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Nigerian artistes dominate at Trace Awards 2023, pick 10 gongs

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Nigerian artistes took the shine at the first-ever Trace Awards held on Saturday at thr BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, with music stars from the West African country carting home 10 of the gongs on display.

The Trace Awards 2023, which was held to honour and recognize African and Afro-inspired music and artists, showcased various genres such as Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Afropop, with Nigerian stars stealing the show in all the categories.

With the entire African continent represented by its best artistes at the Trace Awards, there was a showcase of the excellence and diversity of Afrocentric music in the most popular genres such as Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Afropop, Mbalax, Amapiano, Zouk, Kizomba, Genge, Coupé Décalé, Bongo Flava and rap, among many other genres.

Hosted by D’Banj and Maria Borges, the ceremony featured performances by Davido, Platinum Diamondz, Yemi Alade, Black Sherif, Kizz Daniel, amongst others.

With awards in 22 categories, there were platinum-selling artistes from more than 30 countries in Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and Europe.

In the end, Nigerian artistes stood out, with Davido taking home the prizes for Best Male, and shared Best Collaboration with South Africa’s Musa Keys for “Unavailable”.

“Calm Down” crooner, Rema, carted home the Global African Artist and Song of the Year while Burna Boy “Love Damini” nicked the Best Album of the Year award, just as Asake won the Best Artist Anglophone Africa.

Other Nigerian stars who won awards at the event include Yemi Alade, who took home the prize for Best Video with “Baddie”, while Mr Eazi took home a special “ChangeMarker” award for his philanthropic work just as 2Baba won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other African artistes who won awards at the event include Diamond Platnumz, who was named the Best Artist in East Africa, while Rwandan local star, Bruce Melodie took home the Best Rwandan act award.

Full list of Nigerian winners at the awards:

Best Male Artist – Davido

Song of the Year – Rema

Best Music Video – “Baddie” Yemi Alade

Best Artist Anglophone Africa – Asake

Best Global African Artist – Rema

Best Collaboration – “Unavailable” – Davido

Changemaker Trace Award – Mr Eazi

Album of the Year – “Love Damini” – Burna Boy.

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Owners of South Africa bar where teenagers died in 2022 to pay fine or go to jail

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The owners of a South African bar where 21 teenagers died after drinking contaminated alcohol during a party in 2022 have each been ordered to pay a fine or be sent to jail for 100 days.

The couple, who owned the Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape province, were found guilty of selling alcohol to under-18-year-olds.

The children had attended a party to celebrate the end of mid-year exams at the Tavern where they met their untimely deaths.

Their deaths of the teenagers who were all under the age of 18 with the youngest only 13 years old girl, had caused outrage in the country with many calling for the legal drinking age to be increased.

A toxicology report had, however, revealed that the victims died from suffocation due to overcrowding but further investigations and test later emerged that traces of the poisonous chemical, methanol, were found in their bodies.

The toxicology report is yet to be concluded, but forensic pathologists have suggested their deaths were caused by something they inhaled or ingested.

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Ugandan TikToker remanded in prison for insulting President Museveni, traditional ruler

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Popular Ugandan TikToker, Ibrahim Musana, also known as “Pressure 247”, has been remanded in prison for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni as well as “using abusive and demeaning remarks he made against the Kingdom of Buganda and the Kabaka” deemed to be hate speech.

According to media reports, “Pressure 247” was sent to the Luzira Prison where he will be cooling his feet till March 7, where his bail application will be heard.

The remand order was given when he appeared before the Buganda Road Court on eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021), following complaints from the Buganda Kingdom.

The 27-year-old entertainer was charged with allegedly promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information via his TikTok videos following complaints filed by the Buganda Kingdom.

According to prosecutors, Musana allegedly shared content on his TikTok account between August 2023 and February 2024 that disparaged and incited hostility towards four Ugandan leaders, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Yoweri Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

Musana who pleaded not guilty to the charges, asserted that he was unaware that his actions constituted an offense. He also told the court that he was suffering from psychological challenges and had been receiving treatment at the Butabika Mental Hospital.

He further explained that he felt a spiritual obligation inspired by past Buganda Kings to restore their tombs but lacked the necessary financial resources, and pleaded for forgiveness and leniency.

Despite Musana’s plea for forgiveness and promise to refrain from attacking leaders and removing the contentious content from his TikTok account, the Magistrate rejected his plea and ruled that he should remanded in prison pending his bail application.

His oral bail request was also denied due to insufficient documentation from his sureties.

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