Florrie premieres new single ‘Too Young to Remember’ music video

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Florrie premieres new single ‘Too Young to Remember’ music video

Interviewing Mr Ezenwoko during the donation of a library to a public Primary at Ojodu
From a distance, I formed a mental opinion of Mr. Victor Ezenwoko, Executive Director, Lagos Businesses Diamond Bank Plc, after interacting with him at various events of the bank. I saw great measure of simplicity in him and that was what qualified him to be the ‘Omo Onile of Lagos’ as described by Bovi, the Brand Ambassador of the bank.
Mr Ezenwoko while inspecting the library

The first interaction that I had with him was at the donation of library by Diamond Bank Plc to a public primary school at Ojodu in Lagos. He spoke passionately about the need to develop children so that they can become responsible citizens of the nation despite the financial incapacitation of the parents. Mrs Gbolahan Daodu, Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was present at this event to receive with pride the donation of the bank. I learnt this salient fact from his speech, ‘Be passionate about what concerns other people too.’

At the Grand finale of Vision of a Child
I was with him on different occasions championing child development again during the press conferences of the Vision of a Child and the grand finale. I remembered Professor Wole Soyinka made a very short remark during one of the events and when it was Mr. Ezenwoko’s turn, all he said very short. He joked saying, if Professor Soyinka made a few remarks; then he should not utter a word. This attitude showed that one should learn from the elders at the slightest opportunity.
During the commissioning of the flagship branch
The commissioning of the flagship branch of Diamond Bank on Ajose Adeogun Street was a phenomenal feat for Mr Ezenwoko’s career because the bank was able to get a space on a street that was almost turning red due to Zenith Bank’s domineering presence on the street. Mr Ezenwoko did not take the shineas the ED of Lagos Businesses; he allowed his boss, Dr Alex Otti to own the day after his welcoming greetings. This also meant that one should let his boss shine to the delight of all.
Mr Ezenwoko during the donation to Adejoke Oorelope-Adefulire Deputy Governor of Lagos State, 
One of the unique Corporate Services Programme of Diamond Bank Plc, is the Employee Volunteering Programme. Mr Ezenwoko led some staff of the bank to the Deputy Governor’s residence at Ikoyi. He made it clear that Diamond Bank had a sense of responsibility to Lagos as the bank is doing business in the state. Mrs. Adejoke Oorelope- Adefulire, erstwhile Deputy Governor and the current Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals spoke zealously about the efforts of the state at ensuring that people are empowered to become self-sustaining. I can deduce this meaning from his words, don’t think you operate in a vacuum; some people have prepared the ground for you.

Mr Ezenwoko on the right taking dignitaries round the ICT Cente at Covenant University
The tentacles of Lagos Businesses under him extended to some part of Ogun State, it was gratifying to see the youthful brand of Diamond Bank reach out to the students of Covenant University by donating an ICT Centre. Mr Ezenwoko was so happy that day taking the new GMD/CEO, Mr Uzoma Dozie round the facility. He was able to work under two bosses and they both believed in him.

Summarily, Mr Ezenwoko can be called a social entrepreneur. He saw the need to improve others at the slightest opportunity. He was philanthropic with the support of the bank. He was such a simple boss that attracted people unto himself. Even in our mourning, we should remember he passed away on Good Friday and we all look forward to encountering him on the resurrection morning.

Adieu, Mr Victor Ezenwoko!

(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
Florrie premieres new single ‘Too Young to Remember’ music video

The Nigerian Prison system is in dire need of reformation as successive government has not given sufficient attention to this unique environment that should be a centre of reformation but it has become the centre for production of hardened criminals.

The Old Colonial Prison on Broad Street in the heart of Lagos was one of the oldest prisons in the country, where those who do any wrong against the reign of her majesty’s government in Nigeria are kept. The prison was initially built from mud and grass thatch in 1882. It was rebuilt using bricks imported from England in 1885 as anti-colonial activists kept setting it on fire. Prominent Nigerians who wrestled for Independence once suffered incarceration at this location that has been turned an art centre that attracts people from all walks of life and it is now called Freedom Park.

The Nigerian Prison system has respect for the sexes; male and female prisons are partly separated. Also, the prisons are divided essentially into the Maximum and the Medium Prisons while Detention Centres are managed by the Nigerian Police Force.

There are many disheartening tales about the Nigerian prison system which is hinged on other factors beyond the control of the Federal Government paramilitary organization, as no state has a prison. As Nigerians are serving jail terms in other countries; so are other nationals serving jail terms in Nigeria. These are predominantly Africans and some Arabians. However, the State Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and well-meaning Nigerians have supported the system over the years.

There is an unending complaint about congestion in Nigerian prisons. Unfortunately, many of those who are in the prisons are ‘awaiting trial’ and not yet convicted of a particular crime. Many people have been wrongly accused of perpetrating a crime that they know nothing about and they have not been tried for years. There are a few lucky ones whose relations know they are there because many of them are assumed to be dead. A cell that should accommodate 2 inmates now houses about 15 people.

However, the state of congestion can be blamed on the Judicial System of the country. The dispensation of justice is usually prolonged, as such; many people do not get discharged and acquainted in good time despite being innocent. This needs to be addressed in good time in order to reduce the level of congestion.

The aftermath of congestion include jailbreak which has happened in some prisons in Nigeria most especially between 2013 and 2014. States where the jailbreak happened are Ogun, Ondo, Bauchi, Lagos, Kogi, Ekiti and Niger States. The Nigerian Prisons System is operated as a community from the Comptroller- General to the wardens. However, it is noteworthy that the number of staff needs to be buffered. The shortage of staff is also included in the availability of healthcare facilities to the prisoners.

Insurgency has also added more people to the prison system in the country. There are many arrests that have been made, nevertheless, there is no dedicated prison to all those arrested. They are scattered all over the maximum prisons in Nigeria but not in the medium prisons.

The spate of corruption has warranted that people should be incarcerated after mismanaging the national treasury. Recently, the former minister of Interior, Abba Moro, was remanded in prisons. However, there are also allegations of selective VIP (Very Important People) treatment to former political office holders and their allies based on ‘Order From Above’ etc.

The Nigerian Prison System needs to be revamped if it will not be a breeding space for hardened criminals who will commit more heinous crimes after completing their terms in prison. Also, the lives of the staff of the paramilitary organization should be protected as they are faced with life-threatening situations frequently.

(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
Florrie premieres new single ‘Too Young to Remember’ music video

Itandire Adeola Adebo whose stage name is Ire D Stage Devi (an Indian fan gave her 'Devi' which means a goddess after seeing her perform) is a contemporary Nigerian songstress who has performed in different countries across the globe and she is gaining prominence among artistes that have changed the worldview of music in Yoruba language. We had an exclusive chat with her; please find the excerpt  below-
  • Can we meet Ire?
Can we meet Ire? Ire D Stage Devi is an award winning International contemporary Folk Artiste, a born chanter, rehearsal Flutist, a talented lyricist, a story teller who sings Africa to the world beyond their imagination through her sonorous voice, Theatrical and energetic performances.
  • Where are the places that Ire has performed?
Places Ire D Stage Devi has performed: Ire D Stage Devi doesn't perform anywhere because of her kind of Brand. Some of her performances were at SICA International Festival Republic of Benin, Kanilai International Festival, the Gambia, UNESCO world concert Aso Rock Abuja, Wesley Snipes reconnect, the Dome Abuja, Abuja Carnival, Common Wealth Spouse Day Abuja, SERAS Awards, Sun Man of the Year Awards, TAVA, Down Syndrome Foundation Fund Raising Dinner Ikoyi Lagos, YALI Network Dinner, Broadcasters Merit Awards, Intercontinental Hotel, Metro FM Fyn 0.2 Concert, Muson, World Music Day Alliance Francaise and the list is endless.
  • Why is Ire standing by Yoruba language and culture?
A river that forgets it's source will soon dry up". Being an African not an AfriCAN'T, image is everything.  if we don't tell our stories, others will definitely tell it in a way we might not approve. Culture is our Pot of Gold and preserving it is the first port of duty of a true daughter of the soil.
  • Based on your performance in Benin Republic and the recent national endorsement of Yoruba language as the second language in the country; what do you think Yorubas in the core of the language should do?
There's a Yoruba proverb that says "the way a Calabash owner calls his Calabash is the same way foreigners will call it". If we price the language cheap, nobody will up the price. We need to stop the stigma of 'localism' and start embracing and  appreciating the beauty of the Language, then we know we are on the right path of coming to terms with our True identity.
  • Tell us about your new single?
My debut album is still being cooked. What you see are my experimental works over the years and you can get them on virtually all online stores as seen below: http://smarturl.it/IDjAM Soko my new single will be launched online on Friday, 18th March 2016
  • Describe the single in 3 words? 
It's an Album in process but permit me to talk about my new Single in three words. It's Inspirational, the word Soko is Cliche and Unique.
  • Your manager is of Igbo extraction, you are Yoruba, how have you been able to stay together all these years.
My Manager being of Igbo extraction: Humanity came before Nationality. Our relationship is based on TRUST, not TRIBE. In our diversity is our unity, our differences complement what we do. Music also is a universal language that makes our language barrier a bond.
  • Any advice for youngsters?
The world is not designed to make you happy so find your Muse. Your starting point is not a problem, your stop over is not an issue, buy your destination is KEY. The world might not believe in you but never stop believing in yourself. Above all, God is irreplaceable. Never be too occupied to leave a space for Him. Ajose wa oni baje! Ire ooo!!
(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria

The singer has teamed up with H&M to produce a visual for new single ‘Too Young to Remember’, which will be out in the UK on March 8.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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