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JUST IN: Naira Marley and Sam Larry granted N20m bail



Naira Marley, the singer, and Sam Larry, the showbiz personnel, have been granted bail — after more than a month in police detention.

The pair are persons of interest in the death of Mohbad; the fast-rising singer who passed away on September 12.

Larry was arrested on September 29, while Marley was detained for interrogation on October 3.

On October 4, the Lagos police arraigned the pair before a magistrate court in Ikorodu. The law enforcement agency also requested that Marley and Larry be remanded for 30 days pending the completion of their investigation.

But in her judgment, Adeola Olatunbosun, the chief magistrate, held that the suspects be remanded for only 21 days.

However, the remand order expired on October 26.

Last week, Marley and Larry filed a fundamental rights suit challenging what they described as their “continued detention” in police custody.

The police and Olatunbosun were named as defendants in the lawsuit filed before the federal high court in Lagos.

Marley and Larry are each demanding N20m damages from the defendants.


Ayra Starr to perform at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon




Ayra Starr is one of the fastest-rising artists from Africa with her music enjoying global commercial success.

After the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘The Year I Turned 21,’ Ayra Starr is set to take on the famous stage of The Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon.

The award-winning sensation is expected to perform songs from her new album including ‘Last Heartbreak Song’ featuring American RnB star Giveon.

With her upcoming performance on The Tonight Show, Ayra Starr joins Wizkid, Tems, CKay, Burna Boy, Asake, and Rema as Nigerian artists who have performed on the late-night American TV Show.

Since making her debut with the self-titled EP in 2021, Ayra Starr has been a sensational artist whose captivating melodies and versatility as won her the hearts of millions of fans and several awards.

Her debut album ’19 & Dangerous’ had the hit song ‘Rush’ which earned several accolades including a diamond certification in France, the highest viewed music video by a Nigerian female artist, and a Grammy nomination for Best African Song Performance.

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GWR snubs Onakoya, announces Norwegians as new chess record holders




Odin Blikra Vea and Askild Bryn, two men from Norway, have broken the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon.

In a recent blog post, GWR said Blikra Vea and Bryn “earned a place in history” after playing chess for 61 hours, 03 minutes, and 34 seconds.

The British reference book added that the feat was achieved in Stavanger, Norway, on June 4, 2024.

“In a stunning display of endurance and mental fortitude, and after playing a total of 383 five-minute blitz games, the record was officially confirmed at 10 p.m. local time in Stavanger, Norway,” it said.

The GWR, however, remained silent on Tunde Onakoya, the Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate, who completed a 60-hour chess marathon in New York without losing a single game.

On April 17, Onakoya embarked on his record-breaking attempt and even played chess with Shawn Martinez, also a chess master. During the attempt, he launched a fundraiser to empower illiterate children across Africa through the feat.

On April 20, the Nigerian surpassed the 56-hour mark; the previous record set by two other Norwegians Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad on November 11, 2018.

GWR is typically expected to vet an attempt before confirming that a new record has been set on any task.

While Blikra Vea and Bryn’s record of 61 hours may be ahead of Onakoya’s 60 hours, the British reference book appeared to have taken no notice of the Nigerian’s attempt.

How long does it take?

The length of time for the application process and then the evidence review for the attempt itself depends on the type of application selected.

The GWR reviews documentation in 12 weeks and tells applicants whether their attempt has been accepted or rejected — that is for standard record attempts. When there are many applications, the waiting time may be longer, at least 16 weeks.

It however remains unclear why the Norwegians, whose attempt was concluded on June 4, were responded to while the GWR has yet to reveal if they accepted or rejected that of Onakoya (April 20).

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Guinness World Records confirms Isreal Adebanjo’s twerking record




A Nigerian man has thrown social media into a frenzy after he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest duration of twerking by an individual.

The man, identified as Babajide Isreal Adebanjo, was confirmed as the new record holder by the Guinness World Record on its official website.

On 14 January 2024, Babajide Isreal Adebanjo twerked non-stop for three hours and thirty minutes.

According to GWR, Babajide saw the record attempt as a personal opportunity to step outside of his comfort zone and to bring attention to the plight of those who suffer from depression worldwide.

“No record is too insane, large, ambitious, or modest to be accomplished. Everybody and their special qualities have a place,” Babajide shared as his message.

Babajide aimed to push beyond his comfort zone and raise awareness for depression.

His message emphasises that anyone can achieve their goals, regardless of their uniqueness.

While his achievement has garnered attention, it has also sparked diverse reactions from social media users upon sharing his certificate.

Between January 2023 to January 2024, there was a remarkable surge in the desire among West Africans at large to break and set new Guinness World Records.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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