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Full Speech (text) of President Buhari’s inaugural speech (READ)

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his

swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted.  I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.

I thank all of you.

Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.

I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.

A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.

Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.

I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.

At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.

In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.

Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.

Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.

For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.

Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.

However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.

My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.

The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.

This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.

Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.

Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.

The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.

No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.

Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.

Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.

Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar

There is a tide in the affairs of men which,

taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life,

Is bound in shallows and miseries.

We have an opportunity. Let us take it.

Thank you

Muhammadu Buhari

President Federal Republic of NIGERIA

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Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces

Don’t Blame Me If My Clothes Do Not Cover My Chest — Actress, Yvonne Jegede

Nollywood actress, Yvonne Jegede who recently landed in a messy chest surgery scandal upon her return to the movie industry in a recent interview talks about her selling point, ideal man.

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Yvonne Jegede who featured in Tuface Idibia’s “African Queen” video made a stunning comeback to acting after several years of being away to study abroad in University in Cyprus.

Her ideal man

I don’t even know what it is any more. But I think people at different ages have different perspection in respect of what an ideal man is. He should be  more intelligent than myself.

I need somebody I can learn from him. He should also be able to take care of himself.  That’s  an ideal man for me. He should not be ugly.

On her selling point

I think it is my brain. Talking about the physical things that attracts men to me, it depends. Some people say, it’s my eyes, others prefer  my lips and my b**bs. So, I do not know. When I love into the mirror, I love everything about myself.

On revealing some part of your body, her b**bs

Well, it depends on the clothes. I have big b**bs, so, if the clothes are not big enough to cover my b**bs  you would  not blame me for that. I am not the person who made my clothes . I just put the clothes on.

On her passion for revealing some part of your body

It depends on my mood. If I want to expose my back, I will do that. It goes with my mood.

Plans on geting marriage

When the time comes, I will get married. I have never given it a thought.

It’s not about thinking, it is about the right person coming my way. Many ladies have been thinking about settling down for years now, but Mr. right has not come their way.

On acting  unclad

No, I cannot for no reason. I have people I am answerable to.

On s*xual harassement in the industry

s*xual harassment in the industry have to do with what you want. If you want to be sexually harassed, you will be. I am saying that because, even when I am walking on the road, or in the  banking hall, I usually get passes.

But it depends on what you want. I do not think every  director would  want to sleep with every girl he comes across. Maybe, I am wrong but, I don’t think it is possible. I have had the experience where a produced would refused to feature me in his movie because I did not  sleep with him. They might make their advances to me.

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VIDEO: Eva Alordiah on “The Seat” with TRACE Urban

Its the beautiful “Eva Alordiah” on this webpisode of The Seat on TRACE Urban.Sometime last week Eva dropped the visuals of her latest release titled DEAF.

The video, not the regular composition you see on TV these days, highlights the rap goddess at her best yet.Watch and enjoy as she tells us about the girl in the rapper known as Eva, she also gives answers to our questions.

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Newly wed couple and their baby win big at valentine special ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ (photos)

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culled from Encomium
Olusola
Arogbodo, a salesman from Ekiti State, his wife, Ngozi Arogbodo of
Delta state origin and a client service professional and their two day
old baby were the latest to benefit from the popular TV game show Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire. It was a Valentine Special Edition and they
won N250,000 jointly, their baby got a gift of N100,000 in addition to
their winnings from the stable of Ultima Limited. Interestingly, this is
the first time a baby would appear on the show…

Let us congratulate you on the arrival of the new baby you brought into our studios?

Husband: Thank you, sir. We thank God. It is God, honestly.

How do you feel?

Husband: That we feel great is an understatement. I don’t even know where to start from.

Wife: We are overwhelmed. The reception, the warmth,
the friendliness and above all, the winning and a gift to our baby, the
first of its kind on the programme.

Mr. Arogbodo is from where?

Husband: I am from Ekiti State.

And where is your wife from?

Wife: I am from Delta.

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How did you meet?

Husband: We met in tertiary institution. We were in
the same class, and I think, through observations and by divine
arrangement we got to know ourselves better.

Wife: Yes sir, he is correct.

Which school?

Husband: Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

What course?

Husband: Mass Communication We started together. We were in same class.

When did you get married?

Wife: Just last year, we got married on April 13, 2013.

When did you get to know about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Husband: Over three years ago.

Wife: Mine is longer than that. Like four or five years now.

When did you hear about the Valentine Special of the show?

Husband: Last year.

Wife: I think I saw it last year.

Who played for this one?

Husband: I did.

Who was verified?

Husband: It was me. Everything has been the Lord’s
doing. She was heavy while I was being verified. Even when we scaled the
verification and eventually got the invitation she was still heavy. I
was just praying that she should deliver without problem so we could
make it here together, since I had been told the game was meant for a
couple. As God would have it, she was in the labour room three days ago.
It wasn’t easy at the initial stage, but suddenly God took control. She
had a baby boy safely two days ago.

When you got here initially what was your target?

Wife: In terms of cash, I actually hoped to attain
more than what I got. But when they announced the additional gift of
N100, 000 to our baby, it was simply unbelievable.

What about you, sir?

Husband: I felt same way.

But going by hindsight, you were verified even before your child was born?

Husband: Yes.

Wouldn’t you have seen the baby as the biggest of all your winnings?

Husband: Honestly, I did and I think as I was doing
that I was also equally hoping that both of us would be here for the
show. Even though looking at the scan results and all that, we were very
aware that the delivery day was very close. Even when they asked me if
we would be able to make it to the show, I said yes. During the delivery
when it came that the birth might not come naturally, I told the doctor
no caesarian section because she won’t be discharged for three days and
for me to have been invited for the show, then I was destined to be
here. So, we prayed together and God answered our prayers and before we
knew what was happening, she started having contractions and the baby
came. I was inside there when she delivered the baby and the following
day they discharged her. So, that gave me the approval that we were
destined to be here.

Apart from the fact that you were destined to be here, that
you scaled through the fastest fingers first and got in the hot seat is
another positive indication. Don’t you think so?

Husband: Of course, it is.

What would you spend your winnings on?

Both: We would invest in our baby’s education.

You said that together, was it rehearsed?

Husband: No, it came naturally.

Wife: God is working! Yes, in this studio.

So, what is your final reaction?

Husband: I am very happy and full of appreciation as
well, not just for the cash, but I truly believe the baby is a blessing
to us. Also seeing our baby as the first to appear on Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire? I am so joyous.

What is your final reaction?

Wife: I am joyous and overwhelmed; I see the whole thing as wow, am amazed. I really appreciate everything.

Do you have any words for MTN and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Wife: God would continue to bless the organizers.

Husband: To be candid, you people are really
changing lives for the better. This is a clear testimony. May MTN and
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire continue to grow. And may the Lord bless
the personnel here, you people are very warm. We are grateful.

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Afrocandy ~ “I Dont Do Porn!”, “I Am Trying Achieve A Secured future For My Daughters”

 

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AfroCandy has said she is not into pornography, her movies are not porn but rather, adult movies.

Speaking in a recent interview, the Nigerian movie star and mother of two who is based in America recounts how her husband dumped her and her daughters, and she also spoke about her offer of a movie role to BBA finalist, Beverly Osu.

See excerpts from the interview:

Why did you go into pornographic movies?

I did not go into pornographic movies. I reiterate that I am not into pornography and it seems the press and Nigerians are really wishing I did. I started doing regular movies with some sort of nudity or adult content but they kept saying porn, and calling me a porn star. I have cleared the air several times in my interviews but I don’t think you guys get it all. Do you call Hollywood movies they show on HBO pornographic? Do you call movies like Basic Instinct, Monster Ball, Savages and so on pornographic? I guess it’s because I am a Nigerian, that’s why. Anyway, since you guys can’t get it, I will just do a hardcore pornography so you can all get off by back.

Can you pose nude for a magazine?

Yes, I can pose nude for a magazine 200%.

What are you trying to actually achieve with your porn movies?

OK, well, if you still call them porn movies, they are not. And I am trying achieve success, money, fame and a secured future for my daughters.

Your ex-husband said he came to Nigeria to marry a hooker. How do you feel about that?

Well, I wouldn’t care about what a disgruntled ex-husband is going about saying. I am not a ‘hooker.’ I have not hooked up with his father, his brothers or anybody he knows before. Every allegation against me is false, merely based on assumptions and hearsay. I guess you should be asking me how I manage to single handedly raise the children he abandoned me with since 2007. When he abandoned us, he went to Nigeria and sold the home I struggled to build for us. If he had any conscience, he should be praying for me, not trying to pull me down.

As a matter of fact, he has not spent a dime on raising the children since 2007. Fact is, I have moved on and I’m focusing on my career and raising my kids. I guess it’s time to put this nonsense to a stop. And to you press, this is the last time I will entertain any questions that has to do with my ex or broken marriage. An ex is an ex, so please, leave it where it belongs. Thank you!

How do you feel that Beverly Osu has refused your offer of a role in your controversial movies?

Fact is, I wasn’t even serious about the so-called offer, I was just mocking her, and if you read my post, it was rather sarcastic. I didn’t expect it to go viral and how could anybody even take that serious?

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[VIDEO] : Trace Urban Diaries With Burna Boy @BURNABOY

Trace Urban caught up with Burna Boy before his performance in Port Harcourt, during the Glo tour. Burna Boy took time to chill with his friends before the fame and money… Burna also took a stop at his family house in PH! Watch

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Video: DB Records Producer Deevee Talks Making Hits For Big Sean, Idris Elba, Snoop Lion

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DB Records Producer DeeVee aka FearDeeVee recently got in an Interview with the folks @ Phase Media.

They spoke on Basically Everything about him including how it is being one of the Top Producers in the Game, Working with International Stars like Big Sean, Idris Elba, Snoop Lion, Kanye West e.t.c

He also shed light on some yet to be released monster hit singles he’s produced for top Nigerian artistes like Wizkid, Davido, Kay Switch, D’Banj e.t.c

DeeVee has been responsible for majority of the smashing hits that have come from the DB Records camp in recent times e.g Finally, Sista Caro, For Example, Obi Mo e.t.c

 

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I Have Not Done It In Six Months – Iyanya

Iyanya, the “Kukere” singer passes across as a lady’s man but the dude has come out to say that in the last six months, he has not been with a woman. The ‘Your Waist’ crooner made this known in a video interview he had with HipTV radio show the other day and those who know him very well say the guy who held the flame for actress Yvonne Nelson may not be telling the whole truth. But come to think of it, Iyanya has every right to abstain or even turn a celibate and it is no one’s problems. After all, I know many who will scream: “Is sex food?”

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The Eedris Abdulkareem Interview: ‘Remedies will be back’

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NET, talking about the state of the music industry in Nigeria and interestingly how he plans to resurrect his former band.

What have you been up to lately?

I have been busy as always doing what I love to do best. Not with the force of people pushing me to do it, but with the agreement that this is what I’d be doing forever and that’s why I’m still doing it

At the time you guys started this thing did you think it would be this big?

Yeah, God told me about it. He said to me, my son, stand up and go to Lagos. Go to your brother Dr. Fresh. Give him the needed support and make the hip-hop thing come to pass. I listened to God and came to Lagos. I saw Dr. Fresh, met Tony, met Eddy, and it came to pass, the birth of hip-hop in Nigeria. So, with that happening, God made me an elder-state’s person in the business, a revolutionary and one of the people that made the industry happen. I’ve been very grateful to Allah because he’s the reason why I’m still here.

Looking at the state of hip-hop in Nigeria, do you think it’s still towing that dream you had for it or has it gone off-track?

No, what you see today is boys coming out of the streets, and following a trend because that trend is bringing in money. And the reason why they have been able to do that is because we created that platform, but that’s not what we created the platform for. We created the platform to use music as a tool to add value to the society and to create employment like we have done. Most of these boys, their parents used to insult us back then saying,’look at these OPPs that don’t have future’, but today, the same parents are the ones sending their children to go to the studio to record, shooting videos for them and paying big money for promos because they found out music has now become very lucrative. ‘Food don done, everybody carry spoon, na your mama cook the food, abi na your papa cook the food?’

We made it possible for the multinationals to respect Nigerian artistes. They didn’t treat Nigerian artistes with respect, but we made it happen. Take music out of the radio for one day and see what will happen. What you see today, is just boys singing about women and other irrelevant subjects. These boys that are coming in, doing music now, most of these dudes would have been carrying guns. We are grateful that we have been able to create employment for the so-called rappers on behalf of the Federal Government.

You have managed to remain consistent through the years. How have you been able to do that?

One, because I have a strong faith with God. If you grew up from the North and you are a Muslim, you won’t be scared of anybody but God. I believe that if you have God in everything you do, God’s favour and grace would always be with you. Number two, my songs are not just songs to make you dance, or tell you a story about a girl you have never met before. They talk about ills in the society, education, politics, science, streets, unemployment, electricity for the people and a lot of things. People can relate to that, and that’s why I’m still consistent, and I’m not changing at all. My shoe size has been there, none of them can wear it.  I’m a social crusader. I talk about what is happening in the society and that’s why I’ll always be relevant.

You have often referred to yourself as a social crusader and even went head-to-head with a one-time president of this country.  Were there times you were afraid for your life?

I grew up in Kano, and we were taught in the Quran that Allah is the greatest. You’re not supposed to be scared of anybody but Allah. So, I already made up my mind what I wanted to do from the beginning. Because the truth is bitter, many people would never like it. We all can’t be the same, so I chose to speak on behalf of the people and to be the voice of the voiceless, and I’m happy.

I remember when I sang the song ‘Jagajaga’, about 23 million Nigerian youths voted me to raise the Olympic torch. Raising the Olympic torch is bigger than winning the Grammy awards. The Olympic is talking about peace and love all over the world, and it’s enough for me. My responsibility is never to disappoint the people and to always speak for the people. Obasanjo said my papa and my mama ‘Jagajaga’. I was so happy that my message got to the president. The president couldn’t hide it. He came on National TV and promoted me. Secondly, he’s my mugu because he made me a super star, there is no song of mine that I won’t put Obasanjo’s name. So, Obasanjo is part of my mugu and I go dey take am chop. Thirdly, I’m doing this to speak for the people, and that’s why people will always relate to me.

Do you see changes in the society so far?

Yes. Changes from state governors who have like minds, and are radical like me. An example is the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole. There was no good coming out of Edo State for eight years when Lucky Igbenedion was there. Oshiomole has made it happen, and there are a few governors out there that are doing the same thing. So there are changes, and the revolution is on.

What are your thoughts on the state of the music industry?

You see, when the top is messed up, you don’t expect the bottom to be any better. What the politicians have taught Nigerians is corruption. Our music industry is not regulated. What are the responsibilities of PMAN? Musicians are not united because some of them feel that they have arrived, and they fail to understand that they wouldn’t have arrived if not for people like us who paved the way for them. Until they get into trouble that’s when they would be looking for friends. Then they would now think to themselves and say, ‘oh, wait a minute, Is this how the game is? So it’s all about politics? Damn! I should have played it well’.

NCC is one of the biggest problems we have in this industry.  I’m talking about giving space for multiple collecting society. You can’t monopolise the industry.  You can’t just bring somebody that is your friend, and schooled in America and basically studied Accounting or Economics to come and head the Nigerian Copyrights Commission. He doesn’t know anything about music, copyrights and royalties. He shouldn’t be there. Secondly, the so called COSON don’t even know what they are doing. The Attorney General has given license to COSON to be the only collecting society, meanwhile COSON does not have the international right as a collecting society. It’s only MCSN that has the right. There has to be room for multiple collecting societies in the country.

The musicians themselves should also be educated about this issue. It’s not just the shows that you should depend on to earn revenue.  Is it when your song is no longer on the radio that you want to start knowing what copyright is all about? Thank God the matter is currently in House of Assembly and the House has heard from both sides. We are waiting for the House to make the final decision. In America and in the UK, they have multiple collecting society, so, why can’t we have the same?

How was growing up for you?

I grew up with a mum. I never had a dad. I lost my dad when I was two. She is my hero, she is my everything. She saw me through life. I looked at myself and thought, if a mother could do all these to bring me to where I am today and I didn’t go astray without a father, then God has a reason in my life. I attended Army Day nursery, primary and secondary schools. I then moved to the Nigeria Military School (NMS). I was in the military school for about two years, and I saw myself becoming somebody in the future that would hurt a lot of people with guns. So, I said to myself, this is not the kind of life I want to live. I left the military school, and I became a table-tennis player. I represented Nigeria at the All African Games in 1985. Yinka Majekodunmi, Funke Oshunaike, Biola Odunmosun, Bose Kaffour, Atanda Musa, Hakeem Hassan, Yomi Bankole, these are my people. At the age of 14, I was collecting my salary as a Sport Council employee. But still, as a table tennis champion that I was then, I still felt that this is not were God wants me to be, and I was so happy the day God revealed to me that  it’s the microphone he wants me to carry. The microphone can speak what millions of people won’t be able to speak for themselves.

Your former partners, Eddy Montana and Tony Tetuila, how often do you guys see or hangout?

Eddy is fine, Tony is fine, we see often. Eddy is in Delta State. Working on a lot of other stuff and still doing music too. Together as Remedies, we have been recording an album ‘The Promised Nigeria’ that we will drop soon. Remedies will be back.

Many believe you have lost your relevance, how do these comments make you feel?

I don’t react; I just set it straight the way it is because I’ve gone through a lot. If the president could actually fight me and I’m still here and still standing, then whose opinion will now bring me down? I’ve been there, done that and you’re not going to get anything out of trying to bring me down. Most importantly, when it has to do with women that you try and blackmail me with, it’s not possible, because my marriage is already 14 years, and they said it was going to end in three months.

There’s a rumour that you have kidney problems, how true is that?

That’s totally untrue. If I have kidney problems will I be doing this (drinking and smoking)?

Your wife is hardly in the media, is it like a home rule for her to avoid the spotlight?

I thank God that I’m enjoying a blissful marriage. There’s simply no need for her to be out there in the media. I have managed to keep my family private. Remember many said we were not going to last, but here we are. We have two wonderful sons and Allah has been faithful to us.

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Ini Edo Wants To Have 10 Kids! Watch Her Talk About Her Family, Career & More

 

Ini Edo sure has one thing on her mind more than any other thing and that is the fact that she wants a very large family, who would’ve thought. The beautiful and talented actress exclusively revealed to Emma Emerson of Golden Icons in a recent interview where she answered questions ranging from career, meeting and choosing her husband, her fellow nollywood colleagues, weddings and more. Watch the interview and enjoy! 

 

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