Sunday, March 31, 2013
Why did your father choose a controversial lifestyle?
It was because he was too honest about his way of life. He liked women and he did not hide it. He liked to smoke marijuana and he did it in the open. Many people like women but they do it secretly. There are so many brothels all around the world but Fela never patronised them, many people go there to pay for sex.
You will be shocked to know the number of people that smoke marijuana in Nigeria and all over the world. I hope you know that some countries are legalising the smoking of marijuana now. He was truthful about his way of life while many of us are hypocritical about ours. Many people were envious that he was too honest and bold and that was why there were so many controversies about his life.
Most of his friends who are highly-placed admire women even girls young enough to be their daughters. They leave their matrimonial homes to meet them secretly. Some of them hide in hotels to do what they cannot do in the open. Many of them smoke but they are not brave enough to say they smoke. All the call girls you see on Allen Avenue, who picks them? Fela never did.
How was he able to manage his many wives?
It was very stressful for him. Do not forget that he divorced all of them. They were not faithful to him. When he decided to marry them, he did so for a reason. He said they had been with him in difficult times. They endured police harassment and beating. But they never left. Though they were very loyal to him, they still had a bad image in the public because people were calling them prostitutes.
He felt that the best way to protect them was to marry them. They became Fela’s queens, so the society had to respect them. I believe he loved them and he was already sleeping with them before he married them. It was not really a big deal to anybody that knew them. For instance, my mother knew this was happening so it was not a hidden thing. The big deal was how he was able to convince the 27 of them to marry him same day.
Did Fela talk you into music?
He did not influence me as such. I always knew I would go into music. It was just a question of how and when. He was however a big motivation in my life because every child wants to be like his or her father. The son of a plumber will want to be like his father, especially if he is learning the trade early. If the son loves the father, he will want to emulate him. I am not a different son. I love my father and wanted to do what he was doing. The only question hanging over that ambition was whether I could fulfil that ambition perfectly.
How did he punish any of his children who misbehaved?
He beat us. In fact, I was the one who got the most beating in the house when we were young.
Can you remember things you did that made him beat you?
I stole my mother’s £1 to buy chewing gum one day. You can imagine how many wraps of chewing gum that money would buy. They were not less than 100. My friend convinced me to go and steal the money but we were caught while chewing the gum. When my father asked me where I got the money from, I was speechless. I was still thinking of what to say when he started beating me with his hand. He then warned me never to steal again.
He also beat me when he caught me with cigarette in 1969. My mother used to smoke and he saw me put the cigarette in my mouth. I did not really smoke the cigarette because it was not lit, I only put it in my mouth but it angered him when he saw what I did. He beat me again and warned me not to touch cigarette again.
Why do you think it has been difficult to replicate Fela’s style of music?
It is so because the foundation of the band was truthful. He was not pretentious. He really believed in what he was saying. Despite all the police harassment, he was not moved. Many people would have gone to seek political asylum in another country but Fela did not do that. He had so many opportunities outside Nigeria and he would have taken advantage of them to run away from his enemies. These are the things that every generation admires in him.
What are those things you imbibed from your father?
I may not be able to mention them. In the way I deal with people, I am very truthful. If I say I am going to do something, I would do it. But I am more of my mother than my father. My elder sister has more of my father than I do. I am more of a practical person. If I plan to do something, I will think of the consequences. My father would never weigh any decision before executing it. If he planned to go to Dodan Barracks, he would just go there. As for me, I make plans before I do anything. My father would not write a Will. But because I know that I could get killed, I had written my Will a long ago.
I know that in a divorce case, my wife could claim one third of my property, so I would not go into wedlock. The most important thing to me right now are my children. Now, I will not play to the gallery.
I will not say because people love me, they must come first before my family. Who are my family? My children of course. So, whether you love me or not, I will let you know that my children come before you, take it or leave it. I live this way because I learnt from my father’s life, the decisions he took and the consequences. When you learn from someone, you don’t have to do what he did. Fela did what he did for his own reasons. I cannot criticise why he did what he did.
Also, we must remember the stardom. Nobody was as big as my father. He had over 100 people around him daily when he became a star. I cannot live like that because I don’t want too many people around me. I saw what people did to him. It was too much. I can keep the Afrika Shrine open to everybody but not my house.
If you come to my home, you will only see me, my kids and may be my girlfriend. Sometimes, my friends visit but I don’t keep a crowd around for any reason, my father did. I like women but I saw the harassment he went through with 27 wives. It is not that I don’t want 27 wives but I know what will happen because of what happened to my father. I can’t tell a woman that I will be faithful in our relationship. That was part of the problem of my marriage. I cannot be faithful. I will not lie about that. It is not that I cannot be faithful, but I cannot start my relationship by saying I am going to be faithful till death do us part. There are possibilities that if another woman comes and I like her, I cannot give the assurance that I will not have an affair with her. I have no intention whatsoever to bring all of them under one roof. My intention now is to cater for my children and do my job to the best of my ability.
Did Fela have any special food?
He ate any food. He liked cakes and ice cream too. I don’t like cakes. I can eat ice cream and chocolate once in a while but my father loved them all. If somebody is celebrating and there is a cake, I can take a little piece not to offend my host. My father could die for cakes. If you visited him and looked inside his refrigerator, you would see lots of cake in it.
Your father did not hide his hatred for western medicine. Is it the same with you?
I grew up not liking tablets too. I grew up to be a traditionalist like my dad. But I later realised that there are too many fake traditional medicine in our society. The government must understand that many of these herbs are claiming the lives of our people. We must ask ourselves which of the herbs has been scientifically proven to cure malaria and the ailment they claim to cure. I once had malaria and I drank herbs but I was not cured. I felt very uncomfortable. I will not say that herb does not work because Africa believes in it. It is a fact that we did survive before orthodox medicine came.
There was African traditional medicine, but where is it today? Everywhere, you will see people hawking herbs, saying it work for this and that. People buy them and mix with hot drinks. Really, when you are mixing alcohol with herbs, you are damaging your liver. While you think you are curing one thing, if it does work, you are damaging another thing in your body. Until we have concrete fact to say something works for the body, we will be deceiving ourselves.
Why do you think Fela hated former President Olusegun Obasanjo?
Olusegun Obasanjo was a bad leader. He did not do well for Nigeria. He ruled this country three times but has nothing to show for it. They called the soldiers that burnt Kalakuta Republic and killed my grandmother unknown soldiers. The Federal Government is yet to apologise for their action against the Kuti family. Whether they like it or not, Fela was one of the biggest stars from Africa. As the days go by, people are beginning to understand the importance of his music. The Lagos State Government is building a museum in his honour. The family does not have that kind of money to build a museum. It is not the governor’s money but the state government money. But the governor took the decision on behalf of the people.
Another museum is also being built Ogun State. Governors are beginning to understand that Kuti’s name cannot be swept under the carpet. The family has done so much for Nigeria and the world. Many people are playing afrobeat style of music today because Fela invented it. Some people are saying he did not start it. But the question is: Who started it and stood firm using the music creatively? Fela stood for many great things and his contribution to the society cannot be pushed aside.
Did he have time to take the family out for leisure?
In 1967, I remember that he took us to Onikan swimming pool and also Federal Palace Hotel. That was the first and last outing for fun with us. He always made it clear that he was not a conventional father.
He did not want us to go to school not because he did not like education, but because he believed that education was colonial. He believed that it was structured to show that Europe is supreme and Africa is not good. Even when he took me out of school in my fourth year in secondary school, I had acquired vast knowledge about the outside world through the books I read at home. I was known as a professor in the Kalakuta Republic. I read books such as Blackman and Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. I read so much that I even found there was a Pharaoh Kuti in Egypt. I wondered if this Egyptian Pharaoh Kuti was in any way related to the Kuti family in Nigeria. My father said we are probably related.
Which school were you attending before Fela made that decision?
I was studying at Baptist Academy and he withdrew me from there when Obasanjo deployed soldiers to the school. I later went to Igbobi College and spent a year. He advised me to leave the school in form four. Many believed I would become a nonentity because of his action. There was disagreement within the family, my mother was against it, but my dad stood his ground. She wondered why my dad took me out of school when he went to one of the best schools in the UK.
She also said since he did not teach me music how then would I be great in life? My father told her not to worry that I would be great. I was not happy too and did not speak to him for six years. He told me that he was confident that I would be great. I did not know what he saw in me. The day my album, Wonder Wonder, became popular and I was becoming a household name in Nigeria, he called our family members and told them that the same boy he withdrew from school had become a successful musician.
At that time, it was only my father and King Sunny Ade that were travelling abroad frequently for musical concerts. But I suddenly started travelling abroad more than the two of them because I was becoming known more outside the country.
Will I do the same for my son? No. He will get a good education. I will let him understand street life which I grew up to know so that he will have a feel of it, but he must be formally educated.
Where were you when soldiers invaded Kalakuta Republic?
I was coming back from the school when I saw the soldiers. They wanted to arrest me. But I managed to escape through a place called Alagbole behind Kalakuta. I ran and went to pick my younger sister at Mary Magdalene Primary School. We then crossed over the railway and went home.
Is there anything you miss about Fela?
I miss his being a grandfather. I think he would have been a fantastic grandfather. He had already been showing the signs with my sister’s daughter and my son. He died in 1997 and my son was born in 1995. I know that what he was not able to do for us, he would have done for our children if he were still alive.
Source : Punch Nigeria
Whether I was signed to Chocolate City or not, it’s something I would have decided to do. “Right now, I’m starting off my own thing, that doesn’t mean a record label. I’m not looking to sign artistes or to get signed to another label. It’s just for me to focus on me. I’m starting a movement. Me deciding to make music for me, put it out how I want to put it out. Having that 100% control over what to say”.
“I still work with them. I’m still going to produce, when called on. M.I, Ice, Brymo are my brothers. We were Loopy before Choc Boys”
Sunday Express, which reports that Mourinho's return is a virtual certainty - and that he will be doing his best to bring Real Madrid's star player with him.
The paper's claim is based on a leak provided by 'friends of Rafa Benitez', who has apparently confided in the said friends that the reason he has no future at Stamford Bridge is because the Mourinho deal is all but signed.
"Relations have now healed between owner Roman Abramovich and the charismatic Portuguese, who he sacked in 2007 after winning two Premier League titles," the paper reports.
"Abramovich believes Mourinho has unfinished business at Chelsea and is prepared to welcome him back – with the cheque book open.
"Once back in London he will do his best to lure former Manchester United star Ronaldo away from Spain. Mourinho knows that the 28-year-old isn’t content at Real and will test the water with a £60 million offer."
The Mail on Sunday also carries a Chelsea manager story, but with slightly different information: Mourinho is a contender, the paper claims, but Everton boss David Moyes is right beside the Portuguese manager at the top of the short list.
Source : Yahoo Sport
A report by the UK Daily Star revealed on Sunday that Arsenal FC had to scrap its earlier plans to play a friendly match in Nigeria this July over fears of terrorism in Nigeria where Boko Haram and its brother terror-group, Ansaru have killed over 3,000 people since they declared war against the state in 2009.
Arsenal had earlier cancelled a trip scheduled for last year. When they cancelled that trip, the Arsenal marketing director, Angus Kinnear said: “We are making plans for a visit next summer.”
However the summer visit which was to see the Arsenal team take on the Nigerian national team in a friendly game has now been cancelled because of fear of the terrorist sects.
Everything seemed to have been set for the July game. The Arsene Wenger coached side had already sent star players like Tomas Rosisky, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski to help publicise the encounter.
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Basketball Wives: Los Angeles star was putting her bags in her car when it happened: She came undone! The back of her top swung open and almost flashed her boobs.
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Superstition and blind faith can prove to be fatal. A family of five people in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan consumed poison and died in the belief that they would meet God.
The family of a photographer Kanchan Singh residing in Gangapur city consumed cyanide laced laddoos on Thursday. Singh also made a video of the entire incident and was even seen telling his family how he tried to meet Lord Shiva in heaven but failed. The family members who died include Singh's wife, three children and his engineer brother.
In fact the entire family was extremely religious and used to observe every festivals and religious ceremonies. They even watched only religious serials and shows on TV and the children were extremely influenced by a serial on Lord Shiva. The entire matter came to light after the police examined the video.
Before committing suicide Singh made a video of each and every member of the family and asked them why they wanted to die and also about their feelings. Then the entire family sat together and Singh gave them the laddoos laced with cyanide. All the family members ate the laddoos together and all of them died within a few minutes of each other.
The family members have been identified and they are Kanchan Singh, his wife Neelam, brother Deep Singh, son Pradyumn and daughter Rini has died on the spot. When Singh's niece Rashmi saw her family members dying, she ran away and informed the neighbours, who reached the house and found Singh's mother and nephew alive.
The three surviving members have been admitted to the Sawai Mansingh Hospital in a critical condition.
Source : Ibnlive
According to Stelladimokokorkus Blog
King wasiu Ayinde Marshal A.k.a Kwam1 and his baby mama Titi Masha (ex mistress of gbenga islander who was kwam1′s biggest spender.gbenga was advised by his friend kwam1 to dump titi and the rest is history)just Christened their daughter in a lavish ceremony in far away Chicago
The chicago party is the 3rd since the baby was born,Titi had the baby in February and on the eight day after she brought her baby to bed she celebrated in a big style and baby daddy Wasiu also had a lavish party in Ijebu. The baby girl is Titis second child and King Wasiu's 38th child.
The beautiful baby was christened Fathia Whitney Anjolaoluwa on Saturday march 22,2013
Source : Stelladimokokorkus
But Lil Twist appears to still be at the receiving end of the 19-year-old singer's generosity, and it seems he is still abusing it.
New pictures have emerged showing a messy, alcohol strewn scene at Justin's Calabasas mansion last week that are said to be of a party thrown by the 20-year-old rapper while his friend was wrapping up his tour in Europe.
The pictures were apparently taken near the end of the party, and show a table covered in beer cans, bottles of spirits and a large hookah pipe.
'Marijuana smoke was permeating the singer's home,' reports the website, and beer was flowing, which was evident from the empty bottles and cans strewn over the tables.
According to TMZ, a girl who attended the party said the party was still in full swing when she left at 2am.
Lil Twist has been labeled a 'bad influence' on the Baby hitmaker after sources said the rapper had supplied him with marijuana in January.
Source : Daily Mail
Geri Halliwell tweeted: 'Happy birthday!
'Don't tell anyone, I had my 1st worthy orgasm at 30.'
She then retweeted a follower's quote that 'If a woman loves you, she is more likely to fake an orgasm,' with the reply: 'If u love her she won't have to?'
ladies...You had your first orgasm at what Age? :)
The explicit images show a sex worker known as ‘Gemma’ straddling the altar holding a crucifix and spreading herself over a grave while nude.
She later uploaded the photographs, which were taken without the permission of church officials, onto a website used by punters looking for an escort.
Local vicars described the photo shoot in Grade I-listed St Bartholomew’s Church in Goodnestone, Kent as ‘shameless’ and suggested that it would upset believers.
Gemma, who claims to be from nearby Margate, says on her online profile that she charges £120 an hour for ‘domination and sensual fetish sessions’.
At least two of the pictures she uses to tout her wares were taken at 12th-century St Bartholomew’s, which is no longer used for services but is open to worshippers under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Reverend Andy Bawtree, vicar of St Peter & St Paul church in River near Dover, criticised the woman’s decision to use a place of worship for her escorting activities.
‘Although God made the human body a beautiful thing, there is a time and a place for it,’ he said.
‘I think this is just sad this young lady has decided to use the church – which is a big part of the community, as it houses the post office – in this manner.
‘It’s a place of joy and worship. Surely there’s a better way of meeting people.’
Reverend John Leach, of St John’s church in Folkestone, added: ‘The pictures show the loss of the sense of sacred we have in society in general.
‘I think it’s not on really and it’s something I deplore. I think the whole thing is shameless and shows no consideration for those who may have walked past and seen it by accident.
‘There are those who will be repulsed by the sacrilegious side of it.’
A spokesman for the Churches Conservation Trust said: ‘We’re very sorry to hear pictures of this nature have been taken at our church without our permission.
‘Our churches are open to all as heritage attractions and places of peace and calm, we expect visitors to treat the buildings with the respect they deserve, as well as being respectful of the local community and their use of these buildings.’
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Richard Griffiths, the British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the “Harry Potter” movies, has died. He was 65.
Agent Simon Beresford says Griffiths died on Thursday of complications following heart surgery.
Griffiths appeared in dozens of films and TV shows and was one of Britain’s leading stage actors, creating roles including the charismatic teacher Hector in Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys.”
In 2007 he appeared onstage in “Equus” alongside his “Harry Potter” co-star Daniel Radcliffe.
Present at the meeting were President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde.
Where is our President?
She was named the “Most Influential Pop Star” by a British list that analyzed “social media activity, airplay and press coverage,” beating Beyonce, One Direction, Perry, and Justin Bieber.
On Instagram page, Rihanna posted a screenshot of the news, along with the caption:
“I only know how to be number 1!! I could use a challenge… ‘How dat feel down there on ya knees, Huh?!’”
KUALA LUMPUR : It is understood, locals Solomon beaten when he was with another friend came to the site in Kampung Batu Muda, Jinjang at 6.45 pm to help a friend who was involved in an accident between a car Proton Wira boarded them with a motorcycle and a truck.
It is understood, almost 100 local residents surrounded the vehicle and hit acts from Nigeria involved.
Sentul district police chief ACP Zakaria Pagan said he received information regarding a fight involved at 6.45 pm and rushed to the scene found four men before being beaten while two women and two children from Nigeria, not harmed.
He said four patrol car unit (MPV) were deployed to the scene to break up the fights involved.
“We managed to extricate the victim and his friends a few minutes later and took them to the police station to make a report Jinjang over the incident.
“At that time, the victim is seen only suffered minor injuries and police would like to take evidence as victims, all of a sudden he collapsed and lost consciousness,” he told reporters at a press conference at the police station forecourt Jinjang yesterday.
Zakaria said he then connects ambulance arrived at 7:20 the night before the victim was pronounced dead.
“The victim is a student of a private college was 29 years old and believed to be the cause of early death due to internal bleeding in the head.
“His body was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for post-mortem and the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder,” he said.
He said the truck driver involved in the accident had made a police report but the motorcycle rider has yet to do so.
“Further investigation is underway to find out the actual incident occurs causing the outbreak,” he said.
Meanwhile,The Nigerian embassy has said they are waiting for the Autopsie of mr solomon before anything can be done and they call on all Nigerians not to take law into their Own hand as all what is to be done will be done and they also send their condolence to the wife and family of late mr solomon be done according to law .
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Two Nigerian government agencies say the multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell must pay Nigeria $11.5 billion in compensation for an oil spill in December 2011.
The agencies, in charge of environmental protection affairs, told a parliamentary hearing on Thursday that Shell should compensate for damage caused by an oil spill at its offshore Bonga field.
Shell has taken responsibility for the spill, but it says there is no legal basis for the Nigerian demand. The oil company has also said it is ready to carry out a post-impact assessment to determine the environmental effects of the spill.
The giant oil and gas company argues that on-shore damage was the result of a different spill, and that Shell was not responsible for that incident.
“We are going to do post-impact assessment to determine the effect on the environment. By May the contractor would get to the site and by the third quarter of the year the job would be concluded,” said Chike Onyejekwe, managing director of Shell’s offshore Nigeria unit.
“We cannot do or say anything now until we do the post-impact assessment study. We have received over 300 letters of claims and we are replying to them.”
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) told Nigeria’s national assembly that Shell should pay $5 billion as a fine for environmental damage.
The oil leak in 2011, which was one of the biggest in the history of Nigeria, caused roughly 40,000 barrels to spill into the Gulf of Guinea.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has also sought $6.5 billion as compensation for 100 communities it says were affected onshore.
Source : Presstv
Have you ever been turned down by a lady?
Even in your Kings College days?
I have never been turned down because I always make sure there is green light first. And my game was too much then. Now I don't even have time to be chasing women. I am just focused on my music.
I am trying to settle down as I am getting older. It is only right you settle down because when you are exposed to this kind of attention, it's very easy to go off track. And you don't know if the women want you for who you are or for your money or for your fame or to destroy you.
You are a target once you are famous. So you have to be very smart and don't get exposed in a negative way.
Good for him,i can't even count mine..probably more than 7 times hehehe