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FIFA Threatens Nigeria and Ghana To Fulfill Ultimatums or Be Banned from Global Football

Both countries could be banned for "undue influence" in the affairs of their governing bodies.

Nigeria and Ghana football associations face being banned by FIFA if they do not abide by issued ultimatums, BBC Sport reports.

Both countries are facing bans from global football for "undue influence" in the affairs of their governing bodies.


FIFA says Nigeria's ban could be immediate if the Nigeria Football Federation "offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under president Amaju Pinnick."

This comes after a recent court case acknowledged Chris Giwa as the NFF president. Giwa is currently serving a five-year ban by FIFA for breaching NFF statutes and the FIFA code of ethics, as well as for "impersonation and taking football matters to a civil court."

The NFF will be holding elections on September 20 as Pinnick's four-year term is ending soon.

FIFA ensures that any ban would not impact Nigeria's participation at the Women's Under-20 World Cup in France. The Super Falconets are set to play Spain in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Ghana must withdraw a high court petition by the attorney general to have the football association "liquidated" by August 27 or be banned. BBC Sport adds the case came in lieu of widespread corruption allegations.

In a statement signed by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura, Ghana's case "constituted an undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of FIFA statutes."

"If the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday 27 August 2018 at 11:00 GMT, the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect," Samoura says.

The petition brought to the court came after a film released by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas revealed African football match officials and former GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi accepting cash gifts.

A global ban would put Ghana's 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya on September 8 in limbo, as Nigeria is set to travel to face Seychelles that same weekend.

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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Austrian-Nigerian Designer Kenneth Ize Makes Spectacular Debut at Paris Fashion Week

The designer topped off his debut by having supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the runway.

Last night, Austrian-Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize debuted at Paris Fashion week and put on an undeniably spectacular show.

The designer wowed with his Autumn/Winter '20 collection and then topped it all off by having international supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the run way last and bring the show to a close.

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Watch Ami Faku Break Down Her Song ‘Imali’: ‘Many people never get the break they need’

South African soul artist Ami Faku speaks about the inspiration behind her hit 'Imali' on Apple Music's Song Stories.

Ami Faku's hit single "Imali," which is a collaboration between the Eastern Cape-born artist and the duo Blaq Diamond from Durban, is an undeniable hit.

For the latest episode of Apple Music's Song Stories, Ami Faku breaks down the inspiration behind the song.

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