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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

"Why I Will Never Take An Artiste To Court"–Kennis Music, CEO Kenny Ogungbe 

Music mogul, Kenny Ogunbe has looked into some emerging trends in the global music industry, particularly the Nigerian music industry and gave some shocking revelation.

The founder of Kennis Music in an interview with Nigerian Celebrity Armed Wrestling revealed that unlike in the past where talents is the main demands to appeal to the world, hype is now more important to make an artiste successful with the revolution of social media and the internet

The Kennis boss stated that the most talented are no longer the most celebrated nowadays, but the most syndicated.

"When we started, there was no internet, we used to hawk our music at the back of our booth all around Lagos but the internet is a phenomenon that we are all excited about and keying in now. If you are caught sleeping in this internet age, you are gone...more stars are being made through the internet now...and hype is all an artistes actually need now. Infact, talent is just 10percent, while hype is 90 of what is important to make an artiste now".

Ogungbe also speak widely about the trend of every artistes wanting to start their own labels.

"People used to mock us when started. When artistes started leaving our label to start their own, they mocked us even more; they blamed us. Now, those people are setting up labels everywhere and signing artistes; those artistes too are leaving them to set up their own record labels. When these artistes too sign up other artistes, the artistes also leave to set up labels. So, you can see that Kennis Music has been justified. At the end of the day, there is nobody that will not want to start his or her own thing. Tubaba has Digital Hypertek, and he is still my brother. We see often, i go to his club. So it is relationships that matter."

Baba Keke, as he is fondly called also blamed Nigerian journalists for much of the controversies often sorrrounding artistes and record label relationships.

He said "There is no where in the world where artistes leave a record label and it becomes news. But Nigerian journalists, and i say this with a deep sense of respect, because as you know i am a journalist myself; Nigerian journalists are always on the side of the artiste even if the artiste is at fault. They will write rubbish about the label without bothering to contact them....In Nigeria, the banks will not even support an artiste, but one individual will see you, believe in your talent and invest millions on you, then after that you will say you are leaving when you both still have a contract; will you be happy if you were that investor? But journalists will ignore that to write rubbish about the label, simply because they like the artistes' music...Nigerians generally don't celebrate record labels".

Kenny Ogungbe however said he will never take an artiste to court for anything. 

According to him; "Record label owners are taking legal actions against the artistes when they breach contracts, which is fine on a business concern. But  i can't bother myself taking a Nigerian artiste to court because i am a leader in this industry. I am a pioneer, i started all this and i can't be part of the people that built an industry and also break it. If you are doing something wrong as my artiste, i will call you to order and advice you as an elder, father and a brother. But if you still insists on towing the part, i will just leave you".

Speaking about hierarchy in artiste management, he clarified some common notions such as, who the boss is between an artiste, the manager or financier; 

" The artiste is the boss of his manager because the artiste employed him. That's the standard all over the world. If the artiste is no longer satisfied with the service of the manager, he can fire him. However, i must say that the position of an artiste manager is an exalted one, a very glorious one. The financier on the other hand is who he is; he is the executive producer, he is the boss. The person who pays you is your boss. He finances your talent because you can't; he is your boss. Many of this artistes don't even know this and they need to know."

He advised young artistes;  "To have Respect is the only advise i will give to young artistes. Majority of the successful artistes you see shining now, let me not mention names, had nothing before they started. The money came from financier,it could be family members or parents, but once they attain a little success they starts carrying their shoulders up. That's a very wrong way of life. That person who helped you when you had nothing, respect that person."

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Meet Nigerian Single Mum Of 3 Who Left Nigeria at Age 17, Now Changes Life Globally

When In Need (W.I.N.) Foundation a Nigerian own international NGO is currently receiving massive accolades home and abroad from notable personalities including, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed,the Senior Special Adviser to Nigerian President on Social Investment Programmes, and US Senator, James Sanders, for its immense contribution to humanity.

The Foundation supports individuals in need in healthcare by assembling team of doctors with expertise to test and treat malaria, typhoid, diabetes, high blood pressure, eye issues etc. Her Foundation  also supports orphanages, schools, homeless shelter, the disabled and elderly in need around the world. So far, as an international NGO, When In Need Foundation has  carried out its missions, not only in Nigeria but Chile, United Kingdom, Argentina, USA, Italy , Spain ,Dominican Republic and many other countries.

This is in addition to giving educational grants and scholarships to disadvantaged individuals to continue their vocation.

The story of the brain behind the foundation, Chief Dr. Chetachi Nwoga Ecton, from Mbaise, Imo state, is one that will inspire many, particularly young women. She was not always rich and had a difficult time with her kids at her early stage of her life.

While speaking to the media on what inspired her to give back to the society, she opened up on her life; "As a single mother of three that came to the United State when I was 17, I fought for my family to have a better life. As fortunate as we have been, we didn’t get there without help along the way. That is why I formed the When In Need Foundation. To provide a hand to the most vulnerable and under-served people in this world."

According to the CEO, funding has been a challenge from the inception of the organization. 

"So far most of the funding has come from me. I use my savings and investments to fund the foundation. We have only recently began to attract small donations. But we still hope to attract corporate sponsorship and partners to help us continue our message of hope and lifting people in need up. Our foundation is big on transforming lives and Creating Impact. Such is what makes the foundation unique…the fact that we are mostly self funded and on ground to actually do the work", she explained in an interviewed.

As they say, Charity begins at home, one of the monumental projects carried out so far is the provision of pipe-borne water to over 30,000 population of Ngor Okpala town in Imo state, where there was no healthy source of water prior. Similarly, indigenes of Ahiazu in Mbaise and Ideato Imo State have enjoyed a generous support of the foundation having cater to the health of over 12 thousand adults and Children.

Speaking further about upcoming projects of the foundation, Dr. Chetachi Nwoga-Ecton ,  stated from 18th of June 2018,  the foundation is embarking on a medical outreach in three locations in the country which are; Kadarko local government in Nasarawa state, Chibiri Community in Kuje Area Council FCT Abuja, and Okitipupa Local Government  in Ondo State.

The dates are 18th June, 23th June and 30 June to 1st July accordingly. 3000 and more beneficiaries are targeted for each locations.

While inviting well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to always support NGOs such as this as it is not easy funding such massive project with personal finance, the CEO of When In Need Foundation applauded Nigerians who are doing the little they can in alleviate the plights of the needy around them.

Monday, 4 June 2018

SARS Officer Killed After Gunbattle With Cattle Rustlers In Nasarawa

Photos: SARS officer killed in gunbattle with Cattle rustlers in Nasarawa

A SARS officer, Audu Danjuma, died in a gunbattle with cattle rustlers in a mountainous area in Nasarawa Local Council of Nasarawa State, yesterday June 3rd.

Journalist, Eche Amos, who is Danjuma's friend, shared the news of his demise online. Read what he wrote below

I received with complete unbelievable trepidation the untimely death of a gallant (N)SARS officer, Audu Danjuma, brother to Nasarawa Amazons' goalkeeper coach, Audu Yahaya today.

The late SARS officer was among three officers reportedly killed in a battle with suspected cattle rustlers in a mountainous area in Nasarawa Local Council of Nasarawa State, yesterday.

No better love than for a friend to lay down his life for the sake of his friend.

You have fought the right war. You have demonstrated unequal patriotism to your community, state, and nation at large.

You gave your all for the security of humanity and society.

You were killed in what you believed in, lived for, and swore to die for.

To the great families, loved ones, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances you all left behind, may God console them, taking solace that you have fought a good and brave fight and history will never forget you.

We will continue from where you stopped and ensure justice is done to your killers as a mark of honour to you, your family and the peace-loving Nigerian people.

You died as gallant warriors!

Continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty God until we meet never to part ways again. Amen!!!

Kanu Nwankwo Robbed At Russian Airport

Nigerian football legend, Kanu Nwankwo who was traveling from London to Moscow, was reportedly robbed of US$11,000 (approximately N4 million).

The former Arsenal striker was on his way to Kaliningrad in Russia, the city that will host the Super Eagles World Cup opener against Croatia on June 16. Russian News Agency, TASS reported that Kanu Nwankwo received his baggage at Khrabrovo airport but discovered that the money was stolen when he got to his hotel.

Two Sheremetyevo Airport staff have been detained on suspicion of stealing the money from the Nigerian star, as investigators of the Western Line Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on transport have already opened a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code.

Popular Tanzania Conjoined Twins Die At 21

Popular Tanzania conjoined twins Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti are dead. They died after suffering respiratory complications aged 21.

The two women, who were born conjoined from the navel below, were rushed to hospital six months ago due to heart-related issues.

They shared organs including their liver and lungs, however had two separate hearts. On Saturday, the pair died in hospital in Tanzania after failing to recover.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on social media that he was ‘saddened’ by their deaths. He added that Consolata and Maria had ‘dreamed of serving the nation’.

The women were raised by Catholic charity Maria Consolata, who adopted and named them after their parents died when they were young.

Last year, they told the BBC that they wanted to become teachers after finishing their university course.

Pictured! Edo Farmer Attacked By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Battles For Survival

Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have left a farmer battling to save his life after allegedly attacking him in the Etsako-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The incident was said to have occurred in Igiode community, near Agenebode.

It was gathered that the victim, whose identity could not be ascertained, had left his house for his farm to assess some newly-cultivated crops.

The farmer was said to have sighted some cows grazing on his farm and had attempted to prevent them from destroying his crops when he was accosted by the armed men.

On suspecting that they were herdsmen, the victim was said to have told them to leave his farm with their cattle.

But it was learnt that no sooner had the man urged them to leave than they suddenly launched an attack on him.

It was also learnt that the armed men allegedly hacked his face and had attempted to severe his head before he escaped.

The matter was said to have been reported at a police station in the area.

But the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, could not be reached for comments.

Kokumo had also yet to respond to a text message sent to him by our correspondent.

But a youth in the area who identified himself as Shedrack Okpomhe in a video clip uploaded on the Internet by a Facebook user, Rita Ebiuwa, said that the victim was taken to a hospital where he received treatment.

Okpomhe also lamented the spate of attacks by suspected herdsmen in Agenebode

He said, “The story available from the family has it that the person in question was on his way to his farm and he met these herdsmen.

“The herd of cattle was on his way and he wanted to pass through; the next thing, they pounced on him and the rest was something really touching.

“Some persons carried rumours that the person (farmer) in question was dead but I told them that it was not true. For this man to still be alive, God has reasons; he is a God of wonders.”

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