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Finding Fela; An Insightful Perspective Of A Legend

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I have always been a fan of Fela, even though I never visited the Shrine except for a recent visit to The New Afrika Shrine as an invited guest for the premiere of Finding Fela. The paucity of my visit was because of the wild stories I had heard about the happenings at the venue but the reason for my unending admiration for the Legend is because of the freshness of his talent years after his sad demise.Never knew I would have so much fun watching the movie but I ended up laughing and crying as documentarian Alex Gibney took me through the life and times of a great man. Alex Gibney tells the story of Fela Ransome Kuti, the pioneering forefather of Afrobeat, who died in 1997 at the age of 58. While the movie may not be described as stylish, it will certainly be described as true. True to type to the man whose story was being told, Finding Fela does not seek to hide the struggles or even personal failings of Fela because indeed, these are all components of his character and every song he produced was an extension of him.Though dead, Fela’s charisma carries the movie. Gibney’s research was evident in the showcase of materials he displayed and the use of Broadway director Bill T Jones’ struggles to tell the story as a mirror for modern contextualization was a touch of genius. These sequences are mixed with talking head interviews with Fela’s children, which are especially effective when detailing government harassment and prison beatings.According to a writer, Kuti made politics to dance to, and music that made you think. The film attempts to balance a reportorial account of Kuti’s political and musical legacy with a more personal view of an extravagantly erratic personality, often seen toking on a cigar-sized spliff. To borrow Jones’ words, it tries to “access the madness.”The film ‘Finding Fela’ explores more than just ‘Fela the performer’ because family members and friends outlined their understanding of the man and the passion that drove him to achieve the heights he did. Sandra Izsadore, African-American former Black Power radical comments on Kuti’s regressive attitudes toward women and how he tried to be a husband to his 27 wives and lover to the countless lovers in his commune.I still enter when I remember certain scenes from the movie, like the one when Kuti stood up to show the camera his back when he came back from one of his numerous spells in the hands of the government of the Day.The movie is still in the cinemas and I recommend it for all fans of the legend and also for all those who want an excursion into the life of the one who said he “carried death in his pouch”.

By Darlington Abuda

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MISS IBADAN PAGEANTS AND AWARDS GRAND FINALE SET TO HOLD IN IBADAN

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The ADERONKE OMO DAIRO FOUNDATION (AOD) is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Miss Ibadan grand finale event, set to take place on Saturday 3rd of August 2024 at SOPHIA EVENT PLACE, Joke plaza besides trans amusement park,Bodija Ibadan. This spectacular evening will showcase the grace, talent, and poise of our exceptional finalists as they compete for a LAND PROPERTY in Ibadan with other amazing prizes.

 

The grand finale promises to be an unforgettable evening of glamour and excitement, featuring dazzling performances, stunning outfits , and impressive talent displays. Attendees can expect a night filled with elegance, entertainment,Award presentation and inspiration as we celebrate the achievements and dedication of our contestants throughout this prestigious competition.

 

“This is the second edition of the competition and as we have shown exceptional talent, grace, and determination in the previous edition , we are increasing the tempo this year” said AOD, The Queen Mother Miss Ibadan . “The grand finale is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation, and we are excited to see who will be crowned our next Ibadan Beauty Queen ”

 

The event will also feature special guest performances, celebrity judges, and opportunities for attendees to mingle with pageant royalty and industry insiders. Guests should look forward to a red carpet reception, photo opportunities, and a chance to witness the crowning moment live.

 

Tickets for the grand finale are now available :

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Gold table of 8 – 85k

Silver table of 8 – 125k

VIP table of 6 – 180k

VVIP table of 6 – 250k.

 

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary evening celebrating beauty, talent, and empowerment.

 

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Join us for an evening of glamour, talent, and inspiration at theMiss Ibadan 2024 grand finale. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Olamide rejected N100 million I gave him for a verse – Tiwa Savage

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Popular songstress, Tiwa Savage has disclosed that Olamide rejected N100 million for a verse in her song.

Tiwa in a post on her Instagram page on Wednesday, explained that Olamide, the owner of the YBNL record label, rejected the money after his management billed her.

She noted that Olamide didn’t charge her because of his knowledge of the hardships that female artistes face in the music industry.

Speaking on their sibling-like bond, Tiwa appreciated the rapper for exhibiting his helpful and caring personality towards her.

“I was talking to his management, I did not want to talk to him directly because he would want to do it for free. I was willing to pay and his team charged me N100m. When Olamide asked them who the artiste was, he just said NO. He won’t take it.

“He said I’m his sister and he knows how difficult it is for a woman to make it in the industry. And guess what? He gave the verse for free. Good people exist and Baddo is one,” she said.

 

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#CHIVIDO2024: GAC Motors gift Davido, Chioma new SUV on wedding day

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A leading automobile company, GAC Motors has gifted award winning artiste, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, and his newly-wedded wife, Chioma, with a brand new Sport Utility Vehicle.

GAC Motors disclosed this in a video shared on Instagram on Tuesday.

The caption read, “GAC Motor Nigeria Gift Davido & wife a brand new GAC Motor 2024 GN8 MPV as a wedding gift.

“#davido #thechefchi Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈🍾 on behalf of the Chairman CIG MOTORS GROUP – CHIEF DIANA CHEN.”

The white SUV with the tag CHIVIDO was unveiled on Tuesday, after the couple received blessings from their parents at their wedding in Lagos.

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