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Charlyboy’s first daughter marries

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Ace showbiz maestro and activist, Charles Oputa, called Charlyboy, has given out his first daughter, Adaeze, in marriage, to Metu Anu,

Adaeze and Matu tied knot during their traditional wedding held at Bride father’s home, CharlyBoy Boulevard in Gwarimpa Abuja.

The marriage rite was followed by a grand reception at the popular Evelyn Event Centre,which hosted Celebrities both from within and outside the entertainment Industry.

However, CharlyBoy expressed delight and just as wished the couple prosperous life .

“It is a thing of joy and pride for a father to see his daughter get married, and I wish them well as they begin a new journey together.

“I advise them to build friendship and deeper love for each other as husband and wife,”he said.

The weeding was attended by government functionaries and heads of organisations, including a former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who was in attendance.

Veteran Nollywood actors Francis Duru and Nkem Owoh were the Masters of Ceremony.

 

Could ‘The Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubia’ make another history at the cinema?

By Abimbola Adebayo

‘The wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai’ a film by Elfike Collectives, had its grand world premiere at the Eko Hotel & Suites on December 10, 2017.

The Arabian themed event which was attended by celebrities as well as members of the public in different arrays of Arabian outfits including the old and new cast of the movie like Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Shobowale among others.

Yesterday, December 15, the movie which continued with another wedding, this time held in Dubai, was had it official opening at the in the cinemas in Nigeria.

Movie critics are however of the opinion whether ‘The Wedding Party 2-Destination Dubia’ make or surpass ‘The Wedding Party 1’ which was released in 2016, in term of revenue.

‘Though, ‘‘The Wedding Party 2-Destination Dubia’ is said to have been a sold out a month before it was premiere in Nigeria, the question however is if the part 2 can break the ground record of its part one of N453,050,000 (Four hundred and Fifty Three million) which, is currently the highest grossing movie in Nigeria.

The Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai, as an addition of new cast while still retaining it previous cast.

The sequel to the previous movies tells the love story of the romance between Nonso Onwuka (Enyinna Nwigwe ) and Deirdre (Daniella Down).

Nonso while on a date with Dierdre proposed by accident and this set a chain of event between the families.

The family of the bride, who are upper-crust British family were against the match as well as the Nigerian parent of Nonso.

But through, determination especially on the part of the bride a wedding date was fixed but there was a disagreement on the venue, hence the destination was moved to Dubai after a near- disastrious introduction ceremony in Nigeria

How to make delicious bitterleaf soup

Bitterleaf soup is one of the most traditional soups in Nigeria. It is native to the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria.

The name is quite misleading in that a well prepared Bitterleaf Soup should not have even the slightest bitterness. This is achieved by washing and squeezing the bitter leaves (and changing the water at intervals) till all traces of bitterness has been washed off.

One will be deemed a bad cook if his/her Bitterleaf soup tastes bitter!

Ingredients

  • Washed and squeezed bitterleaf – A handful
  • 10 small corms cocoyam
  • 3 cooking spoons Red Palm Oil
  • Assorted Beef: Includes best cut, shaki (Cow tripe)
  • Assorted Fish: Dry Fish and Stock Fish
  • Pepper, salt and ground  crayfish (to taste)
  • 3 stock cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Ogiri Igbo (traditional seasoning)

Before cooking your bitter leaf soup

  • Make sure that the bitter leaves are well washed, such that there is no trace of bitterness left. If not, wash and squeeze it more. If the bitterness cannot be completely washed off (which is usually the case with most washed bitter leaves sold in the market), boil it for about 15 minutes and wash in cold water.how to pound cocoyam
  • Wash and cook the cocoyam till soft. Remove the peels and use a mortar and pestle to pound the corms to a smooth paste (as shown).
  • Cooking directions
  • Boil the shaki (cow tripe), stock fish and dry fish in 1 litre of water till they are well done. First sign of a done shaki is that the cuts will start curling on itself.

 

  • Wash the beef and add to the pot of shaki etc. and continue cooking. When the meat is done, add 3 cubes of Maggi/Knorr and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add pepper, ground crayfish, bitter leaves (if they have not been parboiled) and cook for 10 minutes. Then add the cocoyam paste (in small lumps) and the palm oil then go to step 5.
  • Note: If the bitter leaves were parboiled to remove the bitterness, then for step 3; add pepper, ground crayfish, the cocoyam paste (in small lumps), the bitter leaves and the palm oil. In other words, add all the ingredients at this stage.
  • Cover the pot and leave to cook on high heat till all the cocoyam lumps have dissolved. You can add more water if you feel that the soup is too thick.
  • Add salt to taste and the soup is ready

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How to have a healthy vagina

By Abimbola Adebayo

Taking care of the female part is as important as wearing the latest shoes or cloth in vogue. But, most women believed that they know all that is to be known about taking care of the vagina. However, it has been discovered that most women are wrong about this. All they know about of taking care of the vagina, is washing with soap and water which in most cases causes more harm than good. Do they even know about taking an annual exam to check their status?

Here are seven things to do to maintain a healthy vagina…

Eat Yogurt

Natural Yogurt with live culture help boost the good bacteria in the vagina. According to research, yogurt help prevent vaginal problems like yeast infections. Don’t buy artificially sweetened yogurt because this can make you more prone to more vagina infections.

Go for examination

Though, a new research says it is not necessary to go for annual pelvic check if you are symptoms free. But, if you suspect something is wrong down there, it is better to see the doctor. It could be STDs or yeast infection.

Stop Douching

‘’Think you need some assistance keeping things all clear down there? You don’t. The vagina actually cleans itself ‘’ says Dena Harris, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University. Using in intravaginal hygiene products and medicated soaps can put you at risk of infections, pelvic inpelvic inflammatory disease, and STDs.

Be careful while cycling

It is good to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But women should be more careful when cycling because you can cause some damages to your vagina. Spending long hours or cycling frequently can cause numbness, pain and tingling to the genita. To be safe, wear a padded short while cycling.

Approach antibiotics with cautions

Another threat to your nether region’s good bacteria are antibiotics. Those pills can kill off some of that wonderful lactobacilli that keep your vagina healthy, says experts Obviously, if you have to take an antibiotic to fight infection, you shouldn’t pass up the prescription, just load up on pro-biotic Greek yogurt to reduce the damage

Be careful of that soap

Though, using scented soap can make the vagina smell nice but it doesn’t keep your vagina healthy in anyway. Soap especially medicated soap can dry up the skin around the vulva. To avoid this, rinse with warm water and if you must use soap, use mild unscented soap.

Wear cotton underwear

When it comes to your underwear selection, your vagina has a preference: cotton. That’s why most underwear comes with a thin strip of cotton fabric in the crotch. Since it breathes and absorbs moisture, it’s the ideal way to clothe your lady parts. says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University. And when you’re laying around the house, feel free to go without your undies, so you can let things air out.

The Guild Saturday woman- Mo Abudu

By Abimbola Adebayo

This woman of many part has been specially selected to be, The Guild Saturday Woman.

Born Mosunmola Abudu but better known as, Mo Abudu, is a talk show host, TV producer, human resources management consultant and an entrepreneur.

Mo, as she is fondly called was born on September 11, 1964 in the United Kingdom. At the age of seven, young, Mo’s parents relocated back to Nigeria but she was sent to live with her grandparents in their cocoa farm in Ondo state.

She attended Fiwasaye Girls Grammer School, but upon her father’s death, young ,Mo,  returned to the UK to continue her education at the age of 12. She had her secondary school education at  where she continued her education at Hammersmith County Secondary School before moving to the Ridgeway School in Kent where she lived with her guardian in Tunbridge Wells.. From there, she went to West Kent College and Mid-Kent College. She has a master’s degree in HR Management from the University of Westminster, London.

After working in the UK as a Human resources manager for several years, Mo, returned to Nigeria and picked up a job with Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (now ExxonMobil) as the head of their Human Resources and Training Unit in1993.

This woman of many parts as earlier said, left ExxonMobil, to set up her own privately owned human resources development company known as Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited.

She is the brain behind the training centre of chains of Protea Hotel.

This woman who desire to have more and described by Forbes as ‘’Africa’s Most successful Woman’’ started Ebonylife TV, which is aired in 49 countries across Africa and in the UK and Caribbean’s.

As the producer and host of the popular talk show ‘’Moment With Mo,’ she has interview key personalities in Nigeria and around the world. On one of her over 200 episode, she interview former Secretary-of-state, Hillary Clinton.

This mother of two who somehow has been able to keep her private life secret from the prying eyes of the public has been recognised and received many awards around the world. In 2013, she was recognised by Formes as the first African woman to own a Pan- AfricaTV. She was also listed as one of the ‘’25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013.

Widening her scope, Abudu, delved into filmmaking in 2014. Her first movie ‘fifty’ produced under EbonyLife Films,featured,  Omoni Oboli, Dakore Akande, Nse Ikpe Etim, Ireti Doyle, Timini Egbuson, Wale Ojo,  among others, had a London and Nigeria premiere and had it own fair share at the cinemas in Nigeria.

Her second  movie ‘Wedding Party’ featuring, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Sola Shobowale, Ireti Dolye, Richard Mofe-Damijo and others is so far the highest grossing movie in Nigeria. The sequel ‘Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai’ has also been premiere and nollywood critic awaits it outcome.

Her latest work, ‘’The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ was recently premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

How to cook mouth watery Ogbono soup

Ogbono Soup also known as Draw Soup makes eating Fufu Recipes so easy because of its slimy nature which helps the lumps of fufu slide down. If your kids do not like Okra Soup because of the chunks of Okra, then try Ogbono Soup, they will surely love it.

How to cook Ogbona soup

Some people like their Ogbono soup plain, with no added vegetables, others would not touch it unless there is some kind of vegetable in it. A third group love their ogbona with okra. Some people even go fancy and add Egusi to it.

Be sure to check out the following link where you’ll find more tips for preparing Ogbono Soup.

Ingredient to make Ogbona soup

  • Assorted Meat and Fish: Beef, shaki, Stockfish, fish
  • 2 handfuls Ogbona seeds
  • 3 cooking spoons red palm oil
  • Vegetable: Frozen Spinach (you can also use Pumpkin leaves or even Bitterleaf)
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • Pepper and Salt (To taste)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 stock/seasoning/boullion cubes

Cooking Directions for Ogbono Soup

  1. Pour the palm oil into a clean dry stainless steel or aluminium pot. Set on the stove and melt the oil at low heat. Remember, only melt the oil, do not allow it to heat up.
  2. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the ground Ogbono.
  3. Use your cooking spoon to dissolve the Ogbono in the oil.
  4. When all the Ogbono powder has completely mixed with the oil, add the meat/fish stock (water from cooking the assorted meat and fish). Set the heat of your cooker to low and start stirring. You will notice the Ogbono start to thicken and draw.
  5. Keep stirring till the Ogbono has completely absorbed the meat stock.
  6. Add a small quantity of the hot water and stir till the Ogbono has absorbed all the water. Repeat this process till you get a consistency that is shown in the video below.
  7. Making sure that your heat is set to low, cover the pot and start cooking. Once it starts to simmer, stir every 2-3 minutes for 20 minutes.
    So what you’ll do is: every 3 minutes or so, open the pot, stir every well, scraping the Ogbono that sticks to the base of the pot, cover the pot and cook for another 3 minutes.
  8. After 20 minutes, the Ogbono should be well cooked and you will begin to perceive its nice flavour and aroma.
  9. Add the assorted meat and fish, ground crayfish, salt and pepper to taste. The Ogbono may have become thicker from the cooking. If so, add a little bit more water and stir very well. Cover and cook till the contents of the pot is well heated up.
  10. If you prefer your Ogbono Soup without vegetables, turn off the heat and serve but if you like to add a vegetable then keep reading 🙂
  11. When the contents of the pot have heated up, add the vegetable (frozen Spinach used in the video). Stir very well, cover the pot and turn off the heat. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes and serve with any fufu, semo or eba.

 

Wives on Strike is the sixth highest grossing movie in Nigeria

By Abimbola Adebayo

‘Wives on strike’ is the sixth highest grossing movie in Nigeria. A movie produced by nollywood actress turned producer and director, Omoni Oboli, has grossed over N71million in cinemas across Nigeria.

The movie which as a fusion of comedy intertwined recently emerged the ‘feature Film of the year at the Nigeria Integrity Films Awards (HomeVida) held on December 3, 207 at the at the Renaissance Hotel, beating ‘Politics and Money’ by Michael Nwankwo.

The respected awards has two of its categories-Feature Film and Documentary endorsed by USAID/SACE under the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG), with winners for each category going home with one million naira.

The movies, which as a sequel, ‘Wives on Strike: The Revolution’  features top actors in nollywood which include, Uche Jombo, Ufeoma MacDermott, Kanu Ikeagwu, Kehinde Bankole, Chioma Akpotha, Kenneth Okonkwo, and Julius Agwu.

‘Wives on Strike’ is the story of some group of  women who decide to take matter into their hands to against their husband. They also came to the aid of a young girl, to stop her father from achieving his wish.

The sequel ‘Wives on Strike: The Revolution’ is based on the fight of the women domestic violence after one of them was beaten to death by her husband and this make the women to go on another strike to force the hands of their husband down.

The second part retains its previous cast with the introduction  additional cast which include top Yoruba actor, Odunade Adekola, Sola Shobowale and Toyin Aimakhu among others.

‘Wives on Strike’ is Omoni Oboli fourth cinema movie. She made her directorial  debut in her first romantic comedy movie ‘Being Mrs Elliot.’ Her second movie was ‘The First Lady’ and her third cinema movie is Okafor’s Law.’

Wives on strike is set to be in  cinemas on December 19, 2017.

How to stop nagging

Many marriages and relationships have failed just because a partner doesn’t know when to stop nagging. All, what the partner sees or believes is that he or she is justify on what caused her anger. But that is not always the truth as nagging brings more problems such as mistrust

 Did you remember to take out the recycling? I thought I asked you to clean the bathroom? You said you’d quit smoking!

Sound familiar? It should. A nagger’s script is about as full of surprises as a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez. And like a crummy Hollywood rom-com, nagging brings little satisfaction. Not only is nagging ineffective, it erodes love, says Denver-based relationships expert Marcie 

Here are six tips letting go of the urge to nag and letting love bloom.

1. You’re not right; you’re just angry.
Nagging isn’t smart; it’s an expression of negative emotion, says psychologist Robert Meyers. Though anger may be justified and borne out of serious concern for your partner—maybe your husband won’t quit smoking or your girlfriend has started drinking again—you should know one thing: Nagging doesn’t work.

“People get so frustrated when people continuously do something negative—whether it’s gambling or drugs—and they don’t feel they can stop it so they just increase the amount of negative energy they pour towards someone,” explains Meyers. “In our research we’ve found that’s the exact opposite of what needs to be done.”

2. Accentuate the positive.
What is a more effective technique for altering human behaviour? Positive reinforcement, says Meyers who believes non-confrontational support is a more powerful tool for change. Though you may want to berate your partner out for coming home late, don’t do it. Walk away, says Meyers. Or call a friend and vent. Later, when you’re calm and your partner is more receptive to a discussion, tell them how much you miss those nights when you used to eat dinner together and laugh and talk. By emphasizing love rather than anger, you’ll have a better chance of twigging your significant other’s heart rather than tripping their hair-trigger temper.

3. Don’t make a metaphor out of a crumb-y countertop.
‘Can you please wipe the crumbs off the counter when you’re done making a sandwich, honey?’ That’s a request. It only becomes nagging ‘Don’t forget to wipe the crumbs off!’when the request isn’t fulfilled. And while being talked to like you’re a kid is annoying, what the person being nagged may not understand is that those crumbs symbolize a lot of emotional weight.

“If after a while the request isn’t being taken care of, the nagger starts wondering why? Their mind starts wandering: ‘He doesn’t love me. He’s lazy’. And then those turn into ‘I can’t trust you’, or ‘I can’t depend on you’, or ‘You don’t respect what I have to say’,” explains Pregulman.

Naggers shouldn’t make crumbs or coffee grinds in the sink a metaphor for the relationship, says Pregulman. It’s not that your partner doesn’t care about you; it may just be that he or she couldn’t give a toss about crumbs or coffee grinds. But on the other side, those being nagged might want to consider how their partner feels when their feelings are ignored. See how easy it is to think of other people’s feelings!

4. To the person being nagged: Just do it!
Newsflash for those being nagged: it takes two to tangle. If you’re annoyed that your partner won’t quit bugging you about picking up your wet towels after you shower, then here’s a suggestion (and from an expert no less!): “Just do it,” says Pregulman. “I mean, if it is only going to take five minutes then what’s the point of fighting and bringing disharmony to the house?” Hmm. Even a slob should find it hard to argue with that logic.

5. To the nagger: Let it go.
Pregulman has similarly practical advice for the nagger. Rather than rant and rave to your spouse or beloved one more time about leaving their wet towels on the bathroom floor, why not just pick up the towels and get on with your day? Is the hassle of another supercharged domestic dustup really worth its weight in damp towels?

6. Have some fun, Mr. and Mrs. Bickerson!
Don’t have one more emotionally charged heart-to-heart. If you and your partner are bickering and fighting more than laughing and talking, do something radical and productive: have fun together. Forget about crumbs, coffee grinds, damp towels, hurt feelings, and sneaking surreptitious cigarettes, and reconnect with one another as loving partners in a relationship rather than as testy roommates. It’s an investment in positive emotion that will pay off later.

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Saturday Woman- Toyin Abraham

By Abimbola Adebayo

The Guild Saturday woman is, Toyin Abraham, formerly known as Toyin Aimakhu by her fans. Born in 1984, the Edo state indigene spent her early childhood in Ibadan, south-western Nigeria.

She started her acting career in nollywood after she met top English turned yoruba actress, Bukky Wright, in Ibadan in 2003.

The actress over the years has proved to her fans that she is an actress to reckon with, when it come to interpreting her roles to near perfection.

The actress, who obtained a Higher National Diploma, HND, in marketing from the Polytechnic, Ibadan, has acted in over 200 movies both in the Yoruba and English genre of nollywood.

 

She alongside nollywood actress, Sola Shobowale, Odunlade Adekola acted in ‘Wives on Strike; the Revolution’ a movie by Omoni Oboli, which the first part, titled ‘Wives on strike’ grossed over N70million in the cinema.

Though, she has a good career, the same can’t be said about her personal life has she has been enmeshed in many controversies.

On July 8, 2013, she got married to a fellow actor, Adeniyi Johnson and everyone felt this time everything would turned out good because the actress had previously been in a celebrated relationship which failed.

But by 2015, news started filtering into town that all is not well with her marriage and soon the couple went their separate ways. With the actress citing infidelity as the cause of the breakup.

Soon she was back in the arms of another man, Seun Egbegbe but soon that also crashed as there were counter accusation between the two.

Though, she hadn’t been lucky when it comes to relationships but the awards winning actress, who is known for producing the Hit-making movie ‘Alacada’ has proved that she is a professional actress.

She is one of the highest earning actresses in both the English and Yoruba genre of nollywood.

 

 

Six simple ‘Dos’ and ‘’Don’ts’’ to make your marriage work

By Abimbola Adebayo

There are many ‘’dos’’ and ‘’don’ts’’ to make a marriage work. But couples need to understand and act upon these simple ‘’dos’’ to strengthen and make their marriage last.

Get rid of the ‘’if’’ factor

Most marriages these days are based on the ‘’if’’ factor. Most couple are afraid if their marriage would work out thereby creating mistrust in the union. What to do is to get rid of the ‘’if’’ factor and focus on ‘’How we can make our marriage.’’ Couples should be committed to the last. Look at more ways to improve your marriage. Speak more, do more things together. Commitment is the key to a happy marriage.

Care more about pleasing your partner

There is this believe that one should care more for him/herself more. But that doesn’t truly apply in a marriage. By caring more and pleasing your partner doesn’t indicate you care less about yourself. It simply means are concern about your spouse. By doing this, amazing things happens in your marriage. He or she feels loved, care about and cherished. Ralph Waldo Emerson explains this: ‘’It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another helping himself.” If you care more for your partner, the gains come back to you because you gain your partner trust in you leading to a happy marriage.

Compliment your spouse

The key to a happy union is when couple get into the habit of complimenting each other. By doing this regularly, it become natural thing to do. It wouldn’t be hard to say ‘’ oh darling you look good in that.’’ I liked the meal you prepared for john this morning.”

Talk about what’s troubling you

There’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to talk about what’s troubling you with your spouse. Could be that you don’t like the way he leaves his plate in the sink, the way he left his muddy shoes in the sitting room or the way she kept demanding for more money beyond the housekeeping budget. Best way to do this is to have a talk about how he can help around the house. Talk to her about your financial capacity. Don’t point accusing finger at your spouse. With this you build an understanding in your marriage.

Don’t report your spouse to outsider and family

The fastest thing to break a marriage is telling friend, family about your partners fault. Reporting your partner negative fault to people always bring mistrust in couple. It becomes a betrayer. If you have something troubling you about your spouse. Talk to him or her about it or if it’s something you can let go, just forget about it instead of bringing a third person into your marriage. This is not however not in the case when your partner is being abusive.

Don’t mentally focus on your partners negative

Don’t mentally focus on your partner’s negative behavior or attitude all the time. Instead think about the positive things he or she has done. By doing this all the time, you see your partner in more positive ways. It will always help with your frame of mind and bring peace into your marriage.