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Burna Boy among 2024 Grammy’s performers

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Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu better known as Burna Boy has been added to the performer lineup in the 2024 Grammys.

The Afrobeat star will be performing alongside great acts in the music scene such as Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott, Luke Combs, Olivia Rodrigo and other musical luminaries.

Burna Boy is set to make history as the first African to ever perform at the 66th Grammys Awards.

This is a monumental time for African music as it will not only be showcased in the prestigious event but will also serve as a launching pad for the global audience.

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An achievement of this magnitude accentuates the African Giant’s indelible mark on the global music scene.

More importantly, it signifies a notable step forward for the inclusion and amplification of African artists in major international award ceremonies.

The singer, songwriter and record producer songs have been making a global footprint at a steady pace so much so that his song “Destiny” was included in the playlist at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.

On June 10 2023, Burna Boy became the first artist from Africa to perform at the UEFA Champions League final kick-off show by Pepsi.

He has collaborated with notable names on the global music stage such as Jorja Smith, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and the like.

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As a testament to his prowess and contribution to music, in November 2023 he was nominated for four Grammy awards making him the most nominated Nigerian artist in Grammy history with ten total career nominations.

He is also the first Nigerian to have nominations in five consecutive years from 2019 to 2023.

The Grammy Awards which is known for honouring musical excellence has recognised Burna Boy’s exceptional contribution giving him a platform to share with the world the treasure and beauty of African music.

He is slated to perform at the 66th Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 4, which will broadcast live on CBS Television Network from the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles.

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My wife and I no longer together – Ikechukwu speaks on marriage crash

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Nigerian rapper and actor, Ikechukwu Onunaku has confirmed that his marriage has ended.

Recall the former Mohits rapper tied the nuptial knot with his fiancée, Ella in May 2021.

But speaking in a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, Ikechukwu said he was now divorced.

He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the desolation of his marriage, revealing that it was not due to infidelity. In Ikechukwu Onunaku’s words:

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“My wife and I are no longer together. We separated due to irreconcilable differences. It wasn’t over infidelity. There were too much gaslighting, too much looking for faults, and too much listening to outsiders.

“I tried to save our marriage but I got to a point where I couldn’t tolerate my ex-wife’s excesses anymore and I showed her my other side and we couldn’t bear it.”

In the same interview with Daddy Freeze, Ikechukwu recounted his experience at the now-defunct record label, Mohits Records, owned by D’banj and Don Jazzy.

The rapper claimed D’banj used to cheat him out of his hard earned money by giving him stipends after making millions.

According to him, D’banj would pay him a meagre N50,000 for shows he was booked for, despite the actual fee being over N1.5 million. He said the ‘koko master’ used to treat him like he was doing him a favour.

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However, he mentioned that D’banj later increased the payment to N150,000 after obtaining permission from his mother.

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Rudeboy refutes Eedris Abdulkareem’s claims that 50 Cent assaulted P-Square

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Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy of the P-Square, has refuted Eedris Abdulkareem’s claims that the group was assaulted by American rapper 50 Cent and his crew at a concert held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos in 2004.

Abdulkareem claimed in a recent podcast interview that 50 Cent’s crew “flogged and chased” Nigerian artists, including P-Square, out of the backstage area at a concert.

He said he was the only Nigerian artist who refused to be intimidated out of the backstage.

Reacting during a recent Instagram live session with fans, Rudeboy said P-Square never attended the said show due to the inability of the organisers to reach an agreement with them on the booking fees.

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He said Abdulkareem betrayed Nigerian artists by going behind them to accept “peanut” from the show organisers after they had already agreed on lucrative performance fees.

Rudeboy said: “P-Square did not go for the [50 Cent] concert. We had another concert. We were never billed. The reason was because they offered us peanuts, and we refused. But Eedris Abdulkareem accepted the peanut and was expecting VIP treatment. 50 Cent crew didn’t beat you well.

“Respect yourself. P-Square was never billed for that concert. Daddy Showkey, Tony Tetuila, everyone is telling you guys that Eedris is a big liar. We know he is a lair. We were never billed for that concert. We didn’t go.”

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Women rejected me due to my looks – Actor Stephen Alajemba

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Veteran Nollywood actor Stephen Alajemba, aka Uwaezuoke, has revealed that he experienced rejection from women and people in general while growing up due to his physical and facial appearances.

The thespian said his mother told him that as a baby, people refused to carry him because he was not looking attractive.

He disclosed this in a recent interview with popular YouTuber, Yan Kontent Factory.

Alajemba said he promised his mother that he was going to make her proud because she told him that he did not “earn anything good” for her as a child.

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He said ladies “run away” whenever they see his face.

The comic actor said he was unable to attract a lover until he was 20, adding that he got married to his first love at 23.

“Any lady who sees my facial look and stature runs away,” the actor said.

“Unfortunately before one accepted me I was already 20 to 22 years old. I married at 23. So the first person tasted it and confirmed it and she did not leave me anymore.”

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