Legendary Singer Tina Turner Dies at 83
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A legendary singer, Tina Turner, has died at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland at the age of 83.
The musician breathed her last on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, after a long illness.
Tina Turner became very popular in the 70s when she was part of the Ike and Tina Turner duo that rocked the period.
She later went solo and became very successful because of the energy she put into her performances, and she was known as the Queen of Rock’n Roll.
Tina Turner, who was born in 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee, is referred to as one of the most successful female performers in history.
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Excitement as Nigerian Idol Season 8 Live Show Begins
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
All is now set for the commencement of the Nigerian Idol Season 8 Live Show this weekend after the judges chose 10 contestants for the stage.
The process started last December with entries received from across the country and reached its high point when the trio of Obi Asika, D’Bank, and Simi selected 10 budding singers from the 29 who made it to the theatre week.
The live show is the crucial phase of Nigerian Idol, as the fate of the contestants is in the hands of the voting public.
Savvy Henry, Constance, Goodness, Abraham, Quest, Precious Mac, Victory, Reigny, Ose Daniel, and Chisom were selected for the final stage after five weeks of audition and theatre week performances.
Performances on the live show will be judged by the viewers, who hold the power to retain and evict contestants through their votes.
Viewers can follow their favourite contestants on Nigerian Idol season 8 by tuning in to Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Urban, and Africa Magic Family every Sunday at 7 pm.
Judges Pick 10 Contestants for Nigerian Idol Season 8 Live Show
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The ongoing Nigerian Idol Season 8 will take a new twist this weekend as 10 contestants will begin the race to clinch the coveted prize with the help of the voting public.
Before now, the judges for the show, Simi, Obi Asika, and D’Banj, have had the final say on the thousands of budding singers that applied for the programme.
But from this weekend, it would be the turn of the viewers to seal the fate of the contestants. The three judges picked 10 contestants from the 29 that made it to the final stage of Theatre Week after doing their final solo performance.
The aspiring music stars would be expected to sing and impress the viewers with their performances during the Nigerian Idol Season 8 live show on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
The first pick for the final top 10 was Henry Savy, who impressed the judges with his Para performance of Davido, as 17-year old Constance stole the show as she melted hearts with Positions by Ariana Grande, while Precious Mac thrilled and filled the theatre with singer Simi’s Ayo.
The judges also selected Victory, Daniel Ose, Goodness, Abraham, Reigny and Quest after singing No Shaking by 2baba, Catch me if you can by Adekunle Gold, About damn time by Lizzo, Under the Influence by Chris Brown, Karma by Summer Walker, and Flowers by Miley Cyrus, respectively.
The last man standing, Chizo, narrowly escaped this time around, unlike last season when he was sent off at a crucial moment.
Meanwhile, 19 contenders – Arite, Sapphire Whinnas, Amaka, Akinwande, Mura’s twin brother (Mina), Eloehi, Daniel, Sir Danny, Soultunes, Busayo, and nine others were tactfully eliminated from the moving train as it could only accommodate the 10 best acts this time around.
While commenting, Ms Aransiola Biola, who is the Assistant Brand Manager of the sponsor of the show, Bigi, said the support was to help discover and nurture talent across the country and the African continent and a demonstration of its mantra that it is for every moment, connecting consumers through worthy platforms.
“We are excited to sponsor Nigerian Idol for three consecutive years, the Seasons 6 and 7, due to our love for promoting the entertainment industry and to support the next generation of musical talents,” she stated.
“This show is a great opportunity for contestants to showcase what they have as they unlock new opportunities in the music industry,” she added.
Ananse, Ecobank to Train Fashion Creatives on Digital Marketing, e-Commerce
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A training programme to equip fashion creatives in Lagos with e-commerce and digital marketing skills needed to expand their reach will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023.
The workshop is being organised by Ananse Africa in partnership with Ecobank Nigeria.
Participants would be taught how to succeed in today’s digital economy, with topics to be treated to include fundamentals of digital marketing and e-commerce, SEO, social media marketing campaigns, content strategies, online advertising, and more.
It was gathered that the hybrid training would commence by 10 am at the Ecobank Pan Africa Centre (EPAC) on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The training programme is open to all fashion creatives, whether they are just starting out or are already established in the industry. Attendees will receive a free product photoshoot session with a professional photographer to help them showcase their designs across multiple digital platforms.
Registration for the event is now open for participants here. Alternatively, they can send an email to email@example.com for more information.
“We are excited to be hosting this event in Lagos, and we believe it will be a game-changer for fashion creatives in Nigeria.
“By giving them the skills, they need to succeed in the digital age, we can help African designers reach new markets and build thriving businesses that have a positive impact on their communities,” the founder of Ananse Africa, Mr Samuel Mensah, said.
Also speaking, the Head of Consumer Banking at Ecobank Nigeria, Mrs Korede Demola-Adeniyi, noted that Ecobank is happy to once again partner with Ananse and Mastercard Foundation to organize this training program.
For her, it aligns with the focus of the bank, enabling SMEs to grow their businesses to compete in the global market.
“The impact this innovative training is having on the target groups cannot be quantified. We are glad that the programme is helping to equip women fashion entrepreneurs with valuable business skills to empower and equip them in their chosen field in fashion,” she stated.
This initiative is part of a larger training programme taking place in five African countries, namely Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
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