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As part of its Sunday specials, M-net West Africa is screening two separate documentaries on Fela and Femi Kuti, capturing their experiences through interviews, street scenes and the music they are known for.
Fela Kuti’s ‘Music is the Weapon’, was showed on March 15 at 6:00 pm while Femi Kuti’s ‘Live at the Shrine’ will air on March 22 at 06:00 pm.
According to information from Segun Fayose of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department of MultiChoice Nigeria, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was one of a kind Nigerian musician, composer and pioneer of the Afro-beat music genre, and is remembered as one of the biggest human rights activists as well as political mavericks of his time and has left a legacy of using music to unite people.
Born October 15 in 1938, to an activist mother and a minister father, he travelled to London at age 20 to study medicine but ended up studying music at the Trinity College of Music instead. While there, he formed a band and came up with a style of music that was a fusion of American Jazz, rock and funk with a West African feel to it.
Throughout his illustrious career, Fela Kuti continued to mesmerize audiences around the world. His first album, The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions, was recorded with his group Nigeria 70. In 1970, the group renamed itself and became known as Africa 70 and upon return to Nigeria; Fela formed the Kalakuta Republic – a recording studio and place of refuge for his band. The groups’ albums were sung in Pidgin English, much to the approval of West African audience. Another ground-breaking performance by the star was alongside Ginger Baker with the hit-song, Stratavarious in 1972. With unrelenting focus and dedication to his music, between 1973 and 1979, Kuti continued to tour and also recorded the album Zombie.
Between 1980 and 1986 Fela Kuti and his newly re-named group, Egypt 80 had global success. The group toured America and Europe and performed at one of the world’s biggest concerts, Amnesty International with Bono, Carlos Santana and the Neville Brothers and in the same period released Beasts of No Nation.
During the 90’s, Fela’s album output started to slow and in 1997, his brother Olikoye Kuti, a prominent AIDS activist and former health minister, stunned the nation by announcing his brother’s death early one morning.
But Fela’s legacy would live and be carried on by his son Femi.
Olufemi Kuti, Fela’s first son was born on the 16th June 1962. Having spent much of his youth with his father and having become a member of his group, Femi showed the same strong commitment to social causes and a strong affinity towards music as his father.
After his father’s death, Femi picked up from where he had left off and became a multi award winning artist. He collaborated with the likes of Common, Mos Def and Jaguar Wright alongside a number of other U.S musicians on a project called Fight to Win in 2001. Further to his success as an artist, his voice was used in the video game Grand Theft Auto as the host of a radio station IF 99.

 


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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