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    Walter Ude (@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter. He blogs at mymindsnaps.wordpress.com.

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Eze Goes To School“From the left, quick march! Left-right! Left-right! Left-right!”

The legs of the students in the rectangular lineup went up and down like pistons as they marked time to Senior Olumide’s hollered commands.

“Left-right! Left-right! Left-raaaaiiiight!”

In unison, the feet crunched down on the ground, lifted and thudded down again. Senior Olumide weaved his way through the well-spaced lines, yelling as he moved, his eyes zipping about as he looked searchingly at the students under his command.

“Left-right! Left-right! Left-raaaaiiiight!” (more…)


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. (more…)

Opinion: Will These Celeb Couples Last?

From big splashy weddings to cheating scandals, and quickie nuptials to even speedier divorces, we’ve seen it all in Tinseltown.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is the list of four Hollywood couples with some serious star power, and matchmaker and relationship expert Siggy Flicker weighed in on the issue of whether the lovebirds will make it … or break it.

1. Kim Kardashian and Kanye Westcelebs 61Relationship Status: Dating since spring 2013; engaged since October 2013.

Quick History: The reality star, 33, met the “Yeezus” rapper, 36, in 2004 and the duo became fast friends. After years of keeping their relationship strictly platonic and two failed marriages, Kim finally gave in to Kanye’s advances. The pair have jetted all over the world and welcomed their first child together, North West, on June 15, 2013.

Matchmaker’s Verdict: Kanye has always been obsessed with Kim. She’s his queen. Even though he’s in love with himself and he thinks everything is about him, his heart softens when he is around Kim. Kim is the love of his life. That relationship works because she needs so much attention and he feeds it to her. She feels very stable and secure. They’re going to last. They’re going to get married. (more…)

‘Dear Man…’ A message from the women

Untitled (1)That’s telling us, for sure!


FOREWORD: What you are about to read is a figment of my musing. It should not be seen as pedagogy or as a philosophy. Even if it has to been seen as a philosophy, it is at best speculative philosophy not analytic or prescriptive. Though I have an inner witness to the validity of my postulation, however, I do not believe it is conclusive or cast in stone. Having said this, it is noteworthy to clarify that love in this piece is used mainly to denote relationship, the act of being in a relationship.


As a young man, I have been in myriad relationships. As at the last count, I have been in close to ten relationships. Nevertheless, I still believe my experience does not guarantee me the undisputable authority to write on this auspicious but complex issue. But, as a writer and a social observer, it is expected of me to pen my musing.

For starters, I have always been interested in having an in-depth understanding of the missing rib mystery. This interest of mine got me attracted to any book that elucidated on how to find my better half. Some of these books were helpful, while some were just another book. However, I feel I have learnt more from my experience than from all the books I have read on relationships. My experience has led me to form a theory of love, this theory is what I have termed the Mathematics of Love. (more…)


singles 16Hello, I’m that love-phobic drama queen and this is my Valentine story.

Every year, I seem to go through worse Valentine’s Day cases, but this year I hope for something better. Two years ago, I had a secret admirer who revealed himself on Val’s day. Ladies, I know what you might be thinking, things like: ‘That’s so romantic’, ‘That’s kinda creepy’, ‘Was he cute?’, ‘Was he rich?’

Well, he was on the average side, not Boris Kodjoe handsome (Baggage Claim, anyone?); but he had strong, bold features for a man, wide set eyes, long and tapering fingers, well-proportioned pink lips, (lol) okay I admit; he was fine. He was financially stable and had a good job. We had a great date that night, and met a couple of times afterwards. One very cold morning about three weeks later, he sent me a text and asked if we could meet up later that evening and I gave a positive reply. I finished quite late from work that day, can’t remember what I was working on, but I remember it being important enough to make me stay in till 8pm. I deliberately put my phone in the silent mode and when I checked it after I got into the car, he had called 15 times (not exaggerating). While I was driving to the venue of our meeting, which was at Grand Square in Garki, I kept taking shots in the dark, wondering what he wanted to see me for. I mean, technically, we weren’t even dating yet. (more…)

New Study reveals that Excessive Use of Facebook can Make You Cheat

Facebook-February-2014-BellaNaija-450x600If you want a long lasting relationship with your partner, you may want to dial down on refreshing your Facebook page.

According to a recent study published in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking, the social networking site can cause huge problems in relationships. It helps people connect or re-connect with previous partners, which may lead to emotional and physical cheating, splits and/or divorce. (more…)

‘Men watch too much porn.’ – Miley Cyrus

celebs 88Miley Cyrus thinks men watch ”too much porn”.

The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer – whose engagement to Liam Hemsworth ended last September – believes the women who appear in the X-rated movies ”don’t exist” in real life and by watching the footage, guys are giving themselves unrealistic expectations about sex upon entering a relationship, but she thinks girls watching rom-coms have equally unattainable ideas about love. Speaking in the latest issue of W magazine, Miley said: (more…)

Is Monogamy becoming outdated? The Celebrities in Open Relationships

Am I crazy, or are open relationships a thing now? Judging by Hollywood, I’d say yes. Here are some celebrities in open relationships.


T-Pain went on the record to confirm that he and his wife don’t have an open relationship. They just “sleep with other girls together.” Sounds open to me.


Robin Thicke didn’t openly cop to having an open marriage on the Howard Stern show. But when Howard asked, he said, “Out of respect for her, we just won’t answer that one.” I’m just going to draw my own conclusions from there.


The Things They Say…about satisfying men

“In the first place, it will take a lot before my husband can go for another woman. That can only happen when I don’t satisfy him in everything, which I do. It is only when a woman does not satisfy her man in everything that he goes in search of other women. I’ve never caught my husband with another woman, so I don’t believe all men are polygamous in nature. I don’t think so. There are good men and I married one.”

Ex Delta soap model cum actress, Angela Okorie in a chat with Sunday Express Entertainment says it takes a man who doesn’t get everything from his wife to cheat on her.

I don’t know whether to commend this woman for her faith or scorn her for her naiveté. ang9

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