UK-based Nigerian gospel artist, Olanrewaju Muyiwa, says his first all-African album ‘Eko Ile’ will be out on October 30.
The United Kingdom’s most prolific gospel artist noted that a UK tour announcement would follow the release of the dynamic 10-track album.
‘Eko Ile’ follows the success of Live at the Apollo (2012), the live CD and DVD recorded at his sold-out Hammersmith Apollo show with Riversongz, his charismatic Afro-gospel band.
Muyiwa explained in a statement that ‘Eko Ile’ is a return to his roots translating to ‘Lagos my home’ which harks to a Nigerian folk song of the same name. Muyiwa channels a myriad of African music styles via gospel.
“Written alongside Kwame Yeboah (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ms. Dynamite) and Eddie Martin (Whitney Houston, Neyo, Chris Brown) and produced by the former, the album is a journey from east to west of the continent, stopping off at high-life reminiscent of fellow countryman Fela Kuti, refreshed takes on traditional African praise, and African reggae,” he said in the statement.
“It makes sense then, that the album was predominantly recorded in Ghana, that it frequently features Muyiwa’s native Nigerian tongue of Yoruba and that it’s peppered with Swahili, Zulu, and Pidgin English.”
The Nigerian Army has received a boost in its fight against insurgency, as the French government donated books to the Nigerian Army Language Institute (NALI), in Ovim, Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Commandant of NALI, Col. Joseph Ajanaku received the books from the France Defense Attaché in Nigeria, Col. Marc Humbert.
Col. Humbert said the mastery of French will enable the Nigerian Army personnel adapt in their various military assignments with their French-speaking couterparts, especially in neighbouring countries where the fight against Boko Haram has been extended to.
Ajanaku commended the French government, adding that it is the first country to assist the college in achieving the objectives for which it was set up.
He also noted that the first set of students just commenced activities on August 1, 2015, starting the French Basic Course 1, maintaining that the donated books will help them to be proficient in French language.
He further noted that NALI was established to teach seven languages including Arabic, French, Swahili, Portuguese, German and Chinese while other will be added in due course in line with Nigeria’s bi-lateral agreements with other nations.