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Classical Fuji After K1: The Likely Successors

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It is no gainsaying that the Nigerian Entertainment industry reign supreme and most of these celebrities are always identified as semi-god by their numerous fans and admirers. Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Adewale Omogbolahan Anifowose popularly known as K1 De Ultimate is a Nigerian Fuji musician who has paid his dues. K1 had earlier popularized a brand of the Fuji genre based on the work of his master and the Fuji creator, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister known as Talazo Fuji that appeals to all age groups, irrespective of tribe and background.

In 1984, the Ijebu-Ode Prince had his greatest musical success, with the album, titled, ‘Talazo 84’. He later step up his game, and by dint of hard work, K1 has successfully created and popularized his brand of Fuji music christened ‘Classical Fuji’. And, he has since recorded rhythmic success stories.

Wasiu Ayinde, who is believed to be the wealthiest and most influential Fuji artiste alive, has continued to show that he is indeed the ‘Fuji lord’. With his brand of Classical Fuji that appeals to the old and young generations, K1 blends easily with time and this has assisted him to build a huge fanatic Fan base and high leveled networks. While others are still struggling to secure a show, K1 is already occupied both home and abroad entertaining his fans. His rare commitment, dedication and consistency has earned him, among his contemporaries, the only artiste that is still visible on the big screen.

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No doubt, the Fuji lord, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall has made his way into the hearts of the people, especially artistes who dream to be like him. Very recently, he harvested the produce of his hard work as the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III installed him as the Mayegun of Yorubaland.

Meanwhile, the Fuji maestro, K1, 63 is aging and has more responsibility to shoulder following his installation as the Mayegun of Yorubaland which he specifically acknowledged during the installation ceremony. He promised to stand for the interest of the Yoruba nation and its unity.

Though, K1 is not tired, just like an old wine, he keeps getting better everyday, but the utmost joy and biggest hurdle is for the Fuji lord to see successors that would preserve his hard earned rebranded Fuji -Classical Fuji and, perhaps improve on it.

Interestingly, the number of Fuji artistes willing to succeed King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall is increasing by the day, however, three (3) major musicians are likely to take over the baton when the time is ripe. These K1 sing alike Fuji artistes are influenced by his music and have a strong affection for his style. They believed that their role model has created a good path for them to tread. These guys are the disciples spreading the gospel of Classical Fuji.

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The introduction of David Ojei, popularly known as David Ayinde and Ogidi Omo Arabambi into Fuji music over two decades had been interesting. He hails from Agbor in Delta state, while his mother is from Ibadan. He’s from a Christian background and grew up in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

David Ayinde who shared the same tune and voice with the Fuji lord, is also blessed with the delivery that can easily be taken for King Wasiu Ayinde himself. Though, the Ibadan based Fuji star never worked under K1 but he maintains a father to son relationship with the classical Fuji creator, whom he prides as a role model and mentor.

His adopted brand of Fuji music conceptualized by K1 is really opening doors for him as he enjoys patronage from his godfather’s fans and classical Fuji enthusiasts, especially in abroad. David Ayinde is loyal to the famous ‘Arabambi clan’.

Also, an Ijebu Ode born Kolade Onanuga is one of the wave making Fuji artistes who sings like King Wasiu Ayinde. Being a native of Ijebu Ode in Ogun state, the birthplace of the Fuji lord and his direct adoption as K2; Kolade has enjoyed influence and support from his mentor’s fans which has earned him different shows both in Nigeria and abroad.

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He’s enjoying a worthwhile relationship with the Fuji idol; K1.

Another fantastic and experienced Classical Fuji artiste is Alhaji Ramoni Akanni. Akani is from Oke Elerin, Ogbomoso in Oyo state. His fans addressed him as RK1.

Adopting King Wasiu Ayinde’s brand of Fuji music has been paying off for RK1. He has recorded many successes through his entertainment career. Singing like the Fuji lord has also assisted him to travel around the world for musical shows, events and gained solid connections. He pays regular homage to K1.

Alhaji Ramoni Akanni’s music delivery is highly matured and well organized.

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Lagos govt. grants pardon to Funke Akindele, husband over breach of COVID-19 regulations

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The Lagos state government on Friday granted pardon to actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, who had earlier  been convicted for an offence related to the disobedience of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

The Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, in a statement noted that the couple was granted pardon because they were non-custodial convicts.

The statement also revealed that 56 inmates from various correctional Centres were granted state pardon.

“A statement signed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the statement read in part.

“The 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.

“The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime”.

It will  be recalled that eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.

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Nigerian film Eyimofe set for London premiere, debuts trailer

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As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary, a film, Eyimofe (This is my desire) is set to premiere in the United Kingdom, at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11.

The film, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, is also billed to celebrate its U.S premiere at the AFI Fest on October 20.

Ahead of the London screening, which will create an opportunity for the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom to join in the country’s 60th anniversary celebration, Eyimofe has debuted its official trailer for the festival, which is already generating interest from the global film community.

A GDN Studios production, the 114 minutes film directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, features Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Sadiq Daba, Tomiwa Edun, Jacobs Alexander, Tomiwa Edun, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and others.

Funded entirely in Nigeria and shot in 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos, the two chapter drama follows the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.

A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time.

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At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away.

It would be recalled that Eyimofe is the 2020 official selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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PHOTOS: Odebunmi facilitates  film making training for constituents

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The lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere Federal Constituency, Hon. Segun Dokun Odebunmi has facilitated an empowerment training program for members of his Constituency on Film Making and Cinematography for self reliance.

Odebunmi, who also chairs the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values on Thursday informed that the training was part of  his quest for human development.

Remarking, the lawmaker justified the training as  one of the ways of encouraging the youths to think out of the box and make use of the technology advancement to create another source of income.

” I grew up in this community and I know what majority of our people are passing through especially now that the economy of the world is being challenged, people need multiple streams of income and I am making  use of every opportunity to assist my people by training them on how to make use of their talents and make more money through entertainment”, he said.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the  National Assembly for the opportunity, urging the participants to take the advantage to better their lots .

The lead speaker, Mr Maruff Ajibolu charged  participants to take full compliment of the training as Nigeria’s creative industries are slowly breaking new grounds and currently recognised as among the biggest globally.  This he noted led to its marking as a priority sector in the FGN’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan with a very high projected income  over the coming years and also led the Federal government to grant most segments within the creative industries including Nollywood conditional access to pioneer status incentives which include holidays from the payment of companies’ income taxes as well as withholding tax on dividends from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years.

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Also remarking, a key player in the creative industry, Mr. Muyiwa Ademola also harped on the huge potential subsumed in cinematography and film making. The Nollywood star further noted  that the event was a rare opportunity, because it has always been either FG , CBN and World bank projects.

“It was designed to help people discover their talents and passion with the intent of turning it into a source of income”, Ademola added.

The training which took place concurrently at Resource Centre, Igbo-Ile Surulere LG and Ajaawa Town Hall, Ajaawa, Ogo-Oluwa LG, had other notable speakers which included, Mr Yemi Ogunyemi,  Mr Ojo Oluwatona.

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