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Gabination thrills Alake of Egba, Oloye Erelu Kuti at birthday dinner




The 75th birthday dinner of Oba Adedotun Aremu, the Alake of Egba land, may have come and gone, but the memories of the event will remain in the minds of guests, who graced the event.

Participants at the event could not have enough of Gabination, one of Nigeria’s talking drummer. He effortlessly delivered a fascinating performance with intriguing beats, which mimics the tone and prosody of the Yoruba speeches.

Oba Ilu, as he’s fondly called, demonstrated dexterity on the talking drum, which shows possibilities available in our vast cultural and ethnic diversity.

Gabination’s performance was to the delight of the king and dignitaries present at the event, as they danced to his beats joyously. Present at the event were traditional rulers and chiefs, which include Erelu Kuti, a Lagos State traditional noblewoman charged with the bearing of the ritual essence of Oloye Erelu Kuti I.

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Kendall Jenner’s Stalker, John Ford released & re-arrested



Kendall Jenner 'misrepresented' in boast about 'super selective' career


Kendall Jenner’s new stalker, John Ford has already been released but then re-arrested on Thursday.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Ford repeatedly scaled the mountainside at Kendall Jenner’s exclusive gated community and ended up on her property, was released Wednesday, and the circumstances are interesting.

As we reported, Ford was arrested Tuesday after he was found sitting on Jenner’s porch and was immediately placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold. He was taken to L.A. County Hospital where he was evaluated by a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrist determined he was mentally stable so he was released Wednesday.

However, LAPD re-arrested Ford, booked him for criminal trespass and violating a restraining order and he was taken to jail, and bail was set at $30,000.

TMZ gathered that soon arraign Ford and a judge could actually release him on his own recognizance pending trial.




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CNN meets Nigerian footwear designer Kene Rapu



On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets Nigerian footwear designer, Kene Rapu to learn more about how she grew her business and became the successful entrepreneur she is today.

Rapu explains how her interest in fashion began at an early age: “I was always, it sounds a little bit cliché, but I was always stylish because I was passionate, people would ask me for advice. Modelling got me into the fashion world [and I] made a lot of connections from working with Lagos Fashion and Design Week over the years… I did some beauty competitions, I was interested in fashion and beauty, but I wouldn’t say that I knew I was going to get into fashion as a business.”

She explains how a career in fashion wasn’t her first choice and that she originally studied law: “As a Nigerian, you always go for something safe and lawyers are safe… I figured out during my law school year that I didn’t want to practice law… I decided I wanted to go into fashion. I went back to the London College of Fashion and got a master’s degree in fashion entrepreneurship.”
Rapu began designing shoes after experiencing limited shoe options. She tells CNN: “I don’t wear heels, so I am very limited in my choice of footwear, and that’s how it really started…

Sometimes you would order abroad and having someone [who is] travelling bring it in, or you would have to go and search for something cute. It wasn’t at your door step… I found there was that need, which I didn’t find anyone filling at the time.”

Speaking about how her company started, she explains: “I started from home. I worked with local cobblers [and] we made the slippers. And I remember, everyone was like, ‘Oh, we love your slippers, where did you get them from?’ And people started placing orders. That’s really how [we] started…. We opened our first store three years ago.”

Rapu explains to the programme how her designs are influenced by her identity and why she’s proud to support ‘made in Nigeria’: “Our styles are also very much a reflection of myself. The brand is my name, so it is intertwined. We work a lot with Ankara print, which is sort of linked to Nigeria, and so that has influenced us… You see a lot of Nigerian women wearing this print, so they’re excited when they see the print in slippers, as well… The Nigerian fashion industry is growing… There was a point where no one really used to buy things made in Nigeria. We would either buy things that were imported from abroad or we would shop abroad … We weren’t really buying Nigerian. Overall, I would say the past ten years, there’s almost been a wave to buy Nigerian [products].”
Since starting her business in 2011, Rapu has continued to grow her company and was chosen to participate in the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation Program. Moreover, Kene Rapu was named one of Forbes Africa’s top 30 game-changers under 30. About the honour, Rapu tells CNN: “[It] was exciting, which was a great honour. I was very humbled… When I look back, I think, ‘How did this thing even? You know, this is insane. This is ridiculous. How did you get to this level?’”
In addition to running her footwear company, the young designer also helps inspire others and give back to the community. She tells the programme: “I started a workshop series at the end of last year… And by the time we were done they were so happy. They couldn’t even believe it. They were like, ‘There must be a catch. Why would you tell us all this information?’… I feel like because I have been blessed to have exposure, to have a good education, to have access to fantastic mentors, I think it’s only nice to pay it forward.”

On being a woman in business, Rapu simply says: “I’m a woman, obviously, but I see myself as what am I good at? How can I fulfil my purpose? How can I work my hardest? How can I do what I need to do? I feel like we all really just need to work together, to be the best we can be.”

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2018 AUC STC-YCS3; AFRIMA to present 2-year report in Algeria




The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will present a two-year report of activities of the foremost awards event on the continent during the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS3) organised by the African Union Commission, AUC, in Algiers, Algeria from October 21 to 25, 2018 under the theme ‘The Role of African Youth in Building a Strong Culture towards Fighting Corruption”.

President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada will be presenting the report spanning July 2016 to September 2018 to the meeting of experts’ which will have in attendance senior officials of the African Union, experts from the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture of African Union member states and various stakeholders in the respective sectors.

This is following the usual practice of briefing the AU on its previous activities, also its preparations and planning towards the upcoming 5th edition to be held in Accra, Ghana from November 21 to 24, 2018. This will include challenges, achievements and impact AFRIMA has made in the development of Youths in the arts and culture sector of the African economy, as well as the readiness and preparation of the host country, Republic of Ghana to make the 5th AFRIMA a huge success.

AUC STC-YCS3 will also include in-depth discussions on the sectors of youth, culture, and sports by participants and provide an opportunity for AU member states to discuss issues pertaining to the development of the youth, culture and sports sectors at the national, regional and continental level as well as establish synergies among the three sectors. Participants will arrive at resolutions towards the discussed issues, while decisions will be adopted for implementation by member states.

In a letter dated 19th September 2018 with reference number DSA/CUL/16/3494.18 addressed to AFRIMA and signed by the Acting Director for Social Affairs, AUC, Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba, reads “…It is in this context that I’m writing to invite you to participate in this important Ministerial Meeting and to present the report of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) from July 2016 to September 2018 to the Experts’
Meeting, for consideration and adoption. The STC is set up by the African Union and serves as an Organ of the
African Union in accordance with Article 5(1)(g) of the AU Constitutive Act.

Other reports to be presented during the sessions will include; Presentation of the Progress Report of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Presentation of the Report of the 5th Pan- African Cultural.

Congress (PACC5), Presentation of the Report of the 1st African Union Pan-African Writers’ Conference (AU-PAWC1), Presentation on the African Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE), Presentation of the Matrix of Implementation of Decisions on Sport of the STC-YCS2, amongst others. The 5th edition of AFRIMA-GHANA 2018 is in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Republic of Ghana. Its main awards ceremony tagged “Africa is Gold” will have its programme spanning four days of exhilarating activities which are: AFRIMA Welcome Soiree on November 21; Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) on November 22 at the Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel, Accra; AFRIMA Music Village from 5.00 p.m. till dawn at the Independence Square, Accra also on November 22; a tour of the notable sites and landmarks in Ghana on November 23 followed by Nominees Party from 10.00 p.m; and the main awards ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC, Ghana, by 7.30 p.m with a live-broadcast red carpet commencing at 4.30 p.m. The events will be broadcast live to 84 countries across the globe.

AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union, is a music property that recognizes and rewards the work and talent of myriad of African artists from the old to the new generation of musicians. AFRIMA also stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on the continent contributing significantly to social cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in Africa.

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