Sorry Super Eagles Come Crashing Down
The Super Eagles of Nigeria came crashing down to earth after their defeat by the Aigles de Carthage of Tunisia. Tipped to go all the way to the final of the African Cup of Nations (after maintaining a hundred per cent win rate in the preliminary stage), the Nigerian national team was knocked out in the first round of knockout stages based on their 0-1 loss to Tunisia.
The defeat meant our involvement in the competition was over and disappointment loomed throughout the country as several people were thrown under the bus.
Leading the blame list was His Excellency President Muhammad Buhari who had performed the presidential courtesy of dialling into the Super Eagles camp just before the commencement of the match. Nigerians on the internet weren’t pleased with the call which was dubbed the bad omen which led to the eventuality.
Another name on the blame list was the Nigerian Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick. Pinnick was seen on camera addressing the Super Eagles players, alongside Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele and the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, during the halftime break of their second match of the competition.
His ‘pep talk’ which included promises, cash rewards, and unnecessary pressure was condemned by several Nigerians with former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peterside Idah, insisting that it distracted the team against Tunisia.
The last name on the blame list was poster boy, Maduka Okoye. The Watford-bound goalkeeper spilt the shot that led to the game’s lone goal and Nigerians have voiced out their disappointment, although in rather unpleasant ways.
Nigerians who had bantered Ghanaians throughout their disheartening short stint in the African Cup of Nations were then drawn against the Black Stars of Ghana in the 2022 Qatar world cup qualifier. The announcement of the two-legged tie had come before Nigeria’s defeat against Tunisia and left Nigerians in a braggadocious state. After the defeat, Nigerians took an introspective approach as they directed the banters at themselves.
Here are some of the reactions from Football Twitter.
FC And 30BG, It Is Time To Kiss And Makeup
Two of the biggest names in afrobeats, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, and David Adeleke, fondly called Davido, got fans and music lovers excited as the duo were pictured and captured on video sharing a warm hug in a Lagos nightclub last weekend.
In the video that went viral online, Davido and Wizkid could be seen hugging each other passionately and exchanging pleasantries at the club, as fun lovers in attendance squealed in excitement.
For as long as we can remember, both singers had been dogged by claims that they are not on good terms.
Meanwhile, in 2018, Wizkid had joined his superstar colleague, Davido, on stage during a show headlined by the latter.
Reacting to the reconciliation, popular singer, Innocent Idibia, also known as 2Baba, took to his Instagram page to express his joy.
He said, “This puts a smile on my face.”
Here are some of the joyous reactions.
Can Black People Really Be Racist?
Twitter had one too many lectures on racism last weekend when a user on the platform, Afam Deluxo, suggested that lifestyle blogger, Nwanyi Ocha (a Swiss caucasian woman) is made the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Anambra state.
Nwanyi Ocha Ezenwa is a Swiss blogger married to a Nigerian Igbo man from Anambra state. According to Afam, who is a proud Igbo man, making Nwanyi Ocha the aforementioned commissioner, will boost tourism in the state.
Afam Deluxo wrote:
This sparked a lot of controversies online as opinions flew around. One of the strongest challengers of the motion was controversial Nigerian and proud Igbo author, Lotanna Igwe-Odunze, popularly known as Sugabelly. She opposed the idea to make Nwanyi Ocha a commissioner due to her race (skin colour).
Sugabelly was labelled a racist for her response which changed the course of the conversation completely to a racism intervention themed around the unanswered question: can black people really be racist?
Self-identifies as a middle child between millennials and the gen Z, began writing as a 14 year-old. Born and raised in Lagos where he would go on to obtain a degree in the University of Lagos, he mainly draws inspiration from societal issues and the ills within. His "live and let live" mantra shapes his thought process as he writes about lifestyle from a place of empathy and emotional intelligence. When he is not writing, he is very invested in football and sociopolitical commentary on social media.