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Davido, Anthony Joshua endorse confab on Nigeria’s out-of-school children



A UK-based charity, IA-Foundation has secured endorsements from music star ‘Davido’ and a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, to signpost its international campaign to end out-of-school crisis in Nigeria.

David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter and record producer, who blends African music with mainstream pop, while Joshua, a Briton of Nigerian extraction is an acclaimed international boxer.

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of IA-Foundation, Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, made the announcement in Abuja on Wednesday.

She was speaking at a pre-event news conference to announce plans by the foundation to stage its annual fund raising event on Feb. 26, to give succour to hapless children in Nigeria.

Adeagbo said the group settled for Davido and Joshua to be the face of hope for millions of kids, who might have become despondent and hopeless, especially those forced out of school because of insecurity and other socio-economic problems in Nigeria.

According to her, a former Education Minister, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, and the American education rights campaigner, Ms.Zuriel Oduwole are also expected to lend their voices to the out-of-school problem at the event, which would be staged via zoom.

“The education crisis in Nigeria is one that requires urgent, collective and concrete action to surmount.

“At IA-Foundation, we do not believe that we are the solution to this problem but we believe that we are a part of the solution,’’ said Adeagbo, who has been providing amenities in some communities in Lagos in recent months to assist indigent people.

She said that it was untenable for Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous nation, to continue to be home to 13.2 million out-of-school children, adding: “we need to change this narrative and very quickly too!”

Adeagbo said that a hat donated by Joshua would be auctioned at the fund raiser as part of activities to generate funds to promote inclusion for out of school kids in parts of the country.

According to her, the British Airways and other corporate organisations have also identified with the campaign, to give hope and a future to millions of Nigerian kids.

“The event will give participants an opportunity to brainstorm and find ways in which we can reduce the number of out-of-school children and improve the standard of education in Nigeria,’’ she said.

IA-Foundation, which is based in London and Lagos, has been exploring ways to collaborate with the Federal Government to tackle critical issues plaguing the education sector in Nigeria.

It was reported that the UNICEF says there are 10.5 million out of school in Nigeria, the highest rate in the world.

Reports state that UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown  says there are about 11 million out-of-school children in northeast Nigeria alone due to the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.


Cardi B, Offset unfollow each other




American celebrity couple, Offset and Cardi B have unfollowed each other on Instagram.

A check on their respective Instagram pages on Tuesday morning shows that the rappers are no longer following each other on the platform.

Cardi B has not yet given reasons for her action and neither has Offset.

Newsmen recall that the couple secretly married in 2017 and have since welcomed two children together.

Cardi B filed for divorce from Offset in September 2020 but the two got back together in October.

In June 2023, Cardi publicly blasted Offset after he claimed she cheated on him.

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Portable walks runway at British Fashion Awards [VIDEO]




Popular Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola, aka Portable, graced the runway of the 2023 British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Monday.

The ‘Zazu’ crooner accompanied British-Nigerian Grime rapper Skepta to the event.

Portable strutted behind Skepta and other members of his BBK crew amid pomp and pageantry.

Hollywood stars Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow were among the attendees.

Big winners of the night included Jonathan Anderson for Designer of the Year; Sarah Burton for the Special Recognition Award, and Martine Rose for British Menswear Designer of the Year. Singer Sam Smith was the recipient of the Cultural Innovator Award, while British-Ghanaian actress and writer Michaela Coel took the gong for the Pandora Leader of Change.

Video of Portable walking the runway:

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Why I gave Davido my song ‘Blow My Mind’ – Wurld




Nigerian singer and songwriter Sadiq Onifade, popularly known as WurlD, has explained why he gave Davido his song, ‘Blow My Mind’.

He said he wrote the song which Davido released with American R&B star Chris Brown in 2019.

Speaking in a recent interview with 3Music TV, Accra, Ghana, WurlD said he gave the duo the song because it was “a song I didn’t have a use for at the time”.

He said, “It [giving ‘Blow My Mind’ to Davido] wasn’t planned. I was in Lagos promoting my project, ‘Love Is Contagious’, and I got a call from my guy, producer Shizzi… It was even one of those things I didn’t plan for because I was gonna use the song myself. I wanted to get some features on the record, but I was promoting a new project, and I didn’t have time.

“I didn’t have a use for ‘Blow My Mind’ at that time. Davido and Chris Brown, it’s just a beautiful thing to lend my art with another artiste and at the same time and see how well the song is done.”

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