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Boston declares March 2nd ‘Burna Boy Day’

The City of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has declared March 2 as “Burna Boy Day”, in recognition of the Nigerian artiste’s performances and advocacy works.

This was disclosed in a letter signed by Ruthzee Louijeune, the Boston City Councilor.

The letter reads: “Singer and songwriter Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as “Burna Boy, was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and is now a global cultural icon who has helped introduce and popularise afrobeats to the entire world.

“For too long, mainstream narratives have marginalised African voices and overlooked the richness of the continent’s cultural heritage, with Buma Boy’s rise to prominence highlighting a shift in this paradigm.

“Buma Boy proudly embraces his Nigerian and African identity, infusing it with contemporary sounds to create music that resonates with audiences worldwide, thereby challenging stereotypes about African artistry and opening doors for aspiring artistes from similar backgrounds.

 

Through his performances and advocacy work, Burna Boy amplifies the voices of marginalised communities and advocates for their recognition and rights.

”Using his platform not only to entertain but also to educate and inspire, starting conversations about social justice, equity, and representation.

“Nigeria is the largest source of African immigration in the Unitcd States and Massachusets is one of the top 10 states with the highest Nigerian-born population, according to the American Community Survey.

“Boston’s commitment to recognising and celebrating culture and diversity is evident in the range of cultural events, festivals, and community initiatives that showcase the city’s multicultural landscape.

“Burna Boy’s legacy serves as a reminder of possibility, reminding us to continue amplifying voices that have long been silenced or overlooked.

“NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That March 2, 2024 is designated Burna Boy Day in the City of Boston.”

Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer, who won Best Global Music Album for “Twice As Tall” at the premiere ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards.

In October 2022, Burna Boy was awarded the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic  (MON) for his achievements in music, and in 2023, Rolling Stone ranked him number 197 on its list of the 200 greatest singers of all time.

Also, in 2023, he won The Headies Afrobeats Single of the Year category and also the Song of the Year for “Last Last”.

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GWR: Tunde Onakoya sets world record for longest chess marathon

Nigerian chess master, Tunde Onakoya has set the new Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon, surpassing the previous record of 56 hours and 9 minutes.

In bid to raise funds and awareness for providing educational opportunities to underprivileged children across Africa, Onakoya currently aims in the early hours of Saturday hits the 58-hour target.

According to him, he is pushing to 60hrs.

The previous Guinness World Record record of 56-hour, 9-minute mark, was set by Norwegian players Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad in 2018.

The 29-yr old chess master began the contest at 10 am on Wednesday, April 17, and ended at about 2:30 am on April 20.

 

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Nollywood actor, Seun Jimoh accuses EFCC of scapegoating celebrities over naira abuse

Nollywood actor, Seun Jimoh has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) of “scapegoating” celebrities in its ongoing clampdown on Naira abusers.

He stated this in an Instagram post while reacting to the news of EFCC charging popular socialite, Pascal Okechukwu, better known as Cubana Chief Priest, for Naira abuse.

Jimoh said it is unfair that certain people are being selected for a crime almost 70% of Nigerians or more are guilty of with overwhelming video evidence all over the internet.

He added: “Scapegoat approach to cultural reforms is quite sinister and lacks any concern for the mental health of the Nigerian citizens.

“It looks like scapegoats are being selected to send a message to the general populace. But then, is it not unfair that certain people are being selected for a crime almost 70% of Nigerians or more are guilty of with overwhelming video evidence all over the internet?!

 

“Why hasn’t anyone ever caught on video spraying money between the time the law has been in effect till now being arrested?

“Why celebrities? Celebrities are citizens too! This scapegoat approach to cultural reforms is quite sinister and lacks any concern for the mental health of the Nigerian citizens.”

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Court grants Cubana Chief priest N10m bail

The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos has granted N10 million bail to Cubana Chief Priest after he was arraigned on Wednesday over abuse of the naira.

The presiding Judge, Kehinde Ogundare granted him bail with three sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 16 while the other two must be gainfully employed, either in the public or private sector with property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The title documents of the properties are to be verify by the deputy registrar of the court.

Justice Ogundare, while handing over the defendant to his lawyer Chikosolo Ojukwu SAN, ordered that the bail conditions must be fulfilled within seven days failure of which the bail would be revoked.

Justice Ogundare adjourned till 2nd of May for trial and for the hearing of pending applications.

 

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