CNN African Voices X-rays Contemporary African Music

The different range of sounds, rhythms and beats deployed by contemporary African musicians to delight mankind and create popular melodies are the talking points of this week’s edition of CNN African Voices sponsored by Globacom.

Johannesburg based eclectic band, Bombshelter Beast, with the mission to produce “music to make feet dance and heart happy” is the first guest on the programme. The group established in 2015 consists of colourful, brilliant and innovative artistes who perform a mixed-grill of musical styles dubbed “Afrobalkan Skadubhall”.

A statement from the Mobile service provider said the programme then pans to Khartoum to capture the brilliance of Islam Elbeiti, Sudan’s first female bassist breaking barriers in the music industry with an instrument traditionally played by men. Viewers will find her mantra “inhale poetry and exhale the pain. Feel the bass and let it rain” intriguing on the programme. British-Nigerian singer and songwriter, Ola Onabule,…

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2019 polls: Fear Buhari’s govt, Obasanjo’s coalition tells Nigerians

John Alechenu, Eniola Akinkuotu and Olaleye Aluko

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians to be wary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as it has corrupted security agencies ahead of the 2019 general elections.

It said the statement by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that the military was colluding with unscrupulous individuals should not be dismissed.

The spokesman for the CNM, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, said this while responding to allegations by heads of security agencies that there was a plot by some groups to disrupt the 2019 general elections.

The Directors-General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Lawal Daura; and National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ahmed Rufa’I as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, had raised the alarm over the plans by some groups to disrupt the processes leading to the 2019 elections.

The evil plan, according to them, was for…

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Bandits’ attacks: Over 30 buried in Zamfara

Gbenro Adeoye with agency report

More than 30 persons were on Thursday buried in Bawan Daji village of Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, following an attack by gunmen on the village.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the bandits attacked the area after some members of the community held a meeting to discuss measures to be taken against the bandits during the 2018 farming season.

The bandits had earlier threatened that there would be no farming activities in the area in this year’s rainy season.

The Deputy Imam of the village, who is also a community leader, Liman Umar, told journalists that the bandits had been harassing people in the area and brandishing sophisticated weapons without talking to anyone.

“It was shortly after our local vigilante members held the meeting on Tuesday that the bandits finally struck and killed only men, including those who tried to escape,” Umar said.

He said many bodies were found decomposing in the bushes, and that some of the…

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When Naomi met Muhammadu

Toks David, Lagos

For a man allegedly reticent about shaking female hands, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari seemed pretty relaxed and in great spirits when he got handy with international fashion model and icon Naomi Campbell on Friday.

The set of images in question captured Ms. Campbell, President Muhammadu Buhari, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode,  APC national leader Bola Tinubu, and other high officials on a tour of Eko Atlantic, the planned international commerce city under construction on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

Noami, said to be in Nigeria for the Arise Fashion Week, also happened to be on site when her crew met with the President’s.

The ensuing photographs, posted all over social media, with accompanying Tweets from Naomi, The Presidency and the Governor of Lagos, soon became the talk of the weekend, putting a glamorous cap on The President’s high profile two-day visit to Lagos – which began with the launch of a model bus terminal and ended…

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Buhari returns to Abuja, attends in-law’s wedding

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday returned to Abuja after a two-day visit to Lagos State where he inaugurated some projects and also attended the 10th Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Colloquium.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on his return, Buhari went straight to the National Mosque Abuja where he performed the 2-Raka’at Juma’at prayer.

The President also witnessed the wedding Fatiha of Hamza Ahmed and Hadiza Jika which was performed immediately after the prayer session at the mosque.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Governors of Nasarawa and Bauchi States, Alhaji Tanko Almakura and Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar respectively were among the dignitaries that witnessed the event.

Other personalities at the wedding were the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj-Gen. Babagana Mongonu, cabinet ministers and former National Chairman of the PDP, Ahmodu Ali.

NAN reports that the groom, Hamza Ahmed, is a younger brother to Aisha Buhari, the president…

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ICYMI: Knocks for presidency as Martin Luther King family disowns Buhari’s award

Olusola Fabiyi, Sunday Aborisade and Adelani Adepegba

Public commentators and thousands of Nigerians invaded the social media space on Thursday, condemning the roles allegedly played by some presidential aides in the controversial award for President Muhammadu Buhari by the Martin Luther King center a few days ago.

Pictures of the delegation from the centre, The King Center, presenting the award on behalf of the family of legendary American civil rights activist to Buhari at the Presidential villa, found their way into the media space hours after the visit.

Obviously uncomfortable with the development, The King Center tweeted on Wednesday, dissociating itself from the award.

The statement, released via @TheKingCenter, read, “The award given to President Buhari of Nigeria was not given by The King Center, at the request of The King Center or by the children of #MLK and CorettaScottKing.”

The development ignited a series of unfavourable comments from members of the public,…

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