Saturday, November 1, 2014
However, APC still has a long and dangerous bridge to cross. My mathematical calculation did not write off the victory of President Jonathan who controls an awesome arsenal which he seems ready to deploy against his enemies. I only opined that APC has a stronger and better chance than the opposition has ever had if it manages its internal contradictions very well. Let’s now examine the defection of the Speaker House of Representatives, Waziri Aminu Tambuwal from PDP to APC. I will address this controversial move from its genesis to revelation before moving on with my forecast.
On the possibility of Tambuwal jumping into the APC Presidential race, my answer is a big NO. That was the thinking once upon a time and I was probably the first columnist to write about it. Two major factors affected and aborted that dream.
They are not willing to let go of that VP slot which they are convinced is rightly theirs. The candidate would have to do one of two things, succumb to pressure from Tinubu’s camp or call their bluff. Neither is going to be easy.
Team Elan, winners of the maiden edition of Fayrouz L’Original Expression show, gave a grand opening of Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) Day 2 which held yesterday at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
The group of 4 consisting of a Designer, Make Up Artist(MUA), Photographer and Model, captivated fashionistas present with their display of original designs, which featured interesting handprints, corporate looks and casual wears.
According to founder and artistic director of Style House Files, organizers of LFDW, Omoyemi Akerele, who was also the creative director of Fayrouz L’Original competition, “These guys are certainly worth every penny. It was glaring that everyone enjoyed watching them on the runway. The originality displayed is very commendable and I would certainly love to own one of their pieces”, she said.
Team Elan’s designer, Nathan, also commended Fayrouz for the opportunity, saying, “This is an opportunity that would remain memorable for a lifetime. My team members and I are extremely grateful to Fayrouz for this amazing platform and we will continue to do you proud as we forge ahead”, he said.
Other designers that have showcased their works include April by Kunbi, Phunk Afrique, Maki Oh, Grey, Pablo Sisiano etc. While Mai Atafo, Jewel By Lisa, Orange Culture, Bridget Awosika, Okunoren Twins, Lanre Da Silva, Ejiro Amos Tafiri and other talented designers will also be showcasing their works at the Fayrouz sponsored LFDW, which ends on the 1st of November.
Team Elan came tops at the Fayrouz L’Original expression show, a youth targeted fashion competition, which held earlier this year with the winning prize of 20,000 dollars and various fashion opportunities.
Fayrouz promises to keep supporting the Nigerian youth in everyway possible and urges every young designer, model, photographer and makeup artist to get their game together in preparation for the 2015 edition of the Fayrouz L’Orignal expression show, which promises to be better and bigger than the first.
“As a brand that consistently encourages originality, Fayrouz is putting everything in place to make the next edition very remarkable. We are glad the maiden edition had such great response and we urge everyone to get set to be part of the second edition, as it promises to be totally exceptional”, said the Senior Brand Manager Fayrouz, Nnenna Ifebigh-Hemeson.
Chelsea Handler is not leaving anyone in doubt that she is a controversial lady and she just took it to a new level by posting a topless pic of herself, claiming she has a better body that President Putin.
Saturday, November 01, 2014 2 comments
Helen Oritsejafor, wife of the founder of the Word of Life Bible Church and president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor has denied that her husband’s private jet was bought for him by Jonathan. She also described the recent $9.3m money-for-arm saga involving her husband as a sinister joke. See excerpts of her interview with punch below:
I was really surprised. I didn’t even know anything about it. I didn’t even know our plane was out of the country because we leased it out to a company in Abuja so that we will be able to utilise whatever comes out of the deal for the maintenance of the plane because it is quite expensive. So, we didn’t know. Even though we read and heard some comments some people made concerning it, unknown to us that our plane was actually involved. We were really surprised just like every people. In all honesty, by the time we got to know that it was Papa’s plane, we knew that the enemies were trying to play some prank. It is natural because he is a symbol of Christianity in Nigeria. If anyone wants to move against Christianity in Nigeria, it would be easier for the one to go after the symbol. The only thing is I wasn’t expecting people to get really dirty as they did.
So you were really shocked?
The whole episode appeared as if somebody was out for some sinister joke. It’s quite obvious. Take for instance, why was it that it was Papa’s plane that would be hired? How would it be that it would be his plane of all planes in Nigeria that they needed for that mission? It’s still very baffling. Number two, it became obvious that it was orchestrated and the whole essence of it is to see how they can give him a name God has not given to him, and all because he has been a very outspoken man. I know him too well, he is a very down-to-earth person, and he doesn’t know how to hide his feelings. He is a very quiet and reserved person. But then when there is a need for him to speak about anything, he would rather confront things the way they are rather than hide behind his fingers. That is not him. I know quite a number of people have been very uncomfortable with that especially with the Boko Haram situation.
Let’s be frank, who would not be affected? You are leading a body and gradually, there seems to be an elimination of this same group of people. You would be a wicked leader not to react. So, he made every effort. He noticed that our government wasn’t really forthcoming with a lot of things; we seem to try to politicise a lot of things in Nigeria which is quite troubling. He went out of his way to address the US Congress. It was quite obvious that terrorism was being financed not just from within but from outside as well, whether to destabilise or in a way, indirectly force on Nigeria a particular religion which is quite shameful. And he was not comfortable with that. If you would know, this was injustice. So, he is now paying the price for being an outspoken man, defending his people, defending Christianity in Nigeria, and do not want Nigerians having to hide their heads later on in life because whichever way we look at it, history will tell.
Some people said President Jonathan bought it for him.
I wish he did. I have the list of the names of people who masterminded this thing on our record. Hundreds and thousands of people, church folks who said this man served us with every vigour in him, we could see in him a great man and he’s not getting younger anymore. He is ever on the road constantly doing everything he can for the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us try as much as possible to elongate his life by blessing him with this gift. He didn’t buy it or put down money to say this is what he wants. He didn’t even know anything about it. I was aware of it. What I would have loved for them to tell me is to show me the receipt of the plane that was bought by President Jonathan and the person who said he bought the plane. I have heard all sorts of lies that maybe somebody did it on behalf of somebody. There’s no human being that can stand up to say I bought this plane. It’s a complete lie from the pit of hell. Because of his person, realising the fact that what should he do with this plane knowing the amount of money that it’s going to cost to maintain it; if he was using church money to maintain it, they would have cried out to say he is using church money. You can see how foolish people can be. If President Jonathan bought him a plane, can’t the same President Jonathan maintain the plane? Why must it be hired out so as to sustain the maintenance of the same plane if indeed it was the president that bought this plane? They politicise a lot of things. It’s really annoying.
Is Pastor Ayo really that close to President Jonathan as his accusers allege?
I would love it if people can help me define that word ‘close’. Yes there’s a relationship that has to do with being in his position as the President of CAN and President Jonathan as the President of Nigeria. Automatically, whether he likes it or not, there will be some level of interaction and that is what Nigerians are calling closeness. Maybe they should tell us how President Jonathan gave him one naira to buy a plane.
I don’t really think that Pastor Ayo is closer to the president than the Sultan of Sokoto, the co-chair of NIREC. This is not to say that Papa hates Jonathan, no he does not. He is a Christian and so as a Christian father to the nation, he tries his best to provide a guard. He speaks out whenever necessary. He goes in to offer his own advice or suggestion as the case maybe whenever he is asked to. When he wants to see the president, he makes request just like everyone else. And mostly, it is to discuss the issue of the nation. Many times, he goes with his CAN executive council members to sit down with the president and confront him on certain issues all to see how the nation can be well piloted. What I have noticed is that whichever way you see it, if I say this man is not close to the president, they will say it’s because of what happened, if I say he’s close, they will say that is what we are talking about. I don’t even care what people might say concerning that because you can never please human beings. What I am saying is that please before you start giving this man a bad name, find out the true position of things. Do not go out there forgetting that he is a husband to a woman and he is a father as well. Besides, he is a man who has sacrificed himself. I think Nigerians even have him more than I do.
He is a very passionate person. When he believes in something, he’s driven by it. He goes all out to see how he can really push across whatever he is trying to bring in. That’s who he is. When he got the leadership, when he was elected to lead Christians in Nigeria, he made up his mind that he was going to do everything and anything possible to propagate what he has been given. And he sees it as an assignment. Many times, people see leadership just to bear a name and enjoy it. I think if this man had wanted to enjoy the leadership as it were, maybe by now his relationship with the Sultan of Sokoto would be waxing stronger. And maybe he would have been enjoying more from the government as well. But he has decided to sacrifice all that just like Moses. Moses sacrificed and said he was not going to allow the booty in Pharaoh’s house to override his judgment and so he shut himself out completely from the judgment at the palace and made himself a sacrifice for the liberty and freedom of the Israelites. That is what we are seeing now with our father as well. He has truly given himself out to the nation and, then of course, to the people who we call his constituents.
Danladi Ahmadu has been presented in Nigeria's and int'l media mostly on the VOA Hausa service as the man negotiating with President Goodluck Jonathan's scribe, Mr. Hassan Tukur and Chadian President, Idris Derby promising to release the over 200 Chibok girls in purported ceasefire talks.
But the boko haram leader Shekau, in the new video, said: "We don't know that liar and fake Danladi Ahmadu, we never met this liar with his character as he is claiming.
"We have nothing to do with him, and our war is not ending, expect more, what you are seeing is just little. There is no retreat in this Jihad; Allah is with us, and we are succeeding."
Sahara Reporters had quoted a senior Nigerian military officer who said the military are in possession of intelligence report detailing plans by the sect to launch deadly attacks in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
Few days later many villages were captured by the sect in both Borno and Adamawa state including Mubi, the second most populated town in Adamawa state. Also, earlier Friday members of the sect detonated a bomb at a busy bus station in Gombe killing at least 30 people.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014 2 comments
From the start I never had the best luck with relationships. I always longed for a meaningful, loving relationship but somehow always got into relationships with people that were wrong for me, individuals that were abusive and emotionally wore me down. And after three failed long term relationships I didn't know what to do anymore. My last relationship (that I truly thought was the one) turned out to be the biggest heartache of them all. And it was the one that I used The Secret for the first time with, but unfortunately I went about it the wrong way, which leads me to Lesson 1 - YOU TRULY HAVE TO TRUST THE UNIVERSE. Even though I made a detailed vision board of what I wanted in a soul-mate I didn't trust the universe to bring him to me. Instead I went out and looked and looked and when I couldn't find the person I ended up settling for one of my friends (thinking he was the one for me). Needless to say that it was a bad decision and a year into our relationship everything fell apart. But out of my biggest heartache came the best and most wonderful life changing experience.
When I re-watched The Secret movie I realized my biggest mistake. As Lisa Nichols says, I thought that by being in a relationship I would find happiness, and time and time again I failed. I never gave myself a chance to find the happiness within me and I never truly let go of the pain from all my past experiences. So finally I decided to change my life and do things differently once and for all, which leads me to Lesson 2 - YOU HAVE TO FIND THE HAPPINESS WITHIN YOURSELF FIRST, THUS YOU HAVE TO LOVE YOU BEFORE YOU CAN LOVE AND BE LOVED IN RETURN.
After I learned my second lesson I was ready to do things right. I went back to my vision board and edited my list of qualities in my perfect mate. I was very specific and detailed to write down every thing that truthfully mattered to me. I made a date by which I wanted to meet him by, which was a month away from the time I made my request. I wrote "That I wanted to meet my soul-mate, exchange information with him and plan our first date by April 30th 2011" From then on I would go back to my vision board at least once a day and really envision what it would be like being with that person. Also I really learned how to love myself for the first time in my life. I learned how to enjoy my own company and truthfully do thing that made me come alive that made me happy, such as working really hard on my 2 bachelor’s degrees and spending more time with my beloved pet. At the same time as I made my request an old school friend of mine (that I knew for 9 years) found me on face book and started talking to me. Now I’ll be honest I definitely didn't think it was him at first, but kept talking to him for a few weeks, and we even tried to meet up once but it didn’t work out. So after that I thought that it was the end of hearing from him but surprisingly he got a hold of me few days later and asked if I had time to see him that night, and even though I was reluctant, I agreed. And thank God I did! We went out the next three nights and I realized little by little that he really was the one for me. He ended up fitting every quality on my list but one, knowing how to dance, funny enough though he is willing to learn! Thus I not only met my soul-mate, exchanged information and scheduled our first date, but actually knew the person all along and went out on three very successful dates by April 30th.
To everyone out there that has made the wish to find their soul-mate, to anyone who might even be losing their faith, let go of your fears, let go of the doubt and believe, KNOW that your perfect soul-mate is on their way to you! I hope my story inspires you and helps you believe.