19-year-old Nigerian artist unveils Fela-inspired painting

Emediong Uduak Udo during the unveiling on Saturday 9 year-old Nigerian artist, Emediong Uduak Ikoko has unveiled a Fela-inspired painting to celebrate the strength of Nigerians. In May, her painting of music legend, ‘Lagbaja’ has become the first African work to be displayed at the Cyprus Modern Art Museum. Emediong is also the youngest artist and only African to have her work exhibited at the museum, which is the largest in the Mediterranean region. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Emediong unveiled the painting at an auction of 17…

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Burna Boy performs on Trevor Noah’s show

Burna Boy and Trevor Noah (Source: The Daily Show)[/caption] Afro-fusion star, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy pulled stunning performance on global comedy show ‘The Daily Show’. ‘The Daily Show’ is an American late-night talk show that piques on satire and self-deprecatory humour to discuss socially and culturally relevant stories. The show is currently hosted by South African comedian, Trevor Noah and has won 24 Primetime Emmy Awards. Burna Boy, on Tuesday night, appeared alongside Mark Sanford, a former US representative and former Governor of South Carolina. News Agency of Nigeria…

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So sad as Bashir Liman, Daily Trust Kannywood reporter, dies in car crash

Late Bashir Liman (Photo: Facebook) A reporter with Daily Trust in Jos, Plateau State, who has a deep knowledge of Kannywood, Bashir Musa Liman, has died in an auto crash near Ningi in Bauchi State. The 34-year old journalist, died when a car he was travelling in was involved in a multiple collision Saturday evening. He was travelling to Jama’are in Bauchi State. Initially he worked with Trust’s Hausa title, Aminiya, in Abuja before being transferred to Jos few years ago. He was also contributing to the other titles. Apex…

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Life beer splashes over N10m to promote Igbo culture, high-life music

Life Continental Lager Beer, a beverage in the staple of Nigeria Breweries Plc, has declared over N10 million prize money to support growth of Igbo traditional dance, culture and high-life music. The beer brand is doling out the prize money through its ongoing “Rhythm of Progress Competition’’, designed to showcase up-coming Igbo traditional dance, culture display and high-life music among Igbo young talents. Speaking to newsmen at the end of the semi-finals held in Enugu on Thursday, Mr Chidi Egwu, Brand Manager of Life Beer, said that the competition was…

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Toni Morrison: farewell to America’s greatest writer – we all owe her so much

Toni Morrison pictured in 1982. Photograph: Reg Innell/Toronto Public Library Booker nominated author Chigozie Obioma reflects on losing a ‘literary mother’ and her encouragement for generations of black and African writers to come. It was with a heavy heart that I woke up, like many, to the news of the passing of the great African American writer Toni Morrison. As I have mourned and digested the news, my reaction has slowly gone from shock to dismay, then to a sense of inchoate peace. If we judge being old as a…

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Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize-winning author dies at 88

Late Toni Morrison The Nobel Prize-winning US author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. The Morrison family confirmed “with profound sadness” that Morrison had died “following a short illness”. The author of 11 novels, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970. Her 1987 book Beloved told the story of a runaway female slave and was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998. Morrison once said: “We die. That may be the meaning of…

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‘The Lion King’ makes $1bn under 3 weeks

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ has crossed the billion-dollar mark after less than 3 weeks in theaters. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the live-action remake of the 1994 movie features Beyonce, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor in lead roles. The movie joins ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Aladdin’ as the fourth Disney title to surpass one billion dollars in global ticket sales in 2019. With its blockbuster slate, Disney has nearly 38 percent of the domestic market share, a cut that increases to more than 40 percent when Fox,…

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Colabo: Davido, Chris Brown release ‘Blow My Mind’, Nigerians react

Afropop singer David ‘Davido’ Adeleke and American pop singer, Chris Brown have released their anticipated collaboration, ‘Blow My Mind’. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Davido tweeted the song’s release on Friday via his handle iam_davido. He said, “Blow my mind out now.” The collaboration was first teased on July 12 when Davido posted the cover art showing himself and Chris Brown animated with smokes puffing off the top of their heads. Following the announcement, fans had been eager to listen to award-winning Chris Brown’s take on Afrobeats. Brown…

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Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed on stage in China

Simon Yam starred in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life Hong Kong actor and film producer Simon Yam has been stabbed while speaking on stage at a promotional event in China. The star, who has appeared in numerous award-winning films, was in the city of Zhongshan when the incident happened. Video shared on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, shows a man approach the stage and lunge at the actor before a violent scuffle ensues. Mr Yam’s manager said his client’s injuries were not life-threatening and he…

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Martin Charnin: Annie musical writer dies aged 84

The original Broadway production of Annie was one of the longest-running on record Martin Charnin, the writer who adapted the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie for the stage, has died at the age of 84. Charnin wrote the lyrics for the hit musical’s best-known songs including Tomorrow and It’s The Hard Knock Life. The news was first reported by his daughter Sasha, who said he had “lived a very full life”. Born in New York, he began his career as an actor in the original production of West Side…

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