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Federal Government recruits forest guards to fight B’Haram

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 16:19

According to Punch, the Federal Government has resorted to recruiting forest guards to assist the Joint Task Force in combating Boko Haram insurgents in the northern part of the country.

Most of the insurgents are believed to be using routes cutting through forests in states like Borno, Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa to smuggle arms into the country from Cameroon and other neighbouring countries.


The Conservator General of National Park Service, Mr. Haruna Abubakar, told the House of Representatives Committee on Environment on Monday that the guards would help the JTF to comb the forests for hideouts of insurgents.

Abubakar had appeared before the committee in Abuja to defend the 2014 budget of the agency.
The NPS had been classified as a para-military agency in January this year by the government.
According to Abubakar, the agency will rely on its knowledge of the country’s forest terrain to conduct sweeps with the military.


He informed the committee that the agency controlled seven national parks in the country, covering about 24,000- square kilometres of land.


Abubakar said, “The National Park Service has been playing a crucial role in intelligence gathering for the country’s military in the North-East and the forest bordering Chad and Cameroon.”
The committee, which is chaired by Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, stated that insurgents operated camps in forests like Sambisa, Mafa, Wulgo and Kirenowa, all in Borno State.


Sambisa forest camp which was said to have been first discovered during a military raid in 2013, covers an area of about 300-square kilometres.


The chairman of the committee expressed concern that besides the loss of human lives and property, Nigeria was losing revenue from tourism due to the activities of insurgents.




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The 13th Metro FM Music Awards Recap

25 to lyf - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 16:04
Khuli Chana & Da L.E.S. at the shoot for Hape La Hape 2.1

Khuli Chana & Da L.E.S. at the shoot for Hape Le Hape 2.1

The 13th edition of The Metro FM Music Awards were held  this past Saturday at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. Da L.E.S., AKA, iFani, Khuli Chana, Veezo & Kwesta made up the contingent of Hip Hop acts nominated on the night, but only  2 artists walked away with something to add to their mantle pieces. Khuli Chana , who was nominated for Best Hit Single & Best Music Video won in both categories. Kwesta managed to walk away with the Best Hip Hop album.

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Post by METRO FM. In summary it was certainly a good night for South African Hip Hop (& Khuli Chana) as he won in every category he was nominated in. Check out our behind the scenes images from Khuli Chana‘s latest video here. Here is a full summary of winners

Best African pop album

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited

Best produced album

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited

Best duo/group

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited

Best compilation album

  • Euphonik – For the Love of House Vol. 5

Best dance album

  • Heavy K – Respect the Drumboss 2013

Best hit single

  • Khuli Chana – Mnatebawen

Best Music Video

  • Khuli Chana – Mnatebawen

Best styled artist

  • Vusi Nova

Best urban jazz album

  • Nomfundo – Kusile

Best kwaito album

  • Character – Self Control

Best male artist

  • Culoe De Song – Exodus

Best female artist

  • DJ Cndo – Finest Lady of House Vol. 5

Best newcomer

  • Happy – Ahead of Time

Best RnB album

  • Danny K – Good Look

Best urban gospel album

  • Takie Ndou – Palmist

Best collaboration

  • Uhuru ft Oskido, Professor, DJ Bucks – Y-Tjukuja

Song of the year

  • Uhuru – Y-Tjukuja

Best Hip Hop Album

  • Kwesta – DAKAR

Lifetime achievement awards

  • Robbie Malinga
  • Oskido Mdlongwa
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Photos: Iyanya gets brand new Prado SUV from Solo Phones

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 13:33

Iyanya just got a brand new 2014 Toyota Prado SUV from Solo Phones. The SUV was presented to him this morning after a brand activation ceremony that held at Solo Phone office at computer village in Ikeja. The singer was unveiled as brand ambassador for the phone late last year. Iyanya pictured mobbed by fans as he leaves computer village in his brand new ride. Congrats to him...













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Winner emerges in PTV 'Level Go Change' Promo

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 13:33

As promised, PTV has concluded the 'Level Go Change Promo' and her teeming customers are certainly smiling. Over the last few weeks regional draw winners have emergedand won brand new phones and one lucky George Nelson won himself the grand prize of a brand new Hyundai Accent. Continue...












1 4 shortlisted promo participants who went home with brand new phones













The Grand prize winner’s George Nelson’s brother and senior staff of PTV along with Comedian Seyi Law.













The excited crowd lifting the winner in jubilation











Proud owner George Nelson (represented by his brother)





At the Grand draw held at the PTV Mega Store at 13 Awolowo way, Ikeja, Lagos, 15 shortlisted participants drawn from all over the country were hosted by the PTV Brand Ambassador Comedian Seyi Law and PTV staff and in the end, one returned home as a proud owner of the Grand Prize.


As his number was drawn, Mr Nelson (represented by his brother) ran into the crowd which had gathered to watch the open proceedings rejoiced with him and soon lifted him up in the air in celebration.


For more details and pictures and full list of winners, visit http://ift.tt/1iTtloJ






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Another day, another Boko Haram attack. This time in Jakana, Borno

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 13:03

Over 200 people have been killed in the last two weeks in some troubled northern states by Boko Haram insurgents. Another 35 was added to that list after gunmen carrying AK47 rifles, Rocket Propelled Launchers, Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs, invaded Jakana village in Konduga LGA, Borno State around 7pm yesterday Monday March 3rd.



They slaughtered residents of the community and set their homes ablaze in a raid that lasted for hours. They also burnt down shops and a police station along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.



The attack in Jakana comes barely 12 hours after gunmen killed over 36 people including 3 soldiers in the Mafa Council area of the state.






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Is there anything wrong with a woman not wanting to change to her husband's name?

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:49

So because prolific writer Chimamanda Adichie asked to be addressed as a Ms and not a Mrs, some people are assuming she's separated from her US-based husband, Dr. Ivara Esega?



In an interview with Sun Newspaper on Saturday March 1, Ms Adichie told the interviewer who addressed her as Mrs Chimamanda Adichie, to simply call her Chimamanda Adichie.

“Before we start (the interview), please, I just want to say that my name is Chimamanda Adichie. That’s how I want it; that’s how I’m addressed, and it is not Mrs but Miss. Ms: that’s how I want it. I am saying this, because I just got a mail from my manager this morning. It seems that there are people who attended the church service, and they wrote about it, addressing me as Mrs. Chimamanda (Esega). I didn’t like that at all. So my name is Chimamanda Adichie, full stop!”
Is there anything wrong with what Ms Adichie said? If you go back to history, African women didn't bear their husbands name until the advent of colonization. They bear their parents name. And it's especially difficult if you have already made a name for yourself with your maiden name. Thoughts?






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Kissing 'straight' men. Is it a big deal?

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:03

Is there anything wrong with two seemingly straight men kissing on the lips? Photo on the left shows Diddy and Rick Ross in an embrace, like they were getting ready to kiss each other. Rapper 50 cent posted the pic on his instagram page suggesting the rap heavyweights are gay. When fans blasted him for posting it and suggesting something like that, he quickly deleted the pic.



Photo on the right shows '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen and star of the movie Michael Fassbender kissing on the lips after winning Best Film at Sunday's Oscars award. The men are known to be straight men with women in their lives but it didn't stop people from insinuating they are gay because 'no straight man kisses another man on the lips'.



I personally would not be comfortable with some girl kissing me on the lips, but for someone who is comfortable with it, is it a big deal? Can't 2 straight men kiss each other? Please share your thoughts..








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Video: Lupita's speech on Black Beauty at Essence Black Women In Hollywood Award

RoisKiDGh Talks - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 07:04
Words of wisdom from Lupita. Watch...



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The Holstar – God.Life.City.Time EP

25 to lyf - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 06:11

Zambia‘s The Holstar promised us a new project & has delivered. A four track EP that offers a closer glimpse at the man, the artist & where he comes from. Holstar enlists the help of Slam Dunk Records regular collaborators to create this work & thankfully guest appearances are only limited to aiding choruses & backing vocals; with such a personal project, it would be farcical for such a concise project to have guest verses in my opinion (likely yours too).

Covering themes of faith, life, home & purpose; Holstar comes through with an honesty that is endearing. An ever maturing delivery in his lyrical performance makes this project a worthy listen.

“Money is the root of all evil, but money is big speak for small people”

Get yourself a copy of GLCT on Bandcamp

Holstar on Soundcloud | Holstar on Hulkshare

@theholstar

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Photos from Fathia Balogun's film premiere

RoisKiDGh Talks - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 22:33

Actress Fathia Balogun premiered her new movie 'Torera' last weekend at 10 Degrees events centre in Oregun, Lagos. Ibinabo Fiberesima, Mercy Aigbe, Helen Paul, Bimbo Thomas, Sikiratu Sindodo, Antar Laniyan and many other stars attended the premiere. See more photos after the cut...




















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Photo: Married Amber Rose lets a fan grab her butt

RoisKiDGh Talks - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 22:03


She shared the pic on instagram and explained why she let him grab her butt. Wiz Khalifa come get ya woman.






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Mercy Johnson and husband build palatial home in Edo State

RoisKiDGh Talks - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 21:33

Top actress Mercy Johnson Okojie and her husband just completed a palatial country home in Uromi, Edo State and I hear everything inside the house was imported. Furniture, toilet seats etc. The house will be officially opened around Easter. I will see if I can you bring photos...(like it will put food on your table..lol)






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Can a baby that is a product of rape be aborted? Pastor Oyakhilome answers the question

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Who agrees with him?






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Who rocked the shorts suit better; Jim Iyke or Pharrell Williams?

RoisKiDGh Talks - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:03

Jim Iyke wore the shorts suit to the 2013 AMVCA and Pharrell wore his to yesterday's Oscars. Who rocked it better?






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Reason – The February Freestyle

25 to lyf - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:58

Februray Freestyle Artwork

Reason‘s monthly freestyles have now become a reliable staple that fans await like month end paychecks & DStv disconnections. Once again The February Freestyle was produced by Instro & has Reason providing a narrative that has a dramatic twist on the month of love.

Reason rides over the minimalist beat accentuated by live drums while telling a story of attending the funeral of a female who fell victim to domestic violence on Valentines Day. He then links this with the ongoing Oscar Pistorius trial & Oscar Awards.

This has to be one of my favorite freestyles from Reason to date. The narration, story telling & juxtaposition on this track are impressive. I think it is only bested by last year’s Red October  Freestyle.

When Reason has something to say, he sure finds a powerful way to get his words across.

Download Reason – The February Freestyle here

@Reason4Audio3D

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Duncan – Tsiki Tsiki

25 to lyf - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:22

Duncan Tsiki Tsiki

New heat from one of KwaMashu’s finest spitters. Durban based Duncan has just released the follow up single to last year’s smash Khayalami. The track was produced by Ngane Sikobi & has the signature sound that has allowed Duncan‘s label mate Zakwe to gain the notoriety he now enjoys in the South African Hip Hop scene. Still no word on an album title or release date but we can’t wait to hear more from Duncan in 2014.

@DuncanSkuva

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K.O. – Caracara Feat. Kid-X

25 to lyf - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:48

CaraCara

Cashtime have been on an intensive marketing campaign for the last 2 weeks building up the hype for K.O‘s second solo single Caracara. As the artwork suggests, the tracks is named after the infamous Volkswagen Caravan which was a staple on South African roads in the 90′s & early 00′s as one of the main modes of public transport.

The track sees fellow Cashtime Life member ,Kid X lend a verse over a trap heavy beat that K.O has described as eKasi Rap.

Preview Caracara below & pick it up on iTune here.

@MrCashtime | @KidXSA

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Anglican Church members now take anti-homosexuality oath

RoisKiDGh Talks - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:25



Members of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) are now to carry out an oath exercise denouncing any trace or affiliation for homosexuality before they can take up any leadership position in the church. The church which has over the years held strong opposition against homosexuality included this oath taking into its constitution recently.

Yesterday, the first oath-taking against homosexuality was conducted at the St. Matthews, Maitama, Abuja branch when new members of the Parish Church Council were sworn in by the Vicar of the Parish, Ven. Ben Idume. Continue...
The oath taken text reads
"I declare before God and his Church that I have never been a homosexual/bisexual or (have repented from being homosexual/bisexual) and I vow that I will not indulge in the practice of homosexuality/bisexuality. “If after this oath I am involved, found to be, or profess to be a homosexual/bisexual against the teachings of the Holy Scriptures as contained in the Bible, I bring upon myself the full wrath of God and subject myself willingly to canonical discipline as enshrined in the constitution of the Church of Nigeria, so help me God".
While administering the oath, Vicar Idume stressed that henceforth no one who has any trace of homosexuality or bisexuality will be allowed to take up any leadership role in the church.





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ThE MiDnIgHt CoOl - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:11


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