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The Return Of Duncan Mighty—Nigeria's Most Unlikely Superstar

After losing his mainstream relevance, Duncan Mighty is back. We meet the hyper-dimensional genius to talk about his unlikely comeback and the controversies that dog him.

"This place is full—I don't believe it," Duncan Mighty says into the mic. He's standing on stage at the prestigious Hard Rock Cafe in Lagos, decked in a floral-patterned golden shirt watching hundreds of people stare back at him with smiling faces. His surprise is genuine—this is a man impressed by his turnout numbers. The crowd, jubilant for the occasion, is responding to his every word with raucous shouts of "Yeah yeah," or "Wene Mighty"—his nickname.

As Mighty breaks into an acoustic version of "Fake Love," his smash collaboration with afrobeats superstar, Wizkid, all hell breaks loose. A lady, who until now has been lost in the glare of her phone screen, jumps on a chair and begins to wind her waist to the rhythm.

Her boyfriend catches me staring, but instead of aggression he stretches his bejeweled right hand for a handshake, with a smile lighting up his face. "I love Duncan Mighty," he says, as his other arm reflexively moves to steady his girlfriend who is about to fall. "This moment is so special to her," he explains. "We love Duncan Mighty."

"Only fake girls be loving when you have…" the hall shakes as a thousand voices sing in unison, led by Mighty.

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Photo by Samuel Kwame Osei.

This Is What Wizkid's Starboy Pop-Up in New York City Looked Like

The afrobeats star debuted his Starboy merch exclusively at REIGN.

Wizkid had a show-stopping weekend at One Africa Fest in New York City, but kicked it off by first showing fans love at his Starboy Pop-Up in the Meatpacking District Saturday afternoon.

The afrobeats star debuted his Starboy merchandise collection at REIGN, the retail shop that has the threads on lock exclusively for purchase. Supporters and tastemakers gathered to peruse and support the line's three t-shirts, hoodie, bomber jackets, bandanas, stickers, badges, posters, pins and Starboy cups.

The event was definitely a vibe—the positive connection Wizkid has with his fans is infectious. Take a look at images from the pop-up, shot by Samuel Kwame Osei, below.

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The Weeknd Is Suing For The "Starboy" Trademark, But What About Wizkid?

The Weeknd relentlessly continues to claim "Starboy."

The Starboy trademark continues to be a controversial one, as several artists, and now a realtor, claim the eye-catching title.

The controversy started back when The Weeknd named his 2016 album, Starboy. He went on to receive several awards for it, including a Grammy for "Best Urban Contemporary Album." Yet at the time, fans didn't forget that Wizkid had originally claimed the title when he launched Starboy Entertainment back in 2013 and had been using the nickname for years.

Now, a realtor by the name of Eymun Talasazan, as reported by Billboard, has decided to pull worms out of the already opened can by filing for rights to the trademark on the low. This is not the realtor's first rodeo in claiming titles used by other artists. He previously filed suit for the trademark's, "Runnin' Through the 6" and "Straight Outta Bombton."

According to Information Nigeria, he and his lawyers are in the process of suing the Wizkid as well, as they are apparently on the hunt to suing anyone who claims the trademark.

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Wizkid and His Starboy Crew Drop the Vibrant New Music Video for 'Soco'

Check out the music video for Wizkid and the Starboy collective's first single.

The music video for Wizkid and his Starboy crew's dance-Inducing single "Soco" has arrived.

The vibrant song gets an equally lively video, directed by Clarence Peters, which see Wizkid and three members of his Starboy collective: new signee Terri (who got signed recently after tagging Wizkid in an Instagram video), Spotless, and Ceeza Milli In a colorful outdoor setting, jamming into the night with a group of talented dancers.

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