Monday, February 20, 2017

Mercy Johnson & Hubby, Odi Okojie Cover Maiden Edition Of Media Room Hub

Mercy Johnson & Hubby, Odi Okojie Cover Maiden Edition Of Media Room Hub



Veteran showbiz journalist Azuka Ogujiuba has launched her media brand – Media Room Hub, an online magazine and website.

Azuka is renowned for her no-holds-barred features in ThisDay Newspaper and for the scoop of the decade Tiwa Savage interview. The debut edition of Media Room Hub features Nollywood superstar Mercy Johnson and her husband Price Odi Okojie on the cover.

You can read the full interview and check out the feature for free HERE.

Check out more photos from the issue below.,,



Credits
Photography: Bamiyo Emina
Makeup: Dave Sucre
Styled: Mo Ashy Styling
Hair: Ferdinand Hair
Graphic Designer: Poet mm Tobias
Outfits: Enthyst Fashion
Creative Director: Azuka Ogujiuba | Mr D Bentley
Banky W Meets Media As Doris Simeon, Bryan Okwara, Joro Olumofin, Other Stars For 'Love Meets Media' Dinner

Banky W Meets Media As Doris Simeon, Bryan Okwara, Joro Olumofin, Other Stars For 'Love Meets Media' Dinner





Meets Media’ is a monthly interactive dinner and networking circle for Media Professionals mainly from Nigeria. The platform creates an enabling environment for communication and marketing professionals to interact with leading media organizations on how their respective companies/organizations work.

Also gives opportunity for Brands, Politicians, Actors, Musicians others to interact and share information with the media on their respective projects, achievements, ambitions and other topical issues.

Activities to feature on the three hour interactive dinner will include overview of Banky W and his recently released musical video.


The 9th edition of Nigerian Media Professionals monthly interactive dinner celebrates ‘Love’ this Valentine season. We are focusing on Love, Relationships and Sex with the theme ‘No Money, No Love’

Let's Talk: Love, Relationships, Sex

For the month of February, let’s discuss one of the most talked about and thought about subjects throughout history. We are going to talk about love, relationships and sex.
This edition is open to single, dating and married individuals. We’re not going to shy away from anything and we will help you to:

·      Establish boundaries

·      Develop a realistic view of love

·      Deal with shame and forgiveness

·      Effective interpersonal communication and conflict resolution

 

Come meet the media, let’s talk about it!

***Raffle Prizes*** will be available.

 The monthly media hangout recognizes persons demonstrating entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition and drive to build successful enterprises”.

 

This February, the psychologist and relationship expert, Joro Olumofin will take centre stage!  The celebration of  outstanding media personality of the month.

February edition is scheduled to happen Sunday 26th, 2017 from 6PM to 9PM at the The Bridge, 8 Oluwole street, off Admiralty way besides Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, Lagos Nigeria.

  Family Of Nigerian Deportee Slain By Spanish Officials To Hold Protest St Spanish Embassy On February 27

Family Of Nigerian Deportee Slain By Spanish Officials To Hold Protest St Spanish Embassy On February 27

By Ahaoma Kanu
Late Osamuyi Aikpitanhi




The family of the late Nigerian deportee, Osamuyi Aikpitanhi, who was killed by Spanish immigration officials while being deported 10 years ago, have notified both the Spanish and Nigerian authorities of their intention to hold a protest at the Spanish Consulate General office in Lagos to press for justice and compensation almost 10 years after he was brutally killed.

The deceased from Edo State, 23, at the time of his ordeal was bound hands and feet as well as had an industrial duct tape over his mouth at the time he was being deported on June 9, 2007 from Madrid, Spain to Lagos, died as a result of asphyxia resulting to the Iberia Airline flight to divert to Alicante, Spain.



His death caused an outrage leading to Nigerians both at home and in Diaspora to stage a protest in over 40 countries calling for an investigation into his death and justice for the family.

In a letter dated February 9, 2017, addressed to the Spanish Consul-General and copied to the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki; the Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Godfrey Onyema and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, the family of late Mr. Osamuyi Aikpitanhi, wrote to notify of their intention to hold “a peaceful protest at the Spanish Consulate General office in Victoria Island, Lagos State to demand justice for the murder of our son and brother, Mr. Osamuyi Akpitanhi, on June 9, 2007 inside an Iberia Airline flight during the process of being deported” the letter read.
A copy of the letter sighted by Sunday Telegraph disclosed that Late Osamuyi was killed by the Spanish Immigration authorities in an attempt to deport him from Spain and died aboard an Iberia Airline flight to Nigeria.



The letter detailed that  “in a bid to deport Mr. Aikpitanhi, the decedent, from Spain to Nigeria , the Spanish law enforcement agents employed measures that were unreasonable, inhuman, illegal, and ultimately, fatal.”

The brother of the deceased, Mr. Iziegbe Aikpitanhi, who signed the letter, gave the names of the Spanish officers involved as Mr.  Jose Luis Cazailla Gonzalez with force number 50975416-X and Mr. Miguel Angel Piñero Del Real.


“Both were at that time attached to the Royal Police Force at Arenida De Los Pablados in the Brigada Province of Madrid, Spain.  Initial autopsy reports conducted during an enquiry into the cause of death revealed that Osamuyi died of Asphyxia,” the letter read.

According to Mr. Aikpitahi’s account, the deceased, before he was put in the Iberia aircraft, the Spanish officials administered tranquilizers, handcuffed, chained his legs, and gagged his mouth with industrial strength rubber after they had taken turns beating him.


“While putting the him inside the aircraft, the Spanish Immigration officials covered the deceased with a sack in order to prevent other passengers traveling on the aircraft from observing the undignified and inhumane manner in which the deceased was restrained,” the letter read. The treatment, Mr. Aikpitanhi narrated led to the deceased “choking in his vomit, with excrements all over his body. Official medical reports admit the decedent died of suffocation.”

“When this incident occurred in 2007, the Nigerian community worldwide is shocked and appalled that Spain, a member country of the European Union and a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, would permit her law enforcement officials to conduct themselves in the macabre fashion that that are in complete contravention of all International Human Rights Instruments and their protocols,” the letter further read.

The deceased brother went on to say that “to show their disdain for the inhuman act, Nigerians at home and in Diaspora under the umbrella of Concerned Nigerians Worldwide (CNW) created by the Nigeria website, www.nigeriavillagesquare.com , staged a protest on June 29, 2007 in more than 40 countries in the world against the Spanish government which made the Nigeria government react to their demonstration after a motion was pushed on July 4, 2007  by our relative and representative at the Federal House of Representatives, Rt.Hon Samson Osagie.

“Sir in our bid to get justice for the brutal murder our our son and brother, the CNW came to our aid by filing a suit against  Spanish Government and Iberia Airline in the United States of America (USA) over the death of Osamuyi.   Note that in our entire quest for justice we have acted in compliance with the law.”

The deceased family said that they demanded from the Spanish authorities  to bring the perpetrators of the act to book; repatriated his remains back home and pay adequate compensation to the family. 
“On   the 28th of November 2008, his remains were repatriated home from Alicante, Spain and was accompanied by the then Nigerian Deputy-Ambassador to Spain, Mr. Haruna Ginsua.

The then Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Angel Losada, informed us that the Spanish Government paid for the repatriation of the corpse home and also donated €10,000 (Ten thousand Euro) on compassionate grounds to the family to help with the burial rites. We were told that the donation was not compensation. Sir, we showed the Spanish Government our appreciation for delivering on one of our three demands while we waited for the first and second demands,” the letter read.

The family said they were surprised to learn from reports the trial of the two suspects in the murder of our brother held in May 2012 and a statement from five experts and forensic doctors served to clarify that the death of our brother was “ due to a series of factors that they called "vicious circle". Among them, an increase in catecholamines, neurotransmitters related to stress, fear, panic and flight instinct;  an oxygen deficit due to the height at which the plane was flying, and in which could also influence the gag (tape) that the deceased had in the mouth and that had been placed by the agents.

Further to the report by ww.diarioinformacion.com, we learnt that this development “reduced the crime of recklessness to negligence for lack of recklessness for the two policemen after which the two suspects were ordered to pay a fine of £600 to ratify the sentence. ”

This development they said led to the death of the father of the deceased, Mr. Jacob Aikpitanhi in January 2015 Consequent on that the family is hereby staging a peaceful protest to demand the Spanish government to make good their promises even as we mourn both our brother and father and have therefore resolved the following;

“That we will launch a peaceful protest at the gates of the Spanish Consulate General office in Victoria Island, Lagos State on Monday, February 27, 2017 to demand that justice and compensation for our son and brother who was murdered in cold blood by your citizens Mr. Jose Luis Cazailla Gonzalez and Miguel Angel Piñero Del Real who still have blood on their hands; Set up a memorial website, Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram to tell the world how the Spanish Government put the worth of a human bring at £600 after her agents killed him in the worst brutal of manner; Write to the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have another look at how the death of our son, brother and Nigeria citizen was handled by your government; Write to the National Human Rights Commission to re-open the case in Nigeria; Write to the Nigeria Senate and Federal House of Representatives Committees Foreign Affairs to re-open debates on this murder of one of her citizen; Write to our Senator and Federal House member to push a motion re-opening our case; Meet with Civil Society groups locally and international to take up our case; Start media awareness on how the Spanish Government have treated us these past years,” they said.

Attempts to get reactions from the Spanish Consulate in Lagos proved abortive as emails and phones calls directed at them were not responded to as at press time.
Tiwa Savage On CNN African Voices

Tiwa Savage On CNN African Voices

Tiwa Savage on CNN African Voices 1

This week CNN ‘African Voices’ meets one of Nigeria’s biggest stars, Tiwa Savage, whose vocal talents have taken her from humble roots in a church choir to singing in Los Angeles with some of the industry’s biggest stars.

The programme reports from Lagos, where ‘African Voices’ discovers what made Savage return to Nigeria and build her career at home.

‘African Voices’ learns that finding success at home was an uphill climb, as Savage explains: “When I first moved to Nigeria, I got a lot of people discouraging me about being a female artist, and a lot of people didn’t want to invest money or time because they didn’t think I was lucrative…. Female artists are huge in other parts of the world. It shouldn’t be different in Africa.”

Savage’s musical career began at 16 years old, when she was singing backing vocals for the late pop star George Michael.

‘African Voices’ learns that this not only allowed Savage to move to Los Angeles in the United States, but also collaborate with other notable musicians such as Akon, Kat Deluna and Fantasia.

Savage explains to the programme what made her decide to return to Lagos: “I worked with a lot of people, and they would be interested by my name… ‘Where’s that from?’ I’d say it’s Nigerian, West African, and they’d say, ‘You’re African?’ and fascinated that I was straight from the Motherland… This was a lightbulb moment. These people were interested in Africa, and here I was running from it.”
Having now returned to Nigeria as a recognised star, Savage explains how life in Lagos has changed since leaving at a young age: “It’s overwhelming, as well. My family is from here… It’s a great feeling, but sometimes you really just want to run, get something and go back home.”

‘African Voices’ accompanies Savage to several personal landmarks around the city, including Maven Studios, where she is currently recording, as well as the City Mission Methodist Church, where Savage had her first audition as a singer.

Reflecting on what she has learnt on her journey and the decision to build a career in Nigeria, Savage tells ‘African Voices’ what advice she would give her past self: “Believe in Africa. Believe in yourself, and believe in Africa.”

Watch the interview below!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jidenna Releases His Highly Anticipated New Album “THE CHIEF”

Jidenna Releases His Highly Anticipated New Album “THE CHIEF”



Sony Music Entertainment Africa is proud to announce the debut album, The Chief [Wondaland Records/Epic Records], by seminal Hip Hop artist Jidenna. The stylish singer established himself as the part of the progressive Wondaland collective and heralded a new era of “Swank and Sophistication” with his instant hit “Classic Man”.

 The classy chief followed this single with Long Live The Chief (which became the unofficial anthem for the hit Netflix series Luke Cage) and the Afro-tinged cross-over smash Little Bit More.



Get “The Chief” Now.
VIDEO: Ibrochizyy - Loving For You

VIDEO: Ibrochizyy - Loving For You


Pop star Ibrochizyy gets you in the mood with this amazing Tune alongside with the visual titled “Loving For You”. The video which was shot on location was directed by Aplus/ChizyyQlips. He promises undying love to her irrespective of the season or time. Packaged by Techsky media group and it was edited by ChizyyQlips.

 Follow @ibrochizyy on all social media platforms.


New Video: Kiss Daniel – Duro

New Video: Kiss Daniel – Duro


Kiss Daniel continues to dish out visuals from his acclaimed debut album – “New Era”. “Duro” is the latest single to get a visual treatment from the singer just in time for Valentine’s day.
“Pop Superstar Kiss Daniel has had a very busy past few months churning out video after video to hit singles off his “New Era” album which was released last year. The latest is the visuals to the ballad “Duro” which many fans have labelled as one of Kiss Daniel’s most important works.
The video which was shot on location in Malibu and Los Angeles, California was directed by Patrick Elis and features the popstar serenading his “love” with smooth and sweet tunes imploring her to stay. He promises undying love to her irrespective of the season or time.
Early reviewers of the video came to a consensus that this track and its video will go a long way in impressing upon the minds of fans the versatility of the G-Worldwide artiste.”
Korede Bello Announces Title Of Debut Album

Korede Bello Announces Title Of Debut Album


Mavin Records singer, Korede Bello took his social media page – Instagram to announce the title for his hotly anticipated debut album on Valentine’s day . The album is aptly titled “Belloved”. Bellovers have to wait for more juicy details on the album as the release date and whatnot has not been revealed yet. 

Ice Prince Zamani Signs Endorsement Deal With D’USSE Cognac

Ice Prince Zamani Signs Endorsement Deal With D’USSE Cognac



Rapper Ice Prince recently signed and endorsement deal worth millions of Naira with international cognac brand D’USSE, (pronounced as dew-say).

The northern rapper took to Instagram to share the good news as he makes record by not just being the first Nigerian brand ambassador, but also officially being the first Pan African musician to sign an endorsement deal with the premium french cognac brand from Bacardi.


With this announcement, the two-year rumoured contract between D’USSE and Ice Prince is confirmed and this means Ice Prince has automatically joined the likes of Jay-Z as brand ambassadors for the international cognac.

According to the rapper, if you really know him you’ll know that his red blood is full of brown D’USSE cognac, admitting that the drink has always been his favorite…  Na so!


Friday, February 10, 2017

4 WAYS TO DEAL WITH FAILURE

4 WAYS TO DEAL WITH FAILURE



Failure of any kind is tough. Most people talk about how failure is part of success and how you should continue with your efforts until you succeed, but most don’t talk about how to deal with failure when it happens. Sometimes, the truth is it’s not so easy to pick yourself up and continue to try again, especially when you are just tired.

We share 4 ways to help you deal with failure and find the courage to go on.

IT ACTUALLY REQUIRES EFFORT

That sinking feeling that comes with failure, the consequence, the pain and regret… none of them will go away unless you make a conscious effort to make them go away. Make peace with the fact that you are going to have to fight to be back on your ‘A’ game, if not failure will permanently brand you with its scar – the scar of self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a lack of confidence or reliability on one’s own thoughts, abilities, motives, actions, personality etc. No one should have to live with such a scar; no one should give in to such a life. Self-doubt can easily become the cause of every missed step in life. It steals dreams, denies hope and assassinates faith, as someone once said. Be prepared to fight to rise up from where failure threw you down and move forward.

DON’T PERSONALIZE IT

You failed at something; it’s not your failure, it’s a failure. Learn to detach the fact that you failed from your person, from who you are. The fact is, failure is a part of life; nobody gets it right all the time. In life you are going to fight many battles, willingly and unwillingly, and you have to choose your battles and decide not to let the belief that you are a failure because of certain times you failed, be one of your battles. Understand that failure is a message to either ‘try again’, ‘try some other way’ or ‘try something else’ and move on.

FIND THE HOLE THAT CAUSED YOUR FALL (LEARN YOUR LESSONS)

We fail because there is something that should either have been done better or should not have been done at all. In other words, there is a sort of hole that needs to be filled.
Look back, no matter how difficult it might be, revisit whatever you need to revisit, and try to find the hole that caused your fall. There is always a reason for failure; you only need to patiently find it. But make sure you don’t do this immediately, because thinking and rethinking about the fact that you failed, replaying the events in your mind so soon especially when you are still raw from the hurt, can be counter-productive. It might end up leading you to depression and in more extreme cases, self-hatred and suicidal thoughts.

So, wait before you reach this stage, make sure you are relatively detached from the event to see it in a fairly objective way so that you can get the truth. If third parties you can get feedback from where involved, please venture to ask them questions on the reason(s) for the failure. Ask questions (Why did I fail? Could I have avoided it? What could I have done differently? What did I learn from all that happened?), get the facts, understand why you failed and learn.

MOVE ON

You have failed. Accept, learn from it and move on. Give yourself time to make peace with the fact, give yourself time to analyze all that happened as objectively as you can and move on to the next thing or step. Don’t dwell on it.

I once read the story of a coach that gave his players 24 hours and not an hour more, to feel the pain of every loss they had and joy of every win as deeply as they could. After the traditional 24 hours were up, the coach and his players continued the next day like nothing significant happened. They had moved on to the next challenge and could not afford to waste any energy on what was no longer relevant.

Remember, failure is a message to either ‘try again’, ‘try some other way’ or ‘try something else’. Discern its exact message to you and move on.

5 Ways To Tell If Your Smartphone Is Being Tapped

5 Ways To Tell If Your Smartphone Is Being Tapped




Almost everyone is using a smartphone in Nigeria. What many of these smartphone users don't know is whether their phones are being tapped or not. If you don't know, there are a number of reasons your phone can be tracked. One reason is when you are in a relationship where there is a clear absence of trust. Then your partner may result to tapping or bugging your phone. Besides that, a government agency may bug your phone just to listen to your conversation. In this case, it is for security reasons. Whatever the case may be, it is key to know if your smartphone has been bugged. We gather 5 ways to tell.

Your phone takes time to shut down

If your phone takes forever to shut down, it may be a pointer that your phone has been compromised. You will notice that when your phone eventually goes off, the backlight will still be on. This may likely means that your phone is in control of whoever has bugged it. So, whether you switch off or not, it will be difficult get rid of them.

Increased data usage

It will definitely be difficult for a smartphone without internet connection to be tapped. You may surf your phone every second daily but you already know that you cannot exhaust your data at a go. Thankfully most phones will alert you if you are using too much data. But if the data traffic is unusually high, and your phone keeps alerting you, you should be concerned.

You find apps you didn't download

There are thousands of useful apps that you can download in either the Google Playstore or Apple's store. These are largely safe. In other circumstances, you may find an app you didn't download which finds its way to your phone. It is one of the coy ways to bug your phone.You try as much as possible not to open this app.

Low battery life

A battery is the heart of any of phone. A phone cannot function without a battery. If your battery runs out not long after charging it or it is very hot, it may be a sign that something is amidst. You should take note of this because the process of tapping your phone can easily drain your battery.

You receive unusual text messages

You may receive a random text message from an unfamiliar source and many of us tend to ignore it. These messages which you may ignore, arguably, means that someone is monitoring (or about to start) your messages or phone. You should delete the message immediately you notice it.

Speaker Dogara In Alleged 5-minute Conversation With President Buhari

Speaker Dogara In Alleged 5-minute Conversation With President Buhari



Amid speculations about the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari currently on vacation in the United Kingdom, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said on Thursday that he had spoken with the president.

According to the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the President called Dogara on Wednesday night.
“The President called the Speaker at about 9.20PM on Wednesday and the two leaders spoke for a little over five minutes.”

“Although the President and the Speaker discussed other national issues, much of it centred on how the Executive and the Legislature can work together to ensure food security for Nigerians and prevent a relapse into events of 2016,’’ Hassan said in a statement.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who said he had also spoken with Buhari, tweeted: “He is hale and hearty, going by his voice on telephone which suggested that he is in sound health.’’

The President had proceeded on a 10-day vacation in UK on Jan. 19 for a routine medical check as indicated in a letter to the Senate which also authorised Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to act as president pending his return.

However, at the expiration of the 10 days, the President, who could not make it back to the country, transmitted another letter to the Senate requesting extension of time to complete his check-up.
Video: Whizper ft. Jaywillz – My Yard

Video: Whizper ft. Jaywillz – My Yard


The sounds from Eternity Clan Records keep getting competitive by the day.
After his release of “Supermega” (The video and audio), and “Shayo Miller” produced by Jakabit, Whizper releases a suspense-filled afro hit video for his single “My Yard” featuring Hauze27 Entertainment First Son Jaywillz.

The video was Directed by the Video Herbalist – Avalon Okpe, and produced by Eternity Clan Record’s CEO, Divine O. Daniel.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Justin Timberlake Talks Fatherhood,Why He Left NSYNC & More In THR‘s New Issue

Justin Timberlake Talks Fatherhood,Why He Left NSYNC & More In THR‘s New Issue




Justin Timberlake is the cover star of THR‘s new issue! Here’s what the 36-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On the first time he got chased by girls: I was about 15 or 16 years old,” he says. “We’d just given a concert in Germany at a festival on this huge field. And we were in the tour bus afterward, driving on a dirt road, and I looked out the window and saw all these young, impressionable females running after the bus.” He shrugs his shoulders and gets to the point of the story: “I think we can all agree that I did not have a normal childhood

On being a father: “You go through your life with your own traumas, big and small, and think, ‘It’s not that bad, I have a lot to be thankful for, my parents did the best they could.’ But then you have a child of your own, and suddenly it opens all the floodgates, and you’re like, ‘No, no, no! That childhood trauma really did f— me up!’ ”

On why he bailed on NSYNC: “We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big,” says Timberlake, explaining why he decided to bail. “It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche. And, also, I was growing out of it. I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group. And I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart.”

On if Silas wanted to be a performer: “Would I want my child to follow my path? You know, I haven’t been able to answer that question in my mind. If he wanted it bad enough, I suppose I could teach him a lot about what not to do.”


For more from Justin, visit HollywoodReporter.com.
 Valentine’s Day Is Not A Do-Or-Die Matter

Valentine’s Day Is Not A Do-Or-Die Matter


By Nkem Ndem
I am going to be completely honest: I am a huge romantic. I love love…and as such, I certainly adore the idea of a specific day being set aside to celebrate love. Unfortunately, though, I haven’t had much luck with Valentine’s Day!
My earliest memory of the holiday is of my bubble literally bursting after a package I found in my schoolbag (and had been so excited about) revealed a rusty GL neck-chain which my secret crush -who sadly, wasn’t the guy I fancied at the time- had obtained from his grandmother’s box of rejected pieces of jewelry and placed in a card designed with the picture of a half-eaten apple and a mouth that said “You are so delicious”.
Even worse was Valentine’s Day 2008, My 3rd year at Covenant University, when a porter at Deborah Hall, one of school hostels, seized the bag of provisions my mother had sent to me through a family friend, Obinna, with claims that Valentine gifts were not allowed from males at the female hostels. The thought of that day still brings tears to my eyes. It was the worst experience ever. Not only did I have to deal with the pain of realizing that I would have to survive the next 4 weeks without Milk, Milo, Rice Krispies, Titus Sardines and other school-life necessities, I also had to sit through hours of watching other girls gush over the Val gifts their boyfriends managed to smuggle into the hall and silently wonder when “amoshine”.
Over the years, I have come to realize that contrary to what romantic comedies had me believing since I was about 6, Valentine’s Day actually isn’t all that great. In reality, it is more like a number of the fancy clubs on Lagos Island- the idea of the club is way better than the actual club in itself. The music is so loud you are in a constant state of stress; the people suck; you spend so much money but never have any fun really; yet, you keep coming back, telling yourself that will it get better.
Let’s face it, Nigerians are submerged in the cultural hypnosis that nudges them to associate true love and commitment with Valentine’s Day. I consider this a form of “conditioning” as the Valentine’s Day of today so obviously has nothing to do with real love. It is now a highly commercialized day of forced love with the main beneficiaries being brands that get to sell you anything from red flowers and chocolates to exorbitant destination getaways. Even worse, having a date on this day, also, has become a status symbol more than anything else, and for some God-knows-why reason, being able to celebrate Valentine’s Day means that you are somehow better or more successful than your single friends.
Quite honestly, the level of pressure this holiday brings is worse than that of a shaken bottle of Coke. The singles who dream of being coupled up, face the pressure of finding a date at all costs; those who are dating feel the pressure to find the ultimate gift or pull off the most original and meaningful romantic gesture ever; and Nigerian girls who like to show off their Val gifts certainly do not want to be at the bottom of the totem pole, so, they weary their men and literally everyone else with their demands. In fact, even the men -especially the stingy and weak ones- who do not want to deal with all the pressure, say and do all they can to get away with not celebrating it. You find them making such silly statements as “every day is Valentine’s day”, “Can’t you see it’s quarter to Buhari O’clock?”, or “Love should be spontaneous and not contrived, Valentine’s day defeats that purpose”. Some even go as far as breaking up with their girlfriends days before February 14th.
The truth is, Valentine’s Day celebrations is not a do-or-die affair. The choice to go ahead with the celebration is up to you and if you decide you don’t want it or that the day is not for you, no one will kill you (hopefully). Of course, the sentiment behind the day is probably worth celebrating but…whether you choose to abstain from the celebrations, or whether you go along with the commercialized way we presently celebrate the holiday, note that your grand gestures will not be able to replace emotional intimacy if the security of your bond is already in question. Also, for those who are single and filled with resentment for people with partners to celebrate the holiday with…please, "Stop it. Stop jealous". The day is not just for those who have partners, and as such, you are not required to have a “bae” to enjoy it. Make the most of the day. And if not for anything, take full advantage of this day because it is a day in your life.
I am hoping this February 14th will be pleasant for everyone really. Surely, every Nigerian can use a bit of love at this time as we keep standing together #IstandwithNigeria
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Jackie Appiah, Ama K Abebrese,Vanessa Gyan & More Attend Toke Makinwa's ''On Becoming'' Book Reading & Signing in Ghana

Jackie Appiah, Ama K Abebrese,Vanessa Gyan & More Attend Toke Makinwa's ''On Becoming'' Book Reading & Signing in Ghana



Despite all the Lawsuit drama of last week, Toke Makinwa shows no signs of stopping her book tour as she had a successful book reading and signing on Friday the 3rd of February at the La Palm Beach Hotel, Accra. The tour had celebrities and notable individuals in attendance such as Jackie Appiah, Ama K Abebrese, Victoria Lebene, Ahuofe Patri, Vanessa Gyan amongst others.

During the Q&A Session of the book reading/signing, the bestselling author gave insights on her book like never before, where she expressed the importance of sharing certain experiences in one’s life as a means of encouraging the public.

The media personality also stated that empowering people was of great significance to her. She added that the main goal for writing On Becoming was to enlighten people through her own experiences and be a support to others.

Toke Makinwa highlighted that On Becoming is more than the book but a movement that she will be taking to different countries around the world as a means to empower people facing life challenges.

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