Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Questions on the Pope's Resignation, Answered

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Since the news of Pope Benedict's resignation yesterday, some questions had been on my mind. I am not Roman Catholic, but as a child, we held loads of these long discussions on the pope and RC catechism. Like I was saying to someone, Pope John Paul II was like THE POPE then, I never heard anything like a resignation or abdication. I assumed Popes couldn't and only death could separate them and their office. Well, now I know better...not only can popes resign [Benedict is not the first], they are also not always infallible. The eye-opening Q and A below;

Will he still be infallible?

No—and in fact, he’s never been infallible. In accordance with the First Vatican Council of 1870, the pope is infallible only when he makes an ex cathedra statement—that is, a statement concerning “a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.” Most popes never make ex cathedra statements during their papacy; only one infallible statement (regarding the Assumption of Mary) has been made since the First Vatican Council of 1870. Pope John XXIII was quoted as saying, “I am only infallible if I speak infallibly but I shall never do that, so I am not infallible.” Pope Benedict XVI has never spoken ex cathedra, and he will lose the ability to do so once he resigns from the papacy.

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No Nonsense Wife by Abimbola Dare Now a Short Film

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Abimbola Dare is the author of Small Print and I interviewed her here.  Her short story, “No Nonsense Wife” has recently been made into a short film by Canada-based director, Henry Eruotor, and stars Omodudu Onidada Osun, Efe Mike- Ifeta, Divine Emeovrode and Hans Oreva. Watch the film below and share!

Congrats Abimbola. BTW, when are you coming back to your blog?

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PSquare Release Magical Healing For Valentine

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I want a more lyrically driven song, and not generic club music, especially if they are promoting this for Valentine. PSquare, are you listening?

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20 Signs Your Boyfriend is into You

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1. You don’t have to wait three or more hours for a response for a simple text every time you send one.

2. They aren’t embarrassed or put out by introducing you to their friends/including you sometimes in their outings.

3. They are willing to give, or at least share, the last slice of pizza.

4. You are not afraid to be yourself around them — your strange humor, your occasionally awkward mannerisms, your interests in things that other people might consider a waste of time.

5. Even if what you like might not be their favorite thing, they are always willing to give things a try if they are important to you.

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Eku Edewor on Love, Marriage and a Nollywood Career

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Share with us some exciting memories while growing up in Nigeria

I have always had a very vibrant imagination and because of the fun I had growing up, I like to describe my childhood as something out of the Famous Five. I lived next door to my cousins in Apapa and we got caught up in so many adventures. We built boats for the rainy season. We chased the nanny away because we thought she wasn’t nice enough. School was fun too, [with] the theatrical activities and a few other things. I remember performing at the National theatre once in a professional play, and the country’s first lady was present. That, and many more, make memories of my youth, and I cherish every bit of it.

What challenges did you face in your new environment?

Before we travelled, my twin sister and I had always been lovers of adventure. We just saw that as another adventure. I wasn’t really the shy type, so it was easy for me to relate, and I had my sister. Again, the school we attended made it very easy for me. There were allowances for me to explore my creativity and develop my love for sports, and meeting other international students made it more fun.

You only spent a few months in the country before becoming 53 Xtra’s co-host. If you had not been picked, what would you have gone into?

I would still be in entertainment. Studio 53 was a very good opportunity, but I am a very determined person. I would have probably done more with my own production outfit and probably sold something to MNET. I would have focused on film, because that is what I have always wanted to do. I never planned to go into TV presenting but when it happened, I took it with a smile.

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What do Women Really Want from Men?”

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A fellow blogger (male) recently asked me the ancient question no one has found an answer to, viz:

“What do women want from men?”

I want to believe he asked me this because he sees me as this all-knowing feminine oracle, but I know better. I don’t know what ALL women want from men, but I know what I want. And I know what my friends say they want, so here goes…

I, woman, want…

- To lounge around the house sans makeup, in my ratty t-shirt, flip flops and jeans shorts if I feel like it to enjoy the feeling of my own skin.

- To wake up late on Saturday morning and find that you’ve done all the chores.

- To wake up on any morning with your arms around me.

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Chuka Umunna - February Man Candy #12

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Chuka Umunna is a Briton born to a Nigerian father. He is a politician in the UK, an MP and the Business Secretary in the labor party's shadow cabinet. Sexy! And I think he's single, don't quote me though. At 33, there is possibly someone already in the shadows :)

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Talking to Indie Author Land about A Love Rekindled

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This interview was done with David Njoku who wanted to know more about my last book and what's coming next
Tell us about A Love Rekindled
When Efe Sagay receives a transfer to the branch of a prestigious hotel chain in the Nigerian capital, she accepts it, happy to return home to family after years in the United States. Also, Nigeria is a big place, right? There should be nothing about her new city, Abuja, to remind her of the heartbreak of her relationship with ex-fiancé, Kevwe Mukoro.
However, Efe is facing Kevwe across an office seven months later, swamped by emotions she’d thought were dead. When Kevwe claims he’s never stopped loving her, and asks why she abandoned him, Efe stomps off, incensed. It was the other way around! 
But they are unable to stay away from each other, and buried desire flares. Ultimately, passion is no match for the bitter memories of broken promises. Efe and Kevwe have to resolve the traumatic events of the past before love can be rekindled.
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