Prominent Nollywood Producer, Bambino Anachina, Is Dead

Nollywood producer, Chukwudi Anachina, is dead.

Popularly known as Bambino Anachina, the deceased was also an actor and event compere.

Member of the Board of Trustees of Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP), Chris Ekejimbe, told members of a WhatsApp group on Saturday afternoon that Bambino’s wife confirmed the death to him.
“Just spoke with his wife. He is dead,” Ekejimbe wrote.

Friends and colleagues have expressed shock on Amachina’s Facebook page.

A product of Federal Polytechnic in Oko, Anambra State, Amachina counted musician, actor and politician, Tony One Week, as the biggest influence on his career.

Source: QED.ng

 

Ras Kimono: I Just Called…, By Azuka Jebose

Nwa ba, the anxiety of yesterday is still sweeping my moments. I do not understand anything, anymore. My memory is frozen in time…Today, I am worse than a zombie. So in between my “ayagayaga-yo” daze, I decided to call you. Remember, I promised to call today?. I dialed the wrong numbers and got a female voice on “your line”. Curiously and vexed, I asked:

“Who is this?”

“This is the phone operator”

“Sorry ma, me no wan the operator. Na Kimono me want!”.

I hung up, checked the phone numbers again!. Oh, my mistakes.

I dialed the right phone number. It rang until your voicemail activated. So, I decided to leave you these messages, since it seemed, you are avoiding my calls:

I heard you are leaving. I just called to ask why so soon and sudden?. I wished you could answer your damn phone and talk to me. Before you leave, I just wanted to remind you of the days of our lives “Ina mi land”: on life streets, we were soaked by our salty sweats, our feet covered by the dusty hopelessness of our land and living as we contended with our adversaries. Despite our misty and moist eyes, we saw a future, so close, yet far away. We were foot soldiers, marching forward, our parts, unknown. We had us: Syster Sybil Amuta, our first Love and Empress of the movement, Jah ‘ Stix band members, Majek Fashek, Black ‘Rice, Amos McCroy and George Orwell; Alex Zitto, Daniel Wilson, Ortis Wiliki, your young manager Uche, late Syster Peggy, Victor Essiet, Late Peterside Otong…You came to “mash up the system” with your protest poetry powered by defiant but charming personality. Nwa ba, the people prayed for your hybrid energy, music and message to awaken our consciousness, empower and call them to action: to rise and challenge the status quo. Nigeria was at the mercy of military nuisance and disturbance…

Our bond of brotherhood was firm, outside that masterpiece called Nigeria. Soon, we were UNDER PRESSURE, our hopes for a greatest tomorrow, fogged by false morning dews. So we left, hoping to live to fight another day.

We arrived at a new frontier where life happened. Despite the challenges in God’s own country, distanced by our different settlements in the new land, we stayed closer than closest, relied on each other’s encouragements to walk through strange experiences and culture shocks. Oh, nwa ba. Did you remember how life happened to me first?. You were worried about my divorce palava and pulling through that emotional wreck; your soft and tender voice on the phone reminding me of our paths to thence. You told me:

” nwa ba, we are rough riders. This too shall come to pass. Inu?”.

Yes. It came to pass, a new sunrise lifted my soul and you were there.
You were the trusted overseer for Majek Fashek, those Atlanta days. I was six hours away: your worries and concerns for him also became ours, a manifestation of loyalty to our profound brotherhood. We hoped best for him, worried and often frustrated by his shenanigans, yet we were true to Majek. Your words still ring in my brain:

” nwa ba, our brother don start again o. You need to come down to Atlanta and take your wahala…”.

Other days, I felt your raw frustrations, marinated in our beautiful Anioma dialect:
” nwa ba, afo ya tagbu iyu na Majek.( Belly would ache you and Majek), I don taya o. You see yourself?. Keep following mad and crazy musicians. We wey nor crase dey beg you to manage us, but you keep following the ones wey crase and wey don die: Majek. Fela. Okosun. Dem curse you?. Me wey be your brother, you no fit come manage. Na because I nor crase?. Afor ta gbue Jebose…”.

Those words and thunder laughter they generated, hmmm! Rasman, I still dey laugh. These were us, raw, naturally honest to ourselves and loved the feelings… “Kimo Nne”, I would deliberately trigger you into our dialect exchange. Our rocky roads to friendship led us to the eternal discovery of this brotherhood..
Nwa ba, how am I going to tell Sybil that you did not answer your phone?. Tell me!. What should I tell Sennami and her younger sisters?: that I am still waiting for their dad to call me back?. Our friends are hounding me to tell them about your life and music. The people are asking me questions that only you can answer. I do not want to tell anyone about you. It is Kimono that knows Kimono, not privileged information. Nwaba, please call back and get these chasers off my back, or is it true you have left?. Where are you going to, Nwa ba?. Kimo Nne, I just called, again?. You did not answer!!!.

Kunle Afolayan To Produce MKO Abiola’s Biopic

Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian actor and movie maker, on Tuesday, said that he will produce the biopic of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 elections.

Afolayan said this at the unveiling of Abiola’s statue in the Alapere area of Lagos state.

“I will do a film on the biography of MKO Abiola and what he stands for,” he said.

He said that Abiola was a martyr of democracy, who deserves to be immortalized. The biography, according to Afolayan, will be produced when “we have the budget to do so.”

Present at the unveiling were Governor Akinwunmi Ambode;  Idiat Adebule, deputy Governor of the state; and Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Governor;

Also at the event were Doyinsola Abiola, one of Abiola’s wives; Abdulmumuni Abiola, a son of late MKO Abiola; and other family members of the Abiola family.

Femi Pedro, a former deputy Governor of the state;  Abimbola Jakande, wife of former Governor of Lagos state, Lateef Jakande, also joined dignitaries at the event.

Also present were Desmond Elliot, a member representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos state House of Assembly, Steve Ayorinde, commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Segun Olulade, a member representing Epe constituency II in the Lagos state House of Assembly.

MKO Abiola was a Nigerian business mogul, politician and philanthropist. He contested the June 12, 1993 presidential election and overwhelmingly defeated his rival, Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention. The election was declared Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election by national and international observers, with Abiola winning in his Northern opponent’s home state. However, the election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, causing a political crisis which led to General Sani Abacha seizing power later that year.

In 1994, Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, an area mainly populated by the Yorubas. He was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of former military president Sani Abacha. Abiola spent four years in prison custody. He died in suspicious circumstanceson the day that he was due to be released on July 7, 1998.

President Muhammadu Buhari has however honoured Abiola posthumously with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, the highest award in the country.

 

Source: Newsbreak

5th AFRIMA Debuts 4 New Award Categories

DJs, Dancers, Artistes in the Diaspora can now win the AFRIMA 23.9k Gold-plated Trophy
The fifth edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership
with the African Union Commission, has debuted four new award categories
to enjoin inclusiveness and expand the playing field in the awarding
process for African music and creative professionals who have begun to
send in their entries for the 5th AFRIMA on the online submission portal
that opened on Friday, May 25 to commemorate the 2018 Africa Day.
The newly introduced award categories namely African DJ of the Year; Best
African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best
African Act in Diaspora (Female & Male), were carefully arrived at after
extensive consultations with African music stakeholders which included the
AFRIMA Academy of Voters and members of the International Committee of
AFRIMA in response to the yearnings and requests of stakeholders, DJ’s,
dancers and artistes in diaspora. This process attests to the objective of
AFRMA to use the African creative industry to showcase the unique cultural
heritage of Africa to the rest of the world while celebrating innovations
and diversification in Africa’s contemporary music industry.
AFRIMA awards categories are divided into two: Continental and Regional
categories. The Continental Category rewards African artistes in various
music genres and forms ranging from pop, hip hop, inspirational, jazz,
electro, DJ and more, while the Regional Category celebrates the
outstanding achievements of African artistes within their specific region
of origin.
African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African
Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora all fall
under the Continental Category. In addition, the Best African Act in
Diaspora is dedicated to artistes with African roots/origin who practice
their craft in the international music industry and have prominence and
renowned on the international music stage. The artiste’s music style could
either be in the traditional or contemporary forms of expression.
Commenting on the welcome development, the Jury Member representing Africa
music in the Diaspora (North America), Hadja Kobélé Keita said:
“AFRIMA have given African artistes, for the past few years, an
opportunity to capture the attention of an extension and comparatively
distinct swath of the public, while emphasising on the unique importance
of our diverse African musical culture. The addition of the Diaspora
category is a direct emphasis on the critical role Africans in diaspora
have as the ambassador of our culture on a global scale”.
Music videos, songs or recordings sent to the AFRIMA online submission
platform www.afrima.org must be produced, recorded or written (in the case
of songwriters) by African music professionals and publicly released
within the eligibility period of August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018. The
award is open to music artistes, producers, songwriters, video directors,
DJs, choreographers/dancers who stand a chance to win the AFRIMA 23.9k
gold-plated trophy in one or more of the awards 36 categories. AFRIMA also
has a special AFRIMA Legend Award category which recognises the special
lifetime achievements of living or dead African music icon as jointly
determined by the African Union, International Committee of AFRIMA and the
AFRIMA Jury.
Following the culmination of submission period is the adjudication process
where the AFRIMA 13-man Jury will, over two weeks, oversee the thorough
and fair screening, categorising and assessment of entries received. The
adjudication period ends with the unveiling of the AFRIMA 2018 Nominees
List. The 5th AFRIMA with the theme “Africa is Music” will be celebrating
the innovative sounds created by African artistes promoting the dynamism
of traditional and contemporary African music, while creating a global
market for the sustainability of African arts and culture.
Also to be featured as part of activities scheduled for the main awards
events is the Africa Music Business Roundtable, a combination of musical
conference and trade expo where stakeholders in the creative and arts
industry come together to discuss the business of music in Africa. There
is also the AFRIMA Music Village, a music concert and cultural festival
that accommodates over 40,000 music lovers across the continent who
witness live performances from their favourite African artistes.
The main awards ceremony is slated to come up in November 2018 and it will
be broadcast live to 84 countries around the globe.

Ras Kimono Is Unforgettable Reggae Giant – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the globally-acclaimed reggae star, Ras Kimono, saying his contribution to that genre of music can never be forgotten.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister extended his condolences to the family, friends and fans of the late artiste, and indeed to the entire Nigerian music industry, for losing a foremost proponent of reggae, a prominent campaigner for a better life for the people and a patriot.

He said Kimono will be remembered for his contribution to the elevation of reggae, his love of the masses, his life of discipline and his service to humanity.

”Kimono helped to blaze the trail for the phenomenal growth of the Nigerian music industry, and he was a worthy mentor to the younger generation of Nigerian musicians. His legacy will surely endure,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He prayed that God will grant his family the strength to bear their loss, and grant repose to the soul of the departed.

We Will No Longer Sue Falz Over ‘This is Nigeria’ Video – MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)on Monday said it will no longer take legal action against Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana over his controversial ‘This is Nigeria’ video.

Last week, MURIC had issued the artiste a seven-day ultimatum for the withdrawal of the video and had also demanded an apology.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Islamic group said “in deference to pleas made by well-meaning Nigerians,” it has resolved to drag the artist to government agencies that are responsible for censoring films and videos.
The statement signed by Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, read: “Our office has since been inundated with solidarity visits, while our telephone lines have been flooded with a deluge of calls from members, friends, well-wishers, journalists and other concerned Nigerians, majority of whom are of the Islamic faith.

“In deference to pleas made by well-meaning Nigerians, in order to keep faith with our avowed motto (Dialogue, Not Violence) and to further confirm that MURIC is a listening, mature and responsible organisation committed to promoting peace in Nigeria, the Think-Tank resolved to drag the artist to government agencies saddled with the responsibility of censoring films and videos.

“It is not a U-turn but a sudden change in tactics.”

The group said the new move “will have a more enduring impact not only on Falz but the entire industry” as it will make agencies sit up to their responsibilities.

“MURIC is no longer contemplating court action against Falz, neither are we demanding any apology from him or his management,” the statement read.

“The likely pecuniary gain in the event of a court validation of our claims does not interest us. We are no longer looking at Falz but at a larger picture.

“The matter will now go to those government agencies who are supposed to do their jobs in the first place. Instead of creating media tension and granting cheap popularity, this matter will now be handled by professionals who know what to do.

“In the interest of peace, law and order, we are calling on the National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to take up the matter from this moment.”

Furthermore, MURIC maintained that the video is “offensive and provocative,” saying it “portrays Fulanis (and Nigerian Muslims) as killers”.

The group added that the video “is capable of igniting crisis and precipitating a general breakdown of law and order”.

Gov Okowa Mourns Ras Kimono, Says He Was A True Music Legend

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has commiserated with the Nigerian music industry, family and friends of reggae music maestro, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday at the age of 60.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa conveyed condolences to the music industry and the Onicha-Olona community in Delta State, native home of reggae exponent over the loss.

Describing the deceased as a true music legend whose songs entertained Nigerians in the 80s,

The statement read “I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend.

“He will be remembered for his hit song “Rumbar Stylee. I join lovers of reggae music to mourn this great loss. He belonged to an era of great reggae music exponents in Nigeria”, the governor stressed.

The Governor noted that Ras Kimono spent all his life promoting good governance through reggae music, good entertainment and healthy community relations.

As one of the legends of reggae music, the governor commends the late Ras Kimono for contributing to the development of music in Nigeria, and sustaining his interest in the music industry even in old age by participating in several music concerts.

Governor Okowa affirmed that the music industry in Nigeria benefitted from the contribution of the late musician, who also mentored many younger Nigerian musicians, praying that the almighty God will accept the soul of the departed, and comfort the family he left behind.

List Of Winners For The 2018 Tony Awards

Selected list of winners of the 2018 Tony Awards, announced Sunday.

Best Musical: “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Play: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.”

Best Book of a Musical: “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Revival of a Play: “Angels in America.”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Once on This Island.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, “Three Tall Women.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Tony Shalhoub, “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Katrina Lenk, “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane, “Angels in America.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, “Three Tall Women.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ari’el Stachel, “The Band’s Visit.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lindsay Mendez, “Carousel.”

Ras Kimono: I Will Call You Tomorrow, By Azuka Jebose

Rasman, so this is how you anchored your last live performance?: on a lazy Sunday in June?. “Nwa ba”, it is humid here, the sun is tearing earth’s morning. I will not mourn, not this June… No!. I will reflect on our younger years and what happened to us along our new hope road in life. Yesterday, Alex Zitto and I chatted on the phone for about an hour. We reasoned about you. Last week, you told Zitto, during your last call, that after you arrived here, my two friends would “go and visit Jebose in North Carolina”. That was yesterday. Our conversations are still fresh. So I will not mourn because you are still coming to visit me. I am waiting!!!…
This morning, you decided the last encore without applause. You didn’t invite us. You did not tell your family, friends and fans about a secret eternal garden performance. You chose your song, time and venue. Ras man, did you forget that ”Na Kimono dem want?”. You left us to romanticize about unexpected final bow to life and living. Oh, Okwudili Onwubuya( death is sorrow)!
We were part finders to our destinies in life. Along with our pleasant valley of struggles and hustles, we became brothers: those were in the 80s. You hustled every space in the creative industry. You had the gift and glamour of young hard working entertainer and Reggae toaster. I was the chronicler of happenstances…You were determined to share your talent and unafraid of the challenges. So we walked along the milky ways of recording studios: from Japex Studios on Anthony Village, snaked through Ottor Records, Tabansi and EMI records, seeking future, fame and finance. Rasman, you sacrificed your tattered youth days for recognition and acceptance. You pleaded with music business to just “gimme likkle sugar for me tea”. The “likkle sugar” was an audience while your tea was your profound rhythms, lyrics and style of reggae music. These record studios were our hard rock cafe until PolyGram Records reached out and signed you “ina Rumba style”.

I watched and sometimes walked the road to Stardom Boulevard with you. Did you remember our weekend musings at Magama Nite club, Bariga axis, where you created a first cult following?, the midnight hours at Caban Bamboo at Hotel bobby Benson, the naughtiness inside Klass Nite Club, Chez de Gracias Nite Club, Lords and Ace (later renamed Ozone) nite clubs?. Oh, Kimono, how about our chances at Floating Buka Club inside a permanently docked ship by the waterfront of marina…We floated our passion for music and fell in floating love, serenaded by your toast live music and the cool smooth marina breeze.
Your music and lyrics became our weapons against police and military brutalities and marginalization. You arrived at the most unique times in our lives. You were bold, rugged and UNDER PRESSURE. We were just ordinary everyday Nigerians whose lives were compressed by economic mismanagement by our past leaders. You gave us hope, told our stories with brilliant dub master beats and tempo. We gyrated. We listened. We danced.
Few years after we disconnected, we found each other in America, their Americas. The story I will tell tomorrow. It is late now. I must let you rest from today’s shenanigans.. you are tired. “Nwa ba” Kachifueh( Goodnight). I will call you tomorrow morning.

Because Nature Holds The Master Key

(For Kunle Ajibade @ 60), By Akeem Lasisi

After padlocking the phobia cage
He flung the key into the belly of his gun
The spare he banked with his Hit Man
Since for him to savour phantom peace
The truth must be jailed for life and death.
But because nature wields the ultimate key
The Caver disappeared into an eternal cave
Because nature holds the master key, Ajibade
You have lived to dance to sixty songs.

But your sacrilege had no semblance
Your crime was clearer than a crystal glass
They said your partner heard the rumour of a rumour
Of a rumour of a rumoured coup
Instead of dashing to the Junta’s press
He beckoned on your editors at a tempo high
His neck was not available the day they came for his head
But the Emperor might have no faith
He was a master of verses of bones and blood:
He would inflict the wrath of a friend on the head of a friend
Because adan the trans-species bird had proved slippery
Oobe must pay the price of life and death:
But because nature holds the master key
You have lived to anchor our robust talks.

Salt of our reading feasts,
Your voice is gentler than a drizzle’s
But you drive the discourses with a passion fierce
Osundare is a star witness –
You deconstructed his muse on the Goethe slab
Erelu had tasted your burning wit
At the novel session on her whispering texts.
In your winding critic’s world, Ajibade
There are three sides to a literary coin,
There are three sides to the page of a book!
Custodian of tertiary senses,
You hear the sound of the unwritten word
And because nature holds the master key, Ajibade
You have lived to dance to sixty songs.