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Chimamanda Adichie Introduces “Mama’s Sleeping Scarf” At Alliance Française Lagos



Chimamanda Adichie Introduces "Mama’s Sleeping Scarf" |

Celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie formally introduced her inaugural children’s book, “Mama’s Sleeping Scarf,” during the enchanting event titled “Christmas Magic With Chimamanda” at Alliance Française Ikoyi.

The occasion, filled with vibrant colours, joy, and a shared passion for reading, unfolded in various segments from afternoon until night.

The well-attended gathering brought together audiences that included political and business figures, celebrities, avid readers, writers, and art enthusiasts, all coming together to immerse themselves in the enchanting world created by one of the literary giants in her first venture into children’s literature.

The event featured notable speakers and dignitaries such as former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and his running mate, Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed; Chairman at Metis Capital Partners and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, Hakeem Belo-Osagie; Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili; Chairman at Abumet Nigeria, Bella Disu; and Senior Pastor of The Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, among others.

“Your children are not reading because you’re not reading”,

…said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie during her brief remarks, emphasising the importance of reading.

She emphasised the crucial role of books in fostering critical thinking, an essential skill highly demanded in today’s evolving world.

Speaking on the theme “Why Reading Matters”, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo emphasised the necessity of revitalising the reading culture in the nation, emphasising that,

“We must read to internalize and gain wisdom.”

In a pre-recorded telecast, former Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo commended Chimamanda for her venture into children’s literature, emphasising that,

“getting children to read early is possibly the most priceless thing one could ever do for a child.”

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The event, hosted by book reviewer and Channels Book Club host Kunle Kasumu, featured a dynamic Q&A session with Chimamanda. During this session, she took the time to respond to guests’ questions, which were randomly selected from a lucky dip by the event anchor.

The event featured a fun zone where younger guests enjoyed engaging in various “read & play” activities, including dancing with Santa, bouncy castle sessions, and collectively painting a giant sketch of “Mama’s Sleeping Scarf.”. The children presented the artwork to Chimamanda as a heartfelt gift at the event’s conclusion.

Attendees, both young and old, left with cherished autographed copies of “Mama’s Sleeping Scarf” and received gifts. They also had the opportunity to interact with the beloved author, taking photos to commemorate the special occasion.

Tomi Juice and Black Stallion Energy Drink generously supported the event by providing drinks for all guests. Individual contributions from VFD Group and Casava Insurance, which donated 100 copies of the book each, ensured that children from less privileged schools and communities would have their copies of “Mama’s Sleeping Scarf.”

Additionally, some children were transported to and from the event, allowing them to partake in the fantastic activities.

The night transcended a mere book launch, evolving into a cultural celebration that echoed Chimamanda’s belief in the transformative power of storytelling and reading.



Beyoncé Shares Why She Cut off Her Hair After Becoming A Mom




Beyoncé: Why She Cut off Her Hair After Becoming a Mom |

Music legend Beyoncé, whose influence extends far beyond the stage with initiatives like BeyGOOD and fashion line IVY PARK, is venturing into the world of hair care. Her brand new line, Cécred (a clever combination of her name), launched on February 20th. This exciting addition to her empire comes with a rare interview in Essence Magazine, where the “Renaissance” star shares a glimpse into her personal journey with hair, particularly after motherhood.

In a recent interview, Queen Bey shed light on the powerful emotions behind her dramatic hair transformation in 2013. The iconic singer, known for her cascading tresses, surprised fans by chopping off her hair into a daring pixie cut. This wasn’t just a style change—it was a symbolic shedding of expectations and societal pressures.

According to Beyoncé,

“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off, I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through. So much of my identity as a performer has been connected to flowing hair. Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be.”

Newly a mother, the singer remembered feeling a powerful urge to break free from societal expectations. She felt motherhood had granted her the freedom to shed those burdens. Beyoncé recalled her friend and hairstylist, Neal Farinah, feeling surprised at her decision, especially since she had long, thick, and healthy hair.

” It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me,” she said.

“I just got the scissors and chopped it off. It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do.”

For Beyoncé, this bold step sparked a newfound bravery and led her to make many other daring decisions in her life and career. This decision has shaped her into the person she is today.

The celebrity revealed glimpses of her childhood spent observing her mother, Tina Knowles, weave magic with hair in her salon. This experience, she shared, instilled in her a deep appreciation for haircare, a tradition proudly carried forward within their family.

“I saw her shampooing and trimming hair, transforming women, leaving them feeling really good,” Beyoncé recalled.

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Asake Says He Genuinely Loves Seyi Vibez’s Hit Song



Asake Says He Genuinely Loves Seyi Vibez's Hit Song |

Asake, the Nigerian music sensation who skyrocketed to fame in 2022 with his hit “Omo Ope,” surprised fans recently by publicly expressing his admiration for another rising star, Seyi Vibez. In a heartfelt message on his Instagram story, Asake declared his genuine love for Seyi Vibez’s hit song “Different Pattern,” dispelling any rumours of animosity between the two artists.

Both Asake and Seyi Vibez have taken the mainstream by storm with their unique styles of Afrobeats, Fuji, and hip-hop, often characterised as exciting “neo-fuji” music. Asake’s musical journey began in January 2022, captivating audiences with his tunes that incorporated traditional Yoruba music, while Seyi Vibez made waves later that year with his hit “Chance,” which bore some musical similarities to Asake’s “Organise.

Despite their shared influences and similarities, particularly their use of elements from Fuji and Apala (another Yoruba music genre), the artists delve into different subgenres. Asake’s music often features the distinct sounds of Fuji music, while Seyi Vibez leans towards the rhythmic style of Apala. However, both artists share a common thread in their exploration of hip-hop and the incorporation of religious influences, leading to comparisons from fans.

Seyi Vibez

However, any worries about a potential rivalry were put to rest with Asake’s public appreciation for “Different Pattern.” This gesture not only reaffirms the positive relationship between the two artists but also opens up exciting possibilities for future collaborations, much to the delight of fans who admire their distinct talents.

In short, Asake’s unexpected appreciation for Seyi Vibez’s music not only clears the air on any potential rivalry but also paves the way for exciting possibilities in the Nigerian music scene. The future looks bright for these two talented artists, both individually and potentially together.

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Davido Credits Foundation With N306m For Disbursement To Orphanages



Davido Credits Foundation With N306m For Orphanages |

Renowned musician Davido has made good on his philanthropic pledge, fulfilling his promise to donate N300 million to orphanages across Nigeria.

On his official Twitter account on February 20th, 2024, Davido publicly declared his intention to support these institutions. He further clarified that the outreach efforts would be spearheaded by his own foundation, ensuring transparency and responsible distribution of the funds. True to his word, Davido wasted no time in translating his pledge into action.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, he announced a contribution exceeding the initial N300 million, transferring a grand total of N306,420,973 to the foundation’s account.

This commendable act of generosity shows Davido’s commitment to social responsibility and his dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children in Nigeria. The substantial sum will undoubtedly have a significant impact on numerous orphanages, providing much-needed resources and support to those in need.

He shared proof of the transaction and wrote, “FOUNDATION ACCOUNT CREDITED… More details to follow soon.”

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Davido credits foundation with N300m for disbursement to orphanages

In his earlier post, Davido emphasised that this N300 million donation upholds a tradition he established years ago of giving back to his beloved Nigeria. He said the specific details of how the funds would be distributed to orphanages across the country would be unveiled soon.

He had posted,

“I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the Nation ❤️ .. details of disbursement tomorrow 🇳🇬”

This is not the first time Davido has engaged in a charitable course, according to Just last year, he donated N237 million across 424 orphanages, showing his commitment to supporting vulnerable children. This time around, his “Holy Ground” spirit soared even higher, exceeding initial pledges with a N306 million donation.

Davido’s generosity didn’t just impact numbers on a spreadsheet; it touched the lives of 13,818 children across the country. This act embodies his personal motto, “We Rise By Lifting Others.”

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