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When Uti won the grand prize on the fifth episode of  Big Brother Africa (tagged All Stars), he celebrated on stage by dancing “alanta” popular Nigerian dance style that involves beating an imaginary drum across your chest and abdomen. He was  joined by the host, Ik who is also Nigerian.

In celebration of Uti’s win (two times in a row Nigeria!), X2 is bringing you top 5 popular Nigerian dance styles of recent times.

(Read about Uti’s victory)

No. 5: Ijo Shina

Made popular by Afro Juju Maestro/founder (Oludasile…!!!) Sir Shina Peters, the dance involved moving your shoulders back and forth as you lower your body to the floor and come back up, shaking your body all the time to the heavy beats of the drum/bass. If you are a lady, you can add some chest (see: bust) wiggles to that.

It was considered a sexy dance depending on who was doing it.

No. 4: Fuji Garbage

“Especially for students who know how to dig it!”

This was the top dance of the eighties. It was made popular by Wasiu Ayinde Barister from his hit song of the same name.

You moved your arm from the elbow in a fluid snake-like motion with stiffened shoulder while the rest of your body jerked to the rythm of the music. You could add your own style to it by  going up and down, doing the  backslide, using one arm or both arms as you “just dance to (the) music.”

The lady below does it rather enthusiastically, more like a parody,still she’s got the general idea.

No. 3: Alanta

Made popular by the duo: Artquake.

With your hands, you tap an imaginary drum against your stomach, your chest or in the air to your side. Then, you raise one “leg up” at will all the while “forming attitude” with your mouth opened in a sneer or a “duuh”.

This dance has a series of variations depending on the individual dancer. You can move to the side in a shuffle (just like Uti did when he came out of the house), take a walk (like IK) or beat your “drum” to the ground.

No. 2: Yahoozee

This is the most popular Nigerian hip-hop dance style of this decade. Made popular by every hip-hop act in their video.

Yahoozee got its highest recognition when it was “danced” by former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell on satge with Olu Maintain and his Kentro crew.

It has variations but the basics still are: Stand with one foot in front of the other,  then raise arms up and away from you then down, always moving to the ryhthm or the beat.

Then finally No. 1: Galala (Garala)

This is actually an imported dance style from the West Indies, precisely Jamiaca dance hall. But Nigerians so owned this dance style. We put our special “thing” to it. The dance started in the mid-nineties and continued into the millenium holding its own againsts skonto and even swo.

It was popularized during the AJ take-over in the nineties when we artistes like Daddy Showkey, Daddy Fresh, Baba Fryo, Father U turn and later African China became very popular.

Daddy Showkey made it his signature style infusing his own theatrics to it.

You did the dance like this: Spread your legs. Bend at the waist. Push out your bottom so that you are almost bent in half. Then you move each foot forward and backward, one after the other.

Special mention: Swo!

Swo! was also very popular.  Made popular by the Danfo Drivers video of their song Danfo Driver. With Swo!, all you had to do is “tear am!”

Tells about your various dance styles. Create your own or rearrange this list!

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These are the videos that are getting/would be getting super airplay on your favorite music channel in the coming weeks.

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Song: Be my man
Album: Beautiful Imperfection

Omawumi feat. Naeto C.
Song: Chocolata
Album: Wonder Woman

Fr3style feat. Brace
Song: Ariwo Ko
Album: My Name is Essien

Fragrance
Song: Toba Fejo
Album: [in the works]

And then on the foreign scene, we’ve got Willow Smith with the video for her song Whip My Hair. The 9 year old has tween heartthrob, Justin Bieber promoting her song on Twitter even as she has taken lots of flack for everything from her dress sense to her age and record label.

The little cutie looks so much like her big bro Jaden who featured in Bieber’s song Never say Never which was part of the soundtrack for Jaden’s movie Karate Kid

 

(Read about upcoming Hennesy Artistry 2010 and other celebrity news here)

It could be argued that Julius Agwu aka The Genius brought style to comedy. Undoubtedly one of the most stylish men in entertainment, Julius is our cover on the X2 page in today’s paper.

(Read: Music, comedy, and a man called ‘Genius’).

Here, we take a look at the fashion sense of the self-styled genius.

Julius always look good in suits. Like a true “fashionisto” is choices goes beyond the conventional. And he is not above pairing his suits or blazers with a t-shirt.

Speaking of T-shirts, Julius loves them too, preferring the ones with zany prints emblazoned on them and often pairing them with hats.

Special: One of his best outfits would be the yellow themed outfit he wore to the 2009 HHWA . The jacket on its own was exceptional.

* Click pix for full sizes.

** All pictures courtesy artist.


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The big boys of Nigerian entertainment scene are exactly as stated BOYS. These are men in their late thirties to early forties and older who try all their best to be seen as youthful or evergreen through their out-dated  or outlandish fashion sense and mostly “age-inappropriate” behaviour. and who really should be thinking of remaining behind the scenes and leaving the stage for younger more charismatic folks. Seriously guys, you can be your age and still appeal to teenagers… you really don’t have to look, sound and act like one.

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“Right here, right here.” The Kennis Music Boss has suddenly developed a penchant for appearing and giving cringe-worthy performance in music videos .

TUNDE OBE

Please who wears a do-rag in this day and age? Apparently, Mr. Obe thinks this fashion piece is timeless just like TWO's mostly-tired act.


JAJ The Top Gun

Really can anyone tell us how old this dude is? With the looks to back it up and one of the silkiest voice on radio, JAJ may just be able to get away with being a BIG BOY except that we have been listening to him almost forever, from the eighties.

It is the first World Cup on African soil and one would have thought that for the opening ceremony at least, all or most of the featured artists would be from Africa. The opening ceremony was one huge concert featuring music stars from the US alongside K’naan, Hugh Masakela, Angelique Kidjo and other African artistes but non from Nigeria.

It pained me seriously that they didn’t allow our Naija represent. Here are videos of some of the best performances (my choice).

For a theme song this was too cool. Who can remember these guys who sang the original (below)?
Loved Shakira’s gorilla hop.

I loved the next one for three reasons: Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Lira’s dress and the time she had to pull it up. (Okay, that’s four! ; ) ) I wonder why she dey fear? Is she not South African? They have the most famous breasts in the world!

K’naan waves his flag. Still loved the video even if will.i.am. looked lost waving a Brazillian flag.

For more World Cup videos, visit Vevo’s World Cup Channel on Youtube.

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The 2010 Star Trek stopped over at the Jimeta Township Stadium, Yola on the 28th of May and at the NAF Club on the 29th. Here are pictures from both events featuring the stars, the winners and the people they came to entertain.

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Tayo Aiyejumoh

 

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The Future in Enugu!

After visiting Abuja, Yola and Kaduna, Nigeria’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards (under the umbrella The Future Project), continued its national tour of the six geo-political zones of the country, taking its youth town hall meetings to Enugu, Port Harcourt and the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

On these visits, we have tried to see that we can reach individual young people directly and practically. We don’t just want these crowds of people, we want to ensure that message goes through to the attendees – we had them, not just talk about Nigeria and then know how to nominate outstanding young people, but also to make them ambassadors in their communities for the values we hold dear – entrepreneurship and value creation,” Chude Jideonwo, the Creative Director, said.

The Port Harcourt Town Hall meeting had the awards’ Business Owner of the Year speaking to the youth, while Enugu had finalist for On-Air Personality of the Year (Radio), the popular Chuks d Spaceman of Cosmo FM. “Courtesy of support from HiTV for these town hall meetings,” Jideonwo, who was also in Enugu, said, “not only do we have our own events, we also visit youth events, clubs and gatherings of young people in those areas to spread our message of hope and change.”

The Ghana Town Hall meeting was the first of the international town hall meetings for this year, where The Future Awards engages with communities of young Nigerians in different countries. It was held in conjunction with the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana. The High Commissioner, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, sent a representative. The event held at the Shangrila Hotel, with an overflowing hall of young Nigerians living, working and schooling in Ghana, as well as a mix of Ghanaian youth. Also present was Screen Producer of the Year winner, Onye Ubanatu.

Performers included Ghanaian comedian Peter Wincousyn, Nigerian keyboardist Yemi (who reminded guests of Cobhams), Sammy and Bizkit. The event hosts were daughter of ace Nigerian producer, Daphne Akatugha (who is also one of the coordinators of the International Students Association) and Ghanaian writer Robert.

 

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...and in Ghana!

“We didn’t have any town hall meeting in Lagos because we had the launch event here, and we have also been on a breathless round of events, campuses across the entirte state talking to hundreds of young people,” Jideonwo explained. “But we finally decided to do another event in Lagos, partnering with the popular event Taruwa. The conversation about Nigeria and what young people can practically do to empower themselves and to add value to the country can after all never end.”

Nominations are still for the awards in the 20 different categories, and one of the main objectives of the tour is to get nominees from across the country and outside. According to Jideonwo, nominees are especially wanted in the Best Use of Science and Excellence in Public Service categories. Anyone can nominated any young Nigerian between the ages of 18 and 31 via the website http://www.thefuturenigeria.com.

Next on the schedule are Benin, Ile-Ife, Calabar, London holding at the University of East London, and Johannesburg, which will be the last town hall meeting, held in conjunction with naijaborn.com, on the 28th of November.

EFFECTS OF PIRACY IN NIGERIA

Posted: November 5, 2009 in Blog party

Data ProtectionSunday Osanyintuyi

Piracy is the theft one’s intellectual property, particularly in the entertainment industry.

Experts have highlighted that one major snag to development of the industry is piracy.   It has ripped off many producers, artists, marketers and stakeholders. It has prevented the industry from rapid financial growth and advancing in major areas, due to low income from their intellectual material.

 

One begins to wonder who these pirates are. Where they live?  Some allege they are the marketers, others say the cartel are domicile in Alaba International market, Lagos.

 

Of late, some pastors have had their messages pirated and sold in large quantities to unknown worshippers.  Some even sensitized their members to be wary of church products they purchase. But could this be the solution?

 

December 2007, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in a statement said that the film industry loses an estimated N4, 200,000,000 annually to illegal digital duplication, on-line piracy and unauthorized rental of video works within the country.

 

A report by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in August, 2008, estimated the total annual loss of the content industries (Music, Software and Video) within the nation to be well over N100, 000,000,000. This is a great loss, no doubt.

 

Also in January 2008, the Director of Filmmakers Association of Nigeria (FAN), Mrs. Pat Okolo stated that the country loses an estimate of 4 million naira to international piracy of Nigerian movies in America, Canada and Europe. Okolo also suggested that there is an urgent need to organize marketing and distribution strategy internationally to eliminate piracy and repatriate money and efforts back into the Nigerian economy.

 

It should be stated here that various efforts by the industry players against piracy are worth mentioning, but have not produced needed results.

 

Recently, artists and producers rallied at the national stadium, Lagos, for what they referred to as “HUNGER STRIKE”. Can anyone really blame them? They sought means to vent their anger. But one pertinent question that begs for an answer is: what has that “hunger strike” produced? Has the strike stopped the pirates from business? How successful has the campaign against piracy been in the last one decade? Is there hope for the industry?


An attempt to protect intellectual property is premised on accepted moral, economic considerations.  As a fundamental rule of natural justice, every man should be guaranteed the fruits of his labour. There is a socio economic principle that intellectual property protection encourages individual effort and invariably enriches the society. Since the creative industries supports a substantial part of Nigeria population will affect the economy one way or the other.

 

The revelations from Harvard Business School in 2008 about the entertainment industry put the loss of intellectual property to pirates at over 85%.

 

Piracy is so bad in Nigeria that local artists and filmmakers now refuse to release their latest albums and movies into the retail market. Reports from neighboring countries suggest that large quantities of pirated discs are being exported from Nigeria across the region.

 

The intellectual property system is the only way of protecting the creativity of authors and ensuring that the nation’s intellectual treasures and the resulting economic derivation are better secured. Lack of adequate protection over time, has resulted in direct economic loss to right owners while government is denied revenue from legitimate products. This is in addition to the obvious moral and ethical reasons against unjust enrichment, intellectual theft and fraudulent claims that characterize piracy and other intellectual property abuses.

 

There is a preponderance of opinion amongst experts that a modern and well managed copyright system could be a catalyst for economic reform. With a huge population of over 140 million people, Nigeria is likely to generate more revenue in the exploitation of its copyright based industry.

Sunday Osanyintuyi handles all communication affairs for Yemi’s Media, an anti-piracy/entertainment company

 

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Wande Coal, performing with Ikechukwu, the latest Mo' Hits crew member, earlier this year (PHOTO Hycinth Iyeorosa)

Paul Uche Briggs

As Wayne Colloway puts it, “In a fast-paced world, today’s popular brand could be tomorrow’s trivia question.”

Since the time Dapo ‘D’Banj’ Oyebanjo arrived on the music scene in Nigeria, a great deal of verve, enthusiasm and brand sense has been infused into the music industry.

I have come to respect D’Banj and the Mo’Hits crew over the years for their understanding of branding. Before the Mo’Hits crew, branding was an alien concept to Nigerian music and no music practitioner could boast of attempting to build a brand. Even the world famous Kenny ‘Keke’ Ogungbe and Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye were found wanting in this regard as they rested on their oars, assuming a status of invincibility in business – a colossal mistake which led to their demise as new brands like SoundCity and Nigezie soon took over their turf.

But I digress. People all over the world just love D’Banj. Many times, the reason for this affection eludes many. His knowledge of music or dexterity on the musical instruments may not be as exciting as Age Beeka’s or Asa’s but D’Banj represents a very touching symbol – an invitation to indulge. So when D’Banj hit the industry, people connected with his vigour, strength and dexterity on the harmonica.

On the precipice of his staggering brand equity, a strategic decision was made to extend the brand, sprinkling the genius of Don Jazzy [D’Banj’s producer and personality foil] on more artistes and so the Mo’Hits crew was born, parading a constellation of stars like Wande Coal and Dr. SID.

Every element of the Mo’Hits crew pointed inevitably to professionalism at its peak; the carefully created blend of the extroverted D’Banj and the seemingly camera shy boss Don Jazzy created the desired crossover appeal.  D’Banj’s obsession with screaming his name on every track, the catch phrases [Fi le! Don’t Touch It!] which fall effortlessly from the lips of every Nigerian and their strategic PR deployments which created an illusion of a ubiquitous brand positioning all added to creating the Brand we have all come to know as D’Banj and the Mo’Hits crew.

So what indents appear on this picture perfect story?

Asides the shabbily rendered Koko Mansion, some of the Mo’Hits crew’s strategic brand decisions have been somewhat questionable. Wande Coal who joined the family a few years ago has been a huge source of inspiration. His mellifluous voice sprinkled with a tinge of the Yoruba diction coupled with his ability to write songs which connect with a vast audience make him an undoubtedly great artiste. His album, “Mushin 2 Mo’Hits” is arguably the most sought after album in the year 2009. It is thus shocking that the crew has decided to downplay the genius of Wande Coal to allow for attention on the mother brand – D’Banj.

This is a major problem brands face when discerning when to engage in line extension. Needless to say that the step taken by Mo’Hits to build D’Banj’s brand at the expense of Wande Coal’s was not well thought out as it cost him [and by extension, The Mo’Hits crew] the MAMA awards for Best New Entry which went to MI; and that is not to say that MI is not the Mr. Incredible. But in my candid opinion, Wande Coal has a larger appeal, touching emotional cords across every sphere of life. Indeed, it might sound presumptuous, but M2M is the best album to come out of the Mo’Hits family ever.

Musical videos are nothing more than adverts for artistes and as such the adverts must be relevant and resonate with the target audience. Hence, the decision to shoot two world class videos [“O Gbonna Feli Feli” and “Kimon”] from D’Banj’s almost two year old album – “The Entertainer” at the expense of Wande Coal’s was a shoddy shot. In the era of videos like ‘Strong Thing” by Banky W, “Safe” by M.I., and “Not the Girl” by Darey Art Alade, it appears Wande’s video, “You Bad” was shot using a 1.5 mega pixel Nokia camera phone.

Understandably, based on Wande’s skill, it was necessary to avoid a situation we refer to as ‘cannibalization’ where a sub-brand’s equity and sales exceed and subsequently swallow that of the parent brand. However, due to the way Wande Coal was introduced, it would be impossible to erase the perception of D’Banj’s boy from their minds. An extra precaution of producing sub-standard videos for the talented artiste was unnecessary. This has compromised the positioning of the crew as Nigeria’s premium brand; with counterparts like Chocolate City closing the gap.

Studying the meta-branding philosophy which posits that the strength of a parent brand would rub off on a sub-brand and vice versa, it was indeed wrong to neglect Wande Coal. Akon did a great job with Konvict Music as he strategically positioned a sub-brand – T-Pain. Another example is ROC’s ability to give Kanye West some brand autonomy, independent of the mother brand – Jay-Z. The 2009 Forbes review showed that Jay-Z and Kanye West ranked 1st and 3rd in the world’s highest earning rappers for the year, grossing 35 and 25 million dollars respectively.

In the light of the foregoing and the embarrassing outcome of Koko Mansion, one is forced to question the state of Nigeria’s biggest music empire.

Paul Uche Briggs, a budding Brand Scholar cum Consultant, writes from Lagos.

Grow A Moustache!

Posted: November 1, 2009 in 2 the X-treme, Blog party

Michaela Moye

Hey guys! So it’s November, the official month when men grow moustaches for the sake of their…ahem…privates (so say the goodfellas of Askmen.com). Anyway, X2 figured this would be a fun chance to show off Iconic Moustaches. So here goes:

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Daniel Day-Lewis played a psycho in 'Gangs of New York' and sported this massive 'tache (PHOTO magneticblue.com)


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Here's DDL again! This time form the awesome movie 'There Will Be Blood' (PHOTO Francois Duhamel/EW.com)


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Freddie Mercury, lead singer of rock band Queen, was born to sing! And to rock cool moustaches (PHOTO http://www.freddie-mercury.com)


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Hamish Bowles, one of the most fashionable gentlemen, according to Vogue, rocks one of these. I wonder if he twirls it while contemplating on the great debate of flats versus heels (PHOTO Patrick McCullan/nymag.com)


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No, Mr. Bowles hasn't gained weight. That's Bond, James Bond (not in disguise). Is Daniel Craig distancing himself from his 007 image?(PHOTO bestweekever.tv)


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This mass-murderer's moustache is probably the world's most recognizable...but only just... (PHOTO http://www.cinemaretro.com)


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...after we have good ole Charlie Chaplin! (PHOTO allposters.com)


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Love this photo! Former president Obasanjo in 1989. (PHOTO Orlando Pacheco/www.country-data.com)


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This image is ingrained in the collective memory of all Nigerians who know what one naira looks like (PHOTO moneypedia.de)


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Frida Kahlo always exxagerated her moustache in her self-portraits (PHOTO onechick.com)


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MJ tried to grow some facial hair - not very successfully (PHOTO mustacheglory.com)


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Couldn't resist. (PHOTO uclaradionews.com)


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Q: What would Yanni be without his thick moustache? A: Cold (Yuk yuk! Just made that up!) (PHOTO http://www.bong-records.com)


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Of course Mario is on this list (PHOTO super-mariogemzies.com)


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Too cute! (PHOTO http://www.pudelpointer.de)


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Badamsinh Juwansinh Gujar has the longest moustache in the world - it hasn't been shaved in 22 YEARS! (PHOTO http://www.tribuneindia.com)

November – official month for testicular and pancreatic cancer awareness