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Saturday 2 October 2010

Two women caned in Indonesia for selling food during Ramadan

Murni Amris receives three lashes after being caught selling food to the public.

 Two women have been publicly caned in Indonesia for selling food during Ramadan.
Murni Amris, 27, received three lashes and Rukiah Abdullah, 22, two in front of a crowd of hundreds which gathered at a mosque in the city of Jantho, southeast of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
They were found guilty of violating Islamic sharia law by selling rice on a stall at noon during the Muslim fasting festival.


Ibidun Ajayi Ighodalo bags international Award.

 Former Miss Lux and CEO of Elizabeth R Event management firm, Ibidun Ajayi Ighodalo has just been honored in the UK with the prestigious International Entrepreneur of The Year Award. The award was inspired by her consistent innovativeness in the creative business. The event which held some weeks back also featured An evening with Elizabeth R.

Ibidun, who launched her out-of-this-world marquees and My Dream Wedding TV Show recently, is married to pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House.

"Pulling Out" Rivals Condoms, Study Says

Ask most sexually active people today about the pullout method as an effective form of contraception and you're likely to induce eye-rolling and snickers.

But withdrawal before ejaculation during intercourse is more than just "better than nothing," a new study claims, noting that it is nearly as effective at preventing pregnancy as condoms.

'Save our souls' hit cinemas

Oby Edozien and Prof. Soludo

After staging a successful premiere, Oby Edozieh has taken her new block buster movie, Save Our Souls to the cinemas with Silverbird Cinema being the first of the cinemas to embrace the high budget movie that was shot in Nigeria, England and India.

Winners at the Naija Stories Independence Contest.

First Prize of $150 - Emmanuel Iduma with Electronic Freedom.
Second Prize of $100 - Remi Roy with A Heart for the Game.
Third Prize of $50 - Dipo Adesida with Never Again

"I will never marry again" - 9ice says

"Toni and I are separated and a divorce is already in the pipeline. We can never come together again. If people are being fed by wrong sources about the possibility of reconciling, they are hearing from me now that it is not possible. We can't come back." 9ice said in a recent interview.
He went further to reveal that he will never get married again, though he plans to have two or three more children. He already has one son, Zion, with his ex, Toni Payne.

When Nigeria's First Lady Patience Jonathan met Michelle Obama

Henry Chukwuma Onyema wins the inaugural JLF writing Competition

Henry Chukwuma with Toni Kan

Henry Chukwuemeka Onyema, teacher by day and writer by night, has emerged the winner of the inaugural JLF writing competition. He won for his short story, “Can I Trust You With My Life,” an adaptation of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah, and smiled home with his $1,000 prize money.

Announcing the winners, Toni Kan, one of the judges said Henry’s story scored 336 out of 400 points and was chosen for “his beautiful prose, precise diction, exciting action and ability to draw character portraits that were almost real to life.

The event held September 25, 2010 @the Silverbird Lifestyle store.

Another 6 students kidnapped in Aba

The released pupils with pressmen yesterday

As parents, residents of Abia State and Nigerians celebrated the release of the 15 kidnapped pupils of a private school in Aba, six students have again been kidnapped in Abia State.

House of Nwocha's Fashion event coming soon!

Ugonna Umeruo

Ugonna Omeruo of House of Nwocha has announced the launch of her third fashion collection and fashion party called “ZION” and a ‘Face of Brand' unveiling. The event is scheduled to take place on the 24th of October, 2010 at Four Points by Sheraton, Lekki.

Nigerian Biophysicist wins $500, 000 Science Prize

30year old biophysicist Genius, Nigerian Dr. John O. Dabiri is among the 23 winners selected across the globe in this years MacArthur Genius Awards, a fellows Program that awards “Genius” grants to exceptional inventors,  innovators and other creative types.

"Nigerian Music is far better now than 50 years ago" - King Sunny Ade

"Fifty years ago, hardly would you find a family that allowed his child to play music. It is either you go to church and become a very strong member of the choir. Now, everybody wants to play music. In those days, the real traditional music was not being exposed. I don't know if it's intentional. It was when Fela Anikulapo Kuti took his music to London or America that we began to appreciate the power of Afrobeat. For instance, I started touring Europe and America from 1971 but not until 1984 that I became known all over the world. But now, Nigerian Music is far better. You release an album and you are known all over the place." - King Sunny Ade tells The Sun Newspaper

Christiano Ronaldo's son pictured for the first time.

3-month old baby Cristiano out for a walk with grandma

Despite blast, Nigeria @50 celebrations colourful

More pics when you continue...

Goodluck Jonathan: The Facebook President - By George Webster for CNN

 At over 246,000 and counting, he has more Facebook fans than the combined tally of British Prime Minister David Cameron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and South African head of state Jacob Zuma.

Diss song for 9ice by Ruggeman's protege Chinaydu.

These guys really went in on 9ice...
Listen to it here

Pictures from TFA 2010 launch

More pictures after the cut...

Rigobert Song quits Cameroon National Team

Cameroon National Team captain, Rigobert Song has retired from his country's national side. The 34yr old centre-back who captained the Indomitable Lions to a back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 quietly quit international football sometime in August.

D'Banj, Tuface and Don Jazzy to collaborate

Who would you 'hit'? :-)

It's official! These trio are already in the studio working on a song together. It's D'Banj featuring Tuface and produced by Don Jazzy. And I hear it's a dance track and will be on D'banj's Mr Endowed album scheduled to be released in December.
Looking forward to it!

Diva Dynasty berths.

Ngozi and Adaora

There's a new programme that is set sail to hit your screens sooner than you think!  It is "Diva Dynasty"  a thirty minutes edutainment / inspirational show created to uplift the hearts of viewers who seek to be inspired by successful women’s’ stories. It is a show designed to celebrate outstanding women who are positively affecting our economy.

Naija's Anniversary cake...!

Quite lovely! Only I can't find the diamonds that make it worth so much..:-)

Friday 1 October 2010

N75 million Anniversary Cake...that nobody will eat!

Our Independence Anniversary cake (pictured above) is reportedly worth N75 million.
The gala night that was supposed to hold this night has been canceled due to the tragedy that occurred earlier today at the independence celebrations. Lives lost. Billions of Naira gone down the drain. What's going on Nigerians?

And N75mil for that cake? That has got to be the most expensive cake in the world. Where are these Guinness Book of Record people when you need them. SMH!

Nigerian independence day car bombs kill 10.

Militant group Mend (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) threatened to target the independence celebrations at the Eagles Square, Abuja and they carried out the threat. About 10 people have been confirmed dead and several others injured after three bomb-laden vehicles exploded outside the justice ministry, not far from the Eagle Square, where the Nigerianse had gathered for the official celebrations.

What a shame! A lot of foreign news agencies came to cover these celebrations, now they must think we really are a terrorist nation.

Images from the blast when you continue

Mario arrested for attacking his mother.

Mario's mug shot. Still hot! :-)

R&B singer Mario's mother called that police after he attacked her inside the apartment they share for the second time this week.

Nigerian appointed ICAO President

Demuren left
On Wednesday September 29, 2010, the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren, was elected as President of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) at an event that held in Canada.

President Obama's chief of staff resigns

Emanuel and Obama

US President Barack Obama has announced the resignation of his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who is to run for mayor of Chicago. Mr Emanuel's replacement, at least for the interim, is Obama senior adviser Pete Rouse, who also stood at the President's side for the high-profile send-off at the White House.

BMW Recalls 345,000 Cars Worldwide

BMW today said that it voluntarily recalling 350,000 of its most expensive models world-wide due to a possible loss of brake hydraulics support, adding the defect has not caused a single accident.

Now showing at MMIA: Nude images of passengers. FAAN Faults claims.

According to THISDAY Newspaper - The 3D full-body scanners procured for thorough body check of passengers at the nation’s major airports for security reasons are now being abused by security officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). They use the machines, installed in the wake of the Farouk AbdulMutallab affair, to watch the naked images of female passengers for fun.

Alicia Keys: Pregnant and Beautiful

She's really rocking her pregnancy.

The 15 school children kidnapped have been released unhurt.

Kidnappers today released the 15 school children that they abducted from a bus on their way to school near in Aba.

Federal police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told news men that authorities recovered the children early Friday morning, four days after gunmen seized them from a bus traveling in Nigeria's Abia state. Ojukwu said the nursery and primary school students were in good condition and soon would be reunited with their parents.

Abia state police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna said a joint military and police taskforce "rescued" the children and no ransom was paid, though officers made no arrests when they recovered the students.

Shan George loves her tatoos...

Adaora Ukoh's blog

Check it out here

Kanye is mad!

Kanye West had been releasing free music every Friday on what he refered to as Good Fridays, a play on his label name G.O.O.D which means Getting out our dreams. Anyway, somebody leaked music from Kanye's new cd so free music Good Fridays are over indefinitely.

ThisBitch of a life - The authorized biography of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Carlos Moore and Fela
ThisBitch of a Life is the authorized biography of Fela Anikulapo Kuti which was first published in 1982. The new version of the book, with 350 pages, is published by Cassava Republic and includes remarkable never-before-seen content.

The author of the book, Dr Carlos Moore (a very close friend of Fela), will be touring Nigeria this October. The tour events will be the only place where the book will be available before it goes on general release in January 2011.

Tour dates when you continue...

Segun Arinze on turning 45

"45 is just a number. I'm still very young. I'm still trudging on. I will continue to do the things I've been doing, but maybe slow down a little bit. I thank God for the gift of life"

Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks in Honor of Nigeria's National Day

Watch it here

Cameroon blacklists T.B Joshua

Their reason for blacklisting him when you continue...

Sade Touring For The First Time In Ten Years!

On June 16th 2011, Sade will be heading out on a North American tour. Her first in 10 years! She will begin Baltimore, Maryland and hit 50 cities before ending August 30th in California.
Someone should bring her to Nigeria!

4 Brothers Sent To Kirikiri Prisons

Four brothers of the same parents have been charged to Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court for allegedly despoiling two sisters of the same parents and infecting them with venereal disease.

Happy 50th Indepedence Anniversary Nigeria!

God bless Nigeria and everywhere else!

Thursday 30 September 2010

Basketmouth's Nov 6 wedding details.

Basketmouth and Elsie

Basketmouth will marry his longtime girlfriend Elsie Uzoma on Saturday November 6, 2010.
The Wedding Company will manage the wedding, while Uche Majekodunmi's Newton and David will handle decor. Bonix will take care of food and drinks.

2face, Banky W, Dare Art Alade will perform at the wedding while Henry Nzekwu will be the MC.
The groom has ordered a special wedding gift for the bride - a 2010 Toyota Venza car which will be handed to her at the venue of the wedding, which is somewhere in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Source: Encomium mag

Emir's daughter found after abduction

Emir of Lafia - Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai,
One of the daughters of the Emir of Lafia, (Nasawara State) 22 yr old Hadiza Mustapha Isa Agwai, has been found. She was found around 5am on Thursday in a confused and bewildered state, less than 48 hours after she was abducted from the grounds of her father's palace.The young lady was kidnapped by a group of men masquerading as commercial motorcyclists.

Basorge in Dublin...

Date: Friday 8th October
Venue: Red Cow Moran Hotelm Dublin
Time: 6pm

Be there!!!

Adebayo Jones Innovative & Eco-friendly Fashion Award Category

The search begins for Africa's brightest ideas in female inventors and innovators awards.

Women across the African continent have the chance to be recognised as the Pan-African Inventor or Innovator of the Year 2010 with the opening of the latest competition by the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN). This would include women that are exceptionally creative, inventive, innovative, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, technologists, designers from all sectors and background right across Africa.

81% of Nigerians will vote next year...according to CPNS

According to the ‘Current Pulse of Nation’s Survey’, a poll conducted by Research and Marketing Services (RMS), an affiliate of TNS Global, a market research company and Gallup International’s representative in the country, 81% of Nigerians are willing to vote in the forthcoming elections. The poll sampled 5000 respondents, aged 18 years and above, from across the country.

81% are willing to vote, but how many really will? When it comes to elections, more people say they will vote than they actually do! Like, I want to vote...but my problem is; will my vote be counted?

Patience Jonathan donates bags of rice to the less privileged...

An exhausted woman on the floor
Our president's wife donated bags of rice to the less privileged at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. The struggle for the rice nearly kill people sef...:-)

 More pics when you continue...

Naomi Campbell Says She's No Role Model

Naomi admits,

"I make many mistakes. Many mistakes. I'm not a perfect human being. I have to learn from my mistakes. And a lot of the ones I've made have been public.

"So I always get nervous when people speak about something that sounds like a role model, because I don't know if I've been a great role model myself. I don't think I have in certain aspects of my life.

"But I'm trying to do better. I admit to my mistakes. I admit to the things that I've done wrong. I admit it. But I'm trying to do right by myself and my life now."

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