"[Wine is] poetry in a bottle." - Clifton Fadiman

29 October 2008

"The First Duty of wine is to be Red...the second is to be a Burgundy" Harry Waugh

"I like red wine because it's more sophisticated, more complex and mature. It's a bit like me, no longer young but not old yet either." Mick Hucknall

As if you smart lot haven't already guessed, yep, its time for the red red wine.

Tannin is what gives red wines a complexity that is beyond that of most white wines.
Tannin has a mouth drying quality that causes the wine to feel firm in your mouth. When a red wine is young, this firmness can be quite intense.
Over time, the qualities of the tannin will mellow and blend harmoniously with the other characteristics of the wine. This is one of the main reasons that red wines usually age better than whites.

Red wine is usually intended to be consumed with a meal instead of on its own. The bold flavors and characteristics (compared to most whites), will stand up to and sometimes complement flavorful foods. mostly its red wine, red meat but red wine and fish can also be good if d red wine is fruity and non tannic, an oregen pinot noir.
more examples of red wine are; cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, zinfandel, grenache, sangiovese, gamay, nebbiolo, barbera, tempranillo, dolcetto, malbec etc

The French Paradox
The French seem to know something about the health benefits of red wine. In a study that compared French and German red wines, the French red wines delivered a greater health benefit due to their higher level of antioxidants. This may partially account for the "French paradox," where studies show that in areas of France where the diet is high in fat those who drink red wine with meals have a lower incidence of heart attack than other parts of the world. Due to vast differences in diets, the evidence is inconclusive, but experts believe that red wine contains certain compounds that help protect the heart. This has opened the door for other researchers to study the components in red wine that may be responsible for its health benefits.

Red wine headaches ("RWH") are the downside of red wines, they are bad headaches often accompanied by nausea and flushing that occurs in many people after drinking even a single glass of red wine. This syndrome can sometimes develop within 15 minutes of consumption of the wine.
The condition does not occur after consumption of white wine or other alcoholic beverages. Some individuals report that they get a migraine headache hours later from drinking some red wines. No one knows for certain why this syndrome occurs. It probably has more than one cause such as tannins, prostagladins, histamines, sulfites.

White wines are often consumed with lighter meals, think lunch, smaller dinners, appetizers or as an apéritif themselves. They are more refreshing, lighter in both style and taste than the majority of their red wine counterparts, making them ideal for spring and summer occasions. The old guideline of “white wine with white meat” still holds true in many instances, but there are plenty of exceptions and palate preferences that dictate which.
Many of the more established wine experts and expert sites tend to focus on reds with a few words on the white wines of the world added as an after thought and with a sneer seeping through the reviews. Whether this is due to ignorance, snobbery or following fads can't be determined, but it often leaves classic white wines in the cold -- not just climatically. i think its a pure shame cos if i were to drink any wine it would be white wine, it just looks more classy and elegant, easier to get down ur throat, non of the horrid after smells etc etc.
unfortunately for the longest time white wine has no DOCUMENTED health benefits(probably cos all the scientist drink red wine), it had always contain some anti oxidants but no way as near as red wine, this might come in useful to people who are allergic to red wine. until recently it has been discovered that red and white wine share the same health benefits, the proof is here. haha eat ur heart out all you red wine lovers.
White wines are produced all over the world but the most famous are probably those made from the Chardonnay grape in France, you've probably also tasted them in Champagnes. more examples of white wines include;sauvignon blanc, riesling, chenin blanc, pinot grigio, semillion, pinot blanc, albarino, marsanne, viognier, muscat, gewurztraminer etc.
that will be all for now folks. don't forget we have more to discuss; dessert wines, rice wines, champagne etc

"For when the wine is in, the wit is out" Thomas Becon (1512 - 1567)

26 October 2008

i would like to open with these words,

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to lack of wine. Hahahahahahahahaha

Let me first make this confession my dear friends and readers, i am not an alcohol person, as a matter of fact i am continually mystified by the lure that this liquid has on people, indeed, painfully shy and timid people are embolden, the sorrowful forget or plunge even further into their misery, relationships are broken "i was drunk when i did it" (hala if you've been there, lol), some are even started, the list just goes on and on.

but what i do know is wines and the airs it affords those that worship at its altar. wine drinking is a great constant in civilised society, those who do not drink it are more often than not( even if they don't admit it) mystified, baffled and left feeling inadequate by the numerous etiquette that accompany it. fear not one and all, i come to clear the shroud of mystery as much as i can. after all with all the dinner parties my fellow 9ja's will be attending as the festive season approaches, i need u all with your classy foot 4ward. now for the where u have been to know where you are going lesson, a brief history on wines.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest production of wine, made by fermenting grapes, took place in sites in Israel, Georgia and Iran, from as early as 6000 BC. These locations are all within the natural area of the European grapevine Vitis vinifera.
A 2003 report by archaeologists indicates a possibility that grapes were used together with rice to produce mixed fermented beverages in China as early as 7000 BC. Pottery jars from the Neolithic site of Jiahu, Henan were found to contain traces of tartaric acid and other organic compounds commonly found in wine. However, other fruits indigenous to the region, such as hawthorn, could not be ruled out. If these beverages, which seem to be the precursors of rice wine, included grapes rather than other fruits, these grapes were of any of the several dozen indigenous wild species of grape in China, rather than from Vitis vinifera, which were introduced into China some 6000 years later.
The oldest known evidence of wine production in Europe is dated to 4500 BC and comes from archaeological sites in Greece. The same sites also contain the world’s earliest evidence of crushed grapes. In Ancient Egypt, six of 36 wine amphoras were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun bearing the name "Kha'y", a royal chief vinter. Five of these amphoras were designated as from the King's personal estate with the sixth listed as from the estate of the royal house of Aten. Traces of wine have also been found in central Asian Xinjiang, dating from the second and first millennia BC.
Wine has also played an important role in religion throughout history. The Greek god Dionysos and the Roman equivalent Bacchus(makes me wonder what ever happened to that 9ja wine, bacchus tonic wine, i think that was what it was called) represented wine, and the drink is also used in Christian and Jewish ceremonies such as the Eucharist and Kiddush.In medieval Europe, the Roman Catholic Church was a staunch supporter of wine since it was necessary for the celebration of Mass. In places such as Germany, beer was banned and considered pagan and barbaric, while wine consumption was viewed as civilized and a sign of conversion to Christianity. Monks in France made wine for years, storing it underground in caves to age.

In the Islamic world, wine was forbidden during the Islamic Golden Age. After Geber and other Muslim chemists pioneered the distillation of wine, however, it was legalized for cosmetic and medical uses. In fact, the 10th-century Persian philosopher and scientist Al Biruni described recipes where herbs, minerals and even gemstones are mixed with wine for medicinal purposes. Wine became so revered and its effect so feared that elaborate theories were developed about which gemstones would best counteract its negative side effects.
okay enuff with the past now into the present. wine basically is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of grape juice. The natural chemical balance of grapes is such that they can ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes or other nutrients. Wine is produced by fermenting crushed grapes using various types of yeast which consume the sugars found in the grapes and convert them into alcohol. Various varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts are used depending on the types of wine produced.
Although other fruits such as apples and berries can also be fermented, the resultant "wines" are normally named after the fruit from which they are produced (for example, apple wine or elderberry wine.
in the world of wines just as any other, there are different sets of terms of lingo if you will, understanding them helps you hold court with a bottle of wine and become a master.
Austere - The wine is kind of stiff or tight, sort of hard. Hard to tell other traits.
Balance - Describing the relationship between tannin, acid and alcohol. You want to drink a "well-balanced" wine.
Big - A strong, perhaps alcoholic wine. It is a good wine that can get better.
Buttery - A sort of smooth feel and taste, like butter. Most often seen in white wines, which have undergone malolactic fermentation.
Dry - If sugar remains in the wine it is sweet. When it isn't sweet, it’s dry.
Flabby - A bland tasting wine that isn't going to get any better.
Grassy (orherbaceous) - Smells like grass. Often seen in Sauvignon Blanc.
Hard - A wine that has a lot of tannin still in it, like a young fine red. The tannin keeps you from tasting the other qualities of the wine, which will come out through maturation.
Nose - The totality of what you smell.
Thin - A watery sort of wine.
Cru - refers to wine from a high-quality vineyard
Sec - dry
Brut - dry (Champagne)
Demi-sec - off dry (fairly sweet for Champagne)
Doux - sweet
Liquoreux - very sweet
Cuvee - A wine blended from several vats or batches, or from a selected vat. Also used in Champagne to denote the juice from the first pressing of a batch of grapes.
Vintage - The year in which a particular wine's grapes were harvested. When a vintage year is indicated on a label, it signifies that all the grapes used to make the wine in the bottle were harvested in that year.
these are by no means all the terminologies, you can read up on the thousands that there are if you so wish, its quite easy to find.
Now we go into the different types of wines
Alcoholic wines : wines that retain their alcohol
Non- alcoholic wines : which is made with the same process as alcoholic wine but the alcohol is evaporated before bottling, there is still minute traces of alcohol left though but this should not be confused with grape juice which is made from the unfermented juice of grapes. a company named Ariel is renowned for their non-alcoholic wines after winning gold medal against wines with alcohol.
Alcoholic wines are further divided into
Red wine : is made from an assortment of grapes that are reddish, purple and even deep blue in colour.It is the grape skins that are responsible for the red wine’s distinct color spectrum. The skins are in contact with the grape’s juice during the fermentation process, allowing the dispersion of both color and tannins. The individual wine’s particular red hue depends on the grape type used in the process and the length of time the skin’s pigmentation is in contact with juice.
White wine : white wine differs from red wine firstly because of the colour. this is mainly due to the pressing of the grapes. When white grapes are picked, they are immediately pressed and the juice is removed from the skins with little contact. Color in white wine does vary, often from the type of grape, occasionally from the use of wood.
Rose/Blush/Pink wines : Rose wines, often referred to as Blush wines or written Rosé, are wines which are not truly red, but have enough of a reddish tinge to make them assuredly not white. The actual color varies depending on the grapes involved, and often may seem to be more orange than pink or purple.
Rice wine : Rice wine is an alcoholic beverage made from rice. Unlike wine, which is made by fermentation of naturally sweet grapes and other fruit, rice "wine" results from the fermentation of rice starch converted to sugars.
Cooking wine : is considered a wine of such poor quality, that it is unpalatable by itself and intended for use only in cooking. There is a school of thought that advises against cooking with any wine one would find unacceptable to drink. Most professional chefs prefer to use inexpensive but drinkable wine for cooking, as they believe the added preservative significantly lowers the quality of the wine and subsequently the food made with that wine.
Desert wine : By definition, a dessert wine is a wine that has a higher sugar content (called residual sugar) than normal table wines.
Sparkling wine : is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, (either in a bottle, as with the méthode champenoise, or in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved, as in the Charmat process) or as a result of carbon dioxide injection.
Ginger wine : is a fortified wine made from a fermented blend of ground ginger and raisins(can any1 say YUCK).
Fruit wine : are fermented alcoholic beverages made from a variety of ingredients (other than grapes) and having a variety of flavours. Fruit wines are usually referred to by their main ingredient fruit (e.g., plum wine), since the word wine alone is often legally defined as a beverage made only from grapes.
Champagne : is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of wine to effect carbonation. It is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name. While the term "champagne" is used by some makers of sparkling wine in other parts of the world, numerous countries limit the use of the term to only those wines that come from the Champagne appellation.
that's all for today folks phewwwwwww, i will go in depth with the different wines later, what dishes they go best with, what glass to use etc. i promise to have all this done b4 d festivities are in earnest.

Exchange rates

23 October 2008


in historic events(very, very sadly tho) y'day, the Nigerian people witnessed the fall of the British pounds to the naira compared to what it used to be. i for 1 was ecstatic but i know some ungrateful Nigerians who are now so far gone that they now want their country to be permanently in strife unknowingly chaining and further imprisoning themselves.

dear reader, i hope you are not 1 of them. here are the current conversion rates as of press time today.

N118.05 to $1

N190.03 to £1

N151.36 to E1(euro)


EFCC chairman not competent


as u all know by now, i am all 4 and closely watching the fight against corruption in 9ja, and my dear friends, brothers and sisters it is a great, long and hard fight but ever the optimist i will say this much "at least we still have the fight in us".
i reported some weeks ago of my suspicions and rumours that the EFCC was deceiving us by keeping our attention on the little fish while the big fish made away, alas, was i wrong, they are further insulting us by rubbing it in our faces; files gone missing etc. God when will the battle end,(sighing deeply).

Human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, says the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, is not fit to head the commission following the disappearance of the case files of 31 suspected corrupt ex-governors.
The EFCC boss had announced that the case files of some ex-governors, charged with corrupt practices, had disappeared, an act that has cast doubts on the ability of the commission to win the war against corruption. Speaking with P.M.News on telephone, from London, yesterday, Fawehinmi asked, “how can the files be missing?” The human rights activist said the missing files showed that Waziri is not competent enough to head the EFCC, which buttresses his earlier assertion.“Waziri should let us know how the files went missing. She must tell us the names of the 31 ex-governors whose files are missing, where and when the files got lost and what effort had been made to retrieve them.“It is ironic to say the files are missing. Waziri has to show us that she was not careless. If the files got missing, it shows that she is careless,” he stated.

Fawehinmi added that Farida must explain to the whole world how such important files, meant for the prosecution of corrupt ex-governors, went missing, adding that he had never heard of this kind of situation in the history of EFCC. He stated that the current scenario showed the inability of Waziri to pilot the affairs of the commission, adding that “I have a court case against her”.“She has no legal competence to be the chairman of EFCC. She is not capable of doing the job. This has brought a serious dimension to the fight against corruption.“It shows that she is not capable of protecting the integrity of the commission. How can a whole EFCC chairman tell us that such files are missing? This lady must give us lots of explanation on this,” Gani fumed.
Also, the National President, Campaign for Democracy (CD), Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has called on the Senate to probe EFCC’s missing files on the 31 ex-governors.“The controversy over the missing files of 31 ex-governors has raised fundamental questions about the suitability or otherwise of Mrs Farida Waziri to head the EFCC.
“Many Nigerians, including CD, called to question the integrity of Mrs. Waziri when she was nominated by president YarAdua to head the EFCC, five months ago,” she said.Okei-Odumakin said the Senate’s probe on the missing files should ascertain from Waziri’s predecessors, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and Ibrahim Lamorde, what was handed over to her and for Waziri to produce the EFCC staff from whose custody the files disappeared.“The Senate in particular owes a duty in this regard because the cases against the ex-governors were presented before it.
“Corruption is killing our country by the day and all patriotic Nigerians should not allow corruption to kill the war against it through its agents and fronts.“In decent climes, it does not even take this kind of probe we are calling for before a Mrs. Waziri would know that her position is no longer tenable,” Okei-Odumakin added.

its a jungle out there, but d struggle goes on. lol.


Crazy sport

21 October 2008


just saw this n had 2 share it with u guys, i still cant stop laughing. my stomach is all up in knots.



More sports................


Enyimba of Aba, Nigeria(Africa's richest club) chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu wants to keep hold of the new star.
Anyansi-Agwu is asking for as much as two million US dollars for Worgu,” said a top agent who discussed Worgu’s transfer to Europe recently.
“That’s really a lot of money for a player who has been playing in Africa and has yet to prove himself in Europe.”
The Nigerian player’s local representative is also demanding that Worgu earn a minimum of 50,000 US dollars a month in the first year of his contract.
Several African and European clubs have already expressed interest in the former Ocean Boys star with the likes of Dutch club Willem II Tilburg, Al Ahly of Egypt and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns leading the chasing pack.
there are also reports from Aljazeera that he has been bought by Elmerrikh of Sudan for 3 million dollars, hmmmmmmmm, well u kw how these transfer rumours are, we won't kw for sure until we see him with the jersey. either way big things agwan.

The Eagles finished the second round of the qualification, which also serves for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, as the only team that did not drop a point.
They also only conceded a goal after six matches.
“There is no doubt about it that the next round of the competition will be tougher but we have the quality and the pedigree to qualify for the World Cup,” said Monaco midfielder Sani Kaita, who was recalled to the Eagles after a five-star display at the Beijing Olympics in August.
“There are no longer small teams and as such we cannot make the mistake of underrating any team. We will go into all our games, home and away, with the aim of picking up three points, just as we did in the previous round. That way we do not have to depend on any team,” added CSKA Moscow defender Chidi Odiah.
“It’s a bit of an advantage that we have been seeded and as such will not be clashing with teams like Egypt and Cameroon but at the same time, we need to work a lot more if we are to be in South Africa two years from now.”

Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany after they were ousted by unfancied Angola. They also crashed out at the quarter-finals of the 2008 Nations Cup in Ghana leading to the resignation of German coach Berti Vogts.
“The last board (of the Nigeria Football Federation) did not return to office because we did not qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany,” said NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Taiwo Ogunjobi.
“And now the mere fact that the next World Cup will be played in Africa, means we have no excuse for not qualifying.” He added:
“Our winning run in the qualifiers is to regain the confidence of Nigerians after what happened in Ghana. We needed to win back the people’s confidence and that was why we did not take any chances with any of our matches.”
The media have often accused the country’s platoon of overseas-based stars of not showing enough commitment to the cause of the national team.
However, Eagles assistant coach Daniel Amokachi said the players have since rededicated themselves for the task ahead.

“The players are a lot more committed and more professional now. They have put behind them what happened in Ghana and are ready to make it all the way to the World Cup,” said Amokachi, who in his playing days featured at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and was known for his full-hearted drive in an Eagles shirt.
"We have enjoyed tremendous support from the fans and all the players know what is at stake.”
The Eagles are one of five top seeds for the draw in Zurich on Wednesday.
The other seeds are African champions Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
The 20 qualifiers will be drawn into groups of four teams each with the overall group winners qualifying for the World Cup along with host nation South Africa.
The top three teams in each group will also join hosts Angola for the 2010 Nations Cup.
all the best of luck boys.

In somewhat of a surprise move by Jose Mourinho, Nigerian born Victor Nsofor Obinna started ahead of the likes of Mancini, Adriano and Julio Cruz in the crucial contest against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on the 19th of this month.
It was to be the 21 year old's first ever start in the Nerazzurri colours, and he did not disappoint as he got on the score sheet in Inter's stunning 4-0 triumph at Roma with the 4th goal.Following the conclusion of the match, Obinna sent out a heart-felt 'thank you' to his boss, Jose Mourinho.

“It’s not easy to put your faith in to a young man like me, so to play from the first minute was quite significant. I have reviewed the goal I scored and it was really beautiful,” he added.He said at the post-game interview, “During the two weeks of rest, I worked hard with the squad and now the results have shown. We all prepared perfectly for this match and the coach explained in detail all the features of our opponents.

here's the goal

nice 1 son.


And in sports...............

18 October 2008


Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria were seeded on Monday for next week's final-round draw in African qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Algeria, Guinea, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia will be in pot two; Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Kenya and Zambia in pot three; and Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan and Togo in pot four.

The draw in Zurich on Oct. 20 will form five groups. The five group winners join host South Africa at the 2010 World Cup, and the top three teams in each group qualify for the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.

Seeds were based on the current FIFA rankings.

Vitali Klitschko made a punching bag out of Nigeria’s pride, Peter Samuel, over the weekend, in a world heavyweight championship fight. Battered and bruised in a pitiful manner, the Nigerian boxer suffered a technical knockout when he withdrew at the end of the seventh round. His handlers felt he had been punished enough, and they were right. The photographs published almost two days after the nightmare of “The Nightmare”, attested to the severe punishment that preceded the loss of the WBC heavyweight title by the Nigerian boxer.

We moan about the departed glory of boxing, the sport which first placed our country on the world map. Hogan Bassey first elevated Nigeria in global sports by his defeat over Cherif Hamia, in 1959, just before our independence.

The Peter’s fight could have been brought to Nigeria too, if there was any kind of organization which might have sponsored it. But there was none. The Nigerian Boxing Board of Control has gone comatose, pummeled from side to side by some impostors who have all but taken over the control of the game.

The members, unfortunately, have failed woefully to take up the challenge and have become satisfied with personally enjoying the privileges of the membership of international bodies which they gained, in the first place, by their executive positions in the NBB of C.However, it is doubtful that a home advantage would have saved Peter from the hiding that he had coming to him.

Some have once described Peter as a roly-poly fighter from what has been seen of his fights. A “rough ‘n tumble”, perhaps, would be a better characterization. He offers a target of a source of weakness in his “beer-belly”, which he has to protect by a cautious crouch, most of the time, but then he has such a short reach for a heavyweight.

He therefore puts himself in line of a good deal of punishment in the attempt to get to his mark. (Isaac Ikhuoria also suffered from the same insufficiency.) That makes him preoccupied with his defence which, unfortunately, still suffers a lot.

I wonder how far he has to go in his career, but you can’t write off a boxer on the strength of one fight. But then, we are dealing with more than one fight here.

all this being said, at least he has got his business mind on right, here is his official website
couldn't find any video of the fight in English, sorrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy.


Black Web Awards

17 October 2008


The Black Web Awards are the first and only organized effort to recognize and celebrate African, African American and Caribbean excellence online, it was first started in 2006, this year will see their 3rd annual awards. Website customers, fans, designers and owners now have the opportunity to nominate their favorite Black-themed websites in over 100 distinct categories, including Best Music Site, Best African News & Politics Site, Best Wealth Building Site and Best House of Worship Site. All nominations are free and open to the general public. The Announcement event was filmed and web cast online, and on television stations worldwide through strategic partnerships, thereby making the Black Web Awards the first Internet awards competition to web cast their announcement.The result alone demonstrate the extent of the Black presence online, help establish the Finalists as beacons for Black people, and at the same time, introduce valuable resources for the world to gain insight into the Black global community.

"We want to get as much participation as possible, so building a competition with a free nomination and voting process was an easy decision," said Odogwu Linton, BlackWebAwards.com founder(naija, hala). The Finalists are certain to reflect the broad range of beliefs, social structures, wishes and dreams of Black people worldwide. The nominations thus far have confirmed that Black people worldwide support Black-themed websites and the businesses that support them. "Now is the time for a Black Web Awards," said Linton.

"In the United States, study after study confirms that the Black community is enjoying the Internet through broadband connections." For example, nearly 76 percent of those casting nominations thus far at BlackWebAwards.com have high-speed Internet access at home. This rate is in line with a 2005 AOL African American Cyber study, which among other findings at that time also reported that 68 percent of respondents favor companies that benefit the Black community. "If it isn't clear yet that the Black community is online and is supporting a wide range of Black-themed websites, it will be after the Black Web Awards Finalists are announced," said Linton, after review by the Black Web Awards Academy of Judges.
A full schedule, rules and nomination procedures are available online here.

my main aim of letting u all in on this award is becos as usual ur country was up their representing for y'all.
the following websites received nominations;

Best black search engine site
good enuff site, too clustered, could be better, but i especially liked the poetry corner.

Best site representing a nation
Nigeria embassy usa
nice, liked the fonts and smiley people, good representation, unlike d actual 9ja website, grhhhh, don't even get me started.

Best film festival site(international)
anotha good 1, i liked d idea of the girl dressed in native attire holding d camcorder, pleasant surprise cos i didn't even know the site existed, u learn something new everyday i guess, lol. wat i still don't kw tho, NFFO????????? Nigerian film festival organisation, m guessing here, abeg no quote me o.

Best African news/politics site
Nigeria world
very excited about this site, a lot of it is in igbo, i think it has a lot of potential(by d way, this has absolutely nothing 2 do wit me being igbo, hahahaha). needs updating 'n' bera layouts and graphics. but all in all, it brought a smile to my face.

Best actress site
WOW, omo babe na official big girl o, was so impressed with the site, i think she is a wonderful actress BUT m still yet 2 be convinced of her singing capabilities, all I've heard is d song she did wit ruggedman(don't gbadu him either) 'n' it wasn't it 4 me, especially when compared to d up and comers in d music industry in 9ja. buckle up babe so u can blow them away in d music world too.

Best black movie site
i have blogged about this site b4, its my best for 9ja news, didn't kw it was big on movies, huuuu. i do love its pidgin English corner, wit pidgin English and its meanings and proverbs, lol.

This website however won not 1 but 2 awards for

Best Internet radio station
Best African music site
Nigerian web radio facebook group
YES o, we r here to stay and ain't prepared to go anywhere. 100% 9ja music 24/7

pls check out as much links as u can, u will be surprised at the wealth of info. and drop ur comments, they r my blog life line.


Music awards

16 October 2008

hey peeps,

your country 9ja has been featuring in a lot of music awards lately, some we have won and others we didn't. at the channel o music awards which took place on the 5th of October,our 9ja winners
Best Male Video: Ikechukwu - Wind Am Well
Best Duo/group Video: P-Square - Do Me
Best Hip-Hop Video: KC Presh - Sengemenge
Best Africa West: M-Trill - Bounce
Best Video of the Year: P-Square - Do Me
This award was sponsored by Amarula. i am so upset sasha didn't win cos i remember voting for her twice

at the MOBO's 9ice won the award for best African act, anotha wahala for me as i voted for P-Square as they had a longer standing carrier i thot. but i can't win them all. sighing.

on a more serious not 9ja female rapper Kel was reportedly in a car accident in Lagos on the 1st of October. thankfully it was not fatal. omo gurl its not time yet o, u still hv so much to do. take am eazy. couldn't find videos yet for any of the award nights will do more searching and let u guys kw. enjoy mwahhhhhhhhh

The Question

14 October 2008


James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924November 30, 1987) was an American novelist, writer, playwright, poet, essayist, and civil rights activist.
Most of Baldwin's work deals with
racial and sexual issues in the mid-20th century United States. His novels are notable for the personal way in which they explore questions of identity as well as for the way in which they mine complex social and psychological pressures related to being black well before the social, cultural or political equality of these groups was improved


this is true word y'all. racism affects us all black, white,yellow,purple,pink etc

don't just hear, LISTEN.



The Nigerian Writer

12 October 2008

how far na?

i remember my prose in my secondary school days, all by 9ja authors b4 i let myself be caught with a mills&boon. the stores were entertaining and filled with knowledge, 9ja authors have been doing it and are still doing it. this is an exercpt by a 9ja author on the new and abounding future of 9ja and its writers.
It seems the gods of literature have officially tagged 2007 the year for the Nigerian writer. First Achebe won the Man Booker International Prize, then Adichie followed with the Orange Prize, and although none of them went on to win ultimately, three Nigerians were shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Also, in an interesting coincidence, 2007 saw the publication of Helen Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House, Biyi Bandele’s Burma Boy, my Measuring Time, Chris Abani’s The Virgin of Flames, and Ben Okri’s Starbook.
At a reading in London recently a woman asked, jokingly, the reason for this preponderance of Nigerian writers in the news. Is it because Nigeria is more populous than other African countries or are Nigerians more clever? Statisticians put it at one out of every six Africans being a Nigerian; so if all Africans were writers, one out of every six African writers would be a Nigerian. Interesting, but it doesn’t explain why the Nigerians are so successful, and not only in 2007 (1991: first black African Booker Prize winner, Okri, Nigerian; 1985: first African Nobel Prize for literature winner, Soyinka, Nigerian). Apart from being the most populous country, Nigeria is arguably Africa’s most complex country. What these writers are doing is explaining in intimate, human terms, this complexity — and luckily for them, they are doing it at the right time, the time of the IT revolution. This means access to a wider audience than the earlier generations who were published by Heinemann African Writers Series and confined to the Africa section in specialist bookstores.

Recently I got a mail from a woman in Yorkshire saying that my novel has helped her to understand Nigeria better. She said what she had before was an “aeroplane-view of Nigeria”, but my book has given her an “eye-level” understanding. To many outsiders Africa remains a complex conundrum, and most Africa-watchers agree that understanding Nigeria is perhaps the first step towards understanding Africa. Civil wars, dictatorships, poverty, and all the other favourite stereotypes of Africa in the press, Nigeria has them, but it also has what the press doesn’t report, most of which is positive.
But of course writers do not write because they want to interpret their countries or cultures to readers, they just write what they have to write.

But what defines these new writers (mostly seen to mean born after 1960), how do they differ from older writers such as Achebe, Soyinka, and even Ben Okri? Whereas it is possible to say that the earlier writers have their nationalist African politics in common, the younger writers seem to be less encumbered. This is not to say they are apolitical; they are very political — after all, the political could be said to be one of the defining traditions of African literature, but their politics are less unified, more individual, less predictable. This works in their favour because it frees them to explore more diverse themes. We see that diversity when we compare three Nigerian novels published between 2003-06: from Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail (2006) about the exploitation of the main character, Abigail, by family members in Nigeria and London, to Adichie’s family tragedy in Purple Hibiscus (2003) set in Eastern Nigeria, to Oyeyemi’s fantastical The Icarus Girl (2005) set in Nigeria and the UK. Thematically the three books have nothing in common, the only thing they share is their authors’ Nigerian origin. These writers are streching the limits of their country’s borders, and questioning our stereotypic knowledge of that country.

For the sake of analysis I will divide the new Nigerian writers into two sub-categories; but I will first put them all into one broad category: they all live permanently or partially outside Nigeria. In the first category I will place those that were either born outside Nigeria, or left at a very early age. In this group are Diana Evans, Helen Oyeyemi, David Nwokedi, Segun Afolabi, Uzodinma Iweala, etc. Some of them, such as Evans and Nwokedi, are multiracial, and almost all of them will question the tag, “Nigerian writer”. To them Nigeria is merely a fictional country where they set their stories, an echo from their parents’ memories. Their characters often find themselves taking the plane to Nigeria to seek “identity”, such as the characters in Diana Evans’ 26A and in David Nwokedi’s Fitzgerald’s Wood. But this search for ancestral memories and family ties is mostly unsuccessful, they realise that home is where you live, where your happy memories were made.
The second category is of those who left Nigeria to pursue their writing career — most of them came as students or writing fellows and decided to stay on after the publication of their first books. These are people such as myself, Adichie, Biyi Bandele and Abani. These writers focus on Nigeria in theme and setting, and are very comfortable with the term “Nigerian writer”. And in their novels the very anger and frustration that drove them out of their country has now become their inspiration. It is in their books, more than in that of the first group, that we get closest to the smells and sights and pains and joys of Nigeria.
It is not hard to see that the themes of place and identity will grow in the new Nigerian writing, because as these authors are forced to make their homes in the West due to their continuing success, they seek to imaginatively reclaim their country, and to rationalise their anger at their country for being unable to keep them, to fructify their aspirations. We see hints of these themes in Abani’s The Virgin of Flames, set in Los Angeles, Afolabi’s Goodbye Lucille, set in Germany, and Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House, set in London. Oyeyemi’s book in particular has nothing to with Nigeria or Nigerians — it is about an immigrant Cuban family — but in their discussions of place and displacement you can hear the questions Oyeyemi is trying to answer for herself, about her own place.

The African has often been described as a natural story-teller. The Nigerian seems to possess that gene in abundance. Because most social infrastructures are stunted, and most dreams are never realised, the only way we can turn our defeats into victories, our fears into strengths, our shame into pride, is in our stories.
It is hard to say what the future holds for us. Already we are being described as the “next India”. In terms of stories and ability we could be. But a lot of us realise that the Indians have one thing we don’t have, a healthy publishing industry at home. After the withdrawal of most of the big publishers in the 1980s because of the failing local economy, a huge vacuum was created in publishing, and only recently has there begun to emerge an entrepreneurial class that sees the possibility of cashing in on the success of the new writers and using that to resuscitate our comatose publishing industry. Two publishers in particular — Cassava Republic and Kachifo — not only publish Nigerian editions of books such as Evan’s 26A, Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, and my two novels, but they also fly in these writers on ambitious book tours. Gradually a local fan base is being established, a reading culture and hopefully a whole book industry is being revived
this is the website for the orange prize , man booker international prize, caine prize if you want to check them out.
this is an african writers website.
this is a web archine for the association of Nigerian authors.
we are extremely proud of u all.
this should go a long way in debunking the myth that black people don't read.

The 9ja Entrepreneurs

hey u,

some 9ja entrepreneur shows, more good news 4rm the home front.
slowly but surely we r getting there, lol.

i don't think "the entrepreneur" has a website yet.

the next 1 i like is dragons den Nigeria, sorry i couldn't find any videos.

comments pls.

in the mean time, in between time,



Should we live 2gether before marriage?

hello 1 'n' all,

yep m back again with a subject that is dear to my heart, not bcos m single( cough, cough, clearing my throat) but bcos of what is means for the society at large 'n' wat is says about where we r headed as a people.
so the million naira question, "does living together before marriage actually help anything or any1?"
my resounding answer is NO. i don't believe so and for all y'all who don't agree wa8 before u chew my head off ok? thank God that the various arguments against this phenomenon of co habiting or indirect marriage have gone beyond just religious sentiments, which is much more disheartening for me, and gotten into d realm of social science with surveys and studies to prove it.

now in the "modern" world e.g. America, Europe etc it is has become the norm but i know my 9ja is still majorly opposed to the idea, if for albeit stupid and retarded reasons like; if she lived with him all these years and he STILL didn't marry her there must be something horrible about her that we just can't see on the surface(stupid any1?) or i am not getting anything special from her as she has already done wifely things for this other guy and he STILL wouldn't marry her( yep u got it right, STUPID)

i will however commend 9ja for still trying to hold onto the core values of marriage in this fast pacing times of TV, porn and Internet which this cohabitation issue is trying to erode.
we hold onto the sacred institution of marriage because 1st of all we are basically a religious nation( a fact i am very proud of) and we believe God when he says it is better in the long run and secondly men tend to get lazy when they get things easy(primitive maybe, truth?, most certainly) and i personally think that any woman who agrees to live with the man before getting marriage is playing into the mans game of getting things easy with as little investment possible and is in the long run selling herself short. i personally think i am worth the whole ball and chain, and i can guarantee him he will enjoy every last second of it. LMAO.

now to be fair the folks who feel the other way about this SEEM to have a valid reason on the surface, reasons like; it gives you a better opportunity to get to know the person more intimately without the pain and heart ache of a divorce, and to this i say let the adventure of finding this out BE the journey that is your marriage and the ups and downs of trying to solve the issue will hopefully make your marriage stronger.
but by all means do not take my word for it, but do give these professionals a listen. now the link i have on here are not from Nigerian surveys but i think we can learn early what no to do to end up in this dire situation.

now it wouldn't be fair to leave u all with the dread of what to do to ensure a good, long lasting marriage now that i have convinced you, LOL, of the perils of cohabiting.
fear not, first of all we( as una know say i join d people wen dey find, lmao) need to how to increase our chances of getting and maintaining this happy union, and some of it is outlined here.
and most of all go into marriage with the right idea and temperament, debunking ourselves of these myths on marriage.

and before i leave i would like to commend people( men and women) who have long since decided that this was and is the right path to the hope of a more successful marriage, not only for our sake do we do this but also for our unborn children, it is quiet easy especially in these times to join what is fast being considered the norm and even COOL. no one sees the efforts we put into not having children out of wedlock etc, and YES it is a whole lot of effort. this is one of the reasons why i still love and respect tyra banks, no matter what people say about her, she is 35 and still keeping on with her values. keep strong, fight the good fight, lol.
what do you think? i would like to know ur reasons for or against the idea, drop a line.
until next time,


The Rivers state Govt. scam continues

7 October 2008

its me again,

well even i didn't think things with the Rivers State Government would unravel this quick, just a couple of days ago the accountant general of the state refuted the claims of account freezes etc but as i said yesterday the truth will come to light, and it has. i cannot say anymore execpt pls read on

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested and detained Nyeson Wike, Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Magnus Abbe, over alleged loot of the state treasury running into over N300million.The EFCC said the state's accountant-general and the commissioner of finance in the state were said to have travelled to London yesterday in company of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, possibly to avoid arrest.

Spokesperson for the EFCC, Femi Babafemi, who confirmed the detention of Chief of Staff and the SSG to Daily Champion yesterday said they were already in the net while "the finance commissioner and accountant general escaped to London today with the Governor."It would be recalled that the detained Chief of Staff who had gone to the office of the EFCC to clear himself from the allegation of corruption was accompanied by the SSG since the state government was involved.

Also, EFCC had before now frozen two accounts belonging to the state government as well as an individual account said to belong to the Chief of Staff, Wike, as part of its efforts at fighting alleged massive corruption and treasury looting in the state.According to sources in the EFCC, the Chief of Staff, SSG are now in net because they felt that the alleged political solution sought for the case at was going to sail through but its failure landed them in the EFCC net yesterday evening.

Some of the allegations being investigated by the EFCC, include that the Chief of Staff, Mr. Wike is allegedly in control of a massive building in Port Harcourt worth about N150 million, which he reportedly told investigators that he was building on behalf of Governor Amaechi and that all the transactions was done using cash taken out of the state accounts with Zenith Bank of Nigeria in Port Harcourt."The Chief of Staff to the governor, Nyeson Wike, in connivance with Zenith Bank officials at the Azikiwe Road branch, opened one of the accounts (Number 601-091-6587) on March 27th 2008 with the fictitious name, "Harrison Ba Princewill." The fictitious account was being run by Wike on behalf of Governor Rotimi Amaechi."the account lacked such required information as passport photographs and information about the next of kin of "Harrison B. Princewill". However, the account was fully active and enjoying daily inflows of cash such that by April 26 2008, that is, within one month, it had already been credited with N3.6 billion ($30 million)."As the money swelled in Zenith bank, officials notified Wike that the account was being monitored for suspicious activities.

On June 5th 2008, Mr. Wike colluded with a Zenith bank staff named "Mohammed" to change the account details and convert it to a "Government House Account". "Harrison Ba Princewill" then became a depositor to the new "Government House Account".Just about the same time, another account directly controlled by Nyeson Wike (Number 602-500-4949) at the same branch of Zenith Bank in Port Harcourt began to witness a flurry of activities. Between June 5 and July 3rd 2008, the sum of N223 million passed into the account from the new "Government House Account" and several illegal transfers followed afterwards."And then, on September 5, 2008 at exactly 3:30p.m., Mr. Wike withdrew the sum of N300 million from his account at Zenith Bank, and promptly disappeared into thin air.

"Of the two Rivers state government accounts frozen last Wednesday by the EFCC, Wike had allegedly withdrawn about N400 million from the converted "Government House Account." The remainder of N3 billion remains frozen. The other account had N27 billion left in it.

well people what can i say its all there in black and white, the evidence i must say looks strong, although i have some questions why did Mr Wike Nyeson go to the EFCC to explain things, was it becos he was actually innocent or was he planning for a misdirection? n i might have been away from 9ja 4 a while but there is no way some1 can just transfere money 4rm ur account without u knowing( 9ja crimes neva deverope reach there), i wonder when d governor 'n' his accountant will come back and what excuse they will give for their absence, ehhh, hello, there's a whole state 2 run. plus how in d hell did they escape, why weren't their accounts frozen?, if it was how did they get money to travel? do they hv inside help?

nice work there by the EFCC at this time m not gonna rush to condemn the Rivers people until i hear their side of the story, they should come back 'n' explain to their state n Nigerians as a whole, our ears r open(syke, lol).

in the same vein i must say that i hv been hearing rumours that the EFCC is also employing methods of misdirection in chasing and keeping our attention on the small fish while the big fish get away. i sincerely hope that is not true but surely surely 1 day breeze go blow n fowl yarsh go open o. this is a link to their website which by the way is not bad at all.



P-Square + 1


Good news from the entertainment industry, i am pleased to announce that the wife( Lola Omotayo) of Peter Okoye of P-Square has given birth to a baby boy sometime last week, on the 2nd of October, but don't quote me on that.
the baby was born in London and both mother 'n' child have not arrived back to the country yet.
The christening, according to Peter, is expected to hold as soon as Lola and the baby return next month.“I can’t disclose the exact time of their arrival at the moment, but if not next month, it will be December. I’m also keeping the name of the child close to my heart for now. I will unveil it when the time comes.“Although people have been suggesting names for me, even my twin brother, Paul, is yet to know the name I have settled for,” he also added, “it’s a thing of joy and I’m happy about it.”
we r also happy for u DADDY. lol.

River's state government account on freeze!!

6 October 2008

hello people,

some bad or should i say good news 4rm the home front, i would like to call it good 4 now cos something positive is being done for now, only God knows for how long though.
as it turns out the E.F.C.C.[Economic and Financial Crimes Commission] Nigeria on the 2nd of October allegedly frozen one of the bank account of the River's state government(not governor) amidst rumors and petitions from concerned individuals of the state.

the state which was created by military decree on the 27th May 1967, is at present being governed by Gov. Rotimi Amaechi who came into power on the 26th of 0October 2007. it just casts bad light on his governance and the state which has and is still severely unstable.
it's all still hushed up but the EFCC have certain person's of interest that they want to talk to. here is the full gist out for now, be sure that i will keep u posted.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has frozen one of the accounts of the Rivers State government in a high profile bank over alleged money laundering.Very reliable sources told Vanguard that a top official of the state government (name withheld) whose account was allegedly used for illegal transfers and payments running to several hundreds of millions of naira, is also wanted by the EFCC to come and explain how he came about the huge amounts in his accounts.
According to EFCC sources the officials account which was opened in his name, was later converted into an account of the state government against public fiscal regulations and EFCC found out that huge sums like N50million, N100million, N200million and N300million, were at several times lodged into the account and that these monies disappeared at some point without records of what they were used for.
Asked how the EFCC came to know about the developments, sources said some concerned indigenes of Rivers State petitioned EFCC about huge transfers of money for fraudulent purposes and that the monies were being moved by the official.

but in other news(vanguard online) on the 3rd of October the rivers state government denied that any of its accounts have been frozen by the E.F.C.C.. the states financial commissioner Mr osinachukwu Ideozu released a statement to that effect asking people to disregard the vicious rumors and further assured the people that the amaechi led administration was one with government transparency and commitment to the people, as such the has signed the due process bill into law.

For those of you wondering what the "due process" or "due process of law" means,it's the principle that a person has a right to receive notice, and be heard in an orderly proceeding in order to protect his or her rights.

i know its scary to think that they r only just signing off on this now. with all these denials flying around only time will tell. but ur ever faithful here will keep u posted.
remember to drop your comments.


Face of Africa 2008

4 October 2008

hi all,

sorry for my absence i iv been buzy to say d least.

the face of africa competition is here 1nce again, although it was last seen in 2005, the competition is back with full force and they hope to be better than ever.

although still in the casting phase organiser r hopeful that the winner this year will still embody all of the attributes that the show stands for.

Now if u kw anything about the show, u should know the show's inugural winner turned super model and business woman oluchi onweagba ( a nigerian i might add, hala), who won at the tender age of 17yrs. she has teamed up with mnet face of africa to give this years winner not only their $50,000 cash prize but also a 3yr contract with her O Model Africa agency. she also has a website, here. we nigerian r extremely proud of her.

hopefuls should be aware that eligibility for the competition requires being of ages 17 to 24, documentation showing proof of identify and citizenship of any sub-Saharan African country. Further, entrants should note that the minimum height requirement is 1.72m/ 5ft 7.5in, the maximum hip measurement is 96cm and entrants should not have an existing modeling contract.

scouting and casting have and r currently being held at

16 September: Ethiopia (Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa)

20 September: Nigeria (Protea Hotel Leadway- Ikeja)

23 September: Ghana,Accra (African Regent Hotel)

27 Spetember: Mozambique (Hotel Girassol)

01 October: Zambia (Cresta Golfview Hotel)

04 October: SA (Fashion Kapital in the Fashion District) Opposite Building Number 109 Pritchard Street JHB CBD

11 October: Angola(Hotel Alvalade)
At the end of the 12 casting sessions, approximately 24 finalists will be selected to participate in a Model Bootcamp, which is to be held on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Here a selection team that includes the first-ever Face of Africa winner, the fashion savvy model turned business woman Oluchi Onweagba, will host a second round of auditions, at which the TOP 10 finalists will be selected.

The TOP 10 will then head into the glittering Face of Africa 2008 Finale on Saturday November 29, at which one winner will ultimately be chosen. The Finale will be screened to DStv audiences in over 40 countries across the continent. These audiences will also be able to watch the Face of Africa process from start to finish, with M-Net screening three preliminary episodes in the run-up to the Finale, with each episode detailing the search.

note to self: find out how non african residents can watch the show.

to the best of my knowledge only 3 finalist have been choosen so far,

24-year-old psychologist Totwana 'Tito' Tema became the first finalist selected for M-Net's new season of Face of Africa at a casting held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana.

19-year-old hairdresser Albertina Shigwedha and
24-year-old student pilot Maria Hiwilepo became the second and third finalists selected for Face of Africa 2008 at a casting at the Protea Hotel Furstenhof in Windhoek, Namibia.

i would just like to wish u all whom hv found d courage to follow ur dreams lots of luck and u r all already winners.

big congratulations to miss adaeze igwe(miss anambra) for winning the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria competition. although in d same vein i hv to say miss enugu came 2nd runner up. HA.

anotha round of appaluse to miss cynthia omorodion for winning the Nigerias Next Super Model 2008[NNSM]. along with her new Kia Rio she will be representing nigeria at the Model of Colour competition next year. do us proud.

on the international front the MOBO's(Music Of Black Origin) r taking place on the 15th of October 2008. go to the website and vote for best african artist(by this i mean 9ja artist lol), there r a host of them from 9ice, d'banj, p square etc.


Happy Birthday

1 October 2008

watz up,

let me start by saying that my fore-fathers would not 4give me if i didn't drop a blog line today, not after all d mouth i've been making about being 9JA, thank u.
so i just wanted 2 say happy 48th yrs on ur own we r getting there, if we were actually a human being we would hv been saying "i hv paid my dues" as a matter of fact datz wat m saying. lol.
so hv a nice 1 NIGERIANS, where eva u r hold ur head up high. i luv u all till my dying days. God bless. Amen.


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