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Never knew Burna Boy would blow this big – Grandfather, Benson Idonije speaks

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Award-winning Nigerian music superstar, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has grown to become one of the most successful young artistes currently making Afrobeat popular globally.

 

With this comes an increasing number of music artistes jumping on the Afrobeat bandwagon. Burna Boy’s Afro-fusion has, however, gained international appeal with his latest feat being a Grammy Awards nomination. The ‘African Giant’ crooner was nominated in the Best World Music category alongside other A-list acts like Angelique Kidjo, Altin Gün, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest, and Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet’s. Speaking recently about his 28-year-old grandson, Nigerian broadcaster and music critic, Benson Idonije, said he initially didn’t envisage that Burna Boy would be a big act.

Idonije said, “I did not envisage it initially but at some point, I knew that he was going to go very far because of the eclectic and elevated nature of his music. I didn’t know this from the beginning but at some point, I knew.”

Idonije, popularly known for being the first band manager of the late Fela Kuti, also expressed excitement that ‘African Giant’ is now regarded as a “world music”.

He said, “I feel great, I’m happy that his music has reached the level that he can be considered as part of world music. “I think Burna will win his category because his music is stronger (than the music of others) and his image is bigger. I think that the whole trajectory is leading to him winning the Grammy. I am very optimistic.”

Speaking about the similarities between Burna and Fela’s song, the music critic said, “Fela, as a pioneer of Afrobeat, was playing the roots of the music but Burna Boy is infusing Afrobeat with other elements of music and that can make it more appealing to younger generation and various countries in the world. “Burna’s music has elements of every music category. You find jazz, rock, country, reggae, and everything (in it). This is what Fela did not do; he just infused his jazz with African music. Burna Boy’s music is spreading to more countries and people. That’s the advantage he has; his music is eclectic.”

Many have wondered why the “Gbona” crooner fashioned his lifestyle after Fela Kuti, but interestingly, his grandfather said Burna Boy never visited the shrine as a young boy, He said, “No, there was nothing like that, he’s just 28 years now and Fela died in 1997. At the time that Fela died, he was still very young. “But what brought him closer to Fela was that when he was in secondary school, he spent most of his time with me in Lagos State. Fela’s music was all over the house and that was what he listened to a lot.

“He also listened to jazz, Miles Davies, Manu Dibango, Jimmy Hendrix and so on. My house was littered with Fela’s CDs and other types of music. “He also has music in his blood; he was a member of his school band, but Fela’s influence started from my house. He didn’t grow up to meet Fela or interact with him. “I think Burna Boy will last; he is a very brilliant guy and has a mind of his own. He is highly disciplined and has a vision.”

Idonije, who is regarded as one of the most credible chroniclers of Fela’s music career and sexual escapades, however, opined that nobody could supersede Fela’s legacy. “Nobody can supersede Fela’s legacy because he was the godfather of Afrobeat. All these musicians are building on what he established. They are inspired by Fela’s foundation. Fela’s music will continue to be the one that is ‘rootsy’”, he said. “Winning a Grammy was not one of Fela’s dreams; he was not quite interested in winning laurels, he just felt good with himself. He felt that he was his own judge; deliberately, he didn’t intend to win laurels.

“As a matter of fact, when he released ‘Jeunkoku’ in 1971, and the single was recorded to be played in South Africa, he warned that it should not go beyond there. “At the beginning, he didn’t want his music to go around because he wanted to be popular; he created his music because he felt it was good. He didn’t play music in other to win anything, he played music to please himself first and please Africa.” When he was asked if he still chastised Burna Boy, the octogenarian said, “In the beginning, when he was venturing into music, I told him to go to a school of music and have a degree, instead of venturing into hip hop. That was where we disagreed.

“But he ventured into it and at some point, I discovered that he had a lot of promise.” As a music critic, Idonije said he still vetted his grandson’s music. “I listen to his music and approve it and at the beginning, I was involved in organising live music for him. “When he records, I go to listen to what he does. In recent times, he is more abroad than in Nigeria but all the same, he sends them down; I listen and make comments.”

Debunking rumours that his daughter, Bose Ogulu, was one of Fela’s dancers, Idonije said: “Burna’s Boy mother was not one of Fela’s dancers. It’s a wicked lie. The guys saying that are just being wicked and malicious. Burna’s mum never went to the shrine. They are just concocting stories.” Meanwhile, the news of Burna Boy’s Grammy Awards nomination has since received applauds from music lovers, fans and other celebrities, such as Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Banky W, and Patoranking. When asked if his grandson would be walking down the aisle soon, the octogenarian said: “I don’t think he is seriously considering marriage now; what is uppermost in his mind is his music.”

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Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi wins Miss Universe 2019

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South Africa’s beauty queen, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019

The 26-year-old beauty queen beat 89 other contestants to be crowned the new Miss Universe during the pageant held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon was the second runner-up.

The final three were asked on-stage: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?
Clad in a striking gold and silver gown, Tunzi answered: “leadership.”

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned by last year’s winner, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, who also spoke during Sunday’s pageant, saying the past year has been “unforgettable, life-changing and purposeful.”

The three-hour show was hosted by award-winning comedian, Steve Harvey alongside actress and former beauty queen Vanessa Lachey.

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AKA shades Nigerians again, “We had the World Cup, you had Cardi B”

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South African rapper, AKA, is going head-to-head with Nigeria again as he throws a subtle shade at Nigerians on Twitter

His shade came after a Nigerian tried to mock South Africans over Cardi B’s visiting Africa and coming only to Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

Her visit to Lagos was used as a tool to troll the light-skinned South African rapper.

He took to his Twitter account to throw the heavy shot, writing that South Africa had the World Cup and the excitement wasn’t ground-breaking, while Nigeria only had Cardi B they almost brought down the cloud.

He wrote; “We had the World Cup, You had Cardi B. There are levels.”

As expected, this tweet has generated a lot of backlash from Nigerians towards AKA and he is being currently roasted by patriotic Nigerians.

See their exchange below;

AKA exchange

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Divine ‘INeverExperredIt’ Oduduru graduates from US university

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Divine 'Ineverexperredit' Oduduru graduates from US university

Divine Oduduru neverexperredit but it is happening to him. The Nigerian born athlete has graduated fro a Tech University in the US.

 

Oduduru who went viral on social media a few years back for his phrase ‘INeverExperredIt’ has now graduated from Texas Tech University.

While at the school, Divine Oduduru represented his school at various sporting events shared photos from his graduation and wrote,

‘:#MRINeverExperredIt is now a Graduate glory to God. I Work for it and I got it’.

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Divine Oduduru graduates

 

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Check out photos of Kanye West’s outfit to his Miami Opera

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Kanye West got dressed head-to-toe in silver body paint and a baggy silver outfit to Opera, Mary, which took place at Miami Marine Stadium.

 

The rapper performed with members of the Sunday School collective, all of them also covered in silver. He also wore matching silver socks and shoes, as he arrived at his event on the final day of Art Basel.

West took to Twitter on Thursday for the first time in quite a while to promote his opera, which was directed by Nicole Beecroft. It also includes songs from West’s Sunday Service choir.

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Actress Funke Akindele loses dad

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Actress Funke Akindele Bello has lost her father today, December 9th.

 

The comic actress announced the passing of her father, Reverend G. O. Akindele on her Instagram page on Monday morning. She posted this photo of them on her page with a caption that read;

Dad!!! May your soul Rest In Peace!! I tried Dad! I did!! We love you but God knows best!!! #iwishicanturnbackthehandsoftime

May his soul rest in peace, Amen. Funke Akindele loses dad

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”We fucked last night” Stefflondon answers fan’s query

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''We fucked last night'' Stefflondon answers fan's query

That was Stefflondon’s reponse to a Nigerian who wanted to know if herself and Nigerian star singer Burna Boy are still an item.

There you have it!

 

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[18+] Cardi B rains money on naked strippers in Lagos club (Photos & Video)

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[18+] Cardi B rains money on naked strippers in Lagos club (Photos & Video)

Last night, popular and controversial American rapper, Cardi B, who landed in Nigeria two days ago for a show was filmed inside a Lagos strip club spraying bills off N200 notes on half-naked and stark naked strippers.

The multi-award-winning rapper who can’t seem to get enough of Lagos was seen visibly excited at the rounchy experience, taking it all in.

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It’s painful! – Chioma screams as Davido fondles her boobs | Watch!

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Music superstar, Davido turned on his naughty side as he shared a video of him fondling his fiancee, Chioma’s boobs on a flight recently.

The new mother who was sleeping when Davido began fondling her boobs, made a complaint, saying it was painful. The singer however continued for a little while before reaching for her face.

See the video below!

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Funke Akindele delivers important message to Nigerian celebrities

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Funke Akindele delivers important message to Nigerian celebrities

Funke Akindele has a profound message for some of your favourite celebrities and you can help deliver it.

The popular actress is shaking a table that has several celebrities on it and she doesn’t care about the casualties.

The movie star took to her Instagram on Thursday, December 5, 2019, where she warned a certain set of celebrities who go around making ‘stupid and unbelievable stories just to look relevant.’

“Stop forming stupid and unbelievable stories just to look relevant. If your colleagues’ bag endorsement deals, it’s their time to shine. Yours is coming too!!! So don’t feel less!!! Don’t be pressured o!! All man get him time. May our time never pass us by!! AMEN,” she wrote.

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Etinosa responds to Duncan Mighty, reels out her list of cars

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Etinosa responds to Duncan Mighty, reels out her list of cars

Etinosa is not letting the subs fly past her doorstep. She is catching and crushing them.

The Nollywood actress and comedian has responded to Duncan Mighty who called her out on her Dubai car gift.

 

Duncan Mighty earlier today called her out for stating that she received a Mercedes Benz car gift from a fan few weeks ago. Duncan took a swipe at the actress after she was spotted posing with a white 2009 Toyota Venza and not the Benz car she claimed she was gifted by a fan in Dubai.

 

In an apparent response to his post, Etinosa, listed all the cars she has. She also stated that she doesn’t lead a fake life and has never claimed to be filthy rich. See her post below.

Etinosa responds

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