Saturday, 26 September 2009

How does anyone go from Nigerian Bloggers to J. Martins to Rita Isoken Igbinedion

Gosh Nigerian bloggers make me want to write even more. I have decided that writing is the way I must go. In my silence these past days I have been round the Nigerian blogsphere. I have seen emotions poured out and issues debated in a way that captures all of my attention especially about District 9 and Sony Playstation 3. But like all things a-political cum News-worthy, the noise will die down and I will get back to good old 9ja entertainment gist. However I am very impressed with Naija bloggers and my fascination remains intact. There have been a lot of people telling me to carry on doing my thing, even though I haven't done much to be honest. I am grateful to them and also to Solomon of Nigerian curiosity. He was so gracious to stop by my blog and drop a kind word of encouragement for the very little writing that I have done. It felt like an older more experienced blogger encouraging an amateur blogger. Thank you Solomon. I didn't do this on the comments section because I have an 'anti-' thing about commenting on my own posts. I see it happen on other blogs but for now I will not be doing that until the provocation arises.

Moving on, J martins has released another new video you can see it below in case you missed it.

It's a feel good video and adopts a style that has been used on other 9ja music videos. But it does something better for me, it features one of my favourite reality TV personalities. Can you guess who? I did mention her briefly in my first post. Yes, its Rita Isoken Igbinedion of Mohits and HiTV's Koko mansion. She's in J. martins' Oyoyo new video. And for that reason alone this video deserves a spot on my blog. I'm sorry the last J.martins video I put up is doing the normal techno-failure thing that I don't get either. But its Youtube so I don't expect too much.

I am glad that Rita is back on our air waves. Check out her interview with Next.

For all you RFC (Rita Fan club) members or simply just been your curious self, you can get more of Rita in her own words unedited and even more via her facebook group.

My 9ja Moment of Thought:
I wonder what Rita is going to do next. Perhaps start her own reality show. I do hope she can live out the Nigerian dream. Which is?

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Writing or talking...Now I have to decide!

This is me trying out my technology skills.

I ask that you do not take me too seriously except the part of me not liking young couples groping themselves on my streets. But if it all works out well, I promise you guys to do the really hard work and I have many exciting topics and interviews lined up... honestly. But I do have talk in my name to be fair so it only makes sense that I try it out. Which I am.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sony Playstation's insult of Nigeria... An Update

I briefly mentioned this under My 9ja moment of thought in my last post and a lot has happened since then. So I have decided to revisit the matter. Fore mostly I can tell you that I was one of the first set of bloggers to highlight the danger of this 'sillyness' called advert. Even before the likes of Bella Naija... I'm kicking off with a letter related to this issue. Some one sent this to my email and I decided to share it with you lot. I found the content interesting and after you've read the original letter below, be sure to read my take at the end:

Fellow Nigerian,

On September 2nd 2009, an Advertisement that was produced by Sony Corp of America was brought to my attention by my cousin in Chicago (via his Facebook page). The Advert is produced to promote Sony’s new PS3 game console: Please click here to see the Advert. (Obi-talker's note: you can see the video inserted in my previous post)

On the same day that I saw the Advert, I called Ms. Lisa Davis, Sony Corp of America Press Coordinator – who was not at the office. I left a message with her secretary - who in turn gave me the name and phone number for a Peter Dille, the person whose Dept is responsible for the Advert. I in turn called Peter Dille, Sony Computer Entertainment (USA). He too was not available and I left a message with his secretary.

At about 5:50pm EST. Ms. Lisa Davis called me back. I expressed our (Nigerians) concern about the Advert. I also advised Ms. Davis that we (Nigerians and Africans) are in the process of mobilizing a global campaign against Sony products by Africans - unless the Advert is removed from all media outlet immediately. To her credit, Lisa told me that she watched the Advert before calling me and she didn't think it was Sony's intent to classify all Nigerians as cunning and untrustworthy. Ms. Davis did however promised to get in touch with Mr. Peter Dille to discuss the issue (Ad Campaign) and that she and/or someone from Sony Corp will keep in touch with me.

Finally, at about 8:45pm EST, I received a phone call from a Mr. Patrick Seybold, VP Sony USA Public Relations - whom I'd spoken with earlier at about 6:55pm EST. During his call to me, Mr. Seybold regrettably noted that the advert was not intended to offend Nigerians as a group of people or country. Mr. Seybold also assured me that Sony will pull the Adverts from all paid media (except the ones on the Internet) by the end of this week.

It should be noted that during the entire day, I made several unsuccessful attempts to reach someone at the Nigerian Embassies and Consulates in New York, Washington, DC and Atlanta. Their phones were never answered and no one was picking at their listed extensions either. What a Shame!!!

In order for us Nigerians to collectively have a voice in the world, we need to form a reputable organization - through which we will be able to respond effectively and responsibly against negative publicity against our people and country.

Please join this newly-formed organization, Global Association of Nigerians with Integrity.

We are not all thieves, fraudsters, untrustworthy, 419 and we should STAND UP against any business, media or other group that classify ALL Nigerians as such!
Olalekan Yusuf, Founder
Global Association of Nigerians with Integrity.

Obi-talker Take:
I admire Yusuf's effort and what he's done for Nigeria but that's where it stops. The part where he goes on about inorder for us...we need to form a reputable organization... NOT!!!!!!!! No forming of any organization will stop other countries from humiliating us in their media. Do you know how many organisations we have?....exactly. First of all I will like to state it clearly irrespective of who it offends that I will not join the above group. I Obi-talker will not join another facebook group about moving Nigerians forward. Because I am tired. How many facebook groups I have joined in the name of Nigeria. There are so many them and I am not interested in another one under what ever label. What has forming a facebook group got to do with this playstation advert. This is a simple case of some one designing an online petition and let 50,000 or more Nigerians or any body sign their name to it. I would have done it but guess what I don't have that sort of on-line skills, and I don't claim to either. I know some people are going to accuse me of leaving the main issue and talking about facebook group. Sorry, I just don't see why Yusuf needed to start another group. All he had to do was just join the already existing ones and put his idea forward by leaving a post on the wall. It's that simple. By using the platform and members that others have established. And if a petition pulles through, am telling you that Sony will pull the advert even from the internet because in today's day and age that's how information travels. You think they don't know what they are doing, this is a 'wired' company we're talking about.

We Nigerians when we are supposed to do something we will turn it to something else. This playstation advert is not an avenue to form NGO this is a basic matter of petition creation and signatures' execution. Even the government can't make as much impact as if the people spoke out themselves... By the way, I'm not even going to start on the movie District 9. Lets just say its a good thing I haven't watched it. I so do not intend to give my money to anybody who disses 9ja.

My Latest on-line Adventure:
Remember my last post on p-square, defending their new video danger. Apparently it got me into some kind of online war with an absolute stranger. So I have decided to make a late year resolution. I do not intend to be engaging in frivolous online battles. Nigerians can be very cyber-brutal at times. They always turn simple comments into something else and I don't even know who sent me message in the first place.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

P-square's new video- Danger. So what's the problem?!

What's all the noise about p-square's new video. Some people within the Nigerian entertainment blogger-sphere have been making noise about it. This is how it all started. First they released the song and our many music critics suggested the song's not as great as their previous tracks. Then they released the video and the same people claim that the quick release of the video is to salvage all that's left of their new hit single. I am actually more concerned about the video and how people want to put it down even before a month of its release.

My Point is some people can not survive without seeing half-naked girls in their video. When its not that, they start to complain about the music video been whacked. p-squares new single is different and you can bet on it that other Nigerian musicians are going to copy this playful style and colourful trend in their next music video. It's not the first time we've seen it and frankly it's a trend in Niaja music were p-square sets the pace and others follow suit. Remember when they made their other videos with a multiracial cast of girls from South Africa, every other 9ja hip hop artist started finding their way to SA too. Even then I had a hard time explaining to my non-African friends that Nigeria is not a multiracial country like the States. And trust me I don't want to be put in that situation again.

But what is this obsession with girls scantly dressed dancing in a video. The point is if the music is rubbish, it doesn't matter if there are ten past Miss world beauty queens featured in that video it will still be whacked. I have a couple of videos that I really like. Some of them were released a long time ago so I wont stick them here, but there's this particular one I like and it's by J.martins. Its an example of how an SA trip does not have to end up with half-naked woman been the centre of your video.

By the way, I am not going to do a poll on the style of p-square's video because it makes no sense to argue about this. I'm more interested in what you feel about Wande Coal's musical abilities.


And the award goes to Sony's playstation 3's humiliation of Nigeria...

What is all this nonsense about playstation calling Nigeria's name in their failed attempt at a sales advertisement. Are they the first person to do sales in this world. It just shows how desperate they are to insult a whole country because of a piece of non-living item. Why will anybody stereotype an entire country because of the misbehaviour of some groups of people. Are we expected to get the humour in this sickening advertisement, because if we are, I am so not laughing at this idiotism called marketing strategy.