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TIME Magazine Name Davido, Feminist Coalition Trio, Flutterwave CEO among World’s Most Influential People

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American weekly news magazine and news website, Time Magazine, has named Nigerian contemporary artiste, David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, as one of the next 100 most influential people in the world for 2021.

Davido in his reaction wrote on his social media platforms: ‘Proud to be included in the inaugural #TIME100Next list”.

According to TIME Magazine, TIME100 Next list is an expansion of their flagship, TIME100 franchise, that highlights 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.

The FEM singer was selected in the Phenoms category alongside stars like Amanda Gorman, Charli D’Amelio, Rege-Jean Page, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nyjah Huston, Sydney McLaughlin, Brit Bennett, Olivia Rodrigo, Steve Kornacki, Doja Cat, Luka Doncic, Trevor Lawrence, Abby Phillip, Janja Garnbret, Izkia Siches Pasten, Koyoharu Gotouge.

Each person on the TIME100Next list had a tribute written by someone in their field. For Davido, Nigerian rapper and winner of the Big Brother Naija Lockdown Edition, Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe, known professionally as Laycon, wrote the tribute.

Nigerians on the list are founders of the Feminist Coalition – Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi; a member of the group, Feyikemi “FK” Abudu; and Flutterwave’s co-founder and CEO, Olugbenga Agboola.

Odufunwa, Eweniyi and Abudu were spotlighted by Time Magazine for their role in the #ENDSARS protest which rocked Nigeria in 2020.

When protests calling for an end to police brutality and the disbandment of Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted across the country in fall 2020, Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi, founders of the Feminist Coalition, sprang into action. Drawing on their expertise in tech, they raised donations in Bitcoin to offer protesters medical assistance, legal aid and mental health support.

Tech expert Agboola was recognised for his contribution during the #ENDSARS protest.

Amid lockdown, Flutterwave expanded from specializing in digital cash registers to hosting digital storefronts, helping some 20,000 small businesses suddenly without foot traffic set up online shops, receive payments and arrange delivery options. Now Flutterwave—which already has a presence in 17 African countries—is planning to leverage that momentum into greater expansion, so that a customer in South Africa, for example, can seamlessly use her Kenyan digital wallet to buy products in Senegal.

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Banky W, Adesua Etomi Welcome Baby Boy

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Nigerian musician, actor and political hopeful, Bankole Wellington (Banky W) and his star Nollywood actress wife, Adesua Etomi have welcomed a baby boy.

Banky W revealed this on his social media page where he appreciated God for their new bundle of joy.

The couple have been receiving congratulatory messages across social media platforms.

The two lovebirds got married in 2017 a few months after their engagement blew up the internet.

The Wedding Party, arguably the biggest movie of the couple’s acting careers is one of Nigeria’s biggest box office movies.

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#14th Headies: Wizkid Emerges Artiste of the Year as Fireboy, Omah Lay Win Big

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Wizkid was awarded as the Artiste of the Year at the 14th edition of the Headies Awards as Fireboy DML won four awards from his total of nine nominations.

The YBNL-signed artiste, Fireboy won an award each for his two albums, “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps” and “Apollo”.

Omah Lay took home the Next Rated Award which is arguably the headline award every year as it comprises new artistes who have earned grand entries into the Nigerian music industry. Omah Lay was nominated alongside Bella Shmurda, Tems and Oxlade.

Wizkid, alongside his Artiste of the Year gong also won the Headies Viewers’ Choice Award.

Nominations for the 14th Headies were released in December 2020 with Fireboy DML picking up most nominations. Wurld, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido were next as they had six nominations each.

The award which was hosted by comedian, Bovi and actress, Nancy Isime sprang up to life when Wizkid surprisingly made his way to the hall to the excitement of his fans.

See Full Winners of the 14th Headies Awards:

Producer of The Year
Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni

Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Niniola – Addicted

Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Praiz – Under The Sky

Best Street Hop Artiste
Mayorkun – Geng

Rookie of The Year
Bad Boy Tims – MJ

Best Pop Single
Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi

Best Collabo
Ladipoe and Simi – Know you

Best Alternative song
Moelogo – I wonder

Best Rap Single
Falz – Bop Daddy feat. Ms Banks

Best R&B Single

Fireboy DML – Tatoo

Best R&B Album
Fireboy DML – Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps

Best Alternative Album
Roots – The Cavemen

Next Rated
Omah Lay

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice
Wizkid

Songwriter of the Year
Simi – Duduke

Best Pop Album
Fireboy – Apollo

Lyricist on The Roll
Ilbliss Goretti – Country

African Artiste Recognition Award
Master KG

Headies Hall of Fame
King Sunny Ade

Headies Revelation of the Year

Fireboy DML

Best Rap Album
God’s Engineering – AQ

Artiste of the Year
Wizkid

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Davido’s “IF” Earns Gold RIAA Gold Award in the U.S.

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Davido’s “IF” has hit gold status in the United States, after he sold 500,000 records of the solo single.

The Gold award, given to songs and albums that sell 500,000 records is Davido’s second and are the only two afrobeat songs from Africa to hit the landmark.

The artiste took to his Twitter page on Wednesday to announce his new achievement.

The certification was done on the 12th of February, less than a year after his “Fall” single also earned the gold status.

If, which was produced by Tekno is one of Nigeria and Africa’s biggest hit songs in the last decade.

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