Sunday, September 30, 2012

3 of 10 Nigerian Men Are Not The Fathers of Their Kids-DNA Expert


There is a shocking disclosure that Nigerian women have cheated and lied to their husbands on the paternity of their kids, because a DNA expert has dropped the bombshell that three of ten Nigerian men are not the real fathers of the kids their wives gave them!


A survey conducted by condom manufacturer, Durex, in which 29,000 people in 36 countries were interviewed has ranked Nigerian women as the most unfaithful in the world.

The following report will shock many Nigerian men who are the ignorant victims of unfaithful wives and girlfriends.

We have seen that there is serious need for it because in many homes things are happening that are scary both to the lives of children and their parents. And for the general statistics that is now available, it is found that three out of every ten men are not the fathers of their babies. Similarly, three out of every ten children are not fathered by men they have seen as their biological fathers. What we have found out is that, anytime we take ten men, at least three of them eventually found that they are not the fathers of the children they call their own. And these men would have taken care of the children for all their lives.

Now, the global statistics is 100, 000 out of every 300, 000 men. But what we have found that is that the situation is higher in Nigeria than other places. For example in our laboratory here, 50 per cent of the cases comes out negative. And we also realised that majority of the first-borns are affected. You only need to be here to see big men cry like little kids and watch children weep in agony. It has been that bad. And I dare say it is becoming something every home must do and you may be quite surprised at the level of dastard revelation.

About thirty per cent of fathers are unknowingly bringing up children who are not biologically theirs. And it is suspected that this percentage may be on the increase due to intimate recklessness. According to recent trends in intimate health, especially in Nigeria, it was suggested that unprotected sex and multiple partners are comparatively common occurrences with a large proportion of conceptions still unplanned. So, more than half, that is, 50 per cent of all paternity tests carried out by our lab comes out negative and the most affected are first-borns, except in a few cases.



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Fidelis Duker Versus Nigerian Film Corporation

Fidelis Duker

Regulator versus operator: A ‘no support’ claim that splits moviedom

~ By Shaibu Husseini

AN interview that the founder and festival director of the yearly Abuja International Film Festival Fidelis Duker granted The Guardian and was published penultimate Sunday has generated a rejoinder from the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC).


Duker had, in the interview published in the moviedom section, alleged that the Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) has held in the last nine years without any form of institutional support from any government agency including the NFC.

Asked by the reporter on why he should make such a claim since the reporter was aware that every year these agencies are listed as institutional supporters of the festival which berthed in 2004 and has held in Abuja since then, Duker charged out and reiterated that there has not been any form of support from the NFC and indeed other government agencies responsible to the film industry.

Duker had said in that interview: “Don’t be deceived by the names of supporters on our event brochure. I repeat with emphasis that there is no form of institutional support from any government agencies. The NFC, as constituted, to say the least, is bent on destroying the motion picture industry and I make bold to say it. I even have the feeling that it is because of the Zuma Film Festival, which it organizers and which I do not even see as a competitor.

“NFC is out to kill all other film festivals, as it’s only a few film festivals such as AIFF that are still surviving and it is rather unfortunate. The present management whose function is developmental has unfortunately not been performing its statutory function, which is sad. Nollywood today is at its lowest ebb, but NFC would not revamp it, rather it is wasting millions of tax payers money in attending film festivals abroad with empty stand; no films to show, not even in the market or short film corner.”

It is these remarks by Duker that infuriated officials of the NFC. The NFC in a rejoinder signed by the Head of Public Affiars, Brian Etuk dismissed Duker’s claims as mere ‘ranting’. Etuk said it was ironical that the same Duker who in an email to the NFC dated September 19, 2012 and signed by Temitope Duker commended the NFC for its previous contributions and support to the growth of the Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) would turn around and accuse the NFC of not supporting the festival and for trying to kill other film festivals.

The letter by the AIFF, which Etuk referenced in the rejoinder, reads: “I refer to your mail on the above subject (Re: Report on Support and Assistance 2008) dated 12th December, 2008 and received in our office on 8th January, 2009. I will start by expressing our appreciation to the corporation and its Managing Director since we started the Abuja International Film Festival in 2004 who have consistently supported the festival in the past (sic) five (5) years.

“It is also important to mention that the Abuja International Film Festival is arguably the first independent film festival in Nigeria apart from the government owned National Film Festival which became Zuma Film Festival.” signed Temitope Duker, Festival Coordinator, for Abuja International Film Festival, and dated 9th January 2009’

However the rejoinder by the NFC reads in part: “As mentioned earlier, we have in the past hosted NFC initiatives, a good example was the 2011 Babylon workshop which was held during the 8th AIFF at the Silverbird Cinemas in September 2011. The letter from his wife, Temitope Duker, Festival Coordinator, Abuja International Film Festival, dated 9th January 2009, and cited above; and his own e-mail quoted above disprove Fidelis Duker’s blatant lies, conscious denials, libel and deliberate misinformation.

“The NFC has cross-checked her records and we wish to place on record the corporation’s financial support/assistance to the organizers of AIFF as follows: 2011 (N250,000); 2010 (N100,000); 2009 (N100,000); 2008 (N500,000); 2007 (N400,000). NFC’s acknowledgement and logo published in the festival brochures and publicity materials of AIFF are obviously well earned. Do not be deceived!

“Apart from financial support, the corporation has also through its programme, the NFC/EU Babylon International workshop held in 2010 and 2011 in Abuja, led a delegation of her foreign partners (Scenario Films, UK, and Scripthouse, Germany), international resource persons and participants from Europe and Africa to the AIFF 2010 and 2011 editions, thereby providing AIFF institutional government support, and content.

“The Managing Director of NFC, Afolabi Adesanya, had always obliged AIFF goodwill messages (published in AIFF’s brochures) and honoured AIFF’s invitations (and non-invitations!), including participating in panel discussions. Photographs of his participation in AIFF’s programmes published in its festival brochures were definitely not photo-shopped. Do not be deceived.

“The 1992 maiden edition of the National Film Festival (which, indeed, became Zuma Film Festival) marked a milestone in NFC’s efforts to promote and develop the Nigerian motion picture using the film festival platform through her own film festival, and international film festivals. At our booths/pavilions, we screen trailers of Nigerian movies (including those of Nigerians in the Diaspora), and other nationalities; we host workshops and seminars. As the pioneer film festival organiser in Nigeria, we are certainly not the competitors. We are the leader.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we make bold to say it is not the job of the NFC to enter films she did not produce, or independent films (shorts, documentaries and features) in film festivals. That is the sole responsibility of the producer/production company.

“The second edition of the annual Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!!, a film festival aimed at stimulating discourse on issues and experiences that are rooted in the African experience, will run from September 28 to Monday, October 1, 2012, in Lagos. The opening date coincides with the closing date of AIFF. Is this another NFC strategy to, “kill all other film festivals”? in existence alongside AIFF, are independent film festivals/markets such as BOB-TV, LIFF, AMAA, FIAF, GOFEST, iRep, etc. The list is still growing. Do not be deceived!

“Further to her mandate to develop, and build human resource capacity for the Nigerian motion picture industry, NFC, in 1995, established the National Film Institute (NFI), the first of its kind in Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2011, the present management secured National Universities Commission (NUC) approval for her BFA degree programme in affiliation with UniJos; and NBTE approval for her National Diploma programme (vocational skills acquisition). NFI remains the only tertiary institution that offers training and capacity building at both levels. For the retraining of professionals on the job, the present management in 2005 introduced SHOOT!, which has boosted the careers of many professionals in both private and public employment. In partnership with the Katsina State government, NFC/NFI, have, in the past three years, been training and building capacity in the Katsina State Skill and Vocational Village’.

“NFC, in tandem with her local and international partners, such SMEDAN, NEXIM, FIRS, The Quartet (NBC, NFVCB, NCC and NFC), federal government agencies, state governments, the private sector, Scenario Films, Scripthouse, embassies, et al, will continue to provide all necessary support for the holistic growth of the Nigerian movie industry. That is our firm commitment. We remain resolved. Our enviable track record speak for itself.’

But reacting to the rejoinder, Duker explained that the monies the NFC is claiming it has spent on supporting the AIFF was for “services rendered the NFC during the festival” and not as “support for the AIFF” which Duker still insists has never come from the Afolabi led NFC for the 9 year old festival. Duker in a telephone chat clarified that the “commendation email the NFC has been citing as endorsement of their support was a generic email the AIFF sent round to even industry practitioners as a way of luring them to support and or notifying them of this edition of the festival.”

He added: “there is nothing so special about that letter. I even sent a copy to you (Shaibu Husseini) via email and it is the same wordings, what we do is to change the address and initial compliments and so there is nothing ironical about it. I challenge the MD of NFC (Afolabi Adesanya) to provide proof of support and I promise to call a press conference to disgrace and embarrass him and the entire NFC. In fact, I am going to scan several emails to you and letters confirming their inability to support the festival in the last four years.”

Duker, one time President of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria reiterated repeatedly that the AIFF has never received any institutional support from the NFC. He said: “I repeat that they have never supported the AIFF rather what they have done which they are shamelessly calling support is to pay for and negotiate as if we are selling rice and beans, the cost of placing adverts and getting space for making the presence of the NFC felt at the festival.

“When he pays 17000 Euros for the Cannes exhibition booth and advertises the NFC in the Cannes programme, is he supporting them? The NFC, I maintain has never supported AIFF and I have letters and emails to that effect. Go and ask organisers of other festivals and awards. I know of case of 150,000 that caused a quarrel between them and an award organiser and the award organiser returned the money to them. In fact, the MD actually sent an email to all film festivals that government would not support them again! Should that be coming from a developmental agency like the NFC? May be this is the time to expose all the ills going on there and I am ready for them.”

Reminded that the NFC claimed it paid the sum of N250, 000 in 2011; and paid N100,000 in 2010; and had doled out N400,000, N500,000, and N100,000 between 2007 and 2009, Duker chuckled and said: “These NFC officials are funny. Imagine that an exhibition booth is N150k and you appeal to pay 100k to exhibit and promote your agency, is that the kind of support they should be celebrating as institutional support?

“Look, the last time they came to the festival and exhibited was over four years ago and last year at the festival, we offered them the Hall free to organise their Babylon event and they did cocktail for their over 100 guests and participants with the 250k they are calling support. Look! I repeat again, again, and again that they have never supported AIFF in the manner that government should support a structure of development of the industry like a film festival. Go round and ask other event organizers in Nollywood. It’s not about tabulating figures of services we rendered like their having to spend the same N250,000 they are calling support for cocktail for their guests during the Babylon event which was held as part of our festival.

“Let them show their proof and I will call a press conference to show ours. The last time they came as NFC to AIFF was in 2008. It was the same year that they wrote us and other practitioners that they would never support any industry event again. I have the letters.”

Duker threatened to mobilise other stakeholders for a press conference after the Abuja International Film festival which ends today, “so that we can state the true position of things as it concerns our relationship with the NFC.”









All Glory, Honour and Power Belong To The Infinite God of the Whole Universe




The INFINITE RULER OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.
MY GODFATHER.
MY FIRST LOVE AND MY LAST LOVE.
THE GOD OF MY EVERYTHING.

The other ones come in tongues only HIM can understand in our holy communion.


Heavenly lord your name is wonderful

Your name is excellent

Your name is beautiful

We worship you for you are mighty

You’ve got the whole world in your hand


You ‘ve got the whole world

In your hand

You ‘ve got the whole world

In your hand

You ‘ve got the whole world

In your hand

You ‘ve got the whole world

In your hand.

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Dreams and Visions in the Muslim. World





"The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C. S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in his creation. Using his characteristic lucidity and wit to develop his argument, Lewis challenges the rationalists, agnostics, and deists on their own grounds and makes out an impressive case for the irrationality of their assumptions.

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.













Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Casual Vacancy By J.K. Rowling




When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.



J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry’s schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Scholastic Bloomsbury Children’s Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children’s High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.










Habitat for Humanity To Commemorate World Habitat Day on Oct. 1



Supporters asked to sign pledge to help eliminate poverty housing.

ATLANTA (Sept. 27, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — In observance of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity is hosting hundreds of global events to take action and help raise awareness about the issue of poverty housing in communities and the need for decent housing around the world. World Habitat Day, marked this year on Oct. 1, is designated by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right to adequate shelter of all people.

LEOGANE, HAITI -- Homepartners sing songs to show appreciation for the volunteers of the 2011 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. --- (c)Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker

This year, Habitat for Humanity is urging supporters to go online and sign the “Pledge to End Poverty Housing.” This virtual petition calls on key decision-makers to commit to recognizing the role of housing in communities, making affordable, adequate housing a priority and changing the systems and policies that lead to poverty housing.

“With so many families struggling to find a decent place to call home, World Habitat Day helps to raise awareness on how inadequate shelter impacts entire communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Ending substandard housing will require the public, private and social sectors to work together so that everyone benefits. Uniting around improved housing for all can help us to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

Habitat for Humanity’s theme for World Habitat Day 2012, “Many Homes, One Community,” highlights the vital role that decent and affordable housing plays in community stabilization and development.
Throughout October and November, Habitat for Humanity and affiliated organizations from around the world will host hundreds of events in honor of World Habitat Day— from builds and flash mobs to parades, contests, housing forums and everything in between — to draw attention to the need for safe, decent, affordable shelter for all. Habitat for Humanity’s two-month observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter and the pivotal role of housing in community development will culminate with Habitat’s flagship annual event, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 29th annual Carter Work Project returns to Haiti as part of its two-year effort to strengthen and support Habitat’s work there.

The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. On the first Monday in October each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations raise their collective voice, take action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and engage partners in solutions.

The International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat, will be observed on the last Sunday in September, as a prelude to World Habitat Day. The Day of Prayer seeks to engage the entire faith community in a dedicated time of prayer and reflection for those in need of shelter.
Some of the events hosted by Habitat for Humanity include:
  • Bogota, Colombia — Habitat for Humanity International was among the organizers of the Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean, a multi-sectoral event focused on defining practical and innovative solutions for ensuring access to adequate housing in sustainable and inclusive cities, on Sept. 25-28.
  • Reading, Pa. — Students in local school districts will be allowed to donate $1 to wear a hat to school on Oct. 1 for "Hats On for Habitat" Day, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Berks County.
  • Charlottesville, Va. — Habitat’s Youth United program is hosting a Lego Build at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Students from local schools will receive a handful of Legos to build models of Habitat houses from around the world.
  • La Verne, Calif. — Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity will be partnering with student groups to raise awareness about families who live in informal settlements. Participants will build cardboard shelters that they will sleep in.
  • Warsaw, Poland — Habitat for Humanity Poland will present a photo exhibition in a Warsaw metro station depicting the realities of poverty housing.
  • Dickinson, Texas — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard will partner with Bay Area-Houston Habitat for Humanity to frame a new home Oct. 3-4 in honor of World Habitat Day.
  • Philadelphia — A “flash mob” of Habitat volunteers will descend on Center City Philadelphia to frame a house. Passersby will be invited to sign the newly framed walls in a show of support for Habitat.
For a full list of World Habitat Day events or to sign the “Pledge to End Poverty Housing,” please visit www.habitat.org/whd/2012.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Drivers Urged to Address Faults in Challenging Weather Conditions


Drivers Urged to Address Faults in Challenging Weather Conditions

LONDON, September 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The adverse weather conditions of the last few days have given motorists up and down the country something of a warning in terms of what to expect on the roads in the coming months. Bad weather conditions necessarily mean more challenging experiences for drivers regardless of the nature of journeys and the times they are undertaken.

Maintaining safety during testing weather conditions is something all motorists are keen to encourage, which is why industry experts are suggesting drivers look into their cars' capabilities and shortcomings in good time this year. If there is more bad weather on the way, then it is important that all the cars on the road in top condition so motorists remain in complete control on journeys of all kinds.

The team at Car Parts retailer Car Parts 4 Less recommends that all motorists use their experiences on the road over the last couple of days to determine whether their cars have what it takes to deal with testing climates in the coming days and weeks. Tricky situations on the road often draw motorists' attention to certain flaws that they are wise to look into more thoroughly.

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British Billionaires Work for their Billions, but Nigerians Steal their Own

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria is from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) controlled by the past leaders indicted for corrupt practices in government.
Nigeria has lost more than $300bn to corrupt leaders since independence according to the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) inaugurated on September 29th, 2000 by the Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.

Letter to Nigerian Parents
~ By Prof. Tunde
First published on Dec 14th, 11 06:21 pm.


Friends,
Let me add the benefit of my time as a student and then resident in the UK - and I live in Lagos now. The first thing that I discovered about UK-born, white, English undergraduates was that all of them did holiday or weekend job to support themselves - including the children of millionaires amongst them. It is the norm over there - regardless how wealthy their parents are. And I soon discovered that virtually all other foreign students did the same - the exception being those of us status-conscious Nigerians.

I also watched Richard Branson (owner of Virgin Airline) speaking on the Biography Channel and, to my amazement; he said that his young children travel in the economy class -even when the parents (he and his wife) are in upper class. Richard Branson is a billionaire in Pound Sterling. A quick survey would show you that only children from Nigeria fly business or upper class to commence their studies in the UK . No other foreign students do this. There is no aircraft attached to the office of the prime minister in the UK - he travels on BA. And the same goes for the Royals. The Queen does not have an aircraft for her exclusive use.

These practices simply become the culture which the next generation carries forward. Have you seen the car that Kate Middleton the lass married to Prince William drives? VW Golf or something close to it. But there's one core difference in them and us (generally speaking). They - the billionaires among them work for their money, we steal ours!

If we want our children to bring about the desired change we have been praying for on behalf of our dear country, then please, please let's begin now and teach them to work hard so that they can stand alone and most importantly be content, and not have to "steal". This seems to be the norm these days.

"30 is the new 18", which seems to be the new age for testing out the world in Nigeria now. That seems to be an unspoken but widely accepted mindset among the last 2 generations of parents in Nigeria .

At age 18 years, a typical young adult in the UK leaves the clutches of his/her parents for the University, chances are, that's the last time those parents will ever play "landlord" to their son or daughter except of course the occasional home visits during the academic year.

At 21 years and above or below, the now fully grown and independent minded adult graduates from University, searches for employment, gets a job and shares a flat with other young people on a journey into becoming fully fledged adults.

I can hear the echo of parents saying, well, that is because the UK economy is thriving, safe, well structured and jobs are everywhere? I beg to differ and I ask that you kindly hear me out. I am UK trained Recruitment Consultant and I have been practicing for the past 10 years in Nigeria . I have a broad range of experience from recruiting graduates to executive director level of large corporations. In addition, I talk from the point of view of someone with relatively privileged upbringing.

Driven to school every day, had my clothes washed for me, was barred from taking any part-time job during my A-levels so that I could concentrate on studying for my exams?! BUT, I got the opportunity to live apart from my parents from age 18 and the only time I came back home to stay was for 3 months before I got married!

Am I saying that every parent should wash their hands off their children at age 18? No, not at all, of course, I enjoyed the savings that I made from living on and off at my parent's house in London - indeed that is the primary reason for my being able to buy myself a 3 bedroom flat in London at age 25 with absolutely no direct financial help from my parents!

For me, pocket money stopped at age 22, not that it was ever enough for my lifestyle to compete with Paris Hilton's or Victoria Beckham's. Meanwhile today, we have Nigerian children who have never worked for 5 minutes in their lives insisting on flying "only" first or business class, carrying the latest Louis Vuitton ensemble, Victoria 's Secret underwear and wearing Jimmy Choo's, fully paid for by their "loving" parents.

I often get calls from anxious parents, my son graduated 2 years ago and is still looking for a job, can you please assist! Oh really! So where exactly this “child” is my usual question. Why are you the one making this call dad/mum?

I am yet to get a satisfactory answer, but between you and me, chances are that big boy is cruising around Lagos with a babe dressed to the nines, in his dad's spanking new SUV with enough "pocket money" to put your salary to shame. It is not at all strange to have a 28 year old who has NEVER worked for a day in his or her life in Nigeria but "earns" a six figure "salary" from parents for doing absolutely nothing.
I see them in my office once in a while, 26 years old with absolutely no skills to sell, apart from a shiny CV, written by his dad's secretary in the office. Of course, he has a driver at his beck and call and he is driven to the job interview. We have a fairly decent conversation and we get to the inevitable question - so, what salary are you looking to earn? Answer comes straight out - N250,000.00. I ask if that is per month or per annum.

Of course it is per month. Oh, why do you think you should be earning that much on your first job? Well, because my current pocket money is N200,000.00 and I feel that an employer should be able to pay me more than my parents. I try very hard to compose myself, over parenting is in my opinion the greatest evil handicapping the Nigerian youth. It is at the root of our national malaise.

We have a youth population of tens of millions of who are being "breastfed and diapered" well into their 30s. Even though the examples I have given above are from parents of considerable affluence, similar patterns can be observed from Abeokuta to Adamawa! Wake up mum! Wake up dad! You practically love your children to death! No wonder corruption continues to thrive. We have a society of young people who have been brought up to expect something for nothing, as if it were a birth right.

I want to encourage you to send your young men and women (anyone over 20 can hardly be called a child!) out into the world, maybe even consider reducing or stopping the pocket money to encourage them to think, explore and strive. Let them know that it is possible for them to succeed without your "help".

Take a moment to think back to your own time as a young man/woman, what if someone had kept spoon feeding you, would you be where you are today? No tree grows well under another tree, children that are not exposed to challenges, don't cook well. That is why you see adults complaining, "my parents didn't buy clothes for me this Christmas", ask him/her how old are you? 30 years +. Because of the challenges we faced in our youth, we are where and what we are today. This syndrome-my children will not suffer what I suffered is destroying our tomorrow.

Deliberately, reduce their allowance or mum-don't cook on Saturday till late afternoon or evening-do as occasion deserve.

I learnt the children of a former Nigerian head of state with all the stolen (billions) monies in their custody, still go about with security escort as wrecks. They are on drugs, several times because of the drug, they collapse in public places. The escort will quickly pack them and off they go, what a life! No one wants to marry them. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.- Henry Ford. Hard work does not kill; everything in Nigeria is going down, including family settings. It is time to cook our children, preparing them for tomorrow. We are approaching the season in Nigeria where only the RUGGED, will survive. How will your ward fare?

If the present generation of Nigerian pilots retires, will you fly a plane flown by a young Nigerian pilot, If trained in Nigeria ? People now have first class, who cannot spell GRADUATE or read an article without bomb blast! Which Way Nigeria ?, Which Way Nigerians!! Is this how we will ALL sit and watch this country SINK....








American Muslims Arabic Appeal on 'Innocence of Muslims'



(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/27/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a second video appeal in Arabic to those protesting an anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims."

[NOTE: This is the third in a planned series of such videos in various languages to be released by CAIR.]

In the CAIR video, Imam Dr. Syed Abu Abdullah of the Islamic Center of Cleveland tells Arabic-speaking viewers that the U.S. government does not support and did not authorize the film. The imam also says that Muslims should not fall into the "trap" set by the film's producers. (NOTE: The appeal was produced for CAIR by Take1Media of Cleveland, Ohio.)

Earlier this month, CAIR released a similar video appeal in Arabic. In it, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad tells viewers in the Middle East that ordinary Americans and the U.S. government should not be blamed for the religious hatred expressed in the film.

CAIR also released a video appeal in Yoruba, a language spoken by more than 20 million people, to those protesting the anti-Islam film in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa.

Video: CAIR Re-Releases Arabic Appeal on 'Innocence of Muslims'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K3tZILaLTs
Video: CAIR Releases Yoruba Appeal on 'Innocence of Muslims' Protests
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ3WPKCwVrI

In a news conference with national American Muslim leaders, CAIR condemned the killings of American diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide.

Video: U.S. Muslim Leaders Condemn Killings of American Diplomats
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dI844aC1qU

CAIR had previously called on Muslims in the Middle East to ignore the distribution of the "trashy" anti-Islam film that resulted in the attacks in Libya, Egypt and other nations throughout the Muslim world.

SEE: CAIR Asks Mideast Muslims to Ignore 'Trashy' Anti-Islam Film
http://tinyurl.com/9z66a44

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Daniel Craig Stars Alongside SKYFALL Bond Actress Berenice Marlohe in a New Heineken Global Campaign



Daniel Craig stars alongside SKYFALL Bond actress Berenice Marlohe in an innovative new campaign.

Heineken, the world’s leading premium beer brand launched a thrilling new TV and digital campaign in anticipation of the release of the 23rd James Bond adventure, SKYFALL, which sees Daniel Craig bring his explosive portrayal of James Bond to a Heineken ad for the very first time. Challenging consumers to defy his enemies and ‘Crack the Case’, viewers will be taken on an epic train journey alongside stunning Bond newcomer Berenice Marlohe.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why Do Girls And Women Compete More For Guys Than Other Important Things?


Girls and women compete more to hook boyfriends and husbands than even jobs and other important things in life.
They fight over the attention and attraction of guys. Especially for the handsome and successful guys.
I have seen them at war in the office and in the residence.
A girlfriend can browbeat you to death when she sees another girl in your company even before finding out who she is.

I believe they are wired to be envious and jealous of themselves.
But they are doing more harm than good to themselves by this cold and open war among themselves.
That is why they are still lagging behind men in the boardrooms all over the world, except in few cases where the Alpha Female, a stronger breed of women overcomes her weakness to achieve greatness in the workplace.

They can pretend for a while before showing their true colours and claws.
Even a married ex-girlfriend feels jealous hearing you speaking to your female companion on phone.
I mean why should a married ex-girlfriend still compete for your attention with single women?
Why should she be swaying her buttocks to and fro whenever she sees a girlfriend with you?
Even stalking you as you are seeing the girlfriend to the taxi cabs park.

Hello!
Guys are not so competitive over girls and women.
They are more competitive over power and success.
Because they know that once they succeed and have power, that's the magnet to hook as many girls and women as they like.

I will advise girls and women to stop going nuts over the attention and possession of guys and focus on their careers and success.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima








Pre Order Chinua Achebe's New Book There Was A Country on Biafra


CLICK HERE TO ORDER There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra.

Release Date: October 11, 2012

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a longawaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war.

Review
Chinua Achebe's history of Biafra is a meditation on the condition of freedom. It has the tense narrative grip of the best fiction. It is also a revelatory entry into the intimate character of the writer's brilliant mind and bold spirit. Achebe has created here a new genre of literature -- Nadine Gordimer --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect. He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war’s full horror. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature.

Achebe masterfully relates his experience, bothas he lived it and how he has come to understand it. He begins his story with Nigeria’s birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer so that we might come to understand the country’s promise, which turned to horror when the hot winds of hatred began to stir. To read There Was a Country is to be powerfully reminded that artists have a particular obligation, especially during a time of war. All writers, Achebe argues, should be committed writers—they should speak for their history, their beliefs, and their people.

Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe’s place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra.

About the Author


Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He has published novels, short stories, essays, and children’s books. His volume of poetry Christmas in Biafra was the joint winner of the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Of his novels, Arrow of God won the New Statesman-Jock Campbell Award, and Anthills of the Savannah was a finalist for the 1987 Booker Prize. Things Fall Apart, Achebe’s masterpiece, has been published in fifty different languages and has sold more than ten million copies internationally since its first publication in 1958. Achebe is the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria’s highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize.






























20 Worst Foods In America Revealed


Eat This, Not That! Authors Unveil Annual List of Worst Caloric Offenders At Restaurant and Fast-Food Chains Across the Nation in New 2013 Edition

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NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding revealed their annual list of the "20 Worst Foods in America" in the new EAT THIS, NOT THAT! NEW! UPDATED 2013 EDITION (Rodale Books; ISBN: 978-160-961-824-7; Paperback, $19.99; 368 pages). The list includes the nation's worst pizza, fish, appetizer, chicken and more at major restaurant and fast-food chains across the country. The popular EAT THIS, NOT THAT! book series, which currently has more than 8 million copies in print and 15 installments, identifies unhealthy foods – in fast-food chains, restaurant chains and grocery stores – and offers healthier alternatives.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120927/NY81636 )

"We can't take all the credit, but since the EAT THIS, NOT THAT! series launched five years ago, many chain restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, IHOP, and Applebee's have rolled out low-calorie menus for health-conscious consumers," said David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health and author of the bestselling book series. "But despite the progress, America's restaurants still have a long way to go and our annual list highlights the worst offenders."

The list was compiled by evaluating the calorie counts, fat, sugar and sodium content, as well as portion sizes and other factors for menu items around the nation.

The Cheesecake Factory tops the list as the worst offender for the third consecutive year, this time with the French Toast Napoleon, a caloric bomb filled with indulgent ingredients like cream-drenched bread, piles of pecans, and a snowstorm of powdered sugar. The result: a breakfast with as many calories as three dozen eggs.

Top 5 Worst Foods in America 2013:
  1. Worst Food in America: The Cheesecake Factory French Toast Napoleon (2,530 calories)
  2. Worst Grilled Entree: Chili's Shiner Bock BBQ Ribs (full rack) with Cinnamon Apples and Homestyle Fries (2,310 calories)
  3. Worst Pasta Dish: The Cheesecake Factory Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken (2,300 calories)
  4. Worst Pizza: Uno Chicago Grill Chicago Classic Individual Pizza (2,300 calories)
  5. Worst Appetizer: Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion (1,949 calories)
To see the full list of 20 worst foods by category with nutrition information for each item, in addition to healthier options, pick up a copy of EAT THIS, NOT THAT! 2013 or visit: http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow/worst-foods-america-2013.

Readers of EAT THIS, NOT THAT! 2013 will also discover:
  • The 20 Worst Kids' Foods in America: A list of the worst kids meals at chain restaurants and at the supermarket, including the "worst breakfast cereal," "worst PB&J", "worst macaroni and cheese," and more. 
  • The Year in Food 2012: The high points and the low points of the past year in the food industry, including pink slime, "all natural" food frauds, Congress approving pizza as a vegetable, and Burger King's massive brand reinvention, including new "premium" food offerings.
  • The Truth About Your Food: Unravel the mysterious ingredients list of popular fast-food choices like McDonald's Big Mac, Dunkin' Donuts' Boston Kreme Donut and KFC's Chunky Chicken Pot Pie. 
  • America 's Best Packaged Foods at the Supermarket: Strategies for ignoring the food manufacturers' advertising tricks and buying more nutrition for less money at the supermarket.
  • Cook This, Not That!: Save hundreds of dollars and thousands of calories by simply preparing these quick and delicious meals at home.
For more information on this essential guidebook for navigating American fast food and restaurant chains, visit: http://eatthis.com.

EAT THIS, NOT THAT!
The popular "Eat This, Not That!" brand, which was created by Men's Health Editor-in-Chief David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding, identifies unhealthy foods in fast-food chains, restaurant chains and grocery stores and offers healthier alternatives. It currently has more than 8 million books in print nationwide with 15 installments, a stand-alone website (www.eatthis.com) and multiple iPhone applications. Eat This, Not That! is a regularly-branded series on The Today Show, has been featured as an hour-long segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has become one of the most popular blogs in Yahoo! history.

EAT THIS, NOT THAT! 2013
David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding
Pub date: September 18, 2012
ISBN: 978-160-961-824-7
Paperback/$19.99
368 pages
 

Contact:
Allison Keane, 917.359.7433, allisonkeanepr@gmail.com
Kateri Benjamin, 212-573-0510, Kateri.Benjamin@rodale.com
SOURCE Rodale Books
Web Site: http://www.eatthis.com















First Nollywood Outdoor Cinema Workshop In Nigeria


Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema will present the first Nollywood Outdoor Cinema Workshop
November 28-30, 2012,
Lagos, Nigeria.

It is the first ever outdoor cinema workshop in Nigeria
For only 40 participants
Fee N25, 000 only per person.

You will learn all the latest technology in outdoor cinema business to start your own outdoor cinema with equipment from Open Air Cinema USA.

Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema is duly registered to operate outdoor cinema business in Nigeria.

All Inquiries, Including Sponsorships and Partnerships, Contact:
http://screennaija.projectionfoundation.org/
International Digital Post Network, LLC
C/O Supple Communications Limited
1, Bajulaiye Road
Shomolu, Lagos, Nigeria.
Tel: 234 706 637 9246
E-mail: publisher@nigeriansreport.com








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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Truth is Bitter But Still It Triumphs


Truth is Bitter But Still It Triumphs


Often a painful truth is difficult to accept.

Anyone lulled into a false sense of security is a victim.


~ Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Published September 20, 2012.FoxNews.com.

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written six books on the U.S. Constitution. His latest is “ It is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom .”








Never Underestimate the Power of A Great Story










Rihanna’s Occultist Tattoo of Goddess Isis is Evil

'Always in and on my heart': Rihanna honours late grandmother with tattoo of Goddess Isis spanning across her ribcage. This is Rihanna's 19th tattoo.


Rihanna’s Occultist Tattoo of Isis is Evil

Why would super Pop star Rihanna choose to honour her late grandmother with the cultist tattoo of the Egyptian goddess Isis also known in Ancient Greek as Ἶσις?
Only those who are members of the Cult of Isis bear this mark and other similar symbols of the goddess.

No matter the excuses and pretensions of her ignorance, Rihanna cannot live in denial of the truth of the symbolism of this evil tattoo of Egyptian occultism and idolatry.

According to history:
The cult of Isis was popular throughout Egypt, but her most important temples were at Behbeit El-Hagar in the Nile delta, and, beginning in the reign with Nectanebo I (380–362 BCE), on the island of Philae in Upper Egypt.

In the typical form of her myth, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky, and she was born on the fourth intercalary day. She married her brother, Osiris, and she conceived Horus by him. Isis was instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris when he was murdered by Set. Using her magical skills, she restored his body to life after having gathered the body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Set.

This myth became very important during the Greco-Roman period. For example it was believed that the Nile River flooded every year because of the tears of sorrow which Isis wept for Osiris. Osiris's death and rebirth was relived each year through rituals. The worship of Isis eventually spread throughout the Greco-Roman world, continuing until the suppression of paganism in the Christian era.
Most Egyptian deities were first worshipped by very local cults, and they retained those local centres of worship even as their popularity spread, so that most major cities and towns in Egypt were known as the home of a particular deity. The origins of the cult of Isis are uncertain, but it is believed that she was originally an independent and popular deity in predynastic times, prior to 3100 BCE, at Sebennytos in the Nile delta.











Family of the Month: Will Smith and Family

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith.








How To Plan Your Wedding Without Headache

Bride and Maid of Honor Jumping on the Bed


Getting married doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the silly, childhood pleasures in life. Chief among them: Jumping on the bed with your best friend.
Photo Credit: Brad Ross Photography
 

Two of the most anxious periods in the life of every woman are her wedding day and the birth of her first baby.
The wedding day comes first for most women even if they wed after having their first child.
Wedding planning is now big business for thousands of wedding planners, but for those who cannot afford a wedding planner, they can still have a perfect wedding if they know how to plan it without hassles. The following step by step plan is from Bridal Guide and will help all you about to wed couples plan your wedding without headache. And you will certainly send me your thank you greetings later.
I wish you happy wedding day and happy married life.

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