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Nollywood celebrities react as Funke Akindele and Juliana Olayode end rift

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Nollywood stars have reacted following the end of an age-long rift between Nollywood actress Funke Akindele and her Jenifa’s Diary co-star Juliana Oloyode.

Juliana had taken to social media to apologize to Funke. The pair fell out in 2017 over an undisclosed reason after Juliana starred in Funke Akindele’s hit series, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’.

Taking to her Instagram page, Juliana shared a photo of herself with Funke alongside a lengthy post apologizing to the actress. She also noted that she had earlier apologized to Funke privately but felt the need to tender a public apology.

”As a teenager, my career in the mainstream entertainment industry started where many people who have put in years of hard work could only dream of, how could a neophyte even start from the mainstream, if not for a miracle?

”In my case, the mercy of God and unmerited favor were evident, I broke into the industry by playing a friend and co lead with a screen goddess who had put in decades of hard work and unprecedented creativity even as at that time.

”God used Aunty Funke Akindele @funkejenifaakindele to put me into the limelight. It was a shocker for me, especially at that tender age, when I had barely left secondary school, the kind of fame I earned from playing Toyosi in Jenifa’s Diary was too enormous for my understanding.

”However, the lack of industry nitty gritty started manifesting in me, coupled with the fact that I had a guardian (manager) who didn’t understand how the entertainment industry works, and I believed anything he felt and said.

”My guardian sent an email to Scene One TV, the producers of the Sitcom, which entire content I wasn’t aware of until recently.

”The story of my goofs at the take off of my career can not be exhausted in a million words, I want to use this opportunity to apologise to Aunty Funke Akindele, ọmọdé ò lè mọ ẹ̀kọ́ jẹ, kó má ra lọ́wọ́, I am incredibly sorry for how I hurt you and how the email that was sent hurt you.

”Please forgive me for my childish mistakes of the past, I am deeply sorry for everything.🙏🙏

”I love you eternally Aunty Funke.

”NB: I just feel the burden to make this official, it’s not an attempt for people to help me beg her, I have met Aunty Funke, she has forgiven me, she hugged me, prayed for me, cooked for me like she used to in those good old days, Jollof rice elemi meji, fried rice and sweet chicken.(lol)
“I am her baby forever. She is such a sweet soul. The good days are back and you should probably anticipate 🤐. I love you all, thank you 😍.”

Reacting to Juliana’s post, Funke commended saying;

“My Juliana. I miss you. I will bite you. Omo mi. I love you. See you soon”.

Funke’s comment has since attracted multiple stars who also expressed their joy over the mended relationship.

Actress Toyin Adewale wrote; ”@funkeakindele Iya ibeji thank you very much, Oluwa ada awon omo si fun eh loruko jesu kristi, God bless you, darling.”

Failthia Williams wrote; ”Aunty Funke thank you.. Allah will continue to bless you and yours.. ”

Eniola Ajao wrote; ”You are a huge blessing our dearest Auntie FUNKE. Thank you so much for everything 🙏 We love you ma❤️.”

In other news – Charly Boy opens up about battle with prostate cancer

Legendary singer and activist, Charles Oputa professionally known as Charly Boy recounts his ordeal with prostate cancer.

The veteran singer who will be holding a thanksgiving in a Lagos church on Saturday, April 29, did not reveal when he came down with the ailment.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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