Welcome to our second installment of What’s Trending Lagos, where we recap the latest news in the Nigerian blogosphere from music to technology and politics. #WTLagos


Happy Birthday, Mr. President: Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, turned 55 on Nov. 20. A bit of history: one day after the death of former president Umaru Yar’Adua, then VP Jonathan was sworn into office in May 2010, becoming the nation’s 14th president. In September 2010, he announced his bid for the next election via his Facebook, becoming the first Nigerian president to make such an announcement via social media.
(source: Wikipedia)

#DontDelayMe #Niyola 

Niyola releases first music video “Don’t Delay Me”: The princess of top Nigerian music label E.M.E. released her first music video with the label this week. Niyola premiered a star-studded video with cameo appearances by Lynxxx, Dammy Krane, Gbenro, and other E.M.E. artists like ShayDee. Watch the video here
(source: Bella Naija)


Nigerian Tops Forbes Africa’s 40 Richest List: The #1 spot goes to business mogul Aliko Dangote, with a net worth of $12 billion. This is the magazine’s second annual list, and Dangote has earned the top spot both times. According to Forbes Africa, most of his wealth comes from Dangote Cement, which operates in 14 African countries. In all, Nigerians counted for 12 spots on the prestigious list, and for the first time in the list’s existence, two women joined the ranks. One of those women is oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria, who came in #24 with $600 million.
(source: Forbes Africa)


Ice Prince Gives Us “More” With New Video Release: Ice Prince, rapper at top Nigerian label Chocolate City released the music video for his single “More” this week. Shot in London, Ice Prince and his love interest (played by British-Nigerian singer Lola Rae) go through the ups and downs of a relationship. Watch the video here.
(source: Bella Naija)

D’Banj Wins Channel O Award for Best Video of the Year : The 9th annual Channel O Music Video Awards brought together Africa’s brightest superstars and entertainers for a showstopping awards ceremony. There were 14 categories, and Nigerian superstar-turned-Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music protege- D’Banj earned the award for best video of the year for Oliver Twist. Over 10 million Youtube views later, D’Banj’s already established career on the continent is getting some much deserved global recognition.  Other Nigerians dominated the awards show, including rapper Ice Prince winning Best Rap Video and Davido snagging the Best NewComer Video.
(source: Channel O)

University of Lagos makes Africa.com’s Top Ten African Universities List: Africa.com’s mission is to change the way the world views Africa. What’s often left unsaid is that the continent has a long history of higher education dating before the societies of the Western World. Africa.com released a list of Africa’s top 10 universities, and at the #9 spot was our very own University of Lagos.
(source: Africa.com)

Nigerian Kid Scientists Create…Pee-Powered Generator?: Big Internet buzz surrounds the four Nigerian teenage girls who successfully created a generator. Oh, not just any generator. This one runs for 6 hours on 1 liter of urine. We know…it’s brilliant. Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15) submitted their project in the Maker Faire Africa competition hosted in Lagos this year. Scientists have been looking to waste as a form of energy production for a while now, and while experts point out the generator isn’t market ready, we want to shine some light on the bright, young minds looking for solutions to the electricity crisis in Africa.
(source: Earth Techling)

#FelaDurotoye #ReadForPeace
Nigerian Author Breaks Book Signing World Record: On Nov. 19, Fela Durotoye signed 10,000 books in 8 hours 49 minutes. The motivational speaker signed copies of his book  The 17 Secrets of High Flying Students. Durotoye held the book signing from noon to 10pm to encourage a reading culture among young people and show that goals can be achieved. He started the trending topic #ReadForPeace as he counted down the books signed and hours passed. He also plans to set the Guiness World Record for the first global simultaneous book reading on November 24. 17 Secrets of High Flying Students will be read in 17 Nigerian cities and 17 other countries via live streaming. Now how’s that for an open and connected world?
(source: YNaija!)

Lottery Winner Fights off Marriage Proposals: Gladys Ebube Essien-Garricks, 27, was recently selected as the winner of the MTN Ultimate Wonder Promo in Lagos state and continues to adjust to life in the limelight. The promotional award was a Cessna 182T Airplane (yes. a plane!), but she opted for the N64 million cash prize (N = Naira, the Nigerian currency). She says marriage proposals from complete strangers abound, and people have even started Facebook pages posing as her! Lotteries sponsored by telecom companies were a Nigerian staple, but the government recently banned such activities. Luck was on Gladys’ side, as this particular lottery ended before the ban took effect.
(source: Linda Ikeji)

Nokia released the Lumia 920 in Nigeria: On Nov. 20, Nokia unveiled its latest phones, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, in Nigeria. Those who preorder the phone from any MTN store will get their new Windows 8 phone by December and 6 months free Internet service from MTN. Nigeria is still a BlackBerry-obsessed country, so we’ll see how the brand fares in the year to come.
(source: Linda Ikeji)~

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