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3 Winners Emerge in Goldberg’s Ariya Repete Talent Hunt 2018

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It was celebration galore as winners emerged at the grand finale of Goldberg’s Ariya Repete Talent Hunt held on Friday 11th May 2018 in Ibadan.

 

The finale would forever remain indelible on the minds of Ashafa Olushola Martins, Ayodele Olatunji and members of Oludare Cultural Group, who were the three overall winners at the Ariya Repete Talent Hunt 2018 in the Fuji, Juju and Drumming categories.

 

The grand finale which is a culmination of three months of displays of superb music talent by about 5000 up and coming acts across the south west of Nigeria and Ilorin, an even more rigorous selection process by the Judges, held at the Trans Amusement Park in the ancient city of Ibadan.

 

The road to the final was a long one as each contestant who progressed from the audition stage went through rigorous grooming and mentorship sessions at the Ariya Academy.

 

Eventually, out of about 5000 contestants, only sixteen progressed to the final in Ibadan after they were selected from the forty that slugged it out in the Lagos semi-finals.

 

For the Fuji category, only six contestants namely Ayomide Ode Omotola, Saheed Akangbe, Abiodun Saheed Oloto, Sulaimon Ajibola Destiny, Mohammed Adewale and Asafa Olushola made it to the final.

 

Another four, Wale Crown, Bukola Ahmed, Ayodele Olatunji (a.k.a Femi Bright) and Ayegbayo Oluwaseun qualified from the Juju music category.

 

They were joined in the final by the six dance groups; Ifesowapo Cultural Group, Sakuba Cultural Group, Oludare Cultural Group, Igba Iwase African Entertainment Cultural Group and Eniafede Dance Group.

 

It was a blend of fun and serious business as all the finalists treated the audience to rich renditions of their severally rehearsed and composed songs.

 

Their sonorous voices rent the night as the whole of Ibadan stood still for the performances of all the 16 budding artistes.

 

All sixteen finalists delivered very impressive performances making the selection of the eventual winners even tougher for the Judges.

 

In the end, after long periods of result collation and consultation among the Judges, three contestants who stood out [Ashafa Olushola Martins, Ayodele Olatunji, and Oludare Cultural Group in their performances emerged.

 

Ashafa Olushola Martins got N2 million prize for emerging tops in the Fuji category, while Ayodele Olatunji a.k.a. Femi Bright also went home with N2 million cash prize after winning the Juju category while Oludare Cultural Group, led by a pregnant woman, Olubunmi Sadiq came first in the drumming category and won N1 million cash prize.

 

Consolation prizes ranging from N1m to N250,000.00 were given to First and second runner ups in all the three categories.

 

Franco Maggi Maria, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Speaking to Journalists at the event, said: “As Nigeria’s first indigenous brewery, our pro-Nigerian orientation is evident in our various initiatives.

 

“The Ariya Repete roundtable and talent hunt is a reflection of our commitment to promoting the Nigerian brand and more specifically Yoruba culture especially through music.

 

“Music and Language are two very important elements of every culture, hence by promoting Juju, Fuji and traditional Yoruba drumming, we are not just promoting Yoruba music or the talented acts that have been unveiled here today, but the beautiful culture of the Yoruba people.”

 

An excited Ayodele Olatunji, a National Diploma certificate holder from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti could not hide his joy.

 

He said: “This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I give glory to God for this win.

 

“It didn’t come by my power. I just want to appreciate God and Goldberg Lager Beer for this great opportunity.

 

“With this 2 million naira, I will buy some of the music instruments needed for my shows and make significant change in the life of my family economic-wise.”

 

In addition to the beautiful performances by the contestants, there were also several scintillating performances by Fuji and Juju greats.

 

Juju maestro King Sunny Ade reminded all why for decades he has remained active in the music scene with a masterly delivery of several of his evergreen Juju songs.

 

Not to be outdone, Fuji Lords K1 The Ultimate, King Osupa Saheed, Taye Currency all represented the Fuji genre well with exceptional performances that got the audience raving as they engaged them in an endless sing-along.

 

Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries Plc said “We live for nights like this: beautiful music, beautiful people, smiling faces, cash prizes to reward excellence, a promise of a very future for the new talents discovered here and of course an endless supply of Goldberg Lager beer.

 

“I am impressed by the quality of talent displayed by the music acts discovered in Ariya Repete 2018 and can’t wait to see them excel in the music scene out there.”

 

The event was witnessed by The Oyo State Commissioner of Information, Arts and Culture, Mr. Tayo Arulogun, The Special Assistant to the Oyo State Governor on Youth and Sport, Honorable Bolaji Repte,  Top Nollywood Stars including Yemi Solade, Sanyeri, Wakili, Adedamola Olatunji, Dele Fagboyo the Anchor of Aajirebi and Odunlade Adekola who anchored the event among many.

 

The Ariya Repete  2018 started in Abeokuta with the Roundtable discussion involving key stakeholders in the music, art and culture sector.

 

The initiative of Goldberg Lager Beer, a product of Nigerian Breweries Plc.

 

It is a yearly talent hunt competition that aims to discover, develop and promote talents in the indigenous Yoruba music of Fuji and Juju genres, including Drums, as a way of helping to preserve the Yoruba rich musical and cultural heritage.

 

Ariya Repete will return in March 2019.

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Nigeria, Korea Strengthen Relations to Advance Science & Technology

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The Peoples Republic of Korea yesterday reiterated its commitment to strengthening collaboration with Nigeria in advancing science and technology.

The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jon Choi, said this when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, in Abuja.

Choi said that the essence of sustaining the long existing cooperation between the two countries was to achieve common growth and development in science and technology.

He noted that science and technology is a critical sector in the development of a nation, adding that strengthening the cooperation would enable the two countries to maximise the potential in the sector.

“We, in Korea, are passionate about the people of Nigeria and eager to further our relationship in the area of science and technology.

“We have common interest in developing relations in science and technology because it is a key sector that drives the development of a country.

“In modern world, science and technology is a key index showing the level of development of a country.

“So, we must explore ways to collaborate in pushing ahead science and technology.”

The ambassador emphasized that Korea was able to advance development in spite of sanctions because the country placed priority in developing science and technology.

In his response, Onu said that Nigeria was committed to using science, technology and innovation to utilize more efficiently the enormous resources in the country.

According to the Minister, science, technology and innovations are central to the development of Nigeria.

“And this ministry occupies a central place in re-directing our economy from commodity-based to one based on knowledge.

“This collaboration is very critical because we want to fight and defeat extreme poverty in Nigeria.

“We want to use science, technology and innovations to create jobs and in turn our Gross domestic Product will continue to grow,” Onu said.

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HMD Global Partners with Techpoint Inspired 2018

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As part of efforts to encourage technological innovation and motivate tech startups in Nigeria, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, have thrown their weight behind the 2018 annual Techpoint Inspired conference; billed for 29th of May, 2018 at Pistis Conference Centre, Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos.

Themed, “The Future is now” this year’s event which provides a unique platform for business opportunities and relationship building, is set to assemble industry leaders, founders of tech enabled businesses, startups, tech lovers, and other stakeholders, to explore tech trends that will shape the country’s future.

Olumide Balogun, Head of Marketing at HMD Global West Africa, posits that Nigeria is quick to embrace evolving technology, with the Techpoint Inspired 2018 being able to gather over 5,000 tech enthusiasts a clear evidence of this fact.

“Technology is an enabler that has become the bedrock of the economy and lifestyle across the world, Nigeria being no exception. At HMD Global, we are convinced that technology can enhance the lives of billions of people around the world, which is why we are delighted to be part of a movement such as Techpoint Inspired.

Moves like this will help open new frontiers of innovations to move Nigeria into a new level of technology quest,” Balogun says.

The 2018 edition of the Techpoint Inspired conference will feature various presentations and panel sessions, on which Balogun will be speaking alongside, Gbenga Adegbiji, General Manager, MDX-I, MainOne; Amina Sambo-Magaji, National Coordinator, OIIE; Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative; and Adedeji Olowe, Co-Founder, Open Banking, on “Solving Infrastructure Challenges for Innovation in Nigeria”. The panel discussion will examine the country’s infrastructural gap, how consumers are affected by the challenges and how they can be solved.

The event will feature other discussions such as: The future of work in Nigeria; The consumer, the bank and Fintech; Policy Framework towards sustainable local technology; as well as presentations made by leaders in the industry.

According to the CEO and Founder of Techpint.ng, Adewale Yusuf, the theme of this year’s Techpoint conference, stems out of the fact that we are entering an era where technology would be the backbone of our society. His words, “The future is here. We are on a mission to understand why new technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, Robotics, etc, would matter in the future.”

While expressing gratitude to the sponsors of this year’s event, Yusuf assured that Techpoint will continue to drive its agenda of connecting people to the transformative power of technology, especially as it affects everyday living.

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Mydrim Art Gallery Announces Master’s Exhibition to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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One of Nigeria’s oldest galleries, Mydrim Gallery has announced that it will host a Masters’ art exhibition.

The Exhibition, which is set to take place on the 3rd to 4th of June at the Desiderata in Banana Island, marks Mydrim Gallery’s 25th anniversary.

From its creation, the objective of the gallery was to rectify the way that the art profession was regarded at that time.

Art was not considered a noble profession and society did not accord much importance to the artists or their works.

Mydrim over the years has persistently worked to correct that anomaly and create a platform for educating Nigerians about the importance and value of art.

Speaking at the press conference was the gallery’s founder Mrs Sinmidele Adesanya, who explained the importance of an exhibition such as this by relating to the Nigerian proverb that says “A river that does not know its source will soon run dry.

“This exhibition will exhibit twelve Masters such that art lovers, artists and art students know the “source” of contemporary art today.

These are some of the artists who steered the course and remained committed and focused to developing the visual arts in Nigeria in the face of monumental challenges.

To become a Master takes a lifetime of practice and perfecting as well as having influence in the form of mentoring and teaching.

Not only that but these artists also create emblems of Nigerian society at large and add depths to the culture. These artists have the clout that is not born in a day.

Young artists today need to know the history of those who paved the way for them. The masters in this exhibition have not only created an extensive body of work but they have also changed the ideology of what it is to be an artist, and African at that.

They have brought world renown to Nigerian art and have broken away from Western training in artistic techniques; namely, to exemplify, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Yusuf Grillo brought reform to early Nigerian art in their school days by forming the Zaria Art Society which rebelled against Western techniques.

All of the Masters in this exhibition have dedicated their lives to serving the arts and have extensively studied, researched and honed their talent.

Most of these artists are matured in age so Mydrim wishes to celebrate them in their lifetime. Mydrim is the perfect gallery to commemorate these greats since Mydrim has been a part of all of their journeys in some shape or form. We owe it to them to give them the accolades they deserve.

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