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‘Shanty Town’ ranks most watched Nollywood drama on Netflix Africa

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Chichi Nworah’s ‘Shanty Town’, has been announced as the most-streamed African Original in Nigeria, and the second most-streamed across the continent, according to Netflix’sfirst-ever ‘What we watched: A Netflix engagement report’, released on Tuesday by Netflix.

The comprehensive report shows what its subscribers are watching. The report covers hours viewed from January to June 2023.

‘Shanty Town’, a bold crime drama produced by Chichi Nworah, depicts the dark and chaotic life of the Lagos underground. It was a buzz of the town when it was released in early 2023.

Shanty Town’s success is a testament to the growing hunger for authentic African stories, told by African voices. Nworah, a Nigerian filmmaker with a knack for weaving complex narratives, has crafted a world teeming with raw emotion, social commentary, and nail-biting suspense.

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The show delves into the lives of struggling residents in a Lagos slum, but their aspirations and struggles echo across the continent. Nworah’s creation resonated deeply with the African audience, proving that Nigerian storytelling can compete with the best on a global platform.

With 27.3 million hours viewed between January and June 2023, ‘Shanty Town’ trails only South Africa’s ‘Unseen’, a gripping mystery thriller, with 60 million hours.

The inaugural ‘What We Watched’ report is the first of what will become a biannual report providing insights into viewership trends, covering key aspects such as hours viewed, premiere dates, and global availability. The report represents 99 percent of Netflix viewing and covers over 18,000 titles, totalling nearly 100 billion hours, for a complete view of what’s being watched.

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‘Shanty Town’, a Netflix original series produced by Chinenye Chichi Nworah and directed by Dimeji Ajibola, features Ini Edo, Chidi Mokeme, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Mercy Eke, Nancy Isime, Zubby Michael, Uche Jombo, RMD, Peter Okoye (Psquare), among others.

Chichi recently produced ‘Slum King’, an African magic original. ‘Slum King’, a ten-episode series also made waves across Africa as viewers of the show on Africa Magic Showcase expressed their eagerness to see Season 2 of ‘Slum King’ after a great first run.

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Nana Otedola blesses DJ Cuppy with prayers for a partner after baptism

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Nana Otedola, the mother of popular disc jockey Florence Otedola, also known as DJ Cuppy, has prayed for her daughter following her recent baptism.

DJ Cuppy and her younger sister, Temi Otedola, were baptized recently and shared videos of the ceremony, which their mother attended.

Following this event, Nana Otedola expressed her hopes for DJ Cuppy, who is seeking a life partner.

DJ Cuppy posted a screenshot of a conversation with her mother, in which Nana prayed that God would bless her with a man who is devoted to Him.

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She encouraged DJ Cuppy by saying that as she grows into her best self and strengthens her bond with God, she will encounter a man who is on a similar path.

“Now that you are becoming your best self and fully united to God, when you are not watching, you will meet a man on his own best self journey. God will give you a man who is running after Him IJN”, Nana wrote.

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Why I am not ready to have kids now – Burna Boy

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Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has opened up about why he is not ready to be a father yet.

The ‘City Boys’ crooner said he is not ready to have kids yet because he can’t give them the attention they deserve.

The entertainer stated this while responding to a question raised by a fan during a recent Instagram live session with his fans.

He explained that he would have children when he was settled or married.

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“Why haven’t I had kids yet? Bro, because I don’t want to have kids yet,” Burna boy said.

“Have you seen my mum the way she loves me? Have you seen my dad the way he loves me?I know I can’t give that to anyone right now with the life I’m living. So until I’m settled and I can be there for my children everyday, I’m not having no kid.

“I feel like my kids deserved better than I got. And I got both my mum and dad so you understand?”

On the allegations that he is impotent, Burna Boy said, “When I see the bants and the things people say [about me not being able to have kids], I said this is unimportant. Let’s assume that it is true that I couldn’t even have kids, you know that there’s something called IVF? But that is not even true.”

Burna Boy started to gain fame after releasing ‘Like to Party’, the lead single from his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ (2013).

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In 2021, the singer set a record in Nigeria after his fifth album ‘Twice As Tall (2020)’ won the ‘Best World Music Album’ category at the Grammys.

Burna Boy claimed he brought the Afrobeats genre to the mainstream in 2020.

“FACT! I always knew I was and I am THE BEST. Everyone you think is the best KNOWS I’m BEST since Fela Kuti,” he said.

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I’ll soon give chance for a relationship – Ayra Starr

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There might be good news in the corners of young men who have been hoping to date popular Nigerian singer, Ayra Starr, following her recent disclosure.

The singer, known otherwise as Sabi Girl, opened up about her relationship status, noting that she is still single at age 21.

She, however, expressed her hopes to find love soon, while admitting that she has broken a few hearts.

Speaking in a recent interview the singer said, “I am not in love yet but [I will be] soon. I have broken a few hearts. Not on purpose, though. In case I’ve broken anybody’s heart, it has not been on purpose.”

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