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Google today announced that it is expanding itś Digital Skills for Africa program to reach children in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google is engaging local organisations via its partnership with the Cape Town Science Centre to train 200,000 students in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa within 1 year.

CS First is a Google program aimed at children aged 9 to 16. Created by educators and computer scientists, CS First introduces coding and computer science to students in a collaborative and creative club environment. CS First club members build projects in Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), a blocks-based programming language. The training will be delivered through 26 collaborating organisations across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. For areas with limited access to the internet and limited devices, CS First may be delivered through CS Unplugged.

In addition, Google also aims to reach students through an Online Safety Roadshow project building on itś work with the Web Rangers program. This project will reach parents, teachers and students in all three countries.

Google is once again joining forces with SAP and UNESCO as part of Africa Code Week 2019 to engage community-focused organisations across Africa to enable them to host coding workshops for children (aged 11-18) in their local communities during Africa Code Week this month. Some 55 organisations have been identified across the continent.

These activities form part of Google’s commitment to train 10 million Africans in digital skills by 2022.

“The training programmes promise to improve the children’s confidence in interacting with computers and their overall confidence and willingness to try new things,” says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputation, SSA. “With growing internet penetration across Africa, and the increasing trend of kids interacting online, Google believes it is important to provide helpful information to children and parents to enable children to take appropriate measures to stay safe online while exploring the internet with confidence. The training takes learnings from Google ́s Be Internet Awesome campaign and the content is carefully drafted to provide helpful tips to kids and parents, and information on useful tools like Google’s Family Link.”

EGE crooner, Danny S still basking in the euphoria of his widely accepted records, putting out some of the hottest street pop songs back to back since he came up the music radar, marinating in the massive success of the most recent of them “Fo Kuli” which went viral on arrival, he has decided to tour some major tertiary institutions across Nigeria, which includes; Kwara State University, LeadCity University, Lagos State University, Obafemi Awolowo University among others.

The campus throttling will see several artiste excite teeming audience on campus. Danny S is using the opportunity to appreciate his fans across Nigerian campuses, bringing electrifying and breathtaking musical, comedy and dance performance to their door steps on campus. In his words, “The demograph of people who listen and support my music are on campus, so am using this opportunity to bond and interact with them. It’s going to be a loud one, as we hope to make the students have a good time”

The campus tour aptly tagged “The Danny S Experience” will also feature an array industry’s heavyweight like; Small Doctor, Mr Real, Oladips, Jaywon, Lyta, Wale Turner, Barry Jhay, Rayce, Lil Frosh, Qdot Alagbe, Chinko Ekun, Dotman entertaining the students as packaged by the digital music service platform, Playmode Music and 1202 Media.

The 13th edition of the Headies Award aimed at honouring musicians, performers, producers, writers, and other professionals for their exploits will be held on October 19th, 2019.

This year’s edition is tagged ‘The Power Of A Dream’ and it will feature 29 unique categories to acknowledge and celebrate the work of various artists in different categories.

The categories are: Best Recording of the Year; Best Pop Single; Producer of The Year; Best Reggae/ Dancehall Single; Best Rap Album; Best R&B/ Pop Album; Alternative Album; Best R&B Single; Best Collabo; Best Rap Single; Best Vocal Performance (Male); Best Vocal Performance (Female); Next Rate; Hip Hop World Revelation; and Lyricist on The Roll.

Others are the Best Street-Hop Artiste; Best ‘Alternative’ Song; Album of The Year; Artiste of The Year; Song of The Year; African Artiste Recognition; Headies’ Viewer’s Choice; Industry Brand Supporter; Best Performer; Songwriter of The Year; Rookie of The Year; Special Recognition; Hall of Fame.

Davido, Teni, Wizkid, Rema, Burna Boy, Joeboy, Mr Eazi and Fireboy will battle for viewers choice award this year alongside song of the year category.

See full nomination list:

1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artist or group in the year under review.

Adekunle Gold – Ire
Heal D World – Patoranking
Olanrewaju – Brymo
Uyo Meyo – Teni
Ye – Burna Boy

2. BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
‘Case’ – Teni
‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML
‘Baby’ – Joeboy

3. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual is responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy
Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema
Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni
Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid
Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

4. BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz
‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon
‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga
‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

5. BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

1. ‘rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)
‘Outside’ – Burna Boy
‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel
‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun
‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

6. BEST MUSIC VIDEO

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters
‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters
‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films
‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy
‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

7. BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE
‘Serenade’ – Funbi
‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni
‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld
‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

8. BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee
‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido
‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan
‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

9. BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

1. ‘Talk’ – Falz
‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce
‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide
‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini
‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

10. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’
Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’
Nonso Bassey – ‘411’
Funbi – ‘Serenade’
Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

11. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’
Waje – ‘Udue’
Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’
Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’
Falana – ‘Repeat’

12. NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.
Rema
Joeboy
Fireboy DML
Victor AD
Lyta
Zlatan

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artist with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

Odunsi
Mayorkun
Wurld
Humblesmith

14. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

YCEE – ‘Balance’
Boogey – ‘Implode’
Paybac – ‘Implode’
Ghost – ‘Crown’
Tec – ‘Crown’
AQ – ‘Crown’

15. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
Erigga – ‘Motivation’
Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’
Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’
Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’
Lyta – ‘Time’

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

‘Cash’ – Lady Donli
‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems
‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille
‘Heya’ – Brymo
‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in the year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold
‘Outside’ – Burna Boy
‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz
‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

Burna Boy
Wizkid
Davido
Tiwa Savage
Falz

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
‘Dumebi’ – Rema
‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
‘Case’ – Teni
‘Leg work’ – Zlatan
‘Baby’ – Joeboy
‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)
Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)
Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)
King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)
DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

Mr Eazi
Burna Boy
Teni
Fireboy DML
Rema
Joe Boy
Wizkid
Davido

22 BEST PERFORMER

A non-voting category for the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

Falz
Tiwa Savage
Brymo
Yemi Alade
Adekunle Gold

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

Crayon
Buju
Barry Jhay
Oxlade

A special edition of TRACE Live will kick off afro-international singer Runtown’s “Sound God Africa Tour”, on September 25th at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Created by TRACE NAIJA, TRACE Live is a series of showcases which brings the music of Africa’s best talents to life on stage, with the backing of a live band. After the September 25th opening, Runtown’s, “Sound God Africa Tour” will head to Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Namibia, Senegal and other countries soon to be announced.

Runtown’s music career began in 2007, and has grown to include collaborations with an array of notable acts including Davido, DJ Khaled, Major Lazer, Nasty C and Wizkid. His 2016 single, “Mad Over You” moved the world of music, and propelled him to stardom.

TRACE Live is produced by TRACE Naija, alongside partners Bolanle Austin Peters and Cabal Entertainment. The event has raised the bar, introducing a new standard for live music, which through, consistency in sound, and extraordinary performing artists and bands – has created a series of unforgettable experiences for the Nigerian audience. Past editions include, Omawumi, Flavour, Falzthebahdguy, Adekunle Gold, Tubaba, Wande Coal and Reekado Banks.

Fans are encouraged to get their passes early as TRACE Live x Runtown Sound God Africa on September 25th is sure to sell out as past shows have. Tickets are available now on NAIRABOX and if you are out of town, click HERE to join the Facebook Live stream.

To keep up with all things TRACE NAIJA and for your chance to win tickets connect with us on @TRACENAIJA on all platforms.

NOVVA Media and Communications presents a business session targeted at SMEs and entrepreneurs starting new businesses.

The topic of the program is ‘Public Relations and Branding as a tool for business growth’.

The program will be divided into three sessions and facilitated by top experienced consultants, Marketing and Branding Specialist Wale Olajubu, MD DWA Nigeria, Moremi Elekwachi Lead Publicist Euphorique PR and Business Strategist Nkechi Alade, CEO Elvaridah

This is one business session you do not want to miss.

Date – Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Time – 10am
Location – Lagos
Register to attend for free.

TRACE IN THE CITY 2.0 is back, bigger and better. TRACE brings exciting and unique experiences to youths across Nigeria with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that will last a lifetime. Last year we brought the fun to 7 cities, this time we are excited to meet our fans in 11 cities.

TRACE in the city aims to give each city a chance to connect with TRACE, showcase talented young people and to encourage creativity and special talents by offering them the perfect environment in which to express themselves and make the most of their talents.

TRACE In The City provides a platform for young creatives to express themselves; from aspiring musicians and dancers performing on the stage to content creators sharing their content with a wider audience via the NTA content fest segment. The campaign also impacts students with skills through its volunteerism initiative.

The tour which spans 6 weeks from 23rd July to 3rd September 2019 would bring together the hip and jiggy peeps from Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja, down to Kaduna. The tour would continue to galvanized the young and cool in Port Harcourt, Enugu, Owerri, Calabar, Uyo and Benin, dishing out the finest ensemble of urban music, games and cinema flare.

Artistes to rock the stage include Falz, Skiibi, Teni, Oxlade, Mayorkun, Victor Ad, Zlatan, Rema, King Perry, Dj Neptune, Blaqbonez Zoro, Ceeza Milli, T-Classic, Niniola, Vanessa Mdee.

TRACE In The City 2 is proudly sponsored by Indomie Nigeria, Pepsi, Munch It, Tom Tom and T-ONE.

Join in the #TRACEINTHECITY2 experience by clicking here to pre-register for your preferred city. Follow the conversation on all our Social media platforms using @tracenaija on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or by using the Tag #TraceInTheCity and #TraceInTheCity2

Get ready for a blast!

Peer Icon Partners Limited, a strategic communication company based in Lagos Nigeria, recently held Bestseller, the Impact Branding Seminar that was attended by top social media influencers in Nigeria. The goal of Bestseller is to introduce participants to the concept of “Impact Branding” as a marketing tool that will equip them with the principles needed to building a truly impactful brand generating positive returns to the society beyond being “for profit”.

Influencer marketing can be traced back to the early 20th century. Over time it has evolved from product-centered marketing to value-centered marketing with the rise of social media platforms and the consumer being encouraged to participate to create content of their own. With the flood of information available to the consumers, the need for social media influencers became justifiable as they exude trust through the content that they create.

Speaking at Bestseller, the facilitator, Nosa Emma-Iyamu, Principal Strategist, Peer Icon Partners, said that, “The challenge with social media influencers in Nigeria is that majority of them are not “niche” but “me-too” brands used only as media channels. Only a few can be categorized as opinion leaders and experts in a field.” He further said that, “Social Media Influencers have the potential to drive impactful change in their communities and the Nation at large; establishing a recognized brand as they do so.”

Participants at the Bestseller Impact Seminar expressed their appreciation to Peer Icon Partners; noting that the information received at the seminar was greatly needed and unmatched. Bestseller hopes to be that seminar that introduces the participants to the concept of branding as well as brand building strategies that shift from sales driven campaigns to a business model based on incorporating a social purpose.

After a successful first edition, Nigerian Female designers Mona Matthews, Delabique and Proverbs Creations returns with Style Express 2 and added to this mix is The Bespoke Royal Tailor, a men’s wear label founded and run by Shadrach Haozume.

Style Express is a Pop-up-Boutique Experience where customers pain points are addressed. From getting the right outfits and perfect fit irrespective of shapes and sizes to getting quality made in Nigeria clothes, shoes, to handbags, jewelry, fascinators etc.

The event is also a great place to connect with friends, meet like-minds, network, make new connections and experience quality shopping like no other in a relaxing and cosy environment.

Style Express holds on 30th of June 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Isaac John Street GRA Ikeja Lagos.

Time is 12noon till late.

Nigeria has some of the lowest blood donation rates in the world, with just 10% of the population donating freely. That makes it crucial that what blood there is arrives safely and timeously where it’s needed.

Underlining the need for blood donations is the fact that Nigeria has the fourth-highest maternal mortality rate in the world, accounting for 19% of all maternal deaths globally. Postpartum haemorrhaging (the loss of too much blood following birth) is the leading cause of such deaths. The lack of infrastructure to get crucial blood supplies in Nigeria compounds this problem.

One organisation doing vital work in addressing this issue is LifeBank, which is not only working to get more Nigerians to donate blood, but also to get blood safely to the patients who need it most urgently.

The second of these mandates is fulfilled using a digital platform, which sorts orders based on urgency, location, and price. Dispatch riders move blood in boxes that are padlocked and can only be opened by the recipient using a Bluetooth connection or key.

By designing a system to connect blood banks to hospitals via Google Maps Platform, LifeBank has been able to decrease delivery time from 24 hours to less than 45 minutes.

“In the race to get blood to patients, every second counts,” says LifeBank founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun. “Donated blood has a shelf life of just six weeks. Often, it expires before it is ever used because doctors are unable to locate the type of blood that they need. The doctors who need the blood and the blood banks who are discarding blood needed to somehow find a way to communicate with each other. Using the Google Maps Platform to create an interface for these once-disconnected entities by mapping each location involved in blood distribution across Lagos from hospitals to blood banks to the delivery drivers has given us a solution.”

To date, LifeBank has signed up over 5,800 new donors, moved over 13,800 pints, served 300-plus hospitals, and saved more than 4,000 lives. Today, as part of the build-up to the World Blood Donor Day, Google is using its voice to highlight the need for people to donate blood through a spotlight campaign showcasing the work done by LifeBank and Giwa-Tubosun. Google announced it is also supporting the creation of a short documentary due to be released later this year.

Says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputation, Google Sub-Saharan Africa: “Organising information and making it accessible is at the heart of Google’s mission. LifeBank’s system shows just how much magic can happen when universally accessible tools and information meet human creativity, aspirations and resilience.”

WANDE COALIt was a blissful evening characterized by amazing cocktails, candies, snacks and music at Wande Coal’s edition of TRACE Live as guest trooped in to Terra Kulture on Wednesday to experience the vocal gem perform carefully selected tunes from his catalogue.

 

Wande who was at home on the stage brought a combination of excitement and nostalgia as he opened the show with hits off his Mushin2Mo-Hits album from a decade ago which got the crowd up on feet. He kept the audience in a dancing frenzy all through the show and they were only able to rest for a few minutes when he paused to share stories about his journey to stardom.

 

In the storytelling bit of his performance, Wande left no stone unturned; First, as a spontaneous singer from his undergraduate days in The University of Lagos; then as a Back-up dancer for famous Nigerian artiste-KONGA; and ultimately his meeting with the duo of Don Jazzy and Dbanj of the now defunct Mo-hits Record whom he performed “OLOLUFE” to for the first time in his singing career.

 

Like a true Vocal Gem, Wande superseded expectations in a laid back, yet admirable manner as he delivered a spectacle of a show with the support of his highly-entertaining band and younger brother T-Josh as his back-up singer; they mesmerized the audience with Wande Coal’s All-time favorite tunes. Songs such as Born D Maga, Ololufe, Rotate, Shey Na like this, The Kick, Isskaba, Baby Hello, Ahismapayin, Gentility amongst others caught the audience spell-bound.

 

Notable guests in attendance included Charles Aigbe of Fidelity Bank, Orezi, Lynxx, Harrysong, Reekado Banks, Skiibii, Mayorkun, Dj Spinall Moweezy, Obi Aiska, Deji Awokoya of Beat FM, Bizzle Osikoya, Asa Asika and a host of many others.

 

Just like the coal, Wande gave us a night of substance.