Africa has a leading actress and surely you would agree that she is none other than Kenya-Mexican actress, Lupita Nyong’O. Following her star performance in Marvel’s Black Panther, the actress we hear is set to feature in another blockbuster.
A few days ago, the actress revealed that she would be starring in the film adaptation of South African star Comedian, Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Lupita shared the exciting news on Instagram on Wednesday night. She shared:
According to confirmed sources, Lupita will play Trevor Noah’s mother, Patricia, who raised her mixed-race child (Noah) during Apartheid, when it was illegal for children to be born with parents of different races. The book details Patricia’s influence on her son’s life and her deeply held religious beliefs.
Patricia also survived a harrowing incident in which her ex-husband, Noah’s stepfather, shot her in the head in 2009.
Nigerian- British Soul Singer, Sade Adu is set to release an original song after 7 long years of silence. The veteran singer who has managed to stay away from the music scene despite having decades of hit songs in her name will be performing an original song for American science fantasy adventure film, “A Wrinkle in Time”.
The surprising news of Sade Adu’s new music was revealed on Twitter by the film director, Ava DuVernay where she shared:
I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled “Flower of the Universe.” And it’s a dream come true. pic.twitter.com/FdXrZ1MFMO
Slated to hit the cinemas on the 6th of March, “A Wrinkle in Time” features other super star singer’s like Sia, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovata and famous music composer, Ramin Djawadi, famous for composing the Soundtrack of TV series, “Game of Thrones” and of course our very own Sade Adu.
The movie stars multiple award winning broadcaster, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, among others. The movie is based on a 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle.
Tanzanian star, Diamond Platnumz seems not to be taking Valentine day’s breakup announcement well so much that he is crying for help on social media.
The singer finally broke his silence on Friday after the public call of their relationship on grounds of infidelity and his lingering battle with his baby mama, Hamisa Mobetto. Platnumz shared a video of one of his protegees and went on to reveal how the lyrics of the song ironically had a lot to do with his predicament. He shared that the song mixed with a black rose broke his heart terribly.
Platnumz went ahead to reveal how his heart hurts so much that he doubts he would live to see March. In his words:
‘Dah, Kuna nyimbo zingine ziliandikwaga jamani…Wadau Dua zenu Muhimu…. Maana naona kabisa mwezi wa Tatu Siuoni”
This statement as expected got the singer’s fans frantic, many offering solutions to sooth his broken heart.
Latest news however is that the couple might have reunited although Zari insists that there would be no more chances for a reconciliation (isn’t that a universal lover’s tune?) despite Diamond’s frantic moves. We say this although tentatively as new reports reveal that Diamond’s sister claims that things are perfect between the celebrated couple.
Hopefully, we would be dancing to another loved up tune from the couple soon.
The former Olori of the ancient Ife kingdom, Queen Zaynab is doing an amazing job showing the world that royalty is much more than a crown. Since her separation from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, the beautiful business woman has gone ahead to contribute intensely to the development of her humanitarian agenda which touches IDP camps in Nigeria and other refugee camps in war torn parts of Africa and the middle East.
You would recall that last year, Queen Zaynab was heavily criticized for maintaining her title despite her separation from the king.
Also after the separation, the Queen relocated to Dubai where she established an organization in collaboration with the Arabs aimed at bringing economical development to both Africa and the Middle East.
The Queen was recently featured on UAE fashion and style magazine, Velvet Magazine where she opened up about her humanitarian projects, her fashion style and her separation from the Ooni.
Read full interview:
You have recently opened an office in the UAE, can you tell us a little more about your mission here Your Highness?
I started an organization, The Arab African Economic Development Initiative called The Bridge. Our mission is to bridge the divide among Africans and Arabs. We have received global support for the development of relations between the Arab world and Africa especially here in the UAE and by advancement, we are creating cultural programmes and job creation to encourage enterprise for our members, Inshallah. It’s been a tremendous blessing that I have partnered with various Heads of States and governments in the Middle East that will create economic and cultural sustainable platforms to improve social enterprise and social stigmas on both sides.
Who are some of the people in the Middle East that you are working with?
Last month, I met with His Excellency, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori- and the Minister pledged his co-operation with Her Highness, and relevant ministries to aid in (social and economic) developments of international and regional activities that will enhance and improve trade exchange and dealings between the Arab world and Africa. Although there has been insufficient progress on a global scale to merge both worlds, we are optimistic for the future of relations. Unity is a powerful engine of progress and Inshallah, I intend to bridge that gap to create a union of cultural understanding, peace, and advancement of economic opportunities across Africa and the Middle East.
Queen Zaynab with His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori
Queen Zaynab with Governor of Beirut, Justice Ziad Chebib
To be perfectly honest, I believe my motivation comes from the mothers and children I see on a day-to-day basis at IDP camps in Nigeria, and in the Middle East. These women are my heroes. Many of them have been through incredible hardships, war, and various forms of abuse and still strive to push and do their best despite their conditions. I draw my strength from them.
There are a lot of controversies surrounding your wilful separation from the King. It is something that’s never been done before and a bold step for a woman. What do you say to that?
Well, I’m a proponent of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. One must live courageously and fearlessly as God intended. I love my people and my culture, and I will continue to make them proud.
You wear a lot of White. Was that a conscious decision? Who are your fashion favourites?
For me, white represents re-birth and happiness. My favourite designers are Ralph & Russo, Mohammed Ashi, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and the amazingly talented Deola Segoe of Nigeria. Fashion is an expression of life, I love having fun with my accessories and jewellery, and wear everything from Cartier, Jacob & Co to local artisans in Africa.
What is your favourite vacation spot?
My goal in life has always been to live a life that I don’t want a vacation from. I meditate as often as possible to maintain clarity. I love Dubai, and I love Africa. I get to live in the best of both worlds, so I can’t complain.
Reality TV star, Dillish Mathews is definitely a woman in love and she sure wants us all to know as she has been off on a “loved up” spree for some months now. Word on the street is that the stunning Namibian winner of Big Brother Africa, 2013 edition is currently dating Football legend, Emmanuel Adebayor but please and please, dare not quote us!
To celebrate the recently concluded Valentine’s day, Dillish Mathews shared a photo of her well nourished hands wrapped in the sinewy, black hands of her man; another teaser for her fans who have been waiting endlessly for the big reveal.
Shortly after the “hand in hand” picture that got her fans excited for more, Dillish Mathews decided to announce to us with a picture of how her beloved sent her 300 red roses just to show how much he adores her. She also intimated her fans that 300 is the highest number she has ever received:
To be honest, not a lot of us get flowers in our lifetime so don’t blame us if we are not so excited about Dillish’s lover and his EXTRA sense of admiration. Haters! The good guys however are excited for the model who also recently dropped an advice on finding love. In her words:
Take it from us, the angels in heaven gave a shout of joy today as Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh and her estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill set aside their numerous differences to show love to their son; King who will turn two tomorrow.
We say this emphatically as for months now, the former lovebirds have taken to social media to call out each other on charges ranging from infidelity to domestic violence (both parties) and gross misconduct with videos to prove.
You would recall thatTonto Dikeh repeatedly dragged her now divorced husband on social media even claiming she paid for her bride price all to the entertainment of Nigeria’s social media savvy lot so It sure comes as a surprise that the couple would be in the same space with so much smiles as though cupid was throwing arrows of love straight at their hearts especially as barely weeks ago, Churchill filed a lawsuit halting Tonto’s reality TV show.
However, Churchill just took to Instagram to share some beautiful pictures with Tonto Dikeh at their son’s party which held at his kindergarten school in Abuja this afternoon. King Andre will officially turn two tomorrow.
These are definitely the most adorable photos you will see on your timeline today!
Barely 24 hours ago, South Africa swore in a new President and much more than the excitement of this news, South Africans have been buzzing about the portfolio of the news First lady; Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
Unlike most of her predecessors, Dr Tshepo has an impressive academic portfolio which many believe would be very beneficial to the South African health sector.
A graduate of Harvard, Dr Tshepo ( A practicing medical practitioner) got her first degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. In Harvard School of Public Health, she got herself a Masters of Public Health degree in Maternal Child Health and Aging.
South Africa ‘s first lady has been linked to a number of notable non profit organisations in pursuit of her vision to impact the lives of young children through education. Some of which include:
African Self Help Trust (ASHA) – Current chairperson
South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) – Patron
Students Sponsorship Program (SSP) – Former board member
The Billionaire humanitarian comes from a long line of family wealth with her younger brother being Patrice Motsepe, South Africa’s first black billionaire. Known to love her privacy, Mrs Ramaphosa ensures that her family is interestingly out of the media. The first citizens (Cyril Ramaphosa and Tshepo Motsepe) have 3 children together; two sons- Andile and Tumelo and a daughter who has successfully kept herself out of the media.
What’s more interesting especially for South Africans is at that unlike the previous president, Jacob Zuma, Tshepo is President Cyril’s only wife as opposed to Zuma’s five wives.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenure is filled with so much hope especially with Tshepo Motsepe as his better half!
Can we call the recent scandal revolving around Tanzanian singer, Diamond Platnumz the last straw that broke his long time partner, Zari Hassan ‘s back. It appears so as while the world celebrated lover’s day yesterday, the socialite shared a not so shocking news with her fans.
She took to social media to announce the end of her relationship with the Tanzanian star who is also father to two of her kids. She shared:
It might interest you to know that this comes barely weeks after Diamond was dragged to court by his baby mama Hamisa Mobetto for not paying child support for his son. Understandably, Zari is expressing her hurt but if we know this couple like we do, they would be getting back together in no time.
While we keep our fingers crossed, we went perusing Diamond’s page hoping to find even the subtlest response. We announce disappointingly that the singer has no response to Zari’s breakup post. Yet!
According to the prophesy shared by now famous prophet, Cosmos Walker Affran,
The nation is about to be thrown into nationwide mourning as he sees death hovering around Shatta.
It appears that Shatta did not take the latest prophetic threats lightly and as expected went on a social media rant. This time, however, he goes a bit hard on the so called fake pastors who go about trying to live the flashy lifestyle and get their powers from unmentionable places.
In addition, the singer threatened that unlike most of other Ghanaians, he would not take the prophesies lightly and if by December, 2018, he does not make the nonreturnable journey, he would in turn burn down churches in Ghana. This solemn promise he made with the condition of return being that the Ghanaian president begs him. See video:
If we know Shatta like we do, this is probably another drug influenced threat which will have no energy but for the one put in making it of course. The video has however caused a bit of a national debate with many Ghanaians calling his bluff.
Reports reaching us confirm that 20 year old Ghanaian singer, Ebony Reigns is dead. The young and boisterous dancehall singer who would have turned 21 next week (16 February) died on Thursday night after being involved in a ghastly auto crash after a visit with her family members in the Ashanti region.
According to reports making the round, Ebony Reigns and all the five occupants of an SUV died after colliding head on with a VIP bus in Ahafo Ano South, a region also in Ashanti. Ebony and two other occupants died at the accident site while the remaining two occupants died upon arrival at the hospital.
We hear that Ebony was making her way back to Accra as she prepared to visit America in a few days.
Since the report of her death, the internet especially Twitter has gone wild with celebrities dropping tributes. One of such which has drawn a lot of attention is a Tweet shared by Gospel singer, Sonnie Badu who claimed that some persons are finally happy that she is no more. see Tweet:
Of interest is the fact that before her death, Ebony’s lifestyle was condemned by most sanctimonious Ghanaians who felt she was a little too wild for comfort.
Her style of exposing some body parts also did not sit well with some Ghanaians. Amidst all the hate, Ebony born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng had quite a successful career in her brief but memorable existence.
See last video shared with her family before setting out to her untimely demise: