Kenya: Utilise talents to thrive, Willy Paul urges Samburu youth

Youths from Samburu county should make good use of their talents to earn income and improve their lives, gospel artiste Willy Paul has said.

Speaking outside Allamano hall in Maralal town, Samburu county, during Nkopang festival, Willy Paul encouraged the youth to commit their plans before God and work harder, instead of abusing drugs and cattle rustling, which could land them in prison.

“I can advise you, if you have a talent, make good use of it in patience as you pray to your God. There is no need to engage in illegal businesses, such as stealing or drug abuse, which might even claim your life,” he said.

Other artistes present included MC tricky and local musicians. The event was attended by thousands of residents.

The locals, led by Samburu Girls’ Foundation director Dr Josphine Kulea, welcomed visitors as they asked the government to promote local talents.

“And we want to ask the government of Kenya and the county government to promote the youth because youths have talents, and those talents can take them far,” she said.

Source The Star

Nigeria: #BBNaija former house mate ‘BamBam’ celebrates 30 years; and gets car gift from fans

Actress and former BB Naija Double Wahala housemate, Bamike Olawunmi (Bambam) has received a car gift from her fans on the occasion of her 30th birthday

The actress and dancer, who clocked 30 on Tuesday, posted a photo of the Honda Crosstour ‘Birthday Gift’ on her Instagram page.’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that fans of Alex Unusual, ex-housemates also gifted her Venza car on her birthday in February.

However, followers of the BBNaija show have continued to react on IG over the reported birthday car gift for Bam Bam, with many wondering how fans could display such generosity in the midst of harsh economic realities.

@sammieimoke wrote: “All the people for your list get money, so na BBN housemates they must glorify.

akinvogg wrote: “Can somebody tell her that we are beginning to lose count of how many BBN mates their fans don gather together buy motor for on their birthdays? Ko de sowo?”

dazzlingkenky said:” Just make sure your family members don’t beg for food and they ain’t hungry! Fans bawoo!”

ntysmiles wrote; “Una Weldon ohhh fans. congratulations.

Also, timzzyboywonder:” Fans which account did fans send the money to. Congratulations on your new pimpim”.

Meanwhile, former BBNaija housemate and ‘boyfriend’ of Bambam, Tope Adenibuyan, a.k.a Teddy A had earlier written an emotional note to celebrate her.

Teddy A took to his Instagram page to share a cute photo of the birthday girl, with a message that goes to show that the love these guys share is far from over!

He wrote: “Happy birthday to my queen, best friend, gossip partner, ride or die, business partner, personal adviser and cheerleader. We’ve been through a lot together, lord knows we have.

“In this world of fame and wanting to build an empire you’ve always got my back just like I’ve got yours.

The duo known as BamTeddy remained the only couple with `an intact’ relationship since the end of BBNaija Double Wahala.

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Shatta Wale is a bad influence on the youth – Akablay

There is no doubt that Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale is one of the biggest musicians in Ghana and with a huge fanbase that is completely loyal and will do almost anything he says.

However, Highlife musician, Anthony Akablay, says Shatta Wale is having a negative impact on the youth.

“With his large fan base I don’t expect Shatta Wale to use certain words and engage in indecent acts. I know he has the largest fan base in Ghana at the moment but what impact is he making on them?

The youth are engaged in all sorts of bad activities because they see him as their role model and blindly copy what he does,” he told Showbiz in an interview on Saturday, April 13.

To Akablay, because Shatta Wale has a lot of influence on the youth, he can push them to using their energies and time positively.

“I expect a lot from him as the leader he claims to be because the youths are going wayward and I will blame it largely on him,” he said.

Will he ever do a collaboration with Shatta Wale? Akablay said he does not think so because their because they have different brands.

Away from Shatta Wale, Akablay is not happy with the new crop of musicians because in his opinion they are indisciplined when it comes to the music business.

“Most of these young musicians are so indisciplined which gets me upset. You give them time for a meeting and they come at their own time.

“Others do not even regard their managers because they believe they are more famous than their managers. I have been talking to some of them and I pray they change,” he said.

Talking about profanity in music, Akablay, who is known for songs like Genesis of Life, Edoke, Taking Away, Life in The Pot just to mention a few, said he cannot understand why there so many swear words are being used in our music lately.

“I don’t allow my children to listen to particular songs when I am around. The other time my son asked me the meaning of Kwabena Kwabena’s Tokro Abodwese and I didn’t know what to tell him.

“I called Kwabena Kwabena on the phone and asked him what he meant by that because my son wanted to know and he could not explain,” he said.

According to him, musicians have a powerful tool which they can use to make an impact and it’s about time GH artistes took into consideration their choice of words.

Akablay has travelled around the world and played in different countries such as Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Sweden and Italy.

For his exploits on the guitar, he was adjudged the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Best Instrumentalist in 2009. He won the Best Guitar Player trophy at the 2014 Best Instrumentalists of Africa Festival in Cotonou.

Source Ghana Web

Entertainment: Scoop and Nadia Nakai to host ‘Yo! MTV Raps Africa’

Hip Hop guru Siyabonga “Scoop” Ngwekazi and rapper and songwriter Nadia Nakai will host a brand new hip hop music series coming to MTV Base from April 25.

The nine-episodes of “Yo! MTV Raps” will be produced by The Visual Content Gang.

“Yo! MTV Raps Africa “will feature Kwesta, Riky Rick, Sho Madjozi and Youngsta and will include special segments that tell unique stories and discover compelling people and trends in the local hip-hop scene. It will also zoom into the local hip-hop culture with music at the core from the industry’s current heavyweights as well as emerging talent re-defining their hip-hop narrative. Known as the home of street culture and representing what the millennial generation wants right now, MTV Base saw the time fitting to reboot and localize one of the most influential hip-hop formats celebrating youth culture through music, fashion and lifestyle.

Monde Twala, Vice President of Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) said the channel is rooted in empowering and showcasing raw creative talent across our platforms.

“Yo! MTV Raps Africa” reflects our audience and serves as inspiration to elevate music and culture”, he said.

This is the first time that the MTV International-produced series has gone local following the network’s announcement in September 2018 that it is launching local versions of its legendary hip-hop franchise in Africa, United Kingdom, Germany and Southeast Asia. This comes after 30-years since the first episode of “Yo! MTV Raps” aired in the USA in 1988 with legendary hip hop crew RUN DMC interviewing the likes of Ice Cube, Rakim, Biggie, Tupac, Mary J Blige and the Wu Tang Clan which saw the revolution of hip hop finally televised.

Watch YO! MTV Raps Africa on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday, April 25 at 6pm.

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Entertainment: My love for Africa is deep – Fuse ODG

Nana Richard Abiona popularly known as Fuse ODG has said his love and pride for Africa has been profound.

The recording artist stated on Live FM that his level of consciousness and passion for Africa has been there from the get-go.

“My love for Africa is deep. It’s always been there since Azonto” Fuse ODG said.

The 30-year-old singer further stated that the proof of his love for Africa can be seen and heard in all his music because it is a strong message that he has preached for quite a long time.

“Every time I’ll be talking about my music, I’ll talk about how much I love Ghana, how much I love Africa. And this is new Africa: I’ve always been speaking about it. Except now on this album, you can hear it in the music as well. That’s the difference. It’s more infused into the music, so you can hear more of what the movement is about a lot more.”

Speaking on his plans to help improve Africa especially Ghana, the ‘Tina’ hitmaker publicly made known some of the exploits he is working towards concerning the provision of improving quality education for Kids in Ghana.

“We are building schools. So we are building a school in Akosombo, which is something I am very passionate about. That we need to have our own schools and give these kids who don’t have the chance to have a good and decent education.

Fuse ODG added that as an attempt to improve and build upon the perception of Africans, he has designed and introduced black dolls that have a historical background and effect, in order to not just create change, but also make the black individual feel loved and accepted.

“Yes they are Barbie dolls but this time they are black, and also they are based on historical African women, so it’s also educational. It’s about representation. A kid feeling like they are being represented in the normal world because they had this white blond blue eyed looking like queens and princesses and we didn’t have any for us. That’s how the self hate starts for our people. Wanting to look lighter and changing their hair making it straight.”

Fuse continued; “We didn’t realize when it was happening. And now years later we are fighting against hate and we are encouraging our people to love themselves. But with the kids, we are just teaching them to love themselves. With the older ones, we are teaching them to relearn to love themselves. And that’s the hardest. Teaching somebody whose mind is already grown. Whose personality has already been made.”

Fuse ODG officially released his second album on the 8th of March 2019 called New Africa Nation on which he has nineteen (19) tracks. He featured international artists such as Damien Marley, Simi, Stefflon Don, Ed Sheeran, Sarkodie, OT Woode and UK poet, Suli Breaks.

His album has since received major airplay in all of Ghana, Nigeria and the UK. Fuse ODG also described the New Africa Nation album as; “a very “Spiritual” album that I know Nkrumah would be proud of”. He is set to launch the album officially in Ghana very soon.

Source GhanaWeb

Africa’s Boomplay announces licensing deal with Warner Music


Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music to the region.

The terms of the partnership allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s extensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in ten countries; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The deal will provide Warner Music’s artists with direct access and exposure to Boomplay’s millions of users in the region, while bringing Boomplay one step closer to its goal of bringing all music from around the world to Africa.

Joe He, CEO of Boomplay, says: “Major deals with internationally recognized partners such as Warner Music continue to push us closer to our aim of building the largest and the most reliable online music distribution platform in Africa. We want every music lover in the region to be able to access any song or video, anytime and wherever they are. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and business continuation with WMG in what are truly exciting times for the African Music Industry.”

On the deal, Dele Kadiri, Boomplay ‘s General Manager in Nigeria says: ‘’I am totally excited about our licensing deal with Warner Music Group. This partnership brings about a huge increase to our catalogue thereby making a variety of music available to hundreds of millions of Nigerians.’’

Alfonso Perez Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Warner Music, adds: “We’re happy to partner with Boomplay to bring our amazing artists’ music to millions of listeners across Africa. The streaming service already has tremendous reach across the continent, yet they continue to expand exponentially. It’s an opportunity that can’t be missed for our artists to make a whole new legion of fans.”

Perez-Soto continued: “I’d like to thank Warner Music’s Charlie White, Marc Latilla and Reni Adadevoh for their unstinting support in helping pull this deal together and get it over the line.”

In the past year, Boomplay has been on the crest of a wave, announcing landmark deals with global major labels, acquiring millions of new users monthly and releasing an iOS version in December 2018.

With major labels coming on board, Boomplay is now in a strong position to further improve its service offerings and defend its leading position in Africa. Boomplay, which has more than 42 million users as of February 2019, boasts an expansive catalogue consisting of five million songs and thousands of videos from local and international acts.

Source Pulse Nigeria

Liberian Entertainment Awards: Full list of winners

By In-house Nigeria

The Liberian Entertainment Awards took place in Washington, DC, US on 16 March.

The award scheme, which began in 2009, was created to honour Liberian entertainers based in and outside the West African country.

“Liberian artists, actors/actresses, filmmakers, producers and community crusaders are not waiting for an award; they’re waiting for an organisation that is committed to making the industry better,” the organisers said. “To that end, we’ve taken a look at every part of the experience – from music and movie production to its distribution and marketing – and dedicated ourselves to constantly improving it”.

Among the winners this year was Bucky Raw, who was named Best Hipco Artist and Artist of the Year. Rapper Kobazie won the Song of the Year Award for his song ‘Bounce’.

All the winners below :


  • DJ 2Much (Philadelphia)
  • DJ Nelly (Liberia)
  • DJ Shine D’Beast (Georgia)
  • DJ Theo (Liberia)
  • DJ Yung T (Minnesota)


  • Aminata Jajua
  • Candace Sayonkon
  • Nancy Norkeh
  • Natasha G. Smith
  • Samphemia Greene


  • Bucky Raw
  • Christoph The Change
  • Mai Myers
  • Mz Menneh
  • Tamba Hali


  • Angel Michael
  • Darlington Curtis
  • Don Worry
  • Fay Nelson
  • LIB Jalloh


  • Brown Sugar
  • Fatima
  • Providence
  • The Wrong Woman
  • Ungrateful Husband


  • Aryea Kolubah
  • Korto Momolu
  • Monsio Couture
  • Tay Gaye (Modisch)
  • Telfar Clemens


  • Bucky Raw
  • Christoph The Change
  • Foreign Ward
  • Nuchie Meek
  • Soul Fresh


  • Ace Harris
  • D12
  • Duke Blac
  • Kizzy W
  • Lil Jay


  • C-Jay (Boss Chick)
  • CIC ft Iyanya (Weekend)
  • Foreign Ward (Day Break)
  • Kobazzie (Bounce)
  • Stunna (Baby O)


  • Dede Dalmeida (Be 100Radio)
  • Henry Costa (Roots FM)
  • Master Queen (Hott FM)
  • O’Neal Roberts (Truth FM)
  • Rickslyn Myers (Prime FM)


  • Alex Greene
  • Comfort Koon
  • Jada Mayson
  • Miracle Kettor
  • Stacious Smith


  • 2C ft Akon (Mr Mechanic)
  • Ace Cape ft Jaredo (Work Hard)
  • CIC ft Iyanya (Weekend)
  • Stunna ft Iyanya (Balance)
  • Tamba Hali (Samba)


  • Albert Capehart
  • Brenda Moore
  • Chi-Chi Neblett
  • Gerald Barclay
  • Lydia Jackson


  • Ali Lakis
  • C-Jay
  • Jaredo
  • Lortonio
  • Nuchie Meek


  • Chi-Chi Neblett
  • Dennies Chico Constance
  • Korto Davis
  • Love Weah
  • Major Dahnsaw

Source Music Africa

“Many Nigerian Youths Are Morally Lost” Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

By Aanu Damilare

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, a popular Nigerian actress and activist, says a lot of Nigerian youths are morally and physiologically lost.

In a tweet expressing her disappointment at the reception activism has received in the country, she said an activist has to be encouraged by the people.

While quoting a picture of Enough is Enough protest in 2010, Omotola wrote, “I’m afraid I might be losing my fire! I was so on fire here! I still feel the burner bringing the heat … just unsure I haven’t lost the hope in humanity to light it again as much #activistbybirth #frustratedbyunchange.

“The youths sometimes are the ones that discourage you, unfortunately. As an activity, besides passion, you have to feel encouraged. Like the people you’re doing it for are behind you.

“Many Nigerian youths are morally and physiologically lost. I’m sorry but this is the reality.”


Entertainment: Davido hints on going into politics

By Urowayino Warami

Pop sensation, Davido has hinted on the possibility of getting involved in politics. The OBO revealed this during an interview with Channel 4.

According to the Fall singer, there are things that are not done the right way in the Nigerian political sphere. He said; I might probably go into politics, if I’m not in it 100 percent I might just be around it. “There are a lot of things going on at home that is not right.”

Also convinced he can bring a change to the game if he gets into a political position, he further said; “If I’m in the right position there is a lot of things I will do differently.”

Recall that when the music superstar took part in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme in 2018 many said it was a step towards a political ambition for the singer.

Source Vanguard Nigeria