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US to launch first ever Afrobeats Billboard chart

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Afrobeats Music is set to explode into an international phenomenon after world famous US music magazine, Billboard, announced on Saturday that it is teaming up with Nigerian festival company, Afro Nation, to launch America’s first ever Afrobeats chart.

This will be a significant breakthrough for the music genre which many music connoisseurs believe was created by late Afrobeat icon, late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, but has now been taken to a “second base” by new generation artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Ckay, Davido, Seun Kuti, Fireboy, and a host of others.

It will also be a significant boost for the genre as Billboard publishes music charts showing the most popular albums and songs in various genres every month.

The chart, according to Obi Asika, founder of Afro Nation, will go live on March 29 and will rank the top 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the Nigeria based on their monthly streams and downloads.

“As with much of the world, Afrobeats has grown tremendously as a genre in America. Several Afrobeats songs have had international success recently including Ckay’s Love Nwantiti, Fireboy DML’s Peru and Wizkid’s Essence.

“I am humbled to have made a contribution to growing the genre alongside many talented, passionate people,” Asika said.

“We are proud to showcase the top songs and artists with this new weekly ranking,” Billboard executive, Silvio Pietroluongo, said shortly after making the announcement.

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President Tinubu renames Nigeria’s National Theatre after Nobel Laureate Soyinka

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The Nigerian National Arts Theatre has been renamed after the country’s only Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

President Bola Tinubu who made the announcement on Friday in a tribute he wrote to celebrate Soyinka birthday on July 13th said the foremost playwright was a national treasure that should be celebrated.

In the tribute titled, “Professor Wole Soyinka at 90: Tribute to a national treasure and global icon,” Tinubu expressed his delight to “join admirers around the world in celebrating Soyinka,” adding that “July 13 would be the climax of the series of local and international activities held in his honour.”

“Professor Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Literature Prize in 1986, deserves all the accolades as he marks the milestone of 90 years on earth,” Tinubu said.

“Having beaten prostate cancer, this milestone is a fitting testament to his ruggedness as a person and the significance of his work.

“It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us. I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.”

Tinubu also stated that Nigeria not only celebrates Soyinka’s remarkable literary achievements, but also his unwavering dedication to the values of human dignity and justice.

“When he turned 80, I struggled to find words to encapsulate his achievements because they were simply too vast. Since then, he has added to his corpus with his series of Interventions, which have been published in many volumes.

Professor Soyinka is a colossus, a true renaissance person blessed with innumerable talents. He is a playwright, actor, poet, human rights and political activist, composer, and singer.

“He is a giant best riding not just the literary world but our nation, Africa, and the world,” the Nigerian President said.

The President further stated that Prof. Soyinka is one Nigerian whose influence transcends the Nigerian space and who inspires people around the world.

“Beginning from his 20s, he took personal risks for the sake of our nation. His courage was evident when he attempted to broker peace at the start of the civil war in 1967. Detained for two years for his bravery, he narrated his experience in his prison memoir, ‘The Man Died.’

“Despite deprivation and solitary confinement, his resolve to speak truth to power and fight for the marginalised was further strengthened.

“Our paths crossed during our struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election,” Tinubu stated.

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Ghanaian woman sets Guinness World Record for ‘Most Cars Washed’ in 8 Hours by an individual

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The Guinness World Records (GWR) has officially confirmed a Ghanaian woman, Felicity Asantewaa, as the record holder for “Most Cars Washed” in eight hours by a single individual.

The official confirmation from the GWR came in a statement posted on its highlighting Asantewaa’s “remarkable achievement” which took place on March 9, at the Executive Club in East Legon, Accra.

According to GWR, during Asantewaa’s record-breaking attempt, she successfully washed 60 cars within the eight-hour period, breaking the previous record by five cars.

The GWR statement reads:

“The most cars washed in eight hours by an individual is 60 and was achieved by Felicity Asantewaa (Ghana) in Accra, Ghana, on 9 March 2024. Felicity broke the record by 5.

“Her determination and efficiency in washing 60 cars in such a short time frame have earned her a well-deserved spot in the Guinness World Records and put Ghana on the map for such remarkable accomplishments.

“This achievement becomes a source of pride for Felicity who is known as a car enthusiast.”

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