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THE NIGERIAN MUSICIAN AND HIS MESSAGE – Written by Eleanya Ndukwe Jr.

Dear Nigerian Musicians,

I can’t stress enough how important it is for the Nigerian musician to use his music to discuss more important things than “Shake your bum bum” or “spend the money” or their classic favourite, “I don blow”. At times when I sense the urge to write another letter to the Nigerian musician, I get the creepy feeling that I’m about to start sounding like a broken record.

Dear Nigerian musician, what is your music without a core message which resonates among the subconscious minds of your listeners, fans and the world at large? What is your music when it fails to address prevalent societal issues your listeners can relate with? What is your message when we can’t even stand the instrumental or lyrics of your “hit track” barely a month after its release because of its irrelevance?
What are the biggest issues plaguing Nigeria today? Tribalism, nepotism, ethnic unrest, religious conflicts, massive underachievement in all social, political and economic sectors, political assassination, fraud, human trafficking/ kidnapping, basic human rights abuse, abuse of constitutional rights and privileges, electoral malpractices, abuse of power and others. The younger generation is growing up with a twisted mind set of what it means to “make it” or “blow”. Today, these young bloods are either sucking up to corrupt, vile political godfathers, serving as their P.A.s or just joining the internet fraud “way”. I hope you know you cannot blame them when Kelly Handsome once celebrated the idea with his Halleluyah (Maga Don Pay anthem).

What have you so-called celebrity musicians been mixing in the studios other than empty, blunt, aesthetically-bereft songs with perhaps the instrumental and some barely repeatable choruses or phrases from them? Take a pick: “Bank Alert”, “Another Level”, “Gift”, “Dorobucci”, “Limpopo”, “Ferrari”, “I concur”, “Rainbow”, “Enter The Place”, “Alingo” etc., you know them.

Truth be told, the only effort of merit dished out by Nigerian musicians in my opinion, in regards to this subject matter was 2face idibia’s “For Instance” (and I bet you remember what year it was released, 2006). Asa’s “Jailer” (2007), M.I. Abaga’s “Ashes” (2012 tribute to the ALUU 4 victims).
Others since then have been largely nothing worth mentioning in this space; primarily concerned with the 50 Billion bank alerts; who stole their girlfriends and broke their hearts, the enemies against their progress and likes.

Mind you. I have no personal problems with the musicians mentioned in this article. I love them all and appreciate what effort they have invested into their careers in attaining whatever heights they have so far – but we need more.
I remember the consciousness I felt after watching “Straight Outta Compton”. That consciousness became heightened when I visited the city of Compton some months ago on a family friend’s invitation; a man who grew up in Compton. While we watched episodes of “Streets of Compton”, he regaled me with tales of what it was like living in Compton in the early and mid 90s.

The drugs. The killings. The never-ending Shootings. Riots. Fightings. Gang rivalries. The perceived psychological warfare waged against the blacks that made them see each other as the enemy. Racial discrimination. Lack of jobs and security from the federal government and all what not. Issues everyone who knew about the city or grew up there could identify and relate with.
In today’s existence, who is telling these stories with his music? Who is bringing the consciousness of the American public and the world to problems experienced in the past and some that have festered using Compton as his drawing board? One man. His name: Kendrick Lamar!
When Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and The Game passed the torch to Kendrick Lamar as the New King of the West Coast in 2011, I thought it was premature. Not because he hadn’t exhibited enough talent to be considered so at the time, but I felt he needed to stay true to what had brought him to that glorious level a little longer, while solidifying his status as one of the best or perhaps even the best.

But since then, his subsequent albums have been nothing short of legendary. I sincerely think Kendrick Lamar, if he continues on this path, is definitely on his way to immortality. He has already won seven Grammy Awards, received two civic honours and been included in Billboard’s “The 10 Greatest Rappers of All-Time” amongst other accolades. But I digress.

Just listening to his musical releases, you can identify and feel the passion, the awareness he draws towards the themes and subject matters he raps about. Take for instance his latest album, DAMN (released in April 2017 and certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) by May, 2017), listening to “Humble” or “DNA” or the other tracks on the album makes you ‘feel’ him, the themes, how relevant they are in today’s living. Above all, they connect you to the spirit of the subject matter and that of Kendrick. Its not just about the rap. Its more than that. Its about the consciousness he brings to his music. The way he pulls his listeners into his world, bringing the street, the pressures, the tragedies, the perceptions, the pains of these issues to the awareness of the public. He shows the world these struggles in his music.
Dear Nigerian musicians, let that sink in.

I am not in any way insinuating that you should be Kendrick. No way. I am only asking that you stay true to struggles every Nigerian can identify with, tackling these issues in perhaps the only way you know best – fortunately or ‘unfortunately’ – music.

In the end, this is what defines the legacy of a music and an artiste: producing what does stand the test of time. The High life music of Chief Osadebe, ‘highlifing’ the ideologies and societal ills of his time will remain evergreen. So too will the works of the eternal Ebenezer Obey. Chief Oliver de Coque. Victor Uwaifo. Onyeka Onwenu. Baba Fela and others. Legends. Greats. Their music had a message. They spoke to us. They addressed issues of those times. How could we be sure? They were declared public enemies of the barbaric government of the time for speaking out against what they perceived to be injustices. They were harassed. Prosecuted. Beaten. Jailed.

Just for sober reflection, do you think any musician today could/would be troubled by the “change” agents for speaking out against their BS in Aso Villa? I was hoping 2face Idibia would prove this trend wrong with his aborted protest. Perhaps that was to serve as a micro cosmic analogy of where our musicians stand in discussing prevalent societal issues we all can identify with as Nigerians.
As I have mentioned in the past, music must be eternal. Being that means it must tell us what we can identify and relate with. It must change us from the inside. If we do not get a sense of renewal; a shift in ideology; a re-awakening of a drifting soul after listening to your music, you failed. I’m sorry.

If I have to play your “Reggae Blues” and think its some Gala advertisement jingle, you failed woefully.
Yes, I said it. I’m in my house. Come and beat me.
#TheNewMind


Eleanya Ndukwe Jr.

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FACE OF THE CAVE FOR THE WEEK (Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Hi lovelies, I’m presenting you the best looks this week as I always do.


George is deeply rooted in the entertainment world. He has featured in a couple of dramas & movies showcasing his acting prowess, considered phenomenal.
His good sense of style is top-notch.
George knows how to compliment his stunning looks with fashionable wears, that only a creative fashion designer as himself knows how to put together. For these reasons, he is our man of the week!


Chioma Faith is a gorgeous mum of one, with a good head for figures.
Oh yes, she’s an astute banker!
When you’re all beauty and brains, a face of the week spot in this cave, is definitely well-earned.

Scroll down to see more of their lovely photos and profiles.
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Name: George Onyebuchi


State: Anambra state


Profession: Actor/Fashion designer


Likes: food


Dislikes: fake people


Favourite Quote: “It can only get better”


Contact: Instagram – @Jorgeblaq

My anticipated ebooks – “The life of a Lagos” whore and “Campus Affair” are available. Get Your Copies Now! And enjoy an in-depth view of real life happenings in our society – the bad and the ugly! It also serves as an eye opener.
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Name: Ezennaya Chioma Faith


State: Anambra


Profession: Banker


Likes: Water, smiles, Cheerful, kind and honest people (likes bread a lot too)


Dislikes: Pride, lies, death


Favourite Quote: “Do unto others what you wish them to do unto you”


Contact: Ezennaya Chioma Faith (Facebook)


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Quote For The Week
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama

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Fond Memories of Benin City – Written by Abanifi Phoebe Ijeoma

**Singing** Edo, Edo nimose, Edo, Edo nimose Edo Edo ooo, Edo oo, Edo nimose.
Yeah I love to tell real life stories, I just love it probably due to the fact that when I was a child I use to be a gossip **winks**

Here goes my story, I originally hail from Anambra state, a town called Ekwulobia in Aguata local government area.
But do you all know I that I was born, raised and “buttered” in the ancient city of Benin Kingdom in Edo state? Did you know that my whole life revolved around Benin city??

Facts You Must Know About The Binis
~ They cook the best stews/all kinds of rice in the whole Nigeria
~ They don’t joke with their Monarch ( The Oba Of Benin Kingdom)
~ They do not engage in prolong quarrel, they prefer fight to quarrel instead of disturbing the whole neighbourhood with noise.

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Have you ever wondered why “Mama Put” business thrive very well in Benin city no matter if it’s small scale? This is because the way they prepare their stews or jollof is just out of this world. I remember years back when I went shopping in Oba Market, my customer was complaining how hungry he was, I told him to go get food from a nearby buka owned by an Igbo woman and this were his exact words ” Na only Eba, akpu and semo I fit eat for there, I no fit eat rice for there because dem no sabi cook stew like Bini people and na rice dey hungry me, I no no why Iye Osahon dey delay to pass”. I could not agree less.

This takes me back memory lane to my Secondary school, Saint Maria Goretti Secondary. I could remember how I and my number one friend Obianuju Adanma Odum use to patronise “Mama Put” during break time in school despite the fact that our mums and my dad could pass for international chefs but we could not just resist the urge of that Bini woman stew in our canteen, we will go to canteen to queue to buy rice in white nylon and order goes like this : “Iye give me rice 50naira, tozo 20naira, roundabout 20naira and oil meat 20 naira. Put plenty stew” and you need to see the joy in our eyes as we relished the food sucking it straight from the nylon. They are just the best. I say Kudos to these set of “Mama Put” sellers that made my childhood a memorable one;

~ Iye Ebo Pepper Rice
~ Emovon Rice
~ Iye Nosa Rice
~ Odion And Family Leaf Rice just to mention a few plus my childhood friend that we grew up on the same street almost the same compound. ~Mama Osato rice you guys are the real deal.

The Binis would rather have you say despicable things about their state governor than for you to disrespect the Oba Of Benin Kingdom, dem born you well? I remember one incident in Ekiosa market, an Igbo man who just came to Bini for the first time to serve his master, engaged in an argument, they were talking about how the Oba is revered in the whole Edo state and the Igbo man ignorantly asked ” Who be this una Oba self? Who e be?” Chai, all hell broke loose, immediately they were pandemonium, they were practically dragging the guy to the palace, it took the intervention of the leader of Igbo traders for them to let him go, issuing him serious warning never to talk about their Oba in that manner.

Lastly, the Binis are peaceable to some extent, they do not engage in any sort of quarrel unnecessarily. If they must quarrel it must result to fight. You cannot just engage a Bini person in a quarrel and just enter your house back without fight it is not possible. In all I love the Binis, I love Benin city I love Edo state.

If you are a non Bini indigene planning to visit Benin some day because they have nice tourist attractions, do not be sceptical to patronise any Bini “Mama Put” especially the ones cooking rice and you surely get value for your money, do not disrespect their Monarch in speech or actions and please, please and please if you no get power to fight no quarrel because if you must quarrel you must fight.
Thank you.
Sing along with me again….
Edo, Edo Nimose Oba khato Ikpere Iseeeeeeeeee!!!!


Written by: Abanifi Phoebe Ijeoma

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Why They Should Live Their Dreams by Obaya Egume

My mind has been unsettled this evening. So many things rushing in and out. One of the things I remembered early this evening was a call from ‘an Uncle’.
We discussed the usual ‘where are you headed’ and ‘what next’.
He spoke about my ‘9-5’ and how it is really difficult these days. He spoke about constant revamping of self. Aiming higher and all that ish.
Imagine his reaction when he asked me what I’d really love to do.
He probably hoped he had fired me enough to make me reason along with him and mention some of his suggestions as my next line of action.

‘I’d love to be a photographer and a writer’.
I didn’t say it to spite him or to sound funny. It was a matter of fact statement.
The silence on the other end of the line was a scream if its own.
You could have pricked the silence with a pin and it would scream.
After a moment, he continued with suggestions.
It sounded like he took the time to remind himself that the person he was on the phone with is also an adult and not a baby.

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Must we all put on ties? Must we all have white collar jobs? Who determines what job is okay and what isn’t?
Photography in Nigeria is really gaining grounds now unlike before.
To those of us with little children, do we have to live our dreams through them? What about their dreams as individuals?
Can you see the way the country is going? What talent does your child have that you can assist in honing such that when that child is grown, he/she can turn it into a means of livelihood?
Must our kids be doctors, lawyers or engineers? Can’t they be fashion designers, writers, photographers, carpenters, painters, etc? Would it make them losers?
And no! We don’t have to point to big brands and say can’t you see how big he/she has become just by being a fashion designer(insert talent)? Can your child be a pioneer in that field? Not a bad idea.
Let us always try to develop our children as well as help them develop their talents.

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This is for those who tell creative folks ‘is it not just to.. (insert applicable talent here) write, draw, snap, hit wood together, etc….
Is something doing you? If it is just, then why don’t you carry just yourself and do it?
Oh, and to you thiefing my pishures, shey you’re looking for court case abi?
The pictures are for sale. You can get a soft copy or you can get a framed hard copy. You want it for business? You can also buy exclusive rights to a picture. Don’t come and be letting the devil use you.

Say no to thiefing!
Say no to belittling (even if it is the grammar)!
Say no to is it not just…!
Say no to you must be a doctor, lawyer or engineer!


Oghenekevbe Egume works as a customer care representative in the bank. He is a foodie who describes himself as ‘unseriously serious’.

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My Photo Studio Experience

Those of you who walk into studios and end up slaying your photos, I salute you guys! I mean, how do you guys achieve that, effortlessly?
Honestly, I dread taking my pictures in photo studios. Reasons:

1) I’m camera shy. I find it difficult to pose for photo shots, well except I’m very cool with the person behind the camera. Its got to be someone who won’t be laughing at my awkwardness. Ehen, that’s only when I can comfortably attempt to bring out the model in me.

2) That’s what I’m about to gist you.
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“Good evening, is your oga around?” I asked the Yoruba girl wearing hijab, sitting on the pavement in front of the local studio. I’d come to take studio pics.
She replied, “You wan snap pishure?”
“I said is oga around?”, I snapped.
Her oga happened to be one of the best photographers around. The man owned the only studio in the area some years back, so he was quite popular and in demand.
“No be pishure you come snap? Ehn, enter inside studio na”, she said, giving me a weird look.

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“I dey come make I go start gen”
Reluctantly, i entered the poorly lit studio, there i met some other teenage girls whom i guessed were undergoing apprenticeship.
“Ef’okan bale, Ile lewa” (make yourself at home)
“See chair sidon”, They greeted and welcomed me cheerfully.
“Take powder rub”
One of the assistants offered me ‘morning rose’ powder as soon as the studio was illuminated by a fluorescent light.
By then, the older hijab girl who got the generator started, had entered the studio.
She then proceeded to set up the camera lighting system, the umbrella and other equipment.
Seeing how she instructed the other girls to position studio props and set the backdrops black curtains properly,
I could tell she was the more experienced apprentice in the pack. Yet I couldn’t trust any hand with my picture, apart from their oga.

I stepped in front of the mirror, checked out my powered face,
straightened my collar, smoothened my shirt, made cute faces. I came dressed in my new, green long sleeved shirt, baggy Snoop Dogg jeans and big trainers. The typical 2000s thuggish dress code for big boys. My outfit had me feeling like the freshest thing since Agege bread.
I’d even caught some of the teenage girls staring at me at some point, as if they were day dreaming. That fine boy effect!

“You don ready?” she asked.
Who? Me?
From all indications, their oga was actually not around.
I had no choice other than to let the girls carry on.
The camera girl, the one in hijab, didn’t even say words like, “smile”, “cheese”, “bend a little”.
She kept flicking like she was releasing bullets on me.
With my side eye, i caught the other teenage girls who stood at a corner, giggling and covering their mouths.
I lost my confidence. My hands were just dangling awkwardly, while the snap shots were taken.
I was told to come for the copy after some days; I think 5 days or thereabout.

Gawd, within those days, I dreamt of my studio pics; days and nights.
You may not understand sha, It was my first time entering studio to snap pishure. Moreover, i couldn’t wait to see the reason why some evil friends had always encouraged me to try modelling.
The much anticipated day arrived. My photo was sealed in an envelope and handed to me by one of the apprentices.
My heart pounded as I brought it out of the envelope.
Fada lawd!
The person in that picture wasn’t me. The way i stiffened up like a monument ehn, I couldn’t understand.
My legs?
One leg was at Sokoto, the other leg, at Warri. My eyeballs were upward, as if I was half-asleep while standing.
I quickly put the wack photo back inside the envelope, cursing those ‘bomboklat’ apprentices under my breath and left.

At home, i think I threw the pics where I’d never find it again. Since then, I resolved never to take photographs in studios.

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FACE OF THE CAVE FOR THE WEEK (Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Meet this week’s faces – Donald and Chinyere.
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Name: Donald Alaribe
State: Imo


Profession: Business marketing


Likes: honesty, trust, loyalty sense of humour


Dislike: Anything bad
Hobbies: singing music and reading


Favourite Quote: “When you find a king, keep him. When you find a queen love and protect her. Don’t reshuffle your cards, cos you might end up picking a joker.”


Contact: 07031557334

My anticipated ebooks – “The life of a Lagos” whore and “Campus Affair” are available. Get Your Copies Now! And enjoy an in-depth view of real life happenings in our society – the bad and the ugly! It also serves as an eye opener.
To get copies, email: maduka_ekene@yahoo.com
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Name: Chinyere Ugochukwu
State: Imo


Profession: Business


Likes: Truth


Dislikes: Lies


Favourite Quote: “Be yourself”


Contact: Chinyere Ugochukwu (Facebook)

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Quote For The Week
“When there’s a will, there’s a way”

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Interview With First Class Graduate of Uniben and Agripreneur – Evabor Austin Akpevwe

He is one of the few graduates in the country who take pride in getting their hands soiled, while cultivating the soil.
Austin’s ingenuity and passion for farming has been transformed into a vocation, and the excellent results are evident in his co-owned brand, Greenfidence Agribusiness NG LTD. For this reason, Bismark’s Cave sought him for an interview.
Feast on it!
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Q| Let’s Meet You.
A| I am Evabor Austin Akpevwe from Delta state. Co- founder/CEO of Greenfidence Agribusiness NG LTD. First class graduate of soil science and land management, University of Benin. I’m a passionate enthusiastic young farmer who believes that agriculture has an important role to play in curtailing the menace of unemployment and un-productivity that plagues the Nigerian youth.

Q| What type of farming do you practice?
A| Basically crop production and mini- livestock production that is grasscutter farming and snailery.

Q| What motivated you go into farming?
A| My passion for agriculture has been my driving force since my undergraduate days in the university, I started my first snail farm in 400level. Also,my strong desire to contribute to the growth of my community. Most importantly,Serving as a youth corper (NYSC) at the INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE, IITA Abuja, under the youth agripreneur team, was a great eye opener for me. I saw how the abuja youth agripreneur team were generating so much income from agribusiness. I was able to identify the various entry points in the agricultural value chain. I realized that if many Nigerian youths could see the millionaire potentials that lies in agriculture and embrace it, then the issues of unemployment, poverty, increased crime rate, and food insecurity in our community would be greatly reduced. This insight has propelled me to be a positive beacon to my generation, that through agribusiness we can!.

Q| Has it been a lucrative venture?
A| Yes it has. However agribusiness is not a get rich quick scheme. It requires patience, commitment, persistence and consistency to enjoy the fruits it offers. Also, very important to note is the need to have good knowledge of the sector before venturing into it. I have heard many people complain of how they couldn’t make any profit after giving it a try. Most times it is because of lack of proper technical know how. Agribusiness has its risks, but if properly done it is a very lucrative business.

Q| What keeps you going?
A| Generally, it’s my fear of failure. I fear living a mediocre life, so the desire to live my life to its full potentials and make global impact especially among young people propels me. I hope to see Nigerians in my time, discovering and utilising their potentials through entrepreneurship rather than waiting for little or non existent white collar jobs. Change begins with me, as Mr. President would say.

Q| Do you experience losses? What measures do you take to prevent losses?
A| Of course. I remember how I lost my first ever investment in rabbitery back in 400level because of loose commitment and lack of attention. Like I said earlier, agriculture has its own risk. There are times when you carry out all the routine management practices and agronomic practices yet an outbreak might just occur and your investment is gone. However, from my experience, one can prevent losses by;
1. Following all management practices keenly.
2. Pay proper attention to your crops or livestock and be ready to take prompt action whenever you notice any issues. Be on ground to see things happen, don’t be an absentee farmer
3. Always identify your market. Get customers who are already willing to buy before you embark on production. Don’t just assume there is market, identify yours.
4. God over everything. Always put God first, to bless the work of your hands.

Q| The Government has always advised fresh graduates to go embrace agriculture… As a young, growing farmer, is it feasible?
A| Yes it is. One would want to say, everybody in this country cannot be a farmer, yeah right, but everybody can create wealth and do something productive for a better Nigeria. The Chinese people are a great example. Every year, over 200,000 youths pass out from NYSC, with very limited jobs available for them. Many after so much search for the white collar jobs become frustrated and soon embrace cyber crime and all manner of crimes, wasting potentials of this great nation. The youths are the power house of any nation, show me a country with productive youths, I will show you a productive country. Today, agriculture offers a solution to unemployment and food insecurity in Nigeria. A young farmer with say one hectare of maize can generate so much income in less than 3 months, that he will be asking himself ‘why have I been wasting time. Also, you will see that by virtue of that farm, he’s also creating jobs for the rural youths. I can still remember how I felt when I paid a farm hand working in one of our field at greenfidence, and he said ‘oga thank you my school fees just complete”. The government cannot do it all, but we don’t have to rely on the government for us to fulfil purpose in life. I’m aware of the issue of capital to start up, that has been the major complaint people make, however, the government shouldn’t be your only option for you to start up. When there is a will, there is a way. I believe what the government should do first, and individuals should do for themselves is have a total mind renewal.

Q| We experience climate irregularities, what measure(s) do you take to ensure continuous yield, even when weather conditions are unfavourable?
A| One of the major effects of this climatic irregularities is inconsistency of the rains. Water is very important for crops. We practice simple irrigation farming in our fields close to a water source. For those that aren’t close to water bodies, we time our operations with the establishment of the rains, or plant rugged crops like cassava that can grow through wet and dry season.

Q| How much capital is needed to start up a farm? Your case for example.
A| The good thing about agribusiness is that you can start with any amount, because of its tremendous potential for expansion. I started my first snail farm with 2,000Naira back in 2013 (though it wasn’t a standard snailery) and my rabbitery with 15,000Naira. Today, that 2000Naira investment gave me knowledge with which I earn reasonable amount from training/consulting. With 50,000Naira one can invest in snailery and make so much profit. The last time I bought a snail in shop rite, Warri one snail sold for 800Naira. Young people have to understand that you have to start small, learn first, then earn big as you expand. Today our farms at Greenfidence are worth far more than the 17,000Naira I started with back in 2013.

Q| Are there bodies capable of granting agric loans to farmers?
A| Yes, plenty of them. Currently, the government in collaboration with CBN, Bank of industry, bank of agriculture has made funds available in a bid to attract more youths to the sector. Even private individuals like Tony Elumelu have foundations that provide funds for bankable business ideas. They are all available online. Young farmers can take advantage of these.

Finally, I would like to beseech young people to take responsibility of their lives. Dream big, believe in yourself, plan and take action. There is no limit to what you can achieve. Everything is possible. You never know how far you can go, till you start. Stay connected to God, and give HIM a work to bless for you.
I am very much open to sharing ideas, and connecting with other young farmers across the country. Let’s connect, as we contribute our quota in making Nigeria and Africa great again. #TurnYourFriendsToBusinessPartners

For enquiries on best agronomic practices, improved seeds, and consultancy, you can contact us at greenfidence@gmail.com. Or follow us on facebook; https://www.facebook.com/greenfidence/
Thank you.

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12 Nigerian Artistes We Miss in the Nigerian Music Industry

While some artistes had their heydays and later on fell off, due to their inability to evolve at the same pace with the Nigerian music industry, some artistes were quite relevant while they were around, but for some reasons, they stopped making music; we can’t help but wonder why.
Below is a compiled list of 12 Nigerian Artistes who had some hit songs under their belts (some are one hit wonders), and have left the music scene for quite some time. We expect something new from them though.
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12. Mo’Cheddah

Modupe – Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola also known as Mo’Cheddah, was a one time queen of rap music in Nigeria. A title earned with hit songs like, ‘If You Want Me’ released in 2012. Her last known Album ‘Franchise Celebrity’ was released in 2012. She was signed under ‘Knight House Record’ label, but parted ways to establish Cheddah Music in February 2012.   These days, she’s seems to be more focused on her clothing line (Mo’Cheddah Clothing).

11. Faze

The ‘Tattoo Girls’ and ‘Kpo Kpo di Kpo’ crooner, Chibuzor Oji, popular known as Faze, was a member of the now defunct ‘Plantashun Boys’ (alongside 2face and BlackFace). He released 3 critically acclaimed albums, although ‘Faze Alone’ released in 2004 and ‘Independent’ released in 2006 were his bestselling albums (Independent happens to be my personal favourite). His 3rd album ‘Originality’ also did quite well, but when he released ‘Refazed’ in 2012, Nigerians seemed to have moved on to the next hottest thing.

10. Black Face

Also a former member of the defunct group ‘Plantashun Boys’, Ahmedu Augustine Otiabo popular called ‘Black Face’ had a brief moment of fame following the split of the group. His biggest solo effort, ‘Hard Life’, was released in 2004 under the album ‘Ghetto Child’. He originally co-wrote the song ‘African Queen’ with former group mate ‘2Face Idibia’. At different times he had engaged in a brawl with 2face over royalties for the song ‘African queen’, many years after its success.
The last time we checked he’s still aggrieved. Wheew! Real Hard Life for our Nigga. But come on Black face, we used to jam to your songs. Drop it like its hot again.

9. Sasha P.

Popularly known as the First Lady of Nigerian Hip Hop, Anthonia Yetunde Alabi ruled airways with ‘Adara’ in 2008, but since then fans have been waiting for another banger. She sang under ElDee’s Trybe Records and did well in her hey days, winning lots of awards and gracing international stages. Just like Mo’Cheddah (and most female artists), she’s concentrating on her clothing label – Electric by Sasha, launched in August 2012. Too bad!

8. Daddy Showkey

King of dancehall songs, John Asiemo popularly known as Daddy Showkey is one of the pioneers of Nigerian music industry.
Still remember how he had us dancing ‘galala’ in the late 1990’s. His Ajegunle swag, locks and signature dance moves influenced several young artistes who came after him. Daddy showkey had several hit songs like self titled ‘Showkey’, ‘Diana’, etc. Although he tried to do some comeback tracks like ‘Showkey Again’ but… erm…those days are gone.

7. Resonance

Resonance is a duo group whose lead singer “Esther Ebigbo” was the beautiful voice behind hits like ‘Chinwe Ike’ and ‘Lee lee’. The group was formed in 2005 and the 2 popular songs had Nigerians wanting some more. Till date, we can’t say what went wrong.

6. Styl Plus

This list wouldn’t be complete without our very own Nigerian Boys II Men. Styl Plus gave us hits back to back, such as ‘Olufunmi’, ‘Runaway’, ‘Imagine that’, all songs were products of their 2006 groundbreaking album ‘Expressions’. Styl Plus has become a household name due to their emotional songs, mesmerizing vocals and infectious harmony. In 2016, they signed up to a new record label ‘Eskimo Records’ and in 2017 released ‘Aso Ibora’ as a duo (without Tunde).
In all honesty, we ain’t feeling 2017 styl plus. Where’s that magic we know them for? Hopefully, they’ve not lost it.

5. Tony Tetuila

The ‘You don hit my car’ crooner, Anthony Olanrewaju Awotoye) had 3 Albums. The former member of The Remedies had several club bangers such as ‘Omode Meta’, ‘My heart go jigi Jigi’, ‘E go better’, ‘My Car’ amongst others. He had us dancing from the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s.In 2014, our blond haired guy decided run for a political post in the Kwara State House of Assembly. Since then, he’s been off our radar.

4. D’Prince

D’Prince is Here!! D’Prince is here!!!, lol. I personally like this guy that’s why I included him on the list. The brother of Don Jazzy is well known for his songs with crazy lyrics. The Mavin Records artiste brought us songs like ‘Birthday’, ‘Oga Titus’, ‘Adaobi’, ‘Omooba’, etc. Okay, we know Charles Enebeli (D’Prince) is still active in the Nigerian Music Industry but this is to remind him that we (his fans, lol) are waiting for something new. Very soon, we’ll organise a protest and storm Marvin records building in our numbers.

3. El’Dee

CEO of Trybes Records “Lanre Dabiri” also known as ElDee, made hits like ‘Bosi Gbangba’, ‘Wash Wash’, ‘Today Today’, in the early 2000’s. As a Boss, he had 5 albums to his name all released between 2004 and 2012. He was really The Don when he ruled airwaves. He is now based in America with his wife and kids. That’s how he left his fans heartbroken since 2012.

2. Kelly Handsome

When you are not yet ‘made’, please do not yab a ‘made’ rapper. That said, allow me to introduce Orji Kelechi Obinna George Michael (Only you?) (Kelly Handsome). The controversial ‘Maga don pay’ singer once dissed notable artists like MI and Terry G. His song ‘Finish you boy’, a diss song against MI and Chocolate city is one of my favourite Naija diss song, but unfortunately it led to the end of his career, which he has since tried reviving but… (Read the intro to this entry).

1. Bracket

The music duo Bracket who got us all dancing to tunes like ‘Yori Yori’ and ‘Happy Day’ have been in the music business since 2004. The ‘Ape Planet’ artistes have 3 albums with only 1 being successful. In 2013, a member of the group was diagnosed and treated of Lymphoma (Cancer of the blood). They still make music, but none has been able to match up to their initial efforts. #SadFace
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FACE OF THE CAVE FOR THE WEEK (Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence)

Meet this week’s cuties.
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Name: Amadi Norah Oluchi
State: Imo


Field/Profession: Environmental Biologist.
Likes: Honesty,Rainfall, Food (I’m a foodie)


Dislikes: Hateful people, Lies and Egotistical people
Hobbies: Music,Sports(Football and Volleyball), scrabble


Favourite Quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence” – Helen Keller


Contact: Amadi Knoorah (Facebook)

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Name: Arinze Ugochukwu
State: Anambra


Location: Port Harcourt


Field/Profession: Accountant, model


Likes: honesty, loyalty, intellects and fashion
Dislike: lies, gossips, pride, intimidation


Contact: 07065941722


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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” – Rumi

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11 Stages of An Unserious University Student

Being a university student, especially in Nigeria, ain’t easy mate! You can never be that perfect student, no matter how hard you try. However, there are certain things we do that make us the worse type of university student. Here are some of them:

1. Copying your mates assignment all the times:

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(Tell us you don’t copy your course mates assignment every single time? Meanwhile, you had like 2 weeks to do the assignment, but you only started doing it an hour before submission was due…SMH!!)

2. You’ve never visited the library, not even once!

You: Today I have to go to the library, yet this is you when it’s time to visit the library:

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3. You don’t even know the name of your lecturers:

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(You: What do I need a name for, all I have to do is pass right?)

4. You don’t  remember anything you learnt from the previous semesters

(We don’t blame you, it’s the education system, your aim is to pass right? “chew and pour” got you, the (C)GPA is all that matters anyway).

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5. You stay on your phone anytime you go for lectures

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(Social media needs you)

6. You will fail a test if its impromptu

(I don’t know if I’m right or not, but even the student laziness bible says, “Test not my anointed unprepared.” Dear Lecturer, I wasn’t ready but you expected me to pass).

7. You just hate research 

(You hate research but you know that google exists whenever you want to win an argument? LOL!!)

8. You’ve never attended tutorials

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9. You only study when you have an exam

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(Blame the education system again!!)

10 Always late for lectures

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(Oh! It’s not your fault at all, we understand you)

11. You don’t want to contribute during a group work discussion

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