Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 11/23/2008 - 11/30/2008





Thursday 27 November 2008

Segun Aranmolate's Words + Future Awards unveils date

Segun Aranmolate

The young man woke up in the morning with his ideas lurking in his head. Cuddled up in his bed, he thought about his family and all the great plans he wanted to execute. As he was reflecting in his dark, inhospitable cell room, one of his masked captors walked into the room with a pencil and blank piece of paper in his hand. He handed the writing utensils to the young man and told him to write his last rites, as it was time for him to meet his creator. As soon as the young man heard those words, his mouth became dry and there was a burning sensation in the back of his throat. His hands trembled as he held the crumpled paper in his left and the crooked pencil in his right. Sweat trickling down his forehead; he began to write his final legacy – five things I will do differently.

Wake: I will wake up every morning and smile at the world. I will be glad for the chance to see yet another day, and most especially I will be grateful for the “gift of life.”

Eat: I will cherish every meal I receive. I will eat healthy delicious meals and I will take my time to savor the complex flavors of each meal. My body is divine and it surely deserves the finest of foods.

Love: I will develop my innate ability to Love myself and to Love others selflessly, as Love is the universal language that all humans understand.
Work: I will establish my identity at work and I will let my purpose of “positively improving humanity,” fuel my creativity and talents. I will view success not through the eyes of an epicure, but through the eyes of a famished individual who has been fed and empowered with the wisdom of life.

Sleep: At the end of each day, I will lie in my bed and I will sleep like a baby because if life is worth living then it must be worth dreaming as well. Furthermore, I cannot dream without sleep!

Upon writing these words, the young man carefully folded the piece of paper and handed it to his captor. He smiled and felt calm. He was at peace with himself because he realized that he had lived a great life and completed his legacy. It was now time to celebrate his life.
-SHEG ARANMOLATE . -Author, iACTUATE: 100 days of Inspiration
25 year old Segun is a model, author and motivational speaker.

- The Awards holds on the 17th and 18th of January
- “Their work is more than impressive… it is inspiring,” – Reuben Abati

Wrapping up a whirlwind and eagerly followed tour around the country, the organizers of The Future Awards headed to the UK in a series of presentations to spread the word about Nigeria’s biggest youth event.

“We are extremely proud of ourselves. We never tire of stating that we are making history, doing something pacesetting in the history of any awards process in Nigeria.” said Emilia Asim-Ita, the Award’s PR Director, “The ultimate plan for the town, and the basic idea, is to go to all 36 states in the country, and engage as many Nigerian youth as possible, generate conversation about Nigeria taking this message of hope and change and inspiration and making sure that youth from every part are inter-connected with the idea that youths can change Nigeria in spite of the difficult environment. We, after all, are a testimony to that: if we could do these town halls as planned without one kobo of sponsorship, then you know, you just have to believe"...

Next Naija Entertainment News...
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Wednesday 26 November 2008

Introducing:MoDyves Jewelry + Don't Foget the lyrics audition + AMAS + CNN 2008 Heroes

British African designer Esther Agbarha has travelled extensively around the world to places such as London, New York, Paris, Thailand, Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, China, and Dubai just to name a few. This has strongly influenced her creativity and inspired her choices. She currently resides in Europe with her two children.
Esther has a Bachelor of Science from London Guildhall University and a Masters degree from Pennsylvania State university.

She worked in the corporate sector for financial institutions in both London and United States of America.
In 2006, MoDyves was established from Esther’s passion for the finer things in life. She designs jewelry that merges ancient wisdom with today’s needs. The focus of the designs are based on the “gift of nature” and the euphoria for wellness.

MoDyves jewelry creation is composed of two-faced gemstone pendants and necklaces with healing properties lavished in white, yellow, and pink 18K gold . These are one-of-a-kind piece that can be worn as two different styles due to the unique setting of the two-faced stones that touch the skin. A portion of the proceeds from MoDyves Collection will go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Currently the only place its being sold is on-line at http://www.modyves.com/
Such beautiful jewelries...check her out!

Don't Forget The Lyrics Auditions
The auditions for contestants will soon commence, the emerging winners will then be used for recording the 1st 4 to 5 episodes.

The schedule is seen below:
Location Date Venue
Ibadan Fri. 28th Nov, 08 Marble Suites, Bodija
Jos Sun. 30th Nov, 08 Crest Hotel, Jos
Owerri Tues. 2nd Dec, 08 Imo State Council for Arts & Culture
Lagos Thurs and Fri. 4th & 5th Dec, 08 Protea Hotel; Leadway, Maryland

So to anyone who knows the lyrics of a thousand and one songs through time and wishes to be on a fun TV game show and even win big money while having fun, this is the time to jump on the train because by the 5th episode, contestant recruitment will be by SMS which is harder.


The Winners
Favorite Male Artist: Chris Brown
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Band, Duo, or Group: Daughtry
Favorite Album: Alicia Keys, As I Am
Country Music
Favorite Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo, or Group: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Album: Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride

Favorite Male Artist: Kanye West
Favorite Band, Duo, or Group: Three 6 Mafia
Favorite Album: Kanye West, Graduation
Favorite Male Artist: Chris Brown
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Album: Alicia Keys, As I Am
Jonas Brothers

Favorite Artist: Third Day
Favorite Artist: Linkin Park
Favorite Artist: Jordin Sparks

Favorite Artist: Enrique Iglesias

Artist of the Year: Chris Brown

CNN 2008 Heroes

1. Tad Agoglia, Houston, Texas: Agoglia's First Response Team provides immediate help to areas hit by natural disasters. In a little over a year, he and his crew have helped thousands of victims at more than 15 sites across the United States, free of charge.

2. Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Moved by the lack of children's books and literacy in his native Ethiopia, Gebregeorgis established Ethiopia Reads, bringing free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Ethiopian children.

3. Carolyn LeCroy, Norfolk, Virginia: After serving time in prison, LeCroy started the Messages Project to help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents. She and volunteer camera crews have taped roughly 3,000 messages from inmates to their children.

4. Anne Mahlum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: On her daily morning jogs, Mahlum used to run past homeless men. Today, she's helping to transform lives by running with them, and others as part of her Back On My Feet program.

5. Liz McCartney, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: McCartney moved to New Orleans to dedicate herself to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors move back into their homes. Her nonprofit, St. Bernard Project, has rebuilt the homes of more than 120 families for free.

6. Phymean Noun, Toronto, Ontario: Growing up in Cambodia, Noun struggled to complete high school. Today, she offers hundreds of Cambodian children who work in Phnom Penh's trash dump a way out through free schooling and job training.

7. David Puckett, Savannah, Georgia: Puckett started PIPO Missions to bring ongoing prosthetic and orthotic care to those in need. Since November 2000, he has helped more than 420 people in southeastern Mexico, free of charge.

8. Maria Ruiz, El Paso, Texas: Several times a week, Ruiz crosses the border into Juarez, Mexico, bringing food, clothing and toys to hundreds of impoverished children and their families.

9. Marie Da Silva, Los Angeles, California: Having lost 14 family members to AIDS, the nanny funds a school in her native Malawi, where half a million children have been orphaned by the disease.

10. Viola Vaughn, Kaolack, Senegal: The Detroit, Michigan, native moved to Senegal to retire. Instead, a group of failing schoolchildren asked her to help them pass their classes. Today, her 10,000 Girls program is helping hundreds of girls succeed in school and run their own businesses.

God bless all those making a difference in our world...
God bless everyone

Tuesday 25 November 2008

Unveiled....Bella Naija

Y'all will never guess who this beautiful lady is.
Finally we have a face to the phenomenon...

She's on the cover of the December issue of True Love Magazine
Guess Who? Guess? Guess?
The lady is 24 year old Uche Eze, popularly known as BELLA NAIJA
Ain't she something?

Also a huge congrats to the winners of the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards

Artist of the Year - Dbanj (Nigeria)
Best Male - Dbanj (Nigeria)
Best Female - Wahu (Kenya)
Best New Act - Naeto (Nigeria)
Best R&B - Alicia Keys (USA)
Video of the year - Wind am well - Ikechukwu (Nigeria)
Best Group - P-Square (Nigeria)
Best Hip Hop - 9ice (Nigeria)
Best Live Performance - Jozi (South Africa)
Legend Award - Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Nigeria)

And a big congrats to the winner of Big Brother Africa3...RICCO from Angola. He really deserved to win. He was fun, entertaining, fresh, mature, very friendly...and now very rich. Wishing him the very best...

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