Thursday, 30 April 2015

Nepal Quake: Britons make £14 donations as aid

£19 million has been raised by Britons under 24 hours for victims of Nepal's earthquake.
The public gave £14 million and the UK government matched the first £5 million of donations. The Disaster Emergency Committee UK (DEC) appeal raised the fund.

Any little thing would go a long way...Many thanks to all who donated.

Today's Wise Saying

"No matter the economic situation in the jungle, the lion will never eat grass" - A Nigerian banter.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

'Oyinbo Princess' in Nigerian Attire

Photo credit: Oyinbo Princess Facebook page
"Oyinbo Princess" as she is commonly known as on Facebook, is one person I still want to sit over a cup of coffee and have discussions with on how she got so accustomed to Nigeria and its people.
On her Facebook page, she uploads her prowess in making Nigerian dishes, sings popular Nigerian hit songs, speaks the Nigerian pidgin English very well (which not every Nigeria can boast of speaking) and now its the attire.

I think this Londoner should be made a Nigerian ambassador. She has really made beauty out  of this African country.

Enjoy more pictures after the cut.

Today's Wise Saying

"There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree" - Cameroonian  Proverb

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Nepal Quake: Google Executive Dan Fredinburg among dead victims

An executive of Google and Co-founder of Google Adventure, Dan Fredinburg has been named one of the dead victims of Nepal quake.

Dan and three other colleagues were on Everest when the quake occurred. His colleagues survived the incident. Dan's interest to take Google Street View to extreme locations led him to co-founding Google Adventure. According to an Instagram post by his sister, the experienced mounter sustained a severe head injury.

Meanwhile ,the IT giant has provided £666,000 for response management. He obviously died in active service.

Our thoughts and prayers with their families at this difficult time.

African-Americans tastes Nigerian food for the first time

Some African-American actors/comedians got together to try Nigerian dishes for the first time and guess what they come up with? There is quite a comic relief in their 'taste and tell' remarks.

They completely forgot this is a staple on a Nigerian table. One man's meat they say.... lol.

Who remembers the Globetrotters?

The cartoon Globetrotters came into my discussion today and I fished out this picture..It just brings memories and I'm happy to say I watched some Hanna Barbera Productions too.
The cartoon is about a basketball team who secretly have their individual superpowers and could all fly. They could change themselves from their normal selves by going into magic portable lockers to transform.

It was pretty cool to watch the one with the Afro bring out variety of things from that kinky hair. lol

We Are the World - Africa Version

A variety of African artists gather to give their own rendition of "We Are the World", a charity song originally recorded and sung in 1985. It was written by Micheal Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones. The album tip sales in excess of 20 million copies.

Beautiful..very beautiful! They all did well! Although some key people are missing in this recording. People like Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Today's Wise Saying

"One who runs alone cannot be outrun"- Ethiopian

Simon Cowell and baby Eric watch Lion King

Music mogul Simon Cowell, took to his twitter account to share a picture of him and his son Eric watching Lion King. Simon, 55, is obviously sharing a priceless moment with his 14-month-old baby and the baby looks engrossed with the movie.

His father added this caption to his post "After watching the Jungle Book 1000 times we have moved onto the Lion King".

I can tell he is watching the Hakuna matata scene..I would be engrossed too if I was a

Monday, 27 April 2015

Williamwood High School's version of 'Uptown Funk'

A Williamwood High school in East Renfrewshire just made me smile...This is how to mix work and play...You can't guess who the Principal, Headteachers are in the clip...Enjoy... Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars.

Robot running hospital errands in Glasgow

What can be more cool than seeing a robot doing essential deliveries within hospital building? Glasgow's £842 million new hospital welcomes first patients today. The 14-storey building has in it 1109 beds and its to staff around 10,000 workers. In addition, 26 robots will operate behind scenes.

Three separate Glasgow hospitals, Southern General, Victoria Infirmary and the Western Infirmary will be vacated, transferring about 1000 patients to the new infirmary. 

According to the Dr David Stewart, Medical Director for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said : "This allows us to truly bring healthcare into the 21st Century. For most of my career I've been working out of buildings some of which have been more than 100 years old. "Frankly, although they were fine in their day, they were not suitable for the type of technologically based healthcare which we need to deliver now." 

Long live NHS!!

More pictures after the cut

Former President Obasanjo's take on xenophobia in South Africa

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says it the way it is..He never minces his words..Here is his take on the xenophobia going on in South Africa.

Wishing other African leaders would see this and take a cue.

Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Soars

More than 3,600 people are said to have died in an earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday.

According to National Emergency Operation Centre , not less than 6,500 people have been injured in the tremor. A lot of emergency tents have been set up in the nation's city Kathmandu for displaced person affected by the earthquake.
Officials have warned that western Nepal might have more casualties around the mountain areas which are remote.

I hope they get enough support and emergency aids to alleviate the sufferings of the casualties.

Butt of laughter

What should an Australian jockey Blake Shinn do when his trousers falls during a race? The 27-year-old was hoping to mesmerize the audience at the Hyland Race Colours Plate in Canterbury Australia by riding Miss Royale (the horse) to win. The Melbourne Cup- winning jockey's trousers fell down straight causing him to display his whole backside to the public, as Miss Royale finished second in the race.

In his response to the embarrassment he said ; "I was more worried about winning the race. They (the pants) went just after the start and there was nothing I could do," Shinn added. "I think a lot of people are going to have a bit of fun with this, but they can't say I wasn't focused and went to the line."

Oh dear, what a sight! lol.

Self control equals success in kids

Do you know that self control determines a child future success?? I read a newspaper "In Brief" column where it reads; "Parents who work to instill self-control in their children will see them reap the benefits not only in the short-term but throughout their working life,according to a study.

The Stirling University team found that children with high self-control are much more likely to find and retain employment as adults, spending 40 percent less time unemployed than those who had a lower capacity for self-control as children. The concept of self control can include a child's ability to pay attention, persist with difficult tasks and suppress inappropriate or impulsive behaviour.

Dr Micheal Daly of the behavioural science centre at the university, said: 'The study highlights the importance of early life self-control as a power predictor of job prospects.'"

Culled from  MetroUK

What women love...

"Be polite. And be a gentleman. That's what I think women love. I think its important to make a woman feel special, whether that's making dinner or opening the door. Its the simple things that not every man does" - David Beckham

The typical thing we love to hear!! I'm blushing!

I've got the 'Power' the First Minister

I previously thought only me wears the face on Nicola Sturgeon while in the gym. It's a 'good feeling' morning for me to know I have a thing in common with Scotland's First Minister. I love to blow my trumpet, don't envy me!

You may let us know a thing you commonly share with a prominent personality in the world.

Today's Wise Saying

"The left overs of a satisfied person cannot satisfy a hungry person"- Fulani Proverb.

The snoozing hedgehog

This video took me down memory lane when i used to be so scared of hedgehog. The tiny little creature looks so harmless.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Styling tip for Kinky curly hair braiding

Nadine has been my inspiration for learning to do braiding and for tips on how to maintain our "kinky curly hair". I find her interpretations easy to follow about hair care and the way she does modern styles with African hair...She's got loads of tutorials. Take a look.

Sandra Bullock emerges as People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2015

Congratulations to Sandra Bullock, an American actress and film producer for clinching People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2015. She looks fantastic at 50. 
As one of the highest paid actress in Hollywood, she has accomplished so much especially for being a recipient of an Academy Award from two nominations and a Golden Globe Award from five nominations. 

Well done Ma'am..Why did I think she was in her early forties? lol.

Xenophobia: A Nigerian-South African side of the narratives

                                                               Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi                            Photo :
In the spate of the Xenophobic killings in South Africa, this article gave a clear understanding of how matters should be seen. I have nothing but respect for Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi, a Nigerian-South African who gave her living experience and an overview on the ongoing violence.

"My name is Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi. I am a Nigerian. Born in Nigeria to two Nigerian parents. Raised in Queenstown, Eastern Cape by those same Nigerian parents right up until I completed my Bachelors at Stellenbosch. 
Growing up in South Africa, I was always reminded by those around me that I was different to everyone else. In primary school, I had a much darker complexion than I do now, and super white teeth – the telling marks of a foreigner that betray you even when you put on your best English accent. It is just too obvious.

Today's Wise Saying

"If the palm of the hand itches, it signifies the coming of great luck." -Lesotho Proverb

Lesotho is also referred to as "the Switzerland of South Africa" or as "The roof of Africa." The people from the kingdom of Lesotho are called Basotho.

Can anyone be of great help?

I found this tagged to a group I love to visit on Facebook, I couldn't help but share to see how far we can spread the word till the young man in the middle (Rob) gets any new info about his dad's whereabouts.

"This is my dad. Hamidu Mamuda. I haven't seen him since this picture was taken. Circumstances beyond my control. I want to find out what happened to my dad. If you are Nigerian especially from Jos or Plateau state please share this picture. He wrote to me often until I was 16 but I didn't find the letters until I was 36. Like you all I loved my dad and now this is my last chance to find him. Please share this picture with anyone Nigerian" - Rob Mamuda

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Do you agree?

I need only men to comment on this inscription...hehhehehe

Today's Wise Sayings

"Someone who is pointing his finger to another person is not always aware that the remaining fingers are pointing in his direction." -Sudanese Proverb

Africa ..My Africa

Wondering if this picture told it all about the dire situations wriggling in the continent today. I hope African leaders will buckle up to find policies that would steer economies right in each and every country...This is just not acceptable.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Today's Wise Saying

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race"-Calvin Coolidge

Culled from Tee Morgan's Fitness Adventures

Monday, 20 April 2015

What do you make of this?.

Another one going viral. Why do I think it is rude..

Zayn Malik's First appearance since leaving One Direction

Weeks after exiting One Direction, Zayn Malik has made his first public appearance, walking the red carpet with his mother at the Asian Awards 2015. The 22-year-old singer was honored for his Outstanding Achievement in Music.

In receiving the award, the former member of the boy band, gave his acceptance speech saying: "I'd also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met whilst being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did. Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life,". He added "Here's to the future."

He looks refreshed and happy...Or is it my eyes?

Multi-tasking Mum

This picture has gone viral on Facebook ...A lot of people are condemning this mother for breastfeeding her child while doing her business on a toilet sit.

I think it pretty much sums up motherhood. A yay or a nay?!

Calls for Columnist Katie Hopkins's removal

The controversial British journalist Katie Hopkins is facing so much condemnation for comparing migrants to "cockroaches" over the recent mishap of migrants crossing the Mediterranean sea.

The Sun columnist wrote in the Sun on Friday saying “No, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care.
"Because in the next minute you’ll show me pictures of aggressive young men at Calais, spreading like norovirus on a cruise ship … These two populations are the same. The migrants harassing Brit truckers at the port are the same as the vagrants making the perilous trip across the Med.”

The media personality's comments has caused public outrage and incited complaints to the press regulator. Petitions to “remove Katie Hopkins as a columnist” as at Monday evening has passed its target of 200,000 signatures.

I think we have to know when to actually say things..There is so much bad news happening.

Kaduna Close?

Found this on a friends post...Funny how you find names of cities of Nigeria in places far from the place..

Answering Police

I guess not everyone can try this..hehehe.. If you were the police, what would you do?

Today's Wise Sayings

“Show a people as one thing, as only one thing over and over again and that is what they become. Start the story with the failure of the African state and not with the colonial creation of the African state and you have an entirely different story. When we realise that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

'I am Malala' A book worth reading

Malala's mind set on education becomes clearer as I flip page after page of the book- 'I Am Malala'. The young woman's drive with her father's support is exemplary and goes to show the importance of education in emancipating the world. The literature opens a window of understanding the diversity of people and their culture, and the influence these can have on the world as a whole. 

I would implore everyone to have a read as well!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Indian Father to sell kidney for his kids

Rameshbhai Nandwana 34, from Gujarat in India has told of how he intends to get his kidney sold to enable him get treatment for his morbidly obese kids. The girls Yogita, five, and Anisha, three, and 18-month-old baby boy Harsh, weigh 5st 5lbs (34kg), 7st 8lbs (48kg) and 2st 5lbs (15kg) respectively. The obesity in the kids is getting in their way to walk and have a healthy living.

According to their father, he says: "If my kids continue to grow at this rapid rate they will have major health issues. We’re terrified they will die."His wife Pragna Ben, 30, spends most of her time cooking, she says: "Their hunger never stops. They demand food all the time and cry and scream if they’re not fed."

In another hand, seems the other kids are just the ones struggling with their weights as the couple's older daughter Bhavika 6, weighs around 2st 7lbs (16kg).
To rescue the lives of their children, Rameshbhai a labourer who earns just Rs 3000 (£35) a month says; "We started looking for medical help and consulted many doctors but they would just refer us to bigger hospitals that I couldn't afford,"

Are you Mr Right or Mr Wrong?

Yes..Which one are you??

First Nigerian Family at the North Pole

Just after the news of Tuedon Morgan, the First Nigerian to grace the North Pole for a marathon. This time around is a family of four Og and Joy Amazu and their daughters Aimee and Monica have also put their names in the list of the North pole visitors. The Amazus launched a foundation named 'Challenge 100' to inspire charitable acts, encourage entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

According to Og Amazu's words, he said "We are delighted to reach the North Pole and become the first Nigerians to do so. Raising awareness of Challenge 100 and launching the Foundation is our goal today and this really is the first step on our journey. However it is poignant that we achieve this a year since the tragic events in Chibok and we remember all those that are still effected by that tragedy,". He also added "We have spent the last few years doing our due diligence on Challenge 100 and laying the foundations. The Trip to the Arctic is really our official launch of Challenge 100."

I love people who love adventures...They make people like us have something to write about.. Kudos guys..Please make sure you jump, scream and shout when the polar bear in sight!!

Another picture after the cut..

Today's Wise Saying

"Strategy is better than strength" -Nigerian Saying

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Best Kept Family Secret

This couple were expecting twins and they kept it away from their family and friends. I don't know if some people will forgive me if I pull this off...But the surprise on their faces is breathtaking!! Take a look.

Meeting an uncanny image of you

I saw this clip..I cannot believe how much these strangers could share such a spitting image! Oh blimey!

Model defends Lewis Hamilton over champagne soak

As you may all be aware that Lewis Hamilton in a bid to celebrate his Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix victory, sprayed a Chinese model with alcohol. The model in question has defended the Formula 1 world champion.
Liu Siying, a 22-year-old model down played the incident saying “It lasted for only one or two seconds, and I did not think too much about it at all,” She added “I think some foreign media are more sensitive about the topic compared to local media,” The Shanghai woman doused the uproar and accusations of sexism on the British driver saying. “I was just told by my employer to stand on the podium, and that’s what I did.”

Mr Hamilton is yet to make any official response on the controversy.

If you ask me...It looks like a celebratory mode activated..But there is just something not right about the picture!

How Powerful is your Passport?

I stumbled into this passports index display website. It has the rankings according to the different country passports powers and the visa free countries its has entries into. Check out what rankings your passport has and perhaps you might discover where you never knew you could travel to with your passport. Find the link here

Scottish Mary Slessor 'aka' Obongawan Okoyong (Queen of Okoyong) of Calabar

Mary Slessor was a Scottish missionary who worked and helped in the community of Calabar and environs in Nigeria. Her work and servitude in the local community paved way for her to assimilate into the people through evangelism and protecting children, through abolition of killing of twins children and protecting women's right. Born in Aberdeen in 1848 and died in Calabar, Nigeria in 1915.
Slessor is commonly made reference to in many situations in Nigeria. There are many monuments named after her due to her works and the humanity she served, amongst which is also a commemorative Clydesdale bank Ten pound note in Scotland.
See more pictures after the cut....

New IRN-BRU advert 2015

The Scottish symbolic fizzy drink IRN-BRU has released yet again another comic filled advert for year 2015. It is the company strategy named "The Get You Through" campaign which was lunched four years ago as a promotion for the brand.The adverts are usually infused with banter which always have people like myself giggling away.

According to Irn-Bru Head of Marketing, Adrian Troy said: "Our Gets You Through campaign reflects the uplifting qualities of IRN-BRU and Train shows that despite life's ups and downs, we can always retain a sense of humour and get back on track!" I had a good laugh too...Enjoy!!

Today's Wise Saying

"A toad that jumps around in the daytime is either after something or something is after it" -Nigerian Proverb

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Today's Wise Saying

If you don't listen to advice, you'll learn from your mistakes, for "A person who will not take advice gets knowledge when trouble overtakes him"- Xhosa proverb

Monday, 13 April 2015

One year after, Chibok waiting game still on

It is one year today that the Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Its been a difficult time for families to move on without their wards. What are your takes?

Road of Fishes?

OMG!..Can anyone tell me what is happening here...I just thought I should share... More pictures after the cut...

Tuedon Morgan First Nigerian Woman to run North Pole Marathon 2015.

Tuedon Morgan (Tee) is the first Nigerian woman to proudly fly the Nigerian flag after a finished race at The Uvu North Pole Marathon 2015. Fifty competitors from 19 different countries matched themselves in the extreme weather in the marathon. Morgan 41, ran for the National Black Marathoner Association and was proud to place the Nigerian flag at the finishing line.
The mother of four said "at some point, I thought I was not going to make it but I'm grateful to God for this opportunity....its -41 today, hard conditions...."
Snipers were around the running circuit for safety reasons and to protect athletes from any polar bear attack.
More photos after the cut..

Hillary Clinton for President 2016

The wife of former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton, Mrs Hillary Clinton has officially declared her intention to run for president of the United States come 2016.

Mrs Clinton 67, who stood by her husband during Monica Lewinsky saga is coming for a second run, seven years after she was defeated by Barack Obama in a Presidential race. The grandmother later served as US secretary of state. In her words she admits she was unable to "crack the highest ,hardest glass ceiling"

I'm wishing her all the girl power on earth to clinch the seat this time!! Go Ma'am!!

Today's Wise Saying

"To agree to have dialogue is the beginning of a peaceful resolution"- Somali Proverb

When a Mum keeps mum

I'm not being judgemental..But I think this mother is not telling her child the truth!.Watch!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Photos- Andy Murray weds his longtime girlfriend

British Tennis star Andy Murray has married his long time girlfriend Kim Sears in his hometown Dunblane in Scotland.
The couple, both 27 made their vows yesterday April 11th in the church before setting out to their wedding reception with families and friends. The Wimbledon and US Open-Winning player had a huge cheer from the crowd when he made his entry into the wedding reception venue.

Waohh...At last!! It just feels like when William and Kate got married! Me like! Congrats to them both! Wishing them a happy married life.

More photos after the cut...

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Diezani Alison-Madueke - The proud African Woman

Forbes Woman Africa Magazine features the Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources and the first Female President of OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke on its April/May cover. On the magazine cover, the minister is adorned with a beautiful African prints, well stitched and represents a proud African woman.

Say C-H-E-E-S-E! says President Obasanjo

Nigeria former President Olusegun Obasanjo too has a skill for taking selfie..I smiled when I saw this picture..He still has his usual phone by his side though! Hahahahha

Friday, 10 April 2015

Its the cat this time; up or down?

Just like the blue and black/white and gold dress argument weeks back, an unknown person uploaded this black and white image of a cat on a staircase to the image sharing site Imgur some five days ago. The image has generated a lot of debate whether the cat is going up or down the staircase... Guys what do you think?

Newly married couple surprise ailing grandmother with a visit

I watched this clip and it brought smiles to my face..The bed ridden grandma could not make it to her granddaughter's wedding so they gave her the pleasure of being part of their day.. Enjoy!

Today's Wise Saying

"Better a single decision maker that a thousand advisors"- Ethiopian proverb

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Mugabe in female gears?

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is seen in this photo, looking as if he was wearing a wig and ear-rings..He was actually standing in front of a protocol officer woman at South Africa's welcoming party.. Social media has not been fair to this African states man. So many memes came up depicting him as a woman, some even named him 'Roberta'. lol.