Stories That Made Our Week: The Nigerian Dream
Every week is pregnant with headlines that make us laugh, stand up for something or just reflect on life. This week, Nigerians are solidly behind Timaya as he gets his first Grammy nomination and the legendary anonymous Ikoyi whistleblower has moved on from the shores of the country. These are the stories that made our week.
Timaya for Grammys
Eberipapa 1 of Bayelsa has joined the list of Nigerian artists to be nominated for the Grammys for his feature in Morgan Heritage’s reggae album Avrekedabra. The album which features Timaya alongside StoneBwoy, Chubb Rock, Stylo G, Bunji Garlin, Dre Zion and Jahiel, has been nominated for Best Reggae Album for the 60th Grammy Awards slated for January next year.
Kings of the streets
As Olamide plans to shut down Teslim Balogun Stadium today, he will do so knowing fully well that he has accomplished a major feat this year. His hit single Wo was Google’s most searched song of 2017. Followed by Davido for Fia and Fall. One Corner by Patapaa featuring Ras Cann was number four on the list and Davido came up again as number five for If. 2017 was a good year for our top artists if we do say so ourselves.
Moving on to greater things
Some weeks ago, we wrote about the Ikoyi whistleblower who was battling it out with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his complete payment. This week, his lawyer confirmed that he has been paid the balance of the agreed fee and, contrary to the concerns of the organisation, did not run mad. Along with his new financial status, the Ikoyi whistleblower has left the shores of Nigeria.
Black actresses matter!
Yet another Golden Globe snub! And the general public and celebrities are having none of it. Jada Pinkett Smith took to Twitter this week to state how displeased she was with the organisers for ignoring the movie Girls Trip and breakout star Tiffany Haddish. Smith says in her Twitter thread that Tiffany was by far the funniest act on screen in 2017 and that the movie was ignored by the ceremony because of the all-black cast.
Stop victim blaming!
Be a part of something phenomenal this Sunday as La Femme Foundation with the support from STERN Lagos and other organisations will be walking alongside young men and women from various walks of life to stand against the epidemic of violence and slut-shaming of women. The ‘Slut Walk’ will start from Bourdillon in Ikoyi and end at Bar Bar in Lekki, thereafter there will be a showcase by some alternative artists to support the movement.