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Nigerian guitarist Oliver De Coque honored with Google Doodle

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Nigerian Guitarist Oliver De Coque was honored with a Google Doodle on what would’ve been his 74th birthday on Wednesday.

The Google landing page commemorated Oliver with a doodle in likeness of the literary icon, alongside some musical instruments.

Oliver De Coque whose real name is Oliver Sunday Akanite was a Nigerian guitarist and one of Africa’s most prolific recording artists.

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He was born on 14th April, 1947 and died June 20, 2008.

“De Coque famously infused the modern West African highlife genre with a Congolese-influenced guitar style and the energetic dance elements of Igbo music he grew up with, crafting a unique musical style, which he called Ogene. Beginning with his first solo release in 1976, de Coque’s music only grew in popularity at home and abroad, as he put out album after album featuring his masterful guitar work and fresh take on African pop–over 70 throughout his lifetime,”Google said.

“In 1994, in recognition of his prodigious music achievement, de Coque was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by the University of New Orleans,” the Google doodle team noted.

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“Thank you, Oliver de Coque, for strumming your way into the hearts of listeners around the world!.”

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I worked as tout after I ran away from home – Singer Oxlade

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Nigerian singer Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, better known as Oxlade, has revealed that he once worked as a tout after he ran away from home to pursue his music career.

According to him, he sold bus tickets—a job of motor park touts, popularly called “agbero.”

In a recent interview, the music star disclosed that he had to leave home because his lecturer dad didn’t initially support his decision to be a musician.

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He said: “Honestly, he [my dad] was indifferent at first. But my stubbornness and consistency paid off [laughs].

“I ran away from the house at some point in my life to pursue music personally. And I had to do all sorts of stuff to survive. Selling bus tickets and selling foods at parties.”

Stressing that he is from the ‘streets of Surulere’ in Lagos, he avowed that “if you can survive in Surulere, you can survive anywhere.”

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He added that the experience he had in the ghetto helped him make better decisions.

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Actor Itele D Icon shares adorable photos of his daughter as she clocks 1

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Nigerian actor, Itele D Icon has taken to social media to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday, today, April 25th.

The movie star took to his Instagram page and shared adorable photos of his daughter, Ajeromola whom he described as his princess.

Sharing the photos, he wrote, “Time flies so fast! Just a year ago, we were celebrating your birth, now we are all braced up to celebrate your first birthday. In just a year

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AJEROMOLA, a k a IYALAJE OF EGBA LAND😀

You have given us countless reasons to be proud and happy.

May you forever be smiling, laughing, and showering joy everywhere. Happy first birthday to my adorable princess”

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Recall that Itele D Icon welcomed a bouncing baby girl with his girlfriend, Olayiwola Aminat Omowunmi on the 25th of April, 2022.

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Singer Simi celebrates her 35th birthday in style

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Nigerian singer, Simisola Bolatito Kosoko, popularly known as Simi is celebrating her 35th birthday today.

The mother of one took to her Instagram page where she shared adorable photos of herself to mark her birthday.

Taking to her Instagram page, Simi wrote, “35 and fine. Happy birthday to the realest person I know. I type this tipsy as hell and surrounded by my most loved. If God don’t love me most, I don’t know who 💗.”

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