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Nigerian Voices on the Rise: Spotify spotlight Homegrown Podcasters



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In the vibrant and dynamic realm of Nigerian entertainment, a subtle, yet transformative movement is gaining momentum. Amidst the vibrant melodies of Afrobeats and the captivating narratives of Nollywood productions, a new cool medium is emerging, capturing the hearts and minds of listeners across the country – podcasts.

The allure of podcasts among younger generations stems from their desire to venture beyond the confines of conventional and controlled media channels. Podcasts provide a platform for independent voices, diverse perspectives, and niche content that might not be as readily available or prioritized in mainstream corporate media.

The rise of podcasting in Nigeria is being driven by a number of factors, including the increasing availability of smartphones and internet access, as well as the growing popularity of streaming services like Spotify. Delving into Spotify’s Wrapped data for 2023, we embark on a journey to uncover the captivating world of podcasting in Nigeria. This sonic expedition reveals how Nigerian listeners are tuning in, turning up, and diving into the realm of podcasts; seeking not just entertainment but also thought-provoking political, motivational and religious conversations.

According to Spotify Wrapped 2023 on local podcast listenership in Nigeria, Apostle Joshua Selman’s Podcast, Koinonia with Apostle Joshua Selman , The HonestBunch Podcast, I Said What I Said, and Koinonia experience with Apostle Joshua Selman rank as the top five most streamed podcasts in Nigeria, and the top five most exported Nigerian podcasts. It’s no surprise that these podcasts standout because beyond the fact that they resonate with the younger demographic in Nigeria, they also connect through themes that align with the diverse culture, lifestyle and essence of Nigerians. Whether you are inclined to explore your spirituality, delve into the latest trends, dissect social issues, or even share unfiltered opinions, these podcasts present a relatable experience.

“Spotify’s unwavering support for the local podcasting community is deeply rooted in our appreciation for the richness and diversity of voices and stories that it brings to the forefront,” says Ncebakazi Manzi, Spotify’s Podcast Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa.

In light of the deeply rooted religious beliefs within the nation, it follows that Apostle Joshua Selman has secured three positions within the top five most-listened-to podcasts in Nigeria with his podcasts – Apostle Joshua Selman, Koinonia with Apostle Joshua Selman and Koinonia experience with Apostle Joshua Selman. He gained substantial attention on various social media platforms as clips from his sermons circulated widely, resonating with a significant audience. Apostle Joshua Selman is the founder and Senior Pastor at Eternity Network International, based in Abuja, Nigeria. Beyond his widespread popularity, his standout episode of the year on Spotify is “The Ministry of Prayer and the Word.” This particular episode has not only contributed to his overall podcast success but has also marked a significant moment in the hearts and minds of the audience, making it a memorable highlight of his podcasting journey.

The Honest Bunch podcast has rapidly ascended to become one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing podcasts, currently claiming the third spot on Spotify’s top five most-listened-to podcasts in the country. With a focus on addressing issues affecting millennials and Gen Z in a candid and humorous manner, the show distinguishes itself by its uninhibited approach. The podcast is helmed by four hosts—Nedu Ani, Chukwudi Ezugwu (Husband Material), Ezinne Jane Ugorji, and Toun Cole — who infuse the show with their distinct personalities. Beyond the dynamic hosting quartet, a diverse array of notable guests is regularly featured. These guests are invited to share their perspectives on topics tailored to their unique experiences, interests, or personalities.

Notably, The Honest Bunch podcast has made headlines for their willingness to tackle contentious subjects head-on has become a hallmark of the show, contributing to its widespread popularity and status as a prominent player in the podcasting landscape

Conversely, “I Said What I Said” podcast hosted by Feyikemi Abudu, popularly known as ‘FK,’ and Jola “Jollz” Adeye, takes listeners into personalized virtual conversations that are relatable, engaging and similar to the usual tête-à-tête with close friends. Imagine having a conversation with close buddies after a long day at work – that’s the vibe “I Said What I Said exudes to its listeners. Each episode delves into discussions encompassing societal norms, culture, relationships, and current affairs. FK and Jollz are well-known for their bold and unfiltered conversations, presenting their opinions with sharp wit, making it the fourth streamed podcast in Nigeria.

In their engaging podcast, FK and Jollz interview some of Nigeria’s most intriguing minds, discussing the challenges of navigating life as young women and offering valuable advice as Agony Aunts to their listeners. Their presence on Spotify has been remarkable, not only securing a spot among the top five most-listened-to podcasts but also earning them recognition as Breakout Creators of 2023.

Spotify has also recognised them as one of the Breakout Creators of 2023, with their standout episodes of the year including “The Secrets, Lies, and Embarrassment” episode and the humor-filled “Hahaha” episode.

Although some podcasts may not have clinched a spot in the top 10 rankings, their ability to attract considerable attention and consistently deliver engaging content has earned them recognition as Breakout Creators of 2023, while some others found a place on the Most Anticipated Launch list of the year. This acknowledgment underscores their significant impact, foreshadowing a sustained surge in popularity and influence within the podcasting landscape in the months to come.

For Breakout creators of the year, we have notable podcasts such as- I said what I said , The Honest Bunch Podcast, So Nigerian, Tea with Tay, Loose Talk, Menisms and Toke Moments. While for Most Anticipated launch, podcasts like, Bahd and Boujee, The Teju Baby face deep dive, Zero Conditions podcast, Loosetalk, String and locs and Dearly Ebele have all earned a spot on the list.

As Nigerian music continues to gain international recognition, there is optimism that local podcasts can also make a significant impact both on the continent and the global stage.

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How Afam Osigwe Emerged New NBA President



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Afam Osigwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has emerged as the president-elect of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) following the 2024 NBA election held online.

Afam Osigwe

Osigwe secured the highest number of votes, with 20,395, surpassing his closest rival, Tobenna Erojikwe, who got 10,970 votes, and Chukwuka Ikwuazom (SAN), who received 9,007 votes.

He will succeed the outgoing president, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN).

See below the other positions filled by the newly elected executives of the NBA:

1st Vice-President: Sabastine Anyia defeated Bartholomew Aguegbodo

2nd Vice-President: Mrs. Bolatumi Animashaun with 26,534 votes, defeating Pius Oiwoh, who scored 11,121 votes.

3rd Vice-President: Mrs. Zainab Garba with 23,550 votes, defeating Michael Olorunmola, who received 13,897 votes.

General Secretary: Dr. Mobolaji Ojibara with 25,713 votes, defeating Abdulwasiu Alfa, who received 11,730 votes.

Assistant General Secretary: Henry Ehi with 28,552 votes, defeating Oluwaseun Aka, who received 8,317 votes.

Treasurer: Mrs. Blessing Udofa-Poromon with 17,998 votes, defeating Mbamala Chukwuemeka, who garnered 9,825 votes.

Publicity Secretary: Mrs. Bridget Edokwe with 19,542 votes, defeating Charles Ajiboye, who scored 10,989 votes.

Assistant Publicity Secretary: Miss Ebiere Ekpese with 26,955 votes, defeating Lawrence Ayewa, who scored 9,690 votes.

Welfare Secretary: Nyada Auta with 18,369 votes, defeating Oaikhena Osagie, who scored 12,855 votes.

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Nigeria Makes Giant Strides in Economic Growth and Continental Leadership with the Launch of Guided Trade Initiative Under AfCFTA 



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Nigeria has embarked on a historic endeavor with the launch of the Guided Trade Initiative under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signaling a pivotal moment in boosting intra-African trade and fostering economic diversification. Spearheaded by President Bola Tinubu, this initiative is anticipated to unlock an estimated $50 billion in economic opportunities for Nigerian businesses.

President Tinubu underscored AfCFTA’s transformative potential, positioning it not merely as a trade pact but as a catalyst for industrialization, equitable growth, and continental prosperity. Nigeria is steadfast in creating an enabling business environment that fosters innovation and enhances the competitiveness of local enterprises across diverse sectors.

The launch event, supported by international partners such as the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ), celebrated Nigeria’s leadership role in AfCFTA’s implementation. The Country Director for GIZ Nigeria and ECOWAS, represented by GIZ ECOWAS Cluster Coordinator, Svenja Ossman, highlighted Germany’s commitment through the ECOWAS AfCFTA project, aimed at bolstering the implementation framework across West Africa.

“We are pleased to witness Nigeria’s official commencement of trade under the preferential regime established by AfCFTA,” stated the GIZ country director. “Germany acknowledges Nigeria’s proactive stance in advancing regional economic integration and pledges support in aligning national efforts with ECOWAS-coordinated AfCFTA strategies.”

The GIZ ECOWAS AfCFTA support project has been pivotal in providing technical assistance to Nigeria through the AfCFTA National Action Committee, now called, the Nigeria AfCFTA Coordination Office (NACO). This support includes the development of a comprehensive Action Plan aimed at optimizing trade facilitation and maximizing opportunities for Nigerian businesses, including women and youth entrepreneurs.

“We commend Nigeria’s dedication in preparing the AfCFTA implementation Action Plan,” continued the GIZ country director. “In collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), we anticipate finalizing this plan to ensure robust financial and institutional support for its successful rollout.”

Emphasizing the importance of collaboration, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, National Coordinator of NACO, highlighted the transformative impact of AfCFTA on Nigeria’s economic landscape. The conversion of the National Action Committee on AfCFTA into NACO underscores Nigeria’s commitment to effective AfCFTA implementation, including finalizing tariff concessions to enhance competitiveness within the continental market.

Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, reiterated Nigeria’s dedication to leveraging AfCFTA for industrial growth and job creation. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, emphasized the strategic importance of the Guided Trade Initiative in propelling Nigeria’s economic growth and fostering regional integration.

President Tinubu concluded the event by affirming Nigeria’s commitment to assuming a leadership role in continental and global trade through AfCFTA. Beyond immediate economic gains, AfCFTA promises a transformative future for all Africans, grounded in collaboration, innovation, and the collective strength of the continent.

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FCCPC Slams $220m Fine on WhatsApp, Facebook over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria



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Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has imposed a $220,000,000 penalty on Meta Platforms Incorporated over alleged discriminatory practices against Nigerian data and consumers.

This was disclosed on Friday in a statement signed by acting chief executive officer, FCCPC, Dr. Adamu Abdullahi.

The penalty follows a joint investigation by the Commission, and the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) into Meta platforms’ conduct, privacy policies, the operation thereof, and practices between May 2021 and December 2023, and over this period of 38 months.

According to the statement, in May 2021, the Commission had directed WhatsApp LLC and Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly called Facebook Inc.) to defend themselves regarding its investigative report which detailed how their conduct allegedly violated relevant data laws.

Meta was said to have provided some information in response to the requests and summons under the joint investigation.

“Meta Parties by themselves, and retained counsels have also repeatedly engaged with, and met with investigators and analysts from the Commission, and the NDPC, including as recently as April 4, 2024,” the statement added.

The Commission disclosed that the totality of the investigation has now concluded that Meta platforms over a protracted period of time have engaged in conduct that constitutes continuing infringements of the FCCPA and NDPR, “particularly, but not limited to abusive, and invasive practices against data subjects/consumers in Nigeria, such as appropriating personal data or information without consent, discriminatory practices against Nigerian data subjects/consumers or disparate treatment of consumers/data subjects compared with other jurisdictions with similar regulatory frameworks, abuse of dominant market position by forcing unscrupulous, exploitative, and non-compliant privacy policies which appropriated consumer personal information without the option or opportunity to self-determine or otherwise withhold or provide consent to the gathering, use, and/or sharing of such personal data.”

FCCPC stated that being satisfied with the evidence on the record and that Meta Parties have been provided with every opportunity to articulate any position, representations, refutations, explanations or defences of their conduct and practices under law, the Commission has now entered a final Order and issued a penalty against Meta Parties including $220,000,000 fine.

The final order highlighted Meta’s alleged infringements to include, denying Nigerian data subjects the right to self-determine; unauthorised transfer and sharing of Nigerian data-subjects personal data, including cross-border storage in violation of then, and now prevailing law; discrimination and disparate treatment and abuse of Dominance.

“The Final Order of the Commission mandates steps and actions Meta Parties must take to comply with prevailing law and cease the exploitation of Nigerian consumers and their market abuse, as well as desist from future similar or other conduct/practices that do not meet nationally applicable standards and undermine the rights of consumers.

“The Final order also imposes a monetary penalty of $220 million (at prevailing exchange rate where applicable) which penalty is in accordance with the FCCPA 2018, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection (Administrative Penalties) Regulations 2020 (APR).”

The Commission stated that it remains committed to its respective mandates to protect the privacy of Nigerians under the Constitution and all data protection laws and regulations, as well as to ensure that consumer rights are respected, and the markets operate in a fair and transparent manner.

The Commission in collaboration with the NDPC plays a role in ensuring compliance with the law relating to data, competition (businesses) and consumers.

The decision is coming less than seven hours after the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja struck out a N30 billion alleged illegal advertisement lawsuit instituted against Meta Platforms Incorporated (owners of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms) and its agent AT3 Resources Limited by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON).

Justice Peter Lifu struck out ARCON’s case on Friday, in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/1701/2022, following a notice of discontinuance entered by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Barrister Micheal Okorie.

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