TWO HIGHLY UNKNOWN, BUT SOON, BLACK BILLIONAIRES! AND THEY ARE TWINS (VIA BLACKBERG TV)

With the way in which the “1 percent” of society has come to be perceived over the past few years, it’s easy to assume the worst of the world’s richest these days. They have it easy, they don’t know what it means to care for others, they never have to work hard, and they’re selfish. They are behind much of what’s wrong with the world. After all, money is the root of all evil.   So when Alassane and Ousseini Kanazoe stroll out of a white Porsche Panamera in the middle of Manhattan, thousands of miles away from their home in Africa, it might be tempting to assume that they’d exude the same type of snobbery that some find quintessential of the world’s youngest heirs.   But then again, you’d only have to speak to them for a couple of minutes to realize that those assumptions would be wrong.   “Always be humble and respect people,” says Alassane, as he explains the greatest lessons he’s taken from his father’s success. “You have got to give back.”It’s the type of response that a few people might find surprising coming from two brothers who were born into one of their continent’s richest families. Keep reading, though, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that those words are common for these two men, who have had a sense of moral responsibility ingrained in them.   RECOMMENDED READING: Think and Grow Rich: A Black […]

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Choices…

A man is born into this world by the act of love; he is taken in by the arms of a fellow who cares and nurtures him into life and the issues of life. He is gracefully told what to do and what not to do by a parent and always reminded that a friend might be good or a friend would be bad.   Most times our first lessons begin at home; just when we are toddlers, our parents consecrate our lives and teach us everything we need to know, teaching us the basic things needed in life. They tell us about their mistakes and teach us about our friends, many times our mothers listen and give advice but then again, we become adults and have to live our lives by the economy, the people we meet and the issues that come before us.   Some religions have often believed in meditations as a means of escapism, some have often believed in prayers and worship. We as humans have often taken directions which conclusively have worked for us by all means and sometimes we have taken these directions because of what we believe in.   Inspirational speakers advice that one could meditate and visualise one’s dream to become a reality, one could even speak words into existence for themselves and finally, one could always believe what he or she has spoken or what he or she has imagined.   […]

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Parents AND Relationships…

Introducing our partners to our parents always seem like a hardest task in our relationships to do, it seems like the part of the relationship we think would put us in a tight corner but just like the icing on the cake, it becomes necessary when the next level is inevitable or we become conclusive on what we want with our partners and on every part, it becomes a good sign to the other partner when it is done.   It always seem like a “mission impossible” to accomplish for many but having them attend our “Big day” often becomes more satisfying than having the big day without them. It is not strange that meeting the parents seem like planning a party; we are no longer in the era when it was common for people to marry a childhood friend, an ethnic person or a partner chosen by either parent who they already know. The hands of time have turned and many people have decisions to make on whom they decide to spend the rest of their lives waking up and sharing details with. It could be hard or easy meeting the parents, it could also be a mission impossible because of their expectations but either way, we always play a big role in how things go.   Parents always want the best for their child and at most times, they also play a part in who their child decides to […]

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Friends AND Relationships…

Our friends are often the first people who see us glow when we fall in love; they are the ones who become inquisitive about what our partners would do for us and though sometimes we love to have them around, it is not very often that we get along with them when we are in relationships. Many times when people become involved with each other, the story goes that they often lose friends and gain some; their partner’s friends become their friends and friends who detest their partners often become their enemy, making themselves outcasts to both couples and irritations to just one. It is not strange that friends influence some part of our relationships and it is not crazy to say that we let those friends do so. Our friends are part of our everyday lives, we do and undo things with them and though it may be sad to say, it is real to remember that many relationships, who suffer break ups, leave individuals back in the hands of friends who nurse such individuals through tears and drunk days. Real friends will remain our friends regardless of our quarrels with them, they understand us when we are down and they understand us when we need their help and even when it seems stressful for them to come help us achieve anything, they still do. We share things with friends we rarely do with family members and they in […]

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“HALF OF A YELLOW SUN” TRAILER

As reported earlier, Biyi Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun – a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name – will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.   The long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation, Bandele’s feature film directorial debut, stars Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji.    Described as an epic love story, here’s the official synopsis released by the film’s producers which tells us what role each starring actor will play:   … weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked […]

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CHIMAMANDA RECEIVES AWARD FOR AMERICANAH

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel “AMERICANAH” has been awarded the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction.   The Heartland Prize is a literary prize created in 1988 by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper.According to Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, the prize is awarded yearly in two categories, fiction and non-fiction, to books that are concerned with American issues, causes and concerns.   “We loved AMERICANAH. It’s a powerful, resonant novel and we would be delighted to celebrate it and try to share it with a wider audience,” Taylor wrote.   Reacting, Adichie expressed delight at the honor. “I’m very pleased. You never know what will happen when you write a novel. And for me, a Nigerian, to have written this book which is partly about America, and to receive this quintessentially American prize means that I have said something about America as seen through Nigerian eyes that Americans find interesting“I take that as a wonderful compliment. It reminds me of the ability of literature to make us become briefly alive in bodies not our own.”   Past fiction winners of the Heartland Prize include Jonathan France for his novel FREEDOM and Marilyn ne Robinson for her novel GILEAD   The prize will be awarded on November 3, 2013 at an audience-attended event hosted in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival in Chicago. Congrats babe!

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The Flirt And The Ones Who Won’t Stop…

When people flirt and you detest them, what exactly do you hate about them? If a girl or a guy begins to admire you, why do you conclude that they are flirts? Do you decide that everyone who has a girlfriend/boyfriend wants a piece of you when they call or text? Too much questions to answer but trust me, there is a reason for this.   People who flirt often say they never know when it all begin because all they are is nice and friendly people who admire what they see. They are the ones in a relationship who dwell on faults and believe there is always someone better out there, they wait till when a quarrel comes up and they chat up whoever they see; little do they know that if they took their time to water their relationships and solve problems before it becomes a hole, it would become better every day.     The other half who say others are flirts, are the ones who won’t leave and by this I mean the ones who believe that other people are the flirts. They abuse the flirt, calling them names, replying their messages, returning their calls and saying “you can’t ignore them, they could be your angels tomorrow”- stupid statement isn’t it? You call them flirts because you know they are involved in a relationship and they keep calling you up, acting all friendly with you, sending […]

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PERCEPTION

Man is beginning to trust his technology more than the person he sees; he has begun a war which ever has been but is now no more a hidden tale of his human rights. He has inevitably perceived that his own kind is his worst enemy and he is suffering from post traumatic stress.   The perceptions today about who a man is has not only been limited to the way he speaks but also his skin color, his appearance and any other person’s appearance who may have his skin color or his nativity. The idea that one man is better than another does not even relate anymore to his background or his achievement, it goes way beyond that and sadly the problem begins at home.   Racism, religious conflict and nativity seem to be the badly informed subject that no one aside from rulers debate about. The way and manner in which people now see one another is more disturbing because without seeing you, they judge you. There are now more conclusions about who a person is or should be before we meet them and sadly, those who started the freedom rights don’t live in the small communities where it begins.   It is no more news, that most black people are considered drug dealers, gangsters, unsuccessful individuals who roam the society looking to make quick cash. It is also no more news that most Muslim males are seen […]

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NIGERIA’S TOPE FOLARIN BAGS THE 2013 CAINE PRICE AWARDS

Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. The winning short story is entitled ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012).   The Chair of Judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, announced Tope Folarin as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held this evening (Monday, 8 July) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.   ‘Miracle’ is a story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church where the congregation has gathered to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet. Religion and the gullibility of those caught in the deceit that sometimes comes with faith rise to the surface as a young boy volunteers to be healed and begins to believe in miracles.   Gus Casely-Hayford praised the story, saying: “Tope Folarin’s ‘Miracle’ is another superb Caine Prize winner – a delightful and beautifully paced narrative, that is exquisitely observed and utterly compelling”.   Tope Folarin is the recipient of writing fellowships from the Institute for Policy Studies and Callaloo, and he serves on the board of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Tope was educated at Morehouse College, and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives and works in Washington, DC.   The 2013 shortlist comprises: Elnathan John (Nigeria) ‘Bayan Layi’ from Per Contra, Issue 25 (USA, 2012)Read Bayan Layi Tope Folarin (Nigeria) ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012)Read Miracle Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) ‘Foreign Aid’ from Journal of Progressive Human […]

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FAME AND RELATIONSHIPS

Being famous for whatever reason comes with its highs and lows; it brings some sort attention which sometimes can turn out to be the worse part of fame. When one is famous, it usually means being on top of the world(materially), you get to have cars and own houses that regular people can’t afford and this  means working overtime to […]

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Can We Make Ourselves Happier? By Pascale Harter (via BBC NEWS)

Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it. Professor Ruut Veenhoven, Director of the Database and Emeritus professor of social conditions for human happiness at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, says his own study found a slight negative correlation between the number of times people in a study spontaneously mentioned “goals” and their happiness. “Though it is generally assumed that you need goals to lead a happy life, evidence is mixed. The reason seems to be that unhappy people are more aware of their goals, because they seek to change their life for the better.” But perhaps the most intriguing finding from an array of studies on file at the database is the lack of correlation between seeing meaning in life and being happy. “Surprisingly I found no correlation,” says Professor Veenhoven. Studies suggest leading an active life is the strongest correlate with happiness. “In order to have a happy life, a rewarding life, you need to be active. So involvement is more important to happiness than meaning in the sense of the why, why we are here.” But the best news on file at the World Happiness Database is that we can make ourselves happier, and not just through external changes like having more money. “Research has shown that we […]

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