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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oprah Winfreys Advice To Ladies About Men

Here is what Oprah Winfrey has to say about men:
If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay. Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache. Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that's not meant to be. Slower is better. Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy. If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can't "be friends". A friend wouldn't mistreat a friend. Don't settle. If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is. Don't stay because you think "it will get better." You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better. The only person you can control in a relationship is you. Avoid men who have a bunch of children by a bunch of different women. He didn't marry them when he got them pregnant, why would he treat you any differently? Always have your own set of friends separate from his. Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you. If something bothers you, speak up. Never let a man know everything. He will use it against you later. You cannot change a man's behavior. Change comes from within. Don't EVER make him feel he is more important than you are. Even if he has has more education or in a better job. Do not make him into a quasi-god. He is a man, nothing more nothing less. Never let a man define who you are. Never borrow someone else's man. If he cheated with you, he'll cheat on you. A man will only treat you the way you ALLOW him to treat you. All men are NOT dogs. You should not be the one doing all the bending... Compromise is two way street. You need time to heal between relationships. There is nothing cute about baggage... Deal with your issues before pursuing a new relationship. You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you. A relationship consists of two WHOLE individuals. Look for someone complimentary... not supplementary. Dating is fun... Even if he doesn't turn out to be Mr. Right. Make him miss you sometimes... When a man always know where you are, and you're always readily available to him ~ he takes it for granted. Never move into his mother's house. Never co-sign for a man. Don't fully commit to a man who doesn't give you everything that you need. Keep him in your radar but get to know others. Scared of being alone is what makes a lot of women stay in relationships that are abusive or hurtful: Dr. Phil says... You should know that: You're the best thing that could ever happen to anyone and if a man mistreats you, he'll miss out on a good thing. If he was attracted to you in the 1st place, just know that he's not the only one. They're all watching you, so you have a lot of choices. Make the right one. Ladies take care of your own hearts.. Whats your take on this ?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Best Friend Of Fifteen Years

Dear Admin, My name is Chidiebere (not real name). I have been married for the past seventeen years. I am blessed with four children,three sons and a daughter. I met Nkechi (not real name) two years after I got married and we became best of friends. She was also recently married then. We told each other everything,even when we had issues with our husbands,we discussed it and tried to profer solutions to our problems. We baby sat each others kids when one of us wasn't around. A few years later I began to suspect that my husband was cheating on me,not only because he kept late nights.he began to recieve and make clandestine phone calls at odd hours,he also began to delete his messages and refresh his call register. He snapped at me at any slightest provocation. On some occassions,he slapped me. I had no one to turn to at this time except my best friend Nkechi,i told her all I noticed about my husband and his changed attitude towards me and how I didn't know how to deal with it without losing my marriage or his love. Nkechi would always suggest taking me to a native doctor,who would prepare a love portion for me to make him love me more. I was never comfortable with that suggestion,but I confided in her anyway. Years went by,my husband still didn't change,i kept on managing the marriage,some nights he won't come home. Nkechi's husband fell ill and died of a proctacted illness,i was there for her in every stage of her grief,because she was my best friend. Her kids were little,she had only a provision store to support herself. I tried as much as I could to support her financially. One day a neighbor invited me to a Prophetic church,i honoured the invitation. I knew no one in that church neither did anyone know my marital issues. As the service went on,the man of God called me out, and began to talk about my marital problems,i was suprised because only Nkechi knew my problems,but she wasn't a member of that church, i hadn't recovered from that shock when he mentioned my best friend's name,Nkechi. He said Nkechi wasn't who I thought she was and that she had always been envious of my marriage,so she was the cause of my marital frustrations. What is this man saying? I thought within me. He further said,Nkechi was in a relationship with my husband and he would need prayers to end the relationship because Nkechi had charmed him. This is ridiculous I thought. Nkechi was like the sister I never had,she wouldnt do such a thing,besides,she was aware of all my marital problems. I refused to believe what I heard,but it kept nagging at the back of my mind. I thought about it for days and decided to watch her and my husband. My husband had typhoid fever and got admitted in the hospital. I stayed with him over the night till the next day. When I went home to get a little rest,i sent our ten years old daughter Uloma to stay with him. When I came back in the afternoon to check on him,Uloma told me that she overheard daddy talking to Nkechi on the phone and telling her what kind of food she should prepare for him as dinner. Suddenly I remembered what the Man of God told me. My husband started insisting that I need not spend the night with him in the hospital,that I and Uloma should get some rest that he would be okay and the Nurses would take care of him. After much persuasion by my husband to go home, I agreed and left with Uloma,he didn't know I had my own plans. In the evening I sneaked into the hospital disguised and stayed where I would see anyone going into my husband's ward. An hour later I saw Nkechi carrying a food flask into my husband's ward.I couldn't believe my eyes. I was suddenly filled with rage,my best friend for fifteen years whom I trusted very much! I told her all my marital problems,i treated her like a sister,and this is the way she wants to pay me back? The man of God was very right. I allowed her to get into my husband's ward before I also went in,i found her bent over him giving him tiny kisses and touching his face. What is going on here I screamed? So it is true,Nkechi? What did I ever do to you to deserve this? Before she could respond I pounced on her,i beat her mercilessly,i could see shame and embarrassment written all over my husband's face,he turned and faced the wall,the nurses heard our voices and ran in. They couldn't separate us,they had to bring in the security officials to separate us and they escorted us out of the building. My husband was discharged a few days later,he has been acting funny since the hospital incidence,i suspect that he hasn't stopped seeing her. I am still filled with rage at Nkechi and my husband. So I ask you readers to please advice me and don't judge me. I still love my husband and still want to keep this marriage,i know fighting isn't the solution,i don't know what to do.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Clueless Computer Operator

I needed to submit some documents by 6pm, so i quickly edited and proof read it. All this i had to do in a short time in order to meet the deadline because it was already 4pm. When all corrections were done and i was satisfied with my work,i copied it into a flash drive,checked what i had copied to be sure it was there,quickly scanned through the document one more time and dashed into the nearest business centre.
I met a guy(probably the owner of the business centre). The previous times i came,i met a young girl,this guy is much more older,he didn't look like who worked for somebody.
I exchanged pleasantries with him and told him i wanted to print out some documents from my flash drive, he said and i quote "Shebi you will buy time to do it"? I was like,what! I don't need time to print out documents from my flash drive.
This was a first sign that this guy had little or no knowledge about the business. Instead of me to leave and save myself all the trouble,i still stayed,showing him my flash,that what i wanted to print was in it. (by the way,the guy is ibo,so you can imagine how "shebi" sounded on his lips).
He started his Laptop,then collected the flash drive and inserted it slowly. It was as if he was on slow motion,that was the second sign,i still refused to give in to the voice of reasoning warning me that this guy would only waste my time.
Then he removed his MTN modem from another computer and inserted it in the same laptop,perhaps he thinks internet is needed to print documents,that was the third sign.
After opening the document,he sat admiring my document for almost fifteen minutes,while he caressed the mouse,or so i think it looked,i was wondering what he was doing.
I politely asked if he was having any trouble printing,as i had to meet a deadline and i have spent almost twenty minutes with no result.
He said he could not find "print",that usually when he puts on his laptop,it pops up and he can't find it now.
I patiently offered to assist,so that i would quickly leave. You won't believe it! All the while he was staring at my document,and my document stared back,he hadn't put on the printer not to talk of connecting the cable to the laptop. When he put it on and connected the cable,i saw him put paper,but couldn't tell what quantity it was.
In less than two minutes i sent the document to printer,only a page printed out and the laptop displayed this message "out of paper".
(trouble in Malaysia,i whispered). He was asking me what happened,can you imagine that? By now i was beginning to run out of patience,frustration was gradually sipping in.
I told him,you OBVIOUSLY inserted only a sheet of paper,that is what happened. You have a rim of paper here,why would you even insert only one?
Clueless in Abuja said he thought the document was one page,i said,but it shows 10pages? He said but he can only see one page,i said but ofcourse,you don't expect to see all the pages at once.
I also said he had succeeded in wasting 25minutes of my time that i can't get back,yet my documents aren't printed.
He bursted out angrily,genuinely upset,which by the way suprised me. He said and i quote." Why are you distracting me? Don't you know that printing any document from the computer is BRAIN WORK"? (see groove on top ocean oh).
Brain work? I echoed,printing does not take time if you know what you are doing.(my people,abi na true say to print require brain work)
Clueless in Abuja was no longer listening to me,he kept ranting and ranting,that instead of me to be patient so that he can concentrate i was complaining,that when i am in a business centre,i should allow them that are proffessionals do their job.(dis one na see finish oh).
I said, says a guy who has no idea on how to print.
So he was struggling to print,but printer won't respond,by this time i was pissed.
I told him i was no longer interested in wasting my time,so i want my flash drive back.
This pissed of Clueless (i guess because of the money he would lose).
He kept talking angrily,as far as i was concerned,he was speaking Latin,he didnt want to give my flash back to me,he was trying to bully me into printing.(see me see trouble wey no d ring bell oh,abi na by force)? I refused to be intimidated,and insisted on leaving.

I paid for the page that printed out and he grudgingly returned my flash drive,i literally snatched it from his hand and i left.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Colombian Coconut Rice: ARROZ CON COCO

Arroz con Coco Colombian food Coconut rice is a fragrant sweet-savory rice that pairs especially well with seafood. This method of preparing coconut rice comes from Colombia, and involves cooking the coconut milk until it separates and the coconut solids caramelize. The resulting toasted coconut flavor is then cooked into the rice, along with the delicious crispy bits of browned coconut. Raisins add a touch of sweetness, but this is definitely a savory rice. It's delicious served with chicken in creamy coconut sauce. Prep Time:20 minutes Cook Time:30 minutes Total Time:50 minutesYield:4-6 servings.Ingredients:*.1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk* .2 cups rice*.1/4 cup raisins* .3 cups water*.1 teaspoon salt*. 1-2 tablespoons sugar Preparation: 1.Place coconut milk in a heavy pot and bring to a boil. 2.Simmer coconut milk until the liquid has evaporated and the coconut solids separate from the oil. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until coconut solids are dark golden brown. 3.Stir in the rice and raisins. Stir in the water, salt and sugar. 4.Bring water to a boil, then lower heat and simmer rice, covered, for about 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice remain on the stove for another 5-10 minutes, covered. 5.Fluff rice and serve.Makes 4-6 servings.

Why Brazillan Style White Rice Is Different From Nigerian Style White Rice.

Brazilian Style White Rice (Arroz Branco Soltinho) Today I am sharing all the secrets to the perfect Brazilian rice. If you follow all the steps below you will have loose, moist, and flavorful rice every time. using the right type of grain is essential. Basmati rice gives the best result. I hope you enjoy! It taste really good. Aside from using the right rice, here are other important tips:- using a non-stick pan is very helpful- rinse rice thoroughly- after rinsing the rice, wait until it dries before you start cooking it- use hot or boiling water- do not stir the rice more than once or twice after you add water. Stirring makes for sticky rice, and we don't want that!- use medium-high heat for the first half of cooking time, and than lower the heat to a simmer until rice is cooked- only cover the pot completely shut with a lid during the second half of cooking time (when using low heat/simmer) All those tips are better explained bellow: Brazilian Style White Rice (Arroz Branco Soltinho) yields 3 cups of cooked rice Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time:20 minutes Ingredients:1 cup of Basmati rice, rinsed and drained1 1/2 tablespoons of canola oil 2 cups of boiling or hot water 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon of salt Directions:1- Rinse rice until water runs clear. Drain it well and set it aside to dry. 2- Meanwhile boil 2 cups of water. 3- When rice is dry and water has boiled you can start the cooking process. Place a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil. When oil is hot add the crushed garlic and stir it around while it cooks. When the garlic starts to turn golden in color add the rice and salt to the pan. Stir rice making sure all grains are coated with oil. Cook it for 6 minutes and then add all the hot water. Place a lid over the pot leaving some room for the steam to come out. Cook the rice for 8 minutes (still at medium-high heat). After the 8 minutes have passed turn the heat to low, give the rice one good stir, and close the pot all the way. Cook rice for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until rice is tender and all liquid evaporated.note: if your rice is still hard when all the water is evaporated, add a little more water until rice is tender. Visualize:Rinse rice very well and set it aside to dry: Meanwhile bring water to a boil: When rice is dry and water is hot, start cooking. Heat the oil over medium-high heat and cook garlic until golden in color: When garlic is golden in color, add rice and salt. Stir it around and cook for about 6 minutes: Add hot water (all at once): Place a lid over the pan but don't close it all the way (leave room for steam to escape): Cook rice over medium-high heat for 8 minutes. Then turn the heat to low, stir rice around (just once) and cover the pot completely: Cook it for another 10-15 minutes or until all liquid has evaporated and rice is tender. Rice should be loose and look slightly moist: Serve as a side just like you do with potatoes, pasta, polenta, I garnished mine with some tomato stew,hmmm really delicious. etc.

CUISINE: Brazillan Moqueca De Peixe

African influences in Brazilian cuisine inspired the incorporation of palm oil and coconut milk into dishes like the fish stew known as Moqueca de Peixe. Shrimp is a delicious choice for the stew but feel free to use any local firm fleshed fish in this recipe. »2pounds shrimp and/or white fish filets such as bass,whiting and perch, cleaned with shells/skins removed* Juice of 1 lemon 1large onion, sliced1red pepper, sliced1green pepper, sliced 2ripe tomatoes, sliced 2tablespoons Chopped Cilantro 2shrimp bouillon cubes 7ounces coconut milk 1tablespoon palm oil* kosher salt* White rice or crusty bread, serving

CUISINE: Brazillan Fried Rice Balls.

Brazilian Fried Rice Balls - Bolinhos de Arroz Marian Blazes Brazilian fried rice fritters are a delicious solution for leftover rice. They taste a bit like hush puppies. The rice is seasoned with onions and parsley, moistened with egg and milk, shaped into little balls and fried. In Rio de Janeiro, sardines and parmesan cheese are popular additions to this recipe. Ingredients:*. 2 cups of leftover rice
*. 1 cup water* .3 tablespoons milk or cream*. 1 egg*. 1/4 cup finely chopped onion*. 1 scallion, finely chopped* .2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley. 1 teaspoon baking powder* .4 tablespoons grated parmesan (optional)*. 1/2 cup flour*. 1 teaspoon salt*. Vegetable oil for frying*. Kosher salt Preparation: 1.Mix water with rice and bring to a very low boil. Cook until water is absorbed. 2.in a large bowl, mix the rice with the milk, egg, onion, green onion, parsley, baking powder, parmesan (optional), flour, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add more flour if necessary - the mixture should be stiff enough to shape into balls. 3.Heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy pot to 360 degrees. 4.With floured hands, shaped the ricemixture into small walnut-sized balls, adding more flour if necessary so that the balls hold their shape.5.Fry the balls for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. 6.Sprinkle with salt and serve warm.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Olumo rock,Ogun State,Abeokuta

Located in Abeokuta, historic Olumo rock use to be a protective edge for the indigenes of those days.It has been modernized with elevator, eateries, and many more Other Tourist Attraction In Nigeria1.Lagos National Theatre2.Takwa Bay Beach Lagos3.Zuma Rock – Abuja- Said to have a human face

Ikogosi warm springs resort

Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort In Ekiti StateLocated in a small city of Ikogosi in Ekiti State Nigeria, this beautiful resort is a place to be.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF COCONUT

To many people, the coconut plant is an ordinary plant. They do not see anything special or interesting in the plant. But to those who have eyes to see, the coconut plant is a blessing, agift from nature.Cocos Nucifera is called coconut in English, Kwakwar in Hausa, Ivi-obio in Bini, Ake-bake or aku-oyibo in Igbo, Agbon in Yoruba, Uvien in Esan.It contains glycerioles of capprylic, capric, lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acids. Every part of this plant is medicinal. The bark of the plant dried and burnt in to ashes is effective remedy for skin ailments like rashes, black spots, scabies and measles. Simply mix two-dessert spoons of the powder with half a glass of palm kernel oil. Apply to the affected part.
For toothache, mix two tablespoonfuls of the ashes with one shot of dry gin. Stir well and use as a mouth wash.
FIBROID:
Cut the root into tiny pieces. Measure out fifteen handfuls of the pieces into ten bottles of water. Add 5 handful of xylopia aethiopica, called uda in Igbo. Erunje in Yoruba, Unien in Esan. Bring to boil. Allow it to stand for 24 hoursDosage: ½ glass thrice daily.
BRONCHITIS:
Chop an equal amount of pawpaw roots and coconut roots into pieces. Measure 10 handfuls of each into 10 liters of water. Add 5 bulbs of garlic. Bring to boil. Allow it to cool and mix with one bottle of honey.Dosage: ½ glass thrice daily.
HEPATITIS:
Grind the dried coconut root into powder and follow the formula below:Materials:8 dessertspoons of coconut root8 dessertspoons of powdered bitter kola2 tablespoons of powdered bird's pepperRecipe: Mix all together and add to 1 bottle of honey.Dosage: 2 dessertspoons thrice daily.This is a very effective remedy for hepatitis and jaundice. For dysentery, simply follow the prescription for fibroid as stated above. The water in the coconut is anexcellent cleanser. It is among the best natural antibiotics known.Coconut water strengthens the immune system and helps it to resist illnesses. If you are given some chemical antibiotics like chloraphenicol or amoxil in the hospital, you will or should be instructed not to drink coconut waterbecause it will neutralize the effect ofthe drug. If a child or an adult takes an overdose of a dangerous drug, administer coconut water to neutralize the side effects.Four years ago, I met a lady who was
diagnosed to be suffering from cancer of the breast. It was very bad then, and was considered too late foran operation. I advised her to mix 4 litres of coconut water with 1 liter of honey and take ½ a glass twice daily. So she did. Up till today the woman is still alive and going about her normal duty, even though the cancer symptoms are still very much apparent. The coconut water has clearly been exercising a moderating effect on the cancer cells. I am very sure if an operation had been performed on the breast the poor woman would have been dead long ago.The white pulp of the immature coconut is very useful for the memory. People suffering from loss of memory, forgetfulness and any form of memory defect should make friends with coconut. Remove the whitish pulp inside the immature coconut and mix with a little honey. Take as much as you wish.
Culled from Nature power.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR COMMON ILLNESS.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR COMMON ILLNESS.
1. MIGRAINE: Migraine is a persistent headache that is often localized to one side of the head. It is commonest among 10 and 20 years old. Migraine tends to be more common in women than in men.SYMPTOMS
1. Loss of sensation in the limbs
2. Persistent headache for hours or days
3. Vomiting and nausea
4. Nasal irritation and peculiar smell.
PREVENTION
1. Listen to your body. Avoid foods that your body does not want. Note ifyour headache follows the consumption of a certain kind of food. If so, avoid such foods.
2. Avoid alcoholic drinks, especially at night.
3. Avoid taking a heavy meal at night.If you cannot have your supper before 7:30 pm., forget it.
TREATMENT. Endeavor to drink 3 to 4 cups of water on an empty stomach in the morning and before retiring at night. Avoid drinking watet during meal, or atleast take as little as possible.
FORMULA 1Materials
1. Newbouldia laevis
English - Fertility plant
Igbo - Ogirishi
Yoruba - Akoko
Esan - UhkimiRecipe:Fill a medium sized pot with the freshbark. Add water and bring to boil. Allow it to stand for 12 hours.
How to use:Use the preparation to wash face and head every morning and night. Drink 1/2 a glass twice daily for 6 days.
FORMULA 11Materials:
:A. 5 bulbs of garlic
B. 5 bulbs of onions
C. WaterRecipe : Boil A and B in C
How to use: Use to wash face and head and drink 1/2 a glass on an empty stomach every morning.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Karu Riot

My Sister and i boarded a taxi headed towards Area One on 4th of August 2013. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon,we were supposed to book an hotel for our father who was already on his way from Ajaokuta,Kogi State for a medical examination. We alighted from the taxi under the popular Apo bridge. Few minutes later we boarded one of the BRT buses headed towards Nyanya,we came out of the bus before Nyanya bridge and got two okadas (motorcycle) to take us to Karu Village,as we needed to book an hotel room close to Primus Hospital. While on the Okada,i noticed that the road was somewhat rowdy,i assumed it was because lots of people were returning from church. We hadn't gone far when we encountered an angry mob who had mounted a roadblock and burnt tires on the high way. They were shouting at the bike riders to drop my sister and i,they were holding sticks and their faces flamed in anger. By this time,i was already afraid and wondering what my sister and i had run into. We dropped off the bikes and watched out to see what happened next,because we were already in their midst. Luckily for us,we weren't attacked,but we did not wait long to find out,we walked quickly away trying to find our way out of that place.  TSuddenly all the memories i had tried for years to blot out came rushing back like a violent wind.                                           

I remembered September 7th 2001 like it was just yesterday. I was an 100 level student of Political Science,University of Jos,Plateau State. It was a friday afternoon and i was done with lectures for the week and was trying to take a nap when i heard loud noises and saw people running up and down in confusion. Next thing i heard was that a religious war was going on around Bauchi road and lots of students had been killed,infact the killers were on their way to Abuja Hostel.  fortunately for my sister she had travelled then. Lots of girls were crying already. You could feel the fear in the atmosphere. No one could sleep,who would even dare sleep? We kept hearing loud gunshots.

I saw wounded  students who managed to escape death running to the hostel. We hoped to get protection from the government but we didn't get any. Towards evening,electricity was cut off and it compounded our fears. How do we know when we were attacked in darkness? Any little sound we heard,we thought it was our attackers. No one dare go to the bathroom,even i who usually baths twice a day could not go for my second bath. The loud gunshots didn't stop. Some of my friends who lived off campus around Ungwan Rogo came to stay with me,though i shared the room with about six other girls. We kept vigil because sleep eluded us. The next day we heard more stories,death toll rose up,houses burnt down and vehicles destroyed. Some villagers from Naraguta sort refuge at Abuja hostel.
Our boys decided to defend us after the address of the SUG President. We all became united. We contributed food stuffs to be prepared for the boys keeping watch. The number of casualties increased,hospitals were filled up. We were running out of food,since we had no way of going to buy them. In two days all the shops in Abuja hostel ran out of stock because it was all bought. We had to make pancakes with palm oil. The military and Police littered the streets,still silent killing went on.

Dusk to dawn curfew was imposed,then later a 6am to 2pm curfew was imposed to allow people trapped in a place get to safe places. I was desperate to get out of Jos. My family was worried,i could not reach them because i didn't have a mobile phone then.

As people came to get their loved ones out,i and a close friend Serah hoped to get a ride. I didn't bother to save anything as my life was more important. I only locked up my wardrobe,didn't bother about shoes,who had time for fashion? I put on a bathroom slippers,lol. Then carried money in my pocket.

A good Samaritan who came to pick his wife offered Sarah and i a ride to Mararaba Jamar where we would easily get vehicle to Abuja. We were grateful to get out of Jos and be home with our loved ones. On our way out,i could see lots of slain people. Dead bodies littered the streets of Jos. Many of whom were harmless,innocent. Their lives sacrificed and blood spilt at the altar of politics and religion. It was a gory sight, there were burnt bodies,beheaded bodies,sliced bodies,lifeless pregnant women whose protuding bellies were slit open. Some drowned in the pool of their blood. My eyes almost popped out of its socket,my mind almost exploded at what i was seeing.      Oh  God! What do i do? I closed my eyes,but these images won't go away,it stuck to my mind and kept replaying. We got to Mararaba Jamar and didn't get any vehicle,it was almost 2pm,curfew time,Serah and i started to worry.
Luckily for us,that was when Yohanna, Pius(Uncle P) and Patrick (architectural students) were on their way to Abuja and they gave us a lift to Abuja.I am still grateful to them.
My sister's voice helped to snap me out of that sad memory that haunted me for years. A memory i thought i obliterated from my mind. I was mistaken. It held on like a leech somewhere in my mind. Fortunately we were able to get into Karu through Abacha  road,situation handled by the Military before  my father got there.

The Karu agitation was caused by a misunderstanding between Okada riders and the Police force. It was rumored that the Police shot an Okada rider because he crossed a barricade they built.It led to a Catholic church been held hostage by the Okada riders. It almost escalated to a religious crisis if not for the timely intervention of the uniformed people. Some unlucky motorists got their windscreens broken.

Monday, July 22, 2013

HOLDING ON TO RELATIONSHIPS WITH BLEAK FUTURE.

HOLDING ON TO RELATIONSHIPS WITH BLEAK FUTURE.                                                                                                          Alot of people,especially ladies hold on to relationships with a very bleak future. They are afraid to face reality. Its not as if they are blind to the actions of their partner. They are only afraid of starting with another person,because they have built their world all around him/her. Or afraid that they might not find another person. It is a wrong misconception. There is no use holding on to a bad relationship where love is not reciprocated or brings us pain.                                            

Here are some useful tips to help ladies if a guy is not into you.                                                

When the hurt is more than the joy,there is no point holding on. Find your way out of it,you will find a better man,who will add to your happiness. If you are already enduring in a relationship,what will you do in marriage?  One sad thing about life is that, when you meet someone and fall inlove only to find out later that it was not meant to be,and that you have wasted years,energy,emotions on someone who was not worth it.  If he isn't worth it now,he is not going to be worth it a year or ten years from now, let him go... No matter how hard it might be. You will survive without him and meet someone who will treat you like a Queen.

You do not need to put in too much effort to win a man's love,love comes naturally. If you have to remind a guy to call you,or nag at him to visit you before he does, dear sister,he isn't worth it. If you have to complain a great deal,or report to a lot of people,before he calls or visits you,he is not into you. Do not force it. No matter how busy anyone is, they are still able to create time for people they love.

If a man you are in a relationship with hardly calls you.there is some one he calls. Have you ever seen a man inlove? He will call frequently,visit you,shower you with affection,tell anyone who cares to listen about you. If between three to six months, the relationship is still stagnant and has not moved to another level,you should become alert. If he does not introduce you to his friends,family and colleagues after dating for sometime,he has something to hide.
A man in love will be so proud of showing you off,love cannot be hidden. If he claims to be too busy for you, there is no point wasting your time,if he uses his to front, he is not into you. The busiest medical doctors make time for people they love. When someone loves you,he will want to be around you,hear from you no matter the distance between you. You will be topmost in his thoughts.  

If he has or shows no interest in your dreams,career and aspirations,he is not into you. A man who loves a woman does all he can to help that woman actualize her dreams. A man who finds fault in all you do,in his eyes all you do is wrong, complains about your size instead of encouraging you to keep and stay fit,instead he talks down at you and makes you lose confidence in yourself. A man who loves a woman appreciates her as she is.
If you have to struggle to please him,then he is not worth the trouble.                                               

A man you have to kill,give up your dreams for or even lose your identity for,is not worth it. It is not about been a feminist,no. To be in a relationship does not mean killing one's dreams,neither does it mean losing one's identity. True love should help balance your career and love life. If he does not remember your birthday,and keeps giving excuses why he didn't remember,reconsider the relationship. If your special moments are not important to him,what else will? 

There is no point in managing or patching up a relationship       
(when you are not a vulcanizer).  

No relationship is a bed of roses,they have their ups and downs,that does not mean that you should be mistreated by any man. When a man loves a woman,he does not care if she is ugly,unbearable or short tempered. He only sees good in you.

You are special,you are a gold fish,you deserve someone who loves,cares,respects and appreciate you. Do not mind the years or months you must have spent with him,please let him go,so that you can meet the one who deserves you.  Have you never heard of relationships where the lady waited for four or more years to be proposed to and the man keeps giving excuses that he is not ready,then after they break up,he marries his new girlfriend after three months?

Most times ladies worsen relationships for themselves by moving in with the man. When you are already acting like a wife,when you are still a girlfriend,why would he be in a hurry to marry you? The point is this,if a man is not into you,if you like do all his laundry,prepare his meal,clean the house,he would still not marry you.

Save yourself from an impending heartbreak. If you succeed in marrying him,you will never be happy. Are you willing to throw away your happiness and joy? Stop holding onto what is not there. Just like you don't force a shoe on your feet, do not force a relationship to work,else you would be hurt.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Never say never

Never say never.
Halle Berry is a bride once more, it looks like.
The expectant Oscar-winner, 46, appears to
have wed French film star Olivier Martinez,
47, on Saturday at the Chateau des Conde in
Vallery, France, according to photographs
showing wedding guests entering a white tent
adjoining the chateau, which has a church on
its grounds.
Six years ago the actress told InStyle, "I will
never, never get married again."
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But four days ago the duo boarded a flight to
Paris with Berry's daughter, 5-year-old Nahla .
The pair met in 2010 while co-starring in Dark
Tide . Although the movie was a flop, their
chemistry has been red-hot ever since their
romance spilled off-screen.
"She has called him 'The One,' " says Sophie
Dulac, president of the Champs-Elysées Film
Festival, which the couple attended together in
Martinez's native Paris last month. "She's said
she never expected to meet this Frenchman,
to fall in love like she has."
"They seem truly in love," Dulac also said.
"I've known Olivier very well and have never seen him like this."
The crinkle-eyed Frenchman proposed in early 2012 and presented Berry with an emerald
engagement ring by Paris designer Robert Mazlo.
In April, the couple revealed they're expecting their first child together – a boy – early this fall, an
unexpected joy Berry has called "the biggest surprise of my life." The baby will join big sister
Nahla, Berry's daughter with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey. Martinez infamously slugged Berry's ex
last Thanksgiving after Aubrey reportedly attacked him while dropping off Nahla for the holiday.
This would mark Berry's third trip down the aisle. She was previously married to baseball player
David Justice in the early 1990s and to singer Eric Benét in the early 2000s.
This would be a first marriage for Martinez, who previously dated singer Kylie Minogue.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

PRICE TAG

We all came with a price tag from our
manufacturer. a high price tag for that matter.
for that reason , we must all learn to place a high
value on ourselves. it is very important that we
respect our selves so that other people can
respect. one way we can respect ourselves is by
been content with what we have. when you are
discontented with what you have, you definitely
must live above your means. which means that
you either go into robbery or prostitution. for
instance, someone who earns 30,000 monthly
wants to use a blackberry phone? where will the
money come from? most times out of
desperation, many ladies go sleeping around to
be be able to get the money. at the end of the
day, the man gives you nothing more than 10,000
naira. now, tell me, is your body not worth more
than 10,000, or a blackberry phone,new hair do,
clothes and food you will pass out as excreta?
where has all the morals gone to? Young chics
between the ages of 17 and 25 years old are
even worse now. in those days, Men go out to
seek women, these days, the reverse is the case,
the girls go out to attack the men. all these, they
do for money! money!! money!!! . the likes of
Condoleeza Rice did not need to sleep her way to
where she is now, neither did Oprah Winfrey or
our very own Chimamanda Adichie. some chics
are even satisfied with a bottle of drink, a plate
of food, 500 naira or 2,000naira! may God forbid.
if sex could make one rich, do you not think that
prostitutes will be zillionaires now? they would
own the best houses, cars and have the fatest
account. Have you not noticed that prostitution
does not pay? most prostitutes are still squatters,
or those who manage to stay on their own live in
slums. if sex fetches money they would be living
large now and retire early from prostitution, do
you think they do not want better lives? those
ladies who are involved in voodoo in order to
attract men to give them money; how much do
you think they give them at the end of the day?
this note is meant especially for Sisters who have
no value on their body, Sisters who can do
anything to get money. if only we learn to be
content with what we have, work with our brains
and not our breast, the world would have been a
better place to live in. please Sisters, no matter
the challenge you face, try to turn everything to
God and stop thinking that sex can solve it. it
does not, how many men do you have to sleep
with in your life time before solving your issues. if
what you earn can only buy bronze, then work
hard, stick with bronze till you can afford gold. no
one is going to give you an award on what
designer jewelries, clothes and shoes you wear. if
you can afford it, then by all means buy them,
but if you have to go extra miles by having sex
with lots of men to get it, then it is not worth it.
learn to place a price tag on yourself and people
will respect you for who you are. as a wise man
once said, " you will be addressed the way you
present yourself to people. my working class
sisters and those who are still in school, let us
work hard and make a positive mark in the
society, let us not be the kind that will cheapen
ourselves before men to get anything. in our
chosen careers, let us all try to make a make and
be remembered for good, and not for sleeping
around or throwing ourselves at men for money.
we came with a price tag, let us learn to respect
ourselves.

Government please take care of the aged.

its so disheartening the way Nigerian government
treats those who have served their nation for
years. In developed nations,provisions are made
for the aged. They take proper care of them. In
nigeria that is not the case. Imagine some who
retired since 2009 have not been paid their
gratuity. How are they expected to take care of
themselves? Even the meagre pension they pay
them,you need to see the stressful screening they
put them through. Ailing aged people who cannot
walk are forced to be backed to screening
centres. Do they deserve that from a government
they have served? Isnt it because of pension after
retirement that most people prefer public jobs to
private jobs? Many pensioners die in the process
of screening. Some never see their gratuity till
they die. The government have failed our aged
people. Please Nigerian  government,pay retirees their gratuity,do they have to beg, bribe and lobby for their entitlement? Is not that government provided any health care scheme for the age. Yet the entitlements have not been paid.
Many are ill and can not get proper medical attention,because the resources are not available
I use this medium to appeal to Kogi state government and other state governments to please pay up gratuities.

Obey your Boss

Obey your Boss. Bosses are not always easy to
please. They may even be the sandpaper God is
using to polish the rough edges of your life. it is
awesome that the creator this universe stopped
long enough to personally advise employees to be
obedient to their employee. Obedience in the
work place consist of careful listening, taking
notes and total concentration on completion of
task. Do it. God will prosper you for it.Mike
Murdock.
( Ephesians 6:5), "Servants be obedient to them
that are your Masters according to the flesh, with
fear and trembling in singleness of your heart, as
unto Christ.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Two men lashed in public in Iran

NCRI - The Iranian regime's henchmen lashed two
men in public in southeastern city of Borazjan.
The victims who were identified by their initials
'A.M.' and 'Y.M.' each one received 70 lashes.
As sham elections approaches there has been a
rise in number of cases of lashing and hanging
prisoners in public in cities across Iran.
The Iranian regime's henchmen lashed publicly a
24-years-old man at midday on May 7, in a small
town in northern province of Qazvin after being
paraded in humiliating manner in a nearby city.
The man received 110 lashes in the main square
of the town of Ziaran in the province. The town
has around 7,000 inhabitants.
The victim who was only identified with his initials
M.S. also was paraded in a nearby city of Abyek
before being lashed in public.
Degrading punishments are systematically used in
Iran by the State Security Forces in order to
embarrass and humiliate the youth in their
neighborhood.

Unbelievable! Stone age still exist in Nigeria,literally.

Undressed Adam and Eve Still
Alive in Taraba state. Nigeria.
This may look like a screen shot from the
popular movie ‘The gods must be crazy’ but
hey!! this is real and yeah, they literally still
live in the stone age. Poverty and diseases
ravage their land, like locusts.
A good number of them still dress in the
manner of, the Biblical Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden — stark Unclad — with fresh
leaves for a little covering. You are welcome
to the top of the Gerinjina mountain in
Gashaka Local Government area of Taraba
State.
It was like a story from Mars when a casual
talk to the hearing of this reporter indicated
that there was a community up the mountain
that lived worse than those of the Koma
people who were discovered in the mid-1980s
by a group of National youth corps members
in the then Gongola State, now split into
Adamawa and Taraba states. While the Koma
community resides in Adamawa State, the
new Stone Age people are in Taraba State.
They are called, the Jibu people and they are
descendants of the Kwarafa Kingdom who
lived for centuries in nine communities
scattered around on the mountains in
Gashaka.
Historical accounts have it that the people
lived together with their fellow brothers in
the kingdom until about 1807 when Fulani
Jihadists invaded the kingdom.
They were said to have run to the mountain
top where they now live and are completely
cut off from other tribes, and by extension
the whole world. Not even the activities of
the colonial masters reached them, largely
because of the difficult terrain of their new
abode. The mountain top is characterised by
rivers, deep gullies and huge rocks.
Just like any other group of human beings,
the Jibu people have their ways of life. These
include collective circumcision of boys born
within the same age group, a ceremony
performed with the use sharp objects.
It is considered a test of strength and
character for their boys not to cry during the
ceremony. The circumcised are kept on
bamboo beds and covered with fresh leaves
that are gathered and burnt after the wound
has healed.
For a young Jibu man to get a wife, he must
serve the family of his bride for five years.
Nonetheless, the marriage is determined by
the capacity of the woman to conceive. This
is measured by a dried long firewood that is
set on fire for at least three months, within
which if the woman does not become
pregnant, the simple communication is the
gods do not want the marriage.
Pregnant women work on the farms to the
day of their delivery.
They have a communal life and are ruled by
the Waziri Garinjina, Tann Shidin Zunbi, who
confirmed in an interview with the Nigerian
Compass on Saturday that maternal and child
mortality rates are high among them.
The Jibu people are neither Christians nor
Muslims. Rather, they believe in their own
gods and the ancestors.
In an event of violation of their natural laws
by any individual, animals are slaughtered to
appease the land. It is also a similar story
during every cropping season. The harvests
are brought before the Waziri for sacrifice to
the gods, after which their brand of liquor is
prepared for everybody to drink in
merriment. Incidentally too, the Jibu people
believe that some gods are not friendly with
women. Thus, throughout the period of ritual
preparations, women remain indoors to
avoid being exposed to the gods who could
be harmful to them.
When our correspondent visited Gerinjina,
their condition of living was worse than that
of the much-talked about Koma people.
There is no access road. They drink water
with animals from the same rivers. In their
scattered settlement system, there is no
school around except for some missionaries
who have a thatched space for that purpose
but is yet to have any student. After a day’s
job on the farm, their women still have the
task of grinding raw corn with heavy stones
before food is ready for their male
counterparts.
  Culled from newsinnigeria.

Who knows how many more settlements still exist and have not been discovered?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Woman with 16inches waist.

It's a cinch! Woman gets a
miniscule 16 inch waist by
sleeping in a corset for
THREE years (and she still
wants to get smaller)
Michele Kobke, 24, has a 16in waist but wants
a smaller one
Her tiny waist has already caused her however, doctors say that a waist bigger than
31.49in (80cm) could lead to serious problems,
including heart disease.
Recent figures show that nearly 57 per cent of
British women have waists bigger than the
healthy limit set by experts.
But tests reveal that Michele's tiny waist is also
causing problems, among them digestive
troubles as her stomach is forced out of its
natural postiion.
According to Dr Rudiger Langer, specialist in
internal medicine, the corset has also resulted in
Michele having weaker lungs than is normal for
a woman her age.
'In time, it won't be possible to move without
the corset, or in the worst case, it won't be
possible to move in general,' he warns.
Although Kobke's tiny waist is guaranteed to
raise a few eyebrows, not least that of her
doctor, the German believes she has the perfect
feminine figure.
breathing and digestive problems
Doctor warns that eventually, she may not be
able to stand unsupported
Her dream is a waist that measures 14in like
idol Cathie Jung
Jung currently holds the record for having the
world's smallest midriff.

For most of us, a slender waist is the product of
a careful diet and plenty of exercise. But not for
Michele Kobke, 24.
The Berliner has shrunk her waist from 25in
(64cm) to just 16in (40cm) by wearing a corset
every day for three years - even while sleeping.
And despite now having a waist smaller than
most catwalk models, the German slimmer says
she hopes to whittle her waist down to a
shocking 14inches (38cm).

In 2008, her waist was
25 inches, and now, it is ten
inches smaller
'It embraces me and gives me [a] pretty,
defined waist,' she revealed. It feels nice and
smooth. It's unique.'
But Michele's tiny waist could prove to have
serious consequences for her health, and
already, she struggles to stand up without her
corset, thanks to wasted muscles in her back
and stomach.
Her stomach is so constricted, she can't eat a
normal meal and instead eats up to 10 small
meals a day.
Not that she's concerned: 'My life hasn't
changed, just slowed down a little,' she reveals.
'Now my movement is more feminine.
'Right now I'm a little breathless, changing
corsets is like a high-performance sport for me'
Tiny though Kobke's waist is, the record for the
world's tiniest midriff is held by another -
American Cathie Jung, whose waist measures
just under 15in (38cm).
By comparison, the average British woman has a
waist that measures 33.43in (84.9cm) -
equivalent to a dress size 14.

Radiant in her wedding dress, the bride who will be Britain's first black marchioness (and she still managed a smile despite father-in-law snubbing ceremony because of erotic paintings row)

Radiant in her wedding dress, the bride who will be Britain's first black marchioness (and she still managed a smile despite father-in-law snubbing ceremony because of erotic paintings row) Picturesque setting: The couple outside the family seat at Longleat, but his parents, Lord and Lady bath, refused to attend the ceremony. Emma McQuiston married future Marquess of Bath Ceawlin Thynn at family seat of Longleat House. Daughter of Nigerian oil tycoon suggests she is being made to 'feel different or separate because of her race' Marquess of Bath and his wife instead went to the wedding of two professional polo players in Hampshire Lord Bath angry at son's renovation of Longleat which involved removal of a number of his prized erotic paintings Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, married the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon yesterday, but the ceremony was overshadowed by the conspicuous absence of his parents who refused to attend as a family feud rumbled on. Emma McQuiston will make history when she becomes the first black Marchioness in Britain after her wedding to the future Marquess of Bath at the family seat of Longleat. But she claims her relationship with the aristocrat has caused upset among the British elite because of her ethnicity and background. Picturesque setting: The couple outside the family seat at Longleat, but his parents, Lord and Lady bath, refused to attend the ceremony Viscount Weymouth, Ceawlin Thynn, with his bride Emma McQuiston at Longleat (left). The groom's father the Marquess of Bath (right) decided to attend another society wedding with his wife Anna Gael. They watched Heloise Lorentzen marry polo player Sean Wilson-Smith at the village of Wonston, Hampshire, instead In an interview with society magazine Tatler, the 27-year-old said: 'There's class and then there's the racial thing. It's a jungle and I'm going through it and discovering things as I grow up. 'I’m not super-easily offended but it’s a problem when someone’s making you feel different or separate because of your race. I have never had anything horrible said or happen, but it is something you sense. You can just tell with some people.’ But the Marquess of Bath – famous for his string of ‘wifelets’ – and his real wife, Hungarian-born Anna Gael, 69, boycotted the ceremony, which took place at Longleat House.

Chino and Craig's beautiful Cross Cultural Wedding.

Chino +Craig-Nigerian and Jewish Cross-Cultural Wedding-L.A Chino and Craig’s love story could best be described as one that was meant to be. They Met on a dating site called Match.com, and immediately made an instantanous connection, and they’ve been inseperable ever since. Both living in two different coast, they know that evntually, one wuld have to move, and so they worked hard to make their relationship a success. Their gorgeous wedding was photographed by Michelle Logan.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Miss Nigeria 2013

Miss Nigerian 2013 holds tomorrow
July 6th at Intercontinental
The 38th Annual Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant/
Charity Ball will hold tomorrow Saturday July
6th at Intercontinental Hotel, in Victoria Island.
The show promises to be entertaining,
electrifying and awe-inspiring. There will be
sensational musical performances, arts,
creativity and so much more this year. The
show would support a cause for charity
"Education, A Salvation for Kids". Continue..
Miss Nigeria 2013 is offering a life changing
opportunity to one lucky winner with very
attractive and prestigious prices.
Special Guests include-First Lady Ekiti State
(Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi),
Mrs. Grace Oyelude (First Miss Nigeria-1957)
FINAL 21 CONTESTANTS
1. Stephanie Bassey
2. Alli Zeenat
3. Precious Oghenevwede
4. Queen Celestine
5. Awonuga Tomi
6. Sadiq Olive
7. Nwachukwu Bukola
8. Aisha Ngohile Mohammed
9. Sawyerr Toluwalope
10. Lara Treasure Anaye
11. Ajayi Esther
12. Ogodo Uche Doris
13. Adolph Barbara
14. Odimegwu Mildred .C
15. Tarila Okah
16. Dokubo Tari
17. Akudo Ezinne
18. Elisha Mariam
19. Anyanwu Tochukwu
20. Eluke Adaeze
21. Olisah Violet
Sponsors include - InterContinental Lagos,
Martini, Mud, Aero, R&R Luxury, Genevieve
Magazine, Lo'lavita Hair, Equity Assurance,
Vilisco, CoolFM/Wazobia, Linda Ikeji, Ekiti State
Government, Sari Signature, AIT, 1407 Style,
Studio 24
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Kim Ung-Yong : Attended University at age 4.

This Korean super-genius was born on March 7 1963 and
might just be the smartest guy alive today (he’s
recognized by the Guinness Book of World
Records as having the highest IQ of anyone on
the planet). Kim was born in Hongje-dong,Seoul,South Korea. His father was Kim Soo-Sun a professor. Kim started speaking at the age of six months and by the age of three he was already
able to read in Japanese, Korean, German, and
English and other languages. When he was four years old, his father said he had memorised about 2,000 words in both English and German. He was writing poetry in Korean and Chinese and wrote two very short books of essays and poems.(less than 20pages). On  the 5th of November 1977 he solved
complicated differential and integral calculus
problems. Later, on Japanese television, he
demonstrated his proficiency in Chinese,
Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, German, English,
Japanese, and Korean. Kim was listed in the
Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest
IQ”; the book estimated the boy’s score at over
210.
Kim was a guest student of physics at Hanyang
University from
the age of 3 until he was 6. At
the age of 7 he was invited to America by NASA.
He finished his university studies, eventually
getting a Ph.D. in physics before he was 15. In
1974, during his university studies, he began his
research work at NASA and continued this work
until his return to Korea in 1978 where he
decided to switch from physics to civil
engineering and eventually received a
doctorate in that field. Kim was offered the
chance to study at the most prestigious
universities in Korea, but instead chose to
attend a provincial university. As of 2007 he also
serves as adjunct faculty at Chungbuk National
University .

Youth Corper crippled by Camp Commandant.

Youth Corper
Crippled By Camp
Commandant
(PICTURED)
Miss Mercy Okpithe joined
the Dance Troupe on the
Orientation Camp of the
National Youth Service
Corps (NYSC) in Anambra
State in November 2012.
But four months later she
was severely beaten up by
the Camp Commandant.
Captain S.O. Beke attacked
her about 11:00p.m on
Monday, March 18, this
year. She allegedly fainted
and was rushed to the
camp clinic. The following
day, she was transferred
to the Anambra State
University Teaching
Hospital, Awka. At the
hospital, she was
diagnosed with dislocation
of coccyx, a small
triangular bone at the
base of the spinal column .
The hospital further
referred her to the
National Orthopaedic
Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos,
for special attention. It
was gathered that she
might be flown abroad for
surgery.
Mercy was visited by the
correspondent in her
home at Lagos. As she lay
down on a couch in their
living room, the young
lady writhed in pains,
even as she struggled to
answer the reporter’s
questions. “When the
Batch A corps members
were in the Orientation
Camp in March, this year,
the NYSC officials invited
members of the Dance
Troupe to the camp to
teach the new corps
members how to dance.
We got to the camp in the
evening of Sunday, March
17.
“We were 15 all together:
11 boys and four girls.
The girls were not meant
to stay together in the
same room with the boys.
But we had to because
there was no vacant room.
The following morning,
the NYSC State
Coordinator gave a
directive that a separate
room should be given to
the girls. But the officials
could not find a vacant
room for us.
“So, they put us in one of
the rooms occupied by
some Batch ‘A’ female
corps members. We took
two mattresses each to
the place. There were no
bunks. So, we spread the
mattresses on the ground.
Thereafter, the other
three girls slept but I was
still awake . I was listening
to music on my phone,
using an earpiece.
“Around 11:00p.m., some
soldiers came into the
room. They were both
males and females. I felt
it was a normal thing
because they did the same
thing when I was in the
camp for orientation
exercise in November
2012. Then, I noticed that
a female soldier was
arguing with one of my
friends, Ifedayo
Fakehinde.
“Then, the female soldier
forcefully removed one of
the mattresses which she
slept on. Ifedayo sought
to know her offence and
the soldier hit her. I
quickly rose up and
caught her as she was
falling. Otherwise, she
would have hit her head
against the wall. But she
sprained her hand.
“The incident caused a
scene. Many corps
members came out and
argued with the soldiers.
As this was going on,
Ifedayo was crying. We
calmed her down. Then,
the NYSC Schedule Officer
came around. He sought
to know what happened.
As I was explaining what I
knew about the incident to
him, I heard the voice of
the Camp Commandant
telling all the corps
members to go inside.
“Before I finished my
explanation, the
commandant came and
pushed me. I sought to
know why he pushed me.
But he pushed me again. I
told him to stop pushing
me because he could not
push his sister like that.
But he continued until he
pushed me to the wall.
Then, he kicked me from
the ground and I hit the
ground with my back. I
couldn’t move. Then, I
heard other soldiers
saying ‘die, die, die’ till I
passed out.”
According to a sourse, the
Schedule Officer ran to
call the State Coordinator,
Mrs. I.B. Ekpe, when the
commandant was
purportedly beating the
corps member.
Mr. Solomon Okpithe,
Mercy’s father, said an
official of the NYSC called
him on phone in the
afternoon of Tuesday,
March 19, telling him that
Mercy was involved in an
accident and that he
should come to Awka
immediately.
The official told Mercy’s
father to come with
somebody who would stay
in the teaching hospital to
take care of Mercy. When
he got to the hospital with
his wife at about 12:30p.m
the following day, they
were shocked to hear that
she was brutalised by the
camp commandant.
Okpithe said the first
thing that came to his
mind was how to save his
daughter’s life. He sought
to see the Chief Medical
Director (CMD) of the
teaching hospital but
could not see him until
about 7:00p.m when he
came out from the
theatre.
“I asked the CMD about
my daughter’s condition,
but he said the hospital
could not handle it and he
would refer her to Enugu.
I told him that I was from
Lagos and asked if he
could refer her to any
hospital in Lagos. Then,
he said he would refer her
to Igbobi. Immediately, he
instructed the doctor that
was in charge to write the
letter .
“On Thursday morning, we
were at Igbobi. The
doctors at the hospital
tried but the sad thing is
that they told us they
could not handle it too.
They said it’s not just an
orthopaedic case but
something that has to do
with the spine . They
treated her and asked us
to take her home. Then,
they gave an
appointment,” he said.
On the next appointment
day, according to Okpithe,
the hospital said the first
option, which was the
treatment by orthopaedic
doctors, had failed. “They
said they were taking
another option now and if
it fails, the third option
would be a surgery.”
Okpithe, who has since
been responsible for his
daughter’s hospital bills ,
disclosed that Mrs. Ekpe
promised the family that
NYSC would reinburse
whatever amount spent on
the treatment, adding that
Ekpe said she had
informed the national
secretariat of NYSC in
Abuja about the
development and had also
written a letter to the
NYSC in Lagos State about
the incident.
“I have received calls from
one Mrs. Daniel from the
NYSC Office, Lagos, telling
me I should accept their
sympathy on my daughter.
But on the other hand,
Mrs Ekpe never stated the
cause of the dislocation. I
know she’s doing that to
protect the officer.”
Okpithe, an engineer,
urged the Chief of Army
Staff to ensure proper
reform of the army,
especially those in charge
of NYSC.
He also advised the
Federal Government to
provide necessary items
for corps members on the
camp. The issue of
inadequate mattresses, he
said, caused the problem.
When contacted on phone
to react to the claims,
Captain Beke neither
confirmed nor denied the
incident.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tooth brushing challenge: Nigeria sets new world record tooth brush

Tooth brushing challenge: Nigeria sets new world record

tooth brushThree hundred thousand pupils from across 600 public schools in Lagos, Thursday, made history as they set a new World Record in tooth brushing.
The pupils set the Guinness World Record by brushing their teeth simultaneously for one minute across 326 locations in the state.
It will be recalled that the previous record of 177, 003 was set by India in 2007.

Life begins at 70: Tina Turner and Erwin Bach to wed.

Erwin Bach to wed

Tina Turner and Erwin Bach
'Engaged' ... Tina and Erwin

TINA Turner will tie the knot for the second time after getting engaged to her boyfriend of 18 years.

The Simply The Best singer and music producer Erwin Bach are reportedly planning a lavish ceremony that will see them say their nuptials at Lake Zurich close to their home in Switzerland, claims Swiss newspaper Blick.
Tina divorced her abusive first husband IKe Turner in 1976 after 14 years of marriage.
She met Erwin in 1985 and the couple have lived together in Zurich for the past 15 years.
Tina and Ike Turner
Past marriage ... Tina and her abusive ex-husband Ike
Tina renounced her US citizenship to become Swiss in January this year.
A spokesperson for the star refused to comment.