AG BABY HAS A BABY; Here’s a First Glimpse of Adekunle & Deja
It’s official. AG Baby now has a baby.
Music superstar, Adekunle Gold, husband of the ‘duduke’ crooner, Simi, took to his Instagram page to post a picture of himself and his new baby; Adejare Kosoko Deja.
The post which has received over 250,000 likes and over 22,000 comments gives us the name of the adorable sibling with a hashtag #GirlDad
See the post below:
And even though we didn’t get any information about Simi from the image, we are sure motherhood looks good on her.
Nigerians Artistes, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade & Sinach Make Billboard’s Top 15 African Artists
Billboard announced Burna Boy as the most-streamed artist in Sub-Saharan Africa.
On the Billboards list of titled, “Top 15 Sub-Saharan African Artists“, Burnaboy takes the lead with 435.57 million streams, with Diamond Platnumz coming in second with 291.98 million streams whiles Davido takes the third spot with 285.76 million, Wizkid with 176 million streams.
Also on the list is gospel singer, Sinach, she has over 120 million streams, and Yemi Alade is the second most-streamed female artists, with over 109 million streams.
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Photo Credit: Burnaboy
Woodbine Park’s Afrofest celebration goed online this July
This year, more than many others in the past, the Afrofest celebration that has been taking place in early July in Woodbine Park every year since 2012 would have been especially important.
However, like other large events and festivals planned for this summer, it had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will still take place as a virtual celebration in July, but Afrofest’s executive director Peter Toh wishes the huge gathering of visitors, musicians, artisans and vendors could have happened in person this year.
“It’s hard. Especially with everything that is going on right now in our community, this would have been a great time for everybody to come together,” he told Beach Metro News.
The issues of racial inequality and police treatment of the Black community in not just the United States but internationally has come to the forefront this spring with protests against systemic racism taking place all around the world.
Afrofest, which is the largest free African music festival in North America, would have been a great opportunity to celebrate and help heal on the weekend of July 4 and 5 at Woodbine Park.
However, it was not to be as large gatherings at public events have been banned by the City of Toronto for this summer.
Afrofest will still take place next month but it will now be a virtual celebration from July 17 to 26, said Toh.
Afrofest is now accepting applications from artists who wish to take part in the virtual celebrations and will decide around June 15- 17 on a lineup. Once that has been finalized, it will be posted on the Afrofest website at www.afrofest.ca
This would have been the 31st annual Afrofest.
2020 Edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Shortlists Funkola Odeleye, Temie Giwa-Tubosun & Others
Funkola Odeleye and Temie Giwa-Tubosun have been shortlisted as two of three African entrepreneurs who could stand a chance to win the sum of US$ 100,000 in grant at the 2020 edition of Cartier Women’s Initiative.
The Cartier Women’s Initiative which was founded in 2006, has helped women over the years to reach their full potential by shining a light on their achievements, whilst providing them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support in growing their businesses and leadership skills. This initiative is open to women-run and women-owned businesses across the globe and sector with the aim of ensuring a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Owing to the social impact of their businesses within Nigeria, Funkola Odeleye and Temie Giwa-Tubosun were amongst the selected 21 finalists from a pull of 1200 applications from 162 countries across 7 regions. A winner will be selected from each region and take home the sum of US $100,000 in prize money, whereas the second and third runner-ups will receive the sum of US $30,000.
Kunle Afolayan’s Film Masterclass Tackles The Director’s Role
Another episode of Kunle Afolayan‘s film masterclass for aspiring filmmakers is out.
This episode explains the role and importance of a director in film making.
The masterclass cuts across several aspects of filmmaking such as directing, cinematography, lighting, script development, production tips, the business of film among others, using his filmography as case studies.
Watch the video below:
Nasty C Features T.I. On New Single, “They Don’t”
South African rapper Nasty C has teamed up with T.I. for the timely single, “They Don’t“.
On this powerful collaboration, Nasty C and TI address racial injustices and police brutality around the world.
The song, produced by Gemini Major, kicks off with Nasty C, as he sings, “They don’t want me to sleep, they don’t want me to dream/They don’t want to see my people livin’ good and at ease/They wanna lock ’em all up and then get rid of the keys/We ain’t never free.”
Listen to the track below:
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Kenyan Director, Pete Murimi To Premiere New Movie, “I am Samuel”
“I am Samuel“, a film by Kenyan director and 2019 Rory Peck Award winner, Pete Murimi will have its U.S. premiere at 2020 Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York Digital Edition in June.
Produced by, Toni Kamau, edited by Ricardo Acosta C.C.E and Phil Jandaly, “I am Samuel” is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family with his dreams for his future.
Samuel grew up in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He is close to his mother but his father, a local pastor, doesn’t understand why he isn’t married yet. After moving to Kenya’s capital in search of work and a new life, Samuel falls in love with Alex and finds community and belonging. Despite the threat of violence in the city and of rejection by Samuel’s family in their rural home, the couple move between their co-existing worlds, hoping to win acceptance in both.
The documentary filmed over five years had its World Premiere at the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.