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Rave News Digest: Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Goes Into Publishing, Kankara Boys Released, Lewandowski + More

Rave News Digest: Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Goes Into Publishing, Kankara Boys Released, Lewandowski + More


Jay-Z’s Roc Nation forms publishing imprint with Random House, Kankara boys have been released, Lewandowski wins FIFA best footballer. 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 topics…

1. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation forms publishing imprint with Random House

Roc Nation is starting a publishing imprint with Random House called Roc Lit 101. Per an announcement on Tuesday, Random House and Roc Nation plan on publishing and releasing “books at the dynamic intersection of entertainment and genre-defying literature.” Initial releases for next summer include “Till the End,” a memoir by retired pitching star CC Sabathia, and “Shine Bright” by music journalist Danyel Smith, a story of Black women in music combining memoir, criticism, and biography. A book by Meek Mill on “criminal justice and survival,” as well as memoirs by Yo Gotti and Fat Joe, and fantasy fiction from Lil Uzi Vert are also planned for the future, along with cookbooks, children’s books, and more.

Roc Lit 101 will be led by publisher and editor-in-chief of the Random House imprint One World, Chris Jackson, who has worked with Ta-Nehisi Coates, in partnership with Jana Fleishman, executive vice president of Roc Nation.

2. Nigeria: Hundreds of Nigerian schoolboys released, Katsina governor says

The Kankara boys

More than 300 schoolboys abducted last week by armed men in northwestern Nigeria have been released, the Katsina state government said Thursday. Gov. Aminu Bello Masari made the announcement on NTA. More than 800 students were at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, when it was attacked on Dec. 11 by armed men. Hundreds escaped and it was believed there were more than 330 still captive.

“At the moment, 344 of the students have been released and handed over to the security operatives. I think we can say at least we have recovered most of the boys, if not all of them,” he said.

3. Africa: Burundi’s ex-president Buyoya dies of COVID-19 at 71

Pierre Bunyoya

Former President of Burundi Pierre Buyoya has died aged 71. The family source said he died in Paris on Thursday due to COVID-19 complications. The retired army major had two spells in power for a total of 13 years after overthrowing his predecessors.

In October, he was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment by a Burundi court after he was accused of assassinating the country’s first democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993 – which sparked the killing of an estimated 300,000 people. He denied any wrongdoing. Last month, he resigned from an African Union role as envoy to the Sahel region, saying he wanted to devote more time to clear his name.

4. Ghana: Rawlings’ funeral postponed

J.J. Rawlings

The funeral rites of the late former president, Jerry John Rawlings has been postponed. The funeral rites were scheduled for Wednesday, December 23, 2020, but a statement from the office of the former president said “The office of the former President Jerry John Rawlings informs the general public that his funeral will no longer take place on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.”

Former President Jerry John Rawlings died at the age of 73 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra on November 12, 2020.

5. Best FIFA Football Awards 2020: Robert Lewandowski wins best men’s player of the year

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich, beating last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the top prize. The Poland striker scored 55 goals in just 47 games last season as he helped German giants Bayern to a treble.

Lewandowski, 32, finished as the top scorer in the league, cup, and Champions League. Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze won the best women’s player award. The winners were decided by nominations from national team captains and head coaches, an online ballot of fans, and 200 media representatives.

Cover photo credit: Instagram – rocnation

Our Week Day 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, the Nigerian news today, top African news, and sports stories. 2020

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