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Ekiti College of Education expresses readiness to collaborate with Council of Arts and Culture

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Authority of the College of Education , Ikere-Ekiti, yesterday pledged its renewed commitment to collaborate with Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture in rejuvenation and promotion of creative arts, music and theater in the state.

The College Provost, Dr. Vincent Kehinde disclosed this while hosting the management of the council led by its Director General, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre in the school.

Dr Kehinde, who was represented by Dr Babatope Omoyajowo, Dean Postgraduate studies said the school was opened to any form of collaboration that would enhance academics , skill acquisition, discovery of talents and showcasing the diligence of its students and lecturers to the world.

” We have quality lecturers and diligently committed students who are adept, skilled , horned and professional in the major aspects of the creative industry, music, theatre and fine arts and who are ever ready to work, collaborate and form a synergy of creative purpose with the government”, he said.

He commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for instituting a regime of cultural and value renaissance at this point in time when the society has lost it moral sense

The Heads of Department of Music, Dr E.O. Olusegun,Theatre Arts, Dr Omololu Abe and Dr Odunayo Ajayi of Fine arts in their remarks commended the Ojo Lanre led management of Arts and Culture for the bold step taken in involving the academics as part of the stakeholders in Arts and Cultural sector in the state.

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They also assured him of their support in organizing events, exhibition, performances and other activities that will enhance their skills and showcase their talents to the world .

The DG, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre in his address averred  that the citadel of learning is noted for its outstanding record in developing talents in creative industry.

He added that the council will involve, consult and encourage all tertiary institutions and other stakeholders in building a formidable team that will champion and enhance Ekiti Arts and Culture through music , drama and others.

“Our mandate is to rebrand, rejuvenate and reawaken the consciousness of our people on development of arts and cultural rejuvenation in the state which is in line with the value reorientation of Dr Kayode Fayemi led administration.”

Ojo lanre, who was accompanied by two directors of the Council ,Director ,Arts and Artifacts Mr Tunde Adewumi and Director , Research and Documentation,  Mr Abdul Babalola said that the task of enhancing the cultural and arts potentialities of Ekiti state was a collective endeavour which required all hands to be on deck .

 

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Majek Fashek: Nigerian reggae lord dies aged 57  in New York 

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Nigerian reggae lord, Majekodunmi Ifakiisheeke popularly known as Majek Fashek, who helped bring African music through his reggae, rock genres to world audiences with hits like Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain” has died in New York.

The legend, aged 57,   was born March 7, 1963  in Benin City to an Edo Old Bendel State mother and a Ijesha father and died June 2, 2020.

It was reliably gathered that the singer songwriter and guitarist died after battling with cancer for almost a year.

Fashek’s manager, Uzoma Day Omenka who confirmed the sad news on the singer’s Instagram page on Tuesday morning disclosed that he died 11.45 pm June 1, 2020, Nigerian time.

According to him, the ‘Rainmaker’ died in New York,  where he was  receiving treatment and not  in London. The manager added  that the doctors advised he should be moved close to his family, which informed his being moved to New York where his wife and children live.

Uzoma informed that the singer,  Majek was separated from his family for 10 years until last year September when he reunited with them on the advice of his doctors.

“We moved him from London to New York last September on the advice of the doctors that he should stay close to the family. Majek reunited with his family last year after 10 years of separation. He died in their company, ” he added.

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 Fashek worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy ChapmanJimmy CliffMichael JacksonSnoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

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Anigilaje Hits The Market

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As part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of the exit of an Apala icon, Alhaji Waidi Ayinla Omowura, an album titled ‘Anigilaje’ has been released in his honour.

Packaged by a university don, Professor Oyetola Oniwide, who is also the presenter of ‘Orin Apala’ on Family FM, Abeokuta, Anigilaje is a collaborative effort of the sensational Fuji star, Alhaji Sefiu Alao, an Apala singer and daughter of Ayinla Omowura, Queen Halimat Omowura, a surviving member of Omowura Band, Chief Sikiru Oyewole and a former member of the band, Alhaji Kemuye Ramoni. Ayinla Omowura’s lead talking drummer, the 95-year- old legendary Alhaji Ramoni Adewole Oniluola spiced the record with his unique drumming dexterity.

With versatile Sefiu Alao taking the lead as vocalist, the 13- track Anigilaje features tracks like, ‘e je ka f’orin se ‘ranti’ where the late Apala maestro was eulogised for his contribution to the music industry. The trio of Oyewole, Halimat and Kemuye sang separate tracks like: ise ere, ka f’adura siwaju ohun gbogbo and others.

The immediate past governor of Ogun state, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was highly appreciated for his unprecedented effort of renovating the Itoko, Abeokuta residence of Omowura. The track ‘Amosun se bebe’ is a dedication to him.

Anigilaje also has a philosophical message of admonition for Nigerians. It cautions the populace against being wasteful, especially in this period of austerity. ‘e ma f’ounje sofo’ delivered the message.

It will be recalled that Late Alhaji Ayinla Omowura was murdered by his estranged band manager, Fatai Bayewumi during a barroom brawl at Ago ‘ka Abeokuta on May 6,1980.

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Rise And  Rise  Of Abeni Agbon | By Tunde Busari

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Before I am wrongfully accused of bias, queuing behind female artistes, find time to watch Baba Wande film titled AGBABIAKA and see this woman known as Abeni Agbon at her best form of interpretation.

If you’re not impressed, go and watch ALABI ANIYAMETA. If you’re still not satisfied, three things should be given a serious thought. One, you’re lacking appreciative sensory organs or they are malfunctioning. So you don’t know difference between right and wrong. Two, you’re hater of the face of that woman. Three, you keep in your system incurable phobia for Yoruba films.

Despite known reasons to write Yoruba films off, there still are some pieces which you watch and pick few beneficial lessons and tips. And when an actor plays his or her character perfectly, I instantly enlist in the group of his or her fans until he or she proves otherwise due to complacency or abuse of stardom.

That is my connection with the outspoken woman who incidentally also comes from Osogbo like Iya Osogbo and yours sincerely. Perhaps you need to be an indigene to fully appreciate Abeni Agbon’s acting prowess, especially her diction which is the tongue of my people back home.

To restrict her is to cast Abeni Agbon as a Lagos woman. She may want to be professional by adhering strictly with what she has in her script. However, her delivery, with due respect, won’t sound 100%. That’s the power of our Osogbo tongue.

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Baba Wande earns his attraction to viewers by his accent and comportment which are natural comedy content. If Iya Osogbo is asked of another actress to be so named, it is doubtful that she won’t pick Abeni Agbon who is also versed in incantations when featured as a warrior or witch.

In AGBABIAKA, she is the wife, the only wife of Baba Wande, always his match whenever he engages in his usually embarrassing talk in the public. Her actions in all scenes are real and inspiring. Same she does in ALABI ANIYAMETA in which she is the first wife to Yinka Quadri, a wealthy man in his community. There are two other wives but all the three are never friends for 24 hours. They must fight and trouble the peace of the household.

I never come in contact with the film from which she derived her Abeni Agbon stage name. Notwithstanding, I know stage name doesn’t follow actor off locations. The actor must have done justice to the character.

I am confident that Mrs Toyin Oladiran has her traditonal role for keep in the age young female artistes don’t seem to appreciate use of rich Yoruba language. They prefer admixture of bad Yoruba with bad English to give them worst expressions, thereby endangering mass communication. In this circumstance, Abeni Agbon will always get invited to locations.

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She, however, needs to do adult classes to upgrade herself. Staring reality of her limitation in face, Lady Waka Queen Alhaja Salawa Abeni put aside her fame and became private class pupil. Today, she speaks acceptable English on live television.

If Abeni singer could do it successfully, you, Abeni Agbon can as well do even better. God bless the work of your talent.

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