Highlights Of The Week
The week was spectacular indeed with many delightful surprises that caught those involved off-guard. Each story giving us hope of a better future.
From getting the attention of a president to making history and to fixing past errors, here is a rundown of the week:
United States President Donald Trump praised a Nigerian artist, Oyedele Adedokun Isaac (doks_art) for drawing a 24×21 inches portrait of him which took him about 70 hours to do. The young artist who drew a ballpoint portrait of Trump tweeted, “This is my second portrait of President Trump. This time, I really want him to see it,” he tweeted. And he did. Trump who responded in praise of the artwork encouraged him not to give up on his dreams. In King Solomon’s words, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings.”
Diamonds in the deep
Star Wars’ actor John Boyega (real names: John Adedayo B. Adegboyega) has narrated the terrifying moment he discovered the script for the next installment of the space opera Rise of the Skywalker that he had misplaced was being sold on eBay. John who plays Finn in the sci-fi saga revealed how he had left the script under his bed and forgot to take it with him when he moved out of his apartment. Through his agent, Disney CEO and president, Disney managed to buy back the script back for “something like $85” because the vendor hadn’t realised what he had on his hands.
The winning team
Earlier in the week, Lionel Messi was awarded the Ballon d’0r award for the sixth time, beating Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to take the honours. Now aged 32, it is Messi’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and his sixth overall as he moves one ahead of his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished third in the voting. While some Messi’s fans were totally elated about this news, many Ronaldo’s fans found the Messi unworthy of this award. On the other side of the coin, female footballer, Megan Rapinoe of the United States won Women’s Ballon d’Or for 2019.
History lives here
Our fave Rihanna is still winning without dropping an album as the singer’s ANTI album, which was released in 2016, has spent over 200 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart. This makes her the first black woman to do so in the chart’s 61-year history. Rihanna is working hard despite her pause in music. Billboard reports that Rihanna was ranked the seventh most-streamed female artist on Spotify in November. Earlier in the year, she released a coffee table book with Phaidon, had her first Savage x Fenty show and released a T-shirt that says No more music. Way to go girl!
Ace Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth faced backlash after he was unveiled along some other Nigerian celebrities as an advocate for the European Union in Nigeria’s campaign against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. Several social media users reacted negatively to Basketmouth being one of those chosen to be an advocate for the EU’s cause on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) because of his history of being a rape apologist. In a followup to this, he wrote on his Instagram, “I also realized then that women actually have to face this daily and its harrowing and I deeply apologized for it”