1983 Xtasy

In the middle of 1982 the group Xtasy was formed by Phillip Trimnell and Ben Murray – Bruce (Ben Bruce Records/ Polygram Records) it consisted of Ben Murray Bruce’s younger siblings Roy and Stella who were undergraduates at the time in a University in Los Angeles, California.

Their debut album E Je Ka Jo which means ‘Let’s Dance’ was released in 1983 and produced by Greg Wright who wrote and produced songs for Diana Ross, Switch and Jermaine Jackson

E Je Ka Jo was described as “a stone cold, boogie classic” and remains one of the most sought-after records of its type.

Today, Roy is the President of the Silverbird Group, Nigeria and Stella Albright is the President and CEO of Albright International Inc., in California

Photo1 : Xtasy

Photo2 :Xtasy

Photo 3 & 4 Stella Bruce

Photo 5: Xtasy with Linda Carriere of the group Dynasty who gave the duo vocal training in between lectures

Photo 6: Stella Bruce Albright today

Photo 7: Roy Bruce today

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Bob Actor – Was He The First African To Have A Sex Change?

30 years ago, before Bobrisky there was another Bob!

Bob Actor The Calypso King.

Bob was an an actor and musician and his desire was to be the first African to have a sex change.

Bob Actor was married with at least one child but lived as a cross dressing male, often seen dressed as a woman.

In this interview with Lagos Weekend in 1989 he explained that he had always felt like a woman trapped in a mans body and since the option of a full sex change was available he would get it done.

“I do not even bother myself about what people may say, after all no one is above criticism. I only got married to prove to people I’m not impotent either”

He said that once it was done he could stay married but the love between he and is wife “will automatically change from marital, to sisterly or friendly love”

“I intend to get married to a man after my change” my wife can move on.

I’ve even received a marriage proposal from a black American and we intend to have our own children”

He went on to state that “people make history just like history makes people. I know what I’m doing because I’m not insane.

Does anybody know where he is today?

Did he eventually become the first African to have a sex change?

Lagos Weekend Febuary 1989

In Remembrance of the Victims of the Biafran War 1967 – 1970.

May 30th, we dedicate this day to the millions of people that lost their lives during the Biafran war.

I dedicate it to my family members and their friends. People I would never meet but their beautiful memories linger on in my life.

I dedicate it to the surviving victims of war, who bravely walk around with the trauma and intangible scars of the horrors they faced with dignity.

I dedicate it to many of us, children of these victims who did not live through this war but, have lived vicariously through our parents horrific recollections and often delicate psychological dispositions in remembrance of this war.

May 30th is the day set aside by us to mark the remembrance of a war that left an indelible mark on the nation ….it is a day of commiseration, reflection and mourning.

….The brothers war, the war on the past, the war on existence and the war on the future….

…. the war on a country that once was and has never been quite the same again for many.

For some of us who endeavour to keep the knowledge of history in our consciousness we continually repeat the mantra that “those who ignore history are bound to repeat it”

Sadly, we see patterns of history repeating itself in various sections of the country today.

In the age of creating holidays at will, I believe a national day of reflection should be observed formally in this country. Stories need to be told without being looked upon with disdain and suspicion but with love and respect with the intention to encourage a better society built on understanding, equity & justice.

Remind those that don’t know or appreciate the consequences of war what happened and why it must never be repeated.

Ka udo n’amamife chi à

(Let peace reign with knowledge)

May all the victims of this war rest in eternal peace #Ozoemena

~ Amanda Kirby Okoye