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WHY DO NIGERIANS PREFER UPBEAT MUSIC?

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You all know it is true: most of us would choose the dish dish ka kind of music over the rather slow ones. When I was little I remember hating Mariah Carey because most of her songs were slow (okay, maybe ‘hate’ is a strong word) but of course now that perception has changed. Make we no lie sha, we plenty wey still prefer party jams. Na him dey sweet pass but what is the rationale behind that? Continue reading

My "The One" [Part I & II]

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There is a place my heart longs for every time; a place with you, there is a desire that is burning inside my soul. A desire so fierce that rumbles like liquid fire, it is unbearable like sulphur and leaves my body in great need. It is a desire for you, a desire to know you, a desire to be with you, to understand you, to spend time with you.

Draw me closer, let me feel you, let the warmth Continue reading

NOLLYWOOD VS HOLLYWOOD

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A good number of Nigerians with high tastes have sworn to never watch a Nollywood movie. Their preferences are too lofty for Nollywood to satisfy. I may be painting them as arrogant but frankly, they aren’t to be blamed.

The quality of production of most Nigerian home videos is downright embarrassing. The plots are usually either predictable or laughable. The acting is so poor that you feel like climbing through the screen to scold all of them. Most of the movie makers have no business Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The Proposal (Part 7)

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(SAM)

There is no rule book for marriage but if there was one, one of the first laws would be;

Thou must not marry a musician if thou art a programmer.

But just in case you are stupid enough to fall in love with one, then you must obey this other rule;

Thou must not buy her a piano for house use.

I didn’t find this book so I broke those rules.

It was 8:30am, I stared at the laptop in front of me and Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The Time-In-Between (Part 6)

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(PAM)

I tried with no success to sleep through the night so at 2 a.m., Bola and I decided to watch YouTube videos and we cut cucumbers in semi circles to put under our eyes to prevent eye bags.

‘’Bola, do you think we are rushing this?’’ I asked.

‘’No, why do you ask that? I see the way you look at each other, it is the real deal.’’

‘’I have known Sam for just 18 months almost 6 days’’

‘’Pam, let us watch another one of those cool wedding videos, it would lift your spirit’’

‘’Bola you are not listening, I have written just the first five lines of my vows and they suck I tell you. How can I be marrying someone and Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The Making (Part 5)

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(SAM)

“How long am I going to have this thing for?” I whispered to myself.

My door creaked open and I threw the ring under my blanket. My grandmother entered the room, a smirk on her face.

“Grandma, I’ve told you to always knock before you enter my room.” I said.

“Why?” She asked.

“What if I was naked?”

“Naked?” She scoffed. “I bathed you for years, remember?”

“Well, a lot has changed since the last time you bathed me, okay? Come on.”

“Remember when you were very sick two years ago and you vomited all over yourself, who do you think changed your clothes?” She asked. “Including your underwear.”

I closed my eyes. “Can we Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The Ever-After (Part 4)

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(PAM)

‘’Pam I didn’t feel you emotionally in the songs.’’ The band director said to me after the first half of the set. ‘’You are getting away with it because your technique is on point, get yourself together for the rest of the set.’’

I nodded and sighed. I knew myself, to sing these songs with emotion I needed to think of Sam. This show was too important to me, I couldn’t afford to blow it.

I walked to the bar and sat on one of the stools and looked out at the crowd, I saw Bola in Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The Wedding (Part 3)

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(SAM)

I looked at my watch and shook my head.

“She’s not coming Grandma, I am so sure.” I said.

Grandma looked at me with her all-knowing eyes, shook her head and went back to watching TV.

“You’re not going to say anything? Really?”

“I said something thirty minutes ago when you started to panic, why do I need to say something now?”

“She was thirty minutes late then, now she’s one hour late.” I said.

Still she said nothing.

I was not a very time conscious person, so it wasn’t Pam’s lateness that I had a problem with. I know that much. I was scared Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The First Date (Part 2)

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(PAM)

I am not sure which is worse, a guy that plays the grandmother card or mother card. I didn’t dwell on that too long, in my line of work many men hit on me and just a few of them are sincere and when I looked into Sam’s the first night I met him I knew he was. Even when he used all those smooth lines, I heard the undertone of shyness of a person out of his comfort zone.

Right after the concert that night, I began a one month long tour with my band across Nigeria. I played hard to get with Sam when he called for the first week of the tour, giving him one line answers and shutting down all his Continue reading

Sam & Pam: The Meeting (Part 1)

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(SAM)

It was Friday night and as usual I was at home alone with my grandmother. A lot of my friends tell me I don’t have a life outside work but I don’t agree. I’ve never loved the outdoors and it has affected other parts of my life. I am a programmer – a very good one, at least that’s what my pay cheques indicate, I work from home sometimes; no, I work from home all the time. This has rubbed off on my playtime too. A good adventure game, a jug of lemon juice and uninterrupted power supply and playtime is set for me.

As you can imagine, I don’t exactly have a million friends with this kind of lifestyle. I have one though; Femi or Phemie as he signs his name is the exact Continue reading

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