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Rwanda: Miss Rwanda 2017 to Be Crowned Today

[New Times] One of the contestants, Queen Kalimpinya, jokingly said that this year the crown is likely to be "shared by all the girls because the competition is really tight and it seems like every girl is confident to take it home." (AllAfrica)


Ghana: Full List of VGMA 2017 Nominees

[Ghana Star] Here is the full official list of nominees for the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Actor, Uche Maduagwu, Mocks Niyola's Boobs

[Vanguard] Controversial Nollywood actor, Uche Maduagwu, has mocked sensational soul/jazz singer, Niyola for having a breasts that are out of shape. Camouflaging under the guise of praising her for her beauty, (AllAfrica)


Africa: Denrele Edun to Co-Host 'Lip Sync Battle Africa' Season Two

[Vanguard] MTV Base has revealed that the ultimate lip synching showdown is back - Lip Sync Battle Africa, the pop culture phenomenon that's swept the continent, returns to our TV screens from 22 April 2017. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Winning Academy Awards - a Valid Dream for Nollywood

[Vanguard] It didn't shock me last year when the Academy Awards became the target of a boycott based on critics' perception that its all-white nominee list - for the second straight year - reflected its bias. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Praiz Becomes Ambassador for Charity

[Daily Trust] Musician Praiz Adejo has been unveiled as one of Big Church Foundation's ambassadors. This took place recently in Ikoyi, Lagos, where the fast growing non-governmental charity foundation signed the artist for its 2017 project year. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: 21st Feb Carnival Livens Up Matobo

[The Herald] President Mugabe arrives in Bulawayo this morning for the 21st February Movement celebrations which roar to life at the Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (REPS) in Matobo District, Matabeleland South. Thousands of delegates are already in the city to commemorate the President's 93rd birthday. President Mugabe turned 93 on Tuesday. The celebrations, which bring together people from all corners of Zimbabwe and other parts of the world, have brought a festive atmosphere to the usually sleepy district of Matobo (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Macheso Fires 3 Band Members

[The Herald] Sungura ace Alick Macheso has fired three band members over indiscipline, it has emerged. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Fashion Hits, Misses At NAMA Ceremony

[The Herald] The main reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is to also tell them about our own experiences. (AllAfrica)


Chad: Orlando Bloom Says Children's Suffering in Lake Chad Region "Hard to Comprehend"

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Orlando Bloom, star of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings" movies, said on Friday it was hard to grasp the scale of the suffering in Africa's Lake Chad region after visiting some of the children uprooted by years of conflict. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Macheso Fires Three Band Members

[The Herald] Sungura ace Alick Macheso has fired three band members over indiscipline, it has emerged. Guitarists Donald Gogo, Tafirei Nyamunda and dancer Forward Antonio were shown the exit door on Thursday night. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Novel Gives New Perspective to Kenya's Past and Present

[Nation] Peter Kimani has recently published a new novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, which, going by both thematic concerns and narrative techniques, promises to excite critical responses that have been lacking for a while now. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: Jazz Appreciation - Quincy Jones: the Maestro

[The Point] As we prepare to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day in the month of April, we are excited to feature one of the most celebrated and influential Jazz musicians of the 20th Century. He is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, and Jazz trumpeter. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry, and he has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, and a Grammy Legend Award given in 1991. His contribution (AllAfrica)


South Africa: South Africans Battle to Save Ancient Brew from Extinction

[VOA] Traditional South African beer, brewed for centuries by peoples such as the Xhosa, is in danger of disappearing, according to Slow Food International, an organization trying to revive local food cultures. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Why Is Buhari, BBNaija Currently Not in Nigeria?

[Vanguard] The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has made a comparison between Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and the reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, BBN, saying both are currently not in Nigeria. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Is Basketmouth Bringing Top U.S. Comedian Chris Rock to Nigeria?

[Vanguard] Ace comedian Basket mouth real name, Bright Okpocha, on Friday gave a hint on plans to invite Chris Rock, Top American comedian for a performance scheduled for June in Lagos. (AllAfrica)


Tanzania: Diamond Platinumz Being Audited Over Drug Trafficking Links

[Nation] Bongo star and Wasafi Records chief executive Diamond Platinumz was on Wednesday summoned by the Tanzania Revenue Authority to table a report on his source of wealth and a statement on his tax returns. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Fox Apologises for Using Westgate Mall Attack Footage in TV Show

[Nation] Fox Network has apologised to Kenyans after they aired real footage of the Westgate Mall terror attack in Monday's episode of their hit series 24 Legacy. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: My Marriage to Churchill, Obasanjo's Nephew a Sham - Tonto Dikeh

[Vanguard] Embattled Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh on Friday said her marriage to Olakunle Churchill was a sham. (AllAfrica)


Tanzania: Vanessa Mdee's Sister Launches Music Career With Debut Single "Shuga"

[Capital FM] Tanzanian songstress Vanessa Mdee's sister, Mimi Mars, launches her music career with debut single "SHUGA." (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Country Gears Up for Metro FM Awards

[allAfrica] The Metro FM Music Awards will be held at the iNkosi Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Pearl Modiadie and Amon Mokoena to Host Metro FM Music Awards

[Metro FM] Metro FM is pleased to announce its hosts for the 16th edition of the METRO FM Music Awards.  The multi-talented Ms. Pearl Modiadie along with the bigger than life radio legend and personality Mr. Amon Mokoena have been tasked with the huge responsibility to hosting one of the most anticipated awards on the music industry's calendar.  Ms. Modiadie and Mr. Mokoena host the midday show 'The Great Escape' on METRO FM. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: 16th Metro FM Awards Finalists Announced

[Metro FM] Metro FM, The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s biggest commercial radio station, last night announced the finalists for the 16th Metro FM Music Awards (MMA16), with the theme, 'WHAT'S NEXT IS ALL THAT MATTERS'. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Outrage As Us TV Show Uses Real Life Westgate Mall Attack Footage

[News24Wire] A United States television series has sparked outrage in Kenya after is used real life footage from the east African country's worst terror attack at the Westgate mall. (AllAfrica)


Africa: 5ive Music's Aibee Abidoye On Its Exclusive Deal With Etisalat, Why the Current Mobile Music Business Is Broken and Efforts to Get Artists and Songwriters Paid

[Digital Content Africa] 5ive Music was launched in Lagos in July 2016 as a way of exploiting rights from three music labels in Nigeria: Chocolate City Music, Cabal/Storm 360 and NowMuzik. It has focused on getting right the relationships on digital content with the mobile operators. Russell Southwood spoke to 5ive Music's General Manager Aibee Abidoye about the problems with the current business model for mobile music. (AllAfrica)


Rwanda: Comedian Atome Returns to the Stage

[New Times] Local comedian Diogene Ntarindwa, also known as Atome, is set to make his return to the stage after several months. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Tonto Dikeh's Estranged Hubby Signs Singer, Praiz

[Vanguard] Despite the crisis rocking his marriage, Tonto Dikeh's estranged hubby, Olakunle Churchill, shocked many critics, Tuesday, when he unveiled popular singer, Praiz Adejo, as one of his foundation, Big Church Foundation, ambassadors for the 2017 project year.The signing of the deal was done at the Ikoyi, Lagos boardroom of the foundation. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Word Has It... Kenyan Musician Jaguar Sues Govt

[New Times] What's going on between Lick Lick and Princess Priscillah? (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Baba Harare, Gonyeti Unite for Shows

[The Herald] Two musicians Braveman Chizvino, known as Baba Harare, and Pamela Zulu, known as Gonyeti, who both left Jah Prayzah to form their bands have united for shows. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Writer Helen Oyeyemi Wins Pen USA 2017 Open Book Award

[Premium Times] Helen Oyeyemi, the author of the globally acclaimed novel, "The Icarus Girl", has been declared winner of the PEN America OPEN BOOK Award 2017. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Iyanya Signs Record Deal With Jay Z's Roc Nation?

[Vanguard] There are indications that Mavin Records latest artiste, Iyanya, may have hooked up with Jaz Z's Roc Nation. The singer jetted out of the country last week, in the company of Director of Communications, Temple Management Company, Terfa Tilley-Gyado, as they headlined an entertainment panel at the Africa Business Conference, which held at the prestigious Georgetown University, Washington DC. (AllAfrica)


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