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Fela Kuti, others nominated for 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Fela Kuti, others nominated for 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The late Afrobeat legend, Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti popularly known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti could be set for a posthumous honour after he was nominated for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. After a long search for the right city, Cleveland was chosen in 1986 as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has its mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The foundation shares stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and concerts.

Fela Kuti was nominated alongside various international artistes like JAY-Z, Dionne Warwick, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden and Carole King, and he could be inducted on his first-ever nomination.

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He will also compete with other veteran singers likes of Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, LL Cool J and Chaka Khan who made the 16-man list of nominees which was announced on Wednesday.

Todd Rundgren, Kate Bush, the New York Dolls, Devo and Rage Against the Machine completes the nomination list.

According to the chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Skyles, “This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates.

“These Nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

Fans vote for up to five nominees daily from today till the 30th of April on the Rock Halls website while the winners of the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take in Cleveland, Ohio will be inducted in May 2021.

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Veteran actor Sadiq Daba laid to rest

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Veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba, who died on Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 has been laid to rest at a cemetery in Agege, Lagos.

Daba worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). His acting career came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn, starred in October 1, Citation and many other top movies.

The actor battled with leukaemia and prostate cancer, before he threw in the towel.

His death was announced by the Nigerian Television Authority via a tweet that said, “Sad News; Veteran broadcaster and Nollywood actor Sadiq Daba is dead. He died this evening (Wednesday) after a long and excruciating battle with leukaemia and prostate cancer. May His Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace #RIPSadiqDaba.”

Sadiq Daba was a father to two children and grandchildren.

Meanwhile, some prominent Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the actor.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and other top influential people appreciated him for the joy he brought to homes.

“Sad that the cock will no longer crow at dawn. Sadiq Daba, thank you for the joy you brought into our homes. May your sins be forgiven, and your memories be a blessing,” he wrote.

A former senator, Shehu Sani, said of Daba, “He has been through a long journey of life. An ace presenter and actor from a generation of morally upright TV professionals.May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin.”

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Hushpuppi Hires Top Expert Lawyer, Loius Shapiro To Represent Him

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Ex-Instagram celebrity facing fraud and money laundering charges in the United States, Ramon Abass, also known as Hushpuppi, has hired a top-rated criminal defense lawyer, Loius Shapiro, to represent him in his trial.

This followed the withdrawal of Gal Pissetzky and Vicki Podberesky, his former attorneys.

It was reported how the two attorneys withdrew after months of negotiations with the United States Government.

Recall that Mr. Pissetzky, a top Chicago lawyer was initially hired to defend the 37-year-old but was later retained as a record counsel due to the transfer of Mr. Abass to Los Angeles and the lawyer’s inability to practice outside Chicago.

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As a result, Podberesky, a California-based criminal defense lawyer, was hired as his local council.

In the application dated January 21, Pissetzky, who claimed to have been negotiating with the government over the case, said Mr. Abass suddenly stopped communicating with him.

“Since Mr. Abbas’ arrest and arrival in the Central District of California, I have received voluminous discovery from the government and have been diligently reviewing it and investigating the allegations in this matter.

“My communications with Mr. Abbas are by telephone given my inability to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles due to the pandemic. Podberesky, as local counsel, has made several visits to see Mr. Abbas at the Santa Ana Jail and has also communicated with him by telephone,”
 he said.

Their request was, however, granted on February 22 and an order was issued in that regard.

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Sex hawker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k

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Sex Worker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k

A commercial sex worker, Victoria Chukwube has been apprehended in Ebonyi state while trying to sell her baby.

According to the State Police in Ebonyi, the woman was apprehended for allegedly trying to discard her baby for N40,000 only.

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Odah said, “So her name is Chukwube Victoria, she told us she is a commercial sex hawker and that she has this baby which she is carrying.

The 32-year-old woman said she needed to sell the four-month-old baby boy in order to raise money to start a business of selling drinks.

Ebonyi State Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah said Chukwube was arrested following a tip-off.

“She said if she leaves here she would continue to look out for prospective buyers.

“But we tried to talk to her and to make her see the value of being a mother, but she refused.

“She even told us that if we allow her to go home with the baby she will throw the baby away and that she can’t tell who got her pregnant.”

While Interrogating the lady, she refused to disclose her state of origin or local government but maintained that she does not have the financial capacity to take on the responsibility of caring for the child.
 
Chukwube said, “I am from Nigeria, 32 years old, a commercial sex hawker and my baby is just four months old. “I want to sell the baby at the rate of N40,000 to start up a business. I have a fridge and I reside at Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki.”

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