Samba Queen, Stella Monye is currently planning an old school party in honour of the late American singer, song writer, music producer and actor, Prince Rogers Nelson popularly known as Prince.
The event according to Monye is being organized through her non-governmental organisation, WINAI Women Nigeria Initiative at the Blue Sea Garden and Nite Club, Akilo, Ogba-Ikeja in the neighborhood of Latter Rain Assembly.
She said that the party which will attract music, movie stars, entertainment practitioners and the general public will take place on Saturday, 30th July, 2016 and the dress code is purely old school.
Speaking on why she is celebrating the late Prince, Her Excellency as Stella Monye is popularly being called said “I am celebrating Prince for his hardwork and contributions, largely in building up careers of young female talents and the established ones like Lady Chaka Khan, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Alicia Keys, Sinead O’Connor of “Nothing Compares” and many others to fame. Many of his band members are women including his most recent band (3rdEyeGirl). Prince throughout his career championed women in business.
The “okomiye” crooner added that the late Prince’s ideology tallies with that of her NGO, WINAI Women Nigeria Initiative, which is to train, empower and uplift women through talent development, to create opportunities for financial freedom and also to create women support groups for advocacies.
WINAI has introduced many women programmes like 1000 Mics Initiative which has about 250 female singers raised from schools, churches, nite club circuits and the general public. She also introduced a show titled the Huk Up Show (Harvest of a Unique Knowledge) in 2010, a high profile live show that presented and showcased young talented singers to the public. The Maiden Edition was sponsored and chaired by Chief Mrs Oluremi Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former Executive First Lady of Lagos State, the effervescent wife of Jagaban Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu now a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The programme which lasted for one year took place at the Prestige Hall, NEIRD Road, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists – "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era"
Prince died approximately 67 days after the death of his longtime protégé and former girlfriend “Vanity”. He was working on his memoirs tentatively titled “the beautiful ones” with his brother when he passed on. He was a devout Christian and does not speak publicly about his charitable endeavors. The extent of his activism, philanthropy and charity was publicized posthumously.