Highlife singer/atilogwu dancer Arinze Ejiofor, whose promising career was cut short when he perished in an auto accident in 1988. His son, Chiwetel, has gone on to a distinguished career as an actor.
Eva Alordiah is a rapper, singer, dancer, model, makeup artist, writer and a very close friend of the late singer, Goldie Harvey. She published this emotional letter titled “My Dear Goldie!! My Few words in Many phrases” on her blog some minutes ago…
How do i begin this? It is already too difficult to talk about you using words like “Was” when i really want to say “is” and “Would have been” when my heart whispers “Would be”.
This is absolute insanity. How one minute you are here, Vibrant, Happy, excited about all the work you have mapped out for 2013..How you stayed cheering me on, telling me how you admire me..how you want to be there to help. You stoop low enough till i can hop on your back and bear my weight on your shoulders, regardless of the luggage you already have on yours.
Isn’t it ironic how everyone hated you for this and that..when all you ever wanted to do was entertain them. What’s sad? They still have something bad to say even in your absence. I am sad! You were here before me, and when i stepped my skinny legs in this wicked place to explore my music, You were one of the few out doing something different. You stood out like yolks stand out of egg whites.
How you handled this evil, self-centered, “i-have-only-bad-things-to-say” people for as long as you did is what baffles me.
You exhibited such strength, such outstanding emotional stamina that it seemed like you could do all wrong in their eyes and still stand, here, entertaining us from the bottom of your heart.
We had a conversation to finish Goldie! Remember? Now i feel like i would never be able to tell you what really happened contrary to what everyone thinks. I remember the last time i saw you, you were so mad at me for not telling you about me leaving the Label. And with good reason too! You hooked it all up didn’t you? So Goldie. Always ready to help. Sad when your friends are sad.
You said to me “Ehnnn? Eva you are not signed? Isssaalie! Are they blind? Let me talk to —- for you sharp sharp. He just got this new deal mehhnn, you must rock it oh. I won’t stop disturbing him till he signs you.”
And off you went! You took it upon yourself to make sure your friend asked me to sign with his label. And how so stupid i was not to have told you first the minute shit hit the fan…I hope the little i was able to explain to you was of any good. *sigh*
All that is gone now.
Even you are gone. Life is Crazy.
I am grateful today, that i had the pleasure of working with you Goldie boo, traveling, touring, doing shows with you. I loved you from day one! Fresh into the university and without a clue what i wanted from life, there you were on my TV screen doing what most women didn’t dare. Even i didn’t understand you at first. But i understood this one fact “You were YOU!” And it hit me right there. I finally realized what i wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be me. ME! Without a care in the world what “they” say as long as i am me. No compromise.
You didn’t just inspire and motivate me, you have kept me here.
If it wasn’t a phone call to find out if i was okay, it was a BB message to make me laugh my heart out.
My Dear Goldie, My sister, My friend…. I cannot ever answer the question why..but i know that God never works without purpose. So i am not going to ask why either.
I am going through a lot right now, this is one of those times we would have had a BB conversation and you would have put my worrying mind at ease. But then i think about it, like you always noted, “I haven’t even scraped the surface of what you have”.
All the times you cried and carried the pain in your heart like an artery, all the times you thought about giving it all up and let your tears flood up your pillows like rain…They didn’t see that. Yet the little they saw they hated. They mocked. Their shallow minds could not comprehend it. 95% of these are the same who have turned around now in your passing to offer words of kindness that you longed for while you were here. Haha !isn’t it amazing how they suddenly see how creative your videos were? Nwannem! Odikwa very strong tin!
You are gone now my love, as much as it kills me to type that out, i have to face it. If you are sitting on the right side of God our father, please beg him and intercede on my behalf while i Pray. As i go through the sort of things that you did, as i struggle to become somebody my parents are proud of, as i face this wicked place and its wicked people all by myself, as I say Goodbye to Friends who have become Foes overnight, as i stand in the midst of people who hate me for no reason and take it upon themselves like a day job to bring me down..Intercede on my behalf dear Goldie. May the Lord answer my prayers…the same sort you prayed while you were here.
Thank you for letting me into your world even for a short time. What great blessing it is to have known the real you. The soft, kind-hearted, always-ready-for-a-good-laugh beautiful girl that you were..
I’m too sad.
Rest in Peace my friend..in the beautiful wonders of everlasting eternity where no one judges you.
It’s the month of love!
We’ve got 54 unique ways to show your love–one for each country within Africa.
And if you want to learn how to say “I love you” in 54 African languages, start practicing with our language list!
Algeria: Read a love poem written in French, one of the languages of Algeria
Angola: Give a back massage with palm oil, sourced in Angola
Benin: Listen to a bedtime story sung by Angelique Kidjo from Benin, a Grammy-Award winner
Botswana: Buy a piece of jewelry—maybe a ring?—with diamonds mined in Botswana
Burkina Faso: Serve a gluten-free sorghum beer, brewed in Burkina Faso
Burundi: Bake heart shaped cookies with sugar exported from Burundi
Cameroon: Make a ceramic heart-shaped dish, with the clay found in the highlands in Cameroon
Cape Verde: Drink Portuguese-style wine, made in the vineyards of Cape Verde
Central African Republic: Make a rich, vanilla-flavored tapioca pudding for dessert, made from cassava imported from Central African Republic
Chad: Listen to a love ballad played on a kinde, a harp from Chad
Comoros: Delight in a triple-thick vanilla milkshake, flavored with natural vanilla imported from the Comoros
Congo-Brazzaville: Learn to paint at the Poto Poto School of Painters in Brazzaville, Congo
Congo-Kinshasa: Watch the film When We Were Kings, about Mohammad Ali’s famous match against George Foreman in Kinshasa, known at the time as the famed “Rumble in the Jungle”
Cote d’Ivoire: Buy a gold mask to hang on the wall, from extensive collections crafted in Cote d’Ivoire
Djibouti: Get a hand-woven wool rug from Djibouti to keep your feet warm
Egypt: Purchase tickets to the Cairo International Film Festival
Equatorial Guinea: Drink a cup of osang tea, grown organically in Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea: Read My Father’s Daughter by Hannah Pool, a heartwarming book about an Eritrean girl adopted by a British family
Ethiopia: Wake up to the smell of coffee, made with beans sourced from Ethiopia
Gabon: Obtain a stone sculpture of a woman’s face, items for which Gabon’s artisans are famous
Gambia: Take a bird watching trip for two around MacCarthy Island, an ornithologically rich part of The Gambia.
Ghana: Serve authentic Ghanaian dark chocolate, the birthplace of the cocoa bean
Guinea: Take a stroll down the streets of Conakry at sunset
Guinea-Bissau: Pound away on a dried calabash, or gourd, which is used to make music in Guinea-Bissau
Kenya: Try purple tea sourced from Kenya, a country considered by connoisseurs to be among the best tea producers in the world
Lesotho: Travel to the Oxbow, one of the only places in Africa to go skiing
Liberia: Sing the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl: “You know that you came and you changed my world”
Libya: Enjoy bazeen, an unsweetened cake made with barley flour and usually served with tomatoes and eggs
Madagascar: Purchase a blue sapphire gem, extracted from the sapphire mines of Madagascar
Malawi: Find a nyau mask, still used by the Chewa people for initiations and important events
Mali: Plan a romantic dinner with a desert view in Timbuktu
Mauritania: Hand make soft bed linens from the ultra soft tie-dyed cotton fabric from free-trade cooperatives in Mauritania
Mauritius: Have your hotel arrange a white linen and china dinner for two on the beach at sunset
Morocco: Buy a token of love in one of Morocco’s many souks
Mozambique: Experiment with a marimba, a type of xylophone native to the country
Namibia: Express your inner child by sandboarding down the sand dunes
Niger: Wrap yourself and your lover with a traditional hand-woven wedding blanket in colorful patterns
Nigeria: Listen to the soulful rhythm of Zombie, one of Fela Kuti’s most acclaimed albums
Rwanda: Perform the Intore, the most famous, traditional Rwandan dance for your loved one in private
Sao Tome and Principe: Savor Corallo Chocolate, voted by some to be amongst the world’s best organic chocolate
Senegal: Give your valentine a sand painting, made from Senegalese volcanic sand, beach sand, and dune sand
Seychelles: Visit the white, sandy beaches on the island of Mahe, while indulging in the French-African creole culture
Sierra Leone: Drink Star Beer, produced by the national brewer, Sierra Leone Breweries
Somalia: Read Crossbones by Nuruddin Farrah, a novel about a family returning to Somalia
South Africa: Uncork a rich, red Merlot from the Cape winelands, and give your lover a bouquet of protea flowers, the national flower of South Africa
Sudan: Read the poem The Trees Have Passed, by formerly imprisoned poet Mahjoub Sharif
South Sudan: Take a rafting expedition along the White Nile river and get a glimpse of wildlife along the untraveled section of the Nile
Swaziland: Light your bedroom with the gentle and romantic glow from Swazi candles
Tanzania: Indulge in a konyagi, an indigenous, gin-like beverage
Togo: Hang a zota painting (which is made with scorched wood and smoke) made by Paul Ahyi, the designer of Togo’s flag
Tunisia: Visit a hammam, a traditional Tunisian public steam bath
Uganda: Take a romantic safari in one of Uganda’s many safari parks
Zambia: Wrap your gift in a tonga basket, which are woven by Tonga women, renowned for their weaving abilities
Zimbabwe: Propose to your loved one at Victoria Falls with a platinum engagement ring, with platinum exported from Zimbabwe.
Congratulations galore are pouring in for NY Giants Osi Umenyiora and former Miss Universe Leila Lopes, who tweeted their engagement from Europe. The newly engaged couple spent this week in Europe with friends and family (his brother Okwi and his wife) visiting such sights as Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo and posted photos from Twitter and instagram. The couple are both African. He’s Nigerian and she’s Angolan!
Eko Hotel, Victoria Island: the scene of so many expensive misdemeanours in the past, did its best not to disappoint. Kim Kardashian (pictured sailing into the salubrious Murtala Muhammed International Airport) was billed to “co-host” an event with R’n’B crooner Darey Art-Alade in honour of “Love..Like a Movie”. In other words, it was a “Vals” thing. Lagos being familiar to the metallurgy of snobbery, this involved platinum ticket holders being invited to an exclusive pre-dinner event with her K-ness. Pseudo-ogas lower down the corporate food chain only got to see the show.
I was just over a thousand miles away from the action in Freetown, watching my Twitter timeline cascade with commentary as the evening unfolded. Tweets purred with pleasure at the acrobatics segment, and at the godly qualities of Waje’s voice. There was a sense that in production values and packaging, Lagos had outblinged itself.
And then Ms Kardashian appeared, said, “hey Naija” and vamoosed. The rumour was that she’d been paid 500,000 Benjamins for the honour of mixing with the petro-class. She arrived on Saturday evening (on Air France), and left within twenty-four hours (someone Instagrammed her back at MMIA). Prole class tickets were apparently N100,000 ($640), although quite a few got in gratis on the guest list.
The Lagos elite blows money at puffery, while most of Nigeria suffers. It’s the same as it ever was. I recall Carlos Moore railing against the Gowon era on his trip to Nigeria a couple of years ago – how Lagosians were partying while bodies were lying unburied in the street. Gowon was famous at the time for saying that the problem in Nigeria was not money, but how to spend it.
Reflecting a little on the unfolding disappointment in Lagos, I couldn’t help but think that the narrow slice of KK the audience were granted reflects a cargo cult/import economy/colo-mentality, that dresses its shame in dandified arrogance. Last year, Hugh Masekela played the Motor Boat club. I was lucky to be there (I think I paid 15,000 naira for the privilege). People chatted noisily throughout. The great jazzman could hardly hide his disgust.
There’s something Dubai-esque about the children of the Islands. Pampered lives told in British public school brogues. Bubbles of air-conditioned comfort, which we might think of these days as “Lekki blindness”. Fela is long since dead, but his words rework themselves in the present with ease.
As the disgruntled tweets flowed out on my timeline, I thought of Special K, comfy in her jimjams, the plane rising gradually above the Atlantic, safe from all Lagos harm, smiling to herself that she’d actually 419’d the 419ers. And I went to bed with one final thought: oil turns all who touch it completely insane.
Media Takeout one of the biggest urban websites in the world wrote.. ..WHAT THE FREAK?????? Kim Kardashian Is Paid $500K . . . To Make An APPEARANCE In Nigeria!!! (Pics)
“There is a minor SCANDAL going on in the African nation of Nigeria. You see, Kim Kardashian was paid $500K for a 45 minute appearance in a Lagos club. Nigerians were asked to pay $640 (US dollars) to party with Kim, and take a pic with her.
The average Nigerian earns a little more than $2 per day.”
Lol..there you have it.In other news,Darey has gone international. Isn’t that the whole idea ? Success if you ask me…
Many wish he’d Mandela’s wisdom. Get well soon Sir.