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Burna Boy emerges 10th most streamed male artiste for 2022

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 Grammy award-winning singer, Burna Boy, is among the 10 most streamed male artists in Nigeria, Spotify, an online streaming platform has announced.

Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artiste & Label Partnerships Manager, West Africa, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

Okpala said this was observed by Spotify and published as “Wrapped”.

The other artists listed in the top 10, included Asake, Wizkid, BNXN fka Buju, Davido, Drake, Fireboy DML, Omah Lay, Rema and Kizz Daniel.

Okpala said that the top most streamed female artists in Nigeria were Ayra Starr, Tems, Rihanna, Asa, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, Fave, Billie Eilish, Simi and Beyoncé.

He also listed the top 10 most streamed tracks in Nigeria in 2022 as Last Last by Burna Boy; Peace Be Unto You by Asake; Bandana by Fireboy DML; Finesse by Pheelz; Omo Ope by Asake; Terminator by Asake; Overloading (OVERDOSE) by Mavins; PALAZZO by SPINALL; Calm Down by Rema and It is Plenty by Burna Boy.

“2022 ushered us into an era of cultural overdrive and we are excited for fans and artists alike to share these insights on the music they created and listened to this year.

“Spotify announced this year’s edition of Wrapped, it’s hotly anticipated annual round-up of the top artists and music of the year as streamed by users around the world.

“And this year’s data paints a picture of how Nigerian music captured hearts, both at home and around the world.

“In 2022, Nigerian music has continued to hoist its flag in different global territories claiming its space on the world stage.

“The year in Afrobeats was defined by the emergence of a hybrid Amapiano sound, an endless pipeline of hits, and new heights for a generation of pop royalty who are questioning our ideas of what’s popular in style and sound,” he said.

Okpala noted that Nigerians listened more to local music in 2022 with a 91 percent year-on-year increase in local music consumption when compared with 2021.

“2022 is the year that Burna Boy set the world on fire- claiming the number one spot as the most streamed artist in Nigeria.

“The love affair was not only local, he is also the most globally streamed artiste from sub-Saharan Africa.

“His track Last Last takes the crown for the most streamed song and also the most hearted song in Nigeria.

“Spotify RADAR alumnus, Ayra Starr, is the most streamed female artiste in Nigeria while Tems has the leading vibe among Nigeria’s musical exports in 2022.

“Wait For You, the singer’s collaboration with Future & Drake, was the top Nigerian song export of the year,” he said.

Okpala listed the most streamed albums as Love, Damini by Burna Boy; Mr Money With The Vibe by Asake; Playboy by Fireboy DML; Boy Alone by Omah Lay; Rave & Roses by Rema and Made In Lagos.

“The most hearted songs in Nigeria are: Last Last by Burna Boy; Bandana by Fireboy DML; Calm Down by Rema; Finesse by Pheelz and Peace Be Unto You by Asake.

The list included Terminator by Asake; Omo Ope by Asake; Overloading (OVERDOSE) by Mavins; Buga (Lo Lo Lo) by Kizz Daniel and For My Hand (feat. Ed Sheeran) by Burna Boy.

“The most streamed playlists in Nigeria are Hot Hits Naija, African Heat, Gbedu, Traffic Jams Naija, Bubblin, Afro Hits, Afropop, Today’s Top Hits, Party Dey and New Music Friday Naija,” he said.

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Methodist Church enthrones first female Bishop in Nigeria

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*First Female Bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev Dr Nkechi Nwosu, Bishop Diocese of Jos

The Methodist Church Nigeria, on Sunday, enthroned Rt Rev. Nkechi  Nwosu as the first female bishop of the Church in the country.

 Nwosu was enthroned by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Joseph Nnonah, Archbishop of Kaduna at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos.

The new bishop in a brief interaction with newsmen revealed that “God is using what has happened in the Methodist Church, Nigeria to tell the whole world that the time to release women to fulfill their destiny has come.

She said that women and men needed to join hands to achieve the mandate of God.

“God knew that by creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him.

“So, for the word of God to reach to the end of the world, “man must put their hands together to serve God”, irrespective of gender because God is a spirit.

“He is not a flesh, the flesh we are seeing is just for our comfort, as He said that everybody who believes in Him and is led by the spirit of God is the son of God.

“And so every child of God who is born again and dwells in the Holy Spirit is a son of God.

“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done,” she said.

On the 2023 general elections, Nwosu called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God who knows the best leader for the country at this moment.

She said that God gave Nigerians conscience and power and that the power is in the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do.

“Do that so that God will use us and anybody He wants to put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa, and the world,” she added.

His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Uche, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said that God made all humans equal.

Uche said that Jesus Christ elevated the position of women by being born of a woman.

“So I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman, after all, in the Hebrew language, a man is a he-man and a woman is she man, so we are all men.

“And moreover, in Methodist Church, we taught that people who have reached menopause, who are no longer childbearing can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity.

“They have the ability, they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual.

“So we decided that we should have in Methodist Bishop a woman and I know that some time ago, the President of the British Church was a woman from Ireland,” he said.

 Nwosu will serve as Bishop of Jos Diocese.

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LIGHTER MOOD: *WHAT SOCIOLOGISTS SAY..:!*

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LIGHTER MOOD: WHAT SOCIOLOGISTS SAY…

*1- If you are in a hotel or restaurant, and you put more sugar or milk in your tea than you do in your home then you have a predisposition to corruption.*

*2- If you use more tissue paper, soap or perfume in a restaurant or public place than you do at home, then if you have the opportunity to embezzle, you will embezzle.*

*3- If you serve yourself more food than you can devour in weddings and open buffets just because someone else will pay the bill, this is proof that if you have the opportunity to eat public money, you would.*

*4- If you usually skip people in queues, it is certain that you will not mind climbing on the shoulders of others to reach power.*

*5- If you consider that what you collect from the street, money and other things is your right, then you have signs of a thief.*

*6- If you care more about knowing a famous last name instead of a first name then you are a racist and will likely help people only because of who they are.*

*7- If you violate traffic rules and have no regard for the traffic lights… you have a tendency for all transgressions.*

_Fighting corruption starts from the self. Let’s try to be distinguished people wherever we are, and remember that honesty is what you do between you and yourself and not just what you do in the presence of people._

*_Fighting corruption starts with self!*

*Capt. Akin Ibrahim Olugbade

LAGOS 

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Academy to Establish Football School in Abuja, to Export Talents abroad

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 Prestige Football Academy, an Abuja-based club, said on Friday it had intensified plans to establish a football school in the FCT, to enable youths to develop their football talents.

The Manager of the academy, Uchendu Nwabara, said in a statement that the football institution, when completed, would combine secondary school education with football training.

Nwabara said the aim was to achieve holistic development of the players in line with modern sports business concepts.

“We want to create opportunity for every player to achieve his or her career in a reputable club locally or internationally, with high academic standards as well as social and health development,” he said.

According to Nwabara, beyond establishing the school, the academy is planning to recruit 30 players between ages 14 and 20 in an exercise expected to hold from Jan. 9 to 21 in Abuja.

Nwabara explained that the recruitment was part of efforts to develop the football careers of some talented youths in Abuja.

He said that 14 of the 30 recruited players would be taken to Ghana for trials where scouts from UK, Italy, France, Poland, Qatar and Ghana would watch them play and subsequently land them deals with foreign clubs.

Nwabara said, “qualified players from ages 18-20 will sign contracts with clubs, while the minor ages of 14-17 who excel in the trials can still be selected by the clubs to inject into their respective academies based on agreement with the academy”.

He said the screening, which attracted a token amount, would take place at Baze University Sports Field, Abuja, while that of Ghana would take place in Obuasi, Kumasi, Cheetah FC Stadium in Accra, Ghana.

The football manager said a curriculum had been designed for the academy to assist the players to develop their football career alongside their academics.

“Our curriculum is mostly associated with teaching football skills and education which includes different approaches to football training, drills and exercises, learning and assessment as well as instilling quality relationships between coaches and the players.

“We have developed a curriculum that provides an opportunity to create relevant, coherent and engaging environment for all players and coaches.

“Players are to have a clear purpose of representing the team and to provide a reference point not only for football but also for their education.

“We offer team assessment that provides the opportunity for self-discovery, cognitive and mental development and we evaluate players’ skills and performance standards.

“We engage in local and international friendly matches to enable each player to attain his full capacity in football and we inculcate confidence, self-esteem, knowledge and create the opportunity for players to participate in competitions at various levels.

“In general terms, our educational football academy consists of everything that promotes intellectual, personal moral values, social and physical development of the participants,” Nwabara said.

He added that the academy was in partnership with FIFA-verified agents, including Istepan Saraka from UK, Geinnaro Gisonna from Italy, Onur Demr from France, Janusz Dziedzic from Poland, Hamad Al-Hal from Qatar and Emmanuel Samjohn based in Ghana.

He also said that competent coaches and intermediaries were among those facilitating the signing of players.

“We have a reservoir of international collaborators who conduct scouting competitions from time to time and select the best players for foreign clubs”.

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