Port Harcourt based Radio
presenter and top class stand up comedian, Diplomatic Akas Baba of 94.1 Wazobia FM Port Harcourt, has rated comedians based in The Garden City better than their colleagues in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria in terms of raw talent, creativity and stage performance.
The popular rib cracker who stated this at the ‘Man Must Laugh’ Comedy show organised by another ace comedian Emmanuel Ubi AKA Rugged Pastor and Friends at the official opening of R. Lounge and Karoke bar of Read Hotels and Towers Rukpokwu last Sunday noted that Port Harcourt residents like comedy and also appreciate the efforts of the comedians that is why comedy dominates most social events in the state.
He however, observed that one of the greatest challenges facing the comedians in the state is poor performance fees compared to what their colleagues in Lagos receive even though the Port Harcourt comedians perform better than they do in Lagos.
He said this attitude must change because it is not easy to crack jokes that will make people laugh, it requires talent and creativity, so comedians need to be rewarded adequately.
Akas Baba who started comedy in 1997 has performed in great comedy events across the country alongside great personalities in the humour trade such as I go die, I go save, Candoki, Sunny Baba, Arinze Baba, Basket Mouth Etc. He stressed that comedy is a talent, not a choice, but most unemployed young men now do comedy even when it is obvious that they do not have the talent and what it takes to be a comedian. He said the only motivating factor for them is to make money.
He however, contended that with the ongoing creativity and rebranding in the industry, it is quite certain that the future will be better than what is existing in the industry today, because by then the core professionals will be separated from the quacks and their will be standard and respect in the industry.
Another Radio Presenter and Comedian Mr. Akpos of Waziobia FM Port Harcourt who also performed at the event, said comedy business is growing in Port Harcourt because people have realized that they have the right to laugh and enjoy themselves despite the harsh economic conditions. According to him, comedy. Made him what he is today, it has given him popularity and the opportunity to meet and interact with top personalities across the country.
The organizer of the event Rugged Pastor expressed gratitude to the management and staff of Read Hotels and Towers for given him the opportunity to showcase his talent and his colleagues for their support which made the event a huge success as well as the media for their wide coverage of the event. He said the event will be a regular feature in the hotel every weekend.
Movie Production: Filmmaker Decries Activities Of Street Urchins In Lagos
A Nollywood film producer,Mr Ralph Nwadike, says activities of street urchins in Lagos State remain a great concern to film makers, as they disrupt film production on locations.
Nwadike said this while speaking with the The Tide source yesterday, in Lagos.
He said that street urchins often demanded to be paid land fee (Owole), before any film production would commence.
According to Nwadike, this had become a thing of great concern to him and his colleagues in the industry.
He, however, suggested that the Lagos State government could empower registered film makers with some form of documentation to be presented to street urchins while on location.
Nwadike said such documentation would deter the street urchins and enable hitch-free movie production.
It is not only me, a number of my colleagues who are film makers in Lagos State experience disturbance from these street urchins.
“This has always discouraged most film makers in Lagos.
“These street urchins usually impose some amount of money on us to pay, if not, they threaten to destroy our cameras. They are always armed with knives and other harmful objects.
“They threaten to attack us viciously, this is so scary and it is affecting the tourism industry growth.
“I call on the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the Lagos state Film and Video Censors Board to wade into this issue because it is really affecting film makers’ business in Lagos.
“It is a sad development. Filmmakers should be given some documentation, which would enable us operate freely without being interrupted or disturbed by these so called street urchins,” Nwadike said.
Lagos Assures Tourism Investors Of Taxes Harmonisation
Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Mr Solomon Bonu, has assured investors in the tourism, arts and culture industries of taxes harmonisation.
Bonu gave the assurance on the side-lines of the commemoration of the World Tourism Day on Tuesday in Lagos.
The event was jointly organised by the Lagos State Government and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria.
Bonu said the Gov. Sanwo-Olu was currently working on how the numerous taxes tourism investors paid could be streamlined for their businesses to thrive.
“We are aware that so many investors have been complaining about multiple taxation. The governor is currently working on that to see how the taxes can be harmonised.
“There is a lot of hope for investors and we are also doing this to woo more investors into the state to take the tourism industry to an enviable height.
“We are aware of the enormous benefits the state and individuals in the state can derive from the growth of tourism; it is an industry with inexhaustible opportunities,’’ he said.
The aide urged Nigerians to critically evaluate this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day and embrace the industry for wealth creation.
Bonu advised individuals to be creative while exploring the different value chains in the industry to create employment opportunities.
According to him, Nigerian youths need not wait for government at different levels to create jobs.
“Lagos State has invested a lot in the growth of tourism to enable people to latch onto the opportunities in the industry.
“Individuals can invest in the food aspect, hotel, culture, transportation and more; the opportunities are enormous and tourism is all about inclusiveness.
“Government, whose responsibility is to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, is doing a lot on that.
“Recently, the Lagos State tourism master plan was launched; this will guide those who want to embrace the industry in areas to invest in,’’ he said.
The Tide source reports that the theme of the 2021 World Tourism Day is: “Tourism and Inclusive Growth’’.
D’banj Releases New Album, Stress Free
Nigerian pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as “D’banj”, has released a new album titled, Stress Free.
The album came following his four-year break from the music scene and its release coincided with Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
The “Koko Master” in a statement disclosed that he collaborated with Seun Kuti on the project to tint it with Afrobeats innovation mode.
“While embodying a successful career, “Stress Free” shows a polished artist who is not only experimenting but having fun, along with slick production values, featuring the spectacular skills of music producer Rexxie.
“I went back to legacy which is why I got Egypt 80, led by Seun Kuti, on all seven tracks and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through.
“We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record,” he said.
In “Stress Free,” he slipped into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks.
“The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, “Zombie,”, and the Afro-meringue mix of ‘Welcome To Lagos’ as well as the free-wheeling “Stress Free” and “Banga.”
“Ikebe” is a gentle, uplifting prayer while “Big Vibe” incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-continental dance special and “Avocado” featuring Burna Boy leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video, directed by Clarence Peters, is pure entertainment, complete with D’Banj’s tongue in cheek lyrics, stylish fashion and indomitable swagger.
The Tide recalls that the artiste had in 2017 released an album titled, “King Don Come.”
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