Social Media Roundup: Will the real Starboy please stand up?

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April 6, 2018
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This week, popular Ethiopian-Canadian musician, The Weeknd filed a lawsuit against Eymun Talasazan, a realtor who has been trying to trademark the "Starboy" name.

Since the singer released his Starboy album in 2016, it has become a global hit earning him a Grammy award and a comic book deal with Marvel.

However, for Nigerians and indeed Africans by extension, there's only one Starboy and he isn't The Weeknd. And they got really defensive when they saw this:

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https://twitter.com/xalexandria_/status/981042999047196672?s=19

Let's settle this!

https://twitter.com/viewsfromdbod/status/981087007244980225?s=19

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/dino_akin/status/981864759178997761?s=19

Who?

Well, the people have spoken. Read on for other trending topics on social media this week.

John Boyega in Nigeria, again.

This week, Nigerian son of the soil and popular Hollywood actor John Boyega arrived Nigeria bearing good news for the Nigerian movie industry.

In an interview with CNBC, he revealed plans to "merge Nollywood with Hollywood" by investing in capturing Nigerian stories in a professional way.

https://twitter.com/GbolahanTweets/status/981559089275785217

His visit to Nigeria has been very eventful.

https://twitter.com/JohnBoyega/status/981810291691393024

https://twitter.com/ItsBollyLomo/status/980980016631644162

https://twitter.com/abikedabiri/status/981997584943337472

Here are few reactions to his visit on social media.

Remember the Toke Makinwa story?

If you don't, read the full gist here. In summary, popular Nigerian OAP Toke Makinwa accused John Boyega's bodyguard of assaulting her during the Hollywood actor's last visit to Nigeria.

Here's how John reacted to the story:

https://twitter.com/officialdaddymo/status/981531904020160514

And Nigerians reacted to John Boyega's reaction like...

https://twitter.com/ife_luv12/status/981584744063406086

https://twitter.com/stevnrrogers/status/980472061612224513

Meanwhile...

Earlier in the week, John Boyega reportedly met with Marvel Studios to discuss a potential superhero role.

His fans didn't know how to act.

https://twitter.com/laufeyhela/status/980462737577971712

https://twitter.com/cutcreaser/status/980490033022062592

https://twitter.com/stevnrrogers/status/980472061612224513

https://twitter.com/TMWOMarvel/status/980766321989312514

https://twitter.com/tomftmarvel/status/980522231858999296

https://twitter.com/buckyxdameron/status/980498740355174400

Read more reactions here.

Chief Skepta

Like John Boyega, Joseph Adenuga Jnr, popular known as Skepta, a popular British-Nigerian grime rapper also came to Nigeria this week, but for a different reason.

Skepta was conferred a chieftaincy title, Amuludun of Odo-Aje, his hometown in Ogun state.

Some international publications took to social media to congratulate the new chief.

Nigerians reacted

Chieftaincy title for Skepta? Seriously?

https://twitter.com/BeeBabs/status/981555317992439808

https://twitter.com/Nigerianscamsss/status/981555163768000512

https://twitter.com/LailaIjeoma/status/981548434674147328

Nice!

https://twitter.com/Christiana1987/status/981659545272336384

https://twitter.com/OfficialBmax/status/981656969449803777

For laughs

https://twitter.com/BeeBabs/status/981654077015805952

Congratulations to the new Amuludun of Odo-Aje.

Deola Sagoe's controversial ad

This week, Deola Sagoe, popular Nigerian designer unveiled her Komole Kandids collection for brides.

Here's how Nigerians reacted

Love it!

Epic fail!

https://twitter.com/bensonedo_/status/981577446871961600

You're not her target market, get over it.

https://twitter.com/nugwatweets/status/981528904744755200

https://twitter.com/FunmiJean/status/981560669920210952

https://twitter.com/colovrmenude/status/981574801230876672

https://twitter.com/nimyde/status/981564500070600706

https://twitter.com/Yemi_HRF/status/981749151519080448

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/harry_nonso/status/981584476403830784

Read this thread to understand the "rationale" behind the ad. This too.

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