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Nigerian-American Fighter Kamaru Usman Is the First African UFC Champion

The "Nigerian Nightmare" earned the welterweight MMA title on Sunday.

Nigerian-born fighter Kamaru Usman, also known as the "Nigerian Nightmare" has become the first Nigerian fighter, and the first from the continent to win an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.

The UFC is the biggest competition in the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Usman earned the coveted welterweight title on Sunday, after defeating the four-time defender Tyron Woodley in the fifth round. The fighter wore green shorts and a green and white mouthguard during the fight to represent his Nigerian heritage.


The UFC shared a clip of an emotional Usman being named the new champion on Twitter, writing "Africa you have your first champion."

The 31-year-old, undefeated athlete was born in Benin City, Nigeria but relocated to Arlington, Texas as a child. "Nigeria, I have told them, we would do it," he was quoted as saying in Pidgin during the post-match press conference. "I told them we never fail. And we have done it today."

Before competing in the UFC, Usman won the Ultimate Fighter TV Show back in 2015.

Eyes are on Usman as he continues to defend his title. Congrats to the young athlete!


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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Bobi Wine and His Wife Released from House Arrest

Ugandan politician Bobi Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi have been released from a near two-week military house arrest following a recent ruling from a Ugandan court.

Bobi Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi have reportedly been released from house arrest after the military surrounded their residence almost two weeks ago, Al Jazeera reports. The house arrest began shortly after the highly contested national elections of January 14th which saw the 76-year-old Yoweri Museveni winning a sixth term as president of the country. However, a Ugandan court recently found the opposition figure's house arrest to be "unlawful" which subsequently led to the withdrawal of security forces from his residence, according to The Africa Report.
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Yanga Chief Takes The Lead With His Debut Album ‘Pop Star’

In his debut album 'Pop Star', Yanga Chief caters to various moods through diverse subject matter and culturally relevant songs.

Following up on his award-winning EP, Becoming a Popstar, Yanga Chief is not letting the game rest. His latest project Pop Star is a true reflection of what he has transformed into; a chief leading the Mzansi hip-hop scene.

Chiefs are supposed to hear and give commentary on all aspects of the village. Yanga Chief does exactly that by raising awareness on the good and bad of the village of South Africa—from partying to corruption. A trait that the greatest pop stars have been widely praised for. Think of early examples like Michael Jackson's political "They Don't Care About Us" and his upbeat real-life-based story of "Billie Jean".

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John Boyega & Robert De Niro Team Up for Netflix's 'The Formula'

John Boyega and Robert De Niro are set to star in Netflix's epic car race drama, 'The Formula'.