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Nigerian superstars, Burna, Wizkid, Rema, top Spotify weekly charts

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Nigerian music superstars, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Rema, are the leading chart toppers on Nigeria’s Spotify Weekly Music Chart for this week.

The selection of the top weekly artistes for the Spotify Weekly Chart is based on the number of streaming an artiste gets during the week in review and the three music acts clearly stood out of the pack with Burna Boy’s Question having the highest number of streams and the biggest winner on the Top Songs, ranking at #118.

Wizkid who was recently nominated for an award in the 64th Grammy for his album ‘Made in Lagos’ and hit song ‘Essence’, but lost out to veteran Benin Republic singer Angelique Kidjo, won in the Top Albums chart as ‘Essence’ stayed the longest with a total of 10 weeks.

On his part, Rema, whose debut ‘Rave & Roses’, was the most-streamed album by a Nigerian artiste in the first 24 hours with 47.25 million streams, has recorded another feat with his latest song, “Calm Down’, having the most spots on the Top Songs at #5.

Here is the breakdown of top artiste’s projects based on the Spotify streaming service:

Top Artists

Rema maintained his slot as the longest-reigning artist on the Top Artists chart at 10 weeks straight.

Top Songs

While Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ had the most spots on Top Songs coming in at number 5, Omo Ope (feat. Olamide) by Asake remained on the Top Songs for an impressive 10 weeks.

Question (feat. Don Jazzy) by Burna Boy and Don Jazzy was the biggest winner, ranking at #118, while Dreams by Boy Spyce claims the highest new entry at #57.

Top Albums

WizKid’s Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition has been on the Top Albums chart the longest, with a total of 10 weeks.

Top 5 songs in Nigeria on Spotify Charts this week:

Kwaku the Traveller by Black Sherif

Finesse by Pheels, Buju

Omo Ope (feat. Olamide) by Asake, Olamide

Playboy by Fireboy DML

Calm Down by Rema

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Top 5 artists in Nigeria on Spotify Charts this week

Rema

BNXN fka Buju

Burna Boy

WizKid

Asake

Top 5 albums in Nigeria on Spotify Charts this week

Rave and Rose by Rema

Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by WizKid

Barnabas by Kiss Daniel

Pier Pressure by ArrDee

Catch Me If You Can by Adekunle Gold

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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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