Peace has finally returned
to the performing Musicians Employees Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Rivers State chapter as a result of the reconciliation of the two main warring factions of the association by a former chairman of PMAN in the state, Mr. Lexy Mueka, popularly known as Lexy M.
Addressing the press after the reconciliatory meeting held on Wednesday, at No. 2 Bernard Carr Street, Port Harcourt, Lexy M disclosed that the team transformation led by Lady I.B and the restoration team led by Comrade Sample Sirah both agreed to bury the hatchet and work together as a team in the interest of the association which is above individual ambitions.
The Ogoni, Rivers State born front line musician contended that it was the only way the association could redeem its battered image as a result of the leadership tussle and move forward as a body towards the actualization of its lofty goals.
He observed that it was the leadership crisis that rocked the association for sometime now that led to its relegation. According to him, some disgruntled members of the association wanted the crisis to continue so that they could perpetuate themselves in office for their selfish interests.
He expressed happiness that the ugly era was over for good and the association could now move forward and recover its lost glory from both the state government and other interest groups.
He assured that with the present development, the next election of the association would be the sweetest since all true members would be working as one. “It is going to be one PMAN and one election”, he said.
Lexy M debunked the allegation that Alhaji Asari Dokubo had a hand in the crisis that crippled activities in the musicians’ body and described it as malicious falsehood. According to him, Alhaji Dokubo is one of the strongest pillars of the association. He stated that as a patron of the Association Alhaji Dokubo has selflessly financed the association and contributed towards a strong, united, stable and progressive PMAN in Rivers State.
The former chairman described Asari as a builder of PMAN in the state and not a destroyer, therefore no body should rope him into the crisis for what ever personal reasons. He stressed that those members who are against the unity and progress of the association and welfare of its members deliberately absented themselves from the reconciliatory meeting which was well publicized.
Fielding questions the factional leader of the restoration team, Comrade Sample Sireh who attended the meeting with some of his members, said the peaceful resolution of the crisis was a right step in the right direction. He assured that his group was ready to work with the new executive led by Lady I.B as chairman, since there is no more faction in the body, but one united, peaceful and indivisible PMAN in the state.
A former secretary of PMAN in the state and originator of News paper music. Mr Jah Best who also attended the meeting lauded the positive intervention of Lexy M, which he said has restored lasting peace and unity in the association. He maintained that the musicians body can now move in the same direction for the common goal and interest of all members.
The incumbent chairman of PMAN in the state, Lady I.B expressed appreciation to members of the restoration team for their peaceful disposition and recognition of her executive. She assured that her administration would restore the image of the association and take it to a higher level, usher in development so that people would start to accord the musicians the respect and recognition it deserves as well as do good business with members of the association in the state.
She noted that gone were the days when government and other organizations and corporate bodies operating in the state go outside to bring in artistes from other parts of the country and beyond to perform at events, while the indigenous musicians are ignored. The chairman maintained that Rivers money should be for Rivers people and not the other way round.
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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