Saturday, 12 April 2014
In a recent interview with Punch, popular comedian Klint Da Drunk alleged that his colleagues are trying to run him down, peddling rumours that his love for computer game is the reason he hasn't gone far in his comedy career
"Now they say I would have gone far in my career if not for my love for computer games. It is this same set of comedians that went around telling people that I live in Abuja so that I will not be getting Lagos shows. My colleagues want to run me down, let them feel free. It is because they are afraid of me; they feel that if they run me down I won’t survive it. I am a gadget lover, that is the truth. Everyone knows that whenever I walk into a gadget shop the people there want me to educate them about some of their gadgets. Isn’t it better that I am a sucker for video games than a sucker for smoking igbo, marijuana?” he asks
On his relationship with other comedians, Klint said "They have cliques but that does not bother me because it doesn’t affect my career. God still chases away flies for a tailless cow. So, I'm not complaining".
Ice Prince in a new interview with vanguard has said, he is not ready for marriage and will start thinking about it in his late 30’s. I don’t think I am planning to get married now because I am still young, I’m in my youth and moreover, I am just 27 years old. Maybe later in my late thirties I can start planning to get married or not, he said.
When asked what his real reasons were he said; It’s because I still have a long way to go before thinking of settling down. I can’t say because of what I have, that I am okay to get married, no. I don’t think I am mentally ready for marriage. I think before one could get married, one needs to attain certain level of understanding and awareness. I don’t think I have those qualities just yet.
He also spoke about his relationship and babymama; Yeah, but I wouldn’t want to talk about my girlfriend and about the mother of my baby. She is good and we are not talking about getting married because I’m not ready yet.
A 23-year-old pregnant woman, Jennifer Ogbonna, raised the emotion of people recently at Zone 2, Police Headquarters, Abeokuta, Ogun State, when she narrated how her sister tricked her into slavery and sold her off with her 7-month old pregnancy. She was then transported from Aba to Abeokuta after a couple who allegedly specialized in buying human beings from all parts of the country paid N100,000 to her sister.
The lady who hails from Ebonyi State but lived and worked in Aba narrated her ugly experiences shortly after she was rescued by the Police. She said: “I was brought to Abeokuta by the woman’s husband. I don’t know that they had already paid money on my head. I only got to know in Abeokuta when I overheard the woman and her husband talking about child trafficking and I felt bad. I decided not to eat any of their food. There is one lady
in that building, they call her Adeola, she would bring food for me and I would not touch it to the extent that the woman’s husband pleaded with me to eat and still I refused and said I am going back to Aba where she brought me from.
“When I said I was going to Aba, the man was angry and said before he would allow me to go back, I must pay back the N100,000 he paid my sister for myself and my pregnancy and the expenses he incurred so far on me. After that, his wife took me to one shrine and asked me to swear to an oath not to go back to Aba or tell anybody what happened, that if I try to go back or tell anybody, she will make me mad; she would make me deaf and dumb.
“But, I discussed my plan to escape with another victim who I met there, she is Oluchi and she said that if I try it I will become mad, but, I insisted and I escaped. I ran away to the next street. When I ran to the street, I met some people and I narrated my experience to them. They advised me to report to the Police, that was how police got to know everything, she stated.
Division of labour
Investigations revealed that the notorious couple who lives in Abeokuta where they operate their illegal and nefarious business, usually travels to many parts of the country in search of their ‘commodity’. It was further gathered that the husband, identified as Ismail Yusuf, is in charge of scouting for pregnant women as he reportedly went as far as Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and other states in the Eastern part of the country.
The wife, Muyiba, was saddled with the task of nurturing the pregnant women till they deliver of their babies for onward sale.
Crime Guard learnt also that Muyiba who is cooling her feet at the Police station after she was arrested was reported to had come to Abeokuta from Kwara State disguised like a herbalist and rented an apartment at Adigbe where they use as their operational base.
According to the findings, the husband, having bought their preys (pregnant women), would charm them on the spot and take them to their operational base in Abeokuta where they would nurture the victims and their pregnancies until they give birth, which they allegedly usually sell to couples that need children or for ritual purposes.
It was also gathered that when these victims were bought, the couple would force them to swear to an oath not to escape. They would charm them so that they would not escape from them and people living around and security agencies would not have any clues of what they were doing in their den.
Suspect opens up
Recalling her journey in the human trafficking business, 38-year-old Muyiba said, “ I came to Abeokuta in January this year from Offa, Kwara State. I used to sell baby clothes before my shop got burnt during the crisis between Offa and Erin-Ile. I know how to prepare herbs for diabetic patients. I am a trado-medical doctor, I registered in Kwara State but not in Ogun State. I have treated three patients in Abeokuta since I have been here.”
When asked what she was doing with the pregnant women she camped in her house, Muyiba claimed that “ it was their husbands that brought them to my place, to keep them in my place. I knew them through one Joy.
How were you arrested, she said “ It all happened when I saw police on Wednesday night banging that we should open the door. They came to arrest all of us. I thought my husband has run away because I was asleep when the police came. My husband is Ismail Yusuf, our children are in Kwara State. The police also arrested Muyiba’s younger sister —Seun and when she was asked her role in the incident, she passed the ball to her elder sister.
According to her , I was staying with her. I just graduated last year from School of Health in Ilorin, Kwara state. I came to Abeokuta last month. I don’t have anything to say, she (Muyinba) is the one that can say anything about it.
Raid at Akute
Two weeks ago, the operatives of Nigeria Police, Ogun State Command uncovered a baby-making factory in Akute and rescued eight pregnant women, including a 16-year-old girl, arresting the proprietor of the factory, Angela Chigoeze, and her brother-in-law, Obinna Ndunaga during the raid.
It was gathered that at the baby -making factory operational base which is located at No 9, Sebanjo Crescent, Off Fabolude Bus-Stop in Akute, a baby was often sold at N300,000 each, while the young girls were usually offered pittance after delivery and their babies taken from them and sold to unknown people.
Some of the victims who were rescued included three teenage pregnant women; a-16-year-old Precious Steven, Miracle Eze and Blessing Saviour who are both 17 years old. Also rescued were Jeremiah Gift, 25, Joy Okoro, 20, Stella Samuel, 19; Agnes Igbo, 22 and Vivian Princewill, 20.
The proprietress of the baby factory, Angela, 39, who hails from Abia state said that she started the business last year as a traditional healing home, claiming that her husband, now at large, rented the building from where the illicit business was transacted.
Angela, however, denied that the young girls were usually impregnated inside the house, adding that the pregnant women were either brought by their husbands or traced her address themselves.
Speaking on the incident, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development , Elizabeth Sonubi, promised that government would continue to put in place the necessary security measures that would continue to nip girl child trafficking and other crimes targeted at children and women, in the bud.
The Commissioner disclosed that two of the victims had delivered two babies – male and female at the Rehabilitation Center where the State government takes care of them. She admonished the residents and people of the state to be vigilant and prevent such incident across the state, adding that people should report such incident promptly to the necessary quarters.
Researchers have grown vaginas in a lab, and the organs are working normally in four teenage patients who were among the first people to receive such an implant, scientists reported today.
All of the patients in the study underwent surgery five to eight years ago because they were born with a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus are underdeveloped or absent.
Scientists grew each vagina from the patient's own cells, and then implanted it in her body. So far in the follow-up, the treatment has been successful, and the patients who are now sexually active have reported normal function.
Although this is a small pilot study, the results show that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in people, said study researcher Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Although more research needs to be done, growing vaginal tissue from a person's own cells could potentially be a new treatment option for patients with vaginal cancer or injuries who require reconstructive surgeries, the researchers said.
"A lot of what we are doing right now is really applicable to patients who have deformity or abnormal organs for many other conditions — of course, the most prominent being cancer — [and] also patients who may have an injury in the area," Atala said.
The girls in the study had a congenital deformation called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which affects between one in 1,500 and one in 4,000 female infants, the researchers said.
To build the personalized vaginas, the researchers took a small piece of vulvar tissue, less than half the size of a postage stamp, from each patient, and then allowed the cells to multiply in lab dishes.
The vagina is made up of two major layers with two cell types: muscle cells and vaginal epithelial cells. To build these layers, the researchers placed one cell type on one face of a scaffold, made of a fabriclike material, and placed the other cell type on the other face of the scaffold.
"We were able to shape the scaffold specifically for each patient, and place this device with the cells in a bioreactor — which is an ovenlike device and has the same conditions as the human body — for about a week, until it was slightly more mature," Atala said.
Once the organs were ready, doctors surgically created a cavity in the patients' bodies, and stitched one side of the vaginal organ to the opening of the cavity and the other side to the uterus.
"The whole process takes about five to six weeks, from the time we take the tissue from the patient to the time we actually plant the engineered construct back into the patient," Atala said.
The girls were between 13 and 18 years old at the time of their surgeries. Researchers followed up with the patients every year for five to eight years, and examined the organs using X-rays and biopsies to check their structure. Patients also reported on the organs' functionality, including the sexual function.
Data from these yearly follow-up visits show that up to eight years after the surgeries, the organs had normal function, including normal sexual functions, such as desire and pain-free intercourse, according to the study.
Current treatments for MRKH syndrome include dilation of existing tissue or, for more severe cases, reconstructive surgery using a piece of intestine or a piece of skin to create a new vaginal organ.
However, the risk of complications is high with these techniques because the tissue substitute is not vaginal tissue, Atala said. "They are not ideal because they don't perform the same functionality," he said.
A group of teenagers in Japan known as B Stylers, have declared to live the life of a black person.
Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg discovered the teens while traveling around Asia for the past seven months.
She lives in Hong Kong at the moment, but when she was in Tokyo, back in December 2013, she met Hina, a 23-year-old who works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Hina’s shop has the tagline “Black for Life.” She describes its products as “a tribute to Black culture: the music, the fashion, and style of dance.”
Hina’s appearance is also loyal to what the Japanese call “B-style”—a contraction of the words “Black” and “Lifestyle” that refers to a subculture of young Japanese people who love American hip-hop culture so much that they do everything in their power to look as African American as possible.
Read more at Vice
B-stylers like Hina visit tanning salons once a week to darken their skin. They also tend to use darker foundation, listen to hip-hop and visit special African hair salons to get braids or curly hair. Hina also wears colored contact lenses to make her eyes seem bigger.
In February 19th to be precise, Founder of facebook posted on his facebook page. “I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire WhatsApp and that their entire team will be joining us at Facebook.
Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day.
WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community. Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people. Since WhatsApp and Messenger serve such different and important uses, we will continue investing in both and making them each great products for everyone.WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting.
I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.
Jan and the WhatsApp team have done some amazing work to connect almost half a billion people. I can’t wait for them to join Facebook and help us connect the rest of the world.
But the microblogging site Twitter turned down a 500 million dollar purchase offer from the social networking site Facebook in 2008, according to the Financial Times.
In an interview with the British business daily that was published, co-founder Biz Stone said Twitter wanted to become not just a popular site but a viable business, rather than be taken over by another company.
“We’ve created something that people are finding value in,” he said. “But we haven’t yet created a business out of this, and we really wanted to do that.”
According to the Financial Times, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg offered 500 million dollars in Facebook stock for Twitter.
But Stone said Facebook had nothing that Twitter’s three co-founders — Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey — wanted.
The daily added, without elaboration, that Twitter still isn’t turning a profit more than four years after it was created.
In mid-December, Twitter said it had received a major infusion of funds from a group of investors, which reportedly put a 3.7 billion dollar value on the site.
Created in 2006 to exchange messages of no more than 140 characters, Twitter had 175 million registered users as of November 1, and transmitted 25 billion “tweets” last year. About 95 million messages a day are sent over the site.
It has pursued rapid growth over profits, but since last spring, it has brought in advertising revenues through paid for “promoted tweets.”
Nigeria has summoned Zimbabwe's envoy over remarks President Robert Mugabe made about corruption, state media say.
Mr Mugabe reportedly said last month that Zimbabweans were becoming "like Nigeria" when it came to corruption.
Nigeria summoned Zimbabwe's diplomat on Thursday, calling Mr Mugabe's comments "vitriolic and denigrating", Nigeria's state news agency said.
In its 2013 index, Transparency International listed Zimbabwe as more corrupt than Nigeria.
The list released by the Berlin-based organisation placed Nigeria as 144th out of 175 countries on its Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, while Zimbabwe was ranked 157th.
Mr Mugabe criticised corruption in Zimbabwe in March, asking: "Are we now like Nigeria where you have to reach into your pocket to get anything done?"
On Thursday, Nigeria's foreign ministry summoned Zimbabwean envoy Stanley Kunjeku, lodging "the strongest protest" against the statement, News Agency of Nigeria said.
"Not only does it not reflect the reality in our country, but to come from a sitting president of a brotherly country is most unkind and very dishonourable,'' the ministry added.
A 2013 survey by Transparency International found that one person in four had paid a bribe to a public body over the last year, with the poor record of some African nations on bribery standing out.
I was moved by this story in a small corner of the Guardian. It wasn’t big enough to earn a headline – (He’s not a politician).
The story goes that a man had gone to withdraw N150,000 cash in one of the banks in Abuja. Making his way home, a man snatched the money from his hand and jumped unto a waiting bike (Okada). At the same time, corporal Tanko was making his way to the bank and witnessed the incidence. He immediately gave the robbers a hot chase with his bike. When it became obvious that they are about to land into hot soup, they threw the money away and ran. Corporal Tanko retrieved the money, and came back and returned the money to the owner intact – this man who never believed he could get his money again was full of praise for the gallantry of the officer.
Could it be that we have many more Corporal Tanko’s in the police? Officers with a sense of purpose, discipline and true responsibility? Could it be that we have some good cops at the lower cadre who are never allowed to do their jobs by corroded ‘ogas at the top’If there isn’t, couldn’t the Nigerian police fashion it’s policing in this model? A truly people –friendly police. THAT NIGERIAN POLICE – NOT THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE which goes about extorting, torturing, and killing innocent Nigerians while lying to cover their tracks as the case maybe.
There is no better way to promote good image for the police except through frequent acts like this –
ALL HAIL CORPORAL TANKO!
A few years back in Nigeria, the stern-face of popular actor, Hanks Anuku adorned many film jackets.
But that is no more the case as no one knows if the face of Hanks Anuku can still sell even a local community film this time around.
He was made the Special Adviser to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State on Tourism and Entertainment in 2010, but he later left the job.
After that, he was in the news for being delivered from alcohol and mental illness by Prophet TB Joshua, he later moved to Ghana after the incident.
Some days ago, we met him in Ghana and he had a short interview with us, where he explained the reason behind his relocation to the West African country.
Why did you leave Nigeria for Ghana?
Yea, as you can see, I am in Ghana now. It was a decision I made to get a few things for myself and to get closer to God because so many things happened to me in Nigeria that I was not happy about.
Does that mean you wouldn't have been closer to God if you were in Nigeria?
I would always have time for anybody and appreciate the presence of a man or woman of substance.
What do you do here presently?
Apart from filmmaking, I am into the development of grassroots’ talents in music and filmmaking.
How is that going?
It has been very great.
Are Ghanaians embracing you?
You know, love thy neighbour like thyself is my tool across the Nile unto Jericho. I think everybody loves me. I don’t know who the enemy is. So, whoever the enemy is, I am sorry, I forgive all haters. That is what it is.
Should your fans in Nigeria be expecting something from you soon?
Well, everything depends on God. He is my provider. If God wants me to go to Nigeria, no problem, I mean, as long as you are serious with the job.
Nollywood actress, Lizzy Gold says the major criteria for any man to woo her is that he must be rich and that no poor man should even think of admiring her picture, let alone ‘toast’ her. In a recent chat with Entertainment Express, Lizzy also said bank alerts turn her on.
“A poor man shouldn’t even think of admiring my picture, not to talk of wooing me. I love money so much so I can’t marry a poor man. I don’t even want a man who is merely comfortable. My interest and affection are for millionaires, if possible billionaires. Money means so much to me, in fact money makes me wet. Sometimes when I imagine so much money in my account, I could just get wet. Bank alert is like my best friend. I just need to imagine so much money in my account and I am turned on. When I get a credit alert on my account, Oh my God, I get turned on immediately.
Lizzy says asides having money and being willing to spend it on her, another very important thing she looks out for in a man is that he must be well ‘endowed’.
Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmm, so we were just thinking, all this from somebody’s future wife – what if the rich man falls on bad times? End of marriage? Women are appreciated more when they don't base their success on others – after all, you have the same opportunity, create wealth and be as wealthy as you want to be.
A London-born Nigerian Hollywood star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, on Friday said he was proud to be identified as a Nigerian.
Mr. Ejiofor said this in Lagos at the premiere of a movie “Half of a Yellow Sun’’ based on a novel written by a Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie.
He said that there was a wrong impression that he claimed not to be a Nigerian.
“During the period of publicising “Twelve Years a Slave”, I was asked where I was originally from.
“I suppose I was trying to give an honest answer about where I was born, and so, I said London, which is where I was born.
“And to me, it was a surprising reaction that people then concluded that I didn’t identify as Nigerian.
“Of course, I am Nigerian-British, but if they ask me where I was born, I can’t say Enugu, because I wasn’t born in Enugu, but, it doesn’t mean that I don’t identify as Nigerian.
“I am proud of being Nigerian that I am extraordinarily happy to be here to make this film.
“We wanted to make a film in Nigeria for several years, maybe 20 years.
“Several years we talked about making a film in Nigeria, internationalise the market, we know there is so much, there’s a handful of energy and ability in Nigeria.
“And, for those of us that were born overseas, we want to get back into all of that and try to work together and make films and internationalise what is a wonderful market community.”
Biyi Bandele, who directed “Half of a Yellow Sun’’ said, “the movie is essentially a love story.”
According to him, it’s about people falling in love and the sacrifices you have to make sometimes when you are in a relationship.
“It is about a generation of Nigerians who grew up in the 1960s which is when Nigeria, along with most African countries gained independence.
“And, this is a generation of Africans, of Nigerians, who were so imbued with confidence, with enthusiasm, with optimism about the future of the country and Africa.”
Mr. Bandele said the movie was shot in just 33 days at Tinapa Calabar and other locations in Nigeria.
He said that artistes from more than 12 different countries were involved in the production of the movie, which he said would make Africa proud.
Also, Kene Mkparu, the Chairman of FilmOne, a distribution company responsible for the movie in Nigeria, said it was “the beginning’’, and urged Nigerians to support the movie.
“Half of a Yellow Sun” features actors such as Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, O.C. Ukeje, John Boyega, Anika Rose, Tina Mba, Wale Ojo, Thandie Newton and Gloria Young.
It was produced by Andre Calderwood, Sandra Obiago, Yewande Sadiku and Mukhtar Bakare.
The movie would be released fully in Nigerian cinemas on April 25.
Both the album and mixtape were released for free download. Two Nigerian rappers, Jesse Jagz and Port Harcourt based Lyrikal, recently released songs separately for free to the public.
While Jesse Jagz released his second album, Royal Niger Company, Lyrikal released a mixtape titled Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Jesse Jagz’s album consists of 11 tracks, with samples ranging from the 1983 hit song, Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan to movie clips (Scarface, Johnny Mad Dog).
Lyrikal’s mixtape features vocals from Eva, Shank, Jazzy, Korkormikor, KO, The Veteran, Young Stunna, and samples from Davido, 9ice, Mafikizolo, Jay Z, Drake, 2 Chainz and Eminem on his mixtape tape.
“The mixtape in many ways, is a reflection of my personal battles as a musician who is never satisfied with his own work. But there are aspects that reflect our general lives as people, and how sometimes, we are unable to stop ourselves from repeating frustrating habits, even when we mean to change,” Lyrikal said of his work.
Download Lyrikal’s Mixtape here.
|Abubakar A Abubakar, groom and his wife Mariana at their wedding reception in Dubai|
|former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, (r) introducing the parents of his son's wife Mrs Margarita, (1st r) and Mr Nadim Saleby to Chief Bisi Akande, Interim National Chairman of APC at the wedding reception of Atiku's son, Abubakar A. Abubakar and his bride Mariana Nadim in Dubai over the weekend.|
|Atiku Abubakar (r) introducing the parents of his son's wife, Mrs Margarita, (1st r) and Mr Nadim Saleby to National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the wedding reception of Atiku's son, Abubakar A Abubakar and his bride Mariana Nadim in Dubai|
|The groom Abubakar Atiku Abubakar and his mother Hajiya Ladi Atiku Abubakar at the wedding ceremony of the son of the chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC0 and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Dubai|
|Hajiya Titi Atiku Abubakar the couple, and Hajiya Rukayya Atiku Abubakar at the wedding reception of Atiku's son, Abubakar A Abubakar and his bride Mariana Nadim in Dubai|
Nollywood actor Jibola Dabo, who has five children from different women has said in a recent interview with TheNetng that he is an ardent supporter of polygamy and believes that most men in Africa are polygamous in nature.
He said: "People misunderstands what polygamy means. I am an ardent supporter of polygamy. Every single man, mostly from Africa, is polygamous in nature. We are just deceiving ourselves. Polygamy means when you see a woman you love and desire, you marry her with the consent of your already married wife and bring her home. It's not when you have one wife at home, then you have others scattered in different other places, that is not polygamy. And not when you have three wives and you cannot take care of one, that is an insult to polygamy. There are so many women out there who just want to have a man as an umbrella, but we keep saying one man one woman. Yet the women keep suffering. We all know that we have much more women in this world than men, the ratio is too high.
My father had six wives, my uncle that brought me up had so many wives also. What I am saying is that it is not illegal, we are not in America. Ironically, the white man would have one wife and still keep so many mistresses. If not, there wouldn't have been an English word for concubines. That means it exists in their culture. Which is better, concubines or wives? In the days when polygamy was well respected, diseases were not rampant. It is now that when men hide to do it that strange sexually transmitted diseases have become the order of the day" he said.
"I have only one wife but I have children from more than one woman. And its not because I had mistresses, its because I have lived in various countries, including America, France, Britain etc. I am this person that any woman that comes to me would always want to have something for me. I have had experiences. I was with a woman and years later, a child was brought to me, a child I didn't know when it was conceived" he added.