Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Nigerian Senate includes some of the brightest minds in our country many of whom are friends of mine and most of whom have been in active politics for many years. They have my respect. However what transpired in the Senate chamber a few days ago was a great cause for concern for not just me but millions of Nigerians from all over the world. How an innocent and seemingly uninteresting, uninspiring and unimportant debate about when and at what age a Nigerian citizen could legitimately and lawfully renounce his or her citizenship turned into a referendum on paedophilia and child marriage I dont know. Yet sadly that is precisely what happened and ever since then the nation has been on fire. Senator (ex-Governor) Ahmed Sani, the Yerima Bakura and the Apostle of political sharia in Nigeria finally got his way and the futile attempt by a small number of good, noble and honourable Senators to amend the existing law on marriage and properly define the age of a female that is eligible to marry was thwarted by the pro-paedophilia, pro-child rape and pro-child marriage group within the Senate. Sadly our distinguished Senators eventually bowed to the will of Yerima and his friends and agreed to remain silent about the age that young girls can get married in Nigeria. What this means is that girls that are as young as 9 years old can continue to be lawfully bedded and married in our country providing they are deemed as being ''physically developed enough'' to do so by their suitors, their prospective husbands and their parents. That is the law and that is the sordid level that we as a people and as a nation have degenerated to over the years. I weep for Nigeria and, perhaps more appropiately, I weep for the Nigerian girl child. I weep because it is obvious to me that the Yerima's of this world wish to turn our country into a giant Bangkok to which millions of sexual deviants flock from all over the world to ''enjoy'' our ''tourist attractions'' and ''have a taste'' of our young and beloved children. Worst still they wish to use religion to defend and justify it. Yet we have no choice but to live with this new reality and to accept it as it is. After all, our representatives in the sacred halls of the Senate were not sensitive enough or ''man enough'' to shoot down the whole thing, to stand firmly against the unholy agenda and to say boldly and firmly that ''come what may'' our children must be protected from sexual deviants and reprobates. And since the Senate, in its infinate wisdom, has now bought into and openly endorsed the "Paedophile Charter" which essentially makes it lawful and constitutional for very young girls to get married and to have sex at a very young age it is my firm view that we have now become a nation of perverts and paedophiles. The Senate had a chance to clear the air and amend the law but, out of nothing but sentiment and an inexplicable eagerness to compromise with that which is clearly evil, they threw that chance away and sacrificed our most sacred values to Yerima and his gang. Worst still they did it with a smile on their faces. Every Nigerian should bow his or her head in shame because instead of crushing the head of the lustful beast that seeks to fornicate with our children, to steal their virtues and to destroy their future what the Senate did the other day was to compromise with and cater for the filthy appetites and godless fantasies of a bunch of child molestors and sexual predators. It is sordid. It is ungodly. It is evil. And it is unforgiveable. Surely we ought to be seeking to protect our children and not seeking to bed them. Yet it appears that not everyone shares our outrage and collective sense of shame. One Uche Ezechukwu made the following contribution which went viral on the social media networks and which I think speaks volumes. He wrote- "Those who are railing against 'paedophile' senators, like Yerima Bakura, must be told that a muslim can’t go wrong while imitating the examples of the Apostle of Allah himself and the founder of his religion, in the same way a christian cannot be criticized for following the examples of Jesus Christ. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) married Aisha at the age of six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. So, why are we judging muslims by our own standards?" I am appauled by these words. The truth is that I have never heard such a self-serving and specious arguement in defence of the philosophies and beliefs of the Ayatollah of Bakura, Senator Ahmed Sani, the practising paedophile who married and bedded a 12 year old Egyptian girl, as this one. Ahmed Sani himself could not have argued it better. Yet I think that it is an utter shame. And this is more so because the individual that is putting the arguement is supposedly a christian. The Old Testament of the Holy Bible prescribes ''stoning'' for adultry but that does not mean that christian countries, or indeed secular states like Nigeria, should stone adulterers. Neither does it mean that we should preserve the institution of slavery or crucify petty thieves simply because the Holy Bible endorsed both practices in the Old Testament. We must accept the fact that the interpretation of biblical and koranic provisions are evolutionary and are ever changing. Jesus Himself said ''laws are made for man and not man for laws''. The suggestion that paedophilia has any place in any modern and decent society simply because it was once practised in the distant past is not only a despicable arguement but it also does not make any sense. After all cannibalism and child and human sacrifice were once widely practised and were held as being perfectly acceptable throughout the world as well but that does not mean that we should practice any of those terrible vices today. The young man, Uche Ezechukwu, who appears to be defending child rape in the name of islam, should either let someone lay with and ''marry'' his own 6 or 9 year old daughter or he should seal his lips forever and stop trying to defend the indefensible. His assertions, and I daresay those of Senator Ahmed Sani and anyone that shares their primitive views, are not only utterly immoral and reprehensible but they are also intellectually dishonest. I say this because the truth is that there is NO muslim country in the world that has adopted the "paedophile charter" where 6 or 9 year olds can marry and be bedded except for Saudi Arabia, Iran and Yemen. Every other muslim country in the world, including Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt, Jordan, Senegal, the Sudan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Qatar, Bahrain, Dagestan, Albania, Bosnia, Somalia, Algeria, Libya, Mali, Azerbejhan,Niger, Turkestan, Chechnya and Syria have specifically banned child marriage, paedophilia and child rape in their various constitutions and laws and some have declared it ''repugnant'', ''unacceptable'' and ''unislamic''. Are these people not muslims too? As a matte if fact are they not better muslims than those that insist on sleeping with or marrying underage girls in the name of islam? Like christianity and judaism, islam is a noble, pure, honourable and ancient faith that seeks to protect the weakest and most vulnerable in society, including children. No-one should use the misinterpretation of its provisions to try to justify or rationalise what is essentially depraved, shameful, disgusting and barbaric behaviour and the most sordid and filthy expression of sexual deviance and perversion. Even animals do not marry or bed their own infants. The bitter truth is that paedophiles have no place in any civilised society. I am constrained to say that in the light of their "yes" vote to child marriage and their green light to paedophilia, every single member of the Nigerian Senate that voted with Yerima on that day and that supported his filthy agenda should bow their heads in utter shame and they should be compelled to offer their own infant and under age daughters to strangers for marriage. I repeat, they have turned us into a nation of perverts and paedophiles and I say a pox on all their houses. I reserve my commendations and respect only for those Senators that opposed and voted against Yerima's protestations and agenda and that stood for that which was right even though they could not muster enough votes to have their way. My word to this brave and righteous few is simple and clear- keep the struggle alive and continue to resist the evil that resides amongst us all. You are the only thing that stands between our children and the practising paedophiles in our midst who seek to ravage and bed them even before they have entered their teens.
Support the #ChildNotBride movement Below is the list of the Nigeria Senators who voted for underage marriage in Nigeria... 1. Sen. Abdulmumin M. Hassan (Jigawa South West, PDP) 2. Sen. Abdullahi Danladi (Jigawa North West, PDP) 3. Sen. Adamu Abdullahi (Nasarawa West, PDP) 4. Sen. Ahmed Barata (Adamawa South, PDP) 5. Sen. Akinyelure Ayo (Ondo Central, Labour Party) 6. Sen. Alkali Saidu A. (Gombe North, PDP) 7. Sen. Bagudu Abubakar A. (Kebbi Central, PDP) 8. Sen. Dahiru Umaru (Sokoto South, PDP) 9. Sen. Galaudu Isa (Kebbi North, PDP) 10. Sen. Garba Gamawa (Bauchi North, PDP) 12. Sen. Gobir Ibrahim (Sokoto East, PDP) 13. Sen. Gumba Adamu Ibrahim (Bauchi South, PDP ) 14. Sen. Hadi Sirika (Katsina North, CPC) 15. Sen. Ibrahim Bukar Abba (Yobe East, ANPP) 16. Sen. Jajere Alkali (Yobe South, ANPP) 17. Sen. Jibrilla Mohammed (Adamawa North, PDP) 18. Sen. Kabiru Gaya (Kano South, ANPP) 19. Sen. Lafiagi Mohammed (Kwara North, PDP) 20. Sen. Lawan Ahmad (Yobe North, ANPP) 21. Sen. Maccido Mohammed (Sokoto North, PDP) 22. Sen. Musa Ibrahim (Niger North, CPC) 23. Sen. Ndume Mohammed Ali (Borno South, PDP) 24. Sen. Sadiq A. Yaradua (Katsina Central, CPC) 25. Sen. Saleh Mohammed (Kaduna Central, CPC) 26. Sen. Tukur Bello (Adamawa Central, PDP) 27. Sen. Ugbesia Odion (Edo Central, PDP) 28. Sen. Umar Abubakar (Taraba Central, PDP) 29. Sen. Usman Abdulaziz (Jigawa North East, PDP) 30. Sen. Ya’au Sahabi (Zamfara North, PDP) 31. Sen. Zannah Ahmed (Borno Central, PDP).... 32. Sen. Ahmad Rufai Sani (Zamfara West, ANPP) 33. Sen. Ahmad Abdul Ningi (Bauchi Central, PDP) 34. Sen. Bello Hayatu Gwano (Kano North, PDP) 35. Sen. Ibrahim Abu (Katsina South, CPC)..
Friday, July 19, 2013
Michael Adebolajo, one of the two men who attacked and killed soldier Lee Rigby on May 22nd at Woolwich, has been injured in an attack in the prison where he's being kept, according to reports. Prison officials said the attack occurred on Wednesday July 17th at HMP Belmarsh prison and Michael is believed to have lost two teeth during the violent incident. Daily Mail reports that several officers were called in to help after Adebolajo began acting violently, and he was injured during the subsequent melee in the prison’s high-security wing. The murder suspect received medical treatment in the prison but did not need to go to hospital.
Chidinma and Chidiebere are simply known in Nollywood as the Aneke Twins. The actresses and movie producers just released some lovely new photos. More pics
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Y'all know I love black and these dresses look fab, but is black appropriate for a wedding? Are black bridesmaid dresses a 'do' or 'don't' ?
Akon took to his Instagram page immediately after the 'not guilty' verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and suggested that African Americans move back to Africa. He wrote: Every African American in the United States need to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were u will be treated like the royalty you are. You don't deserve this treatment. This is not your country!! He's Senegalese o, but lives in America and he's asking the real Americans to move to Africa.
The footballer shared the photos on instagram. Everyone's showing off these days..lol. Well, if you work hard and make money, you're allowed to. It could inspire others to want to work hard too, abi?
Saturday, July 13, 2013
P-Square's elder brother Jude Okoye shows off a lot of dollars as he contemplates buying a new ride.
Another Star magazine report...:-) Read it below... From Star Magazine, Chris Rock may be a comedian, but the current state of his 16-year marriage is no laughing matter – because the actor and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, have called it quits! The shocking news surfaced in late June when Chris’ brother, Tony Rock, made light of the situation during a performance at the Hollywood Improve Comedy Club. “Tony poked fun at his brother’s divorce during one of his acts. An audience member tells Star. “He said, “I’m not supposed to tell y’all this, but Chris is getting a divorce. I’m so happy because now we can get p***y together. I didn’t like her anyway.” Sources say Chris,48, grew tired of having to answer to 44-year-old Malaak. “There’s been many arguments behind closed doors,” spills the insider. “Malaak is very controlling and demanding.”
Al-Mustapha was released yesterday Friday July 12th after many years in prison, and his first port of call after his release was T.B Joshua's place. T.B Joshua explains why Al-Mustapha visited him first: I got to know him many years ago when a petition was addressed to General Bamaiyi who was the then Chairman of the NDLEA. As you know, several efforts had been made by my detractors to bring me and my ministry down. One of those efforts was that petition. I was arrested for investigation and it was later discovered that it was a tissue of lies. I spent nine days with them for investigation and they found the whole thing to be a fabrication. From there, I was taken to Aso Rock (City of Power) to see the president. It was there that I met Mustapha. I was able to reveal to them who I am by telling them what was to come as a prophet. One of those things I mentioned to them and to Mustapha in particular, was what he went through, though he did not believe me then. That was why when it came to pass, I was the first person he remembered. I told him that he would spend several years in prison and would be finally released which no one else had ever told him. That is why you see him coming here as his first port of call. Where there is no vision, people perish. I am surprised you are asking me why he is coming here first. When you look into your archives as journalists, you will find many stories in the past about my visit to Aso Rock, (City of Power) while Bamaiyi was Chairman of NDLEA. Many magazines and newspapers published my visions and prophecies on the government and the presidency. When you know your picture of tomorrow, it will impart a strength to endure your present difficulty. When you know what you are passing through now will not last long, you will endure it. This is vision; this is prophecy. This can only come by revelation. This is what the Bible means by, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). I will leave you here.
Monday, July 8, 2013
The big and beautiful actress pictured as Anika the village prostitute in a new Igbo movie titled Ogboto: The Naked One. See another photo
Andy Murray wins his first Wimbledon title and becomes the first British man to win the tournament since 1936. He defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 yesterday Sunday July 7th. Congrats to him...
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo DaVinci. The goal of reducing clutter is to eliminate the non-essentials and keep only what is needed. If you are cleaning out your closet, this means deciding which pile each thing belongs in. But when it comes to the contents of your mind, the choice is where you place your attention. What do you want to feed with your most precious resource - your attention? We must however be aware that the beginning of any change and any new direction starts within. More accurately it starts with a thought. No matter what that new journey will be, no matter how far it will take us, that first step will quietly, occur within the realms of our own mind. An uncluttered mind is still and pristine like a mountain lake on a windless day. Even if a ripple appears, the tranquility remains, undisturbed. Your actions are clean and efficient. In the spaciousness, you notice creative impulses, novel ideas, and boundless peace. You feel light, calm, and alive. Mental Noise To a great extend, much of this can be classified as mental noise. We are forced to deal with it, blocking it out when we can, doing our best to filter out small pieces that are actually useful to us. We as humans were simply not designed to deal with this much information all at once. This noise keeps us at a disadvantage. It prevents us from focusing on our goals, focusing on what truly matters. It keeps us disconnected from the big picture and from each other. Without the much needed mental clarity, no matter how many courses we may take, we are not prepared to recognize that which truly makes the difference in our lives, what brings us the lasting happiness that we seek. Inquiry for Thoughts and Feelings Are you ready to de-clutter your mind? Experts suggest asking a series of questions to decide what to keep and what to let go of. Take each thought pattern, each emotion, and any internal experience that holds you back and pose these questions: * Do I need this? Is it essential or necessary? * Does it serve me? Is it helpful or useful? * Am I attached to it? Can I let it go? The Process of Letting Go Let's be clear about what "letting go" means. It's not exactly like throwing away those clothes you haven't worn for five years - or is it? Letting go might mean choosing to move your attention away from a non-essential thought or feeling every time it arises. Or, the process of asking these questions might automatically dispel a long-treasured, old, boring story. And sometimes the letting go is more of a process that happens over time. Start by asking yourself the three questions, and see what you discover. Maybe you will be ready to let go of a mindset that doesn't serve you. Or simply asking the questions may help the patterns loosen their grip. De-cluttering is not an order, or even a goal. With great wisdom and love, simply notice, inquire, receive, then watch what happens...effortlessly. Simple Breathing Meditation Technique Here is a step by step guide to a simple breathing meditation technique that can be helpful for de-cluttering your minds. Find a quiet dark area where you will not be disturbed for a duration of your session. Assume a comfortable position sitting down, without leaning back. * With your eyes closed, take a couple of deep breaths to help you relax. Now, breath normally. Gently bring your attention to the air moving in and out of your nose. Feel the cool air entering your nostrils, rising up through the nose passages on inhale. Don't hold your breath. Feel the warmer air moving through and out of your nose at exhale. You can keep your eyes focused at the point between your eyebrows if you like. * Continue with your attention on the breath. Never force your breathing but allow it to naturally flow in and out of your nose. Thoughts will come up in your mind. One by one acknowledge them and gently return your mind to the breath. Watch your breath, never forcing it, simply observing. The thoughts will come and go, but the breath will continue, calmly and peacefully. It may be helpful to mentally repeat "in" while breathing in and "out" when breathing out. * You may find that after a while, your breath will become shallower. This is normal and you should just go along with it. Don't force your breath. The key is simply to observe the air, become the air itself if you will. Let go of everything else, allow yourself to deeply merge with it. If your time is limited, you may want to set a gentle alarm in advance letting you know when the time is up. Slowly get out of the state of meditation but try to retain the calmness that you are experiencing. Bring this feeling of calmness with you when you're done. This simple practice will train your mind to focus on just one thing - in this case, your breathing. The effectiveness of this method comes from having a permanent point of attention. You may practice it as long as you'd like. It is recommend to start for just 5 to 10 minutes per day and growing your practice from there. Eventually, this meditation practice may be performed sitting at your office during a break, on the bus, whenever you have some down time or need to focus yourself. The benefits of de-cluttering your mind are felt almost immediately. You will become more focused and prone to less distraction in general. All of your ideas will evolve more naturally. Your decisions will become more intuitive. Any task that you approach will be more manageable and easier to achieve. You will be ready to handle the new journeys or to improve your current ones. The answers will naturally come to you, just listen. This practice may also make you feel more peaceful and attuned to everything and everyone around you. You will realize that we all have the same desire for love, peace and appreciation that connects us all. Conclusion To be in a position to create a brand new program we have to change the programming of the past. Clear the slate if you like. So let's get into how we can de-clutter our minds. It takes work, sacrifice and persistence. However this is the price you must pay to prepare the fertile garden in your mind. There is no such thing as something for nothing. The universe will only align with you when you are prepared to pay a price for what you will receive. I hope you can commit to the price being asked here. The rewards will far outweigh the asking price. The process is working when you begin to feel a difference in your energy level. Soon after that you will begin to be aware of the thoughts buzzing around in your head.
Last week, on what was the 2nd anniversary of the debut of their ready to wear kaftans and tunics Tunisian fashion atelier , S&M Kaftans, announced it has a fashion line in the works for the Nigerian market. The atelier has introduced a ready to wear collection, on pre order basis only, for Nigerian fashionistas. Superior quality, creativity, sophistication, minimalistic yet elegant creations with great attention to detail are all qualities of S&M Kaftans creations. The fashion atelier is presently showcasing a collection, which is a mix of Tunisian inspired tunics and kaftans. The colour palette range from black, pink, beige to lilac and grey. The new collection targets uber chic modern women who want to be confident and look glamorous without going overboard and breaking the bank. The designs have detailed embroidery, structure and are made from high quality 100% organic breathable cotton fabric. This type of cotton is very supple and kind to the skin. n addition, each design is individually tailored by talented artisans in Tunisia and NOT mass produced in a factory thereby delivery to Nigeria takes between 2-3 weeks. However, you can be rest assured that it will be worth the wait. There is also a limited run per design which means that only a handful of people, in Nigeria, will be wearing each design out of a population of 160 million! Pre-orders are being taken now for July delivery. To pre-order or for other enquiries, kindly contact S & M Kaftans representative in Nigeria on 08094715854 (10am-10pm) or BB PIN 2A40BD85 (24hrs).
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Market's leading Scotch whisky Chivas, in conjunction with the new luxury 5-star hotel, InterContinental Lagos, are scheduled formally to recognize the Top 100 game changers in Nigeria today. The highly anticipated and much talked about exclusive event is scheduled to take place on the 4th of July, 2013 at the new prestigious InterContinental Lagos. The Top 100 list of powerful and well established men were unanimously selected based on their achievements, entrepreneurship, ambition, sophistication and all in all contribution to the development of Nigeria. Some of the names include Wole Soyinka, Dr Newton Jibunoh, Segun Oniru, Tonye Cole and General TY Danjuma just to name a few. The event boasts a lineup of amazing performances and is slated to be an unprecedented event in Lagos. Continue... Chivas is well known for luxury, brotherhood and chivalry. Chivas is a product of unique origin, a proud lineage of whisky makers and more than two centuries worth of history since the year 1840. This brand of whisky which is produced by the Chivas brothers and owned by Pernod Ricard, has won numerous gold medal awards. This highly sought after Scotch was an immediate success since its introduction to the market and has been a long-time favourite among real Scotch connoisseurs as well as members of the well to do stratum of the society. Chivas can be found only in the hands of the upper echelon such as those attending the Cannes Film Festival etc. in the South of France. On the other hand, the InterContinental brand came into being in the year 1946 when the Pan American airways launched their International Hotel brand, its first opening was in Belem, Brazil, then extended a trailblazing portfolio across the world with over 170 hotels in 60 different countries. Many guests will walk the black carpet attending in anticipation of the unveiling of what will be the best hotel ever in Nigeria. InterContinental brand has become a byword for luxury travel to a jet-set generation with an impressive guest list; from Louis Armstrong to Princess Grace. Chivas in the past has associated with movies stars like Frank Sinatra and has also been a sponsor of the Cannes film festivals for a number of years. “We are delighted and privileged to be hosting such a prestigious event at InterContinental Lagos," said Didier Coeln, General Manager "and we look forward to growing our partnership with Chivas and welcoming the esteemed Nigerian society to experience the newest and most luxurious hotel in Lagos." The evening which will treat guests to a 6 course meal, entertainment set in the 20s and much more launches Chivas scotch into the Nigerian market. Chivas...Live with Chivalry!
A Catholic priest, Father Francois Murad, (left and circled) was killed on 23 June in Gassanieh, northern Syria by jihadist rebels in front of a cheering crowd, the Vatican news agency reported yesterday. The beheading of the 49 year old priest was filmed on a camera phone and recently posted on the internet. The priest had been staying in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land when he was seized by the rebels who accused him of collaborating with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Nollywood actress Stephanie Chijioke set to wed Nollywood actress Stephaine Chijioke is set to wed her oil businessman boo, a Port Harcourt based big boy named Frank. Their traditional wedding will take place in Ngor Okpala LGA in Imo state on the 3rd of August! Congrats to them!
This is actress and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Karlie Redd at the BET Awards on Sunday night. Do you see what is wrong? It's more clear in the right photo. #Someplasticsurgeonsaremadsha! Lol