AFRICAN WOMAN

I smelt her skin like a wet grass,My face up against her back clutched close,with each step she tookShe wrapped me close as though her breathdepended on it.Every move she made, i madeEvery force i feltThe thickness of her love was soaked in this actThe act, the African woman possessedWas bound to keep me safe till i could fend for myself The pink lady saw her, and admired it as art and sarcasm            I knew nothing would wrap me away to make her suffer more. Advertisements

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A STATEMENT RELEASED BY FEMI FANI KAYODE ON THE WOOLWICH KILLING

Some things just don’t add up when it comes to the Woolwich killings. There are certainly more questions than answers. Let us examine the facts. An off-duty British soldier by the name of Lee Rigby was walking down the street in the charming and peaceful London suburb of Woolwich. All of a sudden, and out of the blue, he was randomly selected and run over by a car which was being driven by two young black men. After they hit him to the ground with the car the two young men jumped out of it, armed with machetes, knives, a rusty old pistol and a meat cleaver, and in a deep and uncontrollable frenzy ad-mist shouts of ”Allahu Akbar”, proceeded to take his precious life by carving him up, mutilating him, butchering him and beheading him in full public glare. This all happened barely 100 meters away from Rigby’s Army Barracks home. The attack began at 2.30 pm whilst the soldier gave up the ghost at approximately 3.00pm on a four-point inter-section roundabout and crossroads. Immediately after finishing their gruesome act the killers then conducted their own impromptu press conference, brandishing knives and meat cleavers in blood-soaked hands, with random members of the public asking to be filmed and quoted whilst their clothes were soaked, drenched and dripping in human blood. After their ”press conference” ended they moved to the other side of the road and calmly waited for the police to arrive. They […]

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THE REAL REASON OLDER MEN LOVE TO DATE YOUNGER WOMEN

I saw this on everywherenigeria.com and had to share Admit it, when you see an older man who’s dating a much younger woman, you assume it’s because he must be going through some sort of mid-life crisis. His more youthful female companion may be more sexually attractive to him (making him feel younger in the process) and she probably doesn’t call him out on his issues like an older woman might. After all, young women are fun, free-spirited, energetic and have a zest for life.   This youthful energy is attractive to an older man who may be feeling his mortality. These are all the stereotypical reasons people tend to think older men love to date younger women. And while these things may be true for some men, the attraction is a little more complicated than that. When it comes down to it, a younger woman satisfies one of the most basic human needs: connection.   This is a need that is different for men and women at different stages in their lives. Young adult women typically have more of a need for connection. While they will create careers, they also want to eventually create a family. On the other hand, young adult men are more focused on the need for significance. They have relationships and start families, but their primary focus is figuring out a way to make it in the world. In young adult relationships, these needs are often in conflict, as the woman […]

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CHIDUBEM WINNER OF MR IDEAL NIGERIA 2013

Ndi Igbo kwezenu! (Igbo people I hail) I got a message from Ayotunde Fabamwo aka Twitch three days ago saying Mr Imo is the newly crowned Mr Ideal Nigeria. The winner Mr. Chidubem; a Unilag undergraduate who represented IMO state at this years’s Mr Ideal Nigeria competition. He has won the most coveted crown of Mr. Ideal Nigeria 2013. The event was held at Bespoke Centre , Lekki and according to Ayotunde Fabamwo,“2013 is the best line up we have had in years. Mr Ideal Nigeria is committed to empowering young men, we are not selling a dream, we are building a future for the young men who are contesting in our pageant. We are confident that the new Mr Ideal Nigeria will benefit the country and will move us all a step closer toward building a greater Nigeria”. Other winners include; Mr Anambra, Swanki, came in 6th place, Mr. Ekiti, Ola Rotibi in 5th place as Mr Ideal Nigeria – West Africa,  Mr. Kaduna, Nuhu Haruna, in 4th place as Mr. Ideal NIgeria – Globe to represent Nigeria at Mr Ecowas , Mr Zamfara, Fortune Obiora,came  in 3rd place as Mr Ideal Nigeria – Tourism and 2nd place went to Kogi Dayo Iferiola with title Mr Ideal Nigeria – Earth. Other contestants that won various awards like Mr Picture Perfect –  Abuja, Mr. Body Perfect – Mr. Kano, Mr Culture NIgeria – Rivers. Mr. Imo  won the most coveted crown would be representing Nigeria at Mr Africa International and is also the face of the watchlocker wristwatch brand in Nigeria. Congrats Chidubem. I know you […]

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Losing Someone

The pain of losing someone to death is like losing that of a heart break; the unexpected is usually experienced. Everything happens without a warning and even if ever they go out through a sickness, it becomes more daunting, that every effort in prayer and medication was a waste. A phone call from a friend said she had lost her mum(my heart goes out to her); the words sorry was the first thing on my lips but the words sorry was the least thing in my spirit to say because while growing up, I was taught that the words sorry came as a result of an injury or an offence, not as a result of loosing. Saying sorry can never be polite when one loses someone to death. You can’t regret or feel ashamed when someone else loses someone, its the one who has lost an individual that can tell you how they feel and yet no one can explain that feeling. We can try to tell where it hurts sometimes but we can’t always explain the pain and that’s why sorry is not enough. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever lost someone; nothing I or anyone will say can make you feel better. It is always a sad event but what can we do? it’s inevitable. Do remember the good days and be sober for a little while for they whom you have lost could never […]

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NIGERIANS DOMINATE FOR 2013 POSSIBLE CAINE PRIZE AWARD

Four Nigerians among 5 short-listed for African writing prize Four of the five writers short-listed for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing are from Nigeria, a first for the prominent award, organisers revealed Wednesday. The fifth contestant is from Sierra Leone, according to a list released on the Caine Prize website. The five were selected from 96 entries from 16 African countries. “The five contrasting titles interrogate aspects of things that we might feel we know of Africa – violence, religion, corruption, family, and community – but these are subjects that are deconstructed and beautifully remade,” said the chief judge and historian Gus Casely-Hayford. “These are challenging, arresting, provocative stories of a continent and its descendants captured at a time of burgeoning change.” The winner of the 10,000 pound ($15,200) prize will be announced in July in Oxford, England. The four Nigerians whose 2012 titles made it to the final list are Elnathan John for his “Bayan Layi”; Tope Folarin for “Miracle”; Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for “The Whispering Trees” and Chinelo Okparanta for “America”. The Sierra Leonean entry is “Foreign Aid” by Pede Hollist. The Caine Prize counts the African Nobel winners Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee among its patrons.

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We Were Here

On a stroll with life, we took our turns On a stroll with death, we raced back home Seeking only to find reasons to live We feed ourselves with others making them fill our lives We draw nearer and yet never know how near We seek that which must live after we are gone We follow in steps we do not understand We imitate only to be imitated We hold on as the sun rises We visit our past with our minds We play the future with sounds We dance and dance till time is gone We have come and we must go For though we were here, another must occupy the space we didn’t.

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A Piece On President Jonathan In The UK Guardian by Remi Adekoya

Nigerians had no rational reason to believe their lives would improve after Goodluck Jonathan became president three years ago this week. The list of promises their rulers have broken is so long it would make a virgin cynical. But then Nigerians can be stubbornly optimistic. When Jonathan first appeared on the political scene in 2007, when Nigeria’s then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, announced him as the running-mate of his party’s next presidential candidate, Musa Yar’Adua, many mythologised the good fortune that seemed linked to Jonathan’s first name. And so, when Yar’Adua died in 2010 from heart disease and Jonathan was handed the most coveted job in Nigeria, many voters believed good luck had come to Nigeria. Were they right? Nigeria’s economy has averaged an impressive 7% annual growth since 2010. Fiscal policy is responsible. The country has a debt-to-GDP ratio of roughly 18% and a budget deficit of under 3%, levels Europe would be delighted with today. This is largely thanks to finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former World Bank managing director. But Jonathan deserves praise for not intefering. Still, his end-of-year report is not spotless. While the economy is booming, precious little wealth trickles down to the poor. Jonathan must be more energetic about changing that. The electricity supply is erratic, so businesses and individuals spend fortunes on generators and diesel. This in one of the world’s biggest oil exporters. Things have improved since 2010, but far too tepidly: Jonathan […]

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Getting Over A Break Up

Love is bitter sweet; it is not as many describe and it can be exhausting. Love is not bitter sweet because it is painful; it is bitter sweet because sometimes you have to feel pain to understand how it feels like to be loved or hurt. Don’t go around having a pity party, don’t conclude that love does not exist, it does and it hurts sometimes but it starts from you. Love is the greatest gift and it is something no man can escape; let no one deceive you, that love does not exist. It does and it is awesome, it keeps you alive and takes you on a magical journey. Ask people in relationships, it is like life itself. You wake up in the morning, and you want to talk to the fellow you are in love with, you want to go to bed and they are the last people you say goodnight to it is time consuming, because everything that concerns them, concerns you.   When one is in love, you don’t tell them how they feel, you don’t tell them what to do and you don’t tell them who they are in love with. The same goes for when they are not in love, you don’t tell people how they feel or should not feel and though it hurts not to understand love, it hurts more when one has loved and has found no reason to stay […]

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