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Friday 1 May 2009

2009 Nigerian Reunion + Inside Obama's White House

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Inside Obama's White House

President Barack Obama surveys the Cabinet room with family members while touring the White House on his first day in office, Jan. 21, 2009.

Hail to the chefs
Obama greets kitchen staff prior to a lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C

The butler did it
White House butler Von Everett hands the president a cloth to wipe his face with in the Blue Room following an event with world business men

Musical chairs
Obama tries out different desk chairs in the Oval Office

Vermont governor Jim Douglas helps the president move a couch in the Oval Office

Down to business
Obama meets with senior advisors in the Roosevelt Room

Proud parents
The president and first lady cheer during their daughter Sasha's basketball game.

Winter fun
Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha sled in the snow on the South Lawn of the White House on March 2.

Political ties
Obama fixes the tie of Secretary Ray LaHood prior to an announcement at the Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. on March 3.

He's got game
Obama walks towards the White House with friend Eric Whitaker, right, and personal assistant Reggie Love after shooting hoops on the South Lawn basketball court

Call for action
The president makes phone calls regarding auto industry plans on March 29 while his staff listens in.

Caroline Kennedy visits with the president, who examines the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on March 3. In a famous photograph, John F. Kennedy Jr. peeked through the FDR panel of the desk while President Kennedy worked.

Hugs and smiles
The president hugs his wife in the Red Room while senior advisor Valerie Jarrett looks on at right,

War and words
Obama meets with combatant commanders in the Cabinet Room

Up in the air
Obama meets with staff aboard Air Force One during their flight

Rainy reception
The president and members of his staff arrive for a reception April 6 at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.

Politics is no picnic
The president and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meet over a picnic table April 9 on the South Lawn of the White House.

That's it people!

Soldiers kill undergraduate

Sometimes you hear some things and you can't just understand how it can happen. It's not new really, but it's still painful every single time.
Y'all need to read this very sad story.

Soldiers kill undergraduate for wearing green colour - Daily Sun
Thursday, April 30, 2009

It sounds like one of the fairy tales, but it is a true story of an undergraduate of Akwa Ibom State University, who was tortured to death by three armed soldiers for wearing green colour.The tragic incident occurred in Ogba area of the Lagos metropolis.

The victim, Ajayi Ebenezer and his friends were said to be on their way to a suya spot near Ogba bus stop, when the soldiers, in military camouflage uniform allegedly accosted him.

One of his friends, who simply identified himself as Wasiu, told Daily Sun that he was just passing by, on that fateful Saturday, when he saw three soldiers torturing and dragging Ajayi on the ground.He explained that he tried to inquire from the victim what the problem was, adding that one of the soldiers sternly warned him to leave the scene or be shot.

He said he quickly left spot and saw one of Ajayi's friends, explaining to sympathizers that the soldiers were torturing him for putting on what looked like army uniform.

According to him, nobody was able to stop the soldiers, as they threatened to shoot anyone that tried to intervene.
He said: "We were watching helplessly, as the soldiers dragged Ajayi to the Area `G' police Command, Ogba. People, especially, women were weeping profusely but no one could assist Ajayi, who was shouting that he was dying."Wasiu said he rushed to Ajayi's house where he briefed members of his family on the development.

He said when he and members Ajayi's family visited the Area `G' command, headquarters, the policemen at the gate told them that he had been released by the soldiers.

But few hours after waiting in vain for his return and after searching for him, they received a shocking news that his dead body was dumped at Oguniyi Road, near Pen Cinema, Agege.

According to him, when they got to the scene, they were informed by some commercial motorcycle operators that they saw some policemen removing a corpse.To their amazement, when they got to the Pen Cinema police station, they were told that the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary.

Embittered Wasiu said: " Infact, I am still in shock because I don't see the basis for killing that boy. That he was putting on what looked like army uniform did not mean he was a criminal."

Another eyewitness, Ngozi Onwuka, told Daily Sun that she was in vintage position, where she was hawking oranges when she saw the soldiers asking the deceased why he was putting on military uniform . She said as the victim was trying to explain to them that it was not army uniform, the soldiers started beating him.

She said: "They were hitting him with the butt of the gun and at the same time, kicking and dragging him on the ground. I knew the guy would not survive the beating but I am still in shock over the barbaric act."

When contacted for comments, the Lagos State police spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, who confirmed the incident said the case was still being investigated.

I'm lost for words... all I'm thinking now is; what if that was my brother or cousin or friend...how would I even begin to understand or forgive? Where would I go to get justice?
Why do things like this happen in this country?
May his soul rest in peace...

Thursday 30 April 2009

Half Naked Ekiti Women Protest

The uncertainty and protests that have trailed Saturday’s rerun governorship election in Ekiti State took another dimension on Wednesday, as a group of women clad in white attires protested round Ado-Ekiti, half-dressed. - By Akin Oyedele

Some half naked Ekiti women protesting against the political logjam in the state
Tagged, “Peace rally in support of democracy in Nigeria,” the protesters gathered under the aegis of Ekiti Women for Peace and Development.

They were led by a former Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, Chief Ronke Okusanya, while the deputy governorship candidate of the Action Congress, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka and wife of the governorship candidate, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, joined the procession.

More than 300 women, comprising the young and the elderly, took part in the protest over the delay in announcing the governorship candidate of the AC, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as the winner of the governorship election.

As early as 8am, the protesters had begun to mass at the popular Fajuyi Park in their tens from parts of the state, which grew into a crowd by 10am when the protest march began.
While more than 20 elderly women among the group, whose ages ranged between 60 and 80 years went half-dressed, the youths protested with their clothes on.

The procession moved from Fajuyi to Oke-Iyinmi roundabout and later to the AC secretariat in Ajilosun, with the police following them to prevent the rally from being hijacked.
The protesters, who sang anti-Peoples Democratic Party’s songs and chorused “Eeye o” waved white handkerchiefs to onlookers who cheered them on.

Some of the placards hoisted by the women read, “VP Jonathan, stop your imposition on Ekiti rerun; Prof. Iwu, fear God; Fayemi won the election, INEC no magomago; Iwu be warned; Ayoka Adebayo, heroine of democracy.”

At the Oke-Iyinmi roundabout, 10 of the half-dressed women caused a stir when they formed a separate group to perform a rite, in which they were heard appeasing the gods of the land.
While the rite lasted, the women rained curses on all anti-democratic forces and those disrupting the peace of the state.

The convener of the rally, Okusanya, said that the women decided to add their voice to the ding-dong that had become the lot of the governorship rerun since Saturday when the election was held.
Okusanya, who is also the woman leader of the AC in the state, said that the women were AC members drawn across the state and concerned senior citizens who were fed up with the antics of INEC.

Having allegedly collated the results of the rerun, she said that the embattled Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Olusola Adebayo, should be allowed to complete the assignment by announcing the winner.
She said, “Non-release of the result is an ingredient for chaos and violence. The women of Ekiti are in full support of Adebayo to be allowed an unfettered atmosphere to do her job.”

OMG, I've never seen this before in Nigeria. These women are obviously very angry. There's a lot of craziness going on in Ekiti State, I just hope their protest yields some positive results...but most unlikely huh?

I hear Action Congress is already demanding the resignation of our President, Musa Yar'adua, the Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro and the INEC Chairman, Maurice Iwu. But we all know that's wishful thinking.

May God intervene...

Tony Okoroji's Book Launch Pictures

The much talked about ‘Red Carpet’ launch of Chief Tony Okoroji’s book, Copyright, Neighbouring Rights & the New Millionaires, held in Lagos last Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The event took place at the main auditorium of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Victoria Island, Lagos. The organizers of the event have said that they want to use the launch to kick start a major national discussion on Nigeria’s intellectual property landscape.

Check out pictures from the launch...

Florence Ita Giwa and RMD

Left Tony Okoroji

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Christy Essien Igbokwe

Eucharia Anunobi

Comedian Koffi

Charles O'tudor and Omotola

Onyeka Onwenu and Victor Uwaifo

Patrick Doyle

Ali Baba and Felix Duke

Anybody know her name?

I see Ali Baba, Ras Kimono, is that Adewale Ayuba at the extreme left? You guys have to help with remaining names...
Pix thanks to Ali Baba

More stuff coming...

Wednesday 29 April 2009

Alexander Amosu + Mr and Mrs Julius Agwu's Birthday Pix

I read an article some days ago about a designer who created the world's most expensive suit...and actually sold the suit to a mystery buyer for the mentioned $101,860 price tag.

Here's the article below...

Recession. What recession? By Catey Hill, Daily News staff writer

There doesn't appear to be one affecting designer Alexander Amosu, who has created the world's most expensive suit.
The suit is valued at $103,000.
It took more than 80 hours and 5,000 stitches to produce, according to LuxuryLaunches.com.
OK, but what makes the price tag leap over the six-figure mark?
The suit includes nine 18-carat gold and pave diamond buttons.
It is made from vicuna, which is a South American camel-like animal, that produces a very rare wool, BornRich.com says.
Oh, and its one-of-a-kind (of course).

Y'all know what caught my attention? The designer is a Nigerian! Can't believe I'd never heard of him until some days ago...Check out Alexander Amosu's achievements to Date:

• At the age of 12 earned £10 a week doing paper round

• Started his first business at age 15 holding school football, basket ball and table tournaments.

• Started Promotion, a Sound system and PA hire company hosting and playing at house parties and nights clubs called Shadow King Crew, earning £250 per show.

• Promoted 37 parties in total averaging £2,000 per night

• Started a cleaning company called HomeCare Cleaning Agency at age 19 turning over £4,000 p/m with a total of 12 clients.

• The first person to start urban ringtones in Europe at age 24 after he sold his cleaning company.• Made his first million at the age 25

• At the age of 26 started his own magazine called ICON

• Started a new company selling off line mobile phones

• Holds five wards starting from “Entrepreneur of the year award”

• Created the first ringtones book and software Polywap 2.1 that allows you to send ringtones around the world from your PC.

• Had my first TV show at 28 called Rich & Famous• Started inspirational speaking at schools, colleges and business seminars

• The first to start the world first mobile video community site Mobsvideo.com, here you can upload, download and share content.

• Launched Mobsworld 2005, mobile playground for your phone

• Partner and Investor in Screen Nation Awards, the first Black film and television awards in the UK

Alexander’s ambition seems endless with his DJ career launching and his freelance writing for magazine and other newspapers, TV presenting career presenting his own show called Rich n Famous on Ben TV Sky 238 and a chain of Insprational Speaking around the world, Partner in Screen Nation Awards, he also intends to launch his own branded mobile handset company. This drive has propelled him to his current position, and will keep people guessing as to what the next two years will bring.
Amazing profile huh? Kudos to the guy!
You can read more about him here...http://www.alexanderamosu.com/profile.asp

Mr and Mrs Julius Agwu's Birthday Pictures
Mr and Mrs Agwu

Kenny Ogungbe and ID Ogungbe

Julius and the event planner

AY and wife Mabel

Frank Papas

Pix thanks to Richard Nnadi

Joke of the day
Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day
In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews and observances of their holy days.
The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."
The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."
The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."

Peace out!

Tuesday 28 April 2009

11th Annual Kenny's Music Easter Fiesta pictures + Jokes

The annual Kenny's Music Easter Fiesta took place recently. They staged two shows, one at Kuramo Beach in Lagos and the other at Welcome Centre in Lagos.

Check the pictures out

@ Kuramo beach


Kenny Ogungbe

D1 and Howie T



Lil Jojo

@ Welcome Centre, located around Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road
KC of KC Presh


Mo hits

Bracketi le...

Tee A and Princess

Kenny, D1 and Chief Raymond Dokpesi

Right, 2shot


Chidi Mokeme

DJ Zeez


Pix thanks to Kenny Ogungbe


Bea Authur
Beatrice Arthur passed away on Saturday April 25th at the age of 86. She's best known for her role as Dorothy on the Golden Girls. RIP Bea!

A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument andneither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, 'Relatives of yours?' 'Yep,' the wife replied, 'in-laws.'

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day... 30,000 to a man's 15,000. The wife replied, 'The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men... The husband then turned to his wife and asked, 'What?'

A man said to his wife one day, 'I don't know how you can beso stupid and so beautiful all at the same time. ' The wife responded, 'Allow me to explain.God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, 'You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee.' The husband said, ' You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.' Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.' Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.' So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says.........'HEBREWS'

The Silent Treatment
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM.' He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.' Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.

Photo of the day
NEVER, NEVER, EVER let the GROOM order the wedding cake...
Later People!

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