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Burna Boy, Fireboy win big at 2023 BMI Awards

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Nigerian music stars, Burna Boy and Fireboy DML have been announced as winners at the BMI London Awards 2023.

The two artists were among the recipients of the ‘Most Performed Work of the Year’ awards which were presented to over 20 songs.

Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ and Fireboy’s ‘Peru’ with British singer, Ed Sheeran made the list.

Meanwhile, another Nigerian record producer, Richard Isong, aka P2J, scooped the ‘Impact Award.’

British legend, Gary Kemp bagged the ‘Icon Award’ while American singer Doja Cat’s afrobeat-themed song, ‘Woman’, won the ‘Song of the Year’ award.

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I once took a bank loan to fund my film – Kunle Afolayan

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Award-winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has advised young talented actors about utilising and exploring futuristic options in the industry.
He spoke about the exciting future of African films to take over streaming platforms in the next five years in an interview with the podcast, Limitless Africa.

Afolayan made mention of the growing presence of streaming platforms in Nigeria and Africa, including Netflix and Prime Video.

He emphasised the continent’s unique storytelling methods and perspectives which have proven to be very attractive to Western investors.

“Well, I think it’s going to get better. One, Netflix is not the only one operating in Nigeria. Now you have Amazon [Prime Video], and you have a lot of people trying to come in. Why are they coming? It’s because there’s something here. And it means it’s because there’s something in Africa. There’s something on the continent,” he said.

He also spoke about the importance of creative freedom for Nigerians as well as Africans as he highlights the past limitations faced by francophone African films, funded by European countries but rarely accessible to local audiences.

“So again, if we have some of these guys who are investors, but at the same time, who allow you to stay creative and do your thing without necessarily controlling how you tell your narrative, then I think it’s a great thing for Nigeria and for Africa. Unlike before, when most of the Francophone films were funded by Europe, France, Germany, Belgium and all. And most of these films, yeah, great production value, but even the citizens and indigenes of all of those countries actually don’t get to see the films,” he said.

He advised filmmakers to push forward and use available resources to them, revealing how he once took a loan to make some of his films before getting a three-film deal with Netflix in 2021.

“But then if you go all out, use your money. People don’t know. I used my money to make a film. I’ve taken a bank loan, which is actually against the ethics of film funding. But I’ve always looked for every possible way to fund film before this Netflix intervention and partnership came. So I think in the next five years, it will be safe to say that there will be more young filmmakers doing great things.” he stated.

Urging filmmakers on the importance of building a strong work ethic, Afolayan said: “You need a championing course, and this championing means that you need to convince people who listen to you and see sense and value in whatever it is you’re preaching, and once you’re able to do that, people will follow. You have to, of course, put in a lot yourself and that’s why I will say, start with the short film”.

Source: The Nation

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Why I regret making song about my ex-girlfriend – Adekunle Gold

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Singer Adekunle Gold has expressed regret over writing a song about his ex-girlfriend who broke his heart.
The song, “Damn Delilah,” featured on his debut album “About 30,” captures his feelings of heartbreak.

In celebration of the album’s sixth anniversary, the singer shared the album cover on his X handle on Sunday, May 27, with the caption: “Happy 6th Anniversary to my beautiful piece of Art. About30.”

A fan then reposted it with the caption: “Delilah will never forget this album”

“She passed. Sometimes I feel bad for making that record,” Adekunle Gold replied.

“Pls tell us the full story,” a curious fan implored the singer.

Adekunle Gold wrote: “You people. I have told the story many times. Anyway, I was in a relationship with a girl who had a boyfriend (I didn’t know). Me I don fall, but the babe dey plays me. Long story short, one Saturday morning, I got a threatening call from a random guy saying I should back off, I should never speak to his woman again. I called the babe immediately, she don block me everywhere. Lol. I got so heartbroken and made Damn Delilah.”

Source: The Nation

 

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‘I discovered my musical talent while working in motor park’ —Daddy Showkey

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Veteran Nigerian singer, John Odafe Asiemo, aka Daddy Showkey, has revealed that he discovered his musical talent while working in a motor park. The ‘Ghetto Soldier’ crooner disclosed this in a recent episode on ‘The Honest Bunch’ podcast.

“I was working in the motor park as a ticketer when someone told me I have a good voice and that I should consider becoming a musician,” he recalled.

“At first, I was sceptical because I didn’t know how to sing but when I attempted it, I discovered that everyone liked it so that was how I became a musician.”

On the controversy of young artists denying music legends contributions to the success of their careers, Daddy Showkey said he wasn’t interested in giving himself any accolades for paving the way for young artists.

Source: Tribune

 

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Singer Flavour loses dad

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Pa Benjamin Onyemaechi Okoli, the father of Nigerian highlife singer Chinedu Okoli, better known as Flavour N’abania has died.
The ‘Ijele’ crooner announced the sad news via his X o handle.

Elder Okoli passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2023.

Mourning his dad, Flavour wrote in Igbo: “My father, Ijele’s (his nickname) father, rest well. God gave and God has taken.”

Condolence messages have been pouring in from fans and colleagues of the singer via the comment section.

The family is yet to announce the funeral plans for the deceased.

Source: The Nation

 

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My cancer battles ordeal – Banky W

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Olubankole Wellington, widely known as Banky W, has shared his testimony of overcoming a cancer tumour. Posting a video on

Olubankole Wellington, widely known as Banky W, has shared his testimony of overcoming a cancer tumour.

Posting a video on his Instagram page, he openly expressed gratitude to God for the triumph over the deadly illness.

In the video, Banky W is seen with his doctor, wife, and loved ones during his battle with the illness.

He attributes his victory to God and quotes scriptures in his caption to acknowledge His role in his healing.

Banky also extended his appreciation to his wife, Adesua Etomi, his families, friends, and pastors for their love, prayers, and support.

He said: “Final Score –Christ 4 – Cancer Tumors 0. Sometimes, your faith in God will not prevent the storms from coming… but it will carry you through them. Faith won’t always stop you from hurting, but it will help you heal, and it will help you deal.

“God never said the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised that they wouldn’t prosper. He never said the enemy wouldn’t come…He promised that when the enemy came in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise a standard against him.

“Posting this testimony to encourage anyone out there who is going through a challenge. It might seem bigger than you, but greater is He that is in you than anything you will face in this world.

“Grateful for my wife, family, friends, and Pastors for their love, prayers, and support. Thanking God for my health and trusting that this latest victory is final in Jesus’ name.

“Appreciating the gifted hands and minds of my doctors, Dr. Onyewu of the Center for Advanced Specialty Surgery, and Dr. Adenuga of Euracare and the teams that support them. We have the victory yet again. Now and forever, in Jesus’ name.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28.”

 

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Internet celebrity VeryDarkMan remanded in prison

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of social media influencer and blogger, Martins Vincent Otse, known as Verydarkman,

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of social media influencer and blogger, Martins Vincent Otse, known as Verydarkman, in police custody following the opposition of his bail application by the police.

The police charge sheets on Wednesday revealed that VeryDarkMan faces five counts of cyberstalking.

The case has been adjourned until next Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

The police prosecuting team informed Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court that they needed more time to respond to the application, and the court granted their request. The prosecution sought to have the blogger remanded in prison custody, but his lawyers successfully argued for his remand in police custody instead.

The court granted this request, and Verydarkman was subsequently taken to the National Cybercrime Centre.

The charges against him include:

1. Posting a video on October 29, 2023, on his Instagram handle ‘verydarkblackman’ that contained offensive, pornographic, or menacing information, falsely alleging that Iyabo Ojo had an indecent sexual relationship with her daughter, violating Section 24 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

“That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 29th October, 2023, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of computer system on your Instagram handles ‘verydarkblackman’, which video contained information that is grossly offensive, pornographic or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character wherein you stated that one Iyabo Ojo is having indecent sexual relationship with her daughter knowing or having reasons to believe that the information in the video you posted on your Instagram handle is false and you thereby committed the offence of Cyberstalking contrary to and punishable under section 24 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015.

2. Posting a video on January 19, 2024, on Instagram, falsely accusing King Tonto Dikeh of criminal conversion of crowdfunding proceeds and being behind the Gistlover blog, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and other harm, in violation of Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime Act.

“COUNT 3 That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 19th January, 2024, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of computer system on your Instagram handles ‘verydarkblackman’ containing information you know or had reasons believe to be false, wherein in the video you falsely published that King Tonto Dikeh is accused of criminal conversion of the proceeds of crowd funding for Justice for Mohbad Movement, and being the person behind the gistlover blog, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to the person of the said King Tonto Dike and you thereby committed the offence of Cyberstalking contrary to and punishable under section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015

3. Posting a video on March 19, 2024, alleging that senior police officers and lawmakers were involved in sexual activities with Bobrisky, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and other harm, in violation of Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime Act.

“COUNT 4 That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 19th March, 2024, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of computer system on your Instagram handle ‘verydarkblackman’, containing information which you know or had reasons to believe to be false, wherein you stated the following, ‘I put it to you say the DIGs of the Police dem dey knack Bobrisky. The senators for senate house dey knack Bobrisky…I dare the Nigeria Police, I said what I said, the DIGs are knacking him, the Law makers, the Senate are knacking him in the National Assembly’ which statement you made for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to the persons of the DIGs of the Nigeria Police Force and members of the National Assembly and you thereby committed the offence of Cyberstalking contrary to and punishable under section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015.

4. Posting another video on March 19, 2024, claiming that Bobrisky was pimping young boys to senators and senior police officers, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and other harm, in violation of Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime Act.

“COUNT 5 That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 19th March, 2024, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of computer system on your Instagram handles ‘verydarkblackman’ containing information you know or had reasons to believe to be false, wherein you stated that Bobrisky is pimping young boys for Senators and Senior Police Officers to sleep with, which statement you made for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury.”

 

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