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Edward Enninful Promoted As Vogue European’s Editorial Director

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Edward Enninful, Editor-in-chief of British Vogue is now Vogue’s European editorial director. He will keep that role as well as oversee editions of the title in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain — Enninful is the first to fill the European editorial director position.

Anna Wintour will now be Condé Nast’s global chief content officer, the first person to fill this role. She will hold it in tandem with a slew of other titles: Vogue’s global editorial director (meaning she will remain senior to Enninful), editor in chief of American Vogue, and U.S. artistic director of Condé Nast. Other publications at Condé Nast will assume similar structures with global editorial director roles with Amy Astley heading up Architectural Digest, Will Welch heading up GQ, among others.

Enninful came on to the radar of many outside of the business with his cameo appearances in The September Issue. But he was making waves prior to them — he notably was the youngest ever to be named editor of a major international fashion magazine when he became the fashion director of i-D at 18. He later helped to inform the look of W magazine as its Creative Fashion Editor. His work at Vogue Italia was also lauded, particularly with the “Black Issue” which exclusively featured Black models. That project sold out in 72 hours, prompting Condé Nast to print an additional run. Since taking over British Vogue, he is the first and only Black editor in chief at Vogue, he has continued making history with covers.

Under his tenure, British Vogue has changed. The much-anticipated September issue, which is typically a fashion-heavy issue, has turned to activism, spotlighting the agents of change in culture. He has also put an eye toward diversity: racial, body type, age, and more. In September, Time named him the most important Black man in the global fashion landscape.

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Ennwai Releases Visuals For ‘Always Busy’ [Watch Here]

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Ghanaian Afro-fusion artist, Ennwai has released the official video for his song ‘Always Busy’, directed by Scoby Philms. ‘Always Busy‘ is off his latest EP ‘My Time’ which was released on the 29th of January, 2021. The 4 tracked EP showcases an impressive solo project that describes the singer’s own moments with an inspiration to shine to the world.

Ennwai channels his energy mixed with his extraordinary vocals of afrobeat, dancehall, and reggae to bring to the doorsteps of music lovers this captivating song and video. The video shot in the environs of oceanic and coastal scenery sends out a message that ‘the devil is always busy, thus obstacles might come your way. But God is working’. Ennwai’s EP has gained him a large audience as his music is consumed by all.

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Nigerian Idol 2021 Premieres This March

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Multichoice Nigeria last week announced that Season 6 of Nigerian Idol would premiere on 14 March.

The weekly show will return after a five-year hiatus and will be aired on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29 at 6pm WAT. 

The announcement follows online auditions, which were held from 29 November to 13 December when more than 3,600 entries were received. This year’s winner will walk away with a grand prize package worth more than ₦50m (about $130 000). 

“This season of Nigerian Idol is like nothing you’ve ever seen,” MultiChoice Nigeria chief customer officer Martin Mabutho said. “In line with our promise to always bring the best and most entertaining content to our customers, we have put together a show that we’re sure will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

“Nigerian Idol is famed for producing superstars and this season, we’re going even bigger – with the grand prize and with everything else. We can’t wait to show you all we have planned.”

Africa Magic channel director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu added: “We believe that this season’s Nigerian Idol will produce a fresh crop of talent who will be well-grounded to conquer both the local and global music scene.”

The show will be hosted by TV personality IK Osakioduwa and previously announced judges for the contest include Obi Asika, Seyi Shay and DJ Sose.

“I was excited when I was called to host this show because I once auditioned to host the contest and I didn’t get it,” Osakioduwa said. “I did go on to host something else that was just as grime and just as beautifully produced by African Magic or M-Net at the time, but now is a chance to go back and I am excited about this. I can guarantee that this will be like nothing the fans have ever seen.”

source: musicinafrica.net

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Government And Stakeholders Must Aid In Creating Wealth In The Creative Arts Industry- Hon. Awal Mohammed

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Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Awal Ibrahim Mohammed has said that there is a great need for the Ghanaian Government and stakeholders in the private sector to take interests and come together and work towards creating wealth in the creative arts industry.

According to the Minister-designate, the creative sector along with its artists must be supported to enjoy the enormous potential in the sector. In the Ministers quest to achieve this, he seeks to partner with movie makers to ensure that they produce enough quality films and series that will meet the demands of television stations. He announced that a $20million-dollar film studio will be built to become the hub for movie production in the West African sub-region.

Hon. Awal Mohammed explained that it frustrating that tourists visit the country and consume Western produced content instead of our local content. He said that tourists will spend more than 15% of their money on entertainment if there was much source of entertainment here.

“It is important that a significant percentage of content shown on television should reflect Ghanaian culture and norms.

“We want to build the studio to help us put out Ghanaian movie series so that primetime on TV should be at least 70% local content. We need to make our creative artists rich and strong. That will boost our creative industry,” he added.

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Akan Now Identifies As Pure Akan

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Akan, one of Ghana’s most critically acclaimed artists will now be identified by his new stage Pure Akan. This he said had to be implemented for better identification and also for issues concerning copyright matters. His music will now be under the name Pure Akan.

Pure Akan has already hinted that after spending weeks in the studio, his next album is shaping and to be dropped at the right time. In the mean time, music lovers are still bopping to ‘Onipa Akoma’, one of the greatest albums to ever be produced from the motherland, Ghana.

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