Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Why I Boarded The Train With 'Ordinary People' - Mercy Johnson

Here is a press release explaining why Mercy Johnson boarded a train on Monday, March 2, 2015.

My picture and that of my daughter, Purity in a Lagos train has surfaced online and quite a number of people have asked me what I was doing in a train and in Lagos for that matter; not Paris or London.

I was around Iddo at Ebute Metta when my Range Rover developed a mechanical fault and I had to make a very important appointment in Ikeja regardless of the usual traffic congestion in Lagos. Luckily, a member of my management team was around, he suggested a train ride and we were in Ikeja in less than 30 minutes but that is not the crux of this statement.

Like I mentioned earlier, I have had to answer questions in private and public as to why I would board a train because trains in Nigeria are considered a means of transportation for the ordinary and not-so-rich people. A friend called and said I just devalued my brand by being on the train with ordinary people.  I couldn’t help but laugh. Are we extra ordinary people because we are celebrities?

In as much as I understand the concept of branding, packaging and exclusiveness, I will never trade the experience to sit, interact and feel the pulse of so-called ordinary people.

By the way, I am part of the ordinary people. I grew up as an ordinary person among ordinary people. Why would I avoid them now? Would that be because I am now famous? Without these ordinary people, how would I have been famous in the first place?  Without the so called ordinary people, where would Nigeria's growing population of so-called well packaged celebrities be today?

For the purpose of clarification, I was not on that train due to lack of money to get a well packaged cab or to get somebody to bring another car from the house but,  my car developed an unforeseen fault and I needed a fast , reliable and convenient alternative immediately as there was urgent business to be attended to and I respect time a lot.

The train was available where I was; most importantly, I did not want to turn down the opportunity to be with the people who would ordinarily not have access to me so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and here we are.

I want to thank my co-passengers, officials of the train for treating me with absolute respect and courtesy, I am indeed, very grateful.
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Black Bird Snatches Baby From Bedroom, Flies Away With Him

In what is a bizarre incident, a strange black bird has reportedly snatched a one and half year old boy from his parents' bedroom and flew away with him, this happened in a village called Gokwe in Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo24 reports that, the toddler's father Cosmas Kuyana and mother Barbra Nzou's child was seized by an unusual black bird in their home. Nzou claims that minutes before the bird swooped in, she went temporarily blind. The bird then stripped off baby Takudzwa Kuyana's clothes and dumped them on top of the bedroom hut before returning to lift him and flew away.

Kuyana said he had to react in order to save his son's life.

Kuyana said: "I was paralysed by fear but my love for my son prompted me to act, so I ran after the bird and threw stones at it until it dropped him. The baby's cheeks were bruised and his shoulder was swollen when we picked him up and ran back home."

Kuyana said the family was consulting traditional healers over the issue as it was unheard of that a bird can lift a human being and fly off with him.

He said the bird had been seen circling his homestead after the incident.

Gokwe North District Administrator Fortune Mupungu confirmed the incident and said the headman of the area was dealing with the matter.
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His Name Is Hulk & He's The World's Largest Pit Bull

A lot of ladies would see this dog and jump the fence, some people may never visit the owners of this huge dog even if they are the best of friends, the size alone would scare you but not to worry, Hulk is a gentle pit bull.

Hulk weighs 78kg (173 pounds) and he is believed to be the world's largest pit bull. And because he is only 17-months-old, he hasn't stopped growing yet.

Proud owners Marlon and Lisa Grennan say their monster pet is 100 per cent trusted with their three-year-old son, Jordan, despite the breed's fierce reputation and even let him ride the animal like a horse.

While pit bulls are branded 'dangerous' with breeding bans enforced in some countries, Mr Grennan claims they are actually very caring and fit for the family.

"These dogs are very balanced and gentle - they are nanny dogs," he told Barcroft Media.

"I don't think it's irresponsible for people to have pit bulls and children. They're dogs just like any other dog. No matter what the breed it is, it is hundred per cent how you raise them."

However, Mr Grennan acknowledges that a dog the size of the Hulk "could kill someone if it was in the wrong situation at the wrong time' and 'snap an arm like a toothpick."

In one of the his popular YouTube clips, The Hulk can be seen jumping on his owner to get a treat, and revealing his impressive stature. There's also a clip in which he steps on a scale to check his weight – a whopping 173 pounds! Which really isn't that surprising, considering he is fed a protein-rich diet of supplements and about 2kg of ground beef every day.

The couple's business, Dark Dynasty K9s, supplies protection dogs to high-profile celebrities, billionaires and wealthy professionals - as well as law enforcement around the world.

Marlon, a former boxer, formed the company 10 years ago with just two dogs, after suffering a hand injury which ended his career.

They now own more scores of dogs, many who live in the house with the family on a sprawling 150-acre ranch in New Hampshire, USA.

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PDP Will Rule Nigeria For The Next 60 Years - Patience Jonathan

Nigeria's First Lady, Patience Jonathan has declared that her husband's party, the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) will rule the nation for the next 60 years.

Mrs. Jonathan, represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Zainab Maina, spoke at the party’s women rally yesterday in Sokoto.

She said that Nigerian women had got their fair share and attention under Jonathan’s administration by holding about 50 per cent of the posts.

“The president has fulfilled all the promises he has made to Nigerian women in 2011 and he will do more if re-elected,’’ she said.

The first lady also said that the president had 13 women in his cabinet, and had empowered women in many ways.

She said that the president was also working tirelessly to curb the menace of Boko Haram insurgency.
While commending women in the state for their sustained support to the PDP, She urged them collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

“Your PVCs are your power which will help you to cast your votes for the PDP candidates at all levels,’’ she said.

This, she said, would ensure that women were not disenfranchised to vote.

The first lady also called on mothers in the state not to allow their children to be used to cause a breach of the peace before, during and after the general elections.

The first lady commenced the distribution of some “empowerment materials” to women in the state.

The materials included 1,200 bags of rice, 5,000 wrappers, 5,000 bundles of guinea brocade, 800 women wears, 2,000 rubber mats, 800 children’s wears and 800 blankets.

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Paparazzi Cams Catch Kate Middleton's Royal Baby Bump

If you're still thinking of how grown the 33-year-old Duchess of Cambridge's baby bump is?

Well, the royal baby bump is a growing and Kate Middleton showed off the burgeoning belly  in a colourful floral dress and lovely heels with a clutch at the Goring Hotel in Victoria in London, a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace, for an occasion that marked the old hotel's 105th birthday and served as a reopening of it on the 2nd of March.

The baby bump is about 8 months, she is expected to give birth to her second child in April. Her husband, Prince William, 32, is currently in China, where he today met President Xi Jinping.

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See Photo Of Waje's Grown-Up Girl, She So Beautiful

Waje just rolled out a photo of her daughter looking all grown, way more than the last time she posted any of her pictures.

The singer captioned the latest photo (below) of her daughter, Emerald, 16, on Instagram: "It's not Wednesday by hey!!! She's my scrumptious everyday of the week except for times when she wears my shoes and not the cheap one oh!!! But I did it to my mum so karma is a B*****#theygrowtoofast"

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The 5 Most Beautiful Governors' Wives In Nigeria

Nigerian governors are men of high taste. But 5 of them stand out especially as regards their taste for beautiful women.

When they are not governing or politicking as the case maybe, they are in the company of their beautiful wives in their serene and secured Government houses.

Below a list of 5 State First Ladies who despite their status will make heads of young men turn again and again.

1. Hajiya Nafisat Yuguda (Bauchi)
In her late 20s, Nafisat can compete with world-renowned models any day or any time. Her infectious smile will make any young man stare at her face all day. The daughter of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, definitely took after her mother, Nigeria’s former First Lady, Hajiya Turai Yar’adua, in the beauty department.

2. Mrs Florence Ajimobi (Oyo)
The 55-year-old half Nigerian, half Lebanese, Oyo State First Lady, is a head-turner any day. Her glowing skin, carriage and beautiful smile stands her out at any function. No doubt, her Lebanese roots contributed to her dazzling beauty.

3. Mrs Judith Amaechi (Rivers)
The 44-year-old Judith could easily pass for a 30-year-old. The mother of 3 boys is gifted with a natural pink lips that compliments her good looks. This ageless goddess is no doubt what makes Governor Rotimi Amaechi tick.

4. Mrs. Victoria Obiano (Anambra)
Standing at over 6″ft, Mrs. Obiano can compete with her husband’s political associate and Nigeria’s former beauty queen, who is now an Ambassador, Bianca Ojukwu, in the beauty department. Her imposing figure and carriage makes her the cynosure of all eyes at events.

5. Mrs. Olufunso Amosun (Ogun)
If you are looking for the perfect description of an ebony-skinned lady, look no further. Mrs. Amosun fits the bill. Her beauty is natural, clean and indeed African. The 48-year-old mother of five is a head-stunner any day.

It is important to note that apart from their obvious good looks, these women are also very hardworking in their capacities as First Ladies and their achievements are well-documented in the public domain.
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Right Or Wrong: The Truth About Kissing Children On The Lips

It is becoming a common practice for adults to plant kisses on children's lips. Children enjoy being kissed even when they have no idea what it means. A little baby would smile or laugh when an adult plants a kiss on him or her.

Most parents kiss their children as a sign of affection but they will cringe when they see others kissing their little babies on the lips. Some others will however not even be bothered about it.

Some people would not mind if the kiss is from grandparents, siblings and other family members but they would not accept it when it’s coming from friends and peers.

Though some will point out, “I don’t want people kissing my baby on the lips because it is not healthy,” but deep down, you know that is not the main reason. Some parents feel like kissing their children on the lip is something intimate that an outsider shouldn’t do without permission.

Recently, there was this photo of a popular TV personality Sammy Walsh kissing the 3-year-old son of Ice Prince on the lips. It quickly sparked a lot of reactions. Some said there was nothing wrong with it as he was a little child and besides his family was not complaining. Some others were not comfortable with it as they pointed out that Sammy and the little boy were not related.

Children of all ages see adults kissing one another and most children also receive kisses from parents and other adults. This sends a message that kissing is acceptable.

But when is not okay for an adult to kiss a child on the lips? Even as a parent, at what age should you stop giving your children kisses on the lips? What kind of kiss is acceptable for a child?

These questions have caused heated arguments on social forums.

Below are some of people's reactions of when asked if it is okay for adults to kiss children on the lips.

Abiola Afolabi Jose said: “Why should one kiss a child on the lips, peck is ok on d cheeks, be it one’s child or not.”

“If I may share my opinion in this issue, I will say NO, because it also written in the holy book; it says train up a child in the way that he should grow and when he is old he will not depart from it. But me as a mother I can give my child a kiss on the cheek, not on the lips. It also way of showing the child some love,” Itohan Mercy said.

One of our readers said: “It depends of the age, like 0-3, yes but from 4 years upward, I won’t allow outsider to kiss them on their lips. If you love my kids that much, open your wallet bring out money and go and buy him/her dolly baby, no come spoil my pikin for my hand.”

According to Evelyn Osenuya Salawu, who said pecking the lips of a child is quite different from kissing a child lips, she only pecks her child and so it is allowed. She however won’t allow it go beyond pecking from family members.

“If you don’t want anyone kissing your child on the lips, then as a parent don’t kiss them on the lips, so they know the difference. Kiss them on their cheeks,” Atama Mag Edugwu-Imoke said.

Whether you are in support of giving a child a kiss on the lip or not, you should know that the medical side states that it is not safe to kiss a child on the lip, because the adult can transmit an infection to the child.

Babies are quick to contact diseases because of their poor immunity, parents should therefore be careful about who they allow to kiss their children on the lips.

Besides, you might see it as a harmless show of affection but do you know the motive of the person giving your child a kiss. There are many children being sexually abused on a daily basis and some of them grow up with the scars.

As your child grows up, s/he needs to know that certain kissing behaviours are not acceptable.

- via Naij
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