Nigerian footballer, Jude Odion Ighalo is the cover star for This Day Magazine. Ighalo who has played for various international clubs, the first Nigerian to be on Manchester United and currently a striker for Saudi club Al Shabab discusses his humble background, career and family with This Day.
Read excerpts below:
At what age did you realize you had a passion for football, and you wanted to play professionally?
I think I was about ten years old when I started playing football. I was in primary school then, and I played for the school team. At the time, I was so into the game, and it was all I did. After secondary school, I sat for the JAMB entrance examination, but my results were withheld. I then decided to focus more on football, do more training and take it up as a career.
What was your first team?
I was training back then in Nigeria with a team in Ajegunle. At the time, there was a scout who usually came to watch us play. One day I was picked up for a trial, and that was it. I passed. On August 31st 2007, I signed my first professional contract, and that’s how my football career officially started. From Norway to Italy to Udinese in 2008, then Granada in Spain to England from Watford to China back to England and now Saudi Arabia. It’s been a long journey. It hasn’t been easy, but everything is going on well regardless. I have enjoyed every step of the journey because I love what I do – playing football.
Can you remember your first professional game?
Yes, I do and clearly, too. It was in Norway, and we won 3-1. I scored a goal in the game, and I was so happy since it was my first professional goal outside Nigeria. It was a dream come true for me. At the start, I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to perform well. Remember, this was my first time playing outside the country and with foreigners too. I wanted to kickstart my career outside the country with a bang, and I thank God it went well. Since then, there’s been no looking back.
What was it like being the first Nigerian playing for Manchester United?
Manchester United is a team I had supported right from when I was young, and so you can only imagine how I felt having the privilege to play for them—and then being the first Nigerian to do so made it even more special. I had a good time there with loads of beautiful experiences. One that stands out was scoring my first goal. It felt like a dream come true. It is an experience I would never forget.
What would you say has been the high point of your career?
Well, I will say when I signed my deal with China. It was a good contract. And I was pleased with it. I was bought from Watford to Changchun Yatai for £20million and it was a huge transfer and the biggest transfer in the history of both clubs. I went there and played for two years. I did so well with the team. I played about 50 or 52 games with 36 goals. It was one of the best moments in my career life. I would also say the day I got signed to Manchester United. Nothing compares to that feeling.
You are currently with Al-Shabab; how is that going?
It’s going well. I just finished my first six months with them, and I did well (thirteen games with nine goals and four assists). Not a bad one for a start, even though I know, I could have done better.
I am looking forward to starting a new season with them, and hopefully, I can score more goals.
Football is the ultimate unifying sport globally, particularly in Nigeria. How does it feel to be at the center of it all?
When it comes to football, nothing else matters. On the field, there’s no talk of tribalism, race, culture or religion. Instead, we all come together to celebrate our wins. I am happy to be at the center of it all. I am using my God-given talent to bring people together from different tribes, religions and countries to support one goal. It’s a beautiful feeling.
When was the last time you played for the National football team?
My last game for the National team was July 17th 2019, in Egypt, when we played our 3rd place in the Africa Nations Cup. I scored the goal that gave us the 3rd place medal, and after that, I announced my retirement from the National team.
Why did you retire?
It was a bit tough. I got injured. I was playing throughout the tournament with pains and an injury. My club in China wasn’t too happy. Also, there was the issue of the distance from China to Nigeria. Besides, I am not getting any younger, so I decided to allow the younger ones to continue from where I stopped. I am still in contact with everyone in the National team, and they are all doing very well.
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Makeup Mistakes You Should Avoid At All Cost
We all have our makeup routine that we feel we’ll never stray away from. But what if your everyday routine is actually full of beauty blunders? Have no fear: we’re here to help! We took some time to write down the biggest makeup mistakes we’ve discovered over the years and explain why they may be throwing a wrench in your routine.
Here are our top 5 common makeup mistakes, and of course, how to avoid them.
I’ve been that woman. The one who watched one too many Youtube tutorials, scoffed at how evidently easy smoky eyes are to create and proceeded to resemble a sleep-deprived panda by the end of it. The thing about makeup is, a pro can make the trickiest of looks seem virtually effortless to pull off, but when the brush is actually in your hand, the real truth emerges. Which is, perfecting your makeup skills demands patience, practice and a whole lot of experience.
Applying Before Moisturizing
Dry skin is makeup’s worst enemy. Applying makeup directly to dry skin can cause flakiness, which makes it difficult to blend the product into the skin. Before applying any makeup, make sure your face is freshly cleansed and moisturized. A moisturizer that can double down as a primer is the best choice. To remedy your dry skin long term, make sure to exfoliate weekly!
Wrong Shade of Foundation
It’s a makeup mistake everyone has made at some point. Wearing the wrong shade of foundation will automatically give away that you are wearing makeup because your face won’t match the rest of your skin. When choosing a foundation, make sure to shade match by testing on your face rather than your arm for the most accurate results. It doesn’t hurt to buy two colors that seem close to your skin tone, and either choose the shade that looks best in natural daylight or keep both to mix-and-match as your skin-tone fluctuates throughout the seasons.
Using A Foundation Way Lighter Than Your Skin Tone
Using the wrong shade of foundation is one of the biggest makeup blunders frequently committed, one that makes your face look like it doesn’t belong to the rest of your body. Especially for Indian skin tones, a super-light foundation will make your face look ashy, and off-colour, leaving a grey cast on your makeup. An ill-suited foundation shade is also a huge barrier to a natural makeup appearance that we mostly tend to aim for as a work-appropriate look, and can also make your face seem way too over-done, despite your makeup intentions being the polar opposite.
Skipping Out On The Neck Entirely
Yes, the purpose of make-up is to enhance your face, but a common makeup mistake is sticking to just that part and avoiding makeup application on the neck entirely. Your neck is the second most exposed part of your body after your face and also the one closest to it, and not matching the foundation base on your face with your neck can cause your face to look detached from what’s under the chin. It can also make your neck look like it’s older than your face, which is unsettling to just think of. Instead, apply the same coat of foundation, and blend appropriately.
Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes For Ages
Ladies, this is one of those makeup mistakes to avoid, that all of us have projected ourselves to at some point, before knowing better. Dirty makeup brushes can pave the way for a number of skin problems, and transfer dirt and bacteria onto your makeup products than to your face, and then back again to the product. Even if you make it a point to thoroughly clean your face before you apply your makeup, the accumulation of bacteria and germs on an unwashed makeup brush will lead to acne, breakouts and in some extreme cases, even viral illnesses. This is especially true in the case of a beauty blender used to apply foundation and other creamy makeup products since bacteria tend to thrive in moist environments. Make it a point to deep clean all your makeup brushes and tools every 7-10 days, and rinse your beauty blender after each use.
Applying heavy mascara on bottom lashes
When you swipe your mascara wand, do you give the same TLC to the top lashes as you do the bottom? If so, take it easier on the lower set, since Taylor says a heavy application will bring everyone’s attention to the wrinkles below your eyes. “Using mascara to accentuate the edges of the eyes can give your gaze extra expressiveness,” she says. “But no matter how small those wrinkles are, thick mascara will make them stand out. Just slightly add one coat to stay safe.”
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Tanzanian singer and songwriter, Vanessa Mdee is really rocking the pregnancy glow and we can’t stop drooling.
From the big announcement to her millions of followers, Vanessa Mdee is slowing serving us goals!
The singer had her baby shower recently and it was nothing short of amazing. Vanessa’s fiancé Rotimi, a Nigerian-American actor and singer, family members and close friends were present to celebrate the special day with her.
Fun, laughter and good vibes are all we can see. The pictures say it all, take a look!
Kemi Adetiba Is The Cover Star For Genevieve Magazine’s Latest Issue
Film maker Kemi Adetiba is the cover star for Genevieve Magazine’s latest issue. Kemi talks about her journey into making her Netflix original series “King Of Boys: Return Of The King.” She also spoke about how she and the entire crew did a great job in making the film a reality.
Nollywood star Jim Iyke was also featured in this issue. He spoke about his 20-year journey in the industry, tracking down trolls, giving himself space to grieve and more. Alongside, Anita Asuoha (Real Warri Pikin) who talks about her journey to healing, fans without boundaries and finding joy in giving joy!
Read the full article below GenevieveMagazine.com.
Photography – @kolaoshalusi
Direction/Styling – @sonia_irabor
MakeUp – @makeupbyadebukola
Hair – @abbeycrystalsignature
Cover Outfit – “Theatre” Two-Piece Top – @ladybeellionaire_luxury | Trousers – @atafo.official
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