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Sosi, Tyrod, Lil Lekxy Set For Big Beats Records Allstars Release

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Barely two months after signing on three new Afrobeats artists, Sosi, Tyrod, and Lil Lekzy under its management, Big Beats Records has announced plans to take the budding music stars to the next level in their career.

The chairman of the record label, Abimbola Hakeem expressed confidence in the potentials of Sosi, Tyrod, and Lil Lexzy saying they are the future of the Nigerian music industry.

“At Big Beats Records, we are confident of the talent imbued in Sosi, Tyrod, and Lil Lexzy because we went through a process before identifying their skills and potentials. These three young men are the future of Nigerian music and we are not in a rush to share their talent with the world of music. They are currently in the Big Beats Records academy, where they are going through a refining process and learning the tricks and hacks of the music industry while also creating new sounds that will compliment and dominate the music scene,” Abimbola said.

In the same vein, the Chief Executive Officer, Kunle Rashid, expressed delight in the three signed artists saying, “One thing that will stand these rare talents out will be their distinctive styles which are different from what we have at the moment. Interestingly, they will be merging these individual talents to create a Big Beats Records Allstars release soon.”

Profiling the three artists, Rashid explained that the Big Beats Academy where the signed artists are currently undergoing a refining process and are working with an in-house music producer.

Speaking of the artists, Rashid began with Lil Lekxy, whose real name is Olanrewaju Abdul Rasheed Olamilekan.

He said, “Lil Lekxy was born June 17, 1999 to a family of four in Alimosho area of Lagos State. He started his music career at a tender age of 13 and dropped his first single at the age 15. Lil Lekxy is an Afro pop artist who grew up listening to the likes of 9ice, Olamide, Vector and others. Lil Lexxy who hails from Kwara State, was signed to Big Beats Records in April, 2024.

“For Sosi Saheed Sabi, his life’s journey has been laced with challenges. Yet, in the midst of those struggles, Sosi never lost hope. His journey reflects in his songs which are filled with his life’s stories and hometown vibes. A native of Kenu, a small town in Baruten, Sosi’s music has touched hearts everywhere, earning him the endearing nickname “Sabi Kenu” in his hometown. Sosi was born on September 13, 1995 to the family of Mr Sosi Audu in Ilorin, Kwara State and he started chasing his musical dreams at just 15. Inspired by the melodies of his hometown, he decided to make music his life’s journey. Leaving Kwara State behind, he went on a quest to find his place in the music world. Word of his journey spread, and excitement brewed. Sosi wasn’t just another musician; he was a symbol of perseverance, a beacon of hope, promising something big. And then came April 2024, Sosi’s moment arrived with signing a contract with none other than Big Beats Record Label.

“Quadri Rasheed Abiodun, popularly known as (Tyrod Omo Mopol), was born on (December 1, 1996) into the Rasheed Raji family as the youngest of five siblings. He grew up in Port Harcourt. Tyrod who hails from a royal family in Irin Oye, Okuku Local Government, Osun State, has an upbringing steeped in tradition. He completed his education at Community Secondary School Ogbororo in Rivers State before pursuing further studies at Rivers State University of Science and Technology. His interest in music sparked at the age of 15 during his secondary school days in Port Harcourt. Despite his passion, his father, a police officer, and his mother, a trader, expressed concerns about his chosen career path, especially due to his habit of sneaking out to attend late-night music events. Quadri’s musical style encompasses Afro pop and R&B. He began writing lyrics at 14 but only decided to pursue music professionally after moving from Port Harcourt to Lagos in 2021. His musical journey reached a milestone in 2023 with the release of his debut single, “Faraway.” Finally, in 2024, Quadri’s talent was officially recognized when he signed with Big Beats Record Label, marking a significant achievement in his career.

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St. Ives Hospital Opens Ultra-Modern FESTAC Branch [PHOTOS]

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One of Nigeria’s fastest growing hospital groups and renowned fertility experts, St. Ives hospital has opened a new, ultra-modern branch at FESTAC, Lagos. The new hospital branch was declared open on Sunday, July 1, 2024 by the Group Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Babatunde Okewale. Also in attendant at the event were members of the hospital’s advisory board which included Mr. Adesegun Ajibola, SAN, Mrs. Bisi Adeyemi and Mr. Gbenga Badejo and medical directors and staff from its other branches.

The newly opened branch at FESTAC brings the number of the hospital to 5, with the other locations being Ikoyi, Ikeja, Akowonjo and Abeokuta. Facilities at the 45-bed hospital includes a children’s play area, which has become one of the signatures of all its branches, family convenience room, nursing stations, delivery suite, pharmacy, neonatal unit, theatre, X-Ray room, radio diagnostic, fertility unit, IVF/ ART unit, andrology laboratory, IVF theatre, and an emergency/ observation room.

In her welcome address at the event, the hospital’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs. Kiki Okewale disclosed that the hospital’s mission has always been to offer dedicated consultant-led, technology-driven healthcare services to women, children, family and fertility in a friendly environment. In her words, ‘over the years, we have built a reputation for being a trusted healthcare provider, and our new FESTAC branch is a testament to our commitment to expanding our reach and enhancing the quality of care we provide’.

Reputed as one of the hospitals championing reversal of medical tourism in Nigeria, due to the outstanding success rate in IVF, St. Ives with the new, state of the art, ultra-modern branch at FESTAC will further push the frontier of the medical profession through the use of advanced technology, in delivering qualitative healthcare services to their patients. St. Ives hospital adopts a success oriented-approach towards fertility, which has seen it become the go to hospital for families facing the challenges of conception.

St. Ives Hospital is a multi-specialist hospital that began operation in 1996. The hospital offers dedicated specialist services in all matters of women, children and family/fertility healthcare. The hospital is well managed by a dedicated team of specialists and consultants with years of experience in the medical profession. They provide a wide range of specialist services in OBGYN, Pediatrics, medicine and surgery.

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MOHBAD: Late Singer’s Family Conducts Fresh Autopsy

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The family of late singer Mohbad (born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba) has ordered a second toxicology test to uncover the truth behind his mysterious death on September 12.

Following his burial the next day, Mohbad’s body was exhumed on September 21 for an autopsy, which was conducted on the same day.

However, in May, it was revealed that the pathologist conducting the autopsy informed the coroner that Mohbad’s body had decomposed by the time the test was performed, potentially compromising the results.

The new toxicology test aims to provide clarity on the circumstances surrounding his death.

The pathologist also said the cause of the singer’s death could not be ascertained.

Mohbad’s autopsy result from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) showed that “no significant gross finding” could be attributed to the singer’s death.

The toxicology “revealed the positive finding of Diphenhydramine, an anti-histamine; however, this concentration was not in a fatal or lethal range”.

Last month, the Aloba family rejected the autopsy result while also demanding an independent post-mortem and toxicology test.

In a statement on Tuesday, Monisola Odumosu, a member of Aloba’s legal team, said a two-part autopsy is being conducted on Mohbad.

She disclosed that the first phase had been carried out last week while the second part involved “a toxicology and histology test”.

The lawyer added that the procedure was witnessed by Joseph Aloba, Mohbad’s father, and a pathologist representing Wunmi, the late singer’s wife.

“The second autopsy as requested by the Aloba family and ordered by the Magistrate of the Coroner Court, Ms. T.A. Shotobi, was conducted on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, 2024. This autopsy is a two-part exercise, with the first part now completed,” the statement reads in part.

“If the cause of death cannot be determined from this initial examination, the second part will proceed, involving a toxicology and histology test on the necessary samples already obtained.

“This comprehensive procedure, conducted last Friday, was witnessed only by Mr. Joseph Aloba, the forensic pathologist appointed by Mr. Joseph Aloba and his team, legal representatives of both Mr. Joseph Aloba and  a pathologist appointed by Wunmi Aloba to observe the procedure.”

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Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Now $37bn, Up By $2bn In 18 Days — CBN Governor Cardoso

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The country’s foreign exchange reserves have surged to $37.05 billion as of July 18 according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso announced this development during a press briefing on Tuesday, following the 296th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

The reserves experienced a significant boost, rising by $2.35 billion from $34.70 billion at the end of June to $37.05 billion in just 18 days.

“As of July 18, 2024, external reserves stood at US$37.05 billion, compared with US$34.70 billion as of June 2024. This represents 11 months of import cover for goods and services,” Cardoso said.

However, according to data published by CBN and seen by TheCable, Nigeria’s foreign reserves stood between $35.93 billion as of July 18, and $36.23 billion as of July 22, less than what Cardoso presented.

On July 18, CBN approved the sale of foreign exchange (FX) to eligible bureau de change (BDC) operators at N1,450 per dollar to meet the demand for invisible transactions.

Days after, CBN said foreign currencies worth $106.5 million were sold to authorised dealers.

CBN said the aim is to improve supply in the FX market in tandem with its price stability mandate.

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