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By Niyi Tabiti
Chief Reporter

American born soul singer, Freddie Jackson gave a good account of himself at a ceremony to raise fund for the Calabar Child and Women Survival Hospital. The hospital is the brain child of Mrs. Onari Duke, wife of Former governor of Cross River State.
“I am happy to be home” the black American born singer from Harlem, New York said to the audience, which included the His Excellency, governor of Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Mr. Donald Duke, Lt.General Owoeye Andrew Azazi, a former Chief of Defense Staff of Nigerian armed forces, Mr. Tony Elumelu,the managing Director of UBA Plc and his wife,Awele,Tonya Merritt,Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, former Chairman of Daily Times and his wife, Sade and other important dignities.

Temitayo George, one of the winnersof West African Idol was the opening act at the event and she did just did just fine.Aside her performance,Blakky was also superb. 'Ikebe' crooner Sunny Neji was also there but did not connect to the crowd as much as when blakky came on stage singing old hits such as 'Rosie' and 'Bang Belly' watched as most of the guests clinched to their spouses when Freddie was singing beautiful love songs. To many, especially the ladies, it was an opportunity to get their husband to them ‘I love you’ again after many years in marriage.
Freddie also used the opportunity to thank Mrs. Onari Duke and other members of the organizing committee towards creating enabling healthcare platform for less privileged women and children.
The following day at Eko Hotel and Suites, where he was lodged, Freddie told that he was glad with the kind of warm reception he got right from the airport. He also stated that negative situation of Nigeria has been blown out of proportion. “There is no where you won’t find crime, even in sophisticated environment like New York. Now, that I am here, I know better” He said
The musician left for Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, to catch a flight back to his New York base at exactly 8 p.m on Sunday 14 September 2008.

Photo 1-Freddie Jackson

Photo 2- Tony Elumelu, the managing Director of one of Nigerian biggest banks, UBA Plc and his wife, Awele
Photo 3-‘Oldies’-VIP couples clinching themselves when Freddie was on stage
Photo 4-Tonya Merritt, the international music promoter who sealed the Freddie Jackson deal
Photo 5-Onari and her husband, former governor of Cross River State, Mr.Donald Duke
Photo 6-Blakky


  1. why is the Duke couple running away from their state,an ex-gov for that matter..why didnt they take their so-called 'charity' event to the impoverished women of Cross River state, a state they practically ran aground during their 8-year misrule..and if i may ask, why didnt they take their show to TINAPA, why Civic Centre in Lagos?. gov. Amechi of another state was there,what explains Gov Imoke's(Duke' successor)absence...rrrrubbish!!!

  2. My goodness, whatever happened to that 'big teddy' Freddie? Se na old age abi wetin? *confused & shocked* I'm glad to know he gave a good performance.

  3. Just how much was Freddi Jackson paid to perform at that event?

    Because I am sure that $amount could have been used to build a small hospital in a rural village!!!


  4. HighpayingjobsinNigeriaSeptember 17, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    freddie jackson is still around?

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