THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW

In recent times some local presenters [TV and Radio] have come under fire for making their guests uncomfortable by prying into their private lives.

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EMEKA IKE WALKS OUT OF INTERVIEW ANGRILY

Easily, some argue that Public Figures or Celebrities lose their rights to privacy once their popularity begins to soar. There are arguments that the public is entitled to every seedy detail of a morbid affair or irreparable vice.

I beg to differ, more because many of these interviews seem designed for the sole purpose of tainting a Celebrity. What it does expose however, is the interviewer’s lack of tact and interviewing skills.

I watched many Larry King interviews growing up and still do [Thank God for DVDs]. I also read about his early beginnings on radio and I do think his views will help the next interviewer with a supposedly “controversial” guest.

Before those, let me ask a few questions:

How much of your guest do you know, besides the malicious gossip on blogs and co.?

Do you conduct  in-depth research about the person you are interviewing so that you can use the knowledge about their life and career to enhance the quality of the interview?

Do you ask open-ended questions, which allow the guest to contribute as much detailed information as they would like and in turn which allows you as an interviewer to follow up with probing questions?

Do you listen attentively to your guest and not ask any questions that your guest has answered in response to a previous question?

To the last question, once an interviewee goes “Like I said before…”, you’ll realise how terrible that makes the interview.

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OBINNA AGWU’S TEN ‘CRACK’ A&R COMMANDMENTS [PART 4]

So Obinna has conveniently abandoned regular blog posts or articles for this short bursts of quips and anecdotes abi?

Not to worry. We’re fine with it and I’m sure, the artistes don’t mind either.

This is a good one aimed at the “industry” itself.

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Read. Learn.

 

AWON AYE, WHO YOU EPP?

As I write this, the song #whoyouepp plays in my head. Not so much the rap verses but the hook and instrumental.

I’m not the biggest Olamide fan but there’s no doubting his work ethic and uncanny ability to churn out hits [back to back], this inclusive. By the way things are going, the remixes to #whoyouepp may outnumber those of Ice Prince’s Oleku even though, I don’t have the analytics to back this up.

READ ALSO: Rapper’s ‘Who you epp’ is Nigeria’s current viral drug

Anyway the #whoyouepp theme resonates and has hereby inspired this piece.

Some of us spend time trying to figure out what’s best for the other person using our minimal reasoning to believe that if it applies to one it applies to all.

When I say this, I imply that social media platforms have created a place for unqualified shrinks such as myself to give advice on a variety of subjects; some I huff through others I quickly “research on” via google then present as my thoughts.

And then there are those of us who believe being “blunt” and “keeping it real” give us the licence to be obnoxious, rude and invasive.

These are the ones I want to ask, “who you epp?”

Their timelines are filled with vitriol against anything or anyone they do not agree with. They exhibit a minimum sense of tolerance and somehow pass it off as humour.

My own be say, nobody go hold your leg say make you no express yourself but no forget say as you dey give your whole truth, anoda pesin view about dat truth sef deserve de same space wey you wan choke.

in the eternal words of Bob Marley:

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And while we’re at it, check out my basement recorded verse on the #WhoYouEpp beat.

WHO YOU EPP [baddoXdlc]

PS: I no dey enter competition o!

OBINNA AGWU’S TEN ‘CRACK’ A&R COMMANDMENTS [PART 3]

So, you thought Obinna was done with y’all abi?

Sorry o, we’re turning this into a long term series like #Empire or #Power  or something.

Obinna’s back with his A&R bites and this time targets artiste collaborations!!!

Remember that song by Deebee [collabo]?

You get the instrumental?

Oya cue dat wan. We don tire for Biggie own!!!

Read on! Continue reading “OBINNA AGWU’S TEN ‘CRACK’ A&R COMMANDMENTS [PART 3]”

OAP Vs. BROADCASTER: RADIO TALKS WITH EKEMINI JOSEPH

Ekemini Joseph is a Radio Enthusiast and more. He built 2 transmitters at different times to broadcast around his community from his bedroom. He’s taken his passion to actual radio studios where he functions as an immensely creative Producer who speaks fluent English and Ibibio. He also offers voice overs and radio imaging and production services via his InkCraft Media platform. This is an excerpt from his facebook series #RadioTalks and it resonates with so much familiarity… If the critics’ reviews are anything to go by then this thwarts #batmanvsuperman Continue reading “OAP Vs. BROADCASTER: RADIO TALKS WITH EKEMINI JOSEPH”

THE MUSIC BUSINESS: OBINNA AGWU’S TEN ‘CRACK’ A&R COMMANDMENTS

Obinna Agwu has been in the business of Music Promotion as well as A&R  for a while and definitely knows his onions (MI in recent times and currently, Timi Dakolo). His opinions about albums in his reviews are very enlightening and here are a few excerpts from his recent tweets about the must knows regarding the Nigerian Music Business.

SEE ALSO: THE MOB’S TAKE ARCHIVES

Dear Artiste, Dear Label, Oya o…

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ABOUT KELVIN DOE…

We have heard it said often…

Necessity is the mother of invention.

But what does it really mean?

when the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it. – Oxford Dictionary

 

Continue reading “ABOUT KELVIN DOE…”

PARENTING NOW: A NEW PODCAST SERIES [AUDIO IMAGING]

My good friend Kingsley Obum-Egbulem has embarked on a national campaign to save the Nigerian child from irresponsibility, targeting the parents as vanguards of the moral institution.

What began as notes shared on social media has led him to develop a series of podcasts where he shares…

 profound and unconventional truths that have shaped his parenting journey and that of many parents who have committed to purposeful parenting.

 

And guess who provides his intro and outro?

Listen below:

 

For more parenting resources:

Twitter: @kingsley257, @parentingnowng

Call: 08053788199

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IJE 2016 TRAVEL EXPO – CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION

Global Links Travel Expo was a HUGE success as lots of free airline tickets to various destinations were won, some couples won complimentary nights at a luxury hotel, DSTV/GOTV decoders were also won among other exciting freebies and giveaways.
Congrats to Tony Doe Onwuchekwa whose media services were recognized and appreciated.

We believe God that IJE 2017 will be a continuous reflection of God’s glory who makes all things possible! – Catherine Onwuchekwa, PR Head, Global Links & Services Ltd., Travel & Tours

I am chuffed to bits right now and also immensely grateful to the Global Links Travels team for the recognition. It’s always a pleasure working with you and I look forward to many more projects!

Meanwhile, will there be a packaged trip to Dubai in the summer?

Looking forward to the sun and beaches…

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