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Tunde Kelani’s AYINLA premiered in Lagos amidst Pomp, Allure and Grand Opulence




By: Oladapo Sofowora

Stepping into the alluring and welcoming ambiance of the architectural wonderment called ‘Ebony’s Place’ situated on Ademola Adetokunbo, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday the 13th of June, the edifice owned by media-preneur, Mo’Abudu played host to a mammoth of creative loving people, who trooped out in their large numbers to witness history at the groundbreaking premiere of the most talked-about movie titled; ‘AYINLA’, a storyline built around Apala maestro, Ayinla Omowura, who held sway with his indigenous genre which is a mixture of Yoruba folklore, oriki, panegyric, waka and weree using talking drum, Shekere, Agidigbo, Iya-Ilu to embellish the sound.


The Venue and those who slayed

Sauntering into the ambiance, you will first be visited with a temperature check facility and sanitizing point which is in line with the Covid-19 guidelines and you must wear your mask to make sure you are properly covered from transmitting the virus or getting it. Guests were accosted with sounds from a Trophy Lager beer branded male and female group armed with several drums, welcomed guests with a rendition of Yoruba songs. They were fully decked in an Abeti Aja and free-flowing branded native attire. Celebrities and invited guests danced and enjoyed the rhythm before entering the red carpet area for pictures. Before heading into the waiting room designed privately with promotional materials and backdrops from Trophy Beer and Firstbank. Sauntering into the well-branded waiting room, you would be welcomed by waiters dressed in green native aso-oke and abeti aja cap with an endearing smile on their faces handing you cans of chilled Trophy beer.



For those who wanted to wett their taste buds, platters of finger foods comprising of burger, smoked diced chicken, sausage and many more moved around as the audience enjoyed the evening chatting with friends before the commencement of the premiere itself. For non-consumers of beer, there was an endless supply of expensive champagne and cocktails to a point that you would think it’s running out of fashion.

The cast and crew enjoyed massive media coverage as various media outlets both T.V and print were in attendance to make sure the message is shared across the nooks and cranny of the country. True to the dress code of the night, the venue looked like the destination for a cultural extravaganza of colours and beautiful patterns, as everyone was elegantly dressed in breathtaking native attires. A random guest who enters the waiting room would confuse it for an African Fashion show event. As promised, Firstbank handed a cheque 500k each to Actress Osas Ighodaro and Akah Nnani the best-dressed female and male respectively to reward the pair’s originality in their interpretation of a cultural extravaganza.



Grand Entry of Cast, Crew and other celebrities.

This was one of the most exciting aspect part of the premiere as cast and crew displayed their fashion prowess. Big thanks to their designers, stylist and tailors who did a fantastic job. Omowunmi Dada was the first to saunter into the event arena, one would think you were on the red carpet of the Oscars or the Grammy award. She sauntered in like a goddess fitted in a detailed free-flowing flower Ankara print with aso-oke and a full-blown wine gele like a satellite dish with eyeshades made with cowries. The camera crews maintained focus, clicking away to catch a glimpse of her outfit made by Swoosh collections.



The duo of Adedimeji Lateef who played the role of Ayinla and Debo known as Macarooni who also played the role of Ayinla’s Manager, Bayowa in the movie also did not fail to represent. Adedimeji Lateef was decked in a Black pattern with gold robe on an all-black shirt and trousers with a round matching cap with the robe. Mr. Macaroni, who was well fitted in a wine and blue Aso-Oke with a staff on his hand. They both displayed their dance dexterity as the media took turns to ask them questions about the movie never failed to represent. Adedimeji Lateef was decked in a Black pattern with a gold robe on an all-black shirt and trousers with a round matching cap with the robe. Mr. Macaroni, who was well fitted in a wine and blue Aso-Oke with a staff on his hand. They both displayed their dancing skills as the media took turns to ask them questions about the movie among other salient issues. Jumoke Odetola fitted in a blue Kampala patterned jacket a net-designed skirt with a black inner, silently came in but was spotted by the singers and drummers who quickly sang her praises to high heavens as she also danced and cheered in excitement. Ade Laoye who played the role of a journalist in the movie, also looked alluring with her gold short inner gown with an Aso-oke jacket with a round bag. The Director of the Movie, Tunde Kelani dressed in the Abeokuta Kampala and a mix of aso-oke flanked by ex-player Segun Odegbami who wore a suit and Kunle Afolayan who was dressed in a few flowing cream coloured Jalabia designed with leopard skin. Chief Femi Branch was also regal as he was decked in an all-white lace outfit with a horsetail.



Jade Osiberu, who produced AYINLA was the host of the day, moving up and down to make sure guests were well treated and things were properly coordinated. She was also decked in a native wine ankara laced with shining patterns looking like the scale of a fish with headgear and unique brown sleeves. The M.D of Firstbank Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Denola Grey, Toyin Abraham, Anto Lecky, Debola and his wife, Bimbo Ademoye, Tayo Faniran, Adesuwa Wellington, Toyin Adewunmi and a host of others also showed the stuff they were made of.


The Movie Premiere

At about 8:20pm, guests were told to move into various movie theatres according to the tags they have. The hall was 5 in numbers and everyone was seated before the movie started at about 8:45pm.




The prologue of the movie, once again showed that; Tunde Kelani has a mastery of his craft as a seasoned movie maker. The movie Ayinla is blessed with rich display of the Yoruba cultural and traditional values and of African heritage. The plot, which was believed to have happened in 1980, was well interpreted with vintage costumes, automobiles and other antique materials. It indeed resonates with redolent memories of the past, ways of life and things that were used in the days of yore. They even got currencies used within that period.
The costumier, makeup artiste and props manager indeed did a great job in making the movie look like the setting and year. The pictorial clarity and the colour grade is also well on point. The characterization, attention to detail and continuity was upheld with much gusto. The synchronization of songs, lines and bringing the vivid character of Ayinla to life was also well detailed. Thanks to Lateef Adedimeji who once again showed that he is not a roll-over in the movie industry with the life he gave to the Ayinla character. The director, Tunde Kelani said the movie is not a biopic of Ayinla but a part of it was just adapted. The movie would indeed make you go emotional and think twice about life in its absurd and vanity nature. Ayinla was almost getting to the peak of his career by globalizing his craft, taking the Apala genre of music to a different audience in London. The movement was planned by Kunle Afolayan who happens to be a show promoter. Just a slight disagreement between Ayinla and his manager over a lady led to his untimely death. After series of revelations from Ifa divination, which called for Ayinla to stay off trouble and remain calm regardless of how ugly the situation might be, his failure not to adhere to the warnings took his life when his manager hit his head with a glass cup curing a faceoff. If he had controlled his fuming anger and embraced peace, Anigilaje would probably have lasted well to give the Apala genre global attention.



The movie is rich in cultural aesthetics, traditional values and history. The theme of the movie teaches how to remain calm in every situation. The moves also teach connection to your root how to sustain the tempo of what you believe in. The movie also teaches generosity as Ayinla is generous. The movie also teaches not to trust all that glitters and shows that not everybody that smiles with you wishes you well. It also teaches self-discipline. It teaches all sundry to remain humble regardless of their position in life. Despite Ayinla’s wives, concubines, fans and well-wishers, everybody moved on after his death. In my own capacity as a movie critique, every work of art must be subjected to positive criticism devoid of sentiment. No work of art is 100 percent complete or accurate, that’s why it’s called arts. It’s relatively abstract with a touch of absurdity, knowing well that we view works of art from different perspectives, angles and experiences.

I would personally rate the movie 89.9% for its rich thematic preoccupation, costume, storyline, casting, editing, colour grade, spectacle, pictorial representation and lighting. A work of art they say is a collective effort of many people. Kudos to the team of TKOpomulero and GREOH Media for doing a good job.










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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