Thursday, 28 April 2016

What’s the price of a #bride? @TonyeCole1

The Sahara Group head honcho, Tonye Cole took to his FB page  to write this:

Dear ,

What’s the price of a bride?
Arriving in Johannesburg OT international airport this morning, my heart bled once again for my beloved Nigeria as I took in the efficiently working and sparkling environment versus the creaking, ill-kempt broken infrastructure I left barely 6 hours ago. As all this ran through my head, a young man approached me politely asking if I’d filled out the requisite health form which I hadn’t. Once done he proceeded to assist me through immigration, baggage control and customs all the while chatting about his love and desire to visit Nigeria to see his ‘friends’, Flavour and P-Square. A casual question about family brought me to a screeching halt when he responded that all 32 years of him was a father of 4 boys from his childhood girlfriend, the oldest being 13 and youngest barely 1.
Why, I asked him, don’t you simply get married and that was when the cost reality of getting married began to emerge. As a Zulu, he tells me, the dowry and sundry costs are overbearing to the point of leaving him in penury, made worse by ‘defiling’ their daughter and now with 4 children to boot. In making a decision between providing for his family or paying the bride price and penalties, he opted for the former. I have long been an advocate that weddings shouldn’t be designed to financially handicap the newly weds as is commonly experienced in Nigeria. It is senseless to borrow money and throw ‘befitting’ socially acceptable weddings only to struggle to pay the rent and bills the next day.
That got me pondering on how God viewed marriage? At what point would He consider a man and woman married in His eyes? Is it when a ceremony is conducted by clergy in the place of worship or maybe at the marriage registry? Might it be when done according to traditional rights or can it be as simple as both parties agreeing they are married, one to the other? Surely on earth we require a document to establish marriage legally but then does God seek the same? I lean towards the belief we are first married in God’s eyes as soon as we both agree to spend the rest of our lives together as husband and wife, long before we solemnize it with a ceremony of declaration for all to witness while our decision is sealed once we have sex. How much we have to pay to make this declaration should therefore be a matter of personal choice, besides, the value of a good wife is priceless.
Will you be valued by the cost of your wedding?
God bless you this day.
~Tonye Cole

🎂 97.3 Classic FM OAP Chico’s 50th Birthday Party



On Air Personality (OAP) on Classic FM 97.3, Chico Chukwuma Aligwekwe aka Chico, turned 50 and his colleagues like Sola Mogaji, Olisa Adibua, IK Osakioduwa, Sports personality: J.J Okocha, Nollywood stars: Kate Henshaw, Segun Arinze, Gideon, MD/CEO of Beat FM 99.9, Chris Ubosi all turned up to party with him.


Kobe Bryant’s 1st post-retirement interview on Ellen

Kobe made his first post-retirement televised interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.


Dolphin Park renamed Dr.Tunji Braithwaite

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday immortalized late Activist and Presidential Hopeful Dr.Tunji Braithwaite by naming Dolphin Park, Ikoyi after him. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced the honour at the Service of Songs for the deceased at Yard 158, Oregun.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Oluranti said the immortalisation was in the recognition of Braithwaite’s contribution to the growth of the state and Nigeria in general.


According to him, the Braithwaite family would be called for commissioning when the facility is touched up.

Ambode added that the activist and legal luminary during his life time fought for true democracy as he joined other democracy icons like Bola Ige, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Bola Tinubu  and others to fight the military government of late General Sani Abacha.


SPAN Dancers Let Loose In the Streets of Lagos @spanigeria #dance

Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) dance on the busy streets of  Lagos

SPAN is interested in the community, and always looking for new ways to give back, impact and affect lives positively. 

In the past 8 years SPAN have trained over a thousand children from various schools, orphanages and foundations; and professionally, they have trained over 400 individuals, who by the skills and knowledge acquired from SPAN have gone into business, opened their own academy and/or travelled out of the country.

#Prince’s Band, ‘The Revolution’ Set To Reunite



Prince’s  band who backed him throughout much of the 1980s announced they will reunite.
In a video statement posted to Facebook, members of The Revolution said: “We have decided, after spending three or four days now grieving over the loss of Prince, that we would like to come out and do some shows.” While no specifics have been announced, rhythm guitarist Wendy Melvoin said the reunion will happen “soon.” The band dissolved in 1986 after mounting tensions and are best-known as Prince’s backup throughout the Purple Rain film and album.

BRAVE.... #CNN Reporter Joins Niherian Military in Sambisa Forest @NimaCNN

CNN reporter, Nima Elbagir, on a mission into  Sambisa forest with the Nigerian military. The forest has been reported to be the hiding place of Boko Haram terrorists and the location where missing Chibok girls are being held. Nina was in the forest to document the level of devastation the region has experienced since the terror attacks started. See more photos…

#Iweala to speaks at MIT’s 2016 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods. @MIT

Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart has announced that  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78, PhD ’81, former Nigerian finance minister, will be the guest speaker at MIT’s 2016 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods.

"Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s leadership on the complex global stage of economics and politics demonstrate the real-world impact of an informed and compassionate scholar. We are honored that she will return to MIT to share that vision of service with our doctoral candidates," says Barnhart.

The Investiture of Doctoral Hoods ceremony, held the day before Commencement, featured a guest speaker for the first time last year. This new tradition solicits input from MIT faculty and doctoral students, with the aim to invite as guest speaker an MIT alum who can encourage and inspire students as they begin their new careers. “I’m thankful to the faculty and the student committee for their thoughtful recommendations,” says Eric Grimson, chancellor for academic advancement and chair of the Commencement Committee. “This is truly a collaborative effort and I’m delighted that we will all have the privilege of hearing Dr. Okonjo-Iweala speak at such an important moment in the lives of our doctoral candidates.”

Yemi Alade As The Face of The 2016 Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria and London @yemialadee @TaiyeGAliyu

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Yemi Alade as been unveiled as the brand ambassador 2016 edition of the Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria and London.

According to a statement released, the Africa Fashion Week London & Nigeria team say:
We are indeed proud to unveil songstress, fashion diva and multiple award singer Yemi Alade

as the Face of the 2016 Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria and London. A beautiful young Lady with so much talent and drive for success.”
The unveiling below with the founder Ronke Ademuluyi, Sola Oyebade, Mr Biola and Yetty Ogunnubi:
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#AnalyseThis .... Arese Ugwu & Tunji Andrews @smartmoneyarese @TunjiAndrews

NdaniTV new shows is #AnalyseThis with Arese Ugwu and Tunji Andrews. On #AnalyseThis you get to join Arese Ugwu and Tunji Andrews take on pertinent financial and economic issues across Nigeria.
Arese Ugwu
Arese Ugwu is the founder of a personal finance platform tailored to the African Millennial. She holds an M.Sc. in Economic Development from University College London (UCL) and a B.Sc. in Business and Management from Aston Business School, Birmingham.
Arese is also an alumna of the Lagos Business School, INSEAD Abu Dhabi and The London School of Business executive education programs, as well as an associate member of WIMBIZ.
Tunji Andrews
Tunji Andrews is an Economist and anchor  of Business Express on Smooth 98.1fm and MTN Business Half hour on Classic 97.3fm.
Tunji is a European Union consultant, under the EU-SUFEGOR project and one of the most respected commentators on macro related issues within the Nigerian space, with over a decade of experience.



The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN in Ilorin that the federal government "is well aware of this issue and is currently looking at options to solve the challenge, including synergising government capacity and private sector competencies for certifying existing deposits." 

Noting that steel is the world most's important engineering material, the Vice President restated the Buhari presidency's determination to bring about a faster industrialization process in the country through the active development of the steel sector.

According to the Vice President, Nigeria has about 2 billion metric tonnes of iron ore reserve, adding "we must be extremely ambitious in our industrialization efforts". He explained further that the need for increased levels of investment in Nigeria, "has never been more crucial than at this period in time."

Disclosing this at the foundation laying ceremony of Kam Steel Integrated Complex at Jimba Oja, Prof. Osinbajo stated that steel plays an important part in the Buhari administration's economic agenda, and therefore called on other operators in the steel industry in the country to ensure Nigeria "becomes a net exporter of steel within the shortest possible time".

The Vice President who was accompanied by the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Solid Minerals Development  Minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, among others, spoke to a gathering of captains of industries, financial experts, political leaders and stakeholders at the foundation laying ceremony, disclosing that as part of demonstrating its commitment to the industrial development of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that everything be done so that Nigeria can make progress in respect of ease of doing business ranking this year.

Prof. Osinbajo noted that the federal Government has been putting in place the right macro-economic policies and is working to ensure an enabling environment for business to grow in line with the Change Agenda of the Buhari administration.

Said he: "this is why the President has given clear instructions that we must make signifiant progress in the ease of doing business ranking this year", adding "diligent efforts are being undertaken to ensure this goal is achieved, including the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee, which has since commenced work with a very keen presidential oversight."

Earlier in his address, Vice President Osinbajo commended Kam Steel Integrated Company Ltd. for its business achievements stating that the commitment of the company is in tandem with the vision of the government to diversify the nation's economy by encouraging the growth of local industries. 

Dr. Kayode Fayemi who also spoke at the occasion described the event as historic observing that the achievement of the company was capable of galvanizing the development of the sector as a whole. He described the company as having the single-largest private investment in the nation's steel industry.

According to him, the presence of the Vice President, "the head of our Economic Management Team," at the foundation laying ceremony is "a demonstration of the commitment of the Buhari administration to the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

Also, the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed commended the company for its consistent giant strides in the sector, praised it for promoting the use of 100% local raw materials and boosting employment in the state. He called on other stakeholders in the steel industry to join in the acceleration of Nigeria's industrialization. 

Vice President Osinbajo had earlier inspected Kam Steel Rolling Mills factories in Ilorin, where the company is engaged in the production of corrugated iron sheets, building wires, nails, and others before participating in the foundation laying ceremony of the new Kam Steel Integrated complex in Jimba Oja by Ganmo, Ilorin, Kwara State.

Prof. Osinbajo on arrival in Ilorin paid a courtesy visit on the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari where he congratulated him for the business feat being achieved in the Emir's domain, which brought him to the State on an official trip. The Emir in his response commended the efforts of Federal Government at tackling the nation's numerous challenges particularly the herdsmen-farmers conflict.

Also present at the ceremonies were the deputy governor of Kwara State, Elder Peter Kishira, members of Kwara State Executive Council, the CEO of Kam Industries, Alhaji Kamorudeen Yusuf, representatives of the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Bank of Industry, Wema Bank, CEOs of some government parastatals in the sector, captains of Industries, religious leaders and traditional rulers among others.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Alexander McQueen refutes allegations that they "copied" Kate Middleton's wedding dress

 According to The Sunday Times, Christina  Kendall is suing the luxury fashion label for alleged breach of copyright after spotting similarities between the gown they helped make for the duchess and her own sketches.She claims her ideas were used to create the bridal gown the duchess wore to marry Prince Williams after she submitted wedding dress sketches to the Duchess of Cambridge.

A spokesperson for McQueen, however, is "utterly baffled" by the legal claim, telling E! News....
"Christine Kendall first approached us, at Alexander McQueen, almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton's design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense,""Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms. Kendall's designs or sketches and did not know of Ms. Kendall before Ms. Kendall got in touch with us—some 13 months after the wedding."We do not know why Ms. Kendall has raised this again, but there are no if's, buts or maybes here: This claim is ridiculous."

 The dress in question was designed by creative director Sarah Burton and handmade in the McQueen studios in London. The look was kept a secret until the bride stepped out on April 29, 2011.


Mya Talks A Possible Lady Marmalade Reunion With Christina Aguilera & Lil Kim

Mya: Where Is She Now? Singer Mya joins Sangita Patel in the ET Canada studio to reflect on her 20-year career, massive hits including “Lad...