Celebrities like Folarin “Falz” Falana, DJ Cuppy, Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington, Laycon, John Boyega, and many other celebrities have lent their voices both online and physically to causes related to the #EndSARS movement as the nation continues to see protests related to outright and systemic abuse and police brutality.
A renewed focus was placed on the #EndsSARS movement fresh bouts of peoples’ tweets on their experience with the members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This has sparked protests in different parts of the country.
Many celebrities attended protests, but others have used social media to promote the campaign that seeks to make calls to “end SARS”.
Here’s a rundown of just some of the prominent figures that have lent their voice to the cause.
When Adesua Etomi-Wellington tweeted this, a twitter user replied saying, “In your house or on the streets?”. She commented saying, You don’t know people’s situations. Let those that can go out go out, let those that can tweet tweet, let those that can Instagram, post. Focus on the people doing absolutely nothing, like THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT.”
Hello, I’m Frank. I will NEVER support cybercrime or “yahoo”. I will also NEVER support the random harassment, shooting or killing of citizens by police/SARS/ARMY/Paramilitary/Politician’s Escorts etc. So.. #EndPoliceBrutality#EndArmedForcesBrutality
Three years ago Nigeria’s police chief re-organised SARS after public condemnation about the violence that came with their operations. That change has done nothing for Nigerians and today many are still in danger. #EndSarsProtests
I’ve been taking the last few days to fully research on the topic of #PoliceBrutalityInNigeria, I didn’t want to jump on a hashtag before understanding the stories of the victims… + I’ve been deeply saddened at the fact that history continues to repeat itself.
Too many lives have been lost to injustice and brutality in this country. No cause justifies the killing of innocent people. Kudos to everyone risking it all by protesting! 💪 TOGETHER WE WILL WIN! #EndSarsNow#EndPoliceBrutality#EndSARSProtest
How many young Nigerians will have to be robbed/ kidnapped/killed by SARS before our Government takes it seriously? The “Special Anti-Robbery Squad” is doing the robbing?! Such a disgrace. What will it take for our “leaders” to do something about it? #EndSARS#EndSarsNow
No sit down say until e happen to me … No wait til e reach your turn! Coz ON GOD e go reach! These people na animals! Sorry to animals for the disrespect!! Nothing worse to call them! #ENDSARS#ENDSARSNOW#EndPoliceBrutality
iPhone no be gun mr officer. Guys please let me know if there’s still sars on d road doing illegal work and pls don’t send old videos. People are protesting peacefully and I heard the police are attacking protesters now☹️. Buhari speak to us now before it gets out of hand
Nigerian-born DJ, Florence Otedola a.k.a Cuppy has been announced as the host of a new show by music streaming giant, Apple Music.
According to the company, the show called ‘Africa Now Radio With Cuppy’, will showcase the latest sounds from the continent, ranging from amapiano, afrobeats, highlife, alte, house, hip-hop, afrobongo, kuduro and much more.
“With a DJ background, I’m excited not only to play music but showcase the vast array of talented artists cultivating the music scene on the continent!” Cuppy said in an interview.
“There are so many rich textures and sounds in Africa and the time is now for the world to embrace our diversity. Each and every week I’ll be bringing a dynamic guide to discovering and celebrating the biggest and best sounds from across Africa, the Motherland. It will be entertainment at its best, Cuppy style!”.
The pink-haired DJ was born in Lagos in 1992. Moving to London at 13, while attending school, Cuppy’s parents gifted her an iPod which she filled with Nigerian music so she could always keep a part of home. Falling in love with music, she taught herself how to DJ at 16.
In 2014, Cuppy graduated with a degree in economics from King’s College London and later went on to bag Music Business Masters Degree from the New York University while interning at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint in 2015.
She has continued to chase the music path ever since from the decks as a DJ, to boardrooms as a music businesswoman and even behind the mic as a producer and vocalist.
On the debut episode of the new show which will go live on Sunday, May the 31st, Nigerian Producer Kiddominant – known for producing African hits such as Davido’s ‘Fall’ and AKA’s ‘Fela In Versace’ – will join Cuppy via FaceTime.
Also featuring on the first episode of the show would be South African actress, Pearl Thusi, who is the lead character in the Netflix Original Spy Thriller drama ‘Queen Sono’.
It was yet another interesting week in the world of showbiz.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the week’s Vibez.
Naira Marley Dishes Some Good Advice To Marlians
Controversial hip hop artiste, Naira Marley yet again stirred social media after he cautioned fans to take their future seriously.
He took to twitter where he wrote, “as a Marlian you have to enjoy your youth but don’t destroy your future”.
While some hailed the singer for his words of advice, others expressed shock because Marlians claim to have “no manners”.
Some also asked the soapy crooner to tell his fans to take a cue from him because beyond his accolades as a musician, he is a college graduate with a distinction.
Cuppy On A New Mission
Popular DJ and daughter of billionaire businessman Florence Otedola, a.k.a DJ Cuppy is on a new mission.
The singer who is always shaking up the social media space with various fascinating posts has again defied critics and taken to Instagram to announce that she’s been working on her debut EP.
According to her, it’s already more than halfway done but she has asked fans for suggestions on what to name it.
Meanwhile, the gelato crooner also took to her insta-stories where she disclosed that she’s working towards earning $1 million by the end of 2020.
Zlatan Accused Of Masterminding Attack On Vic O
Upcoming singer, Vic O accused rapper, Zlatan of assaulting him with the help of his friends.
The singer took to Instagram where he shared a video of his badly bruised face.
According to him, he was attacked in the Lekki area of Lagos by men, numbering about eight who are allegedly loyal to Zlatan.
He went further to announce that the battle line has been drawn, between Zlatan and himself. Meanwhile, Zlatan is yet to react to the allegations.
Cause Of Juice Wrld’s Death Revealed
One month after rising artiste, Juice Wrld passed away, the cause of his death has been revealed.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the rapper died of an accidental opioid overdose, specifically oxycodone and codeine toxicity”.
Juice Wrld is the latest in a string of famous musicians to die of an opioid overdose in recent years.
Meanwhile, his family has disclosed plans for a public tribute to be held for the late rapper in Chicago.
Davido Drops “2020 Letter To You”
On to some new music, Nigerian pop star, Davido has risen above all the drama that ushered him into the new year with the release of a freestyle track titled: ‘2020, Letter To You’.
In the new track, O.B.O advices everyone to be true to themselves.
He also says no one is perfect and so, everyone should learn to accept each other as they are and aim for higher.
‘Eyimofe’ To Premiere At Berlin International Film Festival
And to movies, Nigerian feature film ‘Eyimofe’ is set to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival which starts in February 2020.
Written by Chuko Esiri and produced by Melissa Adeyemo, the film addresses the endless pursuit of migrants for greener pastures in Europe and the sad reality they often meet at the end.
‘Joseph’ Hits The Big Screens
Meanwhile, African-Carribean film, Joseph is also set to hit the big screens.
The movie chronicles the life of a young, successful medical doctor in the Caribbean whose curiosity about Africa sets him on a journey to an unknown world amidst warnings from friends and family.
Movie enthusiasts joined some cast and crew of the film for its premiere which took place in Lagos, Nigeria.
Diane Makes Fashion Statement
To some more exciting stuff, Mercy Johnson’s Epic Movie, the legend of Inikpi is finally out and some of our faves stepped out in style for the premiere which took place at the Film House Cinemas in Lekki.
Those in attendance included Yvonne Jegede, Paul Obazele, Ay Makun, Denrele, popular OAP, Lolo, and some of Big Brother Naija’s finest, Ceecee, Diane and Thelma.
Diane particularly wowed fans with what seemed to be a surprisingly bold fashion statement.
A photo she posted on Instagram, was accompanied with a caption that read: “be crazy enough to know you can do anything you want in life”. and fans could not hide their excitement in the comments.
Grammys: Fans Anticipate Burna’s Win
Finally, the Grammys is only few hours from now and our very own Burna Boy a.k.a African Giant, is a nominee for the ‘best world music category’, alongside heavyweights such as Angelique Kidjo.
A lot of fans are very optimistic and so far, social media has been buzzing, with #BurnaBoy as one of the top trends.
We have our fingers crossed and we’re wishing him all the best.
Executive Chairman of Geregu Power Plc, Mr Femi Otedola, has donated the sum of N5 billion to the Save The Children Foundation to help with their philanthropic work in Nigeria.
He made the donation at a Gold Gala organised by his daughter and the owner of the Cuppy Foundation, Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy), to raise funds for ‘Save The Children’ for which she is an ambassador.
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, also announced a donation of N100 million.
Others present at the event included: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe; and billionaire businesswoman, Bola Shagaya.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was also present, as well as governors of Borno, Babagana Zulum, and Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun.
Save The Children is a century-old voice for children’s rights that has been operating in Nigeria since 2001.
According to the CEO, their programs in Nigeria have reached 23.5 million children in 2017 and 2018 with offices in 16 out of the 36 states in Nigeria.
Cuppy also took to her Instagram page to announce that the event was a success.
With Over six years of professional DJ’ing, billionaire daughter, Florence Otedola, better known as DJ Cuppy, has set the tone for her singing career with the release of her official debut single ‘Green Light’ featuring rave act, Tekno.
In those years, some of her achievements of note include an 8-african country tour as well as a number of performances at international events in major cities around the world.
Speaking to Channels Television, the 24-year-old shared her experiences from growing up, to schooling, her love for music and how it has evolved, finding her sound, as well as being a female in a male dominated industry.
“Despite representing Nigeria from outside, I really feel like I’ve been trying to make music, but it wasn’t really clicking. It wasn’t until I came back and I really brought myself back to the roots that I was able to really get that sound and I’m really proud of Green Light. I think it’s an amazing song and I really hope everyone likes it as well.
She also explained that coming back for her was an intentional decision she had made because she felt it was necessary to return to her roots and create the kind of music that she actually loved.
“Coming back for me was making that choice, despite having options, making sure that actually, I don’t forget where I’m from and that was very important for me because I found myself sort of DJ’ing in amazing places like Dubai, New York, Las Vegas, Spain, everywhere but I felt like actually I really wasn’t catering to where I love which is Lagos.”
About Green Light
Furthermore, Cuppy explained that although she may not have an amazing voice, she has a voice that still needs to be heard.
“This is the first time and I’m very proud – I sat down in the studio, Tekno and I made this song, wrote the song and performed it. The unique selling point of this song is the fact that my vocals are on there.
“I don’t have an amazing voice, but I have a voice that I want people to hear.”
According to her, the desire to challenge the status quo and conquer new heights moved her to releasing the song and while she has built a reputation as a DJ, the industry might be seeing more of her as a singer.
“The concept of the song is about having that moment where you decide to go for something. I feel like despite doing a lot of things, I actually, am really taking this as a full-time profession, it is my bread and butter, it is really what I’m passionate about.
“So green light for me means really taking that time to go – deciding that despite what everyone thinks Cuppy should do, this is me deciding my own future.”
Beyond growing her personal brand, Cuppy is working to help other talents grow in the industry through her Red Velvet music imprint, managed by an all-female group which she says is a way of empowering women.
Mavin Record artiste, Dr. Sid on Saturday tied the knot with his sweet heart Simi Osomo at a colourful wedding in Lagos.
The star-studded event had in attendance Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Toke Makinwa,Banky W, Tania Omotayo, Toolz, Korede Bello, BOJ, Tee Billz, Fade Ogunro, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Freda Francis, Tunde Demuren, Tunde Ednut, DJ Cuppy and others.
Mavin Record’s boss, Don Jazzy surprised the couple with a car gift.