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Nigeria releases 2018 World Cup shirts

The Nigeria Football Federation has released the Super Eagles home and away kits for the 2018 World Cup as the Eagles pay homage to their USA 1994 campaign. The home shirt released in the UK on Wednesday features a bright green-and-white zig-zag pattern spreading across the torso and the contrasting sleeves. Nigeria’s away shirt for the Russia World Cup is more understated and closer in resemblance to their more recent shirts with an all-over dark green design. The Mail…

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) As a Vote Enticer In Sierra Leone

As Sierra Leone prepares for the forthcoming general elections, scheduled in March, female genital mutilation (FGM) has become, ironically, an enticing piece of meat to grab votes from the poor electorate. While many countries in the world and aid agencies are busy discouraging girls from undergoing female genital mutilation, which has been proved medically to have many dangerous health repercussions, some politicians in Sierra Leone – especially candidates in the upcoming elections – are in fact, buying voters’ votes…

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Nigeria beat Angola, secure CHAN semi-final spot

Super Eagles B grabbed a semi-final ticket of the 2018 African Nations Championship with a 2-1 comeback win over Angola. The match was played Sunday at the Grand Stade de Tanger in Morocco. Eagles rallied back from a goal down scored by Angola’s Vladimir Vá’s until less than three minutes to the end of the match. Goals from Anthony Okpotu and Okechukwu Gabriel Nigeria in stoppage-time and extra-time respectively saved the day for Nigeria. Nigeria will now battle Sudan…

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Religion in Africa and That Bunch of Irony

Africa is a continent of irony; religious practices are, indeed not far from this social reality. They are often simply entangled in the web of deceit and sarcasm. While the Western world brought Christianity to Africa, Africans are far more fanatical, zealous  – and ironically, rigid –  about religion than their Western counterparts. In most cases, African religious leaders interpret religious texts in such a shallow way that they do not give one a room for an alternative interpretation….

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African Social Problems and the Religion Business

When Karl Marx, the German philosopher, and respected economist described religion as “the opium of the masses” in his book  A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, published  in 1843, he meant that religion had certain practical functions in society similar to the function of opium administered to a sick or injured person. The opium helps to minimize the immediate pain and suffering of the patient and provides them with pleasant illusions. At the same time,…

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Africa and Identity Crisis

The worst injustice you can do to yourself is to allow others to define you. No doubt about it. The Ewe tribe of Benin, Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast and Nigeria has a proverb, which says: “Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story” As a child, I was encouraged by my parents to not allow people to speak for me. Unfortunately, I neither understood nor appreciated the main…

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Google Honours Stephen Keshi With Doodle

Google today (Tuesday) celebrates Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi, on the occasion of his 56th birthday. Born in Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria, Keshi was a member of the famed St. Finbarrs College Football Academy of 1977. He was later called up and played for the Junior Eagles and the Super Eagles in preparation for the 1980 African Cup of Nations competition. Football took Keshi all over the world, as he played across Africa, Europe, and the USA. Known affectionately…

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Taxi Buffet

Most times we get hungry and honestly, who wouldn’t want to interrupt their daily chores for food! I guess we all do that, but how do we program ourselves with our meals and venues – especially with strangers around? It was 4 O’clock in the afternoon, I was in a Matatu (public bus), heading home from work after a tedious day. There was this beautiful woman sitting next to me and of course, I could not resist greeting her….

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Nigeria’s Bobsled Team Excites Serena Williams

Serena Williams has revealed her excitement over Nigeria’s Bobsled team set for this Winter Olympics. The ladies have put Nigeria in the Winter Games for the very first time. The tennis great who made her feelings known via Twitter said the video showcasing the Nigerians was very cool. She twitted, “This video literally gave me chills, I am so excited to watch Nigeria compete in the winter Olympics bobsledding race the first time an African country has ever competed…

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Quadri, Meshref to Defend Titles in Nairobi

Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt will be defending their titles at this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya. Quadri defeated Omar Assar of Egypt 4-2 to win the tournament in 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan, while Meshref also beat Edem Offiong of Nigeria and this year they will be aiming to retain their laurels when the championship serves off on March 1 in Kasarani Gymnasium of Moi International Stadium in Nairobi. The…

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Iheanacho Scores the First VAR Goal in English Football

Kelechi Iheanacho returned to scoring form with a bang Tuesday night. He became the first player to score a goal awarded by a video assistant referee in English football as Leicester beat Fleetwood 2-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay. Iheanacho opened the scoring – with a routine strike – from Islam Slimani’s pass. The big talking point of the game came when the former Manchester City striker initially had a goal disallowed for offside from Riyad Mahrez’s through…

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That Unique Nigeria(n)

Often when you hear about Nigeria, all sorts of negative thoughts come to your mind. Right? But like in many societies, you have the good, the bad and the ugly. Absolutely, there are some criminally minded Nigerians out there who have created a very negative image of the country; and of course, you equally have those who have made the country proud. Unfortunately, hardly, will you hear much about those quintessential Nigerians in the Western media. It is not…

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