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Asake’s MMWTV becomes highest charting debut Nigerian album in Billboard history

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Popular Nigerian afrobeat singer, Ahmed Ololade, professionally known as Asake, has added a new feat to his list of achievements as ‘Mr. Money With The Vibes’ announced the highest-charting debut Nigerian album on Billboard in 2022.

The music chart data confirmed this on Thursday in a Twitter update.

“In 2022, @asakemusik’s ‘Mr. Money With The Vibe’ became the highest-charting debut Nigerian album of all time on the Billboard.”

The 12-track album emerged 66th on the ‘Billboard 200’, making it the highest-debuting Nigerian album on the chart, and number 2nd position on Billboard World Album Chart.

The chart-topping album was released on the 8th of September 2022 and became the number-one album in Nigeria in a few hours.

The album, which was released in the latter part of 2022, made the top 1- 10 songs on Apple music in its week of release.

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Stop spreading lies about Junior Pope’s  death, childhood friend warns journalists, bloggers, others

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By Raymond Ozoji,  Awka

Childhood friend of the late ace actor JohnPaul Obumneme Odowondo, famously called Junior Pope in the Nigerian motion picture industry, Chinedu Nzeribe, an indigene of Uli in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, has warned journalists, bloggers, content creators and a host of others in the communication industry in Nigeria to desist forthwith from spreading lies and all manner of falsehoods about the late actor.

Nzeribe who spoke exclusively with this journalist, remonstrated that the online media is awash with contradictory stories about the life and times of the late Junior Pope.

Nzeribe said while some sections of the online media reported that Junior Pope died and resurrected, other sections of the media claimed that Junior Pope was the only child of his parents.

He said some others fabricated that the Anam community in Anambra-West claimed the body of Junior Pope whereas no such thing ever happened because he was personally with the remains of the late actor in the hospital at Asaba Delta state shortly after the catastrophic boat mishap that claimed the actor’s life.

He said it is indeed terrible that in this time and age, people do not verify information before going to the public.

According to him, Junior Pope was his childhood friend and they both grew up in Cameroon. He said Junior Pope was not the only child of his parents as he had other siblings.

He said he is the godfather of Junior Pope’s first son and that Junior Pope’s father and his late father were like Siamese twins in Cameroon.

Nzeribe recalled that when his father died, Junior Pope’s father came to Uli for condolence with a cow. He also brought a masquerade from Ukehe Nsukka to show how close both families were and still are.

Nzeribe therefore emphasised that Junior Pope is officially dead and that the funeral ceremony will soon be announced by the family.

He said, “The Odonwodo family of Ukehe Nsukka whose son, John Paul Odonwodo popularly known as Junior Pope who died some few days ago have requested that the public especially content creators, actors, actresses, bloggers bystanders, pedestrians, friends, enemies, busybodies  etc should desist from spreading unfounded, unverified, fake stories and lies about the death of Junior Pope all over social media platforms just to catch cruise.

“Even while I was with the corpse of the late Jnr Pope in the hospital in Asaba , I saw videos  of some people who claimed they had resurrected him somewhere. I was shocked.

“Just a few persons who knew my relationship with the Odonwodo family and Junior Pope called me to confirm what they were hearing and seeing on social media platforms.

“The fake stories of the resurrected Junior Pope spread so fast that some people actually started celebrating by drinking, eating and merrying about.

“I looked at the corpse more than several times to be very sure that what I was seeing on social media platforms were not real.

“The late Junior Pope had in one of the videos joked that he was the only son and child.

“It was a joke but many people took it as gospel truth and have been spreading that extremely false  information that he was the only child.

“People should learn to confirm information from the right source(s) before making them available on social media platforms -if it’s necessary.

“Please, the family has requested that people should be careful with the information they put out in respect of the Junior Pope and that they should be left alone to mourn their dead in peace.

“Officially, Junior Pope is dead. Burial arrangements will be announced at the appropriate time,” he said.

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Abuja honours Adeleke, Davido, names street after them

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By Jeleel Olawale

The Abuja Municipal Area Council has nominated Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state and his musician nephew, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, for the distinctive honour of naming a street after them, as a recognition of the governor’s outstanding contributions and commitment to laudable infrastructural development in Osun state.

The development which was conveyed in a letter dated April 15, puts Governor Adeleke on the famed list of eminent Nigerian leaders and public servants immortalised, which the street naming within the Abuja Municipality in the nation’s capital represents.

In the letter signed by Peter Ijwo and Dirijo D. Dahni, Director of Operations and Admin Officer respectfully, the council noted that “Your (Adeleke) endorsement was purely based on personal merit, hence in recognition of your outstanding contributions and commitment to laudable Infrastructural Development in Osun State, FCT-Abuja remains the epitome of our continuous corporate existence.

“The intent behind the naming of Street to achievers is to memorialize their efforts and to promote awareness of the individuals and express appreciation for their special contributions to Nation building.”

The council added that the governor’s nephew, Mr. David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, will have a street with the Abuja Municipality named after him, noting that, “To add to this honour, your nephew David Adeleke, who no doubt has been a character to be emulated by Nigerian youths due to his enormous contributions in the entertainment industry, has honourably been included in the nomination.

“Subject to your acceptance of this nomination, kindly confirm your formal acceptance.”

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Singer Paul Okoye hints at remarrying

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Popular singer and half of P-Square, Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy, has hinted at remarrying.

The ‘Reason With Me’ crooner dropped the hint while scolding fans for wishing his divorce from his ex-wife to be toxic.

He stated that he would not succumb to their wishes, urging them to accept the reality that he is with his new partner, Ivy Ifeoma.

He went on to unveil hashtag options for himself and his partner, Ifeoma.

On his Instagram story, Rudeboy wrote: “Some of y’all wish and think all divorces must be toxic, looking for someone to blame so that y’all can be entertained… lol

“#Ifeomanonso Or #Ifynonso. Choose one.”

NEWSMEN  recalls that Rudeboy, 41, unveiled Ifeoma, then 22, as his new girlfriend in December 2022, one year after his divorce from his ex-wife Anita Okoye.

 

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