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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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Romp in America: Sammie Okposo Apologises to Wife, Withdraws from Ministration

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Popular Gospel musician, Sammy has manned up! He has come out publicly to apologize to his wife, and asked for forgiveness and restitution.

In a painful social media post, the amiable artiste wrote ” Dear friends, I need to bring a very unfortunate incident to your attention as I am not proud of it but know that this is the right thing to do.

“On my recent trip to the USA (Late 2021), I got intimately involved with a lady, knowing that this was not appropriate as a married man and a minister of the gospel. I am ashamed and regret my actions as it has caused a lot of pain to my dear wife, Ozioma, my family and I.
“As I work in making peace with God, repenting and asking for His forgiveness, I am suspending myself from all ministry work until full restoration as this is what is proper and what I know I owe God and His people.
“To my wife, Ozioma. I am sincerely sorry I put you through this shameful and embarrassing situation. I broke your trust and disappointed you. Your forgiveness of my moral failure and poor judgement is important to me. I pray I will eventually be able to build back the trust and confidence every single day for the rest of my life.
“I want to take this moment and apologize to all Fathers and Mothers of the Faith and ministers of the Gospel for my behavior and moral failure. I won’t be here if not for your investment and belief in what God has called me to do. I sincerely apologize for this embarrassing situation.
“To all that have been a part of my ministry, followed my ministry or know me personally, I am truly sorry for disappointing you.  I regret any pain or disappointment that this news of my moral failure and poor judgement may cause you and I am truly sorry for disappointing you.  I humbly ask that you continue to pray for me….

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D’banj, Simi, Obi Asika to Feature As Judges As Nigerian Idol Returns

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Popular music reality show, Nigerian Idol, is set to return for its seventh season. Billed to start on February 6, 2022, popstar, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, and Similoluwa Kosoko, aka Simi, will be the new judges on the show.

They will be joining Obi Asika, who returns as a judge from the previous season.

Speaking on the introduction of new judges for the new season, the Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola said, “We could not think of a better trio to be the season’s judges than Obi Asika, D’banj, and Simi. The three of them combined bring decades worth of experience in the music and entertainment business, as well as individual mastery of their crafts. We have no doubt that they will keep the viewers entertained in what will be a spectacular season!”

D’banj expressed his excitement at being one of the judges this season saying, “I was out of the country when I found out that I was going to be a judge for this season of Nigerian Idol and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I’m coming in with my own strategy so viewers should expect a bang.”

On her part, Simi said, “I’ve always loved the idea of being a judge and I think it’s a fun thing to do. I plan to be very honest and have fun and hopefully gain inspiration from those that come on the show.”

Returning judge Obi Asika added, “I will be looking for special talents and new faces this year. I’m also excited to work with the rest of the judges this season, and I will be very fair and real to every contestant just like I was last year.”

In the sixth season of Nigerian Idol, Kingdom Kroseide emerged winner after months of intense musical contest involving over 10,000 hopefuls from across the country, and over 16 million votes recorded at the finale.

He won a N30m cash prize and N20m in other prizes.

Headline sponsor of Nigerian Idol season 7 is Bigi Drinks and co-headline sponsor is Binance.

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Juju Musician, Dayo Kujore Dies at 63

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Veteran Juju musician, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63.

Kujore, who was among the pioneers of the Nigerian styled musical art form is said to have died on Monday, according to his daughter, Dayo Kujore.

Circumstances surrounding the ‘Soko Extra’ crooner’s death are yet to be revealed as a formal announcement is expected to be made by the family.

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