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March 18, 2021

YOU WILL BE SHOCKED! See How Wizkid Celebrated The Grammy Award Win


Mar 17, 2021

Unlike Burna Boy, the likes of Wizkid and Tiwa Savage have maintained silence on social media after winning at the 2021 Grammy awards.

In what many referred to as epochal event, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy won an award each at the ceremony held on Sunday, March 14, and while Burna Boy has gone over the star with several celebration posts across different social media platforms, Both Wizkid and Tiwa Savage have restricted their fans to no much Celebration.

However Wizkid, also referred to as Star Boy by his fans, earlier retweeted the announcement post from the hosts on popular microblogging platform Twitter, and aside from that he has not said another word after that.

Wizkid who won the award for Best Music Video for his collaboration with the popular American singer Beyonce on the song ‘ Brown Skin Girl’ while Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album for his Twice As Tall album of 2020. The win marks Burna Boy’ s first Grammy Award after being nominated last year.

Nigerian female star, Tiwa Savage also got a Grammy award for contributing to Cold Play’ s 8th album ” Everyday Life ” which bagged the Album of the year ” award for the 63rd Grammy Award Show.

Tiwatope Savage popularly referred to as Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She was believed to be born in Isale Eko area of Lagos State. she relocated to London at an early age of 11 years for her secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige.

On the other hand Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly refers to as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is regarded as One of Africa’ s biggest artistes, Wizkid is the most decorated Nigerian artiste ever, and one of the most revolutionary Afro- pop artist in the country.


February 26, 2014

Fans Criticise Seun Kuti Over Choice Of Daughter’s Name

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s son, Seun Kuti, who recently welcomed a new baby with his girlfriend/ back-up dancer, Yetunde Ademiluyi in December 2013 is under heavy criticism over the choice of his daughter’s name.

A low profile naming ceremony was held for the baby on Saturday, February 8th at his residence in Ikeja, Lagos and Seun’s beautiful daughter was christened ‘Ifafunmike’ which means “A child gotten from a deity”.

This action has not gone down well with many of his fans. A fan who pleaded anonymity said that what Seun did is an indication that there is more to it than meets the eye.

“Why will Seun go ahead and name his new-born baby ‘Ifafunmike’? It is rather absurd and shows that there is a spiritual undertone to the event. It is ungodly. His contemporaries who have been getting married and delivering babies have not done this kind of thing. I am disappointed,” said the fan.

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“Fans Criticise Seun Kuti Over Choice Of Daughter’s Name”


February 21, 2014 – 9:30 pm

These religious people na wah for una oh! Giving a child a beautiful Yoruba name is becoming an issue. I make bold to say that Ifa in Yorubaland is in the league of those your foreign Arabian and Jewish desert gods. Besides ours are more humane and peaceful



February 22, 2014 – 4:44 am

You cannot be more correct about your statement. We have to start being proud of our Gods moreso as they are more peaceful, are not jealous of other religions, do not demand 10% and have never committed any atrocities to the wider world.



February 22, 2014 – 5:56 pm




February 23, 2014 – 4:51 am

People in other traditions can name their children after religious prophets and people (Isaiah, Abraham, Mohammed, Ruth, Esther, etc.). But suddenly the Yoruba cannot do the same. This stinks of outright discrimination and is just one more attempt by others to eradicate the religious tradition held in high esteem by the Yoruba.
When someone from another tradition can offer advice based on peace, tolerance and hope I’ll listen.



February 23, 2014 – 3:03 am

Kudo to you Seun. Ori Baba e lorun (baba Kuti) a gbe e o. Yoruba a gbe e o. Edumare a gbe e o



February 23, 2014 – 10:17 am

i am ifabunmi tifalase and im proud of you seun kuti, this is the revolution we need to save us from the many years of incaceration,devastation, tribulation and condemnation they brought to us and has manifested into coruption, molestation discrimination,indoctrination,marginilization, who will tell our stories,not even our children cos instead of proverbs we teach them parables,ifa the voice of eledumare, you can onl;y be against it but its a truth dat has lived before us and will leave after us,ifafunmike, so will i name my child too respect my religion and tradition and dont be blind folded in hypocrisy



February 21, 2014 – 9:30 pm

So what?! He can name his daughter whichever way he feels inspired to name his daughter. How is that any different from Anikulapo?


Ayodeji N. Otiti

February 22, 2014 – 1:07 am

There we go again! Nigerians! What is so ungodly in the name of Ifafunmike (Ifa deity has given her to me to foster). Would we have preferred that the baby girl be name Esther; Jane, Rebecca, or Maria? And what is the meaning of those name in the context of Yoruba culture? Ask your neighbours who bear such names of what their meanings are, do not be surprised that they have no clues. Yet, Ifafunmike has a meaning and meanings.

The white man came and told us that he wanted to civilize and bless us and introduced us to the Bible. Bible says, inter alia, that homosexual is not appropriate and it is immoral and severely ungodly. However, we know where we are concerning that issue in our today’s bible-directed world.

You have churches being headed by homosexuasl. Homosexual marriages and unions are conducted inside churches. We are being told that God is love and therefore Jesus loves all- homos and heteros. Invariably, Bible has been discredited. The argument is that at the time the words in the Bible were revealed to those who put it down people never knew that homosexuality could be in-born or natural. Have they forgotten that Bible is prefaced with the word “holy” meaning that everything in it came from the divine inspiration: God’s words. Is God not to be all knowing- how could they say that the God that is all knowing forgot to tell those that HE inspired to write about homosexuality being normal. And the funny thing is that the closest relation to us in the higher animal kingdom- Gorilla- does not have that issue. So, it is orientation or nature?

So what do we make of this religion that became a farce overnight? The Catholic is not helping matter, too- homosexuality rages for millennia while they claimed that they are leashed to the alter of celibacy; and child molestation of horrendous proportion went unabated with the claim of celibacy. Indeed alien Gods are frequently used to justify wronging fellow human beings, particularly those that are weak and proletariat.

Yet, our traditional religions are still vilified as being satanic, unreasonable and…please, give me more of the usual epithets. Though they do not preach man and man, woman and woman, dog/horse and woman things. Who is fooling who here?

In any case, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Abami Eda fun ra e) never believed in all these latter day religions. “If I dey lie o; Edumare punish me o, Ifa go punish me o, Ogun go punish me o” and more are the signs that he never believed or practiced the alien Gods’ religions. He believed and practiced in orisas that caught his fancy. So why are we saying that the son should not do as his father did? Is anything wrong in it.

A lot of things are wrong with us in Nigeria today; and most of them mostly flow from the alien religions we have become experts in and conducting fraudulently and satanically. Boko Haram is an example. The Boko call themselves Muslims and believe that knowledge of book is seen. And if you do not see things their way you are dead as death itself. They kill and maim indiscriminately in the name of their belief. The funny thing is that fellow Muslims are branded as kafir (unbelievers).

However, I am yet to see where the Osun worshippers will go out of his/her way to condemn the Ogun worshippers or the Sango, Sanponna, Obatala, Oya worshippers. An Egungun believers will not tell you that you should not serve igunnu because your salvation can be compromised through the serving of Igunnu deity. But if you are a catholic faith person the Redeem Church goer will tell you that Jesus is absent from your life since you prefer shouting hail Mary, mother of God, every time. The Anglican may tell you that Seventh Day Adventist are no Christians, inclusive of Jehovah Witnesses. Confusion don break the bone! Yeepa!

Seun Kuti should be left alone. Only the heaven knows who will make the paradise. Indians are currently creeping over a billion in number. Chinese are growing faster than the one point two billion people that they are- how many of them are Christians or Muslims? By and large they stick to their traditional beliefs. Great Britain of yore spent close to five hundred years in India, did it succeed in turning Indians against their traditional religions of Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and all. And they are progressing socially, economically and scientifically. Jesus or Muhammed have little or nothing to do with their successes.

In Nigeria we are more Christians that the Christ himself- but where are we? Deep inside abyss of privation, misery and self-inflicted destruction while shouting Jesus is the Lord, Solu Al’ anabi Kareem!

I am not advocating for traditional religions or condemning the alien ones. What I am saying is that we should leave Seun Kuti alone as long as he is a good father, a good man to his girlfriend, and a responsible and contributory man to the greatness of his father land. His conscience and what he deals it in is for him and his creator to decide. Judge not…Ifafunmike is a beautiful name. It is loaded with meanings and only those that are learned concerning genre of life scholarship can appreciate it.



February 22, 2014 – 4:52 am

The fan should encourage bishop Fape and bishop Abegunde to change their names before complaining about Femi’s daughter. And by the way when was the last time the fan saw Femi in a church or mosque.



February 22, 2014 – 4:54 am

The fan should encourage bishop Fape and bishop Abegunde to change their names before complaining about Seun’s daughter. And by the way when was the last time the fan saw Seun in a church or mosque.


Wale Ashiru

February 22, 2014 – 12:31 pm

Thank you for your response. It’s a good food for thought. A river that forgets her root will run dry. Our schools only teach Islam and Christianity therefore we are completely ignorant of our culture and religion. African religions are tolerant and accepting of other religions and I have not known nor read about Sango worshippers attacking Ogun worshippers.

We are not saying stating that one religion is better the other; however, we should develop a culture of tolerance and behave according. Finally, the speed at which some of these igbalode churches (not all) curses and pray for the destruction of the perceived enemies should bother us.



February 22, 2014 – 1:43 am

That is Femi and his family’ s problems. What has gone to do with me and you?



February 22, 2014 – 8:22 am

one man meat is another problem… if femi thinks the name is good for his daughter i don’t see why some body else should be worried

Olawole Famakinwa

February 22, 2014 – 12:54 pm

The English say, what’s in a name. The couple can give their child any name they want. It is no ones business. Ile lawo kat o somoloruko. It is the circumstances of the home and the antecedents of the child that determine the name you give your child. We do not know what’s going on in the Seun Kuti household. The baby will most likely be called Funke.



February 22, 2014 – 3:12 pm

They want to destory our culture, our culture name will never run dry… Ase oooo



February 22, 2014 – 6:18 pm

As Fela the Great would have said “.. man this is pure shit I tell, pure shit from monkey’s ass… weh a dem hated dem own culture, dem own names, and gon wan tek whiteman names. Is Africans weh a gon be paper fuh wipe white man arse? weh a dem deh for Africa? Nonsense….”



February 22, 2014 – 8:40 pm

Africa life is totally run die now, religion is changing our culture and things of our forefther


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February 23, 2014 – 1:37 pm

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Adepoju Olalere

February 24, 2014 – 4:36 pm

Ifa a wo omo naa. Omo idunnu lo maa je. Iwaju l’ojungun ngbe. They are ignorant of Yoruba values and traditions.


Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade

February 26, 2014 – 12:21 pm

E ku Ori re ! Translation of Ifafunmike is not correct! It should be”a child given to mi by -IFA(Orunmila)!” Ifa is not a diety for all of the Orisha are messengers from Olodumare, just as Jesu ati Muhammad are!


May 16, 2011





Taking Fela Kuti home

Sahr Ngaujah has spent the last two years playing the great Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti on stage in New York and London. Last month he took the production back to Kuti’s native Nigeria. Here, he describes the extraordinary and emotional trip

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Man on a mission … Sahr Ngaujah on the beach near Lagos, Nigeria, in April. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer

The air was humid and thick; a constant wind blew in from the sea, sponging up every sweat bead on our skin. A cacophony of sound permeated the air – revving and idling engines, okada motorcycle taxi horns, heavy bass lines and people talking loud. Posters bearing the faces of various smiling politicians were plastered on every inch of space.

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In New York and London, our task was to recreate Fela Kuti’s world in the Nigeria of the 1970s, viewed from within his club, the Africa Shrine. Now we were entering Nigeria to bring Fela back to his own people, to recreate the Shrine of the 70s at a big theatre built by his children and called the New Africa Shrine.

As our plane came over Lagos we were keenly aware that today was election day, the first round, with two weeks to go. We were arriving under curfew. It was a sunny day and as we looked out of our windows it was clear the curfew was taken seriously. All of the streets were clear, no movement save the military men at their posts at junctions throughout the city.

We disembarked amid a flurry of security personnel, some private, some state, some local. We were ushered on to our buses, and with a full military escort we tore out of the airport and began barrelling down the empty expressway to Victoria Island. Welcome to Lagos! We had no idea what would await us in this infamous African metropolis, but we had a mission and a commitment to complete it.

I first visited Nigeria in 2008, just after the off-Broadway production of Fela! closed. I was there for Felabration, a week-long festival that takes place every October to mark Fela’s birthday. I spent my nights at the New Africa Shrine and my days visiting Fela’s house, Kalakuta. I often wondered what sort of impact this type of experience would have on my colleagues after all the effort they’d put into showing other people the world of Fela. Now they were here. We were to play the New Africa Shrine and the Eko Hotel’s conference centre, both holding 3,000. First we had to settle into our new environment and prepare to meet our first audience, the people of Fela’s Shrine.

In those early days my routine consisted of a lot of sleep to get over the jet lag, rehearsing my Yoruba pronunciations and running along the ocean in the Lekki district. Some of my colleagues were having their first experience of African markets and haggling, Nigerian style. At night we could be found recounting the day’s adventures in the courtyard of the Eko Hotel, enjoying the open-air bar while paying Midtown Manhattan prices for our favourite drinks, always under the watchful eye of our no-nonsense security escorts.
fela kuti Afrobeat king Fela Kuti. Photograph: Guardian

Among the richest moments were the time we spent with Fela’s family, with his children Femi, Yeni, Kunle and Seun, along with his siblings, cousins and wives. In 2008 one of Fela’s sons, Kunle, described Fela being buried. He described the scene of thousands of people filling the streets and covering every rooftop in the area. Now here I was with all my colleagues, seeing Fela’s grave. Then they opened the door of his room. His room had been sealed for years. There was his sax, his bed, hundreds of suits, there was everything.

Kunle hadn’t been in the room for 10 years. Seun hadn’t been in for three. But they opened that room to let those people who had dedicated so much to keep his memory alive glimpse Fela, my beloved colleagues who had sacrificed so much of their bodies and their blood to bring Fela’s world to life for thousands of people every night on 49th Street in New York.

Days later I found myself filing off a bus to stand before the New Africa Shrine with those colleagues. As we crushed our way to the entrance we began to hear the sound that had become so familiar to us over the years through watching documentaries about our subject. We heard the voice of the people, calling for Fela, calling for the Kalakutans – the people of Fela’s Kalakuta Republic, the compound where he lived and recorded with his family and his band. As we crossed the threshold of the shrine it seemed as if everyone in the place agreed on what the first utterance to us should be. From the front door to the stage door, all we heard greeting us was: “Welcome home.” Indeed, we had arrived. We were humbled by the reception and had no idea of the measure of beauty awaiting us for the duration of our stay.

Fela Kuti is an immense subject, a bottomless character. Bill T Jones, our director, would say: “Fela was a tornado of a man.” When we first arrived people would say: “How can you bring Fela from America to Nigeria? Fela belongs to us.” Before we left they told us: “Fela has come home.” I don’t think they were talking about us – they were talking about his spirit.

We are holding these experiences in our hearts and can’t wait to unleash them on those planning to join us for the adventure in London this summer.

• Sahr witnessed landmark elections in Nigeria and wants you to help encourage the trend in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( He wore clothes courtesy of Gozi, creative director of his new favourite brand, UMi-1 (


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Fela Anikulapo Kuti October 15, 1938- August 2, 1997 Nigerian musician and composer, creator, singer, saxophonist, frontman, inventor, and pioneer of afrobeat music.

How do you say his name, Fella or Fey-la?

NOVA Professor of History, Dr. Joeseph Windham, wise and worldly, pronounces Fela like the latter. Whichever way you say it, his name stands for a powerful and humble man. A paradox that translates in the music he creates.

This is a photograph of Fela Kuti with some of the beautiful women he marries. These particular women became victims of sexual brutality, thus cast out and dishonored in their communities. Fela uses marriage as a means of protecting the women from discrimination. He makes it clear that they are heroines, deserved of the utmost respect and honor.

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