Tuesday, 13 November 2012

5 things you shouldn’t do if he’s cheating on you

Your husband is cheating. You’re not sure what to do. Before wrestling with that decision, let’s focus first on what you SHOULDN’T do. Most women react blindly when they find out their husbands are having an affair. They let fear, anger, hurt, or a desire for revenge compel them to do things they later regret — things which make it difficult or impossible to implement any worthwhile infidelity advice they may later receive.

This article will keep you from making a mistake that could sabotage the course of action you eventually decide to take. Regardless of whether you decide to leave your husband or stay with him and try to work things out, doing the wrong thing at the outset can make a bad situation worse. Let’s look at 5 key things you SHOULDN’T do and examine the reasons why.
1. Don’t put him out or leave him – yet.
Instead of your first move, putting your husband out or leaving him should be your last resort. You may eventually decide to do this, but for now, it’s the worst thing you can do. Right now you need to keep a close eye on what’s going on. It’ll be easier to do that if the two of you are still living under the same roof. If you put him out or leave, you’ll be hard-pressed to know what he’s doing, short of hiring an investigator. As long as you’re still together, you can keep your finger on the pulse of his affair and gather some much-needed facts. There’s a lot you need to know about the situation before you can make an intelligent decision about what to do. Continue monitoring your husband’s activities, attitude, the frequency of his contact with his lover and any other details concerning his affair. Write everything down in a journal for future use. Also bear in mind that as long as he’s still there, you have a chance to work things out.
2. Don’t tell the whole world about his infidelity.
It’s natural to want to confide in somebody about your husband’s affair, or rally friends and family to your side. But be very cautious about who you tell. The female friend you confide in could turn out to be the “other woman.” Make sure you’re confiding in someone you know you can trust. Confiding in a male friend about your husband’s affair could complicate the situation. There are men out there who take advantage of women when they’re in a vulnerable state. Telling your husband’s friends or family may not produce the results you want. They might not take you seriously, or they may lie, make excuses for him, take his side, or warn him to cover his tracks. Confiding in your own family and friends can eventually come back to haunt you. Elephants aren’t the only ones who never forget. Some people have a tendency to remember unpleasant events long after they’ve been resolved. If you and your husband decide to reconcile, they could make things difficult by harboring anger and hostility toward him for what he did to you. Or they may show resentment toward you for taking him back. Exercise caution in who you tell about your husband’s affair.
3. Don’t ignore his affair or pretend it’s not happening.
Going into denial will only make matters worse. As traumatic as it is to find out that your husband has been cheating, you need to face the reality of the situation. Ignoring his infidelity gives him the go-ahead to continue his affair. Pretending it’s not happening will make him think he’s getting away with his cheating, or give him the impression that he has your silent approval. At some point you should inform your husband that you know about his affair and make it clear that you want it to stop. The sooner you confront him about his cheating, the better. The longer you wait to bring it up and express your disapproval, the more attached he will become to the other woman. And the harder it will be to get your marriage back on track. Remember too, that affairs thrive in secrecy. Sometimes, just telling your husband you know about it, will be enough to put a stop to his affair.
4. Don’t confront him without the 3 P’s – Proof, a Plan, and a Purpose.
Most experts agree that you should confront your husband about his cheating. But you need to have a plan. Choose the time and place carefully so you can discuss the affair at length without interruption. DO NOT ask your husband if he’s cheating. CHEATERS ALWAYS LIE. Present the evidence you’ve gathered that proves he’s having an affair – names, dates, places, times, absences, phone calls, physical evidence, etc. Then ask him some pointed questions about his affair: why he did it, how it started, how long it’s been going on, how he feels about the other woman, what he intends to do now that you know. Listen carefully to his answers so you can accurately assess the situation. Then you’ll be able to make a wise decision about what course of action to take. DO NOT CONFRONT YOUR HUSBAND WITHOUT PROOF OF HIS INFIDELITY. To do so will be a colossal waste of time. Unless you can prove he’s been cheating, the information-gathering phase will never get off the ground. If you need proof, there’s a way for you to get it without hiring a detective or buying software or surveillance equipment. “Is He Cheating on You? – 829 Telltale Signs” will help you find all the proof you need using only your eyes and ears, your personal knowledge of your husband, and the information in this book.
5. Don’t waste your time and energy on the other woman.
One of the worst things you can do is become obsessed with the other woman. It’s natural for you to be curious about her, but she’s not worth your time and energy. Repeatedly questioning your husband about her, referring to her or dragging her name into the conversation puts the spotlight on her instead of on the real issues where it belongs. Don’t obsess over the details of what happened between the two them. Concentrate on working things out between the two of you. Do not humiliate or frustrate yourself by calling or confronting the other woman and demanding that she leave your husband alone. She’s not obligated to take orders from you. Harassing her or threatening her will put you on the wrong side of the law. Name-calling, criticizing or belittling the her will only make your husband come to her defense. You’ll be driving them closer together instead of forcing them apart Forget about the other woman and focus your energy and efforts on getting your marriage back on track.
Will you end up sabotaging your marriage or saving it? The final outcome depends on the way you handle things when you first discover your husband’s affair. In the initial stages, you may be unsure exactly what you’re going to do. But at least you know what NOT to do. Whether you stay with your husband or leave him, avoiding these mistakes, leaves the way clear for whatever decision you eventually make

Friday, 9 November 2012


Twenty-one stockbroking firms have been suspended from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) for failing to meet the statutory requirement of maintaining a minimum liquidity margin of not less than 10 percent of shareholders funds.

Article 15(e) of the rules and regulations governing dealing members, requires stockbroking firms at all times to maintain a liquidity margin of not less than 10 percent of their shareholders funds.
 An investigation on the affected stockbroking firms is said to have revealed that they had their shareholders funds eroded as at September 30, this year.
 The Stock Exchange, in its BrokersTrak identified the stockbroking firms with inadequate shareholders funds, as including Colvia Securities Limited, Consolidated Investment Limited, Dakal Services Limited, DBSL Securities Limited, Dependable Securities Limited, Empire Securities Limited, Express Discount Asset Management Limited, First Equity Securities Limited, Genesis Securities & Investment Limited, Gombe Securities, Lion Stockbrokers Limited, LMB Stockbrokers Limited, and Mainstreet Securities Limited (Formerly Afribank Securities Limited).
Others suspended for maintaining inadequate shareholders fund, are Mayfield Investment Limited, Midland Capital Market Limited, Peninsula Asset Management & Investment, Professional Stockbrokers Limited, Securities Trading & Investment Limited, Supra Commercial Trust Limited, Wema Asset Management Limited, and Woodland Capital Market Plc.   
One of the reasons stockbrokers were badly hit at the peak of the equities market crisis, was poor capitalization. To remain in business, a good number of them had to secure margin loans, and as the market slumped, banks had to call back those facilities, leaving them liquid.
This development comes on the heels of the summoning by the NSE, of 18 dealing member firms and three individuals, said to have been involved in unauthorized sale of investors shares between January and September 30, 2012.
 The NSE, in a bid to improve investor confidence in the market, has commenced a strong campaign against market infraction by its dealing members. Investors can now make more informed decisions about where to invest, by viewing names of Dealing Member-Firms that have been found liable for contravening market rules. The aim of the NSE is to reduce contravention of market rules to the barest minimum, while doing all within its means to restore confidence the Broker-Dealer Regulations of the NSE said.
 The dealing member firms (both resolved and unresolved) which have been summoned, include Manivest Asset Management Limited, IT IS Securities Ltd, Lion Stockbrokers Limited, Securities Solutions Limited, Dominion Trust Limited, Omas Investment and Trust Limited, Marriot Securities Limited, Mountain Investments and Securities Ltd, Royal crest Securities Ltd, Gosord Securities Ltd, Bytofel Trust and Securities Ltd, Nova Finance and Securities Ltd, WT Securities Ltd, GMT Securities and Assets Management Ltd, Prime Wealth Capital Ltd, Maven Asset Management Ltd, and Da-Canon Investment Ltd, as well as Adamawa Securities Ltd.
 The three individuals whom the NSE said have been involved in unauthorized sale of investors share between January and September 30, 2012 are Kingsley Nnaji (Hass been blacklisted by the Exchange for misconduct); Jeol Okafor (He has been referred to the disciplinary committee of the council) and Okafor George Nchedo (He is currently under investigation for misconduct).
 The Federal Government had in April 2007 announced a new capital base of between n1 billion and N2 billion for the various categories of operators in the market. While Issuing Houses were to increase their capital base to N2 billion from N150 million, stock broking firms were directed to shore up theirs to N1 billion, from N70 million and Registrars were to increase their capital base to N500 million from N50 million.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

“The gays brought this upon us” – US pastor on Hurrican Sandy

The Eastern seaboard may have yet to experience the full wrath of Hurricane Sandy, but one right-wing Christian preacher is already pointing the finger at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
In a wordy and occasionally rambling blog on his website, chaplain John McTernan seems to link Hurricane Sandy (and a number of other recent weather-related trends and natural disasters) on LGBT people and President Barack Obama’s recent backing of marriage equality. While most of McTernan’s wrath is directed at Obama, he has some choice words for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, too.
“God is systematically destroying America,” McTernan writes. “Just look at what has happened this year.”
Calling Sandy “the most powerful hurricane on record” that “could do catastrophic damage to the entire Northeast,” McTernan adds, “Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!”
In a second blog titled “Hurricane Sandy and the Election,” he said of Romney, “Yes, he is a big time pro-homosexual supporter to the point he will keep open homosexuality in the military; he wants homosexuals in the Boy Scouts; and he wants more open homosexuals in the Republican Party.”
Earlier this year, McTernan similarly linked Hurricane Isaac with the LGBT community, pointing to the fact that the life-threatening storm coincided with Southern Decadence, New Orleans’ “Gay Mardi Gras.”
“New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city,” he wrote in a blog. “It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end.”

Welcome to Harlobzy Blog: “Our baby is the devil” – Parents of 4-week-old b...

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: “Our baby is the devil” – Parents of 4-week-old boy who can walk, talk and produce fire Black magic and evil spirits have captured the...

“Our baby is the devil” – Parents of 4-week-old boy who can walk, talk and produce fire

Black magic and evil spirits have captured the soul of a new-born baby in Colombia who can apparently already walks by himself and produce fire, his own mother has claimed.
Ana Feria Santos gave birth to her son last month but says her joy quickly turned to fear when she noticed that he had ‘several abnormalities’ – leading to fears in her community that he is the ‘devil in disguise’.
She says the boy can already stand up and walk – quite a feat for a child of just four weeks.
Much like the 1976 horror film The Omen, the mother-of-five says he frequently hides around the house, cackles in an ‘adult’ way for hours on end and has an ‘intimidating’ pair of eyes.
She told the RCN Radio station: ‘He walks like an adult, sometimes going off and hiding underneath the bed, in a suitcase, in the washing machine or in the fridge.’
Her neighbours in the town of Lorica, near the Caribbean coast, also say he is possessed by a ‘malign spirit’ and that he is capable of producing fire.
This, they say, is because burn marks have been found on his clothes and a sofa where he regularly sits.
It has led to vigilante attacks on Santos and her taxi-driver husband Óscar Palencia López’s house, which is allegedly being pelted with stones on a nightly-basis by frightened residents.
But the 28-year-old’s story has not been believed by doctors, who have now launched an investigation into the possibility that the new-born could have been abused.
The Colombian Family Welfare Institute, the National Police and the Catholic Church have also all refused to assert the claims that black magic is involved.
A team of psychologists, a social worker, a nutritionist and a lawyer will now look into the case, with a source saying: ‘The child shows signs of abuse.
‘Two small burns were found on the palm of the left hand and for that reason a restoration measure was adopted to [safeguard] the family environment.
‘The parents received a warning while the facts are being clarified.’

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

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Nollywood producer humiliates actress for refusing him sex for movie role

Another source has again revealed to Nigeriafilms.com that the same movie producer, Arsenal Bruno is in another mess with another up and coming actress, who this time, was humiliated for not giving in for the sex for movie role gimmicks of the producer.
According to the gist, Bruno gathered top artistes like Annie Macaulay, Tonto Dikeh, Yul Edochie and some budding artistes for a movie shoot in Enugu. He lodged the upcomers at Prince Palace Hotel, Ukporkiti, Enugu, where we learnt this movie producer used as his slaughter house of the naive and desperate wannabe actresses.
Our source revealed to us that Bruno had a problem with one of the girls who refused to open legs for him. As we were told, Bruno asked this Benin City, Edo State-based budding actress named Keshi Thomas to sleep with him before she could get a juicy role in the movie. But as a way of rejecting the offer, Keshi was said to have told Bruno that she was menstruating, which fell into the deaf ears of Bruno as he was said to have insisted on sleeping with Keshi even if she was ‘on’.
When the actress didn’t give in to Bruno insistence, our source revealed that Bruno reduced her role in the movie into a minor. He then later told Keshi that she would be responsible for her hotel and feeding bills while on that set. The source further informed us that Bruno told the hotel manager to throw the actress out of the hotel if she is unable to pay the hotel bills.
When Keshi couldn’t bear the humiliation being meted out on her, she left the movie set.
As at press time, we learnt that every other acts have left the movie set as Bruno could not pay hotel bills of those he lodged at the hotel. Our source later informed us that Bruno even ran away from the movie set and left the director, Bassey Ubong to be detained by the hotel management to clear the bills.
We then learnt that the bill was cleared by one Nollywood big-wig, who is very close to the governor of Enugu state. Yul Edochie, Tonto Dikeh and others have since left the movie set for other movie productions.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Below is a list of the Richest Nollywood actresses, this involves earnings from endorsements, and other businesses they have been involved in during the past years:

10) Chioma Chukwuka – 46 Million Naira
The absolutely scandal-free actress in Nollywood has featured in about 70 movies and has raked in millions for herself and family. She earned N8 million from movies in 2007.

In 2008, she also earned a whopping N9 million. She owns two houses and various properties in Lagos and her home state.

9) Monalisa Chinda – 50 Million Naira
Between 2004 and 2008, Monalisa Chinda earned about N25 million.
The actress and producer is about to release her movie which is already in its final stages. She also owns landed properties in choice locations in both Rivers State and Lagos.

8) Uche Jombo – 49.5 Million Naira
In 2008, she pocketed N10 million for her slick performances in several movies.

The Glo ambassador and model, who earned more than N11 million in 2009, seems unstoppable at the moment. The year 2011/2012 could see her top this list, since some of her movies are not yet released and the ones being shown in cinemas are still enjoying sold-out status across the continent.

7) Patience Ozokwor – 51 Million Naira
The Enugu star is nicknamed ‘Mama G’ in Nollywood. She is the oldest on the list and is notable for her tough roles in movies. ‘Mama G’, who is also a musician, has been consistent in the industry and her roles have been raw energy. She is very diverse in her investments but also has several landed properties. She also started business very early.

6) Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – 53 Million Naira
In 2007, she grossed N9 million. Omotola takes it easy with her life and also has great passion for cars.

She drives more expensive cars than any actress in Nollywood and her garage is estimated to be worth N20 million. The mother, model and musician has recently stepped up her game in the music industry.

Her first album ‘Gba’ was her first introduction to the music industry but her sophomore album ‘Me, Myself & Eyes’ has defined her as truly talented. The production and promotion of her album cost her a whopping N13 million.

5) Mercy Johnson – 55 Million Naira
By 2008, Mercy Johnson had appeared in fifteen movies and earned N11.4 million from movies alone. The following year, she earned N13 million and she featured in the Emen Isong hit movie ‘Guilty Pleasures’. She is also an investor in properties and she is about to complete two houses at the moment. She also owns about six landed properties in Lagos.

4) Rita Dominic – 58 Million Naira
In 2004, she won the City Peoples Award as the Most Outstanding Actress. The face of Nokia and the Glo ambassador is also a business woman.

Rita has done well both as an actress and a model. Her assets include landed properties and two homes estimated to be worth over N40 million.

Between 2008 and 2009, she earned N16million (most of it part of the money coming from Nokia and Glo.) She is about to launch a book and produce her own films.

3) Ini Edo – 60 Million Naira
She has five buildings to her credit and another one to be completed by the end of the year. Most of the buildings are being rented to tenants. By 2007, she had earned N15.7 million from movies and her businesses.

She has just produced her latest flick ‘Memories Of The Heart’ which will be premiered in the United States. She is a Glo ambassador and is also part of the project to move Nollywood to another level. She is fully involved with Nollywood USA.

2) Genevieve Nnaji – 64 Million Naira
By 2009, she raised the bar and she was paid $25,000 in the blockbuster international hit movie ‘IJE’ produced by Chineze Anyaene. A model and also a singer, she became the Face of Lux in 2004 and was subsequently involved with Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. Between 2004 and 2006, she earned a whopping N31.3 million.

N14.7 million came from her two-year deal with Lux ($100,000). With no great interest in real estate, she decided to dive into the fashion industry. She launched her clothing line St. Genevieve in 2008 which is presently being managed by fashion icon Zizi Cardow and is reportedly worth N20 million.

There is no doubt that she would have been topping this list with a great margin if she eventually got the Glo deal. She became the first to be contacted by Globacom, but she demanded N50 million while globacom wanted to sign her on for N30 million. She’s reported to have tried later to salvage the deal, but she had already lost it. She is also the brand ambassador of Range Rover’s Evogue new brand of cars.

1) Kate Henshaw-Nuttall – 67 Million Naira
By 2006, she had earned N10 million and the following year, she reached N12 million. The warm and beautiful star is also a model, a former Glo Ambassador, and face of Onga (brand from Promasidor) and has since earned a whopping N20 million between 2008 and 2010.

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20-year-old Nigerian emerges runner-up in international competition
A  Twenty-year-old Nigerian, Kola Bayole, who represented a team from South Africa, has emerged as one of the three innovative and enterprising young winners in the inaugural INDIAFRICA business venture competition organised by theideaworks and the Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

The winners emerged after a keenly contested competition with hundreds of entries and 25 featured presentations by nine teams from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and India before a 9-member Grand Jury.

The contestants were expected to generate business and innovative ideas that were realisable, continuous, beneficial and socially impactful on the economy.

The winners included Pllonam Kumari from India with her idea of a solar powered harvester; Zubaida Bai from India with her novel health-care venture; Kennedy Kithake and Kola Bayole of South Africa for  education ventures; and Bhiraw Kumar Mandal of India for his innovative hydrogen based energy solution emerged first, second and joint third place winners.

Bayole studied Information System Engineering in Computer Training Institute, Cape Town, South Africa.

He said, “I would love if the country can take their citizens seriously. I am proud to be a Nigerian, but nobody will want to come into the country if there is no system that will assist them. I would have loved to represent my country, but the team we built in South Africa is one of the best team in the country.

“I approached Nigeria about a year ago concerning a similar project that I worked on and how it can be rolled out in the country, but got no response.”

Friday, 14 September 2012

Woman stripped naked for robbing a female passenger in Abuja

A Young lady was yesterday stripped naked at the Area 11 Junction in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja after carrying out a robbery operation on a woman and being pursued by some group of young men who volunteered to help the victim track down the perpetrators.
It was reported that the lady and five others had carried out an operation at Area 11, robbing an unlucky female passenger who fell into their hands.  The victim was identified as Obiageli.
Luck however ran out of them when a group of young men who watched the robbery scene from a distance quickly rushed to the scene to rescue the helpless woman, and to get hold of the robbers. The men who were smarter escaped from the scene of the incident, leaving the lady, who struggled to rescue herself from the hands of the angry mob.  She however put up a defense mechanism through her refined grammar, claiming she was not part of the operation.
The mob who already knew the truth hastily got hold of her hand bag, and checked thoroughly the Ash colored Nissan she was inside.  Recovered from the car and her hand bag were ATM cards belonging to different people, passports of different people and over 20 mobile phones.
It became too late for her to beg the mob as their number had already increased. It was then that they quickly stripped her naked and descended on her.
As at the time of this report, the police were yet to arrive at the scene of the incident, however, it was learnt that someone had already gone to report the case to the police.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Dead man appears 37 years after in Abeokuta

Barely a week after a child was reportedly born with Islamic rosary, (Tesbaha) in Sagamu, Ogun State, another amazing event was recorded in the ancient town of Abeokuta, as a man that was believed to have died about four decades ago was sighted at Mawuko area of Odeda local government, Ogun State.
The appearance of late Sheikh Ibraheem Nyaas at a newly constructed building in the area has continued to attract visitors both within and outside the State since the unusual event occurred few days ago.
Investigation by Leadership Sunday confirmed that last week Friday, the ghost of sheikh Ibraheem who had died for almost 37 years ago started appearing on the walls of a building belonging to one Saubana Fadeyi.
Expectedly, the strange happening has turned the sleepy Mawuko village into a Mecca of sorts as people thronged the area to see another oddity and seek the face of Allah.
The owner of the building who moved into the yet to be completed two bedroom flat a day to the eid el fitri celebration while speaking with LEADERSHIP SUNDAY confirmed that he started noticing a very faint brightness on the wall of his sitting room and the figure that showed on that wall was a replica of the portrait of Sheikh Nyass that he engraved at the entrance of the building.
His words: “My wife first noticed it and she rushed out to inform me, when I also saw it, I was greatly terified, wondering how such thing could have happened”.
“My thought was that the ghost would eventually disappeaed but on the second day, it brightenes more and started showing on all sides of the building which made me ran to a pastor of a church near my house for assistance”.
Collaborating the husband, Mrs Maryam Fadeyi said that when she saw that the happening was a strange thing, I told my husband to inform those that knows better than us, it was then we called on an Imam at a nearby mosque after the Pastor that we invited had adviced that we seek for help from muslim clerics to solve the misery”.
Fadeyi said that he immediately invited some Muslim clerics in the area to come and behold the strange happenings in his house”
Fadeyi said, “the shout of “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) rented the air as hundreds of people trooped in to behold what happened”.

Friday, 24 August 2012

The truth behind my relationship with Don Jazzy – Tiwa Savage

She’s tall, pretty and highly talented with a unique voice, you do not come across Tiwa Savage in person for the first time and fail to notice the passion and confidence she exudes. This better comes alive when asked to speak about her music career.
It sure does not come as a surprise, as the 32-year-old singer, who does not look any bit her age, kicked off her music career in the UK, touring as a back-up singer for international stars like Mary J. Blige, Sting, George Michael, Kelly Clarkson and the Spice Girls.
Her impressive resume notwithstanding, Savage, who is the only female in the Don Jazzy-led, Marvin Records music label, is quite approachable. Although she says her label mates do not make her feel like a lady in their midst, her inclusion in the team has given rise to speculations of a steamy romance between her and Don Jazzy.
The rumour was further fuelled when the latter, who has never collaborated with any artiste outside of the disbanded Mo Hits Crew’, featured on her single, Without My Heart.
To these allegations, Savage lets out a hearty laugh, saying, “The rumours are false. Don Jazzy and I have always been friends. He helped me out from the beginning, even before Mavin Records. I have always and will always look up to him. He is a great man and I appreciate his talent so much. He also has a really good heart.”
In less than two years since she moved back to Nigeria, the slender singer has won a large following for herself and has gradually wormed her way to the enviable position as a top musician in the country. Yet, she rules out ‘luck factor.’
“A lot of people see it as a short period but I can assure you I have been working for many years to get here. It is a journey that has spanned many years and three continents just to get here. I am grateful to God that I now have the opportunity to sing but it has been a lot of hard work.”
Savage’s dress sense and appearance have made her nothing short of a sex symbol in the industry. Notwithstanding, she confesses that she was initially not comfortable with her skin colour.
“I used to have such a complex about being dark skinned and was told that I was not beautiful and sometimes when someone complimented me, they would say, ‘You look good for a dark-skinned girl’ but eventually when I moved to the U.S., people started to really compliment me. So I guess the secret is appreciating how God created you. Once you feel good on the inside it will show on the outside.”
According to the Berkley College of Music, UK graduate, she is not threatened by the crop of female artistes trying to break through in the competitive Nigerian music scene. For her, there is no challenge what so ever.
“If anything we even need more female musicians. There are not enough of us. I am actually in awe of many of them: Omawumi, Waje, Asa, Eva are all doing great things in music. Many powerful women have paved the way for someone like me and the truth is there are amazing female artistes that are relentless in their efforts to build the female presence in the music industry. We are working so hard to make sure we close the gap in such a male dominated industry.”
With less than six singles to her credit, her yet-to-be- released album has become one of the most anticipated in the industry. She reveals that it will be a blown-away.
“The album will be out very soon and apart from my usual style, I am experimenting with some different sounds too. I think listeners will be pleasantly surprised. I was happy that O Ma Ga was well received because it was a departure from my typical style. I am not necessarily pushing for an international collaboration right now as I feel when the time is right it will happen. I would love to do a collaboration with Brandy though; she is my all-time favourite.”
With some celebrities constantly striving to live up to the expectations of the public and fans, Savage says she is never compelled to bow to pressure. “From the beginning, I have always just allowed the music to speak for itself and I strongly believe that as long as you are true to yourself, you maintain your integrity and continue to stay humble and create great music, you will be free to enjoy the journey and use your gift to bless people as supposed to always feeling pressured. The only pressure I feel is to always do better.”
When asked what she considers the greatest misconception being held about her, she says, “Probably that I am some kind of diva. In reality I am most comfortable wearing a T-shirt and some leggings. I’m not even a big fan of heels.”

Friday, 17 August 2012

Two musicians arrested for rape and blackmail of 17-year-old girl

For allegedly defiling  a 17 year old girl, two disco musicians have been charged before an Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court.
Ekene Ozor, 24, and Daniel Eni, 21, are standing trial before Magistrate M.B. Folami for allegedly forcing their penis into the mouth and vagina of Nancy Amaka.
Prosecuting Corporal Oladejo Balogun told the court that the accused committed the crime on August 5, about 12pm at 10, Joe Ejeye Street, Ejigbo.
He said they conspired to sexually penetrate into the vagina and mouth of Nancy Nkechi Abia Amaka.
Balogun said the offences contravened Sections 409 and 259 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos 2011.
It was gathered that Ekene invited the victim who had just finished secondary school for a musical video shoot and when she came, instead of taking her to the location, he locked her inside his room.
After locking his door and removing the keys, the first accused allegedly forced the victim to remove her clothes and started taking nude pictures of her.
“When he had finished snapping me, he said he was going to post my naked pictures on the Internet if I refused to suck his penis,” Amaka told the court.
She said after having sex with her, Ekene went and called his friend, who also had his turn and they threatened to expose her pictures if she refused to comply.
After they had satisfied themselves she said, the victim seized her ATM card in a bid to extort money from her, and to blackmail her.
She said she told her parents about the incident and they reported the case at the Ejigbo Police Station, following which they were arrested.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were granted N500,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. While the case was adjourned.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

I Wish I Never Had Revenge Séx

There hadn’t been any of those your--is-totally-about-to-dump-you signs. None of my friends warned me that they thought it might happen anytime soon. He hadn’t mentioned any “problems in our relationship” at all.
It’s safe to say that I wasn’t expecting to be single by the time I got home from school that day—but I sure was.
You’ve got to understand, this is my first serious high school  we’re talking about. You know, the one who I planned on marrying? The one I lost my virginity to? The one that I imagined being with for forever? Yep, that was him. One day we were perfect and the next we were over…The following day at school I anticipated the worst: Passing each other awkwardly in the hall, having to sit near him at lunch and not laugh when he said something funny, him knowing that I  been crying during the minutes before class. But that “worst” doesn’t even come close to what really happened. Ready for it? Are you sure?
Like really? How could he be so awful to me? They were holding hands and even kissing during passing period. I wanted to die. Cue the combination of humiliation and depression. Obviously our relationship  meant nothing to him–when to me, it was one of the most important things in life. How could I have been such an idiot for letting him mess with my emotions that way. I wasn’t sad anymore, I was livid. And I needed to find some way to get even with him.
If he thought he could just go off and be with another girl so quickly after our relationship was over, that sure meant that I could do the same with another boy. But not just any boy, I wanted to make sure that it was the one person that would hurt him the most—one of his best friends.
I knew which one to pick immediately; he had always been someone that my ex- was jealous of. Without consulting my friends, I texted him the next day, asking if he wanted to hang out, but I’m sure he knew that I meant something more. When he came over, I was ready. There had always been some séxual tension between us but now, with my  out of the picture, nothing was stopping us . . . or me from having revenge sex.
We kissed and it was really great, but it just didn’t feel right. His hands moved up my shirt and I liked how it felt but hated that it was him at the same time. I went down on him and wanted to make it fantastic for him, wanted him to finish, but only so the news would get back to my ex boyfriend. By the time we had séx, I don’t even know what I was thinking. I only knew that revenge séx wasn’t what I pictured it would be.
It was such a convoluted experience of things I thought I wanted and the emotions that only made me realize how bad of an idea it had all been. I felt dirty and wrong. Believe me, the séx was good while it was happening (when isn’t it?), but the way it made me feel after was so not what I expected. Revenge séx is NOT all it’s cracked up to be in the movies.
I wanted to go back in time and forget the whole thing. I wished that I could have found ANY other way to get over this relationship. Anything besides having revenge séx. I just wish I had known that it would have felt so wrong. If I had, I would never have done it in the first place.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

31 Year Old Woman Stabbed And Killed Fiance On Wedding Day.......

31 Year Old Woman Stabbed And Killed Fiance On Wedding Day

Instead of spending her first full day as a newlywed, an eastern Pennsylvania woman was instead in jail, accused of killing her fiance hours before they were to get married on sunday.

The woman, Na Cola Darcel Franklin, 31, was charged with criminal homicide in Saturday morning stabbing death of Billy Rafeal Brewster, 36, in their Whitehall Township apartment.
It was said that at her arraignment by video from jail Saturday, Franklin apparently unable to grasp that he was dead pleaded to the judge, “You got to check again!” according to the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown.

After District Judge Donna Butler told her that Brewster had been pronounced dead earlier, Franklin wailed and covered her face in her hands.
“I want my family back,” she said, rocking gently back and forth. “I want to go home.”
When asked if she understood the homicide charge, Franklin wept and choked out the words one at a time.

“I … did … not … kill … him … on … purpose,” she said, according to the newspaper.
Franklin and Brewster were to be married at 10 a.m. Saturday, but police said they were called to the apartment shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday and found Brewster bleeding from the torso as he lay on the landing outside his apartment. He was pronounced dead a little over an hour later at a hospital, District Attorney Jim Martin said.
The Lehigh County coroner’s office said a preliminary investigation revealed two stab wounds that resulted in a punctured heart.

Neighbor Steve Engel said the pastor who was supposed to perform the ceremony came to the building after not being able to reach the couple, and others who were apparently going to the wedding also showed up at the building throughout the day.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Britain boosts aid to Syrian rebels


The British Government is increasing its work with the Syrian political opposition as part of efforts to create an alternative to President Bashar al Assad's regime.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said a British diplomat met representatives of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) this week.

The UK is also to provide an extra £5m in non-lethal equipment, such as communications devices, to help activists co-ordinate efforts.

In an article in The Times, Mr Hague said: "The people of Syria cannot wait while the wheels of diplomacy turn.

"Many more people will die without urgent help. That is why we will now focus our efforts on urgent practical assistance to Syrians on the ground, while diplomacy continues."

Meanwhile, rebels retreated from the key Aleppo district of Salaheddin under heavy shelling, as a veteran Algerian diplomat was set to be named the new international envoy to Syria.
"We have staged a tactical withdrawal from Salaheddin. The district is completely empty of rebel fighters. Regime forces are now advancing into Salaheddin," said Hossam Abu Mohammed, an FSA commander.

"The fighters are withdrawing to (nearby) Sukari district, where they are preparing a counter-attack."

He added: "A large number of civilians were killed, as were some 40 rebels. Forty buildings have been flattened."
Syrian state television said: "Our special forces have cleansed Salaheddin district of terrorists."

It came as Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, 78, is to be named as Kofi Annan's replacement as Arab League joint special envoy for Syria, according to diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters news agency.

An announcement about Mr Brahimi - who has served as a UN special envoy for Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and South Africa - could come as early as next week.

Mr Assad's forces have so far killed more than 15,000 people, in its effort to crush the rebellion that erupted in March 2011, some Western leaders say.

Damascus said rebels have killed several thousand members of its security forces.

Mr Annan, a former UN secretary-general, announced last week he would step down because he was unable to do his job with the UN Security Council's veto powers deadlocked over Syria.

The council united in April to approve the deployment of 300 monitors to observe a failed ceasefire as part of Mr Annan's peace plan.

But Russia and China have vetoed three other resolutions criticising Syria and threatening sanctions against Damascus.