African Footballers Pay Tribute to Burkina Faso Goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye

The goalie, who had 45 appearances for Burkina Faso's national team, is mourned on social media after he passed away from a long illness.

The football world has been mourning the loss of Burkinabe goalie Soulama Abdoulaye, who died in a hospital in Bobo-Dioulasson on October 27 after suffering from a long illness. He was 37-years-old.

Soulama earned 42 caps for the Burkina Faso national team, Les Etalons (The Stallions), and was part of the team that finished in 2nd place at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

He'd recently been playing for Ghanaian Premier League teams Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak, with both clubs offering their condolences on Twitter. Soulama had previously played internationally in the Algerian and Turkish leagues.

Burkina Faso's big footballing names and other African stars have also been mourning the passing of Soulama, as seen quoted in the BBC.

"You were the best goalkeeper in Burkina," said Burkina Faso international Mohammed Koffi. "You were a big brother and a team-mate...RIP Abdoulaye Soulama."

Ghanaian national team goalie, Razak Brimah, said "It's sad news. Africa has lost a great goalkeeper. Allah knows. Rest in peace Soulama."

Former Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe called Soulama a "great guy with leadership qualities. "What sad news, he was a leader, very outspoken. He was a talented goalkeeper and our condolences to his family."

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Places in Lagos to Have Fun this Weekend

From festivals to live shows from Seyi Vibes and Johnny Drille, here are the events you shouldn't miss in Lagos this weekend.

With Nigeria’s presidential inauguration on the horizon (May 29), it’s officially going to be a three-day weekend. And we’ve no reason at all to complain, so we are taking it one step at a time. First, Children’s Day is arguably this weekend’s centerpiece holiday, and The Palms Shopping Mall on the Island is putting together a fun showcase for the kids.

In that spirit, adults who have always wanted to partake in children-themed activities can head to Landmark Beach for their No Adulting Party. Elsewhere, Seyi Vibes takes to an intimate stage for the grand opening of Hard Rock Nightclub on the Mainland.

As of late, the rising street pop artist has been entangled in a fabricated rivalry with Asake, polarizing social media, and we are calmly looking at how it will play out.

The Palms’ Children’s Day Showcase

While this year’s Children’s Day is brimming with event ideas everywhere (dance party, camping, picnics etc), why not take them to The Palms? The Palms Shopping Mall is curating a weekend of magic and wonder with their Children’s Day Showcase. From art, music, dance, comedy to lots of fun games and prizes to be won, The Palms has the kids covered.

Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 28, 12pm - 6pm

Venue: Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki

Cost: Free

Hard Rock Nightclub Opening with Seyi Vibez

There’s something about a club opening that makes the night special. Opening its door to the public, Hard Rock nightclub has invited Seyi Vibez as a performer. Seyi Vibez is riding the waves of his latest single "Hat Trick," but fans will be hoping to see him perform his 2022 single "Chance (Na Ham)." He will be joined by DJ Pash and Keshi

Friday, May 26, 10pm

Venue: 62, Opebi Road Ikeja

Cost: Free

I Am Fit Festival

It can feel easier to stay at home while doing workouts, watching fitness videos, and meditating on yoga mats. But nowadays, fitness fitness are becoming extravaganzas that have spilled from Instagram. They can be a great way to meet fitness enthusiasts, local trainers, celebs, and whatnot. This weekend, the I Am Fitness festival aims to live up to that task, featuring workouts, games, and a boxing bootcamp.

Saturday, May 27, 7am

Venue: Rivbond Plaza, Behind Total Filling Station, Abraham Adesanys, Lekan

Cost: Free

No Adulting Party at Landmark Beach

Ever wanted to relive your childhood memories playing the games and activities you indulged in now as an adult? In a time where children-themed parties are being catered towards adults, here’s your time to meet other adults who are kids at heart at the No Adulting Party at Landmark Beach.

The event is in conjunction with Lyfe on the Beach, with fun activities like foam party, musical chairs, face painting, water guns, bouncy castle, sack race, Playstation 1 and 2, and many other games.

Saturday, May 27, 2pm

Venue: 4, Water Corporation Road, Oniru, Victoria Island

Cost: From N5,500K (early bird)

Smirnoff Pineapple Punch Launch Party

The Pineapple Punch joins Smirnoff Ice’s exciting range of products released in the market. The flavor has been around for a while, but now Smirnoff has thought it nice to throw a party in its name. Young John is set to perform, with DJ Consequence and Wanni x Handi on the turntable.

Saturday, May 27, 7pm

Venue: Bolivar Bar, 10 Wole Olateju Crescent, Lekki

Cost: Free

Hertitude 2023

Hertitude is the women-focused festival from Zikoko, one of Nigeria’s top digital media platforms. The festival is inspired by their HER content vertical, which chronicles the lives and experiences of Nigerian women.

With its successful debut in 2022, the festival returns this year cranking up the fun and activities. It’s being publicized as an event for hot babes and baddies, seeking to strengthen bonds via games, music, sip and paint, pottery, candle making and lots more.

Saturday, May 27, 3pm - 11pm

Venue: Astrosoccer, 1, Osborne Road, Off 2nd Avenue, Ikoyi

Cost: From N5875

Cruising with Bikaholics of Lagos

Bikaholics of Lagos is a growing cycling community organizing bike rides and not to mention their Sunset Cruise, which has become their flagship event. Holding this Sunday, this month’s Sunset Cruise will set sail at Ikoyi and there’s also an opportunity to rent a bicycle if you want one.

Sunday, May 28, 5pm

Venue: Fantasy Land, 42 Alfred Rewane Rd, Ikoyi

Cost: Free

Johnny Drille Live

R&B star Johnny Drille is teaming up with the good guys at Afro Vibes Lagos for an intimate live experience. Titled Believe, it’s based on the emotional ballad Believe Me which he released in April. Drille has come a long way from his mini concert tour Johnny’s Room Live in 2018. And Lagos has a special place in his heart, which makes Johnny Drille Live an event not to miss.

Sunday, May 28, 7pm

Venue: Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island

Cost: N20K (early bird)

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Interview: Joeboy Wants to Take on the World

The Afrobeats star talks global dominance, future plans, and his new album, Body & Soul.

Joeboy’s ascent has been meteoric.

Since his 2019 breakout single, "Baby,” the Nigerian musician has amassed a year-by-year plethora of continental hit singles that have cemented him as Afrobeats’ sweetheart and a true African popstar.

Releasing an EP and an album along the way, Joeboy’s often romantically-themed music, which usually seeks to serenade, has gradually morphed into more varied forms of love—he is love-starved in “Alcohol,” correctional in “Contour,” thirsty in “Duffel-bag,” and affectionate in “Body & Soul.” Those four singles preface his much-anticipated sophomore album, Body & Soul.

“This album definitely has more edge, it is less innocent than the first one,” Joeboy tells OkayAfrica about his new album, which is titled after one of his earlier singles.

With well over a billion streams, Joeboy swiftly became a vanguard of the new class of Afrobeats superstars, but with his latest effort, the Lagos-bred artist seeks to stamp his African popstar claim on the world stage.

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Adekunle Gold Releases the Glitzy ‘Tio Tequila’ EP

The Afropop Maestro has dropped a three-track project titled Tio Tequila ahead of his studio album release.

Acclaimed Nigerian crooner, Adekunle Gold has unveiled his latest project Tio Tequila, a three-song bundle that kicks off a summer brimming with exciting activities, and teases his upcoming album. The EP features the recent chart-topping single with fellow Lagosian Zinoleesky, "Party No Dey Stop," alongside previously-unheard tracks, "Do You Mind,” a sultry summer anthem and "Omo Eko," a tribute to his hometown of Lagos. The infectious mix of sounds and styles is a homage to Adekunle Gold's innovative musical prowess.

Historically, Gold has had an incredible talent for creating music that blends seemingly disparate genres. His latest collection of three songs, produced by the renowned Kel-P, is a testament to his ability to merge Afropop, Afrobeats, R&B, and amapiano to deliver a trifecta of exhilarating tracks that align with his signature sound, but leave room for his growth as an artist. Tio Tequila is somewhat of a teaser that will precede the singer’s Def Jam debut, which is slated for release in July.

In a conversation with The FADER, Adekunle shared his thoughts on the project and confirmed that the three-track output is a taste of his upcoming album in July.

Tio Tequila is a metaphor for where I’m at in life right now,” Gold told The FADER. “I’m happy and I just want to celebrate my wins and we should all feel the same. The three songs are a taster for what’s to come on my next album; they’re uplifting and will get you in the mood to party.”

We are definitely in the mood to party, and will keep an eye out for July’s release.

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