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Ivorian Arthur Cissé and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng were the two stand out African performers at the coronavirus-conscious ISTAF athletics meet in Berlin on Sunday.

Only 3,500 spectators were allowed into Berlin’s cavernous Olympiastadion with numbers severely restricted due to shielding and hygiene measures designed to restrict the risk of infection. Normally 45,000 fans would attend the world’s oldest track and field meeting.

Originally built by Werner March for the 1936 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics, the record attendance was thought to be over 100,000. Today the stadium is part of the Olympiapark Berlin.

Since renovations in 2004, the Olympiastadion has a permanent capacity of 74,475 seats and is the largest stadium in Germany.

Ivorian sprinter Arthur Cissé was first in the men’s 100m, finishing with a season’s best 10.10 secs. Deniz Almaz of Germany came second in 10.25 secs while Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs finished third in 10.26 secs.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands won the women’s race in 11.26 secs ahead of reigning African champion Marie-Josée Ta Lou. The 31-year old clocked 11.38 secs to place second while Krista Awuah of Germany placed third in 11.44 secs.

In the 3,000 m Steeplechase World Champion and world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and fellow-Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng were ahead early in the race. Chepkoech was in the lead, however when they entered the home straight Kiyeng burst past her to win with a world lead of 9:06.14.

Beatrice Chepkoech crossed the line in 9:10.07. Marusa Mismas of Slovenia ran a national record of 9:20.68 for third place.

“Due to the coronavirus I was stuck in Kenya and kept training. This was my first competition this year and I am grateful for this. If there are opportunities for other races I will compete,” said Hyvin Kiyeng, who was the World Champion in 2015.

The Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) is an annual track and field athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. It was first held in July 1921 at the Deutsches Stadion, which was replaced from 1937 by the Olympiastadion.

Since 2006 ISTAF has been sponsored by DKB and officially known as the DKB-ISTAF and from 2010, has been part of the IAAF World Challenge, the second tier of global one day athletics events.


Nine Die In South Africa’s Limpopo Road Accidents



Nine people have died in two separate road accidents in the city of Limpopo, South Africa on Sunday morning.

It was gathered that the one of the incidents occurred around 5:30am when two BMW sedans collided head-on on the D19 road outside Seshego in Limpopo.

Provincial transport and community safety spokesperson, Mike Maringa, said the driver of one the sedans was trying to overtake when collided with the oncoming vehicle.

Six people were confirmed dead on the scene while a seventh died in hospital. Three others were admitted to Seshego hospital with serious injuries.

The road is currently closed for traffic and motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

Meanwhile, a policeman who was hit by a car on the N1 North before Allandale Road has died.

The officer succumbed to his injuries, despite efforts from Emer-G-Med services at the scene.

It is not yet clear what events led to the officer being hit by the car.

In the second incident, two people were killed in a crash in Maphalle in the Mopani district.

The driver of a VW Golf lost control and rear- ended a bakkie, Maringa said.

The man was certified dead on the scene and the driver of the bakkie died later in hospital.

Four others were rushed to hospital.

“Preliminary investigations revealed reckless driving as the possible cause of the accident.”

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Darey releases new single ‘Jojo’

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Darey in advance of the release of his new EP titled ‘Way Home’ scheduled for October, has released another single ‘Jojo’. The single which already seems like a hit single was released September 18. The single ‘Jojo’ which features the reggae dancehall artist Patoranking is the second single from the upcoming EP. It was released immediately following ‘Jah Guide Me’ which the artiste released in August.

Darey took to his social media page to announce the release of the new song which is quickly becoming a sensation not only in Nigeria but in Africa and UK. Seems like ‘Jojo’ will be a banger as the promising single came with a dance step which Darey was seen showing radio presenter, Walepowpowpow of maxfm in an interview session on the wetindey show which the presenter co anchors.

The newly released track has already shot it’s way to #1 on the Nigerian Singles Charts and the Top 20 UK iTunes Chart. It has definitely announced the comeback of the artiste since his last musical work in 2015.
Although, Darey is popularly known for his hits such as ‘Not the Girl’ and ‘Pray For Me’, the silky-baritone singer is redefining his taste through a groundbreaking genre that he terms Afro&B. Looks like ‘Jojo’ promises to relive the party spirit with its high-energy percussion, compelling vocals, and pulsating beats.

Shot entirely in Lagos, Nigeria, the music video is pristine and tells a story of a world post-lockdown, a reality which humanity longs for. Apart from the iconic city shots,
electrifying dance moves, sweet vibes, and colourful outfits, the video features an all-female biker crew.

Darey, is a Nigerian multi-platinum Afro&B singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He is also the son of the legendary African Jazz Musician and entertainer Art Alade and the creative director of Livespot360. Darey has performed at high-profile shows in many cities across the World including Nairobi, Johannesburg, Abuja, Lagos and other major African cities, including a special concert with R&B legend R. Kelly in South Africa and the This Day Peace Concert Tour in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, which had 50 Cent and Ciara as headliners. On request of the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, he was invited to perform at the presidential villa in an exclusive dinner to commemorate the Country’s 50th independence Anniversary. At the event, which was broadcast live to over 200 million viewers across the world, he performed a medley of 50 songs with his 15-piece band, “Soul band” to a room filled with several African presidents and past world leaders.

He was the main host of both the Gulder Ultimate Search and Glo Naija Sings reality shows in 2011 and in February 2013, put together alongside his Soul Muzik team one of the biggest shows Nigeria has ever seen, Darey Presents: Love Like A Movie in February 2013 which had the red carpet hosted by Kim Kardashian as well as the highly successful release of the music video, “Asiko” featuring Jozi and Ice Prince.
While Patoranking features on ‘Jojo’, fans can expect a collaboration with Teni when the EP is finally released.

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FilmOne and Walt Disney studios have a deal

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FilmOne Entertainment, a Lagos-based independent theatrical distributor, has signed an exclusive theatrical distribution agreement with the Walt Disney Company Africa. It’s the first of it’s kind. The agreement will gave FilmOne the exclusive right to distribute Disney films in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.

Under the new deal, FilmOne will distribute titles from all of the Walt Disney Studios divisions, which include Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures and Blue Sky Pictures.

The deal came at a time when fans have been starved of theatrical releases of Disney films due to Covid-19 which led to a shutdown of cinemas. Cinemas were badly hit by the pandemic, they recorded an N8 billion revenue loss. But as restrictions have been eased and cinemas in Lagos have reopened, cinemas goers can anticipate the release of Disney films such as ‘Mulan’, ‘The New Mutants’, ‘The King’s Man’, ‘Death on the Nile’, ‘Black Widow’, ‘Soul’, ‘Free Guy’, and ‘The Last Duel and Eternals’.

The agreement, which took place effective from September 1, indicated the growing interest in the African film market, particularly Nollywood which is reputed as the number one film industry in the continent. Walt Disney Company Africa is one of such international companies that are committed to forming partnerships in the West African region.
Directors of FimOne, Kene Okwuosa, Moses Babatope and Craig Shurn jointly said in a statement;

“We are proud to be Disney’s film distribution partner for West Africa and see this as the beginning of an exciting new chapter for both companies in the region. Our expertise and knowledge of the market, coupled with the unrivalled quality of Disney’s titles, will drive box-office growth for many years to come,”

The Walt Disney Studios is an American film and entertainment studio, and one of the four business segments of The Walt Disney Company. Based in Burbank, California, the studio is best known for its multi-faceted film divisions. Founded in 1923, it is the fourth-oldest and one of the “Big Five” major film studios.Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributes and markets the films produced by these studios. In 2019, Disney posted an industry record of $13.2 billion at the global box office. The studio has released six of the top ten highest grossing films of all time worldwide, and the two highest-grossing film franchises of all time. The Walt Disney Studios is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

The Senior Vice-President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, Christine Service, added that: “With their in-depth knowledge of the region and expertise in bringing theatrical releases to fans, we are thrilled to welcome FilmOne as our distribution partner for this territory.”

With this new deal, FilmOne is taking its place as the foremost independent distributor of theatrical content in anglophone West Africa and largest distributor of premium Nigerian cinematic films in the world. Their partnership with Disney Africa adds to a list of high-profile relationships with industry leaders such as Warner Brothers, Netflix, Empire Entertainment (South Africa) and Huahua (China).

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