Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

2baba bags OAU’s honorary fellow award

Nigerian music icon, Innocent Idibia aka 2Face has been conferred with the award of the Fellow of the School of Music by the Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

The 43 year-old singer, who is also a songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur, became the pioneer recipient of the award which was presented to him at the department’s 1st public lecture and fellowship award recently.

2Face had earlier announced through his Instagram handle, @official2baba, that he would be delivering a public lecture at the institution after which the award of the fellow of school of music would be conferred on him.

“Being the torch-bearer for the new pop movement is a role I do not take lightly. And I am honored to have been found worthy of such noble albeit enormous responsibility.” 2Face Idibia said as he received the award.

2Face, who was also a guest lecturer, presented a paper on the topic “Two Decades of Afro-pop in Nigeria: The Perspective of 2Baba”.

The music icon, who has stayed relevant in the Afro-pop scene for two decades and one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa was honoured at Igbinedion University in 2016.

He is a recipient of several awards including five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Awards, BET Award, MOBO Award, Kora Award, MTV Europe Music Award, World Music Award.

 

My displeasure with Nigerian youths -Omotola

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, has shared her displeasure with Nigerian youths.

Recalling her participation in the first peaceful protest organised by coalition group, Enough is Enough Nigeria in 2010, the delectable actress noted that though she is a passionate activist, she has not enjoyed the kind of encouragement she deserves from Nigerian youths.

“The youths sometimes are the ones that discourage you. As an activist, besides passion, you have to feel encouraged. Like the people you’re doing it for are behind you. Many Nigerian youths are morally and physiologically lost. I’m sorry but this is the reality”, she said.

She added that she may be losing the passion she once had for being a voice for the younger generation.

“I’m afraid I might be losing my fire, I was so on fire here. I still feel the burner bringing the heat; just ensure I haven’t lost the hope in humanity to light it again as much.”

 

Singer, Simi, set to release second album

Popular alternative singer, Simisola Ogunleye aka Simi, has announced the release date for her second album ‘Omo Charlie Champagne’.

Reports have it that the ‘I don’t care’ singer made the announcement on her Instagram page @simplysimi with the caption,

“On the day I was born, my next album will be born.” She went on to announce the album name and the release date – April 19 on the post.

This album swiftly follows ‘Simisola’, her debut album which was released in 2017. ‘Simisola’ went on to win ‘Album of the Year’ at the Headies and contained a bunch of fantastic singles, including ‘Joromi’, ‘Lovin’, ‘I Dun Care’ and ‘Ayo’. Simi, who made her musical debut with ‘Ogaju’ in 2008, recently got married to fellow afro-alternative musician and longtime partner, Adekunle Gold.

The singer’s career came into limelight in 2014 after she released “Tiff”, a song which was nominated in two categories at The Headies 2015 and further brought her to mainstream recognition.

 

There are other things than music I can do, says Waje

A video currently making rounds on social media shows one of Nigeria’s finest female singers Aituaje Iruobe best known as Waje making the revelation that she intends to hang her boots in the music industry due to the poor reception of her latest body of work.

In a deeply emotional 12 minutes clip that surfaced on popular video streaming platform, YouTube, awarding-winning singer Waje was captured on camera in a vulnerable state as she poured out her mind about her career as a singer.

The clip had open with a series of screenshots of social media users baring their mind on the worrisome state of acceptance of Nigerian artistes that have pitched their tents in the corridors of soul music.

Waje had also come up in the exchange after a user blamed the poor reception of her latest album Red Velvet on misogyny.

Some other users however, watered down the argument and argued that if the singer’s album did not do well, it was entirely by her doing, and a lack of proper promotion and publicity by her team.

The following scene in the video shows the singer in a heated phone argument with some members of her team identified as Fatima and Tolani.

In a heartbroken tone, she made it known that she was tired of pumping money into music when it was not yielding as much profits in return.

Waje continued by saying her belief in music was already taunted and she no longer had any faith in what she was doing.

She said music was not the only thing she was good at and maybe it is long due for her to explore other opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

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