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Jega, Others Emerge Winners At Africa Youth Awards

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Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s most coveted awards for young people have announced the winners of its 2016 awards, which engaged over 170 shortlisted nominees, and received voting participation from over 145 countries from across the world. Voted as the African Youths of the Year were Albert Kusi (Ghana) founder of LEC Foundation and Ilwad Elman, Somalia’s Social Activist and Director of Programs and Development at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. Albert Kusi is also the pioneer of Success Conference, West Africa’s biggest annual empowerment summit which has impacted thousands of young people and has transformed lives whiles Ilwad Elman doubles as the Director of Sister Somalia, Somalia’s first program for assistance of victims of gender-based violence which provides counseling, health and housing support for women in need.
2016’s winners hail from 11 countries and were determined by public votes, which were received from over 145 countries within 21 days.
Other notable winners are Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) for musician of the year and Teacher Mampire (Uganda) for Discovery of the year. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega (Nigeria), CEO of Emerge Tech Africa was also voted as 2016 Entrepreneur of the year. Prince Akpah, cofounder and President of Africa youth awards declared the third edition of the awards as a great success and a true testament of the contributions of young Africans to the development of the Africa continent.
He also emphasized that the stories of these young Africans would inspire more young people as they gear up to take up various leadership positions in their individual pursuits of moving the African continent to the next level Below are the full list of the winners:
1. Llwad Elman, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center (Somalia) – African Youth of the year (female).
2. Albert Kusi-Lec Foundation (Ghana) – African Youth of the year (Male)
3. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega, Emerge Tech African (Nigeria) – Entrepreneur of the year.
4. Souhila Ben (Achhab (Algeria) – Musician of the year
5. Teacher Mpamire (Uganda) – Discovery of the year
6. Christopher Seagateng – Botswana Jobs for Graduates (Botswana) – Award for youth empowerment
7. Zixtech Organisation (Cameroon) – Social Enterprise of the year.
8. Manaseeh Azure Awun, Joy 99.7FM (Ghana)) – Journalist of the year.
9. Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi, Osei-Kusi Foundation (Ghana) – Special Recognition Award.
10. Gaku Biriri (Kenya) – Social Enterpreneur of the year
11. City Tydes Limited – (Kenya) – startup of the year
12. Nana Diaby – Phiphi plus (Mali) – Media personality of the year
13. Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi, L’afrika Integrated Farms (Nigeria)0 – Award for Agriculture.
14. Nuhu Ibrahim Alabura, India Dental Association (Nigeria) – Health personality of the year.
15. Muhire Jean Claude – Young African Leaders Forum (Rwanda) – Leader of the year.
16. Adyne-Africa Diaspora Youth Network Europe – (Somalia) – Civil Society of the year.
17. Dirboga Bakoh (Irenee), Sukuvi (Togo) – Award for Education
18. Sylivia Kakvo, Kakyo Girls Initiative (Uganda) – Advocate of the year.
The awards celebration will be hosted during the Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa this year. The event will be in partnership with the African Youth Commission, Avance Media, Global Skills Exchange, My Naija Naira 88 creatives and Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH.
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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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