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Cameroonian singer, Dencia, sues President Biya’s daughter, Brenda Eyenga, for defamation



Controversial Cameroonian singer, Dencia, has sued the daughter of the country’s President, Paul Biya, Brenda Biya Eyenga, over alleged defamation of character.

Dencia, whose real name is Reprudentia Sonkey, is demanding the sum of $75 million from Brenda who was her onetime best friend, for a 2021 social media post accusing her (Dencia) of dealing drugs and being involved in identity theft and fraud.

Dencia filed the lawsuit on Monday at the Van Nuys Superior Court against Brenda and one of her friends, Marie Therese Yabit, claiming alleged civil harassment, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

According to the writ of summons, the singer said Brenda and Marie had “baselessly smeared and succeeded in backlashing at and destroying her professional career.”

According to the suit, in July 2015, Dencia was contacted by Eyenga’s public relations manager, who told the plaintiff that Eyenga, who then lived in Beverly Hills, admired her work and wanted her help in producing a photo shoot and in setting up her own brand.

“During the years that followed, both Dencia and Eyenga maintained a cordial relationship. They would both make text exchanges on a regularly basis.”

“Eyenga returned to Cameroon in 2019 and the two lost contact, the suit states. In June 2021, Dencia was preparing to go to Cameroon the next month in the company of other musicians, including rapper Trey Songz, when a representative for Eyenga allegedly contacted the plaintiff about a birthday engagement and performing at Eyenga’s new hotel.”

“Eyenga asked Dencia for help getting her Instagram account certified. But in a subsequent dispute, Eyenga accused Dencia of creating a fake account and trying to impersonate her, even though the plaintiff explained she was preoccupied with the death of her sister from cancer and could not help Eyenga get her account certified as the plaintiff had hoped, the suit states.”

“Eyenga, with Yabit’s help, accused Dencia on social media of identity theft and of being a scammer and a fraudster.”

“The news quickly made a media buzz about Dencia based on Eyenga’s allegations. Dencia’s reputation was being trampled on by the daughter of the President of the Republic of Cameroon in a totally unjustified way,” the suit said.

Dencia is one of Cameroon’s biggest music stars and entrepreneurs who has carved a niche for herself with her own clothing line and several skin care brands, one of them called “Whitenicious by Dencia.”

Her companies have flourished due to her reputation as a popular Cameroonian singer and trustworthy entrepreneur in skin care products, whose reputation the suit claims has been destroyed due to the allegations.


Burna Boy becomes most streamed Nigerian artiste



Grammy-award-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, is now the most streamed music artiste on all streaming platforms after overtaking Wizkid who was the undisputed leader.

In its current release, Top Chart Africa posted that the “Love, Me, Damini” exponent who dropped a new single “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” on Friday, topped the list of “most streamed Nigerian artistes on all visible streaming platforms with 8.47 billion combined streams, closely followed by Wizkid with 8.39 billion streams.”

The leading pop culture platfurn which focuses on African creatives, takes a poll of the most streamed act every month with a release at the end of the month.

The talented singer, songwriter and record producer who is also set to break the attendance record with a sold out London Stadium for his “Top of the World” on Saturday night, also dusted the likes of Davido who 3.76 billion streams, Rema with 3.67 billion streams and CKay who polled 3.28 billion streams to complete the top five most streamed artistes.

Other Nigerian artistes who made the list include Tems, Omah Lay and Asake who made his debut on the chart.

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Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate entry of ‘Holy Family’ into Egypt



Egyptian Coptic Christians on Monday, June 1, celebrated the historic entry of the “Holy Family” after travelling from Palestine through Sinai and into the Delta, before moving far south to Assuit, where they spent almost four years before leaving.

The Egyptian government which announced and promoted the celebration, said the project would restore and renovate 25 holy sites that were stopping points for the Holy Family during their stay in Egypt.

The Egyptian government said in the statement that stops had been fully restored and openned for visitation in various governorates such as Cairo, Kafr al-Sheikh, Al-Gharbeyyah, Al-Sharqiyyah, Al-Beheirah, and Al-Minya, while other important stops would be renovated for the celebration next year.

“This national project is part of the government’s efforts to preserve such historic sites, benefit local communities, and promote religious tourism,” the statement said, noting that the festivals related to the “Journey of the Holy Family were added to the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2022.”

The entry of the Holy Family to Egypt has become a national celebration of the Coptic Orthodox Church with the Fraihi rite on the 24th of the month of Bashans of the Egyptian calendar, which is the first of June of each year, as celebrated in the first centuries AD.

The journey of the Holy Family which had Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus, according to the Coptic Christians, took them three and a half years where they had to make several stops.

“All three of them, Jesus who was two years old at the time, his mother, the Virgin Mary and his father, Joseph the carpenter,” the church history said.

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