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Spotify Announces Ayra Starr as next RADAR Global Artist

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Spotify has announced Ayra Starr as the latest RADAR Global artist. The rising star, born and raised in Nigeria is the newest addition to Spotify’s marquee global emerging artist program.

RADAR is Spotify’s program created to spotlight up-and-coming music talent – giving them an opportunity to broaden their fanbase and supporting them in their path to superstardom through comprehensive marketing, content, and editorial campaign. Ayra Starr joins artists including The Kid LAROI, Nathy Peluso, Boza, Griff, and more than 500 others who have joined the program since its inception in 2020.

As the next big step for the burgeoning singer, Spotify’s support of Starr runs deep — from being tapped as Spotify’s EQUAL Artist of the Month in November 2021 (the platform’s program that aims to foster gender equality in music and provide a platform to highlight influential female creators) to being listed as a featured artist in the COLORSxStudio campaign via Spotify Africa’s RADAR partnership, and most recently joining RADAR Africa in May 2022, Ayra now takes it to the next level as RADAR Global’s newest artist.

Through the program, Ayra Starr will be featured on the RADAR Global playlist as well as release special content on Spotify, including a mini-documentary and social content. The mini-doc, which takes place in Ayra’s hometown, Cotonou Benin, gives fans special insight into the rising star as she chronicles her beginnings and more – showing fans a personal look at her journey.

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‘Asake will cut his hair, become a pastor by end of 2024’ — Nigerian prophet, Gideon Isah declares

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Gideon Isah, the Nigerian prophet, says Asake, the award-winning singer, will “become a pastor by the end of 2024”.

Isah gave his prophecy at about the same when the ‘Lonely At The Top’ hitmaker provoked outrage on social media over his controversial visuals for ‘Only Me’, his hit single.

Asake, a Muslim, was accused of “disrespecting the Christian faith” in his music videos.

In the now-viral video posted on his TikTok page, Isah prophesied that Asake would “cut off his hair” and start “preaching all around the world”.

The cleric, who is the founder of Apostle Gideon Isah Ministries, claimed that the singer’s mother had been told of her son’s greatness earlier by a “celebrity pastor”.

Isah –who referred to himself as the “first son of Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin” — also said Asake has deviated from his mother’s promise to God. He added that “God is going to arrest him”.

“There is a Nigerian musician that God wants to use him. His name is Asake. God wants to use him as a pastor. He is going for a barb all his hair and he will become a pastor,” he said.

“I am prophesying. I’m not telling you. This is what God said that Asake is going to become a pastor who will be preaching all around the world. He should ask his mother when his mother was looking for him.

“She went to a celebrity pastor and the pastor prayed for her and he told her she was going to carry a baby boy and the boy would be great.

“The mother said if she can have that boy she is going to allow the boy to do anything God wants. And he has deviated. God wants him back and God is going to arrest him. And the arrest is going to come before the end of 2024. Watch out and see.”

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Kate Henshaw loses mum

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Kate Henshaw, the Nollywood actress, has lost her mother.

Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), confirmed the news in a post on his Instagram page on Saturday.

Rollas shared his condolences to the family of the ace actress.

The AGN president also described the demise of Henshaw’s mother as a “sad day” for the AGN.

“Sad Day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today,” he wrote.

The actress is the public relations officer of the AGN.

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JUST IN: Mr Ibu is dead

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John Okafor, the ace Nollywood actor popularly known as Mr Ibu, has passed away.

In October last year, the ace actor revealed he was battling with a life-threatening illness.

Ibu, who spoke from a hospital bed, also cried out for financial assistance over the medical condition.

The film star’s plight prompted calls on social media for the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) to assist one of its own.

Several people announced their donations to the ailing actor, including the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Foundation, which revealed it “paid the entire medical expenses of Ibu”.

On November 6, Ibu’s family revealed that the actor’s leg had been amputated after undergoing seven surgeries. He, however, remained in the hospital where had been recuperating.

The 63-year-old actor had delved into acting since the early 2000s but rose to fame for his role in the movie ‘Mr Ibu,’ which was released in 2004.

He also featured in a plethora of movies such as ‘Coffin Producers’, ‘Husband Suppliers’, ‘International Players’, ‘Mr.Ibu in London’ and ‘Police Recruit’

Ibu was well known for renowned for his comedic roles and he earned several nominations and awards for his craft.

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