Category Archives: Lifestyle in the 70s

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The life, career and death of Kola Onadipe, author of Sugar Girl and Koku Baboni

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Kola Onadipe, born Nathaniel Kolawole Onadipe, was a prolific and renown Nigerian writer popularly known for his interesting, educating and didactic children’s books. He was born on the 14th of July, 1922 in the serene town of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. He studied Law at the University of London in 1949 and later established a Law firm with one of his friends named Abraham Adesanya. Continue reading The life, career and death of Kola Onadipe, author of Sugar Girl and Koku Baboni

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‘Three Roads To Tomorrow’- A Nigerian Film Shot In 1958

Three Roads To Tomorrow‘ is a 23 minutes coloured film shot in Nigeria in 1958 by BP (British Petroleum) Film.

 

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‘Three Nigerian students from different corners of Nigeria come to Ibadan University. While they sit talking in a dance club, the film traces back each of their journeys to the university. Scenes of their homes give a new impression of an old country, and we come to understand how a modern network of communications – all dependent on oil and petrol – has opened up what was not so long ago inaccessible territory’ (Monthly Film Bulletin, 1961, 14). Continue reading ‘Three Roads To Tomorrow’- A Nigerian Film Shot In 1958

Send Down The Rain (1988)- Majek Fashek

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Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, is a well known Nigerian reggae singer and guitarist who was born in Benin City to a Yoruba father and an Edo mother. In the 1980s, Majek Fashek earned his recognition on a television (NTA Benin) show as a member of a band called Jastix of which Ras kimono and Amos McRoy Gregg were members. Evi Edna Ogholi also performed as an upcoming artist with Jastax.

In 1988, Majek Fashek released an album titled “Prisoner of Conscience” which include the song “Send Down The Rain” which became Continue reading Send Down The Rain (1988)- Majek Fashek

‘Happy Birthday’ (1988) By Evi Edna Ogholi- Nigeria’s First Female Reggae Artist

Evi Edna Ogholi is a Nigerian female reggae musician who rocked the 1980s with her popular reggae-styled songs. She was born on the 6th of July, 1965 in Isoko, Delta State (then Bendel State). Evi Edna Ogholi is regarded by many people as the first female reggae artist in Nigeria and this is true as it is evident in the title of her debut album released in 1987, ‘My Kind of Music’. Later on, she released three more popular albums tittled ‘On The Move’, ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Step by Step’.

Of all Evi Edna Ogholi’s songs, Happy Birthday is the most popular and can also be considered as her magnum opus. The song ‘Happy Birthday’ was released in 1988 under Polygram Records (later Premier Records) and was played all over Nigeria. Even today, people still play the song at birthday celebrations.

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Other songs of Evi Ogholi include: *One Kilometre *Message to the Youths *Jealousy *Oghene Me (My God) *Okioghne (God’s Time) *Ririovara (Wipe Your Tears)

A Picture Showing Valentine’s Day Celebration in 1965, Nigeria

Valentine’s day is celebrated on the 14th of February, every year, to show affection to a person, people or loved ones by sending cards, flowers, love messages or even having fun together.

Nigerians are not left behind when it comes to celebrating special days like this. Below is a picture showing how some Nigerians celebrated Valentine’s day in 1965, a long way back! So you can see that the lifestyle of Nigerians back in the 60s, 70s and 80s was shrouded in fun, love and glamour.

Valentine' Day in Nigeria in 1965

Let us know how you celebrated your Valentine’s day; kindly share it in the comment box below. Thank you!

Baby Kilode By Dizzy K Falola (1983)

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Baby Kilode (Baby, what is wrong) is a popular Nigerian pop song sang in the 80s by the Falsetto King, Dizzy K Falola born Kunle Falola. The heavy disco song was released in 1983 and included in the album “Be My Friend”. Dizzy K Falola was known to have taken after the style of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in his music career. Dizzy K Falola sang many other songs such as Excuse Me Baby, Take It To The DJ, Be My Friend, but Baby Kilode still remain his biggest hit. The song sent people dancing wild on the streets, in clubs, parties and musical concerts throughout the 1980s in Nigeria.

IBADAN LIFESTYLE IN THE 70s

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In the 70s, lifestyle in Ibadan, the present Capital of Oyo State, was full of social activities. Hardly would you walk from one street to another without seeing canopies hung above party fellas, eating, drinking and dancing to the songs of their popular musicians, the likes of Sunny Ade, Continue reading IBADAN LIFESTYLE IN THE 70s

The Origin of Nollywood, the Nigerian Film Industry

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The origin of Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry, can be traced back to the 1960s when the first set of Nollywood movies were produced by great filmmakers like: Hubert Ogunde, Jab Adu, Ola Balogun, Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala), Adeyemi Afolayan a.k.a Ade Love and Eddie Ugboma. These professionals were considered to be the first generation of Nigerian filmmakers. They started their career with stage performance and gradually moved into the world of film production using the Celluloid format.
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Owambe The Western Way

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Owambe

Owambe is “a large grandiose party thrown by Nigerians anywhere in the world, especially Yoruba Nigerians, that involves a lot of food, loud music, dancing and spraying- Nigerian term which means throwing currencies on someone dancing”. [Urban Dictionary].

Owambe is attended by many people and they are usually grouped according to their ‘aso ebi’ (family wears) which may come in different fabrics, colours and designs. Continue reading Owambe The Western Way

Professor Peller Magical Performances In The Early 70s

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Professor Peller was the most brilliant in Africa when he was alive. Even after his death, it is not certain that his records has been broken by other magicians in Africa. He performed in almost every country in Africa, and not only before Princes and the elites, but also held Kings spellbound with his magic. Here is how a professor of psychiatry, Femi Oyebode, at the University of Birmingham, described Peller and one of his shows in 1972 at the George V stadium in Lagos, now known as Onikan Stadium. Continue reading Professor Peller Magical Performances In The Early 70s

Fashion In Early Nigeria

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Nigeria guys with swag

 

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, the fashion memories of those days were recalled. There are legions of fashion expert and reputable fashion designers, the likes of Ogundero the tailor, Fagbohun the tailor, Lai Olumegbon tailoring services and probably Idowu the tailor, they were all situated around the Yaba axis then. The hub of fashion then were Lagos and Ibadan with no rival, the other places were just coming up in fashion. These tailors were trained in England and could build you a suit perfectly fitted to your body. In the early 70s, the Continue reading Fashion In Early Nigeria

Music in the early 70s- Lagos, Nigeria

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Lest we neglect the under-represented sounds of West African funk, the folks at Afro Strut have put together a magnificent 3-disc compilation that celebrates the movement.Nigeria 70reminds us of the spirit and diversity of the sounds that emerged around Lagos in the ’70s with nearly 150 minutes of music.
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At the outset, let’s make it clear where this set stands: at the very pinnacle of African music compilations ever released. The subject certainly offers a rich field to mine, and the producers have done an amazing job bringing the music to life.
First, a bit of history. At a vortex Continue reading Music in the early 70s- Lagos, Nigeria