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6 Facts About Valentine’s Day You Should Know



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February 14th of every year is Valentine’s Day fondly called ‘Lovers Day’ as it is a day mostly celebrated by lovers. It is a day widely accepted and celebrated almost everywhere in the world. Trends44 shares the reason for this revered lovers day just in case you don’t know.

Valentines prison

Valentines prison

1. We will begin with the most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin of how Bishop Valentine went against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor made a rule that Roman men should not marry during war times, yet the Bishop Valentine performed secret weddings, so he was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine”.

England’s King Henry VII

England’s King Henry VII


2. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.

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3. In the Middle Ages, young men and women randomly picked names from a bowl to reveal who their Valentine would be. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for a week. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

Richard Cadbury

Richard Cadbury

4. The first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s was produced by Richard Cadbury.

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Couples date

5. Men spend on Valentine’s Day gifts more than women.

Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma Shearer as Juliet, in the 1936 MGM

Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma Shearer as Juliet, in the 1936 MGM

6. Every Valentine’s Day, about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet are sent to the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived.

Olushola Oluwatobi is a creative and versatile content creator at Trends44. A writer by day and a reader by night, with refined skills in content development, he leans on his knowledge of today and curiosity of tomorrow. Tobi loves to read and talk as a way to unwind.


5 Things You Need To Know About Real Madrid As They Face PSG On Wednesday



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As the UEFA Champions League resumes this week Trends44 brings you facts about the big game on Wednesday 14th February 2018 in the latest Champions League news.

Here are 5 things you need to know about Real Madrid and PSG as they prepare to face each other in the round of 16 stage.

Real Madrid Logo - Champions League news.

Real Madrid Logo – Champions League news.

1. Real Madrid has faced PSG on six occasions:

Real Madrid played PSG for the first time in the Champions League in the 1992/1993 season in the quarter-final stage winning 3-1 at home and have played 6 UCL games in total.

Real Madrid won 2 (92/93 & 15/16 season) drew 2 (93/94 & 15/16 season) and lost 2 games (92/93 &93/94) in all scoring 6 goals and conceding 7 goals.

Champions League News last 16

Champions League News last 16

2. Real Madrid hasn’t lost in 17 European home games:

The last time Real Madrid lost a home game in the Champions League tournament was against Schalke in the 2014/2015 season, where they lost 3-4.

After the defeat, Madrid had since gone 17 games unbeaten: with 14 wins and 3 draws, scoring 47 goals and conceding just 11 goals.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu has welcomed PSG, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich all leaving without getting a win.

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3. Ronaldo has the highest goals in the group stage:

Cristiano Ronaldo who was last season’s top scorer with 12 goals as Real Madrid lifted their second Champions League title in a row is also on course this season as he finished the group stage scoring 9 goals ahead of Tottenham star Harry Kane, Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder.

Madrid - Champions League news.

Madrid – Champions League news.

4. Paris scored record 25 goals in group stage:

Paris Saint-Germain has surpassed the record for most goals in a group stage, scoring 25 goals as they qualify for the round of 16.

5. Dani Carvajal serves a ban in the first leg:

Real Madrid left-back has been banned for the first leg of the game against PSG for deliberately receiving a yellow card against APOEL.

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Meet 4 Foreign Based Nigerian Artistes Who Are Making Waves In Nigeria



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It is no longer news that a lot of A-list Nigerian artistes have left several foreign countries to ply their music trade in the shores of Nigeria.

For instance, artistes like D’bang, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shey, Naeto C among others started their music careers off the shores of Nigeria before returning home to create a base for their music.

Some new set of Nigerian artists have started blossoming music careers in diaspora countries and still getting some level of attention and radio rotation in Nigeria.

Here are four young Nigerians living abroad but still making waves:

1. Nonso Amadi

Nonso Amadi started his music career when he was schooling at covenant University Ota in 2012 before he moved to the UK  to continue his studies at Swansea University.

Nnoso Amadi also bagged his Master’s degree from McMaster’s University, Canada, he’s currently based in Canada.

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He released his first body of work titled  “Alone EP” in September 2015 and months later released a monster hit that placed his name on the lips of many Nigerians titled ”Tonight”.

In 2017, Nonso Amadi collaborated with another industry delight Odunsi “The Engine” to release an EP titled ‘War’. Sounds off the EP enjoyed massive airplay across the country.

Nonso operates under the RnB genre of music, he has also disclosed that he draws his motivation from the legendary John Bellion.

2. Moelogo

Muhammed Animashaun popularly known as Moelogo is another Nigerian making great music off the shores of Nigeria.

The British-Nigerian songwriter left the shores of Nigeria where he was born for South London in 2001.

Moelogo first major hit was in 2013 when he released  “Pangolo,” after which he released an EP titled ‘Ìréti’, a 5-song. EP “Ìréti” translates to “Hope” in his native Yoruba language.

Despite Moelogo’s long stay outside the shores of Nigeria, he has not lost touch with his African background as most of his songs are laced with properly spoken Yoruba.

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The most distinguishing factor about Moelogo is the ability to make outstanding music irrespective of the genre. RnB, POP, Afropop. Alternative sounds and others are play tools in the hands of this young man.

His standout track from the  Ìréti EP ‘Penkele’ has top acts like Davido and Sarkodie on the remix.

Moelogo has a new song featuring the new age, King Sunny Ade, Adekunle Gold titled happy.

3. Tenie Makanaki

Teniola Apata popularly known as Tenie Makanaki started her career in 2016 when she started to release video’s of her singing and freestyling across all social media platforms.

For those who are coversant with Teni, she plays around with sounds made by great men who have made an impact in the industry like Osadebe, Wasiu Ayinde.

Teni who is the sister to popular musician Niniola is a graduate of University of Georgia, USA.

Last year Teni released a hit banger ‘Fargin’ which has been enjoying massive airplay since it was released.

In an era where the entertainment scene has been clouted by sexiness Teni’s brand is been generally accepted for her famous tomboy display.

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In 2017, she claimed that she wrote the song ‘Like that’ for Africa’s biggest musician Davido which generated a lot of controversy on social media.

Teni who is signed to Dr Dolor entertainment has a new single and video titled ‘Pareke’.

4. Maleek Berry

Birth-named Maleek Shonubi, popular artiste/producer Maleek Berry was born in South London to Nigerian parents  in the late 80’s.

He found his way to the top scene of the Nigerian music industry as a producer with his top notch production skill on songs like Sinzu’s Carolina, Wizkid’s Matter among other top jams. He was signed under Wizkid’ds StarBoy records in 2013.

Nigerian music

Maleek Berry as a music artiste infuses Grime and Pop into the typical Nigerian sound and that has distinguished him in an industry where there are too many people doing the same thing.

Maleek Berry who recently released his EP titled ‘Last Daze of summer’ won the artist of the year award at the 2017 editions of MOBO  and Sound City MVP awards respectively.

Last year he was featured on one of the biggest songs in the industry ‘juice’ by Tinny Entertainment artiste Ycee.

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Four Things You Need To Know About The Port Harcourt Soot



Port Harcourt Soot

Since late 2016, residents of Rivers State, Port Harcourt to be precise, have been experiencing severe pollution in the air which has given rise to a deadly phenomenon known as ‘soot’.

If you live in Port Harcourt or its environs and you may be wondering why your hands or cloths get black regularly, it is caused by the soot.

Here are four things you need to know about the soot:

1. Soot Is Caused By Illegal Air Pollution

The soot is caused by unregulated and illegal carbon-emmission-activities carried out in the state such as Illegal refining of oil, waste coming out from industries, gas fleering among others. The black soot is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of carbon in the air.

2. The Soot Has Been Around For Over Two Years

The garden city has been plagued with the unwanted environmental disaster known as ‘soot’ for over two years without any visible solution.

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3. The Soot Has Led to Environmental Degradation

The soot has led to the unfriendly nature of the environment, residents of the state complain about the sky being foggy in the early hours of the day. The report also has it that during the day you can visibly see solid black particles flying around. There’s also the case of excessive heat in closed and open space.

Rivers state has recently been detected unsafe by an application used to determine the safety level of air around the globe.

Port Harcourt Soot

4.  The Soot Has Cause Health Complications

Research has shown that the environmental hazard has led to a lot of health complications for people living in the garden city especially children. The Soot has been causing diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease and some other respiratory illnesses and sometimes it can lead to premature death.

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