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‘Why We Are Taking Headies To The United States’ – Ayo Animasahun

Ayotunde Ayanda
Executive producer of the Headies Awards, Ayo Animasahun has explained why the organizers decided to take the 15th edition of the entertainment award out of Nigeria to the United States for the first time.
Animasahun while answering questions from the Nigerian Tribune at the pre-awards ceremony hosted by the American Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard at her official residence in Ikoyi, Lagos said ‘ Atlanta in the US  is the black capital of the world where black music thrives, it’s the centre of entertainment and I don’t see why we shouldn’t do something like this there, we’ve done it in Nigeria for 14 years, its time to take it out of Africa’.
Animasahun when further probed how he feels about people misunderstanding the concept stated ‘they should wait and see. Whatever you want to do there are always unbelievers, but you shouldn’t bother about them no one has done this before and we need everybody to join hands so we can do it together’.
The US Mission Nigeria hosted a reception on Thursday 13 May 2022 to honor the 15th Annual Headies Music Awards which will be held for the first time in Atlanta this year.
Delivering remarks at the event, Ambassador Leonard applauded the growing ties between Nigeria and America in the creative industry.
She explained that the choice of Atlanta to host the Headies symbolizes the growing relationship between the music industries in the United States and Nigeria and the growing relationship between the music industries in the United States and Nigeria and the growing popularity of Nigerian music.
Anchored by comedian Bovi and Basketmouth, the event was attended by entertainment best, media giants and people from different sectors.
The event was lighted with performances from Goya Mean, Teni, D’Banj and Rema with an attendance by Amaju Pinnick, Dayo Adeneye, Kenny Ogungbe, ID Ogungbe, Zizi Cardow, Joro Olumofin, Ayeni Adekunle, TEE A, Steve Babaeko, Nike Davies Okundaye, Gbenga Adebija and other industry greats.

Wole Arisekola’s Ode To Humanity

-Ayotunde Ayanda
Every 4th of April is a special day in the life of businessman and the publisher of Street Journal Magazine, Bowale Wole Arisekola. It’s his birthday and a day he had set aside to touch the lives of his people in Ibadan and other areas of Oyo State.
Arisekola who was recently made the head of his clan as the Mogaji Ajenigi-Eye of Yemetu-Oje compound, Ibadan is a man that doesn’t joke with the well being of his people , thus informing the reason he has picked Monday, 4th of April, 2022 to launch a foundation in the memory of his late mother.
The foundation according to him will cater for the welfare of the aged, women and children in Ibadan and Oyo State in general.
He claimed the launch of the foundation is part of his effort to lessen the daily challenges the people face and he has mapped out plans to help in the areas of scholarship, health provision and job creation.
Arisekola is not new to giving and helping the people, the Wole Street Journal Platform he created a decade ago has touched the lives of many through youth empowerment, community development and employment.
The people of Oje, Beere, Mapo, Foko, Ita-Baale, Yemetu, Agodi, Agbadagbudu, Adeoyo and other parts of Ibadan still echo the support provided them by the foremost journalist and his team during the covid-19 pandemic.
The Mogaji who owns the Arryhan PR and Oke’badan Oil and Gas said the launch of the foundation will start with special prayers and designed to be a small affair of strictly friends and family members.

I Will Reveal His Dirty Secrets In My New Song- Singer, Saheed Osupa Hints Fans As He Declares War On Seyi Makinde

Many who had thought the raging war between fuji musician, Saheed Osupa and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde is over are in for a surprise.
In a recent show held at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, the musician declared was on the Governor when he hinted his fans of his plans to unveil some dirty secrets about the politician in his new song.
Saheed Osupa released an album some time ago where he told a story of Chief Rasheed Ladoja and Seyi Makinde in a tone themed in betrayal, lies and ungratefulness.
Sources privy to the issues the singer had with the Governor claimed he reached out to the singer after the song was released, but it was not certain if the singer honoured his invite or not.
Those in the know claimed Osupa’s grudge against Makinde was what he termed ‘use and dump’, a tactic the singer said has become the style in the running of Oyo State.
At the recent APC Youth Carnival in Ibadan where the musician was contracted to sing, he blasted the Governor and told his fans in plain yoruba ‘e ti ri nkankan o! gbogbo iwa palapala e ni mo ma reveal ninu orin mi to ma jade soon, e ma gbo wirnwinrin’ (you have seen nothing, I would reveal all his dirty acts in my new song, you would be stunned).

Day Award Winning Photojournalist, Bamigbelu’s ‘The Atmosphere’ Berth In Ibadan(PHOTO)

Ademola ‘Origa’ Bamigbelu

John Olatunbosun

Alhaji Salman Yusuf

It was fanfare at the Alliance Francaise, Ibadan the day ace Nigerian sport photojournalist, Ademola Bamigbelu host media and the general public to his seven days photography exhibition tagged The Atmosphere.
Explaining the theme of the exhibition, Bamigbelu, fondly called Origa by friends and associates, the ‘Atmosphere’ is a compilation of images photographed across West Africa which tells the stories of various events captured by him.
“The cultural and traditional displays fascinate me each time I come across them at different stadiums. And the lens with me goes beyond my imagination and I never deny my mind to illuminate these visuals expressively. The reason I am showcasing the ‘Atmosphere’, he said.
Speaking further,
Bamigbelu, who has been following football matches and cultures attached to the beautiful game since the early 1980s, said the exhibition is about the fans and other characters that make the sporting atmosphere live apart from the major factors which are the players.
“Encountering dedicated fans and supporters despite finding themselves in different situations can be astonishing while working around the pitches.
“The good, the bad, and ugly attitudes are brought to the fore.
“I believe it is worthy to showcase them as a way of appreciating their undying love, keeping the momentum at all times. They are indeed the game changers!
“I have been able to capture in different poise for over 19 years through my lens and they deserve to be celebrated just like the footballers on the field of play,” added the award winning photographer.
Side attracting during the opening day of the exhibition include an encounter with an old man, Alhaji Salman Yusuf, who has been drumming in support of IICC Shooting Stars now renamed Shooting Stars Sports Club for over 40 years and also with a widely traveled football juggler who goes by the sobriquet LL Cool J who was known for his ability to recreate football skills and mannerisms of famous football players, coaches, and referees such as Taribo West, Jay- Jay Okocha, Mikel Obi, Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, and others.
Speaking at the occasion, the director of the Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, John Akinsunmi Olatunbosun showered encomium on Bamigbelu for his initiative that brought about the exhibition saying ” to be exceptional in whatever your are doing, you must think outside the box and this is what make Bamigbelu’s work exceptional.”

SWAN Boss, Niyi Alebiosu with his members at the exhibition

U.S. Government Exchange Alumna Opens Nigeria’s First Waste Museum

Waste Museum Ibadan

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Waste Museum

Guests at the opening of the Waste Museum in Ibadan

A 2019 alumna of the United State of America Consulate’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, Jumoke Olowookere has opened the first of its kind waste museum and up-cycling training center in Nigeria with support from the United States Africa Development Foundation.
The U.S. government has always support and encourage sound waste management practices that protect the environment and foster socio-economic inclusion for people in low-income communities.
The Waste Museum will provide environmental education and equip women and youth from undeserved communities with up-cycling skills.
At the opening ceremony of the museum in Ibadan, Olowookere highlighted the importance of finding creative and productive ways to create employment by turning waste into valuable products.
She explained that her overall objectives of establishing the Waste Museum is to protect the environment from degradation and support the expansion of sustainable up-cycling businesses in Nigeria.
“Environmental risk factors of indiscriminate disposal of waste and the rising pile of garbage in our cities are huge. With the Waste Museum, we are showcasing the value of waste,” Olowookere said.
“We want people to see how waste can be turned into wealth. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that no waste goes into the landfill –– a zero waste future is possible.”
Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the museum in Ibadan, U.S. Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz applauded Olowookere for raising awareness among the youth and encouraging community members to take the lead and be part of the solution to preserving the environment.
She noted that the U.S. government will continue to support efforts aimed at encouraging increased and improved up-cycling and recycling in Nigeria.
“Today, we are celebrating the opening of the Waste Museum as it creatively and sustainably addresses two societal challenges —unemployment and waste management.” Foltz said.
“The U.S. Consulate is particularly inspired by the work of our AWE alumna, Jumoke Olowookere. The opening of the Waste Museum further demonstrates the impact U.S. government exchange alumni are making to address challenges in their local communities across Nigeria.”
The U.S. government is committed to supporting alumni of its programs by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni living in Nigeria have a number of opportunities to be involved in post-exchange activities, and receive access to specialized resources including grant opportunities.
The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.
Designed to cultivate entrepreneurial know-how, AWE helps women entrepreneurs connect with funding opportunities, enhance opportunities for business expansion, and increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial success.

Handle Your Weapons With Civility -NSCDC Commandant Tasks Oyo New Female Armed Squad

Newly Inaugurated NSCDC Female Armed Squad in Oyo State

The newly formed female armed squad of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been charged to to live up to expectation as a women by enhancing peace with their weapon rather than creating troubles in the country.
Speaking at the passing out parade of female armed squad in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Tuesday, NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, who was represented by Assistant Commandant General of the Corps Shem Obafaiye said because of the trust and investment in the female squad, they should ensure to handling their weapons with civility and follow the rules of engagement.
Obafaiye said Nigeria at this critical time because of the insecurity, needs an Amazon, a replica of the female soldiers who fought the Dahomey war in those days and the newly inaugurated NSCDC Female Armed Squad should live up to expectation by protecting the interest of the people.
In his address, the Oyo State commandant, Michael Adaralewa said that the inauguration is one of the transformation programme of the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi to rejig and reposition the Corps as the organisation response to the plethora of security challenges facing the country, of which Oyo State is not left out.
Speaking further, Commandant Adaralewa said the aim of the formation of the squad is to further ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties, adding that the personnel had been made to undergo training in the principles of internal security.
He urged citizens to synergise with security agencies in the state, including the civil defence, just as he warned criminals in the state to vacate the territory or face the wrath of the law.
In his message at the event, the Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde congratulated the female armed squad for going against all odds to get to the conclusion of the training.
Makinde, who was represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon Mojeed Mogbonjubola, promised his support for the civil defence with whatever it would take to nip criminal activities in the bud across the pacesetter state.
One of the special guest at the epoch event, Ambassador Romoke Ayinde gave kudos to the Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Abubakar Audi on the formation of the all female squad because of the role women can play toward peace in the nation.
“The inauguration of the female squad is a good initiative because as we all know, the women folks are close to our children and their femininity can work for them in ensuring protection for educational sector from ritualists, cultists and other criminals and thus safeguarding the future of our children,” Ambassador Ayinde, who is a Universal Peace Federation Justice of Peace and Supreme Human Right National Ambassador of Peace said.

US Consulate, Morehouse College Hold Music Masterclass, Performance For Over 1000 Youths

The United States Government is committed to strengthening its bilateral ties with Nigeria through music, arts and film which brings diverse people together and creates space for discussion and exchange.

 

The United States Consulate General Lagos supported the Morehouse College Glee Club in Atlanta, Georgia, to organize music masterclasses and choral performances for more than 1000 secondary and tertiary students and choir directors in Lagos, Enugu, and Akwa Ibom states.

 

The Glee Club, which is also celebrating the 50th year anniversary of its first tour in Nigeria performed American songs, particularly African-American spirituals, which have roots in West African music with more than 30 student choral groups across the three states.

 

The music masterclasses and choral performances led by the Director of Morehouse Glee Club, Professor David Morrow, Morehouse Glee Club Vocalist, Professor Timothy Miller and Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Africana Digital Ethnography Project, Dr. Aaron Carter-Enyi provided participants the opportunity to learn and improve their musical skills.

 

In her remarks at the grand finale held at the University of Lagos, U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo noted that the music masterclasses and choral performances showcased the U.S. Mission’s strong commitment to strengthening cultural relations between the people of Nigeria and the United States.

 

She underscored the importance of music as a powerful medium for fostering cooperation, dialogue, and promoting cross-cultural collaboration.

 

“We recognize that we have many common interests, especially in areas as diverse as music, film and the arts through which we create dialogue and exchange. The role of music in diplomacy cannot be overemphasized, especially with its emphasis on free expression, creativity and collaborative teamwork,” she said.

 

Pierangelo stated that the deep ties between the United States and Nigeria are extended through institutions like Morehouse College and other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States, which have continued to serve as home for international students seeking education in the United States, including many from Nigeria.

 

She added that Nigeria currently ranks highest among African countries and 10th largest country in the world with students in U.S. institutions, and this has continued to expand U.S. and Nigeria’s international partnership, deepening our bilateral ties.

 

“We are thrilled to see and support this capacity building of emerging music makers. I know that these music masterclasses will enhance our cultural engagement with the people of Nigeria and highlight growing U.S.-Nigeria ties and the vast potential of African-American music to the African continent and beyond,” she said.

 

Fifty years ago, the Morehouse College Glee Club organized its first musical tour to Nigeria with the support from the U.S. Department of State and there were song exchanges between both countries. Today, U.S. high school and college choirs including the Morehouse College Glee Club often sing in Nigerian languages, showing the long-term impact of that exchange.