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Tems Joins Wizkid As Only Africans to Win Soul Train Award

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Multiple Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and performer Tems has joined Wizkid as the only African and Nigerian artiste to ever bag Soul Train award.

She was awarded the Best New Act at the Soul Train Awards show yesterday ahead of ckay and fireboy.

In what happens to be Tems best year in the music industry, she has bagged several nominations as well as being mentioned in works of several international heavyweights including future, Rihanna while also having a feature on Drake’s “Fountain”.

The exploits made by Tems this year in the music industry has made her win the Soul Train Award, with Wizkid being the only other Nigerian artiste to have previously won the award.

Other awards bagged by Tems this year include:

NAACP Image Awards – Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album, Outstanding International Song

The Headies – Best collaboration, Best R&B Album, Best female artiste

BET Awards – best international act and best collaboration

O2 Silver Clef Awards – International Award

BMI London Awards – Impact Award

American Music Awards – favourite hip hop songs and favourite R&B song.

With all these, it is safe to say that Tems is the best Female act in Africa at the moment and she isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

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Adekunle Gold Features As Guest on Glo-Sponsored African Voices

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Afropop singer, Adekunle Almaruf Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold, is guest on this week’s edition of CNN African Voices Playmakers sponsored by telecommunications company, Globacom.

Born on January 28th, 1987, Gold is reputed for his rich lyrics and unique rendition of his songs, He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from the Lagos State Polytechnic. Gold hit the lime lights in 2015 after releasing his hit single “Sade” which was subsequently nominated for Best Alternative Song at the 2015 Headies. He later released  2 more singles, “Orente” and “Pick Up” singles following the success of ‘Sade’.

Gold progressed further in 2015 by signing a record deal with YBNL Nation and released his debut studio album “Gold”, which clinched number 7 on the Billboard World Albums chart.

Adekunle Gold is using his superstar status to raise awareness and rally support for those living with sickle cell, which he also battled behind closed doors for his entire life.

Gold who married a Nigerian songstress, Simi, in 2019, has received many awards including Best New Act Award of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2015 and 2016, the City People Entertainment Awards for Album of the Year in 2016 and 2017; the Best African Music Artist of IARA in 2017 and Songwriter of the Year for The Headies, 2023.

African Voices Playmakers comes up on Saturday at 8. 30 a.m. on DSTV Channel 401 with repeats the same Saturday at 12.00 noon; Sunday at 4.30 a.m., and 7.00 p.m. The edition will be repeated on Monday at 4.00 a.m., next week Saturday at 8.30 a.m., 12 noon and on Sunday at 4.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. and on Monday at 4. 00 a.m.

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Nigerian Designers Feature on Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices

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On this week’s Globacom-sponsored African Voices Changemakers on CNN, two Nigerian fashion icons, Dumebi Andrea Iyamah (brand name Andrea Iyamah) and Ruth Erikan James (brand name Veeke James), will feature as guests.

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Andrea Iyamah is a fashion designer who is Canadian-Nigerian. Her fashion label, “Andrea Iyamah”, specializes in bridal, swimsuit, and ready-to-wear lines. She founded the company and serves as its CEO. Celebrities, including Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Ciara, Issa Rae, and Genevieve Nnaji, have all donned her designs.

Iyamah, who was born on March 18, 1993, left her professional studies early at the age of 17 to start her fashion brand, Andrea Iyamah. The company is based in Toronto, and in 2017 it opened a flagship store in Lagos.

Bright colors and intricate patterns are hallmarks of current design, and Andrea Iyamah’s colorful swimwear combines African tradition with style.

Veekee James, on the other hand, learned how to sew when she was still a young child from her mother Esther James, who was also involved in fashion design.

In fact, it was her mother who gave her the inspiration to launch “Veekee James”, her own clothing line, in 2019. Over time, she established two fashion brands: “Shoprikan” for ladies and “Veekee James Man” for men. With her magnificent gowns, which are renowned for their flawless craftsmanship and red carpet appeal, Veekee James transforms bespoke couture.

On the weekly feature show, CNN’s Larry Madowo delves into the world of the two Nigerian designers who are revolutionizing international fashion.

This Saturday, the show will be on air on DSTV Channel 401 at 8.30 a.m.; a rerun will air at noon same day. There will be two reruns on Sunday, one at 4.30 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m.

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Sex for Money Comments: TikTok, Facebook, Instagram Delete Saidaboj’s Accounts

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The TikTok, Facebook and Instagram accounts of controversial influencer, Sarah Idaji Ojone, also known as Saida Boj, has been deleted.

The development came to light hours after the video of her controversial statements about men and relationships went viral.

Saida Boj, who was a guest on the Honest Bunch Podcast, said that a man would have to transfer N500,000 to her within 24 hours of ‘talking stage’.

She said the money is justified because she deserved to be paid for being beautiful.

Her statements raised curiosity and was confronted with questions about selling her body, but she insisted that a man who gives her N20 million can enter anywhere in her body.

“I don’t have time, life is stressful, if you’re talking to me for morning, I’m already billing you for evening, if you don’t have the money, then you go. You should give me at least 500k. You should pay me for being beautiful, do you know how much skincare cost?” Saida Boj said.

“If you can spend up to N20 million in a week, you can go through anywhere in my body. N20 million, N50 million, that’s money. If you can’t spend up to N500k, you don’t deserve my WhatsApp number,” she added..

Her statements were tackled by celebrities including Erigga, and Dat Warri Girl and netizens took to different social platforms to slam the Tiktoker.

After several backlashes, Saida Boj was banned from TikTok, Instagram and Facebook.

Refusing to be weighed down by the ban on social media, Saida Boj, has uploaded a new video through another Facebook account, maintaining that she was used to being banned from social media platforms and that her critics should pray to have a child like her instead of fighting her.

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