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TERRA KULTURE GETS NETFLIX SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE PROGRAMMES

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Leading educational and recreational organisation, Terra Kulture, has received a financial donation from a global streaming platform, Netflix.

In a statement sent to Sunday Scoop, the Lagos-based firm said the donation follows the recent announcement by Netflix to extend the Creative Equity Scholarship Fund for film and television students to select West and Central African countries to study at partner universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Gabon.

The donation received will further the organisation’s effort to promote the richness and diversity of the Nigerian arts and culture sector.

Speaking on the philanthropic gesture, the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Kulture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, said, “We are delighted to receive this donation from Netflix. It would be helpful to take our ongoing projects to the next step.

“Over these years, we have developed an in-depth understanding of arts, culture, and languages to impact the next generation most effectively. With the financial support received, Terra Kulture Academy for the Arts aims to fulfil its mission to support, upskill and inspire Nigeria’s creative youths through educational and recreational programmes that will yield benefits to themselves, their families, communities, and the overall Nigerian creative economy.”

The programme, which is free for attendees, is designed to provide training on key technical production skills for the creative industry as well as an entrepreneurial module for students to learn about the industry’s business side.

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MAVIN’S ‘OVERLOADING’, MOST TRENDING 2022 YOUTUBE MUSIC VIDEO

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Mavin Record Boss, Don Jazzy

YouTube has announced that Mavin Records’ ‘Overloading’ has emerged the most trending music video on Youtube for 2022.

Google’s Communications Manager for West Africa, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Kola-Ogunlade said other music videos on the most trending list are Rema’s ‘Calm Down’, Kizz Daniel and Tekno’s ‘Buga’, Asake’s ‘Sungba’, Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ and Skiibii’s ‘Baddest Boy’.

He highlighted others as Fireboy’s ‘Bandana’ and Asake’s ‘Peace Be Unto You’.

“YouTube unveiled lists ranking the top trending videos, music videos, shorts, and creators in Nigeria today.

“This year’s lists are reflective of the most important moments to unfold in 2022 on and offline, such as the performance video for Mavins’ Crayon, Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx and Boy Spyce’s song titled Overloading, episode 24 ‘Apocalypse of Selena Tested and Selina’, the Nollywood romantic comedy from Uduak Isong TV.

“Every year, the YouTube end-of-year top lists give us a glimpse into what people in Nigeria were most curious about.

“YouTube is the place where everyone comes to see what has and is happening in the world while participating in, and having an impact on today’s culture,” he said.

Kola-Ogunlade listed the top most trending videos as Selina Tested Selina, Best Friends in The World episode 1, Olukoti, 100 Days Building a Modern Underground Hunt with a Grass Roof and a Swimming Pool.

He identified others as Tegwolo and Mama Tegwolo Compilation Part 1, Cultists Clashes with OBO, Innocent Housemaid, Obsession and Cultists Number One.

Kola-Ogunlade stated that the most trending top shorts were ‘She Use Witchcraft to Take Our Money’, ‘Everyone Will Relate to This’, ‘Social Experiment’, ‘He Got His Daddy Back’, ‘Mummy GO addressed Tiwa Savage’ and ‘Granny Knocked in my Home’.

According to him, others include Kiss Daniel’s ‘Buga’, Traffic in Lagos Nigeria, Children Poor Prank and Amapiano Groovist.

“The top trending videos list is based on a range of factors beyond just views that indicate how ‘trending’ a video really is.

“The YouTube culture and trends team also consider engagement and looks at signals like shares and likes of a certain video.

“YouTube announced that YouTube Shorts are being watched by over 1.5B logged-in users every month and averaging over 30 billion daily views.

“YouTube paid more than $50billion to creators, artistes, and media companies in the three years before June 2022.

“More than two million people participate in YouTube’s partnerships programme around the world,” he said.

According to him, YouTube’s subscription services, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, now have more than 80 million users, around the world.

Kola-Ogunlade listed the top most trending creators as Real OGB Recent, Oga Sabinus, Neptune3studio, Official Broda Shaggi, Brain Jotter Comedian, House of Ajebo, Taaooma’s Cabin, Kiekie TV, MSA and Officer Woos.

He said the most trending breakout creators on YouTube were Neptune3studio, Shank Comics, Double Ds Twins, Kiriku Official TV, Stylebyreme, Bimbo Ademoye TV, Adam W, The Geng, Nurses Lecture Room and Wakawaka_Doctor.

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I’M STILL UP-AND-COMING, WIZKID DECLARES

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Afrobeats star, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid

Despite garnering several local and international awards in over 10 years of his career, Afrobeats star, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, still considers himself an up-and-coming artiste.

In an interview with 10 Magazine published on Thursday, the hit maker spoke at length on his blooming music career and bigger steps he planned on taking in future.

The Grammy winner mentioned that he has plans to take his label, Starboy Entertainment, to the levels of Roc Nation, Ovo, Universal, Sony, and RCA.

When asked about things he still planned to achieve as an entertainer of his calibre, the self-acclaimed Big Wiz stated that he didn’t feel “accomplished” despite the heights he has attained.

“I’m an up-and-coming artist,” he replied. “I don’t think I will ever feel like an accomplished artist or person, because I see life so different, you know? I still have a lot of work to do.”

However, the singer did not hesitate to boast about the influence of the Afrobeats genre in the current global music scene, and also took a dig at rappers in the same breath.

To him, the rap genre is “dead” as most rappers release songs with the same sounds.

“Afrobeats is the new pop. I sold two million copies in America off of one song! Even some American artists don’t have a diamond record. If I’m being honest, I don’t listen to any other genre of music anymore.”

“I don’t listen to rap. That shit is boring to me. It’s dead now. It’s tired. These guys do the same shit, rap on the same beats, same flows.

“No disrespect to nobody. I don’t have anything against rap or any other type of music. I have a lot of rappers as friends, like a lot. So I’m probably the wrong person to say this,” he said.

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TOKE MAKINWA ROBBED IN LONDON

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Television host, Toke Makinwa

Television host, Toke Makinwa has revealed that she was robbed of her valuables in London.

The incident happened after she recently attended the white wedding of Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic and her husband, Fidelis Anosike, in North Yorkshire, England.

Toke revealed the robbery incident on her Snapchat page three days after the wedding.

She stated that the burglars had taken her belongings, adding that she was left confused and puzzled as to how such an incident could have happened to her.

She wrote: “Just got robbed in London… I’m speechless. All my valuables are gone. Gosh! How could this happen to me.”

Earlier this week, Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, also bemoaned being robbed on her Instagram page after travelling to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to perform over the weekend.

She claimed the burglars broke into her hotel room, searched through her possessions, and stole every last dollar they could find.

She wrote: “A few minutes after I left my room, some unknown people decided to go through my things and steal all the money they could find, very good.”

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