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Victoria Kimani: The exclusion of Kenyans/East Africans on Beyoncé album is depressing

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Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani has expressed displeasure over the absence of Kenyan singers in Beyonce’s upcoming album ‘Lion King:The Gift’.

Recall that Beyonce unveiled the tracklist of her new album, ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, which is the musical accompaniment to the new Disney movie.

The album features six Nigerian pop stars including Yemi Alade, Burna boy, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage as well as Ghana’s Shatta Wale.

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In a tweet, Kimani said, “As much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans, the obvious exclusion of Kenyans/East Africans on this Soundtrack is depressing.

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“The movie was based on Kenya. That’s fine …. Our Queen forgot about US. WE were not represented in her love letter to us. It hurts. That’s all.”

She further stated that Rafiki, Simba and Nala are Kenyan and Disney would have had Lupita Nyongo or Barack Obama on the outro.

She said, “Since we don’t have artist in East Africa, as much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans.”

Her comments have drawn diverse reactions from Nigerians.

While some support her view, others disagreed on the grounds that the album was solely Beyonce’s project.

@SincerelyAde tweeted; Just to clarify, this project is incorrectly being referred to as the soundtrack for the film but it isn’t that.

The Lion King soundtrack exists and this project has been curated by Beyoncé separate.

@kenzomilan; It’s not a matter of “right” it’s a matter of picking the BEST ARTIST! Beyonce said they only chose the best artist from Africa!

Y’all need to stop this false sense of entitlement when you know damm well that your music isn’t good enough to represent the continent.

@i_am50; She needed the best and famous African artists to work with… Sorry, East Africans didn’t make the list, they should work harder (Be marketable).

@jayprxne, The album is a big project, it’s not only about representing, it is about representing well, you want her to gather upcoming singers on the album and expect it to be good, she chose “African bests” Kenyans can only blame their singers for not being popular in Africa, not Beyonce.

The album and the live-action remake of ‘Lion King’ will premiere on July 19.

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Banana Island: Davido shows off beautiful interiors of his mansion (video)

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Banana Island: Davido shows off beautiful interiors of his mansion (video)
Nigerian musician David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has taken to social media to show off the beautiful interiors of his newly acquired Banana Island mansion.
Recall that controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo recently accused the DMW boss of lying that he acquired the house.
In the video upload, Davido could be seen with the entire DMW squad.
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Buhari, Trump are two ‘clueless’ presidents, Wizkid says

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Buhari, Trump are two 'clueless' presidents, Wizkid says

Nigerian Singer, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has joked that the only difference between the President Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. Donald Trump, is their ability to use Twitter.

The ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner’s message comes after following the extra-judicial killings by the police in the two countries.

Recall that a black man identified as George Floyd was recently killed in the US by an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

Floyd’s death came amid dust over the alleged killing of Tina, a 16-year-old girl, at Iyana Oworo area of Lagos, by an officer of the Nigerian police.

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The two incidents had sparked outrage in Nigeria and across the world with many taking to social media platforms to vent their spleen while demanding for justice.

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The 29-year-old took to his Twitter page to lend his voice to condemn police brutality.

“Police is kill black Americans and Nigerian police kill Nigerians. No man can sort this matter. God save us,” he had written on Saturday.

In a follow-up post on Monday, the award-winning singer said the inability of the two leaders to contain the killing of innocent citizens by security operatives was indicative of how “clueless” both of them are.

“Buhari and Trump are same person. Lol. The one different between them is that one knows how to use Twitter than the other. Clueless!,” Wizkid wrote in a mixture of Pidgin and English.

He wrote, “Buhari/Trump same person lol only difference be say one sabi use twitter pass the other. Clueless!.”

 

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Career: Unilorin trains children on anchoring radio talk show

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The University of Ilorin management says its radio, 89.3FM has trained some Primary school pupils on methods of anchoring special live broadcasts on the radio.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the training is part of its sustained effort to promote the community service mandate of the University to its environment.

The publication stated that the children were drawn from various schools within the Tanke Community of Ilorin, the University’s immediate host community.

It stated that the pupils were trained and made to handle most of the routine programmes of the radio station for the day.

“Among the scheduled programmes handled by the pupils were the station’s daily newspaper review programme tagged “Top Highlight”, the various day’s news bulletins in English.

“Also ‘Wednesday Giveaway on Radio’ an audience phone-in programme in which callers win various gift items; as well as Children’s Variety, a discussion programme in which children-related issues were discussed”.

The publication said that at the end of the programmes, the children expressed satisfaction and happiness for having the opportunity to broadcast live on radio.

“They said that the opportunity has ignited the urge in some of them to pursue a career in the journalism profession, especially the broadcast aspect.

“Speaking on behalf of others, Samuel Jato of St. Joseph College, Ilorin, appreciated the management of Unilorin FM for the opportunity given to them to have the first time and professional experience in broadcasting.

“Jato stated that his love for radio has increased while his inquisitiveness to know what is talking on radio means has also been satisfied,” it said.

The publication added that other children who also participated in the special Children’s Day broadcast were Olatundun Olawuyi from Hillspring Montessori School, Tanke; and Adekunle Quadri from C & S College, Sabo Oke, Ilorin.

“Addressing the children after their radio programmes, the Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Mr. Kunle Akogun, stated that the management of the radio station designed the special Children’s Day programme as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities obligation to the University’s immediate host community.

“He added that this is to identify with the children who are the leaders of tomorrow.

“Akogun pointed out that the programme is also a means of identifying the talents of the kid-participants toward assisting them to make a viable career choice early in life,” it said.

Akogun also advised the children to face their studies squarely and plan adequately for their future.

“He also advised them to set realistic goals for themselves, a situation which he said will make them focus more on result-oriented programmes on radio and television rather than just watching movies and listening to frivolous programmes.

“Also speaking, the Ag. Station Manager of Unilorin FM, Mr. Idris Alooma, appreciated the Director of Corporate Affairs, for his prompt approval of the special Children’s Day programme on the radio station when it was proposed to him.

“Alooma, however, advised primary and secondary schools in Kwara to establish press clubs in their various schools, which he said will enhance the student’s learning process and bring the positive aspect of the society closer to them in their various schools”.

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