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How to Ruin a Bright Monday Morning
It’s a beautiful Monday morning. It’s 7.30 AM, and I’m sitting here at the lagoon lounge of Radisson Blue hotel, Victoria Island (V.I), Lagos, waiting for my business meeting to start at 8.40 AM. I am looking through my WhatsApp to see what messages came in over the night. The first on the list is […]
The Unbreakable Power of Gathering
In a 1000 years nothing will substitute for the POWER OF GATHERING. Online will never replace on-site. I have a serious advice for entrepreneurs who are currently devaluing their products and services in bid to hurriedly claim a spot in the online landscape at this critical time. If you’re not careful the way you go […]
THE EVOLUTION OF AFROBEAT & ITS GLOBAL INFLUENCE
One would be right to say Fela Anikulapo Kuti is one of the most renowned and celebrated Nigerians ever. This popularity can be ascribed to the fact that he pioneered the “Afrobeat” genre and passed across a message the world would not forget in a hurry via his exhilarating form of music. Afrobeat has since […]
THE NIGERIA MUSIC INDUSTRY IN CHAINS
Australia, a country of 24 Million people, employs 8% of their workforce in the music industry. The industry generates economic value of over $93 billion and contributes over $7 billion in exports annually. 20% of Australians are involved in creating music. Their live music business (via clubs, pubs, festivals, band tours. etc) is the second […]
I Owe Mike Aremu N6000 Since 13 Years Ago
Today, I have summoned the courage to pay. Mike agreed to play at my debut concert for 30k on November 28, 2004, but I was only able to pay 24k (which was a sum of loans I took from over 20 people), I promised to balance him the remaining 6k at the concert venue. The […]
TAKING OWNERSHIP OF YOUR KID’S MUSIC PASSION
Weighing in on the recent tragic incidents surrounding Davido’s career and his deceased friends, and many other self-destructive creative youths out there, I am pressed to share this thoughts with parents of talented kids and teenagers. Take this article seriously and secure the future of your child, ignore it and leave his or her destiny […]
Kuti Lived in the Future!
So finally last Sunday I discovered why Fela and Afrobeat are more relevant today than during Fela’s lifetime. It’s weekend, but an exceptionally busy one and, I’m completely famished. To worsen it, I have to drive from Ajah to Ikeja after a long day of work. It’s 10.46pm and I must stop over at a […]
How Big is Your Head?
Someone said I’m bad 😀😃. I agree! A student in one of our hostel facilities came to complain to me that other students in the hostel are always teasing him and making fun of his big head. I asked him to sit down and offered him a drink. I asked him, “between you and me, […]
There are too many positive stories about Nigerians around the world that if you face me with that “Nigerians are bad” rhetoric I will instantly classify you either as a racist or sadist. I used to be very foolish. In fact, stupid! When I met other nationals and they confronted me with the “Nigerians are […]
WE’RE BETTER THAN THIS
If you can’t beat them, hate them? That’s seem to be the rule today’s youths live by. Many times when I talk with fellow young people and we get to a point when I recommend a professional to them for some sort of assistance, I hear quite a number of them say “I don’t like […]
CONNECT WITH YOURSELF
Growing up from a less privileged background I heard so much about “connections”…’if only we had connections, we would be this and that, we could be here and there…’ So I looked forward to someday that I would be connected to people of influence. Fast-forward >>> Today that we’ve got lots of ‘connections’, I realise […]
YOU CAN’T STOP NOW
Did you know that wherever you are right now, irrespective of what you’re doing, you’re in a constant movement of 465 meters per second? Oh yes! That’s the speed at which the Earth rotates around its axis, and we and everything else on earth are in an involuntary movement at same speed all through our […]
TAKE PRIDE IN STANDING ALONE
You don’t stand for something because it’s popular. You don’t stand for something because it makes sense. You don’t stand with someone because others do. You don’t stand for something because it’s “good”. You don’t stand for something because it’s possible. You stand for something because you BELIEVE in it. And that’s what it means […]
STOP THE PREJUDICE AGAINST MUSIC!
Music is first music before it is gospel or secular. There are lots of popular songs from the 70s till date that I can play smoothly on the piano without missing a note, yet I don’t even know two lines from their lyrics, some I can’t remember the name of the singer. Music is deeper […]
LOSE YOUR RELIGION
If you want to have an idea of the things that are tearing us apart as a nation and the extent to which we’re losing our humanity, try to engage kids in simple conversations. Spend time with and around them. Recently at the music school, I got talking with a five year old boy during […]
WHERE IS YOUR HUMANITY?
How you know you’ve lost your humanity: when your religious believes overshadow compassion in your heart. How you know you’ve lost your mind: when spirituality overrides your common sense and critical thinking. How you know you’ve lost the future: when you do not have the courage to question anything. The two most lucrative industries in […]
BUHARI’S GAFFE IN LONDON, A NATIONAL DISGRACE
We all seem not to be getting the main point. The problem with Baba’s London rhetoric about Nigerian youths is not wether it is true or false. The real problem is (and what should give us real concern is) how RELEVANT is that narrative to the purpose of his trip and the audience he was […]
MY VISIT TO FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY
About Falmouth University. When my friend Paul first told me about Falmouth University, I felt it was overrated. I then went online to research about it thoroughly; I discovered on several forums that it is recommended as the best place in the UK and one of the best in the EU to study arts-related courses. […]
WELCOME, MY NEW VISION!
11 years after giving it all up for one course (music business), today, I’m all set to launch a new three-piece vision in this building: 1. Lagos School of Design – (www.DesignSchool.ng) – an international academy offering professional training in 13 design courses, namely: Fashion Design, Leather Art, Beads Making, Interior and Event Decor, Cake […]
WHY YOU LEARN MUSIC
WHY YOU LEARN MUSIC: You don’t learn music so you could show off your blazing fingers on the keys and strings of your instrument You don’t learn music so you could sing so well with the voice of a bird You don’t learn music so you can become world’s most famous star You learn music […]