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Nigerian High Schooler Gets the Best Gift for Graduation—His Mom

Classmates of graduating high school senior Mike Tertsea raised money to fly out his mom from Benue State, Nigeria for graduation.

‘Tis commencement season when graduates from around the world receive their diplomas, turn their tassels, and receive hugs, kisses and congratulatory words from family and friends.


Though Mike Tertsea, a graduating senior from Nigeria studying abroad at John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland, thought he would have to forgo the latter since his only immediate relative lived a continent away.

That’s until he received a surprise gift—his mom.

Tertsea’s classmates raised the money to fly his mother Felicia Ikpum 12-hours from Benue State, Nigeria and cover the costs of her visa—costing a total of $1,763—so she could witness one of her only child’s biggest milestones.

“I was really, really surprised. I didn’t expect my own friends and classmates to extend this helping hand,” Tertsea says, sporting a wide grin, ABC 2 News reports.

It had been four years since Tertsea left Nigeria as a freshman to study and play basketball in America. And when he reunited with his mom, whom he had only spoken to by phone during that time, she could barely recognize him.

“He’s bigger and taller,” Ikpum says of her now 6-foot-10-inch son.

When Tertsea’s classmates fell $500 short for Ikpum’s trip, his class co-advisor Carrie Siemsen rallied faculty and staff over email to kick in the remaining funds, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“God bless them. I thank them so much. I don’t know what to say, but God Bless them.” Ikpum says of her son’s school’s gesture.

After graduating, Tertsea plans to attend University of Rhode Island where he is considering studying economics or business management.

View Mike Tertsea's heartwarming story below.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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