Sunday happens to be the least favourite day for housemates nominated for eviction. Last Sunday, and for the second time in a row, level two housemates were up for nomination for losing the week’s Head of House games.
Fans have continued to show their appreciation to Afro-soul superstar, Asa Elemide, on social media following the release of her new song ‘Beginning’ after a five-year hiatus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ‘Eyo’ singer dropped a new song and video on Tuesday, her first since 2014.
On her Instagram page, @asaofficial, she wrote, “Here is to you, ‘The Beginning’. For me, a reset, a rebirth. I hope you love it as much as I do. Thank you for all your love and patience.”
Fans have taken the message and song to heart and showed their gratitude across social media. They thanked the singer for ‘blessing’ them with a timely song, noting that it was worth the wait.
@Omoaye1 tweeted, “Thank you so much Queen ASA, your output radiates purity and genuine work of art. The wait is worth it. You are celebrated.”
@Abeltesfaye said, “Welcome back, your grace.”
@iGordon said, “Nothing good comes easy. We wait even if it’s forever.”
@MarshallOsutelu wrote, “Thank you very much for this. God will keep you and bless your life. It was worth the wait.”
@Chocmuse tweeted, “We love a queen that makes pure art, and the wait worthwhile.”
NAN reports that in the track, she explores the complexities of human relationships. She sings that to move forward, one must shed all dead weight and return to the beginning.
Apart from the strong vocals, the lyrics in the sound mirror the classic Asa style but with a much deeper message that echoes the song’s title.
In the video, Asa sits pensively in different desolate settings and dramatically performs the song as she walks on the streets; representing a deserved comeback.
Asa has released several albums including, “Asa’’, which charted radios across Europe, Asia and Africa and went on win the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008.
Other albums released include: Beautiful Imperfection in collaboration with a French composer Nicolas Mollard, “Bed of Stone’’ released in August 2014.
I’m Sorry, Disqualified BBN7’s Beauty Tells Fans
“When I learned I was accepted into the Big Brother Naija season 7 house, I was the happiest person on Earth. It felt like the world was my oyster, and I was excited for a chance to play the game, while remaining true to my authentic self,” she wrote.
Sterling Premieres Anthology of Nigerian Literature with Farafina
Sterling Bank Plc has collaborated with Farafina Books, Nigeria’s leading independent literary publishers, to launch a premier anthology of the best of Nigerian writings spanning 200 years, from 1789 to 2018.
The anthology, titled: “A Possible Future,” was curated to preserve the gems of Nigeria’s literary history, promote a reading culture in the country as well as to support featured authors in the distribution of their timeless books. The 411-page book features some of the best works of 46 literary authors in the country.
Featured authors include Olaudah Equiano, D.O. Fagunwa, Gabriel Okara, Cyprian Ekwensi, Obotunde Ijimere, Chinua Achebe, Duro Ladipo, Chukwuemeka Ike, Christopher Okigbo, Elechi Amadi, Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, J.P. Clark-Bekederemo, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Isidore Okpewho, Mobolaji Adenubi, Buchi Emecheta, Femi Osofisan, Niyi Osundare, Tanure Ojaide, Odia Ofeimun and Ben Okri.
Others are Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Dulue Mbachu, Ikeogu Oke, Biyi Bandele, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Aisha Osori, Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi, Yemisi Aribisala, Lola Shoneyin, Teju Cole, Yejide Kilanko, Eghosa Imasuen, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Niran Okewole, A. Igoni Barret, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Taiye Selasi, Jowhor Ile, Tope Folarin, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Helen Oyeyemi, Uche Okonkwo, Gbenga Adesina and Wale Lawal.
Addressing lovers of literature, authors, influencers, and other stakeholders at the event, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, Chief Executive of Sterling Bank said the institution decided to collaborate with Farafina on the project because ensuring continued literacy, being a key component of education, is in line with the education component of the bank’s HEART strategy. The other sectors are health, agriculture, renewable energy, and transportation.
He said besides this, the Bank has for some time now been supporting the literary arts through the Ake Arts and Books Festival, an initiative of the Book Buzz Foundation, which is driven by Lola Shoneyin, an award-winning writer and poet among others.
Also, in the foreword to the book, Mr. Suleiman noted that, “In the long stretch of time between 1947 when Professor Molly Mahood declared that Nigeria, at the time, had no literature and today, the country’s literary tradition has established itself as a force in the world.
“This is not to agree with Mahood that Nigerian literature is only as old as British involvement in the country’s affairs. In fact, by the time British colonialism invaded the geographical space that would later become Nigeria, there was already a deep-rooted literary tradition in the north of the region going as far back as the 15th century. So, we had literature long before we practiced the art in the colonial tongue.”
He said, “Modern Nigerian literature may have been ‘founded’ by the English based on an assumption – a falsehood, in fact – but the lie does not have to hold any longer. When we decided to believe in ‘A Possible Future,’ we did so with the understanding that Nigerian literature was already of age. While its story is still unfolding and the yardage of its potential still vast, nay infinite, the baby Emecheta, Nwapa and Tutuola once nurtured in verse, prose and on stage, no longer crawls.
A possible Future is a primer for anyone – and I cannot imagine who, in this age – just getting introduced to Nigerian literature.”
According to him, “Kachifo Limited and Farafina Trust have created a definitive, yet not conclusive text that summarises our literary journey and gestures to its destination. The details of which we do not know yet except that, in that future, everything is excellent, anything is possible and we are here for it.”
The Sterling Bank CEO also read excerpts from Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, which featured on pages 41 to 42 of the anthology. Temilade Aina, a lietrature curator, took the second reading from the works of Biyi Bandele’s Burma Boy.
The event also featured a panel session made up of Professor Niyi Osundare, Eghosa Imasuen, A. Igoni Barrett, Wale Lawal and Temilade Aina. The session was moderated by Faniyi Kayode, a writer, book critic and editor.
The panel commended the anthology and described it as a premier national work and expressed the hope that subsequent ones will accommodate the works of other writers which are not covered now.
BBN 7: Khalid, Ilebaye Become Third, Fourth Housemates to Be Evicted
For week three, housemates Ilebaye and Khalid unfortunately left the race as the third and fourth housemates to be evicted from the show.
Recall that the housemates were nominated alongside Bryann, Groovy and Phyna. The top two housemates with the highest votes this week are Phyna and Bryann.