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Afrobeat legend, D’Banj officially joins the AfroZones Dubai soundoff

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The build-up to the AFROZONS DUBAI SOUND OFF, holding in March of next year is gaining momentum; as Dubai’s Department for Economy and Tourism, DET formerly known as Dubai Tourism, unveils, International Afrobeat superstar, D’banj, popularly known as the Koko Master, as the Official Afrobeat Artist of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff.

D’banj who has received numerous international awards like the Best International Act (Africa) at the 2011 BET Awards and Best-Selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards has been an Icon for Afrobeat music for over a decade.

The Koko Master who has been quiet for some time, just released a new album. The new album, named “Stress Free (Chapter 1)” melodically fits into the theme of the Dubai Soundoff; which is basically an avenue for Afrobeat lovers around the world to have a stress-free time while experiencing the greatness of Dubai.

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The official website for the Soundoff is www.afrozonsdxb.com. The website hosts further information on the ways to join D’Banj, Radio Hosts and Celebrities at the Dubai Soundoff. It gives you information on the discounted travel packages and how to stand a chance to win a trip giveaway. The winners will receive flight tickets for two, hotel accommodation, feeding, special tours, airport transfers, and visa’s (where necessary), to attend the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff in March 2022.

Visit the website www.afrozonsdxb.com for more information.

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Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Hosts of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff, had this to say:

“The Afrozons Dubai Soundoff has received incredible feedback across all markets since its launch. We are very proud of what has been accomplished until this day and the partnership between DET, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and our partner Afrozons has proven to be very successful. Therefore, we are excited to announce another milestone in the Soundoff, which is having D’Banj join us as the lead musician for this incredible project. We are convinced that his energy and positive attitude are a great fit for our brand and that he will take this project to the next level. Finally, we are thankful to having D’Banj aboard for this journey and we are certain that we can create an outstanding and memorable event together in Dubai early 2022.”

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D’Banj had this to say about the partnership:

I have always said content is the new Crude Oil and it takes people to create content. This is why I love what the Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and AfroZons are doing here. After the global Covid 19 pandemic people and economies are trying to bounce back, stress free. The AfroZons Dubai Soundoff drives that purpose by bringing people together in a stress free environment.

I am excited to be part of this project and look forward to the many ways we can make the Dubai Soundoff a massive success.

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About Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)

With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.

Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), formally known as Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development, and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

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About D’Banj

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name, D’banj, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, businessman and the founder of DB Records. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

Mr. Oyebanjo adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an up-tempo dance fusion of Afrobeats and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.

D’banj is also the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He was Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, a recognition he got for using his high celebrity status to attract attention to serious and critical issues in Africa.

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Ikpeazu lauds Nigerian Armed Forces for sustaining national peace

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has lauded the sacrifices and commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the maintenance of national, sub-national, regional and global peace and security.

Ikpeazu, who made the commendation during the grand finale marking the end of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the old Cenotaph ground, Ogurube layout, Umuahia, said the country must continue to appreciate and acknowledge the patriotic contributions and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against Boko Haram, insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, terrorism and other forms of criminality across the country.

Ikpeazu, ably represented by his Deputy, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, pointed out that the achievements of the Nigerian Legion in the state cannot be overemphasized given her commitment to the training of security personnel for churches, schools, banks, ministries among others and reassured that as a security-conscious government, they will continue to prioritize security and always partner the Nigerian Legion and other security agencies in their effort to sustain the prevailing peace and security in the state.

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He stressed the need for all to, as a mark of honour for the sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed forces of Nigeria, show greater commitment to the unity of the nation and the task of building a greater and better Society. He further promised that the present administration will not relent in its commitment to always encourage and support the state chapter of the Nigeria Legion and other security agencies in all areas within the limits of available resources.

In a vote of thanks, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Deaconess Nna Rose Urenta, said the event marks the end of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration which commenced with the launch of the emblem appeal fund and interdenominational Thanksgiving Service in honour of the country’s fallen heroes that paid the supreme sacrifice.

Highlights of the occasion included the inspection of Guards mounted by men of the Nigerian Armed Forces by the Governor’s representative, laying of wreaths at the feet of the unknown soldier by the Governor represented by Chukwu; the Commander, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Brigadier Gen M.B. Wabili; the Commandant, Nigeria Navy Finance and Logistics School , Owerrinta, Commodore Bugaje; the Commissioner of Police, Mrs.Janet Agbade; the Chairman Nigeria Legion, Abia State Chapter, Commander, Ambrose Nnabugwu; the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Deaconess Nna Rose Urenta; the Chairman Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke; representatives of widows of Commissioned and Non Commissioned Officers, the release of pigeons and the traditional 21 gun salute in honour of the nation’s fallen heroes.

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Orijin partners ‘Fuji: A Opera’ as Fuji icons dazzle fans at ‘Fuji Vibrations’ and ‘Fuji Is Art Exhibition’

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Orijin, in its signature style of blending the old with the new, partnered Fuji: A Opera for a series of fuji-themed experience; including a digital artwork exhibition titled #OrijinalFujiIsArt and Fuji Vibrations – a platform for blending fuji music styles with other genres of music in December 2021.

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The multi-layered experience, started with the Orijinal Fuji Is Art exhibition, designed in two folds: outdoor installations and a gallery exhibition which thrilled Art lovers with the presentation of digital artworks by 24-year-old Nigerian digital artist, Bidemi Tata whose works visualized the tenet and character of the Fuji music sub-culture.

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The grand finale of the Art Exhibition, an exclusive VIP Preview, took place at Untitled, Maitama Sule, Ikoyi Lagos on Sunday, December 5th as Bidemi took guests on a journey using comic-book sensibility to express a bold representation of the Fuji music sub-culture, grounding this age-old genre of music in relevance with new age technology and digital possibilities of relatable storytelling.

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The other aspect of the experience; Fuji vibrations, a platform dedicated to blending Fuji music with other genres and styles witnessed series of live fuji music concerts at Ogba, Yaba & Victoria Island respectively with highly respected line up of Fuji music powerhouses including Akeem Adisa Adesope, Alhaji Rasheed Ayinde Merenge, Igwe Remi Aluko, Alhaji Dr. Saheed Osupa, General Ayinla Kollington, Sulaimon Adio Atawewe (Mr. Spirit), SK Sensation who is also the president of the Fuji Musician Association of Nigeria (FUMAN), Kolade Onanuga also known as KWAM 2, KS1 Malaika, among others.Images 1 Images 3 Images 8 Images 4 Images 5 Images 7 Images 4 Images 2

The grand finale of the Fuji Vibrations not only entertained guests with the blend of Fuji music styles, it also served as a platform to see the possibilities of other music genre in fusion with the Fuji Music genre as DJ Maze & Xtreme held a 30 minutes DJ set that fused Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with Fuji music. A happy remix of known Fuji songs got the room jumping as they performed. Guests stood up and took to their phones to capture the fluid transitions. It was indeed a breath-taking experience as Orijin, the official beverage partner of the event, served various orijinal cocktails, and its new variant, the Tigernut and Ginger, much to the delight of the ecstatic guests.

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Funmilola Adigolo, Orijin Brand Manager, made an impressive remark, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to celebrating Fuji subculture. This dedication was reflected in the space’s design. There were photobooths with cultural props where attendees could imagine themselves as a Fuji artist or aficionado. There were also traditional Yoruba games.

It couldn’t have been a more orijinal December as Ogba danced, Yaba trembled, and Victoria Island surely vibrated to its roots, all thanks to the highly cultural experience brought to life by Fuji: A Opera in partnership with Orijin Nigeria.

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Speed Darlington pulls knife as woman calls him ‘rapist’ on Instagram video

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It appears Nigerian artist, Speed Darlington, real name Darlington Okoye, may have some trouble coming his way.

During a live video on his Instagram page at the weekend, two ladies engaged him in a shouting match. One called the musician a “rapist”.

Speed recorded the video seen by DAILY POST, walking around the living room while arguing with the duo, both outside his apartment.

The actual location is yet to be ascertained but the artist who used to reside in America currently lives in Lagos.

Speed accused the women of embarrassing him and warned against extreme provocation. Shortly after, he headed to the kitchen and pulled a knife.

“I’m not a foreign person, I was born here (Nigeria). I grew up in Ojo. If I come outside, I’ll carry a weapon”, he told them.

“They continually invade my privacy, opening my window, opening my curtain”, the songwriter informed the audience.

“I’m alone, two people attacking me. If somebody put in my curtain and…(swings the knife), will I be wrong?”

One of the women replied that he was being confronted because “you passed your boundary”.

The other, more vocal throughout the recording, said: “You’ve met your match. Speed come outside. I will deal with you, I will deal with you. Why are you running?

“Continue your live video, let them know you’re a rapist. You want to start messaging a 16-year-old girl, a house girl. Open this door, come out.”

The video is circulating on social media with respondents expressing concern about the mention of the artiste getting close to a teenager.

In several countries including Nigeria, persons younger than 18 years of age are considered minors.

Some have advised Speed Darlington’s accusers to make a formal complaint to the police for investigation.

Though his year of birth is not publicly known, the native of Arondizuogu in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State is believed to be around 40 years old.

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