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I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago, and somehow our discussion got into colonialism in Africa , and how each and every colonized African country just can’t seem to shake off the effects of colonialism. A lot of times I sit and I think about how things would’ve been different if we were never colonized, or better yet if the situation were reversed. Like what if we were the colonial masters. Like…

What if Africans traded Europeans as slaves to other parts of the world?

What if we occupied an area in Europe and enslaved their citizens and made them second class citizens?

What if apartheid was in Switzerland ?

What if the Greek Kingdom, French Kingdom  and Spanish Empire were joined together to form a country called Mediterraia, and their national language was Hausa, while their local language was considered vernacular?

What if it was the Benin Kingdom that attacked and burned down Amsterdam to the ground, instead of the other way around?

What if the British were still begging and appealing for the Benin Kingdom to return their sculptures?

What if wearing Agbada was considered corporate attire?

What if Europeans all had a traditional wedding and “black” wedding to be considered officially married?

What if their men had to wrestle for their wives, instead of proposing with a ring?

What if European women spent a fortune on buying nappy hair cos it was more acceptable or it looked “better”?

What if there was darkening cream so that Europeans could “darken” their skin to be considered “more beautiful”?…just like we Africans bleach.

What if we all looked at them as inferior cos their skin is pale?

What if black was considered pure & good and white was evil and bad?

What if we had commercials all over Africa about saving the European child for just N10 a day?

What if Europeans were the ones always celebrating the firsts?… First white president, First European country to do this, first white woman to do x, y and z?

What if Africans took traditional religion to Europe on missionary work?

What if Europeans all had to learn Igbo or Swahili to be considered educated?

What if Europeans all had Fulani “middle” names, just like we all have Henry, George, and Sarah middle names?

What if Europeans worshiped Oduduwa and Amadioha?

What if Europeans spoke pidgin-igbo as a slang?

What if Queen Amina of Zaria was like the Queen Elizabeth Of England?

What if Europeans were the ones excited about hosting world cup for the first time in London ?

What if Europeans countries had to get their “independence” from their Zulu colonial masters?

What if Europeans all supported Eyimba FC, and shooting stars of Ibadan (football clubs) and lived and died by if they won or not?

What if Europeans fone’d their igbo cos it was cool to do so?

What if Europeans felt better about themselves if they were half-black? What if that made u socially finer?

What if eating eba and vegetable soup was considered as being classy, and eating pizza was considered local?

What if speaking English was local?

What if I was supposed to write this in Igbo for everyone to be able to read and understand?

What if they abandoned their culture to adopt ours so they can be considered as developing?

What if the 3rd world countries were in Europe ?

What if the tables were turned?

What if they complain about us all the time, and we looked down on them?

What if we were them, and they were us?

What if I never even had to think of the what ifs?

Often times, I can’t seem to not think about the what ifs. I’m not writing this because I feel we should revert back, or cos I have a solution or any answers. If I did, I’d be writing about the answers instead. Call it a moment I have every now and then, and I had to vent… but think about it though… what if?

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Jaguda.com has arrived at the world cup. Enjoyment dey happen here in south Africa. If you’re not here get on a plane and start coming … time still dey before the Naija game. When I arrived at the airport those vuvuzelas were so loud and it was apparent that world cup had landed. The buzz is South Africa is crazy; SA citizens are about to witness a once in a lifetime event. Driving around Johannesburg there are signs that the World Cup is indeed in Africa. People are flying their flags of their individual countries on their cars and homes.

On a different note, I am thoroughly impressed with South Africa; it is an image of what our continent could be like if the government functioned the way it should. It looks like there is hope for Africa. This World Cup will do several things for this economy but the most apparent is it will stimulate the economy of several Southern African countries. A guy sitting next to me on the plane had rented a car and planned to travel throughout out South Africa; another was going to watch the USA play all its round robin games and in between would visit the safaris in Zimbabwe. In Johannesburg there are so many tourist in town that all the malls are jam-packed. People are spending money left and right. Hopefully they have a good experience so that they can keep coming back with more and more friends. This is all good for our continent. Southern Africa will be a better place because of this event. Businesses are springing up left and right. I went to cut my hair and all the buzz at the barber shop was about Nigeria’s first game in the world cup. My fellow patrons and friends are saying that Nigeria is in trouble against Argentina. Sadly, I believe that we are lucky if we get a draw. I watched the Nigeria versus North Korea game and we looked hopeless, lazy and selfish. I will not be surprised if we get beat 3-0. Sorry for the football rant but it is the world cup after all.

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Anyway you will be hearing from me throughout the cup. I will be reporting about the all the different areas of such a festive event. The “talent” level here is ridiculous. Luda was right the best women are from Africa … odikwa risky. I will report on the bars and hangouts to hit to watch the games and jolly. South Africa opens the cup tomorrow at 4PM South African time. Hopefully Bafana Bafana pulls through with a victory against Mexico. I am attending the Nigeria versus Argentina game. Pray for our boys to pull off a miracle. I will upload pictures as soon as the game is over. If you dey SA let me know. Also you can follow me on twitter @ “emekajr11” … Let the enjoyment continue.

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Respectful, SUBMISSIVE, sweet, caring… those are the adjectives that describe the real housewives of Africa. Their days are filled with hard work and taking care of others. They wake up early in the morning to prepare breakfast for the entire family. A lot of families were polygamist with two or more wives and over 20 kids. Let alone the husband who is “the king of the whole castle”. Whatever he decides rules in the house. After eating breakfast which is composed of leftovers from the day before, the husband goes to work, the kids walk to school and the wives start getting busy.

They clean the house, wash the dishes, do the laundry and prepare the meal before their husband and kids get back home later in the day. After cleaning the house, they walk to the market and buy ingredients for the day’s meals. As soon as they come back from the market, they start cooking the meal outside, in big pots on a fire. When they finish cooking, they make a special plate (the dad’s plate) for their husband and keep it hot in a special place. They also serve the food in individual plates ready for the kids when they come back home from school.

What’s amazing about this type of families is that every wife treats every kid and other kids in the neiborhood as her own, without discrimination of any kind. Of course they know who their kids are and the kids know who their moms are but there is no favoritism towards anyone. The kids call every mom “mom” As far as the husband is concerned, he tries not to treat his wives differently but we cannot say that he doesn’t have a favorite. For the wives, they treat each other as sisters. At night, the wives take turns spending the night with the husband. Each wife gets one night with the husband an the kids either sleep in the same room or they sleep with their moms, depending on the family’s policy.

Before the wives go to bed, they make sure that the kids ate dinner, did their homework, and took a shower. They also make sure that all the kitchen stuff is inside the house and that the doors are locked. They go to bed very late, close to when the next day starts. The next morning, they start the same routine with love and passion. They never complain; their care for others is so great that they sometimes forget about themselves. They respect and take good care of their husbands. They have a special heart and they live to make sure that everybody is well taken care of. The real housewives of Africa are a special kind of woman but unfortunately, God rarely makes them like this anymore.

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World Cup is about 8 days away, and we are about to witness the first ever Fifa World Cup Tournament hosted on African soil. Simply a thing of joy I must say. Nneka releases a track titled Viva Africa, which is on the Official World Cup Album. The track is classic Nneka, and she uses the song to send a message while maintaining the pride in the continent. Listen and enjoy.

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There’s something I’ve noticed about our society that drives me up the wall! I mean it really makes me steaming mad! This is the double standard that we portray and that double standard has managed to permeate our core, affecting the way and what we teach the next generation. This double standard presents itself in our expectations of and from boys and girls.
Take the issue of sexuality (which is my main focus here): we expect our girls to be virginal, decent, modest and pure while we give our boys the idea that all is well as far as they don’t give someone ‘belle’. Excuse me but what load of horse manure is that??!!
Why can’t we tell our daughters AND sons that premarital sex is not permitted by GOD? Why do we drum virginity and virtue into the heads of our daughters almost from infancy but leave our sons to their own devices, with a ‘boys will be boys’ attitude? When these boys become sexually active just who do you think they will be having sex with? But of course- the VERY SAME girls we have been trying to shelter: our daughters and sisters. That leaves the girls to lie and cover up their activities while the boys may very well brag about it. That is terribly unfair as it leaves the burden of chastity and self control FULLY in the hands of the girls! Any girl that ‘gives it up’ before marriage would then be regarded as ‘used’ while the boy who made her ‘give it up’ will be lauded and applauded for displaying his prowess and virility!
I have never heard a guy referred to as a ‘slut’ or ‘asewo’ even if he has the morals of an alley cat and sleeps with everything he can but those terms are liberally bandied about in reference to the girls. And do you know what? I am calling out the mothers and fathers of these boys on this issue! I am a mother to a son and as such included here. Some of our fathers smile and pat their sons on the back when they make their ‘first sexual conquest’, never once reprimanding them in the process. Indeed some fathers will even question their son’s sexual preference, worrying about their masculinity if they are still virgins at the age of 18! And mothers? Hah, we can be worse! If our son sleeps with a girl, we shrug and smile, saying with a chuckle ‘Haka ne…what do you expect? Is he not a man?’ Then we stand behind our sons and defend them even when they do wrong by a girl. “She’s the one who tempted him! My son is a good boy. SHE’s the bad girl- after all, if she agreed to sleep with him is she not cheap? No, leave my son alone!”
Then we wonder why our daughters sneak out and about and do what they want to do in the dark and then by daytime they act all prim and proper. Don’t believe me? Go to our universities and see. Many girls there have serious schizophrenic tendencies- acting one way at home and another when they are ‘set free’. I’m not excusing that behavior but I am saying that many times it is caused by a hypocritical and overly rigid attitude towards them from home. They are told one thing and see another being practiced.
People, wake the heck up! If you want a sexually moral society then you must insist on the same standards for ALL involved- regardless of gender! Now I realize that I may be in effect whipping a dead horse: “Hey” you may say “we’re living in the 21st Century and sex is the norm so quit with your moralizing! Besides, who is perfect?” I know, I know- I’m not moralizing here though: I’m just wondering why we are so hypocritical about the issue of sex. I think it’s unfair to place the bulk of the burden on one group of people. There are too many conflicting messages being given to our kids – “do it – don’t do it”; “keep it-don’t keep it”, “zip up- use a condom”, “Just make sure you don’t come back home pregnant- getting someone pregnant” etc. That’s all fine and good if those conflicting messages come from outside sources but more often than not they come from those closest to these kids.
Our places of worship sometimes don’t help matters- “Women, your homes are in your hands! After all the Bible says that ‘the wise woman builds her home while the foolish woman tears it down with her hands’” they say with righteous indignation! Then some of these women go home loaded with guilt to their cheating husbands convinced THEY are the cause of their husband’s infidelity! ‘After all men will be men- all men cheat and it’s normal’ we say. Is it any wonder that these men cheat when all their lives they have been given license to do as they please- knowing full well that when they marry the entire burden of fidelity, chastity and the overall success or failure of the marriage will rest on their wives? Then these same men raise sons who will more likely than not end up with the exact same attitude.
Just come to your average ‘Bridal Shower’ and listen to all the advice meted out to the blushing (or not-so-blushing) Bride-to-be. “Hmmmm…make sure you keep your husband at home oh!”, “Make sure you deliver in your first year- make him happy with a child!”, “Make sure the house is spotless, kids quiet, food cooked and bedroom ready- never mind if you work full time” “Above all, at ALL times you MUST SUBMIT!” Now this advice is not bad at all in itself- my issue is this… Where is the husband-to-be at that precise moment? Most likely buying beer for his wildin’ out Bachelor Party!!!
Has any elder or Pastor or even his father bothered to sit him down and say “Look son, you have to be gentle and patient with your wife. Treat her with love and respect and show her you appreciate her. Help her out when she’s down and provide her with strong shoulders to cry on when she needs. Remain faithful to her and understand the fact that her body and appearance may change with childbirth. Then, my boy, you will see a Queen emerge and you won’t ever have to push her to get your way, to get her to submit.” How many men get that kind of advice? Many will hear their friends advise them to cheat on their wives and in some extreme cases, even beat them into submission! Oh yeah, that does happen!
There are specific roles we play but let me tell you the burden does not fall only on one gender! We cannot be the best wives and girlfriends if the men in turn are not the best husbands and boyfriends and vice versa! Morality, fidelity, respect are to be expected from both genders and not just one. Any philosophy that thrives on hypocrisy is sure to fall.
So people, let’s be fair, shall we? You can’t expect little Princess to be all pure and holy and turn a blind eye when Junior acts like a rabid barn animal on the loose! Rules and regulations and proper instruction should apply to all!

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Seeing these pics of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua kinda sobered me up. The 4th Nigerian president to die in office in 50 years. There is no winner in death, and in all honesty regardless of what opinion we had of him for what he did or did not do, we do have to pay our final respects, and allow him to Rest In Peace. Pictures are courtesy of sahara reporters.

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Officers carrying the Late President's body wrapped in the Nigerian Flag

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Once again, pics are courtesy of Sahara Reporters

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LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigeria’s acting leader Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in Thursday as president of Africa’s most populous country, as the body of his predecessor was flown north for a traditional Muslim burial hours after he died following a lengthy illness

 Jonathan put on a sash bearing the green, yellowNIGERIA PRESIDENT and white colors of Nigeria, signifying he had formally taken over for President Umaru. Yar’Adua though Jonathan had served as acting president for months.

   Late Thursday morning, soldiers escorted a stretcher bearing the body of Yar’Adua, wrapped in a Nigerian flag, onto a military cargo plane bound for his native Katsina state.

Yar’Adua, who long had suffered from kidney ailments and was recently hospitalized in Saudi Arabia because of heart inflammation, died Wednesday night after apparently succumbing to his ill health. Officials said he would be buried before sundown Thursday.

Jonathan now will serve as president through next year’s vote, likely to be held by April 2011. He also will be able to select a vice president to serve underneath him, subject to Senate approval.

In a brief address, Jonathan promised that his administration would focus on good governance during its short tenure, focusing especially on electoral reform and the fight against corruption.

“One of the true tests will be that all votes count and are counted in our upcoming presidential election,” Jonathan said.

An unwritten power-sharing agreement within Nigeria’s ruling party calls for the presidency to alternate between Nigeria’s Christians and Muslims. Yar’Adua, a Muslim, was still in his first four-year term though — meaning there could be a political fight brewing in the ruling People’s Democratic Party over allowing Jonathan to contest the presidency.

“Jonathan must be interested in contesting for the presidency, but he still has not revealed his hand and he’s still pretty hesitant about signaling what his intentions are,” said Mark Schroeder, the director of sub-Saharan Africa analysis for STRATFOR, a private security think tank based in Austin, Texas.

“Jonathan will certainly keep his hat in the ring and that will ensure he remains an influence within Nigeria‘s political system. Whether he has enough support (to run for president) … that’s another big question.”

Yar’Adua’s death came almost three months after Jonathan had assumed control of Nigeria as acting president and less than a year away from the next presidential elections in a country once plagued by military coups. Some Nigerians who awoke to the news of Yar’Adua’s death were initially skeptical, as the masses remained uncertain about the ailing leader’s condition for months.

Yet the streets in Lagos, the country’s spiraling megacity in the south, remained quiet as Jonathan declared the day a public holiday and the start of a seven-day mourning period in the nation of 150 million people.

The oil-rich Niger Delta, which has seen militant attacks throughout the impoverished region since 2006, remained quiet as well, allowing foreign oil companies to pump out the crude in relative security.

Schroeder said Nigeria’s political leaders knew they needed to quickly swear Jonathan in as president to show the world there was no power vacuum. When Yar’Adua went to a Saudi Arabian hospital on Nov. 24 to receive treatment, he failed to formally transfer his powers to Jonathan, sparking a constitutional crisis.

Jonathan assumed the presidency Feb. 9 after a vote by the National Assembly while Yar’Adua was still in Saudi Arabia.

“The U.S. wants political stability in Nigeria so that’s there’s stability in the oil sector,” Schroeder said. Nigeria was the No. 4 oil exporter to the U.S. in February, sending about 896,000 million barrels of crude a day to the U.S., outstripping even Saudi Arabia.

Jonathan said Thursday that peace in the Niger Delta, home to the country’s oil industry, remains a priority. Attacks by militants there last year crippled oil production. Yar’Adua had tried to peacefully end the insurgency but those efforts frayed due to his increasing illness.

Jonathan said Yar’Adua left a “profound legacy” for him to follow.

“He was not just a boss, but a good friend and a brother,” Jonathan said.

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Associated Press Writer Bashir Adigun contributed from Abuja, Nigeria.

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The 2010 Tony Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 4 by Jeff Daniels and Lea Michele. The awards will be presented on Sunday, June 13 at 7pm at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS.

  led the pack with 11 nominations, while Memphis picked up 8 nominations and Ragtime got 7 nods. On the play side, the revival of Fences received 10 nominations, followed by Red with 7 nominations, and A View from the Bridge with 6.

Sahr Ngaujah and company in Fela!
Sahr Ngaujah and company in Fela!

The musicals Fela! and La Cage Aux Folles

On the acting side, Jan Maxwell received two nominations, as Best Actress in a Play for The Royal Family and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Lend Me a Tenor. Maxwell’s Royal Family co-star Rosemary Harris also received a nod for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Other acting nominees include Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury for A Little Night Music; Red co-stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne; Fences stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Stephen McKinley Henderson, A View from the Bridge stars Liev Schreiber, Jessica Hecht, and Scarlett Johannson; Kelsey Grammer, Douglas Hodge, and Robin De Jesus from La Cage Aux Folles; Sean Hayes and Katie Finneran from Promises, Promises, and Chad Kimball and Montego Glover from Memphis.

As previously announced, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut will receive the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The 2010 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn and Tony Award- winning actress Marian Seldes. The Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented to Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce. The 2010 Tony Honors for Excellence will be presented to the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, B.H. Barry and Tom Viola.

A full list of nominees follows:

Best Play
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Next Fall
Red
Time Stands Still

 

Best Musical
American Idiot
Fela!
Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Book of a Musical
Everyday Rapture
Fela!
Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Addams Family
Enron
Fences
Memphis

Best Revival of a Play
Fences
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical
Finian’s Rainbow
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
Ragtime

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow
Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Fences
Christopher Oram, Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Christine Jones, American Idiot
Derek McLane, Ragtime
Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero, Fences
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Santo Loquasto, Ragtime
Paul Tazewell, Memphis
Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red
Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime
Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red
Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage, Red
Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations
Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

Source: Theater Mania

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150px-Ahmed_Sani_Yeriman_BakuraThis is an article from the Washington Post. It is damn right gross. What kind of country do we “love”? Nigeria is a beautiful place but there are some disgusting aspects of our country that makes me sick. This is as similar to Utah and Texas cases of grown man marrying small girls. The only difference is that our country thinks it is ok for government officials to do so. Some may argue that their respective parents are 20 years or more apart, understood, but that was during a different era and most of those marriages happened when both parties are of legal age.

Nigeria‘s parliament on Thursday launched an investigation into whether a 49-year-old senator illegally married an underage girl, a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.

Women’s rights groups have demanded the resignation of Senator Ahmed Yerima, accusing him of marrying an Egyptian teenager in violation of the OPEC member’s child rights law.

“If we have a man like Senator Yerima in the senate, what happens to our Act (law) on child abuse?,” said Chinelo Iriele, head of the Global Association of Female Attorneys.

Ethics committees from both chambers of parliament have begun investigations on Yerima, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

In an interview with the local newspaper Daily Trust published on Thursday, Yerima said his wife was not as young as 13-years-old — as reported in the Nigerian media — but refused to give her age, saying it was an invasion of her privacy.

As governor of Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara state, Yerima introduced the strict enforcement of Islamic law, sharia along with 11 other northern states in 2000.

Under sharia a person is allowed to marry at any age as long as parental consent is provided. But states and the federal government have imposed varying minimum age requirements, ranging from under 14 to 18-years-old.

Africa‘s most populous nation is roughly equally divided between a mainly Muslim north and largely Christian south.

More than 200 ethnic groups generally live peacefully side by side but there have been regular outbreaks of violence, particularly in the “Middle Belt” separating the north and south, where sectarian clashes have killed hundreds this year.

 

The 2010 African Economic Forum, co-hosted by the graduate schools of Business, Law, and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, brought over 350 people together to discuss key issues facing the continent as 17 countries celebrate fifty years of independence and the entire continent848739176_uMtZt-M848739745_deGBr-Mlooks forward to the next fifty years. As is the case each year, this year’s conference highlighted opportunities and challenges, from infrastructure development to re-branding Africa’s image in the media, to empower its audience, panelists and speakers with new ideas and fresh perspectives on the way forward. This year, the forum was fortunate enough to highlight the successes of many amazing women, from Dr. Oby Ezekwesili of the World Bank to Magatte848747387_UPjd5-M Wade, a successful entrepreneur, highlighting the necessity of African women to growth and development on the continent. AEF 2010, reflecting the diversity of its organizing committee, highlighted the many talented individuals working in diverse sectors and organizations, from the World Bank to the Africa Channel, alongside events like the first professionally-run fashion show, film screening, and gala dinner featuring the next generation of musical talent to emerge from the continent. AEF hopes that by creating discussions and interactions like this, in the next fifty years African nations would have taken their place as great nations, where they belong.

Pictures from the banquet can be found in the photo section of Jaguda.com

Oby Nmezi

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New style-focused Pan-African Reality TV Show hosted by former Miss World, Agbani Darego set to air this summer

“You better go and think of a real career!” That was the response that most African parents would give when their children suggested that they wanted to enter the world of fashion. Perhaps as a model, fashion stylist, fashion designer, photographer, makeup artist or even a fashion photographer.

Thanks to the success of fashion pioneers including Iman, Oluchi and Liya Kebede, things are changing. Fashion is being recognized as a worthy profession.

An exciting new Pan-African Reality TV show – STYLOGENIC is set to propel African fashion and those that aspire to join the industry to greater heights.

STYLOGENIC is a show like no other. Rather than being based on the search for a top model or designer or stylist, the show is based around the concept of a style team! So contestants are going to be grouped in teams consisting of the various ‘style elements’. That is a model, designer, stylist, makeup artist, photographer and model. They will compete as a team and will battle it out with fellow teams for the grand prize!

The show recently held a media presentation in Lagos which was attended by the host, one of the most famous women in Africa – Former Miss World, Agbani Darego. Agbani won the Miss World crown in 2001, making her the first and only black African to ever win the title. She went on to have a successful modeling career which included a stint as a L’Oreal International “Face” and Spokesperson, numerous commercial ad campaigns and features in US Vogue and Essence magazine.

Entries for the show will open soon and entries will be accepted from all eligible Africans based on the continent and in Diaspora. The show will begin airing in September 2010.

Prizes are yet to be revealed but from what we hear, it’s MAJOR!

It promises to be an immensely exciting show!

We will fill you in with more information on the show as the air date draws closer.

Agbani Darego at the Stylogenic Presentation
Agbani Darego at the Stylogenic Presentation

Agbani Stylogenic Invite
Agbani Stylogenic Invite

Models at the Stylogenic Event
Models at the Stylogenic Event

Presenter Agbani Darego at the Stylogenic Presentation
Presenter Agbani Darego at the Stylogenic Presentation

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The National African Students Association, LLC is an organization that serves to unite African student groups in universities across the United States. They strive to empower ourselves as students by providing opportunities for networking, encouraging outreach and educational achievement all with the aim of advancement for the African continent and diaspora in the United States.
They continually work to equip young African men and women with the tools necessary for them to become forces of change. In line with their goal of empowerment, the National African Students Association hosted a National Conference for African youth in the Diaspora.

The Inaugural National Conference of the National ASA was the weekend of March 19th-21st in Atlanta, GA. The conference took place at Emory University and many schools from around the nation attended with hundreds of students in attendance. The conference had various entertainments throughout the weekend as well as distinguished African intellectuals and professionals who imparted their knowledge and experience on the attendees, to motivate them to achieve real change for Africa. Additionally, a Career Networking Event occurred during the weekend to introduce students to different career possibilities and explore how they could use their professional lives to enhance development on the continent.

To say that students enjoyed themselves is an understatement, as several students left saying that they had a renewed “sense of hope” for Africa and may exclaimed their love for the event through Facebook and various other means. The National African Students Association is an umbrella body that serves to unite African youth as well as support their development in order to push for African progress- this conference serves as a great first step. To find out more about the National African Students Association, visit them online at www.nationalasa.org

For full gallery of The inaugural conference of the (National ASA) click here

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Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas have been confirmed among the performers who will play at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert before the first match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa in June. Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas are to perform at the start of the soccer World Cup in South Africa.

The FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, held on June 10, will open the international sports tournament the night before the first match (11.06.10) and will feature 12 artists, including a number of African musicians alongside mainstream pop acts. This year’s tournament is the first time the World Cup has ever been held in Africa.

Former South African soccer player Lucas Radebe, who is helping organize the concert, said: “I believe these historic events will go a long way towards uniting the people of our rainbow nation in South Africa. “Music and sports are the lifeblood of African culture, so to combine those in this historic event will be a true celebration of Africa.”
Source: Afrogist

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We’ve all heard Knaan’s waving flag, and the remix for Haiti. Waving Flag is the official world cup anthem, and so every country represented in the world cup will have their remix of the song. This is all sponsored by Coca-Cola. Naija’s mix features Banky W, and MI. Song is produced by Eldee. Check it out. Nice! On a side note, all these songs wey dey come out for Super Eagles, make dem no go mess up oo…lol.

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So I got into work today (not really this very date) and saw an email from an old school mate who is now an aspiring painter. I had previously told him that I wanted to own at least one of his pieces so he was now asking me to describe what I had in mind. I described what I had in mind quite alright. But that description never left my mind. A few minutes later this is what I came up with.

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I’ve got it! Close your eyes and open your mind… No seriously, Close you eyes and let your imagination paint the scene…

A village setting… at sunset, you know, when the sun is halfway down and casts a golden flare on the horizon… The village is in the process of rounding up for the day… men coming back from the farm with their huge beat-up sand-covered tools, women getting supper ready, the fire beginning to pick up… a few animals lazying about, children here, huts there… you know.

Just the way it used to be…

I’m sure you can see the picture in your head … The minimalism of life in such a basic environment… No traffic jams, horns blaring or flashing lights, no TV noise, cell phones or PDA’s…

Just the way it used to be…

The sun has now set and the moon takes its place, Orion and the dippers have shown their elegant face, and the whispering wind brings the night Queens scent. The unseen symposium of nature’s chorus fills the air as the children gather around the dying fire…

Just the way it used to be…

With red hot coals and children still cracking bones, the sage tells a tale. A tale of the tortoise and the hare, the hunter and the snake, the elephant and the spider, or the palm wine tapper…

Just the way it used to be…

And as the fire burns out and all retire, even though silence is absolute and darkness takes over, the night is filled with dreams of Chaka the Zulu Conqueror, and Prempeh the Ashanti King, of the great King Jaja of Opobo, and Bambaata the South African chief… And of course when the rains will come, and where the herd will graze…

Just the way it used to be…

Now open your eyes and take a look around…

Time has past, time has changed. The children have grown and the sage’s are gone… The sun still sets but behind sky scrapers. The stars do shine, just hidden by city lights. And the great Queen of the night has been dethroned by exhaust fumes and sewer stench…
So as the 21st century sleeps, the night is filled with thoughts of txtn nd IMing and of PC’s and MAC’s, of salaries and wages, and of homework in numerous pages… Not like the way it used to be…

Just… the way it is…

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Omo make una watch this thing man… Craziness I swear. This guy’s teeth has to be made of pure diamond. Person talk say nah jazz.

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The SIPA Pan-African Network, the African Business Club, and the African Law Students Association at Columbia University present  the 7th Annual African Economic Forum (AEF).

The African Economic Forum has grown to be the largest Africa-focused event at Columbia University.  Each year, AEF strives to highlight opportunities and challenges through stimulating discussion, insights and strategies for a prosperous Africa.

This event is first class event that features brilliant minds such as Dr. Obi Ezekwesili and Magatte Wade. This year’s theme is: “Africa Turning Golden: How a Continent is Moving Forward”. The event also features a fashion show,  a movie screening, and a gala Online registration is still available until the 24th of March.

colombiaFor More information check out http://africaeconomicforum.com/aef2010

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Ok. No offense to anyone that “is from a good home,” but I have to enter this phrase very well. I’m talking to my older cousin the other day and in one of her numerous efforts to hook me up with one babe or another, she urges me to take a chance on some girl by saying, “She’s a very good girl… she comes from a very good home.” Ok, now… no wahala. Let’s see how it goes. So I do my own research on the babe (as anyone should do), and let’s just say I got a not-so-good review on the babe. From being a lil psycho from what a good number of people I know said, I also found out she was into some not so legit runz in jand, and at one time was a pretty well known aristo babe in Uniben. Chei!!! Na wa oo… So this one nah person from good home. Not being too judgmental, but that’s not exactly what my cousin probably had in mind when she said the babe is from a good home.

But then I started thinking… I’m from a “good home” too, and I’ve done some stuff that I don’t think my parents will be particularly proud of, so what’s with the “good home” stuff. I’m not saying that your family background is not important, but it does not guarantee the kind of person you are as an individual. I know people from messed up families that are good people, and vice versa. Example?… Check our dear friend Farouk Abdul-Mutallab… I’m sure most will say he’s from a “good family.” Heck even the Bin Laden family is apparently a “good family.”

It seems like a lot of times that’s the only thing our parents, uncles and aunties seem to be concerned about or it’s on top of the list. I’m sure you can meet a drug dealer and 19 boy or ashawo tomorrow that is from a “good home.” I mean… a lot of parents don’t know what their kids do outside the house anyways. Of course we all come home and join bible study, be respectful in the house, act well and such, but the moment we enter plane to school or wherever we live, we’re back to doing the things we don’t want our parents to know we’re doing… myself included.

Now before some people descend on me, I’d like to say a person’s family background is important, and should not be looked over, but just because “she’s from a good home” doesn’t mean she’s a good person, and I also understand that some folks are very open with their parents about any and everything they do, so it could be that some parents know what their kids are doing, but still, I’ll put my majority on most parents don’t know some stuff we as their children have done or are doing, and so what is displayed at home is far from what the person might actually be like when outside the home.

Anyways.., summary of my gist here is I don’t buy that “she’s from a good home” stuff. It’s cool… but that doesn’t mean that I’ll start buying palmwine and looking for route to her village because she’s from a good home. Wetin be good home sef? Me too sef be from good home but I know say some tings wey i dey do no go fly too well with Male & Pale