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Lamboginny tells Nigerians to move from ‘meism’ to ‘weism’

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Music star Yinka ‘Lamboginny’ Lawanson has identified the root of the image problem Nigerians face across the globe: Meism.

According to him, the few bad eggs soiling the Nigerian brand abroad are doing that because they believe the system has failed them.

“Everybody does it when they get to power, dupe people, push drugs. And all these atrocities are rubbing off on innocent Nigerians building the nation,” he said. “And we have to move from ‘Meism’ to ‘Weism’.”

He was speaking to a gathering of young Nigerian-Americans, under the auspices of the Nigerian Youth in the Diaspora Engagement Forum, NYDEF discussing the Nigerian Brand at event in the Nigerian House in New York, United States.

Yinka ‘Lamboginny’ Lawanson and Consul-General Ben Okoyen

In his speech he described as a heart-to-heart conversation, Lamboginny told his audience, Nigeria is the biggest name they can ever have—no matter what—and it is left for them to represent the best way.

“If you were born in Nigeria, you have a gift—the first gift of life—that no other country can give you no matter how great you are doing there.”

He urged the jeremiads and whiners who have resigned to that conclusion Nigeria cannot work again, to change.

“If you were always complaining, you never joined the game changers when you were in Nigeria, you won’t stop complaining even when you go to countries whose systems work” he said.

Emphasizing the fact that Nigeria gave him his life, he will always look back and give whatever he can to build his fatherland even if no one appreciates him.

“If we don’t build Nigerians, no one else will or can do it for us.”

The 33-year-old was the first musician the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA appointed as its national ambassador.

And at 23, he began a campaign of using music as a correctional tool in Nigeria prisons system.

Lamboginny has been in America for a year now refining the project by performing in American prisons, too, with the aim of developing it further as part of his prison reforms goal for Nigeria.

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Tacha announces Tiwa Savage ex as manager, Teebillz

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Tacha Akide

Disqualified Big Brother Nigeria, BBNaija housemate, Tacha Akide has announced Tiwa Savage’s ex Teebillz as her new manager.

She made the announcement via Instagram.

This comes after Teebillz defended her hours after she was disqualified from the Big Brother Naija house. At the time, Teebillz said Tacha is “the most bankable brand out of all” the Big Brother Naija season 4 housemates. He added that he will make Tacha “the biggest brand out of Africa….. Bigger than Big brother itself.” He went on to add that “Tacha is the Kim K of Africa.”

Apparently, Tacha believes he’s the right manager for her as she has now revealed she’s under “New Management.” Her announcement leads her followers to believe deleting all her Instagram history is part of her rebranding process.

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Kannywood actress Maryam Yahaya debunks death rumors

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Kannywood actress Maryam Yahaya has debunked rumors that she is dead.

Maryam made this known to the public in a video post on her Instagram page on Friday.

She also said at no point was she sick in recent time.

“I read on social media pages that I am dead and buried. Let me say to everyone watching this video and to the general public that I am not dead. I am alive and healthy.

“I read on Facebook that I died last week. Let me tell everyone here that I do not have a Facebook page. I only do Instagram so all the pages you come across with my name and picture are fake ones.”

The actress expressed gratitude to all the people ”who tried to reach her and those who even started condoling with her family and friends for the love they have for her”.

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Charly Boy boycott street protests, says “It won’t change Nigerian leaders”

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Charly Boy, convener of ‘Our Mumu Don Do Movement’, on Friday said street protest by Nigerians over national issues cannot change political leaders at all levels.

Charlyboy made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He said that successive Nigerian political leaders had remained insensitive to the plights of ordinary Nigerians over the years and were not moved by such protests to hold them accountable.

Charly Boy also known as ‘Areafada’, lamented that for almost six decades of Nigeria’s independence, its citizens were yet to experience ‘freedom from bad leadership’.

He said he was therefore boycotting street protests over national issues, and urged advocates of good governance and patriotic Nigerians to resort to engaging the leaders through other non-violence avenues.

The 68-years-old activist, self acclaimed “President of frustrated Nigerians’, recounted how he spent most part of his years fighting for the rights of ordinary Nigerians.

He said that in some cases, he went to the streets to champion the fights for the rights of those he never knew.

“I have spent over 40 years of my life leading protest for a better society, and I can tell you that street protest will not change our leaders.

“My father always told me back then that whenever I see injustice, I should fight it because it may come to affect me someday too, and that is my motivation for fighting injustice over these years.

“On several occasions, I have been tortured by the Nigerian police and the military for standing up to authorities to ask questions.

“However, on some occasions, I have been regarded as their friends, depending on the sensibility of those in power.

“I am not a professional protester, so now I have decided to use other means to hold leaders accountable,’’ he said.

The former president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said that he decided to use music as a tool to inspire ordinary Nigerians, especially youths toward holding leaders accountable.

He explained that he was leading an advocacy and enlightenment campaign ‘Na We Be Government” and decided to go back to music, his age-long passion to call citizens to participate in nation building.

“All over the word, the Arts, especially music have been used to inspire people and change narratives towards a better society.

“I did not go into music for money, but for the passion of it, and this time I am using it to awake the consciousness of all Nigerians toward building the country they desire.

“A lot of Nigerians have given up on their country because of bad leadership over the years, and do not believe they have a say in the affairs of their country.

“It is time they are reminded that power truly belongs to them and there is a social contract between them and elected political leaders.

“Citizens will do their part and political leaders should also fulfill their obligations as promised in their manifesto, and as required by the constitution,” he said.

Charly Boy is the second son of former Supreme Court justice Chukwudifu Oputa, who had set out to become a Catholic Priest, but left seminary school after a year.

An avid supporter of Okada riders in Nigeria, he is known to have championed many protests, especially when it affects the down-trodden in the society.

In the mid-nineties Charly Boy fought for the rights of military pensioners during the Abacha-led military administration by marching to the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Abuja to demand payment of their pension arrears.

He had also spearheaded campaigns for Nigerian widows, and was founder of the “Save Nigeria from Nigeria’’ campaign, and he was arrested alongside other activists for civil disobedience during the fuel subsidy protest in 2012.

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