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FIRSTBANK SPONSORED AWO AND AREMU HITS THE STAGE

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its sponsorship of ‘A Deep Dive Into History’, a theatre production from the Duke of Shomolu (DOS) Production House, spearheaded by Joseph Edgar. A deep dive into history comprises two exciting stage plays – Aremu and Awo, showing from the 22nd of August and will run every Sunday till the 12th of September 2021 at the legendary Glover Memorial Hall, Marina, Lagos.

Aremu is a powerful depiction of the life and times of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR. The play takes us through his birth, the errant stages of his adulthood, exploring his peasant background, his travails as freedom and human rights crusader and other milestones. Aremu is a rich cultural play that preaches hope to the audience, that they can be whoever they want to be. The play was written by Prof. Ahmed Yerima, the former DG of the National Theatre and National Troupe.

Awo on the other hand is a play that seeks to reintroduce the dying values of loyalty, integrity, vision building amongst others to the modern-day audience who seem to have lost their way in the fast and seedy lifestyle of modern-day Nigeria. This play is set to be directed by Mr. Makinde Adeniran FTA – Lagos State Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners and is bringing 26 years of local and international experience to the play.

With the sponsorship of similar socio-cultural plays in the creative arts industry such as Ayinla, Moremi, Makaliki, Duke of Shomolu Production’s Play (Emotan and Oba Esugbayi), October 1st (a movie) and the Calabar Festival, FirstBank’s sponsorship of ‘Duke of Shomolu Productions’ affirms the bank’s continued support for the development of arts in Nigeria under its [email protected] initiative.

[email protected] is FirstBank’s platform for consolidating all its efforts in the arts, supporting the entire value chain of the creative arts, providing much-needed financing and advisory support, showcasing and facilitating the successes of the industry, and enabling customers to explore and access the wealth of opportunities the creative industry has to offer.

Achieving these and a host of many others have been implemented through strategic partnerships with organisations like the British Council, Live Theatre Lagos, Freedom Park, Terra Kulture, and the Cross Rivers State Government (Calabar Festival), among others.

Expressing her delight on the plays, Folake Ani-Mumuney, GH, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said, “For over 127 years, FirstBank has been at the forefront of nation-building; enabling Nigeria and Nigerians through resourceful partnerships to build the Nigerian creative industry value chain, especially the arts and entertainment sub-sectors. We remain proud of this sponsorship that creates an excellent platform to showcase Nigeria to the world as being part of a collective goal to continually keep dreams and hope alive; holding strong to our commitment to reignite cultural heritage.”

“Without a doubt, the theatre remains part of the creative and entertainment industry value-chain across the globe and indeed a powerful channel to drive our heritage and culture, which resonates with our legacy of being woven into the fabric of society.”

The Duke of Shomolu Productions is a positive disruptive force that has been designed to aggressively push the agenda of “telling stories through performances”. In the last three years, the platform has engineered and fostered on Nigerian theatre audiences, some of the most eponymous works attracting over 50,000 people, attending their productions. The DOS production is a leading brand in the Performing Arts sector in Nigeria and was established in 2018.

According to research disclosed in PWC’s recent Entertainment & Media Outlook report, Nigeria’s entertainment market is expected to rise from $4.46 billion in 2018 to a $10.5 billion market by the end of 2023. In addition, with this initiative and other sponsored events, FirstBank is committed to strengthening its contribution to the development of the entertainment industry in the country.

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SUPER DJ SILVER SET TO HIT AGEGE WITH “MAFO” CONCERT

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Popular disc jockey, Kabiru Oladipupo, popularly known as DJ Silver, is the brain behind the project and vision of the “MAFO” Musical Concert.

Ogo Agege as fondly called was born in Agege Area of Lagos State, though hails from Oyo State from Isale Oja Agege. His passion for entertainment through music started in his early life while in Central Primary School, Agege. He proceeded his academics at Anwaru Islam College Agege before wrapping up his educational journey at Ire Polytechnic, Osun State.

DJ Silver who began his career in 2009 has built an admirable fan base of music lovers as well as a professional repertoire as one of the official DJs for an award-winning radio station, Jordan 105.5fm Lagos.

He emerged the first official DJ to Club Ice, situated in GRA Ikeja, and without mincing words, he commands attention within the streets of Lagos and beyond with his crafts, he is a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

His musical concert titled “MAFO” is scheduled to hold on October 8th, 2022 at the prestigious Agege stadium.

The musical concert is expected to attract prominent and household names in the music and political industry.

The concert is set to be a true musical delight, as different A-list Nigerian artists are scheduled to thrill their audience.

In his words, he urges his fans and music lovers to be optimistic about the event.

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Sesan Adeniji Details Afrobeats Evolution As He Covers Simple Magazine New Digital Edition

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The journey of the Afrobeats isn’t complete without the storytellers, newsmakers/journalists. One of such is Sesan Adeniji. Sesan Adeniji being on the cover of Simple Magazine‘s 2022 August Digital edition with the tag “A Journalist At the Forefront Of Afrobeats Evolution” gives credence to why he is one of the connoisseurs of Afrobeats culture.

In the interview with Simple TV / Magazine, he spoke about the evolution of Nigerian music pre the slave trade, and the era of returnee musicians. He also shed light on the birth of high-life up to the influence of the hip-hop generation. According to him, “When we began to domesticate the various sound influences we were consuming, the evolution of our music grew faster, and the sound appealed to a diverse audience.

As Associate Producer, Researcher, and co-director of the “Journey Of The Beats Afrobeats” documentary showing on Showmax, he’s one of the most revered custodians of the Nigerian music industry.

When ballroom and Jazz became domesticated with the inclusion of our local instruments to provide a unique sound, the likes of Bobby Benson and Fela rose to stardom with High-life and Afrobeat. As the music evolved, more influences came in, and we witnessed the rise of Fuji, Waka, Pop, African Reggae, and Raggamuffin superstars. Likewise, when hip-hop was domesticated, artists with various undercurrents became famous.

With these fusions and beats tagged under the umbrella name Afrobeats; the brand has become a cultural phenomenon.

It is important to tell these stories to the world without selective amnesia. There are two excellent Afrobeats documentaries in “Journey Of The Beats” and “Afrobeats The Backstory” but more will come and I am glad to be alive to see what Afrobeats has become.”

Sesan is one of the best investigative journalists in the country. He has attended the MTV Europe Music Awards, Channel O Music Video, and Ghana Music Awards. As a radio music analyst, he was a co-host on Cool 96.9FM for Martell Cognac’s House Of Martell Entertainment.

As a music talent judge, he was one of the early judges during the 2020 MTN Yello Star competition. Wearing the hat of a PR Strategist, Sesan has worked with Fireboy DMLIdahams, and recently with Basketmouth.

The narrative he shared with Simple Magazine about the evolution of Nigerian music that we can now describe as the Afrobeats tale is insightful.

Watch full interview here;

https://youtu.be/8-BRZ6ExXG4

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Sammek Moments Entertainment set to Tour US with Dotun Ogunlabi  

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The talented wave making Gospel Juju Tungba group known as Dotun Future (The Future Band) led by Dotun Ogunlabi in association with Sammek Moments Entertainment USA, will be hitting United States of America on a playing tour that will take them to 13 states including Maryland, Atlanta, New York, Houston,Chicago and a host of others.

 

According to the organiser, a US-based music promotion company, Sammek Entertainment, owned by Mr. Samuel Ekundayo, several multi-faceted cultural events have been put together in partnership with the Alliance of Yoruba Organisations and Clubs and other well established cultural association and promoters in the USA and Nigeria to promote the values and morals of various Nigerian cultures while Dotun Future is in the US.

 

“As we all know, Nigeria encapsulates great and beautiful culture and tradition which need to be more jealously guided and promoted because of its many influences all over the world.“Therefore, the tour can be captioned Festival of Culture a viable platform to boost the cherished and rich culture.

 

The Future Band have been in existence for over two decades and have been dishing out deep cultural laced fusion of traditional beats spiced with inspirational and gospel vibes.The award winning band have thrilled in churches,social events across Nigeria with a well spread wide fans base. He recently returned from a successful tour of United Kingdom where his audience never had enough of his vocal and up beat music delivery.

 

While in United States, the band is expected to perform at various locations and events including, “Alujo Night” at STEVE ALLEN THEATRE 4773 HOLLYWOOD BLVD, LOS ANGELES CA 90027.

 

D RANCH RESTAURANT

3511 MARYLAND AVE, CHEVERLY MD 20785

 

Egbe Omo Ondo Carnival

BIG ROOM EVENT CENTRE

1035 S. FRONT STREET, COLUMBUS 43206

 

ATLANTA EVENT CENTRE, OPERA.

1150 PEACHTREE ST NE, ATLANTA, GA 30309

 

Ijoko Agba Night

ROSE GARDEN HALL

10880 BISSONNET, SUITE, HOUSTON TX 77099 among other shows.

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