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Rave News Digest: Singer, Oxlade Set To Make Acting Debut, Sports Celebrities Concerned About Missing Tennis Player, Peng Shuai, De Bruyne + More

Rave News Digest: Singer, Oxlade Set To Make Acting Debut, Sports Celebrities Concerned About Missing Tennis Player, Peng Shuai, De Bruyne + More


Oxlade set to make acting debut, sport celebrities express concern over missing Chinese tennis player, Kevin Ade Bruyne tests positive for COVID-19. 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. Oxlade to make acting debut in short film ‘Without You’

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Nigerian music sensation, Oxlade is officially set to take a huge leap into Nigeria’s film industry with a debut acting role. The 23-year-old music star recently landed a lead role in “Without You”, a soon to be released short film directed by Afolabi Olalekan. Produced by Adeola Omooba, the short film centres on an unusual love story. It questions how far we are willing to go for love.

The 1121 company and Abazee Productions collaboration will see Oxlade star alongside “Riona” star Chioma Okafor, Nzube Ezikeoha, and Isaac Egberamen. It launches on YouTube on November 21, 2021.

2. Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka join international voices concerned about disappearance of Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shuai

Tennis superstar Serena Williams took to social media Thursday, November 18 to call for an investigation and to voice concern about the well-being of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who disappeared after accusing a former high-ranking Chinese government official of sexual assault.

Peng Shuai, a French Open and Wimbledon doubles champion, accused retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home three years ago. She posted her allegation on November 2 on her social media account on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform. The post was deleted, and she hasn’t been seen since then.

Fellow superstar Naomi Osaka weighed in on the disappearance on Tuesday November 16. Several other notable current and former tennis stars have added their voices to the call for an investigation. Men’s no. 1 player Novak Djokovic called her disappearance “shocking,” and retired women’s star Chris Evert described the entire situation as “disturbing.”

3. Rayvanny makes history as first African to perform at the MTV EMAs

The 2021 MTV EMAs highlighted the rise of African music to global prominence as Tanzanian singer Rayvanny became the first African artist to perform live at the awards ceremony when he joined Latin superstar, Maluma. The duo performed the world premiere of Maluma’s new single “Mama Tetema”.

Expressing his gratitude at the opportunity to make history, Rayvanny said, “I am so honoured to be the first African artist to perform at the EMAs main stage. This is not for me only, it’s for my country, Tanzania, and the African music industry. The performance at the EMAs underscores the meaning of unity – Europe, Africa, Asia, America and the whole world in general, we are one.”

4. Nigeria welcomes removal from US religious watchlist

Nigeria’s government has welcomed the decision of the US to remove it from a list of countries where it is concerned about religious freedom. Information Minister Lai Mohammed described the decision as just and fair. “Nigeria jealously safeguards religious freedom, and takes any violations seriously“, he added. The US decision came ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s first visit to Nigeria on Thursday.

In April, the US government’s Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended that Nigeria remain on the list, citing “violence by militant Islamists and other non-state armed actors, as well as discrimination, arbitrary detentions, and capital blasphemy sentences by state authorities”.

5. Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City playmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne has tested positive for COVID-19 on his return from international duty. The 30-year-old will isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss Sunday’s Premier League match at home to Everton and Wednesday’s Champions League game against Paris St-Germain.

De Bruyne, who is vaccinated, scored for Belgium in their World Cup qualifying draw with Wales on Tuesday. “The symptoms will be minor hopefully,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. “As soon as possible, he can come back. We do not worry about what we are going to miss. The person is more important. We have to help him and hope it goes well while he’s isolated.”

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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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