Fans of Mavin Record’s newest signee, Rema have expressed mixed reactions over the video for his hit song, ‘Dumebi’.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 18-year-old artist released the video on Wednesday drawing massive scrutiny from fans who debated the age appropriateness of the video’s plot.
The colourful video infused nature, youth and the goofiness generally associated with Generation Z. Rema and his fans are on a road trip that takes the viewer through some of Nigeria’s best scenery.
The story line follows Rema trying to get the attention of the girl he likes. He does all he can and at the same keeps having fun on the trip. Sadly, the girl’s boyfriend is also a part of the cruise.
Everyone in the video is dressed up in colourful, trendy street wear including ‘blocked’ coloured clothes and neon-bright sunglasses. The hairstyles also add carefree vibes to the entire setup.
Some fans felt since Rema, born in 2001, makes music enjoyed by young people of all ages, his video should also reflect all the demographics and not focus on people his age.
@Tia_africa said, “REMA’s Dumebi video is for secondary school students.”
@Itzlaolao tweeted, “He just gathered with his close friends and did video to upload on his WhatsApp status.”
@PrincessEgbuna said, “I want to believe that Rema didn’t give us the official Dumebi video. Wetin be that?”
@Girlinyellow tweeted, “Nobody is asking him to show naked bodies. He should have flowed more with the Afro beat concept put some dancers, give it a more Nigerian vibe.
“Something that connects more with the song. That looks like a video for some high school musical shii. Dumebi video is trash.”
Meanwhile, other fans defended the singer and noted that he should be left alone to act his age. They also remarked that Wizkid’s first video ‘Holla at your boy’s had similar playful pattern.
@Ogieva tweeted, “First of all, do you understand the concept of a target audience? Secondly, who appointed you? Lastly, the guy is 18. Let him act his age.”
@DJcyrup tweeted, “Most people saying Rema’s Dumebi video is trash haven’t seen it yet.”
@Yacim said, “People are mad at Rema for the Dumebi video lol. Is he not 18? What did u expect? I don’t get.”
@Zaddynomso said, “I understand the gist that Rema should have a story line for Dumebi Video but you got to appreciate the fact it had no Naked Girls.
“I think it’s a plot to catch Fans his age like Hola At Your Boy did in 2011. Sounds like Wizkid Coming 2.0.”
Rema has since responded to the backlash through his twitter handle, @heisrema. He wrote, “My sound, my generation. Accept my new visual for #Dumebi Link on my bio.”
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi
Video speech competition on youth challenge amid COVID-19 held in Canada
A video speech competition titled Global Youth Challenge: COVID-19 was held in Mississauga of Canada on Saturday.
The audience saw 17 chosen finalists speak and answer questions to a panel of judges Saturday morning after more than 700 students aged between 14 and 19 from 28 countries, including China and the United States, joined in the competition online.
Each entry to the contest consists of an essay or a piece of visual art produced by the participant, which focuses on the effects of COVID-19 through the lens of a subject like mathematics, art, history, business and science.
The competition is sponsored by The Erindale Academy, University of Waterloo and Brock University.
Video of municipal officials dragging bodies in India triggers public outrage
A video showing bodies being loaded into a municipal van at a crematorium in India’s eastern state of West Bengal has triggered outrage, after being widely circulated on social media.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday shared his anguish on social media.
“Anguished! Share public outrage and deep concern at most unconscionable heart-rendering callous dragging of dead bodies reflected in videos,” Dhankhar wrote on twitter.
Following the outrage, authorities denied allegations that the bodies were of those who died due to COVID-19.
“The West Bengal Health Department has informed that dead bodies were not of COVID patients, but were unclaimed or unidentified bodies from Hospital Morgue. Legal action is being taken against persons spreading fake news,” the police department said in a statement.
The basis of the information was a letter from the principal of NRS Medical College, one of Kolkata’s premier state-run hospitals, to the city’s police commissioner saying “14 unclaimed bodies” were handed over to Kolkata Municipal Corporation from the hospital morgue for disposal.
The bodies were not of coronavirus patients, he wrote, adding the “subject of the video was fake and police should take necessary action.”
Reports said the video appears to have been shot on Wednesday at the Garia Adi Mahashamshan in south Kolkata where locals began protesting when a municipal van arrived with reportedly 13 bodies.
The entire area was reportedly hit by a stench when the bodies were moved from the van to the crematorium. Protesting locals were reported to have put a lock on the crematorium gate.
Video conference held between Chinese, Israeli doctors on fighting COVID-19
Israeli medical experts from Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital and Chinese medical experts from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital held a video meeting on Thursday.
The meeting was initiated by Ashdod mayor Yechiel Lasry and head of external relations at the municipality Aryella Rosenthal.
“It was important for me that our hospital in Ashdod would learn from our colleagues in Wuhan,” Aryella Rosenthal said, “I believe this is just the beginning of the cooperation.”
Many issues were raised during the meeting, including how to support medical staff and their families during the peak of the outbreak. The two sides also discussed psychological care for the patients and doctors. The Chinese doctors also shared different medical protocols they tried.
The number of coronavirus patients in Israel has reached 14,882, with the death toll climbing to 193 as of Friday.
Wuhan and Ashdod have been sister cities since 2011. There has been a series of cooperation in culture and arts. Chinese firms have also made investments in the Israeli port city.
At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, children from Ashdod participated in a video showing solidarity with Wuhan, while mayor Lasry sent a letter to his counterpart in the city expressing concerns and offering condolences.
Coronavirus – Zambia: COVID-19 Updates 9 (Video) – Sunday March 29, 2020
Watch the Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, MP and Information and Broadcasting Minister Hon Dora Siliya, MP., Ninth COVID-19 Update today Sunday March 29, 2020.
Watch the video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mohzambia/videos/2649868898567773/?sfnsn=mo&extid=uTkXPvvruT46xR6S&d=n&vh=e