Miss Virginity… Only In Naija.

Posted in Naija News, Omoge, Random on February 16, 2009 by Naijaman

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So I stumbled on this article a few days ago. Someone decided to have a “Miss Virginity” pageant in Lagos! To ensure that each of the contestants was really a virgin, Dr Ekemode, a Lagos based consultant gynaecologist examined every one of them. Only 43 of the 60 registrants were “certified” to be virgins.

Link to original article below:

http://www.vanguardngr.com/content/view/28624/154/

All photo credits to Vanguard Nigeria online edition.

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NaijaMade… Coming to a store near you!

Posted in Naija Dreams, Random on October 2, 2008 by Naijaman

I finally attended the 2008 Nigerian day parade in NYC and despite the rain, there was a pretty good turnout. I had a great time helping a friend publicize her new social networking website. It was nice to see all the Naija’s in full effect strutting their green and whites all day.

I took advantage of the celebrations to launch NaijaMade: NaijaMan’s T-Shirt line. Many thanks to everyone who bought a t-shirt that day and encouraged me to take this dream to the next level. Send me a message if you’d like to preorder.

Update: 04/28/09. The NaijaMade.com v1.0 launched today. Currently carrying just the Naija Day parade selection. We are working on the summer line and will update the online offering shortly!

I be Africa Man Original!

Posted in Felasophy with tags , on April 22, 2008 by Naijaman

Fela, the true Africa Man, challenges those of us who are so quick to adopt a “Colonial Mentality” and warns us about the dangers of not staying true to our African culture and mannerisms. He uses the most obvious adoption of western clothing despite its unsuitability to the tropical African weather as the basis for this song. This assimilation clearly extends beyond the clothing and is addressed over and over again in several other Fela songs.

While there is nothing wrong with adopting the western culture, I think the key is in how we adapt these elements to our everyday lives while staying true to our Africanism. One can argue that Fela started off playing Jazz with western musical instruments however; he demonstrated his ability to make it work for him when he gave the world Afrobeat.

The irony of all this is that Afrobeat (in particular) seems to have been more widely adopted by non Africans! I recall the very first time I saw Antibalas perform in Brooklyn (sometime in 2000), I was shocked to see that the only other black person at the venue apart from my boy and I was Amayo, the token lead singer. I haven’t been to an Antibalas show in a while but judging from the Jump ‘n Funk crowd that used to show up at SOB’s before they shut it down, things might be different these days. I’ll certainly check it out and let y’all know!

I leave you with these words from “I no be Gentleman”:

Africa hot, I like am so… I know what to wear but my friends don’t know.

E put im socks, e put im shoe, e put im pant, e put im singlet, e put im trouser, e put im shirt, e put im tie, e put im coat, e come cover all with him hat!

E be gentle man… E go sweat all over. E go faint right down. E go smell like sh*t. E go piss for body, e no go know.

I no be gentleman like that!

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When you kill us, we will rule.

Posted in Felasophy on April 11, 2008 by Naijaman

by Femi Sanyaolu (Keziah Jones).

(Chimurenga) I had planned to visit the Shrine1 the night I arrived in Lagos but never made it. My sister Dupe, who knew some of the band Egypt 80, then took me to the Kalakuta Republic2. But each time we got there, every day for a week, we were told Fela is sleeping. On the fifth day, Sunday June 11, 1996, we decided to wait. We waited six hours. By that time he had stopped giving conventional interviews and was not talking with journalists. I sensed someone who truly loved himself and all peoples, but who has been persecuted for speaking truth, by the very same people it was designed to uplift. In the middle of our conversation there was an electricity failure and the second half of our talk took place in the dark. In Yoruba cosmology, some things happen outside of the logic of time and space. This felt like one of those moments. When I left he came out to greet me from his balcony—an unusually polite gesture from the Chief. It’s under that very balcony that over a million people gathered, around a year later, to wish a safe passage to the Black President.

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Ayo – Joyful

Posted in CD Reviews with tags , on March 30, 2008 by Naijaman

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Her name is Ayo (Joy), her style is “AfroAcousticReggaeSoul”, her flow is mellow and her message is Love.

I first heard “Down on my knees” in the spring of ’06 and probably didn’t pay as much attention to it as I should have. Ayo sings of a love so deep and unconditional I can’t even start to comprehend. As I listened to the song, I kept wondering… Why is she begging and crying for this bobo like this? Down on my knees ke? I guess love really is stronger than pride and I’m starting to wonder if it’s time to suck it up, face Lagos, get down on my knees and beg. (If y’all are looking for a more objective CD review, there is a correct one on Amazon.com. J).

Without you” gives me yet another reason to be proud to be a Naijaman. Ayo offers a sincere appreciation for her father’s influence on her life and how he was always there for them while they dealt with her mother’s struggle with drug addiction which she sings about in “How many times”.

And it’s supposed to be love” picks up the pace with a pleasant and familiar air that I just can’t seem to put my finger on. “Watching you“, “Only you” and “Neva Been”, brings us some more of that ‘I go die’ love.

From the feel good, airy vibe of “Help is coming” to “These days” (one of my favorite songs on the album), she sings a message of hope. The catchy “Life is real” comes to you straight from the back of an okada on the streets of Lagos. I tell you, it doesn’t get any realer than that!

As she wraps it up, Ayo asks “What is love?” Well, pop in the “Joyful” CD on a lovely Sunday evening like I did and you will surely find the answer.

Four joyful stars for this one!

Click HERE for the Joyful CD.

April 15th, 2008 Update:

I was fortunate enough to see Ayo perform last night at Hiro in New York and if she was a stock, I’d put all my money in her right now! The joyful CD does absolutely no justice to her capabilities. I recommend you to go see her live whenever you get a chance. You’ll be blown away. I’m looking forward to the new album and will feature it here once I get my hands on it. I’m predicting a 5 Star sophomore album. She’s going to be huge y’all! HUGE!

TGIF’s Dodo Sandwich!

Posted in Random on March 29, 2008 by Naijaman

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So I’m at Friday’s last night after work and I’m browsing through the menu looking for some chops and I was like huh?? Is that a dodo sandwich? “No, it’s a chipotle grilled steak sandwich”. Whareva!

I’ve cooked plantains in lots of different ways and eaten it with lots of different things but I never ever imagined that fried plantains would feel at home between two slices of bread. 

Boiled plantain, fried plantain (dodo), plantain chips, dodo and beans, dodo and egg, dodo and yam and Islamia’s banging dodo gizzard but a dodo sandwich? That one pass me.

What’s for dinner tonight? I’m thinking Egusi Pizza with some goat meat toppings. Recipe to follow.

Dozie – Redemption

Posted in CD Reviews, Omoge on March 28, 2008 by Naijaman

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Aaaaahh… Excuse me dance…
You just dey fine, dey kack
Ah ah!, Madam, which one now?
Ehn? Ah, no o! Make we just commot here, go one corner
You know say you fine pass. That is, eh…
No, noo.. I just wan yarn you small…
Make you and me dey make music, shey you get?
I beg, let us get down
You no be woman? You wan be lady?
Problem no dey, now…
Wetin be your name self? 

Magdalena (Track #10)

After hearing Dozie engage Magda in broken English, I quickly realized that I had to brush up on my toasting skills and quickly ordered the CD. (I might be an Ibadan boy but I love me some Igbo babes!).

The album kicks off with “Uwa Ke(dis life self!) which reminds us about the ups and downs of this thing we call love. “You know it’s just a game that we’ve got to play… ‘Cause it’s all just part of life”. This jam is so tight that for a long time, I never even made it to track 2, “Gabriels Lounge” which is song about losing those we love to the afterlife and the ensuing feelings.

Before the documentaries, before Kanye, before the movie, the Naija “Soldier” tells the sad story of what we now know as Blood/Conflict Diamonds. “I got the knife. Long Sleeve or short sleeve? I guarantee you won’t have no hands to fight us back”.

 

This is a Public Service Announcement to all the omoges out there:

If “Sensuality” starts playing and na only me and you dey, you better RUN if you are not ready to be a superstar. That song is not for small children! ‘Nuff Said!

 

In “Onwu Obi”, (death of the heart) he sings about how yesterdays love becomes today’s pain in a way that almost makes you crave the heartache. “Redemption”, the title track, is one that you need to listen to whenever you get tired of the struggles of love and live… “We’ve gotta keep on keeping on!”

 

From his voice to the musical arrangement to the unobtrusive infusion with broken English, Igbo and various Nigerian musical instruments, I am totally incapable of even starting to describe Dozie’s road to Redemption. It is a musical adventure with unexpected twist and turns that just continue to exceed any expectation you could possibly have. You’re just going to have to experience this one yourself!

 

Redemption” has held down slot #1 in my Car CD changer since the day I bought it back in ’06. This is a CD that you have to listen to in three dimensions: One for the music, one for the lyrics and one for “the two both of them” together (if you dare!).

 

5 Shekeres seems insufficient for this one but that’s as bad as it gets!

 

www.dozie.com

www.cdbaby.com/cd/dozie2

 

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