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Nigerian star, Tems, gets credit on Beyonce’s ‘Renaissance’ album

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Nigerian music star, Temilade Openiyi, who is popularly known as Tems, has hit another milestone when she got credited as a songwriter on Beyonce’s forthcoming ‘Renaissance’ album.

Tems who also becomes the first African artiste, male or female, to debut at number 1 on Billboard Hot 100, got the credit on Wednesday when the multiple Grammy-award winning US artiste shared the tracklist for her seventh studio album.

In the list of songs, the ‘Crazy Things’ singer was credited to have been part of the group of songwriters who wrote the tenth track titled ‘Move’.

The Beyonce management team also put up a picture displaying the comprehensive list of songwriters of the soon-to-be-released project started circulating on social media who include Richard Isong, Ariowa Irosogie, Denisia ‘Blu June’ Andrews, Brittany ‘@Chi_Coney’ Coney, Ronald Banful, and Beyonce herself.

Renaissance’ which is a 16 track album is scheduled for release on July 29 and the credit for Tems is another feather to her cap after she has established herself as a prominent feature in the Nigerian music industry, bagging numerous awards and nominations since announcing herself on the scene less than five years ago.

Last month, Tems won the ‘Best International Act’ category at the 2022 BET Awards after she made waves and gained international prominence for her role in Wizkid’s ‘Essence’, which also featured Justin Bieber, before collaborating on songs with international stars, Future and Drake.

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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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