Wike Seeks Career Opportunities For Rivers Youths As D’Banj Visits

Pop star, Daniel Oyebanji (D’banj) with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and another artiste, Duncan Mighty at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the state government will work with ace musician, Daniel Oyebanjo known as D’banj to create opportunities for young musicians in the state. 

Wike stated this on Monday while receiving D’banj at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“We as a government will not fail to partner with you in whichever form that will help to empower the youths in the state,” he said.

According to the governor, musicians operating in the state are constrained with the opportunity to exhibit their talent at the international stage, reiterating his administration’s commitment to work with different international musicians and producers to resolve the challenge of opportunities.

“Part of the problems we have in this part of the world is the opportunities that our youths lack. Our youths don’t have the opportunities to showcase their potentials,” he stated.

Wike commended D’banj for contributing his own quota to the growth of the society by ensuring that youths are productive.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank you for what you are doing to empower the youths.  So many have had the opportunity you have but may not have used it to empower the youths. What you are doing is commendable and I urge you to continue,” he ended.

Responding, D’banj commiserated with the governor over the loss of the State’s Attorney-General, Emmanuel Aguma.

The Popular Musician also commended the governor for his developmental strides that have transformed the State.

On creation of music opportunities for the youths, the ‘Oliver Twist’ crooner informed Wike that he runs a music platform called CREAM which is  designed specifically to empower the youths and give them opportunities.

Dbanj, who was accompanied on the visit by Port Harcourt-based International Music Star, Duncan Mighty, later visited the Rex Lawson Cultural Centre in Port Harcourt.

How Maleek Berry Turned From Music Producer To Performing Artist

maleek-berryMaleek Soyebi, Popularly known as Maleek Berry, is a British born, Nigerian record producer, whose break into the Nigerian music circle
came in 2013 with his collaboration with Wizkid on the track ‘the matter’.

A graduate of computer sciences, Maleek’s early contact with music came from listening to classics from the likes of Michael Jackson.

Speaking of his early years in music, he told Channels Television that although he had always loved and practiced music, he took it a notch higher by creating a rap group in his local church.

This later inspired his introduction into music production.

“I started teaching myself how to produce and I was the one producing the music for the group, writing the hooks and that’s how I just fell in love with production”.

According to him, everyone in his family always knew he would go into music one day, although they insisted he must conclude his University education, before going ahead to pursue a music career.

Speaking of artists he has worked with, Maleek said he met with Davido in 2010 when the pop singer was still up and coming.

“That was the early stage of me attempting to make afro beats.”

Having worked with the likes of Wande Coal among others, Maleek’s brand has so far grown to become a household name in Nigerian music.

In 2016, he released an extended play body of work titled ‘the last days of summer’, clearly introducing himself as a performing artist.

The EP, puts together a couple of impressive singles including ‘Control and ‘Eko Maima’.

The 29 year old, however explained that when it comes to production, he still always knows how to take off his artist hat.

“When I’m a producer, I like to see myself as a servant. I take away the pride because it’s all about the artist and its all about helping the artist become a bigger star than they already are,” Maleek said.

Jeffery Daniels Encourages Nigerian Artistes To Stay True To Their Sound

Jeffery Daniels, Nigerian Acts, SoundFamous American R&B singer, songwriter and choreographer, Jeffery Daniels, has advised aspiring singers to continue to focus on their strengths and strive to be original.

He told Channels Television that he had noticed that in the beginning, artists try to explore various genre, only to crossover to the dominant pop sound after a while.

Daniels, who was a founding member of the popular 80’s group Shalamar, was also known for his dance and choreography moves, one of which was the famed moonwalk, eventually made popular by Michael Jackson.

Advanced ‘Out Of Nothing’

Between 2010 and 2013, he gained exposure to the Nigerian music industry, as a musical reality television show judge alongside Yinka Davies and Audu Maikori who was later replaced by Charly Boy and later Femi Kuti.

Over the past few years of picking interest in Nigerian music, Daniels has mentored a couple of new talents.

He expressed his surprise at how much the industry had advanced, ‘out of nothing’.

Nigerian music is heavily characterised by dance elements. It is a general believe that the most successful songs are the ones with heavy beats and groovy melody.

However, some also believe that there are only few acts such as Adekunle Gold and Brymo who can garner commercial success from making other genres of music, as the industry is largely monolithic.

African Social Media Week Kicks Off In Lagos

The first ever Social Media Week to be held in Africa kicked off in Lagos on Monday with its first forum; “Enterprise Creative Presents: My Journey” which will be followed by a series of 17 other events holding at different centres in the metropolis today.

The event dubbed #SMWLagos, according to the official site of the event, is put together to explore how people and organizations are connecting to share new ideas and information.

The different forums are set to host thought leaders, bloggers, musicians, activists, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens from Nigeria -and throughout the continent and the diaspora.

The Full #SMWLagos daily event schedule can be found here: http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/schedule/.

The event is produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21.