29 students slaughtered by Boko Haram men

An attack was launched today on students of the Federal Government College BUni Yadi, at Yobe state, killing 29 of them. The men suspected in this attak are said to be members of an Islamic Sect,  Boko Haram  group. 
According to withnesses, the attack took place in the early hours, the men invaded the school while the students where sleeping in their hostel, slaughtering them. Apparently, guns where not used in this attack as it normal practice for the Sect to use machets and avoid waking people’s attention during the process. 
May God help the parents of these students cope at this hurtful time. RIP to all victims.

Where is the current Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara?

Where is the current Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara? questions asked by many since he was admitted in a France based hospital where he under went an operation that took 3hours to complete.  Since his admission, no one has said anything about his health status (either negative or positive). Therefore, for this main reason,  it rumoured that he may be dead or still alive…?

Laurent Gbagbo appeared before ICC for crimes against humanity

The former Ivorian leader Mr Gbagbo appeared in good health as presiding judge Silvia Fernandex de Gurmendi opened the confirmation of charges hearing. Judges will decide whether there is enough evidence to try him for masterminding a bloody election standoff two years ago.
According to the telegraph.co.uk article published on the 19th Ferbruary this year, Mr Gbagbo, 67, faces four counts of crimes against humanity including murder and rape for fomenting a wave of violence which swept the west African nation after he refused to concede defeat in November 2010 presidential polls.
Tensions are still high in the West African nation, around 200 Gbagbo loyalists staged a protest in The Hague on Tuesday morning, calling for their leader to be freed.
“We’re here because today president Gbagbo is to appear before the ICC even though he’s a democratically elected president and the charges against him should be for Alassane Ouattara,” said Hubert Seka, 43, who travelled from Italy.

On Saturday, riot police in Ivory Coast fired tear gas to disperse another pro-Gbagbo demonstration outside the commercial capital Abidjan.

In The Hague, prosecutors and the defence are to spend just over a week arguing their cases before a three-judge bench, who will then decide if there are “substantial grounds to believe that Gbagbo committed the crimes” and should be charged.

The prosecution says Mr Gbagbo spearheaded a plan to “stay in power by all means… through carefully planned, sustained and deadly attacks” against Ouattara supporters.

OMG!! Christina Aguilera And New Fiancé Set To Welcome Their First Child Together

A week after announcing that boyfriend Matt Rutler had proposed to Christina Aguilera, the singer has more happy news to celebrate. Aguilera, 33, and Rutler, 29, a film producer, are set to welcome their first child together, PEOPLE confirm.
The couple met on the set of Burlesque, the 2010 film they both worked on.
“They’re very much in love and are really excited to take this next step!” a source close to the pair tells PEOPLE.
The Voice coach is already mom to Max Liron, 6, her son with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.

Happy birthday to Osita Iheme As He Celebrates His Birthday On Set With Colleagues

Nollywood star, Osita Iheme, added a year on to his age yesterday, 20th of February 2014. This happened while on set in Enugu at the time. His colleagues joined him in cutting his birthday cake as he celebrates. Happy birthday!Happy Birthday! 

President Obama nominated Oprah Winfrey to serve as ambassador to Russia yesterday.

Veteran broadcaster Oprah Winfrey has been selected to replace Russian policy expert Michael McFaul, who made an announcement last week that he was stepping down after little more than a year on the job.  According to a  written statement from the White House the followings are elaborated:
“Oprah Winfrey is an accomplished businesswoman and a cultural icon,” the statement reads. “Although she started with nothing, now this captivating entertainer is worth billions of dollars.
“Achieving her success took an enormous amount of intelligence, tenacity and grit. All of these skills will serve her well representing America’s interests in Moscow as the next U.S. ambassador.
“Since she left The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011, Ms. Winfrey has been searching for a way to give back to the American people. Using her considerable communications skills to resolve geopolitical conflicts will further cement her legacy as one of America’s greatest national treasures.”
Winfrey is well on the way of becoming one of America’s highest profile diplomats as well as the first African-American to serve as ambassador to a major world power. But all these depends on the Senate’s confirmation. Confirmation hearings is expected to begin next week.

Joselyn Dumas announces a coming soon of her brand new show called At Home With Joselyn Dumas

Actress, talkshow host and ace magazine covergirl pasted these beautiful pictures on her Facebook page. She announced her excitement over her new season show At Home With Joselyn Dumas coming soon. Below is what she wrote:

Exciting brand new seasons of#athomewithJoselynDumas coming soon on @africanmagictv channel 151. Many thanks to my#glamsquad @rubiswardrobe for my lovely clothes and beautiful assecories and @alexandrinamakeupart for beating my face to super perfection #teamJCD #Godblessyouall

‘’Am so happy,I’m cancer free..’’ — Karen Igho Tweets the joy..!

It was all good news when our BBA winner and actress Karen Igho announced she was back and free from cancer. December last year, Karen announced she had cancer and has been in the UK for treatment since then. Today afternoon, she took to twitter the good news….See tweets below after the break

Dont miss this!!.. Award winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi writes on recently established anti-gay law

The article written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is titled ‘Why can’t he just be like everyone else?’ Award winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has put in some words regarding the recently approved anti-gay bill which bans every gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups in Nigeria. In her newly published article ‘Why can’t he just be like everyone else,” Chimamanda painted the story of a young man called Sochukwuma […]“This is an unjust law, it should be repealed” Read in detail below please 
I will call him Sochukwuma. A thin, smiling boy who liked to play with us girls at the university primary school in Nsukka. We were young. We knew he was different, we said, ‘he’s not like the other boys.’ But his was a benign and unquestioned difference; it was simply what it was. We did not have a name for him. We did not know the word ‘gay.’ He was Sochukwuma and he was friendly and he played oga so well that his side always won.
In secondary school, some boys in his class tried to throw Sochukwuma off a second floor balcony. They were strapping teenagers who had learned to notice, and fear, difference. They had a name for him. Homo. They mocked him because his hips swayed when he walked and his hands fluttered when he spoke. He brushed away their taunts, silently, sometimes grinning an uncomfortable grin. He must have wished that he could be what they wanted him to be. I imagine now how helplessly lonely he must have felt. The boys often asked, “Why can’t he just be like everyone else?”
Possible answers to that question include ‘because he is abnormal,’ ‘because he is a sinner, ‘because he chose the lifestyle.’ But the truest answer is ‘We don’t know.’ There is humility and humanity in accepting that there are things we simply don’t know. At the age of 8, Sochukwuma was obviously different. It was not about sex, because it could not possibly have been – his hormones were of course not yet fully formed – but it was an awareness of himself, and other children’s awareness of him, as different. He could not have ‘chosen the lifestyle’ because he was too young to do so. And why would he – or anybody – choose to be homosexual in a world that makes life so difficult for homosexuals?
The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust. Even if this was not a country of abysmal electricity supply where university graduates are barely literate and people die of easily-treatable causes and Boko Haram commits casual mass murders, this law would still be unjust. We cannot be a just society unless we are able to accommodate benign difference, accept benign difference, live and let live. We may not understand homosexuality, we may find it personally abhorrent but our response cannot be to criminalize it.
A crime is a crime for a reason. A crime has victims. A crime harms society. On what basis is homosexuality a crime? Adults do no harm to society in how they love and whom they love. This is a law that will not prevent crime, but will, instead, lead to crimes of violence: there are already, in different parts of Nigeria, attacks on people ‘suspected’ of being gay. Ours is a society where men are openly affectionate with one another. Men hold hands. Men hug each other. Shall we now arrest friends who share a hotel room, or who walk side by side? How do we determine the clunky expressions in the law – ‘mutually beneficial,’ ‘directly or indirectly?’
Many Nigerians support the law because they believe the Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible can be a basis for how we choose to live our personal lives, but it cannot be a basis for the laws we pass, not only because the holy books of different religions do not have equal significance for all Nigerians but also because the holy books are read differently by different people. The Bible, for example, also condemns fornication and adultery and divorce, but they are not crimes.
For supporters of the law, there seems to be something about homosexuality that sets it apart. A sense that it is not ‘normal.’ If we are part of a majority group, we tend to think others in minority groups are abnormal, not because they have done anything wrong, but because we have defined normal to be what we are and since they are not like us, then they are abnormal. Supporters of the law want a certain semblance of human homogeneity. But we cannot legislate into existence a world that does not exist: the truth of our human condition is that we are a diverse, multi-faceted species. The measure of our humanity lies, in part, in how we think of those different from us. We cannot – should not – have empathy only for people who are like us.
Some supporters of the law have asked – what is next, a marriage between a man and a dog?’ Or ‘have you seen animals being gay?’ (Actually, studies show that there is homosexual behavior in many species of animals.) But, quite simply, people are not dogs, and to accept the premise – that a homosexual is comparable to an animal – is inhumane. We cannot reduce the humanity of our fellow men and women because of how and who they love. Some animals eat their own kind, others desert their young. Shall we follow those examples, too?
Other supporters suggest that gay men sexually abuse little boys. But pedophilia and homosexuality are two very different things. There are men who abuse little girls, and women who abuse little boys, and we do not presume that they do it because they are heterosexuals. Child molestation is an ugly crime that is committed by both straight and gay adults (this is why it is a crime: children, by virtue of being non-adults, require protection and are unable to give sexual consent).
There has also been some nationalist posturing among supporters of the law. Homosexuality is ‘unafrican,’ they say, and we will not become like the west. The west is not exactly a homosexual haven; acts of discrimination against homosexuals are not uncommon in the US and Europe. But it is the idea of ‘unafricanness’ that is truly insidious. Sochukwuma was born of Igbo parents and had Igbo grandparents and Igbo great-grandparents. He was born a person who would romantically love other men. Many Nigerians know somebody like him. The boy who behaved like a girl. The girl who behaved like a boy. The effeminate man. The unusual woman. These were people we knew, people like us, born and raised on African soil. How then are they ‘unafrican?’
If anything, it is the passage of the law itself that is ‘unafrican.’ It goes against the values of tolerance and ‘live and let live’ that are part of many African cultures. (In 1970s Igboland, Area Scatter was a popular musician, a man who dressed like a woman, wore makeup, plaited his hair. We don’t know if he was gay – I think he was – but if he performed today, he could conceivably be sentenced to fourteen years in prison. For being who he is.) And it is informed not by a home-grown debate but by a cynically borrowed one: we turned on CNN and heard western countries debating ‘same sex marriage’ and we decided that we, too, would pass a law banning same sex marriage. Where, in Nigeria, whose constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, has any homosexual asked for same-sex marriage?
This is an unjust law. It should be repealed. Throughout history, many inhumane laws have been passed, and have subsequently been repealed. Barack Obama, for example, would not be here today had his parents obeyed American laws that criminalized marriage between blacks and whites.
An acquaintance recently asked me, ‘if you support gays, how would you have been born?’ Of course, there were gay Nigerians when I was conceived. Gay people have existed as long as humans have existed. They have always been a small percentage of the human population. We don’t know why. What matters is this: Sochukwuma is a Nigerian and his existence is not a crime.