From political shocks to borderless internet trends, Twitter bombs, and rapid awakening of AI, 2017 earned the tag “A year of extremes”, will 2018 surpass this ? No one knows for sure.
Here’s a peep into what the year has in stock, enjoy!
January: Elon Musk plans to launch his red Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit.
February 9-25: The 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The host nation’s not-so-friendly neighbours from the North might also make appearance at the games. And of course, Naija’s own Bobsled girls will represent the country at Winter Olympics.
April: Prince William and Kate Middleton will (likely) deliver third child.
May 19: Prince Harry will marry American actress, Meghan Markle.
June 14: The 2018 FIFA world cup is scheduled to be held in Russia.
June 24: Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive.
July 2: Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 2003.
Let’s bring it back home for a while. In Nigeria, we expect 2018 to be a year of politics and political dramas. The gubernatorial elections for Osun and Ekiti state are set to hold this year. Also, the 2019 elections campaigners will definitely get in the ring this year after the main parties, APC and PDP conclude their primaries .
In the world of fashion, major brands are already on course for their 2018 plans. For instance, Gucci will to become fur-free, no more of those soft cozy fur jackets. Animal rights activists will be pleased. Also, French luxury brand Chanel is set to open its first outlet in the Philippines by the first quarter of 2018. Generally, we expect the following trends to rule 2018 fashion scene: Statement earrings, Berets, Wide-leg pants, Derma Rollers, side slit action, Ol-school Denim, Sleek and wavy hair, Larger-than-life lashes, Geo-nails, Long layers,, Sheer socks, extreme hair lengths, Bright shadows. Colours and more colours. Be prepared for ultra violet shocks.
In world entertainment, sit tight and expect some major bars from foreign Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Major Lazer, Fall out boy, Charli XCX, MGMT, Interpol, Craig David, Owl city, Celine Dion, Selena Gomez and Toni Braxton. We don’t have to emphasize the heavy anticipation for The Avengers Infinity Wars right? If we’re going by the quality of the teaser, then for sure 2018 is about to be a damn good year. Other movies to watch out for : The much anticipated Black Panther set for release this year. Also, Fifty Shades Freed debuts on the 9th February.
In the tech world, we’ve had some major brands and personalities announce their plans for 2018:
Google will ditch Symantec security certificates, stopping it from the release of Chrome 66 in 2018.
Donald Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms. Hello Twiworld, you ain’t seen nothing.
Apple will likely release three new iPhone models in 2018, one of which will be a mobile with bendable curved display.
To show the tussle is still on, Samsung announced that it plans to release a foldable smartphone in 2018, seems 2018 will be the year of flexible mobiles.
We can confidently say 2018 will be a year of giant steps (and fights), you have two options: grab your popcorn and watch or join in the fray, we’ll take the second.
Here’s to kicking asses!