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Mofe Duncan celebrates 40th birthday

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Nollywood actor Mofe Duncan has been left overwhelmed with the massive love he received on his 40th birthday. Taking to his Instagram page to pen an appreciation post, he expressed how excited he was when the priest referenced him during his homily in front of the entire congregation.

The amount of love he received on social media from friends and fans to his 91+-year-old father making a speech at his birthday dinner, to his family and friends who showed up for him brought him to the verge of tears.

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Apologizing to those whose birthday messages haven’t been acknowledged by him, Mofe Duncan stated that he hasn’t been able to get through all the tags and mentions of IG.

“Yesterday was overwhelming, to say the least. From my priest referencing me during his homily in front of the entire congregation, to the outpour of love in my social media from friends and fans to my 91+ yr old father making a speech at my 40th dinner, to my family & my friends who showed up for my dinner….every aspect of yesterday brought me on the verge of tears and TRULY I want to say THANK YOU!

I have not been able to get through all the tags and mentions on IG. Please don’t be offended, you’re NOT less important than those acknowledged. I’d do my best to acknowledge every birthday wish out there on my behalf. (Might finish next year on my 41st birthday and then I’d do it all over again Lol).

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Thank you, guys. I absolutely LOVE being MOFE DUNCAN and I have you guys to thank for it. God bless you individually and may the love shown to me be paid forward to you in your lives.

Now WE 40, now WE LIVE”.

Kemi Filani reported on Sunday that Mofe Duncan had turned 40 in grand star. The movie star had taken time out to reflect on his last decade. Sharing photos of him cheering on to his new age while holding a glass of wine, Mofe described the last decade as amazing.

He noted how the past decade was filled with lots of ups and downs, hit he doesn’t bother about the downs as long as he’s up. Mofe Duncan expressed gratitude to his Maker for His mercies, as well as appreciated his family, friends, and fans.

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“My journey has been amazing….lots of ups and lots of downs….but who cares about the downs when you’re UP? The last decade was a dress rehearsal….now, let’s start! Life truly begins at 40.

Happy Birthday to Me! 40 years on God’s green earth. Grateful for His mercies. Grateful to my family for constantly forging and supporting me. Grateful to my best friends for always ensuring my happiness is never too far. Grateful for my close friends who make sure I keep running the race and never give up. And grateful to my fans who make life all the more golden”.

In other news – Kidnapped Catholic priest freed

Rev Fr Mathias Opara, the Catholic priest kidnapped in Imo last Friday, has regained freedom. According to Daily Post, it was reported that the priest was released unhurt on Sunday night.

Recall that after attending the burial rituals for the father of one of his colleagues at Izombe Community in the Oguta LGA, the priest identified as Owu Ujo, was abducted along Ejemekwuru-Ogbaku Road in Oguta and Mbaitoli Local Government Areas of Imo State.Learn More

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Ayra Starr doubles up as Spotify EQUAL Africa and Global Artist for Ma

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Spotify’s EQUAL program supports female artists, giving them a global platform through playlists, content hubs, and partnerships. Nigerian Afrobeats artist Ayra Starr, known for her hits such as Rush, Sability and Rhythm & Blues, and more, takes the spotlight for Spotify’s EQUAL Africa and EQUAL Global program this May. She joins fellow Nigerian Tiwa Savage, who is the only other African artist to be both the Spotify EQUAL Africa and Global artist.

Monica Kemoli-Savanne, Spotify’s Senior Artist & Label Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa says, “Our commitment at Spotify is to support and empower women in the music industry, helping to create a more level playing field. Seeing artists like Ayra Starr come from the continent to gain global recognition serves as a true testament that Africa is full of talent, all that is needed is a platform. It has been a great journey to witness the growth of female artists who are also inspiring generations to come, which also speaks to our commitment to equally support female artists.”

Spotify hosted 15 EQUAL activations and over 14.8 million artist discoveries stemmed from EQUAL playlists, and EQUAL artists received 11,800 editorial playlist adds, all in 2023, further demonstrating the program’s impact and reach.

Ayra Starr whose February release Commas already has over 35 million streams on Spotify, spoke on her expressive musical style that has helped her craft a niche in the music industry, and what it means to her being selected as Spotify’s EQUAL artist.

“I am grateful to become a Spotify EQUAL Ambassador. It means so much to me to be able to represent women in Afrobeats and African women in general. There are so many women in music right now and the EQUAL program is doing a great job in highlighting their hard work.”

Ayra Starr to delve deeper into her music and creative journey:

How is the Spotify EQUAL program significant, from your perspective?

There are so many women in music today, behind the scenes, in front of the camera, musicians, sound engineers, all these women working hard and Spotify EQUAL is doing a great job in highlighting all their hard work.

What does this mean to you as a person, being Spotify’s EQUAL artist for the month both from an African and Global perspective?

It means everything to me because I am a girl and I have to support my gender and level the playing field.

To someone who has never heard your music, how would you describe the sound, tone, and style?

I would describe my sound as highly vibrational, eccentric, unique, and beautiful.

Are we expecting any music from you anytime soon?

Yes. I have a new single with Seyi Vibes called ‘Bad Vibes’ and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. It’s amazing and it’s one of those songs that makes you feel good. The best part about it is that it is not just a regular Afrobeat record, it’s like genres intertwined.

Check out Ayra Starr single Commas on the EQUAL Africa and Global playlists.

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2024 will be a tough year for Afrobeat singers – Paul Okoye warns

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Music executive, Paul Okoye, popularly known as Paul O, has claimed that 2024 will be a tough year for Afrobeats singers. In a post shared via his Insta stories, Paul O stated that, apart from Burna Boy and Davido, other artists are in trouble.

The show promoter also revealed that other artistes are finding it difficult to sell their tickets, which may be a result of high ticket prices.He wrote: “2024 will be a tough year for Afrobeat!!! Apart from 2 artists this year, Burnaboy and Davido, they did a few shows.

“Others are in trouble, either they are overpriced or tickets are not selling. Hmmmm, Let us not do what happened to Reggae musicians. Reduce Your Prices. Just think, how many shows you did this year?

In other news – Nigerian music industry has never been peaceful since I joined – Davido

Famous singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has claimed that the Nigerian music industry has never been peaceful since he joined. Davido stated that he loves the chaos in the music industry.

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On his X handle on Sunday, the singer wrote: “Since I came in the game dem never get peace .. I love it ! Make I find somewhere with beach go relax. Read more

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Nigerian music industry has never been peaceful since I joined – Davido

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Famous singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has claimed that the Nigerian music industry has never been peaceful since he joined. Davido stated that he loves the chaos in the music industry.

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On his X handle on Sunday, the singer wrote: “Since I came in the game dem never get peace .. I love it ! Make I find somewhere with beach go relax.”The DMW boss has previously alleged that some of his colleagues in the music industry are ganging up against him . Me vs the industry! Love it!,” he wrote via X in 2022.

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Davido announced his entry into the Nigerian music industry with ‘Back When’ and ‘Dami Duro’ the lead singles from his debut studio album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ (2012).

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Since then, he has risen to be one of the three leaders of the new school Afrobeats, alongside Wizkid and Burna Boy. Davido has stated in several interviews that he does not have a cordial relationship with Wizkid and Burna Boy.

In other news – Military forcefully took away suspected oil bunkers from police custody – IGP tells court

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the military forcefully took away some suspects allegedly involved in oil bunkering from police custody.

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Counsel to the IGP, Idris Mohammed, revealed this to Justice James Omotosho when the matter was called for the alleged oil bunkers to take their plea in a five-count criminal charge filed against them. The IGP had, in an earlier charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/60/2024, listed 19 alleged oil bunkerers for prosecution. Read more

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