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Why Nigerian artists are more successful than other Africans – D-Black

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Ghanaian rapper and singer, Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, known as D-Black, has pointed out that the success disparity between Nigerian and Ghanaian artists can be attributed to their differing approaches to business. According to him, Nigerian artists are driven by a business mindset, while their Ghanaian counterparts create music purely out of a love for the art.

In a recent episode of The Afrobeats Podcast, D-Black expressed his perspective, stating, “The reason Nigerian records outperform Ghanaian ones is because Ghanaian artists are not particularly focused on the financial aspect. They don’t prioritize the business side; it’s primarily driven by a love for the art, overshadowing any business strategy.”

D-Black illustrated this point with his personal experience, highlighting that despite receiving accolades such as a BET nomination, financial success was elusive. However, upon transitioning to a more commercial focus, especially within the Afrobeats genre, he achieved financial milestones such as purchasing a Ferrari and Range Rover and gaining widespread visibility.

He emphasized the need for artists and creatives to recognize that relying solely on music is insufficient for success. Instead, D-Black urged them to adopt a proactive approach, emphasizing the importance of business acumen, hard work, and leveraging social media for effective promotion of their craft.

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‘Being wealthy not among qualities I look out for in potential partner’ – Phyna

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Josephina Ijeoma Otabor, better known as Phyna, a controversial personality from Big Brother Naija and an actress, has expressed that wealth is not a primary criterion she seeks in a potential partner. Instead, she prioritizes qualities like love and care.

In the latest episode of her podcast, Spill With Phyna, featuring singer Khaid as a guest, she emphasized her independence regarding financial matters and her preference for a loving and caring partner.

Phyna emphasized that she is capable of meeting her own financial needs and does not require her partner’s wealth. She mentioned that some men may feel intimidated by dating a financially independent woman, which she believes should not be the case.

Her guest, Khaid, expressed a different perspective, acknowledging the importance of money in a relationship but also stating that he would be open to dating a woman with greater wealth, provided it does not lead to discrimination against him.

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Bob Marley’s granddaughter picks Burna Boy for ‘dream’ collaboration with late legend

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Zuri Marley, the granddaughter of the late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, has expressed her admiration for Grammy-winning Nigerian artist Burna Boy, stating that he is the only artist she would have wished to see collaborate with her grandfather.

She shared this sentiment while speaking at the premiere of the movie ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ in London recently. Marley explained that after careful consideration, she concluded that Burna Boy’s collaboration with her grandfather would have been the most cherished.

She stated, “The person who I would want my grandpa [Bob Marley] to collaborate with is Burna Boy. I had to think about it. I went backstage and I was like, ‘Burna Boy. Africa Unite.” It’s worth noting that two Nigerian artists, Wizkid and Bloody Civilian, were featured in the soundtrack EP of the music biopic ‘Bob Marley: One Love.

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I’ve never received gifts – Davido appreciates Atletico Madrid star for gifting him wristwatch

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Nigerian musician Davido expressed delight over receiving a Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player Memphis Depay. The striker reportedly presented Davido with the luxury watch, worth millions of naira, following Davido’s performance at his 30th birthday celebration.

Confirming the news on his Instagram story, Davido mentioned that it was a rare occurrence for him to receive gifts, despite having received cash gifts from Nigerian celebrities during past birthdays, which he later donated to charity. Davido also remarked that he has typically been the one giving gifts to others and expressed gratitude to Depay for the gesture. He wrote, “He bought me a Rolex on his own birthday! I’ve never received gifts; I’ve always been the one to gift people. I love and appreciate you @memphisdepay.”

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