Versatile and visionary man of letters – THISDAYLIVE
BY Femi Akintunde-Johnson
During these early days of September 2022, two gentlemen dear to my creative side, and diametrically opposed in many offshoots, marked milestone dates in the calendar of life’s unsolvable journey to an inevitable destination. One, on the first day of the month, is a man who now revels in the intangible benefits of his valuable contributions to Nigerian television production and presentation, drama, broadcasting, entertainment, culture, etc. . The other, five years younger, has chiseled indelible marks in the murky business of promoting and distributing popular music, managing and nurturing musical talent, and professionalizing the business prospects of music. Much neglected traditional Nigerian musical counterculture.
DANLADI BAKO, OON:
He doesn’t need a quota system or affirmative action to develop his talents; this brilliant broadcaster had used the auspices of the tube to increase the stock and craft of the cream of today’s superstars… on the verge of elusive fame. Police series, Special Protection Anti-Crime Squad, SPACS (1985 – 1987) which presented RMD and Mahmood Ali-Balogun (yes!) as co-leaders; directing and producing the creative writing of 1984/1985 NTA/BBC Writers’ Workshop graduates (with Zeb Ejiro, Andy Amenechi, Bond Emeruwa, Murtala Sule, Taiwo Ogundipe, Ralph Nwadike, Charles Owoyemi, etc., as twinkling stars) ; Nasir Danladi Bako, PhD, was central to the prenatal and childbirth process of the Nigerian video success story.
And with NTA’s adaptation of the British sit-com, Mind Your Language, which was popular with 70s Nigerians, our own hilarious second chance was born. Bako, who was installed as Kogunan Sakwatto by the Sultan on May 12, 2001, led a loud and classy cast of Olu Jacobs, Lai Ashadele, Soni Irabor, Funso Alabi (all played Professor Gyang alternately), Tony St Iyke was Nicodemus Okonkwo, Abiola Atanda was Madame Kofo, Collins Onomor was Odiri, Tola Osinubi was Kucha, Joke Silva was coquette Roli, Isaac Ijoma was Anuka, James Johnson was Fyne Face; and Ghanaian actor, Evans Hunter, who was the first teacher, in the half-hour drama – from 1984. Of course, the cast list is not exhausted. Even the scripting department of the series was packed with quality: the sublime Ihria Enakhimio, Charles Owoyemi, Zeb Ejiro, Akin Clinton, etc. RMD also contributed a few scenarios. Bako also produced a few teledramas, such as The Lost Tribe (1985).
Hot and most popular as a talk show host of Morning Ride and MasterSports, the multi-talented gentleman is known for his encyclopedic understanding of Nigerian visual media trends and talents. Voracious in study and expression, Bako holds a BA (Hons) in English from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1978); MSc, Mass Communication (UNILAG, 1981), and almost forty years later, a Ph.D., Development Communication from ABU (2019).
His broadcasting career began in 1973 at Rima Radio, Sokoto, and culminated as Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (1999 – 2002). The Koguna also served as the Sokoto State Information Commissioner (2012-2015), among other national communications assignments.
On September 1, 2022, the suave, distinguished and shy young chef turned 65 – even the country’s highest office confirmed it with a rousing missive of congratulations. Surely it’s to celebrate that bold, sweetly vocal pioneer in many fields and consummate conversationalist, Mallam Danladi Nasir Bako, PhD, OON. Happy birthday!
During the 90s I came across this young man – he was the promotions and publicity manager (or assistant, I’m not sure which is what now) of Sony Music, then residing on Aromire Avenue, Ikeja , Lagos State. Temitope B. Akinyele was eager to work, eager to learn, and was not one who was desperately willing to sneaky plots to trick journalists into using their incessant “press releases” – yet his warm candor and admiration open have made you more considerate of ‘his Cases’.
Over the years, as we moved from publication to publication, and planning and executing one awards ceremony or another, Akinyele was a constant but aloof associate, ready to help us push the letters that went around looking for logistical means. and other supporting frameworks.
When we launched the first major gospel music award in 2013 (named Music and Entertainment Gospel Awards, MEGA), Akinyele, now CEO of his own promotion team, Collective Communication Ltd., was one of the first people we reunited. He didn’t have to wait and think about it – his instant reaction was both encouraging and motivating.
Akinyele has spent much of his time, resources and pedigree promoting traditional Nigerian music, with a particular thirst for gospel music, and traveling through several towns and villages in the southwest and south-south, pushing and drawing out the huge but repressed potential of the Nigerian. gospel music.
Tope Akinyele is suddenly 60 years old! Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Unsurprisingly, the cadence, sinew and overtones of my expectations and estimation of him have remained unchanging and resolute – a figure of Divinity that Akinyele also clings to.
If you need a great partner; if you want a relentless supporter; if you fancy a stubborn go-between; if you yearn for a reliable ally…a man who will continually impress and amaze you with selfless, remarkable but non-sycophantic friendship and stewardship…Yes, if you need a man who speaks his heart without moaning or beating, but who exudes humility and a passion that arouses admiration… So the person to have in his corner is Temitope Akinyele.
Although he has a strong character with an immense will for good and for God, Akinyele is also a reserved man who prefers to work humbly in the background. We therefore seize this auspicious moment to rejoice with our friend, supporter and cheerleader whose love and devotion to his lovely wife (whom we call Erelu Sunshine) and his remarkably precocious children with peculiar name tags… humbles us and impress us as father and husband.