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The first half of 2022 was eventful for Nigeria and Nigerians in various sectors ranging from politics to sports to business to entertainment.
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In this article, we shall do a rundown of the major happenings that occurred in the first half of the year.

January

On January 1, the Nollywood industry experienced one of the most memorable events when Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke was released on Netflix

February

In February this year, Flutterwave announced a $250 million Series D funding round that was led by B Capital Group, as well as participation from Alta Park Capital, Whale Rock Capital, Lux Capital, and others. So far this year, the Nigerian FinTech giant remains the only player in the ecosystem that has raised over $200 million in a single round.

March 

On 14th March 2022, Moove, a mobility FinTech company announced that it had raised $65 million in Series A equity funding and another $40 million in debt funding; thus bringing the total to $105 million. The equity round was led by Speedinvest, Left Lane Capital, and The Latest Ventures.
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In the literary world, Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma won the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction on 30th March 2022. He won the award, alongside writers who received prizes in other categories, with “I Am Still with You”, a deeply personal memoir on the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war.  Each winner took home a cash prize of $165,000. 

April

On the 18th of April, the Nigerian music industry experienced one of the biggest events in the first half of the year when UK stars shut down Lagos at the homecoming festival. It was a feast of exciting performances at the Harbour Point centre, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event saw UK’s finest stars, Central Cee and Ardee, joined their home-based counterparts to thrill music lovers at the Homecoming Festival finale concert. Also, superstars like Black Sherif, Fireboy, Asake, Cruel Santino, Rema, Magixx, among others perform their trending tunes to the delight of the massive audience.

May

The 8th of May trended for days as one of the biggest events in the Nigerian entertainment industry went down. It was the 8th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. The 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards held on Saturday, 14 May 2022 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.
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 It was set as an 8-day event that started on Saturday, 7 May 2022, unlike previous 1-day events.

June

The Sunday night of June 4th was an unforgettable moment in the history of Nigeria’s brewing industry when The Singleton celebrated two of its finely aged single malt whiskies in Nigeria. The Singleton treated the crème of Nigeria’s food, entertainment, business, and lifestyle scenes at the Lagos Motor Boat Club, Ikoyi on Sunday 4th June 2022. The Singleton 15 & 18 Launch was hosted by the ever-elegant Eku Edewor. Toke Makinwa, Sharon Ooja, Noble Igwe, and Amaechi Okobi, among others, were in attendance.  On Sunday, June 12, 2022, the fourth edition of The Ballers Awards was held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. After an outstanding season with Napoli, Super Eagles star Osimhen won both Forward of the Year and Baller of the Year for males. Ex-Super Eagles legend Odegbami received the Legendary Baller award, Zaidu Sanusi was picked as the Best Defender of the Year while Bassey got the Revelation of the Year award. On June 26 of this year, the entertainment industry recorded a groundbreaking achievement on the international scene when superstars Wizkid and Tems won the BET Awards. Wizkid won the BET award for Best Collaboration with his music “Essence,” featuring Justin Bieber & Tems. On the other hand, Tems won the Best International Act. Featured Image Source: CA.gov
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This article was first published on 18th July 2022 and updated on July 26th, 2022 at 12:14 pm

nnaemeka-emmanuel

Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.


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