Monday, October 15, 2012

Mauritanian President Accidentally Shot By Army

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was hit in the arm by a bullet
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz has been wounded in what is said to be an accidental shooting.

Officials say he is now being treated for a light injury at a military hospital in the capital, Nouakchott.

Communications Minister Hamdi Ould Mahjoub said on national TV that a military patrol had mistakenly opened fire on the presidential convoy.

The minister added that Mr Abdelaziz, 55, was injured in the arm and that his life was not in danger.

“On his way back to Nouakchott, the presidential convoy was shot by a Mauritanian patrol as they did not recognise his convoy,” Mr Mahjoub said.

“The Mauritanian people can be reassured, the president is fine… He got out of the vehicle unassisted upon arrival at the hospital, where he walked in without difficulty.”

The hospital remains sealed off by security forces.

President Abdelaziz came to power in a military coup in 2008 in the West African nation. He won presidential elections a year later held under an agreement with coup opponents.

He is seen by the West as a bulwark against Islamists in the region, particularly in neighbouring Mali.

Source: BBC News

43-yr-old man breaks world record by jumping from space

History was made today as Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner successfully completed his free fall, from the edge of space diving to the Earth’s surface.

Baumgartner, using only a space suit, helmet and parachute made the jump, setting a world record for skydiving 127,000 feet (39 km) in the sky. He however did not break the record for longest-lasting free fall.

Called Stratos, the dangerous mission was sponsored by RedBull. He used a helium-filled balloon to carry Felix 24 miles up into the stratosphere where he made the jump.

He had attempted the jump last Tuesday but aborted it due to weather conditions.

Cuisine With Chef Fregz: Holding On to the Apron Strings of Iya Fregz

By Fregene Gbubemi

Hi guys! How are you all doing? I hope you had a great week.
Remember we talked about staying within the shores of Nigeria this month as part of our independence celebrations.
I can never over state the awesomeness of Nigerian cuisine and one of my first experiences with Nigerian food was with my mother. Iya Fregz is one of the inspirations of my life. She’s also one of the most amazing cooks ever. I’m honestly not tooting my own horn but I have the most amazing mother on earth! You know how they say “Seeing Is Believing”? Well, I have decided to show you guys what my mother made. We had this idea to work together and basically exchange ideas. Not wanting so much of a cliche’d post,  I just wanted to tell me some tips for basic Nigerian meals. We ended up having such a fabulous time in the kitchen. She did most of the cooking and I was there to guzzle it all down.
She made her signature Jollof rice and some good “Pottage/Porrage/Ebe/Asaro”.

Then she made her amazing efo riro with less palm oil for those of us watching the waistline.

Recipe Serves 2-4 persons
5 large tomatoes
1 large onion
2-3 scotch-bonnet chillies (ata rodo)
A small bunch of Shoko leaves (Shred and soak in hot water for 2 mins, then drain out the water)
Lean cut Beef, (Or Chicken/Fish) According to your preference. Remember to boil with onions and a little salt.
2 tablespoons palm oil
100g dried fish or as little or much as you like
1 tablespoon ground “iru” aka locust beans
Seasoning cubes
How to
Blend your tomatoes, onions and chillies to a semi smooth consistency or just chop them up. Heat your oil till smoky and add the blended ingredients to the oil and stir round. Add the dried fish, iru and whatever protein you’ve decided to use along with the stock and cover and allow to simmer for about 10 mins. After the simmer, add the squeezed leaves and mix through.
Iya Fregz Tip: Hold back on adding salt till the end because the stock and seasoning cube could be quite salty already so check before you add any extra salt.
You can add some crayfish and less oil still so you don’t miss out on flavour. Don’t “over soak” the leaves you still want a crunch from the leaves.

Enjoy it with some wheat or Amala or if you must do rice add more protein to your plate and less carbs
That’s it guys! We made a video of this session but it wasn’t ready at the time of publication but I will try and upload it to this post later so you can check back for the video. In the mean time, I hope you learn a secret or two.
Please share the kitchen tips you learnt from your own mothers in the comment box below.
God bless our mothers and God Bless Nigeria!
Remember to have a flavour-filled weekend!

Guys are funny -Cossy Orjiakor

Cossy Orjiakor is a household name. For an average Nigerian, she is the b*obs' flaunting lady and to some elite, she is the highly intelligent actress, dancer cum singer who holds a master degree. But for whatever reason she is called, she is simply a woman with a good heart.
Cossy has disclosed one of the draw backs of being a celebrated actress in Nigeria. She recounts how some just grabbed her b*obs while stuck in traffic.

Hear her, "I was in the traffic one day and one of these guys who sell things in traffic just came and grabbed my b*obs and ran away. I was stunned. He was coming back the second time and when he saw my facial expression, he could not try it again. I was reay for him.

Straight From The Headlines! What Everyone Was Talking About This Week

Hello Everyone. Hope you’ve had a great week thus far.
Good evening and thank you for joining us on the Straight from the Headlines slot where we recap major stories that made the headlines this week.
The week began on a sober note for us. The gruesome murder of four students of University of Port Harcourt in Aluu community shocked the entire nation and left us feeling sad. It was therefore no surprise that emerging stories, accounts and testimonies of their death filled the headlines this week. Other events including the flood which has ravages some states in Nigeria and displaced thousands from their homes were also trending on our headlines across the country.
Here’s a summary of major news stories for the week:
A sister of one of the four University of Port Harcourt students brutally murdered last Friday in Umuokiri village, Aluu, Rivers State, has narrated how her younger brother and his friends were lynched. Miss Ibisobia Elkanah, elder sister of Tekena Friday Elkanah, revealed yesterday that policemen visited the scene where the students were burnt to death after they were severely injured and that one of the law enforcement agents told the perpetrators of the dastardly act “to burn them alive”

The Lagos State Government has said the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed totally to traffic on Sunday to allow for thorough repair works on the bridge. The government has advised motorists in the state to make use of alternative roads on Sunday as the bridge would undergo complete diversion of traffic from 6.00 am to 12 midnight. Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, who disclosed this said that the complete diversion from the bridge was to allow the contractor, Borini Prono, to do the concrete casting of the expansion joints currently undergoing repair works on Oworonshoki-bound section. According to him, the concrete casting and drying process required zero vibration, hence the diversion of vehicular traffic away from the bridge from Adeniji Adele to Oworonshoki end on Sunday.
The Managing Director of Keystone Bank, Mr Oti Ikomi has resigned. The bank said his exit was based on personal reasons. In a four-paragraph statement, the bank explained that Ikomi, a seasoned professional banker with a wealth of experience spanning over two decades, was appointed chief executive officer of the bank in August 2011, adding that the Chairman of Keystone Bank, Moyo Ajekigbe, has convened a meeting to review the development and appoint a successor.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan this week had a tour of the areas hardest hit by flooding, described as “the worst in our history – an authentic national disaster.” In Kogi alone, the central state toured by Jonathan, the local Civil Defense (NEMA) calculated around 630,000 displaced persons and over 150,000 hectares of cultivated land destroyed. During the current rainy season, which in Nigeria runs from June to the end of October, there have been 148 deaths, according to a cautious estimate by the local Red Cross. During the week the government gave the go-ahead for the forming of a commission to guarantee assistance to the population effected and allocated 85 million euros for medical assistance operations.
Earlier this week, it was reported in the media that the First Lady, Patience Jonathan would be returning to Nigeria. However, Sahara Reporters who released the intial report said a day after that her trip has again been canceled by her hospital in Germany. A source at the hospital said Mrs. Jonathan could not be discharged to leave as was requested by her husband because there are still several unresolved issues concerning her health. SaharaReporters was unable to determine what those issues are, but it seems obvious that her condition is still poor. Only a few days ago, however, the presidency, through spokesman Reuben Abati, said she was in good health. She has now been away for six weeks.
The people of Omuokiri Aluu Community recounted their losses after students from the University of Port Harcourt embarked on reprisals to avenge the killings of their colleagues. The angry students had on Tuesday stormed the community, burnt some houses, cars and other property over the torture and murder of the students last Friday. On Wednesday, few of the indigenes were seen bemoaning their losses. One of the leaders of the community, Sunday Ahanonu, said he had lost all he laboured for to the students’ reprisals. Ahanonu, whose house was torched by the students, expressed shock that security agents could not stop the rampaging students when they stormed the community.
Twenty teachers in three schools, who were absent from their duty posts, when Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, paid unscheduled visit to the schools in the state, Tuesday, have been dismissed. Oshiomhole, who disclosed this during the visit to Asoro Primary School, Emokpae Model Primary School, Western Boys High School, George Idah Model School and Esonere Primary School in Benin City, also ordered deductions from the salaries of some teachers who got to their schools after the 8a.m., resumption time. The governor frowned at the lackadaisical attitude of some teachers to work. He went through the teachers’ attendance register and discovered that names of teachers, who were yet to arrive the school were signed in.
A Kano-bound IRS Airlines plane departing the Lagos airport on Wednesday morning collided with an abandoned truck beside the taxiway, forcing the pilot to cancel the flight. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)’s sewage tanker was on official assignment when it got stuck after fallen into drainage at about 8.30pm on Tuesday night in the taxiway of General Aviation Terminal (GAT), Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos caused a minor damage to the aircraft. The aircraft, a Folker 100, was scheduled to operate flight LVB 3306 out of Lagos to Kano flight with a transit stop at Abuja. Information from the Airports Authority and the airline said no passenger or crew member on board the aircraft sustained any injury. The passengers were disembarked and accommodated in another aircraft which departed Lagos at 10:15am.
How do you feel about the news that made headlines in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?
Have a great weekend!

The 3LiveChicks are Ready to Thrill & Entertain You! All You Need to Know about FlytimeTV’s Show on Silverbird hosted by Toke Makinwa, Oreka Godis & Tosyn Bucknor

By Damilare Aiki

All over the world, shows like abc’s The View and CBS’ The Talk, both co-hosted by women, have proved that ladies bring good quality entertainment to prime time television, keeping every one including the men, updated on the world of entertainment, fashion, cuisine, music and a whole lot more. And a Nigerian show titled 3LiveChicks, hosted by 3 gorgeous women is set and ready to premiere for our viewing pleasure.
3LiveChicks is a FlytimeTV talk show hosted by 3 young, beautiful women from diverse backgrounds with one thing in common – Radio. And they are Oreka Godis (Formerly with The Beat 99.9), Toke Makinwa (OAP with Rhythm 93.7) and Tosyn Bucknor (Popularly known as “Area Mama” on Top Radio).
Produced by Flytime TV productions, 3LiveChicks, a cutting edge 30 minute programme to hit the shores of Nigeria as the ladies bring a new perspective to interviews with their vibrant personalities and charisma, will be shot at different locations each week, delivering entertainment like never before.
Some of the interviews to look out for include Bez, Denrele, Waje, For Coloured Girls Cast, IK Osakioduwa and Karen Igho. The show will air on Silverbird Television every Friday from 8PM to 8:30PM and promises to deliver entertainment, wit, honesty and a lot of fun to viewers weekly.
Meet the Hosts

Tosyn Bucknor
Tosyn Bucknor was born and bred in Lagos, attending Fountain Nursery and Primary School, Queens’ College, University of Lagos and the Nigeria  Law School. While in University, she presented a show on Saturdays at Cool FM with Lakeside.
In 2009, Tosyn started work at Top Radio as the only female to host a morning show by herself. She has since then been nominated for and won several awards. On 3LiveChicks, you’ll hear her refer to “CON.tra.diction” frequently. She writes and performs songs as CON.tra.diction but that’s just one of her several personas. The others are Hazel, SPEECHgirl/abisona and NB.

Toke Makinwa
Omotoke, also known as Toke, was born Saturday 3rd November 1984. A native of Ondo State but a born and bred Lagosian. She first discovered her love for radio when she hosted a teenage program on Cool FM in 1999 though short lived because of family concerns, she fell in love with radio and the fire was lit, she quit her job and focused on getting an education which she did.
In June 2010, an opportunity to be an on-air-personality presented itself again and after finding the life of a banker too boring for her creativity, Toke auditioned at Silverbird’s Rhythm 93.7 and got the job as the host of her own late night show called Rhythms of the Night. After a couple of months, she was moved to primetime and presently co-hosts the early morning show “The Morning Drive”.
She enjoys travelling, reading, socializing and has 1001 blonde moments, special times tagged “Toke Moments”. As for her future, she says “I want to be that girl who lives a life of purpose and fulfillment, a very passionate life, worthy of news and one that inspires everyone. I want to be that girl that lives like there’s no tomorrow, and when I am gone, I want to get to heaven and even the angels would want my autograph”

Oreka Godis
Oreka Godis is a British broadcaster, who is proud to be a descendant of the Otaro and Ekarabome Royal Dynasty of Ogori, Kogi State. From her early days, Oreka stood out as a talented child. At school, she was a class captain, social prefect, an active member of her school’s track-and-field team, represented (and won) with her school’s debate team, sat on the Student Union Council Boards during her A’ Levels and was elected Afro-Carribean President at Kings College London – where she graduated with a Clinical Science BSc (Hons) degree.
She located to Nigeria in 2009 to work for The Beat 99.9FM, where she co-anchored the biggest breakfast show in Lagos.  During her breakfast show, Oreka successfully executed entertaining and informative live radio shows covering politics, entertainment, sports and world news.  She hosted “Rookies and Dons” – a weekly British Council program on UK education and lifestyle. Notable guests on the show included Hakeem Kae Kazim, Isha Sesay, R.Kelly, Sean Paul, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Shondrella Avery.
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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow? View Photos of Peter Okoye’s (of P-Square) New Mohawk

While the whole P-Square crew are in Zimbabwe pushing further their brand across Africa, Peter Okoye decided to show his fans his new look – a very edgy mohawk. What do you think of his new look?
Photo Credits: MsYouTV

Nigerian Music Star & Former Soundcity VJ, Djinee is Unveiled – His Life, His Music & More!

Osayamwen Nosa Donald, popularly known as Djinee, is a seasoned musician who has had a long and interesting career in  the entertainment industry. He started off as a VJ with Soundcity and for some years, gave a worthy representation of himself as a TV presenter for the period which he hosted some musical shows. He grew up in a family of ardent music lovers and was greatly influenced by classical music and lessons learnt from singing in the choir.
He made a huge hit with his first single, ‘Ego’ in 2004 and went on to release more songs like ‘Lade’ and ‘I No Dey Shame’ which proved his vocal dexterity. He has earned some accolades amongst which are “Best New Artiste ” at the Nigerian Music Awards in London and two Nominations at the Hip Hop World Awards 2006. He went on to prove his diverse musical abilities with songs like ‘Overkilling’, ‘On Me’, ‘Din Din’ amongst others. Djinee talks to Bellanaija’s Adeola Adeyemo about his life and career in this exclusive interview.
You’re looking different and good with this new hair cut. Tell me about this look. What do you call it and what inspired it?
Before now, I was always having a low cut but I’ve always wanted to experiment on my hair. I’ve tried keeping afro a few times. I’ve also tried doing what you girls call puff-puff on my hair. That was way back and I looked horrible. I hope no picture of me at that time comes out. But this hair is just one of those trials that I think I like. I think it’s just a punk, I don’t know what to call it. But when I describe it to my barber, he knows what to do.
So Djinee, what have you been up to recently? What has been keeping you busy?
I have been working in the studio, recording songs. I have been taking care of the business of my work and I always emphasize on the business because that is why we do music. I spend more time looking at investments. You know, this job, you have to keep it running.
Do you have any other investments aside from your music?
I run a production company so I do content generation and recordings for people and other little things; nothing illegal. I like to point out because people would think that as an artiste and they don’t hear your name everywhere, you must be doing something illegal. That is not the case with me. I like to sleep well at night and I won’t change that for anything.
You just read my mind. Despite the fact that a lot of people would love to hear your music, you’ve released only one single this year. Why haven’t you put out more music?
I don’t believe in just churning out songs without proper strategy on how to push them. The way the industry is right now, people don’t care about talent. If you have money to pay for your work to be big, it will be big. You have to put money in certain places. Of course money is needed in the business, but not to pay radio stations, TV stations, certain blogs. Everything has been monetized, so where is the space for talent?
I read about an online singing competition you organized recently to promote emerging artistes. Why did you come up with the concept?
I know how it feels to want to be heard. There are lots of young people who want to sing but don’t know how to go about it. But I do. The hardest thing for most upcoming musicians is finding a studio to work in. If you want a good producer now, you need between N150,000 and N300,000. We have a winner now, Sheady, an 18 year-old who has not gone to the University.
What were the terms of the competition and what does the winner gain?
I opened the competition on my You Tube channel where the competitors sing one of my songs. I wanted something simple, they didn’t have to get some video guy to record it, they could just do it with their mobile phones. The winner will get some professional recording sessions. We are going to record a few songs, and create a professional promo CD that he can take to any radio station and they’d want to listen to. This is just to give him a start in his career. The beginning is always the difficult part. I’m not trying to cage him, I just want to give him a push. When I met him, I said this is the reason I did the competition. He has not been to a studio before. So far, I’ve been listening to his songs, adding my input and calling on other producers to contribute.
You were once like him, an upcoming artiste. Tell me, what are the differences in the music industry between the time you started your career and now?
It’s easier now to break in. There are more opportunities now. They were no reality shows at that time, no mobile phones. You just needed the grace of God and luck.
When did you actually launch your music career and how did you get your first recording deal?
I’ve been doing music since 1998 but my first single, Ego was released in 2004. Someone spoke to the owner of a record label on my behalf and he invited me. When I met him, he asked me to sing for him and I sang and that was how it started. The rest is history.
But before your first single, I remember I first knew you as a TV Presenter with Soundcity…
I joined Soundcity around 2001 and I left in 2007. While I was presenting, I was also trying to push my music. When I left Soundcity, I became a freelance TV presenter. I anchored two Reality TV Shows, one which I did for two seasons.
Before Soundcity, did you have any experience working on TV or in the entertainment industry?
I was running a private radio station in school. Some of us students just put a few equipment together and we started running a small radio station that was airing only on the campus and its environs. It was a good place for me to understand a little of what programming is.
Did you have any resistance from your parents when you decided to pursue your passion in music and entertainment as a student?
Although my father was a music lover, he really didn’t want me to do music professionally. Towards the end of my University days, I had to leave home. It wasn’t exactly easy but I appreciate the fact that my father didn’t make it easy because it meant I had to succeed in it.
Let’s get back to your music. When we first heard your first few singles, Ego, Lade, I no dey change… we thought you were an R&B singer. But you later delved into hip-hop with Overkillin, On Me and others. Why the change?
I am not a “butter” boy, I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon. As much as I did such music in my early stages, what I am putting out now shows how well rounded I am. I am a street guy, I am very grimy in a way so that is the influence you are seeing in my music. But more importantly, I am now adding a business edge to it. In Nigeria, if you decide you want to do elitist music, there are no proper channels to market your work and take it to those that really love that sort of music. But if you’re going to do club music, it would be easier to promote it.
Are you saying you are now singing hip-hop because this is what sells more?
Well, it is what sells, but I am also passionate about it. But also, there is a business angle to it. Why make music when there is nobody to hear it? Why sell condoms in a seminary? But I will still sing R&B. If you get my album, you will hear it. But not as a single that I will push.
When you released On Me, some people said you had left the era of writing songs with good lyrics and a strong message to lyrics like “kalankolo” and “chinini chanana”. What is the idea behind the lyrics of On Me?
I was trying to key into a certain audience. You can’t win everybody over. I would rather concentrate on those who keep sending me messages that they love “On Me”. Kalanakolo is a slang, I didn’t create it, it’s been around for years. It means let’s get familiar. It is just a fun song.
This Is Not a Love Song also had some controversial lyrics. Didn’t you think some of the descriptions might have been a bit extreme?
I won’t lie to you, I was bored in the studio when I wrote that song. I went on the piano and it was just a freestyle. I just put it online, it was not supposed to be a serious song. And people were like “wow so you can write like this”. Well I can write worse. In fact, you’ve not heard my most controversial song. It would be in my new album. I did it with M.I and I was told it might get me arrested but I will still put it out.
Speaking about M.I, I recall that during my interview with him and Ice Prince, they mentioned that you let them stay at your house when they first relocated to Lagos. Why did you do this?
I don’t think I did anything spectacular and I’m not trying to feign humility here. Some people tell me “as you did for M.I, do for me too,” but they don’t understand that M.I did a lot of work when he came to Lagos. M.I walked the streets. He was going from gathering to gathering trying to get a followership. Some people haven’t done a quarter of what he did and they want you to throw them on the shoulder. I believe whatever I did was by the grace of God.
They moved on and got signed to Chocolate City. Did you have any deals with Chocolate City?
Chocolate City was my management, they were not my record label. At some point, we finished the contract and I moved on
So, are you signed on to any Record Label now?
I have a production company that I partner with and they handle all my projects. It is called Kreazivity Works.
With all due respect Djinee, you’ve been around for a while but you haven’t gotten as much awards and international recognition as some artistes who came into the industry long after you did.
It’s not always the way you see it on the outside. When you compare rock and hip-hop music abroad, the hip-hop guys are the ones you see everywhere. They have the bling blings, wear the most expensive clothes, they look like they are rolling but their bank accounts are empty. The rock guys wear faded T-shirts and jeans but they have staying power. People will come and go, but trust me, those of us who still dey manage chop, dey manage chop. Did Fela win awards like that? Do you hear Seun Kuti everywhwere? But he plays more international shows than anybody. So you have to be able to separate hype from reality.
But isn’t it the same hype that really need to promote their careers?
On Twitter recently, someone tweeted about an artiste putting his name in the category of #artistesthatshouldgiveup. This same guy just bought a house in Ilupeju. But there is this other artiste who just rented a house in Lekki. They said he bought it but he rented it and then he bought a new car. So you see the difference between someone who bought a house and someone who rented a house. At the end of the day, there is no need to make noise.
What if this hype is actually because the artiste is talented and his music is good?
I stand to be corrected. The biggest songs in Nigeria in the last three or four years were publicized because they were paid for. And the audience would love whatever is drummed in their ears everyday. And for it to be drummed everyday, they pay for it. Music should appeal to you, not forced on you. We are in an industry now where it is forced.
Why is it that we don’t we get to see you often on the red carpet at major events?
Let me tell you the latest development you don’t know. Artistes now pay promoters to attend some of these big shows so that they appear to be everywhere.
Really? I’m hearing that for the first time
The worst that should happen is that they should say come and perform for free. I’ve passed that stage in the industry where I want to be seen everywhere.
For someone who sings a lot of love songs, what are your views on love and relationships?
Love unconditionally, just love. It does not mean the person would love you back, but just love. That is the love that lasts.
Does Djinee have someone that he loves and loves him back?
I don’t think so. I can pretend people out there love me but they don’t, so it’s my own love that I know. But I can say that I am very very single.
How long have you been single?
That is a very tough question. I don’t even know. Some people I thought I was close to, I found out I wasn’t close to them and some people that thought they were close to me found out they weren’t so it’s just a funny situation.
How would you describe your personality, Djinee?
I’m very real, open, honest, I don’t claim that I’m holy, I’ve had my issues.
When should we be expecting new songs from you?
I would come out with some songs before the end of this year. I have some songs ready, and some collaborations with Naeto C, MI, Keffi and Jesse Jagz for my upcoming album.
It was great chatting with Djinee and from, we wish him the very best!
Djinee This Is Not A Love Song