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Afrika Shrine Represents African Culture, Strength, Music, Says Macron

…Visit Will Open New Vista Of Cooperation Between France And Lagos- Ambode   …Insists State Remains Undeniable Destination For Business, Pleasure In Africa  President of France, Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday night made a historic visit to the Afrika Shrine, home of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, describing it as an iconic centre for the propagation of African culture, strength and music. Macron, who spoke at the New Afrika Shrine in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, at an event tagged ‘Celebration of African Culture’ to inaugurate the African Cultural Season 2020, said…

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Michael Jackson’s Father, Joe Is Dead

Joe Jackson, 89, father of the late music mega star, Michael Jackson is dead. The father of 11, died after a battle with cancer in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday. News of Joe’s death comes two days after the ninth anniversary of Michael’s death. “He had home nursing care and things took a turn and they wanted to rush him to the hospital, but it was too late,” a source close to the Jackson family said, according to Radar online. Joe, who married Katherine in 1949, had a brief…

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Minister Condoles With D’banj Over Son’s Death

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has condoled with star musician D’banj and his wife on the tragic loss of their son, Daniel. In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister said although words can never be enough to console them, they should take solace in the outpouring of sympathy from Nigerians. ”My prayers and kindest thoughts are with you and your family at this trying time. May God give you the strength and the comfort that will see you through,” he said.    

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Gunman Kills US Rapper, XXXTentacion, Aged 20, In Florida

American rapper, XXXTentacion, who quickly rose to fame with two consecutive hit albums, has been killed aged 20. He was leaving a motorcycle dealership in South Florida on Monday when a gunman shot him. Police in Broward County said XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists and was facing domestic violence charges. The rapper, who first found an audience by uploading songs to the website SoundCloud, had been hailed as…

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Minister Mourns Ras Kimono, Calls Him Unforgettable Reggae Giant

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the globally-acclaimed reggae star, Ras Kimono, saying his contribution to that genre of music can never be forgotten.   In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister extended his condolences to the family, friends and fans of the late artiste, and indeed to the entire Nigerian music industry, for losing a foremost proponent of reggae, a prominent campaigner for a better life for the people and a patriot.   He said Kimono…

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Nigerians Mourn Death Of Ras Kimono, Reggae Music Star

The entertainment world, particularly among reggae music lovers, was thrown into mourning yesterday following the death of Popular reggae music star, Ras Kimono of an undisclosed ailment Sunday morning at the age of 60 in Lagos after what his close associates described as very brief illness. Sources close to his professional colleagues and associates said the musician complained of weakness on Saturday and was taken to an hospital in Ikeja area of Lagos from where he was rushed to Lagoon hospital where he eventualy gave up the ghost Sunday morning….

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TV Celebrity Chef, Anthony Bourdain, Found Dead In Paris Hotel Room

United States celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide, CNN reports. Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the cable network said in a statement on Friday. Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author CNN’s statement continued: “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink…

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Hollywood Mogul Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of rape and sexual assaults, his lawyer said, in the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged last year.   More than 70 women have accused the Miramax film studio’s co-founder of sexual misconduct, including rape, in a series of incidents dating back decades.   The accusations gave rise to the #MeToo movement, which has seen hundreds of women publicly accusing powerful men in business, government and entertainment of…

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Confectionery Firm Hosts BBNaija Ex-Housemates

Infusion Cakes & Cafe, a Lagos-based confectionery firm, has hosted ex-housemates of the reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija), in a meet and greet session in Lagos recently. Founder and chief executive of Infusion Cakes & Cafe, Mrs. Ibigbeye Okobi said the company decided to host the BBNaija ex-housemates because “We really enjoyed the free spirit they exhibited, how natural they were and how they were able to get Nigerians to actually get engaged in everything they did while in the house.” Okobi said the management of Infusion Cakes…

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Transcorp Hotels MD Laments Neglect Of Tourism Sector

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has lamented the neglect of the Nigeria’s tourism sector by governments at all levels. Ozigbo revealed that this was demonstrated by the abysmal marketing of the sector by relevant ministries and agencies of government. Speaking at a national tourism transport summit and expo in Abuja, yesterday, Ozigbo advised the relevant ministries and agencies of government at the federal and state levels to spearhead the marketing of the tourism sector in Nigeria, saying doing so would help in leapfrogging…

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