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Rave News Digest: Billboard Women In Music Awards Announces 2022 Honorees, Mabel Makun Opens Up About Pregnancy Struggles, Rafael Nadal Wins Aus Open + More

Rave News Digest: Billboard Women In Music Awards Announces 2022 Honorees, Mabel Makun Opens Up About Pregnancy Struggles, Rafael Nadal Wins Aus Open + More


Billboard Women in Music Awards announces 2022 honorees, AY Makun’s wife, Mabel opens up about pregnancy struggles, Rafael Nadal wins Australian Open. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news stories…

1. 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards announces Doja Cat, Saweetie, Summer Walker as honorees

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The Billboard Women In Music Awards has announced its honorees for the 2022 celebration and it’s jam-packed with the industry’s brightest stars, from Saweetie and Summer Walker to the supremely talented Doja Cat. Set to take place Wednesday, March 2 at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s ceremony will be hosted by Ciara, who took home the prestigious Woman Of The Year Award in 2008.

While the annual ceremony has been around for a while, this year is different as, for the first time, tickets for Billboard’s Women In Music Awards will be available to the public for purchase beginning in February. Additionally, the event will also be streamed live. All of the other honorees, including the prestigious 2022 Woman of the Year Award, performers, and celebrity presenters, will be announced at a later date.

2. Comedian AY Makun’s wife, Mabel shares pregnancy struggles

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Comedian, AY Makun’s wife, Mabel Makun, has recounted how she suffered three miscarriages, anal bleeding, and other medical conditions before the birth of her second child. The couple’s second child arrived 13 years after the first. In a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday, January 30, the new mom shared the pains and trauma she had to endure during her waiting years.

Mabel said she hopes her story would serve as an encouragement to anyone who might also be going through similar experiences out there. AY and Mabel have been married since 2008.

3. South Africa: Ayanda Thabethe announces pregnancy

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Congratulations are in order for TV presenter and model Ayanda Thabethe who is joining the ever-growing list of celebrities entering motherhood for the first time. The media personality took to her Instagram to announce in a beautifully shot video that she’s about to become a first-time mother.

Grateful for the blessing she’s dubbed “her forever”, Ayanda penned a heartfelt caption for the video expressing her joy. “More than my heart can hold. Greater than I deserve. Beyond everything I could ask for. An answer to a secret and nervous prayer. Finally, my forever has come …” wrote the media personality. It is unclear who the father is, as the model has kept her private life away from prying eyes after previous relationships.

4. Burkina Faso coup: New leader Damiba gives first speech

Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba led a mutiny that ousted President Roch Kaboré on Monday. He blamed the president for failing to contain violence by Islamist militants. He made his first national speech since taking power on the eve of an emergency summit of West African leaders, called in response to the coup. On Friday, the regional bloc, ECOWAS, suspended Burkina Faso because of the military takeover. The 15-member bloc also called for the immediate release from house arrest of the ousted president and other detained officials. ECOWAS agreed to send a delegation to meet the coup leaders in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Wearing a red beret and army fatigues in his national address on Thursday evening, Lt-Col Damiba, 41, said he will meet representatives of various sections of society to agree on a roadmap for reform. He added that Burkina Faso needed international partners “more than ever”, following condemnation of the coup.

5. Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev from two sets down in Melbourne epic match

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Rafael Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam men’s title in the most stunning fashion, fighting back from two sets down to beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final. Backed by a loud Melbourne crowd, sixth seed Nadal rallied to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena. US Open champion Medvedev was going for his second successive major title. Medvedev, 25, was in command before Nadal showed all of his renowned grit and fight to earn an impressive win.

The 35-year-old Spaniard has been at the center of some of the sport’s most incredible triumphs – but this indeed goes down as the most amazing Grand Slam victory of his illustrious career. Nadal’s achievement comes only a few months after he thought he would never be able to return to the tour because of a foot injury. In the absence of the deported Novak Djokovic and the injured Roger Federer in Melbourne, Nadal has moved one ahead of his great rivals in the race to finish with most major men’s singles titles.

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Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Nollywood to Hollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2022. 

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