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It’s a beautiful Sunday laying on this couch with my dog, Berlin’.She is a boxer pittbull mix, smart one at that. I’m currently watching the BET awards and the last thing I ever thought I would do today was write. A big win for ‘Burna Boy’, ‘Wizkid’ and the new kid on the block, Rema. For a Nigerian, this is my version of black excellence, and it’s amazing seeing them get celebrated on TV and over social media. Especially on platforms that we’ve always looked up to. I feel this moment is symbolic, as it teases possibilities. It is proof that everything we have always hoped for and wanted is achievable. All we have to do is collectively push the culture to the maximum. Grammys next?

However, beyond the euphoria. I feel there is a dire need for introspection. The PR behind the year 2020 was so natural. I mean, it seemed perfect, almost like a love story waiting to happen. As a teenager, I could only hear vision2020 so much without looking forward to it as this ‘amazing time’. ‘The answer to our prayers’. ‘The start of a new decade’. We are here now, and it’s different

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The whole Caboodle is divergent. A year from which we expect so much (maybe just me), leveled all we had thought was important into something inconsequential. Our lives got halted by a deadly pandemic, maybe the silver lining was the emphasis placed on the little things as they mattered a bit more. A forced vacation for most, compulsory relaxation, ample time for introspection, the resentment, grudges don’t matter anymore. We are fighting to stay alive and I want you alive. Stay alive.

All I do now is introspect. I miss being here. I had left a room I loved and cherished. I was imprisoned on the block but the pandemic made them leave the keys behind, how graceful.

But this is not about me, it’s different now. Everything has changed. New leaders of the sounds redefining artistry and most importantly, breaking the rules with no regard. I love the Alte sound, the movement although, they probably think I don’t like them. I’m their biggest fan, but most times the truth seems bitter. However, I can’t downplay how great this room is, with vibrant people pushing the culture and doing the work. The actual work.

You might feel some type of way now, I guess that’s what it takes to be on the side of the truth. My fault if anyone feels that way, blame it on me. I should have kept it a buck from the inception and reminded you all that the truth needs to come up constantly, for growth to occur. Love on this side always.

But we also have to remind ourselves this year is different; it has done more harm than good. It’s the sixth month of the year and last year feels like two years ago. We have lost so much but most importantly, it has revealed a lot. Childhood idols shattered, perspectives on our heroes completely changed. What a year… at this point everyone is questionable.

The voice of feminists on social media has opened up conversations and interesting revelations. We’ve experienced shock, disgust but we still fervently hope more people are exposed. It’s very important this continues as we are firmly responsible for the next generation. We have to curb bad behaviors while learning and unlearning where appropriate.

Imagine waking up on a beautiful day, you hop on twitter and the first thing you read is your favorite celebrity being labelled a sexual abuser, and a rapist. You’d feel disgusted, surely. You are weird if you don’t. A prime example of how one day can alter memories and shatter expectations. Yes, it hurt.

I’ve always wanted to know what the “Koko” was, ever since I was in Secondary school. And I’m sure I wasn’t alone. You can imagine how I felt when I realized that the Kokomaster is a rapist. And that the Koko might mean rape. That’s something you can never forget.
You can’t even play ‘Fall in Love’ at a wedding anymore. It sounds weird. How do you play these songs again? How do you hear the phrase “what’s the Koko” without feeling at least a bit offended?

This definitely shouldn’t be forgotten. We also need to do our part by condemning these disgusting behaviors. The Kokomaster has shown himself these past few weeks. Actions, they say speaks louder. Everything has revealed that the Kokomaster is actually guilty. But will he get prosecuted? Will it stop there? No, I don’t think so.

We definitely have a long road of improvement ahead of us. Most of our favorite celebrities have a seat at this table, it can’t continue. We all have to be responsible for our actions and our friends.
Being a man, you are in some way complicit at this point. You don’t even need to argue this statement. You don’t need to chip in ‘Not all men’. You don’t have to ‘All lives matter’ the ‘Black lives matter’. You just have to unlearn, and learn constantly

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This is a time to reflect. To being better, doing better and being honest with ourselves. Our moral compasses should be aligned. Everything is different now, and collective responsibility is also expected among-st us. This is to me putting my foot back at it, hope it continues. Be A decent Human Being

Till Next time

PREMIERE: Wande Coal – Come My Way (Prod. By Bruno and Screwface)

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Afropop, Afrobeats, R & B Singer, songwriter, Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, popularly known as Wande Coal releases a supremely catchy new song ‘Come My way’. Produced by Bruno and Screwface, Wande whose insane talent for colouring sounds is undoubtedly the King of Falsetto, as he does justice to this beautiful new single. 

‘Come My Way’ overflows with ethereal excellence with Wande’s voice the real star of the track. Wande Coal, intimately known to fans as “Black Diamond” or “King Coal,” assembled a flawless set perfectly showing off the range he has acquired as a vocalist and songwriter over the years with a song so refreshingly different from what we are used to. With ‘Come My Way‘, its unequivocal to see how these sterling producers lent their expertise in the form of this delicious nostalgic and almost spiritual shaker which is sure to move you.
With an already impressive reputation to his name and  fan-favourites such as ‘Iskaba’, ‘So Mi So’, ‘Again’ and ‘Vex’ which have amassed millions in streams added with a steady run on many African charts this year, ‘Come my Way’ continues to prove why Wande Coal is a force to be reckoned with in Nigerian music.

Eager fans and listeners have been waiting with bated breath to hear where the black diamond will take them to, musically this time around – and the king of falsetto doesn’t disappoint with this latest submission. According to him: “It’s a happy song talking about the blessings coming my way even through difficult times”. Listen to Wande Coal’s ‘Come My Way’ here and on all digital platforms.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD HERE

Rudeboy Reacts To Ministry Of Health’s #82 billion Proposal To Buy Mosquito Nets | See Details

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Nigerian artiste and Former member of the now defunct Psquare; Rudeboy has joined the millions wondering how the Ministry of Health will spend #82 billion on mosquito nets.

On the 25th of October, The Nigerian Senate condemned a proposal by the Federal Ministry of Health to borrow $200 million (N82,070,388,916.76) under the malaria program to buy mosquito nets in the 2022 budget.

A member of the Senate Committee on Health, Gershom Bassey on Tuesday, October 26, opposed the move by the Ministry during the 2022 budget defense of the Federal Ministry of Health. Bassey told the Permanent Secretary, Mahmuda Mamman that the proposal with respect to borrowing $200 million (about N82 billion at the official exchange rate of N410 to a dollar) to purchase mosquito nets was outrageous considering the amount involved.

Reacting to this, Rudeboy took to his IG story to question the Ministry of Health on the type of Mosquitos they are protecting Nigerians against with #82 billion.

See his post below:

Mr Eazi Calls Out Jay Z For ‘Copying Him’ | See Details

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Nigerian artiste, Mr Eazi has also joined in the October ‘Vawulence’.

On Wednesday, the 27th of October, Mr Eazi took to Instagram to call out Jay Z for allegedly copying him. His accusation started with a screenshot of Marcy Venture Partners recent fundings.

Marcy Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that is interested in investing in startups with consumer products and services, and digital media and technologies. It was co-founded by Jay Z in 2019.

As seen on Eazi’s post,  Jay Z  just closed its second fund with $325 million. Sharing the photo, Mr Eazi appealed to social media users to beg Jay Z to stop copying him.

His post has left many people confused as to which of his many businesses Jay Z has reportedly copied.

For those who do not know, Mr. Eazi had a brief stint as a tech co-founder, having started thr popular gadget store ‘obiwezy’. He is also the founder of Empawa Africa and Zagadat Capital. Zagadat Capital recently invested $9m in PawaPay, a company that aids people send and receive money internationally.

Mr Eazi’s Zagadat Capital plans to direct funding to startups and businesses that will power Africa’s tech future. With its recent investment in PawaPay, Zagadat Capital is building a continent financially connected within itself and the international community. He has also laucnched the $20 million Africa Music Fund (AMF) to invest in the careers of African music talents.

See his post addressing the Jay Z move below:


Again, EFCC testifies against Naira Marley

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has again, testified against Nigeria’s controversial singer, Naira Marley.

Anosike Augustine, a mobile forensic expert with the agency, revealed that several credit card numbers were retrieved from the singer’s iPhone.

Mr Augustine disclosed that an iPhone has the ability to store large volumes of information.

A total of 977 Short Message Service (SMS) and 1,433 chat messages, were discovered in the witness’ iPhone while adding that there were also seven pending status update messages.

He prayed the court to let him play the compact disc where the information was and he was allowed to.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned Marley’s trial till October 27, 2021.

In 2019, Naira Marley was arrested by the agency for alleged credit card theft and identity theft.

He was arrested alongside Zlatan and a couple other guys.

In 2020 he challenged EFCC’s evidence against him. Early January of this year, the the court admitted evidence against the singer.

Zlatan unveils sophomore album tracklist & release date

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zlatan show off freestyle
zlatan show off freestyle

Nigerian pop singer Zlatan, will be releasing his sophomore album dubbed “RESAN”.

He used his Instagram page to announce November 5th as the album’s release date.

Zlatan has remained a sensational singer and entertainer to watch and listen too.

Cash App, Zanku, Bolanle and most recently Ale Yi, are all samples of the singers talents.

This sophomore album houses 12 songs with features from; Buju, Bella Shmurda, Davido, Flavour and Sho Madjozi.

Several talented producers also worked on the album.

“Resan The Album…12 songs, 35 minutes, maximum fun, absolute connection.

“There were predictions that I won’t be here for long, but God and my fans have proven all naysayers wrong. For this, I’m joyous and grateful.

“I’ve burnt the candle at both ends to ensure that our album is top notch. I worked my ass out to please my fans and not let y’all down. It’s been hard but it’s been worth it.

“Huge thank you to everyone that worked with me on this album…my team, the featured artists, the producers, sound engineers etc. You guys made it easier for me.

“My people, RESAN drops on 5th November. I present to you the track list. Y’all should anticipate nothing but good music.

“Love always #RESAN,” Zlatan wrote as he posted the official tracklist to RESAN.

Watch Adekunle introduce his wife Simi to J. Cole via video call

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Adekunle Gold and Simi Kosoko
Adekunle Gold and Simi Kosoko

Adekunle Gold introduced his wife to American superstar, J. Cole.

Mr Gold made the introduction via video call as Simi was in the airport.

He told Mr Cole that Simi would be boarding a flight to join them at the undisclosed location.

Adekunle Gold and Simi got married in 2019. They welcomed a new member of the family in 2020, a baby girl.

Both music acts have kept their fans busy with premium contents.

Most recently, Mr Gold had features with Davido and Lucky Daye. On the other hand, Simi released a Vtek produced single “Woman”.

Watch video below.

Tiwa Savage leaked her own sex tape — Speed Darlington

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Speedy and Tiwa
Speedy and Tiwa

Speed Darlington has accused Tiwa Savage of leaking her own sex tape to stay relevant.

In a short clip, Speedy said “she did it herself”.

He was very confident. “She did it herself, na me tok am. Tiwa released it on her own. All this somebody blackmail me, blackmail me, it’s a lie!, I don’t believe anybody blackmail Tiwa.

“Tiwa released that video on her own because she wants to stay relevant,” Speedy said.

Early October, Tiwa came on air to say she was being blackmailed over a sex tape. She also revealed that she is to pay her blackmailers in Bitcoin or risk the tape being released.

She made it very clear that she will not be bullied and will not pay a dime.

A few days after she released video clips for her a hit single “Somebody’s Son”, the sex tape was released.

Several factions of the country have reacted to the sex tape’s release. This has also harmed Tiwa as she has lost some of her endorsement deals.

Watch clip below.

Grammy Awards: Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” album to compete with others

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Wizkid
Wizkid

America’s music and entertainment magazine Billboard, has confirmed the submission of Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” album.

By virtue of this, Wizkid’s album will be competing with other album for a certain category.

If picked, the album will earn a nomination in the “Best Global Music Album” category.

“Made in Lagos” was released in 2020. Since it’s release, the album has topped charts for several weeks.

As we speak, it remains the only African album to top the charts for fifty weeks concurrently.

Also, Essence, a track which featured fast riser Tems, has also achieved big feat. The song has also maintained top spots on several Billboard charts.

Last year, music counterpart and country man Burna Boy nicked the award with his album “Twice As Tall”.

Read complete article here.

Oxlade Announces First Headline Concert in Nigeria This Year | See Details

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Nigerian singer, Oxlade has revealed that his first headline concert this year will be when he is hosted by Industry Nite this month end, an event which he tags Homecoming.

Oxlade revealed that he will be headlining the Industry Nite showcase this October, which will be his very first headline concert in the country this year. He shared this via his Instagram stories on Monday, the 25th of October 2021.

Oxlade’s first headline concert this year at the Industry Nite will take place at the Hardrock Cafe on Saturday, the 30th of October 2021.

Some people will be happy when I’m dead — Tiwa Savage

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Tiwa Savage said a piece of her mind via her Instagram page.

According to her, some people will be happy if she was no more. We are unsure why Tiwa would make such a statement.

She made the statement while speaking about two important people she lost in her life; her father and Obama DMW.

“I was sad at the passing of my dad and 44 but at least they’re no longer in this cruel place. Some people will be happy when I am no more,” she wrote.

Tiwa has been in the eye of the storm with her sex tape released.

She has lost a couple of endorsements and has also been bashed by media personalities, journalist and fans.

Also, a glimmer of hope for the singer as some others have encouraged and asked her to remain strong.

AfroNation 2022: Wizkid, Olamide, Rema, Tems to perform at event

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Wizkid StarBoy
Wizkid StarBoy

The organisers of AfroNation have announced that Nigeria’s Wizkid and America’s rapper Megan Thee Stallion, will be headlining the event for 2022.

The event is scheduled for March 24th – 26th, 2022. It will be held at the popular Balneario de Carolina beach in Puerto Rico.

Other Nigerians who will perform at the event are; Olamide, Wande Coal, Patoranking, and Tekno.

Also, fast rising stars; Ckay, Tems, Omah Lay, Oxlade, Rema and Ruger will also be performing.

From Jamaica, Kranium, Koffee, and Shenseea will represent their country.

Trinidadian soca singer Patrice Roberts will be there as well.

Also expected are South Africa’s Busiswa, Eddy Kenzo and Focalistic. Meanwhile, Stonebwoy and King Promise will be waving the flag for Ghana.

See list below.

Shatta Wale’s Presence Excites Inmates As He Enters Maximum Security Prison

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A video of excited prison inmates of the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison over the presence of ghanaian superstar, Shatta Wale has surfaced on social media recently.

Shatta Wale entered to the Maximum Security Prison to begin his one-week remand sentence and the inmates who had been expecting him burst into wild celebration.

The Ghana Police Service on Monday, October 18, 2021, arrested Shatta Wale for faking reports that he was shot by some unknown gunmen, an action for which he later apologized to his fans and the people who were affected.

Shatta Wale, his public Relations Manager, Kojo Owusu Koranteng, also known as Nana Dope, and Eric Venator, known as Gangee, were all arrested on the basis of having the intention of causing fear and panic among the public.

After the court proceedings and the accompanying evidence, Shatta Wale was remanded to the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison to serve a one-week sentence. The inmates had obviously heard of the news because as soon as Shatta Wale stepped into the premises, surrounded by policemen, wild celebrations erupted within the prison walls.

Buju Reveals Tracklist for ‘Sorry I’m Late’ EP Featuring The Cavemen | SEE DETAILS

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Nigerian singer, Buju has dropped the tracklist for his forthcoming EP titled Sorry I’m Late and the project has a lone feature in the shape of highlife duo, The Cavemen.

Buju shared the tracklist for his forthcoming EP and the only feature on the 7-track project is the song titled Ogechukwu featuring Nigerian highlife duo, The Cavemen. He shared this via his Twitter page on Monday, the 25th of October 2021.

The tracklist for Buju’s incoming EP also shows the singer dropping brand new songs with none of his previously released songs making the cut. He has already dropped two songs this year in Outside and Testimony, but none of them made the final cut for the Sorry I’m Late EP. The EP also has production credits from the likes of Timi JayRexxieDenzlPerlz, and frequent collaborator, Steph.

CDQ Shares New Album, “Vibes and Lifestyle”

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CDQ Shares New Album, “Vibes and Lifestyle”
CDQ Shares New Album, “Vibes and Lifestyle”

Nigerian rapper and NSNS frontier, CDQ has released his third studio album titled “Vibes and Lifestyle.”

“Vibes and Lifestyle” is a follow up to his previously released projects; iBiLe Mugabe and Quality Album.

The album features Wande Coal, Masterkraft, Wetly, Cross IV, Ben Pol & Hameen.

Bella Shmurda to train child through primary school

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Rave singer Bella Shmurda, would be training a child through primary school.

The young lad was seen dancing and singing passionately to Olamide’s “Triumphant”.

Bella Shmurda featured in that song as it rose instantly after its release.

In the video, Bella said he was happy to see the boy and would be sponsoring him through primary six.

This would not be the first time a child is getting such scholarships from Nigerian entertainers.

There have been several cases of such scholarships from Davido, AY the comedian and several others.

Watch clip below.

Govt. official, Nollywood actors, Kemi Olunloyo react to Tiwa Savage’s sex tape

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Comments and reactions keep trooping in since the Tiwa Savage ‘sex tape’ was released.

So far, JAGUDA has published reactions from popular OAP Daddy Freeze, Actress Georgina Onuoha, ex-husband Teebillz as well as her fans.

There’s been mixed reactions so. While several people have sympathized with her, others have called her out.

An aide to Governor Okowa, Ossai Ovie Success, said Tiwa is yet to apologize to Nigerians.

He noted that Tiwa is a model for the younger generation and is expected to have better standards. “As she is bold to accept the sex tape, she should be proud to apologise to us,” the Mr Ovie said.

Also, popular and controversial journalist Kemi Olunloyo, did not take side with the Nigerian star. She said anyone supporting Tiwa was “Fake”.

She advised Tiwa to educate her son on avoiding backlash as that is bound to happen. She went on to say Tiwa should write official letters to her brand explaining her actions.

However, Tiwa received some soft words from Nollywood actors, Yul Edochie and Ugezu.

Bot actors sympathized with her and encouraged her to be strong.

Tiwa has lost several endorsement deals, a big blow we must agree. This is surely a bad time for the singer.

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