Majek Fashek’s Death Huge Loss to Creative Industry—Minister

Image

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The death of legendary Reggae musician, Majekodunmi Fasheke, otherwise known as Majek Fashek, has been described as a huge loss to the creative industry in Nigeria.

The rain maker, as he was fondly called following his late 80s hit single, Send Down the Rain, breathed his last on Tuesday in New York, one of his most loved cities in the world, after a battle with an illness.

While mourning him, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said the demise of the global music icon has left a big hole in the showbiz sector, saying the sad incident also happened at a time the industry has taken a hit from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mr Mohammed said, “One of the best tributes we can pay to Majek Fashek is to do everything we can to ensure the rebound of the industry, to which he gave so much, from its present state, occasioned by the effects of the pandemic.”

The Minister said the late Reggae star “blazed the trail not only for today’s reggae artists but for the entire generation of musicians in the country.”

“Makej Fashek will particularly be remembered for his ground-breaking album, Prisoner of Conscience, which featured timeless songs like Send Down The Rain, Redemption Song and Afrikans Keep Your Culture.

“Long after his demise, Majek Fashek’s voice will continue to echo across space and time, thanks to those iconic songs,” the Minister was further quoted as saying in the statement.

While further describing Majek Fashek as an archetypal musician, who was not just a singer but also a song writer and a guitarist, he expressed his condolences to his family, friends and fans as well as to the entire creative industry, praying to God to grant repose to his soul and comfort his family.

Share
Related Stories
Image
26-January-2024

Your GOtv Channel Guide for Premium Entertainment

Finding the right entertainment options is very important. Thankfully, GOtv has a diverse range of channels to keep viewers entertained, around the clock. Whether you’re a movie fanatic, a sports enthusiast or a music lover, GOtv has something for everyone. Let’s explore some of the top channels that are sure to keep you glued to your screen. M-Net Movies 4: Are you a movie aficionado? If so, M-Net Movies 4 is the perfect channel for you. from the latest blockbusters, timeless classics, and everything in between with a variety of genres to choose from, M-Net Movies 4 is sure to

Image
26-February-2024

Universal Music Group Buys Majority Stake in Mavin Records

By Adedapo Adesanya Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired a majority stake in top Nigerian record label, Mavin Records, founded by artist, producer, music executive and entrepreneur, Mr Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy. The acquisition comes four months after a potential sale of the label founded in 2012 was first reported. The top label, which houses music stars like Rema, Johnny Drille, Ayra Starr, Crayon, and LadiPoe, among others, saw bids come from the Universal Music Group, HYBE as well as from music asset investors in the financial sector. UMG is buying into the record following sales

Image
02-March-2024

MTF Class of 2023 to Premiere Her Dark Past, Grown

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Two feature films will be premiered this weekend exclusively on the Africa Magic Showcase channel 151 and Africa Magic Urban channel 153 by the students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF). The two pieces of art titled Grown and Her Dark Past are the final projects of the MTF Class of 2023 students, a statement from the organisation said. The MTF is a leading film school in West Africa for young, talented and passionate filmmakers. It was established by the media platform to grow the region’s creative industry. Grown premieres on Africa Magic Showcase at 8.30 pm

Image
02-February-2024

Spotify Spotlights Seven Africans Nominated for Grammy Glory

2023 was quite the year for African music, with it reaching unprecedented heights and stages. There were the sold-out stages, the viral tracks, the inauguration performances and of course, the Grammy category. The 2023 addition of the “Best African Music Performance” category highlights the rich diversity of sounds emerging from the continent, showcasing its well-deserved place on the global stage. This year’s Grammy nominations include seven incredible African artists; Asake’s electrifying energy, Tyla’s smooth R&B vibes, and Burna Boy’s genre-bending genius are just a taste of the talent on display. It’s a celebration of music that crosses borders and gets

More Stories
Image
13-December-2019

Unlisted Securities Market Records no Movement Thursday

By Adedapo Adesanya The market for the trading of unlisted securities in Nigeria, the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange, closed flat on Thursday, December 12, 2019 as key market parameters recorded no movement. This indicated that the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) closed Thursday’s session at 693.22 points, the same figures printed on Wednesday, while the market capitalisation remained at N498.04 billion. However, the volume of securities exchanged by investors at the bourse saw a sharp reduction to 220,933 units from 628,568 units exchanged at the previous session, indicating a decline of 407,635 units equivalent to 64.9 percent. In the

Image
20-June-2019

Standard Chartered Keeps $50,000 for Female Entrepreneurs

By Dipo Olowookere Five female business owners in Nigeria will receive $10,000 each from Standard Chartered as part of the lender’s strategies to support and promote the economic and social development of women in Nigeria through innovation or technology led entrepreneurship. The bank recently launched the SC Women in Tech Incubator, an initiative focusing on capacity building for women-owned small enterprises. The financial institution said it sees this scheme as a great opportunity to support greater diversity in gender representation within technology entrepreneurship for women in the country. The Standard Chartered Women in Tech programme will target female-led entrepreneurial teams

Image
14-February-2021

We Don’t Give Job Slots to Children of the Rich—Immigration

By Ahmed Rahma The Comptroller-General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede, has stressed that recruitment into the agency is not for sale. Speaking at a 2-day official visit to Yola, the capital of the Adamawa State, Mr Babandede said employment into the service was purely based on merit, especially for those who are fit and qualified. The immigration service is seeking new hands in the 2020/2021 recruitment exercise and there have been reports that some persons were asking for money from applicants. “Recently, 370,000 people applied for the 4,900 available vacant positions from across the country

Image
23-August-2018

Aithnard Becomes MD/CEO of Ecobank Côte d’Ivoire

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the Lome-based parent company of the Ecobank Group, has announced the appointment of Mr Paul-Harry Aithnard as the Managing Director of its affiliate Ecobank Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Executive, UEMOA, designate. This appointment, according to a statement issued today, was effected following an internal recruitment process initiated to replace Mr Charles Daboiko, current Managing Director of Ecobank Côte d’Ivoire and Regional Executive of UEMOA, who will be retiring from the bank in November 2018. The statement disclosed that Mr Aithnard was Group Head, Securities, Wealth & Asset Management. But despite his appointment, Mr

Image
21-September-2022

Court Orders ASUU to Call Off Seven-Month Strike

By Adedapo Adesanya The National Industrial Court (NIC) has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike. Delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the federal government on Wednesday, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit. Justice Hamman, who is a vacation judge, ordered that the case filed should be returned to the president of the industrial court for reassignment to another judge. The judge further held that the industrial action was detrimental to public university students who cannot afford to attend

Image
18-August-2017

Nigeria Screened 1.8m Immigrants, Raked N36.2b in 2016—NBS

By Dipo Olowookere Data released on Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the immigration statistics from 2013 to 2016 reflected that a total of 1,822,501 persons arriving Nigeria were processed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in 2016 as against 3,275,929 persons processed in 2015. The agency disclosed that 1,209,897 of the person were Nigerian nationals while the remaining 612,604 were non-Nigerians. Similarly, it said a total of 1,659,624 persons departing Nigeria were processed by the immigration in 2016 as against 3,600,934 persons processed in 2015. Furthermore, 1,181,211 of the persons were Nigerian nationals while

Image
26-June-2020

Nigerian Senate Queries Customs’ Non-Remittance of Surplus

By Adedapo Adesanya • NCS Achieves Almost 60% of Targeted Revenue in Five Months The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has reached 59.9 percent of its target revenue of N957 billion for the 2020 fiscal year as it announced raking N573 billion between January and May. But the Senate Committee on Customs raised questions over non-remittance of operation surplus every year by the service. This followed the announcement made by the Comptroller-General of Customs (CG), Mr Hameed Ali, at an interactive session on revenue generation with the Senate Committee on Customs on Thursday. Mr Hameed, represented by Deputy Comptroller-General (DCG), Human

Image
03-September-2021

Demand for Access Bank Stocks Lifts Market by 0.17%

By Dipo Olowookere The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited rebounded on Thursday by 0.17 per cent following the rush for Access Bank Plc stocks by investors, especially the dividend hunters. After the close of trading activities on Wednesday, the lender released its much-anticipated earnings for the period ended June 2021 and it proposed the payment of an interim dividend of 30 kobo. This announcement, coupled with the improvement in its results, spurred bargain hunting at the stock market yesterday, with Access Bank stocks emerging as the most traded, selling 51.1 million units valued at N471.2 million. It was trailed by Transcorp,

Ad
Ad
Recent Stories
Image
02-March-2024

JUST IN: Nollywood Star Mr Ibu Dies

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Information just reaching Business Post indicates that popular Nigerian actor, Mr John Okafor, otherwise known as Mr Ibu, is dead. It was gathered that the Nollywood star breathed his last on Saturday in a hospital in Lagos. His demise comes a day after the Nigeria film industry lost an actor, Mr Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, well-known as Sisi Quadri. Mr Ibu underwent a surgery, which led to the amputation of one of his legs. He was later discharged from the hospital, but was reportedly taken back. Until his death, he acted in several movies. He was well known

Image
02-March-2024

African Bishops Seek Overhaul of Financial System as Debt Burden Worsens

African Catholic Bishops called for an overhaul of the financial system to address health, climate, food and other challenges the region faces. Ahead of a gathering of African Finance Ministers in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Justice, Peace and Development Commission of the Catholic Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) outlined reforms for debt relief, development resources and governance. “In Sub-Saharan Africa the number of people facing food insecurity stress or crisis has more than doubled since 2019, reaching 420 million people last year,” noted the bishops in a statement. A delegation representing the African Bishops and religious

Image
02-March-2024

MTF Class of 2023 to Premiere Her Dark Past, Grown

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Two feature films will be premiered this weekend exclusively on the Africa Magic Showcase channel 151 and Africa Magic Urban channel 153 by the students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF). The two pieces of art titled Grown and Her Dark Past are the final projects of the MTF Class of 2023 students, a statement from the organisation said. The MTF is a leading film school in West Africa for young, talented and passionate filmmakers. It was established by the media platform to grow the region’s creative industry. Grown premieres on Africa Magic Showcase at 8.30 pm

Image
02-March-2024

Mandela’s Heirs Lose Power in South Africa

By Alexander Braterskiy South African authorities warn that if the opposition wins the parliamentary elections, the country may change course and leave the informal BRICS economic bloc, which includes Russia. The position of the African National Congress party, which has been in power since the collapse of apartheid, is indeed not the best, as shown by the municipal elections held earlier in the country. The opposition accuses the president of corruption and abuse of power, as well as an inability to cope with the country’s energy crisis. The ANC crisis occurred on the 30th anniversary of the first free elections

Image
02-March-2024

CAA Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Innovation for Sustainable Future

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A leading social enterprise focused on environmental sustainability, Climate Action Africa (CAA), has reaffirmed its commitment to being at the forefront of driving climate innovation for a sustainable future. The organization, which is a key participant at the four-day Omniverse Summit 2024 in Lagos, emphasised the need to integrate environmental sustainability models, technology, and community-driven innovation to address climate change challenges. It promised to foster an inclusive climate action ecosystem through innovation, which it said can be used to identify and scale solutions to address the imminent climate crisis in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, The

Image
02-March-2024

Endosurvivors Foundation Set For Another Endometriosis Awareness

By Adedapo Adesanya EndoSurvivors International Foundation (ESIF), an NGO championing endometriosis awareness in Nigeria, has announced its upcoming events in commemoration of the Global Endometriosis Advocacy Month in March, fondly tagged March4Endo by advocates all over the world.  Endometriosis is a chronic and inflammatory condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 girls and women in Nigeria and on a global scale. This sums up to about 190 million affected girls/women around the world, about the population of Nigeria in 2018.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes that endometriosis has significant social, public health, and economic implications leading to a decrease

Image
02-March-2024

CSCS, FrieslandCampina Lift NASD OTC Bourse by 0.31%

By Adedapo Adesanya The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange returned to the positive territory after it gained 0.31 per cent on Friday, March 1, thanks to the duo of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc and FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc. CSCS Plc added 81 Kobo to its value to sell for N19.46 per unit compared with the preceding day’s N18.65 per unit, and FrieslandCampina improved by N1.15 to settle at N71.4o per share, in contrast to Thursday’s closing price of N70.25 per share. However, Aradel Holdings Plc continued its price depreciation yesterday as it shed N6.75 to sell at N2,395.00

Image
02-March-2024

Naira Now N1,548.25 at Official Market, N1,560/$1 at Black Market

By Adedapo Adesanya The Naira sustained its gradual recovery against the US Dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM) on Friday, March 1, appreciating by 2.94 per cent or N46.86 to sell at N1,548.25/$1, in contrast to the N1,595.11/$1 it was traded on Thursday. Also, in the spot market, the Nigerian currency improved its value against the Pound Sterling during the trading day by N90.13 to close at N1,956.06/£1 versus the previous day’s N2,046.19/£1 and against the Euro, it gained N76.39 to trade at N1,675.25/€1, in contrast to the N1,751.64/€1 it closed a day earlier. The supply of

Image
02-March-2024

Crude Oil Jumps 2% as Traders Sight Possible OPEC+ Cuts

By Adedapo Adesanya Crude oil appreciated by about 2 per cent on Friday as traders awaited a decision from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) on supply agreements for the second quarter. Yesterday, the price of Brent futures went up by $1.64 or 2 per cent to $83.55 per barrel and the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures rose by $1.71 or 2.19 per cent to $79.97 a barrel. For the week, Brent added around 2.4 per cent while WTI gained more than 4.5 per cent. Analysts noted that the expectation that OPEC+ is going to

Image
02-March-2024

NGX Indices Nosedive by 1.23% as Traders Resume Profit-Taking

By Dipo Olowookere The bears made a quick return to the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited after leaving the stage for the bulls for a day as investors reassessed the impact of the hike in the benchmark interest rate by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday on their investments. On Friday, the key performance indicators of the bourse closed lower by 1.23 per cent as a result of renewed selling pressure, especially in the energy and industrial goods sectors. Business Post reports that at the close of transactions on the first trading session of March 2024, the industrial goods