Sunday, 31 July 2016
“We’re living proof that you can’t airbrush reality“.
Top African act & Humanitarian Seyi Shay officially releases the video to her soulful ballad “Airbrush”. The video was shot by top Nigerian video director Matt Maxx in South Africa.
After a very eventful 2016 which has seen her go on tour and showcase herself around the world, the soulful singer for the first time wanted to create a song that forced her to reach deep in her self & her emotions. Airbrush enjoyed a strong reception when it first hit the airwaves due to a leak in 2015, many important people came out to show their appreciation for this soulful ballad that has become one of Seyi Shay’s famous works in her glittering career.
The video which takes a very emotional setting depicts how nothing is really perfect, it might be all smiles on the outside but there is always a reality on the inside which isn’t always pretty. Seyi Shay was recently quoted when she said; “I have realised that nothing is perfect be it relationships, friendships or careers.” this explains where she was coming from with this song.
Airbrush was produced by Grammy Award winner Drew Scott (aka Druski of the Chartbreaker Music Group) and the video can currently be viewed on YouTube (link below). Seyi Shay continues her rise to the top of the pecking order as she continues to wave Africa’s flag highest wherever she goes. Seyi Shay was recently part of a UN campaign aimed at women empowerment as they did a remake of Spice Girls’ 20 year old hit “Wannabe”.
Directed by MattMax.
''From Left: @monkals (Black), @dedonnaija (Blacker) and @seyilaw1 (Blackest). When Old Men form SWAG. 😃😃😃😃😄😄😄😂😂😂'' he captioned it.
''This is why taking pictures with Oyinbo dey hard person,'' the 51-year-old Comedian said of the lady. ''See how son of man now looks like @seyilaw1... When I am not a burnt offering...''
''We've all been hurt, some more than others. We've all been let down, some bounce back quicker than others. We are all Human. If you see someone struggling with letting go of a situation, pray with/for them. Sometimes all they need is time to get there on their own. Don't be mean, don't play judge, don't talk down at them, don't act like you are better than them, don't get irritated, don't use their life for gist. Remember that you too were once where they are now, you too once loved someone who didn't love you back and you took your time. Even when they make silly decisions or stumble and fall, keep showing them the light, Be kind.👌👌'' Toke said.
The father of a 10-year-old girl, was said to have decided to kill himself over a toxic loan he approved for an unnamed customer.
The beneficiary has been unable to pay, hence the bank turned to Nwakoby to pay both the principal and interest on the money.
Nwakoby, a graduate of Abia State University, was said to be scared to the soiling of his family name in case the story goes awry.
He was said to have intimated his pastor of the development and what he intended doing and went ahead to kill himself.
The father of the FCMB manager, late Chief Oguejiofor Nwakoby, was a former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc.
This is coming after operatives of a private security firm killed a 35 year-old Nigerian businessman Ikejiaku Chinedu on July 26 at Mokopane town, Limpopo Province.
Anyene told NAN on Sunday July 31 in Port Harcourt in a telephone interview from Pretoria that the two men were killed on Friday, July 29, at different areas of Johannesburg.
He said that the first victim, Gideon Ogalaonye, was allegedly shot dead at 7PM while on a visit to the residence of his daughters.
He said that the second victim, Nnamdi Michael, was allegedly stabbed to death by a Zimbabwean national at Yeoville at 8PM on the same day.
Anyene said eyewitnesses said the assailant first demanded for money from Michael, which was not given and later attempted to forcefully remove his phone.
He said that the assailant stabbed the victim, adding that Nigerians at scene pursued and arrested him.
He said that the Zimbabwean has been handed over to the police and the Nigerian Union will follow the case,
''The two incidents have been reported to the Nigerian mission in South Africa and the South African police. The Nigerian community in South Africa are not happy with the killings. We urge the Federal government to persuade its South African counterpart to investigate and prosecute incidents of killings of Nigerians in South Africa. We are getting worried about these incessant killings and we want the culprits prosecuted,'' he said.
These deaths have brought the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa this year alone to 17.
''Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. Knowing that you have someone that will never deny you, and if he does the blood won't. This makes me softer and more focused by the day. Thank you God for this Gift🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Miss You Jay🙏🏾🙏🏾'' he wrote.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
She added another year to her many years yesterday.
Here's what the Nollywood actress had to share on her Instagram since she couldn't replied all the messages..
''And here i come again with this my message of gratitude,'' Nkiru said along with the above pic. ''With much sincerity and happiness I would like to thank everyone for the Birthday Wishes and Blessings, from Friends and Family; Far and Near. My Gratitude goes to all who posted on my Facebook Wall, Messaged Me, Sent Me Mails, Pinged Me, Used My Pictures as Display Picture on BBM, Personal Messages, Called or Text to Wish Me a Happy Birthday. I would have loved to give reply to each message, or repost everybody's post on instagram but the out pouring of love/posts was too much that i couldn't possibly repost all. That is why I write this note instead. It is very overwhelming to know that people remembered and took even a little time and effort to greet me. I'm flattered at the number of good wishes that came my way. Thank you all🙌🙌 I appreciate..Gracias🙌🙌. ......Turn up pictures coming in few days...#NkiruUmeh #cuttiemum #omammasinachi''
''I call her first class. It is only when u re married to your God sent then u become a real man..pls guys dis is a typical example of what I mean so I am a real man oo pls pray b4 u get involved," the 54-year-old comic actor wrote on his Instagram, along with his wife's photo (right).
Carver County Judge Kevin Eide's order requires genetic testing for Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, plus three half-siblings: Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson. Ken Abdo, the attorney for the three half-siblings declined to comment. Tyka Nelson's attorney did not immediately return a voicemail.
Eide also ordered testing for Brianna Nelson, who has claimed to be Prince's niece, and possible grand-niece Victoria Nelson. The pair has claimed Briana Nelson's father was Prince's half-brother. Their attorney, Andrew Stoltman, declined to comment.
It's unclear why the judge did not order testing for Omar Baker or Alfred Jackson, two men who were listed as half-brothers in the original petition for the court to name a special administrator to the estate, but Eide's order includes a note that the court "is not aware of any objection or dispute" that all six siblings or half-siblings are legitimate heirs.
Jackson's attorney, Justin Bruntjen, declined to comment. An attorney for Baker could not be immediately reached.
Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose. The process of determining his heirs and parceling out his estate has fallen to the courts because he had no known children and left no will. A DNA test has already ruled out a Colorado prison inmate who claimed to be Prince's son.
Barring any others who could come forward claiming ties, Eide's order drastically limits who may benefit from Prince's fortunes — an estimated $300 million or more — or gain control of his legacy.
Among those excluded from potential heirship in Eide's order are five unidentified people with shaky claims that Prince was their biological father. For example, one woman who said she was adopted claimed Prince was her father because "based upon the general description of the lifestyle of her biological parents, her fascination with the Decedent and physical similarities."
The order also tosses out a handful of claimants who alleged that Prince's father was someone other than John L. Nelson, who is listed in court records as Prince's father.
Among those claimants was Venita Jackson Leverette, whose attorney, James Selmer, called Eide's decision "a travesty" and said he's considering an appeal. Selmer opined that his client would be banned from undergoing testing while a man serving an eight-year prison sentence in Colorado was given a DNA test.
"The better course would be to allow people that have a plausible connection to him to have a blood test," he said.
The four Prince siblings or half-siblings ordered to undergo genetic testing all claim John L. Nelson as their father. Susan Link, head of estate planning for Minneapolis-based Maslon, said the judge may have ordered them tested because of the claimants who said John L. Nelson wasn't actually Prince's father — even though he threw out those claims.
The two that don't need to be tested — Baker and Jackson — claim relation to Prince through a common mother, Mattie Shaw, but different fathers.
Produced by Master Rell.
Friday, 29 July 2016
The 68-year-old Democratic presidential nominee accepted the party's nomination for president and knocked her opponent Donald Trump throughout her hour-long speech. Read the speech below:
Thank you all very, very much. Thank you for that amazing welcome. Thank you all for the great convention that we've had, and Chelsea, thank you. I am so proud to be your mother, and so proud of the woman you've become. Thank you for bringing Mark into our family, and Charlotte and Aiden into the world. And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago — it is still going strong. You know, that conversation has lasted through good times that filled us with joy, and hard times that tested us, and I've even gotten a few words in along the way. On Tuesday night, I was so happy to see that my explainer-in-chief is still on the job.
I'm also grateful to the rest of my family, and to the friends of a lifetime. For all of you, whose hard work brought us here tonight, and to those of you who joined this campaign this week, thank you.
What a remarkable week it's been. We heard the man from Hope, Bill Clinton, and the man of hope, Barack Obama. America is stronger because of President Obama's leadership, and I'm better because of his friendship. We heard from our terrific Vice President, the one and only Joe Biden. He spoke from his big heart, about our party's commitment to working people, as only he can do. And First Lady Michelle Obama reminded us that our children are watching, and the president we elect is going to be their president, too.
And for those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine, you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him — from city council and mayor to governor and now Senator. And he will make our whole country proud as our vice president.
And I want to thank Bernie Sanders. Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You put economic and social justice issues front-and-center, where they belong. And to all of your supporters, here and around the country, I want you to know: I've heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together. Now, let's go out and make it happen together.
My friends, we've come to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, because what happened in our city 240 years ago still has something to teach us today. We all know the story, but we usually focus on how it turned out, and not enough on how close that story came to never being written at all.
When representatives from 13 unruly colonies met just down the road form here, some wanted to stick with the king, and some wanted to stick it to the king. The revolution hung in the balance, and somehow, they began listening to each other. Compromising, finding common purpose. And by the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation. That's what made it possible to stand up to a king. That took courage — they had courage. Our founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together.
Now, America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together, so we can all rise together. Our country's motto is e pluribus unum — out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?
Well, we heard Donald Trump's answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and trump each other. He's betting that ht perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He's taken the Republican Party a long way — from morning in America to midnight in America. He wants us to fear the future and fear each other. Well, you know, a great Democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 years ago during a much more perilous time: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Now, we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge just as we always have. We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of Americans who are already contributing to our economy.
We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans, and our allies, to fight and defeat terrorism. Yet we know, there is a lot to do. Too many people haven't had a pay raise since the crash. There's too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.
But just look for a minute at the strengths we bring as Americans to meet these challenges. We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. We have the most tolerant and generous young people we've ever had. We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values: Freedom, equality, justice and opportunity. We should be so proud that those words are associated with us. That when people hear them – they hear… America. So don't let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We're not. Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes. We do.
And most of all, don't believe anyone who says: “I alone can fix it.” Those were actually Donald Trump's words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us. Really? “I alone can fix it?” Isn't he forgetting troops on the front lines, police officers and fire fighters who run toward danger, doctors and nurses who care for us, teachers who change lives? Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem? Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe? He's forgetting every last one of us. Americans don't say: “I alone can fix it.” We say: “We'll fix it together.”
Remember: Our Founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power. Two hundred and forty years later, we still put our faith in each other.
Look at what happened in Dallas after the assassinations of five brave police officers. Chief David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them. And you know how the community responded? Nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days. That's how Americans answer when the call for help goes out. [pause] 20 years ago I wrote a book called “It Takes a Village.” A lot of people looked at the title and asked, what the heck do you mean by that? This is what I mean. None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.
America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger. I believe that with all my heart. That's why “Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history. It's not just a slogan for our campaign. It's a guiding principle for the country we've always been and the future we're going to build. A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in. A country where all our children can dream, and those dreams are within reach. Where families are strong… communities are safe… And yes, love trumps hate. That's the country we're fighting for. That's the future we're working towards.
And so it is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America's promise… that I accept your nomination for President of the United States!
Now, sometimes the people at this podium are new to the national stage. As you know, I'm not one of those people. I've been your First Lady. Served 8 years as a Senator from the great State of New York. I ran for President and lost. Then I represented all of you as Secretary of State. But my job titles only tell you what I've done. They don't tell you why. The truth is, through all these years of public service, the “service” part has always come easier to me than the “public” part. I get it that some people just don't know what to make of me.
So let me tell you. The family I'm from...well, no one had their name on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind. Builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had – whatever God gave them – and whatever life in America provided – and built better lives and better futures for their kids. My grandfather worked in the same Scranton lace mill for 50 years. Because he believed that if he gave everything he had, his children would have a better life than he did. And he was right.
My dad, Hugh, made it to college. He played football at Penn State and enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. When the war was over he started his own small business, printing fabric for draperies. I remember watching him stand for hours over silk screens. He wanted to give my brothers and me opportunities he never had. And he did.
My mother, Dorothy, was abandoned by her parents as a young girl. She ended up on her own at 14, working as a house maid. She was saved by the kindness of others. Her first grade teacher saw she had nothing to eat at lunch, and brought extra food to share. The lesson she passed on to me years later stuck with me: No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up.
She made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith: “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.” I went to work for the Children's Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school. I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair on the small back porch of her house. She told me how badly she wanted to go to school – it just didn't seem possible. And I couldn't stop thinking of my mother and what she went through as a child. It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action. So we gathered facts. We built a coalition. And our work helped convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities.
It's a big idea, isn't it? Every kid with a disability has the right to go to school. But how do you make an idea like that real? You do it step-by-step, year-by-year… sometimes even door-by-door. And my heart just swelled when I saw Anastasia Somoza on this stage, representing millions of young people who – because of those changes to our laws – are able to get an education. It's true... I sweat the details of policy – whether we're talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs. Because it's not just a detail if it's your kid - if it's your family. It's a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.
Over the last three days, you've seen some of the people who've inspired me. People who let me into their lives, and became a part of mine. People like Ryan Moore and Lauren Manning. They told their stories Tuesday night. I first met Ryan as a seven-year old. He was wearing a full body brace that must have weighed forty pounds. Children like Ryan kept me going when our plan for universal health care failed…and kept me working with leaders of both parties to help create the Children's Health Insurance Program that covers 8 million kids every year. Lauren was gravely injured on 9/11. It was the thought of her, and Debbie St. John, and John Dolan and Joe Sweeney, and all the victims and survivors, that kept me working as hard as I could in the Senate on behalf of 9/11 families, and our first responders who got sick from their time at Ground Zero.
I was still thinking of Lauren, Debbie and all the others ten years later in the White House Situation Room when President Obama made the courageous decision that finally brought Osama bin Laden to justice. In this campaign, I've met so many people who motivate me to keep fighting for change. And, with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House. I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For those who vote for me and those who don't. For all Americans.
Tonight, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President. Standing here as my mother's daughter, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too – because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit.
So let's keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves. Because even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead. Let's begin with what we're going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead. Now, I don't think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That's real progress.
But none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. Not by a long shot. We're still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the recovery. I've gone around our country talking to working families. And I've heard from so many of you who feel like the economy just isn't working. Some of you are frustrated – even furious. And you know what??? You're right. It's not yet working the way it should. Americans are willing to work – and work hard. But right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do. And less respect for them, period. Democrats are the party of working people. But we haven't done a good enough job showing that we get what you're going through, and that we're going to do something about it.
So I want to tell you tonight how we will empower Americans to live better lives. My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States, From my first day in office to my last! Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian Country to Coal Country. From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.
And here's what I believe. I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives. I believe that our economy isn't working the way it should because our democracy isn't working the way it should. That's why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And we'll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United! I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return. Many of them are. But too many aren't. It's wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other. And I believe Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again.
I believe in science. I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs. I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out. Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together - and it's the right thing to do. Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign.
If you believe that companies should share profits with their workers, not pad executive bonuses, join us. If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage, and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty, join us. If you believe that every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care…join us. If you believe that we should say “no” to unfair trade deals... that we should stand up to China... that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers…join us. If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions… join us. And yes, if you believe that your working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay, join us. Let's make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.
Now, you didn't hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention. He spoke for 70-odd minutes – and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn't believe these things. No wonder he doesn't like talking about his plans. You might have noticed, I love talking about mine. In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure. If we invest in infrastructure now, we'll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future. And we will transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs.
Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all! We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt. It's just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can't refinance theirs. And here's something we don't say often enough: College is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job. We're going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it. We're going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it.
We're going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the “woman card,” then Deal Me In! (Oh, you've heard that one?) Now, here's the thing, we're not only going to make all these investments, we're going to pay for every single one of them.
And here's how: Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes. Not because we resent success. Because when more than 90% of the gains have gone to the top 1%, that's where the money is. And if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we'll make them pay us back. And we'll put that money to work where it belongs … creating jobs here at home! Now I know some of you are sitting at home thinking, well that all sounds pretty good. But how are you going to get it done? How are you going to break through the gridlock in Washington?
Look at my record. I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties and to launch new programs that help millions of people. And if you give me the chance, that’s what I’ll do as President. But Trump, he's a businessman. He must know something about the economy. Well, let's take a closer look.
In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you'll find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills. People who did the work and needed the money, and didn't get it – not because he couldn't pay them, but because he wouldn't pay them. That sales pitch he's making to be your president? Put your faith in him – and you'll win big? That's the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away, and left working people holding the bag. He also talks a big game about putting America First. Please explain to me what part of America First leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado. Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio. Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin. Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again – well, he could start by actually making things in America again.
The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security. Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face. From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we're dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance. Looking for steady leadership. You want a leader who understands we are stronger when we work with our allies around the world and care for our veterans here at home.
Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do it will be my highest priority. I'm proud that we put a lid on Iran's nuclear program without firing a single shot – now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel's security. I'm proud that we shaped a global climate agreement – now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves. I'm proud to stand by our allies in NATO against any threat they face, including from Russia. I've laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen. We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country. It won't be easy or quick, but make no mistake – we will prevail.
Now Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do….” No, Donald, you don't. He thinks that he knows more than our military because he claimed our armed forces are “a disaster.”Well, I've had the privilege to work closely with our troops and our veterans for many years, including as a Senator on the Armed Services Committee. I know how wrong he is. Our military is a national treasure. We entrust our commander-in-chief to make the hardest decisions our nation faces. Decisions about war and peace. Life and death. A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country – including the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines.
Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he's gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he's challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally. Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons. I can't put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started – not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men – the ones moved by fear and pride.
America's strength doesn't come from lashing out. Strength relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power. That's the kind of Commander-in-Chief I pledge to be. And if we're serious about keeping our country safe, we also can't afford to have a President who's in the pocket of the gun lobby. I'm not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place.
We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm. For decades, people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics were too hot to touch. But I ask you: how can we just stand by and do nothing?You heard, you saw, family members of people killed by gun violence. You heard, you saw, family members of police officers killed in the line of duty because they were outgunned by criminals. I refuse to believe we can't find common ground here.
We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more. That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other's shoes. So let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable. Let's put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.
We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights, women's rights and workers' rights, LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities! And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from.For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump's comments – excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show. They think he couldn't possibly mean all the horrible things he says – like when he called women “pigs.” Or said that an American judge couldn't be fair because of his Mexican heritage. Or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability. Or insults prisoners of war like John McCain –a true hero and patriot who deserves our respect.
At first, I admit, I couldn't believe he meant it either. It was just too hard to fathom – that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things. Could be like that. But here's the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump. This is it.And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn't get: that America is great – because America is good. So enough with the bigotry and bombast. Donald Trump's not offering real change. He's offering empty promises. What are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country - to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they deserve. The choice is clear.
Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we'll ever pull together again. But I'm here to tell you tonight – progress is possible. I know because I've seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up. And I know it from my own life. More than a few times, I've had to pick myself up and get back in the game. Like so much else, I got this from my mother. She never let me back down from any challenge. When I tried to hide from a neighborhood bully, she literally blocked the door. “Go back out there,” she said. And she was right. You have to stand up to bullies.
You have to keep working to make things better, even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce. We lost my mother a few years ago. I miss her every day. And I still hear her voice urging me to keep working, keep fighting for right, no matter what. That's what we need to do together as a nation. Though “we may not live to see the glory,” as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, “let us gladly join the fight.” Let our legacy be about “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” That's why we're here...not just in this hall, but on this Earth. The Founders showed us that. And so have many others since.They were drawn together by love of country, and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow.
That is the story of America. And we begin a new chapter tonight. Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America's destiny is ours to choose. So let's be stronger together. Looking to the future with courage and confidence. Building a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. When we do, America will be greater than ever.Thank you and may God bless the United States of America!
''Congrats to the First Lady of Mavin on the Rocnation management deal once again @tiwasavage. More success coming our way in GOD’s name. Amen,'' he wrote.
In the hours of today, the legend remains was taken to the Ogbelani Palace for traditional rites as a palace chief, as lying-in-state followed at his home in Ukpologwu quarters, Illah.
Not too long, a requiem mass was held at St. John, The Evangelist Catholic Church before his interment.
Thursday, 28 July 2016
According to TMZ, the 45-year-old singer and her manager married back in 2003. Mary cited ''irreconcilable differences'' on the divorce papers, and did not note a split date.
The couple have no children together. Mary did ask the courts in her papers to deny Kendu any spousal support, and it does not note if there is a prenup.
''He always has my back — he’s going to fight to the death for Mary J Blige. The downside is that there’s no separation — it’s on all the time,'' Mary said in a 2014 interview about the downside of working with your spouse. ''When you don’t feel like answering to your manager, he’s still your husband. If one of you doesn’t want to talk about something right now, you have to respect that. And you have to respect each other’s space.''
RocNation has officially confirmed few hours ago on social media about the deal with Mavin records first lady Tiwa Savage. Her well anticipated video for ''Bad'' featuring Wizkid just premiered on Jay Z’s streaming platform – Tidal.
Watch it HERE
Watch it HERE
We will have Adekunle Mania for the next month or so
From all indications, everybody loves Adekunle Gold. And now that he has a full body of work out, be rest assured you will hear and see his name everywhere – at least on radio and on social media. I just know whatever plaudits Mr Gold gets on this album, he truly deserves it. You have to admire the guts of the man. Like Joey Akan (music editor at Pulse.ng) rightly stated, “Adekunle Gold worked his way through the right channels, identified a sound, and released a debut single titled ‘Let It Stop’, a song about peace for the nation. That never became a hit song. The right channel did not pay instantly, but he kept at it, working his game and perfecting his art. What worked was option E: A beautiful rendition of One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’ which he titled ‘Sade’. ‘Sade’ is credited to be the propelling force of Adekunle Gold’s career. “
We will see a rise in ‘Adekunle Gold type music’
Since most of our musicians suffer from what I’ve termed copy – copy syndrome, expect the really lazy ones to put out singles done in typical Adekunle Gold fashion. Now, a little borrowed inspiration is not bad but copying a beat, its rhythm and almost every other thing is just wrong! We get it; Nigerians seem to be warming up to alternative musicians (not saying Adekunle Gold is one) but if you must follow the same road as Adekunle, find a way to carve a niche for yourself. I mean Brymo and Adekunle sound somewhat similar but each musician has an identity readily identifiable by music lovers the world over.
We will see other new acts spring into action
You know all those new acts that have kept us guessing on when their debut albums would drop, they will start running upandan to release their projects. Some may even go as far as releasing ‘leaks’ from the album if their record label is dragging its feet. Adekunle has opened up the floodgates. Patoranking’s album will be released in a couple of days, Reekado Banks has promised to drop his by next month (what has happened to Korede Bello and Di’Ja?), Cynthia Morgan’s album is reportedly over 20 tracks long, Ycee will be announcing his release date anytime soon. These are some of the names that have revealed their album release plans. Why the likes of Niyola, Chidinma and Eva haven’t thought it right to release even an EP still surprises me.
Still, let’s give a round of applause to the man of the moment: Adekunle Gold.
This article was written by journalist and P.R consultant Abisola Alawode. See more of his work on his blog: tattlesblog.wordpress.com
Receiving a team led by Dr. Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer of Gavi and The Global Fund in State House, Abuja, Thursday, President Buhari said he was impressed with the patience and steadfastness of leading supporters of health care in Nigeria, "despite our shortcomings as a nation."
"We are making genuine efforts to correct the lapses. We are very serious about people behaving themselves, and being accountable," the President said.
"We thank you for deciding to re-engage with us, despite our inefficiencies. You decided to be here, not minding our shortcomings. There are other countries that would bring less problems. We appreciate your commitment, and we will do our best to put ourselves in the best shape to help us," President Buhari said.
Dr Berkley, who noted that the three focal points of the Buhari administration; security, economic development, and anti-corruption were critical to the future of Nigeria, had raised issues over the way donor funds for health care were utilized in the past.
He said Gavi and the Global Fund were disappointed when forensic audit revealed systemic weaknesses and corruption in the utilization of funds given in the past, adding that there is now a "breath of fresh air" under President Buhari’s leadership and fight against corruption and they were willing to "close the books of the past, and look into future support."
Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who was also at the event, disclosed that those indicted in the audit of the donor funds in the past, which was done between 2010 and 2015, had already been questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and would be arraigned in court soon.
She died alongside a friend in a motor accident on her way to Ibadan.
Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni, chairman Oyo state Muslim community, who confirmed the death in a statement said Zainab was already a Muslim years before she married Dokubo.
He recalled that Zainab, who lived in Ibadan had to relocate to Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa when she was appointed Secretary of the Muslims Pilgrims Board.
''Even then, there was hardly any month she was not in Ibadan for one Islamic programme or the other. She was a member of many Islamic organisations in Ibadan including Oluyole Muslim community under the Imamship of Imam Mudashir Bada. It is interesting she was coming to her preferred town Ibadan when she met her destiny. She was survived by four children Amirah, Hassan, Hussain and Osama. May Allah accept her multifarious and multidimensional jihad as acts Ibadah and admit her to jannat Firdaous,'' Alhaji Sanni said.
The fast-rising music revelation who burst into the scene in grand style with ‘Do Something’ has not taken his foot off the throttle ever since. With pundits already hinting ‘Kolewerk Remix’ as one to pick up many awards as the year winds down, this video only seals the deal for the young and vibrant hitmaker.
The video was directed by Three Kings (RCube Oshodi, ThemythCreate & Psalmurai) of Capital Pictures.
Watch and enjoy!
D'banj, who posted the photos to his Instagram account, wrote, "A wicked sharp Guy @official2baba .A living legend,my mentor and in the words of my brother @wizkidayo #ANCESTORS , what a Great night .you should be called #Ntswempu (ZULU)."