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Ka3na and Wathoni, housemates of Big Brother Naija ‘Lockdown’ season 5, got into a fight today at Big Brother’s house.
The housemates were spotted in a video hurling insults at each other while other housemates tried to separate them quickly, before the fight turns physical.
From the video which is currently going viral on social media, angry Ka3na could be heard screaming and warning Wathoni to stay off her lane and avoid her.
“She has no right to call my name like that. I will not tolerate that nonsense. Let her keep calm and avoid me. I don’t know why my name was called in the first place. If you try me I will finish you”, Ka3na yelled.
Watch the Video on the link below;
Ace Nigerian comedian and actor AYO Makun simply known as AY is excited as he becomes the most followed comedian in Africa and the most followed male actor in Nigeria.
Fans of Big Brother Naija housemate, Laycon are currently setting Instagram on fire as their fave, Laycon becomes first housemate to be verified by instagram.
The much-anticipated 5th season of reality TV show, Big Brother Naija kicked off on July 19th, and fans of the show immediately noticed the change in the voice of Big Brother.
The head of house game was held today and Nengi emerged the first head of house for this season.
Beyoncé has released a trailer for her new visual album, Black is King, which aims to promote “the beauty of tradition and black excellence”.
The film will premiere globally on Disney+ on 31 July and is a reimagining of the live-action remake of The Lion King with music from Beyoncé’s album The Lion King: The Gift, which was released last year.
Little is known about the narrative elements of the project but Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell and Pharrell Williams will all feature. It is described as a visual album that “reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns”.
Black is King was shot in South Africa, west Africa, Belgium, Los Angeles, New York and London over the course of a year, with Beyoncé serving as executive producer, alongside a creative team that included the Dutch-Ghanian film-maker Emmanuel Adjei, the Ghanaian pop star Blitz Bazawule and the Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere.
In 2016, Beyoncé released her sixth record, Lemonade, as a visual album with a premiere on HBO that featured poetry by the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, with segments that were shot by a group of film-makers including the Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas and Kahlil Joseph.Advertisementhttps://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Lemonade was one of the first times that Beyoncé had openly expressed her political views, with scenes that depicted the mothers of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin holding photographs of their sons.
Black is King will focus on “the voyages of black families … [and] a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity,” according to a press release, which also says it is a celebration of “black resilience and culture”.
It adds: “His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.”
In an address to the BET awards, the singer called on African-Americans to vote in order to “dismantle a racist and unequal system” in the US. On Juneteenth – a holiday celebrated in the US to mark the official end of slavery – Beyoncé released Black Parade, a track calling for “peace and reparation for my people”.
She also wrote to the attorney general of Kentucky to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman killed by police officers while asleep in her home. Taylor’s death sparked Black Lives Matter protests.
The 2020 Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality TV show kick-started activities on Sunday with the unveiling of the 20 housemates, most of whom hail from Lagos state.
It is also worthy of note that the majority of the 20 housemates are entrepreneurs running their own ventures while the entire team spanned people of diverse professions.
Of all the housemates, seven introduced themselves as natives of Lagos while some of the participants who are from other states, turned out to be resident in the commercial city.
Two of the 20 individuals have links to London; two came from Bayelsa; two are from Imo. Others spanned people from Enugu, Abia, Benue, Edo, Rivers, Sokoto, as well as Delta.
On the age range for the new housemates, the organisers selected individuals between ages of 22 and 35, with the majority spanning those between the ages of 24 and 28.
The 2020 edition of the BBNaija show had earlier raised concerns among viewers considering that it is holding at about the same time when the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show’s organisers however addressed this by revealing measures put in place towards protecting participants from the novel virus both prior to and during the show’s run time.
All 20 housemates are now expected to vie for the grand prize of N85 million, within which other benefits are included and ahead of which evictions will emerge as competitions and voting kick in.
After weeks of Speculation, US Rapper, Nicki Minaj, has finally confirmed that she’s expecting a child.
As days go by, Nigerians are eagerly waiting for the fifth season of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show as it promises to be funfilled.
The fifth season of Africa’s most popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija is set to launch on Sunday, July 19, 2020 and everyone seems to be anticipating a different edition that promises to be more exciting and dramatic than previous ones.
A bare-chested Diamond Platnumz was surprised by his record producers last week when they rocked up at his house with a cake iced with YouTube’s logo to mark a milestone for the Tanzanian pop star.
As he was filmed getting dressed, the 30-year-old was proudly told by his team that he was the first sub-Saharan African singer to get one billion views on his YouTube channel.
Over the last 10 years, the award-winning musician has popularised “bongo flava” – a uniquely Tanzanian offering: romantic melodies with an urban beat influenced by traditional taarab music from the East African coast.
“Diamond Platnumz is very hard working and has great showmanship,” says DJ Edu, who hosts the weekly pan-African music show This Is Africa for the BBC World Service.
And with more than 43% of Tanzania’s 55 million people having access to the internet, mainly via mobile smartphones, there is a huge home-grown Swahili-speaking audience ready to lap up his love songs.
Other Tanzanian musicians like Harmonize are also huge on YouTube.
So how big is a billion views on YouTube?
It is difficult to assess the real significance of the one billion figure, given that Diamond Platnumz has more followers on Instagram than he does subscribers on YouTube – 9.7 million compared to 3.7 million.
DJ Edu says Instagram is more of an influencer of lifestyle and new platforms such as TikTok, which allows a 30-second copyright free use of songs, are a great way of getting younger fans.
“Some songs are becoming viral through TikTok, like Diamond Platnumz’ new one called Quarantine,” he says.
This can drive people to YouTube, where money can be made through adverts.
More importantly for musicians in Africa, over the last decade YouTube has allowed them direct access to an audience, rather than relying on TV stations.
How does he compare with other African stars?
Diamond Platnumz still languishes behind some North African stars, who have huge followings in the Middle East.
And then there are African artists based elsewhere such as Malian-born singer Aya Nakamura, who trumps the be-jewelled Tanzanian musician, with more than 1.7 billion YouTube views.
The 25-year-old, who moved to France when she was a young girl, is best known for her 2018 hit Djadja.
And Akon, the Senegalese-American rapper, smashes them both with 3.5 billion views.
In sub-Saharan Africa, Diamond Platnumz’s main competitors in the YouTube numbers game are Nigerian Afrobeats stars:
- P Square – 810 million
- Davido – 618 million
- Flavour – 617 million
- Tekno – 574 million
- Burna Boy – 507 million
- StarBoy TV (AKA Wizkid) – 480 million
Davido’s and Burna Boy’s numbers are particularly impressive given they only opened their YouTube channels in 2018. Diamond Platnumz has been on the platform since 2011.
And StarboyTV is Wizkid’s record label, so if you add the figures to his other channel, he has 802 million views.
Some stars opt to have their own channels to promote songs and cut bureaucracy as record labels take time to issue new releases.
Other notable mentions are Magic System from Ivory Coast – with more than 477 million views. The group is particularly popular in French-speaking West Africa and France.
“This following is literally built on their 2001 song Premier Gaou – it’s the one song that really connected the whole continent,” says DJ Edu.
While lower YouTube figures for South African musicians mask their popularity – they are able to make money through local labels, says DJ Edu.
And of course YouTube is not the only streaming service.
WizKid worked with Canadian rapper Drake on the 2016 hit One Dance – that alone has been streamed more than 1.8 billion times, but it was not officially released on YouTube.
What about globally?
Drake has more than seven billion views on YouTube and Beyoncé, who worked with African artists for last year’s Lion King album, has more than 12 billion.
To put that all into perspective, Justin Bieber, the 26-year-old Canadian singer who found fame in his teens, has a whopping 21.6 billion views.
K-pop stars can also gain huge YouTube audiences quickly – Blackpink, a girl group formed in 2016, has more than nine billion YouTube views.
And Africa’s female singers?
Surprisingly female Afrobeats stars Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage have far fewer views than their male counterparts, with 434 million and 239 million YouTube views respectively.
This may be because it has been harder for women to break through in Africa, where the music industry is so male-dominated – they have to spend time fighting their corner, concentrating on their image and less time churning out tracks, says DJ Edu.
“And until very recently they weren’t booking female artists for big shows – and if you’re in front of big audiences you can generate a following,” he says.
I find gospel singers have an unfair advantage – lyrically they just pick a few verses from the Bible and the following is already there”DJ Edu
Ahead of both Alade and Savage is phenomenally popular female Nigerian gospel singer Sinach, with more than 472 million views – no doubt boosted by her international tours and her following at the Christ Embassy mega church where she is a worship leader.
“I find gospel singers have an unfair advantage – lyrically they just pick a few verses from the Bible and the following is already there. They don’t have to fight for their followers,” says DJ Edu.
Which is better – online or live shows?
Some musicians, like Uganda’s Eddie Kenzo, with 388 million YouTube views, focus on building an online audience.
For others, like Angola’s C4 Pedro, it is more about touring. The Kizomba star can pack stadiums around the world – Diamond Platnumz’s appeal is less global.
Generally YouTube is where new and younger artists in Africa thrive and strive to make their name.
Take Zimbabwe, where 32-year-old musician Jah Prayzah has 99 million YouTube views, while Afro-jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi, who was on tour until a few weeks before he died last year, did not even have an official YouTube page.
“Oliver was too busy touring to be bothered with YouTube. If you looked at his tour dates, he was touring the whole year round – and sometimes it’s better to do 50 shows than to have 100 million views,” says DJ Edu.
“For one million views [you earn] about $3,000 [£2,400] – if you were to do a show you’d make 10 times that.
“It’s not so say that Diamond Platnumz doesn’t perform, but you pick your poison.”
Nigerian crossdresser, Idris Okuneye better known as Bobrisky, recently showed up at his father’s birthday party dressed up as a man — a contrast from his usual feminine look.
The controversial internet personality took to his social media page on Monday to share a video clip and picture of some interesting moments from the event.
In the video, Bobrisky can be seen moving in a convoy to his father’s residence, a move, he noted was to “surprise” his dad.
“Going to surprise my dad. Thanks to @royalhugssurprises for turning up for me. Happy birthday daddy,” he wrote in a terse post accompanying the video.
The Snapchat celebrity, often referred to as “male Barbie doll,” was however, caught in a totally different looks — or should we say his old self.
In some other video clips spotted on social media platforms, Bobrisky can be seen clad in a black jalabia and face cap with apparently no makeup on his face.
The cross dresser was also seen without nails or a wig as he took photos with some of the guests who attended his dad’s birthday party.
He also shared a picture of a beautifully baked cake with his father’s image inscribed on it.
“Happy birthday to my dad. Long life and prosperity daddy. Thanks @dacakesmaster you killed dis cake. I hope you are preparing for me 31st of August,” he added.
Bobrisky has severally made the headlines after claiming to be Nigeria’s first transgender. He once admitted to have severed his genitals.
Executive Jet Services Limited, an aviation company, has tendered an apology for flying Naira Marley, a singer, to Abuja for a concert.
Criticisms trailed the event, with many Nigerians calling for disciplinary measures against the singer and the organisers.
The federal capital territory administration (FCTA) had sealed off the Jabi Lake mall, which hosted the singer, for violating restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking during the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Hadi Sirika, minister for aviation, said the Executive Jet flight that conveyed Naira Marley for the concert was approved for a different purpose.
He announced that the flight company had been suspended indefinitely, adding that the flight captain would be sanctioned for providing false information.
But in a letter addressed to Sirika on Monday, Sam Iwu, the company’s chief executive officer, apologised over the incident.
He admitted that the flight was approved to convey a judge to Abuja but said the intended passenger had found his way to Abuja with the help of another flight.
Iwu said his team later got an offer to convey another set of passengers to Abuja but added that he was confused when he saw the name Fashola Babatunde.
The company’s chairman said he thought it was the minister of works and housing not knowing that “it was a bunch of useless people”.
“We hereby apologize for the above flight, with your permit ref: PMA/ATMD/0175/V/V/1268 dated 11th June, 2020,” the letter read.
“Please the flight was to carry a Judge to Abuja on Sunday 14th, 2020 as requested and permit was granted based on the application, but unfortunately when I called the Judge on Saturday morning to inform him that we have the permit, he then said that he has reached Abuja already with a different flight that someone gave him a lift to Abuja.
“So on Saturday morning 13th June, 2020 my staff called me that they have a charter flight to Abuja and that the passengers are already in the lounge as a rule passenger manifest is always sent to me before any departure, when I went through the manifest and I saw FASHOLA BABATUNDE I thought it was the Honorable Minister of Works going to Abuja with his men, so we decided to do the flight since (he) is a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I didn’t know that it was a bunch of useless people.
“We are very sorry for this mistake and we promise that this would not happen again.”
Regina Daniels and her hubby Ned Nwoko who just announced that they are expecting their 1st child together.
Ned Nwoko shared a photo of the actress who is heavily pregnant, making the big reveal on his Instagram with the sweetest caption.
It is now official. I am excited to announce that my baby is having a baby @regina.daniels
Regina also a video of herself to share to the good news. She wrote:
I have never been this happy before , This feeling of becoming a mum is the most amazing journey of my life …I see myself speaking to my tummy all day , staring at the mirror and still can’t believe it .This child is about to change my entire life Oh! How much I can’t wait.
Still in celebration of the exciting news for them, Regina Daniels has shared some more maternity photos.
Her caption reads, “Motherhood is beautiful”.
Sultan was expected to be charged with cybercrimes offences, tampering with evidence and using a Sim card registered in someone else’s name, a police spokesperson told the BBC on Monday.
But once in court, the charge sheet only mentioned the Sim card issue.
He was arrested on Tuesday last week, after a video of the comedian laughing at an old photograph of President John Magufuli wearing an oversized suit went viral on social media.
Police accused him of violating the Cybercrimes Act and bullying the president, according to his lawyer Bennedict Ishabakaki.
Many social media users have re-shared the video with the hashtag #FreeIdrisSultan and set his photo as their profile picture in a show of solidarity.
“We must promote & support artistic freedom and creation (innovation) as a part of participatory democracy,” tweeted digital rights advocate Maxence Melo.
Last year, Sultan was held after sharing a face-swapped image of himself and the president.
His detention has served as the latest reminder of digital regulation laws that rights activists have described as harsh and infringing on freedom of expression.
Featuring Simi, Terri, Adekunle Gold, Omah Lay, Davido, Dremo and many more the coronavirus pandemic has gotten everyone worked up and it hasn’t gotten any better with the increase in the number of cases daily.
As the global pandemic continue to affect the way we live and keeps limits to what we could do, we have selected songs we feel would lighten up the tense mood. Here’s our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks
Unless your living under a rock, there’s no way you wouldn’t have heard Simi’s melodious voice on “Duduke” produced by Oscar. The song being the number one song in the country at the moment seemed like a unique love song at the time of its release, turned out to something much deeper. It’s accompanying visuals gave listeners a deep understanding of the message Simi is trying to pass across.
The song which has beautifully written lyrics speaks about the bond between a mother and her unborn child; it shows that a mother’s love is unconditional and unwavering. Notwithstanding, the song can also be enjoyed by everyone including lovers so you don’t have to be a preggo or a mother to vibe to the song.
Adekunle Gold “Something Different”
Everyone’s baby, Adekunle Gold switched genres again with the release of “Something Different” which was produced by Blaize Beats. The track sees Adekunle woo his lover in a more gentle and sexy manner. The tune is a blend of highlife and Afropop with a dash of highlife and jazz. The beat accompanied by trumpets and Saxophones is one sound that the eastern folks can relate to and can also be enjoyed by all.
Starboy Terri – “Ojoro”
The Starboy act dropped his first single “Ojoro” off his “Afroseries” album as well as the accompanying visuals for the addictive afrobeat track. In the video, we see an innocent and bashful Terri fall victim to his lover’s shady schemes. She absconds with his cash on serval occasions and leaves him to find any means to pay bills for their dates. The video’s superb storytelling makes it exciting to watch without ever getting bored. The young star proves to be a force to be reckoned with and it is evident that he is taking steps to be the next big thing after his boss, Wizkid.
DMW – “Mafa Mafa” featuring Davido, The Flowolf, Peruzzi and Dremo
Davido Music Worldwide recently dropped the visuals to this trending street pop anthem and it’s back to been the sound of the Town once again. “Mafa Mafa” is the perfect song that would give you both the street and posh vibe. A record that would bring out hidden dancing style and that leg work you have been playing in your head. The DMW/30BG guyz did justice to this one here, A must listen for self turn ups.
Dremo – “Mabel” featuring Davido
DMW rapper, Dremo took this track from his newly released project, ‘Codename Vol.2’. The track ‘Mabel’ which had the Boss – Davido on it is most fans favourite off the album. With high demand for the visuals Dremo Drizzy served us with the official music video just last week. The crispy video directed by Director Q brought the Afropop / Rap record into the heart of so many.
SOURCE: List compiled and first Published by TooXcusive. Read original publication here
Super Eagles and Leicester City player Wilfred Ndidi and his wife Chidinma are celebrating their first wedding anniversary.
“Cheers to our 1 year wedding anniversary,” Wilfred wrote on Instagram.
“Happy wedding anniversary best friend,” his wife Chidinma captioned her post on Instagram.
Yesterday, Jude Okoye addressed the claims by Cynthia Morgan on popular social media influencer, Tunde Ednut’s Live. He states that he had no right to hold on to Cynthia’s name against the claims by the female rapper.
He further stated that Cynthia’s contract expired in 2017, hence, he has nothing to do with her anymore. He also confirmed that Morgan indeed owed him over 40 million dollars.
However, things have taken a new turn today as Cynthia Morgan’s former manager, Joy Tongo, on her social media accounts states that the contract that has been the bone of contention was drafted by both Cynthia Morgan and her.
On Label Signing and Management Issues
Joy Tongo explained that Cynthia Morgan was signed in 2011, not because she reached out to Morgan but because many of Cynthia Morgan’s associates persistently ask that she should be Cynthia’s manager.
Giving more insight, Tongo writes on how she got a US work permit for Morgan so she can get a bigger platform in New York. This was unsuccessful because of the contract given to them. It was then she took her to Jude Okoye in Atlanta who stated his reluctancy in signing any artist to his label, hence, he did not consider Morgan.
However, after a successful recording of Kuchi Kuchi, the audio was sent to Jude which after a while, changed his mind and made him agree to sign Cynthia Morgan to the record label, Northside.
Against the artist’s claims that she did not read the contract, her ex-manager, Joy Tongo, claims that she and Cynthia Morgan drafted the contract and forwarded it to Jude Okoye. She states that the contract was drafted by her while Morgan reviewed and approved it before sending it to Jude Okoye.
She further stated that nothing in the contract states that Jude Okoye or Northside Label would take ownership of her name, royalties, or social media handles.
She went on to debunk the claim made by Morgan that her image and brand were forced on her by her management as untrue. She explains Cynthia Morgan never complained about her image and expressed satisfaction at the popularity the image gave her. The image became a brand for Cynthia Morgan.
On Music Promotion And Personal Growths
Cynthia Morgan claimed that her music was not promoted, however, Joy Tongo in her release states that promotion was not an easy walk for them as it is difficult pushing female artistes in the entertainment industry. Because of Jude’s and Tongo’s connections, they were able to strategise and negotiate until her music became mainstream.
She further stated that Cynthia Morgan never paid any house rent throughout the time she was with her. She lived with Tongo for over three years till the latter part of 2015 when Jude paid her to secure her own apartment and got her a range rover, then gave her some money to purchase land for her mother in Benin upon her request.
However, after the big success of German Juice and I’m Taken, Cynthia Morgan became difficult to manage as she constantly performed in different shows without her management’s knowledge. Joy Tongo parted ways with her in June 2016 because of these issues, while, Cynthia Morgan also left Northside Label before the end of her contract in 2017.
She went on to release 2 songs with her new label and neither Jude nor Tongo questioned her over this. She emphatically stated again that Cynthia Morgan has rights to her legal name, brand, and everything that was created for her.
Jude Okoye, a senior brother and former manager to the now-defunct music duo P-Square, says he’ll never go trying to mend the cracks between the two brothers again.
The showbiz mogul was speaking in an interview with Tunde Ednut, a media personality, on the facts surrounding his fallout with Cynthia Morgan, a former signee under Northside Records.
Jude said he can’t bring the duo, who had split in 2017, together because, unlike what people heard, he’s the one Peter Okoye — who had initiated the split — was having problems with and not Paul Okoye.
He said things had first gone awry when Peter called for his (Jude’s) removal from P-Square in a suggestion that didn’t go down well with Paul, who was said to have quizzed his twin brother on it.
“I think I’m to blame for my being silent all this while. This problem has nothing to do with Peter and Paul. Peter and Paul are not quarrelling. Peter was fighting me to be out from P-Square all because Usher, Beyonce, and every other person did it,” Jude said.
“Paul was like, ‘Give me a reason why Jude has to go. If I don’t get a reason, Jude isn’t going anywhere.’ Now Paul has to be punished for supporting me. What I’m trying to say is that I’m done keeping quiet. What I see anytime I google my name is not impressive to me.”
Jude said he had tried everything humanly possible to bring back the music group but his efforts proved abortive.
“If two are fighting and the referee supposed to separate the fight is also being fought, how then do you want to end the fight? Peter and Paul don’t have problems with each other,” he added.
“Peter has a problem with me. I have asked him several times what the problem is but he refused to say. How can I bring P-Square back when I’m the one they don’t want in the picture?
“There is nothing humanly possible that someone can do that I haven’t done. I came to a point when I said even if it means sacrificing myself from the picture. No problem, let the bond be.
“I left. I was told until I go apologise to someone’s wife, I did that but the problem persisted. They said I must tweet something. Nigga, I have my own life to live. There was life before Psquare!
“There would definitely be life after P-Square. So let’s leave that issue. Let them do Psquare when they’re ready. Me, I’m off. They’re the Psquare, I’m the attachment, according to what they say.
“Whether or not they come back should not be my business anymore. I was wanted out of the picture. I’m now out.”
Movie star Idris Elba will on Monday evening host a star-studded virtual concert to mark Africa Day and raise funds to feed the continent’s hungry.
The MTV Base Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home will host the continent’s top music stars including Angélique Kidjo, Burna Boy, Salif Keita, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Diamond Platnumz and Sauti Sol.
It will be streamed on YouTube and ViacomCBS Networks.
Idris Elba told the BBC’s Newsday programme:
The priority is to try and get as many real-time meals into people’s mouths. At the moment hunger is the main fear as opposed to actual Covid-19
So trying to get people something to eat, at least some ways of getting food, is really the number [priority]… In terms of money you can’t put a number on it.
As far as donations are concerned, we’re really expecting that people – if they can give , they give… We are asking people to really dig deep into their hearts even just to attend this concert, even just to show there is solidarity amongst Africans at this point, that’s among the things we’re looking for.”
The actor, whose late father grew up in Sierra Leone and whose mother is from Ghana, tested positive for coronavirus in March and has since recovered.
Africa Day is an annual commemoration of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963. The organisation transformed into the African Union on 9 July 2002.
On Wednesday, organisers of the show took to its Twitter handle to announce the commencement of an online audition for prospective housemates hoping to make it to the 2020 edition of the reality show.
Entries for the audition — which precedes final selection of participants for the show — started on May 20 and is expected to last through May 30.
If you are among those seeking a spot in this year’s edition of the much-awaited reality TV show, here are five requirements you’ll need to qualify you for the audition.
You must be a Nigerian
Hoping to participate in this year’s edition of the show? Then one of the factors to consider is whether you are a Nigerian or not. Whether you are abroad or in the country, if you are of a Nigerian nationality, then you’re good to go.
You must be 21 years of age (by June 1, 2020) or above
Another requirement for the audition is that you must be 21 years of age by June 1, 2020. This means that you must be born before June 1, 1999.
You must have valid Nigerian passport
Finally, if you are gunning for a spot at this year’s edition of the reality TV show, then you must be sure you have a valid Nigerian passport.
This means you not only have to be a Nigerian or posses the country’s passport to be qualified for selection but need to be sure of the validity of the passport.
You must do a two-minute video of yourself
Just two-minute video. Yes, you heard me right. One of the first requirements to be eligible for a spot at this year’s edition of BBNaija reality TV show is a two minute video of yourself. Simple, isn’t it?
Short as it may appear, the short video clip is expected to succinctly state why you should be among one of the selected housemates for the show. If you don’t do the short video you won’t be eligible for the next phase of selection.
You must be ready to fill out an online form
This is probably something you have done on several occasions. But to make it to the fifth edition of the BBNaija show, you have to do it again.
What’s expected of you while filling the form? On one hand, you are expected to be honest in answering the questions contained in the online form.
This is because, according to the organisers, “if it is discovered that you have been deliberately untruthful or have withheld information relevant to your character or your past, you will be disqualified from the selection process.”
After properly filling the form, then you are expected to upload the two-minute video of yourself that you have recorded.
Do you think you meet all the requirements for eligibility stated above? Then you might be the next Mercy Eke — who emerged winner of the 2019 edition — the world is waiting for.
Thirty-year-old Algerian rapper Soolking was just hitting his stride before the world was put on lockdown. His commercially appealing blend of pop, reggaeton and Algerian raï (think Arabic and then add Auto-Tune) has generated a dizzying one billion streams on YouTube, with millions of them generated in the UK; hailing from the small coastal neighbourhood of Staouéli in Algiers and now living in Paris after time spent there as an undocumented migrant, his story crosses borders and generations.
Thankfully, the technology that has helped his music travel also means that I can speak to him while we are in lockdown in our respective countries. Speaking from the sofa in his Paris apartment, he explains what took him to France in 2013. “The dream was to succeed,” he says. “I wanted to succeed a bit in music, at least, but I never thought it would be like this.”
But Soolking is not just another rapper with big numbers on streaming platforms. His music has come to be a source of pride for a nation who up until just a few weeks ago had been taking to the streets every week to protest since early last year, when Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his candidacy for a fifth presidential term. Overwhelming public pressure forced him to resign, but protests against the regime continued as young people in particular kept pushing for a better quality of life. With two-thirds of Algerians under the age of 30, many have only ever known the country with Bouteflika in charge, and are looking for new voices that can speak to them.
Soolking is one of them. One journalist for El Watan, the main newspaper in Algeria went as far as saying “for young Algerians, he is on a level in terms of image with Riyad Mahrez”, the national football captain and Premier League star.
Soolking’s song Liberté became an unofficial anthem of the protests. “I write because we are the golden generation,” he sings. “Free all those that are taken hostage / That’s all we have, all we have is freedom.” I went to Algeria last year and saw the protests one Friday, where thousands of people flooded the streets, young people passionately belting out the lyrics to this song, waving the Algerian flag: a poignant memory.Advertisementhttps://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
“It is nice to see,” he says humbly, though he accepts that the song has been reclaimed by the people. “It’s not a Soolking song any more. It’s a song for young people, and the original version comes from Ouled El Bahdja, a group which makes music in football stadiums. I wrote the lyrics, re-did the music a bit with them and it has become more than a stadium song – it has become an international song.”
Talking about a song called “Freedom” during a lockdown seems ironic, so I wonder what he thinks the word means at the moment. “Freedom is doing what you want, where you want, living where you want, being who you want, being free.” He pauses a moment, before adding: “Of course there are limits. You can’t do bad things. But it is about living the life you want … I feel free and freedom is priceless.”
While lockdown presents limitations and frustrations, especially for an artist who should be out promoting a new album and lining up tour dates, Soolking has already known a lack of freedom, including when he was living in the shadows as an undocumented immigrant: harraga, as we say in Arabic.
“You can’t do anything without papers,” he says. “You can’t travel; if you go in the street and get caught you can get put in jail or they can deport you. But I didn’t feel that too much because I’m a calm person. I don’t make problems, I work, I don’t go out a lot.”
There are a number of popular artists in France who are second-generation Algerian immigrants – Sofiane, Rim’K, Lacrim, and Ademo and NOS, the brothers who make up vastly successful rap duo PNL, for example – but Soolking was born in Algeria, and his struggle to success makes him hugely relatable to a young audience there.
He sees his circumstances as having set him up to work hard for the life he wants: “For the people back home life’s so hard that going to another country without papers, a house or anything at all is do-able because they live in such precarious circumstances, with poverty and difficult lifestyles. That is strength – misery gives us strength.”
That strength is evident in Soolking’s more heartfelt songs, such as Guérilla. A powerful 2018 French radio performance cemented his name as a big player in the music scene and racked up over a quarter of a billion views on YouTube. “I dreamed that we weren’t poor any more and that our sad stories were nothing but words,” he sings.
Guérilla samples the 1982 Algerian raï track Ya Zina Diri Latay (Pretty Girl, Serve the Tea), a detail not lost on a generation of Algerians who grew up listening to their parents’ cassette tapes. His new album Vintage plays with a similar kind of nostalgia, mixing it with modern sounds. The cover art features Soolking, sitting on a bed, with posters of iconic artists of previous generations: Tupac, Biggie, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and the godfather of raï, Cheb Hasni. Oh, and Scarface.
With all the nostalgic throwbacks, I ask him what he misses of Algeria. “My parents, that’s all. France is pretty similar to Algeria in many ways.” What about Algerian culture? “Well, exactly, the culture is what? Religion, Ramadan, and those things. For me, my parents are what carry the culture and religion in the family, so I don’t really miss anything else.”
Besides, now that the world has started opening up to him, he wants to make the most of it. “I would like to discover more of the world,” he says, raving to me about the nature, cuisine and people in Thailand, where he performed just before Paris went into lockdown. “I want to go and see loads of countries, cultures and new things – I can’t just stay in one neighbourhood with one lifestyle.”
He has to stick to that sofa for now. But while none of us know when we might be able make plans for the future, we can at least cross borders through music and reflect on what we value – including the kind of freedom that Soolking values so dearly.
‘Merry Men 2’ is set to hit Netflix, a streaming platform owned by an American media-services provider, following the latter’s acquisition of rights to the movie.
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“Something big is coming to Netflix! Are you ready?,” Inwang wrote.
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In their joint YouTube channel, Teddy A took up the challenge of applying make-up on his wife Bambam and the result is hilarious.
Watch their vlog below: