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BET awards: As Nigerian superstars grab nominations, Drake, GloRilla lead

Multi-platinum performer, Drake, will be heading to the 2023 edition of BET Awards with seven nominations.
The Black culture’s biggest night event holding in Los Angeles will be aired live on Sunday, June 25.
Four Nigerian superstars have also been nominated in some categories.
Leading the pack is the acclaimed Burna Boy, who has secured multiple nominations, while Ayra Starr, Asake, and Tems have one each.


Drake’s seven nominations are in the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist, Best Group with 21 Savage, and Album of the Year for, Her Loss.
GloRilla, best-known for “Tomorrow 2” with Cardi B and “ Leave the Club” featuring Lil Durk, is the most nominated female with her name in six categories. At the 2022 awards, the spit-fire rapper took home Breakthrough Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.
21 Savage and Lizzo are trailing closely behind with five nods each. Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Ice Spice, SZA, and more have received top honours.
Burna Boy’s nominations are Male Artist R&B/Pop Artist, Video Director of the Year, and Best International Act.
Tems received recognition for Best Female Artist and Best Collaboration for her contribution to Future’s track ‘Wait For U’.  Ayra Starr and Asake make their debut on the nominations list with their nods for Best International Act and Best New International Act, respectively.
“We are thrilled to be back in LA for BET Awards 2023 and to celebrate a huge cultural milestone – the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “For five decades, Hip Hop has not only influenced American culture but has become a global phenomenon and one of the most influential musical genres of our lifetime.”

The nominees in each music-centric category are below:

Album of the Year
Anyways, Life’s Great, GloRilla
Breezy, Chris Brown
God Did, DJ Khaled
Her Loss, Drake & 21 Savage
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar
Renaissance, Beyoncé
SOS, SZA

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Ari Lennox
Beyoncé
Coco Jones
H.E.R.
Lizzo
SZA
Tems

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Blxst
Brent Faiyaz
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
Drake
The Weeknd
Usher

Best Group
City Girls
Drake & 21 Savage
Dvsn
FLO
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
Quavo & Takeoff
Wanmor

Best Collaboration
“Big Energy (Remix),” Latto & Mariah Carey feat. DJ Khaled
“Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2,” Pinkpantheress & Ice Spice
“Call Me Every Day,” Chris Brown feat. Wizkid
“Can’t Stop Won’t Stop,” King Combs feat. Kodak Black
“Creepin’,” Metro Boomin, The Weeknd & 21 Savage
“F.N.F. (Let’s Go),” Hitkidd & GloRilla
“Tomorrow 2,” GloRilla & Cardi B
“Wait For U,” Future feat. Drake & Tems

Best Female Hip Hop Artist  
Cardi B
Coi Leray
GloRilla
Ice Spice
Latto
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
21 Savage
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Baby

Video of the Year
“We (Warm Embrace),” Chris Brown
“2 Million Up,” Peezy, Jeezy & Real Boston Richey feat. Rob49
“About Damn Time,” Lizzo
“Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy
“First Class,” Harlow
“Kill Bill,” SZA
“Tomorrow 2,” GloRilla & Cardi B

Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky for AWGE
Benny Boom
Burna Boy
Cole Bennett
Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar
Director X
Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor

Best New Artist
Ambré
Coco Jones
Doechii
FLO
GloRilla
Ice Spice
Lola Brooke

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
“Bless Me,” Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
“Finished (Live),” Tamela Mann
“I’ve Got Joy,” CeCe Winans
“Kingdom,” Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin feat. Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore
“New,” Tye Tribbett
“One Moment From Glory,” Yolanda Adams
“The Better Benediction (Pt.2),” PJ Morton feat. Lisa Knowles-Smith, Le’andria Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard & Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Viewer’s Choice Award
“About Damn Time,” Lizzo
“Break My Soul,” Beyoncé
“First Class,” Jack Harlow
“Jimmy Cooks,” Drake feat 21 Savage
“Kill Bill,” SZA
“Last Last,” Burna Boy
“Super Freaky Girl,” Nicki Minaj
“Wait For U,” Future feat. Drake & Tems

BET Her
“About Damn Time,” Lizzo
“Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2,” Pinkpantheress & Ice Spice
“Break My Soul,” Beyoncé
“Her,” Megan Thee Stallion
“Lift Me Up,” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From And Inspired By – Rihanna & Ludwig Göransson
“Players,” Coi Leray
“Special,” Lizzo

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Nollywood actor Aki, first wife separate, unveils new partner

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Nollywood actor Aki, first wife separate, unveils new partner

Nollywood actor Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as Aki, has announced his separation from his first wife, Nneoma Nwaijah.

The couple, who married in 2011 with a traditional ceremony in Imo State followed by a white wedding in Lagos, met on a film set in Lagos where Nneoma worked as a costumier.

In a recent Instagram post, the 46-year-old actor revealed his new marriage to Stephanie Promise, with whom he has one child and other children.

Celebrating Promise’s birthday, Aki expressed his gratitude for their journey together, describing her as the heart of their family.

He wrote: “My world…my love ! On this special day, I want to celebrate not only your birthday but the incredible journey we’ve been on together.”

“You have blessed our lives with two beautiful girls who light up our world, and now, we have been gifted with a precious baby boy.”

“Watching you embrace motherhood with such grace and strength fills me with awe. You are the heart of our family, the rock we all lean on. Your love and dedication to me and our children are unparalleled, and I am endlessly grateful for the life we are building together!”

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“As we welcome our son, CHIDUBEM IVAN CHINEDU IKEDIEZE (CiCi) into this world, I am reminded of the boundless love and joy you bring into my life. You are my partner, my best friend, and the love of my life 🥹☺️🥰.”

“On this special birthday, I hope you feel the immense tenderness and appreciation that surrounds you, the unbreakable bond and the love that radiates within us.”

“Happy Birthday baby, my angel, my sweetheart ❤️🥰☺️💕💞💝. Here’s to many more years of laughter, love, and beautiful memories.”

“Happy birthday to my soulmate, Stephanie Promise @iammsp1 ☺️❤️😘🤗 #StephaniePromiseChineduIkedieze.”

Though Aki did not disclose when his first marriage ended or when his second marriage began, his post highlights a new chapter in his personal life.

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Kidnappers release singer Rarara’s mother after 3 weeks in captivity

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Renowned Hausa musician Dauda Adamu (known as Rarara) and mother, Hajiya Hauwa’u Adamu

Kidnappers release singer Rarara’s mother after 3 weeks in captivity

Halima Adamu, the mother of renowned Hausa singer Dauda Kahutu, popularly known as Rarara, has regained her freedom.

She was released after nearly three weeks in captivity.

Halima was abducted on June 28 from her residence in Kahutu village, Danja LGA, Katsina State after some armed men stormed the enclave.

Rarara announced her release via his Instagram page early Wednesday morning.

He expressed profound gratitude to God for her safe return.

“ALHAMDULILLAH! ALHAMDULILLAH!! ALHAMDULILLAH!!! By the grace of God we have returned mama in peace of mind.

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“I am very grateful to my Lord. Thank you my family and friends. I am grateful to my fans all over the world. Surely I don’t have enough thanks to you. May Allah reward you with blessings and may Allah keep our relationship,” Rarara stated.

He, however, did not disclose if any ransom was paid to secure his mother’s release. It is gathered that Halima is currently receiving medical attention at a hospital in Abuja.

Halima’s abduction on June 28 was marked by a silent raid on her village, with residents reporting no gunshots during the operation, which “took only a few minutes.” Reports suggest the abductors specifically targeted Rarara’s mother, leaving other residents unharmed.

Rarara, who was born in Katsina, gained widespread popularity for his performances during the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rallies in Kano before the 2019 general election.

In March 2023, his house in Kano was invaded and set ablaze by hoodlums.

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Kanayo O Kanayo speaks on his crashed marriage

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Kanayo O Kanayo speaks on his crashed marriage

Veteran Nigerian actor Kanayo O Kanayo recently appeared on Nedu’s podcast, The Honest Bunch, where he discussed the challenges surrounding his marriage.

The veteran actor disclosed that he has been separated from his wife for nearly four years.  During the episode, KOK reflected on the concept of marriage and divorce, revealing that his understanding of divorce deepened only after moving to Lagos.

He pointed out that a specific mentality exists among young couples in the city, which he believes is detrimental to marital stability.

According to Kanayo, most Igbo men strongly dislike divorce. He said that instead of leaving a difficult marriage, many would rather stay and endure it.

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Netizens Reactions..

@PromiseWel29202 said: “Omo all this people that calls themselves top actors are also a problem in this country. You didn’t know what divorce is doesn’t mean there are no civilized igbo then that doesn’t know about it. So divorce is not a tribal thing. Any small thing the Igbo man. No tribe is perfect.”

@Timothy_Dikachi said: “This is so true. Only some new generation Igbo men that go into marriage with divorce plans on sight.”

@DonXiXii said: “How does an old man KOK nott know about divorce in Ihboland until he came to Lagos while in my primary school, I knew many divorces amongst my Igbo relatives, neighbors, classmates etc?”

@Marvellifestyl7 said: “No lies, he’s right.”

@macnamuna said: “I’m not surprised, most of them there fathers married 4 or 5 wives and no one left. And people give there daughter out for marriage base of character and family background, but today the only criteria you need as a man to get married is money.”

@JerryIkenna8 said: “Isn’t he divorced??? Haven’t seen his wife in any of his pics family recently.”

@DayoIge5 said: “Lagos Is iconic and legendary. Everything you thinknin Nigeria. Lagos comes 1st. Think of making money through social media. You will get to Lagos. Divorce knowledge, you will get to Lagos. Lagos is ironically an independent nation…..”

@DuchessLethal said: “Not just divorce I bet he had never also seen a box of cereal until he got to Lagos.”

@AyoOlaJo said: “What about the woman? you beat them to d£Ath before they leave too?”

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