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Spotify To Launch In Nigeria, 84 Other Countries

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Spotify To Launch In Nigeria, 84 Other Countries

Swedish streaming platform, Spotify, in the next coming days, would be extending its footprint to Nigeria, and 84 other countries.

“We launch in 80+ new markets over the next few days. See you soon Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria #SpotifyStreamOn” a tweet from Spotify read.

This development however came after months of speculation and recruitment in the Nigerian music industry.

Below are the 84 other countries:

  1. Angola
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Armenia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bahamas
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Barbados
  8. Belize
  9. Benin
  10. Bhutan
  11. Botswana
  12. Brunei Darussalam
  13. Burkina Faso
  14. Burundi
  15. Cabo Verde
  16. Cambodia
  17. Cameroon
  18. Chad
  19. Comoros
  20. Côte d’Ivoire
  21. Curaçao
  22. Djibouti
  23. Dominica
  24. Equatorial Guinea
  25. Eswatini
  26. Fiji
  27. Gabon
  28. Gambia
  29. Georgia
  30. Ghana
  31. Grenada
  32. Guinea
  33. Guinea-Bissau
  34. Guyana
  35. Haiti
  36. Jamaica
  37. Kenya
  38. Kiribati
  39. Kyrgyzstan
  40. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  41. Lesotho
  42. Liberia
  43. Macau
  44. Madagascar
  45. Malawi
  46. Maldives
  47. Mali
  48. Marshall Islands
  49. Mauritania
  50. Mauritius
  51. Micronesia
  52. Mongolia
  53. Mozambique
  54. Namibia
  55. Nauru
  56. Nepal
  57. Niger
  58. Pakistan
  59. Palau
  60. Papua New Guinea
  61. Rwanda
  62. Samoa
  63. San Marino
  64. Sao Tome and Principe
  65. Senegal
  66. Seychelles
  67. Sierra Leone
  68. Solomon Islands
  69. Sri Lanka
  70. St. Kitts and Nevis
  71. St. Lucia
  72. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  73. Suriname
  74. Tanzania
  75. Timor-Leste
  76. Togo
  77. Tonga
  78. Trinidad and Tobago
  79. Tuvalu
  80. Uganda
  81. Uzbekistan
  82. Vanuatu
  83. Zambia
  84. Zimbabwe

The 85 new Spotify markets represent more than a billion people, a massive new untapped audience for Spotify that has grown to more than 345 million monthly active users and over 155 million paid subscribers globally.

This is Spotify’s largest expansion to date. At the moment, the music streaming service is available in 93 countries.

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Rachel Bakam: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Late Actress

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Rachel Bakam: 5 Things You Didn't Know About The Late Actress

Yesterday (Tuesday, April 13, 2021) was a sad day in Nigeria’s filmmaking industry, as actress Rachel Bakam passed away.

The film star died at the age of 39 after battling with anaemia.

While the film industry is still mourning the actress’s demise, Newsrand presents below five things its readers should know about her:

She grew up in Kaduna

Bakam was born and raised in Kaduna State where she had her primary, secondary, and tertiary education. She studied English and Theatre Arts at Ahmadu Bello University and Digital Filmmaking at New York Film Academy.

She was a brilliant student

Bakam was the best graduating female student and best graduating student of the Faculty of Arts in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. During her secondary school days at Kaduna Capital School, she was President of the Literary and Debating Club and also the Head Girl.

She once worked as a salesgirl

Her father died when she was 12 years old. At the age of 16, she started working, first as a salesgirl in a supermarket, later in a recording studio.

Bakam fought against human trafficking

Bakam was an anti-human trafficking ambassador. She joined the non-government organizations ― Devatop Centre for Africa Development ― in campaigning against sex trafficking and other forms of modern slavery in Nigeria.
After the Southern Kaduna crisis, where many people were killed, Rachel Bakam and John Fashanu joined Big Church Foundation to support the victims with relief materials.

Aside from being an actress, she was a media personality

She hosted ‘Trends & Rachel’ ― a popular television show that airs on some Nigerian television stations. She also produced and presented her show, Rachel the PIPER, and its Hausa version ‘RACHEL MAI KAKAAKI’ ― an entertaining, yet highly humanitarian television programme.

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How I Ended Up Marrying 4 Wives -Jide Kosoko

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How I Ended Up Marrying 4 Wives -Jide Kosoko

Nollywood veteran actor, Jide Kosoko has revealed how he ended up marrying four wives, saying it was never what he envisaged.

Speaking with Vanguard, Kosoko explained that though he’s a product of a polygamous marriage, being a polygamist was what his parents kicked against.

According to him, he married a second wife due to his craving for being married to someone who’s also an actor.

“I never envisaged being a polygamist though I am a product of one. My parents didn’t support it either. My first wife was a businesswoman. I craved for somebody who was in the same field as me,” he said.

Continuing, he added that he lost both women in an interval of 11 months.

“In those days, the best advice you can get is from your better half and that was how the second woman came to be. Along the line, I lost the two to childbirths within 11 months interval. I had seven children at that time, so I didn’t plan to remarry or to have more children again.

“But after much persuasion from my doctor and relatives, I decided to have a woman with the agreement of not having more children but a complete African woman will not agree to that. One thing led to the other and I got two women again. So being a polygamist is not intentional but God’s design which I do not have a right over,” he was further quoted as saying.

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Why I Refused To Do My Wedding In Lagos -Harrysong

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Why I Refused To Do My Wedding In Lagos -Harrysong

Alterplate record label founder, Harrysong has revealed that he deliberately snubbed Lagos for his wedding to avoid too much media frenzy.

Speaking with Punch barely a week after his wedding ceremony which held in Warri, a city in Delta, the music star explained that marriage is something personal to him, and he wanted it private.

“Being married is good. I feel complete. Now, I have a companion. I have someone that sincerely has my back and I am building my life with.  A lot of people were hoping or thinking that I would have a big Lagos wedding but I did not want too much media frenzy around us. Marriage is something very personal and serious to me, so I wanted it to be as private as possible. If I wanted to do a society wedding for status sakes, it would have held in Lagos and it would have been a funfair. But I chose to go to my home town in Warri to do it right and well.

“I don’t want to talk about my marriage too much because people become inquisitive and I don’t want to put our homes in the public sphere. That brings problems. I love to keep my home private. Once you bring your marriage on social media, it could breed unexpected things,” he was quoted as saying.

Harrysong, however, advised eligible bachelors to stay off social media in their search of a life partner.

“My first advice to any eligible bachelor is― get off social media when you want to be serious in the search for a life partner. Social media has destroyed homes and made it seem like there are no good people except homosexuals, homewreckers or people with questionable characters. Just be real and true with yourself, there are good men and women; not everyone is bad. Social media has cast a lot of people in a bad light,” the new groom added.

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