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Keeping Up With Tiwa — THV, 10th Ed.

Sunday is a big market day,” Issa Tchiroma on Boko Haram attack over the weekend.

THE STORY

After 16 days of quite impressive games, the Rio Olympics ended with a closing ceremony that was carnival-inspired.

AND SO?

Everything my dear.The ceremony was celebrated at the Maracana, and it showcased the wonderful art and culture of Brazil.Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade also made it quite a show. Not forgetting Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, who appeared dressed as Super Mario. You know that computer game, right? He even rose out of a huge green pipe in the stadium!

IS THAT ALL THERE WAS?

That couldn’t have been all. I mean not without the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. There were so many interesting things that happened during the games; moments that might not have been caught on camera like some people saying “Yes I Will”. There were four marriage proposals this year; the youngest swimmer happened to be a 14-year-old Ghanaian; a blue swimming pool automatically became green in less than 24 hours. So many other things you could only see here.

YOU WANT A SELFIE WITH A NAKED DONALD TRUMP?

Just a few people were able to have that before he was rooted off the streets. Who tinted Trump’s pubic hair gold? A Cleveland artist did. These statues of a stern-faced Trump are the project of the INDECLINE activist collective. Passersby in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cleveland were excited at seeing this unbelievable work of art and couldn’t help but take selfies, and kiss Trump. These sculptures were later removed by employees of the New York City Parks, due to certain rules and regulations.

IT KEEPS ON

Another suicide bomber, this time on a motorcycle, killed himself, three people, and wounded 24 at a market in Mora, a town in the North region of Cameroon; the same area which has been suffering a lot from the terrorist group Boko Haram. This has Boko Haram written all over it. Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Minister of Communications, confirmed the death toll in Mora and assures control over the situation.

WHERE ARE THEY HEADED?

An unsure future awaits CAMAIR CO, giving their sustained economic losses over a three year period. “Business in Cameroon” reports that CAMAIR CO lost FCfa 34 billion over the three-year period, 2012–2014. These figures are presented in the company’s recovery plan, submitted by the American airplane construction company, Boeing, to the Cameroon government. The situation worsened in 2015, and is expected to further worsen in the year 2016. All these can be boiled down to one simple fact that the company’s expenditures largely exceed its revenues.

KEEPING UP WITH TIWA

Just like us, you might not have known Tiwa Savage’s music career all speared up at the age of 14, out of a crush on a boy who loved music. Talking about her tom boy nature which might also be a shock to you, she also spills a little on that pic with Jay Z, the Boss of Roc Nation. The deal, which is still being finalized, will entail her performing in six cities during a U.S tour. All these she feeds us in the September issue of South Africa’s Elle magazine.

WHAT EVERYONE IS LISTENING TO

It was an all-fulfilling weekend with the release of the video of “Madame Tout le Monde” by RhytmzftMr Leo. If I were a club hopper, I would have been better placed to tell you if it were a hit in the clubs. But hey! Listening to it with my old ear pieces, and within the cold confines of my room, I still enjoyed and appreciated it. And yeah, it’s a star studded video; why have you not watched it?!

FOR THOSE OF US NOT GETTING ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE SOUL

DStv is launching two new music channels which might affect Mtv Base’s ratings. They are TRACE Naija &TRACE Mziki and are set to hit the screens across East and West Africa, from Thursday 1 September. TRACE Naija will feature music videos from the biggest names in West Africa, as well as from newbies.TRACE Mziki will serve East Africa with the best of East African music.The channel will feature music hits; as well as exclusive specials, documentaries, Hip Hop, R&B, Afro Pop, Gospel, Reggae, and the best Video mixes. So much to handle, right? TRACE Mziki will also broadcast a selection of the best of “rest of Africa”, as well as international urban acts that are massively popular in East Africa.

THE #AFROHUSTLERS

Zoona, an African financial technology company, has successfully raised $15 million dollars in a second round of financing led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Zoona has created over 2,500 jobs in Zambia and Malawi, empowered over 1,000 entrepreneurs to start their own business and allowed them to reach earnings of over $10 million. The company has processed over $1 billion in mobile money transactions.

Louis Fame is a Cameroonian fashion house and clothing brand that strives to promote, globally, the use of Cameroonian tribal print. He is an amazing designer with gifted hands who has managed to have his works on the runway, at the Africa Fashion week in Ontario. As an African Designer designing beyond boundaries, he is fast becoming the best at what he does in his country.

HOW MANY LIVES WILL BE SAVED?

Drones meant to supply blood to health units have arrived Rwanda, and are expected to be up and running in a few weeks. Rwanda’s national drone network is initially focused on the delivery of blood supplies. The plan is to expand the initiative to include vaccines, and treatments for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis; and many other essential and lifesaving medicines. Rwanda’s drone delivery operation is expected to save thousands of lives over the next three years and could serve as a model for other countries.

WHEN NEXT WE MEET

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