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International opera star Jessye Norman dies at 74

International opera star, Jessye Norman died Monday, 30 September at the age of 74. The New York Metropolitan Opera described Norman as “one of the great sopranos of the past half-century. Norman sang more than 80 performances with the company, dazzling audiences with her beautiful tone, extraordinary power, and musical sensitivity”. Late Norman won four Grammy awards and a lifetime …

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Nigerian beauty, music and culture on display in Hamburg today!

That the jury will have a tough time selecting the most beautiful Nigerian woman in Germany on 5 October is certain. The number of qualified candidates who have been screened and cleared for the beauty pageant makes that fact clear. Among those set for the battle of the Naija beauties are Abigail Johnson, Deborah Oyedeji, Christiana Johnson, Confidence Nmonze and …

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Interview: Celebrated publisher Bibi Bakare-Yusuf discusses African literature

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s leading publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press, and the co-founder of Tapestry Consulting, a boutique research and training company focused on gender, sexuality and transformational issues in Nigeria.  She has worked as a gender and research consultant in the public, private and development sectors for the BBC, UniFem, ActionAid, eShekels, …

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Ground-breaking Mozambican feature film shows in Germany, Austria

The independent Mozambican feature film REDEMPTION (original title, in Portuguese: RESGATE) premiers in Germany during the 2019 edition of FilmFest Hamburg, from September 26 to October 5. The film will be shown twice: on October 2 at 9:15pm (CinemaxX 2) and October 4 at 9pm (Metropolis). The director, Mickey Fonseca, will participate in both events. By the Mozambican production house …

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2Face,  Alhaji Adenekan, Don VS bag awards in Frankfurt, Germany

Pulling off the recent 2Face concert in Frankfurt would count as a major achievement of Isaac Izoya, founder and director of Nollywood Film Festival Germany NFFG and Nollywood Europe Golden Awards NEGA. Rumours had been circulating that the Afrobeats legend would not show up at the Gala Night of the twin events ostensibly because he was indisposed. Even when 2Baba …

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2baba Idibia marks 44th birthday, celebrates ‘two decades in music’

Nigerian hip-hop singer, Innocent Idibia, better known as 2baba, marked his 44th birthday on Wednesday. The singer also celebrated two decades in the music industry by unveiling Tboiz, a boy band which will perform at his ’20 Years A King Concert’.   Speaking at a media launch in Lagos, Nigeria, 2baba said that members of the band would include khiria …

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Nigerian film premieres in Frankfurt to critical acclaim

Frankfurt am Main, the financial hub of Germany, recently hosted the annual double-packed – Nollywood Film Festival Germany NFFG and Nollywood Europe Golden Awards NEGA. The twin-events, organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V., featured Nigerian film screenings, networking sessions for film makers and an awards ceremony. The two-day cultural festival was kick-started with the premiere of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s newest …

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Nigerian Afro-pop singer, Davido proposes marriage to girlfriend

David Adeleke, Nigerian Afropop singer better known as Davido, has proposed marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland. The 26-year-old singer was seen on his kneel proposing marriage to Chioma in one of the footages he shared on his social media pages on Thursday. “SHE SAID YES!!!! BIG ROCK #ASSURANCE2020,” Davido wrote, as the wife-to-be was seen wearing a …

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Taye Currency to headline Nigerian Independence Day celebrations in Berlin

Sensational Fuji singer Alhaji Taye Akande, better known as Taye Currency 1, will perform at the Nigerian Independence Day celebrations on 2 October in Berlin, Germany. Taye Currency, an Ibadan, Nigeria-based Fuji artiste, will headline activities at an event marking the 59th National Day of Africa’s most populous country organized by Otun Promotions in the German capital city.  The event …

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Reggae legend Majek Fashek is sick in London, needs financial support — manager

Nigerian reggae singer Majek Fashek has been hospitalized at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London, United Kingdom. Video clips of him in his hospital bed has gone viral, showing his pathetic situation. Uzoma Omenka, the singer’s manager, told Premium Times, a Nigerian online newspaper, on Monday that the sexagenarian, was flown out of Nigeria when his health condition deteriorated.   Having …

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Nigerian singer Yemi Alade signs deal with Universal Music Group

Nigerian Singer Yemi Alade has signed a licensing deal with Universal Music Group Africa/France. The Universal Music Group’s West African affiliate is in partnership with Universal Music France (UMF). Alade, one of Africa’s most creatively and commercially successful artists, through her record label signed the deal with Universal Music Africa (UMA) in Paris on Monday. Based on the multi-year agreement, …

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Project to promote migrant writers in Italy launched

In Italy, a project aims to help writers who are migrants or come from migrant families, and to spread their work. Both experienced and aspiring poets, authors and journalists can participate. The project, titled “Words4link – Migrant Writing for Integration”, was just launched. It aims to promote the writing of migrant writers and writers from migrant families and to celebrate specific …

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Diamond Platnumz makes Africa proud in Berlin

It’s a mega show with more than 1,000 people turning up at the prestigious Columbiahalle in Berlin on Saturday (7 September) for the #SIMBAinBERLIN concert. You had to wait for at least an hour before getting into the hall due to the massive turnout and the detailed security checks at the entrance. However, the trouble was worth it as Diamond …

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