Mourinho: Loftus-Cheek Is Chelsea’s Best Trophy This Season

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Jose Mourinho says that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is Chelsea’s best academy success. He also hinted that the young midfielder will feature in the first team during the 2015-16 season.

He also said that the young midfielder is the best graduate of the 2014-15 academy class.

“It starts with the facilities but it ends with the co-operation between the academy and the first team. At this moment we are working well. The players are the best witness of that work and they feel it. We know we are going in the right direction,” he told reporters.

“This year, the most important title for the academy was Ruben, not the Uefa Youth League or the FA Youth Cup. It was Ruben: the best trophy. I’m excited but I keep emotional control. If I don’t I’d lose the players or help them go the wrong way but, yes, I am excited – but with stability. At this minute, that’s what they need.”

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Yemi Alade, Wizkid, nominated for 2015 BET Awards..

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Afro-pop acts, Wizkid and Yemi Alade have been nominated for the Best International Act at the 2015 BET Awards. The other nominees are: AKA (South Africa) The Soil (South Africa) Stone Bwoy (Ghana) Sarkodie (Ghana) Sauti Sol (Kenya) Davido won the the Best International Act at the 2014 edition. Hopefully this year’s edition, the winner would be called […]

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Burundi is not the beginning of an Arab Spring

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And don’t expect one anytime soon… 

 

VENTURES AFRICA – Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza recently said his country faces a specific threat from the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabab. The president was speaking for the first time since a failed coup attempt was launched last Wednesday as he was travelling abroad on government affairs.

An al-Shabab spokesman quickly shot down the assertion as “dumbfounding” – an assumed ‘truthful’ response from a group eager to build its terrorist group reputation and push its ‘anti-West’ agenda.

Frustrations over President Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term are driving the current protests. The failed coup bid by Godefroid Niyombare – just like those protests in other sub-Saharan countries like Burkina Faso – simply will not mark the beginning of an Arab Spring for sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Sub-Saharan Africa is politically different                      

A yearning to build democracy was long ago institutionalized in sub-Saharan Africa. The fall of communism – best marked by the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 – initiated the swing towards democracy. Mozambique and Ethiopia are examples of countries that saw democracy gradually introduced following the fall of communist-backed regimes.

Many Arab countries started from scratch in adopting democracy whereas the introduction of constitutions, many of which provide for multiparty presidencies and governments as well as term limits, began in sub-Saharan Africa long before the Arab Spring.  Current protests, i.e. Burundi, are in response to leadership potentially going beyond the term limits which is very different from protests in response to the absence of term limits that had consequentially entrenched ruling parties for decades.

 

Sub-Saharan Africans are questioning the institutions that support democracy

The response from locals in Burundi are no different from those seen in other sub-Saharan African countries. Locals want stronger democratic institutions – however not easily defined by electorates across the continent.

The presidential win by Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in Nigeria demonstrates the potential response of an electorate questioning such institutions.

Exit polls and surveys suggest that Nigerians gradually grew frustrated with the accusations against the government for insufficient responses against terrorism and missing oil dollars. Polls do not necessarily say the accusations are correct but show a desire for more openness from government institutions.

Protesters in Burkina Faso demanded the exit of former President Blaise Compaore late last year because they believed the government was failing to create jobs for the youth and address the growing economic hardships for locals. Burundian protesters are equally bothered by economic returns that they believe are not matching their neighboring peers in Rwanda and Tanzania.

Declining economic opportunities underpinned Tunisian and Libyan frustrations during the Arab Spring. But the youth protested because they could not vote out the existing leadership at the time which is a more condemning complaint than simply accusing leadership of doing a bad job.

In sub-Saharan Africa, elections went on as normal. Nigerians voted out the leadership. South Africans kept the same leadership. Mozambicans followed suit.

 

Underlying lessons

Democracy is benefiting sub-Saharan African leaders. African civil societies are better holding democracies together. Security crackdowns and growing security budgets remain a concern.  But the increasing amount of elections and peaceful transitions is boosting the outlook.

The economic boom in many African countries is also an added benefit to still-young democracies. A bump in the pocket – in young and older democracies alike – usually means a positive re-affirmation at the ballot box for the ruling party.

As the wealth spreads to formerly untouched parts of society, the hopes for democracy grows. Not such a novel concept for democracy. On the other hand, an Arab Spring would be novel as well as unexpected.

 

 

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Tiwani Contemporary to showcase Photographic exhibition of African and diaspora artists

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London based gallery Tiwani Contemporary will showcase an exhibition focusing on the works of contemporary African artists and African artists in the diaspora. The photography exhibition which coincides with Photo London is titled The View From Here. 

The View From Here will present works by seven emerging international artists from Africa and the diaspora, many of whom will be showing in London for the first time. Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria) was a Prix Pictet finalist in 2014 and Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria) was nominated for the prize in 2012. Namsa Leuba (Switzerland) was awarded the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award, and Délio Jasse (Angola), finalist in the BES Photo Prize in 2014, will be part of the official selection for the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

The artists in this exhibition openly challenge the status of the photograph as a document, preferring to explore its limitless potential for subjective, fictional and poetic musings. The exhibition therefore showcases a diversity of attitudes towards the camera, underpinned by an experimental probing of its possibilities and limits. Photography’s relationship with other media, such as performance, installation, moving image and text, will also be examined.

The View From Here gathers works which explore our shifting sense of identity in relation to globalisation and the current climate of widespread economic, social, and political instability. Shared interests lie in the overlap between personal narratives and collective history; the tensions between memory and the present; and the self in relation to our sense of place. Participating artists meet in the crafting of a photographic language that reflects the syncretic nature of being in the 21st century, here and elsewhere.

About the artists

Andrew Esiebo (b. 1978, Nigeria) is an award-winning photographer whose work documents the rapid social, economic and cultural development of Nigeria. Recent award nominations include the Prix Pictet (2012) and the Paul Huf award (2011). In 2010, he was amongst sixteen photojournalists selected for the Road to Twenty Ten project to provide alternative stories from the World Cup in South Africa. His work has been exhibited at the Musée du Quai Branly, France (2013), the Photographers’ Gallery (2012), and at the Havana and São Paulo biennials (2012 and 2010, respectively).

Délio Jasse (b. 1980, Angola) moved to Portugal when he was 18, where he now lives and works. He has experimented with various alternative photographic processes, including cyanotype, platinum and palladium printing, and the “Van Dyke Brown” early photographic printing process. Recent exhibitions include a group show at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal (2013) and a solo show at SMAC Gallery, South Africa (2015). He was one of three finalists in the BES Photo Prize (2014), and is in the official selection for the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Lebohang Kganye (b. 1990, South Africa) is an emerging South African artist. Her practice is based on researching her family history using family photographs, testimonies from family members, as well as  personal narratives. She has exhibited at La Maison Rouge, France (2013), Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa (2012), and The FNB Joburg Art Fair, South Africa (2011). Lebohang was awarded the Tierney Fellowship in 2012.

Namsa Leuba (b. 1982, Switzerland) is a half-Guinean, half-Swiss photographer. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including i-D, Numéro, KALEIDOSCOPE, Foam, Interview, Vice Magazine, New York Magazine, Wallpaper*, Libération and the British Journal of Photography. Recent exhibitions include the Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (2014), Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Canada (2014), Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea (2014), and Fotofestival’s main exhibition Haute Africa, alongside Martin Parr, Viviane Sassen, Wangechi Mutu, and others, Belgium (2014). She was awarded the PhotoGlobal Prize at the 2012 Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères and the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Award in 2013.

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983, Kenya) is currently based in Nairobi. Her experiences growing up between Kenya and South Africa have engendered an intimate body of work centred on issues of home, displacement, loss and identity. Recent exhibitions include The FNB Joburg Art Fair, South Africa (2014), DAK-ART, Senegal (2014), Savvy Contemporary, Germany (2014) and the National Museum of Nairobi, Kenya (2013).

Combining photography and performance, Abraham Oghobase’s work (b. 1979, Nigeria) is often structured around the interaction between his body and its surroundings, and questions traditional frames of representation of urban experience. In 2014, Oghobase was a finalist in the Prix Pictet, and in the same year was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Westbau Zurich (Switzerland), Dublin Gallery of Photography (Ireland), and Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico).

Dawit L. Petros (b. 1972, Eritrea) is a New York-based artist exploring the relationship between African histories and European modernism. His installations and photography works are based around extensive research and travels. Recent exhibitions include The Studio Museum in Harlem, USA (2014), The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA (2014), The National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, USA (2013), and the Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China (2011). He was awarded an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012.

The View From Here will run from 22 May – 27 June 2015 at Tiwani Contemporary

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Rumors: Aliko Dangote Would Sack Wenger If He Successfully Buys Arsenal

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It is no secret that Nigerian Billionaire and richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote is interested in buying Arsenal football club. The billionaire has made his intentions known for a while now. Accordrding to Metro News of UK however, Aliko Dangote is set to fire long serving Manager, Arsene Wenger if he can successfully navigate the buying process.

According to Metro, a source close to the Cement and Food mogul was talking to journalists about how Dangote was not impressed with Wenger’s running of the club and would be looking to relieve him of his duties if he did not adjust his philosophies to help the club attain more success. The source who remained unnamed also discussed Dangote’s plan for the club saying ‘The plan would be to get Patrick and Thierry on the coaching staff for a period before giving them the reins and with Arsene taking a place on the board and eventually becoming chairman.

The process of purchase is still in the piplines as Arsenal is a limited liability company that is close-traded. Meaning the negotiations over shares are not controlled by any stock market, making it harder to acquire controlling stock of the parent company, Arsenal Holdings LTD.

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Eye candy! The Lyon brother’s look smoking hot on the cover of Essence Magazine

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Too hot to handle!

Jussie Smollet, Bryshere Y. Gray and Trai Byers are the latest stars on the cover of Essence Magazine’s Vacation issue. The three stars feature in American hit series ‘Empire’ where they play the Lyon brothers- all heir to their father (Terrence Howard’s) music empire.

Photos courtesy Essence Magazine/Instagram

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In addition to the main cover starring all three dashing blokes, the issue also features each brother individually on separate covers.

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Suffice it to say Jussie Smollet’s cover has got us hot and bothered. You?

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Taylor Swift débuts new video for ‘Bad Blood’ at the Billboard Music Awards (along with Calvin Harris of course)

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by NL Staff

 

If you feel like Taylor Swift is taking over your timeline and dominating today’s headlines, there’s actually good reason for it.

The Nashville beauty premièred her new star-studded video for Bad Blood during the Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The video directed by Joseph Kahn features British model Cara Delevingne, Cindy Crawford, Selena Gomez, Zendaya Coleman, Seraya and many more including even Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo.

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Swift posted photos of some of her leadinh ladies on her Instagram ahead of the show.

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The 25-year-old ‘Shake it off‘ singer dominated the awards ceremony winning 8 awards out of the 12 she was nominated for, which in itself is an outstanding achievement.

(Watch Bad Blood here)

 

She also for the first time confirmed rumours about her relationship with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris after she kept him close to her all night long and engaging in some major PDA for our benefit. Harris equally looked smitten hugging and kissing her as she walked up to pick her awards.

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris at the BBMAs. photo: hello!

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris at the BBMAs. photo: hello!

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris at the BBMAs. photo: hello!

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris at the BBMAs. photo: hello!

Their hypercuteness has sent the internet world into overdrive as fans of both stars simply can’t get enough of them or ‘Talvin’ as they’re now called.

 

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Beats By Dre shows masterclass in sports marketing

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VENTURES AFRICA – After Barcelona sealed their 23rd La Liga crown, the official Beats by Dre Twitter handle put out this tweet.

It may seem random but it is a small component of the brand’s brilliant sports marketing strategy of inserting itself into the conversation. In the last few years, especially at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Beats by Dre has acquired an impressive reputation of executing campaigns intelligently and becoming a big time player at the high end of the ferociously competitive world of sports marketing. Its success has seen it increasingly strengthen its position as one of the most visible brands in the world and has positively affected its bottom line.

Beats by Dre’s biggest success came during the World Cup in Brazil. At first, it appeared that the brand was set to be shut out by FIFA after the world’s football governing body banned Beats from the event primarily because its rivals in the headphones market, Sony, were the official World Cup sponsors. However, in the face of losing out on a chance to leverage football’s biggest party, Beats by Dre turned the conversation on its head and arguably became the biggest winner. The brand launched its Game before the Game video which went viral. It has since notched over 27 million views on YouTube.

The video featured the game’s biggest stars and was centered on World Cup poster boy, Neymar. Without being official sponsors of the event, Beats by Dre stole the headlines despite the fact that Sony sent free headphones to every team. While FIFA’s ban prevented players from wearing Beats headphones at World Cup stadiums, players like Luis Suarez, Neymar and Wayne Rooney were seen wearing the headphones during off pitch events- thus amplifying and validating Beats message as being the preferred, cool brand.

It was not the first time Beats stole a march during a big event either. At the 2012 Olympics, Beats sent out customized headphones to every member of Britain’s Olympics team as well as several high profile Olympians irrespective of the fact that Samsung sponsored the event. The result? Many athletes walked into the opening ceremony with Beats headphones strapped on, and they stayed strapped on for most of the tournament. In October 2014, Beats was banned by the NFL to protect the league’s official sponsor, rivals Bose. Again, the ban worked out in Beats favour as players’ response ranged from protesting and defying the ban to calling for Bose to make better headphones. This, again, further gave credence to Beats’ message that its headphones are of the best quality.

The company’ marketing strategy is not limited to sports either. It has steadily worked on its product placement strategy with its most recent being Avengers: Age of Ultron when Bruce Banner was wearing Beats headphones in a scene. Beats has connected with its target audience on a deeper level and it has stayed consistent with its message: we are the cool option.

The overall strategy to position Beats by Dre as the brand of choice to the pop culture audience has worked since inception but with the brand’s growing incursions in sports marketing where it is enjoying remarkable success and given its endorsements with some of the world’s biggest sports stars- Neymar, Gotze and James LeBron- the brand’s success story will get even better.

 

 

 

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How a Nigerian is now regarded as unemployed

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VENTURES AFRICA – In Nigeria, if you work for less than 40 hours a week, you are regarded as unemployed. This has been the formula employed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for computing unemployment statistics. However, this has now been modified to comply with the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s definition of employment.

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According to the ILO, unemployed persons in the labour force are those who are: out of work, want a job, have actively sought work in the reference week and are available to start work in the next fortnight; or out of work and have accepted a job that they are waiting to start in the next fortnight.

“In other words, once you have been employed for at least an hour in week you will be classified as employed under ILOs definition,” said Nigeria’s Statistician General, Yemi Kale, who unveiled the new methodology for computing unemployment and revised unemployment series at a stakeholders seminar today in Abuja.

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Kale noted that if this definition was followed strictly, the unemployment rate in Nigeria, for instance, will be 2.2 percent as against the reported 23.9 percent.

“This isn’t surprising given that most Nigerians are entrepreneurial by nature and will almost definitely be engaged in some activity for an hour a week even if that activity is not sufficient to keep them engaged.”

Thus, Kale inferred that the problem in Nigeria is more of underemployment rather than unemployment.

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Under the new methodology, Nigeria’s unemployment rate will be calculated from about 65.7 million and not the entire population of the country. This is because students, voluntary housewives who cannot work or those younger than 15 or older than 65, are not regarded as part of the labour force an will therefore, not be counted.

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The new report also says that Nigerians between 15 and 65 years (or 97.49 million) were estimated as at 2013 and only 65.7 percent were “willing and able to work”.
NBS has now revised its unemployment threshold from less than 40 hours/week to less than 20hours/week. In other words, if you for at least 20 hours a week, you are not unemployed. While working 0 – 19 hours a week classifies you as unepmloyed, working 20 to 39 hours a week classifies you as underemployed and working at least 40 hours a week classifies you as employed.
In 2012, unemployment rate, when determined with the ’40hrs’ method, was 27.4 percent. However, using the new threshold ( more than 20hrs), unemployment rate in 2012 would have been 10.6 percent and underemployment rate (20-39hrs) 16.8 percent.
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Using the new methodology to compute employment statistics for the fourth quarter of 2014, 4,672,450 were unemployed (worked 0-19hrs); 13,052,219 were underemployed (worked 20-39hrs), while 55,206,940 were fully employed(worked>40hrs).
The revised methodology followed the work of a special committee constituted last year to review the existing methodology and propose a more suitable definition of unemployment in Nigeria where most of its citizens are entrepreneurial by nature. The report of the committee can be downloaded here.
Download presentation of Labour Statistics based on revised Concepts and Methodology for Computing Labour Statistics in Nigeria here.
With the new methodology now adopted by the NBS, who is an unemployed Nigerian?

 

 

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Top Concealers for dark skin tones

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by Temitope Beesley- Beauty Editor

 

True to skin concealers for dark skin 

 

I feel like there is still a lot of work to be done by brands small and large when it comes to catering to darker skin tones. We need better concealers, foundations and highlighters that work perfectly for our array of skin tones. This is an issue the beauty world is finally beginning to wake up to, but it’s going to take a lot more than discussions and debates for any real change to happen.

Anyways, I digress. I get a lot of enquiries from women of colour about what concealers work best for black women. As we all have different skin tones and different skin concerns (some women need more coverage than others etc) and these variations can make it difficult to find the right shade that does caters to your needs.

Luckily, having tried a few as a make up artist and beauty consultant, I do know a thing or two about some brands that favour darker skin tones and at least try to cater to us at some level.

I’m hoping more British brands will look at what our friends in the USA are doing. Women and men of colour are taking IT UPON THEMSELVES TO PROVIDE shades and undertones that suit all women of all shades.

I’m so glad to have comrades such as Natalie Clue of beautypulselondon.com and many more black British women who fight for fair and equal treatment in the beauty industry and ask the beauty brands to provide for us and not discontinue shades for our skin tones.

Here are some brands I can recommend that should work perfectly. Some are higher end and some are drug store but my top two are the Mary Kay and LA girl pro concealer.

 

Mary Kay £7.50: For a stay all day medium coverage

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Black Opal concealer £6: Gives full coverage, is very creamy and won’t break the bank

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NYX concealer £6- Does the job well and it’s very affordable.

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NARS creamy radiance concealer £22- Luxury at its finest and a perfect concealer for brides

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LA girl pro concealer £6- This concealer has a Matt effect, gives full coverage and is easy on the wallet.

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Christoffel Wiese buys fashion retailer New Look for $1.2bn

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VENTURES AFRICA – Africa’s leading retail magnate, Christoffel Wiese is gunning for the top echelon of the United Kingdom’s retail space by acquiring 90 percent stake in British fashion retailer New Look. Wiese’s majority-owned private equity firm, Brait, said it will pay £780 million ($1.23 billion) for the stake in New Look.

“Brait will fund the purchase consideration using facilities and cash on hand,” the company said in a statement. The British retailer, owned by private equity groups Apax and Permira as well as founder Tom Singh, has 600 stores spread across the UK and Ireland. It also trades from 200 other stores across Europe, China, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Singh, who controls 22 percent of the company, will make £200m from the deal, along with his family and the existing management team. They will, however, reinvest a significant portion of their earnings for a 10 percent stake.

With the new deal, Wiese whose firm has been investing heavily in UK brands over the past five years, will have to contend with dominant retail players, including the Weston family, who control clothing retailer, Primark. He will also go head-to-head with Sports Direct chief, Mike Ashley, who also owns Newcastle Football Club.

Wiese isn’t keen to shy away from a fight, infact he revels in them. Last month, he bought nearly 80 percent of Virgin Active health clubs and has partnered with former Asda chief executive Andy Bond, to launch Pep & Co, a discount family fashion chain. All these have come in the face of increased competition within the UK retail space.

 

 

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