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I’ll Use My Office To Help Increase Kwara State IGR —- Nollywood Actor Femi Adebayo.

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Femi Adebayo Press Conference

Special Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr Femi Adebayo, has said he hopes to use his office to help promote the cultural heritage of the state and also increase the internally generated revenue.

Speaking at a press conference today in Ikeja, the Nollywood Superstar said he hopes to use the forthcoming ASA WA (OUR CULTURE) stage play to showcase the cultural heritage of Kwara State to the world which will attract domestic and foreign investors.

The highly respected thespian, while addressing journalists ahead of the 5th anniversary of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed in office, said the people of Kwara are about to witness the best of cultural celebration in the state.

In his words, he said: Kwara State is rich in many beautiful and avluable cultures which are as a result of many ethnic groups like Nupe, Fulani, Yoruba, Baruba amongst others.

Continuing he said “Kwara State Government in her responsibility to make known to the world those beautiful and valuable cultures in the state, through my good office and Kwara State Ministry of Culture and Tourism in partnership with some private organizations, organizes a command stage play tagged ‘ASA WA’ (OUR CULTURE), which would showcase the Kwara Cultural Heritages to the world and attract domestic and foreign investors.

The command stage play, which will be a joint performance of the more than 20 top Nollywood actors and talented artists based of Kwara State Council for Arts and Culture will take place on Friday 27th May, 2016 at the Banquet Hall, Opposite Kwara State Government House, Ilorin by 4pm.

Conclusively, Mr. Femi Adebayo said ‘The programme is the first of it’s kind and certainly going to be entertaining,educative and memorable; so it is worth not missing.

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Sosi, Tyrod, Lil Lekxy Set For Big Beats Records Allstars Release

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Barely two months after signing on three new Afrobeats artists, Sosi, Tyrod, and Lil Lekzy under its management, Big Beats Records has announced plans to take the budding music stars to the next level in their career.

The chairman of the record label, Abimbola Hakeem expressed confidence in the potentials of Sosi, Tyrod, and Lil Lexzy saying they are the future of the Nigerian music industry.

“At Big Beats Records, we are confident of the talent imbued in Sosi, Tyrod, and Lil Lexzy because we went through a process before identifying their skills and potentials. These three young men are the future of Nigerian music and we are not in a rush to share their talent with the world of music. They are currently in the Big Beats Records academy, where they are going through a refining process and learning the tricks and hacks of the music industry while also creating new sounds that will compliment and dominate the music scene,” Abimbola said.

In the same vein, the Chief Executive Officer, Kunle Rashid, expressed delight in the three signed artists saying, “One thing that will stand these rare talents out will be their distinctive styles which are different from what we have at the moment. Interestingly, they will be merging these individual talents to create a Big Beats Records Allstars release soon.”

Profiling the three artists, Rashid explained that the Big Beats Academy where the signed artists are currently undergoing a refining process and are working with an in-house music producer.

Speaking of the artists, Rashid began with Lil Lekxy, whose real name is Olanrewaju Abdul Rasheed Olamilekan.

He said, “Lil Lekxy was born June 17, 1999 to a family of four in Alimosho area of Lagos State. He started his music career at a tender age of 13 and dropped his first single at the age 15. Lil Lekxy is an Afro pop artist who grew up listening to the likes of 9ice, Olamide, Vector and others. Lil Lexxy who hails from Kwara State, was signed to Big Beats Records in April, 2024.

“For Sosi Saheed Sabi, his life’s journey has been laced with challenges. Yet, in the midst of those struggles, Sosi never lost hope. His journey reflects in his songs which are filled with his life’s stories and hometown vibes. A native of Kenu, a small town in Baruten, Sosi’s music has touched hearts everywhere, earning him the endearing nickname “Sabi Kenu” in his hometown. Sosi was born on September 13, 1995 to the family of Mr Sosi Audu in Ilorin, Kwara State and he started chasing his musical dreams at just 15. Inspired by the melodies of his hometown, he decided to make music his life’s journey. Leaving Kwara State behind, he went on a quest to find his place in the music world. Word of his journey spread, and excitement brewed. Sosi wasn’t just another musician; he was a symbol of perseverance, a beacon of hope, promising something big. And then came April 2024, Sosi’s moment arrived with signing a contract with none other than Big Beats Record Label.

“Quadri Rasheed Abiodun, popularly known as (Tyrod Omo Mopol), was born on (December 1, 1996) into the Rasheed Raji family as the youngest of five siblings. He grew up in Port Harcourt. Tyrod who hails from a royal family in Irin Oye, Okuku Local Government, Osun State, has an upbringing steeped in tradition. He completed his education at Community Secondary School Ogbororo in Rivers State before pursuing further studies at Rivers State University of Science and Technology. His interest in music sparked at the age of 15 during his secondary school days in Port Harcourt. Despite his passion, his father, a police officer, and his mother, a trader, expressed concerns about his chosen career path, especially due to his habit of sneaking out to attend late-night music events. Quadri’s musical style encompasses Afro pop and R&B. He began writing lyrics at 14 but only decided to pursue music professionally after moving from Port Harcourt to Lagos in 2021. His musical journey reached a milestone in 2023 with the release of his debut single, “Faraway.” Finally, in 2024, Quadri’s talent was officially recognized when he signed with Big Beats Record Label, marking a significant achievement in his career.

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Ojude Oba And Awujale, The Movie! 

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In the last few days, I’ve watched the world dot on the picturesque Ojude OBA festival, held on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, three days after the Sallah celebration, being a tradition started over 200 years ago by Oba Adesimbo Atunwase.

Today, that the festival has continued to grow in leaps and, the Ijebu people, no matter how highly placed, permanently leave that day on their calendar, explains their high regard for their monarch, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.

This reverred monarch, despite his age, continued to be involved in the planning of the event each year, getting briefing from his distinguished Ijebu subjects, who served on the committee to make it happen.

Therefore, as we prepare for the premiere of the first ever Awujale biopic, the powerful story of Kabiyesi Kayode Sikiru Adetona in Ijebu, in five locations of Abeokuta, Lagos, London and America, we are more than pleased we did this project, which reveals how couragous and brave the current Awujale is and how important this king is to his people.

Directed by Tunde Laoye, Awujale, the biopic, stars Sola Sobowale, Debo Adebowale, Antar Laniyan, Jide Kosoko, Fred Amata, Yemi Sodimu, Dayo Amusa and Aishat Lawal, to mention a few.

We are excited, and certainly can’t wait.

 

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Davido Sues Baby Mama Sophia Momodu For Imade’s Custody

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Nigeria’s International music superstar, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has dragged Sophia Momodu, the mother of his first child, Imade, to court, seeking custody of the daughter.

Davido requests “an order granting joint custody of Miss Imade Adeleke to the applicant” in an initial motion that was submitted to the Lagos State High Court on April 17, 2024 by his attorneys, Dr. Olaniyi Arije, Okey Barrah, and others.

In the alternative, the singer prayed to the court for “an order granting to the applicant unfettered and unrestricted access to Miss Imade.”

The suit, marked LD/1587PMC/2024, has as applicant Mr David Adedeji Adeleke, while Ms Sophia Momodu was listed as the sole respondent.

The originating motion was supported by a 44-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Davido himself.

He narrated that though he had a relationship with Momodu that led to the birth of their child on May 14, 2015, the relationship had ended some years ago “while we resolved to take care of our child as biological father and mother.”

Davido said, “That it is on record that I have been responsible for the payment of all the school fees of my daughter to provide her with the best education possible and to meet all her educational needs without a hitch.

“That I have also been providing money for the rent of the apartment where the respondent resides with our daughter.”

The singer said that as a result of the love he had for Imade, he purchased and offered the mother a N200m worth apartment in a condominium gated community with a swimming pool and 24-hour power and water supply at Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos. An offer he claimed was turned down.

He said, “The respondent rejected the offer to stay and live at the above-described secured Oniru apartment, which had been purchased already, but demanded that I continue to pay N5,000,000 annually for a rented facility as my own contribution towards my daughter’s accommodation.”

Davido said to ensure that the interest of Imade was well-catered for, “I bought a Range Rover Sport Utility Vehicle for the use of the child and the respondent to meet the transport needs, including transportation of the child to and from school, etc.”

He added that sometime last year, he received a call from her daughter’s school that Imade had been absent for two weeks, and upon his inquiry from Momodu, “She began to make excuses and complained that the Range Rover SUV was not in a good condition, however, she refused to inform me about that.”

He added, “That sequel to the information about the said condition of the vehicle, I provided another vehicle, Highlander SUV, and in addition, the sum of N5.8m as requested by her for the repair of the Range Rover SUV, making it two vehicles in the custody and use of the respondent and our daughter.”

According to Davido, to further ensure that the interest of their child was adequately taken care of, “I also made commitments to pay for living expenses, the fees of the nanny to our child, provide medical and health care, insurance, periodic international travel expenses and tickets.”

“That notwithstanding my efforts in the overall interest of my daughter, the respondent has continued to make outlandish and Utopian demands to frustrate me,” the singer added.

Listing the other demands allegedly made by Momodu, he said, “The respondent, among others, is demanding that I should pay the nanny she hired the sum of $800 per month, and that the total sum of $19,600 per annum be paid as a lump sum.”

Davido claimed that despite his contribution towards ensuring a better life for their daughter, “the respondent has continued to show me unwarranted cruelty, inflicting so much pain on me.”

Davido and Sophia have often been at loggerheads.

In 2021, Sophia revealed that she was pained when their daughter, Imade, took Davido’s last name and not hers.

Momodu revealed this via her Instagram Story when she reacted to a post about children bearing their mothers’ names.

According to her, she cried bitterly because her daughter could not bear her last name ‘Momodu’.

She wrote, “I remember my mom and aunties laughing at me when I was crying because my daughter’s last name wasn’t going to be Momodu.

“I was genuinely distraught. I was even arguing and everything, that they put her father’s full name and not a single letter from mine.”

She further revealed that her mother made her understand that Imade should bear her father’s name so that she could gain from her father’s lineage and inheritance.

She added, “It made me shut up real quick, but I lowkey had so many questions.”

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