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Ivory Coast music star DJ Arafat dies in road crash

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, a singer from Ivory Coast with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI has said.

“Death of artist DJ Arafat … today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,” the broadcaster tweeted on Monday.

According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car.

Critically injured, the singer, 33, was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.

“We are all in shock,” Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorian producer and specialist in hip-hop told the AFP agency.

“He was a real singer and a drummer … he gave a new breath of life to coupe-decale.”

Later on Monday, around 1,000 fans gathered in front of the hospital in Abidjan’s Cocody suburb where the singer died, weeping and chanting, “Arafat cannot die”.

‘Natural charisma’

Born in Abidjan in 1986, the artist, whose real name is Ange Didier Huon, had a massive audience in French-speaking western and central African countries.

He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” – a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.

DJ Arafat’s fame expanded to Europe and the United States, thanks in part to sports stars who made some of the genre’s dance steps popular.

He Arafat was named “Best Artist of the Year” at the Ivorian “Coupe-decale” Awards in 2016 and 2017.

He was born in the music world. His mother was a well-known singer and his father a prominent sound engineer, according to a music manager. He started as a DJ in Yopougon, one of Abidjan’s night-life districts.

“He had a natural charisma,” said Ozone, a hip hop producer and television host. “He will remain a force for Ivorian and African music.”

Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences and said a tribute would be held to honour the musician.

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Actress Rachael Okonkwo Loses Mum, says her world is shattered

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Nollywood actress, Rachael Okonkwo popularly known As Nkoli has cried out after losing her beautiful mother to the cold hands of death, saying her world is shattered and her life crumbled.

The actress who’s known for her versatility took to her verified Instagram page on yesterday to announce the death of her mother.

In her first post, Rachael said “My life will never remain the same

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Regina Daniels’ father reconciles with daughter, son-in-law, gives reasons

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Jude Ojeogwu, Father of Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels, has said that he decided to reconcile with her daughter’s billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko, following the birth of his grandson.

Regina Daniels recently gave birth to a baby boy, her first child for politician husband, Nwoko.

Barrister Ojegwu had staunchly opposed the marriage of the then 20-year old actress to the business mogul.

At the baby’s naming ceremony, held in Abuja yesterday evening, Ojeogwu told journalists that the birth of the baby made him reconcile with his billionaire son-in-law for the sake of peace, joy, and happiness.

Nwoko and Regina named their son Munir at the ceremony where Ojeogwu insisted that the birth of the new baby made him change his mind about Nwoko.

“The birth of this child has answered the question (about the controversy); everybody craves for peace, joy, and happiness. I have accepted everything,” he said.

“I feel very happy having a grandchild and that is why I am here. I traveled all the way from Lagos to this place just to celebrate with the family.

“I told him (Nwoko) and the mother to call him Ifechukwude which means what God has written.”

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