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Why Nigeria’s music industry yet to achieve Grammy Awards

By News Desk, 

An upcoming musician, Emex E.O.T, has said that the only feat yet to announce the Nigerian music industry to the world was the Grammy Awards.

Emex E.O.T, born Emmanuel Thompson, an Afro beat and pop artiste, said this while speaking on Monday in Lagos to announce his new single, titled, “Kontrol” released under the label GMG Records.

The artiste said that winning a Grammy Award is the climax of any musician’s career that will announce that truly Nigerian music was accepted and identified with globally.

“Although, Nigeria’s Afro beat icon, Femi Kuti has been nominated for a Grammy Award some years back, it is not the same as winning it.

“Winning a Grammy is the height of every artiste that will tell the world that the genre and the origin of the song is accepted globally, it is the climax of a one’s musical career.

“Nigerian artistes are winning international awards like Davido, Wizkid and Tuface but it is not the same as winning a Grammy and that is the only feat left to achieve by the industry,” he said.

“The highest international award ever won by a Nigerian artiste is the Mobo Awards which was won by Wizkid along side Jay-Z, Rihana, Drake and others, I think in 2017.

“So, the future is bright for Nigerians, our style of music will get us Grammy Award that will take us to the next level in the international music space,” he said.

Emex E.O.T also said that Nigeria was Africa’s entertainment hub and a driver of Afro beat sound, adding that a lot was happening in the sector.

“Currently, African artistes wants to be identified with Nigerian artistes, they know our worth and our music is going a long way.

“Nigerian artistes are doing international collaborations, for instance, the Wizkid and Drake collabo, that was massive.

“Nigerians have an edge in the African entertainment industry and we are leveraging on that to do great things,” he said.

The Priyanka crooner had been in the music space for two years professionally and had sojourned in India but returned to Nigeria in 2017 to promote his brand.

Emex E.O.T is a 21-year-old Akwa-Ibom indigene but was born and raised in Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos State.

According to him, more internationally based artistes should come back home because they can only be accepted wholehearted here in Nigeria.

Kontrol (a groovy song) is Emex E.O.T’s second single after Priyanka (a love song).

Arsenal striker, Iwobi makes Nollywood debut

By News Desk,

Nigeria international and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi has made a debut in his first film role in the soon to be released ‘Inpadisu.’

The movie, now trending on social media, features Iwobi being pursued all over the place, apparently because of choices he made in the movie.

Iwobi also took to his Instagram page @Alexanderiwobi to confirm his role in the film alongside award-winning actress, Somkele Iyamah.

He shared the thriller and wrote: “Shot my Nollywood debut last month. A movie about choices coming soon.”

Following his confirmation, fans took to Instagram to laud the football star’s versatility and expressed their optimism on the quality production of the film.

@Zedoninho wrote, “Always going hard for Naija. Love it.”

@King_Chynee said, “I am anticipating. UNILAG will definitely rush this one.”

@Temilade said, “Let’s go big Alex, let it out!!! We can’t wait.”

@Riyanoray wrote, “So gassed, still my favourite footballer, even if you are acting.”

Iwobi, who was part of the 23-man team for the 2018 World Cup,  started as a youth international for England, with whom he won the Victory Shield in 2011.

He went on to play for Nigeria and made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on Oct. 8, 2015.

Madonna still shocks at 60

By Entertainment Desk,

Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence.

The pop superstar is turning 60 on August 16 and is again breaking barriers — this time as a mature woman who is still brash, carnal and unapologetic.

Giving new meaning to the term sexagenarian, Madonna openly dates men three decades younger, maintains a svelte figure that would be the envy of most people half her age and on her latest tour put on a characteristically provocative show that simulated most conceivable sex acts.

Madonna is hardly the first female entertainer to stay active while growing older, with singers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks on stage in their 70s.

But Madonna — who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV — has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and, while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girl has never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in 1983.

The title of a single off her latest album, “Rebel Heart,” summed up her unwavering attitude: “Bitch, I’m Madonna.”

Freya Jarman, a music scholar at the University of Liverpool who co-edited a book on Madonna, said the pop star has already left her legacy, with younger artists such as Lady Gaga so evidently influenced by her.

But she emphasized that Madonna was now demonstrating a new kind of relevance.

“As an aging, female popular musician who is still so much in the public eye, she is absolutely relevant,” Jarman said.

“Madonna stands out in a way that she always has done, in that she has always been interested in creating a stir which someone like Cher, for my money, does not, really.”

Many stars “seem to fade in and out of focus, while Madonna doesn’t seem to fade out,” Jarman added.

– ‘To age is a sin’ –

Madonna, as throughout her career, has faced harsh commentary as she grows older.

An ex-girlfriend of one of her former lovers, Brazilian model Jesus Luz, branded her a “ridiculous old bag,” while numerous social media users heaped scorn when Madonna locked lips on stage at the Coachella festival with the much-younger Drake.

And tabloids have fixated on Madonna’s hands, one part of the body that can uncharitably betray age.

In a 2016 speech as she accepted an award from music magazine Billboard, Madonna said that society allowed women to be “pretty and cute and sexy” but not to share their opinions — or sexual fantasies.

“Be what men want you to be. But more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men,” she said, describing unwritten rules of the music business.

“And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio,” said Madonna, likely referring to BBC Radio 1 declining to play one of her recent singles as it pursued a younger audience.

Madonna has persisted in her political outspokenness, delivering a fiery speech to last year’s Women’s March a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, vowing that women would not accept “this new age of tyranny.”

– Both sexy and maternal –

Madonna has also challenged conceptions of motherhood, adopting four children from Malawi in addition to her biological son and daughter.

Madonna, who last year moved to Lisbon where one of her sons is attending a youth football academy, is marking her 60th birthday by encouraging fans to donate to her charity for children in Malawi.

Even as a mother, Madonna has pursued her relationships. The attention stands in contrast to the comparative societal yawn over older men who date much younger women, with still active stars Mick Jagger and Billy Joel both recently becoming fathers again.

“As a feminist, I would say good for Madonna. If that’s your sexual taste and she can pull it off, she is doing a fantasy that most women either don’t want or can’t do,” said Pepper Schwartz, a sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who studies aging and sexuality.

Older women have also enjoyed growing prominence in Hollywood, but their love interests — especially as depicted in films — are rarely younger men.

Kardashian relationship with boyfriend Bendjima crashes

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

American television personality and socialite Kourtney Kardashian has parted ways with her model boyfriend Younes Bendjima after nearly two years of dating.

Reports say the relationship “didn’t end well” but that Bendjima doesn’t appear to be too heartbroken as he has been seen hanging out with friends on a beach in Mexico.

The 39-year-old Kardashian apparently ended the relationship with Bendjima, 25, and the former couple already unfollowed each other on social media, according to TMZ.

TMZ shared photos of Bendjima reportedly getting cozy with Jordan Ozuna, a former Hooters waitress, during his vacation.

However, Bendjima denied anything was going on between the pair.

“They really want me to be the bad guy,” Bendjima wrote on an Instagram story Tuesday, including a screenshot of a Daily Mail article about his “rebound” girl.

“Can’t I have fun with your friends anymore?”

Bendjima then posted several photos of his friends playing in the sand.

“I’m not attached to this ‘life’ so you can’t touch me,” he continued. “I know who I am, where I’m from and where I’m going and that bothers you; only one opinion matter, the one of my Lord.”

News of the split comes just weeks after Bendjima trolled the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star’s revealing bikini picture on Instagram.

“That’s what you need to show to get likes?” he said in a since-deleted comment.

Many Kardashian fans took issue with Bendjima’s comment, though the model claims it was just a joke, according to Us Weekly.

Kardashian began dating Bendjima in 2016 after years of on-again-off-again romance with Disick, with whom she shares three children, Mason, 8, Penelope, 6, and Reign, 3.

BB Naija Efe becomes African Ambassador for Indian varsity

By News Desk, 

Nigerian rapper Efe Ejeba, winner of the 2017 edition of Big Brother Naija reality television show has signed an endorsement deal with educational outfit, Kalinga University, India.

The “Warri’’ crooner made the announcement on his instagram handle @efemoney where he wrote: “its official, African Brand Ambassador for Kalinga University India. Powered by @dahksn (official representative for Africa)’’.

“Kalinga University offers scholarship opportunities to Nigerians and other African students. #OgheneWekobiruo #Yeba #Magician,’’ he wrote.

Efe, who seemed interested in supporting Education, recently donated chairs and desks to two schools, RCM Kabong and ECWA primary schools in Jos.

According to him, it is an opportunity to put smiles on the faces of the kids in the city and community where he grew up and calls home.

Efe has been making waves after the release of his hit song “Warri’’ where he featured popular rapper Olamide.

The Warri born singer was also among artists that sang at the just concluded African Senior Athletic Championship in Asaba.

‘Murphy Brown’ revival to tackle sexual misconduct with #MurphyToo

By News Desk,

Award winning comedian “Murphy Brown” to return to television after 20 years of retirement with an episode that addresses the #MeToo movement of women breaking their silence about sexual harassment, the series’ creator said on Sunday.

The new season starring Candice Bergen as a pioneering newswoman is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 27.

Creator Diane English told reporters the fourth episode will be titled #MurphyToo. The episode was written months ago, English said, but her remarks came as CBS Corp itself is investigating sexual harassment allegations.

#MeToo sprouted on social media last year when women began sharing stories of sexual harassment and abuse amid widespread accusations against entertainers, businessmen and politicians.

A July 27 New Yorker article detailed claims by six women who accused CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves of sexually harassing them in incidents between 1985 and 2006.

Moonves has said he “may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances” decades ago, which he called mistakes that he regretted immensely, but that he understood “‘no’ means ‘no’’ and had never used his position to harm anyone’s career.

CBS hired two law firms to investigate the allegations and the network’s broader culture.

The “Murphy Brown” cast and producers support the investigation fully, English said at a Television Critics Association meeting, adding that “none of us have had any negative experience in that regard at CBS.”

She said #MeToo was “a powerful movement” and that they wanted to do it justice on the show.

During the original 10-year run that began in 1988, “Murphy Brown” frequently tackled topical issues. English said the new episodes uphold that tradition.

“It’s always been a political show with something to say,” she said. “I’m focusing the show really through the prism of the press. The First Amendment and the free press is under attack like I’ve never seen before.”

The season begins with Murphy coming out of retirement to reunite with journalists Corky and Frank and producer Miles on a cable TV morning show.

Back in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle famously attacked “Murphy Brown” when the character gave birth to a baby outside of marriage. Murphy’s son, Avery, now works as a liberal voice on a rival conservative channel called the Wolf network, cast members said.

“Murphy is a fierce mom, and she is a competitive mom,” Bergen said. “Avery has his work cut out for him.”

Lagos youth office to commission Ambode’s connect center, host Lagosians

By NewsDesk,

An office of young people in Lagos State, Youth Organizing, has announced that it would be commissioning a connecting centre, known as Ambode Connect Youth Centre, created for young Lagosians participation in governance, as well as in other developing programs that could project the state beyond current performance.

It said that the center, which would be sitting in Surulere axis of Lagos, would be a non-profit oriented youth initiative, primarily focusing on expanding spaces and opportunities to help youths unlock inherent abilities through a collection of leadership programmes.

The Secretary, Youth Organizing, Aregbe Idris, disclosed that the yet to be unveiled Ambode Youth Connect Center, was established to connect, engage, integrate and build relationships, tailored services for young people to positively change their lives, and that through the facility, the office would drive clarion call for political participation from provision of necessary arsenal, which include consistency, creativity, transparency, and cooperation.

Through a statement issued on Sunday from the office, Idris informed that the center has been equipped with internet service and recreational facilities to support sporting activities in the state, with hope to unite youth and foster peaceful relations for the good of the entire state.

He said that beside the centre and forging a safe environment and facilitating frameworks to shore up democracy in the country, the Youth Organising office would also be hosting young Lagosians with a sequence of events decisively designed to encourage, mobilize and upsurge active youth participation in the Nigerian political scene.

According to him, importance of youths in every society cannot be overstated, hence the need to create a conscious political alertness among the youths, foster peaceful relations and grow businesses through innovative ideas have critically influenced, by considerable amount, the formation of the ingenious hosting of young Lagosians.

He explained that the event, slated 11th and 12th of August 2018, would commemorate International Youth Day and other programs created to motivate young people spirits, and that the office  would thrill youth in the state to a Music and Message Concert with the theme: “Safe ‘n’ Save Spaces For The Youths on stated date in Lagos.

“The theme of this year’s event is an unfeigned strategy aimed at impelling the youths to participate in matters affecting the country’s political space and to also create a continuous platform to Engage, Redrive, and empower ourselves.

“The International Youth Day is a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness and draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youths. As such, the office hopes to raise the consciousness of the youths to the many benefits of political participation in modern day democracy and its critical role in abating crime in the Nigerian society”.

Idris indicated that the youths were  the powerhouse of every society hence, the present day government must continuously improve on the ongoing programmes directed at creating bracing environment that will accommodate and encourage youth participation in governance.

The secretary explained that the concert was designed to create safe spaces that would inspire youths in forging career paths in politics, as a tool for building good governance and sustaining growth in our cherished country, Nigeria.

He added that the events will serve as a vehicle to enlighten the youths on fresh perspectives in choosing the right career paths, birth innovative business ideas through mentorship programmes to groom young business talents, raise ambassadors that will sprout empowerment programmes in the state and foster impeccable brands of business connections to spark growth and drive the economy.

“The concert guarantees an eventful occasion with creatively infused music and message programme focused on changing the existing narratives of Lagos’ youths with the following messages”

“Our aim is to create safe spaces for youths and securing offices and appointments to exploit their innate potentials, promoting self-reliance through empowerment programmes.

“We also have plans to identify and support young industry starters,  assisting talents to peak, encouraging peaceful relations to shun violence, with social transformation and inclusion of the youths into the political system.

“The office have aim to create networks to integrate ideas and engage productive discussions among the young people of the state”.

 

Court sentence Booba, Kaaris to jail after airport brawl

By News Desk,

Two of France’s biggest rap stars, Booba and Kaaris have been ordered to spend a month in custody after a brawl between them and their entourages delayed flights and forced a partial shutdown of a Paris airport.

The beef between the rap stars at Orly airport kicked off on Wednesday in a departure hall packed with holidaymakers, some of whom filmed the incident on their phones as the rivals fought across shelves of perfume and souvenirs at a duty-free store.

A French judge on Friday said “persistent animosity between the two groups” and the risk of further altercations meant the rappers and nine others should remain in detention until the next hearing on September 6.

“What happened is inexcusable, regrettable,” Booba said during the hearing, making reference to the travelling families, working people and children who were there at the time.

Kaaris said that “everything is over, everything is calm” now.

The two rappers, who had been due to perform Wednesday evening in Barcelona, have waged a feud over social media where some users mocked the duo and called on them to settle differences through fighting.

Booba, 41, has reportedly fallen out with Kaaris, 38, in the past after failing to support him in a dispute with fellow French artist Rohff.

Rohff was sentenced in November to five years in jail for aggravated assault in a clothes boutique owned by Booba.

Kaaris’ lawyers Arash Derambarsh and Yacine Yakouti claim the rapper was “taken aside by Booba, who insulted his child and his wife”, before several people “jumped on him”.

He added the assailants used perfume and glass bottles as weapons.

Booba’s lawyer Yann Le Bras responded by telling BFM TV the video footage showed it was Kaaris and his group whose behaviour had been “very aggressive”.

Orly airport said the fight had damaged Orly’s image, “endangered the lives of others”, and it was lodging a public order complaint after the ruckus forced officials to temporarily shut down the departures hall. Air France has also made a complaint.

Fourteen people were initially placed in police custody on Wednesday afternoon, with two released on Thursday morning.

The detainees face up to seven years in prison and a fine of 100,000 euros.

Diddy expresses desire to visit ‘motherland’ Nigeria

By News Desk,

American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, Sean Combs a.k.a Diddy has expressed a desire to come ‘back home’ after meeting Nigerian superstar Ayobami Balogun a.k.a Wizkid.

Diddy is worth $825 million and held the number one spot as Forbes’s Richest Hip-Hop Act for seven consecutive years before being toppled by Jay-Z in February.

Diddy, who is best known for his hit song ‘Bad Boy For Life’, shared a video on his Instagram page @diddy on Friday following Wizkid’s visit to his home.

He said, “Hit me with some love… Some positive vibrations from the mother land.

“Be clear… Be clear y’all know I’m coming back home.

“I’m coming back while I’m looking young and pretty too, I ain’t gonna wait too long. I’m coming back while I look young and pretty,” Diddy said.

Wizkid, who is currently on an international social tour, has been spotted with Drake in London.

On his visit to the United States, he has also been seen in the company of superstars like DJ Khaled, producer Metro Boomin and singer Fergie.

In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter.

He went on to become the first Afro-beat artiste to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records, for his contribution to Drake’s hit song ‘One Dance’.

The 28-year- old recently sold out the O2 hall in London; and is set to release a much anticipated album ‘Made In Lagos’ later in 2018.

Chance the Rapper releases 4 new songs, buys news website

By News Desk,

Chance the Rapper has entered the news business by buying the Chicagoist website — and announced the purchase through song Thursday.

Chicagoist was part of a network of city-oriented websites including New York’s Gothamist that found a following amid an appetite for a fresher, younger take on local news in the United States.

The sites were abruptly closed last year by publisher Joe Ricketts, a conservative mogul who also owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, after staff voted to unionize.

New York public radio station WNYC later acquired Gothamist and affiliated sites and confirmed Thursday that Chance, the increasingly prominent 25-year-old rapper, had bought the assets of Chicagoist.

“I look forward to relaunching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content,” Chance said in a statement.

The rapper expressed his intentions quite differently when he broke the news in a song, “I Might Need Security.”

“I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches out of business,” he rapped on the song, one of four he released on Thursday.

On the track, whose chorus is a melodious rendering of the F-word, Chance attacks Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over police brutality.

“Rahm, you done! / I’m expectin’ resignation / An open investigation on all of these paid vacations for murderers,” he said, in apparent reference to police officers who are suspended rather than fired for misconduct.

Chance also took a shot at the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the city’s two daily English-language newspapers, for an unflattering article on his child support payments.

Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, has achieved striking success over the past two years despite defying industry convention by self-releasing all of his music.

The son of a Democratic political aide who worked for future president Barack Obama in Chicago, Chance has been outspoken about the state of the city.

Last year he donated $1 million for schools in the Midwestern metropolis amid a government funding crisis in a dispute with the Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner — whom Chance also lambasts in his new song.