Mary J Blige to receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards, Rema confirms Raves & Roses Deluxe, New Super Eagle coaches announced. 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.
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1. Billboard Music Awards 2022: Mary J. Blige to receive Icon Award
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Award-winning R&B artist Mary J Blige is set to receive the distinguished Billboard Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards next month. Blige, who is a ten-time Billboard Music Award winner, will also take the stage for an epic performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. From winning the R&B Album of the Year award back in 1995, to taking home nine awards at the 2006 show including Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year; Hot 100 Airplay Song of the Year; R&B Albums Artist of the Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and more, Blige has earned her icon status.
The superstar entertainer joins ten other artists who have been crowned an icon at the BBMAs including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and more. The award event will take place and broadcast live on Sunday, May 15.
2. Rema confirms ‘Rave and Roses’ deluxe album
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Rema is back in Nigeria and was eager to connect with fans after the release of his debut album. The “Rave and Roses” album was well-received upon its drop. Despite the fact that there was no Nigerian or African collaboration on the album other than the producers, Rema’s album is making waves in Nigeria. The singer, who posted a video of himself rehearsing “Dirty,” one of the project’s most popular songs, on his Instagram page, later demanded questions from his fans via his Instagram story.
A fan asked Rema if there would be a deluxe version of the “Rave and Roses” album, and Rema said yes. He also confirmed that he has more than enough collaborations with Fireboy DML, which might be included in the deluxe edition of his album.
3. South Africa: Ayanda Thabethe welcomes her baby boy into the world
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First-time mom and media personality Ayanda Thabethe has welcomed her baby boy into the world. Taking to Instagram the “Celebrity Game Night” team leader shared an emotional video showing a step-by-step journey of her pregnancy right up until the birth of her bundle of joy. According to the video’s cover image, the baby was born on March 16. “Finally, my forever has come,” Ayanda captioned the video, which shows scenes of her newborn son being delivered via C-section and the medical team can all be heard saying: “he is a big baby.”
Grateful for the blessing she’s dubbed “her forever,” Ayanda penned a heartfelt caption for the video expressing her joy. The 31-year-old later shared that she and her partner — whom she has managed to keep out of the limelight — were expecting a boy. Mary J Blige Icon Award
Congratulations to the new mom on her bundle of joy.
4. WHO Chief: World treats crises affecting Blacks and Whites differently
The world is treating humanitarian crises differently depending on race according to the head of @WHO. Referencing the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia and the war in Ukraine, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the world ‘is not treating the human race the same way’ pic.twitter.com/2i3Y25KgvJ— SBS News (@SBSNews) April 14, 2022
The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, criticized the world’s hyperfocus on the war in Ukraine while it practically ignores human suffering in countries where the victims are not white. Speaking at a virtual press conference from Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, April 13, Tedros highlighted crises in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and his native Ethiopia. He questioned if “the world really gives equal attention to Black and white lives,” the Press reported.
WHO’s chief said he recognized the tragedy and global significance of the war in Ukraine but suggested that other crises don’t get the attention they deserve.
5. NFF announce new coaches for Nigeria national teams
NFF appoint Coaches for Nigeria's National teams:— Voice Of Meta-VOM (@Voiceofmeta) April 14, 2022
Salisu Yusuf – Home-based Super Eagles/Under 23 team.
Ike Shorounmu – Goalkeepers’ Trainer.
Finidi George/ Usman Abdallah – 2nd & 3rd assistants.
Ladan Bosso – Flying Eagles (U20).
Nduka Ugbade – Golden Eaglets (U17). pic.twitter.com/cdNeVoQ5CK
Former Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf has been named as head coach of the Super Eagles B as well as the Olympics team. Salisu was part of the Super Eagles’ technical crew that was fired following the country’s failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Nevertheless, he has been saddled with the responsibility of leading the country’s African Nations Championship squad and the country’s U23 squad. The Executive Committee of the NFF approved the recommendation of its Technical and Development Sub-Committee for the choice of the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars boss, who will be assisted by Kennedy Boboye, Fatai Osho, Abubakar Bala Mohammed, and Fidelis Ilechukwu. Mary J Blige Icon Award
Elsewhere, Nduka Ugbade was named as head coach of the Nigeria U17 national team. He will work with Ahmad Lawal Dankoli, Omoniyi Haruna Ilerika, Yemi Daniel, and Mohammed Nasiru Isah. Former Super Eagles star Ugbade captained Nigeria’s first cadet team that won the FIFA U16 World Cup in China in 1985. The U13/U15 Boys, known as Future Eagles, will be handled by coach Patrick Bassey with Abdullahi Tyabo Umar, Mohammed Kalli Kachalla, Ifeanyi Uba, Mohammed Kwairanga, and Abubakar Abdullahi his assistants.
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