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Govt. don’t appreciate entertainers- Shina Peters

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Afro juju musician, Shina Peters, on Sunday, says the federal government is not appreciating the Nigerian entertainment industry especially veterans like him.

He said, “I will like to thank God for his grace for people like us to witness this occasion despite the federal government’s refusal to acknowledge veteran Nigerian musicians. Rather than recognise us, they are busy pumping millions of dollars into football.

“We have been saying this for so long that if you can carve a body for football, why can’t you do the same thing for entertainment. Nigeria is a recession now; we the artistes are fending for ourselves with the proceeds from our music. However, these funds are hardly enough because of piracy and other issues.”

The 58-year–old singer, who started his career as a guitarist with General Prince Adekunle, one of the pioneers of Juju music, also revealed that he has been able to keep body and soul together with the quarterly payment of his royalties from COSON.

He said, “I have four platinum evergreen albums and that is supposed to keep me and my family going. I am not even supposed to even sing again but live on royalties from my music. Thankfully COSON has been paying us what we really earn and deserve quarterly.

“I will love to implore Nigerian artistes who are yet to join COSON to do so as they can because they don’t know what they are missing out big time. How can we be working all our lives as a musician without having something to show for it.’’

Although he turns 59 in a week’s time, the spritely singer displayed no signs of slowing down just yet. He said he would continue to defy his age because he is a born musician.

“I may be getting old by age but I am still young at heart. As the originator of Afro Juju, which comprises high tempo music with rigorous dancing steps, I will continue to dance to my music my age notwithstanding. My age has nothing to do with the way I dance, it is inborn and I can never stop doing it,” he said.

 

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Davido reacts after clash with Portable

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Davido reacts after clash with Portable

Davido reacts after clash with Portable

 

Nigerian Afrobeats singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has reacted after his colleague, Portable, called him out for allegedly giving him ‘bad advice’ during their recent dinner in the United States.

 

 

 

It would be recalled that Portable recently lamented that Davido, who signed with Sony Music, advised him against joining the label and urged him to sign with Empire instead.

 

 

The ‘Zazu’ crooner alleged foul play, saying he is also aiming for a Grammy like Davido yet the DMW boss is asking him to join a label that might not influence the award for him.

 

 

Davido has now reacted by unfollowing Portable on Instagram.

A visit to their respective Instagram accounts on Thursday evening confirmed that the DMW boss has now unfollowed Portable.

Portable had earlier raised the alarm that some people were trying to pit Davido against him.

According to him, people have been “pushing” him to fight with Davido but he refused because the DMW boss has helped him in the past.

 

 

 

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Ex-Miss Commonwealth, Nkem Ituludiegwu Loses Mum @ 72

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Ex-Miss Commonwealth, Nkem Ituludiegwu Loses Mum @ 72

 

 

Former Miss Commonwealth Nigeria, Nkem Ituludiegwu has announced, with deep sorrow, the passing of her beloved mother, Lady Iyom Okwesileze Adaeze Ituludiegwu. Lady Iyom passed away peacefully at the age of 72.

 

 

Ex-Miss Commonwealth, Nkem Ituludiegwu Loses Mum @ 72

A British-trained medical practitioner, Lady Iyom was known for her dedication to healthcare and her compassionate service to the community. She met her husband, Sir Ozonkpu Okwudili Mike Ituludiegwu, in England during their academic years. Sir Ozonkpu Okwudili, a distinguished veteran who served in the Royal Navy and later in all arms of the Nigerian Military – the Army, Air Force, and Navy – shared a life of service and commitment with Lady Iyom.

 

 

 

The Ituludiegwu family invites friends, relatives, and well-wishers to join them in celebrating the life of Lady Iyom through a series of memorial events:

Commendation/Tribute Service: Friday, June 28, 2024, at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, TBS, Lagos Island.
Wake Keep: Friday, July 5, 2024, at the family country home in Iridana Ifite, Njikoka LG area, Nawfia, Anambra State.
Funeral Service: Saturday, July 6, 2024, following the Wake Keep at the family country home.

 

 

 

Outing Service: Sunday, July 7, 2024, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Uruoji-Ifite, Nawfia, Anambra State.
The family expresses their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time and requests continued prayers for strength and solace.

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CELEBRATING N.O.I AT 70: A Journey of Resilience and Leadership* _By Segun Awolowo_

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*CELEBRATING N.O.I AT 70: A Journey of Resilience and Leadership*

_By Segun Awolowo_

 

Dearest N.O.I, as you celebrate your 70th birthday, I’m filled with immense gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary person you are. Our 20-year journey together has been a masterclass in leadership and resilience. Your unwavering dedication to Nigeria and the world is a beacon of hope and inspiration.

 

 

 

Working alongside you under President Obasanjo’s administration was a defining period in my life. Your guidance and unwavering belief in me helped shape my perspective and purpose. Your influence has been a steady source of strength and motivation. You taught me to love my job !!!

Visiting you at the WTO, Geneva , I was struck by the global impact of your vision and leadership. You’ve successfully bridged borders, fostered understanding and championed equality. I remember with nostalgia when you arranged a surprise birthday dinner for me . You will always be celebrated in Jesus’s mighty name

Today, Nigeria and the world celebrate your remarkable journey and your unwavering commitment to excellence.

May God in His infinite wisdom bless you immensely. Happy 70th birthday, dear N.O.I – a true icon. #joyonly🤗🤗🤗🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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