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James Brown visits Bobrisky in prison, confirms status

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James Brown visits Bobrisky in prison, confirms status

Popular crossdresser James Brown has visited his mentor Bobrisky at Kirikiri maximum security prison where the latter is serving time for defacing the Naira.

Despite ongoing efforts to secure Bobrisky’s release, James Brown took it upon himself to check on his mentor’s well-being.

The visit comes as a show of solidarity and support for his mentor, who has been incarcerated for several weeks.

James Brown was accompanied by friends and confirmed that Bobrisky is doing well despite the challenging circumstances.

“I went to Kirikiri prison to visit Bobrisky to know if she is alright,” he wrote on Instagram.

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Why I relocated to US – Fuji ace, Adewale Ayuba

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In a recent interview with Teju Babyface, Ayuba revealed that his initial relocation to the U.S. occurred in 1995 during a three-month summer show with his band.

However, political circumstances under the regime of the late military head of state, Sani Abacha, prevented his return to Nigeria.

Ayuba explained that after releasing an album advocating for the freedom of political detainees, including the late Moshood Abiola, he faced serious threats.

Following Abacha’s death in 1998, Ayuba returned to Nigeria to perform at the Benson and Hedges Concert.

The Fuji ace shared that during his extended stay in the U.S., he enrolled in school and completed the necessary documentation to become an American citizen.

Ayuba also revealed he met his wife in America.

“I left for America with my full band members in 1995 for a summer show and others. We came to America for about three months and then returned to Nigeria,” Ayuba said.

“I returned to Nigeria in 1998 when Abacha died. The three years I stayed in America were by the grace of God because he is a good planner.”

Ayuba noted that he only performed on weekends in the U.S., allowing him ample time during the week to pursue education and other activities.

Ayuba also addressed his conversion to Christianity, stating that his inability to pray in Arabic had long hindered his practice of Islam.

He often relied on clerics to pray on his behalf. Inspired by biblical verses, he found solace and happiness in Christianity, particularly in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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“People claim Ayuba is a Muslim. Have they seen me in the mosque? If I were practising Islam, wouldn’t someone have noticed,” he questioned.

“Why is this an issue? Can they let me be? They say I should pray five times daily, but I’m not. My mother is an Alhaja, and although my father never went to Mecca, we practice Islam at home.”

Ayuba emphasized that his choice was personal and brought him closer to God.

“I chose Jesus Christ because he proclaimed, ‘I am the truth, the way, and the life’. This is my personal choice,” he said.

Adewale Ayuba began his music career as a teenager and released his first album, Ibere (Beginning), in 1986.

The 59-year-old musician is celebrated for his albums such as Bubble, Turn Me On, Ijo Fuji, and Koloba Koloba.

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I’ll be catching up with Olamide soon – Temmie Ovwasa

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Singer and former YBNL signee, Temmie Ovwasa, has caused a buzz online after asserting her financial ambitions and defending music career against critics who labeled it as “dead.”

In a series of posts, she responded to a critic who disparaged her musical career, revealing her financial stability and future aspirations.

Contrary to perceptions about her career, Temmie Ovwasa claimed to be financially secure, owning multiple properties and having traveled internationally due to her music.

She emphasised her achievements, stating that her career has taken her to Europe and continues to open doors for her.

She confidently declared that she will surpass her former boss Olamide financially within a few years.

She said: “In a couple of years, the man that signed me, that is making you people chat this sh!t, I will be catching up with him financially. Because I realiae you people do not like it when people keep quiet and mind their business.”

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How Hollywood made me feel like a commodity – Genevieve Nnaji

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Prominent actress Genevieve Nnaji has shared her experience seeking partnerships in Hollywood after the success of her 2018 film, LionHeart.

Despite her achievements, Nnaji said she realised that she was viewed as a commodity, with Hollywood interested in exploiting her talent and African stories for their benefit.

She noted that they wanted to use her to tell their own stories, rather than authentic African stories.

“For the first time, I realised I was a commodity. I thought, you know, given what I had done with Lionheart, and all of that, I was going to have an opportunity to do more. Getting there and having the kind of support that obviously CANEX is bringing on board, but I thought I could find it in Hollywood. That was not quite the case.

“They wanted what I had but for their benefit. It was all about their story. It was all about how, even if it was our story, I could make it more authentic to their own understanding of whatever Africa is because they did have a lot of literature in their archives”, she said.

The actress, who was on a panel at the 2024 AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum/Afreximbank Annual Meetings and has benefited from Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX), an Afreximbank programme through which it provides support, including financial support for trade and investment in Africa’s creative sector, expressed her passion for building a strong Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, that can rival Hollywood.

According to her, she chose to stay in Nigeria and contribute to the industry’s growth rather than pursuing opportunities in Hollywood.

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The actress believes that Africa has the potential to own a thriving industry that tells its own stories, and she is committed to being part of that journey.

“But I am Nollywood. I could have gone to Hollywood a long time if I wanted to. But I had a dream to build an industry in Nigeria that could rival it. That’s because I’ve always believed in that. I have always believed that we were capable of actually owning an industry like that, that told our story for our people. I wanted that. I respect what Hollywood is doing. I respect what Bollywood is doing and I felt like Nollywood had an equal chance at it.

“So when I found it wasn’t quite what they had in mind I was like I’m just going to wait this out and the Covid happened and the worlds switched at that point and Africa sort of became it,” she added

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Wizkid the Jay-Z of new generation, says Terry G

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‘I’m a secular musician, I sing for the devil’ – Terry G

Singer Terry G has showered accolades on colleague Wizkid, drawing parallels between him and the iconic American hip-hop artist Jay-Z.

He emphatically declared Wizkid as the Nigerian counterpart of Jay-Z, acknowledging his remarkable achievements and profound influence on the music industry.

Terry G also shared a memorable experience, recounting the time Wizkid visited his residence in Ishaga in 2016 for a recording session, resulting in the creation of four collaborative tracks.

He expressed deep admiration for Wizkid’s humility, work ethics and dedication to his craft, further solidifying his position as a trailblazer in the Nigerian music scene.

Featuring in the latest episode of the Afrobeats Podcast, Terry G expressly said: “Wizkid is the Jay-Z of his generation. He’s the first [born child of the new generation of Nigerian musicians] and we’ll always give it to him. One thing I like about Wizkid is his carriage. He has inspired a lot of people.

“Wizkid came to my house in Ishaga in 2016 to record a song with me. I was very happy he came. We recorded 4 songs together. God bless Wizkid,” Terry G added.

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Funke Akindele wins best dressed female at ‘Lakatabu’ movie premiere

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Funke Akindele wins best dressed female at ‘Lakatabu’ movie premiere

Box office queen, Funke Akindele, has emerged best dressed female at the premiere of Odunlade Adekola’s highly anticipated movie, Lakatabu, on June 16.

The event, which took place at Film House Circle Mall in Lagos, was a star-studded affair attended by various celebrities, including Iyabo Ojo, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Brodashaggi, Mr. Macaroni, Bukola Arugba, Bolanle Ninalowo, Denrele Edun, Wumi Toriola, and Sikiratu Sindodo, among others.

Funke Akindele’s outstanding outfit, which exuded elegance and sophistication, earned her the Best Dressed Female award, while Denrele Edun’s dapper look secured him the Best Dressed Male award with a winning prize of brand-new refrigerators.

The movie Lakatabu, which is set to debut on June 21st, generated significant buzz and excitement among the attendees, who were treated to a sneak peek of the film’s thrilling moments.

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Tems hints at future collaboration with Arya Starr

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Tems hints at future collaboration with Arya Starr

Tems has praised Ayra Starr for her hard work and dedication to her craft while hinting at the possibility of working together on a music project someday.

The Grammy Award-winning artist was recently featured on NPR Music, where she performed songs from her debut album ‘Born in the Wild’.

During the show, the 29-year-old musician spoke highly of Ayra Starr, whose sophomore album “The Year I Turned 21” displaced Tems’ album from the number one spot on Apple Music’s chart of most listened to Albums in Nigeria. She described the 22-year-old Starr as an artist who reminds her of herself.

Tems hints at future collaboration with Arya Starr
When asked about the possibility of a future collaboration with the Mavin artist, she responded, “Possibly.”

Tems and Ayra Starr are leading the next wave of Nigerian music
Tems and Ayra Starr continue to shine in the music industry, setting new standards and inspiring the next generation of artists with their talent and dedication. The artists are two of the most listened-to artists in Nigeria currently. Yet, they continue to gain fans from other climes.

Ayra Starr, born Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, gained widespread attention after releasing her hit track ‘Bloody Samaritan’ in 2021. With numerous awards and accolades, Starr has quickly risen to become one of the continent’s leading female artists. She was among the Nigerian music stars nominated for the last Grammy Awards, earning a nod in the inaugural ‘Best African Music Performance’ category for her hit song ‘Rush’.

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Tems, on the other hand, rose to fame in 2020 through her collaboration with Wizkid on the song ‘Essence’. She released her debut EP ‘For Broken Ears’ the same year. In February 2023, she won her first Grammy Award in the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category for her role in ‘Wait for U’, a 2022 hit song by Future featuring Drake.

It is pleasing to see the two musicians show mutual respect. Earlier this year, in March, Ayra Starr was asked whom she wanted to give flowers for International Women’s Day. She named three fellow artists — Tems, Tyla and Tiwa Savage. Should the two decide to collaborate on a track, it is sure to be a major hit and the music lovers worldwide would love to see that.

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