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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mercy Aigbe calls out ThisDay Style over 'Best Dressed' cover snub

ThisDay Style released their weekly issue today and their cover story centered on 
Nollywood's Best Dressed and most of the pictures used were from the 2016 AMVCA. Surprisingly Mercy Aigbe Gentry who was seen as one of the best dressed at that event wasn't on the cover. Mercy wasn't going to let it pass and she called them out in an Instagram post. She wrote..

Congo Presidential elections: Telephone, internet and SMS services shut down for 48hours

All forms of media and communication have been shut down for 48 hours in Congo's presidential election as President Denis Sassou Nguesso aims to prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but economically poor African nation.
Interior Minister Raymond Mboulou wrote to telecommunication companies urging them to shut off telephone, internet and SMS services for 48 hours for "reasons of security and national safety".

AFP News agency said a government source told them that the media blackout was to ensure there was no 'illegal' publication of Sunday's results.

The president, Sassou Nguesso  has said he has no doubt he will beat his eight rivals, describing election day as a "penalty kick and then victory".

Majority of Congolese citizens want a change of government but the efforts of the opposition were hampered when a public referendum backed removing a two-term limit that would have kept 72-year-old Sassou Ngeusso from power. The vote also removed a 70-year age limit for the presidency ensuring he could contest in this year's elections.

Woman shares photos of horrific allergic reaction to hair dye which left her unrecognisable

Instagram user, Chemere Armstrong had a severe allergic reaction after using a Henna hair dye. The photos she posted shows her face swollen and her her eyes completely shut. In the caption of the photo, Armstrong who is also a a health and fitness vlogger describes the scary ordeal;

Instagram user, Chemere Armstrong had a severe allergic reaction after using a Henna hair dye. The photos she posted shows her face swollen and her her eyes completely shut. In the caption of the photo, Armstrong who is also a a health and fitness vlogger describes the scary ordeal;

"If you been following me for a while you know that I tried to be as transparent as possible. You will also know that my 100 days of just juice and smoothies has been very important to me. Today is day 100!!! The past couple of days has been extremely rough. I mention before that I die my hair with Henna because of my research and what I was told that it was supposed to be completely natural and chemical free but it wasn't and I had a severe allergic reaction as you can see from the pictures. I'm not posting this for any advice or any negative comments. I'm fully aware of what these pictures look like. I had to endure this nightmare. If you do not have anything nice to say please keep strolling. I want to let everyone that pray for me or send me well-wishes know what was going on. I was in severe pain from my scalp burning and itching with my face completely's swollen to the point I was unrecognisable. The most scary part about this whole thing is that my eyes was completely swollen shut where I couldn't see for 2 days. My doctor was afraid that it was going to start affecting my breathing which that didn't happen and as of today my eyes are open and I can see again but my face is still very swollen (I don't look like myself). I'm not in any more pain and I feel things are heading in the right direction. I hate that this had to happen but now I'm even more focus on making sure that my health is number one priority. Once I get back to looking like myself again I will make a more detailed video on my YouTube channel. Thanks again for all the love, support, and well wishes."

2shotz pens open letter on his birthday, talks about being with the wrong woman, apologises to fans

Rapper, 2shotz who turned a year older today, took to his IG page to admit he's made mistakes and learned from them, said he was with the wrong woman and now appreciates his family. 

Paul Okoye deletes his apology after Peter Okoye's tell all interview

Paul Okoye deletes his apology after Peter Okoye's tell all interview

Yesterday, Paul Psquare Okoye wrote a heartfelt apology to his fans

 and to his brother urging them to forgive, forget and move on but
 after the exclusive tell all interview that was released yesterday, he 
has deleted his apology.

MUSIC PREMIER: PATIO ELLY - OVER | @Npatioelly Prod By Shocker

aftrer dropping his hit song "turn Turn" in 2015 Patio Elly is back with a new one titled OVER ihe is ready to storm the industry this time around the song was by produced by shocker he Is Well Know With His Strong Vocals And Good Stage Performance Nd He Starts The Year With A New Song OVER He Gives U Another Sensational Feel Of The Song Download And Enjoy DOWNLOAD

DOWNLOAD MUSIC:Rapdibia – Ifeolunye

 Rapdibia - Ifeolunye

Rapdibia – Ifeolunye

From the Stables of Moniiccoop Music Ent., RapDibia shows he is one the unique versatile rising artiste in Nigeria,after d release of his track Akalaka (Destiny) a deep motivational and inspiring song,Rap Dibia decided to surprise his fans with an inspiring strong highlife gyration single titled “IfeOluNye“.

RapDibia is known for his creative ,melodic and sensational rapstyle which is a mixture of English,pidgen blended with his indigenous language “Igbo”. His delivery and catchy flows are hard for your ear to resist, proving his talents knows no bound “Ifeolunye” is an early Easter gift to his fans and music lovers, get it and dance away your sorrows even the young and oldies will feel this one! This young talented good looking handsome rapper stands out from the crowd and he is always bringing unique works to the table. Surely he is another Igbo rapper to watch out for.

Connect with him on twitter @Rapdibia instagram @Am_rapdibia produced by Shezzeh @shezzeh

DOWNLOAD MUSIC:Flowking Stone ft Sarkodie & Shatta Wale – Fire Bon Dem (Remix)


Ghanaian rapper – Flowking Stone enlists two heavyweights –
 Sarkodie and Shatta Wale for the remix of his single “Fire Bon Dem”

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Justin Bieber reminisces about time with Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber shared a throwback photo of him sharing a kiss with his ex-girlfriend
Selena Gomez. HE still wants her back.

VIDEO: Dr. Paul ft. Soul Solace – Nara Ekele

VIDEO: Dr. Paul ft. Soul Solace - Nara Ekele

VIDEO: Dr. Paul ft. Soul Solace – Nara Ekele

Nara Ekele is a Song combining traditional afro-beats and hip hop in this fusion of the old and new. It’s a praise song like no other, which has already seen wide acclaim on radio, social media and live performances in Nigeria and the UK. This song is sure to get you swaying, dancing, nodding your head and jigging to the beats and wonderful rap lines. Enjoy.

DOWNLOAD MUSIC:ZTM All Stars – Your Body

ZTM All Stars - Your Body

ZTM All Stars – Your Body
Zebe’s Train Music (ZTM All Stars) – ROLLY Baba x Cheezy 
Chi x Alvan Brown presents a brand new single titled “Your Body”
, Produced By TU2.


VIDEO: Tha Mayor ft. Reminisce – In Tha Mood

Video: Tha Mayor ft. Reminisce - In Tha Mood

Video: Tha Mayor ft. Reminisce – In Tha Mood
SM productions presents Tha Mayor “In Tha Mood” by
 Tha Mayor featuring Reminisce. Song produced by Fliptyce.

Visual to the single was shot in Maryland, US.

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The misogynists in the Nigerian Senate By Reuben Abati

What Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) did with her presentation of a bill on gender and equal opportunities on March 15, is the equivalent of trying one’s luck. But she deserves praise for her courage and progressive views, and for forcing the issue so well.

The subject has generated useful debate and the Senate President has been forced to reassure the public that the bill will be re-presented, after it has been re-drafted “to address some of the reservations that were expressed on the floor of the Senate.”

This is the third time that the Senate will throw out this same bill. Senate President Bukola Saraki knows too well that to address the expressed reservations is to kill the bill completely. There may be no hope of a misogynistic Senate passing a Bill that seeks to empower women and the girl-child, protect them from discrimination and violence, rescue them from being treated like chattel, and ensure that women play more prominent roles in public and private decision-making processes. The Bill further seeks to protect the rights of women in marriages.
It should not be surprising that the male-dominated Senate (102 men to 7 women) rose against the Bill. A few male voices supported Senator Olujimi, but those against the Bill were determined. They quoted the Bible. They cited the Quoran. They dismissed any thought of women having more powers or voice or being treated like equals to men. They even cited culture and tradition. One newspaper stated matter of factly, that Senator Olujimi “incurred the wrath of Northern Senators”.
When the matter was put to a vote, the naysayers of course won. So, given the gender imbalance in the Senate and the shortage of enlightened men on the floor, if that Bill is presented a thousand times, the outcome is predictable. It is perhaps for this reason that a different kind of strategy will be required to make any progress in the important fight for the treatment of women’s rights as human rights.
Nigeria is signatory to different international conventions on the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women. The Constitution also forbids discrimination against any person on the grounds of gender and circumstances of birth. Long before the internationalization of the struggle for women’s rights and its NGO-nization, there have been records of valiant Nigerian women pushing the envelope and demonstrating through advocacy and individual accomplishments that women are capable partners in society’s development, and that they deserve full citizenship rights.
But just as was demonstrated again on the floor of the Senate, religion, culture and male chauvinism are major stumbling blocks. Even some of the most educated men around cannot stand the idea of women being given more opportunities. Those male Senators who shot down the Olujimi Bill must have been wondering what gave her the effrontery to suggest that men and women should begin to share power and opportunities as equals.
The man who led the assault against the bill and who reportedly later celebrated the victory is actually the same man who was once publicly upbraided for marrying a 13-year old girl, a girl about the age of his granddaughter! In that same Senate, one of the members while declaring his assets sometimes last year, listed his two wives as part of his assets!
A gender and equal opportunities Bill should help provide stronger legislative framework for protecting women from all forms of discrimination, but legislative intervention may well not be enough. The real battle-field is in the identified areas of religion, culture and tradition, and the absence of political will to enforce relevant laws that promote social justice. Societies don’t just move from one level of enlightenment to the other: leadership is required. But as it is, Nigeria has leaders who are male chauvinists, whose attachment to culture and religion prevents them from understanding the true meaning of human rights. This is why it seems so difficult to convince Nigerian patriarchs that certain religious and cultural practices simply do not make sense.
What kind of culture or tradition allows a man to marry a child, for example? What kind of tradition recommends that a widow should be humiliated and subjected to inhuman practices in 2016? In some communities in the East, a woman cannot taste the new yam of the season as they call it. Men must taste it first. Among Igbos, even the most enlightened man will not allow a woman break kolanut in a gathering of men. Leviration is still practised in some Nigerian communities. One year after the millennial deadline on gender equality, there are still families in Nigeria where the girl-child is considered fit only for marriage, and so when male children are sent to school, the girls are asked to hawk wares, until they are ripe enough to be married off.
In other places, wives cannot inherit their husbands’ estates, and daughters are disinherited on the basis of gender. Patterns of this discrimination against the female gender exist even in workplaces today, and significantly in politics. I recall the case of one of these banks, which once instructed female employees not to get pregnant, within the first year of employment! And in politics, women are organized as separate groups with someone called Woman Leader, whereas there is no such equivalent for men.
The manifold existence of constructive gender discrimination explains the speed and alacrity with which the gender and equal opportunity bill is always dismissed whenever it is brought up in the National Assembly. The advocacy for women empowerment and an end to gender discrimination is also severely limited. It is restricted to non-governmental organizations, and a few influential voices in society who understand the issues, attend international conferences and who over the years have been organizing workshops and rallies to conscientize political, religious and traditional leaders. But this has not quite helped, and this may well be because the majority of the core affected women are excluded from the campaign.
The Biodun Olujimis of Nigeria are not necessarily the ones seeking freedom from discrimination. They can hold their own, they can negotiate power at many levels; the ones in need of help are the poor women and girl-children who are trapped under male domination, poor, disempowered, voiceless, and incapable of realizing their potentials to the fullest. The ones in need of help are those poor widows who are humiliated by in-laws, the millions of girls who are out of school just because they are female, the under-aged girls who are married off to old men, against their wish, and the army of dispossessed women whose lives have been condemned to a routine of raising children, fetching water and working on the farm.
These victims themselves need to be mobilized into the struggle for the full recognition of the human rights of women. They need to be given a voice. It is not a task for NGOs alone. The struggle must become more inclusive. We have Ministers and Commissioners in charge of women affairs and social development. They are busy travelling from one international workshop to the other. Such a department of government can do a lot more. To get Nigerian men to respect the human rights of women, the womenfolk must work together and support each other, and develop the kind of advocacy that was defeated last Tuesday into a sustainable, organized movement.
The tone of the advocacy should also change: too often, gender and equal opportunity issues are presented as pleas, as if women are seeking favour and understanding from the men: please-give-us-more-powers, allow-us-to-also-exercise-authority; we-want-more-women-in-government. For as long as the language of negotiation sounds that beggarly, not much progress can be made. Nothing short of an organized women’s movement around the core issues is what is required.
In the long run, education is probably the best policy option. Every child must go to school and no child should be allowed to be an artisan until after secondary school education. Once upon a time in this country, the social welfare department used to arrest any child found on the streets during school hours. The disparity in the education of men and women in Nigeria is alarming, given the fact that women constitute about 50% of the national population. The school drop-out rate for the girl-child is as high as 44%! There are extant laws, which prescribe punishment for parents who keep their children out of school; such laws must be enforced. State governments should vigorously promote education at all levels.
Education is the strongest weapon for liberating people from the clutches of harmful religious and traditional practices. Education in this regard means being enlightened enough to know what parts of religion and tradition are humane and progressive. Even where these prove resilient on the basis of social legitimacy, the truth is that it will be difficult to maltreat a woman who is fully aware of her rights. The Senators opposing gender equality and rights would never allow their own daughters to be exposed to any form of indignity. They quote culture and religion out of sheer hypocrisy. Their reliance on the Holy Books to justify the inferiorization of women as the weaker sex is dubious.
Successful women should be prepared to support other women. More women should take interest in politics, and seek political power at all levels. Nigerian women must get into the arena and seek decision-making positions, to enable them influence and implement policies. Let Nigerian women form their own political parties and contest the public space with the misogynists. The women’s movement in Nigeria has lost its steam. Some Nigerian women are involved in partisan politics but they either end up behaving like the men, or they claim they are technocrats with no interest in feminist matters.
They reinforce stereotypes and even work against the interest of other women seeking progress. Such women cannot lead the struggle; new recruits and role models are needed. To give meaning and bite to Senator Olujimi’s kind of intervention, progressive Nigerian women must unite and re-organize.

Kim K shares beautiful snapshots of North and Kanye

The family who all came together to celebrate brother
, Rob Kardashian's birthday seemed to have had a good time.
The Jenner/Kardashian and West clan were well represented. More photos

DOWNLOAD MUSIC:Kida Kudz – Awo Lor (prod. HOD)

Kida Kudz - Awo Lor (prod. HOD)

Kida Kudz – Awo Lor (prod. HOD)

Raved act – Kida kudz not resting on his oars, outs out yet another tune for the second week in a row; this titled ‘Awo Lo’ and was produced by HOD

Kida Kudz is set to unveil two music videos in a couple of weeks.. According to the rising rapper

“This is for the fans.. Listen & Enjoy, Big announcements coming in the next couple of days”

Enjoy the brand-new music from Kida Kudz!DOWNLOAD
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