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An official Kobe Bryant memorial is planned February 24 at Staples Center, where he once dominated for the Los Angeles Lakers

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A public memorial in honor of Kobe Bryant is due to be held at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Monday February 24, his wife Vanessaconfirmed on Friday.

It will also honor Bryant’s daughter Gianna and the seven others who died in the same helicopter crash in Los Angeles County in late January.

CNN reported the symbolism of the date 2/24: Bryant wore a No. 24 jersey for the latter part of his career, and Gianna played in No. 2 in youth basketball games.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Staples Center memorial will be relatively brief, as it needs to finish in time for a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

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The bodies of all nine victims from the January 26 crash were returned to their families this week by medical examiners in Los Angeles.

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A fan paying tribute to Bryant at a makeshift memorial at Staples Center on January 27.

Staples Center has already become a focus for memorials to Bryant. Fans made their own memorial outside the arena the day after he died, coating the ground outside with flowers, jerseys, and other tributes.

The first Lakers game after the crash, against the Portland Trail Blazers, also became a Bryant tribute, with celebrity performances, a speech from LeBron James, and two empty courtside seats for Bryant and Gianna.

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Empty courtside seats marked with roses in honor of Bryant, who wore a No. 24 jersey, and Gianna Bryant, who wore No. 2.

Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Los Angeles news channel ABC7 that Bryant should have some kind of public memorial in the city where he spent 20 years as a standout player with the Lakers. 

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“I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court,” Garcetti later told the Times.

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A mural honoring Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

The other victims of the crash were John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan, the pilot.

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Why I am Still Single – DJ Cuppy

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Why I am Still Single – DJ Cuppy

Popular Nigerian disc jockey, DJ Cuppy, has revealed the reason why she is still single. Dancing to Drake’s song, Way Too Sexy, the entertainer, via a video posted on her verified Instagram account, noted that her single status is because she is ‘way too sexy’.

She captioned the playful video, which also featured her two puppies, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason that I’m single is that I’m way TOO SEXY.”

Although in the past, the disc jockey had been romantically linked with Nigerian international footballer, Victor Anichebe, and talent manager, Asa Asika, in recent times, the singer has made it known via her social media accounts that she is not in a romantic relationship.

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Born Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola in 2014 she was the resident DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban.

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She then played at the Tatler and Christie’s Art Ball in London, and at the Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico City.

In July 2014, she released House of Cuppy as her first compilation mix in London and Lagos, before launching it in New York on September 2, 2014. With House of Cuppy, she produced EDM-Esque remixes of songs by leading Afropop artists. In June 2015, Cuppy released House of Cuppy II.

In July 2018, Cuppy launched the Cuppy Foundation. In November 2019, the foundation organized the Gold Gala and raised over N5bn for the Save the Children initiative. Nigerian business Dangote and her father donated to the cause.

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BBNaija: Biggie Punishes Saga For Violating Secret Task Rule

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Saga has been given a punishment for disobeying Biggie’s orders.

Recall that Biggie gave Saga a secret task to pick a fight with Nini and avoid her till next diary session.

He told Saga that he will be rewarded with 200 token if he successfully carries out the task.

Saga, however, failed the task and told Nini everything Biggie instructed him to do about the secret task.

Biggie addressing housemates on Thursday morning, punished Saga for disobeying his rules.

He told Saga to clean the garden which was littered intentionally and messed up.

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BBNaija: Why I picked Cross for eviction- Nini

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Nini has disclosed why she nominated Cross for possible eviction.

During a chat with Cross in the garden after the night nomination, Nini consoled him saying her choice was limited.

She also noted that she couldn’t put up Pere because he tried winning the HOH game for her.

“You were the only option. I didn’t put Pere up too because he wanted to win the Head of House game for me.

BBNaija: Why I picked Cross for eviction- Nini

“I feel you’re the strongest one among them and you’ll be saved this week.

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“I really didn’t have options, it was a tight one for me.”

Cross thanked Nini for approaching him and giving him the attention he needed.

Nini, on Monday night, won the veto power after she scored the second-highest point during the Head of House games.

Using the veto power, Nini saved herself from nomination by replacing herself with Cross.

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