Nigerian music star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido says he has gone into self-isolation.
He explained that he took the decision after his fiancée, Chioma, tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The music star announced this on Friday via his verified Twitter handle.
In the series of tweets, he noted that he recently returned to Nigeria from America after cancelling his tour, while Chioma also came back from London recently with their baby.
Davido stated that although they had no symptoms and were perfectly fine, they decided to take the COVID-19 test on Wednesday along with the close associates they had recent contact with as a result of their travel history.
“Unfortunately, my fiancée’s result came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative, including our baby.
“We are, however, doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever,” he revealed.
According to the 27-year-old, Chioma has been quarantined while he has gone into self-isolation for the minimum 14 days.
He thanked his fans and well-wishers for their love and prayers in advance and urged them to stay at home, in order to curtail the spread of the disease.
Read the tweets below:
close associates we’ve come in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th of March. Unfortunately, my fiancé’s results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby. We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still…
Hip hop star, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has postponed the rest of his tour in North America due to the health concerns surrounding the spreading coronavirus outbreak.
He believes the decision to postpone the tour is in the best interest of his fans as it’s related to their individual and collective health.
Announcing on social media on Thursday, Davido wrote, “I’m saddened to halt what has been a fantastic sold-out tour so far, but postponing is the right thing to do. The health and safety of my fans and staff is most paramount and nothing else matters. Be safe and see you all soon! God be with us all!”
The postponement came on the eve of his scheduled performance in Denver, Colorado.
The “Risky” singer had already performed to sold-out shows in Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, Los-Angeles, Las Vegas and San Fransisco and was still set to take on New York, Chicago, Miami, Toronto and several other major cities across North America and Canada.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, which has recently been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), awareness to curb the disease has intensified globally, major tech, sporting, music events and festivals have been postponed or cancelled completely.
‘A Good Time’ is the second studio album by Nigerian singer Davido. It was jointly released by Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), RCA Records and Sony Music, in November 2019.
This week in entertainment news, we are covering a number of stories for you, including the Burna Boy afrobeat controversy, Davido’s latest milestone and the stunning variety of bespoke fashion at, arguably, the most prestigious film awards in the world, the Oscars.
Vibez is your weekly recap of top stories making the rounds in the showbiz world.
After having ‘A Good Time’ in 2019, from what was arguably a successful music year for Davido, as well as the anticipation of his wedding to his lover, Chioma, the newyear started off on a rather dramatic note for the singer.
The drama started after photos of himself and his first baby mama, Sophia Momodu surfaced online, sparking rumours that the two were getting back together.
Meanwhile, American Rapper, Cardi B, has continued to shake social media with her talks about filing for a Nigerian citizenship.
The latest in her series of banter, was her asking fans to pick a Nigerian name for her.
“Let’s settle this once and for all, Chioma B or Cadijat”, she tweeted.
And trust Nigerians not to pass on a good banter. They went on with various comments and hilarious reactions. Read More
In Nollywood, Actress, Mercy Johnson has added a new feather to her filming cap with the release of the trailer for her debut production, titled The Legend Of Inikpi.
The film features a stellar cast of Nollywood Heavyweights including herself, Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saidi Balogun, Paul Obazele and others.
Kunle Afolayn is also set to give fans another hit movie following his 2019 production, Mokalik.
According to him, the movie titled ‘Citation’ will explore the notorious sex for grades practice reported in some higher institutions of learning and colleges.
It features Hollywood actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis and celebrity fashion blogger Temi Otedola who would be cutting her teeth in Nollywood.
Popstar, David Adeleke, who is popularly known by his fans as Davido has threatened fire and brimstone after a viral video surfaced online with him in a church advert by the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).
Dissociating himself from the church, Davido took to his Twitter handle and said the video is unauthorised by him.
“I have nothing whatsoever to do with the church!!!
“The fact that I did a quick video for a kid introduced as a fan just for personal use and it was chopped up and used for such an advert extremely disappoints me.
“It is fraudulent and extremely disappoints me,” his post read in part.
Davido further explained that he only did the video for a fan who intended to use for personal use and not to promote the church.
He further issued a stern warning to the authority of the church to take down the video.
See his disclaimer below…
Meanwhile, the author of the video, a lady identified as Elizabeth Omale, took to her Instagram handle @omalizz12 to clarify that the video is not an official advert for COZA.
According to her, the video is simply a way for her to raise awareness for her church program. She added that it was recorded by Davido, who she claimed is her friend, as a ‘favour.’
Founder and Senior Pastor of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo, also reposted the video on his page.
But Ms. Omale clarified further that Fatoyinbo sharing the video on his Instagram handle is not an endorsement of Davido as an ambassador for the church program as some social media commenters wrongly claimed.
Fake eyelashes fluttered, bespoke suits were on display and slick music videos played at the inaugural edition of The Entertainment Fair and Festival in Nigeria’s economic hub Lagos in late November.
But behind the glitter, the reality of the film and music sectors in Africa’s most populous nation can often be far less glamorous: wages are low, there are no social protections and copyright law is rarely enforced.
That comes despite the country boasting the second most productive film industry in the world and some of Africa’s biggest pop stars.
Hits by singers like Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido play non-stop on stations across the continent and Nollywood churns out some 2,500 movies each year.
Despite the successes, revenues from Nigeria’s entertainment and media sector in 2018 lagged well behind that of the continent’s other leading economic powerhouse South Africa at $4.5 billion compared to $9.1 billion, PwC said.
That difference is not down to output or demand as Nigeria produces more, exports more and has a domestic market of some 200 million people, four times bigger than South Africa.
Instead industry insiders insist it is a problem of organisation.
South Africa has better systems for ensuring royalty payments for artists, stronger legal protections and more modern facilities such as film studios, concert venues and cinemas.
‘Not taken seriously’
In a bid to help remedy the issues facing the industry, veteran Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde came up with the first entertainment business fair, known as TEFFEST.
It is aimed at bringing together actors, singers, producers, insurers, lawyers and managers to better organise the sector.
“The entertainment industry has grown without structures, without a roof,” Jalade-Ekeinde, nicknamed “Omo Sexy”, told AFP.
“For decades, we were not taken seriously and the big corporation companies didn’t consider us.”
The situation has changed as the industry has grown and now companies like Netflix are looking to step up their involvement in Nollywood and international labels attempting to tap Afropop stars.
“We produced, we grew, we became something suddenly and now the corporate world is trying to understand how we work and how they can deal with us,” Jalade-Ekeinde, AKA “the Queen of Nollywood”, said.
But the problems riddling the industry means it is often difficult to invest.
“There is nothing to celebrate here,” said Efe Omoregbe, manager of singer 2Face and former board member of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), which was dissolved by the government due to an internal conflict.
“We should be fixing and addressing major structural issues (…) We live in a culture of abuse when it comes to copyrights.”
PwC estimates that 80 percent of the pirate CDs globally can be found in Nigeria and singer Brymo says that in almost 20 years performing he has never received any money from his songs playing on local radio stations.
“Internationally, we make money through digital distribution platforms that have taken over rapidly, but locally it’s mostly with gigs or endorsement deals,” he said.
Contracts or handshakes
Lawyer Simeon Okoduwa said he tries to insist on artists signing a contract with producers before working with them.
“Too many film shoots or recordings are still done based on promises and handshakes,” he said.
This is an issue that leading actor Michelle Dede knows only too well.
The star always demands a written contract before starting her next film — and says the largest production companies now do offer written contracts as standard.
“Before producers thought I was being pretentious,” she said.
Despite the improvements she still decries the lack of protections for performers or a minimum wage for actors and others involved in the industry such as make-up artists, cameramen and technicians.
Nollywood is a vast employer in Nigeria — with some estimates saying it offers jobs to one million people — but much of that is very precarious.
“We make more money on building a brand than acting,” said Dede.
“But I shouldn’t be focusing on how many likes I get on Instagram, I should be working on my roles.”
Despite the drawbacks, the entertainment industry is still a major draw in a country where almost half the population live in extreme poverty.
But Dede said she still has no regret of leaving her job in marketing in London to launch herself in Nollywood.
“Nothing makes me happier than acting,” she said.
“Even though the pay is not good, there is no way I would give up on that.”
Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday re-detained founder of the Revolution Now campaign, Omoyele Sowore less than 24 hours after they released him.
Sowore was re-arrested following an earlier futile attempt by DSS operatives to arrest him inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
He was eventually whisked away at the court premises and taken to the office of the DSS where he is being detained.
Sowore was released on Thursday night after months in DSS detention, following an order by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum.
His re-arrest has sparked reactions from many Nigerians including celebrities who took to social media messaging platform, Twitter to express disdain over the
Pop star, David Adeleke popularly known by his fans as Davido lamented that “Justice slowly becoming a thing of the past in our dear country.” He also tagged another top musician Falz, who father, Femi Falana (SAN) is Sowore’s lawyer. He added that he Senior Advocate is a legend.
Justice slowly becoming a thing of the past n our dear country …. a kid somewhere in nigeria dreaming of becoming a lawyer and bettering the community would see this and start having doubts … just sad https://t.co/eUOMkBQPze
Banky Wellington, a singer and actor in his reaction said Sowore’s re-arrest brings shame to Nigeria’s Democracy.
“This is an absolute disgrace to our country & a blatant abuse of human rights. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with Sowore’s political ambitions or not. This is a new low, even for us,” he said.
This brings shame to our fragile Democracy. This is an absolute disgrace to our country & a blatant abuse of human rights. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with Sowore’s political ambitions or not. This is a new low, even for us. @MBuhari pls surprise us & do the right thing https://t.co/H0zsni1UrO
In a satirical reaction, popular comedian Frank Donga described the re-arrest as a kidnap inside a courtroom.
Is somebody getting ‘kidnapped’ inside a courtroom? I wonder the kind of technology used in this video. 🤔 Anyway, let’s be patient till the right people are ‘aware’ of this matter. It’s all #lovespeech from here. 😁❤️🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/3iFGaV6oo6
We are in serious trouble ooo…if the DSS can do this in broad daylight…with everyone recording and posting on social media, imagine what they would do if they can regulate social media!! They have plans…vile vile plans…and it’s up to us to scatter their plans…
In the new album, Davido also features Peruzzi, Dremo, Summer Walker, Yonda, among other top artists.
A day before the eventual release of the album, the Omo Baba Olowocrooner wrote an emotional message on his Instagram, explaining the inspiration behind his new album.
It’s been a long 7 years. A lot has transpired in my life since my debut album ‘Genesis’, and I, David Adeleke (aka Davido) have gone through a process of immense changes and growth. In sad times I lost close family and friends (RIP) and in my happiest times I’ve created lives (Imade, Hailey & David Jr). I fell in love and got engaged to my PHENOMENAL fiancé, Chioma. I’ve fought battles of all kinds and on all fronts: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional even political.
With less than 48 hours left of the 7-year wait for the album of the century; A Good Time reflects on the ability to trust the timing of your life, enjoying the best moments & persevering through the worst ones. There’s no time like the present and it’s A Good Time to be alive, to be a PROUD AFRICAN and to fight for the freedom of one another – in unity. This is my album cover art and it reflects the culmination of my 7-year journey in audio/visual form, I present to you, “A Good Time”. OUT Nov 22!!! #AGoodTime
A Good Time comes seven years after Davido’s debut album Omo Baba Olowo. He also released Son of Mercy in 2016.