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‘If we don’t own Afrobeats, we’d later hear it started in UK’ — Baba Dee calls for local tourism

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Baba Dee, the brother to the late singer Sound Sultan, says Afrobeats singers are making what he described as the same mistake the Caribbean did with Reggae.

The movie director and dancehall artiste spoke to TVC about the global expansion of Nigeria’s music industry.

He said creatives are failing to translate Nigeria’s music soft power into value creation within the tourism sector.

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica, an island country situated in the Caribbean sea, in the late 60s.
Over the years, it spread to countries around the world, adopting local instruments and fusing with other genres.

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Many pundits often argue that the 70s style of Reggae is dead or declining because it became too commercial and lost its connection with Jamaican audiences.

Dee said Nigeria should work towards building the local tourism arm of its music culture.

The singer also warned that if Nigeria doesn’t make deliberate efforts to own Afrobeats or position it in the global space, “in the next two years, somebody would claim Afrobeats started in London.”

“Nigerian music scene is at its all-time highest. We’re at our peak right now. The only difference is we need to own the music. We’re making a huge mistake, the same mistake the Carribeans made with reggae,” he said.

“We have the best time right now. The world is looking at us. We’re filling up arenas all over the globe. People are screaming Nigerian music. But that doesn’t translate to and help the average person on the streets.

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“Nigerian music is such that everyone wants to know what is going on in Nigeria. I have people who don’t know a thing about the country reaching out and asking such things as what ‘shayo’ in Yoruba means.

“There’s a huge interest in the culture, not just music. How do we profit from it? In tourism, there’s an incentive for anything that attracts people. If we fill up the 20,000-capacity arena overseas, why can’t we get 10,000 in Lagos?

“Visiting the home and the birthplace of Afrobeats. In the next two years, somebody would claim Afrobeats started in London. If we don’t position Afrobeats in the global space, someone will help us do that and change the narrative.”

Dee’s viewpoint on Afrobeats comes a few days after Obi Asika called on music industry stakeholders to work towards building national tours.

A lot of music is created within the Afrobeats genre annually, with new artistes frequently joining the bandwagon.

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Dallas International Yoruba Movie Awards recognises Lateef Adedimeji for his role in Ayinla (Pix)

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The prestigious Dallas International Yoruba Movies Awards (DIYMA) has bestowed the special “award of excellence” on the multi-talented and cross-over actor Lateef Adedimeji for his outstanding performance in the movie “Ayinla”.

Mr and Mrs Kogberegbe, the CEOs of DIYMA, presented the award on Wednesday, 25th January 2023, during a “Meet & Greet” event organised in honour of the celebrity couple- Lateef and Adebimpe Adedimeji in Dallas, Texas, United States of America.

According to the organisers of the awards, “DIYMA recognises outstanding crafts and celebrates same as the opportunity presents itself. The interpretation and representation of late Ayinla Omowura (eegunmogaji) in the eponymous musical film presents a rare nostalgic experience that only the professionalism of Lateef and Dr Tunde Kelani can offer.”

Speaking further, the CEOs challenged the Yoruba indigenous filmmakers to do more in promoting the indigenous language film because language is critical to cultural identity. “On our part, we shall continue to support the Yoruba film industry in our little way. We believe strongly in the industry. We understand that promoting our language is key to preserving our culture. And our culture is the only undisputable commodity we can sell to the world’s admiration.”

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In his remark, Lateef Adedimeji expressed his happiness for the harvest of awards that “Ayinla” is attracting months after it was released. “I am proud and happy that ‘Ayinla” keeps getting the recognition and the accolades that it deserves. Thank you so much, Dallas International Yoruba Movie Awards (DIYMA). God bless you. Okay, guys, let us keep working; more to come”, he said. Adedimeji Lateef will be officially honoured at the DIYMA award night, set to take place on 25th June 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Directed by the foremost cinematographer in Africa, Tunde Kelani, “Ayinla”- an eponymous musical genre film on the late Apala musician, Ayinla Omowura, was produced by Jade Osiberu and grossed 92 million naira from the cinema exhibition only.

The DIYMA awards, now in its third edition, celebrate the outstanding performances of actors, producers, and filmmakers in the Yoruba movie industry and provide a platform for recognition and growth. This year, DIYMA is proud to announce an increase in cash prizes, with winners receiving between N100,000 Naira and N300,000 Naira, depending on the category.

DIYMA invites producers, actors, and filmmakers to submit their movies for consideration before the closing date of 27th February 2023. Eligible movies for this award must have only been uploaded on YouTube in 2022.

For more information on the DIYMA awards, please stay glued to our Instagram page @officialdiymaawards.

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Gay Allegation: Yomi lay curses on his accusers

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The popular fashion entrepreneur, Yomi Casual, wrote:

It is always easy for friends and family to reach out and always say, “Ignore them… Silence is golden… they will get tired and move on to the next person.” But I am the one wearing the shoes, and I am the one feeling all pains and damages to my reputation as a father, husband, and businessman.

Coming out of church today and having reflected on all the lies against me, I want to say I am not too good a Christian who would turn and take a slap on the other cheek. Enough is enough. Should I Omoniyi, Olorunyomi Makun be gay or nurse any single idea of sleeping with a fellow man, may de.th take me before my time, may everything that God has blessed me with be taken away from me. May I not prosper in anything I lay my hands to do. May faiIure become my portion in everything that concerns me till de.th.

On the other hand, if these are fabrications borne out of envy, jealousy, wickedness, and insecurities, I pray for the same God to vindicate me. May those of you who enjoy and share such lies against me be also enterta!ned with the pain you bring to my family. May that thing that has kept you jobIess remain in your lives till death. Today, i pronounce de.th, d0om, and destru.ction on anyone who would continue to incite lies designed to assassinate my character. I also pronounce the same on those who fall and fly with it without confirmation.

MAY ALL THESE CUR.SES RETURN TO ME IF I AM TRULY GAY. Enough is enough!

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Note: As you come here to say NO BLOG MENTIONED YOUR NAME, but some of you remembered to tag me or put in a comment with my name in their comment sessions… May you and your entire family suffer from depression and untimely death!

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BBNaija’s Allysyn tackles colleague Chichi for allegedly lying about her age (Photos)

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BBNaija 2022 ex-housemate Allysyn has wasted no time in tackling her colleague, Chichi for allegedly lying about her age.

Yesterday, January 9th, 2023 reality TV star, Chichi managed to raise many eyebrows as she claimed that she will be clocking 23-year-old today, January 10th, 2022.

Chichi, born Chinenyenwa Desire Okoebor, the BBNaija season 7 “Level Up” finalist made this known to internet users via her official Twitter handle.

Chichi tweeted, I was conceived out of grace!!! 23 (TWENTY THREE) in few hours!!!… RRARRRHHHH .

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Confirming the she is not joking at all, Chichi in the early hours of today, took to her social media handles to celebrate her new age.

Sharing a stunning photos of herself, the 23-year-old reality TV star wrote, “Officially worlds chichi’s day 23 and blessed ‍♀️ .”

See screesnhot of her early tweet and her birthday post below;

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A post shared by Chichi (@itschichiofficial)

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However, cybernauts who are obviously not satisfied with Chichi 23-year-old claim have digged out photos shared by the reality TV star via her Facebook page in 2014.

In the photos, Chichi who claims to be 14-year-old 9 years ago (2014) was already in 100l looking way more than a 14-year-old and by extension generated several reactions among netizens as many throw shade at her.

See the throwback photos below;

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Reality star, Allysyn who was a colleague of Chichi while under the BBNaija season 7 roof slams her colleague for allegedly lying about her age in a tweet.

Allysyn tweeted, “23 my a$$.”

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See screenshot of her tweet below;

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See reactions below;

_donnalinda955: So she was actually 14 years in this picturedey play ooo I say just dey play .

habbeynagogo: Police ‍♀️ supposed arrest una for that country .

fredycj: Make una check that 2014 picture well naa. She was 14years then. From that lipstick and eye pencil way she draw. You can tell. So this year she go be 23. Congratulations Ma.

miz_vns: Na for inside marriage some men go really find out the real age of their wives.

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c.h.e.f__g: So chichi that I’m calling granny is now dragging my age with me? chichi why? Chichi don dey behave like precious!!.

laurelfabrics_and_collections: Chichi and my Facebook paddy na childhood friends..the girl celebrated 31 years on November..like this Chichi even took Nigerians as phools she no even talk 27wow wow wow she has a baby too o.

living_and_enjoying_grace:  Nigerians and fear of aging is the beginning of wisdom.

hiebywhumey: Nah to dey carry birth certificate waka now cos una too dey l!e .

jelasbeauty: How many people matriculated at 14 years….? No matter how fast ur education was at least 15 years and above. Make this people calm down dy lie. The same Chichi wey share how she take suffer for life naim still gain admission for 14 years….even Dangote children no enter sch at 14 years. .

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