Yoruba kings and chiefs who indulge in clubbing, smoking, drinking and other untoward behaviour are not worthy of honour and any respect, says the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
Oba Adeyemi spoke in Oyo town on Monday during the installation of Fuji maestro, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, as the Mayegun of Yorubaland.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the event. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, were also present on the occasion. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was represented by Babafemi Ojudu.
Responding to reports in social media credited to him as saying that after Wasiu’s coronation, he was not expected to prostrate before some kings in the land, the Alaafin said, “I did not mean that he should disrespect the royal fathers.
“He understands the culture and I am not saying that he should disrespect the culture. But kings who go about clubbing and drinking do not deserve any respect.”
Turning to Wasiu, the monarch said, “Accord deserving honour and respect to kings; they are custodians of culture. But there are kings that are not worthy of honour and respect.”
On why the musician was chosen for the title, the oba said it was time Yoruba people honoured those who had distinguished themselves in their callings.
He said gone were the days when Yoruba people were silent about the exploits of their own while they were being honoured in other areas.
He made reference to the likes of IK Dairo and Haruna Ishola who died without being properly honoured.
Oba Adeyemi said, “As we all know, there are three tiers of government. We have the executive, the judiciary and the legislature. The media is regarded as the fourth estate of the realm, and musicians are a vital part of the media.
“Through music, some of them criticised the government’s excesses. A king who wants progress for his people should listen to good words of music that are deliberately picked to correct societal problems. I looked around and acknowledged the efforts of some of our musicians who are not just singing for the sake of it.
“For a long time, I have been documenting some of the works of our good musicians in Yorubaland. IK Dairo of blessed memory was honoured in the United Kingdom many years ago. Then, Sunny Ade was discovered. They called him King of Juju music. What we have done is to discover our own talents. The music of Wasiu is philosophical. It is time we honoured our own.
“I did not mean that Wasiu will not respect our culture after being installed. He will honour our kings but will not prostrate before kings who are ignoble. A king should not be drinking (alcohol) at clubs and in public places, and a king should not smoke.
“We have been on the issue of the Mayegun for the past 11 years. Today, the Mayegun has been installed. His duty is to ensure that things go well and right and excesses should be addressed.
Wasiu said his installation meant additional responsibility for him.
He said, “I give thanks to God Almighty for deeming me fit. I thank Kabiyesi Alaafin and all our royal fathers for supporting me on this occasion. The responsibility that I am given is about the unity of Yoruba.
“The music part of me is on one side while the Mayegun part of me is on another. Henceforth, I stand for the interest of the Yoruba nation.
“Eleven years ago when Kabiyesi first muted the idea of installing me, he sent me back midway apparently so that I could go for more tutelage. He sent me to learn about more life. I am better off today. I stand before everybody today and assure you of my readiness to play my role diligently.”
Labo Entertainment Frontline Act Dotman Releases Much-Anticipated Debut Album ‘Enugbe’
Labo Entertainment’s frontline music act, Dotman, has released his much-awaited debut album ‘Enugbe’ after a painstaking moment in the studio working to satisfy the yearning of his teeming fans.
Since the release of his 2018 single track tagged ‘Iyawo Mi’, Dotman has not failed to show that he is a good singer and an entertainer. Ahead of ‘Iyawo Mi’, an African romance-inspired song, Dotman in 2016 dropped a hit single, ‘Akube’, which was well received and instantly catapulted him as an artiste to watch out for.
Labo Entertainment, an indigenous A-rated music label, signed Dotman as his single biggest catch yet. According to Olabisi Akanbi, the CEO of Labo Entertainment, his interest in Dotman is not focused in making a profit alone, but also, as an African, he is enticed primarily to the fast-rising singer’s unique creativity for quality music.
“It was his unique art that attracted me,” Akanbi declared to newsmen during the public launch of ‘Enugbe’, a Yoruba parlance for ‘Recession’, last Friday in Ikeja, Lagos State. He continued: “I had followed his style since he was an undergraduate at the University of Lagos. When he left UNILAG, I invited him for business and we both worked on the business proposal.
Born Olatunji Oladotun Alade, Dotman is six years old in the music industry, yet he is fast building his way up with his cool mien, current and witty slangs. His dream for the rapid rise in the industry, he said at the launch, is helped by the experience he garnered featuring in musical collaborations with top names like Davido, 9ice, Mr Eazi, and some others.
Both Dotman and Labo Entertainment CEO reiterated their contractual terms to remain ‘brothers’ irrespective of unseen circumstances, with Akanbi promising to throw everything in his possession to make Dotman a global brand while the partnership lasts.
Labo Entertainment which hitherto had other music acts such as Konga, Sideone, Ecoman, and Smapee on its label also used the ‘Enugbe’ launch to introduce another promising showbiz act, DJ Tough.
Temi Otedola, Tobi Bakre, Denola Grey, Lateef Adedimeji Makes BON Awards 2020 Nominee List [FULL LIST]
The Best Of Nollywood Awards (BON) has unveiled its nominee’s in the various categories for the 2020 edition of the awards.
The annual, traveling, pan-Nigerian awards, currently in its 12th year, is scheduled to hold in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State come December 5.
Movies like Elevator Baby, Sugar Rush, The Sessions, Wede, This Lady Called Life, and Living In Bondage(Breaking Free) have been nominated in the movie of the year category.
Other categories include Director of the year, Best kiss in a movie, the most promising actor of the year, the movie with the best sound among others.
Among actors nominated in several categories are Adesuwa Etomi, Efa Iwara, Bisola Aiyeola, and Abisola Adebayo.
Present at the virtual announcement, which took place via zoom include founder and organizer of the Awards, Seun Oloketuyi; star actress, Joke Silva; comedian and media personality, Gbenga Adeyinka who hosted the event.
Others include actor par excellence, Segun Arinze; media mogul, Dele Momodu; head of the jury for BON, Niran Adedokun; Teju Ajayi; Hon Shina Peller; Wale Ojo-Lanre; Femi Akintunde Johnson; ValueJet representative, Temitope Ajijola and others.
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Erelu Fayemi, Peller, Momodu, Others To Unveil 2020 BON Awards Nominees
The first lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, will be joined by others in unveiling the Best of Nollywood Awards’ nominees for the 2020 edition of the traveling and pan-Nigeria Nollywood industry awards.
The special unveiling event, which would be held via the Zoom platform, will be taking place tomorrow, November 15, 2020.
As the wife of Ekiti State governor and president of African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Erelu Bisi Fayemi, who also doubles as the host for the awards as scheduled to hold in the state come December 5, 2020, unveils the nominees for the Film of the Year, the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, Dele Momodu, has been confirmed to announce the Revelation of the Year award’s nominees.
Others include the chairman of the Aquila group of companies and Lawmaker, Hon. Shina Peller, who is saddled with the Director of the Year award’s nominees, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Professor Rasaki Ojo Bakare will be announcing Actress of the Year, while a consultant at Valuejet, Temitope Ajijola, has been penned down with the Actor of the Year award.
Other personalities expected at the event include the Director-General of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, and the best-selling author, Niran Adedokun to mention a few.
The founder of the award event, Seun Oloketuyi, revealed that this year’s edition is an iconic one as it is an opportunity to remember those who have contributed immensely to the growth of the industry, aside from awarding actors, producers, and directors for their works in the previous year.
BON has over the years taken Nollywood industry players and stakeholders on annual excursions to different states in Nigeria to celebrate the industry and award deserving stakeholders and Ekiti State, which boasts of the top 10 tourist centers in Nigeria, would be hosting the 12th edition.
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