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Obey, Teemac Raps Colleagues Ahead Of ”Ariya Eko” Concert



 Juju music star and Preacher, Commander Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, has urged Nigerian musicians to see themselves as contributors towards the growth of the music industry, even as Tee Mac admonished upcoming acts to respect the area of training to enhance their development as musicians.
Obey stated this during a press conference held at National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, at the instance of Evergreen musical company ahead of its musical festival tagged  ‘Ariya Eko’ slated for 15th of  December at the Lagos City Hall, Lagos Island.
The musical concert will feature renowned acts like Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, Victor Uwaifo, Sir Shina Peters, Tee Mac, Jimi Solanke ,Ara, Oseni Ejire, Obesere among others. 
According to the organisers of the programme, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey will be inducted into the Evergreen Musical Hall of Fame at the event for his contribution to the music industry for decades.
Obey who is the headliner of the concert while speaking about competition challenges in the past said that musicians relating as competitors would create an unhealthy rivalry, which is not good for their career
“I always say and I’m saying, it again, musicians must not see themselves as competitors,” he said.“Everyone must appreciate one another because God has given us a gift and the talent He has given us can never be the same no matter, even if we play the same kind of music and the same name of music, it can never be the same.””For instance, my son Tolu Obey is playing Juju music, my grandson today is playing Juju music, though they play like me but they do not play exactly like me, so we must not see ourselves as competitors but as contributors. We are using our gifts and our talents to make people happy,” he added.Narrating his experience with music counterpart King Sunny Ade, Obey said the competition which was projected by fans and media almost turned music into politics.He said: Obey this, Sunny that, but we always make sure we neutralize all that, so in one word, musicians should not see themselves as competitors but as contributors.Obey commended the Evergreen musical company, organiser of the festival for promoting indigenous music, like Juju, Fuji, Afro-beat, Apala and all to the nation, Africa and to the world.“Ariya Eko is to bring back the memories. To remember what Lagos stands for. Lagos is the home for everybody because of the hospitality. I was listening to a program as we were coming here about the late former Governor Mobolaji Johnson, a lot was said about him and it made me remember that we are coming for Ariya Eko.”“Every good thing started in Lagos and Ariya Eko started a long time from those we called the Fathers of music, the likes of Tunde King, Ayinde Bakare, and others before we now came to contribute our quota to the development of Juju music, the likes of Bobby Benson, Victor Olaiya, Arinze, Babyface and all of them, it’s this Lagos. Yes, we have other places that have contributed to the development of the indigenous music, in the south, west, east and the north but Lagos is where everything started.”“So this Ariya Eko is a good thing to bring us back to memory lane, that’s why I thank the Evergreen musical company for what they are doing and choosing this year as the beginning, it has brought the musicians together as one family, this year is for all of us, anyone that has anything to do with music,” he added.He also appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his administration for their contribution to tourism and for believing in artistes and upholding the annual festival.
Earlier, former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN and ace flutist, Tee Mac Omatsola Iseli, also called on musicians to constantly work on improving on the quality of their music and guide against imitating others as there is no shortcut to being perfect but through more knowledge and rehearsals.According to him, musicians then rehearse days before mounting the stage to perform but many upcoming artistes now go to the studio with a piece of paper without profession skills that are essential.“We were rehearsing, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to Friday.  Friday night we perform, Saturday night we perform and Sunday off,” he said.“Now the artiste go to the studio with a piece of paper and somebody will put some beats down and some cords, and maybe the song will turn out well, No.”“My advice to the younger generation is, there is no shortcut, you will rehearse millions of hours before you become good. There are couple of young talents, I would say they have potentials, but still, when I look at the 70s and 80s, we had many bands who were excellent in Nigeria. If the younger generation wants to actually make an impact, and leave a legacy of music that can be listened to in 20 to 30 years time, the qualities of their songs must be improved, do not copy each other. Now everyone has a laptop, you think you are a superstar.”
“Let me tell you a story when I was the PMAN president, one man called me and said call me back I’m a superstar. I told him to come to PMAN then he came, with his rasta hair, bling bling and I said, let me listen to your CD. It was the usual trash lyrics of baby baby I love you. I told him, you know what, come back in ten years, you’re not ready. You tell me you are a superstar, you have no voice, you haven’t trained.”
“You are a superstar because a girl loves you? Music is a skill as you trained to be a medical doctor, or an architect, the same we musicians work hard to become professionals, to reach that level of Chief Commander Obey, to reach my level of the flute, I spent hundred thousand hours, let the younger generation take that knowledge from us, let them listen to us when we tell them they are not good enough, that is not criticism, that’s to say work harder” he added.Fly Robin Fly’s crooner, who would also be performing at the concert, said he was able to infuse African music into Philharmonic music using his lyrics from his classical ballet.

By Faleye Oluwatosin

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Nollywood actor allegedly Abducts, Defiles 14yr-Old Girl In Canaanland




While Nigerians are still grappling with a popular Nollywood actor’s alleged defilement case in court and the rude shock that accompanied it, an unpopular actor may be walking the route of spotlight without paying his due.



Aliu Oladele Gafar, a filmmaker and chief executive of Main Page Concept, a feature film and television production company, has been accused of allegedly abducting a 14year old girl and took sexual advantage of same.


The girl, Aina Bolarinwa, went missing late on Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, in Sango area of Ogun State and investigations by the her guardians revealed that she was in the movie maker’s custody till the following day.



It was shocking to realise that contrary to the dictates of the producer of Peregun’s profession, the girl was not scripting nor acting; the actor allegedly used her to satisfy his sexual desire.



Peregun, which featured the producer himself, Ibrahim Chata, Yewande Odukoya, Dupe Jaiyesinmi and many others, boasted of being selected for the New York Independent Cinema Awards, according to a July 10, 2021 post by the producer on his Facebook account.



“It’s PEREGUN year … I’m honored and excited… New York Independent Cinema Awards selected PEREGUN to be included in festival…. Alhamdulilahi 🙏🙏❤️❤️ Thank you all for the love … Second selection of the month ❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸,” he wrote excitedly.



Either due to the excitement or a way to boost his chances at the awards, Gafar allegedly decided to defile an underage girl in his house behind the popular Canaanland, the campus of Winners’ Chapel (Living Faith Church), an Evangelical megachurch in Ota, Ogun State.



According to the victim’s foster mum, Oluwakemi Sunday, who narrated the girl’s ordeal to Freelanews’ correspondent, Ade Oluwaferanmi, it was confirmed that the filmmaker, who is popularly known as Boda Ali in Peace Estate, Zone 4 Arobieye, abducted the girl.



“In the evening of Thursday, July 9, 2021, my daughter, Aina, said she wanted to go and fetch water at Boda Ali’s house and I told her not to go as it was already late. I instructed her to do that the following morning before going to work. Boda Ali usually allowed the community to fetch water for free in his compound.



“She then returned the bucket and went outside to monitor a small shop I operate outside the house with her sister. We usually close the shop around 10pm daily.



“According to the story her sister later told me, while at the shop, Boda Ali came around and beckoned her over. Aina went to him and they started chatting. Suddenly, they disengaged when they noticed that someone was approaching and Aina returned to the shop where I sell breads and other petty things.



“Later around 10:30pm, Boda Ali called Aina again when the coast was clear and they continued their discussion before Aina returned to the shop.



“A friend’s daughter, who was on her way to buy something at my shop, later told me she had to run back out of fear when she saw someone hiding in push, whispering ‘Aina, se kia! Aina, se kia!’ (Aina, hurry up!)



“She went back home to call her sister to accompany her because she was afraid of someone hiding in the bush around Aina’s house. On getting to the spot, they realised it was Boda Ali who they greeted and they all went their ways,” Oluwakemi narrated.



Freelanews corespondent, Oluwaferanmi, was informed that when Aina’s foster mum became worried when she suddenly realised Aina was not in the house sleeping with her siblings.



She told us that she went to outside to wake her to lock the shop and come inside thinking maybe she must have slept off.



“I was initially annoyed and sat in front of the house waiting for her, wondering when she started being wayward.



“While waiting, I saw Boda Ali who greeted me and walked on. Few minutes later, he walked past the shop on his return journey,” the foster mum, who didn’t see anything strange in that at the time, narrated.



After a long wait and no signs of Aina, she placed a call across to her own friend whose children are also Aina’s friends to find out from them if they had seen Aina; their responses were negative.



“On Friday’s morning, I went to the woman again and told her the girl didnt sleep at home. The woman now called her children, who later told us they saw Boda Ali hiding in the push and whispering Aina hurry up. And my daughter, who was with Aina at the shop also claimed that she called Aina twice when she was chatting with Boda Ali because it was getting late but she didn’t answer her.



“So I went to Boda Ali’s house and asked him if he had seen Aina because she came to fetch water yesterday. And he replied that he had not and wondered why she wouldn’t return home ‘when she is not a small girl; a girl of 16 to 17years old’.



“I told him that Aina may be endowed with breasts but she is just 14years old,” Oluwakemi countered Gafar.



So immediately, the filmmaker volunteered to search for the missing child with the mum while he kept comforting her to calm down that he was convinced Aina was okay.



“I hope you have not raised alarm,” Gafar allegedly asked the mum and she answered that she had not.



Late in the evening of Thursday, the physically depreciated Aina was seen wondering along the road far away from her home when a bike headlight shone on her and a friend of the mum recognised her.



“My friend brought her back to the community and I was sad to see how haggard she was looking,” she explained.



Aina narrated how Gafar lured her into his house and disflowered her forcefully.



“I’m appealing to the relevant authority to please come to our aid and ensure that justice is served,” Oluwakemi wailed.



According to our correspondent following up on the case, Freelanews can confirm that movie maker has been missing since the case leaked and calls made to his number didn’t connect as at the time of publishing this report.

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UBA’s RED Radio, Another Innovative To Bring People Together




AFTER recording massive success with REDTV, Nigeria’s United Bank for Africa, UBA is set to replicate similar feat with RED Radio.



The development is a further demonstration of the bank’s unalloyed commitment to ensuring premium services as well as reaffirming its dominance in Nigeria and across Africa.



The decision to kick off a radio arm is on the heels of the innumerable success that REDTV has recorded with countless globally respected, first rate productions that have been churned out under the supervision of Bola Atta, executive producer, REDTV and UBA’s Group Director for Marketing and Corporate Communications.



Only recently, REDTV’s ‘The Men’s Club’ emerged winner of Gage’s Award for Web Series of the Year 2020. A testament to the expertise and quality of production, supervised by Atta.



Following a thorough audit by the organisers of the awards, TMC which was nominated alongside four other popular online shows, clinched the award and was announced as the winner in an elaborate virtual event which was held on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.



As technology continues to drive innovation, the broadcast media, especially radio, is also devising ways to make the radio experience worthwhile for listeners. And RED Radio is positioned to offer the sterling experience.



In its short existence, RED Radio has positioned itself as one distinctive radio platform known for creativity, innovation, uniqueness, and style.



The RED Radio routinely broadcasts to several thousands of unique listeners on live web traffic throughout existence in several countries across Africa and the world.



Atta says the RED Radio, which is available 24/7, is a dynamic and creative online radio channel, that provides round-the-clock informative and entertaining content while striving to bring out the best of Africa.



She also explained that the platform is an affirmation of the leading role that UBA is playing in the innovative space on the African continent as the bank keeps seeking more ways to reach out to and galvanise people.



“RED Radio can be described as a meeting place. It is an avenue to discuss all kinds of issues that affect the youths on the continent, whether it be business-related, health, relationships, sports, lifestyles, anything,” she began.



Continuing, Atta says, “As we bring people together, we also entertain them with music from across the continent.’ ‘it’s such a cool and diverse platform with shows in different languages to appeal to a wide section of listeners. I leave it on quietly on my iPad constantly, catching up with anything I have missed.’



Noting that radio plays a critical part in the development of a country and the continent at large, Atta says RED Radio would leave nothing to chance but contribute positively to the course.



One of the flagships shows on RED Radio that has been getting positive reviews includes the ‘Barbershop Chronicles,’ a talk show featuring Shody, Sess, Alhaji Popping, and Femisoro. For the programme, the four co-hosts discuss life matters from the perspective of men.



Another programme that is fast becoming rave of the moment is the ‘Diary of an Africana.’ The programme follows the journey of a young African woman as she manoeuvres through various obstacles whilst she explores her true self.



‘The Red Pill,’ is another programme whose format provides exciting news and music from the Congo.



Beyond lip service, the bank, which is known for its culture of excellent service, has continuously innovated all of its business segments, whilst delivering top-notch operational efficiencies and best-in-class customer service. In recent time, the reward for creating such superior value has come in form of customer satisfaction and numerous local and international awards, thus consolidating their leadership position in Africa. For the bank, those awards are evidence of the diligent execution of its strategic initiatives geared towards customer service fulfillment.



There is no gain saying that over the years the bank which is passionate about customer satisfaction has proven to be in the forefront of numerous cutting edge innovations in a bid to effectively satisfy its increasingly growing customer base, placing it ahead of its contemporaries in terms of innovation and overall customer well-being.

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Van Vicker Finally Bags Varsity Degree — 24 Years After Secondary Education



Van Vicker

Van Vicker, the multiple award-winning Ghanaian actor, has finally bagged a university degree — about 24 years after completing senior secondary school.


The 43-year-old movie director, who is a renowned face in Nollywood, took to his Instagram page to recount the touching tale of his educational journey.

He said while his secondary schoolmates were enrolling at the tertiary institution in 1997, his single mother couldn’t afford to send him to school.


He also accompanied the post with a photo in which he could be seen wearing a graduation robe of the African University College of Communication (AUCC).



Vicker said he bagged first-class honours in Strategic Communications and was named the overall best in his set.



“21 years later, here I stand before you with 3 achievements during my graduation; to God be the glory. 1. 1st class honors. 2. Best Student in Strategic communication. 3. Best Communication Student Award,” the actor wrote.


“The above is within the context of my 2021 post on social media and is in no way presumptuous but uprightly to inspire. I could not enroll at a tertiary institution in 1997 because my single mother did not have the funds.


“If free SHS was available back in the day, most likely I would have graduated in 2000/2001. My career took off and I have been blessed but as someone who relishes education getting that degree was just a matter of time.



“I complete my Masters program this December and I am sorely motivated and committed to going even beyond, God willing. I thank all those who supported me and are supporting me during this journey.”


Vicker has appeared in hundreds of films including ‘My Soul Mate’, ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘Popular King’, ‘Gambling with Marriage’, ‘Harvest of Love’, ‘Stolen Will’, ‘The Joy of a Prince’, ‘Discovered’, ‘The Kingdom’ and ‘Against The Law’.

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