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Brume believes Nigeria’s gold rush can inspire young girls

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Nigeria’s Ese Brume celebrates winning and taking the gold medal in during the women’s long jump final athletics event at the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham on day ten of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)

Ese Brume hopes a gold rush by Nigeria’s women on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games will inspire girls in the country to take up sport.

The 26-year-old reclaimed her long jump title on a day when Tobi Amusan won 100m hurdles gold and they also triumphed in the women’s 4x100m relay.

That took Nigeria’s Games tally to 12 gold medals, making them Africa’s top performers in Birmingham, England.

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“I know this will be an inspiration for them,” Brume told BBC Sport Africa. She added: “Of course, when you see someone you look up to doing well, you want to definitely be like them. So, this is going to motivate and inspire them.

“I hope it works.”
Three-time African champion Brume set a new Games record with a leap of 7.00 metres to win, adding a second Commonwealth gold to the one she claimed in Glasgow eight years ago.

After two jumps of 6.99m and one of 6.96m – which would all have been enough to secure top spot on the podium – Brume said her record jump demonstrated her consistency in her discipline.

“This is one thing I really wanted – to get the Games record,” she added.

“This is special for me, because it shows consistency. It shows the hard work of all those that have supported me, and my coach who has been backing me up.

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“Sometimes it’s about how you’re able to show that what you’re doing is not a fluke.”

Amusan set a new Games record of 12.30 seconds to add the Commonwealth 100m hurdles title to her gold at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene.

The 25-year-old then returned to help Nigeria to 4x100m relay victory alongside Favour Ofili, Rose Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha, who said the result was all the sweeter after they finished fourth in Oregon last month.

“We’ve been working so hard to get ourselves a fast time so that we could be at world level and we could be champions,” the 21-year-old Nwokocha added.

“It is what we have always wanted to be. When we went to the Worlds, we felt so disappointed we didn’t get a medal.” Elsewhere at the Alexander Stadium on day 10 of the Games, Kenya had track triumphs as Wycliffe Kinyamal won the men’s 800m, while Beatrice Chebet took the women’s 5,000m title as compatriot Selah Busienei came third.

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Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga won the men’s 400m in a personal best of 44.66 seconds.
Nigeria won bronze in the men’s 4x100m relay, and Kenya’s men picked up the same colour in the men’s 4x400m relay.

The East Africans had another medal when Julius Yego took men’s javelin bronze with a season’s-best throw of 85.70m, and Ghana’s Deborah Acquah won bronze in the women’s long jump with a personal best of 6.94m.
This year’s Games end on Monday evening.
• Culled from BBC

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DON JAZZY: Universal Music Group Acquires Majority Stake in Nigerian Record Label Mavin Global

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The Universal Music Group has acquired a majority stake in Mavin Global, the renowned Nigerian record company founded by Don Jazzy. This deal, subject to regulatory approval and expected to be finalized by the third quarter, marks a significant partnership between the two entities.

While specific financial terms were not disclosed, reports suggest a valuation exceeding $125 million, with Don Jazzy and COO Tega Oghenejobo continuing to lead Mavin Global.

Lucian Grainge, UMG’s chairman/CEO, expressed excitement about the collaboration, citing Mavin’s influential artists and entrepreneurial spirit. With hits like Rema’s “Calm Down,” Mavin has already made waves globally, and this investment aims to further propel its growth.

The partnership also underscores UMG’s commitment to fostering African talent and expanding its presence in the thriving Afrobeats scene.

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Grammy Drama: Logos Olori Claims Credit For Davido’s ‘Unavailable’

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Nigerian music sensation and DMW signee, Logos Olori, stirs controversy as he asserts his songwriting prowess behind Davido’s Grammy-nominated track,

Davido, renowned for his chart-topping hits, secured three nominations at the 66th Grammy Awards, with ‘Unavailable’ making waves globally.

In an exclusive interview with Cool FM Lagos, Logos Olori unveils his contribution to the acclaimed song, revealing that he penned the lyrics for ‘Unavailable,’ featuring Musa Keys, while his colleague Peruzzi crafted the verse.

Olori reveals, “I wrote the song ‘Unavailable.’ Peruzzi wrote the verse. After we made the song, Davido said he wanted the verse to be changed, so he called Peruzzi to do the verse. But I actually came up with the idea of the song.”

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The revelation sparks intrigue, shedding light on the collaborative efforts behind Davido’s musical successes and raising questions about creative ownership in the industry.

Meanwhile, amidst the Grammy buzz, Davido shares his excitement over a lavish Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player, Memphis Depay. Taking to Instagram, Davido expresses gratitude for the unexpected present received after his electrifying performance at Depay’s 30th birthday celebration.

In a candid moment, Davido reflects on the rarity of receiving gifts, contrasting it with his generous nature of giving to others. This revelation adds a personal touch to the narrative, showcasing Davido’s humility and the unexpected joys of celebrity life.

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Joeboy releases first single ‘Osadebe’ following exit from emPawa

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Following his exit from emPawa and the start of his record label, Joeboy has come through with his first single under the new regime called ‘Osadebe’.

‘Osadebe’ is a smooth tempo record with themes centred around self-reflection and positive proclamations produced by K-Dreamz.

The song references late Chief Osita Osadebe’s hit single ‘Osondi Owendi’ which was the anthem of the southeast and south south parts of Nigeria in the early 2000s.

“I no dey cross my lane, I’m living like Osadebe, Osondi Owendi (meaning One man’s treasure is another man’s trash in English) – this is Joeboy alluding to the fact that he isn’t running the same race as other artists and isn’t moved by the unnecessary comparisons and pressures that come with being a successful artist from Nigeria.

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Joeboy has come under criticism for being a “quiet artist” who stays out of the media’s eye and audience focus. On Osadebe, Joeboy lets everyone who cares to listen know that he loves his lane, doing things the way he wants and still killing it. That’s his preferred lifestyle.

“The fact is, you can do things on your terms and stay in your lane and achieve the same, if not better, results than other people living loudly. I am my biggest competition, I don’t care what others are doing. The only person that I’m focused on is me” – Joeboy said

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