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Everything You Need To Know About The Netherlands’ King’s Day

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The 27th of April is one of the most important dates in the Dutch calendar as the country celebrates its monarchy in the most spectacular way. 

The national holiday is held on King Willem-Alexander’s birthday and was originally devised to promote national unity by honouring the Dutch royal family. Every year, over a million people visit Amsterdam, the country’s capital, and turn the city into one major carnival spilling into the streets and onto the canals.

This year, however, the Netherlands has been responsible in cancelling the large gathering, but we chatted to Wouter Vermeulen, General Manager Southern Africa – Air France KLM, who shares 7 things you may not have known about the celebration.

King’s Day Is Celebrated On The King’s Birthday

In a bid to honour the Dutch royal family, King’s Day marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander on 27 April. The day is treated like a public holiday. Most of the country gets off work and is invited to celebrate the life of their monarch. The only time Kings Day is not celebrated on 27 April is if it falls on a Sunday. The celebrations are then moved up by a day to 26 April.

It Used To Be Called Queen’s Day.

As the leader of the Dutch monarchy changes, so does the date and potential name of the holiday. Prior to Willem-Alexander’s accession to the throne in 2013, King’s Day was called Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag), and was held on 30 April in honour of the former monarch Queen Beatrix. Funnily enough, Queen’s Day was not held on Queen Beatrix’s birthday, but her mother’s. Queen Beatrix decided to keep Queen’s Day on 30 April as a tribute to her mother.



King Willem-Alexander Is The First King To Be Celebrated

Queen Beatrix famously abdicated the throne on Queen’s Day back in 2013 and her son Willem-Alexander subsequently became king. Willem-Alexander is the first male monarch of the Netherlands in 123 years and, therefore, is the first king to be celebrated. Fun fact: King Willem-Alexander is a qualified pilot who sometimes pilots KLM passenger flights!

The Celebration Is An Age-Old Tradition

The Dutch have been celebrating the birthdays of monarchs for over a century. In fact, the first Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, was held on 31 August 1885 which marked the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina. On her accession in November 1890, the holiday acquired the name Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day. That was first celebrated on 31 August 1891 and the holiday was subsequently modified to celebrate those at the top of the monarchy.

Everyone Wears Orange

Orange has always played a pivotal role in the Dutch heritage and on King’s Day, cities around the country are flooded in a sea of people wearing orange as a show of pride for the Dutch royal family – the House of Orange-Nassau. It’s not uncommon to see people don orange wigs or face paint while still being covered in orange from head to toe.

Food Plays A Major Role In The Celebrations

Like most cultures, food plays an important role in the King’s Day celebrations. Many food vendors line the streets and squares of Amsterdam serving a variety of sweet and savoury snacks to keep party goers fed throughout the day. However, there is one dish that sees a massive 600% increase in sales on this day – tompouce. Tompouce is a sweet pastry loaded with cream which is often decorated with orange icing on the day and has fast become a staple at any King’s Day celebration.

Amsterdam Is Filled With People

King’s Day is one of the biggest days in the Dutch calendar and, therefore, Amsterdam sees a flurry of tourists and citizens from around the world descending on the capital to celebrate. In fact, Amsterdam’s population on King’s Day is twice that of any other day. This is why it is important to not be in a hurry and simply go with the flow as every street, canal, balcony and terrace is filled to the brim with orange-wearing revellers.

Kings Day is really one of the most incredible festivals in the world and is well worth adding to your 2021 travel bucket list!

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UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child

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UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child

The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.

The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.

This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.

Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.

“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.

He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.

Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.

He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.

Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.

They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.

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Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”

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Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”

Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.

In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;

“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?

In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;

“The attack on Arnold is so unfair.  It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.

“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”

Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.

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Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’

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Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.

Referencing the Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.

A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.

Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.

Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”

Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.

Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.

Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.

No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.

TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:

  1. Animalistic
  2. Makaveli
  3. Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
  4. Nobody Ft. Tanika
  5. Problem
  6. Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
  7. Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
  8. Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
  9. Never Saw Us
  10. Redemption

WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video

STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli

PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba

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