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Nigeria Will be Hosting the 2020 Under-20 Women's World Cup

It is the first African country to be awarded the hosting rights for the tournament by FIFA.

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has awarded the hosting rights for the 10th edition of the Under-20 Women's World Cup to be held in 2020, to Nigeria. According to the Premium Times, sporting officials from Zurich are set to visit Nigeria in August to make an assessment of the country's preparedness in terms of infrastructure and security.


The President of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has since confirmed that the country has been selected to host the tournament saying, "It is an achievement for Nigeria and the Federation as well because, for some years now, Nigeria has not been able to host any international event." Pinnick went on to add that, "Now we have one with us and the preparation starts now. [We are] hopeful an inspection team will arrive any time next month to tour the four stadiums that will be used for the competitions."

After both India and South Korea submitted bids to host the tournament and subsequently withdrew them, Nigeria will now become the first African country to ever host the tournament. In the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Under-20 Women's World Cup, Nigeria's Falconets reached the finals but ultimately lost out to Germany in both instances.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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