Sunday, 4 July 2010

My brief but sharp take on 9ja football team ban.

I was inspired to do a semi-voice cast after I saw sugabelly's video blog. I can't do video so I'll start small. Besides I only did one a long time ago and I might as well play about on my blog.


If you listened to the whole thing....then I can only say you try!...

Sunday, 20 June 2010

An honest review on the Storyville BBC four documentary the 'New Kings of Nigeria'


Apologises first:

Honestly I am not a sloppy blogger, to my fans out there (the ones that are left if any are left at all) I have a perfectly sound explanation for this. I haven't had a laptop for almost a month. I just got it back two days ago. Now that's out of the way, back to my post.


Its Origin:

I have been motivated to do this post because of another post on one of my fab blogs Nigerian Curiosity. And again it has to do with some of the crazy comments that was left after the post. After the pain of not having a laptop for a while, the second I got it back, I decided to use my weekend to catch up on some programs I missed on air. So I googled this docu... (the one am blogging about silly), and it landed me on the already mentioned blog. So I read the article and continued reading to the comments. Standard Nigeria, they just started insulting the poor film including the main character, Walter.


So like a woman with higher intelligence and one with experience of the falsehood attached to some comments left on blogs, I decided to watch the documentary myself. I was so determined to see how this documentary related to the now infamous 'Welcome to Lagos', that I connected my laptop to my big flat screen to ensure that I captured every bit and aspect of this film.




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Obi-talker verdict:

I don't understand what is wrong with this documentary, at first I was like here we go again, what is BBC's latest fascination with Lagos. My options were 'maybe its the world cup so a lot of 'profiling-like' films on Africa will happen'. Fore mostly the people who compared 'New kings...' to 'Welcome to Lagos', know nothing about television or documentaries. Both films couldn't be so different. 'Welcome to Lagos' was a classic attempt to portray Lagos, and dare I say Nigeria as a land of abject poverty with hustlers in every corner. 'New kings' was to show the potential and growing money making culture of the younger generation in Nigeria's media and entertainment sphere, hence the reference to The Apprentice Africa (which I never liked from the second I heard its name, and have no intentions of discussing why in this post), koko mansion, Big Brother Nigeria, Dbanj, Dr sid, Obi Asika, and apperances of the likes of Sauce kid, cohbams, Naeto C etc. These are the new faces of Nigeria's thriving entertainment and media sector. It can not be compared to how 'Welcome to Lagos' tried to portray 'Slender' as a budding musician when clearly the young man had no talent. Though we must admire his resilience and by no doubt made him an interesting on-screen character to follow.


The debates around the character, Walter were exceptionally vile, with one person referring to him as 'a spoilt brat who couldn't hold down a job in London'. Now I must make it clear that I don't know and have never met this Walter man in question, however I don't know where this 'bad belly' people get these hideous ideas from. To put down the main person in a documentary that tried its hardest to be as fair as possible is just plain unacceptable in my world. The documentary never hinted that Walter was a loser, rather it did the exact opposite. It painted a picture of this Nigerian boy who went to a public school (what we would call private school in 9ja and frankly most other parts of the world), got a good university education, spent pretty most of his time in London, so what are the odds of him not holding a job in London? Rather he chose to return to his motherland and if that's how the dude wants to roll, then I don't see what the problem is. And if the BBC decide to document his story then that's their business and the business of those who pay for a TV license.


The documentary is a storyville type format, very personalised and great room of expression encouraged. That sort of format, I can understand, would not go down well with a lot of Nigerians especially if they are conservative with what they like to view with their eyes and trust most Nigerians are like that. Walter on the other hand is a London boy so in some scenes he is just himself and throws caution out the window to replace it with just good old mocking about. For example when he spoke about his ideal woman having big boobs. Now am not saying that should be every man's standard or encouraging the fact that he was that honest on TV but to a lot of Nigerians he would have sounded 'raw' in his desires, but that's nothing, BBC and really most British documentaries that I have seen are even ten times more 'honest' than that. Some Nigerians watching it would be like, damn I would never say that on TV but hey that's why its you and your conservative self. Not everyone thinks like you, especially laid-back Walter.


The fact is, at the end of the day, this is the only film about Nigeria that I have ever seen on a British channel that says even the smallest possibility of any positivity, even going as far as showing our innovations in the media and entertainment world. We shouldn't condemn this Storyville documentary rather we should encourage this sort of 'truth' when our stories are been told by foreigners. Surely you must have noticed how they captured both the poor life and the affluent life in Lagos, very few documentaries about living in Africa will ever do that!


Peace Out Word:

What a delight that Wande Coal scooped five awards at the 2010 HipHop World Awards


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Nigeria music just got hotter

I stole this info from Bella. It’s the 2010 line up for hip-hop awards. I have a few notes on each category and as I have either been insulted by strangers’ because of my opinions on Nigeria music or out rightly been told to stay away from 9ja music, I feel I am in a position to say something about this particularly interesting line up this year. I now present to you obi-talker’s view on the 2010 HHWA (theatrical announcement applies):

According to Bella, “Last year, the nominees list for the Hip Hop World Awards (HHWA) caused a barrage of controversy. This year, the organizers of the event have reviewed the nomination and voting process.”

I have no idea what this people are talking about, maybe I was just not interested in music last year or I couldn’t be bothered with….wait-o, I know what happened. I didn’t even have a blog then.

The nominees for this year goes as follows sha



ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (in every realms: songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (sales, popularity). This is the organizers explanation not mine. Please don’t give me too much credit like that-o

C.E.O
Artiste: DAGRIN
Producer(s): Sossick, Sars, T-Frizzle and Dokta Frabz
Record Label: Missofunyin Entertainment

MUSHIN 2 MO’HITS
Artiste: WANDE COAL
Producer(s): Don Jazzy
Record Label: Mo’Hits Records

UN-DAREY-TED
Artiste: DAREY
Producer(s): Tee-Y Mix and Cobhams
Record Label: Soul Muzik

DANGER
Artiste: PSQUARE
Producer(s) – Paul Okoye, Peter Okoye, J Martins, Effrenzy
Record Label – Square Records

LEAST EXPECTED
Artiste: BRACKET
Producer(s): Dekumzy, J Martins, Phino
Record Label: Ape Planet

BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM
Best R&B or pop album in year under review (by single individual or group)


MUSHIN 2 MO’HITS
Artiste- Wande Coal
Producer(s) – Don Jazzy
Record Label- Mo Hits Records

DANGER
Artiste- P-Square
Producer(s) – Paul Okoye, Peter Okoye, J Martins, Effrenzy
Record Label – Square Records

LEAST EXPECTED
Artiste- Bracket
Producer(s) – Dekumzy, J Martins, Phino
Record Label- Ape Planet

UN.DAREY.TED
Artiste – Darey Art Alade
Producer(s) – Tee Y-Mix, Cobhams
Record Label – Soul Muzik

Two albums interest me here. The first been Wande Coal’s mushin2mohits which I did a post dedicated to this fab album. It wasn’t praised by all and frankly my few posts rarely do but this signifies that I knew what I was talking about then. Point one. And if you feel this post is about self glorification of my skills to identify a winner in the 9ja music scene you are not far from the truth either.

The second album that catches my interest is P-square’s danger, which landed me in hot soup on another blog and I spoke about here. I knew it was a winner from the word 'go' and yes I have nothing to say about the other two … sorry three albums, except may the best album win.

Moving over to

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.

WANDE COAL
Real Name(s): OJOSHIPE WANDE JNR.
Album Title: Mushin 2 Mo’Hits
Record Label: Mo’Hits Records

TERRY G
Real Name(s): GABRIEL AMANYI
Album Title: Ginjah Ur Swaggah – Season 1
Record Label: Bluemoon Entertainment, TGP Recordz

DAREY
Real Name(s): DARE ART ALADE
Album Title: Un.Darey.Ted
Record Label: Soul Muzik

BRACKET
Real Name(s): NWACHUKWU OZIOKO and ALI OBUMNEME
Album Title: Least Expected
Record Label: Ape Planet

DAGRIN
Real Name(s): OLAITAN OLAONIPEKUN
Album Title: C.E.O
Record Label: Missofunyin Entertainment

Did you notice how Wande coal made it to this list and the next below. Ha! thank God for Kefee, I don’t know if we still have female musicians in Nigeria again-o. If not for kefee what would we have been saying by now. perhaps what my younger brother used to say a while back ‘Nigerian girls can’t sing’ this was during the era of Tuface and I don’t think much has happened to change my brother’s mind now.

SONG OF THE YEAR
Most popular song from an album in year under review. Decided by voting

“YORI YORI”
Artiste: BRACKET
Album: Least Expected
Producer: Dekumzy
Record Label Ape Planet

“KOKOROKO”
Artiste: KEFEE
Album: A Piece Of Me
Producer: K Solo
Record Label Branama Afrique

“YOU BAD”
Artiste: Wande Coal
Album: Mushin 2 Mo’Hits
Producer: Don Jazzy
Record Label: Mo’Hits Records

“FREE MADNESS Pt. 2”
Artiste: Terry G
Album: Ginjah Ur Swaggah – Season 1
Producer: Terry G
Record Label: Bluemoon Entertainment, TGP Recordz

“ALANTA”
Artiste: Art Quake
Album: Art Work
Producer(s): Puffy T, Del B, Austin Beat, Cheefo & Soso Beats
Record Label: K.I.P Entertainment

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)
Best conceptualised, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.

JUDE OKOYE
Music Video Title – “DANGER”
Artiste – P Square

WUDI AWA
Music Video Title – “Kokoroko”
Artiste – Keffe

CLARENCE PETERS
Music Video Title – “Finest”
Artiste – Knight House Ft. Sauce Kid & Teeto

BOBBY BOULDERS
Music Video Title – Ako Mi Ti Poju
Artiste – Naeto C

MEX
Music Video Title – “Safe”
Artiste – M.I

One again the commentators on not just ok can eat their hearts out as P-square’s danger video gets nominated for been fab.

BEST RAP SINGLE
Best single released on-air recording of a rap song

“AKO MI TI POJU”
Artiste(s) – Naeto C
Producer – Dokta Frabz

“OWO ATI SWAGGER”
Artiste(s) – Catiair
Producer – J Sleek

“FINEST”
Artiste(s) – Knight House ft. Sauce Kid & Teeto
Producer – Knight House

“SAMPLE Remix”
Artiste(s) – Terry Tha Rapman Ft. Stereo Man & Pherowshuz
Producer – Pherowshuz

“SOMEBODY WANTS TO DIE”
Artiste(s) – M.I
Producer – M.I

Please don’t ask me how 'Finest' made it on this list. Cos’ me’ self thought it was an old song. Wow ‘kokoroko’ again, brings pleasure to my heart.

BEST COLLABO
Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track (including cameos) in year under review

“KOKOROKO”
Artistes – Kefee Ft. Timaya
Producer – K Solo

“FINEST”
Artistes – Knight House Ft. Sauce Kid & Teeto
Producer – Knight House

“AYE PO GAN”
Artistes – Ill Bliss Ft. Terry G
Producer – Terry G

“SAMPLE Remix”
Artistes – Terry Tha Rapman Ft. Stereo Man & Pherowshuz
Producer – Pherowshuz

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

DARE ART ALADE
Song Title – “NO STARS”
Producer- Cobhams

BANKY W
Song Title – “STRONG TING”
Producer- Cobhams

WANDE COAL
Song Title – “BANANA”
Producer- Don Jazzy

GT THE GUITARMAN
Song Title – “KINIMATISE”
Producer(s) – Gospelondebeat

TIMI DAKOLO
Song Title – “HEAVEN PLEASE”
Producer- Cobhams

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

IBIYEMI
Song Title – “DON’T LEAVE ME”
Producer – Ross Oscar

KEFEE
Song Title – “KOKOROKO”
Producer – K Solo

LARA GEORGE
Song Title – “KEEPER OF MY DREAMS”
Producer – Wole Oni

WAJE
Song Title – “Kolo”
Producer – 37

EVA
Song Title – “NO CRY”
Producer – Wole Adesanya

BEST STREET HOP
The most popular street-hop single in year under review

“FREE MADNESS Pt. 2”
Artiste(s) – Terry G

“IGBORO TI DARU”
Artiste(s) – Klever J Ft. Eedris Abdul Kareem

“FILE BE”
Artiste(s) – Jaywon

“ALANTA”
Artiste(s) – Art Quake

“ONE BY ONE”
Artiste(s) – Side One

NEXT RATED
Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review

GENERAL PYPE
Song Title – “CHAMPION”

MO CHEDDAH
Song Title – “IF YOU WANT ME”

JESSE JAGZ
Song Title – “WETIN DEY”

D’PRINCE
Song Title – “OMOBA”

SKUKI
Song Title – “BANGER”

HIPHOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR
Best New artiste in the year under review

WANDE COAL
Real Name(s): OJOSHIPE WANDE JNR.
Album Title: Mushin 2 Mo’Hits
Record Label: Mo’Hits Record

KEL
Real Name(s): KELECHI OHIA
Album Title: The Investment
Record Label: Capital Records

DJINEE
Real Name(s): NOSA OSAYAMWEN
Album Title: Djinee
Record Label: None

ILL BLISS
Real Name(s): Tobechukwu Ejiofor
Album Title: Dat Ibo Boy
Record Label: Gorretti

OMAWUMI
Real Name(s): Omawumi Megbele
Album Title: Super Woman
Record Label: OMA Records

‘Note that only music material released into the Nigerian market between December 2008 and November 2009 are eligible for nomination for Hip-Hop World Awards 2010.’

This is where all the confusion ends as they have explained what timeline this music reflects. I excluded some categories in the list above. I didn’t see the relevance in my life or on this blog, but you can get the full list here, which is where I stole the info from in the first place. And I didn’t comment on every category because ‘is it by force?!’ that I must say something about all of them. If I don’t have anything to say I will just close my laptop-na.

9ice is so missing from this list and how come some musicians are popular but they don’t even make it like ‘tha suspect’

I can’t answer my own questions but I can say hopefully no one will hate on this post.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The day I decided blogging was good for my health

I can’t believe how long I’ve stayed away from blogger. My non-existent laptop didn’t help matters either, or moving houses between two regions. Yesterday I decided I would put finger to key pad but yesterday was a horrible day for me so I stayed away from my laptop. Apart from actually now having the tools and time to write, somebody told me that they always read my posts and I felt guilty that I had disappointed them for many months.

Whilst I have been away, a lot has happened. Tiger Woods refused to listen to anybody’s advice and finally decided to make that public apology. I didn’t watch it and I know its old news but he was also the centre topic of my last post and it makes sense that I try out 'continuity' in my posts (I hear voices laughing in my head). In this passing time Ashley Cole also decided to cheat on his wife Cheryl for a second time and get caught. Both men have succeeded in forever making it impossible for any white woman to settle with a mixed race man. Thank you Ashley and tiger for putting a permanent damaging plunge to the hard work of the likes of Obama as if the racial divide we already have isn’t bad enough.

I am not saying both men wouldn’t have cheated if they married other women but the similarity and timing and coincidences of their cases was just so ‘Gosh!’

And please I hope nobody reads this post and asks me why I didn’t call both men black, because I am no different from the average human being. When they are good and successful we take them as black but when they are bad and disgraceful we finally recognize that they are a combination. Sorry but this life isn’t fair.

Talking about fairness a uniformed police officer helped me carry my extra ordinary heavy suitcase down the stairs of Victoria station. I was really amazed how gracious he was and I am using this medium to give a shout out to good old metropolitan police. No, they didn’t stop anybody attacking me but we must show gratitude’s when good occurs.


Also in my absence the lady behind Bella Naija got a shout out from the Oprah show. Such good news, I bumped into and thought I must stick this on my post. I am just glad to be back and there’s so much I need to catch up with in blogosphere.