Month: May 2015

Actors, Osas Ighodaro and Gbenro Ajibade release pre-wedding photos

Tinsel actors, Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro who are trying the knot in Nigeria and New York respectively have released their pre-wedding photos ahead of their big day. The traditional wedding will hold on June 20 at Edo State while the white wedding will take place in New York on July 4.  Congratulations to the couple!  This is the third couple to ’emerge’ from Tinsel series. Ok o! Wonder who’s next. Bimpe and who…who can we link her to? Phillips Ade-Williams *flips...

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My Father’s Kidnapping | Chimamanda Adichie

My father was kidnapped in Nigeria on a Saturday morning in early May. My brother called to tell me, and suddenly there was not enough breathable air in the world. My father is 83 years old. A small, calm, contented man, with a quietly mischievous humor and a luminous faith in God, his beautiful dark skin unlined, his hair in sparse silvery tufts, his life shaped by that stoic, dignified responsibility of being an Igbo first son. He got his doctoral degree at Berkeley in the 1960s, on a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development; became Nigeria’s first professor of statistics; raised six children and many relatives; and taught at the University of Nigeria for 50 years. Now he makes fun of himself, at how slowly he climbs the stairs, how he forgets his cellphone. He talks often of his childhood, endearing and rambling stories, his words tender with wisdom. Sometimes I record his Igbo proverbs, his turns of phrase. A disciplined diabetic, he takes daily walks and is to be found, after each meal, meticulously recording his carbohydrate grams in a notebook. He spends hours bent over Sudoku. He swallows a handful of pills everyday. His is a generation at dusk. On the morning he was kidnapped, he had a bag of okpa, apples and bottled water that my mother had packed for him. He...

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Senator Elect, Buruji ‘America’ Kashamu | By: Joseph Edgar

Look my anger will boil over if and when my best Friend is bundled to America before he hands over his Rolls Royce to me. I am using this platform to send a very strong signal to all our enemies both local and international that they should stay away at least until I am able to convince Kashy to give me the Rolls. But seriously, I sat him down one beautiful afternoon as we drank Palmwine, near OBJ’s hilltop mansion and asked him to look straight into my eyes and tell me the honest to God truth if he was the real drug baron that the Americans were looking for. He stared deep into my eyes, his blood shot eyes peering into my sexy eyes and swears by the gods of his ancestors that it wasn’t him. That it was his lookalike brother that was the baron. I looked at him with disbelief but immediately I saw the Rolls Royce I immediately believed him. Look Kashy is an honest Nigerian, the only drug he has ever seen is paracetamol and even that sef, na me dey buy for am. I believe in his integrity and sportsmanship. It’s obj, Bode George, Stephen Keshi, Koro and Baba Suwe who have all conspired to give him a bad name. So the house arrest and siege must stop immediately. Kashy is innocent and we...

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Events blogger, Helen Ozor releases stunning pictures to mark her birthday.

Nigeria’s foremost Events blogger, Helen Ozor of helenozor.com is a year older today. And she has released some really stunning pictures to mark her big day. Happy birthday Helen, we at Loladevilleblog are wishing you lots of love, happiness and many beautiful moments surrounded by all your friends and family! Cheers to you! Photography – Emmanuel Oyeleke  Makeup – Topal Touch‎ Stylist– Mo’afrique...

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Rio Ferdinand pays tribute to late wife as he hangs international boots.

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has called it quits with football. The former ‎England captain made the announcement in an interview today. The 39 year-old QPR player thanked his wife, Rebecca whom he lost 4 weeks ago to cancer for supporting him throughout his career.    “After 18 years as a professional footballer I now feel it’s the right time for me to retire from the game that I love. As a 12-year-old boy, kicking around a football on the Friary Estate in Peckham, I never dreamt that I would play for my boyhood club West Ham, captain Leeds United, win the Champions League with Manchester United, or re-join my first manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. “I will always regard the 81 times that I played for England, with immense pride. These are all treasured memories that will last a lifetime.” “I’d also like to thank and pay tribute to my late wife Rebeccaand my family, including my mother and father, for their sacrifices, their encouragement and their advice throughout my career. And finally, I’d like to thank all the fans from all the clubs, for without them professional football would not exist. I will miss each and every one of you on my Saturday afternoons.”‎ He...

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Farewell My Buddy President Jonathan And Crew | By: Joseph Edgar

I will not miss the following people, Femi Fani Kayode, DOYIN Okupe, Olisa Metuh, Dr. Reuben Abati, Muazu, Orubebe and a host of all Lilliputians who contributed in no small measure to making this regime the laughing stock of the whole world. They in their no small measures ensured that the mobile comedy show continued and did not end even after the elections were won and lost. Recently, they have turned on themselves and the circus has continued. FFK accusing and counter accusing the NWC of the PDP and those ones fighting back and threatening to expose him. Too late, nothing to expose. We already knows he is dating a very beautiful and young lady who has been exposed to the best Nigerian tax payers can afford. From flights in Private jets to come and take exams, to driving in brand new Range Rover cars and generally living the good life and inspiring all other young girls to forget to work very hard for tomorrow’s blessing. So Olisa look for something new to tell us because FFK is an open book. I’m happy this crew is leaving the stage. I hope they will also leave the party stage so that our party can rebuild and remerge. I suspect this new Government would need a responsive and well guided opposition party to keep them on their toes. ****************************************************************** Joseph Edgar is...

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Things Buhari Needs To Do Urgently | By: Etcetera

I wasn’t born in 1960. So, I have no memories of the euphoria of the first Independence Day. My early memories of independence are the celebrations in the small government school I attended. My well starched and ironed school uniform, national flags made of paper, singing the National Anthem, and a speech by the headmistress were the highlights. In my final year, I was allowed to pin a small flag on my shirt and hold a slightly bigger one in front of the school because I was a school prefect. Those were proud moments! Even after so many years, the pride still remains. It is totally different today. ‎ Back then, it was more about Nigeria, our country! There was nationalism all around. Even as young kids, there was unflinching commitment to the country. Reading Chinua Achebe and Cyprian Ekwensi was a passion. I was told so many times by my father that the first few images of post-independent Nigeria weren’t of food shortages, poverty, hunger, inadequacy of almost everything. There was hope! Where are we after 55 years, and where do we intend to go? As I listened to Buhari’s speech yesterday, I felt sorry for Nigeria. How did we get here? Everything in Nigeria has changed and, in many ways, changed for the worst. We still see poverty everywhere we turn. We are still worried whether the...

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“I am the president now, the president of everybody.” Sepp Blatter as he’s re-elected FIFA President.

79 year-old Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as President of football governing body, FIFA. He garnered133 votes to his rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan’s 73. The Swiss will serve a fifth term – despite calls for him to resign after Wednesday’s corruption scandal. ‎Sepp who has now worked for the organisation for 40 years will serve 4 more years and won’t leave office until the age of 83. ‎“I was a little nervous today. Now I am the president. President of everybody. President of the whole FIFA.” He said after addressing FIFA...

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Jonathan – Yesterday’s Man | By: Joseph Edgar

Life is forever strange. Jonathan a few minutes ago became the latest yesterday’s man. I watched as he arrived for the very last time with the full pomp and pageantry of the Presidency and literally looked dymistified as he shook the hands of his successor, handing over the baton and stymying slyly into the shadows of history. I watched him closely as he sat. Trying very hard to comport himself and not betraying any emotions knowing fully well that the cameras and indeed the eyes of the whole world would be staring at him. Looking better dressed than the man of the day, his bowler hat perfectly perched on his head with his graying hair, peeping from underneath the bowler hat thanking its stars that it didn’t have to come out to share in this perfidy. What was in his mind as he sat down there, enduring the stares and watching the sycophants as they immediately switched allegiances. Obj was behind him, did he feel like turning back and slapping him? Tinubu was way behind, was that why in his walk around he did not get to that part of the cubicle. What would he have done differently if time was rolled back. Would he have ignored obj, would he have stayed loyal to the buffoons who made a buffoonery of his administration. How come his roll of luck...

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Full text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s inaugural speech

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place. I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country. I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to...

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Short Story: A Tale Of The Hat | By: Ene Odaba

SHE CLASPED her hands together as she stood at the entrance of the room admiring its new clean look. The shelf caught her eyes. ‘Eeeeew!’ How had she missed it? she wondered. It was dusty and the books in it scattered. She took out each of the books, flapping through the pages of the ones that seemed interesting to her. She was soon looking at the poetry collections. Each held her disgust. She hissed. After a while, she voiced out: ‘I hate POETRY! Sammie keeps buying more of them each time, he doesn’t have work abeg!’ She found something tucked beneath the shelf so she stretched forth. Hands kneeling, with her big buttocks facing the door way, she pulled it out and stared at it like she was investigating it. ‘A hat?’ she asked as though waiting for an answer. ‘Woow! Beautiful! Sammie has this and doesn’t even use it! Owkay oo, its now mine jare.’ * * * ‘The only thing that made me not try the hat on is because it was dusty. And ever since I have been dreaming of how I would start cruising it to school now you’re bringing poetry inside. Abeg if you cannot give it out just say it and stop beating about the bush!’ ‘It is not like that. You see, Onome, there’s a proverb in Tiv that whoever wears the...

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