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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Review: ‘Duty Is The Death Of Love’

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DStv’ s favourite drama opens up to the final episode in dramatic fashion, as only the Game of Thornes franchise can, with some startling imagery as Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow wander, almost aimlessly, through the ruins of King’s Landing, surrounded by piles of rubble and burnt corpses.

It is at this point that we realise the true devastation of what Daenerys Targaryen has done as if it was not highlighted enough in the previous episode just how mad the ‘Queen of Dragons’ had gone when she burnt innocent children, women and men.

Pain and sadness are evident on both the face of Tyrion and Jon as they try to internally rationalize what has occurred before the two operate. Tyrion off to the Red Keep dungeons where he finds the bodies of his brother and sister, Cersei and Jaime, crushed by the collapsing castle, and much like the building imploding so does Tyrion’s faith in his Queen as he weeps for his siblings.

Jon goes in search of Daenerys and encounters Grey Worm, the leader of the Unsullied, as he looks to execute the surviving Lannister soldiers to which he objects but is met with confrontation. Grey Worm says he is acting on the orders of his Queen, and it is at this point that we start to think Daenerys is beyond saving.

Any hope of Daenerys changing her ‘mad’ ways was completely destroyed in the next scene in which the Queen addresses her troops in three languages (Valyrian, Dothraki, and English) as she lays out her ultimate goal – conquering the entire world and giving people freedom at the end of a spear.

The Dothraki and Unsullied are clearly enchanted by the idea, and it is this speech that signals the beginning of the end for Daenerys as both Tyrion and Jon watch on in amazement. At this point, we understand that the Queen is one of the most dangerous people in the world, an idealist with the power to make her ideas into reality, and King’s Landing is only the first step in her plan to ‘break the wheel’ and kill anyone who gets in the way.

Following the address Tyrion relinquishes his role as the ‘Hand of the Queen’ in dramatic fashion by tossing his badge down a flight of steps, further signalling how far Daenerys has fallen. Tyrion is immediately seized by the unsullied and taken away for treason, for the freeing of his brother in the previous episode which the Queen saw as a betrayal.

Jon then goes to visit Tyrion in his cell which set-ups one of the most important conversations in the Game of Thrones series where the two debate the ethics of what Daenerys is trying to achieve by ‘breaking the wheel’ and freeing the oppressed.

It is this exchange of words that Tyrion convinces Jon that what the Queen is doing is wrong and that he is the only one who has the power to change it. But Jon, being the noblest man in the series and truly in love with Daenerys, battles with the decision and highlights his commitment to his Queen by saying ‘Love is the death of duty’, to which Tyrion responded ‘Sometimes duty is the death of love’.

Jon then finds Daenerys in the Red Keep, where she stands in front of the Iron Throne, and it is at this point that he tries to give her one more chance to explain her actions and redeem them. Jon pleads with the Queen to pardon Tyrion as they try to build a world of mercy and not violence, but she refuses and is adamant she knows what is best, even if it is killing thousands to free a nation.

Daenerys is then betrayed by one of the few honourable people in her circle, the one person who she no doubt felt would never actually betray his Queen, at the cost of his own honour. ‘You are my queen, now and forever’, Jon whispers into her ear as he embraces her and stabs her in the heart.

Like the man who raised him, Ned Stark, Jon sacrifices his personal honour to keep his word, not to Tyrion or Daenerys or the Starks, but to the Realm itself. Even when it’s at great personal cost, even when he hates it, Jon does his duty.

The death of the Queen awakens her dragon, Drogon, who flies to her side and mourns by burning the Iron Throne, lashing out at the thing that cost Daenerys her life in the end.

Skip forward a couple of weeks and we find out that both Tyrion and Jon have been kept prisoner.

Tyrion is led to King’s Landing’s Dragonpit by Grey Worm where he addresses a gathering of Westeros’ great lords (Bran, Arya and Sansa Stark, Samwell Tarly, Robin Arryn, Yohn Royce of the Vale, Ser Davos Seaworth, Ser Brienne, Ser Edmure Tully and a few more).

It is here where Grey Worm demands justice for the death of his Queen, but end up anointing ‘Brandon the Broken, Lord of the Six Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm’ as the new king.

Bran can have no children, and so his Rule cannot be passed down. Tyrion tells Grey Worm that this is the ‘wheel-breaker’ that their Queen would have wanted.

Bran then makes Tyrion his new Hand and sends Jon once more to The Wall as justice for the death of the Queen where he cannot marry. With the absence of Wildlings and White Walkers, the Night’s Watch is now a home for ‘bastards and broken men’.

In the end, everyone feels like they’re in the place they’re supposed to be in a way that seems fairly well earned.

Jon returns to The Wall where we see him go beyond to supposedly live with the wildlings where he found his first love. Arya travels the world discovering new lands and Sansa rules the North.

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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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