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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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Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends

The internet sensation speaks to OkayAfrica about his journey, the several comedy personalities he's created over the years, creating the viral #DontLeaveMe challenge, and being properly credited for his work.

Nigeria's pool of social media comedians is ever increasing, and this is backed by the heavy consumption of online content by Nigerians and the quick rise to stardom of viral internet sensations. Although these internet sensations easily transition into stage comedians and online influencers, more often than not. they fade away as quickly as they rise to prominence. Variety is the only way to remain relevant. The audience has become ever so demanding of new creative ventures and they are fed by the immediacy the internet offers.

Josh Alfred, otherwise known as Josh2funny, has had an unusual path to internet comedy fame. He began his online comedy journey after failing in his stand-up comedy foray. Inspired by the vast consumption of social media comedy content, Josh2funny made his first skit in 2016—a short dry humour video which he comically slapped his friend into a state of perpetual confusion.

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