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Popular Nollywood actor, Rotimi Popoola is dead

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Popoola, famously known as ‘Ilu Venture’ reportedly died yesterday at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State after a brief illness.

The actor’s death was confirmed by the Abeokuta chapter of Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria, TAMPAN.

A statement on Thursday confirming his death, announced plans by the actor’s family to bury him immediately; according to his wishes.

The statement reads: “We are saddened to announce the untimely death of our beloved colleague Hon. Alfred Rotimi Popoola aka Ilu Venture. After brief sickness; yesterday 27th Feb., 2019.

“There will be a short memorial service at St Jude Cathedral, Church, Iberekodo, Abeokuta.

In order to give him last respect we planned to join the family at Lantoro Mortuary by 10am tomorrow from where we will move to the church.

“May his soul rest in peace! Ilu oooo digba ooo se,” the terse statement read.

Rotimi’s death is coming barely 24 days after the death of another colleague in the Yoruba arm of Nollywood, Funmilayo Ogunsola aka Ijewuru, died early February.

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TALENT is a Miserable Orphan | By Sayo Aluko

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This morning, I was in the bathroom with my friend, Mr. iTunes Music player, and as usual, he was on shuffle.

Funny guy. He has mastered the art of sifting through my over 2000 songs like a McCoy, going from a zero to a hundred in a blink.

I mean, nigaa goes 🎵Ijoooba orun, lere oniiigbagbo o🎵in one minute, putting you in celestial mood, and the next thing you’ll hear is, 🎵talo ka pata iya Teacher lo n’Ibadan, kapaichumarimarichupako, zanku, leg work, zanku, gbe bodi e 🎵.

Most times I’ll just smile and be like, “guy, guy…guy!!! how far na! Nawa for you o!”, and then just vibe on.

Back to this morning, I think I was in the middle of that eternally attendant tedium of scrubbing the back when he blazed in with the ranking single – Say You Believe Me – from the 2008 #PlanB reunion album by the Platanshun Boiz trio.

🎵 Baby believe me when I say, na you dey matter for my mind….Girl anytime I look into your eyes it’s like sapphire and diamond inside….The reason why I trip for you is that you truly truly under-under-understand me so so…And there’s many other reasons that makes me dòbálè for yoooou more and more…🎵

You should have seen how my soap-rigged self burst out moves, turned the sponge to a mic and sang along, after I had initially hailed my guy [I’m sure I’m not the only one who hails the Music Player in those moments when it comes through with one correct song].

“Washeere my niggaaa!”, I twale-d.

But as I vibed to this gem of a jam, I got re-struck with the legend of Augustine “Blackface” Ahmedu.

Re-struck because I mean, any and every knower of true sound must have been once or many times stricken by this guy’s apparent talent.

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Blackface was [is] easily the most talented of that trio. His voice was [is] the scarce type. He gave different. He wrote 80% of their songs. He sang, rapped, hooked. He had the swagger we loved to see. Oh! That his creamy voice.

Below is an excerpt from a 2016 article by Obinna Fred:

“all three members of the Plantashun Boiz, their managers, record label executives and even music industry insiders are still very much alive and can explain to you the numerous roles which Blackface played in not only naming the group, creating the “Face” personas and also writing a bulk of the music, [not just] anybody can do that…”

He was [is] the most talented, and this is neither an unpopular opinion nor is it an alternative fact [thank you Trump!]

But we all know the other story. At a point, Blackface was rumored to be somewhere on unhappy street, blowing last ashes off cigars of miserable, while staring at bottles of fermented anger. We all know this story.

He didn’t really make it. Especially when compared to Innocent ‘TuFace’ Idibia, the most successful act from that group.

[No, pause. This isn’t one of those look-at-your-mate, inspire-to-aspire-to-expire articles o!]

I put ‘Say You Believe Me’ on repeat, and as largely usual in most Plantashun Boiz’ songs, Blackface sang most part of it. Right there, I couldn’t just stop thinking about whatever it was that stymied the “blow” of Blackface’s talent.

After a while of thought, the only way my mind could explain this was via a sentence – TALENT IS AN ORPHAN – without the right people, talent is nothing.

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One could argue this stance for ages, but is quite clear that something wasn’t right about the kind of people who surrounded Blackface. How the hell did someone this talented didn’t get to that zenith where we’d have seen even more of him?

I had to accept that among many other reasons blinded to me, this fact of a lack of right people was top for me.

I wanted to blame the beast of piracy for Blackface’s mishap, but I realized it was a common denominator to most, if not all Nigerian recording artistes. Boom! I was back to the arithmetic of people.

What if he had his own Efe Omoregbe like TuFace does till date? What if he had his own Mama Burna as Burna Boy does, lifesavingly at that? I kept asking myself.

From Blackface’s striking legacy, I couldn’t but help acknowledge that Talent needs its parents – the right people – around it to survive the long haul.

The right people who will:
• curate the right influence around the talent
• bear the weight of the dream bore by the talent
• help find paths to survival for the talent
• become team, a beam, and not burden for the talent
• become family and like-minded advisers for the talent
• become comrades who can say NO to the talent’s vices and make it live.

Talent is not TALENT without [the right] People.
Talent is an ORPHAN without [the right] People.
Talent will end up LONELY without [the right] People.

One is forced to ask – What kind of people are teaming and teeming around one’s purpose, vision, and/or talent?

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I heard Blackface is back on his grind now though, and I had to go to his Twitter page to see those efforts – I wish him the best and can’t wait from whatever cooks from that kitchen.

To me, and as I said earlier, to a lot of people who legit sabi, Blackface will always be remembered as a pluripotent multi-genre artiste – who can rap, sing, create roots reggae music as well as dancehall, some sprinkle of Idoma tunes and sometimes gospel. I’ll remember him as a social activist who has always used conscious music as a weapon to speak for the vast majority of masses [we can’t forget the single with Alobai ‘Hard Life’ in a jiffy], and most importantly, a songwriter who penned arguably the greatest and biggest R&B song in Nigerian and African contemporary music history – African Queen.

PS: I have relieved my guy, ITunes Music Player, off its shuffle job today. It’s gonna be an all Blackface Naija weekend….

🎵…it’s a hard life wey dey live for Naija, ja ja ja…🎵

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Disney star, Cameron Boyce is dead

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Disney Channel star, Cameron Boyce has died in his sleep, family sources have disclosed. 

The 20-year-old actor popularly known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise “Descendants” and the TV show “Jessie,” died on Saturday night.

Family sources say the cause of his death was due to “an ongoing medical condition.” for which he was being treated.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokesperson said on behalf of the Boyce family. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.

“We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” a family spokesperson told ABC News in the US.

 

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Rape Allegation: Celebrities Drum Support for Busola Dakolo, As COZA Pastor Reacts

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Busola Dakolo, wife of musician , Timi Dakolo, has accused the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape.

Busola, who is also a photographer in an interview with Y!Naija, alleged that the incident happened when she was 18 years old at her parents’ home, a duplex in Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria.

While narrating her ordeal, she said “My mum had traveled with my sister and it was just my other sister in the house. The house was so big that if you were upstairs, you would not know what is happening downstairs”

The allegation has sparked a social media storm, with thousands sharing their views on the matter.

Interestingly, several celebrities have expressed support for her and called for an investigation into the matter.

 

 

 

Coza Pastor, Abiodun Fatoyinbo, also  reacts:

 

Meanwhile, Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo has also reacted  to the allegations, saying he has never raped anyone before even as an unbeliever in the past.

The Pastor also described the claims as “all fallacious and non-existent” and only aimed at ruining his reputation and that of the church.

While the couple, Bukola and Timi appear willing to go to any length in fighting for the truth, with hashtag #SueUsIfYouDare, the Pastor  through his verified Instagram handle has also informed that his lawyers have been briefed and legal actions will commence soon.

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