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Music Star Mr Eazi Partners Decagon to Help Aspiring Software Engineers

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Mr Eazi Decagon

By Adedapo Adesanya

Popular music star, Tosin Mr Eazi Ajibade, has announced a partnership with Decagon, organisers of Nigeria’s top software engineering training programme, to help brilliant young Nigerians actualise their dream of becoming software engineers.

Mr Eazi will serve as a sponsor for 5 residents or indigenes of Ogun State to attend Decagon.

Decagon recently opened applications for its 6-month training programme and the sponsorship will include accommodation, feeding, laptop, internet and a monthly stipend, followed by an immediate job placement into companies like Access Bank, Sterling Bank and Etranzact after graduating.

However, successful applicants are required to have a credible guarantor in order to access the Pay-Later model and this has proven difficult for some otherwise successful applicants in the past. It is due to this challenge that Mr Eazi has decided to step in and guarantee 5 lucky ones from Ogun State, by residence or origin.

Mr Chika Nwobi, CEO of Decagon, said, “For some who do not have access to someone in their family or network to stand in for them, Mr Eazi is providing a lifeline and this is the type of collaboration that will move Nigeria forward.”

Mr Eazi is a singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is passionate about music and any program that supports emerging talent in Africa. In June 2020, the hitmaker launched the African Music Fund (AMF) with an initial investment of $20 million dedicated to African creatives.

He recently launched the emPawa initiative to provide a hundred African artists with funding to shoot their music videos and through this, artistes like Joeboy among others have emerged.

Speaking about Decagon deal, he said, “I’ve always been passionate about helping young people and pushing them to be the best version of themselves. For some of them, their talents naturally align with software engineering.

“I am happy to support this initiative in the hopes that they can support themselves and their families.”

By visiting http://applications.decagonhq.com, interested candidates can apply before November 22nd for this programme which doesn’t require any payment of fees until the trainees have graduated and started working and earning salaries.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Nollywood Star Leo Mezie Dies After Kidney Transplant

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

An actor in the Nigerian film industry, Mr Leo Mezie, has died after a kidney transplant at a health facility in Abuja, Business Post reports.

A colleague of the decease, Chioma Toplis, confirmed the demise of the prolific Nollywood star in a post on one of her social media handles on Monday.

According to reports, Leo Mezie breadth passed on to the world beyond last Saturday after a recovery from a kidney transplant.

He had been in and out of the hospital for a while trying to get back on his feet until he succumbed to death over the weekend after developing complications.

“Actor Leo Mezie is dead. He died on Saturday in Abuja while recovering from a kidney transplant. His corpse has been moved to Umuahia his hometown. RIP Leo,” Chioma Toplis posted.

Recall that earlier this year, it was reported that the marriage between Leonard Mezie and his former banker wife, Maureen Chimezie Onyemachi, which was consummated in 2010, had crashed about four years ago.

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Zadok, Banty, Progress Begin Battle for Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 2

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

This weekend, one of the trio of Zadok, Banty and Progress in the ongoing Nigerian Idol Season 7 will leave the show, which climaxes on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Last weekend, it was the end of the road for Jordan as he was evicted from the music talent hunt programme because he amassed the least votes from the over 29 million recorded in the week, though he had the last chance to perform Bruno Mar’s Grenade to the admiration of the audience.

The top three contestants also used the occasion to showcase their talents as they battle for a spot in the last two this weekend.

Zadok, Banty and Progress performed two songs each, one from any time of release and the other on the year they were born, another twist that increased the excitement generated from the evening gig.

With the three contenders left in the battle for the Idol crown, the show has become tense as each, according to the judges, has the musical prowess to get to the grand finale that will lead to the clinching of the N100 million worth of prizes, including a recording deal from a label, a brand-new Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), cash prizes, and other exciting gifts.

Banty, who was the first to sing, came up with a stunning performance with Beyonce’s I Miss You, which kept the judges standing and clapping for her good vocals and stage act, a situation that Asika exclaimed that she sang perfectly, while Simi stated: “it is the best I have ever seen,” with D’Banj describing it as “phenomenal.”

The young singer’s second song Listen by Brandy, which was released in the year 1995 when Banty was born, was incredible, according to D’Banj, who stated “I am glad you are among the three contestants, that was great”, while Simi avowed that it was impressive, and Asika, “I love what you have done.”

Zadok did his first song And I am telling you by Jennifer Hudson and got the judges standing, clapping, with admiration for his outstanding act, that also shook the viewers, who stood yelling with joy for being entertained.

The 28 years old, who was described as a great singer by his superfan, in his second song, taken from Boyz II Men’s I’ll Make Love To You, released in 1994 when he was born, made Simi remarked that it was astonishing, incredible, while D’Banj said “I am an entertainer, and I must tell you that you are also one,” and Asika “you have shown us what you know how to do very well.”

Progress sang I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and got the judges over the moon with his vocals and stage performance, while his second song from Westlife’s Swear it Again which debuted in the year 2000 when he was born, led to good comments from D’Banj saying “every time you are on stage, it is like a ministration,” because he was often referred to as a pastor.

Simi affirmed “that was cool and excellent,” while Asika said, “That was a demonstration of skills.”

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Africa Month: YouTube Reaffirms Commitments to Creators, Others

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Content creators, aspiring producers, songwriters and others in Africa will continue to receive support and be given priority in order to make them better, YouTube has assured.

In a statement on Monday, the company further promised that it will continue to provide its platform for the growth of Africa’s creator ecosystem so as to showcase the vast talents on the continent to the world.

Already, YouTube has lined up a series of activities to celebrate Africa Month in May, with the YouTube Africa Day Concert, in partnership with Idris Elba, returning for the third year in a row.

The concert will include an in-person event in Nigeria that will be live-streamed on YouTube, featuring some of the continent’s hottest artists. The concert will once again commemorate Africa Day by using music as a platform to showcase African culture.

“We’re incredibly proud at YouTube to provide a platform that shares Africa’s creativity with the rest of the world,” the Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, Mr Alex Okosi, stated.

Mr Okosi added that, “From music, fashion, and beauty to the latest trending movements, YouTube plays an important role in the emergence and expression of Africa’s unique cultural stories to local and global audiences.”

“By commemorating Africa Month through these impactful initiatives, we continue to spotlight, and elevate the work of creators and artists who are at the forefront of the continent’s creative explosion,” he further stated.

YouTube has always supported the creative sector in Africa. The platform has promised to put in place virtual and in-person training and workshops for content creators to help them grow their channels and improve their skills.

These include a Creator 360 virtual workshop, which will allow African content creators to collaborate and share skills, and in-person Creator Day workshops, which will be led by industry experts and help aspiring creators learn the skills they need to continue thriving on YouTube.

YouTube will also offer workshops under its Future Insiders Program to empower budding producers and songwriters with hands-on training taught by seasoned producers such as Sarz and Musa Keys.

This is not the first time the video stream channel has supported the industry as its #YouTubeBlackVoices Funds and the YouTube Shorts Fund have provided a $100 million fund designed to reward creators who make creative and unique Shorts for their contributions.

Earlier this year, 26 creators from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa were among 135 creators from around the world who participated in the 2022 edition of #YouTubeBlack voices creator class. The creators receive seed funding alongside dedicated support to help them develop their channels and thrive on the YouTube platform.

Recently, the YouTube NextUp program, which focuses on providing access to learning through one-on-one coaching, workshops and resources was launched to amplify the growth of many successful creators across the region.

YouTube continues to provide a platform for African creators who are dedicated to building audiences across the globe, while also building a business and generating revenue.

Below is a schedule of the events scheduled for Africa Month in May 2022

YOUTUBE AFRICA MONTH ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

ACTIVITY

WHEN

WHERE

Creator 360

10th – 11th May

Virtual

Creator Day Kenya

31st May

Kenya

Creator Day Mzansi

19th – 20th May

South Africa

Africa Day Concert

25 May

Nigeria

Music Future Insiders Program South Africa

16th – 19th May

South Africa

CreatorDay Naija

Aim: Inspire, educate and engage creators

25th May

(10 am – 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm)

26th May

4-9pm

Nigeria

Music Future Insiders Program Nigeria

25th – 27th May

Nigeria

An Evening with YouTube (Content and Cocktails)

26th May

6-9pm

Nigeria

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