Saturday, 30 November 2013


By Boluwatife Awokoya

Recently, the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele in Ibadan has paraded two suspects who allegedly killed a 42-year old woman, Mrs. Sekinat Emiola.
One of the suspects, Asimiyu Ayantayo, the lover of the deceased allegedly beheaded her and cut off her two hands after making love with her. Ayantayo who hailed from Ibadan is a carpenter and also married with children. He told our correspondent that, that faithful day he told his wife that he would not be coming home that night that he will be going out with his friend Isiaka (his accomplice in crime) to a party and they won't be back not until the following day. Not known to him that his plan will end up in police station he left his loving home to a guest house with his friend and deceased.


By Boluwatife Awokoya

I have a brother who is 3 years younger than me. I wanted to buy a handkerchief, which all  girls around me seemed to have. So, one day I stole 5 Kobo from my father's drawer. Father had discovered about the stolen money right away. He made me and my younger brother kneel against the wall as he held a bamboo stick in his hand. 'Who stole the money?' he asked. I was stunned, too afraid to talk. Neither of us admitted to the fault, so he said, 'Fine, if nobody wants to admit, you two should be beaten!' He lifted up the bamboo stick. Suddenly, my younger brother gripped father's hand and said, Papa, I was the one who did it!' The long stick smacked my brother's back repeatedly. Father was so angry that he kept on whipping my brother until he lost his breath. After that, he sat down on our stone bed and scolded my brother, 'You have learned to steal from your own house now. What other embarrassing things will you are


By Boluwatife Awokoya

Writing about a complex character like Osita Iheme, a.k.a.Paw Paw, could turn out to be a herculean task. Sometimes you think you know and, at some other times, you are completely flabbergasted seeing another side of an otherwise gentle, amusive, and intelligent octopus that he is. Much more important is the fact that, put into consideration that, here is a man whose life transcends every sphere of human endeavor from a humble beginning to becoming a public icon of all seasons, and rising from that pedestal to a juggernaut of no mean records in the very core areas of philanthropy, youth empowerment, social reform and poverty eradication. He speaks in an interview with our correspondent about his career as an actor, marriage and how he misses his close pal, Chinedu Ikedieze aka Aki. Excerpts:

I never knew I would get to this height in life. My intention was just to act and enjoy the career. I had always wanted to be an actor. I used to watch movies a lot and I would say to myself that one day, I would be an actor. In fact, my aim was to become an international actor.

Even in my days in church during our block rosary, I used to act a lot. I was a part of the drama group. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I always had the dream. I know that God has always had something special for me and whatever I touch becomes big. When I met my brother Chinedu, I knew we were going to be big. I knew that the combination of the two of us would be a blockbuster.


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 By Oduwaiye Fela

According to unconfirmed reports, popular actor Saheed Balogun has dragged his ex-wife actress Fathia Balogun to court over the use of his name, Balogun, insisting that she drops it. The two were married for many years before ending their union, which produced three children, a few years ago.

Saheed has been trying for years to get Fathia to revert to her maiden name but Fathia has always insisted she made a career using the name and has no plans to ever drop it.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

Yes she did. OJB's first wife (He has two others) and mother of his oldest children Mabel Okungbowa, popularly known as Mamma J donated her kidney to the renowned musician and music producer. What a great thing to do. I duff my hat to her! The successful kidney transplant took place on October 21st in India and OJB got discharged from the hospital a week later.


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Monday, 25 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

A 32-year-old Lebanese, Jack Sankary, whose hobby is to have carnal knowledge of under- aged girls in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has been nabbed by detectives.

Also middle aged woman, Chinwe Chinasa, has been arrested for allegedly trafficking six young girls to Libya for prostitution.

His recruiter, Patience Godwin, is currently undergoing interrogation at the state CID.

Vanguard gathered that Patience was arrested at her hideout in Odopetu area of Akure metropolis and one 14-year-old girl about to be taken to the Lebanese rescued.

Speaking on the woman who trafficks young girls to Libya for prostitution, the state Police command said she was arrested at the Olufoam area of Federal Housing Estate, ShagariVillage in Akure following intelligence reports.

The command image maker, Wole Ogodo, said after the raid on the hideout, it was discovered that the six young girls had been prepared for the journey to Libya.

Ogodo said part of the preparation was shaving of their hairs and cutting of their nails. He assured that investigation was ongoing to apprehend all her collaborators.

Ogodo said that some Nigerian international passports, cheque books of different banks and fake Naira notes were recovered from the suspected trafficker’s house.

Speaking while she was paraded by the police, Chinasa said she picked four of the girls from a hotel in Asaba, DeltaState. Some of the girls confirmed that the suspect deceived their parents that she was going to help them look for jobs and not prostitution.

They alleged that they were virgins before they were lured into the illicit business by the suspect. The girls were said to have pleaded that the police should temper justice with mercy since they were deceived into the trade by the suspect.

According to Ogodo the suspects will be charged to court after completion of investigation.

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Friday, 22 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

Golden Eaglets defender Friday Njengo has passed on after more than nine months in hospital bed following a road accident which took place on February 3rd.

The accident, which occurred at the Dan Anacha Village in Taraba State as the players travelled from Jalingo to Calabar via a commercial bus, took place at a time the player, alongside teammate Adamu Abubakar were embarking on a journey for the first phase of the camping for the African Championship.

Njengo, was a regular member of the Manu Garba-led team during the qualifying series for the 2013 CAN U-17 Championship. Eaglets defender Friday Njengo is
Dead. The deceased’s condition was reported to have been worst than Abubakar’s, who sustained head injuries and shoulders and was immediately admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.

NFF President Aminu Maigari, who was at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, had ordered Njengo to be moved from the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, to the National Hospital Abuja two days after the crash. An operation was performed on the player at the National Hospital and he was thought to be recovering, though still suffering from bouts of amnesia, until his death on Sunday night.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) stated on Tuesday that burial arrangements would be announced after consultations with the family.

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By Oduwaiye Fela

Armed robbers stormed a hostel occupied by students of University of Calabar, Tuesday night, raping a 17-year-old female student of the school to a state of coma.

According to a witness who spoke to Vanguard, the robbers attacked the hostel located at Mount Zion Road/ Inyang Edem Street at about 2am and raped all the female students before carting away all their laptops and cell phones.

“They started by firing warning shots into the air to warn us that they came for serious business and thereafter went from room to room battering everybody and raping all the female students one after the other,” the witness who gave his name as Ngoli said.

Ngoli said the girl that went into coma was still a virgin that made all the robbers want to have a taste of her. “The first one to pounce on her announced to the rest that she was still a virgin and that made everyone of them go after her and in the process she bled seriously yet they would not allow her go,” he said.

Sources say police have commenced investigation on the matter.

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Monday, 18 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

Rich people in Nigeria show off their homes, cars, Rolex watches, etc...but mega-rich Arab men are on a different level. They are accessorising their super cars & powerboats with lions and cheetahs.
For mega-wealthy young men of the Gulf Arab states nothing says 'I am rich' more aptly than to Instagram yourself and your lion or cheetah posing alongside your Mercedes or Lamborghini or motoring along in a speedboat.
Showing off the Persian Gulf's latest 'ultimate status symbol', the penchant for posting big cat photos on Instagram betrays the young men's sheer bravado or stupidity, depending on your point of view. Indeed, while the intimacy on display the owners seem to share with their cats is clearly touching, others could possibly think of better ways to flaunt their wealth than sharing feeding time or bathing with fully grown 400pound lions.


By Oduwaiye Fela

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the Special Enforcement Unit of Federal Inland Revenue Service has arrested billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, over a tax fraud that runs into N6.8b.

Sources within the unit told Saharareporters that Mr. Ibrahim was picked up today and is currently under detention at the offices of the agency.



By Oduwaiye Fela

The baddo and king of the streets, Olamide has imposed a national epidemic on this country. After exhibiting the presently infamous ‘gunman pose’ on his ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ album cover artwork, the pose has apparently gone viral with fans and celebrities taking photos of themselves copying the pose. After Olamide dropped his third album ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth‘, days after and fans and celebs alike have been showing the rapper love by imitating his ‘gunman pose’ on the album cover.


By Oduwaiye Fela

Where did time go? It seems as if your daughter was climbing onto that school bus just yesterday. Now she's getting moody and growing up, you'll need to prepare her for what's going on in her body. Read on to find the best way to do it.

Be prepared. She will/may be starting her period soon so you need to have the products for it. Pads and/or panty liners are your best bet for her first few periods.

Teach her how to use these products. Make sure she knows where these products go, when to change them, and overall how to use them. Get some acne products. Some moisturizers and cleansers for her face. Teach her how to wash her face well without drying her face out. Try to get her in a habit of using these products.

Get her some bras. She is growing up and she might want a bra herself, but is embarrassed to ask. This gives her an open door to get one. Make sure to get one that fits and maybe help her the first time she wears one to school or until she gets the hang of it. This doesn't mean dress her like you did when she was younger, just help her latch it up in the back and tighten the straps if they fall or loosen them if they are too tight.


By Oduwaiye Fela

Alone in a hotel room with a man she'd met only half-an-hour earlier, Bunmi Thomson (aka Holla) knew it was too late to back out. For six months, the 19-year-old had been chatting online to 'AY' after meeting him on Facebook. As part of their virtual courtship, AY — who claimed to be 29 — lavished her with compliments and asked her to send increasingly provocative photos of herself. Desperate for his approval, she complied.

Now that he had paid Bunmi's transport fare to travel 200 miles to meet him, it was clear he expected her to have sex with him. And even though she didn't want to, she still went ahead.

Bunmi says: 'We'd been chatting for a few months and sent sexual messages to each other a few times so, although it seems so stupid now, real sex seemed like the obvious next step. But my first thought when I saw him was: “Oh God, he looks nothing like his picture.” He wasn't attractive and looked more like 40. But, still, we went straight to the hotel and had sex. I recall feeling nervous, but it was over quickly. 'Afterwards, he paid for the room and we said goodbye at the bus garage.


By Oduwaiye Fela

Uprising was a conflict between Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group and Nigerian security forces. Violence across several states in northeastern Nigeria left over 1,000 dead, with around 700 killed in the city of Maiduguri alone, according to one military official.
A government inquiry later found that, while long-standing tensions existed between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Security forces, the immediate cause of the violence stemmed from an incident in which a group of the sect's members were stopped by police in the city of Maiduguri as they were on the way to the cemetery to bury a comrade. The officers, part of a special operation aimed at stamping out violence and rampant crime in Borno State, demanded that the young men comply with a law requiring motorcycle passengers to wear helmets.
They refused and, in the confrontation that followed, several were shot and wounded by police. According to initial media reports the violence began on 26 July, 2009 when Boko Haram launched an attack on a police station in Bauchi state, with clashes between militants and the Nigeria Police Force spreading to Kano, Yobe and Borno soon after.
However President Umaru Yar'Adua disputed this version of events, claiming that government security forces had struck first. “I want to emphasize that this is not an inter-religious crisis and it is not the Taliban group that attacked the security agents first, no. It was as a result of a security information gathered on their intention to launch a major attack,'' he said.


By Oduwaiye Fela

The dancehall artiste who rose from poverty as an orphan, to build a successful and inspiring career as a songwriter, recording artiste, TV presenter and performer, passed on in Lagos recently, following a brief illness. He was 36 years old. May his soul rest in peace...Amen.

The late U Turn was from Kabba-Bunu in Kogi State where he first tried his hands on entertainment, working as a radio and TV presenter.

He had a brief stint at NTA in Lagos, after relocating here, before signing a deal with Ultima Records which released his early albums.

He was a little boy, with braids and a charming personality. And his signature intro 'Apoola Berekete' was far beyond his stature. But he got the industry's attention and got a leg in the door before long.  After years of club tours and free gigs, he got his first break when he was signed to one of the biggest record labels of the time, Ultima Records.

Friday, 15 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

God is good, especially if you're a Nigerian pastor with some business savvy. These days, millions of souls, desperate for financial breakthroughs, miracles and healing, all rush to the church for redemption. And while the bible expressly states that salvation is free, at times it comes with a cost: offerings, tithes, gifts to spiritual leaders, and a directive to buy literature and other products created by men of God.

Pastors are no longer solely interested in getting people to Heaven; they've devised intelligent ways to make good money while reaching out to souls. Take Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, for example. He is the founder and lead pastor of the Christ Embassy, a thriving congregation with branches in Nigeria, South Africa, London, Canada and the United States. His publishing company, Loveworld Publications, publishes 'Rhapsody of Realities,' a monthly devotional he co-authors with his wife. It sells over 2 million copies every month at $1 apiece. He also owns television stations, newspapers, magazines, a hotel, a fast-food chain, and more.
Many other Nigerian pastors are similarly building multi-million dollar empires from their churches. Today, pastors fly around in private jets, drive fancy cars like Daimlers, Porsches and BMWs, don Rolexes and Patek Phillipes, and own breathtaking mansions all over the world. Below are the five richest pastors in Nigeria who will make times two of what they have this year:

Thursday, 14 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

Nigerian socialite and business man Taiwo Jamani, 45, died yesterday November 13th about a month after he was attacked in Swords, Dublin by a business associate.

37year old Jooda Akanbi attacked Jamani with a baseball bat on October 10th in broad daylight on Main Street in the north Dublin town at about 12.20pm after an argument broke out between them.

Mr, Jamani, a human resource specialist who owns Data Link Company in Dublin, suffered serious damage to his back and neck after his own friend attacked him. An eye witness told police that the two men first began shouting at each other, then they were pushing and shoving...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

A 35-year-old man was, weekend, shot dead by gunmen suspected to be hired assassins at Agudama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The deceased, identified as Frank Moses, was a staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekeowe, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

It was learnt that the deceased, a father of two,  was the Financial Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, SSANIP,  Ekeowe chapter.

He was said to have been killed few minutes after celebrating with other neighbours at the end of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup match between Nigeria and Mexico, last Friday.


By Oduwaiye Fela

One of Nigeria’s most prominent Fuji musicians, Wasiu Alabi Odetola, popularly known as Pasuma Wonder is currently enmeshed in a murder mess.

From all indications, the Fuji veteran who recently celebrated 20 years on stage may be on his way into police net if matters are not well handled. Eye witnesses are saying that a member of the convoy of the Fuji star over-ran a teenage fan after Pasuma’s vehicle knocked down the victim on their way from a show at Idimu-Council area of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The victim, Bidemi, a 12-year old fan of the ‘Orobokibo’ singer is said to have been lurking around to get a glimpse of the star as he was leaving the St. Augustine Events Hall, Isheri-Idimu where the show took place only to lose his life in the process. ‘Pasuma was trying to avoid the area boys as he was leaving and so he was driving fast and it happened that he knocked the boy down and the vehicle behind him ran over the boy’, an eye witness said.

Monday, 11 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

We all know that regular exercise has myriad health benefits. It can help you drop your weights or just keep it in a healthy range. Exercise can combat conditions like high blood pressure and reduce your risk of maladies such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You'll have more energy and sleep better. It improves your mental health, too increasing your self-esteem, mood and combating depression.

But if none of those things are enough to move you off the couch, consider this: Regular exercise can also improve things in the bedroom. Obviously being fitter and healthier overall will go a long way, but specific types of exercises can also improve your strength, flexibility and stamina in bed. What more motivation do you need? So if you'd like to impress your partner the next time you're intimate, read on for 10 exercise tips for a better sex life. We'll even throw in a few basic steps to get you started.

1: Exercise Together
If you see your exercise routine as pure drudgery, you're less likely to stick with it. One way to make it fun is to exercise with your significant other. If you're enjoying yourself as you get fit, then you'll be able to better use your newfound energy, stamina, flexibility and strength in the bedroom.


By Oduwaiye Fela

(Focus on what she’s not telling you in bed by reading her body language...)
It's a universally accepted fact that women are complicated, confusing beings who, in spite of talking incessantly, rely a lot on non-verbal communication to convey their inner-most thoughts. So it's left to you to unravel the mystery of their look, sigh or grump.

Since they manage to take the same trait into the bedroom and you might find yourself befuddled at her reactions, wondering if she's rubbing up against you out of extreme desire or as a distraction tactic to get you to stop doing what you're doing. We help you decode her subtle body language in bed, so you're abreast of whether you're doing it right or need to up your ante. If you manage to read your cues right, you'll be suitable rewarded and her body will display overall signs of arousal that can't be faked. Here are a few:


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By Oduwaiye Fela

A naked Russian artist nailed his own testicles to the ground in a bizarre protest against his country's authoritarian regime. Self-styled performance artist Pyotr Pavelnsky hammered a large metal nail through his scrotum and into the cobblestones in front of Moscow's Red Square as hundreds of horrified tourists watched on.

Police eventually covered him up with a blanket before removing him from the scene. He was taken to a clinic for treatment and placed under arrest.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. MD Abubakar, to ensure the immediate release from unlawful detention of Mrs. Clara Chime, the First Lady of Enugu State who is being held hostage at Government House Enugu by Governor Sullivan Chime, or be dragged to court.

In a letter dated November 1, 2013, Mr. Falana, representing Mrs. Chime, pointed out that his client has been kept incommunicado in solitary confinement for over four months on the directives of Governor Chime.

“Thus our client’s fundamental rights to the dignity of her person, personal liberty, fair hearing, private and family life and freedom of movement guaranteed by the Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act,


By Oduwaiye Fela

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Monday, 4 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

Haruna Tsokwa, Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, passed away on Monday 4th of November, 2013 at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo. He died from a yet-to-be disclosed illness, after reportedly taking ill on Sunday.

His remains were later removed from the FMC Jalingo to Taraba Specialist Hospital. Tsokwa passed away at 47; heart-related ailment is named as a possible cause. The fact of the lawmaker's death was
confirmed by Kefas Sule, spokesperson to the Acting Taraba State Governor Garba Umar. He said further comments will be made after the deceased's doctors' reports.

Last month, Mr. Tsokwa escaped death when his convoy was attacked. Mr. Tsokwa supported the Acting Governor, who is also the Deputy Governor, Umar Garba, in the ongoing battle for the control of the state. He was among those lawmakers who insisted that Governor Suntai could not resume work after his foreign medical treatment because of his frail state of health.

Tsokwa, was appointed Speaker after the former one, Mr. Isa Ajiya, was impeached. He left a wife and four children. May his soul rest in peace.

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By Oduwaiye Fela

In a wide-ranging interview with News-Portal Nigeria, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka paid tribute to Chinua Achebe, who died on March 21, 2013 at 82. Soyinka, who won the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature, also spoke on his personal relationship with Achebe and other Nigerian writers; his regrets about Achebe's last book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra; and his attempt to talk the late Biafran leader, Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, out of fighting a war.

How did you react to the death of Prof. Chinua Achebe?
My reaction? Well, you know the boa constrictor - when it has just swallowed an abnormal morsel, it goes comatose, takes time off to digest. Today's global media appears indifferent to such a natural entitlement. You are expected to supply that instant response. So, if – as was the case - my first response was to be stunned, that swiftly changed to anger. I suspect, mostly because I was to have been present at his last Chinua Achebe symposium just a few months earlier - together with Governor Fashola of Lagos.
Something intervened and I was marooned in New York. When your last contact with someone, quite recent, is an event that centrally involves that person, you don't expect him to embark on a permanent absence. Also, Chinua and I had been collaborating lately on one or two home crises. So, it was all supposed to be 'business as usual'. Most irrational expectations at one's age but, that's human presumptuousness for you. So, stunned I was, primarily, then media enraged!

How would you evaluate Achebe's role in the popularization of African literature?
As a literary practitioner, my instinct tends towards a suspicion of "ghetto" classifications - which I did feel this was bound to be. When you run a regional venture, it becomes a junior
relation to what exists. Sri Lankan literature should evolve and be recognized as literature of Sri Lanka, release after release, not entered as a series. You place the books on the market and let them take off from there. Otherwise there is the danger that you start hedging on standards. You feel compelled to bring out quantity, which might compromise on quality.
I refused to permit my works to appear in the series - to begin with. My debut took place while I was Gowon's guest in Kaduna prisons and permission to publish. The Interpreters was granted in my absence. Exposure itself is not a bad thing, mind you. Accessibility! Making works available - that's not altogether negative. Today, several scholars write their PhD theses on Onitsha Market
literature. Both Chinua and Cyprian Ekwensi - not forgetting Henshaw and others - published with those enterprising houses. It was outside interests that classified them Onitsha Market Literature, not the publishers. All in all, the odds come down in favour of the series - which, by the way, did go through the primary phase of sloppy inclusiveness, then became more discriminating.

What's the nature of Achebe's enduring influence and impact in African literature in your view?
In interviews as well as in writing, Achebe brushed off the title of "Father of African literature." Yet, on his death, numerous media accounts, in Nigeria as well as elsewhere, described him as the father - even grandfather - of African literature. As you yourself have observed, Chinua himself repudiated such a tag - he did study literature after all, bagged a degree in the subject. So, it is a tag of either literary ignorance or "momentary exuberance". Those who seriously believe or promote this must be asked: Have you the sheerest acquaintance with the literatures of other African nations, in both indigenous and adopted colonial languages? What must the francophone, lusophone, Zulu, Xhosa, Ewe etc. etc. literary scholars and consumers think of those who persist in such a historic absurdity? It's as ridiculous as calling me father of contemporary African drama, or Mazisi Kunene father of African epic poetry or Kofi Awoonor father of African poetry. Education is lacking in most of those who pontificate.
Let me just add that a number of foreign "African experts" have seized on this silliness with glee. It legitimizes their ignorance, their parlous knowledge, enables them to circumscribe, and then adopt a patronizing approach to African literatures and creativity. Backed by centuries of their own recorded literary history, they assume the condescending posture of mid-wiving an infant entity. It is all rather depressing.

In your younger days as writers, would you say there was a sense among your circle of contemporaries - say, Okigbo, Achebe, Clarke, Flora Nwapa - of being engaged in a healthy rivalry for literary dominance?
This question - the omission of Flora Nwapa, Mabel Segun (nee Imoukhuede) - and do include D.O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola, Cyprian Ekwensi, so it is not just a gender affair - is related to the foregoing, and is basically legitimate. JP and I were however paying a tribute to a colleague within a rather closed circle of interaction, of which these others were not members. Finally, and most relevantly, we are language users – this means we routinely apply its techniques.
We knew what we were communicating when we placed "pioneer quartet" in - yes! - inverted commas. Some of the media may have removed them; others understood their significance and left them where they belonged.

What do you have to say on Achebe's last book, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra, and its critical reception?
Some critics charged that the book was unduly divisive and diminished Achebe's image as a nationally beloved writer and intellectual. I don't really wish to comment on the work at this point. It is however a book I wish he had never written - that is, not in the way it was. There are statements in that work that I wish he had never made. The saddest part for me was that this work was bound to give joy to sterile literary aspirants like Adewale Maja-Pearce, whose self-published book - self-respecting publishers having rejected his trash - sought to create a "tragedy" out of the relationships among the earlier named "pioneer quartet" and, with meanness aforethought, rubbish them all – Wole Soyinka especially. A compendium of outright impudent lies, fish market gossip, unanchored attributions, trendy drivel and name dropping, this is a ghetto tract that tries to pass itself up as a product of research, and has actually succeeded in fooling at least one respectable scholar. For this reason alone, there will be more said, in another place, on that hatchet mission of an inept hustler.

On Biafra, were Igbo indeed victims of 'genocide', and what is your view on the question?
The reading of most Igbo over what happened before the Civil War was indeed accurate - yes, there was only one word for it - genocide. Once the war began however, atrocities were committed by both sides, and the records are clear on that. The Igbo got the worst of it, however. That fact is indisputable. The Asaba massacre is well documented, name by victim name, and General Gowon visited personally to apologize to the leaders. The Igbo must remember, however, that they were not militarily prepared for that war. I told Ojukwu this, point blank, when I visited Biafra. Sam Aluko also revealed that he did. A number of leaders outside Biafra warned the leadership of this plain fact. Bluff is no substitute for bullets.

How would you describe your relationship with Achebe from the early days when you were both young writers in a world that was becoming aware of the fecund, protean phenomenon called African literature?
My first comment is that outsiders to literary life should be more humble and modest. They should begin by accepting that they were strangers to the ferment of the earlier sixties and seventies. It would be stupid to claim that it was all constantly harmonious, but outsiders should at least learn some humility and learn to deal with facts. Where, in any corner of the globe, do you find perfect models of creative harmony, completely devoid of friction? We all have our individual artistic temperaments as well as partisanships in creative directions. And we have strong opinions on the merits of the products of our occupation. But - "rivalry for domination," to quote you - healthy or unhealthy? Now that is something that has been cooked up, ironically, by camp followers, the most recent of which is that ignoble character I've just mentioned, who was so desperate to prove the existence of such a thing that he even tried to rope JP's wife into it, citing her as source for something I never uttered in my entire existence. I cannot think of a more unprincipled, despicable conduct. The word "enemy" is strong and wrong. The Civil War split up a close-knit literary coterie, of which "the quartet" formed a self-conscious core. That war engendered a number of misapprehensions. Choices were made, some regrettable, and even thus admitted by those who made them. But the war did end. New wars (some undeclared) commenced. Chief Enahoro and I would later collaborate in a political initiative - though I never warmed up to him personally, I must confess.
Well then, this prospect that "my 1986 Nobel Prize in literature poisoned my personal relationship with a supposedly resentful Achebe" - I think I shouldn't dodge that either. Even if that was true - which I do not accept - it surely has dissipated over time. For heaven's sake, over twenty-five people have taken the prize since then! The problem remains with those vicarious laureates who feel personally deprived, and thus refuse to let go. Chinua's death was an opportunity to pries open that scab all over again. But they've now gone too far with certain posturing and should be firmly called to order, and silenced – in the name of decency. It covers all aspects of interaction with others. Wherever you witness a case of 'It's MINE, and no other's', 'it's OURS, not theirs', at various levels of vicarious ownership, such aggressive voices, ninety percent of the time, are bound to be Nigerians.
This is a syndrome I have had cause to confront defensively with hundreds of Africans and non-Africans. It is what plagues Nigeria at the moment - it's MY/OUR turn to rule, and if I/WE cannot, we shall lay waste the terrain. Truth is, predictably, part of the collateral damage on that terrain. So let me now speak as a teacher, it is high time Nigerians were openly instructed that Achebe and Soyinka inhabit different literary planets, each in its own orbit. If you really seek to encounter - and dialogue with – Chinua Achebe in his rightful orbit, then move out of the Nigerian entrapment and explore those circuits coursed by the likes of Hemingway, or Maryse Conde, or Salman Rushdie and so on and on along those orbits in the galaxy of fiction writers. In the meantime, let us quit this indecent exercise of fatuous plaints, including raising hopes, even now, with talk of "posthumous" conferment, when you know damned well that the Nobel committee does not indulge in such tradition. It has gone beyond 'sickening'.

Lastly, what is your parting tribute to Prof. Chinua Achebe?
My parting tribute to Chinua will therefore take the form of the long poem I wrote to him when he turned seventy, after my participation in the celebrations at Bard College. I plan for it to be published on the day of his funeral - my way of taunting death, by pursuing that cultural, creative, even political communion that unites all writers with a decided vision of the possible - and even beyond the grave.

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By Oduwaiye Fela

The total phase of the solar eclipse was not visible in Lagos, but it was observed there as a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse was see like this in Abuja and some other states in Nigeria. The Moon covers a large portion of the Sun, so this will still be a spectacular sight.

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By Oduwaiye Fela

Ask almost any pregnant woman about eating for two, and she'll probably tell you this: It's not quite as easy (or as much fun) as it seems. Nausea and vomiting can make it hard enough to eat for one, let alone two; pregnancy restrictions can make consumption a somewhat complicated prospect; and while eating extra might seem nice, it definitely doesn't mean eating extra meat pies and cookie dough.
Almost all women gain weight when they're pregnant. They're supposed to. A pregnant woman has greater energy requirements and has to eat enough to provide all the nutrition both she and her growing child need. Most practitioners recommend 300 extra calories per day starting out (more in the last trimester) and an average 25 to 35 pounds (11 to 15 kilograms) of weight gain over the entire pregnancy. The source of those additional 300 calories matters. Pregnancy nutritional requirements are pretty specific and relate to the needs of both a pregnant body and a new, developing one.

Some of the dos and don'ts of a pregnancy diet are a sure thing, others are educated guesses, and some are controversial. One thing nearly all pregnant women and their doctors can agree on, though, is that erring on the side of caution is the way to go. In this article, we'll look at some areas of a diet that require high caution, some foods that are essential for a growing baby, and some nutritional additions that may help with some of pregnancy's rougher side effects. We'll begin with one of the most obvious and crucial pregnancy-diet tips.

- Do Water: The first rule of pregnancy is 'Drink water'. The second rule of pregnancy is 'Drink water'. The third rule of pregnancy is 'Drink water'. Actually, there are a lot of important rules, no alcohol or cigarettes or climbing skyscrapers, for instance but you get the point. Water is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can put in her body. Water carries all of the nutrients she consumes to the cells, where they are absorbed into the body. In effect, without water, none of the other musts on this list will do much good. Also, since dehydration can trigger early labour, water helps a pregnancy get to term.
Most experts recommend at least 64 ounces of water per day, or about eight glasses or 2 litres. More than that is even better. And for each cup of coffee (with caffeine) or hour of light exercise, add 8 ounces of water. It's tough to keep track of exactly how much you're consuming when you have baby on the brain. So with one of those many glasses of water you'll be drinking, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin, too. It'll assure you're getting everything you need, just in case your healthy eating leaves you a little short.

- Do Protein: Pregnant? Then time to load up on protein like a bodybuilder. You're building a body, after all, and protein is your source for the amino acids that build cells. It's also essential for blood formation. While non-pregnant women need about 50 grams of protein each day, pregnant women need 70 grams, a significant increase that may take some effort to accomplish.
The highest protein needs come in the second and third trimesters, when baby-body growth is matched only by mommy-body growth. For the necessary two to three servings per day, look to lean meats, fish and poultry; nuts (including peanut butter); low-fat, pasteurized dairy; and foods like eggs, soy and beans. In your lean meats, you'll also find added bonuses like iron, vitamins B6 and B12, and, if you go for fish protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

- Do Calcium: Most people know that babies need milk. It turns out, so do foetuses and their hosts. Calcium is essential for healthy teeth and bones. That goes double (or triples) for developing teeth and bones. Plus, high-calcium foods like milk, cheese and yogurt (and sardines and spinach) can help with pregnancy problems like water retention and, in the case of yogurt, yeast infections.
The recommended daily pregnancy intake of calcium is about 1,000-1,300 milligrams, or at least four servings. Low-fat dairy is the ideal way to obtain this calcium, since full-fat dairy has quite a lot of fat, and pregnant women (like everybody else) should moderate fat intake. On an interesting side note, women who are trying to get pregnant might want to stick with the full-fat versions. Consumption of low-fat dairy products has been linked to decreased fertility.

- Do Fruits and Vegetables: As important as fruits and vegetables are to the non-pregnant person, they're even more so to the pregnant woman. The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants provided by things like strawberries, spinach and sweet potatoes are a crucial part of any pregnancy diet. The options for getting the minimum five to six servings a day (combined) are endless.
For vitamin C (oral health and bone growth), look to oranges, strawberries, broccoli or tomatoes.
For folic acid, a B vitamin required in high quantities (at least 0.4 milligrams a day) for blood and protein production and to reduce the risk of neural-tube defects like spina bifida, look to leafy greens, peas and dark yellow fruits and veggies (along with legumes, veal and fortified cereals).
For vitamin A (eyesight, healthy skin and bones), sweet potatoes, spinach and sweet potatoes are excellent choices.
That's just the beginning of the variety of vitamins and minerals that should be incorporated into a pregnancy diet.

- Do Whole Grains: During first-trimester nausea (or whole-pregnancy nausea, for the unlucky ones), carbohydrates like pasta, bread and crackers can be lifesavers, calming a reeling stomach. Happily, they're also an essential part of a nutritious pregnancy diet. Carbohydrates are excellent sources of energy and often fibre. But we're not talking white bread, cake and regular pasta here, those are simple carbohydrates and aren't the most nutritious.
Pregnant women (and everyone else) should aim for complex carbohydrates, specifically whole grains 6 to 11 servings per day. That includes whole-grain cereal, barley, whole-wheat bread and pasta, sweet potatoes, oats and c acid, which is essential during pregnancy.

- Do Omega-3s: Fish contain something essential to human health and development: omega-3 fatty acids. They contribute to, among other things, brain and heart health, and they're especially important to the developing brain and heart of a foetus. The human body cannot make omega-3s. People have to get them from outside sources, and one of the richest sources is fatty fish.
Coldwater seafood such as salmon, lake trout and sardines are excellent sources of omega-3s, including one of the most important ones for a growing foetus (and baby, for that matter), called DHA. Fish oil supplements containing DHA are a possibility during pregnancy, but they do have side effects for some people, like excessive burping or nausea, which pregnant women already may have trouble with.
Some non-fish sources of omega-3s include walnuts, eggs and flaxseed. They don't have nearly as much as fish, though. Two 4-ounce servings of low-mercury, coldwater fish per week should take care of the omega-3 requirement.

- Don't High-mercury Fish: What goes up as industrial pollution comes down as, among other things, methyl mercury in bodies of water. When our seafood swims in that contaminated water, it turns into mercury in our food supply.
In adults, the relatively small amount of mercury found in fish isn't a big deal. Our bodies can get rid of it. But in a developing foetus, the mercury in a few weekly albacore-tuna sandwiches has the potential to damage the nervous system. But here's where it gets tricky, because avoiding all fish during pregnancy is a bad idea.


By Oduwaiye Fela

Peter Okoye posted pictures on his instagram page of a stunning and lavish sitting and dining room - gold plated! P-Square attended Patience Jonathan's mum's burial in Okrika Rivers State yesterday so this is definitely the home of a top government official. Perhaps the Governor's official residence? See more photos after the cut...

Saturday, 2 November 2013


By Oduwaiye Fela

No fewer than 28 persons, who attended the weekly crusade at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, lost their lives during a stampede at the end of the ceremony in the early hours of yesterday.

The crusade, organized by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obinma for prayers, healing and spiritual retreat, attracts thousands of people, but the one that was held yesterday on the Feast of All Saints turned tragic.

An estimated 100,000 worshippers reportedly attended the crusade because, besides coinciding with the Feast of All Saints, it was also the first Saturday of the month. Meanwhile, an unconfirmed report blamed the stampede on the governor.  The report quoted eye witnesses as saying the stampede occurred when Obi started campaigning for his gubernatorial candidate and there were shouts of disapproval, causing his security aides to fire tear gas into the crowd.

But Obi, who said, yesterday, that he was heart-broken by the event, said he went home after the crusade satisfied on the rewarding spiritual encounter, only to get the news later.

An eye witness, Mr. Abuchi Ifebuzo, 31, who was admitted in Crown Hospital, Nkpor where he and some of the injured persons were receiving treatment, that the crusade closed at about 5:08 am yesterday and, as the people were attempting to leave the ground, there was a stampede and people were falling on each other.

Obi has directed that the names of all the wounded persons be compiled, although he could not say immediately if the state government was going to pick their hospital bills.

The governor also visited the Archbishop of Onitsha over the matter, although what they discussed was not made public.

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By Oduwaiye Fela

Ladies, please be very careful of what you do and most especially the type of picture you take because it might come back to hunt you.

It's so obvious that the newly appointed ambassador of Imo State wasn't caught off-guard which meant she willingly revealed those pointed things for the camera to get a clear view.

Now lets see how the Governor will react to this picture, would you have this lady as an ambassador of your state or would you call this photoshop?

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 By Oduwaiye Fela

Three men have allegedly gang-raped a 15-year old girl at the Ikorodu area of Lagos, as the police are alleged to be threatening the victim’s parents to settle the matter out of court.

The state government had earlier blamed the police for frustrating rape cases by threatening victims and their families to withdraw their cases. Two of the men have been arraigned at one of the newly established Family Courts in Ikeja for allegedly raping the girl.

The suspects are being tried by the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, OPD, while the third suspect is still at large. It was learnt that the victim was lured to No 23, Fola Mustapha Street, in Ajegunle area of Ikorodu by her classmate (name withheld), a 16-year old girl, on the pretext that she wanted to return a text book which she had earlier borrowed from the victim.

The victim was deceived by her friend who had already arranged with the three suspected rapists to have sex with her forcefully. The three suspects; Yusuf Mohammed, Rasheed Oyedepo and Tunde were alleged to have inflicted bodily injury on the girl (name withheld).
It was gathered that the raped girl’s friend deliberately delayed her classmate for hours and enabled the heinous crime by putting on the generator set, on the pretext that she needed to charge her phone.
According to the OPD , the victim wanted to take her leave in annoyance when it was getting too late for the her to return home, but her friend told her to wait for a while before taking her to a new room where she was raped in turns by the gang.

While taking turns to rape the girl, the noise from the generator and the music they were playing prevented the people outside from hearing the screaming and wailing of the girl. On getting home in a bad condition, the girl’s mother took her to a private clinic for medical attention.

She was taken to Ikorodu General Hospital for proper medical treatment, where it was discovered that her womb had been tampered with at the private clinic.

The victim was in a critical condition as she was admitted in the hospital for three days while undergoing blood transfusion. A new twist has, however, been added to the story as the police has transferred the suspects, whose cases are already in court, to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti for investigation, an act the OPD described as unlawful.

It was gathered that the police had gone to the girl’s family threatening the mother for taking the case to OPD, after which they transferred the suspects to SCID, Panti. It would be recalled that the government has established a clinic where DNA tests will be conducted on rape victims and suspected rapists to enhance prosecution of the cases.

Source: National Mirror

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