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SOCIALS | Between the covers, Nigeria's Ice Prince dreams of a shiny plastic tartan prince

12 May 2019 - 00:00

He has a million more followers than Bonang on Instagram, but the West African hip-hop artist who calls himself Ice Prince Zamani does have something in common with our queen of champopo: he's also released a book.
The artist, whose real name is Panshak Zamani and who hails from the city of Jos, in Nigeria's Plateau state, launched his opus, The Nigerian Dream, at Maximillien restaurant in Sandton's Davinci hotel on Tuesday night.
Mind you, the BET award winner isn't the most punctual of artists: he was still "busy cutting his hair" by the time most of his guests had arrived.
The delay must have been too long for funnyman Tol Ass Mo, who left before things got started, though someone who didn't mind waiting was Karabo Mogane, the 2015 Idols winner who is trying to claw himself back into the public eye.Meanwhile, I found myself catching up with SABC newscaster Asanda Beda and Zimbabwe-born journo Ancillar Nombewu.In walked Nizreen Samodien, who was once in an all-girl group with former Miss SA Tansey Coetzee, and who these days is still dreaming of her singing career.Ice, when he finally did pitch, told us what motivated him to write the book."I know I have a story that can change the world, that can inspire somebody," the plastic-coated-tartan-jacket-with-dark-sunglasses-wearing performer explained.Right!
MC for the night was Clavon Leonard, an American who calls himself a designer but whose bright orange suit wasn't exactly a winner in the sartorial stakes.
On to the book, and I can't tell you much about it as I didn't fork out the dough for a copy, but what I can say is that Ice told us he's an avid book lover.
He also loves Stellenbosch, didn't know an anthology is what you call a collection of poems, and has put out a challenge to local artists Cassper Nyovest and Emtee to follow his lead and tell their stories through the written word.

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