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Ashlee Simpson Announces Engagement To Evan Ross As She Flaunts Diamond Ring

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On Monday, Ashlee Simpson announced her engagement to Evan Ross via Twitter

Her Tweet read: “My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii!!!” as she shared a photo of her and Ross . The ring is evident of course 🙂


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Photos From The FIFA 2014 Ballon d’Or Award Ceremony

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An emotional Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’or award yesterday, an award for the best football in the planet over the past year. Ronaldo beat prolific Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery of Germany to win the award. Lionel Messi had won the award for the previous four years. Ronaldo was accompanied by his girlfriend, Iriyna Shak and son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jnr to the award ceremony. Check out some amazing photos below

 

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Phenom Shows How Phenomenal He Is On The B.R.A EP

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Self-acclaimed, ‘Best Rapper Alive’ Phenom has released his first music compilation, a mixtape titled The B.R.A EP
The nine-track E.P features collaborations with Wizkid, Reminisce, Phyno, Yung of L.O.S. Producers who worked on this include: Legendury Beatz, DJ Klem, Major Bangz.

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Prophet AY Delivers Helen Paul From Some Unclean Spirits

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Prophet AY Makun is back  with a bang this year and in this comedy skit, he features another comedian, Helen Paul. The former delivers the latter from some spirits in this hilarious clip. Check it out

Lupita Nyong’o Dazzles Everyone On Dazed And Confused Cover

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Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong’o beautifully seats on the cover of the February 2014 issue of youth culture magazine, Dazed & Confused. The 12 years A Slave actress was referred by the magazine as one of the girls that rule the world.

An excerpt from the magazine feature reads:

Breakout 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, the face of Miu Miu’s SS14 campaign, fronts our “Girls Rule the World” issue in a shoot by Sharif Hamza, styled by Robbie Spencer. We meet the striking Kenyan actress in New York to discuss the making of Steve McQueen’s uncompromising film and how she aims to shatter stereotypes of women in Hollywood.

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20 Aggrieved PDP Senators To Dump Party For APC, Resumption Date Postponed

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The Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Benedict Efeturi, has issued a public notice directing senators to resume on January 21 against the earlier resumption date of January 14, citing the Eid – Maulud holiday and the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, as reasons.

But report suggests the postponement would allow the Senate leadership meet with other PDP senators on how to tackle the threats of defection by their aggrieved colleagues.

Fear of defection grips the senate. Of the PDP senators, close to 20 aggrieved were said to be preparing to dump the party for the APC whenever they resumed from their Christmas/New Year break.

But the senate’s spokesperson said the postponement of the resumption was at the instance of the Senate leadership but he did not give specific reasons for it.

He said, “I don’t other reasons that led to the postponement other than the reasons given by the senate leadership through the public announcement that had been published.”

Meanwhile, Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, had asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct fresh polls to fill vacant seats left by the lawmakers who had defected to the All Progressives Congress since they became members of the National Assembly through the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party they were abandoning.

The reaction by Enang forced the Senate leadership to direct the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, to issue a statement, dissociating the Upper legislative chamber from the personal opinion expressed by Enang.

Angry Borno Youths Attack ex-Gov Ali Modu Sherrif

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The former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff was Monday attacked at the palace of the Shehu of Borno.

The youths vandalized the car that ferried Sherrif but the former governor was whisked away after a short stay with the Borno monarch.

The youths who pelted the convoy of the former governor with stones said they did not want him in the state because he abandoned them and ran away at the peak of the Boko Haram violence.

They demanded that Sheriff be turned back from the palace.

A resident of Shehuri, Abba Kolomi, a who spoke to journalists said the youths, numbering over 100, attacked the long convoy of the former governor and insisted that they did not want to see him in the state.

Kolomi said the former governor was a coward who chose to take advantage of the relative peace enjoyed in Maiduguri to launch his political game “that is not in the interest of the generality of the residents of Borno State.”

Another resident of Shehuri, Modu Ibrahim, said, “As soon as he (Sheriff) was sighted, the youths threw stones, sachets of pure water and fire woods at his convoy. They tore his posters and threw it at his convoy.

“The youths shouted ‘we do not like you, get out of here.’ ‘ You are the cause of our problems, you are the cause of Borno problem, you brought Boko Haram crisis on the state.’”

Ibrahim said the former governor had to be ferried into the palace of the Shehu by his security details.

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Embattled Tukur Dares Jonathan ‘Only The Nat’l Convention Can Remove Me’

By Henry Umoru

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PHOTO CREDIT: SpotOnReporters

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, brushed aside a revolt by the National Working Committee, NWC, members of the party and insisted that only the National Convention of the party can remove him from office.

Tukur said that based on the constitution of the party not even the president could remove him from office.

Tukur spoke after majority of the NWC members he summoned for an emergency meeting at the National Secretariat of the party staged a dramatic boycott of the meeting.

The NWC members shunned the chairman against the backdrop of claim that they had lost total confidence on him and would not sit face-to-face with him again.
Tukur however, told newsmen that there was no basis for him to resign as no one has successfully proved any allegation of wrong doing against him.

He also dismissed the allegation that he had been asked to resign by the President, accusing the opposition of peddling rumour to cause disharmony in the party.

According to him, the National Chairman of the party can only be removed by a Convention and not by any other organ.

However, the botched NWC meeting, Vanguard gathered was aimed at resolving the lingering political crisis in the party that led some members of NWC to report Tukur to the leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The NWC members told Jonathan that they had lost confidence in Tukur’s leadership, calling for his removal.

Tukur was to use yesterday’s meeting to appeal to members of NWC for forgiveness with a promise to turn a new leaf.

At the party’s secretariat yesterday, Tukur drove in at 11.45 am expecting other members of NWC to arrive for the meeting slated for 12 noon but majority of them did not show up until 2.25 pm.

The only officers who kept the National Chairman company in his office while he waited for the botched meeting were the National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo; National Auditor, Adewole Adeyanju and the National Treasurer, Bala Buhari.

Members of NWC who shunned the meeting included the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh; National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha; National Financial Secretary, Elder Bolaji Anani; National Woman Leader, Mrs Kema Chikwe; National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwom; National Youth leader, Abdullahi MaiBasira and the deputy National Secretary, Onwe Solomon Onwe.

The absentee NWC members were said to have converged on a separate venue outside the national secretariat of the party where they concluded plans on how to execute the removal of Tukur.

Some of the NWC members who did not attend the meeting at the separate venue stayed in their offices even as Tukur waited for them but refused to see him until the National Chairman drove out of Wadata Plaza at 2.32 pm.

Tukur was forced to leave the secretariat when it dawned on him that the NWC members were not prepared to have any discussion with him.

There are 12 NWC members, according to Article 29(1) of the 2012 amended constitution of PDP, including the National Chairman.

Article 29(3) of the party’s constitution stipulates that “the quorum of NWC shall be two-third of the membership drawn from a least two thirds of the zones in the country and a simple majority shall pass any motion.”

Speaking with Vanguard separately, the NWC members said that they had made up their minds that Tukur must go for peace to return to PDP, as they had passed a vote of no confidence on him.

One of the leaders told Vanguard that, “it is totally unwise for us to hold any meeting with him, especially now; when he had refused to meet with us in the past. Is it because we complained to President Jonathan that we can no longer work with him that he is looking for a soft landing. He cannot fool us; it is too late, decision of BoT and national caucus is binding on everyone in the party.

“Another NWC member who spoke also said, “we refused to attend the meeting because we have made up our minds and there is no going back. Tukur failed to call for meetings and even when he travelled, NWC members would not be informed. We will only hear that he was in China and other countries, and will not instruct his deputy, Prince Uche Secondus to preside while he was absent.

He simply created vacuum in the party, nothing was moving, our proposals were lying on our tables and members were decamping to the opposition APC before our very eyes. We can no longer take that. We are tired of him, he must go. We want to work and win election, especially the 2015 Presidential election.”

Fredrick Nwabufo: The Homosexual I Know

By Fredrick Nwabufo

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Benjamin Nweze sends the congregation to a mellifluous realm. In the realm, every cadence of his baritone executes them slowly. He sings so well that angels descend draping the church with green confetti of envy. He is a celestially enchanted choir leader singing from his animated soulful soul. He is not just a church singer, he is a rare “singer” pilot who takes the congregation beyond the thickest cumulus to the coldest layers and brings them back to terra firma perspiring. He is such a gifted singer; singing for the Lord. And he will sing nowhere else, but in the house of the Lord for he believes his gift is for edification and not for money. He is a rarity in the commodity of the church; a faithful Christian in every cut.

Benjamin pours his money and energy generously into charity. He shoots twenty percent of his monthly income into an orphanage in Abuja. Although, he is just an IT Specialist for a virile IT company in Abuja, he makes it a bounden duty to funnel part of his earnings into the widening purse of charity. He is as religious in giving as he is faithful in the Lord’s choir and service. At weekends, he spares copious time preaching love and hope to a random mass of people at different motor parks in the city. He also lavishes his time in the company of forgotten children at the orphanage he shares his earnings with. The forgotten children all call him Daddy. They have seen his face, shared his warmth, and listened to his songs and stories long enough to accept his generous paternity. Benjamin is a raptured soul in the heavenly council of the orphanage’s children.

Benjamin once donated a kidney to his cousin who had a complete kidney shut down. It was at a precarious time in the life of his cousin. No one in the family or anywhere was willing to part with a spare of the sieving engines in their bodies. It was at this obfuscated time that Benjamin threatened death and volunteered to have one halve of his filtrating machine yanked off and given to his cousin. The remedy organ was compatible with the cousin’s chassis. Benjamin saved a soul!

In terms of selflessness, Benjamin Nweze trounces every hyperbole. If selflessness is the ticket to heaven, then he has booked for himself a first-class jolly ride to it.

However, Benjamin has a peccadillo or an affliction as it is considered in this part of the world. He is gay!

My long friendship with him started at church. It was at the end of one of his resplendent singing bouts. I made a move to the front row to “sound” him a warm praise. He gestured benignly without a blight of self consciousness. After church he sidled up to me and said, “I like you”. I was flustered, but I did not read a “gay” meaning into it. It was much after some time that my consciousness fully embraced the undertone of the expression. However, I did not succumb to his amorous overtures, but I became his friend and that was when I got to know the forging of selfless soul.

He tells me he is unkindly afflicted by homosexuality. And that he has done everything in the book to cure his affliction, but it grows stronger. He struggles with it, and every time he lurches forward out of the “cage” of homosexuality, he relapses. He is tempted to think he is born this way. The demonisation of homosexuality in Nigeria has made him a demon. No matter how much he gives or labours for the poor, he is a demon. All his good deeds do not count as long as he is homosexual. He belongs to the class of the scorned and cursed. He knows the penalty for coming out of the closet to announce is unorthodox sexuality, and that is why he remains a closet gay, grieving under.

One remarkable thing about Benjamin that jabs the mind is his intellectual sophistication. He is well-versed in a wide array of subjects that are not in his professional domain. Nothing seems to be beyond his ken. He can hold a disciplined, intellectual conversation for long navigating away from clichés and platitudes. His sexual orientation does not affect his intellection in any way.

Again, his humanity is pristine; unsoiled by selfish hankerings. He is a “practicing” humanitarian in every sense of the word. His love for helpless children and God is irrepressible. For God, Benjamin’s love is mixed with shame for he believes he crucifies his son Jesus every time he indulges in gay pleasure. But he cannot help himself.

However, Benjamin by African standards is a demon. He has no place in the league of men. His kinds are accused of all the problems in Africa. They are hunted down, vilified, persecuted and killed. That is why they remain in their sexual cocoons hiding from the flaming swords of marauding heterosexuals.

What this piece calls for is a bit of humanity; the humanity in us that will break the dark covering of violent intolerance of homosexuals in Africa. Homosexuality should not be a taboo subject. It should be out in the open receiving jabs and nods of seminal discussion and understanding. And truly, if we must demonise anything in Africa, it should be corruption.

In all, if we are searching for demons in Africa we will find them in us, yes in us who hate other people for their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

Let our humanity speak!

Written By Fredrick Nwabufo
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Okey Ndibe: Nigeria’s New “MINTed” Hope

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By Okey Ndibe

Photo Credit: Ynaija.com
Photo Credit: Ynaija.com

During a brief trip to London last week, I was intrigued to realize that part of the news buzz pertained to Nigeria’s inclusion in a list of countries with prospects of becoming four of the world’s biggest emergent economies. The so-called MINT countries are Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey. Jim O’Neill, an economist at the international investment firm, Goldman Sachs, popularized the acronym. He earlier coined the term BRICS countries, denoting Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which he rated a few years ago as some of the globe’s emerging economic giants.

On Thursday, Peter Okwoche of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) ended a short interview on my new novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., by asking what I thought about Mr. O’Neill’s rosy prediction for Nigeria.

Lacking the time to offer a detailed and nuanced response, I stated that Nigeria is endowed with extremely bright people, that the country is full of energetic and industrious men and women. By contrast, I added, the country has never been lucky in the department of leadership. To sum up, I invoked Chinua Achebe’s dire—but hardly contestable—conclusion that Nigeria has an amazing facility for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Nigeria’s economic policy makers are understandably giddy about Mr. O’Neill’s flattering prognosis. I’d caution the infusion of a high dose of chastening realism into the premature celebration. A sense of history demands nothing less than a sober—and sobering—confrontation of the facts. Achebe was no economist, but the central fact of Nigeria’s journey, as far as economic development is concerned, bears out the late writer’s dim take on his country. In a sense, we could say that Achebe was the sounder economist and Mr. O’Neill, in inflating Nigeria’s odds, the fiction-maker.

This is not the first time Nigeria has been mentioned enthusiastically in prognoses of dramatic economic growth. Again and again, experts, foreign and homebred, had foretold that Nigeria was on the cusp of becoming a stupendous economic miracle. Each new prediction or declaration would trigger its own surge of elation. Nigeria’s policy makers and their sometimes over-pampered partners in the private sector would go into a spree of premature celebration, as if the word potential was interchangeable with reality, as if promise were the equal of performance. Each time, in the end, the outcome was embarrassing. Rather than rise to its potential, Nigeria always somehow found a way to stay stuck in the mud of failure and mediocrity, continuing to romance its worst nightmares.

Nigerians are all-too aware of their country’s missed opportunities. Many years have been lost to wasteful, visionless squandermania. Rampant, unchecked corruption has smothered many a promising grand idea. For many discerning people, Nigeria has become a huge graveyard: a cemetery littered with betrayed dreams, dashed hopes, and asphyxiated aspirations. We’re all too familiar with many dud promissory notes that came with such flamboyant names or phrases as “Green Revolution,” “Consolidating the Gains of SAP,” “Vision 2020-10,” “NEEDS,” “Dividends of Democracy,” and “Transformational Leadership.”

Read Nigerian newspapers or watch any Nigerian television station and you’re bound to realize that there’s zero discussion of the things that matter. It’s all about one empty-headed politician decamping from one political party to another; one squabble or another between two politicians or two political parties; one hireling or another warning that presidential power must stay where it is, or must be transferred to a person from a different geo-ethnic sector, or it’s hell-in-Nigeria; some pastor or imam declaiming that God whispered into his/her ears that Nigerians must fast and pray more (even though most of the populace is already on poverty-enforced fasting). Much of Nigeria’s public discourse is taken up by a tizzy of political rants and faux piety.

Greatness never comes by accident, nor is it imposed by divinity on an unwilling people. A country, like a person, must prepare—be prepared—for greatness. It starts with dreaming greatness, imagining it, contemplating what it must take, and deciding that the venture is worth the risk, that we’re willing to invest the time, intellect and material resources to translate the dreamed into reality.

Do Nigerians dream big? In words, they do, but not in deed. In the 1960s through the 1980s, Nigerian “leaders” used to speak of “this great nation of ours.” But even they have abandoned that species of bad joke! Now, they speak of “moving the nation forward” or “delivering the dividends of democracy.” But the rickety molue they claim to be moving forward is in reverse gear, headed, any moment, for a jagged gorge. Ask any Nigerian official what “dividends” they have delivered and you’re bound to hear such fatuous lines as, “I purchased 100 tractors to mechanize agriculture,” “I don’t owe civil servants any arrears of salaries,” “I bought chalks for all elementary schools in my state,” “I have commissioned 500 water boreholes,” etc, etc.

It’s the 21st century, but very little of the language of those who run (that is, ruin) Nigeria suggests that they are aware of what Time it is. They’re conscious of the world, of course, but only in a slavish, opportunistic way. They, their relatives and cronies are at their best when they travel in style to the world’s most dazzling cities: New York, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Beijing, etc. Once in these cities, they unleash their rank consumerist impulse, eager to bask in the most garish of each city’s sensual offerings. But it never occurs to them that the goods that make them swoon, the services they lust after are products of other thinking people’s imagination and work.

Meanwhile, back home, the masses are steeped in grim lives, trapped by ignorance and disease. Last week in London, a friend showed me a youtube video of a brackish lake in Nigeria swarmed by thousands of sick, desperate Nigerians who believe that the stagnant body of water has healing powers. I was incensed by the spectacle, the hysteria of ignorance. Then it dawned on me: this is what can happen—what happens—in a country bereft of any healthcare system.

I’d like to hear Mr. O’Neill stipulate a recipe for Nigeria’s emergence into economic greatness. Nigeria has a high supply of thinkers, of experts in every field, including economic policy. But the hordes of unthinking, grub-obsessed politicians who dominate the political sphere are consistently threatened by expertise.

I don’t know of any country that rose to economic powers via fasting and prayers. And yet that’s the formula most treasured by Nigerian politicians who exhort their victims to fast and pray. Luck can only carry a person or a nation so far. And Nigeria has long exhausted its stock of luck, even if it somehow keeps borrowing some more.

The “N” in Mr. O’Neill’s MINT will become yet another mirage unless Nigerians find a way to reverse the toxic culture that validates corruption and venerates mediocrity.

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Follow Okey Ndibe on twitter @Okeyndibe

 

 

Nigerian Idol Returns…Time For Season IV

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After an electrifying 3rd season that saw the crowning of super-talented Moses Adigwe as the winner, the global music phenomenon, Nigerian Idol is set to roll on TV screens nationwide for a 4th season! Nigerian Idol, the biggest music show across Africa is set to storm different cities in search of Nigeria’s biggest but undiscovered, brilliant and outstanding singers.

House of Maliq January Issue Has Seyi Shay and B Rhymszs shine

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House of Maliq begins 2014 in a huge way as sexy, Seyi Shay and Pop star ,B.Rhymszs make the cover of the magazine’s January 2014 issue.

Seyi Shay brings some glamour with her black and gold couture gown by designer Jaiye Mood.

B.Rhymszs shows his youthful side in some casual shots as he also flaunts his love for fashion

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