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2013 in bits!

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2013 was indeed a good year in the Nigerian entertainment industry with new acts, better music videos, beautiful locations amidst others. The year 2013 also saw the very best of events and a lot more which are still topic of discussions till date. Let's take a look at some of them. - Weddings! 2013 saw our favorite celebrities getting married at top notch weddings celebrated amid pomp and of course, attracting the creme de la creme of the society. We had 2face Idibia and Annie Macaulay, Dr Sid Esiri and Simi Osomo, Tiwa Savage and Tunde Balogun, Peter Okoye and Lola Omotayo, Usman Dantanta and Rukaiyah Indimi and a host of others. - Visits We had celebrity visits in 2013, a whole lot of them. We had Kim Kardashian for Darey Art Alade's 'Love like a Movie' and Angela Simmons who was a co-anchor at 'Music Meets Runway'. We also had Wale, Chip, Alexandra Burke, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown and a lot of them on the international scene. Our own African celebrities were not left out as we had Mafikizolo, MiCasa, Sarkodie and more on the list who were live in Nigeria for one concert or the other. - Music Albums It was a good year for Nigerian music as we had albums and albums for our listening pleasure. We had Omawumi's 'Lasso of Truth' to Olamide's 'Yahoo boy no laptop' to Waje's 'W.A.J.E', the list is endless. Most of these albums have hit tracks with better song writing, better lyrics and top class videos. - Break-ups 2013 was also a year of break-ups *sniff sniff* We had a lot of them quiet and not open for discussion like that of Funke Akindele (aka Jenifa) and her husband, ex-beauty queen, Nike Oshinowo and Dr Tunde Soleye. We also had popular radio/vlog person, Toke Makinwa and her fitness expert lover, Maje Ayida. Sarah Ofili and Ikechukwu were not left out of the game as they parted ways and claim to be friends till date. We had popular comedienne, Princess whose marriage came to crumbles after 7 months due to irreconciable differences. Musically, Wande Coal left Mavin Records and Emma Nyra, the Made Men Group. We also had Jesse Jagz leaving Chocolate City and May-D leaving Square Records - New babies We had bouncing new babies brought to the world in 2013. We had Seun Kuti, Timi Dakolo as proud fathers. Some of the female celebrities are rocking their baby bumps as they're due anytime soon. - Deaths Female musician and ex BBA housemate, Goldie died early in February. Then, deputy governor of Ekiti state, Mrs Funmi Olayinka died of cancer. In September, it was Dr Olusegun Agagu and in October, the plane carrying his corpse crashed with some casualties dead. May their souls rest in peace. - Award shows 2013 witnessed the regular award shows, home and abroad. Trust our Nigerian celebrities to shine as bright as diamonds in the sky. P-Square, Wizkid, Banky W won big at the Channel O Music Video Awards and Ice Prince Zamani won Best African Act at the BET Awards. We also had the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, the Headies and a host of other in-house award ceremonies. - Music Collaborations 2013 was the year of music collaborations, from international acts to African acts to talented Nigerian acts down to the Nigerian legends. We had 2Face collaborating with Sir Victor Olaiya for a remix to his classic 'Baby Jowo' and Wizkid with Femi Kuti on the sax for 'Jaiye Jaiye'. Ice Prince had French Montana on his album, Wizkid had Wale too, D'banj had Kanye West, Waje had Sarkodie (who can pass as Nigerian 'cos he's almost on every Nigerian song now) and we had our own in-house collaborations. - Fashion/Modelling 2013 was the year of fashion. Trust Nigerians never ever to dissapoint as they were always available. There was the Lagos Fashion and Design Week and the Music Meets Runway which saw a lot of exciting new styles on the red carpet and on the runway. 2013 was the year of models too as we had modelling searches almost everywhere, in every city with beautiful people turning out. - Plays/Dramas/Musicals/Concerts Almost every month, there was a play/drama/musical or a concert happening somewhere. As usual, there's Taruwa with beautiful stage adaptations of books and lovely pieces. Then there was SPAN (Society of Performing Arts of Nigeria) and there was Saro the Musical this year. Terrakulture and Bogobiri in Lagos plays host to most of these events. As for concerts, we had so many sold out. It was definitely a good year! Here's to 2014 being a better social year and to us, coming back to review 2014 in bits again! Happy New year!     By: Frank Ugo

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