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The Old Music is back! -Mafikizolo


One of South Africa’s most favourite music groups, Mafikizolo, is back with a brand new banging album after a well deserved two year break and this time they want to take their loyal fans on the musical journey of their lives. The transport for the journey is a Six Mabone – a classic car of the 60s-which is the title of their seventh album.A
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Theo Kgosinkwe, the male member of the duo, says: “In the 60s, Six Mabone had the same status as BMW today. And our music is enjoyed by the young and the old. We are taking our fans back and forth.” The latest album is the second without Tebza who was killed in a road rage accident three years ago.
The new album has blues and swing elements and most of the songs were recorded with a live band.

Nhlanhla Nciza, the female member of the group, insists that although they brought new elements on this album but they have used the same formula like their previous platinum selling albums.
She said: “There is a bit of afro pop, kwela and marabi which have become our trademark. They say you must not fix something that is not broken and we are not going to mess with our winning formula.”
The album features a remark of Miriam Makeba’s classic Walila – and they deserve a round of applause for doing justice to the song. Anybody who does a remark or remix of Miriam Makeba’s song has to know his story very well and be brave enough to do so.

Nciza admitted: “Doing a remark of Mama Africa’s song was one of the hard things to do, she is an international brand with a lot of followers and nobody must mess around with a musical icon like Miriam Makeba.”
Also on the album, they also featured a new up and coming stable mate, Zonke, on a song simple titled Flowers. There is a mind blowing slow jam called Khululeka which was produced by house music crew, Shaana.
Without any doubt, the album shows Mafikizolo’s musical growth – they have been in the industry for eight years and they have learned a lot. Kgosinkwe summarizes it the better when he says: “We have been to hell and back. God has been there for us always.”

Shortly after Mafikizolo shot to fame, they were involved in a near fatal car accident which left some of the band members in hospital for a couple of weeks.
And when they began picking up the pieces and getting their feet back on the groove, Tebza was killed.

Six Mabone is an album that will make many people realise how rich South Africans are, musically and that with the right production team like Dangerous Combination Crew
About their album, Nciza said: “Six Mabone is a kind of album that when you put into your sound system, you will never want to take it out for a long time.”
And Kgosinkwe said: “Mafikizolo does not make albums for December but we make music that will last for a life time. Six Mabone is a must get album if you love and support South African music.”
Six Mabone will definitely cement Mafikizolo’s status as one of the most singing sensational groups in South Africa and musical phenomena in Africa.

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Good to be back!

Sincerely, i have been very busy the last few weeks that’s why my consistency have dwindled a bit. From city to city, state to state in pursuit of greatness. And nothing gives you more joy than seeing your efforts paying off gradually, which is what has been happening to me. T this point i can proudly say that things are taking a better turn. Now to the gist! In exactly 16 days, The 2nd edition of LAGOS FASHION MENIAC will be held right here in the city of Lagos. The 2013 edition which is tagged “Unveiling the style trend” will be a Runway Show with an Edge in Fashion and Style, A Platform Set to Develop, Empower and Encourage Talented/Young Designers and Models, with the responsibility of boosting, revitalizing and re-branding the Nigerian fashion Industry.

The second audition was held today and i was there the capture all the action live. Plus, i also got my “PRESS TAG” which will enable me to shoot the main event come 25th of August 2013. Yes , it gives me some chill as i hope to capture the best pictures.

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If you are in Lagos or anywhere near and interested in being a part of the Fashion Show, you can get your tickets to the event at any Shoprite outlet in Lagos or simply call these numbers. View full article »

AMAZING: 10-year-old Nigerian Girl Makes History Becoming the Youngest Person Ever to Be Interviewed by Forbes

Zuriel Elise Oduwole, an extraordinary and amazing 10-year-old of Nigerian-American origin, has made history as the youngest person ever to be interviewed on popular Forbes magazine.

The interview with the award winning documentary film maker, conference speaker and writer is featured in the August 2013 edition of Forbes Africa. Some call their as ‘the next Larry King’, other as ‘future Oprah Winfrey’. In any case, Zuriel is fully committed to rebrand Africa by showing the positive things in about the continent, and making the case for education the Girl Child in Africa and Emerging Markets.

At just 10, the wonder-child Zuriel possesses amazing talent that has resulted in her interviewing business leaders, current and past world leaders and heads of states.

As an invited guest to the recent African Union 50th anniversary celebrations in Ethiopia, she has in her quest of pursuing her goal interviewed leading African business, political, and sports personalities, including eight current African Presidents, Africa’s richest person, Mr. Aliko Dangote and tennis super stars Venus and Serena Williams, when the two sisters gave their world press conference in Nigeria.   View full article »

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Its Thursday readers, AMB brings to you this period the best of the best Model Contest, “Am Black And Beautiful Model Contest- Fashion, Art and Music show”.

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Is not just an ordinary Event;but an event that intensifies and awakens the essence and pride in every African, a clarion call to liberation, expression, confidence, assurance and self esteem…. a mirror that reveals the true worth and quality of Africanhood, a mirror that declares every African man and woman…Beautiful, and every potentials Unique, embraced with passionate and self-driven people of our great country Nigeria”

This platform is set out to give leverage to potential Upcoming acts in Expressing their talents and to gain recognition in their various chosen field of Modelling,Fashion,Art and Music.

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Remember i posted an article about The Nigerian-Born Australian Singer and dancer, Timomatic here a while ago. Now as a sign of continuous support for our brother, I decided to create a Fan page for fans here in Nigeria. Isn’t that cool! With this development, we hope to intensify our support for a brother who’s dazing the world out there. We love TIMOMATIC! We are TEAMomatic! now head straight to the Fan page here

 

 

Farewell July!

Is it 31st already? Waoh! so fast! no wonder this church outside my window won’t let me sleep (Night vigil thingy)  But before i welcome the new month officially, i have some wishes for you
As this new month of August 2013 begins,
May this month bring you satisfaction, peace and joy.
May all the desires of your heart be granted.
May this be the beginning of new things in your life.
Stay strong, be positive and fulfill your dreams
Happy new month friends!

WITH much expectation, the world is waiting to see OkikiJesu Olawuyi grab a fitting place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Many across the world want to see this happen. And what that means is that a Nigerian child is well on her way to making history once she scales the mountain of surgeries standing in her path of life.

OkikiJesu Olawuyi was born without a skull but not without a will to live. Bones from her hands are being obtained to construct a skull bone to help her live. Amazingly, she is winning this battle for  her life at John Hopkins University in the United States of America.

OkikiJesu Olawuyi was born without a skull

First grade surgeons

There, the best hands the world can assemble are with her every passing hour fighting a medical war to give life to a miracle child  who has announced to  the entire human community that she has something different to offer. First grade surgeons – irrespective of colour, race and tongue are tasking  their expertise to see that this wonder of the 21st century lives to tell her story and  reports say that they are doing a great job to save her.

OkikiJesu is getting moral and material support  from across the world to help her live. An avalanche of support is coming her way. Her parents are carrying the burden of pain and anguish with stoic patience. They are fighting to remedy a medical case they cannot tell how it all started. The child needs a lot more financial assistance to pull through, her father, Mr. Caleb Olawuyi, says. He disclosed that she needed an additional $500,000 to undergo the final operation that would enable her live a normal life. Experts say that is possible and they can achieve that. While appealing for generous support from government, corporate organizations and private individuals to help the baby live, Mr. Olawuyi, has equally urged government to set up funds to assist babies afflicted with critical ailments. Speaking straight from the heart, he noted that one needed to be close to a child in pains to know how it feels.

Since news of the child’s medical condition was disclosed, the world has been aghast. She was born on May 11, 2010 with a rare birth deformity which means over 50 per cent of her skull doesn’t exist. The world has not seen anything of this stuff as this medical condition has never been reported anywhere. The child’s condition is one that appears to have turned medicine on its head, having thrown up tremendous professional challenge to the human race. Now, the very best the world has known are fighting a crunchy battle to overcome this, leaving many – particularly those with hearts of stone- wondering if there is nothing they can offer to help. View full article »

 

 

George Akinyemi Iwilade a.k.a afrika

Every July 10, students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State remember their  five  union leaders allegedly killed by cultists on the campus in 1999. Fourteen years after, the memories of the slain students still linger in their colleagues’ hearts. SIKIRU AKINOLA, KEMI BUSARI (400-Level Political Science), OLUWAFEMI OGUNJOBI (400-Level Language Arts) and OLUFUNMINIYI SALAWU (400-Level History) report.

Barely two months after the return of democracy in 1999, tragedy hit the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Five students were allegedly shot dead by members of Black Axe Confraternity, believed to have been sponsored from within the university.
George Akinyemi Iwilade, fondly called Afrika, 21-year old 400-Level Law student, who was then the General Secretary of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Eviano Ekeimu, 400-Level Medicine, Yemi Ajiteru, an extra year student, Babatunde Oke, 100-Level Philosophy, and Godfrey Ekpede, were killed in Blocks 5 and 8 of Awolowo Hall on July 10, 1999.
Fourteen years after, their blood has continued to water the flower of freedom on the campus.
The attack was carried out in the wee hours of the fateful day. The late George, it was gathered, had returned to his room 273, Block 8 in Awolowo Hall after a ceremony at Awo café around 4:15 am. Thirty minutes later, the assailants, led by a student from another university, struck, using machete to leave a deep cut on George’s head before shooting him in the forehead.
The second victim, Yemi, was asleep when he was shot in the stomach. He died instantly. The killing of other victims was no less gruesome as they were attacked on different locations of the campus before the assailants took to their heels.
The following day, the cultists were apprehended through the effort of an informant, a commercial driver, who drove them to a hotel at Ile-Ife after the attack. The cultists confessed to the crime and claimed their sponsor was an insider in the university.
The then Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wale Omole, was relieved of his appointment after a recommendation by a panel of enquiry headed by Prof Tunde Adeniran set up by the Federal Government.
On October 29, 2002, a state high court sitting in Iwo discharged the accused because the prosecutor could not prove their culpability beyond reasonable doubts.
The students were reportedly killed because of the anti-cultism crusade they championed on campus. Before their death, the victims publicly disgraced top nine members of the Black Axe confraternity in March 1999, who were arrested at the university quarters. The cultists’ colleagues from other campuses launched an attack on the students on July 10, which coincided with the Kegites Day.
On July 20, the remains of the slain students were interred at the university cemetery. Thousands of mourners including lecturers, parents, journalists, market women and students attended the funeral. A philanthropist donated coffins for the burial.
As a mark of honour, the victims are remembered every July 10.
In the absence of the Students Union, the Kegites’ Club in conjunction with Students’ Security Committee, Man O’ War and other students’ movements, held a rally to commemorate the murder of the students penultimate Wednesday.
At 7pm, the Anglo-Moz Car Park hosted the regular students, who did not go on semester break. Candidates, who came to write entrance examination, watch in awe as a procession of students moved round the campus amid drama and chanting of solidarity songs.
The remembrance kicked-off with melodious songs by the Kegites’ members. The Man O’ War cadets also thrilled the crowd with their paramilitary stunts around a bonfire.
The event took a different turn at 8:30pm during the candle-light procession. The students, who were initially lively, became moody as they moved from the Anglo-Moz car park to the Students’ Union Building (SUB), which they took as a symbol of resistance against cultism.
The crowd moved slowly through the school’s health centre to the stretch which connects Halls of Residence. Notable student-activists and personalities that graced the event included Hassan Taiwo, National Coordinator, Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Oluwatobi Sofowora, a Botany graduate, Kingsley Ogunne, Wale Owolabi, Aderemi Ojekunle, President, Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ), OAU chapter. They all extolled the doggedness of the slain “comrades”, while urging their colleagues to keep the spirit alive.
“Afrika fought for a just cause before he was murdered. We should not take this sacrifice for a ride but be quick to point out injustice and always stand for what is right,” Oluwatobi urged the students.
Kingsley, a former Assistant General Secretary of the SUG, explained how Afrika went to classes as a Law student in native attires, ignoring the white and black legal uniform made compulsory for Law students.A former student, Oluwaloseyi Babaeko, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, to re-open the case to ensure justice is done to the slain students.

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Why America Needs Nigeria

American has an abundance of capital; Nigeria has an abundance of human and natural resources. According to a statement by President Felipe of Mexico, “you need labor and capital to generate economic activity”

Therefore it makes sense for America to extend its huge capital to the people of Nigeria, because Nigeria’s 1 million barrels of oil sent to the U.S. daily helps create an economic engine that generates American capital. With American capital and knowhow, Nigeria can become a developed country and therefore will be able to afford more American made goods just like the people of South Korea and Western Europe.

However, when Obama became the president of the U.S., his first snob was to the people of Nigeria. The Nigerian 2007 election was believed to have been rigged by the Yar’Adua administration, so Obama decided to visit Ghana as his first outing to Africa.

Most Nigerians were conflicted about the snub. On the one hand, Nigerians, especially Nigerian Americans that voted overwhelmingly for Obama felt that it was embarrassing that the president picked Ghana over Nigeria, after all, Nigeria is often referred to as the giant of Africa. So how can you ignore the giant and be paying attention to the midget.

The Obama administration finally realized its folly, when they needed Nigeria’s help in securing their much sought after U.N. sanctions against Iran’s nuclear ambition.

So the U.S. moved to take advantage of late President Yar’Adua sickness to invite the acting president Goodluck Jonathan to the White house, and eventually create the so called Bi-national commission between the two countries.

The objectives  of this commission includes helping Nigeria to conduct credible elections, stamp out corruption in Nigeria, develop adequate energy sources for Nigeria, and provide help with solving the Niger Delta problems.

However, despite all these good intentions, it can seem to an outside observer that U.S.’s actions are mainly paying lip service to providing assistance to Nigeria in these areas.

For example, the U.S. meetings with Nigeria on energy seems to be placing emphasis on pushing Nigeria towards concentrating on developing only clean energy to power Nigeria’s economic activities. Even the U.S. with all its vast resources cannot afford or plan to depend on so called clean energy. More than half of U.S. power plants burn coal to generate power.  Nigeria has vast deposits of coal that we can tap cheaply to produce energy. We don’t have the technology or resources to devote to clean energy at the present time.

Also, the U.S. seems to have forgotten that our leaders signed away Nigeria’s gas fortunes with the Oil majors, (mostly U.S. owned) years ago.

Rather than develop Nigeria’s gas for domestic consumption, our gas is exported, and what cannot be exported is burned off because there is no incentive for the multinational oil companies to develop them for domestic, use.

At the conclusion of the U.S. Bi-national meeting on Energy in May 2010, the U. S. Dept of energy donated around $300,000 to Nigeria’s Regulatory commission’s  Power Holding Company of Nigeria, to help the commission develop policies that will accelerate Nigeria’s effort to generate electricity for its people. “$300,000” for a country of 150 million people who are staunchly pro American in everything they do?  In Addition, there are over 1 million Nigerians living in the U.S., paying taxes and contributing immensely to the economy of this great country, yet all the U.S. can do is give Nigeria a paltry $300,000.

The last time I visited the congressional gallery to watch the debates, in May 2010 while taking a break from the Bi-national commission meeting, the U.S. Congress was debating whether to approve a grant $200 million to Israel to buy more American made weapons to contain the threat Iran might pose in the future.  This does not include the other $4 billion grant we give to Israel and Egypt by law every year. Israel is our number one ally in the Middle East, and I support every effort to make sure that Israel’s security is not threatened. However, should we also continue to treat Nigeria, our 4th largest oil supplier like a step child?

Nigeria sends 1 million barrels of its crude oil to the U.S. every day. Even though Nigeria gets paid for the oil, they could sell the crude to the Chinese instead of the U.S.  Yet, the U.S.fails to realize that it is crucial for Nigeria as a country to remain vibrant, peaceful and stable.

However, you cannot build stability on an economy that has no adequate power, water, good roads, adequate security, and where the average citizen subsists on $2.0 per day.

A few years ago, the U.S. Intelligence agency predicted that Nigeria will become a failed state in less than 15 years. So if that were the case, what is our America doing about it?

After all, we have over 140,000 Americas citizens, in Iraq, close to 50,000 in Afghanistan, and another 50, 000 protecting the people of South Korea. Yet, Nigeria, the number four supplier of the fuel that keeps the economic engine humming, we don’t even have a single FBI agent stationed there to help them with a simple corruption investigation. We know Nigeria needs a minimum of 150,000 megawatts of power, yet we have not provided a single plan to help the people of Nigeria get adequate power.

We know all the coasts of Southern Nigeria have been polluted for 50 years by the same oil countries we would put in jail America for pollution, yet we turn a blind eye.

America has all the technology to create a financially stable Nigeria, that can demand more American exports, yet America chooses to ignore that. So what is our idea of friendship?

Granted, people think about friendship, while nations are mostly concerned about interest. It is in America’s best interest to guide Nigeria on the right part so that Nigeria can build an economic engine similar to the U.S.  There are 150 million Nigeria consumers out there, almost half of them under 25 years old, a future baby boom generation that can demand American products for the next 25 to 30 years.

So does it not make sense for America to create joint ventures with Nigerians to build American cars in Nigeria and create jobs for Nigerians?

Does it not make sense to send American home builders (who are suffering in the current recession) to use American technology to help Nigeria create a housing industry that can build the over one million homes that Nigerians need every year for the next 30 years? If Nigerians can build and finance 1 million homes per year with the help of Americans, is it not possible that the U.S. might sell 1 million G.E. Refrigerators made in  America and assembled in Nigeria, thereby creating jobs in both countries.

Since Nigeria needs 2 million agricultural tractors per year, does it not make sense for John Deer, an American company to create assembly and manufacturing plants in Nigeria to create jobs in Nigeria, increase the people’s standard of living and have a steady market for their tractors?

Based on these few examples, it would seem like a win win solution for both countries.  In fact it is more in the interest of the U.S. because if the U.S. Fails to take advantage of these opportunities, the chances are that, countries like China Will and are already filling the void. Therefore, as a friend, and an “ally” it is in the best interest of U.S. to help Nigeria develop as fast as possible instead of producing reports that seem to suggest that “Nigeria might become a failed state” If Nigeria becomes a failed state, it will definitely impact the U.S. and the world in more ways than we can think of now or in the future

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 Toyin Dawodu is the Managing partner of Capital Investment Group, a California based Diversified Investment Company focused on Infrastructure development in Africa.    Email:  toyin@capvestgroup.com

The views of any engineer about machines might just change with the new offerings Kelani Abass has been showing, at the Omenka Gallery in Ikoyi, Lagos. In his second solo exhibition titled “Man and Machine” Abass takes viewers on a roll through a new body of work that involves gears wheels, colours, print and stories told through machines. Kelani Abass, was born in 1979 and has been a full time studio artist since graduating from YABATECH in 2007. His works explore human figures and mythology, the best Painting student in 2007 at YABATECH has featured in about 16 group shows.

 

 Abass worked in his father’s printing press throughout his primary school and secondary school. He grew his creative side and worked the machines while at the press until he left for Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, in 2002 to study art.  “It is fascinating to observe the way machines operate as different parts, to achieve a common goal. This informs my thinking and ideas, and thus inspires my art in this direction. Most of my early works seem to fall within the Naturalistic figurative genre, they reflects socio-political and economic realities of the Nation, creating a platform for my new works, which evolves more metaphoric in nature” Abass says about his new works

 

 

Man and Machine, politics of Godfatherism

 

 

Man and machine (Politics of Godfatherism)

 

 

His  new paintings, drawings and sound installation are indeed a metaphor he uses to describe how machines make work easier. Some of the paintings and drawings are divided in series there is the “Man and machine series” were he lays emphasis on the way by which wheels, as singular units, propel movement in machines, all working together to achieve a common end result, and the “Illusion” series were the digital camera as a machine inspire these set of drawings View full article »
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