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Picazo Terminates YBNL Contract

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Few months after the exit of Lyta from YBNL, energetic indigenous rap prince, Picazo departs YBNL according to a post the rapper posted on his personal social media account.

2019 BET Awards: Burna Boy Wins Best International Act

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Nigerian Singer-Songwriter, Damini Ogulu a.k.a Burnaboy has added another to his as he was announced the winner of the Best International Act Category, at the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Simi Launches Record Label

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Nigerian female singer, Simisola Ogunleye Kosoko popularly known as Simi by her fans has officially launched her own recording company. The label tagged “Studio Brat“comes after the singer recorded two (2) album deal with "X3M Music".

American rapper, Bryan Williams, a.k.a Birdman is set to executive produce ‘Tazmanian Devil’ a drama film about Nigerian immigrants with Nigerian-American Filmmaker, Solomon Onita Jr. Popular film and music director, Benny Boom who director an episode of Fox’s Empire, Black Lightning and Tales will also partner as executive producer on the project.

Nigerian singer, Aramide Sarumoh popularly known as Aramide has been confirmed among music personalities to be inducted into the Washington DC Chapter of the Recording Academy Governing Board of the Grammys. The Afro-soul singer took her twitter handle @AramideMusic to announce her latest achievement.

Finally, Naira Marley Bail Granted

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Weeks after he was granted bail, Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley has been released from prison custody after perfecting his bail condition. The news of his release was brokered by the artist brother via his Instagram page.

Nigerian Writer, Nneka Arimah Wins 2019 Caine Prize

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Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has been announced as the winner for the 2019 Caine Prize for African writing, making her the winner of Africa's leading literary award.

Three Nigerians Make Oscars' Academy Members List

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Three Nigerians have been confirmed to make the newly released list of the diverse 842 members of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Netflix Acquires Kunle Afolayan’s Movie “MOKALIK”, Others

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American media streaming service provider, Netflix has acquired ‘Mokalik’, an all Yoruba movie produced by Popular Nigerian Director and Producer, Kunle Afolayan.
Mr. Afolayan made the disclosure on Wednesday at the French-Nigerian Cinema Days at the Alliance Francaise in Ikoyi, Lagos, saying Netflix also acquired some of his other films.

Big Brother Naija Season 4 Begins

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The fourth edition of the acclaimed reality show, Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’ has kicked off Sunday with 21 contestants which is the highest number willcompete for the prize of N60 million during the duration of fourteen weeks.

China To Boost Cultural Ties With Nigeria Through Films

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In efforts to significantly strengthen cultural relations between China and Nigeria, the two countries would be collaborating through the film industry. Mr. Lee Xuda, the Cultural Counsellor of the China Embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of the 2019 China Film Festival in Abuja.

MultiChoice to Sack Over 2,000 Workers

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In a bid to revamp the customer service delivery model of MultiChoice, the South African pay-television company will lay off about 2, 194 of its customer service workers, the company said on Friday.

Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” Ranked 5th on BBC’s 100 Stories that Shaped the World

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Nigerian literary giant, Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart” has been ranked top 5 of BBC’s The 100 Stories that Shaped the World. According to BBC culture, a poll was conducted with about 108 authors, critics, academics, journalists and translators across 35 countries to nominate five fictional stories that have influenced history.

The incredible painting of Ile-Ife princess by Ben Enwonwu, Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu, gets an auction of £1, 205,000, four times more than expected. The Nigerian masterpiece, initially declared missing was found in a “modest north London flat” recently.
In naira terms, it was sold for N508, 358, 301, an African record. The painting, ranked by arts collectors with Mona Lisa, was done by Nigeria’s renowned artist late Ben Enwonwu in 1974.

Following comments by fans on the old fashion style of popular Nigerian singer, Simi, the 'Joromi' crooner has come out to clear the air on her fashion sense. The singer in an interview granted on Monday said instead of dissipating energy on fashion, she was focused on making good music for her teeming fans and music lovers.

Popular Nollywood actor, Abdurasak Adewale Sokoti has taken to the social media to commend star actress, Funke Akindele for her efforts toward taking Nollwood to the global community with her selection as a member of the cast billed to prosecute a yet-to-be released Hollywood movie titled 'Avenger: Infinity Wars'.

Over 20 shops filled with artworks were destroyed in the fire at the Abuja Arts and Craft Village Friday night, Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie, president of the African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association (AACHA) said. Chukwumezie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja that the disaster caused a loss of over N400 million. “We have not ascertained the cause of the fire.

Nnedi Okorafor

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Award-winning Nigerian sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor has announced that she’ll be writing an eight-page comic for Marvel’s forthcoming Venomverse anthology, slated to come out in September 2017.