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Wizkid Reflects On The Last 12 Months To Winning Apple Music Award for Artist of the Year (Africa)

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Apple Music celebrates Wizkid for being awarded Apple Music Awards for Artist of the Year (Africa). He reflects on the last 12 months, discusses the huge success of his album, Made In Lagos, explains how his life has changed since his 2011 debut and reveals his plans for 2022.

MP4 video download below — feel free to use and credit Apple Music. The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music. For more information on this year’s winners, click HERE.

 

Artist of the Year (Africa): Wizkid
Singer-songwriter Wizkid is one of Africa’s biggest crossover acts, having worked with Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, among others. The Nigerian musician first found regional success in 2011 with the massively popular single “Holla at Your Boy,” which appeared on his debut album, “Superstar.” Wizkid went global in 2016 after his collaboration with Drake on “One Dance,” which soared to the top of the charts in 15 countries. Between 2019 and 2020, Wizkid was featured in Beyoncé’s projects “The Lion King: The Gift” and its companion piece, “Black Is King.” In October 2020, he released “Made in Lagos,” his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album, which included his hit song “Essence,” a track that gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams. This past year, he’s been the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Daily Top 100 charts in 60 countries, in addition to his monthly plays on Apple Music growing by more than 250 percent outside of Africa. He’s also been featured on Apple Music playlists Today’s Hits and R&B Now, and he’s a frequent guest on Apple Music Radio shows, including “Africa Now Radio,” “The Ebro Show,” “New Music Daily with Zane Lowe,” and “OVO SOUND RADIO.”

QUOTE: “Thank you to Apple Music for this award. It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”

 

WIZKID ON MANIFESTING THE SUCCESS OF ‘MADE IN LAGOS’
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I felt it coming. I would say I’m lying if I didn’t feel it coming because it took me three years to work on that album. So I felt like there was going to be a shift, but I didn’t know how it would come. Because I knew that it was kind of like a different… it wasn’t a different sound, but it was a more matured sound from what I used to make.
From when I was way young, man. I called my first album ‘Superstar.’ How confident can you be? So yeah. I was born to do this sh**, man.

WIZKID ON HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE “DON’T DULL”
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I’m really different. I got more kids now. We’re at three right now. I love my boys, man. They’re a big blessing to my life. They changed me, they made me a better person. That has actually been the biggest change in my life because when I made ‘Don’t Dull’, I had no kids. I was just running around like a wild boy. And at 21, I had my first child and I just had get to it. So I’m very thankful for my kids because they put my head right.
You have to keep moving in life and just keep taking every day as it comes. I don’t really think much of anything, to be honest. I just wake up and I just go with the flow. Like… Yo yeah, we have that. Thank God. That’s how I am with life.
Even with the way that I make music, because when I put out that album, I remember I had a conversation with P2J. We made the album, 90% of the album together. And he was like, “Oh bro, I’m not really sure. I’m nervous. I’m not really sure if the people are going to love the sound.” I’m like, “Are you alright?! This is good music. They’re going to f****** love it. You don’t even have to think about that.”
So after putting that out and seeing okay, yeah, people really love good music. So it just helps you get better and better at what you do. So yeah. I feel the change and difference every day, man.

WIZKID ON CREATING “ESSENCE”
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Crazy thing is, the night we made “Essence,” I made “Gyrate” the same night. So sometimes in a night I made two bangers, three bangers. I wake up and get to it. I treat this sh** like school. I wake up in the morning. I’m like, yeah, I did well yesterday. Let’s go. What are we doing today? You know what I mean?
Hell yeah, man. I knew that [“Essence”] was a smash. The night we made it, I actually tweeted something. My fans actually reminded me of it after we put out the album.
Because I tweeted “Tems and I made magic.” That was what I tweeted. I knew it was magic, man. I’ve been making this sh** for 10 years. Come on. You think I’m not going to know if we make it?
It feels good. It feels really, really great. When you have a record like that, it feels good, man. But the most important thing is when we made it, we wasn’t thinking about no commercial success or anything like that. We was just trying to make good music. So I think maybe that’s why people really like that record like that, because it just comes from the soul. Just natural, organic sh**.

WIZKID ON OPENING DOORS WITH THE SUCCESS OF “ESSENCE”

I don’t see it like that. I don’t think I’m the first through it. I don’t know what I did, but it just kicked the door open. I feel like everyone’s about to come through right now. There’s about to be loads of records from Africa. That feels good because the truth is, people are tired of listening to the same sh**. They want some real sh**.
And during the pandemic, it kind of helped because we’re all in the house. So it helped everyone find, well for me, basically I would speak for myself. It made me understand the kind of music that I really loved to listen to more. So I feel like that just helped everyone get in touch with like, oh, yeah, man. I want to listen to some good music, what feels great?
So when that record dropped, what it did for me was what it did for the people. It made me feel better every time I listen to the song. So it’s just a great record, man. Great record. And I love Tems to death. She’s a special, special talent. She’s like my top three.

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Suspect in murder of Nigerian doctor says Dr Obisike tried to have sex with him

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The prime suspect in the gruesome murder of Dr Obisike Donald Ibe, a 37-year-old medical doctor working at Zenith Lab and Kidney Centre, Abuja, Abdusalam Ibrahim has said that he personally macheted the Doctor at his Games Village home because Dr Obisike is a ‘homosexual’ and he tried to force him into ‘homosexual act’ with him.

Abdusalam Ibrahim, Fidelis Ezekiel and Philemon Hussaini were the three suspects that jointly participated in the murder of the duo of Dr Obisike.

Dr Obidike and his friend Mr Ezekiel Edoja both living at D22, 24 streets, Games Village were together at the house last December 2021 when the incident occurred.

The trio along with 16 others was paraded on Tuesday by FCT Police Commissioner, CP Sunday Babaji for various criminal infractions in the FCT.

CP Babaji said, “The FCT Police Command since the receipt of the information of the Games Village murders deposited the corpse at the morgue and embarked on an aggressive manhunt in the midst of pain-staking investigation’s.

“The perpetrators of the dastardly act also carted away with a vehicle and an envelope containing about $1,000, the mobile phone of the deceased doctor and the ATM card which was used to withdraw money to the tune of two million naira from the deceased account on 13 December 2021.

“Following the above, 3 suspects namely Abdusalam Ibrahim aged 26, Fidelis Ezekiel aged 27 and Philemon Hussaini aged 22, have been arrested in connection to the case.

“The suspects upon interrogation confessed to have plotted and committed the offence. The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

But speaking with reporters, Ibrahim who hails from Kaduna state said, “I used Cutlass to kill him. The doctor is a homosexual. He wanted to force me to have sex, I refused. He held on to my clothes and was trying to remove my clothes. When I refused, he started abusing me.

“I later called my friends to the house to come to help me pack my load. The doctor bought a lot of drinks and I became very high. I and my friends then tied the doctor and his friend. When my friends went out of the room, I came back with a Cutlass and macheted doctor because of what he wanted to do to me which I didn’t like.

Asked to throw more light on how the doctor tried to force him into the homosexual act, Abdusalam who is a Cleaner said, “He came to my room and asked me to massage him. I told him I can’t do massage. He said he will pay me, that I should name any amount and I refused.

Other suspects were arrested for kidnapping offences, vehicle snatching, homicide, cultism, armed robbery, robbery of petrol filling station and illegal possession of firearms among others.

Culled from Vanguard

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Afezi Perry To Release His First Album Since 2014

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Ghanaian Sensational highlife singer Perry Addison known publicly as Afezi Perry on his social media walls has announced the possible release of his first ever album in his music career since 2014.

The album is said to have big features inside and outside Ghana which is going to blow big in the country
Afezi Perry is known of hits songs like kakape with Obrafour and Castro,You with Sarkodie ,Ahaban,Kofi with Sista Afia,Chop Chop with Article Wan ,Oh Naa,Your matter with Fameye,Jealousy,Maabena,dokodoko ,snake underground and many more

He is also the main songwriter of sista Afia’s hits song Jeje with Shatta wale,Mr Drew’s Some more with seyi Shay etc.

Afezi Perry was off from the music scene after his Godfather Castro’s sad story but now back with aim to drop more of him and hits songs for his listeners he is very talented hardworking artiste coming from western region

Kindly check him and be a fan on his walls

Source; Gideon Mensah

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Court issues warrant for arrest of deputy minister Okraku Mantey

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An Adentan circuit court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Mark Okraku Mantey, the deputy minister of tourism, arts and culture, for failing to appear before it. (more…)

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I didn’t realise what kind of sacrifice will come with wanting more – Shaffy Bello

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Ace actor, Shaffy Bello sits with the host of #WithChude and co-founder of Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo to talk about her acting career, loss and some of the sacrifices she had to make as she tries to follow her dreams.

 

Explaining why she returned to Nigeria to act in Yoruba films, the 51-year old actor and singer says: “I wanted to spread my wings. I felt like I was pregnant and I couldn’t have a child. I felt like my wings were sort of closed in and I was boxed in and I needed more, my soul needed more.

 

I was yearning for more but I didn’t realize what kind of sacrifice would come with wanting more and going for what you want, after all you have to pay some price.

 

I paid the price of having a connection with my children there. Coming to Nigeria, I would stay in my room and cry asking myself “what am I doing, what am I doing?” I left my children abroad, my daughter was 13 and my son was 11. Now mind you, I was a hands-on mother. I would set the table, all of that. I would quit my job just to raise my children, that’s why I only had 2 so when they grew up to a certain extent I went back to working.

 

I sacrificed everything. So leaving them with their father was a huge sacrifice but it turned around for good.”

 

Advising other women struggling with making decisions about their dreams and their homes, Shaffy Bello says “What I will say is that there is time for everything. If your children are still young, you need to nurture them. They didn’t ask to come, you brought them, so give them that time. Nurture them. Give them such a good foundation that you can trust it, so when it’s time for you to fly, you can fly.” she added.

 

“It is not going to be easy, but you have to trust yourself. You have to trust that you can have your marriage, your children and your career. Some people are, so why not. It didn’t work for me, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work for every woman. You just have to find your own niche, and find what works for you.”

 

“But don’t you dare forget yourself and your dreams,” she concludes.

 

Watch the excerpts from the interview here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYf7Z3BhMlB/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYdVNDLhNsn/

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An extended play podcast is up on listen.withchude.com, as well as on Apple Premium.

Everyone can join the conversation.

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Nigerian Footballer Victor Osimhen goes savage on Twitter

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Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen made the news a couple of days ago when he finally returned to the club after months of absence owing to facial injury and Covid-19. (more…)

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Something is coming! Chance The Rapper links up with Sarkodie and hit the studio together

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Chance The Rapper links up with Sarkodie

After announcing that the only thing left for him to do with his trip to Ghana was to meet Sarkodie, American rapper Chance The Rapper finally met with the highly decorated Ghanaian rapper.

In an instagram story , Chance shared a video together with Sarkodie and said “Something is coming”.

The Grammy-winning rapper is currently in Ghana with Ghanaian-American singer Vic Mensa, reuniting with the motherland. After claiming that his grandparents are of Ghanaian descent, Chance seizes every opportunity to reconnect with his ancestor, as evidenced by several videos that have surfaced online.

On Monday, January 10, another video has surfaced online showing Chance the rapper and one of Africa’s finest rappers, Sarkodie, linking up in a penthouse in Ghana to make music.

While we keep our fingers crossed for the collaboration, it is definitely going to be worth the wait.

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