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EDITORIAL : D’Banj, CREAM & Grace: The Entertainer With Nine Lives

D’Banj, CREAM & Grace: The Entertainer With Nine Lives


D'Banj On stage

One question one everyone’s lip is: ‘how is D’banj still dominating the conversations around pop music, the culture and generally anything in the music industry?

Dapo Oyebanjo, globally known as the Kokomaster, has combined talent with a series of incredibly savvy moves over the years. Perhaps,we can say that the biggest secret to his success is the anticipation of failure that looms right across the room, if he fails to act.
D’banj is definitely a force to reckon with in the music industry as he keeps surprising everyone with his consistency and determination. Therefore, we can categorically say that D’banj is an entertainer with nine lives. 

He started his music professionally in 2004 with the hit single, ‘Tongolo’ and ever since he has been on our screens. Look across the music industry towards many of the artists who started out with him, and you can point out only few who still enjoy any sort of attention, or command the relevance that D’banj has right now.
On September, 2016, D’banj announced the launch of a new musical platform “Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts, Music (CREAM)”. CREAM which is supported by the Bank of Industry, MTN and D’Kings Men Media Ltd is a project that is out to reward young creative minds in the Nigerian entertainment industry. It will provide creative minds the opportunity to live their dreams of showcasing their talent to the world. It will help those in need of it find their feet and put their best foot forward in the entertainment industry. It’s a way to give back to the industry which made him.
The competition which is run monthly and lucky winners of the competition will win exciting opportunities including a recording deal which consists of recording a track, shooting a state of the art Video, a collaboration with any artiste of their choice (music or video collaboration), talent showcase, talent branding, promotion and marketing, among many others.
The platform which has recorded five winners so far which includes; the popular Rayce, Tk Swag, MKJ, Leke Benson and Legendary Courage recently celebrated its one year anniversary. As part of the celebration of D’banj CREAM Platform, the artiste put together a press conference to present winners on the platform and to further reiterate it’s commitment at giving back to the creative industry irrespective of location of its subscribers.
The media turnout was massive as veteran journalists, online bloggers, TV and other media personalities came to celebrate with the Kokomaster.
Despite all these glories, D’banj has had his own fair share of challenges and doubt from his fans especially after he left Mo’hits record label co-owned by Donjazzy. We all know the D’banj story and how he built Mo’Hits records with Don Jazzy. All the stories surrounding their rise, success and eventual breakup has been covered.
More questions come to play in our minds; Isn’t this the D’banj that everyone says is finished musically? How he continues to dominate the music scene is a mystery to all of us.
There are many ways in which he has gone about it. Public opinion on D’banj has it that he’s musically past his peak. And there’s some truth in that. Bangalee is far from the chart-topper who reigned at the top of the charts. That position is left for the kids (Wizkid and Davido) to occupy these days.
Musically, where he has failed to attract the ears of the public, he had maintained interest with gimmicks and big collaborations. Big Sean, Snoop Dog, Idris Elba, and Kanye West have records with D’banj since he left Mo’Hits. He has also brought Amber Rose to party in Lagos. By doing this he has maintained his press presence and kept his name flying in the highest circles.
When D’banj left Mo’Hits and accepted a deal with Kanye West and GOOD Music, he was extremely relevant musically. ‘Oliver Twist’ had just hit its international peak, and everyone was connected to the music. Kanye West, (yes, Kanye West showed up in the video). The deal later fell through, and D’banj was released by the label, but he has found new ways to work around that.
D’banj & Kanye West / Source: Pluseng

He also had hits. He dined out many nights on ‘Feeling the nigga’, which had a remix with Akon. D’banj asked himself into the remix of ‘Oritsefemi’s ‘Double wahala’. ‘Top of the world’ was performed at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations closing ceremony. While ‘Emergency’ gave him a renewed vigor which attracted tech Retail Company, SLOT.
Since his departure from Mo’Hits, he has had one compilation album “D’Kings Men,” an EP titled “An Epic Journey” and an album ‘King Don Come’ which had few hit tracks such as, ‘It’s Not A Lie’, ‘Be With You’, ‘El Chapo’ and others. As a business man, D’banj has leveraged on the strength of his brand to work with Beats, Ciroc, Bank Of Industry, GLO and many others.
D’Banj as Glo Ambassador

He also hasn’t left out humanitarian causes. He owns an NGO, Koko Foundation For Youth and Peace Development. He is also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. Dbanj is a ONE campaign ambassador; he released the song “Cocoa Na Chocolate” in support of agriculture investments. ‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’ featured 18 other African artists and won Best African Collaboration at the All Africa Music Awards in 2014.
Dbanj ONE January 2014/Source: Zen Magazine Africa

In 2015, he was applauded by World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim for using his music power and high celebrity status to bringing attention to serious and critical issues in Africa with special focus on agriculture and poverty alleviation.
Perceived as a controversial entertainer, D’banj has managed to stay away from the baby mama scandal. That’s a good one we must say. The internationally recognized artiste got married secretly to South African, Nigerian, and American woman,LineoDidiKilgrow in July 2016.
No matter the odds, D’banj has managed has managed to prove that he is still the ‘‘Igwe’ a perfect ‘entertainer’, watching him perform will ‘suddenly’ makes you ‘fall in love’, because no doubt he is hotter than fire.
D’banj, the kokomaster, the trail blazer, the el chapo is indeed a dope entertainer with nine lives.

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OPINION: 3 Things The People Of Zimbabwe Will Miss Mugabe For


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OPINION: 3 Things The People Of Zimbabwe Will Miss Mugabe For

 3 Things The People Of Zimbabwe Will Miss Mugabe For

EX Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe


Today 24th November 2017, Zimbabwe sworn in a new president in person of  Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 75 year old former Zimbabwe vice president is now Zimbabwe's 2nd president since independence.

In this post we take a look at Mugabe's good sides i.e some of the things Zimbabweans will miss about Mugabe.

1. ZIMBABWE'S HUMOUR : We can categorically say that Robert Mugabe is the funniest African president. His sense of humour is unparalled as evident in his quotes and funny social media memes

2. MUGABE STOOD AGAINST OPPERESSION OF THE BLACKS BY THE WHITE : Definately one of the good things Mugabe stood for was his fight against oppression by the whites on his homeland. However he faced huge criticism for this from the western world but his people loved him for it.

3. MUGABE PRIORITIZE EDUCATION IN ZIMBABWE : Robert Mugabe prioritize education of his people which is evident. In Zimbabwe adult literacy rate is 90% compared to what we have in other African Countries

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Awal Abdulfatai’s movie ‘Descent’ to hit the cinemas from Dec 1


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Awal Abdulfatai’s movie ‘Descent’ to hit the cinemas from Dec 1

Awal Abdulfatai’s movie ‘Descent’ to hit the cinemas from Dec 1


December promises to be exciting for all movie lovers as so many movie trailers have been dropping back to back. One of such movies is, ‘Descent’, a movie produced and directed by Awal Rahmat Abdulfatai.
The movie, Descent, which will be in cinemas from Friday, December 1st, features a blend of Nollywood talents, such as Zack Orji, Matt Stern, Tayo Faniran, Benedikt Sebastian, JT Medupe, Chibuzor Nwankwo, Palesa Madisakwane, Andrew Stock, Phoenix Baaitse, Sheena Deeparian and Ahmmad Kawser.
Zack Orji films
Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, ‘Descent’  is a dramatic movie with family consciousness that tells the story of a Kalu Achebe (Zack Orji) and Andrew Morgan (Matt Stern); both underworld dons who will do everything and anything to protect their families. They are tied in a twisted fate with Bongani Ndlovu (Phoenix Baaitse); a humble farmer who simply wishes to protect his family legacy – a thirst for vengeance and power!
Meanwhile, following their numerous notorious international crimes, drugs and black
market arms dealings, Special Agent Donald Akinwunmi of Narcotic & Arms Dealing
Enforcement Agency (NADEA) is transferred from Nigeria to South Africa in tracking of
Kalu Achebe and Andrew Morgan’s operations. However, to easily infiltrate the camps of
both underworld dons, Donald will have to exploit the weakness of Achebe and his thirst
to vengeance.
The has already received its first recognition award at the Special Movie Awards (SMA) in the Republic of Gambia.
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Revealed!! Reason Why Lilian Esoro Left Her Husband, Ubi Franklin

Revealed!! Reason Why Lilian Esoro Left Her Husband, Ubi Franklin

Ubi and Lilian
Lilian Esoro and Ubi Franklin 



Have you been pondering why Lilian Esoro left Ubi Franklin? The real reason has emerged. Hit play to find out




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6 Artistes likely to be nominated in the forthcoming headies next rated category

Next Rated nominees
Possible nominees for 2017 next rated 


We are sure most of us are eagerly waiting for the Nomination list for 2017 Headies,  Everyone knows that the Next Rated category seem to be the hottest . However having closely monitored the music scene for the out going year 2017 , we have come up with our own list of new artistes likely to be nominated in the hottest category of the award which is the Next Rated category.  Read on to see the artistes we feel have done well this year so far to deserve that nomination

DMW Artiste Mayorkun
Mayorkun


11.   MAYORKUN  : The DMW wonder kid is not only likely to be nominated, he stands a very big chance of actually going home with the award. Undoubtedly Mayorkun has had a fantastic 2017 riding on his debut single “Eleko” to drop hits after hits
Irapada Crooner
Junior Boy




22.  JUNIOR BOY : To some people he is just a one hit wonder but truth be told his hit song “Irapada” is actually capable of getting him that nomination. The swereve inner city artiste has undoubtedly had a great 2017.


Tonight Cover
Nonso Amadi

33.  NONSO AMADI : UK based Nigerian singer and producer, Nonso Amadi is also a favorite . He broke through to the music scene mid 2017 with his smash single “Tonight”. Since then Nonso has been living up to our expectations. Aside from he being nominated, he might just pull a big surprise on us all . In our own opinion he is a very strong contender for the Next Rated Award


Earth Attack
Asikey George 

44.  ASIKEY  GEORGE : Petite singer Asikey, is undoubtedly a superb song writer, vocalist and instrumentalist . Her award at the just concluded AFRIMA 2017 might just get her in that spot. A good listen to “Earth Attack ” shows us what she is capable of doing.

Chocolate city artiste
Dice Ailes


55. DICE AILES : The Chocolate city youngster  has also had a fantastic 2017 serenading us with lovely tunes back to back “Ella” was big hit for 2017 and his latest offering “Otedola” is also gathering huge momentum . Definitely Dice Ailes deserves that nomination even if he does not win.

Aiye Po artwork
Airboy


  6. AIRBOY : He is another artiste likely to be nominated for the next rated category. His song “Aye Po” is everywhere in the country 


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Read Yakubu Aiyegbeni's Biography

Read Yakubu Aiyegbeni's  Biography

Yakubu Aiyegbeni's  Biography

Today 23rd November 2017, Ex Super Eagles player officially retired from professional football. 

Here is his full biography. 

Yakubu Ayegbeni joined Everton for a Club record fee of £11.25 million.

The striker switched from Middlesbrough to Merseyside with the 2007/08 season barely two weeks old.

Yakubu began his career with Israeli side Maccabi Haifa before moving to Portsmouth in January 2003.

The Nigerian international shot to fame during his time on the south coast in which he scored 29 Premiership goals in just 68 games.

Nicknamed The Yak, he is a powerful striker and one feared by Premiership defences.

After being courted by many clubs, Yakubu signed for Middlesbrough for £7.5 million in 2005 and ended the season as the club’s top goalscorer with 19 league and cup goals.

He formed a formidable partnership with Mark Viduka and helped spearhead Boro into the UEFA Cup final in 2006.

Yakubu's Everton career got off to a flying start when he scored on his debut against Bolton Wanderers.

He remained a constant scoring threat throughout the season, notching a career best 21 goals.

That haul included hat-tricks against Fulham and SK Brann. But it wasn't an unblemished season for the striker as he was dropped by David Moyes following a late return from the African Cup of Nations.

Yakubu was the first Toffees player to score more than 20 goals in a season since Peter Beardsley in 1992.

And he began the 2008/09 campaign in similar fashion, notching four times in the first five games.

Sadly though, his season ended in late November when a ruptured Achilles as Tottenham ruled him out until the summer of 2009.

Yakubu made his comeback in September 2009, and scored in the Carling Cup at Hull that month. He then featured regularly before heading to the African Cup of Nations after Christmas.

Yakubu was then selected in the Nigeria squad for the 2010 World Cup alongside then Everton team-mate Joseph Yobo.

The striker started all three games for the Super Eagles in South Africa, and netted in the final group game against South Korea. But Yakubu is likely to be remembered for a high-profile close range miss in the same game.

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I Won't Do Comedy Like Akpororo, It Doesn't Make Sense - Comedian Kofi

I Won't Do Comedy Like Akpororo, It Doesn't Make Sense - Comedian Kofi




Nigerian comedian Kofi sat with Laura Fidel and expressed his displeasure in Akpororo's pattern of comedy and he also tagged Eedris Abdul Kareem, Ruggedman and Charley Boy as Nigerians most controversial artiste.



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Celebrity marriages have always been a bone of contention due to the high rate of breakups involve in their marriages. Celebrities such as Hilary Duff, Scarlett Johnson, and so many others are on this list. Dope Bug presents 10 American Celebrity Breakups.

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Trick'd gone wrong : That's my car (With Soma Ex BB naija housemate)


We told you some tricks totally go wrong. Baba would have broken Soma's neck . Hitting him was not enough, using slippers was also not enough. Baba also wanted to use benin  jazz on Soma . Benin people tho.

The baba no gree say na trick. Tricks in Nigeria na God sha ! Nigerians are not smilling .

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Maria Okan of Beat 99.9 FM Announced as Official Host of Dressmeoutlet.com's Cocktails & Dresses 2017: Innovation Edition

Maria Okan of Beat 99.9 FM Announced as Official Host of Dressmeoutlet.com's Cocktails & Dresses 2017: Innovation Edition

Delarue Tv to cover Dressmeoutlet.com’s Cocktails & Dresses 2017: Innovation Edition

The organizers of Africa’s Greatest Retail Experience are delighted to announce Maria Okan as the official host for the Innovation edition of Cocktails & Dresses 2017, scheduled to hold on Sunday May 7, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Maria Okan, multi-media personality currently co-hosting ‘The Morning Rush’ on Beat FM will emcee the 3rd edition of Cocktails & Dresses. Maria Okan takes over from past Cocktails & Dresses hosts- Mimi Onalaja and Kaylah Oniwo this May.

This year’s event would also have Calabar-born Ex- Big Brother Nigeria 2017 Housemate, Bassey Ekpenyong popularly known as ‘Bassey’ & MTV Base VJ K’Ola as the official Black Carpet host. The Eclectic Black Carpet Rave at Cocktails & Dresses starts at 12 Noon capturing the prestigious nature of the event, from the glamorous made in Africa outfits to the notable personalities.

In the wake of the #MadeinNigeria Campaign by the Nigerian government in ensuring the upliftment of the nation’s culture and to promote Made-in-Nigeria textile products. Hence, all eyes will be on this fashion industry event, while having notable personalities and world-class speakers.

Last year’s keynote speakers, Senator Ben Murray Bruce and Prof. Pat Utomi used the platform to make some gentle but pointed statements about magnifying and globalizing the very best of made in Africa fashion, beauty and home-goods; as the movement continues to grow, the stakes are increasingly high for Cocktails & Dresses to deliver another outstanding event this year whilst boosting President Buhari’s support for the Made in Nigeria campaign.

Attendance is FREE!


The event will air on EbonyLife TV, Spice TV, Vox Africa , Rave TV & Delarue TV

Free drinks from Amarula and Redbull all day long.

Where would you be on Sunday, May 7th, 2017?
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