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 Riyad Mahrez crowned African footballer of the year

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez was Thursday named African Footballer of the Year after he inspired Leicester City to the English Premier League title last season.

Mahrez, 25, beat Gabon skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scooped the prestigious accolade last year, into second place, with Senegal star Sadio Mane, who features for Liverpool, taking third place.

The France-born forward said it was an honour to be named the best African player for the past year.

“It’s a huge honour, I am happy and pleased. I thank all my teammates at Leicester and Algeria,” Mahrez said as he received the award.

“I dedicate this to my family and all those who support me every day.”

Mahrez, a slightly-built, right-sided forward who started out with hometown club AAS Sarcelles in 2004, played a key role in the Foxes’ stunning run with 17 goals, 10 assists in 37 appearances.

He was the first Algerian to win a Premier League champions medal and sparked a massive following back home in Algeria for the club, who he had first thought was a rugby team when he was contacted to join them four years ago. He played in all but of Leicester’s games.

Mahrez’s win ended a 19-year absence on the podium for a player from north Africa since Morocco’s Mustapha Hadji in 1998.

Other Algerians to have won the award were Rabah Madjer in 1987 and Lakhdar Belloumi in 1981.

All three players who made the shortlist for the African Footballer of the Year were also picked in CAF XI that also features Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly from Manchester United.

Goalkeeper Denis Onyango was picked for the African Player of the Year Based in Africa award ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns teammate Khama Billiat and Zambia’s Rainford Kalaba.

Onyango was outstanding when seven-time South African champions Sundowns won an historic CAF Champions League and also when Uganda qualified for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations after a long absence.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala grabbed her second African Women’s Player of the Year award on the back of her goals as Nigeria retained their continental crown in Cameroon.

The Arsenal Ladies star won her first when she also helped the Super Falcons emerge African champions in 2014.

Nigeria youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi won the Most Promising Talent and Youth Player of the Year awards, respectively.

Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama won the Best Referee Award for the third straight year.

Award winners

African player of the year:
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

African player of the year — based in Africa:
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Women’s player of the year:
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Arsenal Ladies)

Most promising talent:
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)

Young player of the year:
Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)

Coach of the year:
Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Club of the year:
Mamelodi Sundowns

National team of the year:
Uganda

Women’s national team of the year:
Nigeria

Referee of the year:
Bakary Papa Gassama

CAF African XI for 2016

Goalkeeper: Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders:Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG), Aymen Abdenour (Tunisia & Valencia), Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Joyce Lomalisa (DRC &AS Vita)

Midfielders:Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns), Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe),Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Forwards:Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

Subs: Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli), Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe), Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City), Mohammad Salah (Egypt & Roma), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)

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Davido wins Big at Soundcity MVP Awards Winners; See FULL List

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Davido Leads Winners at Soundcity MVP Awards Winners; See FULL List

The much talked about music video awards christened the Sound City MVP has come and gone and it was epic.

The 2017 Edition of the award ceremony was Held yesterday, 12th of January at the Eko Hotel and Suite and was anchored by  Ebuka.

One of the biggest winners of the night, if not the biggest was Davido who won the Artiste of the year, song of the year and more.

UK based producer/singer Maleek Berry defeated Small Doctor and Mayorkun to win the new artiste of the year while Tiwa Savage copped the Best Female MVP.

See the full list of winners below.

BEST MALE MVP

DAVIDO (NG)
RUNTOWN (NG)
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TZ) – WINNER
SARKODIE (GH)
NAVIO (UG)
2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
WIZKID (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)
OLAMIDE (NG)

BEST FEMALE MVP

TIWA SAVAGE (NG) – WINNER
NINIOLA (NG)
BABES WODUMO (SA)
SIMI (NG)
BECCA (GH)
SEYI SHAY (NG)
YEMI ALADE (NG)
BUCIE (SA)
VANESSA MDEE (TZ)

BEST HIP HOP

M.I ABAGA (NG)
SARKODIE (GH)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA) – WINNER
OLAMIDE (NG)
NASTY C (SA)
FALZ (NG)
KWESTA (SA)
AKA (SA)

BEST POP

KISS DANIEL (NG)
TIWA SAVAGE (NG)
SIMI (NG)
DAVIDO (NG)
MALEEK BERRY (NG) – WINNER
NINIOLA (NG)
WANDE COAL (NG)
REEKADO BANKS (NG)

BEST COLLABORATION

PARTICULA – MAJOR LAZER & DJ MAPHORISA FT. ICE PRINCE, JIDENNA, NASTY C
(SA)
MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID
TONIGHT – R2BEES FT WIZKID
MA GIRL – TOOFAN FT. PATORANKING
AKANAMALI – SUN EL MUSICIAN FT. SAMTHING SOWETO
TELLI PERSON – TIMAYA FT. PHYNO & OLAMIDE
PAIN KILLER – SARKODIE FT RUNTOWN – WINNER
BOOTY LANGUAGE – SKALES FT SARKODIE
JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEKBERRY
DON’T FORGET TO PRAY – AKA & ANATII
NA WASH – BECCA FT PATORANKING
ISKABA – WANDE COAL / DJ TUNEZ
LOVE AGAIN – C4 PEDRO FT SAUTI SOL

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DAVIDO (NG)
WIZKID (NG) – WINNER
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)
AKA (SA)
VANESSA MDEE (KQ)
YEMI ALADE (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (NG)
YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIFE – MI (NG)
CLOSER – WIZKID (NG)
UoK – NASTY C (SA)
10 FINGERS – AKA & ANATII (SA)
WHOLE THING – FRANK CASINO & RIKY RICK (SA)
BEEN CALLING – MALEEKBERRY (NG)
KOLOLO – BANKY W (NG)
ALL HAIL – KHULI CHANA (SA)
IF – DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER

BEST GROUP OR DUO

SAUTI SOL (KQ)
TOOFAN (TG)
MAFIKIZOLO (SA)
MICASA (SA)
DISTRUCTION BOYZ (SA) – WINNER
VVIP (GH)
R2Bees (GH)
NAVY KENZO (TZ)

SONG OF THE YEAR 

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR (NG)
WO – OLAMIDE (NG)
SEDUCE ME – ALIKIBA
QOBISIQOLO – BHIZER FT BUSISWA, SC GORNA, BHEPEPE (SA)
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
IF – DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER
AKANAMALI – SUN EL MUSICIAN FT. SAMTHING SOWETO (SA)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG)
CLOSER – WIZKID (NG)
JOROMI – SIMI (NG)
LEG OVER – MR EAZI (NG)

BEST NEW ARTISTE

MALEEK BERRY (NG) – WINNER
MAYORKUN (NG)
DICE AILES (NG)
SMALL DOCTOR (NG)
NADIA NAKAI (SA)
ASLAY (TZ)

VIEWERS CHOICE

WO – OLAMIDE (NG)
IF – DAVIDO (NG)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG) – WINNER
LIVING THINGS – 9ICE (NG)
YEBA – KISS DANIEL (NG)
ISKABA – WANDE COAL, DJ TUNEZ (NG)
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI (NG)
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA

LISTENERS CHOICE

WO – OLAMIDE (NG) – WINNER
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
NASTY C –UOK (SA)
GOBISIQOLO – BHISER (SA)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG)
MARADONA – NINIOLA (NG)
YOLO YOLO – SEYI SHAY (NG)
IF – DAVIDO

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

MALEEKBERRY (NG).
KIDOMINANT (NG)
DJ MAPHORISA (SA)
MASTERKRAFT (NG)
JULZ (GH)
YOUNG JOHN (NG) – WINNER

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

SARKODIE (GH)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)
DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER
WIZKID (NG)
TIWA SAVAGE (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)

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Miss Nigeria 2017 Unveils the Final 37 Contestants

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Miss Nigeria: Meet the Semi-finalists; + 7 Contenders for the Miss FCT

Miss Nigeria 2017 Unveils the Final 37 Contestants

The organisers of the Miss Nigeria 2017 beauty pageant has unveiled the final 37 contestants that will walk the stage tonight at the finale/60th Anniversary of the competition.

At the grand finale tonight, a new queen (41st Queen) will be crowned . In case you missed it, see the semi-finalists here.

The final 37 contestants who will walk the stage tonight have been unveiled. Meet the gorgeous ladies below.

Miss Nigeria 2017 Unveils the Final 37 Contestants

Abia State – Amarachi Onyeabo

Miss Nigeria 2017 Unveils the Final 37 Contestants

Adamawa State – Mildred Ehiguese

Miss Nigeria 2017 Unveils the Final 37 Contestants

Akwa Ibom State – Annalisa Umanah

Anambra State – Louella Eze

Bauchi State – Ruth Pare

Bayelsa State – Deborah Alfred

Benue State – Patience Adokpe

Borno State – Gracefill Achadu

Cross River State – Victoria Ana

Delta State – Rita Chinedu

Ebonyi State – Ezinne Agbom

Edo State – Sarah Ifidon

Ekiti State – Damilola Bolarinde

Enugu State – Emilia Ezugwu

Gombe State – Adebola Omogbeminiyi

Imo State – Cassandra Collins

Jigawa State – Deola Ayo

Kaduna State – Yasmin Umar

Kano State – Faith Samuel

Katsina State – Roseline Okpara

Kebbi State – Atinuke Matti

Kogi State – Patience Egwaba

Kwara State – Vanessa Nichola

Lagos State – Tomi Awoyemi

Nasarawa – Joy Ikpe

Niger State – Gina Reginald

Ogun State – Tolulope Ayanfalu

Ondo State – Anne Ufuomanefe

Osun State – Joy Daramola

Oyo State – Anjolaoluwa Boluwatife Bolaji

Plateau State – Abigail Kim

Rivers State – Fahny Peterside

Sokoto State – Fije Oche

Taraba State – Lovelyn Emmanuel

Yobe State – Khadija Ahmed Younis

Zamfara State – Jolly Yahaya

FCT – Sharon Chinaka

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How will Falz recoup his N300 Million after the ‘The Falz Experience’ Concert?

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How will Falz recoup his N300 Million after the ‘The Falz Experience’ Concert?

How will Falz recoup his N300 Million after the ‘The Falz Experience’ Concert?

Nigerian music star, Falz the Bahd Guy who’s concert ‘The Falz Experience‘will be coming up later this year, is said to have spent over a whooping N300 million in the planning and logistics.

This cost incurred is believed to range from event production handled by Livespot and Bahd Guys Entertainment, the superfluous venue at Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, the cost of A-list artistes billed to perform at the event – Olamide, Davido, Simi, Yemi Alade, Reekado Banks, Reminisce, among others.

The concert is billed to hold as follows;

Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.
Venue: Eko Convention Centre at Victoria Island.

Insiders say the lawyer-turned entertainer is funding the big budget event in cash and kind – relying on goodwill of colleagues, securing the support of many media partners, and raising money from many enthusiastic sponsors, including some key Nigerian brands, and individuals.

“All I can say is that this show is costing us a lot of time, energy, planning, goodwill, and of course some good financial resources. At the end of the day, our joy would be to see the fans come out and have an amazing time”, he told us when we pressed him to confirm the figures.

How will Falz recoup his N300 Million after the ‘The Falz Experience’ Concert?

Livespot is renowned for their unusual event ideas such as Darey Art Alade’s Love Like A Movie which was a combination of a music and theatrical concert. It’s a surety that Livespot would not fail to thrill Nigerians at The Falz Experience with world-class audio and visual production.

The cinematic music show set to hold on Wednesday, December 20th has been described as an exceptional and spellbinding spectacle which is taking Nigeria by storm and will reset the standards of music concerts in the country.

Amongst his peers however, Falz is specially advantaged due to the fact that he is almost as well known for his music success as he is for comic performances and acting, which has seen him build up a following of over 3 million on social media, and got him major Nollywood film roles, that have earned him a well respected pan-African acting award, Best in a Comedy Series/ Movie for the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).

This multiplicity of Falz’s talent – in music, acting and comedy, plus the ambitious nature of a larger than life production for The Falz Experience is expected to attract thousands of entertainment fans to Eko Convention Centre at Victoria Island on Wednesday, December 20. It also provides an understandable explanation for the huge budget attributed to the event’s planning and execution.

How will Falz recoup his N300 Million after the ‘The Falz Experience’ Concert?

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