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Rave News Digest: Kerry Washington Signs Podcast Deal With Audible, Muyiwa Olarewaju Awarded OBE, Lewandowski + More

Rave News Digest: Kerry Washington Signs Podcast Deal With Audible, Muyiwa Olarewaju Awarded OBE, Lewandowski + More


Kerry Washington signs podcast deal with Audible, Muyiwa Olarewaju awarded OBE by Queen Elizabeth, Lewandowski wins Best FIFA Men’s Player. 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. Kerry Washington signs deal with Audible to produce three scripted podcast series

Kerry Washington penned a business deal with Audible for her Simpson Street Productions to deliver three scripted podcast series to the Amazon-owned storytelling service. Washington and Simpson Street will serve as executive producers on all of the audio projects.

The first podcast will be the supernatural thriller “Prophecy,” which Washington stars in, and it will launch later this year. That’s followed by “Between Me and You,” a romantic comedy, and then the drama “The Last Black Queen.”

2. Nigeria: Gospel singer Muyiwa Olarewaju awarded OBE by Queen Elizabeth II

BBC One talent show judge, radio host, and award-winning British gospel singer, Muyiwa Olarewaju, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List 2020. The vibrant performer is known to television audiences as a star of Songs of Praise’s Gospel Choir of the Year.

He was awarded the honor for being hugely instrumental in popularizing the gospel music genre on a global scale by mixing traditional gospel music with elements from Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, with soul, R&B, and pop. Prince William handed the OBE medal to Muyiwa at the event on the 12th of January 2022.

Congratulations to Mr. Olarewaju on the honor.

3. South Africa: Media personality Tshepi Vundla gives birth

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Influencer Tshepi Vundla and her musician boyfriend JR have welcomed the latest addition to their family — a healthy baby girl. Tshepi shared snap of her infant daughter, who already has a stunning head of hair. She shared that her princess arrived on January 14 and expressed her gratitude for her safe arrival. “Our healthy beautiful Princess is here,” Tshepi captioned the snap.

JR and Tshepi already have one child, four-year-old Siba. The couple have been together for a few years and their family unit is one of the most talked about on social media.

Congratulations to the couple on their bundle of joy.

4. Tanzania’s first Netflix film ‘gives women a voice’

Netflix is spreading its scape across Africa as it has recently premiered its first movie in Tanzania. Binti, which was first aired on Netflix on January 7, is a story about the lives and struggles of four women surviving extreme hardship in Dar es Salaam. Godliver Gordian, one of the film’s actresses, told the press the film helps expose the pain that women in families silently endure.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles film festival last year — and was screened around the world including in Kenya, US, and in Germany before the Netflix deal.

5. Robert Lewandowski: Bayern striker wins Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was named 2021 Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, while Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo landed the special award. Lewandowski, 33, claimed the prize for the second consecutive year after scoring 69 goals. He won ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Paris St-Germain’s Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo was lauded for being the men’s international all-time top scorer. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel won the award for the Best FIFA Men’s coach for guiding Chelsea to their second Champions League title after only joining the club in January. Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy won the award for the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper after a successful first season with the club.

Featured image: kerrywashington | Instagram

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 2021. 

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