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Organizers of the Headies Awards have announced that the next edition will hold in 2018.

The award which is Nigeria’s most authentic awards for pop music and urbane culture will skip a year for the first time since 2006. Instead, the ceremony will be restructured, and the new version will take place on March 24, 2018.

 

The Headies was held annually in March for many years since inception in 2006, before the committee moved the event to the last quarter of every year.

But they are taking it back to its original format. According to founder Ayo Animashaun, the event will return to the first quarter, and it will also add new categories to reflect the realities of today’s music and entertainment industry.

 

To balance things, and reward everyone who has worked hard in 2017, the year-in-review has also been reviewed to adequately accommodate more music materials released between July 2016 and December 2017. Subsequently, the year in review will be January to December of each year.

 

“Based on the studied schedule of releases, and the availability of talents, the committee has decided the best period to host our award is now March. We want our nominees, artistes, entertainment industry practitioners and enthusiasts’ to have an amazing time and we want music fans to have even more fun. This is why we have taken every decision, from the new date, choice of venue, categories, and so on’,” said Animashaun, who is also the founder of Hip TV.


The four new categories are Headies Viewer’s Choice, Industry Brand Supporter, Best Performer, and Best Song Writer of the year.

The Viewers’ choice prize will give full power to fans through a voting system that lets them decide absolutely. The Brand Supporter Award will recognize brands that are supporting the industry at a time when opportunities are scarce.

The Best Performer will reward the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed; while the Best Song Writer finally brings to the forefront the talents who compose the lyrics and melodies for the songs we celebrate.

This will increase the categories of awards to 24, with each winner receiving 21 carat gold-plated plaque, and the stamp of excellence from one of Africa’s most respected music awards.

 

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If you are not from the East and you happen to be around the East at some point, you may want to know the best Eastern Soups to combine with your pounded yam or fufu.

Ofe Egwusi:

The Nigerian Egusi soup, prepared with melon seeds, is prepared by most tribes in Nigeria in many different ways. It is known as Miyan Gushi in Hausa, Ofe Egusi in Igbo and Efo Elegusi in Yoruba.

Ofe Okra:

Okra Soup is one of the quickest and easiest Nigerian soups to prepare. Some argue that a lot of work goes to the cutting of the two vegetables used in preparing it. Yes but once the vegetables are ready; it cooks in no time at all.



Ofe Nsala:

Nsala soup or White Soup is a tasty, fast and easy soup recipe that has its origins in the riverine areas of Nigeria. Nsala Soup is perfect for a cold rainy day due to its spicy taste. Because it is so easy to prepare, you can count on it to save the day when you run out on soup a few days before the big soup day
Ofe Oha:

Ora (Oha) soup is native to the South Eastern Nigeria. It is a very traditional soup similar to the bitterleaf soup but cooked with Ora leaves. Ora (Oha) Soup is special because the tender ora leaves used in preparing this soup recipe are seasonal unlike their bitterleaf counterpart which can be found all year round.
Ofe Onugbu:

Bitterleaf soup is one of the most traditional soups in Nigeria. It is native to the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. The name is quite misleading in that a well prepared Bitterleaf Soup should not have even the slightest bitterness. This is achieved by washing and squeezing the bitter leaves (and changing the water at intervals) till all traces of bitterness has been washed off.
Ofe Owerri:

Ofe Owerri is one of the most expensive eastern soups; it is made with assorted meat (which is different parts of cow meat), snails, dried fish and stock fish.

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Nigerians are beginning to draw a parallel between President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Anambra but failed to pay a visit to the Obi of Onitsha.

When Buhari visited Anambra in November, a lot of people called out the Obi of Onitsha for not going to Awka to visit the president, while some others defended his actions, saying it was the place of the president to pay him a courtesy visit in his palace.

The argument died down after a few days but was revived a day ago when photos of Buhari visiting Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II at his palace emerged.

 

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One of the 164 Nigerians exiled from Libya, Mr Emmanuel Keshi,  the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU)  has warned that Nigerians may be used as human shield in clashes between the various groups in the North African country in case of post-election violence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ifom was one of the latest new returnees from Libya who arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 12.34 a.m.

The Delta indigene told newsmen that he dropped out of the University to embark on the perilous journey in August.

Keshi lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the evacuation of all Nigerians stranded in the volatile North African country.

He said:

“I learnt that Buhari has directed the evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya. I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and lacking human rights as they are being treated as animal. The President’s directive is very important because of the coming election in Libya.”

They were received on behalf of the Federal Government by the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja.

Mahaija, who was represented by the South West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, gave the breakdown of the returnees as 155 male adults, five female adults and four children and infants.

He thanked the IOM and the EU for their humanitarianism and enjoined the returnees to learn from the bitter lessons they learned in the course of their unpalatable sojourn.

Mahaija charged them to make use of the various schemes being put in place by the Federal and State governments to reintegrate themselves into the society.

He added,

 

“There’s no place like home and Nigeria is peculiar nation that God has endowed with bountiful resources that everyone can harness and prosper.”

NAN reports that the returnees were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

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The Ex Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has revealed his record of fixing Nigeria to make the country a great place for young people in governance and his efforts to help the country's youthful population.

The former Vice President disclosed this in a letter that he wrote to comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye, in response to the open letter that the comedian had written recently.

In his open letter, the comedian had criticised Atiku for his track record in governance and pointedly criticised his stance on the inclusion of young Nigerians in government.

In his letter, Atiku replied, making a distinction between the old generation of Nigerians and the new ones.

He wrote,

"I do understand your frustration on the issue, however. I tell people my age that to understand young Nigerians, we need to understand the difference between Nigerian and Naija.”

"Naija embodies the hopes and dreams of young Nigerians, the country they love and long to go home to when they are abroad.

“Naija is the country that brings them pride in music, film, comedy, fashion, and technology. It is the country of Wiz Kid, Asa, David O, Tuface, the Olympic bobsled team, Iwobi and Don Jazzy Again.”

"Nigeria on the other hand, is the country of their parents, the country where leaders are constantly failing them, of Boko Haram, of herdsmen violence, of recessions and joblessness.”

"Our young people need us to make our country live up to the aspirations of Naija by fixing the problems associated with Nigeria."

The Ex Vice President went ahead to defend his record in governance and his efforts that have greatly benefited the country's youthful population.

 

 

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Finding a compatible and suitable life partner is a huge task which every man must be careful when doing so to avoid possible regret aftermath. There exist certain mistakes men do in this process. Searching for a wife is not searching for a girlfriend. This is a lifelong business. In as much as people’s opinion differs, these are some of the found mistakes men make in searching for their missing rib:

Find for me syndrome: This is normally seen in the anti-socials or guys overseas. Your mother or whoever you asked to find a wife for you has their own preferencewhich may be different from yours. You end up marrying a stranger. They might know the lady they chose for you and probably like her but you may dislike her qualities when you guys must have married. It’s always advisable to marry your friend.

Virginity status: Most guys prefer to marry a virgin, their reasons been they are innocent and make a good home. A friend of mine of about thirty-five years of age is still unmarried only for the reason of searching for a virgin. Virginity status has nothing to do with making a good wife and a good home. Deflowered ones can also make good homes because the grounds at which they lost theirs may be justified. Rare but true-Some of our girls are virgins because they haven’t met the opportunity to have sex!

Physique/physical appearance: I wonder what some guys mean by “I am dark, I need a fair partner”, or tall partner and stuffs like that. Does that really matter? The curves and the boobs should not be your priority when choosing a wife. Uncontrolled infatuation should never lead you to marriage. Remember, it’s not girlfriend thing.

Materialism/Connection: Yes, she’s a senator’s or any of the billionaire’s daughter but is she good for you? Are you just coming for her money or connection through her family? Bro! Think twice to avoid story that touch later on. Materialism should not lead you to your early grave!

Educational status:When you met her, she was fluent in speech, clever and smart. She has qualities but you started losing interest when you learnt she’s yet to attend a higher institution of learning. Brother, since you love her why not sponsor her academics before or after the wedding? Who even told you that school is a place for wife molding?

Background/Religious/cultural differences: You left your girlfriend only for the reason that she’s a Muslim or Christian; for a girl within your religious belief that you don’t actually love. Or probably, you learnt she’s from one of those villages demanding higher bride price. Bro, you can do it if you really love her and want to marry her.

Family members’ preference: Considering the choice of any member of your family when choosing your life partner may lead you to the wrong path. That you are bringing her into the family doesn’t make her theirs. She’s yours!

In a hurry/quick search: Most men are always in a hurry when searching for a wife as if the time is crouching up on them. I wonder what they have been doing with their lives all along.They end up having very brief or no courtship. Most times, men end up marrying the wrong girl who must have hidden her weaknesses and bad qualities.

I think it’s better to know your wife better than anyone else before marriage. It is advisable to marry your friend which she must have been in the process of your dating/courtship. Don’t make mistake in finding whom you will live or be with for the rest of your life. If you haven’t found her, relax. Don’t rush. You will eventually meet your soulmate.

About the writer

Solomon Akpa is a Young blogger and creative writer. He is currently studying Anatomy at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology

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The buzzing is here again; the headlines, the news, the protests, the background noises, the digital whistles and the online battles. Revolutions run like the world on a globe and like a door on hinges; it’s all series of rotation that goes a full circumference and still brings us back to the arc, like somehow the friction of time doesn't agree with the motion. Let’s put a price to it, a cost to estimate how much a man is really worth.

Slavery never ended; it's hidden in everything and everywhere we turn to. If our dreams don't hold us captive, our fellow men would. We heard the news of our brothers sold in Libya, we saw the top media debunk the news, and we heard the angry voices that followed it. We have seen it all, all of it. Brothers selling brothers, and sisters taking front lines to refugee camps. We heard the initial uproar of digital disruption and half of the world asking for justice while the other halves keep comfort from the knowledge that none of their own went down. The dust rise everywhere and nowhere and as quickly as it started, the light dies with the match stick.

The constellations could tell the story of a bargain with the devil:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6….

A: Are all of them here?

C: Yes sir.

B: This man would go for $400, if you want him.

A: I would take him for $200, he is too lanky.

B: He is a great digger, $300 would do.

A: Okay, load him with the rest of them.

C: Sir, what would happen to these two?

B: Have mercy on them, make it quick and quiet.

Few minutes later, 2 gunshots went off into the night…. 2 souls have been silenced; brothers, uncles, sons, nephews and cousins to someone praying for the next time they would make it home.

 

We are still not asking the right questions and we still not bothered enough with the necessary details.

Where is the world on this issue?

Who are buying these slaves?

What hope is there at home for the ones being rescued?

Why are Africans leaving Africa? How do we put blames on everyone but ourselves?

Would the UN sanctions stop slave trades?

We see only auctions for males, where are the women and children?

If this is the only time the wound became sore, what happened in September at Sabratha?

 

Time heals nothing, it replaces memories. It’s like band-aids and we wear them all over our scarred heart, so we don’t deny our heart a space to pump. We let go of the chains a long time ago and the papers only bore the freedom we were promised. We made it to the 21st century and we still tell the tales like it happened a long time ago.

 

But we are living the news; in racial discrimination, in segregation, in tribalism, in sexism, and in the entire ism” we can’t keep scores of. We have lived with the scars and open wounds for so long; we don’t even realize it’s there any longer. The Mediterranean Sea has buried more men than the world ever did. For greener pastures, we sold our dreams, got trapped, bought over, and sold new dreams to.


Can we count the cost?

"Bread eaten in secret is pleasant, stolen water is sweet but he does not know that the dead are there."

 

But what do we expect from a state governed by everybody and nobody? Who can we hold responsible? The National Transition Council or the Levant Group or the Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq or the Khalifa Hafta? Where’s the place for liberty where there’s no law?


"The devil always has something better he takes, for every time his hospitality finds a home in us."

 

History records events but not the stories the mouth could never tell, because the victims' minds have lost synergy with their souls. So we never get to hear the loud voices that would always dwell in their heads, reminding them of a blurred past and a not too promising future. The press colonizes the best part and feed us with illusions of what they feel happened. But how do the ones who lived the tales, come back from the memories that rubbed them of their shadows?

 

This wasn’t Martin Luther’s dream, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Dubman, David Walker, Sojourner Truth, Olaudah Equiano and the rest of them who folded up in knots and turned out their skins for slave abolition. The Cinematographers would tell these stories some day, with facts and an hour plus emotion that we would carry with us, only for a day after we have seen the movie. It's a constant recounts of everything let out from a Pandora's Box.

 

There's always a root to every problem, a common ground.... but we have gotten used to cutting down trees from its fruits, branches & stems. So we forget so easily that a tree cut down but not uprooted, would always grow back again.


Maybe after all these digital awareness, protests, social media debates, press releases, rescuing of the remaining Africans….We can ask....

What next?

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Just to eliminate one factor, this is not to say networking is not a great deal but the origin of the quote “salary is the money they pay you to forget your dreams” can be traced back to networkers.

I personally don’t buy into quotes made anonymously, except it carries a positive message or is thought provocative or is free from conformity. I love quotes that give you space to think more deeply about a topic and this particular one lacks that standard I must say.

True, salary might sometimes be stagnant and fixed but it’s not the money they pay you to forget your dreams. Anyone who forgets their dreams, wanted to forget their dreams. Salary doesn’t come with labels saying, “Dear Employee, we urge you to take this stipend/wages and forget your dreams.”

Life is a pyramid, networking is a pyramid, jobs are in pyramids, and almost everything is a pyramid and has processes. A doctor works in a hospital, a banker/an accountant works in a bank, a lawyer works in a chamber, an OAP works with the media, a petrochemical engineer works in an oil refinery, a pilot works for an airline company, a sailor works on a ship, etc…. That is the dream; to be a doctor, a banker, an accountant, a lawyer, an OAP, a pilot, a sailor, etc. Would you also say they are forgetting their dreams, all because they are working under an organization?

Getting paid while learning on a job or a trade you want to build a business around someday, is not forgetting your dreams. Working a job while doing what you want to do by the side, is not forgetting your dreams. Some salaries can facilitate your dreams, and sometimes…. You have to do what you need to do, before you can do what you want to do. Your salary may not be enough to do most of the things you want, but the experiences would be there to make up for your time.

Don’t leave your job if it’s serving you right because of a quote that was made strategically to buy into your conscience, on reasons why you should consider networking (which is a great strategy by the way). Network on its own runs the same pyramid as any organization, the term Multi Level marketing is part of the branding. You still get paid according to your ranking or filled up slots and there are still people on top the pyramid, who still get higher bids & roll over from all your networking efforts.

You need all the 5 levels of money you can get wherever you go and according to statistics; cash (salary) is still the least of them all.

 

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The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides, Sunshine Stars of Akure have prolonged the contract of their head coach Duke Udi for one year.

The former Nigeria international joined the Owena Waves from Nigeria national league club Osun United last season.

Sunshine Stars finished in 10th position in the NPFL last season.

 

The club said new improved deal with Udi contained a renewal clause for another year at the end of the deal in 2018.

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Famous Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, insisted he cannot imagine former teammate Neymar moving to rivals Real Madrid due to his “admiration” for Barca.

Neymar spent four years at the Camp Nou before sensationally moving to Paris Saint-German in August for a world record 222 million euro ($264 million) fee.

However, rumours of a move back to Spain with the European champions surfaced after Neymar clashed with new strike partner and Suarez’s international teammate Edison Cavani back in September.

“No, not at all,” Suarez told Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday when asked about the prospect of Neymar moving to Madrid.

“Sincerely, I don’t see it. I know how Neymar is and the admiration that he had for Barcelona and his teammates. I don’t see him now going to play for Real Madrid.”

Along with five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar formed one of the deadliest strike forces of all-time as they won two La Liga titles and a Champions League in three seasons together.

However, despite a bitter fallout between the club and Neymar after PSG paid the Brazilian’s buyout clause, Suarez insists he has only admiration and love for his former colleague.

He said,

“Ney is now mature enough and was completely aware of the decision he took,” added Suarez.”

“I am sure it was painful because he was happy here, but we all have to accept that he had other challenges he wanted to take on.”

“It was an understandable decision that he took with his family. There is no reproach, only admiration and pure love for what he gave this club and the relationship we had during those years. No, I was an outsider. They weren’t situations that I could control.”

He said he had no role in calming tensions between Cavani and Neymar.

 

 

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By 1PM on Thursday, November 24, 2017, Pinki Debbie had not only broken a Guinness World Record but set a new record for the longest dancing marathon by an individual.

 

Pinki Debbie set herself to a challenge of breaking the Guinness World Record previously set by an Indian woman, Kalamandalam Hemaletha.

Guinness World Records is the ultimate global authority on record-breaking activities undertaken by individuals. Over the years, this incredible fate achieved by world record holders has inspires people, individuals, families and country.

The former holder of this record, Kalamandalam Hemaletha of the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in India, danced for 123 hours and 15 minutes, approximately five days, from September 20 to 26 in 2010.


Who is Pinki Debbie?

Odumewu Debbie Sunmisola who is more commonly known by her nickname is a dancer, choreographer, aspiring actress and presenter.

 

Pinki Debbie graduated from Covenant University, Nigeria with a Bachelor Degree in Strategic Studies and took after her mother who was a street dancer from Surulere, a suburb in Lagos, Nigeria.

Over the years, she has participated in many dance challenges and competitions in the country and across Africa. She was the last woman standing and 2nd runner-up at the Etisalat 24 hours dance challenge 2017. She also won the Yudala dance competition, ‘Yudance Yusing’, in 2015. This earned her an iPhone 6 along with a date with singer Iyanya.

 

How did she break the record?

Pinki Debbie started her attempt at The Palms Shopping Mall in Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, November 17 and planned to finish by Friday, November 24, 2017.

She succeeded in beating the record but didn't meet her intended target of 150 hours which is 7 days. She instead attained 137 hours which is almost 6 days of consistent dancing.

 

 

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