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Rave News Digest: Lewis Hamilton Receives Knighthood, Amazon Prime Video Signs Deal With Nigeria’s Inkblot, Mercedes + More

Rave News Digest: Lewis Hamilton Receives Knighthood, Amazon Prime Video Signs Deal With Nigeria’s Inkblot, Mercedes + More


Lewis Hamilton receives knighthood, Amazon Prime Video signs deal with Inkblot productions, Mercedes withdraws Abu Dhabi Grand Prix appeal. 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. Lewis Hamilton receives Knighthood at Windsor Castle

Sir Lewis Hamilton officially received his knighthood from the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, December 15. The 36-year-old was awarded his knighthood and the resulting title in the 2021 New Year Honors list after matching Michael Schumacher with his seventh Formula 1 World Championship.

Hamilton appeared at Windsor Castle alongside his mother Carmen, who watched her son become the fourth Formula 1 driver in history to be knighted, following on from Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jack Brabham.

2. Amazon prime video confirms multi-year deal with Nigeria’s Inkblot studios

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed its first Nollywood distribution deal with Nigerian film production company, Inkblot Productions. According to multiple reports, the Damola Ademola, Zulumoke Oyibo and Chinaza Onuzo founded company recently signed a multiyear contract that will see Amazon Prime Video have exclusive distribution rights to its 2022 theatrical releases.

Some of the films already licensed by the streamer include “Moms At War 2”, “The Set Up 2”, “New Money 3” and new titles including “Charge and Bail”, “Superstar” and “The Blood Covenant.” Amazon made its first public appearance in Nollywood back in November at the 2021 AFRIFF.

3. South Africa: SA to retain level 1 curbs in Omicron fight

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has retained the lockdown at adjusted level 1 in the battle against the Omicron variant, health authorities said on Thursday. In the past few days, SA has reported more than 20,000 new daily COVID-19 infections, but scientists see no sign yet that the variant causes more severe illness.

The decision followed the council’s deliberation on safety measures recommended by the department to avert any surge in infections during the festive period, it said.

4. First skatepark in Ghana will honor Virgil Abloh

On November 28, American designer Virgil Abloh passed away after privately battling a rare form of cancer. Now, clothing brands Off-White and Daily Paper will honor the fashion icon at Freedom Skatepark in Accra, Ghana. During the December 15 opening ceremony of Freedom Skatepark, Ghana’s first-ever skatepark, they paid tribute to Abloh, who was overseeing the project before he died. The tribute will include music and a skating session in memory of Abloh.

Surf Ghana, a nonprofit organization that supports outdoor sports in the West African country, began fundraising for Freedom Skatepark a year ago. Abloh, Off-White, and Daily Paper joined forces to help make the park a reality.

5. Mercedes drop F1 appeal and congratulate Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team dropped plans to appeal against the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix outcome on Thursday and congratulated Max Verstappen as Formula One world champion. Red Bull’s Verstappen, 24, seized the title after overtaking seven-time world champion Hamilton on the last lap of the race amid uproar over how a late safety car period was conducted.

The Dutch driver is due to collect his trophy at a gala awards ceremony in Paris on Thursday evening. Mercedes welcomed the governing FIA’s decision, announced on Wednesday, to analyse what happened at Yas Marina and bring clarity for the future. Mercedes had announced their intention to appeal after two post-race protests were dismissed. The deadline was Thursday evening.

Featured image: lewishamilton | 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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