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Prince Harry given baby romper at first workday as father

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Prince Harry given baby romper at first workday as father

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Harry, the Duke of Sussex, said he had “no idea” whether his son, whose birth was announced on Monday, would attend the sporting event in a year’s time – but he now has the baby onesie emblazoned with its logo.

The baby will “put it on”, Harry said, drawing loud cheers from the crowd.

Harry and his wife Meghan announced on Wednesday they had named their newborn, the seventh-in-line to the British throne, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The prince’s trip to the Netherlands was his first public outing since he appeared before the cameras on Monday to announce the birth and the couple showed off their son before a small group of the media at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

His Invictus Games were first held in London in 2014, inspired by his military service, having completed two tours in Afghanistan.

The games, during which veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing, will be held in The Hague next year.

Harry, who was greeted by cheering fans and children in The Hague, mingled with veterans as they practiced in a gymnasium, stopping at one point to try his hand at archery.

Dutch veteran Ronald van Dort, 37, who lost both his legs when he served in Afghanistan in 2008, told Reuters the presence of Prince Harry and his commitment to the Invictus Games were very important to war veterans.

“He has served himself, he knows what it’s like”, Van Dort said. “You can’t explain this to an outsider.”

The prince told the audience: “Make these games your own, I chose you for a reason, and it wasn’t just because I like the color orange,” in a reference to the Dutch royal house.

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YCee’s album ‘YCee vs Zaheer’ hits 2m streams

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‘YCee vs Zaheer’, the latest album of singer and rapper, Oludemilade Alejo aka YCee, has been streamed over two million times.

Nigeria News Agency reports that YCee excitedly shared the news on his instagram page @iam_ycee.

The long-awaited debut album entitled ‘Ycee vs Zaheer’ was released on Nov. 8 and has steadily become a fan favourite in the last couple of days.

The project comes as a follow up to his 8-track body of work ‘First Wave’ (2017) and ‘Late Night Vibrations’ in 2018.

The two-dimensional album featured collaborations with Davido, Phyno, and Niniola.

Among the songs contained in the 15-track project are `Its Amazing’, ‘Wahala Dey’, ‘Bossing’, ‘Chocolata’, ‘Cheque’ and ‘Dakun’.

Others are ‘Vibing’, ‘Mo Salah’, ‘So Nice’, ‘Mine’, ‘Love Like That’, ‘Bassline’, ‘Dada’, ‘Vacancy’.

The album also had Ycee engage a squad of fiery producers including Adey, JayBidz, Ballertosh, Fanatix and BeatsbyKarma.

He also worked with Syn X, Krizbeatz, Jay Popping, Buzzin Producer, AP Da Don, TwoSeven, Elmore, and KO.

Speaking on the idea behind the album’s title, the Headies-nominated singer had said that his choice of ‘Ycee vs Zaheer’ was a deliberate attempt to display his singing (Ycee) and rapping (Zaheer) side.

YCee rose to limelight after his single ‘Condo’, which features vocals from Patoranking, earned him two nominations at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

He was also nominated for Best Artist in African Pop at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.

In October 2016, Ycee signed a record deal with Sony Music, but terminated his contract with the label in February 2018.

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

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Wizkid wins SoulTrain songwriting award for ‘Brown Skin Girl’

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Afropop superstar, Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkid has won SoulTrain’s Ashford and Simpson Songwriters’ award.

Nigeria News Agency reports that he won the award at the 2019 ceremony held on Sunday in Las Vegas.

The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer earned the award for his collaboration with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter and SaiNt Jhn on the sensational song of Beyonce’s ‘Lion Heart: The Gift’ album.

Wizkid shares the award with other credited songwriters including, Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant and Shawn Carter.

Others are Stacy BartheAnathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun and Richard Isong.

NAN reports that this was the third time Wizkid had made the nominees’ list for the prestigious award.

He was nominated for Best Dance Performance in 2017 for his song ‘Come Closer’ and in 2016 for the Rhythm and Bars category for his song ‘One Dance.

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

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‘Most music legends are not versatile’ – Singer, Simi

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Nigerian alternative music star, Simi Ogunleye has deemed audience ‘unrealistic’ expectations from artist as one of the main issues plaguing the music industry.

Nigeria News Agency reports that in a series of Twitter posts @simplysimi, she noted that Nigerian musicians are forced to cater to the same audience and switch their sounds to feed them.

According to the ‘Soldier’ singer, artists are forced to be versatile even when they have their own original sounds, as musical legends are usually monotonous in their sounds.

“I think one of the most trying things Naija artistes deal with is that we are mostly catering to the same audience.

“We don’t want to have to, but the structure of the industry makes it inevitable. We expect the same people to like Rap, street music, soul, pop, indie. Its strange.

“Strange for the audience because they keep messing around with your preference. You expect everyone to please you.

“Zlatan and Johnny Drille. Strange for the artist cos they keep messing around with your creativity. You expect everybody to like your music. A waste of time.

“So when I see someone tell an artist “you’re monotonous’’, it amuses me. Most of the legends are monotonous.

“Unless they don’t have a sound. Imagine Fela doing hip-hop today and RnB tomorrow or Whitney Houston – Soul today, akpala tomorrow,’’ she said.

NAN reports that Simi, who is married to fellow alternative singer, Adekunle Gold recently released a new album, ‘Omo Charlie Champagne’.

The album swiftly follows her acclaimed 2017 eponymous album ‘Simisola’ which went on to win ‘Album of the Year’ at the Headies and contained a bunch of fantastic singles, including ‘Joromi’ and ‘Lovin.”

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

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Centre to produce documentary film on 1949 Iva Valley massacre

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The Center for Memories says it will produce a documentary film on the 1949 Iva Valley Enugu coal mine massacre to immortalise the victims.

A historian at the centre, Mrs Rina Okonkwo, said this on Monday during the wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre at the New Market Roundabout, Enugu.

Okonkwo said that the documentary would avail the younger generation the opportunity to learn about the past “in sight and sound.”

She said that the documentary would help to capture the remaining form of the environment where the coal miners’ worked as well as interviews of the aged survivors of the attack.

Okonkwo said that the centre would also strive to produce the story and pictorial of the incident in a modern history book as “the Federal Government is restoring back history to school curriculum’’.

He said: “We are pushing ahead with the documentary project, however, we have funding challenge since the centre is not a profit-making institution.

“However, we are still looking ahead and optimistic that the project will be out probably before the next anniversary of the massacre,’’ the historian said.

Okonkwo said that the documentary had become expedient because “Nigerians easily forget, while most historical events and relics are fading away from our memories and sight’’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that on Nov. 18, 1949, no fewer than 21 coal miners were brutally massacred, while 50 others were injured by the British colonialists for daring to protest aginst racism as well as their poor working and living conditions.

(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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Creative industry set to build practitioners’ capacity

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The Creative Industry Group (CIG) says the 2019 National Entertainment Training Summit and Awards will help to build the capacity of practitioners in the industry.

Its President, Mr Felix Duke, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Monday.

Duke said that the event scheduled to hold on Dec. 7 in Lagos would serve as a networking programme for the industry.

He said that the summit with the theme: “Driving Entrepreneurship in Entertainment’’, would feature stars that had made the Nigerian creative industry strong in Africa.

“Legends such as Emeka Ossai, Paul Obazele, Ngozi Nwosu, Lillian Bach, Azuka Livon and Eedris Abdulkareem, among others, are expected to attend and speak at the occasion.

“The event which will hold in Ikeja, Lagos, will serve as a networking, business expositions and capacity building for practitioners in the creative industry,’’ he said.

According to him, the summit will feature many side attractions, entertainments, fresh alliances and reunions.

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Imo Commissioner commends teenager on pet project on rape

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The Commissioner for Information in Imo, Mr Emeka Ebiliekwe, has commended Miss Ezichi Nwulu who won the 2019 Most Beautiful Girl in Imo for her pet project on rape victims.

The commissioner gave the commendation when Queen Ezichi and organisers of the Imo Beauty Pageant 2019 paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Monday.

He observed that rape is associated with a lot of consequences like emotional trauma, fear of the unknown and fear of the opposite sex, while the victim could get pregnant, contract HIV or other sexually transmitted disease.

Ebiliekwe commended Ezichi for taking the bold step to campaign against rape which he described as one of the social vices in the society and promised to support her in any way possible to enable the project succeed.

The commissioner also commended the organisers of the 2019 Imo Beauty Pageant for being fair to all the contestants and also the committee on the upcoming launch of the pet project.

Queen Ezichi in her remarks, described rape as a very serious vice in the society.

She said she took up the pet project on campaign against rape and its associated stigmatisation to empower young girls who were victims.

Ezich used the opportunity of the visit to invite the commissioner to the launch of the project slated for Nov. 23 at Imo State University (IMSU) Auditorium.

Earlier, Mr Clinton Briggs, the Chairman of the Most Beautiful Girl Beauty Pageant in Imo, said Ezichi emerged winner through a rigorous process in spite of being the youngest of the 17 other contestants in the second edition of the pageant.

He said Ezichi possessed rare qualities of self confidence, boldness and brilliance, adding that her choice of rape as her pet project was a welcome idea.

Briggs described rape is an epidemic that had affected most homes in the country and called on well-meaning Nigerians and Imo people to come out and support the project.

He said part of the project launch was to give the succour to rape victims in their various areas of need.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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