Chimamanda Adichie disagrees with Buhari on Nigeria Governance

“He had an opportunity to make real reforms early on, to boldly reshape Nigeria’s path. He wasted it,”

The largest cities in Nigeria: ranked 1 to 10.

List of largest cities in Nigeria is different from the list of most loved cities in Nigeria

Ankara Dresses, Prints, Latest Fashion Trends

It started as a movement in Africa, Ankara, the African prints has become the latest fashion trends in the globe. Ankara Inspired by the locals and designers in Africa has become the next big thing. Osas eye brings you a collection of the best Ankara dresses

Who will bring back Nigeria’s lost girls?

If Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can free the missing girls, he would have done it before now. He can't. He failed

African Clothing, Traditional Men's Fashion Styles

African wear continues to rock the fashion trend. From Nigeria to South Africa, Osas eye gives you look at some of the jaw dropping traditional wear by African designers for men

Monday, December 31, 2012

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Kanye West announced that he and Kim Kardashian are having a baby

US rapper Kanye West and reality TV star Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child, celebrity media outlets report.

"Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can!" tweets Kardashian's sister Kourtney.

According to E! News, West, 35, announced the news from the stage at a concert in Atlantic City on Sunday.

KIM Kardashian reportedly had "no idea" Kanye West was planning to reveal she is pregnant.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

World's top 10 athletes in 2012

1. Usain Bolt (male, track and field)
Usain Bolt
The 26-year-old Jamaica sprint king proved his title of "the fastest man on earth" when he won men's 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals in London Olympics to repeat his success from Beijing 2008 - a feat never achieved before.
2. Sebastian Vettel (male, F1)
Sebastian Vettel
The 25-year-old Red Bull's driver from Germany became the youngest triple champion of Formula One in a dramatic season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, where his sixth ranking was enough to lift him alongside legendary drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the sport's only three-time champion.
3. Lionel Messi (male, soccer)
Lionel Messi
The 25-year-old Barcelona star from Argentina won the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, the prestigious award for the world's outstanding footballer, for the third straight time. He also set a new record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year as his total scores increased to 91 goals after last week's Primera Liga.
4. Allyson Felix (female, track and field)
track and field best woman
The 27-year-old American sprinter enjoyed a successful journey in London this summer as she collected three Olympic golds in women's 200m, 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay and also helped set the new world record in women's 4x100m relay event.
5. Lin Dan (male, badminton)
best male badminton
The 29-year-old Chinese shuttler became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic badminton men's singles gold medals following his success in Beijing. He also became the first man to win the All England Open five times since 1977.
6. Michael Phelps (male, swimming)
best male swimmer
The 27-year-old U.S. superstar drew the curtain on his magnificent career by claiming his 18th Olympic gold medal at London 2012. As the most prolific medalist the Olympics have ever witnessed, Phelps surpassed gymnast Larissa Latynia with 22 Olympic medals.
7. LeBron James (male, basketball)
best male basketballer
The 28-year-old "King James" led Miami Heat to their second NBA title in franchise history, winning his first overall in 2012. Following up on his regular-season Most Valuable Player nod, James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists in the Finals and was named Finals MVP.
8. Ye Shiwen (female, swimming)
Best female swimmer
The 16-year-old Chinese swimmer stunned the world with two individual medley golds and many records - a world record and an Olympic record - in her Olympic debut. Ye improved the world record in the women's 400m individual medley by more than one second, all the more remarkable as she swam the last 50m in a faster time than U.S. 400m individual medley champion Ryan Lochte.
9. Lindsey Vonn (female, skiing)
best female in skiing
The 28-year-old American skier won Downhill, Super G and Combined titles in a dominant year 2012. It was the fifth straight year she has won the Downhill, the fourth year she has won Super G and the third year she has won Combined. At the end of the 2011/12 season, she had 53 World Cup wins and was closing in on Annemarie Moser-Proll with 62 and Vreni Schneider with 55.
10. Oscar Pistorius (male, track and field )
best male paralympian track and field
The 26-year-old Blade Runner from South Africa became the first male Paralympian athlete to compete at the Olympic Games, and only the second ever after Marla Runyan, when he ran in both the 400m and 4x400m at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

Boko Haram killed 15 Christians by slitting their throats in an attack on a village in Maiduguri


Gunmen suspected to belong to the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats, killing at least 15 in the troubled region’s latest attack, witnesses said Saturday.
The assault happened early Friday morning in the village of Musari on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the city where the sect known as Boko Haram first launched its guerrilla campaign of shootings and car bombings against Nigeria’s weak central government. The gunmen shouted religious slogans and later ordered those there to be gathered up into a group, said Mshelia Inusa, a primary school teacher in the village.

“We heard some people chanting, ‘God is great, God is great’ amid sounds of banging on doors of houses at about 1 am,” the teacher said. “A voice was heard ordering people to be slaughtered and also voices of children were heard screaming.”

Inusa said he and others later saw corpses with their hands tied behind their backs and their throats cut.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Thousands sign ''Deport Piers Morgan back to the UK'' vs ''Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" petitions

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition to deport Piers Morgan, 47 following his calls for increased gun control in America. The British CNN Anchor tweeted this yesterday:

Piers Morgan Deportation Petition Keep Piers Morgan in the US petition Piers Morgan is gay controversial Piers Morgan trending now Piers Morgan

The petition was posted on and requires about 25,000 signatures within 30 days to get a response from the US government.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Indian gang rape victim dies at Mount Elizabeth Hospital

Six men raped the 23-year-old medical student and beat her and her companion. They then inserted an iron rod into her body resulting in severe organ damage. Both of them were then stripped naked before throwing them out of the bus on Sunday December 16.

The woman had remained in an extremely critical condition since Thursday when she was flown to Singapore from India. “Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome.”

She “passed away peacefully” with her family and officials of the Indian embassy by her side,” said Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth hospital where she had been treated since Thursday. “The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss,” he said in a statement.

Sex crimes have been rampant in New Delhi in recent years. Official statistics showed there were 572 rape cases in 2011 and more than 600 cases this year, but there could be more unreported cases.
A child is lost!
Career crushed!
A sister is lost!
May her Soul Rest in Peace

JACKIE CHAN'S latest flick CZ2012

JACKIE CHAN'S latest flick, received lots of hype about it being his last big-action film, and  pretty impressive for a 58-year-old Chan still doing all his own stunts.

The plot is simple – Chan (who is also the movie’s co-writer and director) plays a mercenary and relic hunter on a mission to track down six priceless bronze animal heads made after the 12 Chinese zodiac.

In the midst of his squeezing and swinging through narrow corners socking bad guys he needs to rediscover his ­allegiance and conscience ­between greed and his sense of national pride.

The movie which runs for about two hours premiered in Beijing Dec 11 and released in China on Dec 20th.


thousands protest kill the bill over kill the gays

For the past few months, Uganda has been making news around the world for the controversial ''Kill the Gays'' bill that was introduced to legislation May 2011. Now, new headlines announce that, in the last few weeks, the suggestion of a death penalty in the bill has been dropped, but there has been no mention of dropping life in prison. The members of Uganda’s parliament are on vacation now, and won’t be coming back to work until February
The bill was in parliament until May 2011 where it was never voted on. It then resurfaced again in February 2012. It originally aimed to put homosexuals in prison for life or sentence them to the death penalty depending on the severity of the violation. The bill originally divided the violations into two categories, “The offense of homosexuality” and “Aggravated homosexuality.” An offender of “The offense of homosexuality” would be sentenced to life in prison, while an offender of “Aggravated homosexuality” would be given the death penalty. The bill also aimed to punish those who openly supported homosexuals; the bill could put people in jail for at least 5 years if they tried to help a homosexual in any way or if they promoted homosexuality. That meant that having a different opinion than the Ugandan government could cause an open minded person to go to jail.

The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni said: "If there are some homosexuals, we shall not kill or persecute them but there should be no promotion of homosexuality.''

Nations and world leaders across the globe have condemned the bill, and many have threatened to cut off foreign aid to Uganda.

Ugandan Parliamentarian David Bahati, original author of the bill, now says that the latest version, which has not been publicly released, has “moved away from the death penalty after considering all the issues that have been raised.” However, Bahati also said the bill now focuses on “protecting children from gay pornography, banning gay marriage, counseling gays, as well as punishing those who promote gay culture,” each carrying jail terms.

Madonna's 'Raising Malawi' builds 10 Schools in Malawi

Madonna build 10 schools in Malawi
Madonna‘s charity 'Raising Malawi' has announced that it has helped to build 10 schools in the poverty-stricken country. 
The primary schools, which are located in rural villages across Malawi, were built via a partnership between Madonna, Raising Malawi and the global non-profit organization buildOn. Six of the schools are already being used; all ten will be ready to receive students in January. Overall, the schools will educate 4,871 children.

Children in newly built school in malawi by madonna

In a statement, Madonna said that she is “overjoyed” that her “commitment…to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition.” She added, “In a country where girls have little opportunity for education, it’s additionally inspiring to know that more than half the students attending will be young girls.”

Madonna founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to help end the poverty and hardship endured by the one million orphans and vulnerable children in that country. In 2006 she adopted toddler David Banda under controversial circumstances and two years later adopted another child, Mercy James.

Congrats to Madonna and buildOn, this is a great accomplishment

2012 Calabar International Carnival

It has been hailed as the best Carnival in this part of the world and we doubt anyone can dispute that. We bring you pictures from the ongoing Calabar Carnival taking place in Cross River. The carnival was started by Donald Duke, governor of the state between 1999-2007. 

Pictures from 2012 Calabar festival, Cross Rivers, Nigeria

Calabar international carnival Acting Governor, Efiok Essien Cobham cut the ribbon to set the show alive
 Acting Governor, Efiok Essien Cobham, accompanied by his wife and other dignitaries, including the Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, and wife as well as Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, arrived at the park to a deafening ovation by the people cut the ribbon to set the show alive
pictures from 2012 calabar carnival on the streets
 The city woke up to the sound of festivities as people began to set up for the carnival. The Millennium Park was the gathering point, and the mood and colours at the park were those of joy and celebration, with the participating five bands: Passion 4, Freedom, Seagull, Masta Blasta and Bayside engaging in a feat of musical gyration, artistic and well choreographed dance steps in a highly entertaining manner that “threw the audience into spellbound celebration.”

Besides the five bands, other non-competing bands, such as the visiting Brazilian Samba group and Vai Vai entertained the audience as they went on the 14- kilometre street parade that terminated at the U.J. Esuene Stadium for the final showdown among the competing bands. The event lasted into late hours.
pictures from 2012 calabar carnival

Chairman of the Carnival Commission, Mr. Gab Onah, described this year’s edition as classic, adding that the carnival has gone full swing and now has a brand identity that everyone was willing to be associated with. The presence of over five countries and high-ranking personalities from around the country and outside, he said, is a testimony to the height that the 32-day festival itself has reached.

This will be the first time in history the Calabar Festival is holding without the governor in attendance, as Governor Liyel Imoke is on annual vacation.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Transformation in Nigeria's Rail Sector

Railway now working in Nigeria from Lagos to the North

A rare feat worthy of commendation as previous administrations in Nigeria had expended huge financial resources without tangible results.

The resuscitation of the Nigerian railway would greatly ease the passenger/cargo traffic from Lagos to northern parts of the country.

“Given the heavy vehicular traffic on Nigerians roads, the resuscitation of that rail route will take the strain off the Lagos-Northern roads and this is worth commending,” Senator Uzodinma added.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Wednesday revived hopes for a cheaper means of transportation in the country as it conveyed 450 newly-recruited soldiers from Zaria to Lagos. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the passengers’ train with five coaches took off from Zaria at 1.15 p.m and was expected to arrive in Lagos at 2.15 p.m on Thursday 25hours later.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation commenced operation of mass transit on the Lagos-Kano route last week Friday. The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar inaugurated the trains and rode with Kano-bound passengers.

Take a train from Lagos to Kano

The Lagos-Kano mass transit train leaves from Ebute Meta and is expected make stops at major stations such as Abeokuta,Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Minna and Kaduna before it finally arrives its Kano terminal destination 25hours later.

Nigerian pilgrims visit tomb of Jesus Christ

Nigerian citizens visit tomb of Jesus

Nigerian pilgrims on Wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel, visited the tomb where Jesus was buried and resurrected.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pilgrims had earlier visited the Antonio Fortress, the courtyard where Jesus was tried before Pontus Pilate and sentenced to death.

From the Fortress the pilgrims proceeded to Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, and prayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the burial place of Jesus.

The pilgrims also visited the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a man, who had been bedridden for many years.

Beside the pool is the Church of St. Anne, dedicated to Anne, the grandmother of Jesus Christ.

“Many people passed through the gate but did not help the sick man, but Jesus came by and healed him.

“Pray that Jesus will not pass you by,” Venerable Peter Ogunmuyiwa said in a brief sermon at the church.

VMK released first African designed smartphone Elikia

A Congolese gadget designer VMK released Africa's first smartphone 'Elikia' Thursday. The phone made in China has started selling in Congo at a price of $171 (XOF 85,000). The phone is already being distributed by Airtel and Warid, two telecom operators in the country.
It features a 3.5-in QVGA display and a 650MHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and runs Android 2.3.6. The China-manufactured Elikia also comes with a 5 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 2G/3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nelson Mandela released from the hospital for homecare

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released Wednesday from the hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed, a government spokesman said.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon will continue to receive medical care at home.

Mandela was released Wednesday evening and will receive "home-based high care" at his residence in the Johannesburg neighbourhood of Houghton until he fully recovers, said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj.

"We thank the public and the media for the good wishes and for according Madiba and the family the necessary privacy," said Maharaj in a statement, using Mandela's clan name, a term of affection. The statement requested that Mandela's privacy continue to be respected "in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery."

One person dead and 40 others injured from massive fireworks explosion at Jankara market, Lagos Island

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said one person was killed and 40 others were injured from a cracker that sparked a major fire outbreak in the Jankara area of Lagos Island, the country's commercial hub.

Spokesperson for the agency in Lagos Ibrahim Farinloye said "We recovered just a body so far and the body was burnt beyond recognition, but we have treated 40 injured persons."

Monsurat Isiaq, a market woman confirmed that more than 10 apartments were damaged after fireworks stored in a close by warehouse in Jankara market area on Lagos Island exploded.

Jankara market is the largest market in Lagos and sells everything from tie-dyed cloth, trade beads and jewelry to pirate cassettes, pottery and clothing. The use of knockout and fireworks during festive periods in the state is rampant.

Nigerian police recently banned fireworks during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, especially in northern part of the country where fundamentalists had laid a siege with incessant bomb explosions and killings, forcing residents to flee to other parts of the west African country believed to be safe.

70 per cent of mining companies in Nigeria are not working

Mining companies in Nigeria are fake

Nigeria is losing billions of Naira that should accrue to the federation account from the mining because Nigerian mining regulators are not efficient enough, an audit report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has revealed.

Mandela looks much better

Mandela looking better

South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela is looking much better, although still receiving medical treatment at a Pretoria hospital, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma made the remarks after visiting Mandela to wish him a merry Christmas day on Tuesday morning.

"He is in good spirits, and he shouted my clan name Nxamalala as I walked into his ward," Zuma said. "He was happy to have visitors on this special day."

The doctors at the hospital are happy with the progress that Mandela is making, according to the president.

However, the doctors did not disclose when Mandela could be discharged from the hospital.

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez recuperating after cancer surgery

Chavez still recuperating and delaying to get off position

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is recuperating after a recent cancer surgery, local media reported Tuesday.

Chavez was able to leave bed rest to walk about and do some exercises as part of his post-operative recovery program, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced late Monday, in the latest official update on the president's state of health.

Chavez called Maduro from Havana, Cuba, where he underwent surgery, and "during the 20-minute conversation that we had, he was walking, doing some exercises that are part of his daily treatment," Maduro told state-run VTV by phone.

News of the call from Chavez, which Maduro said was "a Christmas present," sparked a flurry of hopeful messages on Twitter by Venezuelans loyal to the ailing head of state.

Chavez underwent a fourth round of surgery on Dec. 11, since he was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in June 2011. The President‚ who has been in power since 1999‚ won another six-year term in October's presidential election and is scheduled to be sworn in to a third six-year term on Jan. 10.

Shinzo Abe becomes Japan's new prime minister

Japan elect new prime minister

Shinzo Abe, the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was elected Japan's new prime minister in a special session of the Diet on Wednesday.

In a lower house election, Abe gained 328 votes of 478 valid votes in the 480-seat chamber.

While in the upper house, where the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) remains the largest force, Abe failed to gain more than half of votes in the first round election.

In the second round, Abe defeated his rival Banri Kaieda, the new leader of the DPJ.

The LDP returned to power by winning a landslide victory in the lower house election on Dec. 16 and put an end to the three-year rule of the DPJ.

Abe, who held the premier post from 2006 to 2007, will unveil his new coalition government formed by the LDP and the New Komeito Party which hold 325 seats in the more powerful lower house.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Osa wishes everyone a happy chrismas, osa h& m

Adeboye:Once the favour of God locates you, it changes your destiny

Adeboye preaches on favour on God on christmas day

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on Christmas day urged Christians to turn to God and forsake their sinful ways.

Adeboye said at the `2012 Lets Go A-Fishing’, at the RCCG National Headquarters in Shangisha, Lagos that the faithful should embrace righteousness so as to attract God’s favour.

He said that any nation with the fear of God and filled with righteousness, would earn Gods’ favour.

“When God decides to favour you, it does not matter where you are, the favour of God will surely locate you. Once the favour of God locates you, it changes your destiny, you will get to the top and the blessing will flow to others.

“When God decides to favour you, you are empowered, it turns you into anointing and it brings you in contact with greatness. When God decided to favour David, He gave him power,’’ Adeboye said.

Fear of kidnapping affects Ndigbos Christmas travel

fears as citizens avoid Eastern Nigeria

There are believed to be over 30million Igbos in Nigeria and as many as about 5million living in the diaspora. Traditionally, Igbos both at home and abroad, always travel back to the East for Christmas in what has become an annual pilgrimage.

However, this year, the figures are reported to be down due to the incessant menace of kidnapping, which has become very rampant across the East lately, with wealthy and influential Nigerians being abducted in exchange for huge sums.

Over the last week, Nollywood actress, Nkiru Sylvanus and former Mr Nigeria, Kenneth Okolie were both kidnapped in Owerri and were only released after large ransoms were paid.

Apparently, the situation is so bad that luxury bus operators have been forced to reduced their fare.

In a typical sting operation, operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) have picked up six of the men that abducted Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of the Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

It has now emerged that the Okonjo family paid a N40 million ransom for her release, but the suspects were arrested, as they tried to deposit N15million of the money.

Women face 6-month jail term if they wear miniskirts or low-rise jeans

women face 6month jail term if they wear mini skirt and low rise jeans

Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear miniskirts or tops which expose part of their stomach as they will be violating moral standards, a police spokesperson has said.

Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889."The act of a rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women," Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying.

The ban also applies to low-rise jeans.

"They will be arrested," she said.

Hleta said women wearing revealing clothing were responsible for assaults or rapes committed against them.

"I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of 'undressing people with their eyes'. That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing," Hleta said.

Profiling Nigerians: Babatunde Fashola: Rise of a troubleshooter

He can do it" was many observers' comment when Babatunde Fashola took up a challenging new mission to transform Lagos into Africa's model of governance. Babatunde Fashola is the youngest Governor of Lagos State in the history of Nigeria and a Senior Advocate by profession. He is the 13th Governor of the State and first Senior Advocate of Nigeria to hold office as Governor in Nigeria. He governs a state that is probably Africa’s largest city with over 22 million people.

Profiling Nigerians Babatunde Fashola; rise of a troubleshooter

Fashiola has demonstrated top disciplined, tough and resolute qualities in front of difficulties and critics. ''There is no one above the law in the state. People who are not prepared to obey our laws should leave the state. There is no society where laws are not broken, but the state government would continue to increase its enforcement so that there will be high level of compliance,’’ he said after arresting a policeman for violating 'The state Traffic Law' that prohibits the operations of motorcycles and tricycles on Lagos/Abeokuta Express road and other metropolis.
profile of Fashola

Re-elected last year with 81 percent of the vote, Fashola is courting residents and investors by building roads, an urban railway, bridges and hospitals. Hotels such as Sheraton and Radisson have expanded their operations in Lagos since Fashola took office in 2007.
Also, Shoprite, Massmart and car manufacturers have also taken advantage of his good governance.

His government plans a free trade zone with an international airport and a port. Expectations have grown so high that “if there’s a blip, the impression is you’re slacking”, Fashola said in an interview.

Last year he signed into law a bill that forces men to support their children. Men who impregnate and abandon women could now face prosecution in Lagos State.

Monday, December 24, 2012

61st anniversary of Libya’s independence

Today, sixty-one years ago, on 24 December, 1951, Libya was proclaimed an independendant and sovereign state after the Dutch diplomat and Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Adrian Pelt, transferred state power to the late King Idris in his capacity as UN High Commissioner for Libya.

Libyans marked Monday the 61st anniversary of the North African country's Independence Day.

A national ceremony including a military performance was held in the Martyrs Square in the capital city of Tripoli, with the moored ships in Tripoli port ringing sirens to mark this special anniversary.

In a keynote speech during the ceremony, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan said Libya needs its people's hard work and "commitment to attend work every day with faithful spirit to build and develop the nation."

Last year was the first time in more than 40 years where Libyans were able to freely celebrate Independence Day, lighting the country up with flags, music and dancing. Despite ongoing issues in Libya, this year’S 24/12 will undoubtedly be a day of celebration and a time to remember the significance of the flag. The red for the blood of those who died, and the green for independence and a fresh start.

Downton Abbey’s Christmas Day special

Christmas day special at the Abbeys

Downton Abbey is about the biggest thing on television at the moment. The period hit drama shot much of its two-hour Christmas day special at Inveraray Castle. In real life, Inveraray Castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll.
The show is mainly known for being filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, where British and American tourists have flocked since the series became a hit in 2010.
The first series was set in 1912. It has followed the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family through to the 1920s. In that decade, Inveraray Castle was inhabited by the 10th Duke of Argyll, Niall, who built the Bell Tower in the town to commemorate those who died in World War I and was a scholarly recluse later in life.

Downton Abbey has won fans worldwide and an average of 11.9 million viewers in Britain watched its third season, which will premiere in the US on PBS on January 6.

Hollywood Actor Denzel Washington to star In Nollywood Film, ‘Spider Basket’

Denzel washington to act a movie in Nigeria
Hollywood actor, Denzel Washington, is expected to arrive in Nigeria next week to take part in the shooting of Spider Basket, a new movie funded by Nigerian businessman, Dennis Osadebe.

Osadebe himself arrived in Nigeria from his base in Turkey last Friday in company with his Turkish partner, Abdulkadir Erkahraman.

Osadebe’s decision to invest in the entertainment industry appears driven by his faith in the abundant talents in the Nigeria. “Denzel is just one of many Hollywood stars that I want to witness the talents in this country and to impact significantly on Nollywood. Others are coming. My second movie, By Fire by Force, is due to be premiered this month,” he says.

Nollywood movies on the rise

Friday, December 21, 2012

Security beefed up in Lagos State ahead of Christmas Festival

soldiers working with guns parading lagos streets

Nigerian police in Lagos State on Friday said they have made adequate security arrangements ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Rebel attacks in recent years have overshadowed the festive season in the West African country, where a big bomb killed more than 40 Christians on Charismas Day last year at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Niger State.

State police spokesperson Ngozi Braide told reporters in Ikeja, the state capital, that special security strategies have been evolved to protect public places, including worship centers, markets, departmental stores, parks, gardens and event venues during the period.

Tight security is in place, she added, noting that undercover operatives have been deployed to strategic places all over the state.

She expressed happiness that the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles, on highways by the state government had drastically reduced the crime rate by about 90 percent.

She called on members of the public to always be on the alert and report the movements of suspicious persons or groups to the nearest police station.