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MOBO Awards makes return after two years hiatus

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The MOBO Awards will return in 2020 after a two-year break.

The awards, which have celebrated the music of black origin since 1996, last took place in 2017 – with Stormzy winning the best album award.

But in September 2018 organizers announced the ceremony wouldn’t take place that year, and it’s missing from awards calendars in 2019 too.

Organizer Kanya King is promising the “most memorable” MOBOs event ever for its return at Wembley Arena next year.

‘Very proud to be back’

“We are returning with even more determination and energy to support and boost our culture wherever we can,” she says.

King launched the MOBO Awards in 1996.

“2020 will see many positive changes that will impact more and more talented young people – very proud to be back and to help ensure that the younger generation will also dare to dream,” BBC reports.

When it was announced there would be no MOBOs in 2018 fans were told time off was needed to “bring the platform to brand new heights” – and it would be a “bigger, revamped show” on its return.

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There has been no explanation about why the MOBOs didn’t take place in 2019.

Previous winners include Stormzy – who won three awards in 2017, and Kano, who won the best album in 2016.

Other names honoured in recent events include Krept & Konan, Nicola Adams, Skepta, Lenny Henry, CeeLo Green, Ms. Dynamite and Sam Smith.

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‘A missed opportunity’

Analysis by Radio 1 Newsbeat music reporter Jimmy Blake

The MOBOs – like the genres and culture it celebrates – had been picking up momentum in its last few years.

After giving an early platform to the likes of Krept and Konan, Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula it had started to be considered in the same breath as ceremonies like the Brits – so the decision to take this long of a break, with little explanation, came as a surprise to the industry.

Not having the event during such a big year for grime (Stormzy headlining Glastonbury and Dave’s Mercury Prize win to name a few major moments) feels like a missed opportunity to celebrate an era when grime, in particular, has made a monumental shift into UK mainstream culture.

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That said, its absence has been a bit of a wake-up call for other events to celebrate the artists who would normally be championed at the MOBOs.

For example, after 2016’s #BritsSoWhite controversy, when four out of 48 nominations for British artists were from ethnic minorities, a spotlight was put on the event. The voting system changed the following year and more genres have since been represented.

The first year without the MOBOs saw Stormzy winning the best album and male solo artist at the Brits.

With award shows and festivals becoming increasingly diverse, it’ll be interesting to see what the MOBOs do to retain its place in the UK music calendar in 2020.

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Chimamanda shares fond photos taken with her dad to mourn him (Video)

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Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is still mourning her father, Professor James Nwoye Adiche, who died on June 10, 2020, at the age of 88.

In a tribute to him posted on Facebook, the renowned author detailed the events leading up to his death.

She also spoke about some of the plans they made for the future.

She spoke of her pain; how she cried for days till her side muscles ached, how she screamed and pounded things, and how much she misses him.

She accompanied her words with a video showing her and her father together at different points in their life.

Professor Adichie, Odelu Ora Abba, was Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics. He studied Mathematics at Ibadan and got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley.

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Mourning him, the Half of a Yellow Sun author wrote:

“And just like that my life has changed forever. June 7, there was Daddy on our weekly family zoom call, talking and laughing. June 8, he felt unwell. Still, when we spoke he was more concerned about my concussion (I’d fallen while playing with my daughter).

“June 9, we spoke briefly, my brother Okey with him. “Ka chi fo,” he said. His last words to me. June 10, he was gone.

“Because I loved my father so much, so fiercely, so tenderly, I always at the back of my mind feared this day. But he was in good health. I thought we had time. I thought it wasn’t yet time. I have come undone. I have screamed, shouted, rolled on the floor, pounded things. I have shut down parts of myself…

“Sleep is the only respite. On waking, the enormity, the finality, strikes – I will never see my father again. Never again. I crash and go under. The urge to run and run, to hide from this. The shallow surface of my mind feels safest because to go deeper is to face unbearable pain. All the tomorrows without him, his wisdom, his grace.

“We talked almost daily. I sent him my travel itineraries. He would text me just before I got on a stage: Ome ife ukwu! Nothing else mattered to me as much as the pride in his eyes.

“I saw him last on March 5th in Abba. I had planned to be back in May. We planned to record his stories of my great grandmother…”

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Cee-C teases Mawuli Gavor amidst dating rumours

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Big Brother Naija 2018 first runner up Cynthia Nwadiora, better known as Cee-C in a recent statement teased popular Ghanaian actor, Mawuli Gavor on Instagram.

Recall that the duo sparked dating rumours in March after Cee-C uploaded some romantic photos of them in a bid to promote her clothing line on Instagram.

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Well, on Friday, Cee-C took to her Instagram page where she posted a photo a conversation she had with her dad which reads;

“Dad: Cynthia all these people they are saying you are dating on social media when you obviously didn’t have anything other than work with them, you need to say something about it because it will chase the real ones, they will think you are no longer in the market.”

Me: Daddy which market exactly, Balogun or computer village??🤷🏽‍♀️😌😂

This picture shows why I don’t like red lips 🥴
Y’all have a great weekend!”

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Reacting to the post, Mawuli Gavor took to the comment section and he posted laughing emojis.

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After seeing Mawuli’s comment, Cee-C teased the actor, calling him a ‘special Ghanaian Jollof and our national cake’

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D’banj to SegaLink: Call out Kiki Mordi, Chioma Agwuegbo, Ayodeji Osowobi, for misleading the public

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Nigerian entertainer, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj has asked SegaLinks to say the truth and call out activists, Kiki Mordi, Chioma Agwuegbo and Ayodeji Osowobi for misleading the public regarding his rape allegation by Seyitan.

D’banj reacted to a post by Sega Links on social media where he urged that that activists wills of Kiki Mordi, Chioma Agwuegbo and Ayodeji Osowobi in helping people in need of urgent intervention should not be discouraged despite how the Seyitan and D’banj rape allegations have panned out.

SegaLinks while clarifying the rumours surrounding the Seyitan and D’banj rape case had written;

We cannot be seen to discourage the activist wills of @kikimordi
@ChiomaChuka and @AyodejiOsowobi (of STER) et al from helping people in need of urgent intervention – but observing what has occurred in this case – .and the omission of the engagement with NAPTIP – the strongest call for a total revamp of SARC processes In Nigeria is imminent. Public trial by media really shouldn’t be Nigeria’s ONLY pivot of investigation and relief.

 

D’banj while reacting to SegaLinks posts, claimed the activists lied and went about things the wrong way, misleading the public for International NGO funding.

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He wrote;

Yes agreed but we should also call them out when they lie and go about things the wrong way , without facts Misleading the public all becos of International NgO funding and to look like they working . Say the truth
@segalink

The Same liars that Sold this story to look Good to their International NGOs to look like they are working . You know the truth and their Names @segalink, Call them out . Dont chicken out . Say the truth .

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