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Nigeria's Samuel Chukwueze is the Youngest Goal Scorer in this Year's AFCON

The 20-year-old helped Nigeria's Super Eagles defeat South Africa's Bafana Bafana 2-1 in yesterday's quarter-final game.

The anticipation preceding yesterday's game was certainly palpable. South Africans hoped that their national team, Bafana Bafana, who (surprisingly) defeated Egypt 1-0 in the 16th round of the tournament, would pull out another win from their bag of (many) surprises against Nigeria's Super Eagles.

In fact, South Africans even started the hashtag #IfBafanaBeatsNigeriaIWill where they talked about the range of hilarious things they'd do if their boys defeated Nigeria. However, it was not meant to be and last night saw South Africa, which has never defeated Nigeria at the AFCON, exit the tournament and Nigeria advance to the semi-finals.


Nigeria is on its way to a possible fourth AFCON title after their 2-1 victory over South Africa. Their success in yesterday's game can be attributed in part to Samuel Chukwueze, the 20-year-old Villarreal midfielder who scored the first goal in the 27th minute of the match, putting Nigeria in the lead. As a result, Chukwueze became the youngest scorer in this edition of the AFCON tournament.

The young footballer expressed how elated he was at being crowned the Man of the Match and added that, "This is my first international outing with the Super Eagles as well as my first senior goal. It is a dream come true for me. This makes me feel so happy and don't know how to express it."

Nigeria, along with Senegal, have now advanced to the semi-finals.

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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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