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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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Davido, DAF announce N300 million giveaway

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Davido, DAF announce N300 million giveaway

Afrobeats sensation David Adeleke, widely known as Davido, has committed to donating N300 million to various orphanages across the nation.

The announcement was made through his social media channels on Tuesday, February 20, continuing a tradition he started several years ago.

Davido emphasized the importance of giving back to the community, particularly during a period when Nigerians are facing challenges such as increased food and petrol prices. He reiterated his dedication to supporting orphanages and vulnerable groups in the country.

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In previous years, Davido has been proactive in his philanthropic endeavors. Last year, he generously distributed N237 million to numerous orphanages, and in October 2022, he donated N250 million to support 292 orphanages nationwide.

The donation will be facilitated through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), ensuring that the funds reach those in need. Davido expressed his commitment to transparency, promising to provide detailed information about the disbursement process. He stated, “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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Kano censorship board revokes licences of Kannywood, Amart entertainment

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Kano censorship board revokes licences of Kannywood, Amart entertainment

The Kano State Censorship Board has officially revoked the licences of two prominent companies, Kannywood Enterprises Limited and Amart Entertainment.
At the heart of this significant development is Aisha Tijjani, better known by her moniker Hajiya Amart, a figure whose recent actions have sparked considerable controversy and debate across the sector.
This unfolding saga, rooted in allegations of non-compliance, defamation, and abuse, casts a spotlight on the intricate balance between regulatory authority and the freedoms of the entertainment world.

Clash of authority, ambition

The crux of the matter lies in the serious accusations leveled against Hajiya Amart by the Association of Kano State Downloaders (KADA), which include the misuse of security personnel for financial extortion.

The Board, acting on these complaints, cited her for non-compliance with its laws, defamation of character, and verbal abuse directed at the Director in the office of the Executive Secretary. Despite multiple attempts by the Board to engage with Amart for a resolution, she consistently declined to respond, thereby exacerbating the situation.

This refusal to cooperate not only highlighted her disregard for the established legal frameworks but also raised questions about the extent of her influence and control within the industry.

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Legal and ethical quandary

Central to this controversy is the question of legal authority, particularly Hajiya Amart’s unauthorized use of security forces to pursue alleged pirates, an action that starkly contravenes the Board’s regulations.

This misuse of power not only challenges the jurisdiction of the Kano State Censorship Board but also sets a dangerous precedent for the governance of the entertainment industry at large.

It brings to the fore the delicate power dynamics between regulatory bodies and the entities they oversee, underscoring the necessity for a clear demarcation of roles and responsibilities to prevent abuses of power.

Community response and way forward

The revocation of Kannywood Enterprises Limited and Amart Entertainment’s licenses has been met with widespread approval from KADA members and leaders, who view the Board’s decisive action as a vindication of their grievances and a step towards a more equitable industry landscape.

This incident serves as a pivotal moment for the Kano State entertainment community, prompting a collective reflection on the values and standards it wishes to uphold. As the dust settles, the focus now shifts to rebuilding trust and ensuring that similar disputes can be resolved through dialogue and mutual respect, rather than through unilateral actions that threaten to undermine the industry’s integrity.

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Ethel Ekpe, is dead

Ethel Ekpe, a veteran actress who appeared on the Nigerian entertainment screen, died of cancer on Wednesday in Lagos State.

The late actress played ‘Segi’ in the defunct sitcom on Nigerian Television Authority by Ken Saro Wiwa named ‘Basi and Company’.

Ekpe also featured in Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and the ‘Sons of the Caliphate.’

The news of her death was announced by the Director-General, National Film and Video Censors Board, Dr. Shaibu Husseini, in a late Facebook post on Wednesday.

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Husseini wrote, “I have been reliably informed that Ethel Ekpe, (Ethel Aderemi nee Ekpe), the screen beauty that delighted fans with her inimitable interpretation of the role of Segi in the defunct sitcom on Nigerian Television Authority by Ken Saro Wiwa titled ‘Basi and Company’ has passed on.

“The actress and later day Pastor and star of Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and most recently ‘Sons of the Caliphate” reportedly died of Cancer today in Lagos.”

“She will be sorely missed,” adding that his family “will particularly miss her because we named my second daughter Ethel, after her. Good night good woman!”

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