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Twitter Bants: Nigeria Vs South African AFCON Semi Finals

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If you closely followed the days leading up to Nigeria vs. South Africa AFCON semi-finals on Twitter, you’d know that Nigeria had to win the semifinals. It was either that or total annihilation by every other African country. On Sunday, Tyla, the South African singer, won a Grammy for the Best African Music Performance category with her hit song, “Water.”

This win had the streets of Twitter dragging Davido, Ayra Starr, and Burna Boy. South African netizens swore that they were going to win the semi-finals the same way they won the Grammys.

Of course, there is no recap showing some of the overconfident South Africans. They were so sure they had this match in their pockets.

Nigeria won the match. But the victory didn’t come without tension. The air was thick with anxiety, especially since South Africa’s Ronwen Williams secured four saves in the quarterfinal match against Cape Verde. Another fear was South Africa’s reception when it came to bants. Many Nigerians had to plead that the bants remain on Twitter and not escalate to xenophobic attacks.

Even the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria put out a notice to advise Nigerians to be mindful of where they watch the game and their celebrations if Nigeria wins the match.

As expected, the match was nothing short of intense. Nearly every Nigerian watching the match had a panic attack, especially when Victor Osimhen’s goal was cancelled and South Africa was awarded a penalty kick, leaving the score at a 1-1 tie. For Nigerians, this was more than a match.

After what seemed like the longest 1 hour and thirty minutes, Nigeria beat South Africa 4-2 in the penalties, qualifying for the finals. Nigerians were elated all over the country. Every netizen went to pay their homage to Stanley Nwabali, the goalkeeper who saved the match. The Super Eagles were celebrated in grand style all over the internet. And the hilarious part of the victory? The banter!!! It was nothing like you’ve ever seen. Probably the worst time to be a South African. Nigerians cooked these guys!

With all the drama ongoing, I think we can all agree with this guy.

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MOVIES

A Recap Of “Aníkúlápó” Ahead Of The New TV Series Sequel In March

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The highly anticipated sequel to the 2022 Netflix film “Aníkúlápó,” titled “Aníkúlápó: Rise of the Spectre,” is now a six-part series. Picking up where the movie left off, the story follows Saro (Kunle Remi) in a relentless pursuit of his desires.

At the centre of the drama lies Saro’s forbidden love affair with Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye), the wife of the powerful Alaafin of Oyo (Taiwo Hassan). Their secret romance is exposed, forcing them to flee. However, Saro’s attempt to escape takes a drastic turn when he’s captured and nearly beaten to death.

In a surprising turn of events, Arolake intervenes, saving Saro’s life by confronting Akala, the mythical bird responsible for transporting souls to the afterlife. She steals Akala’s powerful gourd, granting Saro the ability to raise the dead.

This newfound power brings immense wealth to Saro, but it also unleashes his greed. Unfortunately, his insatiable desire ultimately leads him to a tragic downfall.

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The film ends with Akala, the mythical bird, furious about his missing gourd. Although Saro lies dead, Arolake has emptied the gourd, which still poses a risk to Akala’s power. Worse yet, Saro had already used the gourd to bring people back from the dead, dangerously disrupting the delicate balance between life and death.

As Saro’s greed and desire for more escalate, Queen Arolake reaches her breaking point. When Saro refuses to use the gourd unless given the king’s daughter in marriage, Arolake takes a decisive stance.

Knowing his dependence on the gourd, she cleverly empties it, rendering him powerless and trapped in the palace. Arolake, with her experience in escaping, gathers her belongings and flees the village. She leaves Saro with his newfound wives and the angered king.

Meanwhile, Alaafin Ademuyiwa, Arolake’s first husband, continues his relentless pursuit of her and Saro, seeking vengeance for their betrayal.

The film reaches a tragic conclusion with Saro’s demise. Blinded by greed, he demands the hand of a princess in exchange for resurrecting her brother, the prince. However, his empty promises and reliance on the stolen gourd backfired.

Unable to fulfil his side of the bargain, Saro faces the king’s wrath. The enraged villagers brutally attacked him and left him for dead outside the village.

In the final act, Akala, the mythical bird, retrieves his stolen gourd and carries Saro’s lifeless body to the afterlife, forever bound by the consequences of his actions.

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Before You Type That Comment Online, Know This

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The way we connect and express ourselves online has changed dramatically with the rise of digital communication. While this has made it easier to share ideas and stay connected, it’s also opened the door to negativity and unkindness.

It’s important to remember that our words online have a real impact on others, even if we can’t see them face-to-face. With that in mind, let’s explore some ways to be kind and create a more positive online environment for everyone:

Take a step back before hitting send on a comment or message. Think about how the person receiving it might understand your words and how they might feel. By remembering that there’s a real person behind the screen, you can be more empathetic and kind in your online interactions.

Think before you type. Imagine you’re talking to the person face-to-face. Would you say those words to them directly? If not, it’s best to reconsider sending the message.

Be respectful online, just like you would be in person. Remember that even though you’re communicating online, the person you’re talking to is a real person with feelings. Treat them with kindness and courtesy.

Keep in mind that everything you post online, from comments to tweets, leaves a digital trail that can last a long time and potentially come back to you. This can be a strong reminder to choose kindness over negativity.

Think about the potential future: your future employer, colleagues, or even friends might see your online activity someday. It’s important to be mindful of the impression you create online and project a positive and kind image of yourself.

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Being kind online goes beyond avoiding negativity. It’s also about actively spreading positivity and taking responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake, misunderstand someone, or post something hurtful, acknowledge it and apologise. A sincere apology can repair relationships and build a more positive online environment for everyone.

While giving helpful advice is important, there’s a big difference between constructive criticism and just being mean. Instead of attacking someone’s ideas or their character, focus on helpfully expressing your thoughts. Point out areas where things could be improved, but do it in a way that is positive and focused on the work itself.

Spreading kindness online goes beyond just avoiding negativity. Look for and share uplifting news, stories, or quotes that can brighten someone’s day; be generous with genuine compliments and words of support for others; participate in discussions respectfully; and focus on finding solutions rather than placing blame.

By contributing to a positive online environment, you not only improve your own experience but also inspire others to do the same. Remember, everyone plays a role in shaping the online world. By being kind, taking responsibility for our actions, and spreading positivity, we can create a virtual space that is informative, entertaining, and welcoming to all.

The internet is a powerful tool, and the way we use it matters. Let’s choose kindness and work together to build a better online world.

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Nigerian Albums Released So Far In 2024

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This list of albums includes the diverse and different landscapes of Nigerian music. It features projects by artists who identify as Nigerian, irrespective of their current location.

Whether they are actively contributing to the music scene within Nigeria itself or creating music influenced by Afrobeat rhythms and styles from anywhere in the world, their work finds a place in this collection.

This approach acknowledges the global reach of Afrobeats and the dynamic exchange of artistic expression between Nigerian artists at home and abroad. It also shows the individual journeys and perspectives that Nigerian artists bring to their music, regardless of their physical location.

See the list of albums below:

  1. Jeriq & Psycho YP – Evil Twins (Jan 26)
  2. Timi Dakolo – The Chorus Leader (Jan 26)
  3. Iyanya – Once Upon A Cat (Feb 2)
  4. Portable – Tony Montana of London EP (Feb 5)
  5. Toby Shang – Afrohype Legend (Feb 6)
  6. Kayode – Kay Kay EP (Feb 7)
  7. Dxtar – Frequency EP (Feb 8)
  8. Adanna Duru – Nappy Hour II EP (Feb 9)
  9. Muis – Muis EP (Feb 9)
  10. Idowest – Ritmo Mafioso (Feb 9)
  11. Wavy – Blessings EP (Feb 9)
  12. Praiz – Loverboy EP (Feb 9)
  13. Rhedi – Quantitative Reasoning EP (Feb 9)
  14. Shae’s Universe – Love Letters (Feb 14)
  15. YKB – Yusful Music (Reloaded) (Feb 15)
  16. Shoday – BRKFST (Feb 16)
  17. Moses Bliss – Love Testament EP (Gospel) (Feb 23)
  18. Neza Iv – Love and Lamba EP (Feb 23)
  19. Geniie – Birth of Genie EP (Feb 23)
  20. Afolabi – For The Culture EP (Feb 23)

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