Just after the natural disaster that displaced thousands of Haitians, they country is set for another election.
The Grammy-winning former Fugees frontman, Wyclef Jean last night declared his intention to rule over his native country, Haiti.
Though of little experience in politics, Wyclef flew out of his native Haiti on Friday as clouds gathered over his presidential bid announced some hours earlier.
“I am leaving because of family obligations, but I will return in several weeks to enter the electoral campaign,” Wyclef told reporters at Port-au-Prince airport.
“I will not abandon this movement, because the young and the university students are with me. I thank them, as well as the people who were with me yesterday,” said Jean.
“The United States has (President Barack Obama), here you’re going to have Wyclef,” the Haitian-born performer said on Thursday after arriving with his wife and daughter on a private jet.
However, caught in a race that has 14 candidates already, Jean has started hitting obstacles as many influential figures in the Caribbean nation, which is infamous for turbulent politics, are less awestruck.
Questions are being asked about his suitability for pulling Haiti back from disaster or even whether he is eligible to run. Haiti’s constitution requires candidates live at least five years in Haiti.
Jean’s family emigrated to New York when he was a child, and the decision is now left for the electoral board to decide on his eligibility or not.
He is also facing the obstacle of several financial misappropriation ranging from tax evasion and fraud. Earlier this year, Jean broke down in tears after denying that the foundation, Yele Haiti Foundation, siphoned off charity money that could have gone to the hundreds of thousands of people left destitute by the January 12 earthquake.
He faces more civil allegations back in his resident country, United States, according to The Smoking Gun website, which reports that Jean is owing US tax authorities more than $US2.1 million.
In the midst of all those questions, Jean still has to persuade skeptics that he has the skills to lead and not just charisma, as Sean Penn, outspoken Hollywood actor, who runs a tent city in Haiti for people made homeless by the earthquake, greeted Jean’s campaign launch with a stinging rebuke.
“He has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence,” Penn said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
“So, I want to see someone who is really, really willing to sacrifice for their country and not just someone who I personally saw with a vulgar entourage of vehicles that demonstrated a wealth in Haiti that – in context – I felt (was) a very obscene demonstration.”
Jean faces more stiff opposition as one of his mates on former Fugees band, Pras, gave him the cold shoulder, saying he had endorsed another candidate, Michel Martelly, “because he is the most competent candidate for the job”.
WARNING!! A NEW FEVER IS IN TOWN
There is a new fever in town! And no, it is neither Ebola – the deadly scare of the moment – nor lassa fever. Rather it is Dorobucci fever.
In what was first used as Instagram and twitter hashtags by none other than the irrepressible, mega-talented, super-producer Don Jazzy, Dorobucci ‘the catchphrase’ became an instant social media hit, captivating the senses and appeal of Nigerians, despite the fact that then no one knew the meaning of the word. Further momentum was gained when Dorobucci ‘the song’, was released, and since then it has hit more than 12 million downloads. Old men and women tastefully rock the song like oldies; parents use the prefix ‘Doro’ in naming their children; the youths drool over the song like bees on honey; and not to forget the kids who can sing Dorobucci from start to finish without breaking a sweat. Saying that Dorobucci is the unofficial national anthem of Nigeria is akin to saying that the earth is spherical.
Even the continent, and the globe, has caught the Dorobucci bug, which is spreading like wild fire. From nightclubs in Accra to beer huts by the beach in Togo, from neighbourhoods in South Africa to public centres in Nairobi, Dorobucci is topping the charts.
The delirium and anticipation that preceded Dorobucci ‘the video’ was fever pitch: the internet stratosphere was inundated with interesting and comical video versions of Dorobucci, and the countdown to the video premiere was like football fans eagerly awaiting the final whistle of the referee in a world cup final match.
Toni Kan of This Day aptly comments inter alia: “On the surface, as with most Don Jazzy produced songs, Dorobucci sounds like something you would hear from inebriated kegites on a lazy Friday night but the difference is that while the melody might sound commonplace, Don Jazzy has sprinkled his sound and song with the revitalizing ash of novelty thus elevating this simple ditty into a national anthem”.
While our hips vibrate to the unique beats and our ears tingle to the sweet melody of the song, ours minds have not come short to marvel by the sheer ingenuity that gave womb to Dorobucci. It couldn’t have come from anyone else but Don Jazzy himself, who is also credited with introducing similar inconceivable and bizzare-cum phenomenal catchphrases, such as Eminado and Kokolet, into the musical lexicon. While the former has been explained as “Goodluck”, the latter is still being given contextual definitions. And don’t bother to look up these words in the dictionary.
Don Jazzy needs no introduction nor does his inimitable creativity, evidenced by the countless hits under his craftmanship. What perhaps need a little tweaking on his rich CV is a new personage: “Don Jazzy ‘the recording artiste’, athough one he would rather not acknowledge himself to be.
We are accustomed to the creative side of Don Jazzy ‘the producer’, and even the unique voice that makes all the difference of Don Jazzy ‘the back-up singer’, but few people would be prepared for the stunning performance of Don Jazzy ‘the recording artiste’ in Dorobucci. He was immarculate and perfect; masterful of his gift and in complete control, charismatic as ever, a mantra of sort.
Recording works released during the Mo’hits era, it could be recalled, all had imprints of his top-notch production skills and trademark voice. They include: Tongolo, Gbono Feli, Suddenly, Mr. Endowed, Oliver Twist (D’banj); Bumper 2 Bumper, Who Born the Maga, Rotate, The Kick (Wande Coal); Pop Something, Over the Moon, Surulere (Dr. Sid); Omoba, Give it to me, Goody Bag Take Banana (D’Prince); Eminado (Tiwa Savage); Wind am Well (Ikechukwu aka Killz); Asewo (Naeto C); Ijoya (Weird MC), and many more. As if these hits were only warning shots of his artistry as a recording artiste, Don Jazzy laid yet another marker in ‘Babyface’ which he released under compelling circumstances on 5th November, 2013. But Dorobucci will be fondly remembered as his boldest imprint so far. Even the harshest of critics would agree no less.
Shortly after the Mo’hits split, a lamentable Don Jazzy tweeted: Rumours you have all heard recently are sad but true. The way forward now is to make sure I keep bringing you guys more of the beautiful music y’all love to dance to. And true to that promise he’s kept every inch of the word with the release of Dorobucci.
Joey Akan, a writer for Pulse, says that “in the mid-tempo feel-good song, Don Jazzy gave us the fatherly feel, Reekado Banks took us on a chorus of some sort. Tiwa Savage made us hit certain notes. Dr Sid established proceedings, with a reminder of his ‘Siductive’ delivery. Korede Bello, found joy and unrestrictive happiness in this song. Dija played safe, (and D’Prince was in his elements)”. Emphasis mine.
Africa, and indeed the world, is grappling with the current health challenges of the deadly Ebola virus and lassa fever. But we need not be scared of the Dorobucci fever because Don Jazzy has assured that it is “fun, cool, awesome, or fantastic”.
By Da Epic Pen
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Iheoma emerges Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014
Miss. Iheoma Nnadi, 19 year old representative of Akwa Ibom, has emerged winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2014.
Iheoma beat 29 other contestants to walk away with the coveted prize – N3million naira, a car and a shot to represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageant coming up later this year.
Miss Abuja was the 4th Runner-Up, Miss Osun- 3rd Runner-Up, while Miss Kwara emerged as the MBGN Tourism and Miss Edo as the Miss Universe.
The ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ MBGN, 2014, Miss Iheoma Nnadi has stated that she had always known she would win the MBGN title
In her reaction after winning the title, 19-year-old model who has since put her academics on hold due to her new role disclosed this in an interview with Encomium Weekly.
“Of course, yes. I mean, you buying a form means you are ready to become MBGN. I always knew I would be a beauty queen. Years back, the password to all my accounts had been forevermissworld.”
Recounting her experience at the camp “We had to bond. The girls became sisters. You wake in the morning, you meet the same girls with whom you do practically everything. While in camp, you argue, you make up. We had so many great moments.”
Speaking on her pet project during her tenure, she said, “I will help stop child trafficking and child abuse. We have to work with agencies in this area to eliminate the menace. We need to work with agencies involved in this area to keep children off the street and free them from forced labour.
“I will also organize seminars to mentor young girls, a kind of motivational programme aimed at mentoring them.” She projected.
The grand finale of the competition held Friday night, July 18, 2014, in Bayelsa State.
The judges of the night included Actress Osas Ighodaro, ex-MBGN, Sylvia Nduka, and former Mr Nigeria, Bryan Okwara, while the hosts were IK Osakioduwa and Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere.
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