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Headies Awards Set to Return to Nigeria in 2024 After US Stint

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Headies Academy has revealed that the prestigious award ceremony is poised to make its return to Nigeria in 2024, following two consecutive editions held in Atlanta, USA.

The Headies Academy issued a press release on February 7, 2024, unveiling plans for the highly anticipated homecoming of the renowned music awards.

“Over the past few years, Afrobeats – as both a music genre and a cultural movement – has experienced an unprecedented surge in global popularity,” the statement reads. “Our music has transcended borders, amassing billions of streams, dominating international charts, and becoming the soundtrack to countless online videos. African artists have filled stadiums worldwide, and collaborations from the continent continue to achieve remarkable success.”

Acknowledging the global impact of Afrobeats, the Headies Academy explained their decision to host the 2022 and 2023 editions in the United States. “As the event that has long celebrated the emergence of our musical talents before they captivated audiences worldwide, we recognize the importance of showcasing the richness of African music on an international stage,” the statement continued. “The Headies provided a platform for our established and rising stars to shine on a global scale.”

However, for the 17th edition of the Headies Awards, slated for 2024, the focus is on returning to Nigeria – the birthplace of the infectious sound that has captivated audiences around the globe.

“To the nation that birthed the sound that ignites dance floors, sparks viral sensations, and positions our continent at the forefront of global pop culture, we proudly declare: The Headies is coming back home,” the statement declared.

While a specific date for the 17th Headies Awards has yet to be announced, the ceremony promises to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the Nigerian music industry throughout 2023, highlighting the diverse talents and groundbreaking contributions that continue to shape the country’s vibrant musical landscape.

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Kylie Jenner Gets Emotional Over Negative Comments on Her Appearance

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By Cynthia Abah

American business mogul and fashion enthusiast Kylie Jenner, widely known from the reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” broke down in tears on this week’s episode of “The Kardashians” due to hurtful comments about her appearance. Kylie, who has faced negative remarks about her looks from an early age, opened up about the emotional toll these comments have taken on her.

“It’s a miracle that I still have confidence and I can still look in the mirror and think that I am pretty,” Kylie shared during the episode.

She revealed that she underwent a significant change last year by dissolving half of her lip filler. Despite her efforts to address her appearance in a way that feels right to her, she continues to be the target of online criticism.

“Why do people think it’s OK to talk about me? I’ve never cried about this before, but I guess it does affect me,” she admitted. “I hear nasty things about myself all the time. After 10-plus years of hearing about it, it just gets exhausting.”

Kylie also recalled seeing harsh remarks online about how she “f–ked up her face.” At 26 years old, she emphasized that discussing someone’s looks in such a negative manner is unacceptable, regardless of whether or not they have had cosmetic surgery.

“Even if I did get so much surgery, I still don’t think it’s OK to talk about someone’s looks,” she continued, highlighting the impact of the constant scrutiny she faces.

Kylie’s candid discussion sheds light on the emotional struggles faced by public figures who endure persistent criticism of their appearance, reminding viewers of the importance of kindness and empathy in online interactions.

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There’ll be No ‘All Stars Reunion’ – Mercy Eke

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By Cynthia Abah

Big Brother Naija star Mercy Eke has confirmed there will be no reunion show for the recent ‘All Stars’ edition, which saw Ilebaye win the grand prize of 120 million Naira. Mercy, addressing her fans during an Instagram live session, advised them to stop expecting a reunion for this season, stating clearly, “Stop dreaming, there will be no ‘All Stars reunion.”

This marks the first time the organizers have decided against holding a reunion after a season that brought together various reality stars. Mercy did not provide specific reasons for the cancellation.

Meanwhile, Multichoice, the show’s organizers, have announced auditions for the upcoming ninth season of Big Brother Naija, starting on March 27, 2024, at 8:00 pm, featuring a unique twist. Contestants will audition in pairs, which can include close friends, family members, romantic partners, or any other combination representing a “dynamic duo.”

This new audition format aims to bring a fresh dynamic to the popular reality show, ensuring an engaging and entertaining experience for both participants and viewers.

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Rema Declines to Pick Best Jollof Rice Country

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By Oratokhai Jesusemen O.

Nigerian singer Rema humorously sidestepped the question of which country makes the best jollof rice during an interview at the Louis Vuitton S/S Mens2025 show in Paris, France, on June 19, 2024.

In a video shared on Instagram by The People Gallery, Rema, showcasing his outfit, named LV, quipped about his attire, including a varsity jacket he had opted not to wear.

When asked by the host to name someone as talented as him, Rema playfully replied with “Black is safe.”

Expressing his love for jollof rice when prodded about his favorite food, Rema avoided getting into the debate over which African country prepares the best jollof rice, stating amidst laughter, “You know, that’s one discussion I really don’t want to have. The jollof rice battle is one I don’t want to be a part of.”

The conversation continued with inquiries about his current favorite song (“Charm” by Rema himself) and his star sign (Taurus, born on May 1).

The event also featured interviews with other African music stars like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tems, Uncle Waffles, and Adekunle Gold. Social media buzzed with videos capturing the camaraderie among these artists at the prestigious fashion event, including Rema exchanging pleasantries with Jacob & Co-owner Jacob Arabo.

Rema’s humorous refusal to engage in the jollof rice debate showcased his focus on music and his ability to navigate lighthearted conversations with charm and wit.

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