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When Love Hurts: Nigerian man sues actress, Hadiza Gabon, for refusing to marry him after ‘eating’ his money

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Nigerian actress, Hadiza Gabon, has been dragged before a Shari’a Court in Kaduna State, in the North West of the country, by a love-struck 48-year-old man, Bala Musa, for allegedly refusing to marry him after collecting a lot of money from him.

The complainant decided to take the action to compel the actress who is one of the popular stars in Kannywood, as the Northern Nigeria movie industry is called, to either return his money said to run into hundreds of thousands of naira, or to agree to marry him.

At the hearing on Monday before the presiding judge, Malam Rilwanu Kyaudai, Musa told the court that he had been in a love relationship with the actress and she had promised to marry him, which made him spend a lot of money on her, only for her to dump him.

“So far, I have spent N396,000 on her. Anytime she asks for money, I give her without hesitation with the hope that we will marry (sic).

“She also failed to show up in Gusau, Zamfara, where I live after I made all arrangements to host her,” the heart broken Musa narrated his plight in court.

Though Gabon was not in court, her defense counsel, Mr Mubarak Kabir, explained that his client was not sure of the authenticity of the summons for her to appear before the court, which led to her inability to make an appearance.

”My client’s position as a celebrity attracts different kinds of people with different intentions. She is very vigilant regarding her safety and security,” Kabir said.

Kabir prayed the court to give him more time to produce his client in court, which prompted Malam Kyaudai to adjourn the matter until June 13 for determination.

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Senegal: Thousands explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

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The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month of exhibition of some art pieces from the West African country.

The Biennale, which opened last month and runs through June 21, is the zenith of the city’s ebullient cultural calendar, drawing in artists, collectors and trendsetters from across the world.

This year’s edition featured artists like Johanna Ziemer works as a playwright, translator, Serigne Boyer is a graffiti artist, Zhang Yanzi, Stephanie J. Woods, Ytasha L. Womack amongst others

The Technical Director of Dakar Biennale, Abdou Diouf said that the edition lived up to expectation as it was widely attended with visitors numbering almost half of a million.

“The Dakar Biennale this year has kept all its promises. We had between 450 and 460 thousand visitors unlike in 2018. We had over 180 thousand visitors at the main expo site. So I think it is truly a great success.,” said Abdou Diouf.

“I think that it is also a challenge, a stake. We must manage to maintain this course, so that the universe, the environment, and I would even say the world of art can consider Dakar the capital of plastic arts,” said Diouf.

The Biennale has been established by the State of Senegal since 1989 with a first edition dedicated to literature in 1990, it was later reserved for contemporary art during the second edition in 1992 before being definitively devoted to contemporary African creation from 1996.

 

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Nigerian music star, Wizkid, hits milestone as Billboard names him longest African artist on top 10 chart

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Nigerian singing sensation, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has hit another milestone as Billboard named him the longest-charting African artist on its Top 10.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ was also named the longest charting African album and together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artiste ever on the Billboard platform.

The announcement by Billboard is a further confirmation of Wizkid’s success on the African continent and in the United States, and is another feather to his severally decorated musical cap.

And with his next album ‘More Love, Less Ego’ on the way, Wizkid will be looking to further break new ground internationally.

‘Essence’ which features Nigerian songstress, Tems, has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

The track ‘Essence’ which features songstress Tems has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

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