News Brief

What's Up With Nigeria's Obsession With the English Premier League?

The English Premier League is in full swing and Nigerians are glued to their TV hoping their favourite team will take the trophy.

NIGERIA—No one does the English Premier League like Nigerians. For a decade now, hundreds of Arsenal fans have come together in Kogi state to celebrate their favourite team with matching red and white attire, song, dance, and food.


Some have been fans for over three decades, while others are new supporters—yet they have one thing in common: their love for the sport and their love for their team.

Kelvin Maduabuchi Obassi, a long time fan, even named his son after one of this favourite football players.

Denilson is a very, very young talented footballer of Arsenal football club,” he told CNN.

But Arsenal isn't the only team Nigerians are rooting for. Some hope Manchester United or Chelsea will take the win. This is good for business, according to CNN, more Chelsea jerseys were sold in Lagos than anywhere else outside of London.

While it's still too early to predict a winner of the tournament, Manchester United is currently on top.  Sorry Arsenal fans, it looks like you're team has some catching up to do.

A video on CNN Africa, shows Nigerian football fans celebrating their teams during this year's games. Check it out below.

Music

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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