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The Liverpool winger is the second Senegalese footballer to win the CAF award after El Hadji Diouf.

Yesterday, Senegalese footballer and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane was named the 2019 African Player of the Year at a ceremony held by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Hurghada, Egypt.

According to Aljazeera, Mane's award comes after he led Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League and played a major role in placing Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final. The award is his first ever after losing out to Liverpool teammate and Egypt's Mohamed Salah in 2017 and 2018.


Speaking after his well-deserved win, Mane said, "I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award. It's a big day for me." He also went on to thank the people from his village in Bambali, Senegal for their continuous support saying, "I would love to thank all the Senegalese people. They have been for me all the time, they push me."

According to CAF statistics, Mane scored an impressive 34 goals and 12 assists in his 61 appearances last year. Additionally, he shared the 2018/2019Premier League Golden Boot award with Salah and Arsenal's Gabonese player, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangthe first time the award was shared by three players since 1998/1999. Mane was also shortlisted for the 2019 Ballon D'or alongside four other African players including Salah, Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly.

Mane now becomes the second Senegalese footballer to win the award after El Hadji Diouf who won it back in 2001 and 2002.

Sadio Mane Named the 2019 African Player of the Year

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for Sportsman of the Year Award

The record-breaking marathon runner has been nominated for the top prize in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

Sport24 reports that Kenyan athlete and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for Sportsman of the Year in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards.

He's made the prestigious nominations list alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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Austrian-Nigerian Designer Kenneth Ize Makes Spectacular Debut at Paris Fashion Week

The designer topped off his debut by having supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the runway.

Last night, Austrian-Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize debuted at Paris Fashion week and put on an undeniably spectacular show.

The designer wowed with his Autumn/Winter '20 collection and then topped it all off by having international supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the run way last and bring the show to a close.

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