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Rave News Digest: DJ Twitch Passes On, Funke Akindele Bids Nollywood Farewell, Ronaldo + More

Rave News Digest: DJ Twitch Passes On, Funke Akindele Bids Nollywood Farewell, Ronaldo + More


Famed DJ and dancer, DJ Twitch is dead, Funke Akindele bids Nollywood farewell, Ronaldo training with former club. 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. 

1. Famed DJ and dancer, DJ Twitch is dead

DJ Twitch born Stephen Boss, who spent years as the house DJ for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is dead. He reportedly died by suicide. Multiple reports say that Boss’ wife, Allison Holker Boss, entered a Los Angeles police station on Tuesday upset because he left home without his car. She told officers that it was unlike him to do so. According to the report, police later got a call reporting a shooting at a Los Angeles hotel where Boss was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The multi-talented star got his start in entertainment in 2008 as a runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance.” He was also an actor playing Jason in the “Step Up” movies. Boss also appeared in “Magic Mike XXL.” Boss started DJing on Ellen’s hit show in 2014 and remained on the show until it wrapped earlier this year. In 2020, he was named an executive producer. Stephen leaves his wife, Allison, whom he married in 2013, and three children. 

Our condolences go out to those he left behind.

2. Funke Akindele bids Nollywood farewell as she goes into politics fully

Filmmaker and politician, Funke Akindele has disclosed her plans to step away from Nollywood to focus on her political career, as she hints at “Battle on Bukka Street” as her last movie. While confirming her PDP deputy governorship candidacy in July, Akindele said that she was ready to pay the price of facing politics, which would mean temporarily halting her career in the Nigerian film industry.

In an interview, the filmmaker stated that her most recent film, “Battle on Buka Street,” is her final project before delving fully into politics. The actress, who is running to become the next deputy governor of Lagos State, claimed that she would still be present in the background to guide and monitor the newcomers, she is only allowing them to carry on with the work.

3. South Africa: Zakes Bantwini crowned GQ’s Musician of the Year

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Zakes Bantwini’s winning streak has been a sight to behold. At the weekend, the Grammy-nominated DJ and music producer continued on this streak and added to his growing trophy cabinet when he was awarded Musician of the Year at GQ’s Men of the Year awards. While Zakes was unable to attend due to a prior commitment, his wife, Nandi Madida claimed the award on his behalf.

“Thank you to GQ for recognizing me as Musician of the Year,” said Zakes. “It feels so special to have been able to achieve such a feat 20 years into my career. I’m filled with so much gratitude and joy at what my team and I have been able to achieve this year. Now we’re looking forward to the All Africa Music Awards and the Grammys next year. We aren’t done yet.”

4. SZA announces first arena tour

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SZA’s new album, “SOS,” just dropped to critical acclaim, and she is now heading out on tour. “Time to take this sh*t on the road,” the star singer wrote in an Instagram post where she shared the official tour flyer. The tour kicks off on February 21 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, and wraps on March 22 at the Kia Forum in SZA’s hometown, Los Angeles.

Singer-songwriter Omar Apollo will open up for SZA. In a recent interview with People, he talked about performing, saying, “Even just owning up to hard times. When you’re on stage. When I feel a way, I’ll tell the whole crowd, ‘I’ve been having a really weird week.’ And then I’ll turn it into ‘So I want you guys to be really loud so we can all just feel better.'”

5. Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid to train as Portugal star continues search for new club

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training base as he plots his next steps after leaving Manchester United. After it was confirmed that United and Ronaldo had agreed on his mutual release at the beginning of the World Cup, much has been made of the 37-year-old’s future. But while speculation continues to rumble on about his next club, with many believing it to be Saudi outfit Al-Nassr, reports say that Ronaldo will train at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas complex until his future is decided.

A tell-all interview with Piers Morgan, in which Ronaldo heavily criticized United and Erik ten Hag, was the final straw following months of building tension. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner refused to come off the bench and headed down the tunnel prematurely in arguably United’s most convincing victory of the season so far against Tottenham and was fined and dropped from the first team as a result.

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

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