Wednesday, 29 March 2017


You may recall that on the 12/3/2017 at about 00:05hrs,one Abdulhakeem Bauchin Bauchi was killed by unknown persons and his decomposing body was recovered at rugan jira mountain in Gwallameji Area of Bauchi State on the 17/3/2017.
However, discreet investigation by Police detectives attached to Anti kidnapping unit of the Command led to the arrest of the following syndicate who allegedly perpetrated the dastardly act,
1.Micheal Sansai male aged 23 years of Rafin zurfi Area of Yelwa.
2.Samuel Uzima male aged 24 years of Yelwa,
3.William Yakubu male, aged 28 years of Shadawanka Barracks,Bauchi and,
4.Dauda Akanni male and 26 years of Yelwa area of Bauchi State respectively.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the principal suspect Michael Sansai is a member of the Black Axe Confraternity.(Secret cult group)
Exhibits recovered so far include,
1.One black Nokia 225 belonging to the deceased,
2.Seven wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp,
3.Torn clothes of the deceased and,
4.A sim card and other incriminating items.
Case is under investigation to ascertain actual motive behind the act and efforts are being intensified to apprehend other fleeing accomplices after which suspects would be charged to Court.
Meanwhile, Suspects along with others will be physically paraded by the commissioner of Police letter in the week, please. SP Haruna Mohammed PPRO Bauchi State Police Command.
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Photos From Who is Who in Nollywood USA Magazine Launch In US

The magazine was launched over the weekend in Maryland USA.

Who is Who in Nollywood USA 🇺🇸 produced by Afrik glamour magazine
Ceo Loveth Ebede
Contact; Joblack Prince for a copy

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LET’ S TALK MUSIC PROMOTION (Part 1) by Wale Applause |@waleapplause01

The primary reason for doing music is for the money and the eventual fame that comes with it, although after a couple singles, artistes go for interview and say they do music for the passion. Maybe passion is the ignition, but money and fame is the fuel. That being said, the essence of making music is the direct conversion to fame and money. For music to convert to fame and money, one major key is PROMOTIONS.
There isn’t any hard and fast rule to music promotions, often times what works for artiste A might not work for artiste B, but some things are just essentials.

My name is Wale Applause. Having worked with quite a lot of acts such as Olamide, and currently working with Lil Kesh, maybe i know a little about music promotion i would like to share.
In a lay man’s language, promotion is the constant, almost back to back play of a song anywhere and anytime. From experience, people tend to like and sing along a song that they hear as many times as possible.
The best way to sell your music is unconscious marketing of the song. Unconscious marketing is when your song is being played everywhere at anytime, by everywhere i mean marketplaces, boutiques, bars, canteens, i mean every public place.
The quality of a song doesn’t in anyway determine the strength of a song, apologies to Small doctor. Promotions determines the strength of a song.
The first assignment of the artiste is to know and understand the audience you are singing for. Truth be told, you cannot sing for everyone and everyone cannot like your song. Olamide & Kesh chose the streets, Phyno chose his brothers from the east, Mr. Eazi chose the Ghanaians and London babes, Adekunle Gold went for the mature folks. Choosing for fan base is important because it helps you expand, these first set of fanbase become staunch fans who will eventually carry you on their head and do the main promotion for you.
The next thing is to create a song that can be played anywhere at every time. Your first mission is to ‘blow’ people will find out how talented you are later. Do a song that will fly on radio, bars, clubs etc. It doesn’t necessarily have to be noisy or vulgar. Just do a song that can cut across. Take a cue from Burna boy, Adekunle Gold and Mr. Eazi.
What PR and PR companies do is make your song available on every platform, they don’t necessarily blow a song. A SONG IS ONLY BLOWN WHEN IT IS ACCEPTED BY THE PEOPLE.
Let’s take the channels one at a time stating its function, strength and importance.

This includes music websites and social networks. It is very important that your music is on all major platforms, but DO NOT neglect the “small blogs”. They play a more important role than top blogs. Let me break it down. Top blogs give you a platform, and presence but ask yourself, how many people actually go to top blogs to down new songs by a newbie, just a small percentage. It’s almost very compulsory that your song are on top blogs but it is more important that you have your song on smaller blogs as they are called because they do more promotion for you than you think. These so called smaller blogs send Whatsapp and BBM broadcast messages, they send mails, they post almost every new material on their social network, they advertise their websites on other platforms, they do unconscious PR for you, because they are also in your shoes, they need audience for their website. Another reason is that most of these small websites publish sensational news, these news are inviting and you find out that more people click on these news and visit these websites, because they offer more than music. That way you stand a higher chance of being seen. Also, talking about Top blogs, aim for sites that give you more downloads, sites visited more by Djs, i mean street Dj (coming to this later) a good example is, The likes of Notjustok gives you a platform and indeed for artistes in need of sponsors and investors, it put you in the eyes of these people as the site has a good audience outside Nigeria where data is almost free.

Social Media promotion is good, but not as effective as it used to be back in the day. Back in the early days of twitter, trends used to happen because a certain topic is being talked about by many people at same time, but today, most trends are induced. It’s good to have your material talked about by Social media influencers, but not to the extent that it becomes annoying. Most tweeps have unfollowed “trending account” because there is nothing interesting about them, all they do is trend. Get social media influencers that talk about various other things than music, they have more audience. Have them talk about your song subtly but frequently. You cannot crowd people’s TL with a link to your song. It can be annoying. Find your way to their heart gently, it’s more appealing. You can’t force people to download your song, you did not buy them data, even if you did.

I will ask you one cogent question, HOW OFTEN DO YOU LISTEN TO RADIO? If you did not do music, would you possibly listen to radio everyday? May be not. This is not to say that Radio is negligible, it’s not, but alas radio promotions isn’t as strong as it used to be.
We live in the age and time where OAPs live more like celebrities, if you ask me they need money to keep up. Where do you think they get this from? Salary? You must be laughing too. Radio is indeed losing it’s essence because way back, good music had a way of finding itself on air  but now every song is tantamount to an advert, someone must be paid.
What is the essence of having your song played on radio once a day and that’s all. I listen to your song on radio, i like it but i don’t know the title or your name. Must i always go on twitter to check tweets, HELL NO!
This is the situation we find ourselves now. Sadly i see a lot of new artistes rejoice over a couple airplays which they paid for. What a wawu! They more often think about the tweets and not the effect of the airplay. For radio promotions to be effective, you need to employ the services of radio stations and OAPs that can play you often without you having to place a reminder call. You need OAPs that will mention your name on air before, after or while your song is being played. Your name shouldn’t just be mentioned on the day you come for interview which would most likely be listed to by your friends.
If you must rely on radio promotions, your song must be playing as many times as possible on at least 5 radio stations. DO NOT be radio station specific. Let the audience of the song you are pushing dictate what radio station or OAP you are talking to. You wouldn’t take a noisy song to Classic Fm, same way you won’t take a full english song to Faaji FM. Every radio station has a “type” of music they can play back to back. UNDERSTAND THAT!
Also, take your music outside Lagos. We all know that Lagos is over crowded musically, but there is a saying that Once you can sell in Lagos, you can sell anywhere. Let’s not forget that songs like Yahoozee and Gongo Aso blew from Ibadan. The OAPs in radio stations outside Lagos are a lot friendlier, less cost intensive and a lot cost effective. They honestly put in work than Lagos OAPs who are hustling just like you, forget the facade. OAPs outside lagos will very readily see you as a brother and friend than the ones in Lagos would. Think about that.

Wondering why i had to take this out of the online subtopic, its intentional. People oftentimes forget that facebook of all the social networks is one place where you can be the real you. Facebook has your friends, neighbours, cousins, maybe your entire family on it. These people form a core of your fanbase. They can ‘off shirt and fight’ for you if need be. People on Facebook know the real you. Some people on there even know what you had for breakfast, support is easy because they know you. As long as the online sphere is concerned, you need the people on Facebook more because most of them even know you before you started music. Invest in Facebook ads. There are daily, weekly and monthly options. It gives you a good reach.

Oh those lovely days of Terry G, Danny Young, Kleva J when alaba promo was the magic, but alas we have left that age. This is the new age.
Alaba promotions is very good especially if you can afford it. What it does is that it spreads your song to other parts of the country, but what is the effect of the spread. Alaba promotions is very good especially if you get the right hands to handle it for you, but the disadvantage is that once you start alaba promo, you cannot go back.
For an effective alaba promotions, be ready to spend money. There are 3 classes of people who must get something from you for your job to go well. 1. The Marketers 2 The Djs 3. The Jacket Designers.
These 3 classes of people are very numerous. You would be lying to yourself to think that you can give everyone something. Even if you have a budget of N5000 for each person (which would not work though) you will be in need of millions to reach everyone, so here is what you do.
I advise newbies especially to get “someone” who knows the market well, someone who knows what marketer can handle which song. When the right marketer has been identified, subject to the available budget you have him get you other marketers you can trust. These people will be sorted while the major marketers happens to be your supervisor for the project. This same supervisor will help you get Djs, (number also subject to budget) who work for different marketers. The Djs need to be sorted because they are the ones who make the mixes to be dubbed en masse, while the marketers are sorted because they are the ones who pay to dub the cds, i hope you understand that. The Jacket Designers are given something to make sure your picture appears on the Jacket which is another form of promo, such that even if a customer is  not buying the Cd, he/she can see your face.
After all these is done, week in week out, the “someone” who was assigned to the job has to visit Alaba international market, to make sure the job is being done effectively, to be sure your song is way up in the track list, to acknowledge that the song title and artiste name is correct for every production and more. There are weeks he has to go with several bottles of wines and alcohol to be distributed to Marketers and Djs as motivation and reminder.
From my brief, you can already see how stressful and cost intensive it can be.
In this age and time that we find ourselves, Alaba mixes don’t do well in (especially) Lagos like it used to because people get to download mixes from prominent Djs online, you find out that more mixes are sold in the east where you necessarily don’t have your fans.

The term street promotion is an ambiguous one and cannot be strictly defined. Street promotions cover the Clubs, Market places, Boutiques, brothels, restaurants and bars, petrol stations, the list goes on.
As of today, street promotions happens to be the most tasking but most effective form of promotion. Let me be quick to add that NOT EVERY PR / ARTISTE MANAGER CAN SAIL IN THIS WATER.
Street promotion is the best form of promotion because once your song keeps popping in many places at same time, that’s all you need. There are several example of songs that took off from the streets, but i will site Shoki by Lil Kesh and Double Wahala by Oritshefemi as examples. These are songs that ordinarily wouldn’t have been played on radio, but the street took it to the radio. Once your song is popping on the streets, everyone wants to identify with you because you are winning. Who doesn’t like winners? The question of how do you get your song to these places, how do they play my song back to back is one that bugs every newbie, but as difficult as it seem, it’s the most effective. Loudspeakers in public places have no dimension, people pass to and fro in front of them hereby getting music into their head unconsciously. Take for instance a loudspeaker at the entrance of Computer Village Ikeja, That speaker probably has more effect that radio because it can play one song all day without any questions being asked, and people get to listen consciously or unconsciously. The owner of the speaker has the sole right to whatever come out of the speaker. Whatever comes out of the speaker get to the sellers and buyers.
(Here let me give you a secret about blowing, you only blow when people think you are about to blow, more people begin to identify with you and your song. What street promo does is give people a feel that you are about to blow, making you more susceptible to acceptance)
Street promotions gives a pseudo-blow feeling and people begin to assume that you are almost there because your song is popping on the streets.
For street promo, you need to target best location of fit for your song. e.g. Small Doctor and Agege & its environs. You need to know where your song will be very well accepted.
Another hint is target bars and brothels. The Djs here can have your song on repeat for as much as 10 times with no one to question them, but a club Dj will almost find it difficult because the club is for turn up. How many times in the club does the Dj finish playing a hit song before going to the next song, it’s their job to turn the people up, in this case people only turn up to hit songs, but in bars and restaurants that are visited all week, (bearing in mind that most club nights start from wednesday) the Dj or bar man can have just your promo Cd playing back to back for hours.
It’s easier to get more playtime at the bars than at the club and people pay more attention to new music in bars than clubs. Do not forget that most club Djs are celebrities too, they need money to keep up and shoot videos too, even if you are going to be contributing to that, make sure its worth it.

You have to live and breathe your song, this doesn’t mean you need to bore everyone around you. You need to visit your social networks often, be your own PR. One mistake often made by artistes is that they only frequent their social networks when they have a new material, and all they do is come online to retweet or repost. That’s not right. You need your budding or already existing fan base to see and know that you have a life outside music which you do. You will be making more fans when people find out you have more to offer than your music and you share things such as football clubs, perfumes, ideas and ideologies in common. It’s actually very rude to just come online and all you do is retweet mentions about your song. It is a major key that you communicate often with your fans. Go outside music, deal with life on social media. Take a cue from Adekunle Gold and Mr Eazi. These 2 have a fanbase that will support them even if they decide a change of trade.
Your immediate community needs to know you are an artiste and you have a song that you pushing. You need people who can and will always want to identify with you. Olamide will always have Bariga, Wizkid will always have Surulere. WIN YOUR STREET.

As said earlier, it is honestly not the Job of the Pr to make a song a hit, but what makes a hit is the acceptance by the people, but before a song can be accepted by the Pr, it has been made readily available through all channels. The PR needs to understand the artiste, the song and the target audience. In the Nigeria music scene today, an effective PR is one that is street grounded. One that is connected to not just Top Djs, but street Djs who can “carry the song on their head”. Packaging doesn’t do it anymore. The PR/PR agency needs a strong connection with the street and the audience. It is more than bank transfers these days. They want to see you on the street. Hold meetings with them, visit their bars often, you never know the magic 2 bottles of beer can do. I have said it severally that not all Artiste managers can do PR and not all can do artiste management, they are 2 different entities but you would be lucky to have a Wale Applause who can adequately combine both when deem fit.

There is still a lot to be said about Promotions that can’t be said in just one epistle. Hopefully i get to do another write up where i can extensively focus on the channels stated here and more, As much as possible, seeing artiste grow as a brand and as an entity is my passion, in other words PR and artiste Management, i also like to get paid for my passion. I see you in Part 2
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EX-NNPC Boss Withdraws N1BN Suit Against EFCC, AGF

A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, on Tuesday terminated his fundamental human rights enforcement suit, in which he sought N1bn as compensation for his alleged unlawful detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Yakubu had filed the suit before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja following his arrest on February 8, 2017 and his continued detention by the EFCC with respect to the sums of $9,772,800 and £74,000 recovered from his house in Kaduna on February 3.

But his lawyer, Mr. Adeola Adedipe, informed the judge at the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday that he had filed a notice of discontinuance of the suit on behalf of his client.

The lawyer cited the recent arraignment of the former NNPC boss and the bail subsequently granted him (Yakubu) by the court as the grounds for filing the discontinuance notice.

Justice Mohammed, before whom Yakubu was also arraigned on March 16, struck out the suit after Adedipe moved his client’s motion on Tuesday.
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I Personally Murdered 18 People - Teenage Boko Haram Confesses

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) on Tuesday paraded a 17-year-old Boko Haram suspect, who admitted killing 18 people since he joined the group three years ago.

The suspect, Ali Mustafa, said he was forced to join the deadly group when Boko Haram terrorists attacked his village in Monguno and left with many boys.

The teenager said he gained skill handling assault rifles, with which he executed his victims.

“I was forced to join Boko Haram about three years ago,” he said.

“Boko Haram insurgents came to our village and forcefully took many of us away. We were kept in the bush camp near Kala Balge and from there we carried out various operations, during which I personally killed 18 persons.

“I can handle all kinds of guns including AK-47 and AA (anti aircraft) rifle.

The boy said his last mission was to go to Maiduguri to spy for his group, as he often did before attacks were carried out. He said he decided to change his mind on the way to Maiduguri.

“I was tired of killing people against my wish, so I told my two other colleagues with whom we were asked to go on a spying mission that we should abandon the mission and run.

“So I came to Maiduguri to search for my parents in the camps. But some IDPs who knew me as member of Boko Haram decided to report me to the security people,” he said.

The teenager, who looked unkempt, said he belonged to the Mamman Nur group of Boko Haram.

He said there were hundreds of young boys like him currently in the bush working for Boko Haram.

The Commandant of NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, paraded the young boy alongside other nine criminals who were arrested for other offences.

He said the young man had initially denied being a member of Boko Haram.

“But after a thorough interrogation he gave up his denial and confessed to be a Boko Haram member and that he had carried out many execution of innocent persons,” he said..
Premium Times
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Man dies in hotel swimming pool in Kogi

A young man identified as Mohammed Suberu has reportedly died in the swimming pool of a foremost Lokoja, Kogi State hotel.

His body was said to have been found floating in the swimming pool of Idrinana Hotel, located in the Phase II area, in Lokongoma.

Suberu was said to have gone to the hotel on Monday morning to swim, only for his lifeless body to later be found floating.

The development was said to have caused pandemonium as the hotel security men and other members of the staff ran helter skelter.The body was later taken to the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, where he was confirmed dead.

The atmosphere became tensed when friends and colleagues of the deceased invaded the premises of the hotel to protest Suberu’s death.

A similar event happened in Idrinana last year, when a middle aged man drowned in the hotel’s swimming pool, leading to attack of its workers and destruction of property by irate youth.

When enquiries were made of the General Manager of the hotel, Audu Alhassan, he said he could not speak on the incident until he got clearance from the chairman, a former member of the Kogi state house of assembly.

He however confirmed that the issue was being handled by the police.

The Kogi Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kogi, William Anya, said investigation has commenced over the death of Suberu.

He said that when the friends of the deceased mobilised to attack the hotel, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) led his men to the scene to put the situation under control.

The Nation
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3 months after the birth of her 5th child,Diamond Platnumz's lover ,Zari Hassan shows off post baby body

Zari Hassan who welcomed her 5th child, a little over 3 months ago, showed off her banging post baby body. The mother of 5 who has two kids with Tanzanian star, Diamond Platnumz, wrote
"You can achieve it if you put your mind onto it then implement it. #HerbalLife #Snapback 3months and a half... yes you can do it"
"No diets needed, am a typical African woman who loves her food, just learn how to eat right, exercise and drink lots of water for your skin...."
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3 months after the birth of her 5th child,Diamond Platnumz's lover ,Zari Hassan shows off post baby body

Zari Hassan who welcomed her 5th child, a little over 3 months ago, showed off her banging post baby body. The mother of 5 who has two kids with Tanzanian star, Diamond Platnumz, wrote
"You can achieve it if you put your mind onto it then implement it. #HerbalLife #Snapback 3months and a half... yes you can do it"
"No diets needed, am a typical African woman who loves her food, just learn how to eat right, exercise and drink lots of water for your skin...."
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3 months after the birth of her 5th child,Diamond Platnumz's lover ,Zari Hassan shows off post baby body

Zari Hassan who welcomed her 5th child, a little over 3 months ago, showed off her banging post baby body. The mother of 5 who has two kids with Tanzanian star, Diamond Platnumz, wrote
"You can achieve it if you put your mind onto it then implement it. #HerbalLife #Snapback 3months and a half... yes you can do it"
"No diets needed, am a typical African woman who loves her food, just learn how to eat right, exercise and drink lots of water for your skin...."
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Graphic Photos: Horrified villagers cut open python, remove body of missing man

 Horrified villagers searching for their missing pal were shocked when they found him in the stomach of a 7m-long python who had swallowed him whole.

Akbar Salubiro was still wearing  his boots, short and t-shirt when he was cut from the belly of the beast.

The snake was sliced open with an 18-inch hunting knife after villagers hunting for Salubiro found it in his back garden,UK Mirror reports.

The 25-year-old vanished after he set off for work harvesting palm oil in a remote village on the island of west sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday night.When he didn't return home concerned friends and relatives began looking for him the next evening.

They found the python sprawled out in Akbar's own back garden on Monday night at 10pm - and feared he had been suffocated and swallowed.

Locals gathered round as one man used an 18-inch long hunting knife to slice open the serpent - and found Akbar inside still in tact.

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