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Trevor Noah donates R8 million to South African charity

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South African comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah has dug into his pockets to give back to those in need. The star donated R8 million to a local project on behalf of The Trevor Noah Foundation and in partnership with YouthBuild South Africa (YBSA). This is a joint response to the pressing issues surrounding impoverished communities throughout the country.

With the quality of infrastructure being one issue of many, 56% of South African teachers have reported a shortage of physical infrastructure, hindering their ability to provide the necessary learning environment.

YBSA mobilises young adults between the ages of 17 and 29 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to improve their lives and communities. According to recent reports, South Africa’s official unemployment rate of 34.4% is one of the highest in the world.

The Faranani infrastructure project has been created as one The Trevor Noah Foundation and YBSA put together to enhance the educational foundation in schools across the country.

Based in Soweto, young people from various communities will be provided with training, practical construction skills and the mindset to transform an educational environment. The goal is to address school infrastructure needs while supporting and developing the skills of unemployed youth.

“Today’s kids are told to be the leaders of tomorrow, but they’re not given the tools. I’m excited about this partnership with YouthBuild because we’re creating life-changing opportunities for South African youth We all deserve to achieve our fullest potential no matter where we come from,” said Trevor.

“Through nearly 300 programmes around the world, the YouthBuild movement equips young people with the necessary tools for long-term professional and personal success.

“In South Africa alone, more than 2 500 young adults have been served by YBSA, and this incredible partnership with the Trevor Noah Foundation will help them solidify their training and extend their reach even further,” said John Valverde, president and chief executive of YouthBuild USA.

Source: News365

In other news – Nomalanga Shozi speaks on hosting the new season of Behind The Story

In 2018, she became the face of BET Africa. Since then she has acted on Rhythm City and presented several shows. Now, Nomalanga Shozi is taking over from Pearl Thusi as the host of BET’s Behind the Story.

One would assume it would be nerve-wracking to take over from such well known and loved presenter, but Nomalanga is beaming with pride and excitement instead. 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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This is why I want to marry Indian man – DJ Cuppy

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Nigerian disc jockey, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, is contemplating marrying an Indian. The billionaire heiress disclosed this while sharing photos of an Indian wedding she attended via her Instagram account recently.

DJ Cuppy noted that the traditional wedding would be topnotch with the mixture of Nigerian and Indian cultures if it happens. She wrote, “Maybe I should marry an Indian man. Imagine the traditional wedding.” DJ Cuppy’s most recent relationship was with British boxer, Ryan Taylor.

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The duo, however, parted ways in July 2023, barely seven months after their shocking engagement in November 2022.

Source:  dailypost

In other news – Bad leaders making the life of Nigerians miserable – Pastor Giwa

The senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, on Sunday, lamented that the economic situation in Nigeria has gone from bad to worse under President Bola Tinubu.

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The clergyman noted that bad leaders were intentionally making life miserable for Nigerians. Read more

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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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