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Olamide Is Now The First Nigerian Entertainer To Own A TV Station

Nigerian hip-hop artist Olamide kicks of his 29th birthday with his new single, "c.Ronaldo," and announcement on his newly acquired tv station, VOTS.

Olamide Baddo, the Nigerian hip-hop artist and entrepreneur starts his birthday off right with an announcement on launching his new TV station, VOTS (Voice Of The Streets), becoming the first Nigerian entertainer to own one. As if that was not enough to celebrate in one day, he also launched his new dope single titled "c.Ronaldo."

Olamide is on a roll with his career with so many notches on his belt already, but he's proving that he's not in the game only for himself. He's using his music and business ventures to both represent and spread African culture throughout the diaspora and beyond.


VOTS is only available on Play satellite TV and will provide subscribers with 124 channels. As Olamide informs us in his Instagram post, reported by Bella Naija, VOTS is "our television, my television, your television...be heard." As an additional treat, accompanied with his tv station announcement, Olamide promised the first 100 individuals to set foot on Play TV's premises a decoder with a free one-year subscription to VOTS as a "thank you."

Of course with a fanbase as large as his, over 1,000 proud Nigerians came to the premises. Although only 100 were allotted decoders, those who remained were instructed to record their names with VOTS, and follow up with an e-mail for an update. So far, it seems Olamide has a knack for surprises so who knows what that "update" will be.

Additionally, his new single is a wavy combination of African beats and smooth vocals that you can bump to at the same time. Check out his track, named after Cristiano Ronaldo, now available on Soundcloud, and stay tuned for more on VOTS.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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