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AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 07: Divine Oduduru of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates their team win during the Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on June 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Divine Oduduru Named 'Men's Track Athlete of the Year'

The Nigerian track star is unstoppable.

Nigerian-born track star Divine Oduduru is showing no signs of slowing down.

The 22-year-old student athlete who attends Texas Tech University, has been named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the US Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He is the co-winner alongside Grant Holloway from the University of Florida.


The news comes after the athlete announced his plans to pursue a professional career last week, which means he won't be completing his senior year at Texas Tech. "It's a tough one," said the athlete of his decision to turn pro. "This is my family. This has been my home. And you deciding to leave your home and go see the world, it's a difficult one, but sometimes it's the choice you have to make. I talked about it and we have a discussion with the coaches and everything, and they were like, 'It's time for you to go.' "

The athlete has certainly earned the title of Men's Track Athlete of the Year, considering all he's accomplished so far in his short career. He became the second fastest African athlete ever, just after Olusoji Fasuba, when he ran the 100m in just 9.86 seconds, and he's already booked for the 2020 Olympics, as Konbini notes.

In May, he broke the 100m record at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, making him the first-ever athlete from the Big 12 Conference to be named Men's Track Athlete of the Year. Major Congrats to Oduduru.

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Nike Has Unveiled a New Nigeria 2020 Kit—and It's Just as Striking as the First

The Super Eagle's new kits are an impressive follow-up to the 2018 design.

Nike and Nigeria have done it again.

On Wednesday, the sporting brand unveiled a brand new Nigeria kit. This comes after the success of the wildly popular World Cup kit from 2018 which seamlessly fused streetwear with athletic function. The famous design was even nominated for the Beazley Design of the Year Award the year of its release.

The 2020 design is just as striking, featuring an angled, hand-drawn green design on top of a cream base. The Super Eagles's football crest is placed at the top front of the jersey, with the signature Nike swoop underneath. Matching sock sets were also unveiled for both colors of the jersey.

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29 Nigerian English Words Have Been Added to the Oxford Dictionary—Here's What That Means

Linguist Kola Tubosun breaks down how language grows and why it's also important for Nigerian policymakers to empower local languages.

Last month, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced a new development: it would be adding 29 new "loanwords" from Nigerian vernacular to the English dictionary. The news caused excitement amongst Nigerians on Twitter after it was shared by Nigerian linguist and founder of Yorubaname.com, Kola Tubosun. According to Tubosun, new words get added to the dictionary when they "gain new currency," which reflects how these words are being used in everyday language and not how they should be used (contrary to how many believe dictionaries function).

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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Photo: Sachyn Mital for The Town Hall.

This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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