Cover Art Candy: The Illustrated Edition | Featuring Okey Sokay, Tonicode, Gameman, Nolly CIA

Over the past months, I have noticed an interesting trend with cover art for gospel artistes.  No, I am not referring to the overly photoshopped images and plastic postures.  Nope! I am referring to illustrations.  It seems gospel artistes finally got the memo: try something new and different.  Let's just say I am gbadun-ing this "something new."

So, I decided to share a couple of those illustrations with you.  Believe me, if I come across more of them, I will share them with you.  In case you beat me to it, you can send the link(s) to cover art you think should be featured to

And now for some cover art candy (yes, I just repeated the title):

1. Aka (Clap) - Okey Sokay

Comment: I love the color and the details in this cover.  Looks like the background is a photograph and Okey is sort of "painted on" to it. And he's wearing trads too.  Two thumbs up!

Nigeria is 54, Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, Nigerians! If Nigeria was a person, at age 54 s/he would be ....

Okay, let's not go there today.

For those who have the day off, enjoy yourselves o! And for those who will be celebrating over the weekend, same thing: enjoy yourselves o!

OFFICIAL VIDEO: Ogecha - Dumimaja (Hide Me)

Ogecha finally released the official video of Dumimaja ("Hide Me" in Igala) in August 2014.  I had previously reviewed it here and did not find out till a few months ago that she was even planning to make a video for this song.  Let's just say it was a lovely surprise!

MUSIC: TiLois - You Give Me Love

TiLois | Twitter

Today, I would like to introduce another female gospel artiste to you.  Her name is TiLois.

Here is her biography courtesy of Xclusive Gospel:

My birth name is Oloruntobi Oluwakemi Amuda. I was born and raised in Kaduna with my parents. l’m the first of five children. I attended Command Children School Dantuku Kaduna and Federal Government College Malali Kaduna. I graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Human Anatomy. I have always been a lover of music and I’ve been involved in a few church choirs. My first choir was when I was about 9 or slightly younger. I’m a Contemporary Christian/Inspirational artist. 

You Give Me Love is my first official single. I currently reside in Lagos.

And, the press release is reproduced below:

Oh, You're Black? No Teacher or Professor Will Ever Give You an "A"

Someone actually said this to me just before I started college here in the US.

He worked at Pizza Hut in the university town I would call home for the rest of my undergraduate life.  Unknown to me, the college I was enrolled in had a long, negative history of racial prejudice against black people.

So, he felt he needed to tell these "Africans" (I was with my family) the gospel truth.  He essentially discouraged us (my sister and I) from attending that college in particular.  Apart from the generally awful racial history, he told us (paraphrased):

"If you're black, no professor will give you an "A."  They don't give black people "As" in that school."

Now, I don't want to discount what he said and dismiss it casually.  I generally believe there is no smoke without fire, and that something must have happened either to him personally or to someone or some people he knew to make him arrive at that conclusion.

But, my own experience was very different.

4 Smells Your Nose Catches When You Hug People

Yes, I know your nose is not like a net that catches butterflies, and that title is not grammatically correct, but who cares? I wanted to paint a picture and .... *gasp* I think I just did :D

So, when you lean forward to hug people, regardless of what team you belong to (TeamiLoveHugs, TeamNoNearMe, TeamWhatever), you smell something.  Here are 4 somethings that fit the bill:

1. You Smell Their Hair:

I remember listening to a podcast a few years ago, and a Naija guy living in the US (yes, it was a Naija podcast) called in and complained that Naija women don't wash their hair (weaves, braids, etc) and he can tell when he leans in and hugs them because apparently, he is taller than most women.

MUSIC: Sammie Utsu - Anyinekelegi

One word to describe this song: Beautiful.  With the way the Nigerian gospel music industry has evolved in the last couple of years, a lot of artistes have capitalized on the contemporary worship genre, but not all of them get it right.

Sammie Utsu with his single, Anyinekelegi, gets it right, in my opinion.  It hit all the right notes instrumentally, arrangement-wise, vocally and in fact, pata-pata!  He took a familiar song and re-worked it and made it his own.

Can you tell that I love this song? I made it that obvious, huh? :-)  I still don't know what the Igbo lyrics mean, so please help me if you do.  Thanks in advance.

My only gripe with this song has nothing to do with the music; it has to do with the cover artwork. A song of this calibre deserves better cover artwork.  I think the picture is okay, but the typography needs a lot of work. It needs to be fixed pronto!

Having said that, here is the press release that came with the song: