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Naira Marley stands with Sanwo-Olu for second term

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Street sensation Naira Marley has declared Governor of Lagos State Babajie Sanwo-Olu as his choice in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.

Naira Marley, in the late hours of Wednesday, March 15, took to an Instagram live video to express himself and declare his support for Sanwo-Olu.

The ‘Soapy’ crooner claimed that Sanwo-Olu is the best man for the job. He also noted that there had been significant development in infrastructure and other aspects of the state, and this could be publicly verified.

Drumming his point home, Naira Marley noted that for the continuity and stability of Lagos, the state needs an experienced man like Sanwo-Olu, who is already knowledgeable based on what he has done so far in the state.

He said he is not a supporter of any political party, but he believes Sanwo-Olu has been exceptional while clarifying that this wasn’t any form of promotional deal but his choice.

“I’m not (for the) All Progressives Congress, I’m not (for the) Peoples Democratic Party, I’m not (for the) Labour Party…but where Lagos is going right now, we don’t need to start testing at all. I think Sanwo-Olu is the right person for the job. This is not a paid promo or nothing. He has achieved a lot, he also has experience,” he said.

The singer, who is known for many controversial stories, said that as a Nigerian, he could not be silenced in his choice, while anticipating the regular backlash that comes with declaring one’s political choice as a celebrity.

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‘Home Alone’ movie house up for $5.25m sale

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If you love the movie Home Alone, there’s finally an opportunity to be home alone in the iconic Home Alone house. The only catch is that it may cost you a bit, but it’s definitely worth it to live your dream.

According to new reports, the famous home of Kevin McCallister’s hijinks in the beloved 1990 film Home Alone is now up for sale.

Located in the suburban Chicago area, this iconic property in Winnetka is listed for $5.25 million, according to real estate agents Dawn McKenna and Katie Moor of Coldwell Banker Realty.

“We’re thrilled with the way this home captured everyone’s attention and hearts due to its well-deserved place in cinematic history and the timeless holiday memories it evokes,” McKenna and Moor shared with the Chicago Sun-Times.

The house, known for its role in the classic holiday movie, has undergone significant renovations and expansions since its last sale in 2012 for $1.58 million.

The Georgian-style brick house now boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and over 9,000 square feet (836 square metres) of living space. One of the notable upgrades includes a private movie theatre, perfect for watching Home Alone and reliving Kevin McCallister’s adventures.

The property also features a fully equipped gym and an indoor sports court complete with a basketball hoop, adding to the luxurious amenities that cater to modern lifestyles.

Home Alone tells the comedic story of 8-year-old Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, who is accidentally left behind when his family travels to Europe for Christmas. Kevin creatively defends the house from two hapless burglars, portrayed by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, using various booby traps, including the memorable paint cans swinging from a rope.

This home’s listing has generated considerable attention, not only for its storied past but also for its extensive renovations that combine historical charm with contemporary luxury. The sale of this property represents a unique opportunity for potential buyers to own a piece of movie history while enjoying top-tier modern amenities.

As the sale process unfolds, fans of the film and prospective buyers alike are eager to see who will become the next owner of this legendary house.

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Investing in Davido’s meme coin is highly risky, SEC warns

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public that “investing in Davido‘s meme coin is highly risky”.

A fortnight ago, the ‘Unavailable’ hitmaker launched $Davido, his new cryptocurrency coin in a partnership involving Phantom and Solana.

The coin quickly gained popularity and even earned profits for early investors.

However, it crashed shortly after with many people who invested in it reporting losses. Some social media users also called out the singer for an alleged scam.

Reacting to the development in a statement, the commission disclosed that it does not recognize $Davido as an investment product or investable asset class under its regulatory purview.

In the statement shared on Friday, SEC also warned that anyone who “patronizes the meme coin, do so at their peril”.

“The attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria (“SEC”) has been drawn to a meme coin known as “$Davido” allegedly linked to the popular Nigerian singer, David Adedeji Adeleke AKA Davido,” the statement reads.

“Generally, meme coins are cryptocurrencies inspired by memes and internet jokes. They are often envisaged as a fun, light-hearted cryptocurrencies promoted through a social media community and sometimes through celebrity endorsements.

“Meme coins are also NOT intended to serve as a medium of exchange accepted by the public as payment for goods and services, or as digital representation of capital market products such as shares, debentures, units of collective investment schemes, derivatives contracts, commodities or other kinds of financial instruments or investments.

“The general public is HEREBY ADVISED that meme coins lack fundamental value and are purely speculative. The general public is further WARNED that investing in meme coins, including $Davido, is highly risky and should be done with a full understanding of the associated risk.

“Capital Market Operators are by this Notice warned not to associate with instruments that fall outside the SEC’s regulatory purview. Such instruments should not in any manner be distributed or monitored through any capital market mechanism.

“PLEASE NOTE that the Commission does not recognize $Davido as an investment product or investable asset class under its regulatory purview, as such individuals who patronize it, do so at their peril.

“The Commission will continue to monitor developments within the ecosystem and will not relent in deploying its regulatory powers as and when required.”

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Burna Boy sets new highest-grossing tour record for an African artist in Canada

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Following the release of his 2023 album ‘I Told Them,’ Burna Boy embarked on a worldwide tour where he sold out iconic venues across North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

In another record-making feat, Burna Boy has become the African artist with the highest-grossing tour in Canada. According to the post shared by Touring Data on June 13, 2024, Burna Boy grossed $5.7 million from 69,219 tickets sold from 6 concerts as part of the ‘I Told Them’ tour in Canada which is an African record.

Burna Boy has previously set a record as the first African artist to headline the Scotia Bank Arena in Canada when he sold out the 19,000-capacity Arena on 24th and 25th February 2024.

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