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Wizkid at Gidi Fest 2018. Photo: Tej/Gidi Culture Festival.

Wizkid Fans offer ‘Creative Truths’ for #Wizkiddiditfirst

Read some of the best and the worst tweets from the hashtag

It's not surprising that on the day of Davido's concert Wizkid is trending on Twitter.

I shamelessly participate in fan cultures. I am a member of Ammara Brown's hive and as an Ammartian I often take creative liberties when I debate people about her music. I also sometimes enjoy watching other celebrity hives be on their best and worst behaviour on Twitter. It's fascinating to see where people's limits are when it comes to declarations about their favorite musician and today was no different. With renewed energy from the holidays, Wizkid fans and other Twitter participants have been using the hashtag #Wizkiddiditfirst to highlight the Afrobeat star's accomplishments and to also offer a variety of random statements about the singer.

Read: The 25 Essential Wizkid Songs


There were a lot of the expected points made about Wizkid setting records or outselling other African artists for his concerts, but at some point the "facts" got more interesting as people started trolling the trend or just adding a little twist to the truth. Reading through the tweets, I wasn't sure what was true and what was false, and to be honest it was more entertaining that way. Was Wizkid really the first black artiste to play at an Indian royal wedding as @Owonikoko said. Was he the first Nigerian artiste to have "his song played in a heavy weight fight in Las Vegas" as @LagosAboriginal wrote? Does that even matter?



My favorite tweet was a picture of Wizkid spraying water, "Wizkid the first artist to form love sharp @zhakariya wrote.

Of course, not all the tweets were from the hive and not all of them were playful or positive. There were people trolling the fans, and as expected someone had to to mention Wizkid's children. Other's also brought up Wizkid's missed Coachella performance.

But perhaps the truest tweet of them all was this, "Wizkid trend effortlessly."







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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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