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CAF Awards 2023: Osimhen Becomes First Nigerian African Best In 24 years

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, a key player for the Super Eagles, has clinched the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award – CAF Awards 2023 – triumphing over strong competitors, Mohammed Salah and Achraf Hakimi.

Victor Osimhen, the Super Eagles’ standout performer, secured the title of African Men’s Footballer of the Year at the CAF Awards 2023. He faced tough competition from Egypt’s Mohammed Salah and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi, both top players in their own right, but ultimately emerged victorious in the prestigious accolade.

Osimhen Breaks 24-year Jinx

Victor Osimhen, born just months before Nwankwo Kanu, secured the CAF Player of the Year award in 1999, which represents a breakthrough for Nigerian football. Since Kanu’s win, no Nigerian player has claimed the title, with close contenders like Mikel Obi falling short in 2013.Hailing from Lagos with roots in Edo, Osimhen has now etched his name in Nigerian football history by breaking the 24-year dry spell and becoming the first player from the West African nation to win the award since Kanu in 1999.

Victor Osimhen is the new king of African football. (Photo Credit: CAF/X)

This achievement places him among the elite ranks of Nigerian footballers who have previously clinched this honour: Rashidi Yekini (1993), Emmanuel Amuneke (1994), Victor Ikpeba (1997), Nwankwo Kanu (1996, 1999), and now, Victor Osimhen in 2023.

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How Osimhen Won The CAF Men’s Player Of The Year Award

The remarkable performances of the 24-year-old Napoli striker last season deserve ongoing recognition due to the magnitude of his accomplishments.

Victor Osimhen played a pivotal role in guiding Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years, marking a historic achievement reminiscent of the legendary Diego Armando Maradona‘s era in Naples.

The former Wolfsburg striker not only secured the Cappocanoniere for his goal-scoring prowess but also etched his name in Serie A African history as the highest-scoring player from the continent ever to grace the league.

On the international stage, Osimhen proved to be a formidable force for African defenders during AFCON qualifying, netting an impressive 10 goals. This achievement stands as the highest goal tally in the competition’s recorded history.

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Ayo Edebiri Says She Left The Church Because Of Her LGBTQ Friends

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Ayo Edebiri, a Nigerian-American actress, recently shared why she left the Pentecostal church she grew up in.

Edebiri, who won awards for her acting, said her beliefs changed a lot after moving to New York. Raised in a strict religious household by Nigerian immigrant parents, she attended a Pentecostal church with her mom.

The church had strict rules about clothing, not allowing jewellery, revealing clothing, or anything form-fitting. She also found the church’s teachings about the second coming of Jesus to be very anxiety-provoking. One of the things that most bothered her was the idea that her friends who were gay or Muslim wouldn’t go to heaven.

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Timini Egbuson Is The Highest Grossing Nollywood Actor For 2023

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Film distribution and production company FilmOne, after crunching the numbers, has crowned Timini Egbuson as Nollywood’s king of the box office in 2023.

This means the movies Egbuson starred in were the biggest money-makers of the year. It draws in the most viewers. But Egbuson wasn’t the only actor with box-office clout. Keep reading to see who else made FilmOne’s list of top earners for 2023!

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Timini Egbuson is a well-respected Nollywood actor. He’s known for his role in the long-running TV series “Tinsel” and starred in the 2023 blockbuster “A Tribe Called Judah.” He’s also an award winner, having taken home the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama back in 2020.

Last year was a busy one for Timini Egbuson; he appeared in a total of nine Nollywood films, including titles like “The Kujus Again,” “Honey Money,” and “Something Like Gold.”

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Why Fela Kuti Married 27 Women In One Day – Seun Kuti

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Seun Kuti, the son of the late Afrobeats pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has shared the reasons behind his father’s decision to marry 27 women. These women included his backup singers and dancers, all in one day.

In 1978, Fela Anikulapo Kuti made headlines worldwide by marrying 27 women in a single day. The act was seen as extremely bold and unconventional. This group marriage was not just a spectacle but had deeper motivations behind it.

Seun Kuti explained that Fela’s female dancers and band members were frequently subjected to harsh media scrutiny and were often labelled as prostitutes. This negative portrayal deeply concerned Fela, who has always challenged societal norms and media propaganda. To counter these damaging accusations and preserve the honour and dignity of these women, Fela decided to marry all 27 of them at once.

Seun elaborated that this act was Fela’s way of showing solidarity with his band members and dancers.

It affirmed their importance and value in his life and work. By marrying them, Fela aimed to protect them from societal stigma and ensure they were respected.

In a recent interview on the “Fresh Off The Boat” podcast via Skype, Seun shared these insights. He highlighted his father’s commitment to challenging societal norms and defending the people close to him. This act of marrying 27 women was another example of Fela’s rebellious spirit and desire to stand up against injustice and societal prejudice.

“My father was under immense media propaganda. He was very scrutinised. And most of it were directed to the women that were in his life—his female backup singers, dancers.”

“They all lived together with my dad, but the media started calling them prostitutes. So my dad, in order to preserve their honour and dignity, asked them if they would choose to be his brides, so nobody would call them names anymore, and they all agreed. That was how the marriage happened.”

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