Entertainment: Coming 2 America iconic, paints Africa in good light – Rotimi


Singer and actor, Olurotimi Akinosho, known simply as Rotimi, has said that he was excited to be a part of the new movie, Coming 2 America, which was released some days ago.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop from the United States of America, Rotimi said, “Being on the project was something legendary. I felt like I was a part of something generational. As a first generation Nigerian-American, I watched the first part of the movie as early as when I was six years old. I recall that I was then living in a one-bedroom apartment in East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America, with my family.
“Fast forward to 25 years later, and it feels great to be part of something so iconic. When I got on set, it felt like a dream because I was surrounded by many great actors, directors and other crew members. It was just a different experience that any young artist would have been overwhelmed by. I love the fact that we made Africa look like royalty, and that’s what I love the most about the movie, because we don’t do that enough. I think people are starting to understand how beautiful our continent is. The movie is a step forward in the right direction.”
Rotimi also noted that he was open to featuring in a Nigerian movie. He said, “I would love to. It just has to be the right one. I feel we are super talented people, and there is nothing we cannot do. I hope I can (feature in a Nigerian movie) one day and that is the goal.

On the kind of Nigerian movie he would love to feature in, the multitalented entertainer said, “I would have to read the script and ‘feel’ it to know if it is something I would want to do. That is how I have done all through my career. I am open to receiving scripts from Nigerian directors. It is just one of those things that feel right. “I don’t want to put any pressure on anyone but I think as long as it makes sense, has depth and substance, I am open to working with anyone. It could even be somebody is not known yet.”

Speaking on his music career, the singer stated that he would release an album this year. He added, “It is going to be an album filled with great music. I am excited because I have never done a project like this before. It is going to be a bridge between America, the United Kingdom and Africa. I really cannot wait for people to hear it.” Asked to mention which Nigerian artiste he would like to work with, the singer-cum-actor said, “I would like to work with Banky W because he is my brother. I think he is extremely talented and a really good man. We had worked together back in the day and I’ve seen what he has done as well. There are so many Nigerians around the world that are super talented.”

Rotimi, who last visited Nigeria in 2019, said though there were many beautiful women in Nigeria, he was already ‘taken’ by an African queen. He said, “I was in Nigeria in 2019. I love my fans and I am so honoured to be respected that way but I have already been taken by an African Queen. Our people are beautiful. All Nigerian women are queens.”
[4:20 AM, 3/7/2021] Afolarin Victor: Politics
2023: Mathematical way to zone presidency

Nigeria is about two years away from the next presidential election, that is, the next precipice. Of course, with the epidemic of kidnappings, ransoming and ethnic-tinged killings, the country seems to be continually on the precipice. Even then, nothing gets us closer to it than a presidential election. And what a pivotal year Nigeria will have in 2023 if the powers that be reach a consensus on a zonal candidate. And there can’t be a more logical decision than to zone the presidency to the South East. Beyond political morality (contradiction in terms, perhaps), there is also a mathematical imperative. Sure, the arithmetic is rather simplistic. And as the late Professor Ebere Onwudiwe would have chided me, it ignores realpolitik. Even then, numbers have a way of shedding light where sentiments and biases otherwise prevail.

Notice, by the way, that I am specifying the South-East, which is very much synonymous with the Igbo. In so doing, I am excluding other people of Igbo origin in states such as Delta and Rivers. I begin with a process of elimination, by explaining why no other geopolitical region has a stronger claim to the presidency than the South-East. Let’s begin with the South-West for obvious reasons. Along with the North-West, it has logged the most years in the presidency since the return to democracy in 1999. Before then, General Obasanjo was the head of state for about four years. Cumulatively, that is about 12 years. Alas, the presumed 2023 aspirant with the most compelling national profile also happens to be from the South-West. I am talking, of course, of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. You could say he has earned that status. Dating back to his governorship of Lagos State, he has created a formidable following among the Yoruba. In fact, he may have surpassed Olusegun Obasanjo, who wasn’t the favourite of the Yoruba when he first became president in 1999.

Moreover, as a quintessential politician, Tinubu has bided his time. Though he was central to the formation of the All Progressives Congress, he ceded the presidential candidacy to Muhammadu Buhari. And even after Buhari virtually embarrassed him by loading federal appointments in favour of Northerners and with disregard for the South-West, Tinubu soldiered on. He reportedly considered bolting from the APC, but Buhari dissuaded him. Tinubu was assuaged — reportedly — by promises by Buhari that he would throw his political weight behind him in 2023. Having thus paid his dues, Tinubu seems now to be gearing to cash in. Being elected will, of course, fulfill Tinubu’s seeming presidential ambition, just as 2015 fulfilled Buhari’s.

Of the remaining two Southern geopolitical zones, the South-South just occupied the presidency for about fuve years. Though political morality would have suggested that Goodluck Jonathan be allowed to serve two complete terms, realpolitik took its course. The messianic Buhari convinced a majority of Nigerians — especially in the North and the South-West — that he would be Nigeria’s saviour. Nigerians now know better, of course. Even then the South-South has to queue back in the rotational line. That leaves the Northern zones for consideration. The case against the North West is self-evident. By 2023 its son would have occupied Aso Rock for eight consecutive years. He has readily been the most divisive president in our history and his tenure the most violent and bloody since the civil war. But I digress, as that’s not part of the mathematical equation. More pertinent is that Buhari also served as a military head of state for 1.6 years between January 1984 and August 1985. That’s for a total of 9.6 years. And that’s not it for the North-West. Since independence, the region has additionally logged about 20 years in the executive office either as military or elected heads of state. That’s for a total of more than 29 years. Shehu Shagari (from Sokoto) was president for 4.2 years. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (from Minna, Niger State) was a military head of state for eight years. His successor, Gen. Sani Abacha (from Kano) was a head of state for 4.5 years. Then Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was president for about three years. He most likely would have served for an additional five years had he not died in office at the young age of about 59. So, the North-West has dominated Nigerian leadership for so long that both political morality and zonal mathematics would preclude another president from that zone for a very long time. That leaves the North-East and the North-Central as the only northern zones in contention. They both have a strong case for the presidency. It is just that they are both in the North and after eight years, there is a case for rotating back to the South.

Moreover, both regions have at least held the executive office for extended periods in the early years of the republic. Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, was from Bauchi State (North-East) and he was in office from December 1959 to January 1966 (6.3 years). As for the North-Central, it provided us with General Yakubu Gowon, who was the military head of state from August 1966 to July 1975 (nine years). That leaves the South-East as the only zone that has not had someone in the executive office. Sure, an Igbo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, was the president during the First Republic, but it was largely a ceremonial position with limited veto powers. And another Igbo, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was briefly the military head of state in 1966. But to simplify this excursion into electoral mathematics, I have excluded tenures that lasted less than one year. That’s why I have also omitted the transitory governments of Ernest Shonekan (South-West) and Abdulsalami Abubakar (North-West).




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