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I met him for the first time around 1978/79. I have skill in acrobatic and there was a show at NTV, the show is for Elders, it called Barbic show, I used to go there to performed acrobatic, it was there Barrister saw me and developed interest in me and asked me to be following him.

Hmmm! No musician like Barrister. When I was 8years old, as a said I have skill in acrobatic so also I can crown like a cook. I have a brother/promoter then, that usually carried me to different parties/shows to display my skill, it was at one of this shows that baba name me “Aguko” and he always called me anytime he have show.

There was a show at TBS around 1984 tagged musical jamboree, I was 14yrs old, the bouncers at the entrance didn’t allow me to enter but to my surprised, Barrister sent his manager outside to come and carry me.
I started vacation job in 1985 at Wharf and this makes me to lost contact with Barrister.
On my way coming from work one day, I heard Barrister album released title “fertilizer”, I don’t have money with me to buy the album, I have to steal my mother money to buy it. My mother have JBC Tape and that gives me the opportunity to always play the cassette, when my mother knew that I stole her money, she beat me.

It was in 1994, when I released my first record, I told some of my friends that I wish Barrister can bless the record, but they told me I should not, that anybody Barrister put his hand on his head will never be sucessful and will die of headache but I told them, I will go.

I heard of Barrister show at FASLAK HOTEL for Demola Yakubu wife birthday, there was a woman selling things at the gate of the hotel that I approached and begged her to allow me to see Barrister, she was the one that handed me over to Alhaja Yakubu that I wanted to see Barrister and she took me to his room upstair, when Barrister saw me he shouted my name “Aguko gagara” and I told him my mission, he asked the Alfas in the room with him to pray for me and he himself bless my cassette, he gave the Alfas unbelievable amount of money as “owo adura”, then one of the Alfas said my record will sell beyond my imagination but I should not forget that day and what Barrister did for me.
The party started around 7pm and Barrister was on stage before I entered the party ground, he was singing and quickly changed it when he saw me ………awon kan lomo ohun tose won ti won ko lati jo…….Daddy Showkey ma wole omo Baba, Daddy Showkey ma wole omo Ayinde, iwo na adagba lola Olohun Oba……” He then opened his brief case and sprayed me money, which I also did but he ordered his manager to give me back all the money, when i counted the money, it was #280,000.
After that day, I told my doubting friends that am alive with no headache and my record was selling fast.

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Thank you! The same 1994 Raskimono took me to Abuja for a concert and the day happened to be Barrister birthday, I didn’t know he was at Abuja, we even lodged at the same hotel (Transcorp).
On that day as I wanted to open the entrance door, I don’t know it’s slidding door and I fell down, peoples there makes jest of me but immediately the door opened, I saw Barrister and he carried me up and said a day will come people making jest of me will praised me back.

He advised me that all the money Raskimono gave me for the concert should be spent wisely. The total money was #15000, as Ajegunle boy, I gave my mother #10,000 and took the remaining #5000 to Madillas and buy some clothes and also buy beers for my friends.
It was my friends I bought beers that reported me to Ajegunle Police station, that am just spending money, that they don’t know how I got the money, the DPO at the station was Taiwo Olakanu and IPO was Baba Laso.
I was detained but there was a day the DPO cousin visited him and told him, there is a new musician in town that he played at a show at Abuja, that same day, they were planning to show me on TV as armed robber, the IPO brought me to DPO office and his cousin saw me and told the DPO that I am the musician. It was at the station they signed me for my second show for Unilag student.
After the show, I was released and I went to Barrister and explained everything to him, he then advised me to bank account. The account was opened with Citizen Bank, Barrister and Dr. Patrick Obubo served as my guarantors.


I was a guest artiste at a popular musician 40th birthday celebration in 1997, it was at the party that I was called that my wife was rushed to hospital for labour. On getting to the hospital, the Doctor told me to deposit some amount of money but that time I was financially down due to a promoter that refused to give me my foreign trip money.
A thought came to my mind to approach the musician I left his party, on getting there I was he is resting, I waited for long but to my surprised, two female visited the man and the security told them in Yoruba language, that the musician did not want to see me. The security didn’t know I can speak Yoruba.
I left there and decided to visit Alhaji Barrister since his house is not far to that musician house, on getting there, I was told Baba travelled to Ibadan but his manager help me called him and Baba started singing “…..moriwa, mori waya ni Isolo….the next thing baba asked his manager to give me #25000 for the baby, #25000 for the mother, #25000 as hospital bill etc the total money I collected that day was #250,000.
Infact I will never forget that day in my life.
On getting to the hospital, the Doctor told me to leave the money.

Thank you, Baba is extraordinary human being and I believe he is rightly behind God in heaven.
My first house at Ojodu, Barrister gave me 250bags of cement and 500pcs of blocks to start the work.
If Barrister is two in Nigeria, things will change. His music gave me wisdom and makes me different human being, even many people in Ibadan believe am his son.
His son Barry Showkey took his stage name from my name.
I am not a Fuji Musician but anybody that talk ill of Barrister Legacy will perish.

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Remember I told you the first musician album I bought was fertilizer and I stole my mother money to buy it.
I was at the naming ceremony of my good friend Pasuma child, my wife and Pasuma wife put to bed a day interval, on the naming ceremony day, when I reached there I saw only Malaika, Remi Aluko and Atawewe and I asked Pasuma why didn’t he invite Barrister but he told me baba will not come, I and my Lawyer (Abdul Kehinde) rushed down to Barrister house and I went straight to his bedroom and I told him Pasuma is celebrating his child naming but baba told me, nobody invited him, even he didn’t know but I told him, he is aware now and he must go, but he said he was engaged and gave me a reasonable amount of money to give Pasuma, which I will like Pasuma to disclosed by himself and I told him the following day is my own daughter naming as well, he gave me #250,000.
On getting back, I gave the money to Pasuma, he was surprised and he gave me #150,000 out of it.

On the day of my daughter naming, everybody was around and I told them, am waiting for Baba to give my child name but he later sent message that Iya Eko was sick and he need to visit her.
Around 7pm that day when we have finished party, I just saw a cooling van coming in front of a car, guessed who came out of the car? It was Baba, he appologised for coming late, party start all over again.
My mother was just crying that the man you stole my money to buy his record, now came to our house to visit you. Today my son, you have achieved.

Everything will be past, they must not let baba legacy to die, Fuji music will continue going backward until they all celebrate the founder.
I will honour Barry without calling any of them, if Barrister “takes English dey play music” the world will celebrate him.

I appreciate OLUDASILE FUJI ON FM for keeping the legacy alive.



Jumia Extends Food Platform To Five More Cities In Nigeria





Jumia Food has expanded its food delivery service to five additional states in Nigeria as the company seeks to further drive the growth of online food and beverage delivery in the Nigerian market. The new tier-2 cities on the Jumia Food map are Minna, Benin City, Kaduna, Abeokuta, Kano, and Ilorin.

Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Nigeria, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said the extension of Jumia Food to these additional cities is part of Jumia’s resolve to expand the growing popularity and thrilling experience of online fast food services to customers in all Nigerian states.

“The food industry is very relevant to the Nigerian economy. With today’s covid-19 realities, the growing popularity of fast food, coupled with the growing trends for convenience, safety and value for money, has opened up opportunities for the food market in Nigeria. As the leading online marketplace in Nigeria and Africa, it comes naturally to us to help drive the penetration of this service through our technology and reach of our logistics network. By doing this, we are also helping to explore the food segment of the Nigerian Agricultural sector which has the potential of huge contribution to the Nigerian economy,”he said.

In 2020, Jumia recorded a major service improvement in its existing footprints in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Ibadan by increasing its speed of delivery, with an average delivery time as fast as 26 minutes in Port Harcourt, 27 minutes in Lagos, 28 minutes in Ibadan, and 30 minutes in Abuja.

Jumia’s 2020 Nigeria Food Index report showed that the country’s agricultural sector experienced a major boom in 2019, significantly responsible for the 90.23 percent contribution made by non-oil sectors to Nigeria’s GDP.

The index further showed that the food and grocery retail market had total revenues of $44.9 billion, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7 percent in the last eight years. The report also showed that overall grocery retailing continues to expand, as consumers seek comfort and convenience when shopping for food. The food segment was the most lucrative, with total revenues of $33.7 billion, equivalent to 75 percent of the market’s overall value.

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Fish and Soyabean: A Great Combination For Improved Human Health




By Adewolu Morenike A.

One of the serious problems facing developing countries today is how to match food production levels, particularly proteinous foods, with increasing demand by a growing population. The magnitude of this problem is shown in the prevalence of kwashiorkor and other diseases associated with protein deficiencies. In Nigeria, the average protein intake is low; it is estimated as 45.4g per day. This is below the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)\World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation of 70g per day with half coming from plant sources and the remaining half from animal protein sources. This article highlights the importance of fish and soyabean protein as crucial diets for Nigerians.
Fish as the healthiest animal protein source
Fish, when compared to beef, chicken, and milk protein has a higher tendency to support health in terms of digestibility, biological value, protein efficiency ratio and amino acid profile. Fish is the most easily digestible of all the dietary animal proteins because of the presence of lower connective tissue. Human beings can utilize up to 85% (WHO). In addition, the cost of fish production when compared to other livestock is cheaper. Fish is more available and readily affordable than other animal protein sources.
Nutritional benefits of eating fish
Nutritionally, fish can be classified into three major categories:
Oily Fish – These fish contain significant amount of oil (about 30%) in their body tissues, belly cavities and guts. Examples are mackerel, salmon, sardines and catfish
Lean Fish – These are the white fish with lower amount of fat content. Examples are soles, cod fish (panla) and tilapias
Shell Fish – These are fish that are covered with shell. Examples are crabs, oysters, lobsters and prawns\shrimps
Fish is an important source of high-quality and digestible protein that contains all the essential amino acids.
It contains water soluble vitamins like vitamin B complex, vitamin B12, B6, B2, folic acid, biotin and very little quantity of vitamin C. It is also rich in fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. Fish also contains important micronutrients (minerals) such as calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, lead and copper. These minerals may be beneficial or toxic to man, depending on the level of exposure. Fish, especially marine fish, are a dietary source of iodine. It is an important source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Basically, the most important nutrients needed for human body are found in fish. Several factors may affect the nutrient composition of fish, these include the age or size, sex, environment, season of the year, amount of food available and physical activities.
Some fish species stop feeding before spawning and draw on their protein and fats reserves, thus affecting their nutrient content. Also, fish, when overcrowded, may not have enough food intake thereby affecting the nutrient composition. It is important to mention that nutrient content varies within an individual fish. For example, fat may not always be distributed uniformly throughout the flesh of a particular fish. In Pacific salmon, there may be twice as much fat in the muscle around the head as in the muscles of the tail.
In the lean fish of cod family, the fat content of the muscle is generally low, below 1%. Majority of the fat content is in the liver, which is not normally eaten, and may contain greater quantities of oil soluble vitamins A and D. In contrast, these two vitamins may be present in the flesh of other fish, e.g eels. The nutrient content of fish, if carefully processed, are not affected by preservation, provided storage is not very prolonged.
Eating fish may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes because of the presence of omega-3 fatty acids. The high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids in oily fish is valuable in decreasing the serum cholesterol. Fish, as a good source of vitamin D and calcium, can improve bone health and growth. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are beneficial to improving visions and eyes health.
Eating of oily fish may improve quality of sleep due to the high concentration of vitamin D. Fish as a high packed nutrient, when eaten, may boost our immune system, especially during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. Fish oil is supportive in lowering blood pressure due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help in the breakdown of triglycerides and fatty acids in the liver, thereby lowering the risk of fatty liver disease. It helps blood flow to the brain and improves its performance during mental tasks. The fat and the pituitary gland in the fish head are rich in Vitamin A, which can fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. Higher consumption of fish can reduce the inflammation of joint in rheumatoid arthritis, prevent depression and may reduce the risks of autoimmune diseases. Research has shown that children who consume fish regularly have lower risk of asthma, improved memory and reduced risks of contracting diseases. It is recommended to eat two to three servings of fish per week to enjoy all the benefits.
Soyabean as the healthiest plant protein source
In line with the FAO/WHO recommendations that half of the estimated protein needed by man may come from plant sources, the plant protein source may come from soyabean, which is affordable and contains essential nutrients. Soyabeans are unique from other legumes because they have a concentrated source of isoflavones and have weak estrogenic. They have higher amount of protein and fats than other legumes. They are relatively low in carbohydrate. Nutritionally, soyabean is one of the best sources of high-quality plant protein, containing about 40-56 per cent of the dry weight. The fat content is approximately 18 per cent of the dry weight, mainly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids and zero cholesterol.
The predominant type of fat in soyabeans is linoleic acid, which accounts for about 50 per cent of the total fat. Soyabeans are low in carbohydrates, hence very low on the glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of how foods affect the rise in blood sugar after a meal. Soyabeans contain a moderate amount of soluble and insoluble fibre. It is a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K1, the B-vitamins, folate, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and thiamine. They are a rich source of various bioactive plant compounds, including isoflavones, saponins, and phytic acid. Generally, composition, protein quality and nutritive value of soybeans depend on numerous factors, including seed variety, environmental conditions during growing, harvesting and storage of the beans.
Health Benefits of Soyabeans
Soyabeans have a number of health benefits. It may reduce the risk of cancer. The isoflavones and lunasin in soyabean may be responsible for the potential prevention of cancer. Exposure to isoflavones early in life may be protective against breast cancer later in life. The high levels of antioxidants in soyabean may prevent the onset of several cancers; it may help to kill several cancer cells and remove free radicals from the body. Research studies indicate that isoflavones, found in soyabeans, may alleviate menopausal symptoms. A number of studies suggest that consumption of soyabeans can help lower the cholesterol in the body by 4-6 per cent.
The high amount of fiber in soyabeans may help to lower the cholesterol from other foods. It plays a vital role in the digestive system. People suffering from constipation are advised to consume fibre-rich foods to help them excrete regularly. Soyabean also contains oligosaccharides, a carbohydrate that is known to stimulate the growth of healthy gut bacteria, acting as a prebiotic. Soyabeans help in healthy weight management. Its high protein content allows for the development of leaner muscle it helps in regulating insulin levels thereby curbing obesity. Soyabeans may lower high blood pressure because of its high protein, high potassium and low carbohydrate content, a mixture that helps to bring down blood pressure.
Fish and Soyabeans combination
The combination of fish and soyabeans makes it a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids and other important nutrients needed in the human body. Dietary habits of consuming soyabeans and fish have a lot of health benefits, as this combo can lower the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, cancer and other diseases affecting millions of Nigerians. This combo is cheap and readily available. Nigerians, especially the pregnant women, children and the elderly, can survive and live healthily on it. This superfood is recommended to all.
Adewolu Morenike is a professor at the Lagos State University and specialises in Fish Nutrition.

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Davido’s Older brother, Adewale Adeleke Welcome Baby Girl With Wife





Adewale Adeleke, the older brother of singer Davido, and his wife, Kani Adeleke, have welcomed their first child, a baby girl.

The proud father took to his instastories to announce the arrival of their bundle of joy.

The couple got married in February 2020.

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