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Wizkid is set to release his highly anticipated album “Made In Lagos” this month of October, 2020, and to prepare his fans for the incoming project, he released the official artwork and two singles off the album; “Smile” which features American singer, H.E.R and “No Stress”.

The title, “Made In Lagos” is a direct reference to his Nigerian roots that lead straight to his Shitta (Small London), Surulere, Lagos beginnings, the city that made him who he is today. “Growing up in Lagos made me the man I am today. The most beautiful city in the world! Exciting times ahead “

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While his 2016 hit “Ojuelegba” showed bits and fragments of his humble beginnings “Made In Lagos” aims to share his deep connection with the city which shows that he is intentional with this album. “Smile” and “No Stress” tell an interesting tale of what to expect in the album but its artwork is another interesting feature that invites scholarly analysis.

In this article, we would be highlighting the distinguishing icons on the artwork that represent different landmarks portraying a typical Lagos story. From the Lagos Sun to Lagos traffic, to the Liberation image of the Afrobeat King Fela Kuti, to the Lekki Ikoyi link bridge, this is a story that only true Lagosians can relate to.

The Lagos Sun & Traffic

Located at the center of the artwork is a circle with dotted lines around it. This represents the Lagos scorching and ever blazing sun and traffic. For Lagosians, there is no energy and life if these key factors are absent. The hustle makes everyone bustle. This might appear like an attempt at humor, but Lagosians actually spend a huge part of living in traffic. They spend more time in traffic than in their homes or places of work. That is how brutal the legendary Lagos traffic could be but hey that’s what keeps the city alive

Fela Kuti

What’s Lagos without music? What’s Lagos without Fela? The Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti continues to remain a legend for decades even after his passing. His music which was aimed at fighting for the liberation of the masses and against corruption is still very much relevant today.

Every year, the “Felabration,” which is an annual festival of music and arts is hosted at the New Afrika Shrine to commemorate the life and times of the late singer. At the 2017 edition of the festival which also marked the 20th year anniversary of his demise the famous “Liberation Statue” was mounted at Allen Roundabout, Ikeja, Lagos by then Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode now moved to Toyin Roundabout by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The artwork was created as a form of respect and remembrance to the legend; what he stood for and fought for with his music; his mythology; struggle for freedom; fight for human dignity; social consciousness; courage and Pan-Africanism. The Liberation Statue was brought to life by Nigerian artist Abolore Sobayo who used fiberglass to design the golden headless effigy of the legend with its handless arms raised into the sky. This is Wizkid’s way of paying homage to the late legend, King of Afrobeat who inspired him to make music.

The Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge

The bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge to be built in Nigeria and was constructed at a cost of 29 billion Naira. Lagosians use this bridge as an alternative route to escape traffic and it also serves as a recreational facility especially for those that like to jog or work out. The bridge is the most photographed place in Lagos as tourists and other visitors have named it one of the places to visit in the state. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg even went on a morning run on the bridge during his visit to Lagos. You should see the view of the bridge at night, absolutely breathtaking and stunning. The bridge is also home to the Lagos Lagoon, canoes, and boats which is illustrated in the artwork,

National Arts Theatre

The National Arts Theatre is an important building in the history of Lagos as it is the primary center for the performing arts in Nigeria. The monument is located in Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos. With its exterior shaped like that of a military hat, It has a 5,000-seater Main Hall with a collapsible stage and two capacity cinema halls, all of which are equipped with facilities for simultaneous translation of 8 languages; among others. It’s not just a building its art with deep history, art that makes Lagos shine.

Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS)

Originally called the “Race Course” in Lagos Island, the entrance to the square has gigantic sculptures of four white horses hovering above the gate and seven red eagles, which are symbols from the national emblem signifying Strength and Dignity respectively. It is bounded by Awolowo Road, Cable Street, Force road, Catholic Mission street, and the 26-story independence building. The square has a capacity for 50,000 people and is mostly used for numerous events such as musical concerts and religious gatherings.

Eyo

Another important symbol to note in the artwork is that of the “Eyo” “It refers to the costumed dancers, known as the masquerades that come out during the festival. The white-clad Eyo masquerades represent the spirits of the dead, and are referred to in Yoruba as “Agogoro Eyo.”

Back in the days, The Eyo festival was held to escort the soul of a departed Lagos King or Chief and to usher in a new king but now, it is still almost universally observed as tourist attractions for visitors worldwide.

The Three Wise Men (White Cap Chiefs) – Welcome To Lagos

There’s no way you’ll miss three men greeting you upon entering Lagos. “Welcome to Lagos” is an Art Deco statue of three Lagos white-cap chiefs located. It was designed by Bodun Shodeinde in 1991 and stands over 12 ft high. It portrays the image of three white cap chiefs in slightly different positions, wearing white wrappers tied across their shoulders with their right fists clenched.

The figure on the right-hand side stretches his fist forward to the air; with an inclined fist a bit down, the figure in the middle holds his right fist forward while the figure on the left brings his two fists together, slightly touching each other in the air. Welcome To Eko!

Lifting Nigeria Up

Lagosians are often presented with beautiful scenery that leaves one wondering even during the hustle and bustle. Formerly in Maryland, that statue of three men lifting Nigeria up is seen as a reminder of how the three major tribes of Nigeria came together to keep Nigeria as a whole.

There is also the busy weave signs and canoes which indicates that Lagos is a lively environment surrounded by Water and enjoyed with great Musics.

“Made In Lagos” is sure to make history because it marks another era for the singer since he released his debut single “Holla At Your Boy”. We’ve seen tremendous growth from the days of “Superstar,” “Ayo,” “Sounds From The Other Side” to “Soundman Vol 1” and it is certain that “Made In Lagos” would be extraordinary. We can’t wait for the album to drop!!

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Winner of BBNaija 2020 Lockdown season, Agbelese Olamikekan, popularly known as
Laycon is starting 2021 with a bang as he has been conferred with the title of the Akeweje of Ipokia kingdom in Ogun State.
Laycon bagged the traditional title on Sunday from the Onipokia of Ipokia, Oba Yisa Adesola Olaniyan, at the 2021 Opo Day celebration held at the District High School, Ipokia.
The Onipokia during the ceremony, said Laycon as an indigene of Ipokia truly deserved the title of Akeweje.
Oba Olaniyan described the rising singer as a good ambassador to Ipokia and a positive inspiration to all Nigerian youths.
He further praised Laycon, praying he continues to rise and shine

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Timaya Is Thankful On Gratitude Album.

Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come…Dwayne Johnson

Yes! that’s the right quote to use in summarizing Timaya’s career. Ever since his induction into the Nigeria Urban Music scene, Timaya has kept the pedal to the floor and kept moving on his lane without veering off his message, style and music prowess.

I think foresight is why the Papi Chulo (as he likes to call himself these days) has gone this far. He has always been a visionar , a hustler and strong on his ideas even when the rest of the industry tends to go a different direction… Timaya has a stay on his lane, working his art and growing.

According to him, he once hawked plantain on the street of Port-Harcourt then used that same energy to sell his album for 500k to Alaba Marketers just for the promotion and yes, he did bank on it big time. Now he has albums every other year and you can tell that he is quite successful considering his depth in the industry ever since.

“GRATITUDE” ALBUM BY TIMAYA

The new drop, “Gratitude” is Timaya’s 8th studio album (that’s if you consider his 2019 “Chulo Vibes” as an album). Well, this album is mainly focused on one theme which is Gratitude. Gratitude to God for how he has raised him to become what he is today but he didn’t stop there, he also took time to throw out gems to those who care to listen and talk a good deal about his life.

Gra Gra” is one of such tracks that he speaks his truth about the secret to success and life, encouraging his fans to work hard and take it easy on frivolous lifestyle. He made it clear that whatever life gives you, you have to make a good use of it and keep up the hard work rather than complain.
Many of these themes spawn throughout the album but it’s a good thing he made it groovy as he always does to make you enjoy the songs with all the substance in it.

Local & Bougie” is a new twist. Its components are South-Africa House and EDM . it’s a unique sound that really didn’t touch much on anything other than the fact he doesn’t have to beg for love and how he is risen from all that people said to become successful.

Ebiola Papa” is a Afro-Pop record that has a lot of Melody and rhythm going on in the backdrop of the song that will have you nodding or singing along. it’s more like a prayer song, asking God not to leave his side, and talking about the challenges in the world he can’t face alone without God.. a good production from Suka Sound and the melodic voice of Timaya made this one distinct.

L.O.V.E is a Dance-Hall record which has a lot of similarity to what he usually do. A love song that entails his affection and commitment to the love of his life. it’s a song that will go perfectly well on a DJ cue and such a song is likely to have a lot of international love since it has a lot of Dance-Hall elements in it. I think Patoranking feature was missing in on the song. It would have made a difference though.

Timaya took them to church on “Chulo Bothers Nobody” . The sound of this song is church mix with High-Life. Again, he makes it clear on how he likes to live his life being a gentleman, keeping his head up and straight and having his eyes on the prize.

Iberibe” is an Afro-beat/High-Life record that runs both sound interchangeable throughout the record. I think that’s phenomenal. Although Wizkid has done records like this before, it’s the distinctiveness of the sound that makes it different here. Timaya brags about spoiling his girl and talks about her beauty and the gratitude he has for having her .

The Album opened up with the next track titled “Born to Win“… a song about his past struggle and his philosophy of life… since no one was ready to help him, he has to get up and win . According to him, he is Keen on winning so much it’s the only thing he focuses on . His hustle and tenacity has been from his struggles in the past. This is a dance record that gives a lot of hope to those who need to hear a piece of Timaya’s mind .

Buru” is a smooth reggae record (reggae in its elements and beat production) that is basically a praise to God and the many blessings he has been blessed with, making it clear nothing is bigger than his God. He talks about haters waiting for his downfall but makes it clear that it’s not going to happen since he has God behind him .

Staying relevant in a culture of the 21st century means you are financial buoyant and this is what Timaya message is on “Don Dada” . Trust no one and be careful who you help. But if you must help others make sure you have invested in yourself first…. it’s really a message that everyone needs to hear. The Afro-beat/High-Life dance record is very insightful, filled with rhythm and easy to sing along. it’s known that Timaya’s DM records has given rise to a lot of prominent artiste in the country. So as someone who has done so much, it’s only right to say he knows what he is saying

No Limit” is a hit record. It has a groovy sound of Afro-beat mixed with dance. This is a new wave, I believe, since it’s really sounding fresh. He even thinks some people feel he is anti-social, making sure you know he care less since he has no limit with the hits and the money is sure coming in. I think it would be a real different track if he had feature Burna Boy. Well, on its own the song is a hit.

Now let me make a point; so far, Timaya hasn’t featured anyone in on the songs and he did well holding it down on every record.

Okaka” is a very indigenous record in it’s production as it embed High-Life with a lot of Percussion which is traditionally the sound from Southern Nigeria. it’s another praise record to God, on how he is now well established even though he was termed local but now he is international.

The Light” is about Timaya being vocal about the Nigeria Government and all its erroneous ways. Molded on an Afro-beat mixed with High-Life, this is one of the most distinct production on the album. It’s unique like the one I talked about earlier on. It’s cool, tight and just pleasing to hear the saxophone play all over the track. it’s worth the listen.

The first single off the album and one that has had a lot of radio airplay and popularity for over a year now is “I Can’t Kill Myself”. This record has a good video and it’s vibes are really relaxing.. still on the course of living life on his own terms and not letting the pressure from the external world get to his beliefs and conviction of putting God first
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The name of the next record “Something Must Kill A Man“, which is almost similar to the previous one, is a warning to those who care to hear about being cautious on how they lead their lives. He stays on the course of planning, investing and taking it easy on frivolous spending..

The Mood” is an Afro-beat record that has a vibe so cool you probably press replay once the sax blast is over. it’s a good track since it can place anywhere in one’s list when picking out songs to listen to. The cool tempo Afro-beat is catchy and appealing. Timaya wasted no time to talk about his grind and the Fruits that comes with it .. a nice record indeed

Timaya is not your average artiste. As far as A-List is concerned, Timaya has been making the cut since he first came out and continues to maintain the top of the food chain .

Everyone is talking about the many dope albums of 2020, from Wizkid to Burna Boy, Olamide to Davido. And while most of these guys are really up the list and are doing great one can’t deny the greatness in an artiste like Timaya… although the album has some misses like his continuous using of the same mode of expression, which can be very tiring to the listener, it is complete in itself than Wizkid or Davido’s album this year .

Timaya has influenced a lot of artistes that are making great impact like Patoranking. It’s only evident that his power is in his consistency.. being able to stay focus, being able to keep up with the message while looking for a place to balance it up with the trend of the day.

Cohesiveness and Focus are surely two elements Timaya’s “Gratitude” album has over other album released this year. Maybe not as popular as the other A-List artiste, Timaya is one of the greatest Nigeria artiste. While you want to argue that make sure you listen to the album first and draw a conclusion and see what lines are left .

Theme: 9
Production: 7
Lyrics: 7
Replay value: 8

Timaya – “Gratitude” Album

Reviewed by Olalekan Okeremilekun
Twitter: @imjudah1

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