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Egypt Has Been Named the Host Country For The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt has beaten South Africa and won the bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Cameroon was stripped of its rights to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) because to delays and security concerns due to continuous violence occurring in the vicinity of the two planned venues. In light of that, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) just announced that Egypt will be the host of the 2019 AFCON. Egypt has won the bid over South Africa which was the only other country to formally bid.


The AFCON is an eagerly-anticipated football tournament that is hosted by alternating Africa countries. According to Kickoff, the tournament has now increased from including football teams from 16 African countries to 24. It has been 13 years since Egypt last hosted the tournament, and they have been the most successful African football team with an impressive seven titles. This will be their fourth time hosting the tournament.

The tournament dates have been changed to off-season play and will run from the 15th of June to the 13th of July.

CAF has however granted rights for the 2021 AFCON to Cameroon in the hopes that the country will have completed its preparations by that time and that the current political unrest would have abated.

The buzz has already caught onto social media followers following the announcement.





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12 Nigerian Artists to Watch in 2023

We highlight Nigeria’s best emerging talents set to make their mark this year.

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Every year Nigeria churns out a handful of potential stars in the early phases of their journey to stardom, who make their mark with singles and projects that establish them as talents to watch. From greenhorns making their official debuts to budding talents attempting to establish their first hit single runs, we’ve highlighted a number of emerging Nigerian acts with amazing potential that wield a solid chance of breaking out this year.

Check out our list of 12 Nigerian artists to watch in 2023 below.

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Tems Bags Oscar Nomination for 'Wakanda Forever' Song

Nigeria's renowned Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, scored a nomination at the 2023 Oscars for co-writing ‘Lift Me Up’, one of the songs on 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.'

Popular singer Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, has scored a nomination at the 2023 Oscars for “Lift Me Up,” a song she co-wrote with Rihanna, Ludwig Göransson, and Ryan Coogler.

"Lift Me Up," which was recorded in five countries, served as the lead single for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack and was a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played King T'Challain the previous installment of the movie but passed away in 2020 after battling colon cancer.

While discussing the record in the past, Tems had mentioned that she drew inspiration for the song from people who were once in her life, but had passed away.

"After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I've lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them," Tems said. "Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honor."

Africa's history with the Oscars has also been minimal over the years. While a handful of African films have won awards at the prestigious ceremony, there hasn't been a strong presence from the motherland. So far, the only African to win an award for Best Actress was South Africa's Charlize Theron for her role in the 2003 film Monster. Ten years later, Lupita Nyong'o scored a Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for her role in 12 Years a Slave.

This year there are no African films represented in the Best International Film category. And The Woman King, a movie about the all-female unit of warriors called Agojie, was completely snubbed.

View the full list of nominees here.

Burna Boy, Asake, and More to Hit Afro Nation Portugal Stage

The Afrobeats music festival is set to bring the biggest names in Afrobeats and amapiano to the sunny Portuguese coast.

The world's biggest Afrobeats festival returns this summer to sun-kissed Portimão, Portugal, armed with a lineup thrilling enough to make the trip. This week, Afro Nation announced the return of Afro Nation Portugal and the acts scheduled to hit the summer stage. Headliners Burna Boy, legendary American rapper 50 Cent, and French-Senegalese performer Booba are tasked with getting the party started, and letting the rest of the incredible roster do the rest.

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