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Asisat Oshoala wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year

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Nigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world.

She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour. “I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted,” she said.

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Exquisite Tewa

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When Tewa Onasanya couldn’t find a single fashion magazine aimed at black women on the shelves of a shop in Essex, England, she decided to start one herself.

The pharmacologist, who had no previous experience in journalism or publishing, rallied her friends for advice, and before long they were putting together the first issue of Exquisite – a publication aimed at style conscious black women.

Read the full story on CNN’s website by clicking here.

Meet Esther Okade, the 10-year-old maths genius

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At first glance Esther Okade seems like a normal 10-year-old. She loves dressing up as Elsa from “Frozen,” playing with Barbie dolls and going to the park or shopping. But what makes the British-Nigerian youngster stand out is the fact that she’s also a university undergraduate. Esther, from Walsall, an industrial town in the UK’s West Midlands region, is one of the country’s youngest college freshmen. The talented 10-year-old enrolled at the Open University, a UK-based distance learning college, in January and is already top of the class, having recently scored 100% in a recent exam.

Read the full story on CNN’s website by clicking here.

Naomi Wachira – African Girl

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I recently stumbled on “African Girl” by Naomi Wachira on YouTube. It reminded me so much of my grandma speaking to me in Ekiti* (I barely spoke Yorba at the time), trying to pass sagely advice.

The “African Girl” is a warm narrative of African values, as one generation would want to pass to the next. Naomi Wachira can be found online at – Facebook or her website

*Ekiti is a Yoruba dialect.

Blind Aspiration

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Meet Dr Ife Akintunde, a blind Nigerian living in the United Kindom. Ife became the first blind student to study Law at the prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria and also the first blind student accepted to study for a masters in international relations and doctorate in politics at Lancaster University, UK.

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Flying doctors save lives in Nigeria

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Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who’d gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the nearest hospital couldn’t deal with her condition.

Orekunrin and her family immediately began looking for an air ambulance service to rapidly transport the girl, a sickle cell anemia sufferer, to a more suitable healthcare facility. They searched all across West Africa but were stunned to find out there was none in the whole region.