Banky W Wins PDP Ticket For House Of Reps

Music star turned politician, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W.

 

 

 

Nigerian music star turned politician, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, has won the PDP House of Representative Primaries for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency.

The report was confirmed by his aide, Kennedy Salami, saying that Wellington had a landslide victory. Salami stated, “We have just concluded the elections and he has won. We secured the ticket for the House Representatives of Eti-Osa PDP. So, we are moving on to the next. It was a landslide; we won 28 to 3 votes.”

In a viral video, the votes of the primaries were counted and closely monitored by the delegates and members of the party.

In April, the music star announced on social media that he was once again aiming to represent the people of Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

He tweeted, “We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer for it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God, and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It’s time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move.”

Wellington first announced his ambition in 2018 and contested for the House of Representatives seat under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) but lost to Ibrahim Obanikoro of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Celebrities Hail Ticket Win

Industry colleagues have congratulated Banky W on his win, including Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who tweeted, “One building block at a time. Congrats @BankyW! Time to prepare even harder bro.”

MI Abaga wrote, “Many will talk, few will do. Congrats @BankyW.”

Davido gave his backing to the EME boss tweeted on Tuesday saying, “Congrats @BankyW! You have my support! Don’t sit at home and complain, get up and make a change.”

DJ Neptune also congratulated the singer on twitter saying, “Congrats Banky W!”

Davido Features On Official Sound Track Of World Cup ‘Hayya Hayya (Better Together)’

A screengrab of the ‘Hayya Hayya’ video from YouTube.

 

 

 

Davido is one of the artistes on the FIFA World Cup official soundtrack ‘Hayya Hayya (Better Together)’.

The charts topper took to social media handles on Friday to announce the collaboration.

He tweeted, “I’m honored to be featured on the Official @FIFAWorldCup 2022 Soundtrack ! See y’all later 2NITE ! This one is for Africa ! TULE!!! WE RISE !

“Who dey wamba … we still qualify las las. Pleased to have featured and worked on the official @fifaworldcup Qatar 2022 song with @redone @trinidad @aishaofcl ! Naija no make am but… NAIJA STILL MAKE AM!”

 

 

The soundtrack which is titled ‘Hayya Hayya’ also featured Trinidad’s Cardona and Qatar’s Aisha.

“By bringing together voices from the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, this song symbolises how music – and football – can unite the world,” said FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Kay Madati.

 

 

A fan, Daniel Regha, reviewed the feature saying “Davido u delivered in the “Hayya Hayya” FIFA World Cup 2022 soundtrack; The synergy between u & ur the other artistes was absolute perfection. Great instrumental, lyrics & video. Reminds one of K’Naan’s timeless ‘Wavin Flag’ song. Kudos to u guys. Indeed we are “Better Together”.”

N250m Donation: Davido Gives All To Orphanage Homes

File photo of Davido

 

Nigerian top singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has given all the donations given to him by friends, in celebration of his birthday, to charity.

In a press statement released on Saturday on his verified Instagram handle, the music star said the total amount of the donation is N200,000,000.

He made a personal donation of N50,000,000 to make a total figure of N250,000,000 and said this money will all go as donations to orphanages across Nigeria.

READ ALSO: N200m Challenge: Otedola, Obi Cubana, Others Gift Davido Millions

A five-man disbursement committee – with three professors and one pastor – was therefore set up by the singer to see to the sharing.

Davido said his goal is to make the donation a yearly tradition in celebration of his birthday and to give back to those in need.

In a video also on his Instagram page, he appreciated everyone that contributed to the cause explaining how the idea behind the donation started like a causal conversion.

He called on his fans and friends to continue to support him on the mission of giving back to society.

Davido on Wednesday took to his Instagram page and called out his friends to support his 29th Birthday coming up on November 21.

The artist challenged his friends and fans to send him N1 million, saying he has always been in a position of lifting others and now he wanted them to return the favour.

Within the first 10 minutes of announcing the challenge on his Insta stories, the pop star received N7million and went on to say that the goal was N100million.

 

See below, Davido’s statement announcing the donation of the money to charity:

N200m Challenge: Otedola, Obi Cubana, Others Gift Davido Millions

Davido

 

Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola and billionaire socialite, Obi Iyiegbu a.k.a Obi Cubana, have gifted pop star, David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido millions ahead of his 29th birthday on November 21.

Davido who is currently in Dubai, had challenged his friends and fans to send him N1 million, saying he has always been in a position of lifting others and now he wanted them to return the favour.

Within the first 10 minutes of announcing the challenge on his Insta stories, the pop star received N7million and went on to say that the goal was N100million.

“I wan clear my Rolls Royce from port abeg,” he wrote, adding the ‘laughing with tears’ emoji.

While he continued to post screenshots of his N1million alerts from close friends and colleagues, he also mentioned Femi Otedola and Obi Cubana without stating how much they both sent to him.

Read Also: ‘I Got In A Lot Of Trouble, I Had To Leave Nigeria’ – Davido

“@Obi_Cubana haaaaaa!!!! Baba don finish me!!!! Love u baba, he wrote, “@Femiotedola FO!!! This one no be alert, na alarm,” he wrote in another slide, insinuating that the billionaires may have sent him more ‘loaded’ sums.

Several other persons including Naira Marley, Zlatan, MC Galaxy, Big Brother Naija stars Nengi, Dorathy, and even a fan who met up with him at a mall in Dubai have also sent him money.

Travel company, Travel Beta, and also Munch It for which he is an ambassador;  were also not left out of the challenge.

As of Channels TV’s last check, the sum had amounted to N134million, with Davido announcing that the target has now shifted to N200million.

The challenge which seemed to have started as a joke has now taken over the internet, drawing up various reactions from Nigerians.

‘I Got In A Lot Of Trouble, I Had To Leave Nigeria’ – Davido

A screenshot of Davido during his interview with Trevor Noah (Source/ YouTube).

 

 

Afrobeat artiste, Davido said he had to leave Nigeria after his hit song “Fem” became the unofficial soundtrack for the #ENDSARs movement last year.

The award-winning singer featured on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, on Wednesday and spoke on different issues, including his recently released third studio album, “A Better Time”.

“I did not record that song thinking that was going to happen. Honestly, it is amazing how I saw my voice be an instrument for the people. It was amazing…I got into a lot of trouble, I got into a lot of trouble. I had to actually leave the country; it was that bad because I got into a lot of trouble,” Davido said.

During the protests, the artiste himself joined the peaceful marches and was vocal on social media.

He said, “They listened, they heard us. They might not have changed anything, but they were shaken. I see a lot of young future leaders coming up – things are gonna change.”

Nigeria has produced acts, Fela Kuti, in the ‘70s, and with rappers like Falz who sing about socially conscious issues. Afrobeat has been used to draw attention to the country’s experience of politics, corruption, terrorism, and abuse of power.

Now popular around the world, the genre has the power to draw global attention to issues affecting African nations.

Speaking on the growing cultural supremacy of Afrobeat worldwide, he told Noah about his first contract with Sony in 2016. The artiste said, “I told them, you guys might not understand now, but in a couple of years this is going to be one of the biggest genres in the world.”

For Noah, Davido and other Afrobeat artistes’ rise to fame has cured the “inferiority complex” that he says he always felt towards American pop culture. The host said, “We were like, oh America is better than us, the UK is better; everything was better than us in Africa.”

Davido, in the interview, reminisced about while schooling in Alabama he will play some DBanj, P Square, Freshly Ground (a band from South Africa), and a couple of Nigerian artistes that were popular then and will get reactions like, “What’s that? Those drums are going hard! They sound good. So, I always knew that, eventually, it would be appreciated.”.

“What do you think it is about Nigerians that made them take over the music scene?” Noah asked, and Davido gave huge credit to the Nigerians in the diaspora who insisted that only Naija music be played when they were in clubs saying for instance, “Play Davido’s music when my bottles are coming out”.

He also attributed some of the success of the genre to the fact that “Everybody in the world has a Nigerian friend”.

Tina Turner, Jay-Z Among 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees, Fela Misses Out

Fela Kuti, circa 1980.(PHOTO: David Corio)

 

 

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has missed out on the bid to become an inductee of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Tina Turner, Carole King, and Jay-Z made it.

Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner are the newest inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday morning.

The hall said it’s 2021 class includes the “most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization.” Three are two-time inductees.

Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.

Speaking of the new inductees, John Skyes, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said: “This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture. It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”

To be eligible for induction, artists have to have released their first record 25 years earlier and “have created music whose originality, impact and influence have changed the course of rock & roll,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.

Musicians and groups who were nominated but not inducted were Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.

Fela Kuti was first announced as a nominee for the award in February. Soon after the announcement, there was a huge push on social media to vote for the Nigerian music legend whose music much of the populace especially fans say is still relevant to date because of the social issues it addressed.

 

2021 Final fans’ ballot (Image: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)

 

Massive support from celebrities like Davido, Burna Boy, Banky W, Don Jazzy, and other prominent voices gave the legend an early boost but the Turner fans gave it more from the results that were published by the hall.

If Fela had won, the multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat legend would have made history as the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

No Plans To Let Fela Win?

Fans took to social media to express their disappointment and displeasure in the situation despite having the second-highest votes and other inductees not coming close to his number of votes being inducted to the hall.

See some of the tweets below:

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Davido Hits 20 Million Instagram Followers, Becomes Most Followed African Artiste

Davido

 

Multi-award-winning musician, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has hit 20 million followers on Instagram.

The musician is now the most followed artiste not just in Nigeria but on the Facebook-owned platform.

Davido boasts of more followers than two of Nigeria’s biggest music artistes, Wizkid and Burna Boy.

While Wizkid has about 2.1 million followers, the self-acclaimed African Giant, Burnaboy has gathered 6.6 million followers.

The DMW boss took to his page to celebrate his latest milestone.

He recently featured in Zlatan Ibile’s new album titled: “CHO CHO”, and celebrated the feat by posting the cover of the album.

He captioned the post: “20M FOLLOWERS!! FUCK IT NEW MUSIC TONITE!! @zlatan_ibile x OBO x @iammayorkun ‘CHO CHO’ prod by @p.priime.”

 

Emanuella Wins Nickelodeon’s ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’

 

 

Popular YouTube comedy star, Emanuella Samuel, has won Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards 2021 in the ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’ category.

Emanuella won the voting-based award but was in good company with fellow nominees in the same category being, Ikorodu Bois, Magician Wian Van Den Berg from South Africa, Uganda’s Ghetto Kids, Kenya’s social media sensation Elsa Majimbo, and South Africa’s Bonang Matheba.

Emanuella was first nominated for the Kids Choice Awards in 2018 alongside Davido but they lost to Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo.

The Ikorodu Bois received tons of praise for their creativity of using everyday stuff to craftily make their videos and were invited to the world premiere of Netflix action flick ‘Extraction 2′ after they remade the first trailer.

 

Nigeria’s comedy star, Emanuella Samuel.

 

Emmanuella, the 10-year old comedian from MarkAngel Comedy, has severally featured in well-shared comedy skits.

The Ikorodu Bois, made up of three brothers (Babatunde Sanni, 23, Muiz Sanni,16, Malik Sanni, 10; and their cousin, Fawas Aina, 13), were featured on Steve Harvey’s TV show which shined even more of a spotlight on them. They have remade many music videos and movie trailers.

 

A combination of screenshots created on June 25 from the Ikorodu Bois remake of Netflix's Extraction film trailer.
A combination of screenshots created on June 25 from the Ikorodu Bois remake of Netflix’s Extraction film trailer.

 

The group got free equipment from Netflix last year to help them out in their shoots.

The 2021 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards recognises the biggest and most entertaining stars across the world of film, television, music, sports, video games, and social media.

See a full list of winners below:

Favorite Female Artist:
Ariana Grande

Favorite Male Artist:
Justin Bieber

Favorite Music Group:
BTS

Favorite Music Collaboration:
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, “Stuck With You”

Favorite Song:
BTS, “Dynamite”

Favorite Global Music Star:
BTS

Favorite Kids TV Show:
Alexa & Katie

Favorite Family TV Show:
Stranger Things

Favorite Reality Show:
America’s Got Talent

Favorite Animated Series:
SpongeBob Square Pants

Favorite Female TV Star:
Millie Bobby Brown

Favorite Male TV Star:
Jace Norman

Favorite Movie:
Wonder Woman 1984

Favorite Movie Actress:
Millie Bobby Brown

Favorite Movie Actor:
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Animated Movie:
Soul

Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie:
Anna Kendrick

Favorite Female Social Star:
Charli D’Amelia

Favorite Male Social Star:
James Charles

Favorite Female Sports Star:
Simone Biles

Favorite Male Sports Star:
LeBron James

Favorite Video Game:
Among Us

‘Victory For Nigeria,’ Davido Congratulates Burna Boy, Wizkid On Grammy Win

 

Nigerian Popstar, Davido has congratulated Burna Boy and Wizkid for winning in different categories at the 63rd Grammy Awards.

Wizkid won the award for his effort in Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce, Blue Ivy, and St Jhn which is from Beyonce’s Lion King: The Gift album.

The song won Best Music Video, beating Future and Drake (Life Is Good), Harry Styles, (Adore You), Anderson Paak (Lockdown), and Woodkid (Goliath).

READ ALSO: FULL LIST: Burna Boy And Wizkid Win First-Ever Grammy Awards

Burna Boy also clinched his Grammy award after winning the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category for his album ‘Twice As Tall.’

Congratulatory messages have since been pouring in for the two singers.

Joining the train on Monday, the ‘Jowo’ crooner described the development as a victory for Nigeria as well as its people and culture.

“Whichever way you look at it, this is a victory for Nigeria for the culture and for my people! Congrats to our winners! Tule Naija! #Grammys #foreverchoke,” he wrote on Twitter.

 

From ‘Fem’ To ‘Jowo’, Davido Now Has Fans Shouting Tule For N2m

 

Nigerian pop star, Davido has given fans a new assignment with what he has called the #TuleChallenge.

The challenge involves people mimicking a video in which the singer had posted days earlier where he was heard shouting the word Tule.

But what has got fans more excited to participate is the two million naira giveaway prize attached to the challenge.

 

See Davido’s video below.

 

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A post shared by Davido (@davido)

 

We’re not sure what #Tule really means but it appears Davido invented the slang to shade his ‘haters’.

This comes days after his alleged altercation with Twice as Tall singer, Burna Boy.

Both singers were alleged to have had the altercation in Ghana over the weekend.

The incident caused a stir on social media with some shading both artistes.

Davido later went on to hint that he might stop doing music.

But in what appears to be him getting his ‘mojo’ back, the singer has now thrown the challenge to fans and the response so far is evidence of the #fanlove.

 

For some, however, its just for the hustle (who wouldn’t want to end the year with a whooping two million naira just for a few seconds of shouting).

See some of the responses below.

 

 

As expected, you can’t separate humour from Nigerians.

 

Davido Tweets About Quitting Music After Alleged Fight With Burna Boy

Davido. PHOTO: Instagram/@Davido

 

Nigerian Pop Singer, David Adeleke popularly called Davido has sparked a train of reactions on Twitter after talking about quitting music.

“I go leave this music for una,” Davido tweeted on Monday.

 

Although, the FEM crooner has yet to reveal why he is considering leaving music, his tweet has caused a Twitter storm with his name dominating trends.

Many of his fans in reaction pleaded with him not to consider quitting his music career as he has many hits to his name. Some others were indifferent as they compared his music with Burna Boy and Wizkid.

 

 

Davido’s tweet might not be unconnected with unconfirmed reports that he got into an altercation with Burna Boy at a nightclub in Ghana.

A video shared by a Twitter user shows the moment a furious Davido attacked another man reported to be Burna Boy at the nightclub, over the weekend.