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After Grammy heartbreak, Nigerian Starboy, Wizkid, gets 2022 Billboard Music Awards nomination for ‘Essence’ remix

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After suffering the heartbreak of losing the Grammy award to ageless Beninese music icon, Angelique Kidjo, Nigerian singer, Ayo Balogun, the one we call Wizkid, has been nominated for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards for the remix of his hit song ‘Essence’.

Also known as “Starboy’, Wizkid was nominated alongside vocalist Tems whom he featured in the song which also had American singer, Justin Bieber, on the remix.

The song ‘Essence’ was nominated by the awards committee in the Top R&B Finalist Category alongside other acts like Doja Cat, Silk Sonic, Given and Bieber.

The Billboard Music Awards is an international US-based award scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 15, 2022, and if Wizkid takes home the prestigious award, it will wipe out the pains of losing the Grammy to a certain extent.

With the Billboard Music nomination, the multiple award-winning Wizkid is the first Nigerian act to have his own song nominated for the prestigious award, though he had been nominated earlier as a result of his collaboration with Drake.

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Ugandan TikToker remanded in prison for insulting President Museveni, traditional ruler

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Popular Ugandan TikToker, Ibrahim Musana, also known as “Pressure 247”, has been remanded in prison for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni as well as “using abusive and demeaning remarks he made against the Kingdom of Buganda and the Kabaka” deemed to be hate speech.

According to media reports, “Pressure 247” was sent to the Luzira Prison where he will be cooling his feet till March 7, where his bail application will be heard.

The remand order was given when he appeared before the Buganda Road Court on eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021), following complaints from the Buganda Kingdom.

The 27-year-old entertainer was charged with allegedly promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information via his TikTok videos following complaints filed by the Buganda Kingdom.

According to prosecutors, Musana allegedly shared content on his TikTok account between August 2023 and February 2024 that disparaged and incited hostility towards four Ugandan leaders, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Yoweri Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

Musana who pleaded not guilty to the charges, asserted that he was unaware that his actions constituted an offense. He also told the court that he was suffering from psychological challenges and had been receiving treatment at the Butabika Mental Hospital.

He further explained that he felt a spiritual obligation inspired by past Buganda Kings to restore their tombs but lacked the necessary financial resources, and pleaded for forgiveness and leniency.

Despite Musana’s plea for forgiveness and promise to refrain from attacking leaders and removing the contentious content from his TikTok account, the Magistrate rejected his plea and ruled that he should remanded in prison pending his bail application.

His oral bail request was also denied due to insufficient documentation from his sureties.

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Kenyan teacher sets new world record for longest science class

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A Kenyan science teacher, Rose Tata Wekesa, has broken the Guinness World Record for conducting the longest science class, clocking 62 hours, 33 minutes and 34 seconds.

Wekesa, a teacher at St Augustine Academy in Nairobi, had set out to break the GWR of the longest Science lesson taught by an individual on Tuesday, and achieved the feat on Thursday night.

The lesson which took place at the Multimedia University of Kenya, saw Wekesa teaching non-stop since Tuesday morning to eclipse the previous record of 60 hours

According to media reports, Wekesa taught her students for more than 60 hours, taking breaks of 20 minutes every four hours, covering topics in both Chemistry and Biology during the allocated time including the periodic table.

Before embarking on the audacious task, Wekesa had told journalists:

“I am doing this to encourage young students not to fear science subjects as everything in the world is based on Science. If we don’t encourage them to embrace science, we are going to have a problem in future.”

For now, Wekesa is awaiting verification from the GWR as she is required to submit all the evidence for verification and once they are verified, she will be recognised and her name placed in the Book of World Records.

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