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Bfyne, the label owned by Nigerian-American designer Buki Ade, is claiming that Brazilian designer Silvia Ulson plagiarized Bfyne’s SS17 “Sahara” collection for Ulson’s recent collection shown at Miami Swim Week

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Bfyne, the label owned by Nigerian-American designer Buki Ade, is claiming that Brazilian designer Silvia Ulson plagiarized Bfyne’s SS17 “Sahara” collection for Ulson’s recent collection shown at Miami Swim Week.

According to BFYNE media director John Adele, “during Miami Swim-week … Silvia Ulson featured Bfyne’s SS17 Sahara collection during her show. It comes to us as a surprise as to how another designer is allowed to showcase replicas, and claiming it as her original work during swim week.”

The following pictures, provided by Adele, show a side-by-side comparison between Bfyne’s SS17 Sahara (left), and the collection shown by Silvia Ulson (right) in Miami last week.

“Bfyne is owned by a Nigerian, and of African decent, which is part of our culture, and the Sahara collection was a special collection to us.”

Adele also wrote: “I have a video recording of me meeting with her in Miami and her admitting that she indeed didn’t design it. … She later told me that she didn’t know because someone gave all the design to her.”

However, BFYNE has pointed out that these images actually utilize BYFNE models and imagery.

In expressing the brand’s frustration, Adele said: “[Ulson] got endless press for designs she didn’t design or even make. All she did was showcase BFYNE’S 2017 Sahara collection, that took 2 years to come up with.”

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Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel’s Buga video breaks new bounds, hits 3.6 million views on YouTube in 48 hours

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Nigerian songwriter and music sensation, Daniel Anidugbe, popularly known as Kizz Daniel, has set a new record after the video of his successful single, ‘Buga,’ hit 3.6 million YouTube views just 48 hours after it was released.

The success of the video on streaming platforms also revealed that it had raked in excess of over N2.5 million during the same period while also trending at number two for music on the streaming platform.

The Buga music video was also the first from Africa to hit two million streams in 24 hours of its release on Thursday, according to music aficionados in the country.

Kizz Daniel who announced the release of the visual of the song on his verified Instagram page on Thursday, later took to the platform to share the good news.

“Wow!! 2m in 24hrs THANK YOU WORLD VA’22 #BUGA,” he wrote.

Before the release of the Buga video, Kizz Daniel had also announced that the audio of the song which was released in May, had recorded 17 million views on TikTok.

The popular Buga song which which featured another Nigerian star, Tekno, is now a raging like wild fire across the country and is taking the music world by storm with different covers and challenges attributed to it.

The song is currently number 8 on the top 10 Billboard’s U.S Afrobeats Song Charts and also became the first song to hit 1 million streams within 24 hours on Boomplay.

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Senegal: Thousands of explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

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The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month of exhibition of some art pieces from the West African country.

The Biennale, which opened last month and runs through June 21, is the zenith of the city’s ebullient cultural calendar, drawing in artists, collectors and trendsetters from across the world.

This year’s edition featured artists like Johanna Ziemer works as a playwright, translator, Serigne Boyer is a graffiti artist, Zhang Yanzi, Stephanie J. Woods, Ytasha L. Womack amongst others

The Technical Director of Dakar Biennale, Abdou Diouf said that the edition lived up to expectation as it was widely attended with visitors numbering almost half of a million.

“The Dakar Biennale this year has kept all its promises. We had between 450 and 460 thousand visitors unlike in 2018. We had over 180 thousand visitors at the main expo site. So I think it is truly a great success.,” said Abdou Diouf.

“I think that it is also a challenge, a stake. We must manage to maintain this course, so that the universe, the environment, and I would even say the world of art can consider Dakar the capital of plastic arts,” said Diouf.

The Biennale has been established by the State of Senegal since 1989 with a first edition dedicated to literature in 1990, it was later reserved for contemporary art during the second edition in 1992 before being definitively devoted to contemporary African creation from 1996.

 

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