Macmillan Night: Time To Break Stumbling Blocks

Music, dance and drama will fuse with readings on Thursday at the 10th edition of the Macmillan Literary Night holding in Lagos. Various subject matters will be dramatised by Ihia Enakhimio, Joke Jacobs, Nobert Young, Tina Mba and the Crown Troupe of Africa led by Segun Adefila.

The event will particularly feature interesting discussions on salient issues as they affect the country with contributions from writers, politicians and opinion moulders.

Since its inception, organisers have been using the views and opinions of writers of the different genres of literature to portray issues relevant to the socio-political development of the country.

According to the Chairman of the Macmillan Literary Event Committee, Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, Blazing Hope was the theme for last year, indicating that in spite of the challenges Nigeria faces, it still has a reason to hope.

Emanuel adds, ‘‘But from what we are seeing in the country, not much has changed because the stumbling blocks to sustainable development in Nigeria are still there and the situation appears deteriorating. We have therefore decided that this year’s theme will be Break It: Stumbling Blocks to National Development. The world is changing and moving forward. If we do not change with it, we will be left behind. We must look forward in anticipation of likely global political changes and social demands.’’

Billed to hold at the Muson Centre by 6pm, the night will be anchored by poet and social critic, Odia Ofeimun. Other members of the committee include theatre director and culture activist, Ben Tomoloju; writer and founder, Lumina Foundation, Dr. Promise Ogochukwu; Adefila and the Managing Director, Different Aesthetics Arts and Culture Management, Tope Babayemi, who is also a consultant to Macmillan Publishers.

Former Permanent Secretary, Chief Philip Asiodu, will chair the event, which Emanuel describes as another manifestation of the total commitment to the publishers’ corporate social responsibility policy.

She says, ‘‘We believe firmly that if we are to get where we need to get to as a nation, all hands must be on deck to deal with the issues. We have unshaken faith in the possibility of a better Nigeria and believe that together with the media, civil society groups, public and private sectors, we can make significant contributions to the changes needed in attitudes, values and determination to ensure development in Nigeria.’’

By Gbenga Adeniji

Culled From :PUNCH

Mistakes People Make In Choosing A Life Partner

When questions are asked about how people choose their life partners, it becomes quite obvious that most people of today’s modern don’t really know what they need.

We most of the time confuse ourselves with need and want. It is therefore not surprising to find more divorce cases rising far above marriage cases. Want, as in relationship is more or less looking at the physical; wanting an attractive man or woman, someone who has money to run the house and the family, someone who can actually support you in future, can really give you good sex and the likes. In today’s issue, we will dive into all these factors to see whether it is necessary to choose a life partner based on some them.

Choosing a life partner based on physical attractiveness is not bad but, before that , it must be taken into consideration that beauty, as it is, is a natural wealth for a short period of time. Humans change with respect to time. If the person does not age, there are other factors that can really take the attractiveness of the person without us not able to do anything about it. We are just life flowers, wild and all rosy in the morning but gloomy and weak by night fall. Have you asked yourself whether you will be able to live with the person should all the attractiveness fade away?

Another grave mistake we make when choosing a partner is when the choice is made looking at the financial success of the person. Money is good, no two ways about that but never has it been heard that money buy happiness or love which happens to be key factors that keeps marriages going. Falling for someone based on the financial gains of the person can cause more problems for you than you even expect.

Another factor that influences bad partnership decision is sex. Most ladies especially, when in their youth, desire men who can actually make them feel good in bed. But we must not forget that it is a lifetime decision and a long term execution of plan not a short term one. The problem is that sometimes we forget that it is a long term decision we are taking and thus choosing a partner for that journey should go far beyond the physicalities. Imagine eating one particular food for a month, two or three. Would you ever have an appetite for that particular food in the next month to come? Definitely no! It is same with sex. Being Intimate with one particular person for a long period of time can be boring sometimes thus not good factor to consider when choosing a partner.

Most people choose to accept anyone as a life partner because of the fact that they are probably ageing. This is most common among women. Most women believe that once they get to their late twenties and still man less, must accept anyone without consideration if not, much about the composition of the man they are going to tie the knot with which sometimes ends up in disaster.

One other factor that is associated with the wrong choice of partners and again commonly found among women is children. I say this is commonly found among women because it is often easy for a man who has children to marry again as compared to women. Research has also proved that. This sometimes leaves women in a position where they accept men who just come their way.

Pity, they say is the sweetest form of love. Actually, I don’t see any sense in that. How can you make a choice of a wife or husband based on that? It is too cheap. If you going out with someone and think the person doesn’t march the kind of husband or wife you intend marrying, why don’t you just forget about the person and ignore the fact that the person will probably change one day. In fact it is the worst mistake and harm you can ever do to yoursel.
.Culled From :NAIJ

My fight not Sgainst Shah Rukh: Ajay Devgn

Mumbai : Actor-producer Ajay Devgn, who has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging that the makers of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” have been blocking the release of his film “Son of Sardaar” in theatres, says his fight is not against Shah Rukh Khan who is playing lead in the movie.
My fight not against Shah Rukh: Ajay Devgn

AJAY-DEVGN-336x255“The fight is not between Shah Rukh and Ajay Devgn and there is no fight between both of us. This is unnecessarily people has created. Both of us are actors. This is Ajay Devgn as a producer, fighting for his right with some other producer and if people are playing with it then it’s wrong,” said Ajay.

Directed by Ashwni Dhir, “Son of Sardar” features Ajay, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, and Juhi Chawla, while “Jab Tak hai Jan” stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif along with SRK.

The complaint was filed before Yash Chopra’s death and according to association’s rule, one cannot back out after filing the complaint.

“We filed the case on Oct 18th when we hadn’t even thought that Yashji will be hospitalised. Main problem was that the timing went wrong. We filed the case long back and as per the law you can’t withdraw the case filed with the Competition Commission. My fight is not with them; it is just against right and wrong. Again I am talking about it, but I am not supposed to talk about it.”

Ajay moved the CCI, claiming that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” instead of his movie “Son of Sardaar” – both are coming out on Diwali, Nov 13.

It’s do and die situation for Ajay.

“If I release the film on the same day, then people will call me villain and if I don’t release it, it’s a major loss for us,” he told IANS.

“Sadly, post Yashji’s death many people pressurised me through media and said Ajay Devgn should delay his film. Till now Rs.80 to Rs.90 crore have been put in the film. Corporates are involved and they are answerable to share-holders. So with all due respect, I thought of releasing it on the same day,” he added.

Once the release date is decided, it is not easy for anyone to change it. Ajay says that when he asked others to delay the release of their films, they said it’s not feasible.

“When I said ask Aamir Khan to release his film (‘Talaash’) after two weeks and ask Akshay Kumar to release his film (‘Khilade 786′) on Christmas or ask Salman Khan to go for January release (for ‘Dabangg 2′). So people said that’s not possible. So, why only Ajay will have to sacrifice? I don’t feel any pressure when I gave this option – sab chup ho gaye na.”

Urging media to support him in his fight for justice, Ajay said he is very confident about SOS.

“It’s not just a comedy, it’s a balance of everything…once you see the film, you will say Sanjay Dutt is the highlight of the film,” the 43-year-old said
Culled From :WORLDSNAP

4 Ways To Exit A Relationship Gracefully

You know it’s time to move on from your current relationship, but every time you think of it, you cringe. You hate to be the bearer of heartache, so you’ve been putting it off.

couple_talkingBut now things are getting worse: he/she knows something’s up, the irritations are piling up, or the energy is draining you.

Bottom line? You’ve got to man/woman up and get the job done so you can both move on with your lives.

But not just any break up will do. How you call it quits is important. It can either be so ugly that it makes it hard to move on or, if done elegantly, it can be a useful springboard to your next relationship.

Thankfully, there are some savvy exit strategies which will ensure that both you and your new ex are able to transition as smoothly as possible from one romance to the next.


As long as you think about breaking up as breaking their heart, it’s hard to take the plunge. But the truth is, if you aren’t the right match, then splitting now is the biggest gift you could possibly give them and yourself. Because then you’ll both be free to pursue the right relationship that can last. So take a moment to adopt a new mindset and go into the next steps knowing you are giving him the most precious gift possible: their freedom to be loved.


Nothing, and I do mean nothing, is worse than being blind-sided by a breakup. When it seems like a breakup comes out of the blue, it’s truly traumatic. People hate to feel out of control, like something is being done to them, rather than participating in a decision. So never let ‘The Conversation’ be the first time you’ve talked about going your separate ways. When things start to get hairy, be sure you bring it up clearly, and attempt to problem solve. Then, if the problems aren’t resolving, it won’t be a surprise to anyone, and emotional preparations will have paved the way to separate.


These days, it’s so easy for people to wuss out and break-up the weenie way: via email, text, or voice message. You don’t want to be that person. Value yourself and your new ex enough to end it, face to face. But not with just any sad or angry conversation, you want to part ways with graceful gratitude. So prepare ahead of time by thinking of the things you appreciated about your partner, the lessons you learned, and the gifts you offered to each other. Then at a good time, sit down and be super clear about your decision to move on. Provide whatever level of detail your partner needs to understand the why’s. But do so in a gentle, kind way by sharing all of the things you are also thankful for during your time together. Invite your partner to share in a similar way, despite the pain or discomfort of the circumstance.


Break ups have a way of being messy, on again-off again affairs, which only end up causing more pain. So once you’ve celebrated your relationship for what was good, and shared the reasons you no longer can be together, it’s time to agree to a No-Contact Period. In the weeks immediately following a break up, it’s really hard to move on if you keep touching base via email, text, or phone. It’s like pulling the scab off your wounds- they take longer to heal than if you just leave it alone. By agreeing to not connect with each other for a period of time, say 2 weeks to 2 months, you give each other the space to grieve, begin emotional separation, and let go to stand on your own two feet again. Be sure you agree on a time frame you can each live with, and if you both wish to remain friends, you can reconnect after that time.

After your parting, give yourself time to heal and move on before dating again and you should be ready to start from a fresh, clean, positive place!
Culled From :NAIJ

Utaka wins club’s MVP


Dalian Aerbin of China striker Peter Utaka has been named the club’s Most Valuable Player in the just concluded Chinese Super League season. The former OB Odense hit man claimed the personal honour in a landmark style, hitting 20 goals in his very first season at the club. He grabbed his 20th goal in the last league game of the season as teh Chinese Super League drew its curtains last weekend.

He finished second on the top scorer’s chart behind Romanian striker CristianDanalache of Jiangsu Sainty. Utaka’s amazing goal returns and assists helped turn the promoted club’s fortunes around from the bottom table to title contenders. He would worm his way to club’s fans who continued to bank on his goals to save them from relegation.

Utaka told National Mirror he was thrilled with the honour but maintained his best was yet to come. “I can’t thank God enough for what he helped me to achieve here in my very first season and I want to thank everyone the coaches, the management, my mates , fans, including family and friends at home.

I’m deeply honoured by this award and I want to say it will only spur me to greater things next season.


Culled from Nigeriamasterweb

‘I Was Disvirgined By Don Jazzy’ – Tonto Dike Tweets

Tonto Dike was probably only messing around when she said she was deflowered by the hit music producer but we know for sure that the two dated briefly a few years back.

The only person Don Jazzy has ever admitted to dating is Tonto Dike. He said in an interview some years

Tweets below:

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lol me dat im still a V RT @rayocutie: “@TontoIet: #confession I got disvirgined by @DONJAZZY” i think this a lil bit Too Much info.


Nigerian Paralympians Folashade And Tolulope Wed


What God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Yes that’s the refrain of well wishers who thronged the wedding ceremony of the Paralympic couple, Folashade and Tolulope Owolabi, on Saturday in Jos after they tied nuptial knot in Holy wedlock at Apostolic Church. The couple were excited that the day they had been dreaming about has finally come to pass.


The athletes were overwhelmed with joy as they sang: ” This is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it”. It was the day God proved Himself strong as families of the couple converged to celebrate the love that will endure for life. The couple were overwhelmed as they watched the procession in amazement. The groom, Folashade, told Daily Sunsports that she never believed the wedding day would come so fast and she’s grateful to God for the fulfillment of the dream.

The couple is already on the way to Lagos for honeymoon. It was a joy unlimited for Folashade and Tolulope as they were pronounced husband and wife. They both confessed it was the happiest day of their lives. The holy solemnization, which was witnessed by dignitaries from all walks of life was witnessed by Paralympians and especially powerlifters, who participated in the last Paralympic Games in London. They all converged in Jos to celebrate with their teammates.

Dressed in beautiful white flowing gown with white jewellery to match and Tolulope dressed in black suit with purple shirt and gold-coloured tie to matched the purple and gold colours chosen by the couple. The couple was joined in Holy matrimony by the Jos Areas Superintendent of the church, Pastor David Olayinka Abiade, after the charges had been read to the congregation and the couple, asking for any objection to pronouncing the couple husband and wife. Other highlight of the wedding was the exchange of rings after which one of the officiating pastors, Solomon Oluwole Aladeokomo, prayed for the couple. In his sermon, Pastor of the Utan Assembly,

Ezekiel Olaniyi Oladimeji, who spoke on the scriptural principles of successful marriage, advised the couple to submit themselves to the will of God and to each other. He said the bedrock of every good home is submission To the will of God and to see God in each other’s life. The cleric, who took his lesson from Ephesians 5, 21 to the end, urged the wife to submit to her husband in all ramifications and accept his leadership, while the husband should love his wife as Christ loves the church and they should their trust in God as He cares for them. Guests were treated to the music of the T.A.C choir group as the wedding certificate was being signed in turn by the couple.

The solemnization was followed by a reception at the Ezenifite Hall where the guests were entertained. At the reception, the couple with other physically-challenged persons and other guests danced to the glory of God. Speaking at the reception, the President of the Para-Olympic Committee, Mr. Monday Emoghauwe (MON), who led the delegation from Abuja, specifically thanked the parents of the couple for not giving up hope on their children despite the challenges they faced in bringing them up. While noting that if they had killed them when they became disabled or He said that if the children had been abandoned or thrown away because they were disabled to beg on the streets, there would be nothing to celebrate today.

He said despite his own disability, he had visited more than 35 countries and has been able to achieve what some able-body men had not achieved in life.

Culled From: Naij

Wizkid and Banky W may soon part ways

One of the latest news making rounds about Banky W and fast rising music star WizKid indicates that the two entertainers might part ways soon except something is done to avert it,Global News magazine a Nigerian tabloid reported this week.

The reason is clearly as a result of some financial dealings that his not going down well with both parties. Sources hinted that there is serious entertainment politics going on within the four walls of EME as their record label is known.As part of ways to secure more gains, WizKid has already sacked Osagie, his manager.

Culled from Hotnaijanews

Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo Adds A Year

Today (November 6) is the birthday of veteran Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo.

He is from Enugu State in Nigeria. He holds a degree in management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also holds a degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos.

The first Nollywood movie in which he appeared was Living in Bondage (1992). Since then, he has gone on to feature in many more Nollywood movies. Some of his movies are The Strength of Love, World Apart, The Return of Ogidi, The Revelation, and Tears of a Billionaire.
Culled From ;naij

Liverpool Star Martin Skrtel Shrugs Off Fresh Links With A Return To Russia

The Slovakian has just signed a new long-term deal at Anfield, but still the former Zenit St Petersburg stopper was being linked with a move back to Russia.
martin-skrtel-liverpool-manchester-city-premi_2817823Anzhi Makhachkala, who the Reds face in the Europa League on Thursday, were the side said to be showing renewed interest but Skrtel has rubbished the claims.

“I just signed a contract extension with Liverpool. Means that I will remain here. I’m not going to leave Liverpool for another club,” Skrtel is quoted by the Sun.

“I’m comfortable at Liverpool and I’ve been together with this team. So forget about the news I will move to Anzhi.”

Obama Plays Basketball On Election Day


Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama has sent a message to his former personal aide, Reggie Love, to start organizing his regular basketball game in Chicago for tomorrow.

Love, a former Duke University basketball player and regular hoops buddy of Obama and another friend, Martin Nesbitt will join the president to observe his most time-honoured Election Day ritual.

Former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama will return to Chicago later tonight night to spend election day in his home town.

We made the mistake of not playing basketball once,Gibbs said.We won’t make that mistake again.

Obama didn’t play basketball on the day of the 2008 primary election in New Hampshire, which he lost to Hillary Clinton.

Culled from Nigeriamasterweb