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Tanzanian singer Zuchu in cloud nine as hit single ‘Sukari’ makes YouTube history in East Africa

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Tanzanian singer, Zuchu, is over the moon after her hit single “Sukari” made history as the first song in East Africa to garner over 100 million views on YouTube.

Zuchu who is Diamond Platnumz Wasafi Record signee, also etched her name in the annals of East African music history by becoming the first solo artist from the region to achieve that feat.

The singing sensation who also celebrated her milestone, took to her social media platforms to express her gratitude and acknowledge the team behind the masterpiece.

Reminiscing on the transformative power of “Sukari,” she said the song not only changed her life but also carved a significant mark in the East African music industry.

Writing in her local Swahili dialect, Zuchu said:

“Viewers Milioni 100,000,000 Za Sukari zinanifanya Kua msanii Wa Kwanza kutoka East Africa Kufika Mafanikio Haya Kwenye Wimbo wa peke yangu.”

She also didn’t miss the opportunity to thank her loyal fans, particularly singling out one named Milly, whom she credited for contributing to the success of the project.

“To my family thank you so much haya ni mafanikio yetu wote tuliowezesha ukubwa wa hii project, I appreciate you,” she expressed with heartfelt appreciation.

Diamond Platnumz, himself a Tanzanian music mogul and Zuchu’s mentor, also celebrated her while emphasizing the significance of achieving such a feat with a song that’s 100 per cent Swahili and without any feature.

“When you look with the eye, you’d think it’s a normal thing, but when you try to do it, you’ll know how heavy it is,” Diamond remarked.

Zuchu is among the top female artists in the eastern African region with 3.2 million YouTube subsribers with hit tracks like “Honey”, “Kwikwi”, “Utaniua”, among others, to her name.

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UK returns Ghana’s royal artefacts looted 150 years ago in ‘loan deal’

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The United Kingdom has returned 32 royal artefacts looted from Ghana’s Asante Kingdom in the 19th Century in a “loan deal” agreed on by the two governments last year.

The artefacts which are mainly golden royal regalia, were looted over 150 years ago from the Asante Palace in Kumasi during the Anglo-Asante Wars, including the infamous Sargrenti War of 1874.

The revered items which were returned to the West African country by the British Museum (BM) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), will however, will be on loan for an initial three years and renewable for another three years.

A statement by the the Asante Palace on Thursday stated that the loan deal is not with the Ghanaian government but with the current traditional ruler of the Ashanti people, Otumfo Osei Tutu II.

The idea behind the loan deal, according to local media, is based on the premise of legal restrictions in the UK which have made it impossible to return the artefacts permanently.

The return of the artefacts also coincides with the silver jubilee anniversary of Asantehene Osei Tutu II, who first started the negotiations in May last year.

“Gold and silver regalia, associated with the Asante royal court, will be displayed at the Palace Museum as part of a long-term loan commitment by the Victoria & Albert and the British Museum,” the Asantehene’s Palace said.

It added that Tutu will receive the gold artefacts which are the symbol of the Asante traditional authority. in specially designed Belgian cases in Kumasi, after which the Manhyia Palace Museum will be closed for three weeks for installation works and encasing.

Many of the items which will be seen in Ghana for the first time in 150 years, include 15 pieces from the British Museum and 17 from the Victoria & Albert Museum and will be on display and open to the public in May.

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American rap icon Ja Rule lands in Ghana for a charity project

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American rap icon, Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr., popularly known as Ja Rule, has landed in Ghana for a charity project that will oversee the construction of a classroom block at the Nuaso Anglican Primary School.

Ja Rule who announced his trip to the West African country via a social media post, said he will touch down in Accra on Wednesday, April 10th, for groundbreaking event “to make an impact on lives in the West African nation.”

The “Mesmerize” rapper explained that the project which is m an initiative of an international NGO, “Pencils of Promise”, is seeking to “bring quality education to kids around the world.”

“Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a classroom block at Nuaso Anglican Primary School, Ghana,” Ja Rule said, while confirming his trip to Ghana.

On a flyer promoting the trip on his X handle, the American star wrote on Tuesday:

“Building towards the future… Ghana see you tomorrow.”

The post which generated a lot of excitement among fans of the rapper and other social media users in Ghana, saw many welcoming the visit and the initiative.

Joy FM top presenter, Lexis Bill, took to the social media to write:

“Awesome!!!! Ghana loves you 🇬🇭. Ghana is grateful,” while popular TV Presenter, Blaqueboy, also chipped in with: “Love from the motherland, welcome back to this side.”

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