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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FIONA AFORMA ANUZIE IS MBGN 2010






Fiona Aforma Anuzie has won the 2010 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria on May 22,2010 at the Grand Ball, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. She was crowned by 2009’s Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Glory Chukwu.
It was a keenly contested pageant with beauties from all over the country competing for the opportunity to represent Nigeria at the Miss World contest along with other exciting prizes.
Though she won the main crown, Fiona was not the only young lady who was crowned that night. Onyeka Martina Udechukwu who represented Abuja FCT was chosen as Miss LaCasera 2010. She will receive a 1 Million Naira cash prize and the chance to be the Face of LaCasera for 12 months. Miss Ebonyi, Shalom Obi won the Face of Select Pro Cosmetics Contest and a 500,000 Naira cash prize.
The first runner-up was Ngozi Odaloni who represented Niger State. She was crowned MBGN Universe and will represent Nigeria at the Miss Universe pageant. The second runner-up was Nengi Warikoko who was crowned MBGN Tourism who represented Rivers State, she will compete is the Miss Tourism International contest.

Monday, May 24, 2010

419 USE TURAI YAR’ADUA TO MAKE MONEY


Couple of weeks after the death of the former head of state, Ex-President Umaru Musa
Yar’Adua, Nigerian conmen have decided to use the circumstances surrounding his death, his fame globally and his wealth and affluence to dupe people. Internet fraud has been the in-thing among the younger guys who are in a haste to make money. They keep coming up with new ideas and tactics. So anyone who is conversant with these dubious acts will not be surprised as Turai, the late president’s wife has been their latest subject. A lot of known celebrities and even popular actresses have had their share of this experience in the past. They use the name of the high and mighty in the society to trick people.
And the latest mail going around town is one claimed to be from Turai soliciting for help.
The mail reads: “I am Haija Turai Yar’Adua, wife to the late Nigerian Head of state, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua who died on the 5th May 2010 while
still on active service for our Country. I am contacting you with the hope
that you will be of great assistance to me, I currently have within my
reach the sum of $14,258,000.00 USD (Fourteen Millions Two Hundred and
Fifty Eight Thousand United States Dollars) cash which I intend to use for
investment purposes outside Nigeria.
This money came as a result of a payback contract deal between my husband
and a Russian firm in our country's multi-billion dollar Ajaokuta steel
plant. The Russian partners returned my husbands share being the above sum
after his death.
Presently, the new civilian Government has intensified their probe into my
husband’s financial resources which has led to the freezing of all our
accounts, local and foreign, the revoking of all our business licences.In
view of this I acted very fast to withdraw this money from one of our
finance houses before it was closed down.
I have deposited the money in a security company with the help of very
loyal officials of my late husband. No record is known about this fund by
the government because there is no documentation showing that we received
such funds.
Due to the current situation in the country and government attitude to my
family, I cannot make use of this money within and I currently live in
Nigeria for security reasons and to monitor properly the funds that my
late husband left in the security company thus I seek your help in
transferring this funds out of this country.
Please if you can do this for me 40% of the total sum will be for you.
Contact My Lawyer with this email:
Name: Barr Jay Mchenry
Email: barr.22mchenry@gmail.com
Regards,
Haija Turai Yar’Adua”

Even though any Nigerian might be able to detect a foul play right from the beginning of the mail, what most of these 419 guys do is to use a popular Nigeria figure to defraud other people in other countries and vice versa. The amount they always promise to give out is always irresistible. Interestingly, with all the awareness on Internet fraud; some people are still falling into the prey of these scammers.

TAE STEPPED UP HER GAME






Few years back, when Lagos Designer, Bisola Edun and the talented mind behind Tae stepped into the fashion scene, she became popular with her Bohemian Skirts crafted out using Ankara Fabrics. And this had become her signature look ever since. But recently, Tae stunned everyone when her fashion label witnessed a complete change. She recently unveiled a new collection called VENUS, inspired by the Roman goddess. It is a range of cute mind blowing dresses. She laid a lot of emphasis on her designs, cuts and embellishments while her signature volume full skirts were also evident in some of the designs.

NOLLYWOOD ACTOR, MIKE EZURUONYE, WEDS NKECHI





The whole of Nollywood temporarily relocated to Mbano, Imo State on 22nd of May 2010 to celebrate with one of their own, Mike Ezuruonye, at the traditional wedding to Nkechi Nnorom, a medical-psychologist based in Canada.
Their love story started 2 years ago when Mike was filming a movie at Nkechi’s godmother’s house in Abuja. Nkechi who was on holiday from Canada where she was pursuing a career in Medical Psychology. He spotted her and the attraction was immediate. Nkechi was not a Nollywood fan at the time so had no idea who he was. For over a year, Mike pursued beautiful Nkechi and she finally said yes and then their relationship began!
On Nkechi’s last birthday, she received a romantic surprise – a proposal from her heartthrob Mike and once again she said YES! This time, it was a commitment to spend the rest of their lives together.
After months of preparation, all roads led to the bride’s hometown, Mbano in Imo State.
The wedding took place in a primary school and had all the trappings of celebrities’ wedding- money, wine, people and the paparazzi in abundance.
Nollywood stars such as Ini Edo, Tonto Dike, Rukky Sanda, Jackie Appiah, Patience Ozokwor, Uche Jombo, Haloma Abubakar and Mercy Johnson were present.
Others in attendance were Desmond Elliot, Chinedu Ikedieze(Aki), Emeka Ani, Julius Agwu, KC Presh.
John Okafor(Mr Ibu) and comedian Dauda were the masters of ceremonies.
The bride, Nkechi was dressed in an embroidered gold dress accessorized with coral beads on her head, around her neck and waist while Mike was in brown and ivory traditional Igbo Isi-agu attire.
The Igba Nkwu Nwanyi was beautifully performed by Nkechi as she navigated through the huge crowd and presented her cup of wine to her love, Mike with a beaming smile. Mike happily received it, took a sip and gave her a romantic hug while grinning from ear to ear.
The rest of the ceremony was all about fun and celebration as Mike’s Mum and siblings along with Nkechi’s family celebrated the marriage of their children. For Mike’s Mum, Mrs. Ezuruonye, it was an emotional, happy and fulfilling day. It was indeed a beautiful and joyous occasion.
Mike however said the wedding was a dream come true as he had now join the elite club of married men. “When the roll call of married men is called, I can now stand and be counted . This is a dream come true. I am so happy”, he said.

TIPS ON DRESSING ETIQUETTE BY GM STYLES- PART 2





A GENTLEMAN’S SUIT
• The three basic principles of a good shirt are the cut, construction and fabric. The collar design is one of the essential features defining the style of every shirt.
• Two button shirt: A two button shirt serves for both corporate and casual outfit-weekdays and weekends. With GM Styles two button cut away collar, you can knot a tie with it and also wear it casually for your weekend outing.
• Single button shirt: This is ideal for casual wear for example with jeans and a blazer.

A GENTLEMAN’S TIE
Working with neckties is very much a matter of personal taste, but in conservative terms there are some basic guidelines.
• One of the biggest style worries of men is how big their tie knot should be and how well it is tied is an even more contentious issue
• All ties come with a length. Whichever knot you prefer, make sure your tie is not tucked into your trousers.
• We advise that our customers should go for a 100% silk tie. It is easy to knot and dry clean. Ties which are 3.5-4 inches wide and 62 inches long give you different knots of your choice.
• Ties should always be darker than the wearer's shirt. The background colour of the tie should not be the same as that of the shirt, while the foreground of the tie should contain the colour of the shirt and thereby "pick up" on the colour of the shirt.
• In recent times however, it has become popular to match the necktie colour with the shirt or even wearing a lighter coloured tie with a darker shirt, usually during formal occasions.
• Ideally, the tie should also integrate the colour of the suit in the same way.
• Generally, simple or subdued patterns are preferred for conservative dress.
• Once properly knotted and arranged, the bottom of the tie can extend anywhere from the wearer's navel level, to slightly below the waistband. The thin end should never extend below the wide end.

THE RIGHT SHOES
It is often said that a man’s shoes are his most important item of clothing. On most occasions, a man with a decent pair of shoes on his feet will find that his cheap jeans, budget shirts and bargain sweaters will be benevolently overlooked. It is important to have a classy, well broken in pair of shoes.

CUFFLINKS
Cufflinks and knots are essential for a double cuff shirt. They are sold as a pair to adorn the buttonholes of a man’s long sleeve shirt. Cufflinks close the buttonholes of the cuff.
• Choose links that will go with most of your shirts and ties. Steel or silver is a good bet, unless you wear a gold watch.
• The double cuff has made a massive return to fashion and is once again the cuff of choice for work. Cufflinks on a shirt will boost your confidence.

A FINAL WORD
Within the first three seconds of a new encounter you are evaluated, even if it is just a glance, people appraise your appearance from head to toe assessing your grooming and accessories. In this time, you make an indelible impression. You may intrigue some and disenchant others but…you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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EX-SOCCER STAR, SEGUN ODEGBAMI MARRIES OYINDAMOLA ADEYEMI




In over two decades, ace footballer, Segun Odegbami ruled asone sports icons who is reputed as ladies man. He was reputed for having dated a few ladies, one of whom is top Talk show star Presenter, Funmi Iyanda, mother of his daughter, Morenike. Well the big news is about the new woman in his life, Oyindamola Adeyemi after his first marriage crashed over 2 decades ago.
Oyindamola, who formally stepped out with Big Seg as Segun Odegbami is fondly called at the burial ceremony of Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye’s father seemed to have won over Segun’s heart as they showed their love for one other in the company of some of his family members and close friends. Big Seg took the bold step of going to Oyindamola’s hometown in Ondo State to perform the traditional family introduction which was the first stage of his marriage to the petite brown skinned lady. Sources revealed that the couple met at an event Segun had for his NGO.
Though no one is certain Big Seg’s first marriage to his wife who lives in London has been formally dissolved, but it is obvious that he has decided to move on by marrying Oyindamola.

PASTOR ADEBOYE GIVES NEW RULES OF DRESSING FOR REDEEM PASTOR’S


A few weeks ago, Pastor Adeboye restated the rules of descent dressing in all of the parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Some interesting rules and regulation concerning dressing in the church include:
Women are not allowed to wear gold jewelry. It was said that even though the wearing of gold would not keep anyone from going to heaven, women have a tendency to idolize gold jewelry. Gold jewelry has since been banned in the Redeemed Church. Women must always have their hair covered in church.
Women are not allowed to wear trousers. Men and Women are not allowed to wear sleeveless outfits. Men and Women are not allowed to color their hair. Women are not allowed to wear artificial hair.
These rules and regulations show how conservative the Redeemed Church has chosen to remain even though many think it is permitted in Pentecostal Churches.
It was revealed that Pastor Adeboye was asked why he ordained female Pastor even though Apostle Paul in the scriptures in the Bible spoke against women being in authority in the Church. Pastor Adeboye was said to have replied that if a woman was more spiritual and knowledgeable about the Word of God, it makes sense that she should lead.

GOV. ALAO AKALA IS 60


Although he does not look it, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Alao Akala will be 60 in two weeks time. And he will be celebrating it big. He will be celebrating 60 years on 3rd June 2010 and he has sent out Invitation Cards and a one page notification letter.
As part of my appreciation to God for sparing my life for the past 6 decades, there will be a thanksgiving service at the Molete Baptist Church, Ibadan on 3rd June 2010 at 10am prompt.
For your information, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, has accepted to grace the occasion with his esteemed precence.
The thanksgiving service will however be preceded on 2nd June with a lecture to be delivered by Prof. Wande Abimbola, the former Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University.
My biography entitled Adebayo Alao Akala: The Path to Destiny will also be launched immediately after the lecture. Venue of the 2 events is the Cultural Centre, Mokola, Ibadan, commencing from 10am prompt.
I will therefore feel greatly honored with your esteemed presence as I invite you to please join me in appreciating the Lord’s kindness in my life. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and warm regards.

WHY CHLAMYDIA IS THE MAJOR CAUSE OF INFERTILITY


Couples of years back; Gonorrhea was the leading cause of Infertility in both men and women.However, that has since change as a new sexually transmitted disease known as Chlamydia has emerged as the major cause of Infertility. Chlamydia is now one of the prevalent bacteria found in classic Sexually Transmissible Diseases (STD) and as such, constitutes a serious public health problem. Chlamydia trachomatis infections are known to manifest in a variety of syndromes in both men and women when left undiagnosed and untreated. While the clinical presentations in men include Urethritis, Epididymitis, etc., women suffer more serious complications such as Mucopurulent Cervicitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Ectopic pregnancy and Tubal infertility. In this report, City People Fashion Editor BOLA AKINBOADE presents to you all you need to know about this killer disease.

ABOUT CHLAMYDIA
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. The number of new diagnoses has been steadily increasing and it has become the most commonly diagnosed STD. Chlamydia is called the ‘silent’ disease because most people who get it do not experience any noticeable symptoms. Around 50% of men and 70-80% of women who get the Chlamydia infection will have no symptoms and many cases of Chlamydia remain undiagnosed When transmitted through sexual contact, the bacteria can infect the urinary and reproductive organs leading to infertility if not properly treated.
Even though symptoms of Chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.
It's also important for them to take the precautions to prevent Chlamydia, and if it's suspected, to seek treatment as soon as possible.

HOW DO PEOPLE GET CHLAMYDIA
Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal childbirth.
Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix (opening to the uterus) of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured and is probably more susceptible to infection, they are at particularly high risk for infection if sexually active. Since Chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, men who have sex with men are also at risk for Chlamydia infection.


SYMPTOMS
In many cases, Chlamydia causes only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. So an infection can last for weeks or months before it is discovered.
Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
In women, the bacteria initially infect the cervix and the urethra (urine canal). Women who have symptoms might have an abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus), some women still have no signs or symptoms; others have lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, or bleeding between menstrual periods. Chlamydia infection of the cervix can spread to the rectum. If Chlamydia or PID infections go untreated in females, they can lead to scarring of the fallopian tubes, which can lead to other serious health problems such as Chronic Pelvic Pain, Infertility, or Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
Just like in females, Chlamydia may be completely without symptoms in males.
Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from their penis or a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching around the opening of the penis. Pain and swelling in the testicles are uncommon.
Men or women who have receptive anal intercourse may acquire Chlamydia infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding. Untreated infections can lead to Epididymitis, an inflammation of the coiled tubes in the back of the testicles. This can result in testicular swelling, pain, and even infertility.
Chlamydia can also be found in the throats of women and men having oral sex with an infected partner.

CONTAGIOUSNESS
Chlamydia is contagious. It can be transmitted through sexual contact, in semen and vaginal secretions.
Chlamydia does not spread through casual contact such as shaking hands or using the same toilet as someone who is infected. If someone is diagnosed with Chlamydia, all of that person's sexual partners need to be notified and treated with antibiotics, even if they don't have any symptoms, so that they don't develop any long-term complications or spread the infection to others.

COMPLICATIONS THAT CAN RESULT FROM UNTREATED CHLAMYDIA
If untreated, Chlamydia infections can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences. Like the disease itself, the damage that Chlamydia causes is often not easily detected.
In women, untreated infection can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This happens in up to 40 percent of women with untreated Chlamydia. PID can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues. The damage can lead to chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and potential fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). Women infected with Chlamydia are up to five times more likely to become infected with HIV, if exposed.
Complications among men are rare. Infection sometimes spreads to the Epididymis (the tube that carries sperm from the testis), causing pain, fever, and, rarely, sterility.
Also, genital Chlamydia infection can cause arthritis that can be accompanied by skin lesions and inflammation of the eye and urethra (Reiter's syndrome).



TREATMENT
If detected early, Chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics and the symptoms alleviated within 7 to 10 days. If untreated, Chlamydia can lead to serious complications that can appear months or even years after the person is infected.
There are medications currently available for effective treat of Chlamydia. However, once treated, a young person is encouraged to be screened for Chlamydia again about 3 months after treatment. This is because up to 20% of young women are re-exposed to Chlamydia and need to be treated again. The most common reason for exposure is a sexual partner who hasn't been adequately treated.
The sexual partners of anyone who has or is suspected of having Chlamydia or any other STD should be examined and treated. Those diagnosed with any STD should inform their partners as soon as possible so that they can be examined and treated, in order to prevent complications, and avoid spreading the infections to others.
All sex partners should be evaluated, tested, and treated. Persons with Chlamydia should abstain from sexual intercourse until they and their sex partners have completed treatment, otherwise re-infection is possible.
Women whose sex partners have not been appropriately treated are at high risk for re-infection. Having multiple infections increases a woman's risk of serious reproductive health complications, including infertility. Retesting should be encouraged for women three to four months after treatment. This is especially true if a woman does not know if her sex partner received treatment.

PREVENTION
Because Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact, the best way to prevent it is to abstain from having sex. Sexual contact with more than one partner or with someone who has more than one partner increases the risk of contracting any STD.
Once sexual activity is part of a young person's life, it is important to be screened yearly for Chlamydia by a medical practioner. This is important whether or not symptoms of an infection are present.
In addition, when properly and consistently used, condoms decrease the risk of STDs, including Chlamydia.
Although birth control pills offer no protection against STDs, they may provide some protection against PID by causing the body to create thicker cervical mucus, making it more difficult for bacteria to reach the upper genital tract.
Using douche can actually increase a female's risk of contracting STDs because it can change the natural flora of the vagina and may flush bacteria higher into the genital tract.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

GHANA ACTRESS, JACKIE APPIAH TALKS ABOUT HER AMAA AWARD CONTROVERSY


When star actress, Jackie Apiah stood before the crowd at the venue of AMAA Awards in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State recently to pick her award, she felt very elated. However, three weeks after winning the coveted award, life has not been the same for her. There has been series of controversy trailing her.
The genesis of the whole problem actually started shortly after the Best Performance By An Actress In a Leading Role alongside two other top actresses from Ghana at the 2010 AMAA Award. The 3 actresses were named as joint winners for the award for their role in Sparrow Production’s Movie, The Perfect Picture.
Jackie was alleged to have granted an interview to the local media as soon as she got back to Ghana where she was reported to have amassed to have taken all the glory to herself implying that she single handedly won the award.
This did not go down well with the other 2 actresses as well as a cross section of Ghanaians who saw the act as a case of her drawing all the attention to herself alone. This has led to a lot of criticism.
According to what was gathered, in the midst of the heat, the manager of Lydia Forson and Na Ashorkor Mensah- Doku , was also said to have issued a press statement on the issue. The press release issued by Habiba Nelson, the manager of the 2 actresses reads, “We are not bothered about everything that happened”, adding that the truth can never be submerged by any man, and hoped the good within the entertainment fraternity would be the better judge over the said development”.
Following this development, AMAA representatives in Ghana is said to have come out to clear the air, through a prompt press statement and also stating the fact the 3 actresses were named as joint winners of the award.
Apart from the AMAA fall-out, another latest gist that is going around about Jackie lately is the news of her double-shuffle fast game she allegedly played on a certain Nigerian movie producer popularly called Victor.
The alleged fraudulent act which may have a great deal in the flourishing acting career of the Ghanaian actress, we learnt, is now a top topic of discussion amongst big players in both the Ghana and Nigeria movie scenes, as they both said to have condemned her action as unprofessional, illegal and an act of breach of contract.
It was gathered that the producer Victor signed a movie contract with Jackie Appiah and paid her full professional fee to play a lead role in a movie with a working title ‘Buried Emotions", but Jackie was absent on location because of the AMAA event and after the AMAA she did not turn up to the location neither did she return the money.
Last week, City People Fashion Editor BOLA AKINBOADE put all these allegations to her through a telephone interview, where she stated her own side of the story claiming that all these rumors is the handwork of some people who have refused to come to terms with her success.

The latest news in town now is that the AMAA Awards jointly won by you, Lydia Forson and Na Ashorkor has been causing a lot of controversy. It was alleged that you granted an interview in your local media where you stated that you single-handedly won the award. Did you actually sidelined the 2 other actresses?
That is not true at all, I mean you can talk to the TV station, or even log on to the website online and listen to my recorded interview. The presenter asked the question about the AMAA Awards and I answered that I won alongside with Lydia Forson and Na Ashorkor Mensah- Doku. I mean, what else would I have said. I was so happy during the interview session, and I went speaking about how happy I was about the award. The truth of the matter is I can’t be talking about them. They would also have to speak for themselves. I can’t hype them or handle their PR for them. But I never claimed to be the sole winner of the Award, it was a joint thing

But if you didn’t claim to be the sole winner, why then is controversy to the extent that Lydia and Na Ashokor’s manager had to issue a press release to make their own statement?
The truth is that I don’t understand the need for whatever press release which I have not seen anyway. When she was advertising in favor of Lydia in the newspaper, why didn’t I count it against her too? Lydia also granted an interview and the newspaper was in favor of her. She spoke only about herself in the course of the interview. Did she call me to share in that excitement, not at all. So I don’t understand why anybody should be angry with what I said in my interview.
A lot of people are just angry with no reason. They want me to be mentioning them all the time, but that is not possible because I can only talk for myself. For instance, now you are interviewing me and everything we have been talking about is just me, and that was the way all my previous interview went. I can only talk about myself.

Another latest news going around town about you is the fact that you collected money from a Nigerian producer to shoot a movie, but you never showed up?
That is not true; I can give you the number of the producer. He is even shock and he does not know anything about it.It is a fabricated story. Though, I was meant to be in his film, but he understands my busy schedule and he said that if I can’t make it, I should let him. And unfortunately, I couldn’t make it because of my busy schedule. He didn’t take it badly because he said he really understands my case and that he will still use me in his next movie if am free. I actually refunded his money, so I wonder where all the news of fraud is coming from.

Judging from what you have said so far, it’s obvious that this controversy has to do with you winning the Award and there are people beefing you over it?
I am not surprised myself that all these things are happening. In life, when you are going higher, there are people that want to bring you down. I thank God for the people that are praying for me and supporting me, their prayers have brought me this far, opening more doors for me. So I won’t be bothered about those who are against me.

How do you feel winning AMAA Awards?
Winning the award this year brings a good sense of achievement and growth for me .It was a beautiful feeling and I am just so happy. It shows that God is on my side and people are out there watching my works and appreciating what I do.

What would you say gave you the award?
First and foremost is God; he brought me this far by his help. The second thing is the Movie itself. I was totally impressed with script for the ‘Perfect Picture’ from the first day I got it. I just fell in love with it because I knew it was a brilliant work. So I am not really surprised that it brought me this far. And thirdly, the judges since they were the decision maker. I want to believe they know better.

Is this your first award?
This is not my first. In 2007, I won the Best supporting actress for the movie Beyonce in AMAA. I was also nominated in 2008 for Best Actress in a Leading role for Princess Tyra. So I will say, I am not new to the AMAA Awards.

This year Awards took a different twist as Ghanaian actress actually outshined the Nigerian actresses. In your own opinion, what do you have to say?
The latest achievements of the Ghana movie stars are just an indication that there has been an improvement in the Ghana movie industry. This shows that the Ghana movie stars are also becoming a major force to reckon with, and we are on moving in the right path. There has been a lot of improvements in the making of our movies from the cameras, script writing, locations and even costumes. There has been a lot of hard work and effort a lot of us has also put into our job, and this awards have just proven to us that our efforts are been recognized and I am really happy about the development.

REGINA ASKIA HOLDS FASHION SHOW


Even in far away USA, ex-beauty queen and top actress, Regina Askia is set to make her contribution to help ease the pains of the victim of the recent tragic ethno- religious violence that hit Jos in Plateau State. Come May 22, 2010, Regina will be hosting a fashion show tagged “Fashion for Jos” at the Palace in Brightseat, Landover, Maryland, USA, where 12designers , 9 of whom are Nigerians will be parading their designs. They are L’Shandi, Legend Couture, Estelle Couture, Anyiam Creations, Editalo, Shakara Boutique, Paw Inc, Bijoux Jewelry, all Nigerians, while 2 Ghanaian designers, Studio D’ Maxi and Siasy Imona will also be supporting the event. Tana Yadau, an Indian designer will also strut her stuff on the runway. Artistes billed to thrill guests at the event include Jumbo Aniebiet, Koleurz, Madarocka, Tosin Musik, Chinwe Enn and Tolumide. All of them will be lending a hand to give, heal and restore Jos, in their own little way

THE NEW KILLER DISEASE THAT CAUSES SUDDEN DEATH IN WOMEN


Endometriosis is one of the most common killer diseases affecting the female gender. It has been round for a while now, but little or nothing has really been said about it. This disease causes Infertility in women, and most of the time has also resulted in Sudden Death.
Endometriosis is more common in infertile, compared to fertile, women. However, the condition usually does not fully prevent conception. Most women with endometriosis will still be able to conceive, especially those with mild to moderate endometriosis. It is estimated that up to 70% of women with mild and moderate endometriosis will conceive within three years without any specific treatment.
Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed by medical practitioners leading to delays in treatment, sometimes for several years. Because of the appearance of blood which is one of its symptoms, it is often diagnosed as other terminal disease. Some are even told they have condition such as IBS, painful periods or even psychological pain. In other words these women seem to ‘’suffer alone’’
City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE had a chat with Dr Abayomi Ajayi of NORDICA Fertility Centre and he revealed the Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and everything you need to know about this disease.

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
The term Endometriosis is coined from two words ‘ENDO’ and ‘METRA’ meaning ‘Inside’ and ‘Womb’ Endometriosis is the growth of cells similar to those that form the inside of the uterus (endometrial cells), but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are the same cells that are shed each month during menstruation. The cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called ‘’ implants’’. These implants are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the surface lining of the pelvic cavity, they can also be found in the vagina, cervix, and bladder.
Rarely, endometriosis implants can occur outside the pelvis, on the liver, in old surgery scars, and even in or around the lung or brain. These implants, while they can cause problems, are benign (not cancerous).

WHO IS AFFECTED BY ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis affects women in their reproductive years. The exact prevalence of endometriosis is not known, since many women may have the condition and have no symptoms. It is estimated to affect over one million women (estimates range from 3% to 18% of women) in the United States. Most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed in women aged around 25-35 years; it has been reported in girls as young as 11 years of age. It is rare in postmenopausal women. It runs in families and delaying pregnancy until an older age is also believed to increase the risk of developing endometriosis.

WHAT CAUSES ENDOMETRIOSIS?
The cause of endometriosis is unknown. One theory is that the endometrial tissue is deposited in unusual locations by the backing up of menstrual flow into the Fallopian tubes and the pelvic and abdominal cavity during menstruation (termed retrograde menstruation). The cause of retrograde menstruation is not clearly understood. But retrograde menstruation cannot be the sole cause of endometriosis as many women have retrograde menstruation in varying degrees, yet not all of them develop endometriosis making the theory of immune system malfunction tenable.
Another possibility is that areas lining the pelvic organs possess primitive cells that are able to grow into other forms of tissue, such as endometrial cells. Persistent exposure to environmental pollutants like Dioxins has also been incriminated.

WHAT ARE ENDOMETRIOSIS SYMPTOMS?
Most women who have it, in fact, do not have symptoms. Of those who do experience symptoms, the common symptoms are pain (usually pelvic) and infertility. Pelvic pain usually occurs during or just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation. Some women experience pain or cramping with intercourse, bowel movements and/or urination. Even pelvic examination by a doctor can be painful. The pain intensity can change from month to month, and vary greatly among women. Some women experience progressive worsening of symptoms, while others can have resolution of pain without treatment.
It can be one of the reasons for infertility in otherwise healthy couples. When laparoscopic examinations are performed for infertility evaluations, endometrial implants can be found in some of these patients, many of whom may not have painful symptoms of endometriosis. The reasons for a decrease in fertility are not completely understood, but might be due to both anatomic and hormonal factors. The presence of endometriosis may involve masses of tissue or scarring (adhesions) within the pelvis that may distort normal anatomical structures, such as Fallopian tubes, which transport the eggs from the ovaries. Alternatively, endometriosis may affect fertility through the production of hormones and other substances that have a negative effect on ovulation, fertilization of the egg, and/or implantation of the embryo.

OTHER SYMPTOMS RELATED TO ENDOMETRIOSIS
Other symptoms related to endometriosis include: lower pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, pain, irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding, or blood in the urine.
Rare symptoms of endometriosis include chest pain or coughing blood due to implants in the lungs and headache and/or seizures due to implants in the brain.
Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed leading to delays in treatment, sometimes for several years.

HOW IS ENDOMETRIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Endometriosis can be suspected based on symptoms of pelvic pain and findings during physical examinations in the doctor's office. Occasionally, during a rectovaginal exam (one finger in the vagina and one finger in the rectum), the doctor can feel nodules (endometrial implants) behind the uterus and along the ligaments that attach to the pelvic wall. At other times, no nodules are felt, but the examination itself causes unusual pain or discomfort.
Unfortunately, neither the symptoms nor the physical examinations can be relied upon to conclusively establish the diagnosis of endometriosis. Imaging studies, such as ultrasound, can be helpful in ruling out other pelvic diseases and may suggest the presence of endometriosis in the vaginal and bladder areas, but still cannot definitively diagnose endometriosis. For an accurate diagnosis, a direct visual inspection inside of the pelvis and abdomen, as well as tissue biopsy of the implants are necessary.
As a result, the only accurate way of diagnosing endometriosis is at the time of surgery, either by opening the belly with large-incision laparotomy or small-incision laparoscopy.
The surest way to diagnose endometriosis is by laparoscopy, an operation performed under general anesthetics, where a small instrument called a laparoscope (a tube like telescope with light in it), is inserted into the abdomen through a cut in the belly button. It is a form of minor surgery. Laparoscopy also indicates the location, extent, and size of the endometriotic growths.


HOW IS ENDOMETRIOSIS TREATED?
Endometriosis can be treated with medications and/or surgery. The goals of endometriosis treatment may include pain relief and/or enhancement of fertility.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium) are commonly prescribed to help relieve pelvic pain and menstrual cramping. These pain-relieving medications have no effect on the endometrial implants. The diagnosis of endometriosis is only definite after a woman undergoes surgery, there will of course be many women who are suspected of having endometriosis based on the nature of their pelvic pain symptoms. In such a situation, NSAIDs are commonly used. If they work to control pain, no other procedures or medical treatments are needed. If they do not relieve the pain, additional evaluation and treatment generally occur.
Since endometriosis occurs during the reproductive years, many of the available medical treatments for endometriosis rely on interruption of the normal cyclical hormone production by the ovaries. These medications include GnRH analogs, oral contraceptive pills, and progestins.
Surgical treatment for endometriosis can be useful when the symptoms of endometriosis are severe or when there has been an inadequate response to medical treatment. Surgery is the preferred treatment when there is anatomic distortion of the pelvic organs or obstruction of the bowel or urinary tract. Surgical therapies for endometriosis may be either classified as conservative, in which the uterus and ovarian tissue is preserved, or definitive, which involves hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), with or without removal of the ovaries.
Conservative surgery is typically carried out by laparoscopy. Endometrial implants may be excised or obliterated by laser. If the disease is extensive and anatomy is distorted, laparotomy (opening of the abdominal wall via a larger incision) may be required.
While surgical treatments can be very effective in the reduction of pain, the recurrence rate of endometriosis following surgical treatment has been estimated to be as high as 40%.

PRINCESS OKAGBUE IS NEW DELTA SOAP QUEEN


It was a classy evening of pomp and ceremony as Orange Drugs Nigeria Ltd, announced Princess Sandra Okagbue, a princess from Ofala Okagbue family in Onitsha, Anambra State winner of its 2010 edition of Miss Delta beauty pageant.
The event which was held at the Muson Center, Lagos penultimate Friday recorded huge turn-out of celebrities and Nollywood star with Kate Henshaw and Olisa Adibua compering. It was the official launch of the company’s new product, Devcom soap which has Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari as the official face.
Chairman of Orange Drugs, Sir Tony Ezenna revealed that only 14 girls qualified for the grand finale out of 350. He also disclosed that as from next year, the competition would be called Orange Beauty Pageant , adding that the winner would be known as Miss Devon, the first runner-up as Miss Delta and the 2nd runner up known as Miss Passion.
The event feautured Infinity music group, Dance Na the Man Thing, Paul Play Dairo and Helen Paul who gave a good account of themselves.
Of the 14 girls who made it to the final, only 5 were left to fight for the crown after appearing in their traditional attires, evening and casual wears. The finalist, Miss Cross River, Miss Anambra, Miss Edo, Miss Abuja and Miss Lagos took questions from panel of judges headed by Data Okorodudu of JD7. The criteria for selecting them poise , skin glow, confidence, beauty as well as brains.
While Princess Okagbue who is also Miss Lagos emerged winner, Miss Edo was first runner-up, Miss Anambra the second runner-up, Miss Abuja third runner-up and Miss Cross River emerged the fourth runner up. Ongoing Miss Delta, Miss Lizzy Ezenna crowned the new queen, who took home N2.5 million, 10,000 dollars all expenses paid trip to the United States for any European country of her choice and a brand new SUV.
The first runner-up got N1.5 million, second runner-up, N1 million,third runner-up made up away with N.5million while the fourth runner –up got N250,000.
However, some curious guests had questioned the rationale behind choosing Princess Okagbue as winner of the beauty contest, saying that she did not deserve the crown having failed to answer some of the questions poised to her and that she is too fleshy.

INDULGE BOSS, BISI ABIOLA NEW GAME PLAN


Bisi Abiola, the publisher of the INDULGE Magazine and the wife of late Billionaire, Chief MKO Abiola is planning something big this time around. Following the success of Bisi Abiola Fruit Cake, a diet product made from different kinds of fruits and garnished with honey to offer a wholly natural fruits for healthy living, she is set to establish her own Spa. We gathered that she intends to locate the spa in the highbrow Ikeja area, Lagos. The Spa will be located in the highbrow area of Ikeja. The Spa will offer highly experienced therapists and stylists, trained to ensure that patron get full relaxation that will re-awake enthusiasm for healthy life. Everything is being put in place to provide service that will be unrivaled both in expertise and facilities

THE MAKE-UP ARTIST ASSOCIATION SET TO RESTRUCTURE THE INDUSTRY


The make-up artist association spear headed by Eni Balogun of LISE makeovers and Henry Okonkwo of House of Gele two years ago had outlined series of activities to take the association PCMAN to another level. A lot of processes are going on to ensure that the quality of make-up artist on the scene is of high standard, and also to eradicate the half baked make-up artist which have flooded the scene. They are coming up with PCMAN qualification pro exam coming up in July. There will also be a PCMAN make-up show coming up very soon while members of the association will be attending make-up show in New York. The aim of the association is to breathe freshness into all the activities of make-up artists.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

THE RISING PROFILE OF EVANS AKERE


Evans Akere dumped his wig and gown to pursue his fashion dream. And ever since the creative director of Vans Kere, a male fashion outfit has come on board, he has been having a smooth ride in the industry. And just within a short period of time, his label is fast becoming a force to reckon with.
His designs are rich and very refreshing, not the regular kind of designs you see everywhere. His clientele base has also been on the rise as he makes clothes for the high and mighty. He recently won the Best Designer of the Year at the News of the People Eminent Achievers Award and also the Most Creative Designer of the Year in the Men of Excellence Award, organised by the Corporate Amazon Magazine. This has indeed boosted his image as a lot of top personalities now seek his fashion expertise.

LONDON MAKE-UP ARTIST, NGOZI EBORU DELIVERS BABY BOY


London based make-up artist, Ngozi Eboru- Nwadiale, the brain behind Angel Faces is now the proud mother of a baby boy which she delivered last week. She has been so excited about the birth of her first child and was so quick to pass the message across to all her friends shortly after the baby was born. The baby is her first child since her marriage to her UK based husband 2 years ago.
Ngozi used to be one of the new breed of wave-making make up artists few years ago. She has handled a lot of high profile jobs from bridal, runway, outdoor advertising and others. She uses extensive skills to give breath taking makeup that lasts all day and feels incredibly light. She relocated her business to London 2 years ago after formalizing her relationship with her beau. She will be putting her make-up business on a short break to enable her give all her fullest attention to her new bundle of joy.

HOW LAGOS TOP MAKE-UP ATIST, OMOLARA MAJORO DIED


The make-up and beauty industry is still in shock over the death of one of the talented make-up artist, Omolara Majoro. She is the creative director behind Virtuous Make-over outfit. She is an expert when it comes to make-up artistry. She left no stone unturned when it comes to discharge of her duties as she is very thorough, detailed and professional. The UNILAG graduate used to work at the celebrity hair salon, One-2-N-2 as a hairstylist. After gaining some experience, she decided to set up her own hair styling business. Along the line, she added make-up, giving birth to Virtuous Make-over outfit, which is one of the hottest on the scene right now. She also got married in 2008 with so much goals and aspiration for her business as well as her new family. But no one will ever think that this sweet nature woman wasn’t going to be around for too long. She was snatched by the cold hands of death last week during child birth. What makes the matter so sad is the fact that her new born baby girl who happens to be her first child survived this process and she is alive, but Omolara never did. And ever since the news of her death broke, the question that has been on so many people lips was why someone as talented good natured had to leave so soon. She has been laid to rest in a burial rite performed at Pastor Taiwo Odukoya’s Fountain of Life Church where she was also an active member

Monday, May 10, 2010

RECREATION SHIRTS UNVEILS NEW COLLECTION






Recreation shirts was created to Re-create how women wear and enjoy their number one wardrobe staple: Shirts. The vision is to provide alternative stylish shirts for the discerning woman of style. We hope to be a global fashion brand that would re-create wardrobe staples.
The Recreation woman is pure CLAS! She is Confident, Lovely, Accessible& Stylish.

THE NEW COLLECTION
Our new collection is called patterns and prints. This is fusion of western and ethnic fabrics to create shirts that are accessible and stylish. Our past collections have focused more on western fabrics, but we decided to flirt with African fabrics in creating this collection, so it has the western simplicity with an ethnic fringe.
Pattern&prints aptly describes this marriage between the two worlds and this would surely take our Recreation lady a notch higher in clas.

HIGHEST PAID MODELS OF THE WORLD






Models are humans like all of us, and some of them get a lot of money. Well, that's what Forbes magazine says. They made rankings with the highest paid models of the world during the last year. So please, dear reader, if can't pay your bills, consider to change your job. Who knows! Maybe next year you could be working with Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum.
MODEL WORTH($)
Michelle Bundchen $25 million
Heidi Klum $16 million
Kate Moss $8.5 million
Adriana Lima $8 million
Doutzen Kroes $6 million
Alessandra Ambrosio $6 million

MEET THE WOLF MAN- JESUS FAJARDO MANUEL ACEVES


33 years old Mexican, Jesus Manuel Aceves, nicknamed Chuy (pronounced: Chewy), has a condition known a hypertrichosis, sometimes called Wolfitis or Werewolf Syndrome.
Chuy grew up in the rural Mexican town of Loreto, one of the few places on earth where his condition has ever been seen. It began with Chuy's uncle Manuel who was born in 1938. Chuy explains "He was the first member of the family with the condition that we inherited through him". Manuel passed away three years ago, but there are eighteen other hairy relatives. Of these, Chuy's sister, Lilia, is the hairiest female. His three male cousins; Larry, Danny and Elliot, are as hirsute as he.
Local prejudice forced the family to look elsewhere for work, so when a national circus promoter offered to train them as performers, they jumped at the chance. The Wolf People became one of the most popular acts in Mexico, but there were bigger things just over the border.

Diego 'Vee Kay' Barquinero, better known as Vee Kay the Clown, help introduce Chuy and his family to their new life in Loc Angeles. He became Chuy's mentor and life-long family friend. Chuy's arrival in Los Angeles also gave science a chance to observe a condition that is so rare, has never been studied in the United States before.
Dr Phillip Zaret explains: "Hypertrichosis is a congenital condition and the incidence is one in ten billion. The body is covered with hair, mainly on the face and interior and posterior torso. Hypwertrichosis is a genetic mutation, and cells, that normally have a switch, that switch off hair growth in unusual areas, like the eyelids and forehead, are left switched on".
Working in the Los Angeles circus is the only steady job Chuy has ever known. His work in the circus has helped support his extended family, back home in Mexico, but a regular income has come at a personal price. "I've had enough, because people only see me as a freak, and that gets me down. I've lasted 15 years working in the circus and that's all I know. I would prefer a normal job".

Chuy does not consider himself a freak. Instead he believes his condition is a "Gift from God".
Disillusioned with circus life and feeling isolated, all Chuy wants is a one-way ticket home to Loreto. However, there are difficulties; there is still prejudice against his appearance. He could alter his appearance, to fit in, but that would close the door on his life and wage in the circus. Just leaving the circus is a huge gamble.
Chuy has his own family, his wife Vicki who doesn't have hypertrichosis, and two daughters, one of whom, Karla, has inherited the condition. His sister Lilia quit the circus some years ago and has succeeded in integrating with the local society and currently works as a policewoman.
Upon his return to Loreto, Chuy meets up with the two people who will most understand hid predicament. His cousins, Danny and Larry Gomez, have been working in the circus for as long as Chuy.

Chuy is particularly interested in talking to Larry, who is married and has tried life outside the circus to please his wife. He found work cleaning shopping centers at night, and as a gardener. The stigma and the pressures they brought led to the break-up of his marriage and his, eventual, return to the circus.
Chuy has few friends in Loreto as he has spent so many years in the States. He needs to find a job, but it's going to prove much tougher than even he could imagine.
The main local industry is agriculture and there is no shortage of potential workers. It's impossible to find employment, and looking different doesn't help. The money he managed to bring home from Los Angeles is dwindling. The Big Top is back in town, and things are getting so desperate that Chuy will try anything, even a return to the circus. The circus turn him down, he is local and people know him so won't pay to see him. He decides to try the big city of Aguascalient├ęs. Although it's two and a half hours away, by bus, it's nothing compared to living abroad.

He has no success in finding work, despite trying many construction sites and hotels. He returns to Loreto very dispirited. He thinks he has no choice but to return to L.A. where he still has contacts who may be able to help.
Chuy is turned back at L.A. airport due to an irregularity with his visa. It may be years before he can apply for another. Things are desperate, the Aceves' are broke!
Chuy is now facing the ultimate decision; he's contemplating something that he's been avoiding his entire adult life. "If I remove my hair, maybe it will be possible to find a normal job".
This goes against years of trying to preserve his unique identity.
It seems to have been worth it, after another trip to Aquascalientes, he looks sure to secure a job at one of the big hotels.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

ACTING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN SWORN IN


Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been sworn in as the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces by the Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Aso rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Goodluck Jonathan took the oath of office in front of government ministers and other officials in Abuja almost 12 hours after President Yar’Adua died. The ceremony was performed by Chief Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu. The ceremony was not open to the public but present at the occasion were Dimeji Bankole the Speaker House of Representatives, Vincent Ogbulafor the national chairman of the President's party (PDP) and members of the governors forum.

President Jonathan put on a sash bearing the green, yellow and white colors of Nigeria, signifying he had formally taken over as president

Afterwards he made a brief address, saying his administration was committed to pursuing electoral reform and fight against corruption “with greater vigour”

The former Acting President became the substantive president following the death of Musa Umaru Yar'Adua, who passed away on the 5th May 2010.
He will appoint a new deputy and then complete the presidential term until elections due by April 2011

R.I.P President Yar’Adua


Nigeria President Umaru Yar’Adua has died after a long battle with Kidney and heart ailments. He was 58. The president had been sick for quite some time. He went for emergency treatment in Saudi Arabia in November and has remained out of the spotlight since then. His spokesperson said he died with his wife at his side.

Yar’Adua’s illness sapped hopes of major reforms in Nigeria and led to a power vacuum while he was unable to perform his public duties. His duties were eventually relinquished to Vice-President Goodluck Jonathon in February. There was hope that Yar’Adua would one day be able to resume the duties of the presidency, but it was not meant to be. Analysts say he will be remembered as a quite, soft-spoken man with integrity.

The Vice-President announced that today will be a national holiday in Nigeria. There will be seven days of mourning throughout the country. Quickly after his death was announced, people started arriving at the presidential palace to give their condolences.

May his soul rest in peace. Amen

NOUBA COSMETICS RANGE LAUNCHED IN NIGERIA






NOUBA, a premium Italian mineral make-up brand, has been formally launched into the Nigerian cosmetics market.
The eye shadows come in trendy and exciting colors designed for women of all skin colors.
NOUBA was invented by a make-up artist called Rosy Armanini, in 1978, inspired by the Central African tribe, the NUBAS, who paint their faces and bodies with extraordinary colours and designs to celebrate events. The brand was before now restricted to the European and Middle Eastern markets and it is now launched in Nigeria.
Mrs. Omotola Awa-Ibraheem, the owner of the NOUBA Nigeria franchise, believes that African women, Nigerians in particular are fashionable and can wear NOUBA vibrant eye shadows and lip colours. It is a well researched brand and all mineral based, made with natural ingredients such as bees wax, vegetable oil, castor oil and more, which are not toxic to the skin.
The uniqueness of each product was demonstrated by a make-up artist, from the NOUBA eye pencils, which write perfectly without smearing or hardening over time. It is the kind of eye pencils that allows a complete make up finish for those who only want a light effect and to vanish without the use of eye shadow.
The NOUBA lipstick has an immediate application and covering effect which keeps perfectly fixed for several hours. Mrs. Awa-Ibraheem explained that the reason for this effect is due to the high percentage of color pigments and perfect control of each single ingredient such as oil, waxes and pearls and others.
Another intriguing brand of NOUBA is the Millebaci, which is an extraordinary lip color with kiss proof formula and silky texture. Millebaci leaves the lips supple, kiss proof and does not feel sticky. The Rainbow Eyeliner is a combination of incredible variety of colors that characterize and personalize the make up of the eye with a special eye liner.
According to Awa-Ibraheem, the perfect blend of the products leaves nobody in doubt of an attractive and pleasing appearance. She also assured of the wide distribution of the brand across the country.