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CAN warns against BBNaija reality TV show – says it is evil

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The Rivers State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has spoken against the BBNaija reality TV show which began a new edition on Sunday.

Chairman of CAN in Rivers State, Stanley Dimkpa, stated that the show is evil as he urged everyone to call for its end.

According to him, it promotes immorality and rewards wrongs.

He said, “All these are needed to replace what we have in our world today where societal ills, crimes and immoral behaviours are geometrically increasing due to bad governance, poverty and reward for wrong doing, such as Big Brother Naija.

“I want to emphasize Big Brother Naija because all of us have to fight collectively to stop this immoral act and injustice in our land, as Christians and Africans, we have respect for mankind.

“For those of us that have allowed our friends and families to encourage the patronage of Big Brother Naija, know that it is an evil and we must clampdown on it,” he said.


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COVID-19: Nobel Prize Ceremony ‘Cancelled’

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The Nobel Foundation, which manages the Nobel Prizes, on Tuesday cancelled its traditional December banquet because of the coronavirus pandemic and said the award ceremonies would be held in “new forms”.

This is the first time since 1956 that the lavish banquet has been cancelled, according to the foundation.

The event traditionally marks the end of the so-called Nobel Week, when the year’s prize-winners are invited to Swedish capital Stockholm for talks and the award ceremony.

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“The Nobel Week will not be as it usually is due to the current pandemic. This is a very special year when everyone needs to make sacrifices and adapt to completely new circumstances,” Lars Heikensten, director of the Nobel Foundation, said in a statement.

Heikensten added that the laureates and their work would be highlighted in “different ways”, hinting that prize winners would receive their awards in their home countries or at embassies.

Traditionally, the prize-winners join the Swedish royal family and some 1,300 guests for the banquet at Stockholm’s City Hall after the award ceremony — held on December 10, the anniversary of the death of the prizes’ founder Alfred Nobel.

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The winners, except Peace Prize laureates who are honoured in Oslo, also usually give speeches during the dinner.

This file photo taken on December 10, 2019 shows guests waiting for the desserts during royal banquet to honour the laureates of the Nobel Prize 2019 following the Award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Many of the events would be held under new arrangements because of the uncertainty around large gatherings and international travel, the foundation said.

The announcement of the prizes (Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace and Economics) would still be held scheduled between 5 and 12 October, the Foundation said.

The Nobel Banquet was last cancelled in 1956 to avoid inviting the Soviet ambassador because of the repression of the Hungarian Revolution, Rebecka Oxelstrom, Head of Press at Nobel Foundation, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

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“An unofficial dinner was nevertheless organised, without the ambassador, in another room,” she said.

The banquet was also cancelled during the two world wars and in 1907 and 1924.

While no prizes were awarded during World War II, they were during World War I — although the ceremonies were postponed, Nobel expert Gustav Kallstrand told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

“A cermony and dinner, without royals, was held in the summer of 1920 when they handed out the awards for previous years,” Kallstrand said.


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BBNaija’5: Nengi sets shocking record | Details

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Most beautiful housemate, Rebecca Nengi Hampson has made headlines again as she breaks records to become the first female Head of House ever in the history of BBnaija. The Head of House Challenge was the first one for the season and it was a game of luck.

The housemates were asked to roll a die and whoever got a number 6 would follow whatever instruction the number says. 22 year old, Nengi and Neo got it right and finished fast before every other housemate.

Big Brother however announced that there was a tie between the two housemate and the only way to break the tie was to compete against eachother by rolling the die again.

This time, Biggie instructed that whoever rolled the number two was going to be the winner. After several attempts, Nengi rolled the number two, making her the winner of the game and head of house.

When asked to choose her deputy, Nengi chose Wathoni to share the benefits that comes with being the head of house and also as her assistant.


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BBNaija: Check-out ‘the’ beautiful lockdown house | Photos

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This season’s theme tagged ‘Lockdown’ is already off to a rousing start.

A look inside the BBNaija season 5 house reveals a vibrant display of colours and increased attention to creative detail in the design aesthetic.

The redesigned house features improved lounge, bedrooms, kitchen, garden and dining areas.

A significant improvement to the house is a separate lounge area for the Head of House (HoH).

The swanky new HoH area includes a private lounge and bedroom that sits on an upper level above the common areas.

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Previous seasons of BBNaija only had a separate bedroom and bathroom for the HoH.

The new living area for Head of House goes a step further in reinforcing the power and importance of the title.

Also new to the house is a beauty and grooming studio and a redesigned arena for the famous Friday night games.


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BBNaija Season 5: Meet #BBNlockdown housemates | Pictures

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The 2020 Season 5 Big Brother Naija show kick-started tonight, July 19, 2020, with 20 housemates selected into the house.

With Show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu returning to hosting duties on BBN with the theme #BBNaijalockdown, there’s so much that awaits each individual from the launching of the show to the remaining 71 days ahead.

Following the social distancing and COVID-19 rules, the house was disinfected and contestants passed through disinfection tunnels to meet with Ebuka as they introduced themselves to viewers.

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MEET SOME OF THE HOUSEMATES BELOW:

Nengi with Ebuka

Nengi who is an entrepreneur from Bayelsa State says she’s more than just a pretty face.

Ozor

Ozor, 27, wants to play pranks on his fellow housemates. He is so cute, he’s a lady’s man already.

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Eric Akhigbe

Eric Akhigbe (24) is a final year student at the University of Lagos and hails from Edo State. The bodybuilder is a confident hunk who takes pride in his 1.95m height. He describes himself as a fun, competitive sports and fitness enthusiast who enjoys winning.

Erica

Erica, 26, is bringing fun and hopes to win the show.

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Dorathy

Dorathy says people should never let anyone know their weakness. She’s 24 years old.

Kiddwaya

Kiddwaaya, 27 says he’s arrogant and confident and can swith personalities depending on the situation he finds himself though.

Lucy

Energetic and lively Lucy, 30, stated that life is for the living. Watch out for this one.

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Prince

Prince is a fitness enthusiast, conspiracy theorist and loves to have fun while also dressing up really good, so watch out for him. He is 24.

Tolanibaj

Tolanibaj, 27, is a media enthusiast who might be getting some hosting deals if she plays her cards right.

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Vee

Vee, 23, likes to sing and so Ebuka asked her to sing her name. She also revealed that people should live everyday as if it were their last.

Brighto

Brighto disclosed in his interview with Ebuka that he likes getting on people’s nerves and that life is too short. He is 29.

Lilo

Lilo says she doesn’t like anyone in her business. The 23 yea old, getting into BBNaija means everyone is already in your business, so hopefully she changes her mind. She also likes to be in charge.

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Trickytee

Trickytee is the comedian in the house. The 35 year old is already making everyone laugh and he says everyone should live life like it is their last day.

Wathoni

Drama queen is Wathoni, 29, set to bring some vibes into the house and says you are unstoppable

Tochi

Tochi, 28 is ready to vibe with the ladies as he came through with his Igbo outfit, representing Eastern Nigeria. He will be working and playing hard.

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Praise

Praise, 28, says never stop striving for the best. He is ready for a three way relationship. Is that an entanglement?

Kaisha

Kaisha, 25, from Sokoto, Northern Nigeria says there’s no dull moment with her although Twitter fans who’ve got no chill are already planning to vote her out.

Other housemates are Neo from Edo state, Ka3na and Laycon the singer.

Laycon

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BBNaija Season 5: Fans react to prize winner will get | Reactions

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Nigerians are reacting to the prize the winner of this season Big Brother Naija reality show winner will win and it is amazing them.

The previous years have been huge and the cash prize have been a huge one but this year’s own that is about to kick off in days time is more massive.

According to the details released by the organizers of the show, the winner of this year will go home with a huge prize worth 85 Milli Naira.

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Well, the cash involved is however 30 Million Naira, then a car follows, a 1 year supply of Noodles, a Dubai trip for 2, a 2 Bedroom apartment, a Champions League final trip and one year supply of Pepsi, an Oppo smartphone, a trip to Dublin Guinness and a TV and premium fridge.

Here is the photo below:

This huge cash prize has however gotten Nigerians talking as some have stated that ‘this life no balance’.

Till date this is the biggest cash prize to be won in any Nigerian reality show.

Reactions Below;


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Press Freedom Award: Premium Times publisher among 4 winners | Photo

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Publisher of Nigeria’s online newspaper Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi is among four journalists to be honoured in November with the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards.

The three other co-winners announced Monday by the U.S. based Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ) are from Bangladesh, Iran and Russia.

All the four, CPJ said, have been arrested or faced criminal prosecution in reprisal for their reporting.

CPJ will also honour lawyer Amal Clooney with the Gwen Ifill Award. The Award is given annually by CPJ’s board of directors to recognize extraordinary and sustained commitment to press freedom

Olorunyomi was a co-founder of TheNEWS, TEMPO and P.M.News before going to exile in 1996.

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During his decades-long career as a journalist, as CPJ noted, he has been a fierce defender of press freedom in Nigeria despite repeated government harassment.

He was arrested twice before having to go into hiding in 1995, and more recently he was arrested alongside a colleague in 2017 when police raided the Premium Times’ office on allegations of defamation.

“Like brave and committed journalists everywhere, CPJ’s honorees set out to report the news without fear or favour for the benefit of their communities, their country, and the world,” said Joel Simon, CPJ executive director.

“They understood that they would confront powerful forces, enemies of the truth, who would try to stop them from doing their work. What they did not foresee was COVID-19.

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“The global pandemic has not only made their jobs more difficult and dangerous, it has fuelled a ferocious press freedom crackdown as autocratic leaders around the world suppress unwelcome news under the guise of protecting public health.”

The other CPJ’s awardees :

Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh): Alam is a renowned photojournalist and commenter, and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia training organization the Pathshala Media Institute and the Drik photo library. In August 2018, Alam was detained after posting a video to social media about student protests in Dhaka. He spent 102 days behind bars, and said he was beaten in custody, before being freed in November 2018.

Mohammad Mosaed (Iran): Mosaed is a freelance economic reporter who investigates corruption, embezzlement, labor issues, economic sanctions, and popular protests. Forced to resign from a reformist newspaper under government pressure, he publishes news on social media platforms. Mosaed was arrested in late 2019 in relation to a tweet, and released in early 2020. He was briefly arrested again in February after criticising the government’s handling of COVID-19.

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Svetlana Prokopyeva (Russia): Prokopyeva is a regional correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, known as Radio Svoboda. In early 2019, authorities raided her home, seized her equipment and personal belongings, and interrogated her. She was charged with “justifying terrorism” and her bank accounts were frozen in relation to comments she made on liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy in 2018, when she discussed a suicide bombing attack. This month she was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of 500,000 rubles (US$6,980). The prosecutor had sought a six-year prison term.

Clockwise from top left: Svetlana Prokopyeva (Artiom Avanesov); Dapo Olorunyomi (Dapo Olorunyomi); Shahidul Alam (Shahidul Alam); Mohammad Mosaed

Lawyer Amal Clooney, the winner of the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, has represented embattled reporters around the world, including Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters, who were imprisoned in Myanmar for 17 months.

She promotes freedom of speech and journalism through the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s TrialWatch initiative, which monitors the trials of journalists worldwide and provides free legal representation for those in need.

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“Journalists in trouble have no better champion than Amal Clooney, which is why we are so delighted to honour her with the .

“A talented barrister, gifted negotiator, and powerful speaker, Clooney works tirelessly to free journalists unjustly targeted by despotic leaders using increasingly punitive laws to stifle reporting,” said Kathleen Carroll, CPJ board chair.

The winners will be honoured on November 19, 2020, at CPJ’s annual benefit gala, to be chaired this year by Patrick Gaspard, President of Open Society Foundations, and hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Lester Holt.

Due to health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19, this year’s gala will be virtual, with video profiles, compelling press freedom stories, award presentations, and acceptance speeches streamed online and shared around the world.


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BBNaija Season 5 coming with biggest surprises ever

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The fifth season of the very popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, is set to launch on Sunday, July 19, 2020 on DStv 198 and GOtv 29.

Following the success of the previous seasons, BBNaija Pepper Dem, season five promises to be bigger, better, and more explosive.

While the new season will experience some changes due to the peculiar circumstances in 2020, none of the excitement and entertainment of the show will be lost.

The sweep of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world required that the auditions for the show this year be virtual. In previous seasons, hall and auditioning centers across the country were usually packed full of young Nigerians vying for a shot at success at the BBNaija audition.

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The organizers this year received over 30,000 entries from youths across Nigeria. While they are yet to reveal the number of housemates the BBNaija house will be seeing this year, there’s already a lot of excitement around who makes it. In 2019, the show had a total of 26 housemates.

Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho said MultiChoice is committed to creating “a show that is COVID-19 free”, so they are taking extra precautions in line with the NCDC guidelines to ensure housemates’ safety.

Selected participants and potential housemates are already in lockdown and are quarantined individually ahead of launch and will not be in contact anyone before entering the BBNaija House.

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In an online press briefing with media partners, the Chief Customer Officer revealed that the BBNaija prize money this year will be “the highest ever in the history of the show”, expectations are high as to what the winner of the reality show stands to win this year, the amount will be revealed in good time before the launch. The winner of the last season of the show in 2019, Mercy Eke, went home with the 30 million naira prize money.

The organizers have also promised that there will be “new elements for DStv and GOtv subscribers” this year and an even higher level of audience engagement in the show.

There’s a lot of excitement and anticipation for the new season of BBNaija despite COVID-19.

According to Martin, BBNaija will continue this year as a “show of our dedication to providing quality entertainment and value for our audience, while exporting Nigerian culture to the world.”


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4 ever BBNaija winners since 2006.

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Big Brother Naija event began in 2006 and announces her first ever winner ‘Katung Aduwak’ on March, 5 2006.

BBNaija continues after years of defection on January 22, 2017 for season 2 announcing ‘Michael Efe Ejeba’ their second winner.

On the 28th of January, 2018 – Big Brother Naija contest birth ‘Miracle Igbokwe’ as their third ever winner which publicize BBNaija event all over Nigeria and rest of the world.

Lastly, ‘Mercy Eke’, after her various clash in the contest especially with popular former BBNaija star, Tacha gets the unbelievable winner prize on the 30th of June, 2019.

Table of winners below:

Now, as Big Brother Naija season five begins on July, 19, 2020 – what do we expect?

Comment below to express your feelings.


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July 19: Big Brother Naija season 5 set to begin

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The BBNaija 2020 has been slated to begin on Juley 19, this is according to a post by DSTV on social media.

The organizers had announced audition for the show saying, “Participate in the BBN auditions by simply curating a 2-minute video motivating why you deserve to be in the #BBNaija House. Simple right? Entries open from 20th – 30th May 2020”.

The show will now premiere on July 19 with the auditions fully wrapped up.

This comes against the backdrop of the BBNaija Reunion show organized for the housemate in the last edition which held last year.

The highlight of the last edition saw a fight between the eventual winner Mercy Eke and her rival Tacha.


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BET Awards 2020: Black Lives Matter Movement Highlight

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The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd.

DaBaby, with his face pressed against the ground as an officer’s knee crippled his neck — replicating the last moments of Floyd’s life — rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit song “Rockstar.” His performance also featured images from protests, a reflection of the current world in the wake of Floyd’s death and the death of others, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

Sunday’s show, a virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, featured a number of highly produced, well-crafted and pre-taped performances. The BET Awards kicked off with Black artists rapping and singing anthems about the Black experience and fighting for equal rights.

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs Rockstar as an actor playing a police officer presses his knee on DaBaby’s neck, replicating the last few moments of George Floyd’s life, during the BET Awards.

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The 12-year-old sensation Keedron Bryant, who turned heads on social media with his passionate performance about being a young Black man in today’s world, started the show with an a cappella performance of his poignant song “I Just Wanna Live,” which earned him a record deal. That was followed by an all-star performance of Public Enemy’s 1989 anthem “Fight the Power,” featuring Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody and YG adding new lyrics to the song, even namedropping Taylor and others.

Michelle Obama highlighted Beyoncé’s commitment to the black community before presenting her with the humanitarian award, saying: “You can see it in everything she does, from her music that gives voice to Black joy and Black pain, to her activism that demands justice for Black lives.”

Beyoncé used her speech to encourage viewers to vote “like our life depends on it” in the upcoming election.

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“I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power, and that is to vote,” she said. “There are people banking on us staying at home during local elections and primaries happening in states across the country. We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does.”

Sunday’s show celebrated BET’s 20th awards show and BET’s 40th year as a network. The three-hour event, which aired on CBS for the first time, was hosted by comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales, who starred in several skits, including one about women who identify as “Karen,” a common stereotype and term for racist and privileged white women.

Other artists were political during their performances, including Roddy Ricch, who wore a Black Lives Matter shirt while he rapped, Alicia Keys, Anderson Paak and Jay Rock, as well as brothers SiR and D Smoke, who performed with their mother Jackie Gouché.

Lil Wayne paid tribute to NBA icon Kobe Bryant, who died in January, with a performance of his 2009 song “Kobe Bryant,” weaving in new lyrics. Wayne Brady, in a glittery suit, rolled around on top of a piano as he sang a medley of Little Richard hits.

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Nipsey Hussle, who was named best male hip-hop artist and earned the humanitarian award at last year’s BET Awards, won video of the year for “Higher,” a clip he filmed with DJ Khaled and John Legend shortly before he died .

“This is for Nipsey Hussle and hip-hop,” Khaled said in a taped video. “Nipsey Hussle, thank you for working with me on this ‘Higher’ record. I appreciate you. Nipsey’s family, we love you.”

The BET Awards, one of the first awards shows to air virtually, featured performances that were sharp with artsy stage production, giving extra life to the songs being performed. It was a welcomed break from the “living room” and homebound performances hundreds of artists have shared on social media since the pandemic hit in March.

Chloe x Halle, who have successfully performed for various TV shows and events during the pandemic while promoting their new album, gave an epic performance of their songs “Do It” and “Forgive Me.” R&B star Summer Walker, who played guitar and sang, was also impressive during her performance, which featured Usher.

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Megan Thee Stallion went to the desert with background dancers as she twerked and rapped her No. 1 hit “Savage.” She won best female hip-hop artist, beating out Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

“Oh my God, I probably recorded this video like 10 times. It feels so crazy doing this from my house,” she said. “I used to watch the BET Awards all the time thinking, ‘One day that’s going to be me going up there accepting my award’ — and now it is.”

Though the BET Awards are technically about handing out trophies, the awards were an afterthought. Richh won album of the year for his debut album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”; Lizzo was named best female R&B/pop artist; and Burna Boy won best international act.

The BET Awards is an annual celebration of Black entertainment and culture, and this year’s ceremony is the first major awards show since the May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which sparked global protests aimed at reforming police actions and removing statues and symbols considered racist from public places.


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BET Awards 2020: Burna Boy wins – Rema loses

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Nigeria’s singer Burna Boy has added the 2020 BET award for best international act to his trophies.

He was announced the winner Sunday night in the category that has as contenders singers such as Stormzy, Dave, both UK based, Ninho and S.Pri Noir(France), Sho Madjozi(South Africa) and Innoss’B(DRC).

It was his second time of picking the award in a row.

However, the fast rising Nigerian hip hop rapper and Afro beats singer, Rema lost out in the’Best New International Act”.

The award was won by Sha Sha from Zimbabwe.

Hosted by Insecure star Amanda Seales, the show is being presented virtually from Los Angeles, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.


All the winners


BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Burna Boy (Nigeria) — WINNER
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (U.K.)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

VIEWER’S CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT

Rema (Nigeria)
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe) — WINNER
Celeste (U.K.)
Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
Hatik (France)
Sracy (France)

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Ajee Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles — WINNER

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James — WINNER
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

BET HER AWARD

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Beyonce Ft. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid & Saint Jhn – “Brown Skin Girl” — WINNER
Ciara Ft. Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La – “Melanin”
Layton Greene – “I Choose”
Lizzo Ft. Missy Elliott – “Tempo”
Rapsody Ft. PJ Morton – “Afeni”

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Chris Brown Ft. Drake – “No Guidance”
DaBaby – “Bop”
DJ Khaled Ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher” — WINNER
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion Ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Beyonce
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo — WINNER
Summer Walker

Checkout full winners HERE


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BET Awards 2020: Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter, Saint Jhn & Wizkid wins big.

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Blue Ivy Carter followed in her parents’ footsteps on Sunday as she took home her first BET prize at the 20th annual BET Awards.

The eight-year-old earned her very first BET Award for her and mom Beyonce’s track Brown Skin Girl.

The song, which also features WizKid and SAINt JHN, was originally featured on The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album.

Carter and her mom floored top stars which include Alicia Keys, Ciara, Layton Green, Lizzo, and Rapsody.

Carter is now the youngest artist to win the BET Award.

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She broke the record of Willow Smith who won the award at age 10.

However, Nigerian Superstar, Wizkid, now holds the record for most BET Awards wins by an African artiste in history.

Wizkid has received 5 nominations and won 3.

The 2020 BET Awards, hosted by Amanda Seales, aired live on ViacomCBS’ networks including BET and BET HER on June 28 at 8 p.m.


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BET Awards 2020: Burna Boy wins ‘Best International ACT’ | Video

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Nigerian afro-fusion artiste, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has won the 2020 BET best international act award.

The ‘African Giant’ won it for the second time in two years.

In 2019, he floored Teni Makanaki and Mr. Eazi to win the coveted category in the award, but this time it was Innoss’B (DRC), Sho Madjozi (South Africa) Dave (UK), Stormzy (UK), Ninho (France) and S.Pri Noir (France).

Hosted by former Real co-host Amanda Seales, the ceremony took place in the early hours of Monday.

The 2020 edition is the first-ever virtual BET Awards.

This year’s show, which also aired on CBS and BET Her, boasts powerful performances from some of the biggest acts in music, including Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Nas, Questlove, and Usher.

However, Naomi Campbell presented the Best International Act #BETAwards 20 to Burna Boy.


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BET Awards 2020: Full list of winners

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Below is the full list of winners at the 2020 BET Awards ceremony.

The event which held virtually saw Burna Boy win the Best International Act.

Beyonce got presented with the Humanitarian Award by former US First Lady, Michelle Obama.

See the list below.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lizzo — Cuz I Love You
Megan Thee Stallion — Fever
Beyoncé — Homecoming: The Live Album
H.E.R. — I Used to Know Her
DaBaby — Kirk
Roddy Ricch — Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (WINNER!)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”
DaBaby – “Bop”
DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher” (WINNER!)
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”
DaBaby – “Bop”
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer” (WINNER!)
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
The Weeknd – “Heartless”

BEST COLLABORATION
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance” (WINNER!)
DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
H.E.R. featuring YG – “Slide”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Wale featuring Jeremih – “On Chill”

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo (WINNER!)
Summer Walker

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Anderson Paak
Chris Brown (WINNER!)
Jacquees
Khalidtt
The Weeknd
Usher

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER!)
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
DaBaby (WINNER!)
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

BEST GROUP
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
EarthGang
Griselda
Jackboys
Migos (WINNER!)

BEST NEW ARTIST
DaniLeigh
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch (WINNER!)
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Fred Hammond – “Alright”
John P. Kee featuring Zacardi Cortez – “I Made It Out”
Kanye West – “Follow God”
Kirk Franklin – “Just for Me” (WINNER!)
PJ Morton featuring Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary – “All In His Plan”
The Clark Sisters – “Victory”

BET HER AWARD
Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn – “Brown Skin Girl” (WINNER!)
Ciara featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La – “Melanin”
Layton Greene – “I Choose”
Lizzo featuring Missy Elliott – “Tempo”
Rapsody featuring PJ Morgan – “Afeni”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana “Spike Lee” Taylor (WINNER!)

BEST MOVIE
Bad Boys for Life
Dolemite Is My Name
Harriet
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Just Mercy
Queen & Slim (WINNER!)
The Lion King

BEST ACTRESS
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae (WINNER!)
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross
Zendaya
Jennifer Lopez

BEST ACTOR
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan (WINNER!)
Omari Hardwick
Will Smith

YOUNGSTARS AWARD
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di’Allo Winston
Marsai Martin (WINNER!)
Miles Brown
Storm Reid

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles (WINNER!)

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James (WINNER!)
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Burna Boy (Nigeria) (WINNER!)
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (UK)
Stormzy (UK)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT
Rema (Nigeria)
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe) (WINNER!)
Celeste (UK)
Young T & Bugsey (UK)
Hatik (France)
Stacy (France)


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COVID-19: U.S Marathon race on hold

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The New York City Marathon has been nixed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers announced Wednesday.

Michael Capiraso, CEO of New York Road Runners announced the cancellation.

This year’s race would have marked its 50th anniversary.

“Cancelling this year’s TCS New York City Marathon is incredibly disappointing for everyone involved, but it was clearly the course we needed to follow from a health and safety perspective,” he said.

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The race, the world’s biggest marathon, hosts more than 50,000 runners from all over the world.

“While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei won the 2019 edition.


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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia to hold limited ‘Hajj’

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Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a “very limited” hajj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the Gulf.

The decision marks the first time in Saudi Arabia’s modern history that Muslims outside the kingdom have been barred from performing the hajj, which last year drew 2.5 million pilgrims.

The move to scale back the five-day event, scheduled for the end of July, is fraught with political and economic peril and comes after several Muslim nations pulled out of the ritual that forms one of the main pillars of Islam.

The kingdom’s hajj ministry said the ritual will be open to various nationalities already in Saudi Arabia, but it did not specify a number.

“It was decided to hold the pilgrimage this year with very limited numbers… with different nationalities in the kingdom,” the official Saudi Press Agency said on Monday, citing the ministry.

“This decision is taken to ensure the hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective… and in accordance with the teachings of Islam.”

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The hajj — a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime — could be a major source of contagion, as it packs millions of pilgrims into congested religious sites.

The decision comes as Saudi Arabia grapples to contain a major spike in infections, which have now risen to more than 161,000 cases — the highest in the Gulf — and over 1,300 deaths.

But despite the surge, Saudi Arabia on Sunday moved to end a coronavirus curfew across the kingdom and lift restrictions on businesses, including cinemas and other entertainment venues.

Sensitive decision
The announcement to hold a limited hajj will likely disappoint millions of Muslim pilgrims around the world who often invest their life savings and endure long waiting lists to make the trip.

But it will probably appease domestic pilgrims, who feared the ritual would entirely be cancelled for the first time in recent history.

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“Saudi Arabia has chosen the safest option that allows it to save face within the Muslim world while making sure they are not seen as compromising on public health,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told AFP.

“But there are lots of unanswered questions: what is the exact number of pilgrims that will be allowed? What is the criteria for their selection? How many Saudis, how many non-Saudis?”

Saudi authorities said the hajj ministry will hold a news conference on Tuesday to flesh out the details.

In an apparent bid to give the decision a veneer of religious sanction, the Saudi-based Muslim World League said it endorsed the government move for the health and safety of pilgrims, according to state media.

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The prestigious Islamic institution Al-Azhar in Cairo also welcomed the move. “This decision is wise and based on Islamic jurisprudence”, it tweeted.

And Youssef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said in a statement carried by state media that he “appreciated the utmost care given… to the health and safety of the pilgrims”.

But the decision still risks annoying hardline Muslims outside the kingdom for whom religion trumps health concerns.

It could also prompt Saudi Arabia’s rivals to renew scrutiny of its custodianship of Islam’s holiest sites — the kingdom’s most powerful source of political legitimacy.

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A series of deadly disasters over the years, including a 2015 stampede that killed up to 2,300 worshippers, prompted criticism of the kingdom’s management of the hajj.

‘Difficult year’
A watered-down hajj would represent a major loss of revenue for the kingdom, already reeling from the twin shocks of the virus-induced slowdown and a plunge in oil prices.

The smaller year-round umrah pilgrimage was already suspended in March.

Together, they add $12 billion to the Saudi economy every year, according to government figures.

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“This has been a really difficult year, with Saudi Arabia facing declining revenue from all sectors — oil, tourism, domestic consumption, and now umrah and hajj,” Karen Young, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told AFP.

A full-scale hajj with millions of pilgrims was unlikely after authorities advised Muslims in late March to defer preparations due to the fast-spreading disease.

Earlier this month, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, emerged as one of the first countries to withdraw from the pilgrimage after pressing Riyadh for clarity. An Indonesian minister called it a “very bitter and difficult decision”.

Malaysia, Senegal and Singapore followed suit with similar announcements.


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NET Awards Honour: Cardi B show gratitude to Nigerians.

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Cardi B is has shown her appreciation to Nigerians for voted for her in the just-concluded The NET Honours Class of 2020 awards.

The rapper was nominated for the ‘Most Popular Female Foreign Celebrity’ category alongside the likes of Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian. And the Bardi Gang all over the world did their thing to make sure that their queen emerged the winner.

The rapper then retweeted the news, and captioned the post “Thank you Naija,”

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The NET Honours Class of 2020 ‘Most Popular Female Foreign Celebrity’ is @iamcardib, aka Chioma B.

Cardi B won the hearts of many people after she visited Lagos and she even adopted the name Chioma B.


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BBNaija: Tacha praise NET Awards – Blast critics

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BBNaija star, Natacha Akide widely known as Symply Tacha, has slammed those who kicked against her emergence as the most popular housemate, courtesy of NET Honours.

Tacha thanked the organizers of NET honours award, for being transparent and unbiased in their judgement. She also expressed her sincere gratitude to her fans for making it a reality.

Speaking further, Tacha slammed her haters, for going to social media to insinuate that she doesn’t deserve the award.

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She advised them to leave their houses and move over to the nearest junction, where they can locate a transformer, and hug it.

She said she has already won the award and nobody can take it away from her.


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BET Awards 2020: Full List Of Nominees

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The Black Entertainment Television (BET), the organizers of the annual BET Awards have announced the nominations for the 2020 BET Awards.

Canadian rapper, Drake leads the pack with six nominations including nods for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year, and two nods for both Best Collaboration and Viewer’s Choice for his features with Chris Brown and Future.

Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch garnered the second most nominations with five each. The “Hot Girl Summer” MC is up for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Album of the Year and Viewer’s Choice Award. Ricch is nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Viewer’s Choice Award.

Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Brown, DaBaby and Lizzo have collected four nominations each.

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This year’s show will be hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales. The Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian honorees will be announced at a later date as well as the show’s performers.

Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy and MAVIN Rema were nominated in the Best International Act and Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act categories respectively.

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Other Africans in the Best International Act category include South African singer, Sho Madjozi and Innos’B from Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act category, Zimbabwean act, Sha Sha was nominated.

The 2020 BET Awards will mark ceremony’s 20th anniversary and BET’s 40th anniversary. A simulcast will commence live from (8 p.m. ET) across Viacom/CBS networks on June 28, 2020.

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Here are the full nominations for the awards;

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé

H.E.R.

Jhené Aiko

Kehlani

Lizzo

Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Anderson .Paak

Chris Brown

Jacquees

Khalid

The Weeknd

Usher

Best Group

Chloe x Halle

City Girls

EarthGang

Griselda

JACKBOYS

Migos

Best Collaboration

Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”

DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”

Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”

H.E.R. ft. YG, “Slide”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”

Wale ft. Jeremih, “On Chill”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Future

Lil Baby

Roddy Ricch

Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Lizzo

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

Saweetie

Video of the Year

Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”

DaBaby, “Bop”

DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”

Doja Cat, “Say So”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”

Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Cole Bennett

Dave Meyers

Director X

Eif Rivera

Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

Best New Artist

DaniLeigh

Lil Nas X

Pop Smoke

Roddy Ricch

Summer Walker

YBN Cordae

Album of the Year

Cuz I Love You, Lizzo

Fever, Megan Thee Stallion

Homecoming: The Live Album, Beyoncé

I Used to Know Her, H.E.R.

Kirk, DaBaby

Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational

Fred Hammond, “Alright”

John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez, “I Made It Out”

Kanye West, “Follow God”

Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me”

PJ Morton ft. Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary, “All In His Pain”

The Clark Sisters, “Victory”

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Cynthia Erivo

Issa Rae

Regina King

Tracee Ellis Ross

Zendaya

Best Actor

Billy Porter

Eddie Murphy

Forest Whitaker

Jamie Foxx

Michael B. Jordan

Omari Hardwick

Young Stars Award

Alex Hibbert

Asante Blackk

Jahi Di’Allo Winston

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown

Storm Reid

Best Movie

Bad Boys for Life

Dolemite Is My Name

Harriet

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

Just Mercy

Queen & Slim

Sportswoman of the Year

Ajeé Wilson

Claressa Shields

Coco Gauff

Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James

Odell Beckham Jr.

Patrick Mahomes II

Stephen Curry

BET HER Award

Alicia Keys, “Underdog”

Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn, “Brown Skin Girl”

Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La, “Melanin”

Layton Greene, “I Choose”

Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, “Tempo”

Rapsody ft. PJ Morgan, “Afeni”

Viewer’s Choice Award

Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”

DaBaby, “Bop”

Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, “Hot Girl Summer”

Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

The Weeknd, “Heartless”

Best International Act

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Innoss’B (DRC)

Sho Madjozi (S. Africa)

Dave (U.K.)

Stormzy (U.K.)

Ninho (France)

S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

Rema (Nigeria)

SHA SHA (Zimbabwe)

Celeste (U.K.)

Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)

Hatik (France)

Stacy (France)


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Jabi Lake Mall under seal amid Naira Marley’s concert.

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The authorities of the FCT Abuja have woken up to their responsibilities after the embarrassing concert by Nigerian singer, Naira Marley on Saturday night.

Hours after the concert that rubbished all COVID-19 rules became public knowledge, the FCT Ministerial Task Team on #COVID19 sealed up the concert venue, the Jabi Lake Mall.

The closure will be for an indefinite time” the Task Team tweeted.

It said the concert violated Presidential Task Force’s directives on the ban on public gatherings “as part of measures to contain the spread of the dreaded pandemic in the territory”.

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As one commenter said on Twitter: ‘this is campaign after election”.

Naira Marley was supposed to hold a drive-thru concert at the mall.

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But it became a real festival with fans throwing into the dustbin all the COVID-19 protocols.

A short video of the shindig went viral.

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Abuja FCT has Nigeria’s second biggest coronavirus caseload, after Lagos.

According to the NCDC, the territory has 1,212 cases at at 13 June.


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Net Honours Award 2020: Full list of Winners

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The NET Honours is a people’s choice award that puts the spotlight on people, events, and moments that have shaped the year in review.

The awards are people and data-driven, as the nominees and winners for each category are sourced by analysing audience engagement and search trends on the Netng and sister platforms – Neusroom, 234Star, and Orin.

Below is a comprehensive list of all NET Honours winners

NET Honours Class Of 2020 Winners

Most Popular Musician (Male)

Davido

Most Popular Musician (Female)

Tiwa Savage

Most Popular Actor

Yul Edochie

Most Popular Actress

Funke Akindele

Most Popular Couple

Mercy and Ike

Most Popular Media Personality (Male)

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Most Popular Media Personality (Female)

Toke Makinwa

Most Popular Person

Bukola Saraki

Most Popular BBNaija Star

Tacha

Most Popular Comedian

Ali Baba

Most Popular African Celebrity

Juliet Ibrahim

Most Popular Foreign Celebrity Female

Cardi B

Most Popular Foreign Celebrity Male

Ronaldo

Most Popular Event

BBNaija

Most Searched Musician (Male)

Wizkid

Most Searched Musician (Female)

Tiwa Savage

Most Searched Actor

Jim Iyke

Most Searched Actress

Tonto Dike

Most Searched Media Personality

Toke Makinwa

Most Watched Video

15 Nigerian celebrities who are besties


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Just in: Sony announce PS5 event for June 4th.


Sony is officially confirming its next PlayStation 5 event will be held on Thursday, June 4th. The event will begin at 4PM ET / 1PM PT, and Sony is promising “a look at the future of gaming on PlayStation 5.” It will run for “a bit more than an hour,” and feature “a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday,” according to Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware,” says Ryan. “This digital showcase will run for a bit more than an hour and, for the first time, we will all be together virtually experiencing the excitement together.”

Recent reports suggested Sony would hold a PS5 event a day earlier on June 3rd, focusing mainly on games. Sony is not expected to reveal every detail of the PS5 console at this event, and further events are rumored to be planned for the coming weeks and months. “This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you,” explains Ryan.

Sony has so far unveiled PS5 specs, a logo, and a new wireless controller for its next-gen console. Sony has not yet shown off the PS5 console itself, and it’s not clear if that will change at the June 4th event.

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The PS5 will feature a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) and a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture hardware that promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz (also variable frequency).

A significant part of Sony’s new PlayStation 5 is the proprietary SSD, and it provides 825GB of storage with 5.5GB/s of performance. Epic Games recently provided a stunning Unreal 5 tech demonstration running on the PS5, showing off the loading of cinematic 8K assets and dynamic lighting effects.


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