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Nigerian Artistes Top AFRIMMA Nominees List

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watchers have argued that for now, the creative industry in Nigeria is like America to Africa and many African-based artistes emulate their Nigerian counterparts in a bid to succeed in their career.
The recent nominations revealed by the organisers of African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) revealed the strength of dominance by Nigerians. Among the Nigerian nominees into the 26 categories of the reward scheme include Flavor, Davido and Wizkid, who are contenders in the Artiste Of The Year category.
The trio who will be battling one another in that category will also contend with other artistes namely: Diamond (Tanzania), Sarkodi (Ghana), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Anselmo Ralph: a dor do cupido (Angola) and Jagwa (Kenya).
The highly competitive list also has four Nigerian acts namely, Wizkid, Nyanya, Davido and Flavor, two Ghanaian artistes, Sarkodi and Shatta Wale, an Ivorian act and DJ Arafat competing in the best male West African category.
In the best female West African category, the battle will be among Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and Chidinma. Ivory Coast’s Teeya, Benin Republic’s Sessima and Ghana’s Efya.
Other categories of the award include best male East Africa to be contested by Diamond, Platnumz (Tanzania), Ben Pol (Tanzania), Bebe Cool (Uganda), Wyre (Kenya), Navido (Uganda) and Jackie Gosee (Ethiopia). Best male Central Africa with Fally Pupa (Dr Congo), Stanley Enow (Cameroon), Ferre Gola (Congo), Privato Niyintunze (Burundi) Anselmo Ralph (Angola) and Sine (Cameroon).
According to the founder /CEO of Big A entertainment, Mr Anderson Obiagu. The event will not only celebrate the Music of Africa, but celebrate the unique sounds, culture and artistes who tell the story of our country as a whole. He stressed that AFRIMMA represents growth, celebration and it is pushing the culture and music of Africa continuously forward for the better.
It was gathered that the event slated to hold on July 26th 2014, at the Eiseman Centre, Richardson Texas, will feature spectacular performances from top artistes from Africa including a duet from hip hop star, 2 Face Idibia, and Grammy award winning rapper Faheem Najia aka T. Pain.
Mr. Obiagu disclosed that the event will be hosted by comedian, Basket Mouth and actress Juliet Abrahim. Other artistes who will perform at the event include Iyanya, Stanley Enow, Flavour, Davido, Diamond Platinum, Fally Pupa, Wyre and Marian Chemmoss among others.
It was learnt that already Arik Air has signed as a sponsor, the Mayor of Richardson, Laura Maczka, has endorsed her support for AFRIMMA, while international television power house, Sound City, has signed in as media partners and will broadcast the event live through out Africa.

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My Victory Resulted From Steadfast Prayers, Says MBGN Winner

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Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2021, Oluchi Madubuike, yesterday said that her victory was as a result of steadfast prayers.
Madubuike, who was crowned Miss Nigeria World 2021 on Saturday, took to her Instagram page to appreciate her family and other people who supported her in the journey.
According to her, she was victorious because of the steadfast prayers, love and support that she received from well wishes.
She said, “The little girl in me is screaming with joy at this new reality of mine. I’m sure my dad is with the host of angels in heaven celebrating me!
“I am so grateful to God most importantly for this opportunity and the hand of favour He placed upon my life. I am a living testimony of his divine work.
“To @silverbirdgrp , all our sponsors and partners, thank you all for this opportunity. I promise to maximize it to my fullest potential.
“This victory was a result of the steadfast prayers, love and support. I pray that God will find a way to repay everyone who contributed in a thousand folds.”
Madubuike would be representing Nigeria at the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 in Puerto Rico.

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Nigerian Female Celebrities Are Not Prostitutes -Movie Producer

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Nigerian movie producer, Samuel Olatunji, popularly known as Bigsam has debunked the idea that successful women in the entertainment industry earn their money through questionable means.
The Public Relations expert took to his Instagram page yesterday to condemn Nollywood actress, Nnaji Charity, who in her Instagram stories wrote that “being a female celebrity in Nigeria is more like an advanced prostitution.”(sic)
“To say her post is uncharitable to women is stating the obvious. What is more uncharitable is the fact that she is a woman (that, I believe because these days, you never can tell), “ the producer said.
He added, “What you are implying is that all these successful female celebrities, both in entertainment and outside entertainment are prostitutes, got to where they are, or are maintaining what they are by prostitution? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Naming celebrities such as Linda Ikeji, Toyin Abraham, Funke Akindele-Bello, and Ini Edo, the Dear Affy producer attested to lucrative means by which several female celebrities he has worked with, make their money.
He said, “There was a time someone called me to say Linda Ikeji must be doing fraud or advanced prostitution to make the kind of money she has, that year, Linda was charging 50k per post (now it is 150k). I asked the person to open the blog and we did counting of sponsored post for that day as at 6pm, Linda has done about 20 sponsored posts. That year, Linda was raking in about 2 million daily. Before Covid and after, Toyin Abraham was making over 5 million monthly.
“About 10 years ago, we struck a major deal for Ini Edo, my first cut in the money was over 1.5m. Till date, Ini is making legitimate money quietly and in quick succession to have warranted talk that she’s the richest actress in Nigeria. About two or three years ago, Funke Akindele Bello made over 1 million USD from just one of her projects.”(sic)
Also mentioning the likes of Kemi Adetiba, Uche Jumbo, and Lizzy Jay, Bigsam said, “If you see all these women living life and living well, don’t let your limited brain deceive you that they only make it by gracing beds of powerful men (some of these men actually live off them).”
“Women are doing well and it is possible for the upcoming one to do better without turning to prostitution,” he continued.
He further encouraged ladies to ignore the claims by Nnaji as “she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”

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Wizkid, Omah Lay Bag High Nominations In AFRIMA 2021

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The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards have released the 2021 nominees’ list.
The list, which was released on Wednesday, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Leading the 2021 AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’ in ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Producer of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.
Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’. Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.

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