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Saturday, 27 August 2016

#WriteRight. Dominique: Karma




Nnanna watched as the young girl reached up to kiss her boyfriend goodbye. Somehow, he just knew something had gone down in the sheets. His mind took him down memory lane. Those days of plucking the unripe mangoes and eating them with salt. 'Chai!, he thought, "I've lived life o. Wetin man no enjoy?" He smiled, walked to his car and drove off...thinking of the girls he made cry, the girls he interchanged with his friends, the ones he refused to marry because they weren't virgins, the line of girls foolish enough to have fallen for his wiles and graced his bed, his long list of 'used and dumped girls'. "Those were the days men", he thought, smiling. "Thank God I have a decent daughter".

He reached home, got down from his car and walked into the house....only for him to see Uju on the sofa with Bolanle on top of her, writhing. With the strength of a boar, he ripped Bolanle off and laced him with blows, screaming "How dare you defile my daughter in my house! You idiot! I will teach you today". Uju rushed into her room to get herself covered while Bolanle got on his knees admist the punches begging, "Oga, no vex. No vex Oga. I no go do am again. Na mistake. No be first knack am sef. Na Jide tell me say Uju dey give am free, say make I go try my luck. I no no say you go vex Oga."

At this point, Nnanna was as angry as he was embarrased. That his own precious Uju was like the foolish girls he straffed those days....and even worse. And he heard the sweetly annoying voice of his conscience whisper to him, "Bros, calm down. You don do your own. Make little bros do too. No be only you come this world to enjoy jare. No be only you waka come". 

And he asked himself, "Is this what Karma looks like?".


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Hehehe. He who has ears let him hear! 

But I can't help wondering, does Karma really exist or does it just arbitrarily pick and choose? I ask because I have a list of people it's missed...


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Friday, 26 August 2016

#WriteRight. Lola Os: FEMALES, YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO COOK, YOU HAVENO EXCUSE!





Yes I said it!

A few weeks ago, there was a post about a pastor who said

"Do not marry a woman who cannot cook, if she can not pray for an hour, don't marry her"

From time, women are known to own the kitchen,feed the family, be hospitable to guests, that is the nurturing aspect of being a female. In modern day society, gender roles have made it possible for both men and women to work in corporations and also at home. Some employ the services of a maid  when the female is a career woman who is too busy to be domesticated  and for sure pay someone else to do it.

well people have made all sorts of comments and come up with their own arguments but here is why I said women should know how to cook and no excuses.

1. First of all cooking your own meals would save you a ton of money, believe it or not, those little McDonald outings, Subway, Chic Fil A has a way of digging into your pockets whether you like it or not. You can spend $75 doing groceries with food stuff to last you over a week. As a  Nigerian in diaspora , food from African store costs more than regular grocery store so I do a mix of both, I can spend $150 to cook a pot of soup and stew that will last me about two weeks or more depending on how often I eat.

It is better than going out to eat a plate of food which on the average would cost $15 with little or no take away and then you long for the next meal which may cost you that or a little more. Do the math, eating out is expensive.


2. Everything about a homemade meal is awesome. You know your food hygiene, you know that you thoroughly washed the vegetables, you know, that the sink was clean when you washed some ingredients, the utensils were clean, the kitchen surrounding is also clean. Do you know the environment where your food was made? Some fancy restaurants have the dirtiest kitchens, some chefs don't clean up properly. Your chicken may have been fried with last weeks oil, your glass cup may have been washed with fabuloso (detergent).should I continue?


3. With YouTube and Instagram, there are so many people who can cook a storm, there are a million ingredients to learn from. I learned how to make meat pie and scotch egg from Youtube especially after paying a caterer an arm and a leg to make some for my graduation. I had to watch several videos and keep trying. There are many food bloggers out there to learn from, the visuals of the food they prepare makes you want to not just eat but try.


In this day and age the dissemination of information will make the presence of an excuse difficult. You have no excuse not to know how to cook, if it doesnt taste right the first time, try again, follow food bloggers, everyone has their own method of cooking jollof rice or fried rice, I am still learning how to get that burnt party jollof rice taste, I will get there someday. 

Don't be a career woman to the point that your family will depend on another woman to feed, let them depend on your meal, your husband and your kids, it is your kitchen, own it. On some days hubby can cook, nothing is wrong with that but don't make a buka or restuarant your food alternative. Find the time to cook and meal prep. It is essential, it is also what makes us female, you have boobs to breastfeed, use your hands to cook so you can feed.



Lola Os blogs at: www.whistlingbeautiful.wordpress.com

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So people what do you think, Is cooking one of the natural roles of a woman, is it really what makes us female? 

Gentlemen, how would you feel about a partner who doesn't like to cook. She may or may not know how to but she just doesn't like cooking. Would this be an issue for you?

My sisters, how do you feel about cooking? Do you.
a-Absolutely love it! 😍😍😍
b-Do it, because you have to. 😏
c-Hate it, won't do it. 🚢🚢🚢



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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dear Future Husband The Clock Is Ticking, It's almost 2017!





Dear Future Husband,
I’m still single and in my 30’s now. I am ready for us to start our family and make babies. I’m tired of being a bridesmaid and would love my own home. Do you know the last wedding I attended, the bride had to come give me the whole bouquet, she didn’t even bother throwing it sef, ha! I won’t make you promises or anything of that sort, but I am an amazing person, and even though I’m sarcastic sometimes, I have a good heart. Where are you? I’m hoping you see this and send me an email cos it’s not funny anymore. People think I’m picky, but won’t you be selective of who you’d spend the rest of your life with? Even the bible says, “Can two walk together except they agree”? I hope you come on this website so you’ll see this, if you do, please send me an email. I know a lot of people will also curse me out for this and say I’m desperate, I 
really don’t care at this point. Future husband, this is injury time, the clock is ticking, before you know it, it’s 2017. Let’s make this happen. Here’s my email, send me an email: thepin******@gmail.com

P.S: I live in the US currently, and work, but I’m willing to relocate if need be.



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I wonder what uncle Wale would say to this... 😭.

I saw and responded to the above Bella Naija comment. Do I think she's desperate? Yes. Do I think that's a bad thing? NO. Maybe desperation is not always bad. Maybe what we call desperation is just an intense longing. Maybe sometimes we need that desperation to push us. Maybe she's not even desperate at all... Whatever it is, I find myself seriously rooting for this chic and I'm looking forward to the day she'll write to say its finally happened! She sounds like a really fun and cool chic. 

But there's something that nags me, we know how Nigerians and Nigerian men in particular think. I'm wondering how eligible bachelors would percieve this comment. I'm worried, is she setting herself up for a lifetime of emotional, possibly even verbal abuse 😨? Or could this turn out to be the best move she's ever made πŸ’‘?

Can we take a poll. Would men consider her

A) Desperate; a flight risk. A no-no!!! πŸ‘€πŸ‘Ž
B) Brave, quirky, a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after it. πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ
C) Others (Pls explain). 😊


Do share your thoughts


Ps; If you're a single man in your 30s and above, and interested, you can mail me for her email address. BUT please have a facebook account because I would like to first ensure that you're indeed single and 'unencumbered' and who you say you are. 




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Reno Omokri: The Igbo as a Blessing to Nigeria.





On the 15th of August 1945, the axis nations fighting in the Pacific theater defeated imperial Japan and two weeks later, Japan formally surrendered to allied forces led by the U.S. General, Douglas McArthur, who formally accepted the signed articles of surrender.

But though the U.S. defeated Japan, they never decimated Japan’s great technological and industrial complex. They were visionary enough to distinguish these from Japan’s military industrial complex, which they scrapped. 

Realizing that Japan was decades ahead of the West in many technologies, the allied powers, led by the US, allowed those  industries to remain as a going concern and took the unique step of enacting legislation and policies to enable them flourish. 

What they did in Japan, they also did in Europe. In Europe, the US, acting unilaterally, even went a step further by introducing the Marshall Plan through which America sent financial and other types of aid to help Europe (and especially Germany) recover from the ravages of the Second World War. 

The point of the allied and American actions in Japan and Europe is that technological advancement belongs to the human race and should not be allowed to suffer because of a quarrel or war amongst humans. 

This lesson was thoroughly established in 642 AD when the Library of Alexandria was burnt to the ground during the Muslim conquest of Egypt. It has been argued that that act set the world several centuries back in technological advancement and has become something to watch out for during the prosecution of a war.

A war is a quarrel between or amongst people that is settled by means of violence. It is not a quarrel between or amongst technology, so civilized nations have pursued the policy of fighting wars while preserving technology. 

Gone should be the days of the scorched earth policy which is why despite the bestiality of the apartheid regime, President Nelson Mandela did not do a Mugabe, but rather left intact White owned farms, industry and universities and only insisted that they be opened to Blacks and other races. 

This brings me to Nigeria. I would like to state a fact that will be argued against, but still a fact that even those who would argue against it know to be true. The Igbo (or Ibo) ethnic nationality of Nigeria are the most technologically advanced Black race on planet earth, bar none! 

This is a fact. A fact that was proven to be true for 30 months while they were landlocked in their constantly shrinking enclave known as Biafra. 

Cut off from the rest of the world, the ingenuity of the Igbo came to the fore during the civil war as they constructed the Uli airstrip and when that airstrip was bombed, they repaired it in record time and under the most trying circumstances. They would go on to repair Uli not once and not twice. 

The Igbos refined petrol from a variety of non fossil fuels, including from but not limited to palm products (from which they also produced diesel) and manufactured surface to air missiles which they also adapted to surface to surface missiles (theOgbunigwe). 

They converted commercial planes to fighter jets and weaponized them. That was no mean feat in 1967. 

In fact, when in 2012, the Nigerian Army rolled out the igirigi and promoted it as the first indigenous armored personnel carrier, they were wrong. I am not a Biafran. I am proudly Nigerian. And beyond that, I am a proud dark skinned Black African yet I make bold to say that the igirigi is not the first indigenous APC. 

In fact, the first indigenous armored personnel carrier in Black Africa is the Red Devil, built by the Igbos during the Nigerian Civil War. The Nigerian Civil War ended in January 1970 and the Nigerian Army unveiled theigirigi in July of 2012. 

If they had converted the Red Devil to their own use, they would probably be talking about a greater feat in the year 2012. My question is what happened in the intervening 42 years between 1970 and 2012? Why didn’t the Nigerian Army integrate the military industrial complex of Biafra into its Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria, DICON? 

Why did we have to reinvent the wheel at great cost in terms of time and money? The Nigerian Civil War ended on a note of ‘no victor no vanquished’. That was a watershed moment inspired by the Christlike mind of General Yakubu Gowon. That gesture is to be applauded. 

But why did we as a nation not go the whole hog and take advantage of Biafra’s technological advances and integrate her scientists into our Research and Development sector much like the US did with German and Japanese scientists? 

That is where we failed as a nation. 

I remember growing up as a child and how other Nigerians scoffed at ‘Igbo made’ electronic products. There was hardly anything including electronics, pharmaceuticals, spirits and wines that the Igbos could not counterfeit. 

And rather than our leaders seeing the potential in those products, we all scoffed at them. Igbo made products were a pariah. 

Did it ever occur to any of our leaders that if government had supported these technological advancement, Nigeria could have become an industrialized nation today and Igbo made products would have been exported abroad as made in Nigeria products? 

It would surprise many that a number of the greatest technological advancement and products that came out of America after the Second World War were the work of German or Japanese scientists! 

In an operation code named Operation Paperclip, 1500 German scientists, engineers and technicians were airlifted to the United States and given US permanent US residency and citizenship immediately after the defeat of Germany in 1945. The primary aim of Operation Paperclip was to prevent these skilled men and women from falling into Soviet Russian hands. 

Hans Erich (Eric) Hollmann who was one of the fathers of radar technology was one of such scientists airlifted to America. Kurt Lehovec the pioneer of the integrated circuit systems in electrical engineering is another. He was airlifted to America in 1945 where he became a Professor at the University of Southern California and passed on his knowledge to America’s next generation of scientists. 

The allies had been having issues with the jet engine and were not able to develop planes like the German Messerschmitt Me 262. But after the defeat of Germany, US forces gave safe passage to Rudi Beichel who went to the US and became an adviser to the US army on liquid propulsion. Other German scientists such as Magnus “Mac” Freiherr von Braun and his brother, Wernher Von Braun helped reverse engineer German jets which led to the development of the US American F-86 Sabres, a plane that helped the US dominate the air during the Korean War. 

More importantly, Wernher Von Braun provided much of the know how that helped America build the Apollo spacecraft which allowed America beat Russia as the first nation to get to the moon. 

Methamphetamine was invented by Japanese a Japanese chemist, Nagai Nagayoshi and the drug was shared with their German allies and helped their soldiers stay awake and focus. After the war, German scientists helped American scientist synthesize the drug which revolutionized the US health industry. 

Why can’t we do the same in Nigeria? Can you imagine what our technological base would have been if we as a nation had a policy of patronizing the so called Igbo made products right from the end of the war till today? What if we had absorbed the the Research and Production Organisation of Biafra (RAP as it was then known) into the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers? 

By now, we may have been manufacturing jets and we would not be dependent on foreign nations for weapons to fight terrorists. This is why I was so disgusted with the minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu for aspiring, on Nigeria’s behalf, to produce pencils by 2018! 

I mean this man is the first civilian governor of the old Abia state which today encompasses both Abia and Ebonyi states. 

Right there, under his own nose, Nigerians of Igbo extraction, without ANY governmental support, are manufacturing electronics and heavy machinery components and Onu is caught up on pencils! 

Onu should visit Nnewi if he knows where it is. Right there he would see a city that does not wait for government. Nnewi people are so industrious that after years of waiting endlessly for government to provide basic amenities, they have built their own roads, have their own power stations and their own water works. 

Just like Japan, Nnewi has manufacturers of such things like batteries, pistons, automobiles and other products. These Nnewi manufacturers have built schools for the kids of their workers on site, just like in Japan. 

You just need to visit Nnewi or Aba to see what is going on in Nigeria. These guys are Nigeria’s most guarded secret because even the federal government is not aware of them. 

And the reason why this is so is because these people are Igbos! 

It is time for Nigeria to forgive the Igbos for being Igbo and accept them as full partners and equal partners in the Nigerian project and use the entire strength of the Nigerian federal government to provide them the support to fulfill their destiny as the Black African people that are nucleus of the technological advancement of Africa. 

Notice I say Africa, not just Nigeria. I don’t say this lightly. All over West and Central Africa, Nigerians of Igbo extraction are the backbone of the commercial and technological sectors. 

I can say what I have said above without any accusation of self or group interest promotion because I am not Igbo neither am I married to one. I have said the truth as my conscience sees it because I am committed to advancement of the Black Race because as a proud Black man, I know that no black African tribe is as great as the Black Race when it is united.




Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/08/igbo-blessing-nigeria/

#WriteRight. Chimezie Nwodo: Soulmates. Yay or Nay?




I do not believe in the idea of soulmates- that ridiculous belief that there is a special someone made and assigned for/to everybody. If that is the case, then those made for the persons who decided to become reverend priests and sisters, those who died in wars or from other misfortunes before they could take a spouse or those who for one reason or the other decide not to be married, would largely remain unmarried.

Therefore, if you propose a relationship, courtship or marriage to a woman - after gleaning attributes you find appealing in such a woman- and the person says, "No", please, move over to the next available person with such attributes or even more. The reason is simple: If the two of you have known each other for some time and the person still cannot see reasons to be with you or needs time to think of these reasons, truth is she may find it difficult to see a reason even if she's given all the time in the world. Again, someone who truly loves and wants you would not put you through some undignifying tests just for you to emerge 'worthy'. It is either she wants you or no.

And if she is ever heard, after some time, to say you did not try hard, please, politely (yes, always be polite) remind her that she is not a university degree that you will have to write countless examinations and a thesis to obtain.

I say this to myself too. Everyday.


-Chimezie Ogenna Nwodo
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.


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Okayyy, so this started out being about Soulmates and how they don't exist, to Rejection and how best to handle it. In fact I think this post is more about rejection that soulmates. So the question, Chimezie, is What, or rather, WHO prompted you to write this? Who is that ignorant, myopic wench who doesn't know a good thing even when its staring her in the face? Send me her number and let me give her a piece of my mind!

😭

Okay people, let's talk about it, Soulmates, yay or nay? Do you think they exist? Have you found yours? Do you think there's a possibility that soulmates are real but a person can have more than one? 

Monday, 22 August 2016

#UsainBolt. After You've Called Him Your "KING!"





The previous post is about feminism and girl power and how women are powerful and maybe even superior and to be underestimated at your own detriment. Yet despite all that battle chant there's one irrefutable fact and that's that it's a man's world, for now at least. 

So multiple gold medalist, Usain Bolt, whose pictures are splattered all over the Internet today for his infidelity; cheating on his "First Lady" (in his own words... But maybe that was a double entendre, an innuendo, a message; first among other ladies? Oh well....) with a 20yr old he saw at his celebratory party and immediately took to his bed and was foolish enough to snap photos with... His girlfriend of two years was also all over social media during the Olympics praising her man, calling him her King, posting adoring photos of him, publicizing their love and her unshakable support...

The public now knows what a cheating little scumbag he is! 

But guess what

He will go Unscathed. 

He will be praised for being an Alpha male. 

His endorsements are not going to be affected. 

He will only get more endorsements. 

He may or may not show any remorse. 

He is not going to change. 

His girlfriend is not going anywhere!


Anyways so I got into a conversation about it with a few of my girlfriends and it's popular opinion that it's hard, almost to the point of impossility for a hugely successful (and wealthy) man to stay faithful to one woman. That most women with such men know that there's no way their men are faithful to them but they look the other way. That all men cheat anyways, so... (The eternal clichΓ©). 

Is this true?

So ladies I'm asking you and please be very honest with me, will leave your man if you caught him cheating on you? 


And the other hand ladies, you see that there's really nothing you can do about a man who's gon cheat anyways? You can kill yourself at the gym waist training and getting that flat tummy, doing squats to keep that booty tight and big, cook like Martha Stewart and shag him like Jada Fire. The peepee of a man with a wandering peepee will always wander. Usain's chic is a thousand times hotter than this groupie, yet...
Men, what exactly would it take for you to be faithful to one woman?! 😏

Uru Eke: "The Greatest Mistake Any Man Can Make Is To Underestimate ThePower Of a Woman"




I’ve read a lot of posts, comments, and Instagram handles where generally women have sent in their complaints and concerns seeking advice about various situations. I guess that’s why most articles written or sent in to BellaNaija are focused on women. Personally I’ve always written my articles with women as the objective, and I hope that one way or the other someone takes something away from it. I pride myself in being a feminist and I’m pro-women for most things. I absolutely love seeing women in power, holding positions, being captains of industries, calling the shots as CEOs of organisations etc

The British Novelist, Playwright and Poet William Golding said “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. They are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit!” This statement by itself is very empowering; as I believe women are all of these and so much more.
Let’s use Cleopatra for instance; scholars say it wasn’t so much her beauty that was appealing but her intelligence and conversation. She wasn’t the ravishing, sensual beauty portrayed in films starring Claudette Colbert or Elizabeth Taylor. She was a great orator, outspoken, intellectual and controlled her country’s economy, its fleet, its agricultural output. She was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean, a powerful force, incomparable to any modern ruler or celebrity. Her silken presence and her powers of persuasion, unearthing the mysteries of Cleopatra reveals a woman who could be a modern day feminist. To some, she was a debauched temptress who manipulated both Caesar and Mark Antony to further her insatiable thirst for power; to others she was a great scholar and stateswoman who did her best to protect the country she loved from the powerful Roman State. Wikipedia states ~ she was the last active Pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, briefly survived as Pharaoh by her son Caesarian. After her reign, Egypt became a province of the recently established Roman Empire
Cleopatra was all of this in an era where there wasn’t social media, formal education, internet, training schools, training academies, degrees, masters programs, PHDs, open universities or online training portals. Her achievement was based on the sheer desire to succeed and be regarded as someone equally as powerful as her male counterparts. So tell me, what’s your excuse? I believe woman have so much more to give other than being just wives and mothers. Don’t get me wrong, getting married and having kids is beautiful and equally fulfilling but is that just it to being a woman? Do you not want to teach your kids how to be confident, goal oriented, self reliant, go out there and get it achievers?
Women have a huge role to play in the home, as William Golding stated “whatever you give a woman she makes greater” and to be greater you have to have it in you in order to pass it on. I visit a certain blog and when some people write in for advice a lot of the complaints centre around the boyfriend or husband not providing for them, we can argue this from the angle that men should be the sole providers and the woman stay home and look after the kids but to be honest, in this day and age, if your husband isn’t earning a heck of a lot in whatever it is he does, being the sole provider is a lot of pressure. You also have women who have remained in emotional, mental and physically abusive relationships out of love or due to the fact they’ve lost their sense of worth and feel no one else will find them desirable. I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave over people like that and trigger a brain reset so they realise how magnificently powerful they are and their happiness and fulfilment in life lies in their own hands.
Scholars also say that the Roman emperor, Augustus founded his reign on the death of Cleopatra. When he had a chance to name a month in his own honour, instead of choosing September his birth month he chose August the month in which Cleopatra died, to create a yearly reminder of her death. If that doesn’t indicate how much of a threat she was when she was alive I don’t know what will.
The power of women dates back to Biblical days, Adam was mislead by Eve. Samson, who was very powerful, surrendered to Delilah. David felled a nine-foot Goliath yet fell under the spell of Bathsheba. Solomon, who ruled over the golden years of Israel, surrendered to women; he had a record number of 700 wives and 300 concubines! Femi Fani Kayode wrote” Women are more discerning than men, more calculating, more thoughtful, more spiritual, more loyal, and more disciplined and they can handle emotional pain and psychological torture far better than men. A woman can suffer trauma, deprivation, shame, sheer cruelty and beatings from a man and still stay with him simply for the sake of the children. A woman can do anything and take anything for, or from, a man that she truly loves. A woman can be the most vicious and dangerous of all God’s creatures when she is hurt and scorned and when her love is not returned”
So women, why aren’t you doing more with your power? Channelling all this energy into being the powerhouses that you naturally are? I’m constantly celebrating women and a few people have inspired my journey in the film industry, who have taken advantage of this supremacy. People such as Emem Isong, who carved a niche for herself as one of the first female producers in a dogged male dominated industry; Omoni Oboli and Mo Abudu, some of the first female film producers who films broke Nigerian cinema box office. Chimamanda Adichie who is a MacArthur genius grant recipient and has been called “the most prominent” of a procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors. The genius grant is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to between 20 and 30 individuals, working in any field, who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction”.
Finally, my own mother who raised three young women single handedly, without our dad – and till date it doesn’t feel like I didn’t have him around because she filled that void in everyday possible. We travelled the world went to the best schools and were constantly encouraged that we could be whatever we wanted to be as far as we applied our minds to it.
I’ll end with these words also from Femi Fani-Kayode “A woman will make you feel that you are in charge yet with sweet words and with guile and cunning she silently controls everything and everyone around you. Women are the shield, the defender and the foundation of the home. Even as the man is the head, the woman is the neck without which it would fall. The greatest mistake that any man could ever make is to underestimate or treat with levity the power of a woman. For it is only a dullard or a fool that could honestly believe that he can confine a woman to having babies and to simply cooking in the kitchen. A woman is irrepressible, unbeatable, unfathomable, irresistible and unknowable". 
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I 100% endorse this message! (Minus the quote that states that women are superior to men. That contradicts the principle of equality and I don't subscribe to that).  
Source Bella Naija

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Ruby Diamond: What The HELL Is Religion?





So I was doing "blog ashawo" earlier and I saw news that elicited different emotions and reactions in me.

"Northern Christians break away from CAN, Revert to NNCA"

I first went from hian*, read a bit and in my usual fashion, I went Oghene biko* because I really need God to help us.

Let me digress.

currently live in Jos and it was here I attended the popular RCCG first. I'm Foursquarian by birth (I'm still forced to attend when I'm home), I attend His Treasure House naturally (My favourite church). All I want to do is listen to the undiluted word of God.

Back to the point, during my service year, it was so obvious that there was no love amongst us even in church. Different forms of jealousy. Choi!!!

Fast forward, I'm still there. Same church bought a land and we were already building on this land. A letter came from the Ministry in charge of land allocation. The letter "claimed" The Governor needed the land. The Governor denied any form of interest in said land. Then they said the land belongs to "The Catholic Church" of Plateau state. Lots of argument cropped up, a go ahead, then a shocker!!!

The youths of the Catholic Church destroyed all structures already erected on the land.

Wawwuu!!!

Shocked was an understatement.

No love between churches kwanu..

Then I saw that news about Christians dividing into North, South and what have you...

What have we done wrong?

When I fill forms now, I skip religion because I don't have a religion.

If you tell me Christianity, it's Life for me. It's not my religion.

If I must have a religion, can it be love? Can we return to the basics? All commandments in my Holy book is summed into two; both summed into one- LOVE.

Can Love be the religion again?

How Much Do You Have?





It's Saturday guys, let's have some fun. 

So how much do you have? I'd have told you mine but I don't wanna alarm y'all. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ˆπŸ™€

#WriteRight. Frankly Speaking: POPULISM AND THE FREE LUNCH ENTITLEMENT





When Mrs. Laura Bush first came into the White House and received bill for the food her family consumed she was shocked to the marrow. The USA, the worlds number one symbol of economic strength can't even afford to give free food to her President and their family. With a GDP of about 19 trillion dollars and a per capita income of $58,000 dollars, the United States Presidents only have free accommodation in the White House but pay for everything they need from tooth paste to Laundary . 

Ironically Nigeria with a GDP per capita of about $2,000 dollars, will spend 18.1 billion (see 2016 budget ) to run the presidential villa in 2016, an amount 11.1 billion higher than the 6.6 billion, last government spent in 2015 ( see 2015 budget). I'm  sure many people do not know that about 43 states charge prisoners for food they eat in US prisons. Some states like Florida have a $50 daily detention fee. Arizona even adds your medical bill if you fall sick in prison and take medication. The land of freedom offers you nothing for free. On the other hand, there is so much free lunch in Nigeria that some states aren't even allowing its citizens, the responsibility of paying for their own refuse disposal. 

In Nigeria, one government, in a bout of populism, demolished all the toll gates across the country and roads deteriorated. The wave of free education swept through our governors some few years back as they struggled to out do one another to lunch the populist program. But look deeply inside every free education program and you'd see its part of some government officials strategy to steal public funds. These are huge fraud avenues as so much is appropriated to get the lowest quality education and because it's free, nobody questions the government. In a south south state, an ex governors wife made billions over invoicing free school uniforms, free school bags, free sandals and free books. The hallucination of being a wealthy nation was so intense in the 70's that an ex head of state said our problem was not knowing what to do with money. 

Now we are in a recession. If this continues in three consecutive quarters, we'd go into a depression. 

The Nigerian economy is currently in trouble with GDP growth rate declining to all-time low of -0.36 percent. Inflation and unemployment are currently rising at rates of 16.48 percent and 12.1 percent as reported in Q1:2016 National Bureau of Statistics report. In spite of this, we are still not only sponsoring pilgrims, but also subsidizing their foreign exchange currency. Let's look at Venezuela, country that has 18% of the worlds proven oil reserves, nearly 300 billion barrels of oil. This is supposed to be a blessing, but Juan Pablo Alfonzo, a Venezuelan diplomat referred to it as 'the devils excrement'. 

Venezuela felt so rich at a point that former President Hugo Chavez's government was giving out free laptops and washing machines to citizens . Houses were being built for citizens as mega hospitals were built and catered for the citizens for free. Chavez populist government excited the masses who were enjoying free things without really improving themselves. Venezuela became a country of the 'happy poor'. Private companies were expropriated and became national assets as the citizens hailed the populist actions. Prices of goods were fixed as government used oil money to subsidize the people's ostentatious taste buds ( Remember the Nigerian subsidy regimes ). 

Today Venezuela has become hell as oil prices dropped from $140 to $40 dollars. Ration lines are disappearing as the rations have vanished. Mega international corporations like Cocacola and Macdonads are closing shop. The country has dried up and become a failed state equal to war torn countries like Iraq and Syria. Crime rate escalated and 96% of the crimes are never investigated. The citizens cry as they sight food after trekking long hours to Colombia, while the government struggles to exchange oil and food with Jamaica. 

The irony is that despite this, the government still spent 400,000 dollars recently just to attend Fidel Castro's birthday. The major challenge in Nigeria now is that the current government was elected under a populist people's mantra. Promissory notes of feeding school children and paying 5000 naira to unemployed youths were sent to the masses. In a country that has lost its major revenue earner, the best decision government would have taken now is to begin the privatization of some of its national assets. 

The sale of LNG alone can give the government up to $20 billion dollars and this will automatically crash the exchange rate to a little above 200, fund critical infrastructure which spiral effect will bring back the vanishing middle class. But the government is rather planning to acquire more national assets by re-establishing a government funded National airline carrier like Nigerian airways just for the sake of national pride and populism. What government has failed to understand is that United States airways, Kenyan airways and even Ethiopian airways are all owned by the private sector. After selling off the refineries, President Yardua in a bout of populism cancelled the sales as Nigerians jeered. 

Today, the portharcourt refinery is still producing at 20% capacity while the privatized Eleme petrochemicals which was at the same capacity is now at 80% capacity. With a huge budget deficit, it's ironical that we'd rather borrow $20 billion dollars from China to fund the budget rather than privatizing national assets that are run like civil service companies. Even government officials know that government has no business doing business, but government has to remain popular and this automatically maintains our free lunch entitlement mentality. God will help us .



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Friday, 19 August 2016

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

#WriteRight. Iyanu: FIVE REASONS I’LL RATHER NOT WALK IN LAGOS





I’m thinking of a good punch line for this but I can’t think of one, I just know that the fitness people say walk. Walk to your bus stop instead of taking a bike, walk to your friends place, and walk to the market. But who walking epp abeg? Here are five reasons why I’ll rather not walk in Lagos.

1. CLIMATE CHANGE: I’m definitely sure I’m not the only one that has noticed the “can melt heat” in Lagos. As such, before you even walk 5 minutes you’ll be sweating like a Christmas goat and a threatening headachewill be in sight. No, thank you.

2. LAGOSIANS IN CENTRAL PLACES ARE VULGAR: So who here has had the Opportunity to walk across Yaba, or Mushin, all those places with plenty mechanics or traders? Who here has had the opportunity to hear those thick accent shout “ Fine geh” “ Come let me suck you” “You set well well oh” “ My daughter” all accompanied by very lewd stares and arm dragging? I’ll rather not.

3. NO WALKWAYS: And if you’re not careful, the maniac okada driver can just hit you like a tennis ball, straight into the gutter!

4. LONER STATUS: It’s common knowledge that walking is much fun when it’s with someone, but when you live, eat, breath and walk around yourself, what’s a girl to do?

5. TIME CONSUMING: When you’re as lazy and impatient as I am, with a love for indoor spaces, the only thing not time consuming is whatever you’re doing in the comfort of your house, or office, or party. This means you want to get out of the road as soon as possible and walking is too slow for that. 

Who here’s with me?


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I'd like to say I'm with you but I do love to walk, then again it all depends on where in Lagos one is walking... 


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Linda Ikeji Is Building an Empire! Your Sneak Peak Into Her Spanking New Office.





Last week we shared that Linda was taking things up several notches and had rented office space in the Lekki phase 1 axis. Now according to Bella Naija: The new office has the reception, a waiting area, VIP lounge/waiting room, conference room, offices with workstation, a TV studio, dressing room, staff cafeteria, event/training centre, Linda’s personal lounge and more. There is also a music studio and a podcast studio.

The office is in Lekki and has a 22-room partition.

The office space will also house Linda Ikeji TV, Linda Ikeji Radio, Linda Ikeji Music, Linda Ikeji Blog and Linda Ikeji S.

See the photos below.


















Linda Ikeji continues to be an inspiration to manyπŸ‘πŸ™…πŸ‘‘. A big congrats to her and more power to everyone who aspires to be greaterπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŠπŸ™! 


Photos courtesy of Bella Naija. 

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