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Anger as US pundits mock Nigeria’s basketball victory

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A well-known TV personality in the US has come under fire for mocking the names of Nigeria’s basketball players, following the African side’s historic win over the US in a friendly at the weekend.
Stephen A Smith said the US “bona fide stars” had “no excuse to lose to Nigeria… some dude named Gabe Nnamdi who goes by Gabe Vincent, Caleb Ogada, uh… Namu- or however the hell you pronounce his name”:
Smith later tweeted suggesting he had been misunderstood, adding that he would apologise if he had unintentionally caused offence “because it’s the right thing to do. Period! I’m BLACK. I would know!”
Many fans online were unconvinced.
“Being Black doesn’t mean you can’t be xenophobic though. Your intent is irrelevant. Your words carry weight and sent the absolute wrong message,” replied Twitter user Erika K Wilson.
“For someone that preaches equality, you sure know how to divide,” said Dom Tyrone.
Meanwhile another US commentator reacting to the match, Kelvin Clancy, angered many by questioning whether Nigerians even have food.
He was swiftly cut down by Nigerian personality Frank Edoho, who said, “I guess we were hungry for it”:

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Erica, Laycon finally reconcile as BBNaija new season begins today

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Former BBNaija housemates, Laycon and Erica have settled their differences, a few weeks after the re-union of the housemates, where they had foreclosed the possibility of making up.

Erica in a new video on her Instagram page showed the duo have buried their differences  and decided to be good friends.

Recall that the duo had the biggest fight of the ‘lockdown’ edition which led to Erica’s disqualification.

After the altercation, the hatred between the two ex-housemates lingered even during the reunion show in June.

Although Erica had during the reunion said she doesn’t care about Laycon, the duo have now reconciled.

They were spotted in a video hanging out together on Friday.

In the video, Erica said she was cool with Laycon.

She captioned the video, ‘We are cool.”

Laycon also hailed Nigerians in the footage.

The Singer and actress also followed each other on Instagram.

Meanwhile, a new season of Big Brother Naija will be airing on Saturday, July 24th, 2021.

The winner of the new season will walk away with N90 million worth of prizes.

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PHOTOS: Nigeria dazzles in Tokyo Olympic opening parade

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BBNaija season 6 to begin July 24

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Multichoice Nigeria has announced that season six of the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show will begin on July 24.

 

Martin Mabutho, Multichoice Nigeria customer officer, broke the news on Monday during a press briefing with journalists.

 

The reality show will premiere with two opening ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday and will air from 7 pm on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 with a simulcast on Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Urban, and Africa Magic Family.

 

The organisers also disclosed that there will be no SMS voting for this season, adding that fans will now be able to vote for their favourite housemates for free on BBNaija’s official website and mobile app as well as on the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.

 

This year’s edition of BBNaija will run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.

 

Multichoice Nigeria had earlier announced a whopping N90 million as the grand prize for the winner of season six.

 

This makes it the highest grand prize a winner of the reality show will be receiving — since the BBNaija debuted in 2006.

 

Laycon, who won the previous edition had received the N85 million grand prize which includes a cheque of N30 million, Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) from Innoson Motors, and a luxury two-bedroom apartment by Revolution Properties.

 

The fifth edition of the show was characterised by several controversies including a face-off between Laycon and Erica.

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