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Claire Pierangelo, Bisi Fayemi, Akin Banuso set to speak at The Future Festival’s Diversity Summit | November 28th

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The Central Working Committee of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) today has announced that its first-ever TV and digital edition of The Diversity Summit will hold on November 28th, 2020.


The TV and digital diversity summit will bring together over 100 of the most influential leaders and thinkers across Nigeria and Africa to discuss and tackle urgent issues affecting young people, ranging from diversity, inclusion, equality, spirituality, identity, capitalism, environment, special needs and human rights. This year, the theme is ‘We can’t breathe: Exploring power, privilege, and the potential for real change.’

For 15 years, The Future Awards & Festival has pioneered social, public and private sector trends and change focused on youth-driven culture,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Chief Operating Officer, RED | For Africa and Senior Advisor to The Future Project.

It is time once again to pioneer, by inspiring deep and wide conversations about the new frontiers of human potential that is now insistently knocking on Africa’s doors / it is time for players from governments to businesses to culture shapers to embrace these imperatives and build strategies that give them life. That future is inevitable, and this conversation will underscore why – and how we must proceed,” she added.

The US Consul General, Claire Pierangelo; First Lady of Ekiti, Bisi Fayemi; Microsoft Country Manager, Akin Banuso; Odun Eweniyi, Odun Eweniyi, Denola Grey, Arit Okpo, and Hilda Dokubo, are amongst a powerful slate of speakers confirmed for The Diversity Summit.

Panel sessions include topics such as; Toxic Environment: Climate change and African governments; Nigeria is not America: Importing Western battles into Nigeria; The Vagina Dialogue: The line from purity culture to rape culture; The Turning Point Generation: Will Gen Z succeed where millennials are failing?; Love does not win elections: The only way young people can actually take overpower; Not too young to run: Will young people in government actually change anything?; What were you wearing?’ How not to talk about rape; Wokespaces: What companies need to do about a socially-engaged workforce; and Be a man!’: The trap of toxic masculinity.

The Diversity Summit 2020 will be part of the 3-day TV & Digital The Future Festival. It will air live from 12 – 6 pm on Pop Central Channel 189 DSTV and online via thediversitysummit.com.

The Future Festival is presented by The Future Awards Africa and Y! Africa. Media partners are MTV Base, Africa Magic, Pop Central, Cool FM, Nigeria Info, BellaNaija.com, and YNaija.com.

Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA or visit the website awards.thefutureafrica.com

The official hashtags for 2020 are #TheFutureFestival, #TFAA15 and #TheAgeofRevolution.

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–BellaNaija is a media partner for #TFAA15

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Being divorced is nothing to shame anyone for – Toke Makinwa slams Reno Omokri

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Media personality, Toke Makinwa has slammed Reno Omokri for his post shading ‘divorced women and slay queens’.

yesterday, Reno shared a post on his Twitter handle where he threw jabs at “divorced women” and “slay queens” by using throwback photos of former first lady, late Mrs Maryam Babangida.

Toke who didn’t find the jab funny, took to her Twitter handle to slam him.

Describing Reno as an ’embarrassment’, the media personality pointed out that being divorced is nothing to shame anyone about.

Read her post below….

“Wow, at your age? Your wife and kids must be cringing for you, such an embarrassment. “Divorced” is nothing to shame anyone for, life happens. People like you are the reasons why a lot of people stay in unhealthy situations and lose their dignity and In some cases their lives.

You can celebrate a version of beauty without putting another down, you don’t have to meddle in women’s business too. If you have a daughter I hope she gets the courage to never deal with a man as uncouth as you, stop with the misogyny.

I don’t care about shots intended my way, what I do care about is the group of women you singlehandedly insulted with your “Divorcee” comment, to divorce is not a crime, every divorced person has survived something and sometimes getting a divorce is the only option they have

Enough with the divorce shaming of Anyone, I don’t see a divorced man being shamed for living his life after his failed marriage, people like that clown are probably in unhealthy marriages too. God forbid I marry a man who tweets that kind of garbage, sighhh.

Everyone has a divorced person that they know, it can happen to anyone, that we divorced and alive should be encouraged, people are dying each day living in unhealthy situations and while I’m not advocating for divorce, if leaving is what you need to do, do it in peace.

You cannot survive a bad marriage, survive a mental breakdown and then now have to deal with judgement from people who have not walked a mile in your shoes, it should not be encouraged. Someone’s journey does not have to be your cup of tea, that’s ok but you must respect it.

Dragging my divorced slay queen naked ass back to my holiday and waking up to the most beautiful view. In my bed and outside my room. Love and light xx” Toke tweeted.

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“I was tagged…” – Cardi B reveals how ‘Elites’ forced her to comment on Erica’s photo

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Award-winning American female rapper, Cardi B’s tweet reveals she did not comment on Erica’s photo wholeheartedly, she did it because of the constant mentions which blew up her notifications and dm.

Recall the rapper passed a comment on Erica’s photo when a troll merged hers with Erica’s saying she is classy whilst hers is different and edgy. Elites including Erica were delighted as a high profiled personality hailed her for recreating her photo.

Apparently, she was forced to pass the comment because her notifications and DM were full of mentions from Elites.

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Five Contestants For Exclusion After Third Week Performances

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This weekend, MTN Y’ello Star viewers watched as 14 finalists displayed their vocal strength
and performance abilities as they laid it all on the stage, to determine who would come out on top and who would b relegated.



At the end of Sunday’s outing, the sixth episode of the show’s debut season, five of the 14 contestants, who are at the bottom of the leaderboard after scoring the lowest cumulative points, are up for exclusion from live performance.

Week 3 kicked off with highlife and folk music performances from the finalists with each
performance rated within the range of 10. Jesse Drumz performed first singing “Time Na
Money” by Mike Okri.

At the end of his performance, Banky W, one of 3 judges on the show expressed delight at his improvement saying he was “starting to come into his own”. The judges rated his performance a 6.

David Garland rendered Sir. Shina Peters’ hit record “Afro Juju” next, earning himself a high 9.3 rating and accolades from Omawumi. The show didn’t witness another 9-point performance until Dotti and Freeborn rendered Orlando Julius’, Ololufe and Taxi Driver by IK Dairo respectively.

Asides watching the contestants put in some work to keep themselves in the show, performances from episode 5 proved to be a journey down memory lane as contestants performed Nigerian classics from various decades from the 70s to the 2010s.

Rael scored the lowest for the highlife performances as her rendition of Onyeka Onwenu’s “You and I” didn’t impress the judges enough to get her a score better than 4.3.

For Sunday’s episode 6, the contestants performed a mix of pop and RnB hits by Aretha
Franklin, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Seal. The top performance of the day was
Freeborn’s powerful delivery of Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”,
which earned her a 19.6 rating, as the judges ranked contestants on a scale of 0 to 20.

Rael once again got the lowest rating, as her performance of Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind earned her an 11.3 rating. Guest judge, Olisa Adibua criticized her song choice, stating that though she had fun performing it, she could have picked a better-suited song.

Gideon’s performance was a highlight of the night as all the judges rated him an 18, a huge rise
from his highlife performance that only got a 6.7 on the 10 scale. Jesse Drumz, the visually
impaired finalist also brought some flair to his performance playing the drums for his rendition of Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar.

He joined Uzezi and the duo of Oiza and Meyi on the shortlist of contestants who played an instrument during their performance. Banky W used the judges chat session as an opportunity to remind the contestants that talent is never enough in the music industry, it takes more than that to succeed. “If you are talented and entitled and not willing to push yourself and get the other things you need to complete that picture; you will never make it.”

At the end of Sunday’s show, Dave Willz, G-Isaac, Uzezi, Rael and Melody became the first 5 contestants to be put up for exclusion and will need votes to stay in the competition. To vote for G-Isaac,  Uzezi, Dave Willz, Melody and Rael Text “VOTE 001”, “VOTE 003”, “VOTE 008”, “VOTE 011” “VOTE 012” to 50061 respectively on MTN and 9MOBILE networks at N30 naira per text. Terms and Conditions Apply.

Voting ends on Wednesday evening after which the excluded contestant would be announced at the next gala, which airs every weekend on stations across the country. The excluded contestants will lose their right to perform at the live shows but will remain in the Y’ello Hub to continue their musical education delivered by acclaimed faculty members.

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