Last week, Afrobeat superstar Davido and his fiancée trended online after a viral video of the singer holding another woman’s hand while on vacation alone emerged. Also, details from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s divorce emerged showing reasons for their impending split and more.
Davido cheating on Chioma?
The woman was identified as a popular Instagram model known as Mya Yafai according to several gossip blogs. There are claims that Yafai and the Nigerian superstar have been on vacation together in Sint Maarten, in the Caribbean. Mya Yafai had previously dated American rapper Young M.A.
Earlier, Davido had tweeted about being on the Sint Maarten Island hours before the video surfaced online. Neither he nor Chioma responded to the controversy, leaving people to blindly draw their own conclusions.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced because …
Also, this past week, the reason for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West divorce has finally been revealed to be ‘irreconcilable differences’. This new information came to light after the press became privy to the couple’s divorce papers.
In addition to the reason, it also revealed that they had a prenuptial agreement that will see them retain their assets and properties respectively. Thus, neither of them will get spousal support. Also, they will have joint and legal custody of their four children — North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 1. According to the divorce papers, Kim and Kanye seem to be going through an amicable divorce.
T.I and Tiny respond to allegations
American rapper T.I and his wife Tiny Harris have both denied allegations that they drugged and trafficked young women for sex. According to a statement from their lawyer, they said the allegations were baseless and a shakedown.
Recall that about fifteen women have come out to accuse the celebrity couple of coercing them into compromising sexual situations involving drugs and money. It all began with the couple’s estranged friend Sabrina Peterson making the first allegations and then compiling a series of messages she claimed she received from alleged victims on Instagram.
You can see more of these accusations here.
Sadiq Daba passes away
The Nigerian entertainment industry witnessed two deaths this past week as legendary actor Sadiq Daba succumbed to leukemia and prostate cancer while iconic music producer Dokta Frabz died of gunshot wounds.
The actor had started his career in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn among other movies. He became more popular after featuring in Kunle Afolayan’s October 1st movie where he played the role of “Inspector Waziri” and won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.
He had been struggling with leukemia and prostate cancer since 2017 and after a fundraiser was started for him, Nigerian billionaire businessman Femi Otedola agreed to pick his medical bill. He flew him to the UK for treatment. Sadly, Daba has now passed away.
On Dokta Frabz’s death
Dokta Frabz, whose real name is Ayorinde Faboro, is considered one of the pioneers in sound engineering in the Nigerian music industry. He produced songs for the late Dagrin, Wizkid, D’banj and many more. According to reports, he was shot in the US. See tributes from people in the music industry.
Chimamanda loses mother
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie also lost her mum barely eight months after her father’s demise. According to a report by The Guardian, Mrs Adichie died suddenly on Monday, 1 March 2021 in Awka, Anambra State.
In June 2020, Adichie’s father, an erudite academic, passed away after he had been admitted at the Chira Memorial Hospital in Anambra state. The prolific writer, Chimamanda Adichie is yet to make a public statement on her mother’s passing.
Our condolences to Chimamanda and the entire Adichie family.
Highlights from the Golden Globes award
Schitt’s Creek and The Crown Television series enjoyed an impressive outing at the Golden Globes award held on Sunday, 28 February 2021 in the Television category while “Nomadland” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” were some of the best performing films of the night.
Netflix production studio claimed more than half of the television awards on the night. Josh O’Connor won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for “The Crown” and Emma Corrin, from the same show, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series.
Catherine O’Hara won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) Apple for TV’s “Schitt’s Creek”. Jason Sudekis claimed the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy).
Mark Ruffalo, Gillian Anderson, John Boyega and Anya Taylor-Joy also won awards that night.
The Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) award went to “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Nomadland” won the award for Drama category while “Minari” won it in the Foreign Language section.
Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Foster, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Zhao, Chadwick Boseman, Andra Day and Rosamund Pike also won awards as well. See the full list of winners here.
Burna Boy to perform at Grammy Awards
The 63rd Grammy Awards is scheduled for 14 March 2021 and Nigerian Afrobeat singer Burna Boy is billed to perform at the award’s premiere ceremony. Burna Boy is the first Nigerian artiste to earn a back-to-back Grammy nomination for his albums, African Giant and Twice As Tall.
Sports update of the week
Catalan police arrest Josep Maria Bartomeu
Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu alongside three other ex-officials of the club were arrested on Monday, as the Catalan police raided the club’s Nou (Nu) Camp offices.
Bartomeu spent the night in the Les Corts police station, as did Masferrer, but Grau and Ponti were reportedly not detained.
The operation was connected to last year’s Barcagate, in which club officials were accused of launching a smear campaign against current and former players, who were critical of the club and Bartomeu.
Cristiano bags 20th goal of the season
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his 20th goal in the Italian Serie A this season on his 600th league appearance as Juventus beat Spezia 3-0.
The Portuguese superstar scored the third goal of the game late on with Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa also getting themselves on the score sheet.
The goal also meant he becomes the first player ever to score at least 20 goals in each of the last 12 seasons in Europe’s top five leagues.
NBA: James Harden sets new record
The Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard James Harden became the first player known to ever post a 30-15-10 line without committing a single turnover in an overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
The performance, statistically speaking, was historic and since the 1977-78 season when individual turnovers have only been tracked, no player has managed the feat.
That all-around dominance has been a staple of Harden’s since joining the Nets. While his scoring has decreased from the absurd levels he reached in Houston, he has averaged an NBA-best 11.1 assists per game since joining the Nets to go along with 8.4 rebounds per contest.
Chelsea beats Liverpool
Chelsea gave their top-four chances a massive boost with a big win against rivals Liverpool as Mason Mount’s first-half strike made it five straight losses for the Reds at Anfield.
The win also means Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten since joining Chelsea. His side dominated the first half and saw Timo Werner’s 24th-minute strike ruled out by VAR for being marginally offside. However, Mason Mount fired past Alisson to give the Blues a deserved win.
Coronavirus weekly news updates
Nigeria on Friday, 5 March 2021 commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with a medical doctor, Dr Cyprian Igong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, receiving a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier, on 1 March 2021, the Nigerian government began an online registration of Nigerians interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine as the first batch of the vaccine was expected to land in the country the next day.
Coronavirus updates in numbers
As of Friday, 5 March 2021, the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Nigeria was 158,042. 1,954 deaths have been reported while 137,025 patients have recovered and been discharged from isolation facilities across the country. This means that the number of active cases was 19,063.