Thursday, December 24

Stella Damasus is angry with peeps that mocked Steve Harvey's big mistake at the Miss Universe grand finale

Stella Damasus is angry with peeps that mocked Steve Harvey's big mistake at the Miss Universe grand finale

Stella Damasus has just taken to her instagram page to defend Steve Harvey following his slip-up at the Miss Universe pageant last night. The comedian and TV host announced Miss Colombia as the winner only to later realize his mistake and announce Miss Philippines as the rightful winner, prompting officials to remove the crown from Miss Colombia and place on Miss Philippine's head.

An action that has earned him lots of backlash from peeps all over the world.

Interestingly, Stella Damasus has come to his defense.
Hey people, I just want to plead with some people not to ask me any funny questions about @iamsteveharveytv anymore. This man is an amazing, talented, respectable, wealthy HUMAN BEING. I didn't realize that the punishment for honest mistakes is a death sentence by ignorant people who have no idea what it takes to do the work that he does. For decades this man has entertained people and brought joy to many, but all of a sudden he makes an honest mistake and all hell breaks loose. I am actually wondering if we all have to watch every word we say because we all have to become machines who can not make any mistake.
You can't even say a word wrong and you can't forget any date. What kind of life are we living that we all have to live in fear because the world will not forgive a simple mistake? He is a Black man who has done well for himself, let's not make him into one of those who get to a certain level but is cut down. Enough of the ridicule please. It's a few days to Christmas, let's be positive and celebrate as opposed to making a whole family feel worse than they already do.
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Karrueche sizzles in red fringe bikini in Miami

Karrueche sizzles in red fringe bikini in Miami

Chris Brown's ex Karrueche is still showing off her amazing body as she continues to vacation in Miami. See more below.

Karrueche sizzles in red fringe bikini in Miami
Karrueche sizzles in red fringe bikini in Miami
Karrueche sizzles in red fringe bikini in Miami
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Beauty blogger posts contrasting before and after selfie to highlight how unrealistic social media is


Beauty vlogger, Ursula Goff shared two pictures of herself; one in which she is glammed up and the other with no makeup. She hoped to highlight how unrealistic social media and pictures are and the roles other factors apart from looks play in achieving the perfect picture. Her post has received thousands of likes and shares. See what she wrote below...

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Buhari sacks NDDC Chairman, appoints former Rivers Information commissioner as acting chair

Buhari sacks NDDC Chairman, appoints former Rivers Information commissioner as acting chair

President Buhari has fired the chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC Basey Dan Abia and appointed Ibim Seminitari who served as commissioner of information in Rivers state during Rotimi Amaechi's administration, as acting chair.
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OAP Omalicha got engaged

OAP Omalicha got engaged

On-Air-Personality Anita Isedeh aka Omalicha of Rhythm FM 93.7 got engaged to her fiance Alex Huges aka Djx_el today December 21st. Alex shared the photo of her wearing her engagement ring and wrote "So Yadayadayada bladiblabla bla bla bla. Moral of the story? She said Yes! As in I neva esperred it! She agreed to marry my crazy ass.#Forgivemyhashtags #ExcitedMuch #AllYousingleboysCallMeUncleFromNowOn #HusbandMaterial2000yards". Congrats to them!

OAP Omalicha got engaged
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Tuesday, December 22

The Caribbean Islands where indigenes speak Igbo and Yoruba

The Caribbean Islands where indigenes speak Igbo and Yoruba

You may find this incredible, but Igbo and Yoruba languages are widely spoken in the Caribbean Islands. And the speakers are not Nigerians living in those countries. Indigenes of the Caribbean Islands speak Igbo and Yoruba.

It might be different from the Yoruba or Igbo that many Nigerians speak today, but a foremost entertainer and music maestro, Tar Ukoh, says many people in the area speak Igbo and Yoruba of the 13th century. Till now he says, the Yorubas still play and enjoy their traditional Yoruba songs, while the Igbos feature their nmanwu, agaba and ekpe masquerades.  Ukoh, known in the entertainment world as Mambisa, made this revelation while on a guided tour with a group of Cuban ladies mostly of Yoruba ancestry now in the country.

They are part of the Cuban troupe searching for the place their ancestors once lived and called their own before they were brutally uprooted by slave raiders and merchants and whisked to sugar plantations in the Caribbean Islands. “This group you are seeing here consists of Yoruba ladies from Cuba.

They are here searching for their ancestral home. They are asking, Ile mi da (where is my home)? And don’t forget that out there in the Caribbean, there are countless Igbos too who still speak their language, feature in agaba, ekpe and nmanwu masquerades. From those masquerades, they fashioned out a brand of music they call Wawanco. Their ancestors too were the exponents of the popular Calypso music which is an adulteration of Ka anyi soo nmanwu (let’s join the masquerade troupe).

They also play another brand of music called Abakwua to remember Abata, a point in Ogoja axis in Cross River through which slaves were taken. Slaves who went through that route were then given numbers such as Abata 1, 2… to identify them.”   Now, Ukoh is demanding that those routes and other historical sites like the Long Juju of Arochukwu be revitalised.

He says if that is done, it will boost historical tourism which can become an alternative source of revenue to oil. He is therefore advising that Nigeria should take a cue from countries like Ghana and Senegal that are bountifully reaping from the industry, adding that annually, thousands of tourists stream into both countries to see the Elmina Caste and the House of Slaves on Goree Island respectively where slaves in the 18th century were hounded before their final shipment abroad.

Ukoh who holds citizenships of Cuba and Ethiopia says he is still regretting the alleged Nigeria’s rejection of  United Nations Education and Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s request that slave routes from Isikwuato, Abriba, Arochukwu to Opobo be revitalised to serve as a world heritage site.

“Some time ago, UNESCO approached Nigeria, wanting those routes along which slaves were taken to Opobo be revitalised as a UNESCO project, but Nigeria turned down the request. Countries like Ghana and Senegal then picked the initiative, and now they are making fortune from the project. That is what I’m appealing to Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State to act on. If he could re-establish the Long juju of Arochukwu, the Isikwuato – Abriba slave trade routes, then he can collaborate with Akwa Ibom State to develop the Jaja of Opobo enclave,” he said. Ukoh, who facilitated the coming of the Cuban delegation, told Daily Sun that he was very excited at the collaboration. Describing himself as a Nigerian cultural ambassador, he said he takes much pleasure in marketing Nigeria and Africa to the entire world.  “I’m the facilitator and co-ordinator of the project. I brought this cultural troupe to Nigeria.

I’m a citizen of Cuba, by the way. I have been working with Cuba for the past 30 years. What you are seeing today is just an extension of the programme I have been doing in that country. “The Cubans arrived here in August and featured in the Osun Osogbo Festival. And since then, they have been touring the country. They will round off their tour after visiting 16 states.”  The essence of the tour, he says “is to develop Nigerian-Cuba tie.

Their aim is to promote their Yoruba heritage in Cuba here in Nigeria.” He expressed happiness that “the response we are getting is fantastic. We go to the villages for them to see things for themselves. What we are doing at the moment is part of the initiative to promote Nigerian – Cuban diplomatic relations.” Ukoh, a multi-linguist from Benue State, says he prides himself as Nigerian, Ethiopian and African cultural ambassador. “I represent Ethiopia in Nigeria.

I’m a pan Africanist because I promote Ethiopian culture in Africa and they see me as their son and that is important to me. In the same way, I’m Nigeria’s cultural ambassador and I see myself as so. That is what I do all over the world. Nigeria gives me that job, that recognition and that is why I’m bringing the Cubans to tour the country. I do that without much help. I don’t need any payment to do that; I see that as my duty.”

He said he works with the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism because “they recognise my job all over the world, especially in Africa. So when I bring in programmes, they accept them and often we collaborate. When they have programmes and want to reach out to those countries where they feel I have influence, they always encourage me to have collaboration with them.”  He noted that it had become necessary for him to market culture because “culture is everything to me. Without culture, everything is lost. Technology is culture; the food we eat is culture, even understanding how to look after our environment is culture.

Therefore culture is important to our existence. It is not all about singing and dancing; it is the totality of our existence.” The Cuban troupe to Nigeria consists of a team leader, Comrade Karina Palaciuos, a manager and a television journalist said to be the best in Cuba, (both of them males) and then seven women whose ages averaged 25 years. The group has been around since August, 24 2012, when this year’s edition of Osun Osogbo was held. Guided by Ukoh, the group has since been touring some states in the country, interacting with the people and getting used to the Nigerian way of life. The group called Obirin Bata (Women playing the Bata drum, in Yoruba) was at the last Osun Osogbo Festival, drumming and dancing, wining and dining.

Looking at the women, nothing suggests that they are Nigerians, let alone Yoruba. Most of them look alike, except the troupe leader, Comrade Palacious. However, in their midst is a Fulani lady whose look is totally Fulani. All but Comrade Palacious speak Spanish; but they claim to speak Yoruba of the 13th century which might be lost to today’s speakers of the language.  “We are here in Nigeria at the instance of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba and Ministry of Culture, Orientation and Tourism of Nigeria,” says Comrade Palacious. “We signed an agreement to develop cultural interaction. We are bringing our culture back to our motherland Africa. So we are back to our roots. Our mission here is to visit different states and see as many places as possible.

“We are excited to be back to our roots. We have been to Osun Osogbo Festival and participated in the international event. We were at the Osun River; we shared with the people in all that they did. In Cuba, we observe the same tradition like the Osun Osogbo. Our cultural troupe is called Obirin Bata which I’m told translates to women playing the drum. “We are very excited to be here. Let me tell you, our country was once a colony of Spain. When the Spanish arrived Cuba, majority of the local Cubans had died and disappeared. Then slaves from Africa started arriving, most of them coming from the Yoruba speaking people of Nigeria.

That is why when you get to streets in Cuba, you see Yoruba speaking people. Now 500 years after, we are back here.  “Indeed, I like this cultural visit. With the help of the Ministry of Culture of both countries, I look forward to seeing that a cultural exchange programme between Cuba and Nigeria is implemented. We would like to see Nigerians go to Cuba and have a rewarding experience just as we are having here,” she added.

– SunNewsOnline
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Revealed Justin Bieber Pop star has been secretly dating Kourtney Kardashian for four months

Revealed Justin Bieber Pop star has been secretly dating Kourtney Kardashian for four months

It seems that pop bad boy Justin Bieber has been dating Kourtney Kardashian on the low for four months.

There have been rumours that Justin Bieber and Kourtney have been together for a while but now it seems they have been seeing each other for months.

In November they were seen all over Hollywood which started all the rumours.

According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly "Justin and Kourtney have been hooking up since late August, early September."

"It's been a deep flirtation for months. He's obviously close to the family, and Kris is obsessed with him" another source told People Magazine.

The sources however said that their flirtation is unlikely to turn into a proper relationship.

Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian's estranged longtime partner feels that she is hooking up with Justin Bieber just to get back at him.
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GEJ's administration responsible for the lingering fuel scarcity - Lai Mohammed

GEJ's administration responsible for the lingering fuel scarcity - Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information Lai Mohammed says that the last administration is responsible for the lingering Fuel scarcity currently being experienced Nationwide. He said Nigerians are paying for the sins of the last administration. He said this while addressing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting today December 21st.
"One of the reasons for the fuel scarcity was the inability of the last government to make adequate provision for fuel subsidy. We do face some other logistic problems but majorly, we are paying for the sins of the last administration.

What I will be telling Nigerians is that what we met on ground is such that we are paying for the sins of the last administration. I am being very serious. You remember that about two weeks ago, we had to go to the National Assembly for a supplementary budget of N674 billion. Of that figure, N522billion was for arrears of fuel subsidy which was incurred as far back as August last year. The solution is what you have seen us doing. The first thing we have done now is to make sure that unlike before when the marketers used to import the major percentage of the fuel. NNPC has been involved in importation, because some of the marketers had stopped importing for a couple of months.

If you see any fuel anywhere today, it is imported by the NNPC. We also inherited the vandalisation of the pipelines which has made it impossible for us to even transport the fuel. In tanks today we have 14 days reserve and off tank we have 10 days reserve. The issue is not non-availability of the product it is the distribution, because of pipelines that have been vandalised and the gridlock in Lagos. It takes about five days for anybody to take fuel with tanker in Lagos. As at two days ago this matter has been resolved. The Mosinmi pipeline has been secured and it has lead to the improvement in the distribution, "he said.
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TV journalist Adaure Achumba weds

TV journalist Adaure Achumba weds

Award winning TV Journalist, Adaure Achumba had her introduction and traditional wedding with her beau Wes Ballance on Saturday Dec. 19th in Lagos. Big congrats to them. More pictures below;

TV journalist Adaure Achumba weds
TV journalist Adaure Achumba weds
TV journalist Adaure Achumba weds
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Mehn! The 'Ukwu' On This Nollywood Actress Though

Mehn! The 'Ukwu' On This Nollywood Actress Though

Nollywood actress and realtor, Christabel Egbenya, was a year older few days ago. She shared the photos to mark her day. Here are new photos she shared on her online portal…

Mehn! The 'Ukwu' On This Nollywood Actress Though
Mehn! The 'Ukwu' On This Nollywood Actress Though
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Adele On The Cover Of Time Magazine, Says Celebrity's Obsession With Social Media Is Ridiculous

Adele On The Cover Of Time Magazine, Says Celebrity's Obsession With Social Media Is Ridiculous

After making history for having the highest-selling first week album in music history, with 3.38 million copies of her album, 25, sold ,Adele still can't understand why Americans have gone mad for her tracks. She tells Time
"It's a bit ridiculous. I'm not even from America, "Maybe they think I'm related to the Queen. Americans are obsessed with the royal family."
She also admitted she doesn't get the idea of celebrities obsessed with social media .. She said

"It's ridiculous that high-­profile people have that much access to the public," How am I supposed to write a real record if I'm waiting for half a million likes on a photo? That ain't real."
She also revealed she doesn't play music of artists who become horrible because of fame
"Some artists, the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable," "I don't care if you make an amazing album - if I don't like you, I ain't getting your record. I don't want you being played in my house if I think you're a bastard"
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