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Alibaba Bemoans Pressure On Aspiring Artistes To Indulge In ‘Rituals’ For Fame



Comedian and actor Akunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Alibaba, on Friday, claimed that aspiring artistes partake in occultic practices prior to getting signed by a record label.

Speaking to Newsmen on Friday, Alibaba claimed that these traditions are just one of many things that cause young artists to have blind spots.

His comments come amid growing public outrage over the allegations of abuse suffered by the late 27-year-old singer Ilerioluwa Olademeji, also known as Mohbad, until his demise on September 12.

“For me, there are some things that you would not want to do, and you must stick with it. It is the same thing with some of these artists — some of them do rituals now,” said Alibaba.

“As an artiste, you must define your purpose, you must hold on to some strong values you’ve been brought up with.


According to the performer, there is a strong desire to become well-known and successful that is displacing some artistes’ core principles and “this is where peer pressure sets in”.

“People just want to blow; they want to be seen, they want to be heard,

they want to make money, they want to belong. And because of that, they step back from the values they have been brought up with and do what they shouldn’t do,” he said.

Alibaba argued that certain artistes are surviving and thriving despite the pressures of the entertainment industry.

“They don’t smoke, they don’t hold cigars, they don’t hold the glass cup and drink whiskey in their [music videos], and they insist on it,” he said.

“Even if the choreography says it would add colour to the video, they would say no.”

An artiste and producer, Olawale Luqman, who also spoke to Newsmen, claimed that when young upcoming artistes get contracts, they get really hyped and are under pressure to sign contracts.

“They don’t even think about what exactly they are trying to do with this contract – they just want to sign it. They see the big numbers because the labels know how to structure a contract. They just put the big numbers,” Luqman said.

“They just make sure you see you are getting $100,000 in advance but they don’t know that the $100,000 is a loan. By sweat or anything, you have to pay that loan.

“That’s why so many of these artists get trapped in record labels, and they can’t do anything about it. Some people don’t even get signed with a contract; some people get signed by initiation: ‘Yo, we are cult members now, this is what it is.’ Some people don’t even sign a contract.”

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway



Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.


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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis



Rivers State Governor
– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”


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