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Friday, 31 January 2014

Maggots Extracted From Woman's Vagina 10 Days After Childbirth - India

I believe this is insightful for women especially mothers to be. The health and well being of mother and child after delivery must not be taken for granted. You need to be vigilant and pay attention to your body even after your child is born and quickly return to the hospital if you sense something is wrong. Many women have lost their lives after childbirth from medical complications and preventable mistakes made by birth attendants.

The morning star reports that a 1st time mum from Hadapsar in Western India was shocked to find maggots crawling down her legs a few days after giving birth. The 22-year-old woman had given birth to a healthy baby in a hospital, but 10 days later, whilst feeling some considerable discomfort, she noticed flesh-eating maggots wriggling out of her vulva. Her husband quickly rushed her off to the nearest hospital. Her identity is being protected.

A gynaecologist who examined the poor woman discovered that a large wad of gauze which had been used to stop bleeding following the baby’s delivery had been left inside the woman. This had caused a rather nasty infection which had then become infested with fly larvae gorging themselves on the rotten guaze.

The Agony of a Father Whose 14 Year Old Son Committed Suicide

For Olanrewaju Oyeniyi, life will never be the same as he is still trying to come to terms with the sudden demise of his son, Boluwatife. His son, who was an SS 1 pupil of Oro Grammar School, in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, allegedly committed suicide on January 20, 2014.

Speaking to the Punch correspondent: He says in an emotion-laden voice, “I know that what happened to my son was not ordinary. But wherever it came from, I have left everything to God to judge and I know very soon that He will act.”

Boluwatife reportedly used his belt to hang himself on a tree in the school compound. But how come a 14-year-old pupil could go to the extent of killing himself? Did he have academic challenges? Did his parents rebuke him over any matter? Was there a case of sabotage? These and many more questions are some of the issues raised with Boluwatife’s father.

Hollywood Star Matt Damon's Mum - 'How to Raise a Grounded, Creative Child'

Hollywood Star Matt Damon whose mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University in Massachusetts shares some insightful thoughts on raising children. Her most recent book is called "Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Road-map for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids."  Read below:

People often ask me, especially after another young celebrity takes a fall, "How did you raise 2 talented artists, both wonderful fathers, who both do such good work in the world?" One of my sons is the actor Matt Damon, the other, Kyle, is a sculptor). So many young stars seem to struggle and stumble under the pressure of their fame. Why do some handle it well while others go off the rails?

There's no simple answer to this question. A lot happens in our children's lives that we parents can't control. From the beginning, children come to us with different personalities and temperaments; they are born into different cultures and economic circumstances. But we parents are the most important influence in their early lives, and what we do affects how our kids learn to handle the stresses life brings, whatever paths their lives take.

Baby Factory Uncovered in Ondo State

The Vanguard  reports that a  baby factory has been uncovered in Ilu-Titun in Okitipupa council area of Ondo State by the state command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS. This follows a recent clamp down of a similar baby factory in the eastern part of the country few months back.

At least 24 suspects were arrested in connection with the illegal establishment. Among those nabbed by the anti-trafficking detectives of the command included 5 pregnant women, 5 nursing mothers, 5 babies, 2 of which are less than a month old and 8 men whose duty it was to impregnate the women.

The arrest of the proprietor of the baby factory, Mrs Happiness Ogundeji, was after several months of intelligence gathering and discreet surveillance by officials of the command. The suspects were paraded before newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Akure, yesterday, by the state’s comptroller of NIS, Mr Musa Al-Hassan.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Nigeria to Convene 492-Man “National Conference” in 2014

L to R: Senator Femi Okurounmu, Secretary to FG- Pius Anyim
The federal government of Nigeria today announced the modalities for the proposed National Dialogue, which it said would now be known as “The National Conference” and feature 492 delegates.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, said that all Socio-Political and Nationality Groups in the country have been given 15 slots from each Geo-Political zone just as 5 political parties will get 2 slots each in the proposed National Conference.

The slots are limited to the political parties that have representation in the National Assembly, which are the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, the Accord Party and the Labour Party.

Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev to Face Death Penalty

According to CNN,  US federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev is to face the death penalty. Tsarnaev, a Chechnya-born American, and his brother Tamerlan planted 2 homemade bombs near the finish line of the April 15 Boston Marathon, which killed 3 people and injured more than 250 others.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was also killed 3 days later,  which triggered the massive manhunt that led to Tsarnaev's capture. His brother was shot and killed by police during the manhunt. He has been charged with 30 federal counts stemming from the attack. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Beyonce Shares New Family Photos

Beyonce's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter has traveled with both parents on most of their tours and her mum has shared intimate pictures of her family while on tour. See more pics below.....

10 Things you Don’t Know About Lupita Nyong’o

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve McQueen
Lupita Nyong'o (born March 1, 1983) was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role  in “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong'o won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Her role as Patsey, the abused house slave with naive hopes of freedom, placed her at the top of her game in Hollywood. She became a household name overnight. Here are 10 things you don't know about Lupita Nyong'o. Starting with No.10:

10. Her multi-cultural heritage 
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents of the Luo nation (also President Obama’s people). Her 1st name is traditionally Mexican, and her surname is very rare in Kenya. Her father, Peter Anyang Nyong’o, a politician — and now a member of the Kenyan parliament — at one time sought refuge in Mexico. When it was safe to return, he took the family back to Kenya. Lupita was raised in Nairobi.

Kids Recreate Celebrity Red Carpet Outfits at the 59th Grammys

Toddlewood had kids recreate that red carpet look of some of the celebrities at the just concluded Grammy awards. I think the kids did a great job striking poses of Madonna, John Legend and Pharell. Really Nice. See pictures below..............

Oprah Winfrey on Turning 60: "I Simply Want to Share What I Have Been Given"

Media Mogul and Philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey turned 60 yesterday and she opted for a private celebration. But she wrote a heartfelt letter about her life's journey so far. 'Every day and every breath is magic, if we can only see it for what it is' she says. Read her letter below.......

60. I'm turning 60 this month! I'm so glad I've lived long enough to say those words and celebrate their meaning. I'm turning 60. I'm alive. Healthy. Strong. I'm turning 60, and please don't take offense, I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! You know, the old Am I doing it right? Am I saying it right? Am I being what or who I'm "supposed" to be?  I'm turning 60, and I've earned the right to be just as I am. I'm more secure in being myself than I've ever been.

I have reached the moment Derek Walcott describes in his beautiful poem "Love After Love": "...with elation / you will greet yourself arriving / at your own door, in your own mirror / and each will smile at the other's welcome."

I am in awe of the way my journey here on earth continues to unfold. My life has been marked by miracles for as long as I can recall and even before. My entire existence is the result of a one time frolic under an oak tree. My early days speaking in a Mississippi Methodist church, Baptist leanings, shoutin', and Holy Ghost included prepared me for a future of speaking in a public arena I could never have imagined.

Mauritania President Elected as African Union Chairman

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania has been elected the new Chairperson of the African Union (AU). He will be taking over from Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the election took place at the ongoing 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU. The result of the election was announced on Thursday in Addis Ababa during the opening session of the AU summit.

Zimbabwe, which was elected as 1st Vice President, Democratic Republic of Congo as 2nd Vice President and Nigeria, 3rd Vice President.

In his acceptance speech, Aziz pledged to promote the objectives of the continental body, and commended the outgoing president for strengthening the role of Africa in the world. He also praised African leaders for their `tireless efforts’ in ensuring that Africa took its rightful place in the world.

Nigerian Professor Wins 2014 Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Prize

Nigerian scientist, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, who is a professor of industrial chemistry at the University of Ibadan has been awarded the 2014 Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Prize in the field of Basic Science, Technology and Innovation.

Adebowale was conferred with the award on Thursday in Addis Ababa during the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. He jointly won this year’s award with Prof. Andre Bationo of Burkina Faso, who won in the field of earth and life sciences.
The value of the continental scientific award, established by the African Union Commission in 2008, is $100,000 for each scientific sector.

FG Set to Phase Out Water Sachets and Plastic Bottles - Nigeria

In the country's bid to be environment-friendly and rid its environs of the hazards and nuisance of water sachets and plastic bottlesThe Federal Ministry of Environment has developed a draft action plan for the phasing out of light weight non-biodegradable plastics.

An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, that the draft action plan had already been adopted by stakeholders in the sector. He recalled that the ministry, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, had in December 2013, organised a workshop to sensitize Nigerians on the process.

“What we intend to do now is to follow the implementation of the action plan since the awareness has already started; the next step is to source funds from UNIDO to implement the plan.“Once we have funds, we will continue with other activities in the process of phasing out heavy non-biodegradable plastics.”

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

On Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Donation to Ambrose Alli University

It was reported in the news on Tuesday that the President of Christ Embassy aka Believers’ Love World, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome donated a 650-capacity auditorium and a 100 KVA soundproof generating set to the government-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. This was done through the Oyakhilome International Foundation.

In addition, each student resident on campus will a receive solar-powered lantern and the hostels will be fitted with solar-powered street lightings.

This is most commendable and worthy of emulation. Pastor Chris, in practical terms has demonstrated not just what he preaches, but the premium he places on education and development of the youth.

In Nigeria today, there is a mad rush by churches to establish their own universities, only to start charging exorbitant fees. How about making donations to the existing ones and trying to improve their capacity to impact students?

Grammy Winner Mandisa Skips Ceremony to Protect Her Christian Faith

Christian contemporary gospel artist Mandisa, whose album Overcomer won 'Best Contemporary Christian Music Album' at the just concluded 56th Grammy Awards did not attend the ceremony. This is the singer's 1st Grammy and she says that her music "isn't just for entertainment", but "meant to inspire"

According to Christian post , she explained the reason for her absence honestly, saying "I have been struggling with being in the world lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently. I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time. I am taking steps to renew my mind to become the Heavenly Father-centered, completely satisfied with Jesus, and Holy Spirit-led woman I felt I was a few months ago, but I'm feeling a bit like an infant learning to walk again on shaky legs."

On the Homosexuality Debate- Oluchi Ukwuoma

On the Homosexuality Debate- By Oluchi UkwuomaSource: Punch

There are times when silence is golden and times when it is reprehensible and indeed, constitutes a crime against humanity and posterity. Such a time as the latter, is upon us.

I read, with concern, the piece by Ms. Abimbola Adelakun titled, “Why did Jonathan sign the gay law”, in the Thursday, January 16, 2014, edition of The PUNCH, where she vilified the President for signing the anti-gay bill into law. She alleged, among other things, that the signing of the bill was a political move by the President, to win him votes in the forthcoming 2015 elections. According to her, most of those who debated the bill “had neither profound arguments nor made historical analysis to tender, beyond throwing out their religious definition of morality everywhere.” She claimed that what people refer to as African culture today, are largely practices that are consequences of colonialism” and concluded by stating her support for “sexual minorities in Nigeria” who she listed as lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender.

I will address the allegation that what is referred to as African culture today, “are largely practices that are consequences of colonialism,” by simply stating that homosexuality was a taboo among the entities that made up Nigeria, even before colonialism, Christianity and Islam.

World's Tallest Woman Undergoes Surgery to Save Her Life

The world's tallest woman, Siddiqa Parveen, might finally stop growing after doctors removed a huge tumour from her brain. Siddiqa  who is estimated to be 7ft 8in tall, was mentioned in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records as the new record holder after the 2012 death of Yao Defen from China who was 7ft 7in tall.

The 28-year-old had a spine 'on the verge of breaking' and was losing her sight as a result of her continuous growth. Siddiqa suffered from gigantism brought on by the tumour, which was located on the pituitary gland, causing it to produce excess growth hormone.

She already had fractures in her spine and has been unable to stand up straight for years. Doctors in India believed if left untreated her increasing weight would cause her back to snap one day.They also feared the 'massive' tumour would cause her to go blind.

Happy 60th Birthday to Oprah Winfrey

Media Mogul and Philantropist Oprah Winfrey is 60 today. The billionaire media entrepreneur will have a "quiet dinner" at her home in  Los Angeles. I wish you Oprah a Happy 60th birthday celebration. Even as you have watered many lives, may your own life continue to blossom with good health, grace and God's peace.

I once heard her say 'To whom much is given, much is expected', and she has continued to live out those words. From the school she built in South Africa, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls to which she contributed more than $40 million towards opened in January 2007  and her  "Christmas Kindness South Africa 2002" initiative that included visits to orphanages and rural schools in South Africa where 50,000 children received gifts of food, clothing, athletic shoes, school supplies, books and toys.

These are just a drop in the ocean compared to many of her good deeds. While I watched one of her birthday celebrations last year, I broke down in tears when several men who graduated from Moor-house college, and had benefited from her scholarship program filed out in large numbers to say thank you.  Oprah couldn't hold back tears. I said to myself, see how many lives she has affected and thousands of others whose stories have changed and destinies rewritten. She is a huge inspiration indeed!!!

Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping 13 Year Old Girl

The cases of rape continue to rise with each new day. Many in the name of religion continue to take advantage of children and adults. Children have to be closely guarded, predators are everywhere trying to steal their innocence and may end up living deep scars in their hearts.

The General Overseer and head of a popular church in Ikeduru council area of Imo state, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. This followed a petition written to the Owerri Police Area Command by the lawyer to the father of the alleged rape victim, Mr Emperor Iwuala.

The father of the victim, a widower alleged that the pastor severally raped his daughter between 2010 and 2013. According to him, “Between 2010 and 2013, I was sick and a friend of mine introduced me to the prophet. Because of my sickness, I lost my job as a luxury bus driver and also my accommodation in Naze Owerri."

Boko Haram Miltants Cut Throats of Church members Says Bishop

The Nigerian government has to do something urgently to stop this endless loss of innocent lives. 
The Catholic Bishop of Yola, Mamza Stephen has recounted the calamity that befell worshippers at a Catholic church in Waga Chakawa in Adamawa State when Boko Haram insurgents struck on Sunday morning.

Stephen told the British Broadcasting Corporation that he heard from the survivors that insurgents arrived the village on trucks and locked the church “towards the end of the service.” While some people tried to escape through the windows, their attackers shot at them and  cut their throats.

According to him, the militants set off bombs, before burning houses and taking residents hostage during the 4-hour siege. He added that death toll in the Waga Chakawa attack was 30 and not 22.
“Everybody is living in fear. There is no protection. We cannot predict where and when they are going to attack. People can’t sleep with their eyes closed,” he lamented.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Loving Son Takes Paralyzed Dad to University Dorm

This young man's dedication in the face of life's challenges is quite inspiring. Parents are special and we should always remember to appreciate and show them love.

If Guo Shijun  gave up his dream of a university education: because of his full time commitments to caring for his paralysed father and sick mother, many people would call him foolish. But instead of giving up his studies, he persuaded university officials to let his father to stay in his dorm at school. 

Despite the challenges he still managed to get a place at a top university, and, impressed with his dedication they let him bring his father to university with him to lighten his load. The 20-year-old comes from a poor family and had a tough childhood, as his mother was left mentally disabled when he was younger following a battle with meningitis. 

She was cared for during his formative years by him and his father, and despite this responsibility, he still managed to get top grades at school. His already tough workload got worse when his father was injured after falling 15 meters off  a bridge he was working on in the city of Liuan.China, becoming paralysed from the waist down.

Thief in India Steals Bag On a Train and Finds a 2-week Old Baby Inside

A street vendor in India stole a bag from a train hoping it contained lots of cash; he got a rude shock when he found a 2-week-old baby inside. Why abandon a baby you carried full term? Sad!!!

Kishor Kale, 20, was selling  nail polish to women on a train journey, in Mumbai, India, when he noticed an abandoned bag sitting on the side of a carriage. Convinced that  it had money and other valuables inside,he picked up the bag and exited the train.

When he opened the bag at the station platform he found a baby’s hand reach out to him. Shocked, Mr Kale tried to flee and further abandon the little baby but a vigilant station ticket collector caught him.

Comedian Ali Baba - 'Churches With Billionaires Should Empower Members'

The king of Nigerian comedy Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere aka Ali Baba has taken to twitter to share some thoughts on his mind.

He insists that churches with billionaires ought to empower their members. What do you think?
See his tweets below.........

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Gives Lecture Hall & 100 KVA Generator to AAU

The President of Believers’ Love World aka Christ Embassy, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, on Monday presented a 650-capacity auditorium to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.

He handed over the building to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and also presented a 100 KVA generator to the institution. Pastor Chris who is an alumnus of the university said he was encouraged to undertake the project following the determination of the university leadership to provide for the needs of the students.

He said, “This is to serve as a catalyst for others to join hands in developing the country. The problem is not the management of our natural resources but managing the potential locked up in the minds of our teeming youths whose education cannot be separated from the aspiration of the country.”

Ladies, Wearing Spanx and Other Shapewear May Be Bad for You

Hey Ladies! Are we doing damage to our bodies as we try to flatter with the perfect body shape and show off smooth garment lines? A lot of ladies put on Spanx to help smooth unwanted lumps and bumps, but according to the Huffington Post, shape-wear may actually be damaging your body.

To figure this out  a gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson were consulted and the results were startling. According to the doctors, shape-wear that is too tight can compress your bowels, prevent you from breathing deeply, constrict the nerves in your legs, and weaken your muscles.

Shapewear couldn’t do its job if it wasn’t tight. Unfortunately, this leaves your stomach, intestine and colon compressed, which Dr. Kuemmerle says can worsen acid reflux and heartburn. Restrictive clothing can also provoke erosive esophagitis.

Ukraine's Government Resigns

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests. Mykola Azarov had offered to step down as prime minister to create "social and political compromise".

The move came after the Ukrainian parliament voted overwhelmingly to annul a controversial anti-protest law. Despite the president accepting their resignations, the cabinet can remain in their posts for 60 days until a new government is formed.

The protests have spread in recent days across Ukraine, even to President Yanukovych's stronghold in the east. Official buildings in several cities have been occupied. The interior ministry reports that 3 protesters had stabbed and wounded 3 policemen in the southern city of Kherson, one of whom later died. In total, at least 5 people have been killed in violence linked to the protests.

2014 Australian Open Men's Champion Stanislas Wawrinka Says Hardwork and Confidence Helped him

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, has finally come out of the shadows of his fellow compatriot Roger Federer. The Swiss, who had upset 3-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, crowned it all in Melbourne with his 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal for his 1st major title.

He has revealed that hard work and confidence helped him become a Grand Slam winner in Australia. This makes him the 1st man to beat Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the same Grand Slam and the 1st player to defeat the top 2 in the world since Sergi Bruguera at the French Open in 1993.

The Swiss reflecting on his incredible feat  said “It still feels like a dream because it’s a Grand Slam title so it’s something that’s just amazing for me." Congrats to him and keep soaring.

SSS Releases Nasir El-Rufai

The State Security Service has released the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, in the early hours of  today after quizzing him for about 15 hours.

El-Rufai, who reported to the SSS Abuja office yesterday morning, was released some minutes after midnight. 

The former minister was summoned by the SSS for what they described as  making provocative and inciting comments. El-Rufai was reported to have said there would be violence if the 2015 elections are not free and fair.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Ex-Malboro Man, Eric Lawson Dies at 72 of Smoking-Related Disease

Do you remember the Ex-Malboro Man, Eric Lawson? He played the iconic cigarette-puffing cowboy during the late 1970s. He passed away aged 72 from respiratory failure earlier this month. Lawson, who had smoked since the age of 14, played the smoking cowboy in the Marlboro adverts from 1978 to 1981.

He later appeared in an anti-smoking commercial that contrasted the Marlboro man and also discussed the negative effects of smoking in an interview. He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which caused the fatal respiratory failure.

People who smoke a lot, or have smoked for a long time, are more likely to develop the condition.
'He knew the cigarettes had a hold on him,' Mrs Lawson said. 'He knew, yet he still couldn't stop.'
Lawson is survived by 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Rest in Peace.

Beyoncé Slammed for Her Outfit and Performance at The Grammies

It may have been the most anticipated performance at the 56th Grammy Awards, but Beyonce's outfit and raunchy performance left me heart broken. Obviously no one cares about the message they are passing across to the young generation. Please give children something real to look up to.

Beyonce's performance has been slammed by parents around the world as they deemed the incredibly seductive routine too explicit for children to watch. The 32-year-old singer wore a revealing black thong bodysuit over fishnet tights to perform a rendition of her hit 'Drunk In Love' alongside husband Jay Z at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Her sexy dance routine left many furious parents posting comments on social media that the performance was 'disrespectful' and entirely inappropriate for children to watch.

Viewer Katie Stapp wrote: 'Come on people!! Yeah Beyoncé has an amazing voice but that outfit?Completely no class. Give children something to look up to #absurd.'

IK Osakioduwa, Osas Ighodaro Set to Host Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards 2014

IK Osakioduwa, Osas Ighodaro and Vimbai Mutinhiri, have been named as the hosts of the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. The awards will be held in Lagos on Saturday March 8 and will be screened live on DStv and GOtv to over 50 countries on the continent.

M-Net Africa’s Managing Director of Special Projects Biola Alabi says, “IK and Vimbai" did a great job of hosting the inaugural AMVCAs. We are confident that with the addition of Osas, this dynamic team will once more keep this exciting and fast-paced live event running smoothly. 

Alabi also verified that TV personality Denrele Edun will be working the red carpet. With a galaxy of African film and TV stars expected to attend the glittering industry showcase, the clock is ticking in the countdown to the 2014 AMVCAs.

Kunle Afolayan Wins Creative Entrepreneur Award

Nigerian Film maker and producer Kunle Afolayan has won the British Council’s top prize at a high-octave event on Sunday night. Afolayan received 2 laurels at the Creative Industry Awards, a show organised by Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN) for the British Council. 

He picked up awards for the Creative Entrepreneur in Film-making and Overall Creative Entrepreneur. An obviously elated Afolayan, in his reaction via his BBM handle, said, “God just did it again. I was presented the British Council awards for the Creative Entrepreneur in Filmmaking and Overall Creative Entrepreneur Award of the Year! Thanks to the organisers and you guys for your support and prayers.”

The event, which took place at the British Council Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos, had guests, including Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
According to the organizers, the initiative stems from the desire to boost the creative economic sector, by bringing together ideas about the creative industries, cultural industries, creative cities, clusters and creative classes.

2014 Grammy Awards - Full List of Winners

The 2014 Grammy Awards held yesterday and Alicia Keys, Jay Z with Justin Timberlake were among those who went home with awards.

Nigeria's Femi Kuti lost out again for the 4th time after being nominated. He congratulated the winners and said being nominated had made his year already. Congrats to all the winners. See full list of winners below.........

1. Album Of The Year
WINNER: Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Nigeria Will Reach Its Destination - President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday,  gave some words of hope  while speaking at a church service at the Headquarters of  Winners Chapel, Abuja. He said that despite the challenges facing the country in various facets, the country will reach its destination of greatness.

He expressed the commitment of his administration to do the right things at all times for the country
"As I listened to your message certain things were being reflected. I assure you this country will cross the bridge. Yes, we have challenges as a nation. Even the most developed nations pass through stages sometimes even more challenging than we face today."

“Those of you who watched the football match will know that it is not easy at the beginning, it was as if Nigeria was going to be demolished, but all of a sudden the young men came very strong and we won. That is how it will be with the story of this country! With your prayers and commitment we will get to the destination. The promised land has never been an easy one for any nation, it was not easy for the Israelites and I promise that myself and my colleagues will continue to do what is right for this country."

Sunday, 26 January 2014

10 Year Old Boy Born Without Arms Who Plays the Trumpet.

Jahmir Wallace  is a 10 year old who was born without arms and in order to function in his daily life, he uses his toes as others would use their fingers. Amazing and inspiring!! There is ability in disability.

He says his inspiration for music is Stevie Wonder and he's been wanting to play the trumpet ever since the 3rd grade. ‘My older sister used to play the piano, so I decided maybe I should try to play an instrument,’ he says. Remembering the first note he ever played on the trumpet – just 4 months ago -, he adds: ‘I kind of felt excited. I kind of felt like, “Oh man, this is comfortable. This might be the one for me”.’

With hard work and an inspiring and positive attitude, Jahmir's dream has become a reality and his classmates and teachers are thrilled to see him play. One observer said of Jahmir’s talent: ‘To see how he moves his toes like we move our fingers – it’s amazing.’ Teachers and employees at a local music store made Wallace a special stand to hold the horn so he could play the trumpet with ease.

Gaddafi's Sex Chamber Uncovered, Where He Abused and Raped Teenage Girls and Boys

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was shot and dragged on the streets of Libya over 2 years ago. A leader whose reign subjected his people to 4 decades of murder and terror. 

The full horror of his brutality is beginning to emerge and it can now be revealed that most of Gaddafi’s victims include many teenage girls who, throughout his 42-year reign, were beaten, raped and forced to become his sex slaves. Read below......

Many were virgins kidnapped from schools and universities and kept prisoner for years in a specially designed secret sex lair hidden within Tripoli University or his many palaces. In the 26 months since he was deposed, Gaddafi’s den where he regularly raped girls as young as 14 has remained locked. But today its gaudy interior, where the colonel brutalised his victims, can be seen for the 1st time in photographs from a hard-hitting BBC4 documentary.

Couple Married for 57 Years and Still in Love (Photos)

Marriage is a not just a gift but a blessing also, being able to share your live loving and caring for another. Check out these photos of married couple Ryan and Licia  who will make you appreciate marriage more than you ever have.

The adorable couple is photographer Marina Rosso’s grandparents. They live in the town of Udine, Italy, and they are just so sweet. Their lives are about love, commitment and support. Happy in Love!!!!!

"God Delivered Me From the Curse of Homosexuality"- Donnie McClurkin

Donnie McClurkin      Born: 1959        Family Status: Single with one child.

General Information:
Donnie McClurkin is the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, a singer, a musician, songwriter, choir director, author, actor, and a radio host. Donnie has won Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards in gospel music. He has sung at both Republican and Democratic National Conventions, been given BET awards, and was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist.

Personal Testimony:
Donnie McClurkin was one of 10 children in a relatively poor family from Amityville, New York. Donnie’s mother sang in the church choir and Donnie sang his first solo in church at the age of 3. Despite their meager economic status the family was full of love and happiness until the 6th of June in 1968. That was the day Donnie’s world went from the best of times to the worst of times.

Donnie was 8 years old at the time and playing with his 2 year old brother in the front yard. A ball he was playing with went into the street and he instinctively went after it. What he didn't realize was that his 2 year old brother followed after him. When Donnie picked up the ball and turned around he saw a car traveling at a high rate of speed heading toward his brother, who was now in the road. He and his mother, screaming through the window, watched the toddler bounce under the car as it went over him.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

2-Year-Old Skateboarder Shows His Skills (Video)

2-year-old Kahlei from Victoria, Australia, displays his skateboarding skills on the streets near his home. This is incredible- awesome skills from a 2-year old. But why risk the boy's life? He should be wearing a helmet, shoes and other safety gear; also, no skateboarding around cars please!!! 

He has been skateboarding since he was 6 months old and comes from a family of skateboarding enthusiasts who compete as a team. His father can be heard in the background instructing his son, who is the youngest of 7 children.

Nigeria 4-3 Morocco (CHAN 2014) - Video of Goals & Highlights

The Miracle of Cape Town! 
Nigeria has secured a place in the semi-final of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after beating Morocco 4-3. Nigeria bounced back from a 3-0 goals deficit in the quarter-final match played at the Cape Town Stadium today.

A 1st half brace from Mohsine Moutaouali and a goal from Iajour Mouhssine ensured Hassan Benabicha's side got a 3-goal lead in the first half of the tension soaked encounter but the 2nd half saw goals from Ugonna Uzochukwu, Rabiu Ali and Ejike Uzoenyi on the dot of 90 minutes ensured the game proceeded into extra-time.

However, it was Abubakar Ibrahim’s strike in the 2nd half extra time that made the difference for Stephen Keshi’s side in the 7-goal thriller.
Nigeria will now wait for the winner between Ghana and DR Congo in Sunday's quarter final game.

Woman Born Without Fingers Who Creates Exquisite Jewelry

This woman was born without fingers and has chosen to make use of what she has to create unique jewelry pieces. Annette Gabbedey, 48, creates delicate rings, earrings and bracelets, inset with diamonds, opals and other precious stones. Inspiring!!!

A talented jeweller whose creations sell for thousands has told how she manages to create her intricate ornaments despite being born with no fingers.The expert goldsmith uses no special tools to help her work and says she cannot imagine how people with fingers manage to do it. She said: 'It is just your own perception of how you look at yourself, and for me I was born like it, so I have never known anything different."

She said: 'I'm quite normal and not disabled at all. But I do appreciate that people are fascinated by me being able to create something. 'Making jewellery is very tactile, and something you do with your hands, and people ask how I manage to create jewellery, let alone the day to day things." My answer to that is: "How do you manage with fingers?", because they must get in the way.'

French President Hollande Separates From Long-Term Partner, Valerie Trierweiler

The French President Francois Hollande has announced his separation from 1st lady Valerie Trierweiler on Saturday following a media storm over allegations he is having an affair with an actress. Two weeks ago the celebrity magazine Closer published a report that he was having an affair with film actress and Socialist Party supporter Julie Gayet.

According to Reuters, he told the state-backed Agence France Presse news agency: "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler." Announcing the separation, Hollande said he was speaking as an individual and not as head of state since it concerned his private life.

Trierweiler, a 48-year old arts columnist for weekly magazine Paris Match, was not married to Hollande but they had been together since 2006. She assumed the role of 1st lady at official functions following his election in May 2012.

14 Year Old Girl Abused and Impregnated by Her Neighbour Gives Birth

It is so sad to see a young girl who is still a child become a mother so early. Children are daily becoming victims of sexual predators. It is our duty as parents, individuals and as a community to protect this next generation. 

According to the punch, Blessing was living with her grandfather, a 64-year-old retiree, who depended on Blessing’s mother for his needs. Tobi was a tenant in a 1-room apartment in the compound where Blessing lived with her grandfather in Isheri area of Lagos. The young man Tobi took advantage of the 14 year old girl child under the guise that he was assisting her in preparation for her November/December School Certificate Examination.

Blessing, her mother’s only child, said, “I don’t know his surname, I only know him as Tobi. He told me he finished university long time ago. “He said he studied Computer Engineering. I cannot remember very well but I think he mentioned that he schooled in Ekpoma. He did not force me or beat me before doing it."

“He told me he would give me money to obtain GCE form if I allowed him to sleep with me. It was only once. I did not think about pregnancy and did not know I was pregnant until my mother took me to the hospital.”

Kim Kardashian's Baby North West & Cousin Penelope Disick (Photo)

Here is a lovely picture of Kim Kardashian's daughter North West and her sister Kourtney's daughter, Penelope Disick. Cute Babies.

Mary Abah's Triumph over Childlessness - God Gave Me My Child After 23 Years in Marriage

This is an amazing story and testimony of God's faithfulness. This woman had been married for 23 years with 6 failed IVF attempts. Today she is a mother at 50. God is awesome!!

Mrs. Mary Abah is a lawyer, banker and wife of a former Minister of Interior, Mr. Humphrey Abah. She shares her experience with the Punch on her challenge of being in marriage for 23 years without a child and the support she got from her husband. Read excerpts below.........

At what stage did you begin to get worried?
My first signal was when I was 30 years and three years in my marriage. At first, it didn’t really worry me because as a career person, I felt we should take it in our stride. I was already beginning to make waves in the banking industry and the demands of the job were already telling on me. Also in my innocence, I didn’t really feel it was an issue. 

But by the time I was 30 and nothing had happened, I asked myself, ‘what’s going on here?’ Then I began to be conscious of it and started making deliberate efforts to get pregnant. Before this time, there was no real effort. When the pregnancy was not forthcoming, I began to suspect that there was a real problem.

SSS Secures Warrant of Arrest for Nasir El-Rufai

The State Security Service, SSS, has finally secured a warrant of arrest for the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasir El-Rufai. They have now launched a manhunt for him.

Armed operatives of the Service again stormed a second house in Abuja believed to belong to the former minister in their desperate bid to arrest him. They had yesterday invaded his 1st house in the Maitama District of the nation’s capital, but could not find him as he had reportedly gone to pick his children from school. They were said to have tried to force their way in to arrest the former minister.

In the latest siege on another property, also in the Maitama District, the operatives were said to have beaten up some private guards for refusing them entry. The spokesperson of the SSS, Marylyn Ogar, confirmed that the operatives visited Mr. El-Rufai’s second house to arrest him, but denied that anyone was beaten.

INEC Releases 2015 Election Timetable - Presidential Election on Valentine's Day

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the timetable for the 2015 elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja last night, the Presidential and National Assembly elections were fixed for February 14, 2015 (Valentine's Day). Why Valentine's day?

The commission also fixed state assembly and governorship elections for February 28, 2015.
The statement also added that the governorship election in Ekiti State would hold on June 21, 2014 while that of Osun State would hold on August 9, 2014.

Friday, 24 January 2014

The Most Beautiful River in The World (Photos)

It has an amazingly beautiful splash of colours but is mostly dominated by red. Awesome!!!!!
The river is Caño Cristales, an amazingly colorful river in Colombia. It takes on many different colors, including yellow, green, blue, black, but especially red, which is caused by the weeds at the bottom of the river  called Macarenia Clavigera.

The river  has different names such as “The River of Five Colors”, “The Liquid Rainbow” “The River That Ran Away to Paradise”, and “The Most Beautiful River in the World” due to its striking colors. And for a short period of time each year, the river comes to life in a vibrant explosion of colours.

The World's Best Paper Airplane

The attention to detail in this designer's project is mind blowing. The passion and focus is incredible. This is so inspiring!!

Luca Iaconi-Stewart has spent 5 years of his life creating an almost-perfect 1:60 scale replica of an Air India 777-300ER airplane. He literally made the best paper airplane in the world. And guess what? He created all these using only manila folder.

He was inspired by models he saw in architecture class that were created out of manila folders. The engine, doorways, seats, landing gear, galley and sections of the plane were so meticulously created to scale, they all work. (The landing gear is even retractable.) Each seat in the airplane would take him approximately 20 minutes to craft.

Yewande Omotoso's 'Bom Boy' Amongst Finalists for The Etisalat Prize for Literature

Etisalat has announced the names of 3 finalists for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the 1st Pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward fiction writers in Africa. And 3 women are contending for the prize.

After a retreat in Morocco where the judges met to discuss at length the 9 shortlisted books, they came down to just 3 of the books. And on the shortlist are ‘Bom Boy’ by Yewande Omotoso, ‘Finding Soutbek’ by Karen Jennings and ‘We Need New Names’ by NoViolet Bulawayo.

Sarah Manyika Ladipo, a member of the judging panel said; “The diversity of these debut novels, both on the level of content and narrative style, makes this a very exciting shortlist. Whether it is Bulawayo’s coming of age story set in the context of contemporary global migration, or Omotoso’s cross-cultural tale with its slowly unfolding secrets and interconnected narratives of love and loneliness, or Jennings’ multilayered exploration of history and allegory, each story is uniquely compelling."