RBC Remembers Chinua Achebe

The Rainbow Book Club this month will pay tribute to the late Chinua Achebe, who passed away on March 21st 2013.The Tribute evening which holds on Friday April 26th at 5pm; it is being hosted in partnership with the British Council and will take place at the council’s office in Port Harcourt. The event will be attended by the likes of […]

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Live Out Your Fantasies…

As a petite lady, I have hoped for a taller lover; not cos I want my offspring to be tall but because I love being pampered. I do not in anyway think being petite was the wrong(est) nature I was endowed with because compared to many taller individuals, I see myself as reaching heights that would surprise me. As myself, its always tasty to long for things we are never sure of getting and when it comes to love, sad as it sounds we still want our fantasies to be fulfilled; fulfilled by others, fulfilled by the society thereby forgetting fantasies are for dreamers who remain sleeping without waking up. Fantasies are good and so is making them real. My greatest turn off has always been a man who sees no good in himself, not that am innocent of this because many a time we find ourselves believing in the worse and this is sad. We think less of ourselves, we believe that our present situation is all we would be and that the future has nothing in store. It is not a new thing for a man to believe the worse of himself but then I ask, if I knew I would fail, why do I still do that thing I know I can fail? If I knew I would succeed, why don’t I just go for it? If I knew nothing would happen, what then was stopping me? […]

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MEN CAN COLOUR BLOCK.

You remember those days when we use to judge men by the way they are dressed, thinking if he never wore a shirt, he’s not marriage material, ladies, guess what? Colors are not just for you, the men can rock it too and that’s what fashion designers like Louis Vuitton, Milan and Ferragamo thinks they should in 2013. The red, yellow, orange and aqua color can be worn by anyone. I tell you fashion is now a competition between the two sexes. Blazers, brogues, and holdall bags are up for grabs in every store and fashion has never been beautiful. Gone are the days we would admire a man just cos he wore the right shirt, admiring men without colors will now be different because they are colorful and attractive #amtripping.    The best accessories you can now give your man, is no longer a wristwatch or a wallet, but a colorful holdall bag, a retro redux eye wear and a colorful brogue(s). Oh and guess what, they now call our leggings meggings, the walking stick, is not even for grandpa alone #lol.    I will say however, that the new colors are for the brave so don’t insult the man, admire the color  Let the competition begin…Remember they are fashionable if you see them like this

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WHEN I MEET CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE…

Anyone can call me absurd but Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a rare gem. I don’t know when I would meet her; I keep missing her seminars but the truth is this lady is changing the world and she’s doing it with a piece of paper and a printing house. Am I jealous? May be I am, may be am not; she’s a lady, she’s a woman, a specie which many centuries ago men thought couldn’t do their jobs, what am I saying? They still think like that. Because of her, many people can’t categorise every woman they meet as having no ambition, many people can’t say every Nigerian is a waterloo. There is more to a lady and she proves it time after time, she’s not God but I adore her. I recently read her except from her book “Americanah” and even though am finding it hard to read a full novel because I prefer short stories and poetry, I think its time I start with hers. I can’t wait to purchase the book; the excerpt gave me every emotion and that’s what I like about any writer.   Yes there are other Nigerian writers like Sefi Atta, E.C Osundu, Seun Salami, Wole Soyinka and Myself #wink but it is he who makes an impact, that we must learn from. I have heard them say she dislikes America because of the way she portrays its citizens in her book but […]

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Excerpt: Americanah by Farafina Books

The first time she let him take off her bra, she lay on her back moaning softly, her fingers splayed on his head, and afterwards she said, “My eyes were open but I did not see the ceiling. This never happened before.” Other girls would have pretended that they had never let another boy touch them, but not her, never her. There was a vivid honesty about her. She began to call what they did together ceiling, their warm entanglements on his bed when his mother was out, wearing only underwear, touching and kissing and sucking, hips moving in simulation. I’m longing for ceiling, she once wrote on the back of his geography notebook, and for a long time afterwards he could not look at that notebook without a gathering frisson, a sense of secret excitement. In university, when they finally stopped simulating, she began to call him Ceiling, in a playful way, in a suggestive way- but when they fought or when she retreated into moodiness, she called him Obinze. She had never called him The Zed, like his friends did. “Why do you call him Ceiling anyway?” his friend Okwudiba once asked her, on one of those languorous days after first semester exams. She had joined a group of his friends sitting around a filthy plastic table in a beer parlour off campus. She drank from her bottle of Maltina, swallowed, glanced at Obinze and said, “Because he is so tall his head […]

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WHO WAS MARGARET THATCHER?

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. She was popularly called the “IRON LADY”, a nickname that became associated with her hard-nosed politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.    She was re-elected for a third term in 1987. During which her support for a Community charge (popularly referred to as “poll tax”) was widely unpopular and her views on the European Community were shared by others in her cabinet. She resigned as Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership.   During her first months in office she attracted public attention as a result of the administration’s attempts to cut spending, she gave priority to academic needs in schools, imposed public expenditure cuts on the state education system, resulting in the abolition of free milk for schoolchildren aged seven to eleven, she held that few children would suffer if schools were charged for milk, but she agreed to provide younger children with a third of a pint daily, for nutritional purposes, her decision provoked a storm of protest from Labour (her opposing party) and […]

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Watch: First Clip From ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton

Timed to coincide with the forthcoming release of “Americanah,” the third novel from heavy-hitting Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the first look at the adaptation of her prize-winning second novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” has arrived, and a handsome fellow it is too.    Featuring Thandie Newton and a bearded and dreamy-as-ever Chiwetel Ejiofor, the story follows a couple whose romance takes place against the background of the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. It’s directed by first-timer Biyi Bandele, who may not have directed a film before, but comes with serious pedigree as a playwright, novelist and theatre director and is considered (along with Adichie) one of Nigeria’s most important writers. Cinematographer John de Borman (“An Education,” “The Full Monty”) adds further credibility along with a supporting class that includes Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”),Genevieve Nnaji,  John Boyega (“Attack the Block”) and Joseph Mawle (“Game of Thrones”).   Precious little has been given away about the production so far but the presence of Ejiofor and Newton and the frankly stupendous excellence of the novel are reason enough to keep it on the radar. The clip suggests a pretty polished production and the epic qualities of the story bode well for the adaptation. A possible contender for a Cannes preview showing, expect more to emerge as Adichie hits the literary circuit hard next month for the U.S. release of her novel. Clip below (it starts about 30 seconds in). http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4ck2o34DS64#! 

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21 Ways Rich People Think Differently Than Average People By H.Q. Rooservelt

World’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is enduring a media firestorm over an article in which she takes the “jealous” middle class to task for “drinking, or smoking and socializing” rather than working to earn their own fortune. What if she has a point? Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think,” spent nearly three decades interviewing millionaires around the world to find out what separates them from everyone else. It had little to do with money itself, he told Business Insider. It was about their mentality. ”[The middle class] tells people to be happy with what they have,” he said. “And on the whole, most people are steeped in fear when it comes to money.”   AVERAGE PEOPLE THINK MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. RICH PEOPLE BELIEVE POVERTY IS THE ROOT OF ALL PEOPLE. “The average person has been brainwashed to believe rich people are lucky or dishonest,” Siebold writes. That’s why there’s a certain shame that comes along with “getting rich” in lower-income communities. ”The world class knows that while having money doesn’t guarantee happiness, it does make your life easier and more enjoyable.” AVERAGE PEOPLE THINK SELFISHNESS IS A VICE. RICH PEOPLE THINK SELFISHNESS IS A VIRTUE. “The rich go out there and try to make themselves happy. They don’t try to pretend to save the world,” Siebold told Business Insider. The problem is that middle class people see that as a negative––and it’s keeping them poor, he writes. “If you’re not taking care of […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘MY NEW NOVEL IS ABOUT LOVE, RACE AND HAIR…(AMERICANAH)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of the bestselling Half of a Yellow Sun, speaks to Kate Kellaway about her new novel, Americanah, her Nigerian childhood and why she’s a hair ‘fundamentalist’     INTERVIEW: In your third novel, Americanah, one of the characters warns about the inanity of asking what a book is about – “as if it were only about one thing”. But… I have to ask: what is Americanah about?   It is about love. I wanted to write an unapologetically old-fashioned love story. But it is also about race and how we reinvent ourselves. It is about how, when we leave home, we become another version of ourselves. And it is also about hair…   We’ll come back to the subject of hair, but can you say where home is for you?   I live half the year in Nigeria, the other half in the US. But home is Nigeria – it always will be. I consider myself a Nigerian who is comfortable in the world. I look at it through Nigerian eyes.   How important is it to belong?   Belonging matters. I left home, at 19, to study in Philadelphia. I didn’t think about identity at all until I went to the US. There is a wonderful quotation from Peter Ackroyd about the relationship between longing and belonging. Much of my work is about this. I am given to unnecessary nostalgia, the longing for what isn’t there.   Do you […]

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Asking For Space In A Relationship

Couples often need time apart to carry out personal growth, build self worth and create more want from the other partner. Many a time, this time apart can linger for long time and when it does, the time apart can affect what was a “sweet relationship”. Frequently, research has revealed that it is the men who seek request for this […]

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