ENDSARS: TWO GENERATIONS CLASH OVER CONTROL OF ONE NATION

A collage showing the icons of the two clashing generations — Falz for the youths; President Muhammadu Buhari for the elderly.

The ENDSARS protest revealed, among other discoveries, the stark disparity between the views of the old and the ideas of young Nigerians about nation-building. The old guard is desperate to maintain the status quo; everybody else wants to pull down the system for rebuilding.

The London School of Economics and Science believes only 1 per cent of the elected officeholders in the country are youths. The President, an ex-military leader with a political life of about two decades, is 78; the leading opposition, a two-term former Vice President and ex-boss of…


“THE TRAIN” REVIEW – MIKE BAMILOYE’S MOUNT ZION TRANSITION IS COMPLETE

From father to son, the transition in leadership of the famous faith-based movie brand (Mount Zion) reaches completion. The poetic release of “The Train: A Journey of Faith” signals the nearing of one ministry’s full circle, and the crafting of the arc of another. Damilola is the new Mike Bamiloye – the new face of the renowned Christian cinema brand. His latest work, “The Train” is almost three hours long, and, to engage the child inside me who keeps pulling out scenes from Apoti Eri and The Gods are…


9ICE, THE FAILED REVOLUTION & THE BACKSLIDE — PART I

In 2009, 9ice had the streets singing his choruses. From the boastful lines on Gongo Aso to claims of don status-ship on Street Credibility, 9ice enjoyed the kind of rave that encircles the industry’s leading act — the kind of rave Burnaboy enjoys today. Back then, 9ice had the hottest singles, led the awards, even fanned his own hype to do the undone — he was so sure a Grammy win was on its way.

9ice’s success defied industry logic of limitations for artists singing in their local dialect. With…


Perfect Picture: 10years Later — A Tale of Love of Friendship, Family & Feminism

Lydia Forson (Dede), Jackie Appiah (Asaye) and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku (Akasi) are friends. The bond between them is so strong that you can call them sisters. This bond is the thread with which the fabric of “The Perfect Picture (TPP): 10 Years Later” is woven. It is the type that exists among the Hollywood gal group of Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Regina Hall in Girls Trip. Except that the girls in TPP are not as crazy, although they are just as exploratory in nature.

Naa Ashorkor is hopeful about her first pregnancy, yet strangely she wants less…


DEAR ELITIST MOVIE LOVER, LET’S WATCH MORE NOLLYWOOD FILMS IN 2020

From only just being the second biggest movie industry in the world in terms of production volume, to going from raking in $45million in 2002 to grossing $400million in 2014, and pulling multi-million dollar foreign investments, the growth of Nollywood has been like that of a child showing signs of development in different bodily areas. But even with the pattern of diversity of progression, some natives still do not rate the industry, nor do they rate its products.

A Nigerian lady who I met during a work project some…


2020: What the African Giant Must Do

The start of the year in the music industry is like the start of a new term in school. It comes with certain expectations — expectations like classes, tests, and examinations. Similarly, it was obvious at the start of 2019 that there would be hits and misses in the music space; it is the hows, the whos, and the whens that happened as news. The big news of 2019 were: the birth of Naira Marley & the Marlian tribe, the breakout of a new batch of stars, and the rise of the African Giant (AG), Burna Boy.

Burna Boy entered…


ALBUM REVIEW — FIREBOY’S GIFT IS NO FLUKE

Olamide’s decision to go with a compilation album as his annual album release ritual of last year, came as a surprise — if not a shock. Why didn’t he follow up on “Lagos Nawa” with a redemptive solo album? Except he felt it was better, at the time, to show the world his findings for the industry’s future. This led to the talent showcase on the project. Whatever the reason behind the decision was, it has resulted in a big win for him and a clear gain for the industry.

Badoo’s already…


ALBUM REVIEW — DAVIDO MATURES WELL ON “A GOOD TIME”

Starting out with more doubters than believers, then turning things around to become the people’s champ is not the easiest success story to own — not even if you have billionaire blood. Davido had to make a hit, then make a habit out of it. That’s how he became a household name on the continent. That’s how he got the BETs and the million-dollar deals. That’s why he’s shuttling Lagos, London, Atlanta, making border-crossing music with Meek Mill, Chris Brown and co.

The rich kid of Afrobeats has had one…


WHAT DOES THE NEXT 12 MONTHS HOLD FOR NAIRA MARLEY?

The careers of Slimcase and Skaley Mental point to one fact: artists, often times, are so consumed by the desire to score a hit that they miss the point — long term career success. This is the reason many breakout acts fail to reach the peak — and most that do, only go a few rounds before they are done. A case in point is Slimcase — and how he blew up so big that Shaku Shaku made it to the EPL. Naira Marley is everyone’s favorite showman now. …


HOW YOU SIGNED UP TO WIZKID FC, TEAM MARLIANS

The amount of strategic planning and rollouts which goes into branding established acts like Wizkid, or Davido, is immense. Isn’t it amazing how you see people attacking each other because of their membership to communities like Wizkid FC and Marlians? Sometimes it feels like without ’staning’ your fave artist on that level your fan experience is incomplete. This happens because people with the understanding of the art and science of building a music fanbase have been working on branding your superstars to win you over.

To build a fanbase, your fave…

Oluwatobi Ibironke

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