Roundup of The Week- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Oxlade leaked tape, new music…

On this week’s Roundup, I weigh in on the rebirth of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Oxlade leaked tape, new music, and Black History Month.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire returns!

One thing I always looked out for back then on this game show was how far a contestant could go without missing a question and very soon I will get to experience that all over again. On Monday, 7 February 2022, Frank Edoho, who was the host and presenter of the game show from (2004-2017), announce its revival/rebirth. The new series will be titled Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Series 2- The Rebirth and the grand prize is been upped to 20 million Naira. Marking an increment of 10 million Naira from when the show aired before.

Throughout the initial series, only one person emerged as the overall winner of the 10 million Naira grand prize– 49-year-old Aroma Ufodike, in 2009. While the game show consisted of three lifelines before, it will now be upped to four. They will now be:

  • 50/50 (which allows the player to pick from two closely answers)
  • Phone a Friend (which allows a player to call a close acquaint to help for 30 seconds)
  • Ask the Audience (where the game player gets a chance to ask the audience)
  • Ask the Host (allows the player gets the chance to ask the host of the game).

Additionally, The Punch says that the new series will run for 52 weeks.

Oxlade leaked s_x tape

During the week, social media buzzed after the ‘non-consensual release’ of intimate media belonging to Nigerian singer Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, popularly called Oxlade. While it is very okay for people to own and create such content, what is not okay is people and the perpetrators who possess these said materials and release them onto the internet without the owner’s consent. This act often referred to as revenge p_rn, is wrong and should be checked. 

If you willingly share such content, you need to understand that you are violating another person’s privacy. While the effects of revenge p_rn, as indicated by Wikipedia, include victims losing their jobs, facing cyber-stalking, physical attack, and workplace discrimination, we can’t say the same for Ikuforiji. His popularity has caused polarizing views of the issue, with some people arguing that it will only make him more popular.

But this supposed argument, to some extent, only breeds room for ignorance and further makes the idea of revenge p_rn seem normal, which is not the case.

There’s also the issue of the double standard associated with it, highlighting how s_xist and misogynistic the society we live in is. When Tiwa Savage’s video leaked a few months ago, it received heavy criticism and victim-shaming, and one would think Oxlade would also come under so much fire. Fortunately for him, the same can’t be said, given that he is a man and he’s supposedly superior to the woman. As a society, we need to reevaluate our takes on the issue of revenge p_rn for a healthy and safe community. However, following the leak of the said s_xual material, the singer issued a statement, apologizing to everyone affected while calling out the perpetrators.

New music from BasketMouth, Rema, Fireboy DML, Nicki Minaj, and more

Friday’s are my best day of the week, why?- because as a music lover, I get to witness the different array of new music being released for the week. On this week’s release of new music:

Basketmouth drops his sophomore album titled Horoscopes a follow up to his 2020 debut (Yabasi). The 9-track album is heavily produced by Duktor Sett, who also produced his first albumIt is a star-studded project and goes globetrotting with artiste like Simi, Buju, Johnny Drille, Oxlade, Ghanaian superstar Efya, 2face, Blaqbonez, The Cavemen, Reekado Banks, Falz, and Favour. You can listen to the album below:

Nigerian Afropop artiste Rema dropped “Calm Down” a new single off his highly forthcoming debut album. The love number, is co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer and DJ (Londonand (Andrevibez). The new song is already a smash hit and it is currently sitting at no.1 on Apple Music: Top 100. Alongside the new song also came the music video directed by DK.

Listen and watch the video to “Calm Down” below.

Following Fireboy DML’s debut on Billboard hot 100 last week with his 2021 hit single “Peru”, the singer, on Friday dropped a second remix to the song. This time, he got American rappers 21 Savage and Blxst to join him. Listen below.

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj returned with another single alongside Lil Baby titled “Bussin” following their first collabo of 2022, “Do We Have A Problem”. Fans are already anticipate a joint album or mixtape from the two of them. Listen to “Bussin” here.

L.A.X also team’s up with Marvin record maverick Ayra Starr for a love track titled “Options” ahead of Valentine’s Day. The 3-minute track is produced by Alexander The Greatest popularly known as atgmusickListen to it here.

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My watchlist for the weekend- Inventing Anna, Before Valentine Movie, Tall Girl 2, Ghana Jollof and more.

On Joe Rogan Experience controversy…

February is known to be Black History Month, a month specially dedicated to celebrating African-American culture. While this month was supposed to be all about examining and reminiscing how far black culture has come and looking at ways it can continue to grow, a few controversies relating to black history are holding it back.

On 7 February 2022, Reuters reported that American Commentator and Podcaster Joe Rogan is being offered $100 million to move all of his old and new shows to Rumble on an online video platform. This offer comes after Jo Rogan faces backlash for allegedly giving COVID 19 misinformation on his podcast from Spotify. He is also facing controversy over a video that surfaced online during the week; a compilation video of him using the N-word on his podcast – The Joe Rogan Experience, which is very offensive as a white person.

An apology could have made the whole controversy go away, but Rogan insisted that the video was a compilation from over 14 years ago and claimed that he hasn’t used the term in years. In an audio news update that The Hollywood Reporter shared on Tuesday, 8 February 2022, he further hinted that the whole controversy is nothing but a ‘political hit job’.

The entire discussion is very problematic and what makes it more worrisome is the fact that it’s Black History Month, and a white man chooses this period to be ignorant and overall racist. It unveils just how hard it is for Black people to thrive peacefully without having to face systemic racism.

Meanwhile, following Joe’s COVID 19 and racism controversy, Canadian-American musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell started a boycott that involved pulling their music from Spotify, since the music platform was home to Joe Rogan’s famous podcast. It has also been reported that American singer India Arie also followed suit in pulling her music from Spotify. Recently Trevor Noah has also weighed in on the issue.

 

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Away from Rogan’s controversy, over the past week, American comedian and actress Awkafina has been accused of using “Blaccent.” According to an article from CNN, Blaccent has been described as a way of mimicking African American language and mannerisms. The actress, whose real name is Nora Lum, is being accused of benefiting from black culture without properly crediting its roots. Though she shared her view on the accusations on her Twitter page, her lengthy perspective failed to include a proper apology to the black community. I mean, it’s Black History Month, the least you could simply say is I’m sorry and keep it moving. Following her rant, she said she is leaving the platform for the meantime.

We await what comes next from the actress.

We likely missed something from the past week, that is why we have you, remind us in the comment section.

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Bolaji Akinwande

Bolaji Akinwande is a Music and Culture writer based in Lagos. Nigeria.

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