Friday 24 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Nigerian sensation Wizkid retained his best artist title at this year's African Music Awards, as he carried off a clutch of prizes at a glitzy ceremony in Lagos. The 27-year-old Afrobeats star -- real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun -- beat his compatriot Davido and Fally Ipupa from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the top award. He also won the best song category for "Come Closer" and the prize for best West African artist. AFRIMA 2017, now in its fourth year, is considered the equivalent of the US Grammys and was held on Sunday evening at a luxury hotel in Nigeria's economic and entertainment hub. The African Union-backed awards are designed to celebrate the continent's...
(AFP (eng) 11/09/17)
Pop star Davido gets the same reaction wherever he goes in Africa, whether it's in Guinea or Mozambique, Botswana, Kenya or Sierra Leone: teeming crowds and adoring fans. The 24-year-old icon is one of the favourites for best artist at this year's All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which take place in Lagos this weekend. AFRIMA -- sponsored by the African Union -- are the continent's equivalent of the American Grammy Awards, with interest reflecting the continent's rich seam of emerging talent. Davido and his Nigerian compatriot Wizkid, Tanzania's Diamond Platnumz, Sarkodie of Ghana and Ivory Coast's DJ Arafat are leading a musical revolution: Afrobeats. The genre was born in Nigeria but has spread across Africa as fast as the rhythm...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
In a constantly changing country where all eyes are fixed on the future, Nigerian artist Johnson Uwadinma is fixated by the past. "If you do not know where you are coming from, how then do you know where you are going to?" he asks. For his project, "Amnesia", he has stuck together hundreds of balls made from old crumpled up newspaper and painted in bright colours, like a mass of strange molecules. The piece -- symbolising the many unresolved crises...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/17)
Ibrahim Aminu launched his first clothing line eight years ago when he designed a dress for his sister. Before he knew it, the orders began flooding in and House of Kaya became the first -- and so far only -- haute couture house in conservative, mainly Muslim northern Nigeria. Lagos Fashion and Design Week, the annual festival which runs until Saturday, is in full swing. Champagne corks are popping, beer is flowing and Aminu's collection stands out. On the catwalk,...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Fela Kuti was known as "the King of Afrobeat". Krizbeatz calls himself "the King of AfroDance", the Nigerian music that has got millions dancing across Africa and the world. For Fela, as he is still known to fans, music was often a life-threatening fight against corrupt military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s. For the talented Krizbeatz, a child of the capitalist and democratic 1990s, music is a game. But the self-assured 22-year-old music producer -- real...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Nigerian pop star Davido was questioned twice by police over the suspicious death of his friend after two other members of his entourage died later in the same week. The incident triggered passionate reactions in Nigeria, where the 24-year-old singer, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, is a generational star with 2.8 million followers on Twitter and five million on Instagram. Tagbo Umeike had a night of heavy drinking -- he had 40 shots of tequila, according to the...
(APA 09/25/17)
Nigerian editors have warned that the media industry has been and is still experiencing a crisis of recession and called on the Federal Government to provide a conducive environment for the media to flourish. The editors said in a communique issued on Sunday after their five-day All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) and Extraordinary Convention 2017 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, that all media stakeholders should collaborate to ensure the setting up of newsprint production companies and the resuscitation...
(APA 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the UN General Assembly and the seizure of more guns at the Lagos port are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Trust headline showcased Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly where he appealed to the world for assistance in government’s efforts to fight corruption and recovering stolen assets. The Sun newspaper said that Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday uncovered another container...
(APA 09/15/17)
The crisis emanating from the agitation for the secession of the South East from Nigeria is splashed on the pages of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Leadership newspaper said that tension and confusion enveloped Plateau State on Thursday, following unconfirmed reports that clashes have erupted between Northerners and Igbos in Jos, This Day newspaper said the Kaduna State Government has warned that anyone planning to foment trouble would be dealt with by security agencies. The warning is against the backdrop...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(APA 09/12/17)
The seizure of imported raffles by the Nigerian Custom Service and the approval for the concession of two international airports are some of the leading stories in newspapers on Tuesday. The Guardian headline says that the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) have intercepted a container loaded with 1,100 pieces of pump action rifles at the Tin Can port, Apapa, Lagos, making a total of 2,201 such arms seized at three different times this year. This Day newspaper said...
(APA 09/11/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned address at the United Nations and the military’s invasion of the home of pro-secession leader are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Punch newspaper said Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The Sun newspaper reported that the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of...
(APA 09/08/17)
Nigerian newspapers are agog with the resolution of the impasse between striking lecturers of Nigeria and the savings in Sovereign Wealth Fund. The Leadership newspaper’s headline said that the money in the pool of the country’s sovereign wealth fund stands at $2 billion this September. The Guardian reported that the Federal Government has begun the payment of salary arrears of the striking university teachers. The Sun newspaper said a marathon meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and...
(APA 09/07/17)
The killing of two commanders and deputies to the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group was one of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Thursday. The Sun newspaper’s front page said the Nigerian Army killed the two commanders Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek, during a successful military operation in Alafa in Borno State. The newspaper also reported that Nigerians have continued to query the excitement that followed Tuesday’s news of the nation’s exit from its economic...
(APA 09/05/17)
The commencement of nationwide strike by resident doctors and the loss of crude oil excite Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper’s headline story captured the strike of resident doctors. It said the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) rose from a meeting in Abuja on Monday and voted for total strike. The Guardian said the Nigerian oil industry lost 773,100 barrels per day to production shut-in due to product theft and pipeline vandalism in the month of May, 2017...
(APA 09/04/17)
The kidnap of a Catholic priest, drop in the price of petrol and the plan to recover assets of former petroleum minister in Dubai dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Imo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap and subsequent murder of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, who was allegedly abducted from his vehicle in Orlu town in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday. It said that an...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/17)
Make no mistake -- Nigeria's "A Nasty Boy" is not a gay online magazine. In a country where homosexual acts can be punished with 14 years in prison, this provocative website featuring photos of men in mini-skirts is simply "pushing the boundaries and exploring masculinity". Richie Akuson, the 23-year-old founder, makes up for what he lacks in years with confidence and audacity. Even in "bum shorts" -- the local name for hot pants. "Last year, I challenged myself -- walking...
(APA 08/29/17)
The meeting of ministers with President Muhammadu Buhari on the economy and the planned sale of super jet fighters to Nigeria by the United States are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, her Budget and National Planning counterpart, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to deliberate on the state of the nation’s economy,...
(Daily Post 08/24/17)
Veteran Nollywood actress, Eucharia Anunobi has confirmed the news of the death of his son Raymond. The news of the death of the 15-year-old boy broke earlier on Tuesday. Raymond, who happened to be her only child died from Sickle Cell Anaemia, a sickness he was reportedly born with. Speaking with reporters on the child’s death, the actress said, “My son has gone to our place of origin to be with our daddy Jesus, waiting for me when I eventually...
(Ghana Web 08/22/17)
Henceforth, Nigerians will not be hearing Davido’s ‘If’, ‘Fall,’ and three other Nigerian hit songs on their airwaves, Citi Showbiz has learnt. According naijaloaded.com.ng, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Broadcasting Corporation has banned Davido’s two hit songs, Olamide’s ‘Wo’ and ‘Wavy Level,’ and ‘Living Things’ by 9ice. This comes a few days after the Federal Ministry of Health had openly aired it displeasure about visuals to ‘Wo.’ In its own opinion, the video portrays a bad message...

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