Sola Ojo, Kaduna A forum comprised of different interest groups at the end of a 2-day meeting in Kaduna over the weekend urged the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) to domesticate gender policies to encourage women participation in politics. The meeting was facilitated by Development in Practice Gender Entrepreneurship Initiative (DIP-GEI) under the Voice…
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.
— 20th May 2018
Noah Ebije, Kaduna Political adviser to Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Alhaji Uba Sani, on Sunday boasted that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) no longer exists in the state. He said the ruling APC party had driven the final nail into the coffin of the opposition party in the northwestern state, saying “PDP is…
— 20th May 2018
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— 20th May 2018
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— 20th May 2018
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Entertainment— 20th May 2018
STUFF Rapper Cardi B’s fiancé, Kiari Cephus who is known professionally as Offset, has revealed he almost died in a terrifying car crash that left him in hospital and his car wrecked. Cardi B, born Belcalis Almanzar, has dominated headlines the past month after revealing on Saturday Night Live she is expecting a baby with Cephus. She decided to pause touring after…
South-West Report— 17th May 2018
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Abuja Metro— 16th May 2018
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Oriental News— 16th May 2018
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Esther Adoo Gum, finest girl in Nigeria Intl.: Plight of my illiterate mother drives my passion to educate the girl child— 20th May 2018
If there is anything that is so dear to the heart of the Finest Girl in Nigeria International 2017, Miss Esther Adoo Gum, it is to see that the girl child acquires education no matter her status, tribe, religious affiliation or clime. In some sense, she is like Pakistan’s Malala, who is passionate about giving…
Literary Review— 15th May 2018
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Lifeline— 18th May 2018
Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Tension is building up at the Electronics International Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, following the expiration of the tenure of the elected executives of the market and the sudden cancellation of a scheduled election for new executives. Last Friday, the traders shut down their businesses in the market and trooped to the Godwin…
Education Review— 15th May 2018
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TSWeekend— 18th May 2018
Tony Ogaga Little Princess of the Universe, award winning actress and model, Daniella Okoye has revealed how she narrowly escaped rape at a tender age of 11, after a pedophile lured her into a room during an audition for a fashion show in Lagos. In a chat with TS Weekend, the teenager who marked her…
Opinion— 20th May 2018
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