Welcome to our second installment of What’s Trending Lagos, where we recap the latest news in the Nigerian blogosphere from music to technology and politics. #WTLagos
Happy Birthday, Mr. President: Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, turned 55 on Nov. 20. A bit of history: one day after the death of former president Umaru Yar’Adua, then VP Jonathan was sworn into office in May 2010, becoming the nation’s 14th president. In September 2010, he announced his bid for the next election via his Facebook, becoming the first Nigerian president to make such an announcement via social media.
Niyola releases first music video “Don’t Delay Me”: The princess of top Nigerian music label E.M.E. released her first music video with the label this week. Niyola premiered a star-studded video with cameo appearances by Lynxxx, Dammy Krane, Gbenro, and other E.M.E. artists like ShayDee. Watch the video here.
(source: Bella Naija)
Nigerian Tops Forbes Africa’s 40 Richest List: The #1 spot goes to business mogul Aliko Dangote, with a net worth of $12 billion. This is the magazine’s second annual list, and Dangote has earned the top spot both times. According to Forbes Africa, most of his wealth comes from Dangote Cement, which operates in 14 African countries. In all, Nigerians counted for 12 spots on the prestigious list, and for the first time in the list’s existence, two women joined the ranks. One of those women is oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria, who came in #24 with $600 million.
(source: Forbes Africa)
Ice Prince Gives Us “More” With New Video Release: Ice Prince, rapper at top Nigerian label Chocolate City released the music video for his single “More” this week. Shot in London, Ice Prince and his love interest (played by British-Nigerian singer Lola Rae) go through the ups and downs of a relationship. Watch the video here.
(source: Bella Naija)
D’Banj Wins Channel O Award for Best Video of the Year : The 9th annual Channel O Music Video Awards brought together Africa’s brightest superstars and entertainers for a showstopping awards ceremony. There were 14 categories, and Nigerian superstar-turned-Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music protege- D’Banj earned the award for best video of the year for Oliver Twist. Over 10 million Youtube views later, D’Banj’s already established career on the continent is getting some much deserved global recognition. Other Nigerians dominated the awards show, including rapper Ice Prince winning Best Rap Video and Davido snagging the Best NewComer Video.
(source: Channel O)
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