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Watch Alex Iwobi's Historic and Only Goal for Arsenal in the Europa League Finals

This epic moment makes Alex Iwobi the first Nigerian player to score in a European club competition finals.

African football fanatics do not play with the professional teams they support—no matter how disappointing the end results may be.

Arsenal faced Chelsea in the Europa League finals Wednesday, ultimately losing 4 to 1. Alex Iwobi, the 23-year-old standout, was the one to watch as he gave his team their only goal for the match only 2 minutes after coming in as a sub—and it was epic.

This moment is also historic—as it makes him the first Nigerian player to score in a European club Competition final, Konbini reports.

Catch it below.


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Iwobi made his 24 minutes in the game worthwhile and impactful, as the stats show 92 percent pass accuracy, three key passes, one shot on target aside from his goal and more impactful play.

Let's see if he keeps this same energy to this year's Africa Cup of Nations that's set to begin this June.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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