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This Story of How a Nigerian Couple Got Married 6 Days After Meeting on Facebook Will Lighten Up Your Day

No, this is not the synopsis of a new Nollywood film.

It takes some years upon years to find true love, but for this young, decisive Nigerian couple, it took merely a candid Facebook call-out and a time span of just under a week.

Chidimma Amedu, of Abuja was clearly over the single life and decided to put out an urgent call-out to any "qualified" women willing to marry him immediately. He sent out the message on December 30, with a strict application deadline for potential candidates.


Here's his message via BBC News:

"Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and am wasting no time."

Send in your applications - the most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight, 31/12/2017

He then followed up with subsequent posts.

Am serious about this oh and don't say you did not see it on time. Good luck."

His message struck a cord with Sophy Ijeoma, who responded with a simple "Am interested, just DM me...lols," though at first, she thought the entire ordeal was a joke.

She quickly learned that Amedu, was not playing around. He swiftly replied to Ijeoma through a direct message, then they spoke over the phone. Two days later, he travelled to her hometown of Enugu—approximately 300 miles away from Abuja—to meet her in person.

Ijeoma says it was literally love at first sight.

"He is the most handsome man I've ever met and I liked him instantly," she told BBC Africa. "When I saw him for the first time, I definitely found him attractive, but what I didn't know was how serious he was about marrying me."

She knew he was serious after she took him to meet his family in the area.

"It was after we met the uncle and his wife, that I realised that this could actually happen and I wanted it."

Yes, it sounds like the plot straight from a Nollywood script, but we promise it's really not.

Ijeoma broke the news to her parents, and the two were married on January 6 in a traditional Igbo ceremony.

And though Ijeoma found out that Amedu was previously engaged, she wasn't worried. She claims that what she has with him is the real deal. "I don't care about that - when you see what you want, you go for it."

And there you have it folks: a match made in Facebook heaven (?), and a reminder that you never really know what you could be missing out on when you leave potential life partners on "read."

Read their full story on BBC News.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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The 6 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wavy the Creator x WurlD, Epoque, Tems, Silverstone Barz, Kofi Jamar, Olamide x Jaywillz and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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