Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has added another achievement in her career as her novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' has been voted the best book of the Women's Prize for Fiction. The author in a statement thanked the prize for the award, saying "I'm especially moved to be voted Winner of Winners because this is the prize that first brought a wide readership to my work - and has also introduced me to the work of many talented writers." "Our aim has always been to promote and celebrate the classics of tomorrow today and to build a library of exceptional, diverse, outstanding international fiction written by women," she said.
A criminal complaint has on Monday been filed before a Chief Magistrate's court in Abuja against 50 persons including Nigerian singers Innocent Idibia known as Tuface, Damini Ogulu 'Burna Boy', David Adeleke 'Davido', ex-football legend, Kanu Nwankwo for their alleged involvement in the #EndSARS protest which took place in October across the country. The complainant, Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist alleged that during the riot, valuables were destroyed, saying active promoters of the protest be brought to justice.
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson American actress and singer tied the knot with her fiancé Colin Jost over the weekend in an intimate ceremony in Palisades, New York after dating for two years. The happy couple who got engaged in May 2019 wedded in a low-key ceremony with their immediate family and loved ones following Covid-19 safety precautions. The good news was shared on the Instagram page of meals on wheels, a US-based charity for elderly people, when it posted a picture of the Staten Island Ferry with aluminum cans tied to the black.
Nigeria's Burna Boy and Rising star, Rema have been nominated for the 2020 MTV EMA awards for the 'Best African Act' category, celebrating the 27th edition of the EMAs on November 8th, 2020. Burna Boy who won the same category in 2019 thanked his fans and appreciated the network for the recognition, saying " A big thank you to my MTV family for nominating me again for this award and to my fans all over the world for listening to and supporting my music." Other African musicians nominated in the same category include Uganda's Sheebah, Gaz Mawete from DR Congo, and South Africa's Kabza de Small, Master KG, and DJ Maphorisa. Speaking on the nominations, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa, Monde Twala said, "The 2020 MTV EMAs is one of the biggest entertainment stages in the world and this year's African nominees are undoubtedly making their presence felt globallly. This affirms our commitment to ensuring that we continue to celebrate our diverse talent on international platforms. Congratulations to all our African nominees on this achievement."
Nigerian Artists Davido, and Burna Boy among other African musicians have been nominated for the 7th edition of the Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA) which will be a virtual ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. AFRIMMA music award ceremony celebrates African artists and talents across the world, promoting African culture. This year's ceremony themed "Destination Africa" has deserving nominees which include Diamond Platnumz, Aya Nakamura, Soraia Ramos, Master KG, Oxlade, J Derobie, and Zeynab among others.
The second runner-up in the just concluded Big Brother Naija show (lockdown Edition), Rebecca Hampson, popularly referred to as Nengi, has disclosed why she did not sleep with any man during the reality show. The former Diva queen who is a native of Bayelsa state while speaking with media personality, Hero Daniel, said she deliberately decided not to share her bed with any man right from the beginning of the competition.
The Federal Government has appointed Nollywood actress and producer, Stephanie Okereke- Linus as the National Organized Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) Ambassador. The actress made this known via her Instagram page, saying “Good Morning Amazonians and Warlords, I have been appointed as National OPS-WASH Ambassador by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources. She promised to challenge Nigerians to make good hygiene changes as well as inspire citizen participation.