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2009/06/30

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2009/06/29

EXTRA EXTRA : REVEALED ! THE LADIES OF THE KOKO MANSION + 9JAGAL.COM IS NOW LIVE!!!!!

Kokolette Bidemi Jolayemi
(BIDEMI)

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Age: 23



Occupation: Student [Olabisi Onabanjo University]



Bidemi is an unrepentant optimist. “I’m a girl with a PMA – Positive Mental Attitude” she reaffirms, “I’m disciplined, sociable, and hardworking”. Bidemi’s strong faith in humanity gives her a romantic disposition that believes that something good could always be harnessed from very bad situations.

She’s always never in favor of popular opinions on issues, fashion, and everything in between, “I don’t like following the crowd, and I like setting my own unique trends, dictating my own pace, because I never let myself to be sucked in by peer pressure”


She comes to the mansion, with years of experience living with strangers, from boarding school to her hostel on campus, “I’ve lived with strangers before and they all became friends with me, I’m patient, and it really takes time to get on my nerves, however I don’t like people taking me for granted”

Next is Kokolette Bolanle Okhiria

(BOLANLE)

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Age: 21



Occupation: Student [Lagos State University]



Bolanle’s first reactions to her selection was loaded with surprise, doubt, and utter consternation; she honestly thought someone was playing pranks on her, “I waited for so long for that call, and when it finally came through I was too excited to believe it was real – I had to tell the producers to prove to me that it wasn’t some kind of a joke” she said, still ecstatic about being selected. Bolanle, or Miss Bee as her close friends would call her, can best be described as a rounded character fresh off the set of a television sitcom – her intelligence, beauty, and sense of humour are some of the qualities that make her company completely irresistible. She describes herself as a romantic person who can’t be intimidated by anybody.

Want to get to know the other KOKOLETTES? Head over to our New site: http://9jagal.com

You can also display your own fashion style on the new 9jagal.com (SHOW YOUR STYLE SECTION) but your have to be registered with us.

This blog started in JUNE 2006 ---now three years on we believe our readers need a community to share and inspire others. That is why 9jagal.com is NOW live! We will have limited blog posts on NAIJAGAL.BLOGSPOT.COM and extensive blog posts on 9jagal.com

FULL VIDEO OF JANET JACKSON'S SPEECH AT THE BET AWARDS!

As we stated in the previous post Janet Jackson came onstage at the conclusion of the BET 2009 Awards show and gave a really touching speech, thanking everyone for their support. Please watch the video below:



I was left in tears at the end; how did you feel readers?

2009/06/28

JANET JACKSON'S SPEECH AT THE BET AWARDS !

She thanked the fans and mentioned that to us all, Michael is an Icon to his family he is family.

"On behalf of my family and myself, thank for you for all your love and thank you for all your support. We miss him so much, thank you for your support." Janet Jackson.

I can't begin to imagine the pain the family is going through. Especially Janet. On behalf of the Naijagal Team, we pray the family stays strong through this tough times.

2009/06/27

UNBELIEVABLE MARTIN BASHIR REFLECTS ON MICHAEL JACKSON!!



Wow in Martin's Words " I never saw any wrong doing myself"; How quick he forgets how his interview triggered a whole lot for Michael Jackson. What do you say readers? Do you believe Martin Bashir?

2009/06/26

IN MICHAEL'S WORDS 1958-2009





“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”----Michael Jackson

2009/06/25

MICHAEL JACKSON DIES AT 50 (PHOTOS)

LATOYA JACKSON
MOM CATHERINE JACKSON
AT THE HOSPITAL IN LOS ANGELES PICTURE EXCLUSIVELY BY NAIJAGAL (9JAGAL)


This is a tribute to the king of pop, who will never ever be forgotten; a collection of Michael's photos through the years (will be posted later, too distressed to upload at the moment). I am really sad readers. What a loss.


The man in the middle video, my personal favorite; I can't blog anymore right now; Enjoy the video. Thanks Michael for the memories!




9jagal

OMG!! MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD!!!

MICHAEL JACKSON HAS PASSED AWAY AT 50 READERS!! DETAILS COMING UP SOON!

Michael Jackson has died at age 50 after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, NBC News has confirmed.

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda told the L.A. Times that Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home and CPR was performed.

TMZ.com reported that he may have suffered cardiac arrest.

OMG!! MICHAEL JACKSON JUST SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK!!!

This just in Naijagal has learned that Michael Jackson just suffered a heart attack!

"Singer Michael Jackson is believed to have suffered a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles this afternoon.

Reports say that Jackson, 50, went into cardiac arrest and has been rushed to hospital.

He was taken into an ambulance around 2pm (US Central time) and taken to hospital, says US gossip website TMZ.

Paramedics were seen performing CPR on the singer, according to the website,

Jackson's mother was at the hospital to meet her son."

Lets pray for Michael Okay! Readers gosh! What awful news!

REUBEN ABATI A NATION IN CRISIS REBUTTAL BY BANKY W + IFEOMA

The article in the guardian written by the Chairman of Guardians Editorial Board and a brilliant scholar, Reuben Abati in Nigeria's Guardian Newspapers receives an interesting and dare I say englightening response from Top Music Star Banky W.

The article can be viewed online. I have decided to re post this article on here because our name proudly contains "Naija" and our new site is going to contain the moniker, "9ja" ; you know what though in the words of Baz lurhman from his suncreen hit song in 1999, rings true in this instance and I quote:

"Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders."

The words once again rings true in this instance, the elder and the future. I understand this is a long read but it is certainly one that is worth while. Enjoy.

A Nation's Identity Crisis
By Reuben Abati


You may not have noticed it: Nigeria is suffering from an identity crisis imposed on it in part by an emergent generation of irreverent and creative young Nigerians who are revising old norms and patterns. And for me nothing demonstrates this more frontally than the gradual change of the name of the country. When Flora Shaw, Lord Lugard's consort came up with the name, Nigeria in 1914, she meant to define the new country by the strategic importance of the Niger River. And indeed, River Niger used to be as important to this country as the Nile was/is to Egypt. We grew up as school children imagining stories about how Lugard in one special romantic moment, asked his mistress to have the honour of naming a new country in Africa. Something like: "Hello, sweetheart, what name would you rather give the new country that I am creating?"

"Let me give it a thought? ....Awright, how about Ni-ge-ria darling?"

"That would do. That would do. How thoughtful, my fair lady? You are forever so dependable"

And the name stuck and it has become our history and identity. But these days, the name Nigeria is gradually being replaced by so many variants, that I am afraid a new set of Nigerians may in the immediate future not even know the correct spelling of the name of their country. For these Nigerians whose lives revolve mostly around the internet and the blogosphere, the name Nigeria has been thrown out of the window. Our dear country is now "naija" or "nija". What happened to the "-eria" that Ms Shaw must have thoughtfully included? The new referents for Nigeria are now creeping into writings, conversations, and internet discourse. I am beaten flat by the increasing re-writing of the country's name not only as naija or nija, but consider this: "9ja". Or this other name for Nigeria: "gidi". There is even a television programme that is titled "Nigerzie". In addiiton, Etisalat, a telecom company has since adopted a marketing platform that is titled: "0809ja." Such mainstreaming of these new labels is alarming.

This obviously is the age of abbreviations. The emerging young generation lacks the discipline or the patience to write complete sentences or think through a subject to its logical end. It is a generation in a hurry, it feels the constraints of space so much, it has to reduce everything to manageable, cryptic forms. This is what the e-mail and text message culture has done to the popular consciousness. Older generations of Nigerians brought up on a culture of correctness and compeleteness may never get used to the re-writing of Nigeria as "9ja". Language is mutatory, but referring to the motherland or the fatherland in slang terms may point to a certain meaninglessness or alienation. What's in a name? In Africa, names are utilitarian constructs not merely labels. Even among the Ijaw where people bear such unique names as University, Conference, FEDECO, Manager, Heineken, Education, Polo, Boyloaf, Bread, College, Summit, Aeroplane, Bicycle, Internet - there is a much deeper sense to the names. But the name Nigeria means nothing to many young Nigerians. They have no reason to respect the sanctity of the name. They don't know Flora Shaw or Lord Lugard, and even if they do, they are likely to say as Ogaga Ifowodo does in an unforgettable poem: "God Punish you, Lord Lugard." Eedris Abdulakarim summarises the concern of young Nigerians in one of his songs when he declared: "Nigeria jagajaga, everything scata, scata"

The post-modernist, deconstructive temper of emergent youth culture is even more manifest in the cynical stripping to the bones character of today's Nigerian hip-hop. It is marked by a Grunge character that shouts: non-meaning and alienation. On my way to Rutam House the other day, I listened at mid-day to a continuous stream of old musical numbers from 93.7 Radio FM. Soulful, meaningful tunes of Felix Lebarty, Chris Okotie (as he then was), Mandy Ojugbana, Christy Essien-Igbokwe, Onyeka Onwenu, Sony Okosun, Alex O, Ras Kimono, Majek Fashek, Evi Edna-Ogoli, Bongos Ikwue, Veno Marioghae, Uche Ibeto, Dora Ifudu, Mike Okri, Dizzy K. Falola, and Tina Onwudiwe. Onyeka Onwenu sang; "One love, keep us together". Veno Marioghae sang: "Nigeria Go Survive". Even in the romantic offerings like Chris Okotie's "I need someone, give me your love", or Felix Lebarty's "Ifeoma, Ifeoma, I want to marry you, give me your love" and Stella Monye's "Oko mi ye, duro ti mi o", or Tina Onwudiwe's award-winning "Asiko lo laye". there was so much meaning and polish.

This was in the 80s. That generation which sang music under its real names, not abbreviations or slangs, was continuing, after the fashion of T.S. Eliot's description of "Tradition and the Individual Talent", a pattern of meaning that dates back to traditional African musicians and all the musicians that succeeded them: S. B. Bakare, Victor Olaiya, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Dan Maraya of Jos, Osita Osadebey, Ayinla Omowura, Victor Uwaifo, Geraldo Pino, Rex Lawson, I. K. Dairo, Haruna Ishola, Yusuf Olatunji, Inyang Henshaw, Tunji Oyelana, Bobby Benson, Tunde Nightingale, and even the later ones: Shina Peters, Dele Abiodun, Y.K. Ajao, Ayinde Barrister, Kollington Ayinla, Batile Alake, Sir Warrior, Moroccco Nwa Maduko, Orlando Owoh, Salawa Abeni, KWAM I (Arabambi 1 and please include his disciples- Wasiu Alabi Pasuma et al), Oliver de Coque (Importer and Exporter...), Ayefele, Atorise .... But there has been a terrible crisis in the construction of music. The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of these ancestors have changed the face and identity of Nigerian music. As a rule, gospel musicians, given the nature of their form, sing meaningful lyrics, but the airwaves these days have been taken over by the children of "gidi","naija", "nija", "nigerzie" and "9ja". I listen to them too, but everyday, I struggle to make meaning out of their lyrics.

Music is about sense, sound, shape and skills. But there is an on-going deficit in all other aspects except sound. So much sound is being produced in Nigeria, but there is very little sense, shape and skills. They call it hip-hop. They try to imitate Western hip pop stars. They even dress like them. The boys don't wear trousers on their waists: the new thing is called "sagging", somewhere below the waist it looks as if the trouser is about to fall off. The women are struggling to expose strategic flesh as Janet Jackson once did. The boys and the girls are cloaked in outlandish jewellery and their prime heroes are Ja-Rule, Lil'Wayne, Fat Joe, P. Diddy, 50 Cents, Ronz Brown, Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Nas, Juelz Santana, Akon, Young Jeezy, Mike Jones, T-Pain, F.L.O-RIDA, Will.I.am, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara, Keri Hilson, Jay-Z, Ace hood, Rick Ross, Birdman, Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, Chamillionaire, Soulja Boy, Young Joc, Kanye West, R. Kelly, Kevin Rudolph, T.I.P-king of the South, Ludacris, Plies-The real goon, The Game, Young Rox, Flow killa, Osmosis (2 sick), Flow-ssik, Raprince, Bionic, Fabulous, Jadakiss, Nas, Swiss Beatz, Dj Khaled, Maze, Yung Buck, Maino, MoBB Deep, Lloyd Banks, Olivia, Lady Gaga... Well, God Almighty, we are in your hands.

And so the most impactful musicians in Nigeria today, the ones who rule the party include the following: D'Banj, MI, Mode Nine, Sauce kid, Naeto C, Sasha, Ikechukwu, 9ice, Bouqui, Mo'cheddah, Teeto, P-square, Don-jazzy, Wande Coal, 2-face, Faze, Black Face, Dr. Sid, D'prince, K-Switch, Timaya, Dj-Zeez, Dj Neptune, Banky w., Big bamo, Art quake, Bigiano, Durella, Eldee, Kelly Hansome, Lord of Ajasa, M.P., Terry tha rapman, Weird MC, Y.Q., Da grin, kel, Roof-top Mcs, Pype, Niga Raw, Ghetto p., Kaka, Kaha, Terry G, Ill Bliss, Zulezoo, Pipe, Dj Jimmy jatt, X-project, Konga, Gino, Morachi... Well, the Lord is God. These are Nigerian children who were given proper names by their parents. Ikechukwu bears his real name. But who are these other ones who have since abandoned their proper names? For example, 9ice's real name is Abolore Akande, (what a fine name!), Tu face (Innocent Idibia), Sauce Kid (Babalola Falemi), D'Banj (Dapo Oyebanjo), Banky w. (Bankole Willington), P-Square (Peter and Paul), MI (Jude Abaga), Timaya (Enetimi Alfred Odom), Sasha (Yetunde Alabi), Weird MC (Adesola Idowu). But why such strange names? They don't sing. They rap. Most of them don't play instruments, they use synthetic piano.

At public functions, they mime. They are not artists, they perform. They are not necessarily composers, they dance. The more terrible ones can't even sing a correct musical note. They talk. And they are all businessmen and women. They are more interested in commerce and self-advertisement, name recognition, brand extension and memory recall! They want a name that sells, not some culturally conditioned name that is tied down to culture and geography. But the strange thing is that they are so successful. Nollywood has projected Nigeria, the next big revelations are in hip hop.

Despite the identity crisis and the moral turpitude that we find in Nigeria's contemporary hip-hop, the truth is that it is a brand of music that sells. Nigeria's hip hop is bringing the country so much international recognition. All those strange names are household names across the African continent, so real is this that the phrase "collabo" is now part of the vocabulary of the new art. It speaks to an extension of frontiers. In Nigeria, it is now possible to hold a party without playing a single foreign musical track, the great grand children of Nigerian music are belting out purely danceable sounds which excites the young at heart. But the output belongs majorly to the age of meaningless and prurience. The lyrics says it all.

Rooftop MC sings for example: "Ori mi wu o, e lagi mo". This is a very popular song. But all it says is: "my head is swollen, please hit it with a log of wood." X-Project sings: "Lori le o di gonbe (2x), e so fun sisi ologe ko ya faya gbe, ko ya faya gbe, file, gbabe, se be, bobo o ti e le, wo bo nse fe sa hale hale niwaju omoge, ha, lori le odi gonbe, .....sisi ologe ki lo di saya o, so fun mi ki lofe, o wa on fire o...." Now, what does this mean in real terms? But let's go to Naeto C: "kini big deal, kini big deal, sebi sebi we're on fire", or D'Banj: " my sweet potato, I wanna make you wife, I wanna make you my wife o, see I no understand o, cause I dey see well well, but dey say love is blind, see I never thought I will find someone like you that will capture my heart and there will be nothing I can do....". Yes, we are in the age of sweet potato. And so Art quake sings: "E be like fire dey burn my body, e je ki n fera, oru lo n mu mi. Open your hand like say you wan fly away. Ju pa, ju se, ka jo ma sere, alanta, alanta."

And here is Zulezoo, another popular Nigerian musical team: "Daddy o, daddy, daddy wen you go for journey, somebody enter for mummy's house, person sit down for mummy bed, person push mummy, mummy push person, mummy fall for bed yakata, daddy, o daddy, the man jus dey do kerewa kerewa...kerewa ke" And Dj-Zeez: "ori e o 4 ka sibe, ori e o 4 ka sibe, 4 ka sibe, 4 ka sibe". And MI: "Anoti, anoti, anoti ti, anoti titi." And Konga: "Baby konga so konga, di konga, ileke konga, ju pa pa, ju pa, konga, ju pa pa, ju pa, sibe".. And 9ice: "gongo a so, kutupu a wu, eni a de ee, aji se bi oyo laari; oyo o se bi baba enikan, kan, i be double now, aye n lo, a mi to o, gongo a so, oti so o, e wo le e wo enu oko..." Or Tony Tetuila: "U don hit my car, oyinbo repete, u don hit my car o". Or Weird MC: "Sola lo ni jo, lyrics lori gangan, awa lo ni jo". Sheer drivel. So much sound, little sense. Is this the future? Maybe not.

Most of the music being produced now will not be listenable in another five years and this perhaps is the certain fate of commercial art that is driven by branding, show and cash. But we should be grateful all the same for the music, coming out of Nigeria also at this time in the soul, gospel, hip, hop genre: the music that is of Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Lagbaja, Asa (there is fire on the mountain/and no one seems to be on the run/ there is fire on the mountain now..."), Ara, Sam Okposo, Dare, Sunny Neji, Infinity (now a broken up team), African China, Alariwo of Afrika.... We suffer nonetheless in music as in the national nomenclature, an identity crisis. A country's character is indexed into its arts and culture, eternal purveyors of tones and modes. Nigerian youths now sing of broken heads, raw sex, uselessness and raw, aspirational emotionalism. A sign of the times? Yes, I guess.

I find further justification in the national anthem, many versions of which now exist. I grew up in this same country knowing only one way of singing the national anthem: from "Nigeria we hail thee" to "Arise o Compatriots". The singing of the national anthem is supposed to be a solemn moment. Arms clasped by the side, a straight posture, and the mind strictly focussed on the ideals of patriotism and nationalism. Stillness. Nobody moves. And the national song is rendered in an unchanging format. But not so any longer. There are so many versions of the Nigerian national anthem these days. Same lyrics but different musical rhythms. I have heard the national anthem sung in juju, in fuji, in hip hop, in Ishan's igbagbolemini, in acapella mode, even reggae. I attended an ocassion once, the rendition of the national music was so enthralling, people started dancing. Even the photographers and cameramen danced with their cameras. For me that was the ultimate expression of the people's cynicism. The prevalent mood is as expressed by Dj-Zeez: "ori e 4 ka sibe, 4 ka sibe": an epigrammatic, onomatopoeic, market-driven diminution of language as vehicle and sign. What kind of people are we? A dancing nation? Dancing and writing away our frustrations and caring little about sense, in this country that is now known as "naija", "nija", "9ja", "nigerzie," "gidi"?




Star Banky W's response:




Dear Sir,

In the immortal words attributed to P.T. Barnum, "I don't care what the newspapers say about me, at least spell my name right." My name IS Banky W, full name being Olubankole Wellington. Not Willington, as you stated in your article entitled "A Nation's Identity Crisis". I read the piece repeatedly, and found that misspelling my name wasn’t the only error. At it's worst, the article seemed like an attempt to discredit and slander an entire generation of artistes and consumers, and at best it came across as having some valid points but being grossly misinformed, prejudiced, and hypocritical; definitely not what we would expect of a highly regarded publication as The Guardian, or from a person in Mr Abati's position.

In the very least, the article warrants a well-informed response. I have little doubt in my mind that it will generate a slew of responses, positive and negative, and as one of the many subjects that was mentioned in the write-up, I feel compelled to voice my opinion (with all due respect) on some of the issues that were raised in your piece. What I'm going to attempt to do is to directly address issues that stood out and resonated most with me.

The writer asked "What's in a name?" and went on to honor a "...generation which sang music under its real names, not abbreviations or slangs"; this would have been a valid point if he had not himself mentioned Greats like King Sunny Ade (real name: Sunday Adeniyi), I.K. Dairo (Isaiah Kehinde Dairo), and Ebenezer Obey (Real name: Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Fabiyi- Wow!!!). We could also point out other legends like Ras Kimono and Majek Fashek as others who, for creative or other reasons, saw it fit to have stage names that happen to differ from what's on their passports. Shortening of full names and/or the crafting of stage names is not something new from our generation of artistes that "lack the discipline or the patience to write complete sentences" as you said; rather, it's the creative right of an artiste to go by whatever moniker he sees fit. And if we want to talk about the names of today, we can highlight a few: Eldee - actually L.D. which stands for Lanre Dabiri, similar to Isaiah Kehinde Dairo's transition to I.K. Dairo. Naeto C and Banky W are simply short forms of their full names. In my case, my father's nickname among his friends is actually Banky as well.

Furthermore, on the topic of Names and abbreviations let's set a few things straight. Nigerzie is actually spelt Nigezie and is not an abbreviation for Nigeria. It's a TV Show, much like Soundcity or Hip TV, except they choose to incorporate "representing Nigeria" in their name. It's like the "United Colors of Bennetton", or DKNY, both companies that choose to represent their locations or origins in their name. Also, for the record, Gidi doesn't mean Nigeria either. It's a term for Lagos... coined from "Las Gidi". And as far as the popular term "Naija" goes, who remembers Shina Peters singing "♫ Naija lo wa yi o o o, wa jo, afro juju lo gb'ode ♫" I hate to point out that our generation did not come up with that term... the "golden age" that you long for did.

As an editorial head of a National Newspaper, you owe it to your public to at least do proper and accurate research before printing an article. The risk in not doing so, is you might unknowingly mislead your readers, and you might actually come across as being ignorant or out of touch. A quick look at all the reference names of artistes and songs mentioned in the article goes to show that the author was sadly way off base in his accusations and examples. For instance, to make a point on how today’s Nigerian artistes lyrics are meaningless and prurient, he referenced the Rooftop MC's song "La Gi Mo". What he failed to realize or crosscheck, is that the said song is probably one of the most meaningful and important songs that have been released in the last few years on the Nigerian Music Scene. The Rooftop MC's are actually a Rap Group that leans to the Gospel or at least Socially Conscious side of music, and their songs always have a positive message. That song itself talks about the errors we make by trying to take God's glory for our success... getting caught up in the limelight and asking God to bring you back to reality to know that HE deserves the praise for where you are.

The author mentioned other songs like D'banj's "Fall in Love", and doesn't realize how hypocritical he sounds by attempting to ridicule some of our most popular love songs. Felix Liberty sang "Ifeoma, ifeoma, I want to marry you", D'banj sang "Omo U don make me fall in love" and Banky W sang "Till my dying day, I'll love you". Barring a difference in musical styling, are these songs not cut from the same cloth? Why can't someone in Mr Abati's position be proud of the fact that at Nigerian and African Weddings nowadays, couples are choosing these songs to mark their first dances instead of previous choices like “Endless Love”? Why can't we appreciate that the days of going to Nigerian Parties and clubs and celebrating to foreign music “all night long” are long gone? Despite these facts, you still see International festivals and concerts being held in Nigeria where the foreign acts are paid 30 to 40 times what some of our biggest stars are allowed to charge.

I have to disagree with the author's views. We are not all one and the same, but we ARE artistes. We may sing, rap, dance, mime, perform, play instruments or whatever else; but we are artistes. And Composers. And musicians. We may not all play the piano or the guitar, but neither does Michael Jackson, arguably the world's greatest artiste/entertainer. That's why he teamed up with producer Quincy Jones to create some of the best music anyone had ever heard. We have our own producers that have shaped Nigerian sound...people like Cobhams Asuquo, Don Jazzy, I.D. Cabasa, Dr Frabz, Tee-Y mix, Eldee, Terry G etc. That list goes on. These music minds are no less credible than those of Mr Abati's time, like the great Laolu Akins.


Far be it from us to claim that we are perfect and flawless in our art... we know that we are still growing and have lots of areas to improve, but the truth of the matter is we have worked very hard to create the industry we have now, and some people choose to criticize and lambaste most of us, instead of helping and teaching us. That is unfair. Yes, some artistes sag their jeans... however, a glance at the pages of THISDAY style or the recently concluded awards shows will show you very clearly that others wear three-piece suits and traditional attires just as proudly, myself included. This music industry that you have very clearly disapproved of has partnered with and given rise to the fashion industry in Nigeria as well. Just ask Designers like Mai, Babs Familusi (Exclamations Couture), the Okunorens, Muyiwa Osindero and countless others. Everything from the t-shirts and jeans rappers wear, to the shoes and suits are made by young Nigerians, where in previous years people preferred to shop in London. The youth-driven industries in Entertainment and Fashion have teamed up to thrust Nigeria into the world's positive spotlight, when for many years our dear country was mostly known for corruption, lack of infrastructure, and security issues.

Our country has not yet given us steady electricity, adequate education, safety from armed robbers or standard healthcare, yet artistes have risen like the Roses that grow from Concrete... and these very artistes love and represent their country proudly on a global stage. This music industry has given hope, jobs and income to countless youth of today. We are Rappers, Singers, Producers, Sound Engineers, Managers, Promoters, Marketing Consultants, Record Label Owners and we will not apologize for making the best of our circumstances; and all this in spite of the fact that we have Marketers that exploit but refuse to pay for our Musical pieces, Royalties and Publishing income that hitherto has been non-existent, a Government that is just now very slowly starting to enforce anti-piracy laws, and Event Organizers that would rather pay 50 Cent One Million US Dollars than give D'banj or P-Square 5 Million Naira.

You were right on some counts. We ARE businessmen and women, and we ARE interested in extending name recognition and brand extension. You were also right in that we look up to people like Jay-Z, who took their music and created multimillion-dollar empires. Since when did ambition and desire to succeed against all odds count against a person’s moral character? Shouldn’t we be encouraged to pay more attention to the business side of “Show Business”? Shouldn’t we want this music industry to provide for our future and the futures of our children?

We know we have a moral responsibility when it comes to our Creative works. Some of us pay more attention to it than others, and there is lots of ground to cover up. But how about a little appreciation and help, instead of trying to tear us down and discredit us? Time will tell whose music will last and become evergreen, but it is not in anyone's place to judge; and for the record, can we just accept that fact that hip hop music is an artform that is probably here to stay... I mean for goodness sake the Grammy's has!! Instead of fighting the change, we should learn to embrace it. I thank God for people like the great Adewale Ayuba that have reached across to our generation to collaborate with, bridge the gap, and help us improve.

We want to learn but your generation has to teach. We want to read but the Government must provide libraries. We want to go to school but the lecturers keep going on strike. We want to travel but previous generations messed up so they won’t give out visas. Most of prefer having our own live bands but the income needed to support that is not forthcoming.

You speak of meaninglessness and prurience, identity crisis and moral turpitude. You praise Legends like Fela Anikulakpo-Kuti and you ridicule us. 9ice does not drink or smoke. eLDee is married to one wife. Olu Maintain does not drink. Naeto C is currently obtaining his Masters’ degree in England. The ironic thing is, we look up to and praise your generation too. You seem to forget that Baba Fela had 27 wives, smoked marijuana in public, was himself half naked at shows (as well as the women around him) and allegedly died of HIV. However we look past what some may consider shortcomings and respect and emulate the immense contributions he made to our history. We are in awe of him despite personal choices that some may or may not agree with. All we are asking for is to be appreciated and afforded similar tolerances.

You danced to Shina Peters. Let us dance to our music. And for the record: for every "Anoti" by MI, he has a "Crowd Mentality" or a "Talk about it". For a Naeto C's "Ki Ni Big Deal", he has a "The Devil is a Liar". Just because an artiste uses a particular song to promote his album for commercial reasons, doesn't mean they should be judged on that alone. Anyone that is familiar with the cost of promoting an album (videos, press, etc) would know that you end up making hard decisions in terms of what you have to push and promote, for your best chance at success. I suggest that you buy whole albums and look at the body of work. Listen to the entire CD’s. I think you'll find that more often than not, Nigerian artistes are doing a pretty good job of representing this great Country of Nigeria. Naija Till We Die. Yes Boss.

Sincerely,
~ Banky W.

IFEOMA BY FELIX LIBERTY YOU TUBE CLIP--- REUBEN ABATI'S MUSICAL PREFERENCE--(9JAGAL LIKES)



BANKY W----DON'T WANNA (9JAGAL'S FAVORITE)

Now that you have read it what are your thoughts on the subject?

2009/06/24

HOW TO HAVE UNLIMITED CELL PHONES WITHOUT PAYING TOO MUCH + FREE DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE

Very good repost from thedigeratimind. I personally recommend " SKYPE for its unlimited calls I use it daily it saves me a ton! Enjoy the post below:


"Having a cell phone is expensive enough so here is what I did, I joined skype; I decided not to go with a land line, instead I make use of my "skype phone" as my home phone. It costs under $6 dollars a month and that includes long distance. Another plus is that I can stay connected anywhere I have internet access. Thanks to the recession I am finding nifty ways to save and keep as much of my money as I possibly can. I have listed sites that would save you a ton on long distance calls below.

Long Distance Deals:

Oovoo.com - Free video conferencing and messaging (ad-supported)
Talkster.com - Free long distance (ad-supported)
Unlimited Calls to Landlines via Skype.com - Free worldwide PC-to-PC calls using free Skype software
MagicJack - Unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls for $40/year (waiting to hear back from a friend about this one)

I also decided also to stop calling directory assistance on my cell phone, instead I saved the number for google's 411 on my cell phone under the name " directory assistance". Each time I am in a bind, I simply look through my contact lists and call the 411. I also use 411sms.com's text messaging capabilities to search for a number and an address.

Here are some resources you might want to try for free:

Free Directory Assistance:
1-800-FREE-411
1-800-GOOG-411 (you can also text a request to 46645)
1-800-YellowPages

Watch out for my next tip in my next post."

Very nice tips wouldn't you say readers?

IS CHANTAL BIYA AFRICA'S FIRST CELEBRITY FIRST LADY?

Chantal Biya needs no introduction, she is cameroon's first Lady and she is also probably the most well known first lady in Africa. She is know for her styles and also her hair style known to all of people as "

She is the daughter of a beauty queen. Her signature pompadour hairstyle is known to folks in Cameroon as "la banane"



According to wikipedia "Chantal Biya (born 1971) is the First Lady of Cameroon. She was born in Dimako, East Province, to French expatriate Georges Vigouroux and Miss Doumé pageant winner Rosette Ndongo Mengolo. Chantal Biya spent her adolescence in Yaoundé.[1]

She married President Paul Biya on 23 April 1994, after his first wife, Jeanne-Irène Biya, died in 1992."
as seen with Paris Hilton
Well, she certainly has her style, doesn't she? We would love to know how long it takes her stylist to get her hair done.

HOT NEW ARTIST READERS SAY HELLO TO MAHEEDA!!

Check out new artist Maheeda singing I can't wait; we can't help but wonder what she is waiting for. Enjoy.



Is this a hit or what? We want to know readers, so leave your comments!

9jagal

2009/06/23

HOT STUFF RAPPER KEL DEBUTS ALBUM




Capital Hill rapper Kel tells anyone who cares to know that she is not in the Nigerian music industry to be a flash in the pan.

And unlike her other female counterparts, since her debut on Ill Bliss’ 2007 hit single ‘You go wound’, the rapper has been permanently in our faces. Having topped the charts with her hit debut single ‘Waa wa alright’ in 2008, the sultry rapper is finally ready to drop her full body of work.
Kel

Kel

The 19 tracker -‘The Investment’ hits the stores on Monday June 22, 2009. It features contributions from Shank, Darey, MI, SLK, Tha suspect, Ill bliss and Jesse Jags. A video from the Tee- Y mix- produced track ‘Too fine’ was shot in Lagos , Nigeria recently with director Clarence Peters who also owns Kel’s label.

“To me, the investment is about strength and perseverance, “ explains the sexy rapper ‘Things can go from bad to worst; people can say stuffs like she’s not going to last and all that, but they don’t really know the time, money and strength, sweat, tears, blood and sacrifice myself and my team have invested into making this album a reality.”

According to her manager, Osagie Osarenkhoe “The album is long over due, it’s about that time. I think Kel has paid her dues. The investment tells a story of aspiration, it’s a reflection of passion and sacrifice.” She continues: “It shows how we can aspire and against all odds, achieve our dreams. Kel has paid her dues, and she is still doing that now. But we take it as an investment, but when the time comes, the dividends will show.”

Over the past years, the rapper’s star has continued to rise. She has received both commercial and critical acclaim and has established herself as one of the fastest rising talents in Nigeria ’s thriving hip hop industry. And she’s quickly strolling to the top, getting ready to become a big star in her own right.

The 23 years old’s 2008 hit single, ‘ Waa Wa alright’ earned two nominations at the 2009 Hiphopworld awards and has topped charts within and outside the country.

2009/06/18

EXCLUSIVE: SADE RETURNS THIS YEAR!!


We have waited long enough and our favorite superstar SADE ADU is coming out with a new album this year, we are super excited. This has certainly been a long time coming

According to billboard magazine,

"Sade Adu, the reclusive "quiet storm" soul signer who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since 2000's "Lovers Rock," Billboard.com sources confirm. The group is in the studio through June and Sony hopes to put the record out by the end of 2009 though, despite rumors, there is no set release date on the calendar.

"She is in the studio and the album will come when it is ready," a source at Sony tells Billboard. "You don't wait for years for one and then rush it."

Sade's longtime bandmate Stuart Matthewman, a.k.a. Cottonbelly, also confirms that new material is in progress, though he says the project is still in its "early days" and won't be close to finished until "later in the year.""

It has been 9 years can't believe she is 50! amazing!



We are waiting excitedly. Our favorite Sade songs are "by your side" and "slave" shown below:



Now lets hear what you have to say about her return are you as excited as we are?

ALL NEW!! MAKE OVER VIDEO TIPS WITH TOP MAKEUP ARTIST LISE!!

We are on a roll now readers, I mean really we are! Today we have a brand new and exciting video for you to watch and learn. Now we know as ladies, we enjoy looking good but what is the secret to looking good with out looking over made up.

Well look no further, because today Naijagal presents our very own top makeup artist Eni Lise Balogun whom we interviewed previously here; she is amazing and in this video she is going to show us how to apply makeup for that sleek day time look. Watch what happens:




Well readers, hope you enjoyed the video; I am excited today because we are moving forward with the new site; it is going to be a collaborative affair so your input would be greatly appreciated. Got any makeup tips to share? Let others know via your comments.

2009/06/16

MEETING ONE ON ONE AND ENJOYING THE RADIANT BEAUTIFUL VOICE OF LAURA IZIBOR

So we got a chance to meet up with Laura live; all we can say is her voice is amazing, Even when she sings live! Who is Laura by the way? She is an amazing singer of Irish Nigerian descent. More on our meeting soon. In the mean time check out her video of our favorite song.




More coming up next.

2009/06/15

WEDDING QUESTION OF THE DAY!!


Would you have your wedding by invitation only if so, why?

The reason I ask this question is simply owing to the fact that a lot of ladies tend to enjoy going to wedding as a "friend of a friend of the bride".

When it comes to their own wedding, they slap on the "invitation only" tag. Will you have an invitation only wedding ? Inquiring minds want to know. Personally I would opt for a destination wedding.

2009/06/13

SUPER STAR USHER FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM TAMEKA FOSTER!

Amidst speculation that the 30 year old star usher had filed for divorce a couple of days ago, we decided not to report the story right away but now that it has been confirmed; it is over between the pop star and his stylist wife.

According to the huffingtonpost

"The 30-year-old Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed the petition in Superior Court in Atlanta. Records posted to the court's Web site did not give any details about the split between the R&B star and his wife, who were married in August 2007."

Here is wishing Usher success in his future endeavors.

2009/06/12

WANT TO KNOW WHY WE ARE TRULY THE NUMBER ON E BLOG IN AFRICA? + NEW LEADERS IN AFRICA

We post on a topic and others follow; isn't it quite complementary that we talked about the CNBC video on dollars and danger in Africa and we had a re post from other African blogs; we love it! Thanks for the re post guys! Well here are some other videos and you know what, if you are thinking of returning to Lagos or any part of Africa Now is the time to do it!












Thanks again readers, and other bloggers for the re posts; we are working on something new, hope you come along for the ride!

2009/06/11

WOW 1000 POSTS ALREADY! OK YOU ASKED FOR IT WEDDING WEBSITES LIST 2009!




yay readers, we have hit a milestone! 1000 posts, wow how time flies and in a month we will be three years blogging! We are going to celebrate by moving to a new location, where you can join us. Okay enough of that, now enjoy the wedding websites:

Starting off is Ife and Fola's wedding website

Next stop: Adeola and Kunle what a beautiful couple:

hmm wow this is so beautiful Yomi and Jimi must be artists; we love the look.


Toyin and Teddy
looking really good; love their song list!

And some more:
Dayo and Didi
Tinu and Mide
Tariye and Demola
Another favorite of mine love the look is Tutu and Koye!

Okay, this website is from 2008 but we love the look. The pictures show bliss! Uju and bash

Whew that is it for now what plans do you have this weekend? Any wedding plans? Okay here is what we will do, perhaps we will hold a contest, albeit a simple one. Guess the movie I plan to watch? The proposal, yes that is right.

What are you up to?

Amazing Women Entrepreneurs making it big in Nigeria and Africa! $7000 a month cathering business in Lagos!

Guess what readers, even cnbc has got into profiling and learning about investing in Africa and how in a downturn this is the final frontier; now listen I am going to say this! Ladies if you want to make it in Nigeria? Stick to weddings,baby items, caterings events; network network network!

Ayodeji profiled in the video below: started her catering business with 1000 Naira! Now she earns the equivalent of $7500 a month; don't believe us watch the video below:













Are you inspired yet? What is your success story? Do share!

2009/06/10

HOT SONG FROM A BRAND NEW STAR! WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?

She has style and she has class. Most importantly she happens to be the latest addition to the Alapomeji Crew (9ice's record company). She is an American based import named Zara.
"Born Margaret-Mary Joseph on July 30, 1985, Zara brings a refreshing mix to the already established entertainment company who houses artists such as 9ice, Ajayi Brothers, Streetwise, Snow and Keyifi. The creativity in her music boasts an understanding and range that is more veteran than debutante. With a combination of afro-themed beats and a caribbean vibe laced with heavy yet playful lyrics, Zara's down-to-earth but confident charisma and charm is what sets her apart from the pack. Her collaboration with Zaina on the monster track "naughty girl" has left many curious about this sweet sounding versatile artist. Zara who is currently being managed by Toni Payne-Akande of Alapomeji has a Z swagger popularly known as Zwagger that can be felt on such tracks as "The Flyest", "Mummy Mi", and "Su mo bi". Listening to Zara leaves you without a doubt that she is the next best female phenomenon to happen to the Naija music industry."

She was featured in the Naughty Girl Video:

We appreciate her style of music; what do you say readers?

2009/06/09

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC BY PATIENCE DABANY- OMAR BONGOS FIRST WIFE

wow would you believe she is in her sixties? She is very beautiful and I must say I actually love the music



So readers do you like the song?

A MUST SEE MOVIE OPENS THIS WEEKEND!!




It gives us great pleasure to announce that the new award winning documentary film about the multi-platinum superstar, Youssou N’Dour: I BRING WHAT I LOVE, is coming to theaters in New York on June 12!




Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change. N'Dour is the highest selling African artist of all time and has collaborated with musical superstars like Bono, Neneh Cherry and Peter Gabriel. At home in Senegal, the Grammy-award winning artist is an inspiration for generations. The film chronicles N'Dour, a devout Sufi Muslim, as he releases a deeply personal and religious album called Egypt in the hope of promoting a more tolerant face of Islam. Almost instantly, his fellow Senegalese reject the album, and denounce his actions as blasphemous. Director Chai Vasarhelyi follows N'Dour for over two years--filming in Africa, Europe, and America--to tell the story of how he faces these challenges and eventually wins over audiences both at home and abroad.

“A singer with a voice so extraordinary the history of Africa seems locked inside it.” Rolling Stone

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YOUSSOU N’DOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE

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Exclusive New York engagements start Friday June 12

The Paris Theatre: 4 W 58th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) Tel: (212) 688-3800

Get tickets online at <http://www.theparistheatre.com>

IFC Center: 323 Avenue of the Americas (at W. 3rd Street) Tel: (212) 924-7771

Get tickets online at <http://www.ifccenter.com>

BAM Rose Cinemas: 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: (718) 636-4100
Get tickets online at <
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=6&g=82>

We need your help to get the word out about one of the most important new films about Africa! Please mark your calendars for the weekend of June 12th as the time to go see the film. Opening weekend box office sales are CRITICAL, as they determine how wide it will be released across the country. In other words, WE NEED TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO SEE THIS FILM! With your help, we can bring N’Dour’s inspiring story and positive vision of Africa to the widest audience possible!

7 ways you can help bring the love:

1. Go see the film on opening weekend. **Opening weekend box office sales are CRITICAL, as they determine how wide a film will be released across the country**


2. Organize a group of friends to see the film.

*The Paris Theater: Ticket sales go on sale May 29th. Groups of 20 or more get $8 tickets. Go to: http://www.theparistheatre.com/

*IFC Center: Tickets go on sale June 8th. Groups of 10 or more get $10 tickets for select shows. Call 212-924-6789 or email ifccinfo@ifccenter.com

*BAM Rose Cinemas: go to http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=6&g=82

3. Organize a group of 25 or more and you can win two tickets to see Youssou N’Dour and Le Super Etoile perform during their US tour in November 2009, and get to meet Youssou N’Dour! Send 25 ticket stubs to 42 West, Attn: Frank Lomento, 220 West 42nd Street # 12, New York, NY 10036.

4. Visit the film’s website: http://www.ibringwhatilove.com/and join the email list to be entered into the Spread The Love sweepstakes. Prizes include tickets to the film’s premiere, CDs, signed posters, t-shirts, and buttons.

5. JJoin the film on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=99254469456&ref=mf

Follow the film on Twitter: http://twitter.com/YoussouNdourDoc

Subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/YoussouNdourDoc for exclusive videos and music!


Uhmm what else enjoy the movie this weekend!

2009/06/05

WORKFORCE NIGERIA HAS A NEW LOOK! + NAIJAGAL WILL SOON HAVE ITS OWN SITE!

You have been patient ENOUGH readers; check out our partner site, the new workforce nigeria web site; Naijagal is going global and we have to make sure we reflect this; interested in advertising on either site? Send us an email at naijagals@gmail.com.

here is what we offer a dedicated email of your product or service to thousands of readers;
Your site's link on our pages;

thanks again for your support for the past 3 years! We are growing and we are going to show it!

2009/06/04

WEDDING PICTURES WE LOVE!

Okay, check out a couple of wedding pictures we found online, which we love!

Bliss in the face of the bride above, she is truly happy and pleased above.

There is beauty in love and the couple above show it!
A dress shows the beauty of a bride and we agree that this is definitely an artistic shot above.

Perfectly manicured fingers go well with a stunning gold ring. We love the detailed hand shot above.



Okay, check out a couple of wedding pictures we found which we love! Honestly the photographers have talent! If you know any of the photographers send us an email at naijagals@gmail.com we would love to feature them on Naijagal

ADVICE TIME WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THIS READERS??

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THIS?

A 19 year old girl tells her Mom that she has missed her period for two months. Worried..very worried, the mother goes to the drugstore and buys a pregnancy kit. The test result shows that the girl is pregnant. Shouting, cursing, crying, the mother says, "Who was the pig that did this to you? I want to know!" The girl picks up the phone and makes a call. Half an hour later a Ferrari stops in front of their house; a mature and distinguished man with gray hair and impeccably dressed in a very expensive suit steps out of the Ferrari and enters the house. He sits in the living room with the father, the mother and the girl and tells them: "Good morning, your daughter has informed me of the problem. However, I can't
marry her because of my personal family situation but I'll take charge.

I will pay all costs and provide for your daughter for the rest of her life. Additionally, if a girl is born I will bequeath her 2 retail stores, a townhouse, a beachfront villa and a $1,000,000 bank account.

If a boy is born, my legacy will be a couple of factories and a $2,000,000 bank account.

If it is twins, a factory and $2,000,000 each.

However, if there is a miscarriage, what do you suggest I do?" At this point, the father, who had remained silent all along, places a hand firmly on the man's shoulder and tells him,

"You'll sleep with her again!!!"

What would be your answer?

NICE MOVIE CLIPS FROM THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!



thanks readers for being patient, we promise the new site will be worth the wait, in the mean time blogging continues on here!