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Domestic Worker Commits Suicide Week before Planned Visit to Parents

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A domestic worker, Abigail Felix, allegedly drank a pesticide, DD Force, which killed her a few days to her travelling to her hometown in the Republic of Benin to see her parents.

It was gathered that Abigail decided to visit her parents after serving the Akinrinmade family for two years in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Until her death, it was learnt that the 18-year-old was assisting the Akinrinmades with house chores at No. 31A Oyeleke Street, Alausa, Ikeja, and was also keeping sales records at her boss’ shop located in the same address.

One Iyabode Adefolami, whose workplace in the Alausa area is far from her place of residence, is said to be staying with the Akinrinmades during the week and goes home for the weekend.

On the day of the incident, Abigail, who had closed in the shop for the day, allegedly left the house and did not return.

When Adefolami, in whose care she was left, did not see her, a search party was organised, but the effort proved abortive as she left no trace of her whereabouts.

Abigail’s boss son, Yinka Akinrinmade, said that that was not the first time she would suddenly leave the house, adding that when it was late, and she was nowhere to be found, her disappearance was reported at the police station the following day.

Yinka said Adefolami later observed strange movement in his mother’s apartment and on close observation, she saw Abigail in one of the rooms and demanded an explanation regarding her whereabouts the previous night.

He said, “Abigail refused to explain where she was coming from; so, my mother told Adefolami to lock her outside, but Abigail ran into one of the rooms, locked herself up and refused to open the door. So, the lady sought neighbours’ help, and when they forced the door open, she was seen lying on the floor. Foamy substances were coming out of her mouth, and the odour of an insect repellent, DD Force, was perceived.

“We quickly gave her palm oil and water and took her to a health centre at Alausa, where she was given first aid and referred to the LASUTH. When we got there, she was attended to immediately, and it was in the process of trying to revive her that she died. She had stayed with us for two years and had just a week left to go and see her parents when she drank the substance.

“The police came, and while inspecting the scene of the incident, they took the substance away. At the station, her brother, Isaac, confirmed that that was not the first time that she would take such a substance. The family took the corpse away, and we paid all the bills, but later, about ten members of Abigail’s family came back to collect her salary and belongings, because they said her corpse would not be buried if they didn’t get the money and we paid them.”

When Abigail’s relative, identified only as Sunday, was contacted in the Republic of Benin, he said, “I brought her to Lagos, but when we took her corpse home, I was tortured because the family claimed that they didn’t know when I took her to Lagos. But it has been settled, and we have buried her.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said it was a case of sudden and unnatural death, adding that a bottle of DD Force insect repellent was found beside her on the floor with foamy substances coming out of her mouth.

He said, “One Iyabode Adefolami reported that around 7.45 am, she saw her aunt’s domestic worker, Abigail Felix, 18, who left for an unknown place the previous night, hiding in the toilet and she asked her where she went, but she kept mute.

“Abigail later locked herself in a room after she was told to go and bathe and prepare to go to the shop, where she was a tailoring apprentice, but she was seen lying on the floor with foamy substances coming out of her mouth.

“She was referred to LASUTH, where she later died, and the corpse was deposited in the mortuary. The corpse was released to a member of her family, Isaac Felix, for burial in Cotonou, Benin Republic, according to traditional rites, as the family suspected no foul play.”

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New Music-1People, words/melody by Emman I Agu-Maziyke

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yea, we are one people
we can live in peace and harmony
cos we are one people…
chorus
working together
living together
in peace and harmony 2ce

(rap) we're living through dangerous times
we're living through the age
when people have become very heartless
The times when people commit violence and atrocities
And just killing each other
The times when people got no conscience or empathy
and Just killing each other
The times when people take the laws into their hands
and just killing each other
Yea- are we going back to the dark era
to the stone age, have you forgotten

Chorus

stanza 2 (Rap)
when you wake up in the morning
and want to watch the news
You see people fighting and killing each other
when you go outside to catch some fun
You'll see people shooting and killing each other
when you look to the left and your right
you see people shooting and killing each other
are we going back
to the dark era
to the Stone Age
have you forgotten that we are one people
Chorus
Bridge
living9ce
living in peace and harmony
oh, we are one people
oh, one big family
Chorus
stanza3 rap

We are living through an era
when people are very mean
we're living through an era
when people are heartless
we are living through the times
when people want power,
at all cost and by all means
we're living through the age
when people don't like you
because of the color of your skin

Chorus

to all ware mongers
let me ask see questions
who are the real victims of war
the children are the real victims of war
innocent people getting killed every day
what you see is destruction & bloodshed,

maziyke
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Music Review: The way I feel

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Artiste: Maziyke

After listening to “Let Dem Say”, you come off with the feeling, here finally is an artiste and track worth their salt.
In these days of declining musicianship and artistry, WOKOIKE’s return with this massive international track is a highly welcome development. The days of great , good music are back!

This smash hit is a brilliant assemblage of multiple genres: Afro-sounds, jazz, pop,rock, rhythm and blues, soul, Afro-soul , etc, into a truly seminal recording that is at once compelling,soulful and evocatively nostalgic. If great music is your thing, then, this is your track.
Being the veteran that he is, I couldn’t have expected lesser musicianship from the maestro, WOKOIKE; and he proved pointedly, that the long wait by his fans around the world was worth it. He rewarded them with this ingeniously crafted masterpiece of a track, Let Dem Say.
The song opens beautifully with a richly blended doowop style chorus that sweeps you up in a soothing musical high.
Scoring truly professional harmonies has been a recurrent weakness of many of today’s tracks. But WOKOIKE would have none of that! The choruses here are beautifully blended,soothing, soulful, bright, crisp and silky. He ensured that department was well taken care of.

And his own lead vocals are a master class in vocal delivery. Bristling with soul,style and experience, he effortlessly breathed them on the mic with the flair and expertise of a vocal guru. His velvety rich voice was in its A game. Every line is a masterstroke! Don’t take my word for it; go listen for yourself and come thank me later for this rec.
And a thing about veterans is their ucanny ability to craft their song on the appropriate sonic key that maximizes both their own lead voice and the other instruments and voices on the track. It’s a function of great song writing, and WOKOIKE had that crucial question sorted out in the writing of this scintillating track.
The songs’s mid tempoed rhythm makes it a soothing, delightful listening piece.

“Let Dem Say what they like
Let Dem do what they want
I’ll never give up on you
I’ll never stop loving you….”, he croons!

That’s a bold love declaration!
And appropriately titled, “Let Dem Say” is a bold love declaration. Lovers around the world and indeed those pledging their love in marital vows just received a big boost and a new love anthem in this classic track. This is your next big international song on the key of love.Trust me!
And the soulful, anthemic baseline of this track rumbles sonically and definitively underneath throughout this masterpiece, as if putting a stamp on it and augmenting its mellow mood.

Spicy, classic, jazz-influenced and Spanish styled guitar riffs, and disciplinedly strummed arpeggios help tell the song’s story at professionally interspersed intervals.
The soothing world class mix and professional mastering are the icing on the cake. The total effect on you is , you want to press replay after each listen.

Carefully measured arrangements of chorus-verse alternation hold your attention and interest on the song for the 3 minutes or therebouts from its intro to to its coda.
And here’s the caveat about this massive track! The chorus is very singable and highly addictive! You might find yourself whistling the melody in the bathroom. I warned you!

This is a viral song.All the marks are in place and on point. A certified hit amongst pop, rnb, soul, urban and adult contemporary audiences.
I gladly give this 5 full stars.

Franz Dickson

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Maziyke Bounces Back , Issues New Song “Testify”.

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Maziyke, Nigeria’s famed international singer, and award-winning record producer, formerly known as Allabama,  is back with a  sizzling, hot new gospel track titled  “Testify” !
This highly inspirational track opens gloriously with elegant guitars and soul-lifting choruses,  In it, WOKOIKE , appreciates, magnifies, thanks and praises God for His goodness.
He testifies of God’s mercies and faithfulness.

Those who know and follow the award-winning, diaspora-based music icon, have for long been wondering about the hitmaker’s long absence from the music scene.  

But he is  back with this mega-hit track which he says has a big story behind it.
The iconic singer and media tycoon opened up to Lagos-based writer, Franz Dickson in this rare chat. Hear him:
“This is the story behind ‘Testify’- a gospel track in my oncoming album release. 
“Many years ago, when I newly opened a recording studio in Castle Hill area of The Bronx, New York, I received a call from a ten-year-old kid who later introduced herself to me as Precious Ahunamba.

“The young kid told me she called me from Motifeire Hospital, East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York. I was startled on hearing she called me from her hospital bed. I never knew how she got my cellphone number. I had never met her family before.

” After listening to her soft voice, I realized that little Precious was a cancer patient who doctors told her  had a little time left in this world. But, she didn’t give up, and before anyone counted her out, her cancer went into remission. 

“So she told me about her dream to record a song she co-wrote  with her mother . Her dream was for me to put her out there and let the world hear her story.

“Back in the day when I was a teenager, I wrote songs for Nigeria’s singing kid prodigy, Tosin Jegede, so working with kids was part of me. It runs in me. 

“I listened to her song and wrote three more songs while she was still in  hospital. She was diagnosed with Leukemia, cancer of the bone and made it to my studio for weeks. 
Precious stood in my singing booth for hours throughout the recording sessions. It took us two months to complete the entire project. Her younger brother, who now attends one of the United States’ elite universities, also recorded a rap song I wrote during the project. 

“Precious came with her little friends, and when she went back to the hospital, we recorded in her absence.
 “The very morning of her album release and grand launching at the Holy Rosary hall, information got to me about what happened that morning at the hospital. Precious died hours before her album lunch. 
“In my state of shock and disbelief, I wept uncontrollably. That news changed my life and my career. We went ahead with the album lunch since it was her dying wish. We had a successful event albeit overshadowed by this little angel’s sudden departure. 

“Though I won the African music producer of the year for that album, I stopped producing and playing music. I was too heartbroken to play music. I saw life as a bitch and wondered why death would snatch such a little kid star away from this planet.

“My fans have all been wondering if I will ever play music again. I remember many upcoming musicians who wondered why I refused to work with them. I have not forgotten many clients who bad-mouthed me for refusing to play in their events. 
“I stopped headlining concerts and openly refused awards, including honorary doctorate awards for headling  President Obama’s African Inaugural ball in Washington DC in 2009.
“Close friends and family members had  all given up on me music-wise. So I took a long music break after headlining the Edmonton -African music festival in 2011.

“Like everyone close to me would say, I don’t usually talk much about my songs; I typically just allow the listeners to have the final say. So, there’s no age, color, religion, or race-based  stumbling block in my music. Instead, I hope to tell her story and make the world know who she was- little Precious Ahunamba.”


And that was the music maestro, WOKOIKE telling in his own words the  touching story behind the new  comeback song, “TESTIFY.”
Thankfully, WOKOIKE  has again found his voice and bounced back with this  epic track of testimonies.
He’s back to Testify  of God’s love, goodness and faithfulness. 
Testify is one of the singles from WOKOIKE’s  upcoming album.



Franz Dickson.
Lagos.


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OBAMA, fully vaccinated and boosted TESTS POSITIVE TO Covid-19

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The former President of the United States, Barack Obama said on Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “feeling fine” other than a scratchy throat.

Both the 60-year-old Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are fully vaccinated and boosted, the former president said. Michelle Obama has tested negative.

Obama said his diagnosis is “a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”

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