ENTERTAINMENT: Chanter And Singer, Iyadunni Akintunde Launches Album ‘SABABI IRE’, Says My Talent is Inborn

 Multi-talented broadcaster, Iyadunni Bisola Akintunde has revealed how she was motivated to become a chanter and musician by a veteran Broadcaster, Alh Bashorun Gboyega Lawal who discovered a resonating ability in her and was mentored by Komolafe Olaiya and Alh Ismail Olaniyan.

Iyadunni, while speaking with newsmen after her album launch ‘Sababi Ire’ disclosed that her talent and gift to sing is inborn because no one taught her how to sing but further explained that ultimately, she received the divine vision of singing God’s praises in a covenantal way.

Her words: “I am a Journalist, but major in broadcasting because I studied Mass Communication both at National Diploma (ND) at Adeseun Ogundoyin Campus, Eruwa in 2007 and got my HND from The Polytechnic Ibadan in 2014, but my musical talent was discovered by a veteran broadcaster, Alh Bashorun Gboyega Lawal  he noticed the talent in me.

“I recalled when he called me one day and said to me ‘Iyadunni, aside from being a presenter, I discovered you still have other talents, you can do something else apart your media presentation, and I was like, what can I do, and he gave me a particular topic to sing about which I did, and he remarked that I have some raw talent that need to be polished. That is why I described him as one of my great benefactors”.

Speaking on her new six tracks vinyl titled ‘Sababi Ire’ that will be marketed by Kenny Music the Ibadan born singer cum broadcaster however, said that her adventure in music industry has brought some challenges but are quite surmountable because of good people like Elder Komolafe Olaiya and Alh Ismail Olaniyan who are always there to motivate her.

Acknowledging the support of her husband, Alh Semiu Akintunde, popularly known as Hajj White in her music career, Folakemi said the co-operation and understanding of her hubby contributed greatly to the successful production of her new album and launch of Iyadunni Titilope Foundation (ITF) which was initiated to immortalize the passions and legacies of her late Father Alh. Bashir Titilope.

“My gratitude goes to these elders of FIBAN which include: Mogaji Kola Olootu and Alh. Ismail Olaniyan, Alh Taye Cellular, Aare Olalomi Amole, Alh Kola Akintayo, Alh Wale Lawal, Elder Akinboade Ologbojo, Elder Bade Ojuade, and Elder Bisi Kofo.

“While my special thanks also go to Evang. Ajibola Ogunkeyede, the team leader of Ufitfly, Com. Seun Awodele and the entire members of FIBAN Oyo State Chapter, Mogaji Olajuwon Adelokun, Amb. Romoke Ayinde, Alhaja Serifat Lawal Ede, Alh. Olarewaju Al-Fulany, Prince Hakeem Ajimobi, Alh. Olalekan Hameed (Foalexis)”, said the lady with a comforting voice.

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ENTERTAINMENT: Burna Boy, Wizkid, Angélique Kidjo nominated for 2022 GRAMMYs

Eight African musicians have received nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards which is expected to take place in Los Angeles on Monday, January 31.

The artists include Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tems, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti, Angélique Kidjo, Rocky Dawuni and Black Coffee.

The recording academy on Tuesday announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories for the 64th edition of the awards.

Nigeria’s Afrobeat star Wizkid was nominated in the best global music album with his Made in Lagos(Deluxe). In this category, he competes with Ghanaian Reggae star Rocky Dawuni with his album Voice of Bunbon’ Vol.1.

Also in this category are Beninese singer and songwriter, Angélique Kidjo with her ‘Mother Nature’ album. Angélique Kidjo appears as one of the Recording Academy’s favourite candidates, seeing how often she frequents the Grammy nominations list.

In the same category are Femi Kuti and Made Kuti with ‘Legacy +’

Wizkid has again bagged another nomination in the category of Best Global music performance with his son Essence ft Tems. He competes with Burna Boy who secured a spot in this category for his collaboration with Angelique Kidjo. Femi Kuti’s ‘Pa Pa Pa’ also made it in this category.

Scnsly by Black Coffee also got a nod for best dance album.

Following the announcement of the nominations, artists across genres joined in excitement with their fans on social media.

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ENTERTAINMENT: Will Smith, Serena and Venus Williams at ‘King Richard’ movie premiere

Tennis star Venus Williams didn’t just cry the first time she saw “King Richard,” the new biopic about her family starring Will Smith as her father, she started weeping when she read the script.

“I cried on the script,” Williams said at the movie’s world premiere at the American Film Institute Fest on Sunday night (14 NOVEMBER 2021) in Hollywood.

“I’m like, watery-eyed on these moments. So that was translated already in words. And then the film, just like, watery eyes, and it was the family moments of togetherness and like, the father-daughter moments. Those moments were just like, uhhh, you know.”

Will Smith in action

Smith said he grew to love the Williams sisters’ father Richard during filming.

The film shows how it was his dream and plan to raise Venus and Serena to be tennis stars, and how he paved their own unique path to that destination, including declining to allow them to play in junior tournaments before going pro in an effort to protect their childhoods as long as possible.

Some called him crazy.

“I was like, ‘What’s crazy about that?'” Smith said. “Like, that is exactly how you’re supposed to defend and protect your children. So I loved him from that point, and I’m excited to bring some of the nuances and intricacies of his life, his story and the Williams family in general to the screen.”

Inside the theater before the screening, Smith said it had been “a long road” to bring the film to audiences.

“We got shut down in the middle of the film with COVID,” he said, adding that during the four-month lull, the young actors playing Venus and Serena (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton) grew an inch and a half taller.

“So, you know, this film has been just a pure joy and a pure labor of love,” he said. “The opportunity to honor the Williams family for all of us has been one of those just rare career opportunities.”

“King Richard” opens in U.S. theaters on Friday 19 November. It will also be available on HBO Max.

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FESPACO 2021: One of Africa’s Biggest Film Festival is back!

The African film festival, FESPACO, is back this year after the pandemic, the lockdowns of the past year and a half, and an 8-months delay (the biennial event was originally scheduled for February 27 – March 6, but had to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic). It is back in Ouagadougou amidst the health situation and also the security issues that have surfaced in the Sahel region, and particularly in Burkina Faso, in the past few years.

The Festival Panafricain du cinema et de la television de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, which happens to be the largest African film festival. It is held biennially in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. First established in 1969, and boasting some of Africa’s greatest writers and filmmakers (like Ousmane Sembene), the FESPACO offers a chance for African filmmakers and professionals to showcase their work, exchange ideas, and meet other filmmakers, and sponsors.

This year’s FESPACO started on October 16th and will end on October 23rd. It promises to be great with filmmakers from around the continent coming to Ouagadougou to celebrate African cinema. After over a year of confinement, with life and particularly travel almost coming to a grinding stop, the festival promises to bring some much-needed entertainment and joy.

Golden Stallion of Yennenga
The Golden Stallion of Yennenga

Over 200 films made by Africans and mainly produced in Africa have been selected for the week-long event. The official selection will see 17 feature-length films compete for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

Among them is Burkinabe Boubacar Diallo’s comedy Les Trois Lascars (The Three Lascars), Chadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun with Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the sacred links), Congolese Dieudo Hamadi with documentary En route pour le milliard (On the road for the billion), Ivorian Philippe Lacôte with his much appreciated La nuit des rois (The night of the kings), Senegalese Aissa Maiga with Marcher sur l’eau (Walking on water), Algerian Hassane Mezine with Fanon hier, aujourd’hui (Fanon yesterday, today), Tunisian Leyla Bouziz with Une histoire d’amour et de desir (a story of love and desire), Cameroonian Narcisse Wandji with Bendskins (Moto-taxis), Namibian  Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret with The White Line, Tanzanian Ekwa Msangi with Farewell Amor, …  It will be impossible to list here all that the festival has to offer, but know that it is quite extensive and everybody will have its fill. Enjoy FESPACO 2021!!!


Written by DR.Y

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ENTERTAINMENT: Milestone as Burna Boy hits one billion views on YouTube

Grammy award-winning Nigerian artiste, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy has hit a major milestone on YouTube as reported by PMnewsnigeria.

The superstar singer has crossed the one billion views mark on his YouTube channel, the first Nigerian artiste to do so.

The “Dangote” crooner was able to record one billion views courtesy of a compilation of the views on all his music videos.

YouTube made this known on Burna’s page, which showed a total of 1,006,338,859 views as at the time of filing this report.

His hit song “On The Low” contributed a massive 225M views while “Ye” recorded 159M views.

How others fared:

Davido – 963M
Wizkid – 960M
Tekno – 790M
Tiwa Savage – 318M
Olamide – 311M
Runtown – 306M

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ENTERTAINMENT: Finally, R. Kelly found guilty of sex-trafficking and racketeering charges

R. Kelly on Monday was convicted of leading a decades-long sex crime ring, with a New York jury finding the superstar singer guilty on all nine charges, including racketeering.

After six weeks of disturbing testimony, the jury deliberated just nine hours before finding the incarcerated 54-year-old celebrity, trailed by sex abuse allegations for decades, guilty.

R. Kelly’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2022. He could spend the rest of his life in prison, representing a remarkable downfall for the singer who once stood atop the world of R&B.

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ENTERTAINMENT: The beautiful Congolese rumba seeks UNESCO heritage listing

The unmistakable sound of Congolese rumba. With its rhythmic drumming and elaborate dancing, rumba is arguably Congo’s biggest cultural export.

In the country, an official campaign has been launched to promote the inclusion of rumba, considered a major genre of African music, in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.

Several Congolese artists have welcomed the initiative pioneered by the government in Kinshasa.

The UN’s cultural and educational arm in 2016 recognized Cuban rumba, a close cousin of Congo’s as a cultural heritage of humanity after years of lobbying. Campaigners in Congo hope to achieve similar success.

The launch of the campaign took place during a ceremony presided over by the Congolese Minister of Culture.

Congolese rumba developed in the Congo River basin in the 1940s, inspired by Latin and Caribbean music.

It gained widespread popularity in the 1960s and 70s, developing spinoffs, including a high-tempo version called soukous.



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Popular singer, Lanre Fasasi better known as Sound Sultan, is dead.

The 44 years old ‘Jagbajantis’ crooner, lost it to his battle with cancer of the throat.

The family announced his death on Sunday saying he died after a “hard fought battle with “angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma”, a rare form of cancer.

“He is survived by his wife, three children and his siblings.

“We his family will appreciate the utmost privacy as we come to grips with this tragic loss,” said Dr Kayode Fasasi, on behalf of the family



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Interview: Nikki Spooner, American–Born Nollywood Actress Embraces Yoruba Language & Culture

American Born gospel singer, Nollywood actress Nikki Spooner in an exclusive interview with Adewale Adenrele of African Development Magazine speaks about  her experience , challenges , lifestyle and insight in learning Yoruba , African languages and culture, also how King Sunny Ade has influenced her to become a singer .

Can you tell us about yourself ?

 I am Nikki Spooner, I work as an MCNA (medical certified nursing assistant) I am a mother of two amazing kids and I also sing in Yoruba and act in Nollywood movies.

What motivated your decision to learn a new language and culture?

 I fell in love with Yoruba culture after seeing an official introduction, I thought it was beautiful and decided that I will learn this culture….. the love for the language came in when I heard king sunny Ade singing merciful God and I fell in Love again saying “wow’ I have to learn this language.

Nikki Spooner
Nikki Spooner

How many languages can you speak fluently?

 I can’t speak any language except English but I can sing in 5 different languages.

How do you sing in different languages, explain this?

 Yes, Music is a love language and just like your kids will learn the lyrics to the songs you play in your car, I learn by listening and singing along practice! Practice!! Practice!!! LAUGHS!!!

Why do you choose African Language especially Yoruba language and culture?

It’s beautiful why wouldn’t I choose it.

Language is very essential for any culture to survive. Yoruba is a foreign language in America, how did you learn how to sing in Yoruba? 

I studied by listening……. I played the music and wrote it out how it sounded to me. Then I practiced. It’s so interesting and amazing.

What are the challenges you faced while doing this and how did you overcome them?

 The biggest challenge I faced was those closest to me expecting me to fail, or the people who said I can do it but I can’t ever do it well enough to be accepted. I faced the word of God and stayed focused.

What do you like about African culture?

 Even with Everything America has, it’s amazing to me that all we lack in America is in African culture.

What did your family say when you decide to take up African culture?

  I didn’t ask my family’s permission, I didn’t get opinions or question my own choices. I followed the voice of God and didn’t look back.

You also dress like a typical Yoruba woman, how do you get the clothes and the designers?

 I met so many people who gave me cloth and sewed attire for me. Most designers contact me, especially during shows and events however I use sun-wealth clothing for all my fashion designs.

Do you have American friends who speaks Yoruba language or were you able to teach them the yoruba language ?

 No American friends who speak or want to speak the language.

A Yoruba musical album was launched recently by you, what is the title, where can it be download ?

“O Nbe Sibe” is the title, was launched on May 14th in Ikeja, Lagos and it’s not available for download yet as I am about to do the music video ,then they will release together

Can you sing for me ?

I would love to sing for you. ““O Nbe Sibe” Oluwa n be…. 3ce

 Have you met with Yoruba Monarch? 

 Yes I have, in fact I have been to see many. pure enjoyment.

 King Sunny Ade Album inspires you to learn Yoruba language, can you sing the song?

  I wish I could claim to sing all of them but the only one I know is “Merciful God”

Do you believe in Yoruba tradition, worshiping the deities?

  I am so intrigued and interested in learning the culture and traditions sometimes It may seem like I am a believer, contrary to that I am a firm believer in Christ Jesus. I Love to worship and praise him. I believe that God would want us to learn everything we can learn while we’re here on earth.

What is your relationship with Chief Otunba Gani Adams?

 Oh that question is simple as an amazing man, he is quite the leader and a great teacher of Yoruba culture and traditions. Because of my curiosity and drive to want to learn Yoruba culture I am grateful to have him as not only a Teacher but also a friend.

Nikki Spooner

Are you a spiritual person?

 Yes as a proud member of Redeemed, I love God. I love his daily presence in my life and I trust his judgment.

How long have you been in Nigeria and Africa?

 I have been coming since 2000′ and I have also been to Egypt, DRC, Ivory Coast and Ghana and I love it…..

What can you say about NIGERIA?

I love Nigeria so much, it is my prayer that western worlds be reminded to teach their children where they come from with pride. It is my belief that even with everything America has all that we don’t have Nigeria does have it all.

Do u like to cook, what is your favourite meal both foreign and local?

 I love to cook…..  my favorites are diverse I love (African) Eba and efo rio, (Jamaican) curry Goat with rice, (Haitian) rice and beans with Goat and sauce (American) steak and corn on the Cobb with mashed potatoes (Italian) stuffed sausage manicotti

Eba (Cassava grains) and Efo riro (vegetables) is one of your favourite, can you teach how to prepare it?

Yes I can ……… in fact we should be filming this, when we do it….. Hope you will take me on a video to prepare it for Nigerians to eat.

How would you promote culture and tourism?

 I promote it with the best form of advertisement “Word of mouth” I tell everyone about my positive experiences and I involve myself in all culture festivals and events involving culture.

Have you attended Nigeria festivals, what can you say about it?

I love them! I am always excited when I know festivals are coming….

How many tourist site have you visited in Nigeria and Africa?

I have been to a few places but never have time to actually be a tourist. I am always busy…. I really want to tour …Laughs …anyone wanna take me……….???

Do you wish to tour Nigeria with African Development Magazine to take you around?

I haven’t toured any sites but I have seen some with my eyes and a promise to go back……… wow …..if African Development Magazine wanted to take me around Nigeria as a tourist,  I will be so honored and overwhelmed with joy!

What’s your secret?

 I am in Love with GOD.

What do you value the most?

My relationship with God, and my relationship with my kids.

How is your relationship with your father and did he ever support you even when you decide to go African?

My father died when I was 14 years old.

 Who influenced you the most in life and why?

 My greatest influence in life is my Sister Denise and my Best friend Kiki and King Sunny Ade.

Is there something you stopped doing, even though you love it?

 Everything in life has an expiration date, life is too short not to try it and move on to the next big thing.

What is the hardest lesson you had to learn in life?

That you cannot pocket God, he’s a big God. Yes He is.

What would you do tomorrow if you would become president today?

 I would find a way to make sure everyone had an opportunity to travel and experience another country.

What is your most amazing memory?

 The day my kids were born and the day I performed live on stage with my Yoruba idol King Sunny Ade.

Can you Mention a few of the Nollywood films that you have featured in?

 Baba lawo lamerica ,Oyin ni ,Village idiot 2, Twins, Kowe, Osun….Just to name a few of them……….

Who are your favorite nollywood actors?

I love so many actors and actress and they are all blessed with many different faces it would be hard to choose between so much raw talent.

 Are you single or married and do u wish to marry an African man?

This is a two part questions and the only way I can answer this is to say I am in love with an African man.

What is your relationship with Alh Wasiu Alabi Pasuma?

Pasuma and I were friends and we first met in America and then I was on set of his music video and then present at the same shows, then finally seeing him again in Nigeria after a long time. I am a fan and a friend. I look forward to working with him on a collabo effort.

What advice would you give your younger self?

  “Life to the fullest, meet everyone you can and don’t ever look down on the people who look up to you.

Who are those that have supported your dream so far?

 A sovereign God, My sister Denise, my children Fabian and Olivia ,my best friend Quianna, Redeemed Church of Christ  Pastor Oni and his amazing wife. Nollywood and King Sunny Ade, My PA Joyce , Famed Music producer Mr. Julius Olagoroye (Julieking), Manager Seyi Allen, Mr. Moses Adeyemi and family, as well as Mr Jimoh and everyone who worked with me.  Chief .Dr. Otunba Gani Adams, Oba Onimole & House of Assembly’s  Hon .Babatunde Brimoh especially as cultural icons . I thank you for all you have taught me and I look forward to the promotions of Yoruba culture. So many people to thank these are just a few………


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