Word on the Street: Reekado Banks leaves Mavin Records with class, some good news for NOUN graduates and more
Did you know that on this day December 10 in 1901, the first Nobel prizes were awarded? I didn’t know either. Welcome friends to the beginning of Word on the Street for the week.
Here’s what you might have missed during the weekend.
Reekado Banks leaves Mavin Records
On Friday, in a lengthy Instagram post, Reekado Banks announced his exit from his now former label Mavin Records after five years to start Banks Records.
The beauty of Reeky’s announcement is the maturity with which he’s leaving the label. Most Nigerian artistes in the past left their former labels with tears, blood and legal drama, but not Reekado.
I hope other Nigerian musicians will learn from this and read the fine prints before committing to any label. I’m assuming Reekado’s contract was clear from the onset.
I wish Reekado Banks all the best and oh, big ups to Don Jazzy. Legendary stuff.
Did you experience The Experience?
On Friday, Lagos hosted the 13th edition of The Experience, an annual free gospel music concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square.
With the hundreds of thousands of people in attendance and hundreds of thousands more all over the world plugging in via live streams, this year’s edition was phenomenal.
Some of Nigeria’s top gospel music talents took their turns on stage and gave electrifying spirit-filled performances that a lot of people cannot stop talking about.
Missed it? Here are highlights of the concert that would help. Also, if you live in Lagos, quick question for you, how crazy was traffic on that day? Let me know in the comments section.
The latest episode of the NPF’s involvement in politics
Yesterday, officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) reportedly arrested supporters of Omoyele Sowore, founder of Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate under the African Action Congress (AAC).
Apparently, the arrested supporters were violating the law by pasting the posters at an odd hour of 2 AM, removing another candidate’s poster and replacing it with Sowore’s.
The AAC sees this action as a police interference in Nigerian politics and a vendetta against them by the ruling party APC.
I don’t know anything about how the law prohibits putting up campaign posters by 2 AM but according to reports, following the destruction of Jimi Agbaje’s posters the other day, all political parties in Lagos reportedly came to an agreement with the police to desist from destroying their opponents’ campaign posters and billboards.
Does the saying, “all is fair in love and war” count in this situation? Pray tell.
Obasanjo wants Bubu gone for good
Okay, “for good” sounds a tad dramatic, I know but the former president has declared his support for PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar come 2019.
Apparently, gist that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was neutral towards the upcoming elections was circulating and his media aide decided to clear the air. The Chief will not be neutral, he will not support Bubu who he supported in 2015, due of the current situation of the nation’s economy.
He has in the past accused the president of poor performance, nepotism and sectionalism so he’s throwing his support behind Atiku instead.
Why should we care who Obasanjo supports? The answer you seek is in the “history books” or old articles from previous elections. You’re welcome.
Good news for NOUN graduates
President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly has assented to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018.
The new act allows graduate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to participate in the mandatory National Youth Service and enrol in the Nigerian Law School.
Before now, they were given Letters of Exclusion from NYSC and could simply not attend law school. But that has changed thanks to the new law.
Good news for Nigerian education right? Let’s not forget that ASUU is still on strike.
Have a great week ahead friends.