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Rave News Digest: Singer Teni Dismisses Kidnap Rumor, The Weeknd Announces Album Release Date, Lukaku + More

Rave News Digest: Singer Teni Dismisses Kidnap Rumor, The Weeknd Announces Album Release Date, Lukaku + More


Teni dismisses kidnap rumor, The Weeknd announces album release date, Lukaku apologizes for statement. 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. Nigerian singer Teni dismisses attempted kidnap rumors

Popular Afrobeat singer Teni has dismissed rumors that there was an attempt to kidnap her in Nigeria’s southern Rivers state, after a video emerged over the weekend which showed a commotion during her performance in the state for which she left the stage. Some people were running and loud bangs could be heard in the background.

Police later confirmed that shots were fired by security operatives to restore order and not kidnappers, according to reports. On her Instagram account, the popular musician expressed gratitude about escaping the incident safely. “Myself and entire team are safe and back home now,” she wrote. “It all happened so fast there was no incidence of attempted kidnap,” Teni continued. “A fight started out backstage and that lead to a stampede,” she said.

2. The Weeknd announces new album ‘Dawn FM’

The Weeknd has officially announced the follow-up to 2020’s After Hours, and it’s arriving this week. Alongside a trailer for the project, The Weeknd revealed his new album, Dawn FM is out on Friday, January 7.

Featuring clips of the musician sporting a new persona, sometimes in old-age makeup, the trailer teases “a new sonic universe from the mind of The Weeknd.” The trailer also reveals that Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jim Carrey all feature on the album.

3. South Africa: Sithelo Shozi returns to Instagram after brief hiatus

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South African DJ Sithelo Shozi has returned to Instagram after a brief hiatus following the surprise wedding of Andile Mpisane. Shozi is known to be a regular on the photo-sharing app, but her presence on the platform became irregular after the father of her two children – Flo and Coco — married somebody else.

The Royal AM soccer boss sent shockwaves across SA with his engagement and wedding to Tamia Louw. Social media users had plenty to say about the entanglement that had unfolded. Shozi made her social media return in the new year by sharing pictures of her New Year’s eve celebrations.

4. Sudan coup: Sudan forces fire tear gas at protesters

Security forces in Sudan have fired tear gas at pro-democracy demonstrators in the latest mass protests against military rule following October’s coup. Thousands of people in several cities took to the streets chanting anti-coup slogans and calling for the downfall of Sudan’s ruling council.

Tear gas was used to disperse crowds in the capital Khartoum and in Port Sudan. Tuesday’s protests come two days after the resignation of the civilian Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok. Mr Hamdok quit after a recent deal he made with the military to share power sparked outrage. Rallies calling for a return to full civilian rule have taken place across the country since the army seized power on October 25. The military has often responded with force.

5. Romelu Lukaku apologizes and returns to Chelsea squad

Romelu Lukaku has apologised and will return to the Chelsea squad for today’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham, manager Thomas Tuchel says. Lukaku was dropped for Sunday’s Premier League draw with Liverpool after comments he made in an interview recorded three weeks ago. The pair had a “calm” meeting on Monday about the striker returning. “He apologised and is back in the squad for today’s training,” Tuchel said.

In an interview recorded in December, Chelsea’s club record £97.5m signing said he was “not happy” with his bit-part role under Tuchel and that he would like to return to Inter Milan in the near future. Before Sunday’s game against Liverpool, Tuchel said he had left the 28-year-old out of the squad to “protect the preparation”.

Featured image: Emmanuel Arewa for Glam Africa Mag

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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