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EXCLUSIVE: NIGERIAN RAPPER IKECHUKWU FLEES THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING SARS ATTACK

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SARS kills the innocent boy in a raid, SARS kills cleaner, SARS kills disarmed suspects, SARS harasses girls with a tattoo, SARS kidnaps and robs Ikechukwu, these and many more are headlines that have run through the media, detailing the many atrocities committed by this arm of the police force.
Many lives have been lost or destroyed thanks to them and only a few are able to speak up or fight back.
Nigerian rapper Ikechukwu got his rude awakening on Wednesday as he was allegedly kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint by SARS officials. In his narration, he discloses that they were unfazed by his celebrity status; threatening to set him up as a criminal or kill him.

Although it would seem from his post that the artist and actor wanted to carry out a private investigation and hopefully bring those involved to justice, reports show that he has taken the path of self-salvation as he takes steps to relocate to the United States of America.
No one can blame him for this move as Nigeria has become a dangerous place to live in. There is no guarantee of safety from criminals or police officials alike, and the government can protect no one, instead of like Sowore, you could end up behind bars if you become too vocal with your opinions.
Ikechukwu posted on Instagram saying, “I was kidnapped by SARS last night. Two mins away from my house, taken to Lagos island and made to exhaust my ATM allowance or I would be killed and no one would know”

The rapper further wrote, “Not by armed robbers, but when u are robbed and they are armed fully; 5 ak-47’s. Blows to the head and bundled into a vehicle, isn’t it the same thing? And then after u will now tell me our government is working. Things are in place. Bla Bla. Let me tell u now straight up. I don’t care who u are if u are rolling solo in this town and SARS get u, day or night. If they get ur phone. It’s over for u. They don’t have names or numbers on their uniforms.
They literally said to me “na u burn this our Hilux here yesterday abii”. Acting like they didn’t know who I was and were gonna rope me in anything they felt or do with me what they would. After collecting all the money on Lagos island they start laughing telling me I’m too stubborn that when will I introduce them to don jazzy.

Oh, so u know me. One even bragged about working a lot with wazobiafm. Thanx for that info at least now I have a point to start my own investigation. I could’ve been shot and left in the dark space on that dark road. No id no phone. Who would id me? Who would be looking for me for days? Afterall my people saw me enter uber heading home, on the island. Shey, I’m safe. Good morning. It’s a good day to be alive.
The Lagos State Police command has advised that the rapper make a formal complaint about his alleged kidnapping and robbery. Knowing the history of the Nigeria Police, however, it appears that Ikechukwu has decided that his life is worth saving and that being safe was impossible in Nigeria no matter who you are, hence his relocation.

BY: ENIOLA OTOKI

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AFRICA DAY 2020: Mass Support from Music Stars as AU, AFRIMA Fight COVID-19

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The commemoration of the 2020 Africa Day organized by the African Union, AU in partnership with All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held on Monday, May 25 as a virtual live Solidarity Concert for the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund drawing participation and performances from diverse African music talents across the continent and the diaspora.

 

Broadcast on multiple electronic and digital media channels in Africa, the Concert, staged under the theme: “Health Security in the Context of COVID-19” and featuring electrifying and inspiring live performances from more than 20 African music superstars, also conveyed motivating messages to viewers using the tag #StrongerTogether #StrongerthanCovid.

 

The Concert opened with the official anthem of the African Union, followed by addresses by the African Union Chairperson, His Excellency,Moussa Faki Mahamat, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Her Excellency, Mrs. Amira El Fadil during which they appealed for donations in cash or in kind to the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund to aid the AU’s fight against the CoronaVirus. Other speakers included the Director, Africa Centre for Disease Control, Dr. John Nkengasong; the President & Executive Producer of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, Mike Dada and the African Union Youth Envoy, Ms. Aya Chebbi who respectively reiterated the importance of collective action and donations to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

 

However, the highpoints of the Solidarity Concert were captured during various performances by the different music stars that came together to use their influence and talents in a show of solidarity with the African Union and AFRIMA. The carefully curated concert reinforced the pan-Atlantic diversity of the continent’s music and showcased a blend of mellow, mid tempo and high-energy performances. In order of performing appearance live from their different locations were: Rudeboy (Nigeria); Pape Diouf (Senegal); Becca (Ghana); Salatiel (Cameroon); Nikita Kering (Kenya); Toofan (Togo); Salif Keita (Mali); Aminux (Morocco); Hiro (DRC); DJ Moh Green (Algeria); Kanvee Adams (Liberia); Daphne (Cameroon); Lizha James (Mozambique): Nadya Shanab (Egypt); Busiswa (South Africa); DJ Spinall (Nigeria); Naiboi (Kenya); Sarkodie (Ghana); 2Baba (Nigeria); Betty G (Ethiopia); Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) and Master KG (South Africa) who closed the Solidarity Concert with his hit single ‘Jerusalema’.

 

In his message after the concert, the International Advisor for AFRIMA, Mr. Rikki Stein, who watched the live stream from London the United kingdom, said,

 

“That was a beautiful show. I salute all concerned. Whether or not money was raised, the message was, more importantly, strongly and eloquently presented urging viewers to do everything possible and necessary to hopefully avoid another CoronaVirus related disaster or huge loss of lives anywhere on the Continent”.

 

Hosted by three of Africa’s finest entertainment personalities; Eddie Kadi (Democratic Republic of Congo DRC); Chidinma Ekile (Nigeria) and Pamela ‘Miss P’ Happi (Cameroon), main broadcast partners for the event were Trace TV Africa, African Independent Television (AIT); other media partners included: HipTV, Nigezie, WAPTV, Goldmyne TV and Facebook.

 

The 2020 Africa Day #StrongerTogether Solidarity Concert was aimed at inspiring action with key messages on the prevention, protection and response measures to contain CoronaVirus. The Concert leveraged the power of music and the crucial role of African artists in advocating for the curb of COVID-19 on the continent as well as galvanizing solidarity for financial and in-kin contributions to the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund.

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AU, AFRIMA Mark Africa Day with #StrongerTogether Solidarity Concert for COVID-19 Response fund

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…Featurfng 2Baba, Busiswa, Sakordie, Salif Keita, Rudeboy, Becca, Awilo Logomba, Toofan, Master KG, Salatiel, DJ Spinall, Master KG, Ahmed Soultan, Chidinma, Daphne, Aminux, Kanvee Adams, Hiro, Betty G, Nadya Shanab, Eddi Kadi and many others.

In commemoration of this year’s Africa Day, the Africa Union Commission, (AUC) and All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) will host a live virtual Solidarity Concert for the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund, under the theme: Health Security in the Context of COVID-19 and tagged #StrongerTogether to be broadcast on TRACE Television, African Independent Television and Social media platforms across Africa on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 16.00 hours (WAT).

The Africa Day #StrongerTogether Solidarity Concert is aimed at inspiring action with key messages on the prevention, protection and response measures to contain CoronaVirus. The Concert will leverage the power of music and the crucial role of African artists in advocating for the curb of COVID-19 on the continent as well as galvanize solidarity for financial and in-kin contributions to the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund.

The Virtual Concert will be hosted by the British-Congolese Comedian, actor and philanthropist, Eddie Kadi; Nigerian singer and songwriter, Chidinma and Cameroonian television host and entrepreneur, Pamela Happi (Miss P). The trio will anchor the concert expected to leave viewers thoroughly entertained by showcasing the pan-African spread of the continent’s music talents and delivering high tempo performances by the artistes at different locations across Africa and the diaspora.

Superstar African artistes billed to perform live at the Africa Day 2020 #StrongerTogether Solidarity Concert include: 2face Idiba (Nigeria); Sakordie (Ghana); Aminux (Morocco); Toofan (Togo); Busiswa (South Africa); Becca (Ghana); Betty G(Ethiopia) , Salatiel (Cameroun), Hiro (DRC); Rudeboy (Nigeria); Master KG (South Africa), Nikita Kering (Kenya).

Others are Salif Keita (Mali); Nadya Shanab (Egypt); Kanvee Adams (Liberia), DJ Spinall (Nigeria); DJ Moh Green (Algeria); Awilo Longomba (DRC); Ahmed Soultan (Morocco); Pape Diouf (Senegal); Daphne (Cameroon); Lizah James (Mozambique); and Naiboi (Kenya) among others.

According to the Associate Producer of AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi, “Africa, just like the rest of the world, has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The emotional and physical wellbeing and livelihoods of our people are bearing the brunt of the CoronaVirus. However, even as a new world order emerges, the African Union and member nations are showing leadership which inspires confidence that Africa will come of this stronger than before.

In AFRIMA, our vision as a cultural institution is ingrained in pushing the Africa development agenda for a more viable continent and it is for this reason we are collaborating with the African Union on the Africa Day Virtual Solidarity concert to support the AU’s COVID-19 Response Fund. We’re happy that our stakeholders, the music talents of Africa, are aware of their influence and how impactful it is in trying times with many vulnerable communities suffering in our midst.

It is now up to other sectors of African economy to also show generosity to the continent’s vulnerable by donating generously through the AU website to the COVID-19 Response Fund. And together, we shall win”.

The #StrongerTogerther Africa Day Solidarity Concert will be broadcast live on Trace TV channels on DSTV, NigezieTV, GoldmyneTV, waptv, AIT and other partners’ stations and live-streamed on AU, TRACE and AFRIMA Facebook pages and other social media handles at 16.00 hrs (WAT), 17.00 hrs (CAT) and 18.00hrs (EAT).

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The Cyber Embassy Of Christ Debut Worship Without Walls Global Concert

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*** Features Over 50 Gospel Artistes

Leading online church, The Cyber Embassy Of Christ, is set to debut a global concert.

Tagged “Worship Without Walls”, it will feature over fifty gospel artistes.

A 12-hour worship session, it will hold from 9: AM on Saturday, May 31, via http://www.WorshipWithoutWalls.online.

The concert will see worship leaders from over forty countries taking part in the praise and worship showdown.

Headlining artistes for the worship program include Mike Abdul,
Monique, Mike Aremu, Essence, KSB, and Righteousman.

Others are Tosin Bee, Folake Umosen, Evang Chucks Praise Channel, A’Dam, Nene Olayide, Bola Udom, Jerry K, Adam, Minister Ighosa,TY Classical, Minister Anny, lIbitayo Jeje, Noble G and Ayo Vincent,   Joseph Emmanuel, Sameodagospel, Fred Maha, TY Phoebe, Frank Jonah, Debby Ugochinyere, Igwe Sax, Yomi Ikuesan, Latoya Okunbor.

During the show, artistes will worship God on an international stage in their unique style.

Sermonettes and Interviews of top gospel artistes and Pastors from across the world will also be available, while up and coming acts can be assured of global exposure to more than 100,000,000 million people on different social media globally.

There will also be promotion of the musical performance for one month to a global audience of over 10 million people over 30 days through paid adverts before, during, and after the concert.

The top ten performing artistes in the concert will win cash prizes based on the decision reached via voting from worshippers all over the world through voting after the event.

Gospo Digital, the exclusively online distribution company of the organizers

Dr. Ope Banwo

will help in promoting the album of performing artistes on 100s of digital sites for online streaming, downloading and ongoing royalties without an upfront payment for the service.

“Worship Without Walls” is an initiative of The Cyber Embassy Of Christ http://www.thecyberembassy.org/, a
full-fledged 100 percent online church flowing in all five purposes of the church exclusively online.

Founded by Dr. Ope Banwo, The Cyber Embassy Of Christ is the most successful internet church with over 35,000 members of which over 800 have actually attended a one-week full members’ class and joined our private church Cybertorium group on Facebook.

Some of the church services are streamed by over 600,000 people each week with some little adverts.

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