Nnamdi Azikiwe University Students’ Invent Quad Copter Drone

The Quad copter (drone) invented by a group of three students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state who had the flair in going into invention and leaves a legacy for humanity. Bernard Okeke who spoke on the invention worked with other colleagues, Obi Chijioke Stanley and Ekeh Vincent in 2015 to invent the drone.

The challenges were many, particularly financial problem. The materials needed were to be imported from abroad and some of the components were a brushless D.C motor, flight controller, electronic speed controller (ESC), radio transmitter and receiver and LiPo (Lithium polymer battery 3 cell and 12 volts) cost about N220, 000. Also we spent about N5, 000 on the locally sourced materials like one-quarter plywood for the frame, plastic covering for the flight controller.

Bernard Okeke said the first work as fruitless, in the sense that some of the components used were not compatible with themselves electronically. Another challenge was the time frame, considering the time of importation to finishing which wasted our time because we could not replace such components easily.   Inventors in the country lack the financial capacity to buy materials and receive no support from the government. They have no means to run around to gather items to be used.

We had no testing machine to check each component like how fast it could be in the air (aero dynamics) etc., and it has no in-built camera, which is very expensive to acquire.
I need more research work to get a material that is light and strong for the frame (body). I expect parts like motors, propellers, flight controls etc to be produced here in Nigeria to reduce the cost of production and advance to a Quad copter that lift human beings.

This machine works on the principle of radio transmitter  - radio receiver - flight control - electronic speed controller - brushless D C motors (with propellers attached)- it lifts up or takes off. It attains a height of about 300metres; with a 2.5 GH radio frequency range.

This invention can be used in the areas of providing security, cinematography, journalism and so many imaginable things with cameras placed at a height.  This invention can take Nigeria to the next level in our nation’s quest for technological development.

Many people have shown interest in the invention, especially when we participated at the Anambra state exhibition in Awka recently. We carried out demonstration on how it works, some people interviewed us and promised to help project our work, but we are yet to hear from them. I appeal to Nigerians to assist inventors in order to encourage progress and development in industry and technology.

Korede; The Belloved Prince Of Mavin

After three years of thrilling fans with his hit singles, Mavin Records singer Korede Bello has officially released his debut album Belloved. The singer recently announced the album with a post of the album cover art and an official statement on his Instagram page.
   The message read thus: “Dearly Belloved, It is with an incredibly gladdened heart I write this to you. It’s been 3 years since I got signed – 3 years of sweet memories, and accomplishments that have led to this moment. Finally, My Debut Album Belloved is ready. I worked real hard to ensure each of them is a masterpiece; a body of work that would still be relevant in the coming decade. Because of you I am #Belloved. Listen and be blessed.”

   The 11-track album boasts an eclectic list of some of the most celebrated producers Nigeria has ever produced such as Don Jazzy, Cobhams, Altims and Baby Fresh.
  “It feels like having a child or getting married I guess; I don’t know what any of those experiences look like, but I can liken it to that. Whenever they search my name, the album would be reckoned with me. This is my first album ever and it means a lot to me. I’ve put in a lot of work and I’m really excited about the outcome; the reviews have been very positive. Let me say I expected nothing less actually,” Korede said in an interview with The Guardian.
    Ever since Korede made the tweet announcing his album release, endorsements have continued to pour in, with reviews from music critics. Particularly, the tweet from Wizkid made the day for young Korede.

   “I mean, it was barely 24 hours after we released the album; in the morning, I just saw a Wizkid notification. He tweeted the album and I could see from the caption that it was something he’s genuinely excited about. He literarily listened to every song and he appreciated it; he really loved the album and that was what excited me most. Prior to that time, he’s one of my guys I respect his craft, but I never told him to help me promote anything; there was nothing like that. And seeing that from him is a big deal that, ‘oh, this is a good work, I should be confident about it,” he enthused.

   Just recently, Korede Bello performed at the Wazobia FM Carnival where he thanked the radio station for setting the tone for his music career by putting his first ever single, I Love Naija, on air.

   “It’s inexplicable; the feeling was new. It was something I had never felt before because I’m a big fan on the radio. Though it’s a patriotic track, hearing my song on radio felt so real, I was like, ‘yoo, that’s me singing.’ I was excited, dancing around the house, calling everybody that cares to know that my song was playing on radio. And it wasn’t just played once; Yaw kept playing it back to back. I felt like a superstar already, I felt like this thing can actually come through. It was part of what gave the drive to keep pushing,” he revealed.

   Largely, the airplay from radio station such as Wazobia FM, to a large extent, paved the way for the first ever meeting between Korede and MAVIN Record boss Don Jazzy in 3013.

   “After 2010, I released a few more singles; I was relatively popular within my own world, I had some fans. Then, one of my beloved helpers connected me to someone that knew Don Jazzy; the person was very passionate about me and about helping me to the next level. So, I got connected to Don Jazzy via that person,” he narrated.

     Meeting Don Jazzy was a big deal for young Korede Bello, who saw that as an opportunity to widen his fan base.

   “He invited me and my manager to the studio; different people spoke to him about me. He went on and listened to some of my stuffs and said, ‘hmm, some little breath of fresh air.’ We did something like a mini interview, just to get to know me. He was actually singing my song word for word the first time I met him,” he enthused.

    Though joining MAVIN was a big deal, Korede’s hit single Godwin seems to be the magic behind his instant success in the showbiz industry.

    “I think, maybe you are using the wrong word; it was miracle not magic because, God was involved every step of the way,” he said, adding, ‘till date, I can’t explain how this song has catapulted me and my band; how it has opened doors for me, especially the way people perceive. To be honest, I didn’t put limit as to how big the song was going to be because, I knew that this one is a ‘God project’ and there’s no limit to how God can take it,” he said.

  However, it seems the artiste had inkling on how big the track would eventually become.
  “I actually had a dream; I saw Evangelist Ebenezer Obey and he was listening to a radio and they were playing a commercial music, he was in a car. I didn’t know what it meant, but days after we did Godwin, I now remembered, ‘Oh my God…’ that was the meaning of the dream; I was going to have a gospel like song in a commercial way. It just clicked to me that God blessed me with Godwin; it was everywhere,” he noted.

  He continued: “The idea was to make it a song that everybody can relate to; so, Muslims, Christians, young old, elderly, corporate world, political sphere. I’ve performed it before presidents; I’ve performed it in the house of God. That was a big song and very overwhelming as well.”
   In most cases, making a hit as an artiste becomes a challenge when it’s time for follow up. For Korede Bello, it wasn’t different.

    “The thing about having a hit is that you don’t know when time goes bye, especially when it’s very good and takes you everywhere that you don’t have time to about follow up. There were some controversies that surrounded me performing the song in church; so, attention is on me now, like what am I going to put out? That was the only pressure,” he said. 

   In the end, Korede and his label settled for Somebody Great featuring Asa.
   “I had recorded so many songs, but which of these songs now will be follow up to Godwin? However, we knew it had to be positive; it had to be in line with the good boy brand. Fortunately for me, I’m naturally a good person and I like to inject positivity into my music. So, Somebody Great just happened to be the perfect follow up,” he said.

  On the choice of album title, he explained, “I look at myself sometimes, and I’m like, “I don’t think I’m the most talented person in the world; I don’t think I’m the finest person in the world. There are people, who are more talented; there are people, who are better looking than I am, there are people, who even love God than I do. But He loves me and He has made the people love me. I think that’s really what this is; it’s not about my talent or my looks, it’s about love. God loving and the fans loving me for who I am, that’s why I decided to title it Beloved. 

Video: Mayorkun – 'Sade'

The visual for the rich afro-pop/highlife fusion was shot by the award-winning Clarence Peters at the spectacular Kajuru Castle, Kaduna.

Music: Mayorkun – 'Sade'

DMW star Mayorkun drops a massive pop anthem titled “Sade”, as his first outing in 2017; after his contribution to “Prayer” with Davido.

Mayorkun was the ultimate Nigerian breakout artiste in 2016, winning the coveted “Rookie of the Year” award of the 2016 edition of the prestigious Headies award and was listed on MTV Africa’s 2017 List of New Artistes to Watch. The Masterkraft produced “Sade” joined his impressive discography with houses the smash “Eleko” and the Mr. Eazi aided ‘Love You Tire”.

Download, listen and enjoy.

New Music: Cocoice – 'Feeling Ma P'

Award-winning rapper, singer and Big Brother Naija 2017 housemateCocoIce is back with a new hot single titled “Feeling Ma P”. Basking in the euphoria of a beautiful outing at the ongoing reality show that has swept across the whole of Africa, the talented rapper is focused on giving her fast growing fan-base, a taste of things to come in 2017.
Best known for her sophomore hit singe “It’s Me” that gathered massive airplay across radio, TV and digital platforms, CocoIce has returned to the studio to put work into her forthcoming album and is set to launch a couple of other projects, one of which is a new radio show.
Download, listen and enjoy.

Cossy Ojiakor Tries To Expose A Reverend Father

Apart from her revealing stories calling out some actresses she connected to a rich man, she reposted a post by Freeze asking for an update on controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo. Cossy wrote;
“Don’t judge A book by its cover…. Story…. story. …story… Ok this is a one off… I had a girlfriend in university of Nigeria Enugu campus. She is very fair and super cute. Her name is Oge…. but I can’t mention her surname because it is the same with her uncle who is a reverend father….
We went to visit this Reverend father somewhere in Enugu state during the thanks-giving day… I ended up not going to church that day thou. Because I didn’t have something very covering to wear. Well I was by the window looking at the various activities going on in the church premises because the reverend fathers live within the church. Then this average dark man entered the room I was in. And grabbed me from behind…his hand rested on my bosom and he squeezed them…I have learnt my lesson never to fight off men when they are in need   …but to talk my way out peacefully…. Well… I did a good job…I accepted to come back for the action and he gave me money…. the money the type u know…the offering or can it be tithe paid by a church member that day… The way it was squeeze different denomination of cash. As seen in offering boxes. There goes the hopes and prayers made by some poor church goers…well … I took the money…. I spent it in school but never went back…. For this I will never mention the reverend father’s name…I told my oge about this. She said the Reverend father have girlfriends and even kids. Well. Sweeties… For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God… God said. ALL …he did not exclude PASTORS and REVEREND FATHERS.. They are just men. The are weak. They are tempted by evil and sometimes they fall. Let’s pray for them… They need deliverance too. ….   From angelic faces and useless bitches and Delilah that have sold their conscience. Me I still have conscience so I will make heaven by Gods grace.”  

Davido - Sony Music Tried To Change My Sound And I Fought

Davido opened up on a little in-house fight at Sony Music. The singer has currently taken the spot from Runtown to own the biggest song ‘IF’ in Africa.

The DMW boss on instagram explained that the Sony Music executives tried to change his sound to appeal to a global audience. This came in as he shared a video of American singer Omarion singing along to his smash hit ‘IF’. He also in his post revealed he fought to be allowed to stick to his culture and sound.

He said;

“The bro @1omarion feeling da ‘IF’ vibes! All last year, they tried to change my sound .. Saying staying true to my culture wouldn’t work for me outside Africa!

This year I fought and pleaded for ‘them’ to allow me make the music I know how to make and now see what’s happened!!