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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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First ever African Fashion exhibition debuts in the UK Saturday

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The first ever African Fashion exhibition which has been touted to be UK’s most extensive exhibition of African fashion artistry is set to debut in London on Saturday, July 2, according to the show organisers.

The epoch making African Fashion event which is aimed at showcasing designers from the black continent, as well as exoose Africa’s diverse heritage and cultures, which will open at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, is also the country’s first exhibition dedicated to the medium.

Apart from the fashion show, there will also be an exhibition are African objects, sketches, photos and film from across the continent, starting from the African liberation years in the 1950s to 1980s to up-and-coming contemporary designers, according to the event organizers.

The project curator, Elisabeth Murray, in a statement, said the scene is set with a section on “African Cultural Renaissance”, highlighting protest posters and literature from independence movements that developed in conjunction with fashion.

“The Vanguard is the central attraction, displaying iconic works by well-known African designers including Niger’s Alphadi, Nigeria’s Shade Thomas-Fahm and Kofi Ansah of Ghana.

“Over 250 objects are on display for the African Fashion exhibition, with approximately half of these drawn from the museum’s collection, including 70 new acquisitions.

“Many of the garments on show are from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century African designers with one of the highlight being the centre-piece made by Moroccan fashion designer Artsi Ifrach, called “A Dialogue Between Cultures” which was Inspired by the British trench coat and headscarf,” Murray said.

“The conversations and collaborations that have shaped the making of the Africa Fashion exhibition are a testbed for new equitable ways of working together that allow us to imagine and call into being the V&A of the future,” she added.

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Germany to return prized artefacts stolen from Africa during colonial rule

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The German government has agreed to return prized artefacts stolen from Aftican countries, particularly from Cameroon, Namibia and Tanzania, during the colonial times over 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The priceless artefacts which were looted by the German colonial government officials during the colonial era will be permanently returned to their original countries, the Foundation officials said.

The Berlin-based Heritage Foundation which manages museums based in the German capital said it had entered into negotiations on the returns of artefacts to their countries of origin.

According to the Heritage Foundation, some of the artefacts to be returned are a shell-studded statue of a mother goddess named Ngonnso, which holds “great spiritual significance for the Nso’ people of northwest Cameroon.”

The statue, according to the Foundation, has been part of the collection of Berlin’s Ethnological Museum since 1903, after a German colonial officer who had taken it by force from the Nso tribe ‘donated’ it to the government.

The board also approved the permanent return of 23 artefacts including jewellery, tools and fashion items, to Namibia, the statement noted.

The artefacts which were stolen from Namibia during the colonial period from 1884 to 1919, were sent to the southern African country in May for research purposes and will now remain there.

The statement further said the Foundation’s President, Hermann Parzinger, has also been authorised to sign an agreement on the return of objects Germany looted from Tanzania during the Maji Maji Rebellion and other conflicts during its early 20th-century colonial rule.

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