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Editorial: DJ Arafat built a personality cult; we only discovered after his demise

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Editorial: DJ Arafat built a personality cult; we only discovered after his demise

Akombi Lionel-Editor at large, entertainment

Dj Arafat might be gone but the imprint of his shade has been written in the sand of posterity. The legacy he has instituted is an Olympic flame that will spark out through generation and will serve as an internal inspiration for many young people who look up to him as their hearts

 Calling Dj Arafat a superstar might just be a scratch on the surface of his personality. I will rather prefer that overused encomiums “hero” considering the hurt, dismay, consternation, controversy and   trend of events that have transpired since the announcement of his demise.

From the saga at the hospital where hundreds of fans broke into the hospital to confirm his demise, the number of internationally acclaimed superstars from within and without the continent who have been able to reach out to his family with heavy financial packages, a rare occurrence in Africa, not leaving out the thousands of fan who came from within and without the African continent who turned out to bid farewell to the star boy Arafat

The Ivorian legend was indeed a continental icon. On Friday, thousands of people attended a concert in the main city, Abidjan to pay tribute to the musician. He was then laid to rest in a private ceremony on Saturday.

But images on social media showed fans battling police who were preventing them from entering the site. Police resorted to using tear gas to try and disperse those who had gathered outside where the ceremony was taking place.

Other images suggest that some had managed to reach DJ Arafat’s coffin.

“We wanted to see the body of our idol before the tomb was sealed,” one unnamed fan told AFP news agency.

What makes him so special?

DJ Arafat was one of the most popular African musicians in the Francophone world, and had been referred to as the “king” of coupé-décalé (cut and run), an Ivorian form of dance music.

He came to symbolize the flashy, well-dressed lifestyle associated with the music, which features fast percussion, deep bass and hip hop-style vocals

His dance steps, dressing style and hair inspired millions of youths who aspire to be like him and identify with his music.

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“I did not receive a dime from Samuel Eto’o” Arafat’s Mother

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The Burial of DJ Arafat has come and gone, but his mother Valentine Logbo, alias Tina Glamour decided to overtly debunk rumours that former indomitable lions striker, Samuel Eto’o gave her 45 million France CFA for the burial of Yorobo.

“I want to thank all those who assisted me from far or near for the funeral of my child. No amount of gifts, no money, no diamond can bring my son. But people should stop. Samuel Eto’o did not give me 42 millions France CFA. He only gave me his perfume. I perceived it on my body for two days”.

She further explained that the allegations caused her to abandon her home for days. “A lot of pressure was mounted on me for receiving money from Samuel Eto’o”. She said.

This is her first official declaration after the burial of DJ Arafat.

Source: MMI

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No evidence found: Judge dismisses case pitting Cameroonian entertainment heavyweights

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No Evidence Found- case dismissed

The case between popular Cameroonian actress Syndy Emade and celebrity blogger cum TV host Joan Ngomba has been dropped due to lack of evidence and request from the plaintiff.

The statement was issued through a press release yesterday August 25th 2019 by the communication team of the famed blogger who doubles as CEO of Decoded TV, Joan Ngomba

Syndy Emade had accused Joan about 18 months ago for plagiarism and piracy for the movie “A man for the week end”. Joan has always denied all charges and the case has been in court for over a year now.

But after multiple court hearings with  Syndy and her lawyer refusing to show up in court on multiple occasions, the judge finally dismissed case for lack of evidence as the plaintiff had also requested for the case to end.

The case pitting two heavy weights in the country’s entertainment industry generated huge debates especially in English speaking regions of the country and the dismissal has been hugely Welcomed by fans of the famed blogger.

In July 19th 2018, Joan Ngomba was briefly arrested and detained at the Buea Central  police alongside her collaborator Tino Foy over allegations that she illegally gave the movie titled A “ A man for the week end” to Tino who reviewed it on his social media page even without attending the movie premiers.

Joan and Tino denied any wrongdoing in the allegations

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R. Kelly’s 2 girlfriends have been living at the singer’s Chicago home shows support in court to the embattled super star

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The two women whose parents fear have been “brainwashed” by R. Kelly have been living at the R&B singer’s Chicago home and walking his Pomeranian named “Believe” while he’s been in jail, Kelly’s lawyer told INSIDER.

Kelly appeared in a New York courtroom on Friday to be arraigned on new federal charges, including racketeering and violating federal trafficking laws.

Prosecutors allege that Kelly ran an elaborate enterprise to exploit women and young girls and coerce them into committing illegal sexual activity. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday, and his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said his client will likely be transported back to a Chicago jail after the hearing.

Greenberg told INSIDER that Kelly’s two live-in girlfriends, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, also flew to New York to attend court in support of the embattled singer.

Kelly has been incarcerated in a Chicago jail since July 11, when he wasarrested on new federal sex-crime charges brought by prosecutors in Chicago. Altogether, Kelly is now facing both state charges and federal charges in Illinois, as well as federal charges in New York.

Clary and Savage’s parents have been outspoken about their fears that their daughters are being held against their will. The parents also took part in the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which chronicled their failed efforts to bring the women back to their families.

The popular series also featured a number of women who accused Kelly of holding them in a “sex cult,” where he controlled aspects of their lives like how they dressed, when they ate, when they used the restroom, and whom they spoke to.

Greenberg said Clary and Savage are not being held in any such conditions, and have willingly lived at Kelly’s Chicago condo since his arrest last month.

Joycelyn Savage, left, and Azriel Clary, women who lived with R&B singer R. Kelly, depart the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after Kelly's hearing, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago.

Joycelyn Savage, left, and Azriel Clary, women who lived with R&B singer R. Kelly, depart the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after Kelly’s hearing, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago.

 

“Everyone’s like, ‘Oh they’re sex slaves.’ They came to bond court when he got arrested on the state charges, they came to bond court when he got arrested not he federal charges. I mean, these are not people who are being held hostage,” Greenberg said. “They have been out and about in the city of Chicago since he’s been locked up.”

Greenberg added that the women just visited him at his Chicago office last week, where he accompanied them on a walk with the singer’s dog.

“These are not people who have been chained to a post inside the place,” Greenberg said. “I was over at his condo dozens of times — there’s not buckets waiting for people to pee in. All of that is just so absurd.”

Clary and Savage have also spoken publicly about their relationship with Kelly, explaining the arrangement to CBS’s Gayle King in an interview in March.

“We both have our individual relationships with him, and we all are family all together,” Clary told King. “We have our moments where we sit and watch movies all together, we go to amusement parks all together.”

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