LAGOS STATE – NIGERIA, Thursday February 13, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Afro-fusion heavy-weight and 2020 Nigerian Grammy Award nominee, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, has been voted the 2019 Most Influential Young Nigerian in a ranking poll collated by leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media.
Burna Boy who rose to prominence in 2012, after the release ofhis “Like to Party” Album has mastered his craft to become the shining star of the Nigerian entertainment industry coupled withsterling international accolades including a BET Award and a nomination in the 2020 Grammy Awards. His expression of music which is Afrobeats has become a global trend and a genre he is championing for global recognition with other African artists. In 2019, he was also named among Africa Youth Award’s 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
In the keenly contested poll which lasted for 2 weeks, following him closely in the ranking was his co-entertainer and musician Teni, who also earned for herself a mark of being the most influential female on the list outlining her accomplishments in 2019. The ranking, which was launched in 2016 by Avance Media, had been won by Actress Funke Akindele (2016), Victor Moses (2017) and Davido (2018) who were voted as the most influential young Nigerians in their respective years.
Representing with Burna Boy among the top 5 young Nigerians on the list spearheaded by Avance Media in partnership with Reset Global People, VIPI State, Jagari Designs, Surge Studios, Watsup TV, Asuavo Security and Cliq Africa are Teni (Musician), John Obidi (CEO, HeadstartAfrica), Odunayo Eweniyi (Cofounder, PiggyVest) and AsisatOshoala (Footballer, FC Barcelona Femení).
According to the Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah, “the ranking which celebrates young people annually features 100 inspiring change-makers and leaders making great accomplishments in their diverse industries. Be it as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social impact and philanthropy leaders, public servants, thought leaders and politicians’’.
Below are winners in the various categories:
- Business – Adewale Aladejana (CEO, Sapphire Scents)
- Entertainment – Burna Boy (Musician)
- Law & Governance – Seun Fakorede (Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Oyo State)
- Leadership & Civil Society – Funke Adeoye (Co-founder, Hope Behind Bars Africa)
- Lifestyle – Broda Shaggi (Comedian)
- Media – Kiki Mordi (Journalist)
- Personal Development & Academia – John Obidi (CEO, Headstart Africa)
- Science & Technology – Odunayo Eweniyi (Cofounder, PiggyVest)
- Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele(Founder, Protect Ozone)
- Sports – Asisat Oshoala (Footballer, FC Barcelona Femení)
Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians:
- Burna Boy (Musician)
- Teni (Musician)
- John Obidi (CEO, Headstart Africa)
- Odunayo Eweniyi (Cofounder, PiggyVest)
- Asisat Oshoala (Footballer, FC Barcelona Femení)
- Wizkid (Musician)
- Broda Shaggi (Comedian)
- Falz (Musician)
- Mr Eazi (Musician)
- Davido (Musician)
- Alex Iwobi (Footballer, Everton FC)
- Rema (Musician)
- Kiki Mordi (Journalist)
- Victor AD (Musician)
- Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele (Founder, Protect Ozone)
- Adewale Aladejana (CEO, Sapphire Scents)
- Zlatan (Musician)
- Seun Fakorede (Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Oyo State)
- Yemi Alade (Musician)
- Ukinebo Dare (Managing Director, Edo State Skills Development Agency)
- Ola Brown (Dr.) (Founder, Flying Doctors Nigeria)
- Edirin Edewor (Founder, Online Publishers and Entrepreneurs Network)
- Funke Adeoye (Cofounder, Hope Behind Bars Africa)
- Nike Folagbade (Lead Consultant, Nike FolagbadeInternational)
- Sandra Ezekwesili (OAP, Nigeria Info FM)
- Onyeka Akumah (Founder, Farmcrowdy)
- Vivian Sonny – Nsirim (Founder, Young Moms Support Initiative)
- Olawale Ayilara (CEO, Landwey Investment Limited)
- Uzoma Nwagba (COO, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme)
- Isaac Success Omoyele (Founder, Dreams from the Slum)
- Stephanie Coker (OAP)
- Samson Itodo (Executive Director, YIAGA)
- Grace Ihejiamaizu (Founder, OpportunityDesk.org)
- Etop Ikpe (CEO, Cars45)
- Ibukun Onitiju (Head of Digital, Nestle Central and West Africa Region)
- Arit Okpo (TV Host, CNN Africa)
- DJ Cuppy (DJ)
- Uche Pedro (Blogger, Bella Naija)
- Oluwatobi Oyinlola (IoT Evangelist, Intel)
- Samuel Chukwueze (Footballer, Villarreal CF)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Footballer, Leceister FC)
- Bella Disu (Vice Chairman, Globacom)
- Ayodeji Osowobi (Founder, Stand to End Rape)
- Temie Giwa-Tubosun (CEO, Lifebank)
- VJ Adams (OAP, Soundcity TV)
- Crazeclown (Comedian)
- Sydney Talker (Comedian)
- Shola Lawal (Journalist)
- Otto Orondaam (Founder, Slum2School Africa)
- Esther Agbarakwe (Communications and Public Mobilization, UN)
- Egbiri Egbiri (Principal Legal Counsel, African Development Bank Group)
- Sandra Uleyi Itu (CEO, Leyi Ush)
- Hamzat Lawal (CEO, Connected Development)
- Reginald Aziza (Attorney, Chevron Nigeria Limited)
- OluTimehin Adegbeye (Writer)
- Victor Osimhen (Footballer, Lille)
- Kelechukwu Nwachukwu Lucky (Founder, Youth Network Against Female Genital Mutilation)
- Obi Ozor (Founder, Kobo360)
- Seyi Tinubu (CEO, Loatsad Promomedia Ltd)
- Ogechukwu Alexis Obah (CEO, Bodylikemilk)
- Evans Akanno (CEO, Cregital)
- Peter Tega Oghenejobo (COO, Mavin Records)
- Eyitayo Ogunmola (CEO, Utiva)
- Helen Chukwu (CEO, Helen Couture)
- Rt. Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin (Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly)
- Akinkunmi Akinwunmi (Managing Partner, Paragon Advisors)
- Tolani Alli (Photographer)
- Chinedu Azodoh (Co-founder, Max.ng)
- George Omoraro (CEO, The Rage Group)
- Oluwamayowa Tijani (Journalist)
- Bisayo Busari Akinnadeju (Founder, Project One Productions)
- Funny Toheeb (Comedian)
- Philip Obaji (Founder, 1 GAME: Football without Violence initiative)
- Oluwatobi Ajayi (CEO, Nord Automobiles)
- Abayomi Okubote (Senior Associate, Olaniwun Ajayi LP)
- Bright Jaja (Founder, iCreate Africa)
- Rt. Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba (Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly)
- Olumide Idowu (Co-Founder, International Climate Change Development Initiative)
- Otosirieze Obi-Young (Writer)
- Efe Ajagba (Boxer)
- Anna Ekeledo (ED, Afrilabs)
- Adetola Onayemi (Assistant Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations)
- Abisola Akintunde (CEO, MakeupbyAshabee)
- Francisca Ordega (Footballer, Shanghai Shenhua)
- Gideon Olanrewaju (CEO, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative)
- Ire Aderinokun (Cofounder, BuyCoins)
- Idia Aisien (OAP)
- Abubakar Falalu (CEO, Falgates)
- Richard Akuson (LGBTQ+ rights activist)
- Yagazie Eguare (Photographer)
- Zang Luka Bot (CEO, Zang Technology)
- Fred Oyetayo (CEO, Fresible)
- Didi Akinyelure (Journalist)
- Alli-Bob Cinwon (Founder, Evergreen Initiative)
- Olaseni Cole (Founder, Young Empowered Programmers)
- Joey Akan (Journalist)
- Hon Yusuf Adebisi (Rep, Ibadan South West 1 State Constituency)
- Isaac Success (Footballer, Watford FC)
- Desire Oparanozie (Footballer, Guingamp)
- Leke James (Footballer, Molde FK)
Akoo Nana Enlists Yaa Pono And Kelvyn Boy For Latest Jam
Artiste: Akoo Nana (Featuring Yaa Pono & Kelvyn Boy)
Produced by: Samsney
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Monday February 24, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – New music for the music year from Ghanaian musician Akoo Nana and this one he has for us here is titled “Wuramu”. The song features Kelvyn Boy and Yaa Pono. Production credit for the song goes to Samsney. It comes along with a music video which was directed by Abass.
Artistes To Attend Workshops To Play In The UK
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, Monday February 24, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In a statement from the Home Office, artists from the EU will, starting January 2021, require visas to play in the UK. The department have shared that artists, including DJs and touring bands, as well as sports players, will be subject to the visa rules when the Brexit transition period finishes in December 2020.
Free movement between the UK and EU will cease, meaning that all artists, and their crews, will require a Tier 5 visa in order to perform in the UK. This will also apply to festivals, cultural events, promotional activity and competitions. The change will also mean the visa will be needed for artists to attend workshops, and to give talks about their work.
At present, touring EU performers can perform in the UK without a visa or work permit. Both the Culture Minister, Nigel Adams, and Deborah Annetts, from the Incorporated Society of Musicians, have stressed the important of free movement, airing their concerns of the detrimental affect the visas will have on the UKs cultural landscape.
Optional King Crowned Winner Of Mentor Reloaded
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Monday February 24, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – After weeks of thrilling fans and patrons with exciting perf, the new all Mentor season dubbed, Mentor Reloaded came to end and Optional King was adjudged the winner for the season.
For his prize package, Optional King, Born, Mohammed Lukeman won a 2-bedroom house and other goodies.
Optional King whose consistency in projecting the culture of the northern sector with his style of rap, night after night earned praise from the judges who described him as ready for the showbiz industry.
As though expectant of the news the entire auditorium lit up with cheers and applause for the “Tamale Ka Wula” when he was pronounced winner.
The incredible fante rapper, Chichiz came second place whiles Myka came and Yaw Black came third and fourth respectively.
Mentor, is the first ever music reality show in the country and was arguably the most talked about. Aired for 10 seasons straight, went on a break and came back, rebranded as Mentor Reloaded
AK Songstress Wins At The Cultural And Innovation Awards In Canada.
OTTAWA, CANADA, February 24th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ One of Ghana’s female reggae/dancehall artistes Akosua Kwakye aka AK Songstress has won the Best female Reggae/Dancehall artiste award at the just ended Cultural and Innovation Awards.
AK Songstress who is also known as Queens of African Dancehall was honoured for being an outstanding role model and having a positive influence in her community and across Ghana.
The event which was held in Canada on February 14 attracted some music producers, managers and record label owners in Africa, Europe and United States of America.
The female dancehall act, who is currently on Paradise Entertainment label, has been one of the strong forces pushing and putting the Ghanaian dancehall music on the world map and has performed on countless international platforms.
Winning the award didn’t come in as a surprise knowing the stuff she was made of when it came to vocal delivery and the messages her songs carried.
The singer in a post on Twitter said it was great to be acknowledged for her “enthusiastic personality and creativity, having strived for greatness beyond Ghana in this demanding time and appreciated for having such positive impact in the world.”
Her management team was full of appreciation to fans and well-wishers who had supported the female dancehall artiste over the years and promised that fans should watch out for more surprise achievements as she was poised for action this year and years to come.
AK Songstress thanked her fans for their continuous support, adding that “This is for the FAN DEM…2020 is my year. Watch out.”
With a number of local and international awards to her credit, AK Songstress, in 2017 won the best female dancehall artiste of the year award at the Ghana Naija Showbiz Award held in Lagos in Nigeria.
She beat dancehall artistes such as Cynthia Morgan, MzVee and Kaakie to win the highly contested award.
She is the first female to ever win the discovery of the year for dancehall/reggae artiste at the 2014 BASS Awards in the midst of male contenders.
AK Songstress who is one of the few talented young dancehall artistes making impact on the music scene was discovered some years back by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paradise Entertainment, Duke Banson.
AK is credited with a number of hit songs, including ‘Rude Gyal Bad Gyal’, ‘Ghetto Cry’ featuring Sizzla, ‘Dangerous’ featuring 4×4 and ‘Rock Ur Body’ featuring Patoranking, ‘Tibidibi’, ‘Ohemaa’ featuring Gurua and ‘King Of the Queen’.
Her latest single ‘Give Dem’ featuring Kuami Eugene is still receiving massive airplay and has been tipped to be nominated for a number of awards in the coming days.