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Friday, February 28, 2014

Oscar Nominee, Lupita Nyongo'o speaks about how she struggled to accept her skin colour.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon held yesterday, February 28 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. The event had Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Kerry Washington, Michael Ealy and many other black Hollywood heavyweights in attendance.
Kenyan born Oscar nominee, Lupita Nyong'o, was one of those honoured with an award. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about how she struggled with her image for a longtime.
Read her speech below:
Thank you Alfre, for such an amazing, amazing introduction and celebration of my work. And thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community.
I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood. That it is Essence that holds this event celebrating our professional gains of the year is significant, a beauty magazine that recognizes the beauty that we not just possess but also produce.
I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I'd like to share just a small part of it with you: "Dear Lupita," it reads, "I think you're really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia's Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me."
My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.
I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother's every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.
And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she's my mother, of course she's supposed to think I am beautiful. And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn't believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn't. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn't help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny.
Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can't eat beauty, it doesn't feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn't really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
And what my mother meant when she said you can't eat beauty was that you can't rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.
And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.
There is no shame in Black beauty.

Very impressive speech. Dencia, Madam Whitenicious, sebi u have heard?

OMG! Rihanna steps out without bra in fishnet outfit.

Errrrrrm.......she attended Balmain's Paris Fashion Week after-show party like this.

* I am out of here o!*

Genevieve Nnaji compares photo of herself in 1999 and 2013.

1999 was 15 years back and by my calculation, Genny was 20 then. She has always been a fine girl. She sure has always been an 'Ombre hair' girl.

For those who don't know, Ombre hair is when the hair has darker and more natural colour at the roots with gradually-dyed lightening at the ends! This hairstyle is common among A-list celebrities in Hollywood.

Thank me later.....hehehehe.

#Surulere Friday: PSquare twins when hunger was still an issue in their lives.

This is a #Surulere of after life o. Lool. I remember when these guys would organise small shows in University of Abuja. They would dance until they are sore just to gather small bucks. One of them graduated from Uni Abuja, I think.

Bye bye Demi Moore! Ashton Kutcher now engaged to Mila Kunis!

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are now engaged. You will recall that Kutcher was married to actress Demi Moore (she is almost 2 decades his senior) before the couple ended their relationship years back.

Kutcher, 36, and Kunis, 30, have been dating for two years. Before that, they were castmates on the popular Fox sitcom That '70s Show, which aired from 1998 to 2006.

It's the first marriage for Kunis and the second for Kutcher, who finalized his divorce from Demi Moore in November.

Kunis and Kutcher have confirmed the engagement reports.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar condemns the airing of centenary celebration on NTA after Yobe Massacre.

Over 43 students were reportedly slaughtered in Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State on Wednesday. Only 24 bodies have been recovered, many are still unaccounted for. Another of the many attacks by Boko Haram in the North East region.

Many have complained about the insensitivity of the FG proceeding with the Centenary (100 years of Nigeria's amalgamation) celebration in the wake of the tragic attack. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar also took to twitter to air his opinion on the matter. Tweets below:

See names of 24 of the massacred students that have been confirmed dead! Many are still unaccounted for:

Sale Mamiski, Musa Muhammad, Sani A. Audu, Usman Faltu, Garba Jibo, Hussani Mari, Mailam Ali, Goni Ali Babamai, Ali Ayuba, Peter John, Abba Mohammed, Aliyu Yala, Abba Adam, Hamidu Bala, Suleiman Lawan Guji, Abbas Ibrahim, Inusa Ali, Rukaya Gaji, Usman Saleh Idris, Auwal Adam, Usman Abba Kaku, Musa Yalti Buba, Sadisu Dauda, Aisha Audu Goni.

.......and Mr. President is celebrating centenary (abi what is it called sef). It has become a case of everyman for himself in this country.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Photo: Hong Kong politician caught looking at sexy photo of model during meeting.

Hehehehehe! Caught in the act o.

Hong Kong lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan was caught looking at some R-rated pictures of models during a budget session on Wednesday.
A photographer was able to capture him trying to cunningly view the photos without attracting attention. He has since apologized for the incident.
"It just so happened that at that time, I casually saw the photos," he said. "I have learnt a lesson, I should not commit such a mistake again."

Singer Davido visits Footballer Samuel Eto'o and gets a Rolex watch from him.

Davido visited Cameroonian/Chelsea FC footballer Samuel Eto'o at his home in London today and was gifted with a Rolex watch.

Big boys are playing with Rolex.

Omotola Ekeinde gets a surprise birthday party in Ghana + her husband makes a surprise attendance.

Omotola was honoured by friends and colleagues with a 'surprise' birthday party to mark her 36th birthday in Ghana. The people took the extra effort to secretly fly in her husband to the party. So, as Omesexy was busy appreciating the party, her hubby popped in like an icing on a cake. She was said to have been super excited to have him there with her.

Surprise party? Kinda becoming cliche....loool.

Nigerian Football Federation unveils Super Eagle's Brazil 2014 World cup kit.

The Nigerian Football Federation today, February 27th unveiled a brand new football kit for the Nigerian national team to use in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The kit will be officially launched on March 5th when the Super Eagles meet Mexico in a friendly match which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rihanna and Chris Brown Spark rumours of getting back together as they resume texting each other.

Rihanna and Chris Brown have reportedly sparked rumours they may rekindle their toxic romance, after reportedly getting back in touch recently. Chris is said to have text his ex girlfriend from rehab to wish her a happy birthday, kicking off a spree of messages between the former couple.

According to a sources close to Rihanna....
"Chris started texting Rihanna on her birthday [Feb. 20], and the two have been sending each other a flurry of texts ever since,"
"Rihanna didn't write back right away . . . but later that night she started getting sentimental and texted back, 'thank you,' and asked how he was," the source went on.
"Since then, the two haven't stopped texting each other and friends are freaked out that she's going to start dating him again."
RiRi and Chris dated for over a year back in 2008, though the romance came to a stop in 2009 when Brown assaulted her. They got back together in Dec. 2012 and broke up again in May 2013.
We're not exactly sure where this leaves Drake, who is known to be a love rival to Chris. Drake and Rihanna have sparked speculation they're an item after a sexed up duet on stage in Paris this week as well as a string of dates.

Toolz shares her own Surulere photo.

Beat fm OAP, Tolu Oniru (Toolz), has joined the #Surulere photo frenzy. She went on to suggest that 'Throw back Thursday (tbt)' should be transformed to 'Surulere thursday'.

Loool. Surulere thursday indeed.

Jim Iyke denies rumours that he was involved in ghastly accident.

Nollywood's bad boy, Jim Iyke, has come out to deny the rumours that he was in a coma after being involved in an accident.

News broke out yesterday on some blogs that he was involved in a ghastly car accident and battling for his life.

Where do people get all these stories from? Na wa!

Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' named amongst Amazon lifetime books!

Chinua Achebe's classic novel, Things Fall Apart, has been named amongst the 100 books that must be read in a lifetime by Amazon., the world's largest online retailer, recently released the list of essential books everyone must read in their lifetime, and Nigeria's Chinua Achebe made the elite list with his celebrated first novel, Things Fall Apart.
The list was compiled by Amazon Books editorial team, and contains a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books.

Things Fall Apart was published in 1958, when Achebe was barely 28 years old. It is considered by critics and book lovers to be the single most important piece of literature out of Africa. The 50th anniversary of the 200-odd page novel was celebrated all over the world in 2008 with festivals, readings, symposia, concerts etc. The novel which has been likened to epic Greek tragedies has been translated to more than 50 languages and has sold over 10 million copies. It is taught not just in literature classes but in history and anthropology departments in colleges and universities across the globe.

The book tells the deceptively simple story of Okonkwo, a "strong man" whose life is dominated by the fear of failure. As a teenager he brought honour to his village by throwing the hitherto unbeatable Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling match. His fame spread through the nine villages of Umuofia and even beyond like harmattan bushfire, but he remained troubled that his father Unoka was a debtor and a failure. As if to compound matters, Okonkwo notices weakness in his own son, Nwoye, and he comes to the sad conclusion that raging fire only ends up as impotent ash.
The book works at several levels, and can be read at any age from 10 to 100.

Katy Perry under fire from Muslims for showing 'Burning Allah' symbol in her new video.

Katy Perry is under serious criticism for a scene in her latest music video "Dark Horse". In the scene, Katy shot lightning at a man wearing an Arabic 'Allah' Symbol and the man burned down with the necklace.

Over 50, 000 muslim have signed a petition on demanding that Youtube pulls down the video. Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, West Yorkshire, who started the petition, said the burning of the pendant with the Arabic word for God was "blasphemous" and "distasteful". 

If you watch the video, at the 01.15 minute point, a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing 2 pendants. Funnily, I didn't clearly see the 'Allah' pendant on his neck in the video. But the pendant is shown clearly in the photo above.

What's your take on this? I am on the fence on this matter.

Watch the video below....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nigerian-born Woolwich Murderers sentenced to Life in prison

Nigerian-born Michael Adebolajo, 29, has been given a whole life sentence for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in May 2013. His accomplice, Michael Adebowale, 22, has also been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 45 years for the same offence.
The murderers yelled "Allahu akbar" and were pinned to the ground by security officers in a violent struggle in the dock of the Old Bailey court as they were sentenced today.
Adebolajo shouted: "That's a lie" as Mr Justice Sweeney told him and his co-defendant they had both been radicalised.
Adebowale then stood and shouted comments about America and Britain before several security guards were forced to restrain him.
Adebolajo then leapt from his seat, screaming "Allahu akbar" as officers attempted to control him.
The victim, Fusilier Rigby's family wept as his killers were wrestled to the ground and ultimately taken down to the cells.

Nadia Buari gushes about Jim Iyke's outfit that led him to be featured in Ebony Magazine.

This two lovebirds matter sha! Lol. Anyway, Jim Iyke was featured in American-based Ebony magazine as a fashion trend setter. He was rated a trend setter for the daring outfit he wore to last year's edition of the 'African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Jim Iyke received serious backlash from Nigerians for wearing that outfit. Guess he is having the last laugh! Nadia's hailing to him below (she calls him 'skittle'):
Damn Skitt..Told u u wer d bonniest of them all tht nyt.U tore tht outfit apart.Woop😍#Trendsetter.#EbonyMag.

Weird photos!

Photo number one: is the dude walking those pythons for real or is it photoshopped?

Photo number two: there seem to be a reversal of role between the man and the lion! Lool.

Toke Makinwa reveals how she lost her parents in a fire accident.

Rhythm fm OAP, Toke Makinwa revealed her most traumatic moment in a recent interview with Genevieve magazine....
"I lost both my parents in a fire incident in 1993. I remember that morning and I haven't been able to speak about it ever since." she said.

Oh dear! How sad! I actually thought her parents were alive. RIP to them.

The PSquare twins set to launch their own cartoon series.....'The Alingos'.

The Psquare brothers are set to launch their very own cartoon series titled "The Alingos". Peter Okoye made the announcement on twitter/instagram this afternoon. The storyline of the cartoon will depict the twin brothers as Super heroes trying to save the city.


Watch  the trailer below.......

Very good one.

Ese Walter and Benny Ark's traditional wedding invitation is out!

Ese Walter (the girl that revealed she had an affair with Pastor Bimbo Fatoyinbo of COZA) is set to have her traditional wedding with Cool fm Abuja OAP, Benny Ark, in March. The couple surprised everyone with the news of their court wedding earlier this month.

Checkout the traditional wedding invitation card below.