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Threat of indigeous language extinction is real – CBAAC DG



Threat of indigeous language extinction is real – CBAAC DG


The imperative of language to socio-cultural, political and economic development of a community or a nation, took centre stage recently in Lagos. The event was the 2019 International Mother Tongue (Language) Day, a day celebrated February 21 of every year to promote indigenous languages.


Organised by Voice of Nigeria (VON), in collaboration with Centre for Black and Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), held at VON, Ikoyi, Lagos, the event which was on the theme with the theme “Indigenous Languages Matter for Development, Peace Building and Reconciliation, had in attendance include, the DG VON, who was represented by the Director of Programmes, Lagos Operations, Mr. Longjinus Egbujor, Acting Director General of CBAAC, Mrs. Ndidi F. Aimienwauu, other members of the management and staff of VON and CBAAC, students, teachers, culture enthusiasts, critics and others.

In her presentation titled ‘Saving the Mother Language from extinction in Black Africa’, the Acting DG of CBAAC, who was the guest lecturer, noted that indigenous language (mother tongue) has such an important role in framing our thinking and emotions, adding that learning to speak in the mother tongue is very important for a child’s overall development.

She listed the importance of mother tongue as including Cognitive and intellectual development; helps in second language learning; and helps you connect with your culture and people.

According to her, learning to speak in the mother tongue is very important for a child’s overall development, and being fluent in the mother tongue, which is also known as the native language, benefits the child in many ways. It connects him to his culture, ensures better cognitive development, and aids in the learning of other languages.


“Our languages keep our cultural heritage alive. Cultural information read or heard in a foreign language can be difficult to understand or identify with, owing to a loss of meaning, impact and context.

“A child’s first comprehension of the world around him, the learning of concepts and skills, starts with the language that is first taught to him. Mother language has such an important role in framing our thinking and emotions. Although most parents want their children to speak great English, proficiency in English, or any other language for that matter, depends on how well the child has learnt their mother tongue.

“Mother tongues thus become critical tools in connecting with our roots and our loved ones.

“Permit me to say that each language is unique. It serves as the glue that binds together the community of its speakers, reflects their world view (of both the social and natural worlds), and in its words, stories, songs, and manner of ways of speaking, serves as the repository of the cultural, intellectual and artistic life of that community.

By this, when we lose our languages, we lose windows unto different worlds, different ways of understanding the world, different ways of understanding ourselves and different ways (reflecting on) being human,” she said.

The CBAAC Acting DG further noted that the threat of indigenous languages extinction is real. According to her, our indigenous languages are being killed due to suppression of indigenous languages in schools, ignorance on the part of parents and guardians, and forces of globalisation.

“For each passing day, Nigerian schools have continued to suppress the use of indigenous languages. Many schools are often seen referring to native Nigerian language as ‘vernacular’ and even punishing students for speaking them. In many classroom settings, the use of Nigerian languages is often considered a gross flouting of the school rules.

Many children have been derailed and dissuaded from acquiring linguistic proficiency in their mother tongue and this, often times, is always traced back to the home and unmitigated ignorance on the part of their guardians, who give the children the impression that speaking indigenous languages marks ones as being a rustic and archaic person.

Quite disheartening is that many of us here participate in the destruction of our mother tongue, because we do not speak nor develop our languages. And when that happens, they become stunted. And there are subsequent social and emotional issues that arise when you can no longer communicate in deep and meaningful ways with your family and community.”

On what should be done to save our mother tongue from extinction, Mrs. Aimienwauu called for concerted effort, stressing that all hands must be on deck.

“Saving our linguistic asset from extinction is not just a solo task with which the government is saddled. All hands must, hence, be on deck to ensure that our wealth of languages is not lost to antiquity right under our watch.

“CBAAC has been in the forefront of the advocacy for the promotion and preservation of our indigenous languages. Through its numerous programmes, CBAAB has harped on the importance of our languages as vehicle of history and also an important element of our culture.”

Some of these ways, further stated, include: Children’s programmes such as competitive Oriki (panegyric) in indigenous languages by children; indigenous language news casting competition; promotion of indigenous language films through workshops, seminars etc; promotion of indigenous language writings through conferences; and intellectual engagement on the promotion and preservation of African languages through seminars, public lectures, workshops etc. Of special mention is the Harmonised Orthographies of four cross border languages – Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Ijo which were handed over to the Ministry of Education for teaching and learning.

Highlights of the event include dance drama which underscores the need for peaceful co-existence, while also showcasing Nigeria’s indigenous cultural heritage, by invited schools. There was also newcasting in indigenous language

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Uncovering the Different Personality Traits of the BBNaijaPepper Dem Housemates



Uncovering the Different Personality Traits of the BBNaijaPepper Dem Housemates

Twenty-one days after Big Brother Naija Season fourcommenced to rapturous applause, four housemates – AvalaIsilomo, Ella and KimOprah – have kissed goodbye to the opportunity of winning the ultimate prize worth N60million. 17 housemates remain guests in the BBNaija House, but one or more may be evicted on Sunday.


It has been a rollercoaster ride for the remaining 17 housemates, as they have had to adapt to each other’s personalities as theylive and work together. Readjusting themselves to a new order has been difficult as seen in their various tasks last week. Virtually everyone was opinionated and unbending. They lost their first wager as a result and received some stinging comments from their invisible landlord, ‘Biggie’.


There has, however, been a marked improvement in their attitude as evidenced in last Thursday’s task, despite their horrible attempt at singing for the Pepsi Know Da Lyrics” challenge earlier in the weekBig Brother jocularly told some of them not to attempt going to a studio for any recording session. For the first time during BBNaija Season 4, the “Pepper Dem” gang rehearsed and performed in unison. Impressed by their collective performance, Big Brother decided to reward them with their wager for next week, although it still followed with some punishment for their previous behaviour.



But while they may now be working harmoniously as a team to avoid Big Brother’s sledgehammer, the strong individual inclinations remain palpable.


For example, some of the housemates have been quite blunt with how they express their opinions regarding activities in the houseor topics of general discussion. This, however, has resulted in a few clashes and war of words amongst themAn example will be the shouting match between Tacha and Frodd over the use of the bathroom. Things escalated pretty fast but was later contained by the other housemates. 


For the housemates who seem to take their tasks preparations with a level of seriousness, Mike, Frodd, Sir Dee and Gedoniwill easily fall into this category. They are quite competitive with the tasks and as such considered threats by the other housemates. But Mike will desperately need to improve his pidgin English as he struggles in tasks that involve verbal communication in that language. Case in point would be his hilarious rendition of Teni the Entertainer’s popular track ‘For your case’ during the Pepsi challenge. His struggle to pronounce some words in the song left social media in stitches


In a house where unlimited quarrels are certainties, the resolver-in-chief definitely has to be Seyi. The grandson of the late politician, Obafemi Awolowo, seems to have relished his toga as the chief diplomat. He also seems to be spurring his fellow housemates with all his motivational illustrations about lifeproviding relevant examples at every given juncture, a trait that has seen some of his co-housemates brand him a talkative. He also touts himself as the guy in the house who empathizes with the ladies and has also assumed responsibility over certain activities such as kitchen organization, even though that usually ends in a disaster.


Jeff, Diane, Nelson and Tuoyo seem to be in the cool-headed team, as they have remained calm so far despite all that might have been thrown towards them. Asides Jeff, the remaining three majorly speak when necessary. Nonetheless, these four housemates also seem to be the most confused of the lot. Their actions have depicted that they are clearly interested in finding love in the house but are quite confused on who to settle for. Jeff’s interest seems to have waned with the eviction of KimOprah but seems he still has his eyes for other ladies in the house. Nelson and Tuoyo are in a love triangle fix with Diane, who has acknowledged the interest from the duo but is interested in Nelson. Meanwhile, Nelson has also fixed his gaze on Jackye, who has maintained (for now) that she is not interested as she had a blossoming relationship outside before entering the house. To be added to this group is Frodd, who has jumped from one female housemate to another and is currently hovering around Esther, who has vehemently rejected his advances, thereby leading to a flood of tears.


With the eviction of Ella, Khafi appears to be the only female housemate with a sonorous voice capable of making a dejected person come back to life. Her stimulating vocal range might have been the key to finally unlock the heart of Gedoni as her guy in the house. Khafi has shown that she is not afraid to confront anyone, bringing her strong traits as a police officer into play. She, however, secludes herself at every given opportunity with Gedoni, a situation the bearded folk has expressed his reservations over.


The same situationship looks to have captivated the heart of Ike, who has slowly withdrawn from his bad boy, gangster-like attitude into the tender arms of his love interest, Mercy. Ike, who gave viewers a moment never to forget after the housemates’ second Saturday party with the stealing of Omashola’s coins, has considerably dropped his controversial antics and has become a lot calmer. But it remains to be seen if he will maintain such an attitude to the end of the show.


So, whose personality trait will help get him or her across the finish line on day 99? The drama continues LIVE, 24/7 on all DStv packages on channel 198 and on GOtv Max and GOtv Plus packages only on GOtv channel 29/Ghana 129/Uganda 329.

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I regret not paying attention to my education –Yvonne Nelson



I regret not paying attention to my education –Yvonne Nelson

Along with the many positives of her career, notable Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson, has come out to point to a part that is not all that progressive. According to the 33-year-old mother of one, acting made her unserious with anything that had to do with education and scholarship as disclosed in an interview with Joy FM.


“I would go on stage every Saturday in SHS. I had to rewrite some papers. I was so into entertainment that I didn’t take my schooling serious.


You can easily mess up and not make it to university. I regret not paying attention to my books so when I see kids of today, I tell them to pay attention to their books,” she said.


Despite stating her regrets, the “Swings” actress expressed her pride in being able to graduate. And perhaps in a bid to make up for failing to pay full attention to her studies back then, she has stated her willingness to go back to school, this time for her Masters degree.

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Wizkid’s third baby mama blames domestic abuse allegations on hackers



Wizkid’s third baby mama blames domestic abuse allegations on hackers

A day after she accused Wizkid, the father of her child, of domestic abuse via her Instagram account, Jada Pollock has blamed hackers for the outbursts. The UK-based manager and Wizkid’s third baby mama, disclosed this in a post on her InstaStories on Thursday.


“My account was hacked in the late hours of Monday morning and my Instagram account was compromised. I can guarantee that the statement written was not by my hand. I can only apologise for any confusion, this may have caused. I have now recovered my account,” she wrote.


On Wednesday, when she had announced their split, writing: “From today, Ayo and I will no longer work together. I have been in an abusive relationship with him for years. Covering up for him time and time again and I am tired.


“Wiz continuously puts his hands on me, leaves me with bruises that I cover up from the world, including my friends and family,” Pollock wrote in parts.


The relationship between Pollock and Wizkid started on p r o f e s – s i o n a l terms before the birth of their child, Zion, with the woman praising Wizkid in May for his commitment to their son, Zion and describing him as an incredible father to their son.


Reacting to the domestic violence allegations levelled against the former Empire Mates Entertainment act, his second baby mama, Binta Diallo, was quick to react just a day on Wednesday to the lengthy write-up now denounced by Pollock.


Binta Diallo, Wizkid’s second baby mama who is of Guinean origin, seemed somewhat entertained with the drama. Taking to social media, she wrote: “Karma is a bitch ain’t it.”

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How Wizkid performed into 29th birthday after Braxton, Tiwa Savage



How Wizkid performed into 29th birthday after Braxton, Tiwa Savage

It was the 29th birthday of Nigerian music superstar, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known as Wizkid, on Tuesday and Saturday Telegraph can reveal that the singer performed into his birthday on that day.


Born in 1990, July 16th every year is the birthday of the Starboy Entertainment boss and he moved into his new year doing what he does best -pleasing his fans on stage.


It was at a classy event in Lagos to mark the 60th birthday of the publisher of ThisDay newspaper and proprietor of Arise TV, Nduka Obaigbena and taking to the stage just after Tiwa Savage, who had just performed “Malo,” a song they recorded together, Wizkid himself emerged on stage on cue.


From mounting the stage minutes past 11pm, Wizkid soon turned the hall packed full with governors, senators, private sector titans and many others, into a concert venue when he launched into his monster hit, “Ojuelegba” released as part of his 2015 album, Ayo.



With other songs including “Fake Love”, “Soco” among others to come, Wizkid was still performing by the turn of the 12 midnight, his 29th birthday on earth. The graceful birthday event witnessed a roll call of the movers and shakers of Nigeria, with the political, business community, academia, media and even entertainment well represented.


At about 9.11 pm, American music star, Toni Braxton, took to the stage having been preceded by her impressive all-male dancers.



Backed by two guitars, drums, a two-pronged organ set, back-up singer among others, the crowd, especially the ladies, quickly took to the renowned American singer who performed songs including some of the wave-making hits of the late 90s like “He wasn’t man enough for me”, “Un-break my heart”, “Breathe again” among others in an hour-long presence on stage.


Shortly before 11pm, Nigeria’s leading female music star, Tiwa Savage, took to the stage, opening with her single, “All Over” before launching into a medley of songs including “Manya” with Reekado Banks and “Malo,” a duet with Wizkid.

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Fashion items are to be discarded every three months –Aaron



Fashion items are to be discarded every three months –Aaron

Feron Aaron popularly known as Fashion King is a fashion designer and the CEO of Feron Fashion academy. In this interview with DEBORAH OCHENI, the Nigerian professional lingerie designer spoke about his fashion ideology, at major outfits in his closet and more


How best can you define your style?


I will say my sense of fashion is stylish, I have a very strong taste when it comes to fashion. My cut is being stylish, I don’t like conservative dresses and they must have a stylish details.


What determines the kind of outfits you wear?


Jacket and turtle neck is my brand that you will always see me in. On a casual day I wear just T-shirt. What kind of outfits takes up most space in your wardrobe? My brand is turtle neck and jacket and they take up most spaces in my wardrobe.


What will you never be caught wearing?


Aso-ebi, Ankara is too long in the market and I don’t like it. I feel it is lack of creativity that is causing that. What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? I don’t buy fashion items, I design them. I make shoes, bags and other fashion items, I don’t wear wrist watches.


What is the influence of the name ‘King of Fashion’ on your business?


It is my heritage and not a title; I am a king by destiny.


Do you consider any fashion item indispensable?


It depends on my personal view and what I represent in fashion. I don’t like classic items there is a fashion circle and one is meant to dispense with fashion items at least every three months.


What kind of shoes holds special appeals to you?


I wear sandshoes and I like them very stylish. I hate flat shoes because it makes one to look sloppy. My shoes must have heel that I stand on to look solid.


Which fashion item catches your fancy most?


Accessories and perfume


What is your signature perfume?


I love feminine perfume but I don’t have a particular brand.


How has it being paying bills through fashion design?

Fashion is a very interesting thing and it is very easy to pay bills through it.


Who are your popular clients?


I design for governors and celebrities. Example, ex governor of Akwa Ibom State, Goge Africa and many others.


Your lingerie line was launched   sometime in 2013. Before then, what were you doing?


I have been in fashion since1994; the lingerie line is just a subsidiary of Feron brand. I design for both males and females.


Looking at the Nigeria environment, do you have any issues showcasing your lingerie on runways?


I don’t have any issues for now because it is the second time I am showcasing, it is real lingerie and not Ankara. I do contemporary global fashion.


At first, I was actually challenged when I wanted to show women how to dress for everything such as swimming, sleep-ing, sex, love and all that. I wanted to make very sensitive intimate garments but was worried about who will model them.


Initially, I felt no model will want to wear them but all that became history when I decided to do a modelling auditioning.


After the auditioning, models were ready to wear it for free. Nigerian girls are very daring and our youths have moved from where we started.


What inspires your various creations?


I am naturally gifted in fashion, it flows from the inside.


If I am happy and psychologically stable I will flow very well. I don’t easily get distracted because I don’t love too many things but I love women. I am inspired by beautiful women and I personally like curvy women.


How do you feel when you see your clients in your designs? I feel satisfied. As a talented person, I derive joy from the outcome of my work and not the money.


One have to pay through the nose to get your services, does that encourage patronage?


Fashion is not cheap; the price is mainly determined by the style and fabrics.


How has it been working in the midst of women, have you ever been harassed?


Yes but fashion is very sexy and one has to be diplomatic about it. It is natural that women love intelligent men, I am very friendly and I am not a gay.


It is something that I’m used to; I dress and undress women so, I try to be very sensitive with women.


What informed the decision of becoming a fashion designer?


The desire to promote the business of fashion in Nigeria

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I wasn’t born with a silver spoon- DR. OLATOKUNBO AWOLOWO-DOSUNMU



I wasn’t born with a silver spoon- DR. OLATOKUNBO  AWOLOWO-DOSUNMU
  • ‘I wanted to be a doctor from age 4, Papa (Awo) had no hand in it’


Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu is a medical doctor and the youngest daughter of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. She bared her mind on growing up, decayed health sector while advising women married to great men to emulate her mother’s legacy. She spoke to FLORA ONWUDIWE who was at her home town in Ikenne, Ogun State. Excerpts…


You are a naturally beautiful woman and looking young at 71; what is the secret?


It is just the grace of God; there’s nothing else whatsoever. I don’t have any beauty routine. It’s just the grace of God. I think it is also genetic. If you saw Papa and Mama even in old age, they both looked young. Even Mama at the age 99 didn’t look too bad. Ultimately, it is the grace of God.


What would you wish for at your age?


Nothing more than I am now; peace of mind, good children, a good life, comfort, peace, just generally feeling at peace with where I am. What would you consider as your biggest regret in life? None whatsoever, not a single one.


You are the fifth of five children, what was your growing up like?


It was very interesting. Being the last child, of course, everybody dotted on me. I enjoyed favours from my parents, from their friends and family. It was good growing up.


Who influenced your life more between Papa and Mama?


That is impossible to determine although Mama was the one that interfaced constantly every day; she was there.


Although, she had her business, her shop was on the premises of the house, initially, and then she moved to Gbagi much later. But she was the one we saw constantly. But Papa was also a presence that was there. Mama always reminded us of Papa, what he wanted and what he liked.


She always talked about him. So, we knew what he wanted and what he didn’t like. The few times that we got to spend with Papa, he made them count, they were very memorable times with him. Of course, we always heard about Papa in the house and in the news.


He was what he really stood for, his integrity.


Could you share any memorable experience while growing up?


They are so many, whether birthdays or other memorable occasions; generally, just sitting down chatting with Papa were good times.


So, it would be correct to say that you were born with a silver spoon?



I don’t know about that; I wasn’t aware.


You see this is the trouble, people look at those in office today and think that that was what it was like. It wasn’t like that in Papa’s days. They were just doing a job and that was what they were doing.


Like I told you Papa’s income took a hit but we thank God that Mama was working, that was why it didn’t show.


She never went to government house. The only time she went to government house was when the trouble started in 1962 in Bell Avenue. Even when he was Federal Commissioner of Finance, he rented a house in Surulere that he lived in; he always rode in his car.


So, there was nothing spectacular at all about that, he didn’t have excess money, he didn’t send us abroad.


When my sister and I went to the United Kingdom, that was during the crisis, it was because it was too distracting for us here.


He decided that Mama should send us away. It was only because he knew mama could afford it because he had nothing; that was how we went abroad.


So, I don’t know about silver spoon. So, there was nothing spectacular about us at all.


But that is how the society looks at the family?


That is because that is what they see now   long time now. But reading it now, of course, it evokes all sort of memories.


During your school days, you were driven in the best cars, attached with security…


Absolutely not. Papa had his own car that took him to work, then there was a back-up car. I think it belonged to Mama. That is the one that took us to school, if it was available and brought us back, if it was available.


If it wasn’t we walked, yes we walked to school and walked back home. And it was quite far like my primary school was in Molete and we lived in Okebola in Ibadan. So that was quite a distance in the hot sun. And the ground was always hot, those crisp soles of shoes conducted heat very severely. Your feet got really hot from walking. But we thank God in those days there were no kidnappers,n there was no worry about safety or security, so we did that safely.


Did your mother allow her children to do domestic chores or the housemaids were there to assist all the time?


Yes, there were plenty of them; we were encouraged to tidy up our rooms first of all and to do little things in the house. We didn’t cook in the house but we went to secondary school where you had to cook.


What was the relationship between you and your classmates; were you selective and only interacted with mates whose fathers were almost of the same status as your father?


First of all, I didn’t even believe that my father had a special status. I did not know. I am telling you seriously, I was not aware. Secondly, the kids were all children of ordinary people.


We went to ordinary schools. I went UMC demonstration school, they were like those government schools. There was no class distinction and there were no classes anyway. Even the children of the other ministers went to the same school.


The Attorney General’s son went to local government school, that was where he went to primary school and he still maintains some of his friends and some of them are in Abuja.


We were taught that human beings were human beings. In that regard we were all the same, we were taught to treat people the same and to see ourselves as the same. We didn’t go to school elites. There was university staff school at a time, we didn’t go there and there were elite schools in Ibadan but we went to ordinary schools.


Did the teachers treat you specially?


They were never intimidated at all; the teachers were not.



They just did their job and that was it. They were never made to feel that this is the premier’s child, no, and I have no recollection of that. I only got accolades and recognition on the basis of my school work. If I did well that was when I got it. If


I came to school and my hair was untidy, I got punished like every other child. If I did not take care of my uniform I got punished like every other child.



In those days, the headmistress was a family friend and they were all very down to earth people. So, if you did anything wrong just pray that headmistress left it in school and didn’t report you at home for a second ration. That was the kind of life we lived.


Could you recall any instance of a   teacher flogging you?


That happened a little bit, not flog, but more of emotional distress. That happened in Saint Ann’s Secondary School. It wasn’t my teacher, she was my older sister’s teacher. She was supposed to teach history or so, but my sister used to tell us stories that every time this lady came to class, she used to pick on her: your father did this, did that, and that was during the crisis; it really became a problem and you know sometimes children can be very cruel too, when the crisis started, we saw some people carrying father’s portrait. We told the principal, she tried to sort it out; these are the lessons we learnt to build our moral fiber and emotional strength in life.



Your studying medicine, was it a personal decision or a result of Papa’s counseling?



It was my personal decision. When I was in medical school, this was in 1969, Papa was in government[H1] at and he led the Federal government delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London. While I was there with him, one of his former colonial secretaries, Mr. Wole Brown, came to visit him and he saw me and asked me ‘how are you and what are you doing.’ I said I am in medical school, and he said ‘so you made it. You always wanted to be a doctor since you were this high.’ Apparently, I decided that I wanted to be a doctor since the age of four. You know parents love that kind of thing, and they kind of enforce it all the time. Throughout my schooling I was always better at Arts- English Language and Literature – than Sciences. I could so easily have shifted, but I just made up my mind that I was going to be a doctor and God made it happen.


On you return, how does what you met on ground compare to what it is now in the health sector?


There was absolutely no comparison; I came back here immediately I qualified. I didn’t stay back to do my house jobs. I came back to Nigeria for my house jobs. That time, Nigerian hospitals, certainly the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, were accredited for full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC), which is the regulatory body for doctors in the UK.


That’s where you get your registration, that is where you get your licence to practice. At that time, you could do your house jobs in UCH and be registered fully. If you qualify for medical school, you apply for pre-registration to work as a house officer and when you finish your house jobs, you are fully registered to practice medicine. Based on that as soon as I finished my house jobs in the UCH, I was free to go back to the UK and work because I was also fully registered in the UK. That is no longer the case now, it has not been the case for many, many years. If you qualify in Nigeria and finish your house job in Nigeria, you still have to go and take tests in the UK in other to be deem fit to practice medicine in the UK. So that is one major difference.


Then you have the condition of the facilities that were available to work with, now they have all sorts of equipment and all the time there is one problem or the other and the conditions for teaching medicine here are quite different.


When I first qualified those were the days, when Saudi Princess came to Nigeria for medical treatment at UCH, but now the movement is in the other way. So, most of the doctors vote with their feet, that is they leave. Of course, abroad they call them highly skilled migrant workers.


They are looking for doctors and nurses and other kinds of medical professionals, so if you belong to those professions and you pass the test you will have the red carpet and you are good to go.


There are so many Nigerian doctors now in the UK not to talk of the U.S. and everywhere you can imagine in the world, you find Nigerian doctors. I went to Botswana and the medical practice that was there and talked about and trusted was owned by a Nigerian doctor; that was 1995. And they are doing very well, they have a good life, the kinds of things that make life meaningful for any individual they can have over there.


The opportunities are there as long as you know your job, work hard and sky is the limit. I met one when I was practicing in the UK cardiovascular surgeon and he was trained at the University of Ilorin.


He was referred to as a miracle worker because the most difficult cases were usually referred to him. Of course, he did very well, financially. I think he has relocated to Canada now. He is doing very well, so rather than coming home, he relocated to Canada. So, the conditions are completely not the same at all.


When I qualified, I couldn’t wait to get back to Nigeria. As a matter of fact, I came back by boat; there was still boat travelling between UK and Nigeria like two weeks intervals; it was like cruise that was what I came back on.


On a boat to Nigeria?


Oh yes, two weeks, it was lovely, MV Orion and we stopped at Las Palmas, different places. I had my ticket when I was studying and any time I felt like sleeping or leaving my desk, I would put it right in front of my desk, looked at the ticket in front of me and said to myself ‘I am on that boat.’ So that energized me to continue my studies. I could not wait to get back to Nigeria. These days people who study here can’t wait to get out.


What advantage do couples of same professions have over couples of different fields?



A total understanding of what the job entails. If you are a doctor and your husband is a doctor, you have to go for call duties. Weekend calls, calls during Christmas, calls during family events that you can’t go. Of course, the understanding will be there that this is what it is. Well somebody from a different profession will understanding, but not fully.


You are a medical doctor and married to doctor; most times you discuss patient, does it not make your marriage boring?


Not always. It gets boring but we can talk about cases, may be difficult cases, interesting cases, we learn from each other and that is good. But then we talk about other things as well. How did you meet your husband?


I knew him when we were in Nigeria, his father was the administrative secretary of the Action Group and he was my brother’s friend. And when I was in Bristol, he also came there and that was it.



You said Christ visited you at the age 45. How?


I gave my life to Christ. I was born into a Christian home. I was baptized when I was a few weeks old. You know how it is, you don’t really know what it is all about until something happens and then you do understand; that‘s what happened to me. I was at Full Gospel Christian Business Fellowship Breakfast, Lagos. I don’t know why but it was on that situation, that’s what happened.


What would you say you took from Mama that helped you in marriage?


Calmness of spirit, it helps me in life generally. She was calm, she didn’t lose her temper. She didn’t pick quarrels with people; those were the lessons I learnt from her. Her industry, her willingness to support the family, she was always there, her discipline. Even when Papa was angry, she was always quiet, those were the lessons I took from her.


You named a foundation after Mama; what legacy did she leave behind that you are propagating?



In her own right she was a leader; yes she was a political leader. She was a fantastic helper for Papa while in office. She never encouraged him to compromise his integrity and she supported him. For example, if he was tired or he was busy, and there were people coming, she was able to take meetings and talk to them and douse whatever it was that was the situation. She was a leader in her own right. She understood what her husband was all about and she was a role model to women everywhere. Just life generally, her character, her relationship with her husband, the fact that she demonstrated very clearly that you don’t have to lock a woman up, that women do have a role to play even as spouses of great men or in their own right. She went out to campaign, she stood in for the Federal House of Representatives election in 1964 or 1965. They boycotted the elections, it was a pity, but she took Papa’s place and was leading the Action Group (AG) into the elections. In her own right she was a political leader, she showed what women can do. Her fortitude in the face of a whole lot of trouble is what was most remarkable about her. She didn’t question her husband’s life mission, she never did, she didn’t say why all these troubles, I am tired, I have had enough of this. Never, it was always you want to do this, what do you want me to do? Where do you want me to go? And after the travails were over, in the Second Republic, Papa came out again; most women would say politics again, she was out there with him. She was always identified with his life mission.

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PRETTY MIKE: Weird photos with women merely stunts, I empower them



PRETTY MIKE: Weird photos with women merely stunts, I empower them

King of stunts and baron of night life, Mike Nwalie, known by the showbiz moniker, Pretty Mike, has led an incredulous social life that mystifies him. But in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA, he spoke about life beyond stunts, business, alter ego and humble beginning.


Beyond knowing you to churn out a plethora of stunts, what do you do for a living?


Well, a lot of people know me as Pretty Mike, and in recent times, Pretty Mike of Lagos. Some people call me social media influencer because everybody has become social media influencers. In fact, I think we should have that degree in the university because it’s now a big job that some now claim to be experts in. My primary business is night club. I’m a night club owner. I own several clubs in Lagos and I’ve had several in the last 15 years.


The first one was Q-Club which I opened when I came back from the US in 2008 and we closed Q-Club after three years and rebranded it to Club Uno, then to Club Scandal. I more or less gave the mainland, Lagos, a break.


Then I moved down here- Adeola Odeku on Victoria Island, Lagos, with my elder brother and started Club Cubana. We have put up another structure in Ikeja. We are taking it back to Ikeja and it will be opened this year. Cubana is a big brand and we are pushing it from state to state.


How did the inspiration to join the night club business dawn on you?


I schooled in the US.


When I came back to Nigeria I didn’t know anybody and a lot of people kept asking me how I have been so successful, how I became so popular. When I came here I figured the only way to drive traffic to my business was through controversy, this is what people enjoy, you have to stir up something and let them ask; ‘who is that guy?’ ‘Wetin him dey do?’ ‘Oh that guy, oh we go check him place up’.


That was how it started. That’s why you can find some people who end up saying ‘he is a controversial guy’.


With several stunts I have pull over the years, some people had called me an attention seeker but to me, it’s a way of life.



Could you give some insight into your educational background, from which field of study did you emerge?


This is the kind of question I always run away from; the reason is because Pretty Mike has always been a mystery, people are always trying to dissect me; who is this guy, where is he coming from. Anyway, I studied Computer Science in the University of Houston. I wouldn’t say I am successful yet, but as you can see, I’m just pushing it.


What I found out that I was doing tactically in my college days was I was throwing the most elaborate parties in school. Back then, if you didn’t attend Pretty Mike’s party, you were nobody. One of the good things about the US which is one of our problems in Nigeria is that most college students have a job to be able to sustain themselves.


The society makes it so conducive that you can work and still go to school. The students work and make enough money to buy cars and get nice apartments. Even when my friends were doing that, I refused to work because I always have independent mind, I don’t like people shouting at me. I was into entertainment business and I was making more money, but the good thing about it was that I had more time to myself and still lived a playboy lifestyle.


After my university, there was a strong drive to come back to Nigeria, a lot of my friends also came back and some couldn’t survive it; they asked me how I managed to survive. Most Nigerians in Diaspora want to come back, but they have a couple of problems. There are a lot of questions to be asked; when they come, who will help them with the foundation? And when they do come back, what kind of experience do they have? Some of them have bad experiences and they go back to tell others.



One thing about Nigeria is that everybody has to be on guard, you cannot afford to lose focus. You can’t lose guard with your father or mother. Your father will take advantage of you and still be laughing with you. We are in a society where everybody is a lion, even the young ones are cubs aggressively growing up to get their own share.

People talk about how we must change the country and I ask how?



Who wants to change it,   the lions?


Because every lion wants to be a king. Suppression is in our blood. It’s such a huge paradox that Pretty Mike who many think is an abuser of women is putting up an empowerment foundation for women.


How do you explain this?


That is where many people got it wrong. I’m one of the humans with the largest hearts when it comes to empowering women.


Even when I was invited by the former governor of Lagos State to tell my story about the circulated rumour that I was abusing women, I dazed him with statistics of women who have been provided various degrees of help through me. I made him know the government establishments cannot get to certain places.


Some people need certain individuals they know would not condemn but listen to them. Only people who don’t know me would say I take advantage of women. But for those that know me they would tell you I’m one of the biggest supporters of women.


Honestly all I do is a women’s right movement which is why I’m running a non-profit organization for this cause. You see all those images you saw were for stunts.


When the ladies were finally ready to return to their abodes, I ensured that I greased their palms with good money. My plans for PM Women Development and Empowerment Foundation is to empower young women in colleges with different kinds of skills.


That way they won’t need to look up to men for money either on campus or when they’re done schooling. I will be starting with 1000 college girls in the Southwest.


If I tell you I am going to target the whole of Nigeria, I will be lying to you.


We are going to kick off from the Southwest- from UNILAG to Babcock and other schools. Sometimes people think that these private university girls don’t need help, they’d tell you that their parents are rich.


They even need more help than some of the students in public universities.


What I found out about kids from well-to-do homes is that a lot of them lack attention and as a man in a night life business, I see a lot of them. They come out more at night than most of the students in public universities, their requests for cash is like vampire.


Students in public universities club once in a while, but those in the private universities, when they go out, they go all out.


Empowerment cannot just come from one side, if I give them cash it doesn’t mean I have empowered them, one has to educate. So, we are going to have business training. We are going to be asking the students what they are interested in doing and when we are done training them, we put the cash in their hands and we cannot also put cash in their hands after training without having some form of monitoring.


We are also going to have a legal department that is going to champion all their legal needs. Apart from the legal department we are also going to have a counseling department to know people they can talk to and most people that will be in charge of this will be ladies because women tend to open up more to fellow women.


How did your parents react to the stunts when they started causing commotion?


Let me even amaze you the more. My father thinks I’ve not done enough. There was a time I went to a function with some dwarfs with calabash on their heads. When my father saw the number of dwarfs, he complained that I should have gone with more than two dozens of them. He understands what I do and has encouraged me every step of the way.


My mother is a very spiritual person. In fact, my mother is the only pregnant woman I know who fasted ‘dry’; that’s without food or water for 40 days and survived. I was raised in Deeper Life Church, so that way you can understand I had a near perfect upbringing and there should be no question about my spirituality. God can call me tomorrow to lead His people and the world will know that for this man who had seen and been through all of these to embrace Christ, God is indeed his caller.


What’s your take on this nagging  COZAGATE?


Well, the matter has gone to court and we should wait to see how it pans out finally. I will not say certainly this or that person is guilty as charged, but it’s clear that this is an indication that women are becoming more courageous. You’ve heard of betrayal by pastors because they are the only ones apart from parents that girls revere, don’t worry, in the fullness of time, you will be shocked to your marrows to hear about how medical doctors abuse these girls. It is going to have a spiral effect- those other unsuspected people abusing will soon start getting mentions and then we will all know that we need a lot more to do in protecting our vulnerable young women.

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AMANDA EBEYE: I owe nobody explanation for being single mum



AMANDA EBEYE: I owe nobody explanation for being single mum

After a year-long study at the Tribal Institute in 2017, Amanda Ebeye launched into the uncharted waters of both producing and directing movies. The Nollywood actress, best known for her roles in Clinic Matters, Super Story and long before those, Everyday People, spoke to ADEDAYO ODULAJA on her new productions, passion, and being a mom.


How would you describe your first experience as a producer?


I wouldn’t say it does not have its hiccups but I tried to overcome them in some way. Actually, on the set, apart from being the Executive Producer, I was also a bit involved in the producing although I have a coordinator as well.


There is a lot of stress, but I try to take it out because of my acting and directing some episodes as well. It is important to strike a balance because as a producer, you are dealing with actors, location, and so many other things. I am a director also, I went to Tribal Institute where I specialised in Film/Television production.


So I did that in 2017 for a full year.


You started off as an actress and now a director.   Does it mean you were not fulfilled as an actress?


I still tell people that I am an actress, I am also a filmmaker. In as much as I like to create my own magic; that is why I am doing my own thing because creativity in filming is what I have passion for. And when I go to people’s location as an actor I ensure I have some input besides whatever role I am asked to play.


I am just a pawn in the hands of the director at that point so I always I want people to see my own creativity.


Is it deliberate that you are more known for TV shows and sitcoms?


No, I do movies as well. It is just that I started with sitcoms upon my entry into the movie world so I am going back to what I started with. That is my root and I am back to sitcoms.


I have a passion for comedy and that is why I am taking it on. And beside TV/film, I am taking care of my son, so those are the two jobs I have now.


What part of you is in the entrepreneurial lane?


Yes, I used to be in the hair business, but I actually liquidated my business and invested it in my film production, actually this is my second time of being a producer. I did a short film titled Horrors set to premiere soon.


The money I got from my hair business, I put all into film production and that is to tell you how much passion I have for entertainment. How has your motherhood experience been so far? It has been a wonderful feeling.


It is just funny how I gave birth to my son because I am not a typical average girl that had the girly dream to get married, be a mum and all that. I think I am more of a career girl.


And when that happened I said to myself ‘let me embrace it’ and I did. I have no regrets and it brings out the best in me. Before I was only into acting and never thought of diversifying, I mean the business aspect of filmmaking, I was more of an actor who didn’t care how much I was paid. It was just more of a passion for me but now that I have my boy, he is the one that takes all of my money.


When I became a mother, I found out that you could actually love somebody, more than you love yourself. Yes I love my family, but my son is different for me.


While pregnant, were you skeptical about having a son outside wedlock?


While growing up, I have learnt that if you live by what people say, you are going to die faster than your time. You will find yourself doing things just to please people and not to please yourself.


And the question will be are they going to be with you till the end?


Or be at a corner judging you? And that is where you always going to stay, at the corner. So if you live your life because of the people at the corner, then you are not living life.


One commitment I made to myself; I would not let people influence me, my thought, and my act: That is what I wanted to do at that particular time and it worked for me. I made up my mind that even if I was going to get judged, I won’t care about what people were going to say.


What I was going to care about was my inner thought. Are you thinking of having another child?


I am one person that says one child gives me joy but I don’t believe that the joy has to come directly from me. I might have kids tomorrow but they might not be directly from me.


There are so many children out there without parents and I can instead of giving birth and feel the world is actually watching out for me help take care of some of those children that do not have anybody to call ‘mom’. I know I will definitely adopt once I am more comfortable and be where I want to be. I can then adopt the number of children I want.


What’s the real gist about your relocation to Canada at some point?


I did not relocate; my son is the one that lives in Canada. I am a Canadian and a Nigerian. My son is there so I am more with him but I have not relocated at all.



What are some of your plans for the year as 2019 continues to run?



I already see it as a beautiful one and bright. I already started with a production and it is a Crazy World TV series where I am the executive producer, director and also an actor.


It is a lot of work; I planned this production for like two years ago, back in 2017 when I was in film school.


And one thing I had going for me, was all the actors I dream of having on the set are in it.


There was nobody that dropped along the way. It means that if we have faith and work hard, what we dream of must come through.


I believe 2019 is going to be an amazing year, the rest I always say, I leave to God to make my dreams come through at the end of the year.

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Give your guests the royal treatment with purple



Give your guests the royal treatment with purple

Traditionally, purple was known as the colour of kings and it still adds a dramatic sumptuousness to any room. However, you no longer have to be in the ruling class to afford lavender accents. Violet touches are a perfect way to say something about the vibrancy of your character.


Decorating your living room with purple is not just an 80s trend because when done right, it can be a distinguishing colour in your home.


Whether you’re looking for a powerful pop, or seeking a subdued shade, purples range from neutral to bold, bringing a unique personality into your living space. Textures read particularly well in purple and that’s why you so often see a velvet sofa or textured wallpaper adorned in the hue.


There are many ideas on how you can decorate your living room; just opt for the ones that tempt your senses and give your guests the royal treatment. For a purple enthusiast who doesn’t want to overdo it. Patterned throw pillows and a classic print curtain allow the hue to speak for itself without overpowering the room.



For an elegant feel you can take your purple living room décor in any direction, from shabby chic to smart and contemporary.


The texture in the fabric of any sofa is made more dramatic when it has a purple hue.



Vibrant purple velvet chairs make a distinctive and strong statement in any living room.


Pale purple walls living room give golden accents like the simple curtain rod or more elaborate chandeliers a chance to really

sing aloud.

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Shine in red sequins dress



Shine in red sequins dress

Passion, sex, love, and obsession; these are feelings that trigger when putting on bold and fearless red sequin dress. Sequin is a perfect style for making a bold fashion statement and looks both seductive and classic. When you are wearing a red sequin dress, its shine and sparkle inevitably make it the focal point of your outfit; loading up on statement accessories easily can make you appear over-dressed.


Instead, keep your look simple and understated. Red is a striking and classic colour that can brighten up any outfit. It is the perfect choice for a date, a formal event or casual outing. Choose a shade of red that brings your complexion to life.


Whether you are someone who loves to wear all that glitters or if you find yourself wanting to have a little sparkle here and there, there’s no reason not to have something with sequins in your closet. Sequin attire is certainly fun and essential for the most glittering of personalities.


When you are wearing a sequin dress, all eyes are sure to be on you and that makes choosing the right accessories and accompanying pieces even more important than with a subtler outfit.


Since sequins are so bold and eye-catching, you should allow the dress to stand on its own by keeping the rest of your look more low-key. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun styling a sequin dress, you just need to consider the location or event to make sure that you are dressed appropriately.




Don’t pair your red sequin dress with a clutch and shoes in matching sequins or rhinestones and avoid large, heavy jewellery.


Delicate stud earrings are a better match with a sequin dress than a dramatic chandelier style.


If your dress is strapless or features a scoop or Vneck, a simple pendant necklace with a thin chain works well. You can also skip a necklace and wear a single cocktail ring with your dress.


When choosing jewellery pieces, opt for metal over gemstones to avoid competing with the sparkle of your sequin dress.


Pearls are an ideal option when you want to make sure that your sequin dress looks sophisticated.


Use striking textures for your shoes and bag to add visual interest to your outfit. You might wear your sequin dress with black suede shoes and a matching clutch.


It takes confidence to wear red lipstick with the same colour dress. But it can look stunning, especially in a sexy, tight fitting outfit.

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