I AM NOT MY HAIR #opesays

Published:17 Aug, 2012

Gabby Douglas

Yes and I mean that literally. I am not my hair. All my life, my hair has been one part of my body I’m not proud of. Growing up, I realized that my hair was not as long as my friends’ or as shiny, silky or smooth. That brown unusual colour of it didn’t help matters. It made me so self-conscious .You can still see me in my childhood pictures touching my hair self-consciously (I still do it till this day). The weird texture of it didn’t help matters. My hair is that type of hair that gets hair stylists curious. It’s as soft as cotton wool and sometimes as hard as cement. No relaxer ever fully relaxes it. It’s as full as a thick forest yet refuses to grow long.

All my hair needs for a handful of it to come off , is just a simple comb. Few of my friends or family members have seen my real hair. It has always been drowned in weaves, attachments, dye…you name it.  Just like my hair, most of us have this part of our body that we are self-conscious about. It may be your face, your ‘assets’, your height, your weight, your arms or legs. The media doesn’t even help matters. They have filled our minds with their own idea of what beauty should be. The media even dictates what you should weigh. You know that size zero, stick-thin model image they have fed us with, those abs like all the sexy guys on TV.

Most human beings, including you and I ,have some of our self-esteem hung on up how we look. We forget that we actually didn’t create ourselves and we need not burden ourselves with worry, about what we can’t change. After all , who’ll remember if you were beautiful when you lie in your coffin ? You’ll be free the day you realize that your body is just a cloak you’ve donned to complete your earthly assignment. Once you cross the veil between life and death, it loses its usefulness, so you discard it.  Now it is true that people , the world over love beauty, especially men. We would even readily carry a cute baby, before the not-so-cute one.  The singer, Adele comes to mind. When she was told to lose weight, she said, “I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears”. Her reply was that of someone who knew what they had to offer, and didn’t let the world’s view of their body interfere with that.

What can you do when a part of your body does not conform to the world’s rigid standards ? First play to your strengths. Realize what you do have and know for a fact that someone out there will love you for it. After all not all of us can be Beyonce and not all of us can be tall, dark and handsome. For instance,  I am personally not  crazy about tall men. Secondly, if you still feel self-conscious about that not-so-good part, do something about it , if you can. Go on that diet, start exercising, use skin products, to make it better.

When the world realizes you have something to offer, they forget how you look. I love Adele till tomorrow and I’ll continue to listen to her music even if she grows fatter. If you have something the world desperately needs, how you look doesn’t factor into the equation anymore, except you’re a model. The gymnast who shined for America at the just concluded Olympics, Gabby Douglas , isn’t the prettiest of girls; but she has what America needs. I can say for a fact that if Beyonce wasn’t as beautiful or as sexy, she’ll still be one of the best performers in the world. It’s simple, she knows her art and has polished it to perfection.

Next time someone tries to bring you down because of that not-so-good part of your physical appearance, tell them “I am not my hair” (Fill in your own).Yeah , that’s right. You are more than your face, your height, your lack of ‘assets’ or your weight. You’re a spirit being, a higher power. The very essence of greatness. You are here for a reason and that purpose is more than your physical appearance. Go touch your world .

Peace

Opemipo Adebanjo

@opesays on Twitter.

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  • http://www.ike-amadi.com/blog @ikeamadi

    Good piece.

    Much more defines you!…not just your hair!

  • http://gusblogger.wordpress.com/ Aghogho Sam

    True , good essay. However , I must disagree a little , Physical Apperance will always be an important factor in judging ones’s character. I cannot see your inside or “essence” , thus, the only way I can make an accurate guess of what you have within you is what I can ONLY see outside, your outward appearance, “out of the abundance of the heart a man speaks” likewise “out of the abundance of the heart, a person dresses (hair styles included). The way you look outwardly is unwittingly part of your inner essence.
    Nevertheless, great read.

  • http://drerhumu.blogspot.com/ Dr Erhumu

    I think the important thing is how one feels on the inside, that is why confident ugly men get very good looking wives (I won’t give examples).

    Also, remember the sons of Jesse in the bible. Only David had kingly material on the inside.

  • http://twitter.com/princedavidokon @princedavidokon

    Ope,this is really the missing link in our assesment of ourselves.Talent stands you out in the midst of people,think about Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder,okay they are Americans but what about our own Cobhams Asuquo.A single thread that connects them all is that they’re all blind but are global celebrities by virtue of the depth of musical talents they’ve deployed in building careers that have projected them into ICONS for the WORLD and particularly Youths.Go and take your world. @princedavidokon says so.

  • Seye

    Not much to say again, you’ve done justice to this topic. Anything I may add will just lengthen the already concise piece. Bless

  • http://honourlaja-motivationforsuccess.blogspot.com Ademola Onalaja

    Beauty like they say is in the eye if the beholder. There are always two kinds of problem in lfe; d one you can’t do anything about and d one you can do sth about. Nobody can make us feel less about ourselves without our permission. If you don’t appreciate yourself in totality, don’t expect others to appreciate you in totality. There’s a big difference betw you and everybody…be proud of that…cos there’s no one in the world that is exactly like you(looks, behaviour and talents)…flaunt what u’ve got.

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    Beauty, like they say is in the eye if the beholder. There are always two kinds of problem in lfe; d one you can’t do anything about and d one you can do sth about. Nobody can make us feel less about ourselves without our permission. If you don’t appreciate yourself in totality, don’t expect others to appreciate you in totality. There’s a big difference betw you and everybody…be proud of that…cos there’s no one in the world that is exactly like you(looks, behaviour and talents)…flaunt what u’ve got.

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  • ibrahim Amina Ilamosi

    God bless you Ope for this piece….. Nothing else to say…

  • http://wwww.zebbook.wordpress.com zebbook

    What if Gabby Douglas and/or Adele were to enter for Miss World Contest?
    What if Michael Jackson had taken to boxing and Muhammed Ali to music?

    The philosopher calls it the sixth toe. That lil something in our body put there by nature to remind us of the imperfection of our humanity the moments we start to think of ourselves as gods. We all have it; the gain of those who recognise theirs early and play to their strengths, the bane of those who get fixated on becoming someolne else to the point of misery.

    Nobody is perfect, at least body-wise.

    Justice done to the subject, good piece. Thumbs up.

  • http://www.omojuwa.com Opesays

    Thank you Bukky.I couldn’t have concluded the article in a better way than you have. I agree totally.Those imperfections are there to remind us that we are not gods.We are human

  • http://weecnigeria.blogspot.com WeeC

    As usually @opesays has put together something on one of the most inspirational teenagers in the world. The message is key and straight forward identify ur strengths and build on them. Regards darling!

  • Olukoga Mosun

    Any who needs my PHYSICAL APPEARANCE to judge my ‘essence’ is just not someone I want around me for the long haul. I am who God made me and says I am! Period!

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    we all have our imperfections and they begin to matter when we have not developed our self worth.

    We are ‘wonderfully’ made in HIS image.
    Barriers, constraints, deficiencies cease to matter when we believe in ourselves and understand our purpose in life.

    Great piece Ope! As always

  • Cynthia

    You are right onthis one ope.a lot of folks have a lot of hang ups on how they look or should look when all that’s really important is How one sees one’s self on the inside.this article will help a lot of people out there still struggling with their physical looks and inner insecurities.We all Have Our Strengths and Should Develop it.

  • http://www.lightherlamp.com Jennifer Abayowa

    Very true article. I liked the way you wrote it. The only thing I’d add is that some people tend to take this ‘I am not my hair’ phrase to the extreme. The fact that we were all born with differences does not mean we should not take care of those differences. A big person might make a claim like, “I am naturally big, why exercise.” However, this person is forgetting the fact that the way we appear is a mix of both genetics and our environment/choices (e.g exercising is a choice made by people who want to be healthy, it’s choice not affected by genetics). Being thick-boned is different from being fat, and people need to know the difference. Ps: I love my natural hair and I flaunt it. Haven’t used relaxers since 2008. :)

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    you dont have to conform, conformism is dictatorship, there are no absolute in the ways we must,may, or might look, this media spurned standard is a marketing tool actively directed towards people who have inherent low self esteem, just be different and be yourself.

  • Jamjam

    Nice write up, Ope. I have always been tall and willowy when growing up and used to pray to God not to add an inch more! Big mistake (thank God that prayr was not answered). Now I work in the midst of guys and have more subordinates than supervisors. Having it tough enough with my stature, not to imagine if I were ‘pocket sized’ or even ‘average’. Lesson: a seeming hang-up that I now use to my advantage! I love me, whichever way. Everyone should! Peace.

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    True talk Ope. “I am not my hair”.

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    long long time ago, i used to be intimidated about my looks and imperfections but as i grew older and found more purpose than my physical looks i almost ignore my looks but also we should learn to embrace ourselves. its the most important factor in having people want OR embrace us. be M’ADE

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    Beauty is in the eye of its beholder. I say this because Gabby Douglas is pretty to me. That said, great article. If we want others to love us, we should love ourselves first. I’d say the confidence with which one carries himself can give an illusion of beauty. Confidence is the new sexy! This scripture helps me “Give me d serenity to accept d things I cnt change, strength to change the ones I can and wisdom to know d difference”.

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2016 budget: Buhari orders reduction of recurrent expenditure

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the National Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board and produce the framework for a 2016 national budget that will reduce recurrent expenditure and prioritise developmental projects. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

NAFDAC DG arrested by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the director-general of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhi over allegation of abuse of office. According to Vanguard reportage, Orhi is currently answering questions by a team of detectives for  allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.

Corruption: President Buhari Descends On Civil Servants

Disturbed by the rot and thriving corruption in the civil service, which has cost the country trillions of naira, President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his anti-graft war to the sector. He has ordered that all outstanding audit queries which had piled up over the years be resolved within the next 30 days. Confirming the presidential directive, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the unanswered audit queries sounded unsavoury to the President...

Church General Overseer Converts To Islam In Ekiti And Gives Reasons

Says strange man in dreams convinced him to do so In Nigeria, particularly among the Yoruba tribe where religious tolerance is most noticed, it is a regular occur­rence to see muslims convert to Christianity. Hardly do we see a Christian turn to Islam. However, a man, former Pastor Adekunle Afolabi, founder and leader of Apata Adu­ra Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ekute, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, broke that jinx recently. He converted fully to Islam after practising Christianity for over...

Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Urges Nigerian Government To Repeal Anti-Gay Law

Below is a press statement sent out by her; Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo a US trained Nigerian International Journalist, Global Gun Violence Activist, Pharmacist and Public Relations Specialist has denounced the ongoing onslaught of the Nigerian Homosexual law giving stiff prison penalties to Nigerians who are just being themselves. "The Nigerian government and lawmakers have given themselves the license to represent the people stating that God does not endorse homosexuality. God also does not endorse hate, ritualism, rape,...

Mother Discovers Neighbour, 55, Abused Her 14-Year Old Daughter For Two Years

William Brown, 55, is pictured draping his arm around Natasha Cooper during her 16th birthday celebrations (centre) before her parents discovered that he was grooming and sexually abusing the teenager while living next door. Brown, a mechanic, became friendly with neighbours Anthony, 47, and Sharon Cooper, 45, when they moved into a three-bedroom property in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with their daughter Natasha (together inset) and son Joseph. The family quickly became friends with Brown and his hospital...

Nigerian Army To Review Case Of Soldiers Condemned To Death For Mutiny

The Nigerian Army has ordered a review of the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers condemned to death for mutiny and deserting the battle against Boko Haram in the North East. AP reports that a statement released signed by army administrator, Maj. Gen. A. B. Abubakar yesterday August 2nd, states that all the accused and condemned soldiers will appear before a committee that will sit and review their cases in Kaduna state from Aug. 7 to...

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody Over Alleged Graft

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed to...

#EdutexNigeria : The Education and Training Exhibition To Hold In Abuja August 5th and 6th

The Education and Training Exhibition Nigeria 2015 will hold in Abuja with University of Wollongong Dubai campus, an Australian University and Skyline University in attendance to offer on spot admissions to eligible students and answer any inquiry regarding studying in Dubai.  Amteclinks International will also be on ground to provide counselling on studying abroad. The event will take place at the Ladi Kwalli Hall, Sheraton Hotel Abuja on the 5th and 6th of August 2015, 

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been...

Akon And Lighting Africa Team Meets Lagos Governor, Ambode

Akon and his Akon Lighting Africa Team met with Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday August 2nd at the State House. Also at the meeting was the artiste May D and Akon's Rep in Nigeria Ayo Shonaiya. Another photo below...

#AkwaIbom :Okori VS Akpabio; INEC’s Head of ICT testifies

...tenders Card Reader Report ...insists accredited voters , failed authentication must tally with total votes cast ...No election held,  Chief Sunny Ibanga, others,  tell tribunal The Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Customary Court,  Dutsen Alhaji , Abuja on Monday received as exhibit the Card Reader Report used for the conduct of the March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North West...

Certificate Forgery: Tribunal Rules on APC Suit August 15

The National and House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has fixed August 15 to deliver judgement on the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr. Eddy Julius, the senatorial candidate for the APC in the last National Assembly election conducted in Bayelsa West Senatorial District dragged his PDP rival, Senator...

This Video Claims The World Will End October 7th 2015

A campaign found on the internet, with the website address, ct7th.com, claims the world would end on the 7th of October 2015. Read excerpts and watch video below:  We have now entered into the darkest time in Earths’ history, as we are living in the day of judgment, and heading for the final end of all things, the destruction of the universe, and the beginning of the new heavens and new...

Anybody Close To Me Knows That I Don’t Like Money – Rotimi Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused his successor, Nyesom Wike, of leading people of the state to blackmail him. Amaechi noted that since Wike and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state are jittery that his appointment will be the main determinant of the state politics, they have moved to tarnish his image in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari, who detests corruption. The ex-governor spoke at a reception organized in his honour in Abuja...

Is Senator Dino Now Madam Saraki’s Handbag Carrier? By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

Dear Senator Dino,   Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Bag Carrier to madam Toyin Saraki. I must confess it's a well deserved appointment considering your support to her husband's emergence as our senate president.   I'm doing you this letter in response to your comic defense on your recent visit to the head quarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...

Benin Republic Heats Up Fight Against Boko Haram, Pledges 800 Troops

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said a new task force involved in the fight against terror group Boko Haram will defeat the insurgents by December. The leader made the comment as he was visiting Benin, one of the countries involved in the offensive. Buhari previously visited Niger, Chad and Cameroon to strengthen the antiterrorism cooperation. The five countries were already involved in a regional offensive against the terrorists which scored some goals since it was...

India Blocks Pornographic Websites

The Indian government on Monday in New Delhi, told internet service providers and telecom operators in the country to block 857 pornographic websites. The directive came after the Supreme Court in July expressed concern, over the Home Ministry’s failure to block websites, featuring child pornography. An official said on the condition of anonymity that the original petition, which led to the Supreme Court response in June argued that crimes against women and children were influenced...

5 Secrets to a Happy Marriage

1. Communication is vital We’ve all been told that communication is key to a healthy relationship, but according to Pillemer, his subjects couldn’t stress this point enough. Not only is conversing with your partner the best way to build a deeper connection, but it’s also crucial for solving any obstacles you encounter. Pillemer noted that the subjects in successful marriages believed...

Call For Senator Ben Murray Bruce To Retract Article Vindicating Boko Haram Immediately – ENDS

For those of us who have committed a majority of our lives and time these past few years to combating Boko Haram terror across West Africa, a recent article by a Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, published in ThisDay, could not be more insensitive, mischievous, malicious and suspicious, particularly at a time when at last Nigeria is concentrating on putting a lid on this dastardly menace that has seemed so intractable for too many years. The...

JTF Arrests 18 Suspects Of Oil Theft, Destroys 31 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, arrested 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids in July. This is contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, media coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa yesterday. It stated that troops of JTF deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and...

Saraki Arrives Maiduguri, Expected To Visit IDP Camps

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday arrived in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to assess the situation at several Internally Displaced Persons camps across the town and to receive briefing from the military at the forefront of the war against Boko Haram. He arrived the town in an aircraft 5N-FGV belonging to the Nigerian Air Force at 12:10pm. While in the town, he is expected to visit the Borno State government house, some IDP camps, military...

Boko Haram Releases New Video

Militant Islamists have released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it, reports BBC on Monday. His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate. He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. Soon thereafter, Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. The military said on...

Niger State: Jonathan Vatsa’s Missing Money Claim, “a False Alarm”

Report that the sum of N150 million disappeared at the Government House, Minna, has been denied and described as "ignorant and malicious". This was revealed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, ICT (Government House), Mr. Abdulbaqi Usman Ebbo. This is coming as a result of a revelation credited to the Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa in the online portal, The Eagle Online. According to Mr. Ebbo,...

Turai Yar’Adua Runs To OBJ For Help As EFCC Goes After Her Daughter

Former First Lady, Turai Yar’Adua, on Saturday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Mrs. Yar’Adua, reportedly accompanied to the former president’s residence by businessman Kenny Martins, met privately with Mr. Obasanjo for more than an hour before departing in a convoy of three cars, our sources said. It is the former First Lady’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo since her husband died in office in 2010 after prolonged...

Nigerian Politicians and the Myth of Assets Declaration, By Amir Abdulazeez

It is safe to assume that many Nigerians showed little or no concern towards the declaration of assets by elected and appointed public officials prior to the emergence of Ummaru Musa ‘Yaradua as Nigerian president in 2007. This is probably due to the facts that the declarations are made in secret or because many Nigerians share the opinion that with or without assets declarations, our politicians are not just trustworthy. The trail blazing public assets declaration by...

New Video: Creddy F Ft. Timaya – Dashing Out

The official Video ‘Dashing OUT’ BY Creddy F is out. The video Featured Timaya, directed by Matt Max Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0caRo89910 Credit: Officialcreddy F

DJ Cuppy Covers Vanguard Allure

DJ Cuppy glows on the cover of Vanguard Allure, she talks about her work and Nigeria. The photos was taken by Aham Ibeleme.   Credit: Vanguard Allure

EFCC Invites Judge Who Accused Aregbesola Of Fraud To Shed More Light On Accusation

There were indications in Osogbo on Sunday that Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. A source close to the judge told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Sunday that the judge was contacted by an official of the EFCC, who asked her to come to the Abuja office of the commission to assist them in...

New Video Alert: Praiz Ft. Sammy – Lost In You

Praiz has released the video for his song ‘lost in you’, he sang along side Sammy. The video was shot in South Africa by Josh Clark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq8oQLB-3JU Credit: PraizVEVO

Burundi President’s Chief Security Officer Assasinated

Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday Sunday August 2nd. According to presidential spokesman, Willy Nyamitwe who confirmed the news, Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana (pictured) was assassinated yesterday in a car alongside three of his bodyguards in the Kamenge district in Bujumbura. General Adolphe Nshimirimana was in charge of the president’s personal security at the time of his death. When a president refuses to step...

Quality Husbands Will Be Scarce In Nigeria In The Near Future – Catholic Women’s Group Leader Says

According to the National President of the Council of Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria,Chief Felicia Onyeabo, there will be a scarcity of quality husbands in Nigeria in the near future following the increasing number of male dropouts from schools in the last 10 years. Mrs Onyeabo said this at a press briefing to herald the inauguration of a catholic school in Abuja last week “The future of this country is going to be very bleak for the...

Stephanie Linus Covers Genevieve Magazine’s Latest Issue

Stephanie Linus glows as she prepares to become a mum. Stylish as ever Stephanie looks beautiful in her maternity outfit on the cover of Genevieve magazine. In the magazine she talks about her pregnancy, Tv show and her latest movie dry. Credit: genevieveng.com

Good News! Ebola Vaccine Works, Offering 100% Protection In African Trial

A highly unusual clinical trial in Guinea has shown for the first time that an Ebola vaccine protects people from the deadly virus. The study, published online today by The Lancet, shows that the injection offered contacts of Ebola cases 100% protection starting 10 days after they received a single shot of the vaccine, which is produced by Merck. Scientists say the vaccine could help to finally bring an end to the epidemic in West Africa, now...

Naira To Rise Further As Banks Reject Dollars

The United States dollar will further tumble against the naira at the parallel market this week as Deposit Money Banks continue to reject cash deposit of foreign currencies into customers’ domiciliary accounts. The naira had appreciated against the dollar from 245 to 220 at the parallel market last week after banks started denying their customers opportunity to make cash deposits of dollar, pound and euro into their domiciliary accounts. Foreign exchange dealers told our correspondent...

Beyonce Goes Shopping In Birmingham, Spends £200k On A Pair Of Shoes

Beyonce has spent a frankly ridiculous  £200k on one single pair of shoes. It’s yet to be confirmed whether they did in fact come with a Range Rover. The reported outrageous purchase was made in no other than UK’s answer to Rodeo Drive, Birmingham where bling loving Bey was shopping ahead of a forthcoming video shoot. So what does £200k worth of shoe get you? Well, diamonds apparently. To be honest, for that price bracket we’d...

Rihanna And Timaya Spotted Together In Barbados

Timaya is currently in Barbados for the music festival held in the country, he met Rihanna after his performance on stage. Rihanna was seen dancing to Timaya’s music while he performed on stage. Source: ngtrends.com

Kanye West Cheating On Kim Kardashian?

      Kanye West’s libido has vanished, and Kim Kardashian is reportedly far from pleased about it. Not just because she wants to get some, either: Kim is reportedly suspicious that her rapper husband is cheating on her every time she leaves the house as a result of this new phenomenon! A source dished to CDL about the struggling celebs, “Kim is freaking out because her and Kanye’s sex life went from 100 to 0, overnight." Sure, plenty...

Death Row Soldiers Sue Army For Contempt

Soldiers in the Nigerian Army who were recently sentenced to death by a military court martial have initiated contempt proceedings against the Chief of Army Staff over non-release of the record of proceedings that convicted and sentenced them to death. This is just as the army, in a statement by its acting director of public relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed reports that the it had commenced an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases...

Mariah Carey’s Weird Relationship Demands: She Only Has Sex on Mondays?!

That may seem foolish, considering the ink is barely dry on Mariah's divorce from Nick Cannon, but if there's any truth behind the list of relationship demands recently reported by Star and OK, Mariah better lock down any dude who's crazy enough to go along with her insane diva tendencies. First of all, the tabloids claim that Mariah only has sex on Mondays. Seriously. “There’s a beauty routine she goes through beforehand,” says a source. “And...

Football Business: Ifeanyi Ubah versus Aliko Dangote – Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

They are two great men worthy of emulation by any upcoming or aspiring Billionaire and of course their wealth can be traced, no doubt. In several ways, they have both shown interest in the round leather game and also, the most popular sport in Africa, if not in the globe. Billionaires in their own right, who have rightly invested home and abroad with visible achievements. I remember Gabros Football club during my days as a...

Is Tyga Moving In With Kylie Jenner?

We're less than two weeks away from Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday, and the racy reality star has some big plans for her life as a legal adult. No, we're not talking about the reports that Kylie will pose nude to celebrate her independence. (But don't be surprised if it turns out there's some truth to those rumors.) We're talking about Kylie's creepy relationship with her much-older rapper boyfriend. For months, we've been hearing that Kylie and Tyga will...

“Okonjo Iweala Became A Different Person When She Worked For Goodluck Jonathan” – Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed that immediate past coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, changed under the regime of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Mrs Okonjo- Iweala who served under president Obasanjo as minister of fiance was accused of encouraging corruption under the regime of Mr Jonathan. She was also accused of approving funds not budgeted for, and rather than strengthen the Nigerian economy, she worked against the growth of the economy. “But...

Ghollywood Actor Majid Michel And Wife Virna Renew Marriage Vows As They Did 10 Years Ago

Ghollywood actor Majid Michel said I do again to his adorable wife Virna Michel. The couple has been together for 10 years; this was done in the presence of friends, family and celebrities.    

Dickson, Alamieyeseigha Ordered Out Of PDP BoT Meeting Held In Otuoke With Jonathan

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) o Sunday held an emergency meeting at the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State,  it wades into the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party. At the meeting, both the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, were ordered out of the venue by the party leadership. At the meeting which looked into the recommendations...

Michelle Obama Wants To Be Beyoncé

Even FLOTUS has dreams of being Bey. Michelle Obama shared a video on Instagram where she sat down with Wale for an quick interview. In the clip, the rapper asks the First Lady several questions, such as, “If you had the opportunity to have a different occupation, what would it be?” Mrs. Obama answers, “I would be Beyoncé,” then does the hand shimmy from “Single Ladies” while saying, “I’ve got the hands.” https://instagram.com/p/5yGjvNPZBc/

Scott Disick: Reaching Out To Kourtney Kardashian On Instagram?

It's been almost a month since Kourtney Kardashian dumped Scott Disick, and the Lord is still being uncharacteristically quiet online. Is he finding life as a single man less appealing than it seemed back when he felt he was trapped in a nine-year relationship? Perhaps. Disick sort of broke his silence on Instagram last night by posting the pic below, along with an intriguing caption: Read...

OPC Members Clash in Kwara, Three Feared Dead

Three people are feared dead following a clash among members of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC) in the Irepodun LGA of Kwara State on Sunday. A witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a further six people were injured during the fight. It has been alleged that the clash came about as a result of a protest held by expelled members of the group during an official meeting at the St. Paul Anglican...

Bobbi Kristina Brown Funeral Details: A Shocking Fight And A Heartbreaking Finale

Sadly, what was meant to be a loving tribute to a life lost far too soon turned into another battle between the feuding families of her mother and father, as Bobbi Kristina's paternal aunt, Leolah Brown, was ejected from the service following a bizarre outburst. As Krissi's maternal aunt, Pat Houston, took the podium to speak, Leolah reportedly stood and shouted, "Pat, you know you are wrong for this!" Witnesses say she was swiftly escorted from the...

President Buhari Insists On Slashing Number Of Ministries, Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration was seriously looking for ways of cutting down the cost of governance by reducing the number of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). The president, who stated this at the weekend when he met with the Nigerian community in Benin Republic, assured, however, that in cutting down the number of MDas, he would not take the interest of Nigerians, including those living in Diaspora, for granted. He also assured...

Chris Brown And Baby Mama Post Competing Royalty Photos Amid Latest Dispute

Chris Brown and his baby mama Nia Guzman-Amey shared back-to-back photos of Royalty on Sunday, and something tells me that’s on purpose. As soon as Nia shared a photo of Royalty on Instagram, Chris responded with one of his own with the caption: “The best thing in my life. #QUEENROYALTY” Read More: rickey.org

Hotels For Dead People In Japan

Tucked away in the backstreets of Osaka, the Hotel Relation building is nondescript and bland. It's the kind of place you'd scroll past if you were looking for a room on a hotel booking site. But decor and ambiance are probably not a priority for the guests who use the six rooms at the Hotel Relation. That's because it's a "corpse hotel", and the guests at this final resting place are all dead. No need for...

Bobby Brown’s Wife Rushed To Hospital After Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

Musician Bobby Brown was faced with more heartache after he lay 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina to rest yesterday, with his wife, Alicia Etheredge, being rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure. According to TMZ reports, mere hours after saying goodbye to his daughter at her funeral, Bobby’s wife, who had given birth to their daughter Bodhi, earlier this month, had to be taken to hospital via ambulance as paramedics rushed to help her. Thankfully, Alicia was...

16 Year Old Girl Who Was Stabbed At Jerusalem Gay Pride March Dies From Her Wounds

Israeli high school student, Shira Banki, 16, (left and the one in green with the knife in her back) was one of six people stabbed by ultra-orthodox jew Yishai Shlissel during a gay pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday July 30th. She died today at Hadassah hospital from injuries sustained during the attack. She wasn't gay...she went to the march in support of her LGBT friends. Sad...

EFCC To Prosecute Goodie Ibru Over Alleged N1bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed 11 counts of fraud against the former Chairman of Ikeja Hotels Plc, Mr. Goodie Ibru, for allegedly defrauding the hotel to the tune of N1bn. A copy of the charge sheet, numbered LD/117C/2015, was filed before Justice Raliatu Adebiyi of the Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court. Ibru was charged alongside three other corporate organisations, including Associated Ventures International Limited, IHL Services Limited and Clearview Investment...

Photos Of Ciara’s New Boo & Baby Future Upsets Future

With Ciara’s baby daddy, Future, out of the picture, her new man Russell Wilson is really stepping it up. The very in-love, very abstinent Seattle Seahawks quarterback got a visit from his girlfriend and her 1-year-old son, Future Zahir, at training camp over the weekend. Could that matching pint-sized jersey be any cuter? https://twitter.com/lindseywasson/status/627572485291008000/photo/1 For the most part, people on Twitter couldn’t stop fawning over the...

Absence of Ministers Delays U.S Assistance to Nigeria

Notwithstanding the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States of America last month, the US government was said to have informed him that it would not start to address the requests brought by the Nigerian government until Buhari sets up his cabinet. Buhari had gone to the US with a number of requests including seeking assistance from America in Nigeria's war against Boko Haram, support in the reconstruction of the North-east, support in...

Healthy Nurse Decides To Die At 75 Rather Than Grow Old

A healthy former nurse decided to end her life than grow old and be a burden to her family. Gill Pharaoh, 75, was not suffering from a terminal disease or depression .She travelled to the Lifecircle clinic in Basel, Switzerland where Dr Erika Preisig assisted in her suicide on July 21st. In a blog post she wrote just days before her journey to Switzerland, she explained the events that led up to her decision to end her life. "Until...

Mega City! Lagos Governor, Ambode To Start Prosecuting Owners Of Stray Animals

The Lagos State Government has said it is ready to start prosecuting owners of stray animals especially the owners of those that wonder on major roads. According to the government these animals cause accidents, spread diseases to citizens and this will no longer be tolerated. In a statement issued by the state Ministry of Agriculture, the Government explained what they intend to start doing; ”In spite of government’s concern and awareness campaign on the danger posed...

INEC Office In Abia State Burnt Down

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission at Obingwa Local Government of Abia state was razed yesterday August 2nd by some hoodlums. Residents of the community say the fire outbreak was politically motivated as suspected political thugs armed with knives, cutlasses and guns stormed the local government before setting the electoral office on fire. This action comes ahead of the August 10th date fixed for the commencement of the state election tribunal. Results from...

Niger State Government House : ‘No Money Is Missing’ – Dooba

The attention of Niger State government has been drawn to a statement credited to the APC state publicity secretary, alleging that N150 million had gone missing from the government house; however, our checks have revealed that this was a complete fabrication. When the chairman of the party, Engr Muhammad Jibril Imam, was asked to confirm if the story indeed came from the party secretariat, he said it did not. “I’m the party chairman and I know...

‘Mr. President, You Are Wrong On The Regulation Of Domiciliary Accounts In Nigeria’ – Olisa Metuh

Press statement from the PDP below... The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to bring to the notice of President Buhari that the apparent absence of an economic team in the third month of his administration is leading the country into economic quagmire and doldrums. In the past, we had given examples of the devastating effect of lack of an economic team and a clear-cut fiscal policy by this administration as evidenced in the lull and painful decline...

PICOMSS: The Small Battles That Killed The Big Anti-Maritime Crimes Dream

THISDAY's Senator Iroegbu has written a detailed report on what led to the demise of PICOMSS. It is something that is worth a read and I do hope the Buhari government pays attention to this. You can read the report here PICOMSS: How Feuding Govt Depts Scuttled Anti-Maritime Crimes Agency .

Boko Haram Commander Captured By The Military, 178 People Rescued From Sect’s Camp

The Nigeria military has captured Boko Haram Commander and rescued 178 captivities in Bama axis, Borno State. The development was sequel to the ongoing operations to clear Boko Haram terrorists in its area of operations, the troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with elements of 151 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division, Nigerian Army have conducted offensive operations along Aulari in Bama axis. The...

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede Petitions For The Impeachment Of Governor Aregbesola

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Oloyede, a serving judge in the Osun State judiciary recently petitioned the state House of Assembly, asking that impeachment proceedings be commenced against Aregbesola, who she also accused of...