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American superstar rap artiste Kanye West has been named Billboard‘s Top Gospel Artist and Top Male Gospel Artist of 2020.

Although Kanye West started his career as a secular musician, in 2019 he released his first spiritual-themed album, Jesus is King.

According to Billboard, on the list of entertainers for the Top Gospel Artist chart, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin at No. 2, Tasha Cobbs Leonard at No. 3, Sunday Service Choir at No. 4, Travis Greene at No. 5, Marvin Sapp at No. 6, Kierra Sheard at No. 7, Koryn Hawthorne at No. 8, Maverick City Music at No. 9, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 10.

Also, as for Top Male Gospel Artist, Kanye beat Kirk Franklin who sits at No. 2, Travis Green, No. 3; Marvin Sapp at No. 4, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 5.

Billboard wrote, “West’s 2019 album, his first spiritual-themed set, Jesus Is King, opened atop Top Gospel Albums, Top Christian Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200. In its opening week on the Nov. 9, 2019, dated lists, the set earned 264,000 equivalent album units, the biggest week ever for a faith-based album. Since its arrival, Jesus Is King has spent more than a year at No. 1 and is the No. 1 album on the Top Gospel Albums year-end tally.

“The No. 2 Christian Album of 2020 also comes from West’s world. Jesus Is Born, credited to the Sunday Service Choir (with production by West), finishes in the runner-up position. The album was released on Dec. 25, 2019. After just a day-and-a-half of tracking, Jesus Is Born entered Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) at No. 2 starting with 6,000 equivalent album units earned (3,000 in album sales) in the week ending Dec. 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Jesus Is Born peaked at No. 2 on Top Gospel Albums, not making it to the summit only because West’s own Jesus Is King LP was dominating at No. 1. Sunday Service Choir is also the leading gospel group of 2020.”

Billboard further stated that Kanye West’s, Follow God song was the number one song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs.

“Meanwhile, the lead track on Jesus Is King, ‘Follow God’, is the No. 1 song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs, which is powered by streaming, airplay and sales. ‘Follow God’ has spent more than 40 weeks at No. 1. Concurrently, it is the No. 1 song on the year-end Gospel Streaming Songs list and No. 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales.

“West’s ‘Wash us in the Blood’, featuring Travis Scott, is the No. 4 Hot Gospel Songs title of 2020. ‘Wash Us’ started at No. 1 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs on the surveys dated July 11. It reigned for eight weeks on the former and two frames on the latter. It’s also the No. 1 song of 2020 on Gospel Digital Song Sales,” Billboard stated.

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Nollywood actor Aki, first wife separate, unveils new partner

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Nollywood actor Chinedu Ikedieze with first and second wives

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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