Hollywood actor Steven Seagal now Russian envoy

Russia has appointed Hollywood actor Steven Seagal as special representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to focus on humanitarian issues with the United States (U.S.). Russian Foreign Ministry which made the announcement on Facebook late on Saturday said Seagal will be tasked with furthering “Russian-American relations.” It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal. It would be recalled that an alleged Russian spy with apparent ties to a Donald Trump campaigner in has been in the news concerning…

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Keeping father’s protest torch lit, Femi Kuti sees hope

Femi Kuti has spent his life railing in song against the ills holding back Africa. But these days he is feeling some optimism. The 56-year-old carries forward the legacy of his legendary father, Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti, whose searing attacks on government corruption and incompetence made him a scourge of Nigeria’s former military leaders. Fela’s nightclub, the New Afrika Shrine, became a visible target of authorities eager to suppress dissent but earlier this month it received a very establishment guest, French President Emmanuel Macron, who took off his jacket…

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How 37 Nigerian youths became AU Ambassadors

Thirty Seven Nigerian youths who participated in the maiden edition of ‘The Labour Room,’ Nigeria’s first reality TV show geared towards national development, have been honoured as Ambassadors of the African Union (AU). The youths drawn from the states of the Federation, including the FCT, were named ‘African UnionAgenda2063 Ambassadors’ by the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) on Friday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that The Labour Room, an initiative of Nigeria Rebirth Foundation, assembled 37 youths, male and female, Muslims and Christians, selected from…

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Davido pays tribute to late pal at London Music Festival

Nigerian singer David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido has paid tribute to his late friend, disc jockey, DJ Olu, at the 2018 Wireless Music Festival/Concert in London. Following a vibrant performance of ‘Chioma my lover’ and ‘FIA’ which the crowd sang along word for word over the weekend, Davido led a memorial for his late friend DJ Olu who passed in 2017. The `Fia’ crooner wore a red tee-shirt with the inscription, ‘Long Live Olu’ at the back. Davido, who was featured alongside Drake, J Cole and Migos, sang his hit songs…

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Nollywood actor Chinedu Ikedieze honoured in US

Nollywood actor, Chinedu Ikedieze a.k.a Aki, has added another feather to his cap with the honorarium as a distinguished visitor to the city of Miami, Florida. The actor shared the news on his instagram page @Chineduikedieze with some pictures from the ceremony which took place in Miami, Florida. Mr Ikedieze was full of thanks to the Mayor of Miami for according to him the renowned title. He said, ‘’When the world believed in you, believe in yourself also. Have faith in your abilities. “Without a humble or reasonable confidence in…

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Ben Bruce: More people know Fela than any president in Nigeria’s history

Ben Murray-Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east, says Afrobeat progenitor Fela Kuti is more famous than any president in the history of Nigeria. The senator described the late king of Afrobeat as the “greatest leader to come out of Africa”. Murray-Bruce made the comments while speaking with TheCable Lifestyle when Emmanuel Macron, French President, paid a visit to the New Afrika Shrine. According to the senator, “Fela is an icon, the greatest in Africa. Fela is a tourist attraction. More people know Fela than the name of any president in the…

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Nollywood actress Akilapa docked for serial stealing

An upcoming Yoruba actress and film maker, Yetunde Akilapa, who is also a career thief, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court charged with burglary and stealing valuables worth N7 million. The actress, 32,  who lives at Oladelola St., Ketu area of Lagos, is standing trial on a three-count charge of burglary and stealing to which she pleaded not guilty. Police Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 27 at Mutairu Street, Shangisha, Ketu, a suburb of Lagos, at 2.10…

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Drake’s Scorpion album breaks streaming records

Drake has smashed streaming records with his new album “Scorpion,” with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day in 92 countries. Apple Music said on Instagram that the Canadian hip-hop superstar’s fifth studio album was streamed 170 million times in the 24 hours since its release Friday. #Scorpion x Apple Music The most streams in a single day, on any streaming service. @champagnepapi #drake A post shared by Apple Music (@applemusic) on Jun 30, 2018 at 11:32am PDT https://instagram.com/p/Bkn2OITAAa7/?utm_source=ig_embed The worldwide figure is the highest…

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Wizkid booked for 3 years

Nigerian pop singer and songwriter Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has been booked for shows for the next three years. The ‘Soco’ crooner made the announcement on his Twitter handle @wizkidayo, where he wrote, “booked for three years”. Wizkid has released several hit tracks this year including ‘Soco’, ‘Fake Love’, ‘Manya’ and ‘Nowo’. ‘Soco’, in which he featured Ceeza Mili, Spotless and Terri, is a fast-paced Afro-beat tune that has grown to become the most favourite song for the ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first…

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Michael Jackson’s dad passes on at 89

Michael Jackson’s dad has died! Joe Jackson — the patriarch of the Jackson family — has died, TMZ reports. Family sources tell the online celebrity and entertainment news outlet that Joe passed away at 3:30 AM on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Joe was hospitalised in June with terminal cancer. His family had been flocking to his bedside since. His wife, Katherine, had been at his bedside as were some of Joe’s children and grandchildren, TMZ reported. “Joe had been battling health problems for some time now. He was hospitalised back…

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