Street Style from the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show castings


Street Style from the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show castings

By Njideka Akabogu

By Joseph Akahome

Towards aiming for the benefits associated with a cashless society, as well as seeking customer satisfaction, one of Nigeria’s leading telecommunications service provider, MTN, has announced a revolutionary product called MOBILE MONEY, which eases the stress usually encountered with cash transactions.

This service, in partnership with one of the country’s leading commercial bank, GTBank, is expected to ‘deliver a more convenient means of money transaction between family, loved ones and business partners across the country using an MTN mobile phone’. With this new and innovative service, subscribers can

– Send and receive money across the country with your phone.

– Recharge your phone by purchasing airtime.

– Pay bills e.t.c.

According to official statements by the company, ‘Mobile Money is a fast and convenient way of sending money when in an emergency or when paying bills, we have been able to create this new service which will be beneficial to a lot of Nigerians on the MTN network as well as Non-users‘.

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Blanca Padilla

The castings for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show took place in New York at the lingerie giant’s headquarters and as always the models trooped out in style with hopes to land a spot in the show.

Hailey Baldwin, Maria Borges, Jasmine Tookes, Jasmine Sanders and more were photographed outside the castings venue serving street style and giving their best spin to casual glamour.

See photos below.

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By Joseph Akahome

Hip hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is set to blaze a trail in the music television entertainment by launching his own music-themed cable network.

We’re told the new cable network will be called ‘Revolt’, and will target largely the African-American community; and official launching is tentatively set for year end, around December of 2012.

The network will have an estimated viewing base of about 18 million homes.

Television content providers, Comcast, is apparently involved and is even set to launch their own African-American themed network around the same time as Diddy’s.

The richest figure in hip hop, according to recent rankings by Forbes magazine, Mr Combs is also a writer, actor, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor, and oversees a business empire worth about $500 million.

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Cindy Bruna

Bianca Balti
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By Joseph Akahome

Towards aiming for the benefits associated with a cashless society, as well as seeking customer satisfaction, one of Nigeria’s leading telecommunications service provider, MTN, has announced ‘a revolutionary product’ called MOBILE MONEY, which eases the stress usually encountered with cash transactions.

This service, in partnership with one of the country’s leading financial institutions, GTBank, is expected to ‘deliver a more convenient means of money transaction between family, loved ones and business partners across the country using an MTN mobile phone’.

MTN Nigeria announced today, that with this new and innovative service, subscribers can

– Send and receive money across the country with your phone.

– Recharge phones by purchasing airtime.

– Pay bills e.t.c.

According to the official statement by the company, ‘Mobile Money is a fast and convenient way of sending money when in an emergency or when paying bills, we have been able to create this new service which will be beneficial to a lot of Nigerians on the MTN network as well as Non-users‘.

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Riley Montana
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju might not ring a bell to Nigerian music lovers, but mention ‘W4′, and there’s more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment, especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4, or ‘Mr. Wonder’, is getting more and more attention from fans and others, especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image, even though he has been in the industry for a while now. In this interview with NET, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and, of course, the increased attention from women…

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’ll be doing now?

Well, basically, I do R&B, but on my sophomore album which I am about to drop soon, you’ll find a lot of Afro influence. Basically, after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by your new look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine don’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets, unlike mine. And my shirts of course is a bit different. If you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

Is it right to assume you’re trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the new image been accepted?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning your look?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Has the money been rolling in for you?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the ladies?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many think it’s sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me, a long term commitment or marriage is not in the cards for now.

Who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’, features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is unique. Was it what you visualised when you initially recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know, just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.


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Ming Xi
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju might not ring a bell to Nigerian music lovers, but mention ‘W4′, and there’s more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment, especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4, or ‘Mr. Wonder’, is getting more and more attention from fans and others, especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image, even though he has been in the industry for a while now. In this interview with NET, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and, of course, the increased attention from women…

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’ll be doing now?

Well, basically, I do R&B, but on my sophomore album which I am about to drop soon, you’ll find a lot of Afro influence. Basically, after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by your new look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine don’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets, unlike mine. And my shirts of course is a bit different. If you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

Is it right to assume you’re trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the new image been accepted?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning your look?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Has the money been rolling in for you?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the ladies?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many think it’s sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me, a long term commitment or marriage is not in the cards for now.

Who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’, features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is unique. Was it what you visualised when you initially recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know, just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.


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Martha Hunt
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju might not ring a bell to Nigerian music lovers, but mention ‘W4′, and there’s more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment, especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4, or ‘Mr. Wonder’, is getting more and more attention from fans and others, especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image, even though he has been in the industry for a while now. In this interview with NET, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and, of course, the increased attention from women…

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’ll be doing now?

Well, basically, I do R&B, but on my sophomore album which I am about to drop soon, you’ll find a lot of Afro influence. Basically, after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by your new look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine don’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets, unlike mine. And my shirts of course is a bit different. If you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

Is it right to assume you’re trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the new image been accepted?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning your look?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Has the money been rolling in for you?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the ladies?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many think it’s sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me, a long term commitment or marriage is not in the cards for now.

Who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’, features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is unique. Was it what you visualised when you initially recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know, just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.


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Maria Borges
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju might not ring a bell to Nigerian music lovers, but mention ‘W4′, and there’s more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment, especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4, or ‘Mr. Wonder’, is getting more and more attention from fans and others, especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image, even though he has been in the industry for a while now. In this interview with NET, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and, of course, the increased attention from women…

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’ll be doing now?

Well, basically, I do R&B, but on my sophomore album which I am about to drop soon, you’ll find a lot of Afro influence. Basically, after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by your new look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine don’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets, unlike mine. And my shirts of course is a bit different. If you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

Is it right to assume you’re trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the new image been accepted?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning your look?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Has the money been rolling in for you?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the ladies?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many think it’s sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me, a long term commitment or marriage is not in the cards for now.

Looking to the future, who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’, features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is unique. Was it what you visualised when you initially recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know, just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.


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Liu Wen
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju may not ring any bell to lovers of music in Nigeria, but mention ‘W4′, and there is more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4 a.k.a ‘Mr. Wonder’ is steadily garnering attention from fans and others alike especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image even though he has been around the industry for sometime.

In this exclusive chat with NET’s Senior Correspondent Joseph Akahome, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and of course increasing attention from women…

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’d be doing now, or simply put, how would you describe your kind of music?

Well, basically, I do R&B, but on my sophomore album which I am about to drop soon, you’ll find a lot of Afro influence in. Basically, after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by the new W4 look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine don’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets, unlike mine. And my shirts of course is a bit different. If you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

So would one be right to assume you are trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the new image been accepted?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning your look?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Okay, so far, has it been so good for you, in terms of the monetary benefits?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the ladies?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance you just mentioned?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

Okay, ‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many opine that it is sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs the wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me, a long term commitment or marriage is not in the cards for now.

So who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’, features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is unique. Was it your idea from the start, what you visualised when you recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know, just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.


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Lais Oliveria
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju may not ring any bell to lovers of music in Nigeria, but mention ‘W4′, and there is more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4 a.k.a ‘Mr. Wonder’ is steadily garnering attention from fans and others alike especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image even though he has been around the industry for sometime.

In this exclusive chat with NET’s Senior Correspondent Joseph Akahome, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and of course increasing attention from women…

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’d be doing now, or simply put, how would you describe your kind of music?

Well, basically, I do R&B but it’s just presently on my sophomore album which I am about to drop anytime soon, that you’ll find a lot of Afro influence in. Basically after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by the new W4 look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine doesn’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets unlike mine which does. And my shirts of course is a bit different, if you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths to come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

So would one be right to assume you are trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the acceptance been like with this new image?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning this your look which no doubt, is very reminiscent of the late Afro Beat Maestro?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Okay, so far, has it been so good for you, in terms of the monetary benefits?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the female folks?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance you just mentioned?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

Okay, ‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many opine that it is sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 you in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs the wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me long term commitments or marriage is not in the cards for now.

So who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’ features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is very unique and I must say an award winning one at that. Was it your idea from the start, what you visualised when you recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.

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Josie Canseco & Alanna Arrington
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By Osagie Alonge

While Nollywood is still mourning the death of Nigerian actor David Ihezie who passed a week ago, another actor Lekan Lekinson has also passed away.

Reports say the Yoruba actor died yesterday Wednesday, January 25, 2012 after a long battle with diabetes. The news of his death has been confirmed by Hon. Rotimi Makinde, a fellow actor and legislator.

When we put a call to Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president Segun Arinze, he promised to get back to us on the news. We could not also immediately get a response from ANTP and NANTAP.

Lekinson was known for his many roles in Yoruba movies where he was usually portrayed as a minor antagonist.

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Jasmine Tookes
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By Osagie Alonge

While Nollywood is still mourning the death of Nigerian actor David Ihezie who passed a week ago, another actor Lekan Lekinson has also passed away.

Reports say the Yoruba actor died yesterday Wednesday, January 25, 2012 after a long battle with diabetes. The news of his death has been confirmed by Hon. Rotimi Makinde, a fellow actor and member of house of Reps.

When we put a call to Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president Segun Arinze, he promised to get back to us on the news.

Lekinson was known for his many roles in Yoruba movies where he was usually portrayed as a minor antagonist.

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Jasmine Sanders
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By Osagie Alonge

Fans of Nollywood are still mourning the death of Nigerian actor David Ihezie who died a week ago as another actor Lekan Lekinson has also passed away.

Reports say the veteran Nollywood, Yoruba actor died yesterday Wednesday, January 25, 2012 after a long battle with diabetes. The news of his death has been confirmed by Hon. Rotimi Makinde, a fellow actor and member of house of Reps.

When we put a call to Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president Segun Arinze, he promised to get back to us on the news.

Lekinson was known for his many roles in Yoruba movies where he was usually portrayed as a minor antagonist.

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Izabel Goulart
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By Osagie Alonge

Fans of Nollywood are still mourning the death of Nigerian actor David Ihezie who died a week ago as another actor Lekan Lekinson has also passed away.

Reports say the veteran Nollywood, Yoruba actor died yesterday Wednesday, January 25, 2012 after a long battle with diabetes. The news of his death has been confirmed by Hon. Rotimi Makinde, a fellow actor and member of house of Reps.

Lekinson was known for his many roles in Yoruba movies where he was usually portrayed as a minor antagonist.

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Isabeli Fontana

Hailey Clauson
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By Osagie Alonge

While Nollywood is still mourning the death of Nigerian actor David Ihezie who passed a week ago, another actor Lekan Lekinson has also passed away.

Reports say the Yoruba actor died yesterday Wednesday, January 25, 2012 after a long battle with diabetes. The news of his death has been confirmed by Hon. Rotimi Makinde, a fellow actor and legislator.

When we put a call to Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president Segun Arinze, he promised to get back to us on the news. We could not also immediately get a response from ANTP and NANTAP.

Lekinson was known for his many roles in Yoruba movies where he was usually portrayed as a minor antagonist.

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Hailey Baldwin
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju may not ring any bell to lovers of music in Nigeria, but mention ‘W4′, and there is more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4 a.k.a ‘Mr. Wonder’ is steadily garnering attention from fans and others alike especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image even though he has been around the industry for sometime.

In this exclusive chat with NET’s Senior reporter, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and of course women that have been on the steady rise recently. Enjoy!

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’d be doing now, or simply put, how would you describe your kind of music?

Well, basically, I do R&B but it’s just presently on my sophomore album which I am about to drop anytime soon, that you’ll find a lot of Afro influence in. Basically after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by the new W4 look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine doesn’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets unlike mine which does. And my shirts of course is a bit different, if you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths to come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

So would one be right to assume you are trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the acceptance been like with this new image?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning this your look which no doubt, is very reminiscent of the late Afro Beat Maestro?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Okay, so far, has it been so good for you, in terms of the monetary benefits?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the female folks?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance you just mentioned?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

Okay, ‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many opine that it is sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 you in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs the wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me long term commitments or marriage is not in the cards for now.

So who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’ features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is very unique and I must say an award winning one at that. Was it your idea from the start, what you visualised when you recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.

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Grace Mahary
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By Joseph Akahome

The name Adewale Adepoju may not ring any bell to lovers of music in Nigeria, but mention ‘W4′, and there is more than a flicker of recognition in the eyes of many youths who follow and enjoy urban Afro pop music. This Osun State native is currently the rave of the moment especially with his latest track, a hit single titled ‘Kontrol’.

W4, or ‘Mr. Wonder’ is steadily garnering attention from fans and others alike especially with his re-branded Fela-esque image even though he has been around the industry for a while now. In this interview with NET reporter, he talks about his music, his art, his new image and how he handles the fame and of course women that have been on the steady rise recently. Enjoy!

What was growing up like for you?

I grew up in a very strict household. My parents didn’t even know I was doing music until my first video. I was involved in a lot of social activities in my secondary school, under curfew you know. I had limited time I needed to be at home, limited time I needed to go out and all that. But I’m an example of a good character, if I may say so. Despite the fact that I was doing music, I never let it get to my head and disobey my parents; because that’s the way I was nurtured.

Your latest single ‘Kontrol’ is currently in heavy rotation in clubs and enjoys regular airplay both on the radio and television. Is this the kind of music you’d be doing now, or simply put, how would you describe your kind of music?

Well, basically, I do R&B but it’s just presently on my sophomore album which I am about to drop anytime soon, that you’ll find a lot of Afro influence in. Basically after I debuted my first album ‘Temperature’ in 2005, which had the big hit, ‘Solo‘, I was on tour in Europe under the Hypertek umbrella. And while I was touring the world, going to different countries, I used that time to re-think my strategy, on my music, brand and even personality. So basically I came up with the idea of infusing Afro into my music, my art and my dress code, in fact, into my entire persona. So, yes, to an extent, the music has been influenced by the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Indeed it has, at least judging by the new W4 look. Tell us about the costume..

Well I’d say it was of course inspired by Fela, and remains essentially the same, but with a little innovation on my part. Whereas Fela’s pants go all the way down, mine doesn’t. Fela’s pants don’t come with pockets unlike mine which does. And my shirts of course is a bit different, if you call me a ‘trendy’ Fela, I wouldn’t mind much, because I have made so many youths to come to love and identify with the Fela brand.

So would one be right to assume you are trying to bring this neo-Afrobeat back to the mainstream?

Afro never died, just like Fela never died, despite the fact that he is not here with us physically. So his relevance in music and the struggle is very much felt. But I am not trying to imbibe the whole Fela persona or character; I’m just mixing that with my R&B style. And you know the word is ‘innovation’, don’t forget, I do music and the business of music. I have love for the art and when you’re doing a business you need to create the right product, the right brand. And for me, creating this brand has given me a bigger niche in the industry and I’m being recognised faster now, if you even see my shadow, you’ll know I’m the one!

So far, how has the acceptance been like with this new image?

Of course a lot of people, especially the young ones appreciate it, even those who had not really heard of Fela or encountered him before now. They now take time out to study Fela a bit you know, to understand where I’m coming from. But they are already loving it, I blended the brand perfectly, colours, costume, you know, so yeah, they accept and enjoy it.

Has there been any word from the Kuti family, positive or negative, concerning this your look which no doubt, is very reminiscent of the late Afro Beat Maestro?

The Kuti family and I have good rapport, especially after the release of the Kontrol video. I’ve met with all of them and it’s been good understanding between us. In fact they are proud that someone else is carrying on their father’s legacy and doing it well and they are proud of it.

Okay, so far, has it been so good for you, in terms of the monetary benefits?

Well the brand is fresh and as far as money is concerned, well what can I say? We thank God (laughs).

How has the reception been from the female folks?

Well it’s been fun all the way, the love from both the male and the female fans has been awesome. But let me tell you, if the male fans are going gaga over the brand, you can imagine the reaction of the females. But basically I don’t segregate; putting them together makes me who I am, so yes, I got love for everybody.

What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with your female fans?

Well, and this was before even ‘Kontrol‘. I remember a show where I performed in UNILAG, quite a while back, and as I got into the crowd, a couple of ladies just made straight for me and dipped their hands into my pants and grabbed my crotch! I’m telling you. Now with the Fela persona and all, I’ve had ladies all trying to get a feel of me because my pants are a bit tighter and they think what they see here (motions towards his pubic area) is probably stuffed. I mean, dem go just put hand there dey feel am. I surprise no be small, because I even know some of the ladies but never thought they could do that. Some of dem na (Sound) Sultan de tell dem say I put foam there! (General laughter)

What was your reaction when you were groped during the performance you just mentioned?

I didn’t panic or anything, I kept doing my thing, I be man na! (Laughter around).

Okay, ‘Kontrol’ to a lot of people means many things but many opine that it is sexually suggestive. What do you mean when you say ‘Omoge wa gba Kontrol’?

Well, Kontrol is a normal slang that has been around. To me, it just means good things. Everybody needs ‘kontrol’, I do, you do, everybody, even (President) Jonathan sef need ‘kontrol’. When performing this song, I make the ladies forget whatever problems they may be facing and use ‘kontrol’ as an outlet for them to unwind.

Is W4 you in a romantic relationship, or are there any signs the wedding bells may be ringing anytime soon?

No, and I don’t have any plan of going into such for now. My fans are my priority, so for me long term commitments or marriage is not in the cards for now.

So who are you working with on your second album?

Well, this my second album, which I titled ‘Mr Wonder’ features young and capable hands, very vibrant hands. I’m working with a lot of talented people, like J Fem, who created the Kontrol beat. Very fresh and vibrant. I also have J Sleek, Jiggy jeg, you know, a lot of them. Basically this album should be able to have something for everyone, both young and old.

If you weren’t into music…

(Cuts in) if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a doctor. No doubt I’d have been a doctor; I always had a passion for that. But anyway, I am already a doctor, seeing as my music heals souls.

The concept for the ‘Kontrol’ video is very unique and I must say an award winning one at that. Was it your idea from the start, what you visualised when you recorded the song?

Initially we (W4 and video director Clarence Peters) had a meeting where we discussed this. You know I’m the brand and I wanted some things to be in the video. I had a lot of concepts but I had to seek the director’s take too, you know, to bring his professionalism to bear. So me and Clarence (Peters) sat down and came up with what you will agree is a perfect video. Already, the song has picked up an award, the NMVA for best Afro video last year (2011), less than a month after the release of the video, so of course, it is sure going places.

So, looking ahead, what are the plans for the future, local and international collaborative efforts and all?

Of course I will be doing one or two collaborations, both internationally and back home, but you know just keep your fingers crossed and watch as things happen. This is very important to me you should watch out for me, as I constantly continue to re-invent myself to bring out the best, even sixty years from now.

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Georgia Fowler
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By Osagie Alonge

2face has released yet another video off his ‘The Unstoppable; Intl. Edition‘ album. While we wait expectantly for another record from the multiple award winning artiste, we will have to make do with this…

The song still sounds fresh even after three years after release. But the video, directed by Isaac Offei Awuah is certainly played out for an icon like Mr Idibia. Often, his videos portray him in a reflective mood, the concept is ‘overflogged’ and leaves you bored halfway.

It’s still nice to watch 2face in words and pictures though…

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Devon Windsor
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By Osagie Alonge

One month after announcing he’s resting his very popular ‘Nite of a Thousand Laughs’ concerts, after a 17 year run, Opa Williams is back at it again. And this time there’s an interesting twist.

The respected entertainment businessman says he’s started out a new project tagged Nite of A Thousand Laughs Xtra which will debut in Kenya and Uganda.

Williams hasn’t revealed much about the new show but he tells us, it will showcase four best comedians from four countries in Africa at any edition; Two from Nigeria (including the compere and three in-form comedians from other African countries.

Fans should also expect to see their favourite celebrities in a comedy drama skit in every edition of the show. ‘Well, the best way to find out that we have broken from the norm is to attend just one edition of the new show‘, Williams says.

And why he brought back the show (or at least something close to it), Williams says, ‘I had to put on my thinking cap so as not to be called a villain and kill joy’.

The show’s first edition will go down on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

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Daniela Braga
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By Osagie Alonge

2face has released yet another video off his ‘The Unstoppable; Intl. Edition‘ album. While we wait expectantly for another record from the multiple award winning artiste, we will have to make do with this…

The song still sounds fresh even after 3 years of its release however the video directed by Isaac Offei Awuah is certainly played out for an artiste like 2face. Often, his videos portrays him in a reflective mood, the concept is ‘overflogged’ and leaves you bored halfway.

It’s still nice to watch 2face though…

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Bianca Balti
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By Osagie Alonge

Just after a month when comedy entertainment merchant Opa Williams announced that he was resting his very popular ‘Nite of a Thousand Laughs’ show which he has hosted for 17 years, he’s back at it again but this time with a twist.

The respected entertainment businessman has announced that he has started out a new project tagged Nite of A Thousand Laughs Xtra which will debut in Kenya and Uganda.

Williams hasn’t revealed much about the new show but he tells us, it will showcase four best comedians from four countries in Africa at any edition; Two from Nigeria (including the compere and three in-form comedians from other African countries.

Fans should also expect to see their favourite celebrities in a comedy drama skit in every edition of the show. ‘Well, the best way to find out that we have broken from the norm is to attend just one edition of the new show‘, Williams says.

And why he brought back the show (or at least something close to it), Williams says, ‘I had to put on my thinking cap so as not to be called a villain and kill joy’.

The show’s first edition will go down on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

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Barbara Fialho

This year’s show which will be reportedly take place in Shanghai will be recorded in November and aired in December.

See the full list of confirmed models for the show below.

Angels

Adriana Lima
Alessandra Ambrosio
Behati Prinsloo
Candice Swanepoel
Lily Aldridge
Elsa Hosk
Jasmine Tookes
Martha Hunt
Lais Ribeiro
Sara Sampaio
Romee Strijd
Stella Maxwell
Taylor Hill
Josephine Skriver

Models

Megan Williams
Sanne Vloet
Bruna Lírio
Dilone
Frida Aasen
Leila Nda
Devon Windsor
Victoria Lee
Vanessa Moody
Grace Elizabeth
Maggie Laine
Nadine Leopold
Leomie Anderson
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