DJ Arafat, a singer from Cote d’Ivoire with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI has said.
“Death of artist DJ Arafat … today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,” the broadcaster tweeted on Monday.
According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car.
Critically injured, the singer, 33, was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.
“We are all in shock,” Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorien producer and specialist in hip-hop told AFP news agency.
“He was a real singer and a drummer … he gave a new breath of life to coupe-decale.”
Later on Monday, around 1,000 fans gathered in front of the hospital in Abidjan’s Cocody suburb where the singer died, weeping and chanting “Arafat cannot die”.
Born in Abidjan in 1986, the artist, whose real name is Ange Didier Huon, had a massive audience in French-speaking western and central African countries.
He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” – a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.
DJ Arafat’s fame expanded to Europe and the United States, thanks in part to sports stars who made some of the genre’s dance steps popular.
He Arafat was named “Best Artist of the Year” at the Ivorien “Coupe-decale” Awards in 2016 and 2017.
He was born in the music world. His mother was a well-known singer and his father a prominent sound engineer, according to a music manager. He started as a DJ in Yopougon, one of Abidjan’s night-life districts.
“He had a natural charisma,” said Ozone, a hip hop producer and television host. “He will remain a force for Ivorian and African music.”
Ivorien Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences and said a tribute would be held to honour the musician, reports Reuters.
Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to first place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ collapses
“Ford v Ferrari” left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney’s historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America.
Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” debuted ahead of expectations, thanks to strong word-of-mouth from moviegoers, reports Variety.com.
However, those ticket sales weren’t enough to offset disappointing starts from fellow high-profile newcomers, “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Good Liar,” pushing the domestic box office down over 6% from last year, according to Comscore.
Sony’s action comedy “Charlie’s Angels” sputtered out of the gate with an uninspiring $8.6 million, landing in third place behind Lionsgate’s war drama “Midway” ($8.75 million) and just ahead of Paramount’s family film “Playing With Fire” ($8.5 million). Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ thriller “The Good Liar” barely cracked the top 10, collecting just $5.6 million from 2,439 theaters.
“Ford v Ferrari” enticed a mostly older male crowd: Men accounted for 62% of ticket buyers, while nearly 80% were over the age of 25. Audiences awarded the film with a rare A+ CinemaScore, a sign that the racing drama should have a long life in theaters. Produced by Chernin Entertainment, the movie carries a $100 million price tag and will need a boost from international moviegoers to turn a profit. “Ford v Ferrari” launched with $21 million at the foreign box office this weekend, lifting its global tally to $52.4 million.
“Ford v Ferrari” tells the true story of the automotive team at Ford, led by designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver Ken Miles (Bale), as they build a race car attempting to beat the legendary Ferrari in the prestigious Le Mans race.
“Charlie’s Angels” arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million) and will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget.
Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed “Charlie’s Angels” — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series.
The newest chapter sees the Angels going global to halt the spread of a dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of the many Bosleys, while Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo joined the cast.
“The Good Liar” bowed in eighth place, failing to be much of a draw among its core audience.
Over 60% of moviegoers were above 50 years old, a demographic that doesn’t routinely turn up in force on opening weekend.
But mediocre reviews, along with a B CinemaScore, doesn’t bode well for its future in multiplexes.
Directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian Mckellen as a con artist who targets a wealthy widow (Hellen Mirren), “The Good Liar” is the latest literary adaptation from Warner Bros. that hasn’t been able to fill seats in theaters.
In recent weeks, “The Goldfinch,” “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Doctor Sleep” were all major misfires. “Doctor Sleep” suffered a massive 57% decline in its second weekend, pulling in $6.1 million for a domestic total of $25 million.
It’s not all bad news on the Warner Bros. lot. This weekend, “Joker” officially became the first R-rated movie in history to gross over $1 billion at the global box office. All the more impressive, it’s only the third movie ever to reach that milestone without a release in China, one of the world’s biggest moviegoing markets.
At the specialty box office, A24’s “Waves” kicked off with $144,562 from four venues in New York and Los Angeles, equating to a strong $36,140 per location. Trey Edward Shults wrote and directed the acclaimed drama about a South Florida family coming together in the face of tragedy. The studio will continue to slowly roll out the film nationwide into the holiday season.
Impart Artists Fair: Showcasing African art on global scale
Securing gallery representation could seem an arduous task for artists. While it is possible to do it alone, it is hard to understate the importance of a supportive, dedicated gallery. LASMARA has come to bridge the gap and much more with Impart Artists Fair.
The maiden edition which took place at Alpha One, Eko Atlantic, Lagos, spans the entire art circle with an elaborate ceremony.
The décor, sight and sounds during the opening at Eko Atlantic make everyone feel deeply with art, and the pool of artists from around Africa comprising Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Sudan, and Ghana among many other African countries proved that art traverses globally.
“We want to really put African art on a global scale; we have to use the tools we have as Africans. Also, to be part of the global picture, the tool we have now is technology,” the founder of LASMARA, Hana Omilani, said.
She added: “What we plan is to go to different cities in Africa. We will be going to another city shortly, but we need to secure some of the logistics.
“The plan is to go to more cities in Africa, if we do it once a year it is not enough, some artists came even though the application has closed months ago, many came physically with their works. It is important we do it in Africa, Nigeria first, we can go somewhere else after telling our story first from here.”
Tagged ‘Art meets Tech’, the show indeed boasts of the latest technology. Many who could not be at the fair physically enjoyed live streaming from the fair ground. The fair has many interesting activities: workshop sessions, among others.
“We want people to see and experience art the way they have never done before; in a more relaxed atmosphere,” the enthusiastic Omilani who is from Eretria, East Africa, and married to a Yoruba, said.
She reiterated that with Impart Artists Fair, they want to play a positive and catalytic role in advancing the dynamism of the arts and culture scene in Africa through a series of engaging and technology-enabled programmes and events across Africa and beyond.
“We want to help artists who do not have an online presence to get on board, bring them out of the wood, assist them, make sure that the contract is in their best interest and that is what the fair is all about.
“And create a platform for democratising art across Africa by making art available to everyone and providing emerging artists with much needed exposure to local and international markets. If a gallery wants to sign an artist, that is fine.
“All they need do is to talk to us. We have more than hundreds. It is not just the galleries; it is also for institutions and museums.”
For the participating artists it was a dream come through. The works in the fair show painstaking efforts put in the realisation of the project, both in terms of selection. Haneefah Adam, a Nigerian self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who specialised in food art, proved her expertise with mind-blowing works. The artist explores issues related to identity, culture, and representation in the society. Her works include: Ewa Agoyin (medium, fried plantain, beans, red pepper, ugwu stalk, leaf), Abula.
Works by a Nigerian artist, painter, writer and photographer, Uche Edochie, were also on display at the fair.
His themes, characterised by the dominant human forms, emphasised the importance of personal conviction, capability and responsibility in reimagining and redesigning reality in an increasingly uncertain world. His pieces, ‘Adana/Pride of Blackness’, Acrylic on canvas; ‘Chaos and Calm’, Acrylic on canvas; and ‘Money, Power and Paranoia’, adore the wall of the fair venue.
From Sudan comes Omar Kamal. The artist who grew up in El-Gezira State in Sudan is fascinated by the local markets that took place every Friday, only having access to a pencil, he started sketching and his art journey began. Today, Kamal paints with acrylics, and he still finds the scenes of the market fascinating. His works in the fair dwell on culture and surroundings.
Also from Sudan is Hussein Mirghani. The artist came prepared. He believes representation art is the foundation of other art forms, and paints every day scenes in and around Sudan. He finds that watercolor paints best represent these scenes because it closely resembles how the human eye and mind sees the world.
Fitsum Berhe, born and raised in Addis Ababa and later Asmara, is an Eritrean artist living and working in Nairobi Kenya. He explores the authentic African portrait in this post-colonial, digitalised, interconnected and globalised era in Africa. His works include ‘Questioning Identity 1’, ‘Questioning Identity 3’, among others.
Imomoh Asemokha’s works are predominantly in the painting and print media where he uses colours to communicate several metaphorical allusions. His broad spectrum oeuvre spans across a number of thematic range which seems to be borne from a certain creative restiveness.
His is a path rooted purely and guarded by intuition, a path where he seems to constantly reinvent the self.
Other artists whose works were on display include: Joseph Obanubi, Ibe Ananaba, Ato Arinze, Barak Eleziolu, Kobina Nyarko, Mark Noina, Chukz Okonkwo, Rafat Omar, Abdelmgeid Afifi, Romeo Temwa, Victor Asowata, and Azuka Nnabuogor.
Busola Dakolo vows to appeal as court dismisses rape suit
Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, has said she will appeal the ruling of Justice Oathman Musa of a High Court of the FCT at Bwari, Abuja which dismissed her rape suit against the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Ruling on Thursday, Justice Musa had said the matter amounted to injustice and an abuse of judicial process as the case was empty and purely sentimental, adding that the suit was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice. The court also awarded costs of N1 million against Busola while noting that the fine should have been 10 times higher because the court’s time was wasted.
However, in a statement by her lawyers, Mrs Dakolo, wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, said she would appeal to a higher court.
“The court ruled that the matter is statute-barred because the events that crystallised to the cause of action took place 16 years ago and that the claimant Mrs. Busola Dakolo has only six years within which to seek redress in court in line with the statute of limitation,” the statement said.
“We are mindful of the decision as delivered by the court, presided over by the Hon. Justice A.O Musa. We are equally observant of the fact that the Court omitted to address the cause of action, the subject matter of the suit in determining whether it has jurisdiction to entertain the said matter.
“While we acknowledge the time of the court, we know in accordance with the Nigerian judicial system that the Court’s decision is not final as it is glaringly contestable.
“For all intent and purposes, having seen several sponsored misleading news reports in the media, we are duty-bound to state that the court has not and did not exonerate Biodun Fatoyinbo. As it stands, the substance of the matter has not received any judicial attention.
“Biodun Fatoyinbo through his lawyers have only argued that the court should not allow the matter to proceed to trial because it is an event that occurred long ago and hence out of time.
“We shall therefore in this circumstance approach a superior court to intervene for a better appreciation, and take a more expansive view of the suit considering that the subject matter is one that is novel in our clime,” the statement reads.
The ruling came after Fatoyinbo filed an objection and an affidavit at the court and demanded N50 million as damages, saying that Busola’s statements were false and concocted to embarrass, scandalise, and ridicule him.
He argued that from the inception, she sought the attention of the media and press, and brought the civil action even while police investigation was ongoing.
Busola had in an interview in June accused Fatoyinbo of raping her while she was a teenager in Ilorin, Kwara State. Following outrage on social media and protests over the allegation, Fatoyinbo took a break from the pulpit but returned later.
AKA demands apology from Burna Boy ahead of show in South Africa
South African rapper, AKA, wants Burna Boy to apologise to him before he visits South Africa for his forthcoming grand performance.
This is another indication that the lingering rift between the duo is yet to wane.
The South African rapper took to his Twitter page on Wednesday, where he posted a series of tweets. He demanded that Burna Boy apologises for the statement he made a few months ago during the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“Ek se …@burnaboy all we want is an apology. We know is not perfect. But we took you in as our own before you reached these levels. You say you are an AFRICAN GIANT, prove it. Leadership. I am willing to swallow my pride and put an end to this division. @burnaboy Are you?” he tweeted.
It didn’t end there as AKA went on to respond to a tweet from a follower who tweeted about Burna Boy attacking AKA.
“He’s so petty! @burnaboy go still knack am something!”, the follower tweeted. Then AKA replied with a tweet that should give Burna Boy a reason to re-evaluate his trip to South Africa.
“This is not a joke. Mina, I still want to go perform in Lagos and make it back safely to my family. Don’t you want the same for him?” he tweeted.
D’Banj, ex-manager, Bankulli in messy fight
Nigerian producer, artiste manager, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bankulli, visited Pulse Nigeria for an hour-long chat about his career, his come-up, his career as a manager and connector.
Bankulli is known to have worked with Beyonce and Jay Z. He has writing credits on Watch The Throne, Jay Z’s collaboration with buddy, Kanye West. He also wrote and performed on Beyonce’s album, The Lion King: The Gift. About a year ago, his recording of Kanye West dancing to ‘Immediately’ by Mystro went viral on social media.
During his visit to Pulse, Bankulli narrated how D’Banj met Kanye West at an airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Then, he was D’Banj’s manager. But when Pulse posted that cut of Bankulli’s narration on Instagram, D’Banj responded. D’Banj in his response said Bankulli was economical with the truth.
But Bankulli has fired back at D’Banj. He also blasted the Nigerian singer. First, he responded to D’Banj’s comment on Pulse Nigeria’s Instagram page. He writes, “Hmmm… I was thinking what truth you are looking for at this stage of your life. Keep your energy for your career and loved ones as you shall find the truth and the truth shall set you free. Be safe son.”
Then a few hours later, Bankulli blasted D’Banj on his Instagram page @Bankulli. His words read: “Doing Drugs will not help you but worsen your case ( I heard about White powder ) a shining prospect and you use your bad character to bloat all away. Hmmm… It is never too late to go and seek truthfully the forgiveness and truth you seek …look inward, change your lifestyle, stop lying to yourself that all is well but go back to the source so that all can be well with you. You have done so much evil to many people that we both know and today I speak for them all. Cc @iambangalee ( Dbanj Aka The Kokomaster alias kokomycine… *Drops mic*”
You may recall that, in June 2016, Bankulli made an appearance on Loose Talk Podcast and discussed working with Jay Z, Kanye West, Seyi Sodimu and D’Banj. During the episode, he gave further details of how D’Banj met Kanye West with no difference.
Living in Bondage: Breaking Free sets records with N25m in first weekend
In the recent ranking released by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), Living in Bondage: Breaking Free has emerged top of the country’s box office after raking in over N25 million in its first weekend.
The newly-released Nollywood movie starring Ramsey Nouah, Kennth Okonkwo, Kanayo. O. Kanayo, Nancy Isime, among others, is ahead of Terminator: Dark Fate in terms of earnings as the 2019 American science fiction action film raked in N12.6 million.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil grossed N8.2 million to rank third on the chart while Gemini Man and Joker secured N2.4 million and N2.1 million respectively to round up the top five.
The ranking means Living in Bondage: Breaking Free has set a new record for biggest opening weekend. The record was hitherto held by The Bling Lagosian which ammased N23.4 million to become the biggest opening for a Nollywood film earlier in 2019.
It is also the highest opening for a non-comedy film, a record formerly held by Kemi Adetiba’s 2018 hit movie, King of Boys.
“We are already breaking records and rewriting history – Highest opening weekend Nollywood for 2019. – Highest opening for a non-comedy film. – Highest single day for a Nollywood Film in 2019. – Highest public holiday total for a Nollywood film in 2019. Thank you Africa,” producers of the movie wrote in reaction to the feat.
It listed its records in a Twitter post as: “Highest opening weekend Nollywood for 2019.
– Highest opening for a non-comedy film.
– Highest single day for a Nollywood Film in 2019.
– Highest public holiday total for a Nollywood film in 2019.
Nathaniel Bassey, Tope Alabi, others prep as ‘Unusual Praise’ features Entrepreneurship Scheme
The 2019 edition of the annual mega gospel event, Praise Unusual, will be held at The Periwinkle Estate, Freedom Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. The mega outdoor praise session is themed, ‘Declare The Glory Of The Lord Among Nations’. The event which is targeted at Nigerians across all tribes and faiths, will be held at 5pm on Friday, November 29, 2019. Some of the gospel singers expected to grace the show and share the session with congregants are: Nathaniel Bassey, Panam Percy Paul, Chioma Jesus, Tope Alabi, Big Bolaji and BJ Sax among notable other great performers.
The star-studded event is staged by The Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki Phase One, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1004, Victoria Island and The Catholic Church of Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi.
The organisers of the show have upped this year’s outing with an empowerment scheme to lift men and women battling with austere times by introducing a more rewarding entrepreneurship programme alongside the mega praise session. They therefore seek partnership from
The Unusual Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship Programme, Lagos Foremost Church-based Entrepreneurship Programme, is set to empower 250 ‘smart’ men and women members of the church from the entire Archdiocese of Lagos. These entrepreneurs will be awarded with prizes ranging from N50,000 to N1,000,000 per person. Apart from the money, they will also be provided with mentorship, business training and other critical support they require to succeed long term.
Launched in 2018, the vision of the Unusual Entrepreneur is to be the pre-eminent faith-based entrepreneurship programme in Nigeria that unlocks the obstacles Nigerian entrepreneurs face as they grow their start-ups by equipping them with the necessary skills, support, training, mentorship and funding to build strong and sustainable businesses, which will scale over time.
This year, The Unusual Entrepreneurship Programme has entered into a strategic partnership with Ecobank Nigeria to provide all banking support and funding to the selected entrepreneurs in the 2019 cohort. Announcing the partnership in Lagos, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, Chairman of the Unusual Entrepreneur, said that, to be eligible for the programme, applicants must meet the following criteria;
Business must be a Nigerian or legal resident in Nigeria (Lagos), business must be for-profit, applicants must be willing to attend all training and mentoring exercises organised by the programme and all applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Oritsefemi, others storm DJ Neptune’s Lagos gig
Imohiosen Patrick, better known as DJ Neptune, has ended this year in a grand style with his concert, Sounds of Neptune, held last Saturday at Muri Okuntola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos.
For the concert, which attracted big names such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Oritsefemi, Jimmy Jatt, Neptune gave a good account of himself despite being his first major concert.
Speaking with journalists after the show, the popular DJ admitted that it wasn’t easy to set up the show as he wanted to give people a different experience. He said: “Being my first concert, a lot went into it in terms putting things together. I was so happy with the outcome and the venue was full. There has been pressure to do this over the years but I like to take my time when I am doing things because I want to get things right. Even for my album, ‘Greatness,’ I didn’t heed to pressure; I dropped it when I felt it was necessary and everyone saw the outcome. I believe in doing things at the right time.”
Neptune said he deliberately shunned popular Lagos concert venues such as Eko Hotel & Suites and Federal Palace because he wanted people to have an undiluted experience. He added: “I saw Muri Okunola Park as the right venue for fun. I had the option of using the Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, but I still settled for the outside ambience. We should not always think that an enclosed environment is the only place people can have fun. Everyone who came out to support me had fun. There was a lot to eat and drink, and there were amazing performances too.”
Admitting that there were fears he nursed before the event, he said it was normal for humans. He said: “No doubt, there were concerns till the day of the show. I was afraid of the weather too because I knew rain could make things hard for me. People were worried for me but I put everything in God’s hands and it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. I thank all artistes who came out for me – Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, Jimmy Jatt, Skibbi, Oriste Femi, Slimcase, Reekado Banks, Pepenazi, Broda Shaggi and a host of others. I have been there for many of them; so, I guess it was time for them to pay me back.
“For four weeks, I have not slept well. I was literally sleeping with my laptop beside me. I would wake up in the middle of the night exchanging emails, doing researches for my show. Sounds of Neptune is here to stay and it will be an annual event. I will take it outside Lagos next year and we could also do London next year too. There will also be campus tours, pool parties and houses parties.”
Africa’s first teen channel for December 1 launch
Never before has this been done and in the history of broadcasting in Africa, the first indigenous television channel for Teenagers in Africa launches on December 1st in Lagos.
“Teen Africa TV is a new and exciting niche television channel poised to be the FIRST platform for Teenagers in the African Broadcast Space, running for 24 hours daily across African countries and targeting first line audiences of pre-teens, teenagers aged 13 to 19 and second base young adults and the family. Our programming has the best of original content in genres of talk shows, lifestyle, educational, entertainment and events.
“We are creating the biggest content library and resource for teenagers across Africa and we have the best of ORIGINAL content on the channel. TATV will also be online and our projections in the next two years is to launch in the United Kingdom on the B SKY B Bouquet, giving the Diaspora African Teens a taste of the pulsating values and creativity of the African Youth Experience. There’s nothing like this and we are building the biggest visual ecosystem of teens and young adults in Africa,” its founder/CEO, Charles Novia, stated.
On December 1st 2019, in a spectacular ceremony which has been tagged ‘The Biggest Teen Party in Africa’, TATV will have its official launch which will be attended by teens from across the country at the Balmoral Events Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. The event will be transmitted live on terrestrial and satellite television and also streamed live online and already has teenagers excited at the thought of their own indigenous channel coming out soon.
Afterwards, the station will be on DSTV and Gotv and also online streaming platforms and is seen as the next big revolution in Nigeria’s media history.
Fans hail Teni, Frank Edoho for new ‘Billionaire’ video
Fans have continued to praise singer Teni Akpata and veteran television host, Frank Edoho for the newly released video for ‘Billionaire’.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video, which was released on Thursday, quickly garnered positive response as fans described the concept as nostalgic.
Starring cameos from comedian, Broda Shaggi, ‘Billionaire’ video is a parody of defunct hit television show, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’.
Appearing as ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire’ in the video, Edoho returned to host, reining in his legendary hosting skills and the suspense he earned the limelight with.
In the video, Teni sits as a contestant, playing to win one billion while her song plays in the background.
Set in the 90s, the TG Omori-directed flick also featured actress, Tina Mba and a host of extras who played Teni’s support club and cheering as she won.
Since the video’s premiere, fans have taken to social media to commend the return of Edoho to host as parody of his hit show as well as Broda Shaggi’s hilarious take on the winning question.
@Ugbedeojo wrote: “Teni’s ‘Billionaire’ video is so nice. I love the part where Frank Edoho hosted ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire.”
@HeroNation tweeted: “The video is my video of the year. Thank you for this song. Great video concept and thanks for bringing back the good old days memories of Frank Edoho.”
@Omotola said: “Mad concept. Broda Shaggi was crazy as usual and thanks for bringing back the boss, Frank Edoho. The best always remains the best.”
@Zinnivibes wrote: “The concept is mad. Using one of our best all time television shows as the setting required a lot of creativity. Nice one.”
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