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Beauty in the cell: Murder suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu crowned in Nigeria’s prison

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A Nigerian young woman who is facing trial for the suspected murder of a CEO of a media house has been crowned Miss Cell 2022, at Kirikiri correctional facility in Lagos.

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos, who allegedly stabbed her victim to death in Lekki, Lagos in 2021, emerged Miss Cell 2022 in a beauty pageant organized at the prison centre to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day theme: “BreakingTheBias,” reported Nigeria’s DAILY POST Newspapers.

Furthermore, photos also showed other female inmates who contested in the pageant, all dressed in dinner gowns with sashes supposedly representing their prison wards, according to Nigerian online news publication Punch news.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), formerly known as Nigerian Prison Service, has reacted to the public outrage that followed when pictures of Ojukwu, the alleged killer of Super TV CEO, Micheal Ataga, winning a beauty pageant in jail, surfaced on the internet.

In June 2021, Nigerian Police arrested Ojukwu, an undergraduate for the alleged murder of a businessman.

In an interview with Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper, Miss Ojukwu recounted how she killed the Super TV boss.

According to her, the 300-level Mass Communication student of UNILAG narrated that she first strangled Ataga before stabbing him to death.

Police detectives found a fake International Passport with No. B50010434, a fake Drivers’ license showing ‘Mary Johnson’ with the suspect’s photograph, an Access Bank statement of account slip.

Others are a National Identification Card bearing the suspect’s name, complimentary cards, a United Bank for Africa ATM debit card bearing the suspect’s name and a UNILAG identity card bearing the suspect’s name.

However, Lagos State Government in October charged the suspect to court for the murder of the Nigerian businessman.

Miss Ojukwu has been remanded to Kirikiri, Nigeria’s fiercest prison by the Lagos state high court since October.

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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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