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From Suicidal Thoughts to Grammy Nomination; Story of a Nigerian-American Hip Hop Star

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Her very first music project, “No Squares” was released in April 2019. Ever since, Chika has been a Power Project herself. She gained greater reputation when she appeared in the movie starring Jamie Foxx and also wrote its theme song.

An overwhelming reaction when she discovered she’s been nominated for the Grammy Awards was a big statement of time and the things that have happened to the hugely talented rapper.

Born to Nigerian-American parents in 1997, Jane Chika Oranika, of Igbo descent, one of Nigeria’s foremost tribes, is one of America’s finest hip hop talents. She has walked paths that were never taken by her contemporaries; one of which was her open confrontation of Kanye West’s support for Donald Trump. Her freestyle using Kanye West’s ’Jesus Walks’ beats gave her massive attention, with stars like Erykah Badu, Jada Pinkett and others hailing her courage.

Chika’s 2019 singles, ‘High Rises’ and ‘Can’t Explain It’ are titles that perfectly describe the current time. Her high rising career almost has no explanation but the work has never stopped on her part.

She has used her music to fight against body shaming, as she once had suicidal thoughts over the lack of acceptance she suffered. Chika has also said in the past that she has never for once felt African-American.

On March 11 2020, she released ‘Industry Games’, her second EP to let out her feelings on what she has faced in the American music industry.

She was also featured on Jojo’s Sabotage which reached #18 on Billboard’s 100 and was also invited for the XXL’s 2020 Freshman Class.

Chika is highly rated in the United States as her fame keeps soaring. Earlier this year, her song ‘Crown’ was listed on Barack Obama’s 2020 Summer Playlist.

Chika, through her social media handles also supported #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and spoke against Police brutality in Africa’s biggest nation.

Her affiliation with Nigeria has never been hidden and she always calls herself one. She wears her roots with honour. Her favourite rapper is American hip-hop artiste of Nigerian descent, Wale Folarin.

In a 2019 interview with Kerby Jean-Raymond of Teen Vogue, Chika said;

“I’m Igbo. We’re all about our money. But it’s really just the energy that we bring to things. We’re a very family-oriented people.”

Battles Against Depression & Body-shaming

Chika hardly spares her thoughts on what she feels about body-shaming and what the society thinks of it.

With criticisms of movie roles by Eddie Murphy and other highly respected American legends, Chika says they played a part in the promotion of body shaming.

In various social media posts, she revealed how she rose through depression with music, a few friends, family members and her pet- a dog.

Her blossoming career has been tipped for even greater things and her Grammy nomination is the beginning she deserves.

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Tacha Reacts to Internet Trolls Following Bandele’s Death

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Reality TV star, Tacha has called out Big brother Nigeria fans who refuse to realise that the reality show is just a game, and would wish death on others for supporting their favourite housemate.

Yet these same people, mourned Digital Strategist, Ayodele Bandele who recently died after suffering years of depression.

According to Tacha, being unkind drives people to depression. While expressing displeasure, she also urged people on social media to be kind with words when dealing with strangers online because they do not know people’s battles.

Recently, a young Nigerian man in Lagos identified as Dele, who was declared missing on Tuesday, January 12, was found dead after battling depression for 7years.

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A New Disney+ Yvonne Orji Autobiography Comedy Series Looms

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The autobiography comedy series titled ‘First Gen’ will be co-produced by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey.
The Nigerian-American, Yvonne Orji revealed that she has begun developing an autobiography comedy series for Disney+ which will span about 30 minutes.

The series titled ‘First Gen’ will take us through Yvonne Orji’s experiences as a Nigerian immigrant growing up in America.

According to Deadly report, ‘First Gen’ co-produced by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, will explore culture clash as detailed by the HBO ‘Insecure’ star. “As a child, she’s caught between trying to honour her parents and culture while simultaneously trying to assimilate to American life”, the report reads.

Emmy-nominated “Insecure” co-star Yvonne Orji confirmed this in a post on her Instagram page.

“The trailer I shot in 2015 for this family sitcom I desperately wanted to create, is what helped me get an audition for @insecurehbo. FIVE YEARS LATER (after being told “NO” SEV. ER. AL. Times), my Lil engine that could, finally has a home with the @disneyplus family. Thank you @davidoyelowo for believing in the dream FROM JUMP, and Lady @oprah for coming on board as our Fairy Godmother”.
“I’ve been very vocal about my desire to highlight stories from the Continent, and I’m grateful to have this opportunity to do so”.
Orji’s latest Disney+ deal comes in the wake of her successful HBO ‘Momma, I Made It!’ comedy show which also details the actress’s Nigerian and American upbringing.

This is the second collaboration between Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and Winfrey’s Harpo Films. The two companies recently produced Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut, The Water Man, in which Oyelowo also stars. The film premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, Oyelowo headlined Ava DuVernay’s feature Selma, which Winfrey produced and co-starred in.

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D’Banj Announces New Album ‘Ikebe’

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Nigeria’s popular musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo a.k.a D’Banj, says 2021 will be marked in grand style as he plans to launch his new album “Ikebe” before the end of the first quarter.

D’Banj made this known in Abuja, during a listening brunch of the album, which also had other tracks like “Banga” and “Antidote”.

“Ikebe”, which literally means buttock, was produced by Nigeria’s talented producer Rexxie.

D’Banj said he delivered the melodious number to create awareness on the need for the male gender to thread carefully this year, as heard on the track, after a turbulent 2020 ended with testimony of him welcoming his second child.

According to the artiste, the track says “oh Lord, help me, I no wan sin. I tell my body say you go die for this “Ikebe”.

“So much has happened in my life in a short time, which appeared to be long; so this album and others like ‘banga’ and ‘antidote’ is about my personal life and I needed to express myself.

“I want to use the track ‘Ikebe’ to make a statement and preach what I stand for, which is respecting women and their rights, after my wife and I welcomed our second child and first baby girl.

“I needed to use them to relaunch myself into the music world and I was inspired by three things.

“Going through life in the last three years, it has been full of God’s blessings because he restored me after the death of my son.

“People ask me how I deal with pain of the loss and what was going through my mind and these tracks tell exactly how I dealt with it,” D’Banj said.

He expressed appreciation to his family and friends, who stood by him in time of grief, noting that God restored their lives through their prayers and messages.

The music icon also hailed his songwriters especially the one based in Loss Angeles, U.S, who inspired another track “Antidote”.

He said love was the antidote that helped him and his wife to overcome the death of their son.

The music producer, Rexxie, said the songs would get people dancing and can make one feel happy and reflect on past issues.

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