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Nollywood, other celebrities mourn Peace Anyiam-Osigwe



Some celebrities in the entertainment industry have sympathised with the family of the famous Nigerian filmmaker and founder of the globally acclaimed film ceremony, Africa Movie Academy Awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe.

Peace Anyiam, who was popularly called ‘the queen of Nollywood films,’ passed away on Monday in Lagos, at the St. Nicholas Hospital, after a brief illness.

Following the announcement of her death, celebrities like actress Joke Silver, Ramsey Nouah, Toyin Abraham, Yul Edochie, Rita Dominic and comedian AY have taken to social media to mourn the late filmmaker.

Mourning her death on her Instagram page, actress Joke Silva who noted how Peace tried to fight for her life before death, said” death, you are bloody rude. R.I.P. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe.”

Ramsey Nouah said, “My dearest Peace, it is with a heavy heart that I write this, and I wish that just maybe it’s all a nightmare I will wake up from. You had plans, there were so many grounds to break, so many heights to reach, and so many destinies waiting to take flight on the wings of your platform. The news of your death is a huge shock. You were a force, an icon and a visionary leader in Nollywood. You have written your name in the sands of time, and your legacy continues to live on. RIP dear sister.”

Actress Toyin Abraham wrote, “Goodnight ma @digitalpmoglobal you chatted with me on Thursday to encourage me and promised to pop champagne for me. You told me I am so focused and hardworking. I know heaven gained an angel. Thank you so much ma, and I promise to always be focused and continue to be my own competition. Goodnight”.

While sharing his last moment with the deceased, Yul Edochie said, “Life is so uncertain. Just a few weeks ago, I had a conversation with her on the phone, where she told me her plans for Nollywood in 2023 and commended me for my work. Today she’s gone. Rest well Madam Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. May God grant your family the strength to bear the loss.”

Rita Dominic wrote, ”It is so difficult to say goodbye and to write RIP underneath your picture. This is not a good start to the New Year, but who I’m i a mere mortal to question the almighty. Your contributions to the growth of African cinema and Nollywood will never be forgotten. You empowered me and so many creatives in Africa through your platform. Thank you for all sis. Adieu till we meet to part no more.”

Comedian Ayo Makun wrote, ”Only a woman of substance and integrity brings out everyone that I am seeing talking about you on social media and different platforms today. I can not explain how much I’d miss all your professional advice. Peace Anyiam Osigwe was an inspiration to the whole industry. Always willing to help. Everything you asked me to do about Almajiri started falling in place last year. We wish you farewell in your journey to eternity. You’d never be forgotten. Rest in peace.”


Spotify: Davido’s Timeless ranks most streamed album in sub-Saharan Africa



Famous Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Davido’s latest song ‘Timeless’ has been ranked as the most streamed album in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Spotify Wrapped 2023 is the annual data-led review of how people listened to music and podcasts on the platform.

The singer’s album, ‘Timeless’ was recently nominated for Best Global Album at the 2024 Grammy Nominations.

On the list of Spotify’s most streamed albums in sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ finished top ahead of Asake’s ‘Work of Art’ and Burna Boy’s ‘I Told Them’.

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Skepta dismisses comparison between his neck tattoo, Wizkid’s



British-Nigerian rapper, Skepta has rebuked a social media user who tried to mock Grammy-winning singer, Wizkid’s new neck tattoo by comparing it with his own.

Wizkid recently debuted his new neck tattoo on social media and has been trending on the internet.

An X user with the handle @yemioftheworld shared photos of Skepta and Wizkid flaunting their neck tattoos with a caption that taunts the Starboy singer.

Reacting, Skepta quoted the tweet, berating the poster for comparing their tattoos. He said the post obviously made the post out of boredom.

“So because I get tattoo for neck, nobody else should catch am? You people should gerrout forreal, you are bored and it’s showing,”

he wrote.

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ICPC, Police clear D’banj of fraud, rape allegations



Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj, has been cleared of rape and fraud allegations by the Nigeria Police Force and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), respectively.

The police and the anti-graft agency gave the ‘Fall-In-Love’ crooner a clean slate in separate clearance reports upon completion of investigations with incontrovertible outcomes on the innocence of the Kokomaster singer.

In an affidavit deposed by Toheeb Lawal of Abuja-based law firm, Law Corridor, before the District Court of Abuja, wherein the reports of the Nigeria Police Investigation and Clearance from the anti-corruption agency were exhibited and marked exhibit A and B, the legal practitioner averred that the police and ICPC cleared the singer of rape and fraud allegations.

In 2020, the singer was accused of rape and the Inspector General of Police ordered an investigation into the allegation.

In a report dated November 14, 2023, with case number CR:3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/SEB/T.1/VOL 18/284, and signed by ACP YY Abubakar of the Special Enquiry Bureau at the Force Criminal Investigations Department at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the police said the matter was investigated but there was no evidence to substantiate the claim.

“The allegation was investigated,” the report partly read. “The complainant, witnesses and suspects made their statements. The investigation was expanded across board but there was no prima-facie evidence, adduced facts or corroborative evidence to establish the offence of rape and sexual assault against the singer.”

Also, sometime in late 2022, D’banj was wrongly accused of diversion of funds associated with the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government.

However, in a separate outcome after its investigation, the ICPC said that D’banj was not guilty of any fraud allegation.

In response to an inquiry, the Commission cleared D’banj of any infraction on the matter.

The clarification was dated November 29, 2023, with document number ICPC/OPS/SDD/SPT.LG/31/23.

“The commission investigated issues of fraud in the administration of the N-POWER Scheme where Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo’s name came up. However, there was no prima facie case of fraud against hm.

“Kindly be advised that Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo is not under investigation with the Commission for any fraud-related offence,” the statement partly read.

The lawyer, in his deposition filed before the Chief District Court of the Federal Capital Territory at Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, also averred that the singer was never a government official and never had any access to government funds and that the N-power campaign he supported was free and was never paid a penny by anyone or the government.

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