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Nigerian stars, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, son Made, lose out on Grammy 2022

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The hopes of Nigerian stars, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, Afrobeats King, Femi Kuti and son, Made Kuti, to bring home an award at the 64th edition of the Grammy held on Sunday at the MGM Arena, Las Vegas, were dashed as they all lost out in the categories they were nominated for.

Wizkid, Femi Kuti, and Made all lost out in two categories, Best Global Music Performance and Best Global Music Album to Pakistani vocalist, Arooj Aftab for her single ‘Mohabbat’ in the Best Global Music Performance, and Angelique Kidjo who won the Best Global Music Album.

Wizkid was the real Star Boy in 2021 when he got his first Grammy award for a feature on Beyonce’s song, ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ but became the biggest loser in the 2022 edition as he lost out in the two categories where he was nominated for awards.

Five time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo

He lost the Best Global Music Album, with his “Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition)” album, to Benin Republic’s five-time Grammy winner, Angelique Kidjo, for her album “Mother Nature.”

Ms Kidjo did not only beat Wizkid to claim the award, she also trounced Femi Kuti and his son, Made, with their album “Legacy +”, not good enough to win in that category.

Apart from Kidjo, another African star who made the continent proud at the Grammy was South African veteran DJ and producer Black Coffee, who won Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, beating out the likes of Major Lazer and Marshmello for the award.

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Owners of South Africa bar where teenagers died in 2022 to pay fine or go to jail

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The owners of a South African bar where 21 teenagers died after drinking contaminated alcohol during a party in 2022 have each been ordered to pay a fine or be sent to jail for 100 days.

The couple, who owned the Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape province, were found guilty of selling alcohol to under-18-year-olds.

The children had attended a party to celebrate the end of mid-year exams at the Tavern where they met their untimely deaths.

Their deaths of the teenagers who were all under the age of 18 with the youngest only 13 years old girl, had caused outrage in the country with many calling for the legal drinking age to be increased.

A toxicology report had, however, revealed that the victims died from suffocation due to overcrowding but further investigations and test later emerged that traces of the poisonous chemical, methanol, were found in their bodies.

The toxicology report is yet to be concluded, but forensic pathologists have suggested their deaths were caused by something they inhaled or ingested.

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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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