The protracted leadership
tussle that polarized the Performing Musicians Employees Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Rivers State Chapter seems to have ended peacefully with the emergence of vasertile musician, Ibitoru I .B. Green, popularly known as lady IB as the new chairman of the association in the state.
The Bonny, Rivers State born musician was elected at the general election of the association held on Monday October 7th 2013 in Port Harcourt. By her victory, she becomes the second female chairman of the association after the Ekpeye born Nubian queen Gift, Iyumame Uwame popularly called Muma Gee. Who was the first female chairperson, in the state PMAN.
Speaking with The Tide entertainment after the election, lady IB thanked members of the association for their massive turn out and peaceful conduct during the election which was attended by top members of the association such as Mama Rose, Lexy M. Arthur Pepple Jnr. Peter Stone cold, comedians and other top showbiz personalities within and outside the state. She disclosed that at the election, two factions, namely the reformation team and restoration team were billed to participate in the election which was advertised extensively in both the media and internet. However, on the agreed day of the election only few members of the restoration team turned up. Therefore, the members who attended the election saw it as a step down.
According to her, the present executive is made up of herself as chairman, Moses “Big Mozy” Mabadeje, 1st vice chairman, Karibo ‘K.B’ Longjohn, 2nd vice chairman, Allaiye ‘Daddy O’Bobmanuel, publicity secretary, Ezekiel “Ice.T.” Benibo, treasurer and Eke ‘Peples’ Emmanuel Mark provost. Others are Isong ‘Senator’ Sunday, welfare I and Valentine ‘Val’ Amaso welfare 2.
The chairman contended that the new administration is poised to rebrand the association and take it to higher level, to this end she said several programmes have been earmarked to be embarked upon before the end of their one year tenure. They include:- organizing PMAN award night, legends night, partnership with various sectors of the state economy, support the less privileged in the society including families of their departed colleagues as well as promote the welfare of its members and to ensure lasting peace in the association amongst others.
She noted that the special award nights have become necessary because in the past 5 years no such events were held in memory of the departed icons of the music industry in the state such as the late Prince David Bull of the professional seagulls dance band of Port Harcourt, Jack West Omodu of the Garden City Band of Port Harcourt. Cardinal Jim Rex Lawson and Living legend, King Sunny Brown among others.
Commenting on the election a popular musician in the state and former chairman of PMAN Rivers State chapter Mr Lexy Mueka, popularly known as Lexy M stated that Monday October 7, 2013 marked another milestone in the annals of the association in the state as it witnessed the peaceful election and swearing in ceremony of the new executives after a protracted battle of supremacy in the musician body. He described the election as all embracing, peaceful, credible and constitutional.
He stressed that although there were attempts to impose a leader on the association by a factional leadership at the national level, members of the association in the state resisted the move and today we have a new executive of our choice who are duly elected by the members. According to him, the new executives have been tested in the past and accepted for their vision and selfless service to the association.
Lexy M noted that with the new exco the association will no be focus to carry out its constitutional duties in the interest of all. He therefore, called on serious minded members of the association to come back to the fold so as to speak with one voice again instead of pursuing individual self-fish interests to the detriment of the rest members. According to him no individual interest will supersede the collective will and purpose of majority of the members.
Why Women In Nollywood Have More Money Than Men – Linda Osifo
Ebony Nigerian actress, Linda Osifo has opened up on why women in the movie industry are more successful than their male counterparts.
When asked why women do better, have more cars than the men in the industry, Osifo, speaking during an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbing Minds, said there are so many more avenues for women to make money than men.
According to her, actresses have ambassadorial deals from wig brands, skin care, clothing brands, which is why some of them have more money than men and are able to acquire houses.
“As a woman compared to a man I have more options to get more jobs than a man.
“I can advertise hair, wigs, shoes and a wide range of clothes from brands which most men cannot. The ratio of men to women is 1:3 which makes the market wider for us.
“I’ve become a brand ambassador to skincare brands and that’s an industry that men don’t dominate and conquer so this is how women are more successful.
“Women have more opportunities to make money.”
The 29-year-old actress said the mentality of the society that a woman can’t make it on her own is the reason for the rumours that most actresses have illicit affairs.
“I’ve come to understand that society has the mindset that most women can’t succeed on their own. It’s a big problem because there are many women who are doing so much for themselves,” she added.
She noted that social media plays an important role in an actor’s career because we are in a digital world but talent sustains your success.
“The more people on social media platforms, the more you can market to them, but at the end of the day talent sustains success,” she said.
The Voice Nigeria 3: How Darey Pushed Esther To Victory
The Voice Nigeria Season three came to a crescendo last Saturday night when 23-year-old Esther Benyeogo emerged as the winner of the music reality TV show.
With Esther’s victory at the keenly contested competition, Darey Art Alade has engraved his name on the list of the Voice Nigeria coaches whose talent emerged winners.
The journey to victory for Esther began with a blind audition that had a total of 32 talents performing to get the attention of any coach in order to get a turnaround.
In the third week of the show, Esther made her first appearance at the blind auditions. Her rendition of Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ erupted the first teary emotion on the show as coaches Darey, Waje and Falz turned to canvass for her acceptance into their teams. After her rendition of the song, Waje couldn’t hold back her tears as she got emotional and cried while heaping accolades and commendations on the graduate of the University of Benin.
Settling into Team Darey with Rachel, Ayomikun, Jeremiah, Blescene, and Dapo, Esther made no mistake of saving her powerful voice for the last round, she displayed her dexterity and brilliance from the knockouts where she was sent straight to the battles after her rendition of Westlife’s ‘Flying Without Wings.’
The Delta indigene didn’t settle for less as she conquered Jeremiah on the battlefield to qualify for the live show.
Her final performance at the grand finale elicited cheers and claps from the studio audience.
Though not new to winning singing competitions, Esther says, winning The Voice Nigeria 3 is special because she’s recognised for her singing abilities.
“I am grateful to The Voice Nigeria and my fans out there for this amazing experience. It has been my utmost joy to come on your screens every week and share my gift on such a huge platform. This win is even more special for me because it is one thing to know you have a gift, but it means everything to be recognised for that gift. I must however give thanks to God without whom I would not be here today and also appreciate my family and friends for their love, support, and prayers,” she stated.
With every of her step, Darey couldn’t help but shower accolades on Esther, who had won God’s Children Great Talent Season 7 contest in 2017 at age 19, after she emerged first runner-up in the Next Big Teen talent in 2012.
“Of course, I am thankful to my Coach, Coach Darey, for making my time here truly rewarding, and for equipping me with the skills to give this my best shot,” she said of her coach.
I Hope Nobody Else Dies Before PSquare Reconcile – Ayo Animashaun
Media entrepreneur, Ayo Animashaun, has urged former PSquare duo, Peter and Paul Okoye, to settle their differences and not wait until they lose another person.
The executive producer shared a photo of members of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, 2face Idibia, Blackface and Faze after they had made peace at the ‘Night of Tribute’ in honour of late Sound Sultan in Terra Kulture, Lagos State on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
The singers were at some point called upstage and urged to reconcile as a way to honour the late singer, who was their bosom friend and colleague.
They agreed, embraced peace and even performed their classic songs together on stage.
Holding photo of the Plantashun Boiz which he described as his ‘picture of the month’, Animashaun called on the Okoye twin brothers to follow suit while hoping they do not lose any life before they eventually do the needful.
He wrote: “My picture of the month….I hope we don’t lose another life before @iamkingrudy and @peterpsquare realise it’s their turn to bury the hatchet. @therealblackfacenaija @fazealone @official2baba.”
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