By Kehinde Oluleye
Some superstars by no means fade away. They all the time appear as if a everlasting a part of the present biz firmament. These embrace celeb artistes who endowed the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the flip of this century with the glitter of celeb and stagecraft. A lot of them retain their dazzle at the same time as they age.
This pantheon of renown consists of A-listers like Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, Pete Edochie, King Sunny Ade, Commander Ebenezer Obey, Adebayo Salami, and Richard Mofe- Damijo amongst others.
There isn’t a gainsaying their previous and present exploits command the resonant tribute of applause each time their faces and work grace the covers of digital and mainstream media.
Distant from the limelight, nevertheless, there are a number of contemporaries of those women and men whose acclaim, although recognizable by means of previous efforts, isn’t as intense because it was once.
Whereas some have withdrawn solely from showbiz, others are nonetheless attempting to reignite their previous glories by competing with the youthful technology of artistes. Others have ventured into totally different callings; these embrace Revd. Ebenezer Obey, Pastor Chris Okotie, scholar and college instructor, Sola Sofudo, and US-based nurse, Regina Askia.
Thus we make it easier to re-enact previous recollections by the exploits of your favorite present biz and celeb idols.
Evi Edna Ogholi
Evi Edna Ogholi is a Nigerian feminine reggae musician, widespread for her monitor, “Pleased Birthday.” After the discharge of her debut album, “My Type of Music” in 1987, Ogholi attained instantaneous acclaim as a sensational reggae star.
This positioned her among the many finest reggae performers of that point in Nigeria. “Pleased Birthday” is likely one of the evergreen songs of the ’90s and undoubtedly, the preferred track launched by the artiste.
It loved airplay at most birthday events. Ogholi was married to her producer and supervisor, Emma Ogosi, and the wedding was blessed with two kids. The wedding finally crashed and she or he moved to Paris, France, the place she at present lives.
Similar to Evi Edna Ogholi, Mike Okri was one of many musicians who achieved mainstream success within the late ’80s following the profitable launch of his debut album, “Live performance Fever.”
The “Time Na Cash” crooner is likely one of the largest artistes of the ’80s and ’90s. He “disappeared” from the limelight on the prime of his profession and it was later found that he relocated to America.
Felix Liberty aka Lover Boy
Felix Aigbe Liberty aka Lover boy was considered one of Nigeria’s best pop sensations at a degree. His love track, “Ifeoma” turned the love anthem of a technology of teenagers and youthful lovers of his period.
Liberty attained renown at his launch of “Ifeoma” and the track dominated the waves for a very long time. He later turned a born-again Christian within the late ’90s. He’s now a pastor.
Kunle Falola aka Dizzy Ok Falola
Kunle Falola aka Dizzy Ok Falola was additionally a celebrity within the ’80s. He’s now a London-based gospel singer. His racy ’80s hit “Child Kilode” loved countless radio time and made him the crush of many teenage ladies.
After his first album, he additionally did “Candy Music” and “Excuse Me, Child.” Considered one of his songs, “African Jamboree,” additionally did effectively. Dizzy Ok turned born once more in 1989 and reportedly turned down a proposal by music firm EMI to focus on gospel music.
Alex Zitto began out as a guitarist and performed as a bass guitarist for juju legend, Ebenezer Obey. However he’s higher recognized for his reggae and pop hits. Though Zitto had been doing his factor quietly for years, he attained fame after profitable a music contest and launched his hit monitor, “Tickle Me.”
Polygram Information, one of many largest music labels on the time, subsequently signed him on its platform. Whereas on the label, he launched one other hit track titled, ‘Walakolombo’ in 1991. Zitto relies within the US.
Alex Okoroigwe aka Alex O, is a person of many elements. He’s a pop artiste, producer, and songwriter. His largest hit, ‘Have fun,” took the market by storm. He was a member of the musical ensemble of late music maestro, Steve Rhodes.
When he left Rhodes, he joined the corporate of well-known producer, Lemmy Jackson (actual title Otu Odufa) and labored as a manufacturing assistant and songwriter.
By the ’90s, he was signed on by Polygram Information. He’s married to Oby Edozie, a Nigerian movie actress and producer. He owns an organization which operates on the technical aspect of present biz.
Segun Adewale was one of many younger juju artistes of the ’70s and ’80s. He was so good that followers and music buffs labelled him a worthy successor to legendary juju maestros, King Sunny Ade and Chief Ebenezer Obey.
The Osogbo, Osun State prince experimented with parts of jazz, pop, funk, reggae in his juju music. Adewale and one other juju artiste, Sir Shina Peters, labored with Prince Adekunle, a celebrity of the ’70s however they later left to start out their very own band, Shina Adewale and the Superstars Worldwide.
They launched 9 albums however ended their partnership after disagreements.
Adewale then launched his private model of juju, which he known as Yo-Pop. Adewale continues to be energetic within the Nigerian music scene.
Mandy Brown Ojugbana
Mandy Brown Ojugbana dominated the airwaves as one of many few display screen divas earlier than the so-called “video vixens” and “attractive prima donnas” turned common options of Nigerian TV screens.
Ojugbana was a really gifted musician and radio presenter. Her debut album titled “Breakthrough,” which included hits like a reworked model of Bobby Benson’s “Taxi Driver” was very profitable. Ojugbana’s journey into music began within the church.
After her profitable debut, she relocated to the UK (UK), the place she labored as a presenter. She is at present in Nigeria engaged on radio. She presents “Easy Breakfast with Mandy” on Easy 98.1 FM.
Ene Oloja was one of many pioneer actresses of the Nigerian film business. A seasoned and well-read actress, Oloja was one of many stars in considered one of Nigeria’s most profitable cleaning soap operas, ‘Cock-Crow At Daybreak’ and “Behind The Clouds.”
The programme aired constantly for eight years on the Nationwide Tv Authority (NTA). She studied Theatre Arts on the College of Ibadan and Worldwide Relations and Strategic Research on the College of Jos. The actress and mother of 1 moved to america, in 1991.
Sandra was a preferred actress of the ’90s. She is an actress, producer and philanthropist.
Achums relocated from Nigeria to Germany in 2006 and at present lives there together with her husband and youngsters. She was in “Lethal Affair,” “Domitilla,” “Gone Endlessly” and different Nollywood motion pictures.