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Davido, Burna Boy, Nasty C, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Make Forbes Africa’s ‘100 Innovations, Inventions and Icons’ List

Our African stars are not ready to let anything stop them as they made it to the Forbes Africa’s 100 Innovations, Inventions and Icons from Africa list. Proving just how awesome they are and how capable they are of achieving greatness. Award winning artist Davido, Grammy award winner, Burna Boy, South African rapper Nasty C, South African singer-song writer Yvonne Chaka Chaka; emPAWA ceo Mr. Eazi,  the Director-General of WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, award-winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, Olugbenga GB Agboola; award-winning Nollywood actress and producer, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde; made the Forbes Africa’s “100 Innovations, Inventions and Icons from Africa list”. According to Forbes, the list is a testament to the ingenuity of the African mind and spirit of resilience and Afro-optimism. The future is good.”  “From Hollywood exports and Grammy artists to award-winning ideas that can save the world, Africa is not only diverse in its people but also in its industries and creativity,” Forbes Africa says. “For FORBES AFRICA hundredth issue (since the magazine’s inception in 2011), we decided to curate a list celebrating these very ideas, inventions, and influential role models that have spelt Africa’s growth over the last decade.” Read excerpts from the feature below: 1. DAVIDO "Labeled as an Afrobeats superstar by FORBES in 2020, Davido is without a doubt one of Africa’s biggest musicians. The Nigerian-American artist, who also graced the FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list in 2018, told us that “it was people like [Nigerian music veterans] P-Square and D’Banj” who made him believe “that all this was possible”. Since his rise to fame, Davido has won multiple awards, including BET awards and MTV awards. He has also signed on several endorsements with MTN and Guinness Nigeria." 8. OMOTOLA J EKEINDE Easily one of the biggest actors to come out of Africa, multi-award-winning Omotola J Ekeinde has appeared in over 200 movies, according to Entrepreneurs. In 2013, she was featured on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Kate Middleton. In a report by Nigerian newsroom, Pulse, Ekeinde commented on the fact that she would be part of the cast for Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story, Play Network studios’ remake of Amaka Igwe’s 1994 crime thriller. “It feels great being a part of this remake… There’s a lot of youth and drama, culture. I like that there is a human story to it. People will be able to relate to it because they can find themselves in the story plus it’s a classic and you can’t go wrong with a classic,” she said. 10. WIZKID Another one of Nigeria’s brightest and biggest stars, Wizkid, is described by Vogue as “an image-maker who speaks to millennials”. The multi-award-winning Afrobeats artist won a Grammy alongside Beyonce for their song Brown Skin Girl (which came off Beyonce’s visual album Black Is King). In an interview with Evening Standard, he said he did not set out making music to become an African star but rather to be a worldwide musician. “Music is a universal language. I always felt no soul would favor Afrobeats and not fall in love with it — only if you don’t love music, and I don’t know any human being that doesn’t love music,” he said. 12. NASTY C Nasty C’s body of work has been shaped since the age of nine when he started rapping. In 2018, he was one of the Creatives to make the FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list. His hit single, Juice Back, and the ensuing remix featuring Davido and Cassper Nyovest, made him a household name.  Recently, the star furthered his international footprint from being featured in Rhythms of Zamunda – Coming 2 America soundtrack to also performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in February. We asked the award-winning South African artist to comment on being labeled an icon by FORBES AFRICA. “I’m very excited and honored to have been thought of and given such a huge opportunity. I believe that what makes an icon is one’s ability to keep striving for greatness no matter the circumstances. I am overly honored, thank you FORBES AFRICA for recognizing me,” he says. 14. YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA   Daily mantra: “We are born with nothing and die with nothing so let’s just enjoy the life that happens in between.” Singer, actor, philanthropist, activist, businesswoman, and humanitarian, are just some of the words associated with the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. She talks to FORBES AFRICA: Q: How would you describe your experience in the music industry so far? My mother wanted me to be a lawyer, I wanted to be a chartered accountant, but when I began singing, I took a step back to appreciate the platform it has given me and it has been a great platform to tell the world about my country, what inspires me, what I would like to see in others and what I can learn from others and how I can make South Africa a better place so I was quite lucky to be in this position. The quick sales from my first single got me very popular and this included the outside of South Africa which to me was unbelievable given those times. This is how the name ‘the princess of Africa’ came up, because you know I started traveling to places like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, to name a few, for me, it was validation that Africa loved and accepted me and has laid the red carpet for me and this led to me wanting to know my continent better. I was very happy to be known in Africa and that it opened its arms to me and I feel so happy and lucky to be a woman from Africa. Q: Given this relationship with the continent, what does being seen as an African icon mean to you? I don’t regard myself as an icon, I just regard myself as a servant because when people open their arms for you and when people give you a platform to be able to perform, what do you do in return? So for me these people allowed me into their homes without me even asking, that’s when I’m on television; when I perform at a stadium or any function, they leave what they’re doing and come to support me by watching my show. So I just think sometimes we become taken away and think we are doing our fans a favor, when no they aren’t as it’s their love and support that makes us who we are. So I never take anything for granted. I appreciate every single moment that I’m granted by the people who have supported me through all these years because I would not be Yvonne Chaka Chaka without the support they have given me and my music. So I don’t think I’m an icon, I just think I’m a servant and I’m asked by a higher authority to do this work and continue to serve my continent in the role that they have given me. 15. BURNA BOY Often known as one of the biggest and most successful African artists on this continent, Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category at the Grammys on March 14. The Grammy nomination described Twice As Tall as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”. “Africa in the house!” an excited Burna Boy said in his acceptance speech, “This is a big win for my Africans all over the world. This should be a lesson to every African out there, no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do you can achieve it… because you are king!” 40. MR. EAZI Known to the world as ‘Mr Eazi’, Nigerian-born singer Oluwatosin Ajibade has made a name for himself as an award-winning African artist. In 2020, he made the coveted FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list, in which he spoke about the side hustle while in college in Ghana that led him to a best-selling career in music and earning millions of fans along the way. “I began my career with a small cash gift from friends, which enabled me to pay for my first professional-quality video for Skin Tight,” he told FORBES AFRICA, on the early days. Other Africans that made the list include Barack Obama, Idris Elba, Bonang Matheba, Wade van Niekerk, Djimon Houson, Lupita N’yongo, Elon Musk, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, DJ Zinhle, Trevor Noah, to mention a few. Visit forbesafrica.com to view the full list.

Shatta Wale Plans To Retire After ‘GOG’ Album

Ghanaian reggae-dancehall artist Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., popularly known by his stage name Shatta Wale. Recently disclosed he will be retiring from music after His' Gift Of God' (GOG) album. The reggae artist who is set to drop his forthcoming project ,'Gift of God' revealed that this will be his retirement album. Shatta Wale shared this information via his Twitter account. In his tweet, he opened up about leaving the music industry to venture into entrepreneurship in order to create opportunities for many. “THIS #GOGALBUM WILL BE MY RETIREMENT ALBUM. Made enough to go into new businesses and create employment for those who still want to follow the course!” THIS #GOGALBUM WILL BE MY RETIREMENT ALBUM. Made enough to go into new businesses and create employment for those who still want to follow the course ! — SHATTA WALE (@shattawalegh) March 31, 2021

No One Is Listening To Coming But It’s Streaming No.1

Controversial singer, Naira Marley reacts as his song ‘Coming’ featuring South African singer, Busiswa, as it tops music charts on streaming platforms. The song was condemned for its vulgar lyrics barely days after its release which was followed by an alleged ban of the track by the Nigeria Broadcasting Communication (NBC). However, when the song which Nigerians bashed him for topped Audiomack and Apple Music, Naira Marley called out Nigerians on their supposed hypocrisy. According to the 'Chi Chi' crooner, everybody loves sex in Nigeria but lies about it. He also pointed out the irony that the song is on number one on digital music platforms despite the fact that he received backlash and was told nobody would listen to it. Via Twitter, he wrote; "I released a sex song called “coming” in a country where everybody loves sex and lies about it and people think I’m stupid. Nobody’s listening to “coming” apparently but it’s on number 1. I come in peace sha" I released a sex song called “coming” in a country where everybody loves sex and lies about it and people think I’m stupid. Nobody’s listening to “coming” apparently but it’s on number 1. I come in peace sha 💦 — nairamarley (@officialnairam1) March 31, 2021 He further went on to tweet: "Humans love sex, we need sex, it’s how we connect, it reminds us we’re alive, it’s the third most basic human need, after food and water. #Coming”, he added. Humans love sex, we need sex, it’s how we connect, it reminds us we’re alive, it’s the third most basic human need, after food and water. #Coming pic.twitter.com/7oZbKnzHVt — nairamarley (@officialnairam1) March 31, 2021 Most of Naira Marley’s songs contain lewd words that would be hard for kids to listen to and this song of his Coming is no exception but is making the numbers. Some of his explicit songs include 'Pxta', 'Opotoyi', 'Soapy', 'Am I A Yahoo Boy', and 'Idi Oremi'.

Burna Boy Makes The Nominees List For The 2021 Brits Awards

African Giant and Grammy Award winning singer, Burna boy has been nominated in the ‘International Male Solo Artist’ category for the 2021 Brits Awards. The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. The 2021 Brit Awards will take place on 11 May 2021 at the O2, London, United Kingdom. Usually held in February, the ceremony has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The nominees list was released on the 31st of March 2021. Burna boy was nominated alongside international acts like Bruce Springsteen, Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, and Tame Impala in the ‘International Male Solo Artist’ category. This is Burna boy’s third Brits award nomination, after being nominated twice in the 2020 edition of the Awards ceremony. The 2021 International Male Solo Artist nominees are: Bruce Springsteen Burna Boy Childish Gambino Tame Impala The Weeknd The singer announced the good news on his twitter handle: 🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/JEchuCTzE8 — Burna Boy (@burnaboy) March 31, 2021 Here is a full list of the 2021 BRIT Award nominations: Male Solo Artist AJ Tracey Headie One J Hus Joel Corry Yungblud Female Solo Artist Arlo Parks Celeste Dua Lipa Jessie Ware Lianne La Havas British Single  220 Kid & Gracey – ‘Don’t Need Love’ Aitch & AJ Tracey ft Tae Keith – ‘Rain’ Dua Lipa – ‘Physical’ Harry Styles – ‘Watermelon Sugar’ Headie One ft AJ Tracey & Stormzy – ‘Ain’t It Different’ Joel Corry ft MNEK – ‘Head & Heart’ Nathan Dawe ft KSI – ‘Lighter’ Regard & Raye – ‘Secrets’ Simba ft DTG – ‘Rover’ Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One – ‘Don’t Rush’ British Group Bicep Biffy Clyro Little Mix The 1975 Young T & Bugsey Breakthrough Artist Arlo Parks Bicep Celeste Joel Corry Young T & Bugsey International Group BTS Fontaines D.C. Foo Fighters Haim Run The Jewels International Female Solo Artist Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Cardi B Miley Cyrus Taylor Swift Mastercard Album Of The Year Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’ Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ J Hus – ‘Big Conspiracy’ Jessie Ware – ‘What’s Your Pleasure’ Dyesek Team wished Burna Boy best of luck.

I'm A Business Man, I Made 100 Million Alone Ahead Of My Debut Album – Mr. P Informs Angry P-Square Fan

Nigerian singer, writer, dancer and director Peter Okoye, better known as Mr P is putting angry PSquare fans in their place. Since he went solo, heartbroken Psquare fans have been asking the upcoming artist to reunite with his brother Rudeboy and bring back the Psquare group. Though the brothers have made it clear that they are never reuniting again, fans are helplessly hoping they will change their minds. Recently, a die-hard Psquare fan trolled Mr P on Twitter following the release of his new album, Mr Prodigal. The fan made it clear that he has no intentions of streaming his songs until he reunites with his brother. Another fan rushed to Peter’s rescue and informed him that Mr P doesn’t need his Streaming. He informed the ignorant fan how much Mr P has made from the ticket sale of his virtual concert. Mr P  defended himself by breaking down how much he made from the sale of tickets. He also shared a screenshot of the tweet on Instagram with the caption: “Let me say it again! This individuals are not haters they are just P2 heart broken fans and i understand. Only PALOMA and JUST LIKE THAT dem don dey shake Dey shiver!  I will still wish dem well this weekend! Sha?? I have forgiven them!?? it’s over 4yrs now! pls you people should move on. No come get High BP for person matter.????? I have an Album and a virtual concert coming up in 3days time! I can not be distracted! Just say a simple CONGRATULATIONS to me! It will not kill you”. See the Instagram post below: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr P (@peterpsquare)

Omah Lay, Patoranking, Stonebwoy, & Other African Stars To Perform At The 2021 YAM Carnival London

YAM Carnival is a brand new carnival coming to London in the summer of 2021, organized by the minds behind Afro Nation. On March 29th 2021,  the organizers of the event released the complete list of performing acts at this years edition. See post below; View this post on Instagram A post shared by YAM Carnival (@yamcarnival) As the 2021 YAM Carnival fast approaches, one of the performing acts at this year’s edition, Omah Lay during the late hours of the 30th of March 2021 notified fans of his appearance at the event via an Instagram post: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Omah Lay (@omah_lay) The 2021 YAM Carnival will be held on the 28th of August 2021 in Clapham Common, London. A long list of African acts are billed to perform at this year’s event. They include; Davido, Kehlani, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Rema, Femi Kuti, Stonebwoy, Fally Ipupa, Vigro Deep, King Promise, Ms Banks, Omah Lay, Nao, Darkoo, Midas The Jagaban and others.

Joeboy Performs Songs from His Album “Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic” In This Deezer Live Session

In this Deezer live session which premiered on March 30th 2021, Joeboy performed songs from his recently released debut album “Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic“ #SBBM, including “Count Me Out“, “Oshe” and “Police“. Watch the clip below:

Burna Boy To Perform At The 2021 Native Festival In Mexico

African Giant and Grammy award-winning singer, Burna Boy will be performing at the 2021 edition of the Native Festival in Cancún, Mexico.  According to Native Festival’s official website, the festival is a one of a kind event celebrating different cultures music and art. Over the course of 4 days, attendees will have access to the most culturally diverse combination of experiences ranging across music, art installations, fashion, dance parties, carnival, food and more. This year's edition will hold from the 2nd of September to the 6th of September in Cancun, Mexico. Burna Boy took to his Twitter page on the 31st of March, 2021, to share details of the upcoming event and the date for his performance. 📍 Mexico 5th Sept 2021 @theNativeFest pic.twitter.com/k1meUeoVDs — Burna Boy (@burnaboy) March 31, 2021 Burna Boy, won the award for 'Best Global Music Album' for his 2020 Album ‘Twice as Tall’, the singer was recently honored by the Rivers State Government and a homecoming concert was organized in his name.

A Day in the Life of Falz | Naomi Campbell

In this recent episode of “Being Naomi“ which aired on sunday, March 28th, international supermodel Naomi campbell spends a day in the life of Afrobeats rapper, lawyer and and activist, Falz.    The per gave us a tour of Falz’s home, a peek into their visit to 'Nike Center for Art and Culture' Lagos and a cook date with Chef Michael. Watch the Vlog below:

Nigerian Idol Show: Twitter NG Calls Out Seyi Shay For Her Harsh Remarks

Twitter NG has called out Nigerian singer and one of the judges of Nigerian Idol Season 6 show, Seyi Shay for criticizing a contestant. While giving her remark on one of the contestant's performances during the live audition on the 29th of March, Seyi Shay made some comments that irked viewers of the Nigerian Idol show. She said; “And I'm laughing at the fact that I can't just believe what I just heard. Like who told you, just wait. Somebody lied to you, somebody told you to come here and audition. And that person should go back and tell them that they are not your friend. Because that was not a good audition." She went further and gave a verdict regarding the contestant’s musical career; "You have a sweet-talking voice and it comes out in your singing voice but your performance terrible. You are never going to make money being a singer.”, she added. Seyi Shay’s comments didn't please the viewers of the show and they took to Twitter to express their thoughts regarding her statement. Below are some reactions; Imagine Seyi Shay telling a 17 year old with good voice, who has passion for singing that “YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO MAKE MONEY BEING A SINGER”. Cos you’re God abi?pic.twitter.com/QZsBVNWutG — Series Abíọ́dún ☻ (@Engr_Series) March 28, 2021 Imagine this, telling someone he will never make it 😫 please send me Seyi Shay number I want to her something 😡 pic.twitter.com/FcaLtLSm5g — Newton Arunaye (@Chief_Legit) March 28, 2021 Seyi Shay saying Torrus Can Never Make it in the industry shows just how she wasn't paying attention to the boy's voice she just want to get it wrapped up so she can go the toilet #NigerianIdol pic.twitter.com/IzAR1wIyAI — Award Winning Editor 👨‍💻 (@kinnsokoye) March 28, 2021 What the freaking hell, what does Seyi Shay feel like sef, this is a 17 year old boy with a good voice that just needs training and she straight up told him he was horrible and the singing thing would never work, this is supposed to be a platform to help talents. I'm so disgusted pic.twitter.com/91Pqs57mZC — Sportie Utd🇳🇬⚽ (@annabelle_ikio) March 28, 2021 Before y’all start dragging Seyi Shay like tigger generator make sure you watch the complete video here.#NigerianIdol pic.twitter.com/kjNKsJ73oR — thatadvertboy (@jaydgreat_) March 28, 2021 Wtf!! This is too much from Seyi shay, is this supposed to be a word of encouragement to a 17y/o kid??? pic.twitter.com/gQuruLigWw — Duke of Ibadan 🀄 (@_AsiwajuLerry) March 28, 2021 See the mumu Seyi shay that’s telling someone they can’t make it through music pic.twitter.com/A6UTMHbXih — Oyindamola🙄 (@dammiedammie35) March 28, 2021 It won't cost her anything to be kind to this boy. "Hey, I can tell that you're nervous and that affected your performance. It wasn't very good. Go home, work harder and audition again" Everybody wants to be Simon Cowell so badly 😂 https://t.co/JrChlroFbW — Chubi (@chuubiyo) March 28, 2021 Seyi Shay could have been subtle about her feedback but that doesn't make her a bad person. #TECNONigerianIdol #NigerianIdol — Eni (@Ennyholar_) March 28, 2021 Share your opinion regarding Seyi Shay’s comment towards the Nigerian Idol Season 6 contestant in the comment session below.

Governor Wike Honours Burna Boy With Rivers Second Highest Award

Over the weekend, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, top government officials, artists, models and people from all walks of life treated Burna Boy to a grand reception in Port Harcourt the state capital. Governor Wike conferred the Grammy award-winning Afrobeat artiste, whose real name is Damini Ogulu with the Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) award, the second-highest distinction in the state. “We are going to bestow on our son, the second-highest award in the state as recognised by law. We are awarding him ‘Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State – DSSRS,” Wike said on Saturday while receiving Burna Boy, his parents and management team at the Government House in Port Harcourt. "Remember it was Rivers State that also produced the Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Agbani Darego. Rivers State has been blessed with talents and beauty.” Burna boy is to share the title, which is only given to outstanding citizens of Rivers State, with the likes of the Deputy Governor and the Speaker of the State Assembly. Governor Wike also said the Rivers State Government will gift the music star a piece of land at the GRA Phase one in Port Harcourt and provide him with funds to build a house of his choice. He also announced that all the Artists who performed in music, comedy and dance at the Burna Boy’s homecoming concert in Port Harcourt will be given ₦10 million each. The singer had earlier won a Grammy award for the "Best Global Music Album" category on March 14th, 2021 for his latest body of work, ‘Twice As Tall’. Congratulations to the African Giant Burna Boy from all of us at DYESEK.

"Being A New Dad" – Banky W

In a recent interview on the Beat99.9 FM, Banky W and Toolz had an interesting tête-à-tête about his latest track “Final Say“, his forthcoming album “The Bank Statements“, his wife Adesua Etomi Wellington, being a new dad, a “teacher” and the effects of the global pandemic on artists. About what inspired “Final Say”, he says, It’s a fun song but it’s a faith song. It’s for anybody who’s waiting on God for something. The crux of it is that delay is not denial and that whatever it is that you’re praying for, working for, waiting on God for, it is still possible. And for us, Obviously, that was Zaiah. The journey towards having a child is an interesting journey and for some people like us, it can be a very challenging job… It’s like the whole country is marrying with you and then everybody’s waiting for you to have a child. On how the pandemic has affected him as an artist and if he misses partying, he says, I guess music and art is just one part of the things that do. I’m a musician, I’m a filmmaker, I am a businessman. So I think everybody in the world was negatively affected at some point or the other by COVID. You know, business slowed down, for artists… there were no shows, no events. Even your corporate people who would normally use their marketing budget to entertain. There was no end of year concerts. Nothing. So it definitely was a tough time. Luckily for me, December was when we actually went to go prepare to have Zaiah. So I was going to miss it anyway. That’s now my most important job description. Being a father or learning to be a father. We were getting to the end which was hospital visits, doctors, checkups, all of those things. So my mind was completely focused on that. I didn’t have time to think about partying. When asked if he’ll reveal baby Zaiah’s face soon, he says, We’re not there yet. I think what we’ve tried to do is be very intentional about what er share and when we share. We understand that fans want to know and fans want to feel a part of your journey and I think we’ve done a decent job of bringing our fans along. But it’s always when we’re ready for it. Watch the interview below:

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