Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way…
Hi guys, the holiday season is almost here. I can feel the Christmas energy already but where is the harmattan weather? Moving on to the focus of this piece, a lot happened this week in the Nigerian social space from activities in the entertainment industry to politics and to the 2022 World Cup.
But do not worry yourself as we have compiled some of the most popular social media trends for this week so you can catch up on them
Davido to shut down the 2022 World Cup
Who dey breet…
Davido, our very own OBO, will perform the FIFA Soundtrack “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” at the 2022 World Cup closing ceremony. The song and music video, which features Trinidad Cardona, Davido, AISHA, and RedOne, has been available since April 1.
If you recall, the Nigerian music star has been mostly absent from social media since the death of his son, Ifeanyi, over a month ago. His absence was felt so strongly across the country that fans organized a Davido concert in his honour. I mean who doesn’t love Davido?
Following the sad news about his son, there was much speculation about whether the celebrity would perform his featured song during the 2022 World Cup.
However, Stephen Hung, a Chinese businessman, has confirmed that Davido will perform at the 2022 World Cup closing ceremony in Qatar, and devoted fans have taken to social media to express their delight.
Others have taken to social media platforms to drop their two-cents on the long-running debate over Davido’s status as the Nigerian GOAT in the music industry.
What do you think guys, does this major milestone make him the GOAT?
Wizkid’s message to the African music industry
Speaking of GOATs, Wizkid just made history becoming the 1st Nigerian Artist with a Diamond certified record in the US. This is coming a few days after the music pop star, took his time to indirectly drag African rappers on the basis that the rap game in the continent is dead.
The Starboy even went as far as calling names of musicians that he thinks are worthy of being called rappers. According to his Snapchat story, only Nasty C, Sarkodie and Black sheriff are the only noteworthy rappers in Africa.
I mean what about our MI Abaga, Phyno, and Olamide or is he excluding the Nigerian music industry from the conversation? I don’t even know but Nigerians and even some loyal fans seem very disappointed in Big Wiz for these statements.
For some Nigerian musicians, like YCee, it sounded disrespectful, especially since the Nigerian rap industry is less appreciated. However, some other loyal fans have chosen to support their fav as they agree the African rap industry in Nigeria is ‘dead.’
What do you guys think? Is the rap game in Nigeria over?
DBanj entangled with fraudulent activities
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, aka DBanj, a veteran musician, has been accused of alleged fraudulent activities related to the N-Power program. This came as a huge shock to thousands of his fans all over the world.
According to sources, the singer was accused of conspiring with some government officials to create ghost beneficiaries of the N-Power program, which was designed to address youth unemployment.
He was detained during the week, according to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, and investigations are ongoing.
When this news broke, the social space was turned upside down as people tried to figure out how the Nigerian musician was connected to the N-Power program. The celebrity is a brand ambassador for the National Social Investment Program, of which N-Power is one of its initiatives. So yeah, that must have been the connection.
For some users., this seems unreal and they have taken to social media to explain the piece of the puzzle they uncover from the situation.
Africa must be represented in the World Cup
With the way things are going, there is still hope that Africa can win the 2022 World cup. I mean, we have been dishing out unexpected strength, and delivering unpredictable matches, so let’s just be very positive this time.
While only five African countries represented us at the 2022 World cup, the countries that did, played exceptionally well and I am talking about Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon,
In the group stages, each country showed a different side of them the world had never seen at all and it was exhilarating. For the first time in its history, every African team at the World Cup recorded a win.
These are some matches in the 2022 World Cup that shook the African continent.
- Senegal vs Qatar 3-1
- Morocco vs Belgium 2-0
- Ghana vs South Korea 3-2
- Tunisia vs France 1-0
- Cameroon vs Brazil 1-0
- Morocco vs Spain 3-0 (Pens)
Are these match results not surprising and encouraging that the African football game is becoming stronger and that we are becoming recognized for it by the rest of the world?
Although not much is expected from African teams in the World Cup, the teams that represented the continent at the World Cup did not let us down.
With the World Cup halfway through, only Morocco is flying the African flag, reaching the last eight. The Atlas Lions will face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the quarter-finals later today.
We are all rooting for them.
WHEW! That is all for this week, see you next week. O dabọ.
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