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Germany 2-1 Sweden: Toni Kroos’ late winner rescues World Cup holders

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Germany breathed new life into their World Cup defence after Toni Kroos’ dramatic injury time winner secured a 2-1 victory over Sweden in Sochi.

Knowing anything but victory would make it difficult for them to qualify from Group F, the defending champions found themselves behind after Ola Toivonen’s 32nd-minute strike.

Germany were back on level terms immediately after the restart through Marco Reus (48) but three points were seemingly slipping away from Joachim Low’s side, especially after Jerome Boateng was sent off in the 82nd minute after two bookable offences.

However, Kroos produced a moment of magic in the final minute of stoppage time to get Germany’s World Cup defence back on track and leave Sweden wondering what might have been.

Romelu Lukaku an injury doubt for Belgium v England in World Cup

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Romelu Lukaku is an injury doubt for Belgium’s final group game at the World Cup against England, while Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens have also emerged as concerns.

Manchester United striker Lukaku, who scored twice to take his tally for Russia 2018 to four goals in two matches, was substituted after taking a bang to his heel during Belgium’s 5-2 victory over Tunisia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Saturday.

Speaking in the post-match news conference, Belgium manager Roberto Martiniez said Lukaku has “external ligament” damage on his left foot, although the player himself played down the severity of the problem.

“I could have gone off right away but I wanted to push it,” said Lukaku. “We’ll see with the physio tomorrow.”

Chelsea forward Hazard – who also scored twice against Tunisia – has a calf injury while Napoli’s Mertens has “a little bit of a knock on his ankle”, according to Martinez.

All three players will be assessed within the next 48 hours.

Lukaku also believes the best is yet to come from this Belgium side as they prepare to face Gareth Southgate’s team in Kaliningrad on Thursday.

“We can still do better,” added Lukaku, whose goal tally surpasses a previous Belgian record for scoring in a single World Cup finals and matches the current tournament leading scorer, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It is important we did better than in the previous match. That is what we did. Against England we still have to do better.”

Already by far Belgium’s top scorer in all international competitions with 40 goals, at just 25 years old Lukaku is carrying high hopes that he is the final piece in a jigsaw.

“Today all the offensive players were able to bring something and the defenders were there too. As a team we keep improving,” he said, playing down his own prospects of claiming World Cup records.

Belgium 5-2 Tunisia: Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both score twice

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Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium sent out a message about their World Cup credentials with a 5-2 win over Tunisia on Saturday.

Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot (6) before Lukaku doubled their lead (16) with a tidy finish.

Dylan Bronn headed Tunisia back into the game (17) but Belgium always carried a huge threat in attack and Lukaku finished off a counter-attack to re-establish the two-goal cushion (45+3) with his fourth goal of the tournament.

Hazard added another (51) following a wonderful Kevin De Bruyne pass and Belgium could afford substitute Michy Batshuayi to miss a hatful of late chances before he finally score in injury time (90), as his side all-but guaranteed their spot in the last 16.

Whabi Khazri scored a consolation (90+3) for Tunisia, who, barring a minor miracle, are out of the World Cup following two straight defeats.

One potential sour note for Roberto Martinez was Lukaku hobbling off with an ankle problem early in the second-half. Belgium play England on Thursday in their final Group G encounter.

Belgium flew out of the traps in Moscow as Hazard won a free-kick with just 15 seconds gone, and won another foul in the penalty area on six minutes when he was tripped on the line of the penalty box. The decision survived a VAR review and Hazard stroked home the spot kick.

Dries Mertens then released Lukaku in behind on 16 minutes. The Manchester United striker drove down the left and reversed a clever shot into the far corner.

Tunisia would have been fearing a thrashing at that point but got themselves back in the game 60 seconds later when Bronn took advantage of a poor offside line by Belgium to head home from a Khazri set-piece.

With Tunisia pressing on, Belgium were a constant threat on the break and Lukaku and De Bruyne wasted a couple of good openings.

Lukaku kept on making runs in behind and was found just before the break by Thomas Meunier. This time, Lukaku found the killer finish to lift the ball over the goalkeeper to restore Belgium’s two-goal cushion.

De Bruyne came to the party in the second half with a spectacular raking pass that released Hazard through on goal. From there, the Chelsea man rounded the goalkeeper to make it 4-1.

That goal knocked the stuffing out of Tunisia, who threw the towel in during the final quarter. Lukaku – who limped off – and Hazard were both withdrawn by Martinez to save their legs but the chances still came for the Europeans. Batshuayi smacked the crossbar from five yards out and missed a further four guilt-edge opportunities before finally tucking one away in stoppage time.

Khazri scored with the last kick of the game but this was all about Belgium, who laid down the first real marker of the tournament with this convincing victory.

South Korea 1-2 Mexico: Javier Hernandez scores landmark goal

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Javier Hernandez scored a milestone goal as Mexico marched towards the World Cup knockout stages with a 2-1 win over South Korea in Rostov-on-Don.

Arsenal outcast Carlos Vela had put Germany’s surprise conquerors ahead with a 26th-minute penalty and West Ham forward Hernandez sealed a second successive victory for Mexico in the 66th minute, reaching 50 international goals in the process.

Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son struck back in injury-time for South Korea, finding the top corner with his left boot (90+3), but it proved a mere consolation with both sides’ fate close to being sealed.

Mexico were later denied a guaranteed place in the last 16 after Germany beat Sweden in injury time in Group F’s evening encounter, a result which also kept South Korea – now beaten in both their games – still in the competition, albeit only just.

Juan Carlos Osorio resisted the urge to tinker too much after a famous opening victory that had left Hernandez in tears, but Mexico were shackled by a string of robust challenges in a scrappy start.

Hernandez headed high and wide from a 12th-minute free-kick but, just moments later, South Korea were denied by a crucial defensive intervention from Mexico’s match-winner against the world champions. Hee-Chan Hwang broke down the right but as Yong Lee shaped to meet his cross at the back post, Hirving Lozano threw his body in the way.

Son was thwarted three times – by desperate blocks and then a deflection – as the pace picked up, but Mexico seized advantage from the spot when Hyun-Soo Jang went to ground with his arm raised as Andres Guardado centred.

Son’s pace continued to cause problems as his team-mates launched balls over the top, but goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was rarely tested and Lozano, dropping his shoulder to drift between red shirts, might have doubled Mexico’s lead by the break.

Lozano struck wildly again soon after the restart, while up the other end, South Korea’s calls for a penalty when Seon-Min Moon’s shot struck Carlos Salcedo were given short shrift.

Guardado forced Hyeon-Woo Cho into a diving save and Vela went close again, the game increasingly stretched as South Korea sought an equaliser, but breathing space finally came midway through the second half.

Lozano drove goalwards following a swift break and Hernandez, beautifully balanced, cut inside to leave Jang on the turf before finding the back of the net.

Ochoa and substitute Rafael Marquez might have gifted South Korea a lifeline as they carelessly swapped short passes with Son lurking, but the damage had been done in the other box and Mexico’s travelling hordes danced with joy.

The game had meandered towards its end but Son’s quality finally showed at the death, even if it counted for nothing.

Davido – Assurance (Instrumental)

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MUSIC: Humblesmith ft. Davido – Mama Africa

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Humblesmith Mama Africa ft. Davido. Off Humblesmith newly dropped first studio Album “Osinachi” here is a track titled “Mama Africa” featuring Davido

The Humblesmith 2018 New Album houses 22 complete track which feature some top Nigerian artiste like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Rudeboy of Psquare, Olamide, Harrysong and Patoranking.


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MUSIC: Humblesmith ft. Phyno – Jehovah

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Humblesmith Jehovah ft. Phyno. Off his newly dropped first studio Album “Osinachi” here is a track titled “Jehovah” featuring Phyno.

The Humblesmith 2018 New Album houses 22 complete track which feature some top Nigerian artiste like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Rudeboy of Psquare, Olamide, Harrysong and Patoranking.


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MUSIC: Humblesmith ft. Tiwa Savage – Attracta

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Off Humblesmith newly released first studio Album “Osinachi” here is a track titled “Attracta” featuring Tiwa Savage

The Humblesmith 2018 New Album houses 22 complete track which feature some top Nigerian artiste like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Rudeboy of Psquare, Olamide, Harrysong and Patoranking

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MUSIC: Humblesmith ft. Rudeboy – Report My Case

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Off Humblesmith newly released first studio Album “Osinachi” here is a track titled “Report My Case” featuring Rudeboy

The Humblesmith 2018 New Album houses 22 complete track which feature some top Nigerian artiste like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Rudeboy of Psquare, Olamide, Harrysong and Patoranking

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MUSIC: Humblesmith ft. Patoranking – Sugar

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Off Humblesmith newly released first studio Album “Osinachi” here is a track titled “Sugar” featuring Patoranking

The Humblesmith 2018 New Album houses 22 complete track which feature some top Nigerian artiste like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Rudeboy of Psquare, Olamide, Harrysong and Patoranking

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Meet the youngest doctor in Nigeria

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Becoming a doctor is no easy feat; some people spend years studying and practicing their craft before they can swear the Hippocratic Oath. However, some manage to do this at quite a young age. Today, we will be talking about the youngest doctor in Nigeria, so you will be able to find out more about this impressive person.

WHO IS THE YOUNGEST MEDICAL DOCTOR IN NIGERIA?
According to numerous reports, one of the youngest doctors in Nigeria is Akintelu Elizabeth Ibukunoluwa Abiola. At the age of 21, she took the Hippocratic Oath on November 8, 2016 after graduating from Ahfad University for Women, Sudan in April of the same year.

Now, this has happened almost two years ago, and there have been no reports about anyone breaking this record recently, so we can assume that there is no younger doctor hiding somewhere in Nigeria ?? A few years back, the title of Nigeria’s youngest doctor was held by Idongesit Eseneyen who also became a doctor at 21, but she graduated quite a long time ago.

So what is known about Dr. Akintelu Elizabeth Abiola? Let’s find out!

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE YOUNGEST NIGERIAN FEMALE DOCTOR?

According to our calculations, she was born on June 12, 1995. We know her birthday only because she posted about it on her Instagram (@drsunshineee).

Thanks to her brief interview with JazLoveBlog, we also know that Elizabeth was born in Lagos, studied at the Today’s Child Nursery and Primary School and Federal Government Girls’ College, Akure. During her secondary school years, she moved to Khartoum, Sudan, where she finished her high school education at the Unity High School.

Then, as you already know, she graduated from the Ahfad University for Women in 2016 and took her oath when she was only 21. When asked how she managed to achieve such a feat at such a young age, Dr. Abiola said that she was surprised herself, but it was mostly due to her skipping a grade and going to school early. According to her, it was not easy to overcome the language barrier, but she still managed to get her degree and become a doctor.

These days, it seems like Elizabeth is residing and working in Abuja, if her Twitter is anything to go by (also @drsunshineee). It appears that she loves her job quite a bit, as she often posts happy pictures from work.

Now, another reason why Dr. Lizzy’s name might sound familiar to you is because back in May, she tweeted about serious accusations against the member of the PDP by the name of Oryina Orvaa. You can see the tweet here, as it is too descriptively graphic to post.

It is not exactly clear whether anything has come of it, but Abiola must have received quite a backlash, as she had to change her Twitter and Instagram handles from @abbyollar to @drsunshineee. Regardless of what happened, we sincerely hope that she is ok and that justice is served accordingly.

But let’s not finish on such a depressing note. We are here to celebrate the amazing achievement of a person who is not just the youngest doctor in Nigeria, but also the youngest female doctor, and that is truly inspiring. We hope that she has a fruitful career ahead of her and wish her all the best.

Michael Jackson’s Father, Joe Jackson Is On His Death Bed

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Joe Jackson, the father of late Michael Jackson, is on his death bed after being diagnosed with cancer and hospitalised.

According to reports, Jackson is at the final stage of battling cancer with little possibility of survival.

His 11 children had visited him to be by his side in the critical period of his life.

His son, Jermaine Jackson told the Daily Mail that they were hardly informed about their father’s condition.

“No one knew what was going on – we shouldn’t have to beg, plead and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this,” he said.

“We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.

“He’s very very frail, he doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside – that’s our only intention in his final days.”

He later took to Twitter to further explain the situation.

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Scoring Against Argentina Is The Easiest Thing, Says Ahmed Musa

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Deadly Ahmed Musa struck two stunning goals to sink Iceland 2-0 on Friday and then promised to do the same to Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Tuesday’s Group D showdown.

The Leicester City striker, currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, became the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups as the Super Eagles secured a crucial win over Iceland, who missed a penalty.

He scored both goals in Nigeria’s group stage 3-2 defeat to Argentina in Porto Alegre, Brazil, four years ago and is relishing the chance to do it again.

But this time he hopes it will knock out the South Americans.

“I think scoring against Argentina isn’t that difficult for me,” he smiled after his man-of-the-match performance in Volgograd. “We know the importance of the game. It’s done or die.”

The African side will secure a spot in the knockout stage alongside Croatia if they beat Argentina.

A draw would be enough to eliminate the Argentines but would leave Nigeria’s fate resting on the outcome of Iceland’s game against Croatia which kicks off at the same time.

Musa also scored twice for Leicester in a 4-2 pre-season friendly defeat against Messi-inspired Barcelona two years ago and said he always scores when up against the Argentine superstar.

“I can remember four years ago when Messi played in Brazil I scored two goals,” he recalled.

“And when I transferred to Leicester I played against Barcelona and he’s on the pitch and I scored another two goals.

“So I think next game anything can happen – possibly I’m going to score another two goals,” he laughed.

Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: Ahmed Musa double keeps Super Eagles alive

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Ahmed Musa scored twice on his return to the starting line-up as Nigeria kept their World Cup knockout hopes alive and dealt Iceland’s chances a blow with a 2-0 win in Volgograd.

The Leicester forward, on loan at CSKA Moscow last season, struck a volleyed opener four minutes after the restart and further repaid boss Gernot Rohr’s faith with a fine second 15 minutes from time.

Gylfi Sigurdsson looked set to give Iceland a late lifeline when Alfred Finnbogason earned a VAR-awarded penalty, but the Everton playmaker ballooned his 83rd-minute effort over the bar.

The result boosts beleaguered Argentina’s hopes as well as the Super Eagles’, but victory for Nigeria against Lionel Messi and co on Tuesday would see Rohr’s side through alongside Croatia.

celand, who could still progress themselves but must win, started briskly as Sigurdsson saw a free-kick pushed away before curling straight at teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho from open play.

Nigeria were feeling their way into the contest as action in the stands – a Mexican wave soon followed by the booming Viking Thunderclap – caught the eye instead, but though Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses were busy, they failed to muster a first-half shot.

Iceland were content to sit back against ineffective opponents but Aston Villa’s Birkir Bjarnason had chances from a flurry of balls into the box, volleying over after a long throw and swiping through air when when Birkir Saevarsson drilled a dangerous diagonal across goal.

The game had been short on quality where it mattered but when the breakthrough came, it was in style. Moses was set free, ironically, by a familiar long Iceland throw but Musa stretched brilliantly to control his cross, before readjusting and lashing home.

Wilfred Ndidi’s effort was well saved by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson as Iceland were rocked and Musa was soon in the mood again.

Moments after rattling the crossbar with a curling effort, he raced onto Leon Balogun’s ball down the left, darting inside Kari Arnason and then rounding Halldorsson before tucking into an empty net.

Iceland were handed a way back when Tyronne Ebuehi was adjudged to have caught Finnbogason, referee Matthew Conger consulting with VAR before pointing to the spot, but though he had confidently clutched the ball in anticipation, Sigurdsson’s aim was off.

Iheanacho fired wide for Nigeria in the closing stages and Finnbogason’s angled drive was saved by Uzoho at the other end but time ran out for Iceland, their hopes of progress now in peril.

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica: Philippe Coutinho, Neymar seal dramatic late win for Tite’s side

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Philippe Coutinho saved Brazil in stoppage time after they struggled to break down Costa Rica, with Tite’s side eventually winning 2-0.

After a stodgy first-half showing, Brazil, who drew their opening match with Switzerland, wasted numerous chances before Coutinho (90+1) netted his second goal of the tournament to rescue his side.

Neymar (90+6) added gloss with a further goal in added time. The PSG man was at the heart of the game throughout, including winning a penalty which was sensationally overturned by VAR and at full time he was in tears, presumably with relief that Brazil had avoided a damaging result.

Cristian Gamboa gave Brazil an early fright with a scorching run down the left. His cross found Celso Borges but his effort from 12 yards out scuffed wide of the far post.

Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the net on 26 minutes, however, the linesman’s flag correctly cut short the celebrations and Neymar cut a frustrated figure off the left flank as Brazil failed to find any rhythm to their play down his side.

But the substitution of Douglas Costa, who replaced Willian at the break, sparked life into Brazil’s attacks.

First, Jesus rose highest from a right-wing cross only for his his effort on 50 minutes to come crashing back off the crossbar. Neymar then swept an effort from 12 yards at goal which was flicked over the crossbar from Keylor Navas who could only stand and watch minutes later when the same player curled an effort inches wide.

The Brazilian skipper was seen badgering the referee in the tunnel over an alleged lack of decisions go his way in the first-half but he thought he’d won a penalty with 12 minutes left. He cut inside Oscar Duarte, who left an arm on his chest. Neymar deemed this contact strong enough to send him theatrically to the ground but the VAR overturned the call to the frustration of the Brazilian, who was booked moments later for dissent.

Brazil were running out of ideas and time – but when Roberto Firmino bravely headed a cross back across goal, Jesus flicked the ball into Coutinho’s path and the Barcelona man toe-poked the ball through the legs of Navas, sparking jubilant scenes.

Neymar then wrapped up the points late on with a simple finish after a clever break by Costa.

Neymar centre of attention as Brazil clinch vital World Cup win over Costa Rica

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From frustration and fury to flair and a final flourish, it was a rollercoaster ride for Neymar in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica, writes Peter Smith.

In the end it was Neymar who had the last laugh – and tears of relief at the final whistle – but this was a battle for him and Brazil. They eventually found a way.

Tite’s talisman had been thrown back into the starting XI, despite a midweek ankle problem causing him to limp out of training.

Neymar’s fitness continues to be a primary concern for Brazil, given he is still returning to top shape after a three-month lay-off with a foot injury sustained playing for Paris St-Germain. But it feels as though he is too important to the psyche of this side to be left out.

Like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, that responsibility is weighed on Neymar.

His former rival and team-mate have reacted in different ways to that pressure in Russia but Neymar, whose effectiveness can so far be measured somewhere in between the iconic pair, continues to demand a commanding role.

From taking the initiative with the ball at his feet to attempting to conduct affairs for referee Bjorn Kuipers, Neymar was the centre of attention for the majority of the 97 minutes played.

That importance Neymar feels appeared to border on entitlement at times as he barked instructions at the referee after every loose Costa Rica challenge, but there’s no doubt Brazil’s main man has been handed some rough treatment so far in Russia.

Neymar has been fouled 14 times across the first two games (including 10 times against Switzerland, the most sustained by one player at a World Cup in 20 years). Although he will feel he should have had many more free-kicks, that total is five more than any other player at the tournament.

Combined with several smart stops from Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas and Brazil’s inability to break the deadlock, Neymar’s frustration visibly grew.

When the penalty awarded for his tumble in the box was overturned with the help of VAR on 78 minutes, the forward looked set to lose his control. Booked moments later for punching the ball away, Neymar needed to regain his focus.

Fortunately Philippe Coutinho’s second goal in two games relieved the pressure. The Barcelona man nipped in to poke home a loose ball in the area and Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief.

While most teams would have dropped back to see out the win in the final few minutes – a win Brazil badly needed after drawing their opener – the South Americans continued to take the game to Costa Rica with their confidence fully replenished.

That re-found belief was underlined by an extravagant rainbow flick from Neymar near the corner flag.

Disrespectful? For Neymar it was a response to opponents who had, he felt, unfairly hindered him, a sign that his skills would outlast the scraps and scrapes.

He got his message across more emphatically deep into stoppage time, tucking in a simple finish from close range to wrap up the victory.

A last laugh? There were tears from Neymar after the game. He was overcome with emotion.

With Brazil now top of Group E and strongly placed to qualify for the knockout rounds, there are surely more ups and downs to come.

[Music] Olamide, Naira Marley, Falz, Simi, Lil Kesh & Slim Case – Naija Issa Goal

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No doubt, Coca Cola has just released one of the biggest song of 2018 titled “Naija Issa Goal”.

What do you expect when you have Olamide, Slim case, Falz, Simi, Lil Kesh, Naira Marley on just 1 song? Fire right?

Coke has just raised the bar even more higher as they assembled the finest acts to work on this massive project to support the Super Eagles at the ongoing World Cup Tournament in Russia.

With this, it’s sure Nigeria will bring home the Cup.. Enjoy this hit song and share with your friends. Enjoy!!

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History Of Wizkid’s Fame and Success

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Everyone who lives in Nigeria knows that Wizkid is a national superstar who has made the country proud on numerous occasions. The singer has lts of fans who support him through thick and thin, and he has been awarded for his outstanding achievements multiple times. Of course, he had to work hard to earn what he has now. Read the full history of Wizkid’s success.

WHO IS WIZKID?
This remarkable afrobeat, reggae, and hip-hop singer is well-known not only in Nigeria but the other countries as well. He achieved international success in 2016 when he recorded a song in collaboration with the worldwide famous singer Drake. This song was called “One Dance”, and it gained success in fifteen countries, becoming number one hit – this includes the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada. However, asidde “One Dance”, Wizkid has a lot of amazing songs of his own, and he has got a huge fan base. No wonder he is super popular in Nigeria, and everyone dreams to go to his concert. Wizkid songs are all over the radio – his music makes people of all ages get up and dance.

Of course, Wizkid did not achieve all of his fame, money, and success in one night. Just like any other celebrity, he had to work hard without breaks. Here is a story about Wizkid and his rough, but a lucky path to the luxurious life of a famous person.

STARBOY WIZKID: HOW DID HE BECOME SO PROMINENT?
Nigeria’s favourite singer was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. He was born on July 16th, 1990. His hometown is Lagos, where he was born in Surulere. His mother was Pentecostal Christian, while his father was a Muslim. According to Wizkid, his father had three wives. The future singer also had twelve siblings, who were all girls. As we see, his upbringing was quite unusual, and his family was not the last influence when it came to his career choices.

The boy first started singing when he was only eleven – his path began from the local church choir. Even though Ayodeji was so young, he easily dealt with pressure and could handle the role of the lead singer in his choir. Wizkid enjoyed making and recording music. He was in a music group with his childhood church friends. They were called “Glorious Five” and performed gospel music. During the time, Ayodeji went by the name Lil Prinz, which he gave up in 2006. The “Glorious Five” only managed to release one album, before they disbanded.

Wizkid was lucky to meet a few famous producers, who shaped his experience in music. He started paying more attention to hip-hop and afrobeat rather than gospel. As the singer confessed, his parents were not entirely happy with his music genre change, and in order to persuade them, he had to spend a lot of time in the recording studio. Finally, he managed to prove to his parents that he makes good music and does what he loves. At the start of his music career, Wizkid was also a songwriter. He wrote songs for some famous people in the industry, and this helped him to get more connections. The young beginner had an opportunity to work with such stars as OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, M.I., and Ikechukwu.
In 2009, Wizkid signed a lucrative record deal with the Empire Mates Entertainment, which was a recording company owned by Banky W. The aspiring musician used to be a student of Lagos State University. However, he decided to drop out once he signed a deal. Later, he entered Lead City University, but his desire to make music became stronger than his academic will. He dropped out of this institution after two sessions.

2009 was also the year when Wizkid started recording his first album “Superstar”. He released the first single from this album, titled “Holla at Your Boy” in 2010. This song instantly won the hearts of the music fans and received a lot of nominations and awards. The following music video for this song also got nominated for some Best Video categories at the prestigious award ceremonies. On the wave of his success, Wizkid decided to release the second and third singles from the album the same year, which were titled “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull” respectively. The album contained songs in two languages – Yoruba and English. The official release of it took place in June 2011. “Superstar” was made in collaboration with such producers as E-Kelly, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Jay Sleek and others, and contained the guest star appearance from music industry giants like Banky W, Wande Coal, D’Prince, and Skales. It contained the elements of reggae, R&B, and dancehall music. Of course, the music award ceremonies could not neglect such an album, and it deservingly won Best Album of The Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2012.

Driven by such success, Wizkid did not rest on his laurels but started working on his second album the same year. The work on “Ayo” continued for two years and survived a few release delays before Wizkid finally revealed the tracklist and cover art of the album in 2014. Again, it had a lot of Nigerian and international guest stars, such as Banky W, Phyno, Femi Kuti, Tyga, Phyno, Wale and Akon. The famous producers like Shizzi, Sarz, Uhuru, Del B and others helped Wizkid to work on this music album.

The singer released the lead single of “Ayo”, which was titled “Jaiye Jaiye”, in May 2013. For this track, he worked in collaboration with Femi Kuti. Later, he revealed in the interview that he collaborated with the legend because he did not want people to see him as a singer who only sings about cars, women, and materialistic values. The second single, “On Top Your Matter” came out in October 2013, and was produced by well-known professional Del B. Wizkid had the music video for this song shot in South Africa, and it was released in February 2014. The same year, in July, Wizkid gave an interview to Beat 99.9 FM show and its presenter Toolz. Probably the most sensational news in this interview was that Wizkid confessed to collaborating with worldwide-known Barbadian music diva Rihanna.

In 2015, Wizkid moved on a whole new level, collaborating together with famous American rappers. He released the video for the song “Ojuelegba”, which tells the listeners about the struggles that he had to go through when he was only a music industry beginner. The remix to this composition features Drake and Skepta’s vocals. The premiere of this remix took place in July 2015. Wizkid also revealed to the public that he is working on a brand new album, and said that he is collaborating with Chris Brown on his lead single, which is called “African Bad Gyal”. He performed together with the American rapper at his concert in South Africa in April 2015. He also included the award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo on his album. The release of it was postponed a few times. One of them was confirmed in the singer’s interview after 2Face Idibia’s tribute concert, where he said that the show made him come to the realization how much more work he needs to complete. Wizkid’s album “Sounds from the Other Side”, which he described as an EP album, came out in July 2017.

ONE DANCE AND INSTANT POPULARITY
Wizkid has rightfully become the first artist in Nigeria who got lucky to have his song appear in the Billboard chart. The song was “One Dance”, which was recorded together with the giant of hip-hop, the Canadian superstar Drake. Since then, the composition had become even more successful, when in May 2016 it became number one in the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed on the first position in this chart for ten consecutive weeks. The single became a real international super-hit, as it became number one in fifteen different countries of the world, notably Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and France. This super-successful composition brought Wizkid international popularity beyond Nigeria.

However, except “One Dance”, Wizkid also recorded a lot of other songs that were not included on his albums. For instance, in 2016 he released a promotional song titled “Like This”. It premiered on Drake’s sound radio. The song was produced by Ghanaian producer based in Amsterdam, DJ Henry X. The composition was highly praised by the critics and described as a summer jam which is an excellent example of Wizkid’s dedication and hard work.
WIZKID WORLD TOURS AND PERFORMANCES
The Nigerian superstar performed in various American big cities as a part of E.M.E acts (artists from the label Empire Mates Entertainment) after they released the compilation album with their songs. Wizkid also had a London tour in 2012, performing on HMV Apollo. He had a performance together with such remarkable artists as Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Angel and Tulisa on BBC Radio 1Xtra in Brixton. His performance on Felabration, the concert in memory of the late musician Fela Kuti, should also be mentioned. Together with the most popular Nigerian singers like Tiwa Savage, D’Banj, P-Square, Ice Prince, Phyno, Olamide, Davido, and Burna Boy, he took part in the Guinness Colourful World of More event. The same month, he participated in another Guinness concert – Big Eruption. Wizkid was a starring guest at the Tinie Tempah shows during his United Kingdom tour. Except that, he also toured together with Chris Brown in May 2016. The tour was called “One Hell of a Nite”. Wizkid on stage is always very passionate and energetic, and his concerts have an incredible atmosphere, which is why there are always huge crowds on his shows.

Wizkid had a lot of profitable endorsement deals with brands, from Pepsi, MTN Nigeria, Guinness, and GLO. Actually, he left his MTN deal to work with GLO. As for his Pepsi deal, he starred in the product commercial together with Tiwa Savage. All of Wizkid’s deals brought him large amount of money.

WIZKID LABEL DRAMA
Currently, Wizkid is signed to Starboy Entertainment label, which he established on his own. His label was founded in March 2013. Wizkid does not only record his own music on Starboy Entertainment label, but he also helps other young artists to develop their career. He often collaborates with his label’s musicians. Some of the artists that are signed to Starboy Entertainment are Maleek Berry, L.A.X, Mr.Eazi, R2Bees, and Efya. He also managed to sign the famous producers Uzezi and Okiemute Oniko, who are widely known as Legendary Beatz.

Previously, Wizkid used to be signed to E.M.E (Empire Mates Entertainment) label, which he had to leave. There was some controversy around his sudden departure from E.M.E, and some media speculated that the entire conflict was because of money. According to the insiders, Wizkid wanted to settle for a 50/50 share with Banky W, when he was getting only 25 percent. Generally, it was a disagreement on the interests of both parties. In 2013, Wizkid reunited with the E.M.E label after some negotiations regarding the contract. However, in August 2014 Wizkid stated that he will leave the label for good.

WIZKID AWARDS
This artist surely contributed greatly to the Nigerian music. He released a lot of amazing songs that won him awards. Among his multiple awards, there are not only Nigerian ones but also the prestigious awards from BET, Billboard, iHeart Radio, MTV Europe, MTV Africa, and others.

If you were wondering “was Wizkid nominated for Grammy award?” – the answer is positive! Wizkid was nominated for Grammy once. It was in 2015, and he received a nomination for his collaborative work with Drake on the album “Views”. However, Wizkid did not win the award. We hope that he will win a lot of well-deserved Grammy awards in the future for his catchy songs.

WIZKID PERSONAL LIFE
In real life, Wizkid has a hot temper. He is often involved in feuds with different artists like Davido, Banky W, Linda Ikeji, and others. However, to his family, he is a caring son and father. Wizkid has three children, and all of them are boys. They are from different baby mothers. When the news about the birth of his first son broke out in 2011, Wizkid has been denying having a child for a long time. However, in 2013 he finally owned up to being a father and posted a picture together with his two-year-old little son.

The name of Wizkid’s oldest son is Boluwatife Balogun. The mother of Boluwatife is Sola Ogudugu, Wizkid’s ex-lover. She gave birth to the little boy when she was only 19, and Wizkid was 21. Wizkid’s second son, Ayodeji Balogun, was born in 2016. His mother is Binta Diallo, who he had a brief romance with. As for his youngest son, Zion Balogun, who was born in November 2017, his mother unexpectedly for everyone turned out to be Jada Pollock, Wizkid’s manager.

Wizkid dated a lot of beautiful women in the past. He was connected with the actress Tonto Dikeh, the singer Justine Skye, Tania Omotayo, and many others. In the interviews, Wizkid often confesses that he loves the attention from women.

Wizkid is a talented, hardworking, and handsome man, that is why so many Nigerians adore him and his music. Hopefully, he will make Nigeria even more proud in his future ventures.

Python Almost Strangles Man To Death While Taking Selfie With It (Photos)

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A forest ranger had a brush with death when a huge python tried to strangle him after he rescued the snake and posed for a photo with it around his neck. Sanjoy Dutta was leading a team that saved the 10 metre-long python from a forest in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India.

After capturing the serpent, Mr Dutta put it over his shoulder while a crowd of people posed for a photograph with him.

But the forest ranger panicked when the snake tried to wrap itself around his neck and strangle him.

He raced to loosen the snake’s grip while another rescuer pulled the animal’s tail in a bid to stop it cutting the circulation to the man’s head.

The brief video footage shows the officer holding the giant reptile wrapped around his shoulder while the crowd cheers at the officer’s courage.

All of a sudden the snake caught hold of his neck and tried to wrap its body around him.

Onlookers started to scream in fear as they watched the reptile attack him.

Underterred by the incident, the officer can then be seen walking in and saying: ‘Leave it nothing will happen.’

The python was later released deep inside the forest.

Nigerian Football Fan Set His Super Eagles’ Jersey On Fire, Media Personality Emma Ugolee Reacts

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Nigerian Football Fan Set His Super Eagles’ Jersey On Fire, Media Personality Emma Ugolee Reacts

A Nigerian football fan has set his Super Eagles’ jersey on fire.

The disappointed fan took to social media to show off the unfortunate act as a result of Super Eagles’ last Saturday’s poor performance against Croatia in their opening game at the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia.

Here’s the video:


Many Nigerians, including Media personality, Emmanuel Ugolee have condemned the act calling it an unpatriotic behaviour. Ugolee reacted on his Instagram thus:

“Without giving an excuse for a dissappointing outing, the public bashing on the eagles is even more dissappointing.

Nigeria lost her 1st match. So what? Even with that loss, is she not better of than heavy weights Holland & Italy who are but mere spectators to the tournament? Should Ghanians and South Africans hang their players for keeping them away from all the fun?

Germany, 4 time winners, also lost their opening match. Did any Argentine or Brazilian expect a draw? Like life, the game is full of disappointments and embarrassing moments.

No man alive is immune to such times. The reaction of those around you when it is your turn to temporarily be down should be very closely observed because nothing better reveals who deserves or is undeserving of your company after the storm.

With the slightest fall there are those [like the culprit responsible for this video] who would very immediately distance themselves from you and at the next opportunity tarnish your image with a verbal deliberation on your weaknesses both real and imagined. Spreading doom with no sense of hope.

When you find people like this near you. My brother please run. They are like a wicked mum who beats her child for loosing a school race. How do you go from wearing a jersey proudly on the 16th to burning it on the 17th? Clear fake love. Same goes for any who has been using hate speech on the boys.”

See his reaction below:

Without giving an excuse for a dissappointing outing, the public bashing on the eagles is even more dissappointing. Nigeria lost her 1st match. So what? Even with that loss, is she not better of than heavy weights Holland & Italy who are but mere spectators to the tournament? Should Ghanians and South Africans hang their players for keeping them away from all the fun? ___ Germany, 4 time winners, also lost their opening match. Did any Argentine or Brazilian expect a draw? Like life, the game is full of disappointments and embarrassing moments. ___ No man alive is immune to such times. The reaction of those around you when it is your turn to temporarily be down should be very closely observed because nothing better reveals who deserves or is undeserving of your company after the storm. ___ With the slightest fall there are those [like the culprit responsible for this video] who would very immediately distance themselves from you and at the next opportunity tarnish your image with a verbal deliberation on your weaknesses both real and imagined. Spreading doom with no sense of hope. ___ When you find people like this near you. My brother please run. They are like a wicked mum who beats her child for loosing a school race. How do you go from wearing a jersey proudly on the 16th to burning it on the 17th? Clear fake love. Same goes for any who has been using hate speech on the boys. ___ Use the time to seek out those who do not see a slip as the end of the world. Those who seek immediate corrective measures and are constructive with correction. Those who know that you do not have it the worst in life. Those who know how to stay positive when it gets tough. Those with eyes fixed at the tunnels end. Those who appreciate how far you have come and can see how far you can go given the needed support Those who understand that life is not all rosy for anyone. Those who would stand by you till the end. __ “At the end”, in the modified words of MLKJ “We shall remember both the words of our enemies and the silence of our friends. Please take not of these two sets of people when your boat rocks and sail far away from them as you find stability again. – Emma Ugolee

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