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Stop threatening me, I had nothing to do with Naira Marley’s arrest – Ruggedman

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Ruggedman, a well-known rapper and social activist has once again given his two cents about Naira Marley’s arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The rapper in a statement on his Instagram page clarified the general perception that he orchestrated the arrest of the rapper because of the past feud that had transpired between them.

He said he has never wished Naira Marley evil but only challenged him for glorying internet fraud so brazenly through his songs and social media posts.

He also emphatically stated that he had nothing to do with Naira Marley’s arrest and does not have anything against him.

He also cautioned unidentified persons wishing him evil and threatening him saying nothing will change who he is while he’ll keep putting them in his prayers.

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Ruggedman statement reads;

“Why would I want an artist arrested? What will be my gain?

“I have read and heard all sorts of comments pertaining to the @nairamarley case and seen the misinformation making the rounds which is quite unfortunate to say the least.

“I note that saying I was “happy in a way” about his arrest has evidently frayed some nerves and for that I apologise. It was in hope that it would serve as deterrent for persons who might consider the said ills or need to make a U-turn.

“It by no means was intended to wish for his downfall. It perhaps was not a good choice of word in hindsight. I do not look forward to anyone’s downfall but rather hope we all learn from the situation.

“I do not know Naira Marley personally, the same way I do not know the over 300 Nigerians I have gotten justice for against police brutality. I do it because it is who I am.

“All I did was caution a young artist, who has influence, against making utterances about an issue that by global standard is considered a crime. I believe correcting this was the way to go as an elder, but got insulted for this even by those being misled.

“I never responded to Naira Marley’s invectives nor those of his fans, same way I have not responded to any of the negative comments from social media.

“I hereby state categorically that I had nothing to do with his arrest. We all must recall that he glorified fraud on a public platform where security agencies like the Police, NDLEA and EFCC are also on.

“I am sure they saw his posts and captions the same way we all did. I, however, was the one that cautioned him. I guess this was what led all the darts and arrows my way as a literal mortal retribution to my person.

“Despite the disrespect to my person, I got nothing against him and only longed for him to be discerning and utilise his position of influence appropriately.

“May God bless you all and yes that includes those wishing me evil and threatening me. Nothing will change who I am and I will keep you all in my prayers.
God bless us all.”

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Nigerian Afropop songstress Merci-Lisa unveils new single

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Nigerian Afropop-soul musician Merci-Lisa has debuted her new track titled “Love Potion” taken from her recently released debut EP Appetizer,

Released via Golda-Amit, The Appetizer EP was composed and written entirely by Merci-Lisa, and according to her, is inspired by her:

“Journey and experience as a young female artist. I started her career at a low point, with disappointments, betrayal and a lack of path to success, and at that low point, I felt like my world was coming to a screeching halt.

“However, everything changed when I met the guys at Golda-Amit because my career and talent were given a flourishing environment and the support I need to succeed as a female Afro Pop-Soul artist in an industry dominated by well-resourced male performers.

“All the tracks on this ‘Appetizer’ EP are written with deep passion, emotion, admiration for true love, admiration for conquering life’s adversities, and satiation for good music that transcend the test of time.”

Listen to “Love Potion” below and listen to Merci-Lisa’s Appetizer EP on your usual streaming platform here.

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Copy of Cynthia Morgan’s contract with Jude Okoye hits the net (Photos)

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The 2013 contract between dancehall singer, Cynthia Morgan and Northside Entertainment, headed by music executive, Jude Okoye, has surfaced online.

A copy of the contract was sent to Tunde Ednut by Jude Okoye, in response to the allegations made against him by Cynthia Morgan.

Recall that Cynthia who now goes by the stage name Madrina alleged that she was not allowed to use her stage name and that she no longer had access to her social media accounts following her exit from Jude Okoye’s Northside Records.

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She also claimed that she lost all she had, including her name, VEVO account, and royalties after they had some issues centring on her contract.

In an Instagram live chat with Tunde Ednut, Jude stated that he doesn’t have the right to take Cynthia Morgan’s name because it is her birth name.

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He also explained that Cynthia Morgan, who has been free since 2017, changed her name to ‘Madrina’ while still signed to his record label.

Jude also denied taking over her Instagram and Twitter account but admitted that he took over her VEVO account, adding that it was a means of recovering over N40m he spent on her.

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He further stated that he paid Cynthia Morgan’s house rent, bought her a Range Rover and even gave her money to buy land for her mother in Benin.

Check out the contract below as signed by both parties in 2013:

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Sanyeri eulogises Antar Laniyan on his birthday

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Nollywood actor, Olaniyi Afonja, popularly known as Sanyeri, has revealed that fellow actor and director, Antar Laniyan, directed his breakout movie, Opa Kan, for free.

The 45-year-old made this known on Tuesday when he shared a birthday message to Antar on Instagram.

“This day reminds me of when I came to you seeking for you to direct my movie Opa Kan without me having a means of paying you…You promised to help me and you did…To God be the glory that movie Opa Kan brought me to the limelight…,” he wrote.

The movie, Opa Kan, which was released in 2009, also stars Odunlade Adekola.

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Sanyeri and Antar Laniyan also appear together in Obirin and Aworan.

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