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Kwam 1 finally addresses rift with ex-drummer Ayanlowo



Wasiu Ayinde, the Fuji singer fondly called Kwam 1, has finally addressed his rift with Kunle Ayanlowo, his former drummer.

Ayanlowo recently alleged that Kwam 1 was fond of treating his band members like “slaves”.

The instrumentalist claimed he “achieved nothing” while working under the Fuji singer for over three decades.

Ayanlowo, who left the Fuji singer in October 2022, also asked the public to hold the ace singer responsible should any harm befall him.

Kwam 1 had earlier refused to address the allegations.

But speaking with journalists at his Mayegun Resort in Ìjẹ̀bú Ode, Ogun, the Fuji star denied Ayanlowo’s allegations.

Ayinde also shared his side of the story on his rift with Ayanlowo. The singer said he “single-handedly” formed his band,” adding that the initial sharing formula with members was 60/40.

Kwam 1 said as time went on, he adjusted the sharing formula to 40/60 due to the burgeoning size of his music band.

He explained that whenever they perform at an event, he takes 30 percent of the cut while his band members receive 50 percent. 10 percent of his cut and that of his band go to their management.

The singer also spoke about the years-long financial challenges he faced and his “numerous sacrifices” to ensure the smooth running of the band.

“You know how many things I have overlooked in my life to be able to keep a band working? I never can say how many times I have gone to borrow money to finance my band’s trip,” he said.

“From inception, the agreement between me and my group was 60/40. 40 percent to them because they were not many then. Maybe about nine of them. But when they were becoming larger, getting to 14, 15 there was an adjustment of money conditions. I said okay 50/50.

“It is a sole band. I have the grace of God to be able to be someone that is contented. Do you know how many times I have sold my things to fund my band?”

“In my band now I have like 27 or 28. You can imagine.”

Giving an illustration of the sharing formula, Kwam 1 said: “For instance, if we make N10 million from a show, I take only N3 million. and I pay my security details from the N3 million”.

Wasiu also referred to Ayanwolo as a “troubleshooter” who “complains too much”. The singer said due to the drummer’s troubles, he has left the band on several occasions.

The musician said about seven people have apologised to him on behalf of Ayanlowo to reinstate him in the band.

“Like Ayankunle has been a former member of the band. He has been a troubleshooter. He has gone and come back on several occasions. I will tell you, of all my bandmen, he is the only member that over seven times people have come to beg for to restore. Ayankunle that you see complains too much,” he said.

He also alleged that instrumentalists once absconded from the band when they travelled to England to perform in the 90s.

Kwam 1 claimed Ayanlowo’s “dubious act” was eventually uncovered at the British Embassy after overstaying in the city.

“Ayankunle that is complaining that we tore his passport, let me tell you his story. He ran away from the band in England while we were on tour in the 90s. He ran away from the band with his passport. Together with him and another two members of the band. And we came back to Nigeria,” the singer said.

“After overstaying in London, he now gave the passport to somebody to renew it at the embassy. They took the passport, changed the head, and put another person’s head. When they got to the embassy, they discovered that the interview they did for that one did not tally with the visas in the passport. They now asked the person he sent to tell the owner of the passport to come and collect it. Ayankunle’s passport is inside the British embassy.

“This is a man I did the passport for. He cannot write and read. I did everything for him. He ran away with the passport, how come you that ran away with the passport claimed it is with me?”


Juliana Olayode reveals how Funke Akindele emptied her bank account to save her mother from Fibroid




Nollywood actress, Juliana Olayode has recounted how her senior colleague and boss, Funke Akindele emptied her bank account to save her mother’s life.

In the wake of claims that Funke Akindele doesn’t treat her staff right, Juliana debunked it as she made it known that Funke is the reason her mother is still alive after battling Fibroid.

In a lengthy post on his Instagram page, Juliana showered encomium on Funke as she recalled how the movie star emptied her account to make sure her mother was taken to a private hospital and treated immediately. She noted how the movie star does a lot of good for people, yet doesn’t post it for publicity.

Juliana added that Funke has worked hard to be where she is today and God backed her up. Raining prayers for her and her children, she wrote,

“Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaa @funkejenifaakindele
Olufunke Omo Akindele, the one who the Lord delights in.
The apple of God’s eyes, the one who has found favor in the sight of God, the one whom God has clothed with so much grace and glory, the one whom God has enthroned!!!! The one whose path is like a shining light, the one whose light can not be dimmed!

Olufunke Omo Akindele, the one who has gone through fire and came out without smelling like smoke, is a strong woman, a resilient woman, an Amazon, a phenomenal woman, a pacesetter, a record breaker, and a good woman.

My mum would have died of fibroid years ago, had you not emptied your account to make sure that she was taken to a private hospital and treated immediately.

You do a lot of good but you don’t post about it, you don’t do it for publicity, a lot of people are on your payroll, and you have done so much that an Instagram caption would not be enough to talk about it.

You have worked so hard to be where you are and God backed you up. You will never fall and you will never fail, the mighty hand of God will continue to carry you for the rest of your life.
You, your children, and everything that concerns you is covered by God!!!!


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J Cole apologises to Kendrick Lamar over diss track




J Cole, the US rapper, has apologised for recording a diss track aimed at Kendrick Lamar, his colleague.

Last year, Cole, on the song ‘First Person Shooter’, had suggested that he, Drake and Lamar were the current “big three” names in hip-hop.

Lamar, however, disagreed with Cole. In his verse on the song ‘Like That’, he said there was “no big three — it’s just big me”.

He went on to call Cole’s best verses insubstantial — “a light pack” — and claimed he was the “Prince to Drake’s Michael Jackson”.

In response to Lamar, Cole released a song titled ‘7 Minute Drill’ wherein he said Lamar has “fallen off like The Simpsons”.

In the track, he also described ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, Lamar’s latest album, as “tragic”.

Speaking on Sunday at the Dreamville Festival in North Carolina, Cole apologised for his “lame” and “goofy” response.

He said he had gotten “a thousand missed calls” and felt pressured to write a comeback.

Cole said since releasing the song, he has “felt terrible”, nearly had a relapse, and could “no longer sleep well at night”.

He praised Lamar, calling him “one of the greatest”, and hoped he was not offended by the track.

Cole would later promise that ‘7 Minute Drill’ will be “removed” from all streaming services.
“I’m so proud of my latest project, ‘Might Delete Later,’ except for one part. One part of that made me feel like it is the lamest sh*t I ever did in my life,” he said.

“They said it is war time and wanted to see blood. I was conflicted because I know my heart and how I feel about these two nig**s that I’ve been blessed to even stand beside in this game.

“In trying to get this music out, I moved in a way that made me feel spiritually bad. That sht doesn’t sit right with my spirit. That sht disrupts my peace.

“How many people think Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest to ever to pick up a microphone? You all love Kendrick Lamar, correct? As do I.

“I want to publicly say that was the lamest and goofiest sh*t I’ve ever done. I pray that Lamar didn’t feel any kind of way. And if he did, I got my chin out. Take your best shot, I’ll take that on the chin.”

The trio have dominated the rap genre since the 2010s, with Lamar winning 17 Grammys, Drake five, and Cole two.

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UBA introduces first of its kind scan to resolve complaint portal




Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has unveiled a Quick Response solution code, called the ‘Scan to Resolve Complaint’ Portal with code  aimed at enhancing satisfaction and swiftly addressing customers’ disputes.

The first of its kind innovative platform marks another significant step by the bank to revolutionise customer service and streamline complaint resolution processes.

The ‘Scan to Resolve complaint’ portal is a QR-code-based,-portal conceptualised by the bank to proffer timely solution to customers’-challenges, without them having to visit the bank or branch.

With the portal, a variety of concerns including challenges around failed transactions will be quickly resolved from the comfort of their homes and business places.

UBA’s Head, Digital Banking, Olukayode Olubiyi, who spoke on the workings and benefits of the ‘Scan and Resolve Complaint’ portal explained that with the platform, difficulties with transactions on web, Point of sale machines (PoS) and Automated Teller Machines will immediately get responses and be treated within 72 hours.

“Our customers are at the heart of our business, that’s why we keep going the extra mile to constantly innovate in a bid to satisfy them. As the name implies, Scan and Resolve Complaint, is a solution driven portal which attends to complaints and issues of customers fast and promptly,” he explained.

He also disclosed that the portal is loaded with many benefits including ease of transactions, adding that “henceforth, customers are only required to scan and log in complaints while each complaint would be integrated into the portal register to make resolution seamless which also reduces customer hassles.”

According to Olubiyi, when these complaints are made, there will be an Instant verification process and notifications will be sent to customers while resolution will commence immediately with the overall aim to satisfy customer.

UBA’s Group Head, Customer Experience, Michelle Nwoga said the bank is always on the look-out to provide exceptional services to customers, and has over time developed various strategies to ensure that its service delivery is continuously upgraded to remain the bank of choice.

“UBA aims to provide the best value possible for its customers through a more interactive, user-friendly interface that will make countless opportunities available for the customers from the comfort of their homes,” she stated.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally.  Operating in 20 African countries and in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology

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