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Nigerian Idol: Top 4 performances shine amid shocking eviction

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Nigerian Idol: Top 4 performances shine amid shocking eviction

The Nigerian Idol Season 9 grand finale is drawing near, with just two weeks left until the next Idol is crowned.

The last episode featured the eviction of one of the top 5 contestants and a double treat of soulful serenades and Naija gbedu, with the remaining contestants performing both a Nigerian favourite and an R&B song.

MI Abaga, Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and record producer joined the panel as a guest judge to add an extra layer of expertise. The show began on a sad note as host IK Osakioduwa announced that Maio had failed to make the top 4, having received the fewest votes out of the 40 million cast the previous week.

The evening’s performances started with Chima, who serenaded the audience with Wizkid’s global music “Essence”, featuring Tems. He later returned to the stage for his second performance, a beautiful rendition of Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire.” The judges applauded his growth and outstanding performance streak.

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Next, Lammy took the audience back to early 2000 with his performance of the timeless classic love song “Olufunmi” by Styl Plus, followed by John Legend’s “Ordinary People” as his second act. Mira Clear also delivered a great performance of Fave’s “Baby Riddim”, followed by an exhilarating rendition of Beyoncé’s “Broken-Hearted Girl”.

Chioma built on her streak with a performance of Chike’s “Hard to Find” and Rihanna’s “Man Down” as her second act. Her stage presence and vocal delivery earned her high praise from the judges.

At the end of the show, the host, Ik Osakioduwa, announced that two contestants will leave the show, as the last two will compete to be crowned the winner of Nigerian Idol Season 9.

To ensure your favourite contestant makes it to the finale, fans are advised to vote aggressively using the MyDStv App or MyGOtv App. There are additional votes on the Africa Magic website. Voting is FREE on all platforms.

To catch the live show on Sunday, tune in to Africa Magic Showcase (DStv ch 151 & GOtv ch 12) and Africa Magic Family (DStv ch 154 & GOtv ch 7) at 7 pm.

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Chike unveils third studio album ‘Son of Chike’

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Chike unveils third studio album ‘Son of Chike’

Nigerian music star Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka popularly known as Chike, has unveiled his third studio album titled ‘Son of Chike’.

The songwriter announced the project’s release on his social media pages on Friday.

The 12-track project follows the success of his debut album, ‘Boo of the Booless’ (2020), and his sophomore body of work, ‘The Brother’s Keeper’ (2022).

Speaking about the album, Chike described the project as a “celebration of his heritage and identity”.

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He also said the body of work adds to the legacy of music and culture passed down from previous generations.

“I am Osebuka, the son of my father, and this album symbolizes and celebrates my heritage and identity as a #SonOfChike and my new musical offspring joining the ranks of those that came before,” he wrote.

The album features tracks such as ‘Unto You’, ‘Lifetime Love’, ‘Apple’, ‘Mma’, ‘Someone’, ‘Your Loss’, ‘Not Your Daddy’, ‘One Day’, ‘Balance Am’, and ‘Man Not God’.

It also includes earlier releases like ‘Ego Oyibo’ and the hit track ‘Egwu’, featuring the late Nigerian singer Mohbad.

The music star collaborated with other notable artistes on the album, including Olamide, Qing Madi, and Ladipoe.

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Chike began his music career in 2015 with his participation in Project Fame.

He then became the first runner-up on The Voice of Nigeria in 2016.

He is currently signed to Brothers Records.

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“Make smart choices” – Tonto Dikeh offers alternatives to youths’ protest plans

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Actress Tonto Dikeh has shared her perspective on the planned Nigerian youth protest scheduled from August 1 to 10.

While she fully acknowledges the right to protest and empathizes with the struggles stemming from the difficult economy, she believes there might be more effective ways to address the issues at hand.

Dikeh expressed her sadness over the rising cost of living, which makes it hard for citizens to manage their expenses despite working hard.

She recalled how the #EndSARS protest against police brutality in 2020 was ultimately derailed by those who caused damage, and suggested that a more constructive approach might be to form a representative group to engage directly with President Bola Tinubu.

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She wrote, “Dear fellow Nigerian youths, I understand your frustrations about our nation’s current state. The price hikes and economic pressures are tough, and many are struggling with increased costs of commuting and living. However, a nationwide protest from August 1-10, 2024, might not be the most effective method right now. This isn’t to undermine the power of protests but to suggest a more strategic approach.

“Instead of protests, I recommend forming a representative group to formally communicate with the President. This group can advocate on our behalf, request a meeting to discuss our concerns, and propose solutions. Engaging in meaningful dialogue and community development can lead to positive change and unity.

“The economic challenges affect us all, and addressing them through peaceful and diplomatic means could be more beneficial. Let’s unite and work towards a better Nigeria. I urge you to consider alternative ways to make your voices heard and to work towards a brighter future.”

She concluded with the caption: “Sometimes we can be right, but how we express ourselves matters. This is a heartfelt plea to all Nigerian youths—LET’S MAKE SMART CHOICES.”

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Cynthia Morgan blasts MAVINS over Rema’s smoking, Ayra Starr’s attire

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Popular Nigerian dancehall artiste, Cynthia Morgan has criticized MAVINS Record for their artiste Rema’s smoking habit and slammed female singer Ayra Starr for her outfit when meeting American actor Will Smith.

Morgan emphasized that life involves more than music and stage performances.

She also warned MAVINS Record about Rema’s cigar smoking, stating she would locate their office if anything happened to him.

Morgan wrote: “Meeting will smith dressed up like that? There is more to life than music and stage performances my dear @ayrastarr

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“And that Rema wey they hold cigar wey he no sabi smoke. If anything happen to that boy mavins I go find una office.”

Ayra Starr recently had dinner with Hollywood star Will Smith in Rome following her impressive performance at Coldplay’s concert.

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