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AFCON 2024: Cote d’Ivoire Beats DR Congo, Heads To Finals

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Shortly after the intense game between Nigeria and South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire battled it out with DR Congo at Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, and emerged successful.

The hosts secured their place in the ongoing AFCON tournament with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo. This win is a remarkable turnaround for the host nation, whose journey has been one of resilience and dramatic comebacks. After a shaky group stage that saw them nearly eliminated, Cote d’Ivoire entered the knockout rounds with a renewed sense of purpose. They defied the odds, overcoming Senegal in a penalty shootout and producing a last-gasp equaliser and extra-time win against Mali in the quarterfinals.

DR Congo also played some impressive football throughout the tournament, notably coming from behind to win 3-1 against Guinea and secure a place in the semi-finals. However, they were unable to unlock the Ivorian defence and will have to settle for a third-place playoff.

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The encounter between Cote d’Ivoire and DR Congo proved equally tense. Both sides displayed moments of brilliance. However, chances were few and far between in the opening half, with neither side able to truly test the goalkeepers. It was in the 35th minute that the game became more intense. Cote d’Ivoire found spaces in the DR Congo defence, and the match gained more acceleration. They became more dangerous and even reached the sixth shot in the first half.

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It was an intense match in midfield, and the duel remained goalless at the start of the second half. However, as the second half proceeded, there was a shift in momentum as Cote d’Ivoire began to press forward with more urgency.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 65th minute when Sebastian Haller rose to meet a pinpoint cross and head the ball past the goalkeeper and into the DR Congo goalpost. Haller received a pass from Gradel inside the small area and jumped the bomb to open the scoring for the home team.

Despite late pressure from DR Congo, the Ivorians held firm, their defence marshalled by the experienced Serge Aurier, to secure a hard-fought victory.

Cote d’Ivoire’s journey to the final has been captivating. Now, they will face their opponents, Nigeria, in the grand finale on Sunday, February 11th.

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Drake Makes Spotify History With 95 Billion Streams Across All Credits

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Canadian rapper and singer Drake has reached another major milestone in his career, solidifying his position as a global music powerhouse. He has become the first artist ever to reach 95 billion streams on Spotify across all the songs he has appeared on. The music chart platform Chart Data announced this great achievement.

Drake has been a dominant force in the music industry for over a decade. His albums consistently top the Billboard 200 chart, and he has amassed a massive following online, with over 84 million monthly listeners on Spotify, placing him third globally.

In 2023, he tied Michael Jackson’s record for the most number-one singles (13) by a solo male artist with his hit “First Person Shooter,” featuring J. Cole. He also held the title of the most streamed artist on Spotify globally in 2015, 2016, and 2018, competing with giants like Ed Sheeran, Bad Bunny, and Taylor Swift.

While he ranked third and fourth for most streamed artists on Spotify in 2022 and 2023, respectively, Drake has now surpassed Taylor Swift as the platform’s all-time most streamed artist across all credits.

This incredible feat further cements his legacy as one of the most commercially successful and influential musicians of the 21st century.

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Kate Henshaw Breaks Silence On Her Mother’s Passing

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Kate Henshaw lost her mother, who passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. The news was first shared publicly by Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Following the news, Kate Henshaw took to Instagram to confirm the passing of her mother. She also expressed her appreciation for the public’s support and requested that they keep her in their thoughts during this difficult time.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my mother on March 1st 2024,” the actress wrote. “Your prayers mean the world to me during this difficult time. Please keep my family in your thought. Rest in peace Mummy. Love. Kate Henshaw,” the statement reads.

 

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The news of Kate Henshaw’s mother’s passing comes a few days after the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, shared the news on his official Instagram page on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. This suggests there may have been a short delay between passing and the public announcement.

Sad Day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years Mr Don Single Nwuzor. I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didnt make it. May his soul rest in peace. @actorsguildofnigeria,” his post read.

Fans and fellow actors from the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, have flooded Kate Henshaw’s Instagram page with messages of condolence and support in the wake of her mother’s passing.

Sending you love sis, May God strengthen your family at this time. And May her gentle soul rest with the angels 🙏🏾 Hugs ❤️,” the actress Susan Peters said.

“God Abeg oooo! So sorry sis 😢😢😢 pls take heart,” the actress Uche Ogbodo said.

“Dear Aunty Kate, My Condolences 💐 It is well with you and your Family❤,” the actor Oluwaseyi Kelvin Audu said.

“My deepest condolence Sis. May God comfort you at this trying time . God rest her soul 🙏🕊️❤️,” actor Ken Erics posted.

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Lojay & JAE5 Set To Drop Collaborative EP

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Nigerian artists collaborating with international stars have been a major force in bringing Nigerian music to the global stage. This trend continues with the exciting news of a joint EP between Nigerian singer Lojay and British producer JAE5. Their project, titled “Loveless,” drops on February 8th, 2024.

Fans are eagerly anticipating this collaboration. Lojay is known for his impressive songwriting and captivating melodies, while JAE5 has a successful history of working with other Afrobeats artists.

 

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Lojay has been a prominent figure in the music industry since his 2021 breakthrough with the collaborative EP “LV N ATTN,” featuring the hit song “Monalisa.” He continued his success in 2023 with the acclaimed “Gangster Romantic” EP, which spawned tracks like “Moto,” “Leader,” and “Available.”

Notably, he also featured alongside Davido on Chris Brown’s “Sensational,” marking their first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2022, he worked with BNXN and Dave on “Propeller” and with Blaqbonez on “Back In Uni” from his album “Emeka Must Shine.” More recently, JAE5 and Nigerian street pop star Portable were featured by Skepta on the track “Tony Montana.”

With the combined talents of Lojay and JAE5, this upcoming EP is expected to push the boundaries of Afrobeats even further; and offer a unique blend of Lojay’s acclaimed songwriting and JAE5’s celebrated production. Fans are already buzzing with anticipation for this exciting release.

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