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World, fans mourning passage of Afro-Jazz Star! Manu Dibango, Cameroonian Music legend dies of Coronavirus…plus how African Saxophone Superstar contracted Covid-19 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit ‘Soul Makossa’ breathe his last in Paris, according to a representative * ‘Funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible’ * Funerals in France limited to 20 people who are in the closest circle of the deceased due to a lockdown in trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus * Remembered famous copyright dispute with Micheal Jackson over Thriller as King of Pop settled him out of court * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief & REBECCA AMPHORA/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, FRANCE

World, fans mourning passage of Afro-Jazz Star! Manu Dibango, Cameroonian Music legend dies of Coronavirus…plus how African Saxophone Superstar contracted Covid-19 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972...

LIVE IN DALLAs: Nigeria’s Controversial Musician, NAIRA MARLEY secures P-2 Visa for American performance Tour …shows titled ‘Marlays Yankee’ slated for March 6, 2020, other cities *First show holds at swayz ballroom, 9750 Walnut street, #114, Dallas, Texas, 75243 *Gate fees pegged at: $40 (early bed), $50 (regular), $100 (VIP ticket); $1500 (silver table for 8 people), $2500 (gold table for 10 people) * Malian American fans calls him ‘Africa’s snoop Dogg’ * For more enquiries, contact on Twitter: @Femi_Lamerica or call: +1682-252-8777 * Tickets available and coordinated by Evenbrite BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

LIVE IN DALLAs: Nigeria’s Controversial Musician, NAIRA MARLEY secures P-2 Visa for American performance Tour …shows titled ‘Marlays Yankee’ slated for March 6, 2020, other cities *First show...

KING SEGUN ‘ShyShy’ SHYLLON: NIGERIA’S Number one Dee Jay, Radio Host in London…reigns as only African Dee Jay to blaze European mainstream club in a live VideoMix for four years in Finland …says ‘I was born into a music family, where my Dad was a great keyboardist, a legendary composer and a music teacher’ * Had successful disc jockey shows in Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Nigeria, Holland, France, Italy * Celebrated as Most Famous Guest Dee Jay on Channel O music awards * Remain first African to have ever introduced AfroBeats into mainstream carnival * Pioneered and hosted a radio show called ‘Grand Slam’ a live broadcast from the party venues on Ray Power 100 the first private radio station in Nigeria back in the 90s * Recalls rookie-day at OGBC FM 2 in Ogun State, hails broadcast icon Femi Sowoolu for discovering his talent * Abeokuta ‘boy’ Confesses: ‘ I love my ‘Amala’ with rich delicious okra soup and fish stew’ * PLUS working encounters with world renowned Dee Jays, why he’s always shy as ‘Shy Shy’ QUOTE: “At a particular time in life, you are recognized by your gifts through the amount of work you put in place to better yourself. When you do it diligently and passionately, you are loved at your best”-ShyShy * GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief, NAIJA STANDARD NEWSPAPER

KING SEGUN ‘ShyShy’ SHYLLON: NIGERIA’S Number one Dee Jay, Radio Host in London…reigns as only African Dee Jay to blaze European mainstream club in a live VideoMix for four years in Finland …says ‘I...

SADLY BATTLING STROKE! Nigeria’s Nollywood Actor, ERNEST ASUZU spotted topless at Lagos Shoprite, begging for alms to feed…lament to passers-by ‘he’s been abandoned’ *Tears-up that no one in the movie industry cares for his survival, wearing a blue jean pants and bathroom slippers BY KESTA AMAECHI/REPORTER, LAGOS

SADLY BATTLING STROKE! Nigeria’s Nollywood Actor, ERNEST ASUZU spotted topless at Lagos Shoprite, begging for alms to feed…lament to passers-by ‘he’s been abandoned’ *Tears-up that no one in the movie...

BREAKING NEWS: OGHENE KOLOGBO, Nigeria born Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat music protege in Europe survives Auto Crash…during Annual World Concert Road Tour * Being treated for urgent medication in a specialist hospital * Set to undergo surgery on left leg, monitoring his health till January ending * “My brother, I had an accident, so my left leg have to be operated upon before I lose it. I am still in the Hospital till 21st January 2020 after which I may be discharged. I will be here in this Hospital for 10 or 14 more days”-Kologbo writhing in pains * Africans, Europeans praying for Super star’s quick recovery, cherishes Martin Luther King Jnr * Watch out for KOLOGBO’S unpublished, never-read before, fire-brand interview with Naija Standard Newspaper’s editorial team regarding his long years in Kalakuta Republic, intimate father-son relationship with ‘Abami-Eda’, successful Afrobeat music shows in Europe and why he is proud to carry his Nigerian passport proudly everywhere in the world *QUOTE: ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me’-Palm 23 verse 4 BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

BREAKING NEWS: OGHENE KOLOGBO, Nigeria born Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat music protege in Europe survives Auto Crash…during Annual World Concert Road Tour * Being treated for urgent medication in a specialist hospital...

Exclusive Interview to CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE IN AFRICA: ‘I am the First Reggae Legend in Nigeria to have composed a song that caused awareness to HIV/AIDS epidemic several years ago’-Pupa ORITS WILIKI, the Kole-man Revolutionaire …The project enabled me to drag the then serving Nigeria Minister of Health, Professor Olikoye Ransome Kuti into the music studio * ‘I authored, composed and produced FIFA World Youth Championships THEME SONG Tagged Nigeria 99’ * Recalls encounters with Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Okosuns, Lucky Dube, Ras Kimono * President BUHARI administration has done well in the area of Copyright Management *Based on constant success in the past, PMAN by now ought to be listed on Nigeria Stock Exchange *Intend to also release a Double Album of Classic Pupa Orits soon * Plans to unveil Academy for music for kids especially the Challenged in Orphanage homes * Confesses: ‘How I met my wife as an unlimited blessing from the outset’ GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICA Foreign Bureau Chief

Exclusive Interview to CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE IN AFRICA: ‘I am the First Reggae Legend in Nigeria to have composed a song that caused awareness to HIV/AIDS epidemic several years ago’-Pupa ORITS...

INTERVIEW: ‘AJEGUNLE is the Future of Nigeria’s MUSIC HUB, the New York of Nigeria’-Daddy Fresh, multiple award wining Nigerian musician …Says ‘I am the Asiwaju (Torchbearer) of all Ajegunle Musicians, I have dropped many albums and received a lot of awards’ * Chief Osita Stephen Osadebe, Micheal Jackson, Bob Marley Maryam Makeba, Luther Vandross, Oriental Brothers inspired me into music * Tony Okoroji is the best PMAN President, No bad past presidents in Music Union * Uncle P performed well as PMAN Governor for Lagos State, he should be trusted as PMAN President with high expectations, Poor mismanagement almost ruined the music union *Assures: ‘My newest single album titled SHEY NORMAL will shake Nigeria’s entertainment industry’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

INTERVIEW: ‘AJEGUNLE is the Future of Nigeria’s MUSIC HUB, the New York of Nigeria’-Daddy Fresh, multiple award wining Nigerian musician …Says ‘I am the Asiwaju (Torchbearer)...

AFTER 22 YEARS MARRIAGE OF LOOKING UP TO GOD: Nigeria Gospel Songster, YINKA AYEFELE’s Wife Delivers 2 Boys, a Girl in United States of America…party time ahead in Maryland, Nigeria * Triplets cry, eat and defecate same time * “My babies were actually born on January 18, 2019. They were delivered prematurely, so initially I had to deny the reports when it went viral. I told those who saw me at the hospital in the USA not to disclose that I had given birth because I wanted my triplets to live. I was so scared initially for their lives, I didn’t want anything to happen to them health. The babies have been a source of blessing to me. There have been a lot of changes in all that pertains to me. I also appreciate my special wife who endured for over 20 years to achieve this. Some women would have eloped; her family would have pressured her to leave but she was steadfast”-elated new Dad, Ayefele BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

AFTER 22 YEARS MARRIAGE OF LOOKING UP TO GOD: Nigeria Gospel Songster, YINKA AYEFELE’s Wife Delivers 2 Boys, a Girl in United States of America…party time ahead in Maryland, Nigeria * Triplets cry, eat...

Trending Interview: I Discovered & Brought Plantashun Boiz, Daddy Showkey, Baba Fryo into Nigeria’s National limelight -Ace producer/Babyface of Nigeria’s music industry, NELSON Brown ….Recounts encounter with Majek Fashek on three separate occasions * Recalls how he pioneered the music success of Tuface Idibia, Blackface and Faze *Discusses fear for PMAN and thumbs up for Buhari’s administration in the entertainment industry *Confesses: ‘I have produced over 200 hit songs and 50 hits albums. I am looking forward to working with AKON, Senegalese born American Grammy Award winner’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

Trending Interview: I Discovered & Brought Plantashun Boiz, Daddy Showkey, Baba Fryo into Nigeria’s National limelight -Ace producer/Babyface of Nigeria’s music industry, NELSON Brown ….Recounts encounter...

HISTORIC MOVIE ON MISSING CHIBOK GIRLS: Nigeria’s Documentary ‘Daughters of Chibok’ win The LION OF AWARD at Venice Film Festival…Movie reflects true life story of Yana Galang, 51-year old woman whose daughter was among the 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 from their school dormitory in Chibok, northeast Nigeria * Nigeria born Film Director, Joel Kachi Benson determined to take the world to the women of Chibok still living in incredible pain of their kidnapped daughters’ absence *His words: “When my name was announced as the winner and I walked up on stage, it was the most surreal thing ever! Almost like an out of body experience. But I knew this was an opportunity to remind the world that Chibok is still here and the story doesn’t have an ending yet. And so we must not forget” * ‘Everyday, I wash and fold my daughter’s clothes — praying that she will one day be released from the den of Boko Haram. Rifkatu my daughter, for five years I have wept and waited, praying for you to return. I will not stop praying for you. I will never stop, and I know that one day my prayers will be answered’-Galang cries *PLUS how crew spent several days in the small village in Borno State speaking to families of those affected by Boko Haram abductions BY AHMED ALWALI/MOVIE REPORTER, VENICE

HISTORIC MOVIE ON MISSING CHIBOK GIRLS: Nigeria’s Documentary ‘Daughters of Chibok’ win The LION OF AWARD at Venice Film Festival…Movie reflects true life story of Yana Galang, 51-year old woman whose...