There are always two kinds of feelings when the year is coming to an end. Some feel elated that they have achieved or overachieved their goals for the year, while others frantically pray for miracles to happen so they can achieve their set goals before the year ends. Personally, I fall in the middle of these feelings, because I have managed to tick some boxes, but I still yearn to tick some more before the end of the year. Not to bore you with so much resolution talks, let’s dive into the events that happened this week.
1. Popular App TikTok Risks US Ban, As Law Maker Says App Is ‘Digital Fentanyl’
US. Congressman, Mike Gallagher, has issued a dire warning on TikTok, saying the platform is like “digital fentanyl addicting our kids”.
Gallagher said, “TikTok should be banned. Sen. Marco Rubio and I have legislation that does exactly that. TikTok is digital fentanyl addicting our kids, and just like actual fentanyl, it ultimately goes back to the Chinese Communist Party”.
2. Nigerian Government Approves 14-day Paternity Leave For Civil Servants
The Nigerian government has approved 14-working-day paternity leave which is to commence for all federal civil servants.
“Government has approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be fourteen working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and for a maximum of four children.
3. Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ receives Gold certification in the United States
On Thursday, 1st December 2022 Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ received a Gold certification from the RIAA after selling over 500,000 copies in the US. The single was released on February 10 th, 2022, and eventually got Selena Gomez to make a remix, which further propelled the song to fame internationally and earned it a Billboard Hot 100.
With ‘Calm Down’ earning an RIAA Gold certification, Rema joins Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, CKay, and Tems as Nigerian artists with certifications in the United States.
4. Netflix Releases Harry & Meghan Documentary Series Official Teaser
The in-depth documentary series takes you into the world of the usually private Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they share the other side of their high-profile love story. Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges.
On collaborating with Netflix, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted the partnership to offer “hope and inspiration” to viewers.
5. Mavin Records ‘Overloading’ Emerges NO. 1 Music Video On YouTube Nigeria In 2022
On Thursday, 1st December 2022, YouTube released the end-of-the-year list for 2022, and Mavin Records ‘Overloading (Overdose)’ has emerged as the most streamed music video on YouTube Nigeria in 2022.
The video premiered on YouTube on 13th, May 2022 and it has garnered over 40 million views.
‘Overloading’ fends off competition from other hit records including Rema’s ‘Calm Down’, Kizz Daniel & Tekno’s ‘Buga’, and Asake’s ‘Omo Ope’ to top the list.
6. Spotify Launches Spotify Wrapped 2022
Spotify Wrapped 2022 went live this year on November 30, but it sometimes has come out in the first week of December. If you’re a Spotify user, you likely got a teaser email for the 2022 list with a link attempting to satiate you with your top songs from last year.
Spotify Wrapped entails a list of Spotify users’ top songs, and albums and also tells the users what kind of listeners they are.
7. NBA Meets Art: NBA Incorporates Arts With Sport In Inaugural Event
National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa hosted its inaugural event tagged ‘NBA Meet Art’. Stakeholders and industry leaders gathered to celebrate Nigeria’s art and culture through the lens of NBA.
The event, which was held at The Wings Towers in Victoria Island, Lagos, had in attendance high net-worth guests and was graced by both local and international stakeholders in the industry.
For someone like me that enjoys TikTok so well, and sometimes jumps on some challenges, I will definitely cry if a Nigerian Lawmaker suggests a TikTok ban. In the spirit of Men mental health also matters, I applaud the Nigerian Lawmakers on Paternity Leave for Married Men, it’s indeed a big and much-needed step. It’s the last month of 2022, fingers are crossed on what the remaining days have to offer both me and you.
Till next time, stay creatively informed.