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Primate Ayodele Sends Condolence Message To Davido Over Son’s Death

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The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has sent a condolence message to popular musician, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido over the sad demise of his son, Ifeanyi Adeleke.

In a statement released on his social media page, Primate Ayodele expressed his grief over the sad happening while describing it as an occurrence that should not even happen to one’s enemy.

He prayed for the family of the musician, while asking God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

‘’Losing one’s child under any circumstance has never been a good feeling. My heart goes out to the Adeleke family, David Adeleke and Chioma Rowland over the unfortunate incident that led to the demise of their beloved son, Ifeanyi Adeleke.’’

‘’ This should never happen to one’s worst enemy, it’s definitely not a good time for the family.’’

‘’I pray God grants the family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss and that sad occurrences like this ends in the family, Amen.’’

It would be recalled that Ifeanyi Adeleke died after spending too much time under water at his father’s private residence in Banana Island, Lagos state.

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Okowa mourns Delta-born gospel singer, Sammie Okposo

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Okowa mourns Delta-born gospel singer, Sammie Okposo

Ajagbe Adeyemi Teslim

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has commiserated with the Okposo family and people of Isoko in the state over the passing of renowned gospel singer, Sammie Okposo.

The late Okposo hailed from Ivori-Irri, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta. He reportedly passed on in the morning of Nov. 25, in Lagos. He was 51.

Okowa, in the condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, expressed sadness over the passing of the “Wellu Wellu” crooner, saying that it was a big loss to the deceased’s family, Deltans and lovers of gospel music across the world.

According to him, the passing of the popular gospel artiste is a big blow to music lovers, his family, Ivori-Irri community and Isoko nation, considering his immense talent and outstanding contributions to the growth of gospel music locally and globally.

The governor described the late Okposo as a “gentleman gospel artiste”, who contributed to the growth and development of modern entertainment industry in Nigeria.

He said that as one of the scions of the gospel genre of the music industry, Okposo would be greatly missed by his colleagues and fans.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of an illustrious son of our state and a great minister in gospel music.

“The news of his death was shocking and it is  indeed, a great loss because he was a valued asset to Deltans and Nigerians, especially as his songs continue to inspire many to worship God,” he said.

Okowa prayed to God to accept the deceased’s soul and grant fortitude to the family and friends to bear his exit.

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Olutayo Irantiola’s Historical Play, The Okeho Exodus set for Release November 2022

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The Historical play titled The Òkehò Exodus, written by Olutayo Irantiola, is set for release November 2022.

The play is a unique documentation of the story of Òkehò, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government area of Oyo State, South West, Nigeria.

This is a dramatic documentation of a specific episode in the story of Òkehò, the regicide of Ońjò Olúkìtìbí, in 1916, an incident that changed the Òkehò story drastically.

After the unfortunate incident, the British colonial administration stepped in to restore law and order in its way.

Its ultimate order was for Okeho to relocate from its nature-endowed refuge in the hills of Òkehò-Ahoro to its present site from which it had been forced to flee the Fulani and Dahomey invaders. It is this part of the story of Òkehò that is effectively captured in this drama.

The Òkehò Exodus has been receiving several praises ahead of its release, Professor Segun Gbadegesin, Aṣíwájú of Òkehò who wrote the foreword to the play, noted that, “Ìrántíọ́lá has woven seamlessly the goals of truth-telling and entertainment and has demonstrated fidelity to historical accuracy while also achieving artistic excellence.”

According to him, “through this drama, he has effectively presented, not an unhistorical entertainment, but an entertaining history. It is my fervent hope that this volume will generate the interest of serious cultural enthusiasts and the play will be staged in theatres across the country and the world in no distant future,” he added.

Also, Mr. Dípọ̀ Adéṣidà, the Chief Operating Officer of Verdant Zeal Group stated that “the story began on a romantic note, goes through the unprecedented labyrinth of divide and rule, infighting, intrigue and myopia, the genesis of bloodletting and eventual loss of a kingdom and by extension, an entire nation’s identity. Sadly, this story is still reminiscent of many African communities today who cannot see the bigger picture beyond the immediate economic or political benefits of personal gain in exchange for building a legacy of worthy governance structure for posterity.

Making a comment on the drama, the playwright, Olútáyọ̀ Ìrántíọlá, said, “I am delighted to bring this work of art to life. Writing this play is a dream come true for me and I am excited that Nigerians will read and appreciate some occurrences that happened during the colonial intrusion in Yoruba land.

I hope that this play will form the basis for which we will identify who we are as an ethnic group and revitalize the profound ingenuity in us beyond the identity given to us by the colonialists.”

Ìrántíọlá debut play titled ‘With Our Uniform’, a satirical stage play that showcases societal decadence and the ruthless use of force by uniformed men was staged during the Lagos Fringe Festival in 2022 at Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Nigeria and the SOS Theatre Festival International in the United States of America in 2021. Also, to his credit, he has an anthology of poetry in English and Yoruba languages and a biography.

The book release coincides with the 2002 Lagos Books and Art Festival and the Okeho Day celebration slated for November 14- 20 and 20-26 2022 respectively.

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CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets the Nigerian music maker celebrating Afrobeat artists 

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CNN’s African Voices Changemakers meets the Nigerian music maker celebrating Afrobeat artists 

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In the latest episode of African Voices Changemakers, CNN’s Arit Okpo meets Ayo Animashaun, a Nigerian entertainment entrepreneur who has created a platform to celebrate and elevate Afrobeat artists around the world. He is the founder of “The Headies”, one of Nigeria’s biggest music award shows. 

 

Ayo grew up listening to music and was inspired by his father who was a music-lover and dancer. He began his career with the launch of Hip Hop World Magazine, but after the first and second year, he realised that something was missing. He explains, “We have to promote our own guys. We were never on the cover of these magazines. So I was like, you know what? Put us on the cover.” ‘Leaders of the New School’ was a cover of Hip Hop World Magazine which highlighted the new generation of African artists and the emergence of Afrobeat. “We had a big poster of our own artists in the magazine. And that was the first time you could really cut and paste African artists on your wall,” he says. 

As Afrobeats started gaining popularity, Ayo organised the first Hip Hop World Awards, which eventually turned into The Headies. Nigeria already had award shows, but Ayo believes that there is a general misunderstanding of how to categorize certain songs. “I told my people when I go back to Nigeria, that if we had to succeed with what we do, it has to be true to us. We can borrow technicalities, like lights, camera angles, but we can’t borrow our culture. It has to represent our own music, our own categories, and the way we want to express ourselves to the world. So, we decided to celebrate artists. And after the first awards, it was like, boom,” he tells CNN. 

Ayo and his team have travelled halfway around the world to debut The Headies in the United States. After fourteen successful years in the West African nation, Ayo believes it is time to push the boundaries even further: “The awards show is as big as it gets where we are from. We want the world to see it. Atlanta is the black entertainment capital of the world, you know? We want a different space where these guys can breathe, and we want a mixed audience.” 

The Nigerian singer, Fireboy DML, explains the significance of the Atlanta award show: “It’s groundbreaking stuff to have this award show here in Atlanta, United States and it’s refreshing to see that we are here, Nigerians, Africans, everybody together. It’s amazing to see.” Recording artist LADIPOE shares this sentiment: “I think for me it’s just capping off the idea that our music is proliferating around the world.” 

Ayo later reflects on the success of the awards show in Atlanta, but before travelling back home he wanted to meet with local students: “You can’t come to Atlanta for and bring the Headies to Atlanta and not visit Morehouse. I needed them to experience this.” One student, James McGee II, says, “Having these African artists and Nigerian artists come and expose us to our extended culture is really an amazing opportunity. Representation matters.”  

Ayo wants to continue to empower African artists around the world, “You can come from nowhere and be a global superstar with your music, and we want people to see that more.” He hopes to bring another award show to Atlanta next year – “for the world to be able to see how talented Afrobeat artists are, and for them to see beyond the names that they already know.” 

The show also meets the singer Mr. Leo, also known as Lion of Africa,who is using music to promote social change in Cameroon. 

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