Wizkid Needs To Chill With The Freestyles, The Fans Deserve Better Music!

If you’ve been following Wizkid’s career path closely, you’d know him to be that guy that likes the big challenge. Even when he was in a safe-zone with EME, with a smooth-sailing career; he took the big risk of starting a label of his own, contrary to popular belief that it wasn’t going to turn out well.

With the same nerve, he set out to launch himself on the global music scene, even with the fear that artistes from Africa have struggled with the dynamics of the international music market in the past. Wizkid took on the difficult and chancy challenge, and his hustle produced the Sounds From The Other Side album, which scored high even on international music charts.

Having toured different countries in his pursuit of penetration into the global market, and after recording a level of success in his pursuit, he returned to Nigeria to his day-one fans, making it clear upon arrival that he returned to make some more music, hinting that he could record tens of song and even an album in his short stay. A lot of people, including myself, thought it was a joke but when the rain of songs started to pour down, I quickly readjusted my stance as if I never doubted him.

In quick succession, Wizkid lined up three songs; Medicine, Odoo and Medicine Remix. In fact the three songs dropped in the same week, defying the norm of strategically spacing musical releases to give each song enough time to grow on fans. A strategy that other artistes would quietly use to stay relevant all year round. For Wizkid, he doesn’t seem to care about the danger of running out of songs to drop in the next two – three months. He doesn’t even care that his #SFTOS just passed one month in the market, with its 12 tracks yet to reach their climax of airplays.

Some critics have said #SFTOS was mainly for his new audience and that his last three songs are part of the offerings to appease his longtime fans – who are mostly Africans. #SFTOS has gotten a worthy review published on the TooXclusive website but my take on the last four songs (Medicine, Odoo, Medicine Remix, Craving) can be rounded up with the statement that they are mostly rushed efforts. Particularly the Medicine song which appears to be a product of a quick stop-by at a friend’s studio, a listening session of the one or two available beats and a sketchy freestyle.

On the remix, Wiz only had to sit back while Phyno and Flavour brought in everything new about the song. Odoo might have appeared a more thoroughly done song, but it still doesn’t meet the high standard that has become expected of the “one and true Starboy”. One could pretend not to notice Wizkid’s careless approach on the triad of songs but on his most recent song, Craving, his sloppiness is laid bare. After repeating almost the same scanty set of words for most part of the song, the remaining 80 seconds of the song was just wordless beat playing. Fraud!!!

Mind you, the catchy sound of these songs does a good make-up job, such that the flaws are not easily noticed. It is quite easy to get blown away by the appealing sounds, forgetting to check for the content and the coherent messages that the songs are supposed to carry – which they seem to have by the way. One must admit that a poor offering from Wizkid betters the best of some other artistes. Knowing what he is capable of, and the international tag that he now wears, an average offering from the Starboy is no longer acceptable. Rushed songs in the manner with which he has offered his last couple of songs, would not do the job of appeasing his fans that felt betrayed by the heavy influence of Caribbean sound on the constituent songs in his #SFTOS album.

I believe fans would appreciate and cherish two or three consciously created songs from Wizkid, rather than 20 rushed and hype-fueled songs. Certainly, making dope music isn’t beyond Wiz’s capability, he only needs to go back to applying the right formula; of good sound, proper message, well laced lyrics with the listeners in mind, while in the creation room. With this, his African fans nursing the feeling of betrayal would no longer see his international success as a curse, rather, they would join others in reveling in Wiz’s new found success.

Written by Oluwatobi Ibironke
@ibironketweets

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I Smoke Weed Because It’s Approved In The Bible – Ghanaian Reggae Artiste

Ghanaian Reggae artiste, Ekow Micah has said the bible preaches weed smoking, and it’s the reason why he smokes. According to the musician who was speaking to Akwasi Aboagye on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review, God smoked and the bible captured that in Psalm 18:7-8 which reads “The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it”.

The musician who has in some time past been arrested for possessing the illegal drug indicated that like some people love to eat Kontomire and other leaves and some people also prefer to drink alcohol, the food for the Rastaman is weed.

In recent times, some artistes including Kwaw Kesse and Samini have called on the government to legalize the herb in order for people who smoke and use it for other purposes can feel free to use it. They have argued that the herb can turn around the economic fortunes of the country and there is therefore a need to legalize it.

‘Why I lied about being a virgin’ — Toyo Baby, Olayode Juliana reveals

‘Why I lied about being a virgin’ — Toyo Baby, Olayode Juliana reveals
Right now, the story on Social Media is “Why Did Olayode Juliana, a.k.a. Toyo Baby Lie about Being a Virgin”.. This question was prompted after she revealed in her book that she lost her virginity at the age of 17…

Before now, everyone else believed Juliana was a virgin as she had said so several times on interviews and shows!

In her 150 pages book (REBIRTH), she explained how she confessed to her foster father Timi Adigun and his wife after they all thought she was a Virgin.

She went further to write about how people assumed she was a virgin after her Instagram post and how she had to lie on TV!

She wrote:

However, the fact that I had confessed to TiTiMi Adigun did not mean the world now knew. People had assumed I was a virgin. I had never said I was but I had never corrected their assumptions either. So, I was still in that fix.

Shortly after my confession, Ebony Life TV called me for an interview. I went and for the first time in my several interviews, I was asked point blank if I was a virgin. I tried to evade the question, but my interviewer was not having it.

She demanded for a yes or no. I did not see the question coming and I lied. I said, “Yes, I am a virgin”.

Immediately the interview was over, I hurried to the bathroom in the studio and cried. I felt terrible for lying and told God I was sorry. I called Dee on my way home and confessed my wrong. I explained further when I got home.

The next thing he said shocked me. He said, “Call her and confess the truth. Ask for a rescheduling of the interview; do it again and undo your mistake.”

I was not going to do that. I felt it was my secret and the whole world need not know about it. I was upset with myself, however, for answering her. I could have insisted I could not tell. So, I proposed never to answer such again. Easier said than done, right?

Shortly after, I was on another TV interview, Crux Of The Matter, with Elsie. I was invited to talk for s3xual purity while the other guest spoke against. In the process of the discussion, around the time when it was heated, I was asked out of the blues again if I was a virgin. And before I knew it, I heard myself lying again. I was mad at myself.

I was on another TV interview that trended for a while. It was On The Couch, with Lady Ariyike. I talked about s3xual purity, but thankfully I was not asked if I was virgin.

After that one, I decided to stop interviews altogether. I was tired of lying or having to dread lying if I was asked straight up.

Why would a single lady who has no means of income be living in a palatial apartment?- Veteran actress, Eucharia Anunobi writes on deception

Taking to her Instagram, veteran actress, Evangelist Eucharia Anunobi posed series of questions on Deception, a topic that has been on her mind for a while. Read the very interesting post below:

I can’t thank God enough for journey mercy tro and fro America.
But one thing has been tugging at the back of my mind and that is deception !
The manual for living ( BIBLE ) says in Galatians 6 : 3 – for if a man think himself to be something , when he is nothing , he deceiveth himself !! This scripture just blew my mind .
And it got me thinking , why would someone claim they are a graduate , when infact they are drop outs or never even attended the four walls of a university ? Why would a man be married with children and go about getting into illicit relationships with single ladies and promising them marriage ? Why would a single lady who doesn’t have a known means of income be living in a palatial apartment ? Why buy a vehicle you can’t maintain ? Why take mortgage on a house , above what you can afford ? Why have children you can’t take of ? Why send your children to expensive schools you always have high pressure to get the fees ? Why borrow money to buy a business class ticket to travel ? Why pay someone to cook for you to store in your freezer and make your husband believe you’re the one that cooked ?why make your husband believe you’re enjoying his lovemaking , when infact you’re busy fantazing about another man , why are you wearing a wedding ring when you are not married ? why , why ? Why ? .

Can’t you see that the cloak of deception – lies stops people from helping you ? Can’t you see that the web of deception you have woven around yourself has trapped you from being free with people .
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ , our saviour , who has come to seek and save those who are lost , that the hand of the enemy and web of deception over your life be destroyed henceforth .
I pray that henceforth you experience peace in its totality . I pray that blessings and opportunities you have lost be restored unto you .
Remember judgment awaits all of us , don’t forget rapture ?
Lots of love and peace always in Jesus name. Amen.

Yemi Alade To Release 3rd Studio Album Titled “Black Magic”, This October

Following the release of her new praised single “Knack Am”, Yemi Alade has confirmed that her third studio album will be hitting stores this year. The LP which follows Alade’s previous successful albums “King of Queens” and “Mama Africa”, is titled “Black Magic”.

The Voice Nigeria coach/judge took to her social media to reveal the set’s details with a haunting album reveal image which disclosed the title and the release month of the body of music. She also gifted an Instagram follower, the sum of one hundred thousand naira of guessing the album title following her promoting the hashtag #BM on social media.

Fans of music should brace up because “Black Magic” would be available in its entirety come October of 2017. Although details regarding album artwork, tracklist, collaborations and producers remain unknown; the DJ Coublon produced “Knack Am” is confirmed to be housed on the album and serves as the set’s lead single.

Everton Set to Sign Diego Costa as Sanchez Agrees Tottenham Move

Everton manager, Ronald Koeman has said that the club is open to signing Chelsea exiled striker, Diego Costa.

The Spanish international has declared that he will be heading to Spain from Brazil and will not return to Chelsea. Koeman has admitted his side would be open to signing Costa, either permanently or on loan.

Chelsea manager has told Costa he is not in his plans for this season and has signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

With Atletico Madrid banned from making any new signings until January and reportedly hesitating at signing Costa, the striker may be forced to look elsewhere for a new club.

Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal that could be worth over £40 million to sign Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez.

Although the club is not expecting to announce the deal until the weekend, an agreement is in place subject to the formalities of the defender obtaining a work permit and completing a medical.

Tottenham will pay Ajax £27m up front for the 21-year-old, with further £14m potentially due in add-ons depending on his appearances and success at the club.

Sanchez was named Ajax’s Player of the Year last season but told the club this week that he wanted to join Spurs. Former Tottenham and Ajax coach Martin Jol said Sanchez would need to “learn his trade” to be success in the Premier League and could find opportunities at Spurs.

Jol said, “If you play for Ajax, you can play for any club in the world — that is reality.

“He was arguably their best player. He is unbelievably quick. For a young player, he was mentally strong at Ajax.

“But to be mentally good for the Premier League, you have to learn your trade.

“Where can Sanchez play? If Pochettino plays three at the back, that’s different. Then maybe [Eric] Dier or [Mousa] Dembele doesn’t play. And I think Dembele is probably the best player at Spurs.

“I think the ideal situation would be to take Sanchez on loan with an option [to buy]. See if he plays. But that’s impossible. Ajax gave him a contract until 2022, so they can ask whatever they want.”

Actor, Francis Odega declares support for Nnamdi Kanu

Nollywood comic actor, Francis Odega has declared his support for the agitation for the actualization of Biafra and the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Odega who became more popular after his comic slang ‘gerara here’ went viral on social media revealed that his support for the embattled IPOB leader comes in line with the quit notice handed down by the Arewa Youth and a Coalition of Northern Youth Groups to Igbos living in the north.

Recall that the northern youth groups had issued a 90-day ultimatum to Igbos living in the north to vacate the region on or before October 1.

Odega while declaring his support for the IPOB leader and struggle for Biafra said: “I don’t think Nnamdi Kanu is doing bad for himself. Because when one look at it, how can some Northern youths say they don’t want us (Igbos) from their states?

“That means we are not welcomed. If one say ‘leave the North, quit the North’ that means such persons don’t want us and the only thing for us to do is to have our own.

“If someone ask me not to come to his house again, what do I do? I look for my own house. I don’t have a reason to pretend about this.”

He added in his chat with Celeb Police: “If Biafra want to come let it come.”

‘If I buy Arsenal, the first thing I will do is to fire Wenger’ – Aliko Dangote

‘If I buy Arsenal, the first thing I will do is to fire Wenger’ – Aliko Dangote
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In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that the first thing he would do if he buys Arsenal club is to fire the club manager, Arsene Wenger.

The 60-year-old Business Tycoon said he will consider making an offer to buy the club once the $11 billion oil refinery he is constructing in Lagos is completed.

Read What He Said;

“The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.”

Wenger who renewed his two-year contract with Arsenal in May this year, is one of Europe’s longest-serving manager. He was first appointed in 1996 and has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies.

“Case closed! I’m a free man”: Dammy Krane acquitted of Fraud Charges

“Case closed! I’m a free man”: Dammy Krane acquitted of Fraud Charges

Dammy Krane | Photo Credit: Instagram – @dammykranelife
Singer Oyindamola Johnson Hunga, popularly known as Dammy Krane has been cleared of all fraud charges levelled against in him Miami, U.S.

The singer made the announcement on Twitter Thursday evening.

Davido also shared a video with the caption “Dammy Krane won the case! We thank God!” on Insta Story.

Dammy Krane was arrested Friday, June 2, 2017 on grand theft allegations, credit card fraud and identity theft.

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Kemi Olunloyo Declares Intention To Contest For Governor Of Oyo State

Controversial media personality, Kemi Olunloyo who was recently released from prison has declared her intention to contest for Oyo state governor in 2019.

Kemi posted a photo on her Instagram page with the message;

#BREAKING I am waking up today as a #Politician. YES! I am running for Governor of #OyoState Nigeria in 2019 as an independent #MadamKOO2019
Invite your friends to my rebranded campaign pages Facebook.com/HNNAfrica and Twitter @HNNAfrica plus Instagram @KemiOlunloyo. Lets start rebranding Oyo state.
Our campaign hashtag is #OyosBiggerPicture and #MadamKOO2019
We will REOPEN #Lautech, empower women, feed children and put all the area boys thru education so they can get good jobs. Affordable EVERYTHING! We start on the streets!! Our Campaign donation portal is coming and phone number is posted.
I am running a social media and grassroots campaign. Lets change Oyo state now.

Kemi Olunloyo is the daughter of former Oyo State governor Victor Omololu Olunloyo and the second of ten children. She lived for 14 years in Nigeria, 30 years in the United States, and five years in Canada before being deported to Nigeria.

Source: The Nigerian News