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The Super Eagles Stylishly Beat Iceland in the World Cup & Nigerians Are Going Crazy

All of the best social media reactions from Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland.

Nigeria just beat Iceland 2-0 in of the World Cup, leaving them second in Group D.

The Super Eagles started the game in shy form, putting together a first half performance that was at times cold and even dicey.

However, the second half saw the team wake up and fully charge forward. A change of formation had them attacking a lot more, which opened up a counter attack that led to Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa's incredible control touch and strike for the Super Eagles' first goal.


It was Musa again who then hit the woodwork and, moments later, picked up the ball on the left flank and beat his marker. He then rounded the keeper and, patiently, picked a top corner spot for Nigeria's second goal.

Musa is now the Super Eagles' top scorer of the competition with four goals scored in total over his games. He's also the only Nigerian player to score in two World Cups.

With that second goal the Super Eagles and all the Nigerian fans in the crowd were soaring.

The Nigerian team also had a stroke of luck as Iceland won a fair penalty—which was then sailed over the bar by their star player Siggurdson. With a final score of 2-0, the match now leaves Nigeria with a chance to go through to the elimination rounds if they beat Lionel Messi and Argentina in their next match.

Needless to say, Nigerians were ecstatic at the stadium and across social media with their team's win.

See the best social media reactions to Nigeria's victory below.





















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The Omicron Variant Was Detected In Europe a Week Before It Was Identified In South Africa

Let's see how the world scrambles to backtrack on their blatant attempts at making COVID-19 Africa's disease.

Surprise! It turns out that the latest COVID-19 variant first identified by South African scientists (which the world had no problem then blaming them for) was first detected in The Netherlands — a full week before it caught wind in Africa.

The Omicron variant was identified in retests of samples taken between November 19 and 23, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on Tuesday. So, the variant existed in Europe before it was reported in Africa - do you think Europe is about to be locked away from the rest of the world? The answer will probably not surprise you.

Continue for original story below (published November 30, 2021)

If there's one thing Western media is going to do, it's going to make African countries out to be the bad, irresponsible kids on the team.

Last week, South African scientists informed the globe that they had discovered and identified a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, which the World Health Organization went on to name Omicron. The variant's influence and characteristics are yet to be understood, as leading scientists in South Africa — and across the world — scramble to understand the next layer of the COVID-19 virus. It also means that it is impossible to dictate exactly where the variant originated from.

The news broke, and the world began to panic, with the brash reactions manifesting as a near-global travel ban, to and from South Africa, over fears of the latest variant. The almost immediate ostracization has resulted in hordes of foreign nationals within South Africa being "stranded", and South African citizens abroad not being able to get back home.

The Omicron strain was identified in neighboring country Botswana at the same time, but among a group of foreign diplomatic visitors, with two ministers warning Western onlookers from "geo-politicizing this virus". Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera went on to openly accuse Western countries of "Afrophobia" for shutting their borders with such haste, and in a manner that seems as if they've been waiting for the opportunity to do so. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's Regional Director on the African continent said, "With the Omicron variant now detected in several regions of the world, putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." Israel announced over the weekend that they would enforce travel bans on all African countries... except those which reside in North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, etc). U.S Governor Greg Abbott received backlash after ignorantly tweeting on Sunday that, "Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from South Africa."

According to Reuters, South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and relevant parties have requested an urgent sitting this Friday with WHO's working group on virus evolution, to discuss the new variant and what this could mean for this next phase of the global pandemic. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the countries that have implemented travel bans on the country to rethink and ultimately lift them, vocalizing his disappointment in the ease with which world leaders are prepared to shut African countries out of an issue we are experiencing as a global unit. Ramaphosa also argued that the bans would not successfully stop the transmission of the newer variant, "The only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to, and recover from, the pandemic," he said.

This is not the first time that South Africa has been held liable for a newly discovered variant of the COVID-19 virus. Last December, a Beta variant was detected in the Southern African country and the world reacted in a similar way — inappropriately. Claims that the newly identified variant is the most dangerous are irresponsible are simply not true — scientists have little to no real information on how this variant may affect people, as it has just been discovered.

Informed individuals and social media warriors alike took to their handheld devices to set the records straight, with some congratulating South Africa's team for being responsible in their handling of a global pandemic. Even Piers Morgan got it right.


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5 Artists Leading Nigeria's NFT Scene

With the potential to get much bigger in Africa, here are the artists among the vanguard of Nigeria’s burgeoning NFT space.

Global conversations about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are unavoidable these days. And Nigeria is at the forefront, leading these convos. After hosting a digital-only exhibition last year, Art X Lagos returned in 2021 with a hybrid in-person and online showcase. . As West Africa’s leading international art fair, this was its sixth outing and along came the exhibition’s first NFT experience, Reloading, which was a partnership with SuperRare, an NFT marketplace invested in the curation and sales of digital artworks.

This partnership underscores how NFT innovation has shaken up the art world and redefined the creative economy. Digital art has landed a front row of visibility thanks to NFTs. To understand how NFTs work, a basic understanding of blockchain has to suffice. Blockchain technology operates as a ledger that makes digital transactions visible and accessible to the public. Through secure encryption, this information is grouped into blocks, and each block comprises a timestamp and transaction data.

Popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are designed with this blockchain functionality. NFTs make use of this innovation but issues a digital certificate of ownership to buyers to show authentication of what has been bought. Digitally, one can buy videos, gifs, images, illustrations and other collectibles.

Much acclaim has trailed digital artist Mike Winkelmann, aka Beeple, whose NFT artwork sold for $69 million early this year. While critics have posed observations about this emerging phenomenon — divided on whether this could be the end of “real” art and the environmental dangers of minting of NFTs — one thing is clear for both digital and traditional artists: NFTs are here to stay, providing artists with more options and a decentralized model that bypasses gallery middlemen.

With the potential to get much bigger in Africa, here are the artists among the vanguard of Nigeria’s burgeoning NFT space.

Osinachi

Arguably the most recognizable figure at the intersection of digital art and non fungible tokens, Osinachi is the poster child of a technological awakening paving the way for African artists to be independent. Born Prince Jacon Osinachi Igwe, the 29-year-old artist’s foray into the cryptoart scene shouldn’t be flattened as an overnight success. At an early age, the self-taught artist took an interest in computers which led him to Microsoft Word, a software application which he has mastered over time and sticks with to this day.

Creating his first crypto art in 2017, his signature style employs neon colors juxtaposed against dark skin tones. Often revolving around a male subject, it altogether sums up as pop surrealism excavating the human experience.

In 2018, Osinachi became the first Nigerian to showcase his work at New York’s Ethereal blockchain summit and he was a finalist for the Bridgeman Studio Award the following year. His pre-pandemic grasping of NFT minting knowledge afforded him a leverage to sell his artwork in the cryptosphere. In the midst of physical galleries closing business due to COVID-19, Osinachi began to negotiate transactions on SuperRare. "Mirror Mirror" and "Am I Pretty?" are just some of the pieces sold there, going for 9ETH ($38, 437) and 13.2ETH ($56,375) respectively.

His pieces have done so well in the crypto art market that he's become the first African artist to show a NFT series at Christie’s, a foremost auction house in London.

Anthony Azekwoh

A good portion of people first saw Anthony Azekwoh’s artwork circulating on Twitter this year. Particularly, there was a portrait of a looming man with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. The piece, titled "The Red Man," would later be sold on the NFT platform Charged Particles, marking Anthony’s entry point into the metaverse. The 21-year-old digital artist had always been art-inclined. As an undergraduate at Covenant University in Ota, he would articulated his thoughts as a writer on Medium, then shift to sketching on A4 paper and painting on Photoshop. Anthony has also designed album covers for Nigerian artistes like Adekunle Gold, Blaqbonez and ShowDemCamp.


After Anthony fell into the rabbit hole of crypto art, he decided to use a portion of his NFTs earnings to help young, emerging artists with a fund that pledges 200, 000 naira.

Odion Tobi

As a teenager, Odion would tinker around with Photoshop, acquiring rudimentary skills. In 2016, he won $500 from a design competition put together by African Voices, making him the first African artist commissioned to create the company’s official second logo.

Now 25, his strength lies in his deployment of 3D animation, illustration, branding, and motion graphics. Because his work heavily centers 3D, he uses software like Cinema 4D, Blender, Zbrush, Adobe Suites.

In his catalogue, he has touched on themes of love, technology and African cosmology and heritage. Some of his digital artworks were recently shown at the Coin Geek conference in New York City.

Oyindamola Oyekemi Oyewumi

Creating portraits using ballpoint pens, 24-year-old Oyindamola was swept into the NFT windfall when she tweeted her drawing of Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson back in March. Hoskinson noticed the tweet and helped her put it up for sale. At the end of the month, it was sold for $6,300. Since then, Oyindamola has been attempting to cultivate a NFT footprint by minting other works on Mintable. The artist has been honing her skills since completing National Service, churning monotone and coloured artworks that often depict women and children.

Oyindamola delved into ballpoint pen drawing professionally in 2018, but she has been drawn to this artistic medium at a much younger age. A trip to her Instagram welcomes people to a grid layout of Marilyn Monroe, drawn by herself. With the NFT wave here to stay, Oyindamola represents a promising stake for Nigerian female artists in this paradigm shift.

Niyi Okeowo

After creating a digital painting of French music duo Daft Punk in the wake of their split and selling it for 1 ETH ($1,900) on the cryptoart platform Rarible, multidisciplinary creative Niyi Okeowo enlisted with SuperRare to push other digital creations. These moments heralded his showcase at this year’s Art X Lagos. With a creative career that juggles graphic design, photography, 3D animation, and art direction, Niyi riding on the NFT wave only appears as a natural progression.

In 2018, Niyi embarked on an ongoing collection of visuals titled Hello Mr Colour, exploring themes of afrofuturism, isolation, anxiety, exploration and geometric structures, all found on an Instagram repository. With a client list that ranges from Facebook, LVMH to Garmspot, Niyi’s is rewriting the Nigerian experience through his unique creative lens.

Photo by Oupa Bopape/Gallo Images/Getty Images.

Rebecca Malope: All Hail the African Queen of Gospel Music

The gospel icon was recently handed the Order of Ikhamanga — the highest award given to South African citizens who have excelled in the arts, culture & literature.

Her hands clasped together, she walks at a brisk pace to the dais at the Presidential guest house in Pretoria, South Africa. She’s wearing a classic black bodysuit, tucked in a high-waisted red pleated skirt. She's rocking her signature ‘german’ haircut and on her feet are black heeled pointed-toe pumps. As she elbows President Cyril Ramaphosa, her eyes crinkle at the edges, revealing the smile beneath her mask. Then she turns left and listens:

“For her distinguished contribution to South African music, with her unique voice bringing joy and comfort to many through meaningful gospel music….”

As the crowd applauds, the head of state places a medallion around her neck and hands her the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver—the highest award given to South African citizens who have excelled in the arts, culture and literature. Excitedly, she raises a clenched fist to the air and dances back to her seat, raising a ‘hallelujah’ before she sits down.

This was the African Queen of gospel music, Dr. Rebecca Malope, during her recent award ceremony on November 18th. Barely two months after receiving the Gospel Lifetime Achievement Award by Nigerian magazine, Clima.

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