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Nigeria Loses N918trillion To Piracy Annually



The Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) has disclosed that Nigeria loses N918trillion ($3billion) annually to the activities of pirates.

John Asein, the Director-General (DG) of the commission, made the disclosure at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Day held in Abuja on Friday.

Asein, represented by Abdul TerKohol, the Director, Legal Services, urged government to put in place adequate, responsive and effective legal frameworks for the protection and enforcement of sporting and associated industries rights.

He said with the advent of new technologies, the task of sport-related copyright had become more daunting.

The DG also noted that the expansion of high-speed internet around the world, the proliferation of portable devices and the rise of online streaming platforms had made tackling illegal exploitation of rights more difficult.

He said: “Thousands of websites that illegally stream sporting and entertainment content in real time threaten the copyright in content.

“For full potential of the sporting and associated industries to be realised, countries must put in place adequate, responsive and effective legal frameworks for the protection, administration and enforcement of rights.

“The intellectual property system, especially copyright, offers a practical and effective mechanism for achieving this.”

According to Asein, intellectual property, particularly copyright, lies at the heart of the commercial exploitation of sports and contributes substantially to the growth of a community of players and fans whose net worth is more than $300billion.

He said Nigeria occupied a unique place in the world of sports, given its exploits and remarkable successes in various sporting events.

He urged stakeholders to continue to support government in its determination to build a functional copyright system that would deliver the expected dividends to right owners and guarantee sustainable development of sports.

Asein also advised beneficiaries of the intellectual property system to commit some of their earnings to rebuilding infrastructure required to keep the system functional.

He said the commission was prepared to collaborate with interested stakeholders to promote respect for intellectual property and complement government’s commitment to growing human capital in today’s knowledge-driven economy.

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Kcee Tours The East With His New Album


There are two more days before Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo, the Nigerian pop star better known Kcee, rounds off his ‘Eastern Conference Tour’ being held to promote his new album released earlier this month. 

The Eastern Conference Tour took off in Owerri on April 19, hit Umuahia on April 21, is currently in Enugu , and will end in Awka on April 28.

Kcee titled his new album ‘Eastern Conference’ to give him clear passage into his highlife heritage.

The name of the album was due to the popularity of highlife in the eastern part of the country where he hails from which was why he decided to tour the east due to the nature of the album title.

The nine-track album includes songs such as ‘Onye Chimere Eze’, ‘Doh Doh Doh’, ‘Yaweh Yaweh Yaweh’, ‘Oh My Baby’, ‘Ndi’Oma’ and Echi Di Imeh.

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Pictures from Burna Boy’s Coachella finale performance

Burna Boy performed for the second time on the main stage of the Coachella Music Festival on Easter Sunday 21st of April 2019 at Indio, California, his set lasted 50 Minutes and even in the scorching heat of – 40.5 degree celsius Over 4,000 people were out to watch him perform.

LA Times defined Burna Boy’s playing at Coachella as a way of “spreading the gospel.”

“It’s good for people who haven’t heard me before to hear me,” Burna boy said, before his performance.

“Africa is like the home of everything. It’s the beginning of everything,” he said. “So it’s like whether or not you directly listen to African music, you have listened to African Music.” – Burna Boy

Afro Fusion is crossing over. We’ll have to wait until August 2019 when the ’African Giant’ album drops. Until then, we’re keeping our ears on the ground and our eyes on the star as he continues the African Giant tour.

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‘Those Trucks That Killed Him Are Still There’ — Fans Mourn Dagrin Nine Years After

Today makes it nine years since the death of Nigerian Indigenous rapper Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, better known as Dagrin, after a vehicle accident in Lagos. 

The rapper, who lived in Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos infused Yoruba English and Pidgin in his songs, which ensured that all types of Nigerian music lovers could relate with his sound.

Themes of his songs were centred around how it feels to be a ghetto child with no food, no help from the government and nothing but dreams. Songs like ‘Ghetto dreams’,  ‘Pon Pon Pon’, and ‘Thank God’ paint a vivid picture of his tales.  

In 2009, he released his album ‘C.E.O.” an acronym for ‘Chief Executive Omoita’. ‘Pon Pon Pon’, a song off the album, went on to get nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single, Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with vocals, in 2010. 

Still wondering if it is all a dream that their favourite rapper is gone, fans have taken to social media to mourn Dagrin. 

A fan wrote: “9years ago #Dagrin died in an accident. He drove into a truck parked by the roadside. Guess what, those trucks still park on the road. He had internal bleeding but the Doctors didn’t detect. Guess what, negligence in the health sector has worsened. Nigeria, we hail thee.”

 

“But we know your soul is not in the ground, Its in our heart. Your memory lives on… #DaGrin“ Joseph celebrated the rapper.

Another Twitter user, Belzeez, wrote: “This Legend Dagrin is just too full of talent. His Legacy gave a lot pace in the music industry. Check his legacy here.”

Taking a quote from one of Dagrin’s song, Sir Bobo’s tweet read: ”How Do You Convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals – DAGRIN2010. Continue To Rest In Peace. #DAGRIN”

 

Some even advised that an anniversary should be organised next year in honour of the rapper: “This day next year will be the 10th anniversary of Dagrin’s death. Would be nice if someone did like a concert or something with proceeds going to his family.”

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Exclusive Burundi, Best Life Music Is Hitting Again With Nkuyakuya Inft Mb Data

Best life Music is hitting again. They are known to never decieve their audience and now they are going to gift the public a song that is sure going to be rotating in their playlist. Featuring MB Data, an upcoming Burundian artist, the “NkuyaKuya” was made to be a hitsong and the video to be a romance of green nature and fashion. Audio produced by Amir, Video directed by Kent-P in Burundi – Bujumbura.

This should be the song that opened the year.

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Tubhani Muzik Replies Afia Schwarzenegger’s Comment About Paying Men For Sex

Controversial comedienne Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa aka Afia scwarzennegger made a wild revelation on Zionfelix’s uncut shown that she pay male prostitutes to satisfy her.

This revelation seems to have stirred most Ghanaians up and have gotten lots of people reacting to this.

One of those who have recently added their voices to this is our very own music gaint producers, TubhaniMuzik.

A video sighted by Dawuroo.com on instagram shows the producer reacting to Afia’s revelation in the affirmative.

According to TubhaniMuzik, Ghanaians should stop the hypocracy and face reality since most people of her caliber do same and come out washing off their hands proving innocent.

According to the producer, he agrees without fear to the revelation and feels it the best option to opt for in such situations.

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From Zero to Unimaginable; Success Stories of Ex-BBNaija Housemates

Season 4 of the hugely popular Big Brother Naija reality TV show is due back on our screens this year according to organizers of the show, MultiChoice Nigeria. In just three months since this was revealed, the show – and all that it represents – has generated a lot of excitement and frenzy among viewers who are anticipating the next stars that will emerge from this competition.

Speaking about stars: no matter what side of the divide you sit on, you will admit that BBNaija is a great talent factory where stars are made. By just becoming one of the housemates on the show, you can be propelled to heights unimagined and unlock doors to many opportunities. With the help of a ‘Big Brother’, ex-housemates achieve a boost in their career trajectories which would have hitherto taken years to achieve.

For instance, pre BBNaija season 3 Double Wahala, Tobi Bakre wasn’t a household name. It was in fact his older brother Femi Bakre, the founder of Kraks, a comedy brand with over 2 million followers across social media platforms, who had some level of popularity.

Tobi was a low-key guy who worked in a bank and took up photography as a ‘side hustle’. He was about your average Nigerian youth who had dreams of making it big and making his mark in the creative industry. Those hopes and dreams took a big leap when he went into the BBNaija house. Although he did not win, emerging second runner-up was in no way a small feat. He has since risen to become one of the most liked personalities in the Nigerian social media space recording a spike in followership by 450% since the show ended, as he revealed in an interview with The Guardian. In real life, his new-found fame fetched him some mouth-watering deals with big consumer brands including Unilever, Amstel Malta and Jumia. He has also taken up some acting gigs and is currently the star of one of Africa Magic’s shows, Hustle. Speaking on his time on Big Brother Naija, Tobi says it helped him discover some skills he was oblivious of such as being able to create things with his hands. “It (BBNaija) helped me recognize some of my talents actually not just to myself, but to the ever-growing audience. That kind of sets you on the path already”, he was quoted to have said in an interview.

When Cynthia Nwadiora aka Cee-C stepped on stage and made her way into the BBNaija Double Wahala house, no one envisaged the firebrand she would be! Cee-C was unarguably the most controversial of the lot and she didn’t care whose ox was gored as she made known her views and opinions on subject matters – and fellow housemates. After 85 eventful days in the house, she came in second place, missing the number one spot by a few votes. Cee-C, a lawyer, worked as an outdoor advertising practitioner and was relatively unknown before going into the BBNaija house. Today, not only does she have 1.4million followers (and counting) on Instagram, she has become a fashion influencer and has worked with brands like Nairabet, Amstel Malta, Huawei Mobile and House of Lunettes. She recently launched her sportswear line, Cegar, which has so far been a major hit among her fanbase. Hate her or love her, you cannot deny her presence in the social media influencer space. She reportedly charges an average of N500,000 to advertise for brands on social media and her followers which she refers to as ‘spartans’ make a good study of celebrity fan love and loyalty. She is forever grateful to the platform BBNaija presented because according to her, “I probably would have never gotten elsewhere!”.

In 2017, Uriel Oputa was an upcoming musician who needed the big platform that Big Brother Naija presented. During her time in the BBNaija See Gobbe house, Uriel was popular for her melodramatic yet entertaining diary sessions. After finishing in 9th position, Uriel bagged several endorsements and hosting gigs for some big brands such as Maggi, PayPorte, Pedini – Bosch Nigeria, Peak Milk etc. She currently has over 800 thousand followers on Instagram, a thriving wig business and is still a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about these ex-housemates is that none took the prize money home. They all dropped out of the competition at different stages and yet are celebrated successes in today’s pop culture. It goes without saying that the BBNaija platform is one that offers a plethora of opportunities. How well you maximize it is entirely your call!

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Seyi Shay Live At Biosdale Of Canary Wharf

Superstar Seyi Shay has had quite the thrilling career, experimenting with different styles and doing justice to all of it. She’s been off to a great start this year with two new brilliant videos recently released, and now a two-night residency at Biosdale of Canary Wharf, London, lined up.

Biosdale of Canary Wharf is one of London’s great traditional British restaurants dedicated to the finer things in life such as delicious food, fine wine, and whisky, set to the soundtrack of the best live blues, soul and jazz music from around the world. Great artistes like Melanie C, Brian McFadden, Rebecca Ferguson, and Horace Andy are some of the performers to have once held residencies at the 200-capacity venue.

On the nights of the 29th and 30th of May, Sheyi Shay will be playing intimate shows at the illustrious venue, delivering live performances of dancehall-infused afrobeat hits. Ticket offerings allow attendees to either enjoy dinner and the show, or simply get lost in the artiste’s enchanting performances and can be purchased here.

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7 super stylish ex-BBNaija housemates

As the fourth edition of BBNaija approaches, we take a look at housemates from the “See GoBBe” and “Double Wahala” editions who are style goals.

In no particular order we give you…
Bambam

Bambam wore one of the most memorable looks to the 2018 AMVCAs. Her style can be best described as sweet yet edgy. Both on and off the red carpet, elegance is one word that comes to mind when Bambam steps in. She has a certain air about her that exudes grace, and we love everything that she decides to put on.

T-boss

When she’s not glam’d up for a photoshoot. T-boss’ style is pretty laid back. Her idea of fashion is comfortable and classy. She never goes over the top with her clothes and she sure knows how to make a white tee and jeans work.

Tobi

Tobi has proven with his style that he can pull off anything. When it comes to fashion, Tobi is willing to experiment with cuts, colours, and prints. We can always count on Tobi to break in the most cutting-edge trends. One of his remarkable looks was his fit for the 2018 TFAA.

Marvis

If you poked your head into Marvis’ closet, you’d find it teeming with things like distressed jeans, crop tops, and loads of boots. This babe keeps it 100% edgy. For streetwear inspiration, look no further than her Instagram page.

Teddy A

TeddyA doesn’t just dress well, he has the physique to carry any outfit with the appropriate dose of swag. Maybe that’s why he’s becoming a regular on the runway. His style is casual but he makes effortless look real good!

Alex

If we could crown Alex, she would be the queen of versatility. You can try to define her style but you won’t succeed. One thing is sure though, with Alex, there’s always a wow factor; it’s never the regular. Whether it’s her hair colour or her sleeves, something extra must be involved. Guess that’s why she’s called Alex Unusual.

CeeC

Ceec’s style is chic and modern. Even when she decides she’s doing the classic black and white, she brings a modern spin to it. Ceec embraces both the classic and athleisure, so her style is equal parts fearless and fun.

Did your fave make the cut?

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2019 Already Looking Like A Great Year For Burna Boy, As Star Lager Unveils New Commercial

On Thursday, the 14th of March 2019, Burna Boy unveiled his new commercial with Star Lager Beer.

The commercial which is themed “come to the brighter side” shows the life of Burna Boy as a music superstar, seeing him in various elements; during a photo shoot and at a bar. The ad is also accompanied by a jingle composed and performed by Burna Boy.

As part of his role as the new ambassador of Star, the new campaign will also see Burna feature in the billboard ads.

Burna Boy has continued his remarkable success of 2018, releasing a new track – Dangote which has enjoyed massive airplay and widespread acclaim.

His unveil as Star’s first brand ambassador early this year, culminated a remarkable 12 months for the Afro-pop star in which had released the critically acclaimed “Outside” album as well as headline his own concert. Following these achievements, Burna has been touring Europe for his “Giant of Africa” concert, all whilst continuing to deliver great new music.

Speaking after the unveiling of the ad, Burna expressed his delight in Starring in his first commercial,

“I have never been much of an actor, so even though the cameras were on, what you see in this ad is me just being myself and celebrating the brighter side with Star. I’m thrilled to be part of the Star family and I can’t wait to partner with Star to create more magic and delight my fans.”

Burna Boy’s association with Star was unveiled on the 28th of January, 2019 at a private event in Lagos. This landmark relationship between Star and Burna will see him become the face of the brand, representing the brand across various forms of media.

Currently, Burna Boy is considered one of the biggest artists from Africa with impressive streaming numbers across Spotify, Apple music, Deezer and Youtube, making him one of the most bankable music superstars of his generation.