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Eight injured, four critically, after stampede at Nigerian star, Asake’s London show

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Eight people have been injured with four in a critical condition after a stampede during the concert by Nigeria’s Afrobeats sensation, Asake, at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London on Thursday night.

The star was forced to cancel the sold-out show midway as many fans who didn’t have tickets tried to forcefully gain access to the show leading to the crush, according to the police.

The concert was the third of three sold-out shows at the Academy by the Nigerian singer popularly known as Mr Money, who is touring the UK with his debut album, “Mr. Money With The Vibe.”

Emergency service officials who responded to reports of people trying to force their way into the venue, said a number of people were found with injuries believed to have been caused by crushing, the police said in a statement on Friday.

Social media footage of the event showed a large crowd building up outside the venue, with one person claiming on Twitter that more than 1,000 people had turned up without tickets.

In the footage, the crowd could be seen stretching from the road outside to the venue doors, with people screaming, shouting and struggling.

Before the concert, Asake had posted on Twitter asking fans not to turn up to the venue and try to gain entry unless they had tickets.

Cdr Ade Adelekan from the Metropolitan Police who spoke on the incident, said the scene would be examined by specialist officers as part of an investigation which will be “as thorough and as forensic as necessary”.

“This is an extremely upsetting incident which has left four people critically ill in hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.”

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Hollywood actor, Idris Elba, to open film studio in Tanzania

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Hollywood British actor, Idris Elba, has concluded plans to invest in a major film studio in Tanzania, Director of the country’s Presidential Communications, Zuhura Yunus, has revealed at a press conference on Monday.

The plans to open the world class studio, according to Yunus, came following discussions between the star actor and his wife, Sabrina Elba, after a recent meeting with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the 53rd World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Elba, whose mother and father hail from Ghana and Sierra Leone respectively, in an interview after the meeting was reporter to have said:

“I’m really keen on the development of Africa. My parents come from Africa and more than anywhere in the world, I feel like that continent deserves some real tender care and love and thought.”

“Young Africans view me as a leader or a beacon. And I feel like I could bring something. So I’m keen to bring what I’ve learned in media and amplify it in Africa,” he said.

While briefing journalists on the outcome of President Hassan’s recent trip to Davos, Yunus said the discussions are progressing.

“Discussions on the project have just begun, and if successful, the project will help not only Tanzania but also Eastern and Central Africa,” she said.

Elba has become a very popular actor in Africa following his epic performance as Nelson Mandela in the biopic film named ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ in the 2013.

The 49-year-old actor also starred in the movie ‘Beast’, which was entirely shot in South Africa, and had revealed that he wants to pave the way for more major films to be made on the continent.

Apart from acting, Elba also established his career as a musician and has performed as a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driss and as an R&B musician.

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Nigerian Afrobeat megastar, Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’, gets RIAA Certification

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Nigerian Afrobeat super star, Burna Boy, has reached another giant stride in his career as his smash single, “Last Last”, has received the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certification after the track surpassed a million units in sales in the United States.

The certification of the single on Saturday, was announced by reputable chart news platform, Chart Data.

Released in 2022, as one of the lead singles in Burna Boy’s sixth album, “Love, Damini”, “Last Last” has gone on to become one of his greatest hits with international acclaim seeing it exceed over a million units in sales, which positioned the singer his second RIAA platinum plaque after his 2018 smash hit “YE”.

Shortly after its release, the single quickly became an international smash hit and spent multiple weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 44.

The RIAA platinum certification has also seen Burna Boy join other Nigerian stars like CKay, Wizkid, and Tems as artists with the plaques.

The RIAA awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets.

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