Month: January 2014

Crude oil theft in Nigeria

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Nigeria, the only Nation on earth where civilian vessels enter into the country at will, illegally lift crude oil with spirits and sail back out. In other words, we can be invaded at will by any nation, as we cannot protect our territory or natural resources. The Govt then comes out screaming about crude oil theft. Gross misconduct is the closest way to describe this corruption, masked as incompetence. All empty vessels, head to Nigeria for free crude oil but note that you will need to grease many palms with things other than oil. We had blood diamonds in West Africa, where Diamonds were exchanged for arms and now in Nigeria, we have blood crude oil, polluting the creeks. The shame of a nation and we wonder why the leaders (real and self appointed), lack common sense. Money and power over everything else…..Naija for you.

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Papy K (myself) and Sheyi Olagunju

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A remix of the Edo Messenger. Enjoy……

Kevin Idehen talking about reversing Nigeria’s brain drain

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Here comes the great Nigerian Diaspora.

Racism against Africans in India, the shame of a nation

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Imagine walking down a street while children pelt you with stones. Also imagine, being a 12-year-old who no one is willing to play with or someone who is regularly bullied at school. Think of what it is like to walk down a street where small boys spit on you, often egged on by their parents. 

Racial prejudice against people of African descent has grown manifold over the last five years, with hundreds of people of African descent staying at Malyiya Nagar’s Khirki Extension, Hauz Rani and Khirki Village going through a nightmarish experience daily, for the last several years.

When HT visited Khirki Extension, a number of such residents came out with their horror tales of being stoned, beaten and even molested outside their houses.

 
 

 

“My experience of living in this neighbourhood is not very fond. There is just too much prejudice. I have had people throwing stones at me for no reason whatsoever. Small kids have spat on me for no reasons. I don’t claim that none of the Africans who live here are drug addicts, but if they are doing something wrong, arrest them in a proper manner. Don’t accuse all of us of being drug addicts and peddlers. I don’t get jobs because of my skin colour. There is a lot of segregation and discrimination,” said Jason, who is from Nigeria and has been living in the area for the last three years.        

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The experiences women have to go through is much worse.

“It is common for men in the area to sexually harass us on the streets and pass lewd comments. Incidents of stoning are very common. In the past, men have tried to enter our rooms late in the night,” said a Nigerian woman, who did not want to be named.

Other women recount the horror they experienced on Thursday.

“I was in my room when I saw a hoard of men entering the gate and rushing towards our room. I locked my door but they forced us to open it. The men came in and started to ask for our passports. They then opened our cupboards to ‘search’ for drugs. By this time, the cops reached the spot and shooed them away,” said Irene, who exports goods from India to various African countries.

The men and women, in fact, say that the police have been instrumental in ensuring that the local residents don’t harass them.

“They have always helped us whenever we have complained,” Irene added.

Read: I feel violated, says Nigerian envoy

Aastha Chauhan, an artist who has been working with people of various nationalities in Khirki Extension for the past 10 years, said that she had written to the police commissioner before the elections saying that racial prejudice is rampant in the area and the police needed to take serious action.

Source: Hindustan Times

Jay Zay and Beyonce, to perform at the Grammies

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Beyoncé and Jay Z will be performing at the Grammys!

After a bit of speculation, the superstar couple’s upcoming appearance was confirmed Sunday night in a commercial that aired on CBS, which listed the duo as performers for the ceremony.

Reps for the awards show have yet to announce whether the “Drunk in Love” pair will perform together onstage or what they’ll perform, but the two music stars will joins the likes of Taylor Swift LordeKaty PerryDaft PunkKendrick Lamar and many other artists who will hit the stage at the Grammys Jan. 26.

Beyoncé’s performance will mark her first televised performance since the release of her platinum-selling, self-titled fifth album last month.

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Meanwhile, Jay Z will head to the show with a whopping nine nominations—the most of any artist this year—for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, among many other nods.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Beyoncé was just one of the artists expected to be a surprise performer at the show.

Madonna is reportedly expected to pop up during the Grammys in the midst of a performance from one of the night’s nominees.

News of the Beyoncé-Jay Z Grammy announcement comes just days after the “Flawless” singer rocked the house at Michelle Obama‘s 50th birthday celebration.

The 32-year-old singer dazzled in a Randi Rahm sequined gold mini-dress as she performed at the event, along with John Legend, who also sang for the birthday girl.

Source: Eonline

Snoop Lion Calls Himself the “Susan Lucci” of the Grammys, Shows Off His Weed-Inspired Manicure

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Apparently, Snoop Lion is the “Susan Lucci” of the Grammys.

That, is, according to the “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” rapper himself.

Considering Snoop has racked up a total of 13 Grammy nominations and has never won one though…he might just have a point.

“Crown me Susan Lucci. Give me my award! Before I go Kanye West on ya’ll and just take the (expletive deleted) thing!, ” he said jokingly in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

Lucci was nominated a whopping 19 times before she won the Daytime Emmy in 1999, so perhaps this is the hip hopper’s year?

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Snoop Dogg, who changed his name to Snoop Lion in July 2012, is nominated for a Grammy for best reggae album for his latest project, Reincarnated.

Snoop collaborated with the likes of Akon, Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus on the album, teaming up with Cyrus for the pop-reggae song “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks.”

“It was beautiful,” Snoop told E! News exclusively about the “Wrecking Ball” crooner. “I was working on my reggae album [Reincarnated] and I needed a special vocalist to come through and assist me on a song and she was willing, ready and able and came and did her part. We shot a video and it’s history from there.”

In addition to his passion for music, it looks like Snoop has a thing for nail art as well, with the 42-year-old artist showing off his weed-inspired manicure on Instagram during Grammy week.

“Fresh nails!! Hahahahahahah,” Snoop captioned the photo, which showed his nails painted and adorned with a weed symbol, “puff puff” and “pass.”

Source: Eonline

The Central African Republic’s first female President

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After years of crisis and political violence, the Republic of Central Africa began the first phase of its transition to democratic civilian governance by electing Catherine Samba-Panza to act as an interim President. A study of the political history of the country showed that Samba-Panza is the first female to become the president of the country.

 Who is Catherine Samba-Panza?

 Catherine Samba-PanzaThe 59-year-old former Bangui mayor was born on June 26, 1954 in Fort Lamy, Chad to a Cameroonian father while her mother was from CAR.

She studied law in France where two of her three children still live. Before getting into politics, she worked as a corporate lawyer. She was also active in a women’s rights organisation.

Ms. Samba-Panza succeeds CAR’s first Muslim leader Michel Djotodia, who resigned on January 10 after being put under pressure by regional leaders and the former colonial power, France, over his failure to curb the conflict.

She is a Christian but the successful businesswoman is seen as politically neutral. Samba-Panza was the Chairwoman of the National Dialogue in 2003 which was established to address conflict in the region.

She was appointed mayor of Bangui by the National Transitional Council during the 2012 -2013 conflict.

Her appointment was accepted by both sides in the conflict as she was viewed as politically neutral.

How she emerged
She emerged after the former president, François Bozize, was pressurised to step down by the international community amid violent clashes between Muslim and Christian groups.

She was elected as the top candidate amongst seven contenders in a vote by the transitional parliament on Monday. Samba-Panza won 75 votes in the run-off, against 53 for Mr. Kolingba, the son of a former president.

The election went to a second round after Ms. Samba-Panza failed to secure an outright majority in the first round. Six other candidates were knocked out in the first round. Among them were two women and two sons of former presidents.

They all had to meet the stringent requirements set by the National Transitional Council. All those who had held political offices under previous interim president, Michel Djotodia, as well as all party leaders and active members of the military were not allowed to run for the presidency. Also among those excluded from the top job were members of militia groups.

About 129 members of the 135-seat council took part in the secret ballot, AFP reports. (101)