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Rave News Digest: Viola Davis Honored At The Kering Gala, Nigeria’s Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi Dumps PDP, Ibrahimovic + More

Rave News Digest: Viola Davis Honored At The Kering Gala, Nigeria’s Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi Dumps PDP, Ibrahimovic + More


Viola Davis honored at the Kering Gala in Cannes, Nigeria’s Presidential candidate Peter Obi dumps PDP, Ibrahimovic out till 2023. 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. Viola Davis women in motion award.

1. 2023 election: Peter Obi dumps PDP

A former Anambra State governor and presidential aspirant, Peter Obi, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obi, who was considered one of the top contenders for the party’s presidential ticket, is exiting the party less than three days to its presidential primary election. An aide to the former governor confirmed his exit from the PDP. He, however, dismissed speculations that Obi is pulling out of the presidential race thus suggesting that the former governor may contest on another party’s platform. He also did not mention Obi’s next move.

“I can confirm that he (Obi) has left the PDP but I cannot confirm that he is no longer in the race. We’ll find that out,” he said. In a letter circulated and addressed to the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, Mr. Obi cited “recent developments” in the party as his reason for leaving. Dated May 24, in the letter with the title “Resignation from PDP and Withdrawal From the Presidential Contest” Obi noted that the nation’s challenges are deep-rooted. Furthermore, the former governor assured that his commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the routes differ.

2. Pepsi will no longer sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show

After a decade of sponsoring the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Pepsi announced on Tuesday that it will no longer be the sponsor for the annual performance. “After 10 years of iconic Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show performances, we have decided it’s time to pass the mic,” Pepsi said, via the company’s Twitter handle. “Thank you to the amazing artists and fans who helped us create some incredible moments along the way. Now on to the next stage…”

The soda company’s contract with the NFL expired after the 2021–22 season. Pepsi did renew the sponsorship deal with the league, but the new deal does not include the company sponsoring the halftime show. Pepsi is reportedly wanting to dive into digital media for its upcoming projects. This is mainly due to a slight decrease in broadcast viewers. The halftime show rights will sell for around $40 to $50 million, reportedly.

3. South Africa: Nakhane robbed after Joburg show

SA-born, London-based musician Nakhane was robbed after his show at the “I Am Live” Festival at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, at the weekend. Taking to Instagram, Nakhane said he was robbed at Liquid Blue in Melville. “It’s taken me this long to talk to you because my friend and I got robbed outside Liquid Blue after the most amazing night,” he wrote.

A source close to the star revealed to the press that Nakhane and his companion’s cellphones were snatched from their hands while at the trendy spot.

4. Ghana Health Service debunks Monkeypox rumor

Ghana Health Service (GHS) has refuted claims the country has recorded its first case of monkeypox in its Western Region, following initial reports suggesting that it had. The Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, revealed that the circulating reports on social media about a possible outbreak in the country are false. “We haven’t confirmed any monkeypox in Ghana” Dr. Bekoe revealed. According to GHS, one individual reported to a medical facility in the Ahanta West Region with blisters.

The initial assessment of the case, however, is not suggestive of monkeypox. Health officials in the country say further investigations are underway into the case. Meanwhile, officials report that Ghana has enhanced surveillance activities regarding monkeypox following a recent outbreak of the virus in Europe, Australia, and America.

5. Ibrahimovic will not play until 2023 after a knee operation

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play again this year after the Swedish striker had knee surgery. The Rossoneri said the operation had been “planned for a while” and will keep the 40-year-old out for up to eight months. The injury puts Ibrahimovic’s future in doubt, with the veteran forward out of contract next month. A statement on Milan’s website read: “AC Milan announces that Zlatan Ibrahimović underwent an operation on his left knee carried out by Dr. Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, with the Club’s Medical Director Stefano Mazzoni in attendance, at the Hôpital Jean Mermoz in Lyon.”

“The arthroscopy had been planned for a while to definitively resolve the joint’s instability through the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, with lateral reinforcement and meniscus reparation. The operation was a complete success and the prognosis is estimated between 7 and 8 months.”

We wish the player a speedy recovery.

6. Viola Davis honored at the Kering Gala in Cannes

Early in the week, Hollywood A-List actress, Viola Davis was honored during the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in France at the Kering Gala with the 2022 Women in Motion Award. The award seeks to highlight the invaluable contribution of women to the 7th art. 

In what has now become one of the most talked-about speeches at the Festival, Davis accepted her honorary award by saying: “I want my ceiling to be someone else’s floor.” She continued by citing a quote from Thomas Merton: “If you want to know me don’t ask me where I live or how I do my hair, but ask me what I live for, or better yet, ask me what is getting in the way of what I live for.”

Congratulations to the actor on the honor.

Featured image: Viola Davis | Instagram

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