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Monday, November 24, 2014


I am distraught and devastated to hear of the recent allegation of rape brought against a relative of mine, Daniel Okereke (my brother). While it is a very difficult time for me, and my family; I feel the need to make clear my position, lest there be any doubt. Rape is rape, regardless of who the face of the accused is.

Indeed, the irony is not lost on me. I have spent my lifelong career advocating and living my conviction that women around the world should be able to live free of violence, sexual harassment or any form of abuse against their persons. This conviction led me to be involved in numerous initiatives combating violence against women in several countries including the U.S, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The conviction also led me to place much of my energy on my work with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), a passion that dates back to my time at the University of Calabar.


The occasion was the October edition of the Filmmakers' Forum of the Nollywood Studies Centre. The topic was, 'Beyond the Glitz: An Acting Career Built on Sweat, Tears and Professionalism,' and the guest speaker was Joke Silva. She arrived punctually, looking very much the part for the topic. Exuding elegance in a black and white Remy Lagos outfit and sporting an exuberant afro, Joke Silva appeared every inch the glamorous actress. Relaxed and dishing out to everyone her usual wide and pleasant smile, she conveyed a sense of ease that belied the reality of the hard and often challenging work of the professional actor.

One of the challenges is how to create a believable  fully fleshed out three-dimensional character. It was clear from the very beginning of the Forum that characterisation for Joke Silva is not something superficial. When she plays a role on stage or in a film, she lives the life of the portrayed character. This came through in her explanation for the generous afro wig she had on. She had just finished playing the role of an older woman, she said, and was about to take up the part of a much younger character in another production. Her wearing of the wig was to help her break out of the previous role and enter into character for the new role. In not so many words, Joke Silva made it clear that the body of the actor is the canvass on which the film/stage character is drawn and made to come to life. The actor must encapsulate the personality of the character and give it being.


The efforts and successes of the Nigerian women in the home front, business, career and their community is to be rewarded by Working Moms Africa. The award, which is known as the Moms Awards will be held in an evening of Ball at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on December 6th, 2014.

In a press statement, founder of Moms Africa Initiative Mrs Mary Ikoku said that the Working Moms Award, after the successful 1st MOMS BALL last year, has again put everything in place for this season. This year’s award will hold a pre-award moms conference themed Succeed & Achieve in the morning. The Award recognises and honours mothers from different walks of life who have achieved a commendable feat with pursuing a chosen career or business while raising the family.


The end of the year is fast approaching and it’s time to give your business that much needed boost it deserves. Picture a gathering of thousands of buyers where you can showcase your goods and services and also benefit from financial, mentoring, training, sales and media opportunities! This is what you stand to gain by participating in YEEx For Women 2014.

Youth Enterprise Exhibition (YEEx) Nigeria with the support of Federal Government of Nigeria’s YouWin Programme, Enterprise Development Center of Pan Atlantic University, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) is organising another edition of Youth Enterprise Exhibition (YEEx) Nigeria this December. This edition, tagged ‘YEEx For Women’ is for female entrepreneurs who are either just starting out or have been running their businesses for a while.

The highly competitive business terrain makes it necessary for youth who want to succeed in business to have the edge they need. This is why YEEx Nigeria is committed to giving young entrepreneurs a conducive environment to showcase their products and services, and also provide them with financial, training, mentoring and more opportunities through the support of our partners and sponsors.


Gospel singer, song writer, and TV Presenter, Kachy Samuel finally release the music video of her most anticipating hit single titled “Higher”, featuring Fuji-Gospel singer, Mike Abdul.

The gospel diva is here with the music video of her hit single which has been making air-wave on radio and the social network. According to the sensational singer, the song was released to show God's great love and favour in her life. The song is purposely composed to praise God for taking me higher, and I am so grateful to Him.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Blemishes are usually caused due to sun, acne and clogged pores that leave some dark spots on the skin. No one likes such imperfection especially on the face and hence there are a variety of treatments based on the cause to remove these black spots. If you have problem skin, chances are you’ve tried hundreds of products that promise to provide you with a glowing complexion. While some of these cosmetics may be effective, everything doesn’t work for everyone. Also, acne-prone skin tends to be very sensitive, so you may have also experienced redness and the development of more blemishes if you’ve used cleansers and toners that were too harsh on your skin.
One fast way to get rid of blemishes is by using naturally made home remedies.  Following this tip will clear blemishes and make your face spotless and beautiful

Black soap is a natural cleanser made from the peel of plantain. It is a very old natural remedy that has been used by Africans for centuries and in recent times its popularity has spread all over the world. If you have skin issues like acne, oily skin and blemishes, black soap can work wonders for you. The soap exfoliates the skin and helps to lighten the skin and even the tone of your complexion, revealing beautifully radiant healthy skin cells. It also gets rid of acne, deep cleans and purifies the skin at a cellular level; helps even out dark spots and discoloration on the skin. Simply use the black soap as you would any facial cleanser to get rid of blemishes.

Honey naturally lightens the skin to get rid of blemishes and breakouts. This sweet ingredient is antibacterial and immediately removes infection from the face to help dry up whiteheads and blackheads. To use this natural remedy, simply put a little honey on a spoon and use a Q-tip to dab the ingredient directly on blemishes. Let the honey stay on your face for about 10 minutes before washing it off with a mild cleanser. You can use this natural blemish-fighting remedy about three times a week.

Egg whites have healing qualities which help to reduce scars and marks. The sulfur in egg whites helps to dry up blackheads and whiteheads to create a clear complexion. The egg also has the ability to tighten the skin and prevent new blemishes from forming.
To use this method, simply separate the egg white from the yolk. Whip egg whites with a little water and apply to the face as a mask. You can use a cotton swab, cotton ball, or simply your fingers to apply the egg white to your skin. Leave the solution on your face before rinsing with cool water. If you have oily skin, you can use this treatment every two days or so to keep your skin blemish-free.


Reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria will not defend their title in Equatorial Guinea after failing to qualify from Group A.
In the final round of matches which took place yesterday in Uyo, Nigeria were held 2-2 by South Africa, meaning they finished outside of their group’s top two automatic qualification spots with eight points – a total that also put them out of the running to be the best third-placed team.
South Africa had already assured their place at the tournament, which will be played from 17 January to 8 February, and only one spot is still outstanding.
Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and DR Congo all claimed their tickets to the continent’s showpiece event with their results on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Makeup can work wonders for any face!!! People use cosmetics solely for two purposes, one is to improve their skin tone and another is to reduce the effect of aging; and it is so obvious that every woman in the world wants to look beautiful.  As a result, there is an astounding competition between makeup brands all over the world. In the article, BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO presents to you top favourite Nigerian makeup brand ladies can’t do without.
House of Tara International founded in 1998 by Tara Fela-Durotoye pioneered the Makeup Beauty Business in Nigeria. Takes pride in empowering women, creating self-awareness as well as boosting self-esteem.
She has trained over 400 Makeup Artists. She was the first to launch a beauty range for women of colour – Tara Orekelewa.
House of Tara invested time in the development of her products, especially to enhance the beauty of Women of colour.
All products from House of Tara promotes ethnicity and cultural heritage.  Have a wide range of products, from powders, Foundations, Lip Glosses, Mascaras and Shadows to make up accessories like Brushes, Waist Holders and Make Up Boxes.


Adokiye Ngozi Kyrian was born to a Christian family of Oguta L.G.A in Imo State and Ogu Bolo in Okrika L.G.A. of Rivers State, all in Nigeria. “ADOKIYE” as she is widely known is a singer and Actress. The Caritas University graduate of Architecture, with her huge hunger for becoming great in Entertainment.

Adokiye also flexes her talent as an entrepreneur and enjoys empowering the less privileged from all works of life. The Architect, Singer, Actor and United Nations Peace Ambassador loves to share with the less privileged.
She also loves travelling for vacations and making people laugh. She played the character Ejiro in the movie OGBANJE which is her debut as an actor.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavour, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Let's look at how pineapple affects other conditions...

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.  A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.
[Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple's value.]

Proteolytic means "breaks down protein", which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.

Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces mild pain relief. In Germany , bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations. Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.


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- How to use Essential oil to treat Cold and Flu,  Dandruff, Scars n Sun Burn, Swollen Muscle
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Thursday, November 13, 2014


The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Board Chairman, Tony O Elumelu, has announced the donation of $1million, to assist the fight against Ebola, currently present in three West African countries, where UBA does business: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
The gift will be distributed through the UBA Foundation, UBA’s corporate social responsibility arm and shared equally among the three affected West African countries. The remaining $100,000 is to be contributed to the African Union Support Mission to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), initiated by the African Union Chair, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Many people strive to attain lighter, brighter, healthier-looking skin. Learning to properly care for your skin on a day-to-day basis will help your skin stay light and tight. Here are few tips to follow!!!

WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY: If you want lighter skin, you have to care for it properly, using a sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating. When you expose your skin to UVA and UVB light, your body produces melanin which makes your skin appear darker. Sun exposure can wreak all sorts of havoc on your complexion, from freckles and brown spots to serious sunburns and skin cancer. Therefore, the number one most important thing you can do to lighten your skin is to wear sunscreen every day you'll be outdoors, even when it's not super-hot or sunny. You can also protect your skin by wearing light, long-sleeved clothing and by wearing a hat and sunglasses when you're in the sun for long periods of time.

THOROUGLY CLEANSE YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY: Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This removes dirt and oil, which is important for a healthy, clear complexion.

EXFOLIATE A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK: This is important as it removes the darker, dead skin cells and reveals the new, lighter skin beneath. Exfoliating once a week will remove dead skin cells to lighten and brighten your skin.
Invest in purchasing a good scrub to remove dead skin cells. Or just make one yourself using honey, lemon, & sugar. It's edible... and it works incredibly!


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Adelayo Adedayo is a versatile young actress who works in TV, film and now stage. Trained at the Identity School of Acting, Adedayo’s TV work includes the leading role of Viva in BBC3’s Some Girls as well as M.I. High, Skins and Meet The Bandais. For film she recently starred in playwright Bola Agbaje's adaptation of her Oliver Award winning play 'Gone Too Far', which premiered at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

After making her stage in November in The Dead Wait at Park Theatre it has just been announced that she is to join the team of Law & Order: UK next autumn.