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IN THE EYES OF STORM! Nigerian Musician, D’BANJ sneaked into my hotel room with a spare key, RAPED Me repeatedly and threatened my LIFE-BABATAYO Seyitan, assaulted lady cries out for help ….’I was kidnapped, coerced to recant my allegation, forced to delete my earlier tweet’ * ‘Kokomaster locked me up in police cell with criminals for speaking up against him’ * Bold to share story after artist joined in preaching against rape on Instagram page *Angry Nigerians petition United Nations to remove D’banj as a Youth Ambassador * Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police orders full probe of rape allegation with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 * D’ Banj fires back angrily: “I have sued the lady (Babatayo Seyitan) for N100million for defaming my hard-earned reputation. I am innocent until proven guilty. Stop social media trial. #SAY no to rape and human rights violation” *BY RAYMOND AMADI/ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, LAGOS

IN THE EYES OF STORM! Nigerian Musician, D’BANJ sneaked into my hotel room with a spare key, RAPED Me repeatedly and threatened my LIFE-BABATAYO Seyitan, assaulted lady cries out for help ….’I...

BREAKING NEW GROUND @ FEDERAL RADIO CORPORATION OF NIGERIA: Nigerian Ace broadcaster, SEGUN OGUNJOBI brings Fela Kuti’s ideology into COVID-19 album, set to duet AKON, America’s multiple Grammy Award holder …says: ‘I won BBC Media Action/ USAID Award in Investigative Reporting in Nigeria’ * Graduate of performing arts University of Ilorin inspired by global unrest affecting humanity * ‘At four years, ‘Abami-eda’ electrified me into new age Afrobeat music of philosophy and prophesy’ Confesses: ‘Lyrics of Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson had influence on me’ ‘My music is born out of vision of the future, rekindling hopes for poor masses, separating bad from good, pointing out dangerous trends people should avoid and celebrating essentially workers as heroes of our time’ *GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICA Foreign Bureau Chief

BREAKING NEW GROUND @ FEDERAL RADIO CORPORATION OF NIGERIA: Nigerian Ace broadcaster, SEGUN OGUNJOBI brings Fela Kuti’s ideology into COVID-19 album, set to duet AKON, America’s multiple Grammy Award holder …says:...

Nigerian-British Mercury award nominated rapper, BEN CHIJIOKE, a.k.a TY dies of COVID-19 in London…Tears as tributes pour in for 47-year old music-maker * Deceased released debut album “Awkward” in 2001, ‘Go-FUND-Me’ raised for him * His follow-up, “Upward”, nominated for the Mercury in 2004 alongside Amy Winehouse * “Ty was admitted to hospital with complications related to COVID-19, and was put in a medically-induced coma. He woke up and appeared to be getting better but last week contracted pneumonia in hospital, and died on May 7”-Diane Laidlaw, Fund-raising page organiser *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & RIKKY EDWARD/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, UK

Nigerian-British Mercury award nominated rapper, BEN CHIJIOKE, a.k.a TY dies of COVID-19 in London…Tears as tributes pour in for 47-year old music-maker * Deceased released debut album “Awkward” in 2001, ‘Go-FUND-Me’ raised...

AFRICA MOURNING: TONY ALLEN, World’s greatest Drummer, godfather of Afrobeat Rhythms dies of Heart Attack at Pompidou Hospital in Paris …Fela Kuti’s former music director battled Aortic rupture disease to stay alive, plus his last interview few weeks ago in France *79 years old musician latest album titled ‘Rejoice’ in collaboration with south African trumpeter, Hugh Masakela trend on Billboards * ‘Tony Allen is dead. He died of heart attack. He had no contact with Coronavirus disease. He was the greatest drummer that ever lived’-Eric Trosset, manager to Tony Allen * Why publicist earlier tried to hide the demise of Afrobeat maestro-INVESTIGATION * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief & DAMIEN YERMT/Reporter, France

AFRICA MOURNING: TONY ALLEN, World’s greatest Drummer, godfather of Afrobeat Rhythms dies of Heart Attack at Pompidou Hospital in Paris …Fela Kuti’s former music director battled Aortic rupture disease...

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...