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Lagos Market, 11 Houses Destroyed in a Fire Outbreak

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Around 12 am on Saturday, the Amu Timber Market, Mushin, Lagos and eleven other buildings in the area were razed down by a fire outbreak.

There was also a fire outbreak on Saturday at Ojota New Garage where some shops were burnt.

While firefighters were able to salvage the Ojota incident, traders at Amu Market lamented late arrival of emergency workers.

A trader, Owolabi Wasiu, said firefighters came about one hour after a distress call was put across to the 767 emergency line.

“There is no single fire service around the market despite how big the market is. This is not the government we voted for. Why is the government taxing us if we cannot get value for our money?” he asked.

Another trader, Abdullahi Yahaya, who resides in Oshodi, said he learnt the market was in flames around 12.30 am, adding that when he arrived at the scene one hour later, he met just one fire truck.

He added, “The firefighters said there was no more water. It was around 3 am that two other trucks arrived. All my planks were burnt. This is a big blow. No one could say what caused the fire. About N30m goods were delivered in a shop on Friday. Everything was burnt. Some people kept money inside their shops.”

A displaced resident, who gave his name only as Ibrahim, said he had no idea where he would relocate his wife and their two children to.

“We live in one of the buildings affected by the fire. We could only pick a few of our belongings. I don’t even know the next move to make now. We could not sleep throughout the night. If we had got help from firefighters on time, the impact would have been reduced,” he said.

Another affected trader, Adeyemi Olalekan, described the incident as ‘unfortunate,’ saying the losses would have been minimised if there was a quick response.

“If the Lagos Response Unit were still in place, the damage would not have been this much. The government owes the workers salaries, and they have become ineffective. I used to work there. I resigned from LRU because of non-payment of salaries.

“The government should provide fire hydrant to major markets in Lagos. If there is one, there won’t be a reason for a fire service to be telling us in the middle of the night that there was no water. We own the government, but we are handicapped to fight them. They should protect our means of livelihood.”

It was gathered that at a point, traders and residents had to quench fire by themselves after firefighters exhausted their water.

“I sold planks there, but everything is gone. It was some residents who alerted me. I lived in Ijegun. We called firefighters, but they didn’t come on time. They arrived after 1 am,” he added.

However, the acting Head of Fire Service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, said the agency received a distressed call at 12.51 am and responded promptly.

She said, “Action was taken swiftly by deploying Ilupeju and Isolo fire stations which were subsequently joined by Sari Iganmu and Alausa fire stations, Federal Fire Service, Julius Berger Fire Department, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, the Nigeria Police, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps and Red Cross.

“The fire we met flaming was being tackled when unidentified bystanders attacked an injured a chief fire superintendent attached to the Isolo Fire Station. He was quickly rushed to the Gbagada General Hospital for treatment. He is now in a stable condition.”

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Femi Oke-Osayintolu, said one person was trapped in a three-storey building that collapsed during the fire outbreak.

He said, “Around 12:20 am, there was a fire outbreak which suddenly culminated into explosions of plywood/asbestos. Immediately, Lagos and federal fire services and LASEMA responded. Materials worth billions of naira were consumed in the fire disaster.

“We rescued somebody trapped in a three-storey building that collapsed. He is receiving treatment. We are still doing the enumeration of the structures affected. At the last count, we have 11 affected houses. We have discussed with the market leaders and allayed their fears so that they could cooperate with us. Their primary concern was that the government wanted to take over the place.

“The state government wants people to enjoy the dividends of democracy. We want to clear the rubble first before we do the holistic enumeration of shops affected in the market. There was also a fire incident at Ojota Garage but we have put it out. No life was lost.”

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Maziyke releases another single-WHATEVER

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Words/Music/Produced by -Maziyke-also known as allaBama

Genre: Dance, Afrobeats, Pop, Soul, Easy Listening.

Reviewer: Franz Dickson 2022-Musician and author

Artiste: Maziyke

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

This smash hit is a brilliant assemblage of multiple genres: Afro-sounds, jazz, pop, rock, rhythm, 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, Maziyke; he proved pointedly that the long wait by his fans worldwide was worth it. He rewarded them with this ingeniously crafted masterpiece of a track, Whatever.
The song opens beautifully with a richly blended doo-wop-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 Maziyke would have none of that! The choruses here are beautifully blended, soothing, soulful, bright, crisp, and silky. He ensured that the department was well taken care of.

And his 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!
And a thing about veterans is their uncanny ability to craft songs on the appropriate sonic key that maximizes their leadership voice and the other instruments and voices on the track. It’s a function of great songwriting, and Maziyke-(born Emma Ike Agu) had that crucial question sorted out in the writing of this scintillating track.
The song’s mid-tempo rhythm makes it a soothing, delightful listening piece.

That’s a bold love declaration!
And appropriately titled, “Whatever” is a bold love declaration. Lovers worldwide and 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, Spanish-styled guitar riffs and disciplined strummed arpeggios help tell the song’s story at professionally interspersed intervals.
The soothing world-class mix and professional mastering are the icings on the cake. The total effect on you is that you want to press replay after each listen.

Carefully measured arrangements of chorus-verse alternation hold your attention and interest in the song for the 3 minutes or thereabouts from its intro to its coda.
And here’s the caveat about this massive track! The chorus is very singable and highly addictive!

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

Franz Dickson

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The Peace Jingle By Maziyke

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This song is about world peace; it is Maziyke’s little contribution to peace around the universe.
“The Peace -Jingle-” is part of 1 People, a track off the much-anticipated album of international singer-songwriter and media entrepreneur Ike Agu- “MAZIYKE.” Titled “Peace & Harmony,” this massive track is your quintessential peace song to all the world’s people. And this call for peace and harmony is most auspicious, coming at a time like this when humanity is faced with the outlook of a possible world war spiraling out of the devastating war in Ukraine. From the singer’s own terror-stalked homeland of Nigeria to Ukraine, from the violence-plagued Tigray region of Ethiopia to the troubled spots of the Middle East and Myanmar, the most sought-after needs now are peace and harmony.
And the profoundly meaningful lyrics of this massive peace anthem capture exactly what the world needs now– a reminder to give peace a chance.

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Maziyke to release GoodTime-Song Review

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Song Title:   Good Time

Words/Music/Produced by Ike Agu-Maziyke-also known as allaBama

Genre: Dance, Afrobeats, Pop, Soul, Easy Listening.

Reviewer: Franz Dickson 2022

Scheduled for release on the 29th of September to mark the International award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer’s birthday, GoodTime is unapologetically a pulsating, pumping beat!

Like the name suggests, “Good Time” is your ultimate party song! Crafted with one thing in mind: to give you a good time. If dance is your thing, or a great party song is your definition of a great track, then you’re in good company! “Good Time” has a bouncy, smart, infectious beat, rhythm, and groove! This song rocks as voices sing:

“Hello, hello, hey

We gonna have a good time

Good time tonight…”

A steady, innovative beat! Tight rhythm! Thumping bassline! Afro-influenced, highlife-reminiscent guitars, all executed with world-class musicianship!

The easy-going, impeccably delivered verse and choruses speak to letting down your hair and partying, especially after the day’s hassles, work, or whatever it may have been. The tone of invitation to loosen up and have a good time is unmissable in the voices.

The lead voice, while making it sound easy, actually delivers a masterpiece of a light-hearted vocal technique rendition that suits a big, artful party song like Good Time. Extraordinary creativity, indeed! I have heard it said; that the ability to express a big idea in simple terms is a mark of great talent. That’s what this song is. And Maziyke nailed it. 

As usual, he was perfectly at home and sensitively communicative of the happy-go-lucky mood and attitude required of this brilliant song. His resonant, rich voice was on duty executing this beautiful party piece.

The intelligent, brisk, relaxed tempo at once makes this track an easy listening pick as well, while it’s already a dance song! And those well-delivered choruses have one thing in mind–an invitation to forget about the worries and have a good time here and now. But, again, this is essentially a dance song.

And the background guitars played by the singer are beautifully and nicely Afrocentric. Highlife comes readily to mind in the play style.

By the time the groove peaks and climaxes at the point where the voices switch into singing “Egwu-oma” which in the Igbo language means “good music,” this big song shifts gear and becomes a raging, sweet groove that’s totally off the hinges! Yes! This is good music!

With its groovy bass line, the drum-driven quality of this track is sure to get it into numerous dance music playlists and easy-listening radio belts. It has all the marks of a viral social media song.

Woven across dance, soul, pop, and the afrobeats genres, Good Time is assuredly the party man’s ultimate song and anthem, even though a broad spectrum of lovers of great music will gravitate easily towards this ingeniously crafted song.

DJs from Africa to the Caribbean and worldwide just received another considerable dance floor mover in this beautiful track.

Franz Dickson

franzdickson@gmail.com

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The Peace Anthem: Words/music, by Maziyke (ike AGu)

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ARTISTE: words & Melody By Ike Agu-Maziyke
GENRE: WORLD, POP, RAP, ROCK, AFRO-SOUL
LABEL: INDIE
TRACK TITLE:1 PEOPLE(Peace And Harmony )
REVIEWED: 2022

“Peace & Harmony-P&H” is the first single off the much-anticipated album of international singer-songwriter and media entrepreneur Ike Agu, aka “MAZIYKE.” Titled “Peace & Harmony,” this massive track is your quintessential peace song to all the world’s peoples. And this call for peace and harmony is most auspicious, coming at a time like this when humanity is faced with the outlook of a possible world war spiraling out of the devastating war in Ukraine. From the singer’s own terror-stalked homeland of Nigeria to Ukraine, from the violence-plagued Tigray region of Ethiopia to the troubled spots of the Middle East and Myanmar, the most sought-after needs now are peace and harmony.
And the profoundly meaningful lyrics of this massive peace anthem capture exactly what the world needs now– a reminder to give peace a chance.

Opening majestically with beautiful guitars and percussion dubbed over what sounds in the background like the global angst of many outraged voices, the impassioned and soulful plea of the sweet-sounding chorus goes straight to the heart of the matter with a melody and solemnity that would melt even a heart of stone for its soulfulness. This track sends the peace message across with urgency and clarity.

“Walking together
Living together
In peace and harmony….”
The choir-like voices are evocatively reminiscent of the rich James Last orchestra-type voices, and their solemn plea tone is unmissable. It registers indelibly.
And Maziyke’s own soulful falsetto and luxurious natural voice tug at the heart as he pleads for peace and understanding in the ad-libs and verses. First, he lunges straight into a rap verse delivered with stunning versatility.
“We’re living through the age
When People are very mean..
We’re living through the times
When people are heartless
We are living through the times

When people fight because of race and Religion

We’re living through the times

When people want power

At all cost and by all means

We are living through the times when people

dislike you because of the color of your skin

He is deft on the job. He executed proficiently.

By the time the song shifts into the last lap, you’re left in no doubt that this is a master at work and that this is a massive, world-class peace song:
“We are one people
Though our tribes and tongues may differ
In peace and harmony
Let us live Oh oh oh
Yes, we are
The same people
No matter your nationality and religion
In peace and harmony
Let us live….”

Maziyke’s voice rocks and anchors the message so well in the opening adlibs where he sings:

“We’re 1 people, one people
I believe in peace and harmony
It’s really one people

Say no to violence ….”

This pop, rock, Afro, and world music masterpiece reminds one of previous peace and charity classics like “The USA for Africa(We Are the World)”, John Lennon’s “Imagine All the People,” Lucky Dube’s “Think About the Children” and “Different Colors One People” and Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World. “

“Peace&Harmony” is itself set to a regal world beat, uniting elements of the pop, rap, rock, and Afrosoul genres. The elegant, soulful rock guitars are unmissable. They will heartwarmingly stir your milk of human kindness. And the enchanting bassline rumbles deeply underneath, unrelentingly through the song.
The chorus is the hook and climax of this epic track. And the lead voice nailed this big plea for peace and harmony. The potent combination of the chorus and Maziyke’s soulful falsetto ad-libs on it takes you there. They could move you to a tear. You will feel the plea if you have a human heart. His ad-libs rock.
This is a moving song! Brilliant orchestration and strings!
But will the world listen this time?
Let people around the world listen to this cry from the heart.
The world needs this message now!

The writer of this big song, Maziyke, better known as AllaBama , whose real names are Emma Ike Agu is not entirely new to world-class songwriting. This is the craft he’s known for in the industry. The multi-talented, award-winning international singer-songwriter and record producer only redemonstrated it in “Peace & Harmony.” He has an illustrious history of great songwriting.
He was the mystery songwriter for Nigerian child star Tosin Jegede in the 80s. His own prodigious talent and musical prowess were revealed when in the 80s, he penned the winning jingle for the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) campaign during the then Buhari/Idiagbon regime.
That revelation led to his being appointed Music director at the Kwara State Ministry of Arts and Culture in Ilorin.
At the time, he also secured a contract from the government to do a music album.
His songwriting prowess also led to his choir winning the All Christian Music Choirs competition at the University of Lagos in 1986. Additionally, as a testament to his consummate songwriting abilities, he led over 500 cultural troupes to welcome the then-visiting head of state at the Ilorin State stadium. He performed for him at the government house.

Fast forward to the Obama era, Maziyke, now based in the U.S., headlined the newly elected President Obama’s African inauguration ball in Washington D.C. on the eve of the president’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009. And continuing his string of accomplishments, he would subsequently go on to headline the Edmonton -Canada African cultural festival the next year.

Though he later took a leave of absence from the music scene for a while, he is now back. And this massive song, “Peace and Harmony,” is just one track from his upcoming album, “GOODTYME.”
“Peace & Harmony” is worth hearing! This is a big song,

By Franz Dickson: Writer and music reviewer, Franz is also the author of The Contestant

franzdickson@abrahamawodi

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