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Nicki Minaj

With Nigerian celebrities basking in the buzz of the #Surulere social media trend, we thought to bring you these ‘before-and-after’ photos of super female rapper Nicki Minaj. She is pictured as a struggling and quite less endowed rapper at the beginning of her career before she met success in the hip-hop world.

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Now, the successful Nicki Minaj…

Nicki Minaj arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Nicki Minaj arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent
Nicki Minaj The Trent

Nicki Minaj The Trent

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Here’s a cautionary tale for those of us who check our partner’s phones – one woman did and found footage of her boyfriend having sex with a dog.

Her dog, to be precise.

Wayne Bryson of Louth, Lincolnshire, admitted one sexual offence with an animal and one charge of possession of class B drugs, a Skegness magistrates court clerk confirmed to HuffPost UK on Friday.

He was granted bail on the condition he is not alone with animals until sentencing, The Mirror reported.

The newspaper adds he could face a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment.

The 19-year-old, who told police he could not explain the encounter with the Staffordshire bull terrier but insisted that it happened only once, will be sentenced on 5 March.

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She has been known as the catwalk princess for some time, so attending the secret Prince gig on Monday evening was quite apt for Cara Delevingne.

Despite her busy day of shows during London Fashion Week, the 21-year-old headed to Ronnie Scotts alongside her new love Michelle Rodriguez.

And by the looks of their appearance as they left they’d had a very enjoyable time… as Michelle 35, emerged with her Louboutin heels in her hand revealing her dirty feet followed closely behind by Cara – who had also ditched her heels.

Good time gals: Cara Delevingne left Ronnie Scotts on Monday evening after Prince gig with Michelle Rodriguez

Good time gals: Cara Delevingne left Ronnie Scotts on Monday evening after Prince gig with Michelle Rodriguez.

 

The pair, who have been dating for around six weeks, looked a little unsteady on their feet as they made their exit trying to go unnoticed.

But being the face of London Fashion Week, Cara couldn’t be missed and neither could her actress girlfriend’s very grubby looking feet. 

The model, who was dressed in a black suit, appeared to have a fashion malfunction as her flies were undone as she left the gig.

Shoe-less: Michelle ditched her heels as she left looking a little unsteady on her feet

Shoe-less: Michelle ditched her heels as she left looking a little unsteady on her feet

Similar: Cara also ditched her shoes as they left the venue and headed back to their hotel

Similar: Cara also ditched her shoes as they left the venue and headed back to their hotel.

Their appearance comes as the Fast and Furious actress opened up about her relationship with Cara for the first time.

Speaking to the Mirror, Michelle said: ‘It’s going really well. She’s so cool. When we started hanging out I just thought she was awesome, and we have the best time together. She’s hard though. You wouldn’t want to mess with her in a fight.’

Michelle, who has been in London with Cara for the past few weeks, has not however been seen supporting her girlfriend on the catwalk – leaving her to do her own thing.

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Chimamanda Adichie, Award Winning Author
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Award Winning Author

I will call him Sochukwuma. A thin, smiling boy who liked to play with us girls at the university primary school in Nsukka. We were young. We knew he was different, we said, ‘he’s not like the other boys.’ But his was a benign and unquestioned difference; it was simply what it was. We did not have a name for him. We did not know the word ‘gay.’ He was Sochukwuma and he was friendly and he played oga so well that his side always won.

In secondary school, some boys in his class tried to throw Sochukwuma off a second floor balcony. They were strapping teenagers who had learned to notice, and fear, difference. They had a name for him. Homo. They mocked him because his hips swayed when he walked and his hands fluttered when he spoke. He brushed away their taunts, silently, sometimes grinning an uncomfortable grin. He must have wished that he could be what they wanted him to be. I imagine now how helplessly lonely he must have felt. The boys often asked, “Why can’t he just be like everyone else?”

Possible answers to that question include ‘because he is abnormal,’ ‘because he is a sinner, ‘because he chose the lifestyle.’ But the truest answer is ‘We don’t know.’ There is humility and humanity in accepting that there are things we simply don’t know. At the age of 8, Sochukwuma was obviously different.  It was not about sex, because it could not possibly have been – his hormones were of course not yet fully formed – but it was an awareness of himself, and other children’s awareness of him, as different. He could not have ‘chosen the lifestyle’ because he was too young to do so. And why would he – or anybody – choose to be homosexual in a world that makes life so difficult for homosexuals?

READ: Eseoghene Ohwojeheri: [Rejoinder] Chimamanda, Are Our Differences Not Enough Already?

READ: Dave Abbah: Why The Nigerian Anti-Gay Law Will Lead To The Rise And Acceptance Of Gay Relations

The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust. Even if this was not a country of abysmal electricity supply where university graduates are barely literate and people die of easily-treatable causes and Boko Haram commits casual mass murders, this law would still be unjust.  We cannot be a just society unless we are able to accommodate benign difference, accept benign difference, live and let live. We may not understand homosexuality, we may find it personally abhorrent but our response cannot be to criminalize it.

A crime is a crime for a reason. A crime has victims. A crime harms society. On what basis is homosexuality a crime? Adults do no harm to society in how they love and whom they love. This is a law that will not prevent crime, but will, instead, lead to crimes of violence: there are already, in different parts of Nigeria, attacks on people ‘suspected’ of being gay. Ours is a society where men are openly affectionate with one another. Men hold hands. Men hug each other. Shall we now arrest friends who share a hotel room, or who walk side by side? How do we determine the clunky expressions in the law – ‘mutually beneficial,’ ‘directly or indirectly?’

Many Nigerians support the law because they believe the Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible can be a basis for how we choose to live our personal lives, but it cannot be a basis for the laws we pass, not only because the holy books of different religions do not have equal significance for all Nigerians but also because the holy books are read differently by different people. The Bible, for example, also condemns fornication and adultery and divorce, but they are not crimes.

For supporters of the law, there seems to be something about homosexuality that sets it apart. A sense that it is not ‘normal.’ If we are part of a majority group, we tend to think others in minority groups are abnormal, not because they have done anything wrong, but because we have defined normal to be what we are and since they are not like us, then they are abnormal. Supporters of the law want a certain semblance of human homogeneity. But we cannot legislate into existence a world that does not exist: the truth of our human condition is that we are a diverse, multi-faceted species. The measure of our humanity lies, in part, in how we think of those different from us. We cannot – should not – have empathy only for people who are like us.

Some supporters of the law have asked – what is next, a marriage between a man and a dog?’ Or ‘have you seen animals being gay?’ (Actually, studies show that there is homosexual behavior in many species of animals.) But, quite simply, people are not dogs, and to accept the premise – that a homosexual is comparable to an animal – is inhumane. We cannot reduce the humanity of our fellow men and women because of how and who they love. Some animals eat their own kind, others desert their young. Shall we follow those examples, too?

Other supporters suggest that gay men sexually abuse little boys. But pedophilia and homosexuality are two very different things. There are men who abuse little girls, and women who abuse little boys, and we do not presume that they do it because they are heterosexuals. Child molestation is an ugly crime that is committed by both straight and gay adults (this is why it is a crime: children, by virtue of being non-adults, require protection and are unable to give sexual consent).

There has also been some nationalist posturing among supporters of the law. Homosexuality is ‘unafrican,’ they say, and we will not become like the west. The west is not exactly a homosexual haven; acts of discrimination against homosexuals are not uncommon in the US and Europe. But it is the idea of ‘unafricanness’ that is truly insidious. Sochukwuma was born of Igbo parents and had Igbo grandparents and Igbo great-grandparents. He was born a person who would romantically love other men. Many Nigerians know somebody like him. The boy who behaved like a girl. The girl who behaved like a boy. The effeminate man. The unusual woman. These were people we knew, people like us, born and raised on African soil. How then are they ‘unafrican?’

If anything, it is the passage of the law itself that is ‘unafrican.’ It goes against the values of tolerance and ‘live and let live’ that are part of many African cultures. (In 1970s Igboland, Area Scatter was a popular musician, a man who dressed like a woman, wore makeup, plaited his hair. We don’t know if he was gay – I think he was – but if he performed today, he could conceivably be sentenced to fourteen years in prison. For being who he is.) And it is informed not by a home-grown debate but by a cynically borrowed one: we turned on CNN and heard western countries debating ‘same sex marriage’ and we decided that we, too, would pass a law banning same sex marriage. Where, in Nigeria, whose constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, has any homosexual asked for same-sex marriage?

This is an unjust law. It should be repealed. Throughout history, many inhumane laws have been passed, and have subsequently been repealed. Barack Obama, for example, would not be here today had his parents obeyed American laws that criminalized marriage between blacks and whites.

An acquaintance recently asked me, ‘if you support gays, how would you have been born?’ Of course, there were gay Nigerians when I was conceived. Gay people have existed as long as humans have existed. They have always been a small percentage of the human population. We don’t know why. What matters is this: Sochukwuma is a Nigerian and his existence is not a crime.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an multiple award winning author. This article was first published on The Scoop.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely that of the author.

Former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah
Former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Senator Stella Oduah

Princess Stella Oduah has officially handed over to the Minister of State for Trade and Commerce, Dr Samuel Ortom after her two and a half years tenure as a minister in the Aviation Industry.

This follows the termination of her appointment by President Jonathan last Wednesday, February 12th 2014.

In her handing over speech, Oduah commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, workers and Stakeholders in the aviation sector for the opportunity to serve the country and for the tremendous support given to her during her two and a half years’ stewardship as Aviation Minister.

She also listed the achievements of the ministry during her reign.

See excerpts from her speech below:

“It was a great privilege to be chosen from amongst over 160 million Nigerians to serve in the Federal Cabinate. My profound gratitude goes to Mr President who provided me with this rare privilege. I also want to thank him for all the support he acorded me to pursue his Transformation Agenda in the Aviation Sector. I equally wish to thank my personal aides, aviator sector workers and stakeholders who partnered with me to realize our Vision and Mission in the sector”, Oduah declared, continuing:

“During my tenure, we gave our best to institute reforms in line with Mr President’s Transformation Agenda. We produced the Aviation sector Master plan and implementation Road Map. Using the Master Plan and Road Map, we were able to reconstruct and remodel all 22 federally-owned airports across the country. We also commenced the construction of five new international terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano.

“We also introduced the Perishable Cargo and Aerotrolis concepts to drive the growth and development of not only the aviation sector, but also the Nigerian economy. Construction of the cargo terminals has commenced across 16 airports across the country while modalities have been completed to kick-start the Aerotropolis project. We also carried out institutional reforms, built the capacity of NCAT to produce enough professionals both for the local aviation market and for export.

“My greatest satisfaction comes from our accomplishments in the area of safety and security of the Nigerian airspace. We were able to procure, update and install safety-critical infrastructure that has repositioned the sector to achieve our objective of zero-accident rate in the Nigerian airspace.

The former Minister expressed optimism that the reforms instituted during her tenure will serve to propel the sector to greater accomplishments and expressed the hope that her successor will sustain the tempo and momentum of transformation in the interest of the sector, the air travelers and the Nigerian economy.

 

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Nigeria’s main opposition party All Progressives Congress hired the U.S. political consultancy that helped Barack Obama win two elections to work for it in next year’s presidential vote, an official said.

AKPD Message & Media, based in Chicago and founded by David Axelrod, will help the APC with its campaign against the ruling People’s Democratic Party, which has governed Africa’s biggest oil producer since 1999, in elections set for Feb. 14.

“We have been working closely with AKPD Message and Media over the past few months, and we shall leverage on the firm’s skill, experience and expertise throughout the upcoming campaign cycle,” APC spokesman Lai Mohammed said in a statement e-mailed from Lagos today. Calls to AKPD outside office hours went unanswered and there was no immediate response to an e-mail seeking comment.

President Goodluck Jonathan, 56, who took power in Africa’s biggest oil producer when his predecessor Umaru Yar’Adua died in office in 2010, won elections in 2011. Though he has yet to declare whether he plans to run in 2015, his party has been hit be a string of high-profile defections to the APC, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who switched sides on Feb. 2.

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Don’t go burglarising in Brazil!

Vigilantes hog-tied a thief before throwing him onto an anthill after busting him robbing a home.

The doomed thief is carried off to the anthill, where vigilantes will leave him and let him squirm as the insects bite at his flesh.

Police support via YouTube: The doomed thief is carried off to the anthill, where vigilantes will leave him and let him squirm as the insects bite at his flesh.

Shocking footage shows the semi-naked youngster unable to move his arms or legs, as the posse then picks him up and drops him straight onto the insects’ nest.

With the critters biting his body, the crowd does nothing but watch him scream out in agony.
Locals allegedly caught the youngster trying to rob a nearby home. Upon capturing him, he was hog-tied and placed on an anthill.

Police Support via YouTube: Locals allegedly caught the youngster trying to rob a nearby home. Upon capturing him, he was hog-tied and placed on an anthill.

The incident is believed to have happened in the Dirceu neighborhood of the northern city of Teresina.

The 80-second video was posted to YouTube by Apoio Policial organization.

Many commenters on its Facebook page praised the actions, suggesting that citizens are resorting to vigilante justice to punish criminals.

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Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's president, pauses during a session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Monday February 18th 2014 appointed Brig-General Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa (rtd.) as his Chief of Staff.

Arogbofa replaces Mike Oghiadome who resigned last week.

Brig-General Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa
Brig-General Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa

Brig General Arogbofa is a retired Officer of the Signals Corps of the Nigerian Army who holds several military honours and awards including Mss, Fss, Fsc and Fwc and is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

A press statement sent to The Trent by the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, states that appointment is with immediate effect and Arogbofa has taken up his new post at the Presidential Villa.

In addition to administrative capabilities and experience garnered from a distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen Arogbofa brings an impressive array of academic qualifications to his new job.

They include a Diploma in Communications Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, USA and a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science from the United States Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The new Chief of Staff to the President was born on November 10, 1952. He hails from the Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

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Taken on April 19, 2012 shows Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan addressing a press conference in Berlin. (Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL)
Mr Isaiah Balat
Mr Isaiah Balat

Former Minister of Works Mr Isaiah Balat has just passed away at age 62.

Until his death, Balat was a special adviser on special duties to Vice-President Nnamadi Sambo, he was also a one time senator from Kaduna State.

He passed away in Abuja on Tuesday February 18th 2014 at about 1 p.m., his colleague and friend Philip Sule has confirmed.

 

 

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