Over the weekend, Nigerian international music star, Wizkid performed at the yearly music concert in honor of Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and from videos and reports, he delivered an outstanding show.
The celebrated music star performed some of his greatest hits including “Ojuelegba” among others to the excitement of his numerous fans.
Amidst the excitement of the evening, Wizkid displayed the generous part of his personality by giving a disabled fan in the crowd a wad of cash. See video:
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Some other artistes asides Wizkid that performed at this year’s edition of Felabration include; Femi Kuti, Burna Boy among others.
Felabration is an annual music festival conceived in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her father Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist known for pioneering the afrobeat genre of music. The one-week-long event which is held annually at the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, attracts visitors from different countries and has thus been considered as an official tourist destination by the Lagos State Government.
Felabration is held on the week of Fela’s birthday. The event features musical performances from top music acts from Nigeria and guest appearances from internationally acclaimed musicians and personalities. It also consists of street parades, symposia on social and topical issues, debates and photo exhibitions.
Former US President, Barack Obama has chosen Nigerian artist, Kehinde Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait gallery which is billed to be unveiled at the gallery in 2018. As is the norm, the Smithsonian museum partners with the White House to commission one official portrait of the Potus and Flotus
Artist Kehinde Wiley is popular for his paintings of African- Americans some which include a sculpture of Kanye West,and his reinterpretations of classic artworks. See some works:
Kehinde was born to a Nigerian dad and an African-American mom. As a child, his mother supported his interest in art and enrolled him in after-school art classes. Although Kehinde Wiley did not grow up with his father, at the age of 20, he traveled to Nigeria to explore his roots and meet him. He earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art in 2001.
Nollywood actor, OC Ukeje has debuted his singing career with a single which features rap star, Vector. The single whose visuals was released few days back is the official soundtrack of the actor’s latest movie “Potato Potahto” which features actors like Ghanaian stars, Joselyn Dumas, Nikki Samonas, Chris Attoh and Nigerian stars like Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, OC Ukeje among others.
Back in the early 2000s, it was a trend for Nollywood actors to delve into music. A good list of thespians including Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Desmond Elliot, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozorkwo dropped more than just singles but albums and would have continued but for the generous criticism of entertainment industry savvy Nigerians.
It isn’t a tidbit surprising that Ukeje would explore his musical prowess but we all are grateful that it did turn out better than most actor “singles”. It is in fact an impressive debut! See visuals:
It has been one heck of a week for Nigerian pop star, Davido. Things went south for the singer following the death of his friend, Tagbo Umeike who died from suffocation after having several shots of Tequila on a night out with the “Aye” crooner and his crew. Subsequently, the songster also lost two of his close friends, DJ Olu and Chime all within the space of a week.
While a lot of reports surrounded the death of Tagbo, first with actress, Caroline Danjuma publicly accusing the singer of being involved in Tagbo’s death, the police claiming Davido had lied about his first statement and the frenzy it had caused on social media not to forget how the Police spokesperson was reportedly demoted after his press release, the singer has finally decided to let it all go.
In a post shared on Instagram earlier today, Davido stated that he has no grudges against all the media houses that shared false reports about him. See post:
Ace Liberian entertainment blogger, Berenice Mulubah was recently at the Pdiddy hosted, Revolt Music Conference 2017 held in Miami, Florida. Her story is quite the compelling tale of determination to succeed despite odds and a great way to start your day. See story:
“From the moment I made up my mind, December of 2013, that I wanted to blog about entertainment, I have made it my business to add to the knowledge I have about the industry. From buying books on the subject, going back to school for Mass Communication, and constantly googling new information about the industry, I’ve been on it.
It has been four days of wealth. Getting pure knowledge about the music industry from legends and experts.
On the first day, King Combs, 21 Savage and French Montana had the room on fire. The Conference is loaded with executes from the American Music industry and artists. The highlight of the night was Miami Mayor, Philip Levine awarding P Diddy with Miami 100 years coin and French Montana. You can check out some videos from the night on my Instagram. Of course, there was the educational panels, sharing their knowledge.
Day 2: Artists, activists and writers came together to dialogue on how to impact change and challenge the political system. The panel, which was brilliantly moderated by Jeff Johnson, the CEO of JIJ Communications, was comprised of ten individuals who continue to utilize their platforms with the utmost urgency and responsibility, tirelessly advocating for social justice, challenging oppression and denouncing the malevolent actions of the current administration. During the passionate dialogue, artist/activists Mysonne, Joey Bada$$ and T.I. were joined by the Rev. Shane R. Smith, President, National Action Network San Diego; Datwon Thomas, Editor in Chief, Vibe; Rob Kenner, Executive Editor, Mass Appeal; Vanessa Satten, Editor in Chief, XXL; Karen Civil, Author, Media Maven, Brand Curator; and Shaheem Reid, Host/ Writer/ Producer, REVOLT TV.
The day continued with more educational panels and ended with a Gala Dinner.
The dinner was is a beautiful celebration to honor Queen Latifah. She received the 2017 REVOLT Icon Award.
Lauryn Hill ripped the stage at the Gala.
The conference ends today. There is a film festival going on for the rest of the day. It has been a great experience so far. May God presents me with opportunities to impact the Liberian Entertainment Industry with the knowledge acquired.
According to accounts from several Liberians especially in the entertainment industry, Berenice Mulubah has been criticized oftentimes for being tough but her message of ‘artiste empowerment and improvement’ has undoubtedly resonated with industry players and helped shape the Liberian Entertainment Industry.
Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, in a recent interview revealed her stance of women marrying men who cannot cater to their needs. The thespian who parted ways with her husband years ago opened up to Punch NG on future plans of finding love and walking down the aisle.
Iyabo Ojo shared:“If marriage comes along, yes I will consider it. Then, I used to say that I didn’t want to get married again because of the stress involved. Now, I have had a rethink. But I can’t marry a poor man”.
“Some people will say I shouldn’t say that, but I am a blunt person. For someone like me, there is no love without money. I am a celebrity and I am expected to maintain a certain lifestyle, which is expensive. The kind of man I want in my life has to be more successful than me. When I bought my personal assistant a car, people said I didn’t want her to marry. I told them that I don’t expect her to marry someone who does not have a car as well.
You say what you want out of life; we shouldn’t deceive ourselves. It is a choice to die in poverty and I have chosen not to die in poverty. I cannot flow with someone who wants to die in poverty.”She added.
Since the interview dropped, Iyabo Ojo has come under severe criticism on social media by fans and foes. Many who are of the opinion that her insatiable thirst for the good life is what couldn’t keep her married.