NAN Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi on Wednesday sought the collaboration of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), for easy movement of personnel and electoral materials. Prof. Godswill Obioma, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi, who spoke at a meeting in Abakaliki with NURTW…
By CHRISTY ANYANWU
Kenny St Brown recently authored a book. She’s popularly known as a hip-hop, funky gospel singer. Her dance steps, costumes and back ups attest to that. But talking to Sunday Sun recently, she describes herself as an author, politician, artiste, preacher, minister of the gospel, foodie, a good Nigerian and a lover of Nigeria. She also talked about her firsts.
It’s a praise song titled, You are worthy worthy. That was in 1998.
My first ever producer was Sammy Okposo. The studio was Klink Studio, Surulere.
First stage performance
It was the same 1998 at Shell Hall, Muson Centre. It was the most prestigious hall at that time. I had stage fright and there was trial and error. My band then was from House On The Rock choir band. It was Sammy Okposo that arranged the church band for me.
First musical video
It was also You are worthy worthy released in December 1998. My brother Kenny Ogungbe had done all the stress as everything was arranged, produced and directed by him. All I needed to do was just to make myself available with my costumes and dancers. It was stress-free, because my brother bankrolled everything too.
First musical trip abroad
That was to Johannesburg, South Africa for the CORA awards in December 2003. I was nominated for the best artist in West Africa award and I also opened the show with the first appearance.
It was a white Nissan Bluebird I bought in 1999 and it has been disposed off a long time ago.
It was at Union Bank in 1998 when I was doing my vacation job and I was in year two in the university. Precisely Union Bank, Isolo branch. It was like 8 or 10k at that time but was big money then. I spent it on my wardrobe and in our house nobody cared what you did with your salary.
She was born on April 11, 2002 in the evening. She is 15 now going to 16.
First stage performance as a mother
It was 10 days after I delivered. I put my baby in a pouch, and I held the microphone. It was under the bridge at Ikeja during Sonny Okosun’s Peace Concert in April 2003.
Stop! Turn Around. That’s my first book. It just came out.
— 17th January 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, summoned Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and the Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, over the payment of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) with approval from the National Assembly. The duo are expected to appear before the House committees on…
— 17th January 2018
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— 17th January 2018
Fred Itua, Abuja Chairman, Senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Sen. Kabiru Marafa, on Wednesday, told his colleagues that the Federal Government has, so far, paid N450 billion as subsidy on Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as fuel. Marafa said the amount paid by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was not approved by the…
— 17th January 2018
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Entertainment— 17th January 2018
The Sun UK Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their baby girl on January 16, 2018. Kim, 37, announced the news in a sweet post on her website which simply read: “She’s here! We’re so in love.” She continued: “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl Kim confirmed she…
South-West Report— 11th January 2018
From Bamgbola Gbolagunte, Akure Arigidi-akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State, presents a unique historical evolution that will interest any discerning mind, including scholars and researchers. It is the hometown of the national coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Are Onakakanfo-designate, Otunba Gani Adams. Its history dates back to early…
Abuja Metro— 17th January 2018
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Oriental News— 17th January 2018
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Features— 17th January 2018
• Kalu Foundation promotes tourism, lures thousands to Abia community From Okey Sampson, Aba Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has ignited the fire of cultural revival in his native Igbere community in the state. In an attempt to further unite his people, Kalu, through the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation, organised the…
Literary Review— 13th January 2018
With 141 books published so far, Reverend Chris Christian is probably Nigeria’s most prolific author. With specialty in Christian literature, his aim is to break barriers and get many of his books to the international audience. He is gradually succeeding in this regard. A preacher of the gospel, he is famed for taking the Vow…
Lifeline— 17th January 2018
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Education Review— 16th January 2018
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TSWeekend— 12th January 2018
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