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Apple Music celebrates Nigerian Independence Day with Oshe Naija campaign, announces the Top Nigerian Artists and Songs

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Apple Music is celebrating Nigeria’s Independence Day with a month-long campaign across the service. Oshe Naija (meaning ‘Thanks Nigeria’ in Yoruba), honours Nigeria’s rich musical history, and pays tribute to the mammoth impact that Nigerian Artists and Creatives are having around the world.

Oshe Naija features some of the country’s biggest producers and songwriters. Producers like KDDO (Kiddominant), who produced Davido’s US Gold-certified “Fall”, duo Legendury Beatz, of Wizkid’s “Essence” fame, and Kel-P who was behind Burna Boy’s “On The Low” from his grammy nominated album African Giant, will all be spotlighted for putting Nigeria’s new generation on the musical map.

The Oshe Naija collection on Apple Music will feature 16 exclusively curated playlists by KDDO (Kiddominant), Legendury Beatz, Kel-P, Spinall, Rexxie, London, Shizzi, Sarz, P.Priime, Tempoe, E Kelly, Speroachbeatzz, Killertunes, Pheelz, Spax and Young John.

It will also house Artist Essentials, Top Albums, Essential Albums, Naija Video Hits, Naija Risers, and Africa Now Radio hosted by LootLove on Apple Music 1. There will also be a genre spotlight on Afrobeats, Alte, Street Music, Hip Hop, Afro-fusion and Gospel, as well as a focus on indie labels like DMW, Mavin Records, Starboy, Chocolate City, YBNL Nation and LoveWorld Records.

“This generation of African artists are doing amazingly well. We are the flag bearers of the continent and it’s very important that the world focuses on us as talent because we are the ones waving the flag.” – KDDO (Kiddominant)

“Reminiscing from the 2000’s, the sounds, the styles, the variation of artists and most importantly the widespread use of our songs have been growing exponentially the best way possible and we are just getting started. Coming from where Afrobeats originated and where we have all taken it so far, to me that’s levels!” – Kel-P

“These are some of my favorite records that have contributed and are contributing immensely to the spread of Afrobeats around the world. Afrobeats to the world!” – Spinall

“These sounds have helped shape the perception of Afrobeats all over the world, and laid the foundation for what we now know as Afrobeats, the global sound.” – Rexxie

“I chose these particular songs for my Apple Music playlist because they’ve not just inspired me as a producer but also helped pave a way for the globalisation of Nigerian music and the younger generation of musicians like me. Also there are a lot of new and exciting talents coming up so I’ve selected a few artists that I think will be the next to break through in Nigeria and beyond.” – London

“Not only are these songs for my Apple Music playlist massive hits but they became the blueprint and defining sounds that helped shape and grow the Afrobeats genre and culture as it continues to go mainstream and gain worldwide appeal.” – Shizzi

“My Apple Music playlist includes some songs in my opinion that shaped what Afrobeats is today. Really excited for the future of this genre.” – Sarz

“These masterpieces for my Apple Music playlist, changed the game for me and put Afrobeats on the global map.” – P-Priime

“These songs for my Apple Music playlist represent significant times in Afrobeats as a genre and Nigerian music as a whole. It bridged the gap and has solidified our people in global entertainment decisions and conversations. It’s our time!” – Tempoe

“This Apple Music playlist is a reflection of my personality and music taste. A touch of R&B and Afro-soul, mostly mid-tempo records. Nigerian Musicians Have an edge with catchy tunes, lyrics & infectious vibes. We also have the best Producers in the continent. Afrobeats is here to stay. Naija to the world.” – E Kelly

“I chose the tracks for my Apple Music playlist because I feel they are endless and timeless – the melodies, lyrics and style are forever!” – Speroachbeatzz

“I chose these songs for my Apple Music playlist because the creators and musicians behind these records have done so much for the exportation of African arts and music in a few years. They’ve done more for the arts and the country’s image than our governments ever could.” – Killertunes

“I chose these songs for my Apple Music playlist, to celebrate Nigeria with because they stem from the past and present. Capturing Afrobeats monumentally, everything that makes it more refined and expensive. They show how far we’ve come sonically, as African musicians, and how much we’ve achieved as a people. These songs make me proud to be Nigerian.” – Pheelz

“Most of these songs for my Apple Music playlist are responsible for the range you hear in Afrobeats today!” – Spax

“These songs I have chosen for my Apple Music playlist are personal favourites from what I believe to be the new sound of Nigeria. And thus, the perfect collection to celebrate Nigeria with this year!” – Young Jonn

As part of the celebration, Apple Music has released the top Nigerian artists and songs on the platform since its launch over 6 years ago.

Most Streamed Nigerian Artists in Nigeria
1. Burna Boy
2. Wizkid
3. Davido
4. Olamide
5. Fireboy DML
6. Omah Lay
7. Naira Marley
8. Joeboy
9. Kizz Daniel
10. Bella Shmurda

Most Streamed Nigerian Songs in Nigeria
1. Omah Lay – “Bad Influence”
2. Wizkid feat. Burna Boy – “Ginger”
3. Olamide feat. Omah Lay – “Infinity”
4. Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”
5. Ruger – “Bounce”
6. Davido feat. Mayorkun – “The Best”
7.Burna Boy – “Way Too Big”
8. Bella Shmurda, Zlatan & Lincoln – “Cash App”
9. Burna Boy – “23”
10. Davido – “FEM”

In addition to this, Shazam has also released the Most Shazamed Nigerian artists and songs of all-time. Davido takes the top artist spot while “Big Thug Boys” by AV has been named as the most Shazamed song.

All-Time Most Shazamed Nigerian artists in Nigeria
1. Davido
2. Wizkid
3. Burna Boy
4. Olamide
5. Omah Lay
6. Fireboy DML
7. Kizz Daniel
8. Naira Marley
9. Mayorkun
10. Bella Shmurda

All-Time Most Shazamed Nigerian tracks in Nigeria
1. “Big Thug Boys” – AV
2. “Bounce” – Ruger
3. “Feeling” – LADIPOE & Buju
4. “Cash App” – Bella Shmurda, Zlatan & Lincoln
5. “Bad Influence” – Omah Lay
6. “Mad” – Sarz & WurlD
7. “Medicine” – Jaywillz
8. “Infinity” – Olamide Feat. Omah Lay
9. “In My Maserati” – Olakira
10. “KPK (Ko Por Ke)” Rexxie & MohBad

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I met Lilwin at 14, had our first child at age 15- Ex-wife reveals

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Ex-wife of Kumawood actor Nkansah Lilwin, Patricia Afriyie is revealing some details of she and the actors relationship before it ended.

Ms Patricia Afriyie has become the subject of the media following her ex-husband’s remarriage.

Over the weekend, Lilwin announced to the world that he had gotten married again to one Maame Serwah who is reportedly based in the Unites States.

Photos of the wedding went viral on social media and has since become a big topic with so many controversies surrounding Patricia’s marriage to the actor.

Detailing how she met Lilwin, Ms Patricia revealed that she met the actor when she was only 14 years old.

“I was 14 years when Lil Win and I started being intimate. He met me when I was 14 and we started dating. I was a class 6 student. I was in school till JHS 3 when I became pregnant. I was pregnant with my first child at that time,” she said.

She continued;

“Prior to that I got pregnant at age 14 and had a miscarriage. I gave birth to our firstborn at the age of 15. Then seven months later I got pregnant with the second born”.

Ms Patricia also revealed she met the actor at a time where he was struggling to make it as an actor.

“We’ve been through a lot of hurdles since I met him. There were times we had to soak and drink gari before going to bed. People even tried to advise me against him. They tried to stop me from dating him but I had hope that things will get better. I met him when he was an upcoming actor and a shoe seller,” she said in the interview.

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Nollywood Star Ini Dima-Okojie and Abasi Ene-Obong’s Traditional Wedding was an Elegant and Cultural Affair that Left Lagos in Awe

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The wedding bells are ringing for Nollywood’s leading lady Ini Dima-Okojie who recently starred in the Netflix Original Series ‘Blood Sisters.’ The star actress recently tied the knot to the love of her life, Abasi Ene-Obong. (more…)

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“Smoke some good trees and stop the cigar“ – Yaa Pono tells Sarkodie

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Yaa Pono wants Sarkodie to quit smoking Cigars! (more…)

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Apple Music announces The Africa Now Anniversary Special featuring Sarkodie, Angelique Kidjo and more

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This Week’s Episode Features a Special Anniversary Look-Back at a Year of Showcasing the Continent’s Biggest Hits – and the Artists Behind Them!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with LootLove this Friday, May 27th at 10a Lagos/London / 11a Johannesburg/Paris / 2a LA / 5a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

The Anniversary Special
Friday, May 27th marks the second full year of Africa Now Radio on Apple Music 1. For 12 months, LootLove has led a sonic tour across Africa, interviewing the biggest and best acts, and shining a spotlight on the next generation of African superstars. On this special anniversary episode, LootLove takes us through some of the most special highlights from season two, including artist interviews and some of the the most notable chart-toppers from the past year.

Interview Highlights
LootLove shares her best interview moments with this week’s cover stars: on episode 1, Angelique Kidjo discussed working with a cross-section of artists from across the continent; Msaki (episode 24) revealed how she found her place in the world of electronic music; Diamond Platnumz (episode 39) shared how he learned to produce during lockdown; Asake (episode 38) revealed how spirituality shapes his art; Tems (episode 15) covered her journey of building new audiences around the world; and Sarkodie (episode 8) shared what excites him about the next generation of African artists.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Claudio Wade feat. Nkosazana Daughter, Ajebo Hustlers, Wendy Kay feat. Njerae, Blxckie, and Mavins, Crayon and Ayra Starr feat. LADIPOE, Magixx and Boy Spyce.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights Nigerian singer-songwriter Adekunle Gold and his Lucky Daye collab, “Sinner,” from Apple Music’s Africa to the World playlist. Listen HERE, and catch all of LootLoves picks on on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, May 27th at 10a Lagos/London / 11a Johannesburg/Paris / 2a LA / 5a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

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WATCH: KiDi featured on Grammys ‘It Goes To 11’

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Ghanaian singer KiDi has been featured on Grammys, ‘It Goes To 11’, a video series where musicians share stories behind their gear. (more…)

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Images of Asamoah Gyan’s Ghc150,000 customized caveman watch pops up

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Ace Ghanaian footballer and former captain Asamoah Gyan and Caveman CEO Anthony Dzamefe, unveiled the first of three limited edition customized 24 Karat surgical steel watches from the globally endorsed Ghanaian-owned watch brand, Caveman Watches, at the launch of his book, ‘LEGYANDARY.’ (more…)

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