Monday

VIDEO: Trikytee Features Magnito and White Money In New Single Titled "More Money"


Former Big Brother Naija star, Trikytee, is out with his latest single “More Money”, featuring Magnito.

In the music video, we see Wathoni, who is a very close friend of Trikytee. Also featured in the video are fellow Big Brother Naija stars, the likes of Prince Nelson, Kaisha, and WhiteMoney, Winner of Big Brother Naija Season 7.

Download “More Money” Here 

MUSIC: Omah Lay Makes An Entry With New Hit Single ‘Free My Mind’


Omah Lay has just released his second single for the year 2021. He titles this one "Free My Mind". The track was produced by Blaise Beatz.

Listen to the track below and catch a glimpse of the lyric video below.

Yvonne Orji Bags Deal To Host 2021 International Emmy Awards



Well we are a little over excited for Yvonne Orji who can alas say she cherished her beginnings and made the most out of it.

Yvonne has gone from being invited to host wedding events, to a grander stage, where she’d be hosting the 2021 International Emmy Awards.

Who else is in a better position to remind us of the old sage which says “Despise not the days of thy humble beginning”? Congratulations to her on this feat. We wish her greater feats ahead.



Kehinde Egbanubi: The Essentiality of Moving Outside your Comfort Zone


One channel I absolutely love on YouTube is Yes Theory. Yes Theory is a YouTube channel chronicling the adventures of a team of friends as they go out of their comfort zone. They have slept on the world’s most dangerous bed, have been left in a new country with no money, have travelled on the world’s most dangerous road, and done some really incredible stuff that’s left me in awe. Every time I watch their videos, I marvel at their willingness to dare, sometimes despite their fears, and I wonder if I will ever acquire the same audacity.

Truth is, I hate discomfort. Even my middle name, Comfort, portends a life of ease for me; freedom from the hardships and distresses of life. Accordingly, I do not go out of my way to seek discomfort. But watching the boys as I have done obsessively since I discovered their channel, I have found myself contemplating the words of Deborah Copaken in her commentary about her essay for Modern Love, ‘When Cupid is a Prying Journalist’, Deborah talked about ‘the unlived life’, and it struck me profoundly that if I were to die today, it would be with regret at my unlived life.

Of course, I am very much alive; I have a job I am quite excited about, a family I love, and a curiosity that continues to excite me when sated. Yet, I cannot shake off that feeling of a life still unexplored, relationships unformed, displeasures unvoiced, kisses not stolen, mistakes unmade, adventures not had, risks not taken, and I fear that as I enter the last years of my 20s, my youth is going by without any of the recklessness of youth.

Some may say there’s still a lot of youth ahead of me, after all, it’s not like I’m 80. That’s true, but I am often reminded of the standards to which I am held ‘as an adult’. As such, I can no longer afford certain recklessness. Even then, the image of a regretful person on my deathbed leaves me anxious because that is precisely who I do not want to be as I bid the world adieu.

Watching Yes Theory videos, I was challenged to upset the balance in my own life. My life had become painfully predictable, and even the weekends which were supposed to lose the monotony of the workweek felt like an extension of the same thing: rinse and repeat. The more aware I became of the dull repetitiveness of my existence, the more the Yes Theory motto of “seek discomfort” became a nagging thought at the back of my mind.

So I did the only thing I could think of: I read any material I could about seeking discomfort, and as a way of testing the murky waters of my discomfort, I joined a Facebook group where, for the first time in a long time, I allowed myself to be vulnerable. During that time, I read one of the most instructive words I’ve ever read from Jesse Itzler: “Every day, do something that makes you uncomfortable.” That one statement turned my longing for audacity into a clear plan of action.

Every day for the next 100 days — 3 of which are gone as at the time of this writing — I will do something that makes me uncomfortable. Something like this – writing something so personal on a public platform. For now, I cannot go on a spontaneous date around the world with a tinder date, nor can I invite a navy seal to live with me for 30 days, but I figure there are little and very realistic things I can do to move out of my comfort zone, just like you can.

Too many times, we stick with our routine because it’s comfortable, easy to retrieve and — maybe most damning — convenient. You want to start eating healthy but because of the extra effort it’ll take to prepare your meals yourself, you retreat to the comforting familiarity of convenience. You have a role you would like to apply for but because you are so intimidated by the requirements of the role, you talk yourself out of applying, sitting instead with the ‘comfort’ of a role you have long outgrown. You have a crush but wouldn’t dare introduce yourself to them, much less tell them how excited you are about them. Yet, every time you see a LinkedIn post about someone who’s just gotten their dream job or a new couple making their relationship IG official, you sigh wistfully, waiting for a tomorrow where you finally have those things.

But what if the things you want are on the other side of your comfort zone? What if trying something new is what it’ll take for you to finally have that thing you’ve always wanted?

What if the answer to your prayer requires more yeses than noes from you? Like saying yes to roles that intimidate you but are well within your competence? Like saying yes to more owambes or get-togethers? Like making your private social media page a public one?

In one of the videos I watched, Thomas Brag, one of Yes Theory founders, said that “If we let our fears choose the experiences we get to have, most of the impactful and memorable moments of our lives will remain unlived.” I can only hope that you will let something stronger than fear (or convenience) choose your daily experiences.

So, this article is for all comfort seekers. Don’t risk the pangs of regret at your unlived life on your deathbed. Move out of your comfort zone. I promise I will too.



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Culled From Bella Naija

Tuesday

Jamila Dankaro Premieres Her 2D Animated Short Film “The Days To Follow” | WATCH

Nigerian writer and director, Jamila Dankaro has just premiered her 2D animated short film, which was made in honour of the victims of the 2020 #EndSARS protests. The short film is titled "The Days to Follow".

The film tells the story of two sisters whose lives are forever changed after they attend the #EndSARS protests. In touches on the bitter truth of the lives of police brutality victims when the camera stops rolling. 

On her choice of medium, Jamila says she chose animation to tell the story because she wanted the playfulness of the colours to cut through the weighty message. She says her goal was to tell a story that caused people around the world to remember the events while not evoking trauma. “All over the world, we (Black people) are arguing the validity of their voice and with this pain in mind, I wanted to create something to honour the families who lost their loved ones. I wanted to create something for my people.”

Watch the full-length feature film below:

Culled from Bella Naija

Meet Eno Quagraine, The Mom Whose App Is Assisting Mothers In Labor



It is always great to see people who have phased through threatening situations. What's greater is seeing their drive to provide working solutions, around the life-changing experiences they've had so as to better the living conditions of others to prevent others from having to learn through painful personal personal experiences.

Meet Eno Quagraine, a Ghanaian developer, and founder of the Talkative Mother App. Eno did not start out intending to build an app at all. The initiative was born from a deeply emotional personal experience.

Twenty-four hours after the app was launched on the 1st of February 2021, the Talkative Mom app was ranked the number 2 parenting app in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Its popularity in those countries may have been short-lived but for the Ghanaian developer, it was proof of a huge demand amongst expectant mothers for a crucial commodity: information.

The Talkative Mother App has four distinct features: a motherhood-specific search engine called “Mom Plug’’ where users can ask questions on parenting and search results that apply to the Ghanaian context; “Marketplace”, where vendors can sell parenting goods; the regular Blog from Quagraine and finally, “Listings” for service providers. The app carries contributions from certified experts such as speech and language therapists, paediatricians, sex coaches, breastfeeding specialists and nutritionists.

Quagraine explained that “Marketplace” has been particularly well received by expectant parents. “This unique feature makes them find all the Ghanaian products they want but are so difficult to locate.’’

It’s the blog, however, which seems to keep users coming back for more. One of the reasons is that amongst the stories shared by mothers, there is plenty of comic relief. However, it is the information provided on the app that remains its best selling point.

Dzidzor Arkutu a regular user of the app had this to say in a review:
“There are so many apps around but most of them are foreign and don’t address our local needs. This app is unique because it speaks to the issues bothering the Africans, which we feel very shy to talk about. My children’s paediatrician is even there so it makes direct access to medical services easy.”
With thousands of users regularly visiting the platform, major brands have been keen to get on board, too.

“I have worked for so many brands, like Boomerang, Vlisco and Pepsodent and I am still working with others. These are opportunities I would never have gotten if I did not take the bold step to share my motherhood journey,” said Quagraine.

In October 2021, Quagraine started her television show – aimed at young African mothers.

The 31-year-old mother with a masters in marketing now aims to take Talkative Mom to every mother on the continent. While that points to huge personal ambition, it is the message that keeps her motivated.

“What makes me more excited is when I hear people tell me how my app is helping them on their motherhood journey,” she said.

Originally posted on Bella Naija

Monday

WATCH | Episode 8 of Red TV's "Assistant Madams: Dark Hearts"


Assistant Madams tells the story of three bold, beautiful, and daringly ambitious women; Cee-C Nwadiora, Salma Mumin and Dillish Mathews, who want to live out their best luxurious fantasies.

On this episode titled ‘Ladies Who Rise Above’, Ademide and Amira seem to have a new beginning. Lulu is finally taking Nana head-on while Cassie brings on the twists and turns.

The star-studded series features Sheyi Shay, Timini Egbuson, Osas Ighodaro, Femi Branch, Joselyn Dumas, Mauwuli Gavor, Ademola Adedoyin, Temilola Young and Eso Dike.

Watch Episode 8 of Red TV's "Assistant Madams: Dark Hearts below

Friday

Reekado Banks Makes A Comeback With New Hit Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' | WATCH


Reekado Banks returns to the music scene with a new single he titles Ozumba Mbadiwe. The song is a memorial tribute to victims of Police Brutality (#EndSARS) and also a remembrance of what happened at the Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th of October, 2020.

The track is an Amapiano styled-beat produced by P. Prime. Listen to the track below. 


Catch a glimpse of the video below

Burna Boy Talks Charity and Setting Up Funds For #EndSARS Victims


Burna Boy has been featured as the cover star for the latest issue of Evening Standard Magazine. His interview partly featured talks about his charity and setting up funds for #EndSARS victims in Nigeria.

The interview rolled through talks about when he'd be dropping his next body of work, taking a break from the music scene, and so much more. Read excerpts from his interview with the British publication below.


When asked about his next album's due date and about quiting the music scene, the Nigerian Grammy award winner said;
They need to miss me a bit. ‘I’ll keep it real with you, I did want to drop an album, was working, and as always the music was coming, but I just thought: Why am I even doing this and what am I trying to prove? So, I’m chilling.

I’ll grow a big ass beard… and shave my head. I’ll get away from everything, and I’ll just be silent for a while. It goes a long way — like an iPhone charger for the spirit.

About his proposed charity funding for EndSARS victims, Burna Boy said;
It was a very weird time. I started getting phone calls: People wanna know why you’re not involved. Why are you not saying anything? But, as soon as I heard something I jumped into action. That’s who I am. I’ve been through so much at the hands of people that none of this is a surprise to me. You have to understand this: I realized, very early on, that if you’re fighting for someone then use only one hand. One to fight and the other to defend yourself from the person you’re fighting for!

Joy Adesina Breaks OAU Medical Faculty Record With Monumental Awards


Dr. Joy Adesina has emerged as the best graduating student in Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State, and has been rewarded for her distinctive performance at the university.

Joy set the record after for he best student in Medicine, and she coveted 9 awards and 10 distinctions in Medicine. This is worth reckoning for her and for her faculty as she set a record for the best result in the history of the Faculty at Obafemi Awolowo University.

Join us in saying congratulations to her.


SCOOP | Yemi Alade Was A Belle At The Maiden Edition Of Earthshot Prize Awards


Nigerian Afrobeats Queen, Yemi Alade was in attendance for the maiden edition of Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony which held at the Alexandra Palace.

Very notable personalities were in attendance at the ceremony top of which were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Also in attendance were Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Ed Sheeran, Mohammed Salah, Danni Alves, David Oyelowo, Emma Thompson, and many other notable figures.


The Afrobeats superstar performed her hit single "Rain" at the award ceremony. Yemi Alade was all glammed and dressed in a simply elaborate red Ankara playsuit courtesy of STYLE BY ATHENA. Catch a glimpse of her looks below




Tuesday

Chioma Ozoemelam Writes: Illnesses You Can Prevent By Washing Your Hands

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been reminded to wash our hands, and have even been taught the proper way to do so. Beyond COVID-19, there are many other reasons to wash our hands. We can prevent a lot of illnesses by just washing our hands.

As our hands come in contact with various people, animals, foods, and surfaces, they pick up thousands of germs, bacteria, and viruses that can make you sick if they enter your body. Washing your hands has the power to minimise or even eliminate the risk of getting sick for you and those around you. The following illnesses are just a few of the ones that you can prevent by simply washing your hands.

Pink eye

When your eyes get sticky and super itchy, and have a crusty coating on them in the morning, you probably have conjunctivitis, AKA pink eye. Since people rub their eyes to alleviate the discomfort and then touch their surroundings, the virus or bacteria that cause ‘pink eye’ ends up on all sorts of surfaces where it can live for hours or even days. Children are at particular risk for infection and transmission because they like to explore and this exposes them to potentially contaminated objects. 

Typhoid

A big reason to wash your hands more often is that you’re touching poop particles way more than you realise. That’s exactly how salmonella, the bacteria that causes typhoid, gets passed around. The infection spreads when bacteria pass into people’s mouths through food, water, hands, or objects contaminated with fecal matter (poop). It’s often transmitted through infected food that hasn’t been fully cooked (meat and eggs) or washed thoroughly (fruits and vegetables), and when you don’t properly wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing a baby’s diapers. 

The flu

The flu can be deadly, and not just to those who are very young, very old, or immunocompromised. The 2017–2018 flu season was particularly dangerous with the CDC reporting 80,000 related deaths (including 180 children). Aside from getting the flu shot, handwashing is a key preventive measure, especially when you’re exposed to flu germs without knowing it. 

Staphylococcus infection

Caused by a bacteria commonly found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people, staph can become life-threatening if the bacteria gets deep into your body and infects your blood, joints, and heart. Things can get particularly dangerous with an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph called MRSA. A staph infection may look like a boil or blister, or even just redness on the skin. The stubborn bacterium can live on inanimate objects, such as towels or gym equipment. If you wash your hands, you will lessen the risk of these bacteria being transmitted from person to person.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Almost all children will have an RSV infection by the time they turn two. The thing is, you will probably just think your child has a cold. But in some children, especially those born prematurely, and in people over 65 with weakened immune systems, this virus can cause breathing problems, pneumonia, bronchiolitis or worse. Like other respiratory illnesses, coughing and sneezing send infected droplets through the air and onto surfaces.

Hepatitis A

The good news: Hepatitis A doesn’t cause chronic liver disease like its cousins, B and C. The bad news: it can still make you really sick, causing gastrointestinal problems, fever, fatigue, and jaundice. In some cases, it can even cause acute liver failure and necessitate hospitalisation. You’ll likely hear about Hepatitis A outbreaks at restaurants, since this virus is often transmitted when someone hasn’t washed their hands after using the bathroom before preparing your food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Strep throat

While viruses often cause sore throats, if a strep test determines that yours is caused by the bacteria group A Streptococcus, you’ll need antibiotics. Not only can strep throat cause discomfort and be highly contagious to others, but in some cases, it can also lead to scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and other life-threatening complications. According to the CDC, coughing, and sneezing spreads small respiratory droplets containing the bacteria. You can’t always stop someone from coughing or sneezing on you, but you can control your own handwashing habits.

Other diarrhoeal diseases

Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli O157, and norovirus that cause diarrhea.

These kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the toilet or change a diaper, but also in less obvious ways, like after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them. Hand washing can prevent about 30% of diarrhoea-related sickness.

The common cold

While not as serious as these other diseases, a cold can still make you feel miserable and ruin your week. One study found that handwashing can lower your risk of catching a respiratory illness by a whopping 45 percent.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

If you have kids or work around them, handwashing can help prevent this uncomfortable infection caused by the coxsackievirus. Common in daycares and preschools, hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) causes sores on the mouth and throat, a rash on the hands and feet, a fever and loss of appetite. What gets you sick, exactly? Contagion particles from an infected person’s nose, mouth, blisters, and feces that get on your hands and then into your mouth. This is exactly why you should be washing your hands regularly and teaching your kids to do the same. Also encourage them to keep their hands out of their mouths, while you’re at it.

Mononucleosis

You probably know it as “the kissing disease,” but mono, and the Epstein-Barr virus that causes it, is not only transmitted through kissing. Saliva is the main culprit, so objects that an infected person has sneezed on, coughed on, or touched could subsequently infect you should. Sharing drinks or utensils is also a common way to spread this. If you do come down with mono, you’ll experience extreme fatigue, high fever, body aches, a very sore throat, and an enlarged spleen. Symptoms usually last between two and four weeks but sometimes longer.

Cytomegalovirus

Here’s another reason to be vigilant about handwashing if you’re pregnant. Good hygiene can prevent the transmission of this virus in the herpes family that can cause serious harm to your unborn child, including hearing and vision loss, intellectual disability, and even death.

 

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From BellaNaija

Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Baker Are Set To Wed


Reality TV star, Kourtney Kardashian has just announced her engagement to her boyfriend, Travis Baker. Kourtney took to her social page to break the news that she and Travis were getting married.

Reporting, TMZ stated that Travis had taken Kourtney to Montecito, in California where he proposed to her at a beachside hotel. Kourtney said her boyfriend had gone down on one knee, and presented her with the engagement ring.



Friday

Cover Story: Daniel Kanayo Daniel 'The Screen God' Is The Cover Star For Genius Mag (Vol. 5)


They say accidents are unexpected occurrences that bring you to events and situations you didn’t plan for. Accidents have always had a negative connotation. However, what happens when you get involved in an accident that places you on the spotlight to manifest your destiny? Providence, some have called it; coincidence! Others have opined but be it an accident or providence, or even coincidence, nature have used some accidental occurrences to mold people into whom they are today, and for some who are so smart to sustain nature’s ‘accident,’ the result have been a life of many rewarding achievements and of course, influence, impact and income.

Daniel Kanayo Daniel, the screen god who has graced so many television screens, couldn’t have believed he was going to become a screen god! Well, unless you were referring to being screened in an airport as a pilot! But that memorable day in 2009 when he followed his friend to an audition, his fate changed. He was transformed from just a young lad, modeling in the hope of a better tomorrow, to a superhero, taking his life into his hands and determining the course of his years. He has become a multiple award-winning actor, producer, two-time African Actor of the Year, a husband and a father. Daniel’s story is definitely something delightful to read.
On how it all got started for him, Daniel said:
“I was modelling before I left school. I was swinging modelling with school doing a few gigs for Zandas Cosmetics and some other companies. I did some Moroccan fashion shows for a while before linking up with a friend, Steiner Eunice Opara, who talked a lot about movies. One day she told me to drop her off at an audition venue and when we got there, she begged me to walk her into the venue because she was shy. I hesitated because I wasn’t interested in any of those movies stuff. After I walked her in and was about to leave, I heard someone call my name and naturally, I knew that I needed to respond to that call. I hesitated again especially after learning that the guy was the director of the movie my friend had come to audition for. He convinced me to rehearse one of the roles he had, because I had the look of the character he wanted. Reluctantly, I read the script and it appeared I had impressed both the director and his crew because he handed the script over to me and asked me to read it in my convenience and probably consider if it was something I would like to do. I left the venue with my friend who was really excited for me and later I got to realize that the director’s name was Kabat Esosa Egbon. That was the beginning of my movie career.”
About winning the AMVCA and AMAA Awards in 2016 and his big career break, he said:
“Before I won the AMVCAA and AMAA awards in 2016, my brand was already on the rise as a result of consistent good work. I was a very busy actor filming across the entire nation and even in England, but winning the AMVCA and AMAA gave my career a boost, a very timely boost. It exposed me to a lot of needed publicity. A lot more people in Africa and other continents got to know about me. I would say the awards were as a result of my hard work with the rest of the crew on the movie - A Soldier’s Story. I am grateful to everyone who worked on the project. Wow! It was such an important movie.”
Asked about his vision about Nigeria in the next decade:
“If I were a prophet right now, I would prophesy that Nigeria is taking over. We are so blessed with so many talented people, human resources, mineral resources, everything. We are a rich country. When I speak to people, I like to boast about how rich Nigeria is, regarding the problems. Maybe one or two percent of the population has all the money in the country but if we decide to be honest to ourselves, we will confirm that there is money in Nigeria. I see the industry taking over. Nollywood is going to be not too far from Hollywood in the nearest future.”

Saturday

Let's Get Dinner Done With Sisi Yemmie's Fisherman Soup Recipe | WATCH

Let's go over now to Sisi Yemmie's kitchen where she's walking us through how to prepare the Nigerian version of Fisherman Soup in her new vlog.

She gets this one done with a combo of barracuda fish, giant snails, whelks, periwinkles, crabs, and king prawns. This would surely be a delight for every lover of seafoods.