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Friday, 31 May 2013

Michael Adebolajo, Woolwich Murder Suspect, Released from Hospital

Michael Adebolajo, the 2nd suspect in the vicious slaying of a British soldier was discharged from a hospital Friday and taken to a London police station, police said.
The Metropolitan Police said the 28-year-old man would be interviewed by counter-terrorism detectives on suspicion of murder and the attempted murder of a police officer.

GTBank Named 2013 African Bank of the Year

GTBank plc M.D./C.E.O- Segun Agbaje
Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been named the 2013 bank of the year by the African Banker magazine.
The award recognizes financial institutions that have emerged as industry leaders and continent trend setters, due to good corporate governance practices, exceptional service delivery within the financial services industry of their country and innovative products.

Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, Mr Segun Agbaje attributed the recognition to hard work, discipline and a well-defined operating strategy.

In 2012, the bank was named the best bank in Nigeria by the Euro Money magazine for the 4th consecutive year while it earned the 2011 Best Bank in Nigeria award from EMEA finance.

Guaranty Trust Bank also emerged as the 1st Nigerian financial institution to cross the N100 billion profit before tax milestone from operations at both bank and group levels

Source: Channels

My Desire for the Perfect Buttocks Left Me with No Limbs- Apryl Michelle Brown

46 year-old Apryl, who lives in Los Angeles, endured black-market silicone injections that a surgeon later identified as bathroom sealant

A mother-of-two whose desire for the perfect bottom led to an all-limbs and buttock amputation has warned other women against black market silicone injections.

Hair stylist Apryl Michelle Brown, from LA, spent 5 years in excruciating pain when an unlicensed practitioner injected her buttocks with bathroom sealant, telling her it was silicone, in order to enhance them.

Oscar Pistorius in Grief

For the past 3 months, the double amputee sprinter has been living at his Uncle Arnold's house in Pretoria. He has grown a beard because he doesn't want to be recognized, and has surrounded himself with photos of Reeva Steenkamp, his uncle says.

Pistorius is charged with murdering the 29-year-old model and law school graduate early on February 14, and faces a court hearing next Tuesday.

Arnold Pistorius described the runner's grief as "unthinkable" and says his heart bleeds for his nephew. "He's got photos in his room, photos all over the place. He's housebound, you know. He doesn't go out in public places.

Pictures from J Martins' Wedding

J Martins and his wife, Nnezi Mbila held their white wedding and wedding reception on Thursday May 30th at Protea Hotel Oakwood in Lekki, Lagos. They had their traditional wedding in January 2012.

The private wedding was graced by dignitaries like Abia Governor Theodore Orji and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

Other celebrities that attended the wedding include P-Square, Uti Nwachukwu, AY, Jude Okoye, Ikechukwu Uche and Yaw!

Congrats to the Oyoyo crooner!

See more photos below:

Same-Sex Marriage Offenders in Nigeria Risk 14 Years in Jail

The House of Representatives yesterday endorsed the report on a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage in the Nigeria.

Offenders risk a 14-year jail term, according to the bill unanimously endorsed by the lawmakers.

Section 5(1) of the bill states that “persons that entered into a same-gender marriage (man-man or woman-woman) or civil union contract commit an offence and are jointly liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment each.”

Lebanese Terror Cell Uncovered in Kano, Nigeria

The Joint Task Force yesterday said it had uncovered a Lebanon-based Hezbollah armoury and terror cell in Bompai, Kano State.

The force, which said it found large cache of arms and ammunition, also confirmed the arrest of three persons in connection with the armoury and the cell.

A Lebanese national currently out of the country reportedly owns the premises where the armoury and the cell were found at No 3, Gaya Road, Off Bompai Road in the ancient city.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Shakira Speaks on Motherhood

Shakira has joked she'll breastfeed her son "until he goes to college".
The 36-year-old star opened up about how much she adores bonding time spent with her 4-month-old baby, Milan.
Her favourite thing about motherhood isn't cuddles or kisses, but breastfeeding her baby.
"Breastfeeding has been one of the best experiences of my life," she gushed to Us Weekly. "I love it! I can’t stop! I think I’m going to breastfeed him until he goes to college! I’m hooked!"
The first-time mom says breastfeeding helped her drop the baby weight fast. The star noted that she's not at her goal weight just yet, but hopes to reach it soon.
Shakira's boyfriend and dad to Milan, is FC Barcelona soccer star, Gerard Piqué. She has penned a track dedicated to her little family, although it won't be anything she'll release to the public. But the chart topper promised fans she hasn't given up on music for them, despite having her hands full at home.
Source: OMG

Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight (Ted Talks)

Why you should listen to her:

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor's brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness ...

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before.

In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right.

Jill Bolte Taylor:
“I realized, ‘Oh my gosh! I’m having a stroke! I’m having a stroke!’ The next thing my brain says to me is, ‘Wow! This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?’”

Source: TED Talks

NGF Poll and the Dangers Ahead

Here is a piece written by Mr Olusegun Adeniyi for This Day newspaper, in his column- The Verdict. It aptly describes what happened at the Nigeria Governors' Forum election which held recently. He is regarded as one of the best columnist in Nigeria today and he is always on-point.

Mr Olusegun Adeniyi is the Chairman of the Editorial Board, THIS DAY Newspapers and Former Special Adviser on Communications to Late President Umaru Musa Yaradua.

Click below to read:

Gov. Fashola Inaugurates 1st Cable Link Bridge in Nigeria

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday made history with the inauguration of the 1st cable bridge to link Lekki and Ikoyi axis of the state, giving special tribute to the late President, Alhaji Umar Yar’Adua, over his role in the execution of the project.

Fashola said 2 Federal Government buildings were affected by the construction of the bridge which the late President ceded to the state government to ensure a speedy execution of the project.

He quoted the late President as saying: “Our party differences cannot stand in the way of our people.”

Governor Fashola, who also listed the toll to be paid by all categories of motorists, banned commercial motorcycles, tricycles, also known as Keke Napep, trailers and commercial buses, from plying the bridge.

Also prohibited from using the bridge are heavy duty trucks and buses with more than 26-seat capacity.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

26 Years Old Twins Suffer Stroke 9 Months Apart

In July 2012, Kathryn Tucker, a senior care coordinator for an Arizona insurance company, had just gone to bed when she felt a sharp pain in the back of her head on the right side before her vision went out and she went numb.

Her brother was at her apartment and got her to the hospital where doctors at first dismissed her symptoms as a migraine with aura. But Tucker, only 26, was having a stroke.

Crazy Sheep Terrorizes People in Brazil

A sheep went bananas on the streets of Brazil recently and mauled down everyone in its way, including a motorbike with its riders. Its funny, but not funny if you were one of the victims!

This sheep is seriously wasting her talents, it will make very good pepper soup! I hope no animal rights advocate reads this!

Chinese Baby's Mum Claims Baby was Accidentally Flushed Down the Toilet

The mother of the Chinese new-born found trapped in a sewer pipe claimed she fell pregnant following a one night stand - and then the father of the baby boy abandoned her.

The 22-year-old woman - who has not been named – also said she could not afford an abortion or cope with the stigma of being a single mum.

Chinese media said she went to the shared bathroom in a residential complex when she felt abdominal cramps last Saturday and gave birth. She said the baby slipped into the sewer pipe and she was unable to free him.

She also claimed she was the first to raise the initial alarm and she watched the entire 2-hour rescue in secret.

The landlord called the police and fire fighters for help, after a girl complained that she had heard a ‘kitten-like’ sound in the fourth-floor squat toilet.  

The woman, a restaurant worker, reportedly confessed to being the mother after officers found blood-stained tissues and toys in her room and asked her to undergo a medical check.

Source: MailOnline

Joseph Yobo Shares New Family Photos

Yobo, th2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner and most capped Super Eagles player ever, shares some lovely family pix. 

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France Arrests Man in Soldier Stabbing Case

A man suspected of having carried out a terror-related knife attack on a French soldier at the La Defense commercial centre of Paris on May 25 is seen in this combination picture made of still images taken from video surveillance cameras.

Woolwich Killer's Relatives Issue Statement of Condolence to Soldier's Family

Relatives of Mr Adebolajo issued a statement of condolence to Drummer Rigby's family on Tuesday, saying: 

"As a family, we wish to share with others our horror at the senseless killing of Lee Rigby and express our profound shame and distress that this has brought our family."

"We wish to state openly that we believe that there is no place for violence in the name of religion or politics.

Sri Lankan Man Sets Himself on Fire in Protest

A Buddhist monk has suffered serious injuries after setting himself on fire to protest against the slaughter of cattle for meat.

Buddhism which is Sri Lanka's state religion, opposes the killing of any life. Nearly 75 percent of Sri Lankans are Buddhists. Many of them eat meat, but most avoid beef because they consider cows sacred.

Click below to see the main picture (warning- graphic image):

Nigeria Happy Demo-Crazy Day

Democracy day, May 29th is here. Once again we will go through the motions- insipid speeches, jamboree, empty promises, paid adverts and perhaps articles like this one.

But do we really understand what democracy means? Have we being able to imbibe the spirit of democracy? The recent political debacle over the electoral outcome of the Nigeria Governor's Forum says much. It portends danger come 2015. It shows we are very poor losers.Democracy is not only about winning triumphantly, but also about losing gracefully.

It brings to mind the  2000 U.S. presidential election in which Al Gore conceded to George Bush. Despite the fact that Al Gore won the popular vote by approximately 500,000 votes nationwide, it was George Bush who became president after garnering 271 electoral college votes to Al Gore's 266. At that time, the ongoing electoral recount of the disputed Florida votes was terminated by the U.S supreme court.  This effectively gave George W. Bush a 537 vote victory in Florida and consequently Florida's 25 electoral votes and the presidency.

Jay Jay Okocha at 3 Years Old

This is a picture of Jay Jay Okocha (soccer maestro) holding a football at 3 years old. It was shared by him on twitter yesterday. The little boy holds his destiny in his hand- indeed, "the child is father of the man".

He tweeted:

Jay-Jay Okocha @IAmOkocha
This one's dedicated 2 my kids & yours on this special day. Find d courage 2 pursue ur dreams. Happy Children's day.
3:07 PM - 27 May

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Baby Rescued Alive from Toilet Pipe in China

A newborn baby boy has been rescued after being flushed down a toilet in a Chinese apartment building, according to media reports.

Firefighters in eastern China rescued the abandoned baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe directly beneath a toilet commode.

Residents in Jinhua, in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang, alerted firefighters on Saturday afternoon (local time) after hearing the two-day-old baby crying in the 4th-floor squat lavatory.
Attempts to pull him out failed, so rescuers sawed away a section of the pipe with the baby inside and took him to a local hospital.

Firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking the pipe apart piece by piece with pliers and saws, before the newborn was freed with its placenta still attached. From the time he was found until when he was taken out, the baby was stuck in the pipe for at least two hours.

The 2.3 kilogram boy suffered cuts to his face and limbs and is now in a stable condition. The baby is being nursed back to health at the hospital and has been reunited with the mother, believed to be a 22 years old single woman.

The police said, they would treat the case as an attempted homicide.

To see images of the rescue click below (warning- graphic pictures):

Darey Releases New Single- Special Fever

Darey's has just released a new single- Special fever. It was released by the Abuja-based Soul Muzik record label.

Darey never disappoints with his musical dexterity.

Click on the link below and check it out:


Monday, 27 May 2013

Florida Mom Gives Birth in Wheelchair Outside Hospital

Early on Friday morning, Amy Cavaetta was rushed to the hospital to deliver her 2nd child. But the birth did not go entirely to plan. Cavaetta barely made it outside the Boca Raton hospital in Florida, before the delivery started.

A wheel chair delivery- all is well that ends well! It's interesting to note that the midwife was already outside on the side walk waiting for her to arrive. Don't we all have a thing or two to learn from that?

See more images below:

Children's Day Thoughts

Children are the bedrock on which the society is built. In every nation, race and culture, the same purpose holds true. Our children are the future and they play a major role in determining the voice and strength of the nation.

As we celebrate our children here in Nigeria today, let the voice of these children speak to our hearts. 

Let us become models of true leadership whom they can look up to.

Let us give them a better life- good education, food, shelter and clothing, safe and affordable healthcare.

Let us guide them to become the best they can be. 

Let the leaders go the extra mile and give these children a voice and a future. 

The Nigerian child is worthy of being celebrated, because despite all the challenges and limitations they face, they march on and dream of a greater future.

Happy Children's Day

Ufuoma Fijabi

GTBank Sacks 100, Promotes 500.

Segun Agbaje, CEO GTBank plc

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has sacked 100 workers following its annual appraisal exercise for the 2013 financial year.

In a statement released to the press, Mr Segun Agbaje was quoted as saying:

“The exercise resulted in rank elevation for over 500 employees that put in an exceptional performance during the year. In line with international best practice, 100 employees whose performance fell below the bank’s minimum performance grid were eased out of the bank’s employment in a bid to maintain service quality standards, promote customer satisfaction and enhance the GTBank brand experience.”

Mr Agbaje added that the bank was committed to providing its stakeholders with exceptional service and would continue to seek the best in human capital and train them aggressively towards this end.

PDP Suspends Rivers State Governor, Amaechi

The recent political events in Nigeria can best be described as 'cloak and dagger politics'. Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has become the first casualty of this trend. His suspension from the PDP has just been made public. This action will likely push him into the waiting hands of the opposition, the APC (All Progressive Congress).

A statement issued by the party states that the suspension of Mr. Amaechi was to enforce party discipline.

We all know he contested the chairmanship of the NGF (Nigeria Governor's Forum) against the PDP-anointed candidate, Jonah Jang. The result of the NGF election has divided the NGF in 2 bitter factions.

Oscar Pistorius Won't Race in 2013

South African news outlets have reported that Oscar Pistorius won't compete this year, despite interest from some meet promoters.

"He is nowhere close to being in a position to train," Pistorius' coach, Ampie Louw, told one South African outlet. "He just does fitness exercises in the morning with his family."

Earlier this year, Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14. In March, the conditions of his bail were relaxed, including the return of his passport.

There had been speculation that Pistorius would use the allowance for overseas travel to compete in meets, in part to help fund his legal defense. Pistorius' agent says there has been interest from some meets in Pistorius racing. Other European meets have let it be known that Pistorius is unwelcome, owing to what one meet promoter called a "media circus" that would distract attention from the meet's top athletes.

Pistorius' next court hearing is on June 4. His trial is expected to begin later this year.


Presidency Angry with Akpabio over NGF Elections

Culled from Sunday Punch

There were indications on Saturday that the Presidency was not happy with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, because of the outcome of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum election, which returned the incumbent, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, to office for the next two years.

A presidential source, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the Presidency felt betrayed that the election was allowed to hold in the first place.

The source said Akpabio had informed the Presidency that he had the majority of the governors with him.

Big Brother Africa Season 8: The Chase



Today was the official opening ceremony of Big Brother Africa Season 8: The Chase. It has IK Osakioduwa, Nigerian on-air personality as the host of the show. There are 28 housemates, including 2 Nigerians- Ada Beverly Osu and Melvin Oduah (You can see their bio below).

The 1st set of evictions will be next Sunday.

Beverly is a model from Lagos. She describes herself as “smart, sexy, humble, loyal and crazy”. One of her favourite qualities is her sense of humour. In other people, she values “consistency, cleanliness, truth and humility” and dislikes unkept promises, lies and pretence. 

Beverley says that viewers can expect “a total packaged African young diva to command the right qualities and characteristics of a blunt, sexy go-getter”. She doesn’t really have any role models, choosing rather to take unique attributes from different people. Asked who has influenced her life most, Beverley says “who I want to influence me all depends on the situation at hand”.

Her favourite musicians include John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Phenom and Rihanna.

Melvin is a model and actor from Delta State with a BSc in Chemistry. Melvin enjoys listening to Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and R Kelly.

His favourite place in Nigeria is Lagos and he says the best things about the continent as a whole are the culture and people. Outside of Nigeria, he enjoys spending time in South Africa and the USA because “these are places where you can relax and relate to people conveniently”.

His friends and family inspired him to enter Big Brother. He has always been a fan of the show and has previously come out tops in two other reality shows. He is hoping to use all his experience and charm to go all the way on Big Brother. If he wins the grand prize, he’ll invest it, but he’s also hoping to make his country proud and use this experience as a platform to achieve other things in his career.


Sunday, 26 May 2013

An Uncommon Nigerian in the Comedy Industry- Ali Baba

Stand-up Comedy is a sector of the Nigerian Entertainment Industry that cannot be ignored. This sector has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, turning out some of the finest and creative comedians who can hold their own anywhere and at anytime.

AY, I-go-dye, Seyi Law, Elenu, Julius Agwu, Tee A, Teju Babyface are but a few, of the many springing forth daily. But many of their stories will not be complete without the mention of Ali Baba. Many have testified of how he paved the way for stand-up comedy in Nigeria and opened a whole world of opportunity for many coming behind. In Ali Baba’s words:

"I think anybody who has succeeded needs to show people the path to success. I say this all the time, that if your success has not made any other person successful, then you have failed. Whether it is buying a comedian a car, assisting him in his show, paying a house rent, giving or buying clothes, books, giving them DVDs or sharing the jokes."

Ali Baba’s protégées who were given an opportunity are doing the same for others coming behind them. One man sowed the seed and a huge harvest has erupted.

All hail Ali Baba.

Ufuoma Fijabi

Woolwich Murderer was Arrested in Kenya and Deported to the UK

  • Appeared in court on suspicion of planning to fight for terrorist group
  • Adebolajo was heading for Somalia, to be recruited by Al-Shabaab
  • It is claimed that soon after he was targeted by MI5 as a possible informant
  • He resisted attempts to ‘turn’ him and complained to lawyers he was being harassed

Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo came to the attention of MI5 after he appeared in court in Kenya on suspicion of planning to fight for a terrorist group.

He was arrested with 5 others in November 2010. All were said to have been heading for neighbouring Somalia, where they had been recruited by Al-Shabaab, the Islamist insurgent organisation.

The Woolwich Killing & the Unseen Hands of the Illuminati

This is an opinion piece by Femi Fani-Kayode- if you have no stomach for controversy then don't bother reading it. 

Were they cultivated, ”programmed” and used by agents of the Illuminati in the British establishment to carry out this gruesome operation and this monstrous sacrifice?

Some things just don’t add up when it comes to the Woolwich killings. There are certainly more questions than answers. Let us examine the facts. An off-duty British soldier by the name of Lee Rigby was walking down the street in the charming and peaceful London suburb of Woolwich. All of a sudden, and out of the blue, he was randomly selected and run over by a car which was being driven by two young black men. After they hit him to the ground with the car the two young men jumped out of it, armed with machetes, knives, a rusty old pistol and a meat cleaver, and in a deep and uncontrollable frenzy amidst shouts of ”Allah u Akbar”, proceeded to take his precious life by carving him up, mutilating him, butchering him and beheading him in full public glare.

David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments (Strictly for Nature Lovers)

This TEDTalks video is strictly for nature lovers. The beauty and intelligence in the little things around us that we take so much for granted, is awesome.

 David Gallo says:
“Today we've only explored about 3 percent of what’s out there in the ocean. Already we've found the world’s highest mountains, the world’s deepest valleys, underwater lakes, underwater waterfalls … . There’s still 97 percent, and either that 97 percent is empty or just full of surprises.”

David Gallo works to push the bounds of oceanic discovery. Active in undersea exploration (sometimes in partnership with legendary Titanic-hunter Robert Ballard), he was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail.

Labrinth- 'Beneath Your Beautiful' Featuring Emeli Sandé

This is a soulful ballad you can't get bored listening to and when you stop listening to it, it may play in the background of your mind for a while. Beautiful composition.

"Beneath Your Beautiful" is a song by British singers Labrinth and Emeli Sandé. Written by Labrinth, Mike Posner and Sandé, it was released as the 6th single from Labrinth's debut album, Electronic Earth, on 18 November 2012.

The track peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 28 October 2012, selling 108,000 copies in its 1st week of release, becoming Labrinth's 1st number one single as a solo artist. The song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 BRIT Awards.

Click below to see the lyrics:

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Bayern Defeats Dortmund 2-1 to Win Champions League

Congratulations to Bayern fans out there! Bayern beats Dortmund 2-1 in a tension-soaked match in which  Robben scores the winning goal in the dying minute.

Robben finally celebrates his 1st Champions League title. The title is Bayern’s 5th over all, and erases the sting of their 2 recent defeats in the final — including last year’s at home.

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Flood of Tributes for Slain Woolwich Soldier

Lee Rigby, age- 25 years, married, with 2 year old son

The family of the British soldier brutally slain in a cleaver attack in southeast London spoke movingly Friday of a man who was a devoted husband, father and brother, as well as a dedicated serviceman.

Stepfather Ian Rigby said Drummer Lee Rigby was a "precious gift" who had always wanted to serve in the army and was a devoted family man.

When a soldier is serving in Afghanistan, "you come to terms with it," Ian Rigby said. "You don't expect something like that on your doorstep. It's very difficult."

Bayern vs Dortmund: The Stage is Set

The stage is set for the world to enjoy the historic all-German UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Wembley stadium, London @ 7.45pm. The tension in the air is thick enough to be cut with a knife. Both teams are in top form, highly determined and confident.

I forsee a match that will end in penalty shootout- but the winner, I can't tell.

See some of the UEFA 2013 tournament statistics for the 2 teams below:


Goals scored
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
Fouls committed
Yellow cards
Red Cards