Ahead of the forthcoming 4th annual Ibile Day celebration in Manchester, United Kingdom, all arrangements have been on top notch towards making the day a successful edition.
Ibile Day has been an annual event renowned for its unique gathering, projection and celebration of the rich socio-cultural heritage of Nigeria by Nigerians in diaspora; especially in the United Kingdom.
According to the Convener, Oluwasegun Akindayo, “Ibile Day is an evolution of my personal and professional passion and commitment to Nigeria’s rich cultural values. It is aimed at fostering unity amongst the multi ethnic groups residing in the United Kingdom”.
“Interestingly”, he stated further, “given my antecedents and professional background, it initially started with a Yoruba perspective but the resounding successes accompanying the last three editions necessitated the planning committee to increase the horizon by introducing unique initiatives to this year’s edition”.
Akindayo explained that plans have been concluded on these initiatives towards enlarging the coast to achieve a wholistic pan Nigeria picture by having representatives and active participation from all major tribes of Nigeria resident in the United Kingdom.
“Besides the usual creative and herbal work on display, the unity in diversity theme would also play active role with a cultural display of ethnic groups in United Kingdom. Each group are expected to exhibit and display their individual heritage while the next edition’s prospectus would be built around the emerged ethnic winner”, he said.
Continuing, Akindayo disclosed that “interestingly and uniquely, this coming edition shall thrive on our passion of charity and humanism. Personally, I have a soft spot and emotional attachment to autism; hence our decision to deploy reasonable chunk of our resources in support of our autistic friends through the Autistic Society in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom”.
To achieve this, Akindayo explained that “we are aiming at raising funds at the event through self – donations and auction sales. To be co-ordinated by one of our special guests and Nollywood diva, Jaiye Kuti, proceeds from this fund raising and other materials will be donated to our autistic friends through the Autistic Society in Greater Manchester. Beyond my personal conviction, it is a reflection of our organisation’s commitment to one of our corporate social responsibilities”.
This and other initiatives, according to Akindayo, is chiefly aimed at expanding the horizon to bridge the gap between Africans through a mutual integration and interaction of their cultural brands and products.
Scheduled to hold on Saturday, August 31, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom, Ibile Day in its usual trait has generated a lot of enthusiasm amongst Nigerians in United Kingdom and in diaspora.
”As an annual summer event, Ibile Day has created a niche for itself as a socio-cultural brand offering a platform of cultural projection, social integration and professional networking; regardless of colour, race, religion or ethnicity”, he said.
In reality of the various excitements being generated on the social media and Nigerian communities, top entertainment stars in Nollywood have confirmed their attendance while Ibile Day Chief promoter, Alhaji Sulaiman Adio Atawewe is set to thrill guests to his reputable brand of Fuji music.
“Given our experience and level of preparation, as well as the various support we are getting from all and major stakeholders, I am confident that this year’s Ibile Day celebration will be nothing short of glitz, glamour and most especially success”, Akindayo hinted.
Yahoo Boys Emptied My Bank Account – Asa
Queen of Soul and international music star, Bukola Elemide, popularly known as Asa has revealed how she was once duped by Yahoo boys.
Speaking in a recent interview with Cool FM’s program #TheRoadShow, she claimed that the Yahoo boys made a mess of her by emptying her bank account.
She said “Yahoo Boys emptied my bank account, but we won’t go into that,”
Asa has also identified with Naira Marley’s movement and she is no ashamed of being called a Marlian.
“I think I’m a Marlian. I love him, I think he is awesome,” she declared.
She further said she will vote for him if he ran for any Governorship election.
The Nigerian-French singer also disclosed that she had a rap career (or not) before the jazz and guitar but called it quits because she wasn’t good enough.
Asa is currently promoting ‘Lucid’, her latest work which is a follow-up to ‘Bed of Stone’ which was released in 2014. Early this year, she released two singles, ‘The Beginning,’ and ‘Good Thing.’ She released ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ in collaboration with a French composer, Nicolas Mollard.
Asa has won the prestigious French Constant in Award in 2008 after the release of several albums, including, “Asa’’, which charted radios across Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Her music influence grew from her father’s music collection built up for his work as a cinematographer, with records featuring American, Nigerian and African soul classics such as Mavin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade, Diana Ross, Miriam Makeba.
Meanwhile, controversial hip hop artist, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, on Wednesday, cautioned his fans, whom he calls ‘Marlians’, against destroying their future.
Burna Boy loses to Angélique Kidjo at Grammys
Damini Ogulu, Afrofusion sensation better known as Burna Boy, has lost out in his category to Angelique Kidjo, a Beninese singer-songwriter, at the 2020 Grammys.
She was announced the winner of the ‘Best World Music Album’ category at the the 62nd Grammy awards, held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, in the early hours of Monday.
Kidjo, who secured the win with her project titled ‘Celia’, also gave a shoutout to the ‘African Giant’ crooner while making her speech.
The award ceremony started with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant, popular basketball star, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
With the nomination, Burna Boy joins the likes of King Sunny Ade, Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti, who had been selected for that category at the Grammy Awards.
Below is the list of winners mentioned so far:
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Best Pop Vocal Album
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Billie Eilish
Best Rock Performance
“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.
Best Rock Song
“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
Best Rock Album
“Social Cues,” Cage the Elephant
Best Alternative Music Album
“Father of the Bride,” Vampire Weekend
Best Metal Performance
Best R&B Performance
“Come Home,” Anderson .Paak featuring André 3000
Best R&B Song
“Say So,” PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton featuring JoJo)
Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Cuz I Love You (Deluxe),” Lizzo
Best R&B Album
“Ventura,” Anderson .Paak
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best Rap Performance
“Racks in the Middle,” Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy
Best Rap Song
“A Lot,” Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage and Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage featuring J. Cole)
Best Country Solo Performance
“Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson
Best Country Album
“While I’m Livin’,” Tanya Tucker
Popular Mount Zion Film Actor In The 90s Evang. Israel Ore- Adewole is Dying, Needs Help
Veteran actor of the popular Mount Zion Films, Evangelist Israel Ore- Adewole earnestly requests financial assistance from Nigerians and government at all levels. In the 90s, Ore- Adewole was so prominent in the Mike and Gloria Bamiloye led Mount Zion Faith drama Ministries as he featured in many of its popular home movies like Agbara Nla (Ultimate Power), Ayamatanga, Ide Esu, Captive of the Mighty, One Careless Night, Just A Little Sin, Apoti Eri and Blood On The Altar among others.
Unfortunately, Evangelist Israel Ore -Adewole urgently needs Nigerians help as the prolific Thespian and Film Producer’s health was challenged in 2015when he was diagnosed with Retrosternal Goiter in a London hospital when he was there to shoot a movie.
Alas, his vocal cord was damaged during the corrective surgery to remove the goiter. Consequently, he needs $60,000 (Sixty Thousand US dollars), about 22 million naira to fund another corrective surgery at Cleveland Hospital, Ohio, USA.
His account details are: Account Name: Ore-Adewole Israel Account Number: 0042002161 Bank: Access Bank Domiciliary Dollar Account Name: Great Light Film Productions Account Number: 2082002326 Bank: Eco Bank For further enquiries, please contact: 08037285467 Please no amount is too small to #get Israel Ore-Adewole back to action#.
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