By Aduragbemi Omiyale
About 15 customers of Quickteller will have the opportunity to be at the 2021 edition of the Interswitch One Africa Music Fest taking place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates from Monday, November 22 to Saturday, November 27.
Business Post gathered that five of the lucky users of the leading consumer digital payment platform in Africa were selected at the first raffle draw held on Monday, November 8, at the Interswitch Office in Lagos.
At the second draw, which took place on Monday, November 15, 10 additional customers emerged and will enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to the prestigious global music festival, which will have Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Flavour, Sarkodie, among others perform.
A statement from the firm disclosed that the winners were selected from a pool of Quickteller users, comprising new and existing customers who conducted at least three transactions in one week.
In line with corporate governance principles guiding consumer promos, the entire process, including the raffle draw, was conducted under the scrutiny of the representatives of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).
While congratulating the winners, the Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Interswitch Group, Ms Cherry Eromosele said, “We remain focused on our efforts to reward and empower our numerous customers for their loyalty to the Interswitch brand. One of the ways we do this is by supporting our customers’ lifestyle and bringing them closer to their dreams.”
“We recognise that the export of entertainment and musical talents is creating value for Nigeria and positioning the continent for more opportunities globally. Our objective, therefore, is to showcase African talents to the world, celebrate these incredible talents while staying true to our commitment to support the lifestyle aspirations of our consumers,” she added.
YouTube Music, Sarz Academy to Train Producers, Songwriters
By Adedapo Adesanya
YouTube Music has collaborated with The Sarz Academy to train emerging producers and songwriters in Nigeria as part of a series of initiatives commemorating Africa Month 2022.
The training is part of YouTube’s Future Insiders program and will be a three-day training series designed to help young producers and songwriters build their skills and abilities through hands-on training from famous music and industry leaders.
Speaking on this, Mr Osabuohien Osaretin, popularly known as Sarz, founder of the Sarz Academy said, “We founded the Sarz Academy in 2015 to help creatives thrive in the creative and business of entertainment.
“Our objective has always been to help turn the enormous potential that exists in the music creative space into genuine accomplishments.
“We recognize that, although many young Nigerians possess the necessary abilities for the industry, many are unable to create a successful music career owing to a lack of grasp of the business and production foundations.”
Business Post had earlier reported that a series of activities commemorating Africa Month will take place throughout the month of May.
The initiatives, including the Future Insiders’ workshop, are meant to bring attention to and show appreciation for the artists and creatives who are moving Africa’s music business forward.
On her part, Addy Awofisayo, YouTube’s Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa explained, “At YouTube, we’ve always been committed to supporting the next generation of music creatives out of Africa, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to connect the impactful work of the YouTubeBlackVoices Fund with The Sarz Academy’s efforts to support the artistic aspirations of Nigerian music creatives.”
Future Insiders is a component of the Black Voices Fund’s Music Community Pillar, which provides possibilities for exposure and learning for young people all across the world.
It has collaborated with community-oriented groups in New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Rio de Janeiro, Houston, Atlanta, London, Lagos, Accra, and now Memphis.
In addition to technical production and business sessions, selected participants will access one-on-one sessions with YouTube to learn how to connect and use the platform to drive the best engagement, as well as learn about all the essential tips such as creating and developing their brands, self-marketing, building positive artist and producer relationships, and revenue streams to consider.
Also commenting, the General Secretary of Sarz Academy, Ms Olajumoke Olayiwola, explained that “the 2022 Future Insiders program will focus on the business and production sides of music, with the primary objective of assuring that new producers do not make the same errors as previous generations.
“This level of success demonstrates that we are on the right route, and we look forward to furthering sessions, the development of new hit-making producers, and the expansion of the Academy to more countries.”
The Masterclass will be held at Ogidi Studios from May 25-27 2022, with attendees able to network and ask facilitators questions about the music industry.
Interested participants can apply via the website https://www.thesarzacademy.com/
Who Wears Nigerian Idol Season 7 Crown, Progress or Zadok?
By Dipo Olowookere
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the Nigerian Idol Season 7 sponsored by Bigi and Binance will come to an end and a winner announced.
Last Sunday, Banty failed to make it to the Top 2 as she was eliminated from the show after securing the least votes, leaving Progress and Zadok to compete for the N100 million prizes promised by the organisers.
This Sunday, the duo will know their fate but they will expect that their performances in the last episode can fetch them the needed votes to clinch the coveted crown.
Last week, the two contestants showcased their musical talent in the songs performed, comprising their favourite, a song selected for them by the judges, and the last with the 121 Selah choir, a musical gospel group, which added colour to the evening performance.
Progress, who was the first to appear on the music stage, thrilled the judges and the audience electrifyingly with his favourite song A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, which led to a standing ovation, with IK Osakioduwa, the host, stating “that was amazing.” And on what prompted his choice of song, Progress avowed that it is what the society needs at the moment, the change that would make things better for all and sundry.
His second song Joy released by Wizkid, picked for him by one of the judges, D’Banj, was also wonderfully done, with the host saying “that was very nice,” while the third song, Jon Ogah’s Uncle Zuru performed with the 121 Selah choir was fantastic met with applause and a standing ovation.
His rendition of this tune led to a good commendation from Obi Asika, who confessed that “your confidence is impressive, you are already a winner,” while Simi affirmed “your performance is incredible, l want to be like you,” and D’Banj saying “you have done well, keep progressing.”
Zadok, who said he is a preacher of love, did When a man loves a woman by Michael Bolton, with IK Osakioduwa saying “this is what you know how to do best,” and the second act, Michael Bolton’s Soul Provider selected for him by Simi, one of the judges, was a fascinating performance that led to a flower gift from an excited lady fan, cheering him for the grand finale.
His third gig with Timi Dakolo’s Wish me well got Simi excited, saying “that was astonishing, an excellent rendition” while D’Banj stated “you have a proper voice for the song, you are someone whom others would like to watch in a show,” and Asika “I love the way you perform.”
The final episode of the programme will air this weekend on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153, and GOtv Supa channel 6), and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2).
Nollywood Star Leo Mezie Dies After Kidney Transplant
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
An actor in the Nigerian film industry, Mr Leo Mezie, has died after a kidney transplant at a health facility in Abuja, Business Post reports.
A colleague of the decease, Chioma Toplis, confirmed the demise of the prolific Nollywood star in a post on one of her social media handles on Monday.
According to reports, Leo Mezie breadth passed on to the world beyond last Saturday after a recovery from a kidney transplant.
He had been in and out of the hospital for a while trying to get back on his feet until he succumbed to death over the weekend after developing complications.
“Actor Leo Mezie is dead. He died on Saturday in Abuja while recovering from a kidney transplant. His corpse has been moved to Umuahia his hometown. RIP Leo,” Chioma Toplis posted.
Recall that earlier this year, it was reported that the marriage between Leonard Mezie and his former banker wife, Maureen Chimezie Onyemachi, which was consummated in 2010, had crashed about four years ago.
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