Thursday, 31 October 2013

Was Goliath Blind?

''I need a miracle Urgently.
I believe God for a miraculous intervention because this is out of my control.
I am waiting patiently for God to ‘Part the Red Sea’, ‘Send Manna from heaven’, ‘Give me provision’, ‘Turn water in to wine’, ‘Bring a David to kill Goliath’.
But I have a question.
A question that you have probably asked too (maybe only in your mind)
Should we be able to explain miracles?
If I can explain a miracle, does it not reduce the ‘awesomeness’ of God who performed the miracle?
Let’s take the case of David and Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)
David the underdog killed Goliath the Giant, after Goliath consistently assaulted the Isreali Army and taunted them [for 40 days]
We love underdog stories because they give us hope and belief that no matter how disadvantaged, we still have a chance. But much more in this story, we saw how God used a small shepherd boy to slay a might giant soldier using only a sling and a stone.
UNLESS if David wasn’t just a boy, using some little small catapult.
Some people have come up with the story of how: (by the way Malcom Gladwell is an amazing storyteller)
1.)    The sling isn’t some small weapon used to kill bush rats (like I used to when I was small). It is a potent weapon of war with skilled users so good they are known for hitting targets as small as the space in Goliath’s forehead.
2.)    David has killed a lion and a bear before
3.)    The power in a sling can be more deadly than early firearms. In experienced hands, the sling was arguably the most effective personal projectile weapon until the 15th century, surpassing the accuracy and deadliness of the bow and even of early firearms. – Chris Harrison.
So David isn’t 'just' a small shepherd boy.
There were also stories about Goliath
1.)    Why did he need someone to walk him to the valley of Elah
2.)    David was carrying a stick, Goliath said sticks
3.)    Goliath being a giant could mean he suffers from 
Acromegaly, a condition with side effects such as cumbersome, double vision and abnormal growth. In essence, Goliath could have been seeing double.
Was David really then an underdog? (My answer is No, David CANNOT be the underdog, he was fighting for GOD, and if God be for us, who can be against us?)
I also know
A woman getting pregnant is a miracle
Night and day, and unfailing seasons are miracles,
How a child grows in the womb is a miracle
Our Galaxy is a miracle
You are a miracle.
And whether or not God gives revelation to the mystery behind a particular event or miracle or people come up with their own theories, it doesn’t change the fact that at the time when we need Him, God shows up in a way that defies logic, is well orchestrated and the chain of events all ensures we get our miracle.
Whether the stones David picked had a particular shape
Whether the wind blew in a particular direction
Whether the blacksmith left a hole too large in Goliath’s forehead
We know that
All things work together for good for those who love God and to them who are the called according to his purpose.’ Romans 8:28
That is the miracle.
And I need another one today!
How about you?
Question: Are miracles better left as mysteries?''

Words of  - Ibukun  

Obietwizzy-Party All Night

''After dropping his first song titled "No Love" which was an inspiration to all who heard it. Obietwizzy is now back with his second single titled "Party All Night" which would really get you in the mood and put you in the groove. Hope you love it.''
Check on it!
Follow on Twitter: @Obietwiizzy

KCee’s Debut Album: ‘Take Over’ For Nov. 1, HISTORIC KCEE-FRIDAY! | Whets Appetite with 'OGADINMA'

The #PullOver Sing and Win Contest, which is KCee’s way of rewarding fans (with $3,000, IPADs and Galaxy Phones) for standing by him from rejection to ATTRACTION in the Music Industry has not seen its winner but For emerging the first to get 40 Views in KCee’s #PullOver Video Contest, KCee rewarded Yung Rex with an IPAD and a Samsung Galaxy Phone, here are the Photos: CLICK HERE

This is one of the many from KCee as he counts down to his album release, There is still $3,000 up for grabs in the contest.

The 5 Star hit maker plans to literally ‘Take Over’ from November 1st, 2013. November 1st 2013, which is a Friday.

A Friday on which KCee’s Debut Album: ‘Take Over’ will hit stores, shelves, and Streets. Thank God it won’t be another Friday. It's going to be a HISTORIC KCEE-FRIDAY!.

Six days until the November 1st release, date of Take Over, KCee’s Debut Album, the high-flying Revelation of the Year has released, yet another new Single, and this one is titled: OGADINMA

Said Soso Soberekan, KCee’s Manager, “At 5-Star Music, we are humbled by the success of Single after Single KCee has released so far and we are determined to continue being more successful.

"So we are confident this OGANDINMA will tread more hit-paths than the ones before it.

"For us, releasing OGADINMA is more than a Release: it is a preparation; a forerunner-Track, if you like, for KCee’s Forth Coming Debut Album which would be released on the 1st of November, this Year."
Available for download at this link: DOWNLOAD HERE
 OGADINMA is a claiming, soul-piercing, and winding-down rendition.

It is produced by Del B, the same Wonder-Producer on Limpopo, Pull Over, Okoso by KCee – the undisputed Pull-Over Champion.''

Connect with KCee on Twitter: @iam_KCee

Kcee ft Wizkid – Pull Over

Kcee has had a good run this year and he brought on someone who is no stranger to success on this track titled ''Pull Over'' ft. Wizkid. The visual to this hit single has a lineup of hilarious acts from Aki and PawPaw to Saka.
Directed by Clarence Peters
Check on it and share your thoughts!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tee Blaq & Hit 'Robo' Producer Team Up Again, for 'Dem They Talk' [LEAK]

Just when we thought Tee Blaq a.k.a The Robo King had gone on a long hiatus, the emerging pop sensation and cousin to Late DaGrin is back. 'Dem They Talk' has been recorded for a while now, the 'Robo' hit  maker who is working on visuals for his break out track teamed up with the producer for this marching effort.

While Eldar Records is readying the visuals for 'Robo' (Remix) featuring Olamide and Dammy Krane, the pop sensation has been busy in the studio recording new materials and eventual new singles to follow up his latest release, 'Getting Money.'

'Dem They Talk' is produced by McDavies and it is to whet appetite as he concludes work on his upcoming singles and visuals.

Monday, 28 October 2013


Nigerian soul rocker Bez shines on the fourth episode of the first season of the talked-about Coke Studio Africa ( @cokestudioafr ) as he delivered a chilling rendition of afrobeats legend Fela’s ‘Trouble Sleep’ popularly known as ‘Palava’. The episode which met rave reviews also saw afro-hip hop chairman M.I collaborate with Dela from Kenya and Kasongo from DRC on the sparking fusion performance of ‘Dezo Dezo’. The cap things up, the legendary King Sunny Ade teamed up with Sage for a flirtatious performance of the classic ‘Wait for Me’. Enjoy! #CokeStudioAfrica

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Angelique Kidjo - Eva ft. Asa

''Two African music power house unite to deliver this ode to the African woman. Here we hear the "Wombolombo" madam, Angélique Kidjo with her sonorous voice blend perfectly with Asa's to deliver some great music

The Beninese icon Angélique Kidjo returns to diva-dom with her album titled EVE as an ode to women across the continent. The collaboration rich Eve is set to be released  early next year through 429 records features the joint efforts of Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij, Kronos Quartet, NOLA legend Dr. John, as well as Kenyan and Beninese women’s choirs. The first single “Eva” (not to be confused with the album name) showcases a double dose of vocals from Nigerian/French soulstress Asa.
On Eve, her highly anticipated Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical mother of all living, the Beninese born, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter builds on this ever-evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. These songs become all the more intimate and emotionally urgent with Kidjos dynamic collaborations with traditional women s choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin. The singer and her newfound native lady friends sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo s first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina.

Eve is an album of remembrance of African women I grew up with and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles, says Kidjo, whose accolades include a 20 year discography, thousands of concerts around the world and being named Africa s premier diva (Time Magazine) and the undisputed Queen of African Music (Daily Telegraph). They exuded a positivity and grace in a time of hardship. On this recording I am letting the voices of the women show their beauty to the world, she adds. Eve is all about showcasing the positivity they bring to their villages, cities, culture and the world.''

"Eve" track listing:
1) M’Baamba (Kenyan Song)
2) Shango Wa
3) Eva (featuring ASA)
4) Interlude: Agbade
5) Bomba (featuring Rostam Batmanglij)
6) Hello (featuring Trio Teriba)
7) Blewu
8) Kamoushou
9) Kulumbu (featuring Dr. John)
10) Interlude: Kletedjan
11) Ebile (featuring Kronos Quartet)
12) Awalole (featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg)
13) Bana (featuring Yvonne Kidjo)
14) Orisha
15) Interlude: Wayi
16) Coari

Pre-order here (This title will be released on January 28, 2014.):

Saturday, 26 October 2013

WizKid – Jaiye Jaiye ft. Femi Kuti [Video]

And the wait is finally over............. ''Jaiye Jaiye'' a mad tune Wizkid dropped some months back and it featured the Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti and produced by Sarz. Here is the visual to this amazing track. 
Directed by Sesan.

Check on it!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Pryse - New Slaves Vs Poundcake [Freestyle]

''Punchline Queen, Chocolate City Rapper and 1st lady Pryse, goes really hard on Kanye West 'New Slaves' and Drake's 'PoundC ake'.
Pryse doesn't just stamp her foot as the best femcee in Nigeria, she also shows reasons why she should be compared with the male rappers in the game. Be the judge!!''

Wande Coal - Garri Dun [Freestyle]

The Black Diamond artiste Wande Coal drops a freestyle tilted ''Garri Dun.''  A pretty decent freestyle and an up beat track too.
Check on it!


Wizkid – Nobody But You ft Wale

As the world awaits the release of his highly anticipated video for ''Jayie Jayie'' Wizkid gives us yet another single featuring the MaybachMusic artiste Wale Folarin as he had previously released a track ''Drop'' with Wale earlier in the year.
Check on it! and leave your thoughts on this one....


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Skales – Take Care of Me

“Empire Mates Entertainment is proud to present the official music video from Skales for “Take Care of Me”, the first single to be taken from his forthcoming debut Album All The Above which will be released in the first quarter of 2014.

The resounding new single was produced by renowned StarBoy Ent production duo Legendury Beatz, while the excellent new video was shot in Lagos by film-maker Aje Filmworks.

The “Take Care Of Me” music video is filled with fresh visuals which brilliantly trail after Skales as he tries to do whatever is necessary to woo his pretty love interest, with E.M.E label mate ShayDee making a rather hilarious cameo appearance along the way.

Highlighting Skales’ very versatile abilities as a singer AND rapper, “Take Care Of Me” is already a strong favourite among his fans and audiences, and with the release of these Aje Filmwork visuals, is sure to do very well with both the Nigerian and global audiences. We hope you enjoy it as you watch.”

Monday, 21 October 2013

Modenine – Bottles (Elegushi Anthem) ft. Morell

Here is a new one from the veteran hip hop rapper Modo aka Modenine and he features a new school lad, none other than my home boy Morell and its titled;  ''Bottles (Elegushi Anthem).''
Check on it!



''Soul rocker Bez from Nigeria and Uganda’s Tumi gave a thunderous performance of the former’s signature number ‘Super Sun’ and Wajecoupled up with Kenya’s Blinky Bill for an emotive rendition of ‘I Wish’ on the third episode of the first season of music fusion show ‘Coke Studio Africa’ which originally aired on the 20th of October 2013. Accompanied by the resident Coke Studio Africa band, they served world class fusion performances. Enjoy!'' ;; #CokeStudioAfrica

BrymO – Eko

Off his soon to be released album ''Merchants, dealers, and slaves (M, D & S)''BrymO brings to us a single titled ''EKO'' a beautiful song telling a story about his love and experience of the city of Lagos once the capital city of Nigeria.
Merchants, dealers, and salves (M, D & S)'' will be available worldwide on the 25th of October 2013. Please buy one when it comes out, promises to be a great piece.


Monday, 14 October 2013

Jade rose - ''BANGA BANGA''

''All the way from the roots of nigeria- Jade Rose is now! With an amazing gift as an artiste and composer , she came back home to introduce the new sound- "Afro Punk". From her rocket album POPULAR this is the first single- BANGA BANGA produced by Phamous...Jade rose- the new shit in town. ''


Saturday, 12 October 2013

ENZO - International Girl

''After dropping I Want You, Enzo presents her Follow up single: International Girl.

The CBN (ChocBoiNation) artiste crafted this afropop song to celebrate all she is, and what every woman has the right to be: bold, fearless and powerful.

Produced by L37, the song contains elements of Fela’s afro-beat vibe, a chorus of drums and underneath, a thrumming baseline.

“This song is where I’m at now. Taking charge of my life and facing all the possibilities that lie before me. It’s about me wanting every woman, every girl out there, to chase their dreams whatever they may be. To be bold and colourful.” -Enzo

The video for the single, directed by Paul Gambit, is set for release soon.

Enzo is managed by NmO management. For bookings and inquiries:

Download. Listen. Share.''

Janelle Monáe - PrimeTime ft. Miguel [Official Video]

Here are two of my some of my favourite acts out at the moment. And we are definitely blessed to have them on the same track. Check out visuals to Janelle Monáe - PrimeTime ft. Miguel.

''PrimeTime is a love story based on the early adventures of Cindi Mayweather (Janelle Monáe) and her first love Joey Vice (Miguel.) The Emotion Picture gives a glimpse at Cindi's humble beginnings as a "cyber-server" at the Electric Sheep nightclub, a syn bar serving high-class "show droids" to the rich and lonely in a dangerous section of Metropolis known as Slop City. Incidentally, the innovative cybersoul music played at the club directly impacted Cindi, and she began singing and performing her own innovative compositions a short time after quitting this assignment. In addition, Cindi became determined to change the public perception of what an electric lady could be, dream and aspire to after working in the dismal conditions at the club.''

Janelle Monáe - PrimeTime ft. Miguel [Official Video]
"The Electric Lady" on iTunes
Deluxe Double Disc Only at Target


13 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
14 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
16 Boston, MA - House of Blues
18 New York, NY - The Apollo
19 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
21 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
22 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
25 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
29 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
30 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

1 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
2 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia @ L.A. Live
5 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
6 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
7 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
9 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
12 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live @ The Moody Theater
13 Houston, TX - House of Blues
15 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
17 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
19 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz 
20 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
22 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
23 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach @ The Jackie Gleason Theatre
26 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle

Joulesdakid - Step By Step

''Kayode Oguntayo aka Joulesdakid is back with a brand new single titled 'Step By Step' (Produced by Chordratic Beats). The song has that great feel good factor that will have nodding your head and singing along without you even knowing it! Following up from his previous single 'Take Me As I Am' Joulesdakid shows his growth and versatility. Download and listen to the song below.''
Check on it!


Friday, 11 October 2013

Ibrahim Samande - Amina

Fresh sound from  this man right here.......  Check on it and thank you later.

Ibrahim Samande Music Bio

''Ibrahim Samande is no stranger to the music scene. Born to an Architect mother and Pastor father, he started playing the piano and writing songs from the age of 10. By 12 he was playing the drums in his dad’s church, singing, playing the guitar at concerts and directing his High school choir. By 17, he recorded his first demo with Panam Percy Paul in Jos, Plateau state.

Ibrahim continued to nurture his passion for music in the US and was awarded a four-month residency at an elite artist colony on Martha’s Vineyard Island, at The Contemporary Music Center in the first quarter of 2002. There he wrote and produced an EP for which he coined the phrase Alternative Soul; a mid-tempo blend of soul, pop and alternative rock. With such catchy songs as Winter in July and Tic Tok, Ibrahim had begun to carve a niche for him self as a singer/ songwriter in the diaspora.

By the summer of that same year, Ibrahim was being booked to perform at such events as the Annual Nigerian Reunion Celebration held in Miami Florida, USA, as well as opening for Grammy award winning artist Paul, from the 70s’ band “Peter, Paul and Mary” (Puff the Magic Dragon). His Alternative Soul Ep received much critical acclaim both abroad as well as amongst the over 2million Nigerian residents in the US, earning himself the title “Mr. Winter in July”.

Ibrahim Samande, having relocated to Nigeria, is looking to cross over to a home based audience and emerge again on the international scene playing with the likes of Asa, Seal and Sade. His influences include Seal, Sting, Michael W Smith and Alanis Morissette. He currently manages a graphic design hot-shop based in Lagos, Nigeria (Yerima Design Limited), having earned the highest degree in the field, a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.''

Afrikan Boy – Hit Em Up

''On his continual rise in the UK music scene, afrobeat and grime fusion rap artist Afrikan Boy, strikes again with his Fela Kuti sampled official debut single “Hit Em Up” set to drop 22nd September 2013”.
The track is sure to blaze up the UK scene and prep for the anticipated debut LP “AB CD” to be released early this winter. Produced by New York outfit ‘The Two Fifteens’, Afrikan Boy aka Captain Afrika showcases the naturally funny observational humour that has won him his diverse fan base.
“Hit Em Up” is an afrobeat grime infused uptempo floor filler. AB recounts his re- emergence covering university days and his musical journey. The video is a vibrant montage of the mighty Fela Kuti cut with images celebrating Mama Africa with shots of Afrikan Boy in London detailing what it means to live and work in the UK as an African. “ My father always played Fela in the house when I was young, his music is my cultural compass to where my family came from” says Afrikan Boy “Hit Em Up is a part of my story as an artist in the UK expressing my dual cultural upbringing.”

Saturday, 5 October 2013

TRAEDONYA - ''Another Lie''

''Prohibition Entertainment is excited to announce that TRAEDONYA!'s first single ''Another Lie'' from her debut digital EP ''High Fructose Corn Syrup" shall be serviced to Commercial radio stations. 

Arthur Mitchell Vice President of Urban Network, the venerable west coast company, will handle the radio and club promotion campaign in North America.

The single ''Another Lie'' by TRAEDONYA! picked up a tremendous amount of support in the twitterverse and blogosphere. The song is a funky/jazzy piece with TRAEDONYA!'s lyrical acumen and live instrumentation that takes you back to another period in music says A.K Smith-Ford of Prohibition Entertainment.

The song is going for adds now at R&B/Jazz and Adult Contemporary stations.

TRAEDONYA! aka ''The Bride Of New Funk Hipopera" has been singing since childhood. She gets her diversified funk from life experiences, has been trained at a jazz conservatory, yet was raised in the Bronx on Hip Hop. Her single ''Beloved'' was called Hipopera by the UK press due to her range of octaves and vocal styling. "I am just a international party girl at heart says" TRAEDONYA!

"As the Vice President of Urban Network, I have had the opportunity to hear some great music and to be at early stages of some great careers. The single ''Another Lie'' by TRAEDONYA! is one of those songs and TRAEDONYA! is one of those artist" says Arthur Mitchell.

TRAEDONYA!'s EP ''High Fructose Corn Syrup'' is due fall 2013.''

76 movie teaser

There seems to be no stopping Nollywood as they keep improving on their craft in areas of; story line, set prob's, picture quality and the list goes on..... Check this new effort from the award winning director Izu Ojukwu in the movie teaser ''76''

''Award winning director, Izu Ojukwu has done it again. Check outhis latest masterpiece, '76. starring, Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi mokeme, Adonijah owiriwa, ibinabo Fiberesima and Memry Savanhu. Its a must watch.''

Mafikizolo - Happiness Ft. May D

One of my favorite duo/band Mafikizolo from South Africa who are one of the front liners of Kwaito/House music are back with visuals to a single they released earlier in the year and it features our very own May D and its titled ''Happiness''. A very colorful and happy video indeed.
Check on it!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Lauryn Hill - Consumerism

She is back....... on the completion  of her jail term the highly talented artiste and instrumentalist Lauryn Hill  is back with a fast paced track titled ''Consumerism.''Indeed 2013 is an exciting year for music and Hip Hop.
Check on it



The entertainment powerhouse based in Wolverhampton, UK in September had a wrap up party, as well as the premiere of episode 6 of its series ''We Are Young'' and i can assure you it was one event and evening you cant forget in a hurry, well for those who attended. 
The evening brought together the who is who at the university of Wolverhampton after a long summer, folks got the chance to catch up and meet new friends with loads of food, drinks and good music being played. Then the highlight of the evening was the premiere of episode 6 of the series ''We Are Young'' where the story line had so much of love, romance and comedy with loads of lessons for people to learn.
Check out the video above and get the see more.....

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Meaku - ''Feel my world''

Meaku- Promise (In-Studio Performance)

”As Meaku gears for the Release of his “Great Flood” EP Fall 2013, he Releases his brand new R&B mixtape “Feel My World”, as an Ode to our traditional/Classic R&B, interjected with his signature R&B/POP style. Something that true R&B fans can appreciate.

Be on the lookout for more surprises from Meaku and his team in the very near future.”

Follow him on:
Twitter: @Meaku
Instagram: @TheRealMeaku

Mixtape Credits:


Cobe Obeah (Superstar Rapper on the rise. Just released his Acclaimed Mixtape Song of The Starz:Dark Night that is getting major buzz)

Glasses Malone (Cash Money Recording Artist)

Atm (Upcoming Rapper and Leader of the Bernie Lean Movement, that has Garnered well over 2 Million+ views via youtube)

ND (Up and coming Nigerian American R&B/Pop Singer)

Ruthless Diva Returns With "AFURUGINAYA"

''With great vocal power and so much sexiness to flaunt, Ruthless Diva, a singer/song-writer/producer who apparently is blessed with mind-blowing vocal co-ordination and a classic rhythmic skill that's sure to turn any song she goes on into a major tune is set to release a brand new single.

Ruthless Diva, a graduate of International Relations from NOUN, brews influences from the likes of Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige,Angelique Kidjoe and Brenda Fassie; she has along the years, developed a unique blend of Urban and African music, hence creating a new style of her own.

With this new offering of hers titled "Afuruginaya", as produced by Da Genius, Ruthless Diva introduces a unique blend of High-Life and R&Bgenres with the aim of reaching out to both the old and new generation. This new offering sees Ruthless Diva shine on the Da Geniusproduction, coupled with the song-writing skills of Muno. Listen up and share your thoughts. | ENJOY!!!''

Sagga Lee - Best Collabo

The delectable artiste Sagga Lee brings to us an amazing love song and it is titled ''Best Collabo.'' Produced by DJ MO
Check on it!



In as much as the entertainment industry requires more support from government and corporate bodies alike to attain its full potentials, we can’t deny the fact that the corporate bodies have been of tremendous support to the continuous growth of Nigeria entertainment industry.
The corporate bodies are needed to foster the growth of the industry by investing in it because the Nigerian entertainment industry is economically viable but its immense potentials have remained untapped. While we commend them for the role they have played so far in funding the industry, more is still needed to be done in the areas of big time investments such as establishing a properly structured pan Nigeria entertainment products distribution network to ward of pirates, CD replication and encoding plants which are highly capital intensive but guarantee high returns on investments. This is because projects of this magnitude cannot be singlehandedly undertaken by individuals and the very few who may have the required resources prefer the already crowded oil and gas industry.
India depends majorly on her entertainment industry and is actually generating more revenue which has come in handy as a driver of its developing economy. If we can invest in the entertainment industry, it will be a good alternative to our crude oil. Just as the corporate bodies have a vital role to play in making the entertainment industry economically viable and attractive; the government equally has a big role to play by creating an enabling environment.The industry is suffering from sponsorship of major events, distribution and Film funding.
This week, Entertainment Rave attempts to review the investments of the corporate bodies in the entertainment industry and their impacts.
Amongst all the Nigerian Banks, GT Bank can be rated the most supportive bank of the entertainment industry. On different occasions, the bank has supported few entertainment industry events including; D’Banj’s Koko Concert and the Thisday Music Festival. Aside supporting entertainment events once in a while, GT Bank has become endeared to all by its online platform; Ndani TV. Besides the exclusive celebrity interviews, the brand has become a favourite with the youth. Envisioned to be ‘the purveyor of Pan African taste and the #1 online destination for premium African business, entertainment and travel content’, the exclusive interviews of top entertainment celebrities presented on the platform has endeared them to lots of Nigerian youths with over 10,000,000 views on Youtube alone. What is however expected from GT Bank from lots of entertainment enthusiasts is to create direct investment by facilitating loan for entertainment entrepreneurs.
The maker of star, Nigerian Breweries is the biggest supporter of entertainment industry as far the beverage companies are concerned in Nigeria. The company launched Star Music many months as an application to be downloaded on mobile devices for latest music downloads, sharing and listening. However, the initiative is yet to record major successes because the goals were not properly defined. Loads of money has been expended on its promotion but it has not gained the desired popularity nor created the desired impact. Music buffs still prefer to go to Notjustok and other related sites to download and listen to new songs. This is simply because not all the latest songs are found on the Star Music App. For such application to have a meaningful impact, operators of Star Music App need to have an exclusive deal with major musicians for the few weeks of release. With heavy promotion, music buffs will have no option but to download the star app to listen and download new songs from their favourite Nigerian artistes. The second phase will be to monetise it having gained the necessary attention and patronage. At that stage, you can listen for free but can’t download for free. A token fee of N50 can be introduced for each download. Thus, both the artistes and Star Music will generate income from the project. If one million Nigerians download a song for N50, then these should translate to N50, 000,000.00 in cash.
Aside supporting entertainment events, Star has invested in major areas of the industry such as talent hunt contests and concerts; (Star Quest) and Star Music Trek. We can’t but remember Star Mega Jam too.
MTN is no doubt one of the biggest investors in the entertainment industry among other telecom companies. In the last few years, they have championed few courses and supported worthy initiatives. One of the company’s recent initiatives we have come to admire is the caller tunes and a full track downloads championed by the company. Under this arrangement, an artiste can make over N10M. MTN is also a major supporter of entertainment events such the Headies and sponsor of the music talent hunt contest; Project Fame which brought the likes of Iyanya, Chidinma and others to the limelight. The company has also toed the line of another telecom company, Globacom to sign different music acts such as Kcee, Davido, Wizkid, Iyanya, Chidinma, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Tiwa Savage and Praiz as its ambassadors. MTN is currently about to discover another super star with its recent promo, Song Star. Irrespective of any short comings, the company is adding value to the entertainment industry in no small measure.
Globacom is another supporter of the entertainment industry. Even though the company is always very wary of supporting entertainment events, the management has consistently indicated its good intentions to support major entertainment events once in a while. The company sponsored the now rested Glo Naija Sings but the seemingly lack of direction for the show affected the overall result of the competition. Globacom had to pull out because the show was totally cut out from the Nigerian audience. It eventually pitched its tent with X-Factor. The winner of the X-Factor show, DJ Switch got N24m cheque as first ever winner of the show with consolation prizes for other contestants. Besides these, Globacom is the first telecom company to sign up lots of Nigerian entertainers, music and movie stars as brand ambassadors. In preserving the labour of our heroes past, Globacom has kick started a new initiative, the Evegreen series with Evangelist Ebenezer Obey as the first veteran artiste to be honoured.
Even though we would have loved the company to support some major events especially award ceremonies organized by Nigerian based entertainment outfits to further encourage and reward a larger ratio of artistes, they have no doubt added glamour and great value to the industry.
Since Etisalat launched officially in Nigeria, the company has not hidden its desire to be part of the ever growing Nigerian entertainment industry. It supported Dynamix Awards then and signed Banky W as its first ambassador. Later on, the company began the sponsorship of a music talent hunt, Nigerian Idol in line with its youth oriented campaigns. (
Words by Seun Apara