Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Top muisc producer, OJB Jezreel discharged from hospital in India


Here is OJB Jezreel's 'thank you' letter to his fans after a successful operation in India:

Dear fellow Nigerians,
Greetings from far away India! I am sure this note from me will catch you with a little surprise. I have been reading a lot of news about me being published on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and different blogs by my good friends. I thought I must take out a quick moment and let you know that I am officially discharged today from the hospital, after a successful Kidney Transplantation Surgery, by God’s Grace.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for your prayers and good wishes, without which all this would not have been possible. I also take this opportunity to thank my friends, fans and family for all the love, prayers and good wishes for a Speedy Recovery!! Be home with you soon…….
Thank you once again sincerely,
Your very own OJB Jezreel.

Walk Daily To Prevents Breast Cancer

New research has found women who walk an hour every day can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Even more encouraging, more frequent and vigorous exercise was found to provide additional protection.
The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention followed more than 73, 000 women over 17 years. Researchers found a 14 per cent reduced risk when compared to women with sedentary lifestyles. Exercise consisting of over seven hours per week was associated with a 25 per cent reduced risk.
This is encouraging news for women who aren’t very active or sporty. “The nice message here is, you don’t have to go out and run a marathon to lower your breast cancer risk, …go for a nice, leisurely walk an hour a day to lower risk,” says Alpa Patel, senior epidemiologist.
Walking appears to help cut down the amount of body fat that is directly linked to cancer-stimulating hormones such as insulin and oestrogen.
Being physically active can improve insulin control and burn fat in high-risk areas of the body. Excess fat around the waist may affect one’s breast cancer risk more than the same amount of fat around the hips or thighs.
Strength training (exercising with weights) is also beneficial to help burn off abdominal fat. Spot exercising, such as doing sit-ups, can tighten abdominal muscles, but is not an effective way to lose belly fat according to Harvard Medical School.
“Diet is also important. Pay attention to portion size, and emphasize complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and lean protein over simple carbohydrates such as white bread, refined-grain pasta, and sugary drinks,” they added.
Unhealthy saturated and trans fats have also been linked to abdominal obesity and one’s breast cancer risk. Saturated and trans fats are commonly found in highly processed foods that are often high in energy and low in essential nutrients. All fats are not harmful to one’s health and are actually needed to lose weight, balance hormones and fight cancer. Unsaturated, or healthy fats are found in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
These fats are found primarily in fish, plant oils, seeds and nuts – all of which have been shown to lower one’s risk of developing breast cancer. Drastically cutting the amount of energy in one’s diet, especially while engaging in regular exercise is not recommended.
Too little units of energy can force the body into starvation mode, slowing one’s metabolism and ironically storing more fat around the mid-section. The best weapon in overcoming breast cancer is the ability to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
It’s important to apply proactive lifestyle habits in one’s life versus reactively trying to treat or reverse cancer when it could be too late.

Ex-footballer beheaded in Rio


35-year-old former professional footballer, Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos'
head was severed and left on the doorstep of his home. His  tongue and eyes, according to police had also been cut out
His wife found her husband's head in a rucksack as she left their Rio de Janeiro home on Tuesday morning.
He retired from playing football two years ago after playing for several Rio teams as well as clubs in Honduras and Sweden.


Forbes releases World's Most Powerful People 2013: Aliko Dangote Most Powerful Nigerian Alive

According to Forbes, this year the votes for the World’s Most Powerful went to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He climbs one spot ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama, who held the title in 2012.
Putin has solidified his control over Russia while Obama’s lame duck period has seemingly set in earlier than usual for a two-term president — latest example: the government shutdown mess. Anyone watching this year’s chess match over Syria and NSA leaks has a clear idea of the shifting individual power dynamics.
Forbes' Most Powerul People in the World list is an annual snapshot of the heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who truly rule the world. It represents the collective wisdom of top FORBES editors, who consider hundreds of nominees before ranking the planet’s top 72 power-brokers – one for every 100 million people on Earth — based on their scope of influence and their financial resources relative to their peers.
This year’s list features 17 heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of some $48 trillion — including the three most powerful people, Putin, Obama and Xi Jinping, the general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
The 27 CEOs and chairs control over $3 trillion in annual revenues, and 12 are entrepreneurs, including new billionaires on the list, Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote (No. 64), founder of Dangote Group, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison (No. 58).
Dangote is by far Africa's richest man, with a net worth of $16.1 billion, and also one of the most diversified, with interests in cement, sugar, flour, salt and, most recently, oil and petrochemicals. In May, he announced ambitions to enter Nigeria's largest industry, petroleum, and build Africa's largest petroleum refinery in the country.

At a Glance
  • CEO, Dangote Group
  • Age: 56
  • Source of Wealth: cement, sugar, flour, self-made
  • Residence: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Country of Citizenship: Nigeria
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Al-Azhar University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children:
Source: Forbes Magazine


ASUU STRIKE: Students Give FG, ASUU 7-day Ultimatum

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), yesterday issued a one-week ultimatum to the Federal Government and the union’s leadership to resolve their differences or face corrosive consequences.
The students have vowed that they would take their destinies in their own hands if the parties failed to reconcile within a week and that they will go on a nation-wide riot in what it described as ‘operation occupy Nigeria’.
The students’ body  appealed to ASUU to return to the classroom and continue negotiation with the Federal Government since the latter claimed to have released over N100 billion for infrastructural development and another N30 billion for allowances.
“We are appealing to ASUU that since  the Federal Government has been able to release N100 billion for infrastructural development and N30 billion for allowance, they should go back to classroom and continue their negotiation or agitation. This is our prayer and wish.
“We are giving them one week to open the schools or be ready to face corrosive consequences in form of nation-wide demonstration and riots. We are ready to mobilise for that and it will be operation occupy Nigeria,” he said.
Lamenting the effect of the strike,  Obasi said students have become prone to accidents on the  highways and the female students have been reduced to sex hawkers on the streets.
His words: “I stand to tell you that a lot of accidents have been recorded and 99.9% of the victims are Nigerian students. If they were in classrooms, they would not have fallen victims of road crashes.
“Our female students have become commercial sex hawkers on the streets in order to make ends meet. This colossal effect is more than what ASUU is agitating for. Hence, we can no longer fold our arms and watch things go wrong.”
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Olamide poses with Gov Fashola

Olamide with Gov Fashola

Olamide with Gov Fashola at a show he performed that
Gov Fahsola. Olamide put up this picture on
his Instagram a couple of days ago.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Actress Mercy Johnson Odigie in a movie

Actress Mercy Johnson Odigie in a movie

Ndigbo launched a book on Nigerian-Biafran War

For a long time to come, the discussions at the recent gathering of the Igbo race during the launch of a book, “The Untold Story of the Nigeria-Biafran War,” would continue to be at the topic of discussion within Nigeria and beyond.
With impressive attendance of personalities from all walks of life, the event kicked off around 12 noon with opening prayer followed by National Anthem.
Powered by Ndigbo Lagos, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Aka Ikenga in collaboration with Lower Niger Congress, the event which took place at the Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, provided an opportunity for the Igbo to take stock and discuss the genesis as well as effect of the Nigeria-Biafran on the Igbo race.
In his welcome address, the President General of Ndigbo in Lagos, Prof Anya O. Anya, said the book provides one with a snapshot of Nigerian history - what led to the war, the course of the war and why the young Igbo needs to know why the Igbo went war.
Furthermore, the former Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Economic Summit Group also states that: “The book serves as reminder about the war. We have no problem with the North and the West but we believe that there must be justice.”
According to him, the Igbo are the true Nigerians who create wealth and distribute it among other tribes.
Commenting on why Ayo Adebanjo was the chairman of the occasion, he said: “It is not by accident that he was made the chairman of the occasion. Through him and few others, some states in Nigeria including Abia State were created.”
He implored the Igbo and other Nigerians to join hands and build Nigeria and stressed that, “Our politics and press must change. The politics of bitterness and selfishness and the amplification of negative issues in the country by the press must change,” Anya advised.
Chairman of the occasion, legal practitioner, politician, leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo during his brief remarks as the chairman of the occasion, said they are few Igbos he respects because they are men of their words and they played their parts in the struggle for a true Nigeria.
He also averred that the book, which reported the account of the war in a chronological order, was very intimidating and called on Nigerians to unite for the progress of the country. “The Yoruba and the Igbo have no cause to quarrel because they have done many things together in the past,” Adebanjo said.
He queried the content of Nigeria’s constitution and adds that: “The sovereignty we are talking about is the sovereignty of the people.”
During the introduction of the author of the book, the Chief Executive Officer of Egbin
Power Station, Mr. Mike Uzoigwe,
recalled he was in primary school when the war broke out. “A woman who took care of us under a tree and directed us when to run to a bunker, died with a baby at her back.  She was killed by cannon during an air raid brought which out her intestine when she could not make it to the bunker.
He revealed that the writer, Dr. Luke Aneke, is a United States based surgeon and lawyer who made good marks in school during their childhood years to the extent that he received a lot of knocks on his head for not measuring up with Aneke in terms of academic performance.
At the melting point of the event, the book reviewer, Dr. Anele, a senior lecturer of the Department of Philosophy at University of Lagos, said reading through the book was a job itself.
According to him, the book was a window into the untold story of Nigeria-Biafran war. “The 771-page book, sub-divided into four was an eye witness account of the civil war which revealed the journalistic reportage of the war by foreign media including New York Times, Agence France Presse, Reuters and Associated Press, among others,” Anele said.
“Tears swelled my eyes when I read how Biafran children were killed to keep Nigeria one.”
 He recalled how John Lennon of the Beatles fame protested the crises in Biafra by returning an award given to them by the British Empire. Another foreigner, according to him, a mayor in the United States of America set himself ablaze to draw attention to the genocide in Biafra but later died in a hospital.
Anele was of the opinion that Nigeria will not make progress if justice was not served. He believes that “Nigerians have not learnt anything from the tragedy of the Biafran war.   
To Anele, the 771-page book which foreword was written by Gen. Philip Efiong (Late) is readable, straight forward and easy to understand. The philosopher advised every adult Nigeria, particularly the Igbo to buy and read the book to know how the rain started to beat the Igbo.
On the other hand, he pointed some weaknesses he noticed by saying that there should have been contributions from ordinary Biafrans like farmers, traders, tailors, teachers and so on. He also pointed out few misspellings in the book by the author and they are: Wale (correct word is Wole) and spitting (correct word is splitting), among others.
 Among those present at the event were President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Nnachi, President General of the Igbo Speaking Community in Lagos, Ebere Ubani, Chief
Martin Agbaso, Prof Laz Ekwueme,
Rear Admiral (retired) Ndubuisi Godwin Kanu, Chief Laz Iloka, Reagan Ufomba, Chief C. C. Ifeanyi, Prof Joe Ezeigbo, Dr. Titus Okereke, Dr. John Anele.
Others include:, Chief Executive Officer of Techno Oil Limited, Mrs. Nkechi Obi, MON, Dr. G. S. Ihetu, Barr Chike Igwe of Amokwe, Playwright and lawyer Fred Agbeyegbe, Middle Belt delegation Ijaw delegation and Yoruba delegation.