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King Sunny Ade has revealed that lyrical wars among musicians date back to several years.

Sunny Ade who is fondly called KSA revealed this, adding that there were times when he and Ebenezer Obey pretended to be at war.

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KSA revealed that the idea was to make their fans enjoy their music, adding that  his friendship with his then perceived rival Obey began with a clash between their fans.

The 73-year-old singer added that it was their fans that always believed they were fighting.

“It was the fans that believed we were always fighting. Obey and I had been friends since we began our bands and we are still friends till date. He started his band a year before me. Also, we pretended to be fighting in order for our fans to enjoy our music. Then, we used to play at night clubs, and where he was playing wasn’t far from where I played. I recall that the fans would go and disrupt his band, and later come to disturb us too. One day, I went to his (Obey) house to meet him behind closed doors.

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“I asked him how we could manage the situation, and he also asked for my suggestion. We both agreed to change the date of our performances at the club. He chose Thursdays while I maintained Wednesdays. Later, we also pretended to our seniors that we had a misunderstanding, so I invited Pa IK Dairo, Haruna Ishola, Adeolu Akinsanya and two others, to help settle the rift. For a long time, to avoid clashes of our fans, if I had a show, I would ask if Ebenezer Obey was going to be there. If they said yes, I wouldn’t go; and that was the same thing he did too. Our elders then told us there should be no more fight between us, and we should make records to appease our fans.

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“So, when I sang, he replied too. As the two of us were holding the meeting in his house, we just heard a bang on the door and somebody (Olabisi Ajala) was shouting that so the two of us were friends, yet we were pretending otherwise. We didn’t open the door but we had already agreed on how we would be doing things from then on. I have to thank God for his (Obey) life because he later got a call from God and became a cleric. The bottom line is that we have always been friends. We later advised young musicians that they don’t need to fight or destroy one another’s shows because of unnecessary rivalry.”

This comes at a time when MI and Vector are at loggerheads, releasing diss songs to attack each other.
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Court Adjourns Naira Marley’s Fraud Case

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Singer, Naira Marley’s fraud trial has been ajourned.

The case which was brought before a Federal High Court in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was initially meant for Monday, October 21, but was moved to the following day because the court did not sit.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, October 22, it was adjourned by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, who did not announce the date for the next sitting.

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Justice Oweibo held that the case was adjourned to enable EFCC’s counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and Naira Marley’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) to respond to two motions.

Recall that Naira Marley was arrested on May 10 by operatives of the EFCC. He was subsequently charged to court on 11 counts of cyber crime by the anti-graft agency. The singer however pleaded not guilty.

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Soapy Singer, Naira Marley Returns To Court

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The fraud  trial of Nigerian musician, Naira Marley, will continue on Tuesday, October 22.

Earlier fixed for Monday, October 21, the trail was shifted following the failure of the court to sit despite both the defence and prosecution counsel being in the court.

Naira Marley is facing charges of fraud brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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He was arrested by the EFCC in May, accused of conniving with one Yad Isril (at large) to use Access card issued to other persons in a bid to obtain gain, an offence contrary to Section 27(1) (b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum on May 31.

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He was eventually released after spending 14 days in custody.

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2019 AFRIMA: FG Pledges Full Support As Nigeria Hosts Again

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The Federal Government has promised its full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), as the country prepares to host the glamorous event in Lagos 20-23 November 2019, with the theme: ”Feel Africa”.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the promise in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

”When you look at the All Africa Music Awards, it’s one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the awards to take place.

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”We provided support services for AFRIMA, we gave them the backing they need and I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful.

”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the Minister said.

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He said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.

AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage.

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