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Ayra Starr Releases “19 & Dangerous” – Her Coming-of-age Debut Album

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Africa’s fastest-rising new music star, Ayra Starr, has released her debut album “19 & Dangerous” today, preceded by the blazing and percussive anthem ‘Bloody Samaritan’.

Ayra Starr has earned critical praise for her soulful vocals and raw lyrics that reflect the strength and growing pains of her generation.

“Every song on the album is iconic because I only want to do iconic things and be nothing less than myself in my career. People have tried to put me in a box because of my age and gender but I insist on breaking the norms and stereotypes,” shares Aryra Starr.

She continues, “This album is a safe space, a recharge zone for anyone who feels defeated and feels like giving up. I want that teenage boy or girl who feels like everything is going wrong in their lives to seek refuge in this album.”

Stream or download Ayra Starr’s “19 & Dangerous” album here https://ayrastarr.lnk.to/19-NDangerous

2021 is already shaping up to be a massive year for the 19-year-old Beninese-Nigerian singer-songwriter. Since debuting in January, Ayra Starr has amassed over 23 million global streams, powered by her debut self-titled EP and the single ‘Away’, which has racked up over 3.8 million YouTube views. The incredible buzz coming out of Lagos saw Ayra championed as Apple Music’s Africa Rising artist – an exclusive new talent development programme that previously earmarked artists like Tems and Amaarae. 

Brimming with a spirit that is audacious and defiant yet vulnerable, “19 & Dangerous” is an apt title for this new chapter in Ayra’sblossoming career. Comprised of 11 unapologetic tracks all written or co-written by Ayra herself, the album is a coming-of-age record seamlessly weaving Afro-pop, R&B, dancehall, trap and alté styles. Perfectly tailor-made to soundtrack your summer. 

Highlights include the lead single ‘Bloody Samaritan’, which received its world premiere on BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Edu’s Destination Africa program. The rhythmic-dance anthem bristling with self-confidence as the 19-year-old boasts, “I see you watching my stories, I see you gauging my lifestyle, I see you watching my movement, this bad bitch bad every day.”

Inspired by the juggernaut Netflix series, ‘Bridgertn’ is a bouncy R&B number dressed with whimsical orchestral strings that underpin Ayra’s strong feminist lyrics: “I’m the queen, bow down… Broke all the stereotypes, I make my rules, I break all your rules.”  

A coming-of-age album fit for a socially-conscious Gen Z,“19 & Dangerous” also unflinchingly tackles themes of feminism, drug abuse and sexual consent – particularly highlighted on the meditative, soulful ballads ‘Toxic’ and Underwater’. Here Ayra flexes her vocal dexterity and songwriting prowess, singing on ‘Toxic’: “Why did you give me the drugs that it took? Why did you force me to take it?… I’m sorry that I loved somebody that will hurt me.” The deeply personal track is one of the earliest songs Ayra wrote and posted on her social media before she was discovered. Elsewhere, fans of Ayra’s first EP will not be left disappointed with the surplus of West African-flavoured rhythmic jams such as ‘Fashion Killa’, ‘Beggie Beggie’ (feat. CKay) and ‘Lonely’.

“19 & Dangerous” album tracklist

1. Cast

2. Fashion Killa

3. Lonely

4. Snitch feat. Foushee

5. Toxic

6. Underwater

7. Beggie Beggie feat. Ckay

8. Karma

9. Bloody Samaritan

10. Bridgertn

11. Amin

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It’s All About Exciting Thrillers As Africa Magic’s New Series, ‘Dilemma’ and ‘Venge’, Premiere In October

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Africa Magic, the continent’s leading provider of premium and authentic African stories, for and by Africans, will premiere two new double bill telenovelas; Dilemma and Venge in October 2021 exclusively on Africa Magic Showcase.

Dilemma follows the lives of two estranged lovers – Kaineto and Kanan. After years of separation, they find their way back to each other and have to deal with a history they would both rather forget. Love leads them back together, but it may not be enough to conquer all the challenges they will have to face.

Dilemma will air every weeknight from Monday, 4 October 2021 at 8 pm on AM Showcase (DStv Channel 151). It stars some of the finest talents in Nollywood like Shan George and Bob Manuel-Udokwu, and new faces like Treasure Obasi and Vine Ogulu. It also features BBNaija stars, Neo Akpofure and Daniel ‘Sir Dee’ Atteh.

On the other hand, Venge tells a scandalous story of secrets, lies, and betrayals. Viewers will get to go on a journey with Bibi as she unravels several conspiracies trailed by murder and fear on her quest for justice and revenge. This telenovela starring Michelle Dede, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Obehi Aburime, Uche Mac-Auley, and Ian Wordi will air premiere every weeknight from Monday, 4 October at 8:30 pm on AM Showcase (DStv Channel 151).

These two new telenovelas present fresh storylines, suspense-filled plots and parades a mix of established and upcoming names in Nollywood that will have viewers from across Africa immersed in yet another top-notch Africa Magic production.

Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola said: “We are excited to premiere these telenovelas on our Africa Magic channels as it once again underscores our positioning as Africa’s most loved storyteller. Venge and Dilemma explore modern-day themes that viewers will connect to at different levels. Each plot, twist and suspense will keep viewers from across Africa on the edge of their seats as they follow the drama and connect with the characters”.

Tejumola also disclosed that DStv and GOtv customers should look forward to other exciting new and returning shows towards the end of the year on Africa Magic.

The Producers, Uche Ikejimba for Dilemma and Tosin Igho for Venge both revealed that viewers should expect a captivating story, one that will keep them on the edge of their seats and glued to their screens.

On what makes the telenovelas a cut above the rest, Ikejimba said: “Dilemma is set in two-time jumps; 1998 and 2021. Viewers will have the luxury of experiencing the story in the 90s hence bringing back many nostalgic moments. This time jump gets to see characters grow as viewers experience their journey together”. For Venge, Igho said: “Venge is a fresh take on the Telenovela genre. It contains many of the same elements that audiences are used to but adds its own unique brand of action paired with a stunning visual style”.

DStv Premium viewers will be able to watch Dilemma and Venge on the go via the DStv app on multiple devices at no additional cost. The app is available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores.

Both series will also be available on the online streaming service, Showmax, which is available to DStv Premium customers at no extra cost.

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Hollard Ghana’s Patience Akyianu Is The African Female Business Leader Of The Year

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Hollard Ghana’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Patience Akyianu has achieved continent-wide recognition as the African Female Business Leader of the Year at the just-ended 6th Invest in Africa Summit 2021 (virtual) organized by the prestigious African Leadership Magazine.

The award ceremony was held as a highlight of the 6th Invest in Africa Summit which was organized under the theme: Africa 4.0: Redefining Growth, Sustainability, and Innovation.

African Business Leadership Awards seeks to acknowledge and commend top-performing individuals for their selfless services to nation-building. This meritorious award recognizes leading lights on the continent, contributing towards changing the African narrative.

The selection process ethics entails three steps, involving nomination, subsequent voting, and final screening by the editorial team of the African Leadership Magazine.

Patience Akyianu emerged winner of the African Female Business Leader of the Year category. Patience was recognized as an exceptional female leader, with fantastic managerial skills who despite stiff competition in a male-dominated world, has shown resilience, courage, and sagacity in building a worthy brand.

Receiving the award, Patience Akyianu in her acceptance speech expressed profound gratitude to God, the advisory council, the editorial team, and Dr Giami of the African Business Leadership Awards.

“I am so delighted to be honoured as the African Female Business Leader of the Year and I give all the glory to God from whom all blessings flow. I am completely stunned by the massive support I have received from across Africa, especially from Ghana during the voting process and I thank everyone for this overwhelming vote of confidence. It is clear to me that, I could not have emerged the winner of this prestigious award without the help and support of my family, friends, my church community, colleagues at Hollard Ghana, and the various networks I’m part of”.

“I, therefore, dedicate this award to my entire network and all the people who have contributed to making me who I am today. I’m very encouraged by this recognition and will continue to contribute my best to the financial services sector and the development of our continent. Together through hard work, we will create and secure a better future for all. Thank you for this international honour,” she added.

According to Dr Giami, the Publisher of the African Leaders Magazine, the 2021 Africa Business Leadership Award (ABLA) celebrates grit, purpose, and impact in Africa’s business environment, especially in what continues to be a difficult period for most people due to the impact of coronavirus. He further added that the leaders who have emerged winners in the various categories have exhibited these celebrated attributes in admirable capacities and are deserving of great accolades.

About Hollard Ghana

The country’s favourite insurance group is Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. The group combines its deep local knowledge of the market having previously operated in Ghana for 25 years as Metropolitan Insurance with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand in 18 countries across the world.

With feet firmly planted on Ghanaian soil but headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to the unique risks Ghanaians face. Hollard offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, travel, home, and more; and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life).

Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, Melcom stores and online at www.hollard.com.gh and www.jumia.com.gh for all their insurance needs.

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RISING MTN HITMAKER STAR FEATURES JOE METTLE ON NEW HIT SINGLE – ‘MY MIRACLE’

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The Reigning MTN Hitmaker Season nine (9) Winner, Adepa Zela, is about to release her second hit single, ‘My Miracle’.

On this project, she teams up with the super sensational Gospel Artiste and VGMA Artiste of the Year 2017 – Joe Mettle.

Her first single, ‘Same God’ which was released in March this year received rave reviews and also inspired some dance challenges on social media. (https://www.instagram.com/p/CTARG_dDYDM/?utm_medium=share_sheet) (https://www.instagram.com/p/CO96IcXJYIL/?utm_medium=share_sheet)

Zela, with this upcoming single, looks forward to ushering us into a spirit-filled experience together with Joe Mettle on her original Song, ‘My Miracle’.

Interesting to note, Adepa Zela is the first ever gospel artiste to win Mtn Hitmaker, and Joe Mettle is the first ever gospel artiste to win VGMA. These indeed are two history-making Miracles for both Joe and Zela, hence the birth of ‘My Miracle’.

‘My Miracle’ will be finally available on all stream sites on Wednesday 22nd September, 2021. Don’t miss out on this one. Be the first to catch it on Wednesday!!!

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