Abuja, Nov.17, 2019 Fast rising Nigerian singer and song writer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donu, popularly known as Joeboy recently released his debut extended play( EP) titled ‘Love and Light’ and it fell below expectations.
The Afropop and R&B singer had announced to excited fans that his first ever EP was dropping, leaving them eager to hear what the maestro had in store.
On his Instagram page @joeboyofficial, he wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen!! My first ever extended playlist is out!
“Thankful to everyone that has been part of my journey so far! Now let’s spread LOVE and LIGHT!
“Lets get it to number 1! When you send #LoveandLight to loved ones, send my EP”.
The recording artist, who came into lime light when he released his Ed Sheeran ‘Shape of You’ cover, which was well-accepted both in Nigeria and worldwide is now one of Nigeria’s hottest upcoming artiste.
This was made obvious when he was nominated alongside Fireboy DML, Zlatan ibile, Victor AD,Rema for next rated at the recently held Headies award 2019.
However, the EP which comprises of five tracks titled ‘Baby’, ‘Beginning’, ‘Don’t call back’, ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’, is all about love and relationship.
The problem with the EP was not the theme but the clear laziness with which it was assembled. Only two, out of the five tracks, were new songs and they did not quite hit the mark.
The first track, which was released over a month ago “Baby” is known to be the hit track among all the tracks he later dropped to form the EP because of its melodious signature, appealing lyrics and dancehall vibes.
This was affirmed by some of his fans, who took to their twitter handles to express their love for the music.
@Prettysync1 “Keep it up joeboy, I love your music.
@Youngcrown said, “This is a banger, much love for the song Baby”.
Subsequently, Joeboy released another track titled ‘Beginning’, which was more like a continuation of the love story he was telling with the earlier song titled ‘Baby’.
This was more appreciated by his fans because both songs had the same storyline but a different sound and lyrical content.
On the flipside, the five tracks lacked diversity as all the tracks except for ‘Blessing’, centred on love/ relationships.
Joeboy also featured only one artiste on the project, that is, DMW star Mayorkun on the track ‘Don’t call me back’.
In fact, this song, which was the last he dropped before compiling the EP, was termed as ‘the last good music’ by fans.
This is because the other two new songs did not match up in lyrics and production.
The new songs were viewed by his fans to be less entertaining and more like a “rush work” according to a post on twitter by a fan @Cashflow23.
Furthermore, the fourth track on the EP, ‘All for you’, was described by an instagram fan @Zanks11 as being too boring because of the repetition of its chorus and having only one verse.
Generally, the EP lacks freshness as some of the tracks have been on air for over a month before the official release date thereby making the EP fall below the expectation of his fans.
It should be noted that the singer did not put in all his time and energy to create his debut EP.
Instead, he put together his previous singles and added two more tracks which were not up to par and relaunched them as his official debut extended play.
This fiasco could be as a result of his upcoming album, which is said to be dropping next year according to the singer.
Nonetheless, Joeboy made some of his fans proud with his debut EP but other fans expected that, majority of the songs on his debut EP should be a combination of newly released songs and not songs that had been on air for quite some time.
Realistically, the two last songs added to the EP ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’ were not really appreciated by his fans.
This was not only because of its low production quality but Joeboy essentially created an EP for two underrated songs.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape
After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.
Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.
She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.
According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.
“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.
“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’
Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.
“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.
“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.
“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.
Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.
“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.
“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.
“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’
Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.
According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.
She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.
Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Lagos inaugurates Post-COVID-19 Review Committee for tourism, entertainment industry
The Lagos State Government on Thursday inaugurated the State Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Review Committee, aimed at reactivating the Tourism, Arts and Culture sector.
Inaugurating the committee in Ikeja, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, said that the state’s creative industry had remained dormant, following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Akinbile-Yusuf said in a statement that the six-member committee, chaired by Mrs Joke Silva, was expected to draw out suggestions and recommendations on ways to re-activate the industry.
She said that members were expected to make recommendations to the state government on ways to rejuvenate its economy, particularly the Tourism and Entertainment industry.
”The situation in the world today was not pre-determined. This is where we are and this is what we have seen happening to us.
”Everywhere is shut down. The airline operators are not operating, there is nothing like Art exhibitions, and hospitality businesses have been put on hold.
”So, we want to find a way to sustain our economy and the industry, even with the pandemic, and see how best we can continue to improve on the creative sector,” the commissioner said.
Akinbile-Yusuf said that the committee was expected to submit its reports in two weeks.
She said that some of the terms of reference for the committee include conducting a holistic assessment of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.
According to her, the committee is to come up with recommendations on the short and long term palliatives with respect to soft loans and grants to assuage the negative impact of the scourge on the industry.
She said that the committee was also expected to refocus attention toward the development of domestic tourism as an immediate measure to revitalise the industry.
She assured that the state government would not abandon the industry in such a precarious situation, but provide support and encouragement to sustain tourism and ensure it thrived beyond COVID-19.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts and Culture, Mr Solomon Bonu, said that those in the committee were very knowledgeable about the industry.
Bonu said that the state was looking at revitalising the tourism business, hence, the need for the committee.
He, therefore, implored the committee members to bring their professionalism and expertise to bear on boosting the state’s tourism sector beyond the COVID-19 era.
The Chairman of the Committee, Silva, thanked the state government for the opportunity given to come up with recommendations to reposition the creative and tourism industry in the state.
Silva, a veteran actress, said that all the appointees would work together to achieve the expected results.
”I am very lucky to have intelligent people as members of the committee because they are men and women who are very knowledgeable and passionate about the industry.
”I know that our collaboration will result in good recommendations. The creative industry has been greatly affected by COVID-19, but we will get through it,” she said.
Other members of the committee are Mr Atunyota Akpobome (a.k.a Ali Baba), Mr Patrick Donald Lee, Dr Adun Okupe, Mrs Oyenike Okundaye and Mr Gbenga Sunmonu.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Review conditions of your financial intervention to health sector, Association urges CBN
Its Chairman, Lagos State, Dr Tunji Akintade, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos, saying that the loan conditions were stringent.
The AGPMPN is the umbrella organisation for all medical and dental doctors in private practice, either as owners or employees.
Akintade, however, lauded CBN for its intervention in the health sector, noting that after perusing conditions of the loan, it showed that it does not favour healthcare practitioners, except for manufacturers.
Akintade: “The condition of the loan is that you will be given 20 per cent of your annual turnover, which means, if your turnover is N20 million, you would get N4 million.
“For crying out loud, if you are making turnover of N20 million, why will you go and get a loan of N4 million. They also gave a one year moratorium which ends on Feb. 28, 2021.
“If you apply now, it might take over one month for loan application and disbursement, which leaves little time to the moratorium deadline.
“It said that interest rate of the loan will initially be five per cent, but reviewed upward to nine per cent from March 2021.
“That means they are giving with the right hand, and invariably taking it back with the left hand.”
The association chairman noted that the purpose of the loan was supposed to be a stimulus for the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the intent might not be achieved.
According to him, various analyses have shown that there is going to be an economic recession, which will impact the purchasing power of people, thus making it low.
Akintade maintained that to achieve better outcomes and impact from the fund, it should be structured toward specific intervention.
“This would address notable challenges in the health sector, such as infrastructure, maternal and infant rate reduction.
“Others are: drugs procurement, drugs production, systems development, information technology development and meeting with the leaders in all states to form a think-tank and available tools to measure the loan,” Akintade said.
He also stressed the importance of dialogue between the apex bank and leaders of various healthcare professionals to know areas to target the fund.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Lockdown death: Review your strategy Anambra urges Police
Anambra government has urged the police in the state to review its strategy for enforcement of the lockdown to avoid recurrence of the situation that led to death of its residents.
Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra State Government (SSG), said this after receiving cash donations and protective equipment from individuals, groups and firms at the Government House on Thursday.
Some of the donations received were – 60 cartons of hand sanitisers from Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, 6,000 bottles of Eva Water from Nigeria Bottling Company, N1 million cheque from Geolis Cables Limited.
Others were N2 million from Chief Augustine Oguejiofor, N1 million from Chief Walter Chigbo and N1 million from Diamond Fitness Club.
Chukwulobelu said the death was painful and regrettable while conveying the sympathy of the state government to the families and loved ones of the deceased.
He said there was no alternative to the lockdown which was aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus and urged both the residents, the police and other law enforcement agencies to be courteous in dealing with each other.
He called for calm and non-escalation of the situation by attempts to apportion blame as the matter was being investigated.
“The state government sympathises with the families that lost their loved ones, any loss of life in this circumstance is always regrettable, this is the time to be very calm, we do not want things to escalate.
“The circumstances of that death is still not clear, it will be investigated and all measures will be taken to ensure that this does not happen again.
“Am sure that the law enforcement agencies will also reflect on their modus operandi to ensure that this does not happen again, am sure they will review the way they are policing the state.
They can’t be happy that there is loss of life.
“It is important that people respect the lockdown order as to contain the spread of the virus, let our people see the police as their friends and not enemies.
“It is inappropriate to start apportioning blame now, we don’t want people including the media to inflame situation,” he said.
Chukwulobelu said it was not realistic that Anambra Government would provide face masks for residents of the state and called on people to make efforts to have one, even if improvised.
He thanked all those who responded to the call of the state government by donating generously and assured that the money and materials would be deployed judiciously.
The SSG said that donations were still encouraged as the number of those in protective care was increasing and that the cost of taking care of a patient including the personal protective equipment was expensive.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some policemen clashed with some youths at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area, which resulted to the death of at least one person.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)