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Check Out Nigerian Cultural Festivals To Enjoy In 2019

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Festivals in Nigeria are a time to immerse fully in culture and be a more relaxed version of oneself. We are anticipating everything from food and music to art and film in some spectular locations. Check out the various cultural events this year.
Argungun Fishing Festival (February): One of the famous cultural festivals in Nigeria, the Argungu festival takes place in Kebbi state. Thousands of fishermen from the Northern region come together and compete in catching the largest fish in the river using only traditional nets.
Gidifest(March): It is an annual pop culture festival of foods,drinks,sports and music .
Lagos International Jazz Festival[(April): Scheduled to hold in Lagos Island from April 27-30,the Lagos International Jazz Festival brings together award winning jazz artistes and enthuasiasts including the likes of Grammy a3ward winning artistes like Jermaine Jackson, Lekan Babalola .
Lagos Carnival[(May): This is the celebration that emphasizes what a melting pot of culture Lagos truly is. From western Nigeria to Brazil and Cuba the colourful carnival usually involves dancing, music, dazzling costumes and visitors from all over Nigeria.
Durbar Festival(June): Durbar festival or Hawan Daushe is Northern Nigeria cultural treasure. The Durbar is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, Eid el-fitri and at the start of pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid el kabir, Durbar festival holds in Kano, Bida in Niger State, Katsina , Sokoto and Bauchi .
New Yam Festival(August) : The new yam festival or iwaji, ikei , iri iji is an annual festival that holds for a week in August. It is time when the people from southern and eastern Nigeria gather to celebrate the new yams of the season with folk dances, masquerades and parables. The yams are offered to gods or ancestors first before they are eaten.
Ojude Oba Festival (August): It holds in August 23, the Ijebu Ode people celebrate their culture and heritage three days after the start of Eid-el-kabir.
Osun Osogbo Festival(August): This is a two week programme of events in August that typically revolves around the cleansing of the Iwon ‘Iwopopo’. This is followed by the lighting of a 500 year old 16 point lamp ‘’olojomerindinlogun ‘’ .
Igogo Festival (September) : The Igogo festival lasts a total of 17 days in owo, Ondo State. Just like the new yam festival, it also features the blessing and release of new yams.
Lights Camera Africa Film Festival : The lights, camera Africa Film festival was created in 2011 to stimulate discourse on issues and experiences that are rooted in the African experience. The annual event shares a diverse range of African and independent cinema including documentary, feature and animation, supporting the work of emerging African Film makers .
programme of films, keynote conversations and discussions on issues affecting the cinema with participation from film makers, critics, directors and the press. The event usually takes place between November and December.
ABUJA CARNIVAL [NOVEMBER ] : It usually takes place at the end of November, the Abuja Carnival is organized by the carnival road show company and promises to showcase the diverse cultural events and practices in all 36 states of Nigeria. Road shows, music and dance, masquerades are just a few of the highlights.
CALABAR CARNIVAL [DECEMBER] : The Calabar festival is the most anticipated cultural festival in Nigeria with visitors and performers coming in from all over the world. It is tagged as Africa’s Biggest Street Party and holds in Cross River State all through December.

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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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