Last night, Nigerian international pop star Ibrahim Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid sold out the Royal Albert Hall in London, making him the first African artist to achieve this feat.

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, recognizable the world over. The hall is located on the northern edge of South Kensington, London. It has a capacity of up to 5,272 seats.
The international Nigerian superstar made history when he sold out the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London last night as part of the organization’s Albert Sessions, a scheme that helps young world class artistes who haven’t headlined the venue before to have a shot.

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The capacity crowd had to wait for almost two hours before he took the stage, causing some fans to wonder why Nigerian artistes never seem to be able to be on time- even on a historic night such as this.
Wizkid took his time but when he did, he shut it down. His one hour set took the crowd back to his beginnings with EME and through his ascension as Africa’s number one artiste.

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He also brought out former Mohits/Mavin star Wande Coal to share the moment with him.

The show was broadcast live on his official Facebook page. The show went on and on. When he eventually performed Ojuelegba, the hall went wild. He had to perform it twice when his fans asked for it. Although when he performed Come Closer, Drake was (again) a no show but who cared; Starboy had come to show he’s the world’s gift from Nigeria.
The show eventually came to an end more than an hour later.
Wizkid is the first African pop musician to sell out at the iconic arena. As he closed, he told the audience that his next move is to sell out the O2 Arena next year.

Thousands of Nigerians took to Eko Atlantic, Lagos last night, to relax and enjoy the evening with good music, canapes and drinks at the Nigeria Beer Festival.

The atmosphere was celebratory all through the night as consumers and fans enjoyed good music from a live band while sipping on a fine mix of Campari and beer.

Campari, the premium bitters liqueur brand, a major participant in the festival, played host to many, including brand ambassador, 2baba, Kelly Hansome, Acetune and their fans. Campari section of the Festival event was buzzing with excitement as fans celebrated with their favourite celebrities and enjoyed the best of Senator, a special blend of Campari and beer.

The highlight of the night was when 2baba got on stage to perform his hit song, Spiritual Healing with Civian, a female member of the band.

The maiden edition of Nigeria Beer Festival kicked off with a bang on the 25th of September, at the Eko atlantic City and it is expected to run through till the 1st of September to commensurate Nigeria’s independent day celebration.

Campari has also been rewarding Nigerians nationwide in its ‘Buy N Win’ campaign, where buyers of the product win prizes in raffle draws, and also get free tickets to the upcoming ‘Dare To Mix’ Festival, a celebration of the exciting blend of Campari plus beer, which comes up in Port-Harcourt, later this October.

As Nigeria celebrates her 57th Independence anniversary, an online learning platform, Erudite Centre for Language Proficiency has launched its leaning application, EruditeApp for easy access to e-leaning 

In a statement issued by the group founder, Oladele Saheed said Erudite Team has made an historic feat to take learning in Nigeria to the next level.

According to the Saheed, who believes technology should be deployed to improve our educational system, says creating an App for it is a good step.

The statement reads in part, There is now an application on Google PlayStore that makes learning easy beyond expectation!

“On behalf of the entire Erudite Team, gladly present EruditeApp version 1.0 to the general public on this day, 1st of October, 2017.

“It removes registration hassles. It separates the teacher’s writing board from yours. It allows you and your teacher to take pictures and upload images as visual aids.

“You have unlimited access to notepads for individual jotting during class and for post-class use. You can download relevant materials that teachers upload in real time or when you like.

“You can save lessons for post-class purposes. You can download or upload audios. It notifies you whenever a new material is uploaded or a task is given in the classroom.

“You can chat or discuss with your fellow students. You can engage your teacher live through its video conferencing facilities.

“You no longer need to move from one place to another for your GRE, IELTS, SAT, TOEFL, Cambridge A-Level, IGSCE, WAEC, NECO and JAMB tutorials or for Proficiency Courses in French, Arabic, English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and other languages. Your classroom is now on your palm, the statement added.

Celebrity news took the lion’s share of the top trending search terms on Google Nigeria in the past week.

From news about Psquare’s split to Cardi B’s record breaking feat, Nigerians used Google to stay in touch with their favourite celebrities.

Google birthday surprise spinner

Google celebrates its 19th birthday today and as part of the celebration, the company launched a Google Doodle inviting users to explore 19 of its most memorable doodles launched over the past 19 years.

Google users in Nigeria raced to Google to give the doodle a spin.

Cardi B

Belcalis Almanzar, American hip-hop artiste popularly known as Cardi B, is now officially the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 19 years.

Her hit single ‘Bodak Yellow’ trended for months before finally climbing to the number one spot of the chat and went platinum.

Her fans took to Google to watch the video of the record breaking song.

Psquare’s argument

Peter Okoye, one of the Nigerian R&B duo popularly known has P-Square, indicated intentions to terminate his contract with the Psquare brand.

The news was confirmed by Festus Keyamo, their lawyer, who said the identical twin brothers have had several feuds in the past, and efforts are being made to reconcile the duo.

Concerned fans searched Google for updates on the situation.

Friday Ugwu is dead

Friday Ugwu, Nollywood actor and producer, is died.

The actor, popularly known as Okaka De Don, was involved in a road accident along the Lagos – Badagry express road on Friday.

The incident was confirmed by the Actors Guild of Nigeria and fans of the actor took to Google to confirm the sad news.

Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy

Kylie Jenner, American reality television star is rumored to be pregnant by Travis Scott, her current boyfriend.

The couple sparked pregnancy rumors some weeks back when they both shared insinuative messages on social media that got their fans suggesting that she was pregnant.

Kylie’s fans in Nigeria took to Google to search for more pictures of the couple.

WAFU Cup final

The Ghanaian national football team has been crowned champions of the WAFU Nations Cup, held last Sunday.

Ghana took home the championship after defeating Nigeria with a 4-1 win in the final match of the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup.

Football fans raced to Google to search for more details about the match.

Jim Parsons is world’s highest-paid TV actor in 2017, according to Forbes.

The stars of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ made the list’s top five but Parsons nabbed the top spot with an earning of $27.5 million in the year to June 1.

Parsons, who makes $1 million per episode, said: “When I read Big Bang it was definitely special to me. I would definitely not presume to say I thought it was going to be a hit show or be picked up, but I know that I was being presented with a character that was, in its own weird way, a really good fit, that I thought I could do.”

C0-stars of the show, who also earn $1million per episode, made the top five with Johnny Galecki in number two spot for his $26.5 million earnings, Simon Helberg at number three with $26 million while Kunal Nayyar is number four with $25 million.

Although each of them earn $24 million per season from the show, Parsons overtakes in total earnings thanks to a seven-figure endorsement deal with Intel, a role in Oscar-nominated ‘Hidden Figures’ and a short stint on Sirius radio.

Their salaries, however, will decrease next year as they (along with castmate Kaley Cuoco) each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut for the upcoming season to give co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch higher salaries.

This decrease won’t affect Parsons whose earnings is set to increase next year thanks to new CBS project, ‘Young Sheldon’, a comedy show which he narrates and produces.

Rounding out the list is ‘NCIS’s Mark Harmon at number five with $19 million.

Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.

Nigerian pop star, D’banj CREAM platform marked its one year anniversary by rewarding lottery winners with cash prizes, he reiterated that the scheme was not a scam as feared by many observers.
He was asked by this reporter why the platform that he founded barely a year ago, could have made the $100 million he claimed it did and why winners were not known.

‘Some people have been registering on the cream platform and winning prices, ranging from a million Naira to 50,000, but I noticed that whenever we call the artistes to inform them of winning huge amounts of money, they become scared and don’t bother coming to claim their prices, it is understandable because of the present situation of the Country. They think it is a scam, they think it’s unreal, but I am here to tell you that it is not a scam, I have invited them here for you to see,’ he replied.
A raffle event, commemorating the occasion, took place at Renaissance hotel on Wednesday.

The raffle draw was conducted using mobile phone numbers as entry tickets. Five winners emerged within and outside Lagos respectively, after the draw, and were awarded cash prizes in Lagos.

Nigerian singer Harry Song and Godwin Tom, artiste manager, were amongst the industry heads present to mentor the winners.

He insists he decided to create the platform where upcoming artistes can upload their music and reach millions of Nigerians because he was receiving thousands of requests from up and coming artistes who wanted to ‘blow’.

‘I was shocked to see that in a few months, we had over 2Million subscribers, but have a great team of judges and A n R which includes Godwin Tom and Harrysongs, Ice Prince, Wande Coal, to help mentor the artistes which we are bringing on board. So, it’s not a lottery platform, the lottery part of it is just an added incentive. The winners are usually chosen by judges so even if I help the artistes shoot a video, they still need to make money, look good and move around, and for those who have already received their money, they know it is not a scam.’ Dbanj said.
When asked how he has been able to combine business with personal life, he said; “Staying focused continually. Be private with your life.

“With my glasses I am D’banj, without it I am Daniel.”

The Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts and Music (CREAM) platform provides upcoming artistes the opportunity to have their songs recorded and shoots videos for the budding artistes.

An innovative digital musical talent hunt, the platform also helps discovered talents secure collaboration with established acts.

Rayce, TK Swag, MKJ, Leke Benson and Legend Courage are the first set to benefit from the platform.
The singer had also announced the launch of his record label, DCream Records.

HKN artiste, Davido has said that in order to attain success in his career, he stopped listening to what people said.

The ‘Pere’ singer revealed this in an interview with Sound City recently while narrating his experiences during his ’30 Billion’ World Tour.

Talking about his much-criticized career, the artiste said he had to learn to pay no mind to what people said.

“Music is what I do normally so I don’t really pay mind to haters or critics. I try to exclude that out of whatever I’m planning or doing. You have to focus on what you’re doing and not care about what people say. That’s the first thing you have to learn to reach where I’ve reached in music. You have to learn not to listen to people,” he said.

The OBO crooner revealed that he pushes his frontiers when it comes to his career, venturing into aspects of it that most wouldn’t or have been denied of.

“A lot of venues we perform, they don’t give African artistes to do shows there,” he said “I think the venue in Boston, I was the first African artiste to perform there.”

He continued saying: “When we first brought the idea of the tour, a lot of people didn’t believe an African artiste can go to all these places. I was calling places people don’t even know about like Portland, Oregon.

“People don’t think there are black people there. Prove to them that this genre of music can move worldwide. If one artiste is doing it then imagine if three artistes come together to decide to do it.”

Regardless of his achievements, the artiste said the same can’t be necessarily expected of his peers.

“I can’t tell every other artiste to do that. They can go wherever they want to go to. I can’t tell you as an African artiste that you must stop here. Because it was successful for me doesn’t mean it will go that way for you,” he said.

His boisterousness whenever he was on the stage was a disposition of his gratitude for the sold out shows.

But for the star, the best achievement for him was “The experience. I learnt a lot being on the road, performance-wise.”

Davido toured over 30 cities for his ’30 Billion’ World Tour.

The Cable

Nigerian singer, Nonso Amadi has released a new single entitled, ‘Long Live The Queen.’

The 22 year-old singer, who collaborated with U.K. based Ghanaian artiste, Eugy, for his previous single, ‘Kwasia’, has been known for his consistently perfect blend in RnB vocals.

Although the duo sang about infidelity, Amadi took a different route with ‘Long Live The Queen’.

The song, at first listen, doesn’t sound like your typical Nigerian RnB music but instead, it is a perfect blend of soft rock and pop with elements of house music.
Amadi released his debut EP, ‘Alone’ in 2015.

Sosoliso air crash survivor, Kechi Okwuchi, who came to limelight again for her incredible performance on the America’s Got Talent show, is expected to perform at this year’s edition of African Muzik Magazine Award, otherwise tagged AFRIMMA 2017 Awards & Music Festival, where she has been invited as a special guest.

Announcing this on Tuesday, Founder/CEO of AFRIMMA, Mr. Angerson Obiagwu said; “The star singer who is one of the two survivors of the infamous Sosoliso air crash has mystified the world with her talents. Come see her at the House of Blues, Dallas at AFRIMMA 2017 Awards & Music Festival.”

This will be Kechi’s first engagement after leaving the America’s Got Talent competition where her music talent earned her worldwide acclaim.

Organisers of the event had earlier named notable Nigerian stand-up comedian, Bright Akpocha, aka Basketmouth and Kenya-born East African rave comedian, Chipukeezy as co-hosts of AFRIMMA 2017.

The show which, according to Obiagwu, will hold at the House of Blues, promises to be the best, going by the combination of the West and East African helmsmen, and a host of other performances and side attractions on the night.

AFRIMMA 2017 is scheduled to take place in Dallas, Texas, United States on October 8, 2017.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been involved in a car crash in the Netherlands, according to reports in Argentina.

Multiple outlets in his home country have claimed that the Argentine forward has suffered broken ribs after being involved in an accident.

The Manchester City striker attended a concert in Amsterdam featuring Colombian singer Maluma and was reportedly hurt on his return to the airport when the taxi he was in was involved in an accident.

The reports claim that Aguero will be out of action for an extended period of time, though as at time of reporting, there has been no official confirmation from either Manchester City or the Argentina national team.

Aguero’s former club Independiente seemingly confirmed the news with a tweet wishing the forward well, saying: “Strength and quick recovery. All Independiente is with you in this difficult time”.

With Argentina still yet to book their spot at next summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia, Aguero will miss their final two vital qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador on October 5 and 10 respectively.