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Former first lady Michelle Obama joined Jimmy Fallon in crashing a bunch of Zoom video calls for Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

And they got the best responses. Fallon and Obama, who was promoting her new Netflix show “Waffles + Mochi,” stunned their unsuspecting victims by quickly hopping on and off the calls and pretending they’d been invited into the wrong chat.

“Are you kidding me right now?” one visibly surprised woman asked.

Published in News & Stories

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Katsina Governor Aminu Masari has argued the south should produce the next president.

Masari spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today monitored by The Nation.

He stressed a non-northerner should succeed President Buhari in 2023.

“If you ask me as a person Aminu, I think we should move the presidency to the southern part of the country,”

Although he did not specify which particular geographical region of the south should produce the next Presidency, he simply said “South is South.”

The governor expressed confidence the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will fare well after President Buhari’s tenure despite current national challenges.

Masari stated no political party has brought social interventions for the masses in Nigeria’s history like the APC.

When asked if the APC was the nation’s saviour, the Governor replied: “Of course, by all means. Let everybody come with a balance sheet of what they got yesterday and what we get today and compare notes.”

Published in Politics
Friday, 19 March 2021 00:02

Top 10 world’s richest rappers

By Ekaete Bassey/ THE NATION

1. Kanye Omari West, popularly known as Kanye West, is an America Rapper, record producer, fashion designer and politician.

The 43-year-old is worth a staggering $6.6 Billion making him the richest black person in the US history. This is largely attributed to the partnership of his fashion brand, “Yeezy” with other international fashion brands. With this net worth, he stands miles ahead of other rappers.

2. Shawn Corey Carter, popularly known as Jay Z is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman and record producer.

The Empire State of Mind rapper was recently overtaken as the number one world’s richest rapper.

The 51-year-old rapper whose wife, Beyonce holds the record of being the female with the most Grammy award wins of all time currently has a net worth of $1.4 billion.

3. Sean John Combs also known as Puff Daddy but more popularly as P. Diddy or Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer/executive and entrepreneur.

The 51-year-old “Bad Boy Entertainment” boss that recently joined several other notable personalities across the globe to celebrate one of Nigeria’s first time Grammy award winner, Burna Boy has an estimated net worth of $1.0 Billion.

4. Andre Romelle Young, popularly known as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, audio engineer, record executive and entrepreneur.

The 56-year-old founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics who played a huge role in popularizing gangsta rap has an estimated net worth of $820million.

5. Marshall Bruce Marthers III, popularly known as Eminem is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer.

The 48-year-old rapper who holds a record of being one of the best-selling music artists of all time has a net worth of $230 million.

6. Percy Robert Miller, popularly known as Master P is an American rapper, actor, record producer, film director, screen writer, entrepreneur and former basketball player.

The 50-year-old multitalented Master P who is also known as The Ice Cream Man, the founder of No Limits Forever Records and CEO of P Millers Enterprises has an estimated net worth of $200million.

7. Aubrey Drake Graham popularly known as Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter record producer, actor and entrepreneur.

The rapper, who is also known as Champagne Papi or Drizzy is a prominent figure in popular music. He is the founder of the OVO Sound Record, the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and is credited for popularizing their sound, the “Toronto sound”.

The 43-year-old rapper has an estimated net worth of $180 million.

8. O’Shea Jackson Sr., popularly known as Ice Cube is an American rapper, actor and film maker.

The 51-year-old, who also contributed in pioneering the gangsta rap movement, has an estimated net worth of $160 million.

9. Pharrell Lanscilo Williams, popularly known as Pharrell is an American rapper, songster, song writer, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur.

The eclectic 47-year-old Pharrell has an estimated net worth of $155 million.

10. Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., popularly known as Snoop Doggy Dog or Snoop Lion but more popularly as Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, songwriter and media personality.

The 49-year-old rapper who announced some time in 2018 to having become a born-again Christian and even released a gospel song to that effect has an estimated net worth of $150 Million.

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By Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja/ THE NATION

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hoping for zoning of the 2023 Presidential ticket to South may be disappointed.

This is because should the party accept the report of its Review Committee, the 2023 ticket will be thrown open to all.

The committee, led by Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, said the ticket should be given based on merit rather than zonal consideration.

The Governor Mohammed-led committee was set up to study the circumstances that led to the party’s loss of the 2019 election and proffer solution for a future victory. It submitted the report yesterday.

Other members of the committee are Senator Eyinaya Abaribe; Ex-Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu, Senator Stella Omu and Emmanuel Agbo (Secretary).

National Chairman Uche Secondus, who received the report said: “The PDP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it regains federal power and this report is going to be the takeoff point and keystone to our subsequent actions ahead of 2023.”

He urged the Muhammadu Buhari administration to embark on immediate electoral reform that would ensure free, fair, and transparent elections in the country.

Secondus said: “Having failed roundly in the delivery of any dividend to Nigerian people, and having brought the country to a status of a failed nation with an unprecedented collapse of all structures, the APC (All Progressives Congress) knows as a fact that Nigerians would not want to do anything with them again.

“As a result, they (APC) are putting all studs on the way to conducting credible elections. But we need to warn that the only thing keeping this country alive today is the fact that the APC will be history by 2023.

“They are aware of this reality and they are trying to use their usual propaganda to create a different image of themselves, but Nigerians know better and cannot be fooled again.

“Relying on the recommendations of this report, the NWC will work with think tanks, consultants and all critical stakeholders of our great party to enhance the new PDP narratives that will help address the yawning absence of leadership in the country.

The report reads in part: “In line with certain unwritten conventions of the nation’s history, many people think that, for fairness and equity, the Northeast and Southeast geo-political zones that have had the shortest stints at the Presidency, should be given special consideration, in choosing the presidential flag bearer of the party for the 2023 elections.

“While we admit that this is a strong argument, we should not lose sight of the fact that Nigeria is endowed with many capable and very experienced leaders in every part of the country.

“Moreover, the exigencies of the moment demand that nothing should be compromised in choosing the leader, with the attributes to disentangle the country from its present quagmire.

“Therefore, we think that every Nigerian, from every part of the country, should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate, through a credible primary election; as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country.

“The summary of our report is that the party must promote practices that will deepen democracy, promote national unity and inspire greater faith in our country, especially, among the youth and the several stakeholder groups yearning for inclusion”.

The committee urged the PDP to key into generational and gender shifts sweeping across the globe and the emergence of a new generation of Nigerians who are not held down by religion, ethnicity or such other primordial considerations but who are determined to mainstream the country into global best practices.

It said: “The #EndSARS movement, a few months back, was the testimony we needed, that a new generation of young, bold, ambitious and detribalised Nigerians have taken the centre-stage and that their legitimate clamour for inclusion and good governance can only be ignored to the peril of the party and indeed Nigeria.

“In line with the above, the party must strongly resolve to promote internal democracy, discourage ‘godfatherism and ensure that the will of the people prevail, in the choice of candidates to run for electoral positions. That, in our view, is the pedestal upon which electoral success can be seamlessly sustained.”

The report observed that the endemic frictions in inter-governmental relations, especially between the states and the Federal Government suggested that the present constitutional arrangement was grossly inadequate to contend with the nation’s changing democratic and demographic challenges.

It further advised the PDP to push for either a review or an endorsement of the 2014 Constitutional Conference Report or organise a new constitutional conference.

The committee encouraged the PDP to canvass genuine restructuring to foster decentralisation, engenders national unity, guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigerians, no matter where they reside in the country.

Pressing for ideals that promote economic prosperity and the overall well-being of the Nigerian people, the committee also encouraged the PDP to get actively involved in the ongoing constitution review and electoral reforms efforts.

It called on the party to support efforts to make the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) truly independent and to be able to conduct elections devoid of the coercive apparatus of the state, underhand manipulations, and outright intimidation of voters.

The committee charged the party to push for getting the military insulated from the conduct of elections, saying that their presence breeds intimidation and questions the integrity of the process.

“Above all, it denies some of the candidates the level-playing field that is the singular barometer for ascertaining the wishes of the people. Similarly, the Police should be made to be more impartial in the supervision of elections”, it said.

The review committee stressed the need for the PDP to reclaim political leadership at the centre because of the “floundering ship of state, which is not only running adrift but appears to be heading perilously towards a precipitous cliff.”.

Secondus said the report would form the bedrock of the party’s plan ahead of 2023 general elections.

Published in Headliners

Cardi B has said she aspires to reach the same level of success as Rihanna and Jay-Z, who are two of her “biggest influences”.

The New York rapper, who performed ‘WAP’ at Sunday’s Grammys, was being interviewed on Stationhead this week when she spoke about how her inspirations had changed since first starting out.

“When I came to the game and people used to be like, ‘Who do you look up to?’ I always used to say, ‘I don’t look up to nobody’, because I didn’t really understand the game and I only feel like I got influenced by the people that was around me,” Cardi explained.

“But now that I’m at the level that I’m at, one of my biggest influences is Rihanna and Jay-Z.”

She continued: “And I’m not just saying it to kiss ass or anything. I just feel like they’re so influential because Rihanna comes from a country, a Caribbean country, that my parents came from and she’s a whole billionaire.”

Back in February, it was reported by Forbes that Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie company has reached $1billion (£715.8million) in equity. The star also became the world’s richest female musician in May, with an estimated fortune of £468m.

“For her to make her business so big and be a billionaire, that’s what I strive to be,” Cardi added. “That’s what I want. I want to be a billion-dollar woman. I want to build a huge brand.”

The ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ artist went on to say that Jay-Z – whose net worth recently increased 40 per cent – is “from the hood just like me”.

“He’s from the hood and this man’s a whole billionaire,” she added. “And that’s just all about strategy and that’s just all about shaking hands, that’s just all about putting plans together.”

Forbes reported earlier this month that Jay’s net worth had increased from $1billion to $1.4billion after he sold his controlling stake in streaming service Tidal to Square, having also recently sold 50 per cent of his luxury champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, to luxury goods company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Published in Business and Economy

Lucinda Williams has shared a cover of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Save Yourself’ – you can listen to it below.

The country-rock artist’s rendition of the song will appear on ‘Epic Ten’, a special 10th anniversary edition of Van Etten’s second album ‘Epic’ (released in 2010). A cover of ‘A Crime’ by Big Red Machine arrived earlier this month.

Ahead of the new record’s digital release on April 16, the video for Williams’ take on ‘Save Yourself’ landed on Van Etten’s YouTube channel today (March 18). In the clip, we see the Louisiana musician performing in the studio.

Van Etten announced the cover on Instagram last night alongside an image from the first night she and Williams met after the latter’s show in Tarrytown, New York in 2016.

“I shyly came backstage after being invited and she walked up to me with a glass of wine in her hand singing ‘Every time the sun comes up I’m in trouble…’,” she recalled. “I wanted to cry.”

Van Etten went on to hail the “legendary” Williams for covering ‘Save Yourself’ “with such devotion”. You can see that post below.

‘Epic Ten’, which comes with the original album, also features SVE covers from Idles, Courtney Barnett, Fiona Apple and more. A physical edition arrives on June 11 via Ba Da Bing.

Speaking about the anniversary release, Van Etten said ‘Epic’ “represents a crossroads for me as an artist – going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up”.

A documentary on the making of ‘Epic’ will be screened along with a special livestream show by Van Etten and her band on April 16 and 17 – you can find out more information here.

Sharon Van Etten’s latest full-length album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, came out in January 2019.

Published in Arts & Culture

The Genk striker was initially put on the stand-by list before he was selected to replace Moses Simon in Rohr’s team on Wednesday

Former Nigeria forward Peter Ijeh has slammed Gernot Rohr for the late invitation of Paul Onuachu despite his fine goalscoring form in the Belgian First Division A this season.

The 26-year-old stands as the highest scoring Nigerian player in Europe this season after scoring 27 goals across all competitions for Genk.

Onuachu was called from the standby list on Wednesday to replace Nantes’ Moses Simon who has been barred from leaving France due to Covid-19 restrictions as Nigeria prepare to face Benin and Lesotho for their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week.

But Ijeh suggested the late consideration of the Genk star could affect his morale.

“The late invitation of Paul Onuachu first as a standby and now invited because another player opted out is so disheartening psychologically,” Ijeh wrote on his social media page.

“I wish he performs, but psychologically it is demoralising to be called up in the format with duress, pressure and not of value and consistency.

“If you watch the patterns written so far in the Super Eagles, it looks like the team is already decided without following the players’ club consistency.

“Though I respect all coaches and their philosophies. But you don’t run a national team with the same philosophy of a club.”

Onuachu has struggled to find the back of the net in Gernot Rohr’s team and has only scored a goal for the Super Eagles which came in his debut outing against Egypt in March 2019.

Ijeh wants better service for the 26-year-old to replicate his club’s goalscoring form at the national team.

“The question now is not if he can perform. The main question is if he can get supply,” the ex- Malmo and Copenhagen forward added.

“As it is today, in Europe today, he is no. 1 finisher with 27 goals. So it is the job of the technical crew to find that missing link or be regarded as incompetent.

“If he is a European, they would celebrate him every day and build around him to contest for European Player of the Year. But when Nigeria devalue such, I wonder where the next generation of players will be?”

Published in Sports

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 9-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is already showing people how to live life right as a Grammy winner.

Since Sunday night’s broadcast of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé has been sharing snapshots and videos from the history-making evening. In addition to the “Black Parade” singer becoming the most decorated female artist in the awards show’s historywith her 28th win that night, her daughter became the second-youngest person ever to win one of the statues.

Prior to the show’s airing, Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” from “The Lion King: The Gift” album won the award for Best Music Video, beating out Future’s “Life Is Good,” Anderson .Paak’s “Lockdown,” Harry Styles’ “Adore You,” and Woodkid’s “Goliath.”

Blue Ivy is credited as a featured artist and songwriter on the track, as she performed on the song’s outro ― so she too became a Grammy winner.

In an Instagram video shared on Wednesday, fans can see Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrating their family’s various victories with gorgeous attire, some dance moves, and, naturally, royal headgear.

Toward the end of the video, Blue Ivy is seen smiling with her shiny new award and rocking a crown atop her head. In another epic image, she’s still wearing the crown but also sipping a drink out of her award.

It pretty much goes without saying: If Blue Ivy is already claiming Grammys at 9, she may be coming for her mom’s record.

Published in Entertainment

The Europa League takes centre stage this evening with the round of 16 second leg ties featuring some intriguing fixtures.

We’ll update this story with reports, results and the latest Europa League highlights as the games are played.

Arsenal progressed to the quarter-finals despite being 1-0 at home by Olympiacos. The Gunners go through 3-2 on aggregate.

Granada and Roma have also moved into the last eight.

More to follow…

Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg Results

Thursday, March 18

Arsenal 0-1 Olympiacos (3-2)
Molde 2-1 Granada (2-3)
Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham Hostpur (0-2)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2 Roma (1-5)
AC Milan vs Manchester United (1-1)
Villarreal vs Dynamo Kiev (2-0)
Young Boys vs Ajax (0-3)
Rangers vs Slavia Prague (1-1)

Published in Sports

Grayscale Investments has launched five new cryptocurrency investment products, which are now available for subscription by eligible individual and institutional accredited investors. The company now offers a total of 14 crypto investment products.

  • The new products are the Basic Attention Token (BAT) Trust, the Chainlink (LINK) Trust, the Decentraland (MANA) Trust, the Filecoin (FIL) Trust, and the Livepeer (LPT) Trust. They function the same as Grayscale’s other single-asset investment trusts, the company announced Wednesday.
  • Grayscale’s other single-asset investment products provide exposure to bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ethereum classic, horizen, litecoin, stellar lumens, and zcash. The company also offers the Digital Large Cap Fund, which provides exposure to the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
  • As of March 16, Grayscale Investments has $42.9 billion in net assets under management (AUM) across all of its products.
  • Some Grayscale products are publicly-traded on OTC markets, including OTCQX. They include the Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), Bitcoin Cash Trust, Ethereum Trust, Ethereum Classic Trust, Litecoin Trust, and the Digital Large Cap Fund.
  • Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein commented:

Digital currencies have reached an inflection point. Investor demand has never been higher, and every day we’re seeing new entrants to what has surely become a bona fide asset class.

What do you think about Grayscale’s new crypto investment products? Let us know in the comments section below.

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