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Emmanuel Macron, President of France, will on Tuesday visit the New Afrika Shrine founded by Nigerian music icon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

The shrine, located in Ikeja, capital city of Lagos, replaced Anikulapo-Kuti’s original club that burnt down in 1977.

It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival.

Macron, who is visiting the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to attend the AU summit on Sunday, will join President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja to discuss issues on security and terrorism, after which he will head for Lagos.

Macron had trained as a senior civil servant at the French embassy in Lagos in 2004.

“The Shrine is a must-see place,” said Olivier Laouchez, head, TRACE media and entertainment group and organiser of the event Macron will attend.

The evening will feature concerts, fashion shows by leading African designers and a meeting with stars from Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry.

“There is clearly something abuzz in Lagos, with auctions mushrooming, and this will explode,” said contemporary art specialist Marie-Cecile Zinsou.

“The idea is to show the richness and diversity of African cultures.

“Europe does not know Africa or at least its cultural dimension.”

Afrika Shrine showcases photo galleries of Anikulapo-Kuti’ and features weekly shows by his son Femi Kuti, and sometimes Seun, thus making it a tourist attraction

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I Was Born To Be An Actress, Says Canada-Based Yetunde Adeyemi

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Yetunde Adeyemi is a Canada-based actress and movie producer.

She is also a beautician who makes other ladies look beautiful.

This stunning beauty is into make-up and Hair.

She spoke to Citypeople Magazine a few days back about her success story.

Below are excerpts.

Please introduce yourself to us and what you do for a living

My name is Yetunde Adeyemi “CEO” yetibae.beautymakeup

I was born to be an Actress

Am a beautician (eyebrow tech, makeup artist, hairstylist, and so on…)

How did acting start for you?

Felt like I was born with it … I started in my primary school … at the age of 12yrs whereby the school had to take us from one province to another to perform on stage …and I always felt awesome about entertaining people…

How long have you been acting?

Been into movie production since 2006 …15yrs

How challenging has it been sustaining your interest in acting abroad?

As an international producer, we struggle to get the development funding and also the cinema distributor, which is still healthy but different somehow …

Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Which schools did you attend?

I was born in Lagos, grew up in Lagos, spent my adult age in Abuja …

I attended a couple of primary schools…(federal government college ijanikin), I finished from a private school (Tedoa nursery school)

For my Secondary school, I attended Iludun Oro comprehensive high school in Kwara State …

I attended the University of Abuja.

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Made Kuti Bags First Grammy Nomination After AFRIMA

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Made Kuti, son of Afrobeat maestro, Femi Kuti, has bagged his first Grammy nominations.

The grandson of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, earned his first nominations at the 64th Grammy Awards as his father bagged his fifth Grammy nomination.

The nominations for the 64th Grammy awards were announced on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, by the Recording Academy. Made Kuti, alongside his father, made the cut for the nominations in one of the 86 categories for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards.

Made Kuti and Femi Kuti’s joint album, ‘Legacy +,’ was nominated for the Best Global Music Album at The 64th Grammys. The Kutis were nominated in the same category alongside Angelique Kidjo for her album, ‘Mother Nature,’ Rocky Dawumi for the album, ‘Voice of Bunbon Volume 1,’ and Wizkid for his album, ‘Made In Lagos.’

Reacting to the feat, Made Kuti said, “My mind is blown!! A Grammy nomination from my debut album! All those years I spent practicing all those instruments by myself to record an album, I would play every instrument in by myself! Notating the music, recording it, editing it! Thank you to everyone that was involved.”

Made makes his mark as the third Kuti to earn a Grammy nomination. Neither his father, Femi nor his uncle, Seun Kuti, have won the award.

Earlier in 2021, the rising Afrobeat musician scooped his first award nomination at the All Africa Music Awards. Made earned a nomination in the Best artiste, duo, or group in the African jazz category. The singer’s song, Free Your Mind, earned him the nomination.

Other nominees in the category are Nigeria’s Tomi Owo and Olu, South Africa’s Thandi Ntuli, Zoe Modiga, and Bokani Dyer, Cameroon’s Franck Biyong, Kenya’s Hornsphere, Mozambique’s Jimmy Dludlu.

Made, the first son of Femi Kuti and Funke Kuti has been walking on a familiar and family path of music since he was young. He was a member of his father’s Positive Force band for a while after he graduated from London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2018.

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BREAKING: Veteran Comic Actor, Baba Suwe Is Dead

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Veteran Nigerian comic actor, Babatunde Omidina fondly referred to as Baba Suwe is dead.

The news of his death was confirmed but the president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan also known as Mr Latin.

In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Mr Latin said, “It has been confirmed that Baba Suwe is dead. I just got off the phone with his son who confirmed that the actor is dead. I don’t have much details about his death.”

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