‘Senegal Invented Jollof Rice’, Akon Joins Jollof War

 

It appears the last may not have been heard of the Jollof War as Singer, Akon recently gave his perspective on the matter.

Speaking at the 3rd GoogleForNigeria event on Wednesday, the Singer countered the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Hamzat who was of the opinion that Nigeria has the best Jollof Rice.

Hamzat was responding to a joke which one the officials had made affirming that Nigeria had the best Jollof Rice, when Akon jumped on stage to air his views.
According to him, “Senegal Invented Jollof Rice”.

He went further to explain that while the common rivalry is between Ghana and Nigeria, the only reason why Ghana became a part of the conversation is because several years ago, some Senegalese slaves were shipped to Ghana before they went off to Europe and they came along with their Jollof Rice.


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The Senegalese Singer, however, noted that the real rivalry is between Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.

The event followed an earlier event during which Google announced the launch of some new products and services such as the Bolo APP which teaches children how to read among others.

Thrilling the audience later on with amazing performances were artists such as Teni the Entertainer, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, among others.

Senegal Invented Jollof Rice – Akon Ignites Jollof War

The jollof rice war was ignited by Senegalese artist, Akon, during a Google event in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Femi Hamzat at the event tagged #GoogleForNigeria boasted that Nigeria Jollof is the best and much better than either Ghana Jollof or Senegal Jollof.

He said, “We don’t need to shut down social media because Nigeria’s jollof rice is just the best. Nobody can harass you for saying the truth.

“It’s just the best, it’s better than Senegal or whatever, sorry my Ghanaian friends.”

The boast didn’t go down well Akon who was in Nigeria for the Google event.

In response, he quickly jumped on the stage and gave a brief history of jollof rice.

“Senegal invented jollof rice.

“You guys need to learn history. Jollof comes from the tribe Wollof, that’s Senegalese,” Akon said.

He added that although there is a slight rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana on Jollof Rice, Senegal should not be dragged into the conversation because they are the creators of Jollof rice.

“The reason why Ghana became part of the conversation is because those slaves that came from Senegal were shipped to Ghana before they were taken to Europe and they brought jollof rice with them.

“Nigeria, you guys are good, I give you credit. The jollof rice I just taste I loved it, I give you credit but Senegal, we are the creators of Jollof,” he said.

The deputy governor was however quick to respond that the bone of contention is about which jollof rice tastes better and not who invented jollof rice.

“I go to Senegal a lot. And I eat a lot of Senegal jollof. I’m not talking about the history of jollof rice, I’m saying which one is the best.

“We want to be better than our parents, we want to be better than our teachers, so Nigeria’s Jollof is the best,” the deputy governor proudly said.

Akon immediately retreated from the jollof war saying, “I’ve come this far to know which battle to fight and which to stand back.

“I will stand back.”

Google at the #GoogleNigeria event launched new products and app which include navigation instructions in a Nigerian voice for both motorcycle and car driving modes.

D’banj, Akon Collaborate On Two New Tracks

AkonMultiple award winning Nigerian singer, D’banj, has collaborated on two new tracks with American hiphop star, Akon.

Both singers revealed the singles, ‘Frosh’ and ‘Feelings of a man’ over their respective social media platforms during the week.

The American singer and Konvict Records boss has earlier collaborated with a handful of Nigerian singers, including P-Square and Davido.

May D Acquires N150 Million Duplex In Magodo

Popular Nigerian pop star, May D has now joined the list of artistes who live big as the ‘Ile Ijo’ crooner recently acquired a duplex in Magodo, a high brow residential estate in Lagos, Nigeria.

Born MayokunAwodunmila, May D who recently returned from his trip to United States of America, just released the video of his hit song “Get Down” last week.

The Ekiti State indigene moved into his new house which is a six bedroom duplex in Phase II GRA of Magodo.

May D who is also called ‘Sure Boy’ hit the limelight when he released his hit single “Ile-Ijo” and has featured in songs of other Nigerian and international artistes like; Psquare, Akon, Iyanya, Davido and South African singing duo – Mafikizolo.

 

New Music: ‘In Love With A Fan’ – Sakordie

Less than 24 hours after top Ghanian rapper, Sakordie, released his new track, “In love with a fan,” encomiums have poured forth from fans all over West Africa.

The 25 year old musician, is without a doubt one of the biggest musicians out of Africa as his music earned him the 2012 BET Award for Best International Act (Africa).

His new song, In Love With A Fan, has generated a lot of buzz on social media and amongst music lovers who have hit the social media platform, Twitter, to verify the authenticity of the lyrics of the song, which suggest that the popular star is indeed in love with one of his fans.

Sarkodie has also performed with top Nigerian acts, Wizkid, Davido, 2 face, Waje and others.

He is signed to international star, Akon’s Konvict Muzik.

Wizkid Drops ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ Feat. Femi Kuti

Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) signee, Wizkid, has just dropped another hit titled Jaiye Jaiye, featuring Femi Kuti, Afro beat legend.

Wizkid has worked with some of the biggest names in the local and international music industry including Akon, The Game, Kardinal Official, Wale, Young Jeezy, M.I, Ice Prince amongst others.

The track, Jaie Jaiye, was produced by Sarz.

Listen to the song below:

Akon, Hugh Masekela to grace Calabar Festival

Barely a week to the commencement of the Calabar festival, the SA event Management, Cross River State, Mr Nzan Ugbe has released the itinerary for the 31 days event.

The S.A. events management of Cross River state; Mr. Nzan ugbe has reeled out the itinerary for the Calabar Festival; a 31-day event which will kick-start on Friday,

According to him, topping the list of the list of international and local musicians expected to perform at the event are R & B and hip hop recording artist, Akon and legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela at the 2012 Calabar Festival.

Akon who owns and manages two successful record labels, convict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution, will be performing at the festival for a second time.

Nigeria’s biggest music stars such as 2 Face, MI, Ice Prince, P-Square, Wizkid, J Martins and Naeto C are also billed to perform during the 31 – day event.

Other local acts include Timaya, Duncan Mighty, Ruggedman, Wande Coal, Iyanya, Nigg a Raw,Flavour and the Azonto exponent, Sakordie from Ghana.

Speaking Music Genres, Jazz music lovers have also been catered for by the organizers of the Festival they lined up Jonathan Butler, Kunle Ayo and Moses Philips to perform at the Jazz in Paradise segment of the festival.

Comedians have also been invited to be part of the event to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

The list includes I Go Die,Klint de Drunk, Shirman, Julius Agwu, Gordons, Akpororo, MC Mbakara, Prof. Aboki, White Nigerian, Last Prophet,  Headmaster, Whokes and Robert Ekpo.

For the Calabar praise Night, the list of artists is no less impressive as respected acts like Sammy Okposo,Hope Davies, Sinach, Sabina, Ohen de prophet, Kingsley Agbor and Godswill Daniel.

The festival will also witness the commissioning of a cinema, where the movie; streets of Calabar will premiere.

There will also be the Festival of Arts and Craft, golf and football matches, the selection of a new Calabar Carnival Queen and the Green concert among other new additions to the yearly event.

Nigerian singers win big at Channel O Awards

The 2012 edition of the annual Channel O music festival which  held on Saturday 17th November  in Johannesburg, South Africa saw many Nigerian artistes winning major awards.

The Kokomaster, D’banj walked away with the biggest award of the night- Most Gifted Video of the Year with his hit song “Oliver Twist” while Davido won the Most Gifted Newcomer of the Year for his video- “Dami Duro”.

The Chocolate city Boys also won big with two of their artiste Brymo- “Ara” Most Gifted Afro pop video of the year and Ice Prince- “Super Star” Most Gifted Hip-Hop video of the year.

The list below is the winners of the Channel O awards.

Most Gifted South Video of the Year
Cashtime Fam – Shut It down (Stundee)

Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video of the Year
Ice Prince – Superstar

Most Gifted West African Video of the Year
D-Black Feat. Mo’Cheddah – Falling

Most Gifted R&B music video of the Year
Flavour Feat. Tiwa Savage – Oyi

Most Gifted East African Video of the Year
AY feat Sauti Soul – I Don’t Want To Be Alone

Most Gifted Dance video of the Year
DJ Cleo – Facebook

Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year
Davido – Dami Duro

Most Gifted Afro Pop Video of the Year
Brymo – Ara

Most Gifted Reggae Video of the Year
Buffalo Souljah Feat. Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa

Most Gifted Kwaito Video of the Year
Ees Feat. Mandoza – Ayoba

Most Gifted Female Video of the Year
Zahara – Loliwe

Most Gifted Male Video of the Year
D’banj – Oliver Twist

Most Gifted Group/Duo
P-Square Feat. Akon & May D – Chop My Money (Remix)

Most Gifted Video of the Year
D’banj – Oliver Twist

Lifetime Achievement Award
DJ Skido

We didn’t sack May D we let him go – Square Records

The popular Nigerian Hip hop group P Square which comprises Peter, Paul and Jude Okoye, in an interview with BBC London, cleared the air on the issue between them and Akinmayokun Awodumila, popularly known as May D.

According to the manager of the group, Jude Okoye “We didn’t sack him we just let him go”

Square Records last week released a press statement announcing the end of their business relationship with the only other artist on their label, Mr May D.

According to the statement, the split is due to the irreconcilable differences between the two parties. The Okoyes further wished May D all the best in his career.

Reacting to the statement, May D said “I don’t know what they are talking about …you know I don’t stay in their house so how am I meant to know this?”

May D was signed by the label some months ago and has released few hit tracks under the label including ‘Ile Ijo’, ‘Soundtrack’, and the remix he did with Akon and P-Square.

Bez tops nomination for 2012 Headies

The official list of nominations for this year’s HEADIES (formerly known as HipHop World Awards) has been released with RnB and soul singer, Bez, getting seven nominations.

The nominations for the categories are:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Everybody Loves Ice Prince – Ice Prince
The Invasion – P-Square
Superstar – Wizkid
Super C Season – Naeto C

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

P-Square
Wizkid
Ice-Prince
Naeto-C
D’Banj

SONG OF THE YEAR

Chop My Money – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D
Dami Duro – Davido
Oliver Twist – D’Banj
Gaga Crazy- Chuddy K
Kukere – Iyanya

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Stupid Song – Bez
Private Trips – Wande Coal
Ara – Brymo
I Love You – Praiz

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Cobhams – Stupid Song (Bez)
Tee-Y Mix – Super C Season (Naeto C)
Shizzy – Dami Duro (Davido)
J Sleek – Private Trips (Wande Coal)
Jesse Jags – E.L.I (Ice Prince)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)

5 & 6 (Naeto C) – Clarence Peters
Chop My Money Remix (P-Square) – Jude Okoye
Ara (Brymo) – Ajeh
Kosorombe (Dipp ft. Da Grin) – Mex

BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE

Private Trips – Wande Coal
Stupid Song – Bez
Nawti – Olu Maintain
Soundtrack – May D
Love Me (3X) – Tiwa Savage

BEST POP SINGLE

Dami Duro – Davido
Oliver Twist – D’Banj
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Chop My Money – P-Square
Kukere – Iyanya

BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM

Superstar – Wizkid
Super Sun – Bez
Versus – 9ice
The Invasion – P-Square

BEST RAP SINGLE

Too Much Money – Iceberg Slim
Shutdown – Phyno
Angeli – Vector ft. 9ice
Oh My Gosh – Yung6ix
Young Erikina – Olamide

BEST RAP ALBUM

E.L.I – Ice Prince
The Dreamer Project – Show Dem Camp
Rapsodi – Olamide
Super C Season – Naeto C

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Vector – Angeli
Yung6ix – Oh My Gosh
Iceberg Slim – Too Much Money
Phyno – Shutdown
Erigga – Mo Street Gan

BEST COLLABO

Chop My Money remix – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D
Angeli – Vector Ft. 9ice
Carolina – Sauce Kid Ft. Davido
Stupid Song – Bez Ft. Praiz
Orobo – Sound Sultan Ft. Excel & Flavour

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Wande Coal – Private trips
Banky W – Low Key
Praiz – I Love You
Brymo – Ara
Bez – Stupid Song

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Tiwa Savage – Love Me, Love, Love Me
Chidinma – Kedike
Ijeoma – Oloomi
Waje – Na The Way

AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Sarkodie (Ghana) – Azonto
Camp Mulla (Kenya) – Feel No Pain
D-Black (Ghana) – Get On The Dancefloor
Zahara (South Africa) – Loliwe

BEST STREET HOP

Kako Bi Chicken – Reminisce
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Akpako – Terry G
Roll – Rayce
Mo Street Gan – Erigga

NEXT RATED

Davido
Eva (Alordiah)
Praiz
Chuddy K

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Wizkid
Ice Prince
Bez
Timi Dakolo
Olamide

HEADIES HALL OF FAME

Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry
Femi Kuti

Wizkid collaborates with Kardinal Official on new jam

Nigeria’s pop singer Ayo Balogun popularly referred to as Wizkid will be recording a duet with Canadian rapper, Kardianal Official.

The rapper broke the news via a social media platform, twitter, saying, ‘Yup. In studio wit @wizkidayo over at deez Konvict studios…ooowweeeee…sounding like Magic doa..shout out to T-Mah’.

Kardinal and Wizkid are both signed under Akon’s record label, Konvict Music.

Reports have it that Kardinal is set to release his fifth album titled Mr. International coming out later in the year.

PSquare’s mum is dead

The mother of Nigeria’s popular pop singers Peter and Paul Okoye (popularly known as PSquare), Josephine Okoye is dead.

She died on Wednesday night after what was described as unknown sickness.

Mrs Okoye was reported to be ill for a short while and was receiving treatment at the St. Nicholas Hospital before she was flown to India for advanced treatment.

The nature of the sickness is yet to be disclosed, before her death she was in support of her sons’ career and was also a huge pillar to their success.

Friends and fans of the singers on Thursday besieged social media, sending condolence messages to the bereaved family.