Epic Fail: Tiwa Savage, “The First Nigerian To Almost Win A Grammy”


I wander the corridors of the Internet for a living, so forgive me if I present you with bizaare pieces of Web paraphernalia every now and then.

The screenshot below was grabbed from Tiwa Savage’s YouTube account. Reflect on it for a minute.

Whoever typed the description (see above) for Tiwa’s Kele Kele Love video should have taken the time to do some research before foolishly making a bogus claim.

Consider the following facts:

1. Ageless jùjú performer King Sunny Adé was nominated for a Grammy Award twice in the Eighties. He was the first African to achieve that ‘feat’. Tiwa Savage was supposedly born in 1985.

2. Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti received Grammy nominations in 2003, 2010 and 2012.

3. Fantasia Barrino’s Back To Me received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album in 2010. Tiwa Savage co-wrote one song, Collard Greens & Cornbread, on that album. And that’s a claim to fame? Cool story.

What the heck does it even mean to “almost win a Grammy Award?” How is the degree of closeness to winning measured?

Go figure.

Screenshot via tiwasavageofficial

The Truth, Unfiltered: Watch ‘Fuelling Poverty’, The Powerful Short Film Banned By The Nigerian Government


Filmmaker Ishaya Bako sure has the Nigerian government in a tizzy. That’s because Bako has, with his documentary, Fuelling Poverty, kicked open a large can of worms. Crammed full of revelations about the inhuman underhandedness that led up to the massive Occupy Nigeria protests of January 2012 (and a cinematic account of the nationwide remonstrances), the sub-30-minute visual tell-all is President Goodluck Jonathan’s worst nightmare, captured on film in vivid colour.

From its rousing soundtrack featuring songs by Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti and singer-songwriter Asa, to the powerful deliberateness of the footage employed, there is no room for anyone to doubt that this is the story of Nigeria’s great fuel subsidy whooper, the story of the man on the street, and an artful stripping away of the coat of arms-emblazoned sheets that have long masked corruption in this once-great country. The truth couldn’t have been told any better.

P.S. A collaboration between writer/director Ishaya Bako and producer Oliver Aleogena, production of Fuelling Poverty was funded by The Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA). According to this report, the documentary has been banned by Nigeria’s federal government and Bako has been placed under security surveillance.