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Meet 21-Year-Old Ghanaian Tech Whiz Who Has Worked For Instagram And Snapchat

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It’s commonplace to still be trying to figure out what direction you want your life to take at 21, however, the universe aligns incredibly for some.

Iddris Sandu is one of these people, as he has achieved a wealth of things at this tender age. When he was 13, his parents moved to the United States and he, still 13, got the opportunity to work at Google in Venice, California learning how to code setting off his career as we know it today. 

(Photo: Iddris Sandu)
Within two years of his Google stint, Iddris, (then 15), designed an app to help students at his high school find their classrooms easily. That same year, he received the Presidential Scholar Award from then-President Barack Obama, earning him a visit to the White House.
After his stint at Google, Iddris went on to work for Instagram, writing a program that would filter key sites or activities by a user’s location to identify possible interests. The design has since been overhauled, but it led Iddris to Uber, where he created software called Autonomous Collision Detection Interface to help detect a driver’s hand motions and position.
Following this, he went on to create algorithms for Snapchat and also consult for Twitter. 
It’s interesting to note that the 21-year-old never went to college. Speaking about this in an interview with CNNIddris said:
“I couldn’t afford it, being a minority. I also didn’t want to wait four years; I wanted to make an impact now.”

(Photo: Iddris Sandu/George Jeff)
Last year, he met rapper, Nipsey Hussle at a Starbucks, and the chance encounter turned into an impactful collaboration. The pair turned an abandoned shop in Los Angeles into The Marathon Store, where they retail clothing, accessories and music. The store enables customers download exclusive music and other digital content via an app, and three weeks after it’s opening, they received celebrity entrepreneurs like Diddy,  Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. 
With the aim to get more young people involved in voting, he’s currently working with Kanye West and Jaden Smith to create augmented-reality experiences around music and politics for the tech festival ComplexCon in Chicago. 
A lot of Iddris’ 2019, will be spent in Lagos, hosting student workshops. Iddris wants to level the playing field between Silicon Valley and black communities, and in his words, he would like to “teach African kids to build platforms they also own”.

(Photo: Iddris Sandu/Nailah Howze)
(Photo: Iddris Sandu)
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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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