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Nigeria's World Cup Kits Are Up for a Major Design Award

The popular Nike jerseys have been shortlisted for the Beazley Design of the Year Award.

Though Nigeria didn't make it as far as everyone would have hoped in the 2018 World Cup, the Super Eagle's green and white chevron jerseys were huge winners.

The massive hype around Nike's Nigerian kits was unprecedented, with the kits selling out within hours online and scores of people in international cities lining up at Nike stores to get their hands on the uniquely designed kits. They are easily the most popular World Cup kit since most of us can remember, and the global fashion industry has certainly taken notice.

The kit has been nominated for one of design's most prestigious awards: the Beazley Design of the Year Award run by the London Design Museum—an annual exhibit and award dedicated to "revealing the most innovative designs of the year," reports Hypebeast.

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The nominees span six different categories including products, transport, graphics, fashion, digital and architecture, reports HNHH. There are 87 nominees total, and the list also includes Rihanna's game-changing Fenty Beauty Line and the costume designs in Black Panther.

Last year, British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye took home the award for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, reports CNN.

All of the nominated designs will be on display at the London Design Museum and an overall winner as well as a winner from each of the six categories will be announced on November 18.

Do you think the Super Eagle's jersey will earn the top prize? Let us know on socials.

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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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