For all of us, the past two years have been full of a lot of instability, but, as always, we Nigerians manage to deal with the worst situations in the most commendable manner – we hold our heads up high, hold on to our unique humour and continue to hustle for a better day.
This is why Flytime Music Festival considers this year’s much anticipated 4-day festival a big applause to our most special Nigerians. After the pandemic caused many countries place restrictions on concerts, Flytime Music Festival returns with a motivation to celebrate music as a connecting force while strictly adhering to government-recommended COVID-19 safety protocols.
So, if you are looking for a way to round off what has been a bustling couple of years (to say the least) and usher in a new year of limitless possibilities, we urge you to look no further. This year’s festival year boasts power-packed performances from the world’s best entertainers at the Eko Convention Centre from Tuesday, December 21st – Friday, December 24th.
After multiple sold-out shows, show-stopping performances, award nominations and chart-topping records across the globe, the Made in Lagos artiste made return to where it all began for him next Tuesday.
The show and Wizkid dazzle attendees from far and wide with explosive performances that took us on his inspirational journey from hustling on the streets of Lagos to becoming a grammy award-winning artiste and Global superstar.
On Day 2 of the Flytime Music Festival, American R&B superstar Ne-Yo, who is known for his timeless classics will be in Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday, 22nd December 2021 to take the audience down memory lane as he performs the biggest hits of the 2000s including, ‘So Sick’, ‘Sexy Love’ and ‘Miss Independent’.
Comic Genius and Actor, Bovi will also join the eponymous show delivering an hour of rib cracking comedy that is sure to melt the stress of the year away. Come with a lover or friend ready to laugh at never-been-heard before jokes dealt back to back by Nigeria’s foremost entertainer. Singing Superstars Flavour, Simi and Chike, add to their special flair to deliver one of the most entertaining nights concert-goers will experience this December.
This year’s Flytime Music Festival will definitely be one for the history books as every single day is packed with entertainment experiences of a lifetime. The momentum continues on Thursday, 23rd December 2021 as “Pepsi Rhythm Unplugged” brings a fresh, trendy and youthful energy to the Lagos scene.
On Day 3 of the festival, we celebrate Nigerian stars turned Global Superstars who have realised the dream of taking African music to the world and serve as an inspiration to young Nigerians to dream big because anything is really possible.
The lineup includes the incredible Lancey Foux, Adekunle Gold, Buju, Fireboy, Lojay, Rema, CKay, Ayra Starr, Ruger, Mayorkun, Blaqbonez, Teni, Oxlade, Wurld and more, bringing with them ‘the cool’, ‘the fun’, and of course, the passion of an African with a mission. Expect more surprises, after all, Pepsi Rhythm Unplugged is known as the only exclusive concert where Anything Can Happen.
Stop Destroying Nation’s Artefacts In Name Of Religion-Don
A University of Nigeria, Nuskka, lecturer, Dr Joshua Uzuegbu, has urged Nigerians to desist from destroying the nation’s artefacts, especially shrine objects, in the name of religion.
Uzuegbu made the call on Thursday during the 2022 International Museum Day celebration, organised by the National Museum of Unity (NMU) in Enugu.
He described the objects as the “cultural heritage and property handed over to us by our forefathers”.
Uzuegbu, who teaches in the Humanities Unit, School of General Studies in the university, argued that the objects were used in the past to celebrate traditions.
According to him, shrines have a lot of objects, like woods, ivory, stone, Terracotta, glass, bronze, brass and iron, which are driven by spirits invoked into them.
“When we stop worshipping them, they become pieces of wood, useless and powerless,” Uzuegbu said.
He said that instead of destroying them “we should keep them in museums for future generations to see.
“It is disheartening when we destroy these sacred objects due to our new-found religion or being born again.
“I am not saying that the new religion is bad but for the fact that we came from somewhere, there is need to ensure that one religion will not disturb the other.
“There is need to remove whatever that is evil in them as many of those artifacts taken away by the colonial masters, which today are fetching them huge revenue” he said.
He argued that the objects would become ineffective when they are removed from the shrines and no longer honoured with libations.
Earlier, the Director-General of the National Commission For Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Prof. Abba Tijani, said the commission had begun to connect the past with the future, using digital technology.
Tijani, represented by the NMU Curator, Mr Aloysius Duru, said: “The world is gradually moving from analogue to digital space.
Jeymes Samuel’s Book Of Clarence Debuts, Soon
Jeymes Samuel has announced that his next project will be based on blacks living in the biblical era.
The singer-songwriter whose 2021 Western ‘The Harder They Fall’ was inspired by the need to introduce diversity in the genre, revealed in a new interview that his new feature titled, The Book of Clarence will be set in the bible times in what he described as “the biggest franchise in the world.”
“The Bible’s the biggest franchise in the world. The biggest superhero, the most famous superhero of all time is Jesus himself,” Jeymes revealed. “But when I used to learn about those things when I was a kid, I used to say to myself, Where did Jesus buy his sandals from? Did he walk around barefoot? Did he buy his clothes or did people just say, “Hey Jesus, wear this?” Was there a particular brand that he liked, or a particular tailor who made his shawl?
“The Bible just gives you bricks. But the mortar you’re meant to fill in yourself. I want to show who he [Jesus] bought them from and what that guy was doing. What the guy that sold him those sandals had for breakfast, for dinner. Who was in the hood? Who was the troublemaker, or the cool dude that the girls liked? Who was the kid with aspirations? Who was the nincompoop? That stuff is what fascinates me about that era. The Book of Clarence is all of that stuff. It’s a really awesome, awesome, awesome tale.”
“I want to tell the tales that we’ve never had before. We’ve never had Black people in the Bible days of cinema. Even when Andrew Lloyd Webber made something as nuanced as Jesus Christ Superstar, there’s no Black people in it, except Judas. Judas was the Black guy. “I’m going to betray you, Jesus.” What the hell? That’s what you’re giving us? That’s the Black guy? You saw what I did with the Western. I want to give people something to talk about.”
Femi Adebayo’s ‘King Of Thieves’ Grosses Over N250m In Box Office
A Nollywood Actor, Femi Adebayo, says his new epic movie, titled, ‘King of Thieves’ known as Agesinkole, generated over N250 million in its first three weeks premiere at the cinema.
Adebayo disclosed this in an interview with news men on Sunday in Ilorin.
He said the movie, which cost him several millions of naira to produce, made over N43 million in three days at its first opening at the cinema despite being the Ramadan period.
The popular movie producer- cum lawyer and actor, said that the plan was to leave the film at the cinema for two months where it was expected to make not less than N200 million.
“In the history of Nollywood, no movie has ever made N43 million in three days of its opening at the cinema, that is an amount of money some movies will make in three months.
“The movie has actually paved way for many providers and producers that are producing indigenous contents,” he said.
Adebayo, who disclosed that the movie took him more than a year to produce, said it was a huge success and that he least expectied the acceptability of the work.
He said the movie was his first traditional film, adding that it has always been his dream to produce that kind of movie for so many years in the industry.
“The plan was to do a huge movie that will remind people of the beauty of Yoruba culture and I waited till it was time.
“My intention was to showcase the beauty of Yoruba culture to the entire world and at the same time to be able to say one or two things about the society, especially our leaders.
“When I was much younger, I had the opportunity to see the beautiful works of Albert Ogunde, he showcased that beauty in Yoruba culture being a Yoruba man,” Adebayo said.
Talking about the challenges faced during the production of the movie, Adebayo said he had to embark on a wide research on Ifa as a Muslim.
He further said that finding a location to shoot the film took them a lot of time.
“I saw everything that fascinated me in the location we later got, the village, the river.
“I saw almost 70 per cent of my movie in there even though we had to build more, our caster crew were scared because of insecurity and we had to beef up security.
“If you look at the cast, we had ‘A-List Actors’, it was challenging to get their time together, waiting for them to have a uniform timing took almost one and half year to plan the movie,” Adebayo revealed.
Even though Adebayo refused to put a tag on the cost of the production, he reluctantly nod his head to agree that it crossed a N100 million mark to produce Agesinkole.
Tidesports source reports that “King of Thieves” is an epic tale of Agesinkole, an all-powerful bandit and his reign of terror in the prosperous Kingdom of Ajeromi.
Concerned by his pillaging, the kingdom moves to destroy him, through the hunters, witches and priests, thus beginning this adventurous saga of revenge, bravery and glory.
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