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Wonderman! Varsity student plays guitars without fingers

The world is full of  mysteries. All testifying to the creator’s unfathomable creativity. We have read about the Barmuda Triangle,  a spot around the Caribbean where airplanes which try to fly over a particular area disappear without a trace.

Back home in Nigeria, there are mysteries too, and De-Pub Night Club is where you can get some of them. Owned by Mr. Andrew Aganbi, a PDP chieftain, this club hides beneath its swanky exterior another mystery that will make anyone gasp in wonder at God’s sublime sense of humour.

On the clubs bandstand, on any good day stands a young man who has no fingers dazzles the club’s clientele with funky guitar whoops and thumps as his Radiant Band dishes out vibes and vibes of the old and new schools of music.

This is the world of Simeon Djaigbo, Nigeria’s version of Steve Wonder, who slaps and picks the bass guitar as if he were born with the instrument. He tantalizes his audiences with deep throbbing bass riffs.

How he does it? Well, his display at Warri defeats the imagination.

Simeon Djaigbo is a bona fide final year student of Library and Information Science at the Delta State University, Abraka. He is also a drummer and keyboardist in whose life, according to him, music is a running thread.

On how he writes without fingers? one would ask. For the reporter, the musician’s life is a lesson to the disadvantaged youths who are content to wallow in self-pity, or taking to crime.

Yaw returns with Private Lies

After staging PO – a two-  cast play, successfully at the MUSON Centre last year, the award winning broadcaster, Steve Onu, popularly known as Yaw is back on stage with another play  titled Private Lies- a play written by Tyrone E. Terrence.

The OAP who is trying to contribute his own quota to revive live theatre in the country believes live theatre cannot die, because it has been there for ages and so will continue to live. Private Lies, he says, is pregnant with meanings.

The media consultant for the event, Olujuwon Bukunola Philips, said the play is a four-cast unlike PO. It will feature Yaw, Jude Orioha aka (deaf) Gbenro of Fuji House of Commotion fame and two other talented upcoming artistes who were discovered at an audition which held last month. Their names are Sontonye Green, and Kaybee Emokpaire.

Private Lies is a dynamic story of love told via an intricate web of lies, hatred and betrayal.  Two couples, Jeff and Barbara on one side and Sam and Rose on the other find themselves locked in a familiar but yet complicated situation that will see them sacrifice years of friendship as well as nuptial vows to satisfy their most pedestal passion, what happens next? Well, you have to see the play, as directed by  Emma Uduma, to find out.

The play will be staged in two shows, 4pm and 7.30pm respectively on the 28th of March, 2010, at the Muson Centre, Lagos. Musical performances from Ruggedman, Jay Martins, Dagrin Banky W and Obiwon, to mention a few, are expected to spice up the show alongside comedy from Basketmouth, Koffi and Klint D Drunk and Emeka Smith, among others, said Bukunola Phillips.

Ego steps in

Coming off the Question mark Entertainment label, Jennifer Nwakaego Oduah – stage name Ego – is about to take her career in the entertainment sector to another level after pursuing a career in pageantry, contesting in competitions like the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and modelling for fashion outfits Zizi Cardow and Modella, in addition to singing and miming at gigs.

The fair skinned 24-year-old  is ready with a first single as she intends to follow her initial dream of attaining stardom now using music as a medium.

Her first single, Omalicha Nwa translates to a beautiful child. The single, which features an appearance from fellow label mate Harrisong, has drawn favourable comments from industry watchers, thus encouraging Ego and the Questionmark label to speed up work on her forthcoming album.

Admitting that she loves cameras, Ego’s list of musical inspirations include namesake Jennifer Lopez, and Toni Braxton. Little wonder then that she plans to be the best while also preaching love and motivating people with her music.

Drawing from her experiences in modelling and fashion, and armed with a degree in the Creative Arts, the odds of Ego making it big in the Nigerian entertainment scene appear short.


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