D’banj recently spoke at the TED X conference where he raised awareness on the impact of agriculture in Africa. He stated that “growth in agriculture is 11 times more effective at reducing poverty in Africa.” He also added that “if Africa youths are the future, then Africa is the future of the world.” Watch his inspirational speech below!
D’Banj was born as Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo in the Northern city of
Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to an artillery Officer and a church
dignitary who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun state. Although
D’Banj was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and join
the military, at age 14 he picked up a more peaceful weapon: the
harmonica, which belonged to his older brother, who tragically
died in a plane crash at age 17. He taught himself to play the
harmonica and became more involved in music. His song “All The
Way” is about the struggles he has faced with his parents over his
He adopted the elegant, almost French-sounding
name “D’Banj,” a combination of his first name Dapo and his
surname Oyebanjo. He has recorded songs with established
artistes like Kanye West, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, and Actor
Idris Elba. He has won numerous awards, including Best African
Act-2007 MTV Europe Music Awards, Best African Act-2011BET
Awards, Best African Act-2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, 2014
World Music Awards-Best Selling African Act with his Top 10 Hit
Oliver Twist. In his Humanitarian role as Ambassador for One.org
he successfully organized over 2 million signatures for the Do Agric
Global Africa Campaign. He is Ambassador for Nigerian Agricultural
Entrepreneurs and was recently appointed Nigeria’s first UN Youth
Ambassador for Peace.
The fast rising Nollywood Producer, Nelson Jombo is raising the bars in Nollywood. A few days after his first movie as Executive Producer/Producer was released on IROKOTV, the spirited, handsome and soft spoken filmmaker went back to the movie set again. He has rounded up two well packaged movies, House Girl Lover and Conflict of Interest.
Uche Jombo’s tenacity and wealth of experience in Nollywood is really rubbing off on her younger brother!
Nelson Jombo Productions in conjunction with iTweetnaija Presents
HOUSE GIRL LOVER
Synopsis: Debby, a tenacious and morally-grounded young lady will not allow anything to stop her from accomplishing her dreams of a better life. Her good friend Ginika attempts to stand in her way, but ironically she lands job as a house girl and becomes the attention of Charles, Emerson and Preye’s unadulterated admiration.
Starring: Seun Akindele, Yvonne Jegede, Bayray McNwizu, Ik Ogbonna, Daniel K. Daniel, Adunni Ade Casting: iTweetNaija, Razor Gabriels, Sheboy, Nelson Jombo Artistic Director: Razor Gabriels Costumier: Divas and Divos (Ngozi Jombo) Production Manager: Taiwo Adebayo D.O.P: Toyin Odukoya Executive Producers: Nelson Jombo, Uche Jombo Editors:Nwaogburu Nelson, Emmy Mexie Associate Producer: Gabriel_razor P.A: Nwaogburu Nelson Co-Producer: Nkechinyere Urum-Eke Producer: Nelson Jombo Director: Emmanuel Mang Eme
In a recent article by iCampus Mag, Uche Jombo was named the number one most influential woman in Nollywood.
With over 16 movies, no actress in Nigeria can boast of heavy movie catalogue like Uche Jombo. There is also no other actress that commands the kind of reverence Uche does among fellow actresses and actors, most especially the young ones. The general saying is, Uche now has power to make star of a starlet, and only a handful of people will fall into that category in Nollywood. Despite being active production-wise, Uche’s face still adorns numerous posters as lead actress. Aside being the highest grossing actress-producer among her colleagues, Uche has two known properties, one in Lagos, the other in Abia, her home town (where she is a chief). Her influence in and out of the industry is definitely not in doubt.
Full list below..
1. Uche Jombo
2. Genevieve Nnaji
3. Rita Dominic
4. Ini Edo
5. Mercy Johnson
6. Blessing Effiong Egbe
7. Kate Henshaw
8. Omoni Oboli
9. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
10. Emem Isong
11. Stephanie Linus
On Independence day, October 1st, MTV posted their list of 20 best naija tracts ever. They said “There have been so many Naija musicians who have unleashed great hits over the years. While recently the likes of Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy have shone, there are also the #Throwbacks – old school cool: no occasion or party was complete without some of these songs. You came, you voted and we compiled a list of your Best Naija Tracks Ever! Have a look below to see where your favourite landed.”