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Burna Boy: Wike under fire for gifting musicians millions

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There have been angry reactions on social media to the decision of River State Governor Nyesom Wike to gift artistes that performed at Burna Boy’s homecoming concert N10 million each.

TheCable reported that the ‘African Giant’ crooner had recently snagged his first-ever Grammy win for ‘Twice As Tall,’ his 2020 album.

At the concert held to honour him for the feat and his heroics in the global music landscape, Wike had said all artistes who performed would get N10 million each.

It is understood that Burna Boy was also included among those expected to get the cash gift.

The development, which comes at a time when teachers in the state are protesting unpaid salaries, has sparked outrage on the microblogging platform.

Several users have questioned the governor’s rationale for gifting the musicians millions when workers are being owed salaries.

One Michael, on Twitter, writing under @michael_mickyt, stated, “Wike no try in all honesty, how I wish he wasnt owing teachers money and paid this huge sum for burna boy ” Homecoming ”event then I doubt it will be an issue. How do governors sleep at night knowing they are yet to pay teachers salaries for months?”

Another critic, Otunba, tweeting under @ManLikeIcey, stated, “Burna boy will come on Twitter to drag politicians; he’ll call them looters and all but see the hypocrite hailing Wike after receiving N10M. Teachers are being owed 5 years salary in the same Rivers State o.”

“Few weeks ago, some teachers protested lack of salary in Port Harcourt; Wike that couldn’t answer them gave N10m to Burna & other artistes. When you see the way those artistes reacted to the N10m, it’s obvious that many are complaining about politicians because they’re not getting their own cut,” a user wrote.

“This impulsive and crass misappropriation of Rivers State funds by Wike. Donations like this made Peter Odili then earned the sobriquet, “Donatus”. As for Burna, ‘Monsters You Made’ was a product of your creative ingenuity, not of patriotism and that’s hypocritical,” another user wrote.

Some users, however, defended the governor’s gesture, arguing that there was nothing wrong with him celebrating excellence.

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Veteran Nollywood actor Bruno Iwuoha dies at 68

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A veteran Nollywood actor, Bruno Iwuoha, died on Saturday at 68, after a prolonged battle with diabetes.

Actors Guild of Nigeria announced his death in a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Monalisa Chinda Coker.

The statement read, “It is on a sad note that we announce the passing away of our elder colleague and active member of AGN Abuja, Bruno Obinna Iwuoha.

“He died in the early hours of this morning after a prolonged battle with diabetes.

“Bruno Iwuoha hails from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area in Umunumo Umuanunu kindred, Imo state. He was aged 68 years, survived by his wife and six children.”

National President of the AGN, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, commiserated with the immediate family members, friends and fans of the deceased and prayed that God would comfort them in their moment of grief.

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DMX officially announced dead after OD

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Legendary rapper DMX has now been officially declared dead, a week after he fell into a coma, following a heart attack “triggered” by a drug overdose.

He was aged 50. The Westchester County native was born Earl Simmons.

The drug overdose had left him in a “vegetative state”, after his brain was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes following his OD, brain function never returned, and by Thursday his organs began failing while he remained in intensive care in  the hospital.

His death today at White Plains Hospital, in New York, was confirmed to AP by his family.

DMX is survived by 15 children.

His career  began when he catapulted to the top of the charts with his 1998 debut album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.”

The debut record went platinum nearly five times over and peaked at No. 1 on the US charts.

 

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The Voice Nigeria Season 3: Episode 2 -Blind Auditions

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Things get heated up as the coaches are spoiled for choice with amazing performances!

The Voice Nigeria is the ultimate talent contest. Darey, Waje, Falz and Yemi Alade are The Voice Nigeria’s celebrity musician coaches, while Toke Makinwa and Nancy Isime serve as Hosts. The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the Blind Auditions, Knockouts, Battles and Live Shows.

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