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Senegal’s Fatma Samoura Takes Over as FIFA’s Secretary General

Monday marked the first day on the job for Fatma Samoura as FIFA's Secretary General.

In case you haven’t heard, there have been some shake ups in the football (soccer) world as of last month.


Monday marked the first day on the job for Fatma Samoura as the Secretary General of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the organization that handles the World Cup, the most watched sporting event in the world.

Not only is Samoura the first woman to hold the second most influential position at FIFA since it’s founding in 1904, but also as a Senegalese woman, she is the first African and non-European, period, in a white boy's club.

Samoura previously worked as a Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations. However, some within the organization have raised concerns that Samoura has no previous professional experience working with sports organizations, despite the role being largely administrative. Others, including current FIFA President Gianni Infantino, see Samoura’s outsider status as beneficial.

Samoura is tasked with fixing an organization known for it’s shady practices. Multiple FIFA members have been terminated and charged with violations, including former President Sepp Blatter.

Jérôme Valcke, who held the position before Samoura, was fired for ethics violations, which included a large scale scheme to sell tickets to World Cup on the black market for exaggerated prices and using the organization’s jet for private use. He's been banned from football for 12 years.

Markus Kattner, Valcke, and Blatter allegedly awarded themselves around $80 million in bonuses over a five year period.

Samoura has her hands full cleaning up FIFA before the next World Cup is held in the summer of 2018 in Russia.

Tickets will most likely be very expensive, so if you want to attend, you better start saving up now.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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