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Nigeria Independence Day: Here Are Patriotic Songs To Listen To Today



Nigeria Independence Day: Here Are Patriotic Songs To Listen To Today

Nigeria independence day is the news headline today. This is because the country marks its independence day yet again.

Interestingly, Nigeria independence day is celebrated annually on the first day of October. This, primarily marks the country’s freedom from the British government in 1960.

Amongst many other reasons, Nigeria’s Independence Day is usually a day set aside to honour the country’s heroes.

However, while Nigeria is blessed with a diversity of tribes, religions, languages, and cultures, the most populated African country is also blessed with talented artistes, who have recorded and released songs that celebrate their nation.

These artistes, with their songs, have contributed immensely to national growth and unity among Nigeria’s citizenry.

Below are some of the songs you should listen to today:

Which Way, Nigeria – Sunny Okosun

When singer Sunny Okosun released this classic in 1983, the intent was to bring a truthful realisation to both the Nigerian leaders and the populace. The song’s lyrics frown at bribery and corruption which lurks around the country.

Greenland – Ty Bello

Interestingly, this song is TY Bello‘s debut, and it’s a song that aims at spreading love, strengthening family bonds, and expressing optimism for Nigeria. Released in 2007, the song also encourages Nigerians to move away from the state of fear and discomfort to a land of hope and possibilities.

One love – Onyenka Onwenu

Onwenu, a Nigerian music legend who has been so passionate about unity in the country, expresses the need for unity in this track. The song conveyed a bundle of messages to Nigerians. In the same vein, the tender voices of children who sings the chorus were indeed a track to reckon with.

Song of Unity – Nigerian leaders

This song was performed by Nigerian leaders, both past heads of states and democratic leaders men. The song, which was a declaration of unity in the country features Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun ObasanjoErnest Shonekan Oladipo Diya, and the late Alex Ekwueme.

Lift up Nigeria – king Sunny Ade

The king of music, King Sunny Ade extends his love to all tribes, and religions in Nigeria. In his track, he urges everyone to come together and work for the continuous progress of the country.

Nigeria my beloved country – Funmi Adams

Funmi Adams, popular in the 80s and 90s, promoted cultural diversity among youths.  Asides from the nostalgic feeling you get from the song, it preaches unity and harmony. This song remains evergreen in the hearts of many Nigerians.

Let’s Live Together – Kush

A gospel and R&B group released a song titled Let’s Live Together in the 2000s. The song re-establishes the statement “united we stand, divided we fall”.  It also reminds Nigerians of the need to live together in peace and harmony.

Nigeria go Survive – Veno Marioghae

The artiste expresses hope and faith in Nigeria. The song which was rendered in the pidgin English language celebrates Nigeria’s natural resources.

Motherland – Sound Sultan

The song Motherland serves as a reminder to Nigerians that have left the country in search of beautiful and blessed land that no matter how far and wide they go, Nigeria still remains the best place for them to be.

Great Nation – Timi Dakolo

This song is one that inspires Nigerians never to lose hope in themselves and believe in unity.

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Navy Reveals Why Cute Abiola Was Arrested



Navy Reveals Why Cute Abiola Was Arrested

The Nigerian Navy has placed one of its personnel, OSCOMP Abdulgafar Ahmad, otherwise known as Cute Abiola, on one-month ‘extra duty’ for wearing a police uniform in one of his skits and for ridiculing the Nigeria Police Force in the process.

The popular Instagram comedian was arrested on Monday, November 15, 2021, but has been released from detention to serve his ‘light corrective punishment’ in the cantonment.

Ahmad, 25, is expected to end his punishment by December 15, 2021, when he would be allowed to return home to his family.

Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun, confirmed the development, saying the comedian was given a light punishment of a ‘one-month extra duty’ after a military trial.

Dahun said, “Cute Abiola has been placed on one-month extra duty after he was tried. He will be in charge of cleanship; supervising painting, electricians, carpentry, cutting of grasses, and others. He will be supervising civilians.

He is no longer under detention. He has been released to move around to serve his punishment.

Because he was detained on November 15, that one month will start counting from then, which means he is going to be engaged till December 15. By then, he will be off the extra duty.

A military source, who spoke on the matter, explained that an extra duty means that the comedian is the “Minister of Works in the Barracks” for the period of the punishment.

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Spotify Launches Ad Studio In Nigeria, Others



Spotify Launches Ad Studio In Nigeria, Others

Spotify, a music streaming service provider, has launched a self-serve advertising platform, Ad Studio, in Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The innovative advertising medium has been made available to even more artists around the globe.

Christopher Li, Director of Digital Planning and Products at Live Nation and Spotify Ad Studio, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

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Li said Ad Studio is a tool on the Spotify platform that allows artists, brands, and businesses to easily run audio and video adverts.

He said advertisers can create a campaign within minutes, and the platform provides flexibility and control to set up and manage campaigns in real-time.

” Never made an audio ad? Spotify makes it easy, you can build a custom audio ad for free, right in Ad Studio, in as little as 24 hours,” he said.

Li said Spotify had already launched Ad Studio in other markets, including America and Europe, and looked forward to the impact this will have in emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa, where audio streaming is on the rise.

He noted that in order to advertise with this tool, advertisers needed to spend a minimum of N100,000.

According to him, Ad Studio provides advertisers with free audio creation tools including background music mixing, voiceover talent, audience targeting, and real-time reporting.

” Reaching audiences with Spotify Ad Studio is efficient and easy, you can decide to target listeners by genre preferences, interests, and context.

“It only takes us a few minutes to create a campaign, and the free voiceover service saves a lot of effort too,” he said.

As the world leader in audio streaming, Spotify brings music and podcasts to nearly 365 million users in 184 markets, across hundreds of devices.

This is where young people are — and where young people go, marketers follow, 71 percent of Spotify free listeners are under 35 and the median age of podcast listeners is 27.

In Nigeria alone, over 100 million citizens are active internet users. Of this number, 57.9 percent use music apps- up from 54 percent last year.

The median age in this market is 18, meaning that the majority of smartphone users are Gen-Z.

Similar to Ghana and Kenya, the Gen-Z market is increasing, and many young people are streaming audio.

The launch of Ad Studio is another way Spotify is leading the way in audio innovation globally and providing advertisers with the opportunity to grow their audiences in these emerging markets. 

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Wizkid Bags Two Grammy Nominations



BREAKING: Wizkid Bags Two Grammy Nominations

Popular singer Ayodeji Balogun otherwise known as Wizkid, has bagged two nominations 2022 Grammy Awards nominations.

The music star was nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category for his hit single, Essence, in which he featured Tems.

Wizkid was also nominated in the Best Global Music Album for his fourth studio album, Made in Lagos.

More details later…

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