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Saturday, 10 March 2007

RAVEN SYMONE. ALL GROWN UP



Can you guys remember that very cute little girls in the Cosby show that ran in the '80's? she was about 5years old when she joined the show. Well she's all grown up now and looking real divine.

GISELE BUNDCHEN MIGHT BE PREGNANT


Gisele and Tom


Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan


Gisele Bundchen


Tom Brady


I'm hearing that the world's sexiest and richest model, Gisele Bundchen is pregnant with boyfriend of only 3 months, quaterback Tom Braby's baby. The pair began dating in December, shortly after the football star broke up with his actress girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, who announced recently that she was pregnant with the stud's super sperm.

If these women are really pregnant, it means that this guy is about to have two kids born months of each other by two different women. Gisele is supposedly two months pregnant while Bridget is three months pregnant. Una dey hear drama? How man go score like that?

I guess he's a champion. Let's see how he handles it. I'm sure Gisele will still have a vibrant modeling career after she's had a baby. At least if she can still maintain that hot body.

Some real life dramas are better than any on-screen soap opera.

NEWS FROM NIGERIA.

I've decided to add a little bit of news, events and happenings in Nigeria to my blog for those of you who live outside the country and yearn to know what's happening in Nigerian politics, sports and social life. I'll call it 'News from Nigeria'. I won't find doing this interesting but I'll do it just for you. I'll go through our local newspapers and load up things I feel you guys might want to know. Cool or what? It won't be everyday but I'll do it as often as possible. It's all for you. Just do me a favour and leave a comment ok? Ciao

MARCH 10TH IN HISTORY.

1785: Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France .
1827: Mexico prohibits the introduction of slaves into Texas .
1848: The treaty of Guadeloupe-Hidalgo is signed which ends the United States ' war with Mexico .
1862: The U.S. Treasury issued the first American paper money, indenominations from $5 to $1,000.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell makes the first telephone call to Thomas Watson saying "Watson, come here. I need you."
1893: New Mexico State University cancels its first graduation ceremony, because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.
1924: The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women


1943: Adolf Hitler calls Field Marshall Erwin Rommel back from Tunisia in North Africa .
1944: The Irish refuse to oust all Axis envoys and deny the accusation of spying on Allied troops.
1945: American B-29 bombers attack Tokyo , killing 100,000.
1969: James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King and is sentenced to 99 years in jail.
1982: The United States bans Libyan oil imports, because of the continued support of terrorism.
2002: Israeli helicopters destroyed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat'soffices in Gaza City, hours after eleven Israelis were killed in asuicide bombing in a cafe across the street from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence in Jerusalem.

FATHER MURDERS HIS TWO LITTLE CHILDREN.

LONDON (Reuters) - A father who murdered his two young children at their home in north Wales was jailed for life on Friday and told he must serve at least 35 years.

Unemployed Perry Samuel, 35, suffocated his children Caitlin, 5, and Aiden, 3, described by their family as "two little angels".

They were found dead in the bath at the family home in the village of Bodelwyddan, near the resort Rhyl, last November. A post mortem found they had been asphyxiated.

Samuel pleaded guilty to murder at Mould Crown Court.

The children's mother, Sarah Graham, said Caitlin and Aiden would always live on in their family's hearts. "No prison sentence will ever be long enough to excuse taking away the lives of my beautiful babies or to justify the living nightmare that this man has put me and my family through," she said in a statement released by police. "Nothing can excuse what he did.
"We would like to thank the police for their help and sensitive handling of this case, and the local community for giving us their support to ensure that Caitlin and Aiden will never be forgotten by anyone who loved or knew them.
"Caitlin and Aiden will always live on in our hearts.
At the time of the killings, police said it was an isolated incident that had horrified the local community.

It's a sad world we live in.

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL PICTURES!
















These are some pictures from different seasons of America's Next Top Model. I couldn't label them 'cos I really wasn't sure which group of girls was from which season. This is one of the best things to happen to television. If you're not watching it, you're missing a lot o! And the girls are hot hot hot!

Friday, 9 March 2007

TYRA BANKS PICTURES.














This lady sure knows how to take a fierce picture.

WINONA RYDER STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE.



How many of you have read reports that former actress, Winona Ryder committed suicide through drug overdose? According to the rumour, in what appeared to be an apparent suicide, Winona was pronounced dead as a result of cardiac arrest after consuming more than two-dozen sleeping pills.

News are just coming in now that the forgotten actress is still very much alive with absolutely no intention of ever killing herself.

So where did the story come from? As far as I'm concerned, there are two reasons why this story was leaked. 1. It's either she really tried to kill herself but survived it or 2. Her publicists are trying to make the world remember she still exists. We all know what happened to her after she was caught shoplifting some years ago. After that incident no one wanted to work with her. Her career ended. She was no more news. I guess they are trying to resuscitate her career? Nice move! At least we are talking about her again. Let's see if it will work.

EUROPEAN HOSTAGES UNHARMED.

Five Europeans and eight locals kidnapped by gunmen in remote north Ethiopia are in good condition despite more than a week's captivity, the government and a local community leader said on Friday. But Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin could not confirm a report by a local leader that the captives had been seized by Afar separatist rebels and taken across the border to neighbouring Eritrea.

"Last evening, I heard that they are safe and secure. They are in good condition," Seyoum told reporters near the area in the desolate Afar region where the group was abducted eight days ago. The identity of the kidnappers was still unclear, he said. "They will be freed alive very soon ... Right now, I cannot say we are doing this or that, but we are doing something," he also told Ethiopian weekly the Sub-Saharan Informer which was published on Friday.

As well as eight Ethiopian translators, drivers and guides, the hostages include three British men, one Italian-British woman, and a French woman. The expatriate hostages are all linked to the British embassy in Ethiopia.
They were seized in the night during a tour of Afar, one of the world's harshest terrains, where temperatures touch 50 degrees Celsius and bandits stalk camel trains in the desert.

Let's hope everyone gets out of this unharmed.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT!!!!

There's nothing more encouraging than knowing people are reading what you write. And what better way to know that people are actually reading? It's by getting a comment from them. So please leave a comment on any issue you find interesting. I'm still trying to figure out how to reply to comments, so if you don't hear from me, it's not deliberate, don't know how to do...pardon yours trully.

Would really appreciate it if you leave me a comment!!!

NEW SELENA DOLLS.


Selena is like the Latina Elvis. She passed tragically ten years ago when the president of her fanclub shot her to death. Despite her passing on so long ago, her family continues to license her name and likeness.
The latest addition to the Selena catalogue are these three new Selena dolls, for 2007.
She died so young and for no apparent reason. God bless her soul.

WHITNEY HOUSTON AND HER BOY TOY.






When Whitney released her first album 21 years ago, Ray J was only 5years old. And now she's sleeping with him? I don't know which one is more annoying. This or the situation with Usher?

I guess love works in mysterious ways....my ass!!!

Courtesy, Perezhilton.

MARCH 9TH IN HISTORY!!!

MARCH 9TH IN HISTORY!

1959: 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
1959: Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold
1961: 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
1961: Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 721961 Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit
1961: Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"
1963: Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez
1964: 1st Ford Mustang produced
1984: John Lennon's "Borrowed Time" is released
1979: Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters1979 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1980: Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured
1966: Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black Governor of Federal Reserve Board
1916: Germany declares war against Portugal
1918: Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
1918: Ukrainian mobs massacre Jews of Seredino Buda

This is for those of you who love history.

SALMA HAYEK, PREGNANT AND ENGAGED!


Pregnant Salma


Salma with fiancee, Francois

Beautiful, sultry and sexy actress, Salma Hayek is engaged and pregnant. The lucky man is businessman, Francois-Henri Pinault. Pinault is the CEO of PPR, the world's third largest luxury conglomerate. They own Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, the French department store Printemps, catalog giant La Redoute and the music-and-book chain FNAC.

This guy is very very very rich. I didnt even know she had a man. She's always moving around alone or with colleagues. Good for her!

Pictures and news courtesy, perezhilton.com

DAYS THAT SHOOK NIGERIA.


Victims of the Ikeja bomb blast

There were days in the history of our beloved country that something happened to affect every single Nigerian. Days that will forever remain etched in our memories. Days, that some of us weren't born when it happened, but our fathers, teachers and the press will not stop talking about. Days that changed the destiny of our country. Days that started a turn-around in our nation's government, policies, economy and beliefs. Days that affected everyone living in Nigeria in one way or the other.

Before coming up with my list, I typed on google to see if such write up existed, but there was no such thing. So I can say I'm very proud to be the first person to draw up a list of days that shook Nigeria and Nigerians to it's very core.

Below is a list, with pictures, of days that shook Nigeria

THE WAR ON ODI


This incident also known as the Odi tragedy happened on November 20, 1999. On this date, the federal government of Nigeria in a swift move to track down some irate youths who had earlier in November 1999 alleged to have kidnapped and killed twelve policemen, declared a state of emergency on Odi community after a 14-day ultimatum that was yet to expire. On November 20, thousands of combined military personnel invaded the community and unleashed a heavy bombardment by artillery, air craft, grenade launchers, mortar bombs and other sophisticated weapons in replication of a typical invasion of an enemy territory in real warfare.The military invasion of the Odi community resulted in the loss of lives of many people, as well as animals and aquatic creatures. Properties were looted and virtually all the infrastructure in the community was either destroyed or torched. Many citizens of Odi who were lucky to be alive were bundled aboard trucks and taken to military barracks in Elele in Port Harcourt and Warri as prisoners of war. The Odi community was occupied like a conquered territory. By the time the soldiers were eventually evacuated and replaced with men of the Nigerian police, Odi was in ruins. That was a day a lot of Nigerians wil never forget.

1994 AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS

The 1994, the 19th edition of the African Cup of Nations was hosted by Tunisia. On April 10th, the finals was played between Nigeria and Zambia. Nigeria won 2-1. Nigeria went crazy. We celebrated like we had never done befoe. It was a day that brought us closer as a people. A day that made us forget our problems. A day that every Nigerian can say that they were trully happy.

STELLA OBASANJO'S DEATH

Very early in the morning of Sunday 23 October 2005, it was announced live that our beloved First Lady and mother of the nation, Chief Mrs Stella Obasanjo had passed on after under-going cosmetic surgery. It turned to a sour day for most Nigerians because no one expected such a vibrant, kindhearted and beautiful woman to pass on when she did. She was loved by most and her untimely death at the age of 59, caused alot of pain for Nigerians.

1966 MILITARY COUP

TAFAWA BALEWA

On January 15, 1966, some members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria toppled the Civilian Government in a miliary coup. Alot of top Nigerian government officials lost their lives, including the then Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa. Major-general J.T.U. Aguiyi Ironsi who led the coup emerged the Head of State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. He was later arrested and executed.

ABA WOMEN RIOT
Ten thousand women rioted and the demonstrations swept through the Owerri-Calabar districts.The women attacked three specific targets:
The Native Courts
Any European-owned factories and
Warrant chiefs from Native Courts where sessions were in progress.
One warrant chief was pushed of his bicycle, his gun was taken away and the women chased him into the bush.
The British then decided to use force to restore law and order and many women died. This effectively ended the Warrant Chief system. It is an unforgetable day in the history of Nigeria.

ATLANTA '96


August 3rd 1996 was a day alot of Nigerians will never forget. It was the day that enemies became friends, drinks were freely given, landlords forgot their rent money, bank MD's embraced their drivers, Monarchs kissed their boy-in-waiting, police and thieves shook hands. It was a day a nation jubilated and celebrated like never seen before in our history. Every Nigeria felt like a winner. The under-23 soccer team, led by Kanu Nwankwu put Nigeria in the world in the world map by winning . We became the first African country to win the gold medal in football event at the olympics

MKO ABIOLA'S DEATH


Every Nigerian can remember exactly where they were when Abiola was reported to have died of a heart attack on Tuesday July 7, 1998 after falling ill during a meeting with a visiting U.S. delegation. Abiola was the apparent winner of the 1993 presidential elections that were canceled by the military. He was jailed the following year and accused of treason by dictator Gen. Sani Abacha. His sudden death drew anger and disbelief, as a lot of people believed he would soon be freed from incarceration following Abacha's death. The days following Abiola's death was that of mayhem and destruction. Staunch Abiola supporters went to the streets, destroying lives and properties. It was a terrible period.

BELLVIEW PLANE CRASH


Sunday Oct 23rd was a dark Sunday for most Nigerians. Not only did we loose our First Lady, we also lost 117 people on the ill-fated Bellview Plane that crashed near the village of Lissa, about 30 km (20 miles) north of Lagos, three minutes after take-off, killing everyone on board.
The plane was headed to the Nigerian capital of Abuja from Lagos when it crashed. The plane was missing for hours before the wreckage was found shortly after dawn. There have been a few plane crashes in Nigeria in the last two years but I choose this particular crash because no whole human body of any of the victim of that crash was found. None of the victims could be buried properly because some bodies were never even found. The plane had buried the passengers down, deep into the earth. A sad way to go.

THE EXECUTION OF KEN SARO WIWA



Ken Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian author, television producer, and environmental activist and President, of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), In May 1994, he was arrested and accused of incitement to murder following the deaths of four Ogoni elders. Saro-Wiwa denied the charges, but was imprisoned for over a year before being found guilty and sentenced to death by a specially convened tribunal, during which nearly all of the defendants' lawyers resigned in protest to the trial's cynical rigging by the Abacha regime. Very few observers were surprised when the tribunal declared a "guilty" verdict, but most were shocked that the penalty would be death by hanging for all nine defendants. However, many were skeptical that the executions would actually occur, as the Nigerian government would face international outrage and possible sanctions and other legal action should the penalties be carried out. But on November 10, 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight other MOSOP leaders (the "Ogoni Nine") were executed by hanging at the hands of military personnel. According to most accounts, Ken was the last person to be hanged and thus forced to watch the death of his colleagues. It was a day that threw Nigerians into shock and thousands were seen crying openly

IKEJA BOMB BLAST
Dark Sunday, as it popularly called, is a day that will forever remain etched in our memory. That was the day so many young children lost their lives. Lagosians were thrown into a state of confusion and pandemonium on January 27, 2002, as several bombs exploded at Ikeja military cantonment. Over 600 people lost their lives trying to scape from what they didn't know.

THE VISIT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II





March 22 1998, was a historic moment for Nigerians. As that was the day Pope John Paul II visited Nigeria for the second time. The first time being in 1982. His visit threw Nigerians into a celebatory mood.

SANI ABACHA'S DEATH


Abacha died while in the company of two Indian prostitutes. Though the official cause of his death was a heart attack, according to a widely held belief amongst Nigerians and Western diplomats he overdosed on Viagra or Burantashi, on June 8th, 1998. Almost every Nigerian can remember where they were when they heard the 'happy' news. Market women went into the streets singing and dancing. Nigerians were happy to hear of his death. There was even a story that went around at the time that armed-robbers didn't operate for a while in celebration of the death of Nigeria's most hated leader of all time.

AGBANI DAREGO BECOMING MISS WORLD

On Novenber 16 2001, a nineteen year old girl single handedly put Nigeria on the world map by winning the 2001 Miss World pageant in South Africa, beating 92 other girls and setting a world record as the first black African Miss World. It was a day Nigerians openly celebrated and every one felt proud to call themselves Nigerians

BIAFRA WAR
On May 30, 1967 following nationwide disturbances, the government of the then Eastern region, headed by Lt. Col. Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, broke away from the Federal Republic of Nigeria by declaring the Eastern Region of Nigeria the Republic ofBiafra. The Federal Government declared this move a rebellion and decided to nullify it. This led to the 30 months civil war which ended in victory for the Federal Government on January 12, 1970.

Well, these are some of the days I can remember that shook Nigeria. It took me a while to go digging to find facts and figures, I hope this information goes along way in helping you positively. Please leave me a comment. Tell me the day that shook you the most. As for me, It was the Ikeja bomb blast. My heart stopped beating for at least 10 seconds. I thought third world war had started. Nothing had ever scared me as that incident did. What about you, what's your story?

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