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The Weeknd makes history as he becomes Spotify's first artist to surpass 100 million monthly listeners

The Weeknd, a Canadian singer, has become the first artist to surpass 100 million monthly Spotify listeners, just days after releasing a remix of his song Die for You with Ariana Grande.

According to Billboard, the news was confirmed by the digital music service on Monday, and the new milestone puts him far ahead of Miley Cyrus, who has 82.5 million listeners, Taylor Swift, who has 80.3 million, and rapper Drake, who has 68.6 million.

His most recent collaboration, which was an instant hit with fans, is the fourth time he has collaborated with Grande on a song.The latest achievement comes just days after the release of his televised concert, Live at SoFi Stadium, which documented one of his sold-out Los Angeles shows.

Throughout his career, the Canadian singer has received four Grammy Awards, twenty Billboard Music Awards, and has been nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy.

Blinding Lights, the Toronto-based musician’s hit, became the first song in Billboard Hot 100 history to remain in the Top 10 for an entire year in 2021.

The artist, whose full name is Abel Tesfaye, previously set a record by staying in the Top 5 for 43 weeks.

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Announcing the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival

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GTCO to pay shareholders a total dividend of N94 billion for FY 2023.

 

Announcing the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival… A Celebration of Authentic Flavours… 

 

Naijanewsngr reports that the countdown has begun to the 7th edition of the most anticipated culinary festival in Africa and Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) is excited to announce dates for the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, set to take place from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, at GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

The GTCO Food and Drink Festival is widely recognised as the continent’s biggest food and drink festival, bringing together millions of food lovers and entrepreneurs to celebrate the rich and diverse culinary heritage of Africa with a vibrant display of flavours, aromas, and cultures.

 

Over the three-day period, attendees can look forward to an array of culinary delights, from traditional African dishes to innovative fusion cuisines from other parts of the world. The festival will also feature live cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions, along with hundreds of food retailers showcasing a diverse range of mouth-watering offerings.

 

Commenting on the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said;

“We are delighted to bring to our customers, exhibitors, and food lovers from across Africa and beyond, another edition of an event that is a celebration of not just food, but of the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions that make African cuisine so unique.

Our vision for curating this consumer-focused event is unchanging, particularly in light of the pressures that individuals and businesses are facing at this time.

We hope to consistently create memorable moments for everyone, whilst providing a free, vibrant, and commercially viable platform for small food businesses in Nigeria to grow and thrive.”

 

In addition to its culinary offerings, the GTCO Food and Drink Festival is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere. This year, organisers have curated an extensive lineup of activities for children, ensuring that the festival is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. A specially designed play area will keep the little ones entertained with games, interactive exhibits, and more.

 

As a new and exciting feature, the fair will introduce a children’s baking class, providing young aspiring chefs with a wonderful opportunity to discover the joys of baking, while also fostering creativity and confidence in the kitchen. From decorating cupcakes to crafting their own signature treats, children will unleash their culinary genius and develop valuable cooking skills in a fun and supportive environment.

 

GTCO is a leading financial services group with banking operations in Nigeria, West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom alongside new businesses in Payment, Funds Management, and Pension Fund Administration. The Group operates a diversified, Proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement, which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond.

 

Its leadership in the banking industry and efforts at empowering people and communities has earned it many prestigious awards over the years. In 2023, GTCO’s Guaranty Trust Bank was recognized as Nigeria’s Best Bank and Best Bank in CSR at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, Best Banking Group in Nigeria by World Finance, and Best Bank in Nigeria by Global Finance. Guaranty Trust Bank also featured in the Top 1000 Banks in the World and Top 100 Banks in Africa rankings by The Banker.

 

Mark your calendars and prepare your taste buds as we come together in celebration of authentic flavours at the 2024 Food and Drink Festival. Attendance is FREE.

For more information on the event, please visit: https://foodanddrink.gtcoplc.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu Is Dead

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu, Is Dead

BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu, Is Dead

 

Naijanews gathered that Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is dead.

He was said to have died on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

In October 2023, the veteran actor was reported ill and required financial assistance.

But in November 2023, Okafor’s family confirmed that one of his legs had been amputated to keep him alive.

The amputation became necessary because of an infection of the arteries at the ankle that was not detected early enough, his former manager Emeka Chochoo told PUNCH Online in November 2023 in an exclusive chat.

It was reported that he passed away in the hospital.

Meanwhile, celebrities and colleagues of the Nollywood veteran have mourned Mr. Ibu in various social media posts.

Mercy Johnson Okojie wrote, “It is well… Rest well sir…”

Ruth Kadiri wrote, “Sleep well Papa.”

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Rihanna’s $6.3 million performance at the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani

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Rihanna's $6.3 million performance at the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani

Rihanna’s $6.3 million performance at the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani

 

 

The recent pre-wedding celebration of Anant Ambani, the billionaire son of Mukesh Ambani, has drawn attention from the world’s elite in a world where extravagance meets opulence. The star-studded event, held in Jamnagar, India, showcased a spectacle of wealth and grandeur, with a guest list boasting the crème de la crème of society, including tech titans, political figures, and entertainment icons.

 

 

At the center of this lavish affair was none other than Barbadian singer Rihanna, who graced the stage for a mesmerizing performance that reportedly earned her a staggering $6.3 million. This marked Rihanna’s first full-length concert in eight years, making it a truly momentous occasion for both the singer and the attendees.

 

 

The repertoire of songs performed by Rihanna included some of her biggest hits, such as “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Wild Thoughts,” “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “We Found Love,” “Umbrella,” “Stay,” and “Diamonds.” The electrifying performance was captured on camera, offering a glimpse into the magical evening that unfolded at the Ambani celebration.

 

 

The Ambani family wedding is not just a gathering of the rich and famous; it is a convergence of global influence and prominence. From Bollywood stars like Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and business magnates like Disney CEO Bob Iger, the guest list was a testament to the family’s reach and connections across various industries.

 

 

Moreover, the presence of esteemed personalities such as former Prime Ministers, political leaders, and heads of multinational corporations added a layer of sophistication and gravitas to the event. The likes of Carl Bildt, Stephen Harper, Donald Harrison, Jorge Quiroga, Kevin Rudd, and Klaus Schwab lent their presence to the celebration, further solidifying its status as a gathering of global significance.

 

 

As we reflect on the spectacle that was the Ambani pre-wedding celebration, it becomes clear that it was more than just a lavish affair; it was a convergence of talent, influence, and wealth on a grand scale. Rihanna’s performance, with its electrifying energy and star power, was the perfect centerpiece for an event that will be remembered for years to come.

 

 

In conclusion, the Ambani family wedding served as a testament to the power of wealth and influence in shaping extraordinary moments that capture the world’s attention. With Rihanna’s $6.3 million performance as a highlight, the event underscored the unparalleled extravagance and grandeur that define the lives of the global elite.

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