Word on the Street: Mr Eazi wants to “emPawa” African musicians, Super Falcons’ victory against Zambia and more
Good morning my dear friends. Hope you had a restful night. Quick question, have you noticed the way Nigerian Twitter influencers are lazying their way through getting engagement? Interesting right? It’s gist for another day.
Today, I’ll just give you a lowdown of stories from yesterday. Read on.
Budding musician? Mr. Eazi wants to “emPawa” you
Yesterday, the musician launched the emPawa Initiative, a music incubation program that aims to find and empower Africa’s next batch of superstar.
Already launched in Nairobi, Accra, Kampala and Dar es Salaam, according to reports, the initiative would require candidates to submit their work for evaluation by Mr. Eazi and other industry experts.
100 artistes will be shortlisted and each given a $3000 grant, an opportunity to record in state of the art recording studios, shoot music videos with a professional production crew and mentorship.
Ten of the shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to attend a 3-week incubation program in South Africa, and two of them will perform with Mr. Eazi at Ghana in the Park in London next year.
Budding musician? Seize this opportunity of a lifetime, apply by uploading a 30-second clip on Instagram, tagging @empawaafrica and including #empawa100 in your caption, on or before December 15, 2018. Good luck.
Super Falcons’ 4-0 victory over Zambia
Yesterday, at the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) 2018 match between Nigeria and Zambia, Nigeria’s Super Falcons scored four goals against the Shepolopolo of Zambia.
The Super Falcons were off to a slow start at the beginning of the tournament following a loss to their South African counterparts.
Nigeria’s victory over Zambia now puts us right back on track, at the number two spot in Group B. To qualify for the semi finals, Nigeria would have to defeat Equatorial Guinea in a final group stage match. Fingers crossed.
Femi Otedola testifies against Farouk Lawan
In 2012, Farouk Lawan, while serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives, was appointed as the chairman of the ad-hoc committee to probe the fuel subsidy payments to some oil marketers.
In 2013, he was arraigned along side Boniface Emenalo, secretary of the committee for receiving a $500,000 bribe from Femi Otedola, Chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. As a matter of fact, the exchange of the bribe was caught on camera.
Yesterday, testifying against Lawan at a High Court in Abuja, Otedola claimed that Lawan pressured him to pay the bribe to be exonerated from the fuel subsidy scandal, countering Lawan’s claim that he was approached by Otedola.
Who to believe? We’ll wait for the court to decide.
Mark Zuckerberg is under a lot of pressure
Following a long year of negative headlines about fake news, election meddling and privacy concerns, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under a lot of pressure.
The most recent of Facebook’s media problems is a New York Times exclusive story that revealed how Facebook tried to ignore and conceal political interference on its platform, among other things.
Mark is however not letting all these weigh him down. In an exclusive interview with CNN, he insists that Facebook is a “force for good” and refutes the claims by the New York Times. He’ll also not be stepping down as Facebook Chairman anytime soon.
Even though Mark Zuckerberg has had a bad year (Facebook stocks have plummeted and there’s a Facebook scandal popping up every other month), he still believes Facebook can connect the world. The resilience!
Dahsall. Enjoy the rest of the week.