President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to head the special presidential delegation charged with the task of resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta region. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, retired Brigadier General Paul Boroh disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Abuja. Boroh said the choice of…
By CHRISTY ANYANWU
fuji sensation, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal a.k.a Kwam 1, is indeed homely, down to earth and unassuming as he welcomed me to his Ijebu Ode country home lately. Ayinde who recently clocked 60 years talked to Sunday Sun about his firsts. Excerpts:
Your first day on stage?
As a professional, I started when I was 15 and ever since I have been doing music.
First big break?
It was an event I went for on the Island and definitely a lot of people were there. A lot of my mates, junior ones and senior ones. Some saw me and said, “Oh, he is playing music” and those that saw me later said “oh, we saw you on stage”. Instantly, I became a role model for them. Everybody wants to be like me.
My first car was a Volkswagen Beetle 1300. I dashed it out when I got another car.
A pussycat, that was the first pet I got. It’s colours were white and black. But it died.
I made my first million naira when I was 19 years. Aside music, I was a Customs clearing agent at Apapa Wharf then.
My first album was made in 1979. It was titled, Iba. When we first came out, we also appealed to people like “I throw my respect o.”
First musical video?
I think it was from my second album I made my first musical video. It was titled, Talazo.
Ever smoked cigarettes?
I was 18 years and I never liked it. I coughed terribly. I stopped and I didn’t try smoking since then.
I enjoy myself. I love my Chelsea.
My first girlfriend gave birth to my first child and that was 40 years ago. I was living at Isale Eko then.
First trip abroad?
That was in 1976. It was beautiful and out of this world. I felt good.
First designer wear and watch?
It was by Dakova, my friend. I also love Vivid Imagination, my friend too. My first designer’s watch was by Piaget Abel.
— 13th March 2017
Leaders of Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo communities residing in Ile-Ife, Osun state, have called for an end to ethnic clashes in the city. They spoke at a joint news conference organised by the Ife Progressive Forum/Action Council in Ile-Ife on Monday, March 13. The Seriki Hausawa of Ife, Alhaji Abubakar Madagali, said the disturbance which momentarily…
— 13th March 2017
The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has disclosed that over 68,000 inmates are accommodated in the prison facilities through the country as at March 2017. The Controller General of Nigerian Prison Service, Jaafaru Ahmed who made the disclosure in an interview said that the agency has reopened prison farm centres towards self-sufficiency in food production….
— 13th March 2017
Pilot error and mechanical failure caused the death of 159 persons in the DANA Air crash of 2012 in Nigeria, accident investigators said in a report published on Monday. The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said two engines on the ill-fated Dana Aircraft from, Abuja, failed mid-air before it crashed on approach to the Murtala Muhammed…
— 13th March 2017
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on some of his activities as acting president while the president was away in London. Osinbajo who made this known after a closed door meeting with the president in Abuja, said “I’m back to my regular position as Vice-President.’’ He said that the president, who was…
Entertainment— 12th March 2017
By CHRISTY ANYANWU fuji sensation, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal a.k.a Kwam 1, is indeed homely, down to earth and unassuming as he welcomed me to his Ijebu Ode country home lately. Ayinde who recently clocked 60 years talked to Sunday Sun about his firsts. Excerpts: Your first day on stage? As a professional, I started…
South-West Report— 9th March 2017
Property owners demand compensation before demolition, govt disagrees From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Residents of Ibadan, Oyo State, heaved a sign of relief when government awarded construction and expansion of some roads in November 2016. They were happy that traffic logjam associated with the roads would be a thing of the past. A total of 31.8…
Abuja Metro— 8th March 2017
•Igbo in Abuja ban English at ceremonies By Magnus Eze The 2016 edition of Igbo Day celebrations in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), may have come and gone, but the dust raised at the event is yet to settle. Last week, the Centre for Igbo Arts and Culture (CIAC), Abuja, tackled the organisers of…
Oriental News— 8th March 2017
From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha The Convaj Events Centre, Nnewi, Anambra State, recently played host to some youths from the South-East who were tutored on the secrets of establishing and sustaining a viable company that would not only create jobs for Ndigbo, but also outlive their founders. The one-day brainstorming exercise, interactive session/skill acquisition and learning…
Features— 13th March 2017
By Emma Emeozor It was a gift that came too soon for newly elected Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Perhaps, this explains the cloud of excitement that enveloped the Presidency Thursday when the leader of the dreaded Al Shabaab Islamist group, Hussein Mukhtar, surrendered to government forces in Baidoa town, south of the country. The…
Literary Review— 28th February 2017
By HENRY AKUBUIRO It never rains but pours for the renowned prolific author, folklorist and historian, Dr.Bukar Usman. Two months after he was honoured by a group of Hausa poets, he has been nominated for another award in connection with his contributions to the growth of Hausa literature by another association. In a Notification of…
Lifeline— 13th March 2017
•Stakeholders step up war against practice From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan Everyday in many parts of Nigeria, tales abound of the many girls and women subjected to female genital mutilation. As pressure continues to mount against the perpetrators of this act, stories of victims of the practice are being told – by the victims themselves and…
Education Review— 12th March 2017
The authorities of Ambrose Ali University (AAU) Ekpoma in Edo state, have denied allegations of sexual harassment and admission racketeering in the institution. Its Vice Chancellor, Professor Ignatius Onimawo made the disavowal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, March 12, in Ekpoma. “There has not been any reported case of sexual harassment…
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 10th March 2017
‘Why I’m doing The Movie Buff Show’ Isabella Akinseye’s work encompasses radio, television and film. She is the host of the new television quiz programme, The Movie Buff Show, currently running on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151). She also hosts Africana Literati on Africa Magic Family and Africa Magic World. Aside hosting TV shows,…
We are used to governance by contradictions. It’s part of the Nigerian political culture and we enjoy it, or better said, have come to make do with it. It’s a situation of cherishing what you have when you can’t attain what you desire. This week, we stepped back into the same cesspit where the same…
This beleaguered nation has all the trappings of a tragicomedy. The comic aspect has ensured that we remain the happiest people on earth despite our much-touted change-turned-chains. We get by anyhow, surviving on doses of comedy, sometimes coming from most unlikely places. Take the nation’s courts, for instance. We all know the courts to be…
Last Thursday, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) broke its own record when its national commissioner in charge of voter education and publicity, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, announced of February 16 and March 2 as D-Days for the 2019 national and state elections, respectively. It was a first, considering that INEC always waited until the last…
When I called to intimate him, of his emergence as winner of the prestigious, The Sun Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 (which was presented to him in 2016), he was pleasantly surprised and ecstatic. His voice showed it. He was not one to hide his emotions. “I am deeply honoured. I am quite delighted. I…
LAST Friday, I perused a testamentary document that profusely profiled the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi. It is a very instructive testimonial in this age of pervasive corruption. Come along with me as we voyage into the enthronement of a good name that is better than silver and gold. Obi’s reputational and…
Dear readers, There are some relationships that start off like a whirlwind and all of a sudden they begin to wind down and we wonder, what happened? Some people in this type of relationship see signs that the heat has been turned off but they do nothing to crack it up a notch. Well what…
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Inner voice: Bolatito what kind of topic is this now; the one they abused you two weeks ago is not enough? Me: I don’t care, I only speak the truth and nothing but the truth. Inner voice: You have started again; you know some readers were asking you if you are married because of all…
Do you remember the story of Okobo and the 200 needles? I once shared it here but it bears repeating for the purpose of this discourse today. There was this boastful man who just married a new wife. The whole community had waited long for him to find a wife. But he was a man…
Former governor of the defunct Western Region, General Adeyinka Adebayo passed away quietly last Wednesday on the eve of his 89th birthday. The news jolted me, because I had interviewed the elder statesman about two months ago. January 15, this year was the 51st anniversary of the nation’s first coup and we felt Gen. Adebayo,…