– Ecobankmobile *326# and Terra Kulture are reliving “Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens’ making this a December to remember. While ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ was majorly an exploration of the life of Fela Kuti and his wives, Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens has infused the celebration of the unapologetic and prophetic messages enshrined in his music into the original storyline.
Following the success of ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ in Lagos, Abuja, Cairo and Pretoria, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions partnering Ecobankmobile *326# is reliving the sequel – ‘Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens’ to Terra Kulture audiences through the yuletide festive season.
In her comment, Bolanle Austen-Peters said “the play which first opened in Lagos in 2017 has now been shown in different countries across the continent. However, we’ve brought it back to Lagos because there has been a lot of clamour for that to be done. The sequel is just as exciting and the major twist to it is that the new play is a fusion of the Kalakuta Queens and Fela’s social messages.”
Having raised the bar with the local and international success of Saaro the Musical, Wakaa the musical, Queen Moremi the Musical, and others, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions is set to thrill audiences with this new musical play at the Terra Arena, Victoria Island Lagos from December 14, 2019 to January 2020.
Also commenting, Carol Oyedeji, Executive Director, Commercial Banking, Ecobank Nigeria said the partnership is one of the several initiatives by the Pan African Bank to boost tourism, culture and the entertainment industry in Nigeria which is in line with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s initiative for banks to support the growth of the creative industry. She reiterated that Ecobankmobile *326# is pleased to support the growth of theater which is a key driver of Africa’s history and rich culture and most significantly youth engagement and empowerment.
“As the Pan-African bank, Ecobank is proud to partner with Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions as a symbol of our support to building the family and lifestyle of Nigerians. Ecobankmobile *326# is joining forces with Bolanle Austen-Peters to ensure that the Lagos show is a success. Let me also state here that Ecobankmobile *326#, Ecobankpay, Ecobankmobile App, Ecobankxpress Account are some of our cutting edge products bringing easy, affordable and convenient financial services to the youth, entrepreneurs and businesses, both local and foreign which are expected at the Tera Kulture this season”. She stated.
Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens is supported by Ecobank, Amstel Malta, MTN, Dormanlong, the Estate of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Africa Magic, Red Media Africa, Beat FM amongst others.
Remembrance: Bose Olubo Writes Mentor Alade Aromire
Today, I remember u as always
Continue to Rest
…by Bose Olubo Adegeye
It was the normal waiting in the popular Klink Studio in Surulere, where Mr. Kinsley Ogoro pays host to many successful artistes today.
He was loving, patient and love his equipment
I was a regular backup singer/jingle and voice over studio rat ever ready to contribute to the script, I was still at yaba Tech studying Computer
Mama, the food seller next door is ever ready to serve us with bread and beans, okele with assorted meat.
On that faithful day, I met Prince Alade Aromire and Prince Jide Kosoko through Mr Wale Adewuyi and my friend Yomi Omidiran who later poducer my first album, My Root, not forgeting Mickey Dread (Presy), I wwas in his band, singing
I was very happy and quickly attended to them while they book for a film sound track.
That’s the beginning of my journey into the movie world
Prince Alade Aromire met with a lot insult from my family who believed he influence my diversion from computer science to full entertainment; music and movie at the time computer was highly lucrative with very few experts.
I remember doing some modelling but my height will never allow me to move further, as they only call me when they need ‘fine face’.
A senior colleque, Mr. Paul Obazele was actually my first oga who taught me rudiments of acting and modelling, but my mother should never even know as I was looking for admission, so I can only sneak in to surulere while looking for job.
Since the day i met Prince Alade Aromire, he became my father, brother, teacher and boss as it took him almost 5 years to convince my displinarian mother who later gave me her blessing as I launched my first film, Omo Oko in 1995.
I got to Jide Soleye hospital that day as you took your last breath, I could not say goodbye
Today, I remember u as always.
U are special
U were a genius
U love me like a daughter.
U taught me
Thank u Booda Muyi
Keep resting in the lord
Constitution Review A Waste of Time —Bode George
FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has advised the Federal Government to expedite action on devolution of powers to the states instead of wasting time on the ongoing constitution amendment.
George spoke on a Radio programme “Ijoba Alagbada”, a Yoruba political platform aired on Diamond FM 88.7, monitored in Ilorin, on Sunday. He also used the occasion to comment about threats of secession by some groups.
He said, “People are agitating for freedom because the present 1999 Nigeria Constitution cannot allow the various minority tribes to thrive in the country.
“It was as a result of fear of the minority tribes that the military government led by Yakubu Gowon, created states. But now, every section of the country is educated and they want to have a say in the affairs of the country, so there is the need to review how they are being governed.”
Speaking on the clamour for the setting up of another constitution review committee just like the Goodluck Jonathan administration did in 2014, George said, “I thank God that I participated in the Confab which is the first time that diverse people of the country would sit under the Chairmanship of Justice Idris Kutugi, now late who is very patient and wise.
“The three-volume report was submitted to the government and it contains everything needed for the restructuring of the country. We don’t need to look elsewhere other than to implement the report.
“The report was submitted to President Jonathan which he handed over to the present regime of President Buhari. There is no need for another constitution review committee.
“It is a waste of time and resources, let us bring out the report of the 2014 Confab and start its implementation.”
He appealed to separatist agitators such as the Indigenous People of Biafra to lay down their arms and embrace peace. He equally appealed to those seeking for the creation of Oduduwa Republic in the South West to sheathe their swords.
Economy: Buhari Sad, Admits Failure, Pushes Restructuring To Legislators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure at the tumbling economy of the country, even as he confessed that the development is giving him a serious concern.
The President made the confession Friday night during an interview session with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.
He said the low performance of the economy has been a thing of concern to him, adding that his administration was doing everything possible to improve the economy.
According to him, one of the steps taken so far is reaching out to the international community to allow their multinational firms to come to Nigeria and establish their presence by employing Nigerians through which the economy will pick up.
On corruption, President Buhari said it was high time special courts were established to try several corruption cases currently stuck in conventional courts.
“You have instances of cases lasting for as long as 10 years before they are determined and in some cases judges handling the cases may die. But if there are special courts, there will be a time frame to conclude the corruption cases and not dragging on unnecessarily,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said only the National Assembly can deal with the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers.
Buhari said this on Friday while receiving members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.
The President restated his position on devolving more power to the people.
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.
“Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily, the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’
Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant role in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.
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