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Rapper, Wale Talks Being “100% Nigerian” & Making Music With Davido & Wizkid

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Rapper Wale has always been in connection with his Nigerian roots. He’s made music with a whole lot of Nigerians. So it’s not out of the ordinary when he describes himself as 100% Nigerian.

The rapper sat with OkayAfrica to discuss being Nigerian, making music with Nigerians, and the possibility of leaving the rap game.

He’s always experimented with afrobeats, he shared. He’s always been in tune with what’s happening in Nigeria, and though he looks at himself as a black man in America, he’s Nigerian first. “‘Cause that’s my blood, I’m 100% Nigerian.”

Asked what Nigerian artists have influenced him, Wale mentioned Fela and King Sunny Ade. He shared:

We always used to dance to Shina Peters when we were young. Our parents would always play it in the house when we were kids.

He revealed that he’s made a lot of songs with both Davido and Wizkid, saying:

I’ve known him [Davido] for a long time. I think I met him in DC several years ago. We just always stayed in contact with each other. Obviously, Davido is in a different city every two days, maybe another country every two days. We always stay in touch. Any time we’re close, we always link up.

We were in the studio and just going through beats. We got a lot of other songs too that haven’t even came out yet.

Wizkid and I have been working together for maybe over six or seven years now. We have probably put out eight or nine songs together. That was easy. We were in the studio with Eric Bellinger one day, and we just cooked it up.

He also revealed he looks up to Olamide, saying:

He’s one of the fastest workers and one of the most dynamic writers I know in any genre. He’s very, very talented. I look up to him a lot in that sense.

On quitting rap, Wale was cagey, revealing only a little. He said:

I’ve been kind of thinking about doing other things. See how it goes. Only time will tell.

I think the people that follow my music really well, they know. I drop a lot of clues in it. I want to kind of leave that up for interpretation.

Everything happens to fast in our culture right now, I wouldn’t be able to accurately tell you what’s next, and truly believe it. There’s so many detours.

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Burna Boy, Asake, Ayra Starr, Seyi Vibez, Tems Nominated For 2024 BET Awards

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2024 BET Awards: See Nominated Nigerian Artists | fab.ng

It’s a banner year for Nigerian music at the 2024 BET Awards. The nominations list is brimming with talented Nigerian artists. Leading the pack is rising star Ayra Starr. She racked up three nominations, running for Best New Artist, Best African Act, and Best HER for her smash hit “Comma.”

Burna Boy grabbed nominations in both the Best R&B/Pop Act and Best Hip Hop Act categories. Tems, another powerhouse vocalist, is a double nominee as well. Thanks to her work as a director for “Best Video Director” and her gospel-infused track “Me & U” in the “Best Gospel/Inspirational Song” category.

Also, collaborations are also being celebrated. Davido and Lojay earned a joint nomination for the Viewers Choice Award for their appearance on Chris Brown’s song “Sensational.” Fresh faces are getting their due too. Asake landed a nomination for Best International Act. Seyi Vibez got the nod for Viewers Choice Best International New Act.

This abundance of Nigerian nominees is a proof to the global impact of the country’s music industry. Be sure to tune in to the 2024 BET Awards to see who takes home the coveted trophies!

See full list of 2024 BET Awards nominations below:

  • Chris Brown – ’11:11′
  • Gunna – ‘A Gift & A Curse’
  • 21 Savage – ‘American Dream’
  • Usher – ‘Coming Home’
  • Drake – ‘For All the Dogs (Scary Hours Edition)’
  • Victoria Monét – ‘Jaguar II’          
  • Killer Mike – ‘Michael’
  • Nicki Minaj – ‘Pink Friday 2’
  • Beyoncé
  • Coco Jones
  • Doja Cat
  • H.E.R.
  • Muni Long
  • SZA
  • Tyla
  • Victoria Monét
  • Brent Faiyaz
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Burna Boy
  • Chris Brown
  • Drake
  • Fridayy
  • October London
  • Usher
  • ¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign
  • 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
  • 41
  • Blxst & Bino Rideaux
  • City Girls
  • Flo
  • Maverick City Music
  • Wanmor

  • Lil Durk feat. J. Cole – ‘All My Life’
  • Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, – ‘America Has a Problem (Remix)’
  • Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua) – ‘Barbie World’
  • Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Bongos’
  •  ¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign feat. Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti – ‘Carnival’
  • Lola Brooke feat. Latto & Yung Miami – ‘Don’t Play With It (Remix)’
  • Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Everybody’
  • Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage – ‘Good Good’
  • Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA – ‘Rich Baby Daddy’
  • Cardi B
  • Doja Cat
  • GloRilla
  • Ice Spice
  • Latto
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Sexyy Red

  • 21 Savage
  • Burna Boy
  • Drake
  • Future
  • Gunna
  • J. Cole
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Wayne
  • 41
  • 4Batz
  • Ayra Starr
  • Bossman Dlow
  • Fridayy
  • October London
  • Sexyy Red
  • Tyla
  • Doja Cat – ‘Agora Hills’
  • Lil Durk feat J. Cole – ‘All My Life’
  • Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua) – ‘Barbie World’
  • Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Bongos’
  • Drake feat. J. Cole – ‘First Person Shooter’
  • Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage – ‘Good Good’
  • Victoria Monét – ‘On My Mama’
  • Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA – ‘Rich Baby Daddy’
  • Benny Boom
  • Child.
  • Cole Bennett
  • Dave Meyers
  • Janelle Monáe & Alan Ferguson
  • Offset
  • Tems
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Shirley Caesar – ‘Award All of the Glory’
  • Kirk Franklin – ‘All Things’
  • Halle Bailey – ‘Angel’
  • CeCe Winans – ‘Come Jesus Come’
  • Erica Campbell – ‘Do You Believe in Love?’
  • Maverick City Music, Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore – ‘God Problems’
  • Tems – ‘Me & U’
  • Kirk Franklin – ‘Try Love’
  • Doja Cat – ‘Agora Hills’   
  • Lil Durk feat. J. Cole – ‘All My Life’
  • Gunna – ‘Fukumean’        
  • Jack Harlow – ‘Lovin on Me’
  • Muni Long – ‘Made for Me’          
  • Victoria Monét – ‘On My Mama’        
  • Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA – ‘Rich Baby Daddy’
  • Chris Brown feat. Davido & Lojay – ‘Sensational’  
  • Beyoncé – ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’   
  • Tyla – ‘Water’
  • Asake (Africa)
  • Aya Nakamura (France)
  • Ayra Starr (Africa)
  • Bk’ (Brazil)
  • Cleo Sol (UK)
  • Focalistic (Africa)
  • Karol Conká (Brazil)
  • Raye (UK)
  • Tiakola (France)
  • Tyla (Africa)
  • Bellah (UK)
  • Cristale (UK)
  • Duquesa (Brazil)
  • Holly G (France)
  • Jungeli (France)
  • Makhadzi (Africa)
  • Oruam (Brazil)
  • Seyi Vibez (Africa)
  • Tyler Icu (Africa)
  • Beyoncé – ’16 Carriages’
  • Nicki Minaj feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard – ‘Blessings’
  • Ayra Starr – ‘Commas’
  • Flo feat. Missy Elliott  ‘Fly Girl’
  • Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Hiss’
  • Victoria Monét – ‘On My Mama’
  • SZA – ‘Saturn’
  • GloRilla – ‘Yeah Glo!’
  • American Fiction
  • Bob Marley: One Love
  • Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • The Book of Clarence
  • The Color Purple
  • The Equalizer 3
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Colman Domingo
  • Damson Idris
  • Denzel Washington
  • Donald Glover
  • Idris Elba
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Lakeith Stanfield
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ayo Edebiri
  • Coco Jones
  • Danielle Brooks
  • Fantasia
  • Halle Bailey
  • Issa Rae
  • Regina King
  • Akira Akbar
  • Blue Ivy Carter
  • Demi Singleton
  • Heiress Diana Harris
  • Jabria McCullum
  • Jalyn Hall
  • Leah Jeffries
  • Van Van
  • A’ja Wilson
  • Angel Reese
  • Coco Gauff
  • Flau’jae Johnson
  • Juju Watkins
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Sha’carri Richardson
  • Simone Biles
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Gervonta Davis
  • Jalen Brunson
  • Jalen Hurts
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Lebron James
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Stephen Curry

Check out more updates here.

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Davido Says He Didn’t Sack His Long-Time Lawyer Over Embezzlement

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Davido says he didn't sack Bobo over embezzlement | Fab.ng

Afrobeat music star Davido shut down rumours online that he fired his longtime lawyer, Bobo Ajudua, over missing money.

Davido himself took to his Instagram story on Thursday, May 16th, 2024, to clear the air. He confirmed that he and Ajudua are no longer working together but insisted there was no embezzlement involved. He urged people to ignore the rumours.

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“I’ll Pick Any Marvel Series” – Ruby Akubueze

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Ruby Akubueze wants to feature in a Marvel project | fab.ng
Ruby Akubueze, a Nollywood actress, aspires to be part of any Marvel Studios project under Disney Entertainment. She gained recognition for her role as Frances in the television series MTV Shuga. It explores the experiences of young individuals dealing with love, desire, and the complexities of maturing.

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