Monthly Archives: November 2014

Africans on Social Media Calls for Support of “Africa Stop Ebola” as Opposed to Band Aid.

26th Nov 2014 Social media in West Africa is alive with a movement by some Africans on several online portals calling for massive support for a song released recently by some West African musicians as an alternative to Band Aid.

Despite his reaching number one in the UK charts, Bob Geldof’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” song has been widely criticized with complaints about the rewritten lyrics. The claim is that lyrics containing stuff such as Christmas bells that clang “chimes of doom” and a world of “dread and fear/Where a kiss of love can kill you,” are an insult to Africans.

The alternative song by West Africans, on the other hand “Africa stop Ebola” which is sung in French and local languages like Malinke, Soussou, Kissi and Lingala, uses rap and melodies that are distinctive to West Africa, to urge people to take Ebola seriously and adopt healthier and cleaner lifestyles. The songs also stress the importance of hand washing and importantly, urge listeners to see a doctor if anyone feels sick.

According to song writer Chirinos, the lyrics of the song were written to be as clear as possible and to erase the myths and confusion surrounding the disease. He said, “We hope that the song will do two things,” he said. “First, that it will rebuild people’s trust in the health services in their countries. There’s been a total lack of trust because of all the misinformation and a lot of cases of people going to churches and local healers to try to get Ebola medicine.”

The music initiative is pioneered by renowned musician from Ivory Coast, Tiken Jah Fakoly, who is responsible for bringing the other musicians from different parts of West Africa to raise awareness about the disease. He was moved when he saw TV images of people in quarantine in the worst-affected countries and decided to do something about it.

He said, “When I saw those terrible images, I called the other musicians and said that we have to do something to sensitize the people about this disease”.

“I praise Bob Geldof’s initiative and he has raised a lot of money, but we must try and avoid stigmatizing Africa as a continent that needs pity.”

The song’s producer says “Africa Stop Ebola” has sold more than two hundred and fifty thousand copies since its unofficial release earlier this month, and the proceeds have been donated to medical charity Doctors without Borders.

Other artists featured on the song include Malian musicians, Miriam and Amadou, Salif Keita, and Oumou Sangare.

News and comments about the movement can be found on twitter with the hashtag AfricastopEbola, or by performing a custom Google search.

 

Ondo State Government Reveals Plans to Build a Specialized Medical Science University.

26th Nov 2014 The government of Ondo state in the South-west of Nigeria has revealed that a specialized medical science university will be built in the state to actualize their input and achievement in the health sector, and to also stop their professionals from the state, leaving to other places in search of better working conditions.

During a working tour of the Ondo Medical Village in Ondo town, the state Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade explained that at the beginning of the present administration, basic health indices of the state were regarded as one of the worst in the entire South-West because of the high rate of maternal mortality and morbidity.

The government of the state has said the facility will have trauma and surgical centers to handle critical trauma and burns cases. It will also expected to provide an institutional-base of the professional, academic, and technological knowledge needed for manpower development in technology and basic applied sciences. Mr Akinmade also said that the proposed medical school would replicate the Mother and Child hospitals across the state.

He said the state government has improved the lives of its inhabitants by engaging in health schemes such as the Abiye Safe Motherhood initiative, which seeks to provide free access to quality health care services for pregnant women and children less than five years old, and the famous Mother and Child hospitals in the state.

He rounded out the tour by saying that the institution would stop the brain drain being experienced in the health sector through the production of quality health professionals who would effectively run the various hospitals across the state.

 

South Africa’s Rugby star retires suddenly.

26th Nov 2014 It was an unexpected surprise for South Africa’s rugby and a shock to fans when Bakkies Botha , the seventh most-capped Springbok of all time, a three-time South Africa rugby player of the year nominee and holder of the world record for the most Tests as a lock combination in the starting line-up, announced his retirement from the sport.

Bakkies made his announcement after South Africa’s 22-6 win over Italy in Padova, which he watched from the stands. The rugby sensation made his debut for South Africa in a 2002 match against France, where they won 85 caps, which paved the way for the team’s victory in 2007 Rugby world cup.

His words on his retirement, “I considered all my options and realized that with the talent coming through at lock in South Africa, the time has come for me to call time on my Springbok career. In my opinion, it’s time for me to step down and to hand over the mantle to the next Springbok generation.

“The game, the jersey, the supporters and my country are more important than anything else. I would love to play in more Tests, but in life there is a time for everything and my time to wear the Green and Gold has come to an end.

“I prayed about this, held discussions with my wife and other parties whose judgments and opinions I trust and I have peace with my decision. I have no doubt that the men, who will take over from me, will do the job just as well as, if not better, than what I did.

“I wanted this Test to be about the Springboks and not about me. It is my decision because in my eyes, the team always comes first and I didn’t want to be branded as arrogant and self-centered.

“To be able to make this decision on my own terms, knowing I’m still good enough to play Test rugby, is a huge blessing.

Good luck, and congratulations, Bakkies Botha.

 

P-Square loses dad two years after losing Mum

26th Nov 2014 What’s up guys!

We’re starting on a sad note, as we mourn with super stars Peter and Paul Okoye of P-Square who lost their father on Monday, November 24th.

Mr. Okoye who recently underwent a successful knee surgery was getting ready to go through physiotherapy when he was reported to have fallen.

The twins had lost their mother only two years ago, in July 2012 while undergoing treatment in a hospital in India.

We wish the family strength during this trying time.

 

Zaaki Azzay and new wife Hembadoon welcome first child

26th Nov 2014 On the other hand, it’s happy times for Nigerian pioneer hip hop artist Zaaki Azzay the torch bearer, who had a bouncing baby boy with his new wife Hembadoon on Sunday.

This is the couple’s first child together, while Zaaki already has 3 other kids with his ex-wife Hadiza.

Hadiza congratulated Zaaki and Hembadoon on their new bundle of joy.

Hadiza had walked out on her marriage with Zaaki in 2012 due to allegations of domestic violence.

 

Comedienne Helen Paul has new baby boy

26th Nov 2014 In related news, celebrated Nigerian comedienne, singer and actress Helen Paul aka Tatafo has welcomed a baby boy with her hubby, Oluwafemi Bamisile on Monday November 24.

The new addition makes the second child and second son of Tatafo and hubby.

Congratulations guys!

 

D’banj allegedly in debt

26th Nov 2014 Celebrated afro-pop singer D’banj had raised millions of naira from businessmen to invest in the entertainment industry but has failed to meet up to his part of the bargain, according to TheNet.ng.

D’banj is said to have accrued a debt of over 147 million naira and rumour has it that he would soon be served with a court notice.

However, D’banj seems to be denying these claims by putting up a twitter post saying “Silence… Here is my response to the false rumours” and ends the post with a link to his latest music video which he did in the US with afro-pop singer Oritse Femi.

Are these allegations really false rumours? Time will tell.

 

New video alert: Oritse Femi Ft D’banj – “Double Wahala Part 2”

26th Nov 2014 And here comes D’banj’s response to his debt rumor – the video of “Double Wahala Part 2”.

Avatar’s new hero and self-acclaimed musical Taliban Oritse Femi does it with the Koko master in a Los Angeles Mansion.

D’banj makes sure we see his gold plated beats by Dr Dre headphones and definitely his koko gari.

The video of “Double Wahala Part 2” was directed by Mr. Moe Musa.

 

Akon talks signing up Brymo and others to Konvict Records

25th Nov 2014 Greetings EL Now Fam!

Let’s start off with Akon’s exciting revelation about his big plans for Nigerian music in America, as he reveals that he has plans to sign up Nigerian afropop singer Brymo to his record label Konvict Muzik.

The Senegalese-American superstar mentioned this in an interview with Okay Africa TV, also confirming that other Nigerian top musicians such as P-Square, Tu Face, Wizkid and Davido represent Konvict Muzik.

According to Akon, Nigerian music is expected to gain more grounds in the US over the next few years.

Watch this space.

 

Nollywood actress Bukky Wright joins politics

25th Nov 2014 Over to Nollywood, the trend of actors turning to politics continues and it looks like it’s not stopping any time soon, as Nollywood actress Bukky Wright also joins the bandwagon.

The Yoruba actress is contesting under Social Democratic Party, as a member of the House of Representatives at the Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.

47 year old Bukky Wright recently became a grandmother when her 20 year old upcoming afro-pop musician son, Ojayy, had a baby girl with his American girlfriend a father a few months ago.