AFTER the successful launch of Koko Garri, Nigerian international singer and entrepreneur, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj or Koko Master, is making plans to launch his own brand of bread called Koko Bread. The ‘Entertainer’ crooner, who has not rested on his oars by delving into various sectors of businesses, especially agriculture, is joining in the campaign to boost youth empowerment and create jobs for teeming jobless Nigerians.
D’banj who spoke on the topic, “Do Africa, It Pays”, at the ‘One Africa’ campaign in Abuja, Nigeria, in line with the African Union Declaration of 2014 as the year of agriculture and food security, made it clear that his Koko Holdings would start the production of cassava bread to support the government’s effort to lure youths into agriculture.
“I want to tell the youths that a farmer can wear a Rolex wristwatch and drive a Bentley. I want the youths to see that I have already started. Please my dear youths, we can do it. We should take a cue from Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. He made his money partly through agriculture, not oil. I will also be producing Koko bread made from cassava just to practically support government’s drive to bring youths into agriculture.”
The ‘Fall in Love’ singer is also into cocoa farming, having acquired a large plantation in Ghana, as well as being into several forms of commercial agricultural ventures.
Ice Prince’s Deal with Universal Music
AWARD-WINNING Nigerian rapper, Ice Prince, has signed a record-breaking deal with the largest music corporation in the world — Universal Music. Ice Prince, who revealed this exclusively to Pulse.ng during an interview yesterday, stated that Universal music will be licensing “I Swear”, one of his hit songs from his hugely successful ‘Fire Of Zamani’ album. The song also features US rap star, French Montana.
The new deal with Universal Music will be beneficial to Ice Prince’s music, giving him distribution all over international channels, expanding his fan base and reach immensely.
Universal Music Group, UMG, is an American-based, French-owned multinational music corporation, It currently operates as a subsidiary of Paris-based media conglomerate Vivendi. UMG also owns Universal Music Publishing Group, which is the second largest music publishing company in the world.
Universal Music Group’s global corporate headquarters is located in Santa Monica, California.
Police Stop Davido’s New York concert
DAVIDO’S concert at Pulse 48 Arena in New York was stopped by police recently because it was overbooked and overcrowded creating some safety concerns
Niaje says Davido said, “Damn My NY was too packed police shut it down!! The love and support that came out was overwhelming!!! I will be back ! Really sad!”
The show was allegedly supposed to be Davido’s first in his 2014 US/Canada tour.
Wyclef Jean Broke
WYCLEF Jean, popular Reggae singer is broke and owes more than 2.5 million dollars in tax lines. His business manager confirmed the news to The Smoking Gun recently.
An email reportedly sent by the rapper’s accountant, David Levin, in January to the Jean’s creditors, confirmed the former Fugees’ financial state, as he stated that, “in my most professional verbiage there ain’t no money.” Levin’s email was sent out in response to threats from the singer’s creditors of impending court action against Jean.
According to latest reports, the Haitian artist and producer reportedly said he would pay $100,000 to entertainment law firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman to settle an outstanding bill of $133,000. The rapper/producer was requested to pay his outstanding debt with the law firm via two instalments: $10,000 by last August 1 and another $50,000 by the end of last year.
But it is alleged that Jean did not make any payments to the firm. The alleged agreement stated that if Jean made the two payments totalling $60,000, the law firm would waive the remaining $40,000. But if he failed to make good on the agreement, an additional 10 percent annual interest would be added to the $100,000. At this time, Jean reportedly owes the firm $102,027.40.
Reports claim Jean’s current legal predicament isn’t the first time he’s had to pay off a debt. The rapper was questioned about the handling of finances for his now defunct organisation, Yele Haiti following the Haitian earthquake. According to reports, the non-profit foundation collected more than $16 million in donations following a series of earthquakes that destroyed the island’s capital city, Port-Au-Prince.
It is likely Yele Haiti ultimately left a string of upset creditors upon closing in 2012.
– Apr. 14, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT