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Rave News Digest: Wizkid’s Essence Tops Rolling Stone‘s Best Songs Of 2021 List, Serena Williams Set To Publish First Children’s Book, Bellingham + More

Rave News Digest: Wizkid’s Essence Tops Rolling Stone‘s Best Songs Of 2021 List, Serena Williams Set To Publish First Children’s Book, Bellingham + More


Wizkid’s Essence tops Rolling Stone‘s Best Songs of 2021 list, Serena Williams set time publish first children’s book, Jude Bellingham fined. 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. Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ tops Rolling Stone’s best songs of 2021 list

Rolling Stone recently released their list of the best songs of 2021 and at the very top of that list is none other than Essence by Nigerian superstar, Wizkid featuring Tems. The list was released on Monday, December 6.

The Rolling Stone Best Songs of 2021 list is not the first recognition Essence has gotten recently with the Wizkid song appearing on Spotify’s Best Pop Songs of 2021. The song also appears on Billboard’s Best songs of 2021 list.

2. Serena Williams is publishing her first children’s book

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Serena Williams is already one of the best tennis players and athletes of all time, with 23 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals. Now, she’s looking to expand on her success off the court — this time, by writing a children’s book.

Williams announced the news on her Instagram, saying that the book will be about her toddler daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian’s beloved doll Qai Qai, which Williams created herself. Williams created the Qai Qai doll in 2018. And the doll has been a trailblazer ever since, amassing more than 353,000 followers on Instagram — with her own coveted blue check — more than 25,000 followers on Twitter, and more than 3.2 million followers on TikTok.

3. South Africa: Amanda du Pont & MacG take legal action against each other

The gloves are off with actress Amanda du Pont and podcaster MacGyver “MacG” Mukwevho taking legal action against each other. Amanda has served MacG with court papers after his lawyers summoned her to apologize for falsely accusing him of rape and requested a “round table meeting.”

In the legal papers that have been circulating on social media since Monday, Amanda’s legal representatives said the actress refuses to apologize for the remarks she made in a statement she shared on her social pages after the airing of the Jub Jub episode on Podcast and Chill on December 1. This comes as a response to MacG’s attorneys, Tania Mokwana Inc Attorneys, serving the actress with a cease and desist letter for making “defamatory statements” on her social media.

4. Malaria fight disrupted by COVID-19

New data from the WHO has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted malaria services, leading to an increase in cases and deaths. According to the report, there were an estimated 241 million malaria cases and 627,000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2020, represents about 14 million more cases in 2020 compared to 2019 and 69,000 more deaths.

Approximately two-thirds of these additional deaths (47,000) were linked to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic.

5. Jude Bellingham fined by German FA for referee comments

England midfielder Jude Bellingham has been fined 40,000 euros (£34,000) by the German Football Association after questioning the appointment of referee Felix Zwayer for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich.

Bellingham criticised Zwayer after Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat on Saturday, referring to the official’s six-month ban for a match-fixing scandal in 2005. The 18-year-old has been fined for “unsportsmanlike behaviour.” Dortmund will not appeal.

Featured image: wizkidayo | Instagram

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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