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Music Ended My Teaching Career : Niniola

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Niniola Apata is many things weaved into one. Known for her energetic dance moves, the 32- year-old musician tells ERIC DUMO why she left the teaching profession for the entertainment industry.

You were born and raised in Lagos, what was that early period of your life like?

It was so much fun as I was raised in the same house with my brothers, sisters, cousins and others. We played pranks, engaged ourselves in fights, laughed and did several other things together. It was fun.

You attended a secondary school owned by your father. How was it like studying there?

My late father owned the school. With the way my father brought us up, there was no special treatment as he was a disciplinarian and wouldn’t accept anything less. So, as it was his school, he was still very firm with us.

Looking back today, what aspects of your childhood would you say you miss the most?

I guess that will be the good times I had with my father because I was his favorite child and I got all I wanted. No one could ever lay a finger on me back in those days.

Before embracing music, what ambitions did you nurse?

I worked as a teacher for a while. I taught during my teaching practice at Clegg Girls Secondary School, Lagos and I had so much fun with the girls before going to my dad’s school where I became a supervisor for a couple of years before music eventually took hold of me.

Were there any kind of objections from your parents and other family members when you decided that you wanted to do music as a career?

Well, you know back then every parent wanted their kid to be a banker, lawyer, engineer, etc., so there was some kind of objection from my mother. But when she realized that I wasn’t backing down, she had to support me.

What inspires your kind of music?

Well, naturally I am a ballad singer but for the love I have for dancing, I decided to do dance music. But once in a while, I cater to my RnB fans.

For my music, I get inspiration from other people’s experiences, ‘gist’ from my friends or my own experiences.

As an undergraduate, how much of social activities like parties did you engage in? Or were you the type that stuck to books?

Well, a lot of people don’t know that I am an introvert. So, as a result of this, I never really partied or hung out. Most of the time, I was into my books.

So you still consider yourself to be an introvert?

Yes, I am still an introvert but people don’t know because they see me on stage dancing and doing all that. But after that, I am back to my cave.

At what point did you first have a real love relationship?

I guess that was when I was in university.

Are you considering marriage anytime soon or taking your time to toe that path?

My private life stays private.

How do you pamper yourself when you have the time to do so?

I only do that whenever I am outside the country because I have a level of freedom there.

For you, what does a typical weekend look like?

I am a boring person, so if I am not cooking, playing games on my phone or making wigs, I would be sleeping or recording a song.

How often do you shop for new fashion items?

Anytime I get the time to or whenever I see new stuff that I like.

Between mobile gadgets and jewellery, which are you a fan of the most?

Jewellery, of course.

Are there favourite destinations you love to spend your holidays?

Well, I like to visit anywhere with great scenery, that is peaceful and quiet.

What local Nigerian cuisine can’t you do without tasting in a week?

None really because I don’t like to eat the same things every time.

Do you still find the time to go into the kitchen to prepare a special meal for yourself?

Yes, I do. I cook every day.

What type of cars do you have a flair for the most?

I like sport-utility vehicles. I like SUVs because of space; they give me room to turn the back to another makeup/dressing room.

Was there any specific advice that your parents gave you that has lived with you till this day?

Yes, they told me to always be satisfied with what I have.

What are the things you think fame has robbed you of?

Nothing actually because I am still the same person and I still do anything I want to do.

What do you do to keep fit and maintain your amazing shape?

I watch what I eat and I work out regularly especially upper body exercises.

Do you have a stylist that dresses you or do you do that yourself?

Most of the time, I dress myself but sometimes I engage a stylist to have a second look or opinion.

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Mz Dru Leaves EIB Network, Inks New Contract With MX24 TV

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After two years of being with EIB Network’s GhOne TV and LiveXtra, British Born Ghanaian radio and TV presenter and Event host Drusilla Lartey popularly known by her stage name Mz Dru have landed a new media deal with MX24 TV.

The ‘Hostess with the Mostess’ is currently a staff of MX 24 a new television station in Ghana starting up with some industry household names. She is no more with EIB Network’s GhOne TV and LiveXtra.

According to the ever bubbling media personality, her reasons for leaving EIB Network was purely for growth. She said “Change is learning. Learning is growing. Growing is living. So live. Change is good because you have the opportunity to embrace new experiences. New perspectives are waiting for you at the doorstep. Opportunities are plentiful. When you look back on your life, all of them really amazing things are because of the new experience you had. I had the best life at EIB Network, I learned a lot and I really appreciate everyone who made me enjoy the moment on TV and radio”

She expresses how she loved her Rhythmz live family on GhOne TV and her LiveXtra radio ‘LBC listeners as she was also the breakfast club host. Mz Dru hopes to get back to the radio very soon but for now, is focusing on delivering excellent content on TV and on her YouTube channel.

Mz Dru who doubles as a voice-over artist’s aim is to bring a breath of fresh air to the lifestyle and entertainment in Ghana with her outgoing personality, free spirit, and boldness Mz Dru is nothing but herself

About Mz Dru

She started her career in the UK just after university on Bang radio is now known as the Beat London as a co-host of the drive time show. She also hosted numerous live events such as Miss Ghana UK and Burna Boys UK concert in the O2 as well as a red carpet for The Ghana Music Award U.K, Black Women In Excellence Awards, and many more.

Mz Dru recently relocated to Ghana last year in November in the hope of seeing what media in Ghana was like as well as an escape from the monotonous London lifestyle and is currently hosting a radio show called Girl Code on Live FM. She also co-hosted ‘Live from the Capital’ with JKD at the same station. She co-hosted ‘Rythmz Live’ ‘Rhythmz Top 10 Countdown’ on GhOne TV and Live Breakfast Club (LBC) on LiveXtra.

She is a brand ambassador for Mensdo Bissap, Liona Nails, Chriselle Hair, and beauty spa in East Legon

Her hosting skills earned her a spot as the red carpet host for the prestigious Rhythms on the Runway at the Osu castle and Ghana Event Awards. She’s got quite a number of school tours coming up.

Her unique flair and voice do not only make her different but also outstanding as an on-air and in-person media personality. Other than TV and Radio Mz Dru documents her life in Ghana on social media, mainly Instagram and YouTube. At times she experiences the life of a typical Ghanaian whether it’s selling plantain or Waakye on the roads, going motorbiking in Ada down to candle making.

Mz Dru’s mission is to empower, inspire and motivate others to do the things they are passionate about, whilst living their best lives”

She believes that she is a vessel that other brands can work with to influence the new generation positively. Mz Dru is committed to the advancement of youth brands with her free-spirited personality.

It’s impossible to not break into laughter with Mz Dru around and her infectious energy. We believe that Mz Dru, in just under a year is already making waves in the media industry and truly is one to watch out for.

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Meet The Nigerian Pastor Who Predicted Laycon Winner Of Bbnaija Lockdown Back In July

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The General Overseer of SRI Wealthy Nations Ministry Abuja, Pastor Prince Dickson, is now taking all the plaudits for predicting accurately that Olamilekan Agbeleshe, aka Laycon as the winner of the BBNaija season 5 from the first day of BBNaija Lockdown.

Back in July when he made the prediction, he was called out for dabbling in worldly stuff while others challenged the authenticity of his prophecy given that the show has nothing to do with Christianity. Well, his prediction has been fulfilled after Laycon beat Dorathy, Nengi, Vee, and Neo to win the ultimate.

Laycon was one of the 19 housemates who battled for the grand prize of N85M and has been announced the winner of the BBNaija Lockdown.

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I Still Love You : 2020 #BBNaija Winner, Laycon’s Married Ex-Girlfriend

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On Sunday, 27th September 2020, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as Laycon won the 2020 Big Brother Naija Lockdown Season.

The talented rapper/singer beat 19 other housemates to win the coveted N85million worth of prizes after spending 71 days in the Big Brother house and entertaining millions of viewers across Africa.

Now here comes the fun part. The ex-girlfriend of Laycon who is now married has professed her undying love to Laycon moments after he won the season.

According to the lady who shared her plight on social media, she dated Laycon for 5 years when he was a struggling music artist with no future and they went through thick and thin together.

She supported his music career and did all she could to make sure he succeeds but it was just not working. She even fed him with her own little earnings. In the end, she had to dump him and marry another man.

Again when she found out Laycon had made it to the BBNaija house for the 2020 season, she supported him with all she has. She bought credit cards and voted him and campaigned massively for him to win.

This is all because she really still loves him and her husband even knows her love for Laycon is simply unbreakable. She claims Laycon promised to marry her 5 years ago and he wants her to remember all that she sacrificed for him.

BBNaija 2020 winner Laycon's ex-girlfriend claims she still loves him

BBNaija 2020 winner Laycon's ex-girlfriend claims she still loves him

Wonders shall never end…lol

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