Medikal has responded to opinions shared by Yvonne Nelson over Nana Addo’s long silence on the EndSARS protest.
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, said President Muhammadu Buhari has begun the processes that will lead to police reforms, as he calls for calm and dialogue to resolve the issues surrounding reported cases of chaos related to the #EndSARS protests.
Akufo-Addo disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday evening, which comes a day after peaceful protesters were allegedly shot at by the Nigerian military at the Lekki toll gate holdout.
He added that the use of violence by security agents is not a solution and expresses his condolences.
“Violence, be it on the part of the police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he added.
Akufo-Addo joined other global leaders like former US Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who also called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the Nigerian Army to stop the killing of young protesters in the country.
However, before the Ghanaian President spoke about the EndSARS brutality in Nigeria, Yvonne Nelson among other social media users criticized him for keeping mute on the matter.
Medikal sees her comment from another angle.
“Our president must show leadership on this matter else he becomes complicit in the senseless killing of innocent and defenseless protesters @NAkufoAddo 🇳🇬💔”
Responding to a tweet of a fan that Yvonne Nelson shared to justify why she thinks the Ghanaian president must speak on the issue, Medikal said: “The Ghanaian president ein silence on social media no de mean say he is doing nothing behind closed doors.”
Quoting the actress’ tweet with his reply, he added that “How many times wonna President address the nation during COVID/ lockdown period in Ghana ? Severally ! don’t blame Nana for Buhari’s incompetence !”.
His since tweet since went viral, gathering close to 2000 retweets with hundreds of fans who either agreed or disagreed with him.
See his post below plus some replies.
“When Donald trump had covid 19, Nana Addo tweeted to wish him speedy recovery
We all saw it, so why can’t he come out this time?”
“No one is blaming nana.. we’re just asking that he intervenes in this situation… he was quick to condemn George Floyd’s issue .. he can do same here too!!!!”
“He was quick to Condemn the killing of George Floyd on social media so he should do same for our sister country Nigeria 🇳🇬”
Law Student, Maryam Umar, Wins BBC Hausa Story Writing Competition
Maryam Umar, a 20-year-old student law student in Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria, has emerged the winner of the BBC Hausa women’s short story writing competition for 2020.
Umar, a student at the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, won the competition with her story entitled: ‘Rai da Cuta’ – meaning ‘Life and Sickness’ in the English Language.
Umar’s ‘Rai da Cuta’ tells the story of Azima whose husband returns from a trip exhibiting all the symptoms of the (COVID-19). Although his wife is heavily pregnant, he refuses to isolate himself and remains in denial of the virus.
Azima locks him up in a room but soon finds out she has already contracted the virus from her husband. This eventually leads to the loss of her baby and a long battle for her life.
Umar, who expressed happiness for emerging the winner said, “I have always loved books as a little girl. I would hide to read books.
“Growing up, I would assemble my friends and tell them about a book I read, but in truth it was always a story that I made up in my head.
“I have always been someone who loves to solve problems. I enjoy finding solutions in innovative ways.
“Then I found the internet – the easiest way to deliver my message. That’s how I began to write.”
Surayya Yahaya, a 25-year-old indigene of Kano State, emerged the first runner up in the competition with a book, titled “Numfashin Siyasata,” (My Political Life).
The book tells the story of a young woman, who goes into active politics to save the people of her village from underdevelopment but she is turned down by the same people she was keen on saving because she was a woman.
Her determination to represent her people leads to the death of her parents and she almost loses her own life.
Yahaya, who expressed joy for emerging first runners in the competition, said since her father died, she had not been able further her education beyond secondary school.
She stated that she would like to further her education if she could get support from well-meaning Nigerians or corporate organisations.
Rufaida Ibrahim, a 25-year-old student of the Federal College of Education, Kano State, came third with a story titled, “Farar Kafa” which literally means “The Wife Who Brings Bad Luck”.
Her book tells the story of Ramatu, who is considered ‘the bringer of bad luck’ after her husband experiences losses shortly after their marriage.
His business crumbles due to poor financial decisions just as his small shop is destroyed by fire.
He divorces Ramatu because he believes she is the cause of his bad luck.
Her second husband dies just a week after their wedding and this causes more trouble for her.
Marina Forsythe, the BBC World Service Group Communications Publicist, explained that the contest which began five years ago was introduced to give female writers a platform to tell and share their stories.
She quoted the Editor of BBC Hausa Service, Aliyu Tanko as saying: “I’m thrilled that this year’s awards were won by very young writers which show how our primary targets have embraced this competition.
“Many writers have been empowered by these awards over the past five years which is a testimony to how we value our young female audiences.”
Bilkisu Funtua, the Lead Judge, said: “To me all the writers are winners.
“We see a sharp change in the themes and writing styles from what is typically seen in Hausa women’s writing. But Maryam Umar’s ‘Rai da Cuta’ is outstanding.
“This writer was able to incorporate wit and humour in what could have easily been the saddest story.
“She brought to the fore front the nonchalance of our people toward the coronavirus pandemic in a unique style.”
Also speaking, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Head of BBC West Africa said the organisation was pleased to support the competition.
According to Ogunseye, it is important to provide female Hausa writers with the platform to tell their stories.
“This year’s winner highlights a story that everyone can relate to in these unprecedented times.”
BBC Hausa is part of the BBC World Service that offers a breadth of multimedia content which reaches 24 million people across the world on a weekly basis.
It broadcasts to Hausa-speaking audiences, providing radio, online, and TV content in West Africa as well as to diaspora audiences.
14th Headies Nominations: Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid Compete For “Artiste Of The Year”
Nigeria’s most reputable and regarded music award show, The Headies, has released this year’s nominee’s list.
The headies is aimed at rewarding excellence in the Nigerian music and creative industry. Its 14th edition reviewed songs from July 2019 to September 2020.
This year, we see Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mayorkun, and Tiwa Savage contending for one of the highly sought after awards, “Artist of the Year”.
See the full list of nominees:
Artiste of the year
Song Of The Year
1.Fem – Davido
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
3.Joro – Wizkid
4.Mafo – Naira Marley
5.Duduke – Simi
Album Of The Year
1.African Giant – Burna Boy
2.Apollo – Fireboy Dml
3.Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
4.Yellow – Brymo
5.Boo Of The Booless – Chike
Best Rap Album
1.God’s Engineering – Aq
2.Illy Chapo X – Illbliss
3.Ypszn2 – Psycho Yp
4.Cult! – Paybac Iboro
5.The Erigma Ii – Erigga
Producer Of The Year
1.Pheelz – ‘Billionaire’ By Teni
2.Spax – ‘Away’ By Oxlade
3.Kel P – ‘Pull Up’ By Burna Boy
4.Sarz – ‘Mad’ By Sarz & Wurld
Best R&B Album
1.Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps – Fireboy Dml
2.I Like Girls With Trobul – Sarz & Wurld
3.King – Praiz
4.Boo Of The Booless – Chike
5.Celia – Tiwa Savage
Best Alternative Album
1.Yellow – Brymo
2.Lucid – Asa
3.The Light – Bez
4.Pioneers – Drb Lasgidi
5.Roots – The Cavemen
Best Pop Album
1.Apollo – Fireboy Dml
2.African Giant – Burna Boy
3.A Good Time – Davido
4.Woman Of Steel – Yemi Alade
5.Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
Best ‘Alternative’ Song
1.Corner – Lady Donly Feat. Vanjess & The Cavemen
2.I Wonder – Moelogo
3.Bitter – Deena Ade
4.Anita – The Cavemen
5.Money Devotion – Gbasky
6.God Save The Queen – Olu
Best Street-Hop Artiste
1.Naira Marley & Young John – Mafo
2.Mayorkun – Geng
3.Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Naira Marley – Instagram
4.Rudeboy – Audio Money
5.Ivd & Zlatan – Bolanle
6.Olamide – Pawon
Best Vocal Performance (Female)
1.Simi – No Longer Beneficial
2.Lindsey Abudei – One On The Outside
3.Niniola – Addicted
4.J-Dess – Chi Efo
5.Yemi Alade – Lai Lai
6.Imanse – Ajala
Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Wurld – Ghost Town
2.Chike – Forgive
3.Praiz – Under The Sky
4.Cohbams – Plenti
5.Nonso Amadi – What Makes You Sure
6.Johnny Drille – Count On You
Best Music Video
1. Eli – Fireboy By Clarence Peters
2.1 Milli – Davido By Director K
3.Smile – Wizkid By Meji Alabi
4.Billionaire – Teni By Tg Omori
5.Shekere – Yemi Alade By Ovie Etseyatse
Best R&B Single
1.Under The Sky – Praiz
2.Duduke – Simi
3.Mad – Sarz & Wurld
4.Bad Influence – Omah Lay
5.Tattoo – Fireboy Dml
6.Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage
Best Rap Single
1.Ogb4ig – Reminisce
2.Shut Up – Blaqbonez
3.Country – Illbliss
4.Get The Info – Phyno, Falz & Phenom
5.Bop Daddy – Falz Feat. Ms. Banks
Songwriter Of The Year
1.Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (Simi – Duduke)
2.Adedamola Adefolahan (Fireboy Dml Dml – Dreamer)
3.Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy – Way Too Big)
4.Stanley Omah Didia (Omah Lay – Bad Influence)
5.Sadiq Onifade (Wurld – Ghost Town)
6.Adekunle Kosoko (1 Milli)
Lyricist On The Roll
1. Aq – Eunice
2. Blaqbonez – Define Rap 2
3. Mi Abaga – Trinity
4. Illbliss – Country
5. Phenom – Get The Info
6. Phyno – Speak Life
1.Know You – Ladipoe Feat. Simi
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
3.Sweet In The Middle – Davido Feat. Naira Marley, Zlatan & Wurld
4.Don’t Call Me Back – Joeboy Feat. Mayorkun
5.Totori – Id Cabasa Feat. Wizkid & Olamide
6.Get The Info – Phyno Ft Phenom, Falz
Best Recording Of The Year
Ozymandias – Brymo
Smile – Wizkid Feat. Her
Wonderful – Burna Boy
Dreamer – Fireboy Dml
Ghost Town – Wurld
1. Victor Ad
2. Fireboy Dml
Best Pop Single
1.Billionaire – Teni
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi.
3.Lady – Rema
4.Fem – Davido
5.Joro – Wizkid
6.Skeletun – Tekno
Rookie Of The Year
5.Bad Boy Timz
Headies’ Viewer’s Choice
African Artiste Recognition
Hall Of Fame
King Sunny Ade
Skeletun – Tekno
Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ Makes Guardian UK’s Best Albums of 2020 List
Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid’s highly celebrated album “Made In Lagos” has been listed among The Guardian UK‘s Top 50 Best Albums of 2020, making it the only African album on the list.
According to the publication, the list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics – each critic votes for their top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing, and those points tallied to create this order.
The 14-track album not only envelops listeners in the unique sounds, live instrumentation and vibes of Lagos but celebrates Wizkid’s love and appreciation for where he comes from and his inspirational journey with standout tracks such as “Blessed” and “Reckless.”
The project includes features from an incredible group of chart-topping artistes – Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Starboy Entertainment’s youngest signee Terri.
“Nigerian pop continued to establish itself more firmly on the international stage in 2020 with successful albums by Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Tems and more. The best of them all was this lilting, versatile record by Wizkid,” the Guardian said in its article.
“Guest stars from across the Black Atlantic – Skepta and Ella Mai from the UK, HER from the US, Damian Marley and Projexx from Jamaica – create the sense of a diasporic dialogue, where reggae, dancehall, rap and Afro-swing seamlessly and sensually intertwine.”
Within one week of release, Made In Lagos broke several African streaming records. It became the first African album to debut on the Spotify Global Album chart, and within the top ten at that. The album surpassed 100 million streams across five platforms nine days after release, a huge milestone for an Afrobeats artist.
It debuted at no. 15 on the UK Albums Chart with over 4,100 album-equivalent units and no. 80 on the US Billboard 200 with over 10,000 album-equivalent units. “Ginger” became the only charting single off the album in the first week of release, peaking at no. 67 on the UK Singles Chart.
Congratulations are in order for Wizkid, as he recently won BET Soul Train Awards for the second time. Honouring artistes across 12 categories, the 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” recognised Summer Walker (Album of the Year), Megan Thee Stallion (Rhythm & Beats Award), Brandy (Soul Train Certified), Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn & Wizkid (Video of the Year), Snoh Aalegra (Best New Artist) and Kirk Franklin (Best Gospel/Inspirational Award) for their special contributions to the genre.
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