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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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The African Union Condemns Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters in Nigeria

The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.

EWN reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has "strongly condemned the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries." However, Mahamat's statement did not specifically denounce the actions of the security forces' actions. This past Tuesday, protesters calling for the disbandment of the infamous and an end to police brutality, were shot at by security forces at Lekki Toll Gate. The incident occurred shortly after an abrupt 24-hour curfew had been imposed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the AU has called for all involved "political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law" and recommended that they "privilege dialogue".
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