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Dbanj walks runway in South Africa’s Tlale designs

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Nigerian singer Oladapo Oyebanjo, a.k.a D’banj, walked the runway at the African Fashion International Johannesburg Fashion Week.

The musician, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, television personality and rapper, teamed up with South African designer David Tlale, as he showcased a suit while strutting comfortably down the runway recently in Johannesburg.

He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Muisci Award 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.

Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

In 2016, D’banj was ranked to be the richest solo musician in Nigeria according to T.I.N Magazine. (NAN0
D’Banj is vastly immersed in the information technology, particularly in the areas of value added services and Content digital distribution.

He owns MCOMM Ltd (Median Mobile Communications Limited, A Value Added Service Content Provider) and D’ Kings Men Media Limited (a 360 Media Company), which are responsible for his major digital moves in recent times.

D’banj’s D’Kings Men Media partnered with MTN Nigeria and the Bank of Industry (BoI) to launch THE CREAM PLATFORM, a creative talent platform to help discover young creative minds across Nigeria by just dialing a USSD code on a mobile phone.

It is reported that the platform, as at December 2016, had over two million paying subscribers and has discovered hundreds of talents from the music category alone, with tens of music videos and millions of Naira given out to winners.

Lil Wayne finally releases long awaited “Tha Carter V”

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Lil Wayne has finally delivered on his promise with the release of the long awaited ”Tha Carter V” and it turns out to be worth the wait.

Six years after it was first mentioned and a dozen of projects in between, the fifth instalment in the series, ”Tha Carter V” was delivered on his birthday, packing fire, passion, lyrical acrobatics plus wit, a totality of all we have come to know Lil Wayne for.

The 23 track project parades a number of collaborations that include XXXTentacion, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Reginae Carter, Snoop Dogg among others.

 

Meanwhile Davido and Phyno are set to hit us with a new jam just before the end of the year.

Phyno posted a tweet indicating that he had completed work on a record with Davido.

The duo had worked together on the song ‘Secret Agenda’ off DJ Neptune’s ”Greatness” album released earlier in the year.

Both Phyno and Davido are working on their upcoming albums with Phyno recently putting out the single ‘Iwa’ which features Tekno, with the visuals expected to follow on October 5.

There is no hint as to when the song is expected to be released yet, but the pair may just be planning to steal the charts for the remainder of 2018.

Also, LadiPoe has released his track list ahead of the official release of his debut album scheduled for October.

The Mavin artist enjoys a cult following from the hip-hop community, with many seeing him as the ‘saviour of rap.’

On February 28 2017, he got signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, which generated a major buzz among his fans as it was rare to see a rapper pen a deal with one of the biggest labels in the land.

But since joining the label, there were some agitations as he was no longer releasing music like he did in the past as he underwent his development stage with the label.

His announcement that the album was finally on its way, has sparked renewed excitement among his online following.

The album titled ”Talk about Poe”, contains 10 tracks and will feature some familiar names that have worked with him in the past like Ghost of Show Dem Camp, Funbi and Sir Dauda.

Other contributors to the album include Ghanaian singer Efya, Seyi Shay and Tems.

On the fashion scene, Nigerian contemporary menswear brand, Clemas Couture brightened up the runway during the Durban Fashion Fair 2018 with rainbow hues for its S/S 19 menswear collection named “Rainbow”.

The fashion brand broke out of the traditional outfit frame of mind by producing uniquely seamed shirts which intend to lend an effortlessly simplified appearance to formal or informal look.

The Rainbow collection is due for release in Accra Ghana later this month and will be available to the public in limited quantity in November in Lagos and in Durban, South Africa, later in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has been honoured by the United Nations as one of the 100 most influential people of African descent.

The award-winning actress announced the good news via her Instagram page, saying “Honoured to be one of the Most Influential 100 People of African Descent at the United Nations by @mipad100,”

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde isn’t the only Nigerian celebrity on the list as the likes of Davido, D’banj, Dakore Egbuson, Yemi Alade, Stella Damasus and Falz also made it.

The award ceremony, which took place between September 23 and October 3, 2018 in New York, was held following the opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

Bill Cosby faces 30 years in prison over sexual assault

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Bill Cosby, 81-year-old American comedian could face the rest of his life in jail after he was found guilty of sexual assault in April after a jury heard allegations from Andrea Constand.

If sentenced for his crimes, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill who will have the final say Monday could put Cosby on probation, house arrest or throw him into prison.

Cosby was found guilty on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand, 45, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The guilty verdict brought an end to a long-running downward spiral for Cosby, who was accused by dozens of women of similar crimes after public interest in his rape allegations was renewed.

Constand’s allegations are in line with others, but hers were unique in that the statute of limitations on the crime had not yet expired.

Sentencing begins Monday and is expected to last two days. While the judge will ultimately have the final say in Cosby’s punishment, the potential consequences for Cosby’s crimes allow for many options.

The maximum term is 10 years per count. However, a smaller jail stint, house arrest and probation are also on the table for the embattled former comedian.

Given his advanced age and health issues, it’s likely that Cosby’s legal team will argue for a lesser sentence than the max 30 years. Regardless, his lawyers previously made it clear that he plans to appeal the verdict.

His trial is being heralded as the first major celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. As a result, there’s massive public attention being paid to the outcome with those coming out against Cosby wondering if the court will give him a pass in terms of punishment given his fame.

“I really think it’s important that he spend some time behind bars,” said Lise-Lotte Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her when she was 23 in 1989. The then-model said Cosby prodded her to take two drinks to relax. “At some point, he should acknowledge what he’s done, and do the time for the crime.”

Another Cosby accuser, Chelan Lasha, said he “deserves every year” of his potential 30-year sentence.

Once called “America’s Dad,” Cosby’s reputation has been in decline since comedian Hannibal Buress brought up the numerous rape allegations against the comic in 2014. Since then, more than 60 women have come forward with allegations against him.

Cosby and his legal team have shown that they want to mitigate the amount of damage being done to his reputation, starting with the classification of him as a “sexually violent predator.” Monday’s sentencing is expected to begin with a debate over this classification.

Pennsylvania’s sex-offender board has examined Cosby and recommended he be deemed a predator, concluding that he has a mental defect or personality disorder that makes him prone to criminal behavior.

American rapper Mac Miller dies at 26

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American rapper and singer , Malcolm McCormick , known by his stage name, Mac Miller, has been found dead of suspected overdose.

The 26-year-old rapper who died on Sept.7 in his Studio City  home of  San Fernando Valley had sung  about his struggles with drug abuse and death in his music.

He was known for channeling his struggles into his music and rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011.

Malcolm signed a deal with Warner Bros in 2014 and  Tom Corson, the Co-Chairman of the group,  released a statement about his death.

“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing.

“Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met.

“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless.

“We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,”  the statement said.

Mac Miller was born on Jan.19,1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennyslavia.

He grew up in Point Breeze, Pittsburgh with his parents  who were  both an architect and a photographer.

Miller  recorded his first track at  14 though he started his rapping at nine .

In 2009, he recorded his first mix – tape on his laptop which he described  as ” of  horrible quality” having  sold about 70 copies.

Other stars in the hip-hop world had been paying their   tributes  to Malcolm.

J Cole said on Twitter: “This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something.

“If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to, if you are  uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”

Thinking out loud singer, Ed Sheran also posted a tribute on his instagram saying the news was heartbreaking.

“This just really saddened me. I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were.

“As well as being a great talent, he was a great human. Love and prayers to his family and friends. I don’t know what else to say,” he wrote.

Chance The Rapper tweeted , “Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever.

“But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”

The rapper was into  a long-term relationship with singer Ariana Grande which ended on grounds of substance abuse.

The pair dated for almost two years and recorded multiple songs together, including “My Favorite Part and “The Way.”

Grande and Malcolm ended their relationship in May.

Pandemonium as Davido sworn-in at Lagos NYSC camp

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Ace musician, David Adeleke (Davido), was among 2152 Batch “B”, Stream 2 corps members sworn-in at the Lagos State NYSC Orientation Camp, Ipaja on Thursday.

It was revealed that security personnel had a hard time controlling fellow corps members and NYSC staff rushing to take a glimpse of the popular musician.

He was later smuggled through the crowd into an office for safety.

In a brief chat with newsmen, the young entertainer expressed gladness to be able to partake in the scheme.

“I am a youth and I am delighted to serve my fatherland.

“NYSC is also a leadership development programme and since I will not remain a youth forever, I have to start preparing myself for the future,’’ he said.

He promised to take active part in all the camp activities.

Davido is a 2015 graduate of Music from Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State.

He was posted to Lagos for the mandatory one-year NYSC programme.

Beyonce, Drake lost at MTV video awards as Camila Cabello wins top prizes

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Cuban-born Camila Cabello beat out heavy hitters Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Drake to take home the two top prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Monday.

Cabello, 21, was chosen artist of the year and won video of the year for her Latin-flavored hit “Havana,” while rapper Cardi B picked up wins for best new artist and song of summer for her dance hit “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

“I can’t believe this is for me,” said Cabello, who split from girl group Fifth Harmony in late 2016 to launch a solo career.

New York rapper Cardi B, 25, made her first public appearance since giving birth to her first child in July. But the feisty “Bodak Yellow” singer failed to make good on her leading 10 nominations going into the show as fans spread their votes far and wide.

“A couple of months ago people were saying, you’re gambling your career by having a baby,” Cardi B said. “I had a baby … and now I’m still winning awards.”

The biggest winner of the night was Childish Gambino, the music stage name of actor Donald Glover, who came away with three for his hard-hitting video “This Is America” about black identity and police brutality.

But the trophies were mostly in technical categories, including choreography and direction. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s much talked-about “APES**T,” which was shot inside the Louvre in Paris against the backdrop of some of the world’s most famous art works, won just two of its eight nominations.

Canadian rapper Drake, one of the most popular artists in terms of sales and streaming, came away empty-handed, as did multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars.

Neither Mars, Drake, Gambino, Beyonce nor Jay-Z attended the awards show in New York City, which featured performances by Ariana Grande – who won best pop video for “No Tears Left to Cry,” – Nicki Minaj, Aerosmith, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott.

Jennifer Lopez brought the audience to its feet with a song and dance medley of her biggest hits as she was presented with the annual Vanguard Award, named after Michael Jackson, recognising her 20 years in show business.

“It’s been an incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams and then watching them come true,” said Lopez.

However, a promised tribute to Aretha Franklin following her death last week at age 76 consisted only of a speech by Madonna and a brief video clip from Franklin’s early career.

“She led me to where I am today, and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight,” said Madonna, who turned 60 last Thursday — the day Franklin died.

Franklin has influenced generations of singers with iconic hits including “Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”

But “Respect” (1967) was her signature tune and the broadcast ended with a recording of Aretha belting out the Otis Redding cover as the audience danced wildly.

“I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the Queen,” Madonna added

The VMAs have a reputation for irreverence and provocative stunts but, aside from a segment on U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies, there were few surprises.

Rapper Logic was joined onstage by dozens of immigrant children and their families wearing white t-shirts saying “We are all human beings,” for a performance of his song “One Day.”

The song is a protest against the policy that saw thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents in June after crossing the southern border with Mexico without documents.

Kevin Hart mocks Trump at 2018 MTV Awards

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U.S. comedian Kevin Hart has mocked President Donald Trump over his controversial leadership style which seems to place the white above the blacks.

Hart, while presenting at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards told the audience they were “allowed to kneel” seemingly referencing how NFL players have been kneeling out of protest during the national anthem.

“This game you’re allowed to kneel,” Hart said while presenting with fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish.

He continued: “You can do whatever you want there’s no old white men to stop you.”

The 39-year-old Hart also said the award show was like “a typical day at the White House.”

“Beefs pop off, bad language; people run to the bathroom and send out crazy tweets.

“It’s basically like a typical day at the White House. In your face Trump, suck it,” Hart said.

Earlier this month, NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Aug. 9 as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

Hart’s outburst was one of several political moments during the Monday night award show.

Rapper Logic donned a shirt that read “F— the wall” while singing his song “One Day” with Ryan Tedder.

The 28-year-old singer was joined on stage by immigrant leaders, parents and children, all wearing t-shirts that said “we are all human beings,” in protest of the Trump administration’s family separation and detention policy.

Why Nigeria’s music industry yet to achieve Grammy Awards

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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

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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

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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.