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Mr Eazi - Taking Banku Music To The World!

This Yoruba boy is making waves in the music industry and he’s just getting started.

        When Oluwatosin Ajibade was just the age of 21 he started his journey into the music industry. 5 short years after, the Ghana/Nigerian native has taken his music beyond the borders of Africa, breaking into the international market, much like his friend and boss Wizkid. 

      Mr Eazi dominated the music scene last year with hits like Leg Over and Skin Tight but he’s not looking to slow down anytime soon. The Starboy Entertainment artiste’s music has been described as Reggae, Afropop but Mr Eazi begs to differ, creating his own genre of music called ‘Banku’ after the traditional Ghanaian dish made of cassava and corn. Mr eazi describes his genre music as a fusion of “Ghanaian bounces, Ghanaian highlife, Nigerian chord progressions and Nigerian pattern” and says his music is inspired by the chilled out vibe of Ghanaian life.

You might have heard of Apple Music’s new feature ‘Up Next’, which is a monthly series focused on not just promoting up-and-coming artiste but also giving them an avenue to spread their music to people all over the world. This month Mr Eazi is at the focus of series, being named by Apple Music ‘afrobeats movement’s rising star’.  The feature includes a 7 minute documentary where he talks about his life and what got him into singing, a video of a live performance in London and an interview the star had with Julie Adenuga of Beats 1 Radio.

During his Interview with Julie Adenuga, Mr Eazi shared his plans to do an acoustic version of his album. “I’m doing 10 songs. 10 fan favorites.” He then went on describing his acoustic performance at the Apple store in Williamsburg, New York which was what inspired his decision to make acoustic covers. “I made it stripped down. And I saw people from all like cultures, and they could connect to the music because it was in its purest form and I said you know what, let’s do this. We have to record this”

The singer also recently took a trip to Los Angeles, California where he gave an electrifying performance at James Corden’s ‘The Late Late Show’ of his songs Leg Over and In The Morning in the form of a medley.

Mr Eazi also has a ‘Life Is Eazi ‘Culture Festival coming up soon, which promises to be the first of its kind taking place at London’s Roundhouse, famous for its incredible live performances. The concert is set to have an African theme. “When you get into the concert venue there should be a feel. You should almost be scared. The feeling should bring goosebumps. You should feel like you’re in some shrine. Do you understand?” The singer described enthusiastically.

If 2016 was a ‘good’ year for Mr Eazi then definitely 2017 is fantastic for him. Already apparently accomplishing all of his goals for this year as he tweeted “I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve this year! Now I gotta set new goals I mean the year still got 5 months”

    The Banku artiste is rumored to be dating oil tycoon’s daughter, Temi Otedola. So far however all we have for evidence are flirtatious tweets between them both as there has been no confirmation from both parties. We hope it’s true because they’re just so cute together.

Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi celebrating his 26th birthday

If his stage name is anything to go by, Tosin Ajibade surely has life ‘Eazi

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Is Lil Chano from 79th Hip Hop’s Very Own Superhero?

Grammy-award-winning artiste by night. Philanthropist by day.

Earlier last week, rumors swirled that Soundcloud was shutting down, as they reportedly only had enough money to stay online for 50 more days. Seems like the rumors were true because not long after, award winning artiste Chance the Rapper vowed to help, tweeting that he was ‘working on the soundcloud thing’.

And just like every superhero would, he came through on his promise. Not less than a day later Chance confirmed that he had a very fruitful call with the company’s co-founder and CEO, Alex Ljung and that Soundcloud was indeed ‘here to say’.

This isn’t the rappers first time ‘coming to the rescue’.

In November 2014, Chance was named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Chance, along with his father actively fought gun violence in their hometown promoting the #SaveChicago campaign. The campaign saw Chicago go 42hours straight without shooting. Talk about impact!

Apart from stopping gun violence and saving music streaming apps, the 24 year old is very passionate about education. Chance popularly had feud with Bruce Rauner (Chicago’s governor) over how to provide funds for Chicago Public schools. Though the award winning rapper and his hometown’s governor may not see eye to eye, Chance wrote a $1,000,000 check to fund Chicago Public Schools. According to the Chicago Tribune, in addition to the $1 million, Chance also plans on donating $10,000 to 10 individual city schools. “This isn’t about politics. This is about taking care of the kids.” The rapper said during a conference.

And much like a superhero, wherever Chance goes, problems are solved!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, its Chance the Rapper!

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The Carter Twins Are Here

Mayday! Mayday! Beyonce just broke the Internet! This is not a drill! I repeat this is not a drill!

Jay Z's and Beyonce's beautiful boy and girl just made they're Instagram debut (well technically, it's their second...third?? Who's counting anyway) and the whole world's talking about it! and she gave us their names and everything!!

Sir Carter, Rumi and Beyoncé serving the world what it's been waiting for since Bey's pregnancy announcement in February.

The Instagram post broke the internet, wrapping up 7.8 million likes in less than 12 hours.

By now it's no secret that Bey and Jay both hold masters degrees in the art of keeping things lowkey. Sir Carter and Rumi are already a month old, which means they were born June 14th. Around that time last month, there were numrous speculations that Beyonce had put to bed, but there were neither confirmations nor denials from the Carter family.

    Keeping such a big secret, or rather, 2 secrets must've been difficult especially when a whole hospital witnessed the birth of their kids. One would also have to consider how secretive they would have to be to have entered the hospital unnoticed. They definitely did no got through the front door. All in all, we've got to give up to their security team and friends and family for not spilling the beans.

Rumi's and Sir Carter's parents last night at an event celebrating Roc Nation artist Vic Mensa.

Sir Carter and Rumi join their big sister Blue-Ivy in league of unusual baby names. But hey, let's face it these aren't regular babies.

I still don't understand if it's just 'Sir' or 'Sir Carter', which would make his name 'Sir Carter Carter'?? I need answers. Beyoncé explain.

Now that the Carter family is now a family of 5, we hope to see more cute family pictures like this

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Game of Thrones: What To Expect When Winter Comes

Who would have thought after 6 seasons winter is finally here?

The 7th season of Game of Thrones kicks off this month and the world hasn’t anticipated anything more. 'The World's Most Popular Show" has managed to consistently surprise its viewers 6 seasons straight, with shocking deaths and plot twist that we imagine even the main characters couldn’t believe. Which begs the question what will its 7th season bring?

Season 6 ended with so many cliffhangers; Cersei is Queen of the seven kingdoms, Daenerys has gotten her ships and sailed to Westeros (took her long enough!), and Jon Snow is a Targaryen??!

With 14 days left to the premiere, here’s all we know about the forthcoming season;

A war is coming

“For a long time we’ve been talking about the wars to come. That war is pretty much here…the conflicts that have been building the past six years are upon them.” David Benoiff explained to Entertainment Weekly. Could this mean a war between House Targaryen and Lannister for the Iron Throne? Dragons and wildfire anyone? Or perhaps he's referring to the inevitable war between the dead and the living!? So many possibilities. So many loose ends. We need closure Benoiff!

Longer episodes

Maisie Williams(Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)

This season will have fewer episodes, but never worry GOT family, the series’ producers told Entertainment Weekly that there are definitely going to be longer episodes. David Benioff an D. B. Weiss noted that “We have two episodes considerably over 60 minutes this year…..and one episode coming in around 90 minutes.” The producers also mentioned that there some shorter episodes as well.

Daenerys in the North?

During an interview, The Mother of Dragons (Emilia Clarke) may have let out a little spoiler. And we’re hoping it’s what we think it is. “I normally don’t spend very much time in Belfast, but this season, I spent a little more time there.” Clarke said.  Belfast is a known site for shooting scenes in 'The North' for the series. Because, of Clarke’s comment, fans are now speculating that Jon Snow and Daenerys may finally meet. Is this our first hint of ice meeting fire?

Ed Sheeran is guest starring

                                                            

 This series, which has a history of a few minor cameos here and there, has managed to get The Galway girl crooner to make a guest appearance in the new season. In a conversation with Benoiff, he explained that they had tried for years to land Sheeran as a surprise for Maisie William (Arya Stark), who is a big fan of the star and this year they finally made it happen. No word yet on what role Sheeran will play in the series. Other cameos they have had in the past include Coldplay memeber, Will Champion, the band 'Of Monsters and Men, and Sigor Ros.

Reunions

(D. B.) Weiss and (David) Benioff told Entertainment Weekly themselves that fans can expect a whole bunch of reunions. Could this mean there’ll finally be a reunion for the remainder of the Stark family?

Cool Dragon Scenes

While we’ve seen Daenerys’ dragons in action many times however, Khaleesi and her dragons have never been to the North (which is where its been hinted Daenerys will be for a while).  The producers spoke on how tedious it was to capture the dragon scenes this season. Hopefully the harder the better!

Thankfully, the series’ producers mentioned nothing about any characters dying. But then again, if any of the characters were to die, they wouldn't tell us, would they? Sinister bastards.

Season 7 premieres July 16th on HBO

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The Hallelujah Challenge: God Is Trending!

#Hallelujah Challenge: #GodIsTrending #Olowogbogboro

The hallelujah challenge is a fast rising trend that has got all of social media buzzing and talking.

Gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey started the hallelujah challenge earlier this June on his Instagram. Contrary to what some people initially thought (some people being me) no, it is not a live video of people shouting hallelujah for one hour straight. Lol. The challenge is simply a one hour session of praise, worship and prayer, which starts at 12 midnight and ends by 1 am. It's kind of like an online night vigil.

According to the ‘Imela’ crooner, “the hallelujah challenge is a 30 day midnight praise, set to lift the name of God and bring Glory and salvation upon his people, as they exalt His holy name.” He went on to talk about the inspiration behind the challenge. “This Hallelujah Challenge is inspired by the biblical story of Paul and Silas who got freedom from prison after they engaged in praise and worship to God.”

The challenge completed its 14th day of praise just last night and managed to have a whopping 67,000 people watching live! 67k is the highest views it has gotten since it started. Nigerian celebrities such as Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Uche Jumbo, Funke Akindele Bello, Ice Prince, D’banj and many more have shown their support for the challenge and have also been worshipping live.

The Challenge hasn't yet reached its half mark and already numerous testimonies are emerging. Testimonies after testimony have been swarming Nathaniel Bassey’s Instagram these past weeks, so much so that the ‘Onise Iyanu’ crooner has opened a blog specially dedicated to testimonies. “These things are living proofs from a loving God” said Bassey.

Though the challenge has tremendous support, there are also people who have kicked against the online worship sessions. Quite a number of people have questioned it, labeling it weird and ritualistic. Amongst the hallelujah challenge critics, media entrepreneur, Joy Isi Bewaji is perhaps the most popular. The entrepreneur went on a rant about the online praise and prayer session. According to Bewaji, “this cute online revival will change nothing.” She went further to speak on how Nigeria needs other things apart from prayer “We have had too many spiritual revolutions. What we need is a mental one. You cannot pray Nigeria to greatness.”

“Religion is like soda. It’s like Coca-Cola…and like Coke we are addicted to this feel-good process.” She also went on to say “Revivals are our biggest achievement…stop being so shocked that people want to serve God. When we are done, we go back home and justify pedophiles, or delay the transaction of a debt or bear false witness.”

In her rant, Bewaji suggested a different challenge. “Try #ScienceChallenge, a hashtag that hopes to promote facts through experiment and observation….90% of our daily needs are imported. Even toothpick. But prayer is key. Smh”

Bewaji raises some strong arguements, but I don't think this means we should stop worshipping God. If anything, Nigeria needs all the help it can get.

What do you think? Comment below.

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Baby! Oh Baby!

Haven’t you heard? Babies are what’s trending!

In case, you haven’t been aware of your surroundings, a lot (I mean a lot) of celebs are expecting this 2017. From Beyoncé, to George and Amal Clooney, to Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Pharrel even had triplets just this year! It’s a basically baby frenzy and guess what? We’re on baby watch! Here is a list of Hollywood’s expecting couples and new parents.

Beyoncé & Jay Z

When it comes to baby news this year, Beyoncé and Jay Z definitely take the cake for most surprising baby bomb, not to mention most elaborate and creative (and probably most expensive) maternity shoot. Bey and Jay have been music’s power couple for quite a while now, and proud parents of their 5 year old daughter, Blue-Ivy. The famous couple, have even been together for nearly 15 years. Hard to believe, right?

    The pair met in 1999, when Bey was 19 and Hov was 31 and started dating the year after. After that it was nothing but amazing hits from these two, with songs like ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, ‘Crazy In Love’, and ‘Upgrade U’, topping charts and winning multiple awards.

        After dating for almost a decade, the pair got married in a super intimate ceremony at Jay Z’s Manhattan penthouse, April 4th 2008.

In 2010 rumors swirled that Beyoncé was pregnant. Beyoncé later confirmed in her 2013 documentary ‘Life is but a dream’, that she was indeed pregnant but suffered a miscarriage. “I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names and was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my check up and no heartbeat. I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life.” One year later, Beyoncé shared with the world that she was expecting again during her performance of love on top at the MTV VMAs. January 2012, the pair welcomed their first child together, Blue Ivy.

     After Beyoncé released her Lemonade album last year, there have been numerous speculations that there was perhaps trouble in paradise for the two. The lyrics of the songs on the album hinted infidelity and a marriage in crisis, which got the whole world wondering if it was their marriage the lyrics were referring to. Nearly a year later, the couple seems happier than ever with Beyoncé expecting not one, but two babies!

This time around, Beyoncé went with a less discreet approach to her pregnancy, going  all out with an underwater inspired photo-shoot and has since hasn’t stopped blessing us with multiple photos of her growing belly on Instagram. The highlight of her pregnancy has to be her Grammy performance, where she channeled the Yoruba goddess—Oshun, Hindu goddess—Kali, and Roman goddess—Venus. The performance was nothing short of mesmerizing (which is a typical Tuesday in Beyoncé land). Beyoncé recently had a ‘Carter Push Party’, which has made many wonder if we could expect the Carter babies sooner than we thought. We hope to meet the twins soon!

Ciara & Russell Wilson

Ciara and her hubby started dating 2015 and announced their engagement a year later. The couple got married July 2016. During the time they were dating the couple made several headlines, most of them based the pair’s decision to abstain from sex until they were married. When giving an interview with Pastor Miles of Rock Church, Russell revealed how they came to the decision “I was looking at her in the mirror and she was sitting there and God spoke to me and said ‘I need you to lead her’, and so I told her right there and then, what if we took all that extra stuff off the table and did it Jesus’ way? (He later confirmed he was talking about sex).

       The pair welcomed their first child together April 28th. A little girl named Sienna Princess Wilson. Ciara was formerly linked to rapper Future, with whom she had her first child, her son, Future Zahir Wilburn.

George & Amal Clooney

George Clooney was once one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors, but those days are far behind him. George, who is certified Hollywood royalty, married human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin (now Amal Clooney) September 2014 and has since hung up his bachelor shoes. Earlier this year, the couple announced Amal was expecting twins; a boy and a girl!

When on The Ellen Show, George gave an account of how his proposal to his wife went “I plotted the whole thing out. I had the ring hidden behind her, I had music playing. Finally I literally said, “Look, I hope the answer’s yes, but I need an answer ‘cause I’m 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon. And she said ‘Oh, yes’ and it worked out really well.”

Amal put to bed just yesterday at hospital in London. A spokesman for the couple said that both children are healthy, happy and doing fine. George and Amal seemed to go a different way than usual extravagant Hollywood names, naming their children Ella and Alexander.

Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams is a professional tennis player, who is currently ranked number one in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association, and this year will be her 8th time doing so. But of course you already knew that. The real question is who is Alexis Ohanian?

Alexis Ohanian is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor, author and co-founder for of the social news website Reddit, and now fiancé of Serena Williams. The pair’s engagement came as a surprise to us all, which was because they had secretly been dating. The duo met in Rome, Italy and 15 long months later, Alexis popped the question and Serena said yes. Serena announced their engagement on Reddit with a poem;

I came home.

A little late.

Someone had a bag packed for me.

A carriage awaited.

Destination: Rome.

To escort me to my very own “charming”.

Back where our stars first collided.

And now it was full circle.

At the same table we first met by chance.

This time he made it not by chance.

But by choice.

Down on one knee.

He said 4 words.

And I said yes.

 

On April 20th, Serena revealed she was 20 weeks, which according to the future mummy was a mistake. The champion tennis player, explained at the TED2017 Conference in Vancouver that she was taking a personal photo of her progressing baby bump on Snapchat when she accidentally pressed the wrong button, making the post public. The world quickly got excited about Serena’s baby, especially after people realized she played and won the Australian Open, pregnant. Serena shared how she felt when she found out she was pregnant 2 days before the Australian Open;

    “It wasn’t very easy. You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant—they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out. Pregnant or not, no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I’m expected to win. If I don’t win, it’s almost much bigger news”. Serena is likely due in September.

Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Jason Statham and model-turned-actress, Rosie Huntington-Whitely started dating in 2010. Jason who is 19 years older than the model, asked her to be his wife 6 years later and they are now expecting their first child together. These two usually keep information about their relationship under wraps, but in an Interview with Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Rosie spoke up about her relationship with Jason and had nothing but good things to say about her action star fiancé saying; “I have an amazing relationship with my partner. He’s by far the greatest influence in my life.”

Rosie, announced her pregnancy on Instagram with a picture of her showing her tummy and smiling on a beach.

Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

Mark Zuckerberg, who is dubbed the social networking king, met his then future wife, in the school where it all began, Harvard. Mark and Priscilla met at a party held by Mark’s fraternity. Interestingly enough, the pair met on a waiting line for the bathroom. Soon after that, the pair started dating and Mark made the big decision to drop out of school and run his company; then called ‘The Facebook’.

   Despite the distance and Marks work-oriented attitude, the couple still found a way to make it work, and were soon deeply in love with each other. They were in love before Mark became a multi-billionaire and are still in love now, a perfect example of unconditional affection. Now the pair is expecting their second child together and it’s a girl! The soon to be second-time dad took to Facebook to share the news “We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives – sisters, mothers and friends. We can’t wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman.

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Mr Eazi - Taking Banku Music To The World!

This Yoruba boy is making waves in the music industry and he’s just getting started.

        When Oluwatosin Ajibade was just the age of 21 he started his journey into the music industry. 5 short years after, the Ghana/Nigerian native has taken his music beyond the borders of Africa, breaking into the international market, much like his friend and boss Wizkid. 

      Mr Eazi dominated the music scene last year with hits like Leg Over and Skin Tight but he’s not looking to slow down anytime soon. The Starboy Entertainment artiste’s music has been described as Reggae, Afropop but Mr Eazi begs to differ, creating his own genre of music called ‘Banku’ after the traditional Ghanaian dish made of cassava and corn. Mr eazi describes his genre music as a fusion of “Ghanaian bounces, Ghanaian highlife, Nigerian chord progressions and Nigerian pattern” and says his music is inspired by the chilled out vibe of Ghanaian life.

You might have heard of Apple Music’s new feature ‘Up Next’, which is a monthly series focused on not just promoting up-and-coming artiste but also giving them an avenue to spread their music to people all over the world. This month Mr Eazi is at the focus of series, being named by Apple Music ‘afrobeats movement’s rising star’.  The feature includes a 7 minute documentary where he talks about his life and what got him into singing, a video of a live performance in London and an interview the star had with Julie Adenuga of Beats 1 Radio.

During his Interview with Julie Adenuga, Mr Eazi shared his plans to do an acoustic version of his album. “I’m doing 10 songs. 10 fan favorites.” He then went on describing his acoustic performance at the Apple store in Williamsburg, New York which was what inspired his decision to make acoustic covers. “I made it stripped down. And I saw people from all like cultures, and they could connect to the music because it was in its purest form and I said you know what, let’s do this. We have to record this”

The singer also recently took a trip to Los Angeles, California where he gave an electrifying performance at James Corden’s ‘The Late Late Show’ of his songs Leg Over and In The Morning in the form of a medley.

Mr Eazi also has a ‘Life Is Eazi ‘Culture Festival coming up soon, which promises to be the first of its kind taking place at London’s Roundhouse, famous for its incredible live performances. The concert is set to have an African theme. “When you get into the concert venue there should be a feel. You should almost be scared. The feeling should bring goosebumps. You should feel like you’re in some shrine. Do you understand?” The singer described enthusiastically.

If 2016 was a ‘good’ year for Mr Eazi then definitely 2017 is fantastic for him. Already apparently accomplishing all of his goals for this year as he tweeted “I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve this year! Now I gotta set new goals I mean the year still got 5 months”

    The Banku artiste is rumored to be dating oil tycoon’s daughter, Temi Otedola. So far however all we have for evidence are flirtatious tweets between them both as there has been no confirmation from both parties. We hope it’s true because they’re just so cute together.

Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi celebrating his 26th birthday

If his stage name is anything to go by, Tosin Ajibade surely has life ‘Eazi

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Is Lil Chano from 79th Hip Hop’s Very Own Superhero?

Grammy-award-winning artiste by night. Philanthropist by day.

Earlier last week, rumors swirled that Soundcloud was shutting down, as they reportedly only had enough money to stay online for 50 more days. Seems like the rumors were true because not long after, award winning artiste Chance the Rapper vowed to help, tweeting that he was ‘working on the soundcloud thing’.

And just like every superhero would, he came through on his promise. Not less than a day later Chance confirmed that he had a very fruitful call with the company’s co-founder and CEO, Alex Ljung and that Soundcloud was indeed ‘here to say’.

This isn’t the rappers first time ‘coming to the rescue’.

In November 2014, Chance was named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Chance, along with his father actively fought gun violence in their hometown promoting the #SaveChicago campaign. The campaign saw Chicago go 42hours straight without shooting. Talk about impact!

Apart from stopping gun violence and saving music streaming apps, the 24 year old is very passionate about education. Chance popularly had feud with Bruce Rauner (Chicago’s governor) over how to provide funds for Chicago Public schools. Though the award winning rapper and his hometown’s governor may not see eye to eye, Chance wrote a $1,000,000 check to fund Chicago Public Schools. According to the Chicago Tribune, in addition to the $1 million, Chance also plans on donating $10,000 to 10 individual city schools. “This isn’t about politics. This is about taking care of the kids.” The rapper said during a conference.

And much like a superhero, wherever Chance goes, problems are solved!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, its Chance the Rapper!

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Burna Boy Was Interviewed On Noisey And The Internet Is Already Having Fun With His Responses

Burna Boy has had his NOISEY questionnaire session which according to him was littered with stupid questions. Burna who is a known Fela fanatic reacted to the question “Fela Kuti, Wizkid or Beenie Man” with a series of questions of his own. Trust me, no one saw that coming… Even me.

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