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The One Africa Fest held in Dubai hosted the biggest talents in Africa and Afrobeats Music at its best. West Africa was represented by Wizkid, Davido, BankyW, 2Baba, Tekno, Sarkodie, Flavour, Tiwa Savage an a whole lot of others from other parts of Africa.

The Ghananian Super Rapper, Sarkodie was backstage but did not perform. Apparently, the Ghanaian rap demigod’s name was replaced by that of Davido, on the list of order of performances.

Sarkodie was positioned to perform after Tiwas Savage but before her stage performance could finish, Wizkid had joined her onstage and performed through his own playlist. Sarkodie accepted to go after Tekno, who played after Wizkid got off the stage.

Tekno soon finished off his own stage performance and just as Sarkodie was getting ready to take his stand, Davido joined Tekno. Again, Sarkodie was left stranded and waiting for a second time.

This made Sarkodie mad and he angrily refused to perform as he felt disrespected by this and following the recent developments & feuds between Nigeria and Ghana celebrities, it almost looked like a done deal/plan. He later apologized to his fans through a tweet, expressing how sorry he was that he couldn’t perform and hope to do so next year.

This brings us to a thought aside Mr Sarkodie's unfortunate turn of event...

Why are we hosting a One Africa Music Fest in Dubai, and not in Africa?

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We had a group chat some days back and one thing led to the other, the weird things people sometimes post on social media became the topic of the day. In the new era of trends, where savagery is becoming the new cool, at least for the millennial, it’s almost inevitable not to come across a post either body shaming people or bashing someone for their use of grammar or beliefs.

Well, it is said that “it’s all fun & game till someone loses an eye” and in most cases, a job, a career, a political or corporate position or an opportunity of becoming a brand promoter or ambassador. Social media has its own perks and if for nothing, it should be a red flag to the youths of this generation that the brains behind these platforms have at some point been recorded, saying their kids have specific ages before they can make use of the very own thing they pushed out into the market.

A friend of mine studying in Amsterdam once applied for an internship placement in the UK and gave the company the rights to retrieve all information they could find about her. That was a step of confirmation that she had no criminal record.

2 months later, she got a letter stating that she had been rejected and why. Basically in 2014, she made a comment on Facebook about how immoral gay marriage is and because it was against their human rights to freedom, she was rejected. Her opinion to what their culture said is suitable, made her unacceptable by their culture. They said she wasn’t accepting, and that she describes and judges people by her prejudice and based on their sexual orientation, which was what hospitals in their region stand against. They went further to explain how they believe in gender equality and though it isn’t written anywhere yet, it is their belief. So they were rejecting her because her belief was a threat to their belief.

A boy also in her class was rejected by the force because he had a picture during Halloween with a Nazi (Adolph Hitler) statue smoking pipe. So they said that act alone shows he identifies as a Nazi. This disqualified the boy from serving in the Military. A Picture he took when he was 16 years old.

Now, you would think…. There are other places. But imagine it’s been your dream to work with this particular company someday and they rejects you, this time not because of belief but because of a silly joke you pulled online about ladies, guys, sex, religion, other people’s beliefs or lifestyle? And what of the case where you are applying for a masters scholarship or foreign grants for a project in Nigeria or anywhere at all?

Bigotry doesn’t translate to being open-minded or flexible or even wise. Things that doesn’t add up in the North, adds up in the South and things that are not right by the East, can be right by the West. We need to learn to stand by our principles and respect other people’s own. As the Igbo proverb would always say:

“If you must eat a frog, eat the biggest one.”

Most people don’t enjoy reading and thinking, so it’s easier to minor in the majors and major in the minors. Maheeda said this and that, thousands are online trying to show whose savagery is more classic than the other. But the minute a thought provocative question is thrown to them or something with value comes up, the crowd becomes stream-lined all of a sudden.

The problem with our youths is, most of us don’t project to the future when we would be expected to have out-grown most things and when we would have our own kids looking up to us. Most of us keep our vision very far in the future and it becomes easier to convince ourselves that we are not yet living the vision (Your vision is who you are by reason of what you see), and somehow it’s in the future waiting for us to round up our youthful exuberance. We forget too quickly that today was last year’s future, last 2 years’, and even last 10 years' future.


If you are not a fitness trainer or a body model or a lingerie model or a nudist by belief or aspiring to be one, you need to carry us along with your naked and savage posts. Caption for us what you intend to achieve by posting a nude picture of yourself. If it’s class you want or fame or power, just state them so we know what to expect from you in the future too. Don’t let trends shift your focus from what’s important. The Social Media is a powerful tool for everything good and bad. Learn the good sides of it and sieve out the rest. We know you have abs, s-line, boobs, ass and the whole package of them (congratulations!), but for posterity sake, career building and for the sake of being relevant and not just popular, stream-line some things. 

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Not everyone is good with words no matter the nickname they bear, ranging from woman killer, play boy, seductive trails or s-liner. This can also reflect in the conversation that would come up during dates.

Well, self proclaimed psychologist Joro Olumofin helps Nigerian guys out by dishing out a few tips on what to do and what not to do when meeting a lady. Below are the things men shouldn’t do when meeting a Nigerian Lady on a date or for the first time according to Joro Olumofin:


                                  ·         Men shouldn’t look at their phones more than the Lady while on a date.

·         Don’t talk about your Bank account or how much your father has; this puts ladies off     (Bragging)

·          Smelling Bad (Mouth Odour is a No. No)

·          Don’t ask” are you a virgin?”

·         Don’t ask her how many guys she’s been with (Body Count).

·         If she’s going to pay for the movie or dinner let her know in advance (no unexpected ATM failures, I forgot my wallet at home).

·         When your phone rings on a date and you’re asked where you are? Don’t give a degrading response eg (I dey with that big ass babe, I dey with tolu big Breasts, I dey with that weekend chops I teh u about.”

·         Don’t insist on a “come to my house first date” or come to my friend’s house first date.

·         Don’t leave your date to talk to another Lady for more that 2 minutes.

·         Don’t buy her too many gifts she may think you’re trying to “buy” her.

·         If for any reason someone else needs to be in the car, don’t put her in the back seat.

·         Don‘t compare her to your Ex.

·         Don’t talk about her weight or hair in a negative way eg (some guys may say: you’re about to burst out of that dress, your hair should be due by now?)

·         After the first sex always call as a courtesy (whether the sex was good or bad).

·         Table manners (don’t make sounds with your mouth while eating, don’t talk while there’s food in your mouth, and don’t use fork & knife for ice cream).

·         Focus your eyes on her eyes, not her breast or ass. (Don’t look at any other lady asides her on a date).

·         Projecting yourself as someone you’re not (Ladies can spot fake confidence or a fake in general) don’t borrow your friend’s car and say it’s yours, don’t lie your friend’s apartment is yours).

·         Don’t be too touchy & feely on a first date.

·         Don’t be rude or nasty to the waiter or waitress to impress your date.

·         Don’t ask her for money.

 

Bonus: Don’t ask for pictures unless she offers

Do you agree?

 

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Dr Tony Nwoye, the All Progressive Congress Governship Aspirant, has alleged intimidation and harassment of party supporters in some parts of the state. Nwoye made this allegation when he voted in his Nsugbe Ward I in Anambra East Local Government Area on Saturday at 11:50 a.m.

He decried the arrest and detention of the APC state Chairman, Mr Emeka Ibe “for no just cause”.

 

According to him, the police have allowed themselves to be used as a tool of ‘oppression and suppression’ in the hands of the ruling party in the state.

 

The ruling party has been using police to suppress our people,” he said, adding that a party stakeholder, Mr Celestine Offoegbu, was arrested and detained for no just cause. He, however, added that in spite of the harassment and intimidation,”I will emerge victorious”.

 

The APC flag bearer, however, gave INEC average mark for its conduct of the poll, adding that they were neutral in some areas.He also said that there was no voters’ apathy in the state.

 

But, in a swift reaction, Mr Joshak Habila, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operation, denied that his men have arrested anybody.

“Our men are doing what is expected of them. We did not arrest and detain anybody,”  Habila, who is in charge of police operation for the election, said.

 

Also, PDP governorship candidate, Oseloka Obaze, who voted at 1:45 p.m., decried voter apathy in Ogbaru and Nnewi North Local Government areas. Obaze told newsmen shortly after voting that the apathy was explainable in the city centres but inexplicable in the communities. He also complained that the poll did not take place in Okpoko in Ogbaru and Umudim in Nnewi North council areas. The candidate, however, expressed confidence that he would win the election if it remains free and fair.

 

Meanwhile, Umuchu Ward I Civic Centre, received materials at 1:02 p.m in the poll scheduled to end by 2p.m 

 

 

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Report claims that Wizkid Manager, Sunday Are assaulted Tekno, which later caused a fight between Wizkid's representatives and Davido's.


On Friday, November 17, 2017, it was reported that Davido and Wizkid's camps had clashed in Dubai though no one knew the cause of the ugly incident.

The incident occurred barely a week after Davido and Wiz scored awards at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards and the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, United Kingdom and Lagos, Nigeria, respectively.

 

THE NET reports that the cause of the fracas had to do with Tekno and Wizkid's manager Sunday Are. The altercation which occurred at the backstage of the One Africa Music Fest concert in Dubai held on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

After Tekno finished his performance, he saw Wizkid at the backstage with members of his entourage and his manager Sunday Are. Tekno reportedly went over to greet Wizkid and his crew. The 'Pana' singer reportedly stretched his hand towards Are and veteran talent manager punched him for showing disrespect.


"Sunday Are was annoyed that a small boy like Tekno can be so rude to shake hands with him instead of bowing down or prostrating" an anonymous source told The NET. "He didn’t even calm down, he just punched Tekno and pushed him."

"Immediately the backstage area erupted as people around Wizkid gathered round Tekno and threatened to beat him up further. By this time Davido was on stage and the fracas spilled over outside. As soon as Davido was done and he heard what happened, he rushed towards the scene with his people."

 

A viral video on the internet, also showed a scene of unrest that saw Wizkid making an attempt to interfere in what was reported to be a clash between his camp and Davido's, who was sympathetic to Tekno. Davido later took to twitter to express his support for Tekno who he assured of protection based on the following comment.



 

 

 

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We had a group chat some days back and one thing led to the other, the weird things people sometimes post on social media became the topic of the day. In the new era of trends, where savagery is becoming the new cool, at least for the millennial, it’s almost inevitable not to come across a post either body shaming people or bashing someone for their use of grammar or beliefs.

Well, it is said that “it’s all fun & game till someone loses an eye” and in most cases, a job, a career, a political or corporate position or an opportunity of becoming a brand promoter or ambassador. Social media has its own perks and if for nothing, it should be a red flag to the youths of this generation that the brains behind these platforms have at some point been recorded, saying their kids have specific ages before they can make use of the very own thing they pushed out into the market.

A friend of mine studying in Amsterdam once applied for an internship placement in the UK and gave the company the rights to retrieve all information they could find about her. That was a step of confirmation that she had no criminal record.

2 months later, she got a letter stating that she had been rejected and why. Basically in 2014, she made a comment on Facebook about how immoral gay marriage is and because it was against their human rights to freedom, she was rejected. Her opinion to what their culture said is suitable, made her unacceptable by their culture. They said she wasn’t accepting, and that she describes and judges people by her prejudice and based on their sexual orientation, which was what hospitals in their region stand against. They went further to explain how they believe in gender equality and though it isn’t written anywhere yet, it is their belief. So they were rejecting her because her belief was a threat to their belief.

A boy also in her class was rejected by the force because he had a picture during Halloween with a Nazi (Adolph Hitler) statue smoking pipe. So they said that act alone shows he identifies as a Nazi. This disqualified the boy from serving in the Military. A Picture he took when he was 16 years old.

Now, you would think…. There are other places. But imagine it’s been your dream to work with this particular company someday and they rejects you, this time not because of belief but because of a silly joke you pulled online about ladies, guys, sex, religion, other people’s beliefs or lifestyle? And what of the case where you are applying for a masters scholarship or foreign grants for a project in Nigeria or anywhere at all?

Bigotry doesn’t translate to being open-minded or flexible or even wise. Things that doesn’t add up in the North, adds up in the South and things that are not right by the East, can be right by the West. We need to learn to stand by our principles and respect other people’s own. As the Igbo proverb would always say:

“If you must eat a frog, eat the biggest one.”

Most people don’t enjoy reading and thinking, so it’s easier to minor in the majors and major in the minors. Maheeda said this and that, thousands are online trying to show whose savagery is more classic than the other. But the minute a thought provocative question is thrown to them or something with value comes up, the crowd becomes stream-lined all of a sudden.

The problem with our youths is, most of us don’t project to the future when we would be expected to have out-grown most things and when we would have our own kids looking up to us. Most of us keep our vision very far in the future and it becomes easier to convince ourselves that we are not yet living the vision (Your vision is who you are by reason of what you see), and somehow it’s in the future waiting for us to round up our youthful exuberance. We forget too quickly that today was last year’s future, last 2 years’, and even last 10 years' future.


If you are not a fitness trainer or a body model or a lingerie model or a nudist by belief or aspiring to be one, you need to carry us along with your naked and savage posts. Caption for us what you intend to achieve by posting a nude picture of yourself. If it’s class you want or fame or power, just state them so we know what to expect from you in the future too. Don’t let trends shift your focus from what’s important. The Social Media is a powerful tool for everything good and bad. Learn the good sides of it and sieve out the rest. We know you have abs, s-line, boobs, ass and the whole package of them (congratulations!), but for posterity sake, career building and for the sake of being relevant and not just popular, stream-line some things. 

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Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems, like problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.

Anger is not just a state of mind. It triggers an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and adrenaline levels. Anger has survival benefits, and it forms part of the fight or flight response to a perceived threat or harm.

Anger is an emotional reaction that impacts the body. A person experiencing anger will also experience physical conditions, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion which triggers part of the fight or flight brain response.

An Angry person or animal is a dangerous. It is normal to get angry but you should not let it consume you or control you. When you are angry, you can do anything deadly and you can say something that you will regret for the rest of your life. There are so many ways to control your anger but I will list 5 of them.

5 Ways to avoid your Anger:

1.       Silence: it is not only the best for a fool but also the best answer for ‘Anger’. Most times, being silent shuts down a lot of noise and Havocs that is rising within you. So to avoid that strong and deadly feeling that is rising within you and to mind the choice of words, Keep Silent.

2.       Drink Water: yes! Drinking water really helps in so many ways. We don’t only drink water drown down food; we also drink water to drown the wicked and hurtful words that is about to come out from your mouth. If you cannot drink the water, hold it in your mouth, it will help you in controlling your mouth.

3.       Listen to Music: Listening to music helps too. It helps in forgetting the cause of your anger. And when I say Music, I mean Good Music, the type of music that can make you forget your worries because they are some music that can trigger or increase the weight of your anger.

4.       Watch a ‘Funny’ Movie: I emphasized on ‘Funny’ because they are movies that can make you make a dangerous and stupid move. To avoid any further or thoughts, just ‘kukuma’ watch a funny video that will make you laugh and forget your worries.

5.       Scream: screaming is another best solution. You should SCREAM! in an empty air or anywhere you feel comfortable to release the rage and anger in side you. It helps to ease out the feeling that is rising in you.

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Standing in front of my new class, it’s the beginning of a new semester. Here I am with that "new me" chapter of my life feeling.....Well of course I always say this before I go into a new class in this blasted faculty, promising my God and my future that I'll be more focused and still I never keep up to it, but not this time, this time it's different, this time I'll be better focused and get my priorities straight. I prayed.

 Finally I'm in my seat waiting for an elective class to proceed so I can be certain if to take the course or not. As I nonchalantly waited my witch bitchy girl friends walked in, being the first time we've seen each other over the three months of the holiday, we could not just keep calm, there was so much laughter and resounding screams I thought I would go deaf, after a while when we had quieted down and had gotten our gossip, we wondered if the lecture would still hold and by the way, who elective course epp? we could always choose another one, still chatting on, we over heard the group behind us, and someone in their midst say "hmm I swear eh the only reason I'm still here is to see the fine male lecturer that has got the whole department on heat" as interesting as the gossip was, that was the least of my problems, imagine taking a class because of man, I Mean ,Girls! Come on we are better than this.

  Hungrily getting up and adjusting my pleated skirt, I was heading for home. We've waited for more than an hour yet the lecturer wasn't near sight, I cannot come and die; besides I was already feeling dizzy. Immediately a body of students rushed in, indicating the arrival of the damned lecturer, I rolled my eyes and grudgingly forced myself down on my seat, willing myself to stay for the lecture....

As I got a hold of my phone to put it on vibrate the class suddenly got quite and I realized the lecturer had entered into the lecture hall. Looking up, my eyes were not prepared for the handsomeness described by novels..If a fly didn't enter my mouth I wouldn’t have realized it hung open, I mean what stood before me, before my class was ridiculous, he looked like something that just stepped out from an all male vogue photo shoot; the way he looked around the hall so comfortable, like he's taught all his life, with his blue jeans and dress shirt on he didn't even look like he was trying. ‘Where did this school find this distraction from?’ I wondered.  I was annoyed and at the same time I appreciated my Dean for the first time for employing this eye candy...

 At this point the Adonis had started speaking to the class, and God the way his lips moved and his clothes strained against his male skin, I believed more than anything when people said "God created this one on Sunday" and gosh did God rest when creating my lecturer kept staring so much I forgot it was human to blink, he had the perfect everything ,from the unbelievable chiseled jaw to the unruly brown eyes which went really well with his gorgeous deep brown skin tone mean the man could do no wrong with his looks. I thought  I could not make myself seem like more of an idiot until he looked at me, I meant to look away but I just couldn't, The heat of his gaze could have stopped my breathing I swear, I was just so lost in the trance I didn't realize he had started speaking again, speaking to me! I couldn't even hear him because my heart was beating so loudly ,I could have sworn it was in my ears, I don't know why I stood up but had to do something otherwise he would think I was a complete idiot or worse still an escapee from an asylum. I was so embarrassed and confused because I just noticed I had been asked a question which I didn't know Jack about because I was bodily present but absent minded, all thanks to the heat of his gaze. Everyone stared and made faces, my friends weren't even helping my situation, I said to myself "Isioma, you this sad excuse for a being, say something!!!! Anything would be better than this torture". When the perfectly made man had decided that I had embarrassed my family members enough he motioned for me to take a seat, and I wished that seat would disappear so that I could fall straight into the ground, but rather I sat sulking and hating my life. What a first impression!

At the end of the rather short lecture, which was solely for the purpose of introductions, the nameless sex in jeans decided to grace us with his identity, as if he wasn’t enough evidence of God's existence he had the perfect name to go with that too, the name Jide rolled of his tongue smoothly and I swear I heard a girl sigh longingly behind me. On that note Jide walked of the class... staring at his macho back going through the door way I Let out a breath I didn't even realize I was holding in and unforgivably sighed "what the fuck!!!"

That night, I engaged in a discussion with my friends with the random gossip because quite frankly that's all we do. My bestie Melissa asked "Ehen isioma are you going to offer Jide's class?”This she said with a wink, I scoffed and acted disinterested but said "Yea the course is cool sha and besides its easy, who wouldn't do it" but I already made a pact with myself that if I didn't offer Jide's course, let me drop out or better still die. Easy ko easy ni. As the week went by, I literally counted the days until Jide's next lecture and every time I saw his face and each time he spoke, I got so addicted you would think I relied on every class to survive, and you know it didn't bother me since the first day he stepped into the lecture hall, I haven't learned a thing. “O well, you lose some and you gain some which still leads to the phrase "I cannot come and die ". It was like every other class and in like every other class my senses were assaulted with his good looks, and I made a mental note of how he kept sneaking glances my way, I mean how could I not notice, I never looked anywhere else but his face.

I didn't make anything of it though, I decided it was wishful thinking,with the end of the class drawing near, I began counting the days until I would see his dreamy features again. I guess I wouldn't wait that long when I suddenly heard my full name being called out, I suddenly snapped out whatever reality I just stepped into and looked behind, wondering who could have called me, the boy behind me pointed a finger forward and as I slowly turned to the direction where the sound of my name came from a second time, it didn't take a fortune teller to know who called me, no one in my class had that deep masculine, pant dropping voice. Facing Jide, gazing into his eyes, I tried to focus and listen to the words he spoke and not to make myself a fool for the second time in his presence ,I nodded coyly when he asked "are you Isioma Obi"

 Heavenly Father, the way he said the name I always disliked made me want to thank my parents for giving me such a name. He said it so adoringly like a song, like we'd met in another lifetime and giving me a once over, with a look on his face. He said;

 "Meet me in my office after this okay?"

He repeated the "okay?" probably because of the dumb lost look I gave him. As jide casually walked out of the class and with the constant teases and snickers I got from my classmates which I was in nowhere in the mood for, I got up, headed for the door and with every step I made, the thought of somersaulting to jide's office or just to freeze at the spot where I was or better still running away from school entirely played about in my head.

I got to the supposed office and knocked on the door. A hoarse voice invited me in. I stepped inside and all the while looking anywhere but his face plus still trying to come to terms with the fact that I was in his office standing before him. I forced my head up when I heard nothing, and met those mesmerizing orbs he called eyes staring at me. He stared long enough for it to be awkward and strange before he reached under his desk and into his drawer and pulled out an envelope from which he revealed a white print out sheet and pushed it to the end of the desk in my direction.

 "I assume this is yours" he said.

I looked down at the paper and gave out an "oh" it was one of my school documents, my school fees print out to be exact.

 "I saw that lying somewhere around the faculty" he said

As if he read my mind as to what in earth he was doing with my document or why he was showing it to me. So that was why he called to his office, to return a lost item to its owner. I did feel disappointed a bit. I  won’t lie a huge part of me felt or prayed it was more than just that reason, so with my document returned I felt that was my que to leave, I thanked him and was about to leave when I heard him quietly say;

 "So Isioma"

I whipped my head back so too quickly I thought I would snap my neck; he raised a brow at me and asked;

 "How have my classes been? I want a view from a student I'm lecturing"

I managed a "good sir" he smiled and I swooned,

"Just good eh isioma" he teased,

 I didn't know where this conversation was going but I really enjoyed him talking and this time to just me, I was so happy I could cry even if I didn't show it.

 "I guess that'll be it my dear"

 He said getting up, coming round his desk. He stood before me;

"So isioma"

There he goes again I thought saying my name like how I'd assume an angel would say my name.

He continued "I want you to feel comfortable with me alright? Come looking for me whenever you want, anytime”

 He said that with a dare devil smile ,when I left the office I wondered what it all meant, what his words meant, but I decided to leave it be , I had day dreamed enough.

Of course my friends would not let me hear the end of it, I got teased so much I got light headed and let's not forget the senseless suggestions thrown left right center from those who thought they knew better. It’s been days since the jide drama and honestly I was grateful for the quietness I was now engulfed in. Sitting in my room, scrolling through my music gallery, I felt my phone vibrate and the screen light up informing me of an incoming call, from an unidentified caller.  Against my better judgment I picked the call, I didn't need a fortune teller to know who spoke on the other end of the line.

 "Hi isioma this is jide"

Like I didn't know, I had so many questions for starters; which any reasonable person would ask, how did he get my number and why was he calling?  But I proceeded;

 "Hello good evening sir

Good evening dear how are you?

 Not waiting for my reply he continued;

 "I was just leaving school and I thought I'd see you before I leave, text me where you stay so I can come by"

He sounded so sure of himself that I would just give in, I mean sure I was alarmed, what on earth could he want to see me for it wasn't exactly appropriate but as stupid as I know I am, I stuttered;

 "Sure, I'll text you the place”

 Staring at my phone dumbfounded when he hung up, I hurriedly texted my school lodge address, because I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the anticipation of seeing him and sure it was getting dark so no one would really see and the thought of that made me feel better.

Rushing down to the ground floor ,of course after dolling myself up and moving outside the lodge premises it didn't take long before I saw a familiar vehicle pull up, it was dark but I could make out his outline when he stepped out. It was impossible to miss him at night anyways, he held my hand and opened the passenger seat willing me to enter which I did without hesitation, so there I was sitting In his car all awkward in a literal tight corner breathing the same air conditioner air and him just staring at me giving me that lazy sexy smile, I decided to cut through the thick tense air.

 "So I have a lot of questions

"I'm sure you do" he replied

 I got a backbone and continued before I lost it

"How did you get my number, why did you call me to meet you, why are we both in this car" I mumbled on

He gave a throaty laugh still looking at me he said;

"Calm down na, haba you this girl, isioma" he paused

 "Have I told you that you have a beautiful name?"

I scoffed "I wish" I said in my mind, nevertheless he continued

"Look isioma I'm not one for going on and on, so I'm just going to come out and say it,I like you"

 I tensed a bit.

"I really do like to see you in class and I like to know you're sitting there when I teach, I don't know if you've noticed, I almost can't stop staring at you, whenever I'm in your lecture hall"  

In my mind I thought, how could I not notice when I couldn't manage to tear my eyes away from his face in class. He went on;

"Forgive me, I know this is unprofessional but I'd really want to share more than just a student -lecturer relationship and I don't mean just being friends”

I just looked at him, not even knowing what to say or open my mouth at the least. I sat in shock looking into his eyes, the blood pumped in my ears the cool from the AC became an uncomfortable cold to the skin, he lifted my jaw with a finger looking into my face, maybe checking to see if a spirit still occupied my body and repeated what he had earlier said

 "So my dear what do you say??"

With my mind still processing and my heart confused I got out of the car and said through the window;

 "I'm sorry sir I can't give an answer right now, I'll meet you in school on Monday sir” and with that I left in such a hurry one would think my village people were after me

 I never thought more about anything in my life, like i had thought about the ridiculous dilemma I was in, I did reach one decision which I hoped my treacherous heart would make final and not betray my good morals, I decided that I wouldn't date jide, I wouldn't cheapen myself for an easier A, even if that wasn't the case I wouldn't make myself a cliché of school girls dating their lectures, even If that certain lecturer was a god on earth, that would mean me going against every principle I held dear and although I am a lot of things but I definitely am not an easy girl . The dreaded Monday came and I tapped softly on jide's door to bear my news and while I waited I realized it was because of being ungrateful and turning down wonderful blessings like jide from God was the reason why people had bad luck in their lives but I brushed that thought off when the door opened, I was met with that very familiar handsome face. I made a silent prayer to God, to give me the strength not to sway. I told him the good and the bad, my reasons of why what he wanted from me was not a good idea...

After it all, he took it quite well; he did look a bit upset as he heaved a heavy sigh and said;

"Well I do admire you a lot more now isioma”

I just stared at him

 "It takes so much more to say all you have said to me, you are one in a million o, I'll tell you that”.

 I just smiled, relieved he was not mad at me, he continued;

 "Well I want you to know I don't give up easily, I for one am glad you're in your finals, that means you can't run away much longer"

I too was happy for that fact. I thought as he bent over and gave me the warmest hug and a lasting kiss on the cheek. I couldn't help but grin like an idiot as I practically skipped out of his office.

 You can be rest assured that jide didn't give up, he always made sure I knew he was waiting for me with little reminders like, his loving looks in class and out of class and simple but extravagant gifts here and there, he was indeed in the truest sense, a Gentleman.

  I can't tell what the future holds but it wouldn't be so bad if there was a picture of jide and I in it together ...  STAY TUNED

 

 About the Writer:

My name is Eberechukwu Ngwu and I exhume happiness. My dreams are a lot bigger than I am. I love to write and express myself through written words.

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England desires to evade playing with Nigeria in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. According to English tabloid, The Sun, the Super Eagles are not the chosen rival  that the Three Lions will want to face amongst the teams in Pot 4, which also contains Serbia, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea and Saudi Arabia.

The best case scenario that will see the Three Lions tackle Russia, Iran and Panama has been termed Group of Life, while the worst case scenario which sees England face Brazil, Iceland and Brazil has been called the Group of Death.

Group F containing England, Argentina, Nigeria and Sweden, was nicknamed the Group of Death at the 2002 World Cup; the Three Lions and Super Eagles played out a goalless draw in Osaka in the final match of the group. Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Ola Aina,   Leicester City trio Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi will be on the plane to Russia barring an injury, while Everton’s Henry Onyekuru is in contention.

England have become more cautious of the Nigerians after the latter made a strong statement of intent, coming from two goals down to defeat Argentina 4-2 in their last match of 2017 on November 14, so they don’t want to draw the three-time African champs.

 

 

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The lawyer who worked in the administration of former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, Jorge Delhon, killed himself on Tuesday by jumping in front of a train in Buenos Aires.

He was the attorney for the Futbol Para Todos (Soccer for All) program. He received bribes from the end of 2011 to 2014; this was according to the testimony by the former head of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, Alejandro Burzaco, as recorded in a court transcript seen by Reuters.

The driver of the train told police a man later identified as Delhon, 50, ran along the tracks in Lanus, Buenos Aires, and the local police department said in a statement that called the death a suicide.

According to the statement, the driver honked and tried to brake, but the man was run over. Reuters was unable to reach Delhon’s family for comment or to independently confirm the death was a suicide.

Javier Saldias, a fellow former lawyer for Futbol para Todos who told Reuters he was a friend of Delhon, said Delhon was “a model father. He loved his family.”

Burzaco testified during a U.S. corruption trial of three former soccer officials that major media companies had paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches. The testimony came during the first trial to emerge from the U.S. investigation of bribery surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen cast doubt on the cause of death during the trial in a Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday.

“You can call it a suicide. The truth is none of us know that for sure,” she said.

In his testimony, Burzaco described bribes paid to several international soccer officials, including former Argentine Football Association president and FIFA executive Julio Humberto Grondona, who died in 2014.

The ministry official contacted by The Associated Press said Delhon left a suicide note that read in Spanish: "I love you all," and added "I can't believe [what's happening]."

Delhon worked under Fernandez's chief of staff, and dealt with Futbol para Todos. The Fernandez government, which ended in 2015, created the free-to-air soccer program on Argentine public television and used it largely as a way to promote her government.

Earlier this year an Argentine court opened criminal proceedings against two of Fernandez's former chiefs of staff Anibal Fernandez (no relation) and Jorge Capitanich for allegedly taking public funds earmarked for Football para Todos.

 

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The friendly match between Nigeria & Argentina ended with Nigeria scoring 4 goals against the 2 goals scored by the Argentina team. The victory was a doubtful one, but yesterday proved hardwork & faith still pays.


Everything that happens in Life is connected and translates into other sectors too. 

Here is the list of some of the keys lessons for small business managers and executives.

 

Don’t change a winning Strategy:

First main lesson form Nigeria’s game against Argentina is never to change your winning strategy when it is active. Gernot Rohr changed his formation from 4-2-3-1 he has been using since taking over the Super Eagles to 3-5-2 which nearly crippled the team, thus hampering the team earlier in the game against Argentina. The team's captain also confirmed this fact.

 

“We played a new system today we never played before so we struggled to find our feet in the first half….,” Mikel said after the match.

 

First half of your Business will be rough but remain enthusiastic:

The first part of the game shows a rough situation, every business should expect to encounter. However, you should remain optimistic about having better results very soon.

Just as Argentina maintained a gear that Nigeria could not match in the first half of the game, your major competitors would also give such intense rivalry and you should struggle to hold your position and poise. It is with this your business is sure of survival and making any gains in the nearest long-term.

 

Quickly address your identified Weakness and Defects:

One important business lesson Rohr gave through his management of the Super Eagles’ game with the La Albiceleste is addressing your notable business weakness (es) as soon as possible.

Rohr noticed a major weak point which is the Eagles goalkeeper (Daniel Apeiye), hence he substituted him for a more active and composed net-guide, Francis Odinaka Uzoho.

As a business, don’t always leave an identified defect unaddressed as it may be the only thing you need to do to get your business back.

 

Always make good use of your best Products/Skills (they always give better results):

The effective use of competitive advantages and strategic competencies is one major lesson Rohr used in Nigeria’s encounter with the Argentina. The coach effectively used his playmakers - Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and John Obi Mikel, to get needed result.

This move proved a double-edged sword and plan was well executed. However, if this Argentina team has a weakness (besides Messi-dependence), it is a lack of pace on the defensive line. And the trio of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and John Obi Mikel took advantage of this deficiency.

 

You don’t have all the time, make changes quickly:

One thing that all viewers of the friendly game noticed is the swiftness with which Nigerian coach made the needed change in the team. He used the opportunity provided by the half-time break to review his team’s performance. And the result was good for all.

 

“We played a new system today we never played before so we struggled to find our feet in the first half but at the break, the coach spoke to us and we corrected our mistakes which helped us to fight back.“Our team is still work in progress,” Eagles captain, Mikel said.


Excerpt: Business Insider 

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