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Mr Macaroni Blacklisted As Osinbajo Meets Nigerian Instagram Comedians

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Popular skit maker Mr Macaroni appears to have been blacklisted by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left him out of a meeting he should have been included.

Osinbajo, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, met other Nigerian Instagram comedians under the auspices of Nigeria Skits Industry Awards (NSIA) but left Mr Macaroni out.

This development may not be surprising to many people, as Crystal News also understands that Mr Macaroni is a strong critic of the incumbent administration.

The comedian, who’s known for his Daddy Wa character in viral social media skits, is known for lending his voice against oppression, especially as it relates to police brutality.

During the #EndSARS protests that shut down the entire country last year (2020), Mr Macaroni led a group of other protesters to the infamous Lekki Tollgate, during which he was arrested and tortured.

Mr Macaroni Blacklisted As Osinbajo Meets Nigerian Instagram Comedians

While expressing his ordeal in the hands of men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) after he was arrested for demonstrating his civil rights, he stated: “If the word was not out that people were already being arrested, people would have died. They were telling us that ‘we’ll shoot you and nothing will happen‘. I’m sure if this was at night, we would have all died.

“They took us to Adeniji where we were beaten and stripped naked. Everyone was beaten. These people didn’t care about anyone. They beat me, saying I’ll have a sense by force. They also destroyed my phone.

“So, we’re in a serious shame but it’s not to silence our voices. They cannot continue to oppress. Those of us that have the voice will continue to talk.

“Have we gotten justice for what happened last year? Is opening the tollgate the next line of action?” Mr Macaroni queried.

Receiving other Nigerian Instagram comedians like –Maryam Apaokagi, popularly known as Taooma; Josh Alfred (Josh2funny); Ayo Ajewole (Woli Agba); Adebamiro Adeyanju (Mr. Hyenana), Adeoye Adeyemi Elesho (Yemi Elesho), among others, Osinbajo charged them all to create content that would enhance nation-building.

“Why I think this engagement (with skit comedians) is important is because this is the way to go. Let us sit down and look at all the issues and come out with realistic positions that can then become policies, and what sort of support will be required,” Osinbajo stated.

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VIDEO: Moment Obi Cubana Met Wizkid Backstage At London Show

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Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana, a Nigerian entrepreneur, and businessman who chairs the Obi Cubana group of companies showed up at the O2 Arena in London venue of the talked about, a sold-out concert by Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known as Wizkid.

Cubana like many other notable Nigerians was in attendance to support one of Nigeria’s most successful artists who kicked off the beginning of his O2 arena concert as he treated his 20,000 fans with premium entertainment for three nights in a roll.

On the first night, he had on stage with him other artistes like American Superstar Chris Brown. He also brought hitmaker Tems, Buju with the Golden Voice, British Singer Ella Mai, and British rapper Skepta who all featured in his ‘Made In Lagos’ album, as he performed songs from there.

The Popular socialite and businessman, who had shared a video of himself and Wizkid after his third night show at the O2 Arena, London wrote on his page, “Proud of you #wizkidayo“

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AMAA 2021: Sanwo-Olu Makes Case For African Unity Through Creative Industry

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on Africans across the globe to work together to boost the creative industry, maintaining that “There is power in oneness as a continent”.

The Governor made the call at the 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held at the Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, just as he promised that the State will continue to host AMAA for the next three years in the bid to strengthen African unity through creativity, using Lagos as a rallying point.

He explained said that the creative sector has been very instrumental to the growth of the State and had contributed immensely to the entire African continent through impressive and captivating storylines portrayed on screen.

“This is the time for us to come together. And with the creative world, you can see that when we work together, there is power in unity in Africa; there is power in oneness. That’s why the Lagos State government is making a commitment to host AMAA for the next three years”, Sanwo-Olu asserted.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, described the choice of Lagos as the venue for this year’s AMAA as a well-thought-out idea considering the strategic place Lagos occupies in the entertainment industry, adding that Lagos has the record of most successful movie producers in Nigeria and the business side of movie production thrives more in the city.

She said: “Lagos, as you know, is a city that never sleeps and this portends a great deal for the entertainment industry to leverage on the vibrancy of this city. Invariably, the huge population of Lagos coupled with the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who are fun-loving people, is a great advantage for you to creatively express yourself and make a fortune out of it”.

The Commissioner recalled that in recognition of the efforts of practitioners in the movie industry, the Ministry had earlier in the year, through a collaboration with a private firm, honoured some producers, actresses, cinematographers and several others within the value chain of film and movie production during the Eko Star Film Awards event under the Ministry’s ‘Lagos Culture Series’.

While noting that the present administration is ready to provide and promote platforms that will further enhance Lagos State’s competitive positioning as a top-five tourist destination in Africa, Akinbile-Yussuf urged practitioners in the film and movie industry to continue making Lagos and Nigeria proud before the international community, through creative storylines that will portray our true identity.

During the presentation of awards at the event, Nigeria’s “Ëyimofe”, directed by Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri, won four awards including Best Nigerian Film, Best Director, Best Sound, and Best first feature film.

Founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, AMAA for the past 17 years has consistently supported and celebrated African cinema. This year’s edition of the event was attended by movie stars, producers and directors across Africa, government officials, stakeholders, and captains of industry, among others.

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Wizkid Wins Apple Music African Artist Of The Year

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Apple Music has named Wizkid, the Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, as its ‘African Artiste of the Year’.

The music company, via its website on Tuesday, announced the winners of its annual Apple Music awards.

Wizkid was one of the five artists to emerge as ‘Artist of the Year’ from various regions.

Listing Wizkid’s achievements, Apple said: “In October 2020, he released Made in Lagos, his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album, which included his hit song ‘Essence’.

“[‘Essence] gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams.

“This past year, he’s been the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the daily top 100 charts in 60 countries.

“[This is] in addition to his monthly plays on Apple Music growing by more than 250 percent outside of Africa.”

“He’s also been featured on Apple Music’s Today’s Hits and R&B Now playlists, and he’s a frequent guest on Apple Music Radio shows.”

Receiving the award, Wizkid said: “It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing Africa.”

The Weeknd, the Canadian R&B star, won the ‘Global Artist of the Year’ category after achieving a stellar 2021.

Other winners of the ‘Artist of the Year’ award in different regions include Aya Nakamura (from France), RIN (Germany), Official Hige Dandism (Japan), and Scriptonite (Russia).

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