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Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ Receives Gold Certification In France

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The worldwide Afrobeat phenomenon Wizkid is still enjoying the success of his 2020 hit song “Essence” which just achieved a new milestone by being certified gold in France. The certification, granted by SNEP, the official certification agency of France, honours the song’s remarkable achievement of achieving over 15 million streams within the nation.

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“Essence” which was released as a part of Wizkid’s Grammy-nominated fourth album “Made In Lagos” has come to represent the Afrobeats genre’s global dominance. ‘Essence’ has become one of the most certified African songs globally, and its recent gold certification in France is just the latest in a long list of foreign awards that demonstrate how successful it is beyond national boundaries.

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‘Essence’ reached unprecedented heights thanks to its collaboration with Tems and Justin Bieber, peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 16 on the UK Official Singles chart. Due to the single’s widespread appeal, platinum certifications were obtained for it in South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Canada.

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“Essence” not only topped the charts but also received positive reviews and was nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award in the Best Global Music Performance category. Wikipedia’s entry for the song proudly lists its astounding ten award wins, which include the 2021 Soul Train Song of the Year and the 2021 BET Award for Best Collaboration.

‘Essence’ is a testament to the global acceptance of Afrobeats, even beyond its economic success. It shows how Wizkid can transcend cultural barriers and fascinate people all over the world. The song’s global voyage gains a touch of French flair with the gold certification in France, adding yet another chapter to “Essence’s” incredible success narrative.

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Kate Henshaw Breaks Silence On Her Mother’s Passing

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Kate Henshaw lost her mother, who passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. The news was first shared publicly by Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Following the news, Kate Henshaw took to Instagram to confirm the passing of her mother. She also expressed her appreciation for the public’s support and requested that they keep her in their thoughts during this difficult time.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my mother on March 1st 2024,” the actress wrote. “Your prayers mean the world to me during this difficult time. Please keep my family in your thought. Rest in peace Mummy. Love. Kate Henshaw,” the statement reads.

 

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The news of Kate Henshaw’s mother’s passing comes a few days after the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, shared the news on his official Instagram page on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. This suggests there may have been a short delay between passing and the public announcement.

Sad Day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years Mr Don Single Nwuzor. I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didnt make it. May his soul rest in peace. @actorsguildofnigeria,” his post read.

Fans and fellow actors from the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, have flooded Kate Henshaw’s Instagram page with messages of condolence and support in the wake of her mother’s passing.

Sending you love sis, May God strengthen your family at this time. And May her gentle soul rest with the angels 🙏🏾 Hugs ❤️,” the actress Susan Peters said.

“God Abeg oooo! So sorry sis 😢😢😢 pls take heart,” the actress Uche Ogbodo said.

“Dear Aunty Kate, My Condolences 💐 It is well with you and your Family❤,” the actor Oluwaseyi Kelvin Audu said.

“My deepest condolence Sis. May God comfort you at this trying time . God rest her soul 🙏🕊️❤️,” actor Ken Erics posted.

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Burna Boy Achieves Historic Feat At Sold-out Boston Concert

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Burna Boy continues to solidify his status as a global music powerhouse with his captivating live performances. On March 2nd, the superstar headlined a sold-out show at the 20,000-seat TD Arena in Boston, marking another stop on his “I Told Them” tour.

This concert further cemented his reputation as a global entertainer following his historic back-to-back sold-out shows at the 19,000-capacity Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, making him the first African artist to achieve this feat.

The Boston concert wasn’t just about electrifying the audience with his music. Burna Boy also received special recognition from the Mayor of Boston, who presented him with a plaque commemorating “Burna Boy Day.”

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Burna Boy’s success transcends individual performances and tours. Since his 2018 international breakthrough with the hit single “YE,” he has consistently broken records and achieved numerous firsts for Nigerian and African music.

Notably, he became the first Nigerian mainstream pop artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving it for his fifth album, “Twice As Tall.” He also holds the record for most Grammy nominations (10) for a Nigerian artist and is the first African artist to win three consecutive BET Awards.

 

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Burna Boy’s impact extends beyond the awards and accolades. He is consistently pushing boundaries in the live performance scene. He holds the distinction of being the first African artist to headline stadium concerts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, further solidifying his position as a global leader in Afrobeats and a true inspiration to the continent.

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SZA Beats Burna Boy, Asake To 2024 BRIT Awards

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The 2024 Brit Awards, held on February 2nd at the O2 Arena in London, saw British music celebrate its biggest names. While the ceremony wasn’t all wins for Nigerian artists, it was still a night to remember.

Nigerian superstars Burna Boy and Asake were nominated for the Best International Artist category but ultimately lost to American R&B singer SZA.

Unfortunately, Rema‘s hit song “Calm Down” wasn’t awarded the International Song of the Year. The award went to the popular track “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus. However, receiving a nomination itself is a significant achievement, showcasing the global recognition of Rema’s music.

Full Winners List at the 2024 BRIT Awards

Artist of the year

Raye

Group of the year

Jungle

Album of the year

Raye – My 21st Century Blues

Song of the year

Raye featuring 070 Shake – Escapism

Best new artist

Raye

International artist of the year

SZA

International group of the year

Boygenius

International song of the year

Miley Cyrus – Flowers

Best alternative/rock act

Bring Me The Horizon

Best hip-hop/grime/rap act

CasIsDead

Best dance act

Calvin Harris

Best pop act

Dua Lipa

Best R&B act

Raye

Rising star

The Last Dinner Party

Songwriter of the year

Raye

Producer of the year

Chase and Status

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