Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nigerian Jungle Blues and Cartoons

Senate, Reps okay N4.6 trn budget: ABUJA—THE National Assembly, yesterday, approved a harmonized N4.6 trillion 2010 budget for the Federal Government directed at boosting infrastructure development across the country. Underlining its priority for infrastructure development, the budget has set N1.85 trillion representing 40 per cent of the total budget for capital expenditure. It is the highest proportion earmarked for capital development since the return to democratic rule in 1999.... MORE @ VANGUARD

There is unquantifiable shock in the camps of three former governors over the failure of the ex-state chief executives to make Acting President Goodluck Jonathan’s ministerial list.
A highly-placed Presidency source told correspondents in Abuja yesterday that until what seemed to be a Jonathan shocker earlier in the week, the trio of Chief Achike Udenwa, Dr. Sam Egwu and Obong Victor Attah, former governors of Imo, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom states respectively, were said to be very sure of landing ministerial nominations... MORE @ SUN NEWS ONLINE




Blind Followers of Donald Duke

I had thought of putting away Cross River state's former Governor Donald Duke's issue regarding his presidential campaign launch in Los Angeles, for good, but at the same time, I thought of setting the record straight.

In what I blogged the Sunday night, March 14, 2010, after attending "An Evening with Donald Duke", and had looked forward to a gathering of a beautiful Nigeria Diaspora minds whose capacity should be getting things done in a Nigeria that had been full of uncertainties nobody wants to tackle and talk about, but to use every avenue to spin around the collective facts, scramble and collect in the so-called "you chop I chop" nation where bribery and corruption has been a tradition.

I had also expected a profound symposium with regards to the subject matter. The rebuttal, most of them, if not all, were pointless which still puzzles me why the right of opinion should not be key to any sound democracy coupled with a bouyant press.

Nobody talks about upholding the rule of law and respecting democracy. They have changed the name of the game and one of the reasons my article got under their skin for the fact I was telling the simple truth. I had anticipated the piece "Donald Duke Launches His Presidential Campaign In Los Angeles" to have been engaged intellectually, besides a very few who made salient points - the rest joined the bandwagon of followers seeking relevance - and one wonders why the characterization of Nigeria as a failed state remains valid after its fourth trial of experimenting democracy.

Reading all the nonsense from folks I had thought could reason, I couldn't do anything but feel the pains and weep for a people that lost every sense of belonging, and unfortunately do not know it is a tragedy. Would that be ignorance or just a deliberate act of mischief?

Time will tell!

For Chuck Emenike, allegedly a "learned scholar" to have misconstrued the straightforward meaning of what I wrote, is indeed worrisome, which comes to mind questioning what happened to his fabricated Nigeria youth, in terms of food, and since food has become a big deal on the shores of America, I am totally disappointed. Not only that he did not surprise me for being incoherent with regards to the subject matter, he disappointed me by way of scholarship.

And for all the Duke followers, one thing that should be borne in mind is, Duke is not a saint nor a messiah and, will never be a messiah in a 'Nigeria' that is in dire need of a radical reform - economic, political, cultural and social - based on the country's widespread scandals of bribery and corruption. Duke is not Efik nor Ibibio on the proper level. And the irony of all the brouhaha in Duke's Los Angeles visit was that no Efik and Ibibio was part of the organizing committee save a couple or so persons who will attest Duke did not do much in Cross River State as governor in his eight years of running the affairs of state except for some few areas in and around the city which was financed by the banks while Duke got his cuts from the inflated contracts.

Giving Duke credit for making Calabar a model of upscale cities from the assumption Calabar is clean, what about the rural areas? If Lekki Penninsula and Victoria Island is clean, what about Amukoko and Ajegunle? If Awka is clean, what about Nteje, Idemili, Ogbunike and Umuleri? If Port Harcourt is clean, what about Ikwerre, Omoku and Elele? If Owerri is clean, what about Nkume, Amucha and Otura? What about the infrastructures in the rural areas? And the list goes on and on. Based on that Duke did not do jack, period!

And why are these Igbo followers of Duke applauding him? A man whose clan sabotaged the Igbo nation just for who they (Igbo) are in a concretely established ventures for being hard working; and whose father as an administrator of Board of Customs and Excise in Olusegun Obasanjo's miltary regime stole from the coffers of federal funds sending Duke to elite schools.

It is only the kind of Duke's gathering in the Southland that you don't see a local press coverage. Where was African Connection, African Times, African Trumpet, etc., to have reported Duke's launching for the presidency if the organizers were not pursuing matters of their own interest? You will be damned if you spend your hard earned dime on Duke's campaign trail. We've seen it happen before and the story speaks for itself. Just don't do it! Blind followers waste time and money!

Next time I show up in such events, I will not be wearing a hoodie topped with a Brazilian national jersey (windbreaker), to provoke the blind followers. I will abide by the rules of wearing those Islamic Jihad-like flowing gowns, a model outfit that slaughtered my kith and kin and did not absolutely show any remorse.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nigerian Jungle Blues and Sunday Cartoons

Deposed emir of Gwandu and former ADC to former Head of State, Major- General Mohammad Buhari (rtd), Major Al-Mustapha Jokolo (rtd), seldom grants press interviews. But each time he does, he comes out smoking, sparing no one or issue in the process. After about one year of persuasion, he reluctantly granted Sunday Sun an exclusive interview last Friday on topical national issues, most importantly on the return of Aliyu Gusau, former National Security Adviser, NSA to IBB and Obasanjo, to the corridors of power... MORE @ SUN NEWS ONLINE

US okays Jonathan’s style: Acting President Goodluck Jonathan’s consolidation of his grip on power is drawing applause from the United States of America which says his efforts are easing a political crisis that once fanned fears of instability in the country. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson said Washington was encouraged that Jonathan was moving on electoral reforms, anti-corruption efforts and peace outreach in the restive Niger Delta, the centre of Nigeria’s largest energy industry... MORE @ VANGUARD



Monday, March 15, 2010

Nigerian Jungle Blues and Monday Cartoons

Participants decry bombing at Post Amnesty programme: The first dynamite exploded at about 11.05, this was minutes before Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state drove into the premises of the event. The coincidence caused many to think that the explosion was probably a canon shot fired to herald the coming of the governor who led other dignitaries like governors Adams Oshiomole of Edo state, Ikedi Ohakim of Imo state, the Minister of Niger Delta, Chief Ufot Ekaette and several others... MORE @ VANGUARD






Donald Duke Launches His Presidential Campaign In Los Angeles

I had ignored Yahoogroups' internet brigade's circulation of former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke's coming to Los Angeles to propose to Nigeria Diaspora his quest to run for president of "Federal Republic of Nigeria" on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party -- PDP -- until my colleague and good friend, Austen Oghuma, tried to persuade me it's time for change in a fabricated Nigerian national state.

As it happened, on Saturday evening, March 14, 2010, we drove to LAX Marriot Hotel, 5855 West Century Blvd., for "An Evening with Governor Donald Duke," and walking into the lobby of the hotel, we asked the doormen where Duke's event was unfolding and being a little bit late we were directed to the basement where Duke, at the podium, was selling his program for the presidency. We secured a seat in a packed forum of Nigerians in Greater Los Angeles and watched Duke speak of how to effect change in a troubled Nigeria, "convincing" a gullible and vulnerable Nigeria Diaspora audience that he's the right man to take the country -- based on its enormous human capital and abundant natural resources -- to where it should belong in the global scene.

Never-minding Duke's rhetoric and all that blah, blah, blah, I had to take pictures which to me was normal of such events. I took a lot of pictures of Duke at the podium, took more of a gullible Diaspora audience who had no clue how to influence decisions back home, and who had lost every sense of purpose in getting things done. And taking those pictures with the concept of a strong press and strong democracy, the organizers, Ebube Wadibia, Uzo Diribe, Acho Emeruwa and their cohorts confronted me and asked me to leave, that if I don't leave they will call security on me; that I cannot take pictures of the presidential candidate; that I was not invited to an event that was open to all 'Nigerians' in the Greater Los Angeles; that taking such pictures "is" not allowed; that I was not the right person to be taking pictures of a misleading Duke campaign for the presidency; that I have been warned; that it was a special event for the Nigeria Diaspora elite, and that I am not politically affiliated. That's my ordeal at Duke's presidential campaign.

Duke had arrived to the shores of this land in the company of his campaign manager, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi whose closing remarks had nothing to do with Duke's address to run an efficient and thorough democratic fabric. The question and answers to the governor was prearranged by the moderators and organizers of an event that lacked substance from the perspective of Duke having no business, in the first place, to launch his campaign in Diaspora. It is only in Nigeria that a presidential aspirant kick-starts his campaign from abroad. It is senseless in many ways and why would an opportunist, confused, Diaspora bunch welcome Duke to launch his campaign for the presidency when he is suppose to begin that ambition from his native-land of Calabar? And why would the Los Angeles-based organizers in the likes of Ebube Wadibia, Uzo Diribe and Acho Emeruwa be so concerned it would take Duke, a South Southerner to change the course of the nation's history when Vice President Goodluck Jonathan who also hails from the South-South is now presiding on the affairs of state? What message is Duke sending to the South-South whose history in Nigeria has been of violence and political impotence? What need is the double-cross in a situation the country now lives on a borrowed time?

I'm not sure how it really works, but with Duke's campaign staff urging every Nigerian Diaspora to commit $25 monthly contribution for the presidential candidate's war chests in order to raise $500,000 is indeed troubling.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nigeria: A Troubled Nation and the Murderous Islamic Jihadists

They started from slaughtering my kith and kin in the early years of the republic -- beheading them, murdering pregnant women and their unborn children. A horrific event and a tragedy. They kill and brag about it and I have been weary of pointing out.

Killing their fellow human beings especially when it comes to the Christians is baked in their genes. They murder their victims -- Christians -- mercilessly in the name of radical Islam. They have never stopped being bloodthirsty even with a declaration of an "undying commitment" by the West to the security and survival of the Christians could halt the blood lust Jihadists in their quest to eliminate their victims in the most brutal way.

It has become their way of life and a sport. They believe as the satanic verses of the Holy Quoran prescribes, that what they do is the right thing to be done, ala, their heroic welcome to heaven for destroying lives and killing en masse we who they call infidels. And, in most cases, particularly in Nigeria, they walk away free of charge and praised by the "brains", the bankrollers behind the massacres for all the atrocities they unleash to innocent civilians and Southern Christians

And there is no end in sight in the cycle of violence carried out by these northern Islamic Jihadic hoodlums and nihilists. It has been their nature ever since the fabricated state called 'Nigeria' came into being, to be positively bloodthirsty.

They are mass murderers and proud of it. They have done it over and and over again without remorse. They just love it and, ironically, the world watched as it unfolded, doing practically nothing like the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Their sponsors, the cabals and caliphates run the country as if it's their own personal property -- from the military juntas to the civilian regimes. They have been untouchable with the help of their colloaborative Southern bigots.

Their goal is a "Holy War," to wipe out the "infidels" from the face of this planet. Several millions of Christians including Nd'Igbo have perished in their desire. And they will never stop, taking a look at the chronology of events since the nation's sovereignty which could be easily traced to the pre-independence era when the Founding Fathers collectively agreed to form a union of different cultures and nationalities without realizing the consequences. Had the problem been detected and made clear that coexistence was impossible and addressed appropriately like in all confederacies, perhaps 'Nigeria,' by now in 49 years of its existence, would have been stable, or probably with an intact and viable government.

Since independence, Nigeria has been disturbed by internal strife and power struggle among the three major ethnic groups and other ethnic minorities. The question here is, can Nigeria still survive as a nation under the pressure of power games, religious differences and political rivalry? How long is the country going to continue to fertilize its land with human blood? And at what cost?

The chronological list below and the tragic events that followed suggests the country is in dire need of a sense of purpose to avoid more ominous consequences.The problems the country encountered since its birth speaks clearly for itself, that no such thing as Nigeria. It is a fabrication which brings to mind the case of the Balkanization Theory which eventually came to terms with reality and endorsed by the League of Nations, though violent and series of wars, and finally a plebiscite. Nigeria is typical:

October 1, 1960: The Founding Father's vigorous fight with the colonial masters would bring along with it an independent nation; and the Northern Peoples Congress overwhelming victory would elect Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Prime Minister of the First Republic in a doctored parliamentary system devoid of who the people are and how they could have governed themselves better.

1962: A power tussle between Obafemi Awolowo's Action Group and Samuel L. Akintola's defection in alliance with the northern caliphates would result in chaos and lost of lives in the Yoruba dominated Western Region. Brothers would kill brothers, and Awo and some of his followers would serve time in federal penitentiary for treason.

May 1965: Confusions in the military -- rumors of attempted military coup by top military officers of the Nigerian Army did not hold water, dismissing it as heresay and overlooked as a mere rhetorical balderdash. But a serious stuff was in the making.

January 15, 1966: A coup was planned and foiled and the military came in wrestling power from an inept, corrupt civilian administration that was barely six years old. Major General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi, an Igbo, would take over the affairs of state as a result of being the most senior military officer, and the rest would be history.

May 29, 1966: On the orders of Major Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, Ironsi would be flogged, kidnapped and dragged on the streets, and murdered in the most brutal of circumstances. The then most senior military officer in the army, Brigadier Ogundipe, a Yoruba, would be compelled to leave for London in order to pave way for the Hausa-Fulanis and their brutal Islamic Jihadists to sought Igbos wherever they could be found for a "pre-meditated and diabolical act" of genocide.

August-late September 1966: Anarchy, mayhem, rape of Igbo women, lynching, arson and the list goes on and on, becoming the order of the day. More casualties and more Igbo women and children were gruesomely murdered on the course of human error intended to take out the Igbo nation from the map of a concocted Nigeria.

January 4-5, 1967: Ghana's Head of State, Lt.-General Joseph Ankra would chair a meeting at Aburi, Ghana, to decide what solution would address the Nigerian conflict and determine how the mass killing of Igbos could be stopped. The meeting ended well, on a consensus, but the Nigerian vandals negated the resolution in a sudden 180-degress turn and continued apace their rounding up of Igbo people.

Nevertheless, when on January 19, 2010, the bloodbath in Jos erupted between Moslems and Christians, I had told a colleague that violence is in the blood of the northern Islamic Jihadists which has been their only strategy in place of dialogue and diplomacy, and that there has not been a way to figure the whole thing out; and that it will -- predicting with certainty -- erupt again, sooner than later and knowing who these cold-blooded murderers are. After the wanton killings of January which left over 200 dead and series of others injured, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan's Office on Media and Publicity issued out a press release on January 20, 2010, guaranteeing "never gain":

“Once again, there has been an eruption in Jos, the Plateau State capital, accompanied by a most regrettable loss of lives and property. This is one crisis too many, and the Federal Government finds it most unacceptable, retrogressive, and capable of further sundering the bonds of unity in our country. The country cannot afford these constant eruptions, and while the situation has been brought under control by the security agencies, government is determined to find a permanent solution to the Jos crisis. Today, the Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, convened a meeting of security chiefs to review the situation and initiate forward processes to reign in the violence. This is in addition to the initial orders for the urgent containment of the crisis. He has further directed an urgent meeting of all key stakeholders, towards achieving lasting peace in the area..."

It wasn't even two months from that cycle of violence that spread to Bukuru and Apata area of the state before another cycle of violence erupted, and this time around, about 500 innocent civilians were feared dead.

The upshot is that, radical Islam has been the origin of all conflicts in Nigeria and until the cabals and caliphates who had thought that power is their birthright are made to know in concrete terms that Nigeria is nobody's personal property, and that the rule of law must be upheld and respected, prosecuting to the limit of the law the nihilists and hoodlums, and the cabals behind all that, what happened on Sunday, March 7, 2010 with graphic scenes of mass burial will surely happen again.

And since former President Olusegun Obasanjo lost out in his bid for a third term, and deliberately handpicked Umar Yar'Adua to succeed him fearng his political foes might be after him, and recognizing that neither carrots nor sticks nor any combination of the two can work in a fragile state like Nigeria; and now that the cabals are also losing out resorting to all kinds of games and violence to keep the presidency within their enclave which did put the country into political limbo since the ailing President Yar'Adua's condition has been permanently locked in the closet, now what?

The saga continues!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Hoha! (Pointblank): The Talkingheads on the Jos Mayhem, and Extra Judicial Killings

"We continue to urge all parties to exercise restraint...the Nigerian government should make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice...the Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law and that human rights are respected as order is restored."

-------Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the carnage in Jos

"The federal government of Nigeria is not insensitive to allegations of torture and extra-judicial killings by few officers of our security agencies. That is why this administration is moving swiftly and aggressively to investigate and, where necessary, punish perpetrators...I have had a preview of the policy and I am pleased that the draft policy affirms the commitment of the federal government of Nigeria to criminalize all forms of torture including extra judicial killings... I have already clarified the terms of reference of the National Committee on Torture and I have asked that the committee immediately puts administrative and logistic measures in place to enable it begin to receive and investigate communications from Nigerians on cases of torture and extra-judicial executions...For emphasis, the committee will investigate reports from the National Human Rights Commission and local and international human rights NGOS. The documentary of Al-Jazeera and the reports of Amnesty International are relevant materials in these regards...Ultimately, we realize that these interventions will only be sustainable when we adopt a holistic view of our criminal justice system and of the reforms required. The process of reforms is ongoing...A democracy as resilient as ours must reject the false choice between our security and fundamental freedoms and this is why we cannot tolerate impunity disguised under the cloak of security or any other guise..."

--------Attorney General and Minister of Justice Adetokunbo Kayode on extra judicial killings in a troubled Nigeria.

Adetokumbo Kayode's photo courtesy of NEXT

Nigerian Jungle Blues, News Desk and Cartoons

Sympathizers at the site of the mass grave for victims of the Dagon Na Hauwa mayhem in Jos, Nigeria

>*Aliyu Gusau is new Security Adviser *400 victims get mass burial *UN, Vatican mourn, appeal for calm. ABUJA— THE Jos crisis which led to the death of about 400 people on Sunday, has led to the sacking of the National Security Adviser, Sarki Mukhtar, by the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. replace him is Aliyu Gusau, a one time National Security Adviser to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. Meantime, about 400 corpses of the victims of Sunday’s massacre were, yesterday, given a mass burial at Dogon Na Hauwa village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State amid tears and wailings. <<< MORE @ VANGUARD >>>

A three and a half-hour top level security meeting presided over by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan ended in the Presidential Villa, Abuja last night with a major outcome: the immediate removal from office of the National Security Adviser to the President, Maj-Gen. Sarkin Mukhtar. He was immediately replaced with his predecessor, Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau in what is seen as the beginning of a major shake-up in the nation’s security services following security lapses in the Jos renewed violence. Gusau served as the national security adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo until 2006 when he left to contest the 2007 presidential election. MORE @ SUN NEWS ONLINE

An unstable Nigeria is a nightmare prospect for Western leaders

Though the latest Muslim-Christian killings have nothing to do with Nigeria’s current constitutional crisis, triggered by a long illness to President Umaru Yar’Adua, they illustrate graphically the dangers when drift and dither replace swift decision making. The Christian-dominated Government of Plateau State has yet to explain how warnings of an impending raid by Muslims on Christian villages went unheeded or why security forces were unable to stop the bloodletting quickly. <<< MORE @ TIMES ONLINE >>>



Saturday, March 06, 2010

Oscarmania and Hollywood Buzz

Yeah, it's the final countdown to the 82nd Annual Academy Awards and Hollywood is already buzzing, and I can feel it due to the road closures which had motorists look for other options in their shortcuts. I for one have changed my schedules save for a few parties I will be attending tonight in Hollywood and thinking about other options on how to get there even though it's about a couple of miles away from me. It's all good and the party begins.

I have no particular pick in any category for the Oscar night moments but methink some of the picks might be coming through. We'll see when Alec Baldwin and cohost Steve Martin mounts the stage to announce the presenters of the award in each category. In Best Picture category, "Avatar" seems to be the favorite but do not understimate the other nominees - "The Blind Side," "District 9," "Up," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglorious Bastards," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Saphire," "A Serious Man," and "Up in the Air" - they are all good, and it's anybody's game. I like Lee Daniels directed "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Saphire. We'll see, though.

On the actor in a leading role, there's Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart," George Clooney in "Up in the Air," Colin Firth in "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman in "Invictus," and Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker," and the Oscar should be going to Morgan Freeman in "Invictus." Now, I am not a soothsayer but we'll see; just hang on, it's a blast and Hollywood is buzzing, people.

On the actress in a leading role, there's Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side," Helen Mirren in "The Last Station," Crey Mulligan in "An Education," Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Saphire," and Meryl Streep in "Julia and Julia," and the Oscar should be going to Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Saphire. Now is there a question about that for this amazing Brookly-born wiz of a Senegalese father? Not at all but we'll see as Hollywood keeps buzzing with pre-Oscar parties all around town.

And the list goes on and on from director, original screenplay, supporting actor, supporting actress and so on and so forth - and I would like to see which documentary feature wins among the list of nominees in "Burma VJ," "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," "The Cove," "Food Inc," and "Which Way Home." Watch out for "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers."

But anyways, methink the idea of "30 Rock" cast Baldwin and Martin hosting the Oscars this year is a little bit wacky - complicated charcters - and Baldwin tells us how he ended up as an Oscar co-host when he spoke to The Envelope:

"I had hosted the Women in Hollywood dinner, and Carol Burnett jokingly said when she got up to present an award to Julie Andrews, "don't you think Alec should host the Oscars?" And Adam Shankman, one of the producers of the Oscars, was in the audience to hear that - and a couple of weeks later they called."

You see how the connection works? That's Hollywood folks, and for sure, I will be having a blast.

Nigerian Jungle Blues and Saturday Cartoons

Man Gunned Down In His Prime •Parents Demand Justice •His Dreams Have Been Shattered - Wife
Last Monday, the life of a 25-year-old electronics trader, Sunday Onuorah, was cut short by a trigger-happy policeman attached to the Mapo Divisional Police Station in Ibadan South East Local Government Area of Oyo State. The deceased, who was described as the bread-winner of the family, was said to have gone to the popular Ogunpa market to purchase some electronics gadgets with a view to replenishing the stock in his shop located along Gate-Molete road when he met his untimely death. After buying all the goods he had intended to buy, the father of one decided to board a commercial motorcycle to make his journey back home faster, so that he would be able to meet his wife, Augustina, whom he had earlier called to tell her of his return. MORE @ NIGERIAN TRIBUNE




Wednesday, March 03, 2010

What's Happening

Whoo boy, everything basically is just happening and since we all love the nightlife, it is a "changing" as we begin the new decade, which, to me, is now a reflection of the 1970s disco era and the juxtaposed days when afro and jingling outfits were the calling. Yes, it all came back and it's now called grafitti rock, in a way, to patronize what was supposed to have exploded in the 1980s.

Remember Grafitti Rock? Culled from the hip-hop based television program, originally screened in 1984 which was intended as an on-going series but never was continued after the pilot, though the days of the calling brought along with it a fierce competition. Run DMC, Special K., Kool Moe Dee - it's all back now and just take a walk down the streets in Downtown Los Angeles and you'll see for yourself what the hell is going on there. Breakdancing on 7th Street and Main Street with deejays and rappers puffing and thrilling the audience, and the party animals following accordingly. Absolutely no color lines which symbolizes a new era, and just like all of a sudden the Blue Dog Democrats and the Tea Parties erupted and sarah Palin is promoting all that which did lead to her commercial success.

You see how the world is changing?

The jams, a collection from the 1970s to the new millennium is unimmaginable when a ballroom becomes waxed with vibes like Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and all kinds of "acid" and garage rock coupled with the blending of hip-hop.

Whew, I have no idea where to begin with the overwhelming questionaire I know not of how it all began, and of course, based on the goings on and, one trying the ultimate best not to be dragged into some kind of mudslinging which has been a commonplace thing these days especially with our engagements in nasty political tactics which did puzzle the internet brigades, the Yahooligans who are now caught up in starting something they could not finish as they run for their lives with all their handles. I'm talking to non other than the tyrant Martin Akindana who has no clue what he's doing to himself in this free world of ours. But like the ordinary street guy would say, "nothing spoil" and life goes on.

The brouhaha is the temporary closure of comments, doesn't really mean censorship but the caution to avoid the Black Hats who can cause damage the moment the opportunity knocks. A whole lot has been going on and with myself not showing any sign of slowing down, the party begins with fascinating lines of casts.

I have been told the 2010 African Goodwill Awards scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Veterans Memorial Complex has learned with caution on how to go about its programs since the critics have complained on a wide range of problems - from the organizing committees to the sponsors. This year's awards will be hosted by Monie Mon and co-hosted by Hakeem Kae-Kazim ("My American Nurse 2," "Hotel Rwanda" and the innovating, addictive and acclaimed television drama "24"), with the following inductees: Councilman Daniel Tabor, Monique Brown, Ynez Gilmer, Prof. Gwen Marie Thomas, Columnist Anthony A. Samad, Jim Brown and Blair Underwood.

Kimberly Anyadike, among others will be celebrating their dedication, commitment and achievement in life. I'm happy for Charles and Pamela Anyadike (Kimberly's parents) who have used the amazing power of parental guidance to raise a brilliant child, flying an aircraft at that tender age. Charles, my friend for many years now, is just a good man.

Oh, before I drop my pen, another thing seems to be happening around my neck of the woods. The complaint that I haven't been writing much. Just stay tuned, there's more to come, particularly on culture and politicking in a fast changing world.

Maybe it's time to break the ice!

Nigerian Jungle Blues and Wed. Cartoons

ABUJA—Vanguard can now confirm that ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua has been moved from the ambulance from where he was clinically isolated since his sudden arrival last Wednesday, into the Presidential Wing of Aso Villa. Also, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is set to see Yar’Adua this week, for the first time since he left for treatment in Saudi Arabia last November 23, Vanguard can reveal, authoritatively...MORE @ VANGUARD