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Davido To Donate US $600,000 To Orphanages Across Nigeria

What originally started out as a fun-filled, big money gift exchange between friends, has now solidified the singer as an all-around good guy.

Davido has announced his plans to donate $600,000 to orphanages across Nigeria over the weekend via the singer's official Instagram account.

The singer said in a statement, "I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my friends, colleagues, fans, and the public for the generous expressions of love in recent days. In my usual playful manner, I requested a few days ago that my friends and colleagues send money in celebration of my birthday.

The response and outcome exceeded my expectations, as I received $487,000 USD in less than two days. I truly appreciate everyone who donated hard-earned funds and I am very thankful for your generosity." The Nigerian superstar continued, " I have always been passionate about giving back and helping people. In view of this, I am delighted to announce that all the funds received, totaling $487,000 USD, will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria as well as the Paroche Foundation. In addition, I will be making a personal donation of $113,000 USD, bringing the total amount to $600,000 USD."

The singer shared details of how the funds will be fairly distributed to the deserving parties, ending off with final words of gratitude to all of those who donated and got involved in the exhilarating event.

Continue for original story below (published November 17, 2021)

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Liya Wants to Stand Out

The rising Nigerian artist, who has been crowned the 'First Lady' of Davido's DMW label, tells us about how her life has changed and details her new Alari EP.

When Nigerian music icon Davido signed Liya, a day after hearing her song in a Lagos nightclub, the trajectory of her life was effectively changed. From being a hopeful up-and-comer, the singer was suddenly on the books of one of the most influential record labels in the afropop industry, Davido Music Worldwide, and primed for a breakthrough. "Melo," the enthralling single played that day in the club was released within days of Liya's signing, retro-fitted with a video that heralded her ascension to the 30 Billion Gang.

Following the buzz and positive acceptance of "Melo," Liya retreated to the shadows to deal with the evolving landscape of her life and put together a debut project that would cement her position within Nigerian pop. In August, nine months after being signed, Liya returned with Alari, a six-track EP that was released without a lead single.

"Alari is basically saying I am different," the singer says during a chat one afternoon after the project's release. Songs like "Odua" and the project's titular track prove that the Liya is effectively operating on her own plain, where she weaves desire and equanimous gratitude into languid, fluid pop anthems guided by her sirenic voice and breathless cadences.

Below, we caught up with Liya to discuss working on Alari, getting signed to DMW, and the inner workings of her life.

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