Sunday, May 03, 2009

20 Yr Old Naija-Londoner Faces Death Penalty

"Miss Orobator was born in Nigeria but lived in south London from the age of eight. Her father lives in Nigeria and her mother and three sisters live in Ireland."

"A pregnant British woman faces death by firing squad if she is convicted of smuggling drugs at a trial in Laos, campaigners have said.

Prosecutors claim Samantha Orobator, 20, was in possession of 1.5lb (680g) of heroin when she was arrested at Wattay airport in Laos in August."

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What Does a Mall in Africa Look Like?

Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Nigeria.

Someone asked, so I thought I'll share.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chief Forest Whitaker & Chief Danny Glover of Imo State, Nigeria

April 6 was a really beautiful day. The people of Nkwerre village in Imo State, Eastern Nigeria might have thought they were just luckky to have a day as nice as this but the reason that day was all shiny and new was because a lost son had returned.

Forest Steven Whitaker,an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, and Emmy-winning actor, producer, and director returned home to Nigeria.

I was the only journalist that got luckky to be right there as he was welcomed with fellow star, Danny Glover. Right there before my eyes, they were given prestigious chieftancy titles reserved for nobel and well respected men.

Whitaker, sorry chief Whitaker was given the title-"Nwannedinambe Of Nkwerre" meaning "A Brother in Foreign Land" while Chief Glover received the title- "Enyioma of Nkwerre," this means "A Good Friend."

It took me a while to believe I was actually there with world stars in a small village in Nigeria. I have not fully recovered.

I was really proud to be who I am when Chief Whitaker thanked the King for allowing him to breathe the air and feel the wind in a different way. To feel his blood differently. I was moved to tears and filled with mixed emotions when he said "Now I know where I stand, it is the greatest gift anyone can receive."

Chief GLover was also honoured and said this was home for him. We all moved on to the Ayiam-Osigwe family house to celebrate. I took in slowly, the priviledge of seeing them dance to the beats of Africa and savouring every mouth full of Jollof-rice, semovita and egusi soup, our native dish.

For me, a 24 year old Newswatch magazine senior staff writer in Lagos, I would never forget this day. Since I got back to my desk, I have recounted the stories to my colleagues over and over, now I want to tell the world.

I beleive his visit, his new identity, his title, his words and who he is would inspire Nigerians especially those on the road to shunning corruption and believing in hardwork.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ghana Music Awards - Akon's n' dem cousins?

The MTN Ghana Music Awards is a people's choice awards scheme that seeks to foster the development of the Ghanaian music industry.

This dude is joggling between school and his music career

Campaign video...this dual won "Best Collaboration"

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

In Concert: Habib Koité & Bamada and Dobet Gnahoré

Thur. Apr 16, 8:00PM
GW Lisner Auditorium presents
Habib Koité & Bamada and Dobet Gnahoré
Double Bill - Two Full Sets

Two stars of 2006’s acclaimed Acoustic Africa tour return for their only double-bill this year.

Koité and his band draw on styles from several regions of Mali, integrating the rock and folk sounds of the Western world, without watering down his cherished roots. His charisma and magnetism translates across cultures.

"His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical" -The New York Times

Gnahoré, a remarkable singer from Côte d’Ivoire returns with a group of instrumentalists offering new sounds, ancient traditions, and remarkable music. From Mandingue melodies to Congolese rumba, Ivory Coast ziglibiti to Cameroon bikoutsi, Gnahoré’s pan-African palette blends colorful compositions, jazz-inflected vocals, and unparalleled charisma.

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