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Nigerian gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo, slumps, dies at 51

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Frontline Nigerian gospel singer, music producer and actor, Sammy Okposo, on Friday morning, slumped and died at the age of 51 in Lagos, according to the entertainment industry sources.

Okposo who was one of Nigeria’s most celebrated gospel singers with several albums to his credit, was also the CEO of Zamar Entertainment where he groomed several gospel artistes who went on to do great things.

He also collaborated with many gospel artists who used such opportunities to get to the pinnacle of their careers.

Okposo who was popularly known as the “Welu Welu Master” released his first album Addicted in 2004 and went on to bag multiple awards including KORA Best Gospel Artiste in Africa (2006), Crown SABC Best of African Gospel (2014), Afro Hollywood UK Best Gospel Artiste (2005), NEA Best Gospel Artiste of the Year (2007&2013), and NMA Best Contemporary Gospel Artiste among others.

Early in 2022, Okposo was involved in a controversy with his wife, Ozioma, after he admitted he was involved in an extramarital affair.

Taking to his Instagram page on January 24, Okposo had apologised to Ozioma for his infidelity after a lady known as :African Doll” had accused him of impregnating and abandoning her.

The gospel musician also apologized to his fans and promised he would focus on restoration, seek forgiveness and make his marriage work.

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Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, robbed in Cote d’Ivoire during performance

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Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, says she was robbed in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, when she was in the country for a performance over the last weekend.

The Nigerian star was in Abidjan for the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend (CANEX WKND), a three-day gathering of creatives from Africa and the Diaspora.

The sultry singer took to her Instagram page on Tuesday to narrate how thieves stole her personal belongings while she performed at the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Lamenting how she lost her personal belongings to the robbers, the “I Swear” crooner said while she was entertaining her audience, thieves got into her hotel room, ransacked her belongings and stole all the money they could find.

“A few minutes after I left my room, some unknown people decided to go through my things and steal all the money they could find… Very good,” she wrote.

She noted that the hotel was investigating the theft looking through cameras and all but she knew the “money is all gone by now” as the “suspects are all denying,” she said.

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Kuti family fumes at Nigeria’s ruling party’s unauthorised use of Fela’s song for campaign

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The family of late Afrobeat creator and African music icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has berated Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its unauthorised use of one of the legend’s song for the political campaign of its presidential candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

The APC had reportedly used one of Fela’s popular songs, “Eko Ile”, as part of its campaign theme songs for their 2023 presidential election, which stirred a lot of condemnation among Fela’s teeming fans who blamed the family for allowing the party use the song amid speculations that the Kuti family had endorsed the APC.

But in a disclaimer posted on social media on Monday by Fela’s oldest son. Femi Kuti, said the family had not endorsed the APC nor authorised its use of the song for its campaign.

The post read:

“Disclaimer and notice of use without consent.

“We, the administrators of the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti issue this disclaimer.

“We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music, “Eko Ile”, in the All Progressive Congress social media campaign currently making the rounds.

“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign at home or abroad and choose to remain neutral.

“While we wish all candidates the best, we demand that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are abided by and intellectual property rights are duly respected. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.”

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