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Nigerian singer, Tems, scores another first as she features in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ soundtrack

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Nigerian singer and songwriter, Temilade Openiyi, who is popularly and professionally known as Tems, has scored another first after she was featured on the soundtrack of Black Panther sequel, ‘Wakanda Forever’.

Tems’ feat was as a result of her sampling of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” which is the official teaser of the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler, set to be released in the United States on November 11, 2022.

The year 2022 seems to be made for the songstress with a string of awards and international collaborations which have been yielding positive outcomes for her.

Tems who recently won a BET award, was last week, credited as a songwriter in one of Beyonce’s tracks in her forthcoming album ‘Renaissance’.

She also featured in international rapper Future’s hit song ‘Wait for you’ which topped the Billboard 100 chart.

Beyonce herself gave Tems the credit when she revealed via her Insta-stories that Tems penned part of track 10 on the 16 track album set to be released on July 29, 2022.

The song titled ‘Move’, credited Richard Isona, Ariowa Irosogie, Denisia Blu June Andrews, Brittany Coney, Temilade Openiyi (Tems) and Ronald Banful as well as Nigerian-British producer Richard Olowaranti Mu Isong.

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Anger in Morocco after France denied visa to rapper El Grande Toto for concert

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A cross section of Moroccans have expressed anger following the French Immigration Services denying the visa application of Morocco’s biggest rapper, El Grande Toto, who was scheduled for a concert at the Semi Festival in Sete, France.

Toto who is unarguably the biggest rap artiste in North Africa, was lined up for the concert which was to hold on Thursday, but could not make it due to the Visa denial by the French authorities.

As a result of the development, the Moroccan rapper’s entire European tour scheduled for August and September has now been canceled as he became another victim of France’s decision to limit the amount of Schengen visas it issues to Moroccans.

El Grande Toto who posted the news on his official Instagram account on Friday, stated that “having a visa today is like playing the lottery. It’s like a game of chance. I’m really getting tired of it.”

The news has also caused consternation in the North African country as many have called for the country to reciprocate the action and deny French diplomats from coming into the country till the music act gets justice.

El Grande Toto is facing a familiar terrain as he was denied visa for an event in Egypt last year on account of “his status as a rapper,” he had posted on his Facebook page.

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, celebrates father as he wins governorship election

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has celebrated her father, Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o, after he was declared the winner of the governorship election for the Kisumu county for a second and final term.

Lupita’s father was announced winner on Wednesday following Kenya’s general elections held on Tuesday.

Following the announcement, the US-based multiple award winning actress took to her verified Twiter handle to congratulate her father, and also thanked the people of the Kisumu county for voting for him.

“ABICH MORO! Congratulations to my Daddy and THANK YOU to the people of Kisumu for their overwhelming support at the polls. @AnyangNyongo #5moro #TichTire,” she wrote.

Prof. Nyong’o was a former Senator representing Kisumu County from 2013 to 2017, before he contested and became the county’s governor on the ticket of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

He was also a Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural constituency, having been elected on a NARC ticket in December 2002.

Prof. Nyongo’o began his political career in 1992 when he was first elected to parliament and served as a nominated MP from 1998 to 2002.

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