D'Banj – Oliver (Happy Independence Day Naija**)

Last weekend during Oktoberfest I met two lovely pretty Naija chics. Its funny how you see Africans in a crowded environment and you can quickly point out each other and get along relatively well. We immediately connected as I mentioned I was headed to San Jose for a Naija party. Surprisingly it was the Nigerian Independence day party to which I bet they were pleased I was headed there.

As I post this track and wish all my Nigerian friends and online visitors a happy Naija Independence day. I cant help but look back and picture the dancefloor when DJ SLIM, dropped this track. This infectious beat and D’banj vocal inspired track has been the genius of their labels viral campaign which started a while back.

Mo’Hits Records have been running a competition that would give a chance to people with talents in dancing, comedy or anything entertaining by recording a video clip of themselves or their group dancing to this Oliver song.

The videos can be uploaded to YouTube and link emailed to oliver@mohitsrecords.com, as I understand the videos will be judged based on how entertaining they are.

The 1st prize is $2500; 2nd prize is $2000; 3rd prize is $1500; 4th prize is $1000; 5th prize is $500. The Top 10 entries will be part of the Official Oliver video and the Top 50 gets a FREE Koko Mobile Handset (D’Banj owns this Network or Phone service).

Funniest thing though is how infectious the entire campaign or track is – I wish I had my camera to capture the Naijas who went buck wild last weekend. I love this .. enjoy.

listen and download the track here:

D’Banj – Oliver Twist by getmziki

Watch the viral video here:

Buy far I would vote for these young’ns

8 Responses to “D'Banj – Oliver (Happy Independence Day Naija**)”

  1. waithaka ent says:

    This is the best video for the song in my opinion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xu_2sWlrkY

  2. Get Mziki says:

    That video you shared is priceless.. The jama who points at the locations all through the video ha ha ha ha so original.. am dead..

  3. waithaka ent says:

    And the police with the 20 Naira later…

  4. ciiru says:

    I thought the 1st video was mzuri until I watched Waithaka’s link Wuuwi! Ngai baba!! Kwanza the kafatty fatty short boy in the brown t-shirt. How he’s doin an imitation of how chiles shake their thuthas while checking to see kaa bado ziko!! 😀 Nigerian’s have class hands down. The rest of us are just wanna bes

  5. Joji says:

    Oliver is an absolute ‘contagion’ in a good way of course! this chune has been an ear worm for a minute! Thank you Leo Faya, your continued support for our music cannot be gainsaid. Big up!

  6. mary ajayi says:

    Dubai-based prodigious artiste, Professor Bob Ejike has launched a 65-songs compilation of his music. This grand outing is the initiative of a consortium of international marketing labels with which Ejike reached an understanding. The collection is now available for download and streaming on major world music websites including Amazon, Apple itunes, Myspace music, Youtube, Reverbnation, Cdbaby, Spotify, Rhapsody, including bob ejike’s facebook page, and several other music websites and will soon be released to record shops. This release includes great hits like Dancehall, Higher, Cry, Higher, All Through the Night, We are Family, Gimi Gimi, Do me, Do Me, Funky Prof, Africa My Africa, Nambi, Bright Eyes, This is the Night, and Egwu Oma. Other titles included are Bob Ejike classics Does Your Mama Know, No Vacancy, and, Iyawo Mi and Sala Maleku Africa. Ejike, critacally acclaimed as one of the most talented persons on the planet, is the pioneer of Nigerian film industry, Nollywood. The seductively handsome former super model is also a lecturer, an actor, a novelist, art critic, columnist, biographer, TV presenter and personality, film and video producer, director, editor, and Nollywood international promoter.
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    Two decades ago the multiple award-winning artiste predicted that Nollywood would switch over to music and Nigeria would rule the African music market. How did he know? Ejike replied, ‘It was clear to see. We already had a marketing platform and an intricate distribution network capable of putting a work of art in any world capital within a week, in Alaba market, thanks to Nollywood. It is much cheaper to produce an album than a movie’
    Ejike just finished acting in two Nigerian films with locations in Italy, Too Late for Sin, and Sew and Reap, shot the video for his new single Money Dey in the Italian peninsula and concluded a packed concert in Dubai’s Garrage Night Club. His latest videos can be found in utube, myspace and several music websites.

    Bob Ejike was born in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria. As a child he could compose stories and write rhymes, and many were convinced that he had inherited the artistic creativity of his maternal grandfather Sam Obinwa, a second world war veteran who entertained troops with his guitar and musical compositions.
    When he was 13, Ejike became Africa’s youngest poet, columnist, editor and theatre director. He wrote for the Daily Star, edited the poetry corner in The Democrat, and ran a theatre group which was coordinated by Moses Onyeabor, (elder brother of the Eastern Nigerian superstar Willy Onyeabor).
    At 16, while a student of Government College, Umuahia, Bob Ejike started writing for Drum Magazine, sharing the short story page with Booker Price and Commonwealth Price for Literature laureate, Ben Okri. Thereafter, he began scripting drama for radio and TV stations throughout Nigeria and appearing regularly on entertainment programmes. His plays were produced in Radio Plateau by Suleiman Adara, in Radio Nigeria, Kaduna, by Duro Solomon, in Radio Nigeria Enugu, by Jide Ogungbade, In NTA Benin by Festus Ighalo, in NTA Port Harcourt by Comish Ekiye. He joined the ABSTV Playhouse under Edith Stelly-Orji, and debuted as an actor, sharing the screen with Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Ejike Asiegbu, and Kanayo O Kanayo.
    In 1982, his film Echoes of Wrath, directed by Festus Ighalo, won the NAFEST (National Arts Festival), launched Richard Mofe-Damijo, and gained commercial success, becoming the first ever Nigerian film on home video.
    As a guest on Sam Okoh’s Soundcity, he met Wonder Boy Chris Okotie and they became friends. The music superstar taught Ejike the rudiments of musical composition and vocal control. The apprentice started writing melodies and converting his poems into songs. He later gained admission into the Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, where he came under the influence of great writers and artistes like Professor Ola Rotimi, Gabriel Okara, Elechi Amadi, I.N.C Aniebo, Chidi Amuta, among others, who helped sharpen his art. He performed severally with Dizzy K Falola, Jide Obi, Daniel Wilson, Cloud 7, and Geraldo Pino.
    During his National Youth Service at Federal Government Girls College, Shagamu, Ejike released his first album No Vacancy, addressing youth unemployment. He commenced acting on NTA Lagos, performing on entertainment programmes in the state. He returned to Uniport on a musical tour sponsored by the British Council.
    After his service year, Bob Ejike went back to Enugu and joined the cast of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Basi and Co, as an actor and scriptwriter. Around this period, he was involved in the production of Okpuru Anyanwu, the second Nigerian home video film, in his village Oba, in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State, thus kick-starting the Nigerian film renaissance, Nollywood.
    Bob Ejike’s artistery soon took him to Italy where he went to graduate school and became a lecturer at UPTER. He spent much of his spare time promoting African arts and movies through public lectures and exhibitions. Ejike lived and worked in many countries of Europe prior to his transfer to Uganda and his eventual relocation to Dubai This is one of the biggest collection of songs from a single African musician in recent times and a rare opportunity for music lovers. Get your downloads now!
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  7. […] Whats particularly hot for me on this track is the fact that she actually goes all out and mentions all these Tanzanian big wig artists. I give it an A for Effort. I am not sure if she is the most powerful singer, but she definitely is entertaining to me. Check out previous or original Oliver Twist Post […]

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