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So I’ve been scouring the internet for ideas as well as to keep abreast with the latest fashion trends. Never knew people have started ankaralizing their fasion accessories, especially purses and shoes. I came across this on Facebook and I must say; I WANT ONE!!!!





Simply Ankaralicious!


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September 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

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I love this country… it’s a more of a love hate relationship though.. I may hate what she has become… but I love that she IS.

I love my country… I love her her beautiful landscapes, her clear blue skies, even when it rains everyday I still love her.

I love the soil I walk upon… I love the sun that kisses my face… even on a very hot afternoon when the heat from the asphalt rises up as if to brew my face, I still lover her. I love her star lit skies.

I love the different seasons… I love how mangoes and fresh corn trail the wet season. I love how the nights are very cool during harmattan and I love seeing little kids playing around in the sand with skins that seemed to have been coated with ash. I love how they sometimes don’t bother to clean their wet noses on those cold mornings.

I love her vibrant people, how versatile they are… I love our diverse cultures, and how you can’t go from here to there without encountering, at least, two different languages.

My people, I love their strenght and endurance. Uncoutable burdens their shoulders have carried… and continue to carry. I hope to be there the day they unload their burdens and stand tall, proud, as Nigerians.



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September 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

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Too Many Bad Apples

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Browsing through the WordPress blog entries tagged ‘Nigeria’ one can’t help but be inundated by all the negative reportings. Tales abound from the ludicrious to the downright bizarre. Whether it be about Nigerian scam artists, the ongoing crisis in the Niger Delta, Nigerians and their fondness for dog meat or claims that (some) Nigerians are proposing to buy the defunct Newcastle football club. If that last one doesn’t prove that we have our priorities messed up, I don’t know what else will.

When it comes to Nigeria, it would seem that good news is no news.

Recently the ThisDay newspaper organized a music festival purpotedly to ‘improve the image of Nigeria abroad and promote tourism. The event held in a choice location and promiment African American and Nigerian artists were paid millions invited to grace the event. It was all fun and fanfare, but I doubt it did much to improve the image of Nigerians overseas. If anything, it showed that Nigerians love to party! After all the merry making ended things were back to the way they were.

With all the negative press, on one hand you want to defend your Motherland, on the other hand you can’t help but acknowledge the truth in these happenings and the stark reality of a country whose innards are twisted and mangled almost beyond salvation. But there is salvation in the persons of individuals who are not swept away with the grandoise, but are focused on getting the little things right.

Getting the little things right, that should be our motto!

I’ll take Lagos state where I’m currently residing in as an example.  The newly elected governor has embarked on a beautification project. Green lawns, water fountains and well trimmed lawns are springing up all over the place. People are praising him because of the tangible results they’re seeing within a short period of time. Personally I think what he’s doing can be likened to someone without feet admiring the array of beautiful shoes displayed through a shop window.

What I’m trying to say is I’ll take functionality over aestheticism any time. What Lagos needs is massive restructuring. It is massively overly populated. I read somewhere that it’s infrastructure was initially built to cater for less than half a million. It’s currently supporting over 10million! The traffic situation is one of the worst in the world. The only solutions are to either build new roads or reduce the number of cars and people.

I propose the government start building low cost housing estates in the outer parts of the state to seduce the masses and encourage emigration thus reducing the sheer number of people clamouring the scanty resources. The issue of taxation has to be fully explored as well. Once upon a time people paid tax at the toll gate upon entering Lagos. Then the roads were something to boast about. Now it’s not so. In saner parts of the world you pay your taxes in exchange for a comfortable living.

These are just a few of my grievances. People are singing Babatunda Fashola’s praises up and down, but I can only praise someone for doing a good job by the quality and consistency of their reformations. By now Nigerians should know better than to be suckered in by the shock and awe techniques of our politicians.


By the way has anyone else heard about the  Daily Trust African of the Year award which according to the newspaper is going to “be conferred on an African who has made impact on the lives of Africans positively or negatively through his/her decisions, ideas or inventions”

Conventionally, conferring an award on someone is a mark of recognition in honour of their efforts and achievements in expressing their independent faculty of reasoning. Oftentimes to a constructive end. So, can someone please explain to me why they are inviting nominations for people who have impacted the lives of Africans in a ‘negative’ sense? Imagine giving an award to the likes of Robert Mugabe (who single-handedly destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy. You’d be lucky to buy a loaf of bread there for 10million Zimbabwean dollars!) or Omar Al Bashir (the presideng who stood by and watched hundreds and thousands of Sudanese slaughtered).

If they want to spark debates and discussions about the sorts of leaders not to have, they ought to have come up with another name. Why must we acknowledge much less celebrate mediocrity and outright impotence when we should be naming and shaming.

As we near independence day on October 1st, my feelings are numbed, as always, I ask myself, do I mourn or celebrate or remain indifferent?


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September 27, 2008 at 11:12 pm

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Racism and Hate Crimes in Malaysia

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I stumbled across this very disturbing piece of news on



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Concerned International Student studying in Malaysia

23rd September 2008

The Prime Minister,

Sallam Alaykum Waramotulah Wabarakatuh


“O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; nor let (some) women scoff at other women…..” Qur’an 49, vs 11

We the concerned international students studying in various institutions in Malaysia wish to register with dismay our grievances and bring to your attention the uncomplimentary, racist, vicious attacks and the killing of foreigners in Malaysia. The most recent being the gruesome murder on


the 21st of September, 2008 of a Chadian student at Wangsa Maju, Selangor, Malaysia.

Facts relevant to our complaint

A 22 year old Abdel Aziz Hassan Abdraman from



Chad republic was gruesomely murdered in the full gare of the public and reportedly under the supervision of some police personnel. The incident which happened at Wangsa Maju, Selangor, Malaysia took place at around 9pm as widely reported in news especially the “The Malay Mail” of Tuesday, September 22nd 2008. According to the reports, the victims of the attack were on their way to the International Islamic University Malaysia to join the Tarawih prayer. While within the vicinity of the Wangsa Maju LRT station, some Malaysian youths numbering about twenty, and armed with weapons, swarmed at the deceased and his friends, inflicted them with severe injuries which ultimately led to the death of one of them – Late Abdel Aziz Hassan Abdraman (the other victims are still suffering from the pains of the attacks).

The Wangsa Maju incident is only one in a series of attacks that foreigners have suffered in this country. The locals’ sense of tolerance for guests is almost zero. The most disturbing dimension to these developments is the feelings that unprovoked attacks on foreigners enjoy government’s support. It was frightening to read, in the media reports, the statement credited to a top Malaysian Police officer – Chief Assistant Commissioner,  Zakaria Pagan – that the attack by the youths was meant to teach the foreigners how to behave in public. It should not be a surprise therefore that police men actually witnessed the incident and saw the attackers but made no arrest.

We wish humbly to note that the security of foreigners in

Malaysia has declined far below recognized international standard. As citizens of other countries and human beings, foreigners are entitled to a minimum human rights standard, viz right to life, right to liberty and right to dignity among others. To say the least, in Malaysia all these rights in regards to foreigners are observed more in the breach. Even the religious connection is ignored. Islam regards a man’s life as sacred. People here toy with foreigners’ life regardless of religious creed. A Muslim’s life was cut short during Ramadhan for no other reason than hatred.
Nations of the world need one another. Some citizens of this country are students elsewhere in the world and economic interests of this country are not limited to any geographical location. It is only wise that nations protect the citizens of other nations in the interest of global peace. Security and Justice go hand in hand and so criminals must be brought to book. Acts of terrorism against foreigners in Malaysia will stop only if perpetrators are made to face the law.Therefore, we urge you to use your good offices to unearth the riddle of Abdul Azeez’s murder by:
1)    Instituting a panel of inquiry to investigate the murder of Abdul Azeez at Wangsa Maju as well as the role of the police in connection with the incident.
2)    Causing the Police to identify the culprits and prosecute them in a Court of Law.
3)    Causing a retraction of the unfortunate statement credited to Sentul district Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Zakaria Pagan and his immediate removal from office.
4)    Guaranteeing security in concrete terms to foreigners (especially students) in
5)    Cause a government delegation to visit the bereaved family of Abdul Azeez and the Chadian government.
6)    Fostering harmonious relationship between locals and foreigners.Maa Sallam,


cc: Deputy Prime Minister
cc: Foreign Affairs Ministers
cc: All Foreign embassies in


cc: All Human Right Groups
cc: All Heads of Tertiary institutions in Malaysia
cc: All Major International Press outfits
cc: The Chadian Government 


I’ll be back later with my comments.

Written by F

September 26, 2008 at 9:10 pm

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Praying for Nigeria???!

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Whenever I discuss politics with fellow Nigerians, majority of them are in the habit of saying things like ‘we need prayers’ or ‘we should pray to God to improve the situation’. And other stupid things along that line.

I get very angry when I hear asinine statements like that, because first and foremost, the individual has relinquished the responsibility of physical involvement in the process of betterment to God. As if God Himself will come down and undo the evil we ourselves have perpetuated. As if God Himself will come down and re-structure our social, economic and political circumstances.

Secondly, I’m even more angry by how easily Nigerians are carried away by blind spiritualism. They feel prayers cures EVERYTHING. Like, if you’re hungry, prayer will fill your stomach. We have religious leaders promising miracles left right and center. Rather than work hard, the average person is expecting a miracle. He/she is hoping some God sent good samaritan will show up and be the answer to all their problems. Only in Nigeria will religious institutions be packed full on a working day! When people are supposed to be at their more productive, they’re busy praying. Yet they expect things to get better!

People think I’m odd, or not ‘religious enough’ when I say it’s not prayers this country needs. Well, I insist that when over two hundred million people are praying everyday, years on, and their prayers are not being answered, clearly there’s a missing piece in the puzzle.

Untill we figure that out, all our prayers are going down in the gutter!

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September 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm

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Protected: What would you do?

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September 17, 2008 at 9:28 pm

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Protected: My First Skirt!

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September 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm

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