Police Parade Fake ASP, 9 Others For Various Crime


DELTA state police command in Asaba has paraded one Ofili Eze for allegedly impersonating as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and forgery.

Commissioner of police, Mr. Ibrahim Zanna who also paraded nine others for various offenses, said the alleged impersonator forged hospital medical report for his victim with the intent of securing police employment for him.

Zanna said impersonators were on rampage with a view to defrauding unsuspecting applicants for the on-going recruitment exercise.

Also paraded were Solomon Ogibor and Ola Babatunde for Armed robbery and murder; Jerry Osakwe for attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of firearm, Ewoma Zino and Paul Ikhanede for illegal possession of firearm; Benie Ebikpolada for car snatching; Isiaka Kareem for Inbreeding and two others.

Saying that the command was adopting new strategies with a view to improving on the policing methods of the state command to fit into contemporary crime fighting, Zanna reiterated that “road blocks are things of the past in the force.”



Missing Former NTA Staff, Gawat’s Fidau Prayer To Hold On July 10


Gawat who is popular for running the quiz and giveaway programme ‘Edide eji sari’ on NTA during Ramadan, went missing in July 2012.

It is now four years since the mysterious disappearance of Nigerian TV star and former NTA staff, Aremu Rasaq Gawat.

His friends and relatives have planned a Fidau (prayer for deceased) to hold on Sunday July 10, 2016 at MITV premises in Ikeja, Lagos.

Fidau prayer is mostly done on 8th or 40th day of someone’s demise and Islam commands its followers that; ‘If anybody in Islam is declared missing and not found after four-year period, the family should organise a Fidua prayer in remembrance of the person, either dead or still alive.’

Gawat who is popular for running the quiz and giveaway programme ‘Edide eji sari’ on NTA during Ramadan, went missing in July 2012.

His daughter Rukayat Gawat-Oyefeso, who’s an Islamic musician, will now join others to read the Qur’an, make du’a and remember her missing father.

NEA Awards 2016 – Full Nominee List


The producers of the 11th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) presents the list of the 2016 NEA nominees. The NEAs is an annual award ceremony with primary objective of recognizing the contributions of Nigerian and African Entertainers. The award ceremony, in its 11th year, is not only focused on recognizing Nigerian entertainers but also highlight Nigerians who continue to make an impact in our immediate communities in Nigeria or extended communities in the diaspora.

This year, the producers of the NEAs are excited to announce the addition of some new categories and also the expansion of some existing categories to reflect the ever changing entertainment industry.

The 2016 NEAs will be held on September 4th, 2016 in New York City, during the labor day weekend.  Stay tuned for more information planned for the NEA weekend.

For all press and media related inquires please contact usproducers@neaawards.org


Best Album

Y.A.G.I (Lil Kesh)

Applaudise (Iyanya)

Eyan Mayweather (Olamide)

Ghetto University (Runtown)

R.E.D. (Tiwa Savage)

Stories that Touch (Falz)

Seyi or Shay (Seyi Shay)

Mama Africa (Yemi Alade)

Wanted (Wande Coal)

Hottest Single

Oshinachi (Humblesmith)

Duro (Tekno)

Baba Nla (Wiz Kid)

Lagos Boys (Olamide)

Mama (Kiss Daniel)

Jagaban (Ycee)

Best Song

Pick Up (Adekunle Gold)

Oluwa Ni (Reekado Banks)

Vow (Timi Dakolo)

You Suppose know (Bez)

Type of Woman (Iyanya)

Go On (Niyola)

Afropop Artist


Wiz Kid

Tiwa Savage

Kiss Daniel



R&B Artist




Seyi Shay



Rap Act







Gospel Artist

Uche Agu

Frank Edward

Nikki Laoye

Sammy Okposo

Obiora Obiwon

Onos Brisibi

Dancehall Artist



Cynthia Morgan


Burna Boy


Indigenous Artist





Olu Maintain


Alternative Artist






Timi Dakolo

Best New Act



Adekunle Gold


Mz Kiss

Toby Grey

Most Promising Act to Watch


Mr. Eazi



Terry Apala

Coco Benson

Diaspora Artist



Mr. Eazi


Duncan Daniels


Best Collabo

Moniegram (Mr. 2Kay ft. Timaya)

Romantic (Korede Bello ft. Tiwa)

My Woman, My Everything (Patoranking ft Wande Coal)

Yaya Oyoyo (Lil Kesh ft. DaVido)

Reggae Blues (Harry Song ft Others)

Your Number (Ayojay ft. Fetty Wap)

Sekem (MC Galaxy ft Swizz Beats)

Finally (Masterkraft ft. Sarkodie, Flavour)

Best Live Performer




Yemi Alade


MC Galaxy

Best Music Video

Emergency (Dbanj Dir. Unlimited LA)

Right Now (Seyi Shay Dir. Meji Alabi)

Condo (Kuammy Dir. Moe Musa)

Karishika (Falz Dir. Aje Films)

Duro (Tekno Dir. Patrick Elis)

If I Start to Talk (Tiwa Dir. CP)

Quality (Pasuma Dir. HG2)

Sisi (Sexy Steel Dir. Chad Tennies)

African Male Artist (Non Nigerian / Africa)

Stonebwoy (GH)


Sarkodie (GH)

Sauti Sol (KQ)

Deng (LIB)

Papa Denis (KQ)

Bisa Kdei (GH)

Eric Geso (LIB)

Shattawale (GH)

African Female Artist (Non Nigerian / Africa)

Vannessa Mdee (TZ)

Efya (GH)

Lira (SA)

MZ Vee (GH)

Sheebah Ndiwanjawulo (UG)

Adiouza (SN)

Victoria Kimani (KQ)

Knowless Butera (RW)

Music Producer

DJ Coublon


Young John



Jay Pizzle

Must Read!!! Music Entrepreneur eLDee Da Don Delivers Lecture On Copyright


Eldee has come out to share a ton of knowledge on Twitter regarding the music business which is centered around copyrights, music publishing and licencing.

The singer believes hoarding knowledge about such is what stifles growth and hinders innovation.

Nigerian upcoming artistes can benefit from this reservoir of knowledge from the music maestro.

Check on his tweets.

To discuss publishing, we have to understand copyrights. I want to start by explaining copyrights.

COPYRIGHTS give music creators material rights to control ways their songs can be used. As a creator, copyrights are automatically yours as soon as the material is recorded in writing or other digital ways.Say you come up with an original song idea, once the song is in a tangible format, you automatically have legal copyrights.

You could be in the shower and get inspired with some original melodies. Once you write it down or record it on a phone, you own the copyright. The idea is that once the melodies leave your head and are recorded into a tangible medium, you own the copyrights.

Tangible format means it is written on paper, recorded on a tape, CD, mp3, or other formats that can allow you to give it to someone else. Important: If you do not have the work in tangible format, you can not prove that you are the original creator, therefore, give yasef brain!

Tangible formats for your work also helps to time-stamp the work. This will be useful to you if you need proof later of when you created it. VERY important: For you to own the copyrights, the work must be ORIGINAL in the sense that it has not been copied from another work.

If you use previously known melody or lyrics in your work, you can’t claim full ownership of copyrights on such work.  If you borrow from existing music, the original writer/composer owns copyrights of your new creation and you must get permission to sell it.

Remember, for you to own copyrights, the work must be recorded in writing or other formats (on a CD, tape, mp3 or other digital formats). What do copyrights do for you as a creator? – The general idea is to give you control over how people interact with or use your work.

Your control of the copyrights of your works is what enables you to exploit your creation i.e. Make money from it. Copyrights prohibits all others from the use of a song without the express authorization of the creator or copyright owner.

Copyrights can only be transferred from the creator to someone else on a document that is signed by both parties. Any use of a musical work in which copyright exists without the express authorization of the owner is an infringement.

When you sign a record deal, you are giving the record label authorization to sell the songs you will create during the contract. When you sign with a VAS company to sell your ringtones and ring back tunes, you are giving them authorization. Get it?

You can also give authorization to a person or company which allows them to give authorizations to others on your behalf. Now let’s break down the copyrights that exist in a song…Who is a Songwriter? Composer? Performer?

There is a distinction between the SONGWRITER(S) and COMPOSER(S) that create a song and the PERFORMER(S) that record the song. Songwriters come up with the words/lyrics/melodies. Composers create melodies/beats and a Performer is the person who sings it (vocals).

Songwriters & composers are similar. They both create melodies. Difference is composers typically don’t write lyrics but don’t quote me yet. Semantics of the Composer/Songwriter distinction is on-going argument in many circles. I’ll go in depth in another session.

To simplify it for now, think of a Composer as what we call “producer” nowadays and Songwriter as the person who writes the word/lyrics. Sometimes the Performer (Artist) is also the Songwriter, or even the Composer as well. I was that guy on my first 2 albums.

There are 2 copyrights in every recording. Represented by the ℗ and ©. You’ve probably seen those on CD inserts & credits.

The ℗is the SOUND RECORDING copyright symbol. The actually stands for “phonogram”. This copyright belongs to the Record Label.

The © is the copyright for the song (lyrics, composition). It belongs to the songwriter and/or Composer. Eg. John Lennon & Paul McCartney wrote “Yesterday” (Songwriters/composers). Boys2men recorded a version (Performers) while signed to Motown.

Breaks down like this: Paul McCartney and John Lennon own the ©. Motown owns the ℗ and pays Boys 2 Men royalties from selling the new version. Important: Boys2Men do not own the © nor the ℗ for that song. They simply get royalties from the sale of their own version by their label.

Owning the © means you or your representative has to authorize anybody who wants to use your work in whole or as a part of another project. So Boys2Men/Motown must get permission from Paul McCartney & John Lennon or the publisher in order to record the song & sell it.

Another example: I wrote & produced the Goldie(RIP) song “You know it”, so I own the ©. She was signed to kennis Music so they own the ℗. If Rihanna records the song, I still own the ©, & RocNation owns the ℗ for the new version. Kennis still owns the ℗ for Goldie’s version.

Long story short: Songwriters and Composers are the original rights owners of lyrics and melody, the ©. Record label owns and can only exploit its recorded version, its own SOUND RECORDING, the ℗ copyright. It is sometimes called the “Master”.

Some songwriters/composers give their song copyright © to the record label as well. Depends on what you sign with the record label. Music publishers often acquire © copyrights from songwriters/composers. We’ll discuss publishing and types of publishing deals later.

Simply put, song copyright © protects your lyrics & melody only. Sound recording copyright ℗ covers that particular recording of the song.

Next… There are 6 different copyright authorizations that can be issued to third parties who wish to use your work/song. 6 copyrights when you create a song – Distribution, Reproduction, Public Performance, Digital transmissions, Derivatives, Public display.

These rights allow you to choose who can distribute, reproduce, play in public, play on radio, show it on tv, sell ringtones etc.

I’m sure by now you’ll agree that it’s imperative to have a lawyer if you’re in this business, and not just any lawyer.

In order to make sense of Music publishing, you must have a clear understanding of music copyrights.

The producer would continue with music publishing lecture in next session. Watch out for this.

Video] Lil Kesh – Ishe


Lil Kesh debuts his first video since starting his own label, Y.A.G.I. “Ishe” which happens to be the 2nd track off his first album, The Song Narrates story about his mother’s sacrifice and love for him and you can’t help but love the interpretation of the song in this video directed by Adasa Cookey.

The song was produced by Pheelz.

Watch & Download Lil Kesh – Ishe Below;


Ex-NSA Dasuki Set To Approach Supreme Court For His Freedom — Lawyer


A former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has indicated readiness to approach the Supreme Court to press for his freedom denied him by the federal government in spite of rulings by three High Courts in Abuja admitting him to bail.

Mr. Dasuki is currently being prosecuted by the federal government on criminal charges that involve his alleged mismanagement of over $2.1billion meant for arms purchase.

The former NSA on Wednesday lost his bid to enforce his freedom at the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday.

However, his lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), confirmed Thursday that appeal papers had been put together to be filed at the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal, and those from the high courts that ordered his re-arrest.

According to Mr. Raji, his client had sufficient grounds to approach the Supreme Court to seek the enforcement of his freedom.

Mr. Dasuki said he was not afraid of trial on charges against him, but said the proper thing must be done by government by respecting the bail granted him lawfully by the courts.

The former NSA said that since government had approached the court on his matter, the same government must be fully ready to abide by court decisions in the interest of justice and the rule of law.

It would be recalled that Mr. Dasuki had been admitted to bail by three different high courts in Abuja but he was re-arrested on December 29, 2015 by operatives of the Department of State Security.

The government, in its defence, claimed Mr. Dasuki, being a Crown Prince of the revered Sokoto Caliphate, had large sympathizers across the length and breadth of the country who may jeopardize his trial if allowed on bail.

Solid Reasons Why Hating On Patoranking Is A Terrible, Terrible Idea


I love Patoranking!
So I really cannot fathom the disparity of thoughts over why he should or shouldn’t be a judge on a music show. A lot of astute music heads have labeled their sentiments since the selection process was unveiled to the public. Reasons ranged from the illest things like ‘he is too streets’ to quite valid points like ‘he doesn’t possess superb vocals’.

But I think it’s unfair if we have to use these weighing standards to undermine the quality of musical showmanship Patoranking exudes in his artiste person. Patoranking is a firebrand artiste, feel free to quote me anywhere. And there’s no other like him in our industry. Of course, more fitting choices to replace him would include the likes of Banky W to even Wande Coal – guys who we know have come into the awareness of their music stuff. Or did you think the show organizers didn’t put that into consideration? Wait.