Joseph Kony? Lionel Messi? Rush Limbaugh? Arise Fashion Week? See who we chose as Winners & Losers for yesterday!

by Hauwa Gambo


Winners&Losers does a roundup of the day’s major happenings by distilling the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of the day’s news cycle ie good or bad news. As always, you are welcome to agree or disagree sharply below!

WINNERS:
Lionel Messi
Again, Messi makes history! The player “took his scoring prowess to yet another level Wednesday, becoming the first player to net five goals in a Champions League game as Barcelona thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1.”

Apple
The new ipad – with its HD screen and all that this-is-why-we-are-way-cooler than you stuff – captured the imagination of media across the world yesterday. Everyone’s still in awe.

Nigeria
Forget the fact that we sound a bit whiny and entirely reactionary, still most of Nigeria stood as one against what we see as South África’s official xenophobia. Not bad.

Sarkozy
The French president, though he faces a bleak time out at the polls, seized control of the narrative through a televised debate where he did as much damage to opponents as they did to him. Not a bad turn.

Teju Cole
The author of Open City – one of 2011’s best books, according to Time – is now $10,000 richer, thanks to the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a “distinguished” first book of fiction. Congratulations man!

LOSERS:
Arise Magazine Fashion Week
Day 2 of the much-heralded fashion splash was, no exaggerations, a disaster – so much so that it eventually had to be cancelled, between unfinished tents and protesting models.

Piers Morgan
Does Dear Piers always have a foot in his mouth? As if looking for trouble, the CNN anchorman made a comparison between Messi and Thierry Henry, on Twitter. He quickly found the trouble he sought.

Rush Limbaugh
No matter how much bravado the US talk show host puts on, he surely regrets the day he called that student a “slut”. 26 advertisers have now pulled out from his show, and Republicans are openly questioning his relevance.

Rahul Gandhi
It was supposed to be his crowning moment, as Reuters put it, but “the heir-apparent in India’s ruling Congress party” was thrashed in this week’s state election results and Índia’s still buzzing about it.

Joseph Kony
The Ugandan rebel leader is now famous, thanks to the millions of followers of P Diddy and Rihanna, but it’s only so that the brutal warlord, who has used over 60,000 children in

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