Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Calabar Christmas Adult's Carnival 2010

I could not be anywhere else!!!

The 2010 Calabar Christmas Adult Carnival was as usual, the best and biggest street Party / Carnival. You could not afford to be anywhere else.

The Calabar Christmas Adult Carnival is an international event that occurs on the 27th of december each year and as usual, its always a blast. 

Every year, the crowd that comes out to watch the carnival keeps growing at a tremendous pace and all accomodations in the city are always fully occupied.

Also, for the first time ever, the Calabar Christmas Carnival also witnessed a live street fashion show of which I saw live but I just somehow did not take pictures of it.

Although, while every year's carnival is always bigger than the previous, I did something unusual this year.

Can you guess?

I actually did not watch most part of the carnival although I was at the centre of it. The reason was that, just as previous years, the carnival always brings in massive crowds from all works of life and this year's edition was no exception, but unlike previous years where I took active part in the carnival by watching and taking pictures, this years carnival was actually an exception. I spent most of the time, networking with the limitless beautiful people that where around whilst just 1-metre away from me, the beautiful carnival trains kept passing, dancing and displaying their beautiful costumes to the delight of all the spectators.

Below are few pictures I took at the fast-food thats located just 1-metre away from the Carnival route.

From Left: Eta Royalty Uso, Aniekan Essien, Raphael Njar.


Mercy Isoyip, Eta Uso
From left: Monta Ebong and Monye Akpet




Calabar Christmas Children's Carnival 2010

I was There!!!

The 2010 Calabar Christmas Carnival (Children's Category) was a blast.

The Children's Carnival is an International yearly event that occurs on  the 26th of December every year and it is always a show-stopper.

The best part of this is that, my presence at this year's (2010) children's carnival was actually my first time in attendance. 

Like previous years, I always preferred staying away from the  children's carnival and stay back to prepare myself for the Adult  Carnival that takes place on the 27th but this time around, I had no  choice, I had to attend the children's carnival as I had a very good  friend of mine who came in from Abuja and wanted to attend both the  children's and adult's category.

From Left: Eta Royalty Uso and Abdulkareem Ibrahim


It was my first experience and just as the previous years editions that  I had always been briefed about / watched on tv, this year's edition  was also worth its weight in gold.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reinvigoration

A lot of background reinvigoration is going on as regards etauso.com

See you soon!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Russia and Qatar To Host 2018 and 2022 World Cup


The world’s biggest sporting event continued its spread to new corners of the globe Thursday as Russia and Qatar were named as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup soccer tournaments.

The fallout from the announcements in Zurich included a setback in soccer development for the United States, which lost its attempt to host the 2022 World Cup despite having an apparently superior technical bid. That tournament was awarded instead to Qatar, the tiny oil-rich nation in the Persian Gulf, meaning the World Cup will make its inaugural appearance in the Middle East.

“We go to new lands,” Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, told Reuters. “Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world has been waiting for a long time. So I’m a happy president when we talk about the development of football.”

FIFA is an insular body, frequently criticized for its lack of transparency. Thursday’s votes by FIFA’s executive committee were conducted in secret. It was impossible to discern fully the motives of Blatter and his colleagues.

Some soccer officials believe Blatter is angling for a Nobel Peace Prize, having now orchestrated the awarding of the World Cup to South Africa in 2010, and soon to Russia and the Middle East, even if his chances of winning such an award might seem remote.

Surely, Thursday’s votes reflected in part some murky internal FIFA politics. No doubt, too, Blatter has some sincere interest in taking his sport’s grandest spectacle to all parts of the world.

The votes came amid recent news media accusations of corruption involving 6 of the 24 members of FIFA’s executive committee. Two were barred from voting. Some observers called for a delay in the votes, saying their legitimacy had been compromised by accusations of vote selling.

American soccer officials had hoped to prevail with a bid that promoted the country’s diversity, the potential for record attendance and record profits for FIFA, and the fact that all stadiums and necessary infrastructure were already built.

But perhaps FIFA officials felt they had sufficiently assisted the United States by giving it the 1994 World Cup.

And some observers felt that American bid officials lacked passion in explaining how a second World Cup would expand the game in the United States, which has not fully embraced the sport. FIFA had also expressed some concerns about a lack of federal government guarantees, one apparently having to do with its tax liability in the United States.

Russia proposed to host the tournament in 13 cities grouped in four clusters. And Putin has said that visitors will not need travel visas. Match tickets will apparently serve as visas, as they did when the 2008 Champions League final was held in Moscow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mercury Makes Birds Gay: Study



Mercury poisoning could wipe out birds - by making them gay, say scientists.

A three-year study of 120 white ibises found more than half of males exposed to high levels of the chemical chose to pair off amongst themselves instead of with females.

Males dosed up with methylmercury, the organic and most toxic form of mercury, showed reduced rates of traditional courtship behaviour. Even relatively low levels of mercury in the diet of male white ibises cause the birds to mate with each other rather than with females.

As a result many of the females can't breed, and fewer chicks are produced.

Dr Peter Frederick, of the University of Florida, warned that gay coupling could result in a 50 per cent reduction in chicks. He said: 'These effects on reproductive behaviour and sexual preference represent a novel mechanism by which contaminants may influence wild bird populations.' 

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal released into the environment from rocks and soils, and in volcanic eruptions. But human activities are continually adding more. Dr Frederick's team, whose findings are published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, said methyl mercury is known to affect sex hormones of many animals but it is unclear whether bird populations may be affected.   

They said: 'Male - male pairing contributed a large proportion of the reproductive deficits documented in this study, yet to our knowledge, this mechanism has not been reported as an effect of mercury exposure or of other contaminants. Homosexual behaviour among birds and other animals has been documented before but usually when there is a shortage of female birds in the local population.

But in this study, the researchers found that the homosexual pairing began when there were still plenty of potential female birds available. The paper says: 'In a wild colony of white ibises with minimal exposure to mercury, there were no male - male pairings observed in 134 white ibis pairs studied over 15,580 pair hours of observation during four breeding seasons.'  

It is unknown whether mercury could have the same effect on humans. White ibises are long-legged, long-necked wading birds with short tails that nest in huge colonies in fresh water marshes or along the ocean coast.

Up to 80,000 individuals have been counted in one colony in the Everglades National Park, Florida. During the day they may fly at least 15 miles to find small crustaceans, fish, frogs and aquatic insects to eat and to feed their young.   

The researchers said sexual display behaviour in birds is strongly influenced by circulating hormones and mercury exposure was associated with 'a de-masculinised pattern of oestradiol and testosterone expression in males, especially during courtship'.

Courtesy: DailyMail

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lil' Kim And Nicki Minaj's Feud Hots Up

Nicki Minaj
After months of attacking Nicki Minaj in the press, veteran female rapper Lil' Kim has finally conveyed her animosity toward the newcomer in a new diss track called "Black Friday." Cleverly named after and released on the biggest retail shopping day of the year, "Black Friday" is also a play on the title of Nicki's "Pink Friday" debut.

Lil' Kim accuses Nicki of adopting her persona. On the track that borrows the music bed from Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says," Kim raps, "You a Lil' Kim wannabe/You just hate to admit it."

Lil Kim
The former "Dancing With The Stars" contestant refers to Nicki and her manager Sean "Diddy" Combs, ironically Kim's old business partner, as "swagger jackers."

"I've seen them come/I've seen them go/Still I remain Sweetie/You going on your 14th minute of fame," she adds in the song.

Kim also warns that she's going to turn "'Pink Friday' into 'Friday The 13th.'"

Last Friday, Nicki opened up about the ongoing feud during an interview with Angie Martinez on New York's Hot 97. Minaj, who dismisses Lil' Kim a "has been" on the song "Roman's Revenge," told Martinez that she admits to being influenced by Kim. "I respect you. I love you. I've said it in every interview time and time again," Nicki said about Kim. "And if that's not good enough for you, mama, there's something deep rooted in you. ... That's your insecurity bothering you. It's not Nicki Minaj."

Nicki was surprised by Kim's accusations that she had not paid proper homage. "It hurt my feelings," Nicki said. She spoke to Kim about any hard feelings when the two saw each other at a concert.

"I stopped her and said, ‘I want to make sure everything is cool with us," Nicki told Martinez. According to Nicki, Kim said everything was fine.

As the tension escalated, Nicki recorded the "Roman's Revenge" song, which features guest vocals from Eminem and appears on "Pink Friday."

On the song, Nicki accuses Lil' Kim of being jealous of her success. "You out of work/I know it's tough/But enough is enough," she raps.

The hype will no doubt help increase "Pink Friday"'s first week sales numbers.

Courtesy: YahooNews

Could Lagos Be Running Out Of Space?



Could Lagos State, Nigeria be running out of space?

Banking Fraud: Nepalese, Nigerian Among Three Arrested

New Delhi, Two foreigners and their Indian accomplice were arrested in south Delhi for allegedly hacking into internet bank accounts of people and buying gadgets like laptops, police said today.

Investigators suspect that many gangs of international hackers are involved in similar crime in the country. The gangs operate from Mumbai and Bangalore and make calls to the targets on the pretext of changing their bank mandates.

The arrested have been identified Praveen Gupta (27), a Nepali national, Promise Eke (27), a Nigerian, and Tashi Wang Chuk (21) hailing from Sikkim, DCP (South) H G S Dhaliwal said.

Eight laptops, ten digital cameras and 17 Blackberry mobiles, worth Rs ten lakh, were recovered from them, he said.

The arrests came following a probe on money being fraudulently withdrawn from three ICICI Bank accounts, the DCP said.

*PressTrustOfIndia

Dubai To Have World's Tallest Residential Tower


The 107-storey tower, billed to be the tallest residential building on earth, is likely to be ready by late next year in the city that is also home to the 823 metres wonder Burj Khalifa.

The 414-metre tall Princess Tower in the city's high-profile Dubai Marina will be ready for delivery by fourth quarter of 2011, its constructor has said.

According to Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Q1, located on the Gold Coast of Australia, is currently the tallest residential building in the world, standing 323-metre high with 78 floors.

A report in Emirates 24|7 said that besides the Princess Tower, the 91-storey Elite Residence in Dubai Marina will also be completed and ready for handover in the same quarter of next year, claims Tameer Holding, the developer behind the two towers.

"We are planning the handover of the 414-meter PrincessTower (763 units) and 381-metre Elite Residence (696 units) in Dubai Marina, and Imperial Residence (510 units) in Jumeirah Village South by the fourth quarter of 2011," company President Federico Tauber said.

Courtesy: *PressTrustOfIndia

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wande Coal Now To Perform At MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA 2010)

Wande Coal is a multi-talented music artiste from Nigeria

As leading mobile operator in Nigeria, Airtel and MTV begins the countdown to the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Airtel, four more awesome artists have been added to the performer roster for Africa’s most exciting music event.

USA hip hop star Rick Ross, Kenya’s P-Unit, South Africa’s Jozi and Nigeria’s Wande Coal will join previously announced performers DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), 2FACE (Nigeria), Daddy Owen (Kenya), Banky W (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Teargas (South Africa) and Cabo Snoop (Angola).

Donald Trump For President of The United States of America?

Donald John Trump is an American business magnate, socialite, author and television personality.

DONALD Trump wants to be President of the United States!

Speaking to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the real estate mogul says he’s keen to run for office.

“America is being laughed at by the rest of the world — and things must change before it’s too late!” he said.

“It’s not something I want to do. In fact, I wish that I saw someone else on the horizon, but there’s no one else!”

“Yes, I would look to spend my own money,” he added. “If you’re not prepared to do that, then you’re not prepared to run for office!

“I question whether Sarah Palin is electable, and whether she has a big enough following to get 50 percent of the vote.

“When Ronald Reagan was president, the United States was respected — but not anymore.

“Today Americans feel as if we’re the whipping post for other countries. We will not be a great country in the not too distant future if we don’t change our ways!”

Courtsey: ShowBizSpy

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid Under UEFA Investigation

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho faces allegations from UEFA that he asked players to intentionally receive red cards.

UEFA charged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho with "unsporting conduct" on Thursday over allegations he ordered two players to get themselves sent off in a Champions League match.

UEFA's disciplinary committee will investigate Mourinho as well as players Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek. Their cases will be heard on Nov. 30.

Mourinho appeared to send instructions from the bench before Alonso and Ramos received second yellow cards for time-wasting late in Tuesday's 4-0 win against Ajax in Amsterdam.

Their expulsions meant they should serve one-match suspensions in a meaningless group match against Auxerre next month, then start the knockout rounds in February with a clean slate.

Madrid released a statement later Thursday on its website expressing its "surprise" at the decision.

On Tuesday, Mourinho dismissed the idea that he had orchestrated the bookings.

"I spoke with many players throughout the game, not only with Ramos and Alonso," Mourinho said after the match. "Stories sell, but the important thing is the 4-0 win and the fantastic game we had. Let's talk about that and not other things."

Mourinho has previously clashed with UEFA after incidents in the Champions League when he coached Chelsea. UEFA banned Mourinho from the touchline for two matches in 2005 after he accused Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of visiting Swedish referee Anders Frisk at halftime in the first leg of a round-of-16 clash.

Mourinho is in his first season with Madrid and aims to become the first coach to lead three different clubs to the European title. He guided FC Porto to the 2004 title, and Inter Milan last season.

National Council Of State Endorse N18,000 Minimum Wage


Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will send a bill to parliament more than doubling the minimum wage, meeting union demands after a nationwide strike this month, a senior advisory council said on Thursday.

The main labor unions in Africa's most populous nation launched a brief warning strike two weeks ago to push demands for a big increase in the monthly minimum wage to 18,000 naira ($120) from 7,500 naira.

The strike, which shut banks, schools and parts of the transport system, was suspended on the first day to give the government more time, but the unions threatened further action if their demands were not met.

The council of state -- which includes Jonathan, former presidents, state governors, the central bank governor and key ministers -- said it had agreed that Jonathan should send the bill for approval after "extensive deliberations."

"This puts to rest the labor problem between the federal government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (main union)," Gombe state governor Danjuma Goje told reporters in the capital Abuja after the council meeting.

Widespread industrial action has been rare in the past few years in Nigeria and previous walkouts tended to last only a day or two, in a country where much of the population get by on $2 a day or less and can ill afford to stop work.

The NLC and its sister union the Trade Union Congress represent members across most sectors of sub-Saharan Africa's second-biggest economy and prolonged industrial action has the potential to bring the country to a halt.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2010



Soundcity Awards was here, now its The Nigerian Video Music Awards 2010.

What are your expectations? Will you be there?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vatican: Condom Use Is Lesser Evil Than Spreading of HIV



VATICAN CITY – In a seismic shift on one of the most profound — and profoundly contentious — Roman Catholic teachings, the Vatican said Tuesday that condoms are the lesser of two evils when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy.

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2011: Nigerian Elections To Begin April 2


Ahead of the amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday rolled out a fresh time table and schedule of activities for staggered 2011 elections begining with the National Assembly elections on April 2, 2011. The Presidential election now holds on April 9 while the Governorship and State Assembly elections have been scheduled for April 16, 2011.

Announcing the new election time table at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja last night, INaaEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega said the new time table superseded the one earlier released on September 7, but had to be discarded due to loss of time.

Sounding a note of warning that the Commission would not tolerate any infraction of the rules and regulations guiding the election at a press conference attended by National Commissioners of the Commission, Professor Jega disclosed that the political parties were free to start their campaigns from December 1, 2010. Registration of Voters will be carried put between January 15 and 29, 2011. Citing relevant sections of the expected Electoral Act amendment, the INEC boss said all the arrangements are in tandem with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the anticipated amendments to the Electoral Act.

In the 26-item programme of electoral activities, the Voter’s Registration exercise begins on January 15, 2011 and ends on the 29th.. The first electoral activity begins with the issuance of notice of election on January 23, and the commencement of conduct of party primaries running through January 26 to 30th, 2011

The political parties, Jega said could embark on campaigns in public places as from December 1 and end the campaigns 24 hours to the day of each election. Registration of voters which has been scheduled for January 15 will end on January 29 with the display of Voter’s Register for claims and objections coming up between February 3 and 8, 2011.

The last day for the withdrawal by candidates and substitution of withdrawn candidates by political parties will run from February 14, for National Assembly candidate, February 21, for Presidential candidate and February 28 for Governorship and State Assembly candidates.

INEC will publish the final official Voter’s Register for elections on March 2, 2011.
Collection of nomination forms is between February 7 and 10, 2011 while the publication of nominated candidates will run from March 2 to 16, 2011.

Run offs for governorship and Presidential eolections, if any, will be held within seven days after the announcement of the results of the respective elections in line with sections 179 (4) (5) and 134 (4) (5) respectively of the Constitution..

*Courtsey SunNewsOnline

Monday, November 22, 2010

Atiku Abubakar is Northern Presidential Candidate


AFTER months of permutations, speculations and political intrigues, the Mallam Adamu Ciroma led ‘’17-wise men’’ to get a consensus candidate for the north finally came up with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the ‘’anointed aspirant.

Briefing Journalists Monday at the Yar’adua Centre, Secretary to the Consensus Committee, Mallam Abdulkadir Sabo Bello reiterated the north’s position on zoning and completing the four year tenure of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

With the announcement of Atiku Abubakar as the northern candidate, he would then wrestle with President Goodluck Jonathan at the primaries for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

"I am humbled by this endorsement, and I accept it wholeheartedly, with humility and sense of responsibility.

I commend the Consensus Committee for this endorsement and for their sacrifice, their patriotism, their commitment and their integrity.  They have made an important contribution to the unity and stability of this country.

I am profoundly grateful to the other aspirants who were screened by the Consensus Committee for their commitment to the consensus process. All three of them, former President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser, General Mohamed Aliyu Gusau, and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, are eminently qualified for the office of President. Their decision to abide by the decision of the Consensus Committee is a further testimony to their patriotism, honour, service and selflessness.  Nigerians will forever remain grateful to them for their contribution to the peace, unity and stability of this country. I will continue to count on their support in the campaign to win the PDP primaries and the 2011 Presidential election.
I commend Nigerians for their patience, understanding, support and prayers.  I shall need the support of all as I seek the mandate to be the flag-bearer of the PDP in the 2011 Presidential election.

This is a time for sober reflection on the challenges facing our country and the immense opportunities that exist for us to address them.  I hope that the conclusion of this consensus process will mark an end to the divisive politics which our opponents have been promoting. In the days ahead I shall be addressing the press, and will continue to unfold my agenda for providing good governance and building a new Nigeria for all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliations.  With your support and prayers we shall make good things happen."


In a statement issued after the exercise today , Atiku Abubakar commended members of the committee for their patriotism and sacrifice saying their decision was a product of wide consultation across the length and breadth of the country.

Tiger Woods Joins Twitter Amidst Bad PR News


Critics can't just have enough of this guy, as they continue to harp that its all the same with Tiger Woods, trying to appear sincere when he really is not. Some are even going as far as to call Tiger a "fraud," and waiting for the next "cutesy" Nike ad to "enlighten us even further." (sarcasm is indeed prevalent in that last statement)

The downfall in Tiger Woods image has been further complicated by the downfall in his game this season, and it's been a drastic one for an athlete many compared as the Michael Jordan of golf. He didn't win all year for the first time ever.

This quote could be the most telling of them all:

"The single worst thing that ever could happen to Tiger Woods may be happening," said Michael Kempner, President of MWW Group public relations in East Rutherford, N.J. "He has gone from being immortal to being extraordinarily mortal."

Famous (or in-famous) golfer has been bitten by the tweeting bird and has officially joined Twitter today. The account @TigerWoods is verified and is gaining bucket loads of followers by the hour.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sound City Music Video Awards (SMVA) 2010 Winners


1. Best Male Video (Banky W) – Strong Ting – Nigeria 

2. Best Female Video (Goldie) – You Know It – Nigeria 

3. Best Choreography (Dama Do Bling) – Moza Girl – Mozambique 

4. Best Special Effects (Djinee) – Overkillin’ – Nigeria 

5. Best Editing (P Square) – Danger – Nigeria 

6. Best Duo Or Group Video (Deep Level) – We Run The City – South 
Africa 

7. Best Cinematography (Teargas) – Mhlobo Wami – South Africa 

8. Best Hip Hop Video (Jozi) – Wild Life – South Africa 

9. Best R & B Vide0 (Mike Anyasodo) – Fine Fine Lady – Nigeria 

10. Best Pop Video (2Face Idibia) – Implication – Nigeria 

11. Best Collaboration In A Music Video (Sarkodie Feat. Sway & Jayso) – 
Lay away – Ghana 

12. Discovery Of The Year (JR) – Show Dem – South Africa 

13. Best Video (Voting) (Banky W) – Strong Ting – Nigeria 

14. Viewers Choice (Voting) (Buffalo Souljah) – Ezandlha Phezulu – 
Zimbabwe 

15. Hit Producer Of The Year (As Used In A Music Video) (Sossick/Da 
Grin) – Pon Pon Pon – Nigeria 

15. Best Western (2Face Idibia) – Nigeria 

16. Best Southern (PRO) – South Africa 

17. Best Eastern (Wyre) – Kenya 

18. Best Central (Fally Ipupa) – DR Congo 

19. Soundcity Fresh Video (Tania Tome) – Nhi Ngugu Haladza – 
Mozambique 

Zain Nigeria Now Officially Airtel


Zain Nigeria finally and formally changed its brand identity to Airtel. This was after concluding a $10.7 billion transaction in June this year, which gave Indian Bharti Airtel the Zain Group’s Celtel Africa Unit.

The name change, which happened Friday across the country changes the African footprints of Zain to now  AirTel . The name change brings to sixth the number of times the company would have to change identity since 2001 it started operations in Nigeria .

In a colourful celebration to herald the new name in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the company, Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal promised that the company has come to stay.

He also promised that the company would bring innovations that would not allow it dissolve into another company just like the company has done in the past.

According to him, “Bharti began its African journey by promising to deliver world class and affordable mobile services to customers and delighting them with innovative products.

I believe we are taking a major step towards delivering on this by introducing  the heart of our business the Airtel brand across our operations in Africa .

“Our African customers would now be able to enjoy the same best in class brand experience as our cuistromers across India , Sri_Lanka and Bangladesh . We remain committed to taking our network deeper into Africa by ensuring our services touch the common man and bridge the digital devide in the continent”

He expressed confidence that in the coming years Airtel will win the heart of customers across Africa and emerge as one of the most admired brands in the continent.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Passion of The Christ




As christmas draws near, we can't but remember our Lord Jesus christ and the priceless gift he paid for our redemption.

I bring you "The Passion of The Christ".

Beyonce’s perfume ad banned


British Advertising Standards Authority have ordered Beyonce's perfume ad not to be shown before 7:30 pm. Apparently they think it's really steamy, and duh, of course it is! It's for a sexy fragrance called Heat and Beyoncé is singing "Fever"! What do you expect?

Here's what the ASA told the Guardian in a statement: "BeyoncĂ©’s body movements and the camera’s prolonged focus on shots of her dress slipping away to partially expose her breasts created a sexually provocative ad that was unsuitable to be seen by young children."

What do you think?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nigerian Becomes Chelsea Fc's Assistant Manager


Chelsea have named Nigerian Michael Emenalo as their assistant manager, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday.

The 45-year-old replaces Ray Wilkins as Carlo Ancelotti’s right-hand man. Wilkins left Stamford Bridge last week for undisclosed reasons.

Emenalo joined Chelsea in 2007 and has been working as the club’s Head Opposition Scout.

He represented Nigeria as a defender at the 1994 World Cup and played for clubs including Molenbeek in Belgium, England’s Notts County and San Jose Clash in the United States.

Fifa Bans Two Officials Over Bribe Claims

Fifa banned two of its executive committee members from voting to decide the countries that will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups following an investigation into newspaper allegations of corruption.

Mr Adamu, a Nigerian official, was given a three-year ban from all football-related activity and fined SFr10,000 (£6,260). He was found to be in breach of his fiduciary duties and rules relating to accepting bribes. Mr Temarii, from Tahiti, was banned for one year and fined SFr5,000, having breached his fiduciary duties.

Mr Adamu said he would lodge an appeal, while the Oceania Football Confederation said it would respect any decision from Mr Temarii to challenge the ruling.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nigeria Creates 20 Million Jobs As Chicken Imports Are Banned

The ban on the importation of frozen chicken into Nigeria has created a minimum of 20 million jobs in the poultry and related industries, National Vice Chairman, South West of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr. Ayo Oduntan, has said.

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Akunyili Condemns Use of ‘Naija’ in Place of Nigeria


The Federal Government has condemned in strong terms the use of “Naija” in place of Nigeria, saying that such usage is “very uncharitable and unpatriotic”. 

Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili, made the remarks while receiving the participants of Heir Apparent Reality Show in her office in Abuja yesterday.

Akunyili, who frowned on the continuous misrepresentation of the country's official name in place of a “corrupt” version, said: "It is very offensive to call Nigeria ‘Naija’. We are making plans to write companies to stop using the word Naija. I have heard that name Naija in adverts. I want them to go back and remove that word. If anybody says this is Naija, ask the person, 'Where is Naija?' We have to stop this word because it is catching up with the young. If we don't put a stop to its usage now, it will continue to project us wrongly.”

The minister's condemnation was prompted by a sentence in the presentation of the visiting group where “our world is Naija” was inserted.

Akunyili, who fervently spoke against the use of the word, ordered that the sentence be removed from the programme and changed to “our world is Nigeria”.

“Naija” is obviously a Nigerianised form of Niger, from where Nigeria derived its name.

The word is popularly used by musicians, artistes, advert managers and corporate companies and it could be positive or negative, although it is being used more positively in recent times.

It is believed to be trendier and is used by the younger generation.

Do you think it is really a big deal calling Nigeria; 'Naija'?

Lagos - Lasgidi
Abuja - Abj
America - D States 
Nigeria - Naija

Monday, November 15, 2010

GT THE GUITARMAN LEAVES STORM RECORDS

Storm Records

Artist GT the Guitarman, after months of speculation and rumors that he was leaving Storm Records, has officially left Storm Records to form his label EMBER Entertainment.

GT The Guitar Man
“Leaving Storm Records is a natural result of an inner development. I signed a (three) 3 year deal with them in 2005, stayed on for an additional couple of years all the time I was growing within and trying to figure out how to take GT to the next level,” 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NIGERIA WINS AFRICAN WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIP (AWC) TITLE


Nigeria won the African Women's Championship title after beating Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in the final in South Africa on Sunday.

A late flurry of goals helped the Super Falcons to seal their sixth title.
The brave Guinean ladies were undone by two own-goals that robbed them of the chance of retaining the title.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS FREE AT LAST


Freedom at last!!!

The military authorities in Burma have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

She has appeared in front of a crowd of her supporters who rushed to her house in Rangoon when nearby barricades were removed by the security forces.

Aung San Suu Kyi born 19 June 1945, is a Burmese opposition politician and a former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. In the 1990 general election, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 80% (392 of 492) of the seats in Parliament, leading some to claim that this implies Suu Kyi was elected Prime Minister.She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She had remained under house arrest in Myanmar for almost 14 out of the past 20 years.

FACEBOOK FOR BLACKBERRY - UPDATE RELEASED

Today, I’m excited to announce the availability of the new Facebook for BlackBerry® smartphones V1.9. 

In v1.8, focus was on optimizing the speed and performance of the application; now in V.1.9 more facebook features have been added that BlackBerry smartphone fans have been asking for.

The main change was the addition of Places.

However, the latest update brings Facebook to version 1.9.0.20, once installed, you will have access to tons of new features which are all related to the new Places feature, but there are some other improvements which may be pretty popular too.

When you check your private messages in Facebook v1.9 you will now see a list of messages, instead of just the new ones, also there is a neat new feature which allows you to easily search for people and pages etc, finally the Friends and Pages screen has been overhauled.



What would you change about the Facebook for BlackBerry app?

Friday, November 12, 2010

ETISALAT BRINGS SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB TO NIGERIA

                              
Samsung along with Etisalat has announced its latest Android 2.2 tablet for Nigeria.  Galaxy Tab will be available in all Etisalat experience centres with a one year free bundled data, SMS and voice call.

The Galaxy Tab comes bundled with Etisalat SIM card, which offers 25 minutes of free voce calls, 25 free SMS and 250 megabyte free data access every month for 12 months, with automatic credit on the first day of the month. Subscribers will have the opportunity to top up their accounts and still make voice calls or send SMS after exhausting the monthly free bundle services. All unused freebies must be exhausted within the month in question as there will be no room to carry them over to the next month.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a new smart media device that allows users to enjoy PC-like web browsing, email-on-the-go, voice and SMS functionality, social network updates on-the-go, video calls and other smart device functionalities with an optimised user interface. The new product is a 7 inch device with android operating system 2.2, which combines all the functionalities of a personal computer and a mobile phone convenient form factor. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

WE WOKE UP AND NIGERIA WAS BROKE


By Eta Uso (Jr).

It is not unusual that we might wake up one day to find out that Nigeria is Broke. Yes Broke!!!

If things are not corrected, a day is coming when Nigeria as a nation would file for bankruptcy.

But lest we mix it up, yes Nigeria will be bankrupt but the reverse will be the case for a selected few.

Selected few? Who are these selected few? These selected few are the few insatiable wealth amassers. But who are they? The answer is simple, they are the political class. The political class of this nation has set our nation; Nigeria, on a fast lane to bankruptcy.

Nigeria is a nation currently known for setting bad precedents which history could never have envisaged.

It will be laughable, but it is a clear possibility in the Nigerian factor that this sovereign nation could go bankrupt while few individuals who swore under oath to uphold our honour and glory will be equating their individual wealth to that of nations.

A day could be coming where these individuals will become nations themselves. The signals are glaring. Today, we have fellow Nigerians who single handedly put a whole state under their foot and assume defacto rulers with total disregard to the citizenry.

Nigerians must arise. We cannot afford to sleep while few people soak up our resources, only to leave us (Nigeria) bankrupt and go out to setup new nations and empires in foreign lands. It is a pity but the signs are becoming clear on a daily basis.

Lest it was not said; but I say it here today, that a day is coming where this sovereign nation, our pride, our country; Nigeria, will go bankrupt and then with our eyes open, foreign nations will buy us up and we; I mean you and I, will become tenants on this very land.

A word is enough for the Wise!!!

Let us change our paths now we still can.

God Bless Nigeria.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A COUNTRY WE CALL NIGERIA


By Eta Uso (Jr).

Nigeria, what has become of you?

These days it is either strikes, bomb-blasts, kidnapping, slandering of political opponents, ingenious looting, begging for our rights, leadership nonchalance, think any vice – think Nigeria.

The political class is in a state of decay such as never seen since the world begun. The citizens are so impoverished and disenfranchised that they now beg for their rights rather than demand for it.

It is only in this same Nigeria, where senators get millions as constituency allowance, then come home to give few scholarships to an insignificant number of people, buy motorcycles and sewing machines to share to an insignificant few, then they go about sounding their trumpets that they have alleviated poverty in their constituencies.

It is only in Nigeria where political appointees are actually glorified sycophants who must abide to the rule of their masters or be exiled to the poverty-soaked way of life of the common Nigerian [a situation that a common Nigerian finds him/herself as caused by the same selfish masters that they call leaders].

It is only in Nigeria where failed leaders and clearly unpopular political office holders, come out to vie for offices and even go ahead to seek 2nd terms, 3rd terms and even more as may be allowed by the constitution. It is clear that it is only in Nigeria where our leaders seek re-election even when the land they swore an oath to govern and serve is ridden with strikes, anarchy, deprivation, unrest and all humanly thinkable vices.

It is only in Nigeria where leaders list as achievements and roll out drums to commission roads, bore-holes and streetlights of which are the basic amenities of any organised society.

It is unfortunate that we have a decayed Nigeria, a Nigeria where its citizens are fed little drops of their rights and they rejoice over it like it is a big favour. It is laughable that even the best pre-scientists could easily tell how the world would be even hundreds of years after their time but they could not even comprehend the level of absolute decay of the political class found in Nigeria today.

I pray for a great Nigeria, but we must follow up our prayers with actions.

We must alleviate poverty in the lands.

We must push for a Nigeria where a bright future is certain. Uncertainty fuels greed and sycophancy.

We must have a Nigeria where we demand for our rights and not beg for it.

We must have a Nigeria, where we have true leaders and not selfish masters.

We must have a Nigeria where our leaders feed stones to the sycophants to give way for enough room in their ear-canals to hear the wishes and requests of the people they swore under oath to serve.

Let us join hands together and move Nigeria forward.

God Bless Nigeria!!!

X-BOX ADD-ON GREAT FOR ALL AGES


The Kinect, Microsoft’s answer to the motion-sensing Nintendo Wii, will have you jumping for joy.

This add-on device for the Xbox 360 is destined to be the next big thing in gaming because it’s an absolute blast to play.

The Kinect, a foot-long black plastic box that sits atop your TV, holds a mix of cameras and sensors that track 48 different parts of your body, making you the controller.

It may owe a debt to the Wii, but the Kinect takes players to a whole new place.

You even control the interface by hand-swiping it across your body to choose a task and putting out your hand to pick up what you need to play a game.

The $150 device comes with “Kinect Adventures,” a title that has you dodging balls and obstacles, plugging leaks and, most fantastically, whitewater rafting using your body to turn and jump.

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NIGERIA UNIONS EASE STRIKE THREAT AFTER GOVT TALKS


* Unions say may call off strike on Wednesday

* Presidency says will work on new minimum wage

Nigeria's unions moderated their threat of a three-day strike after the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan late on Tuesday, saying they would still stage a stoppage but may call off the action later on Wednesday.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had threatened a three-day warning strike from Wednesday followed by an indefinite stoppage to press demands for an increase to the monthly minimum wage.

Jonathan cut short a visit to the commercial hub Lagos on Tuesday to lead emergency talks late into the evening in a bid to persuade the unions to drop their threat.

"We have heard the message of Mr President ... We will meet tomorrow by 3 pm (1400 GMT) and we will announce the outcome of our meeting, whether or not to call off the strike," acting NLC president Promise Adewusi told reporters after the meeting.

*Reuters

Saturday, November 6, 2010

17 TRAITS OF BILLIONAIRES

1. Billionaires start small

Billionaires were not born to be billionaires. They were born like every other human but they desired to be exceptional. Sometimes, most people believe that billionaires such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg emerged overnight to become billionaires. That’s definitely not true.

2. They think Big

"I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute." – Warren Buffett

3. Billionaires take calculated risk

"To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks." – Bill Gates

4. They are competitive

"You don't have to be the biggest to beat the biggest." – Henry Ross Perot

5. They are focused

"The wise man put all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket." – Andrew Carnegie

6. They are driven by passion

"Passion is what drives me forward. Passion is what makes me go to bed at 2am and wake up at 6am.” – Aliko Dangote; the richest black man in the world

7. They are goal getters

"A good goal is like a strenuous exercise, it makes you stretch." – Mary Kay Ash

8. They thrive on criticism

"Never be ashamed! There's some who will hold it against you, but they are not worth bothering with." – J. K. Rowling

9. They have strong self imposed standards

"I am stingy and I'm proud of the reputation." – Ingvar Kamprad

10. They use debt to their advantage

"Be careful when you take on debt. If you take on debt personally, make sure it is small. If you take on large debt, make sure someone else is paying for it." – Rich Dad

11. They are opportunists

"Buy when everyone else is selling and hold when everyone else is buying. This is not merely a catchy slogan. It is the very essence of successful investments." – J. Paul Getty

12. They use money as a means to keep score

"I don't make deals for the money. I've got enough much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it." – Donald Trump

13.They thrive on pressure and uncertainty

"You must not only learn to live with tension, you must seek it out. You must learn to thrive on stress." – J. Paul Getty

14. They learn quickly from mistakes

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It's best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations." – Steve Jobs

15. They are committed

"I'm not afraid of turning 80 and I have lots of things to do. I don't have time for dying." – Ingvar Kamprad

16. They are persistent

"Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure." – Donald Trump

17. They believe in themselves

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember you can achieve." – Mary Kay Ash

*Courtsey: Strategic Business Team

NOLLYWOOD AND GOLLYWOOD TO SIGN PEACE DEAL

Peace is finally on the way between Gollywood (Ghana) and Nollywood (Nigeria) as both parties have agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on what to charge when movies are done in both countries.

There has been a simmering face-off between movie makers of both countries ever since Gollywood introduced a $1,000 fee from foreign movie makers, especially those from Nollywood, in a bid to reduce the extent to which foreign movies had taken over the Ghanaian market.

Nigeria responded with a hefty amount for their counterparts in Ghana – an amount Ghanaian actor John Dumelo allegedly refused to pay when he was acting in Nigeria and was reportedly arrested.

Meanwhile, plans for a final decisive meeting either in Lagos or Accra has been confirmed.

“We are brothers and we will forever remain brothers. It is a free enterprise; we just need to sort a few things out.” Arinze (Actors Guild of Nigeria President) was quoted as saying.

Friday, November 5, 2010

FOUNDATION X HAS OFFERED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT £5BILLION


A mysterious organisation called Foundation X has offered the British Government £5billion and wants nothing in return, according to a Tory peer; Lord James of Blackheath.

Speaking in the Lords, 72-year-old James said the British government would receive an immediate £5bn and a total of £17bn by Christmas if Foundation X were contacted by someone equal to head of state status or someone with an international security rating equal to the top six people in the world.

There will be no interest charge and if the Government would like it as well, it will put up money for funding hospitals, schools and the building of Crossrail, he said. These things can be done but a senior member of the Government has to accept the invitation to a phone call to the chairman of Foundation x.

Ending his 15-minute address on Monday, Lord James remarked: This is too big an issue. I am just an ageing, obsessive old peer and I am easily dispensable, but getting to the truth is not. We need to know what really is happening here. We must find out the truth of this situation.

Former city boss Lord James yesterday seemed aware that his bizarre remarks and the supposed organisation's name smacked of a sinister group from the James Bond franchise attempting a poorly veiled blackmail scheme. This is totally different to a Nigerian email scheme, he insisted. They don't want anything in return - no access to confidential information or bank accounts.

No one would forgive us if we missed an opportunity like this. 

I wonder why they feel all dubious schemes are from Nigeria!!!


DISGUISED MAN BOARDS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT



An asian man boards a Vancouver bound flight disguised as an elderly caucasian man.

Could this be the new route in identity theft?

MAMA 2010


Where will you be on the 11th of December 2010?

NOKIA LAUNCHES OVI LIFE TOOLS SERVICE IN NIGERIA


Nokia extends its Ovi Life Tools service to Africa, following successful launches in India, Indonesia and China. The subscription service provides users with health, agriculture, education and entertainment information and is designed to help improve users’ quality of life and prosperity.

The healthcare service include information and advice on mother & childcare, health, fitness and diseases. Users can tailor the service to their needs by entering their sex, age and other relevant details. The agriculture service allows subscribers to specify the crops or commodities they are interested in, their location and the preferred language for messages. English learning can be provided in Easy, Medium and Difficult levels, according to the user’s proficiency. The entertainment services includes local and international football information (personalised around the subscriber’s favourite team), music, entertainment news and jokes. The service will be available in English, Pidgin and Hausa.

In Nigeria the service will be offered through two of the country’s largest operators, Zain/Airtel and Glo Mobile, at the affordable price of NGN250 per month for the Agriculture service and NGN200 per month for all the other subscriptions. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

10,000 PIRATED DVDS OF NOLLYWOOD NIGERIAN MOVIES SEIZED IN BROOKLYN


More than 10,000 pirated DVDs of popular Nigerian movies have been seized this week after complaints from "Nollywood" film  execs about rampant piracy in Brooklyn.

SIASIA IN CHARGE OF SUPER EAGLES


Samson Siasia has been named the new coach of Nigeria by the NIgeria Football Federation in Abuja on Thursday evening.

The 43 year-old tactician is expected to begin his job on December 1. Siasia was favoured over former team mate Stephen Keshi, with the two former Super Eagles players put under the microscope to find the best possible candidate to take over at a difficult time for the side.

Nigeria have struggled lately in competitions and qualifying for the African Cup of Nations tournaments and the World Cup in 2010, where they did not progress past the group stage.

Siasia has been successful with the country's U20 and U23 sides winning silver medals at the World Youth Championships and the Beijing Olympics.

TWO AIRLINES GROUND A380S AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING


Qantas and Singapore Airlines both grounded their fleet of A380s and British engine maker Rolls-Royce issued a statement urging operators of the aircraft to perform safety checks on its Trent 900 engine.

NIGERIA: COMPANIES MISS DEADLINE FOR NITEL SALE

A consortium has missed a deadline for a $750 million down payment to purchase Nigeria's struggling state-run telephone company (NITEL).

Usman Gumi -- the managing director of the Nigerian company GiCell and a member of the New Generation Telecommunications Consortium asked for an additional 30 days to put up the money.

The consortium had bid $2.5 billion to buy the failing Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd., known locally as Nitel.

Nitel, in principle, provides landline telephone service in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with 150 million residents. However, the state company's telephones now rarely work.

Attempts to privatize Nitel have failed in the past.