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wizkid send birthday greetings to his big daddy guess-who?

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Happy birthday to big daddy @Femiakuti !! God will continue to bless u with good health and long life! Eleniyan!!
Been on the road since January!! Man just been stacking up!! Show me the money!! Daddy getting too much cake!! 💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲💲,” he posted on his twitter handle.

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
Femi was born in London to Fela and Remi Kuti and grew up in Lagos. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her.

In 1977, however, Femi chose to move in with his father. Femi started playing the Saxophone at age 15 and he eventually became a member of his father’s band.

Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career.

He created his own band Positive Force in the late 1980s with Dele Sosimi (Gbedu Resurrection), former key-board player of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

His international career began in 1988 when he was invited by the French Cultural Centre in Lagos and Christian Mousset to perform at the Festival d’Angoulême (France), the New Morning Club in Paris and the Moers Festival in Germany.

In 2001, Femi collaborated on his album Fight to Win with a number of U.S. musicians, including Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright
Femi has been nominated for a Grammy award four times in the world music category in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013 but has never won.

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MUSIC RESQUED ME FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE – OONI OF IFE

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The Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has narrated how he had once attempted to commit suicide but had to change his mind after listening to series of inspirational music, describing music as a key component of human existence, an iconic cultural expression and the best endowment from God to humanity for all seasons.
Ooni Ogunwusi gave this this narration yesterday at The Muson Centre, Lagos while speaking during the opening session of the maiden edition of ‘Memorable Moments With Music’.
“This is a very great moment for me. There is power in music. When I almost committed suicide in my younger age as a real estate business man, it was music that saved my life. Music is a perfect communication with God.
“I had become very successful in the real estate sector at a very young age. I took a loan of 8 billion naira about 12 years ago to build an high rise building which I had to pull down by myself when we were already on the 10th floor, and the money went down the drain. Life turned upside down thereafter and the only option was for me to commit suicide, but listening to series of inspirational music reset my thinking faculty to remember the common saying ‘There is Hope When There is Life”
“I have since then adopted music as a very powerful solution tool when faced with challenges, and I made up mind to invest in music and art for the economic empowerment and mental liberation of our youths and the less privileged people in our society. Ladies and gentlemen, whatever you are going through, please don’t give up. Use inspirational music to elevate your spirit
“This is indeed a calling for me and I feel so happily fulfilled tonight with this 1st day of this musical project, a 3 day musical show which I tagged ‘Memorable Moments With Music’. Ooni narrated.
The African foremost monarch stated that he has taken it as part of the overall mission of the House of Oduduwa to establish a viable model of social cohesion through the formation of “Memorable Moments With Music” using as an holistic, invaluable and tremendous strategy that embraces and amplifies the thematic rich stories of Africa through the voices and sound of different musical genres and groups across Africa.
The Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) said he is in collaboration with different musical groups like his own Ile-Ife based Akorin Oodua, Emerald Choir in Akure, Bethesda Home for the Blind, Lagos, UNILAG Choral, Xplicit Dancers, Ibadan
Ekemini Theatre Troupe, Oghene Umu-Africa (Children of Africa), Team Definition, appearance of Kenny Blaq, Bisola Omoge Bata, and other exceptional groups to achieve success for the 3 day musical event.
The ‘Memorable Moments With Music’ holding at the Muson Centre, a 3-day musical program will have its grand finale session by 7pm on Thursday 23rd December 2021 parading award winning artistes and musical groups.
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Better leadership, non-partisan legislature and unbiased rule of law key to wooing investments from Nigerian Diasporas – Lord Fabo

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By Manny Ita

A Nigerian musician residing and plying his trade in the United States of America, Lord Fabo has disclosed that Nigeria at this time needs to invest massively, especially on infrastructure, in order to accelerate the nation’s movement towards economic independence and prosperity.

However, according to the light-complexioned singer, wooing investments from Nigerians in the diaspora would require improved leadership in the country, non-partisan legislature and unbiased rule of law. This he said would create the kind of atmosphere where there will not be fear of investing.

”First before you can advise Nigerians in Diaspora to come and invest back home you should make Nigeria safe for them first with better leadership, non-partisan legislature and unbiased rule of law. That way one won’t come and try to lobby before he can get proper approval for building what he is only trying to use to enhance his own people.”

Analyzing the important role that the Police must play in ensuring a safe business environment that would favor such investments, Fabo did not mince words about the need for proper training of police personnel as it is done internationally.

According to him, “The police should be properly funded and given more appropriate training like their international counterparts”.

Speaking further, Fabo averred that Nigerian music was one of the fastest and biggest exporting commodities from Africa apart from crude oil, gold and diamonds,” and I think it is appealing because of its uniqueness and also because it is rich in instruments and lyrics’ and also the melody just makes you feel like you’re out of this world and about to join Jeff bezos & Elon musk in some Space Adventures.”

He admitted that even though he has not been to Nigeria for almost a decade, Nigerian music has come a long way and was a commercial success with little reservation on the management and business aspects of the profession.

Fabo who faced teethy challenges as with many like him, was so broke at some point and had no dime to his name as he tried to establish his brand, and had to contend with odd  jobs to make ends meet and support self, career and family. Today with Dj’s in Atlanta where he is based spinning his biggest hit ‘Mula’ and several others, Fabo says, “that gave me so much joy and fulfillment and made me discover my sound finally and ever since then I’ve been exploring and maintaining my sounds, feeding my fans with hits back to back.”

Abandoned by his father at a young age, Fabo was raised by his mother and given proper education. After studying Film directing at the University of Port Harcourt, Fabo relocated to the US where he studied Information and Technology.

 Influenced by an array of stars and bands including New Edition, Michael Jackson, Eric Donaldson, Ras kimono, Bob Marley, Majek Fashek,  Heavy D, 2 Pac, BIG, Jay Z, Nas, Nelly, Fabulous, Jarule, DMX, the Ghanaian VIP group, Plantasion boiz, Mohits and lots more, Fabo describes his brand of music  from a very wide range “because I listen to a very wide genre of music from Hiphop, Gospel,World Music,   Latin Music, Reggae, rmb and Jazz. My music is more of an infusion of Afrocentric touch with HipHop, while my brand is more of an Elite Style, because I rap and sing a lot about wealth and prosperity, and that’s because I hate poverty. I feel like poverty is a cause that should be discarded.”

Also a film maker, tech investor, real estate and fashion entrepreneur, Fabo has his sights already in 2023, when his next projects; Wave of Glory, Ascension 2.0 and Story from Africa will be launched.

For Lord Fabo, there just are no limitations, but sometimes coarse steps and bumps on the way to success, which should be seen as stepping stones or motivators, as only one can limit themselves.

 

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Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi set to launch the architectural masterpiece Love of Christ Generation Church in Victoria Island, Lagos

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The headquarters of the LOVE OF CHRIST GENERATION CHURCH worldwide, and the ESTHER AJAYI FOUNDATION are both set to be launched in Victoria Island , Lagos this year.

The magnificent House of God located on the beach front of Victoria Island after Land Mark Towers Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde street, Victoria Island Lagos is the first of its kind in Nigeria and a breathtaking sight to behold.The architectural masterpiece was built to International standards by the famous Italian construction giant CAPPA & D’ALBERTO, complete with state-of the-art facilities.Speaking about the milestone, the General Overseer of the church, a philanthropist and humanitarian, Reverend Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi enthused;“I’m certain you will be very proud of our efforts and share the declaration of King David that, “This is the LORD ‘s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:23 KJV) “Continuing, the amiable and benevolent woman of God said she could not wait to personally welcome everyone to the official opening of the church on September 5, 2021,this year.

According to her, “this edifice is a testimony to the Awesome Powers of our Good Lord and I want you to come and celebrate with many of our friends from all over the world.”Assuring everything possible would be done to make guests very safe and comfortable, Rev. Mother Ajayi thanked God for the achievement to whom she offered all the glory and prayed the Good Lord to reward abundantly the acts of love and kindness of everyone who one way or the other labored therein to make it reality.

Construction of The LOVE OF CHRIST GENERATION CHURCH worldwide, Victoria Island began in 2016. The church is also domiciled in Osun state and the UK.

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