The year 2018 is an interesting year in the Nigerian entertainment industry as it brought good tidings to the industry. Since the events of 2018 are so many, Saturday Beats focuses on some of those events that captured the Nigerian media space.
2018 records some miracles in terms of bundles of joy, children, especially towards the end of the year. However, many entertainers chose to keep their pregnancies secret as they only announced the arrival of their children.
Although not much has been heard about this rap artiste as regards his music in recent times, the world congratulated him in November 2018 when he welcomed a new addition to his family. The rapper now has three kids.
Self-acclaimed Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa was on cloud nine in July after the birth of his first son. When the news broke that he had a new baby, it didn’t take long for photos of the baby to flood the Internet.
In November 2018, Yvonne Jegede shared photos of her new baby on her Instagram page. The new mum gave birth to her baby in faraway United States of America, something that is becoming a trend among Nigerian celebrities. The actress succeeded in keeping her fans in the dark about her pregnancy.
In August, when Queen Nwokoye welcomed a daughter with her husband, funnily, the news didn’t break on her Instagram page, instead, a friend and colleague of the actress revealed the development. Queen, however, later announced the arrival of her baby on her Instagram page with a cryptic post at that time.
Nolywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello reportedly delivered a set of twins in December. Her social media page was filled with congratulatory messages over the last weekend. The talented actress, popularly known as Jenifa got married to Rasheed Bello on August 23,2016.
The union of music stars, Tekno and Lola Rae, was further solidified with the birth of their daughter, Skye, in May 2018. Lola Rae gave birth to an adorable baby and Tekno announced the arrival of the baby in a message via his Instagram page.
The music star welcomed a set of twins in May 2018 and he was excited about the arrival of his new bundles of joy as he posted a picture of him and his children to announce their arrival.
This comedian had every reason to be happy and his joy knew no bounds as he celebrated with friends when his wife gave birth to a set of twins in April 2018 in the United States. Weeks after the birth of the twins, the comedian hosted friends and family to a party where he celebrated the arrival of his twins.
Teju Babyface joined the list of celebrities who welcomed babies in 2018 and his story was really inspiring. The comedian and his wife, Oluwatobiloba, were blessed with a set of twins in April 2018 after over five years of marriage.
The Nigerian entertainment industry was shocked by the death of music legend, Ras Kimono, who died at the age of 60 on June 10, 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. It was gathered that the musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos while waiting to board a flight to the United States. Sadly, his wife died about three months after the demise of the music legend.
The family, friends and fans of the popular actress, Aishat Abimbola, fondly referred to as Omoge Campus, would never forget May 2018, as that was the month the young lady died after she lost a battle against cancer. The actress died in a Canadian hospital.
In April 2018, the life of the rising star, Zainab Nielsen, aka Alizee, was cut short. It was a double tragedy for the family as it was alleged that the singer and her child were killed by her Danish husband.
Daniel Oyebanjo III (D’banj’s child)
No parent ever prays to bury their child; sadly, the cold hands of death snatched the only child of one of Africa’s most popular artistes, D’banj, in June 2018. It was reported that the one-year-old drowned in the singer’s indoor swimming pool. Immediately the news broke, condolence messages flooded the Instagram pages of his parents. Till date, the late toddler’s Instagram page has about 18,300 followers.
Nollywood producer and actor, Chukwudi Bambino Anachina, also died in 2018. His was confirmed by his colleague and fellow producer in the Nigerian film industry, Fidelis Duker, who took to his Facebook death on Saturday to pay tribute to his late colleague.
Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman
The love bug bit Tinsel stars, Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman, and they decided to make it official at an intimate yet star-studded wedding in November. The stars were able to keep their relationship secret until they released their pre-wedding photographs some days before their traditional wedding.
Zainab Balogun and Dikko Nwachukwu
Not many knew that Zainab Balogun got married until photographs of her wedding started trending on social media in May 2018. Zainab tied the knot to multi-millionaire aviation guru, Dikko Nwachukwu, in a wedding held in Lagos. It was attended by friends and families of the beautiful couple.
Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi and Femisoro Ajayi
It is apparent that most celebrities were able to keep their relationships out of the prying eyes of the public. A typical example of a very private relationship which turned into marriage was the union between On-Air Personality, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, and talent manager, Femisoro Ajayi, who is Falz manager.
Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Chef Fregz
Like the other surprise weddings we had in 2018, actress, Kemi, fondly referred to as Lala and her beau, Chef Fregz, surprised everyone when they decided to get married. The wedding was attended by their celebrity friends and close family members.
Gideon Okeke and Chidera Okeke
The ‘Tinsel’ star took to his Instagram page in April 2018 to announce that he had married Chidera Okeke traditionally. From all indications, this wedding was a really private family affair as the actor didn’t release many photos from the wedding.
Revelations of the year
Teni the Entertainer
True to her stage name, Teni knows how to keep the party going. Ever since she hit the Nigerian music scene, she has been releasing hit songs back to back. No doubt that Teni Makanaki, as she is fondly called, is a new favourite among Nigerian music lovers.
Already, his song, Wetin We Gain, is not just a hit but some sort of street anthem. The singer was relatively unknown until his monster hit was released and with that one song, he has wormed his way into the hearts of many Nigerians.
Signed on to Davido Music Worldwide, this artiste has proved that his boss, Davido, did not waste his money bringing him on board. Most of the hit songs of the year featured this starlet. It was indeed a beautiful outing for him in 2018.
Although it is uncertain if he is signed on to Davido’s DMW, one thing is for sure, Zlatan is a friend of their ‘family’. The rapper has landed a number of successful street anthems, including Chinko Ekun single, Able God, and his single, Zanku, which serves as the soundtrack to the viral Leg Work dance routine.