You Should Bump This: Doja Cat Gets You All Loved Up In ‘Say So’

On this episode of the ‘You Should Bump This’ (YSBT) feel good music series, we bring you ‘Say so’ by rising super music star Doja Cat.

The RCA Records American rapper, singer and producer drops on us this catchy feel good tune titled ‘Say so’ (which went viral on social video app TikTok).

Doja oozes all that good sex appeal in the visuals to the song. If you are just getting to discover the artist that is Doja Cat, best be sure you’re gonna be hooked after listening to ‘Say so’.

‘Say so’ climbed up three spots to the number 5 spot from number 8 on Billboard Hot 100 tracks chart as at April 21, 2020.

You should bump to this over and over again in between your ‘lockdown’ activities.

Wake-up Call To Nigeria On Sanitizing Her Air Quality

The only reason Coronavirus is causing tension and getting the attention is due to its infectious nature, urgency and how viral it is.

Air pollution from gaseous volatile compounds like CO2, NO2, CO, CH4, SO2 that come from sources like bush burning, vehicular emissions, public smoking, etc don’t get the attention because their potentially devastating health effects are usually not seen immediately.

But there is cause for worry because pollution from these sources not only weakens the immune system in a gradual fashion, but also wreak havoc on the body bringing their own unique short-term, medium-term and long-term diseases.

Dirty fuels in vehicles put millions of Nigerians in danger ...
Vehicles emitting smoke on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Apapa road. Inset: John sitting, in pink top. Photos: ’Femi Asu (Punchng.com)

This kind of pollution equally takes place indoors with fumes from cooking oils, insecticides and dust particles, so this is as much as a government responsibility as it is every citizen’s.

Needless to say, our health system is in a state of immediate need for attention as COVID-19 has shown even more clearly with our leaders reportedly getting flown from a Federal Capital Territory to ‘God knows where’ to seek better healthcare services.

Once again this is a wake-up call to take our health more seriously at every level from as basic as proper hand hygiene, to deliberate policies by the government at all levels to keep air pollution down in both rural and urban areas of the country.

Priorities need to be set right. Air pollution and other forms of pollution need to be holistically addressed.

Health is wealth.

YSBT Weekly: Barry Jhay Takes You To The Heavenlies And Back In This Aspirational Tune ‘Ashe She’

Fast rising singer and 2019 Headies Rookie of the Year winner Barry Jhay takes us to the ‘spiritual realm’ with this indigenous tune off his recently warming EP titled Barry Back 

Barry broke into the limelight with the hit street banger ‘Aiye’ which earned him a nod at the popular Nigerian music award show The Headies 2020 edition.

The chubby crooner makes it known he is a winner already as he sings of God having his back in the midst of the storms. Needless to say how much of an influence and impact songs like this go on to have on its listeners – shining a beam of hope and motivation to succeed against all odds by an artist in a song doesn’t come by every day.

Image courtesy Shazam.com

Barry already got the music-loving locals locked down as he mixes up the Yoruba indigenous sound aptly well with the English language in his lyrics.

We definitely want to see the Cash Nation Records artist hit it big as he’s without a doubt a star in the making. 

Enjoy the smooth ride Barry will take you in this inspirational melody of a song ‘Ashe she’.

Yes, you should bump this (YSBT).


In Judah The EP, Mr Incredible Only Reinforces His Already Familiar Genius

MI Abaga aka Mr Incredible aka Mr Short Black Boy barely needs no introduction as he’s rightly cemented his place in Nigerian music’s upper echelon with the collection of studio and compilation albums,mixtapes, EPs and playlists, which have bestowed upon him numerous awards and recognition.

Judah comes with a rather familiar theme, one we have seen in his previous projects, one that rallies around his values – which is love and  loyalty to those he identifies as family.

The 8-track project boasts some stellar production, fine ass rapping and storytelling in between.

Judah is seen as a transition album meaning one that marks his departure from where the short black boy has called home for over a decade – ‘Chocolate City Music’ to his newly launched label ‘Incredible Music’.

MI enlists the super dope AQ, a fast-rising rap star Alpha Ojini and a couple other acts on this EP.

The parable starts us off with some storytelling illustration that leads us rightly to the next track The Lion where MI cements his place amongst the music greats amidst the backstabbers and fakes in the music jungle.  Abaga makes it clear that he’s one step ahead of them as the King he undoubtedly is.

It’s far from unsurprising  to see Abaga take shots at some unnamed ‘snakes’ in the industry on the track ‘The Commandment’. MI features a relatively unknown act in Buckyraw to drive the point home. 

The shade continues in ‘The Trinity’ featuring AQ. Both rappers roast their foes on this very Hip-Hop ‘make you wanna bump your head to’ savage track. 

The Blood exemplifies the proverbial saying ’There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”, suggesting an unsettled rift between the incredible Abaga brothers – MI and Jesse Jagz. MI’s true loyalty to his own, for as many as will stay through to the end. Abaga likens the loyalty to the type of love Jesus preached and taught, paraphrased as ‘’Ain’t no greater love than that which involves laying down his life for his brother”.  

The Sacrifice featuring another new cat Nawe sees MI take us through some love-gone-wrong relationship. The legend shows us his familiar emotional side.

The Warrior features an unpopular voice in a singer named Kauna.  Here MI admits he is not a god but one who through sticking with his guts, vision and conviction was able to overcome the adversity and hurdles in the exciting but tough industry that comes with winning and becoming legendary.  

On The Tribe MI talks about family he calls Judah. In Judah he sees his fans, which includes burgeoning rapper, Alpha Ojini who tells his personal admiration story of Mr Incredible right on the track 

Placed side by side with Judah and  the preceding project A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl, there are some overlapping themes MI showcases, which centre around self-worth, self-belief, courage, excellence, loyalty and love.  

Judah EP is a well put together playlist, another feather on the cap of the music maestro Jude ‘Mr Incredible’ Abaga.

Amidst the storytelling, wisdom nuggets, obvious and not so obvious shades, it would be said that in Judah The EP,  Mr Incredible only reinforces his already familiar genius.

BODY GOALS: Nigerians And Their Struggle For Flawless Skin

Everyone wants to come off looking fresh with flawless and glowing skin all the time.

Unfortunately, all that yummy goodness from the Pepperoni Pizza you love all too well would not let your smooth skin be awesome due to the saturated fat in the cheese.

The face which is more often than not the first point of contact in our interaction with others is usually the body part that gets a bashing from skin breakouts.

Imagine what it could do to your self-confidence striking up a convo with a damsel at work or at an owambe party having an unsightly bump somewhere across your cheek?

More worrying are the scars and blemishes the pimples and other skin diseases leave behind after clearing out as this detailed article by a skin specialist points out.

Pimples breakout (Photo credit: Nigeria Galleria)

Some folks attribute the constant breakouts on their face to hereditary factors so much they give up fighting, seeing it as their fate.

Then there is the other factor asides diet which involves misguided application of certain creams on the skin and its consequent effects.

African females are chiefly the culprit here, Nigerian ladies in particular, who mess around with their natural set skin only to end up with a disastrous look after all is said and done.

Source: quickanddirtytips.com

In this part of the world, some Nigerian women out of sheer insecurities and lack of self-esteem have been reported attempting to transform their natural dark skin colour to a lighter tone with bleaching creams. The use of these seemingly harmless chemicals has skyrocketed over the past decade.

Beautiful Nigerian lady who started bleaching at 19 reveals why she stopped Photo Source: Teniola Kashaam

You could easily walk on the road and spot a lady with two obviously contrasting skin complexions – picture a face as bright as Michael Jackson’s (No offence) matched with a natural dark skinned pair of legs.

Amongst the legit skin and beauty entrepreneurs are some mindless bunch in the business who sell products with the promise of enhancing your appearance with skin lightening products but end up disfiguring the looks of young impressionable women.

It tells you there is cause for concern because these otherwise natural skin lightening creams are either adulterated or unregulated to the detriment of unsuspecting consumers who just want to appear more attractive.

To confirm the craze and demand for skin lightening products by Nigerian ladies, in 2018 American model Blac Chyna made her way down to Nigeria to launch her skin lightening face cream.

Blac Chyna (L) and Dencia ® (Photo source : dcodedtv)

She did this in collaboration with a controversial Nigerian-Cameroonian singer known as Dencia whom herself is in the cosmetic business of selling skin brightening products..

The intention of this write-up is not to condemn skin lightening as a beauty regimen for dark-skinned folks, rather it’s to educate and inform you.

In that light there are two often mixed up concepts related to skin lightening – Toning and bleaching.

There is a difference between toning and bleaching of the skin.

Toning involves using toners, washes, lotions, and serums to cleanse the skin. The process helps shrink pores. In some cases people tone (some based on dermatologist’s prescription) to even out uneven skin tone, correct dark spots, discolorations and so on.

Toning should be viewed as part of a skin cleansing process because it benefits the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells and reveals a newer, clearer, cleaner and fresher skin. It automatically brightens dull skin as well.

Skin bleaching, however, involves using chemicals to lighten/whiten the skin. Skin bleaching products in the form of cream, soap, washes and more often contain harsh and toxic chemicals that strips and exposes the skin, disrupting melanin production amongst others.

A common ingredient for bleaching is Mercury, a chemical that can cause skin thinning, premature skin aging, and acne (pimples) reactions amongst other unpleasant effects when abused.

But like earlier noted, it shouldn’t have to be all hopeless and gloomy.

With the right consultative advice from a health-focused platforms like webMD, Livestrong, emedihealth, unwanted breakouts and skin disorders can be contained.

In the final analysis, that old cliche ‘Prevention is better than cure’ does help make life much easier.

And in this case, prevention is by getting credible health-related education online where it is easily accessible.

This keeps more money in your pockets and that priceless beaming smile on your face 🙂

5 Startups Bringing Some Sanity And Comfort To Lagos Living

Lagos, the most glorified city in recent times out of Africa has its fair share of chaos and disorder but still holds promise with the array of ideas that are turning into problem solutions for Lagosians 

These startups since their inception have been adding some comfort and sanity to Lagos living and beyond for some.

It has to be said that there are more than five of these businesses bringing some social business value to the community they serve

That said, Here are my five picks of startups doing really good stuff 

Plentywaka 

5 startups bringing some comfort and sanity to Lagos
Plentywaka is giving public transport in Lagos a facelift one route at a time (Image Source : Technext.ng)

One of the things Lagos is notorious for is its dire public transport system, from bad roads to horrendous traffic. Plentywaka has taken the much needed bold step to ease public transport shuttling, and it can only get better from here on, provided government regulation doesn’t stifle their operations like they have done considerably with the tricycles and bikes. Bad roads are also a critical factor tied to the success and state-wide penetration of Plentywaka and other bus-hailing startups, so we hope there is speedy improvement in that regard.

Wesabi 

Wesabi is the Platform You’ve Been Looking for to get Verified Handymen in Lagos
You know how you are boxed in a corner when your generator breaks down or water is not running from the taps, that’s where Wesabi comes in (Image source – Technext.ng)

Almost every household faces one breakdown or the other – from leaky pipes to rats taking over your house. Enter Wesabi, with whom you have one less thing to worry about. There are packages to choose from on a subscription basis. In these times where it’s rather easier to cross a busy express road eyes closed than finding a reliable and accountable artisan, Lagosians could use a vetting platform like Wesabi to take care of that worry.

Edenlife 

Edenlife, a startup bringing some convenience to Lagos living
Edenlife is here for those who hate chores or don’t have time for it {Source: Technext.ng)

Seriously, Living and working in Lagos is an extreme sport. It takes a superwoman and superman to come back home from a hellish Lagos traffic and enter the kitchen to prepare a fresh meal. So more than half of Lagos either retires to fast food, Indomie and egg combination or a frozen meal – which is left at the mercy of uninterrupted power supply (Shout-out to NEPA).  Also, there is the laundry, cleaning routine on weekends, and many more chores we’d rather do away with. Edenife is your answer to those prayers right now at varying subscription prices depending on which areas you desperately need help with. Looking at their pricing, you would have to agree with me that the cost of pampering yourself in Lagos and anyplace else for a fact could be pricey. But you know you will be getting the value for your buck.

ToraAfrica

Human recruitment startup, TORA bringing some sanity to Lagos living
Bringing qualified workforce your way, particularly in the informal sector is TORA Africa’s mandate (Source: Toraafrica.com)

Corruption and unaccountability in the Nigerian system are producing unqualified workers. Take for instance the culpability of Lagos Motor Vehicle Administration Authority in their duty to oversee the process of obtaining driver’s licenses; many of us including myself skip the expected driving school just to skip the process. So it’s assumed by the licensing body that the driver is competent on the wheels. They mostly look the other way and collect fast-track bribes for the issuance of these licenses. This, unsurprisingly, has churned out uncultured and dangerous drivers behind the wheels including those of cars, tricycles, trailers, and bikes. So you see avoidable accidents happening. Tora as a human recruitment startup has taken it upon themselves to train, verify and hand over competent hands, mostly in the informal sector to those in dire need of such services. thereby reducing disasters on roads.

Wemsrsa 

Wemsrsa is an overdue startup needed in Lagos traffic obstructions
For car owners with unexpected vehicle breakdowns, Wems-RSA is your plug (Source: Wemsrsa.com)

We all get empathetic when we see a car broken down in the middle of nowhere and wonder if help will ever come, if they would get to figure out the problem that day, how much they would have to cart away with when the savage government toll operators come hard on the vehicle owner with hefty toll away fees, or worse still if those unfortunate street miscreants end up pouncing on the car owner and robbing him of his possessions or offering to assist with the promise of extorting the vulnerable victim of circumstances. Imagine how everything could go wrong. 

Then also imagine a dedicated service like Wems -Road Side Assistance coming to your rescue and making all that problem go away. Lagos can breathe a sigh of relief as this has been made a reality. What’s more, is how incredibly affordable the service is for the average Joe. Vetted technicians dealing with vehicle fixes – your mechanic, electrician etcetera will be at your beck and call when you do find yourself in that stressful situation. Yes, call them Lifesavers and you wouldn’t be taking it too far.

There are many more of these startups solving practical problems peculiar to Lagos, we can only hope the business doesn’t get crippled by bad management and bad government policies. Kudos to the founders!

Everyday Business Lessons – About Customer Experience And Product Quality

With reference to what Warren Buffett spoke about at a small business summit, as much as Customer Experience (CX) and delighting customers is essential to business success and longevity, I’d say product quality or service quality is equally key.

There is a particular food vendor whose attitude to customers and employees could be quite a turn off despite her food being tasty. At a point, I decided to stop patronizing her, but I guess the food quality and customer experience (in terms of a clean eating environment) took me back.

I learned to overlook the attitude and other shortcomings. Businesses shouldn’t have to choose between good CX and product/service quality. Both are mutually vital to the success of a business over time. My thoughts.

HEADIES 2019 PREDICTIONS: WHO SHOULD WIN, WHO WILL WIN

The prestigious Nigerian music awards – The Headies is back with its 13th edition and of course with its fair share of controversies. Headies 2019 is billed to go down on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Eko Convention Centre (Usual suspect venue).

According to Pulse.ng,when nominations were opened, 29 categories were announced. But with the announcement of nominees, only 23 categories made the cut. Categories like Best Reggae/Dancehall, Best Alternative Album, Best Songwriter and two others were cut.

I will give my objective opinion on who I think deserves the plaque in each category under review and who’s likely to win it at the end of the day.

Here it goes:

 

           BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

  1. Adekunle Gold – Ire
  2. Patoranking – Heal D World
  3. Brymo – Olanrewaju
  4. Teni – Uyo Meyo
  5. Burna Boy – Ye

 

WHO WILL WIN – Burna Boys’ Ye very much has been on every one’s lips (notably on Rihanna’s) and deservedly so. I give it up for Phantom on the production and Burna Boy’s infectious  rendition. Burna most definitely going to be taking this one home – or we might just be in for a surprise.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I have to admit no one here single-handedly deserves to win BEST RECORDING more than the other. They are all worthy recipients of this one.

 

    BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

  1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
  2. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
  3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
  4. ‘Case’ – Teni
  5. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML
  6.   ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

 

WHO WILL WIN   – Teni’s ‘Case’ will most likely be taking this one home though it is too close to call.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I would want to tilt towards Victor AD’s ‘Wetin We Gain’ other than for sentimental reasons, hey! It’s allowed.

 

     PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

  1.     Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy
  2.     Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema
  3.     Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni
  4.     Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty and Wizkid
  5.     Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy featuring Zlatan

 

WHO WILL WIN – Phantom will be taking this home for me. Why? Because ‘Ye’ is easily the biggest song on this list.

WHO SHOULD WIN – Phantom did an incredible job with ‘Ye’. It was the perfect song for the perfect artist.  I dare to say no other song on this list comes close in production terms . Therefore ‘Ye’ should go home with this. 

Worthy of Note – Beats By Jayy deserved a nod here for his L.A.M.B Cypher beat that saw Blaqbonez, AQ, Loose Kaynon and MI go ballistic on. I guess Cyphers don’t qualify for awards. Sucks.

     BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

 

  1. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz
  2. ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon
  3. ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga
  4. ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

 

First of all, why is this a non-voting category?  Apparently the organizers don’t believe in rap fans’ judgment enough to make the best decision. 

 WHO WILL WIN – I think AQ and Loose have the edge here. A tough call to be honest.

WHO SHOULD WIN – No standout album, all brought their A-game but if I were to choose, I would go for ‘Crown’ by  AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

     BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

  1.     ‘Talk’ – Falz
  2.     ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce
  3.     ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss featuring Olamide
  4.     ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone featuring Alpha Ojini
  5.     ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

WHO WILL WIN  – AQ and Loose Kaynon are the favourites to bag this with their sublime delivery in ‘Gang Gang’.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – AQ and Loose Kaynon for ‘Gang Gang’  should be awarded this for the killer punchlines and delivery on this. Who comes close: Payper Corleone and Alpha Ojini for ‘Sacrifice’.

 

 BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

  1.     Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’
  2.     Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’
  3.     Nonso Bassey – ‘411’
  4.     Funbi – ‘Serenade’
  5.     Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

 

Once again organizers did injustice with the selection of ‘Wishes & Butterflies’ for WurlD, that automatically rules him out for me.

 

WHO WILL WIN – I think Nonso Bassey might be handed this one for ‘411’, and I can’t say he doesn’t deserve it.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Funbi’s ‘Serenade’ however does it for me and should ace this one.

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

  1.     GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’
  2.     Waje – ‘Udue’
  3.     Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’
  4.     Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’
  5.     Falana – ‘Repeat’

 

WHO WILL WIN – This is to be keenly contested but I wanna give it to Teni’s ‘Uyo Meyo’ as the winner being the most popular track here. 

WHO SHOULD WIN – I am drawn to say Tems should pick up this award for her vocal dexterity in ‘Mr Rebel’.

 

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

  1.       rare. – Odunsi (The Engine)
  2.       Outside – Burna Boy
  3.       No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel
  4.     Mayor of Lagos – Mayorkun
  5.       About 30 – Adekunle Gold

WHO WILL WIN –  Very tight race, but I see Mayorkun going home with this for ‘Mayor of Lagos’ being his debut album taking nothing away from the work he put into this project.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I think Adekunle Gold’s ‘About 30’ blends perfectly the two boxes of pop and r&b album and should be the winner here.

 

     BEST MUSIC VIDEO

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

  1.     ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters
  2.     ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters
  3.     ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films
  4.     ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy
  5.     ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

WHO WILL WIN –  All beautifully conceptualized videos but I lay bold to say Clarence Peters may just be going home with this for Burna Boy’s ‘Dangote’

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Aje Films’ ‘Ire’ is quite moving and thought-provoking it should edge out Clarence Peters’s ‘Dangote’ in my opinion.

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

  1.     ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE
  2.     ‘Serenade’ – Funbi
  3.     ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni
  4.     ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld
  5.     ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay featuring Runtown

 

WHO WILL WIN – If this is a voting category, Seyi Shay’s ‘Gimme Love’ looks like a winner here. Why? Because next to Teni’s ‘Uyo Meyo’, it is arguably the most popular song on the list. And it captures that true vibe of a R&B single.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Seyi Shay deserves this one but Funbi’s ‘Serenade’ should be giving her a run for her money

 

BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

  1.     ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks featuring Tiwa Savage, Fiokee
  2.     ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel featuring Davido
  3.     ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
  4.     ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy featuring Zlatan
  5.     ‘Amaka’ – 2baba featuring Peruzzi

 

WHO WILL WIN – 2baba and Peruzzi will be taking this keenly contested one. They won’t be disappointed a second time.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Reekado Banks’ ‘Like’ featuring Tiwa Savage and Fiokee comes closest to picking up this award but I still stick with 2baba and Peruzzi.

 

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

  1.     Rema
  2.     Joeboy
  3.     Fireboy DML
  4.     Victor AD
  5.     Lyta
  6.     Zlatan

Now for the category that brings out the controversies and talking moments as history would show, the next rated artist of the year.

 

WHO WILL WIN – Though many quarters are tipping Rema to win, my mind tells me this will be going out to Zlatan Ibile. Interestingly enough, Zlatan thinks he is already bigger than the rest of the cats on this list. Not sure what particular yardstick he has used to arrive at that conclusion. Will be fun to see how this plays out.

WHO SHOULD WIN – They are all deserving of this coveted prize, but I have a soft spot for Fireboy DML. So there.

 

 HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

  1.     Odunsi
  2.     Mayorkun
  3.     Wurld
  4.     Humblesmith

 

WHO WILL WIN – Mayorkun most certain to bring this one home for his popular mass appeal.

WHO SHOULD WIN –  Going by the criteria, it’s safe to say all artists meet the criteria of artistic quality and impact, That being said, I would like to see Odunsi cart this one home.

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

  1.     YCEE – ‘Balance’
  2.     Boogey – ‘Implode’
  3.     Paybac – ‘Implode’
  4.     Ghost – ‘Crown’
  5.     Tec – ‘Crown’
  6.     AQ – ‘Crown’

 

WHO WILL WIN – All rappers went ‘haywire’ on their verses however I tip AQ to win this.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I give it to AQ for his witty wordplay, delivery and ‘ease’ of flow.

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

  1.     Erigga – ‘Motivation’
  2.     Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’
  3.     Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’
  4.     Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’
  5.     Lyta – ‘Time’

WHO WILL WIN –  This is a feisty one that should see the winner come out narrowly snatching the prize or It might just emerge as a tie here between Zlatan’s ‘Legwork’ and Chinko Ekun’s  ‘Able God’.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Bharry Jay’s ‘Aiye’ or Erigga’s  ‘Motivation’ but the people just want to dance really.

 

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

  1.     ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli
  2.     ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems
  3.     ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille
  4.     ‘Heya’ – Brymo
  5.     ‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

WHO WILL WIN – I have a gut feeling (may be wrong of course) Brymo will grab this one. Don’t ask me why.

WHO SHOULD WIN – All songs here are all beautiful in their own way. That being said, Tems or Lady Donli should smile home with this plaque, both being relatively new faces compared to the other three.

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

  1.       About 30 – Adekunle Gold
  2.       Outside – Burna Boy
  3.     Moral Instruction – Falz
  4.     No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

 

WHO WILL WIN – Burna Boy is going home with the prestigious Album of The Year plaque for ‘Outside’. Why? It got more recognition way more than the other artists’ albums on the list. And it didn’t do poorly on all the criteria required for winning here

WHO SHOULD WIN – Falz for his ‘Moral Instruction’ and how it talks about the times every Nigerian is exposed to among other things.

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

  1.     Burna Boy
  2.     Wizkid
  3.     Davido
  4.     Tiwa Savage
  5.     Falz

 

WHO WILL WIN – Burna Boy is our ‘Man of the year’. The ‘African Giant’ definitely takes it for Headies 2019 Artiste Of The Year.

WHO SHOULD WIN – Still Burna, he has had a fantastic year on all levels – locally and internationally.

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

  1.     ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy 
  2.     ‘Dumebi’ – Rema
  3.     ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
  4.     ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
  5.     ‘Case’ – Teni
  6.     ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan
  7.     ‘Baby’ – Joeboy
  8.     ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

WHO WILL WIN – I dare say Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’ might bully the other equally good songs to win.

WHO SHOULD WIN –  Going by vocals, songwriting and impact, I favour Victor AD’s ‘ Wetin we gain’ for Song of The Year‘. 

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

  1.     Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)
  2.     Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)
  3.     Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)
  4.     King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)
  5.     DJ Maphorisa – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

WHO WILL WIN –  Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

WHO SHOULD WIN –  None comes close to the catchiness of Master KG’s ‘Skeleton Moves’ 

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

  1.     Mr Eazi
  2.     Burna Boy
  3.     Teni
  4.     Fireboy DML
  5.     Rema
  6.     Joe Boy
  7.     Wizkid
  8.     Davido

WHO WILL WIN – This should be based on data and the title of the category ‘Digital Artiste of The Year’ but if I were to take a good guess, Davido would probably ace it.

 

BEST PERFORMER

A non-voting category for the artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

  1.     Falz
  2.     Tiwa Savage
  3.     Brymo
  4.     Yemi Alade
  5.     Adekunle Gold

WHO WILL WIN – I would want to give this to Yemi Alade.

WHO SHOULD WIN – To be honest, I haven’t gone to quite a number of shows to be be a good judge of this so I can’t really be objective here. However based on my past outings, I choose Brymo.

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

  1.     Crayon
  2.     Buju
  3.     Barry Jhay
  4.     Oxlade

WHO WILL WIN – My money is on Barry Jhay for this one! 

WHO SHOULD WIN – They are all proving themselves worthy. However my sentimental self would like to see Barry Jhay pick up the honours. Dude pretty much has the biggest single of all the four talents in ‘Aiye’.

One thing Uber, Bolt is not looking at in wooing more customers

Uber vs Bolt - Fight for market share
The two ride hailing giants in Nigeria are overlooKing in-car entertainment in form of visual on-demand experiences. Though customers are likely to have their own personal entertainment on the go with their mobile phones, that doesn’t stop Uber and the likes having an entertainment system in place.
You’d be surprised how this drives customer loyalty. And although this is something that could immediately be replicated by the next competitor, I like to believe first mover’s advantage counts more often than not.

Movie Review – The Son (El Hijo)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRxMdzBN-38

I love thrillers! Heck! Who doesn’t love a good psychological trip? That was what this movie I downloaded from the Netflix app was supposed to give a good dose of.

I have been on a binge of RomComs (Romantic Comedy) and Intense action movies, so seeing this suspense promising flick was a welcome breather.

The movie storyline revolves around a Spanish couple based in Argentina. The husband, an avid painter, and a father (Lorenzo) of two sons to an ex-wife, now married to another woman, (Sigrid) a biologist.

At first, everything seems peaceful with the couple until the couple begins to expect the birth of a boy.

The plot begins to unravel as the expecting mother starts acting all weird and psycho, over-protective of her pregnancy, and alienating her husband from the process.

It begins to get very mysterious quick when Lorenzo gets shut out from his own baby’s birth which the couple had agreed to have him delivered at home. This was before Lorenzo catches his wife injecting her belly with some unknown fluid.

Review: the-son-netflix-review-thriller

I’m loving the suspense at this point, though some clues have been given to us along as to why Sigrid was acting funny. She revealed she once had a miscarriage, and also her educational background gave her some confidence on how she could nurse her baby outside the walls of the hospital.

But it still felt like there was something more, and that made the story worth seeing to the end.

Lorenzo was a recovering drunkard, he had been sober for at least two years, but that was not enough to vindicate him when he would be accused of domestic violence by his wife. Lorenzo had enough of his wife’s crazy over-protective behavior particularly when he sensed his infant son was sick and needed to be taken to the hospital. He marched into the mystery basement where the son had been in for about six months, and with some resistance against the hired midwife and his wife, who happened to attack him leaving him with a cut, he got the baby to the hospital.

After certifying the baby was fine, on getting home, Lorenzo gets a restraining order from entering his home, and away from his son and wife, who filed the complaint.

Sigrid showing how insane she was went as far as presenting a substitute child in place of her son, making Lorenzo go bonkers, and eventually ending up dead in search of the truth.

To wrap things up, the truth doesn’t seem to get out about what was going on in the mystery lab where it seemed (from other reviews online) Sigrid was cloning children or something.

Lorenzo’s friend and lawyer who was made godparents of ‘the son’ alongside her husband, two years later, spotted the equally creepy and crazy midwife who was Sigrid’s accomplice in town and traced her stealthily to a house where it appears Lorenzo’s real son was. And as the writers would have it that was their idea of suspense and thriller because we were not allowed to see what Lorenzo’s lawyer friend discovered looking in secretly from an outside window.

What we could deduce was that it was not Lorenzo’s son the godparents had been raising for about two years after his wife and the midwife vanished into thin air.

And we could only wonder if there’s any truth to our assumptions about the motives of Lorenzo’s killer wife.

It’s a crazy crazy end to a movie, I was pissed off but then that was the idea of the director whom I believe had the final say. I could appreciate that. It got a lot of people talking at least.