Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Women's FIFA World Cup:Group D US VS. Nigeria

Abby Wambach of USA scores her team's first goal

The Nigerian Super Falcons today played against US Women National team in the Group stages in Vancouver, and unfortunately, crashed out of the competition. USWNT beat the Falcons 1-0 to top their Group D which is being tagged the ‘Group of death’ with other top teams such as Sweden, and Australia.

Even with the efforts from the Super Falcons, U.S legendary player Abby Wambach’s late goal just seconds before end of the first-half of the game guaranteed them a spot for the USWNT in the second round of the ongoing FIFA’S Women World Cup.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sorry for being away for so long.....I'm baaack!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#laughaboutit : Kansiime Anne the football fanatic

This lady has gone places.

Kanisme Anne the sports fanatic here explains her World Cup game experience, at one point, in her bid to save face,  she even narrates how Micheal Jordan fails to pass the ball correctly :)



Anne Kansiime is a multi-award winning talented comedian, TV Presenter, Actress, and Writer in Fun factory. She also currently hosts a weekly show on Citizen TV Kenya “ Dont Mess with Kansiime.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chioma Omeruah TEDxEuston. Don't be a waste!

Love, love this gurl!
Thanks to my sister for posting this on my wall, this was funny as much as it was inspiring
Watch Nigeria's Chi-gurl capture the audience at TEDx, an independently organized event in the spirit of the ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share TED-like experience.

 A lil about Chi-gurl

CHIOMA OMERUA aka c-flow, aka chi-gul is a singer and actress who was born in Lagos where she lived until she moved to the US in 1994. She remained in the US for the next 12 years where she continued to pursue her passions while teaching drama to kids at the boys and girls clubs and in the high school where she worked as a French teacher. Chioma has taken part in various theater productions such as Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun", one act plays such as "It’s not my fault" and she even dabbled in the genre of absurdism, taking on roles in a play called "the bald soprano". Chioma is in her element on stage, especially in musical theater as she gets to use both her acting and singing skills. Since returning home to Nigeria in 2006, she has been in two musical productions; "Avoice for Ella" (a Nigerian adaptation of the cinderella story) and disney's “The lion king" in conjunction with standard bearers school, Lagos. She currently resides in Abuja where she is still pursuing her passions as a comedian, and mc/compere while working a regular 9-5 job. Chigul also is a talented linguist and voice over artist. She speaks 5 languages and can imitate 12 different accents.
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Renowed ESPN Anchor, Stuart Scott dies at 49

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ESPN Anchor,  for over 20 years, Stuart Scott died on Sunday at 49 after a long battle with cancer. Scott was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance in July 2014, accepting the award, he said- "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live:" 

Scott's famous catchphrases are forever imprinted on the walls of the new ESPN studio in Bristol, from his very famous "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow"

Praying for his entire family in this very hard time, and I am certain that the great legacy he left behind will be cherished forever. 

Rest on Sir!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kevin Garnet along with other athletes, and Jay-z show support for Eric Garner with I can't breathe T-shirts

Nets players, from left, Jarrett Jack, Kevin Garnett,

Following Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose's lead, NBA athletes including Cavaliers Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets Kevin Garnet and Deron Williams wore black “I Can't Breathe” T-shirts in support of Eric Garner during pregame warm-ups on Monday. Rapper Jay-z also joined in by wearing black in support of the Garner family
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NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver has expressed reservation over players taking part in protests on the courts, although he stated that he respects their views however- “ My preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules.” Silver said.

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Lebron James meets Prince William and wife Kate Middleton after Nets and Cavaliers game. #royals.

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The Duke ad Duchess of Cambridge are currently touring the United States and ever since their arrival in New York they've met the President, well at least Prince William met with Obama in Washington, DC earlier today,  and the American “royal” couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z on the sidelines of the Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Barclays Center on Monday night.
However, their American experience will not go on without meeting our very own King James. Following the Cavalier's 101-88 victory over the Nets, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were granted an audience with NBA champ, Lebron James (King James)

James came bearing gifts of jerseys and cupcakes; the 2-time NBA champ gave the Duke and Duchess cavaliers jersey in each colorway with 'George' and 'Cambridge' on the back. He also gave them cupcakes from Baker Boulevard. 
Speaking at a press conference right after the Monday night game, James said: “I gave them a present and thanked them for coming to America to watch our game” 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri among other NBA legends honor Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death

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Toronto Raptors' President and General Manager Masai Ujiri was joined by some of sports biggest Icons in celebration of the life and legacy of former South African President and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who died exactly one year ago. The gala event was held at the Air Canada center in Toronto in the Raptors practice facility, the event featured a panel discusssion between 5-time NBA Champ Magic Johnson, retired NBA player Charles Barkley, 8-time NBA All-Star and Congo's Dikembe Mutombo and Miss Universe 1999, Mpule Kwelagobe.

NBA Deputy Commisioner, Mark Tatum and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall also were in attendance.

The gala event was followed by a game between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers in a game ended with the visitors taking home their sixth win in a row -105-91. Lebron James led the Cavaliers with 24-points and a season-best 13 assists.

The Nigerian-born NBA Exec who is also Africa's first executive with an NBA team was emotional as he said- “It's incredible to see Magic, Charles, Dikembe, the came here just like that. The world is not in a good place in my opinion and Mandela makes it better. He will be bigger, even though he's passed. He was bigger than life.”

The 44-year-old NBA Exec first met Mandela in the summer of 2006 in Johannesburg as an ambassador for the NBA community Program, Basketball without Borders, speaking fondly of the late Mandela he said- “Growing up I always remember watching the news with my dad, and I remember images of fire, fights on the street and I would see my Dad's reaction and I began to learn about Nelson Mandela.”
As I got older, it began to mean more to me what he had done. When I met him in 2006, it completely changed everything. He was someone I idolized.”

Proceeds from the event will go in support of Raptors boss Uriri's not-for-profit organization, Giants of Africa as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Ujiri's foundation, Giants of Africa was formed in 2003, the non-profit organization helps educate and enrich the lives of African youths using basketball as a tool-providing them with camps, coaching and facilities. Ujiri found his love for the sport a 13-year-old boy in Nigeria and was fortunate to play college basketball w when he moved to the U.S

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video: Idris Elba teams up with Yaya Toure and others in the fight against Ebola

Football stars, celebrities, international health organizations and corporations join to launch “Africa United” to help stop spread of Ebola in West Africa thumbnail
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UNICEF along with the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been working with Idris Elba on two videos which is aimed at raising funds, awareness and providing support in the fight against Ebola in West African countries namely Liberia and Sierra Leone who battle daily with the disease.

The British-born actor teamed  up with Manchester City's Yaya Toure, veteran Arsenal player Patrick Viera, retired Congolese midfielder Fabrice Muamba, and Spurs midfielder Andros Townsend to lend a voice for workers who have become indispensable over these past months giving up their lives and time to fight the epidemic.

Elba plays coach in the video giving his team (health workers) pep talk: 
“ This is not an ordinary game,” he says. “ This is life or death. Ebola has defeated thousands in West Africa. Its key strength is passing.”

The message is simple, join in supporting Ebola health workers, the world's most important team. #We'veGotYourBack.

Africa United is supported by the CDC Foundation and managed by KYNE and Speak Up Africa.

Global Ebola Response:
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Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson becomes the first black woman to win World title at the FINA WSCC!

Jamaican Swimmer Alia Atkinson makes history by becoming the first black woman to win World title in the 100m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
The 25-year-old swimmer edged out defending champion Ruta Meilutyte 1:02.36 to 1:02.46, for the world and winning the record breaking gold medal.

Atkinson broke a lot of records yesterday as she not only became the World's fastest female swimmer, she tied Ruta Meilutyte world record of 1:02.36 record from Moscow stop of the FINA World Cup last year.

Atkinson, unaware of her new record starred at the scoreboard with confusion as she gradually came to terms with her latest fit.
Pointing to herself she mouthed- “Me?”
Speaking to AFP as the enormity of her achievement dawned on her she said:
"I couldn't believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that.
"I just thought 'oh okay' and looked up at the board and it didn't really click yet and then it really started to click. It took a while!"

Atkinson is the only Jamaican swimmer to ever receive silver medals in the 50 breaststroke in 2012, and 2014 respectively. It was also the fastest time for the distance recorded by a black woman. 
She currently works with the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida encouraging greater involvement of various communities in swimming and promoting water safety.
"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.

Australia’s Sally Hunter, Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen, Sweden's Jennie Johansson, and Belgium's Fanny Lecluyse placed 5th through 8th in the competition.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli charged over Instagram post.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was charged yesterday by English Football Association over racial Instagram posts. The player who is infamously known for stirring up all sorts of controversies was charged for reposting a Nintendo character Super Mario image with the caption- “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” 
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From the entire post which starts with the heading-” Don't be racist” it seems the player did not intend to concoct any harmful stereotype but was simply expressing himself and views on racism. The FA however did not agree with this as they have since charged Balotelli in relation to his recent posting, the statement from the FA reads-
It is alleged that Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”
It is further alleged that this is an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined by FA Rule E3[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”
The player has until 6pm on 15 December 2014 to respond to the charge”

The 24-year-old Italian player has since deleted the post which was followed by an abrupt apology on Twitter in which he said: “ My mom is Jewish so all of u shut up please”
Balotelli further explained his Instagram post on Tuesday via social networking site, Twitter- “was meant to be anti-racist with humor, I now understand that out of context may have the opposite effect. Not all Mexicans have mustaches,  all black people jump high and not all Jewish people have money.”
Decribing his medium of communication the former Inter Milan and AC Milan player said- “I used a cartoon done by someone else because it has Super Mario and I thought it was funny and not offensive. Again, I'm sorry.

Despite all the frenzy his post has caused the team, Liverpool has decided to keep the player on and will support him should he decide to fight the charge. Liverpool in a recent statement said Balotelli will go through necessary process to answer the charge that he breached Rule E3 of the FA regulations.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: “We acknowledge the FA's decision and the player will work through the process to answer the charge. 
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