Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s No:1 Billionaires

Nigeria

Alhaji Aliko Dangote still maintains his spot as Africa’s richest man according to Forbes Magazine. The magazine disclosed that as at January 11, 2019, the 61-year-old was worth $9.9 billion.

Forbes listed him as the number one on Africa’s list of billionaires for the year 2019. The Kano State indigene has held the richest man tag for the past few years.

He was ranked the 100th richest man in the world in 2018 and number 66 on the Powerful People 2018 list – both released by Forbes.

Forbes put much of Dangote’s wealth to his cement business – the continent’s largest producer straddling most sub-Saharan African countries.

“Dangote Cement produces 44 million metric tons annually and plans to increase its output 33% by 2020. Dangote also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies,” Forbes added.

Other billionaires listed: 

Behind Dangote is Nigerian oil magnate Mike Adenuga whose wealth was estimated at $9.2 billion. South African Nicky Oppenheimer, Egyptian Nassef Sawiris and Johan Rupert completed the top five list with $7.3bn, $6.3 bn and $5.3bn respectively.

The eighth slot had five persons with one of them being Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman whose wealth is estimated at $2.3 billion.

She is daughter to former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos and was at a point during her father’s reign head of state oil company. She was fired by new President Joao Lourenco on allegations of financial impropriety – she flatly denies all the allegations.

Others on the eight slot of the list are Zimbabwean telecoms tycoon Strive Masiwiya and South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe.

Nigerians react as video emerge of Adekunle Gold, Simi’s marriage


The news of traditional marriage between popular singers Adekunle Gold and Simi has stirred reactions from Nigerians on social media.

The traditional wedding between both singers held in Victoria Island on Wednesday, with exclusive 300 guests in attendance.

Some of the celebrities present at the wedding ceremony include Falz, Do2dtun, Smade, Praiz, Olamide, Moelogo, Pheelz and others.

However, it was gathered that celebrities were banned from taking pictures at the wedding. But a video of the couple dancing emerged online.

DAILY POST recalls that the singers secretly got engaged in December.

The engagement was reportedly attended by only close family members and photos were not allowed at the events.

Their wedding has since stirred reactions from Nigerians who wondered how Adekunle Gold and Simi were able to keep their relationship a secret.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST on Twitter:

@iamisaacosas “All the 300 people that attended Adekunle and Simi’s wedding deserve medals. If I was in that wedding it would be on my CV to prove my confidentiality skills

Beyond no wedding pictures, famz knew about the wedding as far back as October 2018 but kept it under wraps!

@JackFleet “One major lesson I learnt from adekunle and simi wedding is ‘Secret is security and security is victory’ Your private life should be your secret life.”

@iam_lucaslikizy “Was at the wedding party of Adekunle and Simi but we are not allowed to post anything good night.”

@Nadirichy “Adekunle and simi kept their relationship on a low till they got married and have also been able to keep their wedding pictures on a low too. These guys knows how to do secret life well.”

@NwoseOwen “Adekunle and Simi wedding is the most low key Nigerian marriage.”

@Realjoebobo “Best naija celebrity couple
Did everything on a low key. Congratulations to Adekunle and Simi.”

@Officialdhayor “Why is everyone talking about Falz today? Isn’t it obvious that Adekunle Gold is the one dating Simi? If y’all listen to adekunle and simi’s songs very well, you’ll know they support each other. Falz is just making music with her.”

@Paulaaudrey “Congrats to Adekunle and Simi! Their love story is a Masterclass on how to date when both of you are famous and evolving in the same lane. Happy for them and can’t wait to see the wedding pics today!!

@Kodunmilekan “This is alarming oooo, no one is thinking of the harm Adekunle and Simi’s wedding will cause to Yoruba culture ooo, You see we Yorubas are meant to shout make it large and loud, it’s our thing.”

Cyntoia Brown release: US woman serving life sentence for murdering man who paid her for sex as a teen is granted clemency

An American woman serving a life sentence for murdering a man who paid her for sex as a teen has been granted clemency after celebrities including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian fought for her release.

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam said he would show mercy to Cyntoia Brown, 30, by releasing her on August 7. She will remain on parole for 10 years.

Brown said in a statement that she will do everything to justify Mr Haslam’s faith in her and thanked her family for their support.

Rihanna and other celebrities have previously voiced their support for Brown and Kim Kardashian West tweeted “thank you Governor Haslam” after the clemency was announced. 

Brown has been fighting her life sentence for the 2004 murder of a man who paid her for sex and showed her a collection of guns after she was allegedly forced into prostitution. She was 16 years old when she shot him dead.

She told police she had been living in hotels for a number of months with a man she referred to as “Cut-Throat.”

She went on to detail their physically and emotionally abusive relationship, referencing how he repeatedly called her a “whore” and that nobody would want her “but him.”

Brown claims he eventually forced her into prostitution. Her lawyers said she was a sex trafficking victim and feared for her life.

Despite her age, Brown was tried in adult court. Prosecutors argued that her real motive was robbery, since she took Allen’s wallet after she murdered him.

Brown was charged with first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery and sentenced to two concurrent life sentences.

Lawmakers have since pointed out the laws in Tennessee have changed since Brown was first convicted. 

According to the New York Times, under trafficking laws and laws governing juvenile offenders now in place in Tennessee, it would have been more difficult for Brown to have been tried as an adult. 

Her life story and the criminal justice system in the United States is the focus of a recently released documentary.

It details her life with a past dominated by violence at the hands of men.

The case was thrust into the spotlight after celebrities such as Rihanna calling for her release. 

Sharing a picture of Cyntoia on her Instagram, Rihanna wrote: “Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life!

“To each of your responsible for this child’s sentence I hope to God you don’t have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!”

Jammeh, Nguema seen dancing at Koffi olomide sing at Equitoria guinea bash

Exiled Gambian president Yahya Jammeh popped up in the Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo. He was captured in a party mood along with his host, Theodore Obiang Nguema-Mbasogo.

The duo were dancing at a End of Year bash – Presidential Ball by the Equatorial Guinea government – at which famed Congolese musician Koffi Olomide and his band were playing.

The video that showed them dancing along with other top officials was posted on Olomide’s instagram page with the caption: “Les Présidents sur la piste,” which translates to “Presidents on the track.”

The video shows Obiang Nguema jogging his way from his seat to the stage where he joins Olomide in dancing, then comes a smiling Jammeh who joins in the boogie.

Several other top officials and guests joined in dancing and cheering them on. Jammeh is spotted in his usual elaborate all white attire – minus his traditional staff and Islamic beads.

The last public images of Jammeh was in March 2017 when he was spotted on a farm in the president’s hometown of Mongomo, “working for the cameras.”

He ruled The Gambia for over two-decades but lost in December 2016 elections. A failed attempt to cancel the results and regional plan to oust him forced him into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Despite repeated calls for him to be extradited to face charges of corruption and rights abuse back home, Nguema is on record to have said Malabo will vet any such requests if they are officially made.

Blanket Jackson, 16, rocks Spider-Man t-shirt during rare public outing in Calabasas

He’s the youngest child of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.

But Blanket Jackson kept things casual as he made a rare public appearance, stepping out in Calabasas.

The 16-year-old rocked a grey Spider-Man t-shirt while picking up a number of books at Barnes & Noble.

It was a casual outing for the third child of the Thriller singer who sported black shorts under the shirt.

A pair of grey sneakers added another bit of athleticism to the look and he let his long dark tresses tumble freely across his shoulders.

Blanket, real name Prince Michael Jackson II, seemed to be taking advantage of his winter break by getting some reading in.

Before his death, Joe Jackson reveaked that Blanket ‘reminds him the most of’ his late son Michael.

He wrote on his official website, ‘You are like your father in so many ways, and you remind me most of him.’

Joe Jackson passed away in June at the age of 89.

Before his death, Joe Jackson reveaked that Blanket ‘reminds him the most of’ his late son Michael.

A week before his passing, DailyMail.com revealed that the King of Pop’s father was on his deathbed and later hospitalized as he battled stage four pancreatic cancer.

A family source tells DailyMail.com that Jackson, who had his wife Katherine by his side when he passed away, faded into unconsciousness on Tuesday.

Katherine made the decision to move Jackson into hospice care over the weekend as his health began to rapidly decline.

Sipping: Blanket, real name Prince Michael Jackson II, seemed to be taking advantage of his winter break by getting some reading in

Paris and Prince Jackson Honor Late Father Michael Jackson at His 60th Birthday Celebration

The apples don’t fall far from the tree.

On Wednesday, Michael Jackson‘s daughter Paris Jackson, 20, and son Prince Jackson, 21, were together at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for a special celebration honoring what would have been late singer’s 60th birthday.

Taking the stage at the event, dubbed the “Michael Jackson Diamond Birthday Celebration,” the two followed in their father’s footsteps by accepting the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award on his behalf for his humanitarian work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

They looked good doing it, too — Paris in a pink strapless dress with ruffled train and Prince wearing a look reminiscent of his late father’s iconic style (black pants, a white T-shirt, and a red bomber jacket).

Both also rocked matching black sneakers, custom designed with the word “Tribute” bedazzled into the sole

The award was presented to Paris and Prince by two very special people: Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson Quinn Tivey and Diana Ross’s son, Evan Ross.

Taylor and Ross were both incredibly close with Michael before his death in June 2009 (Taylor died in March 2011).

“It is extremely a privilege and an honor to be here accepting and award not only for something my dad was so passionate about, but someone he held so very near and dear to his heart, and a foundation that he worked so hard to strive and make the goals that they are achieving right now,” Prince told the crowd.

“The way my father like to lead his life, he liked to lead by example and he never thought that he was too big,” Prince continued. “The King of Pop, the biggest entertainer in the world, he never thought he was too big for any person, no matter what it is that you did or where you came from. I think it’s important to do this to make this world a better place.”

Paris, who is an ambassador of the foundation, let her brother do the talking — telling the crowd that “he’s always the most well-spoken.”

She was more vocal on the red carpet, where she wore colorful silk pants, a short-sleeve white T-shirt, silver heels, and an mix of bold jewelry.

“We celebrate our father and his legacy in our own ways. It’s very exciting to be here,” Paris told E! News. “And it’s a celebration of love, and obviously today is very meaningful to so many people, but I think we honor him every day. It’s not so much the date. It’s more just the feeling of it, but there’s a lot of love here tonight and I’m excited about that.”

Musician KAMAU talks about African inspired music and black identity

KAMAU is an American musician who uses traditional African beats in his very modern music. His style interprets Afrobeat music, indie hip hop, and neo classical. He uses his music to shine a light on social issues. With a new album coming up KAMAU spoke to the BBC about what it’s like for him, as a black man living in America and his sense of identity.

Africa’s Richest Woman Snubs State Prosecutors

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 17: Isabel dos Santos (L) and Sindika Dokolo arrive at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave Benett/amfAR/Dave Benett/WireImage for amfAR)

Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos has failed to respond to her summons from state prosecutors to answer questions about alleged financial impropriety during her time as chairperson of Sonangol, the state oil company

According to a report by the Angolan state news agency Angop, dos Santos is allowed to provide reasons for not appearing three times, after which she could be arrested.

In January, Sonangol’s current chairman Carlos Saturnino alleged that an internal audit had revealed a series of dubious financial transactions during dos Santos’ time at the helm, including a $38 million transfer to a company in Dubai shortly after she was officially dismissed from the oil company. Dos Santos has denied any impropriety and has accused Saturnino of trying “to rewrite history.”

Ever since President Joao Lourenço took office in September, dos Santos, who accumulated a multi-billion dollar fortune by leveraging on her father’s influence to acquire stakes in flourishing Angolan companies for pennies on the dollar, has seen a reversal of fortune. She was relieved of her position at Sonangol shortly after Lourenço came into power. Then in March this year, Diamond exploration licenses previously owned by companies linked to her were revoked. She has also been removed from each of the lucrative contracts or positions awarded by her father such as construction awards for the Caculo-Cabaça hydroelectric dam and Corimba Coast Road among other key ventures.

Isabel dos Santos is still Africa’s richest woman with a fortune FORBES estimates at $2.5 billion.