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Rashidi Yekini - Death of a football Hero

The Nigerian all-time goal scorer and African footballer of the year died at 48.

The skipper death news has being confirmed by former national teammates Mutiu Adepoju and Ike Shorunmu. Yekini died in the Nigerian City of Ibadan on May 4, and was buried the following day.


Many football enthusiasts will remember the exploits of Rashidi Yekini at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.  Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's first-ever goal in a World Cup, in a 3–0 win against Bulgaria. Yekeni celebrated his goal, by running into the goalpost, shouting and shaking the net which is recorded as one of the great moments for him and his country.


Yekini was reported to have battled bipolar disorder, depression and some other undisclosed neurological condition for an extended period of time.


The Nigerian star played all his career as top goal scorer bagging nearly 40 goals and represented his country in five major tournaments.


President of African soccer's governing body, CAF. Mr. Issa Hayatou, has condoled with Nigeria over the death of ex-Nigerian International Rashidi Yekini.



In a condolence message sent to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), President Hayatou said he learnt of the death with ''great sadness and sorrow''.


''On behalf of the CAF Executive Committee, the Confederation of African Football, the entire African football family and in my personal name, I hereby present to you, to the Nigerian football family and to Mr Yekini’s family our most sincere condolences,” he said in the letter.


President Hayatou recounted some of the late Yekini’s illustrious contribution to football that includes his Nigeria national goal-scoring record of 37 goals in 58 matches.


Yekini was voted African Footballer of The Year in 1993 and went on to score Nigeria’s first goal at the FIFA World Cup against Bulgaria during the 1994 finals in USA.


Yekini represented Nigeria at the 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 Africa Nations Cup finals, collecting the winner’s medal in 1994. He also represented Nigeria at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.


''Rashidi Yekini’s fantastic display of skills and talent were evident to the World during Nigeria’s campaigns at the USA'94 and France '98 World Cups finals. We will deeply miss him,” President Hayatou said.


Nigeria Football Federation donates .5m naira to late Yekini's family


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has donated 500,000 naira (US$3,184) to the family of the late Nigerian football star Rashidi Yekini.  NFF President Aminu Maigari announced the donation when he visited the family at Ira, in central Kwara state, Nigeria.


Maigari also said the NFF would name the national Under-17 tournament after the late Super Eagles’ striker.


“NFF is not going to close its eyes in taking care of Yekini’s family. It is going to ensure that through the Minister of Youths and Sports, Yekini has a national honour.

News makers at African movie Awards

Eko Hotel & Suites Victoria Island, Lagos, was recently a scene of glitz and glamour when Film stakeholders from Africa and beyond converged to honor ‘who is who’ in the entertainment industry in Nigeria and beyond.


The 8th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) was also attended by A-list Nollywood stars.



The winners at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards Winners were:


Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Fano Mokoena - Man on Ground


Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Terry Pheto - How to Steal 2 Million


Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Majid Michel - Somewhere In Africa


Best Child Actor:

Tshepang Mohlomi - Otelo Burning


Best Young/Promising Actor:

Ivie Okujaye - Alero’s Symphony


Best Short Film:

Braids on a Bald Head (Nigeria)


Best Documentary:

African Election (Nigeria / Germany)


Best Diaspora Feature:

Toussaint Louverture (France)


Best Diaspora Documentary:

The Education of Auma Obama (Germany)


Best Diaspora Short Film:

White Sugar in A Black Pot (USA)


Best Actress in a Leading Role: Rita Dominic - Shattered


Best Animation:

The Legend of Ngog Hills (Kenya)


Best Film by an African Living Abroad:

Mystery of Birds (USA / Nigeria)


Achievement in Production Design:

Pat Nebo - Phone Swap


Achievement in Costume Design:

Iyen Agbonifo - Adesuwa


Achievement in Make-Up:

Sarah Wanjiru - Shattered


Achievement in Soundtrack:

Chibuzor Oji - Alero’s Symphony


Achievement in Visual Effects:

Victor Ehi-Amedu - Adesuwa


Best Director: Charlie Vundla - How to Steal 2 Million


Achievement in Sound:

Jim Petrack - State Of Violence


Achievement in Cinematography:

Lance Gewer - Otelo Burning


Achievement in Editing:

Mick Audsley - How to Steal 2 Million


Achievement in Screenplay:

Leila Djansi - Ties That Bind


Best Director:

Akin Omotosho - Man on Ground


Best Film in an African Language:

State Of Violence - Dv8 Films (South Africa)


Best Film:

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen - Adesuwa (Nigeria


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Brewed in Belgium, under licence for The African Brewery, it currently has three unique brand labels; namely African King (premium pils) with 5% alcoholic content; African Queen (Honey) with 4.5% alcoholic content and African Warrior (blond) with 5.5% alcoholic content. All three labels are in 330ml bottles. -




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