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Nigerian Idol: Francis Atela Gets Govt Appointment

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Nigeria Idol: Francis Atela Gets Govt Appointment

Francis Atela, the runner up in the just concluded Nigerian Idol TV show was on Wednesday decorated by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as the Youth Ambassador of the State.

Governor Ortom, who performed the decoration at the New Banquet Hall of Benue Peoples House Makurdi said Atela had showcased his thrilling performance to the world and deserved to be honoured.

He stated that Benue youth remain the hope of the state and Nigeria, stressing that their mature behaviour during the End SARS Protests and demonstration of competence in many other areas of endeavours were worth celebrating.

The Governor urged the youth to identify and develop their talents so as to add value to the state and country in general.

While acknowledging other artistes for their thrilling performances, the Governor announced his administration’s plans to organise a carnival or performance to showcase Benue talents to the world.

He noted that Francis Atela would be supported to fulfil his dream and to launch him out to the world, even as he directed his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase to liaise with Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner to work out a plan of support for the honored.

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The Governor stated that the reception accorded Atela by Benue youth was a show of love and synergy by the youth and encouraged them to sustain the tempo.

The star singer, Francis Atela thanked Governor Ortom and youth in the state for the honour, saying he felt alone for a while when he started the Nigerian Idol show but brothers and sisters came in to make it happen.

Chairman of the Central Planning Committee, Mr Terrence Kuanum, acknowledged the love always shown the Benue youth by Governor Ortom, pointing out that though Atela did not win the crown, he didn’t lose out.

Other Benue artistes who accompanied Atela to the Benue Peoples House also thanked Governor Ortom for his fatherly support to the youth and entertainment industry and pledged their commitment to make the state proud.

 

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Asake Displaces Grammy Winner Tyla , Limoblaze Wins Best Gospel Act In MOBO Awards

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By John Michael Ojo

Ahmed Ololade professionally known as Asake, on Wednesday, clinched the award for the Best African Artist of the Year at the 2024 MOBO Awards held in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Asake who recently lost his Grammy nomination to South African singer, Tyla, was named the winner ahead of his counterparts in the music industry such as Davido, Rema, Ayra Starr and the 22-year-old Grammy Award-winning South African singer Tyla.

Also among the winners is fast-rising Nigerian gospel singer, Limoblaze who won the Best Gospel Act at the award ceremony.

While Drake and 21 Savage were joint winners of the Best International Act award, Soul II Soul was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

British rapper, Central Cee topped the winners’ chart with two awards: Best Male Act and Song of the Year for ‘Sprinter’ with British-Nigerian rapper, Dave.

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Popular Tinubu’s Loyalist Hits Presidency Hard Over N5b Presidential Yacht

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Popular Nigerian actor, comedian and ardent supporter of President Bola Tinubu’s led APC administration,  Oluwaseyitan Aletile, better known as Seyi Law, has criticised  the government over its plan to procure a presidential Yacht valued at N5 billion for the President from the supplementary budget it recently presented to the National Assembly.

Seyi Law who made his displeasure known via his official social media handle on X, described the President’s proposal as being insensitive to the plight of the people.

The comedian called on Tinubu  to demonstrate his astute style of leadership by listening to cries of Nigerians who are daily being hit by the economic crisis bedevilling the name and put aside his taste for luxury.

He wrote: “I am absolutely not in support of the procurement of the presidential yacht. It is quite insensitive to the plight of Nigerians at this moment to even rationalise it. I call on the president, @officialABAT, to once again prove to Nigerians that he listens. Thank you, your Excellency.”

President Tinubu was declared winner of the February 25 presidential election which many have also alleged to be one of the most rigged presidential elections in the history of the nation’s democratic rule. However his victory was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court despite evidence showing discrepancies in his age, schools attended and name in the document he presented to the electoral umpire, INEC before the election proper.

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15 Years After Death,  Michael Jackson Earns $115 Million

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World-acclaimed  King of POP, Michael Jackson has continued to make name for himself in the entertainment industry nearly 15 years after his demise.

His latest achievement was disclosed by Forbes who named the songwriter, singer and dancer in its recent annual ranking released on Tuesday, 31 October 2023 as  the  highest-paid dead celebrities with an estimated earnings $115 million.

Forbes who gave the names of 12 other deceased musicians, authors, and A-listers stated that the highest-paid dead celebrities earned $470 million during the past 12 months, implying a 70% decrease from the record-breaking $1.6 billion grossed it recorded in 2022.

It further revealed that Michael Jackson returned to the No. 1 spot for the first time after four years with an estimated $115 million in earnings,and trailed by his late father-in-law, Elvis Presley who occupied the second spot with an estimated earnings of $100million

The legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was said to  have been preparing for his concert in London when he tragically passed on as a result of drug overdose on June 25, 2009.

Below is the full list of 13 deceased celebrities and their earnings:

1. Michael Jackson – $115 million

2.  Elvis Presley – $100 million

3.  Ray Manzarek – $45 million

4.  Dr. Seuss – $40 million

5.  Charles M. Schulz – $30 million

6. Prince – $30 million

7. Whitney Houston – $30 million.

8.   John Lennon – $22 million

9. Bob Marley – $16 million

10. Bing Crosby – $14 million

11. GeorgeHarrison – $14 million

12.Arnold Palmer – $10 million

13. Marilyn Monroe – $10 million

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