Buju gets signed to Burna Boy’s record label – Spaceship, fire guts INEC office in Abuja, Leeds United legend, Norman Hunter has died from coronavirus. 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. Spaceship, record label owned by Burna Boy signs Buju
On April 16th, 2020, Spaceship, a record label owned by the African giant Burna Boy announced the signing of afro-fusion artist, Buju. A statement on the label’s official Instagram page, @spacecollective reads, “Please welcome our new Afro-Fusion artist @bujutoyourears #SpaceFam.”
This announcement came moments after the remix of Lenu, Buju’s hit song which features Burna Boy was released along with a video directed by TG Omori.
Some few months back, after Buju released Lenu, there were speculations that he had already signed to Spaceship. This news just confirmed the speculations. This makes Buju the third act to be signed to the label after Burna Boy, Burna Boy’s sister, Nissi Ogulu.
2. Fire guts INEC office in Abuja
The media centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja was on Friday morning engulfed by fire. Details of the incident are still vague as of now. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed the incident to the media.
In a statement signed by INEC’s spokesperson, he said the building is an annex, detached from the main building of the agency’s headquarters located in the Maitama District of the capital city.
“Firefighters attached to the commission swiftly responded to contain the inferno and they were later joined by their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” he said.
3. Billions needed for Africa’s safety net – UN
The UN says it is likely the coronavirus pandemic will kill at least 300,000 people in Africa and push nearly 30 million into poverty. The UN Economic Commission for Africa called for a $100bn (£80bn) safety net for the continent.
Although Africa has reported fewer than 20,000 confirmed cases, the World Health Organization says there could be as many as 10 million in the coming months.
Fighting COVID-19 will be a challenge on the continent as more than a third of its population lacks access to adequate water supplies and nearly 60% of urban dwellers live in overcrowded slums.
4. Trump sends provocative tweets
Donald Trump has posted a series of provocative messages on Twitter, calling on US states currently under stay-at-home orders to be liberated. In another tweet, the US president said China’s real death toll from coronavirus was far higher.
“China has just announced a doubling in the number of their deaths from the Invisible Enemy. It is far higher than that and far higher than the U.S., not even close!” Trump tweeted.
He appeared to be referring to Wuhan’s abrupt increase in the death toll by 50 per cent, though not doubling as Trump claimed.
5. Leeds United legend Norman Hunter dies after contracting coronavirus
Leeds United great Norman Hunter has died in the hospital at the age of 76 after contracting the coronavirus. The tough-tackling centre-back, nicknamed ‘Bites Yer Legs’ was a key player in Leeds’ most successful era.
He won two league titles during a 14-year first-team career at Elland Road and was a non-playing member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad.
Hunter was admitted to the hospital on 10 April after testing positive for coronavirus. Leeds said Hunter’s death leaves a huge hole in the family of the club.
“His legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this very difficult time,” the club said in a statement.
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