‘‘ This is an age of protest, the people’s only weapon against the authorities and Nigerian youths are wielding it across every sphere’’

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Protesters at the End Sars demonstration [Credit: Twitter/alfaruqstories]

Protests are the densest form of communication and at times, it is all the people have to try to reshape a nation.

In 2019, Hong Kong had a series of protests lasting months that at times saw over 800,000 protesters marching across the city.

At some point, the protests in certain areas turned dangerous as demonstrators attempted to hold hostage university campuses and public properties.

While the police fought to regain control of these situations, the ‘‘wo, lei, fei,’’ — name for protesters who stick to “peaceful, rational, non-violent” means of resistance and demonstration — continued their protests. …


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Burna Boy performing on stage at a concert [Burna Boy]

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, legendary Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo won the Grammy Award in the ‘Best World Music Category’ for her 2019 album, ‘Celia’ ahead of Nigeria’s Burna Boy. This was her fourth Grammy win overall.

The night before the awards, Burna Boy was in the top 5 trending topics on Nigerian Twitter as fans confidently voiced out their support and tweeted well-wishes ahead of the big night, there was little pre-event anxiety, this had been written in the stars.

While on the night of the awards, the entire nation and perhaps the continent kept vigil ready to celebrate the ‘African Giant.’


There is never a good time to die, but a loss amid a global pandemic and protests deprives of the heftiness of the grief…

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Majek Fashek on stage [Guardian]

It’s all happening in the world right now. Chaos reigns on the evening news. Even though the ominous cloud continues to lurk over us, the worst seems to have been seen of COVID 19 with declining numbers only a reminder of its trail. The killing of George Floyd in the U.S has sparked global protests, with banners screaming boldly; ‘we can’t breathe.’

Back home, there is an outrage, women are angry and this time, the chants of war at rape and rapists are loud and impossible to ignore.

But in the late hours of Monday, June 1, 2020, there was a distinct type of grief as news emerged that the legendary Reggae singer Majek Fashek had passed away. …


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Blaise [Blaise]

I may be getting on in age but I don’t recall if there has ever been a time when our collective ability to stay indoors became a matter of life or death. But here we are.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world may have disrupted the way we live our lives but it also inspired new ways of making sense of it.

With the internet as our virtual isolation center, we dived into TikTok and embraced IG Live. …


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Davido and Burna Boy [Fortune]

For someone who calls himself an African Giant and claims that the battle he is fighting for is not limited to him, but about respect for the African artist, his every step since ascending the throne seems to be that of constant disrespect for his contemporaries and trying to make anyone other than himself, less.

Society is a pod of class — upper, middle, and lower class — and with that comes distinctions and judgments. …


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M.I Abaga [Guardian]

Words by: Ehis Ohunyon and Femi Olape

It would be an understatement to say that hip-hop in Nigeria is rungs off its rightful place amongst other mainstream music genres, you may be quick to state that it has never been the top dog but it is undeniable that it has always tagged along in major waves and extended golden moments, usually encouraging an intoxicating optimism among listeners.

Don’t get this wrong, there has never been a shortage of talented rappers doing their thing, but in the last 10 years, the art form has stagnated, slouching and struggling to gain traction even within the so-called ‘Hip-hop heads’ who have more or less appointed themselves as the de facto authority on any and everything rap related. …


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2Baba ‘Warriors’ cover art [Official2baba]

2Baba is a legend. No matter how many times I repeat those words during this piece, two things are certain, it will never be overstated and I would also not be wrong.

And he is a legend not just because he has spent a little over 20years in the game, but since the pop evolution of the late 90s till its present form, he is the one constant name who was there at the very beginning, central to the success and acceptance, and has maintained relevance.

He has had to reinvent himself over and again. In an industry so ruthless in how it spits out the old for the new, 2Baba has somehow stayed prolific for such a long time, an act that is incredible and should never be understated. …


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Burna Boy performing on stage at a concert [Burna Boy]

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, legendary Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo won the Grammy Award in the ‘Best World Music Category’ for her 2019 album, ‘Celia’ ahead of Nigeria’s Burna Boy [African Giant] and three other nominees, Altin Gün [Gece], Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley [What Heat], and Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet [Fanm D’Ayiti]. This was her fourth Grammy win overall.

24 hours before the awards, Burna Boy was in the top 5 trending topics on Nigerian Twitter as fans confidently voiced out their support and tweeted well-wishes ahead of the big night. …


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Davido’s ‘A Good Time’ artcover [Davido/Columbia]

‘A Good Time.’ And with those three words which serve as the title of his second studio album, Davido asserts the present state of not just his career but the year he is having. 2019 has seen him sell out the O2 Arena, feature heavily on the US Charts and global conversations, successful radio tours and performances, and a personal level, getting engaged to his long-time girlfriend and the birth of his son.

Before the arrival of the long-awaited album, Davido and his team were already calling it a win. From the album cover where friends and family who have been part of his journey were made the centerpiece to the heavy collaborations and buzz-building singles like ‘Risky’ with Popcaan and ‘Blow My Mind’ featuring Chris Brown, it would have been hard to debate. …


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Peruzzi’s Huncho Vibez cover [Peruzzi]

2018 was a huge year for Peruzzi, the artist who had been hanging around the industry corners actively for at least half a decade eventually got his breakthrough when he was introduced as the latest addition to Davido’s DMW ensemble with bangers like ‘Mind’ and ‘Aje.’

He then went on to deliver a madness on 2face’s ‘Amaka’ and like the fourth leg runner in a relay race with the baton in his hand, Peruzzi never looked back even though the finish line was nowhere in sight.

His career has however not followed the ‘perfect’ trajectory that the early signs suggested, a lackluster EP and a bucket load of controversies from the little drama of what label he was actually signed on, to his not-so-smart outburst following Teni’s ‘Best New Artist’ award at the Soundcity MVP Awards early in the year, and then being trolled for slapping an online influencer, who he later apologized to. …

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Ehis Ohunyon

Writer(Sports and Entertainment), Manchester United. Music lover. I believe you can speak things into existence...

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