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I used to think all Africans spoke pidgin English, says Simi

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Nigerian singer Simi has opened up about a culture shock she experienced in Kenya when she found out that pidgin English wasn’t spoken by all Africans.

The singer appeared as a guest on the recent episode of the 90’s Baby Show, where she highlighted the previous misconception she had about pidgin English, a form of broken English commonly spoken by Nigerians.

Narrating her experience from a previous visit to Kenya, she said, “I went to Kenya years ago, and we were supposed to do a remix of my song with a Kenyan artist, and then there is a lot of pidgin in the song. They asked me to write my lyrics down and then ask, ‘Can you translate?’ and I go, ‘What the fuck do you mean translate? It’s English. It’s pidgin, but it’s English.'”

Simi described that experience as a culture shock because, at the time, she assumed that pidgin English was generally spoken in Africa.

“Before then, I had thought that everybody in Africa could speak pidgin the way we speak pidgin, so that was a culture shock for me. I thought these were our people; are we not the same?” Simi asked.

She also revealed that her 4-year-old daughter Adejare also speaks a little pidgin because she and her husband, Adekunle Gold, speak it at home.

“My daughter even started speaking pidgin by herself because we speak it around her, to our friends. So sometimes she would be like, ‘Wetin you do o’ and I love that because you need to have a gossip language around people,” Simi said.

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Simi makes U-turn, says she should not have said she doesn’t listen to music

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Following the backlash faced for saying that she does not really listen to music, and her angry reaction to it, Nigerian singer Simi has made a U-turn and acknowledged that her statement was “weird”.

Taking to X, she wrote on July 18, 2024, the singer acknowledged that her initial remarks might have been misunderstood and admitted that she should have approached the conversation more thoughtfully.

She clarified, “In hindsight, I should have had this conversation more carefully. I didn’t because I honestly didn’t consider that it could be something that some might consider as cocky. I’ve never been proud of it. I don’t even see how it’s something to be proud about.”

Simi went on to explain that her comment about not listening to anything was not meant to be taken literally.

“I do see how saying ‘I don’t listen to anything’ repeatedly can come off as weird, but it was not literal. I’m always tweeting about songs I like or sounds I discovered. I’m just terrible at keeping up with things that most other people know. Not just with music. I don’t remember names. I don’t know what charts or shows are trending, I’m always singing the wrong song on the wrong beat, so my friends dey always tell me ‘You no dey ever know anything,’ she explained.

Going on, she reflected on the context in which her comments were made during the show and attributed the misunderstanding to the casual nature of the interview. She also expressed her heartbreak over the way the viral video was circulated in an out-of-context manner.

“It was banter. In the wrong place. This is why I know I should have had this convo more carefully. It was a 2-hour interview with drinking and cussing, so I was chatting like I would with my friends. It does hurt that whoever cut that clip and wrote that headline did it with intention. It’s impossible to watch the entire interview and come away with the feeling that you would have watching the clip that everyone was sharing,” she said.

“It’s all good though. All is well. My friends did say to leave it alone, but things linger. And I really hate being called a liar. But e don finish now,” she concluded.

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Rema’s ‘HEIS’ sets record for biggest opening week on Spotify Nigeria in 2024

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In another milestone, Rema’s ‘HEIS’ has become the project with the biggest opening week streams on Spotify Nigeria after it garnered 12.3 million streams.

Rema’s sophomore album surpasses Olamide’s ‘Ikigai’ which tallied 7.92 million streams on Spotify Nigeria in its opening week.

The album released on July 10, 2024, becomes the second album with the most opening week streams on Spotify Nigeria only behind Davido’s record-breaking album ‘Timeless’ which totaled 14.4 million streams.

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Young Jonn reveals the hardest part about becoming a full-blown artiste

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Nigerian singer Young Jonn has confessed that the hardest part of transitioning from a producer to a full-blown performing artiste was convincing himself that he could do it.

In a recent interview with media personality Isi Ijewere on her Backstage Banter trivia YouTube segment, the singer was asked a series of questions after his performance in Canada.

Isi asked, “What has been the hardest part of transitioning from a producer to a full-blown performing artiste?”

After some thought, Young Jonn responded, “The hardest part was self-conviction, actually convincing myself that I could do it. That was the hardest part, where I was on stage asking myself if I really wanted to do this or not. It was really hard for me to convince myself that I got this.”

Next, Isi asked the singer, “When was the last time you cried?” to which he responded, “The last time I cried was when I lost my mum. I don’t think I have cried since then.”

She also asked, “Are you lying to yourself about anything?” and the singer acknowledged that people often lie to themselves.

In his words, “I think everyone lies to themselves about one thing or the other just to make themselves feel better.”

“What is your biggest ick?” Isi asked.

“I don’t like people who are not true to themselves. I detest them.” He continued, “Let me not say ‘detest’ because it’s probably not that serious. I feel like when you are true to yourself, that’s when you can be true to anybody else but if you’re not true to yourself, you’re living a lie.”

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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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