Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Okechukwu Ukeja popularly known as Dat Nigga Raw has been forced to change his moniker. It is informed to be a rebranding process following numerous complaints by media personalities as many can’t say the N-word. The highly accented Igbo rapper would make a switch to Mr. Raw Nwanne.
“He change his name on the many complaints he gets by particularly the electronic media not being able to say the N-word”, a rep of his informed.
There are speculations that his next album that’s his third would be his last. The album is tentatively titled ‘End of Discussion’ with a single titled ‘O Chukwu (Na God)’ already on radio and TV.
Globacom on Tuesday in Lagos formally signed on hip hop sensation duo, Peter and Paul of P_Square as brand ambassadors at a breathtaking ceremony which also saw the contracts for other Glo ambassadors renewed.
The event, held at the Mike Adenuga Towers in Lagos, was another opportunity for the crop of Globacom ambassadors to reaffirm their commitment to the telecom icon for endorsing them and for taking such a commendable step to lift Nigeria’s entertainment industry to a higher pedestal.
P_Square, the newest addition to the classy list of Glo ambassadors, described the endorsement as a welcome recognition of the group’s contribution to the entertainment industry in Nigeria and indeed Africa, adding that this would spur the duo to greater achievements in the music industry.
Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr Mohamed Jameel said that the engagement of P_Square as brand ambassador and the renewal of the contract for others was a testimonial to the willingness of Globacom to always recognise the vast, shining talents that abound in the country.
“P_Square remains a well focused and popular music group and the youths of this country and this continent would find the group worthy of emulation. The choice of P_Square to join our brand ambassadors was therefore not misplaced. We have
carefully selected our crop of brand ambassadors and we believe they represent the very best in their chosen professions,” he disclosed.
“We have been actively projecting enterprising Nigerians who have excelled in their fields of endeavour. We are of the firm belief that their faces would help fire the aspirations and dreams of many youths to reach for their goals and rule their world”, Mr Jameel added.
He also said that the feedback from the public largely influenced the renewal of the contracts of the ambassadors as there has been wide acceptance and recognition for the step taken by Globacom to lift the status of Nigerian stars.
Stars whose contracts were renewed at the event included Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Jim Iyke, Mike Ezuruonye, Nuhu Aliyu, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Ini Edo-Phillip Ehiagwina. Others were Uche Jombo, Monalisa Chinda, Funke Akindele, Nonso Diobi, Sanni Denja and Mohammed Yakubu.
Also on the bill were Pasuma Wonder, Original Stereoman (Ekwe), Ego Ogbaro, Sammie Okposo and ace comedian, Basketmouth.
While a movie paying tributes to one of Nigeria’s greatest soccer stars, former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin Jay Jay Okocha is receiving finishing touches in New York, arrangement has reached its peak for the shooting of a bio-pic on Nigeria’s superstar reggae artiste Majek Fashek.
Majek described by his teeming fans as “a prophet and a poet” is one of Africa’s revered contemporary musical performers, rivalling compatriots Alpha Blondy and Lucky Dube in recognition and popularity around the world.
But like a candle in the wind, the reggae star has disappeared from the scene leaving in its stead, a permanent vacuum where a once blossoming musical career existed.The screenplay written by cerebral and easy-going film producer, Charles Novia is starring award winning actor, Francis Duru as Majek Fashek alongside Sam Dede, Stella Damasus and other top Hollywood actors.
According to Novia, the movie which he is shooting on 35mm and took about three years to finetune is presently at pre-production stage after which the casts will travel to New York, in October, to shoot the American scenes that make up more than half of the movie.
Duru, HVP gathered has been undergoing guitar lessons, character assimilation and extensive study of Majek for the past eight months to fit into the role.
“For the past three years, I have been working on the bio-pic on Majek Fashek. We are at the last stage of production after which we’d leave for New York to complete the shooting of the film in October. .”
“Whatever his travails and the public perceptions of him, Majek is remains world class material, who has promoted so much interest world wide with his genre of music.
Therefore, a movie on his life and career has to meet world standard.”