Saturday, 7 March 2015

Nigeria loses N2.52bn as vandals blow up Escravos gas pipeline

Nigeria is to lose $12.6 million, about N2.52 billion, following the vandalisation of the Escravos-Lagos pipeline and its subsequent closure by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC.

Specifically, the 200 million Standard Cubic Feet per day (SCFD) pipeline, according to Mr. Dafe Sejebor, Managing Director, NGC, was vandalised, Monday, March 2, 2015, at Inikorogha community at the creeks in Delta state, leading to its closure.

File photo: Pipeline fire
File photo: Pipeline fire

Sejebor, who was represented at a press briefing, yesterday, in Warri, Delta state, by Mr. Joseph Olisa, Executive Director, Services, NGC, added that the country will be deprived of about 1,500 mega watts of electricity during the period which the pipeline will be shut.

He, however, stated that work has commenced on the repairs of the pipelines , Thursday, adding that the work will be concluded in about two weeks.

This brings the period the pipeline will be shut and gas supplied deferred to about three weeks.

The NGC put the cost of gas at an average of $3 per 1,000 SCF, this translates to a loss to

the country of about $12.6 million or N2.52 billion for the minimum of 21 days that the 200 million SCF per day pipeline will be shut.

Sejebor said the recent increase in the spate of vandalism is negatively affecting the economy of the country and the operations of the company.

He said, “The spate of vandalism of our pipelines have been on the increase and this is alarming. We are hurting, especially as it has affected us negatively. It is a wilful damage and not as a result of our inability to maintain our pipelines.”

As a means of stemming the tide, he disclosed that the NGC is already having several engagements with all its stakeholders – contractors, security agencies and leaders of communities in its areas of operations — on ways to ensure the safety of the pipelines.

He added that the various communities have assured it of better relationship henceforth, noting also that the company is considering a number of new incentives for communities where it did not record any incident.

Also speaking, Mr. Gabriel Aggrey, Acting Executive Director, Operations, NGC, Warri, disclosed that between January and now, the company has recorded three major sabotage of its pipelines, costing the company and the country hundreds of millions of naira to fix and also in terms of shut-ins.

According to him, repairing these damages is not an easy task, as we have to contend with gaining access to these points of sabotage with our personnel and equipment, adding that the terrain are rough, difficult and treacherous.

He said, “With the sabotage of the pipeline, the country will experience power outage exposure of between one to 1.5 gigawatt (GW) as a result of the direct and indirect impact; gas volume deferment of 200 million SCF per day; high cost of operations and danger posed to lives and properties.”

The 24 inches by 6 kilometer pipeline is an expansion of the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) and it transmits gas from Warri to Lagos.

The NGC said it sensed something was wrong when it recorded a drop in pressure at its systems in Warri and a follow up call from some members of the community near the spot, reporting that they heard a loud bang around 6am on the fateful day.

The company said a portion of the pipeline, measuring about five meters was affected, adding that it will also conduct a Non-Destructive Testing, NDT, to ascertain if the joints closed to the affected spot was damaged.

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Courts: TB Joshua church must be investigated.

Tb Joshua 1 For some reason, TB Joshua tried so hard to block the coroner’s inquest into the collapse of his church building.

In case you’ve been in Mars for the past 8-months, here’s an update – A guest house building in the premises of Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) mysteriously collapsed on September 12, 2014.

While various theories were flying around as to what led to the collapse, TB Joshua, who founded the church complex, filed an application to stop the coroner’s inquest, which was inaugurated by Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola.

But the famous miracle man’s bid failed as a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja dismissed his application earlier today, Friday, March 6.

The coroner’s inquest will now proceed without hindrance… at least for now.

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Kim Kardashian Sports See-Through Mesh Dress During Paris Fashion Week

Another day, another peek-a-boob dress from Kim K! The star loves to flaunt her curves — and that’s exactly what she’s doing during Paris Fashion Week as she put her chest and high-waisted briefs on full display. One thing’s for sure — skin is inin Kim’s book.

Kimmy just can’t keep the kleavage under wraps! The reality star stepped out with her hubby, Kanye West, during Paris Fashion Week on March 6 where she donned a white mesh dress — and this is the second night in a row she opted for a see-through style. Is this Kim Kardashian‘s favorite new trend? We would sure say so.

Kim Kardashian’s See Through Dress During Paris Fashion Week — See Her Mesh Moment:

Kim donned the white hot look while leaving her hotel. The dress, which hit mid-calf, featured mesh dots that put her high-waisted white briefs on full display — and it also highlighted her curves up top! The outline of the star’s breasts, (and possibly a nude bra?), were totally visible through the fabric. While this look definitely shows some skin the silhouette actually had a retro vibe — it isn’t everyday we see Kim in such a flowing silhouette!

A camel colored coat, which she wore gingerly draped over her shoulders, and her new blonde ‘do rounded out her look.

While I appreciate Kim taking risks, (and hey, fashion week is the perfect time to try out a new look!), I don’t know if I’m sold on this style. It is hard to tell how flattering it is when her petite frame is covered up in so much fabric — not to mention the fact that she just rocked a super similar style, (while also showing a little too much skin!), just the day before.

What do you think? Are you loving this retro silhouette on Kim?

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Kidnapped US Missionary worker regains freedom

The American Missionary worker, Rev. Phyllis Sortor, who was kidnapped in the Hope Academy Compound in Kogi state on Monday February 23rd has regained her freedom. According to the Kogi state Police Commissioner, no ransom was paid for her freedom.

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Friday, 6 March 2015

Itsekiri community faults Ijaw’s reprisal threat

This is another scheme by th GEJ government to cause crises in Itsekiri community during the election, due to lack of support from the Itsekiri youths. Please read the story below:

Warri—UGBORI, an Itsekiri community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, has responded to the seven- day ultimatum issued to it by its Ijaw neigbour, Lotiebiri, of imminent reprisal attack if Ugbori failed to pay N500 million as restitution for alleged damage done to Lotiebiri in the 2012 attack on the community.

Ugbori people, in a statement by the community’s youth chairman, Mr Jonathan Orugbo, and Mr. Peter Otuedon, Secretary of the Elders, said the community was shocked to read such a weighty allegation that “in 2012, Ugbori community invaded Loteibiri and destroyed Lotiebiri farm land,” warning against any unprovoked attack on the peace loving Ugbori indigenes.

The Itsekiri community said the people have always maintained the peace deal entered into with its neighbours during the James Ibori administration, describing the threat to peaceful co-existence among the people as sad.

Orugbo and Otuedon in the statement, said Ugbori community was not taking the threat as non issue, advising the Delta State Government and security agencies to act fast to forestall any unprovoked attack on the peaceful Ogbori indigenes.

The people said there was never an attack on the Ijaw community that should warrant a reprisal, warning against creating security alarm to further delay the Export Processing Zone, EPZ ground breaking ceremony.

They advised those fanning embers of disunity among the Itsekiris and their Ijaw neighbours to desist from such act.

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Photo: Moment a child confronts the terrorist who killed his father

Pictured here according to @Iraqilana is the moment an Iraqi child confronted the terrorist who was arrested for murdering his father.

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Military recaptures Mafa town in Borno state

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Buhari is truly brain dead, Fani-Kayode insists

ABUJA—PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, said yesterday that wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan has no apology on her assessment of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) as being “brain dead,” saying she was right.


In a statement yesterday in Abuja by the Director, Media and Publicity of PDP Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who was responding to APC Presidential Campaign Organisation said: “The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was absolutely right.

“To say that General Buhari is ‘’brain dead’’ is an understatement and to suggest that he is suffering from dementia is nothing new.

“The First Lady has spoken in a courageous and forthright manner and, most important of all, she has spoken the bitter truth.

“Instead of crying like spoilt little brats and complaining, the APC and the Buhari Campaign Organisation should live with that bitter truth and leave her alone.

“She has every right to express herself in any way that she deems fit and she is entitled to

her opinion. This is especially so given the fact that her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, is in the Presidential race.

“Buhari’s general disdain for women and their opinion is well known. This is a man that said that he would scrap the office of the First Lady if he is elected President.

“If he is not ready to face public scrutiny and criticism for his often irresponsible, retrogressive, nonsensical and asinine views, he should quit the Presidential race and consider retiring from politics.

“Our counsel to the APC is as follows: leave the First Lady alone or prepare yourselves for a relentless verbal blitzkrieg, the likes of which you have never seen before.”

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Lady takes to social media to make a very humble

A lady made a humble request to whoever stole her dildo to kindly return it. Yes! Dildo. She said it was charging in her room but was stolen when she left the door open. She even had the nerve to quote the bible over the a dildo. Lol. Social media will not kill somebody! See the full pic after the cut…

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Eva Longoria’s Secret to Sexy Comfort

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Nadia Buari confirms birth of twins, thanks fans for well wishes

The actress just posted this thank you message to fans on her instagram page, confirming that she welcomed twins recently. And no, Jim Iyke isn’t their father… congrats to Nadia…!

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Did Wiz Khalifa imply Amber Rose’ butt is fake?

When a fan asked Wiz Khalifa want kind of woman he’d looking for next, he replied ‘natural ass please’. Still shading his ex-wife, Amber Rose, who swears her ass is real?

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Chris Brown, na you born this one too? Lol (photo)

A girl posted this Chris Brown’s look alike photo asking him to also acknowledge his son. Lol. But it’s a joke sha..(at least I hope it is…lol)

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Photo: Obasanjo in football gear

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo pictured in full football gear as he gets ready to play the game with his friends. Great way to stay active…photo credit: Dele Momodu

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Photo: Governor Rotimi Amaechi pictured making a woman’s hair

Photo of River state governor Rotimi Amaechi making a woman’s hair. Lol. This election should come and pass biko…:-)

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Waist beads and modern sexuality

Bebedi! Owanbe! Bebedi! Owanbe! This is a short question and answer chorus sang by little children while at play. The objective of the song is to find out who, in the group, has the biggest and most beautiful backside.

waist beads So, as each of the young girls step out to the middle of the circle, the leader of the game asks, Bebedi, and the others answer in the chorus, Owanmbe.

The girl in the middle then shakes her backside, now called twerking, for the others to judge. Naturally, the one judged most endowed of the group wins the game. Such is the importance attached to the female bum, especially in the African continent.

The female bum represents many things for the African society, just as much sentiment is attached to it. It houses the whole essence of a woman’s feminism and sexuality.

The Bebedi, Jigida or Ileke idi, otherwise known as waist beads are one ornament that have fascinated me for many years. Why? I really have no definite answer.

Perhaps it is because of the beautiful array of blended colours which often glistens against

the rays of light when the beads sneak out of their hiding under the clothes, or just the idea that one is wearing something unusual and secrete from what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately, I have not found the courage to wear one yet. A childhood experience, still fresh in my mind, probably contributed to this.

As a child, I lived with my grandmother, a very loving but strict disciplinarian and daughter of a clergy who took her Christian religion very seriously. However, we lived in Sango, Ebute Metta area of Lagos where a large number of Northerners and Muslim Yorubas also lived.

This gave me the opportunity to interact with and make friends with several Hausa children and fell in love with a few of them. Because their lifestyle was quite different from mine, I was really enchanted by everything about them and I became quite attached to two of them. Ruwa, who was a few years older than me lived next door to my right while Binta, my age mate lived two doors to our right.

Virtually all my spare time, after school and evening lesson, was spent in Binta’s company, in their dimly lit rooms with blue and yellow light bulbs and thick smelling Arabian perfumes. Binta’s mother must have been the most beautiful woman I had ever seen at the time. Tall, dark, beautiful and soft spoken she was always dressed in gold and other shiny ornaments, same with Binta.

Long, drop earrings which my grandmother insisted were unsuitable for children were Binta’s favourites. And she always had a string or more number of beads tied around her waist which she would let me see whenever she got a new one. I loved them and wished I could own a couple too but my grandmother would always say no, insisting that they were for adults.

At about seven years, I did not understand why my friends could wear them and I could not. Then one day, on a visit to Binta’s, her mum gifted me with a very beautiful set, similar to one of Binta’s. I quickly rolled it up my waist and bounced home to show off to my grandmother. Since she could not make one for me, well, my friends have given me one.

What happened that evening formed one of the few childhood experiences I could not understand for a very long time. The beads were not only snapped off me, I received a very good beating as well and told never to go to Binta’s house again. My grandmother insisted the beads were obscene, dirty and for wayward children. I did not understand what the fuss was about, but a few weeks later, Binta came to inform me that she was getting married and moving to somewhere in the North, I later learnt was Kano.

The reality of what happened to Binta did not dawn on me until many years after, as a full grown adult and Journalist, but the memory of my grandmother’s reaction to the beads that night has never left and is often replayed in my mind whenever I see a woman wearing one.

As I grew up, I realised my grandmother was not the only person with a misconception and bias towards the jigida. Just as I have met women who adorn them and even swear to their potential benefits, so have I met people like my grandmother who have serious aversions to them especially because of their sexual undercurrents. Waist beads have, for a very long time, been associated with female sex and sexuality.

They are believed to possess great erotic appeal and the ability and power to provoke sexual desire and deep emotions from the opposite sex. Primarily, a traditional female beauty enhancer, they are worn to accentuate feminism and beauty, drawing focal attention to the hips, bum and thighs as well as their movement. (The sway of the bum as a woman walks) A woman’s chastity and sexual character can be decoded by the use of beads.

It is believed that the movement of the bead as she walks reveals a lot about her sexual morality, either as seductive or reserved. For young African women, wearing of bead was also a symbol of female maturity as they are worn as proof that they have begun menstruation and are ready for marriage, hence, the many gifts of beads to young brides. In fact, in some cultures, the strings of beads are used to hold up the menstruating cloth across the buttocks.

Binta, at seven, was being prepared for marriage! My grandmother knew while I was ignorant of these facts. I now understand why my grandmother broke my beautiful beads and wonder what might have happened to my beautiful and loving friend.

However, sex and sensuality are just a little of the attributes of the beads, and in these attributes perhaps, lie the controversies about the jigida. African waist beads date as far back as early Egyptian history even though the Yorubas and Ghanaians have more robust records of being the source, users and makers of these beads. Waist beads are believed to be sources of great spiritual energy which many link with juju practice.

Traditionally, charmed waist beads are worn by women to ward off negative energy from the body and to close in positive or protective energy around the body. They are especially worn by pregnant women to protect their unborn babies too.

The Yorubas are also very famous for their charmed waist beads. These charms are believed to possess the powers to entice and entrap the opposite sex and even improve their sexual prowess. These attributes no doubt have helped to fuel some of the negativity some associate with waist beads.

Many years back, a very rascally male friend told me about a near death encounter he had with a girlfriend at the time. According to him, he had made advances to the girl for a quite a while before she finally agreed. The long wait had increased his sexual desire for her.

To get her, he said, he had resorted to all the lies he could think of in the code book. What he discovered the day she finally came visiting shocked him to his bones. His fresh, beautiful, university undergraduate wore waist beads with several balls of wool tied around her waist.

This, she said, was why she could not date any guy. Her father had put them around her when she began menstruating, warning her that it was to protect her virginity as well as deal with any guy that got access into her without his permission. She had been so scared ever since and until my friend came along, she had not been with any guy. She told him he would die if they had sex and so could only kiss and make out.

For several weeks he could not get the incident out of his mind and eventually shared it with a couple of his guys. Some believed the girl and told him to call off the relationship while some others insisted it was all a gimmick, either cooked up by the girl or a father to protect her. They were sure nothing would happen to him, while one of them even vowed to date the girl should he end the relationship.

After weighing his chances for several weeks, he decided to go for it and went on to persuade and convince her of the benefits (hmm) she could enjoy from her sexual freedom, if they succeeded. They cut off the waist beads, set it aside to plunge into discovery world. It took several days for them to realise that indeed, the supposed charm was all a ruse by the lady’s father! But what if it had been real, I asked.

“Well, it would have been part of a young man’s fool hardiness and I wouldn’t be telling the story today”, he’d boasted. He said they broke up not quite long after their successful exploration in the forbidden zone began. She is married with kids today too.

Yet, there is far much more to these beautiful pieces of wonder and their use have continued to spread across person and counties even to the pole and belly dancers of the West and Europe. For many women, these beads provide confidence, beauty and balance, especially in a world that daily dictates what a modern or beautiful woman ought to look like. Many testify that wearing them improves their sense of worth and self esteem, making them feel sexy and enjoy their sexuality better.

The beads can also be used to improve and prolong fore play during lovemaking, a male friend of mine told me. According to him, you will have something to run your fingers along as well as count on and since they are worn against the skin, this is another way of playing with your partner. The movement of the beads against the skin between the partners while making love also increases sensation and excitement, making sex more enjoyable, he said.

I am seriously thinking about getting one at this point. I’m just waiting to sum up enough courage. After all, catching a glimpse of shiny waist beads sitting on a well rounded bum does provide great attraction and sexual stimulation. Who will not want to take a second look, especially if worn by a pretty lady.

Not many, I am sure. Besides, I’m told it is also used to cultivate a well rounded hips and bum, which is why mothers wear them for their little baby girls. I may even start with a gold chain and good luck charms, after all, my grandmother is long dead now. God bless her soul! Enjoy the rest of your holiday please. I wish us all a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2015.

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