Monday, March 31, 2014

Different Ways to Pamper Yourself Before Your Wedding Day

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Every bride wants to be beautiful on her wedding day. Women typically dream of having the best wedding whilst still maintaining a pretty face, a great figure and a healthy, buffed physique. However, with the long list of things to prepare, organize and be apprehensive about, often times the bride loses “me” time to relax and have a breather. She usually ends up being uptight, distraught and cranky. The pressure can just build up and be overwhelming for everyone.

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Couple Love - Pastor Anselm Madubuko and Wife, Emmy Kosgei

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It's so much fun to see love in action and from the most unlikely people. Pastor Madubuko married Emmy Kosgei last year in an intercultural and multi-country celebration of marriage between Nigeria and Kenya. Emmy Kosgei shared this funny pouting picture of them on a trip and it's no wonder it's going viral. Love nwantiti will always do that :)
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Ese Walters and Benny Ark Celebrate Church Wedding

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Ese Walters and Cool FM presenter Benny Ark celebrated their church wedding on her 30th birthday yesterday. Happy married life to them!
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tchidi Chikere and Nuella Njubigbo Hold Traditional Wedding

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Nollywood director, Tchidi Chikere has gotten married this weekend to actress, Nuella Njubigbo. RML wishes them the best as they start another phase of their lives together. This is Tchidi Chikere's second marriage.

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On the Obesere Rape Case - Insult Upon Injury

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I'm seriously gobsmacked when I read that musician and actor, Obesere has released a video CD about the rape allegation he faced about a month ago. In the video, he presents his case through an interview, and his key witness, the lady who introduced him to the victim, is also interviewed. Surely he doesn't have a legal standing to do this? Or does he? Lawyers in the house, please help.
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The Belly Button Test - Episode 5 An African City

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In 'The Belly Button Test,' the girls discuss confidence, with Ngozi fighting desperately to overcome her insecurities through some awkward circumstances.

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Sisi Yemmie and Her Boo Win My Big Nigerian Wedding Competition!

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Yay! When I saw this news, you would think I was the one that won. Congrats to Sisi Yemmie and Bobo Yommie who have just won a wedding valued at N15million from the organizers of My Big Nigerian Wedding. She announced it by sharing the picture above with the caption,
OMG BOBO AND I WON MY BIG NIGERIAN WEDDING!!!! OH GOD!!!!! Thank you all for voting!!! #sisiyemmie

Congrats to them. Now to start looking forward to the wedding of the year :)
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Facebook Parenting - A Baby Gender Reveal Gone Wrong

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In a now viral Youtube video, a big brother - only boy with 2 little sisters already - was not happy when during a baby gender reveal for their next sibling turns out to be a girl. The little boy breaks down in tears after the miserable acknowledgement that the white reveal cake is pink inside and has jelly - meaning it's a baby girl

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What to Do When You Fall in Love With Your Best Friend

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By Keerthi Mohan

Falling for your best friend is probably the easiest thing that could happen. I mean how effortless would it be to fall in love with someone you know so comfortably close, someone who is by your side during good times and bad, someone who’s true to you and brings out the best in you.
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Short Story - The Fable of the Flawed Kwalari by Tola Abraham

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“It is time to hear a story, we will listen, we will learn.”

The five of us gather round Mama Ibadan, singing the chorus she taught us the last time she visited, urging her to tell us a story. Mama Ibadan is father’s mother; she lives in Ibadan so we call her Mama Ibadan.
She sits up on the stool that is placed against the open kitchen door and she tucks her wrappers firmly between her legs,

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Mommy Time - Oluchi and Her Two Sons

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Today being Mother's Day, there are a lot of mom and children pictures on social media, and this one shared by Oluchi Onwegba-Orlandi with her two young sons is one of my favorite. The older boy smiles just like his mom :)
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Family Time - Prince William and Kate Share Portrait With Prince George

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Prince George is almost eight months now and for his first Mother's Day, Prince William and Duchess Kate shared this lovely portrait of young royal family looking out through a window with their dog, Lupo. So sweet!
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

An Update on Oma and Her Life So Far - One Woman's Domestic Violence Story

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Who remembers Omalinze? A few of my readers have been so great and gracious to send in their help to Omalinze and her kids, and some are still sending - prayers, cash or general support. I wanted to use this opportunity to give an update and say a big thanks for your interest and continued care.

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New Book Excerpt - Honour Among All by Vivian Kay [Christian Romance]

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After many years of happiness, Moni Badmus's marriage is crumbling and she doesn't know what to do. Desperate to save her home, she goes along with her husband's suggestion on how to spice up their conventional sex life.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

President Jonathan’s Adopted Daughter, Faith Sakwe Elizabeth About to Wed

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Faith Elizabeth Sakwe, the oldest adopted daughter of President Goodluck Jonathan and Dame Patience, is about to get married to her fiance, Godswill Osim Edward. The young couple got engaged last year and will be celebrating their traditional marriage ceremony, on Saturday, 5th April, 2014, at the Otuoke, Bayelsa State residence of the president.

Their church wedding will be held at the National Ecumenical Centre, Phase 1, Abuja, and reception at the International Conference Centre, Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja on Saturday, 12th April, 2014. Wishing them the best in their preparations.

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Zara Gretti Dead After 2 Year Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

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Young musician, Zara Gretti, real names  Margaret-Mary Joseph has died today. She was just 28 years old. Zara opened up about her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord) about a couple of years ago, and has been open about it's effect on her life and health ever since. MS is incurable and so Zara has been depending on costly medications to survive.

She shuttled between Nigeria and the United States to get better treatment and also to raise funds to help pay for her hospital bills.

Zara Gretti was known for her hit singles Abokoku and Flyest. She will be missed.



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Vacation Time - Usman Dantata and Rukaiya Indimi Tour LA

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The young couple visited the TMZ Hollywood tour, Rodeo drive, The Griddle Cafe, Maxfield and Chi Lin - China's ancient restaurant, all in Los Angeles. See photos from their trip below. They are such a lovely couple!

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Clarion Chukwurah on Acting, Her Charity and Preferring Relationships to Marriage

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Clarion Chukwurah is a household name among Nollywood stars. She has a large following, having been plying her trade on stage, on TV and in home movies for more than three decades.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

​The Pentecostal Butt-Dance By Femi Segun

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What, you wonder, am I on about now? Easy. I am speaking out on behalf of the tortured majority. You know, the young male Pentecostals who have sworn to abstention until marriage and are trying their best to “Hold Bodi” despite hormonal stimulus and in the face of the barrage of sexual messages from Channel O, Home Videos, X-Rated Magazines and the skimpily dressed female “Penterascals” that populate many of today’s Pentecostal Churches.

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Couple Love - Matilda Kerry Marries Festus Osazuwa

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Matilda Kerry, Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria 2000, now a medical doctor, got married to her love, Festus Osazuwa at the beginning of March 2014. Matilda is the founder and medical director of Kerry Foundation for Cervical Cancer.

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[Guest Author] Dupe Olorunjo - Inspirational Fiction Can Be Beautiful

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Dupe Olorunjo is a Nigerian, a pastor’s wife and makes no apologies that the rich Nigerian cultural flavor shows up in her writings all the time. Dupe loves writing and is an author of two books. In addition to writing she presently works in an organization with focus on corporate relationship management. She was gracious to answer some questions for RML on her life as an author and self publisher.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Family Time - Kim Kardashain, Nori and Kanye West at Home

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These are more pictures from the inner pages of the Vogue edition which Kim and Kanye covered. The one with Nori frowning with a Kanye face at the photographer is hilarious.
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Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin in Costume as Benin Royalty For New Movie

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Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin have just wrapped shooting a movie in Benin. Joseph Benjamin intimated the movie might be titled #PrinceEweka Benin Kingdom, saying, "Ok first time I am doing a movie like this. It is not an Epic oh loll with all them swords and stuff, but it is fun to look like this." and where he's wearing the full regalia he says, "#TheCoronation I applaud the Benin Obas this is a lot of weight but a beauty to behold the Benin culture and tradition is amazing". Of her own costume, Rita wrote, "And it's a wrap! Phewemoji #benin #royalty #reincarnation.. "
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Cobhams Asuquo on His Childhood, Career, Being Blind, and Having a Sucessful Marriage

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As a producer, why are you delving into singing?

I realised that there are many things I can do. I am fortunate to have the gifts of singing and writing just as well as producing. I don’t have any excuse not to explore everything I have the gift and capacity to do and to be. I realised that there is a purpose for having the voice that I have. I have been singing more these days and I am coming to terms more with my voice. I went into music production because I wanted to express music in a certain way and I did not feel like I had the voice to express music. Right now, because I am coming to terms with my own voice, I am able to do that. I am happy to express music in various forms. That is why I am writing and singing now and God knows what I am going to do next.

How do you feel when you are compared with the likes of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder?

I feel humbled but at the same time, I don’t know if we share anything other than the fact that we are all blind; we sing and we play the piano. Come to think of it, in retrospect, that is enough to share; to be likened to somebody. I believe I have a style that is influenced by these men among many other people. I don’t know if I have built that name but I would like to be known as myself in future.

Although you are visually-impaired, how come you play instruments well?

I think I got introduced to playing multiple musical instruments when I got into Pacelli School for the Blind. I have always loved music but I got introduced to music on another level when I got to Pacelli School. We had a window with a broken lock and I have to confess, there were times I used to sneak into the music room from the back window so that I could play with the guitar or with the trumpet. I desperately wanted to be surrounded with music even though I clandestinely did it. I did it because my heart was just in that musical space. We had this old piano that I played and I began to learn my craft in that small, quiet clandestine space.



How did you discover your love for music?

I don’t think I discovered music; it discovered me. I don’t think there was a time in my life where I stumbled upon music. I have always expressed music and I think music is one of those things in life that you get called into. I hate to think that I found music at a certain age; I think music has always been a part of my life. I think there is a soundtrack to my living and it is obviously provided by music. I think I have learned from it, interpreted it and shared only a tiny bit of the music that is the sound track to my existence with the rest of the world. There is always music playing in my head.

What was growing up like for you?

I lived in the barracks and it was fun. Some people might see the barracks as squalid, malignant and rough but it was my life. I loved it. From a barracks at Jos to Ikeja Military Cantonment; I loved it. I am a barracks boy and I am 100 per cent proud of that. I lived among Nigerians from different tribes. It gave me a lot of perspectives and insight into a lot of people’s lives. The barracks in a lot of ways prepared me for my musical journey because I got to meet people. I got introduced to different styles of music, different lingos. If I had not lived in the barracks, I would not have been able to understand the culture of the Idoma; neither would I understand that of the Tiv and the Nupe. The barracks was a mixed grill of people with ideas and perspectives. It helped shape my music and gave me a literary understanding to relate with people. It is literature in a sense and all of that helps me understand various forms of music that I am able to create.

How was Cobhams as a kid?

As a kid I was rough. I was stubborn and sometimes, I was a bully.

You were a bully?

Yes. I did things that were big and bad enough to do. I was a gang leader in many ways and my friends always listened to me. I told my friends things because I was the one who listened to the radio the most, so they believed me. Once, I told them that Babangida had intentions of becoming a Field Marshal and I can remember all my friends saying all kinds of things.  Then I went home and my father explained to me that what he was saying was that he had no intention of becoming a Field Marshal and I went back to my friends to tell them what I just learnt and they still believed. I was that kind of kid. I was an influence and I was outgoing and outspoken.

You seem to have grown to be the opposite of what you were while younger.

I don’t know if I am quiet now. I would not say I am quiet and I don’t think anyone would tell you I am quiet. I have my moments when I retreat and I have my moments when I bare it all. When you grow older and you become wiser, you become more introspective and your views become more circumspect. You generally slow down and look before you leap.

Were you close to your father who was a military man?

My father was a good man. He taught me things I needed to know when I did not need to know them. My father taught me the theories of how to use a gun and how to drive. I’m the only blind person in my family and I was not treated differently. The same way my father taught my siblings basic survival instinct was the same with me. He always had answers to random questions. He was my go-to man, if he did not have answers immediately, he would come back the following day with answers. He was a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge and he knew a lot. He enriched me greatly. Both my parents did. I am a product of love; they had answers to my questions because I was a young and curious mind. My vast wealth of knowledge is because of them.



So much love was shown to you while growing. How did you feel when they sent you to a boarding house in primary school?

It was the only primary school that was offering the kind of quality education that my parents were looking for. It was necessary to reform me and prepare me for the next level. I don’t think it was a question of love or lack thereof. I think it was necessary and what I had to go through. I completely hated it and wanted to drop out in primary two but it helped me in my life. It was important that my education was rounded in terms of mobility and orientation. The school was to help me navigate my way around life and Pacelli  was the one at that time that could give me that.

If you were given the gift of sight, do you think you would have been this big a brand?

I don’t know to be quite honest. That would involve turning back the hands of time. I have met some amazing people in life and I think so far, I have lived a glorious life and I continue to live an amazing life. I am not sure I want to turn back the hands of time for anything, not even for the gift of sight.


Were there times you wish you had the gift of sight?

None that I can remember. I think I have overcome the desire for sight. I know it is a beautiful thing and it is absolutely necessary. Life is interesting and you do not know what it is going to throw at you, and for me, I am grateful for the gift of life. I enjoy my life and I don’t think I sit and imagine what my life would be like if I could see. Quite honestly, I want to see for stupid reasons. I want to see because I want to learn how to play golf. I am an optimist by nature and I don’t think I walk around saying I want to see. One other reason I would really love to have sight is to see my wife’s face but I have the privilege of touching it which is much better than seeing it.

Have people at anytime taken advantage of the fact that you are visually impaired?

I can’t remember. Maybe it has happened, I really cannot remember and I do not want to make up stories. I believe that you attract your kind. I have known very kind-hearted, wonderful, sensitive people; not people who want to take advantage of me. My prayer is never to meet people that want to take advantage of me. I think I am a lucky person. I have not had any of the terrible experiences I hear happen to some other blind people.



How is marriage for you?

I absolutely love it. It has made me more responsible. You have to keep promises, dates, be attentive and most importantly, you have to be a provider. I love it. I love it when I am investing my time in my child or in my wife even if it is giving them a listening ear. I love looking out for my family. It is a place of responsibility but it is also a great place to be.

How did you meet your wife?

My wife is a very practical person. I met her in a library; we were not supposed to be talking but I thank God we talked. We became great friends and it took us years before we began to date. Because she is a very practical and sensible person, she took her time to consider if it was something she really wanted to do. Between us both, I do my best to live a normal life. I do my best to be the man in her life. What is important is not visual impairment but how much of a man you can be in your woman’s life. Can I protect her, give her love, receive love from her and be grateful? There are so many components to a well-grounded life beyond sight. I think she is a very broad minded person and that has helped our relationship a lot.

Source - Punch
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Maternity Style - Rukaiya Indimi Shows Off Baby Bump in Different Outfits

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Rukaiya Indimi, daughter of a Nigerian industrialist and billionaire, was married to the scion of another wealthy northern family, Usman Dantata in a lavish wedding back in November 2013. New pictures she and her husband shared on their Instagram pages shows that they have a little one on the way. The pregnant Rukaiya looks absolutely radiant. Congrats to them!

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[Advice Corner] Would Moving Ahead With My Medical Specialty Limit My Suitors?

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Dear Myne,
I'm a 28yr old doctor in Nigeria. I've been under quite some pressure from my parents to get married, I would love to be married to but at least I won't marry myself.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay Announce Separation

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Gwyneth Paltrow and husband, Chris Martin have announced they're separating after more than ten years of marriage. The couple married in 2003 and have two children, Apple and Moses. The couple married in December 2003, and Paltrow gave birth to daughter Apple in 2004 and son, Moses in 2006. 

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#Bossladies - Tiwa Savage Featured on Billboard.com

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This picture of Tiwa Savage was used to headline an analysis by Yinka Adegoke of the digital music distribution scene in Africa. Her music video Eminado was also embedded in the article which was published by Billboard.com. A snippet from the report read thus;

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Dora Akunyili - Recovering From Major Illness But Purposeful at National Conference

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This is Dora Akunyili at the ongoing National Conference where she made her first appearance yesterday. I saw her name on the list of delegates and was wondering how come she had made no public comments on attending and it seems it's because she had been in the United States receiving treatment for a major illness. I only hope she is up to the stress of the confab, seeing that it's almost everyday for the next three months. My prayers are with her.

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Obi Emelonye Spends Birthday With Mercy Johnson Okojie, Ramsey Noah, Mary Njoku

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The Nollywood actor, was busy on the set of a new movie on the day of his birthday. He later shared some pictures from the set of the new film titled THY WILL BE DONE, on his Facebook page, writing

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Immigration Recruitment Tragedy - Widower Speaks of How His Wife Died

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One of the men who lost his wife at the National Immigration services recruitment drive in Benin City told his story to Vanguard News. I feel so sorry for him and the children. And yet no body is aswering for this tragedy? President Goodluck?
If they had known, maybe they would have asked government to forget  its  job so they could   live together. This is part of the lamentation of Mr Austin Amu, the widower of  Sandra  Amun, who lost her life, Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City, where the recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) took place.

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Dbanj, Chris Attoh and More Guest Stars in the Second Season of AY's Crib

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The season 2 of sitcom AY’s Crib features cameo appearances by D’banj, Kcee, Chris Attoh, Saka, Barbs of Big Brother Africa,  Bryan Okwara,  Chris Okagbue of Gulder Ultimate Search,  Sexy Steel, Michael Okon, Ada Ameh, Sabina of Naija FM, Lolo 1 of Wazobia FM, Lilian Esoro and a host of others.

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Magazine Covers - Angela Basset For Ebony

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Angela Basset is one beautiful lady, aging gracefully like fine wine. This month, she is the face of Ebony Magazine where the star actress talks about how to stay grounded and raise kids while being a celebrity, her career, and more.

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Daddy Time - Yemi Blaq and Six Year Old Son

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Nollywood actor Yemi Blaq, real names, Yemi Olatunji, shared this picture of himself hanging out with his young son. In another picture, they are celebrating his son's sixth birthday.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mommy Time - Michelle Obama and Daughters at the Great Wall of China

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Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama are visiting China and took a tour of the Great Wall of China as part of their sight seeing destinations. The first lady wrote about the experience on her blog;

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Maternity Style - Ciara looking Gorgeous in Maxi White Caftan

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Ciara is expecting her first baby and for her white-themed baby shower organized by friends, she had on this floor-length white kaftan, with a deep red Moroccan-inspired print and matching trim. She looks gorgeous. Kim Kardashian and mutual friend LaLa Anthony were also present at the event.

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Malaysia PM - Flight MH370 Crashed in the South Indian Ocean

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Malaysia Airlines has sent a text message to the affected families announcing the loss of their plane missing since the beginning of the month. "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived... we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."

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Majid Michel - Love is The Greatest Prenuptial Agreement in the World

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Majid Michel has been with his wife, fellow Ghanaian and actress, Virna Michel for over ten years. Majid spoke out about his wife and their long-lasting marriage as he gave advice to newlyweds, Paul and Anita Okoye after he attended their wedding yesterday. Majid and his wife have two daughters, 9-year-old Keira, and Zara, who is five years old. His thoughts on marriage below, and more pictures of his family over the years...

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Couple Love - Chrissy Teigen Joins John Legend For Tour

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are one of my favorite couples, just so down to earth, and beautiful. She shared this picture of them about to set out for his music concert bus tour in the US. Wishing him a great outing, loved his show when he came to Seattle, he's a wonderful performer.
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Betty Makoni on Let's Talk About It by One Harmony Radio

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One Harmony Radio is hosting a live radio series, (Let's Talk About It) starting on 20th March 2014, which examines the dynamics of relationships, and focuses on the very thorny area of domestic violence. Chioma Nnani, authot of Forever There for You, is a guest presenter and explores relationships, expectations, and consequences with Sister Shamaiyah.

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Raising Funds For Cancer Care - Battle Scar Photo Exhibition

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Yetunde Babaeko and X-perspective, a group of female photographers launched their Survivors photo exhibition at Goethe Institute as a means of raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. Yetunde Babaeko opened the event with a speech on her idea behind X-perspective initiative and the exhibition. The pictures showed anonymous images of women who had undergone mastectomy to have their breasts removed because of cancer.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

An African City Episode 4 - A Customs Emergency

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In episode 4, 'A Customs Emergency', the girls navigate through issues of dependency...with Sade's dependency dilemma being the most "interesting" of the group.

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Anita's Mother, Behind the Scenes + More Pictures From Anita and Paul Okoye's Wedding

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Banke Meshida, was the makeup guru that did Anita's face and that of a lot of the celebrity ladies at the event. Omu Obilor was the event planner and for Anita to be so relaxed while getting ready with her hair and makeup done but not yet dressed up, shows she knew the party was in good hands. Lola Omotayo, and daughter Aliona are just so cute. Check them out...

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