What are you currently up to?
I have a new song out there titled, ‘That kind Thing’. It’s enjoying massive rotation in radio stations and TV. The video is also available online for viewing. It was directed and shot by unlimited LA. My ex- girlfriend is the inspiration behind my latest single, ‘That Kind Thing’. She made me feel like I’m the luckiest guy in the world. We don’t talk anymore but I still feel the same way about her.
Why the name, Doggext?
‘Doggext’ is a fusion of the names of two of my favourite rappers while growing up, Snoop Dogg and DMX. ‘DoggX’ seem unserious, so I added ‘E’ before X and ‘T’ after X. But on a more serious note, Doggext is also from the world ‘Doggedness’; it describes my personality. I’m quite persistent when I want anything and I don’t relent until I get it. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon but I’m also not catered for in a poor environment either. I was raised to appreciate and love anything and everything that life offers me. I chose Doggext because it sounds African even though the spelling might suggest otherwise. Doggext defines me as an artiste.
Tell us more about yourself?
Myself as Jamiu Bolarinwa is not the best spokesperson for Doggext but if I must, I’ll say Doggext is a fun character. He’s energetic, lively and an all-round entertainer. Doggext can rap; actually he’s a versatile rapper and can sing but dancing is not one of them.
How was your growing up days?
Growing up for me was extremely exciting. I grew up in two extreme socioeconomic backgrounds. I grew up in a lot of places but Mushin is the place that puts a mark on the person that I’ve become. I went to a boarding school, so I learned a lot of things on my own or with my friends. I had a lot of adventures. I hung out with the ‘Agbole’ boys in Mushin and chilled with the ‘Ajebutters’ in school. I have lived a good life and I do say so myself.
What was your parents’ reaction when they first realised your passion for music?
There was none. Don’t forget I was raised to take my own responsibility as a human being serious. I don’t know what Pops think about it but I know my Mom knows my song, ‘That Kind Thing’ from the top to the end even if she’s just humming the sound. You know how mommies can be with their star boy.
When exactly did music start for you professionally and how has it been since then?
Music has always been professional to me but I’m still learning the game, still a work in progress. I got interested in rap from listening to Ray Power. Shout out to RayPower, Rhythm and Cool FM for giving young Nigerians of my generation a different style of music without losing our African core. The journey has been acoustically challenging and rewarding at the same time. I love music.
How would you describe your style of music?
I would say indescribable, indefinable and unstoppable. Wait till you get used to hearing me on every sound wave platform. I just want to do music and categorize myself as an Afro Hip Hop; we Africans are the best at doing it for the culture. I just want to do music that people can vibe to on an international level. What inspires your writing when it comes to writing the lyrics for your songs? Conversations with my friends and partners, Gidi Boys and things happening around me are what I write about. That’s the only way I know and that’s keeping it 100 percent to me.
What’s in the kitchen for your fans?
Well, a whole lot of different lyrical sauces. There are freestyles, major artiste collaborations, and different sounds from the universe. I have a trap beat inspired single in the works as well.
Staying over a decade in the United States, what influence did it have on your music or career?
I can’t tell how that is affecting me yet but if anything, it should put me in a corner all by myself because I talk different and my swag is different. So definitely a decade in the United States should make me a different breed of rapper and artist.
Any plans to relocate back to the country home in future?
The jury is still out on that. I love Yankee just as much as I love Nigeria so they are both home to me for now.
What’s the level of acceptance of African music on the international scene?
The level is massive! We go to clubs in the United States or United Kingdom these days jamming to Nigerian songs on the dance floor and the DJ has no clue where Nigeria is on the map but he’ll tell you that he loves Nigerian songs. A Caucasian sent me ‘Pana’ by Tekno because she thinks I’d love it not knowing that the singer is a Nigerian like me too. International market gave Ayo Jay a chance to be Ayo Jay. That’s an example of how far we have come. How about Swizz and Drake working with Wizkid or Snyder signing Nigerian artistes these days? African music is here to stay.
What are the other things you are into apart from music?
I’m into social work and advocacy for equal rights; I provide services in the health care field. I’m a Human Rights Officer and these are things away from music.
What’s your take on the baby mama trend among entertainers, especially Nigeria?
That’s funny, trend for real? That trend phased out in the United States like 2012. It’s not new to me. Nigerians are just getting more stories about their favourite artistes having kids out of wedlock lately. I don’t see it as negative or positive.
What extreme do you go with your female fans?
Say what? I appreciate my fans big time and I’m not the type that ‘shows himself’. But I go as far as saying ‘thank you’ for their comments.
Where do you see yourself, five years from now?
I see myself on top of the world, doing things that I used to dream of. Living life like the living should you know that kind thing?
What do you to say to your fans and loyalists from around the world?
Keep your headphones charged and dancing shoes available. Download, share, tweet, and post all your favourite Doggext songs and videos. Let’s show the world that Doggext has the best fans in the world.
Meet newly fortified Nollywood actresses
It’s said life begins at 40 and this is aptly so for some of our top actresses who reached that age recently. These beautiful ladies have made remarkable achievements in their journey as Nollywood thespians as most of them started acting when they were so young. ABIOLA ALABA PETERS brings to you top actresses who recently turned 40 with various movies, awards and endorsements to show for it
On February 15, 2018, busty screen diva, Foluke Daramola turned 40. She is still looking very sexy and exudes glamour anywhere she appears. She has used her poise to win several awards and endorsement deals with major brands in the country. The proud and beautiful mother recently shared lovely birthday photos and also celebrated with people with Down syndrome and the Blind People’s Home with a photo-documentary series. According to her, she will be using the series as a reposition on all forms of abuses and menace in the society through her non-governmental organisation, Passion Against Rape and Abuse Africa. “I feel so moved to tears, with my birthday celebration everywhere. I thank everyone that has been celebrating me and all my family and friends; thanks so very much for the celebration, may celebration never depart from your lives, God bless you all abundantly for the love, I feel really loved and special for all the show of love”. Foluke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife with a degree in International Relations.
Funke Akindele Bello
Award winning actress, Funke Akindele Bello turned 40 on August 24, 2017. The ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ star was treated to a surprise birthday celebration by her husband, hip-hop singer and producer, Rasheed-Bello aka JJC skillz. It was a star-studded celebration, as family, friends, and colleagues stormed their Amen Estate home. Funke, who is one of the most sought after Nigerian actresses on Google, could not hide her joy as she took to her Instagram to thank everyone that made her day memorable. Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde Bello was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was first noticed on screen after featuring in popular United Nations series on Aids/HIV, ‘I Need to Know’, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. She rose to stardom, through her produced movies, ‘Return of Jenifa’. Funke Akindele has over a hundred movies to her credit as an actress, writer and producer.
Omotola Jalade Ekehinde
Popularly known as Omo Sexy. Omotola is not just another actress but a proud mother of four. Omotola got married to her husband who is a pilot at the age of 18 and ever since she has been a super actress and mum to her four children. The Ondo State-born multiple-award winning actress, who also doubles as singer got ‘fortified’ on February 7, 2018. She celebrated her special day with a five-day long list of events. The United Nations Ambassador was also rumoured to have spent a whopping sum of N15 million for her birthday celebration. Omotola is one of the very few entertainers who is quite an icon when it’s comes to fashion. Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actress in Africa. In 2013, she was honoured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
The Edo State-born actress surely knows how to make 40 look so sexy! Although there have been so many controversies around her; from a messy divorce with her husband of many years to the controversial red dress she wore to celebrate her 40th birthday, the newly ‘fortified’ damsel took to her social media page on her 40th birthday to reveal how happy and fulfilled she is, “Today I witness the unfolding of a new chapter in my life and I’m very grateful for this. For many years I have looked forward to the day I will turn 40 and now I am happy it has finally come”. Mercy Aigbe is a household name in Nollywood, especially in the Yoruba genre of the film industry. The Benin, actress has one of the sexiest bodies in the industry despite having two children. She graduated from the University of Lagos.
Iyabo Ojo is one sexy Nollywood actress who has successfully carved a niche for herself in the make-believe world. The proud mother of two is one of the few actresses who have tried to stay off controversies. Iyabo is a powerful lady who has been able to mesmerise men even at the ripe age of 40. Attractive and industrious, the single mother is as hot as ever. Iyabo Ojo is an actress who started her career as far back as 1998. She made her debut in a Nollywood movie but later crossed into the Yoruba genre. She is an A-list actress and producer and has featured in over 150 movies. Born in Lagos, Nigeria but hails from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, South-western Nigeria. She obtained her West Africa School Certificate at National College, Gbagada in Lagos before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a Diploma certificate in Estate Management.
Deji Doherty lays father to rest in style
Engineer Deji Doherty is known to different people for various things. While the dude is cherished by some for his business acumen which has helped him succeed in whatever he puts his hands, the chubby and tiny voiced power dresser to others is a man who deserves to be held in high esteem in his constituency as a politician who stands for his people.
While it is an established fact that this handsome politician is highly concerned about the wellbeing of the people, the PDP Chieftain, it has been discovered is also passionate about his father. The father, at the ripe age of 84, after a brief illness passed on.
The former Lagos State governorship aspirant said he was so close to his father that he didn’t believe he had passed on until when he and his brother took the corpse to the morgue. After several weeks of planning and burial arrangement, the deceased was committed to mother earth penultimate weekend.
With the status of the deceased as well as that of his children who are all doing very well in their various fields of endeavour, Pa Doherty could not have asked for more if it was possible as the burial process which took place both in Ibadan and Lagos was nothing short of a befitting burial. Pa Julius Adetunji Doherty,
from popular Lagos family was a medical doctor and successful businessman.
Hot bespoke Asoebi styles
Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.
At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!
The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.
So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.
Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.
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