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Rave News Digest: Rihanna Debuts On Forbes’ Billionaire List, Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan Involved In Accident, Eric Ten Hag + More

Rave News Digest: Rihanna Debuts On Forbes’ Billionaire List, Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan Involved In Accident, Eric Ten Hag + More


Rihanna debuts on Forbes’ Billionaire List, Goodluck Johnathan involved in accident, Ten Hag closer to Man United move. 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. Rihanna debuts on Forbes’ annual billionaire list

Rihanna has officially joined Forbes’ billionaire list for the first time in her highly successful career. According to the publication’s report, the 34-year-old entertainer and entrepreneur reached billionaire status back in 2021 with a then-estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. RiRi’s wealth mostly stems from her fashion and beauty ventures. She ranks in at No. 1,729 out of the 2,668 billionaires who have a jaw-dropping collective net worth of $12.7 trillion.

Her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line makes up the majority of her riches but the luxury conglomerate LVMH, which she partners with, reportedly saw more than $550 million in revenue in 2020. The Anti artist also has a 30 percent stake in her lingerie line Savage x Fenty, which hit $115 million in series B funding at $1 billion in 2021.

2. Nigeria: Former President Goodluck Jonathan escapes death, as aides die in road accident in Abuja

Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy has been involved in a road crash in Abuja resulting in the death of two of his aides. The incident happened on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Although details around the incident are still sketchy at this time, it was reported that the accident occurred when Jonathan was heading for his Abuja residence from the Airport.

Also, the former president’s media aide has confirmed the incident, adding that a statement will be issued soon to that effect.

3. South Africa: Netflix series ‘Blood and Water’ season 3 is officially in the works

Fans of Netflix’s hit teen drama series “Blood and Water” officially have a new reason to celebrate as the streaming giant has confirmed the production of a brand new season. Netflix, on Wednesday, announced principal photography for the show’s third season via its Nigerian and South African social media handles. The post features Ama Qamata (Puleng), Khosi Ngema (Fikile Bhele), Thabang Molaba (KB), and Dillon Windvogel (Wade) in what looks like a behind the scene shot.

News of the new season comes nearly six months after the show’s second season premiered to a rousing reception by fans of the show. Regarded as one of the most globally successful African originals, “Blood and Water” follows a 16-year-old high school student who embarks on an investigation to uncover circumstances leading to the disappearance of her sister shortly after her birth. Season one of the Nosipho Dumisa created series premiered in May 2020.

4. Thomas Sankara murder: Ex-Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré found guilty

Burkina Faso’s former President Blaise Compaoré has received a life sentence in absentia for his role in the assassination of his charismatic predecessor, Thomas Sankara. Sankara, 37, was gunned down along with 12 others during the 1987 coup d’état that brought Compaoré to power. The pair had been close friends and had jointly seized power in 1983. Sankara remains a hero for many across Africa because of his anti-imperialist stance and austere lifestyle.

After seizing power at the age of just 33, the Marxist revolutionary known by some as “Africa’s Che Guevara,” campaigned against corruption and oversaw huge increases in education and health spending. The prosecution said Sankara was lured to his death at a meeting of the ruling National Revolutionary Council. He was shot in the chest at least seven times, according to ballistics experts who testified during the trial.

5. Manchester United getting closer to Ten Hag appointment

Manchester United is moving closer to the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’s next manager. The Dutchman has topped the shortlist of candidates to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis and further talks to work on details of the deal are now being worked out. Club sources insist their recruitment process for hiring the next manager is still ongoing and that no deal has been completed. During the last international break, United ramped up their recruitment process in the hope of finalizing the next manager before the end of this season.

The club wants to have someone in place as soon as possible at the end of the campaign in order to have the final say on transfer targets and be in position before the pre-season tour. Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino were the leading two candidates but it is understood that the former became the favorite after he impressed in his formal interview two weeks ago. The 52-year-old is yet to finalize a deal but there is increasing hope he will become the next permanent manager once the details are agreed upon.

Featured image: badgalriri | Instagram

Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Hollywood to Nollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2022. 

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