Birthday: Davido celebrates daughters’ Imade, Hailey



Popular Nigerian singer, songwriter and

Record producer, Davido Adeleke a.k.a Davido is celebrating his daughters’ Imade and Hailey as they turned four and two years old respectively.

The Afro-pop musician shared their pictures to mark the day on his instagram handle, @davidoofficial said, “ “My baby is

4!!!!! My First!! U changed my life forever! I love you!! @realimadeadeleke! Great news coming soon to the world!! @aurorabyimade!!! I can’t believe I gotta 4 year old!”

The songwriter earlier threw an elaborate birthday party for his second daughter Hailey in Atlanta, U.S.A

Below are some of the reaction:

@Vivian_nenye: I have so much respect for this guy… he is just a typical of what a father should look like. Even work would never shut down his fatherly duty. I love how he shows them love.

@kunlereal: Choi…to born come dey sweet me.. Fatherhood sweet wen money dey.

@yves_pearl: Reasons why God keeps blessing him… taking care and being there for all his kids

Meanwhile, Davido and Amanda, Hailey’s mums’ picture at the party is currently generating ripples among social media users.

@BROFIGGA, said,’’ And that one wey Dem dey call Chioma go dey for

Nigeria dey form “assurance”.

An anonymous said,’’Black American and Caribbean women never stop sleeping with their baby daddies and if he is a good provider? They add baby no 2, 3, 4… The guy is essentially a human welfare ticket.’’

Another anonymous said: “This is very disrespectful to Chioma ,

@Allimerry: Are they forbidden to take picture together, bcos I dont get it.”


Nigerian games shortlisted for International Convention



Three board games made by Nigerian designers have been shortlisted for debut at the 2019 African Board games Convention (AB Con).

News Agency of the Nigeria reports that in the list released by AB Con on Monday, the games ‘Wan Wan Touch’, ‘First Mention’ and ‘Village War’ will join other games from around the world.

AB Con is the largest gathering of African board and table top game designers in the world. It is the biggest platform for leading conversations on how best to advance the industry in Africa.

The shortlisted Nigerian games, all produced by Nigeria Board Game Company (NIBCARD), are part of the new wave of table top games designed to tell African stories.

Speaking to NAN, the convener of the convention, Kenechukwu Ogbuagu said that the games were picked for their simple ability to mix nostalgia and history in teaching the world about Nigerians.

He added that more games will be added to the line-up if the other board game designers meet the criteria, noting that ABCon was beyond debuting games.

ABCon has always been an avenue where young creative people come together to discuss ways to advance the industry in Africa.

As the biggest convention for board games, we believe it is our duty to use this platform wisely.

So, at this edition, there will be a lot of conversation on the growth of Africa in the last decade and how board games can contribute to the next ten years.

Apart from the Nigerian games debuting, there will be play of games from all over the world as we have a collection of more than 300 games.

The Nigerian board game industry is picking up fast and we believe more can be done. We are beyond pleased with the submissions for this year and hope that it only gets better,” Ogbuagu said.

NAN reports that the 2019 AB Con scheduled for Dec. 14, will also feature animation debut and panel discussions around the growth of the industry.

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Johnny Drille pulls stunning performance at sold-out Abuja show



Alternative music singer and songwriter, Johnny Drille pulled a heavyweight performance at his sold-out concert in Abuja on Sunday night.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Edo-born singer thrilled fans with interactive renditions of his hit songs at the Abuja version of ‘Johnny’s Room Live’.

The ‘Johnny’s Room Live’ experience is an intimate series of performances by Johnny Drille and a host of other artists.

According to him, the music experience is an invitation into his world as crafted through sound and stories.

The Sunday show, hosted by ace broadcaster Osato Edokpayi, had fans from all walks of life enjoying the moment as they sang his lyrics word for word while the energetic performance went on.

Following the show, fans have taken to social media to praise Drille, his artist line-up, team and Edokpayi for delivering on their promise of a great show.

On Twitter, @Aboycalledmum wrote, “@satoEDK, you anchored a great event. Your energy and vibe was beautiful to witness. You did justice to Johnny’s Room Live Abuja.”

@Okezie Ifeanyi said, “The show was amzing. Energy level was on a 100 throughout your performance. Couldn’t have enough.”

@Iammistajay wrote, “@JohnnyDrille came through with something different and we loved it. Johnny’s Room Live was all shades of amazing. More grace brother.”

Drille himself took to social media to appreciate fans that turned out for the show and interacted with the music.

@JohnnyDrille, he wrote, “Abuja sang word for word tonight. You guys hold a special place in my heart.”

NAN reports that the show also featured performance from other alternative music stars Ric Hassani, Ladipoe and David Rhino.

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Singer, Ric Hassani hits over 8m streams on Spotify in 2019



Nigerian alternative Afropop singer, Ric Hassani has garnered more than eight million streams for his music on Spotify in 2019.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the singer revealed his statistics on Instagram page alondisde a post thanking fans for their support.

The stream numbers was an indication that his music had been listened to over eight million times on Spotify.

It also revealed that fans spent over 438, 000 hours listening to his songs. The numbers show that his 755, 000 fans are spread across 79 countries.

Hassani posted the figures on Instagram @richassani and captioned it, “Independent. No label. No PR. Just music.

One album, one single only this entire year. Incredible. Thank you God for the lasting grace. Thank you fans and listeners,’’ he said.

The ‘Gentleman’ singer began an international tour in 2019. He performed a sold-out show in Honduras with viral clips from the show populating social media.

He went on to perform sold-out shows in New York, New Orleans, Mayotte and Madagascar as part of his tour tagged: `The Prince I Became’.

Hassani was nominated in three categories at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

These were for Best Artiste in African RnB and Soul, Video of the Year, and Most Promising Artiste.

The same year, Hassani was also nominated in two categories at The Headies for Best Vocal Performance and Best Alternative Song for his single ‘Gentleman’.

In December 2018, Hassani won the Galaxy Music Awards for Best Collaboration for his song, `Believe’ which featured Falz and Olamide.

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Dabiri-Erewa hails Anthony Joshua’s boxing victory



Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua, for defeating his opponent Andy Ruiz Jr in World Heavyweight Boxing fight in Saudi Arabia on Dec.7.

In a statement signed and released by NIDCOM’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Sunday, Dabiri-Erewa said the win made the Nigerian-born boxer thus reclaiming his World Heavyweight titles.

She said the victory over the Mexican was not only a thing of pride to Nigerians, but to Africa as a whole.

“NIDCOM congratulates Joshua on the wonderful feat, for winning the tensed but historical fight.

“NIDCOM is truly proud of you, the commission wished you, to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage,

“Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youth of Nigeria,” the commission’s CEO said.

She said Joshua’s victory was also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians were great people.

“Nigerians contribute in many ways to the development of the country and the continent as a whole.

NIDCOM notes with satisfaction that, in spite of the challenges being faced by Anthony in his career, he has remained determined, focused, stayed clear of criminality and depression,’’ she  said

NIDCOM described Joshua as a two-time world heavyweight champion with unanimous points of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 victory over Ruiz Jr in a tense rematch in Saudi Arabia.

According to her, Joshua cut his opponent in round one and dominated the fight throughout.

“Joshua, 30, was born in Watford to Yoruba parents from Southwest Nigeria and made his professional debut together in 2013,” she said.

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Review: Sean Tizzle’s single ‘Contagious’, not enough for a hit record



Nigerian Afrobeat singer and songwriter Morihanfen Oluwaseun, popularly known as Sean Tizzle, has recently released a new single titled ‘Contagious’ and it lacks enough ‘hit’ material.

Contrary to the title of the song, Sean Tizzle’s latest jam is not contagious but rather sounds too regular to become a major hit record that the singer needs to bring back his glory days.

Nonetheless, the song, which is his third single this year was generously appreciated by his fans compared to his previous single titled ‘Lotto’ which was released few months ago.

This assertion can be confirmed through the number of downloads and comments the new single has enjoyed from his fans via various website and social media platforms, within its few days of release.

Some years ago, Sean Tizzle, made a grand entry into the Nigerian music industry when he released his ground breaking debut single ‘Sho Lee’ which earned him several awards back in 2013.

The single did not only top the music chart but also made him one of the most prominent artists back in the day.

His songwriting and vocal skills were close to flawless in that era.

Unfortunately, while 2013/2014 brought him unprecedented levels of success, 2015 was the year where everything he touched seemed to go wrong as several factors managed to outshine his genuine talent and phenomenal music.

One of the major key in life is consistency and improvement in whatever one does but the singer has perhaps not been able to meet up with the highly competitive music business thereby truncating his relevance in the music industry.

When it comes to debut albums that have left a major impact like never before on the Nigerian music scene, Sean Tizzle’s ‘The Journey’ album released in 2014 cannot be replaced.

The album had it all, from love anthems like ‘Perfect Gentleman’ , ‘Igi Orombo’ and ‘Could This Be Love’ to hit records like ‘Loke Loke’, ‘Komole’, ‘Kilogbe’ and ‘Take It’ .

Sean Tizzle’s music carrier at the time was nearly unmatched, every song was a hit, sadly, not every good movie usually has the expected happy ending.

In recent times the Nigerian music industry has been saturated with lots of music artiste, those who are musically talented and those in it for the money and fame.

Therefore as an artist, one needs to remain hardworking and dedicated in order to remain consistent and relevant in the music industry.

In light of this, any artiste who does not step up his or her game will be left behind because the music industry is now highly competitive.

It is clear that artists like 2baba, Wizkid, Olamide, Davido, among others are constantly working hard at their craft to remain relevant in the music business.

Arguably, Sean Tizzle over the years has been described by some music lovers as a ‘one hit wonder’ artiste because he lacks consistency and has churned out some underrated songs.

This is far from the times he used to put out hit songs years back that got him nominated for several awards including Headies Awards, Nigerian music video Award, Nigerian Media Award and Caribbean African American Nations Award back in 2013/2014.

On the new single ‘Contagious’, the singer talks about his admiration for a lady describing it as infectious. The lyrical content, rhythm, sound and production are very regular and have no distinct quality.

Without a doubt, Sean Tizzle is a good musician and one of the most creative voices the Nigerian music industry can boast of. However, it may take more than ‘fire music’ to get him back on the glory horse he once rode on.

Nevertheless, Sean Tizzle has proven himself to be the ‘Afropop prince’ that he is. It is clear that he needs a little more push to get back on track.

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Review: Teni Apata’s music, personality evolution draws mixed feelings



Review: Teni Apata’s music, personality evolution draws mixed feelings

Popular singer Teniola Apata, a.k.a Teni as a songwriter and an entertainer, has evolved in character and so has her music in the last year.

Her bubbly personality has been an integral part of her musical journey and her music moves in its direction.

The younger sister of Afrohouse queen, Niniola is an extremely talented and hardworking musician, who warmed her way into the hearts of fans with her amazing vocals and personality.

Teni released her debut single ‘Amen’ while signed to Shizzi’s Magic Fingers Records. She left the record label and signed with Dr Dolor Entertainment in 2017. She gained critical acclaim after releasing the single ‘Fargin’ in Sept. 2017.

Her growth has been phenomenal through the years and in 2019, the accolades continued as she was featured on YouTube Music’s Trending Artist on the Rise.

While we have continued to enjoy the unique tunes she has dropped, a pattern is creating itself.

Teni, as a person, has become more playful as is echoed in her videos and skits, somehow, like with all other forms of art, this has seeped into her music style.

The singer has become more comfortable in her humour and it has influenced her sound.

With songs like ‘Sugar Mummy’ and ‘Power Ranger’ featuring lyrics and videos that show Teni in some of her most comedic forms, it is a noticeable contrast from the intuitive sound like ‘Uyo Meyo’ and ‘Fargin’ she entertained us with in 2018.

Her latest track ‘Billionaire’ is the only song in 2019 that has come close to the success she burst into the scene with in 2018. Although less serious than her 2018 jams, ‘Billionaire’ has curated success for its catchy hook and the relatability of its laidback lyrics.

Still, Teni the lyrical goddess is missing somewhere but we have the entertainment which is not half as satisfying.

‘Billionaire’ is loved because it emphasises the general aspiration of becoming a billionaire as we all know many Nigerians are hustling to make money.

On the surface, it is a catchy tune but when compared to her previous works, it lacks the soulfulness Teni is usually identified with.

Some argue that as her personality has become more comedic, so has the content of her sound. Others feel that it is just a natural evolution with the trend of the industry at the moment.

Uyo Meyo’ arguably, still remains Teni’s best work till date. This is due to the content of the lyrics and its presentation as an acoustic autobiography.

The video, which is a mini documentary of Teni’s life and shows her journey from childhood to graduate and now, music star presented her in a deeper light loved by fans.

It became the anthem because it encourages fans that they can be what they want to be. We can see Teni’s charisma and her knack for making clever videos on social media. ‘Uyo Meyo’ has amassed over 3.3 million views on YouTube.

It is clear that Teni is one of the most talented people in the planet and at the pace her career is progressing, she is on the path for global domination.

While her charismatic and playful personality is a great addition, it will be nice to see balance. That way, she wins on both fronts on her race to conquer the music world.

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Focus, Funding, keys to having to a great musical career- Toby



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Lagos, Dec. 8,  2019 Up-and-coming artiste, Oluwatobiloba Omowole with stage name Toby Top-notch said focus and adequate funding were keys to having a great musical career.

Toby, a Lawyer,  disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency during his album listening party at Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 26-year-old Afrofusion artiste said independent artistes were usually faced with lots of challenges especially lack of funding and other necessary support from the government, friends, family and public.

He said that an enabling environment for entertainment needed a lot of funding by the government,  so that an artiste could focus on his career to entertain and communicate.

“The challenges that every young independent artistes face at the early stage of their career is funding. It is difficult being in this part of the world.

“We keep trying to get support from friends, family and the government. It is even more difficult trying to make people believe in what you do.

“I believe that with funding and adequate support from those who believe in you, all you need do is focus as an up-and-coming artiste and the sky would be your limit,” he said.

Toby corroborated popular Nigerian artiste, Olamide Adedeji, who recently lamented how hard it was to rise in the music industry without support.

Olamide had paused his show to promote his signee, Fireboy DML and urged other A-list artistes to follow suit and provide enabling environment for up-and-coming artistes.

Toby also made reference to award winning Nigerian artiste, David Adeleke, saying that only an artiste like him could have less challenges as an independent artiste if he is focused.

“In fact, if there is an enabling environment for entertainment, you really do not need a record label to do your music.

“All you need is have a plan and be focused because there are people with money and no plan, just like there are people with the plan and no money.

“You can only be unbothered if you are someone like Davido who has both.

“Music is a big project and a lot of effort has to be put in with adequate funding to back it up.” he said.

NAN reports that in Toby’s five track album, he emphasised the need for parents’ blessings on a child’s chosen career with the first track, which featured his mother praying for him.

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Fireboy DML debuts best album to close 2019



Fireboy DML debuts best album to close 2019

Adedamola Adefolahan aka Fireboy DML has released his debut album and it is everything fans prayed for and more.

The Afropop Nigerian artist, who is signed to Olamide Adedeji’s YBNL, delivers a mixture of emotions in the album, ‘Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’ (LTG).

From the first song to the last, it is clear that Fireboy DML wants you to get all up in your feelings and he sure brings the heat with this intentional body of work.

The singer has been winning hearts and charts ever since he came into limelight with his hit single ‘Jealous’.

Not relenting from the success of ‘Jealous’, the 23-year old YBNL signee is a proven songwriter with releases of good music such as ‘What If I Say’ and ‘King’.

This is not surprising, considering that the youngster is being mentored by Olamide, one of the best and most prolific in the industry.

For a first studio album, Fireboy is daring as ‘Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’ comes with no guest features.

This is a break from the norm that sees new artists tending to overkill their first major projects with guest appearances.

On the first song, ‘Wait and see’, he emphasises on sacrifices, hard work and prayers that got him to this stage in his music career.

He speaks on his uniqueness and how no one can be like him. The song, produced by ace producer Pheelz, had excellent sound that helped his voice texture.

On ‘High on Life’, he is talking about his life as a melody, also making money, life and making a memory with his songs.

However, it would have done justice if he had given better insight to life other than emphasising on the high life he craves. Somehow, the lyrics should have run deeper than they currently run.

For ‘Gbas gbos’, the melodious tune had nothing to do with the song title as he spends a bulk of it talking about a girl he refers to as Mamacita. He asked her to come over to dance and the song thrives on rhythm.

On ‘Omo Ologo’, we see Olamide/Zanku’s influence on this song, a type of song that makes you stand and dance on the dance.

It depicts that he is the type of guy with shining star and “they cannot stop his shine.” Similar vibes are felt on the next single, ‘Scatter’.

For ‘Need You’, Fireboy shows off the strength of his voice on gentle guitar riffs as he serenades his love interest with lines such as “You sweet pass mango, you sweet pass agbalumo/No know where I wan go, omo mi o ma gbadun mo”. A gentle song for lovers and for reminiscing great moments.

That Fireboy has a signature, catchy sound is no news and the nature of ‘Energy’ proves that.

The song pulls a feeling that is usually felt when hanging out with friends on cool evenings, talking over life.

Classic Fireboy also infuses some lyrics serenading his lover and praising her for her energy.

‘Jealous’ was the perfect song to end the album as it was the song that catapulted his amazing career.

His album arrangements and the songs prove that Fireboy cares about the feelings of his audience and is not afraid to write songs that show his emotions. The album is a solid four out of five.

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Style Review: the return of pleated skirts



If there is a trend you definitely don’t want to miss this season, its a pleated skirt. Yes, this bottom piece is back in style, and surprisingly making waves.

According to Google, in 1909, fashion designer Mariano Fortuny created the Greek-inspired Delphos dress. Made of silk satin, it stood out not only for its impeccable lines but also its delicate pleats.

In addition to being an iconic design, it is considered to be the first one to incorporate the technique of repeatedly folding the fabric in the same direction to achieve the characteristic pleats that give it that inimitable style.

Although pleats date back as far as the early 70s but there seems to be a comeback for pleats skirts as it evolves with time. Pleated skirts rule once more and its unexplainable stands out because of its classic nature.

Wikipedia defines ‘Pleat’ generally as a type of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and securing it in place. There are different types of pleated skirts, like the Box pleats, Regular Pleats, Kick Pleats, Inverted Pleats, Knife Pleats, and accordion Pleats.

Pleats skirt is a skirt with fullness reduced to fit the waist by means of regular pleats ‘plaits’ or folds, which can be stitched flat to hip-level or free-hanging.

Fashion designers recommend pleated skirt to match amazingly with a silk top or cotton depending on the material. The skirt is said to be better tucked in or worn loosed.

Mrs Uche James, a dress maker told Nigeria News Agency that till date, she still loves the pleated Zara skirt she got in 2013, especially as the fashion piece has made a major comeback as 2019 draws to a close.

“I would like to say that I am very proud of myself for holding on to a pleated leather Zara skirt I bought back in 2013.

“I knew that thing was special when I first laid eyes on it. Six years later, pleated skirts are making a major comeback.”

She, however, said that it was a bit difficult to put pleating together as it needs lots of concentration, adding that the hard work is worth it at the end when the beauty of the pleats show.

“Truthfully, it is sometimes difficult to make a pleated dress but trust me, if you put your mind while you are at it, the result would leave you in shock.”

People are really in no doubts blending the pleated skirts as some feel the weather this winter is a perfect match for the season. Style enthusiast, Mrs Sandra Fehintola shared similar thoughts.

“I think the weather is harsh due to the season, the dust, dryness of the body, is best covered with long skirts, but I personally prefer wearing the pleated skirts, because it is classic, handy, smarter, and really in vogue,’’ Fehintola said.

Susan Freeman, American textile technologist says that Pleats are usually applied for decorative effect, but are also used to shorten the length of a piece of fabric.

Pleats and gathers have some similarities which boils down to the fact that ‘pleats’ and gathers are commonly used at the bottom of skirts and other garments, while ‘gathers’ are used at the top.

Gathers on the other hand, are a row of small folds made by sewing small stitches of thread through a fabric and then pulling the thread tight

NAN also spoke with Jane Omale who seems to find pleasure in wearing pleated skirts.

She said “I really like pleated skirts not just because of its unique nature, but because of the comfort that comes with it.”

It is no news that apart from pleated skirts being able to emphasise one’s waist, it is surprisingly easy to make and maintain. Thin hips figures also benefit from this skirt as it adds some curves to their smaller figure.

A fashion designer, Mrs Joy Alfred said she recommends pleated skirts for slim people.

According to her, I recommend pleated skirts to people who are slim, as plus size figure looks voluminous in it.

Another dress maker, Peace Stephen said apart from being a dress maker, enjoys wearing pleated skirts herself. She said,

“Apart from being a tailor, I really like doing pleated skirts, though it was somewhat not on trend at some point, as patronage became poor.

“I knew that it would come back, and it is indeed back again, pleated skirts are my favourite.”

Jesmiel Rachael, a secondary school student said she really enjoys pressing her uniforms because of its unique pleated lines.

Mrs Jessica Egbo, however, has a different view of pleated skirts as she feels it is somewhat religiously inclined.

“For me, I feel it is some churches that really wear the pleated skirts, but now it is trending and it depends on the way you combine it that brings out the beauty.

Mrs Vivian Orji, a school owner, prefers pleated skirts for her female students because of its comfort.

“To me, it doesn’t bring out much shape of the girls, it is really decent I mean you can always put the fabric in between your laps and feel free and it makes them look smarter.”

NAN reports that celebrities like Toke Makinwa and Linda Ikeji, Jackie Appiah and others have been seen leading the return of the pleated skirts.

They have found creative ways to pair these pleats with amazing fashion pieces.

Dior, Joseph and Valentino are just a few of the fashion houses bringing pleated skirts back, especially in midi-length, high-waist and medium-volume.

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