Monday, February 11, 2013

Everywhere, there are Somebodies, Nobodies, and Bodies.

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Sunday was a pretty busy day for me but I did manage to read Adaobi Nwaubani's NYT piece, "In Nigeria, You’re Either Somebody or Nobody". I agreed with her on the unfortunate class situation in Nigeria, and that the petty struggles to pull rank on each other affects the long-term progress of individuals and the development of the country as a whole, but I was turned off by the tone and most of the content of the piece. It sounded unrepentantly callous and there seemed no teachable moment contained in it.

We also had domestic servants growing up but my parents never made it seem that the people who lived with us were forever doomed to poverty, while we were guaranteed continuous and everlasting comfort. Our househelps, most older than me, are all married now and still in contact with my parents.  Some of them lived with us for over 10years before moving on to other things. A couple of them who joined my parents as 12/13 years olds, went on to become graduates, another is a certified secretary.

While they lived with us, they went to school, watched TV if they wanted to, they sang, they disciplined us, ate with us, went out with us as a family, went on holiday together, taught us to keep house, wash, cook and clean. So, I don't know about "feral scents" and "melancholic singing". Maybe Adaobi should ask her parents questions, or try to come out of the "Somebody" bubble she lives in, rather than trying to impress us with how heartless and disparaging she can be with words.

Couple Love on the Grammys Red Carpet Pictures

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Amber Rose may be just a few days or so away from having her baby but she's still up and about and looking lovely beside Wiz on the red carpet of the Grammys. njoy the other pictures below;

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa's Official Visit to USA, 1961

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It is often said that when one doesn't know their history, it is easy to repeat the mistakes of the past rather than learn from them. I will add that such gaps in knowledge also mean that we cannot learn from the great and brave actions of our "heroes past", neither do we know how we can build on them.

Someone shared the video below on Facebook and after watching all 27+ minutes of it, I was very inspired and wanted to share. The Prime Minister, Alhaji Sir Tafawa Balewa was invited on a visit and grand tour of the United States a year after the 1960 independence. It is educative the political capital Nigeria, and those who represented her, had in those days and how much has been lost since then.

At this point, President Goodluck Jonathan's recent defensive interview with Christine Amanpour of CNN comes to mind.  Like someone commented on Youtube, "The world thought Nigeria would be a ray of hope for the black race. But they were absolutely wrong! Tribalism and corruption destroyed everything."

Sound Sultan - February Man Candy #11

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Sound Sultan is a musician who has been working in the Nigerian music industry for over 10 years now.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Who To Marry - Follow my Heart or my Head?

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You know, I’d love to go on. I’d love to damn the consequences, and go for what my heart wants. I’d love to fight for my love, because that’s what people always do. And each time they did, they won. Yes! Those people in the mushy love movies I’ve watched, like, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.. Where Rahul fought for Anjali at the latest hour, and still somehow won. But you know, all of a sudden, somehow, the reality dawns on me.. ‘M not Anjali, or Rahul,.. ‘M real, in the real world, no cameras, or casts.. So I must not be deceived!

I know what I need, I know what I want.. These two things stand so far apart, yet they coincide. God had always known there’d be conflicts between needs and wants, that’s why he gave us the brain to act as an arbitrator, or mildly put, a mediator. But what if it doesn’t suffice? If it adds more to the turmoil, who takes it from there?

I guess that’s where YOU come in. Here’s the case.

Kiss a Book - A Campaign for the Love of Books

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To get a chance to win $100, all you need to do is take a creative snapshot while kissing that book you love and share on the African Street Writer's Facebook page: The winner is determined by the highest Facebook Likes. Contest begins from Sunday 10th 0f February – Thurs 14th of February 2013, and winner would be announced on Friday 15th of February, 2013.

The Official Trailer for Weekend Getaway Movie

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Weekend Getaway is a Royal Arts Academy production starring Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Nuoah, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda, Uti Nwachukwu, Bryan Okwara, Alex Ekubo, Uru Eke, Beverly Naya, Imeh Bishop Umoh. Produced by Emem Isong, Monalisa Chinda & Ini Edo, the director is Desmond Elliot. Enjoy the poster and trailer below;

Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are

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Egg Noodles Pasta with Fish and Mushroom Sauce

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Pasta is a quick and simple side dish, and it offers loads of variety in the different forms it comes in. There's Penne, Macaroni, Spaghetti, and some even come in rainbow colors. I love all the types and usually have a selection available. For today's menu idea, it is simple boiled Egg Noodles Pasta and Fish and Mushroom Sauce.


1. Boil water in a large pot until it is in a roiling boil.
2. Put in a little salt for more flavor and a drop of oil. The oil helps the pasta not to stick to each other and the water not to boil over the pot.
3. Add your pack of egg Noodles pasta and stir immediately
4. Leave the pot open and stir every now and then.
5. There is usually cooking directions on the pasta package, but bite one after about 10 mins and remove from heat when you like the texture.
6. Strain immediately and if you want, run cold water over it. I'd rather eat like that.

Desmond Elliot - February Man Candy #10

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Desmond Elliot is a Nollywood actor and director.