Of the 18 warriors selected for the Gulder Ultimate Search Season 12 Age of Craftsmanship, 14 of them were men while only four were women.
With seven contenders remaining after weeks of strenuous tasks, three of them are women and only one woman has been evicted so far while 10 men have been sent home.
Of course one would expect that since there were more men at the beginning of the show, it is only normal that more men will be evicted. What is however significant is the proportion of the number of men who have been evicted compared to women.
There were more than 20,000 applications for this year’s Gulder Ultimate Search across the different regions. Those that made the longlist were sent to the Sea School where they went through a rigorous selection process. The final 18 who made it into the jungle were selected not based on sentiment but their core ability to prove that they were better than the rest.
The same can be said of the women who made it into the jungle: Esitima, Chidinma, Omokhafe, and Jennifer. All four made it through the group task into the individual task stage. They showed that they were not mere pushovers selected only for gender balance as they have proven beyond any doubt that they can engage in physical and mental tasks as good as the men.
A notable example is Chidinma who can best be described as a no-nonsense lady. In words and in action, she has proven time after time that she can hold her own against anyone in the Amorokin clan. She told Kunle Remi, the taskmaster, that she would not allow herself to be looked down on by the men and has backed it up with her performance in the jungle.
In the ‘seek and find task’, Chidinma was the second person to solve her puzzle despite being the last person to find her bag. In the same task when there remained two contenders, Omokhafe and Tosin, the former controlled her nerves and was able to edge the latter to remain in the jungle.
If there is one thing the show has shown so far, it is that the women have outperformed the men by far. It is yet to be seen how much farther they will go as the tasks get tougher.
Spotify Announces $100k Africa Podcast Grant
By Dipo Olowookere
A funding package aimed to support African creators telling underrepresented stories and perspectives in podcasting has been created by Spotify.
The initiative, Africa Podcast Grant, was announced by the streaming giant on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at an event held to celebrate a crop of African creators who are making their voices heard and, through that, showing the world the vast array of African talent.
Spotify disclosed that it would provide a $100,000 grant for 10 creators telling Africa’s story, giving them the opportunity to take their trades to greater heights.
At the programme held on Wednesday dubbed Sounds of Africa, six artists and six podcasters, who came to life through a social media campaign in the week leading up to May 25, were celebrated in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The six podcasters included Kenya’s Mantalk.ke and The Sandwich Podcast, Nigeria’s I Said What I Said and Tea with Tay and South Africa’s True Crime ZA and After School is After School with Sis G.U. The six artists were Kenya’s Chris Kaiga and Nikita Kering’, Nigeria’s Ladipoe and Preyé, and South Africa’s Nomfundo Moh and Zoë Modiga.
The host for the evening, Patricia Kihoro, kicked off the event with a fireside chat with Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Spotify Africa’s Managing Director.
In her first ever interview in the role, Muhutu-Remy shared about the Spotify journey in Africa and how platforms like Spotify can help out African storytelling on the map.
A creator panel featuring Eli and Oscar of Mantalk.ke, Jola from I Said What I Said podcast and South African artist Zoë Modiga reiterated the importance of telling our own stories as a way of changing the perceptions of the continent.
The party officially kicked off with Blinky Bill, who delivered an electrifying set that got everyone dancing, and a couple of Kenyans in the house even joined him on stage. South African dancer-turned-artist Kamo Mphela took the stage right after with a building shaking performance.
DBN Gogo was next with an Amapiano set, before the main act of the night, Nasty C took the stage. The Coolest Kid in Africa definitely delivered, ending with his hit song Particular. To close off the night, Juls took to the decks for an Afrobeats set that left everyone wanting more.
“This is the first of many initiatives to come. We would like to highlight even more African creators on an even bigger scale, to ensure that the whole world knows that Africa is not just a moment, it is here to stay,” Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Managing Director, Spotify SSA, stated.
Davido, D’Banj, Others for YouTube Africa Day Concert 2022
By Dipo Olowookere
Music stars from five countries (Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania) will perform at the YouTube Africa Day Concert 2022 slated for Wednesday, May 25.
The annual concert is a musical homage to Africa, showcasing the vibrant African music stars who are making headlines across the world.
The programme, in its third edition, will be anchored by Hollywood star, Idris Elba and streamed exclusively on YouTube via https://goo.gle/AfricaDayConcert at 19:00 CAT/18:00 WAT.
It will bring together Africans, the Diaspora, and people from across the world together to celebrate a continent that is home to more than 1.5 billion people.
The highly anticipated event will showcase musical performances from D’banj, Davido, CKay, Yemi Alade, Reekado Banks and Mayorkun.
Also performing from the West African region is popular Sierra Leonean recording and performing artist, Drizilik; singer-songwriter and poet, Busiswa Gqulu; and singer and dancer, Kamo Mpela; both from South Africa. They are known for hit songs, SBWL and Nkulunkulu respectively.
Tanzanian singer, songwriter and WCB (Wasafi Classic Baby) artist, Zuchu will be performing her hit songs at the concert while Congolese singer-songwriter, Innoss’B, the Naomi Campbell crooner rounds out the lineup of artists performing this year at the Africa Day Concert.
The Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, Mr Alex Okosi, while speaking ahead of the concert, disclosed that, “YouTube as a platform has been mainline for connecting African artists to people all around the world and the Africa Day Concert is an opportunity to reaffirm YouTube’s support for African artists as they showcase the vibrant sounds and culture that makes Africa truly unique.”
The concert is aimed at commemorating the foundation of the Organisation of Africa Unity on May 25, 1963, by using music as a platform to showcase African culture.
Progress Emerges Nigerian Idol Season 7 Winner
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Budding singer, Progress, has won the seventh edition of the popular music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol.
Progress was announced as the winner of the programme at a live event held on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
He defeated another contestant, Zadok, to become the Nigerian Idol Season 7 winner, after raking in the higher number of votes between the pair.
When the host of the reality show, IK Osakioduwa, announced the winner, Progress was shocked and could not hide his emotion.
The announcement was made shortly after Progress and Zadok performed a song with D’Banj, one of the judges.
The winner of Nigerian Idol 6, Kingdom, was also on stage to thrill the audience as well as Pheelz, who performed his hit song, Finesse.
The winner of this edition won prizes worth N100 million.
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