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Nigeria: Details emerge amidst mourning of music Legend Ras Kimono

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It is no longer news but shocking, that Nigerian reggae star, Ras Kimono, has died.

It was gathered that the dreadlocked musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night. 

According to sources close to him, Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning.

The death of the artiste, who was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and who recently clocked 60, was confirmed by the President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor and the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji.

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The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning.

Okafor described Kimono’s death as shocking. According to him, Ras Kimono was a very humble and excellent person. He was more like a father than a friend or colleague. He never had any issue with anybody in the music industry.

”We are really going to miss him” He said 

Another reggae musician, African Chyna, said that Kimono’s death had left a vacuum in the music industry that would be difficult to fill. Describing the deceased as a great musician who died before his time.

Meanwhile, a former President PMAN, Tee Mac Iseli, also expressed shock at the sad event. “I am shocked. I took him to PMAN as a young man in the 80s. We had since been very close,” he said.

Also, reacting, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State described the death of Kimono as a great loss to the people of the state and Nigeria’s music industry.

Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday, commiserated with the Nigeria music industry, family and friends of Kimono.

He said, “I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend. He will be remembered for his hit song, ‘Rumbar Stylee’.

“I join lovers of reggae music to mourn this great loss. He belonged to an era of great reggae music exponents in Nigeria.”

The governor added that Kimono had spent all his life promoting good governance through reggae music, good entertainment and healthy community relations.

Still shocked by the sad event, a popular musician, Baba Fryo, said he spoke with the deceased three days before his passage. “We spoke and, based on my observation, he wasn’t sick. I am worried at the news of his death. I am shocked,” he said.

Reacting to a message posted on Facebook, a close friend of Kimono, Iwa Okosun, suggested that Kimono might have been ill. He said, “We were together on Wednesday afternoon. He said he was coming from the clinic.” 

Then, addressing the deceased, Okosun added, “Just last month, we were with you celebrating your 60th birthday. I’m in shock. God will strengthen your family to bear this huge pain. Rest in peace, Kimono.”

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Kanye West gifts Uganda’s President pair of Sneakers

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Kanye West presents  a pair of white sneakers to Uganda’s  74-year-old leader, president Yoweri Museveni during a visit to the East African nation.



President Yoweri Museveni says he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions” about promoting tourism and arts.

West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, have been vacationing in a national park in Uganda. He is said to be recording music in a tent.

Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House on Monday and exchanging gifts.

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Excited tourism officials see the visit as an endorsement of the country’s tourism potential.

Uganda’s government has been criticized over its treatment of a local pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who alleges torture by security forces. The government denies it.

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‘Venom’ devours the box office competition In its second week in theaters

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Basically, Venom is a box-office juggernaut every bit as intimidating as its title character.

Although Venom earned relatively poor reviews, it still stayed ahead of critically praised musical drama A Star is Born for the second week in a row. The latter film found itself in second place among the weekend’s top ten movies again, but word-of-mouth buzz suggests that — like Venom — it isn’t slowing down any time soon, either.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total 
1. Venom $35.7M $142.8M
2. A Star is Born $28M $94.1M
3. First Man $16.5M $16.5M
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween  $16.2M $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M $57.6M
6. Night School $8M $59.8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale  $7.2M $7.2M
8. The House With a Clock in its Walls  $3.9M $62.2M
9. The Hate U Give $1.7M $2.4M
10. A Simple Favor $1.3M $52M

Three new releases finished in the weekend’s top ten movies, with Damien Chazelle’s biopic of Neil Armstrong, First Man, sliding into third place with a $16.5 million premiere. The film earned good (but not great) reviews from critics, and got a warm (but not too warm) reception from general audiences, so it will be interesting to see how it performs when compared to his two previous, Oscar-nominated films: La La Land and Whiplash.

In fourth place at the weekend box office was family-friendly horror sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which was panned by professional critics and did just okay with audiences (to the tune of 41-percent positive reviews and a “B” grade, respectively). The first Goosebumps movie had a $23.6 million opening weekend, so the second installment appears to be experiencing some growing pains — but with Halloween approaching, it might get a late holiday bump.

Finally, ensemble film Bad Times at the El Royale debuted in seventh place with $7.2 million in US theaters.

Unfortunately, the opening weekend news wasn’t all that positive for Bad Times, which stars Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, and Nick Offerman, and is the second feature from The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. Despite decent, 70-percent positive reviews, the film earned a problematic “B-” grade from audiences, which suggests that the people buying tickets for the film didn’t exactly love it.

Coming up this week is the holiday-themed Halloween, which serves as both a sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 film of the same name, and a reboot of the long-running franchise. Also premiering this week is the directorial debut of Jonah Hill, whose coming-of-age drama Mid90s is earning significant praise already. Quirky ensemble comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn also arrives in theaters.

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