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Trace Awards: Rema Beats Davido, Burna Boy, Wins Song Of The Year



Trace Awards: Rema Beats Davido, Burna Boy, Wins Song Of The Year

Trace Awards: Rema Beats Davido, Burna Boy, Wins Song Of The Year



Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, edged out his senior colleagues in the music industry – Burna Boy and Davido – to clinch the Song of the Year award at the just concluded 2023 Trace Awards.


Trace Awards: Rema Beats Davido, Burna Boy, Wins Song Of The Year



The awards which held on Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda drew musicians, artistes, fans and stakeholders to the East African country



Known for his smash hit record, Calm Down, Rema also also won the Best Global Africa Artist of the Year. Though Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid were all nominated in the same category, the Mavin signee beat them to win the award.

Davido smiled home with two awards – ‘Best Male and Best Collaboration,’ while Burna Boy bagged the Album of the Year award for his ‘Love Damini,’ project.



Here are the full list of winners of the 2023 Trace Awards:


Album of the Year


DNK – Aya Nakamura (France)


WINNER: Love Damini – Burna Boy (Nigeria)



Maverick – Kizz Daniel (Nigeria)


More Love, Less Ego – Wizkid (Nigeria)


Timeless – Davido (Nigeria)


Work of Art – Asake (Nigeria)


Song of the Year

“BKBN” – Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)


“People” – Libianca (Cameroon)


“Suavemente” – Soolking (France)


“Encre” – Emma’a (Gabon)


“Sugarcane” – Camidoh (Ghana)


“Last Last” – Burna Boy (Nigeria)


“Rush” – Ayra Starr (Nigeria)


WINNER: “Calm Down” – Rema (Nigeria)


“Peru” – Fireboy DML (Nigeria) with Ed Sheeran (UK)


“Sete” – K.O (South Africa)


“Cough” – Kizz Daniel (Nigeria)


“MORTEL 06” – Innoss’B (DRC)


Best Music Video

“2 Sugar” – Wizkid (Nigeria) feat. Ayra Starr (Nigeria)


WINNER: “Baddie” – Yemi Alade (Nigeria)


“Kpaflotage” – Suspect 95 (Ivory Coast)


“Loaded” – Tiwa Savage(Nigeria) & Asake (Nigeria)


“Ronda” – Blxckie (South Africa)


“Tombolo” – Kalash (Martinique)


Yatapita” – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)


Best Male

Asake (Nigeria)


Burna Boy (Nigeria)


WINNER: Davido (Nigeria)


Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)


Didi B (Ivory Coast)


K.O (South Africa)


Rema (Nigeria)


Best Female

Ayra Starr (Nigeria)


Josey (Ivory Coast)


Nadia Mukami (Kenya)


Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)


Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)


WINNER: Viviane Chidid (Senegal)


Best Collaboration

“Many Ways” – BNXN (Nigeria) with Wizkid (Nigeria)


“Mine” – Show Dem Camp (Nigeria) with Oxlade (Nigeria)


“Peru” – Fireboy DML (Nigeria) with Ed Sheeran (UK)


“Second Sermon” – Black Sherif (Ghana) with Burna Boy (Nigeria)


“Sete” – K.O (South Africa) with Young Stunna (South Africa), Blxckie (South Africa)


“Stamina” – Tiwa Savage with Ayra Starr (Nigeria) & Young Jonn (Nigeria)


“Trumpet” – Olamide (Nigeria) with Ckay (Nigeria)


WINNER: “Unavailable” – Davido (Nigeria) with Musa Keys (South Africa)


Best Newcomer

Azawi (Uganda)


Krys M (Cameroon)


Libianca (Cameroon)


Nissi (Nigeria)


Odumodublvck (Nigeria)


Pabi Cooper (South Africa)


WINNER: Roseline Layo (Ivory Coast)


Best DJ

Danni Gato (Cape Verde)


DJ BDK (Ivory Coast)


DJ Illans (France)


DJ Spinall (Nigeria)


WINNER: Michael Brun (Haiti)


Uncle Waffles (Swaziland)


Best Producer

DJ Maphorisa (South Africa)


Juls (Ghana)


Kabza de Small (South Africa)


Kel-P (Nigeria)


WINNER: Tam Sir (Ivory Coast)


Best Gospel Artist

Benjamin Dube (South Africa)


Janet Otieno (Kenya)


WINNER: KS Bloom (Ivory Coast)


Levixone (Uganda)


Moses Bliss (Nigeria)


Best Live

Burna Boy (Nigeria)


WINNER: Fally Ipupa (DRC)


Musa Keys (South Africa)


The Compozers (Ghana)


Wizkid (Nigeria)


Yemi Alade (Nigeria)


Best Dancer

WINNER: Robot Boii (South Africa)


Tayc (France)


Uganda Ghetto Kids (Uganda)


Yemi Alade (Nigeria)


Zuchu (Tanzania)


Best Artist Africa – Anglophone

WINNER: Asake (Nigeria)


Ayra Starr (Nigeria)


Black Sherif (Ghana)


Davido (Nigeria)


Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)


Fireboy DML (Nigeria)


Best Artist Africa – Francophone

WINNER: Didi B (Ivory Coast)


Emma’a (Gabon)


Fally Ipupa (DRC)


KO-C (Cameroon)


Locko (Cameroon)


Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)


Viviane Chidid (Senegal)


Best Artist Africa – Lusophone

Gerilson Insrael (Angola)


WINNER: Lisandro Cuxi (Cape Verde)


Perola (Angola)


Plutonio (Mozambique)


Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)


Best Artist – Rwanda

Ariel Wayz (Rwanda)


WINNER: Bruce Melodie (Rwanda)


Bwiza (Rwanda)


Chriss Eazy (Rwanda)


Kenny Sol (Rwanda)


Best Artist – East Africa

Bruce Melodie (Rwanda)


WINNER: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)


Zuchu (Tanzania)


Khaligraph (Kenya)


Nadia Mukani (Kenya)


Azawi (Uganda)


Best Artist – France & Belgium

Aya Nakamura (France)


Booba (France)


Nihno (France)


Ronisia (France)


Soolking (France)


WINNER: Tayc (France)


Best Artist – UK


WINNER: Central Cee (UK)


Headie One (UK)


Ms Banks (UK)


Raye (UK)


Stormzy (UK)


Best Artist – The Caribbean

Admiral T (Guadeloupe)


Bamby (French Guiana)


Kalash (Martinique)


Maureen (Martinique)


Popcaan (Jamaica)


Princess Lover (Martinique)


WINNER: Rutshelle Guillaume (Haiti)


Shenseea (Jamaica)


Best Artist – Indian Ocean

Donovan BTS (Mauritius)


GaEi (Madagascar)


WINNER: Goulam (Comoros)


Mik’l (Reunion)


Sega el (Reunion)


Terrell Elymoor (Mayotte)


Best Artist – Brazil

Djonga (Brazil)


Iza (Brazil)


Leo Santana (Brazil)


WINNER: Ludmilla (Brazil)


Luedji Luna (Brazil)


Best Artist – North Africa

Amira Zouhair (Morocco)


Artmasta (Tunisia)


WINNER: Dystinct (Morocco)


El Grande Toto (Morocco)


Kader Japonais (Algeria)


Raja Meziane (Algeria)


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For some weeks now the Dr. Dk and Dr. Mrs. Shade Olukoya Choral Competition for secondary schools in Lagos state has been on going, this is an event that discovers raw singing talents across the state, this competition is held Throughout the 6 educational district of the state and has featured over 164 participants from all the Lagos state educational districts both online and offline, with 14 participants emerging as the finalist.






On the 25th of February, the final competition will hold at the grace hall of the MFM INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS YABA LAGOS NIGERIA. it is not surprising that the pioneers of this one-of-a-kind life changing event is the General overseer of the mountain of fire and Miracle’s ministries worldwide DR. D.K OLUKOYA and his wonderful wife DR. SHADE OLUKOYA




This competition is put in place to discover great musicians at their prime and enable youngsters find their love in the music space while they win awesome cash prizes and other academic benefits.

The finals of this great event will take place on the 25th of February 2024 so come and be a part of history, this event is fully certified by the Lagos state government WATCH OUT YOUR STATE MAY BE NEXT.



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Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos



Hunger Is Making You Go Blind’’ – Analyst Blasts APGA’s Chinedu Obigwe For Tackling Primate Ayodele

*Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos*



Since Nigeria has been enmeshed in economic hardship that started after the removal of fuel subsidy last year, Primate Elijah Ayodele, a Nigerian prophet, has been practically taking several measures to alleviate Nigerians from penury through different philanthropic activities.


Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos*


Long before fuel subsidy was removed, Primate Ayodele has always dedicated the first Sunday of every month for ‘food service’, a service where everyone would go home with packs of food items like Rice, Beans, Garri, crates of eggs, tubers of yam, and a token.

Immediately fuel subsidy was removed, Primate Ayodele doubled his effort by making food service almost every Sunday. He understood the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians and as an influential personality in the country, he effectively played the role of a succor provider for the people.

As time went on, the federal government announced that it will release some funds for palliatives in order to reduce the impact of fuel subsidy removal which has turned out to become a full blown economic hardship. When the government came up with this idea, Primate Ayodele knocked down the idea and said it would be another means to embezzle funds because it won’t get to the right people.

These were his words,

’’The N8,000 palliative is corruption, I see nothing in the palliative and it will not reach out to the poor masses. Despite the fact that Mr President has signed it, it will not make any impact. The governors will use it for their selfish needs. The poor will not enjoy it at all.’’

‘’It will not be a blessing to the majority, the palliative is just a waste of time and energy, it cannot work for its purpose,’’

Tinubu’s N8k palliative corruption in disguise – Primate Ayodele

Ever since, Primate Ayodele proposed in his heart to teach the government how to effectively organize a palliative that will impact the people directly. Instead of merely talking, Primate Ayodele went ahead to organize a ‘palliative market’ where he sold food items for ridiculous prices.

The idea behind this palliative market was to purchase items at the exorbitant prices they are being sold for and sell to the people at cheap prices. The first edition which was held in November 2023 saw a bag of rice sold for less than N5,000. There were other items like beans, indomie, tubers of yam, garri, groceries, turkey, groundut oil sold for very ridiculous prices and this wasn’t opened to church members alone, people from distant places benefited from this initiative.

As if that wasn’t enough, again on Wednesday,14th Of February 2024 to celebrate his annual thanksgiving programme, Primate Ayodele held another edition of palliative market and sold a full bag of rice for N20,000. There were also different food items bought at exorbitant prices by the man of God and sold to the people at cheap prices.

Primate Ayodele Holds 2nd Edition of Palliative Market, Gives out Five Cars

While speaking at the palliative market, Primate Ayodele called on state governors to replicate the same palliative market initiative in their various states because of the economic hardship in the country. He explained that affordability of food will go a long way in reducing the impact of the hardship on citizens.

In response to Primate Ayodele’s actions and calls, it appears Lagos state government has keyed into the palliative market initiative with the announcement of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu on Thursday morning during a live interview session.

Given the rising cost of food and other staples, Mr Sanwo-Olu expressed the state government’s resolve to open more markets where residents can buy food items at discounted rates.

Specifically, the governor disclosed that plans have been concluded to open Sunday Markets in at least 42 identified markets across the state where residents will be able to buy food items at discounted price. “You will only be able to buy items worth up to N25,000,”

This is no doubt a welcome development and it vividly shows that state governments are now interested in doing the right thing for the benefit of the people. If other state governments follow suit, the impact of economic hardship would be reduced to its barest minimum.

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Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State



Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State

Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State



Eze Oko Splendour, the Labour Party’s 2023 governorship candidate for Ebonyi State, has levelled serious allegations against the party’s former National Chairman, Julius Abure, in a statement released on Wednesday. Splendour accuses Abure of orchestrating a campaign of “criminality, deceit and manipulation” to deny him the governorship candidacy.





Following his victory in the party’s primaries, Splendour claims Abure pressured him to step down in favour of Edward Nkwegu Okereke, who had unsuccessfully contested the primaries for the All Progressives Congress (APC). When these efforts failed, Splendour alleges Abure resorted to forgery, fabricating a withdrawal letter bearing his forged signature and submitting it to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to facilitate an illegal substitution.



Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State



“I was left in utter shock when I eventually caught wind of the reprehensible actions of the former Chairman,” Splendour states in a speech he read at a press conference. He describes Abure’s actions as a “betrayal of trust” and a “brazen act of criminality” that undermines “internal party democracy, free and fair elections, and the rule of law.”

Splendour further claims that after pursuing legal action, the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) recommended Abure’s prosecution. However, he expresses concern that the case has stalled, prompting him to appeal directly to the new Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi.

“The prosecution of Abure is not only a matter of justice but also a reaffirmation of our commitment to the principles of transparency, fairness and accountability in governance,” Splendour emphasizes. He urges Fagbemi to take swift action, highlighting the importance of holding those who attempt to manipulate elections accountable.

He concludes with a call for upholding the rule of law and ensuring no one is above it. While Abure has yet to respond to the allegations, Splendour’s accusations raise concerns about potential manipulation within the Labour Party and the integrity of electoral processes in Ebonyi State.

Also the party Governorship flag bearer in plateau state had his name removed and substituted by National Chairman, Julius Abure who allegedly forged his signature on purported letter of withdrawal.

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