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Nigerian teenager breaks American school’s 125-year old record as she becomes the first black valedictorian

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Tobechukwu “Tobi” Phillips graduates at the top of her class with a 6.9 cumulative GPA.

Tobechukwu "Tobi" Phillips sets a new record in an American High School in Texas (becauseofthemwecan)

Tobechukwu “Tobi” Phillips sets a new record in an American High School in Texas (becauseofthemwecan)

A Nigerian teenager named Tobechukwu “Tobi” Phillips has just made history at Alvin High School in Texas.
She did this by becoming the school’s first
Black valedictorian 125 years after it was established in 1894. This
incredible feat takes place 54 years after the school integrated with
African-American students in 1965. 
According to an online platform called Because Of Them We Can, the school currently has 86 black students out of approximately 2,800 students.
Phillips graduates with a 6.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, which she earned by taking AP courses along with her electives. 


Tobechukwu “Tobi” Phillips graduates at the top of her class (becauseofthemwecan)

She got to the top of her class by getting all
A’s throughout her four years in school. This is in addition to her
other interests.
This exceptional teenager is also a Sunday
school teacher, a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, president of
the National Honor Society, an AP ambassador, a decorated volleyball and
track athlete. 
Her track coach Jennifer McGraw describes her as “an excellent student from a loving family.”
Explaining how she was able to get excellent grades and keep up with the rest of her interests, she said, “maintaining
the highest GPA in my class is a difficult task. It truly takes time
management but more importantly acknowledging what you do it for. I know
that I am no longer just representing myself.”
Phillips also offered some advice to black students who want to excel in school.
In her words, “My biggest advice to other
scholars of colour is to truly adopt the mindset of Rosa Parks - ’No.’
Do not conform to the stereotypes that have held us under thumbs for so
long. Do not be discouraged when someone speaks out against you, simply
allow what they say to fuel your fire. But more than anything, do not
remain tight-lipped. Stand up for what you believe in and take it upon
yourself to be the change you’ve always wanted. Say ‘No’ to the ways of
the world and stick out.”
She has received the Full-Ride Forty Acre Scholarship to attend the Nursing School at the University of Texas in Austin. Out of 4,000 applicants, only 16 including Phillips, were chosen for this prestigious scholarship.
Her dream is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and have her own clinic someday.

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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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