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Memoir of a Teen in Transit: Who We Are

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Hey there. Welcome to “Memoir of a teen in transit”. This is going to be the beginning of  series of articles and stories in a diary form, centered on encounters my character(Darasimi) faces before 20, starting from the struggle to maintain a good CGPA, going for parties, dating, road trips, intimacy and the journey to become someone in life(I mean popular or successful? Which do you prefer? Which is better? What is even the difference between both??) . Stay tuned and enjoy…You won’t regret it

We started weak, as wilted flowers seeking for a chance to bloom.
As I sit and put my thoughts to ink, my cause of wonder is this; “What prospect does my future have without money?
This is our tale, a tale of movement, from hopeless anticipation to action in reality. An intertwining of destinies experiencing the molding process of perfection, a complete embodiment of a selfless heart and a determined soul
Who am I? I am a big dreamer. I can be such a great motivator but the only person I couldn’t motivate was myself. The smallest setback would destabilize me but if it happened to someone else, you would see me running to give comfort, forgetting where my head lies on the subject. I would say “Why give up? Why let go at the very beginning? I see a lot of potential in you. Don’t let it waste now. Your next try is going to turn out fantastic”…words I could never convince myself to believe. I was fine with trying her luck and having no expectation to succeed. A little bird whispered that it’s the best way to avoid the pain that clutches your heart when you fail… like a stingy man holding on to money.

Who is he? He is a kid who grew up in shadows of love between hatred. Having nothing to eat, begging for food, lacking clothes and the will to live but on the outside…living like a prince in charge of an empire.
I grew up with a spoon…it wasn’t silver. He grew up with a spoon…they all shared it. People always say that university life is the toughest journey yet but the truth is…You begin the struggle from secondary school. We attended a high school where the rich came first and everyone else had to fall behind. No money meant no attention.

*FLASHBACK*

Tonight is another one of those nights. We are sitting outside, on a mat; drinking garri and listening to grandma narrate tales of the tortoise. Mum is not home yet and dad…he doesn’t exist. A few hours to midnight, mum steps in and she looks so tired. I wish I could comfort her but I’m mad at her. I didn’t know when her selfish side burst out and said “I hate you! It’s your fault I can’t sit in class with them! They chased me out of class again for owing school fees! . She cried, unable to hold back the tears. Mum just looked at her and said “My daughter”, rushing to hug and comfort me. “You know times are hard and I’m the only one. Please bear with me. I will go to school tomorrow and tell them to give us time”. I didn’t want to hear that but it was the only available option. Dad was only the man of the house by a wedding certificate. We were not poor, neither were they rich. No, we were struggling but it didn’t show. Mom ensured that I and my siblings were attending the best schools, wearing the best clothes she could afford. Only an insider would know that there was no money, that 200 naira slice bread could be the only meal for everyone for two days.

Getting to my last year in senior school, I was almost denied the opportunity to write her WAEC because I owed the fees again and it made me realize one very important fact; the money isn’t the issue, your A game always has to be stronger than anything, twice the size of a rich kid who is smart as well. This is because at the end of the day, it is very hard to cheat talent. At this point, I figured I was ready…to face the world and make my mother proud…legitimately. University life was waiting to surprise me still.

What do we have in common? We are people who never let their background glue them to the ground. We would not use sob stories to make money. Today is not our end but a prelude to our future. She will make it by applying intellectual skills to the business world with the social media as her tool. We are not seduced by money offered on illegitimate grounds because we want the respect that comes with fame. . What do we do?We are students.  He’s an artist; she’s a writer. We spin stars out of foggy nights and dreams out of hopeless nightmares.
Nothing is perfect, they face challenges every day, they get thrown out of places, sometimes they hate their work but they will never give up for great people always stand strong.

Welcome to our journey…

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Sony ATV Announces New A and R Manager For Africa, Scouts for New Talents Across the Continent

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing South Africa announced it has named Munyaradzi Chanetsa (Munya) A&R Manager, Africa, effective June 1.

In this role, Munyaradzi will be responsible for finding new talent throughout the continent, promoting songwriters’ copyright and careers, and connecting them to larger opportunities around the world. He will also work closely with colleagues to pitch new and existing repertoire into the marketplace. (more…)

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DJ FRIZZLE LEE – #NoDullVibez & #FireboiMashUp

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Much Anticipated Mixtape has been finally dished out by Dj frizzle Lee. Its da Party Mix Vol.1 – No Dull Vibez.

Guess what! Its a double dose 🎉😁.. If you are A FireBoi Lover, this is for you.. Dj Frizzle also drops a Mashup Mix of FireBoi Compilation..
Enjoy & pls follow his handle below. He awaits your feedback.
IG/Twitter – @djfrizzlelee
Whatsapp – +234 8083558543

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SARZ & WURLD RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EP – I LOVE GIRLS WITH TROBUL.

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“I LOVE GIRLS WITH TROBUL” IS THE LATEST COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BY SARZ & WURLD.

THE 8 TRACK EP DABBLES BETWEEN SOUNDS OF POPULAR AFRO BEATS AND ELECTRONIC SOUL, PAYING HOMAGE TO THE LIKES OF ASA, SADE AND SEAL WHILE MAKING POWERFUL STRIDES IN PROGRESSING THE CULTURE.

FANS OF BOTH WURLD AND SARZ TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO GUESS THE PROJECT TITLE AFTER WURLD INITIALLY MENTIONED THAT THE EP WAS TO BE NAMED “ILGWT”. THIS SET FIRE TO A BUZZ ALREADY GARNERING HEAT ONLINE AROUND A POTENTIAL MASTERPIECE FROM SARZ & WURLD, AS FANS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD SCRAMBLED TO UNRAVEL THE MYSTERIOUS ACRONYM.

“IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR IN THE MAKING, BUT WE NEEDED IT TO BE JUST RIGHT AND NOW BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD IS READY FOR A MORE PROGRESSIVE SOUND OUT OF AFRICA” WURLD SAID, ON THE TIME ITS TAKEN TO COALESCE THE SOUNDS ON “ILGWT” KNOWN AS “AFRO SOUL” .

SARZ & WURLD HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMBINED OUR POPULAR & INFECTIOUS AFRICAN RHYTHMS, WITH SOOTHING VOCALS, AND AFROBEAT DRUMS IN THIS 8 TRACK EP.

IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT THE CLEVER LYRICISM & SYNCHRONIZED HARMONIZATION, DISCOVERED IN EACH TRACK OF THE ILGWT EP WILL NOT ONLY INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME, BUT ALSO LEAVE THE CURRENT LISTENER WANTING MORE.

ILGWT IS OUT NOW FOR FANS AND AVID LISTENERS EVERYWHERE, LISTEN EVERYWHERE YOU GET MUSIC.

LISTEN HERE

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YCEE RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM, ‘YCEEVSZAHEER

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Popular afro-pop rapper, Oluwademilade Alejo, better known as YCeereleases his highly anticipated and talked about debut album titled “YCeevsZAHEER”.


YCee (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Despite being his debut album, the “Omo-Alhaji” crooner delivers a brilliant body of work which showcases two contrasting but somewhat similar personalities; YCee, the singer represented by ice and ZAHEER, the rapper represented by fire.

The mesmerizing 15-track body of work opens with the Adey produced ‘It’s Amazing’, captivates with ‘Wahala Dey’, inspires with ‘Bossing’ featuring Ms. Banks, and rocks with ‘Chocolata’ featuring Niniola. Featuring Nigerian music industry’s top acts like Davido, Phyno and Dapo Tuburna added to the excellence of the album.

Interestingly, the oldest song on the album was recorded in 2017 and the most recent, in October 2019. More interesting is the fact that the album was recorded in 5 different countries including Nigeria, Canada, USA, UK, and Uganda.

In celebration of this tremendous feat and indisputable input of hard work, another album listening party was held on Thursday, 6th of November, 2019 at the Artisan Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event was hosted by Sheye Banks and Manolo Spanky with sounds from Smallz The DJ.


Sheye Banks, Ycee & Manolo Spanky (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

The Budweiser sponsored party saw Olisa Adibua, Sarz, BOJ, Sammy Walsh, Teezee, Avala, DJ Neptune, Dremo, Blaqbonez, Fresh L, Dapo Tuburna, Osagie, Uche Udoh, Joey Akan, Don Paapi, Nappy Girl, Gee4, Jess Finesse, Aduke Bey and a host of other Nigerian entertainment stakeholders in attendance to show their support for Ycee.


Dapo Tuburna & Ycee performing “Dada” 
(Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)


BOJ (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)


Dremo (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Craze clown & Ycee (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Sarz (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

Blaqbonez (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)


Avala (Photo credit: Haastrup Event Photography)

YCeevsZAHEER is out today, 8th November 2019 on all music platforms. 

The amazing body of work was produced by Adey, J.Bidz, Ballertosh, Fanatix, BeatsByKarma, Syn X, Krizbeatz, Jay Poppin, Buzzin Producer, AP Da Don, TwoSeven, Elmore, Willis Give Dem, and DJ KO.

Watch “Dakun” by YCee

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Google announces Traffic tab in Maps

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Google, on the 6th of November 2019, launched a new Traffic  tab in Google Maps in Lagos, Nigeria. Announced in July at Google for Nigeria, the new Traffic tab offers users a snapshot of the information they care about most: traffic, weather, bus stop busyness, and current expected fare levels for Danfo.

 

The Traffic tab provides bus riders with information to help them find their most efficient route, both in travel time and transport costs. Until now, Google Maps users have only been able to access information for other forms of transportation including cars, 2-wheelers, BRT and ride hailing.

 

The Traffic tab includes a new directions experience, which features suggested routes which may combine walking, taking a Keke or okada, Danfo or BRT. Information about the estimated fare range, expected travel time and pictures of the stops along the route are now available to aid travellers on their trips around Lagos. Clicking on the pictures will allow users to get a 360 degree view on StreetView to help them better understand their location.

“What we have built for Lagos is a global first for Google Maps, and a step towards helping people in many other cities where transport can be informally organized as it is in Nigeria,” comments Jeff Albertson, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps.

 

Says Jeff: “We co-designed this product with people in Lagos. It was an engaging process to start from scratch, bring diverse teams of Googlers to Lagos, interview Lagosians and Local Guides, understand local needs, and then design something that weaves together all the many ways that people here move around.”.

 

The launch of this new Traffic tab follows the introduction, in July, of a dedicated travel mode in Google Maps to provide directions and navigation for motorcycles in Nigeria. Google also launched navigation guidance in a Nigerian voice for both motorcycle and car driving modes at the same time.

 

Google also recently published more panoramic imagery on Street View, to help make it easier to visually explore places in Nigeria, including imagery of Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan – with almost 12 thousand kilometers of roads added.

 

“Nigeria is important to us. Beyond providing tools to help Nigerians use Maps, we also want to continue to bring more of Nigeria to the map. It’s a journey that we are happy to be on,” Jeff concludes

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