Last weekend, two of Nigeria’s hottest music stars, Davido and Wizkid locked down the African continent. While Wizkid held fort in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in a sold out show, Davido dazed and dazzled music lovers in Botswana.
Beyond that, Nollywood continues to redefine the entertainment landscape across Africa, as the rest of the continent looks up to Nigeria for direction. However, it is sad to observe that beyond the shows and blockbuster movies, the Nigerian government has failed to harness this enormous goodwill over the years.
In a recent chat, fast rising Botswana singer, Lorraine Lionheart, who performed at Felabration recently, had this to say: “Nigerian music is doing the entire continent so proud. A lot of western artistes are now using Nigerian beats
in their music and I think that is a huge compliment.”
Indeed, the time is nigh for the government to walk the talk and harness the potentials of Nigerian entertainment.
Chidinma makes Nollywood debut in Afolayan’s On The Bridge
Are you a fan of Chidinma Ekile? Have you been wondering where the vocal powerhouse is? You need not worry anymore. The singer is poised to make a dazzling Nollywood debut in a new flick produced by filmmaker and actor, Kunle Afolayan.
“This is the final wrap on the set of On The Bridge with Chidinma Ekike, Adebayo Salami, and Zack Orji. Movie buffs should watch out for the premiere of the film on December 8,” Afolayan said.
Chidinma shot into the limelight after she emerged winner in the reality show, Project Fame. However, lately she has been off the radar spurring questions about her
ODA Awards to honour K1, others
It has emerged that the maiden edition of Outstanding Dignitaries Achievement Awards (ODA Awards), which holds December 3 at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, will honour the likes of K1 De Ultimate and a number of prominent Nigerians.
According to a statement from the organisers, others on the honour’s list are Taiwo Afolabi, Princess Toyin Kolade, Oba Adetola Emmanuel King, Barrister Biyi Otegbeye, Princess Folashade Adeyemi, Ademilola Odujinri, Mutiu Adepoju, Funke Oshonaike, Falilat Ogunkoya, and Laja Adedoyin.
Speaking, Princess Olukemi Egbeyode, the brains behind the awards, said it was instituted to reward deserving Nigerians. And for Olujuwon Bukunola-Philips, Media Director, ODA Awards it will promote excellence. “This is a one-day event with lots of glamour and celebrations. Many dignitaries, celebrities, and Nigerians in the Diaspora will be in attendance.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, is the royal father of the day.
Ozzmanic drops Afro Lover
Following a successful listening party held recently, Canada-based Nigerian singer, Ozzmanic aka Ozzy, is poised to heat up the Nigerian music space with the release of his debut single, Afro Lover.
Speaking on the development, Ozzmanic said: “It is good to be home. Afro Lover is a perfect song to whet the appetite of my fans. With my forth coming EP, Rainbow and a couple of singles waiting to be released including the video for Afro-Lover, the sky is the starting point for me.”
Produced by Duktor Sett, Afro Lover is a mild-tempo, romantic Afro-pop track. Premiered online, the single is currently enjoying rave reviews.