Ibironke Oluwatobi



Ibironke Oluwatobi was a shortlisted participant in The Critic Challenge 2017. He is a writer and a reader, whose interest lie in entertainment and socio-politics. He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, which he earned from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, in 2015. He has written for publications including PulseNG, Tush Magazine, Tooxclusive, Daily Sun Newspaper, YNaija. He is mostly inspired by the Hip-Hop community. He hopes to publish books in the future. He shares his perspective on selected topics from his home in Lagos State, Nigeria.

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Date: 25 May 2018 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Who comes to sell traditional goods in a modern market where the craze is about the flashy, quick-serving new products? Only outliers like Adekunle Gold do that. Art like his are like folk lores from the mouth of grannies. Even with all the years of ‘advancement’, you still go back to them when you realise that in them are essentials of life that Google wouldn’t tell you. ‘Dekunle has been in the business of exploring the old ways sinc ...


Date: 26 Jan 2018 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
I’ve heard someone say ‘there’s a difference between underrated and hasn’t made it.’ It didn’t make much sense to me till the topic of Burna Boy came up. I mean, it’s hard to explain how an established artiste, whose brilliance is widely acknowledged, still struggles to get the rating he deserves. Like when you interview a group of 10 music lovers and about 8 of them raves about Burna Boy but no one picks him as their fave. I’v ...


Date: 07 Sep 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
From what we know, gospel singers-turned-secular artistes never really make it in the big pool. So, every time an artiste ‘backslides’, they are met with skepticism both in the gospel and secular music section – it’s like being chased out of a class by an angry teacher to the corridor where there is a pankere–holding principal chasing students back into their classrooms. For that student, stepping out is a hard road and not stepping out ...

Sounds From The Other Side

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
For a lot of Nigerians, Wizkid is the one with the requisite talent and skill to lead the charge for globalizing the African sound. I cannot think of a better representative than a boy who went from being E.M.E’s gem to becoming the boy wonder of African music. With his previous projects (Superstar and Ayo), he had shown how much of a special talent he is, as he followed a fine pattern of career progression, using one project at a time to co ...