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Why I Am In Support Of Biafra – Wole Soyinka

​Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has, again, explained his support for Biafran agitators.

Soyinka said the Igbo people have been so wronged that they have no choice than to consider opting out of Nigeria.

Prof. Soyinka spoke on Al Jazeera, yesterday where he shed light on his support for Biafra agitators.

I am very much pro- Biafra because I recognise that the Igbo have been wronged desperately.

“They have been brutalised in a way that justifies their feeling that they were not part of the nation.

“Let me also say this, Biafrans are not entirely innocent in this affair. They were not, but the unleashing of such venom, such devastation on them as a people, was sufficient to justify their decision not to be part of the nation.

“I was pro-Biafran in the sense that I felt that they needed justice.
Soyinka denied he was a troublemaker, especially in the Biafran crisis, but added, “I grew up in certain circumstances being very conscious politically, in this very Abeokuta; my mother was involved in the politics, my aunt, Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was a leader…

“I grew up among political arguments on issues that concern humanity and I find that basically gravitated towards recognising the basic worth of human beings.

“Something I disagree when they call me a patriot because I don’t agitate on some certain entity called a nation; I agitate on humanity.

He criticised the removal of History and teaching of the Biafran crisis in schools.

Officials do not want to confront their own history, especially the history in the making of which they feel uncomfortable but, if you do not confront your past, you are going to mess up your future.

On Boko Haram and the breakup of Nigeria, he said ironically, Boko Haram might be part of the reasons Nigeria may stay together.

Soyinka said a few years ago, he would have agreed that Nigeria would break, but, now that a section of the country is in trouble, there is some kind of pulling together. He added that the conscience of many Nigerian has been awakened such that they cannot abandon that section of the country.

He urged Nigerians to recognise the plurality of Nigeria, how it came together and begin to devise and adopt a method of governance which cannot only be of massive decentralisation. “That way, we can stay together. If we continue to have a centralist government, then, Nigeria is on the brink.

Melaye To Tinubu: You Are Not God, You Can’t Determine My Future

​The man at the centre of the storm, Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, has told the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to stop playing God as he can never determine his political future.

In a direct reaction to Tinubu’s riposte that his political career has come to an end following his alleged insulting language on Oluremi, Tinubu’s wife during Tuesday’s Executive session of the senate, Melaye, who addressed a press conference on the issue said: “I want to say that Tinubu is not God. I fear only the God almighty, I fear no soul, I only respect souls.

“So far my political journey to the House of Representatives and the Senate have no political, financial or moral contribution of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the God who has brought me this far is mighty, strong and enough to take me further, what God has given me, no man can give and what God has given to me no man can take”.

He described as fallacious, malicious and a lie that I said “I will impregnate Mrs. Tinubu. Biologically it is even impossible to impregnate Mrs. Tinubu because she has arrived menopause”.

He refuted media reports alleging that he insulted Senator Oluremi during the executive session saying the allegation which was orchestrated by Senator Oluremi and sold to an online Medium was baseless and premised on complete falsehood.

Giving a narrative of what transpired, he said: “I want to say that I will continue to uphold the culture, the tradition, the values of the Kogi West Senatorial district and I will not abuse it. But it is absurd for a woman to look at her colleague and call him a thug and a dog when he has not personally addressed you. Unfortunately, I did not have the anointing to be quiet when being insulted, I replied accordingly. I repeat there is no reaction without an action. If she did not call me a dog or a thug there is no way I would have responded. I responded I have no regrets for responding and defending my person and if tomorrow or in the next one hour, Senator Tinubu again called me any name, I shall equally respond accordingly”.

According to him, “ When I stood up and I made my submissions that day in the senate, all I did was to pacify my colleagues and asked that the case in court be withdrawn because already there is a resolution of the senate that the rules of the senate were not forged and since there was a resolution of the senate that the rules of the senate were not forged then I said all those who have gone to court should go and withdraw their names from court and that if at the end of the day those who refused to withdraw their names from court we should penalise them by suspending them, I said that.

“I did not mention the name of any senator while I was making my presentation, unfortunately Senator Oluremi Tinubu got up and was recognised to speak and immediately she started speaking she specifically mentioned my name even when in my presentation I did not mention anybody names.

“But because of reasons only known to Senator Oluremi Tinubu, she got up the first thing she said was that she’s being harrassed in this chamber by Senator Melaye. I kept quiet at that point, she went ahead to say that why will he come here and be threatening senators she said that this thug must be tamed.

“At that point, I got up and I told her that she is very stupid. The next statement from her is that you are a dog. She called me a dog and when she called me a dog I stood up and I reacted and I told her that this is not Bourdillon and that she should look at my face, I am not one of those senators who normally come to prostrate to them in Bourdillon.

And I told her I am from Kogi State, I am not from Lagos State and that there would never be a day that I will come to you for political assistance. This were my words and she went on shouting dog, thug”, he added.

On the issue of impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari, he said: “nobody amongst those of us who spoke there actually talked about impeachment.

Infact the issue of the presidency or president was not the subject matter we were discussing but on how the senate can also come together and solve the forgery case. There wouldn’t have being any need to even discuss about Buhari or the Presidency but because of deliberate wickedness and satanic manifestations they brought in the issue of presidency to garnish their aim and purpose”. On calls that he should apologise, he said: “if there are instances where as a human being I have reacted negatively, I am also ready to be apologetic about it. But in this particular instance, I have never mentioned anybody’s name, I never even used insolent languages but because they are yet to heal from the wound of defeat of the election of the senate president and because of my key role in this exercise where she and her husband called me severally to appeal to me to backoff Saraki and I say I will not backoff Saraki, I will continue to support Saraki, Saraki is my brother, he is my friend and I will continue to support him and this will not change today, it will not change tomorrow, it will not change in this four years of our stay in the Senate”, he stressed.

The Misery and the Makeunders: A History of Best Actress Oscar Winner Transformations

​Glamour doesn’t win Oscars—at least, almost never. And neither does happiness for that matter.

What could be mistaken for a more recent trend is actually a trend as old as Oscar, that of female actors putting themselves through the wringer in order to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, still considered the gold standard of all awards the movie business has to offer.

Or they at least need to look as if they’ve been through the wringer, which is why makeup artists whose sole purpose is to make the wearer’s face look as unmade-up as possible are in high demand. And that’s a more difficult job than it sounds, considering most of the time they’re painting and sponging and airbrushing some the world’s most beautiful faces. If anything, the goal is at least to help us forget that we’re watching Julia Roberts nail a polluting utility to the wall or Hilary Swank go 12 rounds in the boxing ring.

That’s a nearly impossible task, which could also be why the Academy tends to reward the actress who, more than anyone else that year, really gets down in the muck, be it physically or psychologically (or both).

Ever since Janet Gaynor suffered her way to the inaugural Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929—which she won for three different movies, all of them hand-wringers—it’s been tradition to honor the roles that make us feel the most exhausted afterward with the most prestigious of awards.
Which makes sense, considering the most critically lauded films mean to expose the human condition, warts and all. But standing-ovation-worthy, gut-wrenching performances aside, it’s almost shocking just how much misery has been conveyed on the big screen by the Best Actress Oscar winners.

In 88 years, only a handful of women have won Best Actress for playing a character who wasn’t mentally ill in some way or who didn’t suffer a tragedy, become the victim of a crime or the intended victim of a crime, live through a war, or otherwise find herself in the most desperate of situations (although that last one actually depends on how you would define “desperate”).

Moreover, there are only a handful of winners, such as Audrey Hepburn in 1954 for Roman Holiday , who haven’t been required to check their physical perfection at the door.

And even Hepburn’s glamorous princess got a bittersweet ending, despite the film being a romantic comedy.

Rom-com stars, for that matter, have certainly racked up
nominations over the years, but a small fraction—Hepburn, Diane Keaton for Annie Hall, Cher for Moonstruck , Helen Hunt for As Good as It Gets, Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love—scored a win.

And while it’s not as though male stars haven’t played tortured souls and won Best Actor, but the Best Actress winners are the ones who overwhelmingly played characters who endured unspeakable violence ( Sophia Loren , Jane Wyman , Meryl Streep , Jodie Foster , Holly Hunter , Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron , Brie Larson ) or are otherwise victims of circumstance that just led them further down the rabbit hole of despair.

If you saw that list of names alone, out of context, you’d think, yes, about acting prowess. But also great beauty and star power. So it’s a testament to their commitment to the craft that they are interested in pursuing roles that are so haunting to watch you don’t even want to think about what it was like to get inside that character’s head. And hats off to the teams (including the directors and writers) that help them pull it off, because if the physical transformation isn’t there—not to mention the words and the editing—the movie might not work.
The performance has to be there, of course. Nicole Kidman didn’t just slap on a fake nose and call herself Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Nor did Swank cut her hair and wears men’s clothing and expect that to do the convincing in Boys Don’t Cry . Halle Berry looking plain (as possible for her, anyway) does not a Best Actress make all on its own. Theron wasn’t convincing as real-life murderer Aileen Wuornos just because she sat in the makeup chair for hours.

But if you look at the most striking transformations that the Best Actress winners have gone through over the years, you’ll see how looks—while they’re never everything—have played major supporting roles in the finished product.

Rihanna Is ”Safe,” Concert Cancelled Following Truck Attack in Nice

​Rihanna is “safe” following the devastating truck attack that occurred in Nice, France last night.

Her rep reassures E! News that the singer, who is currently in France as part of her European leg of the Anti World Tour, is OK despite being in the area of the tragic incident, which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least 77 people and injured upwards of 100.

The singer was slated to perform Friday night at the Allianz Stadium in Nice, but her concert has since been canceled. Nice’s former mayor and city official, Christian Estrosi , tweeted that her show, along with other social events that were planned to occur in the city tomorrow night, will no longer happen.

The rough translation of the French tweet reads: “Tomorrow the flags of the city will be at half mast. After the cancellation of the Rihanna concert, jazz festival is canceled.
According to multiple reports and eyewitness accounts , a truck drove on to the sidewalk and through a crowd of citizens who had gathered to watch fireworks in the city in celebration of Bastille Day, which is a French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French people.

Officials believe this was a deliberate attack.

Source: Enews

Louis Tomlinson’s Ex Briana Jungwirth Slams Danielle Campbell: ”You Will Never Be My Baby Son’s Mother”

​The One Direction singer’s ex-girlfriend and baby mama, Briana Jungwirth, is none too happy about their son, Freddie, spending time with his new girlfriend Danielle Campbell. Let us explain…

Tomlinson and Campbell were photographed in Malibu on Wednesday while the singer spent time with his 6-month-old baby. Obviously, Jungwirth caught wind of these photos and decided to take to Twitter to make her feelings clear.

“You can pretend all you want but you will NEVER be my baby son’s mother,” she wrote to her 35K followers, obviously directing it to Campbell.

As we reported before, the constant paparazzi surrounding Tomlinson and his son has been so much of an issue he was forced to ask for privacy in a statement earlier this month.

The persistent and increasing levels of paparazzi and media intrusions into Freddie’s life of late are not only posing potential security issues but are also crucially invading the privacy to which Freddie is undoubtedly entitled as a child,“the statement said. “The levels of paparazzi attention on Freddie are intolerable and completely unjustifiable.

The statement continued, “Louis appreciates, respects and values his relationship with the media and we hope he and his son are afforded the same respect on this matter.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Jungwirth was preventing Tomlinson from seeing his son due to her jealousy over his new girlfriend. Thus, the singer has filed for joint physical and legal custody of Freddie.

Jungwirth, a Los Angeles stylist who dated the singer briefly last year, denied any allegations on Twitter, slamming the tabloids and writing: “To all those who feel the need to make disparaging, hateful and inappropriate comments concerning me and my son Freddie – I am sincerely sorry that you all have chosen to focus your time and attention on my life and the life of my son. Surely you must have better things to do than pry into the personal life of a single mom and newborn child.”

She continued, “I am confident that in the days and weeks to come, you all will find that your negativity and venomous attacks were little more than time wasted. In the meantime – I am hopeful that you will all respect my son’s privacy and find it in your hearts to discontinue the overwhelmingly inappropriate comments about me, my family, and most importantly my son Freddie. Thank you.