Following the effervescence with which the show kicked off a couple of weeks back, it will be just in place to submit that, mediocrity is no longer tolerable in the academy. And same explains why two very warm but less prolific families were sent packing earlier in the week. The Nwogwugwu and Ozurumba families have earned their place in history, at least as the first two to be evicted from the Maltina Dance All Academy season 6 after performing the Wazobia and Salsa dance. The families lost the chance to get favourable nod from the judges and were consequently evicted.
Anchored by Kemi Adetiba, the first eviction show had three families locking horns. The Okasia, Nwogwugwu and Ozurumba families had been placed on possible eviction list after their Wazobia outing which failed to show dexterity in their team work and proficiency in dance techniques. The Okasia had narrowly escaped eviction and must be thanking their stars for getting a second chance after their Salsa dance performance.
The Ozurumba family who opened the show with the Wazobia dance got the audience’s applause, but only if that were enough to guarantee their stay in the academy. They were followed by the Nwogwugwu and Okasia families who gave their all to outdo each other.
Muyiwa Osinaike, one of the judge’s remarks was promising anyway; he said that most of the families who have participated at the eviction showdown from the past till present always come back to the stage with so much vibrancy and determination, while encouraging a better outing next time.
In the sequence of the dance contest, the second dance performed by the contestants was the Salsa, led by the Nwogwugwu clan, the Okasia and Ozurumba families respectively.
One of the judges, Janell Bugress, also a dance expert noted that the Salsa performance from the three families was not as encouraging as anticipated and that they all came on stage to convince the judges but lacked flexibility and accuracy in their performances.
Another judge, Muyiwa Osinaike couldn’t have agreed more when he also stressed that the Nwogwugwu family lacked the basic elements of Salsa and that the performance was a comedy of error because he did not feel the power and technique needed for a pulsating Salsa performance.
Matilda, the representative of the Ozurumba family would still be in the academy by now, if tears would erode sound judgment. She said that she felt her family did the best they could, but would have been happy if they had made it to the next level of the competition as her family still had a lot to offer. It will happen, but maybe back in their family courtyard. Describing her experience in the MDA academy, Matilda said, “I knew right from when I got here that the academy was going to be tough as it was filled with many strong families. But above all, I thank Maltina for the opportunity given my family and I to get to this stage.” And after the former had shown failing forward spirit, Brainie, from the evicted Nwogwugwu family, commended the organisers for the opportunity to enable him learn new dance styles; he promised that he would take to the judges’ corrections to hone his dance skills outside the academy.
Who should be asking whether the movie star, Funke Akinde is pregnant or not? But for her public persona, that she’s pregnant or not would have been inconsequential. She’s married after all, whether to a married man or not. We’re yet to see anyone come out to cry foul. Now that some of her fans believe that she is expectant, which is of course, not injurious to a celebrity who has managed to escape many scandals unruffled, the truth should not be far-fetched. And even Funke herself must be laughing by now. The tale of her pregnancy originated from what looks like a baby bump spotted on her wearing a sari gown at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in New York recently. For your information, just a few days back, Funke had some rigorous exercise at the Malta Guinness Work-Out session with Kaffy and if you are privileged to see her sweating, suspending that thought will be seamless to you by now. Who says expectant mothers don’t work out? But the vigour with which the lady did hers brings that to doubt. And the peddler may not have known Funke well enough before her marriage. We have it on impeccable source that the story making the rounds is a mere wishful thinking. Same was said of Ini Edo-Ehiagwina shortly after her marriage in Ona Local Government, Akwa Ibom State sometime in March, 2009.
Battle ready to take the space by storm, the management of a new entertainment outfit, Hitmakerz has signed on artistes they believe will come on the music scene with a bang. The management brags that in a few months, artistes under the label will become some of the most sought after in this part of the world and that the dream is to move from there to the global stage. Led by Babalola Oluwaseyi Tope, the management echoed its achievements in other countries where it has visible presence: “We are proud to have two major music acts at the moment, Xtreme and Nickcrown and these two are going to rule the Nigerian music scene in a matter of months. We have taken our time to examine what these two recording artistes possess and I dare say that our name will be on the lips of music lovers in Nigeria.” Other members of the management team include Obaoluwafem Junaid, Elufisan Oluwadare, Funsho Olatubosun and Sesan Okewole all of whom also reiterated the CEO’s vision of conquering the music world with branches in Ghana, Poland, South Africa and United Kingdom.
Words have gone to town that Duncan Wene Mighty has sold the right to his latest album to popular marketer, ABU ventures for N15 million. In a telephone conversation with the dancehall maestro last Tuesday, he revealed; “It’s true that my album is dropping today and I have a working arrangement with ABU ventures. I don’t want to put a figure to the deal but it’s actually a fair one above six digits. And what if I sell the right and get N15m royalty for the work? But it’s actually unfair to be mentioning especially at a time there are artistes out there who will give up their works for N100,000. My mentor, Chris Aire taught me to be humble and that alone has worked many wonders for me. I imbibed it and I’m eternally grateful to him for bringing me up with such philosophy”. The 16-track album dubbed ‘Footprint’ is released to the market and will be his third following Legacy, a successful sophomore.
Wizkid and Davido
The industry is rife with speculations of some bad blood between young songsters, Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a. Wizkid and David Adeleke otherwise known as Davido, both raves of the moment. A camp believes that the reason these two acts avoid each other like a plague is not unconnected with professional rivalry and that they fall into opposing music caucuses. SBF’s attention was drawn to an incidence at the recently concluded Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York where Davido allegedly exited the hall as soon as Wizkid mounted the stage. Eye witnesses claim that Davido and his men didn’t leave the venue, but only ensured that they didn’t see the performance of Wizkid who ended up not doing badly. The singing duo hitherto enjoyed each other’s company and was last spotted at a birthday gig at Lekki, Lagos where they intermittently mesmerized their fans.
Miss motors debuts in nigeria
Miss Motors International, a global beauty pageant inaugurated in Milan, Italy by Royal Event International sometime in December, 2005 has crept into the towering Nigerian entertainment industry. Being an annual contest with over 60 participating countries (now including Nigeria), its 8th edition would see Nigeria represented by Taiwo Saidat Amusa. And there’s so much expectation from the Miss Motors Nigeria especially with plans in top gear for the staging of Miss Motors pageant, 2013. The calendar will be unveiled at the welcome party. The event is billed to hold between September 8 and 15 in Italy and coincides with the first Italy Beauty Festival, an event which seeks to celebrate Italy in its peculiar features; art, fashion, cuisines amidst other cultural displays.
late bayo ojuyobo
Talented fuji musician, Bayo Akanni, a.k.a. Ojuyobo’s death last Sunday sent the Fuji Music Association of Nigeria (FUMAN) into mourning. The deceased whose health later relapsed before the fateful Sunday he breathed his last, had a protracted battle with a highly malignant heart disease to which he succumbed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH. He has since been buried at his Mowe, Ibafo home. Ojuyobo was Pasuma Wonder’s close ally before his demise and the Arabambi’s caucus to which he belonged still grieves over his death at age 45. He is survived by wife and children.
Obiwon’s tot arrives
Obiora Nwokolobia fondly called Obiwon (the title of his popular single), is now a father. His wife, Nkechi was delivered of a bouncing baby girl penultimate Tuesday, September 4. And the banker turned lyricist is still basking in the euphoria of the baby’s arrival. The R&B singer got public spotlight in 2008, thanks to his dialectal singles, ‘Onyinye’ and ‘Obi Mu O’. His marital union was formalised in a traditional wedding held Anambra State in September, 2011.