Connect with us

latest news

Yemi Alade nominated for Grammy Award

Published

on

Crossover artist, Yemi Alade, has been nominated for Grammy Award 2019.

The singer, who recently dropped her anticipated album ‘Woman of Steel’, took to her Instagram account to celebrate the great news as she aims to move her musical career to the global stage.

yemi alade
Yemi Alade

“We are up for Grammy Award consideration. Reaching out to all voting members @recordingacademy to consider my Album ‘Woman of Steel’ for Best World Music Album.

“This has been an incredible project and I would love to celebrate it with all of you.

“#Grammy2019, #GrammyAwards, #WorldMusicGrammy@recordingacademy#fyc#womanofsteel#yemialade,” she wrote.

The singer, who is also a songwriter, was being considered for a Grammy Award because she has acquired over a million global streams.

Also, for being the first afrobeat female to have over 100 million views on a single video which is her hit single ‘Johnny’

The singer has several landmark achievements, which include BET, MTV African Music Award and MOBO awards as well as changing the narratives with her music outside the shores of Africa.

She was recently listed as one of the most influential people in Africa in 2018, as she is being introduced as ‘Mama Africa’.

Her 2013 single Johnny, with over 100 million views is still the most viewed video by any African artiste on YouTube six years after its release.

Alade is the only female Afrobeat artiste with this record without any collaboration.

culled from NAN

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

latest news

Prof. Austin Emielu’s ‘Land of my Birth’ hit single, is out!

Published

on

Austen Emilo

After a long period of silence, the Nigerian-born musician and music scholar Austin Emielu is out with a new single titled ‘Land of my Birth’. The song, which combines musical resources and perspectives from West, East, Central, North, and Southern Africa eulogizes Africa with its varied peoples and cultures and preaches ‘unity in diversity’. The song is done essentially in English with a call and response refrain in Igbo, a Nigerian language. According to the artist, the song is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) global movement.

The single was released on August 4, 2020 by Distrokid, a U.S-based company and available on major digital platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Medianet, Google play, and Deezer.

Austin Emielu started his music career in Nigeria in 1982 when he formed the A-Konnection Band modeled after the American pop group T-Connection. In the 1980s and 1990s, Austin, who is a guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, singer, producer, and studio engineer, was very active in the music industry in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. He moved into academia as a music teacher in 2001.
Austin holds a Ph.D. degree in performing arts(music) and currently a visiting professor at the University of Ghana as well as Rhodes University in South Africa.
In November 2019, he was in the U.S. as a scholar and musician. He gave series of lectures on West African popular music and a concert at Morehouse College Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, where he received an award from the African Studies Association.

Follow link to buy and download

https://music.apple.com/gh/album/land-of-my-birth-single/1526289751

Continue Reading

latest news

Gen. James Mattis breaks his silence: Says, President Trump is a threat to the United States Constitution

Compares Donald Trump to NAZIS, accuses him of ‘mockery of the Constitution’ and ‘abuse’ of power and slams ‘military leadership’ for taking part in ‘bizarre photo-op’

Published

on

compares Donald Trump to NAZIS, accuses him of 'mockery of the Constitution' and 'abuse' of power and slams 'military leadership' for taking part in 'bizarre photo-op'

The highly esteemed and revered four-star general, a man who rarely speaks, Gen. James Mathis has broken his silence. He was the immediate past Defense Secretary appointed by President Trump. In a blistering rebuke, James Mattis became the highest-ranking Army general in the United States to publicly denounced President Trump. You will recall James Mattis resigned in protest over Donald Trump’s Syria policy. Since leaving office, this is the first time the general broke his silence, with what news talking heads describe as an ‘extraordinary .’ In a released statement, the former Marine General writes:

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”
He goes on to contrast the American ethos of unity with Nazi ideology. “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”‘ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.”

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago,” he writes, “I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”
He goes on to implicitly criticize the current secretary of defense, Mark Esper, and other senior officials as well. “We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to ‘dominate.’ At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

Continue Reading

latest news

SMEs must reinvent to remain competitive – Heritage Bank CEO, Sekibo

Published

on

Managing Director/Chief Executive, Heritage Bank Limited, Mr. Ifie Sekibo has advised Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to reinvent themselves in order to remain competitive and overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on “Converting ideas into reality with focus on SME’s”, Sekibo also stressed the need for SMEs to continually embrace partnership and function as an integral part of a value chain.

He said: “For SMEs to strive, they must continually re-invent themselves, one big plus for SMEs is that they are quite small, and they can easily change. Cooperation is key at this very time. I advocate always, competition is good but complementing each other is better, it comes with value chain principle.

“When you plan yourself in a value chain, you gain more because the big dinosaurs need the small SMEs to survive. The economy of Nigeria needs the SME to survive. I recommend that partnerships are developed in the space of SMEs, one-man business find it difficult to survive in an economy that is changing on daily basis or even hourly. If you want to remain viable, your dreams being viable, partnerships are good way to go.”

Sekibo also counselled SMEs on the need to adapt to the realities of a new world occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the increased adoption of electronic channels (E-Channels) for productivity and product marketing.

He said: “The truth is that even after this pandemic, we can never return to the normal way because this is the new normal and in our desperation to find solution, mistakes abound, failures will set in and most of us will hide from our failures other than face it.

“We will blame everybody for it and some of us will throw in the towel. My advice to SMEs at this critical time is that since this is a failure not caused by you or anybody, you should accept the failure. Let us begin to make amends. We are having a conference today and it is on E-Channel, can we begin to sell our products by E-Channel, can we begin to sell our ideas on E-Channel, can we begin to work at home and still be as productive and disciplined as we should. Those are the new normal. So, if we know the new normal, then we should courageously face it and go on.”

Continue Reading

latest news

Op-ed. Biden Can Beat Trump … if He Doesn’t Blow It, by Charles Blow.

This is not the first time Biden has lied about his relationship to the black community. He has repeatedly lied over the years about marching in the civil rights movement, even though advisers warned him to stop it. And, he repeatedly said that he was arrested in South Africa trying to see imprisoned anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

Published

on

Biden-Trump

Biden Joe being stuck at home during an election year may turn out to be a good thing.

As the United States’ death toll raced toward 100,000, Donald Trump went golfing.

The number of deaths never had to reach such a staggering figure — and it will surely climb far beyond it — but it did because in the early days, Trump made excuses for the Chinese response, dragged his feet on an American response, and repeatedly made statements that defied truth and science.

Joe biden and trum
Joe being stuck at home during an election year may turn out to be a good thing.

Trump put politics, his own political fortunes, over the lives of the American people, and the result has been catastrophic.

As CNN has reported, researchers at Columbia University created a model gauging transmission rates from March 15 to May 3, and found that if the United States had started social distancing just two weeks earlier, it could have prevented 84 percent of deaths and 82 percent of cases.

But Trump had spent the previous week downplaying the severity of the virus and blaming growing coverage of it and alarm over it on the media.

On March 10, when there were 959 confirmed cases and 28 deaths, Trump said to reporters after a meeting with Republican senators: “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

The very next day the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic, but it wasn’t until March 13 that Trump declared the virus a national emergency, and it wasn’t until March 16 that he announced social distancing guidelines.

But, that may well have been too late. The virus wasn’t aware of the politics of the moment. The virus wasn’t aware that he had been lying and deflecting. The virus wasn’t aware that it should wait until the American president was cowed into correct action. It was doing what viruses do: It was spreading and it was killing.

Trump dragged his feet, trying to con his way through a pandemic, to rewrite reality, to pacify the public until the virus passed, and that has led to untold numbers of people dead who never had to die.

There is not only blood on Trump’s hands, he is drenched in it like the penultimate scene from the movie “Carrie.”

No amount of deflecting blame to China or Obama or the governors can change this. No amount of playing to people’s impatience about reopening and optimistic desires that the worst is behind us can change this.

In America, this is Donald Trump’s plague, and he is yoked with that going into the election in November.

Joe Biden needs to do little, despite what many pundits may think. He doesn’t need a daily presence in the news. He doesn’t need to “own the internet.” He doesn’t need large rallies or even that much sizzle.

In fact, his being stuck in his house and giving limited interviews from his basement may be the best thing to ever happen to his campaign.

Biden is a well-known gaffe machine. Every time he speaks, there is the very real chance that he will do more damage than good. America doesn’t need that. We just need a person to replace Trump who is, for one thing, not so cavalier about deaths connected to his poor response or poor policy — whether they be hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, children separated from their parents at the border or victims of a virus.

But, Biden continues to commit unforced error, like the hubbub he created and later apologized for when he said at the end of an interview with The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

It was so cavalier and comfortable that it was shocking. Biden doesn’t get to define blackness nor excommunicate anyone from it.

But that wasn’t the only problem in the interview. He said just seconds after that statement that “The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run.” That never happened, and the NAACP had to release a statement to clarify that it “is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office.”

This is not the first time Biden has lied about his relationship to the black community. He has repeatedly lied over the years about marching in the civil rights movement, even though advisers warned him to stop it. And, he repeatedly said that he was arrested in South Africa trying to see imprisoned anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

None of this ever happened. What gives? None of this is necessary. Compared to Trump’s avalanche of lies, these may seem small, but for black voters, particularly younger, more leery ones, they are baffling and off-putting.

Black voters rescued the Biden campaign and likely delivered him the nomination. These kinds of Breakfast Club flubs have the potential to dampen enthusiasm among “the one that brung you,” as we say in the South.

Biden has a good chance to beat Trump in the wake of his disastrous pandemic response, if Biden doesn’t blow it.

Charles Blow joined The Times in 1994 and became an Opinion columnist in 2008. He is also a television commentator and writes often about politics, social justice and vulnerable communities.  @CharlesMBlow 

Continue Reading

Advert

Recent Posts: Nigeria most reliable news source, independent & impartial

Prof. Austin Emielu’s ‘Land of my Birth’ hit single, is out!

Prof. Austin Emielu’s ‘Land of my Birth’ hit single, is out!

After a long period of silence, the Nigerian-born musician and music scholar Austin Emielu is out with a new single titled ‘Land of my Birth’. The song, which combines musical resources and perspectives from West, East, Central, North, and Southern Africa eulogizes Africa with its varied peoples and cultures and preaches ‘unity in diversity’. The […]

Op-ed: Is the Niger Delta Still Part Of Nigeria?

Op-ed: Is the Niger Delta Still Part Of Nigeria?

The dance of the absurd taking place in the media space in recent times couldn’t have been had President Buhari not ordered for a Forensic Audit of the Books of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. The National Assembly under Senator Ahmed Lawan and Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila seems to be unconcerned about the imminent […]

Op-ed: NDDC, When Strange Bedfellows Unite To Rape a Region

Op-ed: NDDC, When Strange Bedfellows Unite To Rape a Region

If the news of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday 3rd June 2020, denying ever writing any letter for an extension of the tenure of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Ataba Omolori and other Staff is anything to go by, then one wonders why till date […]

Gen. James Mattis breaks his silence: Says, President Trump is a threat to the United States Constitution

Gen. James Mattis breaks his silence: Says, President Trump is a threat to the United States Constitution

Compares Donald Trump to NAZIS, accuses him of ‘mockery of the Constitution’ and ‘abuse’ of power and slams ‘military leadership’ for taking part in ‘bizarre photo-op’

Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Halsey, Arianna Grande & others blast Donald trump!

Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Halsey, Arianna Grande & others blast Donald trump!

Cardi B, wrote -” Believe it or not, the President have a lot of power in his tongue. Today, he held a press conference. Instead of comforting us letting know that justice will be made and THAT YES! Black lives matter! He goes and threatens the people making the people more angry.

Health Issue. New Ebola outbreak detected in northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Health Issue. New Ebola outbreak detected in northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo.

; WHO surge team supporting the response

George Floyd’s: final words ‘I can’t breathe’ are a wake-up call ‘for all of us’-Joe Biden.

George Floyd’s:  final words ‘I can’t breathe’ are a wake-up call ‘for all of us’-Joe Biden.

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden on Tuesday praised the nationwide peaceful protests to the death of George Floyd, calling his killing in police custody a “wake-up call for our nation” and drawing a stark contrast between President Donald Trump’s tactics and how he would respond. In a speech from Philadelphia City Hall, Biden repeated Floyd’s final words before he died after […]

Op-Ed: “What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge”, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

Op-Ed: “What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge”, by  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”? If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, “Oh, my God” while shaking your head at the cruel injustice. If you’re black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe […]

George Floyd live update: violent protests escalate-Looting and arson, spread across the United States.

George Floyd live update: violent protests escalate-Looting and arson, spread across the United States.

videos of looters in Los Angeles.

George Floyd: Philadelphia Burns!!-see video

George Floyd:  Philadelphia Burns!!-see video

Initially peaceful protests in Philadelphia took on a different tone later Saturday afternoon after a car was set on fire and a crowd tried to gain access to a municipal building in one of many new demonstrations to emerge across the country during the day Saturday — only hours after violence rocked cities coast to […]

Advertisement
Advertisement

Emma Agu Playlist.

Trending