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I’m Bigger Than Wizkid, Davido And Burna Boy; I’m A Deity —- Brymo

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I’m Africa’s finest artiste alive not them, they aspire to be me!” these were the words of Olawale Brymo Ashimi when he was compared to Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy.

Continuing, he said, “They are bigger because Americans and Londoners said so. Make your favourites take a two-year break without collaborations make we see who go listen to them on return. Your faves still dey struggle to perform live and write songs.”

The 33-year-old father of one took to the microblogging site, Twitter to brag about his musical prowess after the release of his seventh solo album, Yellow.

“I’m Africa’s best… and I’m an artist, you shouldn’t be surprised if I do drugs,” Brymo said when a Twitter user referred to him as Iyana Ipaja Frank Sinatra.

The former signee under Chocolate City said he’s not a king but a deity for allegedly inventing the alternative sounds in the Nigerian music industry.

“Def, not a king, I invented the alternative, don’t need to be crowned. Overall, I’m more like a deity, now bow to me. I’m not a king, I’m a deity! Kings get paid salaries by politicians these days you know,” he said.

With 10 body of works including 7 solo albums, Brymo took a swipe at those comparing him with Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido saying, “They rate people that sample music and copy legacy.”

On why he wore a female pant popularly known as G-string, Brymo said it was because loincloth was the height of advancement in clothing across Africa at some point.

He said, “Because that was the height of advancement in clothing across the continent before others came and gave us real clothes, and we’ve never evolved past that period. take the imported piano and bridges and cars and high rises in our cities and all that’s left is the loincloth”

On how he makes his music, Brymo opened up saying he completes a song between 30 mins and a month. The singer went further to explain his routine of music production saying he writes the song then the producer makes a beat to the sound he has created. When asked why he hasn’t been engaging in collaborations in recent times, Brymo said, “I do, just very picky.”

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Ooni Of Ife Criticizes BBNaija, Suggests Replacement

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has suggested a replacement for the Big Brother Naija reality show.

While playing host to members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun, the monarch criticized the #BBNaija show.

He said the reality show was “misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths”.

As a replacement, he suggested a reality show that would project the country’s values, cultures, and traditions.

He suggested that the new show could be tagged “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.

“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals, and others across several fields of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak.

“This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models,” Ooni added.

The royal father, who stressed the need for participation of more youths in leadership, lamented that the youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.

“Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them contribute your own quota. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like the real future leaders that we are.

“In the last general election, the total number of vote cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show.

“This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.

“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep, and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create.

“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laughs and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?” Ooni asked.

Earlier in his address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who was represented by Dr Mariam Abdullahi, a director in the ministry, explained that the youths have major roles to play in the country’s development.

“As a government, we will keep ensuring that we equip our youths towards prosperity,” the minister added.

Representing Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun at the event, the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Yemi Lawal, explained that the youths have a lot to learn from elders towards reaching their goals.

“As much as we youths are important, let us be humble enough to learn from our elders because they were once like us. Humility, persistence, and patience is the key and we must be upright in our dealings,” he said.

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked the Ooni for what he described as an unthinkable warm reception for the youths.

“We have heard your kind words of wisdom and I want to assure you on behalf of the teeming Nigerian youths that we will put them into action.

“Fellow Nigerian youths, as we reflect on youth engagement for global action today, let us realize that a new era of opportunities and responsibilities is now upon us.

“Today’s youths are now being called upon to rise as practical stakeholders in governance and development. Let us rise to this challenge,” Sukubo said.

The youths at the occasion announced Ooni Ogunwusi as the ”Royal Father of Nigerian Youths”, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.

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‘COVID-19 Has Affected Us’ — Ace Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka Diversifies From Comedy, Opens ‘D-1st’ Bakery

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Gbenga Adeyinka, a Nigerian comedian, has founded a new company involved in farming, baking, and bottled water production as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the showbiz industry.

The 52-year-old, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, broke the news in a statement via his Instagram on Tuesday, citing the financial strain he has had to grapple with amid the pandemic.

“As you well know, COVID-19 has adversely affected an Industry where I am an active player. In the desire to open new vistas, I am embarking on a new entrepreneurial journey,” he wrote.

“In honour of my mum who I lost 10 years ago, I registered a company to immortalise her called Adunni Adeyinka Foods. We are into farming, bakery/Confectionery, and bottled water.

“We will be opening the Bakery arm of the business on Sunday, August 9th at 12 noon and I will be delighted if you kindly have me in your prayers.

Adeyinka, who is dubbed the first Nigerian to publish comedy magazine, had worked as a corporate affairs manager in an engineering firm but broke out with his promo for the ‘Star Game Show’.

He has also anchored Television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic on DSTV.

The comedian’s move comes after Innocent Idiabia, a singer better known as Tuface, had unveiled the Innobia Cooperatives Organisation (Innobia Allied Ltd), his agro-allied business project.

Gloria Young, an actress, had earlier warned that entertainers in Nigeria could go hungry if they don’t find alternative ways to make ends meet as the country fights the economic impact of COVID-19.

“The pandemic has affected all forms of the economy, including the entertainment sector which is one of the greatest employers of labour that had been greatly affected,” she had said.

“Though all productions of films and radio had been put on hold, however, we still hold internet meetings to plan the way forward for sustenance.

“When the pandemic is over, our lives won’t be the same again. We hope to use the internet more in subsequent productions, following the current experiences we’re passing through.”

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COVID-19: AHBEA Postpone This Year’s Award To 2021

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As a result of the current realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizing committee of the Afro-Heritage Broadcasting & Entertainment Awards (AHBEA) has decided to postpone this year’s awards to next year.
We will, however, like to sympathize with countries and families that have lost their citizens and loved ones to this deadly virus. We are also not forgetting to commend the efforts of the frontline workers and caregivers who stake their lives to provide healthcare services and supports to all those infected by this virus all over the world.
We will like to encourage us to continue to strictly adhere and observe the protocols and guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, disease control agencies, and the various health care institutions in our different countries.
We, at AHBEA, wish to further lend our voice to encourage you all to stay safe and protected by ensuring you always put on your face mask, wash your hands with soap and running water frequently, use alcohol-based sanitizer and ensure you constantly observe social distancing at all time.
We regret any inconveniences the postponement of this year’s event will cause you and our sponsors all over the world.
Thank you and God bless.
Executive Producer
Organizing Committee,
AHBEA
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