”
While the post looked harmless, N6 and his co-host, Joyce Onyemuwa, felt otherwise. According to them, it was wrong for AY to insinuate that the death of D’banj’s child was God’s test.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, AY said he didn’t think anything was wrong about his post on D’banj’s page when he read other people’s views.
He said, “It was not necessary (referring to the OAP’s comment about him). Immediately, I saw the comment, I read other people’s views. Once I noticed that other people’s views and how they saw the whole thing contradicted the person who was trying to get attention by slamming me, I didn’t care. He got the backlash at the end of the day.”
AY, however, said his new movie was different from the ones he had done in the past. The comedian stated, “As a matter of fact, The Merry Men is something different from my previous movies. This is more of drama, romance and action.
“Of course, there is an element of comedy in the new movie, but it tells a proper story. The idea is to let the world know that we can infuse comedy into a story that passes a good message. In this project, I was more concerned about the message than comedy.”
Speaking on the ‘agbada’ challenge for The Merry Men’s premiere, he stated, “When you have a new project, you will always think of something new to attract the public’s attention. For the premiere of A Trip to Jamaica, we had a football match between ex-Super Eagles and Jamaicans. At the moment, we all know the craze for agbada and we also know Ebuka Obi-Uchendu wears agbada a lot. I created a challenge for people to the see other celebrities who wear agbada as well but don’t showcase it.”
Since the splitting of Nigeria popular pop star P- Square, all attempt made to reconcile the two brothers has been is futile.
Popular singer, John Asiemo, aka Daddy Showkey, recently posted a video on his Instagram page in which he begged artistes and twin brothers, P-Square, to re-unite. According to Showkey, he saw that P-Square came together in a dream and he believes it’s something that will soon come to pass.
Mr Orezi in an interview reveal how he almost dropped for to pursue his music career and also talk on his marriage plans.
Singer Esegine Allen, better known as Orezi, speaks with Olushola Ricketts on his upbringing, how he almost became a university dropout and his plans for marriage.
Where were you brought up?
I was born in Ibadan but my parents moved to Lagos when I was three years old. I had my elementary education in Lagos before proceeding to Command Secondary School in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. For my higher education, I attended the University of Lagos.
How did your parents react to your decision to do music?
My parents felt my love for music was consuming my time. I was doing music while in the university and I almost became a dropout. I became tired of school and I felt doing music was the only thing that could make me happy. But my parents pleaded with me to finish my studies before I pursued my love for music.
How did you combine education with music?
It was very hard for me to concentrate in school and I usually missed lectures. All I wanted to do was to go to the studio and every show in Lagos. Anywhere D’banj or Tubaba was performing, you would see me there. Then, I would come back to the hostel very late at night or early in the morning, which made me too weak to attend lectures. In fact, it affected my grade at 400 level but I thank God I eventually graduated.
Are you happy with what you’ve achieved so far in 2018?
I have achieved some of the things I set out to do this year. But musically, I have not done much this year. I have only released one official single this year, Whine for Daddy, in which I featured Tekno. I also released Ijo Wakanda but I will call it a momentary song, not a single.
Why did you team up with Tekno?
I love Tekno; he is my friend. Before Whine For Daddy, we had wanted to do things together, but we became busy with other things. Early this year, I called him and told him about the song. Afterwards, we went to the studio and produced Whine For Daddy. I have got positive feedback from the song. Anytime I perform it, people appreciate it.
Why did you reduce the pace at which you put out songs?
By now, I should have put out more than a single but I got busy with other things. I actually took a little break from music. I have other things that I needed to attend to; music is not all there is to me, but I am fully back now. I plan to release more singles and I may also put out an album before the year runs out.
Don’t you think leaving your former record company affected your music?
It has not affected me in any way. Like I said earlier, the only reason I left music briefly was for me to focus on other things.
As an artiste, it can be deliberate to slow things. At times, an artiste may not be pleased with his sound any more. It makes no sense to continue putting out songs that don’t create any impact. And if you want to redefine your sound, it takes time. If you follow me well, my newest records were produced by new producers. I took my time to look for new producers and rearrange my sound.
People often forget that as artistes, we get old every day too and other things become important to us as well. I cannot just be doing music and pay less attention to my personal life.
Don’t you feel running a record company can affect your music?
I plan to run my record company like any other business. The fact that I have an artiste doesn’t mean I will be running around for him. I will have people to work with him; the same way I have people who handle the different parts of my music. Though he is an artiste signed to my record company, I will not be directly in charge of his music life. Of course, I will oversee things.
Are you satisfied with the growth of Nigerian music?
It is growing and we are all benefiting from it. The music industry has opened up opportunities for many youths. However, there are things that can be done to make the industry a better place for everyone. The upcoming musicians need to be encouraged. I feel that the known musicians take the credit at all times while the new ones struggle to get attention even though they are good.
I released a very good video for my song, Cooking Pot, last year. Despite the good quality of the video and message in it, it was not given enough airplay. The video was only appreciated by AFRIMA, who gave it the Best Video of the year award. The likes of Headies, Sound City and other awards snubbed it. I felt the video was one of the best efforts in Nigeria in 2017, and I am not saying this just because I am the singer.
We promote a group of artistes and shun the new ones. If you watch music stations, you will struggle to see them play videos of new artistes. There should be a balance; you can’t continue to promote the old ones even when they sing rubbish.
However, I have enjoyed the support of the Nigerian media; I am one of those artistes who have always benefited from them. But the video of Cooking Pot, for some reasons, has not enjoyed a good airplay.
Do you still do free shows?
Of course, I do free shows. If the reason aligns with my belief and the awareness is needed, it takes me nothing to perform without asking for money. But it must be something I like to be part of.
Have you settled your fight with Dammy Krane?
He is my friend; we’ve been together after we had the issue.
Do you have a baby mama?
I don’t have any baby mama and I don’t wish to have a child before marriage. But if it happens that way, I will take it. If I had wanted a baby mama, I would have gotten a woman pregnant while I was younger.
What are your plans for marriage?
Once I see the right woman, marriage is not an issue. My parents have reminded me of the importance of getting married soon, but I told them to be patient with me.
Chimamanda Adichie who has been in Nigeria for some time now has that her best selling book will soon have a series and also made it clear it how wrong it is to insult a man.
Feminism advocate, Chimamanda Adichie who is currently in Nigeria, has revealed that her best selling book ‘Americanah’ will be adapted into a series, not a movie.
According to the renowned author, Danai Gurira is writing the script for the series which will also feature Lupita Nyong’o as part of its cast. Some major highlight of the evening was Ms. Adichie’s talk on bride price and why she finds its commercialism disgusting.
Chimamanda Adichie also told those present that it is wrong to use feminism as an excuse to insult a man.
A 45-years man has consistently been chatting with different women online offer to take them on a date to expensive restaurant and would disappear after consuming huge bills.
A dine-and-dash” dater, Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, is standing trial for allegedly forcing women he took on a string of first dates to pay for their expensive meals by sneaking out of upscale restaurants immediately he finished eating.
Police said Gonzales ordered expensive wines, steaks, lobster and desserts during more than a dozen dates in which he ran away without paying.
According to prosecutors, while his dates were generally forced to pick up the bill, two restaurants took pity on the women and did not charge them.
The man from Los Angeles, faces 10 counts of extortion, fraud, and petty theft against no fewer than 10 women over the past two years.
The 45-year-old would reportedly chat to women online, offering to take them to restaurants across the city, before vanishing without a word after consuming large amounts of food and alcohol.
Appearing in court in Pasadena for his preliminary hearing, Gonzales listened as women testified about their experiences dating the alleged tab-skipper.
A single mother, Martha Barba said she was due to meet Gonzales at a Chipotle outlet in July 2016, before he convinced her into a meal close by at an upscale eatery called Houston’s.
“I didn’t want to go. He didn’t look like his pictures. I wasn’t attracted to him,” Barba said, who however agreed to go to be “nice”, according to NY Daily News.
“He kept saying, ‘I got you. Order whatever you want. It’s on me. Don’t worry about it’,” she said, adding that “He ordered steak, wine, salad, just whatever you could order.”
She continued that Gonzales would at a point leave to take a call, insinuating she should order dessert while he stepped away to talk. He allegedly never came back, forcing Ms Barba to pay the $120 (£92) bill.
“I felt embarrassed and didn’t want to say anything… I felt humiliated,” Barba told the court, lamenting that she had to use her rent money to cover the cost.
Another woman, Yolanda Lora, told the newspaper she accepted an invite from Gonzales to a sushi restaurant in West Hollywood last year.
“I remember he was talking really fast and eating really fast and then said his youngest son was calling him,” Lora said, claiming that Gonzales ordered two glasses of wine within 15 minutes of each other.
After getting up, she alleges he never returned.
“What kind of monster does this? I was so embarrassed. I’m not an insecure woman, but it made me feel very insecure,” Lora said, saying “I’m just glad he got caught. I don’t want any other women to have to go through that.”