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Focus On Cultural Dynamics Of Rivers State

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The existence and use of
exceptional customs and traditions in African myths, songs, poetry and tales cannot be adequately accounted for in terms of socio-anthropological ideas.
Such incidents as traditional burial and marriage ceremonies as well as wrestling can be regarded necessarily as expressions of actual human experiences conveyed in strict accordance with the principle of verisimitude to life. This offers the “mirror” or “charter” of traditional code of conduct.
There are such fantastical incidents and situations best seen and understood as being essentially the products of an artistic process evolved out of the peoples traditional and moral realities. In this way, the use of such incidents in all their grossness and psychological improbability is in itself only a manifestation of the cultural principles of art.
The process of justifying the idea of African Culture as a valid and aesthetically satisfying art form has produced in ways, not quite intended, a number of important and desirable effects on the people. Some of the more habitual and distinctive modes of moral cultural expressions are employed and used by different ethnic groups as integral parts of their artistically creative process.
These forms of expression can be audibly noticed in an instance of the actual performance of a given ethnic group and composition.
For example, the Kalabaris, Ikwerres, Ogba and the various ethnic groups in Rivers State have elaborate funeral obsequies and have identified various forms of burial and marriage ceremonies for various classes of people. Just as the Kalabaris as an independent body per se have two main degrees of marriage showing the different extents to which the woman belongs to the husband, so the Ikwerres, have three main categories of burial ceremony, and marriage. For older people or chiefs who die, the Kalabari have elaborate wake-keeping ceremonies at which the corpse is moved from bed to bed in rooms of increasing elaborate decoration. For the Ikwerre, several cows ranging from 6 to 10 are slaughtered for the burial of an old man of about 100 to 120; years for an average person of 50 to 70 years, one cow is killed with a tortoise, goat, dog and a cock in a ceremony to be performed by the first son of the dead man. These rites are not accorded to anyone below the stipulated ages.
For many African Cultures, the actual condition of traditional forms are often very difficult to analyse and describe accurately. For many cultures, there are forms and effects that are not given proper attention in the Nigerian context. The idea of the traditional African use of the various cultural elements as additional modes of traditional expression has now became sufficiently recognised that these elements are generally considered as very important dimensions of aesthetic appraisal of our cultures and customs.

 

Shedie Okpara

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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