Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Former BBN star Jon Ogah, others thrill FCT revelers

Alternative singer and ex-BBNaija (S2) housemate, Jon Ogah thrilled residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, at the Agogo Music Festival. Ogah was the winner of the first season of Glo Naija sings and was a ‘fake’ housemate in the 2018 Big Brother Naija season 2.

The festival guests were also treated to serenading performances from some Abuja-based alternative singers and poets recently.

The Agogo Music Festival is a monthly event centred on appreciating the beauty of alternative music and poetry, especially in the Abuja music space.

Speaking on the festival’s importance to the growth of the Abuja entertainment industry, Ogah said the entire idea was to bring the deserved attention to home grown musicians. 

“There is need to put the focus on the Abuja music space, especially with alternative and soul music. So far, the reception has been amazing and we know it will get better over time.”

Alongside Ogah, singers Tokoni Bozegha a.k.a Murphy Tee, Ire Toluhi, Attih Soul, Terry Matilda, Monlee Mane performed at the festival. They were also joined by poets John Peter a.k.a JayPee, Uche Michael and Ore Fakorede.

The performers expressed their gratitude at the platform provided to showcase their talents to the Abuja audience and hoped it would lead to conversations around expanding the FCT entertainment space.

One of the singers, Murphy Tee said that the festival gave a rare voice to singers and poets whose genres of entertainment were loosely regarded in Nigeria.

“Agogo Music Festival is leading the frontier for alternative, soul artists and poets to have a voice in Abuja and Nigeria.

“I am grateful for the platform not just for a chance to perform but also for leading the narrative change on quality music,” he said.



My relationship not a community project, Tiwa responds to ‘Fever’ video

Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, says her relationship status was not a community project in response to rumours of a romance between her and musician Wizkid.

Wizkid and Tiwa Savage set tongues wagging with the release of the new steamy and romantic video “Fever”.

Tiwa on her Instagram page @tiwasavage said “Your relationship does not need to make sense to anyone except you and your partner. It’s a relationship, not a community project.”

Some Nigerians, especially on Twitter, took the video as a confirmation of the long standing relationship rumours between Tiwa Savage and Wizkid.

The reactions also threw jabs at the enstranged relationship between Tiwa Savage and her ex-husband Tunji Balogun aka Teebillz, especially as he had debunked the rumours in September.

Recall that Teebillz and Tiwa Savage split in 2016, dating rumours between her and Wizkid intensified with several heartfelt posts about both of them flying around various social media platforms.

Although Wizkid has never openly dispersed the talks, Tiwa Savage has denied it on several occasions. However, the ‘Fever’ video has heightened the claims.


Rights violation: Court asks police to pay Charly Boy N50m

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, and the Commissioner of Police, Abuja to pay musician, Charles Oputa (Charly Boy) N50million for violating his rights.

Justice John Tsoho, in a judgment recently, also ordered the respondents to tender public apology to the applicant, which should be published in two national newspapers.

The judgement was on a fundamental rights enforcement suit by Oputa.

The applicant had, in an affidavit, said policemen, numbering over 100 from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, invaded the Unity Fountain in Abuja on August 8, 2017 and attacked him and his group with teargas canisters, hot water cannon and wild police dogs during the ‘Resume or Resign’ protest when he led other activists to protest the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from Nigeria on account of his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

He claimed that the attack by the policemen was so severe that he collapsed in the process and was rushed to the hospital.

Oputa claimed that the police attacked them because of claims that their protest over the President’s absence, which had exceeded 90 days on the second day of their daily sit-out protest, had gone international and brought serious embarrassment to the country.

Justice Tsoho, in the judgement rejected the respondents’ claim that miscreants invaded or stormed the premises of the protest. The judge said there was no evidence to support such claim.

The judge said the applicant was entitled, under the constitution, to stage a peaceful protest.

Justice Tsoho noted that protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right, provided it is done peacefully.

Justice Tsoho said the respondents’ claim that the teargas canisters and hot water canon were not directed at the defendants lacks substance as teargas circulates and affects all persons around where it is expended.

The judge held that the applicant disclosed a reasonable cause of action against the respondents.



Ooni’s ex-wife congratulates him, new queen

Queen Wuraola Zaynab, former wife of Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has congratulated him on his wedding to his new wife, Olori Prophetess Naomi.

Zainab took to her Instagram page during the week, to wish the king well on his marriage.

On her page she posted a picture of herself with the caption “it was once said there is nobility in compassion, beauty in empathy and grace in forgiveness.

“Congratulations to The Ooni and his new bride Shilekunola Naomi Moronke Oluwaseyi.

 “May God bless your union-HH Queen Zaynab”

This simple act of the ex-wife has generated a lot of reactions from her followers online.



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