Asa Thrills Fans With New Single After Five-Year Hiatus

 

After a five-year hiatus, Nigerian singer and songwriter, Asa, has released a new single.

She released the song titled ‘The Beginning’ on Tuesday, to the delight of fans who had long anticipated her comeback, while hinting that the song is an opening track off an upcoming album.

 

The Beginning announces the start of a new musical chapter for Asa and with soft harmonies, the strength of emotions filter through her voice.

 

Prior to her break, her last album titled Bed of Stone was released in 2014 with hit tracks such as Dead Again and Eyo.

Other albums by her include Beautiful Imperfection and Asa which offer a rich blend of pop, jazz and soul.

Born to parents who at the time, were working and studying cinematography in France, Asa over the years, drew inspiration from the collection of great music her father had built up for his work as a cinematographer.

The records featuring American, Nigerian and African soul classics, included musical greats such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Adé, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Miriam Makeba, King Diana Ross and Nina Simone.

14 Communities To Eradicate Female Circumcision In Osun

communities-pledge-to-stop-female-genital-mutilationEfforts to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Osun State received a boost on Tuesday as 14 communities from four local government areas in the state declared their intentions to stop the practice of female circumcision in their domains.

This is as the Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed that the state must do everything possible to come out of its unfavourable highest rank on the ladder of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria.

To push the decision to end the practice, the State government held a Female Genital Mutilation Abandonment Declaration Ceremony on Tuesday. It was organised by the Shericare Foundation (SCARF), an initiative of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola.

The communities that declared against FMG include Eko -Ende,Eko Ajala, Iba, Asa, Iwo Oke, Ajagunlase, Alapata, Owode, Araromi in Ifelodun, Olaoluwa, Ede North and Orolu Local Government Areas of the state. These communities have been identified to be in full practice of the FGM.

The Governor condemned the act of Female Genital Mutilation, saying that “whether it is a cultural practice of removing part of the female genital either as a customary rite of initiation into womanhood or as a check against promiscuity, the bottom line is that it is harmful”.

Expunge It From Our Belief System

He stated that the harmful practice, according to UNICEF, was prevalent in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia.

He said: “According to a February 2016 report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are records for 27 countries in Africa, including Somalia (96 per cent), Guinea (97 per cent), Djibouti (93 per cent), Egypt (91 per cent) and Sierra Leone (90 per cent) still practicing FGM.

“From this same report, we learnt that as of 2013, 27.2 million women had undergone FGM in Egypt, 23.8 million in Ethiopia, and 20 million in Nigeria. In Indonesia, the prevalence rate for children under 11 years is 49 per cent, translating to 13.4 million.

“In Nigeria, six states top the list of where the practice is prevalent. These are Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Ebonyi, Imo and Lagos. FGM is deeply rooted in culture but flies in the face of common sense, decency, basic health and human right.

“The crux of this advocacy is to expunge it from our belief system. I am glad that we have the cooperation of our traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders and aficionados of arts and culture.

“The core changes must include that, one, it is no longer necessary as a cultural requirement, two, that it is indeed harmful and cruel physically and psychologically. The victims, we must note, are our daughters, sisters, aunties, cousins, nieces, wives and mothers.

“I do not see any other category closer and dearer to us than these and therefore do not deserve to be subjected to this hurtful practice any longer”.

Earlier in her address of welcome, the wife of Osun State Governor and President of Sheri Care Foundation, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to achieving zero tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision in the state.

She said the Foundation had engaged in many activities towards boosting the awareness campaigns to end the harmful effects of Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision in every nook and cranny of the state.

Sherifat disclosed that the Foundation had also committed itself to intensive advocacy to eradicate the traditional practice of FGM in the state through regular interface with a number of communities, public sensitisation, jingles sponsorship on radio, television stations as well as printing and circulation of the state law which made it illegal for anyone to circumcise any female child or any woman in the state.

She said: “The journey to today’s event started early 2015 when a team of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) officials visited our state, as the meeting afforded us the opportunity to appreciate the necessity of collective efforts to wage an intensive and comprehensive awareness campaign on the dangers that continued practice of female circumcision bear for our female children, our women and our people in general.

“It is true that the practice of female circumcision was rooted in traditional and religious beliefs, but scientific findings have revealed that such beliefs are injurious to life”.

Mrs Aregbesola attributed the public declaration of abandonment of FGM by 14 communities in the state to the efforts being made by the Foundation to abolish the menace.

She, therefore, appealed to the residents in the state to always abstain from the act, saying female circumcision does not bear any positive fruit but rather it is a basket full of danger and sometimes death to the women.

Earlier, the Guest Speaker and the Head of Lagos Liaison Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Omolaso Omosehin, commended Governor Aregbesola for his continued support to eradication of Female Genital Mutilation in the state.

He pointed out that the contribution of the state government had impacted positively towards putting an end to Female Genital Mutilation.

Describing the occasion as timely, Omosehin said the forum was a reflection of symbolic commitment demonstrated by the state government of Osun to end Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of harmful traditional practices that impact negatively on women and girls and as well deprive them of reaching their maximum potential and contributing to the development of the state.

He said: “We recognise the ongoing efforts that the state government and other development actors are undertaking to accelerate the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision as these efforts are beginning to yield positive results.

“One of such is the abandonment of this harmful traditional practice in over 12 communities across for Local Governments that account for highest prevalence of FGM in the state. The reason for which this public declaration of abandonment ceremony was convened.

“We commend the efforts of leaders in championing the end of FGM campaign across the high burdened states in Southwest Nigeria as we are aware that over 250 female babies born in these communities from April 2015 till date in Osun were not circumcised”.

DPR Vows To Curb Production Of Fake Lubricants

engine oil, fake lubricant, DPRThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has vowed to curb the activities of fake producers of fake lubricants in Kwara state and urged stakeholders for more collaborations in this regard.

The Operations Controller of DPR in the state, Salvation Phillips, made the resolution at a stakeholders’ meeting on how to find a lasting solution to the production of fake lubricants in Ilorin the Kwara state capital.

He said that there was the need to alert the public on the nefarious activities and dangers posed in the usage of the fake engine oil which he noted are injurious to national economy, legitimate business, public safety and security.

Recently, the Department of the Petroleum Resources in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) raided an illegal factory in Ogbondoroko, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara state where engine oil and lubricants were being blended.

The sealing of the illegal factory also led to the main depot where the alleged fake lubricants were being sold and further adulteration taking place at Offa garage area in Ilorin.

The State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Pedro John, at the meeting, stressed the readiness of his command to partner with relevant agencies to ensure that sharp practices in the oil and gas sector is reduced to the barest minimum.

He tasked the management of NNPC to ensure that loading of petroleum products resumes at Ilorin depot to ease the challenges being faced by marketers.

One of the producers of the lubricants present at the meeting, Taiye Williams, however, challenged DPR and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to have synergy on how to license producers of the engine oil.

He called for more training of the staff of the two agencies on how to discover the fake from original lubricants.

At the end of the deliberations, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Standard Organizations of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) agreed to work together with other stakeholders to eradicate the production of fake lubricants in the state.

AfroSoul Singer, Asa Talks About Her Life and Career

Asa, AfrosoulAfrosoul singer says her journey to international stardom in the music business has been an uncertain existence fuelled by good fortune.

In an interview with Entertainment News, the ‘One Who Never Comes’ crooner, admits to facing her fair share of challenges, and paying the price for her quest for fulfilment.

Despite the challenges, there are moments that compensate for the hard times. Asa, shares one of those touching moments.

About a decade after her debut album, titled after her, shot her to instant fame, Asa can say she has earned her spot in music.

 

In light of the unfortunate loss of entertainers in the music industry, Nomoreloss, Prince and Papa Wemba, Asa reminds all of the humanity of music icons and gives an insight into the struggles of successful artistes, who are in demand.

Living for the music, which she says is her religion, Asa is faced with the arduous task of connecting with her fans all over the world, from Istanbul to Belgium, France and Nigeria.

She revealed how she manages to refresh.

Born Bukola Elemide, in the early 80’s, Asa moved from her birthplace, Paris, France, to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of two, where she grew to become an artiste, influenced by music greats including Bob Marley, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Sade Adu, Onyeka Onwenu, Miriam Makeba and a host of others.

From her first album, Asa, a Cobhams Asuquo produced body of work which achieved critical acclaim in 2007, to ‘Bed Of Stones’, her 2015 album and several international tours in between, the singer’s songs evoke a myriad of emotions, from sombre meditation as experienced in ‘Bibanke’ to holy rage with ‘Satan Be Gone’.

YBNL In Search Of Female Act, Olamide Reveals

YBNL boss olamideYBNL boss, Olamide has revealed the all-male music imprint which houses raves including Lil Kesh and Adekunle Gold is on the look out for a female act cum first lady.

Olamide, who made the revelation on social blogging site, Twitter, asked fans to nominate their candidates.

The YBNL boss added that the prospective artiste must be a combination of Nigerian songstress, Asa and American rapper, Dejiloaf.

Headies Awards 2015: Full List Of Winners

headies awardsThe highly anticipated Headies Awards 2015 ceremony was held in Lagos on Friday, January 1, night.

The award was organised to recognize the talents of Nigerian music stars and reward them in grand style.

Here Is The Full List Of Winners.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.
Ycee – Winner
Nominees: Base one, Koker , Pepenazi , HumbleSmith ,Young GreyC

NEXT RATED
Reekado Bankz (Winner)
Nominees: Lil’ Kesh , Kiss Daniel, Cynthia Morgan , Korede Bello

BEST POP SINGLE
Godwin – Korede Bello (WINNER)
Nominees: Ojuelegba – Wizkid , Collabo – P-Square Feat. Don Jazzy , My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking Feat. Wande Coal ,
Woju – Kiss Daniel, Bobo – Olamide

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
Olamide – Bobo
Nominees: Small Doctor – Mosquito Killer, Mastakraft feat. Olamide, CDQ& David O – Indomie, Falz The Bad Guy Feat. Yemi Alade & Poe – Hello Bae, Reminisce – Skillashi

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well (Winner)
Nominees: Praiz – If I fall , Shaydee – High, Cobhams – Do The Right Thing , Bez – There’s A Fire

BEST R&B SINGLE
Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (Winner)
Nominees: Heartbeat – Praiz, Baby Daddy – Iyanya, Say You Love Me – Leriq ft. Wizkid , Do the Right Thing – Cobhams Ft. Bez

BEST RAP SINGLE
King Kong – Vector
Nominees: Bad Belle – M.I, Bank Alert – Ill Bliss , Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide, Phyno & Stomrex, G.O.D – T.R

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Aramide – Iwo Nikan
Nominees: Waje – Coco Baby, Asa – Bed of Stone ,Simi – Tiff, Yemi Alade – Duro Timi

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
German Juice – Cynthia Morgan (Winner)
Nominees: Sanko – Timaya, My Body – Solid Star Feat. Timaya, Daniella Whyne – Patoranking, Cheques and Balance – Burna Boy, Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Katapot (Reekado Banks) – UnLimited LA (Winner)
Nominees: Jamb Question (Simi) – Mex . Crazy (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi, The Sound (DavidO Feat. Uhuru & Dj Buckz) – Sesan , Baby Jollof (Solid Star Feat. Tiwa Savage) – Clarence Peters
Note: This award goes to the video director.

BEST COLLABO
Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Phyno
Nominees: Hold on – Joe El Feat. 2Face Idibia, Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay Feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay, Shoki (Remix) – Lil’Kesh Feat. Olamide & David O, Do The right Thing – Cobhams ft. Bez, Sisi – Praiz ft. Wizkid

BEST RAP ALBUM
Chairman – M.I.
Nominees: Above Ground Level – Modenine , Baba Hafusa – Reminisce, Street OT – Olamide

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Legendury Beatz – Ojuelegba
Nominees: Don Jazzy – Godwin (Korede Bello) , Mastakraft – Wiser (Flavour), Young John – Bobo (Olamide), Shizzi – Fans Mi (DavidO),
Cobhams – There’s A Fire (Bez)

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
Vector – King Kong
Nominees: Ill Bliss – Bank Alert (remix) Feat. Ice Prince, Eva Alordiah & Phyno, Reminisce – Baba Hafusa, G.O.D – T.R

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
Yemi Alade – King of Queens (Winner)
Nominees: Praiz – Rich n Famous, Skales – Man of the Year

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR.
Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (Winner)
Nominees: Ojuelegba – Wizkid, Eyo – Asa , Bez – There’s A Fire, Cobhams – Do the right Thing

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
Adekunle Gold – Sade (Winner)
Nominees: Di’Ja – Awwwwww, Bez – There’s A Fire, Asa – Satan Be Gone, Ugovinna – Rain On Me, Simi – Tiff

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Olamide Winner
Nominees: David O, Wizkid, Yemi Alade , P-Square

SONG OF THE YEAR
Ojuelegba – Wizkid (Winner)
Nominees: Godwin – Korede Bello , Kiss Daniel – Woju, Olamide – Bobo

HALL OF FAME
2 face Idibia.

A Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
A.Y.O. – Wizkid (Winner)
Nominees: Bed of Stone – Asa, King of Queens – Yemi Alade, Rich & Famous – Praiz, Double Trouble – Psquare

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A.Y.O. – Wizkid (Winner)
Nominees: Rich n Famous – Praiz, King of Queens – Yemi Alade, Street OT – Olamide , Chairman – M.I. Double Trouble – P Square

AFRICAN ARTISTE – Non Nigerian
Sarkodie (Winner)
Nominees: Diamond Platnumz , Cassper Nyovest , Sarkodie , Uhuru , AKA

Kwara State Suspends Eight Local Government Chairmen

kwaraThe Kwara State House of Assembly has approved the suspension of Chairmen of eight Local Government Councils in the state. 

This follows allegations of carrying out recruitment exercise without due process.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Abdurahman Sanni, the approval by the House of Assembly was sequel to a letter from the state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, seeking the approval of the House to suspend the affected Chairmen.

The statement was read by the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, on the floor of the House.

Moro, Irepodun, Asa, Oke Ero, Patigi, Ilorin South, Ekiti and Baruteen Local Government Councils’ chairmen were those affected.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker said the House equally mandated its committee on Local Government and chieftaincy affairs to investigate the allegation and report to the House within days.

The Speaker explained that it was unlawful for the Council Chairmen to carryout recruitment exercise without the approval of the state’s Local Government Service Commission.

Dr. Ahmad maintained that the alleged misconduct was contrary to the provisions of the law and assured the suspended chairmen that the House would carry out thorough investigation, to avoid miscarriage of justice.

Members of the House concurred, quoting section 7 of the Nigerian Constitution, as saying the governor has the power to suspend any Chairman for any case of misconduct.

Solid Star, Asa Drop New Videos

Solid Star, Asa drop videoSingers, Solid Star and Asa have dropped new music videos to the delight of their fans.

Solid Star’s new music video serves as the follow up to his last effort, In My Head.

The new video is for the song, Good Woman, in honour of all such across the world.

Also, ‘Jailer’ crooner, Asa has dropped a video for ‘The One Who Never Comes’ which is off her latest album, bed of stones.

The video is a compilation of several stage performances, never before seen footage of the singer backstage, in the studio and other places.

 

Toby Grey Releases A Reply To kiss Daniels‘ Woju

Toby-Grey-GbojuA Nigerian artiste, Adeyemi Tobiloba Maryam, also known as Toby Grey, has released a song seen as a reply to the popular song, Woju” by Kiss Daniel.

The song by Grey has in its lyrics,statements negating Daniel’s original version as a response to the  original version of the song.

Tobi Grey assumed to be the lady involved in Daniel’s Woju while she sang that she knows she’s sexy, sweet and nice. She also used the word GBOJU for Kiss Daniel’s WOJU in his version. She extracted the same beat and the same tone as that of the original version.

With her sonorous voice, the song had thrilled many listeners and had gained grounds in the industry. many artistes had employed the strategy to come to limelight in music, something many critics believe she was trying to achieve.

Tobi was born in Ogun State in 1994. She is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and performing artiste.

Her talent for music was discovered at the age of 16 with heavy influence from Nneka, Asa, Leona Lewis, and Ciara.

After recording her first track, she has since gone on to record several more with performances at various showcases and events such as the City People Entertainment Awards, Kennis Music Easter Fiesta amongst others. An indigene of Osun State, Tobi Grey is currently a 3rd year French Language student at the University of Lagos.

Asa Survives Accident In Nashville

Popular musician Asa just survived an accident in Nashville, USA, some hours ago.

She took to the social media platform, twitter, to narrate how she survived the accident.

According to the musician, she was taking a walk and had to cross an intersection when a car, which driver wasn’t looking, hit and sent her flying.
She had padded her butt which eased her landing.

Nigerian Entertainment Industry – Things To Expect In 2013

The Nigerian entertainment industry is arguably the most vibrant sector in the country’s economy. The Industry recorded some milestones in 2012 with the several designers, musicians and artists making headlines.

In this discussion with Rubbin Minds, Beat Fm presenter, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, stylist and editor of onobello.com, Ono Bello, and a television presenter, Ariyike Akinbobola predicts some of the events and highlights to watch out for in 2013.