Monday, 31 August 2015

Music market dynamic in Nigeria –Chics

A music producer, song writer and artiste, is presently working on a new genre of music which he calls electronic high life music. The graduate of Accounting talks about his passion for the arts in an interview 
You are a graduate of Accounting, would there be a specific reason behind opting for music as a career?

The music industry for me is very big, though it all started because of the love and passion I have for it. I considered it as a bit of the corporate world but with the knowledge I was able to acquire in school, I discovered I could channel it into the music industry to apply the principles I have learnt into showbiz. This is what our Lagos talents are doing we need to go beyond our love for the talent to applying economics and some accounting to break in.

When did you go into music?

Music started for me way back just like everyone of us would say but when I was in primary school I was the youngest member of a band. I mimed a lot back in secondary school in different groups then it developed from passion to a more focused direction. I had a lot of groups in the university and I have produced some of them also I have some industry friends that I have been working with in the background like Styl Plus who from way back I used to write and produce for. My official first single in 2009 was a song StylPlus featured me in ‘Jekasere Lo’ but they had a problem with the marketer which really affected the album and my coming out.

So far, how well is that application working for you?

Nigeria is a very dynamic market, so many things are not predictable. It’s been good but it boils down to a good promo plan to have endorsements and I am still trying to be out there.

How many singles do you have now?

I dropped a single this year on the 26th of April, my birthday, I did one with Styl Plus, I write and produce for Tunde one of the members of the group as well and we dropped an RnB song ‘Omoge’ February last year. I also did a French song last November ‘Sele mama’ with a Cameroonian artiste Didibebe who I write and produce for as well and ‘Don come’.

You talked about having worked with other industry friends at the background?

The list is endless; X Project, Waje, OJB, Numero, Mecoyo, Mr Yaks, to mention a few. I have a project called cargo republic and we have recorded so many projects.

Being a musician, song writer, producer which is more challenging for you?

Combination of the whole of them because I need to keep up with the demands of the job. The problem of people accepting my ability to do numerous things has been challenging for me.

How would young rate entertainment generally in Nigeria?

With respect to how far we have gone in promoting peace, women empowerment and the educative, humanitarian part and entertainment part, we still have a lot of things to do so I would rate it seven stars over ten.

Three stars short means we have challenges, what are those challenges Abuja wise and generally?

The individuals who are in the industry and the market are the major challenges we are facing. Artistes in Abuja for example do not support each other, we don’t have people who are passionate and apart from the whole security issues, people in Abuja are very conservative though it doesn’t mean big shows don’t happen but artistes in Abuja are yet to benefit from these platforms because they have not been able to run promos like the Lagos people. We have a low level of sponsorship in Abuja, once you are not from a rich home it becomes difficult.
Unfortunately, Lagos which happens to be the hub of entertainment, piracy is the greatest challenge. The marketers are the pirates, you can imagine we do not have a choice to give them our CDs for peanuts but by the end of the day they would help you move your songs everywhere. I was happy when the Vice President came out to assure artistes that challenge would be dealt with in this government so there is hope and at the same time fear.

How can we get things right especially in Abuja?

The orientation in Abuja needs to change, we need to put our hearts into getting the songs out, go extra miles to get investors. We need to start a campaign to get people in Abuja channel some of their investments to artistes in Abuja, we need to unite to balance the equation. No matter how wack they want to make us feel we are, we should be given a chance to showcase what we have rather than always bring in only Lagos artistes to perform here in Abuja.

Do Abuja promoters not have a role to play in this?

We don’t really have promoters in Abuja. A few of them are trying to come up but they still need to learn so many things. A promoter is just one of the variables, most importantly we need investors.

How then can Abuja artistes get investors believe in what they have to offer?

Over the years we have been waiting for investors. It’s annoying to drive round Abuja and not see even one Abuja artiste endorsing any product. We need to meet the investors and talk to them to give us the respect we deserve. Lagos is exaggerated, the traffic situation alone want to make anybody go out from Monday to Monday so they prefer to wait till weekends but here in Abuja, Monday to Monday people are partying everywhere at one garden or the other to chill out and have fun.

How would you rate content in Nigerian music?

For now, I won’t say it’s bad even though all we hear is dance music. I am a writer I understand why people are writing the way they do. For example, there is fuel scarcity, there is always one problem or the other and the kind of songs we need to be listening to are not songs that should bring us down trying to remind us how bad things are but we need songs that would make us forget our troubles even though we are not exactly happy. People who market these music they all accept the songs we write but so many people do not know this part.

We have artistes who do not see the relevance of taking a step further academic wise?

If we have record labels that are willing to do what they are supposed to do to promote the songs and thinking of the economy of getting the songs out, the artiste wouldn’t have a lot of problem if he is educated enough but as an artiste, you need to acquire some form of knowledge. It mustn’t be that four year in the university, there are so many courses online. For example, I am undergoing an online programme and by the time I am done I would be a certified sound engineer. I was able to that as a result of a good friend who told me about it. It all boils down to all the individual bodies to organize workshops for their members because not everybody had the opportunity to go to school.

How deep was your involvement as the national PRO PMAN?
The problem with PMAN is priority. The guys who are in charge are so caught up with their own agenda and it’s wrong. No one has a problem if you are trying to chase a particular dream or philosophy but when you do it consider the general good of everybody. See little things like Abuja carnival, people who are in charge or people who are supposed to go for it they don’t go for it and now you see foreigners who come from Lagos and this is our carnival, even artistes in Abuja struggle to perform and even when they do they pay them peanuts. The name PMAN has been so bastardized they need to change the name, it is associated with failure. The cloud of the Abuja Governor who is working really hard cannot cover the darkness of PMAN.

MTV VMA 2015 winner list

Who took home the prizes at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards? 

Check out the full list of winners below!

Taylor Swift Brings 'Bad Blood' Squad to VMAs 
Video of the Year:
Beyoncé - "7/11"
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" -- WINNER
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
 
Best Male Video:
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk" -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
The Weeknd - "Earned It"
Nick Jonas - "Chains"
 
Best Female Video:
Beyoncé - "7/11"
Taylor Swift - "Blank Space" -- WINNER
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"
Sia - "Elastic Heart"
Ellie Goulding - "Love Me Like You Do"
 

MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time
Best Hip Hop Video:
Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda" -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - "See You Again"
Big Sean ft. E-40 - "IDFWU"
 
Best Pop Video:
Beyoncé - "7/11"
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift - "Blank Space" -- WINNER
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Maroon 5 - "Sugar"
 
Best Rock Video:
Hozier - "Take Me To Church"
Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman" -- WINNER
Florence + the Machine - "Ship To Wreck"
Walk the Moon - "Shut Up and Dance"
Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"
 
Artist to Watch:
Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen" -- WINNER
Vance Joy - "Riptide"
George Ezra - "Budapest"
James Bay - "Hold Back The River"
FKA Twigs - "Pendulum"
 
Best Collaboration:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" -- WINNER
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - "See You Again"
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd - "Love Me Harder"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - "Bang Bang"
 
Video With a Social Message:
Jennifer Hudson - "I Still Love You"
Colbie Caillat - "Try"
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend - "One Man Can Change the World" -- WINNER
Rihanna - "American Oxygen"
Wale - "The White Shoes"

Song of the Summer:
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, Afrojack & Bebe Rexha - "Hey Mama"
Demi Lovato - "Cool For The Summer"
Fetty Wap ft. Monty - "My Way"
Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink - "Worth It"
Five Seconds of Summer - "She's Kinda Hot" -- WINNER
Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ - "Lean On"
OMI - "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)"
Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky - "Good For You"
Silento - "Watch Me"
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
The Weeknd - "Can't Feel My Face"



PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES
 
Best Art Direction:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg - "So Many Pros" (Jason Fijal) -- WINNER
Jack White - "Would You Fight For My Love" (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers - "Go" (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
 
Best Choreography:
Beyoncé - "7/11" (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go - "I Won’t Let You Down" (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano) -- WINNER
Chet Faker - "Gold" (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran - "Don’t" (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me" (Keone and Mari Madrid)
 
Best Cinematography:
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me" (Larkin Sieple) -- WINNER
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud" (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks" (Justin Brown)
Alt-J - "Left Hand Free" (Mike Simpson)
 
Best Direction:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk" (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright" (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies) -- WINNER
Hozier - "Take Me To Church" (Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson)
Childish Gambino - "Sober" (Hiro Murai)
 
Best Editing:
Beyoncé - "7/11" (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing) -- WINNER
Ed Sheeran - "Don’t" (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky - "L$D" (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
 
Best Visual Effects:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks" (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino - "Telegraph Ave." (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer) -- WINNER
Tyler, The Creator - "F****** Young/Death Camp" (Gloria FX)

It’s costing me $62m to bring dinosaurs to Nigeria —‘Lade Adeyemi

When American author Michael Crichton wrote the novel, Jurassic Park, which was about dinosaurs, it became an instant bestseller because dinosaurs which are now extinct are fascinating to humans.  So, if you run into him, just call him ‘Dinosaur Man.’
You are said to be establishing a dinosaur park.
Yes. Yes. The dinosaur theme park is one of the innovations of the First Empire Group which I represent. It’s the first animatronic theme park in Africa. It’s going to be situated in Lagos. It’s called the Lekki Dinosaur Park. There will be about thirty-two different dinosaurs in it and they’ll be as they were over a thousand years ago. They move, talk, run, and these are dinosaurs that existed in Nigeria and Africa. And so what we’re trying to do is to give Nigerians a feel of what it was like in Nigeria in 1,000 B.C. And to also create a tourism and leisure atmosphere where families can bond, couples can bond, old and young can celebrate and enjoy themselves in an atmosphere that’s very natural and serene and clean. We intend to launch this project officially before the end of the year. And it also seeks to bring in foreigners to also come and have a feel of this theme park. We already have, from our business analyses, intending visitors from the west, east and even South Africa coming to Nigeria just because of this theme park. We’ve established a very well-thought-out layout plan. We’re working in line with international best practices. On our team, we’ve sound tourism professionals who’re even part of the World Disney Park in Orlando. And so internally, we’ve very good hands. Myself, Dimeji Oganla, Babatunde Odumuyiwa, Sade Afilaka. We’re a combination of different expertise, as well as our international consultants. And so this is one of our projects that we’re very happy about, we can’t wait for it to start, we’re gonna hold with the address and other things for now so that we keep Nigerians in suspense, but watch out, the First Empire Group is here to stay.
How many years has this park been in the making?
We’ve been on it for about six years. We’ve had visits to Australia, United States, Dubai and twice even to Kenya, trying to learn from other people’s mistakes and what they’ve done right. Because this is not only a theme park for dinosaurs alone. It’s gonna be a theme park and a resort. We’re also gonna be launching the first cruise line in Nigeria. It’s called the Empire Cruise. It’s gonna be a cruise line that’ll take Nigerians from the Atlantic into the open sea with a live band on board, swimming pool, a club and so on. As much as we, none of us is up to fifty years old, but we’re a combination of different experiences and that’s exactly what we’re bringing to the table. You know, exposure, is a school on its own. It’s a university on its own. My humble self, Oganla, Odumuyiwa, Afilaka, we’ve travelled far and wide, we’ve experienced different atmospheres, you know, and we’re bring all these to the table, not because we’re businessmen or women, but because we believe that Nigerians deserve a better life. They deserve quality in lifestyle. And what we’re doing is to create that opportunity where Nigerians can enjoy themselves and also have what others in developed countries are enjoying.
How much is it costing you?
Well, this is a project that’s gonna that … as much as I shouldn’t … or that I wouldn’t want to tell you the figures, you know, of the cost of the project, but it’s a project that’s costing us about 62 million US dollars. I’ve been drinking garri in order to make it a reality, because you know what banks are with their interest rates, but we’re in good stead, and hopefully, within the first five years, we probably wouldn’t drink garri for too long.

Congregation disowns pastor for impregnating member

Abuja - Members of the United Methodist Church in the Oshodi LGA of Lagos chased their pastor from the premises on Sunday after it was found that he had impregnated his housemaid, PUNCH reports.

The pastor, Barkuma Andrew, is alleged to have impregnated his housemaid and congregant, Grace, before ordering her to abort the child.

Andrew is said to live with his wife, children, wife's cousin and Grace in a three-bedroom flat on the church premises.

Members of the congregation had allegedly sent a letter of concern to the Central Conference of the church in Taraba State requesting that an investigation be conducted into the matter.

The Central Conference, however, sent another pastor to lead the church without investigating Andrew's conduct, leading to the man still occupying church property.

It has been alleged that Andrew and a small group of unknown people has commenced a service within the church precinct when they were chased from the premises.

Officials from the Makinde Police Division were said to have intervened in the incident after it was reported at the station.

Read more at PUNCH

Sunday, 30 August 2015

‘Marriage is a make or break issue’

What’s your growing up like?
My growing up was fun. Anytime I think about it, I smile. Whenever I remember all that I enjoyed as a baby, I always feel good. I was blessed with a wonderful father and a most loving and caring mother. Although things were not rosy all the time, we got along quite well.
This was largely because our parents understood that their children’s needs come first. Interestingly, my father was a semi-literate, while my mother was illiterate. They were, however, bent on giving us quality education. My mother was always unhappy about the fact that she didn’t go to school; she was particularly unhappy because of all her siblings, she was always sickly.
She was not someone who compromises however. Before you could get anything from her, it must be for school or for something reasonable. She would call us pet names and praise us every morning. I was a very shy girl but my mother kept encouraging me to quit being shy. She never stopped talking about my beauty which she insisted being both inside and outside.
She boosted my confidence so much. Though she wanted me to be bold, the way she raised us made me to be afraid of her. Till the day she died, I couldn’t look straight into my mother’s eyes despite the love and respect I had for her. My father was a disciplinarian, who spared nothing at ensuring that I turned out alright. Sometimes, my mother would feel like my father was being too harsh on me. He raised me like a boy because he wished I was a boy. He wouldn’t drop a standard despite the fact that I am a girl.
Before he died, my father, who claimed he felt like a fool when God gave me to him, confessed that there is a better plan for me. Till his death, he was so proud of me. It was much later that I found out that he loved me. He just did not want me to be over pampered and spoilt. My mother had me very late, and there was that tendency for her to spoil me, but she didn’t.
What kind of girl were you when you were small?
I was like every other girl, I love dancing, listening to music but I loved my books. Because I was in boarding school from my nursery, primary to secondary school, I always looked forward to coming home for holidays, to help my mother in her retail business. She was into textiles and once I came home, she would make sure that I woke up by 4 am, got dressed to follow her to the market. Most times, I stayed there till evening before coming back home; she wouldn’t leave me at home. She kept me by her side always to have quality time with me every day.
What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to be a lawyer. As a little girl, I liked to represent other people’s interests. I liked to share and take care of people and though I was very fragile, I didn’t like trouble. I felt people listened when I talked. Then, I left secondary school and got admission to study Law.
My mother felt I was too young, and should go for my ‘A’ level. Fortunately, I ended up studying business administration. My mother was really interested in me being an entrepreneur and always said I have sales skills. Everybody was comfortable with her; they could buy things from her and always trusted her judgment. She felt I had the same gift. Later, she ventured into real estate, which I am also doing now.
How did you meet your husband?
My husband played a fast one on me; he was my brother’s friend. Anytime, he visited my brother, he would tell me: Please, help me get a good wife like you. Whenever I asked him what he seeks in a woman, he would reply that he needed a good wife material like me. After a while, he asked me to marry him, but I declined saying that he was a difficult man. I told him I like soft-spoken, gentle guys. However, he always made me laugh. One day, he looked at me and said he wanted to tell me something. He wouldn’t look me in the eye, however. The following week, four of his friends called me saying they wanted to take me out for dinner. I didn’t have any choice than to go with them. He was there smiling at me. One of his friends said they had a message for me from one of their closest friends who loves me so much. They said he secretly adored me and was always singing my praises. They said he could not even sleep well and was desperate to marry me.
What was your reaction?
I was shocked and wondered who the person might be, and why he could not confront me personally. What surprised me most was the fact that all these while, he was there watching while his friends spoke on his behalf. I looked him straight in his eyes and asked him why he could not talk for himself? He replied that I should just answer the questions the friends asked me. I told him that I would not answer the questions until he used his mouth to tell me himself. It was then he rose up to tell me of his love for me. He demanded my immediate response. I laughed and looked straight into his eyes and told him he is a big-for-nothing guy, who could not talk to a lady despite all he’s got. We both laughed over it.
When we got into the car and in the presence of his friends, he went back to the same subject and asked whether I would marry him. I responded in the affirmative. I think it was tough for him to ask me out because he had often talked of his reservation about Mushin girls. As far as he knew, Mushin girls or ladies do not know how to love. Besides, he was raised by a single mother. I also told him of my fear that he is never serious about anything because he jokes a lot.
Why did you finally settle down with him?
I think because he always makes me laugh. I used to call him a comedian, while he would call me Iya Jesu, let’s pray. Obviously, I like to serve God. I think he used that to sweep me off my feet.
As a philanthropist and a politician, how do you manage your family?
It is difficult because each needs more than 24 hours a day to thrive well. I will just give all to God who has made it all worked. There are days I felt like spending more time with my family, there are other times I also felt like spending more time out there with my commitments. Somehow, however, I tried balancing all and it keeps working. All the glory be unto God Almighty. One thing that I think has continually worked for me is the fact that I am into all that I do because I love doing them.
The message here is that we must never forget that the primary reason for being alive is to love one another as God first loved us. And in whatever capacity we are endowed, we should ensure that we are a blessing, and live a life of blessing. At those times you feel you are running alone and you are scared of how everything you desire will work out well, God is always there to take care of everything. What is Shelter of Grace all about? It is an empowerment and training center, a voice for the voiceless, especially women. It is however not restricted to women because we have a lot of men that we have trained in different fields like agriculture, fish farming, mechanics, shoes making and so many other things.
What do you think is responsible for broken marriages in Nigeria?
I think everybody should pray for good luck and grace to marry the right spouse. Parents must especially pray for our children and this must start from when they are little. Marriage is a make or break issue for most people in life. One of the best things you can do for yourself when you meet anybody, apart from the physical aspect is to intimately know the level of the person’s relationship with God. It is good to marry somebody with the fear of God and this can be well achieved if the person inquiring is also close to God because it takes someone who is in God to also know the stand of the other person.
It is also important for couples to agree on the way to sail the boat of their homes. For instance, you cannot be newly married and live apart. You must also believe in each other’s visions and missions. What other advice do you have for couples? Let’s always put God first. Moreover, we must curb greed because there is so much competition all over the world. And a lot of our young girls want it all in one day; they don’t have time to go through the process. Once you pick a partner, believe in him or her. Above all, find ways of communicating with each other always.
After studying Business Administration; why did you decide to go into politics?
After studying Business Administration, I studied Real Estate and Mortgage Banking which is what I am still doing now. I’m a Real Estate consultant and Developer. Politics came out of my desire to serve God. It started like a ministry and I made up my mind that I want to give my life to God and live the Christ-like life as much as I could. At the time I made that call, so many things were not right in my life, and so when anybody asked me, I would tell them all I want is an inner peace. For me, peace is priceless, but the peace I crave for comes from knowing and loving my God and giving Him all, no matter the challenges I am going through. I know He is bigger than my problems.

I realised I can reach out to the children and thereafter started reaching out to the community. Funnily enough, I ventured into politics because of voluntary services, I just wanted to be of help and I am glad

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Playing vampire was scary for me —Oge Okoye

Oge Okoye is one of Nollywood’s biggest actresses. was took her up and they spoke about her career and the pros and cons of her being in Nollywood.
Why did you become an actress and not a nurse or engineer?
Oh my God! This is like me asking you why you chose your profession as a journalist. But that notwithstanding, acting is my calling and it’s a part of my life that I reflect so much in. Thinking back to childhood, I’ve always desired to be an actress whereby I will be like a voice to the viewers and at the same time they will be entertained.
Have you achieved what you wanted to that made you become an actress?
Well, yes, by becoming an actress, but at the same time, I’m not totally fulfilled because there’s so much still not done yet and I’m yet to attain that greater height of accomplishment. In all, I’m thankful to God.
How many movies have you done overall?
Wow! Honestly, I’ve lost count of the number of movies I’ve featured in.
Tell us your most memorable role.
My most memorable role is where I took up the character of a vampire. It was scary for me but at the same time enjoyable. And the most challenging? For me, all my movies, in their different characterisations, are all challenging.
Why is it that entertainers are never able to take care of themselves when they have health challenges?
Well, I don’t think that sort of question should be directed to me because I don’t get what you’re driving at.
What do you like most about Nollywood?
What I like most about our large family is that Nollywood is a strong voice to the world showing the different lives of different people and different things happening in the world. A strong voice it is indeed.
What do you hate most about it?
Sometimes the negative criticism and judgmental attitude towards us.
What is your advice to upcoming actresses?

My candid advice, as I always say, is that they should always follow their heart and passion of being an actress to achieve whatever and everything they want. It’s about being focused, working hard, making sure they are worth their salt. Never envy anyone, be yourself and make good use of your potentials. Practice makes perfect. For me, I never knew the ups and down of being an actor but I got into it and I developed myself professionally. It’s not a bed of roses but always have passion and love for it and the rest will be history.

‘My husband smokes indian hemp in our children’s presence’

• When he poured acid on me, I became scared and I have been having sleepless nights. There was also a day he almost stabbed me with a bottle. I have always been responsible for our children’s upkeep and necessary things in the house. Still, he doesn’t give me peace of mind —Wife
• I still love her —Husband
An Igando Customary Court in Lagos has dissolved the 22-year-old union between Mr and Mrs Godfrey Obioma.
The court’s president, Mr Hakeem Oyekan said that all efforts to reconcile the parties failed, and the court had no choice than to end the marriage.
“Both parties are ceased to be husband and wife. They are free to go their separate ways without hindrance,’’ Oyekan ruled.
The petitioner, Mrs Joy Obioma, had sought the dissolution of her 22-year-old marriage over her husband’s nonchalant attitude.
“My husband has never been responsive. He smokes Indian hemp every morning in our children’s presence. I can’t remember the last time he gave me some money to cater for our needs.
“I have always been responsible for our children’s upkeep and necessary things in the house still he don’t give me peace of mind.” She said.
The 42-year-old trader described her husband as “violent” adding that he always threatened to kill her with a dangerous weapon.
“I usually thought he never meant all he said because of the things he sniffs and smoke but when he poured acid on me, I became scared and I have been having sleepless nights. There was also a day he almost stabbed with a bottle,” Mrs Obioma said.
She also said her husband once burnt the house they live in and ran away.
The mother of four said: “He was in Ghana for years and even when he returned, he still shirks his responsibilities. My husband never referred me as his wife but an “international prostitute” in everyone’s presence which is very embarrassing. He disturbs the neighborhood whenever he is around.”
She pleaded with the court to dissolve the union adding that there was no love anymore and she could not continue to live with him.
In his response, Mr. Obioma admitted smoking Indian hemp but denied never touching his wife violently.
“I still love her,” he said.

The marriage produced four children between the ages of 10 and 20.

‘My husband doesn’t last a minute’

• My husband cannot perform well, he is not doing his ‘job’ at all and it makes me sad. He does not satisfy me, he does not last a minute —Wife
• I am trying my best to satisfy my wife and I am also trusting God for a miracle. But my wife has been committing adultery, There was a day I saw a text message she sent to her lover. I showed her the text, but instead of her to apologise, she warned me not to touch her phone again –Husband
Observers at Igando customary court in Lagos were stunned when a woman, Mrs Ifeanyi Samuel, made a shocking revelation about her husband.
Mrs Samuel, 33, called on the court to dissolve her nine-year-old marriage over her husband’s poor sexual performance.
According to the businesswoman, her husband was always on the road for months, leaving her lonely at home.
The president of the court, Mr Hakeem Oyekan, after hearing the petitioner, said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the wife had insisted on divorce after several interventions, hence came to the conclusion to dissolve the marriage.
Oyekan said: “The court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the husband still claims he loves his wife.
“The couples can no longer stay together because the marriage has broken down totally.
“The parties are no longer husband and wife; they are free to go their separate ways.”
Ifeanyi told the court that her husband had demonstrated lack of capacity to satisfy her sexually in the last nine years.
“My husband cannot perform well, he is not doing his `job’ at all and it makes me sad.
“My husband does not satisfy me, he does not last a minute on bed,” she said.
She said that she forced her husband to go to the hospital to confirm what was wrong with him and it was discovered that he had low sperm count.
“My husband has low sperm count. I bought the drugs prescribed by the doctor for him, but he refused to use them.
“His refusal to take the drugs had resulted in fighting because I need a child. We have been married for nine years without any issue,’’ she said.
According to Ifeanyi, she could no longer cope as her love for him had faded.
However, the respondent, Moses Samuel, 40, a businessman, accepted that he had low sperm count and that he believed God for a miracle.
“I am trying my best to satisfy my wife and I am also trusting God for a miracle.”
He accused his estranged wife of having extra-marital affairs, saying that men always called her at odd hours.
“My wife has been committing adultery, there was a day I saw a text message she sent to her lover.
“I showed her the text, but instead of her to apologize, she warned me not to touch her phone again.

“My wife goes out without telling me and comes back at 11.00 p.m. and whenever I query her, she would tell me she owns her life,” Samuel said.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Wal-Mart’s planned foray into Nigeria’s retail market

Every conglomerate and multinational corporation desires to establish presence and compete in large markets. The rebasing of Nigerian economy in 2013 placed her as the largest economy in Africa, over South Africa, and far ahead of many other African counties.
According to the World Bank, with a population of nearly 180 million and a purchasing power parity, PPP, equivalent of 32 per cent of world average, a GDP per capita PPP averaging $3742.63 from 1990 until 2014, reaching an all time high of $5606.56 in 2014, Nigeria by all estimation an attractive market to global retail stores.
Today, there are quite a few global retail stores in the country including, Shoprite, Park N Shop, PEP Store, Adide, Game and Mr. Price, among others.
When the South African owned Shoprite entered Nigeria in 2005, the country’s retail industry was adjudged to be grossly under serviced with enough room for many to operate. Since then Shoprite has established over 12 stores with plans to open many more. Shoprite is percieved as the biggest retail store to berth in Nigeria today, and with its aggressive expansion drive it is certainly a formidable force in Nigeria retail business.
But that may soon change as it will be challenged by the American retail behemoth, Wal-Mart, which is making inroad into Nigeria.
If recent reports are anything to go by, Lagos may be the first city to host Wal-Mart. This was made clear as Wal-Mart’s top executives for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada, led by Shelley Broader, met with the Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently.
It was reported that after a ‘fruitful talk, it appears Ambode was excitet at the prospect of Walmart opening up stores across the mega-city he governs’.
He said: “We have a population of over 21 million people and four million of that population is in the middle class, therefore Wal-Mart would create job opportunities for Lagos’ bulging youth demographic.
“We want to make sure that we attract as much investment in Lagos that can help us to take our youths off the streets and give them employment,” he said.
No doubt, these are words of expectations from a leader who expects that jobs are provided for his citizens. Ordinarilly, thinking of Wal-Mart coming to Nigeria will elicite some forms of joy, but not for the series of concerns raised about the company’s track records in terms of how it deals with employees and other arm twisting business dealing, particularly, the less financially endowed ones.
An article by a Nigerian Professor living in Ottawa, Canada, Chidi Oguamanam, did raise some serious issues about Wal-Mart’ operations in America and globally.
“On the face of it, the Wal-Mart brand has incredible, value-chain development potential. But Wal-Mart does not have an enviable profile in regard to its dealings with the desk-end employees it habitually confines to minimum wage.
“Though there is also the unwritten argument that such jobs are not for life. This is the reason Wal-Mart remains the contemporary global face of historic tension between capital and labour”.
Similarly, in an investigative report by New York Times, a former executive also provided detail on how Walmart “had paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner of the country.”
Investigations revealed questionable payments and how the company was also forced to close operations in Germany and Korea in 2006 and has faced major challenges in Brazil and China.
It is this negative burden of a global retail player that is flagging off a lot of concerns in the minds of local retailers in Nigerian.
In an open letter to President Mohammadu Buhari and Governor Ambode, signed by its General Secretary, Gbenga Komolafe, a group, the Federation of Informal Workers Organisation of Nigeria, FIWON, denounced the planned presence of Walmart, saying they “are convinced the corporation portends serious threats and dangers that, on the whole will negate the optimistic expectations of Governor Ambode in providing jobs for Nigeria.
“We are concerned because millions of retail businesses including street and market vendors, some of who happen to be our members face the threat of being displaced from business by this global behemoth. As it is, millions of jobs have been lost in Nigeria in the last two decades as a result of Nigeria’s extreme open market policy which has turned the country to a dumping ground of, very often, fake, sub-substandard goods from all over the world especially, in recent years, China.
They argued that given Nigeria’s well known infrastructural deficiencies, “Nigerian manufactured goods stood no chance as hundreds of factories closed down, rendering millions of Nigerians jobless or with low paying work in the informal sectors of the economy”, the letter stated.
The petition reminded Nigerian authorities of Walmart antecedent, noting that the company is “renowned for its record of systematically easing out small time retailers in the communities because of its low wage, undercutting low pricing policy which is made possible by its slave camp manufacturing plants in South East Asia, and will easily uproot local retailers and neighbourhood markets in Lagos.
“We are sure of this outcome because of Walmart’s antecedence from its home country, the United States of America and also across so many other countries it operates.”
The group noted that studies after studies have shown that while Walmart offers some low paying jobs, it actually uproots several more people from their retail business, than it offers its poverty wage jobs’.
The group therefore called on Presiden Buhari and Ambode to do what they say the Public Advocate of New York did two years ago when faced with the pressure to allow Walmart enters New York, “that is, conduct a comprehensive impact assessment of what will be the effect on local retail business if Walmart enters Lagos.
Oguamanam however argued in favour of constructive engagement between Nigeria and particularly Lagos in this case. If not for anything, for the very obvious, Nigeria has a distinctive factor endowment as Africa’s largest economy and arguably the continent’s largest skilled middle class.
He therefore advised that Nigerian government and other regulators to ensure they do not allow Wal-Mart and its ilk to play into the long-held but skewed philosophy of American monopolists that give strength to the strong in the market the right to destroy its neighbour, those that are weaker.

“Wal-Mart in Africa must be prepared to operate with a commitment to balance wealth with the commonwealth, a lesson long lost to corporate America, but which must form a foundation for the new corporate- driven, commercial, and economic transformation happening across Africa and in Nigeria in particular”, Oguamanam added.

Woman gets married and gives birth on same day



A mum-to-be planning her wedding and for the arrival of her baby never expected the two events to happen on the same day. Stephanie Tallent moved her nuptials to a hospital ward after her baby daughter arrived three weeks early.
The 41-year-old attended a routine ultrasound appointment with partner Jason Nece on Friday last week when a nurse found the expectant mum was in active labour.


 Stephanie had been due to have a caesarean in September because the baby was breech, so medics were forced to act fast.
But the Texas couple told doctors there was one thing they had to do before the baby arrived.
“It was really important to us that we were married when our baby was born,” Stephanie told the magazine.
 Staff at the Texas Children’s Pavillion for Women in Houston sprang into action to make the couple’s dream come true.
Dr Karla Wagner told PEOPLE: “All of a sudden, we had a wedding.”
The hospital chaplain was drafted in to perform the ceremony while Jason retrieved the marriage licence the couple had obtained a day earlier along with a white maternity sundress.

Stephanie was even provided with a bouquet, ‘something borrowed’ in the shape of a pearl necklace from a nurse and a ribbon as her ‘something blue’.
A nurse played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March on her mobile phone before the couple exchanged vows in front of around 25 people.
Newlywed Stephanie was then whisked away in a wheelchair with a ‘Just Married’ sign on the back to have her baby.
 Less than two hours later, baby Sophia was born weighing 6lbs 3oz.
Stephanie told PEOPLE: “I didn’t think I’d be married and having a baby at the same time. This was the happiest day of our lives.”