President Tinubu Swears in New Ministers
In a significant move for Nigeria’s government, President Bola Tinubu recently swore in 45 ministers, all cleared by the Senate, at the State House Conference Center in Abuja. Dignitaries such as Vice President Kashim Shettima and Senate President Godswill Akpabio attended the event. Facing pressing challenges, President Tinubu emphasised the urgent need for the ministers to implement long-overdue reforms to meet the expectations of the Nigerian people.
Burna Boy Sparks Controversy with Remarks on Afrobeats
Burna Boy, the renowned Nigerian music star, stirred a debate with his recent comments about the Afrobeats genre. During an interview, he explained that his upcoming album, “I Told Them,” aimed to prove doubters wrong within his community. Burna Boy’s statement, “Most Afrobeats artistes sing about ‘nothing’,” ignited conversations about the content and direction of the genre.
Asake Takes the O2 Arena by Storm with Unforgettable Helicopter Entrance
Ahmed Oloade, popularly known as Asake, etched his name in history by becoming the first Nigerian newcomer to sell out London’s O2 Arena. The highlight of his show was his awe-inspiring entrance, descending onto the stage via a helicopter positioned in the heart of the arena. Asake delivered a captivating performance featuring tracks from his debut album and second project, with appearances by fellow artists Fireboy DML, Lil Kesh, and more.
Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Others Garner Nominations for the Inaugural Trace Awards
Anticipation is high for the inaugural Trace Awards, a celebration of African musical excellence spanning 22 diverse categories. Leading nominees, including Wizkid and Burna Boy, will vie for honours at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. With the event broadcast to a global audience of 500 million viewers across 190 countries, the Trace Awards will showcase a rich array of genres, highlighting the remarkable contributions of African and Afro-inspired music and culture.
Stephanie Linus to Lead the Oscar Submission Committee
Renowned actress and filmmaker Stephanie Linus has been appointed Chairperson of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee for the Best International Feature Film category at the Oscars. This role change follows the departure of the former chairperson. The committee, comprising distinguished individuals from the industry, will be responsible for selecting Nigeria’s entry in the Oscars’ International Feature Film category.
UK Police Charge Diezani Alison-Madueke with Bribery
Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, faces bribery charges as British police allege she accepted bribes in exchange for awarding significant oil and gas contracts. These charges come after a comprehensive international investigation. Alison-Madueke, who served during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, has been under scrutiny for alleged corruption, though she denies the accusations.
UK Achieves Medical Milestone with First Womb Transplant
In a groundbreaking achievement, UK surgeons have performed the country’s first womb transplant. The successful nine-hour operation involved transplanting a sister’s womb to a recipient diagnosed with a rare condition affecting the reproductive system. The recipient, who stored embryos for IVF treatments, received her sister’s uterus, potentially allowing her to conceive. The procedure, lasting up to five years, offers hope for women seeking to become mothers through innovative medical interventions.
Serena Williams welcomes Baby No. 2
Tennis legend Serena Williams and her tech entrepreneur partner, Alexis Ohanian, have joyously welcomed their newest family member—a baby girl! The heartwarming announcement came via their Instagram accounts on Tuesday, complete with an endearing family photo. Alexis Ohanian, now a proud father of two, captioned the image revealing their baby girl’s name: “Welcome, Adira River Ohanian.”