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Catch Up: A Rundown Of Events That Happened The Previous Week

A petrol pump nozzle is used to pump petrol at a station PHOTO: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

“What Nigerians and its government cannot do does not exist” was the theme the previous week. From clinching world awards to making history and doing the impossible in the most bizarre ways. Catch up on the trendy stories of last week.


Trump Trumping
Rumours have it that Meghan Markle may run for president as a Democrat. And Donald Trump has well responded to this information. Trump is likely going to be competing with Meghan Markle for the 2024 Presidential bid if she ever gets on board. He disclosed in an interview that he “has an even stronger feeling toward running” because he doesn’t like her but the Queen whom he thinks is a “tremendous person.” Earlier in the interview, he did not respond to the question of running until Meghan was mentioned.

Eau de 212
When a Nigerian ad had as a tagline, “One day, cars will run on water”, it didn’t foresee the chaos that a fuelling station would cause to its customers. Amidst the alleged rise of petrol to 212 naira which saw some fuelling station adhere to the hike, a fuelling station in Lagos came under fire for selling water as fuel to customers for 212 naira. A viral video showed customers checking their cars to find water coming out from their engine and the nozzle. However, the management of the station issued a statement explaining that it was due to “water overflow into one of the station storage tanks.” The station also swung into action by bearing the cost of fixing [some of] the affected customers’ vehicles.

Dream It, Live It
Two of Nigeria’s biggest acts, Wizkid and Burna Boy, made African proud with their win at the just concluded Grammys. Wizzy and OluwaBurna (who have also appeared on our covers) won the “Best Music Video” and “Best Global Music Award”. As Nigerians celebrated, so did the federal government who, via the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, sent a congratulatory message to the artistes. According to the Minister, “the awards also represented a global endorsement for the Afrobeat genre of music that has propelled Nigeria’s increasing dominance of the music world.” Congratulations family!

My Real Face
Nigeria’s comedy star, Emanuella Samuel’s face and comedy will continue to pave the way for her. Emmanuella was announced the winner of the Nickelodeon Kid Choice Awards 2021 in the ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’ category. She was nominated alongside Nigerian comedy group, Ikorodu Bois, South African Magician, Wian Van Den Berg; Ugandan Youth Dance Group, Ghetto Kids, Kenyan social media sensation, Elsa Majimbo, and South African media personality, Bonang Matheba. The backstory: Emanuella was just five years old and on a family holiday when she partook in a comedy skit that would shoot her to stardom and win her four international awards.

WAP Wars
People love drama when there is one, especially on social media, and Cardi B and Candace Owens, a US conservative commentator, had a fight-filled day on Twitter. Cardi B and Candace Owens went head to head on social media again, especially after Candace referred to Cardi B as a “cancer cell to society”. Trouble started after Cardi B tweeted, “Yaaaayyyyyyy WE MADE FOX NEWS GUYS! WAP WAP WAP” to a clip of Candace Owens’ on Fox News, where the political commentator said the rapper’s performance with Megan Thee Stallion at the Grammy Awards signified “corrosion” and “the end of an empire.”

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