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But in Q4 2020, he released Yabasi, which was akin to Sergio Aguero’s last minute winner against Crystal Palace in 2012, to win Manchester City their first premier league title. Released late in the year, the album snuck onto many year-end lists for best albums.


On ‘Yabasi,’ Basketmouth combined topical astuteness with a perfect selection of artists, to articulate desired topics and fit the beat he’s selected to play house to those topics. He also achieved something important: he picked the perfect beats to appropriately convey certain topics.


For example, ‘Papa Benji’ was put on an Ekpili beat, for onomatopoeic conveyance of the cultural connotation of ‘Papa Benji,’ as any Nigerian would imagine it. Putting a record titled ‘Papa Benji,’ on Afro&B production like that for ‘Your Body,’ would have been a gross mismatch.


More importantly, Basketmouth displayed his classic knowledge of album experiences by finding Duktor Sett and sticking with him.


The Hip-Hop era that nurtured Basketmouth saw one producer craft large parts of classic albums. While ‘Yabasi’ has all the markings of a classic, Basketmouth hasn’t rested on his laurel. A few days ago, he released Horoscopes.


Even though ‘Horoscopes’ comes over a year after ‘Yabasi,’ the quality of Eze Gburu Gburu’s debut made a lot of people – including this writer – skeptical about a follow-up, hot on the heels of its predecessor. Most skeptics didn’t even stop to realize that a year had passed, because they were still savoring ‘Yabasi.’


‘Horoscopes’ is a reinforcement of his ability and Duktor Sett’s insanity as a producer. A lot of people will defer to ‘Yabasi’ as a cult classic in some years, but that’s only because it came first. And because it’s also an incredible body of work.


However, ‘Horoscopes’ is possibly as good. Even if it’s not, it definitely houses better sonics. ‘Horoscopes’ is Duktor Sett’s best work yet, not ‘Yabasi.’


Just play ‘Horoscopes’ on decent speakers – you’re welcome. In terms of sound engineering, ‘Horoscopes’ is only behind Liya’s Alari EP, of any Nigerian body of work, released in the last three years. It’s so clean; so clear, so posh; and so engineered to soothe the vocals and style of every artist. Again; detail.


Like its predecessor, ‘Horoscopes’ serves as an official soundtrack to an upcoming cinematic release by Basketmouth. While ‘Yabasi’ was meant to soundtrack an inner-city TV show about a popular beer parlor owner, ‘Horoscopes’ looks set to soundtrack a love story from different angles, and with different sub-themes and sub-plots.


Basketmouth’s attention to detail comes to the fore: ‘Yabasi’ soundtracked a deeply Nigerian inner-city reality, with lower middle class sub-plots, and the music, a blend of Afro-pop, Traditional Pop and R&B sonics, aligns with that. Likewise, ‘Horoscopes,’ which soundtracks a middle class love story, with a Gen Z obsession for title, its overall sonic output is more polished, more refined and more contemporary. And it aligns with that plot.

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Even though records like ‘Trouble’ and ‘The Traveler’ enjoy an infusion of Traditional pop and elements of the traditional instrument, Udu, the drums and drum arrangements on both beats are incredibly built for smooth contemporary pop.


Across nine tracks, ‘Horoscopes’ is an anthology of different perspectives around love and comfort – by way of money. The only exception is ‘Assemblies of God,’ which is a sentimental posse cut.


According to Basketmouth, ‘Love & Life’ documents a troubled love story, about a married woman, who is still in love with her imprisoned ex. It feels like Johnny Drille, Simi and MI Abaga respectively embody the three characters in the story. Nonetheless, MI Abaga feels out of place on the record – the record feels clogged.


That said, ‘Money’ was missing someone: Teni. The record was practically crying and screaming her name.


Barring ‘Money,’ which is a wistful, near-illuminating take on wishful thoughts around money, ‘Listen’ and ‘Celowi’ are two different takes on love and admiration. Even though they are both tentative: ‘Listen’ urges a lover to listen, as the protagonist looks into the future and ‘Celowi’ sees Peruzzi as a dreamer, who contemplates the vanity of sex.


‘Horoscopes’ as a topically cohesive album, tells a story which ends at ‘Leave Me’ – a happy ending. And my my, did Falz paint us a picture of coital perfection?


In the end, ‘Assemblies of God’ will be a classic cut from the album, which also produces a lot of quotables.


Chief of which is, “The journey from mandilas, dey begin from kitos…”


Dear Gen Z, you’re free to google that…


Themes and Delivery: 1.5/2


Enjoyability and Satisfaction: 1.6/2

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We condemn taking more than one wife, but find it respectable to marry one and secretly cheat with many — Yul Edochie’s brother, Uche (Video)

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We condemn marrying more than one wives, but find it respectable to marry one and cheat with many — Yul Edochie's brother, Uche (Video)

We condemn marrying more than one wives, but find it respectable to marry one and cheat with many — Yul Edochie's brother, Uche (Video)

Brother of a famous Nollywood actor, Uche Edochie, weighs in on the unending backlashes trailing Yul Edochie after taking a second wife.

It would be recalled that the marriage of Yul Edochie with the first wife had been through staggering points following the announcement of the second wife.

In a lengthy post via Instagram, Uche slammed society for worshipping lies than facing the truth.

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He questioned which is better between a man marrying more than one wife legally or a man secretly cheating on his only wife.

“What is more admirable between honesty and deception? Most people will tell you that it is honesty and even proceed to quote a part of scripture that says, ‘The truth shall set you free’.

But none of this is true though. Society does not value honesty and the truth will only make you enemies. It doesn’t set you free. Not on this planet. If we all went around speaking our minds, we will either end up dead or in jail. We are encouraged to tell the truth but vilified when we do. Isn’t that something?

So we lie to our wives, husbands, parents, children and all of society. We lie to protect them because we know that they cannot handle the truth. That is why we lie.

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The most controversial thing you can do today is not killing, cheating or stealing. Society does this everyday enmass. The most controversial thing you can do is to tell the truth. A lie is like a bottle of soda. It tastes good but it isn’t good for us.

Truth on the other hand is like quinine. The taste is horrible but healthy and curative. That is why we have adverts of your coca colas and pepsis plastered all over the world but not quinine. A lie simply tastes better.

And this my friends is why we celebrate cheaters and attack truth tellers. We consider it more respectable for a man to marry one wife and quietly cheat on her with multiple women than for him to marry two or more of these women, making his feelings for them official and respectable.

It seems to me that the issues we face in life are not because we are imperfect humans. We struggle as a society simply because we cannot handle the truth.”

In a follow-up video, Uche Edochie quizzed his fans on whether or not society should condemn a mistake or should the mistake be worked on.

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Bovi romantically hypes wife as they mark 13th wedding anniversary (Video)

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Popular standup comedian, Bovi Ugboma celebrates their 13th wedding anniversary with his darling wife, Kris Asimonye Ugboma.

Taking to Instagram to flatter his wife, Bovi applauded her for taming him from a ‘wild animal to a domestic one.’

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He further showered accolades on her for carrying their three kids for 27 months while maintaining her beauty.

Kris Ugboma who could not get enough of her husband’s jokes laughed joyfully despite backing the camera all through.

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“🤣🤣🤣 13/13. Me and @krisasimonye #anniversaire,” Bovi wrote while sharing the video.

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The mother of three also took to her Instagram page to share a throwback photo of themselves from 13 years ago with the caption;

“This is us 13 years ago ready to say I do 😃.”

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Nigerian superstar singer, Wizkid has revealed that he’s been using the same phone number for the last eight years.

Wizkid disclosed this when asked in an interview with Apple Music, if he still had the “Ojuelegba number”. 

Responding to the question, Wizkid revealed that he still has the same phone and even got a new phone recently.

The interviewer who interjected said she would have changed her phone number if she was in Wizkid’s shoes after his “Ojuelegba” single became a global hit.

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Wizkid reveals he's been using same phone number for 8 years

She added that she would have also changed her phone number after the “Brown Skin Girl” collaboration with American music star, Beyonce, in her Lion King album. Wizkid however laughed at this.

When asked if he would be blocking people on his new phone, he laughed and said he has already done so many blockings on his old number over the years.

He also said that he’s keeping the old number because not a lot of people have it.

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