Monday, February 28, 2011


Ageing, pollution, stress and fatigue can all take their toll on our appearance. From wrinkles to under-eye circles and eye bags to spots, the effects of our lifestyles can display themselves on our faces before we even start to feel them. Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet is one approach, and the good news is that there are some foods that are thought to give you extra ammunition when it comes to combating the signs of ageing. By eating the right foods and paying attention to your diet, you can drastically improve your appearance. Here are the top foods for a natural facelift.


Spinach, like many other dark green leafy vegetables, is rich in an antioxidant called lutein. Not only is this great for healthy eyes, but more recent research has shown that it is also good for preventing wrinkles by helping to retain the skin’s moisture and elasticity, increasing lipid levels and preventing damage caused by free radicals.The benefits of spinach do not stop there, however, as the leafy vegetable also has the power to reduce dark circles under the eyes due to its high levels of vitamins K and C.


Besides being a well known aphrodisiac, oysters can also enhance your beauty. If you are suffering from pale, sallow skin or dark circles under your eyes, this may be due to vitamin B12 or iron deficiencies, both of which can cause anaemia. To beat pasty skin, try boosting your intake of these essential nutrients by stocking up on oysters, which have high levels of both.


It may not be the most fragrant of foods, but garlic is a super food that can have great skin benefits. As a natural antibiotic with blood cleansing, immune boosting, antibacterial properties, garlic is an effective, cheap and healthy way to help naturally treat acne. While there are many reasons people suffer from spots, garlic - particularly when eaten raw and crushed - can help reduce future breakouts, while its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the swelling and inflammation of acne.


Avocados often get bad press due to their high levels of fats, however the healthy fats contained in an avocado can actually do wonders for your skin. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, avocadoes can help to moisturise your skin from the inside and increase collagen production, helping to prevent wrinkles.


Many people know that fluid retention is the primary cause of belly bloating, but it can also be responsible for a puffy face and bags under the eyes. Fortunately, fluid retention can be treated through the diet by redressing the body’s sodium/potassium balance. As these two minerals work against each other to balance water in the body, too little potassium - or too much salt - is one of the most common causes of water retention. Redress this by increasing your intake of potassium through foods such as bananas. Other potassium rich foods include strawberries, melon and papaya.

Green tea

There is no end to the benefits of this super drink; green tea boasts a wealth of benefits that earns it the top spot in the anti-ageing food list. Green tea is believed to help regulate blood pressure, lower blood sugar, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and studies have even shown that green tea can be effective at preventing cancer.

Red wine

A glass of red wine adds up a good dose of anti-ageing elements including polyphenol antioxidants, minerals, and resveratrol which help to increase ‘good cholesterol’ levels in the body and prevent blood clotting as well as a healthy circulatory system. Resveratrol found in red wine may also be beneficial for women during the menopause by reducing the risk for conditions like breast cancer and osteoporosis resulting from reduced oestrogen levels.


Few people — whether active or not — drink sufficient water, and side effects of even slight dehydration include headaches, fatigue and low concentration levels. Yet increasing fluid intake can increase energy levels, aid digestion, give skin a boost and help boost your anti-ageing armoury.

Culled from Punch Newspaper


It was celebration galore for Lagos PDP faithfuls and so many other politicians Saturday 26th February, 2011 as the Ex-Convict and PDP Chieftain Chief Olabode George regains freedom after two (2) years behind bars for corrupt enrichment.

With a convoy of vehicles, hordes of supporters and party faithful, his release that ordinarily would have been solemn, turned out to be a carnival of some sorts.

Indeed, the moment he left the prison’s gate at about 10.50am, he waved to his supporters before entering a metallic black Toyota Land Cruiser en-route for a thanksgiving at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.

In attendant were,  former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Minister of Defence, Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), factional Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Gen. Tunji Olurin (retd), and the Nigeria’s ambassador to Ghana, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. 

Also, in attendance were former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose and the PDP National Vice-Chairman, South-West, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo, and the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State, Dr. Ade Dosunmu. among others.

Although Ven. Tayo Aduloju, the officiating Minister at the thanksgiving service held for the Kirikiri returnee advised Chief George and others to go and sin no more.

One can not but wonder what call for celebration in all this.


An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, February 25, 2011


 A revolution is in the offing in the auto industry. A 40 years old cane craft artist in Ibadan, Oyo State, has just made a delivery of car, whose accessories were made of canes.

Obaniyi Ojo, who said he has been in the business of cane craft for 20 years, told Daily Sun, that his motive was to prove two points about the ingenuity of the Black Race. Code-named Basket Car, Ojo said:

“I want to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive change in the society. We, the artisans also have talents to effect a change and make positive impact in the society. “That is why I decided that I too must do something that will make people to recognize me and know me across the whole world and by extension prove to the world that African and indeed the entire Black Race have very talented people.”

A secondary school certificate holder from Oke-Bola Comprehensive High School, Ibadan, Ojo gave a background of how he came about his project and the commitment he injected into it.
“I have been having the vision for a very long time. It is my own contribution to the development of Nigeria and Africa in general. I built the car from the beginning. I first bought the chassis I approached an engineer and invited a panel beater; I told them of my plan and later showed them my diagram. I had already done the sketches and I tasked them to contribute their own ideas.

Ride on friend, genius are not born but made through act of innovative invention.


Two persons lay dead and scores injured after fierce fighting between the police and members of the Oyo State Council of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) resisting an attempt by the state government to demolish the union’s secretariat at Olomi/Academy area of Ibadan, the state capital yesterday.

It was reported that hours after the police and officials beat a retreat, suspected NURTW members armed with machetes, guns, sticks, broken bottles and assorted charms were seen parading the area in groups. As at 1pm when our correspondent left the scene, the situation was still tense, with residents afraid that the policemen might return with a reinforcement.

Smoke was still billowing from bonfires made on major roads such as the Academy end of the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

One can not but wonder at the amount of weapons in circulation in this country and with Election come April may God save us Nigerian.


                                             Saint Francis de Sales 1567-1622

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them every day begin the task anew".    Saint Francis de Sales, 1567-1622

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Almost four years into its current sojourn in the National Assembly, the Freedom of Information Bill was finally passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The House had first passed the Bill in 2006, followed by the Senate but former President Olusegun Obasanjo refused to append his signature to turn it into an Act. All but one (Clause 18) of the 34 clauses in the bill were passed by the House on Thursday.

The clause deals with “drafts” and preliminary information, which in the opinion of the House, cannot be cited as a public document because work on them has not been concluded.

The explanatory note of the committee on why the clause was deleted, reads, “This clause was deleted because it relates to information that has not been perfected and no public institution can be held responsible for proposals and decisions not perfected.”

The passing of the bill followed the adoption of the report of the joint Committee on Information/Justice on the document.

However, Nigerian has to wait for the Senate to pass the same bill, meanwhile, the Federal Government , while reacting to the passage by the House, asked the Senate to follow suit in order to enable President Goodluck Jonathan to sign it into law before the end of the current administration on May 29.

God bless Nigeria

Sinking Sand comes to Nigeria

Good news to all fun seekers and film lovers, the international blockbuster movie, Sinking Sands which stars Hollywoods own Jimmy Jean Louis of Phat Girlz and Heroes fame, Ama K Abebrese and Nollywoods own Yemi Blaq is set to hit Nigeria theaters starting March 25th 2011.

Sinking Sands is a story about Pabi and Jimah who are a match made in heaven until a disfiguring domestic accident turns their loving marriage into one of violence and daily abuse. Out of guilt, Pabi has endured. But the time has come to make a decision. Pabi will have to choose between love and life, companionship and independence. Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis.

Directed by the award winning Leila Djansi, the UNiFEM endorsed movie was featured on BBC Network Africa as the most expensive movie ever shot in the emerging film industry of Western Africa. The film was endorsed by UNiFEM Ghana for its message of violence against women. It also went on to top nominations for the maiden edition of the Ghana Film Awards where is won the award for Best Picture, Best Picture in West Africa, Best Production Design and Best Costume.

Currently in the festival circuit and represented by the Academy Award Nominated company Traction Media, Sinking Sands will thrill Nigerian audiences as it did Ghanaian audiences. Comments of the "Its the best movie I have seen" from satisfied viewers trailed the movie in the BBC Network Africa coverage.

Family at war: Ciroma’s wife tackles husband

Wife of Mallam Adamu Ciroma, chairman, Northern Political Leaders’ Forum (NPLF), Hajia Inna Ciroma, has said that the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, cannot defeat President Goodluck Jonathan in the April elections. She is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Woman Leader.

The woman fondly called the Amazon of the PDP, rubbished the last week’s adoption of Buhari as the preferred northern presidential candidate by Ciroma and his group. Hajia Inna spoke at the PDP women rally for the North-West zone which was flagged off by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in Katsina township:
“There is a political party registered just 11 months ago and they (CPC supporters) are claiming that they are coming to compete with PDP that has been on ground for the past 12 years.

What manner of people are we talking about? The PDP is a party that has history. We have history and we have future. Some parties just have history and they are trying to insist that they can compete with us. Well, we will go and test our popularity. “Nigerian women cannot forget what happened in 1984, when we used to go out and queue for essential commodities in this country. We now have leaders that believe in the people and they are providing for the needs of the people. We don’t need to go and queue again.”

Hajia Inna also lamented that while the opposition politicians were doing nothing but waiting to challenge the victory of the ruling party, the PDP leaders were blazing campaign trails across the nation: “Some people are doing nothing and they will come and tell us that they have won and they will go to court and claim our victory. God will not give them that one (victory) and the PDP will not accept that one this time around.”

She charged PDP youth to defend the votes of the party in the coming polls, insisting that the party brought about “telecommunication revolution in Nigeria,” put an end to perennial protracted fuel scarcity and launched free health services for women and children below the age of five in the states under its control.
Mrs. Jonathan urged women to vote en masse for the PDP because it has assured that over 35 per cent of political office positions in the country would be reserved for them if re-elected. She submitted that the President, governors and others elected on the platform of the PDP deserved to be given a second term and it was high time states under the control of opposition were won by the PDP.

To the women who lost at the PDP primaries: “Don’t lose hope. If you are not there in elective positions, you will be there in appointed positions.” Katsina practically stood still for the ceremony hosted by the wife of the Katsina State Governor, Hajia Fatima Ibrahim Shema, with the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Namadi Sambo, the wives of the governors of Kebbi, Zamfara and Kaduna states in attendance.

Shema, representatives of the wives of the governors of Jigawa and Sokoto states and the former governor of Kano State, Alhaji Kwankwaso, among other several chieftains of the party, graced the rally.

DREAM WEDDING: Benkol Bridals/Inspiration FM Initiative

Come Saturday February 26, 2011, all road leads to Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue. Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event is the Benkol Bridals Valentine Lovers' Date Nite Dinner tagged Dream Weddings.

Dream Weddings is an Inspiration FM initiative in collaboration with Benkol Bridals to assist, encourage, promote/celebrate moral and Christian virtues in youths, couples and family relationships thereby inspiring and nurturing a desire to settle down.

For more info, click the link below.


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.

HELEN KELLER, 1880-1968

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Miss Jane Adams, a 23-year-old student of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) is crying for justice. She is seeking help after a soldier serving at Bonny Camp, Lagos allegedly abducted and raped her at a dreaded cemetery within the Ojo Military Cantonment in Lagos.

The victim, who hails from Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, alleged that Lance Corporal Akparuku Clever, in the night of Saturday, January 22, abducted her in his danfo bus, marked LAGOS XY 230 EKY, and forcefully took her to a graveyard inside the Ojo Military Cantonment. There, she recalled, he allegedly pulled a dagger, threatened to injure or kill her and then raped her. It was during her intense struggle with him that she suffered a serious injury on her left eye, she said.

Aside from the alleged rape, Jane also accused the soldier of other diabolical intentions, saying he attempted to insert a charmed ring inside her private part.

The accused Akparuku, with Force Number 03NA/63/197, disclosed that he was a native of Bayelsa State, a married man with five children. His pregnant wife, he said, was almost due and had travelled home with the children shortly after the incident for the burial of her grandmother.
Looking downcast and unkempt, Akparuku said misfortunes had been trailing him from his village since he took his danfo bus home. The army authorities, he noted, had since confiscated the bus which the victim alleged was used to abduct her.


ACPN member loses hand, 40 hospitalised in Ilorin

It was alleged that 10 members of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in Kwara State, on Tuesday were on danger list with thirty others hospitalised for various degrees of injuries in various hospitals. This followed the terror unleashed on the opposition by rampaging members of the Peoples Democratic Party who trooped out to welcome President Goodluck Jonathan to the state.


Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


 If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
----Mother Teresa 1910 - 1997


LIBYA'S Colonel Gaddafi was last night feared to have made thousands pay a bloody price for forcing him to flee Tripoli - after he BOMBED the capital. 

It was reported that Fighter Jets swooped with machine guns blazing as the unrepentant tyrant unleashed hell on freedom campaigners. (His own country men and women)

Gaddafi himself was said to have SCARPERED after ordering troops to gun down protesters entering the city. Two horrified pilots - both air force colonels - refused to take part in the massacre and flew their Mirage jets to Malta, pleading for political asylum.

 Despite Government crackdown and wanton killing of protesters, the protesters are taken over, overpowering Military Tanks.

The characteristics of SECOND REVOLUTION

Deep cracks opened in Moammar Gadhafi’s regime Monday, with Libyan government officials at home and abroad resigning, air force pilots defecting and a major government building ablaze after clashes in the capital of Tripoli.

Protesters called for another night of defiance against the Arab world’s longest-serving leader despite a heavy crackdown.

Monday, February 21, 2011


 Hosni Mubarak is out and Egypt is at the verge of Liberation.

Birds of Same Feathers

Muammar Gaddafi's stern face will not save him

People's Power will Drive Out Animals in Human Skin Out of Power



 How can a small-business owner go about laying the foundation for a corporate culture like Virgin’s?
Whether you’re launching a new business or preparing to expand your existing one, laying a solid foundation for the future is critically important – bringing in investors, getting your contracts right, hiring your core team members, choosing the right suppliers. The fact that you are thinking about this question shows that you already have a sense of where your priorities should lie and you’re ready to follow through.
To be honest, when my friends and I started the first Virgin business 40 years ago, we had no master plan – especially not one for a group of companies that by 2011 would number more than 400 businesses around the world and employ 50,000 people. Had we tried to plan for such a future, we would certainly have messed it up.
If there is a “right” way to develop your company’s culture, our experience shows that it should evolve organically. In 1970, my friends and I weren’t planning to do anything other than make some money and have a good time while doing something we loved. We loved listening to music, so we tried to sell records to other kids who wanted a fun place to hang out while deciding which ones to buy. We had no marketing plan or budget – our goals were simply to make enough money to pay the rent and our suppliers, and to have some cash left over at the end of the month.
Our launch was really no different from that of most small companies, since few entrepreneurs start thinking about their business’s culture until it is already well established. If I think back to what we did right, it was in our planning process, when we made sure we were having fun working together and that everyone who had a good idea was included in our decision-making process. We had accidentally stumbled on the core elements of a culture dedicated to delivering great customer service! It turned out that people who work in a friendly environment that is tolerant of mistakes, and who are empowered to make decisions about how they do their jobs, arrive at the best possible solutions for serving customers.
When you’re sorting out what your front-line colleagues’ priorities should be, remember that how you treat the customer will form the basis of your corporate culture. Put your staff first, listen to them, and follow up on their ideas and suggestions.
Because you can be sure that every person on your staff already has deep insights into what your customers want and what employees need in order to deliver it. Should they focus on delivering solutions tailored to each customer’s needs? Or on building lasting customer relationships? Or should they quickly deliver the goods or services your company offers? Listen carefully and find ways to empower each person to do a great job. One of my mentors, the late Sir Freddie Laker, was famous for his standard response to any staffer who came to him to whine about something: “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions!” (He could certainly never be accused of running an autocracy.)
Small-business owners often find it tough to learn how to handle success. When a business does well, many chief executives start to focus solely on increasing profits, no matter what the cost – leaving behind everything that originally made the business special. The founder usually moves to a big corner office on the top floor and never again sets foot in the factory. Employees who were integral to the company’s early success suddenly find they are the last to know what is happening, and their views are no longer valued or sought.
So try to ensure your company grows at a comfortable pace and, whenever possible, involve your employees in the company’s evolution. If you are a small-business owner mulling over an expansion, tell all your employees about your plan – include everyone from the truck driver to your senior team – and ask for their input. If you can, it would be best to work out the details of the expansion plan together, taking into account the challenges faced by your employees, and incorporating improvements they would like to make. The ultimate winners will be your customers and the bottom line.
At Virgin, we have never had to struggle with the typical problems of big corporations, probably because we never really got big – we just diversified. Our growth was once described as “vertical disintegration” because our new businesses frequently appear to be tangential or even completely unrelated to our core mission. When Virgin was known for producing and selling records, for instance, we started up an airline.
The traditional corporate response to our typical plan for a new business would be, “I’m sorry, but we’re a ____ company. This business not within our core competency.” But we see a uniting factor in our dedication to customer service. Instead of becoming a huge, bloated entity locked into a single sector, these tangential forays have kept our company fresh and different – we are always learning new businesses and recruiting smart new people. Each Virgin company is run by its own largely autonomous management team that relies on the same small-business principles we’ve employed since the very beginning.
Whatever route you decide to take as you expand your business, make sure that it builds on your company’s past successes, and that it fits with the corporate culture and the vision for the future that you and your team have created. If someone says, “That’s not the way a big company would do it,” take it as a compliment!

Called fro Punch Newspaper


A US weight-loss camp slimmed her to 18st at 16 – but she has since yo-yoed back up again.
Georgia told last night how her huge weight gain leaves her so sad that she wants to eat even MORE.

She now tips the scales at a shocking 40st 6lbs – more than seven stones heavier than when The Sun first revealed her incredible battle of the bulge 2½ years ago.

Once again facing the prospect of death without dramatic weight loss, Georgia said: "I try not to think about it too much, otherwise I panic and it makes my eating problem worse – but I do know it is serious.

"I've covered over the mirror in my bedroom, but there is one in the bathroom I have to look into each morning when I wash and brush my teeth and it makes me feel so sad.

"Sometimes the sadness makes me eat more, but sometimes I just cry."

Georgia, of Aberdare, South Wales, was declared Britain's fattest teen when it was revealed in August 2008 how she weighed 33st at just 15.
A nine-month stint at Wellspring – a US weight-loss camp – brought her new-found confidence and access to some of the world's leading childhood obesity experts.
After a rigorous diet and exercise programme, she returned to Wales 15st lighter in June 2009 – ready to realise her dreams of going to college and meeting a boyfriend.

But she struggled again after returning home and yesterday had to stand on a weighbridge designed for industrial materials to discover her true size after out-weighing every NHS scale at her local hospital.

At 566lbs Georgia weighs the same as a Harley-Davidson Sportster 48 motorcycle, 619 tins of baked beans (415g size), 113 standard red house bricks or four super-lightweight boxers like Amir Khan.
The teenager told how her weight battle took a decisive wrong turn on the very first day she returned home from the Wellspring Academy.
She said: "I'd been following a programme of healthy eating in the camp where I'd been living in North Carolina, America, and I'd learned to enjoy low-fat foods like salads, bagels, yoghurt and even buffalo meat.
"I was really looking forward to trying it all out back home but, when I arrived, my mum said she hadn't had time to prepare any healthy food so we had fish and chips instead.

"From that moment on, I had a niggling feeling that things weren't going to work out."
Georgia added: "I'd also learned to love exercise in America, using a gym and playing proper sports like tennis and basketball for the first time. But back home, it soon became obvious it wasn't going to be easy.
"The same facilities weren't available in Aberdare and I couldn't easily afford to join the local gym. I soon found I was becoming much less mobile, just like before."
Without the full support of her mum Lesley, 55, and stepdad Arthur – and with no long-term follow-up package from Wellspring or the NHS – Georgia's old habits quickly returned.

She succumbed to the pressures of looking after her heart-patient mum – for whom she has been a registered carer since ten – and soon became a virtual recluse inside the family's cramped two-bed semi.
Nowadays her only exercise involves aiming darts at a board from a chair placed in the hallway.
And the strict 1,500-calorie-a-day intake that Wellspring nutritionists prescribed has long been replaced with the old demons of cake, chocs, crisps and endless loaves of bread – washed down with bottles of Coke.
Georgia, now a gigantic size 36, said: "I'm finding getting in and out of bed very difficult at the moment so I usually get up around 10am. I usually just stay in my room and watch TV for an hour or so until I find the will to face the day.
"Breakfast is usually a bowl or two of cornflakes with two slices of toast and two glasses of Coke.
"After that, I usually try to help mum around the house, but I get very tired and out of breath quickly at the moment.
"I'm only managing to get out the house about once a week when I try to go to town on the bus. Of course people stare, but I don't care what they think any more – I'm used to it.
"We have fish and chips for lunch quite often and usually I eat two portions. Otherwise, it's sandwiches with six slices of bread and crisps.

"I find snacks harder to resist as the day goes on and I often eat two Snickers bars at a time. At night I eat a main meal, then more biscuits, crisps and chocolates as I get bored.
"Afterwards, I feel terrible as I know I'm letting myself down, but I don't even care what I look like. I'll just put on any clothes that fit me."
In addition to her food troubles, Georgia is continuing to smoke – a combination which could cause her Type 2 Diabetes to re-surface.
Yet despite being back on death row, she blames no one but herself.
Georgia said: "This is my problem and I know I have to solve it again just like I have in the past.
"But I'm only human and I'd be lying if I said I didn't need support."


Love is all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses...Lao Tzu

If your experience is different, then your are not in LOVE

Friday, February 18, 2011

Assessing SON’s new initiative on SME products’ quality

For along time, it had been observed that Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON's activities had been directed at large companies in most cases. But emerging facts (especially as evidenced in the arrests and prosecutions made by SON in recent years), have shown that SMEs are as guilty, Besides, very few SMEs were known to have gone through the various quality certifications put in place by SON.
This would have necessitate the major SON policy directions, as highlighted by Dr. J.I Odumodu, the Director General of SON on the Organisation's plan to focus on the regulation of the quality of products produced by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
In this case, the need to bring SMEs under the quality watch chain could be justified.

How can SMEs access SON's quality certification without adding to their cost of production and the SON's officials will not exploit the SMEs.

Your comments and professional advice are required.