Thursday, 29 November 2012

Photos: Car Made With Cane Wood By Nigerians

Proudly made in Naija! This is indeed very creative. 

Wendy Williams, Naomi and Kate poses nude.

The 48 year old Talk Show host unveiled her nude poster for PETA campaign in New York's Time Square yesterday Wednesday November 28th. They photographed the heck out of her. Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss' nude Interview cover.

Producer Shoots Film On Aluu 4 Victims, Nigerians Lambast Nollywood **'My Movie Isn't About Aluu'--Producer Cries Out

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Few months ago, the world was shaken with the news on the gruesome killing of four promising undergraduate students of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers State, Nigeria. The four boys; Ugonna Ibuzor, Tekena Elkanah, Llyod Michael and Chidiaka Biringa were stripped unclothed, beaten while being paraded round the village, Aluu, and finally set ablazed which led to their deaths.
The killing of the four UNIPORT undergraduates heated the world polity as international media outfits reported the story and it received diverse reactions from those who heard about it. It further affected the image of Nigeria as some foreigners reportedly stopped having anything to do with some Nigerians both home and abroad.
Barely three months after the death of the four students, a Nollywood producer, Simony Productions, which shot BlackBerry Babes, has reportedly decided to shoot a movie on the Aluu murder when those behind the incident have not been brought to book yet.
According to what our source scooped from industry sources, the movie of the unfortunate Aluu killing is at an advance stage of its shooting now.
However, some Nigerians have kicked against the development which they see as a mockery of the death of the students. "I can bet that this movie would be a wack one. The censor board should never pass this movie because it is totally uncalled for," an angry Nigeria told our source
Another Nigerian said, "what is wrong with Nollywood? Why would a producer shoot a movie about a bad incident that was condemned by the world? It is too early to shoot a movie on Aluu because this would hurt the parents the more."
"I doubt if they got the approval of the late victims' parents before doing this movie. That is my problem with this industry called Nollywood. They keep spoiling Nigeria with their dirty lifestyles. If the family of this movie producer was involved in the incident, would he have gone ahead to shoot this movie? He just wants to make money out of Nigerians with the ugly incident, another vexed Nigerian told our source.
An industry source, who begged for anonymity told us, "Simony is a businessman that wants to rake Nigerians through the Aluu 4 incident. If he goes ahead with this movie on Aluu 4, the he should be ready to hear from the spirits of the dead four guys. Why must he put the families of the dead boys in another agony when Christmas and New Year celebrations are just around the corner?
Speaking with our source when contacted on phone, Simony claimed the movie is not about Aluu 4 as being reported. He said Nigerians and the press in particular would have waited for him to release the film before concluding the flick was about the unfortunate incident.
"A movie has not been made and you people (the media) are just jumping into conclusion. You press write too much. Will you conclude [that my film is on Aluu 4] because you see location pictures? What I will want you to do is to wait and let the movie comes out first before assuming the film is about Aluu 4. You are hearing from the horse's that the movie is not about Aluu 4," Simony disclosed to our source when answering series of questions asked him by our source about the controversial movie.

Actress Mosun Fillani gives birth to baby girl

The popular Yoruba actress gave birth to a baby girl yesterday at a hospital in Lagos. Mum and child are said to be doing great.
Mosunmola married the son of a former police chief and Niger State Military administrator, Simeon Oduoye, early this year. Congrats to them!

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The Top 10 Universities in Africa: University of Lagos is 9th Best

While students from across the continent continue to move abroad to study at leading learning institutions in the U.S. and Europe, Africa boasts its own league of great universities. Presented below is Part I of’s Top 10 Universities in Africa. Part II will feature the Top 10 Universities in South Africa, a country that is home to enough academic heavyweights to populate its own list.


Cairo University is a large public university with over 45,000 students and 5,000 faculty. The university publishes its prestigious Medical Journal of Cairo University, as well as publications in interdisciplinary science, pharmacology, information technology, and political science. Founded in 1908, the university was the region’s first secular university, and boasted some of Africa’s first medical and engineering schools.
Prominent alumni include cryptographer Dr. Taher Elgamal, whose work on digital signatures has been adopted by the American National Institute of Standards and Technology, and NASA researcher Taher Elgamal, who participated in the Curiosity’s historic landing on Mars in August.
A popular study abroad destination, Cairo University hosted over 4,000 international students in the academic year ending in 2010—two percent of its total undergraduate population.


Founded in 1919, the American University in Cairo is an American-style small liberal arts college with a heavy emphasis on quality of teaching. The university’s full-time faculty is complemented by an extensive adjunct teaching staff and frequent international visiting lecturers, including the Distinguished Visiting Professor program, which draws global experts from some of the world’s leading institutions.
The University is also on the cutting edge of climate change and women’s rights. Recent initiatives include a “Carbon Footprint Report” released in October, which was the first of its kind in the region, and the Heya Initiative, aimed at stopping sexual harassment, which recently gained recognition as both a United Nations and women-supported youth initiative.
Notable alumni include former Japanese Minister of Defense Yuriko Koike, Romanian diplomat and journalist Dan Stoenescu, and Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifa Al-Mansour.
International students comprise 13 percent of the student body.


Founded in 1972, Mansoura University is one of Egypt’s largest universities with a total student population of around 100,000 spread over its 17 faculties. A research powerhouse, Mansoura University boasts a world class array of medical centers, including those focused on oncology, urology and nephrology, gastroenterology, ophthalmic, and pediatric medicine. Its nephrology center is one of the largest in the region.
Recent student achievements include winning first place in the regional Remote Operational Vehicles (ROV) competition, and moving onto the international competition in the United States.


Founded as a technical school in 1922, Makerere University became an independent national university in 1970. The university developed a focused research agenda in line with the national government’s policy objectives, and seeks to support those programs with a multidisciplinary approach ranging from natural sciences to economics and education. Home to a top medical school, the University of Makerere also partners with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to host a medical exchange program, in which students complete rotations in the fields of cardiology, family planning, pediatrics, infectious disease, and trauma (emergency medicine), among many others.
In celebration of the university’s 90 years of existence and of Uganda’s Golden Jubilee, an extension of the main library is currently under construction, and will ultimately result in 8,000 square metres of reading space, 300 computers, a multi-media unit, and software for people with disabilities.
Makerere University is Uganda’s largest university, with an undergraduate population of about 35,000. Six percent of the student body is comprised of international students.
Notable alumni include Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, former president of Tanzania H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, and Archbishop of York in the Church of England John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu.


Tracing its roots back to 1956, the University of Nairobi became an independent university in 1970. Today, the university is home to about 50,000 undergraduate students, and boasts an extensive range of research faculties, from biotechnology and bioinformatics to HIV prevention and research, from nuclear science and technology to tropical and infectious diseases.
Indicative of its prominence in the region, the University recently hosted H.E. Ambassador Amina Mohammed, the assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, in a discussion about sustainable development.
Notable alumni include Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai; urologist Harcharan Gill, who is a professor at Stanford University, and former supermodel and entrepreneur Iman.


Following the dissolution of the University of East Africa, the University of Dar es Salaamwas established as an independent university in 1970. Today, the University has five campuses and 10 faculties, including faculties in mechanical and chemical engineering and aquatic science and technology. A research-focused institute, the University of Dar es Salaam produced 279 journal papers in the academic year ending in 2008.
Notable alumni include President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania; President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda; and Asha-Rose Migiro, the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations and a former minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation in the Tanzanian government.
Nine percent of the university’s student body is comprised of international students.


In 1982, the “One Man One Beast” campaign was launched in Botswana to found an independent university that would reduce dependence on South African universities ruled under apartheid. Contributions poured in from all around the country in the form of cash, cattle, grain, eggs, and other crops. Today, the University of Botswana, whose motto is “Education is a Shield,” has an undergraduate population of roughly 16,000. The university offers comprehensive undergraduate programs in seven faculties. Degrees issued range from electrical and electronic engineering to media studies.
The University’s main library, one of the largest on the continent, is five stories high, has roughly 460,000 books, 123,000 full text journals, and 187 internet-dedicated workstations.
Notable alumni include radical feminist sociologist Patricia McFadden, who has served as faculty at Cornell University, Spelman College, Syracuse University, and Smith College in the United States.


Originally founded as an affiliate college of the University of London, the University of Ghana became an independent institution in 1961. Today, undergraduate students number around 26,000. Academic programming is spread over nine colleges issuing an array of academic degrees. A hub of research, the university has institutes focusing on seismology, population studies, migration studies, and ecology. The university boasts partnerships with the Norwegian Universities’ Committee for Development Research and Education, and the Commonwealth Universities Student Exchange Consortium.
Balm Library, the university’s main library, has a collection of over 300,000 volumes. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is the university’s chancellor.
Four percent of the university’s student body is comprised of international students.


Established in 1962 with the aim of training professionals for the newly independent Nigeria, the University of Lagos is a comprehensive university that strives to learn through “knowledge and research.” The University houses nine faculties, and the Medical School is home to three faculties. With an emphasis on research, the University’s faculty has published over 1,700 papers, with the most publications coming out of the medical, science, and engineering faculties.
In celebration of its Golden Jubilee, the University of Lagos will host a three-day research conference and fair with the theme “Research and Innovation for Economic Development in a Globalising Nigeria.”
Notable alumni include Nigerian television actor Francis Agu; publisher and film producer Wale Adenuga; chairperson of the Nigerian Government’s Economic and Financial Crimes Farida Mzamber Waziri, and HIV/LGBT activist Bisi Alimi.


Established in 2002, Ashesi University’s mission is “to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform a continent.”
While learning takes place in a liberal arts setting, the University of Ashesi grants majors in computer science, management information systems, and business administration.
The University of Ashesi has been endorsed by former President Jimmy Carter and Peter Woicke, former managing director of the World Bank. In 2009, the university’s founder, Patrick Awuah, Jr. was awarded the John P. McNulty Prize, given to an individual making an impact on pressing social issues.
Seven percent of the university’s student body is comprised of international students.


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Another Nollywood Marriage Crashes Via Phone S*x, BBM Chats (BBM Chats Included)

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Actress Gloria Mba loses husband to nollywood makeup artiste Thelma Ozy Nwosu. "Thelma was having phone s*x with my husband!"
This is another classic movie from the stables of Nollywood but this time the story and characters are real life and the story has branches. Sit back and enjoy the premiere of the movie titled "Husband Snatching Na Crime?"
Here goes;
Thelma is a pretty make up artiste in Nollywood and the ex girl friend of comedian and online radio personality Steve Onu aka Yaw.
A year ago there was buzz online and in Nollywood that Thelma dipped her fingers into actor Segun Arinzes marriage whilst in a serious relationship with Yaw.
Insiders confirm, it took prayers and fasting to rebuke Thelma out of Segun's marriage. This led to Yaw dumping Thelma and moving on with his heart..
Well Thelma is in the news again and this time she has crashed the marriage of her best friend ,Actress Gloria Mba whose marriage was contracted to Houston based Leo kanu on 27/03/11
Gloria announced via her Face book handle that her marriage had crashed.
Insiders squeal that Thelma and Leo who have been having phone s*x met in Berlin(Germany) and consummated the affair. The trip was all expenses covered by Leo,the smitten lover boy.
I contacted Gloria on Sunday November 25,2011 and after asking her questions she cut the call after denying that her marriage was crashed. I called her back and rephrased the questions and sighing deeply she opened up.
"Yes my marriage is over and Yes Thelma is part of the reason it crashed"
We asked her what happened and what role Thelma played in the crash.
"I read Thelma and Leo's mails to each other and Thelma doesn't know I know they are dating. I bumped into his inbox. We have our passwords and I just wanted to check,I never bothered to check all this while out of trust but I just got curious and checked and got the shocker. "
We asked her to copy us the mail and if she had confronted her friend and her response was"there is no need to confront Thelma when the marriage is already over and no I cannot copy you the mail. I just want to move on. My ex husband's friend asked me to confront them both but there's no need because it will change nothing. I took Thelma like my own sister and we were so close."
To be fair, we called Thelma and here's what went down.
'Thelma we heard you crashed your friend Gloria Mbas Marriage.
Her Response;
"Oh my goodness this is not real.(Laughing) Is her marriage crashed?has she called me?I know her husband and I was at their wedding.oh my God"
"Thelma we heard you have been mailing Gloria's husband and having phone sex with him. Is this true? are you dating him?''
Thelma dropped the phone and when i called back but she refused to pick the phone.
Despite the number of times I tried.
Chat between Actress Gloria Mbas Hubby and Thelma Ozy Smith Part1
Unedited FACEBOOK chat(except for fone numbers)between Nollywood make up artiste Thelma Ozy Smith and Leo Kanu,husband of Nollywood Actress Gloria Mba.
The contents of this chat amongst others allegedly led to the crash of the less than two years old marriage.
· Leo Kanu
•nnem how ar u
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
•Greetings again from 9ja •Odi egwu! •Ekelemm gi oooo
August 19
Leo Kanu
•dont worry i will see u soon •i still luv u ok?
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
August 19
Leo Kanu
•can i call
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
•Dats all i keep hearing
· Leo Kanu
•pls give me ur # •i lost my phone last sat
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
•Hmmmm.... •No need Йą......... •080257…… •A̶̲̥̅♏ sure U̶̲̥̅̊ will never loose U̶̲̥̅̊я wife's
August 19
Leo Kanu
•u still have the same #·
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
•A̶̲̥̅♏still U̶̲̥̅̊я friend always!·
August 19
Leo Kanu
•i'm call u pls pick up
· Thelma Ozy Smith
August 19
Leo Kanu
•0091713….. or u dial +171330…..
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
•Not sEen it·
August 19
Leo Kanu
•u have not seen the #?
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
August 19
Leo Kanu
◦i sent it 11mins ago
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
◦Not seen
August 19
Leo Kanu
◦ok dial 00917133….. or +17133….. ◦have u seen it?
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
August 19
Leo Kanu
◦ok lock it up ◦u ar the only that has my #
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith
◦And U̶̲̥̅̊я wife ◦Lol
August 19
Leo Kanu
◦i mean besides her
August 19
Thelma Ozy Smith

Lagos police arrest suspected serial murderer, robber

Ibrahim Balogun

Ibrahim Balogun

The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended Ibrahim Balogun, a 25-year-old man accused of perpetrating a series of murders in Somolu, Bariga and Fadeyi in the state.
PUNCH Metro had reported on June 25, 2012, that Balogun also known as Small Jpron, was declared wanted following a gang-related violence between Shaggy Boys and Downtown Boys which left at least five people dead in Ilaje, Bariga.
Balogun, who also goes by the pseudonym, Asarailu, which means death in Arabic, is said to be the deputy gang leader of Downtown Boys and a member of a sect, Eiye Confraternity also known as EFCC Boys.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Balogun was arrested on Bawahala Street near Pedro Police Station on Saturday.
A reliable police source narrated the circumstances that led to Balogun’s arrest to our correspondent.
He said, “On Friday, around 11:30am, Yusuf Adebowale, a resident of Somolu, took a commercial motorcycle to FirstBank branch in Fadeyi to withdraw N100, 000. As he was withdrawing the money from ATM, the okadarider, later identified as Dare, informed Balogun and his gang.
“As Adebowale left the bank, just a few metres away, Balogun and three other gang members attacked him and stole the money, phone and a wristwatch.
“Adebowale reported the matter at Onipanu Police Station and also told youths in the area about his ordeal. Less than an hour later, Dare, the okada rider, was apprehended by residents and taken to the police station where he confessed.
“Later that night, he led us to Balogun’s hideout but Balogun was not around. One of the policemen, identified as Abu, however released Dare without authorisation.”
Our correspondent learnt that the following day, around 11:30am, Balogun and four others allegedly went to rob residents of Bawahala Street and a woman alerted the police.
The police source said, “In broad daylight, Balogun and four gang members, heavily armed, went to rob. We received a distress call and policemen headed by Inspector Smart, rushed down to the scene.
“The four others escaped but Balogun was arrested and taken to Pedro Police Station where he identified himself as Ibrahim Oriyomi Folarin.”
Our correspondent learnt that the policemen could not identify Balogun even though the police had declared him wanted. However, scores of residents stormed the police station and quickly identified him.
It was learnt that there was pandemonium at the station as residents who had fallen victims to Balogun and his gang asked the police to hand him over.
Youths in the area were said to have brought a tyre and petrol which they threatened to set the suspect ablaze.
But the Special Anti-Robbery Squad took Balogun away and this restored normalcy to the station.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone.
She said Balogun had been on police wanted list for a long time.
“I just spoke to the officer in charge of SARS and he confirmed the incident to me. He said the suspect (Balogun) is accused of murders, attempted murders and robberies,” she said.

Photos from Pasuma's 45th birthday party

The private dinner party held two nights ago at Zen Restaurant, GRA, Ikeja.

Monalisa's Ex, Dejo Richards, Reacts To Rumoured Marriage Woes; Says, 'My Marriage Is Intact'

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Ex-husband of Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda, Segun Dejo Richards, has reacted to the news that his nearly two-year-old marriage to his wife, Lamide is presently in trouble and on the brick of collapse. Dejo, whose marriage to Monalisa packed up in 2009 due to an alleged domestic violence, remarried in January 2011 to a US-based Lamide.
There were reports last week that Lamide was on the brick of divorcing Dejo over another alleged domestic violence in the marriage.
Reacting to the story through a press statement made available to our source by his publicist, HOB Media, Dejo claimed that there is no iota of truth in the story. Dejo said through the statement that he and his wife got to know about their reported imminent divorce on the internet.
The statement reads, 
"Our attention has been drawn to stories circulating about our client, Dejo Richards. This story was also unprofessionally reported in Encomium newspaper. Elements of the story includes Dejo Richard’s marriage crumbling and also that Dejo Richard married his wife for financial gains. All these are totally false allegations that will be taken up legally.
"Firstly, none of the publication can provide the proof that the marriage has been dissolved. All they reported are hearsays. None of the publications including Encomium failed to speak with both Dejo Richards and the wife before they went to press. The two got to learn about their own break up on the internet.
"On the issue of Dejo Richard marrying for financial gains. It is sad that people do not know who Dejo Richards is and they just write what they feel will get their papers sold. Dejo Richards comes from a very influential and financially stable family. We will not go ahead and drop names, but his family is well respected.
"Dejo on his own is an entrepreneur who studied in the United Kingdom. You will remember that he is one of the founders and co-owners of Question marks label. He owns his own production outfit at the moment and he is producing for TV stations across Africa, London and Europe. "It is unfair that his name or is marriage is being dragged in the mud. Magazines that published the false story without any proof will soon get letters from Dejo’s lawyers.
Hazeez Balogun
HOB Media"

News Update: Court orders re-arrest of pharmacist

Cynthia and the suspects.
Late Cynthia and the suspects.

A Yaba Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on Tuesday ordered the re-arrest of Orji Osita, one of the pharmacists accused in the murder of Cynthia Osokogu.
Osokogu was allegedly killed in a hotel room in FESTAC area of Lagos by her two Facebook friends on July 22, 2012.
Osita and his pharmacist colleague, Maduakor Chukwunonso alongside Okwumo Nwabufo, Olisaeloka Ezike, Nonso Ezike, Olisaeloka’s younger brother, and Chinonso Ezeaka and Gideon Okechukwu had been charged in connection with the murder.
Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, of an Ikeja High Court, had on November 20 released Osita and Chukwunonso, after they filed an application to enforce their fundamental human rights.
But at the hearing of the DPP’s advice on Tuesday before Magistrate Olalekan Aka-Bashorun, the officer in charge of the Legal Department of the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command, Chukwu Agwu, said the police were served with two different copies of the DPP’s advice.
Agwu said the police were initially furnished with a DPP advice dated November 1 with reference No. LJP/HOM/2012/143/24 before they got another one dated November 16 with reference No. LJP/HOM/2012/143/ 30.
According to Agwu, the DPP gave the second advice after they made a “representation that the first advice did not articulate all the facts,” adding that the second advice which he claimed to be “superior, correct and authentic” was given in the wisdom of the DPP.
He said, “Following the latest advice, we have another charge for the third defendant (Osita) and I don’t know why he (Osita) and the fourth defendant Chukwunonso are not in court today.”
Agwu also denied the knowledge that a high court had freed the two pharmacists.
Agwu said, “In view of this situation, I urge this honourable court to invoke Section 79 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State and order the arrest of Osita so that he can face the new charge against him.”
Chris Obiaka, lawyer of Osita and Chukwunonso, said the DPP who purportedly issued the second advice on November 16 was duly represented at the Ikeja High Court on November 20 and did not raise an objection to their “unconditional release.”
He said, “We served the police just as we served the DPP the hearing notice at the Ikeja High Court together with the various court processes.
“Now, it’s quite surprising that another advice has emanated from the same office (DPP) and I don’t know whether they obtained further evidence to guide them in this new advice. We urge the court to tread with caution in making any ruling or order.”
Aka-Bashorun, after hearing arguments from parties on the application made by Agwu, said, “Section 79 is hereby invoked and law enforcement agents should compel his attendance before this court at the next adjourned date.”
After the copy of the DPP’s second advice was duplicated and provided to the lawyers of the seven accused persons on the order of the court, Agwu said the advice exonerated Chukwunonso, Okechukwu and Chinonso the fourth, fifth and seventh defendants respectively.
Their lawyers, subsequently applied that they be discharged and released from custody pursuant to Section 72(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State 2011.
Ruling on this, Aka-Bashorun granted their prayers saying, “The fourth, fifth and seventh defendants are hereby released unconditionally from the Ikoyi Prison custody.”
In the first advice signed by M.B. Olaniyi, on behalf of the DPP, it was stated that no prima facie case of any criminal offence was established against Osita.
But the second advice signed by Olayide Eboda, of the Directorate of Public Prosecution said a “prima facie case of reckless and negligent acts was established against Osita contrary to Section 249 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.”
It added that facts revealed that the second defendant (Olisaeloka) had identified Osita as the “pharmacist who sold the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrazepan, to him without prescription.”
The second DPP advice also stated that there were “sufficient facts to establish a prima facie case of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, conspiracy to commit felony to wit stealing and stealing against Nwabufo and Olisaeloka contrary to sections 231, 221, 409 and 285 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.”
Also, the DPP in the second advice contended that there was a prima facie case that the sixth defendant (Nonso Ezike) was having in his possession a thing reasonably suspected to have been stolen contrary to Section 327 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Aka-Bashorun adjourned till December 17 for the ruling on the bail application made by Nonso and Olisaeleko’s lawyers, C.G. Achomadu and O. Dada respectively.

More Facebook friends, more stress – Study

Facebook addiction

Since it was founded, Facebook has served as a means of reunion for friends. It also offers a platform for social interaction. In fact, many people believe that the more friends an individual has on Facebook, the merrier.
However, a report from the University of Edinburg Business School has found that the more social circles a person is linked to online, the more likely social media will be a source of stress to him or her.
The researchers used Facebook as a model and found that the more groups of people in someone’s ‘Facebook friends’, the greater potential to cause offence. They say that adding employers or parents resulted in the greatest increase in anxiety.
According to them, the stress arises when users present versions of themselves on Facebook that are unacceptable to some of their online ‘friends’, including posts displaying behaviour such as swearing, recklessness, drinking and smoking.
According to them, as older people join the site, the stress increases for the younger ones as the expectations of older users may be very different from those of younger users.
The study found that 55 per cent of parents follow their children on Facebook. Likewise, more than half of employers claim not to have hired someone based on their Facebook page.
The researchers found that on average, people are Facebook friends with seven different social circles. The most common group was friends known offline, which constitutes about 97 per cent of friends added online. It is followed by extended family at 81 per cent, siblings at 80 per cent, friends of friends at 69 per cent, and colleagues, 65 per cent.
Author of the report and career fellow in marketing at the Business School, Ben Marder, says the study also discovered that more people are Facebook friends with their former partners than with their current relationship partner, a situation that may cause more anxiety.
“Only 56 per cent of users were friends with their boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse online, compared with 64 per cent of exes,” he says.
The report surveyed more than 300 people on Facebook, mostly students, with an average age of 21. It also discovered that only one third use the listing privacy setting on their Facebook profile, which can be used to control the information seen by different types of friends.
“Facebook used to be like a great party for all your friends where you can dance, drink and flirt. But now with your mum, dad and boss there the party becomes an anxious event full of potential social landmines,” he says.
Other researchers, in their quest to understand the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook as a social networking site; have also found that the platform it provides may not be good for people with low self-esteem.
In the study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the researchers say in theory, the social networking website Facebook could be great for people with low self-esteem as sharing is important for improving friendships. But in practice, people with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their friends with negative titbits about their lives and making themselves less likeable.
A graduate student at University of Waterloo, Canada, Amanda Forest, who co-wrote the new study with her advisor, Joanne Wood, says they were generally interested in self-esteem, and how self-esteem affects the kinds of emotions people express.
“We had this idea that Facebook could be a really fantastic place for people to strengthen their relationships. People with low self-esteem are often uncomfortable sharing face-to-face, but Facebook makes it possible to share remotely,” she says.
According to the researchers, in one study, they asked students how they feel about Facebook. People with low self-esteem were more likely to think that Facebook provided an opportunity to connect with other people, and to perceive it as a safe place that reduces the risk of awkward social situations.
The researchers also investigated what students actually wrote on Facebook. They asked the students for their last 10 status updates, sentences like “(Name) is lucky to have such terrific friends and is looking forward to a great day tomorrow!” and “(Name) is upset because her phone got stolen” were mostly reported. The updates were visible to their Facebook friends and the people in their network.
Each set of status updates was rated for how positive or negative it was. For each set of statements, a coder — an undergraduate Facebook user — rated how much they liked the person who wrote them.
The results show that people with low self-esteem were more negative than people with high self-esteem — and the coders liked them less. Forest says the coders were strangers. In earlier research, the researchers found that nearly half of Facebook friends of subjects were actually strangers or acquaintances, not close friends.
They also found that people with low self-esteem get more responses from their real Facebook friends when they post highly positive updates, compared to less positive ones. People with high self-esteem, on the other hand, get more responses when they post negative items, perhaps because these are rarer for them.
Forest says people with low self-esteem may feel safe making personal disclosures on Facebook – but they may not be helping themselves.
“If you’re talking to somebody in person and you say something, you might get some indication that they don’t like it, that they’re sick of hearing your negativity. But when people have a negative reaction to a post on Facebook, they seem to keep it to themselves. On Facebook, you don’t see most of the reactions,” she says.
However, a report published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking of March 2012 has a contrary opinion about Facebook and self-esteem.
The study, carried out by an Associate professor of Communication at Cornell University, US, Jeffery Hancock, found that Facebook can have a positive influence on the self-esteem of college students.
“This is probably because Facebook allows them to put their best face forward,” Hancock says.
Hancock notes that users can choose what they reveal about themselves and filter anything that might reflect badly.
“Unlike a mirror, that reminds us of whom we really are and may have a negative effect on our self-esteem if that image does match with our ideals, Facebook can show a positive version of us. We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one,” he says.

Veteran Yoruba Actor, Akin Ogungbe, 78, Dies

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Reports have it that veteran Yoruba theatre legend, Pa Akintola Ogungbe is dead. The iconic actor, as we gathered, died this morning. Pa Akin Ogungbe was popular with the epic film, 'Ireke Onibudo'.
According to reports, his death was confirmed by a popular Abeokuta, Ogun State-based actor cum producer and director, Segun Ogungbe this morning. He was aged 78 before his death.

D'banj Sister, Taiwo Set To Marry Cool FM's Dotun Ojuolape

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If this news is anything to go bye then D'banj and the Cool FM's on-air personality, Oladotun Ojuolape Kayode popularly known as D.O 2d T.U.N are set to become in laws as Dotun marries Dapo's younger sister soon.
Dotun who was recently suspended for slapping a colleague from Cool FM, we leanrt, has been seriously having a smooth-sailing relationship with D'banj's younger sister, Taiwo Oyebanjo, former Mo'hits accountant but now a boutique owner in Victoria Island.
Sources say Dotun and Taiwo are head over heels in love with each other, with the former often saying Taiwo has ‘changed his life.’
We hear he has also met her parents and has gotten approval from them and D’banj himself. Dotun, who has been working at Cool FM since 2004, currently anchors the ‘Midday Oasis Show’ alongside singer-presenter Temilola ‘Taymi’ Balogun. He also doubles as an MC at various shows, helping out at the weekly talent showcase Industry Nite once in a while.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Ex-banker bows to pressure, suspends hunger strike

Odunaro being attended to inside Lagos State ambulance ... on Monday. Photo; Temitayo Famutimi.

Olubiyi Odunaro, the 53-year-old former employee of Hallmark Bank Plc., protesting against non-payment of his terminal benefit, on Monday suspended his 14-day hunger strike.
The suspension of the protest followed spirited appeal by a representation from the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, and officials from the Lagos office of the Public Complaints Commission.
Senior Special Assistant to Fashola on Justice Sector Reforms, Lanre Akinsola, who led a team of legal, welfare and medical officials to the tent Odunaro had turned to his home on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Lagos, promised to intervene.
Akinsola said, “The attention of the Lagos State Government was drawn to the various media reports about the protest being embarked upon by Odunaro and it’s quite pathetic.
“Governor Fashola who was worried about his state of health formed an inter-ministerial committee comprising medical, legal and welfare officials and directed me to lead the team to persuade him to end his hunger strike.
“As a responsible government we don’t want a dead casualty in our hands as a result of this protest. Once he ends this protest, we would first provide him medical service while the Lagos State Directorate of Citizens Rights would engage the authorities concerned in a comprehensive dialogue.”
Akinsola said the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, had given him his word on free legal services to Odunaro and other ex-workers of non-consolidated banks seeking the payment of their entitlements if the negotiations become unfruitful.
“We will mediate and talk to the right people and we believe reason will prevail in this matter and if not, lawyers from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice will work in conjunction with the lawyer of the group and ensure that justice prevails and everyone of them gets their entitlement,” he added.
John Ogunniyi, who led a legal team from the Public Complaints Commission, implored Odunaro to end the hunger strike.
He said, “The Lagos Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission, Funso Olukoga, sends his word that you end this protest and go back home while we look into your complaints.
“We’ve listened to the complaints and we are going back to report to the commissioner and see the best we can do concerning it.
“We are making this appeal because of your health and the negative consequences it may have on you. The commissioner has given us the authority to ensure that the matter is resolved.”
After persuasion and engagement by the state officials and consultation with members of the Association of Ex-Staff of Non-Consolidated Bank, who had gathered at the site which lasted for about three hours, Odunaro who clocked 53 on Monday announced the suspension of the protest.
He said, “This struggle is not only about myself; it’s about the right of over 14,000 ex-workers of non-consolidated banks who are ably represented here today.
“The Lagos State Government and the PCC have given me and my people their word and I would hold on to it. My other colleagues too have appealed to me to give the state government the opportunity to play their part in this matter.
“In view of this, I announce the suspension of my hunger strike for two weeks to enable me to go for medical treatment and allow the state government play its part in this debacle.”
President, Association of Ex-Staff of Non-Consolidated Bank, Magnus Maduka, said, “We will be leveraging on the clout of the state government and the promises of the Public Complaints Commission to get our entitlements which we have been fighting for for about seven years.”
As soon as he announced the suspension, the medical team from the Lagos State Ambulance Service who had been waiting for hours led him into an ambulance marked LA 167 A08 at about 3:09pm and took him to the Medical Emergency of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

Karrueche taunts Rihanna over Chris Brown photo

These two girls are still at it. Chris Brown must be really good in bed...cos I don't see why else they want to die there...hehe! Anyway, over the weekend Rihanna Tweeted a photo of Chris Brown lying in bed with no shirt on...and if Rihanna thought the picture would make Karrueche Tran jealous, Rihanna had another think coming...see Karrueche did...

Shortly after Rihanna posted the pic, Karruehe Tran 'liked' the photo on Instagram letting Rihanna know that she and Chris Brown still get it in.
And of course Rihanna wasn't going to let that slide and Tweeted 'Bitch don't kill my vibe' shortly after Karruche's stunt.
These girls need to quit!

Uche Jombo Spits Fire!! Stop Talking Sh*t, I Never Did Eye Surgery

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The media was inundated with news about Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo Rodriguez going to the United States of America for a corrective eye surgery some weeks ago. She was even quoted in one of the reports to have said that the eye surgery was necessary because while she was a kid, she had a problem with the eye. As a result, she was going to the US to do a surgery to further correcti the problem caused to the eye back then ("As a child, I had an accident while playing with an iron hanger as a gun and it accidentally got into my right eye. I had surgery then abroad, at the age of 9. This new surgery is more of cleaning and keeping up to date with the best eye surgery, when it was found out that it wasn't properly done the first time, and presently the doctors are correcting it,") This quote was what was reported that Uche said when she talked on her eye surgery news after she underwent the reported eye surgery.
But in a late turn-around, weeks after the news, Uche has openly spat fire like a dragon on the matter. The wife of Kenny Rodriguez went on twitter to show her anger while she reinstated that she is wonderfully made by God and as such, she won't do anything to alter her face or nose.
"Dear clueless one, stop talking sh*t. If I want to do surgery, my nose and face will be the last thing I will touch because I am wonderfully made by God. Sincerely, Uche Jombo-R."
The question is, who is fooling who?

The Real Story: Six injured as LAGBUS crushes bus

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At least six people sustained varying degrees of injuries at the Ebute Ero area of Lagos Island on Monday after a LAGBUS crushed a commercial bus.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the LAGBUS, with registration number Lagos KSF76XA, was fully loaded with passengers and was heading towards Tafawa Balewa Square when the incident occurred.
According to an eyewitness’ accounts, the LAGBUS dropped a passenger at an undesignated bus stop and attempted to join the expressway when it hit the green bus with registration number Ogun XC595JGB.
A trader under the bridge, who declined to give her name, said the bus was attempting to overtake when the LAGBUS driver swerved abruptly in its direction.
She said, “Around 7:30am, a passenger alighted from the LAGBUS adjacent to Ebute Ero Police Station. LAGBUS drivers are fond of dropping off passengers there even though it is illegal.
“The commercial bus was speeding behind the LAGBUS and was attempting to overtake it when it was hit. The LAGBUS rammed the vehicle into the railings, almost plunging it into the lagoon.”
Our correspondent learnt that a team of policemen, led by Mr. Sani Saka, immediately rushed to the scene and evacuated the victims from the commercial bus.
The victims, it was learnt, were immediately rushed down to General Hospital, Broad Street.
A trader, Martin Adelabu, said the green bus was heading for Lagos Island from Abeokuta. He said most of the victims had broken legs.
“The victims are very lucky that the accident occurred adjacent to a police station, if not, they might not have survived. I was told that they left Abeokuta this morning and were heading towards Lagos Island,” he said.
The General Manager, Lagos Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, confirmed that there was an incident involving a LAGBUS but denied that it fell in to the lagoon. Oke-Osayintolu urged members of the public to abstain from sending false emergency messages.
“We were told there was an accident on Third Mainland Bridge and we rushed down to the scene but we did not see anything. Members of the public should please refrain from sending out false messages so that we can serve you better,” he said.
The LAGBUS, it was learnt, had been taken away by state officials while the LAGBUS driver was in police detention.

Oge Okoye Goes Gaga Over Sex Question! How I Make Love To My Husband?

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When success stories are written in the annals of Nollywood, Oge Okoye’s name cannot be overlooked. Gorgeous and gifted, Okoye, who hugged the klieg light in 2001 with the movies, “Caesar to Caesar” and “Spanner”, not only conquered Nollywood, she captivated and wowed her fans with blistering and daring acting, so much that her memory continues to linger in the minds of movie buffs.
Today, after two kids, the star of numerous blockbusters remains evergreen. She is not only relevant in the industry after about 11 years, but has also broadened her horizon to become multifaceted and a sought-after diva.
In this encounter, the soft spoken entertainer went gaga and revealed her other side when Entertainment Express asked an innocent question about her sexual appetite.
“What kind of question are you asking me?...How I make love…that is my personal life and I think personal things should remain personal,” she fumes.
Okoye who was recently honoured with a Doctorate degree by Wisconsin International University, USA, further bared her mind on other germane issues and sketched a broad outline of her real self. We present the riveting interview, raw and uncut.
So when and how did you meet your husband?
It was really not love at first sight, I personally don’t believe in love at first sight. I believe in working it out, knowing ourselves, to see if we are compatible, so that is what exactly happened between me and my husband. We were friends at first and it was going on like that till we got married in 2005.
How does he feel about the romantic scenes you play in movies?
He has never complained. I really don’t know if he feels bad, but I know that being a human being like I am, he might be feeling bad inside but he is not showing it. He encourages me a lot; he is always there for me. Besides, he doesn’t watch my movies.
At a point your marriage was widely reported to have hit the rocks; surprisingly, you didn’t come out to clear the rumour, what actually happened then?
I don’t have business responding to such falsehoods. I don’t know the people peddling such rumours and I have no business with it.
So are you saying the marriage is still intact?
What do you mean? Is like you have another mission! Why won’t my marriage be intact? Please nothing has happened to my marriage. I really don’t know why people would be interested in breaking our marriages; nothing like that exists. It amazes me the way people go about talking about a marriage break up that does not exist. I’m happily married and I don’t want to discuss my personal life.
Since he is not living with you here in Nigeria, how do you cope with the numerous male admires?
Of course everybody knows that I’m married; I wonder what anybody would still want from me.
So how do you relieve when you have feelings?
What kind of feelings are you talking about?
Sexual feelings, to be specific
I think that is my personal life. What kind of questions are you asking me? I think you will soon ask me how I make love with my husband. Basically, that is my personal life and I think personal things should remain personal.
One should have expected that you attend an event with your husband whenever he is in Nigeria so as to clear the numerous rumours of broken marriage trailing your person, why don’t you usually do that?
I don’t think that is necessary.
So where is that lucky man from?
He is from Imo State and I am from Nnewi, in Anambra State.
What is one good thing that marriage has done to you?
I think it has made me more mature.
Your last born is about two years, how soon are we going to be celebrating the arrival of the third one?
I believe God’s time is the best.
But would there be anyone by this time next year?
Actually, we are not ready for any other one now. We are taking a little break from child bearing.
After two kids, you still look youthful and sexy; what is the secret behind this?
Really! Maybe because I’m slim naturally. Apart from that, I exercise a lot. I do all kinds of exercises from cycling to normal stretching. I think that is what has been helping me to stay in shape.
How far can you go to interpret a role, especially the ones involving nudity?
I do everything within my capacity to ensure that I perfectly interpret my roles. But one thing I cannot do is to go stark naked. But I could do other sensual roles but for nudity, I wouldn’t. Our society abhors it.
What about such things as smoking, as some of your colleagues do?
Why should I smoke? Has anybody told you that I smoke? I don’t have to do that, I don’t do it and I don’t think I will ever indulge in that if that is what you are asking.
But some of your colleagues do; do you see anything wrong with it?
I think that is their personal business. I don’t have anything to say about that. I don’t interfere in someone else’s private life, as much as I don’t want anybody to interfere in mine.
Most of your colleagues are said to be into lesbianism, how have you been coping with their amoral advances?
I’ve never encountered one. I don’t want to doubt the existence of such but I’ve never encountered anyone. So I can’t be talking about what I don’t know about.
Generally, what is your view about the act?
You and I know it's wrong; I don’t think it’s something anybody should be practicing.
If given the opportunity to erase anything in your past, what would you’ve erased?
I think the only the thing I would’ve loved to erase is the death of my father. It was such a bad experience that haunted me for years. He was such a lovely father anybody would pray to have. It’s been long, so I’ve tried to put it behind me.
What kind of man epitomizes your ideal man?
My ideal man should be hard working, must look good, and at same time have the fear of God
Are those things what attracted you to your husband?
I won’t talk about what attracted me to my husband. What attracted me to him is not something I would want to start talking about. It’s personal.
Since your marriage is still intact, what effort did you put in to sustain it till date?
It’s all about loving someone unconditionally, trusting the person and at the same time being tolerant. These are the ingredients of a lasting relationship, and I think they are part of what has sustained mine as well.
Are these ingredients lacking in the failed marriages recorded by your colleagues?
I don’t know what could have caused their failed marriages. It’s only the person that wears the shoe that knows where it pinches. It is their private lives; I don’t know what caused their breakups and I don’t think is something I would want to know. Just as I like keeping some things private, I also like allowing people their privacies.
Unlike your colleagues, you got married back in 2004; were you under pressure to marry since you are the only child of your parents?
It wasn’t because of that. I fell in love with a man and we ended up getting married. Nobody ever pressurized me into marriage
How did you go about settling your rifts with your friends, Ini Edo and Chioma Toplis?
Who told you there was any rift? As far as I’m concerned I don’t have any rift with anybody.
Does that mean you’ve settled with them?
I don’t know what you are talking about, and please I don’t have an answer to that question.
If you had known all that you know today, what did you do in the past that you would you’ve done differently now?
I don’t really know what I would have done differently; I think I did everything I’ve done based on the prevailing circumstances. I don’t regret anything I did in the past. I know I must have made some mistakes, but I try not to remember them because I have already forged ahead. Whatever mistake I made in the past has been confined to history, I’m now looking ahead to what the future has got to offer.
What were these mistakes?
There you go again. I think that is my personal life, which I would want to remain personal.
Share with us what life has taught you over the years?
Frankly speaking, life has taught me to be independent, to never give up no matter what I’m facing, to always believe in myself, to work hard and always remain focused. I’ve come to understand that everybody can be a better person, and everything anybody needs to succeed in life is in that person.
Most producers are currently lamenting on the evil effect of piracy; does the menace affect what you are currently paid for jobs?
It hasn’t. I feel that whatever I’m getting is what I’m supposed to get. But the menace is a very big challenge to the industry; you find out that before one’s film is released someone somewhere would have already released a pirated copy, it’s painful. I believe there will be a change if the government finally puts an end to it; it’s something that must be collectively fought against.

Monday, 26 November 2012

eLDee's Pal Locks Up In Police Detention For Armed Robbery Hint.

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Kunle Bello, one of the three members of one of the pioneering Hip-hop group in Nigeria, Trybesmen, along with eLDee and Freestyle, has just been released from Police station having spent more than 14 hours in custody.
When the popular rapper-show host, kunle 'Kaboom' Bello woke up on Friday, November 23, 2012, he wouldn’t have imagined himself ending the day with a bunch of suspected criminals locked up in a Police cell.
Bello was around his Yaba, Lagos environ hanging out with friends at about 11PM when he was picked up by Policemen, placed in a Black Maria and taken to the Sabo Police Station. He was later transferred to the Lagos Task Force Division, Alausa, Ikeja, hours later.
All through his arrest and transfer, Kunle Bello tweeted the incident real time, leaving friends and fans quite worried for his safety.
Kunle tweeted shortly after his arrest, "So I’ve just been carried with about five of my peoples by the Nigerian Police Force. We dey inside Black Maria and they’ve said nothing. This is Nigeria! There you are minding ur own business and the people meant to protect your life and property will come to arrest you forcefully".
He spent the night in detention with other criminals.
This spurred a multiple reactions from friends and followers, with many condemning the Police and worried for his safety.
"So police injustice finally struck close to home for the first time for me. This is how a lot of people have felt in the past. #find @Kunlebello‘, tweeted former Da Trybe band member Timileyin Akinmuda lamented.
If The Governor Of a State With The “Chief Security Officer” Title Does Not Command The Police, Who Does?‘, singer-producer Da Suspect tweeted.
When some reporters finally located where he had been taken to, they were denied access to Mr Bello and was asked by two Police officers, Rotimi Idowu and Ologun Theophilus to pay a bribe just to help locate and grant access to the rapper.
On of our reporter eventually got hold of Kunle Bello who was found locked up in a makeshift cell (which was actually one of the building offices). Hours later, he was screened and upon producing proper identification was released.
‘I was picked up for no reason‘, KB told journalist.
Upon questioning a few officers at the division, they failed to explain why they would pick up individuals without proper investigation but another officer who would rather remain anonymous said ‘we usually carry out raids anytime there is a report of robbery the day before, oga, your friend no dey lucky‘.