Nollywood actress, Liz Anjorin is a single mother. The Badagry-born thespian and mother of one, in this interview with Wole Adepoju spoke about her new flick, ‘Kofo the First Lady’, and why she does not appear in all movies. Enjoy it: How fulfilling was 2013 for you as an actress It was a beautiful year, a good year. Last year, I achieved some things, shot multimillion naira movies but above all I am thankful for good health, because that is the
most important thing. When you have good health its then you can begin to talk of money and every other thing that follows. So, I am grateful to God for giving me good health in 2013. Last year was a wonderful one for me. What are your projections for this New Year Yeah, I have a lot of projects at hand for this year. Firstly, I pray God grants me good health and secondly, on top on my list is the premiere of my movie, ‘Kofo the First Lady’ on April 6. Also, I intend to take my business to the next level and probably adjust or perfect certain things I feel I did not do properly in the year 2013. You did a movie, ‘Kofo Tinubu’, which is centered on a great woman and the latest one, ‘Kofo the First Lady’ seems to be a similar thing. What inspired you to do this kind of movie What inspired me to this story line is that people don’t really see any potential in the physically challenged or special people. In Nigeria when you are physically challenged, people tend to believe you are useless and that you cannot do anything. But to me, being physically challenged is not being mentally affected, because these people can actually do a lot of things if we can give them support and show them love. That is why I did ‘Kofo Tinubu’. In ‘Kofo the First Lady’, Kofo is an adult and not a child unlike in ‘Kofo Tinubu’ so, what we are driving at here is that since the challenged person cannot be elected, they could be fortunate to find themselves in the status of a First Lady and the likes, and also we try to show how determined these people could be since they are aware of societal disposition towards them. So what are you going to do differently from the premiere we have seen We are really going to entertain people, it’s going to be a buffet; people are going to enjoy themselves. Also, all my old movies will be made available and we are going to show them from A to Z. It won’t be a situation where they will come for a premiere and they can barely view the movie. Very important people from all walks of life are equally going to be present, it’s basically going to be fun filled premiere and launch where lovers of my works can actually encourage me to do other mind blowing movies. One would have expected you to have a Foundation to care for the special ones since you believe in them Of course, we do have Liz Anjorin Foundation, and it’s going to be launched alongside the movie in April. We have been moving from school to school to identify and lend our support to these special kids in the little way we can. But we have other interesting packages for them, therefore we need to solicit support so we can get these things done, and these children will feel and know that they are not isolated but part of the society. You don’t appear in other productions but virtually your own movies, what is responsible for this What happens is that pirates are killing our works. When a producer invites you to do a job for free and says that he will give you money for fuel, by this you start appearing in films and at the end of the day, you don’t have anything to show for it. It’s the same set of people that will later say ‘look at Liz, there is nothing for her again and stuffs like that’. And being the kind of person I am, I have always known how to arrange and do my things in a way that my status will not drop, so I know I have to give much time to my business and the remaining to the film industry. I still do my acting…for instance, I have been to about nine locations in January, but by March, I may decide not to honour any invitation to any location because that could be when I will have to travel for my business so, it’s in and out thing. Some say our movies are not good, the locations are not worth it, they can predict what will happen in our films and by this they say they prefer films in other languages, but the question is where and how do we get money to do all these when we don’t get all we spend on a job let alone make profit. That is why I decided to face my business squarely so I can get the resources to shoot good films. I love good things and there is no way I can measure up if I don’t work hard. Another thing is that I don’t believe in appearing in all movies doing the same thing, because it will get to a stage when the producers will get tired of you and they will feel there is nothing special about you anymore. If it’s three or five solid scripts I can get to interpret in a year, I’ll do it well and my value remains evergreen. Producers of Yoruba movies are beginning to embrace obscenities like in Ghana. As a producer, what do you think of it Different people with different opinions and ideas, so, I don’t have much to say concerning that because it’s their own idea and story. You see, people who are watching our movies are not stupid; they know what to take home and what not to take near their homes because we are people with culture and values. Tunde Kelani is respected today because of his works, after all, he was not the only producer when he started earning peoples’ respect, and we see how high he’s still being held, it’s because he knows the right thing to do. If someone says she wants to shoot a movie with pants and bras alone, so be it, but I won’t condemn anyone because I am also not perfect. How do you react when you read a story you consider not pleasant (Mild laughter) Before I used to worry but now I don’t bother anymore. Either good or bad, it doesn’t bother me. What good thing would you say acting has done for you Acting has no doubt brought me fame. People now recognize me even in the crowd, it has also made people to respect and of course love me. I read it somewhere last year that you would be getting married soon but nothing suggests you are thinking about that now Don’t mind that. I think someone wrote a story along that line when I went to an event and they said my attire looked like that of a bride, maybe it’s the person that wrote the story that wants to kiss the bride (laughs). It has now become a trend for ladies especially actresses to want to remain single after having a child or two out of wedlock, and more so, when they are financially comfortable. Is it the same thing with you My belief is that as a single mother you still need a man. The kid or kids also need a man, either their father or stepfather, someone to tell them you are my daughter, you are my son and I don’t want this or that. It’s true that being single is so sweet and interesting but as a woman a time will come when age will tell and the whole thing will clear off. If you want to remain single or something, it will get to a stage that loneliness will set in because by that time the children would have grown and gone. In my own case, I don’t love to be a single mother, so I will surely settle down with a man, it’s just the time so I won’t rush out when I go in. If you think you want to remain single because of the freedom you enjoy, the freedom will turn to another thing when the time comes. Is there the likelihood that you will marry this year If God says so, no problem, but there are no plans for that now. I believe there is time for everything and I am an advocate of being happy always, so I am happy right now and when the time comes for that I won’t hesitate to embrace it and be happy. What changes has your conversion to Muslim have on you Let me start like this, people have been saying different things since they learnt I went to Hajj, but the issue is that I also have a Muslim background because my mum was a Muslim. Besides, whoever has seen me go worship in a church in the last fifteen years should come and say it. Going to Hajj, is one thing I decided when my mother died because I love my mum so much. Islam is not what I just woke up to embrace even though my father was a Christian and my name is Elizabeth. Now to your question, there is nothing serious that has changed about me other than the fact that I am being careful with what I do. I respect myself and the fact that I am an Alhaja because people are watching and waiting to crucify me.
Forbes releases list of 20 highest paid rappers in 2019
US rapper, Kanye West has been named the highest-paid hip-hop act of 2019 in a list compiled by global entrepreneurship magazine, Forbes.
The 42-year-old mogul earned a pre-tax income of $150 million in the year under review, the majority of which comes from his Yeezy empire, a partnership venture with a popular footwear giant.
For the first time, Kanye West out-earned his close ally, Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, who ranks second on this year’s list with $81 million.
Drake, who amassed a fortune with his chart-topping album ‘Scorpion’, rounds out the top three with $75 million, while Diddy takes the number four spot ($70 million), following his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.
The ladies are also holding it down. Nicki Minaj places number 12 with $29 million, while Cardi B is on her heels at number 13 with $28 million.
The top 20 acts in hip-hop earned a combined $860 million, up 33 per cent from $648 million last year.
Forbes’ Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts of 2019
1. Kanye West – $150 million
2. Jay-Z – $81 million
3. Drake – $75 million
4. Diddy – $70 million
5. Travis Scott – $58 million
6. Eminem – $50 million
7. DJ Khaled – $40 million
8. Kendrick Lamar – $38.5 million
9. Migos – $36 million
10. Childish Gambino – $35 million
11. J. Cole – $31 million
12. Nicki Minaj – $29 million
13. Cardi B – $28 million
14. Swizz Beatz – $23 million
15. Meek Mill – $21 million
16. Birdman – $20 million
17. Future – $19.5 million
18. Nas – $19 million
19. Wiz Khalifa – $18.5 million
20. Pitbull – $18 million
MAJEK FASHEK: Before The Rain; What Happened To The Mystic Man?
The road to Majek’s passages through Nigeria’s music business which turned the music scene into his freeway of love, affection, turbulence and troubled soul, was constructed the late seventies. By the end of the seventies decade, Nigeria’s pop culture was saturated by musicians seeking fame, fortune and to a few extents, misfortune and nightmare, through the funk-influenced genre of music. In 1979, the Eastern Nigeria based psychedelic funk band, Sweet Breeze, a rebrand of the 1960s and early 1970s funk band, Fuel For Love, charmed our music world with a monumental single hit, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, from its late entry as a glass of new wine from an ageless bottle- album, CLOUD NINE.
By early 80s, Dizzy K Falola, Jide Obi, Felix Leberty, Sweet Breeze, Emma Dorgu, Nelly Uchendu, Dora Ifudu, Oby Onyioha, Stella Monye, Kris Okotie, Late Christy Essien Igbokwe, Onyeka Onwenu, Sonny Okosuns, Fela Kuti energized Nigeria’s emerging popular music industry. These were some of the happenstances in the Nigerian music scene until a strange mystic man arrived from Benin City, with his cousin, Amos McCroy, great guitarist, musician and a wicked drummer, creative artist spiritualist named Black O Rize. Jah Stix’s formative years were spiritual, interspersed with music and sermon. The platform was eccentrically blended into the Aladura church in Benin City. Majekodunmi “Raji Canal” and Amos McCroy were members of Aladura Church sect. They also belonged to the Church choir.
Every Sunday, Majek and McCroy joined the Aladura choir for songs of praise to Jah Jehovah. McCroy remembers:” That was how we started. We were in charge of the band. I was a bass guitarist and Majek was the choir’s trumpeter. Later I taught Majek the guitar picks”. The cousins backed other aspiring artistes with their music demos or live performances within Benin City. They slowly built a reputation as great dependable session musicians: that trust and reliability took them to the doorsteps of NTA Benin where they were featured as members of an in the house band for the live and lively weekend music program, MUSIC PANORAMA.
Music Panorama, produced and sometimes anchored by Late POGO LIMITED frontman and great musician, Pat Finn, was a successful and popular live music program which aired every Saturday evening. It featured aspiring artistes in concert with breakthrough national artistes such as late Sir Victor Uwaifo, Emma Dorgu, Kris Okotie, Emma Ogosi, Osayemore Joseph, Sonny Okosuns, Sweet Breeze, the Benjof Majic feet dance ensemble, Rigo Ariyo, Steve Black, Late Jake Solo, Remmy Pearl.
Majek and Amos met Black O Rize at the settings of Music Panorama program. Rize, a dark fearless down to earth athletic built artist and drummer, returned from New Jersey and was burning with artistic creativity.
The quartet quickly jelled comfortably with each other, musically and personally. Months after the meet, they agreed to form a music band and planned relocation. The trio instrumentalists needed a name for their new band. So, RAM BAND was formed from the initials of the three members: Rize, Amos Majek. Majek was in search of an identity. He had been influenced by the Indian pop culture penetrating our entertainment industry.
The effect of the Indian pop culture manifested in his chosen identity then: Raji Kanal.. But when Black Rice finally met Majek, he encouraged him to change his name, abbreviating his first name ( Majekodunmi) and his last (Fasheke) to create an everlasting identity: The suggestion birthed: MAJEK FASHEK.
Majek Fashek found an identity. Amos McCroy and Black O Rize embraced their roles in the band, RAM. Something else was missing: Benin City scene was becoming too repetitive for a young band destined and ready to explode. Majek Fahek came into the City’s entertainment scene with an Indian influenced character, RAAJI KANAL. He left as MAJEK FASHEK, accompanied by the new Ital group: RAM!
The reggae Ital , under RAMS Band, relocated to Lagos with other new members: Dennis Cecilia joined the group in Lagos. He later left to run his mother’s flourishing restaurant and never returned. George Orwell, the classic keyboardist, Charlie Fyhn, another wonderful keyboardist and Sammy, an amazing guitarist. Sammy too did not last: he left for France after a few months with the band.
The composition of the group expanded as new personalities were added. The band was beyond RAM. It then sought to change its name to accommodate other members and be universal ideally and appealing. Several suggestions later, the group settled for JEHOVAH’s WALKING STICKS, abbreviated: JAH ‘STIX. Jah Stix became the first reggae band in the history of Nigeria’s music. The name was entrancing and infectious.
Jah Stix’ arrival into the Nigerian music scene was expected: They were young, hybrid bohemians, studious road warriors, masters of their musical instruments and fantastic songwriters with Jehovah’s spirits.. It instantly settled into the sizzling Lagos music scene, secured regular gigs at Hotel Bobby Bensons popular club, Caban Bamboo, before it became a permanent Club’s band. The personalities were outspoken, brilliant and always lightening up the social scene with their demeanors..Jah Stix’s messages were laced with political poetry, a call to action: haters of the republic and system.
Jah Stix members were also free spirit radicals ready for the world. Its music became the voice of the disenfranchised Nigerian youths. It was a different norm from the then conservative Nigerian music scene and performers of their era. These were new dreadlock guys, great instrumentalists and singers with provocative and profound songwriting skills.
The protest and conscious music of Jah Stix was an added flavor to Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s polyrhythmic afrobeat music crusade. Fela had not only found a group marinating in afrobeat lifestyle and philosophy, but also found young comrades, additional protest voices through the power of music, expressing and exposing the sufferings in the land. Jah stix group became the new crusaders for social justice and equity. Its performance was always electrifying and defining, poignant, sassy and sweaty. Its philosophy of life was orchestrated and anchored by Black O Rize, the spiritual and ideological guardian. . Black tells this better: “I was the spiritual and ideological leader. Amos was the musical leader while Majek was the lead singer of the Reggae Itals as we were known. I refused to be called a band. “
Jah ‘Stix reggae Ital was a clean free spirit doctrine fronted by MAJEK FASHEK, a skinny handsome sexy guitarist, brown, smooth and sensual toned African skin, flavored by his enchanting stage swagger and cute flirty smiles, emulating his guitar idol, Jimmy Hendricks. Amos McCroy explains:” Jebose, Majek was of a Bob Marley and Jimmy Hendrix creation, Black was of Dillinger and U-Roy personality, while I was more of Peter Tosh and Gregory Isaacs. So we had to fuse all these personalities together.. Black was the organizer. Majek and I were the music directors. Our relocation to Lagos changed the face of the music industry. We were involved in every known music project then.
I counted over 86 recording projects we were involved in both as a group and as individuals. There was Terra Kotta”s 2nd album, we did something with Perry Ernest, The Mandators, Ras Kimono, Orits Williki, Late Isaac Black, Late Best Agoha, Marshall, Evi Edna Ogholi, Andy Shureman, Walka Inni Kamanda from Kano, Lemmy Ghariokwu & a host of others ..We were kind of tired and being frustrated by the “shitstem” and so decided to do something to ignite a change musically. I am glad our little contributions
went a long way in the then music business”…
Majek Fashek was also hired as the Resident Artist and repertoire manager for Tabansi records. Few months after his employment, Tabansi signed him on as a SOLO artist. Amos McCroy freelanced at Tabansi records as a session man and assisted with demo production for future artists and musicians. Jah Stix Reggae Ital was busy in the Nigerian music scene beginning 1985.. Tabansi records saw the potentials of these young musicians and decided to sign them onto the record label, as a group.
The signing ceremony was a mega bash at the then Winas hotel, Ikeja. The Nigerian music scene was about to be captured by a protest political music movement, lyrics and social engineers with anti-establishment messages and attitudes.
In 1988, Majek, backed by Jah stix reggae band recorded his solo debut album, PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE, for Tabansi records. The release was delayed for one year. Amos McCroy captured those moments thusly:” We were told then that Chief G.A.D Tabansi, the Tabansi Records boss, traveled overseas for medical treatment. He stayed for almost two years and that delayed the release of Majeks work. We were also frustrated as a group just waiting in vain for our own work to be released. We wanted out of our contract and needed to move on”.
Meanwhile, inside Anthony Village, a new sophisticated record company and studios came alive: Japex Records and Studios made a sophisticated entrance into Nigeria’s music recording business with its new state of the art studios: Japex became an attraction for new, aspiring singers and musicians to visit this new home of sounds. Black O Rize was great friends with owner of Japex, Frank Eke: “Frank and I go way back, so I convinced him of the band and he signed us onto his label.” After years of waiting for Tabansi records deal to manifest, Jah Stix Reggae Ital group signed onto Japex records. Majek remained as a solo artist under Tabansi records, awaiting the release of PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE.
Jah ‘Stix recorded and produced four albums for Japex records. The finished products also coincided with the release of Majek Fasheks solo work for Tabansi records… The group felt it was bad for them to release an album as a group under Japex records and Majek, released his the same time under Tabansi records. It agreed to protect Majeks contract. The band decided to sneak into Japex studios and steal its master tapes, hid them from Japex records’ management so as to allow Majek Fashek to release his debut: “We wanted Majek to honor his contract with Tabansi records.” In May 1988, Tabansi records released what would be the biggest selling reggae album in Nigeria’s music history: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE. It immediately rocketed Majek Fahek into instant superstardom.
The hit single, Send down the Rain was majestic. Majek Fashek, the brand, became the greatest on-demand product, compared only to our petroleum export… It was during these times that the personality began to evolve. Fame sometimes changes personalities, characters and behaviors. Majek was no different. Majek allegedly became an arrogant revolution. The once clean choir boy with a guitar and innocence allegedly turned into a famous beast with brutal force and demon, performing raunchy sexually explicit nonsense on stage and in public. Members of his immediate family allegedly surrounded him with fetish spiritual guidance and guardian, to protect this sudden explosion and money-making family messiah. Majek was enjoying the limelight. He was willing and able to find any that came to seek him and easily welcome all to his entourage.
The groupies increased daily and his behaviors and public tantrums were beginning to change. Majek was also experimenting with marijuana and alcohol. Majeks family also allegedly introduced him to occultism within these periods. After the release of his 1st album, he allegedly began experimenting with Sat Guru Maharaji spiritual sect, Hari Krishna religion and was exposed to the seven books of Moses.
Family sources alleged that his late mother would take him to the cemetery to worship the dead at midnight hours and make sacrifices. He was allegedly mixing voodoos with occultism, wrapped in spiritual mysticism. Though Amos McCroy would neither confirm nor deny these alleged observations by family sources he however provided additional insights to the beginnings of a troubled soul: “This happened immediately after the release of my first album: we were returning from rehearsals, riding in his car; one of the female companions asked me what was happening to my record sales: She said my album was not making waves as Majek’s, Mandators, Kimono etc: Majek quickly interrupted her and said:“ don’t mind Amos; he doesn’t want to ask me the road that leads to stardom. He thinks it’s a good record that makes one a star. I then slapped his head and asked him which road he passed.
He told me in our Bini dialect that “this is not the Majek you knew and grew up with o!. I did not take him seriously…until December 1998 when we went for a concert in Cote D’Ivoire. I was determined to check his excesses. I hung around him to watch his excessive use of alcohol throughout our concert period. Between 2 and 2.30 a.m while we were watching movies together, he looked at me and said, rather solemnly:”Amos I envy you”. I was shocked by the statement. After a lot of probing he started telling me how his mother and elder brother took him to Cemetery in Benin City past midnight and they buried my record, that was the reason my record did not sell.. When he said he envied me I asked him why?. He said I had peace and comfort and that I may never understand…..probing him further he then began what to me was a confession. I refuse to tell everything to this day because that’s my cousin, my family and despite these I love him”.
Majek Fashek embraced fame and was rotten by the attention and unsolicited affection it brought along. Through these passages, he began to pay less attention to Jah Stix band. He became distanced from the Reggae Ital band, focusing mainly on the success of his debut album: fast and furious lifestyle and the ovations. He was also searching for everlasting peace and comfort through religion, a true covenant with his soul and God. He became a “man of sorrow in search of my tomorrow…”
Majek’s alleged carelessness and lack of respect, recognition and appreciation for Jah Stix deepened; the remaining personalities began to seek different directions with their lives and their music. Jah Stix slowly fragmented into nonentity, barely surviving. A once-promising and hot Reggae Ital shredded by the success of its frontman. Black O Rize adds: “The mission of Jah Stix Reggae Ital was more than one person in the band. If my guys had followed the vision projected in the earlier formative years, everyone would have had a lasting bond. Majek cannot feel free because of ego and lack of sharing a conscience. Majek couldn’t look George in the eyes for abandoning him because of fame and America. I still feel sorry for Majek.
In 1989 I predicted his family was going to ruin him and that America was going to be a make or break thing for him. When he wanted to travel on his first U.S tour, he dropped two original members of the band: Amos and George. He said I could go with him if I wanted to. But I don’t sell out. I was already an EU citizen, so I didn’t need Majek to succeed in life; we sacrificed the group’s album for PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE.
Why would he break us apart from this way? These guys were a bunch of talent that needed harnessing, In 1989 George and I went to Europe and the others went to US. The rest is history. Jah Stix Reggae Ital Band was the fertilizer and the manure that would have sustained Majek but he rejected the stones needed for the building and allowed sentiments and envy to creep into his heart, seeking the counsels of Lucifer..Amos became a rival instead of partner, George was deemed not smart enough. My problem with him was his problem with Ja’Stix; George and Amos. I left him that day in ’89 and we would not see again until 20 years later. I was very angry so I asked Amos and George to come with me to Europe just to show that ‘when the rain falls, it doesn’t fall on one man’s housetop’. I am happy we are all doing well individually, years later… I keep hoping and praying Majeks circumstance would change for best”….
Excerpts from my autobiography: MY SCATTERED LIFE. Stay tuned. Soon!
Snoop Dogg continues to drag Tekashi69 as he names fellow rappers Cardi B and Jim Jones as members of the Bloods gang while testifying in court
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Tekashi took a plea deal to cooperate with the feds and expose his gang members in exchange for a lesser sentence and he has been ratting out members of his gang since then.
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The last time, Snoop referred to Tekashi as a rat. Now, he’s calling him a “racoon”, a portmanteau of the words “rat” and “goon”.
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