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Rave News Digest: Meghan Markle’s Children’s Book Tops New York Times Bestseller List, Tope Alabi Apologizes, Eriksen + More

Rave News Digest: Meghan Markle’s Children’s Book Tops New York Times Bestseller List, Tope Alabi Apologizes, Eriksen + More


Meghan Markle’s children’s book tops New York Times bestseller list, Tope Alabi apologizes, Eriksen discharged. 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. Meghan Markle’s children’s book ‘The Bench’ tops New York Times bestseller list

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Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has another descriptor to add to her name: bestselling author. Markle’s first children’s book, “The Bench,”  reached the #1 position on The New York Times Bestseller List one week after it was published on June 8. The picture book, which celebrates the special bond between fathers and sons, tops the bestseller’s list on the week before Father’s Day.

Markle thanked her supporters in a statement posted on her and Prince Harry’s Archewell website. In addition, Markle dedicated The Bench to her husband and their son, Archie Harrison.

2. Nigeria: Tope Alabi apologizes to fellow gospel singer Adeyinka Alaseyori following the criticism of her record

Gospel singer Tope Alabi apologized to her colleague Adeyinka Alaseyori after publicly criticizing her song, “Oniduro mi.”  In a now-viral video, Tope Alabi was filmed criticizing Alaseyori’s song ‘Oniduro Mi,’ which describes God as ‘My Guarantor.’ Alabi was critical of the song, saying it does not explain God’s powers fully in a comment that caused an internet storm.

Following the controversy that trailed the comment, Ms. Alabi has apologized to Alaseyori, whom she referred to as her daughter. Alabi said she has dealt with the situation in private with other stakeholders in the gospel music ministry. She also scoffed at the suggestion that she commented out of jealousy.

3. South Africa: Scoop Makhathini says new school rap kids should give Nasty C his flowers

While “rap beefs” and rivalry are infamous in the world of hip hop, Scoop Makhathini doesn’t believe “beefing”  is always the right approach for newbies to take, saying he believes newcomers should appreciate those who came before them. Sharing his thoughts on the latest episode of POPcast, Scoop said he has realized that people in SA have a tendency of hating trendsetters but seemingly celebrate people who “bite” or copy the original creative move.

As an example, Scoop spoke about how many hip hop enthusiasts “hate” Nasty C but love newbie rapper Blxkie, who he alleges actually bit his type of flow from Nasty C. Scoop’s comments expectedly stirred up a debate on Twitter.

4. ECOWAS holds its 59th Ordinary Session today

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo — ECOWAS Chairman | Photo:

Some Heads of State and the Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) converged earlier today in Accra for their 59th Ordinary Session. The regional meeting, chaired by Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was held to consider the outcome of the 86th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the ECOWAS, which was held last Thursday at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.

The report of the meeting will be submitted to the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government at today’s Ordinary Session for their consideration and action.

5. Christian Eriksen: Denmark midfielder discharged from hospital

Christian Eriksen has been discharged from the hospital after a “successful”  operation to fit a heart-starting device. The 29-year-old Denmark midfielder suffered cardiac arrest during his side’s defeat to Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.

He visited the team on Friday and will now return home with his family.

Cover photo credit: Instagram – archewell_hm

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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