Sunday, 27 November 2011

Traditional Wedding of CHINEDU IKEDIEZE (Aki) and NNEOMA HOPE NWAJAH

It was indeed the day the Lord hath made Today Saturday,26th November 2011,as family,friends and well-wishers came together for the elaborate wedding of star actor,Chinedu Ikedieze (MFR) a.k.a Aki and Nneoma Hope Nwajah.
The traditional marriage was held at the St.Theresa's Catholic Church Primary School field,Obolo,Isiala Mbano,Imo State.
The event attracted dignitaries from all walks of life including entertainers and politicos.i.e, National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, (AGN) Segun Arinze,Uche jombo , Oby Edozien,Ejike Asiegbu,Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) among others.
The white wedding already dubbed, “a celebration of true and undying love” by the actor will holds elaborately in Lagos on December 10.
Congratulations to the family!

Chinedu, wife, Abia Gov and wife

Soul Kate Vol 12: Health – Not just a State of Mind

By Kate Henshaw
Indeed, the saying that health is wealth is not an understatement. When you lead a very busy and hectic lifestyle, you tend to take a lot of things for granted, like our complete physical and mental well being. With each passing day, we wake up and get ready to face the daily grind of our different professions, family life etc.
We hustle all day, grab a few mouthfuls here and there, maybe indulge in some ‘light’ drinks and heavy dinners and before we know it, the day is far spent and the night sets in. This is a cycle that continues all year round.
The need to exercise cannot be overemphasised. It is more important than an apple a day keeping the doctor away. It is what keeps our organs in good active and healthy condition and especially the blood in our veins flowing. An overall check of most of us in Nigeria will reveal shocking results.
We lead a sedentary life and are more concerned about making as much Naira as possible that we forget to take care of our bodies. How about spending some of this hard earned money on ourselves? When last did you have a comprehensive health check? When last did you take a day off to rest from all the hustle and bustle? Do you take holidays/ vacations? Body no be firewood as they say.
Given the spate of deaths that have struck the entertainment industry for a while , I wondered if we were sacrificing our health for wealth. If we were so entranced by the filthy lucre that the machinery that worked to bring in the lucre was being neglected, hardly being serviced or cared for.
Then the all important killer, Cancer was also brought into view in the month of October, with the celebration of breast cancer awareness by different groups and NGOs all trying their best to enlighten us (especially women) on the need to get checked as early detection of the problem is key to beating the spread of the disease and saving many lives that are lost.
With the end of the year fast approaching and my desire to have a glorious New year filled with new dreams and goals to achieve, I decided to go for a complete health assessment. I have however had the smaller checks done, like the Pap smear test, blood pressure etc and I do exercise regularly but I wanted a more detailed check and I got that at the Lagoon Hospital in Apapa.
I met Dr Mene through my sister and he encouraged me to go for it. You know, there is this fear of, what if they find out something I do not want to know? What if with this discovery I only have a few weeks, months, to live? What you do not know will not hurt you. I beg to differ. I would rather know so that I can get help for it. So, I made an appointment at the Health Assessment Clinic on a Monday.
I got in at 8am which was a good thing as I later found out that the procedure took four hours and you are asked not to eat the night before so as to check your Fasting Blood Sugar. With my form filled, I was directed to a changing room where I dressed up in the robe and under clothes provided, wore a pair of white gauze-like slippers on my feet and moved to have my weight and height checked. Next, the hearing and eyesight check (I found out later from the Dr Savage that I could not hear low sounds, only high pitched ones).
Ok, then came the Spirometry test, which simply put is a ventilatory test to assess the efficiency of the respiratory tract through the measurement of the expiratory and inspiratory flow rate, it was a test for the lungs and I inhaled and blew into a tube to see how long I could sustain it and a graph indicated how well I did. I was then moved to a room where I had an ECG check which was done by attaching electrodes to different parts of my body and I went on the treadmill for a total of 21mins and at intervals of 3mins the elevation was changed.
I came out tops as I did not even get to my recommended heart rate at the end of it which was a good sign. Then I was transferred to the Ultra Sound room for a scan, the X-ray room for a mammogram which I must confess I have never had. I have only done the self examination check on myself but the mammogram is more detailed. It is painful I must warn (I did tell the doctor, I would be truthful) but a few minutes of pain is worth it to prevent death.
Between the ECG and the X-ray room, I met with Dr Savage(in charge of the Health Assessment Clinic) who checked my knee jerk reaction, pressed my stomach, looked inside my ears and eyes and asked me comprehensive questions about my lifestyle. I also had brought a sample of my “derriere” to put it nicely and gave a sample of urine too.
I have been given an appointment in a few weeks time to come for my results and though I am a bit anxious, I do want to know the true state of my health. Thanks to Nurse Theresa Onuh and Juliana Raphael especially, for making the experience quite pleasant and to all the staff who did a great job that day. Please do the same, get yourself checked for health is wealth.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Welcome to FEMTEJ Kreations Media's Blog!: Breaking News: Odimegwu Ojukwu dies at 78

Welcome to Femtej Kreations Media's Blog!: Breaking News: Odimegwu Ojukwu dies at 78: Former biafran leader and leader of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu is dead. It was confirmed...

Breaking News: Odimegwu Ojukwu dies at 78

Former biafran leader and leader of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu is dead.
It was confirmed that he died late last night. He had been sick for a while and was receiving treatment at a united Kingdom (UK) hospital. More to follow . . .
Ojukwu was born in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria in 1933. His father, Sir Louis Phillipe Odumegwu Ojukwu was a wealthy businessman who made money from the transport industry. Ojukwu was sent to the UK at the age of 13 to study, first at Epsom College and later at Lincoln College, Oxford University where he earned a Masters degree in History.
Upon his return in 1956, he joined the civil service in then Eastern Nigeria. He would later leave the service to join the military, where he was one of the few university graduates.
Ojukwu was appointed Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria by Military Head of State, General Aguiyi Ironsi on January 17, 1966. By May of the same year, Nigeria was facing a serious crisis. A planned pogrom in Northern Nigeria targeting and killing South-easterners presented a problem. He made several assurances to the South-easterners about their safety but the crisis continued.  In May 1967, he declared Eastern Nigeria a Sovereign State named Biafra.
In July, 1967, then Head of State Yakubu Gowon declared war on Biafra. A civil war ensued. The war raged on for another 30 months. An attempt at peace during a meeting at Aburi, Ghana did not stop the war. In 1970, Ojukwu handed over power to his deputy Major-General Phillip Effiong and left the country to avoid assassination. He was granted political asylum in Cote D'Ivoire by President Felix Houphöet-Biogny.
The civilian President of Shehu Shagari granted him an official pardon and he returned in 1982 after 13 years in exile. Ojukwu would later go into politics, forming the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). He was an active member until his death.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Soul Kate Vol 11: A Precarious Crown

By Kate Henshaw
Kate Henshaw

The world is a stage and everyone is an actor. When the light comes on, that is your opportunity to play a character, become someone else for a time limit and prove your mettle as you convince the audience that you are the character you portray. At the end of your performance, you take a bow and are either booed or applauded for doing a shoddy or great job.

Reality is a whole different ball game. When you come off the stage, the euphoria and accolades stay with you for a while, and it is quite intoxicating. When you get to your dressing room to get out of the costume, you look in the mirror and say to yourself “I did that, I am the one they stood up for” and you are quite proud of your accomplishments. You pick up your belongings and leave for your home; back to your loved ones who know the real you and you do not put up a front for. They know that you do not have two pennies to rub together because you are yet to be paid for the performance you just put up or that your bank account is bulging, but you have so many projects and bills that need your attention, plus the need to relax which is good for your health.

Growing up, I remember telling my dad that I wanted to be a musician (laugh out loud). I was always singing in the shower and felt I had a great voice. He would have none of it and said to me that my choice was a definite no-no. He threatened to stop paying my school fees in the University if I proceeded with that dream. The case is different these days, things have changed tremendously. Nigerian Musicians are paid top dollar to mount the stage and perform, even to make an appearance at a private party. Nigerian music holds sway in the night clubs, weddings and other events. The film industry I belong to aka Nollywood has also come into its own in its twenty something years of existence, commanding respect and appreciation from people the world over. Our films have reached the length and breadth of the world. We are being compared to our Hollywood counterparts but there is really no need for comparison as we do not command the kind of resources they have and the life style they live. Their every whim and caprice is indulged and they start trends which the ‘common man’ so to speak, or their fans aspire to and adopt. They are taken at their word and so much is expected of them.

Let us come down to earth and think of the human element here. Celebrities or “stars” do not possess super human powers; they cannot not just lift off the earth and soar into the skies if they so desire. In Nigeria for example, we have tradition, culture, family and religion to think of. We are looked at as role models to the youth who watch us and aspire to be who we are and do what we do. A lot of young people these days are abandoning professions such as medicine, law, engineering to become actors, musicians and comedians mostly for the glitz, glamour… and of course, monetary gains but unaware of the unpalatable aspect of it. You are held under the microscope as a specimen and prodded constantly with lies, insinuations and judged. The strength to maintain your dignity and stand tall through it all is hard to imagine but you must find it and through all the mudslinging keep your cool. You love your work; you are great at it and want that to be the focus rather than your personal life. It is almost impossible as the Pull Him Down Syndrome (PHD) is a thirsty spirit that is insatiable. It rejoices at your mistakes, sneers at you and is boastful of its power over you. There is a saying that when you point a finger at someone, four more point back to you. This is true literally and of course what goes around comes around as sure as a fan oscillates, the breeze will get around.

Who knows what tomorrow holds but the Creator… Who can say tomorrow I will be here and I will do this and that except by His divine grace and mercy. Let he that standeth take heed lest he fall. When you are an actor, playing different roles, looking glamorous and feeling that the world is your oyster, getting adoration from your fans and admirers, touch as many lives as you can, be an agent of change, correct wrongs and uphold the right way, put your weight behind great causes. Hopefully the lives you touch or inspire might just be the ones you save. The most important people in your life are your family and maybe a few good friends and they accept you just the way you are, stand by you no questions asked.

Chin up, take the licking and keep on ticking. Today’s news will be in tomorrow’s rubbish bin. “If nobody talk about you, then you are nobody”
–Tuface Idibia.


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New Tunde Kelani Film, 'Maami' Premiere in Brazil

Tunde Kelani’s new movie, “Maami’, is due for premiere in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Maami billed to open the maiden Bem Vindo A Nollywood Film Festival holding between November 18 – 27, 2011, Cine Olido, in Sao Paulo. The country  will also witness a retrospect of nine films made by the ace cinematographer.
Bem Vindo A Nollywood Film Festival heralded a multi-year cultural exchange with the government of Brazil following a synergy among Kinopedia Limited and Department de Expansao Cultural da Secretaria de Cultura, Prefeitura de Sao Paulo and Del York International.
Tunde Kelani
The decision by Del-York to inaugurate the partnership by celebrating the rich Yoruba cultural heritage and traditions shared by both nations informed the choice of Kelani whose movies are well- known for their rich cultural themes.
Kelani, a London International Film School trained filmmaker, brings decades of experience working on 16mm feature films such as- Iya Ni Wura and Taxi Driver, Iwa, Anikura, cut his teeth in the early 1960s as a film cameraman in television before he found interest in cinematography.
Responding to the selection of his films for the maiden edition of the festival, he said: “the list of nine films selected for the festivals are important because the films are valuable not only to the Yorubas in the homeland, but especially to the Yorubas in the Diaspora, who despite 200 years to 300 years of slave-trade, have remained true and close to the culture.”

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Kelly Rowland gets the milk moustache treatment as the new face of Make Mine Milk campaign

Got milk? Kelly Rowland has been unveiled as the new face of the Make Mine Milk campaign
Her profile in the UK has certainly soared since starring in the X Factor this year.
So British companies are capitalising on American Kelly Rowland's new popularity on our shores - for a good cause.
The former Destiny's Child singer has been unveiled as the new face of the Make Mine Milk campaign.
Kelly, 30, stars in a new poster with the famous milk moustache on her upper lip that will be splashed across buses in Britain.
Gordon Ramsay, Justin Bieber, Elle Macpherson and Rupert Grint are among celebrities who have starred in past campaigns.

The singer says of the low-fat milk awareness campaign: 'I really believe that looking after your body makes you feel good on the inside and happy on the outside.
'When I'm feeling fit, I also feel confident and comfortable in my own skin.

Milk moustache: The X Factor judge has her 'moustache' applied at the photoshoot for the campaign
Milk moustache: The X Factor judge has her 'moustache' applied at the photoshoot for the campaign

She reveals: 'I like to eat healthily and milk is an important part of that; I have muesli with semi-skimmed milk when I wake up in the morning.
'Now that I am spending this winter in London, I love to pick up a latte on my way home from the studio when it's cold outside.'
Our behind the scenes pictures show Kelly having her 'milk tash' painted on by make-up artists and posing with a big smile on her face.
Calcium champion: 'I really believe that looking after your body makes you feel good on the inside and happy on the outside'
Calcium champion: 'I really believe that looking after your body makes you feel good on the inside and happy on the outside'

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Michael Jackson trial verdict: Dr Conrad Murray found guilty

Dr Conrad Murray, the physician accused of killing Michael Jackson, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The verdict was decided by a jury of seven men and five women sitting in an LA court on Monday after closing arguments from bothdefence lawyers and prosecutors.

Deliberations were expected to finish last Friday but jurors failed to reach a verdict.

The conviction comes after a six-week manslaughter trial in which Murray, 58, was accused of causing Michael Jackson's death by giving him a fatal overdose of the surgical anaesthetic propofol, combined with other sedatives, on June 25, 2009 to help Jackson sleep to prepare for his comeback tour.

Dr Murray vehemently denied the charges.
During the closing arguments on Thursday, prosecutor David Walgren said Jackson “paid with his life” for Dr Murray’s negligence.

Dr Murray’s defence lawyers said he was being held responsible for Jackson's own actions and that the pop star caused his own death.

Mr Walgren told the jury: “The evidence is overwhelming. The evidence is abundantly clear that Conrad Murray acted with criminal negligence and that he caused the death of Michael Jackson.”“

Conrad Murray gave him propofol and abandoned him Conrad Murray is criminally liable. Justice demands a guilty verdict.”

He added that Dr Murray’s actions left Jackson’s children Paris, Prince and Blanket fatherless.

Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff told the jury: “For a crime to be proved, the prosecution has to show that Dr Murray actually killed Michael Jackson.

“If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?”
Trial judge Michael Pastor told jurors they could convict Dr Murray even if Jackson contributed to his own death, if they believed the physician failed to use reasonable care to prevent that outcome.
He has been remanded in custody without bail until sentencing on 29 November.
Dr Murray could now face four years in prison.
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Ex-heavyweight Champ Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Who Battled Mohammed Ali In 3 Epic Fights, Is Dead

New York [RR] PHILADELPHIA– November 7, 2011 (WPVI) — Republic Reporters has learnt the former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (Smoking Joe) who battle Mohammed Ali three epic fights, has lost his battle with liver cancer, his family tells Action News, Monday. Ex-heavy-weight champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier, who battled Mohammed Ali in three (3) epic Fights, died Monday, at age 67.
According to credible source, late Monday night, the family of Smokin’ Joe Frazier issued this statement: “We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as “One of God’s Men,” on the eve of November 7, 2011, at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.
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Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father’s home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.”
Recently, the 67-year-old boxer has been in hospice care.
Leslie Wolff, who has been the fighter’s manager for seven years, said Frazier has been flooded with get-well messages from former boxers and fans.
“There is evidence that there are certain people that fight much harder than other people, and in doing so, they last longer,” Wolff said earlier Monday. “They have the heart of a champion. Joe ain’t no quitter. Even in this struggle, he’s showing people you don’t give up.”
Frazier was diagnosed last month with the disease. His manager said the boxer had been in out and out of the hospital since early October and has been receiving hospice treatment the last week.
The documentary “Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears” will be screened Tuesday night at the DocNYC festival in New York.
“No matter what happens, we must make sure his legacy stays alive,” Wolff said.
Frazier was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali, knocking him down and taking a decision in the so-called Fight of the Century in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the epic “Thrilla in Manila” bout.
Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden. He defended it successfully four times before George Foreman knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title from him in 1973. Frazier would never be heavyweight champion again.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Why Twitter matters for media organisations

Alan Rusbridger

Alan RusbridgerHere, off the top of my head, are 15 things, which Twitter does rather effectively and which should be of the deepest interest to anyone involved in the media at any level.

1) It's an amazing form of distribution

It's a highly effective way of spreading ideas, information and content. Don't be distracted by the 140-character limit. A lot of the best tweets are links. It's instantaneous. Its reach can be immensely far and wide.
Why does this matter? Because we do distribution too. We're now competing with a medium that can do many things incomparably faster than we can. It's back to the battle between scribes and movable type. That matters in journalistic terms. And, if you're trying to charge for content, it matters in business terms. The life expectancy of much exclusive information can now be measured in minutes, if not in seconds. That has profound implications for our economic model, never mind the journalism.

2) It's where things happen first

Not all things. News organisations still break lots of news. But, increasingly, news happens first on Twitter. If you're a regular Twitter user, even if you're in the news business and have access to wires, the chances are that you'll check out many rumours of breaking news on Twitter first. There are millions of human monitors out there who will pick up on the smallest things and who have the same instincts as the agencies — to be the first with the news. As more people join, the better it will get.

3) As a search engine, it rivals Google

Many people still don't quite understand that Twitter is, in some respects, better than Google in finding stuff out. Google is limited to using algorithms to ferret out information in the unlikeliest hidden corners of the web. Twitter goes one stage further – harnessing the mass capabilities of human intelligence to the power of millions in order to find information that is new, valuable, relevant or entertaining.

4) It's a formidable aggregation tool

You set Twitter to search out information on any subject you want and it will often bring you the best information there is. It becomes your personalised news feed. If you are following the most interesting people they will in all likelihood bring you the most interesting information. In other words, it's not simply you searching. You can sit back and let other people you admire or respect go out searching and gathering for you. Again, no news organisation could possibly aim to match, or beat, the combined power of all those worker bees collecting information and disseminating it.

5) It's a great reporting tool

Many of the best reporters are now habitually using Twitter as an aid to find information. This can be simple requests for knowledge which other people already know, have to hand, or can easily find. The so-called wisdom of crowds comes into play: the 'they know more than we do' theory. Or you're simply in a hurry and know that someone out there will know the answer quickly. Or it can be reporters using Twitter to find witnesses to specific events – people who were in the right place at the right time, but would otherwise be hard to find.

6) It's a fantastic form of marketing

You've written your piece or blog. You may well have involved others in the researching of it. Now you can let them all know it's there, so that they come to your site. You alert your community of followers. In marketing speak, it drives traffic and it drives engagement. If they like what they read they'll tell others about it. If they really like it, it will, as they say, 'go viral'. I only have 18,500 followers. But if I get re-tweeted by one of our columnists, Charlie Brooker, I instantly reach a further 200,000. If Guardian Technology pick it up it goes to an audience of 1.6m. If Stephen Fry notices it, it's global.

7) It's a series of common conversations. Or it can be

As well as reading what you've written and spreading the word, people can respond. They can agree or disagree or denounce it. They can blog elsewhere and link to it. There's nothing worse than writing or broadcasting something to no reaction at all. With Twitter you get an instant reaction. It's not transmission, it's communication. It's the ability to share and discuss with scores, or hundreds, or thousands of people in real time. Twitter can be fragmented. It can be the opposite of fragmentation. It's a parallel universe of common conversations.

8) It's more diverse

Traditional media allowed a few voices in. Twitter allows anyone.

9) It changes the tone of writing

A good conversation involves listening as well as talking. You will want to listen as well as talk. You will want to engage and be entertaining. There is, obviously, more brevity on Twitter. There's more humour. More mixing of comment with fact. It's more personal. The elevated platform on which journalists sometimes liked to think they were sitting is kicked away on Twitter. Journalists are fast learners. They start writing differently.
Talking of which…

10) It's a level playing field

A recognised "name" may initially attract followers in reasonable numbers. But if they have nothing interesting to say they will talk into an empty room. The energy in Twitter gathers around people who can say things crisply and entertainingly, even though they may be "unknown." They may speak to a small audience, but if they say interesting things they may well be republished numerous times and the exponential pace of those re-transmissions can, in time, dwarf the audience of the so-called big names. Shock news: sometimes the people formerly known as readers can write snappier headlines and copy than we can.

11) It has different news values

People on Twitter quite often have an entirely different sense of what is and what isn't news. What seems obvious to journalists in terms of the choices we make is quite often markedly different from how others see it – both in terms of the things we choose to cover and the things we ignore. The power of tens of thousands of people articulating those different choices can wash back into newsrooms and affect what editors choose to cover. We can ignore that, of course. But should we?

12) It has a long attention span

The opposite is usually argued – that Twitter is simply a, instant, highly condensed stream of consciousness. The perfect medium for goldfish. But set your Tweetdeck to follow a particular keyword or issue or subject and you may well find that the attention span of Twitterers put newspapers to shame. They will be ferreting out and aggregating information on the issues that concern them long after the caravan of professional journalists has moved on.

13) It creates communities

Or, rather communities form themselves around particular issues, people, events, artifacts, cultures, ideas, subjects or geographies. They may be temporary communities, or long-terms ones, strong ones or weak ones. But I think they are recognisably communities.

14) It changes notions of authority

Instead of waiting to receive the 'expert' opinions of others – mostly us, journalists — Twitter shifts the balance to so-called 'peer to peer' authority. It's not that Twitterers ignore what we say – on the contrary (see distribution and marketing, above) they are becoming our most effective transmitters and responders. But, equally, we kid ourselves if we think there isn't another force in play here – that a 21-year-old student is quite likely to be more drawn to the opinions and preferences of people who look and talk like her. Or a 31-year-old mother of young toddlers. Or a 41-year-old bloke passionate about politics and the rock music of his youth.

15) It is an agent of change

As this ability of people to combine around issues and to articulate them grows, so it will have increasing effect on people in authority. Companies are already learning to respect, even fear, the power of collaborative media. Increasingly, social media will challenge conventional politics and, for instance, the laws relating to expression and speech.
Now you could write a further list of things that are irritating about the way people use Twitter. It's not good at complexity – though it can link to complexity. It can be frustratingly reductive. It doesn't do what investigative reporters or war correspondents do. It doesn't, of itself, verify facts. It can be distracting, indiscriminate and overwhelming.
Moreover, I'm simply using Twitter as one example of the power of open, or social media. Twitter may go the way of other, now forgotten, flashes in the digital pan. The downside of Twitter also means that the full weight of the world's attention can fall on a single unstable piece of information. But we can be sure that the motivating idea behind these forms of open media isn't going away and that, if we are blind to their capabilities, we will be making a very serious mistake, both in terms of our journalism and the economics of our business.