Published on: Jul 25, 2022


Celebrated and award winning Nigerian star Timaya has had a stellar year with Cold Outside still dominating global charts and his last album “Gratitude”  getting various nominations across the continent almost two years after release. He recently crowned that success with the iconic Ferrari 458 and a majestic penthouse mansion in Ikoyi.

Timaya is currently all about securing the bag as he follows up all the success with his new single fittingly titled “Get My Money Right”. The song depicts where Timaya is currently in his career, which is a square focus on his music and Getting his Money Right while avoiding any distractions or hate from the public generally.

Besides getting his money right, Timaya isn’t bothered about much else as he states on the song “Wait till I get the money right. Live My Life, I no follow you dey fight. You are gonna hate but you all go dey alright”.

Timaya has recently expressed his goal of becoming the first African Billionaire in Entertainment and his mind seems set to pursue this goal if his new single is anything to go by. The spotless produced record is the second official single off his upcoming album titled “ChuloVerse ” which is due for release this summer.

Get My Money Right’ is out  on all streaming platforms.


About Timaya

Inetimi Timaya Odon (born 15 August 1980), better known by his stage name Timaya, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He hails from Odi, Bayelsa state. He is the founder of DM Records Limited. His solo career began in 2005 with the release of “Dem Mama”, which also appeared on his debut album, True Story released the following year. His second album Gift and Grace was released in 2008.

He gained further visibility and international prominence through his third studio album De Rebirth—released in partnership with Black Body Entertainment—and its lead single “Plantain Boy”. Both were commercially successful. And made him some money of which he collaborated with Dem Mama Soldiers on the album LLNP (Long Life N Prosperity). In 2012, Timaya released Upgrade, which spawned hits “Bum Bum”, “Sexy Ladies”, and “Malonogede”. To date, his work has earned him several notable awards and nominations including four Headies Awards wins, 2 AFRIMMA Awards wins, one Nigeria Music Award and an NEA Award.

After 5 years of releasing singles, and touring, Timaya released an EP titled Chulo Vibes (2019). This project featured collaborations from East African artist Alikiba, Trinidadian Soca Legend Machel Montano and Nigeria’s Burna Boy

Timaya set up his record label, DM Records Limited. Under which he groomed artists such as Patoranking[22] and Runtown. In 2017, he signed young Dancehall/Afro-Fusion artiste, King Perry to the DM Records imprint


What Trended in 2018

Published on: Jul 15, 2022

Every year there are billions of searches for images, footage, and music. We delve into latest Creative Trends reports to find out where design, audio, videography, photography and more is heading. With the information gathered we identify the trends that continue to grow throughout 2018.

Fantasy: For anyone following pop culture right now, you know Game of Thrones. It’s all about the mythical creatures, fantastical landscapes. In terms of the music, it’s epic orchestral music, and everybody is really excited about getting beyond the normal.

New Minimalism: A lot of people will think about minimalism being a Scandinavian design concept with clean and crisp lines with lots of white. But now it’s still clean, but with more bold and vibrant colors with fluid styles.


Instagrammable Brand Experiences: 2017 filled our Instagram feeds with Unicorn Frappuccinos, photo walls, and pop-up experiences, and we do not see that going away. We believe that this trend will continue to grow and expand to all kinds of brands, not just restaurants and retail. These ’grammable experiences are a great way for brands to share with their audience online, then entice them to connect offline at their physical location. Beyond that, these experiences immerse people in a brand’s ethos and help explain their values and product offerings in a way that leads people through an interactive story. (Art by Isaiah Maghanga)

Making Still Images More Interesting: With video continuing to have a strong hold on the social world, designers are looking for ways to upgrade still images to make them more intriguing and engaging. From subtle patterned images with movement that appear to look like GIFs, to cinemagraph photography with select elements moving, our team believes that brands will be looking to add a variety of different types of motion to their still images this year.

Over the past few years, brands have been incorporating hand-drawn and graphic overlays in their static and video advertisements. Thanks to Snapchat and Instagram Stories making filters and photo overlays extremely popular among consumers, we believe that this trend will only continue to grow in the graphic design and advertising world this year. In fact, we have already seen this trend starting to appear in the tail-end of last year, such as Spotify’s “2018 Goals.” These elements not only make photos more visually interesting, but designers are able to add artistic elements and better showcase a brand’s personality in one simple image. Because of that, we believe that this trend will continue to gain traction in both still images as well as in video advertisements.


Design and Content Becoming More Intertwined: Design and content have always depended on each other, but with so many new mediums and outlets popping up for users to consume and experience content, we see that planning for the entire customer journey from both a messaging and visual standpoint will be more important than ever. Whether it’s a visually focused piece that just needs a headline to drive the action, or a subtle image that requires the copy to do the heavy lifting, together design and content have to tell one seamless story, that translates into one seamless experience for the consumer.



Creative Cities In Africa

Published on: Jul 15, 2022

African creatives are waking up to their own power, and there’s a higher appreciation for African-ness.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 116 cities work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level. However there are only 3 African cities that are included in this, and they are:

Craft and Folk Art Cities

Lubumbashi, the copper and malachite industries have long been the backbones of the local economy.

Aswan, has remarkable heritage in crafts and folk arts, creative exchange, arts education, and civil engagement.  Its traditional crafts include beadwork, tablecloth production, palm branch and leaf creations, as well as clay and needle-work products.


Music City

Brazzaville an artistic hub, a historical city with a large number of cultural assets, in particular a heritage linked to diversity, music and the arts.

So we decided to do a virtual tour and find a few other cities that we could include in this list. The Creatively Artistic cities are;

Lagos, Nigeria
As the largest city in Africa and home to a booming technology scene, Lagos is a city brimming with creative opportunity. Terra Kulture, a lounge, theater, art gallery, and craft shop all under one roof.

Accra, Ghana
Accra is the capital and a hub for culinary connoisseurs and nightlife aficionados. It is fast becoming the creative outpost of the country.

Dakar, Senegal
Dakar is Senegal’s vibrant epicenter, home to the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art gathering, the region’s only major international art fair.

Kigali, Rwanda

Explore the works of fashion designers like Linda Mukangoga of label Haute Baso who collaborates with local artisans and empowers young women to preserve traditional craftsmanship, Mukangoga is breathing new life into cultural designs like imigongo, a spiral of geometric shapes in shades of black, white, and red.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Galleries, museums, and a youthful emergence of contemporary artists fuel Johannesburg as the leading creative capital in Africa. Visit Goodman Gallery to view sociopolitical works from African artists and Gallery Momo for contemporary art from locals like sculptor and photographer Mary Sibande.



Discovered Creative Apps

Published on: Jul 15, 2022


No app can make you creative. But sometimes it can help to give you the push you need to release your inner creativity. Here are a few examples of inspiring creative apps:


Use this brainstorming app to spark creative inspiration

When you’re trying to come up with a new creative solution, a popular brainstorming exercise is to write words on slips of paper, pull them out of a hat at random, relate them to the problem at hand, and see what they spark in your brain.

In other words, sometimes you need a bit of randomness to generate the right creative ideas. It might sound stupid but if you keep an open mind, it really can work.

Brainsparker is a free app that provides a similar exercise to stretch your creative muscles. The app contains 200 cards containing thought-provoking words and phrases; you simply shake your device to shuffle the pack and produce a new card. The rest, of course, is up to you.


This mind mapping app will help you connect up your ideas into a coherent whole

Sometimes the problem you have is not generating ideas, it’s organizing them into something that’s actually going to work. So if you have dozens of chaotic, free-floating ideas that don’t seem to connect up with each other, mind mapping is a technique that can help.

At its most basic, a mind map is a diagram linking up different ideas, represented by words and/or images, in a way that helps you make sense of them. There’s often a central idea in the middle and other, related ideas branching out from those, although there are no strict rules: it’s whatever works for you.

SimpleMind is a great app for mind mapping on your computer, tablet or phone, and it’s easy to swap your maps from device to device. Cool features include the ability to create an invisible note (so you can add large texts without cluttering your mind map); to add voice memos on iPhone, iPad and Android; and to add video on iPhone and iPad.

 TED Talks

Get ideas and inspiration from the world’s leading creative minds

TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences under the slogan ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Attracting some of the most innovative and provocative thought-leaders on the planet, the best TED talks can provide a shot in the arm of refreshed creative inspiration.

The free TED app includes hundreds of videos to download to your device, and even has an ‘Inspire Me’ function, which makes it easy to select exactly what kind of inspiration you’re looking for.


Stimulate your senses by piping in the coffeeshop atmosphere

Coffitivity does one thing and does it well: it recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe. This is based on research showing that such background sounds really do make your brain more creative.

We’re not sure of the science here, but we do know many designers who say that they do some of their best work in coffee shops. If that’s you, then brewing your own caffeine drinks at home and using this free app for ambience is certainly going to be cheaper than a day spent in Starbucks.


Beat prevarication and creative block with this “in-the-moment digital coach”

The biggest enemy of creativity is creative block. But that feeling of being stuck and not knowing how to proceed isn’t just limited to design challenges: it’s something that everyone experiences in different ways.

Describing itself as “an in-the-moment digital coach”, Unstuck is a self-paced course that teaches you to overcome ‘stuckness’ through provocative questions, targeted tips and action-oriented tools. So if you feel you’re lacking creativity not just momentarily, but constantly, this might be worth spending some time on.

Source: /www.creativebloq.com