The dancers guild of Nigeria today unveils the line-up of speakers for this year’s Lagos Dance Summit.
The annual summit which engages dance enthusiasts and practitioners from all across Nigeria aims to create a learning environment to empower dancers with the tools to better monitize their creativity.
The summit which holds today the 4th of December 2019 at the Unilag Auditorium will feature professionals from different genres of the dance industry in a panel session and masterclass.
“We are creating an enabling environment for dancers if all types to drive and an opportunity for professional dance practitioners to teach the next generation of dancers,” announced the President of the Guild.
The event which is free is open to all stakeholders in the dance industry to have an idea of how the guild functions in a multi- faceted dance eco-system.
QuramoWritersPrize Entry-“Up Nepa” by Oyedeji Emmanuel Toluwani
“Up Nepa” by Oyedeji Emmanuel Toluwani is on the shortlist of 15 for this year’s #QuramoWritersPrize (QWP050)
Johnson Adewale’s celebrity status made him organize a fiercely contested annual local government football competition for U-19s. The competition, called ‘JFK Cup’, had the blessings of the landlord association because of the extra pecuniary benefits that get to the coffers of the association’s internally generated revenue. This competition is hosted on the playground with over more than thirty neighbouring participating streets that pay an entry fee of two thousand naira for the one hundred thousand naira grand prize. It is through this competition that the Silencers and Noisemakers developed enmity for each other; the most fascinating of their history is that none of the two groups have ever gone past the quarter-final stage, despite the fact that they both present themselves as representatives of Owonikoko during the competition. One group believes it is better than the other. The Silencers gather their own set of boys and Noisemakers also create a team within their own jurisdiction for the competition, yet somehow none of the teams have had anything tangible to remember in the competition.
MTVShugaNaija Episode 5:
Love Interest, Family Ties & A Marriage headed for the rocks
Just when we thought MTV Shuga Naija could not be more exciting this season, Ebisinde and Cynthia surprise us by taking their relationship to the next level, but are they ready for this?
Corper Yasmin and Mahmud’s marriage hangs in the balance as they both have to make some tough choices.
Sergeant Iyanu comes to a compromise with her husband on an important family planning issue. Khalil meets with his mom, but the truth seems to be too much to bear.
Frances finally takes the first step towards healing as she and her mom visit a Counselling centre.
Simi might be in trouble soon because of a choice she has made.
Watch this intriguing episode of MTV Shuga Naija Season 4 below.
2019 Turner Prize: Nominees Decide Against a Single Winner
The four artists nominated for the 2019 Turner Prize will share this year’s award after urging the judges not to choose any of them as a single winner.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani and Oscar Murillo got together to write to the prestigious prize’s panel.
They said they wanted to make a “collective statement” at a time when there was “already so much that divides and isolates people and communities”.
The judges agreed and revealed the move at Tuesday’s ceremony in Margate, Kent.
Image copyrightPA MEDIAEdward Enninful at the Turner Prize ceremony
Image captionVogue editor Edward Enninful announced the decision
The Turner Prize is Britain’s most high-profile contemporary art award. The quartet will share the £40,000 prize money.
The art world had gathered at the town’s Dreamland amusement park to find out who had won, but even for an award once known for its shock value, the four-way split was unexpected.
Bernadine Evaristo calls out BBC News
Bernadine Evaristo joint winner of the 2019 Booker prize is in the news again.
In a recent BBC news, a correspondent in a bid to make a comparism between the recent 2019 Turner prize joint winners and its Booker Prize’s equivalent, summarily described Bernadine Evaristo as ‘another author’ who Margaret Artwood won the Booker Prize with.
Bernadine took to Twitter to register her displeasure at what age described as an attempt to discredit her achievement.
Her tweet which was addressed to the BBC twitter handle called them out for the statement and also enjoined other people to retweet.
“How quickly & casually they have removed my name from history – the first black woman to win it. This is what we’ve always been up against, folks,” she tweeted.
Find the tweet below.
Pls RT: The @BBC described me yesterday as ‘another author’ apropos @TheBookerPrizes 2019. How quickly & casually they have removed my name from history – the first black woman to win it. This is what we’ve always been up against, folks.
Twitter rhetorics have labelled the BBC’s statement as “sloppy” and “disrespectful,” going into history as one of the many “editorial mistakes” that the BBC is famous for.
The BBC is yet to issue any response to the matter.
Burna Boy & the All-New Star; Here’s Why Everyone’s Raving About it.
Star lager is up to something exciting again, as the brand recently launched an all-new label which has got everyone talking.
The all-new STAR is corroborated with a stylish out-of-home ad campaign that stars everyone’s favorite afrobeat sensation, Burna Boy.
Here are a few reasons we are super stoked about the new STAR ad.
Never Too Much Of A Star
Burna Boy and STAR have become an inseparable couple since both parties entered into a landmark partnership back in January. We’ve seen a couple of ads with both Burna Boy and STAR and no one seems to get tired of seeing the African Giant turn up on the brighter side.
Burna Boy Makes Sipping Our National Lager Cooler – For 70 years, Star Lager Beer has been refreshing and entertaining Nigerians, with its all-new refreshing taste, STAR is set to continue in this rich tradition. Placing Burna Boy in Star Lager’s new campaign has made the beer even more appealing to its target consumers. It’s safe to say that Burna Boy and STAR are perfect together.
The Feeling Of A New Star: Star Lager Beer recently relaunched with a new label and an all-new liquid recipe which gives the product an even more refreshing taste. The unveiling happened at the Access The Stars concert in Abeokuta. Along with the new label, new music stars were born through the Access The Stars platform which is a music reality TV show. The program was launched in partnership with Access Bank and will reward winners with up to 150 million Naira in prizes.
With a new label, an all-new campaign and its collaboration with Access Bank on the Access the Stars music reality TV show, the beer brand is poised to end the year on a high.
Star Lager Beer is the first brewed beer in Nigeria and has been celebrating everyday moments since 1949. The unique tasting beer is made from natural ingredients and is filled with millions of shining sparkling bubbles that nourishes and refreshes its consumers.
The ‘journalist Lingo’ thread. Nigerian twitter throws shots at popular journalist lines.
Twitter is abuzz with a hilarious thread that ridicules popular lines that journalist employ to help pass their message across to the it audience.
The thread which was started by the twitter user @alexandra_hart is aptly titled,
“What are some dumb phrases that journalists LOVE but nobody uses in real life?”
and she sets the dicourse in motion with a first example, “new lease on life.”
The thread which quickly caught the attention of twitter heavy weights like Elnathan John was populated with hilarious documentation of lines like;
You can join the thread here:
what are some dumb phrases that journalists LOVE but nobody uses in real life? I’ll start: “new lease on life” https://twitter.com/alexandra_hart/status/1201880307122790408
Does shorter songs translate to more streams?
Joeboy’s Baby is easily one of my favourite songs from 2019. The lyrics are catchy and Joeboy performed it to absolute perfection. But the first time I played it, just when I was processing it, the song ended. At two minutes and forty-six seconds (2:46), Baby is short.
Another Joeboy hit single, Beginning, is even shorter. The song clocks in at two minutes and thirty-eight seconds (2:38). Both songs are in the top 10 of Boomplay’s hot 100 Nigerian songs. Combined, the two songs have accumulated over 5.5 million streams on Spotify alone.
In fact, Baby is Joeboy’s longest song from his last five. The rest are below two minutes and forty seconds. But Joeboy is hardly the only one doing this.
Am I a Yahoo Boy and Soapy, both hit songs by Naira Marley, the controversial artist, are under three minutes; the former was two minutes and thirty seconds. Kizz Daniel has released seven songs in 2019, only one is above three minutes.
Alternative music artist, Adekunle Gold’s last three songs are under three minutes. His recent hit songs, Before You Wake Up and Kelegbe Megbe are just under three minutes. Both songs have been played over 3 million times on Spotify.
Joeboy consistently releases songs that are shorter than three minutes. Image credit: Billboard.com
Mr Eazi’s 2019 hit song Doyin which has over 2.4 million streams on Spotify is just two minutes and thirty-four seconds. In fact, his 2018 album Life is Eazi Vol 2, he had 15 songs, but only three songs are more than three minutes long.
Burna Boy is arguably one of Nigeria’s biggest artists presently. African Giant, his hugely successful album, was released in July. The 19-track album averaged three minutes per song (3:04). But it was shorter than his 2018 album, Outside, a 12-track album that averaged three minutes and twenty-one seconds (3:21).
So is this a new trend? Why are Nigerian songs getting shorter?