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‘I reject my share of this national insult.’ Wole Soyinka Speaks Out In A New Write-up

Wole-SoyinkaThere has been some furor over the Centenary Awards given out as part of Nigeria’s Centenary celebration. Amongst the voices speaking out on the issue is Prof. Wole Soyinka. The Nobel laureate, on Saturday March 1st, said he rejected the centenary award conferred on him by the Federal Government because late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, was included in the list of awardees. He speaks out in a write-up titled ‘The Canonisation of Terror.’ Read below. Read the full post »


Mikel Obi stars in his Nollywood debut alongside Genevieve Nnaji

PicturesChelsea football star, Mikel Obi has made his Nollywood debut. And he’s starring alongside Genevieve Nnaji.

The pair have been in South Africa, filming an inspirational new movie titled The Journey, sponsored by Amstel Malta.

The Journey centres on the superstars’ journey to success; how they started out, the story of their challenges and the glory of where they are now. The movie is to be premiered at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards on the 8th of March, 2014. See more photos and the trailer after the cut. Read the full post »

The Things They Say…about Gender Equality

‘I don’t believe in gender equality. I do not believe that God made man and woman to be equal in any way. I believe that in every organised institution, there is always a head and an assistant. It doesn’t mean that one should take the other for granted, or disrespect the other. I believe the husband is the head of the home and the wife is an assistant.

‘My husband is a pilot, I have flown with him several times and I understood that here is a captain and a co-pilot. They are both responsible for the passengers’ lives. But when there is a final decision to make, it is up to the captain to make it. He is more experienced and the one with the responsibility. But any mature captain will not ignore his co-pilot because the co-pilot is not a cabin attendant. He is there for a reason. It just depends on how you understand and play your roles.

‘I believe women should understand this. When a woman starts a struggle for power tussle with him, it tends to cause friction in the home. The woman should give the man the respect as the head of the home and also prove herself as a worthy co-pilot. He needs to see you as a reliable co-pilot.’

When asked in a recent interview with Punch how a woman can have a successful marriage, actress Omotola said she doesn’t believe in gender equality and women should understand that men are the heads of the family. The actress has been married for 18 years, so I think she qualifies to advise other women.celebs 85

She goes on to say: Read the full post »


en06sep40c_youngShemsi stood at her balcony, looking out at the sea, vast and azure before her, a wide expanse of jeweled fluidity. It spoke to her. Everything spoke to her these days.

It had been 3 days since her last visit to Janus. It was no longer news that this Yeshua, the Nazarene was in the region of Decapolis. If reports were to be believed, he had fed over four thousand men just a few days earlier. Read the full post »

Before Katy Perry, There Were Others: John Mayer’s Colourful Romantic History

john-mayer-dating-historyAre you one of the few who hasn’t dated John Mayer?

It seems that John Mayer and Katy Perry might have finally split for good, but honestly who didn’t see that one coming? For over a decade, John Mayer’s been romancing his way through some of the hottest women in show business, leaving us to wonder: How does he do it?

Back in 2002, John Mayer didn’t have the lothario reputation we’ve come to know him for. Instead he was dating Jennifer love Hewitt. The ‘Party of Five’ actress was even thought to be the inspiration for his breakout hit, ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’. The pair stayed together for the best part of a year before the newly famous John called it quits. Read the full post »

The Things They Say: 183

“I love my daughter so much and … I want to have more. But I’m not going the route my mom did. She is crazy! When I was giving birth, I looked at her and said, ‘I’m going to buy you a medal, you deserve a medal for this, six times – you’re crazy.'”

Kim Kardashian says she loves being a mom, and hails her mother, Kris Jenner as the ultimate mother for birthing six children.

She continued, “I don’t think I can do more than three tops. That would be my absolute top top tops. I even contemplate should North be an only child? But then I contemplate all the … fun experiences I had, so I might have to tough it out.”SPL_kim_kardashian_kab_140226_16x9_992

Chris Brown Diagnosed with Mental Illness

Chris Brown 16Chris Brown’s angry outbursts may actually be attributed to mental illness. According to reports from TMZ, court documents reveal that Brown has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder (BiPolar II to be exact), severe insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

Yesterday Brown appeared in court for a progress hearing in the Rihanna assault case. The facility where Brown has just completed 90 days of anger management filed documents that confirm Brown voluntarily stayed for an extra 5 days of therapy.

Confirming public suspicion and speculation, an official from the rehab commented that Brown was self-medicating in a harmful way:

“Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.” Read the full post »


We have been coached to abstract the idea of beauty as being perfect; Perfect physique, perfect eyes, perfect nose, perfect lips, and perfect hair – in other words, too perfect to be human.

It seems to me that once you have moved up your way to the top of the entertainment industry and have being elevated from being a mere human to a super-perfect star, then – and only then – can you be called “beautiful”.

The question of who decides who is beautiful is one that has always puzzled me. So I did a bit of investigating on my own. I asked around for my usual company to define beauty. I got answers like “J-Lo”, “Brad Pitt”, “Halle Berry”, and “Beyoncé”. In some instances, some even tossed out “Genevieve Nnaji” and “RMD”. I rest my case. Read the full post »

“I Tried To Negotiate With God”: Lupita Nyong’o Reveals She Prayed For Lighter Skin As A Child

lupita-nyongo-lipstick-w724Recently, Lupita Nyong’o has caught our attention with her stunning looks and chilling performance in 12 Years A Slave. Although she has become the new fashion icon of our time, Nyong’o revealed there was a time she didn’t always feel beautiful.

On Thursday, Essence Magazine honored Nyong’o at their Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. Upon her accepting Essence’s Best Breakthrough Performance Award, Nyong’o moved the audience to tears. In her speech, Nyong’o spoke about her self-esteem. She admitted that, as a child,  she prayed that God would lighten her skin.

In her speech, Lupita shared: Read the full post »

“I Want To Ask Beyoncé If It’s Okay If I Stick My Butt In Her Childs Face Like She Did Mine?” Parents still Angry at Beyoncé’s Grammys Performance

beyonce-grammys-performance-2014A month after the Grammys aired, it seems that in the time that passed after January 26, the FCC was flooded with quite a few complaints over Beyoncé’s performance of “Drunk in Love” alongside Jay Z. She opened the show, and as we all saw, her performance was quite risqué. Her backside was out, she was writhing on a chair, and there was even a booty palming moment when Jay entered the stage. It was controversial on social media, but it was even more controversial with parents, who reportedly filed more than 40 indecency complaints against the singer and CBS.

The complaints, according to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, showed that people took issue with everything from her outfit, to the fact that such a performance was aired at the very beginning of the show, at 8 p.m., a time when people’s kids were still up. As someone put it, she was behaving like an adult film star: “Porn is hardly an acceptable way to demonstrate marital love in front of children, and at 8pm children ARE watching.”

One complaint went quite far: Read the full post »

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