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Lil Skib

“Music has a margin rule in production, so if the right producer fits in the job, then there’s magic in that soundtrack”.

Fast-rising Afrobeats singer Bassey Pericles, known as Lil Skib (Little Skilled Boy), says upcoming musicians must choose music producers carefully.

In an Interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Lil Skib discussed his inspiration and challenges as an up and coming musician.

He said, “As an up and coming musician it’s important to choose your music producer carefully because it can make or mar your career. So, look beyond the name and focus more on originality.

‘’I prefer quality to quantity; I can tell a production with a wack producer or an excellent production with the right sound engineer; music has a margin rule in production, so if the right producer fits in the job, then there’s magic in that soundtrack.” .

The Akwa Ibom native who occasionally dabbles in “Hip Hop and ‘RnB’” genres also explained why sound is essential to up and coming musicians.

He said, “Waxing an excellent record depends on the production of the beats from rhythms, bass & tempo. At the final stage, the mixing, mastering & sound engineering of each bar holding the lyrics, hook or bridge of any music determines the outcome of the song.”

Harping on the need for quality production, he highlighted the disparity between a haphazard music production and a good one.

Lil Skib started his music career in 2015, when he made music by freestyling, playing local drums, doing song covers, and engaging in street raps and neighbourhood performances.

In 2019, he dropped a single titled “street” from a freebie instrumental, mixed and mastered by Bigzy Lion and was nominated for BEST STREET SINGLE for Top Naija Music Awards, “Street” was a street hit single from its Hit & Clap Hip-Hop vibes.

In 2022, he released “Mo Tide’, produced by Diamond V & “Victory SogPerfect.

Challenges, Journey so far

On the challenges he has faced since he started his career, he walked memory lane, saying it started with finding a music production studio to record a song.

He recalled, “When I started making music, I needed to access a studio to produce the record; it was a tough time in the area and locating a studio was very few.

“And when I found one, it became so annoying that you must be of age to walk in boldly and ask for a session to do your thing since it was for adults. You needed to go to the studio with a superior or guidance or parents if at all to monitor you as the studio environment wasn’t for kids, and sometimes they were also expensive.”

After failing to find a suitable recording studio as a young kid, he resorted to improvising with his phone as he lacked personal equipment to produce quality sounds.

“So all I did was to create a record from the radio port or phone to phone playing and recording on the beat- making it look perfect for submission, then would take it to events, parties & clubs, they would ask what file did I send as it turns out to be a Wav. File even if I edited it to MP3.”

He explained that he also faced rejections when looking for where to perform.

Finally, he stated that all these challenges prompted his move to the more creative parts of Lagos.

“I had to move from the downtown part of Ojo, Badagry expressway to come to the mainland and see how the music business grows from start to finish, and then I discovered a lot of recording studios to produce my music in 2015.” He said.

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Yul Edochie Congratulates Tinubu, Shettima, Prays For Them



Controversial Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has prayed to God to give President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima, all that they need to lead Nigeria to greater heights.

Edochie said this in a tweet on his official handle on Monday while congratulating Tinubu and Shettima for taking their oath of office.

Tinubu and Shettima were sworn into office by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, at Eagles Square in Abuja on Monday morning.

During his swearing-in, Tinubu promised to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the constitution of Nigeria.

This comes after he defeated the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP.

Edochie in his congratulatory tweet said, “Congratulations to our new President & Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT His Excellency Kashim Shettima @KashimSM May God give you all you need to lead our country to greater heights.”

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Fela’s Daughter, Yeni Kuti Breaks Silence On Father’s Death




Nigerian dancer and TV presenter, Yeni Kuti, has broken the silence on the cause of her father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s death.

Naija News recalls that Fela died on the 2nd of August 1997 in Lagos.

Twenty-six years after the demise of the Afrobeat pioneer, Yeni acknowledged that their father died of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Speaking during a recent chat with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, Yeni said though the whole family had rejected the move by her uncle, Dr Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, to announce that Fela died of AIDS, it was the best decision he made.

She noted that there was a series of arguments when Olikoye vowed to publicise the cause of Fela’s death, but the children later accepted his decision after persuasion from family members.

Yeni acknowledged that the announcement by her uncle put aside speculations by people and journalists.

She said, “Then, I didn’t think the decision by his brother [Dr. Olikoye Ransome Kuti] to announce that he [Fela] died of AIDS was the best.

“I remember we [Fela’s children] had a big fight with my uncle at a time. They had already diagnosed Fela with AIDS at the hospital.

“Uncle Koye wasn’t in town when the diagnosis came. And he came maybe about two days later…Then he called us, Femi, Shola and I, ‘you know what has happened, I’m going to announce to the press that he has AIDS.’

“We said, ‘No, way’. At that time, we still thought Fela would survive. We said, ‘look, it’s not your place to announce that Fela has AIDS, if Fela survives, let him.’ And he said, ‘Okay, you have a point.’

“But then, Fela now died. And he [Dr. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti] said he is going to announce that Fela had AIDS.

“We quarrelled with him. The whole family started talking to us, ‘it’s not good to lie, people are still going to discover.’ So, reluctantly, we agreed.

“But I have to say it now, I think it was the best decision that my uncle made. If he had not announced it, till now they [journalists] will still be doing underground ‘what killed Fela?’”

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Davido, Tiwa Savage, Osimehn, Others To Receive National Honours




The Federal Government is set to award some Nigerian entertainment personalities with National Honours for their significant contributions to the country.

Naija News understands that President Muhammadu Buhari would confer the awards to the business mogul at an award ceremony scheduled to hold in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, made this known in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja.

Some of the prominent singers and entertainment personalities who would receive national honours include Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen; David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido; Tiwatope Savage, also known as Tiwa Savage, Richard Ayodeji Makun, popularly known as AY Makun; Kunle Afolayan; and Bayo Omoboriowo.

While Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Afolayan will be awarded the Officer of the Order of The Niger (OON), Osimehn, Makun and Omoboriowo will be conferred with Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).

List Of Nigerian Business Moguls To Receive National Honours

Some Nigerian businessmen have been nominated by the Federal Government to receive National Honours for their significant contributions to the country.

Some of the prominent business moguls who would receive national honours include the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Herbert Wigwe, Nigerian billionaire, Terry Waya; Economist and member of the Presidential Transition Committee (PTC), Wale Edun; co-founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and the Chairperson of Avon Medical Practice Limited, Awele Elumelu; and President of Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo.

Others are the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of De Chico Investments Limited, Chief Benson Madubuko; President and CEO of Erisco Foods Ltd, Chief Eric Umeofia; Dr Teslim Adekunle Sanusi, and Chairman of BISWAL Limited, Adebisi Abidemi Adebutu, among others.

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