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Monday, 29 February 2016

Emir Sanusi orders immediate release of Ese Oruru after Ben Bruce Contacted Him

Ben Murray Bruce, Senator representing Bayelsa East has contacted the Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to demand the immediate

VIDEO+ TEXT of Leonardo Dicaprio's Epic Speech at the Oscar

Leonardo DiCaprio made the focus of his acceptance speech at the Oscars about climate change and how aware we should be about what's going on in our  world right now.

Below is the text of his well-crafted acceptance speech at the Oscars:

"Making The Revenant was about man's relationship

Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Wins An Oscar. See How The Internet Breaks...

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar on February 28, 2016, after five nominations and 27 Years in Hollywood! This time, as "Best Leading Actor" in the survival epic, ‘The Revenant’.

His acceptance speech was on point too. My

Olusegun Obasanjo’s Son In a Ghastly Motor Accident

Oba, son of the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, was reportedly involved in a ghastly motor accident yesterday, Sunday 28th February, 2016. 

He was on his way from Ilesha in Osun state where he

Sunday, 28 February 2016

LOL: Governor Ambode & Friends In School Uniform At FGC, Warri

Hahaha ...okay, so I saw this picture of the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode alongside his old classmates in school uniform, online, and I simply laughed and laughed. 

My first thought when I saw the beer-bellies all

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Meet Man Who Turns 15 on Monday While His Son Turns 5.

Eric Shekoufeh, doesn't look four neither does his father, Fred Shekoufeh, who look a lot older than 15.

But they are!

Shekoufeh and son, who live in La Mesa, California were both born on February 29, an event that has a 1 in 2.1 million chance of happening, according to

Eric will be celebrating his 5th official birthday while his dad will be celebrating his 15th on the same day.

Eric said his favorite Feb. 29th birthday was in 2012, when he turned "four."

"Everyone and their mother made a joke about me turning four, and that four-year-olds shouldn't be able to drive cars. Well, evidently I could," he said. "I was glad to have an actual birthday on such on emphatic year: getting a license. No confusion at the DMV. I hope I can say the same when I'm going out for my 21st."

This year, Eric Shekoufeh, a student at UCLA, plans to do more of his celebrating at Big Bear over the weekend.
"I don't plan to push it over to March 1st," he said.
He said he is more excited about next year when he will officially turn 21 and can legally drink alcohol.

"Legally, I should be able to drink on the 28th, but I'm expecting a bouncer to look at my license and tell me it's a fake," he said.

Duh! Got you there! 60 years and 20 years, that's their real age.

Fred Amata Emerges DGN President After 3 Attempts + Result of The Votes

Veteran filmmaker, Fred Amata, has emerged the President of the Directors' Guild of Nigeria (DGN).

The prolific actor cum director was declared President-elect of the guild after the election conducted yesterday, February 26, 2016, in Asaba,

See Facebook Post That Costs Lady Civil Service Job At Nassarawa State

Ruquayyat Tijjani Usman, Nasarawa State Counsel in d Ministry of Justice, has announced on Twitter that Governor Almakura of Nasarawa State terminated her appointment for being critical of his government via a facebook post she made.

She shared the alleged post and the termination letter she received from her employer, the Nassarawa State Civil Service Commission.

According to her, she was summoned by the

Friday, 26 February 2016

Full Text of Sunday Oliseh’s Resignation Letter As Super Eagle's Coach

Below is the full text of Oliseh's resignation letter:

Dear General Secretary of NFF,
Object: Letter of Resignation.
Due to incessant Violations of our signed agreement (Contract) I am hereby informing you of my decision to terminate our working collaboration signed in July 2015
The most important objective is for the Super Eagles

Oliseh's Reasons For Resigning as Eagles Coach + Nigerians' Reactions

While you were sleeping, the Head-Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Sunday Oliseh, announced his resignation in the early hours of today, February 26, 2016, via a letter addressed to the General

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Reasons Why Wike Discontinued Overseas Scholarship for Rivers Students

The Rivers State government has discontinued funding of scholarship to Rivers state students currently enjoying it in various foreign universities

Meet Herbalist Who Lives With 17 Giant Pythons As Link To His Ancestors

39-year-old South African herbalist, Sibusiso Ngobese began living with his 17 big pythons snakes in 2005 when he became a herbalist. He's from

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Police Withdraws Tompolo’s Security Aides. See reasons here...

The Nigerian police has withdrawn the security aides approved for Government Ekpemupolo - Tompolo by the Federal Government since 2009 under the

Customs’ Prohibition List- Paracetamol, Lizards, Water and Others

 The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) has reviewed its import and export prohibition lists to suit Nigeria’s 2016 realities.

Here are 10 items forbidden for importation:

I Am Not Afraid - Breadseller-Olajumoke's Husband Speaks

Sunday Orisaguna, husband to Breadseller-turned-celeb model and brand ambassador, Mrs Olajumoke Orisaguna spoke to Encomium on his wife's new found fame and his feelings about it.

Burial Date Fixed For Comedian Bovi's Mum

The burial date for Dr. Mrs Margareth Ugboma, mother of talented comedian, Bovi Ugboma, who died few weeks ago at the age of 58 has been fixed by

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Photos: Youngest Nigerian King, Obi Chukwuka, Meets With Gov. Okowa 

HRM Agbogidi Chukwuka Noah Akaeze 1, the Obi Of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State earlier today met with the State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa at the Delta State Government House, Asaba.

The 17 year-old who is also the youngest monarch in

Domain Change: The Long, Hard Road to the Permanent Site...

For sometime now, I have been planning a transition from to all in a bid to take this Blogging Ministry to the permanent site.

Domain migration is not a kid's game at all but a big decision that requires a great deal of planning. And

CELINE DION Plans 10-Minute Tribute to Rene During Opening Show

Celine Dion's return to her Vegas stage has been earmarked for today, Feb 23, 2016. It will be her first since her husband, Rene Angelil, died, and she plans to make it a 'love tribute' to her late husband.

TMZ has reported how Celine's completely changing her show at Caesars Colosseum. It now begins with a

Breadseller ‘Olajumoke Orisaguna: The Nigerian Cinderella’ By Reuben Abati

Since Olajumoke, the Agege bread- seller broke the internet, it's been one-day one-update about her. Reuben Abati, the writer after my heart, aptly sums up the unpleasant consequences likely to follow this whole grass-to-grace story in this telling piece. Happy Reading!
"About three weeks ago, 27-year old Olajumoke Orisaguna was a complete unknown on the streets of Lagos, hawking bread.

A loaf of bread is about N100, and even with a full tray such as she carried in her first public embrace of fame, her whole ware for a day may not be more than N3,000, with daily profit between N300-N700.

She had trained as a hair stylist, got married but had to leave her husband and a daughter back home in Ire, Osun state, to “hustle” as it were in Lagos.

The life of a bread seller in Lagos is easily imaginable: exposure to the elements, to sundry abuse, including the possibility of being raped by unruly artisans and bachelors, who will offer to buy bread and something else along with it, if the hawker is willing.

This was Olajumoke Orisaguna’s reality until she ran into TY Bello and Tinie Tempah and her life changed.

Today, she has been enrolled as a model. Her story has appeared in all newspapers, on CNN, Huffington Post, and virtually everywhere online.

Two companies: StanbicIBTC and PayPorte have made her their brand ambassador. The former even awarded her two daughters scholarships up to university level. Her face has appeared on the cover of magazines.

She is now a student at Poise Finishing School, an intern with two beauty salons, and a motivational speaker, even if she reportedly can’t speak English. When she went to the office of the National Identity Management Commission to get an identity card, NIMC also cashed in on her new found fame to use her to promote the agency: “Olajumoke knows she needs to NIMC. She walked into a NIMC centre yesterday unsolicited. Olajumoke is smart. Be like her.”

This must be the most saccharine endorsement of Olajumoke so far.

To crown it all, a construction company has given her a luxury apartment in Lagos. From hawking bread in Agege, she is now within weeks, the darling of corporate Nigeria, the poster girl for corporate social responsibility, a landlady, and a role model. She had probably never seen the inside of an aircraft, but a few days ago, she was on a flight to Abuja to give a speech!

Mrs Orisaguna is Nigeria’s Cinderella. Hers is a sudden, unplanned, unexpected, unprepared for grass to grace, rags to riches story, a kind of I–just-dey-waka-my-own-jeje-luck-come-jam-me-tale. It doesn’t happen everyday. It is the kind of accident that many Nigerians seek: accidental fame and fortune. It is perhaps the magical, miraculous, I-don’t believe-it-but-it-is-true quality of this story that has captured the public imagination.

Olajumoke was hawking her bread innocently in Sabo, when she stumbled upon a photo session by that gifted mother of twins, artist and photographer, TY Bello, working on a series of shots for the international hip hop star, Tinie Tempah. We have been told that Olajumoke Orisaguna “photobombed” herself into the activity. I guess she just happened to walk by trying to sell bread, and TY Bello who is a spirit in action when she is at work, had a brain wave and took her picture. Enormously creative, T Y Bello thinks on her feet. When she has that her big camera in her hands, she is an agile, inventive artist.

Her camera is a weapon for interpreting space and reality, and for discovering new meanings. It must have occurred to her that asking the international musician to pose with a bread seller would give the picture a much deeper meaning, inherent in the open contrasts and auto-suggestions. It is that split second decision that has turned Jumoke Orisaguna into a superstar. The shot was brilliant, the result was impressive with people asking: “Who is that girl? She will make a good model.” TY Bello took on the challenge, and became Olajumoke Orisaguna’s promoter, mentor, adviser, godmother, and supporter, taking her to new heights within three weeks. Nobody is talking about Tempah, the main subject of the photo shoot; the focus is on the wanderer who walked onto the set, the bread seller who has taken the bread of the show, the waka-pass who became the star. I understand Tempah is quite happy; don’t be surprised then if he composes a special song soon, titled “The Bread Seller!” or “Photobombed” or simply “Olajumoke.”
The Olajumoke Orisaguna story is a perfect demonstration of the witchcraft quality of photography and that single shot that has changed a life may well be one of TY Bello’s most remarkable efforts in her chosen genre. But I find around Olajumoke’s sudden transformation from person to brand, too much capitalist hypocrisy and opportunism.

The brand is selling like hot cake, but the person needs protection. I feel for her. I fear for her. There is a sense in which she is a potential victim. The brand experts now taking her from place to place probably would not have even patronized her. They don’t eat the kind of bread that she sold.

Many of them don’t even know what part of Lagos is called Sabo. They don’t buy their bread from hawkers; they would rather go to supermarkets or confectionery stores. Before luck smiled on this young lady, many of those now posing for photos with her would never have noticed her presence. There are definitely many of her type, still hawking bread, or some other items, some even sitting in front of the bank, with a baby strapped to the back, but they may never be noticed or helped. The same companies that are using Olajumoke to talk about corporate social responsibility, are actually joking, they know that this is not CSR; it is brand exploitation!

And it may not last. There is nothing in Olajumoke’s background or exposure that has prepared her for the life of glitz being imposed on her. The skills she has acquired as a bread seller and hair stylist may not carry her far in the cruel world of modeling. When this blitz is over, she will need to compete for jobs and attention, if she must remain a model. She will have to learn sooner or later, to survive on her own. She will have to maintain the luxury apartment that she has been given. She has been taught fancy dressing, including the magic of make up and those magical colours that change a dull face into a phallus-teasing one do not come cheap.
She is at best an art work that other people have created: she has been made up into a siren, her hitherto dull skin now glows, in one photo, her hair had a queenly allure, they have given her new clothes, jazzing her up, to look feminine and sensual, and they have taught her how to smile in a tempting manner. Wow. That smile! The sorry part of it all is that her narrative is quite innocent and hauntingly brief, as is the case with all overnight sensations. The capitalist hypocrites will soon find something else to excite them, just as the media will find a new story. It probably would have been much better to help Olajumoke Orisaguna set up a small-scale business, to take her off the street-life of hawking, rather than this world of sharks into which she has been thrown. Perhaps the best that has been done for her is sending her on internship at beauty salons. She could at least set up a beauty salon of her own and live happily thereafter.

In a normal society, no young woman should be on the streets hawking bread in order to survive. In a normal society, Olajumoke Orisaguna would have been given the opportunity to go to school, and have a proper career. She is being given, all within three weeks, the kind of empowerment that society has denied her and many like her, but how about all the other Olajumokes who may never “photobomb” their way to luck? Her new life is a reminder of what she could have been but which she could not become because of the kind of society in which she has found herself. She should never have had to hawk bread to support her husband and children.
Her husband! Yes, Mr. Sunday Orisaguna. I have seen him in the photographs, either carrying their baby, or just putting up appearance. He looks lost, confused, overwhelmed, harassed and uncertain. He must be wondering what has happened or is happening to the woman he married. There is a clear difference between Olajumoke, the wife and bread seller, and Olajumoke, the model and celebrity. While Olajumoke is beginning to wear designer clothes, her humble husband is still managing his one-day-me-too-go-jam-luck attires. His wife has been sent to finishing school. By the time she finishes, I hope her new persona will not finish her marriage.
The life-changing shot by TY Bello

Olajumoke is now learning to speak English, but her husband is a humble, sliding door installer who probably speaks only Yoruba. In our kind of society, given the social level and cultural background of the parties involved, it won’t be long before the demons will begin to crawl out of the woods, from in-laws who may begin to psycho-analyse Olajumoke, to family members who will scrutinize her every gesture, and friends with whom she hawked bread and has now left behind.

Lack of clarity over role interpretation and the new persona could also confuse the young mother. She needs a different set of skills to manage new relationships, especially the new friends coming her way, including those lecherous uncles who may show up and seek to exploit her innocence. The people turning her into a sex symbol should also tarry a while, and remember that she is a married mother of two. She needs counseling. And her sliding door installer husband, who has featured in her fairytale so far as a hanger-on, no matter what happens, should not be made to slide away. Sunday Orisaguna should also be counseled, given new clothes, taught English and sent to finishing school. He should not be left behind".

LASU Students Close Down Major Roads Over Clash With 'Agberos'

 Students of the Lagos State University, LASU, had a near-bloody clash with motor park touts, popularly called Agberos at Iyana-Iba, a bus-stop away from the school's main campus on Lagos-Badagry

Monday, 22 February 2016

Clement Ogudu: A Young Webdesigner, Developer, SEO Adviser Per Excellence

Akpobome Clement Ogudu by birth, Clem Ogus by choice, is a young internet enterpreneur and the young CEO of View Nigeria (, a

Heartbreaking: How Aid Worker Rescues 2-yr-old 'Abandoned For Being a Wizard'

Anja giving water and food to an abandoned child
I happened on this story in Anja's Facebook wall just this morning and was absolutely heartbroken. I felt I should share.
The malnourished, all skin-and-bones child pictured above is a two-year old Nigerian child reportedly accused of 'being a wizard' by his family and

Sunday, 21 February 2016

PHOTOS: Ewheyae-Isoko Holds Annual JCF Meeting+ Donates Notebooks to Schools in Isoko

The President General, Chief Mrs Josephine Ovuorie giving her Welcome Address
The Ewheyae-Isoko Association of Nigeria, EIAN, a frontline elite women philanthropic group, had a glamorous Joint Consultative Forum (JCF) meeting this weekend with the theme "Empowering The

Friday, 12 February 2016

Photos of Dazzling Valentine Beads for Bae


 Love is in the air, they say.

It is a season of showing love, they say.

Sometimes, you don't have the words to say all you

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

See Pastor Fatoyinbo's 'Robust' Birthday Cake During All White Party on Yacht in Dubai

Remember Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the 'robust reply' fame? He is the 'celebrity' pastor of Common Wealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) who was alleged by his church member, Ese Walters, of having an adulterous affair with her and thereafter climbing the

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Sad: See How Dad Of Man Killed By Ibadan lawyer Died...

The late Lowo. Before he was finally stabbed to death on his neck
...and the man died of shock!

Pa Oyewole Ajanaku, foster father of late Oyelowo Oyediran Ajanaku, man allegedly murdered by his lawyer- wife in Ibadan last Tuesday, died in the early

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Ibadan 'Husband Killer' Is Niece to Minister; Daughter To Anglican Venerable And More...

It has been revealed that Yewande Oyediran, Nigerian female lawyer who reportedly murdered her husband, Mr. Oyelowo Oyediran, in his sleep in Ibadan earier this week, is niece to Minister of Solid

Monday, 1 February 2016

Royal Abduction: Huge Ransom Demanded on Olomoro Monarch

Abductors of the Odiologbo of Olomoro Kingdom in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Umukoro Josiah, Aghaza 1, have commenced negotiations with the king’s subjects and family,