Nigeria - AGN Election: Monalisa Chinda Plans Health Insurance Scheme for Veteran Actors
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by FricNews
Oct 25, 2019 - 9:10
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Ahead of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) election scheduled for October 31, Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda, has revealed her plans to initiate a better health Insurance scheme for veteran actors.

Chinda who is vying for the position of Public Relations Officer of the organisation, said that the veterans actors, having used there skills and God-given talents to put Nigeria on a global map deserved to be treated in a dignified manner.

The screen goddess disclosed this while interacting with journalists on Saturday in Abuja, saying she decided to throw her hat in the ring and pick up the mantle.

Asked why she’s contesting, Chinda said: “I want to see how I can work hand-in-hand with the president to get a better health Insurance scheme for veteran actors. This issue of coming on social media and begging for money, it works me up. I’m really not the type that like to just sit down and keep quiet. I will use my voice in a subtle way not to attack anybody, but to really sound my displeasure on some of these things.

“We expose our respectable actors that they need N5,000 to treat cough, It’s quite embarrassing. We need to do something. We, as actors with faces can contribute like N1000 every month, it will go a long way, this is my number one reason.”

Chinda stressed that while
Nollywood has come a long way and has made much impacts on Nigerians, she said over the years, making movies have become more daunting due to certain structure that have not been in place.

This according to her, included the issue of piracy, stressing that the industry has not had enough help from government to tackle the menace.

She also said apart from the other streams of incomes actors and actresses have, the industry was not doing paying well, noting that they give out so much, but they are not getting back the value for the job done.

Chinda stated, “We have done so well for ourselves but in terms of paying bills, we have a long way to go.”

On the quality of movies that are churned out, she noted that poor production is gradually fizzling out because we have more educated people in the industry, adding, “then you just need to have basic education and skills, now you have to do research, because the competition is fierce.”

Speaking on the tax issue she had with the Lagos state government, Chinda explained that when the issue started, she had no idea of what it was about, but later realised that she hadn’t filed her taxes for a particular year, even though she had been paying her taxes.

“They said they wrote letters and I didn’t get the letters. I just think probably it’s a way to let people know that you have to file your taxes and pay your tax. There is no excuses when it comes to your obligation to the state, if you live there, if you work there these are the laws that are binding on you in the state. It is important that we pay our taxes.”

When asked if the tax issue cost her some businesses, she said it didn’t cost her anything, rather, “It got me jobs than I ever expected. The good thing is that it happened the way it happened.”
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Nigeria - Comedian arrested for spreading fake news
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by FricNews
Oct 04, 2019 - 9:10
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The police on Thursday said it had arrested a comedian, Augustine Valentine, popularly known as `MC Fine’, for alleged spread of fake news.

Biodun Makanjuola, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the force in Bwari, FCT, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that Mr Valentine posted a false report on facebook alleging the apprehension of a female kidnapper.

“After investigation, we found the report to be fake,” he said.

NAN reports that the middle-aged woman, simply identified as Zulai, had been attacked on Wednesday, around Zenith Bank area in Bwari, over the suspicion that she had attempted to kidnap a two-year-old male child.

The police, who were quick to intervene, arrested the woman and, during investigation, found out that she was physically and psychologically unstable.

The DPO told NAN that while the investigation was going on, Mr Valentine posted misleading information on the incident, on the social media platform.

“When she was brought here, I asked my people to first take her to the General Hospital for medicals. They came back with a medical report indicating that she was suffering from depression.

“The report also referred her to Karu Psychiatric Hospital for proper evaluation. Right now, we are preparing to take her there.

“We were still on the matter when I started receiving calls about a post on Facebook claiming that the woman was a kidnapper. The report claimed that her phone had message conversations on how many children to be kidnapped.

“I made efforts and finally discovered who posted the story, brought him here for questioning, and he confessed he only added some of the details to add glamour to the story.”

The DPO, while expressing displeasure over the incident, cautioned against spreading unverified news, pointing out that such actions could cause a negative impact on people involved and result in a security breach in the affected community.

“We are working with the affected families to douse the tension. This town can be volatile, so we are not taking anything for granted,” he said.

Speaking with NAN, Mr Valentine, who regretted his action, admitted that he was not at the scene of the incident when it occurred on Wednesday.

According to him, the pictures and the alleged story were sent to him via Whatsapp, a social media platform, by an unknown number.

He had earlier raised a fake alarm, through his facebook account, that a woman was caught in Bwari attempting to steal a child who was playing with his mates around the Bwari market.

Mr Valentine, on facebook, claimed that “the crowd gathered, checked her phone which revealed how many children she was asked to provide by her accomplices”.

Dikko Samuel, Mai Angwuan Bwari, who is also the grandfather of the child Ms Zulai was accused of attempting to kidnap, told NAN that his wife called his attention to the incident when he was on his farm.

According to him, his wife, who was cooking corn by the roadside, turned and saw the suspected kidnapper holding the child and walking away.

“That was when she raised an alarm and people gathered and started attacking the woman. They were about to lynch her when we intervened and told the angry crowd that she was insane.

“I was also made to understand that she loves children and that they always followed her around because she gave them sweets and biscuits.”

When NAN visited the house of the suspected kidnapper, the son of the owner of the property on which she lived, who also pleaded anonymity, said that she had lived in the house for more than a decade.

According to him, Ms Zulai had been unstable for a long time but was harmless and had never shown any sign of violence or criminal behaviour.

He also said that she sometimes had a lot of children in her company, buy sweets and other food items for them when they surrounded her, with no parent complaining of a missing child.

Aisha Aliyu, Assistant Secretary, Muslim Women Inda’wa in Bwari, who also spoke with NAN, said that Zulai was a member of the Muslim group.

Ms Aliyu said that she had known Ms Zulai for the past 15 years in Bwari town, and expressed happiness that the situation was well handled by the police who intervened and saved Ms Zulai from the mob.

(NAN)
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Nigeria - Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage cancels South African performance
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by FricNews
Sep 04, 2019 - 11:09
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Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, on Wednesday, said that she would no longer be performing at a festival scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.

Taking to her verified Twitter handle, Savage said the attacks on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa were “sick” and said that was the reason, she would not be participating in the festival sponsored by South Africa-owned firm, DSTV.

She tweeted, “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”
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World - IN PICS: This is what happens when a town in Spain throws the world's biggest food fight
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Aug 29, 2019 - 8:08
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Thousands of half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes on Wednesday in the town of Buñol in eastern Spain, in the annual fiesta billed as the world’s biggest food fight.

A convoy of six trucks laden with almost 150 tonnes trundled through the towns narrow streets as teams onboard distributed an estimated 180,000 tomatoes to the crowds ahead of the epic squishy battle.

At 11am on the dot, the battle commences and lasts for one hour turning the streets into tomatoey mush and the walls daubed with seedy splats.

The iconic fiesta, billed at "the world's biggest food fight," has become a major draw for foreigners, in particular from Britain, Japan, Australia and the United States Buñol city hall estimates that only one-fifth of the roughly 22,000 participants each year are from Spain.

Organizers recommend participants squish the tomatoes before throwing them - "the hit will be less painful" - wear old clothes and use goggles to protect their eyes from the fruit's acid.

Non-resident participants are charged €10 ($11.50) to take part and tickets are limited to 17,000 to restrict numbers and prevent the festival from getting out of hand. The town reserves 5,000 free tickets for residents.

Before ticket sales were introduced the food fight drew over 45,000 revellers to the town.

The Tomatina started in 1945 when locals brawling in the street at a folk festival seized tomatoes from a greengrocer's stall and let loose.

And after the tomatoey battle is over, the clean up begins.
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Nigeria - Insecurity: Southwest Govs To Launch Architecture In August
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 29, 2019 - 8:07
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Multi-award winning singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has said that his gateman has got two houses and three cars.

He made this known while responding to tweet which lauded him by describing him as one who helps people around him succeed.

“Davido has been helping young talent since 1846

“There’s nobody around Davido that’s not successful

“I repeat Nobody, even his gateman is richer than me,” the user identified as @Obongroviel wrote.

In his response, the DMW boss wrote, “My Gateman LITT! 2 cribs 3 whips.”
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Nigeria - Tips on studying abroad
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 18, 2019 - 6:07
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Nigerian students are happy when they go abroad to study. However, making a success of their stay depends on how well they adapt to their new environment. KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE examines the coping tips shared with a group of students travelling to the United States for further studies.

With about 12, 693 Nigerians studying in United States colleges and universities, Nigeria has the 13th largest population of international students in the North American country.

Being accepted to study in the U.S. comes with a lot of prestige for students given the country’s reputation for quality education which offers its graduates greater visibility in the job market.  However, before they get to the point of graduating from these institutions, Nigerians, like other international students, face some challenges that can derail their education if not well managed.

In the past, the student visas of many were cancelled leading to deportation; some found themselves in jail because of involvement in crime, while others even ended up dead as a result of ignorance about the weather, culture, involvement with drugs, and other issues.

In an interview with The Nation at a pre-departure orientation for students going for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in U.S., EducationUSA officer, Mrs Adeola Adejumobi, said there had been cases where Nigerian students got into trouble due to ignorance.  She underscored the need for students travelling to the U.S. to learn how to manage their academics, health, opportunities, and relationship with people.

“From time to time, we have come to realise from some information that we get from students that sometimes students get into trouble with the law because of things they don’t even know about,” she said.

To settle faster as international students in the U.S., over 100 students who attended Tuesday’s EducationUSA pre-departure briefing were told to pay attention to the weather, academic work, networking, health and safety, and opportunities.

 
Classroom work

In Nigeria, a student who asks or answers too many questions in class may be seen as overly zealous or calling for attention. The reverse is the case in the US where students are expected to actively participate during class sessions, group assignments and relationship with their professors.

U.S. Public Affairs Officer Russell Brooks said Nigerian students should not in the name of ‘respect’ fail to shine.

“You have got to speak up. If you want to shine – especially among your peers, you are going to have to speak up.  If your professor is going to pay attention to you, you have to show you have something to offer. The professor wants to know whether you have original ideas.  If he does not know you, then you will not do particularly well,” he said.

EducationUSA Adviser Mrs Chinenye Uwadileke said unlike in Nigeria, the student-faculty interaction in US universities was more informal.  She underscored Brook’s point that students must be active participants in class as that forms part of their scores.

“Students are expected to participate fully in classes. They may work in groups; they may be told to teach a class, give a presentation. You have to be responsible for your own learning. You turn in a lot of assignments,” she said.

Though interactions with lecturers can be casual, Mrs Adejumobi warns students not to lose their Nigerian respect and start off calling their teachers by name.

“Draw the line until your professor tells you to cross it,” she advised.

Olamide Oladeji, who is starting his doctoral at Stanford later this year, advised students not to take on more classes than they can cope with, as the classes are intensive.

He said he learnt vital lesson during his Masters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) when he took on four courses as against two he was advised to do.

“When I started in 2016, they told me two classes were a lot for someone doing research. The Nigerian in me started with four classes, including two at PhD level. I had to drop one.  I took my mid-terms and the result was not good. Take advice. Take it easy on yourself when starting. Take easy classes when starting because the depth of the classes are so much more.  There is a lot of work, assignments, and tests.  Unlike here, where grades are concentrated in a large final, grades are distributed over your tests and assignments, and presentations,” he said.

Earning good grades without taking assignments seriously is almost impossible, says Mrs Ozzy Ajibade, an engineer with Chevron Nigeria who earned her Master’s from the University of Houston in 2005.

“The way we go to school is very different here.  In Nigeria exam is a big deal but in the U.S. it is not like that.  Every home work counts; every test counts; your assignment is the leading indicator whether you get an A or not,” she said.

To get started with classes without trouble, Honours graduate, Ete Ogor, who studied International Studies at Hanover College, advised students to register for their courses on time as classes get full and they may find it difficult getting into classes for their programmes.

Ogor also counselled students to be punctual to all classes as timeliness was taken seriously, unlike in Nigeria. “Go to the classroom before classes start. Time management is a real big deal. If you are five minutes late, it’s like being 20 minutes late here,” she said.

For postgraduate students, Dr Chioma Okafor, who said she achieved a 4.00 Grade Point Average as Masters student of the University of Missouri-Rolla studying Geology in 2001, said their relationship with their advisors was key.

“If you are going to grad school, your relationship with your supervisor matters. The job is on you to understand what your supervisor wants and work that way.  Without having your supervisor’s cooperation, you end up not making it,” said Dr Okafor, who now works with Chevron Nigeria.

 
Using campus resources

Many universities and colleges have resources, such as counselling, career guidance, funding services and the like that students could benefit from. Many of the alumni advised the students to take advantage of such vast resources.

Okafor said graduate students could get teaching and research assistant positions that could help them gain experience and earn extra cash, if only they would ask. She said she got both teaching assistantship and research assistantship as well as internships during her time as a student.  She said such experience paid off in helping her get good jobs.

Mrs Ozzy Ajibade, who earned her Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston, said students should be familiar with the career centres of their institutions as through them they could get their CVs fixed, learn about jobs, get prepared for interviews, and even find funding.

“In the U.S, there are abundant resources. Information is key. If I were you, I would find the career centre before I know where the cafeteria is. Go early, be proactive in applying for internships ahead of time. Find out about conferences, volunteer to do student jobs so you can participate,” she said.

Oladeji said students should take advantage of office hours to discuss their concerns about their studies with faculty members. He also said through campus career advisory services, they could get funding to attend conferences or even start businesses.

He said through such resources, he was able to travel on funded educational trips to Madrid, Ghana and India.

 
Preparing for the weather

The weather is one of the shocks that students have to endure living in the U.S. Mrs Adejumobi said students needed to be prepared for the cold weather, which is very different from what obtains in Nigeria. She advised students to shop for appropriate clothing before the winter months set in when they are usually more expensive.

“Pay attention to the weather.  When you get to school in the later part of the summer, get ready for winter. Buy thick jackets, scarves when they would be on sale and much cheaper. In the winter, they would be in demand and the prices would be higher,” she said.

Mrs Adejumobi said states like New York, New Haven, Michigan, and Massachusetts could be very cold. Also, she said in some times of the year, it gets darker earlier or later.

In Texas, there are times that it gets dark around 4.30pm, while in the summer, the sun may not set until 8.30pm.

During the winter, Oladeji said there is the tendency for students to keep to themselves which may lead to depression. He advised them to make conscious efforts to interact with people more so they do not feel lonely.

 Cultural orientation

With differences in language, dressing, culture and mannerisms, Nigerian students may find it difficult to settle down to their studies on time.

Mrs Adejumobi said Nigerian students must realise that the English they know may not be totally functional in the US, and as such be cautious, ask questions, and open to learning.

“You are goin g to the natural environment of the English langurage – where if there are changes, it emanates from there.  Some words that are acceptable here are no longer used there.  Forget what you see on TV and in the movies.  You cannot use the ‘F’ word on anyone; you cannot use “Nigga”; you will only get into trouble,” she said.

Okafor reported that understanding classes initially was tough because of language barrier.  She said she found the professors talked too fast for her to process what they said in classes. To cope, she said she watched a lot of news on TV.

Regarding making friends, the Nigerian students were advised to make friends with others outside their comfort zone as a way of dealing with loneliness.

Regarding making friends, the Nigerian students were advised to make friends with others outside their comfort zone as a way of dealing with loneliness.

Mrs Ajibade said friends, who she referred to as human energy, helped her during her studies.  She advised Nigerian students could make friends in church, their communities, and by participating in student programmes.

“Don’t go to school and all your friends are Nigerians.  Embrace diversity,” she said.

 
Keeping safe

One key thing Nigerian students were warned to avoid was run-ins with law enforcement agencies.  Consular Officer, Matthew Phillips, warned the students against battery and drugs, which they said could unfortunately be easily available on campuses, and other crimes.

“You cannot touch any person in a manner they don’t want to be touched.  It is called battery.  Pay attention to distances in relationships you get into.

“Drugs are on every campus.  Don’t do it.  You are there to get an education.  Don’t do it; you can get into a lot of trouble.  You can get deported.  Don’t let your parents get that phone call that you are dead,” he said.

Two FBI agents, Mark Grimm and Heather Armstrong, told the students that the legal age for alcohol was 21.  Even if above 21, they advised the students not to drink and drive.  They were also advised the students against riding in cars with strangers but pre-arranging how they would get around through public transport; or not following commands of law enforcement agents when pulled over.

“If  you ever get pulled over by law enforcement agents, listen to commands before you say something back; show your hands; do not move to take something from your pockets,” Heather said.

Grimm said it was important to know the emergency and non-emergency numbers of security agents and the 10 states that allow Americans to carry concealed weapons.
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Nigeria - Entertainers React To Naira Marley’s Remand
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by fricnews2, Nigeria
May 27, 2019 - 10:05
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Entertainers have been reacting to the remand of musician Naira Marley.

Naira Marley was returned to Ikoyi Prison following his arraignment before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday, May 20.

However, entertainers have expressed displeasure at the artiste’s prosecution.

Veteran musician, Daddy Showkey, who had initially pleaded for the release of the musician, took to insulting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when news surfaced that the singer had been arraigned.

Talent manager, Tee Billz, also drummed support for the singer calling out Ruggedman for his role in the saga, while Zlatan Ibile who was arrested alongside Naira Marley continues to promote his friendship with the ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ singer, urging his fans not to be quick to judge.

Naira Marley, who was arraigned on an 11- count charge bordering on cybercrime, was arrested on Friday, May 10 over allegations of fraud.

The case continues on Thursday, May 10 for hearing on the bail of the musician.
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World - Queen celebrates 93rd birthday at Easter
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by Reality, Nigeria
Apr 22, 2019 - 10:04
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the world’s oldest and longest reigning living monarch, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Sunday by attending the traditional Easter service at Windsor Castle.

Elizabeth was accompanied by members of her family, including grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, and William’s wife Catherine, at the Easter Mattins service in St George’s Chapel.
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World - ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Jason Momoa Shaves Signature Beard
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by Reality, Nigeria
Apr 19, 2019 - 15:04
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American actor, Jason Momoa, known for his roles as Khal Drogo and Aquaman in Game of Thrones and Aquaman, respectively, has shaved his signature beard to promote environmental protection.

Momoa said he shaved his beard for the first time in seven years to bring awareness to the plastic “killing our planet.”

The 39-year-old actor posted a four-minute video on YouTube titled, “Goodbye Drogo… I SHAVED.”

Drogo walked through a pile of plastic ware at the beginning of the video and suggested that more aluminum packaging should replace plastic packaging.

He said, “I hate going to the airport or being on an airplane and getting a water bottle this big (holding his fingers apart with a small distance).

“When it can be an aluminum one. They have aluminum sodas and it’s fully recyclable.”Advertisement
Advertisement“Aquaman is trying to do the best he can — for my kids, for your kids, for the world. Clean up the oceans, clean up the land. I love you guys.

“Good bye, Drogo!” Momoa exclaimed as he shaved his beard off for a cause that is to help save the earth.

He also took to Instagram to spread his message and promote the video through his personal account @prideofgypsies.

“I’m SHAVING this beast off, It’s time to make a change.

“A change for the better…for my kids, your kids, the world. Let’s make a positive change for the health of our planet. Let’s clean up our oceans our land. Join me on this journey. Let’s make the switch to infinitely recyclable aluminum,” he wrote.
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Nigeria - Oyinkan Braithwaite’s serial-killer thriller: would you help your murderer sister?
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by FricNews
Jan 15, 2019 - 9:01
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The Nigerian author’s darkly comic debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, has become a literary sensation. She explains her struggle with the moral ambiguity of her writing.

When Oyinkan Braithwaite sent an early draft of her debut novel to a few friends, one of them told her it was the best thing she had ever written. “I was offended,” Braithwaite says, her voice heavy with irony. “I knew how I had written it.” She might not have thought much of it at the time, but this quick draft ended up unlocking deals with publishers in the UK and the US, as well as an option from the film company Working Title.

My Sister, the Serial Killer arrived in a feverish month, from a writer in a hurry and never looking back as she poured out a novel in an attempt to break a block. She shakes her head at the memory: “I was a bit mad during that period.”

The block had descended after her short story The Driver was shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story prize. The agent Clare Alexander saw the Nigerian author’s submission and asked her if she had anything else. “That was very exciting for me, but I didn’t have anything that I wanted to give them,” Braithwaite recalls. “So I let a year go by where I kept convincing myself I was going to write something fantastic, and I couldn’t.”

Relaxing on a sofa in her bright yellow jumpsuit, sheepskin boots and green braids, her smile never far from a laugh, it’s hard to imagine Braithwaite paralysed by doubt. It wasn’t that she felt under pressure, she says, but after working for a publisher in Lagos, “you know what’s good and what’s not. I just had high standards for myself.”

As the end of 2017 approached, with her 30th birthday just around the corner, Braithwaite told herself she was being ridiculous: “Forget about the great novel, just write something for yourself that’s fun.”

The novel that broke the dam is a fast-paced, deadpan story of two sisters: nurse Korede and her younger sister Ayoola, a beautiful clothing designer, who has a sizeable following on Instagram and whose boyfriends keep winding up dead. One of them gets food poisoning and starts frothing at the mouth, another starts screaming at her so she stabs him with a knife in what she claims is self-defence. But when Ayoola needs help getting rid of the body, Korede is ready with the bleach.

I stand up and rinse the gloves in the sink. Ayoola is looking at my reflection in the mirror.

“We need to move the body,” I tell her.

“Are you angry at me?”

Perhaps a normal person would be angry, but what I feel now is a pressing need to dispose of the body.


Born in 1988, Braithwaite has a younger brother, Ore, and two younger sisters, Siji and Obafunke. With only two years between her and Obafunke, Braithwaite says the two of them are “going through life together …”

“Sometimes we hate each other. Sometimes we are really not speaking, but I’ve noticed that when push comes to shove we can also band together quite tightly. You know that, whatever happens, that person will be there for you.”

As an older sibling, Braithwaite has an intimate understanding of the responsibility thrust on Korede to look after Ayoola, remembering how her own mother once told her she had to be “like a dustbin. You’ve got to take whatever shit, whatever rubbish comes your way. And you have to be gracious about it.”

A novel that puts the relationship between two sisters at its heart, with men as supporting characters who may or may not make it to the final act, has been greeted as a riposte to crime fiction where the plot is so often set in motion by the gruesome death of young women. “As an individual I’m attracted to strong female characters – my characters have always been people who own themselves. Even if they’re strongly doing something wrong, they’ve always been powerful people.”

As the body count rises and the trauma that shaped Korede and Ayoola’s childhood becomes clear, the novel darkens towards a sensibility that Braithwaite claims for her own. But she says it only goes so far. “I knew it was going to have darkness, but I didn’t want to stay in it, I didn’t want to immerse myself, so it became very matter of fact. I needed my characters to do this thing and then move on.”

This fast pace and light touch was the key to unlocking the humour that fizzes through the novel. “I wasn’t trying to be funny, but my characters and I – we didn’t want to wallow in it.”

Braithwaite spent her childhood in Nigeria and the UK, her family moving to Southgate in north London before she started primary school, then returning to Lagos when her brother was born in 2001. She attended sixth form at a boarding school in Shropshire, then studied law and creative writing at Surrey University and Kingston University before moving back to Lagos in 2012. There she worked as an assistant editor at the independent publisher Kachifo and as a production manager at her father’s education and entertainment company, Ajapaworld.

This back-and-forth upbringing was a long way from the violence of the Biafran war portrayed in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun or the political chaos that forms the backdrop to Ayòbámi Adébáyò’s Stay With Me, but Braithwaite is unabashed that her novel makes no attempt to address her country’s difficult past.

“I don’t have that knowledge. I can’t give you what I don’t have,” she says. The idea that writers can represent some universal Nigerian experience is a chimera, when a universal Nigerian experience simply doesn’t exist, she explains. “We have a wide divide between classes and we have a wide divide between cultures because we’re from different tribes, we have different religions. You don’t have to walk very far to see someone who has a really different life from you.” She may live in a house where all you have to do to turn on the light is flick a switch, but in Lagos you only have to cross the road to find someone who has never had electricity. “I wouldn’t want to write a novel and people feel that I’m speaking to a Nigerian experience – I’m speaking to my experience, to the things I’m interested in, and that’s all I can do.”

Thirteen years after the publication of the Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina’s satirical essay How to Write About Africa, Braithwaite says there is still pressure for African writers to speak for a whole continent, but that it is beginning to change. “Africans are hungry for different types of stories. Within our own community, people are hungry for something else, for something different. They want more crime, they want more fantasy, they want sci-fi or whatever. Things are already becoming more diverse, but it’s going to become ridiculous – there’s going to be a lot more.”

Nigerian readers may be looking for something a little different, but Braithwaite admits she doesn’t know what they will make of a novel called My Sister, the Serial Killer.

“I’m a little bit worried about that.” A conspiratorial laugh. “I don’t know how they’re going to react. I think some of them will be excited for it, but I think some of them will call me to task, because I’m not speaking to everyone’s experience.” As the head of a drama department at her local church, where she organises plays and sometimes writes scripts, Braithwaite says she was not sure if members of the congregation might object, but, “they haven’t asked me to step down, so,” another laugh, “so far, so good.”

The disquiet about writing such a godless book extends closer to home as well. Braithwaite says she didn’t tell her grandma the whole title of the book at first, referring to it only as “My Sister …” Her parents have already decided it is far too dark for them, and her father asked why she had to write a story without hope. “We would sit down and have these conversations, and he would say: ‘I don’t think they should be putting darkness back into the world. You need to own your responsibility as a creator.’”

Braithwaite hopes she can write something one day that “does justice” to her beliefs, but she is clear that a novelist’s first responsibility is to fiction itself. “I like to have fun,” she says. “The books where I can tell I’m being taught something are a trial in the reading. If there’s a story and you learn something along the way, it’s a bonus.” She still struggles with the tension between her faith and the moral ambiguity of her fiction, but “people say they read it and laughed. I like to think that, in my own little way, I’ve brought joy into the world.”
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Congo (Kinshasa) - Orphan numbers rise as Ebola persists in DRC
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by FricNews
Jan 05, 2019 - 8:01
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Violence coupled with constant population movement in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to challenge the government’s and aid organizations’ response to the Ebola outbreak, which is taking a heavy toll on children.

“The  first weeks or so, we haven't had any concrete cases of Ebola orphans or unaccompanied children. That figure is growing over time because the epidemic is geographically spreading.”
— Yves Willemot, chief of communications in DRC, UNICEF

Six new cases were confirmed in the latest Jan. 2 update by the DRC Ministry of Health. The continued appearance of new cases makes it difficult for those involved in the response to predict or provide a plausible timeline as to the end of the outbreak. To date, there have been more than 600 confirmed and probable cases and 368 deaths since the outbreak was declared in August 2018.

“We are not today in the situation of an explosion, but at the same time, we're not in a situation where we see a pattern of the number of cases in Butembo, in Komanda, reducing on a daily basis,” said Yves Willemot, the United Nations Children’s Fund chief of communications in DRC.

“We're still going to have our response in place for at least I would say three months plus. And that would suppose that the epidemic would end as of the coming days, which is very doubtful,” he told Devex.

That uncertainty raises UNICEF’s concerns on the toll the outbreak is having on children. Children accounted for more than a third of Ebola cases in eastern DRC, according to a statement from UNICEF in December, some of them under 5 years old. And to date, there are now over 400 cases of orphaned and unaccompanied children in Ebola-affected communities, as per the latest data communicated to Devex by the U.N. agency. Most of them are orphans, while unaccompanied children have one or both parents currently isolated in Ebola treatment centers.

UNICEF has set up child care centers next to the Ebola treatment centers in Beni and Butembo to take care of unaccompanied infants and young children up to 8 years old. But these centers are also helping the agency monitor the children. They are considered “high-risk contacts” who may develop the disease from direct contact with their parents.

The children are being kept in the nurseries until their parents are found Ebola free or cured from the disease, and if they pass the 21 day quarantine period for Ebola. Those found to develop the disease are brought to the Ebola treatment centers. Those who don’t contract the disease or overcome it but are left with no surviving parents are taken in by surviving family members, relatives, or identified foster families in the community, Willemot said.

UNICEF has to date trained more than 350 psychosocial assistants coming from the communities that speak the language and understand the context in which they operate to work with communities, identify foster families, and work with schools so that children can go back to their communities and rebuild their lives.

“The first weeks or so, we haven't had any concrete cases of Ebola orphans or unaccompanied children. That figure is growing over time because the epidemic is geographically spreading,” Willemot said, adding “the more the outbreak is reaching other areas, the more we are concerned about the number of orphans and unaccompanied children.”

The continued spread of the disease means groups will require continued financial support to sustain their response, which Willemot said will be a “fight on the longer term.”

“If we are today in a situation where we might have the necessary resources in place to have the response implemented ..., the challenge is to make sure that we can continue to implement it tomorrow,” he said.

But he also emphasized the need for donors to understand how crucial community engagement plays in the response.

“Obviously, treatment of cases is crucially important. It's about saving lives, but if we want to control the outbreak we have to be active before a case happens,” he said.
 
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A psychosocial worker counsels twin brothers at an Ebola treatment unit in Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by: © UNICEF / Naftalin
Nigeria - What Nigerians should learn from Fela — Yeni Kuti
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Oct 19, 2018 - 10:10
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Yeni Kuti, daughter of the late legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, on Wednesday, advised Nigerians to emulate her father’s pursuit of unity, for national development.

Kuti told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that for the nation to make remarkable progress, its citizens must pursue unity just like the late musical icon.

She said that the major problems of the nation, which were ethnicity, religious bigotry and politics, could be subsumed if the spirit of unity is in play the lives of the citizenry.

According to her, this was emphasised by Fela in music, which she urged all to listen to.

She said Fela’s song entitled: “Water no get Enemy’’, in a subtle and proverbial manner, through thought-provoking lyrics, preached harmony and unity across humans, with nature as his metaphor.

“When we consciously pursue unity as a country, we will discover that issues of ethnicity, religious bigotry and politics that divide us will no longer do.

“As a nation, we must work in unity to achieve our collective goals.

“ We must all see ourselves as Nigerians, regardless of our ethnic group, political bias or religion,’’ she said.

Kuti said paucity of funds and lack of adequate sponsors had been challenging in organising the ongoing “Felabration”.

She, however, said that this had not affected the success of the programme.

“This year’s edition has been awesome, despite the fact that we got few sponsors.

“Felabration is celebrated in over 20 nations of the world as we speak,’’ she said.
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Nigeria - Genevieve Nnaji signs film deal with U.S. based Agency
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by Reality, Nigeria
Oct 13, 2018 - 10:10
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Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji , has signed a deal with United Talent Agency, (UTA) for representation in film, TV and production.

UTA, also represents Hollywood’s Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Channing Tatum, Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Kim Soo Hyun and Liv Tyler, according to Deadline report.

The deal, it is also been suspected, will see the ‘Lion heart’ actress collaborating with top Hollywood filmmakers to produce movies from African and Nigerian stories.

UTA is one of the biggest talent agencies in the world that represents many of the world’s most acclaimed figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment and media, including motion pictures, television, music, digital, broadcast news, books, theatre, video games, fine art and live entertainment.

The agency is also globally recognized in the areas of film finance, film packaging, branding, licensing, endorsements and representation of production talent.

Netflix announced its acquisition of the rights of Nnaji’s comedy ‘Lion Heart’ just before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festivals (TIFF) in Sept, makin Lionheart the first original feature from Nigeria to debut on the streaming service.

Nnaji, who is one of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood, has starred in a slew of Nigerian features including Ijé: The Journey, Tango With Me, Doctor Bello, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Road to Yesterday, a film that marked her first outing as a producer.
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Nigeria - Daddy Showkey, Orits Wiliki, others weep at Ras Kimono’s burial
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Aug 26, 2018 - 13:08
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The Onicha-Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State home of the late legendary reggae singer, Ras Kimono, on Saturday, drew politicians, entertainers, friends and reggae lovers who paid their last respects to the reggae icon.

Ras Kimono, whose real name is Augustine Oseloke Onwubuya, died on June 10, 2018 at 60.

Many artistes such as Orits Wiliki, Opa Williams, Daddy Showkey, Buchi, Yellow Man, Righteous Man, Candy Sea and Bright Chimezie, were among those who attended the final burial rites held at the deceased’s family compound.

The casket bearing the remains of the popular musician was designed and dressed in Rastafarian colour as relatives, colleagues and fans trooped to have a glimpse of his remains before being finally laid to rest.

His corpse was interred at exactly 3.20pm. Many of the attendees like Wiliki, Daddy Showkey sobbed uncontrollably.

A cleric of the Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Ven. Dr. Ogom Josiah, who said the final prayer for the late musician, said the late singer touched lives with his talent. He urged the sympathisers who thronged the community to use their talents for God and mankind.

The Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria, Tony Okoroji, who spoke at the ceremony, appealed to Nigerians to support the children the deceased left behind.

Okoroji said, “Ras Kimono is unbeatable, ‘unpiratable’ and wonderful. He was a Nigerian like no other. We don’t mourn him, we celebrate him. Kimono didn’t drink, smoke nor eat meat, yet he was great in his chosen field.

“As we say goodbye to this lion, let us remember that he had no father, mother, brother and sister but see the way the world has honoured him. We should unite to support the daughters he left behind.”

The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, was represented at the event by a delegation led by the state Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Karo Ilolo.

A representative of the Aniocha Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Mrs. Ameachi Mrakpor, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Bazim Chinye, who is also a native of the community, and a member of the state Assembly representing Aniocha North, Mr. Emeka Nwaobi, also graced the event.

Some Nollywood artistes and producers were also at the ceremony.
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Zambia - Zambia bars Koffi Olomide
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Jul 17, 2018 - 10:07
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Popular rhumba musician Koffi Olomide has been barred from entering Zambia because of the many criminal allegations against him in Zambia and France.

They include allegations of assaulting photojournalist Jean Mandela in Zambia during a previous tour.

He has also been accused of sexually assaulting his dancers, kidnapping them and employing them without valid permits in France.

Ahead of his now-cancelled visit, Koffi who lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo – had described Zambia as his “second home” and said he would like to perform in the country before “I die.”

An apology from the 62-year-old singer has also been broadcast on Zambian radio and TV stations.

He does not specifically address the allegations against him, but says that he loves Zambian women.

Olomide, whose real name is Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, was supposed to hold two shows in Zambia this month but Religious and National Guidance Minister Rev. Godfridah Sumaili had warned he will be arrested the moment he steps foot in the country.

On Saturday, the French Embassy in Zambia also called for the arrest of Olomide.

France’s Ambassador to Zambia, Sylvain Berger, threatened to involve Interpol to arrest Olomide, whom he said has not yet been cleared of the allegations against him in France.

The rhumba star – known for his flashy dressing and extravagant lifestyle – is not new to controversy.

In 2016, he was caught on camera kicking his female dancer on arrival in Kenya.

He was swiftly deported.

In 2012, he was convicted in DR Congo of assaulting his producer.

The court gave the singer a three-month suspended prison sentence.

The altercation with his producer, Diego Lubaki, was over a debt of about $3,700 (£2,800), the court heard.

In 2008, he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DR Congo’s private RTGA television station and breaking his camera at a concert in the capital, Kinshasa, following disagreement over recording rights.

In the end, the speaker of the national assembly stepped in to resolve the dispute, brokering a reconciliation between the star and owner of the TV station.
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KOFFI OLOMIDE PERFORMING AT BONA AND SIMBA’S WEDDING
Senegal - Akon to build new city in Senegal with own currency called AKoin
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Jun 21, 2018 - 7:06
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The multi-platinum-selling music producer unveils an ambitious project that he says could be "the saviour of Africa".

Grammy-nominated artist Akon is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency named after himself.

The multi-platinum-selling music producer unveiled the ambitious project at a creatives festival in Cannes, where he spoke at a panel titled Branding Africa: Blockchain, Entrepreneurship and Empowering the Future.

According to Page Six, he told an audience at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that his proposed cryptocurrency - dubbed AKoin - could be "the saviour of Africa in many ways" because of how secure it would be.

It would all be based on a mobile app, which he said would allow citizens of Akon Crypto City "to utilise it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down".

According to the official AKoin website, the 45-year-old - who has founded two successful record labels - has already been gifted 2,000 square-acres of land for his planned city by Senegalese President Macky Sall.

The website describes it as a "real life Wakanda" - the hi-tech fictional African nation which served as the backdrop for Marvel's award-winning Black Panther, which took more than $1.3bn at the box office after its release in February.In the film, Wakanda combines lush river valleys and mountain ranges with space-age technology, featuring towering skyscrapers and state-of-the-art science labs.

Akon - who was born in Missouri but is of Senegalese descent and spent much of his childhood there - envisions his city and its bespoke currency allowing "brands, businesses and high-profile individuals to do amazing things".

It will just a short drive from the capital of Dakar and apparently will boast homes, shops, parks, universities, schools and even its own stadium.

But Akon admitted he is only involved in the envisioning of the project, with him happy to "let the geeks figure it out" when it comes to making it a reality.

And his ambitions do not stop there, as during the same panel he also put his name forward as a potential US presidential candidate in 2020.
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World - Young Girl Born Without Arms Wins National Award For Her Exceptional Hand Writing Skills (Photos)
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May 16, 2018 - 21:05
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An amazing young girl who was born without arms wins National Award for her exceptional writing skills.

The 9-year-old schoolgirl identified as Anaya Ellick, has achieved an outstanding feat after she received two national awards for her exceptional writing skills.

The achievement of the little girl who is a third-grader in Chesapeake area of Virginia, United States, is remarkable because she has found a way to be the best at writing despite the fact that she was born without hands.

Ellick was named the winner of the 2018 Nicholas Maxim Award, part of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, on Thursday, April 26.

The award recognizes students with special-needs who have developed an exceptional skill in handwriting. In 2016, the 9-year-old was also named winner of the contest’s print category. It was gathered that the little who doesn’t use prosthetic hands, learned how to hold a pencil between her arms to draw and write.

Here is how her school reported her achievement on social media;

 

Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce third grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Cursive!

Anaya previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship as a first grader in 2016 and has claimed the title again with her outstanding cursive writing.

What makes Anaya’s achievement as a National Handwriting Champion so special is Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetics. In order to write, she is able to hold a pencil between her two arms and stand at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing.

“Anaya is an extraordinary young lady. Her tenacity continues to inspire all of us at GCA,”

said Anaya’s Foundations Academy Principal, Tracy Cox.

“Anaya’s well-earned first place finish reminds us all what determination and hard work can achieve. We are so proud of Anaya and her accomplishments.”

During our Foundations Academy Chapel, Anaya’s teacher, Mrs. Becky Cannaday, shared a message on our character trait of the month, boldness, and on the importance of letting your light shine for God’s glory.

Mrs. Cannaday encouraged students to be bold and reminded our Gators that boldness does not always mean being front and center, but can also be shown by humbly standing alone in doing the right thing, even when everyone else is not. Mrs. Cannaday went on challenge students to respectfully love others and to not be fooled by the world into acting in ways that do not glorify God.

After Mrs. Cannaday’s message, representatives from Zaner-Bloser presented Anaya with a monetary award and trophy. The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting.

Congratulations to Anaya on her achievement! Anaya, you inspire us all!
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World - Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’
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May 15, 2018 - 7:05
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Africa’s sweethearts Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are set to turn Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanahinto a TV series.

Nyong’o was in Lagos a few days back for the adaptation which will be shot in Lagos and Boyega’s N9 billion film.

In 2014, it was rumoured that Nyong’o had purchased the rights to the book. Gurira will be the screenwriter for the novel.

It will be produced by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s company.

Americanah, a novel written by Adichie, in 2013 is a story of a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who leaves the shores of her country to the United States to further her education. The novel also revolves around her relationship with her secondary school classmate, Obinze.

In 2013, it won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Fiction award.
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Nigeria - Rapper Olamide `Baddo’ launches new TV Channel
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Mar 15, 2018 - 18:03
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Rapper Olamide Adedeji a.ka. ‘Baddo,’ on Thursday, announced the launch of his Television Channel, `Voice of the Streets ( VOTS )’.

The launch date incidentally is the Science student crooner’s birthday and he described the station as “a birthday gift to myself.’’

He further dedicated the station to his family, especially his late mother who passed away recently, his son and his record label YBNL.

Olamide, 29, shared the news through his instagram handle @baddosneh, where he wrote, “I dedicate this television station to my late mum and dad. Thanks for letting me chase my dream.

“Also to my son Batifèori Maximiliano Adedeji when I look up in the sky I ask myself why am I trying to live, if I’m just living to die, but when I look down I see the answer.

“Thanks for making me a better man. This is also for the day ones that have been supporting ruthlessly through the thick and thin.

“Those who believed in me when I didn’t even have an idea how far I would go in this journey.

“This is also a harbinger for every ghetto kid that you can be anything and achieve anything long as you put your mind to it and work toward it.


“This is for the YBNL fans and TEAM BADDOSNEH. I promise never to make you regret supporting me.

“More great stuff to come on my honour. Let’s all welcome our brand new baby. ‘VOTS’ (Voice of the Street). Our television, my television, your television…be heard,” he wrote.

Olamide announced that the station ‘VOTS’ will be available on Play TV from Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The rapper, who has been described as ‘the voice of the streets’, proposed to his long-time partner and mother of his son a week ago.

He came into limelight in 2011 with his debut album ‘Rapsodi’ before starting his label ‘YBNL’ in 2012.

The Bariga born artist recently released a seven minutes visual to his hit song ‘Science Student’ amidst controversies surrounding the message of the song.

Olamide recently bagged the ‘Listeners choice’ award at the just concluded Sound city MVP awards.

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Nigeria - Celebrities rage against SEX DOLLS
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Feb 10, 2018 - 9:02
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YES, they are here in Nigeria, the sex dolls that create and enable artificial sex for men. And because of their silicon nature, they are almost like the female humans during sexual experience. You can call it perversion, you can call it new fashion, new craze or even be religious and say it’s the end time. But it is in the market and that is for real! But how do our celebrities feel about the new sexual technology? Do they think it will become the real vogue soon? Some of them shared their views with us. According to veteran juju music star, Admiral Dele Abiodun, sex dolls raise questions about man’s wish to be wiser than God, which is not possible.

He asks: “Are the creators of sex dolls wiser than God who created original human beings to serve the purpose of sex? No, the creators of sex dolls are not wiser than God. So sex dolls cannot be a replacement for sex and can never replace the female human being that God creator. I do not think that sex dolls will be popular in Nigeria. We the people of Nigeria are more sensitive to sexual matters. Sex dolls are alien to our culture. That is because we are a religious country. Most Nigerians believe in religion and in God. So our religious affinities will not allow us to patronize or have anything to do with sex dolls. For instance, it will be embarrassing if your church members see you with a sex doll at home or even sight it at all.

Your pastor must not hear it. Your Imam too must not hear of it if you are a Moslem. So, it will not be common here; we do not have a market for it.” His views are also supported by the first Nigerian female Bishop and Founder of Power Pentecostal Church, Bishop Bola Odeleke, who could not hide her outrage on the mention of sex dolls being in Nigeria. She seemed to feel that their arrival would only compound the social problems in Nigeria. “Sex dolls?” She asked? “That’s not what we need now in Nigeria. What we need is electricity. We need clean water, good roads, stable education for our children and youth and security. We need the real herdsmen to treat their cow business as a good and proper business; which means that they need to buy land/ranch anywhere they think it is good for breeding their cows for their husbandry business. They should not go all around taking the laws of the land into their own hands and engaging in illegal takeover of other people’s lands and inheritance.”

Nollywood actress and singer Cherith Parker, does not think that sex dolls will make any impact in Nigeria where women and sex are already in abundance. “In a society like ours, where women out number the men and with the sex hawkers around, introduction of sex dolls will serve no positive impact if I must say. It will only create problem between couples, because you can’t compare a female sex organ with a computerised toy. Only men with inferiority complex and loose men who are never satisfied with their partners will embrace it.” Cherith says she is however aware that sex dolls are already popular on the social media platforms where she thinks it is being marketed. But she does not believe that they will be popular and viable in the open market in Nigeria like condoms are for instance. And she is also thankful that sex dolls do not come cheap. “Yes, sex dolls are not viable for the Nigerian market and not everyone can afford them due to their prohibitive cost. And that is because, there will always be a negative side effect to these electronic machines which can be dysfunctional with time and it won’t stand the test of time.” Another Nollywood star actress Uche Ogbodo affirms that sex dolls are not new. “Sex dolls are not new in our society. However, the re-invented ones that now really look like human beings are somewhat scary to the imagination because they actually really look like human beings.” Though the new dolls look real, charming and attractive to the men, Uche believes the womenfolk need not be worried that they may lose their men to these artificial dolls.

“I say that because I do not think sex dolls are going to change the order of our society or alter the natural order of relationship between a man and a woman. That is because I believe sex Is spiritual and emotional at the same time. You might have a sex doll but it isn’t going to fill up the gap that a human being will in a person’s life. So nothing is going to change my dear. It is still going to be a sex toy at the end of the day. It will never affect marriage or relationships in anyway.” Another top juju musician Wale Thompson laments the emergence of sex dolls in the open market. He regards such a development as indeed unfortunate. “Yes, I think it is unfortunate because, the impact of these new sex dolls in our society is going to be negative and bad. I say so because it will increase the number of single ladies and young men in our society. People will not want to marry anymore. And it will generate and prolong tension between couples in many homes. And finally sex dolls will kill love in our society.” Like Nollywood Cherith Parker, Comedian Patrick Onyekaba, who is more popularly known as Mc Pato, is happy that the price of an average sex doll is high. He actually says the price is outrageous and enough caution for an average man to avoid it.

“I learnt that it cost a minimum of N800,000. That amount to me is enough to use to plan a proper wedding. So why should anybody think of a sex doll instead? If I pay N800,000 for a sex-doll, will it be able to cook, wash, sweep, fetch water and greet my family members and neighbours? No, it will not. So the advantages are more than its advantages.’’ He added: “Sex dolls make a way for a journey into perdition. It is part of the ongoing sexual perversion in our society. It will certainly destroy a lot of relationships. I heard that a man recently divorced his wife because of a sex-doll. It is unfortunate that it is already here because it is demonic.’’ Blessing Patrick who is also a Nollywood actress believes that sex dolls are already dead on arrival.

“They are not relevant and cannot be popular or in vogue in Nigeria.” She says: “I believe I should know what Nigeria and women want. I know that Nigerian men love their women. They take pride in their women. Nigerian men are no fools. They know how to enjoy fun moments. Real Nigerian men want real women and real women want real men.” “It’s a sick world already,” commented wave making Nollywood actress Amazon Rose. “I guess some people are no longer aware of the existence of God and His word. I know that Nigerians with their copy-cat tendencies will embrace most negative things that come from abroad.’’ But she does not think that sex dolls will make much impact. “The impact will be the usual ‘copy copy’ attitude of people who just think that they should feel and deceive people that they ‘belong’, or people who tend to live. Nonetheless, I believe the noise about sex dolls will soon die as usual.

The rave will be slow, thanks to the price, which is more than the bride price in most Nigerian communities.’’ Rufai Ladipo who is at the top of the advertising industry in Nigeria, does not think the advertisement of sex dolls has made any impact in Nigeria. Like veteran Dele Abiodun, he believes that the religious nature of Nigerians will affect the drive and desire for sex dolls. But he also leaves room for doubt. According to him, “our moral background is breaking down gradually and this does not augur well for our youths. Sexual intimacy is divinely created and made for a man and a woman. I am strongly against it and sincerely hope it will be banned from entering into the country to avoid a total disintegration of our social fabric.’’

Top comedian Gbenga Adeyinka takes a hilarious, comic look at the sex dolls’ entrance into the Nigerian market. After a brief laughter, he replied: “Forget it, sex dolls will for a very long time remain only an issue of discussion in bars and all such places. Who can afford it? He asked comically. “I am sure sex dolls are the last thing on people’s mind in this present economic situation. Maybe in future. On a serious note, the arrival of sex dolls surely indicates that the world is gradually coming to an end.” He added philosophically: “There are some things that are meant to be discussed in the four corners of a bedroom.” Gbenga Adeyinka agrees that sex dolls will not be popular because of their high cost. “And that I am grateful for, because certainly, plenty of people can’t afford them, so they can’t be a vogue. It will just be a topic of discussion for some time and die down. What we are presently experiencing in Nigeria is more than adding the problem that sex dolls will create.”
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