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‘Squid Game’ is officially Netflix’s most-watched series!

South Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ has officially broken the record as Netflix’s most-watched television series of all time. According to the streaming giant in a tweet on Tuesday, the series had hit 111 million worldwide views knocking off 2020 series ‘Bridgerton’ with its record of N82 million views.

The dystopian series premiered to instant acclaim on September 17 and has continued to the set viral trends on social platforms.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos had earlier predicted that the show stood a ‘very good chance’ at being the platform’s most-watched show of all time, a huge feat for a non-English series.

Interestingly, the series was not always a potential hit. Show creator and director, Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed in an interview that the streaming giant first turned down the script which was originally written as a feature film.

‘Squid Game’ has remained on Netflix’s top 10 list in 94 countries and is also the first-ever Korean series to reach number one in the United States.

It is noteworthy to add that Netflix views are recorded per two minutes of view which is long enough to imply the choice was intentional.

Burna Boy says that he pioneered Afro-Fusion, hints at a possible collaboration album with Polo G

On October 9, 2021, Grammy winning Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy appeared on Home Grown Radio with Chuck Dizzle and DJ Hed.

During the conversation, Odogwu himself, who had just become the first Nigerian artist to perform an arena show this side of the millennium and sold out a whopping 17,000 tickets, spoke about his performance at the Hollywood Bowl, pioneering Afro-fusion, winning a Grammy for Best World Music Album and more.

When Burna Boy was asked about the wildness of his teenage years, he says that it turned him into the artist that he is today.

He then continues, “My genre of music that I started is called Afro-Fusion; which is like a fusion of Afrobeats with… I feel like Afro-Fusion was only able to come out of me because I experienced all these sounds and genres.

During the interview, Burna Boy also clarified that his new single, ‘Want It All’ featuring Polo G has a clean version. On the clean version, he says, “Back in 09, I was feeling so low…

When DJ Hed asked Burna Boy asks that which artist would he love to do a collaboration album with, the Grammy winner smile brightly and so did an unnamed woman in the background.

With the mischievous smile, he then says, “I don’t want to give you that… But you’re smart though.”

When DJ Hed tried to press the Port Harcourt indigene about the possibility of a collaboration album with Polo G, he says that, “I don’t know. I don’t even speak English… [laughs].”

Hed then jokes, “So Polo G collab album coming soon.”

There has also been word of a possible Wizkid and Burna Boy collab album or EP round the block since Q4 2020.

But on the actual version, he sings that, “Back in 09, I used to sell dope…”

You can watch the full interview below.

Ckay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’ moves 15 places into No. 35 on Billboard Hot 100

On October 10, 2021, Nigerian singer, Ckay’s global smash hit, ‘Love Nwantiti’ moved up 15 places to No. 35 on the Billboard 200. One week earlier, it sat at No. 50.

On September 27, 2021, the Warner South Africa act, recorded his first Billboard Hot 100 record.

On September 21, 2021, the record charted at No. 23 on the Official UK Top 40 and peaked at No. 4 just a week later.

On September 11, 2021, Nigerian singer-songwriter and music producer, Ckay‘s ‘Love Nwantiti’ became the No. 1 song on Shazam’s global charts. The chart tracks the most-searched songs in the world and ranks them on a chart.

The song sat above global smash hits from major superstars like ‘Stay‘ by Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber, which is currently the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100.

The version of ‘Love Nwantiti’ which sat atop the charts features Axel and DJ Yo.

Initially released on Ckay’s sophomore EP, Ckay The First in 2019, the song blew up when its video version featured Joeboy and Kuami Eugene. Ckay has since created several remixes of the record for mileage. Since then, Winnie Harlow has danced to the song on her Instagram stories.

The singer has since released another EP, left Chocolate City and signed to Warner Music GroupSouth Africa.

This comes after Wizkid’s ‘Essence‘ became the most-shazamed song in the US, and after Master KG‘s ‘Jerusalema’ also became the most-shazamed song in the world in Q4 2020.

It becomes the second Nigerian record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021 after Wizkid’s ‘Essence.’

Boomplay streams now count towards Billboard Charts

This will be effective with data for the tracking week of October 15 through October 21 (Billboard charts dated October 30).

With millions of African songs being streamed on the platform globally, the inclusion of Boomplay’s stream data in the iconic charts provides African and international artistes and music on the platform the opportunity for more exposure on the global stage.

Within MRC Data’s Music Connect platform, Boomplay streams will be included in the ‘Others’ data bucket under Audio On-Demand with data visible on October 12, 2021 for streams beginning on October 8, 2021.

According to Billboard, ‘‘MRC Data’s foundation is built on providing the music industry and our clients with the most complete view of music consumption. We are excited to announce additional data being captured from Boomplay.’’ 

Boomplay’s Director of Content & Strategy, Phil Choi described Boomplay’s addition to the charts as “a significant step in ensuring African artistes on the platform are fairly and equally represented where it matters and that they have access to similar opportunities available to their international counterparts.

“While this might have seemed far-fetched in the past, we now have one foot in the door already following our partnership with Billboard Charts.”

Boomplay’s streaming data added to the Billboard charts represent streams from its subscription tier and logged-in streams from its ad-supported tier, with streams from each tier weighted appropriately.

Boomplay currently has over 60 million Monthly Active Users & over 60 million tracks.

Billboard is an entertainment magazine published weekly by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of MRC Media & Info. The magazine provides music charts, news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style related to the music industry. Its music charts include the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Global 200, tracking the most popular albums and songs in different genres of music.

Wigwe, Emefiele honoured with Juris Law Award

The Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe, has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to Corporate Governance and Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Banking Industry.

Wigwe was presented the Juris Law Award by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 which held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 in Abuja.

Also honored with an award was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Juris Law Award is presented in honor of leaders who are taking significant steps towards promoting economic growth in Nigeria through deepening institutions, corporate governance and Rule of Law.

Accepting the award, Wigwe stated that he was honored to receive the award, adding that “through innovative banking initiatives and our underlying sustainability drive, Access Bank will continue to create shared value for all our stakeholders, striking a balance between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.”

Wigwe and Emefiele have partnered in the creation of several positive socio-economic initiatives such as the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative; a loan scheme developed to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. In addition, Wigwe, Emefiele and Aliko Dangote were key parties in the formation of the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) – a vehicle created to spearhead corporate Nigeria’s support for the federal government’s fight against the deadly virus. The successful coalition funded the establishment of response centers,  acquisition of medical equipment, supplies and food palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians.

The 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 focused on reforms and the statutory requirements imposed by CBN on all banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to adopt policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and cyber security in Nigeria.

Also in attendance of the workshop were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF); Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen; the Chief Judge of the Federal …

Open Grazing: Obaseki storms Abuja, meets Buhari

The governor made the call when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Obaseki said that the people of Edo had resolved that ranching was a private business and should be treated as such.

He said: “Our people say that as far as they are concerned, ranching is a private business just like every other agricultural venture, therefore, those involved should provide the land. “As you already know, it is expensive to run and manage ranches.

“So I came to discuss with the President that since the people of Edo would rather invest privately.

“Then, the National Livestock Transformation Programme, which is now being implemented by the Federal Government, should acknowledge our model.

“It should also be able to help Edo people benefit from the funding that is now being made available for people who want to go into the livestock business and have made investments in ranches and other similar livestock programmes,”.

According to Obaseki, the state government is yet to promulgate a law banning open grazing because it sees the venture as private business.

“As you know, most Southern States have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not. Because we want to ensure that whatever laws we pass are laws that we can enforce.

“We have had extensive consultations with our people to deal with the issue that yes, we do not want open grazing because it is out modelled and out dated; however, what are the options?

“If we are asking that we should now have ranches and these cows should be constrained to specific areas such as ranches, then who provides the land?,” he queried.

On politics, Obaseki commended the Senate for joining their House of Representatives counterparts in approving the transmission of election results electronically.

He said: “Definitely if not for God and the technology utilized by INEC, I may not be governor today.

“So, I am one of those people who believe that we should not …

Hypocrisy is the reason why marijuana is illegal in Nigeria – Burna Boy

Grammy award-winning singer, Burna Boy has said that hypocrisy is the reason why marijuana has not been legalized in Nigeria. Though Marijuana, also known as weed, skunk or Igbo is still illegal in Nigeria, it hasn’t stopped its widespread use.

A 2018 report by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime revealed that marijuana is the most consumed ‘drug’ in Nigeria, being consumed by an estimated 10.8% of the population.

During a conversation in an interview with Home Grown Radio in Los Angeles, Burna Boy said he believes that hypocrisy is the reason it has not been legalized in Nigeria. He said, “It’s not a zero tolerance.

“It’s like everybody does it, but no one wants to be the one that is seen with it.

“It’s just kind of hypocritical out there. “Everybody smokes weed.”

Burna Boy also said that misconception around the drug is another reason why it has not been legalized.

“It’s like some dumb shit, bro. You know those old shit when they talk about it frying your brains.

“They try to make it seem like if you smoke it, you will go mad.” “Right now, everybody is relaxed, everybody does it, and everybody knows that. “It’s just a topic no one wants to talk about. “No one wants to talk about it; everybody is cool. Nobody wants to make it a thing.”

Asked if people get arrested for possession of marijuana in Nigeria, the 30-year-old singer says it depends on who you are.

He said, “If you can please the person that is stopping you at a time.” Burna Boy, in the interview, also said he likes coming to Los Angeles because weed is free in the state and that the best one he has had was in the city.

Fast rising female compere, MC Eve, dies in Lekki auto crash

Fast rising event compere, Evelyn Adewunmi, popularly known as MC Eve, the energy goddess, is dead.

Sources confirmed that MC Eve died shortly after a car crash along Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos on October 12, 2021.

She was rushed to a nearby private hospital, but little or nothing could be done to save her life.

Her boyfriend, who drove the car, was unhurt. The Ekiti State University graduate is a talented MC that has worked with various celebrities such as top Nigerian actress, Mercy Aigbe. Evelyn is also niece to Otunba Mike Adenuga’s close pal, Chief Niyi Adewunmi.

Among MC Eve’s record of high profile event engagement was Toyin Lawani’s wedding in June this year.

She compered the event alongside Kenny Black.

Few people that have heard about the unfortunate passing away of MC Eve are still in shock.

She had a very promising career ahead of her but it is all gone now.

She was even slated for an ambassadorial deal before the car accident.…

Watch the official trailer for Izu Ojukwu’s ‘Amina’

Netflix has premiered the official trailer for Izu Ojukwu’s long anticipated film ‘Amina’ ahead of its November premiere. Starring Lucy Ameh in the lead role alongside Clarion Chukwurah, Ali Nuhu, the feature film follows the coming of age story of the 16th century warrior queen.

The trailer which first debuted in 2017 hints on the plot which takes on Queen Amina’s personal journey through love, failures and triumphs.

News of the Izu Ojukwu directed film finally landing a public release met a warm reaction from film lovers last week. The long-awaited film was due to be released in 2017.

While no reason was given for the delay, the film’s trailer sparked positive reaction online due to its impeccable production design and picture quality.

The film was sponsored by Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI) and shot in 2015. Post production was reportedly done in Europe.

IG dancer Janemena sues Tonto Dikeh for N500M

Popular Instagram dancer Janemena has sued movie star Tonto Dikeh for N500M. It would be recalled that Dikeh had revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri had Janemena’s sex tapes in his possession.

In a petition filed by the Instagram influencer through her lawyers, Janemena said Dikeh’s claims were damaging and malicious. “These malicious publications and in the context in which it was made, meant and Janemena understood it to mean the following amongst other things: Janemena who is a married woman had and is still having an amorous or sexual relationship with Prince Kpokpogri (referred to in the publications as Joseph Egbri) who is not Jamena’s husband,” part of the petition read. 2. Janemena is cheating on her lawful husband. 3. Janemena has sex tapes. 4. Janemena distributes sex tapes. 5. Janemena’s sex tapes (old and very recent ones) are in possession of PRINCE KPOKPOGRI (Joseph Egbri) with which he will use to blackmail our client any moment from now.”

Janemena demanded an immediate retraction of the said publications by Tonto Dikeh on her social media handles and a publication of the retraction in four national dailies in Nigeria.

She also asked that the actress tenders an unreserved apology to her and pay the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as exemplary damages for the malicious publications.

Actress Foluke Daramola Salako’s husband denies reports their marriage has crashed

Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola’s husband, Olukayode Salako, has debunked the rumours that their marriage has crashed.

Salako made this known in a lengthy post via his Facebook page on Monday, October 11, 2021.

“Foluke Daramola Salako and I still share the same bedroom. In fact, we woke up on that same bed this morning. Let those silly merchants of beer parlor and pepper soup joint journalism continue to write their rubbish about us. They have been doing it since we got married,” he wrote.

“They have started circulating another false and unfounded silly-gossip information about our marriage this time again. They will continue to write their rubbish and we will continue to bond better and better in it for the celebration of the fantasy of our 10 years anniversary, which is coming in 4 months time.”

“Our 10th anniversary as a couple is loading. We will invite them to come and see how okay we are and how good we shall continue to be together in it.”

“They want it to break by force. They have tried and tried it for the 10 years through so many media blackmail, means and sources, but little do they know that we have decided to continue to be unbreakable. Foluke Daramola Salako and Olukayode Salako are good and are still okay together.”

He went on to shower praises on the movie star while dispelling the rumors about the cracks in their marriage.

“Foluke is a very good and responsible woman. The two of us are still good together and we do not intend to end it any time soon for any reason, because it is a divine project of God that is beyond the two of us,” he added.

“And, that is why it is still possible for us to be running, maintaining and sustaining it until now. She is still Mrs. Foluke Daramola Salako and I am still her proud husband.”

Salako said their marriage is still intact and advised those spreading the rumors to desist from doing so.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ cracks top 10 of Billboard Hot 100

On Monday, October 11, 2021, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s smash hit single, ‘Essence’ hit a new peak of No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Just week ago, the record at at No. 11. The record is also looking good on the Shazam and Urban Radio charts. This comes after ‘Made In Lagos’ hit one billion streams across all streaming platforms.

You can watch thoughts around the song on ‘Facts Only’;

 

A real-life ‘Squid Game’ is reportedly being organized in Abu Dhabi

The Korean cultural center in the United Arab Emirates is reportedly set to launch a reenactment of the games in Netflix’s hit series ‘Squid Game’.

According to multiple reports, the event tagged ‘Squid Game’ will see participants explore games from the show devoid of the murder and bloodshed.

The event set to hold in two sessions on October 12 in Abu Dhabi will see two teams of 30 participants. Games expected to feature at the event include ‘Red Light, Green Light’, ‘Dalgona Candy’, ‘Marbles’ and ‘Ddakji’.

Interestingly, there will be no prize money as the winner is expected to take home a customized green tracksuit.

‘Squid Game’ hit Netflix on September 17 to instant reviews, kicking off multiple online reactions including TikTok trends.

The show follows the story of desperate debtors who discover themselves invited to play a series of Korean children’s games to win a jackpot prize of $38 million or die trying.

Actress Ireti Doyle distances herself from daughter’s business over fraud allegations

Nollywood actress Ireti Doyle has distanced herself from her daughter, Ngozikachi Abimbola Onyeulo popularly known as Kachi’s business after she was accused of scamming people.

The movie star took to her Instagram page on Monday, October 11, 2021, where she blatantly distanced herself from her daughter’s business.

“I reiterate and write to inform all parties concerned and the general public that I am in no way connected to Kachi beauty products. I do no have and never owned a share, been a director, been on the payroll or received any financial benefits from the said business,” part of her statement read.

She said the CEO of Kachi Beauty is “one of my biological offsprings and that is the extent of the relationship.” The movie star asked those affected to reach out directly to her daughter or the appropriate authorities equipped to deal with such issues.

Doyle’s statement came on the heels of the accusation mounted on her as the mother of the businesswoman.

Kachi who deals in beauty products has on several occasions been accused of defrauding unsuspecting customers.

Ohanaeze lambasts Dokpesi over 2023 presidency

Apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has berated the Chairman of Daar Communications Limited, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, for saying the South East cannot win the 2023 presidential election for the Peoples Democratic Party.

The position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia.

It said it was disheartening that Dokpesi, one of the leaders of the South South Peoples Assembly, would profile the entire South as electoral liability to the PDP and back the North for the presidency.

It said: “One can easily understand the psychological ambivalence in the Dokpesi persona. On the other hand, there is no reason for the condescension and disdain he handed over to the entire south. According to him, ‘even I dare say there is no candidate from the south that you put in the north today that will be able to win.’ In another development,  Dokpesi recalls his friendship with Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition. For the avoidance of doubt, several educated refined patriotic northerners are allergic to the supremacist born to rule entrepreneurs which has created the current Nigerian dilemma. “All the 17 southern governors in their meetings have resolved on the need for a power shift to the south. The Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi committee on zoning has declared that the national chairmanship of the  PDP should go to the north, while the Presidency should go to the south.

“It is therefore curious, the kind of appraisal parameters or kind of epitaph that the business mogul, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, wishes to be remembered. In one sentence, Dokpesi proclaimed that “If we are the Nigerians, I want us to be, if we believe in the unity of Nigeria and we also believe in equity, justice, and fairness, there is no reason we should not give it to the South East if the slot is given to the south. In another breath, Dokpesi averred that ‘whoever emerges as the president of Nigeria would have to compensate the people of the South East …

Kidnap: 90 students, staff of Kebbi College freed after four months

Ninety students and members of staff of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State, who were kidnapped four months ago, have regained their freedom.

Father of one of the kidnapped students, who pleaded for anonymity, disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday.

According to him, all the kidnapped students and staff were released on Tuesday.

The parent did not disclose whether parents of the abducted students have reunited with them. As at the time of this report, the state government and the police were yet to issue any statement on the development. Nigerian Tribune.…

Photo as Fayose visits Tinubu, responds to critics

A former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has paid a visit to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Fayose, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, visited the APC chieftain in his Ikoyi, Lagos State home.

Fayose said his visit was primarily to wish Tinubu, who had a surgery on his leg, a quick recovery.

He lambasted those reading meanings into his visit. He wrote on social media: “Today, I was at Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagos  to wish Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu a quick recovery.

“Health issues know no political party and in this part of the world, we seldom celebrate people when they are alive.

“Rather, we like to sign condolence registers. To me, that is not the best way to live.

“Most importantly, politics should be about love for each other.

“Therefore, like other leaders in Nigeria, I wish Asiwaju sound and robust health.

“And to those negative political analysts, this visit notwithstanding, I remain an unrepentant PDP leader and key stakeholder.”…

Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder to win an epic world heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas

The British heavyweight star was on the brink of defeat when he was floored twice in the fourth round, but Fury staged a sensational recovery and dropped Wilder in the 10th before inflicting a crushing knockout to retain his WBC belt. Wilder had been blasted to the canvas in the third round, but the American nearly pulled off a stunning fightback in the fourth, before Fury quickly regained command and eventually broke the resistance of his exhausted challenger. Wilder had been blasted to the canvas in the third round, but the American nearly pulled off a stunning fightback in the fourth, before Fury quickly regained command and eventually broke the resistance of his exhausted challenger.

In a tense opening round, Wilder tried to enforce his aggressive tactics as he forced Fury onto the back foot with stinging body shots and clubbing right hands.

But Fury began to find the range with his hurtful straight right hand in the second, then unloaded it perfectly in the third to daze Wilder, who was cuffed to the canvas. With Wilder badly hurt, Fury went for the finish in the fourth, but he wilted to the canvas after a huge right hand from the Alabama man.

A right hand from Fury sent Wilder crumpling to the canvas in the 10th, and still he threw back, briefly buzzing the Brit with crude shots.

But Fury finally concluded their saga in the 11th as a huge right hand sent Wilder crashing spectacularly to the canvas.

 …

Movie veteran Chiwetalu Agu reportedly rearrested by DSS

There are reports that Nigerian movie veteran, Chiwetalu Agu has been rearrested by men of the Department of State Service (DSS).

According to one of his colleagues in a post shared via his Facebook page on Friday, October 8, 2021, the actor is now in the custody of the DSS.

“Chiwetalu Agu is still not free. He is with DSS now. Colleagues say they are looking for a top lawyer to bail him,” he wrote.

It would be rehttps://www.facebook.com/Chiagozie.Fred.Nwonwu/posts/10223090818552825called that the movie star was released by the Nigeria Army on Friday afternoon.

The movie veteran was arrested on Thursday, October 7, in Onitsha by men of the Nigerian Army.

The actor was spotted wearing an outfit with the Biafran flag inscribed on it.

The army later released a statement where it revealed that the actor was arrested for inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Liquorose plans to write books and re-open her salon

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye first runner-up, Roseline Afije, better known as Liquorose says she is ready to bring some of the talents she was unable to display in the house to light.

The popular dancer in an interview on Wazobia FM on Friday, October 8, 2021, said she plans to make movies, write books and restart her beauty salon soon.

She said, “I have done some short films in the past; I have recorded some contents for my dance crew which have yet to be released, but most people only knew about my dancing career before I participated in the Big Brother Naija show.

“I applied to be on the show to unveil my talents because Big Brother Naija is a big platform where one could promote themselves. That was why I showcased some of my other talents which also helped me win so many games in the Big Brother House. I will soon bring to light the other talents that I was unable to display on the show since I’m now out of the house. I write poems and songs, so I’ll unleash my music talent — make movies, and write books. I’ll also restart my salon which I lost sometimes back.”

When asked if she learnt hairdressing from anyone, she said she learnt the skill at the age of six when she used to braid her grandmother’s hair.

“I didn’t learn hairdressing from anyone, I started practicing by braiding my grandmother’s hair when I was about six years old,” she said.

She added that the skill earned her some money when she started braiding her neighbors’ hair.

Liquorose, who braided hair for many housemates during the show, said she mastered the skill for survival.