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Late Aretha Franklin Awarded 2019 Pulitzer Prize, Ellen Reid Too

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Legendary music star, Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her contribution to American music and culture.

Also, composer, Ellen Reid was also awarded this year’s Pulitzer music award for her opera “Prism,’’ which premiered at the Los Angeles Opera last fall.

Franklin, who passed away in August 2018 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, was honoured with the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

She became the first individual woman to receive a special citation prize, which was first awarded in 1930.

The iconic music star became the 12th musician, and first female performer, to be given the citation – joining the likes of Bob Dylan, Scott Joplin and John Coltrane.

Franklin, whose powerful voice, trained in the gospel tradition, moved on to embrace jazz, soul and rhythm and blues had won 18 Grammys, had 17 top 10 US chart hits and became the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Pulitzers also honour the best in literature, theatre, and journalism.

Jackie Sibblies Drury won the drama prize for “Fairview’’, a play which seems to be a black family comedy in the style of The Cosby Show or A Different World.

Similarly, novelist Richard Powers won the fiction prize for “The Overstory’’, a multi-narrative look at nine Americans who are brought together unfolding natural catastrophe.

While David Blight picked up the history prize for his acclaimed biography of Frederick Douglas, the escaped slave who became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

The New York Times and Washington Post won journalism awards for their coverage of President Trump, while there was a special citation for the staff of Capital Gazette

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BBNaija: Cindy, Frodd, Mercy and Diane Up for Fake Eviction

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Housemates Mercy, Frodd, Diane and Cindy are up for fake eviction.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that unknown to the housemates, there will be no eviction this week, making their nominations invalid.

The ten remaining housemates were called into the diary room for the usual nomination process, with each of them nominating two housemates each.

Ike nominated Frodd and Cindy, who nominated Diane and Ike. Omashola nominated Mercy and Diane, who nominated Mike and Omashola.

Mike nominated Diane and Mercy while Tacha nominated Cindy and Mike, Seyi nominated Ike and Mercy while Frodd nominated Cindy and Mercy.

On her part, Mercy nominated Frodd and Omashola, and Elozonam nominated Frodd and Tacha.

While the nominations were rolled out, Frodd seemed upset to have been nominated again. On the flip side, Tacha was relieved to escape nomination.

NAN reports that the fake eviction tension was further fueled by the lack of a Veto power of chance holder for a save and replace.

For the remaining part of the week, housemates will pick photographs from a red box. The housemate with a complete picture would hold the ultimate veto power.

(NAN)

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Khafi Kareem Evicted from BBNaija House

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Khafi Kareem has been evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija Season Four.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UK Metro Police officer was evicted during the live show on Sunday.

Khafi, who was put up in a strong competition with Tacha, Mike and Seyi, got on stage in her usual, bubbly demeanor.

When the nomination reel was played for her, she told host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that she was surprised that Ike nominated her, seeing as they both bonded in the house.

NAN reports that Ike, on Thursday, had revealed that he planted a condom by Khafi and her love interest, Gedoni, to imply that they had sex.

While both Khafi and Gedoni had denied that they had sex, they also insisted that their romantic feelings for each other were real.

In the post-eviction interview, Khafi said she bonded with Gedoni in the first week because they were both up for eviction.

She told Ebuka that she believes he loves her as much she loves him, adding that she was a forlorn lover when he was evicted.

She announced that she would be moving to Lagos from London and plans to go into acting and presenting.

During her stint in the house, Khafi was Head of House, won one million Naira and part of Team Lagos and a car.

NAN reports that Ebuka announced that there will be no eviction next week, although the veto power of chance task will still hold.

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Majek Fashek in London, Critically Ill, Says Manager

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Popular reggae musician, Majek Fashek, is down with an undisclosed ailment and he is currently on admission at a hospital in the United Kingdom.

The singer’s manager, Uzoma Omenka, disclosed this in a statement posted on Majek’s official Instagram page,

Omenka wrote, “This is to confirm to all fans of Majek Fashek that he is very sick and currently on admission at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolich in England.”

He apologised for not informing Majek’s fans and other members of the public about the singer’s condition on time.

Calling on music fans to provide financial support for the ailing singer and to pray for his speedy recovery, Omenka promised to provide regular updates on Majek with videos and pictures.

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