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‘How My Love for Music grew at a very tender Age ‘ – Fast-rising artiste, Da Fresh reveals




Oluwadamilola Emmanuel also known as Da Fresh is a fast-rising Hip-Hop artiste whose unique voice has made him stand out in the industry. Just like every artiste, he has been through a lot before getting to the level which he is now. He recently released a Song titled ‘Bamise ’which is currently making waves across the nation

In an interview with Saharaweekly, he talked about how his career started, His challenges,and many More.



My name is Osho Oluwatosin from Sahara weekly magazine, can we meet you?

R – My name is Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, an artiste under Fanafilit Integrated concept, my stage name is Da Fresh. I was the winner of Unleash Your talent season 4

Q – How has it been since you started music?

R – It’s been God all the way because before fanafilit I was just like every artiste on the street, ever since I met Fanafilit, my orientation has changed, my concept has changed, a lot f things have changed about me, that was when I started seeing myself as a true artiste, I started being a brand.

Q –Before you met fanafilit, how was music like?

R – Music was music, but now, it is more of a career, I now see it as my priority, before now I was like some guy that wanted to make music but now I want to compose well, make sense while making music, you can make music,make money but it is good when you make music  and make sense, that is how to build yourself to be a legend


Q – Before Fanifilit, can you tell us the challenges you faced

R – A lot of them because there is a different between an artiste who has a management and an artiste who Is just an artiste, there are a whole lot of things that usually happen when I was just normal, for instance, I use to be that kind of guy that used to lobby for shows, go up and down, I still do that but not like then, this time around it is more like a professional but before now, it was dry but this time around, we now have class

Q – What are you working on presently?

R – Actually, I’m working on my new material, title Bamise. It is a Yoruba song which means’Do it for me’, it is a prayerful song, when I think about everything I have been through, where I started from, actually God is working but I felt I need to praise God, tell God what I want, I felt I can still do this, and can still make it in music, in the first place I wanted to make sense so I came up with that and we still have a lot to push out


Q – Would we be right to say Bamise Is a Gospel song?

R – Not really Gospel song, lets say commercial Gospel

Q – Do you have any fear of it being accepted out there judging by you being a Gospel artiste?

R – From the response I have been getting, I believe its going to be accepted massively, I believe that, we leave everything in the hands of God

Q – Do you have any other song apart from Bamise?

R – Yes, I dropped a song before Bamise titled Jubadi, and One other song, the acceptance has been quite cool but not up to our expectation

Q – In the nearest future who are those people you will be working with?

R – Lot of them though but most importantly, I will be working with Tuface, sound Sultan, 9ice, and another thing is I will be working with Yinka Ayefele, I have a vision of working with him, and a lot more.

Q – Working with Yinka Ayefele, as a Hiphop artiste won’t your fans think you are going gospel already, referring to the fact that you just dropped Bamise which is close to Gospel?

R – When you listen to Bamise, you will know this is a song coming from a street Guy, telling God what he wants, I’m not saying I’m the baddest Guy but the song is for all and can be played anywhere

Q –Why did you choose to go into Music in the first place?

R – I will say Music chose me, Music has been around but it’s just like Music chose me to bring it out in my family. My child was in the  choir, my mum was in the choir, I didn’t grow up as a Christian but then, the spirit has been there right from childhood, I love singing, growing up, coming out some people would be like ‘Your voice sweet small, why you no dey do music’  but then I wasn’t serious, I just like to sing people song but when it started getting into school, we started some stuffs, we started with our friends, from there I started singing for my Mum, that was how it started

Q – How did your parents feel when they discovered you will be doing hiphop?

R – This thing has been what they wanted to do but let me just say they didn’t have the opportunity. The thing is basically I didn’t grow up as a Christian, the way I started music, when they were choirs, I was very young and didn’t know but she told me when I was growing up, but music just came because I love singing  when I was young. I hardly do things without singing, even if I don’t know the lyrics, I will just be singing something, from all those nonsense, some sense would come up so from there I started bringing up my own

Q – The Nigerian Music industry is flooded with a lot of artiste, artiste come up daily, among all of them, what stands you out?

R – My style stands me out among others.

Q – Who are those people you look up to in the music industry?

R – Somebody I just like his way, style of Music is Sound Sultan, most times when I say it most people wonder, I just like him. It is true that when things change, you have to follow the trend of things but that doesn’t mean you should leave the true you because you want to follow the trend of things, you need to build yourself to that trend, that is why I love Sound Sultan, most of artiste in this generation have all diverted, it is good to be versatile but Sound sultan stick to his style and upgraded it to the standard of our generation, I have not met him but if I meet him I will let him know.



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**No going back on creating inclusive economy, VP Shettima declares*





In a bid to support information technology revolution that would, in turn, extend the reach of economic and social interactions as well as enhance productivity growth in Nigeria, the Federal Government and ALAT have launched Skillnovation Programme.





The initiative will provide over three million Nigerians with essential digital skills required to succeed in the global economy.





Speaking during the launch of the programme at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, September 29, 2023, the Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, described the Skillnovation as a “transformative initiative” that “ushers in a new era of digital empowerment for” Nigerians.





He said, “We are compelled to tread this path by the direction in which the world has headed, a world of disruptive technologies redefined by the fourth Industrial Revolution.





“This initiative is a response to the evolution of the modern business environment, an acknowledgment that digital skills have become the cornerstone of economic ease and expansion.”





The Vice President hinted that the gathering is one of the many to come and an occasion to reassure the nation that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully committed to supporting small businesses across Nigeria.






The Skillnovation Programme will establish 15 state-of-the-art ICT centres, strategically placed across Nigeria, to provide individuals and businesses alike with access to cutting-edge digital training, resources, and support.





The first phase of the programme will focus on the states of Katsina, Anambra, Borno, Lagos, Oyo, and Kano, while the second phase will include Delta, Kaduna, Ogun, Bauchi, Kwara, and Ekiti States.





Giving an insight into how the country would benefit from the programme, Vice President said, “Nigeria, with its expanding MSME sector of close to 40 million, has the potential to lead business innovation beyond Africa. The Skillnovation Programme, therefore, aims to unlock this immense potential. The initiative is designed to provide the necessary tools and skills for our MSMEs to thrive and compete on the global stage.




“As you have witnessed, ladies and gentlemen, the Skillnovation Programme is not a mere promise; it is a resounding commitment to the Nigerian people,” the Vice President added. “It’s in pursuit of this administration’s resolve to empower our youth and MSMEs and to create a more inclusive and prosperous Nigeria. Today, we are translating that commitment into action, and we intend to be your allies in your race to take over the world through your enhanced skills.”

VP Shetimma also assured that nobody will be left out of the Skillnovation Programme, regardless of age, gender, or disability.

“There will be no disadvantaged demographic in accessing this opportunity. Our youth, women, and persons with disabilities have found friends and allies and will be favored in our proposed single-digit loan schemes for our valued MSMEs, for which talks are already ongoing with the Bank of Industry and other critical stakeholders and partners,” he stated.

The Skillnovation Programme is a significant step towards achieving the Federal Government’s vision of a digitally empowered and economically prosperous Nigeria. By providing MSMEs with the essential digital skills and support they need to succeed, the programme will help to create jobs, boost economic growth, and improve the lives of millions of Nigerians.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, Mr Temitola Adekunle-Johnson, emphasised the significance of partnership, noting that government alone cannot address the challenges confronting Nigerians.

On his part, Managing Director of Wema Bank, Mr Moruf Oseni, commended the passion of the President and Vice President for empowering young Nigerians, even as he announced the establishment of skills training centres across 17 states, beginning with Lagos and Borno.

He said the programme will directly impact 2 million youths and 1 million small businesses across the benefitting States.

The MD expressed optimism that the scheme will be impactful, particularly empowering young Nigerians and preparing them for the challenges of the future.

In his goodwill message, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Bosun Tijjani, said President Tinubu administration’s will leverage the enthusiasm of youths in the technology space to launch Nigeria as a global power in sector.

He called on other private sectors to collaborate more with government to actualize the objectives of job creation.

On his part Governor Ahmad Aliyu of Sokoto State pledged the state government’s support for the success of the programme.

Also present at the event were the Ministers of Agriculture, Sen. Abubakar Kyari; Labour and Employment, Hon. Simon Lalong; Deputy Governors of Borno, Umar Kadafur; Kaduna, Hadiza Balarabe; Anambra, Onyeka Ibezim; Jigawa, Aminu Usman, and Heads of government agencies.






*Stanley Nkwocha*

*Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Communications*

*(Office of the Vice President)*

*29th September, 2023*

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Foundation Provides Financial Support To Outstanding Pupils In Ogun



Foundation Provides Financial Support To Outstanding Pupils In Ogun

Foundation Provides Financial Support To Outstanding Pupils In Ogun




In a bid to compliment government efforts at providing qualitative education to vulnerable children in Ogun schools, Obaruwa Foundation, a non-profit organization on Friday launched fund support for pupils at Ogbogbo Baptist Primary School, Ogbogbo-Ijebu in Ijebu North East local government area of the state.


Foundation Provides Financial Support To Outstanding Pupils In Ogun




Speaking through Mr Tunde Oresanya at the presentation of the cash gifts, the founder of the foundation, Omooba Adekunle Ayoola said the fund support has become an annual gesture of the group in reaching out to outstanding pupils who despite the lean purse of their parents came out with flying academic records in their examination.





According to him, the beneficiaries of the latest fund support were drawn from primary one to six, and pupils who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class were rewarded.





Omooba Ayoola, a Poland based security expert whose passion for education support has received various outstanding laurels stressed that he would continue to employ various measures and programmes to improve the lives of the children, including educational sponsorships, educational supports, advocacy and healthcare assistance.







In her remarks, Mrs B.A Kazeem, the Assistant Head Teacher of the school, expressed appreciation towards the annual educational support of the foundation, seeking for more support both from the government and donors alike.

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AfricentOCL UK Makes ‘Global Energy Awards 2023’ Finalists List



AfricentOCL UK Makes ‘Global Energy Awards 2023’ Finalists List

AfricentOCL UK Makes ‘Global Energy Awards 2023’ Finalists List





It’s another major milestone for a top firm in the maritime business sector, AfricentOCL UK, as it made the finalists list of the 2023 edition of Platts Global Energy Awards.




In the carefully screened list of 207 credible energy companies, AfricentOCL UK tops five others in the Energy Transition (Mainstream) category. According to S&P Global Platts, the organizers of the awards event, firms are recognized based on their achievements and results, positive impact on customers and the industry.


AfricentOCL UK Makes ‘Global Energy Awards 2023’ Finalists List






“The ‘Global Energy Awards’ indicates the direction in which the energy industry is headed. It is about recognizing the energy sector’s exponential growth and rapid progress, thereby acknowledging companies and individuals working on the crucial, innovative, practicable solutions that will solve the energy industry challenges,” the organizers declared.





It is AfricentOCL UK’s second global honour within a space of eleven months. Making the list as one of the finalists in the Global Energy Awards was coming soon after its victory as the 2023 Greater London Enterprise Awards’ ‘Best Maritime Materials and Vessel Chartering Provider’ winner.






Expressing his joy at the fresh honour for his business empire, AfricentOCL UK CEO, Mr. Juwon Lawal Razaq, stated that such an honour coming from an internally recognized outfit like S&P Global Platts is to him a good ego booster, which encourages business outfits to aspire to achieve more exploits. “Making the finalists list, for us, is a great leap to winning. We understand that people are watching us, they know that we have the gifts and skills and we have never been afraid to show them toward making the industry greater. So, it’s a great way to announce our future win, and we will celebrate the honour,” Juwon Lawal affirms.

A special reception to mark Platts Global Energy Awards’ 25th anniversary will be held in New York on December 7, 2023, where winners will be announced.

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