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Saturday, 16 August 2008

Obiwon + World News + The Olympics + Dog/Child pictures

Obiwon's new single
"Obi Mu O" is the new single from Obiwon's forthcoming sophomore album. It features female newcomer Yuchi.
The new album "The Rebirth" will not be available till 2009, so Obi has made the song downloadable free of charge to willing music lovers. Y'all can get it by sending an email to obisbox@yahoo.com or by joining his artiste page on facebook with this link...http://www.facebook.com/pages/Obiora-aka-Obiwon/21500332997
Fantastic singer!

Channel 0 Music Video Awards

Sasha, Naeto C and Ikechukwu were nominated
Vote for them

Ribadu: FG insincere about anti-corruption war – Reps
By Chiawo Nwankwo and John Ameh, Abuja

The House of Representatives on Friday said that there were genuine fears about the Federal Government’s commitment to the anti-corruption war, given its role in recent events around the former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu. It said Ribadu’s demotion from Assistant Inspector-General of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police and the surreptitious moves to withdraw him from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State, barely one month to the completion of his course, smacked of a deliberate design to diminish his tenure or reverse his achievements.

Bernie Mac to be buried...

Large crowds of people are gathering in Chicago to attend a public memorial for actor and comedian Bernie Mac.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson and Mayor Richard Daley are among the speakers expected to pay tribute to Mac at the large House of Hope church on the city's South Side.
Also expected to speak at the Saturday afternoon gathering are Mac's co-stars from the documentary "The Original Kings of Comedy" — Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer.
Mac died one week ago Saturday at the age of 50 from what his publicist says were complications from pneumonia.
He had been at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital since the middle of July.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen

5 children among 7 killed in Memphis house fire

Five children, a teenager and a mother died Saturday in a fire that engulfed a Memphis home, witnesses and fire officials said.
Memphis Fire Department Lt. Keith Staples said two teenagers and an 11-year-old boy escaped and were hospitalized in stable condition.
The cause was under investigation, and authorities were unsure how the survivors escaped, Staples said.
Next-door neighbor Lamar Boyce, who said he was awakened by the victims' cries for help, said two of the survivors escaped by jumping from a second-story window of the burning home. Read the rest here...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080816/ap_on_re_us/memphis_fire;_ylt=AlN7YxI3K4uU.8VAgKN_xHys0NUE

Ellen DeGeneres set to wed longtime girlfriend

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are rumoured to be getting married tonight at their $29 million love nest.
Wish them all the best...
Guns for Texas school's teachers
Teachers in one part of the US state of Texas are to be allowed to carry concealed firearms when the new school term opens this month.
The school superintendent in Harrold district said the move was intended to protect staff and pupils should there be any gun attacks on its sole campus.
Teachers would have to undertake crisis management training first, the superintendent, David Thweatt, said.
In recent years the US has seen a number of fatal school shootings. Read the full story here...http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7564654.stm

Murder probe after boy's stabbing
A teenage boy has been stabbed to death in Manchester.
Police said the victim, who was thought to be 16 years old, was stabbed once in Moston Lane, Harpurhey, at about 0200 BST on Saturday.
Paramedics tried to treat the boy for a puncture wound, but he died on the way to hospital.
Moston Lane has been closed between the junctions of Ashley Lane and Cole Street. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Det Supt Shaun Donnellan said: "We are at the early stages of this inquiry, but we believe there may have been witnesses who could assist our investigation into finding out what happened."

Italy's illegal immigration soars
The number of illegal immigrants entering Italy doubled in the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2007, Rome says.
The figures come in spite of a government crackdown on crime and an increase in the number of deportations.
More than 15,000 illegal immigrants entered the EU via Italy between January and July, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said.
Many illegal immigrants arrive on boats organised by people traffickers. Find more here...http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7564584.stm

Ex-leader, 11 rebels sentenced to death
CHAD N'DJAMENA - A Chadian court yesterday sentenced a former president and eleven rebels to death for crimes against the state. Former president Hissene Habre is in exile in Senegal and is awaiting trial there for torture and murder. He is unlikely to be extradited to Chad, officials said. The Chadian court concluded that Habre killed tens of thousands of political opponents during his eight years in power until he was ousted by rebels in 1990. Continue here...http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2008/08/16/ex_leader_11_rebels_sentenced_to_death/
The Olympics
Michael Phelps; Greatest Olympian?

The 23-year-old from Baltimore is already the winningest Olympian ever with 13 golds and most likely a 14th before he leaves Beijing. Phelps swam into history with a magnificent finish Saturday, tying Mark Spitz with his seventh gold medal by the narrowest of margins in the 100-meter butterfly. Hopefully, he will win his next race...
"Dream as big as you can dream and anything is possible," Phelps

Three of tennis' big names are out of the Olympics!

Switzerland's Roger Federer lost to American James Blake in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
American Serena Williams lost her quarterfinal match at the Olympics to Elena Dementieva of Russia.
And VenusWilliams lost in the quarters as well to Li Na of China.
But Thankfully Wimbledon 2008 champion Raffael Nadal is still standing!

Beckham for Olympics

It's just been announced that David Beckham will star in the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics on August 24th.
A source says, "David is going to be in the surprise finale. They always have a segment to do the handover, to showcase the next city to host the Olympics."
So, Beckham will be on site in China to help symbolize the transition.
The source adds, "He was very involved in the London bid to get it, and as a Londoner he is incredibly proud that the Olympics will be in London. He is passionate about it and looking forward to the games in 2012."

2008 Olympic medal table
1. China - Gold:27, Silver:12 Bronze:6, Total: 45
2. USA - G:16, S:15, B:19, Total: 50
3. Germany - G:8, S:5, B:5, Total: 18
4. Australia - G:7, S:8, S:10, Total: 25
5. Japan - G:7, S:5, B:4, Total: 16
6. South Korea - G:6, S:9, B:4, Total: 19
7. Italy - G:6, S:5, B:4, Total: 15
8. Great Britain - G:5, S:2, B:6, Total: 13
9. Russia - G:4, S:8, B:8, Total: 20
10.Ukraine - G:4, S:0, B:5, Total: 9
From that let's go to this breathcatching photography. The photographer did a great job of matching up the kids and dogs. This is so adorable!! Loves it





Artistic huh?
Meanwhile here's another fab blog to check out...

Will definitely be back tomorrow...
Stay cool

Friday, 15 August 2008

Rev Chris Okotie Interview + My posters

I'm still not feeling good but dammit, I wanna blog...lol

So I got Encomium magazine as usual and read a very interesting interview. A Rev Chris Okotie interview. I've always been fascinated with this man of God and just love listening to him speak...

On thursday August 7th through Sunday, August 10th 2008, Rev Chris Okotie and drop dead gorgeous Stephanie Henshaw had their traditional wedding, Registry and thanksgiving.
He spoke to Encomium's editor-in-chief, Kunle Bakare, on his new marriage.
Excerpt...



In the last few days what has filled your heart?
Rev "I’ve never been so excited in my entire life. The only experience that comes is when I became a born again Christian. The first time I was married I was 24, I didn’t understand the institution. I didn’t understand the convolution, the labyrinths of its complexities, it was a difficult parallax, to conceptualize things and maintain a balance. But today I’m much older, I’m wiser, more established, and above all, more yielded to the spirit of God. I was asking him when I knew I was going to get married, I wanted to know what kind of person should I look out for, because I’m not just an ordinary Christian, so that we don’t repeat what happened in the past. I was very very excited, exhilarated, completely overwhelmed when he decided in the direction of Stephanie, because I’ve always liked her, admired her as a person outside of being a great woman. She’s very beautiful, kind and gentle. I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that this is happening to me. It’s beyond my wildest imagination.



So you didn’t mind the fact that she already married twice, and had three children?
Rev "No. when people asked me had she been married, I used to say yes. But a couple of days ago, I was talking about that and the spirit of God told me that I ought to realize as a minister as a minster that the girl you are marrying had never been married to anyone , it said to me. Then the scripture came to me that if any man believes in Jesus Christ, he’s a new creature. Then it asked me, ‘Are you the same Chris that you used to be?’ I said no. So, she’s not the same woman who married whoever it was. This is a different person entirely. None of those men know this woman that you know today. I said Lord that’s true because the woman I know today is not the same woman I used to know in the past. To tell you the truth, this is a virgin I am marrying and I’m her first husband."

You are her first husband?
Rev "I’m her first husband. It even makes it more exciting. I should have known because that’s what I teach. I just didn’t think about it until the spirit of God reminded me of the reality of God’s words"



Why did you opt for an elaborate traditional wedding? A lot of people thought because it was your ‘second’ marriage, you should have done a quieter wedding…
Rev "It was beyond me. It was my church. You know I’ve never liked ceremonies. I told them and my in-laws that I just wanted something real quiet but my church people were too excited and they made all the arrangement. I just showed up."

You were talking earlier about the lord speaking with you about the woman you are to marry…did you see Stephanie in the picture?
Rev "When ministers talk about the Lord talking to them, it creats a picture, it’s difficult for those who don’t. when teena (his first wife) left, I didn’t think I was going to remarry. I thought maybe what I should do is concentrate on serving God until God began to persuade me to the contrary that that’s not what I want you to do. I don’t want you to be celibate, I don’t want you not to have a woman in your life because of what you represent. And then I began to understand. I started asking for direction; what kind of a woman? Is there a particular person you’ll have me marry? The thing about it is that, most of the time, what He asks you to do, the tools are usually very close to you. I heard a man of God say once that God hides things from us by putting them very close to us. So I had already been friends with stephanie all these years, not realising that that was the purpose. And when it was time for me to begin to address my mind to the seriousness of a conjugal relationship, I began to look in her direction.



But from the way you talk, you are unabashed about refering to Teena and we suspect that you have a very good relationship…
Rev "Oh absolutely. We are very good freiends before we got married and so when things didn’t work out, our friendship was sustained. She’s very happy that this is happening to me. She used to tell me, you need to get married and have children"

Talking about children, you said you wanted to have twins
Rev "Yeah! I don’t want to have more that two children"



Where are you going on honeymoon?
Rev "First part would be Dubai, then England, France and USA. I would not walk alone for the rest of my life. I told my church that for ten years I walked alone, lived alone, gone to holidays alone but it will never happen to me again…lai lai, I will never walk alone again. I’ve found what I’m looking for, so I’m at peace. I’ve never danced so hard, I’m ecstatic, overjoyed. This is what I’ve always wanted. It’s just that she was not ready to marry me. I would have married her since"

Why was she not ready?
Rev "She wanted God to speak to her directly first. She wanted to be sure I wasn’t just marrying her because I love her. She wanted to be sure it was something that God approved. That’s why she’s separate from everybody I’ve ever know. She’s a friend and she truly loves me…"



What did you learn from your previous marriage that you know will help you in this union?
Rev "A lot of things. Number one I learnt that marriage is not about infantile immaturity. I see a lot of people get married in their 20’s, or evening their early 30’s. I do not think that is good for them. (huh??? Does he mean men???)
I’ve really taken time to study the word of God and I discovered that the age of maturity for a man differs from a woman’s. And there are certain pre-requisite in the scripture that are necessary, that must be in place before you can have a successful marriage. I’ve learnt that marriage is more important to God than we think. It requires a certain level of spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity is not necessarily about biological age, because you can be 50years and still be immature, an infant spiritually. Like the things of God, they come in time. Each has a role to play if it is utilized in their position of biblical knowledge"


That's it.
Pictures thanks to:
http://bellanaija.blogspot.com/
http://naijagal.blogspot.com/
http://solafolowosele.blogspot.com/

From one gorgeous woman (Stephanie Henshaw) to another gurguos woman...ME
...lol
So I got this beautiful poster of me from multicast PlatformLtd.


Nice huh?
If you want something this nice or even better contact Gbenga, Web Developer at http://www.multicastplatform.com/. And if you're crazy enough about me, you can print them out and put them on your wall...lol

Also check out this fab fashion and lifestyle website http://gypsyblack.com/

On another note, I was happy about being given a blackberry and someone dropped a comment saying that I was sad for being excited over something so little.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."
I'm grateful for the smallest, littlest things. You should see me get excited over even 5grand. If you're grateful for the smallest things, God will bless you with things so beyond your wildest imagination. Nothing is small infront of God, why should anything be 'small' infront of us? Let's learn to appreciate what we're given, no matter how small we think it is...

Will be back tomorrow...
You take care of you and yours...

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Not feeling very well

Hi people, sorry I haven’t updated in a bit. I’m not feeling very well. I think I’m down with malaria or something close it and my mum won’t let me sit infront of my computer for more than a few minutes.

When I feel better, hopefully in a day or so, I’ll be blogging like crazy ‘cos I’ve kinda elevated my status lol…
I used to use dial-up internet connection (The guys who live in nigeria know how crazily slow that is) but today I got a RELTEL Broadband internet connection, that’s like the fastest thing you can get in nigeria right now. I also got a Reltel Blackberry phone with internet access...

Did y'all hear me? I have a Blackberry phone...

Now I'm a certified big girl huh?
lol

But na dash sha... I got all of it free of charge...I'm kinda working with them on a project and I got pimped...the phone is so cute I feel like giving out the number here so the phone will be ringing non-stop ;)

See it's good to be a small celeb o...haha... people are dashing me things like crazy. I got free clothes from Rukkies Boutique, lots of make-up from MARS Cosmetics, designer glasses, shoes, bags from friends, a Blackberry phone from RELTEL...etc.

e no easy sha...maybe it's just God's blessings 'cos I'm a nice girl...
I really am...
You don't think so?
Seriously I am
Why don't you believe me?
I'm serious, ask people who know me
I used to be a bitch but not anymore
I'm nice now
Very nice... lol
Sometimes I feel it's thanks to you guys. You've touched my life in more ways than I can describe...Thank you!

Ok, I gotta go, my mum wants me out of here...

I'll be better in a few days and you guys are gonna beg me to stop blogging. Seriously with fast internet on my laptop and internet on my new phone, I'm gonna be blogging-on-the-go...

Until then, you guys take care and don't miss me too much ;)
Kisses!

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