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Amidst glitz, glamour, Sola Kosoko’s ‘Dat Unique Academy’ convocates first set of students 




Star actress and producer, Sola Kosoko Abina, on Sunday held the initiation/convocation ceremony for the first set of students/graduates of her film training school, Dat Unique Academy. The glamorous event, which featured dances, dance drama and initiation to the stage, held at the Labi Oasis Theatre, Ikorodu, with a rich mixture of both the old and youngsters in the Nigerian movie industry, who came to lend support to one of their own.

The roll call of the mixture includes the Director-General of the National Film And Video Censors Board, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Otunba Adebayo Salami, Prince Jide Kosoko, Segun Ogungbe, Rammy Shitabey and Tajudeen Gbadamosi (Coach).
Others are Eniola Ajao, Prince Adewale Ajayi, Keppy Ekpeyong, Peace Anyiam, Chief Mrs Oyewumi Esusi, Yemi Sonde, Kola Olaiya, Sesan Adio (Ojoge).

Sola Kosoko flanked by graduants

Also present were Kemi Korede, Adekola Tijani (Golugo), Olu Olowogemo (Harijan), Debo Alexander, Toyosi Adesanya, Taiwo Ibikunle and Wole Ojojolu, the Chairman of TAMPAN, Ikorodu chapter.
The event, according to Sola Kosoko Abina, was for her an epoch-making one, as it is a major milestone in her journey to fulfill one of her major passion in life, developing talents and helping young people in the society to have a reason for living and building a lifetime career.

Speaking at the event, Sola Kosoko Abina said: “Dat Unique Academy is a culmination of years of my involvement in the training and development of youngsters in the movie industry, albeit informally. Over the years, I have had the opportunity and privilege to mold the ambition and careers of several youngsters who have a passion for the movie industry. These youngsters usually approach me with their interest in the movie industry, and as someone with the heart to mentor the younger generation, I was always willing to take them in, make them follow me to locations, in what became an on-the-job training.
“At several times, I tried referring some to my colleagues for training but most times, these youngsters insist on learning through me. I continued with this model for a long time but later decided to discontinue it because it became a big burden on me, as I had to constantly foot their bills, since many of them were indigent trainees.

Cross Section of the graduates and Nollywood veterans

Things like accommodation for both male and female, feeding and at times transport fare were borne by me. It was indeed a great burden on my lean resources.
“As the informal training model was put on hold, the idea and urge to float a formal training school became more pressing in my heart. This is because I see the training of youngsters who have a passion for our industry as my own way of giving back and impacting society positively.
“I believe it is easier to stem youth restiveness and redeem some of our youths from going astray if we can get them trained and actively engaged in the industry. So for me, it was a dream to ensure that our youth population have access to quality training that will equip them for a lifetime career, and also stop people who are not trained from dominating the industry and continue to constitute a nuisance as the case has been.

Cross-section of Graduates

“After much foot-dragging, I finally decided to set up the training with the sole purpose of giving a comprehensive theatre training. It was founded in January 2020 and it is located in Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos. “What we are doing today is the celebration of a vision; a vision to take our youths out of the streets and set them on a sure footing that will make them responsible members of the society and secure a platform to build a career that will last them a lifetime.”
The wave-making actress however called on well-meaning Nigerians, at home and in Diaspora to partner with the academy in fulfilling its mandate, which is youth empowerment and development.

Prince Jide Kosoko and Adebayo Salami

“I am therefore using this opportunity to call on Nigerians both at home and in Diaspora, who have the means to partner with Dat Unique Academy in the training of our youths. The future of our nation rests squarely on these young people and whatever we can do to set them on a solid pedestal must be done. The vision of the academy is not what we can actualize alone, we need your support in anyway you can”, she said.
Speaking further on the next plan of the academy, Sola Kosoko Abina said a new session is billed to start before the end of April, 2021 for a six-month course in Acting, Script Writing, Directing, Dance, Cinematography, Editing, Makeup and Music.


A stage Initiation Process







Promising Nigerian artiste Ibadin expensive says his ability to create happiness through his songs give him joy and will directly impact positively in the life’s of many, Recently this Auchi Polytechnic ND graduate in a chat with the media explain why he venture into the industry, his kind of music and other sundry issues about him and the industry, enjoy the chat……………………….



How are you, can we meet you?

Yes you are welcome my name is Ibadin Expensive.


Tell us about yourself?

I went to Auchi polytechnic Auchi in Edo state, I studied computer science and graduated with OND in 2016.


How was your early life like?

I grow up as an ordinary child and manage to go through school it wasn’t easy but I had to survive.

How did you venture into the music industry?

Well music for me started in school I use to follow my friend to his studio sections to record and he started encouraging me to start making music with him and that was how it started we actually made a couple of songs together back then but I never took it seriously until 2018 when I went to visit another friend of mine OHB and he had a studio in his house and he told me I could come and record for free and that was it.


Are you with any record label now?

I’m currently not in any record label but the journey has been great so far and I just hope for the best.


Are you consulting to join any record label soon?
I’m just getting started and I only hope and pray for the best.


Tell us the experience and journey so far in the industry?
I have always known the journey won’t be easy but as I said earlier the journey has been great and I only hope and pray for the best.


Is the government doing enough to encourage upcoming artists like you in the industry?

Well, I think the government is doing their best and it all depends on us to work hard so we can achieve our goals.


Are you satisfied with the level of creativity in the industry?
Yes, I am very satisfied with Nigeria’s music content and I believe with time our music will be everywhere.


Is the industry there yet?
Not yet but with time we’ll get there.


Which major artiste did you wish to work with within Nigeria?
I will say Wizkid, Davido, Burnaboy.


What of any International collaboration?
Internationally I will prefer Drake, Young thug and Future.


You did not tell us your marital status?
I’m single.


How do you relax?
I spend most time with myself and sometimes with friends and family.



Tell me the kind of friends or opposite sex you like to be with?

I will say different, simple and straightforward.


How will you best describe your kind of music?

I will describe my music as a unique sound a mix of afro-fusion and afro soul.


What is your unique selling point?

My vibes and flow.



I just want it to develop and evolve in whatever direction it found.


Who and who among the top players in the music industry inspired you?

Wizkid, Burnaboy, Popcaan and Drake. Fela, 2face, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Rihanna
They really inspire me each time I listen to their music, they are geniuses.


Tell me some of other artiste songs that gives you more inspiration aside from your own music?

Diced pineapple by Rick Ross
Mirror by Lil Wayne
Blessings by Big Sean
Ambition by Wale
Blue notes by meek mill
Each time I listen to these songs it reminds me a lot about me.


Can we say you are born with music?

I have always been interested in music ever since I was very young.


What gives you joy about the kind of music you sing?

The ability to create something that doesn’t exist into existence for people to play it and enjoy it is a thing of joy for me. My music says a lot about me as a person, my experience, things going on around me, relationships, friends and so on.


Which project are you working on now?

I’m working on a project called Timeless but for now I will be droppings until is done.


Words for your fans outside there?

I just want to say a thank you to everyone supporting me out there and I promise never to let you down

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…As six vocalists battle for a chance to make the last four on The Voice Nigeria Season 3.




Late legendary Nigerian rapper, singer and lyricist, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi popularly called Sound Sultan who passed on July 11 was honoured with a medley performance of his songs by the celebrity coaches and their talents as a glowing tribute in recognition and celebration of his contribution to the music industry. Sound Sultan, a highly influential but jovial and unassuming singer is renowned to have mentored many award-winning musicians and wrote many hit songs.


The grand finale of the Voice Nigeria Season 3 is billed for this weekend, with the top six talents seeking viewers and fans’ votes to win the N10m grand prize and other mouth-watering gifts. 


Meanwhile, Episode 17 saw great vocalists Anu and Nuel Ayo exit the show while Naomi Mac, Esther, Dapo, Kitay, Kpee and Eazzie continued the race as the last six out of the 25 talents who scaled the

Auditions and started the contest.


Kitay in Team Yemi-Alade, Dapo and Naomi Mac in Team Falz, Eazzie in Team Waje with Esther and Kpee in Team Dare all survived by numerous votes from their fans.


The race to the finals of the Voice Nigeria season 3 continues to heat up as the six finalists gun for the N10 million cash, a car, and a record deal with Universal Music Nigeria.


During Episode 17 last weekend, the last six vocalists performed various songs and are hoping with their powerful performances to get maximum votes from fans for a chance to remain in the



Esther opened the weekly show with a beautiful performance of Beyonce’s Love on Top, then Dapo with Michael Bolton’s When A Man Loves A Woman, followed by Kitay with Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. 


Naomi Mac sang Brenda Fassie’s Vuli Ndlela, Kpee with Fireboy’s Vibration while a very emotional Eazzie closed out with I’m Not Telling You by Jennifer Holiday before Host, Nancy Isime announced that Season 4 will be coming soon.


Episode 18 which comes up this weekend will have only four talents perform and fight for the grand prize via the highest viewers votes while the two talents with the least votes are dropped.


To keep their favourite vocalists on the show, viewers have to dial *894*7*talent’s code#.


The voting code of your preferred contestant to win the competition is in the embedded Instagram post below: 


Voting, which opened on Saturday at 9:00 pm, closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday (today).


For over three months, with an electrifying mix of pulsating musical performances, music training, glamorous fashion and awesome entertainment, The Voice Nigeria 3 continues to dazzle to the very grand finale.


UN1TY Limited and Livespot360, producers of the global talents reality series, also emphasised that public voting has become very crucial at this final stage to keep participants on the voice Nigeria season 3, as sponsored by FirstBank, Baba Ijebu and Airtel.


Scores of vocalists have performed on the highly competitive musical TV reality series but dropped out going through the Auditions, Blinds, Knockouts, Battles and Live Show stages.

Whoever emerges as the winner will automatically make his or her coach the winning coach of the season. Waje, who has been part of the show since its inception, won the inaugural season.


Apart from versatile singers including Darey, Yemi Alade, Waje and Falz who doubled as both celebrity coaches and judges, Nancy Isime and Toke Makinwa, co-hosts of the show have added great colour to the third season.


The first season of The Voice Nigeria was broadcast on Africa Magic from April 10 to July 31, 2016.

Agharese Emokpae popularly known as A’rese, a 28-year-old stage actress, won the first season while Daniel Diongoli, professionally known as Idyl, won season 2.


The music reality TV show is designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars.


Lead show sponsor, First Bank in a statement by its Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, reiterated that The Voice Nigeria 3 is a Reality TV show designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars which aligns with First Bank’s commitment to providing a platform for nurturing

and showcasing talents and driving social cohesion.


The Financial giant added that its support for The Voice Nigeria 3 is a demonstration of First Bank’s commitment to contributing to the projected revenue of US$86m by 2021 from Nigeria’s music industry aimed at promoting a diversified economy in line with the Federal Government’s

diversification policy.


For more details on the show, do visit the Bank’s official website  







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The Voice Nigeria Season 3: How 6 Finalists Will Emerge from FirstBank’s Sponsored Second Live Show







Six finalists are expected to emerge through the viewer’s votes following the second live show of the FirstBank Sponsored The Voice Nigeria Season 3. UN1TY Limited and Livespot360, producers of the global talents reality series, explained how to vote on the voice Nigeria season 3, sponsored by FirstBank, Baba Ijebu and Airtel.


To keep their favourite vocalists on the show, viewers have to dial *894*7*talent’s code#.


To know the voting code of your preferred contestant to save, visit the Bank’s official Instagram handle and get voting:


The International talents reality series designed to discover and harness music talents in Nigeria is in its third season in Nigeria. Scores of vocalists have performed on the highly competitive show but dropped out going through the Auditions, Blinds, Knockouts, Battles and Live Shows stages.


With an electrifying mix of pulsating musical performances, music training, glamorous fashion and life-enriching entertainment, The Voice Nigeria 3 continues to glitter to the very grand finale

Voting opens on Saturday at 9:00pm and closes at 11:59pm on Thursdays.


Lead show sponsor, FirstBank in a statement by its Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, reiterated that The Voice Nigeria 3 is a Reality TV show designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualize their dreams of becoming international stars which aligns with FirstBank’s commitment to providing a platform for nurturing and showcasing talents and driving social cohesion.


So what are you waiting for, get voting so your favourite is among the six victorious vocalists with the highest votes that would be expected to perform selected songs and keep hope alive for the grand finale as they face the third live show by the weekend.



More details on the show is on  






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