With all the skill of a master weaver at a loom, Esther Ogble stands under a parasol in the sprawling Wuse market in Nigeria’s capital and spins synthetic fibre into women’s hair.
Nearby, three customers – one in a hijab – wait for a turn to spend several hours and $40 to have their hair done, a hefty sum in a country where many live on less than $2 a day.
While still largely based in the informal economy, the African hair care business has become a multi-billion dollar industry that stretches to China and India and has drawn global giants such as L’Oreal and Unilever.
Hairdressers such as Ogble are a fixture of markets and taxi ranks across Africa, reflecting both the continent’s rising incomes and demand from hair-conscious women.
“I need to braid my hair so that I will look beautiful,” said 25-year-old Blessing James, wincing as Ogble combed and tugged at the back of her head before weaving in a plait that fell well past the Continue reading →
Billed as the biggest African music awards in diaspora, African Muzik Magazine Awards AFRIMMA lived up to its billing as African music was put on the world map on a night glamour, passion and fashion and of course music. Hosted by Africa’s number 1 comedian Basketmouth and African movies screen goddess Juliet Ibrahim, there were exciting performances from Africa’s top music guns like Davido,Iyanya and the Triple MG crew, Wyre, Khuli Chana, Phyno, Flavour, Diamond Platnumz, Serge Bernaud, Togar Howard and more.
Davido carted home two awards alongside Flavour making them the biggest winners of the night while the South African legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka was given the legendary award for her humanitarian works. The Governor of Akwa Ibom, His Excellency Chief (Dr.) Godswill Akpabio bagged the Transformational Ledaership Award. African King of Pop 2face Idibia was presented the Leadership in Music Award with Iyanya doing a special tribute by singing the all time love ballad ‘African Queen’.
Highlight of the night was 2face Idibia’s performance with T-pain appearing on stage to join a surprised 2face who screamed as they did the ‘Rainbow’ remix. Check out the exclusive pictures from the star studded event that had stars from all over Africa.
Friday August 1st, a fundraising party for Miss Ghana USA, Hilda Frimpong’s Scoliosis Platform was a success. Celebrities in attendance were Teddy A, Ovie (notjustok), Richard Iroko (African Muzik Mag Editor), Paul Demsa (producer) Kelechi Eke (bigObi Productions) and many more. The sounds and music was provided by Celebrity Deejay DJRell, and of course I (msnabou) was there to cover the event. The event was brought to you by Elite Creations and MsNabou. Enjoy the pics, courtesy of Kaymush Photography.
Davido, Flavour, Diamond Win Big At African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA)
The highly anticipated African Muzik Magazine Awards held at the prestigious Eisemann Center with a galaxy of African stars gracing the city of Dallas. The biggest African Muzik Awards in Diaspora had the big African Stars like Flavour, Diamond Platnumz , Togar Howard , Stanley Enow, Wyre, Alaine, Khuli Chana, the African King of Pop and International superstar T-pain dazzle on the stage with electrifying performances. Other performances on the night include Kukere master Iyanya, Khuli Chana, Kcee and more.
Red hot HKN ganga honcho Davido who has been blazing the trail in the African music industry carted home the Artiste of the Year award with Flavour and Diamond also winning big. Here is the full list of winners.
AFRIMMA 2014 WINNERS
Best DJ Africa 2014- Dj Black (Ghana)
Best African DJ USA 2014 – Dj Josh (Kenya)
Best Video of the Year 2014- Flavour (Nigeria)
Best Male East Africa 2014- Diamond (Tanzania)
Best Male West Africa 2014- Davido (Nigeria)
Best Female East Africa 2014- Lady Jaydee (Tanzania)
Best Female West Africa 2014 – Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Male Central Africa 2014 – Fally Pupa (Congo)
Best Female Central Africa 2014- Gasha ( Cameroon)
Best Male Southern Africa 2014- Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Best African Group 2014- P-square (Nigeria)
Best Male Diaspora 2014- Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Best Female Diaspora 2014- Les Nubians (Cameroon)
Best Female Southern Africa 2014- Zahara (South Africa)
Best Dancehall Artist 2014 – Timaya (Nigeria)
Best Dance in a Video 2014- Iyanya (Lekwa Ukwu) (Nigeria)
Best Gospel Artiste 2014- Bahati (Kenya)
Best Traditional Artist 2014- Flavour (Nigeria)
Best Newcomer 2014- Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Best Video Director 2014- Ogopa Dj’s (Kenya)
Music Producer of the year 2014- Dj Oskido (South Africa)
Best Dance Group 2014- Imagineto (Nigeria)
Best Rap Act 2014- Sarkodie (Ghana)
Best Collaboration 2014- Mafikizolo ft Uhuru (Khona) (South Africa)
Song of the Year 2014- Kcee (Nigeria)
Artist of the Year 2014- Davido (Nigeria)
Leadership in Music Award 2014- 2face Idibia Legendary Award 2014- Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Transformational Leadership Award 2014- Chief Dr. Godswill Akpabio
It’s all about crossing boundaries with music.
And the countdown begins……. Are you guys ready for what is about to be the biggest African Award Show in the history of Award Shows?…. With just 4 more days to go, AFRIMMA is getting bigger by the day. A lot of confirmed African Artists are going to be present, but what you did not no (my reggae/soca lovers) is that, Reggae songstress Alaine, and Soca superstar Kevin Lyttle just confirmed their presence as well. Stay tune, as this show gets bigger by the minute! AFRIMMA will take place this Saturday, July 26th at the Eisemann Perfoming Arts Center. For tickets and more info, click here.
Friday, August 1st, Join the Greater Dallas Community as they Kindly request your presence for a humble Celebration/Fundraising Event for Pageant and Scoliosis Platform Course in Greater Dallas Community Presents :- Hilda Akua Frimpong : Miss Africa USA 2014 Finalist || 10pm to 2am || VIP Upstairs with early Reservation highly encouraged || Bottle Service – Great Ambiance – Complimentary Valet || Come Early – Leave Happy. Pho House Lounge: 5301 Alpha rd. Suite 24. Dallas, Texas. 75240
Apollo Nida just got an enormous break for singing like a canary … he got 1/4 the maximum sentence for a massive money fraud scheme. Nida, who appears on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with wife PhaedraParks — was just sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for cashing stolen checks and laundering more than $2.3 million through phony bank accounts.
The judge who sentenced him today in a Georgia court said Nida did indeed cooperate with federal investigators by spilling criminal secrets … and that’s why he got leniency. Nida could have been sentenced to 30 years, so 8 years is a big victory.
His wife Phaedra is said not to be involved in the four-year scheme which he pled guilty to
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for Apostasy, has finally been freed after she was re-arrested at Khartoum airport as she attempted to leave Sudan with her family to an undisclosed location.
U.S. State Department during a briefing with reporters in Washington D.C today said Meriam is now free, safe and secure but didn’t make it clear if she’d left Sudan for the U.S, where she’s expected to seek political asylum.
Sudanese officials later said they didn’t arrest Meriam, that she was only detained over a “travel document issue” that was discovered at the airport but she’s since been released and had boarded a flight out of Sudan today. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.
LME RECORDS Presents Solo Act Emazi (Idris Odu) born Sept 13th, a Nigerian Afro-Pop act based in Dallas, Texas.
Emazi was raised in the commercial city of Lagos before relocating to the US in 2002 with his family. He attended College at University of North Texas with a Major in Business. His late father Buhari Odu-Onikosi was noted as a prominent figure in Lagos who ran for political office in the early 90’s.
Inspired by his mother, Emazi decided early on that his pursuit in life would be music and started his music professionally in 2011 and has since exploded onto the scene in the summer of 2013 with hit songs like : “Sankololo” and “No Delay” to his credit and has since been relevant in the Dallas entertainment scene.
The Sudanese woman sentenced to death for Apostasy was released yesterday June 23rd after a Sudanese Supreme Court ordered her immediate release. A happy Meriam Ibrahim is seen in the picture flanked on her right by her husband, Daniel Wani, their 21month old son Martin who was in prison with her, their newly born daughter Maya and her legal team. Her freedom however, was short lived after being re-arrested by security officials at the Khartoum Airport in Sudan.
CNN reports Meriam’s lawyer said she was arrested along with her husband and children as they were trying to leave Sudan. Reason for her re-arrest has not yet been stated. We’ll keep you posted on this story.
Big A Entertainment’s new talent Teddy-A, is currently in Nigeria with his manager Emmanuel Eben and Record Label owner Anderson Obiagwu to shoot the video for his newly released single Ije love. Director and video producer Patrickelis is the man behind the lenses. Check out the pictures below from behind the scenes! The video is set to be released sometime soon. Remember…. You heard it first from MsNabou!
Big A Entertainment’s new artist to perform in Nigeria with the likes of 2face, WizKid, Davido, Phyno and others at the biggest comedy show in Nigeria, Basketmouth Uncensored! Way to go Teddy! Refer to the flyer for more info!
It’s takeover season! Teddy-A is back with a new refreshing tune titled IJE LOVE. The crooner who is now signed to American based powerhouse label Big A Entertainment, is set to hit the industry hard. The talented singer/songwriter has really been putting in work and is quite evident in his delivery of English, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin English on this song. There’s definitely more to come from this talented young icon in the making.
A huge congratulations to Teddy-A for being signed to Big A Entertainment. The artist has no doubt proven that he is capable of delivering and giving out pure talent! We all cannot wait to see what this combination presents to the general public because the man himself Anderson Obiagwu definitely have some projects under his sleeves! Teddy-A, managed by Emmanuel Eben is set to release his new single Ije Love this Friday produced by Demsa. Congratulations to Anderson Obiagwu and Teddy-A!
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