Popular Hausa Actor, Rabilu Musa popularly known as Dan Ibro is dead.
The popular Hausa actor was said to have died yesterday, 9th December. The actor who was jailed severally during his lifetime by the Kano State Government under the ex-Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, for acting in movies believed to be violating the censorship rules in Kano is known for his comedy charater in Kannywood. Dan Ibro however went off the scene for a while until recently when he started featuring in movies again.
However, details of how he died were sketchy at the time of filing this report, Ibro was in his lifetime one of the most recognised personality in the Kano Nollywood practitioners called Kannywood. He is believed to have appeared in more movies than any actor in the Kannywood industry.
The year 2014 has been a great year of good music which topped the charts and putting them down to the top ten wasn’t easy.
In no particular here are our top 10 Nigerian songs of 2014.
1. Davido – Aye
This is one of the most anticipated single of 2014 thus far. Aye is the 4th official single off Davido‘s sophomore album. With 4 nominations for Aye in the Channel O Music Awards, another 4 in the Nigeria Music Video Awards and a Nomination in his first ever BET Soul Train Awards, AYE definitely had to be on our list of top 10 2014 Nigerian Songs.
2. Mavin Crew – Dorobucci
Mavin Records has to be one of the best record labels this year, after winning the “Best Record Label of the Year” at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards. The Song “DOROBUCCI” stirred quite a number of creditable feelings upon its release. The track has 2 nominations in the pending “Headies Award” due to the nomination bracket of the Nigerian Awards system.
3. Patoranking ft Tiwa Savage – Girlie O Remix
Patoranking’s remixed version to the track “GIRLIE O” which featured Mavin’s First lady, Tiwa Savage, is definitely a head-turner for the sleek Nigerian-Ghanaian artist. With 4 nominations this year credited to this track number, GIRLIE O had to be on our list.
4. Wande Coal – Baby Hello
“Baby Hello” from Black Diamond Entertainment’s Wande Coal was a sure hit. The video, which had a cameo appearance from the Johnnie crooner, Yemi Alade, left fans and music lovers longing for more as the tune still enjoys massive airplay. The track is a club banger.
5. Lil Kesh – Shoki
Upcoming young rapper on the rise Lil Kesh is the brains behind with the buzzing track titled, “Shoki.” which featured, Olamide, Ehis, and Partoranking is definitely the reigning dance on the street and in the clubs. He later went further to record a remix for it featuring Davido with cameo appearances from quite a number of artists. Lastly leasing out a female version which featured Chidinma, Cynthia Morgan and Eva Alordiah; it was, is, and will keep being evident that “Shoki” is one of the favourite tracks of 2014.
6. MC Galaxy – Sekem
While everyone were still busy doing theShoki dance, MC Galaxy introduced theSekem, a dance that sees you move your feet sideways while you place your palms on your waist and chest. Sekem has blended perfectly into the hearts of fans.
7. Seyi Shay – Murda
In this track from Seyi Shay, she teams up with EME’s Shaydee and Patoranking on the song titled Murda produced by Dr. Frabz.
She’s been actively associated with music since 2001. Last year, songs like “Irawo” and “Ragga Ragga” earned her major recognition and nominations, but her “Murda” track is sure to surpass the previous tracks.
8. Olamide – Story For The Gods
The “Eleda Mi” crooner already has 14 nominations this year with 6 still pending. “Story For The Gods” is already a strong contender for award categories come 2015. Though the initial video did stir some controversies online due to some rated 18+ scenes, the song still remains strong on the lips of Nigerian music lovers and it’s a top favourite on dance floors.
9. P-Square ft. T.I – Ejajo
While Nigerians and international fans were enjoying the euphoria of the audio version, the video of P.Square’s “Eje Ajo” featuring American rapper T.I dropped in late August. With a total of 17 awards to their credit, the Okoyes twin have had numerous nominations globally and their new tune “Eje Ajo” is sure to make more nomination lists come 2015.
10. Skales – Shake Body
Skales released “Shake Body” as the first single from his upcoming album. The song was produced by Jay Pizzle and its music video was released on 22 July, 2014 on YouTube. Skales promoted the song by announcing the Shake Body video competition. His most recent hit, Shake Body, is blazing all over the airwaves and clubs. He already has 2 nominations in the forthcoming Headies Award.
If you don’t have these songs on your playlist, you definitely need to add them because they are sure to keep you rocking this Christmas.
Big Brother Africa 2014 has wrapped up. Let’s remember several of the most thrilling moments of the show!
1. Tayo became a father
Tayo and his baby boy
It was really heartwarming to watch. The Nigerian housemate became a father while on the show and burst into happy and proud tears. We are sure that millions of fans were sniffling along. He saw his baby boy just after the show’s end.
2. Family freeze tasks
Shot from the freeze task
Seeing your loved ones is always moving. It was a pleasure to watch housemates interact with their families.
3. Gift from a billionaire
Rich businessman Ayiri Emami turned out to be a great fan of BBA, and of our Nigerian housemate. He was reported to give $350,000 gift to Tayo when results of the show were announced. Thus, Tayo Faniran, who lost out to his Tanzania housemate, got more than the winner! The news got out thanks to a friend of Ayiri’s who talked to Ok Gist.
4. Tayo’s apology
Every man needs to know how and when it is necessary to apologize. And Tayo mastered this skill. His speech was confident and convincing. It was hard not to react when he begged for mercy for hurting his fellow housemates’ feelings.
5. Idris’ victory
When Idris from Tanzania won
Wasn’t it thrilling when the winner was announced? But the finale was also controversial. Following Nigeria’s loss in Big Brother, Nigeria, Tanzania and other African countries even engaged in an online war of words. Former Big Brother winner, Uti Nwachukwu, wrote on Twitter that Nigerians should congratulate Idris and avoid the social media war. He also stated that the Big Brother show is aimed at uniting Africa, not dividing it.
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[Hook: AnnotateAugust Alsina] Started off in the streets We would take collection from the fiends People dyin' all around me So I gave you my testimony We were down from the beginnin' When the world wasn't listenin' Now that I got your attention Let us end with the benediction
[Verse 1: August Alsina] We are gathered here today Paying our respects to bein' broke, hope he's in a better place Cause life out here ain't sweet, oh no I would close my eyes to sleep but didn't dream no more So I had to make a way for my home, you know Now I'm in a place where I ain't gotta scheme no more The good life, I'm done with the hood life I did what I could didn't always do what I should and I was misunderstood So many nights I tried To hide how I felt, I would cry inside And I ran through the streets till my feet got tired Cause I ain't wanna have my shoes on them power lines
[Bridge: August Alsina] But I made it, and it made me I know I did wrong, I pray to God he forgave me Cause I made it, it didn't kill me So it made me stronger, I pray to God that you feel me, that you feel me...
[Verse 2: August Alsina] Our father who art in heaven I pray you free me from my demons and keep me level I know you kept my out of prison where I was headin' When I heard someone killed my brother, one-eighty-seven I hope he made it to your presence, for me he was a blessin' At least I know he's restin' and he ain't out here stressin' Tryna get to the good life, and out of this hood life I pray that my step-pops lay off that crack pipe So mama could sleep at night, I know it's been hard on her I was ripping through the streets, it was hard for her Now I'm up in hotels on the ocean shore When I was sleepin' on the floor at the corner store
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[Verse 3: Rick Ross] Bottle after bottle, snatching Belaire out the bucket Rightin' all my wrongs for these homies out here thuggin' Pray for benediction, pretty women on my premise Condo out in Cabo, screaming "GABOS" to my nemesis Gold around my neck I'm ballin' for these final minutes Nothing lasts forever, for these sins I seek repentance Shots fired, another gone, I feel that man's pain Daddy sat me down and said: "that came with the game" Shake my head, roll up the window, turnin' up the music So much anger in these songs for these soldiers that we losin' A mastermind is one who's feedin' others off his talent I owe it to my city but it's time I pay my balance I'm in Holyfield's estate, I started with a pallet I made my first tape, I gave that shit to Khaled Thankful for my supporters, everyone that ever bought us Grateful for every lesson these by any streets taught us
Johannesburg - A year after his death, former president Nelson Mandela's legacy was celebrated throughout the country on Friday.
To commemorate the first anniversary, musician Johnny Clegg's song, Asimbonanga, took on a new meaning.
The Zulu word Asimbonanga means "we have not seen him", and when the song was initially written in 1989, it reflected Mandela's absence in South Africa, due to him being banned in the media.
In a video released on YouTube on Thursday, Clegg is shown teaching the song to a group of schoolchildren.
"When we say 'asimbonanga', it means we still have a long way to go, it’s in our hands, it’s in the hands of the next generation," he sings to them.
The video echoes the motivational words of Mandela, with images of South Africa and its people in the background.
It features the winners of the 2014 MySchool Choir competition from Riebeek College Girls' High in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.
Mandela's legacy was also celebrated during commemoration events held throughout the country on Friday.
At the Union Buildings in Pretoria, acting President Cyril Ramaphosa said the spirit of the anti-apartheid icon lived on and inspired the nation.
"Though we no longer feel his physical presence, his spirit continues to inspire us. It continues to fortify us," Ramaphosa said in Pretoria, at the one-year commemoration of Mandela's death.
"His spirit enjoins us to continue to strive for peace, freedom, and justice."
Several Mandela family members, including his grandson Mandla, his granddaughter Ndileka; struggle veterans, including Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, and Sophie de Bruyn; and other dignitaries were present.
‘I know he is smiling’
Mandela's widow Graca Machel, who attended the commemoration in Pretoria, said he was now happy and smiling, wherever he was.
"I know that he is smiling and happy among the family he chose to build, the family he chose to build with [Walter] Sisulu, [OR] Tambo, [Lilian] Ngoyi and so on," she said, adding that he had built a family of strong men and women.
"On the day of his passing I was not able to think. I was numb... But looking back I can imagine him tall and proud, walking, and all of them rising to welcome him... I know Madiba is in good hands."
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said Mandela would forever be remembered for dedicating his life towards the "liberation of humankind from all forms of discrimination, oppression and exploitation".
"Through his selfless service and uncompromising fidelity to the cause and concerns of the people, he has become an everlasting monument engraved in the hearts of the overwhelming majority of our people, young and old, black and white, rich and poor."
Meanwhile, the ANC on Friday paid tribute to Mandela and thanked him for his "selflessness and unwavering" contribution that he made towards the party.
"A product and maker of history, comrade Nelson Mandela lived his life pursuing the values and principles of the African National Congress," treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.
"Chief amongst these was the pursuit of equality, unity, reconciliation and nation building."
Mkhize said the money Mandela left for the ANC in his will would be used to establish a trust in his name.
"The trust will work together with other sectors of society including academia and civil society to keep Madiba's legacy alive through the education of generations still to come about the founding values of the African National Congress as lived by comrade Nelson Mandela and his comrades."
The sentiments about Mandela's character were echoed by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), who described him as "a selfless leader, a peace maker and a freedom fighter”.
Acting NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said Mandela was a good friend of the mineworkers, energy and construction workers.
"He inspired and motivated them on many occasions to take education seriously so that they can empower themselves and their communities," he said in a statement.
Mining company Anglo American said Mandela's contribution to the country, including the influence he had on the Constitution and the economy, was immeasurable.
"Madiba was integral to the ushering in of democracy in South Africa, and he led our country with distinction, stature and humility throughout his presidency," executive director Khanyisile Kweyama said in a statement.
"He is recognised worldwide in perpetuity as a giant among men; an iconic leader who fought throughout his life not only for equality, but for the basic human rights of all."
Earlier, Jacaranda News reported that a commemoration event was also being held at the Nelson Mandela Museum in the former president's home town in Qunu, Eastern Cape, where Mandela's grandson Ndaba Mandela, Umkhonto we Sizwe members and other politicians were present.
Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was expected to attend the proceedings in Qunu.
The SA National Defence Force, in partnership with the Robben Island Museum, also unveiled an official replica of Mandela's cell on Friday.