Monday, November 30, 2015

Sign This Petition: Let Us All Stop The Silence On Rape!

Juliette Brown has started a petition to the Attorney General of Nigeria and the Inspector General of Police.  Please sign the petition HERE to draw attention to Sugabelly's case and the plight of rape victims in Nigeria.

The Sugabelly Saga

Sugabelly's work
It all kicked off when Blogger and Illustrator Sugabelly rejoiced over former Kogi State Governor Prince Abubakar Audu's death.  She practically did a song and dance and announced she was off to cook 'party jollof rice'.  Many on twitter shut her down but it took the intervention of her friend who released a series of direct messages (dm) between them (himself and Sugabelly) revealing that Sugabelly had been raped by a couple of Prince Abubakar Audu's sons.

Sugabelly's illustration

Sugabelly was 17 and he was 25.  was an intern in the office where he worked at the time.  She had a massive crush on him and blogged about him at the time.  They had sex, she was infatuated with him and then, he decided to 'share'.  Thus the tale of threesomes, foursomes, fivesomes, 'get rid of his virginity scenario', him deciding who she should sleep with, rape and lots more began and continued for a period of time.  

Mustapha Audu (in red) pictured with SIGNAL (publisher)

Introducing Tutsies Nature Cosmetics and CEO Rosemary Tutu Ekeng

We read this beautiful interview online and could not help but share.  Entrepreneur Tutu Ekeng talks about Tutsies Nature Cosmetics.  
Our entrepreneur of the month series returns with a vibrant lady who is breaking the myths in locally sourced beauty therapies with all the confidence in the world backed with 100% quality and result oriented products. Join us as we dig into the coffers of the beautiful and energetic Rosemary Tutu Ekeng, CEO TUTSIES NATURE COSMETICS.

Who is Rosemary Tutu Ekeng‎?
Rosemary Tutu Ekeng is a young vibrant entrepreneur set to take Africa by storm. She is the CEO of Tutsies Nature Cosmetics (TNC), an indigenous cosmetics/ skin care manufacturing company specializing in Shea butter based creams, soaps, facial range, hair care and bespoke fragrances. She manages an events/logistics consulting company RITES EVENTS|LOGISTICS which just expanded to include a delivery/Errands service. In her spare time she heads and pushes the Cecilia Eyo Ekpenyong Foundation (aka CEE GOLD FOUNDATION) which was started by the first female deputy governor of Cross River State and geared towards diabetes sensitization, awareness and preventive healthcare in local communities. An award winning entrepreneur, she has been featured in various national exhibitions where her products won various awards and has been on many editorials. She is currently focused on placing her company on a platform for global recognition.

Suspending One's Self In The Air

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I ask myself - is this possible?  But my eyes are seeing a 'vacuum' below his feet.  Pray tell - who can reveal the secret of this 'suspension'?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fifty The Movie: My Husband Is Having An Affair

They say a problem shared is a problem half solved, right? Well, here goes … I’d like to ask for some advice but would like to remain anonymous, I’m a TV reality star and I actually don’t want my business out there.

Here’s my problem, my husband is having an affair with a lady who is around my age - she’s around my age so I know it isn’t the fact that I’m becoming “expired”. I try to keep it together as I really don’t want to do the whole divorce thing and everything else in my life is going well … I have a thriving career, I’m where I want and need to be in life; I really don’t need something like this throwing me off course but at the same time, I don’t want him to think I’m stupid and that I don’t know what’s going on. I’m even starting to question if it’s all my fault … how should I approach the situation? Is it really my fault?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Adiodun Bakare Needs Your Help - Support Him and Other Sickle Cell Patients; Join The N500 by One million Campaign

Abiodun Bakare on his sick bed
Sickle cell nightmare, what you can do to help?  By Toyin Adesola

In my 50 years of living with sickle anaemia cell disorder, I have come across very heart wrenching stories.  I am sure some of you have more sorry tales to tell about relatives of friends who suffer from the terrible condition. The case of Abiodun Abidemi Bakare below is one of such heart-wrenching cases that prompted this post in the first place.
Toyin and SAMI at work

Biodun was born with the Sickle Cell Anemia. The young man’s condition deteriorated after he wrapped up his final exams in the Onabisi Onabanjo University. He has lost all of the muscle functions in his lower body and the pain he goes through daily is better imagined than described. Abiodun urgently needs Hips and Knee replacement surgery.  We hope to send him abroad for the replacement surgeries as soon as he is done with physiotherapy. Today his life hangs in the balance. He had to miss the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on account of his illness.

When Autocorrect Goes Wrong.....

Some hilarious auto correct screenshots to brighten your day....

Friday, November 27, 2015

Toyin Adesola Speaks On Sickle Cell and her N500 by One Million - Sickle Cell Advocacy Initiative

Toyin Adesola, Director SAMI

My name is Toyin Adesola. I have been living with Sickle Cell for the past 50 years.
According to statistics, an estimated 200,000 infants in Africa are born with Sickle Cell Disorder every year. Nigeria accounts for three quarters of these births. Today, about 5.2 million Nigerians suffer from the condition. I am one of them. Still, I count myself lucky because I’ve been fortunate enough to have family & friends that are very supportive and financially capable to help me through the trauma. 

Having lived with Sickle Cell for 50 years I understand the challenges of dealing with it.  But that’s just me. There are millions of Nigerians out there who are not so lucky. So many people with Sickle Cell have lost their lives unnecessarily because they lacked the necessary financial and moral support. Others have suffered from social stigma not only from the general public but even from their family members.  That’s why we started Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI).

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and Those Festering Mattresses

Gov Tank testing the mattresses
It is no longer news that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State visited Government College, Keffi. While there, he embarked on a tour of the hostels dormitories.  During the hostel visit, he decided to 'test and see' what the students are enjoying so he could have a robust comparative to those provided in Government House bedrooms.  Maybe the Governor should have carried a couple back to Government House for 'robust testing'.  This photo opportunity stinks!  

Oga Governor, my people say "The thing speaks for itself".  Those mattresses are an eyesore and need replacements asap.

Funmi Iyanda Receives Honorary Fellowship By University of Cumbria

Renowned Journalist Funmi Iyanda was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for her significant contribution to human rights and sustainability by the University of Cumbria on Wednesday 25th November 2015.  Congratulations Funmi!!  Read her speech at the event below...
Funmi Iyanda

"Vice-Chancellor, University Staff, Distinguished Guests, Graduates, Ladies and Gentlemen, family and friends, thank you so much for those kind words and indeed for this wonderful honour. I’m very grateful, not just for this invitation to be an Honorary Fellow, but to be invited to share it with so many gifted individuals that it’s been my pleasure to meet today.

This fellowship is important to me because my father always wanted me to be a medical doctor, since that wasn’t happening l thought l’d get a doctorate to please him but l never got round to it so perhaps he’d posthumously accept this in lieu.

Also l have never worn a graduation gown, so it was on my bucket list. This lovely university is close to my heart because it has educated some of the people dearest to me, accepted my country men and women with warmth and provided me great opportunities to share my rather skewed world view. I am excited at the prospects of future opportunities for mis-education that this fellowship will mean. Now let me share a few stories with you because stories are nice.

Charly Boy Writes On Taking Care Of Our Aged Relatives

Area Fada - Charly Boy Oputa gives his opinion on how to treat our aged relatives....
Charly Boy with his aged parents and family
Life as we all know evolves in stages. From birth, we begin the process of aging. All things being equal, majority of us will grow old. Thus it will be apt to say that aging is inevitable for us. So why do we as a society pay the least attention to this process. What kinda welfare system should we have in order to adequately take care of our aged, (The old people in our society/parents or relatives) especially the ones we love.

Area Fada - Charly Boy
For three years before my father passed, he was never paid his pension. My mum is going through the same thing. I keep wondering, what if the financial or emotional means to take care of them was lacking, they probably will be like some of our aged pensioners who probably die standing in line waiting for their pension that never came.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

First Lady - London Premiere - The Countdown Begins.....

Omoni Oboli at Greenwich Odeon
 The first lady - Omoni Oboli was at Greenwich Odeon recently to put in place finishing touches in preparation for the London Premiere of her latest movie "First Lady".  Omoni is pictured leaving the cinema after her meetings.
Greenwich Odeon is ready for 'First Lady'
The First Lady premiere takes place tomorrow Friday 27th November 2015 at Greenwich Odeon.  Have you bought your ticket?  It promises to be great fun.  If you have not yet bought your tickets, you can still get them from Omoni Oboli's website.  Watch the movie trailer below.

Ayade Swears In Commissioners Tomorrow - 27th November 2015

Gov Ben Ayade
The Chief Press Secretary to the Cross River State Governor has announced that the Governor will swear in new members of his cabinet on Friday, November 27, 2015.

The swearing in takes place at the Executive Council Chambers at 10 a.m and the Commissioner-designates are expected to be seated in the Council Chambers by 9am.  The new commissioners who will be sworn in include a former member of the State House of Assembly -Mr George O'Ben-Etchi and Mr Asuquo Ekpeyong who would set the record as the youngest commissioner in the state.  See the full list of commissioners HERE.

Commisioner Designate George O'Ben-Etchi

Have You Heard Chigurl's "Hello" Cover? Hilarious!!

When I read that Chigurl had released her version of Adele's Hello, I knew it would have a different twist and she did not disappoint.

Click HERE to listen to Chigurl's cover of 'Hello'....


Calabar Carnival 2016: "Climate Change" Theme Unveiled

Calabar Carnival

The Cross River State (CRS) government unveiled the theme of the 2015 Calabar Carnival at a star studded ceremony which took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday 22nd November 2015.
Gov Ayade with Senator Ita Giwa and the Carnival Queen

The theme of the 2015 carnival was unveiled as "Climate Change".  The governor said the carnival had been restyled with a Bikers Day and Disco Fiesta being introduced to give the carnival new life.

Ayade speaking at the event

Young Girl Hit By Electic Pole In Port Harcourt (Warning - Extremely Graphic Pictures)

Stop Reckless Driving
This little girl had her life cut short by the recklessness of man.  She was brushing her teeth outside her home when a truck which was being chased by a police van ran into the bush and hit an electricity pole causing the pole to fall.  Unfortunately, the pole fell on this innocent girl who was brushing her teeth outside her home.
May her soul rest in peace....

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends - save me some mac and cheese!!

Woman Crushed To Death On Akpapuyo-Ikang Road

That the state of the road connecting Akpapuyo and Ikang to Calabar is deplorable is an understatement.  Recently, a woman was crushed to death by a trailer on the road.

This is an appeal to the government to sit up and take their responsibilities seriously.  Why must citizens loose their lives before roads are repaired?  See pictures of the state of the road below:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Help Track Down This Hit and Run Driver.....

Hit and Run Driver - Toyota Car

The driver of the Toyota car pictured above with registration number Kano AL 676 NSR hit a Keke and its passenger along Victor Akan by King Street earlier on today in the city of Calabar.  The incident took placea t about 6.5pm.  He failed to stop at the scene to check if the keke driver and passenger were badly injured and drove away like the speed of light.  But not before his number plates were captured by others at the scene.

If you have any details regarding the owner of this vehicle and the person who was driving it at the time of the accident, kindly contact the Nigerian Police, Atakpa police station calabar.

AL 676 NSR
The keke was badly mangled due to the impact of the collision but the keke driver and his passenger escaped with minor injuries.

Nollywood Actor Alex Ekubo arrives London for First Lady Premiere

Alex Ekubo
Hottie Alert!! Handsome actor Alex Ekubo has arrived the city of London for the London premiere of his latest movie - First Lady which is produced by Omoni Oboli.

The actor was pictured at Terminal 4, London Heathrow on his arrival.

Have you bought your tickets for First Lady? Dont be a 'waste'! Grab yours now from as they are running out fast!  You can also call 07946811253.

Joseph Benjamin Arrives London For "First Lady" Premiere

Actor Joseph Benjamin arrived the city of London a couple of hours ago for the "First Lady" premiere which takes place at Greenwich Odeon on Friday 27th November 2015.  

The actor shared his picture with the caption:

#Thanksgiving With Black Families

It is Thanksgiving tomorrow and the tag #ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies has been trending on twitter.  Here are some trending hilarious memes to brighten your day.....

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Uyo Half Marathon - Entry Open Till 30th November 2015

Always dreamt of completing a half marathon?  Now is the time to realise your dream and give it a tick on your bucket list.

Walk or run 21km on Airport Road, Uyo.  Registration is still open and closes on 30th November 2015.  More details on TRUPPR website.

Venue:              Shelter Afrique Field, Uyo
Date:                 Saturday, December 05, 2015
Time:                 05:30 AM ‐ 10:30 AM
Fee:                    ₦4000

Contact:              07035491752; 08063399488;  08023694421

True Or Not........

The travails of a naturalista.......

Monday, November 23, 2015

Omoni Oboli Arrives London For "First Lady" Premiere

The beautiful actress was pictured at Heathrow Airport when she arrived the UK for her "First Lady" premiere which takes place at Greenwich Odeon on Friday 27th November 2015.

Thought Of The Day

Uwakwe-mangse Hanna said:

Exactly 8 months and 15 days ago, Buhari tweeted this on his Twitter handle.

His psychopathic followers jumped on Facebook to insult GEJ now as am speaking to you they are silent.

It's either they are ashamed or dead, or have no light to charge their phones, iPads and computers, whichever way I pray they've learnt their lessons.

Do you agree with Hanna?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Snake Amongst Shadows: Book Signing Event In Pictures

Snake Against Shadows Merchandise

Author Chima Ezechukwu

The "Snake Amongst Shadows" book signing event place at CLR James Library, E8.  The evening started with a brief history on the life, value and work of CLR James which was presented by Editor Sam Amalemba.

A question and answer session with the audience then followed with both the audience and the author picking each other's brains.  There was healthy banter about the adventures of the Expendable Private Investigator (P.I.) Logan.  The evening ended with the author signing copies of his book at the event.

Editor and Compere - Sam Amalemba

Sam talking about the life and ideals of CLR James