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How Nigeria’s Afropop Sensation, Holmes Turned The Heat Of 2020 Into A Hit

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Nigeria’s talented music sensation, Umughare Aghogho Prosper popularly known as Holmes, who is fast establishing himself as one of the great artistes on the continent with his Afro-fusion genre of pleasant sound has continued to break fallow grounds in the entertainment industry, despite the challenges that hit the year 2020.

No stage performances, no gigs, no concerts, no doubt, the year 2020 came with a lot of hits for many people from various walks of life all around the world and, Nigeria’s entertainers are not left out from the heat of the covid-19 pandemic, #EndSARS protests, and the likes, but for Holmes, the heat became his ‘hits’ as this has affected his career in a positive way.

The talented singer’s focus and dedication to his music career saw him hit eight singles in a pandemic year, boasting of high profile collaborations with Ycee, Yung6ix, and multiple award-winning mega-superstar, Davido, and DJ Neptune, meanwhile, and he is nowhere near slowing down on dishing out his best in terms of good music and entertaining his millions of fans across the continent. His hard work has seen him deliver hit singles that are ruling the airwaves; Magician, Break It In January, Love, Sade, Finally, and several others.

A Native of Delta State, Warri, Holmes’ growing and amazing success story cannot be distant from the massive support from his record label, Addictive Music Worldwide and D’Luxe Management under the supervision of Franklin Amudo whose wealth of experience is contributing amazingly to Holmes’ transcendence into the top rank of Afrobeat musicians, not just in Nigerian, but Africa.

He is not just unique in his work rate, but also in his sound that stands him out among many, creating his own unique flavour of Afropop music. According to him, his music is mostly inspired by life generally with its challenges, especially drawing from the numerous number peculiar to Nigerians and then, ladies who would find several attractions in his music.

Holmes’ latest single, which featured one of the greatest DJs in Africa, DJ Neptune has been attracting massive positive reviews. The Amanpiano-inspired song which was released in November, on top digital platforms like iTunes and Boomplay, has been creating melodious fever and has continued to receive positive vibes from industry heads and fans. Finally was produced by P Loops and the video, filmed in a choice reserved factory in South Africa was shot by the Shelf director, Sesan Ogunro

The 28-year-old singer’s music career has continued to skyrocket since his debut single, “Magician” produced by Kel P, followed by his hit single and then the much talked about collaboration with the DMW records honcho himself, Davido, “Love” released early in the year.

If his past and present are anything to go by, Holmes is already stepping into 2021 on a very high note as his popularity and fame continue to grow immensely.

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Headies: Omah Lay Wins Next Rated As Fireboy Grabs 4 Awards [ Full List Of Winners]

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Popular Nigerian singer, Omah Lay won the ‘Next Rated Award’ at the 14th edition of the Headies which held on Sunday night.

The award which is the most sought-after category was keenly contested between Tems, Omah Lay, Oxlade, and Bella Shmurda.

Similarly, Fireboy left the 14th Headies with four awards as he won the Best R&B Album, Best R&B Single, Best Pop Album, and Revelation of the Year.

The 14th Headies Awards held at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos State.

Wizkid also made a special appearance at the Headies while also winning the Viewers Choice Award and Artiste of the Year.

Here are the list of Winners:

Next rated : Omah Lay

Rookie of the year: BadBoyTimz

Artiste of the year: Wizkid

Best Pop Album: Fireboy (Apollo)

Best Vocal male performance – Praiz

Best Vocal female Performance- Niniola

African Artist Recognition: Master KG

Best Street Hop artiste – Mayorkun

Best Recording of the year – Brymo

Best Music Video – One Milli by Director K

Best Pop Single- Nobody – Dj Neptune

Headies Revelation of the Year – Fireboy

Best Rap Single – Falz (Bop Daddy)

Best Alternative Song: Moelogo

Best Alternative Album: Roots (The Cavemen)

Songwriter of the Year: Simi (Duduke)

Best Rap Album: AQ (God’s Engineering)

Lyricist on the roll – ILLBliss (Country)

Best Collaboration- Only you (Ladipoe ft Simi)

Best R&B Single – Fireboy

Best R&B album – Fireboy

Viewers Choice – Wizkid

Producer of the Year: Pheelz

Headies Hall of Fame: King Sunny Ade

Special Recognition: Eedris Abdulkareem

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70 Obas, Top Dignitaries To Grace Ground Breaking Ceremony Of Olofin of Ado-Odo’s Private Residence

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All is now set for the official launching and foundation laying ceremony of the Ultra-Modern private residence of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr Abdul-Lateef Adeniran Akanni, the Olofin Adimula Of Ado-Odo, Awori Kingdom.

The event, which will take place on Saturday, 20th Of February, 2021 will have about 70 Obas and several dignitaries from different walks of life in attendance.

Taking place at the Ogun state housing co-operation in Ado-Odo, this record-breaking event will serve as another huge development in the community.

Oba Dr Abdul-Lateef Adeniran Akanni since his reign has brought massive development to Ado-Odo, making the community one of the most envious in terms of rapid growth and development.

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JUST IN: Police Arrest Birthday Celebrant, 75 Other COVID-19 Violators In Lagos [PHOTO]

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In a bid to ensure total compliance with the coronavirus protocol released by Federal Government, the Nigerian Police have arrested a birthday celebrant and 75 other guests and sealed the event center, FM Mogame, for aiding the contravention of the COVID-19 guidelines announced by the government to flatten the curve.

Those arrested at the party were Popoola Michael, Adeyemo Opeyemi, Ramon salami, Kareem Akeem, Balogun Nurudeen, and 71 other guests found within the event center located at John Ogunnaike Street, Ikeja Lagos

The celebrant and other guests arrested by the law enforcement agency were apprehended for organizing and attending a party with more than 50 persons within an enclosed area, a contravention of the coronavirus protocol approved to curtail community transmission of the virus.

Confirming the arrest, the spokesman for Lagos Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Saturday, said that the State’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, supervised the arrest and ensured the premises were sealed immediately to serve as a deterrent to other event center owners aiming to violate the law.

Adejobi explained that Odumosu ordered their arrest after a head-count revealed that the guest at the party were completely above the number stated in the protocol announced by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

According to him, the approval for the party was for 100 guests, outdoor, not indoor. The party had more than 300 guests in d Hall contrary to the Safety Commissions’ approval for events. And due to this, the place has been sealed up while the organizers have been arrested.

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