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Meet Africaine, a free spirit communicating through music

Africaine chose her name after discovering that it signified “African Woman” in French, a perfect description for a singer who is constantly inspired by and pulls influence from Africa.

Born in Connecticut, Africaine spent her summers in Owerri, Nigeria, where she connected to her roots and developed a deep love for Nigerian music and culture.

Although she was raised in a Christian conservative background which saw her listening to primarily gospel music in her early years, her discovery of artists such as Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Wande Coal awakened her romance with Afrobeats.

Her choir background resulted in her being compelled to learn the piano, which educated her on musical structure, while also giving her a profound understanding of composure, patterns, and lyricism.

While working as a backup singer for a gospel artist, Africaine crossed paths with a producer who encouraged her out of her shell, launching her career as a solo artist.

In 2019, Africaine, who went by the name ‘Chi’ at that time, released her debut single, Love for Free, an RnB track which saw the singer flexing her vocals.

However, due to difficulties with some of the people she was working with, Chi found herself back at square one in January 2020.

She started from scratch: invested in equipment, learnt how to record herself, taught herself to produce by watching YouTube videos.

‘Africaine’ was born from this period of struggle and self-discovery, as she ditched RnB to follow her true musical passion for Afro-fusion.

In May 2020, Africaine connected with producer Gbeduboss via social media, who took a chance on sending her some beats.

Subsequently, she released Bloodclaat, a smooth mid-tempo track full of poignant lyrics, as the artist narrates her journey so far.

Surprised by the traction the song was getting, Africaine continued to fine-tune her sound by improving her songwriting, recording and producing skills.

February 2021 saw her work with famed producer T.U.C. on an electrical and sultry afro RnB track titled Jaiye. Africaine’s vocals shine on the track, as she celebrates life.

Africaine’s sound could be described as Afro-pop and Sfro-soul, but she refuses to be restricted to these terms. Her influences range from The Cavemen, to Alicia Keys, to Teni, Amaarae, and Burna Boy.

She admires artists with a different approach to music, who truly work on their craft and treat music as an art, as that is how she herself views the music process.

Her goal is to incorporate true soul music into Afrobeats in terms of lyricism and vocals, also drawing from her gospel background.

In terms of the creative process, Africaine has no specific formula. Although she prefers building from scratch, by writing lyrics from a chord progression or idea in her head, she is also often inspired by beats sent to her by producers.


As an artist, Africaine is inspired by her life experiences, and the changes she lives through as she grows. Her music is an outlet, an opportunity to express and explore her emotions, experimenting with sounds and creating beauty from her everyday life.

She makes music for the young African: at home and in diaspora. One of the goals for her music is to bridge the gap between diaspora and indigenous Africans, as well as to fully express the unique African diasporan perspective.

Being an independent artist allows for freedom of direction and execution within her craft, allowing her to work without the need for validation from others, as well as giving her full ownership of her sound.

However, it also comes with its fair share of challenges; a lack of funding to promote and execute music in the way she wants to, difficulty in making connections with other creatives, and the inability to focus fully on her craft due to the financial burden that requires investment in the form of capital being earned from working.

In the midst of these challenges, a silver lining is the encouragement she gets from fans who say her music is refreshing, that she brings something new to the table.

“It warms my heart to hear that my music evokes emotion, that it’s relatable and that it touches people.”

One has to be firm with boundaries or find oneself in situations that they are not entirely comfortable with.

Sometimes others do not take you seriously or believe that you have anything real to bring to the table.

“You say something, and no one listens, but a man says the exact same thing and he’s praised for it.”

There’s also this idea that female artists are expensive and difficult to manage.

This means there are less opportunities in the industry for women, which breeds competition among female artists.

Africaine wants to be part of the new generation of women artists that are deconstructing that narrative and supporting one another’s music and art.

“The goal for my music is to empower women to believe in themselves, to dream bigger, to support one another, to push boundaries and do the unexpected.

“I want to create spaces where creativity can flow amongst women, especially in the Afrobeats industry.”

5 things Africaine wants in 5 years

– To be a household name.

– To be living comfortably.

– To be a dope producer.

– To still be in the conversation.

– To still be making music that makes her happy.

Her upcoming two-pack single, One Chance, is a prequel to her first project which will be released early next year.

The singer’s steady backup vocals ring through the entire song, imitating a choir-like experience as she sings soprano over a mid-tempo afro-pop track, addressing an unfaithful lover.

The second song is an acoustic version, the raw material of the singer’s vocals that allow her emotion and passion to fully shine through.



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Championship leaders Fulham indebted to Adarabioyo for Bournemouth draw

Dominic Solanke put Bournemouth ahead just seconds after half-time and his goal looked it might be enough to take the visitors to the summit in what was manager Scott Parker’s first match at Craven Cottage since stepping down as manager of the London side in June.

But defender Adarabioyo headed in a cross from substitute Tom Cairney to ensure Fulham remained a point ahead of Bournemouth.

This was a third successive draw for Marco Silva’s Fulham, while the Cherries have won only one of their past six games following a fine start to the season.

A lively first half saw both sides create chances but, thanks to some fine defending and goalkeeping, the game was still scoreless at the interval.

Following a neat exchange of passes, Philip Billing’s ball over the top saw Solanke outpace Denis Odoi and lash a shot high past Marek Rodak for his 17th goal of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic twice went close for Fulham with a couple of headers until, six minutes from time, Adarabioyo powered in a header from seven yards out following a cross by Cairney.


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Ubi Franklin calls out some colleagues over silence following controversial death of Sylvester Oromoni

Oromoni was a student of Dowen College who died after allegedly suffering from injuries sustained after being attacked by his seniors.

In a series of tweets shared via his Twitter page on Friday, December 3, 2021, the father of four slammed those who have remained silent because of the identity of the owner of the school.

“She might see our rage on your page. We are talking about a 12 year old here, what if this boy were to be your son? This madness from schools need to STOP.”

Oromoni died after sustaining injuries following an alleged attack by seniors of the school.

He was admitted to a Lagos hospital on Friday, November 26, 2021, following the attack and confirmed dead on Tuesday.


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Moyes laments Lingard’s lack of game time at Manchester United

The 28-year-old Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Hammers last season, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances as the London club finished sixth in the Premier League.

Lingard, however, has not started a league game for United this season, making just eight substitute appearances, and has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Hammers.

“I can’t really talk about him because he’s a Manchester United player and it’s not for me to talk,” West Ham manager Moyes said Friday.

“He played a big part in our second half of last season. But you’d have to give credit to the players here, they’ve moved on without Jesse.”

The Hammers head into the weekend fourth in the table, a point ahead of Arsenal and three clear of United, ahead of Saturday’s clash with leaders Chelsea.

However, there were boos from some Hammers fans at the following their 1-1 draw with Brighton im midweek.

An unimpressed Moyes said: “I think really, the expectations of where the team have taken everybody to, there’s also got to be part of that where you say, ‘Wait a minute here, your team is doing really well. Don’t be so stupid’.

“There’s not a person at this club who deserved a boo. Not one person, because of what they’ve done at the club.”


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Dowen College: Atiku demands justice for Sylvester

Atiku, via his Twitter handle reacted to the controversial death of the 12-yr-old boy, who was said to have died from the injuries he sustained during an assault by his schoolmates, who wanted to initiate him into cultism

The ex-VP said, “We shall be failing in our duties as parents/ guardians, administrators, security agencies and government if we do not get to the bottom of the case of late Sylvester Oromoni. It is beholden upon us to enthrone a safe environment in our schools. #JusticeforSylvester.”

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Meanwhile, the management of Dowen College has denied the claim that Sylvester was assaulted by his schoolmates.

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The school said in a statement on Wednesday, that the deceased student was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.

The Lagos State Government has also ordered that Dowen College be shut down pending the outcome of investigations.


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Awoniyi fires Union Berlin past Leipzig

This was Awoniyi’s ninth Bundesliga goal this season while the result leaves Leipzig still looking for an away win in the the league.

Ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures, Berlin climb to fourth on 23 points from 14 games.

Union then grabbed the winner just before the hour mark when a shot from Max Kruse was deflected off teammate Timo Baumgartl and into the goal.

The weekend’s major clash comes Saturday when Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich.

Star Bundesliga strikers Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski go head-to-head with one point between the sides.

Haaland has scored 10 Bundesliga goals for Dortmund so far this season while Lewandowski has 14 goals for Bayern.


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Under-pressure Benitez wants Everton to learn from Arteta example

The Toffees, who started the season brightly under new boss Benitez, are now winless in eight Premier League matches after their 4-1 drubbing on Wednesday — their worst sequence since 1999.

Everton are languishing in 14th place in the Premier League table, just five points above the relegation zone.

They face Arsenal at Goodison on Monday, with the Gunners having made a faltering start to the campaign. 

Arsenal lost their first three fixtures of the season, including a surprise defeat by Premier League newcomers Brentford, and did not make it out of the bottom half of the table until late October.

Benitez, a former Liverpool manager, believes there is no reason why given time, and a chance to overcome an injury crisis, Everton cannot regain the form that saw them take 13 points from their first six matches.

“I think he (Arteta) is doing well and could be an example of a new manager at a new club under pressure from the beginning last year, from the beginning this season,” said Benitez of the former Everton midfielder.

“Little by little he has continued working the way he wants to work and the team is getting better.

The Spaniard added: “He is an example of a manager at a new club who needed time and everyone was talking about ‘We need to give him time’ and now he is collecting the prize of that.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the leading scorer last season for Everton, has been sidelined since August with a thigh injury and as a result the club has struggled for goals, with Demarai Gray’s effort against Liverpool their first for a month.

“I was talking with the physio and fitness coach and he is getting better but still a couple of weeks minimum,” said Benitez of Calvert-Lewin.


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United States Government Funds Nine Social and Economic Small Grants across Malawi

The U.S. Embassy today awarded approximately $103,000 (MWK 92 million) to nine organizations working in six districts across Malawi through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, the Julia Taft Fund, and the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund.

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Inside Johnny’s Room Live with Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker and Johnny Drille came together to make the third edition of the concert a magical one for fans and whisky lovers.

He was also joined on stage by other industry friends including Ayra Starr, Magixx, Temi Lion and veteran singer, Djinee.

The event is set to proceed to Abuja on the 5th of December, 2021 for the fans in Abuja. You know the drill, Keep Walking.

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Malta Guinness continues to lead malt category, bags 2 new awards

The African Brand Leadership Merit Awards is aimed at celebrating Leadership, innovation and creativity in Africa, the award has been acclaimed as one of the most credible brand recognition awards in Africa. Its independent and objective research into brand-related issues has gained it the attention and respect of industry leaders in recent years.

The Malta Guinness brand which is currently activating its “World of Good” campaign has been decorated with several other awards over the years, these awards further affirm the brand’s market leadership and innovations within the Malt category.

For more exciting details about Malta Guinness follow @maltaguinessng on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Thierry Henry questions Mikel Arteta for Aubameyang’s substitution against Manchester United

Aubameyang was hooked off in the 79th minute after failing to have an impact against the Red Devils. The Gabonese striker has gone five league games without a goal and was culpable for an inexplicable miss during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

However, Henry believes the skipper’s travails is not enough reason for Arteta to take him off while his team was chasing a result. The Gunners’ all-time leading goal scorer made these comments on Amazon Prime in the aftermath of the United game.

The ex-France international described Aubameyang as a symbolic part of the club, adding that things might not be right at the Emirates Stadium if the manager chooses to take out a goal threat at such a crucial time.

Aubameyang has scored only four goals this season with a solitary assist from 13 games. Despite the Gabonese poor run of form, Arsenal have been impressive of late, only losing twice (to Liverpool and United) in the last 13 games.

The Gunners have recovered well from an early-season stumble that saw them lose their first three matches in the Premier League. They now sit fifth on the log, just one point below fourth-placed West Ham United.


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Lagos CP orders immediate investigation into Sylvester’s death

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu made this known in a chat with Punch on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Sylvester, a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil was reported to have died from the injuries he sustained during an assault by his schoolmates, who wanted to initiate him into cultism.

However, the father of the deceased student, Sylvester Oromoni Snr, disagreed with the school’s position on his son’s death.

Oromoni said his son fingered five boys whom he said were allegedly involved in the bullying of his son.

“I am not aware but I am aware that the CP (Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu) has ordered immediate investigation into the incident even though it was not reported to the police,” Ajisebutu said.


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DRC-Uganda: Civilians must be protected during joint military operations

“The situation remains volatile in eastern DRC as both Congolese and Ugandan forces continue to fight armed groups. Past foreign military interventions in the DRC, including by Uganda, have resulted in the targeting or harming of civilians,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes.

“Military commanders in Uganda and DRC must take all required steps under international humanitarian law to protect and avoid harm to civilians during this operation. They must also avoid locating military facilities and soldiers near civilian homes, and where they have to do so, they must give adequate warning and evacuate people if necessary.”

Both the Congolese and the Ugandan armies have a track record of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in the area and they have rarely been held to account. In 2005, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Ugandan army violated international humanitarian and human rights law during their military intervention in DRC between 1998 and 2003, including through failing to protect the civilian population, committing killings and torture of civilians and destroying villages.

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DRC has the obligation to investigate any reported violations of international humanitarian law and human rights on its territory, including by its own forces, while Uganda must investigate any allegations of violations by its forces. DRC and Uganda should ensure that there is a mechanism accessible to civilians in the area to safely report violations, should they occur.

Amnesty International is also concerned about the risk of retaliation against civilians by ADF combatants, which may arise as in the past if nothing is done to prevent such actions.

“Protection of civilians and the respect for human rights should be at the centre of their actions. Children, older people, people with disabilities and internally displaced people must be particularly protected from harm,” said Sarah Jackson.

“Authorities must also allow access for humanitarian actors, journalists and human rights defenders to continue to do their work unhindered, including in areas where joint operations are taking place.”


Since May 2021, a state of siege proclaimed by DRC President Tshisekedi in North Kivu and Ituri has given special powers to the army and the police to help stop attacks against civilians and “neutralize” armed groups, including the ADF. Yet such attacks have intensified in recent months, with over 1200 civilians killed according to the Kivu Security Tracker, and tens of thousands of others displaced according to the UN.

In recent years, the ADF has pledged allegiance to a group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS). ISIS has claimed responsibility for several attacks carried out in Uganda in October and November 2021 which the Ugandan authorities have attributed to the ADF. These include attacks on 16 November near the Central Police Station and Parliament in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, which killed four and injured 37 others according to a statement by the Uganda Police Force.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Amnesty International.


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Berhalter eyes newcomers as USA prepares for qualifiers

The camp, featuring domestic-based talent now in the Major League Soccer off-season, and match in Los Angeles will allow Berhalter to study newcomers ahead of next month’s resumption of qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The Americans rank second in North American regional (CONCACAF) qualifying with 15 points and a 4-1 with three drawn record after eight matches. Canada leads the eight-team fight for three automatic berths on 16 points with Mexico third on 14.

“As we look towards 2022, this camp gives us the opportunity to see some new faces and allows our core domestic players to maintain their fitness levels.”

Top talent selected for the squad includes MLS Defender of the Year Walker Zimmerman of Nashville and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner of New England.

Also in the lineup is defender Jonathan Gomez, who is set to join Real Sociedad of La Liga next month. He has played for both US and Mexican youth teams but could seal himself into a US spot with an appearance against the Bosnian side.

The Americans, who have a win and a draw in the all-time rivalry against Bosnia and Herzegovina, return to World Cup qualifying with a January 27 home match against El Salvador, travel to Canada three days later and return home to play Honduras.


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The African Energy Chamber welcomes the ruling for Shell to proceed with its seismic surveys of the Eastern Cape

“South Africa needs energy. That’s the bottom line. The court’s refusal to stop Shell’s exploration activities on the basis that doing so will cause irreparable harm to the environment is seen as a victory for those who wish to see Africa pull itself out of energy poverty,” states NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber. “Africa deserves the opportunity to capitalize on its own oil and gas resources, and we must be able to exploit these resources in order to benefit from our continent’s full potential,” added Ayuk.

South Africa needs much more energy, and Shell’s investment in the country will help fix the country’s current energy crisis. South Africa’s population and its businesses need low-cost reliable energy that will enable millions of South Africans to benefit from the miracles of an industrialized economy that makes us productive and prosperous.

South Africa’s post covid future will depend on Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Green Hydrogen industries. This is the industry that powers every other industry in Africa’s most industrialized nation. The lower cost and more reliable our energy is, the more competitive every African company is and the lower the cost of living is for every South African and Shell investment is going to contribute to that.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Energy Chamber.

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‘Amina’ becomes first Nollywood title to hit Netflix’s global top 10 list

The film which premiered exclusively on the streaming platform recently became the first Nigerian film to make the global top ten list.

Confirming the feat, director Izu Ojukwu shared a video of Netflix Director of Content for Africa, Ben Amadasun making the announcement at a press briefing.

“This stunning record-setting accomplishment was made possible by the sacrifices of both cast and crew, whom one can never thank enough”.

The film which is co-produced by ‘Living In Bondage’ producer, Okey Ogunjiofor also stars Clarion Chukwurah and Ali Nuhu.


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