Canadian based Christian singer and songwriter, Deborah D’Worshipper, has released a new song titled ‘Thank You’.
Born in Nigeria, where she spent the earlier part of her life, the artist says singing has always been a part of her destiny.
According to Deborah, her mother was a singing evangelist who travelled, preaching the gospel with her, being the first of five children.
She revealed that later on, her mother passed on and the events of her lifetime contributed to her love for creating beautiful Christian music.
As a child, Deborah had grown up going to Church every day, and started with praise and worship in the children’s choir at the Assemblies of God Church and Church of God Mission, founded by Archbishop Benson Idahosa.
The gospel act who has written over 400 songs, said her debut CD “Faithful God”, was born out of appreciation to God for seeing her through some of life’s worst Challenges.
Exactly a week after the 2016 installment of the prestigious Headies Awards, Davido music worldwide act, Mayorkun, has joined the league of winners of the prized statuette.
The ‘eleko’ singer, was announced winner of the omitted ‘rookie of the year’ category, post event, beating contemporaries including label mate, Dremo, Chocolate City singer, Dice Ailes; Terry Apala and Mz Kiss.
The organizers explained that the winner of this category was not announced on the night of the award because the artistes gave their opening performance late.
Hosted by Rapper, Falz and Actress, Adesua Etomi, the show threw up few exciting moments, mainly coming from artistes’ performances and the great job done by the hosts.
It was, however, a disappointment for many Nigerian music fans who had hoped to see their favourite stars, as many A-list artistes did not attend the event.
As a result, many award winners were not on stage to receive their plaques.
However, Kiss Daniels, Darey Art Alade and some others who bagged awards were present to receive theirs. See full list here.
New comic flick, ‘Three Wise Men’, starring three of Nigeria’s finest veteran actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Victor Olaotan and Zach Orji, premieres in Lagos.
The movie which was produced by Opa Williams, hosted friends, associates, and colleagues at the premiere, after many years of the producer’s self-imposed hiatus.
Opa Williams stated that after his long break, he needed to come out big with a unique movie, relating to real life experience, family, and the likes. This took a long time, he told Channels Television.
He stated that he needed to evoke the characters, better interpret the story and make it believable and not the regular type-casting. he then explained that the actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Victor Olaotan and Zach Orji actually contributed majorly to the story as they gradually grew into their various characters.
The movie which was directed by Patience Oghre was chronicled on three retired aged men who, after retirement benefits, opted to relived their youth. The pack is led by Erikefe played by Mofe-Damijo, a divorcee with three failed marriages after five children.
He decided to live alone while refusing to remarry, as his covetous children who are now grown and live on their own, patiently wait for him to die so they can scoop on whatever is left of him.
Speaking to Channels Television, Richard Mofe-Damijo explained that he fashioned his character after the late Highlife singer, Fatai Rolling Dollars.
He said he only had to immerse himself in a beautifully written script and take from as many life characters as possible.
Mofe-Damijo who is regarded as a veteran of the industry suggested that the time is now for the government and individuals to key into the industry and grow it to the next level.
“The movie sector requires full attention of the government an encouragement.
“The sector requires elevation and enthronement to attain institutionalization, which will enhance budgeting and deliberate policy to push the industry forward.
“The industry entails of not the movies, but entertainment, comedy, music, dance, and the rest. The Performing Arts is a body of inexhaustible body of values calling for government attention,” he said.
Recently, the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that the movie industry contributed 54 billion Naira to the Nigerian GDP.
This silent achievement has gradually won over skeptics including financial institutions.
Bank of Industry, (BOI) representative, Uche Nwuka, also stated that they were initially skeptical about the movie industry and not sure of their performance but later, resolved to support it.
“The result so far has been amazing. The first two projects paid off in record time before maturity, she said.
The highly anticipated ‘Three Wise Men’, hits the cinemas this holiday seasons.
Music icon, King Sunny Ade, A.K.A KSA, has recently become the first Nigerian to receive a special honour by Hard Rock.
KSA has consistently wowed many with his music and dexterity on the guitar as well as showmanship that has endeared him to many, both home and abroad.
His beautiful performance has earned him two Grammy award nominations and three features in Hollywood flicks.
The multi-instrumentalist, today stands as a world music legend in his own right, making his induction into the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, something of little surprise.
At the ceremony which took place in Lagos, Mark Redguard, a curator, giving his citation said: “KSA who came to Lagos in 1963, bought his first guitar from Victor Olaiya, also a legend musician, for one pound and nine shillings.
“The journey had continued for over 50 years and still soaring, Redguard stated.
Sunny Ade donated one of his world cherished acoustic instruments, a Fender Telecast guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame.
The guitar which is known for its commercial success dated back to the 1950’s.
According to him, he used the same guitar for his Synchro-System album in 1983, which nominated him for his first Grammy Awards.
Describing how priceless the instrument was to him, KSA said that he communed with it like a human and stated all musical desires to be accomplished by it.
Handing over the autographed vintage Fender Guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, he was supported by various Nigerian musicians such as Don Jazzy, Iyanya, Tiwa Salvage, film maker, Kunle Afolayan, and comedian, Bovi who equally eulogized him.
Redguard believes that all Sunny Ade’s past accomplishments landed him the first Nigerian to be honoured at the Hard Rock Hall of Fame among other notable mentions like Carlo Santana, Jimmy Hendricks, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and many more.
The Legacy of colonial era film maker, Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as ‘Ade love’, is set to return to mainstream, as his classic films including the Taxi Driver series and Kadara, get special screening, to celebrate the life and times of one of the pioneers of African cinema.
Leading the charge to bring back some of the his works, is prominent film maker and son of Ade love, Kunle Afolayan, who has earned many accolades as a film maker himself.
“Concerning the ‘Ade love’ 20 years remembrance, it is like a dream for me, because this man passed 20 years ago and we’ve never really celebrated him.
“Apart from the fact that he was my father, he has given some of us life,” he told Channels Television.
Furthermore, he said that he was looking forward to the event because “there were so many things we would reveal to people that they don’t know about, as far as film making in Africa is concerned, as far as cinema is concerned, as far as the guy himself is concerned”.
He also hinted that the Ade love family would put together a stage performance to entertain the audience on the big day.
According to Afolayan, the feedback so far from people, both those from his father’s generation and the younger generation, who don’t know so much about him, already shows him that the event is indeed one to look forward to.
The new generation film maker, who has equally continued to grace the Nigerian cinema with his unique productions, said this would be an opportunity for people to experience what film making really used to be way back.
Award winning singer, Bez, has released the remix of his song, ‘You suppose know’.
This follows the release of his sophomore album, ‘Gbagyi Child’, few days ago.
The love song which features Yemi Alade, was produced by Cobhams Asuquo.
The 13-track album has already started getting reviews from many.
Some have described the album as one which comprises serene and uplifting tunes, with bursts of rock and possessive inspiration.
Also it has been described by some as an album with so much attention to detail than anyother released in 2016.
Bez, who is originally named Emmanuel Bezhiwa Idakula, is a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer, and has carved a niche for himself in the industry with his unique genre known as “alternative soul”, a hybrid of soul, rock, jazz and R&B.
For its second production, Ebony Life Films got one of Nigeria’s prominent female directors, Kemi Adetiba, to help bring ‘The Wedding Party’ to life.
Speaking of the production, Adetiba told Channels Television that the movie, which is her debut feature length film, brought a lot of anxiety.
“There was a lot of anxiety and nervousness, hence a lot of preparation.
Explaining the sequence of the pressure, she said: “we had to understand the script, the actors, learn to work with the actors, we had meetings with the EP – but I think the most important thing was “relaxing”, because I wanted to be sure I wasn’t transferring any anxiety into the film.
“I wanted it to be very relaxed and enjoyable,” she said.
The movie which stars a host of Nigerian celebrities, including RnB singer, Banky W, and leading actress, Adesua Etomi, screened officially on November 26, 2016, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
Kemi Adetiba cut her teeth in the creative industry as she directed the music video for the then, hip hop world awards theme song, ‘A price to die for’, featuring Banky W, rappers M.I and Kel and El Dee the Don among others.
The warm accolades that followed the project, earned her numerous other jobs.
Five years down the line, Adetiba has taken her trade a notch higher and directed her debut feature length movie, another critically acclaimed project.
She also made history by joining other Nigerian films to screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8, 2016.
Banky W, who took a lead role, said he had worked with Adetiba on past projects and was really proud of her on this one; “being her first movie and receiving this much attention”.
Adetiba on the other hand expressed appreciation having worked with the stellar cast.
Another star actress, Ireti Doyle, described the film as a “pressure pot situation”, because “even though there was mainly one location, there was a lot going on at the same time, on a huge scale”
She equally praised the director for her efforts in the production and expressed optimism that the audience would enjoy the film.