A Canada-born Nigerian, Ndubuisi Okwumabua has relocated to his native place, Isele-Ukwu village, Delta State, Nigeria for his music career to gain more recognition.
Okwumabua, popularly known as Ndu, is a young, up-and-coming rapper, songwriter, and producer, who left his place in Winnipeg’s Forte Rouge in Canada, to settle in Nigeria.
Speaking about his decision, Okwumabua, according to Nigeria Abroad, said, “In Canada you cannot fully own anything, everything you own can be taken away from you.”
“I feel at home. I’m realising my dream. That’s important to me,” he added.
He admitted that living in Nigeria is not the same as living in Canada as many Nigerians are scrambling to migrate to Canada, perceived as a land of opportunities, but the music artiste related differently.
He submitted that Nigeria does not have the same accessible amenities as Canada, but spiritually, Nigeria is stronger.
“A simple life can be a good life,” he stated. “I am among my uncles, aunties, cousins and family friends. I’m okay. Luckily my parents used to bring my siblings and me to visit Nigeria since we were children, so I’m chill here.”
“I’ve written a lot during the pandemic and produced hundreds of songs for other artistes and myself and background music for movies. People are getting to know me around here. That feels hopeful.
“I have a big interest in doing independent mix with afrobeat. I want to do it all, dance music, reflection music, and car-listening music,” he said.
Asked why he felt Nigeria is a better place to accomplish his music dreams, Okwumabua responded that “artistes need genuine support in the beginning but there is not a lot of support for artistes like us who are attempting to break the manufactured mainstream mould.
“People who are seen as socially acceptable and successful get more grants than those of us who are behind the curve. I do not think that is fair or right.”
The rapper who once got a grant said the requirements were a hard nut to crack in Canada.
He added, “When I saw what they needed from me, the red tape and all, I returned it to the funder to avoid any further creative block. I am using my own money to create my music right now. It is a little more cost effective in Nigeria to make music, but that is not including the ongoing electricity problem.
“It is sometimes challenging living in Winnipeg, branded as one of the most racist cities in Canada by Maclean’s magazine, where you can be accused or judged because of the colour of your skin or ethnicity and not by the content of your character.
“Nigeria has its own prejudices and post-colonial tribal conflict, but I am accepted as a human being first here and if you work hard and stay focused, you can own a few things.
“You may think you own a house after paying for it for 25 years and if you do not pay your taxes, it can be taken away from you. It’s not like that in Nigeria. What you own belongs to you.
“Life is good in Nigeria, not perfect but good. I am creating my music the way I want to. I would rather be free and be happy with myself to live longer.”
PASUMA, REDTV, Jumoke Odetola, Lateef Adedimeji, Others For HAPAwards 2021
Africa’s Lifestyle and Entertainment channel – REDTV alongside Fuji Maestro, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Nollywood celebrities like Jumoke Odetola, Lateef Adedimeji, Etinosa Idemudia and Ayoola Ayoola have been nominated for the 5th edition of Hollywood and African prestigious Awards (HAPAwards).
The star-studded Sunday Show will take place on October 24th at the famous Orpheum Thearter in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
The HAPAwards is a 3-day event starting from Friday October 22nd to Sunday October 24th with a combination of activities – the Fashion and Music Night, HAPA International business Roundtable (HIBR) and The Sunday Awards Night. The awards is designed to bridge the cultural gap between Africa and the global community.
While REDTV is a fast paced lifestyle channel that puts Africa on the global stage. Proudly associated with the United Bank for Africa, REDTV has continued to entertain and inform viewers with content in entertainment, fashion, news, design, music, sport, movies and travel.
The Men’s Club (TMC) – a production of REDTV has also received five nominations this year in different categories ranging from Best Actor in a TV Series (Ayoola Ayolola) to Best Actress in a TV Series (Sharon Ooja), Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series (Daniel Etim Effiong) and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series (Jasmine Mwangi).
Speaking with Adeola Odunowo, Producer and African Representative of HAPAwards, he praised the support of corporate organizations in building the entertainment industry. “Our 5th edition has witnessed an increase in the number of nominations from Africa and that simply underscores the continent’s growing influence around the globe”, Odunowo noted.
Other top celebrities nominated include Jumoke Odetola, an award winning actress with over a decade contribution to the movie industry; Lateef Adedimeji was nominated for his lead role in the blockbuster movie – AYINLA and African Fuji Singer, Pasuma was nominated for Best International Music Video and he will also be performing LIVE at the Sunday Show.
The theme for HAPAwards 2021 is tagged “Collaboration for Global Development, Peace and Prosperity” and some of the Honorees lined-up for recognition include Marla Gibbs, Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, Melba Moore and Dr. Michael K. Obeng to mention a few.”
Reality TV Star, Efe Addresses Alleged Rift With BBNaija Organizers
Winner of Big Brother Naija Season 2, Efe, popularly known as Efemoney, has made clarifications on the supposed rift with organizers of the reality show.
There were reports that Efe was banned from attending BBNaija events for disrespecting the organizers after he sat in his car and insisted that he sees the head of MultiChoice before he comes out after emerging winner of the show.
Reacting, Efe, in a statement released via his Instagram account, noted that such a scenario never happened.
”It is incumbent on me to set the records right and also account to my fans, supporters and well-wishers.
”I was brought up in a family and society where respect to fellow human beings is highly valued and respect to elders is unquestionable. Unnecessary ego-boosting protocols or feeling of much Importance have never been attractive to me as it is to you,” he said.
”Therefore, it is unimaginable for someone to conceive such character from me as a person and create a scenario that never existed. Hence, I’m clearly stating that the scenario which is making rounds in the media and public is false and never happened or occurred. This is as news to me as it is to you.
”I want to use this opportunity to thank MultiChoice Nigeria as an organization and her members of staff once again for giving me the platform to showcase my talent as a music artist thus creating vast amounts of opportunities shaping my person and brand today.”
‘God Behind My Rising Fame’ – Ondo-born Comedian
Ondo-born comedian, Ologun Oluwatosin, popularly known as Paspe, on Saturday, said his belief in God coupled with undying passion for comedy paved his way to stardom in the entertainment world.
The he disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent recently, saying that:
“Am a devout Christian when it comes to praying, fasting and working for God. Hence, my comedy lines are made in Heaven and divinely released. This rare blessing has earned me huge followership on social media,” he said.
He explained that he attends Church without having a prepared script in mind, but after several hours of communing with God, the inspiration emerges naturally.
“No doubt, prayer is the key. Whenever I enter the house of God, I empty my mind with the aim of praying to God for success and after everything, I would start getting some revelation on what to do,” the mic master stated.
“If I don’t pray to God, I won’t get any inspiration, and if eventually I force myself to shoot any comedy, it won’t go viral as expected because God wasn’t involved.”
Delving into the challenges faced in his career, the Ondo State-born comedian and actor, said paucity of fund was a major factor that militated against his work.
He said, “I have released many comedy that went viral. Even the likes of Woli Agba and others reacted through social media, but inadequate fund is hindering my creativity.
“I am a student of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, I don’t have any job than this. Even when I started, some people hurled insults at me, while others said I was wasting my time.”
Contrary to wide speculation that he is into cyber crime also known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’, he said, “I am not a lazy guy, I have cocoa farm, banana plantation. I also earn income from my farm, so anybody who thinks I am into yahoo-yahoo is ill-informed about me.
“People who once thought I was wasting time, now applaud or envy my rising profile. I am a silent achiever.”
He urged youths to discover their talents in order to have a breakthrough in today’s competitive global market.