21 Aug 2013


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of internet.org, a global initiative that aims to extend global internet access. The organisation includes partners such as Nokia and Qualcomm who aim to cut the cost of internet access to 1 per cent of its current level within 5 to 10 years.

The INDEPENDENT- In an official launch statement the organization notes that there are currently 2.7 billion people worldwide with internet access. This figure is growing by just under 9 per cent each year andinternet.org wants to increase this rate, making the internet “available to the next 5 billion people.”

"There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy,” said Zuckerberg. “Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”

The organisation has outlined three main challenges it will focus on to achieve its goal. These include reducing the cost of hardware such as smartphones necessary for accessing the web; improving networks to “more efficiently handle data”; and partnering with businesses to develop new models to “get people online”.

Many similar initiatives to expand internet access and improve existing networks already exist, albeit without the philanthropic presentation. These include Google’s Project Loon (a plan to offer internet access to remote areas using weather balloons) and Zuckerberg’s own Facebook for Every Phone (an app for developing countries optimised to use minimal data).

Schemes such as these are certainly beneficial by offering new knowledge and opportunities through the web, but they are also expanding the customer-base for internet companies. Markets in developed countries are nearing saturation for Facebook and its ilk, and expanding overseas is an obvious next step.

This taint of self-interest has meant that such projects have attracted criticism from leading figures in the industry. Bill Gates recently criticised Google’s Project Loon in an interview with Businessweek, saying “when a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that.”

With the launch of internet.org Zuckerberg has addressed some of these criticisms obliquely, noting that whilst Facebook’s does make profits from advertising to users “it may not actually be profitable for us to serve the next few billion people for a very long time, if ever.”

He maintains that “connecting the world” has always been Facebook’s mission statement, and that there will be direct economic benefit to the countries through their involvement in “the global knowledge economy.”

Citing research from McKinsey, Zuckerberg notes that “the internet now accounts for a larger per cent of GDP in many developed countries than agriculture and energy” and that “it has also accounted for 21% of GDP growth in developed countries in the past five years.” Exactly how increased internet access effects developing countries is less well understood.

However, internet.org not only aims to connect individuals to sites owned by its partner companies, but to also offer access to basic internet services for no cost at all. Zuckerberg has defined these services as “non-data-intensive, which means primarily text-based services and very simple apps like weather.” This would include free access to email and Wikipedia: two services that offer straightforward and direct benefits for developing countries.

Facebook’s engineers also have a proven track record in this sort of development. The company launched the Open Compute Project in 2011 as a way of freely publishing cost-efficient designs for servers and data centres. “Anything that makes networks more effcient will ultimately increase the effciency of delivering data and bring down costs for people worldwide,” says Zuckerberg of the project.

This maxim might ultimately hold true for the internet.org project as well. Although the scheme is certainly motivated at least in part by profit there will still be humanitarian benefits.

Manchester United re-open Rooney talks with Chelsea and moot Mata swap as part of discussions

With news emanating from goal.com, Man United ace striker, Wayne Rooney, might be on his way to Stamford Bridge anytime soon, with a probable swap deal about to be reached by Manchester United and Chelsea Football Club management. This impending deal could involve Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata as part of the bargain between the two English giants

Goal- Old Trafford officials have held informal discussions with their Premier League rivals in the last 48 hours, with talks centring on the forward's value and the Spanish midfielder.

Manchester United have re-opened informal dialogue with Chelsea over the proposed sale of Wayne Rooney - and have also enquired as to the availability of Juan Mata as part of discussions.

Goal understands that despite continued public insistence from United manager David Moyes that Rooney is not for sale, officials from both clubs have held informal dialogue over a potential deal for the forward in the last 48 hours. 

Central to those talks has been the disparity in the two clubs' valuation of the Rooney, with United are holding out for £40 million having instantly rejected Chelsea’s second bid for the 27-year-old, worth around £30m.

However, United have also used discussions to reiterate their interest in Mata, who was rumoured along with David Luiz to be offered to the Premier League champions as part of the Blues’ initial offer for Rooney.

Chelsea at the time denied including any of their own players in the deal while confirming that their written bid had been rejected.

But United's willingness to re-enter dialogue about a potential deal only 12 days before the transfer window closes will encourage the Blues in their hope of yet doing a deal for the England international.

"Wayne is acting and training professionally at Carrington but is making no secret of his desire to leave," a source close to United told Goal.

While the club and Moyes are not keen on selling him to a rival on the back of a frustrating summer transfer window, United feel compelled to explore all avenues should he submit a transfer request in an attempt to force a move.

They believe the arrival of Juan Mata - although unlikely - would certainly go a long way to appeasing fans should that happen.

Mata was left on the bench for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Hull having missed much of the club’s pre-season preparations following the Confederations Cup.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Mata is part of his plans this season but their are doubts over how the attacking midfielder will fit in to the Portuguese’s system.

Mourinho is desperate to land a top class striker this summer having started the season with Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba as his three forwards.

Chelsea failed with attempts to bring Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge before turning their attention to Rooney.

Mourinho claimed in July that Rooney was his only target, but insisted this week that the Londoners have been making alternative plans.

"We have plans B and C. Don't ask me names. It's difficult to speak about players from other clubs," Mourinho said.

"We have the conditions to try to improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that till the end."

Malaria Vaccine “Discovered” 3 Weeks After African Meeting in Nigeria Adopts DDT Malaria Eradication

It is rather interesting and alarming that barely 3 weeks after African nations decided to spray and eliminate malaria as it is in Europe, a sudden discovery of another malaria related marketable product, a malaria vaccine was announced by the colonial masters

NewsRescue-  On August 9th, just 3 weeks after a meeting of African heads of state in Nigeria resolved to adopt DDT spray to eradicate Malaria, globalist media announced the discovery of a 100% effective malaria vaccine. This is similar to the announcement of the “discovery” of HIV cured cases by the same globalist media, barely 3 months after a Nigerian scientist with scientific journal publications announced preliminary results of a 60% cure rate after 6 months therapy with his Dx-liquid concoction.

World health organizations have been sounding the alarm on the increase in malaria infections in economically collapsed Greece. Malaria was kept in check for 4 decades till the recession hit.

Greece austerity has constrained municipal governments ability to afford the spray it uses to kill the anopheles mosquito.

The interesting first bit of news here for many in Africa, is the fact that Europe used DDT in a 1955 World Health Organization program to eradicate malaria worldwide. This kept the mosquitoes in check while most of Africa and the entire sub-Saharan region was disallowed by the colonial lords from using it on the pretext of “risks to health.” Greece’s malaria dropped from 2 million cases a year to a handful/year. Malaria which was the world’s largest killer disease in history, affecting two thirds of the world, from London to Boston, was largely eliminated by DDT, except in Africa where its use was stopped. DDT got the Nobel prize for medicine in 1948.

Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars selling anti-malaria medicine to Africa.
In a recent meeting held in Nigeria, African nations finally decided to emancipate themselves from the shackles of colonialism and resolved to spray. 

It is rather interesting and alarming that barely 3 weeks after African nations decided to spray and eliminate malaria as it is in Europe, a sudden discovery of another malaria related marketable product, a malaria vaccine was announced by the colonial masters. 

Does the so-called new discovery of a 100% efficient malaria vaccine not have any connection to Africa’s decision to spray and the wish to stop or still maintain markets in Africa via the release of this vaccine?

The second bit of news is the direct link of poverty and disease as Greece unfortunately suffers. In line with this, African leaders are directly murderers and terrorists for failing to provide healthcare services that clearly and directly lead to epidemicity of disease and death. In Greece, new HIV infections jumped 200% due to austerity measures. Money saves lives. Health woes are also predicted to increasingly affect Spain and Portugal, two other European nations also in financial crises.

Breaking-info blog- Malaria is caused by blood parasites transmitted from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the absence of prompt and effective treatment, malaria often causes death.

The African Region accounts for 85% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths worldwide. Malaria causes avoidable and often catastrophic spending for households and is an obstacle to the development of affected African communities and nation.

85% of malaria deaths occur in children under five years of age. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. Malaria episodes in pregnant women cause anemia, and other complications in the mother and newborn child.

People Living With HIV/AIDS have a higher risk of recurrent malaria episodes and severe malaria. 

15 Aug 2013

Felllaini Poised For Manchester United Move

The Belgian has his heart set on a move to a Champions League club, but the Toffees boss is more confident of keeping Leighton Baines despite interest in both men from David Moyes

Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects Marouane Fellaini to leave the club this summer, but the Spaniard remains hopeful of keeping Leighton Baines at Goodison Park.

Both the midfielder and left-back are targets for Manchester United as former Toffees boss David Moyes looks to bolster his squad and aid his side’s title defence following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Moyes' priority is to sign a central midfielder and the Scot has turned his attention to Fellaini having missed out on a number of high-profile targets this summer, most notably Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas.

Fellaini is keen on a move to Old Trafford and Martinez has privately admitted to friends that he expects the £22 million-rated Belgian to leave the club, with plans already in place to sign potential replacements.

"Roberto is preparing to lose Fellaini next season but he thinks the team will be ready for it," a source close to Martinez told Goal. "Baines is a slightly different matter as United don’t look like offering the money Everton want and the player won’t kick up a fuss."

United’s task of prising the 25-year-old from Goodison Park have been made tougher by dint of the fact the player’s buyout clause expired on July 31. Had the clause been triggered a transfer would have been "straightforward", according to Martinez. 

The Spaniard is, however, more confident of keeping Baines on Merseyside despite United’s continuing interest in the England left-back having failed earlier this summer with a £12m bid.

Martinez has reviewed every game Everton played last season and believes Baines is more important than Fellaini to the way he wants to play in the new season.

Both players are understood to have conducted themselves well throughout the summer but Fellaini has made no secret of his desire to play for a club in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old was a target for Arsenal earlier in the summer but the Londoners have now turned their attention to Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who is also being targeted by Wolfsburg.

Fellaini operated in a largely attacking midfield role for Everton last season, scoring 11 Premier League goals, but Moyes is believed to want the former Standard Liege man to play in a deeper position should he move to Old Trafford.

Source: Goal

Mourinho happy about Eto’o's desire to join Chelsea

The 32-year-old forward recently admitted he was keen to work under the Portuguese once again, while the Chelsea boss has refused to rule out a move for the Cameroon international.

Jose Mourinho is buoyed after learning that Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o is keen to joinChelsea.

Reports have suggested the big-spending Russian side are looking to cut costs, with the 32-year-old forward among the players who could be offloaded this summer.

Eto'o claimed he would relish the chance to work with Mourinho once again after winning the Champions League and Serie A under the Portuguese at Inter, while the Chelsea manager refused to rule out a move for the Cameroon international.

"I am always happy that somebody that worked with me previously is happy to be back and work with me again," Mourinho told BT Sport.

"That is a good feeling that I have, when I read something that Samuel is keen.

"It is fantastic for us, but we are going to see what happens."

Source: Goal

14 Aug 2013

BBA: Beverly Osu Breaks 10-Year Old Record

Nigeria’s own model, Beverly Osu, has made history by being the first Big Brother Africa contestant that has not been nominated for eviction since the inception of the television series in 2003.
Though critised and condemned by many Nigerians, the lingerie model and video vixen seems to be in the good books of the other housemates who have not for once put her up for eviction.
Beverly, who has been the head of house twice, hasn’t had any need to save herself. The final nominations just took place and despite the scandalous videos circulated about her and Angelo, Beverly and Melvin, Nigeria’s female contestant has managed to scale through to the finals.
The top seven contestants in the house are, Beverly, Melvin, Angelo, Cleo, Dilish, Bimp and Elikem. Who will  make it to the top five and who will eventually take the coveted $300,000 home?
Source: Channelstv

Chris Brown Back In Shape After Seizure

After a seizure scare on Friday Aug. 9th, music star Chris Brown proved that he was back in shape on Aug. 11th when he played a charity basketball game against LAPD.
Chris Brown was spotted on the court smiling and having a fun yesterday as he took part in the “L.A. Unity Games” at Locke High School. He represented his charity team Symphonic Love Foundation squad in a friendly match against the LAPD.

“Chris Brown came out today with his Team Breezy to play basketball against the LAPD team at Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy gym. He just came out to get the community out and have some fun and try to get the message out to reduce violence,” an eyewitness said.
Not only did the star play well, he scored some points. Chris brown, 24, is said to have suffered seizures as a child but on    Friday he refused any immediate medical help for his non-epileptic seizure.
Source: Channelstv

Angry Nigerians blast Adeboye, say N1billion per person donation is criminal

"Money and pastor, you can never separate them. So many members have even donated their brains to their GOs, they can’t think again."
Controversies have continued to trail the recent plans by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to erect a new auditorium, stretching three kilometres in length and breadth at the camp ground, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which is expected to run into billions of naira.
Adeboye has been at the receiving end of harsh criticisms by angry Nigerians over what they tagged, criminality on the ongoing move to embark on the new project.
It would be recalled that Daddy G.O, as his teeming followers would call him, had at the just concluded 61st annual convention announced the church’s plans to erect a new auditorium stretching three kilometres in length and breadth at the camp ground, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The cleric during the programme appealed for donations for the new auditorium, which would accommodate over one million people when completed.
“We need N1 billion from ten people. If you are one of them, please see my personal Secretary after we finish today,” Mr. Adeboye told the congregation.
“We also need N100 million from those who can afford it, if you are in that category. Please see my personal Secretary as well.
“Nonetheless, we need everyone’s involvement. If you can afford N50 million, N20 million, N5 million, N1 million to as low as N100, kindly make sure you participate.”
Report says Adeboye during the announcement asked those willing to donate to indicate their interest; hundreds of hands went up in the air.
The church divided prospective donors into three groups – Category A Brethren would pay N1 billion; Category B Brethren would pay N100 million; and Category C Brethren would pay N50 million and below.
It was reported that categories A and B are expected to meet with Adeboye’s Secretary.
However, this did not go down well with some members of the society as they took to the media to condemn the development, which they havr described as illegal.
Reacting, Executive Director of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, Debo Adeniran said there was no way someone without a criminal record could afford such a donation.
“It is most inappropriate because there is nowhere the progenitor of such a faith did such a thing. Jesus Christ never cajoled people to make unwarranted donation to the church,” said Adeniran.
“Nobody in one lifetime with no criminal record can donate such an amount,” Mr. Adeniran noted.
“Adeboye is fond of discussing miracles in his church, he never discussed misfortunes.
Also reacting, Secretary of Joint Action Front, JAF, Abiodun Aremu, rubbished Adeboye’s plans, saying that the church is already neck-deep in corruption and vanity.
He said, “Church leaders are fraternizing with corrupt political leaders. The church is being used as an agent of exploiting the poor.
“When we call for a revolution, one of the institutions where the anger of the people would be visited is the church,” Aremu added.
DailyPost also sampled the opinions of other Nigerians who did not only blast Adeboye but call for his immediate prosecution.
Don’t donate, on judgment day, Adeboye will not save you -Frosbel
Can Adeboye ensure that there is not one needy person among his church members before he embarks on this multi-billion naira project to build a 3-km Long Church Auditorium.
This is madness; building more and more edifices while our people are almost dying of hunger, a classical case of taking money from the needy and using it to build babels to the glory of MAN. Reminds me of India who are investing in more weapons of mass destruction when 60% of their people starve, talk of misplaced priorities.
Do not give a penny to this project, pay your rent, bills , feed your children and then give to the poor and the needy around you. Go to the Lord in prayer before you donate a penny. I am sure there are worthier causes all around us.
People, it is time you follow JESUS and stop enriching MEN and their dreams. You do not need to go to a specific place to find Jesus, if we have the Spirit , he is always present for he has said ” I will never leave you or forsake you “.
Free yourselves from MEN, follow JESUS, on judgment day Adeboye will not save you or stand in for you, on judgment day RCCG will not save you, now is the time to do the right thing and go back to new testament Christianity.
God himself will be so shocked -Georg EE
Money and pastor, you can never separate them. So many members have even donated their brains to their GOs, they can’t think again. It’s ok by them if their GOs buy 50 private jets while they trek from Surulere to Ibadan expressway/Iyana Ipaja/Ayobo/Redemption camp. They don’t care if their GOs slap all the kids in Nigeria, their GOs are always right. They don’t care if their GOs use the followers hard-earned money to build schools which the followers kids cant afford. They don’t care if their GOs keep praying for the thieving and corrupt politicians. In fact, the list is endless. I am sure God himself will be so shocked at what Nigerian Christians have turned to. I wont be suprised at the way some people defend their GOs, even the criminal Rev Kings’ supporters supported and defended him. O ma se ooooo.. kai.
Adeboye and his teams using strategies to catch more mugus – Don Mike (De Tiger)
Soliciting funds from his poor and disoriented Mugus to build 9 Km Sq Auditorium when the road leading to the existing witchcraft shrine is not motorable?
This blood sucking vampires are just hypocrites… Adeboye and his teams are only using more strategies to catch more mugus and thereby generate more revenue for more Jet acquisition. One can imagine RCCG generating multi-million Naira in one service at the Shrine, but ignore the deplorable portion of the road right at the so called Church centre…
These vampires purposely ignore the portion of the road to further use Nigerian as their monthly sacrifice through the Holy Ghost Night accident victims, while claiming that such is the Federal government responsibility.

Even when this corruption training institute called Church does not pay tax…
While I believe that Religion is the major problem of the world, Christianity is the real evil that has ever happened to mankind. Hypocrisy, and various evils takes root in Christianity.
These foolish Christians label you a cultist, but what description do we give to Redeem Church Logo, where its evil Bird head is turned down ??? What a shrine!

Thousands of people are hungry – Godson
Thousands of people are hungry, our unemployment rate is huge… Why not use that money to build a Non-profit organization and employ our youths…” Your body is the temple of the living GOD” That is what Jesus said. Being among the 10 biggest churches in the world??? Why the competition?? Dear God, help your children.
Build three-kilometer farm, not church -LookmanPlease, our man of God. I personally appeal to you in the name of Jesus you are serving. Why don’t you build 3 kilometer of farmland. Where your members will be meaningfully employed as farmers, and produce Gari, Elubo, beans, pepper, and yam. By doing that, you have used God’s land to reduce unemployment and create wealth among your members, which will go a long way in helping our economy. 1 million employed members is something. Shekenaa!!!

Why Okagbare Failed in 100 Metre - British Coach

Moscow — Could Blessing Okagbare have done six Jumps in a day and on the following day do two highly competitive 100m races and ended up well?
Mike Afuleka, a track and field coach with England is among those who strongly felt that it was a difficult thing to do.
Mike took time to analyse the races Blessing ran from the heats to the final and pointed out two errors that slowed Blessing down. He was analysing the races to sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi when Nigerian journalists came in and Abdullahi invited the journalists to hear out the coach who recorded the races and played them back, analysing every move.
Blessing had complained of pains in the morning of the final. Her plan on Sunday was to only jump two times and rest her body for the 100m final on Monday. Her first jump was a 6.89m effort but United State's Brittney Resse had jumped 7.01 in her second jump and Blessing knew that she had to do more.
That put pressure on her and she had to complete the six jumps, hitting a 6.99m effort that won her the silver. But the jumps had their toil on her and experts here say it could have been better for the Nigerian if the Long Jump event and the 100m were spaced out in the World Championship programme.
"I think the Long Jump affected her but there were other technical things. You saw how she started and what happened midway into the race," Mike said.
"I have discussed with AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba for them to know which event to concentrate on any time a programme of a championship clashes like we had here," Abdullahi said. He has repeatedly said that Nigeria should celebrate the silver that Okagbore won on Sunday.
"Blessing cried all day after that race. Ogba brought her here. It was so painful to her. What pained her most was that the winner of the silver medal, Muriella Ahoure of Ivory Coast ran 10.93, a time that she could easily return," the minister said, adding that "but she is fine now and ready for the 200m."
Jamaica's Shelly Anne Fraser Pryce won the race in 10.71 and Carmeliter Jeter of USA placed third with 10.94.
Blessing who just three weeks ago broke the 14 year old African record placed 6th with 11.04.
Abdullahi would like AFN to produce many top class athletes so that the pressure of doing well would not be on only one athlete. It is a job that the National Sports Commission which he heads would have to play a major role in achieving. Financial allocations to AFN, for years, have been meagre. Ogba says that "Abdullahi wants to change that."
Source: allAfrica

12 Aug 2013

Thousands Face Eviction in Lagos - NGOs

Tens of thousands of people living in the Badia East area of Lagos face forced eviction from their homes by the Lagos State government, and possible destitution as a result, warn two NGOs in a new report.
Amnesty International and the Lagos-based Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) released a report today documenting evictions carried out in the first phase of a U.S. $200 million World Bank-funded redevelopment project. Homes were demolished during the evictions, which occurred in February.
The NGOs say the evictions violated African and international charters on human rights. If the Lagos government goes ahead with its current plans, they add, the project "risks being diverted from the intended beneficiaries, Badia residents, to more affluent residents of Lagos State".
Amnesty and SERAC are calling on the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, to publicly commit to stopping forced evictions, and on the World Bank to put safeguards in place to ensure it does not support any activities which may result in forced evictions in the future.
Their report says about 9,000 residents, who were evicted in February without advance notice, lost their homes or livelihoods and dozens of people are still sleeping out in the open or under a bridge.
"The Lagos State government has given completely contradictory accounts of the eviction," the NGOs said in a statement accompanying their report.
"While the ... state attorney-general acknowledged that people had been evicted... the Lagos State Commissioner for Housing told Amnesty International in a meeting that the area cleared during the demolition contained no houses and was just a rubbish dump."
But satellite imagery from February and April "clearly exposes this as a fabrication." Photos taken before the demolitions showed high-density structures in the area, while those taken afterwards shows they had been razed.
Source: allafrica.com 

6 Aug 2013

Lagos Deportations and Crisis of Citizenship

Okey Ndibe, a Columnist, in an article posted by saharareporters.com, said; 
If Nigeria is to be achieved as a nation, then the likes of Fasholas ought to respect the right of Nigerians to reside wherever they wish.

The debate over Lagos State’s deportation of some Igbo elements to Anambra State has done two things at once. One, it has underlined the shakiness of the idea of one Nigeria. Then, two, in focusing too narrowly on an ethnic explanation, the debate has obfuscated what is a much broader, and fundamental, issue.

Initial reports suggested that 70 or more Igbo were herded in one bus or several, driven across the Niger Bridge, and dumped in Onitsha. Late last week, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos stated that only 14 persons were removed. He also echoed other defenders of the policy by disclosing that the “deportees” were vagrants, some of them with varying degrees of mental problems.

The governor’s was not an excellent argument. For one thing, poverty does not – should not – vitiate citizenship. Nigerians who are psychiatric cases are still deserving of the same basic rights and privileges of citizenship, unless they pose a threat to others. If Nigeria translates as a nation, then its citizens, including indigent – even homeless – ones ought to be free to reside wherever they choose within the 36 states and the federal capital territory.

A policy that forcibly removes “undesirable” citizens from their state of residency to their state of origin does grave violence to the concept of national unity, to say nothing of the grave violation of the affected citizens’ right of movement. In that light, one is appalled by the deportations. And it doesn’t matter if only one person was shucked off, as opposed to, say, 100.

Having made that point of principle, it is meet to offer a corrective to the ethnic reading of the Lagos policy. It has since emerged that Lagos State had sent other ostensible undesirables “home,” to a number of northern as well as southwest states. If the “deportation” policy is at odds with the idea of one Nigeria – and I suggest it is – then Lagos State would be an equal-opportunity abuser of the rights of Nigerians, not just those from Anambra or Igboland.

If the particular removal of Igbo has generated the kind of heat not witnessed in the past, it is, in part, because Igbo – by their pattern of dispersal within Nigeria – most deeply embody the national spirit. Besides, they have shed more blood than any other ethnic group in the name of maintaining the unrealized, farfetched dream of a Nigerian nation. Therefore, any time it appears that the Igbo are being handed a red card in any part of Nigeria, the act of rejection reverberates, reminding us all that we occupy a space that falsely accuses itself of being a coherent, cohesive community.

It all brings me round to a point that begs to be made with regard to Lagos State’s shocking policy. That point is this: that we are shouting ourselves hoarse at an action that is a mere symptom, even as we fail to address the core of the problem.

That problem is an identity crisis, the emptiness of Nigeria as a nation – and, especially, with regard to the question of what it means to call oneself a Nigerian citizen. We have spent more than fifty years at the game of pretending to belong within the same nation. In fact, our ethnic identities remain dominant. Our ethnic ties easily trump any consideration of a national identity. It’s not as if ethnicity, as a rule, is incompatible with national cohesion. But Nigerians – at any rate, too many – have made an idol out of their ethnicity. For too many Nigerians, ethnicity is not merely a virtue, it is the sole virtue. It is a case of – to adapt a popular idea in political ideology – “My ethnic group, right or wrong.”

There are Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Efik, Ijaw, and so on who vehemently abhor embezzlement of public funds – unless the embezzler happens to part of their (ethnic) number, in which case graft becomes absolutely excusable, if not heroic. Besides, to read comments on any website frequented by Nigerians is to witness the savage verbal bricks that Nigerians – many of them holders of advanced degrees – hurl at each other across ethnic lines. Name any unprintable name, and you’d find that Nigerians use it against their fellows from other ethnic groups in daily verbal warfare. I fear that, should the occasion arise in Nigeria – God forbid! – many Nigerians would be quite ready to butcher members of the ethnic “other” with a genocidal glee that surpasses the horrors the world witnessed in Rwanda.

Again, it’s all proof of a country whose fault lines are numerous and turning into a maze of chasms, a deeply riven, fragmented patchwork of a nation. In today’s Nigeria, an Igbo who is born in Sokoto and lives all her life there would still be expected – indeed, required – to enter her father’s Igbo state as her “state of origin.” The same rules would apply to a Fulani man born in Onitsha. Nigerians must face up to their failure to found a nation within their shared space.

If the foregoing leaves an impression of ethnic solidarity, that impression is – on closer examination – a mirage. One or two Igbo governors have ventured outside their states to hire one or two aides. But you need only juxtapose that kind of tokenism against Abia State’s mass purge of civil servants from the other Igbo states – and the portrait of intra-ethnic resentment is writ large.

There’s some irony in the fact that Governor Fashola has done far more than most Igbo governors in recruiting people from other states, including Igbo, to work in his government. But that does not justify his government’s policy of seizing Nigerians in Lagos and deporting them to their states of origin.

To insist on the point does not mean that one dismisses the profound challenge of running a state whose dramatically exploding population is a strain on resources. If Nigeria is to be achieved as a nation, then the likes of Fasholas ought to respect the right of Nigerians to reside wherever they wish. Even so, some of Mr. Fashola’s critics must also decide whether they wish to commit themselves to build Nigeria into the semblance of a real community – or merely postpone the day when we would all need visas to visit each other’s ethnic enclave.

By Okey Ndibe (okeyndibe@gmail.com)

Can Humans Get 'Stuck' While Making Love?

Do people really get stuck in the heat of the moment? 
Is there a science behind such occurrences?
On a report published by Ireporterstv.co, Dr John Ong’ech,  a reproductive health specialist, made an attempt to demystify this seemingly impossible phenomenon.
He says it is possible though such incidences are rare.
“It is possible that a woman can go into vaginismus. This is when the muscles around the vagina tighten involuntarily when there is an attempt to penetrate it.
“However, this can happen during intercourse when the penile shaft has already been inserted and the muscles close in, zapping and locking on it,” he says.
Scientifically it is described as penis captivus.
The vaginal muscles of the woman clamp down on the penile shaft and sometimes the man is unable to withdraw even after losing his erection.
This would then mean that doctors would have to come in to separate the couple.
The doctor expounds further that vaginismus happens when either a woman is in fear of rape or suffers from the rare condition – vaginismus – in which case it would mean that the penis of a man would not penetrate the vagina in the first place.
The other possibility, adds the doctor, is when the man experiences increased vascularisation in any of the veins that line the muscles and the spongy material that makes up the male organ.
“Blood flows in the penis when a man is ready for sex. In scenarios where the vagina is dry and the man forces himself in, a vein could rupture in the process, causing a major swelling of the organ inside the vagina and therefore preventing it from coming out,” Dr Ong’ech explains.
Getting stuck is a common phenomenon among dogs.
However, according to experts, in dogs, unlike in humans, when a dog is ejaculating the head of the penis swells up several folds and will only go back to normal after all the sperm is released.
This cannot, however, be equated to humans.
Reported cases (excerpts from wikipedia.org
In an article published in the British Medical Journal in 1979, Dr F. Kräupl Taylor reviewed the literature on penis captivus and concluded that while "almost all the cases mentioned in medical publications and in textbooks are based on hearsay and rumour", two papers published by nineteenth-century German gynaecologists — Scanzoni (1870) and Hildebrandt (1872) — who had personally dealt with cases of the condition "leave no doubt about the reality of this unusual symptom", which, however, "is so rare that it is often regarded nowadays as no more than a prurient myth". Scanzoni's patient was "a completely healthy young woman, married for six months". She and her husband had to abstain from sexual intercourse because her intense vaginal contractions were "most painful to him and ... did on several occasions end in a spasm ... which sometimes lasted more than ten minutes and made it impossible for the couple to separate". Hildebrandt's patient had been married for about a year. Sexual intercourse with her husband had always been painless until one particular evening. Hildebrandt gives the husband's account of what happened:
He reported that just at the moment when he thought intercourse, which had been quite normal till then, had come to an end, he suddenly felt that he, or rather his glans, was held back deep in the vagina, tightly gripped and imprisoned, while his whole penis was in the vagina. All attempts at withdrawal failed. When he forced the attempts, he caused severe pain to himself and his wife. Bathed in perspiration through agitation, alarm and his failure to free himself, he was finally forced to resign himself to waiting in patience. He could not say how many minutes this lasted, his imprisonment seemed endless. Then — the hindrance vanished on its own; he was free.

2 Aug 2013

‘A Bullet For The Pope”, - Charly boy

As I lay in the comfort of my room watching the Pope’s visit to Brazil, it was clear to me that Pope Francis will go down in history as the greatest Pope ever
The first 20yrs of my life, I seriously had this dream of being a priest. I was overfed with an overdose of religion which has always been a very serious business in my family. You dare not be late for morning mass or else you get the whipping of your life, yes my father was that strict, no nonsense when it came to going to church or anything spiritual. That’s where I’m coming from, we were a family that prayed together and were very staunch Catholics for that matter.
When I turned 16 I became an altar boy, at that time that was the coolest thing to be, considering years of going to bible classes and regular confessions. Eight months into the spiritual things as an altar boy, I made a big goof; I drank the priests wine and ate a bunch of Holy Communion enough to fill me up. I figured I could be more spiritual by that action, but I got expelled as an altar boy, needless to say how scandalized and angry my father was then, OMG.
By the time I turned 20, I’ve had enough religion to last me two life times. By 1974, I left to further my studies in the USA, I was overjoyed because for the first time, I was going to be on my own. I was really carried away with my new found independence. Being an adventurous young man I started dabbling into not only the occult but with metaphysics, Buddhism, astrology, magic and all that Jazz. However, I still believe I was fundamentally a Catholic by birth, but the catholic fate has suddenly become boring and old fashion for me.
When I read that controversial book, “In God’s Name”, all the negativity I started to feel about the Catholic Church became magnified in my mind. What about the sex scandals about priests and little boys. Hummmmmmm! I am aware that the Catholic Church is not a perfect body, and doesn’t claim to be one. Of course it is plagued with the same corruption, scandals and sin as any other organization.
Last night as I was watching CNN, the Pope’s visit to Brasil was being beamed to the world and all of a sudden, there it was, “who am I to judge as long as they walk in the light of Christ” Pope Francis on Gays. As reflexes would have it, I jumped out of my seat and hugged my TV, funny ha ha. Not because homosexuality has been part of my advocacy through the years but because I feel that every adult has a right to make their bed and lie on it as they choose, and who the hell are we to judge. I have always said that it is really not our place to judge those who do not fit our view of normal. So once again the church is attempting to evolve in order to keep up with the rest of civilization. That is how a religion survives. Its belief has to be flexible enough to stay somewhat relevant to current or the public will abandon it.
Ever since the Popes election, my man has taken actions that seem to be very ‘unpopelike’. He even used public transport as a cardinal, he lives in a smaller quarter, he asked for blessing before blessing the crowd which gathered in St Peters square on the day of his election. But my people, what is stranger than Pope France’s action have been evangelicals’ reactions all over the world. Never before has a Pope become so widely accepted by Protestants and evangelicals. It’s a proud day for Catholics and all mankind.
Finally a Pope who doesn’t see himself as equal to God, unlike our men of god down here. It is really amazing. Every Pope in the Catholic Church’s past has had a mastery over catholic rhetoric, because theoretically they always say the right things. But Pope Francis has decided to lead with his actions. Before delivering his message at the Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Francis spent time on his Knees washing the feet of young women incarcerated at a nearby prison.
This is the first time a Pope has ever washed the feet of women, not to mention that one of the women was a Muslim, which is another break in papal tradition. In the holy book, the bible calls us to be the light to the world if Christ is to be present to the world. This is why Pope Francis’ way should be imitated for imitating him we make Christ visible and that is what influences others to walk in the way of Christ.
So much to be said for our so called “men of god” in this neck of the woods who strut around as if they are God’s gift to mankind, most of them bunch of con men and fraud stars who are continually ripping off unsuspecting Nigerians, living in fancy houses, building universities their congregation can’t even afford for their children and buying private jets because their God is not a poor God, as Nija’s hand over their pay checks in return for a miracle because they have bought into the Hocus-pocus that is Pentecostalism.
Just look at our churches today, tell me those priest, pastors or our so called men of god, who makes Christ visible. Jesus needs us to make him Visible and present in this troubled world. Blessed mother Teresa is a perfect example of showing us the love and mercy of Christ in the millions she cared for. The gospel calls us to imitate Christ and it is in the way we live that the gospel of Jesus gets proclaimed, that is how we speak Christ to a world that does not know him.
I am very scared for this Pope, he is a little too Christ like for his own good. There are still some die hard winches, vampires in the Vatican. I fear assassination, probably by the very people who call themselves “devout”. If any Pope can show us what Jesus was saying, I think this one is the one. At least I hope so. I am impressed with this Pope not for his Catholicism but for his Christianity. As I lay in the comfort of my room watching the Pope’s visit to Brazil, it was clear to me that Pope Francis will go down in history as the greatest Pope ever, I just pray that he lives out his Pope ship for many years to come as to spread his light and make our lord Jesus more visible in the world.
More than 3million people where at Copacabana beach for the re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross and farewell mass. This world Youths Day smashed previous attendance records and goes down in the record books as one of the best attended papal events ever.  In short, this Pope is a rock star. Here is a Pope who speaks the language of the people; In fact in Rio he kicked his penchant for simplicity, humility and accessibility into high gear.
The security operatives were all overwhelmed by zealous pilgrims, he insisted on leaving the windows of his car down so he could extend his arm to those seeking his blessings. Countless babies kissed, photo ups with adoring faithfuls only added to the pontiff reputation for being a man of the people, and all of this took place in the roughest side of town, a crime ridden zone in Rio.
Pope Francis is now standing up to the Mafia. First the Vatican honoured Rev Giuseppe Puglisi, killed 20yrs ago by mobsters for preaching against the Mafia, as a martyr. Pope Francis himself demanded that Mafia members abandon their “evil ways” especially those who exploit their fellow humans via human trafficking, drug dealing and prostitution. “They cannot make our brothers slaves; let us pray that these Mafiosi convert to God”. Hummmmm na wa, if the Mafia decides to take Pope Francis out in retaliation for his words against them, I pray that there’s a Pope Francis army out there ready to throw down.
If the Pope manages to mobilize all of Italian society against the Mafia, his days maybe numbered, but he will be unable to do so, and as a result I pray that the Mafia won’t remember him. They say the only thing needed for Evil to exist is for good men to do nothing. I am glad that he is doing something. He looks and sounds to me like he has a beautiful spiritual light burning  inside of him and is preaching goodwill for all and trying to turn around the corrupt so they too can walk in the sunlight of the spirit. I really admire him for standing up to the Mafias. I recognize the Popes effort in trying to bring a better image and name to Christianity.
Anyway you flip it, the Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility, at another occasion, he declared that all people, not just Catholics, are redeemed through Jesus, even atheists. “Those people must still do good. Infact, it is in doing good that they are led to the one who is the source of all that is good” In essence he simply restated the hope of the church that all come to know God, through his son Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is saying more than ever before, that Christ offered himself as a sacrifice for everyone. That has always been a Christian belief, but rarely do you hear it said by Catholics so forcefully, and with such evident joy. And in this era of religious controversies, it is a timely reminder that God cannot be confined to our narrow categories. Thumbs up for my man Pope Francis, nothing do you.
Source: vanguardngr.com