Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy Friday!



Hello All, It's been a while hasn't it? I have been so busy, probably the busy I've ever been. It's been filled with all sorts, highs and lows (arsenal) and the like. Anyway I am still blogging for those who are asking, just not as frequent. Yet, you can always count on me. Also do not hesitate to contact me to feature your info on this blog. Have a good weekend all! Thanks xx


Seun Kuti live @ The Barbican in London yesterday.




Visit the Barbican website and his myspace.

Wole Soyinka @ Terra Kulture




As the legend turns 74, Theatre @ Terra presents another season of Soyinka!! Live plays and sketches every Sunday through the months of June and July.

June:

  • Babuzu Lion Heart
  • Childe Internationale
  • Obstacle Race
  • Polling Booth
  • Home to the Roost
  • Press Conference
  • Unlimited Liability Country
  • Population Control
  • Interview Panel
  • Priority Project
  • Riceee
  • Homage to Yellow Thrones
  • Symbolic Peace
  • Symbolic Gifts....and many others

All plays written by Wole Soyinka

Venue: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Tickets: N2000 each

Produced by Wole Oguntokun

For tickets and enquiries, please call 0702 836 7228, 0808 123 9477 or e-mail laspapi@yahoo.com

Youth on the Frontline Conference Tonight



This Conference is bringing together all Youth Leaders, Youth Ministers, Youth Pastors, Young People in Ministry and Young Christians from all over London under one roof, calling on one God to do one thing – Bring Revival to the Nation. Organised by Dayo Israel

BOUQUI will also be performing at the event. Watch the music video of her single Molejo
here


Venue: Methodist Central Hall, Westminster SW1H 9NH
Time: Friday, May 30, 2008 at 9:00pm
Entry: Free



Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Music Week (2)

Asa Concert Review




The Asa concert in London was so much fun! She has a huge presence when she's on stage. It was also quite entertaining having our fellow Naijas there. Several times she had to ask them to allow her sing because they were basically shouting over her voice. It was a pleasant night out. After she had bowed out off the stage with her band, she returned for three more bonus tracks for the rest of us who hung about including Nina Simone's Feeling Good.


Check out a video clip of one of her songs here.

She also pulled a few members of the crowd to come and sing a few lines to her song. Tami was one of them who has a single Mama, released with her brother MC Baba. The song is dedicated to their late mum. Check out Tami's song in the video below:





Visit Asa's myspace and her website


Hip Hop World Award Winners

I never featured the awards as I had so much on the go at the time but there was a lot of publicity for this event. Nomination went on for quite a while and the public could nominate via the
website and then................ the ceremony came. It was held at Planet One, Maryland on the 15th of March, 2008.

Winners

While Asa grabbed the awards for Recording of the Year (Bibanke), Album of the Year and Vocal Performance (Female), as well as her Producer, Cobhams Asuquo, emerging the Producer of the Year, 9ice emerged the best in two categories, winning the awards for Vocal Performance (Male) and the HHW Revelation of the Year. Wande Coal, however, won the star prize of the show, a Hyundai Sonata, as the Next Rated artist.


Other winners include, Olu Maintain for Song of the Year, D’banj for artiste of the year, DJ Tee (Stylee) Best music video, Timaya for Best Reggae/Dance hall, Tu face for Best R&B/Pop Album (Grass2Grace), Ruggedy Baba for Best Rap Album, Jimmy Jatt, 2face, Elajoe and Mode9 got the best collabo award for Stylee, M.I got the best rap single award for “Crowd Mentality”

Congrats to Asa, 9ice, Olu Maintan, D'banj, Wande Coal and everyone else.

See photos from the event below:


Resources: www.hiphopworldawards.com

Yellow Carpet pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24845048@N02/
Stars - 9ice (
website) and (myspace)
- D'banj (
website) and (myspace)
- Wande Coal (
website) and (myspace)
- Olu Maintain (
website) and (myspace)

NAYO at Jazz Cafe

Nayo will be performing as a special guest of Nate James at the legendary Jazz Cafe, Saturday May 31st. You may purchase your tickets on Nayo's website and you CAN WIN TWO TICKETS by viewing the Competitions page on:
http://www.nayomusic.com





Read a review on NAYO in the UK Guardian here

Careers in Africa Recruitment Summit in London - May 23rd, 24th and 25th 2008

The Careers in Africa Recruitment Summits bring together world class business leaders and high calibre African talent from across the world to interview at unique invitation-only events. Career opportunities available range from entry-level graduate programmes to senior management positions and cover a wide variety of functions across all sectors.
Click here to visit the website and apply.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Music Week and What's On?


This week will be dedicated to music through and through. So watch out for some juicy tunes and great info on events and juicy celebrity news. Enjoy your week!

Asa Concert in London Tonight

Live at the Carling Academy, Islington N1. I will be there and will feedback to you guys. I am looking forward.


Asa’s self-titled album was released in the UK on February 18th on Dramatico Entertainment. Having grown up in Nigeria listening to an intricately diverse mixture of African music and some of the best known and loved artists from the West, Asa’s sound is as perfectly unique as she is herself. With a commercial appeal that is more by coincidence than design, Asa fuses pop, r&b, world, funk, soul and reggae on an album where she sings in both English and Yoruba.


Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Tickets: £20 buy here
Asa: Visit her myspace


London Business School's Africa Day This Weekend



On Saturday, 17 May 2008, the
Africa Club at London Business School will host its 7th annual Africa Day Conference. Africa Day is a leading African conference in Europe, providing a compelling platform for intellectual exchange and debate around some of the continent’s most critical issues. The conference supports the School's vision to be the pre-eminent global business school, by bringing together some of the best minds and practitioners in African business to help inspire a socio-economic renaissance in Africa. It will entail a keynote address, panel sessions, lunch, networking opportunities, a cocktail and gala dinner as well as some live entertainment.

Date: May 17, 2008 at 9:00 am
Venue: London Business School, Regent's Park, London. NW1 4SA
Tickets:
Available here

Resources: Africa Club at LBS



The Nigerian DJs Conference in Atlanta (June 6th - 7th, 2008)



The 2nd annual Naija DJs conference will be held in Atlanta this year. The aim is to provide a meeting-place for Nigerian DJs and Artistes to exchanges ideas on how to better promote the Nigerian music movement. The conference consists of a welcome party, DJ /Artist Seminar and DJ ShowDown / Artist Concert.

More info at http://www.nigeriandjs.com/NDJ08/ Also, see the video below:





Videobytes

LOL: Prince William & Prince Harry



Verdict = LOLOL very funny if you are into headcases, animation or british humour


Sir Victor Uwaifo - Joromi



Verdict = Another Classic!!!

New Blog to Checkout

The World Famous Naija Blog -
www.worldfamousnaijablog.com/



Friday, May 02, 2008

Ciao Ciao!

Hello people, been a while innit? From this blog, everyone can now tell when Mona's busy or not. Anywhoo, just to reassure you I'm not running anywhere so I will always come back like the dog and it's master. Not that this blog is my master oh! God is my master thank you LOL

The Internet's 15th Anniversary!


I have decided to celebrate the birthday of the World Wide Web. I actually didn't know which is surprising but thanks to one of my readers Lord Tim, now I do!


More info and a short video here


Some Breaking News:



Professor Jadesola Akande dies at 68: She was the former vice chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) and was a very prominent lawyer as one of the female premier legal luminaries in Nigeria. She died in her sleep. More info
here




Senator Abraham Adesanya, Yoruba leader, dies at 85: Frontline nationalist and Leader of Afenifere, the pan Yoruba political and cultural organisation, Chief Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya, is dead.He died yesterday in his Apapa, Lagos residence at 12.30pm according to family sources. Click here for more details.


Marketing!!




True Love April and May Editions are available via TopUpNigeria.com


Yes, you can now buy and subscribe to it in the UK. £3.50 only and a copy will be delivered to your home address! Go to http://www.topupnigeria.com/ for your copies today!

They are also on facebook
via this link



More Mags - What's New NG?




Subscribe to What's New and get every edition sent directly to you anywhere all over Nigeria! No more sweating in the hot sun to buy your copy lol.


CALL NOW and save up to 15% on each edition. Telephone no. 01-2708731. Payment is easy, just send in your cheque with a printed out subscription form like the one below:





You can print this form out and also send payments to:


What's New at Plot 1 Towry close, Off Idejo st, Vi, Lagos

Check out David Oyelowo on the cover of Made Men Magazine. Visit the Made Men website.



Videobytes


Amplifyd Crew - Wetin Man Go Do



Verdict = Support Oluwadiddy and co! Heheheh


X Project - Lori Le



Verdict = Loving the catchy tuuuuune!

Hillary - The Movie

Click here to watch

Verdict = 89 mins long, watch and see for yourself


Featuring:


Spatial Tectonics -

http://www.spatialtectonics.com/

See for yourself! Visit their site today or contact them for architecture, aficionados i.e. eccentric architecture and Graphic and Logo design.

SAY NO TO 0870 (UK READERS ALERT!!)



This website, sent to me by my sister, made my week! http://www.saynoto0870.com/

Many people do not realise that there are many phone providers offering cheaper alternative numbers to 0844, 0845, 0870 or 0871 telephone numbers.


If you have an 'inclusive landline calls' phone package, then it is very rare that 0844, 0845, 0870, or 0871 numbers are are included in your 'free minutes' allocation, unlike normal numbers. Many mobile phone packages also exclude freephone 0800 and 0808 numbers for your bundled minutes.

Many companies advertise a separate number that can be used when calling from abroad - This usually begins in the format +44 - There is nothing to stop you using this number from the UK (as it is a normal rate telephone call), and will be included in any inclusive minutes provided by your landline or mobile phone provider. Many others will give you a standard number if you ask.

Use their Search Page to find an alternative landline number to your 0870/0844 number