Africa’s Boomplay announces licensing deal with Warner Music

By PULSE NIGERIA

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

Sarkodie Stated why Most Ghanaian Youth Are Poor


By Ayeh Offei-Akoto


Rapper Sarkodie has noted that although people want to be successful in Ghana, they do not want to take responsibility.

According to the Tema-based Rapper who has worked his way up the ladder of influence, success comes with responsibility which should be taken up by people.

He made this in a tweet spotted by MyNewsGh.com.

Sarkodie noted that “A lot of people want to be successful, have power and be free but not ready for the responsibilities that comes with it … It ain’t no joke man … it takes ALOT !!!!”.

Sarkodie is one of Ghana’s biggest exports in the music industry. His work has earned him several awards and nominations and several international platforms.


Source: MyNewsGh


Ghanaian youth are broke because they fool a lot – Shatta Wale

Ghana’s Dancehall King, Shatta Wale has observed that the youth in Ghana today fool to much and that is why they cannot hustle to make money and acquire property for themselves or make a decent living, MyNewsGh.com reports.

Ghana’s unemployment rate continues to soar as several people complete tertiary institutions and wait on government to employ them rather than initiate their own jobs.

Some have completed universities for over ten years and have remained unemployed ever since because they are waiting for some white collar job from the government or private individuals.

But commenting on this issue, Shatta Wale noted that most of the youth cannot make money because they ‘fool too much’.

He said “My next videos are going to be wack to some illiterates in Ghana alone but Africa and the World will Applaud me ,my fans and my team for putting up such a hard work .. Dont be a Fool !!!! Too much fooling in Ghana are not making the youths of today know how to hustle for money”.


Source GhanaWeb


All you need to know about Big Brother Naija Season 4


BY GBENGA BADA


Big Brother Naija will hold again in 2019 for the fourth time since it first held in Nigeria in 2006 and we have all the details.

Here are four major things you need to know about one of the most viewed and talked about reality TV show across Africa

1. Nigeria is the host country

For the season 4 of the Big brother Naija, the host country will be Nigeria.

The reality TV show hosting is returning to Nigeria after 13 years when it was filmed in Nigeria.

Speaking on the reason the reality TV show will be hosted in Nigeria, MultiChoice Nigeria’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Martin Mabutho said the show can successfully hold in Nigeria and attain global standards.

“From a cost perspective, it is always good to share the Big Brother House in South Africa where all the African franchise of Big Brother can make use of the house. Now, we are at the vantage position of hosting the show in Nigeria and give the global standard for which the show is known for. The Big Brother House is currently under construction and will be ready before the kick off,” he said.

The Channels Director MNet West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said there are challenges faced by the company for every edition of the Big Brother either in South Africa or Nigeria and the challenges are always surmounted with best global practice.

2. Bet9ja emerges headline sponsor

After headlining two seasons as the major sponsor, Payporte will give way for Bet9ja as the new headline sponsor for Big Brother Naija.

The new headline sponsor for Big Brother Naija 4 was unveiled on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at a press briefing in Lagos.

On why the betting company decided to jump on the Big brother Naija train, the Senior Marketing Manager Bet9ja, Olufemi Osobajo said it is in line with the company’s aim.

“Our core value in Bet9ja is changing lives of the Nigerian youth. We believe the bet ticket holds more power in changing the lives of the youth and Big Brother Naija has done the same thing changing lives of the youth in all the editions of Big Brother. This is why we are supporting,” he said.

3. Auditions process

As usual, the audition process will take place in major cities across Nigeria.

According to Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, the auditions will hold in eight different cities across Nigeria.

Individuals eligible for auditions should be above 21 years old.

The audition locations are Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, Ibadan, Benin, and Enugu.

Auditions will hold on Friday, February 1, 2019 and Saturday, February 2, 2019.

4. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will return as the host

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will return as the host of the Big Brother Naija Season 4.

According to the Channels director, MNet West Africa, Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, Ebuka has been officially confirmed as the host of the fourth edition of the reality TV show.

Ebuka has hosted the show for two straight editions – Season 2 and Season 3.

The TV show host and reality TV show host is an alumnus of the Big Brother Naija.

He was one of the housemates of the first edition which was won by Katung Aduwak and hosted by Olisa Adibua and Michelle Dede.

Source Pulse Nigeria

Nigeria: RoSF Grooms youths on enterprise, entertainment, others

By Editor

In order to encourage enterprise and build capacity among youths, Rose of Sharon Foundation, through its Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) recently organised a workshop where seasoned professionals in various fields mentored young people on life-changing skills for self reliance.
The programme with the theme- Young Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century: Bridging the Knowledge Gap is the third edition and more than 500 youths participated at the workshop.

Experts at the seminar focused on leveraging technology for global competitiveness, how to thrive in the Agricultural sector and developing financial management skills.

They also taught participants how to succeed in the entertainment and fashion industry and how to bring their business to light using online digital marketing.

Speaking at the event which held at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, RoSF Founder, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, said YEP is the foundation’s career development and capacity building programme for graduates and undergraduates, job seekers, working class and self-employed youths.

She said it was tailor-made to address specific career needs of the participants.

“The aim is to equip them with knowledge and life-changing skills they need for self-reliance to support their families and become a useful part of the society,’ she added.

While noting that dearth of knowledge abounds among young entrepreneurs, the founder said it is imperative for them to get the requisite information and knowledge before embarking on any venture.

Alakija pointed out that entrepreneurs must understand the dynamics of the industry to avoid falling into land mines.

Speaking on finance management skills, Finance Management Consultant and one of the lead speakers, Mr. Adewumi Oni, stressed on the need to control the usage of money to ensure successful prosecution of business initiatives.

To do this, he outlined steps for entrepreneurs to take to scale likely financial challenges in business.

According to him, having a financial plan, setting a budget, and learning to live within one’s means are essentials for every entrepreneur.

Oni also advised participants to develop multi streams of income, invest more in assets than liabilities, avoid get-rich-quick schemes, learn how to leverage on people’s experience, strength and resources and borrow only to finance asset or income yielding investments while also investing in themselves.

Speaking on Entertainment and Fashion: Perspectives for Youth Empowerment, award-winning actor, and movie producer, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha delved into how young entrepreneurs could bridge the knowledge gap in entertainment and fashion.

According to her, youths need to tap from existing knowledge from experienced practitioners to break into the industry and make impact.

“You need experience, wealth of knowledge and you need to be in the presence of those who can use experience to guide you,” she said.

Akpotha stressed the need for entrants into the industry to network and relate with people who are doing well in their areas of interest.

According to her, being a young entrepreneur may not be easy, but it is very rewarding.

Other speakers at the event include a life coach, Ambassador Utchay Odims, Digital Media Consultant, Mr. Jude Oguta, Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer, Sophia ERP Limited, Mr. Conrad Adigwe, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Moore Money, Mr. Yussuf Billiamin Moore.

This article was first published on 8th, December 2018 by Guardian Nigeria.

Davido receives warm welcome as he touches down in Liberia ahead of the country’s biggest concert of the year

Taiwo Owolawi

When it comes to good music, Nigerian artistes are almost never left out. The country can boast of having one of the best entertainers in the world.

Nigerian music star, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke, is slated to perform at one of the biggest concerts in Liberia.

The event is set to hold on November 29, 2018 at Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) sports complex in the country.

In preparation for the big show, Davido took to his Instagram page to post photos of his arrival at the country. He also revealed that it was his first time at the country.

The star is reportedly going to perform alongside a few of his label mates, Peruzzi, Mayorkun and DJ ECool.

Some Liberian musicians are also expected to hit the stage, some of which are DenG, Stunna, Christoph, to name a few.

Source – Legit

Nigeria: Waje, Mayorkun to inspire Edo youths at concert

As part of activities lined up for the 2018 Alaghodaro Summit, to mark Governor Godwin Obaseki’s second year anniversary, Edo State will on Friday, play host to A-list artistes led by popular songstress, Waje and Hip-Hop rave, Mayorkun, in Benin city.

A statement by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said that the state government has finalised plans for the concert, which will fete Edo youths at the King’s Square in Benin City. He noted that the concert is part of activities lined up for the 2018 Alaghodaro Summit, which showcases Governor Obaseki’s investment in Edo people, specifically in health care, education and job creation.

He added that the event will start from 6pm, after the two major events in the day, namely; EdoJobs Job Fair/Summit, holding at the Edo Innovation Hub and Women’s Summit, which holds at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Sports Complex, Ugbowo, Benin City. According to him, “We are intent on engaging the youths, who are major drivers of economic growth. In the course of the last two years, we have rolled out a number of programmes to get them busy, with the most impactful being EdoJobs and the Edo Innovation Hub.”

He said that one of the lead acts, Waje, was raised in Benin City, and aside featuring as an act for the concert, will also inspire youths in the state, adding, “We realise that youths need role models, people who have gone through the same stress as they did, walked the same streets and all that, but have come out triumphant in life. That is the message that Waje will be bringing to Edo youths at the concert.” He said other local acts will also be featured at the concert, adding that the state government prioritises the arts industry and is already devising means to mainstream the sector into its programmes, an effort that will be set off with the Edo TV Village, among other initiatives.

Source: Vanguard

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Morocco enhances sports facilities to wean away youth from radicalisation

Morocco has undertaken a massive programme to provide sporting facilities to its youth in order to wean them away from possible radicalisation.

King Mohammed VI recently inaugurated in Marrakech an indoor semi-Olympic swimming pool and an array of sports fields and sporting fields to provide training opportunities for the youth and boost sports in the north African Kingdom, Morocco’s MAP news agency reported.

The two community-based sports projects will provide the youth a place for relaxation and training.

They will also have opportunities to socialize and develop their sporting skills in the best possible conditions of coaching and security. The facilities were built at a cost of 31 million Moroccan dirham.

The swimming pool, which meets international standards in terms of energy efficiency and water saving, offers young people an adequate facility to exercise and enhance their talents.

Likewise, it will contribute to the revitalization of sports associations, and will encourage the emergence of new athletes able to compete nationally and internationally.

This project is part of a program providing for the construction of five community indoor pools in other neighbourhoods.

The other sporting project inaugurated includes 10 artificial turf football fields, race tracks, a children’s playground, green areas, a cafeteria, an infirmary, and changing rooms.

Covering a total surface area of 20,000 m2, this project is part of nationwide programme providing for the construction of 832 social and sport complexes.

The programme, worth 600 million Moroccan dirham, will be completed in 36 months. The facilities will be built in rural and Peri-urban communes in the various regions of the Kingdom.

Source: Daijiworld

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Opinion: Fela and Nigeria youths

By Promise Adiele

Late afro-beat sage, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, was a social crusader and more. Across the world, many people regard him as one of the most iconic personalities to emerge from Africa. Through the grand instrumentality of his music, he challenged neo-colonial mentality in the new African states that sprang from the debris of colonialism. He confronted the military establishment, exposing glaring criminality, misrule, corruption and unrivalled sadism against the populace. As an unrepentant agent of critical scrutiny in governance, Fela spurred the masses to action against a decadent economic and political order that compromised their existence. In his constant query of anti-people government policies, he was always involved in a battle with the military hierarchy whose rule of conquer was consistently laid bare in his music.

In other climes, Fela will be elevated to the honorific level of a pantheon over some politicians who played a part in viciously consigning Nigeria’s economic potential to the necropolis. Given his commitment to social revival, he should be canonized. The fulcrum of his musical philosophy should be studied as a compulsory course in Nigeria’s universities in the same way English literary god, William Shakespeare, is presently studied. Fela’s music touches the raw nerves and the soul. His music is a gospel to the disoriented and a compass to the misguided. These days, while the lyrics of music celebrate sexual depravity and emotional misadventure misnamed love, Fela’s music seeks to awaken the populace to official complicity of rogue acts in government. His dexterity with musical instruments and their disarming, rhythmic symphony create a nostalgic return to African roots. He mostly sang in Yoruba and Pidgin English to identify with the common people. Fela was our own, his music is our heritage.

Although many have criticised him for a lifestyle of immorality and for popularizing the demand for marijuana, his message, like late American reggae maestro, Bob Marley, far outweighs the nodal tensions of his lifestyle. Today, Fela will be turning in his grave observing Nigeria’s political chemistry and all the items of experiment. From the great beyond, he will be shocked to see the present crop of youths who are stripped of the natural impetus to reasonable thinking and as a result have collectively become the Mr. Follow Follow character in his celebrated track by that name. In this essay, Fela’s musical track Mr. Follow Follow shall be used as a metaphor to interrogate Nigeria’s political reality.

Presently, it is apparent that Nigerian youths have become Mr. Follow Follow whose minds and thinking processes have been recolonized by inexplicable, elemental by-ways which find expressions in political idiocy. To be certain, Fela’s conception of Mr. Follow Follow is someone who, lacking direction and any form of initiative follows another person with closed eyes, closed ears and closed senses. In a way, the Nigerian contemporary youth fits into the Mr. Follow Follow narrative without any iota of doubt. It is simply incomprehensible how the Nigerian youth has failed to understand the hide and seek orchestrated by the current political class. How on earth is it possible that the youths have failed to understand the chicanery and dubiety being perpetuated by the existing political establishment? The social media has become the battle field for youths where they practically go at each other’s throat in the defence of people who do not have their interest at heart. No wonder President Buhari rightly called the youths of his country lazy and uneducated. Instead of coming together to collapse a superstructure and every human principality negating the rise of their ingenious possibilities, the Nigerian youth has seemingly become Fela’s Mr. Follow Follow.

It is bad enough that Nigeria’s political peregrination apparently leaves us with two choices in Atiku and Buhari, it is more soul-wrenching that youths fight over these two people who are above seventy years. A developing country like Nigeria does not deserve a seventy-year-old person to superintend her affairs.

Buhari has served Nigeria as a youthful military head of state. He has paid his dues in the Nigerian project. At a time like this, one would expect him to retire to his village, enjoy his retirement and give the younger generation the opportunity to steer the affairs of this country. The world has matriculated beyond the kind of mathematics that operates our machinery of governance and Nigeria’s current economic state is a testimony to that fact. Nelson Mandela of blessed memory promised to serve for one term, he did and retired as a statesman. That is integrity as I understand it.

Atiku Abubakar has served this country as a youthful customs officer for many years and also as a vice president for eight years. Like Buhari, Atiku is over 70 years. On the scale of enterprise, human resources and business acumen, Atiku stands tall above Buhari never mind all the political gymnastics and sophistry to the contrary. However, Atiku should retire from the political space and mind his many businesses so that the younger generation can contribute their quota in uplifting the country. His entrepreneurial intelligence will be needed as a statesman in an advisory capacity.

There are many young people in this country with impressive academic profiles from the best universities in the world. There are also many young people in this country who have been exposed to the best business ideas, best leadership/political communities and best human resources environment. Yet, educated youths still support either Buhari or Atiku to rule Nigeria. Beyond being Mr. Follow Follow, I am convinced that something is wrong with our individual and collective sensibilities, perhaps it reflects a genome that is inherently retrogressive.

It is unfortunate that with millions of distinguished persons, erudite scholars and eminent young personalities, Nigeria’s choice of leadership is left to the death kiss of aged persons. It is more repulsing that like Fela’s Mr. Follow Follow, Atiku and Buhari are egged on by millions of Nigerian youths who unfortunately are caught in the whirlwind of what Wole Soyinka calls “the recurrent cycle of human stupidity.” What is wrong with an Oby Ezekwesili or Kingsley Moghalu presidency? What will happen if Fela Durotoye or Omoyele Sowere becomes Nigeria’s president? Will the heavens fall if Ibrahim Dankwambo or Rabiu Kwankwaso is elected as Nigeria’s president? Is it beyond Donald Duke to preside over the affairs of this country in the capacity of a president? Unfortunately, some youths, hitherto seen as progressives, have become political turncoats, daily yielding to the lure of ventriloquism with its cosmetic, transient patronage.

Going forward, we must do away with the divisive mantra of ethnicity and religion which are instruments in the hands of the aged elite to keep the youths apart. When the youths are set against one another, they are sufficiently distracted to identify the problem and seek solution. It is only when Nigerian youths wake from their delusion and divest themselves of the retarded garment of Mr. Follow Follow that our journey to a new world will begin.

Source: The Sun

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Morocco: French Montana continues giving back, funds preschool in Morocco

French Montana has steadily been building a reputation for himself as one of hip-hop’s most generous artists for quite some time now.

According to TMZ, the Moroccan-born rapper is once again taking his philanthropic efforts to his home country. This time, French will be funding a new preschool to help provide the youth with access to education.

As reported, French will be aiding two different classrooms in the Sabae School of Fida-Mers Sultan. In addition, he also will be providing supplies and helping maintain the classrooms as time goes on.

Just last month, keeping in the same humanitarian vein, French participated in the Mass Bailout movement, which is dedicated to helping pay bail for incarcerated women and children who cannot afford to do so themselves.

On top of that, the “Unforgettable” rapper also has funded the Suubi “Hope” Health Center maternal hospital in Uganda. He teamed up with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ciroc, The Weeknd and others to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause and was able to build a three-story hospital specifically to help care for women and children in need. As a result of his work in Uganda, he was named rap’s first-ever Global Citizen Ambassador.

He also recently donated proceeds from his “Famous” remix with Adam Levine to the “We Are the Dream” campaign, which helps undocumented immigrants go to college.

Although he has built a solid name for himself in the music business as a rapper and entertainer, the ever-humble French has often referred to his charitable efforts as the “biggest accomplishments” in his career.

Source: REVOLT

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