Nigerian state legalizes abortion in ‘anti-violence’ bill


By Obianuju Ekeocha

(Culture of Life Africa) – I just received a very disturbing news from my home state, Imo, situated in the southeastern part of Nigeria. Our State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and the State Assembly have signed an odious anti-life bill into law.

Like most bills, it is very long and intimidating to read. But unlike most bills, it was kept secret – top secret. But it has now been brought into the light.

And what do you know? Buried under hundreds of paragraphs and thousands of words, was the right to abortion.

Yes indeed , the poisonous mix of “sexual and reproductive health” plus “family planning” has mixed the death potion of abortion.

In this little known state in Africa, the right to abortion has been signed into law without public notice and without anybody finding out about it.

Without further ado let me give you…

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Wash Day Diary

Today's Naira


1. Commenced by dividing my hair into 4sections and detangled with the Hercules Sageman Rake Comb.
2. Prepoo with NJoy Prepoo & Seal Moisture oil as depicted in the picture above. This oil is jam packed with all kinds of essential oil and the tingles I experienced was awesome. It was like being under my heating cap or steamer.
3. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and left it on for 5 hours. I wasn’t faithful with my regimen during my long vacation. So I thought to myself, this will be a nice way to get back on track.
4. Washed my hair with my staple – Ion Keratin Smoothing Shampoo (I’m clarifying next week) to start off September on a fresh note.
5. In a small bowl, I mixed Aubrey Protein balancing conditioner, Roux Porosity, a drop of pure unrefined jojoba oil (Dr Adorable Inc. has got fantastic…

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Progress: North-South Power Pays $61.6m to Close Shiroro Hydro Deal


North-South Power, the preferred bidder which won the bid for Shiroro hydro power station under the power privatisation programmme, yesterday paid $61.62 million to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to close the deal on the acquisition on the power utility.

North-South Power was one of two bidders which did not complete its payment last Wednesday for the successor companies created from the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The other bidder, CMAC/Eurafric, paid $120.034 million out of an outstanding balance of $150.75 million expected from the consortium for Sapele power plant.

North-South Power, BPE sources informed THISDAY, was expected to pay $101.442 million, being 75 per cent of the transaction value for Shiroro station that was to be paid on or before August 21. However, it only paid $39.822 million to the privatisation agency.

With the payment of $61.62 million yesterday, BPE officials expressed relief that…

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The journey towards a clean bill of health: recent developments in Nigeria’s anti-money laundering crusade.

Legally Yours


Efforts to combat money laundering in Nigeria began in 1995 with the first Anti-money laundering legislation. Since then, there have been enactments and amendments in 2004, 2011, and 2012. Nevertheless, Nigeria is yet to gain the much coveted status of a fully compliant country.

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An exposé on starting a business in Nigeria.


Interview with Jerry Igwilo:

As far as foreign investment in Africa goes, it is hard for one not to consider Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, as a target.
But breaking in can be a challenge, even for a Nigerian.

Jerry Igwilo relocated back home to Nigeria after working in South Africa for a few years to set up his own business. It’s been an interesting process:

ABC: Please tell us your name and what you currently do.

J.I: My Name is Jerry Igwilo.
I moved back to Nigeria last year to start a new business.

ABC: And what did you do before that?

J.I: I worked in South Africa for Absa Wealth as a Wealth Manager.

ABC: Can you tell us the sort of business you looking to start up?

J.I: We are into crude oil spill remediation and soil rehabilitation business. We have a world renowned,EPA-approved microbes remediation agent which we are introducing to the Nigeria market.

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Tolulope Popoola

Under the neem Tree

nothingcomescloseTolulope Popoola is a writer, blogger and lover of books and all things literature. She used to be an Accountant, until she rediscovered her love for writing in 2006 and became a full-time writer in 2008. She is also the creator and one of the writers for the fiction series and book, In My Dreams It Was Simpler. Her novel, “Nothing Comes Close” is a spin-off from the series and has been published by Accomplish Press. She also writes short stories, flash fiction, poems and articles for magazines.

 Under the Neem Tree asks her few questions about her writing career and her novel “Nothing Comes close”.

1-You were an accountant until you switched to full-time writing. Why did you decide to become a full-time writer? And how long have you been writing?

My writing journey began towards the end of 2006 when I started getting frustrated with my career…

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MovieMagic with Peter Armand Boyo Part 1

Hardgeer Magazine

Deep in the heart of Nigeria sits a hidden treasure, you will be surprised to know that cinema culture has been around for decades. 


The archive itself comprises over one million still images and 300 hours of film footage, dating from circa 1940 to the 1970. Its images provide a range of works from universal, MGM and other big studios.

Colonial filmmakers had produced and exhibited non-theatrically films for local audiences within Nigeria since the 1920s, through mobile cinema vans, a series of films, which sought to instruct local audiences in better sanitation and health care primarily for rural Nigerian audiences.

Wayside Cinemas was founded in 1948 and Premiere Cinemas was founded in 1958 both of which are located in Nigeria, West Africa . Cinema culture in Nigeria which took a dive in the 1980s thru 2010 has made a resurgence in recent times.

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Black in America: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Books Now!


AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie               Published by Knopf, $26.95

I first read Chimamanda Adichie’s 2009 collection of short stories The Thing About Your Neck earlier this year and was immediately struck by the breadth of her writing palette. Here was a writer who spoke openly of race relations – the reasons why sexual relationships between white men and black women can flounder; the condescending attitude of some white intellectuals towards black intelligentsia; the hostilities faced by black African emigrés to the West; and the turbulence, violence and social upheavals of modern day Nigeria.  Adichie, I discovered, wrote with elegance, intelligence, wit and often savage satire, wasn’t afraid to ask tough questions and tackle rough ground. I immediately chased up her best-known novel Half of a Yellow Sun, a searing account of the Biafran wars, which won The Orange Prize and is being made into a movie.  And eagerly awaited her third…

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With Facebook’s, the battle for the third world is on


When the news broke last week I realized that what was at stake here isn’t about social justice but was instead about global internet dominance. And it starts and ends in what we today perceive as the third world.

Led by Facebook, a group of Samsung, Nokia and several other giant tech-companies launched the initiative, which aims to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the global population who don’t have it. Hearing the news, a number of seemingly disparate developments fell into place: the Facebook Home smartphone system, Google’s internet-balloons and the sustained rumors that Apple will soon launch a discount iPhone.

It’s becoming clear that global tech brands are bringing the fight for dominance to places where technology so far hasn’t played a huge role.

Zuckerberg, Facebook Home and cracking the code for growth

iFacebookHome002At the yearly “all hands” meeting at Facebook in January, joined…

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Segun Adekoye Writes: A word or two on the Ese Walter & Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo saga

When we talk about issues regarding religion we have to be careful, because it is one of the things that fragments our beliefs, our thoughts and our world at large. Much has been destroyed in this world on the basis of religion. Atheism is a form of religion, as is Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and a horde of thousands of not-so-widely-known doctrines worldwide.

You would have read Ese Walter’s open confession on her affair with the senior pastor of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo. If you haven’t read it, you can find the elaborate story here. Ever since she released the story, the social media has gone agog over it. The matter has been thrown back and forth. Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo has been flogged severely by comments from people who are thoroughly pissed at him. Ese Walter on the other hands has been reprimanded, comforted and even advised to go for ‘psychoanalysis’ as a particular commenter put it. I didn’t intend to talk about this issue, but I have a thing or two to say on the matter.

1. ‘Men of God’ are still men:
However disappointing this may sound, it is sadly true. Being called a pastor does not take the chromosomes in your DNA and mutate you into an angel. A pastor is a title that can be likened to other political titles like Prime Minister, President and Governor. It is an office that you occupy based on your qualifications be it spiritual, academic, political or moral merits. That a ‘man of God’ is alleged to have been involved in a scathing scandal like this does not make him a “fake man of God’. While the Judas was widely known to have betrayed Jesus, his role or deed did not erase his popular office as being one of Jesus 12 disciples. You can’t mention the 12 disciples without mentioning Judas. This did not warrant him ever being called a ‘fake’ disciple. Any acclaimed clergyman can become the subject of a scandal. These people were not born with wings. Discipline is what drives their office and the decisions to be set apart towards the service of God and humanity.

2. ‘Men of God’ have encouraged people:
I have witnessed the lives of a lot of people change positively because they have had contact with a ‘man of God’. Drug addicts have become better people. Poor, homeless and destitute people have been helped. Young children have had their education sponsored by these men of God. The ‘unbridled and carefree tendencies’ of humanity have been somewhat checked by majority of these people. Open allegations like this destroy other people’s beliefs and faith.
3.  Ese Walter was not the abused:

This is what I believe. How can you call one week of non-stop sex, abuse. Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. How can she call it abuse when she willingly consented? I am astound by how this confession has become a thing of sympathy. She must have enjoyed whatever she had and wanted more, so she kept going back. Consensual sex is enjoyable.
4. He who is without sin should cast the first stone:

The reason why this is generating so much ire is because he is called a senior pastor of a church. I am forced to wonder if Ese would have made a case on this, if he wasn’t a pastor. If he wasn’t just another rich, married man. I am forced to think about how much she holds marital values and if she had never dated a married man except the pastor. If you’ve never committed fornication before, If you’ve never committed adultery before, if you’ve never cheated on your partner or wife before, cast the first stone.


5. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo abused his office:

If the allegations are true, then one can say that the ‘man of God’ abused his office, the oath he took and the mantle placed on his hand. He can be said to have used the power of the position for the wrong motives. This has a ripple effect on all other people who occupy the same positions all over the world.

6. There is more than meets the eye:

Hey but you only heard a side of the story and you’re quick to judge. Listen to the other side of coin. Are there things Ese isn’t saying? Are there other things that transpired between them that have not been stated in her epistle? This is only how far you can know.

7. This is not a legal matter:

This is not a legal issue at all, except was on the grounds of rape. The only person that is expected to make a legal action is his wife, and that would be a case of filing for divorce on grounds of mutual infidelity. Ese enjoyed it thoroughly and regretted her actions

8. Religious leaders are the victims:

These are tough times for religious leaders all over the world. They have to watch their speech and thoughts all over the world. If you are a religious leader and you oppose same-sex marriage in America, you are seen as a demented opinionist who needs primary schooling on what human rights are. If you are seen wearing a turban on your head, you are closely watched because you are believed to have affiliations with terrorists all over the world. If you own a large church, you are believed to be deceiving people and using their hard-earned more to ‘live large’. The world believes that religious leaders should take the blow and remain silent even if they are innocent.

8. Go and sin no more:

The deed is done. Ese has regretted her actions. The ‘man of God’ involved is getting all the chastisement of his life. Names have been called. It’s time to move on. It’s not time to form a movement. It’s time to move forward for all ministries involved. Ese should move on with her life. The accused should look for ways to amend the damage and move his ministry forward. He will lose members but some will remain with him.


9. Let the institution be:

That the leader of COZA has faltered does not make the church an unholy place to worship. We must filter the institutions from the servants in the institutions and let them resolve their conflict as mature people. That a country has leaders who mismanage its funds does not make the all the citizens of the country corrupt. The international society and media do not understand this fact as well.

10. Wisdom is profitable to direct:

Just in case there’s another Ese Walter out there who is having an affair with a married man or another ‘man of God’, rather than destroying more than you can create, find ways of resolving the issues or have the courage to move on. What becomes of the Monica Lewinsky’s who try to battle the Clinton’s – nothing. The world moves on. You might be a Dominique Strauss-Kahn for a moment but your shame gets erased someday and tables turn. Whistle-blowing is awesome but you should always do it with wisdom. Wisdom is profitable to direct. Don’t be another Edward Snowden.



General opposes U.S. intervention in Syria

By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press

The Obama administration searched for answers Wednesday about a reported chemical weapons attack in Syria that would mark the most flagrant violation yet of the U.S. “red line” for potential military action. But the possibility of intervention seemed ever smaller after America’s top general offered a starkly pessimistic assessment of options.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a letter this week to a congressman that the administration is opposed to even limited action in Syria because it believes rebels fighting the Bashar Assad government wouldn’t support U.S. interests if they seized power.

Dempsey said the U.S. military is clearly capable of taking out Assad’s air force and shifting the balance of the war toward the armed opposition. But such an approach would plunge the U.S. into the war without offering any strategy for ending what has become a sectarian fight, he said.

The reports again put a spotlight on President Barack Obama’s pledge almost a year ago to respond forcefully to any chemical weapons use by the Assad government. Since then, the administration has said it has confirmed that Syrian forces have committed such attacks, and the U.S. has ordered a package of small arms to be sent to some rebel groups, though it’s unclear what if any weapons have been delivered.

Yet up to now, Obama has refused all options of direct U.S. military intervention in a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced millions.

“The United States is deeply concerned by reports that hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces, including by the use of chemical weapons,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

Obama has said he doesn’t want to be drawn into another Mideast conflict after a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dempsey, in his letter, said, “Syria today is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing one among many sides,” In the Aug. 19 letter to Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., he said, “It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor. Today, they are not.”

Despite Dempsey’s assessment of the forces fighting Assad, Obama recognized the opposition coalition as “the legitimate representative” of the Syrian people eight months ago. And Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly backed the the vision promoted by Salim Idris, the rebel military chief.

Source: Tulsa World