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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skincare Talk With Bola Akinboade-Bello: How To Achieve Flawless Skin With Beverages


Have you ever tried using beverages as a face pack to get glowing, blemish-free skin? Most of these beverages have more than one qualities. While they help you stay energetic throughout the day, they also nourish your skin and hair when applied directly. Read on to know the beauty secret behind some of your favourite drinks

GREEN TEA
Green tea is often referred to as a powerful weight-loss tool. But did you know that is also protects your skin from damage and reactivates dying skin cells?
It gives a glow to your skin. It contains antioxidants, which help rejuvenate your skin and protects it against free radicals.
Green tea is also used as a skin toner, especially for those with oily skin. Soak green tea leaves in hot water for half an hour. Cool, strain and use the liquid to tone your skin.
Green tea bags can be dipped in water and applied over your eyelids like eye pads for instant cooling and relaxation. They help reduce the puffiness around your eyes and add brightness.
Green tea also serves as an exfoliator. If you use it in the form of a face mask, it will naturally help in getting rid of unwanted toxins and make you look healthy and add shine.
Green tea may also be used as a hair rinse, as the tannin in the tea helps to add lustre to your hair. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. After boiling, cool and strain the water. Then add lemon juice to it and use this as a last rinse after shampoo.
Green tea helps in reducing dandruff. It also stimulates hair growth and softens your hair. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E and panthenol, which are used as common ingredients in hair conditioners. It helps restore dry and damaged hair, while also protecting them from the UV rays of the sun.

COFFEE
Coffee helps in reducing inflammation and redness of the skin. Caffeine helps in treating dark circles and is often found in most cosmetics. It also helps reduce build up of blood under the eyes, which contribute to eye shadows.
Apart from this, it contains anti-ageing properties, which delay the signs of ageing. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite and tightens your skin. Coffee beans can be used as face or body scrubs.
Coffee has rich antioxidant properties, which help to repair damaged hair and prevent breakage. Coffee stimulates growth and thickens your hair.
You can use coffee in hair packs. It can be added to henna, along with other ingredients. It helps to add shine and lustre to the hair. It is also an antioxidant that counteracts the effects of pollutants in the air.

LAVENDER TEA
Lavender tea is found to be effective in curing various skin conditions like cuts, wounds and sores. Non-sweetened lavender tea can be used as a hair rinse to deal with problems like hair loss. It can also help in getting rid of dandruff.

LEMONGRASS TEA
 Lemongrass tea is known to be an excellent detoxifying agent. Not only does it cleanse your system internally, but if you apply lemongrass tea on your face, it helps you get rid of blemishes and acne. Boil a cup of lemongrass tea and once cool, apply it with cotton on your face to lighten your scars and get rid of large and open pores and pimples.

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Late Dr. Stella Adadevoh’s Family Unveils Health Trust


The family of the late Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, who lost her life in a bid to prevent an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, has immortalized the late heroine of the Ebola war through a Trust.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the family also announced the official launch of the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust website, www.drasatrust.org.

“The Trust is a registered nonprofit created to continue Dr. Adadevoh’s legacy and provide support and funding to advance Nigeria’s healthcare system. The Trust works through collaboration and partnership with organizations and associations committed to its main objectives and owns and manages an endowment fund which is open to individual and institutional contributions,” the statement said.
 It however noted that “The Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust is not affiliated with the Ameyo Adadevoh Scholarship Fund created by the NGO Nurture My Future.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

RISING STAR: DIANA YEKINI


Diana Yekini, a Nigerian-British native, who emerged as the winner of the 1st Annual GIAMA – Screen Icon Search (SIS) Competition, automatically sealed movie deals with top producers in the Nollywood industry. One of the movies she featured in as part of the SIS Winner’s package was playing the role of ‘Chantelle’, a sassy African American lady who was Alex Ekubo’s love interest in the Royal Arts Academy flick ‘Lagos Cougars’.

Since moving to Nigeria in 2013 Diana has worked on projects such as EbonyLife Tv drama 'A New You', 'Lagos Cougars' and 'All that Glitters'. She is currently playing a lead role in the musical Saro at Terra Kulture set to hit the stage this October amongst other on going projects.


THE MAGIC OF CUCUMBERS!!!


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B
Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before
going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and
headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chief Nike Akande Plans Superlative 70th Birthday Party


No doubt, top society woman and two- time minister is aging gracefully. She appears more regal and charming when you think you have seen the best of her. Little wonder the high society can't wait to celebrate with her next Saturday at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos as she marks her 70th birthday.
Her husband, Chief (Dr) Adebayo Akande, Eketa Olubadan of Ibadanland(MFR), is pulling all strings to celebrate his graceful wife. The silver box invitation card with a glittering brooch is exquisite in quality.
Preparation is already in top gear, and every step of the preparation appears to indicate that the celebration will be one of the classiest events in town.


Beverly Osu's Dream Come True!!! Debuts Acting Role In Movie Titled Curse Of The Seven


Nigeria's representative in the 2013 edition of Big Brother Africa reality TV show, Beverly Osu, may have realized her dream of becoming an actress, as she now landed her debut acting role in a movie titled Curse of the Seven.
The model cum actress plays the lead role in the yet-to-be-released movie alongside actor Ken Erics Ugo.
Beverly is also featuring in another movie alongside Shirley Igwe, where she was pictured with a live snake around her neck.
She shared the picture with the caption: "Most daring role I chose in my career. My face shows confidence, but my heart is about t explode. I try to challenge myself for the love of my job and the confidence I have in God."

Boko Haram Abducted 30 Teenagers


Around 30 teenagers, some of them girls aged as young as 11, have been abducted in northeast Nigeria over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram rebels.
According to Alhaji Shettima Maina,a local village chief who is in charge of the Mafa village around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state:“The insurgents grabbed young people, boys and girls, from our region, they took all boys aged 13 and over… and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days.”
Another village elder, Mallam Ashiekh Mustapha, confirmed the account.
Both men said 17 people were also killed in recent days in a Boko Haram attack on the nearby village of Ndongo.
Boko Haram, which has been waging a bloody insurgency since 2009, has been responsible for waves of attacks and abductions.


Nigeria Faces FIFA Suspension Again


African champions Nigeria could be thrown out of international football by the governing body of the sport, FIFA, this week. The football federation of the West African nation, the NFF, has been given a deadline of Monday, October 27, 2014 to resolve its governance issue or face automatic suspension from FIFA.

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos and presided over by Justice Ambrose Allagoa had last Thursday week declared the elections of September 30, 2014 that brought the Amaju Pinnick executive committee into office as null and void.
The court also warned the troubled NFF executive committee to quit parading itself as the country’s football authority which has led to the Chris Giwa group that filed the suit to stake claim as being the authentic executive committee of troubled Nigeria’s FA.

South African Footballer , Senzo Meyiwa Shot Dead


South Africa’s football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot. The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa’s girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg. The 27-year-old played for Orlando Pirates and had played in South Africa’s last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
On Saturday, he was in action for his club, when they progressed to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.
According to the South African Police Service, two men had entered the house, around 20:00 (18:00 GMT), while a third man remained outside. All three fled after shots were fired, in what local media reports say was an attempted burglary.
A reward of about $14,000 has been offered for information leading to the suspects’ arrest. Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
He started playing for Orlando Pirates, based in the Parktown district of Johannesburg, in 2005.
May his soul rest in peace!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Patience Jonathan Resigns As Permanent Secretary Over Rift With Governor Dickson


First Lady Patience Jonathan has surprisingly resigned her appointment as Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service. There have been speculations that the 57-year-old Mrs. Jonathan and Dickson have fallen out over issues relating to governance and contract awards in the President’s home state.

Senior Bayelsa State Government sources with knowledge of the development said her resignation was voluntary even though her relations with the state governor have remained frosty in the past months.

According to civil service rules Mrs Jonathan still had at least three years to reach the mandated 60 years age limit before retiring.



HOTTIE OF THE DAY: KAFUI K DANKU


Brazen and sassy Kafui K Danku is one of the rising stars in the Ghanaian movie industry. A graduate from the University of Cape Coast where she studied English and Classics. She has featured in movies like; A Little Affair, Heal My Heart, 4play Reloaded, Shadows in the Dark, Sin of the Soul, A Reason to Kill, Ifeanyi Onyeabor's Tribe and Hotel Babylon are testaments to her prowess.


Born into the family of 4 girls and 2 boys, Kafui is from the Volta region in Ghana and reside in Accra.




President Goodluck Jonathan Finally Declared His Intention To Seek Reelection


President Goodluck Jonathan has finally declared his intention to seek reelection to leaders of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during a meeting inside the Presidential Villa on Thurday October 23. He told senior party officials that he would purchase the party’s nomination form ahead of the October 30, 2014 deadline.

The party’s leadership recently adopted the President as its sole Presidential candidate amidst pockets of complaints from some members. Even with his adoption, President Jonathan had declined to openly confirm whether he’ll seek reelection even though his body language tilted towards the obvious.

With Thursday’s confirmation, reports said the President has set up a campaign declaration committee headed by a former Chairman of the party and ex-federal minister of Defence, Dr. Halliru Bello. The President is expected to formally declare between November 7 and November 15.

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Mali Confirms First Case Of Ebola


The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country. It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from the neighboring Guinea.
According to the Malian Health Minister ,Ousmane Kone, said the infected girl was being treated in the western town of Kayes. She was brought to a local hospital on Wednesday and her blood sample was Ebola-positive, Mr Kone said.

The child and those who have come into contact with her have been put in quarantine. The girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the child was then brought by relatives to Mali.

Mali is now the sixth West African country to be affected by the latest Ebola outbreak – however Senegal and Nigeria have since been declared virus-free by the WHO.