Nigerian music star, Timi Dakolo has collaborated with award-winning British singer, Emeli Sandé on new song ‘Merry Christmas Darling’.
Sandé won two awards at the 2013 Brit Awards ceremony and in 2017, she won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, becoming her fourth win in total.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dakolo announced the song’s release on Friday on his Instagram page @timidakolo.
He wrote, “Verified. It is almost Time, Merry Christmas Darling with @emelisande. Produced by and arranged #mralibongoondimba @humbertogaticamusic @officielfredericgassita.
“Out on all platforms by Midnight. Powered by @virginemi @universalmusicgroup.”
The song is a pop ballad that sends Christmas wishes to loved ones who are far away with the lyrics stirring up nostalgia from past Christmas memories.
Dakolo had earlier on Thursday hinted the collaboration with an Instagram post of him and Sande in a singing booth.
The picture was captioned, “It is true that music is the sound of our Emotions,I can’t wait to share this truth with you all.
“Single out tomorrow: Merry Christmas Darling . Thank you @emelisande.”
Dakolo emerged winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007.
He recently inked a deal with Virgin EMI label. (NAN)
[9:18 AM, 11/8/2019] Tunde Abatan: ICPC boss decries under-utilisation of N100bn federal constituency projects
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has expressed dismay that the N100 billion annual allocation to constituency projects has yet to achieve Federal Government’s objective.
Owasanoye made the remark on Thursday in Abuja during a special town hall meeting on fight against corruption organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
He regretted that the federal government’s lofty initiative had not made any significant impact in the lives of communities in the country in terms of infrastructure development.
He said, “If we genuinely spend N2 trillion on infrastructure development over a period of 10 years, it will diminish the tension and the escalation of discontent.
Owasanoye said that the principal focus of the first phase of the tracking, started some months ago, was on health and education sectors.
He said that one or two locations were selected from each geopolitical zone, with emphasises on specific projects and working with an inter agency committee.
Owasanoye said that the committee was made up of representatives from Budget Office, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Bureau of Public Procurement and Office of the Auditor-General.
He described the outcome of the first phase as revealing and interesting, adding that monies meant for constituency projects, not executed or completed, were recovered.
According to him, “at least 200 contractors returned to site even before we got to them with some sponsors of the projects going back to complete them.
“In some cases, when the empowerment items were locked up somewhere because somebody wanted to trade them off, we gave them one week to distribute such items to the beneficiaries.
“For me, it makes more sense rather than arresting a senator and locking him up without delivering the items or facilities to the intended beneficiaries.
“With this approach, we may not see the sponsors in jail but the idea is that the communities will be happy and we will be happy also,” the ICPC boss said.
He further said that the commission would soon begin the second phase “because the first phase exposed a lot of pointers and opener to the commission.” (NAN