A PEEP INTO THE TOP FLIGHT LEAGUES AS THE 2016/2017 SEASON ENDS

SPAIN:

The race to be crowned champions of Spain will be decided on Sunday when Real Madrid and Barcelona play their final La Liga games of the season.

Leaders Real are favourites to end their five-year wait for the title, thus stopping Barcelona from winning it for the third time in a row.

ITALY:

Elsewhere in Europe this weekend, Juventus can win Serie A for a record sixth successive campaign.

GERMANY:

Hoffenheim and their 29-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann can clinch a place in the group stage of the Champions League. Bayern Munich have been crowned the Champions of Germany once again!

FRANCE:

it’s all eyes on the bottom of the table as four teams scramble to avoid relegation on the final day. Monaco is in line to break the record to win this year’s championship!

 

ENGLAND:

Conte has led the team to their 6th League title, a second in three years! The last game of the season doesn’t really matter as they have been crowned the Champions of England.

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OLYMPIC FEMALE MARATHON WINNERS – AFRICA REPRESENTS!

Over the years, sport has been a strong unifying asset, bringing a number of nations together. It is of much interest to note that Africa has cut an edge for herself in the field and track event; Marathon to be precise. USA and Jamaica are the powerhouse when it comes to Relay races and Sprints.

Interestingly, Africa has been well represented in the endurance-requesting sport. Below are the gold medal winners for each Olympic Games marathon for women. There is much more information about the Olympic marathon, including which has been held since the first Games in 1896.

Kenya & Ethiopia are highly recognized in a number of events both in Olympics and beyond, in and outside the continent; thanks to the enviable endurance as a skill that has always being displayed by the athletes from these two nations.

Kenya’s gold medal winner Sumgong celebrates with her country’s flag after the women’s marathon at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
Ethiopia’s gold medal winner Tiki Gelana celebrates with her country’s flag after the women’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in London. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Ethiopia’s gold medal winner Fatuma Roba celebrates with her country’s flag after the women’s marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics
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2016

 

2012

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong

 

Tiki Gelana

KENYA

 

ETHIOPIA

02:24:04

 

2:23:07

2008 Constantina Tomescu Romania 2:26.44
2004 Mizuki Noguchi Japan 2:26:20
2000 Naoko Takahashi Japan 2:23:14
1996 Fatuma Roba ETHIOPIA 2:26.05
1992 Valentina Yegorova URS 2:32:41
1988 Rosa Mota Portugal 2:25:40
1984 Joan Benoit USA 2:24:52

Neymar stands trial over fraud allegations- may face two-year prison sentence!

Barcelona star Neymar will stand trial on fraud and corruption charges, it was stated on Thursday, alongside his parents, current club Barcelona and former side Santos.

The Spanish National Court also ordered that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the man he replaced in the role – Sandro Rosell – will be sent to trial.

The alleged “business corruption and fraud” offences relate to Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona from Brazil-based side Santos in 2013. All parties involved deny any wrongdoing.

Brazilian investment group DIS alleged it received less money than the 40 per cent it was entitled to from the disputed transfer fee and filed a lawsuit, which has resulted in a trial that will now go ahead after all appeal options were exhausted.

Exclusive: The Wedding Party Cast Banky W & Adesua Etomi are GETTING MARRIED!

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The Wedding Party cast Banky W and Adesua Etomi broke the internet this morning with their engagement announcement.

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Read Banky’s love story below.

Dear Susu,

We crossed paths 2 or 3 times since 2012, but I wasn’t paying enough attention. Destiny was staring me right in the face and I was too caught up in my own hustle and paper chase, to know it. In June 2015 however, God brought you my way again, and this time, I really SAW you. I was smitten by your grace, aura, and beauty. So smitten infact, that even though I didn’t get to say a word to you that day (because you were seated far across the room), I immediately called my best friend @captdemuren and told him I’d found my next girlfriend. LOL. He laughed.

I asked one or two people about you.. your manager Isioma, who I’d worked with previously, and then I did some research myself. Googled you, stalked your instagram.. the whole 9 yards, and the more I found out, the more you seemed like a breath of fresh air.

Now, I personally don’t like being “hooked up”, so I decided to approach you myself by sliding into your DM a few days later. Introduced myself, made some silly attempts to make you laugh, told you I planned to become your biggest fan, and asked if we could be friends. Thank God you laughed at my silly jokes, and thank God you graciously agreed to become my friend. At the time, I was COMPLETELY lying about only wanting to be friends, by the way.. but I figured it was a safe place to start.

Since that DM, I’ve spoken to you pretty much every single day for almost 2 years. Sometimes, in the morning, at night and in between. We clicked instantly, and you quickly became one of my favourite people on earth, and one of my closest friends. It got to the point where my day wouldn’t quite feel right without speaking to you. I needed your friendship. I needed, and still need, the bond we share. It completes me.

I knew pretty early in the process that I wanted to spend forever with you. Prayed about it fervently. But it took you FOREVER (okay fine.. maybe a year and a half or so) to see things my way. But I kinda knew all along.. I was just waiting for you to catch up.

In that time, I got engaged to you in my “Made For You” music video… and then by coincidence, we both got cast to get married in “The Wedding Party” movie.. but all the while we were the very best of friends. I guess, in our case, real life will now imitate art.

I’m not sure what the future will bring, but I’m completely sure that I am ready to face it with you by my side. I pray that God continues to build me into the kind of man that you deserve. I love you Susu.. I feel safe and at peace with you. You mean the world to me. Thank you for agreeing to be my lover and best friend. Thank you for agreeing to be my wife.

PS: The timing of this may make some people think this is promo for another video, or a movie. It isn’t.

Ironically, everyone who has seen us together in art, or in life, always insists that we have amazing chemistry. I guess you can say we have been hiding in plain sight. I fell in love with an Actress. Now my life is a movie.

In February of 2017, I asked Adesua Tolulope Oluwaseun Etomi to be my wife. She said Yes.

Congrats to the couple!

ANTHONY JOSHUA – THE KNOCK OUT KING NEVER STOPS ROARING!

It was a night to remember as the merciless knock out crusade of Anthony Joshua continues  aggressively- even to the rings in Wembley as Wladimir Klitschko had a taste of the stinging jabs from him in a grand style. In front of 90,000 fans at Wembley on Saturday night, April 29, 2017, all things seem possible for the young heavyweight champion, now indisputably the world’s best. The 27-year-old was leaving no stone unturned after his 6th round knock out from the hands of the almost a decade heavy weight ruler – Klitschko.

Joshua had Klitschko down in the fifth and very nearly out, but the Ukrainian dredged up something from his 41-year-old heart and had the Londoner reeling badly at the ring as a punch-perfect long right cross put Joshua down in the sixth and all thoughts of phases looked briefly irrelevant, until the lion in him (Joshua) roared again.

As Joshua, the one time street boy of Watford who confessed his love for Nigerian staple foods such as Eba, Pounded yam and Egusi soup explained: “I tried to take him out [in the fifth]. When I hurt someone, I know I can get them. I was searching – Voom! Voom! – and I was just skimming his face.

“It does take a lot of energy out of you to hit someone hard and hurt them. I was trying to connect a bit too eagerly and I used a lot of energy.

“You’ve got to be smart in this game. It’s a 12-round fight. This ain’t like an amateur fight. I got through the fifth round and said to myself: ‘You’re in a bad place now, but you’re going to bounce back.’ So then I tried to recover so I could step up the gas again in the later rounds. That was the gameplan in my mind. I was definitely tired but I knew that I could recover.”

Joshua knocks Klitschko out in the 11th round
The world heavyweight champion – Anthony Joshua defeats Klitschko in a fierce battle of supremacy
Brutal! A right uppercut stretches Klitschko’s neck during the fierce fight
Klitschko had Joshua on the canvass at the 6th round with a right long stretched jab

Not many fighters would have got up from the leveller Joshua shipped in the sixth but, after cleverly husbanding his resources – and aided by Klitschko’s innate caution – he worked his way back into the contest to finish the job.

An uppercut, which he had used to good effect all night, stunned Klitschko at the start of the 11th and Joshua hunted him relentlessly. He put him down in his own corner, decked him with a left hook along the ropes and then battered him to a standing halt just above his own trainer, Robert McCracken.

The Nigerian born pugilist currently owns the IBF and IBO titles, as well as the WBA’s “super” version titles which has had him win numerous accolades from all over the world with the Nigerian government officials heaping praises on him for being a true representation of the African dream.

AFRICAN COUNTRIES WITH EXCEPTIONAL CONTEMPORARY ARTS ICONS

Africa is indeed blessed with highly creative, exceptional minds that adeptly use their conceptual wealth to create a beautiful narrative bordering around Africa’s socio-economic realities, rich traditions, political challenges as well as diverse beauty in and outside of the African continent. It will be interesting to know some African countries that have produced some of Africa’s finest contemporary Artists who have over the years made impact with their works.

Zimbabwe

Kudzanai Chiurai, the first black recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria is one of africa’s iconic figure in the contemporary arts space. How fantastic it is to be known that he hails from Zimbabwe.

However, following one of his production of an inflammatory image depicting Robert Mugabe in 2009, he relocated to Johannesburg. A perfectly skilled artist with dramatic multimedia composition, he addresses pressing issues in the South African region, from xenophobia to violence, to government corruption as well as other social challenges in the society.

Indeed, Zimbabwe is blessed to have Kudzanai Chiurai!

 

Kudzanai Chiurai, Moyo 2013

South Africa

Durban in South Africa, Johannesburg precisely, is the home to Tracey Rose who dexterously combines element of famous culture with sociological theories to pass her powerful message while painting South Africa’s political and social landscape. Her most identified feature includes her bold performance in activism such as sexual, body, racial and gender issues, feminism, as well as highly detailed photographic representation of realities and video installations. Her works have been recognized both in and outside the borders of South Africa, Europe and America, and has participated in a number of international events to include the Venice Biennale.

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Ghana

Ghana, the Gold coast is also on the list of top African countries to have produced forefront contemporary art powerhouses such as El Anatsui. A professor and a leading sculptor whose preferred media are clay and wood, lectures in the Sculpture Department at the University of Nigeria. He is a prolific sculptor himself. Over the years, he has created amazing objects with which he expresses various social, historical and political concerns. Hihgly applauded for his amazing creativity, he enjoys working with unusual objects such as chainsaws, power tools, aluminum bottle tops among others.

El-Anatsui – The Red list

 

Commendable! Newcastle’s emphatic promotion gets applauded!

As against the ease of getting relegated, the difficulty of being promoted back to the League is never an easy one. This, in the case of Newcastle United, is different as they bounced back just after 348 days of being relegated to the Championship side. The promotion came back after a convincing 4-1 win over Preston. Rafael Benitez’s men earned all 3 points during their face off with Preston on Monday night to ensure a superb come back into the Premier League. The team spirit and hard work has been commended by all football lovers all around England and beyond. Welcome back to the Premier League, Newcastle United!

Newcastle United Coach – Rafa Benitez

CAP PRIZE SHORTLIST

The Contemporary African Photography, CAP has announced this year’s shortlisted artists; they are 25 in number.

The Prize which had thousand of entries were scaled to just 25, which was carefully picked by 25 international photographers, editors and curators (judges) from around the world.

The artists are listed below:

Mohamed Altoum ‘Sudanese cinema – long years of solitude’

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Emmanuelle Andrianjafy – ‘Nothing’s in Vain, 2014-2016’

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Miia Autio – ‘Variation of White, 2015/2016’

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Javier Corso – Essence du Bénin, 2015′

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Karim El Maktafi – ‘Hayati, 2016’

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Rahima Gambo – ‘Education is Forbidden, 2015-2016’

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Matilde Gattoni – ‘Ocean Rage, 2016′

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Girma Berta – Moving Shadows, 2015–2016′

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Eric Gyamfi – ‘…Just like us…, 2016’

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Sonia Hamza – ‘Le jeu de cette famille, 2015–2016’

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Laila Hida – ‘Looking for you, 2014’

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Lebohang Kganye – ‘Ke Lefa Laka, 2013’

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Heba Khalifa – ‘Homemade, 2016’

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Francis Kokoroko – ‘Sui Amantes Sine Rivali, 2016’

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Matjaz Krivic – ‘Digging the Future, 2014 – 2015’

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Tsoku Maela – ‘Barongwa: I am that I am / Abstract Peaces, 2016’

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Bruno Morais – ‘Inside Makoko, 2016’

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Adriane Ohanesian – ‘The Forgotten Mountains, Darfur, Sudan, 2015’

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Fethi Sahraoui – ‘Escaping the Heatwave, 2016’

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Georges Senga – ‘Cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre, 2016’

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Abdo Shanan – ‘Diary:Exile, 2016’

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Mahesh Shantaram – ‘The African Portraits, 2016’

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Aron Simeneh – ‘The Patriots Story, 2016’

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Douraïd Souissi – ‘Mohamed, Salem, Omrane, Hbib, Hsouna, Alaa, Anouar, Nader, Slim, Ahmed, 2016 – 2017’

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Antoine Tempé – ‘The Ruin of Law, Dakar, 2016’

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They are each contest for the 6th Prize for Contemporary African Photography.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas shocks Andy Murray at Monte Carlo Masters

It was a shocking moment for world number one Andy Murray as he blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set to fall to a staggering defeat in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters by Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Murray, 29, was playing his first tournament since being beaten in the second round at the Indian Wells in March. The 2-6 6-2 7-5 defeat comes up after his second match on returning from an initially sustained month-long elbow injury. Two breaks had the Briton in command of the third set, but Spanish 15th seed Ramos-Vinolas hit back to win seven of the last eight games.

World Number 1; Andy Murray

Murray admitted that his injury was still causing him some problems after he defeated Gilles Muller in straight sets on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 during the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray began his second-round match against Muller with three double faults in the first four points of the match, and his service game was again an issue against Ramos-Vinolas which eventually ended in a shocking defeat for the Scot who was broken seven times as 29-year-old Ramos-Vinolas claimed a first win against a world number one.

 

Murray showed trademark fight in fending off three break points at 4-4 in the decider, but could not respond when the Spaniard was in the ascendancy in his next service game.

Murray briefly threatened to break back with the score at 30-30 as Ramos-Vinolas served for the match, but he dragged a forehand wide and misjudged a drop shot into the net at match point.

Marin Cilic is the next opponent to be faced by Ramos-Vinolas in the last eight after he (Marin Cillic) successfully eased past Tomas Berdych.