Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Police IG, Mohammed Abubakar - Please Stop These Mob Killings!

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I believe Mob killings stem from police actions and inaction. One could say the respect for life in Nigeria has continued to wear thin because over the years, civilians had either lost trust in the government, especially in the work of the police and the judicial system which have been derailed by corruption and incompetence. Or civilians are simply emulating the brand of justice dished by the police in their extra-judicial killings.

Couple Love - Sony and Betty Irabor

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Betty Irabor believes that marriage takes two [see post] and after 30 years of marriage, one must say she's getting it right. Her husband, Sony Irabor is veteran broadcaster and talk show host while Betty is the publisher of Genevieve magazine. RML wishes them more years of love. Betty Irabor said about their marriage....

Short Story - My Baby Left Because I Cried

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By Kem Nathan-Gaul

That baby meant so much to me. Luke and I had tried really hard to have a child. We had been married for three years and had two miscarriages in that time. We called them accidents. Maybe Luke felt that by calling them accidents, they would feel less real to me and therefore, less painful. Not true. I smiled and said, “Yes, the accident…”, only because I wanted him to move on and change the subject. Perhaps talk about hockey or one of his patients at the hospital. Finally, that one month when we didn’t hope, pray and wish; it happened. I got pregnant.

Stills From Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie With Genevieve Nnaji and More Nollywood Actors

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I shared my first thoughts after watching the first TIFF trailer of Half of a Yellow Sun movie here, saying, - "Though she's still in the movie, I saw several naija actors - Zack Orji, Onyeka Onwenu, Gloria Young, Tina Mba - but not Genevieve in the preview. Did I miss her?" I actually did, and also Wale Ojo, OC Ukeje, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim who are all also in the movie and the trailer. See more stills below...

Jason Njoku and Mary Remmy-Njoku Welcome First Child

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Jason Njoku, got married to his Nollywood actress wife, Mary Remmy-Njoku, last year, and yesterday, the couple welcomed their first child, Jason Obinna Njoku. The birth took place in London and mother and baby are doing well.

Couple in Their 90s Share the Secrets to their 65 Years of Marriage

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92-year-old Gabriel Olayide Olusanya and his 90-year-old wife, Florence Olusanya, are a retired civil servant and a business woman respectively. In this Punch interview, they talk about how they met and fell in love in 1945, their tumultuous courtship and how they've kept their 65-year-old marriage going.

Types of Women To Avoid On Twitter and Facebook

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Rejoinder to Types of Men to Avoid on Twitter and Facebook[post] by Oyebanji Ayodele

Nowadays, it is nothing new that a lot of relationships start off on the internet. However, it must be said that beneath every online personality is some sort of anonymity. Or symbols meant to be decoded. Thus, it is essential you look beyond the façade of the posts, pictures and chats you have on Facebook, Twitter and their likes. So if you're a guy, looking forward to getting hooked up online, or your hook has already caught a fish, this is for you. In case your online love falls within any of these groups, don’t just sit, watching. Find an escape route.

Going For What You Want And Awkward First Dates

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The Ideal Naija Husband is the Old Spice Man
Confident and Smooth - right?

My sister-in-law visited us recently and spent a lot of time gisting about her latest man issues with my wife. I'd listen in half-heartedly until she mentioned wanting a particular guy to "man up". "Does he like me or not?" "If he does, he should come out with it and be direct!"

I asked her if she'd be willing to make a move and tell him she liked him and she responded:

"ME? Tell a guy I like him? Back to Sender!"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Desiderata - Great Advice For Life

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Desiderata means the things we desire in Latin. It is also the title of poem written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann. The poem became widely known after it was used by a priest in his church's 1956 devotional. The poem has also featured in spoken-word recordings published in the 1970s. I find the advice contained in the poem very encouraging and soothing too.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"

Couple Love - Yomi and Liz Black

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Yomi Black and Elizabeth John were both contestants on the reality TV show “The Intern” Season 2, where they met and started their relationship. She was a wedding consultant and he a media producer. I don't think either of them won the top prize on the show, but they certainly won in other ways. Yomi and Liz Black got married last year and their love is still going strong. Wishing them the best.