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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.

READ: The Secret Behind Nike's New Naija Football Kits are Nigerians Themselves


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.

Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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