The Chairman of DAAR Communications, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has called on governments in the West African sub-region to use music to promote integration and unity among countries in the sub-region.
Dokpesi made the call on Friday in Abuja at the launch of DAAR Global Music and presentation of its first artiste from Liberia, Kenvee Adams’ new album, `Mama’.
He described music as a veritable tool that could be used to promote relationships and consolidate unity among people and nations.
Dokpesi said that the DAAR platform would seek to promote good music in Africa and provide opportunity for young talents in Nigeria and Africa to change the world through quality music.
“The DAAR music global platform is expected to attract more talented Nigerians, who are ready to use music to showcase Africa to the rest of the world, “Dokpesi said.
According to him, DAAR Communications is committed to supporting ECOWAS countries through music.
An artiste, Orits Williki, Chairman of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, said the body’s objective was to protect the work of artistes in the music sector.
“Our work is to protect the work of artistes, cutting across old and new artistes. We have membership spanning over three to five thousand people.
“We offer the artiste a platform to enable him protect his work, which is called intellectual property.”
He, however, admonished artistes to remain focused and resilient in pursuing their objectives “because there will be light at the end of the tunnel’’.
Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Mr Babatunde Nurudeen, said that cooperation would strengthen economic ties among West African countries.
“We are happy for the giant strides Adams has made in the music industry.
“We are proud she’s one of our own from the sub-region and we will project her to other member states within the sub-region,’’ Nurudeen said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adams is a Liberian gospel artiste, who sings about her life experiences to send a message to her listeners.
Adams’ music has attracted over a million viewers on YouTube with her `Mama and Daily Prayers’ songs.
She has six songs and four videos with two videos to be broadcast on AIT later on Friday.
Winners emerge at 2019 Hi-Life Fest
Winners on Wednesday emerged at the 2019 edition of Hi-Life Fest organised by Life Continental Lager Beer, a brand from the stable of Nigerian Breweries Plc.
The first runner-up, Frank Onyeka received Two million naira, while the second runner-up, Umunnakwe Nwajiaku got one million naira cash prize after two months of exciting musical events across Awka, Asaba, Onitsha, Enugu and Port Harcourt.
In the dancing category, Ofu Obi emerged winner with two million reward, Aka Mmaramma came second, while Mega Star wash third with one million naira and N500, 000 received as reward respectively.
Mr Omotunde Adenusi, the Portfolio Manager – Mainstream Brands, NB Plc. expressed happiness on the success of the competition.
Adenusi said Life beer, through the competition had created a bond with the people of South-East and South-South regions mostly for their talents in high life music.
“The competition by Life Lager, now in its third year, is all about progress.
“To give these talented acts a platform to showcase their talents in high life music and cultural dance has been a thing of joy to us.
“We believe that everyone, who participated in this show is a winner and we look forward to seeing how they progress in their careers.
“We also thank our loyal consumers for constantly coming out to support our contestants.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with our consumers and they can expect more of these in the coming years,”he said.
In his remarks, the 2019 Hi-Life king, Chijioke expressed joy over his emergence and dedicated his victory to God, his family and everyone who supported him.
“I am lost for words; this is definitely the happiest day of my life and I am so grateful to Life Lager,” he said.
The judges include actor/singer – David Jones David, renowned dance instructor – Dr Jude Akaz, high life legend – Bright Chimezie, and Nigerian music icon, Onyeka Onwenu.
Stress: Comedy has become palliatives – Koffi
Comedy is a veritable tool to reduce tension and improve the health of the people, a renowned comedian, Idowu Nuel, (a.k.a Koffi), said on Wednesday.
“At present in Nigeria as it is in some other climes, there is tense economic atmosphere which is adversely affecting people physically, mentally and financially.
“People’s health is declining due to stress and pressure.
He said that laughing regularly would keep one relaxed in spite of harsh economic condition.
According to Koffi, doctors now advise patients to laugh more to reduce tension.
He advised upcoming comedians to choose their words carefully when cracking jokes, adding that they should use satires with caution.
“In the past, cartoon strips in newspapers served as sarcasm and satire and it was well understood and accepted.
“Lately, people are more sensitive and take everything personal; so I personally don’t even try to get entangled in satires.
“As much as I like to deliver intelligent materials, I know the boundaries; hence, I advise others to tread with caution,” he said.
He advised the youth not to relent in efforts to strive toward perfection in the careers.
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BBNaija: Enkay apologises for ‘maltreating’ Cindy
Recently evicted Big Brother Naija, pepper Dem housemate, Nkechinyere Ede popularly known as Enkay has tendered an apology to fans over her actions towards Cindy while in the Big brother House.
Nigeria News Agency, reports that Cindy had approached Enkay to join her in a Ludo game, but Enkay refused and instead chose to play alone.
Fans described Enkays action as `condescending” and did not take kindly.
She tendered the apology in a live video shared via her Instagram handle @Eukay on Tuesday saying she was not a condescending person.
NAN reports that during the eviction which held on Sunday, Enkay told Ebuka Uchendu-Obi, the host of the show that she love Cindy very much and they were jolly good friends.
The 25 years old fashion designer explained that she did not intentionally reject or look down on Cindy while in the house as being perceived by fans of the show.
“My attitude to Cindy was just a misunderstanding, it was absolutely nothing personal.
“I am not a condescending person, I will never look down on anyone, I am as humble as I can be.
“I apologise to anyone that felt I did try to look down on Cindy,”she said.
The incident won fans sympathy votes for Cindy to the detriment of Enkay, who was evicted on Sunday, scoring the lowest votes of 0.88% .
Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split
Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split
Hollywood Celebrity couple,Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have both ended their six years relationship joining the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year.
The oscar winner was recently spotted holding hands with singer Sela Vave outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood.
The duo had been together since 2013, though they never officially confirmed their relationship
Kattie Holmes revealeed that she doesn’t really care about what Jamie does with his life as they haven’t been together for months now.
The former couple started dating back in 2013 ,a year after she ended her marriage to Tom Cruise.
The duo kept their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public.
Even though they tried keeping their relationship away from the public, it was a known fact they were in an exclusive relationship.
However,the Celebrity couple finally appeared together in public for the first time at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala in New York in 2018, and they walked a red carpet together for the first time at the Met Ball in May.
Meanwhile, Foxx had in June said that things were “,going swimmingly” and the couple were making long distance work, though that’s clearly not the case anymore.
They have frequently shut down engagement rumors over the years, and will now go their separate ways.
They join the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi