A 26 year-old trained journalist and language educationist with a passion for literature over the weekend launched his first ever literary piece titled The Gods of My Parents, a novel that raises a very important and current social issues in our society.

The Gods of My Parents hosted by  Bello Roqueeb, was launched at Maxima Hotel, Off Olopomewa, Eleyele Ibadan. The author also took out time to sign some copies purchased at the event.

The novel is a prophetic, insightful and revolutionary instinctive novel. It begins with the story of Bayo (the protagonist), a focussed lad who gets his inspiration from his religious mum. As the story progresses, Dimeji Sodeke raises a philosophical question on the link between religion and science.

With his first novel under her belt, Sodeke said the novel is definitely to awaken youths to our African realities and predicaments.

In his words, “Many are asleep intellectually and they need to be presented the true picture. The system that keeps us oppressed and suppressed is an organized one, to be against the system we must be organized.”

“I want to steer a revolution,” he added.

The deputy provost of FCE Abeokuta,, Dr. R.A Soyele, who was the chairman of the day was represented by DR MO Omiyefa, while Dr Segun Jegede gave an ideological appraisal to the book.

While delivering his speech, Omiyefa, spoke about Literature and 21st century and the role of our institutions to prepare students for jobs and technologies that don’t exist yet.

He said, “the 21st century is upon us. The role of educational institutions to prepare students for the type of skill needed for them to live and work in the 21st century has never been more crucial and there is a strong sense of urgency to equip our students for “jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.”

“With the 21st century skills being the main driving force behind economic, and ultimately education policies, the question then is where lies the power of literature.”

Another discussant, Mr Ropo Ewenla, made mention of the fact that “the system that keeps us this oppressed and suppressed is an organized system so to go against such system we must be so so organized such as reflected in Bayo as related to the piece.”

There were energetic performances from Hayteen and Diyke of Bold Mind Entertainment.

The senator representing Lagos West, Senator Solomon Adeola has charged his supporters and other Nigerians desirous of positive development to back away from the dangerous temptation of returning Peoples Democratic Party in the coming 2019 general election.

He made this known while addressing his supporters and campaign volunteers at the presentation of 28 branded buses to his coordinators in the 28 LGA/LCDAs of Lagos West to kick start his campaign in his senatorial office at Ikeja.

The senator said it is fraudulent to compare the 16 years of PDP rule to APC’s less than 4 years adding that the foundation and construction of the trying times Nigerians are currently undergoing were laid and built by PDP through mismanagement of our resources and shameful looting.

“It is politically fraudulent to compare APC’s less than 4 years Administration of President Mohammadu Buhari to the unbroken 16 years rule of PDP under different administrations in any sectors and blame the incumbent government for the trying times in Nigeria. The truth is that APC’s administration has been trying to clear the mess of PDP mis-governance while building necessary infrastructures that was left to decay under PDP” he stated.

Senator Adeola who also the Chairman of Senate Committee on Local Content, stated that Nigeria cannot afford to go back to the era of PDP for the sake of our future generations adding that a PDP administration in 2019 is against the interest of all Southerners as it portends power remaining in the North for more time than necessary for the sense of belonging already developing among Nigerians in the ruling of the country.

“The policy document of PDP candidates says it all of what they wants to do and how long they want to stay in power contrary to fake promises. Abubakar Atiku has stated he will sell NNPC and refineries and the question to ask is who will be the buyers? We know his antecedents as the point man for the privatization in PDP administration in the past when many national developmental assets were sold off to cronies at giveaway prices.” Senator Adeola stated.

The senator called on his supporters not to be complacent in the campaign for him and all APC candidates stressing that there are enough development milestones of APC in Lagos State and at the Federal level to campaign based on issues and not loot induced propaganda that PDP is noted for.

“Your effort is not parallel to that of our party APC. What I am doing is to complement the effort of the party in the campaign. I will also do the third in the series of empowerment programme before the end of the year. We have materials for all candidates to be used to complement the efforts of the party in Lagos West and we are not underrating any candidates of other political parties” he stated.

THE GODS OF MY PARENTS is the first novel ever published by Dijemi Sodeke, a trained journalist and language educationist. The book, which contains five chapters and dedicated to the novelist’s mum, was published this year in America by Tolubooks. Chapter 1 of the 109-paged novel is titled MY LIFE; chapter 2, MY SCHOOL; chapter 3, MY CONGLOMERATE; chapter 4, MY FATE and chapter 5, MY DREAM.

The novel begins with the story of Bayo (the protagonist), a focussed lad who gets his inspiration from his religious mum. As the story progresses, Dimeji Sodeke raises a philosophical question on the link between religion and science. In fact, the first chapter chronicles several sub-plots carefully woven round the chapter’s central theme- life is not a bed of roses.

The author raises very important and current social issues in our society. Is it how Bayo was raised by single mum right from age 3? Is it how he was turned down by his principled mum when he desired to become a rap artiste? Or is it how he had to subject his choice of career to Divine guidance? Or is it how Bayo’s positive orientation enabled him to distance himself from the street hawks of Lagos?

Relating these philosophical eye-openers to our society, one will conclude that Sodeke communicates to us as if he were an African oracle! For instance, the plights of single mothers are countless; youths now hardly promote academics, entertainment has become their new point of call. Surely, chapter 1 of his debut shows us that the role of a mother in a child’s life is indispensable- she makes or mars the future of her child/children just like Ben Carson’s illiterate mum handled Carson before he became one of the most successful neuro-surgeon in the history of man.

Bayo’s story remains hanging if one fails to recognise Nkechi, a brilliant and religious Igbo lady he fell in love with in the university. Their union, though was frowned at by Bayo’s mother initially, is just like the cliché among the Yorubas that “Eni t’o n wa’ya t’o n rin wayawaya pade eni t’on wo’ko to n rin wokowoko, gege se gege- a wanderer bachelor meeting a wanderer spinster is like a predestined meeting.” However, Bayo, Nkechi and Bayo’s mum soon become worried as a result of the latter’s scary dream – the ancestral belief has to be obeyed! Isn’t this a taboo for the born-again Christian family of Bayo? In fact, the scene raises another philosophical belief about an African traditional culture- generational worship of gods and deities.

In chapter 2- My School-, the novelist succinctly takes us on a journey to Bayo’s university, the kinds of socialization his fellow students romanced with, and the movement his co-friends formed- CIA! In order to show how important Nkechi is to him, Bayo flashes back to the special day he met his special half, Nkechi- it was in a garden where he went to compose a poem due for submission the next day, having developed ‘writer’s block’ in his hostel that day.

Frankly, the setting and the actions in this chapter are true pictures of how life operates on our campuses.
What is CIA? What brought the idea of CIA? Who are the founders? How does this movement of like-minds really operate? Is it a cult group? Is it a group of ‘Aristo babes’ or what gan-an? How were members of CIA treated by all and sundry on campus and off campus? Was the movement later hijacked? Chapter 3 is where you can get satisfactory answers to the interesting questions.

Moreover, the kind of suspense, imageries and diction Dimeji Sodeke employs in chapter 4, “My Fate” show that he is a creative writer of substance. In fact, I put myself in the shoes of Bayo, Nkechi and Musa et al when a tragedy struck the passengers of the bus they were boarding to the NYSC orientation camp. You desire to know about the tragedy? Read page 80 to 96! What happened to Bayo, Nkechi and Musa after the tragedy? Did they escape being slaughtered like rams by the mysterious bald-headed men? Did Bayo finally know the genesis of the gods of his parents? You get a glimpse of all these when you have a copy of THE GODS OF MY PARENTS.

At this juncture, it is a common saying that every sane man has a dream, but the method and the resources used in achieving that dream differ. Bayo has a dream, and really, his dream is one of nationalism, revolution and change! When you read the novel, you will clearly understand Bayo’s dream and the method and resources he employed with a view to achieving the dream.

Before I conclude this review, I need to briefly highlight the themes of this wonderful novel. One, unity and love in multi-ethnic and multi-religious setting bring the desired growth and development. Two, waging war against corruption and other social and moral ills in our society demands our collective effort. Three, there is a strong connection between prayers and man’s predicaments. Four, those who fight injustice are not necessarily known to the public; at times, they are silent fighters. The list is a continuum!

Finally, did Bayo and his mum bow to the spiritual pressure of revisiting the deities of Bayo’s father’s ancestry? Who are really the gods of Bayo’s parents? Did Nkechi and Bayo finally marry each other? Did the bad dream Bayo’s mother have come to reality? To answer these posers satisfactorily, you need to get a copy of THE GODS OF MY PARENTS now! You can get your original copy at Glendora Bookstore, Ikeja City Mall, Lagos State; FOLABOOKSTORE, Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State and The BookSellers, Jericho, Ibadan, Oyo State. A copy goes for #1,500. Trust me, you will get value for your money!

Reviewer:
Olansile Ajetunmobi Umar (OAU)
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Sunday 25th November, 2018 (12:21a.m.)

Fast rising Disc Jorkey, Thejay Babatunde aka Superselecta DJ Thunerdex has dropped a new Mixtape for December and this is called  “SUPERSELECTA” Mixtape Vol 1.

The fresh Graduate of LAUTECH and Mix Monster released the Dynamic Mixtape after a long Wait and lots Of demand.

The mixtape is full of energy and the vibes on it is Extra-Ordinary! This is A Must Download Mixtape!

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The ‘Muscatella’ hit maker Wayo is here again to serve us with another song he titles ‘Champion Banana’. Wayo wins the heart of his female audience with witty lines weaved with soothing but vibrant melodies.

The Atlanta based Ghanaian musician on this smooth Kuvie production, tells his lady friend how ready he is to keep her secrets if only she’s ready to taste the ‘Champion Banana’. He keeps imploring over a stimulating 808 progression giving off an afro-pop vibe, that’s definitely going to get you nodding and moving your body as well.

Check out the video below and do well to connect with him on social media via the handle @WayoTheArtist

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Following the success of his first hit single “eezee”, Versatile artist, Jafar Usman Ahutu, widely known as G Jaf releases another hit single from his forthcoming debut EP Album titled “That Kano Kogite”.

This new jam which features Popular music producer 2flexing contains a blend of RnB and Afro vibes. And to top it all up, it has a Unique and beautiful story line.

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Nigerian Afrofusion singer and songwriter, Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, is a prodigious musical talent and he has proven overtime that he is not careful to speak candidly especially when the topic has to do with Afrobeat.

While it was easy to write off Burna Boy a year ago, much has been said about him this year, as he bounced back heavily onto the scene. From the release of his album ”Óutside” to the global reception of his hit single, ‘Ye’, 2018 has featured Burna Boy’s name prominently in the news and this time, it has been for the right reasons.

Sometime in October, Burna Boy took his ‘Life On The Outside’ tour to the Brixton Academy in London stage, where the video of the audience singing along as he performed ‘Ye’ immediately went viral online and sparked wild reactions from his fans.

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Just before the show, Burna had an interview with Beat FM London, where he spoke about his music, Afrobeats and why he does not care about the numbers.

”I never really plan things, I just go with the spirit,” he says on the release and success of his ”Outside” album, following a troubled 2017 where he did not put out any project.

He was then asked how he felt about the commercial success of ‘Ye’ based on streaming numbers and he instantly responded, ”I don’t care about numbers, I don’t even want to talk about numbers.”

He then went further to state, ”Why don’t you care more about music? Why do you care about numbers, do you listen to numbers, do you get any feelings when you look at numbers?

Why do you have to measure with numbers, you should measure with things like how many lives I have touched or how many songs that have inspired people… that is what you should measure with, not numbers.

Burna earlier in the year during an interview with Radar Radio addressed the classification of Nigerian music, in particular Afrobeat and Afrobeats, and he insists that there is no such thing as Afrobeats.

”The thing is really sentimental because my family plays a role. When you say Afrobeat, I know what Afrobeat is, it is not what you are hearing today, that’s not Afrobeat. Afrobeat is one person and one person only and that is Fela Anikulapo Kuti, every other person does Afro-pop or whatever but not Afrobeat.”

On the name Afrobeats coined from the UK

”The Uk has no input in Afrobeat whatsoever. Let me make myself very clear the UK has no influence in the creation or naming of anything that has to do with Afrobeat roots or beginnings. The UK is a place that accepted Afrobeat and Afrobeat inspired a lot of the culture.”

More than ever before, 2018 has witnessed not just a high number of top heavy collaborations between international artists and African acts with many seeking to associate with the trending Afrobeats sound but also more African acts in the UK jumping on the wave and Burna is of the opinion that African artists in the UK need to come back to the continent to realise themselves first.

”100%, being here and doing Afrobeat, what tree are you going to climb, a tree with no roots or the one with solid roots. If you are here doing it and you don’t go back, you don’t know who you are, so you don’t know what you are doing in the first place, so you have to go and see, understand and become, I speak for myself.”

This year, Burna has scored that special number one moment with hit singles like ‘Ye’, ‘Gbona’ and ‘On The Low’, shone bright on a number of collaborations and bagged awards. 2018 has been a thrilling adventure for the singer and will likely be remembered as one of the best in his musical journey so far.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has declared that he is confident that the ruling APC would retain power in the state as he would hand over to a competent, God-fearing man in the person of Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, the gubernatorial candidate of the party.

Ajimobi made this declaration while speaking at the 2018 Maulid Nabiyy (celebration of the birth of Holy Prophet Muhammad, SAW), held at the Remembrance Arcade, Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

He said not minding the desperation of the major opposition parties to unseat the APC, he was confident that the ruling APC would retain power in the state, as well as at the federal level in 2019.

Ajimobi said, “I cannot thank God enough for helping me and my administration this far. I have no doubts that it has been through the mercy of God that we have recorded our modest unprecedented achievements.

“Breaking the second term jinx was through the mercy of God and the strong backing and support of the stakeholders, including traditional rulers. If you trust in God like I do, nobody can intimidate or threaten your position.

“Before the APC governorship primary I prayed fervently that a God-fearing candidate should emerge and He has given us one. I can confidently say that we have endorsed him, Chief Adebayo Adelabu and “he will win by the grace of God”.

“I’m happy to inform the whole people of Oyo State that our state will be left in the hands of a competent man of conscience; a man that also loves peace and above all, a religious man.”

Speaking on the essence of the celebration, the governor urged the people to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence and to be their brother’s keepers, irrespective of their religious affiliation to emulate the Holy Prophet.

Ajimobi admonished politicians to shun hate speech and violent tendencies and to always remember that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity that the country could make progress.

Embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday he has no plans to resign, sounding defiant after a rough year for the social platform.

“That’s not the plan,” Zuckerberg told CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman.

He also defended Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has drawn criticism over her handling of the social media giant’s recent crises.

“Sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts for a lot of the biggest issues we have,” said Zuckerberg.

“She’s been an important partner to me for 10 years. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done together and I hope that we work together for decades more to come.”

Facebook has stumbled from one mess to another this year as it grappled with continuing fallout from Russia’s use of the platform to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which user data was harnessed in a bid to help candidate Donald Trump, and a huge security breach involving millions of accounts.

Most recently, an investigative piece published last week by The New York Times said Facebook misled the public about what it knew about Russia’s election meddling and used a PR firm to spread negative stories about other Silicon Valley companies and thus deflect anger away from itself.

“It is not clear to me at all that the report is right,” Zuckerberg said of the Times article.

“A lot of the things that were in that report, we talked to the reporters ahead of time and told them that from everything that we’d seen, that wasn’t true and they chose to print it anyway.”

Zuckerberg also defended his company against the broader wave of flak it has taken this year.

“A lot of the criticism around the biggest issues has been fair, but I do think that if we are going to be real, there is this bigger picture as well, which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks who are covering us,” he said.

“There are big issues, and I’m not trying to say that there aren’t… But I do think that sometimes, you can get the flavor from some of the coverage that’s all there is, and I don’t think that that’s right either.”

AFP

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of Environment of Nigeria, Amina Mohammed and three other Nigerian women made the 2018 BBC ‘100 women’ list.

She appeared alongside social entrepreneur/activist, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, lawyer, Bola Tinubu and award-winning blogger and author, Chidera Eggerue.

The BBC list celebrates inspiring and influential women who have used their positions to spark actions in the review year.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2017, only two Nigerian women – singer, Tiwa Savage and tech prodigy, Anne-Marie Imafidon made the list.

This year, the list featured women around the world between the ages of 15 and 94 from more than 60 countries including Mohammed, Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Tinubu and Eggerue from Nigeria.

57-year-old Mohammed, who is vocal about women’s empowerment and gender equality, told BBC that women should not be ‘grateful’ for opportunities given them.

“What I want to do is not apologise for being a girl and not to see it as something that is added on… or that we should be grateful for being at the table,” she said.

On Ajayi-Akinfolarin, BBC wrote, “Abisoye is the founder of GirlsCoding, a non-governmental organisation that teaches girls how to code, design and build websites that help solve problems in their communities.

The 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, who was recently named one of CNN’s ten heroes of 2018, is a women’s right activist fighting to balance the gender gap in science and technology.

Meanwhile, BBC honoured the 51-year-old Tinubu for her work in corporate law, especially in establishing the first free children’s helpline in Nigeria.

Also, Eggerue, 27, is a best-selling author and blogger at Slumflower and has been featured in many publications including British Vogue, Elle Uk, The NewYork Times.

NAN reports that Chelsea Clinton, vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Senegalese-born Fatma Samoura, first female FIFA secretary general, were also included in the list.

NAN