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Most watched YouTube videos in Nigeria in 2017

Last week, YouTube released its annual Rewind lists. These lists are separated by country and showcase the moments that captured the attention of YouTube users around the globe this year. The Nigerian section of these list made for some interesting viewing by giving an insight into what Nigerians like to watch on YouTube. The top 10 videos (excluding from major …

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Wùlu! African films’ brilliant showing in Berlin

Within a few years, the Sahel has become a region characterized by a dangerous entanglement of fundamentalist religion, terrorism and politics. From 13-19 November, the 10th edition of AFRIKAMERA – Latest Cinema from Africa mainly presented a selection of current feature and documentary films addressing the political and societal challenges of the West African region. AFRIKAMERA 2017, christened Talking about …

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Book: Teaching children about sharing, forgiveness and friendship

British-Nigerian comedian TBoy (real name Tolulope Ogunmefun) is well known for his popular web series ‘Don’t Jealous Me’ which led to a spin off series that premièred on London Live last year. TBoy’s YouTube channel, which he launched in 2009, has been viewed over 41 million times and he has been entertaining fans, both young and old, with hilarious comedy …

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South African wins Miss Universe crown

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017. The 22-year-old business management graduate beat 91 other contestants to the title in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Laura Gonzalez of Colombia was the first runner-up, with Davina Bennett of Jamaica the second runner-up.   Nel-Peters addressed women’s issues throughout the entire competition, impressing judges with her gracious heart and …

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Queen of Nollywood to be crowned in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The second edition of Queen of Nollywood Awards Germany will take place in the south-western German city of Ludwigshafen on Saturday, 2 December. The event honours practitioners of the Nigerian home-grown movie industry. Among those to be honoured at the event are actors, directors, producers, diplomats, businesspeople and politicians – persons who have in one way or the other contributed …

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Wizkid, Eddy Kenzo, Salif Keita win at African Music Awards 2017

Nigeria’s hip-hop superstar Wizkid was the biggest winner at the 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held on Sunday in Lagos. Hosted at the seaside Eko Hotel & Suites on the high-brow Victoria Island, African stars from all over the continent graced the event which celebrated their achievements in the music business. Wizkid won three of the …

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Why Adeola of Sahara Reporters quit Sahara TV

Adeola Oladele Fayehun of Sahara TV has quit her job with the medium. Created in April 2011, Sahara TV is the broadcast outlet of Sahara Reporters, the groundbreaking online news medium commonly referred to as the “Wikileaks of Africa.” Adeola who regularly hosts a satirical news show on YouTube called Keeping It Real with Adeola, which is produced and published on the …

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Akon to host Afrima 2017 in Lagos

International music star, Akon, has been announced as host of the 4th annual All Africa Music Awards (Afrima), taking place on Sunday, 12 November at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a celebration of Africa by rewarding the creativity and originality of African artistes and …

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Berlin Africa film festival’s 10th anniversary focuses on Sahel

Within a few years, the Sahel has become a region characterized by a dangerous entanglement of fundamentalist religion, terrorism and politics. From 13 – 19 November, the tenth edition of AFRIKAMERA – Latest Cinema from Africa presents a selection of current feature and documentary films addressing the political and societal challenges of the region in West Africa against this socio-political …

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Books: Aka Teraka – Something to offer new audiences 

The work of Aka Teraka, a Nigerian poet living in Germany, is an eclectic mix of music, poetry and novellas. Aka Teraka writes in three languages, English, Igbo and German, simultaneously projecting three– different paced and distinct voices in his work. This conflict is aptly captured in the poem Language from the artist’s anthology, Softly, it Rained. In a foreign …

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Accra hosts trade fair for African design

The second edition of the Design Market by Dabira, a seasonal event to showcase contemporary design in Africa, will open its doors on 4-5 November in the Ghanaian capital city. The Design Market is a premier, seasonal market that features talented designers, artists and makers from across the African continent. The second edition will take place on November 4th and …

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100,000 Brits sign up for polygamous dating site

A website that helps Muslim men find “second wives” in Britain has more than 100,000 users registered, it has been revealed. The practice has been accused of opening women, often younger than their husbands, to physical abuse and even trafficking. In the UK, polygamous marriages – in which a person has more than one spouse – are only recognized if …

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Chidinma live in Frankfurt – SHOW CANCELLED!!

We have just been informed that the concert has been cancelled. We apologise to our readers. ————————————— The Nigerian singer Chidinma will perform today, Saturday, 21 October in Frankfurt. The petite superstar will present her new single “Fallen in Love” live on stage in the prestigious Güneş Theater. Hundreds of Chidinma|s fans from across Germany are expected to converge on …

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London’s Somerset House showcases contemporary African art

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair rolled into town at the historic Somerset House in London on 5-8 October. The exhibition now in its 5th year is now firmly rooted in the international arts calendar and is a fantastic platform for contemporary African art, reports Ade Omoloja from London. The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair takes place at Somerset House …

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German films on Ghana, Kenya win prizes in Hollywood

The US Motion Picture Academy has honoured Johannes Preuss and Katja Benrath amid a competitive international field of student directors. Preuss’ documentary examined Ghana’s gold trade while Benrath’s focused on terrorism. German film students Johannes Preuss and Katja Benrath will each take home an Oscar medallion last Thursday as winners of the 44th Student Academy Awards, which honours and encourages …

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French-Moroccan woman elected head of UNESCO as US quits

Former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay has been chosen as the new Director-General of the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Azoulay defeated Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari after the fifth round of voting and the decision will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on 10 November. If Azoulay’s election is approved, she will succeed …

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Nigerian authors in Berlin, talk about homosexuality in Africa

BY STEFANIE HIRSBRUNNER / With Germany and Malta, yet another two European countries have recently approved gay marriage. While this is an important step forward in the struggle for equality, many LGBTIQ people in other parts of the world still face severe discrimination. One state that even prosecutes gay marriage is Nigeria. Two awarded authors, Elnathan John and Jude Dibia, …

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Cologne film festival shines spotlight on land-grabbing in Africa

The number of African governments selling land to foreign investors has increased dramatically over the past decade. As the Africa Film Festival in Cologne showed, many filmmakers are now tackling the difficult subject in their work, reports Aude Gensbittel. “How can they say the land is not ours?” asks Okello O to the camera, horrified. “Our ancestors are buried here, …

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World’s largest museum of contemporary African art opens

A new museum which, according to experts, will transform the way contemporary African art, is viewed opens its doors for the first time today (22 September). The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. The 100,000-square-foot space on the V&A waterfront comprises 80 galleries spread over nine floors, …

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