Your Weekly Catchup With Guardian Life
The week gone by has had a lot of events that came and disappeared from the radar. In case you did not remember, Guardian Life has curated some for you’re your delight.
‘Burna Boy, Unparalleled Force In Music World’
Burna Boy, also known as Damini Ogulu, has been hailed by the Recording Academy, organisers of the Grammy Awards, as the leading Afrobeat star across the entire African music landscape. The acknowledgment comes on the heels of Burna Boy securing four Grammy nominations for the 2024 awards. In an official statement, the Grammy Awards declared, “There’s no larger star in Afrobeats or the entirety of Africa than Burna Boy. With consecutive Best Global Album Grammy nominations for ‘Twice as Tall’ and ‘African Giant,’ coupled with high-profile collaborations with global icons such as Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, Burna Boy stands as an unparalleled force in the music world.”
Nigerian Wigmaker Sets New Guinness World Record
Helen Williams, a wigmaker based in Lagos, Nigeria, has earned a coveted spot in the Guinness World Records for fashioning the world’s longest handmade wig, an extraordinary creation measuring an astounding 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in). Helen dedicated a remarkable 11 days and over two million naira (£2,031; $2,493) to bring this impressive wig to life. The Guinness World Records recognised her achievement, stating on its official “X” account, “Helen Williams from Lagos, Nigeria has achieved a new record for the longest handmade wig, which stretches an incredible 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in).”
Rema Sells Out O2 Arena Concert
Nigerian singer, Rema, has achieved a significant milestone by selling out the renowned O2 Arena in London for his concert on November 14, 2023. At just 23 years old, Rema becomes the youngest African artist to accomplish this feat at the iconic venue, known for hosting Afrobeat legends like Burna Boy, Davido, and Asake with a capacity of over 20,000. The sold-out event is a result of Rema’s global appeal, fueled by a string of hit songs such as, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Soundgasm’, and ‘Calm Down’, along with collaborations with industry heavyweights like Chris Brown and Selena Gomez.
Drake, J. Cole Announce “Its All A Blur Tour”
Drake and J. Cole are gearing up to set the stage on fire with their highly anticipated tour, ‘It’s All A Blur Tour — Big As The What?’ Following the success of their collaboration on ‘First Person Shooter’, excitement is soaring for Cole’s upcoming project, ‘The Fall Off.’ Despite Drake’s recent hints at a break, the tour is officially confirmed. Fans were delighted to wake up to a lineup of tour dates, commencing on January 18, 2024, in Denver, Colorado, and concluding the two-month tour in Birmingham, Alabama.
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