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Samuel Chukwueze Has Signed With Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports Agency

The 20-year-old is the first Nigerian footballer to be signed to the agency.

Samuel Chukwueze is the fast-rising star that everyone needs to be watching right now. After he joined the senior team of Villarreal as a midfielder last year, Chukwueze has gone on to show just how incredibly talented he is. He became the youngest footballer to score a goal during the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and helped Nigeria's Super Eagles defeat South Africa's Bafana Bafana 2-1, knocking them out of the semi-finals. More recently, Roc Nation Sports, which is owned by Jay-Z, announced yesterday that Chukwueze would be signed to the agency.


The Roc Nation Sports Agency manages the careers of athletes both on and off the field through endorsement deals, media relations and brand strategy, among other things. The likes of Manchester United footballers Romelu Lukaku and Eric Bailly and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng are currently signed to the agency.

Chukwueze, who's been described by UEFA as a "precocious winger with UEFA Europa League experience", was recently named one of the 50 footballers to watch in the upcoming 2019/2020 season. The footballer took to social media to express how excited he was about the deal and promised that even bigger things were still on the way. Looking at his stellar play over the past few months, we don't doubt him for a second.


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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