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I know how to handle male admirers – Laide Bakare.

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LAIDE BAKARE is one of the prominent and most active Nollywood Actress who has been able to set a pace by producing her first movie at the age of 18years. In this interview with Idowu Ayodele, she speaks on her most embarrassing moment and the secret behind her relationship.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS LAIDE BAKARE?

I am a very shy person, intelligent, God fearing, easy going and easy to understand. I love visiting places, travelling and searching for knowledge.
WHAT EXACTLY ATTRACTED YOU TO ENTERTAINMENT?
My father! Because while we were young, whenever he travels abroad, he comes back with video recording cameras, so we were always around the cameras at home, move close to those that works with the cameras when they return from outings or movie locations.

We have a lot of video cameras in our house, any little event in the house, we always use the advantage of the cameras and it has become a source of entertainment in the house.

Couple with the fact that my father is an hotelier, the movie industry crew always come to lodge in his hotel in Ibadan when they have any movie location and I have been using this opportunity to interact, move closer to them, all these joined together was exactly what induced me in to the industry.

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This background really helps me a lot. I produced my first film at the age of 18years – “Ewe oju omi”. In fact, I have been able to set a pace for those who believe producing movie is for the oldies, that was how my contemporaries boost their morale that “ if Laide Bakare can do this, they can also do it” and since then, I have always been working hard to make sure that any movie I produced, must always be better than the previous.

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU ARE IN A PUBLIC ARENA?

I hardly go to public places. Where ever I am and I feel that the ovation is becoming too much, that is where the shy aspect of me comes out. At a point, I may not be too comfortable or just feel like getting out of the place, if the attention is too much on me.

I am a very shy person, I couldn’t look straight in to people’s eye. I can only be comfortable in a public arena, if there are popular faces at the venue, because the attention will not be on me through out, it will definitely shift to others.

YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT AS A CELEBRITY?

When people see me, they always believe that, I use to be taller on screen than what they are seeing. I got more embarrassed whenever they pass comments, “Laide Bakare, I can’t believe it, so you are this short”. Honestly, I feel more embarrassed, because, personally, I don’t believe I am so short, but that is just their conclusion.

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NIGERIAN FEMALE CELEBRITIES ARE EITHER SINGLE MOTHER OR DIVORCEE, BUT IN YOUR OWN CASE, IT IS DIFFERENT. WHAT IS THE SECRET BEHIND YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
I was able to separate my marital life from business. I do guide my marital life judiciously and carefully, simply because, I don’t want to lose it. I don’t allow the stardom and fame to get in to my head, I respect my husband so much and he understands the nature of my job.

What really matters is to understand each other and there are things you need to guide against, just to make your relationship works.

YOUR ROLE MODEL?

A lot of them, but I appreciate
talents and women doing extra ordinary things.

YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL, HOW DO YOU COPE WITH MALE ADMIRERS?

Well, like I said the other time, I am a shy person and that takes me away from so many things. I don’t go to places where I will get all those kind of admiration, even when they do, I know how to handle that carefully, so that I don’t get involved unnecessarily.

I think is just about diplomacy and understanding, you can’t fight people just because they admire or appreciate you, you don’t need to be rude, you have to be nice at least in a very diplomatic way.

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WHERE WOULD YOU PLACE YOUR SELF IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Is only God that knows, I don’t know I can be where I am today in the last 2-3 years ago, but God has been so great to me. I am just a natural person . Though I have plans for the future but it is only God that controls it. Honestly, I am working hard and praying to be greater than where I am today.
FINALLY, ANY MESSAGE FOR YOUR FANS?

I want to use this opportunity to say thank you to all my fans out there for loving me and patronizing me, I will never disappoint them.

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Banky W, wife announce delivery of baby boy

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Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, and wife, Adesua Etomi have announced the delivery of their first child, a baby boy.

The couple, who took to their Instagram pages to share photos of their maternity shoot in celebration of Adesua’s birthday, today, February 22.

It will be recalled that the couple got married in November 2017 at a destination white wedding in Cape Town, South Africa after they shut down Lagos with their star-studded traditional wedding.

In her post, Adesua disclosed that their bundle of joy arrived four weeks ago.

“You have a track record of keeping your word. Ọlọrun Agbaye o, you are mighty.

“4 weeks ago I received the best birthday gift ever. Our Son,” Adesua said in her post.

Also, Banky W while announcing the birth of their baby boy paid tributes to his wife describing her as beautiful and strong.

He also appreciated God for turning their tears into triumph and for making everything beautiful in his time.

The post read, “Happy birthday to my lady, my love and Purpose Partner,

My world, my wife and Baby Mama.

I didn’t think it was possible for you to be more beautiful than you already were… but I was wrong.

“Because you’re not just beautiful, you’re strong.

“You’re grace and favour personified, and you’re so much more.

Words cannot properly express how grateful I am for you, how much I love you, or what we’ve been through.

I’m thankful that you’re mine

“And that God made everything beautiful in His time

“He turned our tears into triumph, and our loss into laughter

“He’s changed our lives forever, here’s to the next (and best) chapter

Nothing I can say or do can top what He gave us

“My baby had a baby and he’s everything we prayed for

@adesuaetomi

“Happy birthday “Mama Zaiah”

I love you SCATTER”, the post concluded.

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‘Juju music is still active’, says Toye Ajagun’

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Far-famed veteran musician, Uncle Toye Ajagun has revealed that Juju music in Nigeria is not dead, maintaining that it is still potent and meaningful as it was in the past decades.

The Juju maestro insisted that the advent of Fuji  has not overshadowed Juju music in the country describing it as “a mistake and wrong assumption if we say Fuji has swallowed Juju music.”

Ajagun stated this while featuring on a radio show in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday

Speaking further, the ‘Magbe-Magbe’ creator  tackled the  self acclaimed Fuji lord,  Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known as K1 and others like him who have infused different strings into their musical arrangements saying that they have deviated from the ‘standards.’

He said the introduction of string instruments by these fuji musicians is a total departure from the standard laid down by the creator of fuji music, late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

According to him, “Wasiu Ayinde Marshall knows that Juju music in Nigeria is not dead. He still gives us our due respect. I listened to one of his recently released albums where he praised me, King Sunny Ade, Idowu Animashaun, Ebenezer Obey and others”.

The juju singer  also disclosed that his own style of music is aimed at promoting peace and love among his followers and listeners in the country.

“I use my music to promote peace; I do not use it to cause acrimony among people”.

Justifying his style of music, the Egba-born musician explained that the album he released in 1976  was targeted at restoring the frosty relationship between two top juju musicians of that time, Admiral Dele Abiodun and Emperor Pick Peter.

He charged the present-day musicians and youths to work and pray hard and not to allow frivolities to deprive them of their glorious future. He specifically  advised them not to allow current enjoyment to deprive them of the better things waiting ahead of them in the future.

Ajagun, however assured his numerous fans to expect him in the studio soon as plans are in top gear for the release of his next album.

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Ayinde Barrister Was Unstoppable | By Tunde Busari

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Another reason Ayinla Omowura’s star could not eclipse that of Ayinde Barrister, if Omowura had lived beyond May 6, 1980 till December 16, 2010 when Barrister passed away, rests on the flexible body and template of Barrister’s fuji music.

Again, nobody can and should disparage Omowura by placing him at the back of Barrister on the queue of our indigenous musicians. Barrister would not throw such insult at Omowura because he acknowledged and respected his prodigy and seniority in the house of Agodo, where music resides.

That was why he could not seriously take him up beyond a feeble reference in his AWA O JA, a vynl he released in 1979, shortly before his Fuji Londoners band collapsed. The title of the album-AWA O JA- is even self-explanatory on Barrister’s reverence for Omowura who had just hit him with a thunderous punch in his elpee, dismissively comparing him with all sorts of little living things.

And when Omowura died nay tragically and Barrister entered studio to record his tribute, he came out with a joker which made his fuji an all-conquering genre. If Barrister was not a soldier and musician, he would have made a brilliant career in academics. He was in love with research and vigorous musical engagement. That’s the secret of his many timeless releases-be it studio records or stage performances.

He sneaked into the hearts of the allegedly livid fans of Omowura and discovered their need in his tribute. He sneaked out and laid his song on the percussion supplied by his new band members which was ably anchored by his lead Apala talking drummer of the old Fuji Londoners, Kamoru Ayansola. What did Barrister sing? He flirted with Omowura’s template without really copying his lyrics; he picked only his sound, singing:

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Iku wole ola
Iku pomowuramotu
Iku wole ola
Iku pomowuramotu
Waidi Ayinla
Lo nitokooo
Iku pabiri
Abiri ti ku
Iku pabiri
Abiri rorun o
Iku panigilaje
Ayinla omo yusufu…

I learnt that the track was magical as it melted the high voltage anger in the heart of Omowura’s fans and warmed Barrister into their hearts with an appreciable number of them becoming fuji converts and sharing patronage between him and Ayinla Kollington who was an acclaimed protégé of Omowura.

In his subtle but aggressive expedition, eight years after Omowura’s exit Barrister experimented with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Afro and produced FUJI GARBAGE and FUJI GARBAGE Series II, the latter in particular catapulted him to the level he probably did not imagine it could take him.

With his perfect use of piano and steel guitar, blend with fast tempo from apala, sakara, omele, agogo, sekere, igba and drum set, Barrister successfully pulled fans of juju and Afro genres at home and abroad to his fuji as evidently revealed by Sir Sina Peters in an interview in which he sensationally revealed how Barrister stole the show at a party where he performed alongside a top juju act at the TBS, Lagos.

SSP went ahead to confess that Barrister’s fuji profoundly influenced his invention of Afro-juju, the new genre which separated him from the conventional juju played by KSA, Ebenezer Obey, Dele Abiodun, Segun Adewale and few others.

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Three years before FUJI GARBAGE and five years after the demise of Omowura, Barrister felt the need to bring his fuji to the Egun sub-ethnic group in the westernmost part of Yorubaland. He waxed an album titled SUPERIORITY and devoted a track which brought the best of Egun sound from Barrister. He sang:

Ruru fun wa kajo haha
Won binu wani
O ru fun mi gangan
Aimatatan ooo

Eleven years after Omowura’s death, Barrister also was determined to impress and capture two other major ethnic groups in Nigeria, namely Hausa and Ibo. He released FUJI NEW WAVES precisely in 1991 using his intro to woo those people in their respective tongues. When General Ibrahim Babangida paid a state visit to the former Oyo State, Barrister was at the Liberty Stadium where a grand reception was organized for the Head of State, Commander-In-Chief. He sang:

Assalam alekun
Ya jonmon Hausawa…
Duka Hausawa
Sabudi Allah
Sabudi Anabi Mohamma
Busiri akutashi
Yomuhirawa waka fuji

My postulation here is that with hard work and continuous update of his fuji with different styles and instruments, for instance, Barrister would be relevant, and even soar higher were Omowura alive. In that context, in fact, Omowura would need to do what Musiliu Haruna Isola is doing to Apala, by infusing piano and guitar into the genre, to escape fuji’s onslaught.

If Omowura still relied on his ‘25 tanshi 40’ which he sang in his last elpee, I guess, his music might not make appeal beyond his catchment zone. He might not be a favourite of the political elite of the Second and Third Republic who seemed to be in race to get Barrister’s fuji at their occasions including campaign rallies.

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For instance, at the Social Democratic Party (SDP) campaign for its Presidential Candidate, late MKO Abiola in Osogbo Stadium, Barrister was on stage, sharing the show with KSA.

I think, where Omowura ended it was a comfortable spot to remain an enigma he is, and when the Mainframe film is out of location and editing room, I have no doubt in my mind, based on conviction, that it is going to do more promotion to the legendary of Omowura because of the brain behind it.

But Tunde Kelani must be reminded that Omowura was never a standing musician. May God repose the souls of Omowura and Omo Agbaje. Amen

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