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I was once an instrumentalist- Top Gospel Singer, Oba Ara, Reveals His Secret




Gospel Artistes in Nigeria have often complained that the pulpit ministry is taking the shine off the singing ministry, which many have said would be the only relevant activity in heaven.



In this interview Doctor Rotimi Michael Onimole popularly known as Oba Ara, discusses his career and issues concerning gospel artistes in the country. Excerpts…



How did you begin your journey into music?

The journey began through a vision and a divine calling in the year 1996. God’s servant, Rev. Dr. Abereoje of the Christ Love Evangelistic Church, Biola, Ketu, Lagos, was instrumental to this.



I was an instrumentalist who had a passion for singing before the Lord fully took over me and since then, it has been from glory to glory.



Do you think gospel music has come of age in Nigeria?

Gospel music has come of age in Nigeria in the sense that many people choose it as a career and it has in a way changed the face of music in the country. Gospel music has inspired many


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American Music Mogul Dr Dre To Pay $1.5m Legal Fee To Estranged Wife, Nicole Young




American music mogul, Dr Dre has been ordered by a court to pay $1.5M to his estranged wife, Nicole Young, as their messy divorce case rages on. 



In the order, the judge in the divorce case ruled this week that the veteran rap artiste pay Young another $1.55 million in legal fees and costs — after already coughing out over $2 million to his estranged wife.



The judge estimated that Nicole’s reasonable legal fees in the case so far should total $3 million, plus costs. Dre will now have to pay $1 million towards the balance of her fees, plus another $550,000 in costs associated with the case, the judge ruled, reports. 



The payment would be for fees and costs through July 2, 2021. But it is unclear what the eventual tab will be moving forward in the case.



Young and her lawyers had previously said fees in the case were close to $4 million. The court papers reflect that Young’s legal tab can cost up to $1,100 per hour. She is being represented in the case by hotshot celebrity attorney, Samantha Spector.



The judge further ruled, as had been previously ordered, that Dre should pay Nicole $293,306 in monthly temporary spousal support — and that Dre must also pay for household costs including security, insurance, gardening, taxes, repairs and maintenance, retroactive to September 1, 2020.



That comes to $3,812,987 over the past year, the judge estimated in the ruling, adding that the previously paid living expenses that Dre had turned over already may not have included all the costs for the home. The ruling also said that the parties must confer on any added expenses Dre owes Young on the household costs by next month.

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Tupac Shakur’s Murder 25 Years On



Tupac Shakur

It was 25 years ago on September 7, 2021 that  legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, or 2Pac, was shot four times in the chest while waiting at a stoplight in Las Vegas.



The iconic hip hop artist was riding shotgun in a car driven by Death Row Records head Marian “Suge” Knight on September 7, 1996 when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them on Flamingo Road and opened fire.



At least 12 shots were fired, four of which struck Tupac and one of which grazed the head of Suge Knight.



Tupac died six days later from the fatal blows. He was 25 years old.



Despite it taking place on a busy street, a block away from the Las Vegas Strip, no one has ever been arrested for Tupac’s murder, Yahoo News reports.



Tupac’s demise has prompted many conspiracy theories, with many pointing the finger at the Southside Crips, a gang from Compton, California. Tupac was involved with the Mob Piru Bloods, who are a known rival of the Crips.



It’s said Tupac “signed his death warrant” when he and his Bloods bodyguards beat one of Crips members, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, in the lobby of the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson fight venue earlier that night.




Kady confirmed it was Anderson who later pulled the trigger in the drive-by-shooting that ultimately “cost him his life.”


Others, like Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chuck Philips, posited that it was Tupac’s friend-turned-rival Biggie Smalls (real name Christopher Wallace) who ordered the hit on the rapper and gave his attackers the gun.



It’s well known that Wallace had previously offered to pay the Crips $1m for the hit.



The public feud between the two rappers previously inspired the pair’s infamous beef tracks – Biggie’s Who Shot Ya? and Tupac’s savage response Hit ‘Em Up.



To this day, Hit ‘Em Up is considered the greatest ‘diss track’ of all time, with violent threats made toward Biggie and fellow East Coast rappers.



It’s said the song’s release only exacerbated the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry of the ‘90s and played a role in Tupac’s death – as he was shot three months after its release.


Tupac’s death set off a series of events, which saw Biggie gunned down in a hit ordered by the West Coast rapper’s friend Suge Knight. It was a gun-for-hire Wardell “Poochie” Fouse who pulled the trigger.



Both Anderson and Poochie were killed before they could be charged. Anderson was shot and killed collecting a drug debt in 1998, while Poochie was gunned down riding his motorcycle in 2003.


As a result, the Tupac and Biggie cases remain “technically” unsolved.



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Music Star, Sanmi Michael Bags Ambassadorial Deal



Sanmi Michael

Nigerian born and American based music star, King Sanmi Michael popularly known as Akile Atugba is a very happy person, as the highly creative and talented singer just bagged ambassadorial deal from Base of believe entertainment.




We learned that Sanmi Michael was picked due to his immense contribution to the growth and development of music in diaspora and America in particular.




While speaking with us, Sanmi Michael who started music at tender age said is very happy to be picked as ambassador by the Base of believe entertainment.




‘I’m very happy to be brand ambassador, this would enable me to put more efforts in my music. I also thanked the management of Base of believe entertainment for the great opportunity’.

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