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Lagos explodes, as Eko 2012 begins


THE usually boisterous Lagos environment has assumed a new crescendo following the influx of the cream of Nigerian youths for an event seen as the harbinger of good fortunes for several of them.

It is the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF), which opening ceremony holds today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, with the contingents of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, gathering to begin their journey to stardom.

Over the years, the NSF has produced many budding athletes, who went on to become some of the best athletes of the world, and this 18th edition, like the maiden edition of the event hosted by the state in 1973, is being looked upon as one to reignite the spirit of friendship among Nigerians.

on Monday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the festival told Nigerians that the stage was set for one of the most memorable events of the 12-year old 21st century Nigeria.

Already, the hostels of the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and the Federal Technical College, Akoka, are fully occupied by the athletes, some of who are coming to the city for the first time.

According to the MOC Secretary, Abba Yola, the stage is set for the event expected to feature over 10,000 athletes and 1,000 technical officials, as well as a sizeable number of supporters of the 36 states and the FCT.

Yola revealed that all the 36 states and the FCT would compete in various sports events, including athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, cricket, cycling, handball, hockey, judo, kick-boxing, taekwondo, tennis, swimming, squash, scrabble, football, volleyball and traditional sports, among others.

He added, however, that only Lagos would feature in all the events. Aside the events on the tracks and fields, visitors to the Centre of Excellence have been guaranteed the time of their lives.

In today’s opening ceremony, the organisers have put together a spectacle that would feature the history of Lagos and what makes the state the centre of excellence.

According the Artistic Director of the opening and closing ceremonies, Peter Badejo, the event will be far different from the previous editions of the festival, as the ceremony will explain the rich culture of Lagos State.

“When we look at the message of the past editions of the festival, the content of their displays is always the same,” he noted. “It is always highlighted with fire display but we thought we could be different because Lagos is very rich in terms of its culture and its formative experience.

“So we feel it would be good to look at the content we have, as I have mentioned before. We thought it would be good to tell some kind of formative story.”

The United Kingdom-based director explained that fire display, Eyo masquerade, contemporary dancers, royal dancers and calisthenics are some of the highlights of today’s event, adding: “I feel the migration story of how people came to Lagos would be interesting.

“There are many stories about Lagos; this one of the Olofin coming from Ile-Ife, and the mythology of the methodological story that goes around it, where the Awo and Ise, which is the Osuka, has to be put on a river.

“The first place where it sank, which is the Isheri, that is where the Isheri people came from and they have spread into Lagos. The same place where the pot finally sank in Ido, that’s where the Awo is, is called the Awori and the Aworis and Isheri’s are the ones who have spread all through Lagos.

“So we look at that story and we loosely put it around all the contents we have and that makes the story of the show from the beginning to the end. Among the art that developed, we chose music.”

The director, who said he had researched into the history of Lagos to build a concept for the Eko 2012 Games, added that the event, which would be a big cast of 4,000 people in different capacities, would also accommodate late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s song, entitled, “Water no get enemy.”

According to him, about 200 members of the late legend’s dancers were used in the production as well as his band. He said: “Well, it is a big cast. We have almost 4,000 people in different capacities. We have content of the whole show – the masquerade, carnival and dancers; we have calisthenics of a thousand pupils.

“We have masquerades, like I said, carnival, we have the Eyo dancers, the royal dancers and the royal female drummers, who initiated Eyo from its beginning. Then we have the contemporary dancers, who come with their expression in things like the anthem, theme music and National Anthem.”

Badejo said that among of the great musicians that call Lagos their home, including Ayo Bankole, Shodeke and Fela Anikulapo Kuti, “we thought this is an opportunity to use Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s concept of music because water is very important to Lagos.”

The team, he noted, has been training together for about three weeks, and as individual groups for a month, and Nigerians would witness an opening ceremony as never seen before.

Wizkid on The Juice with Toolz


In this revealing interview, the “Pop Prince of Africa” , Wizkid, speaks to Toolz about the past few months and how his career has grown internationally. He also reveals all the juicy details about his new superstar friends, his love life as well as his long time crush on Genevieve Nnaji and addresses the rumors about a beef between him and Davido.

If you’re already a fan, prepare to become a “Superfan”!

KIDFLAKE – KOMA ROLL


The Nigerian music scene has been taking over by young, talented and fresher artistes, with skills that are unimaginable, Today Nigezie.tv exclusively introduces another young artiste from Nigeria to the world.

He was born Akingbile Ayodeji Olajuwon in the early 1990’s and he started singing at the age of twelve. Kidflake is presently one of the most anticipated young emerging singer in Nigeria, he is a boy blessed with good looks and he could be compared to wizkid, Dammykrane, Flowssick, Shank and davido.

Kidflake has being underground working on his production skills, performing on campuses.

He hopes to work with wizkid, Davido, Dammykrane, tuface, Dbanj and Bankyw.

Kidflakes drops his new single titled koma roll which was produced by E-magic and mixed by diposit.

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Chris Brown Signs Modeling Deal with Wilhelmina Agency


It looks like Chris Brown wants to expand his presence into the fashion world. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the R&B crooner has signed with the management division of the Wilhelmina modeling agency.

Brown, who runs his own clothing line Black Pyramid, is hoping Wilhelmina can help him secure fashion and beauty endorsement deals. In a statement, Brown seemed excited about his new venture. “Art and style has always played a significant role in my life — it’s evolved with me throughout my career,” he said of the partnership.

Critics might see this as a high-risk deal for Wilhelmina because of Brown’s checkered past. Clothing and beauty advertisers maybe stand-offish due the singer’s 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

However, Taylor Hendrich, director of Wilhelmina Men, doesn’t seem worried about that and is up for the challenge of revamping the singer’s bad-boy image. “Chris Brown is a … multifaceted artist with a unique take on style, and we are excited to translate and extend his brand,” he said. Judging by his recent fashion spread in Prestige magazine, we think Brown is ready to show off his fashionable side.

In the meantime, Brown is causing a stir on the Internet with his duet with Rihanna on the infectious ‘Nobody’s Business.’ In addition, the ‘Fortune’ singer is flying across the pond for his 12-date Carpe Diem world tour, which starts on Nov. 17 in Norway.

Congrats to Brown on his Wilhelmina deal.

Introducing HOLY MAN


Nigerian Music has metamorphosed into an international type of music from the local recordings that greeted Nigerians at independence. One could count the number of musicians at that time without cracking one’s brain. There were very few live bands, as well as radio stations in the country.

These pioneer Nigerian Artists had simple, but conscious lyrics. The Nigerian musician threw conscious lyrics away in favour of fast selling lyrics usually in nature and glorifying sex, forgetting that music is a mission not a competition.

DA HOLYMAN

Da Holyman started his music in the early 90s in Jos city, Nigeria. He was a member of the popular group known as Men In Black (MIB) a group formed by Da Holyman and Late Rex Alberto Shibarbs who was one of the best radio presenters in Jos and Nigeria at that time. Da Holyman was Influenced by the king of Pop, Michael Jackson of blessed memory. He started music with the stage name “Voodoo man”, a man who had sold his soul to the devil. Living a bad life style and writing X-rated lyrics.

The name Da Holyman evolved after his personal encounter with Jesus Christ, after reading the Bible passage that says, “at the end of time all men shall bear the inscription Holy, Holy, Holy on their foreheads and chest”. Born August 19, 1975, hails from Gwer Local Government of Benue State Nigeria. The home state of one of Africa’s best music artistes 2 Face Idibia.

His real name is Terry Tyokura Gang, handles the acoustic guitar and keyboard. Calls his kind of music ZEBRA Music, meaning a style of music that is neither gospel nor circular, but in between. Just like the Zebra animal which is neither black nor white, but in between. He is blessed with a gift of writing deep and conscious lyrics with constant recourse to rhyming scheme. He raps with confidence and skills, recently people have likened him to Rugged Man, mode 9 and presently MI. From this moment onwards, Da Holyman is taking over the Nigerian music industry with his Holy lyrics. He has a slogan “Holy life” a concept he deduced from the late 2 Pac Shakur’s Thug Life Message.

Holyman attended Corona Private School Bukuru, after which he proceeded to Federal Government College Jos. Due to transfer, he moved to Greater Tomorrow Comprehensive Secondary School Benin, Edo State Nigeria. He returned to Jos to pursue a Diploma Programme in Tourism at the Plateau State Polytechnic Barking Ladi. His search for knowledge never stopped him from pursing his musical career as he was performing on campus and even performed at Miss Uni-Jos Beauty Pageant then alongside Rex Alberto Shibarbs of MIB. Not satisfied with the Diploma Qualification, he went to University of Abuja to study a course related to his ambition in life. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts and is currently undertaking a second degree in Computer Science. He served in Ebonyi State during his National Youth Service Corpse Assignment. He was posted to Ebonyi State Arts Council, where he won the Second Best Choreographer prize at the orientation camp with the dance he directed and choreographed.

He also has an American award known as Konga Hidden Talents Awards, which he won in the year 2000. Holyman emerged the overall winner of the University of Abuja campus talent hunt show, with the song “One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison” in 1998/9 Da Holyman’s debut album is titled Happy Home. It is a 10 tracker album. The title Happy Home is used symbolically here. Home here refers to his beloved country Nigeria. Mama refers to Mother Nature. The album opens with the title track Happy Home, the second track, Lucky man. A question pops up as track three, Why Do You Judge Me? Wife Party, Dance for me and A One Party mix are the fourth, fifth, sixth track respectively.

A remix of Happy Home featuring Adu Deme is on the seventh track. Even people with clean lyrics have one special person in their life, that is why the pen ultimate track is titled Anything I Do, I Do For You. The final track on this album is titled One Man’s sounds is Another Man’s Noise. This album has a song for every class of music lover, a song for the young, old, good and bad people

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Falcao not thinking about Chelsea move


Chelsea target Ramadel Falcao has distanced himself from speculation regarding a move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge, insisting “the last thing I’m thinking about right now is a transfer.

The Colombian forward has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 13 goals in 11 appearances for Los Rojiblancos, including a hat-trick against the Blues.

“The last thing I’m thinking about right now is a transfer,” he told reporters.

“I have a contract with Atletico Madrid and I’m focused on my team.”

Falcao has made no secret of his desire to move abroad, telling Radio Caracol: “The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come. I keep dreaming.”

Goal.com exclusively revealed Chelsea and Atletico have opened up talks over a potential £48.1million (€59.8m) January move for the sought-after striker, who hit 25 goals in the Spanish league last season.

The forward featured in Colombia’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in New Jersey on Wednesday night, and stated his international side can learn a lot by playing against a side of the Selecao’s ability.

He added: “It was a very good game. We expected a great Brazilian team and we found it like that. They made it difficult for us to have possession of the ball the way we like it. We learned a lot from today.

“I expected a strong game from the defence and I had to fight to touch the ball because they are very strong defenders.”

Alves: Barcelona players responsible for Guardiola exit


Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes Pep Guardiola left the club because the players “were no longer responding to him as he desire

In the space of four years Guardiola quickly became the most successful coach in the Catalan club’s history, but made the shock decision to step down as boss at the end of last season, and Alves feels that was because of him and his team-mates.

“Pep said that he would only leave when we were no longer responding to him,” Alves said in an interview with Le Buteur.

“We did not respond to him on the field as he would have liked and this is why the players feel responsible for his departure.”

The Brazil international also spoke of his highly-rated compatriot Neymar and spoke of the differences between him and Blaugrana team-mate Lionel Messi.

“The difference between Messi and Neymar is that Messi plays in Europe, while Neymar is still in Brazil,” he continued.

“Even without tactical discpline, what is important for a team is having players with maturity and a sense of responsibility.

“To further his career, Neymar must come to Europe and preferably to Barcelona.”

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