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Conflicting Reports Surround Oladips’ Alleged Death, Fans Question Authenticity

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Internet users and fans of Nigerian artist Oladips are currently in a state of confusion due to conflicting reports about his alleged death. The artist’s management announced on Wednesday, via his Instagram page, that Oladips passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

However, Oladips’ colleague and close acquaintance, Qdot, contradicted the death claims on Thursday, asserting that the rapper is still alive. Qdot shared a picture of Oladips on his Instagram page with the caption, “@oladipsoflife, my gee is alive.”

The conflicting information has sparked varied reactions, with some questioning the authenticity of the news and others speculating that Oladips might have “faked” his death as a promotional strategy for his recently released album, ‘Superhero Adugbo.’

Actress Bukunmi Oluwashina even deleted a tribute to Oladips from her Instagram account. Comments from social media users expressed a range of emotions, from skepticism about the news to criticism of using death for promotional purposes.

One Tobi wrote, “He’s Dead and that’s it, even if he releases a statement himself, since you people like to joke with death. This country is hard enough already to be catching baseless cruise.”

One Ada wrote, “There should be a penalty for this level of clout chasing if this is true.”

One Chukwu wrote, “You are officially dead to us. RIP Oladips. Promotion no suppose hard like this.”

“Sadly, people only show you love when you’re dead, I can’t blame him for this promotion strategy shah cuz they wouldn’t have streamed his songs if he didn’t do it like this,” one Emma reacted.

One Ozo wrote, “If this is true, then he went too extreme … imagine using death as a joke??? Una wan Dey whine God???”

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‘I Was Tired of Mum Trekking’ – Rema Reveals What Inspired Him to Do Music

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By Oratokhai Jesusemen. Afrobeats star, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has said poverty and the plight of his mum motivated him to become a professional musician.

Speaking in an interview with Capital Xtral London, Rema recalled that his mum couldn’t afford transport fares as she went about her daily business, so he was determined to succeed.

“I was tired of my mum trekking every day; she didn’t even have money for transport to use a bus or bike. So I had to take it to the next level ASAP,” he said.

“The moment I made money, I got her a car ASAP. We went for dinner, then I gave her that car. A lot of boys would go for their own cars first but I was stilltrekking, but I had to get a car for my mum first.

“She’s a great mum. She’s the reason I’m successful. Her prayers. She’s really proud of me.”

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Celebrating Wizkid Day: Records and Achievements of Africa’s Afrobeats Star

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By Cynthia Abbah

In honor of Wizkid Day, here’s a look at the remarkable achievements and records held by Nigerian Grammy-winning artist Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, in the music industry.

Wizkid has not only been an inspiration but also a trailblazer who broke barriers and propelled Afrobeats to global acclaim.

First Afrobeat Artist to Hold a Top 10 Position on Billboard Hot 100

Wizkid made history as the first Afrobeats artist to achieve a top 10 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His song ‘Essence,’ featuring Tems and Justin Bieber on the remix, peaked at number nine, marking a significant milestone for Afrobeats on the global stage.

African Artist with the Highest Platinum Certifications in the US

With three platinum certifications from the RIAA in the US, Wizkid holds the record for the African artist with the most platinum certifications. Notably, ‘One Dance’ featuring Drake from his ‘Sounds From The Other Side’ album contributed to this achievement.

First African to Debut with an Album on Spotify Global Album Charts

Wizkid became the first African act to debut an album on the Spotify Global Album Chart with ‘Made In Lagos,’ which entered the top 10 upon its release. This feat highlighted his international appeal and musical prowess.

Longest Charting African Album on Billboard World Albums Chart

‘Made In Lagos’ holds the record for the longest-charting album by an African on the Billboard World Albums Chart, surpassing 100 weeks. It also reached number one on the chart, marking a historic achievement for Nigerian music.

First Nigerian to Be Nominated for the Billboard Music Awards

Wizkid was the first Nigerian artist nominated for the Billboard Music Awards, receiving multiple nominations for his collaborations and solo work, including ‘One Dance’ and ‘Essence.’

First African and Nigerian Song to Receive Platinum Certification in the USA

‘Essence,’ Wizkid’s collaboration with Tems, achieved RIAA platinum certification, making it the first African and Nigerian song to receive this honor in the United States.

African Artist with the Highest BET Award Nominations

Wizkid holds the record for the most BET Award nominations by a Nigerian artist, with notable wins outside the Best International Act category. His influence and success have garnered seven nominations throughout his career.

iTunes World Chart Record and Guinness World Record

Wizkid topped the iTunes World Chart with ‘One Dance’ and maintained the number one spot for over a week. His contribution to Drake’s ‘One Dance’ also earned him a Guinness World Record for the most played song on Spotify with over 1 billion streams.

First Nigerian to Win an ASCAP Award

In a groundbreaking achievement, Wizkid became the first Nigerian to win an ASCAP Award for his songwriting contributions to Drake’s ‘One Dance,’ recognized by The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Grammy Award and Royal Albert Hall Performance

Wizkid won his first Grammy Award for his collaboration on Beyoncé’s ‘Brown Skin Girl.’ Additionally, he became the first Afro-pop artist to perform and sell out London’s Royal Albert Hall, cementing his status among global music icons.

 

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BBN Returns for Season 9 with ₦100m Grand Prize, Exciting New Twists

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By Oratokhai Jesusemen

The highly anticipated reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, is back for its ninth season, promising a grand prize of ₦100 million and a brand new SUV for this year’s winner. The announcement was made by Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice, during a news conference on Tuesday in Lagos. The show is set to premiere on July 28.

Tejumola revealed that this year’s edition, which will run for 71 days until October 6, will be packed with excitement and drama. “The ninth season of the Big Brother Naija show will be going beyond drama; we will be bringing in different blends of unique entertainment,” she stated. “The challenging aspect of the show will be that the housemates will be going into the house in pairs and doing some of the house challenges in pairs.”

She urged viewers to stay tuned for the premiere on Sunday, July 28, where the theme and many intriguing twists of the season will be unveiled. “The show holds lots of fun, vibes, emotion, drama, dynamics, and intriguing twists,” she added.

In addition to the main show, the Big Brother Naija Buzz, hosted by Toke Makinwa, will provide fans with behind-the-scenes insights. Tejumola mentioned that this season will feature several surprises from Big Brother, including the absence of the usual Head of House challenge. “There will be something that will be unraveled from the night of the premiere,” she hinted. “We will not be having the Head of House challenge as usual, there will be lots of twists from Big Brother. The pool party and the Saturday night party will be held, and the show will air 24 hours.”

Tope Oshunkeye, Head of Marketing at MultiChoice, also highlighted some interactive elements for the viewers, including the “Lock-in” game. This game allows viewers to predict the winners of immunity challenges, with each correct prediction earning them ₦1 million. “Viewers from the last edition of the show received ₦120 million in rewards,” he noted.

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