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LAGOS — Konga, Nigeria’s leading e-commerce company, has signed a major brand ambassadorship deal with Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter, Patoranking. The partnership deal was sealed on Thursday, 3 November 2022 at Yudala Heights, Victoria Island, Lagos. The deal, which will run for a year, subject to renewal, will see Patoranking represent Konga as its lead brand ambassador and feature in the company’s promotional materials and campaign adverts. Speaking at the event, Dave Omoregie, the...

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One of France’s most-garlanded authors and a prominent feminist voice, Annie Ernaux, has been awarded the Nobel prize in literature. The announcement was made by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on Thursday. The Academy said Ernaux was recognised because she “consistently and from different angles examines a life marked by strong disparities regarding gender, language, and class”. In his remarks after the award announcement, Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel literature committee, said the 82-year-old...

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Nigerian artistes, Burna Boy and Tems, have been nominated for the 17th BET hip-hop awards. The list of nominees for the awards which celebrate hip-hop performers, producers and music video directors was unveiled on Tuesday. Grammy-award winner, Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu, got a nomination in the ‘Video Director of the Year’ category for his self-directed music video, ‘Last Last’, which currently has over 75 million views on YouTube. Other ‘Video Director of the Year’...

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Since its release on 30 October 2020, as the fourth single from Wizkid’s fourth studio album, Made in Lagos, Essence is racking up numbers. The sensual song that sees Wizkid and Tems express their desire for each other has moved from a slow-burning fan favourite to a mainstream monster by making astronomical climb on prestigious music charts. Essence is the first Nigerian song in history to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200. It has also continued to scoop local...

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Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has advocated for local solutions to curb Internet fraud, rape, and other social vices. Mr. Runsewe proposed in an interview on Sunday in Abuja that criminals should be taken to their family houses to dance in the village square. This, he said, would go a long way to curb crime in society. “We have to use local and native approach to tackle issues...

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Ilebaye and Khalid of the ongoing Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality TV show have been evicted. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the host of the show, announced the eviction of the housemates during the live eviction show on Sunday. Adekunle, the week’s head of house, had nominated the two housemates for eviction alongside three other housemates, Phyna, Bryann, and Groovy last Monday. Ilebaye and Khalid are the third and fourth housemates to be evicted from the ‘Level Up’...

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A London museum, Horniman Musuem, has agreed to return to Nigeria artefacts looted in the 19th Century from the Kingdom of Benin. It follows a request by Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) in January, BBC London reports. Items include 12 brass plaques, known as Benin Bronzes, a brass cockerel and a key to the king’s palace. Eve Salomon, chair of the museum, said it was “moral and appropriate” to return them since they were...

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Nigerian flutist, Tee Mac Iseli, has revealed that Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is 86 years old. Tee Mac, ex-President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), made the disclosure on Facebook while airing his opinion on why Tinubu is not qualified to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. The veteran flutist disclosed that though he and Tinubu were related by marriage, it was important...

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The organisers of the Headies Awards have disqualified Portable as a nominee at the 15th edition of the Nigerian music awards. The West African Pilot reports that Portable, born Habeed Okikiola, who is a first-time nominee, snagged a spot in the Rookie of the Year and Best Street-Hop Artiste categories. For the Rookie of the Year award, his co-nominees were Av, Fave, Magixx, and Ugoccie, and he was pitted against Bella Shmurda, Rexxie, Mohbad, Naira Marley, Nektunez and Goya Menor for the Best Street-Hop...

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It is another win for Nigerian award-winning singer, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, as she features on the soundtrack for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer. Sharing the trailer on his Twitter page, Tems’ manager, Muyiwa Awoniyi, wrote, “Grateful to the amazing people at @MarvelStudios. BIG LOVE to the legend Ryan Coogler. “It’s @temsbaby on the official Black Panther 2 trailer. My father is in heaven. Thank you once again. Rest in peace @chadwickboseman.” The...

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