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Kenyan fun lovers berate Nigerian superstar, Davido, for cancelling Nairobi show

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The social media in Kenya has gone into overdrive as fun lovers in the country have continued to berate and call out Nigerian singing sensation, David Adeleke who is popularly known as Davido, after a much hyped show that was to hold in Nairobi on May 21 was cancelled by his management team earlier in the week.

A poster announcing an impending tour of Kenya by the Nigerian pop star late last month had sent Kenyans into hysteria and a euphoria of anticipation but their hopes of witnessing a performance by the energetic Davido was dashed when his management clarified that the show would no longer be happening.

When the poster announcing the show was shared on April 24 by a Nairobi-based events management company, 2icentertainment, it immediately gained traction with entertainment blogs reporting the ‘good news’ of the star coming to town.

“This May 21, we present to you OBO!!! Baddest boy himself Davido. Terms and conditions apply, reservation information coming soon. More details dropping this week. Are you ready for Davido Live in Kenya?” the poster had read.

But with Davido fans anticipating the much talked about show, their mood was dampened when his lawyer, Bobo F. Ajudua, dropped the bombshell that the show was not happening after all.

“Kenya show? A different Davido. Really hope no one is out there purchasing tickets,” Ajudua tweeted the devastating news.

The cancellation of the show was also confirmed by Davido’s manager, Asa Asika, who said the star’s management was not aware of any booking for the mentioned date.

However, an investigation by Kenyan tabloid,  Sunday Nation, revealed that the deal may have broken down following the performance fee charged by Davido’s management.

“2incentertainment reached out to Davido management and a contract was sent to them on what was required of them. They were supposed to pay an advance to book him and were given a deadline of April 26, which elapsed without them depositing a dime,” the tabloid wrote.

“Being a highly sought-after artist, booking Davido involves making an advance cash deposit, which 2incentertainment did not have. That’s why they were asked to bring down the fliers they had put up.

“What proved to be the main hurdle for 2incentainment was the staggering amount Davido was asking. With a short notice ahead of the event, the organisers did not have a chance to raise the booking fees asked by Davido, and still have a chance to recoup their money, let alone make a profit.

“They clearly lacked strategies on how they could possibly exploit to the maximum such an opportunity. They did not even have a single sponsor on board by the time they reached out to him.

“When 2incentertainment contacted Davido’s team, the Skelewu hitmaker charged the promoters $300,000 (Sh35 million) for the show.

“Davido and his team billed them $250,000 as his performance fees while the extra $50,000 was to cater for his private jet and the Kenyan firm could not raise such an amount within the short time they had,” the Sunday Nation wrote.

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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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