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Five Iconic female African DJ’s5 minutes read

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You know the saying, “What a man can do, a Woman can do better?” It’s definitely becoming a reality in the world of disc jockeying as these women have ventured into a field which is popularly known to be for guys and are giving the men a run. Meet these great women.

DJ Zinhle

Ntombezinhle Jiyane is a South African DJ, producer, media personality, and business woman, who is better known by her stage name DJ Zinhle. DJ Zinhle started her career around 2004. Initially, she wanted to be a TV presenter and never had any aspirations of being a DJ, until her brother’s passion for mixing vinyl’s rubbed off on her and her love and passion for being a DJ grew. She got her first break as a resident DJ on a youth dance show called Jika Majika that aired on SABC 1.

She worked with South African music icon Boom Shaka on the album I Put It In, which featured other notable artists like Dr Malinga, Khanyi Mbau, Mphoza, and many more. She headlined the Sisters with Soul concert along with Amanda Black. Zinhle also headlined the Zimfest 2019 live concert held in Zimbabwe. Her 2019 hit song “Umlilo” gained 5.1 million streams in just three months, and reached Multi-platinum status in South Africa and it was also voted as 2019’s Song of The Year. DJ Zinhle was chosen as the headline act for the inaugural Red Bull Music Experience in Cape Town.

DJ Cuppy

Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola professionally known as Cuppy, is a Nigerian disc jockey and producer. She is the daughter of billionaire Nigerian businessman Femi Otedola. She grew up in Lagos and moved to London at the age of 13. Cuppy described her sound as “Neo-Afrobeats”, which is a fusion of Electro house and Afrobeats. In January 2015, Cuppy was featured on the cover of the Guardian Life magazine. The cover celebrated a new generation of African women. In March 2015, Cuppy was named the official DJ for the 2015 Oil Barons Charity in Dubai, and became the first African act to perform at the event. She was featured in the 2015 April/May issue of Forbes Woman Africa. In 2020, Cuppy was inducted into the Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 class. On May 28, 2020, she became the host of ‘Africa Now Radio’ on Apple Music Beats 1.

DJ Nyce

DJ Nyce is a graduate of Methodist University, Ghana. She is a music engineer and audience manager. Nyce has won for her self several awards and nominees such as; Ghana-AFRIMMA NOMINEE 2017, and Best Dj Africa.
A fast rising DJ in Ghana, she managed to beat reputable names to scoop the Female DJ of the Year award at the 2015 Ghana DJ Awards, adding to her major accomplishments. The dark-skinned beauty with flawless skills on the turntables is one of the common attractions in one of Ghana’s top clubs – Paparellis Pub.

DJ Switch

Obianuju Catherine Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch, is a Nigerian DJ, songwriter and musician who emerged as the winner of the first edition of The Glo X Factor in 2013 at the age of 29. She is the last of eight children, from Udi in Enugu State, a Geology graduate from University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State and now a professional DJ.

DJ Switch first earned attention when her group, Da Pulse, emerged as the winner of the 2009 edition of reality music competition, Star Quest. They further went on to release a hit song titled, So Tey, and featured American rapper, Busta Rhymes in the remix. Her career fully kicked off after she emerged the winner of the maiden and only edition of the Glo X-Factor in 2013. She was signed into a record deal with Sony Music as part of the prizes for the emergence, as the winner of the glo X factor been endorsed by Peter Okoye’s P-Classic Records. She recently hosted one of the Bbnaija 2020 lockdown season Saturday house parties which is considered one of the most fun parties for the season.

DJ Roxxi

Deshnie Govender better known as DJ Roxxi, is a South African DJ, who is one of few Indian female club DJs in South Africa. Heralded as the first and only Indian female club DJ in South Africa, Roxxi was soon asked to appear at many events and shows. In 2007, Roxxi was selected as the only female DJ on board the AXE Jet Experience to Ibiza with top SA celebrities. This gave Roxxi the opportunity to travel to Ibiza and perform with top South African 5FM DJ’s.
Its safe to say the woman are heading towards been better than the men if not already.

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I Know What It Means To Be In Pain And To Lose A Loved One – D’banj

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Nigerian Afrobeats star D’banj says he can relate to one being in pain, and when one loses a loved one, hence, he can relate to what Nigerians are going through at the moment in his words, “I know what it means to be in pain, , to lose a child and a loved one,so I know the pain my brothers and sisters are going through and my heart is heavy

“I pray God grants us the healing and restoration we so deeply need in our country and that our lights can once again shine
As a Nigerian youth,I try my best to never give up especially when it seems the hardest, so I urge you to do the same”
Dbanj who is very much instrumental to boosting the popularity of the Nigerian music industry globally says he stands with the Nigerian youth and for the cause which they are fighting for. Considering joining the protest, Dbanj asks for the location of the protest in Abuja.

“I stand in solidarity with the Nigerian youth. I stand for restructuring of the Nation system
On that note,we move, we never give up,till we get to the top of the world!
ABUJA ;pls where is the location for the ?? #ReformtheNation #EndSars”

Mon June 25, 2018 Dbanj lost his only son in a drowning incident, according to local media. His late sonDaniel Oyebanjo III, who had only just turned one in May of that year- 2018, reportedly died in a swimming pool at the singer’s Lagos home.

It’s evident that Dbanj still feels the loss of his son, because till now D’banj has not made a single comment addressing the death directly, he only posted a black background on his Instagram page with the caption: “Trying times but my God is Always and Forever Faithful.”

D’banj, who was 38 years old then, was not in the country when the incident occurred. He was in Los Angeles for the BET Awards, but had to hurriedly fly back to Nigeria to be with his wife, Lineo Kilgrow.
Two months after the incident, the artiste dedicated a song to his wife.

In August, 2019 during an interview in London , D’banj said that he never thought he would ever lose a child and that the sad incident really broke him. During this same interview, the Nigerian superstar singer thanked everyone that supported him and his wife throughout the trying time.

He said, “First, I want to thank everyone out there who has supported us, but the truth is in everything we do we need to give thanks to God and more importantly, I believe there is God that granted me the grace and mercy over my family and my wife to be able to be here today. It’s not something you wish for your worst enemy. To lose a child is not something you think about, and I have never thought about it before.”

He also revealed that he only attended therapy once with his wife but stopped going after it “brought up a lot. “If I told you I thought about it, unlike other things you asked me and I told you I am focused and I go in, this was one that broke me. It was just that it just took the grace of God and a bit of therapy. I think I went for therapy once and I said this no be my style because it was bringing out so many things.”

It was then D’banj announced that he was expecting another son, when asked about how he coped with the difficulty of losing a child. “I am going to be a father in a few months after praying for restoration after the sad incident. And we are expecting a boy,” the singer had revealed.

In September 19, 2019, Lineo Didi Kilgrow gave birth to a bouncing baby boy in United States of America. News of the birth triggered excitement on social media as report of the baby’s arrival filtered online.

The singer, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, was one of the frontrunners of the new wave of Nigeria’s popular music style, Afrobeats, and had a global hit in 2012 with his infectious hit “Oliver Twist.”

The award-winning video featured a cameo from Kanye West and has been viewed 53 million times on YouTube.

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“There are More Stories Of Nigerian Police Attacking People, Than Them Protecting People” – Simi Kosoko

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Following the ongoing #ENDSARS protests happening in Nigeria, singer and songwriter Simi Kosoko has taken to her Twitter to rant about the failed system of governance in Nigeria. From talking about how Nigeria is perceived and even the generalisation of Africa by the Westerners, to bribery and corruption and even the impunity , Simi has refused to be silent.

“When you think about Nigeria, you get mad. So much potential for growth. I hate it when ignorant people think of Africa and believe we’re all malnourished children that need saving from the West or that we’re all like Tarzan. But the ball is in our court. Always has been”

The Duduke crooner talks of the older generation always demanding respects but have done absolutely nothing to making sure that they earn the respect they so much desire, and what’s worse ? They do not have respect for the lives of Nigerians.
They wanna die on “call me uncle” and “am I your mate”. You’ve not earned our respect though. It’s not enough that you’re old(er). You don’t respect us and our lives. So ditto.”

Speaking specifically to those in power, Simi has advised those that were elected to power by the people, to leave if they see that they are incapable of doing their jobs appropriately. In her words,
”You begged people to vote for u and then you looked away. Anything you accept for the Nigerian people should be something you would also accept for yourself and your children. That’s what a true leader is. And if you cannot do the job, get the fuck! #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria

The Impunity is disgusting. People will continue to do whatever you let them get away with. Even if these damn leaders don’t have conscience, don’t they have sense? Rubbish! #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria

Every year new budget. Billions allocated to things that never get done!

Health? Zero
Education? Zero
Electricity? Zero

Only wickedness will make u see ur people suffering like this and u can still sleep at night. If u cannot do the job, GET THE FUCK!

Budget money for the same road 20 times. Doctors doing surgery in Govt hospitals with phone torchlight. Many SS3 students in public schools can’t even speak one correct sentence in English. Cos u can do check up in London? Cos ur children are schooling in New York? U’re wicked!”

Speaking on bribery and corruption, Simi highlights some sectors where it is almost impossible for them to render their services without receiving something in return.
“Nigerians are so used to suffering now that they think it’s normal. If you don’t have money to “give someone” to get what you actually deserve, there’s almost no chance for progress. Bribe is not even bribe, it’s just survival.
To get treatment in hospital, oga bring somtin
You enter airport, madam bring somtin
To get out of jail for a crime you didn’t commit, brother bring somtin
To get admission you already earned when you passed the damn exam, sister bring somtin
A disgrace! #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria”

Everyday innocent people are dying. The disregard and lack of value for human life is astounding. You won’t even acknowledge them? Because u don’t know them? Because the tears of their mothers and fathers don’t matter to u? U’re wicked. History and posterity will judge u harshly!

To think that there are tons and tons more stories of the Nigerian Police attacking people than there are of them actually protecting people. God save us. #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera” She says 

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Reekado Banks Unfollows Wizkid On Instagram

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Nigerian singer, Reekado Banks has unfollowed Wizkid on Instagram. This happened shortly after Wizkid called him out for promoting a song in the midst of all that is going on in Nigeria.

Wizkid blasted the former Mavin signee- Reekado Banks, for trying to release a song they did together and promote the song during the EndSars protest.
Reekado Banks took to his Twitter to announce his new single he titled ‘Omo Ologo’ which featured Wizkid . He announced that the song would be out earlier that day, Wizkid seemed not to be having it, as he warned Reekado Banks to delete his Tweet.

Reekado Banks used the hashtag of the EndSars protest to promote his tweet and Wizkid was swift to call Reekado a fool and a clout chasing animal, who wants to use the #ENDSARS Protests to gain clout.

Wizkid later deleted his tweet, but Reekado seems to have drawn a battle line as he unfollowed Wizkid Ayo Balogun.

Wizkid was forced to move the release date of his fourth studio album “Made In Lagos” because of the unrest going on in Nigeria. Wizkid revealed that his album, ‘Made In Lagos’ which was set to be released on October 15, 2020, has now been postponed.
The music star gave out this information about his album on Twitter, after a fan asked him if he will still going to drop the album on the 15th of October, and he replied, “Not yet !! Mad times!!”

The “Mad times” Wizkid mentioned in his tweet apparently refers to the #EndSARS protests currently going on in Nigeria. He was also a part of the protest in London, where fans said he calmed an increasingly unsettled crowd in front of the British council.

Wizkid has been a strong voice in the ongoing #ENDSARS protest, so much that, Wiz’s first son, Tife, shared a powerful photo and video of Wizkid at the protest, with a caption explaining how proud he was of his father’s actions.

The post reads: “Go Daddy, That’s my Daddy. My Papa, My Hero. So proud of you and all that you do Dad. Steady setting the pace so high and being an inspiration to me and everyone all around the world. We appreciate you and all that you do in public and especially in private. I pray that God keeps guiding and blessing you with the wisdom to be and do even more great things. Love you forever Dad.”

Wizkid also recently said in a conversation with Kojo Ebron, that this fight is for his kids and generations to come, highlighting some of the hiccups in Nigeria; he said, “Nigeria do not have 24-7 electricity, and those who cannot afford generators, have to stay in darkness… I have people back home working for me everyday, imagine I’m in London or America and my producers are calling me that they have just been stopped by the police, just because they don’t believe they work for me…. we’ve been silent enough, because of this fear that they have instilled in us”

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