How Naira Fared Against Dollar (July 30)

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How Naira Fared Against Dollar (July 30)

The Nigeria’s currency Naira on Monday, July 30, weakened marginally against the United States Dollar at the parallel market.

 The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the local currency exchanged at N358.3, weaker than N358 traded on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N420.

At the Bureau De Change window, the naira was sold at N360 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N420.

Trading at the investors’ window shows that the Naira closed at N361.78 to the dollar and a trading turnover of $106.26m; while the Naira closed at N305.90 to the dollar at the CBN window.

Meanwhile, the CBN has continued with its interventions at the foreign exchange market with the injection of $340.5m and $69.9m Chinese Yuan in the spot and short tenured forwards last Friday.

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Submission Of Songs For The 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) To End On August 1st 2018

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The countdown has begun to the August 1, 2018 deadline for submission of songs and videos to be nominated for the 5th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), the biggest music event in Africa that celebrates and rewards the music talents of the continent while showcasing the African cultural heritage to a global audience for a positive narrative.

Organised by the African Union Commission in partnership with the International Committee of AFRIMA, the awards announced its call for entries for its 2018 edition on May 25 and thereby opened its online portal- www.afrima.org to receive songs and videos recorded or produced by African music professionals either living on the continent or in the diaspora within the eligibility period of August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018.

Established and emerging African music stars have been sending in their songs and videos to compete in the 36 regional and continental award categories to participate in the process, with the expectation of emerging nominees that will feature at the culturally resplendent 5th AFRIMA main awards ceremony scheduled for November 2018. The high level of participation in the submission by Africa’s music industry is an indication that the 2018 nomination entries are set to surpass those received in previous years.

Furthermore, AFRIMA recently saw the introduction of four new award categories to enable more creative professionals in the music and entertainment industry participate in the process, giving room for expansion and inclusiveness. The newly introduced categories are Best African DJ; Best African Dance/Choreography; Best African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora.

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The Man vs. The Artist: A preview of Kizz Daniel’s Sophomore Album “No Bad Songz”

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Every great artist in history has had their lows and highs; Flyboy INC. boss and frontline act Kizz Daniel is no different. The former G-Worldwide singer most notably got into a legal tussle with the aforementioned label after announcing last year that he was leaving to start his own imprint. A major highlight of his career was carting home 3 major awards at the 2016 Headies after missing out on the Next Rated award the previous year. It appears his career has grown in leaps and bounds since then.

Kizz Daniel’s forthcoming album has been titled No Bad Songz which alludes to the fact that he has not released a song which has been widely criticized, because let’s face it, the subjective nature of music makes it difficult for everyone to like each song. The artwork for this forthcoming album which was released last week is a brilliant illustration which plays on imagery sum up Kizz Daniel’s career so far, a case of the man himself versus the artist.

As most people tend to forget, artists themselves are human beings and go through most of the life struggles other humans do. This was highlighted with the “angel” and “devil” trying to whisper into his ears. As humans, some of the things we go through are easier dealt with the right people around, but how do you sift the bad from the good, the honest friends from the ones that just stick around for their gains?

On the other hand, even while facing all the problems in his personal life, the artwork paints a picture on an artist who goes through it all as a human but still squarely faces the music and churns out premium content for his teeming fans. His debut album, New Era had three previously released singles that had brought him major fame. The result was a very deserves Album of the Year award at the aforementioned 2016 Headies. He has gone one since then to put up quite an awesome repertoire. Let’s go through them, shall we? Sofa, Yeba, No Do, 4Dayz, For You featuring Wizkid not to mention prominent features on DJ Spinall’s Baba, DJ Neptune’s Wait and Seyi Shay’s Surrender.

Let’s face it, through the highs and lows of his career; winning awards, tearing up shows or slugging it in court with his ex-label, the only constant remains the music which has been top notch. Can we expect same of No Bad Songz? Well, time will be the eventual judge of posterity. We can also expect major collaborations which were missing on his New Era (still a pretty awesome body of work) album.

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Illustration by Kizz Daniel

Sketched by KennyPenFreak

Text/Design by Amazing Klef

Written by King Michael [ @_kvngmichael ]

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