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Rave News Digest: Wizkid Wins EMA Award, Top Celebrities Invest In New Sports Technology, South Africa Out Of World Cup Qualifiers + More

Rave News Digest: Wizkid Wins EMA Award, Top Celebrities Invest In New Sports Technology, South Africa Out Of World Cup Qualifiers + More


Wizkid wins Award at European Music Awards, Top celebrities invest in new sports technology, South Africa out of World Cup qualifiers. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news stories…

1. Wizkid named Best African Act at 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards

On November 21, the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) held at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. This was the first time that Hungary hosted the awards.

At the show, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid became the sixth Nigerian artist to be named Best African Act at the EMAs. It was also the seventh time that a Nigerian act would win the trophy — D’Banj won it twice, in 2007 and 2012.

Congratulations to Wizkid on his European Music Awards win.

2. Drake, LeBron James & Naomi Osaka invest in sports technology firm projected to be worth billions

LeBron James, Drake, and Naomi Osaka are getting into business together. All three superstars recently invested in a sports technology company that could bring them a huge payday, living in an industry projected to be worth $57 billion by 2027.

According to a press release, StatusPro is a sports tech and gaming firm which uses extended reality to “create training and fan engagement products.” The firm currently works alongside multiple NFL teams. Other investors in the company include Verizon, KB Partners, Greycroft, Maverick Carter, Jimmy Iovine, Paul Wachter, and Leeds United stakeholders.

3. South Africa: Justin Bieber set to bring ‘Justice World Tour’ to SA

Canadian singer Justin Bieber is set to return to Mzansi for the “Justice World Tour” in 2022. Making the announcement on Monday, Big Concerts unveiled that the “Stay” hitmaker added new dates for his much-anticipated Justice World Tour, including September 28, DHL Stadium, Cape Town and October 1, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

Taking place from May 2022 through to March 2023, Bieber will tour five continents, travelling to over 20 countries and playing more than 90 dates, with more shows to be announced in Asia and the Middle East very soon. The new dates come on the heels of his recently announced 52-date 2022 North American tour, kicking off in San Diego on February 18.

4. Chimamanda honoured by New York Public Library

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Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named as one of this year’s “Library Lions” by the New York Public Library, describing the honour as “utterly spirit-lifting” in an Instagram post. The annual ceremony in the US city is organised to honour people who have distinguished themselves in arts, culture, letters and scholarship.

Other honourees this year were Tina Brown, Jonathan Lethem, and Darren Walker. Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Atwood, Martin Scorsese, Zadie Smith, Gloria Steinem and Steve Martin.

5. South Africa miss out on 2022 World Cup after controversial penalty decision in Ghana loss

South Africa has missed out on a spot in the 2022 World Cup after a controversial penalty decision in their loss to Ghana. Bafana Bafana failed to pick up the point they needed to book their place in the African World Cup play-offs after being beaten 1-0 by Ghana at the Cape Coast Stadium on Monday.

A first-half penalty from Andre Ayew ultimately decided the Group G clash, but the referees’ initial decision to point to the spot appeared to be highly dubious. The South African Football Association (SAFA) have already confirmed that they will be launching a complaint to FIFA in an attempt to have the match replayed.

Featured image: wizkidayo | Instagram

Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Nollywood to Hollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2021. 


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