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Saturday 8 March 2008

News + World's most beautiful beaches

PDP goes to war
After the collapse of several meetings to produce a consensus candidate to contest the Peoples Democratic Party’s [PDP] top post all 25 chairmanship hopefuls seem ready to test their popularity through the ballot box...If you want to read more about it, check it out here...http://sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2008/mar/08/national-08-03-2008-001.htm

Nine Nigerians jailed for forging Ghanaian president’s letterhead
An advance fee fraud (419) syndicate, made up of Nigerians who used the forged letterheads of the President, Ministry of Finance and the signature of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana to dupe foreigners on the Internet, has been handed a five-year jail term by an Accra Circuit Court.
Tribunal returns Ohakim as elected governor of Imo State
The Imo State Election petition tribunal sitting in Owerri on Friday returned the Governor of the state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, as the duly elected governor of the state.
Ohakim, who won the April 28 gubernatorial election in the state was being challenged in the court by the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Action Congress, Chief Ifeanyi Araraume and Mr. Uche Onyeagucha respectively. Care for more? Here http://punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art2008030815342371

Across divided Jerusalem, a day of grief
Mourners crowd round the bodies of eight religious Jewish students during their funeral service at the Mercaz Harav seminary on March 7, 2008 in Jerusalem, Israel.
JERUSALEM -- On different sides of this divided city Friday, grieving Israelis laid to rest their murdered sons while a Palestinian family grieved over the loss of the young man who killed them.Read story here...http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mideast8mar08,1,4088856.story

Munachi Abii wants to be a rapper
“Me being a beauty queen and a rapper, you could say it is a split personality,” she said, when Saturday Sun recently had a chat with her. “One is glamorous, high-heel wearing, always dressed up and the other one is the t-shirt wearing, baseball cap on my head sort of person."
Read the full interview here...http://sunnewsonline.com/webpages/features/sunstyle/2008/mar/08/sunstyle-03-08-2007-001.htm

John Mayer posted this on his blog…to an ex-girlfriend..who? Jessica Simpson? Check it out...

I was sitting in the airport lounge this morning when I started scribbling out lyrics and such…Don’t read too far into this on a personal level. (There are no hidden messages)… I just thought it sums up how crazy love can be.
Dear Ex Lover,Perhaps you didn’t understand the last time I told you to stop contacting me, so I’ll do my best to spell it out for you. I do not wish to have you in my life anymore. I don’t know how much more clear I can be about it. It would serve you best to move on with your life and find someone who can put up with you, because I’m done trying.I hope this is enough closure for you.Goodbye.
P.S. If you need me, you know how to find me.

What a way to send a message!

Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer. The movie star confirms he has cancer as a magazine claims he has just five weeks to live…
Patrick Swayze has confirmed he has pancreatic cancer but denied reports that he has just weeks to live.
The National Enquirer has claimed that the 55 year old is dying and could have five weeks to live. But his doctor released a statement saying: "Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far."
He continued: "All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue."Read more here...http://www.mtv.co.uk/channel/mtvuk/news/06032008/407106/patrick_swayze_cancer
Student president killed. Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, applauds during election night Feb 15, 2007, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Carson was found shot to death on a city street in what police said Thursday, March 6, 2008 appeared to be a random crime, stunning the campus community who knew her well. Officials said there are no suspects and no arrests have been made. More here...http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iU3IVnyNBpy8ooTN4OutE2rKG1pgD8V91UGO0

'American Idol': Q&As with the Top 12!

Jeans for Genes
JEANS FOR GENES Fashion Exhibition on SAT, Mar 29th, at SWE BAR, 12pm.
It is a fundraiser organised by the sickle-cell project, to create more awareness on sickle-cell. Packaged by Zapphaire PR, the event is proudly supported by Chocolate City, X3M Music, Victoria Ola Adigun, Bunmi Adedipe, Swe Bar and Capital Hill.
Particpants include- Beampeh- Pablo- Byge- My Qfeaturing- Ties by OUCH!- Labelles Touch- Ayana.
There will be spoken word, music and poetry from artistes including- Africa's most anticipated Hip-Hop Artiste, M.I!- Jesse Jags- Bez Idakula- Spoken Word maestro, SAGE- Underground rap sensation, KEL- Naija's Rock Guru- ETCETERA,- Drenco- Special appearance by 2Shotz- Chiedu Ifeozo- CON.tra.diction.
Tell a friend and if u have any questions or need an invite, then please send a message to TOSYN BUCKNOR, or call / text 08023066252
Stickers on Nigerian cars
Cars in Nigeria now zoom the streets with stickers associated with the class the car belongs to.
On most jeeps, you see the sticker: "the Lord has lifted me up"

On S-class, E-class, C-class, Honda accord, Prelude and other cars in that category, you see the sticker: "I am the apple of God's eyes".

On cars like 504, and other tokunbos (TRO TRO), you will notice the sticker: "Touch not my anointed".

On cars like the good old Beetle and Panel Vans (Salake) you" ll see the sticker: "Let the weak say I am strong".
There are other cars especially those that cannot pass MOT or any other road worthiness test . These cars are simply moving coffins --- they have no brand name and no trace of manufacturers or country of origin. They are more liable to fall apart any moment. (You may need to hold the door with your hand or with a piece of string). Guess what sticker you see on these ones? "Relax, God is in control
Some other cars have amazing messages like;
- Givers never lack
- The Stuggle Continues
- No King as God
- Man must wack
- To become a man is not a day's job
- Beware, others have gone
- Horn before overtaking
- Wetin lawyers dey do sef
- The land is good
-Let my enemies live long to see my progress
- Slow and Steady

Naija no dey carry last position. we are endowed and gifted.

Fear God and make no joke about him
Someone sent this to me...I want to say something about it but I'm scared of making a joke...lol...just read!
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS? I SURE DIDNT TILL NOW. Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death! Make a personal reflection about this..... Very interesting, read until the end.....
It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Here are some men and women who mocked God.
John Lennon (Singer): Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: 'Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, Today we are more famous than Him' (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: 'God, that's for you.' He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.

The man who built the Titanic: After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: 'Not even God can sink it' The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic .

Marilyn Monroe (Actress): She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 'I don't need your Jesus'. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.

Bon Scott (Singer) The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:
'Don't stop me, I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell'. On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

Campinas (IN 2005) In Campinas, Brazil: a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend... The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You..' She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here.....It's Already Full ' Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken .

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

Jesus said 'If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my father.'
Did Jesus really say this? Oh well let's move on to something more light hearted...

The world's most beautiful beaches

Saint Lucia

Playa de las Teresitas and San Andrés: from Punta de los Organos. North-East Tenerife

Penguin island,South Africa

Kabira Bay

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Haystack Rock & the Needles Cannon Beach Oregon

The green beach

Fish Hoek, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Childers Cove, Bay of Islands Coastal Reserve, VI

Cancun beach

Dramatic Scenery of Big Sur, California

Bora Bora Pearl Beach

Blue Lagoon -Oldeniz Beach - Fethiye - Turkey

I will see y'all later. Mwah!

Thursday 6 March 2008

Ignorance is bliss...or is it?

I came home a bit late yesterday. I usually don't shower at night (always too tired or lazy), but I did it last night 'cos I was feeling a little sticky.

Ok, I think you guys need to know that from 6 pm till about 12 midnight, there's never power in my part of Surulere. We all rely on generator.

The generator in my house isn't powerful enough to carry all the electrical appliances in it. So usually when I take my bath at night, I don't turn on the light in the bathroom. I (think) know where everything is...

So I got into the shower, turned on the water and started scrubbing off. In darkness! (Don't imitate...lol)

When I first turned on the water, it had a funny smell and was more warm than usual but I thought nothing of it and went straight to business. I was showering leisurely, singing, playing music from my phone and just enjoying the feel of warm water on my body...

This water touched every part of my body. My eyes, my mouth, my...you know...everything. I even swallowed some of it...then....

...They restored power...

And Linda literarily ran out of the bathroom, screaming, when she saw the water running from the shower...

My dad came out to check what was going on and I told him...he laughed for a few seconds and said the water had been brownish and dirty all day and he had advised everyone not to use it...

Yeah well, no one told me.

The first few minutes wasn't funny as I went around looking for clean water to wash away the stink, the colouring, the dirt! I couldn't believe I'd swallowed that water and I'd used it so leisurely not knowing what I know now...

Lying in my bed later, I started laughing. Isn't life funny? The things we do when we lack knowledge...when we don't really know...how free, happy and content we are in our own ignorance. They say what you don't know won't kill you!

You're dating a guy and everytime you call him, his phone is switched off. When he calls you back he gives one story or the other and you totally believe him. Not knowing! Or your husband tells you a certain someone is just a colleague and you embrace her thinking thats the truth. Not knowing! Or someone claims to have your back while plotting your downfall and you open up yourself to them. Not knowing!.

But then one day you KNOW and you can't believe how ignorant (foolish) you've been. How blissful it is to be ignorant...how dangerously we live in it. Walking leisurely into a lions den not knowing what it really is until you're rescued out of there and you can't believe how close you came...

But when we really think about it, it's not that hard to know the truth if we really want to know. When I first got into the shower and perceived the smell, I could have gone looking for some light to check the water out...but I didn't! I'm used to the water clean, so what could go wrong on this particular night? I figured!

You know what they say about disillusion? It comes only to the illusioned. You cannot be disillusioned about something if you didn't put faith in it in the first place. If I'd had a previous experience with the water, maybe I wouldn't have been so quick to jump to the conclusion that there was nothing wrong with it on this particular night.

A few minutes of deep thinking is enough to find out the truth, but for some of us, thinking is tedious and a few minutes is a long time...so we are content with our knowledge, which is usually what we think we know, but really don't know.

When you also think of your own ignorant act, what's your excuse? Do we deliberately choose NOT to know! Do we always admire what we really don't understand? Is it that we don't know because we don't want to know? Or do we really know and pretend not to know? Or maybe we choose not to acknowledge the truth? Or is it that we are just sometimes stupid?

Do we delirately embrace ignorance? When we are not sure, it makes life easier for us? Is ignorance really innocence?

Someone said "Ignorance is the necessary condition of life itself. If we knew everything, we could not endure existence for a single hour."

So ignorance is bliss...but wouldn't you rather know?

Tuesday 4 March 2008

Sickle Cell Anaemia: The Eucharia Anunobi story + others

Reading Encomium magazine yesterday, I saw an interview granted by one of Nigeria's most talented actresses Eucharia Anunobi. In it she announced that her only son, Joshua Ekwu, has sickle cell anaemia.

Hear her...
Q: Lets share your challenges as a single lady
Eucharia "My situation is a bit complex. I don't know how to say this. My case is deep. It is not just about being a single mother. I don't know if this is the right place to say this but mine is more trying. Mine is heavy. You know why? Because my son has sickle cell anaemia. Unfortunately that is heavy. Sometimes the tears...please, I don't want to talk about it. I has not been easy. I am sure you understand. It is not easy when your child is SS. I have God on my side. He has been my helper and my strength"

Unfortunately she didn't say anymore about it. I would have loved to know how she found out, what she's doing to keep him healthy, the real challenges of taking care of an SS child etc...but the journalist asking the questions didn't ask any of this, he kinda seemed more interested in her broken marriage and run away husband.

This is one of the reasons I want to do a talk show someday. Have people share their experiences, so some of us can learn from it.

If this doesn't teach us anything at all, it should teach some of us who haven't had kids yet to check our blood type/group? before getting married or having a baby by a man.

What more can you say about this? Any expert in the house? Please tell us more about this blood disease.
World's dirtiest cities: Port Harcourt Makes the top list
Meanwhile our own PH city has been named one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Most of the dirtiest cities are in Africa. Surprised? See the full list below.
No. 1: Baku, Azerbaijan Health and Sanitation Index Score: 27.6
No. 2: Dhaka, Bangladesh Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 29.6
No. 3: Antananarivo, Madagascar Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 30.1No.
4: Port au Prince, Haiti Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 34No.
5: Mexico City, Mexico Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 37.7No.
6: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 37.9No.
7: Mumbai, India Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 38.2No.
8: Baghdad, Iraq Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39No.
9: Almaty, Kazakhstan Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39.1No.
10: Brazzaville, Congo Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39.1No.
11: Ndjamena, Chad Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39.7No.
12: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 40.4No.
13: Bangui, Central African Republic Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 42.1
No. 14: Moscow, Russia Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.4No.
15: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.4No.
16: Bamako, Mali Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.7No.
17: Pointe Noire, Congo Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.8No.
18: Lome, Togo Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 44.1No.
19: Conakry, Guinea Republic Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 44.2
No. 20: Nouakchott, Mauritania Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 44.7
No. 21: Niamey, Niger Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 45
No. 22: Luanda, Angola Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 45.2
No. 23: Maputo, Mozambique Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 46.3
No. 24: New Delhi, India Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 46.6No.
25: Port Harcourt, Nigeria Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 46.8*

Chris Brown and Rihanna holidaying in Jamaica!

I totally approve...lucky dude!

Chinese Fend Shui Horoscope
It seems most horoscopes are for single or working people. Still, some of these may come true.This is a Chinese Feng Shui Horoscope.
Take a moment to take this test! If you are honest this tells the truth, it's pretty accurate.
Write your answers on paper. Find out your horoscope at the bottom.
1. Which color is your favorite color: Red, Black, Blue, Green or Yellow?
2. Your first initial?
3. Your month of birth?
4. Which color do you like more, Black or White?
5. The name of a person that is the same sex as you?
6. Your favorite number?
7. Do you like California or Florida more?
8. Do you like a lake or the ocean more?
9. Write down a wish (a realistic one)

When you are done, scroll down. Don't cheat!

1. If you choose:Red- You are alert and your life is full of love.Black- You are conservative and aggressive.Green- Your soul is relaxed and you are laid back.Blue- You are spontaneous and love affection.Yellow- You are a very happy person and give good advice to those who are down.
2. If your initials are: A-K You have a lot of love and friendships in your life.L-R You try to live your life to the max and your love life is soon to bloom. S-Z You like to help others and your future looks ver! y br ight.

3. If you were born in: Jan-Mar: The year will go very well for you and you will discover that you fall in love with someone totally unexpected.Apr-Jun: You will have a strong love relationship that will last forever.Jul-Sep: You will have a great year and will experience a major life-changing experience for the good.Oct-Dec: Your life will b e great, you will find your soul mate.

4. If you choose:Black: Your life is about to get better. You are more than ready for the change.White: You have a friend who completely confides in you and would do anything for you, but you may not realize it.

5. This person should be your best friend.

6. This is how many close friends you will have in your life time.

7. If you choose:California : You like adventure.Florida : You are a laid back person.

8. If you choose:Lake : You are loyal to your friends and your lover. You are very reserved.

Ocean: You are spontaneous and like to please people.

9. This wish will come true if you send this to 1 person in one hour.Send it to ten people and it will come true before your next birthday.
When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a bitch.
When I stand up for those I love, they call me a bitch.
When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a bitch.
Being a bitch means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life MY way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.
When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a bitch. The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish.
It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I "should" be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that! So try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won't succeed.
And if that makes me a bitch , so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.
B - Babe
I - In
T - Total
C - Control of
H - Herself
B = Beautiful
I = Intelligent
T = Talented
C = Charming
H = Hell of a Woman
B = Beautiful
I = Individual
T = That
C = Can
H = Handle anything

Not my own words...just thought to share.

See you soon!

Monday 3 March 2008

Question + How to sleep during office hours + Cakes to die for

Would you marry a man who is three times divorced? Become wife no 4? I totally wouldn't. I know someone who is about to do it and it gives me the chills...maybe it's just me...
Does anyone have any reservations about that too? Would you do it? Does it matter?
Share your thoughts!

How to sleep during office hours

Believe it or not...they are cakes!

Which is your favourite cake? If you want any of it...don't ask me o...lol! Just take a sample to your baker...

Just a thought
"The most beautiful things in life are hardly ever seen but felt. Show me a man who does not gossip and I'll show you a man who's not interested in people''

"What hurts me is not that you lied to me. It's that I can never believe you again"

"There is YOUR way and MY way. There's no ONLY way or the RIGHT way"

Have a beautiful week ahead!

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