Zimbabwe enjoyed its first taste of Oscar glory on Sunday night when the film ‘#Music by Prudence’ won the Best Short Documentary gong at the 2010 Academy Awards.
“Music by Prudence” documents #Prudence Mabhena‘s life. She’s a 21-year-old from Bulawayo who has arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder that crippled her arms and legs.
Few Oscar films have packed in more profundity per minute than the tale of Prudence and seven other disabled young musicians transcending bigotry and isolation through art and fellowship.
“This is amazing. Two years ago when I flew to Zimbabwe, I never imagined I would wind up here,” said the film’s American producer-director, Roger Williams as he accepted the award. “This is for Prudence.”
In the audience, Prudence beamed from her wheelchair after making the trip to the Awards having earlier expressed doubts because of problems with her visa.
The only blemish on Prudence’s incredible night was producer #Elinor Burkett borrowing a move from #Kanye West’s playbook when she stormed the stage and interrupted Williams’ acceptance. The two collaborated on the movie.
Burkett explained in a post-speech interview with Salon that the pair had a disagreement over the “direction of the film” and that she was late to the podium because Williams’ mother used a cane to keep her from the stage. She went on to say that Williams hadn’t even heard of Zimbabwe until she told him about the country.
Despite that small hiccup, it was a great achievement and a beautiful story.
Davido vs D’Banj: Which Of Them Was More Romantic This Valentine’s Day 2019?
Valentine’s Day in many countries has become synonymous with the day of Love. We are often curious about how some of our favorite celebrities showcase their love.
David Adeleke aka Davido seized the opportunity to show off his romantic side. The music star shared a video of himself surprising his long-time girlfriend, Chioma Rowland, on Instagram. In the short video, there were cakes, saxophone, boxes of chocolate, a bottle of wine, and cameras to the delight of his girlfriend. Short of words, the surprised lover hugged the superstar as music played on. The caption of the video read,
“I get time sha 😂😂😂 Happy Valentines @thechefchi IT IS THE CHI THERE!! ❤️ u said bring dollars they brought Bounty 🙄 still her fave tho 😂”
A Long, Public Love Affair
Davido met Chioma at Babcock University when she was a 300 level student of Economics. Ever since, the couple has never made their love affair a secret. In 2018, the musician threw her a lavish birthday party and gifted her a Porsche car. However, the height of the celebration was the release of the music, “Assurance”, dedicated to her. As of 15th February 2019, the song has over 35 million views on YouTube. Many celebrities can only wish for such a lasting and public display of love.
D’banj Also Pulls Off a Creative Romantic Stunt
Another music icon, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj successfully pulled off a romantic Valentine treat. He arrived at the door of their house like a delivery man carrying a bouquet of flower. His wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow obviously didn’t see that coming. He shared the video on his Instagram page. The caption read,
“SURPRISE; She thought it was the Delivery Man 😂 … Happy Valentine’s Day Guys make sure you show love especially to yourself ❤️❤️❤️. Love you boo and will always do 💯😍 @lineo_dd #baecation … thanks, @may8gallery for the Gifts she loved them 🎁”
In 2018, D’banj shared a photo suggesting the couple were on a vacation in Dubai. D’banj is also good with romantic gestures. On September 6, 2018, he shared a picture of himself feeding his wife.
Soweto Gospel Choir Beat Three African Nominees to Win Third Grammy
The annual Grammy Award is a celebration of music achievements in over 80 categories. Of all the categories, the Best World Music Album is reserved for international performers exhibiting “non-European, indigenous traditions”. Four African Albums were nominated for this category in the 61st Grammy Award. This includes;
However, it was the Soweto Gospel Choir that took home the award for their album, Freedom.
The annual celebration for the coveted award took place on Sunday 10th February 2019. However, this is not the first time that the group will be taking home the award. In fact, it is their third win in five nominations. The album ‘Freedom’ is a rendition of popular South African liberation struggle songs. Mulalo and Mary Mulovhedzi, and album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane were on stage to receive the award on behalf of the group.
Interesting details about the album
The Choir recorded the album in June 2018 as a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 100 Years celebration. Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. The album is a collection of famous South African struggle songs. A worthy inclusion in the album is a brilliant version of ‘Asimbonanga’ by Johnny Clegg. The album release happened in the United States in 2018. The group also completed a three-month tour in the United States. The group will perform songs from the album in Cape Town Jazz Festival coming up in March. Soweto Gospel Choir also plans Australasia album tour from July to September 2019.
History and previous awards
David Mulovhedsi co-founded the group with Beverly Bryer, a producer, and director 17 years ago. The group won the Grammy in ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ category in 2007. In 2008 they also took home the award in the same category for their album ‘African Spirit’. The win at the just-concluded 61st Grammy Award makes it their third. The group has also won the Metro FM Music Award and four South African Music Awards. Soweto Gospel Choir’s collaboration with pop icon U2 also won the Emmy.
The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter to congratulate the group for their win. He wrote,
“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #Grammys. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”
Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high. pic.twitter.com/03QH3YZ8ZU
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) February 11, 2019
Here Is What Zimbabwean Actress Vimbai Mutinhiri Said About Business And The Fabulous Lifestyle
Social media is increasingly becoming a channel for celebrities to show off their wealth. Some women flaunt a flamboyant lifestyle handed to them by their male friends. Vimbai Mutinhiri, the gorgeous Zimbabwean actress and TV personality is asking women to think otherwise. Mutinhiri bared her mind on her Instagram post on February 6, 2019. In the post, she cautions women to choose viable business over temporary luxury.
“I’m dropping this here. I’m tired. Keep the LVs and Chanels. No, your travel agent should not call me. Since you’re ready to throw it away, why not be an angel investor for the same amount? Or just say no. Don’t use the same mouth to say ‘things are hard’ to tell me ‘I’m traveling, do you want to join me?’ No wonder so many of my sisters are sucked into this cycle. Ladies, don’t play yourselves. It may be harder the honest way, but let no man convince you that borrowed moments of luxury are more valid than chasing your dreams.”
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Mutinhiri is notorious for lashing out on celebrities for their fake lifestyle. On March 19, 2018, she called out some female celebrities for deceiving young ladies with their source of wealth. She said celebrities receive expensive gifts and claim they bought it. She was quoted as saying,
“If your business hasn’t made at least N20m turnover per annum, please just book a seat in the audience and pay attention to those who have done it. There is no shame in it and it doesn’t make you less of a respectable woman. Making it in life begins with harnessing your truth.”
Inspiration and career as a TV host
Vimbai Mutinhiri was a former model and was also a contestant at the Big Brother Africa Season 6. In an interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, the delectable model gives a peek into her personal life. When asked about her inspiration she said,
“I am undoubtedly driven by passion. I genuinely love what I am doing. The harder I work and grow, I have found that there are young girls who are counting on me to be successful so they can have the confidence and faith to chase their own dreams. The fact that my life and success can be a testimony for someone else to strive to be great is all the inspiration I need.”
Living and working in Nigeria
Mutinhiri currently owns a production company in Nigeria. In February 2018, she joined co-hosts Laulah Doherty and Bolanle Olukanmi on Moments Nigeria. When asked about the lessons she has learned in Nigeria she said,
“Nigeria undoubtedly teaches problem-solving and innovation. The environment is ripe with opportunities for those who are able to think on their feet and remain resilient. These are traits that I didn’t even know I had in me.”
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