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Ayra Starr on being a woman in Nigeria and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ayra Starr, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, August 15th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayra Starr joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, “Snitch (feat. Fousheé).”  She also discusses her latest album, 19 & Dangerous, and how it tells her coming-of-age story, how her Gen-Z peers live more freely than older generations, and how she manifested one of her biggest collaborations.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from WurlD & Major League Djz; Toofan; Gyakie; Kizz Daniel; and Blxckie & Oxlade.

Africa Rising 
Nigerian Afro-fusion singer Tim Lyre is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles “Real” and “Allmyweed (feat. Mafeni).” Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she pays tribute to the talents of South African musicians Mpura, Killer Kau, Khanya “The Voice” Hadebe and ThandoTOT, who tragically passed away earlier this week, with a special dedication of the Busta 929 & Mpura track, “Umsebenzi Wethu (feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du & Reece Madlisa),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE).

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, August 15th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Ayra Starr on being a woman in Nigeria

In Nigeria when you hear somebody is cast, sometimes it’s nothing about being around. It’s just that when you’re a woman, when you just do something, you just hear “Oh, she’s cast” when she’s in some… when you see her pictures everywhere, “Oh, she’s casted.” Just being a woman, being a female in Nigeria, you get very used to hearing that about yourself. Just “Oh, she was casted.” Because of any… people want to label you with something, it’s just like how we females grow up with that type of stereotype.

Ayra Starr on naming the album 19 and Dangerous

LootLove: How did you get the name ’19 & Dangerous?’

Ayra Starr: So, two years ago, I knew my album was going to be ’19 & Dangerous,’ that’s what I was going to call my album. I didn’t want to know anything, I was so sure.

LootLove: Why dangerous? Ayra, why dangerous? Tell me more.

Ayra Starr: Because I’m dangerous.

LootLove: Why are you dangerous? What makes you dangerous, girl?

Ayra Starr: So, growing up, I grew up with a lot of stereotyping of female singers. You hear that, “Oh, they’re this, they’re that.” And me, I just grew up with the mindset that I’m not scared of being a female singer. I’m not scared of being an African woman. I’m ready to take over, I’m ready to take over. I’m not afraid of mistakes. If something bad happens, I’m ready to grow from that situation and become a better human being. I’m not part of any scandals, I’m not part of anything like that, I’m ready.

Ayra Starr on what older generations can learn from Gen Z

In my opinion, I feel like your generation is… It’s a lot of what would people think. I feel like Gen Z’s right now, just living life on their own terms, which is so inspiring to see. I feel like a lot of millennials, they really care about the other person’s perception about their life. And that’s one thing Gen Z’s don’t care about. Everybody’s just trying to live their life. And nobody cares if they have like a big tummy or they have like big arms, like everybody’s rocking their self because of however you’re different, that’s what makes you special. So everybody draws on their individuality.

 

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It’s ‘El Clasico’ time again; Barcelona v Real Madrid This Sunday

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Its El Clasico time again and SuperSport viewers can look forward to a classic La Liga rivalry, as Barcelona  host Real Madrid at Camp Nou on the afternoon of Sunday 24 October 2021. SuperSportis also the only place to get English commentary on the legendary La Liga, where ‘El Clasico’, the most famous rivalry in all of club football, takes centre stage as Barcelona take on hated rivals Real Madrid.

 

While the Blaugrana have endured a difficult start to the season both domestically and in Europe, Los Blancos have also flattered to deceive at times, though they have shown some encouraging signs of promise under Carlo Ancelotti.

 

However, the Italian is wary of his team’s “wrong attitude”, which sprung up in defeats to Sherriff and Espanyol just prior to the international break, and he will be determined to ensure that no such shortcomings are on show for the Clasico.

 

Barca, meanwhile, desperately need a big victory to boost morale and belief, with the Blaugrana already looking in danger of becoming an ‘also ran’ in La Liga this season. “It is a complicated situation. We’re suffering, I have to be honest about that,” said veteran defender Gerard Pique. “These are difficult times; we have not experienced them before. The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good and we want to turn it around.”

 

Barcelona look like they will have to make do without Pedri, Ronald Araujo, and Ousmane Dembele for Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

The trio will also sit out Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev and will not be rushed back for the visit of Los Blancos, according to multiple reports from Spain.

 

 

Key players

 

Memphis Depay – The Dutch attacker has looked at home in a Barcelona shirt and has taken on the mantle of being a talisman in attack. Depay’s movement, touch and intelligence will be crucial if the Blaugrana are to claim a win over Los Blancos.

 

Luka Modric – The veteran Croatian midfielder continues to be the heartbeat of Real Madrid, with his ability to orchestrate play from anywhere on the field virtually unmatched. Modric will look to pull the strings for another Real Madrid triumph in the Clasico.

 

Head-to-head stats

 

In head-to-head stats, Barcelona and Real Madrid have met in 246 competitive matches, dating back to 1902. Los Blancos have 98 wins compared to 96 for the Blaugrana, while 52 games have been drawn.

 

Real completed a league ‘double’ over Barca last season, winning 3-1 at the Camp Nou in October 2020 and 2-1 in Madrid in April 2021. Los Blancos have put together a four-match unbeaten streak against their arch-rivals.

 

Battles to watch

 

Gerard Pique v Karim Benzema – A classic battle of two veterans who are masters of their craft and represent the ‘old school’ at their current clubs. Pique and Benzema’s clash could well decide which team comes out on top on Sunday afternoon.

 

Frenkie de Jong v Eduardo Camavinga – De Jong has taken on greater responsibility for Barcelona and looks to be maturing nicely, but he’ll have a tough test against the all-action Camavinga, whose energy, passing and tackling have helped Real dominate the ‘engine room’ in recent matches.

 

Ansu Fati v Eder Militao – Barca’s African-born forward may not start the match, but he’s sure to appear at some point in their attack, which will be a ‘red alert’ moment for centre-back Eder Militao as he aims to quell Fati’s potent threat.

 

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Match broadcast details

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Sunday 24 October

2:15pm Barcelona v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

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New Reality TV Show, The Residence Afrika Premieres March 2022, Announces $500,000 Grand Prize

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Nigerian company, Africa Network Entertainment Limited (ANEL) has announced plans for the premiere of its much-awaited reality TV Show; The Residence Afrika. The first season of the Show tagged The Quest Edition will debut in March 2022 with 24 contestants from Anglophone countries in Africa competing for the grand prize of $500,000.

 

Chairman of Africa Network Entertainment Limited (ANEL) and Executive Producer of The Residence Afrika; Mr Kelechi Freeman Ukadike speaking to guests and pressmen at the launch party of the Reality TV Show in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

 

Chairman of ANEL and Executive Producer of The Residence Afrika; Mr Kelechi Freeman Ukadike made this known at the launch party of the reality TV Show held on Saturday in Lagos, Nigeria. He stated that,

 

“There is a possibility for the contestants to win more than $500,000 because they will all have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge, talents and business skills throughout the Show especially during brand tasks”.

 

L-R: Vice-Chairman and Director, The Residence Afrika; Jim Iyke, Chairman of Africa Network Entertainment Limited (ANEL) and Executive Producer of The Residence Afrika; Mr Kelechi Freeman Ukadike, Project Director, ANEL and The Residence Afrika; Melvin Oduah, Project Manager, The Residence Afrika; Mr Chuks Anyaduba and Business Man, Mr Fidelis Ofili on the red carpet at the launch party of the Reality TV Show in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

While presenting the vision of the Show to pressmen and special guests, the Project Manager of the Reality TV Show; Mr Chuks Anyaduba, said that the goal is to curb political upheavals and misunderstandings created by cultural diversity. This will be achieved by showcasing and harmonizing the value systems of different ethnic groups in Africa on the Show.

 

 

Also representing ANEL as a Vice-Chairman and Director of the Show, Popular Movie Producer; Jim Iyke said,

 

“After two years of planning and preparation, the Show’s first season will be aired in Africa and around the world including the United States and the United Kingdom.”

 

 

According to the group, preparations are being made to drive engagement and publicity via digital platforms globally. Organisers are also working on ensuring viewers can vote for their favourite contestants by purchasing credits via digital solutions like Paypal, Flutterwave and Bitcoin.”

 

 

Viewers will be able to watch the Show on The Residence Afrika app which will be available on Google Playstore and the App Store. They can also have direct conversations with the contestants and choose their Star contestant of the week, every week of the Show.

 

Auditions will be open to Africans irrespective of status, gender and background. All contestants will apply online through a transparent audition process. Visit https://theresidenceafrika.com/ for more information on the Show.

 

The Residence Afrika which will have 2 Mansions in an undisclosed location, is a much-anticipated reality TV Show for Africans aimed at empowering talents from the continent with more business opportunities.

 

 

Hosted by Cee Classic, the Launch Party had in attendance notable personalities, celebrities, comedians and tastemakers like Solomon Oyekunle, Uti Nwachukwu, Melvin Oduah, DJinee, Jay One, Wilma, Hero Daniels, Moses Inwang, and a host of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WWE Crown Jewel: Will ‘The Beast’ finally dethrone Roman Reigns?

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Fans of the WWE can gear up for another thrilling Pay-Per-View event, Crown Jewel, which will be held on the evening of Thursday 21 October 2021 at the Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia live and exclusive to SuperSport on DStv the #HomeOfSport.

 

This will be the third edition of Crown Jewel, which was first held in 2018. The card of matches includes a thrilling Triple Threat match between Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

 

“I don’t care that I don’t have a champion’s advantage for this match,” said Lynch. “I don’t care that Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks are convinced they’re gonna be walking away with this title. There is no world in which I lose and those two b****es better get ready, because ‘The Man’ is coming their way!”

 

Other clashes to look forward to include a No Holds Barred match between Bobby Lashley and Goldberg, with the latter looking to avenge his defeat at SummerSlam; the team of Riddle and Randy Orton (RK-Bro) defending their Raw Tag Team titles against ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles and the giant Omos; and Drew McIntyre will look to become a three-time WWE Champion when he battles Big E.

 

But the main event everyone is talking about is a match for the Universal Championship between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Reigns with help from council Paul Heyman and his cousins, The Usos’, which together form ‘The Bloodline’ has dominated WWE for well over a year now.

 

However, a potent threat emerged at the SummerSlam event when Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in shocking style. ‘The Beast’ is one of the all-time greats and certainly has the power and skill to take down Reigns, while his past relationship with Heyman who served Lesnar in a similar role to his position in ‘The Bloodline’ now adds a layer of complexity to this showdown.

 

“Roman Reigns… You call yourself the ‘Head of the Table’. You want to be acknowledged,” said Lesnar. “Well, at Crown Jewel, your time as WWE’s ‘Big Dog’ comes to an end. Brock Lesnar is back, and that’s bad, bad news for you.”

 

Crown Jewel will also feature a Hell in a Cell match between hated rivals Edge and Seth Rollins, as well as the finals for the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments.

 

Now GOtv viewers can also enjoy some world-class WWE action every Wednesday evening on SuperSport GOtv Select3, with a past Pay-Per-View (3:00pm), WWE 205 (7:00pm) and a documentary (7:30pm).

 

Don’t miss out on all the WWE content on DStv. Visit www.dstv.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on the DStv App.

 

Crown Jewel confirmed matches

 

– Singles Match for the WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns v Brock Lesnar

– Triple Threat Match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch v Sasha Banks v Bianca Belair

– Tag Team Match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: RK-Bro v AJ Styles & Omos

– Singles Match for the WWE Championship: Big E v Drew McIntyre

– No Holds Barred Match: Goldberg v Bobby Lashley

– Hell in a Cell Match: Edge v Seth Rollins

– King of the Ring tournament final

– Queen’s Crown tournament final

 

WWE Crown Jewel broadcast details

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Thursday 21 October

4:00pm WWE Crown Jewel LIVE on WWE Channel 128

 

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Formula 1: Austin duel awaits rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

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The 17th round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship, the United States Grand Prix, live from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on the evening of Sunday 24 October 2021 live and exclusive to SuperSport on DStv the ultimate destination for motorsport fans.

 

The previous round in Turkey saw Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas claim a comfortable victory in damp conditions to solidify his hold on third place in the Drivers’ Championship.

 

“It’s been a while, it feels good,” said Bottas of his first victory of the 2021 season. “To some people, it could have looked easy, but it’s far from that in these conditions. Everything went smoothly, I’m very glad, and the car really has been good in any condition. I had probably the worst race of my career last year and now one of the best.”

 

Yet the key results in the Drivers’ Championship were behind the Finnish winner, with Red Bull Racing-Honda’s Max Verstappen coming home in second place and rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes only recovering to fifth after being hit with a 10-place grid penalty for using a new engine.

 

This combination means Verstappen now holds a six-point lead over Hamilton at the top of the table, with six rounds of the season remaining (including this American GP). However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner is worried that the ‘Silver Arrows’ have developed their car to a point where they again hold a major advantage.

 

They [Mercedes] have recently made a significant step forward with the top speed,” Horner explained. “Before, we could still keep up with them by driving with a little less wing, but now we don’t even come close.”

 

Hamilton, meanwhile, was left frustrated by a late pit call in the Turkish GP which cost him a couple of places. The seven-time World Champion felt he should have stayed out on the worn intermediate tyres to the end of the race.

 

“I feel like I should have stayed out,” Hamilton explained. “My gut feeling was to stay out, and I feel like that’s what I should have done. So I’m frustrated in myself for not following my gut.”

 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, however, backed his team’s strategy – insisting that while Hamilton had a comfortable buffer to Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez before his stop, he would have lost the positions if he had stayed out on track and maybe not even finished the race.

 

“We thought that we could maybe hang out there and finish third without stopping or, if a dry line appeared, maybe going to a soft tyre until the end,” Wolff said. “So we balanced between pitting, taking it very conservative fighting against Leclerc and Perez on the track for P3, or taking a little bit of a gamble and either winning or finishing third. Then we saw Leclerc dropping off and Lewis was dropping off and it was clear we wouldn’t make it to the end.”

 

The United States GP has been dominated by Mercedes in the hybrid era (2014 onwards), with the ‘Silver Arrows’ claiming five wins from a possible six. Bottas was the winner in 2019, which was the last time the race was held, coming home ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen.

 

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United States Grand Prix broadcast details, 23-24 October 2021

All times GMT

 

Saturday 23 October

8:55pm: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 2

 

Sunday 24 October

6:55pm: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Motorsport

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Kwaku Manu ready to host Onua TV’s Odo Fever Season 2

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GHANAIAN actor and Kumawood superstar, Kwaku Manu will host the second season of the smash dating show “Odo Fever” on the Media General owned and operated television station Onua TV.

The station has announced that the much awaited season 2 of the relationship and dating show will take off from Saturday October 16, 2021 at a launch that would feature some of the top celebrities and music artistes.

The show which will run on the popular local language television channel will see Kwaku Manu interacting with potential seekers of love on national television with the intention of creating a match for a date over the next eleven weeks.

“Imagine trying to pick someone you have not seen physically except you have heard her voice and seen her silhouette in a transparent box,” Kwaku Manu noted. “There will also be a lot of good music, dance galore and a lot of jokes to spice up your Saturday evenings.”

Kwaku Manu said he was very confident that the audience would love what would be his great performance as host of the new “Odo Fever”, but even more so they will love the new twist that has been added to make the show very exciting.

 The first season of “Odo Fever” saw two men competing over three months’ period to eliminate each other to choose one out of ten ladies eventually to go on a date and possibly get into a relationship. At the end it was Kontomire who stayed to the end and chose Shattiah out of the remaining ladies in the competition to go on a trip and to receive many prizes available for the winners.

“It was the first time the show was airing and it proved to be a good one for the channel that was barely one-year-old at the time,” said Francis Doku, General Manager of MGTV at Media General.

“This time we are adding a new twist to “Odo Fever” that would wow viewers of Onua TV. Can you imagine falling in love with just a voice, a silhouette or someone you cannot see but only had a conversation with? This and many other attractions are the twists and turns that would define the second season of “Odo Fever,” Doku noted.

To make the show even more engaging, entertaining and exciting is the addition of the funny actor and comedian Kwaku Manu as the host of the show with the view of him bringing his process in the industry to drive up the entertainment value of the show.

“Everybody knows how good Kwaku Man is and we are very hopeful that adding him to the show as the presenter would ensure that he brings his very respectable experience in acting to bear on making the second season even more exciting,” Doku said.

The launch of the new season of “Odo Fever” will take place from 8pm on Saturday 16th October, 2021 and will air every Saturday from 9pm and repeated on Friday at 9pm on Onua TV.

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Kennedy Agyapong, Selorm Adadevoh, Adjetey Anang & more share career advice in new show Time with HR

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Their stories like you’ve never heard them before, now on Showmax

What does it take to have a successful career in Ghana? Join 12 notable Ghanaian professionals as they share their journeys to the top in Time with HR.

Now streaming on Showmax, Time with HR is a brand-new 13-part talk show that follows Human Resources director Yasmin Boama as she interviews high-profile personalities from different industries in Ghana on career development, sustainability and progression.

Armed with years of experience, these guests share the entrepreneurial skills, life lessons and tips that have shaped their careers, their success stories, their failures and regrets.

In episode 1, we meet ace actor Adjetey Anang, who shares insight on career longevity using his exemplary acting journey. He also sheds light on how to build a career legacy. In his own words, he gets to speak about “things he’s never spoken about before.”

During his sit-down with Boama, Anang reveals, “Every role for me is A, and I need to really bring out my best. That’s not to say that I’ve always brought my best game to every production. There are productions that I might take part in and I feel like I could have done way better.”

We also get to hear more from Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, who shares his journey on how he started as a hawker and went on to build an empire, the challenges he’s faced along the way, his ultimate regret, career tips and more.

Offering more business insight is former CEO of Jumia Ghana, Diana Owusu-Kyereko, who speaks about maximising business growth and accelerating your career, and Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of MTN Ghana, who provides a guide on how to ascend the career ladder.

Other personalities featured on Time with HR include singer-songwriter Adina Thembi; Ghanaian fashion designer and founder of Chocolate Clothing, Kwaku Bediako; one of Ghana’s finest broadcasters, actress Anita Erskin; the CEO and organiser of Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant, Inna Patty; renowned entertainment and lifestyle blogger Ameyaw Debrah; Ken Agyapong Jr, co-founder of one of Ghana’s biggest art festivals, Afrochella; and beauty guru and brand owner of SO Aesthetics, Sacha Okoh.

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