Chips Off The Old Blocks: Nigerian Entertainers Who Took After Their Fathers

Apart from the fame that comes with being an entertainer, entertainment has become big business everywhere in the world. In Nigeria’s entertainment industry, a crop of entertainers have risen to fame by building on the legacies of their fathers. Some of them come from families that have become known in particular sectors.
In this piece, Street Journal presents some of the entertainers who are truly chips off the old blocks.
Femi and Seun Anikulapo Kuti
Femi and Seun have however proved themselves to be worthy sons of the late Afrobeat genius, Fela Anikulapo Kuti .
Even before Fela passed on, Femi and his “Positive Force” had taken the Afrobeat scene by storm. He had quite a number of hits, one of which included “Check yourself” back then. Femi’s exploits did not surprise many; he had been a member of Fela’s band since the late 70s and was already exposed musically, having played with the Egypt 80 band in concerts outside Africa. By 1988, Femi was already an internationally recognized artiste.
With more than 30 years of playing, his mastery of the alto saxophone is unrivaled. Emotions got the better of many as Femi played one of his father’s tunes on the sax as Fela’s body was being lowered into the grave.
That his voice is featured in the video game, Theft Auto IV is another testimony of Femi‘s international acceptability. Femi’s numerous hits, including Sorry Sorry, Beng Beng Beng, Water No Get Enemy(remix) and Truth Don Die have fetched him three Grammy Award nominations.
His younger brother, Seun too has already carved a niche for himself as a musician. He too is a master saxophonist, having been used to it from childhood. Before he turned 10, he had already been singing with Fela’s band and often entertained before Fela mounted the stage in concerts. Seun who turned 30 earlier in the year now leads the Egypt 80 band He released his debut album, “Many Things” in 2008.
Tumininu and Laolu, who their fans now refer to as Vavavoom and Peeshaun hit the airwaves with “Ma yin e ni banger” which became an instant hit some time ago. That hit expressed their readiness to stamp their musical authority. Their father, Laolu Oguniyi was an Art Director at the University of London and he also lectured for some time at the Theater Arts Department in University of Ibadan.
He also produced quite a number of programmes, especially drama series for television back in the 1970s and 80s.

Darey Art Alade
Dare Art Alade is simply known as “Darey” in Nigeria’s entertainment circles. He shot himself into international reckoning when he took part in the 2004 edition of a reality show, Project Fame Academy, which gave him the opportunity of showcasing his talent before millions of people worldwide. He came third in the contest and since then, his popularity has continued to soar. By 2008, he was called upon to host the host Project Fame West Africa. He has a number of albums already and his hits like Fuji , Bani Kidi and Sisi Eko are very popular.
Darey’s dad, Art Alade was a famous jazz and highlife artiste back in the 1960s and 1970s. He also anchored The Bar Beach Show, which was popular on NTA then. Art Alade is mostly remembered for his distinct big baritone voice.
Laja Ogunde
Seeing him, one doesn’t need to be told that he is a son of the late Hubert Adedeji Ogunde. Like his father, Adelaja Ogunde has made a name for himself in acting. His first movie, “Edan” gave fans of the late thespian an assurance that Ogunde’s children are indeed capable of continuing with the legacy of their patriarch. Just like father did in Aiye, Jaiyesinmi and Ayanmo, Adelaja Ogunde plays roles that expound the triumph of good over evil.

Paul Play Dairo
For decades, Isaiah Kehinde Dairo, fondly called “Baba Aladura” dished out great tunes, most of which have become evergreen. Those who knew him well would remember his dexterity on the accordion, which was one of the things that distinguished his style of highlife music. His son, Paul started from where he stopped. After his remix of “Mo s’oriire”, one of his father’s hits, Paul Play has distinguished himself as an entertainer, a musician and producer all rolled into one.

Murphy, Muka & Lasun Ray Eyiwunmi
Murphy, Muka and Lasun Ray Eyiwunmi have all confirmed that they are able to hold their own in the Yoruba genre of Nollywood. Muka is known to be one of the popular Directors in the industry while Murphy and Lasun have come up with a number of great scripts. They are all sons of Ray Eyiwunmi, one of the most popular Yoruba actors of the 70s. He was popular as “Jagun Aseni”, one of the roles he interpreted with utmost brilliance.

Jeta Amata
Jeta directed the popular movie, “Amazing Grace” and that proved to be more than enough confirmation of what he is capable of doing as a Director. Jeta has followed the steps of his father, Zack Amata, only that the younger Amata took it a little further.
Zack has been around for a while; he featured in Behind The Clouds as well as a number of other TV series decades back. Incidentally, the Amatas have a history of acting, Jeta’s grandfather, John Amata was a veteran. He featured in “Freedom”, a film that was shot way back in the colonial era.

Peju Omobolanle
Peju Omobolanle (nee Ogunmola) comes from a family of actors. In his lifetime, her father, Kola Ogunmola was one of the greatest actors and his Ogunmola Theater Group was popular as a travelling theater group then. One of his popular plays, “Lanke Omu” an adaptation of which was the popular “Palm Wine Drinkard”.
She started acting at a very young age, having featured in a number of films produced on celluloid. Her late brother, Yomi was also a popular director. She is married to Sunday Omobolanle, better known in the film industry as “Aluwe”.

Tolu Obey
Tolu is the son of Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi. After the Chief Commander, as he was formerly known, announced his retirement from his well-liked Miliki brand of Juju music, Tolu took it upon himself to prevent Miliki from dying. He dishes out good tunes but the indelible marks of his father are not ones that can easily be surpassed.

Sola Kosoko
Sola is the first daughter of the former President of the Association of Nigerian Theater Practitioners (ANTP), Prince Jide Kosoko. Pretty and fair skinned Sola has featured in a number of home videos and has also produced one herself.

Musiliu Haruna Ishola
He brought Apala music back into reckoning with the release of his album “Soyoyo”. Musiliu introduced modern instruments to complement the sekere and talking drums which were the main instruments in any Apala band. Apart from the older generation that enjoyed such brad of music in the days of his late father, Alhaji Haruna Ishola, Musiliu made it attractive to younger people as well. He has been able to build himself a fan base that cuts across continents.

Sunkanmi Omobolanle
Sunkanmi, Aluwe’s son has become a popular face in Yoruba movies. He has proved his mettle and his brilliance as an actor has continued to earn him more roles.

Kunle Afolayan
After his big break in the movie Saworo Ide, Kunle Afolayan decided to leave banking for acting. Many of those who wondered why he took the decision then have already confirmed that it was indeed a step in the right direction. His “Irapada ” and “Figurine” are outstanding productions that attest to his status as an actor and director of international standard.
His late father, Ade Afolayan (Ade Love) was famous for his acting and musical abilities. His siblings, Moji and Aremu are also in the acting profession.

Femi Adebayo
Femi Adebayo is a man of many parts. He is a lawyer, an actor, a producer and director. He is the son of Adebayo Salami, fondly referred to as “Oga Bello” one of the longest standing Yoruba actors. Unknown to many, Oga Bello was the name of a character interpreted by Salami in the “Awada Kerikeri” series that was on television about four decades ago. The name stuck right from then.
Femi Adebayo too is not new in the movie industry, not many people knew that he was penciled down for a role in Tade Ogidan’s “Diamond Ring”, but the role was eventually taken by Teju “Babyface” Oyelakin because Femi had some exams to write during the production.
One of his recent efforts, Jelili goes a long way to show that he could also do well as a comedian.

Uche & Ajuzieogu Warrior
Uche and Aju are sons of Christogonous Ezebuiro Obinna better known as Sir Warrior, leader of the popular Oriental Brothers Band from the 1970s till he died in 1999. Though Sir Warrior did not allow his children to take to music as he wanted them to be educated, his children have chosen to continue from where he stopped. Their first performance was at their father’s wake keep in June 1999.
They followed up with their first album, “Tribute To Dr. Sir Warrior” in 2000. Both have taken up the Oriental Brothers Band. Their Uncle, Emperor Teddy Obinna who goes by the name “Junior Warrior” is also a hit maker. Though he is Sir Warrior’s younger brother, many describe him as his musical son.

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FLASHBACK: April 22, 1990 – Gideon Orkar’s Coup Speech. Fellow Nigerian Citizens,

On behalf of the patriotic and well-meaning peoples of the Middle Belt and the southern parts of this country, I , Major Gideon Orkar, wish to happily inform you of the successful ousting of the dictatorial, corrupt, drug baronish, evil man, deceitful, homo-sexually-c­­entered, prodigalistic, un-patriotic administration of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

We have equally commenced their trials for unabated corruption, mismanagement of national economy, the murders of Dele Giwa, Major-General Mamman Vasta, with other officers as there was no attempted coup but mere intentions that were yet to materialize and other human rights violations.

The National Guard already in its formative stage is disbanded with immediate effect. Decrees Number 2 and 46 are hereby abrogated. We wish to emphasize that this is not just another coup but a well-conceived,­­ planned and executed revolution for the marginalized, oppressed and enslaved peoples of the Middle Belt and the south with a view to freeing ourselves and children yet unborn from eternal slavery and colonization by a clique of this country.

Our history is replete with numerous and uncontrollable instances of callous and insensitive dominatory repressive intrigues by those who think it is their birthright to dominate till eternity the political and economic privileges of this great country to the exclusion of the people of the Middle Belt and the south.

They have almost succeeded in subjugating the Middle Belt and making them voiceless and now extending same to the south.

It is our unflinching belief that this quest for domination, oppression and marginalization­­ is against the wish of God and therefore, must be resisted with the vehemence.

Anything that has a beginning must have an end. It will also suffice here to state that all Nigerians without skeleton in their cupboards need not to be afraid of this change. However, those with skeleton in their cupboards have all reasons to fear, because the time of reckoning has come.

For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state the three primary reasons why we have decided to oust the satanic Babangida administration.­­ The reasons are as follows:

(a) To stop Babangida’s desire to cunningly, install himself as Nigeria’s life president at all costs and by so doing, slowpoke the progress of this country for life. In order to be able to achieve this undesirable goals of his, he has evidently started destroying those groups and sections he perceived as being able to question his desires.

Examples of groups already neutralized, pitched against one another or completely destroyed are:

(1) The Sokoto caliphate by installing an unwanted Sultan to cause division within the hitherto strong Sokoto caliphate.

(2) The destruction of the peoples of Plateau State, especially the Lantang people, as a balancing force in the body politics of this country.

(3) The buying of the press by generous monetary favors and the usage of State Security Service, SSS, as a tool of terror.

(4) The intent to cow the students by the promulgation of the draconian decree Number 47.

(5) The cowing of the university teaching and non-teaching staff by an intended massive purge, using the 150 million dollar loan as the necessitating factor.

(6) Deliberately withholding funds to the armed forces to make them ineffective and also crowning his diabolical scheme through the intended retrenchment of more than half of the members of the armed forces.

Other pointers that give credence to his desire to become a life president against the wishes of the people are:

(1) His appointment of himself as a minister of defense, his putting under his direct control the SSS, his deliberate manipulation of the transition programme, his introduction of inconceivable, unrealistic and impossible political options, his recent fraternization with other African leaders that have installed themselves as life presidents and his dogged determination to create a secret force called the national guard, independent of the armed forces and the police which will be answerable to himself alone, both operationally and administrativel­­y.

It is our strong view that this kind of dictatorial desire of Babangida is unacceptable to Nigerians of the 1990’s, and, therefore, must be resisted by all.

Another major reason for the change is the need to stop intrigues, domination and internal colonization of the Nigerian state by the so-called chosen few. This, in our view, has been and is still responsible for 90 percent of the problems of Nigerians.

This indeed has been the major clog in our wheel of progress.

This clique has an unabated penchant for domination and unrivalled fostering of mediocrity and outright detest for accountability,­­ all put together have been our undoing as a nation.

This will ever remain our threat if not checked immediately. It is strongly believed that without the intrigues perpetrated by this clique and misrule, Nigeria will have in all ways achieved developmental virtues comparable to those in Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, India, and even Japan.

Evidence, therefore, this cancerous dominance has as a factor constituted by a major and unpardonable clog in the wheel of progress of the Nigerian state. It is suffice to mention a few distasteful intrigues engineered by this group of Nigerians in recent past. These are:

(1) The shabby and dishonorable treatment meted on the longest serving Nigerian general in the person of General Domkat Bali, who in actual fact had given credibility to the Babangida administration.

(2) The wholesale hijacking of Babangida’s administration by the all-powerful clique.

(3) The disgraceful and inexplicable removal of Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Professor Tam David-West, Mr. Aret Adams and so on from office.

(4) The now-pervasive and on-going retrenchment of Middle Belt and southerners from public offices and their instant replacement by the favoured class and their stooges.

(5) The deliberate disruption of the educational culture and retarding its place to suit the favoured class to the detriment of other educational minded parts of this country.

(6) The deliberate impoverishment of the peoples from the Middle Belt and the south, making them working ghosts and feeding on the formulae of 0-1-1- or 0-0-0 while the aristocratic class and their stooges are living in absolute affluence on a daily basis without working for it.

(7) Other countless examples of the exploitative, oppressive, dirty games of intrigues of its class, where people and stooges that can best be described by the fact that even though they contribute very little economically to the well-being of Nigeria, they have over the years served and presided over the supposedly national wealth derived in the main from the Middle Belt and the southern part of this country, while the people from these parts of the country have been completely deprived from benefiting from the resources given to them by God.

(8) The third reason for the change is the need to lay a strong egalitarian foundation for the real democratic take off of the Nigerian state or states as they circumstances may dictate.

In the light of all the above and in recognition of the negativeness of the aforementioned aristocratic factor, the overall progress of the Nigerian state a temporary decision to excise the following states namely, Sokoto, Borno, Katsina, Kano and Bauchi states from the Federal Republic of Nigeria comes into effect immediately until the following conditions are met.

The conditions to be met to necessitate the re-absorption of the aforementioned states are as following:

(a) To install the rightful heir to the Sultanate, Alhaji Maccido, who is the people’s choice.

(b) To send a delegation led by the real and recognized Sultan Alhaji Maccido to the federal government to vouch that the feudalistic and aristocratic quest for domination and operation will be a thing of the past and will never be practiced in any part of the Nigeria state.

By the same token, all citizens of the five states already mentioned are temporarily suspended from all public and private offices in Middle Belt and southern parts of this country until the mentioned conditions above are met.

They are also required to move back to their various states within one week from today. They will, however, be allowed to return and joint the Federal Republic of Nigeria when the stipulated conditions are met.

In the same vein, all citizens of the Middle Belt and the south are required to come back to their various states pending when the so-called all-in-all Nigerians meet the conditions that will ensure a united Nigeria. A word is enough for the wise.

This exercise will not be complete without purging corrupt public officials and recovering their ill-gotten wealth, since the days of the oil boom till date. Even in these hard times, when Nigerians are dying from hunger, trekking many miles to work for lack of transportation,­­ a few other Nigerians with complete impunity are living in unbelievable affluence both inside and outside the country.

We are extremely determined to recover all ill-gotten wealth back to the public treasury for the use of the masses of our people. You are all advised to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm. We are fully in control of the situation as directed by God. All airports, seaports and borders are closed forthwith.

The former Armed Forces Ruling Council is now disbanded and replaced with National Ruling Council to be chaired by the head of state with other members being a civilian vice-head of state, service chiefs, inspector general of police, one representative each from NLC, NUJ, NBA, and NANS.

A curfew is hereby imposed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice. All members of the armed forces and the police forces are hereby confined to their respective barracks.

All unlawful and criminal acts by those attempting to cause chaos will be ruthlessly crushed. Be warned as we are prepared at all costs to defend the new order.

All radio stations are hereby advised to hook on permanently to the national network programme until further notice.

Long live all true patriots of this great country of ours. May God and Allah through his bountiful mercies bless us all”.
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