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Afro-Fusion star, Burna Boy makes history, becomes first Nigerian singer to headline MSG

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Nigerian singer and Afro-Fusion creator, Burna Boy, made history when he officially became not just the first Nigerian music star to headline the Madison Square Garden, MSG, New York, but also the first to have a sell out on live-streams on YouTube with his “One Night In Space” show on Thursday

Burna Boy joined the likes of legendary Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as headliners at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

The feat in itself was a massive win for Burna Boy and the African continent, which went on to show the immense talent in every part of Africa.

The Nigerian music icon who featured as a guest on the American Talk show ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,’ as a teaser for the sell out MSG show, was at his very best as he left everyone including Trevor himself, in stitches with his naturalness and authenticity.

The ‘One Night In Space’ showcase came shortly after Burna Boy’s recently sold out debut show at LA’s The Hollywood Bowl, performances at 2021 Global Citizen Festival and The Governor’s Ball, as well as recently sold out international shows at London’s O2 Arena, Paris’ Accor Arena, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome and more venues around the globe, which were part of his 2021 Space Drift tour.

These recently sold out shows have gone to earmark Burna Boy as one of the most sought after millennial music stars to come out of Africa.

Burna is also basking in the euphoria of the success from his groundbreaking fifth studio album ‘Twice As Tall’, which became an immediate sensation, earning more than 5 million worldwide streams within its first hour of release.

The ‘African Giant’ has also revealed plans for an exclusive limited line of merchandise that will be made available to commemorate the historic event as the first Nigerian musician to ever headline the world-renowned venue.

He also promised a classic fusion of elements and themes combined with his explosive energy and the true spirit of New York City, which will culminate into an unforgettable night in New York City.

A few days ago, the trio of Burna Boy, Wizkid and Rema became the first Nigerian music acts to top the Aftican spotify weekly charts.

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Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby, arrested for possession of drugs

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Popular Egyptian actress, Menna Shalaby was on Friday, arrested at the Cairo International Airport for allegedly being in possession of drugs.

Local news outlet, Shourouk TV, reports that Shalaby was arrested after security agents found 12 bags of sweets stuffed with marijuana in her possession as she returned to Egypt from New York.

The news outlet added that after her arrest, Shalaby was then referred to the El Nozha Public Prosecution and that an investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Egyptian customs officials say a report has been filed against the actress while she will remain at the airport until investigations are finalised.

Shalaby who is one of Egypt’s biggest actresses, started her acting career in 2001 and has starred in several movies and TV productions.

She was the first Egyptian Actress to be nominated for the Emmy Awards and with over three million followers on Instagram, Shalaby enjoys large popularity among Egypt’s top TV stars.

According Egyptian narcotic laws, cannabis possession is punishable with a minimum of one year in prison plus a fine of at least 1,000 Egyptian pounds or both.

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Nigerian gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo, slumps, dies at 51

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Frontline Nigerian gospel singer, music producer and actor, Sammy Okposo, on Friday morning, slumped and died at the age of 51 in Lagos, according to the entertainment industry sources.

Okposo who was one of Nigeria’s most celebrated gospel singers with several albums to his credit, was also the CEO of Zamar Entertainment where he groomed several gospel artistes who went on to do great things.

He also collaborated with many gospel artists who used such opportunities to get to the pinnacle of their careers.

Okposo who was popularly known as the “Welu Welu Master” released his first album Addicted in 2004 and went on to bag multiple awards including KORA Best Gospel Artiste in Africa (2006), Crown SABC Best of African Gospel (2014), Afro Hollywood UK Best Gospel Artiste (2005), NEA Best Gospel Artiste of the Year (2007&2013), and NMA Best Contemporary Gospel Artiste among others.

Early in 2022, Okposo was involved in a controversy with his wife, Ozioma, after he admitted he was involved in an extramarital affair.

Taking to his Instagram page on January 24, Okposo had apologised to Ozioma for his infidelity after a lady known as :African Doll” had accused him of impregnating and abandoning her.

The gospel musician also apologized to his fans and promised he would focus on restoration, seek forgiveness and make his marriage work.

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