Thursday, 29 May 2014

Ode to a Legend: 21 Inspiring Facts about Maya Angelou

The world is saddened today to learn that African American renowned poet, civil rights activist and author passed away this morning at age 86. Even though she is no longer with us physically, she left with us the blessing that is her work and its impact. In celebration of the life of this Phenomenal Woman, here are 21 inspiring facts you may not know about Angelou.
1. Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Mo on April 4, 1928.
 2. Angelou descended from the Mende people of West Africa. maya4
 3. In high school, Angelou studied dance and drama.
4. At the age of 14, she dropped out of school.
5. Angelou was San Francisco’s first African-American, female street car conductor. Maya Angelou
 6. Angelou once lived and worked in Cairo as an editor of an English-language weekly newspaper.
 7. Angelou once lived in Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama. maya1 8. Angelou spoke several languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.
9. Angelou met Malcolm X in Ghana.
10. Angelou returned to America in 1964 to help Malcolm X form his Organization of African American Unity.
11. Angelou served as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on the request of Martin Luther King Jr. maya8
12. She met Nelson Mandela in Cairo in 1962 and remained good friends with him till his death in 2013.
13. At age 7, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. (As described in her most popular book “I know why the caged bird sings). Her uncles killed her rapist.
14. Feeling responsible for the death of her rapist, Angelou was mute for five years.
15. In 2010, President Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. maya7
16. Angelou won three Grammy Awards for her spoken-word albums.
 17. Although Angelou never went back to school, she received over thirty honorary doctoral degrees.
18. At the time of her death, Angelou had published seven autobiographies, three essay books, and several books of poetry.
19. Angelou was married at least twice (no confirmed number): to Tosh Angelos in 1951 and Paul du Feu in 1973, and in 1961 had a relationship with Vusumzi Make.
 20. Angelou has one son Guy, one grandson, and two great-grandchildren.
21. Angelou loved to watch Law & Order and was an avid country music lover. maya3 RIP Maya…..

 Stay Inspired,

Are some people wired to have more sex than others?

Unable to figure out why you can’t get to bed with her after several attempts while your closest friend is never short of offers? Your brain is simply not wired for sex.

According to a fascinating research, some people are actually wired to have more sex – or at least be really, really motivated to hook up.

“Some people’s brains are simply more sensitive to sexual cues than others – which means it takes less to get them aroused and ultimately leads them to find sexual partners,” explained Nicole Prause, an assistant research scientist in psychiatry at University of California Los Angeles.

To prove their point, Prause and her team recruited psychology students to get an electroencephalogram (EEG) of their brains and to view 225 standardised pictures of pleasant, neutral or unpleasant things.

The pleasant images included sexually stimulating ones like explicit pictures of people having sex.

The students were also asked about their number of sexual partners in the past year.

Some of the participants showed strong reactions on the EEG to nearly all of the intimacy-themed images, regardless of whether they were explicit.

These were the same people who reported having more partners.

For these people, said Prause, it’s not a chasing of a “high” or a reward but a biological sensitivity to sexual cues that sets their arousal threshold at a much lower level.

We may be wired to want sex, but that does not mean the wiring can’t be re-routed, she said in the study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Jim Iyke dropped from lead role in Kenyan movie

Nigerian movie bad boy, Jim Iyke won’t get the chance to play the lead role in a Kenyan movie due to budget cuts by the production team. This was revealed at the on-going Broadcasting, Film and Music Africa conference where Serah Mwhihaki, a panellist, was responding to questions fielded by delegates. Mwihaki is the screen writer for ‘My Life in Crime‘, a movie adapted from a book of the same title. She let slip that Iyke may have been dropped from the production due to ‘budget slashes.’ Iyke was cast as John Kiriamiti, a hard core criminal who is now reformed. The movie was set to begin shooting later this year....

Monday, 19 May 2014

Nadia Buari Has reportedly Dumped Jim Iyke

Photo: Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari
Fresh reports indicate that Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari has ended her long-time relationship with famous Nigerian actor Jim Iyke.
According to YNaija, the angered Nollywood bad boy blamed US-based musician and publisher of Nigeria FM Emma Agu for being responsible for their break-up.
Iyke told Buari that he was going to Miami on business, however he was spotted in New York with his ex Keturah Hamilton. NY resident and blogger Agu reportedly called Buari to ask her if they had split up.
Unaware of the fact that her alleged fiance is in New York, the Ghanaian beauty afterwards blasted Jim referring to facts sent to her by New York people and after having confirmed that Jim was there with his ex, she separated from him.
Emma Agu responds to Jim's attacks
Annoyed by the actor's accusations, Agu, who was allegedly called by Iyke, spoke harshly about the Nollywood star saying their break-up is his fault. See Agu's original message in part:
"This overrated son of a b***h with his amateurish acting skills thinks his name can bring any good to a writer or a blogger. The man with a tainted name, a rogue who has burnt every bridge he stepped on is trying to hold me responsible for what ever misfortune that has fallen him in the last 72 hours.
"So this montebank sneaked into New York around 5am 3 days ago and did everything to keep it a top secret until the bubble burst right in front of him. When I got the hint that James was in Keturah’s house, I thought Keturah was lying . The girl said James came claiming that his relationship with Nadia Buari was over. She also said James (Jim) came to pick her up from Nigeria. I told her this guy might be lying.
"When I got in touch with Nadia's manager, he maintained that Nadia was aware Jim went to Miami and insisted he (Jim) was no way near Keturah's house."
According to Agu, he had the insulting talk by Iyke recorded on tape and will "play it to my world audience by 8AM New York time, which should be 1PM Nigerian Time. I need everyone out there to listen and find out why Jim Iyke should be taken off the streets. The guy can never change. That deliverance by TB Joshua never worked. It was a fluke."
He also called Iyke a "psycho", "disappointment", "fraudster" and "cheat", saying he must be arrested over threatening Agu's life.
This story comes as a big disappointment after the recently publicized engagement of Jim and Nadya.

Fred Amata Marks 51st Birthday With Arsenals FA Cup Victory

Nollywood actor Fred Amata is a year older on saturday.
The movie producer who turned 51 today has been celebrating his milestone with Football club, Arsenal’s victory
“Thanks Arsene. Thanks Gunners my best birthday gift in 9 years …. The FA CUP,” – The Nollywood actor gushed out
He also thanked God for adding another year to his successful years on earth.
Fred Amata said:
“Another year goes by. Glory Allelulya. Another reason to raise the roof with thanks giving and praise. A day to count my blessings even if I couldn’t name them one by one… A day in the season to say and accept wishes that simply say HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

 Check out Fred Amata in his Arsenal Jersey below:


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Not Afraid By OJB Jezreel

OJB Jezreel is back in the music scene after his surgery with a new video “Not Afraid”. Track was produced by himself, directed by Yinkrid Films..

MTN Project Fame season 7 kicks off in June

Project Fame Season 6 winner, Olawale. Photo: Project Fame MTN Project Fame West Africa has announced the audition dates for this year’s edition of the popular music talent show. According to the producers, auditions for the seventh edition of the MTN-sponsored talent show will begin in Benin and Owerri on Saturday, June 7, proceed to Ilorin and Abuja on Saturday, June 14, Port Harcourt and Ibadan on Saturday, June 16, and finally Lagos on Friday June 27 and Saturday June 28, 2014. Auditions will also be held in Liberia on Saturday, May, 24, 2014, at Bella Casa Hotel, Sinkor, Monrovia. The winner of last season’s MTN Project Fame, Olawale Ojo, was handed a cheque of N5m, a brand new car and a recording contract.
June 7: Benin Constantial hotel, 24/26 Airport road, GRA Benin.
June 7: Owerri Newton Hotel, Plot H2, Imo Specialist Hospital Road off PH Road,New Owerri.
June 14: Ilorin Kwara Hotel, 9A Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA, Ilorin‎.
June 14: Abuja National Centre for Women Development, Better Life Street, Central Area, Abuja.
June 21: PH Viontel Hotel Plot 96 Stadium Road, GRA 4 Port Harcourt.
June 21: Ibadan Tafo Arena, Poly Road WAEC Office Junction, Eleyele, Ibadan.
June 23, 28: Lagos Ultima Studio, Funke Zainab Usman Street (End of Admiralty Way Behind this present house) Lekki, Lagos. MTN Project Fame West Africa is a musical reality TV show that sees 15 contestants battle for the title of ‘best musical act in Africa’. © NET Newspapers 2014. All Rights Reserved. Please use sharing tools. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent....

Friday, 9 May 2014

Actor Bob-Manuel Udokwu joins Gov Obiano’s cabinet

Nollywood actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu has been appointed Senior Special Adviser on Entertainment by Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano. He made the announcement via a BB message yesterday.

The message read:

    “The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has appointed me Bob-Manuel Udokwu (FCAI) his Senior Special Assistant(SSA) on the Movie/Entertainment Industry with immediate effect”

Bob-Manuel was also the former Special Adviser on Entertainment to the immediate past Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi. This new governor retained him. Congrats to him.

Do You Really Think The #Bringbackourgirls Tag Can do The Magic?

Looking at this from another angle, one can be forced to say that using the hashtag #bringbackourgirls is a waste of time.

The “Bring back our girls” campaign on social media reeks of stupidity and insensitivity on our side.

Like fashion, Our Celebrities and their worshippers(you) have taken to the#bring back our girls rave.

They have condemned Boko Haram in the corner of their houses, shot videos and taking pictures, in the process and winning public approval(gaining popularity). Our naive social media community have followed suit.

Let us take time to answer these questions.

How many of this twitter activists have visited the parents of the girls and offered their so called love?

How many of this futile campaigns can change Boko Haram?

But we are fast to selfishly say ‘Bring back our girls’. Why don’t you go and bring them? Be the change you preach, grab a gun and head to Sambisa

If you can’t pray , stop giving Boko Haram the needed publicity…

What can you say about this, will it work?#Bringbackourgirls