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AFRIMA Suspends Best Soundtrack in Film Category

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

The nominees’ list for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021 has been released by the organisers, with the Best Soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film category suspended.

Mrs Angela Martins, a member of the 13-man AFRIMA jury, said that this was a result of the low quality of entries for this year’s edition.

Recall that earlier before the deadline for entries submission, three new categories were added to the existing 37 award categories of the laurel platform which included Best Soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film, Best Global Sound, and Breakout Artiste of the Year as approved by the International Committee of AFRIMA and The AFRIMA International Jury.

However, Mrs Martins assured that for the other categories, the committee gave Africans and the world the very best nominations and songs under the year in review.

The shortlist, which was released on Wednesday, was from over 8,880 songs submitted for adjudication and features a selection of over 400 songs from artists in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories.

Nominated African artiste by the 13-man AFRIMA panel cut across talents and creatives living on the continent and in the diaspora.

South Africa’s duo, Blaq Diamond came out as the top with eight nominations for the categories: Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa; Song of the Year in Africa; Producer of the Year in Africa with their hit song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’.

Other categories where the duo was nominated included Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music; Breakout Artiste of the Year; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop; Best African Duo, Group or Band.

This was followed by another South Africa talent, Focalistic, bagging seven nominations with the hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], which featured Davido and Virgo Deep.

Focalistic is in contention of the categories:  Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa; Artiste of the Year in Africa; Song of the Year in Africa; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography; Best African Collaboration; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro; Breakout Artiste of the Year.

Next on the scorecard was Nigeria’s made-in-Lagos crooner, Wizkid with six nominations for his hit song, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems, including ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’, ‘Best Male Artist in Western Africa’ and ‘Album of the Year’.

The Afrobeat singer’s other nominations are ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year in Africa’, and ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R n B Soul

Closely followed was Aya Nakamura of French-Mali with her single, ‘Plus Jamais’ featuring Stormzy with five nominations.

Equally, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz with his song, ‘waah’ featuring Koffi Olomide; Iba One of Mali for his single, ‘Education’, featuring Oumou Sangare and  DJ Tarico from Mozambique with his song, ‘Yaba Buluku’ featuring Burna Boy, Preck & Nelson Tivane secured five nominations each as well.

Nigeria’s Omah Lay came behind this with four nominations for the Artiste of the Year in Africa; Best Artiste in Western Africa; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop; Breakout Artiste of the Year categories.

DMW boss, Davido, and Patoranking from Nigeria; Fally Ipupa from DRC Congo); MHD from Guinea; and Rayvanny from Tanzania were also nominated in four categories.

Following this on the nominee’s list was Ghana’s Gyakie, Nigeria’s Bella Shmurda; Kenya’s Nikita Kering; Sierra Leone’s Nata, and Morocco’s Abir with three nominations each.

Singer Olakira, Burna boy from Nigeria; Calema (Sao Tome & Principe); Cassper Nyovest from South Africa; DJ Moh Green from Algeria; and Djelykaba Bintou from Guinea also have three nominations.

Artistes with two nominations are Ditto Ferre Gola (DRC Congo); Gyakie (Ghana); Kamo Mphela (South Africa); Kelly Khumalo (South Africa); Loco (Cameroon); Lojay & Sarz; Makhadzi (South Africa); Nasty C (South Africa); Rebo (DR Congo); Tems (Nigeria); Tiwa Savage (Nigeria); and Vector (Nigeria).

It also includes Shan’L (Gabon); Tayc (Cameroon); The Isomers (Nigeria); T’neeya (Cameroon); Cavemen (Nigeria); Afrie (Uganda); Solking (Algeria); Ko-C (Cameroon); Salatiel & Rutshelle Guillaume (Cameroon); Djodje (Cape Verde); Adekunle Gold (Nigeria); Bensoul (Kenya); Blxckie (South Africa); Franck Biyong (Cameroon); and Innoss’B (DR Congo).

Others are Kidi (Ghana); Ladipoe (Nigeria); Major League DJZ (South Africa); Manal (Morocco); Mapara A Jazz (South Africa); Mi Casa (South Africa); Nandy (Tanzania); Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde); Nomcebo Zikode (South Africa); Sauti Sol (Kenya); Stonebwoy (Ghana); Toofan (Togo); Yaw Tog (Ghana); Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Zuchu (Tanzania).

AFRIMA will be broadcast from Lagos from Friday, November 19 to 21, 2021.

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Fashion is Coming! Experience Africa’s Finest Fashion at the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend

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Fashion and style enthusiasts around the world can once again look forward to experiencing unparalleled fashion moments at the 2022 Guaranty Trust (GTCO) Fashion Weekend scheduled to hold on November 12th and 13th, 2022, at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

GTCO Fashion Weekend is a free business platform that combines elements of global fashion trends, the delicate nuances of African streetwear styles, and human creative enterprise to create one of the most delightful experiences in fashion retail. Over the years, the event has brought together universally celebrated fashion icons and engaging style personalities to interact with young Africans who are passionate about fashion. This year’s event will feature masterclasses, runway shows, free retail stalls, and a streetwear village. All-comers are in for an immersive shopping experience as indigenous small businesses showcase their fashion collections and style accessories.

Commenting on the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We have kept our vision of supporting Small and Medium Enterprises in focus through the uncertain times of the past two years. Just like our core values as a financial institution, our promise of Promoting Enterprise will never change. We will continue to lend the full weight of our franchise to improving the lives and livelihoods of every African, not only through servicing the full range of our customers’ financial needs with innovative products and services but also by creating and championing initiatives that help businesses and economies thrive.”

He further stated that; “Fashion is primarily a form of self-expression, and in light of everything that has happened since our last Fashion Weekend event in 2019, we are happy to be able to explore the possibilities within the fashion industry locally and abroad, particularly as people increasingly return outdoors and get to experiment with new fashion and style ideas.”

Guaranty Trust Bank is the flagship subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services across eleven countries spanning West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom. The Group operates a diversified, proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement, especially through its non-profit, consumer-focused fairs and capacity-building initiatives for small businesses, which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond.

The GTCO Fashion Weekend is critically acclaimed as one of the main events in Africa’s fashion circuit, and its 5th edition is sure to entertain.

For more information on this event, please visit, https://fashionweekend.gtcoplc.com

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YouTube Announces New Ways for Creators to Make Money

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

YouTube has introduced an improved monetisation system for creators to boost their earnings through the video-sharing platform.

At the inauguration of Made on YouTube, the company said content creators could make more money through an initiative it called the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).

The firm said from early 2023, beginning in early 2023, it would move from a fixed fund to a unique revenue-sharing model for Shorts for both current and future YPP creators.

It stated that Shorts-focused creators could apply to YPP by meeting a threshold of 1,000 subscribers and 10 million Shorts views over 90 days.

These new partners will enjoy all the benefits YPP offers, including ads monetisation across Shorts and long-form YouTube videos. This is in another option to the existing criteria where long-form creators can still apply to YPP when they reach 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours.

Creators can choose the option that best fits their channel, while YouTube maintains the same level of brand safety for advertisers.

To support creators in their early journey to YouTube, YouTube will also introduce a new level of YPP with lower requirements that will offer earlier access to Fan Funding features like Super Thanks, Super Chat, Super Stickers and Channel Memberships, the platform explained.

“Over the last three years, YouTube has paid out $50 billion to over 2 million creators, artists and media companies through its Partner Program – more than any other platform; that’s $45 million a day, $1.9 million an hour, $528 a second.

“Today’s announcements prove that YouTube is continuing to lead the way in its commitment to creators everywhere,” YouTube creators Colin and Samir, said.

The CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, while commenting on the new initiative, stated that, “The YouTube Partner Program was revolutionary when we launched it back in 2007, and it’s still revolutionary today.

“Over the last three years, YouTube has paid creators, artists, and media companies more than $50 billion. That $50 billion has changed the lives of creators around the world and enabled new voices and stories to be told. But we’re not done yet.

“When we introduced the YouTube Partner Program, we made a big bet: we succeed only when our creators succeed. And today, we’re doubling down. We’re introducing the next chapter in how we reward creativity on our platform by expanding access to our YouTube Partner program.”

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Top Trending Housemates of Big Brother Naija Season 7 on Google

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Now in its seventh season, the Big Brother Naija reality show known as Big Brother Naija: Level Up which premiered on July 23 and 24, 2022, is already thrilling viewers with twists and intrigue.

The show has also seen people turning to Google to find out more about their favourite housemates, the house and where to watch the show.

When the show started airing in July, a total of 28 housemates were originally admitted into two houses, Level 1 and Level 2 to compete for the grand prize of N100 million.

So far, there have been 12 evictions, two fake housemates leaving and a housemate who was ejected from the competition.

Still, as the interest of the show remains high, there are housemates who are dominating when it comes to online searches with different regions across the country showing clear favourites. Bella, Beauty and Khalid lead with the most searched interest, followed by Hermes, Daniella and Amaka.

Bella, who is in a relationship with fellow housemate Sheggz, has been trending for confrontations with her housemates, getting a strike from Big Brother for disobedience and provocation, causing reactions over her culinary skills and recently- having a brawl with fellow housemate and head of House (HOH), Phyna.

Former Miss Nigeria, Beauty, also made it as one of the top trending Big Brother Season 7 housemates. She was ejected just two weeks into the show following a physical argument with a housemate, Groovy.

Khalid, who was the second level 2 housemate to be evicted, also featured as a trending housemate because of his on-screen romance with a housemate, Daniella. While Bella, Hermes and Daniella have received the most search traffic overall, Daniella has generated the biggest search spike so far.

Specific questions asked about the Big Brother Naija reality show have also revealed the level of interest of netizens in Nigeria.

Some of the top questions asked online are, “What channel is BBN on GOtv?”, “Who is Big Brother Naija in person?” and “How old is Diana’s big brother?”

Below is a list of the top questions that have sparked the curiosity of Nigerians online with regard to the Big Brother Naija Season 7 reality show.

Here are the lists of the top trending Big Brother Naija Level Up housemates:

Top Trending housemates who are still in the Big Brother Naija Level Up Show

Top Trending housemates who have left the Big Brother Naija Level Up Show

Bella

Beauty

Hermes

Khalid

Daniella

Amaka

Doyin

Deji

Groovy

Phyna

Chichi

Sheggz

 

Top Trending Big Brother Naija Season 7 Questions

What channel is BBN on GOtv?

Who is Big Brother Naija in person?

How old is Diana’s big brother?

Where is Hermes BBN from?

Who is the head of house in BBN this week?

How old is Chichi BBN?

Where can I watch BBN live on my phone?

Who won the head of house in BBN today?

Where is Bryan BBN from?

Where is Big Brother Naija house located?

Top trending questions and terms for the top trending housemates

Bella

Beauty

Daniella

Khalid

How old is Bella BBN?

Why was Beauty disqualified?

Daniella and khalid

Khalid and Daniella

Bella Okagbue siblings

Ilebaye and Beauty fight

Khalid BBNaija tribe

Daniella BBN biography

What is the meaning of Bella?

Where is Beauty Tukura from?

BBN tonight eviction Khalid and Ilabaye

Daniella and Dotun

Where is Bella BBN from?

Beauty and Phyna fight

Meaning of khalid in Yoruba

Why was Daniella crying after yesterday 3 of september 2022 BBN party?

Who is Bella BBNaija brother

How old is Beauty BBN?

Which State is Khalid BBN from?

Meaning of Daniella

Who is Bella Okagbue’s father?

Watch how Beauty was disqualified

What is the meaning of Khalid?

What did Khalid say about Daniella BNN?

 

Hermes

Doyin

Groovy

Phyna

Hermes big brother

Doyin bbn biography

Groovy bbn biography

Phyna BBN biography

Throwback pictures of Hermes BBNaija pictures when he was younger

Doyin and Cyph

Does Groovy have mouth odour?

How old is Phyna BBN?

Where is Hermes bbn from?

How old is Doyin BBN?

What happened between Groovy and Phyna?

Groovy and Phyna

Hermes and Allysyn

Does Doyin of BNN have any siblings?

Video of Beauty fight with Groovy

Dairy sessions for Phyna BBNaija

Hermes two girlfriends

Why was Doyin crying in the diary room?

Groovy and DJ Cuppy

Phyna BBN net worth

Hermes pronunciation

The problem between Bella and Doyin

What tribe is groovy?

Where is Phyna BBNaija from?

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