I Didn’t Think I’ll Get This Far – Tiwa Savage

Nigeria’s RnB diva, Tiwa Savage, has expressed her surprise at the success she’s achieved in the Nigerian music industry in just about two years of coming on board.

Tiwa Savage revealed her amazement on Rubbin’ Minds while reacting to a question about her fulfillment as an artiste in the industry.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I will get this far, this quickly. It’s literally being less than two years since I really came on the scene and for me to have two major endorsements, to have headlined shows with top artistes, to have a successful album which I’ve just released, it’s beyond what I expected, so I give all glory to God” she stated.

She traced her success to ‘very hard work’ as she explained her rigorous routine which includes her weekly writing of songs for Sony America, which she claimed she is still signed to.

Ms Tiwa Savage also expressed how Nigerians humbled her regularly, despite her celebrity status

This edition of Rubbin’ Minds was anchored by the producer of the programme , Adebola Williams.

Rubbin Minds Meet Nigeria’s Social Media ‘Noisemakers’ @JaphethOmojuwa et al

This edition of Rubbin’ Minds features a trio of Nigeria’s prominent online/social media activists; Japheth Omojuwa, Chinedu Ekeke and Olusegun Dada.

The young social media activists argued that their activism is subtly achieving a lot more than the era public protesters, such as late Gani Fawehinmi achieved.

According to Japheth Omojuwa, the beauty of protest in today’s world in the novelty that is brought into such protest and that is what can really determine how far the message goes rather the regular street protest which he claims as become the norm.

The online commentators also revealed their expectations on the forthcoming 2015 general elections and the role of social media vis-à-vis the need for governance to join the online community.

Future Awards Goes African

Nominations for the eighth season of the Future Awards have commenced with a continental view this time around as one of the organizers; Debola Williams explains on Rubbin’ Minds that the Young Person of The Year category is now opened to the entire African continent and diaspora.

According to Debola, the Young Person of The Year category is now open to all exceptional young Africans between the ages of 18 and 31, who are making a mark in their profession.

The African category is in conjunction with the African Union in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the continental body.

The Future Award is now to be known as The Future Prize following a commendation from the World Bank which referred the award to the Nobel Prize for African youths.

I was Once A Waitress – Omawumi

Nigeria’s pop diva; Omawumi in this week’s episode of Rubbin’ Minds revealed her humble background which she is very proud of, as she narrates her growing up while cooking Nkwobi and Isi Ewu and as well tendering for customers at her mother’s ‘glorified beer parlour’ in Warri, Delta state.

Famed for her regular use of Pidgin English, the West African Idol explains her choice of expression, claiming it saves hers when sometimes “I just hook”.

She also notes that it (Pidgin English) is a major ‘selling point’ for people from the Niger Delta where she hails from and that English language is not her language.

Omawumi also discussed about the dawn of her music career at the West African Idol and also opened up on her sophomore album and forthcoming concert.

Toke Makinwa Bares It All

Rhythm FM’s On Air Personality; Toke Makinwa in a no holds barred interview on Rubbin’ Minds revealed all that her fans might be longing for.

She spoke about her reported intermittent love life, her controversial accent, her battle with blogger Linda Ikeji, her new vlogs series and her forth coming show on TV; VHS.

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I Am Not A Confident Writer – Chika Unigwe

The winner of the 2012 NLNG $100,000 prize for literature, Chika Unigwe has described herself as not being a confident writer, yet she churns out award-winning novels, one after the other.

Unigwe admitted this in an interview on Rubbin Minds while answering questions on how she’s striving to meet up with her role models; Chinwe Achebe and Flora Nwapa.

“The only pressure I feel is against myself. I am a very self-doubting writer. I am not a confident writer at all, when I write I doubt, so the only pressure I feel is to make sure that at the point when my agent is selling, I am happy with it,” she stated.

She further describes herself as an ‘idiot’, saying “I don’t let the lack of self-confidence in my writing stop me and the good thing about prizes is that they validate…..and this gives me the ego-boost I need to carry on writing.”

The Belgium-based mother of four who also writes in Dutch also spoke on a myriad of issues such as the theme of her last novel; On Black Sisters’ Street, which is based on Nigerian ladies, prostituting across Europe.

Claiming that 99.9 per cent of prostitutes in Europe are from Benin city, the writer explained how her interaction with some former prostitutes revealed that family members and even parents are involved in the trafficking of young Nigerian girls to Europe for prostitution.

The writer turned social activist, noted that prostitution has become a way for some Nigerians who cant escape the vicious cycle of poverty “and for them, this (prostitution) is the only way.”

She narrates a reported account from the Oba of Benin on how some mothers threatened to protest naked if the King moved against the trafficking of their daughters.

Chika Unigwe is Ph.D holder in Literature from the University of Leiden, Netherlands who in 2003, was was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing and 2004, won the BBC Short story Competition

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Rubbin Minds: How Well Did Nigeria Do In 2012

In this week’s edition of Rubbin Minds, the panelists examine the political and socioeconomic situations in Nigeria and make projections for 2013.

Some of the issues, the panelists consisting of a lawyer, Tobe Atiba, a Financial analyst, Ugodre Obi-Chukwu and a journalist, Adedunmade Onibokun, discussed issues of security, corruption, infrastructural development, job creation and the strength of the Goodluck Jonathan-led government to deliver on the promises made.