Esports Is A Viable Business, Can Create Career For Young Nigerians – Dr Sid

Singer and songwriter, Dr Sid on Friday put on his gaming hat when he discussed the future and prospects of Esports in Nigeria during an interview on Channels Television show, Sports This Morning.

Sydney Esiri who is also the Vice President of Esports Nigeria said the Electronic Sports in Nigeria is like gold yet to be mined.

According to him, Esports is a viable business with which young Nigerians can create a successful career.

“What we are trying to do as Esports Nigeria is to create the ecosystem for Esports in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. It is still a growing industry, there’s not a whole lot of awareness about it.

“Coming from a musical background, I remember when I started doing music years back. Now you have billionaires having their children involved in music.

“Esports is at the same stage music was years back. The reason why I am passionate about this is that Esports is a viable business and can create a career for young Nigerians because not everyone is going to be successful in school,” he said.

Sid, who is also a trained doctor added that Esports is a viable field for people with competent skills and vocation.

“People have other skills and vocational training that they can apply. Gaming is one of them. What we want to do in Esports Nigeria is to create that ecosystem where people can and carve a successful career being in the game,” he said.

The President of Esports Nigeria during the interview also disclosed that there is an upcoming Esports Championship and they plan to engage Nigerians in the competition.

The competition tagged ‘African Esports Champions’ is set to hold in Kenya between October 4th and 5th in Nairobi and participants will be selected after champions emerge across Nigeria.

Dr SID Surprises Fans With Visit To Abule Egba

Supreme Mavin Dynasty superstar, Dr SID stunned music fans with a surprise visit to the Abule Egba area of Lagos State.

The Surulere crooner was a guest at the April edition of Nodstrovia, a monthly celebrity visit to the area.

He told Channels Television that the visit was his first to the area, adding that he was happy spending some time with his fans in Abula Egba.

Dr SID having fun with fans in Abula Egba

“I’ve never been here before and I’m enjoying the vibe. I like the way it’s set up, everybody is just having fun,” the music star said.

The event, which took place over the weekend, gave fans the opportunity to enjoy moments of interaction with the man they have only been seeing on television.

The curator of the event, Emeka Williams, ensured that some local talents took advantage of having the big man in the neighborhood.

Iyanya Joins Mavin Records, Drops New Single With Don Jazzy

Iyanya, Mavin, DonjazzyThe Mavin Crew on Monday, welcomed a new member, Iyanya, to the record label.

The artist finally broke the silence by announcing that he is officially joining Mavin Records with the release of a new song featuring Don Jazzy as well as Dr. Sid.

The R&B, afro-pop singer, who used to be in partnership with Ubi Franklyn, made the exit from their record label, ‘Triple MG’.

His new hit tune titled ‘Up 2 Sumting’ was produced by the Record label Boss, Don Jazzy.

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According to Iyanya, this comes after months of speculation about his future.

Meanwhile, the track, which was released on Monday, October 31, coincides with the singer’s 30th birthday.

With this new move, Iyanya joins other artistes on the record label including Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and Di’Ja.

In a press statement, he stated: “I am at a decision-making curve in my music career where I have to make the right professional and creative decisions. At this point, I realised the need to put in solid structures in place, to move to the next level of my career.

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“I think I have found that professional and creative backbone in Mavin Records.”

Don Jazzy, who broke the news on his Twitter handle also on Monday, equally expressed excitement about the new partnership.

“Iyanya brings his own unique style and sound to the Mavin Records family.

“From the first time I stepped into the studio with him, there was an instant chemistry and energy.

“He is an amazing talent and he has great musical versatility, this is an exciting time for us and our fans have a lot of great music to look forward to,”  he said.

Also acknowledging Iyanya’s entry to the Mavin crew, on his Facebook page, Mavin Grandpa, Mr Colins Enebeli, wrote: “Happy birthday Mavin Iyanya and welcome to SMD. Congrats!”.

Achievements

As a means of exploring a more creative phase of his career, the Cross River State born singer, had signed a management deal with leading creative talent agency, Temple Management Company, earlier on the year.

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk launched into a blistering music career when he won the MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2008.

The singer, who has been endorsed by several brands, has three albums to his credit since he started his music career.

The Graduate of Business Management from University of Calabar, (UNICAL), grabbed global attention with the hit single, ‘Kukere’ and went on to get nominations at the Channel O Music Video Awards, Headies awards, Soul Train Music Awards and Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

Wande Coal Says ‘God, Not Don Jazzy Made Me’

wande coalBlack Diamond Entertainment boss and lead act, Wande Coal on Thursday spoke about his journey to success during a press session in Lagos, saying God and not former label executive/producer, Don Jazzy ‘made’ him.

WC, as he often calls himself, came into mainstream music when he joined the now defunct Mo’Hits label, under which he released his debut album, From Mushin To Mo’Hits.

When a disagreement between label executives, Don Jazzy and D’Banj led to the end of the label, Wande Coal joined Mavin Records, alongside Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage and D’Prince, under the leadership of Don Jazzy.

However, Wande Coal quit the label in 2013.

[Click here to watch: God, Not Don Jazzy Made Me – Wande Coal]

However, during the interview, Wande Coal was quick to give kudos to his former boss, revealing that he misses him.

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Wande Coal is getting set to release his first full body of work since leaving Mavin Records. The album is titled WANTED.

Don Jazzy, Yaw, AY Others In Korede Bello’s Godwin Video

korede bello, godwinMavin records star, Korede Bello is finally out with the visual interpretation of his hit victory song, Godwin, directed by Adasa Cookey.

Label boss, Don Jazzy features prominently in the doro-mega-super-star video, while Dr. Sid as well as comic acts, AY and Yaw made cameo appearances in Godwin video.

Let’s not forget comedian Bovi’s hilarious intro and outro in the video.

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Dr. Sid Drops Video For Chop Ogbono (Remix) Featuring Olamide

dr sidMavin Records artiste, Dr. SID has dropped a new video for the remix of the ‘Chop Ogbono’ song, featuring YBNL rapper Olamide.

The song ‘Chop Ogbono’ is off Dr. SID’s latest album, Siduction.

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Mavins Crew Drop Looku Looku Video

mavinsA popular Nigerian music label, the Mavins have dropped another all-star video with Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Reekado Banks and Korede Bello in ‘Looku Looku’, a single they released a few weeks ago.

The Mavins are definitely on a roll considering the materials they have already put out in 2015.

The video for the track which features the Marvin crew, was shot for Unlimited L.A.

Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’Ja all delivered a verse each on the song.

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Don Jazzy To Work With D’Banj On 10th Music Anniversary

DonJazzy DbanjTwo years after the controversial breakup of their Mo’ Hits record imprint, hip hop music heavyweights D’Banj and Don Jazzy will be reuniting to make new music.

The two former friends and music partners, who have since gone ahead to form different record labels, would be working together on a couple of tracks to celebrate D’banj’s 10th year musical anniversary.

According to an insider, the track would be for a D’Banj album which is expected to drop soon.

It is however, yet unclear if the album would receive any input from other former Mo’ Hits artistes including Wande coal, D’Prince and Dr. Sid.

Ja Rule And Ashanti Perform In Nigeria

Ja Rule and Ashanti pictureNigerians would be thrilled as American Rap Star, Ja Rule, and R&B Singer, Ashanti , will perform as part of an event to mark this year’s Independence Day celebration.

The international duet, would perform at a show, tagged: ‘Warri Again’, the flagship show, scheduled to hold on October 1 to mark Nigeria’s 54th Independence Day, according to Nigeriafilms.com. .

Other Nigerian Music Stars that would perform at the show, includes: Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Dr Sid, Daddy Showkey, Flavour and Oritsefemi.

Part of the songs Nigerians would be looking forward to hearing at the event would be a collaboration by the artistes, “Always On Time”, which set the music scene on fire, years ago.

Warri Again is a show aimed at rebranding Warri and making it a destination for entertainment.

 

Photos: Dr. Sid Ties Knot With Simi Osomo

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Mavin Record artiste, Dr. Sid on Saturday tied the knot with his sweet heart Simi Osomo at a colourful wedding in Lagos.

The star-studded event had in attendance Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Toke Makinwa,Banky W, Tania Omotayo, Toolz, Korede Bello, BOJ, Tee Billz, Fade Ogunro, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Freda Francis, Tunde Demuren, Tunde Ednut, DJ Cuppy and others.

Mavin Record’s boss, Don Jazzy surprised the couple with a car gift.

 

 

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Headies 9th Edition To Hold in October

Headies High Res.The 9th edition of the annual urban and hip-hop culture awards, ‘The Headies’ has been scheduled to hold on October 25.

An African media and entertainment company, Smooth Promotions, made the announcement on Thursday.

The Headies, since its inception in 2006, has recognised the distinguished achievements of artists and entertainers in a number of categories, including Rap, RnB, Dancehall and Alternative.

The organisers are yet to reveal the noteworthy hosts, nominees and special artiste performances for The Headies 2014.

Last year, the dynamic duo of Tiwa Savage and Dr SID opened the awards ceremony to much acclaim and for the first time, The Headies introduced a new category – The Best Alternative Song – which shed light on new exciting contenders.

Meanwhile, organisers of The Headies have opened its doors to receive music materials for nomination in the 9th edition of urban and hip-hop culture music awards.

Only music materials released between July 2013 and June 2014 qualify for entry. The process opens July 22, 2014 and closes August 30, 2014.

Mavin All Stars Premiere “Dorobucci” Video

dorobucciDon Jazzy led Mavin Records has released the video for its latest hit, Dorobucci.

Mavin All Stars – Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Di’Ja and Reekado Banks, performed in the video.

The video directed by Nick Roux of Molotov Cocktail Productions was shot in South Africa. It features cameo appearances by the winner of the Channel O Mavin Super-fan competition winner Natalie Pitswe.

Enjoy!