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Nigeria's Biggest Copyright Infringement: MTN Nigeria Set To Face A Lawsuit By Ijebu Afoke Dickson

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A legal battle between an Abuja-based Isoko musician, Dovie Okson Omenuwoma, who claims that MTN has infringed on his copyright is set to commence. Arrangements have concluded by the Felix, Igelige, & Associates that allow them drag MTN Nigeria to court for infringing on their client’s...

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Helen Paul: Spontaneous, Quirky And Fun!

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Most people do not know how far comedienne, singer, actress, dancer, compere, playwright, journalist and businesswoman, Helen Paul has come in her career. From her early days as ‘Tatafo’ on Radio Continental, 102.3FM, to her current gig as a co- host on Africa Magic’s Jara, she has paid her dues...

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Paul Play Dairo Debunks Kidney Relapse

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Paul Play Dairo Debunks Kidney Relapse

— Jun 19, 2015 12:19 am |

For some time now the industry has been missing the energy of Paul Play Dairo, who was said to be ill again due to a kidney relapse.

But it seems the actor has come out to deny the fact that the rumour...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nominated For Grammy Award With Beyonce

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, critically acclaimed Nigerian novelist and award-winning author of Americanah ​ has been nominated for a Grammy award for her feminist-inspired collaboration with American entertainer Beyonce, on her 2013 track "Flawless."

Chimamanda and Beyonce

Following her TEDx talk on why “We Should All Be Feminists,” Beyonce incorporated the writer’s essay into her single, which further brought more life to her craft.

Adichie, whose work has been translated into thirty languages, has also appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope.

Adichie​ has also received several awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2008.

This nomination for “Album of the Year” with her fellow feminist is just yet another achievement for the writer. 

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Nigerian-Styled ‘Queens of Africa’ Doll Outsells Barbie

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A man who couldn’t find a black doll in the shops as a gift for his niece decided to take matters into his own hands.

In 2007, Taofick Okoya, 43, created his own doll that Nigerian girls could identify with by recreating their skin colour and style – and it is now so successful that it is outselling Barbie.

The doll, which is called Queens of Africa, comes with traditional outfits and accessories and costs around £4.50.

The dolls’ look is modelled on three of the country’s biggest tribes and aims to promote strong feminine ideals, like love, peace and endurance.

The doll is now so popular that, according to Reuters, it is selling up to 9,000 units a month – a staggering 15 per cent of the country’s toy market.

But the Queens of Africa aren’t just selling in their home country.

Thanks to the doll’s online presence, customers are coming from as far as America, Brazil and Europe.

The dolls’ are modelled on three of the country’s biggest tribes and aims to promote strong feminine ideals

The doll is now so popular that, it is selling up to 9,000 units a month – 15 per cent of the country’s toy market

Speaking to ELLE about his dolls out-selling Barbie in his native Nigeria, Okoya said: ‘My mission is to make the Queens of Africa a symbol of hope, trust, and confidence by promoting African history, culture, and fashion.’

One person that Okoya really hopes the dolls will have a positive impact on is his daughter, who, he explains, once wished she was white.

Okoya said: ‘I don’t believe Mattel sees the Nigerian market as a priority, yet their product has great influence on the psyche of the children here and affirms certain values contrary to our society’

He explained that even though they live in Nigeria, there was a lot of Western influence. He said: ‘[This] might have been responsible for her wishing she was white. It made me aware that I needed to make her proud and happy being a black African girl, and not limit it to her alone as this was a common trend among the younger generation. The Queens of Africa became a platform to achieve this.’

Unfortunately, Okoya has been told that he won’t be able to sell the dolls on the shelves of mainline stories in America and will have to limit his business to specialist stores.

But he is determined to see the decision overturned, he said: ‘I am looking to prove them wrong.’

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Popular Nollywood Actress Reveals Harrowing Domestic Violence Story

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Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda took to her Twitter account recently to take a stand against domestic violence while revealing that she was once a victim of the abuse but has since survived it.

I was once a victim of Domestic Violence but survived and even stronger, so, YES YOU CAN!

— Monalisa Chinda (@Monalisacode) December 11, 2014

When there are millions of people in the world, why let one of them ruin your happiness? I survived and so can you. #SayNoToDomesticViolence

— Monalisa Chinda (@Monalisacode) December 12, 2014

I felt reborn and happier since I broke free from the abuse. I am truly living life and no longer just surviving. #SayNoToDomesticViolence

— Monalisa Chinda (@Monalisacode) December 12, 2014

I say NO to Domestic Violence and you should as-well.

— Monalisa Chinda (@Monalisacode) December 11, 2014

“Domestic abuse, also called intimate partner violence, is the systematic suffocation of another person's spirit.” #SayNoToDomesticViolence

— Monalisa Chinda (@Monalisacode) December 12, 2014

She also announced that she will be speaking more on the matter at the Pearls Conference in Abuja today, Dec. 12. 

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The Gist With Toyosi Phillips: Pilot Episode

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The Gist with Toyosi Phillips is a new trendy, weekly entertainment show on SaharaTV that gives a recap of events in the entertainment industry. It's essentially world entertainment news through African eyes.

On this episode: Bill Cosby's legal woes, Beyonce's new money maker, Davido at the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards and more.

Like our Facebook page: The Gist with Toyosi Phillips.

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Poetry Is An Intimate And Powerful Way To Express Myself-Theresa Lola

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Why poetry? How did you get into poetry?

I developed an interest in writing while in primary school after entering a story writing competition set up by the school. In my teenage years, as I began experiencing more things in life, I began to focus on poetry as I felt it was a more intimate and powerful way to express myself.

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