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‘Rivers Artistes Deserve Better Deal’

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Kikis Briggs

Kikis Briggs

The music industry in
Rivers State has without doubt grown beyond our expectations since Nigeria got independence in 1960, the indigenous artistes have also achieved both fame and wealth.  Despite these achievements, it is not yet ‘Uhuru’ as it has been observed that the industry today is bedeviled with mirage of problems that need urgent attention.
In a recent interview with The Tide Entertainment, Asalga Rivers State born music superstar, investor and philanthropist, Kikis Tubokikibo Briggs noted that there are a lot of challenges in the entertainment industry in RiversState, particularly the music sector.  He observed that the artistes do not love themselves rather they believe in everyone for him or herself.
Mr Briggs also noted that the indigenous artistes are very lazy because once they do a song and it is aired in Radio, television stations or played in night clubs they feel they have arrived as superstars and they no longer work hard to improve on their career.  The Hip-hop maestro urged the Port Harcourt based artistes to go back to their drawing boards and reconsider their iyrics which he said is lacking in most of their songs, according to him most of the songs sound gibberish.  He said a good music should have three qualities, it must be entertaining, educative and informative, if these qualities are lacking in a song it is not complete and cannot stand the test of time.
The Port Harcourt homeboy and Niger Delta Hip-Hop music star said that the government and the private sector are not helping matters due to lack of investment and encouragement of the indigenous artistes.  He stressed that whenever there is a mega government entertainment event, the organizers bring foreign artistes to perform, even here in Nigeria they prefer the Lagos-based Artistes and pay them millions of naira.  He stressed that while the Lagos artistes are paid not less than N2 million per show their Rivers State counterparts get N20,000 or less for the same event.
The multi-talented music star maintained that the Rivers State indigenous artistes deserve a better deal in the hands of both the state government and the private sector.  The disparity in artistes fees and favouritism in the choice of artistes must stop  for the entertainment industry in Rivers State to survive, because what is happening in the music industry is replicated in the other sectors of the entertainment clan in the state such as movie, comedy etc. He said this is why most of the practitioners have relocated to other cities to seek for greener pastures.
He said in Lagos for instance, government and the private sector invest heavily in show business that is why the practitioners are on top of their game.  The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) graduate of Mechanical Engineering who later embraced music after his graduation in 2006 stated that music had been his passion right from childhood.  He explained that there is a difference between potential and credential, according to him while potentials are gifts from God, credentials are qualifications attained at school.
“Early in my life I discovered that I have potential for music and I followed it with passion, though my mother never liked my idea of going into music, because she believed it would make me wayward and lead me astray, but my father Opubo S.D. Briggs thought otherwise and advised me to go ahead with my chosen career, he even wrote my first song titled “Trust Nobody” in 2006″,  he said.
He explained that the song launched him into the music industry and today he has released other singles namely ‘Iriaweh’ 2007 featuring Phyno which was later remixed and featured Timaya. Other songs include “Fine Fine Girl” released in Thailand and the video was also shot in Thailand while the most recent single was released in February this year titled “You Can Make it Naija” and the music video is currently making waves in Niger Delta and beyond.
“Today my mother is short of words concerning my achievements in the industry. I have gained popularity, wealth and fame in the industry within and outside Nigeria, I have invested in the music industry in the areas of sound, stage performance, writing and production.  I also run an entertainment outfit called Tup Kicks multipurpose,  operating in Asia, South Africa, Thailand and Nigeria and the company is engaged in music, fashion and show businesses”, he disclosed.

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Guns Should Be Legalised In Nigeria – Iyabo Ojo

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Popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has stressed the need for guns to be legalizeds in Nigeria to deal with child molesters.
The mother of two made this known while reacting to a video posted by comedienne, Princess, on her Instagram page.
Princess, whose foster daughter was allegedly sexually abused by Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha, shared a video of a four-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by her teacher.
Alongside the video, Princess wrote: “Abuse of minors has become the new trend in Nigeria and only a few people are speaking up. Even in the animal kingdom, it’s not this bad. Our society stigmatises, even threatening victims and their parents, while the perpetrators like Baba Ijesha walk freely.
“Our children are being destroyed daily and most people see it as cruise.”
Reacting, Iyabo Ojo made it clear that anyone who messes with her children will be dealt with.
The mother of two wrote: “Can they just legalise guns because some demons need to be taken out as soon as possible?

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Comedian AY, Wife Welcome Second Child After 13 Years

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Popular Comedian, Ayodeji Makun, also known as AY, has welcomed his second child after13 years.
He announced this in a video shared on his Instagram page.
The birth of their second child is coming thirteen years after they had their first child, Michelle.
Alongside a video, AY wrote: “Our prayers in the last 13 years has been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making Mabel and I ‘Mummy and Daddy’ again.
“Thank you for making Michelle a big sister. Thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers and never stopped feeding us with positive vibes.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.
“God’s time is the best.”

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Living In Nigeria Becoming Crazier – Basket Mouth’s Wife

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Elsie Okpocha, wife of popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basket Mouth has called out President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the increment in prices of groceries and foodstuffs.
Basket Mouth’s wife, in a recent post said is unfair that Nigerians have to constantly deal with the regular increase in prices.
According to her, it’s getting ‘crazier trying to survive in the ‘Giant of Africa’.
She urged the Buhari-led government to help Nigerians by making life livable.
On her Instagram story, she wrote: “Our dear government, do you want us all to leave this country for you.
“It’s unfair how we constantly have to deal with the regular price increment of foodstuffs and groceries.
“It’s getting crazier trying to survive in this country that’s supposed to be the giant of Africa.
“Abeg you people should help us and make life in Nigeria livable .”
The Tide source gathered that the prices of foodstuffs in the past few months have continued to increase in markets across the country.
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to lament the cost of eggs, bread, beans and other foodstuffs.

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