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Kizz Daniel Celebrates Birthday With Baby Announcement

The popular Nigerian popstar, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, professionally known as Kizz Daniel, has announced the birth of his twins.

The music icon, who is marking his birthday today, has posted on his Instagram handle on the way he wishes to celebrate his birthday.

The post has a picture of the musician holding the hands of a baby with a love sign.

He captioned the picture by saying: “There is no better way to celebrate my birthday, than announcing the arrival of my sons – Jelani and Jalil.”

Daniel rose to fame with his single song titled “Woju”.

He signed a record deal with G-Worldwide Entertainment in 2013, but left the label due to contract dispute and court case.

He later founded the Fly Boy Inc record label in November 2017, which recently signed two new acts Demmie Vee and Philkeyz.

Precisely in May 2018, Kizz Daniel announced the change of his stage name from Kiss Daniel to Kizz Daniel, which immediately reflected on his social media accounts.

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TAMPAN Releases Statement On Baba Ijesha’s Case

The president of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association Of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr Bolaji Amusan professionally known as Mr Latin, has revealed, on his Instagram handle, the TAMPAN press release on Baba Ijesha’s case.

The statement is coming after the association had been condemned by the public for not reacting to the rape case involving one of their members, Olanrewaju Omiyinka James known as Baba Ijesha.

In the press release, TAMPAN condemned the act committed by the popular comic actor, Baba Ijesha, and sympathized with the victim and her parents.

The association however promised never to support such act from the society even from any of their members.

The group also used the opportunity to admonish all parents to give their children or wards the freedom to express themselves for a timely arrest of such horrible acts whenever such are committed.

The press release is below:

Read also: Baba Ijesha Arrested Over Sexual Harassment Of A Minor

TAMPAN PRESS RELEASE

THIS WAS RELEASED ON @tampanglobal PAGE 5 DAYS AGO:We find it obligatory to condemn in totality the odious occurrence of pedophilia confessed to by Mr. Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha as confirmed by the police. Our association TAMPAN is crestfallen about this act and will reproach and remonstrate the committer of such exclusive sexual harassment to prepubescent children.

Considering the sensitivity of the case, which is still under investigation according to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, TAMPAN will never support all acts against what we preach and represent. As an association, we understand the Mores and Social Norm of our people and our behavior will always be homiletic. Therefore, we would not fail to support government in its bid to do justice towards ensuring that such ignoble acts are checked within our society.

We sympathize with the parents of the victim and also seize this opportunity to charge all parents to give their children or wards freedom to express themselves for a timely arrest of such horrible acts whenever such are committed.

Finally, we will always stand for actions that are morally standard and continue to be law-abiding.

Signed:
Yemi Amodu
Director of Research & Documentation

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Actress Abiola Adebayo Marries Her Lover

The Nigerian actress, Abiola Adebayo, has married her lover in a low key wedding in Lagos on Tuesday, 27th April, 2021.

The actress disclosed the news of her wedding on her Instagram handle as she shared a video tagged ‘life story’ showing her postures with her lover, and a caption: “Happy married life to us babe.”

She stated that she had lived in fear of marriage for so long, as did not believe in her strength or ability, but believes in God and she surrenders everything about marriage to Him.

She said: “...I said Yes! and today we started a journey to forever.

“This journey “ This journey called marriage “ as assertive as I can be with many things in life, definitely not sure I am with “marriage” my fears has held me down for so long but then I held unto his word and “I believe “ I do not believe in my strength or ability but I believe in the one that knows the end even before it begins (The Alpha and Omega) I dropped all my fears and worries at the feet of the Lord Jesus, I’ll do my part and I’ll leave God to perfect the rest.

“Don’t expect perfection from us because we’re not but our God is and we have put him at the center.

“Babe, thanks for choosing me to walk the “Journey” of life with you, I wholeheartedly choose you above anyone else.

“Rejoice with me! It’s the beginning of a new dawn.

“ROAD TO FOREVER!”

In another video shared, the couple were seen exchanging vows at the registry.

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Don Jazzy Raises Alarm Over Bride Price Controversy

Nigerian popular music producer, Don Jazzy, has expressed his mind on the way some guys treat their wives.

Jazzy stated that there’s need to educate those men to stop the bad treatment of their wives because of the bride price paid to secure their hands in marriage.

He explained that disrespecting one’s wife because of the bride price paid is a shallow mindset.

Jazzy stated this on his Twitter account, where he tweeted: “So apparently some of the men that disrespect and treat their wives like sh*t do so becos they paid some useless bride price. Kai, how do we educate the multitude with this shallow mindset?”

His assumption is a controversy in some homes, as respect for the woman diminishes as a result of the bride price paid on her.

Some men are fond of calling their wives names, and they will never have a second thought before descending on them at every provocation.

Meanwhile, some people have responded to Don Jazzy’s statement

Jaytheunbothered said: “I’ve always said the bride price tradition needs to go. It holds no water in this modern time and age.

“What is the purpose? And why won’t a man feel like he owns a person after paying for her?”

Efosa stated: “I disagree with you sir. Some, it’s as a result of how they see their father treat their mother.”

Izzyknows said: “As I’m talking right now, someone is in the village and they’re saying the bride price is 1M naira. I mean right now, just got off the phone with his mum.

“They know he doesn’t have this money, his in-law has taken a seat far away telling the boy to discuss with his kinsmen smh.”

Vee Stan expressed: “By teaching them that bride price payment isn’t equivalent to possessing, buying or owning any woman.

“I feel men to understand that marriage isn’t a master – slave relationship. It’s a partnership where both parties are meant to have equal rights.

“A woman isn’t a tail!!!”

Morgan Aliticus Playmaker said: “I think the whole bride price system should go tbh… Cos some cultures make the whole process seem like a sort of trade, which shouldn’t be.

“You hear questions like; “do you know she is a doctor” “do you know how much was spent for her education. It really doesn’t help at all.”

Omotayo of Lagos stated: “The bride price cultured needs to be canceled, lets people marry each other out of love without one feeling indebted to the other.”

Miracle Worker said: “This set of Men actually didn’t grow with “love” they have some stupid “ego” in them, they feel the woman owes them the whole world just bcuz they paid some silly “bride price” this is usually common among men who are still struggling to fix into the “middle family.

“And then they spend lots of money during the “marriage rites” so they just keep reminding the woman of how much they paid as “bride price” and the huge amount of money they spend traditionally to the direct family of the bride. They feel the woman should worship them.”

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Baba Ijesha Arrested Over Sexual Harassment Of A Minor

The Nigerian popular comic actor, Olanrewaju James known as Baba Ijesha, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police for allegedly having sexual relationship with a minor.

Lagos Police spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, explained that the 48-year-old actor was arrested after a case of sexual harassment was reported by Princess Adekola Adekanye at Sabo Police Station on April 19, 2021.

The case had been transferred to the gender unit of the state CID, Panti, Yaba for proper investigation.

According to report, the actor started having the affair with the minor seven years ago when she was 7-year-old.

Baba Ijesha had confessed to the crime, as it was also reported that he was captured on CCTV camera sexually assaulting the victim, who’s now 14-year-old.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for proper investigation into the case, and he promised to do justice on the matter.

Baba Ijesha is well-known for his roles in Yoruba movies with his comic character.

 

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Akuapem Poloo Granted Bail In The Sum Of $13,900

The Ghanaian actress, Rosemond Alade Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, has been granted bail by the court.

The bail was in the sum of 80,000 cedis ($13,900) pending her appeal against her 90-day jail sentence for posting a naked photo of herself beside her son on social media.

The judge explained that her bail was because she was a young first-time offender, and had shown remorse by pleading guilty to the charge.

The judge added that the court considered the welfare of her son when deciding her release on bail.

The actress was recently sentenced to 3 months in prison by the Circuit Court in Accra for going nude in a picture she took with her son on his birthday.

Judge Christiana Cann, in her pronoucement of Poloo’s jail sentence, said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to the general public given increasing levels of moral decadence in Ghana.

Though at the time, some agreed with the judge’s remarks, but social media users had been calling for the actress’s release using the hashtag #FreeAkuapemPoloo.

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian award winning News Anchor, Serwaa Amihere, has contrary opinion about Poloo’s release, as she wrote: “A person is convicted on her OWN PLEA. This means that the person accepts that he or she is wrong.

“The natural consequence of pleading guilty on your own volition means that you are ready to be punished. How are we asking for this person to be freed….”.

 

 

 

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The Comedian Ada Jesus Is Dead

The Nigerian comedian, Nmesoma Mercy Obi popularly known as Ada Jesus, is dead after battling kidney problem.

The comedian was recently diagnosed of kidney ailment, and was hospitalized in Anambra State.

Harrison Gwamnishu revealed this in a post on his Instagram account with a caption: “Thank you everyone. Rest in Power, Mercy Nmesoma Nnadi.”

Two days ago, she celebrated her birthday with her friends and Mr. Gwamnishu on the sick bed.

Last week, Mr. Gwamnishu confirmed that Ada has been having the health challenges for the past three years and was managing it.

MY NAME IS HARRISON, AFTER VERIFICATIONS, I CAN BOLDLY SAY THAT #NMESOMA HAS BEEN HAVING HEALTH CHALLENGE AND MANAGING IT FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS,” he posted.

She died at the Zenith Medical & Kidney Center, Abuja, at 24.

RIP!

 

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Former Ooni’s Wife Celebrates Birthday With Stunning Pictures

Former queen of Ile-Ife, Olori Wuraola now Zaynab-Otiti Obanor, has celebrated her birthday with stunning pictures.

The former queen took to her Instagram handle to share her birthday wishes as she clocks another year today, Tuesday 20th April 2021.

She posted a picture of her stunning beauty, and wrote that birthdays are moment of reflection.

She gave gratitude to God for the grace, and remembered those that lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She wrote: “Birthdays are moments of reflection, as we celebrate another year, another time. We also remember those who lost their lives during these difficult period of a pandemic, a global challenge that we have all had to deal with.”

“And so we continue to pray for grace while living in the space of gratitude,” she added.

Zaynab married the King of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in March 2016.

The marriage did not last as she filed for divorce, which was finalized on August, 2017 citing domestic violence as the reason for their separation.

 

 

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Helen Paul Cries Out To Instagram Over Number of Followers

The comic actress, Helen Paul, has cried out to Instagram on the number of followers credited to her account.

She observed that there’s disparity in the number of followers when her Instagram account was viewed at different time.

The actress posted the screenshots of her Instagram account showing the disparity in the number followers, and requested to know what happened.

She wrote: “Instagram, Abeg I don’t understand what is happening o…Abi na according to Phone or Weather?

“Some people can see 2.7m and some can see 3m.
Please #instagram weytin dey happen for Nigeria branch ig?”

The actress, who had earlier took to the social media to celebrate her 3million followers, was surprised to see the figure reading 2.7million.

Many of her friends and fans, who have responded to the issue, quoted different figures for her number of followers.

Some stated 2.7million while others stated 3million.

zanzeespabeautynstyle stated: “But I see 3M ooooo was going on!? And I dey Nigeria on.”

deleomowoli_mideoladimeji posted: “Mama wetting you yourself they see ma. I can see 2.7 oooooo”

yewandeadekoyaabiodun said: “I see 3M here oooo.”

biolabayo1 stated: “Na 2.7 I Dey see for this headquarter branch.”

comedian_acapella commented: “I see 2.7… I Know God Is Saying Something To Me… I’m relocating soon.”

uchejombo said: “I’m seeing 2.7M.”

justjoan_78 stated: “I see 3m in Abuja Nigeria.”

 

 

 

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Burna Boy Sets To Release New Album In August

The Nigerian Grammy award winner, Burna Boy, has hinted that his new album will be released in August 2021.

Burna Boy made this revelation when responding to a fan’s question about releasing an album this year.

The fan wrote: “Are we having an album this year?”

Burna in his reply, said that the album is underway, and will be released at the same time he released his award-winning album last year.

He replied: “Same time as last year. No worry.”

Burna released his last album ‘TWICE AS TALL’ on the 12th of August, 2020.

Therefore, his next album is expected on the same day.

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AKA’s Fiancee, Nelli Tembe, Laid To Rest

In South Africa, family, friends and fans were at the Durban International Conference Centre on Friday morning to pay tributes to the 22-year-old Anele “Nelli” Tembe, who died on Sunday.

Nelli died after falling from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday morning, she was AKA’s fiancee as they did their engagement in March.

Nelli’s body reportedly arrived in Durban on Wednesday ahead of the funeral, in company of AKA and other family members.

Attendance at the funeral service was limited to 100 people in observation of the Covid-19 safety protocols

Meanwhile at the funeral service, Nelli’s father, Mr Tembe, described his daughter as someone that was full of life.

Mr. Tembe, in reflecting on Anele’s life, said no one in his family would have imagined that she could take her own life.

Read Also: South African Rapper, AKA’s, Fiancee Is Dead After Jumping Off The 10th Floor Of An Hotel

He stated categorically that his daughter was never suicidal and did not commit suicide, but blamed the abuse of drugs and alcohol as the main cause of her death, and admonished the youths against substance abuse.

“As Anele’s father, I categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide. We must as a matter of priority deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth. Alcohol which is overused and drugs. Fellow South Africans we better wake up and smell the coffee, we have a serious problem with substance abuse.”

Mr. Tembe, who sympathized with AKA and acknowledged his pain, advised him to surrender his life to Christ.

“I know the pain that you are in my son I invite you to turn to the Lord and you will become a better man,” said Anele’s dad.

The Nelli’s father stated that he knew of their relationship, which has been approved by his family and that he knew about AKA’s love for his daughter.

He said: “I knew of their relationship and approved and I knew that Kiernan loved my daughter.”

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Alex Usifo Celebrates Birthday With A Message

The legendary actor in the Nigerian movie industry, Alex Usifo, is celebrating his birthday with a message to his fans and colleagues.

The actor took to his Instagram account to share his birthday merriment with his fans and colleagues worldwide.

In his birthday statement, he firstly appreciated his fans all over the world and prayed for them too.

He said: ” I would like to seize this opportunity to my birthday anniversary to express my profound appreciation to my fans all over the world for the role you have played in my life as an actor. I pray that you and your generation, even yet unborn, shall be celebrated.”

The actor then introduced a platform ‘Under the Microscope’ to his fans, and explained that it’s a channel through which issues that critically affect humanity will be discussed.

Let me introduce my special platform to you which will be captioned “Under the Microscope”. It is a channel through which you and I will be examining issues that critically affect us as a people.

“We shall make objective appraisals and even our subjectivity will be logical. It will be highly cerebral. This means emotional write-ups will not be accommodated whether from me or from contributors. It will be an all-inclusive platform,” he wrote.

“I cannot guarantee frequency in coming up with write-ups since my metier is still movie-making, but it will certainly not go dry. All facets of life will be covered so it will be worth its weight in gold,” he added.

The movie star pointed out the mistake fans and colleagues are making in the pronunciation and spelling of his name as ‘Osifo’ instead of ‘Usifo’.

He said: “Worth pointing out is the mistake people, including the press and even most of my colleagues, make. My name is Alex Usifo – not Alex Osifo (Usifo not Osifo).”

He also emphasized that he has a PhD certificate from Babcock University and not an honorary, so, he should be addressed Dr. Alex Usifo.

For the record. I have a PhD in Information Resources Management (IRM) from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. I graduated in 2016, so I am actually Dr. Alex Usifo. It took me five good years of academic rigour to earn this, it is not honorary,” he said.

He stated that scammers have circulated wrong information about him, which has affected his followership as he keeps changing his social media account.

Scammers too have been having fun churning out wrong information about me. This has negatively affected my followership because I keep changing my Instagram handles and starting afresh,” he said.

One of the implications of this is that my handles never get validated. I sincerely hope this statement will correct such misrepresentation and dishonesty,” he added.

 

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Nigerian Television Presenter, Rachel Bakam, Dies Of Anaemia

A Nigerian television presenter, Rachel Bakam, has died of anaemia at the age of 38.

Her death was made public by her brother, Armstrong Bakam, during a chat with The PUNCH, where he revealed that Rachel died at 12pm on Tuesday afternoon with her mother by her bedside.

Armstrong explained: “She had anaemia; so, she was taken to the hospital on Friday and she died this afternoon at about 12pm. I was not with her when she died, but her mother was by her side.

“Before Friday, she fell ill and was admitted for some days but she was discharged and taken home. However, she was returned to the hospital on Friday.”

Armstrong expressed that she’s survived by her son, and her death has really affected her mother, as she was supposed to be 39 years in September.

“Right now, her mother is not in the right frame of mind to speak. Rachel was 38 years old when she died; she would have clocked 39 on September 11. She had a son,” he said.

Armstrong said that Rachel had sought for prayers from the church via the family group chat on Sunday, while the church members thought she was recuperating, and she

He said: “We will really miss her because her death is a shocking and devastating news to the family. In fact, the whole family is actually troubled and quite a number of people are yet to believe that it is actually true.

“On our family WhatsApp group, she posted that she needs our prayers while she was in the hospital on Sunday; people were wishing her well and she was responding with amen. Quite a number of people felt she was recuperating but the news of her death is a huge shock.”

He stated that she would be missed for her friendliness.

His word: “She was actually my niece because her father was my first cousin. I will miss her because she was a very lovely person. She was always smiling and she was down to earth. She was always accommodating because she had a large heart.”

Rachel was a graduate of English and Theatre Arts from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and studied Digital Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy.

May her gentle soul rest in peace!

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South African Rapper, AKA’s, Fiancee Is Dead After Jumping Off The 10th Floor Of An Hotel

The South Africa rapper, Kiernan Forbes known as AKA’s, fiancee, Anele Tembe known as Nellie, is dead, after she reportedly jumped off the 10th floor of Pepperclub hotel building in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tembe was reported to be battling depression, but died in an incident at the hotel.

The South African police have commenced investigation into the matter to unravel the incident.

Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning, at about 7.45am, on the corners of Loop and Bloem Street, in Cape Town CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” the SAPS spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said.

According to local media report, a security-man in the hotel gave an account of the incident that he heard that somebody screamed, before a loud thud followed, at around 7.30am on Sunday morning.

The security-man, who remains anonymous, said: “I thought it was a car crash and we went to look. At first we didn’t see anything, but then somebody shouted that there was someone lying on the street.

“We went closer and saw a naked young woman. She was still breathing at that time.”

Last month, the rapper was reported to have paid the bride price of Nellie Tembe, while their wedding was underway.

Meanwhile, the local media stated that Sony Music Africa has expressed their condolences to the award-winning rapper, AKA.

Managing Director of Sony Music, Sean Watson, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a young life, at such an important juncture. We send our heartfelt condolences to Kiernan and his family, as well as those of Anele.”

Also, fans and friends have paid homage to Nellie Tembe, and expressing their condolences.

 

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Colleagues Pay Tributes To The Veteran Nollywood Actor, Bruno Iwuoha

Nollywood actors and actresses have paid tributes to their departed colleague, Bruno Iwuoha.

The veteran actor, Bruno Iwuoha, died on Saturday, 10th April, at the age of 68 years, after a long battle with diabetes.

The news of his death was confirmed by Monalisa Chinda-Coker, Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria.

In her statement, she said: “On behalf of the entire members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, the National President, Ejezie Emeka Rollas commiserate with the immediate family members, friends and fans. He prays that God comfort them at this moment of grief. May the souls of all faithful departed Rest In Peace.”

In 2015, the actor had disclosed his ailment at an interview with Brekete Family, on Human Rights Radio 101.1FM in Abuja, where he said that he never knew he had diabetes until a violent armed robbery attack landed him in hospital.

He explained: “I’ve gone to so many places; within the country, outside the country for treatment, until finally…finally, the thing [diabetes] claimed one of my sights. As I look at you now, I’m using only one sight. They call that glaucoma.

“And gradually, it’s affecting the other one. I discovered that this thing [diabetes] is a lifetime something. And it has robbed me of the job. And now, if I get a script, it will be hard for me to read it very well. And if I read it, if I strain my eyes for so long, it would look as if someone would lead me around the house or anywhere I want to go because it will affect the only one. So that’s my problem.”

Some of his colleagues in the movie industry, who spoke with Sunday Scoop, have expressed their minds on the death of the actor.

Actor Kanayo Kanayo stated:“The news of his death saddened me because we were very close. In fact, I called his phone severally but I was not able to get through. It is a very big loss to the movie industry. He had respect for the industry. It is a personal loss for me because of the bond we shared. Anytime we were on location, he was either in my room or I would be in his. We talked at length on different issues.”

Comedian actor, John Okafor, known as Mr Ibu, said: “I just heard about his death some minutes ago and I am still in shock that Bruno is no more. The type of person he was made it possible for people to emulate him. He succeeded in making good use of his age in teaching the younger ones. Even though it is painful that he is no more, I take solace in the fact that he was a good elder. He told me stories about life and he lived with caution. We also ate together. It is unfortunate that he is no more but we have to bear it.”

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, added: “I received the news of his death with great shock. He was a very good fellow and a dedicated member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. Even at his age, he was one person that always called to ask what he was owing the guild (dues and levies) and what he was supposed to do. He paid all his dues as at when due. His illness was sad and we tried in our own way to support him but at a point, the illness got out of hand. I pray that God grants him eternally rest. I would really miss his fatherly advice and support.”

The actor is survived by his wife and six children.

 

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DMX Dies At 50

The popular American rapper, Earl Simmons known as DMX, is dead.

The rapper had been on life support since last week after suffering an overdose.

TMZ had reported that the rapper had suffered brain function after he was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes following his overdose, and as his brain function never returned, his organs began failing while he remained on life support in a New York hospital.

His family members have been visiting the hospital within the past week as he was recuperating.

A member of his family told TMZ: “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end.”

The statement continues: “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

DMX started his journey in music back then in the 1980s with his perfomance with Ready Ron, while simultaneously serving a jail time.

He finally got himself in the art in the 1990s, and was eventually signed to Columbia Records’ Ruffhouse imprint, and appeared on records with Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mase and even the rock band, Sum 41.

He rose to fame in 1998 when he released his Ruff Ryders debut studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” to critical acclaim and commercial success.

The rapper produced 4 singles – “Get At Me Dog,” “How’s It Goin’ Down,” “Stop Being Greedy” and his best known track “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” that became the song everyone played to get hyped.

‘Ruff Ryders” has gone down in history as one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever, and it ended up making it on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

He followed up that success quickly with his 2nd album “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood”, which came out in December of 1998, and ended up hitting #1.

At the time, he became the second rapper to release back-to-back albums in the same year after Tupac.

DMX rode on the success of his second album making his third album a hit with the single “Party Up (Up in Here)”, that helped him get major play on radio, in clubs and in movies.

In the film industry, DMX made his debut in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die,” which starred Jet Li playing a version of Romeo opposite Aaliyah.

Other movies that he featured in were “Exit Wounds”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Never Die Alone” and “Last Hour.”

Though, the rapper made name in both music and movies, but fought many legal battles as he was charged for various offences on weapons, drugs, DUI and tax evasion. He served time for some of those cases, but always continued his music career.

DMX released hitsongs like “X Gon’ Give It to Ya”, “Where the Hood At?”, “Lord Give Me a Sign”, and “We in Here.” despite his prosecution.

His life turned around in 2019 after ending a 12-month sentence for tax evasion, and had long battled with substance abuse and it was at this point that he did his last rehab stint.

He made his return to the stage in December 2019 when he hit Hakkasan in Las Vegas.

In July 2020, DMX was involved in a versus battle with Snoop Dogg as over 500,000 fans worldwide watched the two rap legends on Instagram Live.

The rappers entertained their fans as they complemented each other, and rocked some of their most iconic tracks, as DMX hopped on and joined Snoop for ‘Ain’t No Fun.’

Snoop also got down with “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Gin and Juice” while DMX did “Where My Dogs At” and his megahit-song “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” which brought Snoop out of his seat.

DMX is reportedly survived by his 15 children, as the youngest was born in 2016 to his fiancee, Desiree Lindstrom.

RIP.

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Pasuma Gives Out Daughter’s Hand In Marriage To Her Lover

The popular Nigerian fuji muscian, Wasiu Alabi Otedola known as Pasuma, has given out his daughter’s hand, Barakat Oyindamola, in marriage to her lover, Olajuwon Bello.

The 27-year-old bride is a graduate of politics and international relations from Lead City University, and she met her man, Olajuwon Bello, before going for NYSC program in 2014.

Many popular artistes graced the occasion among which were the closed allies of the bride’s father, Sefiu Alao and Taiye Currency.

Also, Saheed Osupa, Adewale Ayuba and other top fuji musicians were at the event to celebrate with their colleague.

Daddy Shoky, Madam Idowu Philip, Seyi Law, Faithia Balogun, and Yomi Fash-Lanso were also in attendance while the fuji King, King Wasiu Ayinde, entertained the crowd.

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Dolly Parton Loses Uncle, Bill Owens, And Writes A Heartwarming Farewell For Him

The country music legend, Dolly Parton, has lost her Uncle, Bill Owen, who passed away today.

The music star has shown her love for him as she wrote a heartwarming tribute for him.

She wrote: “I’ve lost my beloved Uncle Bill Owens. I knew my heart would break when he passed, and it did. I’ll start this eulogy by saying I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been there.

“He was there… there in my young years to encourage me to keep playing my guitar, to keep writing my songs, to keep practicing my singing.

“And he was there to help build my confidence standing on stage where he was always standing behind me or close beside me with his big ol’ red Gretsch guitar.”

She reminisced that she got signed up by recording company through Uncle Bill’s effort.

He was there to take me around to all of the local shows, got me my first job on the “Cas Walker Show.” He took me back-&-forth to Nashville through the years, walked up-&-down the streets with me, knocking on doors to get me signed up to labels or publishing companies,” she said.

She added: “It’s really hard to say or to know for sure what all you owe somebody for your success. But I can tell you for sure that I owe Uncle Billy an awful lot.”

Parton stated that Uncle Bill wrote many songs for her, and many with her including “Put It Off Until Tomorrow”, which she won her first big award with in 1966.

She said: “Uncle Bill was so many things. He loved the music, loved to play, loved his guitar and loved to write and sing. He wrote great songs, at least 800 of them through the years. We wrote several songs together, the biggest one being “Put It Off Until Tomorrow.” We won our first big award on that one back in 1966. It was the BMI Song of the Year.

“He wrote songs that were recorded by Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Ricky Skaggs, Kris Kristofferson and many others. He also traveled the road with many big artists playing his guitar, including playing on stage with me in my early years in Nashville.”

Parton wrote that Uncle Bill was everything to her about her music career, and she would forever be grateful to him.

She wrote: “Uncle Bill worked at Dollywood from the time we opened in the family show for many years. He was funny, friendly and generous. He always had a kind word for everybody and gave good advice to young people starting in the business. He joined forces with Dollywood, The American Chestnut Foundation, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and The American Eagle Foundation to bring back the endangered chestnut tree to the Great Smoky Mountain area. That was his passion. He also championed the cause of protecting the natural environment at Dollywood in 1986. During that time, he took it upon himself, with his wife Sandy, to plant 70,000 trees on the Park property.

“I bet a lot of our own relatives don’t even know all of the great things that Uncle Bill did behind the scenes through his life. But the greatest thing he ever did for me was to help me see my dreams come true and for that I will be forever grateful. I’m sure that Uncle Bill’s friends, fans, his wife Sandy, his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids will join me when I say that we will always love you. Rest in peace, Uncle Bill.”

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Falz Tattoos His Family Members On His Arm

The Nigerian rapper and son of the prominent lawyer, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz, has revealed his tattoo which shows the faces of his entire family members comprising of his father, mother and siblings.

He shared the video of his tattoo on his Instagram account with a caption: ” I told you this summer will be dangerous!”

As a trend where people tattoo their love ones on their bodies, Falz has decided to tattoo his entire family members to show his love for them.

Falz, who chose music as a career ahead of practising as a lawyer, like his father, has decided to belong to the group of celebrities with tattoos.

He came to fame with his hitsong “Marry Me” which featured Yemi Alade.

Falz is the owner of the record label called Bahd Guys Records.

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Meghan Markle Reveals Her Favorite Fragrances

Meghan Markle has revealed her favorite fragrances when it comes to the world of perfume.

The royal celebrity recently stated that during her acting days that she’s a big perfume enthusiast, and she even named some specific ones.

The Duchess of Sussex made this revelation in an interview with UK’s Express, where she stated that she could not do without fragrances.

Fragrance is my favorite thing – so much so that if I leave the house and I don’t put any on, I’ll turn around and go back home,” she said.

She added: “I alternate between a few scents. I love Oribe Côte d’Azur Eau de Parfum and both the Wild Bluebell and Wood Sage & Sea Salt Colognes by Jo Malone.”

 

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Don Jazzy Clears Himself About Marriage

The popular Nigerian musician as well as producer, Michael Collins Ajereh, known professionally as Don Jazzy, has revealed the reason behind his bachelorhood

Don Jazzy took to Instagram handle to state the reason why he has remained single, where he stated that he had bad experience about marriage as his love for music surpasses love for his family.

He said: “For so long everyone keeps asking me when am I getting married? Well truth is almost 18 years ago I was 20 and I got married to my best friend Michelle @yarnstaswitch and it was beautiful. I loved love and I loved marriage.

“Michelle is soooo beautiful inside and outside with such a soft heart. But then me being so young and full of dreams I went and fucked it up cos I was giving all my time to my Music. Music became priority instead of my family. We got divorced when I was 22 and it hurt.”

He expressed that he doesn’t want to go into another marriage that will not be successful as his heart is still for music and not family yet.

“I am still very much in love with my music and I wouldn’t want to marry another and fuck it up again. So I’m taking my time,” he said.

Jazzy said that his interview with Ebuka motivated him to revealed this huge part of his life, and apologized to his fans to be patient with him on the matter.

He said: “Why am I just saying this now?? I really like to keep my relationships private actually. Past or present. But I was watching the bounce interview with Ebuka which is almost like a tell all interview, and I felt bad skipping this huge part of my life. So yeah make una no vex o.”

He is the founder and the CEO of Mavin Records, and a co-owner of the defunct Mo’ Hits Records record label with Dbanj.

Jazzy had produced and promoted many artistes like Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Di’Ja, Rema, Johnny Drille, and Ladipoe.

He’s a great inspiration to the industry and a big talent developer.

 

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Peter Okoye, Mr. P, Finally Releases The Much Awaited Album ‘Prodigal’

Nigerian popstar, Peter Okoye known as Mr. P, has finally released the much-awaited album “Prodigal”

Mr.P used his social media handles to announced the released of the album.

THE PRODIGAL ALBUM IS OFFICIALLY OUT NOW! Big congratulations to us all, Team P! We made magic! Go update your playlist. God bless y’all. Lets know the country or city you are streaming from! Album Available on all music streaming platforms,” he posted on his Instagram account.

The album consists of 16 tracks, which includes 8 collaborations with other artistes like Singah, Tiwa Savage, Mohombi, Simi, Teni and Tamar Braxton.

Other artistes featured in the album are DJ Switch, OvieKelz and Wande Coal.

The album was produced by a team comprising of Goldswarm, ShugaVibes, Sarmy Fire, DailHardBeats and co-produced by Peter Okoye, Mr. P.

This will be another solo album added to his credit after leaving the group “PSquare” which was formed with his twin brother, Paul Okoye.

On the album, he said: “This is more like me trying to express myself, my creativity. I want to be in charge of myself, I want to get things done. Getting the opportunity for people to know my own sound. My music is not like every song you must play them in the club.”

The album is out now and streaming on all music apps.

 

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Ghanaians React As Shatta Wale Plans To Retire From Music And Go Into Other Businesses

The popular Ghanaian musician, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. known as Shatta Wale, has announced his plan to retire from music after his last album.

The musician, who posted this information about his planned retirement on Twitter, stated that his ‘GOG’ album will be his last album.

Shatta Wale stated that he had made enough in music and he’s prepared to venture into other businesses so as to create employment for upcoming artistes .

He wrote: “THIS #GOGALBUM WILL BE MY RETIREMENT ALBUM. Made enough to go into new businesses and create employment for those who still want to follow the course!”

Wale achieved street credibility and popularity with his 2004 single “Moko Hoo”, which featured Tinny, and the song earned him a Ghana Music Awards nomination.

Thereafter, Shatta, known as Bandana then, went missing in the music industry for almost a decade. He rebranded himself in 2013, and began to release music with his new name, Shatta Wale, under his record label, SM Records.

In 2017, Shatte was ranked “Most Influential Musician” on social media, and made a record 2019 by winning eight awards as a dancehall artist at the 3 Music Awards ceremony.

However, fans have reacted to the news of his retirement:

£mpir€ @lockword90 said: “So now that shatta want to retire where will shatta movement fans go but can to think of it shatta you are being selfish here because you can just retire just like that when you know you have people following you who you have to ask permission from before you do this.”

Mega lmpulse @MegaImpulse0001 wrote: “Nooooooooo great leader….hw go continue de hustle without inspiration, encouragement n protection. De enemy go tear us apart on the street…..LION NOOOOOOOO, 1DON NOOOOOO, KING NOOOOO.”

buttocks watcher @dromodavid explained: “Jay z sef nor retire. Ibe you wan retire,, You if you go retire please shoot Ay3 halfcast video give me. I take God beg you waa. Sm 4 life sane.”

SM Blax @MNCBlax8 posted: “King @shattawalegh remember where and how too far you started driving us with you humble made by JAH car. So don’t leave us here to stay alone let’s stay together till the end.”

 

 

 

 

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Lil Kesh Becomes A Father

Nigerian popstar, Keshinro Ololade popularly known as Lil Kesh, has become a father.

The music star took to his Instagram to share the information, where he posted the picture of the baby and wrote: “God is the greatest,” with a praising hand emoji.

Kesh became famous with his hit single “Shoki” under the Olamide’s record label, YBNL Nation.

Lil Kesh has so far established his own record label YAGI Records, and that’s managed by Massive Management.

The identity of the baby’s mother is yet to be revealed.

However, friends and fans have sent their congratulatory messages to welcome the baby:

iam_kcee wrote: “Congratulation.”

mustiphasholagbade said: “Congratulations ❤️👏”

shigh_lofe said: “Congrats gee”

oluwasurrest expressed: “Wow Congrats Brother”

Though of them doubted the truth of the message as they posted:

nairamarley stated: “April fool leleyi joor…how can I not know?”

mandykiss001 said: “April fool😂”

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Ariana Grande Will Join ‘The Voice’, To Replace Nick Jonas As Fans Rejoice

Ariana Grande will be joining “The Voice” as the singer announced she will be replacing Nick Jonas on season 21 of the hit show.

The music star revealed this to her fans in an Instagram post on Tuesday, where she posted a picture of herself sitting at table.

She wrote: “Surprise !!! i am beyond thrilled, honored, excited to be joining @kellyclarkson @johnlegend @blakeshelton next season ~ season 21 of @nbcthevoice ! 🤍 @nickjonas we will miss you.”

Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton will all be returning as coaches for the next season.

A source stated that Ariana is a huge fan of ‘The Voice’ and her management team has been negotiating to get her on the show.

Grande will be replacing Nick Jonas, who is one of the coaches on the current season, though he isn’t leaving as he will remain on rotation with other stars that have appeared on the show, and he will be back soon.

Fans have expressed thier happiness at the announcement that she will be joining the show.

imngo said: “SHAKING! THIS IS AMAZING!! “

ponyy_boyyn wrote: “I’ve never really seen the show and now I’m definitely tuning in.”

jessicavosk stated: “MA’AM!!! Do you need me to bring you coffee and snacks I CAN BE YOUR ASSISTANT”

 

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Woli Arole Sets To Marry His Lover, Yemi

The Nigerian comedian and actor, Toyin Bayegun, popularly known as Woli Arole, is set to get married to his lover, Yemi, next month.

Woli Arole revealed the news via his Instagram handle, where shared pictures of himself and his lover with a caption: “A JOURNEY that started somewhere in LONDON. So glad I am walking down the AISLE with YOU. You’re a blessing to ME”

Woli Arole, who started as an actor and stand-up comedian at the Obafemi Awolowo University, embraced social media and gained attention with short videos on Instagram.

He auditioned and won the Alibaba Spontaneity contest in Lagos, and last year, he debuted his live show called “The Chat Room With Woli Arole”, which was received with applause.

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BAFTA To Honour Noel Clarke With 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards For Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that the award-winning actor, producer, writer, and director, Noel Clarke, will be honoured at the 74th EE British Academy Film Awards with Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.

The award, which will be presented on Saturday 10th April as part of the EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night ceremony in London, is in recognition of his contribution in the British film industry.

The Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, Marc Samuelson, said: “Noel is an inspiration to me and to many others, for his central and much-needed role in supporting and championing diverse voices in the British film industry.

“He is a multi-hyphenate who early on in his career has managed successfully to cross the line from respected actor to filmmaker. He truly is able to do it all – acting, writing, directing and producing.

“His authentic portrayal of London life in his critically acclaimed Hood trilogy cemented his place in British cinema and he continues to push boundaries with his work today.

“He is now building a hugely successful production company, giving opportunities to a wide range of talented people from many different under-represented groups. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s award.”

In acknowledging his recommendation for the award, Noel Clarke said: “Thank you BAFTA for this acknowledgment and recognition of my work over the past two decades. I will endeavour to continue to make ground-breaking work and open doors for underrepresented people that may not often get a chance.”

Clarke, whose first TV appearance was over two decades ago in the ground-breaking Channel 4 series, Metrosexuality, has played a pivotal role in bringing diversity to British screens in front and behind the camera and pushing under-represented talent and stories to the forefront of cinema and television.

He won the Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ for his performance in the play ‘Where Do We Live at the Royal Court’.

The movie star wrote and starred in the cult phenomenon featured film Hood trilogy, Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016), and directed the last two.

He received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2009.

On TV appearances, he is well-known for his roles as Mickey Smith in Dr. Who and Wyman Norris in Auf, Wiedershen, Pet.

In 2007, Clarke founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, which was later joined by fellow actor/producer Jason Maza.

Their ambitions are to champion fresh, emerging and diverse voices, which has seen the company produced over 10 feature films including Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut “The Fight” and “10×10”, directed by Suzi Ewing.

The company joined forces with All3Media in 2018, and launched Unstoppable Film and Television to expand their scope to include television.

Clarke created the drama “Bulletproof” with Ashley Walters and starred in the series which has been one of the highest rated series on Sky since debuting in 2018.

The fourth session of the series is set to start filming later this year as confirmed.

The BAFTA prize for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios.

Andy Serkis received the award at the 2020 Film Awards.

Previous recipients include Ridley and Tony Scott, Film4 Productions, Working Title Films, Angela Allen, and the Harry Potter series of films.

Others are John Hurt, Tessa Ross, Peter Greenaway, BBC Films, Angels Costumes, Curzon, The National Film and Television School and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, co-founders of Number 9 Films.

This year edition of the EE British Academy Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10 and 11 April.

Two shows to recognise the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The first show, for the celebration of the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday 10 April, while the second show be on Sunday 11 April.

Both programmes will be broadcast in all major territories around the world.

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Nigerians Kick Against Governor Wike’s Gift To Burna Boy

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, had promised to give N10m each to Burna Boy and other artistes that performed at the Burna Boy Homecoming Concert in Port Harcourt.

The Governor said: “All of you that have come to today, the Rivers people and the Niger -Delta people that have come to perform, I am proud of you. All of you will go home with N10m each. ”

The Governor also promised a piece of land at the old GRA, Port Harcourt, to Burna Boy and financing the construction of the building.

The Rivers State government hosted their son, Burna Boy, in commemoration of his achievement at winning grammys for the best global music album of the year.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted to the news of the promise made by the Rivers State Governor:

Tife_fabunmi @Tife_fabunmi wrote: “It’s not the gift that Wike gave Burna and other artistes that is making people complain, it’s the fact that there are so many workers/pensioners who are yet to be paid their salary/pension for months in the same state and he was till able to gift such huge amount.”
DaddyMØ @therealdaddymo1 stated: “When they say Nigerians deserve the leaders it gets, this is part of why they say that. Gov Wike is so confident and unashamed to be paying artistes from government funds and people are hailing him but turn round and also criticize corruption in the same breath.”
Daddy D.O @DOlusegun said: “When they say Buhari is not working. This is what they mean. They miss the government of share the money which is why@burnaboy could not politely ask Wike to use that money to pay the five-year unpaid salaries of teachers in demonstration schools in Rivers State.”
ADEMOLA @RajiDraj said: “Burna Boy and the rest of the artistes will collect N10M each from Wike and celebrate it here. Next day they will tweet about lack of infrastructure and focus on Lagos State. Have they ever ask Wike about End SARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry?”
Wale Adetona @iSlimfit said: “The impulse gifting by Governor Wike is so unnecessary for a state that has failed to pay gratuity & pension.”

 

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Harrysong Finally Marries His Long Time Girlfriend, Alexer Gopa

The city of Warri came alive with the wedding ceremony of the popular Nigerian musician, Harrysong, and his long time girlfriend, Alexer Gopa.

The wedding which Harrysong had announced via his Instagram account that it will come up on the 27th March, has finally been done.

The musician who said that he has gotten it perfect this time described his wife has the replica of his mother as she’s caring, forgiving and has made his life beautiful.

Skiibii Mayana was the best man for the groom at the wedding.

The introduction to the wedding was held on the 14th March, which witnessed the payment of the bride price.

From us at Balloblog.com, we wish the couple, Happy Wedding!

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Femi Kuti As A Father And As A Musician Is Interwoven

Femi Anikulapo Kuti, the son of the legendary Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, had an interview with BBCpidgin, where he talked about the joint album with his son, Made Kuti, and his late father.

In talking about the spirituality of Afrobeat as people perceive, Femi Anikulapo Kuti explained that Afrobeat is spiritual, as the music itself is generally spiritual, and it’s the only profession that you can’t touch but touches you.

On The Joint Album Released With His Son
I want to show the world how much I love my son, I want to inspire the world to spread more love and inspirations.

When I thought of the matter, I called my son and I said: I don’t think any father and son have done such collaboration before, but we will the first to do it. It will show how much we love ourselves as a family and how much we care for ourselves. And I told my son that many would like the idea and they would emulate it, he was happy to hear it.

On What Femi Found Interesting About His Son
What I’m happy about my son, Made, is that after all these years, he stands on his own with respect to his father and his grandfather. He’s very humble and he’s a kind of child that you thank God for.

What’s The Difference Between Femi As Father And Femi As A Musician
Femi as a father and Femi as a musician is interwoven as both rely on each other. Femi the musician knows family comes first and Femi the father, family comes first as well.

What Do You Still Remember About Your Father, Fela,
Many things to learn from my father, and many things I respect about him. I respect his bravery, courage, discipline as a musician, and the most important one he’s righteousness. My father didn’t like lie and would not hide his feeling.

How Do You See Afrobeat Genre
I never doubted the Afrobeat music as a child and it inspired me in many ways, maybe because Fela’s song was an eye-opener about real issues in our society.

How Do You Relax
I don’t normally relax and even my family are complaining. I used to wake up around 9-10am in the morning then I go straight for my sax and practice for like 3 hours, take trumpet for 5-6 hours practice. Then, I play with the children and we engage in football competitions.

What’s Your Favorite Meal
I like beans but after every performance I like to eat eba (cassava mold) because it’s easy to consume despite my son kicking against it. I love fried plantain very much.

 

 

 

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