The Queen Makes A Rare Appearance At London Fashion Week

A Swarovski-studded Queen Elizabeth II graced the front row of London Fashion Week, brushing shoulders with longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour, during a surprise visit to the event on Tuesday. The 91-year-old monarch, wearing a powder blue tweed dress and jacket by her personal advisor Angela Kelly, could be seen chatting with Wintour and clapping her black-gloved hands as models walked in British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show.

The monarch later presented London-born Quinn, known for his avante-gard prints and colorful headscarves, with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The award was designed by Kelly, the woman who has crafted the Queen’s style for the past 26 years. It recognizes the role the fashion industry plays in both society and diplomacy.

It will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. Quinn established his namesake label in 2016, shortly after graduating from the fashion masters course at Central Saint Martins in London.

“Specialising in womenswear and textiles, his collections are bold and emotive creating a forward thinking unafraid vision,” the British Fashion Council said in a statement celebrating the designer’s “ability to combine unique handcrafted skill with a refined high fashion sensibility.”

The council hailed Quinn’s creation of a print studio, which offers accessible services to students.

The Queen also toured the designer showrooms at London Fashion Week, viewing collections and meeting up-and-coming designers with Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. Photos shared by The Royal Family’s official Twitter account showed her admiring a red top hat and fascinator.

 

 

‘Hate Speech Not Free Speech: Journalism In Dire Need of Sanitization’

The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Garba Abari has described the increasing rate of hate speech and fake news in the social space as capable of deepening the fault lines of our country and threatening the fragility of our hard earned national unity.

Mr Abari, who spoke in Kano during the second edition of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Conference held at the Coronation Hall of the Government House, Kano, said if not checked, the trend could undermine democracy, national development.

The D-G said it was timely and apt for the union to provide the platform for frank and sober reflection on the essence and scope of press freedom, saying hate speech is not free speech

He regretted that journalism profession is in dire need of sanitization, especially now when it appeared that the environment has supported the sacrifice of ethical values on the altar of mediocrity and primordial consideration.

He urged the forum to “proffer practical steps and solutions that would make the spread of hate speech and fate news less effective and less attractive”.

The Director-General said “hate speech promotes suspicion, heats up the polity, heightens acrimony and inflames avoidable social discontent which often crystallizes in social tensions and unrests that take their toll on our national unity and development”

According to the NOA boss, it is wrong to assume “that free speech is hate speech or that the right to free speech is an open cheque that justifies the promotion of hate speech. It is equally necessary that we understand what free speech means for the purpose of drawing a distinction between the two”

“While we have a duty to uphold the ideals of free speech as enshrined in our constitution, we equally desire free speech for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy,” Abari said.

MultiChoice, Africa Magic Announce 2018 AMVCAs

Following months of speculation and anticipation, Africa Magic, in association with Multichoice, has announced the call to entry for the 2018 edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), the prestigious initiative that honours film and TV talents across the continent.

Billed to hold on 1 September, this year’s edition of the AMVCAs is sponsored by Konga and supported by Nokia and Heritage Bank.

The AMVCAs celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry and with the success of the previous five editions, preparations are in top gear for the 2018 edition.

Entries for the AMVCAs open on 1 March and close on 30 April.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Director for M-Net West Africa, said: “Nearly one year after the last AMVCAs, We are pleased to announce the call to entry for 2018 edition of the Awards. The African movie and television industry is brimming with exciting talents at AfricaMagic, we contribute to the industry by not only giving these talents the platform to showcase their skills and passion, but by celebrating their achievements whilst also encouraging them to continue honing their craft.”

The AMVCA awards filmmakers in different categories ranging from acting and directing to script writing and cinematography. Other categories will include: short film or online video, soundtrack, costume designing, sound and lighting amongst others. For 2018 there are 27 categories in all, with 7 open to viewers and 20 decided by the respected AMVCA panel of judges.

John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, expressed delight at the growing success of the AMVCAs.

“We have been inundated with calls from filmmakers across Africa, with everyone asking when the AMVCAs would
return for another edition. After a brief hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that 2018 will indeed mark the sixth consecutive year of MultiChoice and Africa Magic successfully hosting the AMVCAs and we remain proud of the improvements seen in the industry since the inception of the awards as we know that these cannot be ignored or overstated.

”Furthermore, our continued investment demonstrates our dedication in helping unearth and celebrate talents on the continent and we believe that the 2018 edition of the AMVCAs will leave an even bigger impact on the African film production industry than the previous five,” said Ugbe.

Entry for the AMVCAs is free and the closing date for submissions is the 30 April 2018. Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered into or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition are eligible to be entered for the AMVCAs. All films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCA if they are broadcast or publicly screened during the period of October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018.

Entry guidelines below:

GUILDLINES:

STEP 1

Prepare a 2 to 3 minute long showreel for your online submission.

STEP 2

Log on to www. africamagic.tv and navigate to the submission page.

Step 3

Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A unique reference number will be allocated to each completed online submission

Depending on their location, participants should send their entries to either of the following addresses, quoting their unique reference number:

Attention:Hadizat Ibrahim (Nigeria)
Mss Local Productions

4 industrial street, off Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Attention: BuhleNgcauzele (South Africa)
137 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, 2123, South Africa.

Attention: Margaret Mathore (Kenya)
2nd floor, M-Net Offices

Local Production studio, Jamhuri Grounds off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
For more information on entry requirements and submission procedures, please log on to www.africamagic.tv

REVEALED: How Denzel Washington and Phylicia Rashad Helped Black Panther Lead Act, Chadwick Boseman Study at Oxford

Most of us get by with a little help from our friends. But just imagine if such a friend was actress Phylicia Rashad or, by way of extension, Denzel Washington. For Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, that just so happens to be his life.

No big deal.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the magazine’s March cover star, who plays King T’Challa in the film, revealed part of his arts education was sponsored by none other than Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington. He said Rashad was his mentor while he studied at Howard University.

“She would do a play in D.C. and you’d go see it, and she’d drive you home and talk to you, ‘How you eating? You look too skinny. You need a pork chop.’” Boseman said of the ever-so gracious Cosby Show actress. “We were just trying to aspire to her excellence.”

Rashad, a Howard alum herself, told the magazine the love and respect were mutual.

“Chad was this lanky young man with big eyes and an endearing smile and a very gentle way,” Rashad said. “What I saw in him was the sky was the limit. He never asked me to introduce him to anyone – that’s not his way. He was going to make it on his own merits.”

When Boseman and his friends were accepted to a summer program at Oxford and couldn’t afford to go, Rashad wasn’t having it.

“She pushed for us,” Boseman said. “She essentially got some celebrity friends to pay for us to go.”


One of those Hollywood friends was Washington. The actor said he received a letter from the two-time Oscar-winning actor, whom Rashad contacted, to be his benefactor for the trip.

“Denzel paid for me,” Boseman said. “I’m sure he has no idea. It was random. I couldn’t wait to write my thank-you letter! I’ve been waiting to meet him, so I can tell him.”

But Boseman was initially hesitant to share the Fences actor once lent him a helping hand.

“You never want to make someone feel like they owe you something else,” Boseman said. “They’ve already given you whatever it is they were supposed to give you. But I realized this morning that I’ve gotten to a point where nobody would think that. I don’t need any more help.”

This Is Us star Susan Kelechi recently shared Rashad and Washington helped her in the exact same way. During a January taping of Live! with Kelly and Ryan 36-year-old said she had the opportunity to do what Boseman’s been aspiring to since he received Washington’s benefactor letter.

“I saw Mr. Washington at some occasion years later and I said, ‘Excuse me Mr. Washington, you paid for my scholarship to go,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re welcome,’” Kelechi said.

 

 

Eulogy To Professor Akinwunmi Isola

The Fair Man With The White Beard That Even Santa Clause Envied, Is Gone

The gods are meeting the heavens are quiet but the clatter of agogo and the rustle of ṣekẹ̀rẹ̀ honored the high voice of Ohùnúnbáre as it echoed from the horizon with her chant. Ohùnúnbáre was in high gear you would think Ògún was coming. Her chant meandered through difficult octaves to invoke a passion that only her knows. Her chant was beautiful but the spirit was different while the focus of ṣekẹ̀rẹ̀ stayed the same.

Ohùnúnbáre was calling on the gods to listen to her supplication before they entered their meeting but they seemed not to be listening and the ṣekẹ̀rẹ̀’s rhythm seemed not to be abating. Ohùnúnbáre’s voice is in crescendo whilst the ṣekẹ̀rẹ̀ is not letting her go, it followed her sonority like the obsession of a newly found lover. gúdúgúdú joined the team as the clatter of the omele akọ emerged and in speed, they went to high gear to supplicate the gods. For Ṣaworo Idẹ was missing there must be a problem in town.

But where is Àyànróunbí, where is the master drummer? Where is the man with the unmistakable stick that speaks in tongues on leather? Where is the spirit that makes the drum dance for itself and the grasshopper somersault on its standing? Where is the animal that makes the butterfly dance with open arms like a lady waiting for an embrace? Where is the stick that stings on the drum and makes the stubborn dance in ‘U’ turns? But nothing is coming from the ánjọ̀nú whose tantrums with sticks contours the mind of the living. The man who agitates leather as if at war needs to speak so that the most hardened spirits in heaven can agree with the man that Àyànàgalú has a representative on earth.

Àyànróunbí needs to talk with his drum. He needs to say something with leather for the earth to rest and the abyss to be at peace. Even the heavens are waiting, everyone is anxious because of Àyànróunbí’s delay with his message. It has been a long time this happened something is brewing.
Ohùnúnbáre called Àyànróunbí his father’s name. He reminded him that Àyànàgalú would be disappointed in the land beyond if Àyànróunbí does not speak with his father’s voice. She asked the man that speaks with the voice of the drum to echo people are waiting. The ako omele responded but the young dùndún and ṣekẹ̀rẹ̀ gave a staccato whilst the agogo continues its anger with the clatter. But Ṣaworo Idẹ was missing there must be a problem in town. Suddenly the boom!!! came like the roar of a lion, the ánjọ̀nú of drums came out with the sound of thunder. In unison omele akọ, the young dùndún and the ṣekẹ̀rẹ̀ echoed with a passion to welcome the gifted but Àyànróunbí’s Ìyá Ìlù echoed the sound that has not been heard for ages.

Àyànróunbí’s delay was not without reason, the bells of his Ìyá Ìlù clattered without apologies like the voice of God. Their rent of sound filled the air like the voices of deities. Ohùnúnbáre smiled that Àyànróunbí respected her voice and she was not left in disgrace.

Àyànróunbí agitated his drum from afar while his mates continue with support. He eulogised Ohùnúnbáre as the woman of honor. The woman that can change even the mind of Ẹlẹ́gbára the twin brother of the deity at the ‘T’junction, the sonorous singer whose voice Èṣù respects. Ohùnúnbáre is the voice that sings and the heavens sing. She is the voice that can echo like Elijah and God shall send rain to respect her anointing. Ohùnúnbáre is the woman of voice that can make Àyànróunbí’ come today. She is a woman of honor that even the gods fancy and Ọ̀ṣun respects. Her voice would call to question any voice on land like Kàyéfì Òṣà chanting with her voice of grace and her rhythm will resonate on any conscience that the gods have given a mind.

Àyànróunbí engaged his drum with a ferocity that agitated the horizon. His delay was not without a reason. The drummer of grace does not dither without a cause. His stick went into turbo, his drum went berserk to agitate sound so loud that even the deaf could hear. Its message was harsh and caused the world to stand. Àyànróunbí drummed and drummed until the cloud was rent with the spirits of the people. Forefathers listened to his tantrum and the gods awed at his news. The founders of the land turned in their graves as Àyànróunbí called ogẹ́rẹ́ afọkọ́yẹrí to order with his drum that speaks with the sound of heaven.

Àyànróunbí was the only drummer on earth that could go into offensive and the gods would abandon their meeting. When Àyànróunbí is on top of his art the world must stop Àyànróunbí drummed, he drummed and drummed. He hit his drums until Òṣòròngà abandoned their meeting. He bellowed and bellowed, the Oṣó ilé gave vent to their ears to hear. Àyànróunbí bowed to the North, he curtsied to the south. He honoured the west where the sun rises and praised the east where the sun sets. He rolled his drum on the floor for Èṣù the master that has its home on the ‘T’ junction and blessed Ọ̀rúnmìlà the master of destiny and the only god that was present at creation with Olódùmarè. Àyànróunbí told the world the rat inside the house and the rat outside the street, last saw each other a long time ago he asked whether they noticed that Ṣaworo Idẹ was missing among the drums. The big tree has fallen who has the guts to lift it up. The largest whale is out of water who has the strength to push it back to sea. Àjànàkú is on the floor it cannot lift itself.

The ricochets of sounds are now undeniable. The sleeping birds have woken, dosing elephants have risen, invocation is heavy it is waking the wild. The abyss is in tumult, birds of the sky have lost their bearings. Spirit angels are leaving their places and forebears are listening. Ṣaworo Idẹ is missing, the big tree has fallen who has the guts to lift it up. The largest whale is out of water who has the strength to push it back to sea. Àjànàkú is on the floor it cannot lift itself.

Ayanrounbi’s drum is now in solo. The omele stopped its anointing, the agogo stopped its clatter as Àyànróunbí unleashed his anger of the moment on his Ìyá Ìlù like a bully. He asked the big tree to behave like his forebears and lift itself up to stand. The big tree should rise so its leaves can wave to the sky. It should stand so birds can succor with joy on its branches. It should face the sun so energy shall flow into its green and stand so its roots shall dig deep into the earth’s recess. But the big tree has fallen there is no strength left for it to stand. The whale is out of water it could not be pushed back to sea. Àjànàkú is on the floor it cannot lift itself.

Àyànróunbí turned to the sea to to ask that it should roll itself to the shores. It asked the master of the horison to let its wave come in drones with power. He supplicated the endless wall that circles the earth with its presense to make itself felt so the big whale can have the strength to come back to sea. But the Ocean roared with waves that causes surfers to awe. The mat of ships refused to come to shore, the anchor of tsunami continues its work like nothing is happening; the spirit divine that rushes round the world in immeasurable waves of blue that is endless knows the big tree has fallen no one shall lift it up; the big whale is out of water no one can push it back to sea. Àjànàkú has fallen and shall never stand up again.

In unison the unity of drums embarrassed the air, Àyànróunbí unleashed his stick with venom that only his heart can trigger. Àyànróunbí is the drummer that the gods respect. He is the master that would drum and elephants shall stand on a leg and dance. Àyànróunbí could invoke Ìyá Ìlù and tigers shall dance from tree to tree. His drum was fiery as if talking from another celestial order. His Iya Ilu invoked and invoked and invoked. It asked Ọ̀rúnmìlà to visit him with fervor; It asked the father of secrets, witness to allocation of destiny, a friend of every deity to ask Ọ̀sanyìn who has secrets to the plants world to lift up the big tree. the seducer of Ọ̀ṣun with her two breast of unequal sizes should ask Olókun to push the whale back to sea. The confidant of Àgbọnìrègún should ask Àjànàkú to stand up but the one who fed fat on water, master of palm kernels that dangled back and forth on a tray like the scrotum of a blessed man when walking pretended not to hear. The god that challenged death to fight and harbored death’s wanted child in his house and nothing happened to him turned his back to Àyànróunbí’s misery. For the big tree has fallen no one can lift it. The big whale has left water no one can push it back to sea. Àjànàkú is fallen the father of elephants cannot lift itself. Ṣaworo Idẹ is gone for ever.

The staccato ended and the drums in unison went on the rampage. Àyànróunbí’s supplications filled the air. Every cockroach in the neighborhood listened, every lizard nodded their heads. Every rat stood up with trepidation while cats were anxious they could not go into action. Àyànróunbí’s note now was restless the tonation was sad. Àyànróunbí had news that no one wanted to hear. The ricochets of his Ìyá Ìlù travelled like thunder. Winds carried his message like wild fire. Àyànróunbí’s message echoed to the far corners of the world like lightening. Sages were agape, prophets were in awe but angels rejoice in heaven. The maestro of language, the man with facialographs, the lákátabú of drama with white beard that Santa envies can no longer come out for play. The man with the grace of pen can no longer write again and the wizard of culture is now indifferent to culture. Ṣaworo Idẹ is gone, the champion of his mother tongue is mute. Àyànróunbí finally announced to the world on Saturday 17th February 2018 that Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá is gone.

The fair man of culture can no longer behave like his father. He can no longer dance with his hands and rollick with his legs; the man with the white beard Òyìnbó prayed should be their own but God denied the grace can no longer dance with all his body. Ọmọ Ìṣọ̀lá was no longer listening, the maestro was no longer cheering. Indeed the big tree has fallen no one has the strength to lift it up, the whale is out of water no one can push it back to sea. Ajananku is fallen it cannot lift itself. Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá the maestro of Yoruba, the pride of his people has gone to bed never to wake up again,

Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá has gone with kánọ̀kò to meet his bosom friend Alàgbà Adèbáyo Fálétí in the world beyond. Àjàgbé àró ọmọ Oròójídé the man of grace did not say he would go so soon. The writer of Ṣaworo Idẹ, Madam Tinúubú, Ó le kú and many others is now in Unison with the saints. The Ògídímọ̀làjà are in peace where the greats meet and the anointed are back as friends. Ọkọ Adébọ́lá the man in glasses that sees left and right with eyes like an eagle gave no notice he would soon abandon us in this world. The blessed fair man now speaks with the voice of angels and chants with the beauty of the anointed.

Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá was the sage with wisdom that feeds mortal minds with knowledge like the friend of spirits. He was the lion that roars in Yorúbá and all other animals respect his diction. When Akínwùmí coughed elephants greeted him “Ẹ káàrọ̀ Baba”, when he sneezed lions greeted him “Ẹ káàsán Alàgbà”. Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá was the man that dared yawn and crocodiles fell over one another in the sea shouting “Baba òò!!!, Baba oo !!! kára baba ó le òo. Kẹ́mì í ọlá ó gùn!!!”. When Ọmọ Ìṣọ̀lá is around angels of language spoke Yorúbá before they could sleep in peace. Akínwùmí is the man the Òyìnbó man sees and forgets the meaning of vernacular for anyone who insults Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá’s mother tongue shall hear the story of the husband of his mother. Ọmọ Oroojide was the loyal patriot of his root. The son of Ìṣọ̀lá was the sage who left legacy of pen that shall guarantee his anointing in the minds of men for ages. Akínwùmí was the man that looked out of the window angels levitated to have his gaze. He owned the inkwell that fed pen that ran riot over the universe like a witch on mat. The fair man can no longer sing his father’s song. Honest man shall no longer write his moon light plays that awed artists of pit theatre. The man with facialograph that the gods worked over time to put in place can no longer dance his fathers tune.

The gun salute is issued as heaven is agog Ọmọ Ìṣọ̀lá is coming in pomp and glory. Olóhùn Iyọ̀ is there to welcome the gifted to the place of distinction. Àyànàgalú is now his drummer, Akínwùmí has arrived where the greats are respected, his trod is filled with the sound of prestige and full of breath of success. Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá’s sacrifice for his language is speaking for him, there is a guard of honor with angels in a lap of honour. The man of fame the heavens acknowledge counted his steps to the home of nobles. He has the steps of joy and listens to the chant of his oríkì. Olóhùn Iyọ̀ ushers him to the palace of the King where he would be received as illustrious in majesty and honor.

Professor Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá was my senior colleague in University of Ifẹ̀, Ilé- Ifẹ̀ (now Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀ University) when I was a young lecturer. He took to me when I started there in 1982. I was his adopted son. Subsequently anyone Professor Ìṣọ̀lá introduced me to became my mentor and all of them influenced me to very beautiful measures. They doted on me. He introduced me to Professor Ọlábíyíì Yaì
and Professor Làmídì Fákẹ́yẹ. They all spoilt me stiff to the envy of many that I forgot that I had no father. It was also through him that I gained beautiful access to Alàgbà Adèbáyo Fálétí in 1987 when Professor Ìṣọ̀lá arranged and anchored plans for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of my father’s death and started me on another relationship of father and son that still endears my memory. Only Professor Yai is alive now and I beg him in the name of God not to be in a hurry to go. I need him here for much longer. His guidance is invaluable to me.

My relationship with Professor Ìṣọ̀lá continued to blossom with the inauguration of the D O Fagunwa Foundation in which we were members of the Board of Trustees. The Foundation benefitted immensely from him socially and culturally. His contributions at Boards meetings were golden, worthwhile and purposeful. He is a sad loss to the Foundation which he supported with experience, knowledge and charisma. He and Alagba spoke flawlesss Yorúbá. That was not a surprise given that like my father (Chief D O Fagunwa) of memory they had facialograph (tribal marks) that immediately distinguished them as made in Nigeria commodities. But above all they were celebrities and it was not only very overwhelming and emotionally exhilarating but a prestige and honour to be regularly sitting on their table to brood, laugh and enjoy.

Professor Ìṣọ̀lá was humble, straightforward and kind. He had a highly developed sense of humor and was very unpretentious. His presence was relaxing, humane and friendly. He was a simple man, full of joy and warmth. He was easy to access. Professor Ìṣọ̀lá was extremely gifted with knowledge of Yorúbá language and traditions. He emitted Yorúbá wise sayings and words of wisdom with diction from a repertoir that overwhelms you if you were craving for Knowledge. He always spoke Yorúbá and was an incorrigible exponent of mother tongue. He preached it and lived it. He and Alàgbà Fálétí were Yoruba dictionary and thesaurus for me. When you were in conversation with them your brain sometimes goes comatose with excitement as you listened and listened to words of wisdom. You could not be bored if you were present when Professor Ìṣọ̀lá and Alàgbà Fálétí were engaged in a banter. They wore smiles that still reverberate in my memory and turned anywhere they were electric with theatrics. They took you to an out of this world layer of discernment and entertainment where you hated to return only to realise later you were still on earth if you had the favour of sitting in their presence.

Professor Ìṣọ̀lá authored plays and works that explored Yoruba culture in depth. These are legacies for our people to embrace. He had enough knowledge in his arseal to mentor tradition for our crux of leadership. He opined on many fronts that culture should be the backbone of education so it could be of value to national development..

I commiserate with the family of Professor Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá. He was an intellectual of no simple status with Solomonic sagacity. He was a man whose worst moments were better than the best of most of our high and mighty. His sense of purpose and honesty was high so much that he was given the nickname ‘Honest man’ by his friends. He died at old age and his life should be celebrated.

Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá did his bit, the baton is now handed over to us to leave this world better than we met it. Indeed what joy or glory is in for a man who does his people no good? Such men should not have lived. They are a waste of God’s time. Akínwùmí was a celebration of God’s love for man. He lived well.

Rest in Peace Professor Akínwùmí Ìṣọ̀lá. God bless you wherever you are with gentle repose.

GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN.

Diípọ̀ Fágúnwà

I Almost Died Giving Birth To My Daughter – Serena Williams

Serena Williams has revealed her near-death experience after giving birth to her daughter Olympia in September, in an article she wrote for CNN.

The tennis legend said she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during her harrowing post-natal ordeal. She said she got blood clot in her lungs, blocking one or more arteries.

“I almost died after giving birth to my daughter,” Williams wrote.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams said she had to have an emergency Cesarean section surgery after her heart rate plummeted dramatically during contractions. The surgery was successful and before she knew it she was holding the newborn.

“But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty,” she said.

In a Vogue magazine interview in January, Williams said that during her postnatal ordeal she suffered a pulmonary embolism — when blood clots block one or more arteries in the lungs.

But this was not the first time the 36-year-old Williams has had a scrape with death from blood clots. In 2011, she spent nearly 12 months incapacitated after a cut on her foot from a piece of broken glass at a Munich restaurant led to a pulmonary embolism.

“Because of my medical history with this problem I live in fear of this situation,” the American said Tuesday.

Williams said that while recovering in the hospital, one day after the emergency Cesarean, she felt short of breath and after some convincing on Williams’ part, the hospital staff finally sent for a CT scan and then put her on a life-saving drip.

– Wound popped open –

But her ordeal wasn’t over. She started coughing so much from the blood clots that her Cesarean wound popped open.

“I returned to surgery where the doctors found a large hematoma in my abdomen. Then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from travelling to my lungs.

“When I finally made it home to my family I had to spend six weeks of motherhood in bed.”

Williams praised the hospital staff saying “if it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today”. She did not reveal the name of the hospital in the CNN piece.

Her kind words though were in contrast to some sharp statements she made in the earlier Vogue article where she says she had to coax the hospital staff to send her for a CT scan and hook her up to an IV.

“I was like a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip (blood thinner),” Williams told the magazine.

Williams said it was a complicated experience and despite the agonizing ups and downs she “considers herself fortunate”.

Partly for surviving the ordeal and also because she can still live out her dream on the tennis court once she returns to competitive form.

The former world number one staged her long-awaited tennis comeback earlier this month by playing alongside her older sister, Venus, in a Federation Cup doubles match but it didn’t go well.

Serena — looking rusty and slow-footed — lost 6-2, 6-3 to the unheralded Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.

COSON and The New Dance

Since December 7, 2018, when it became apparent for all to see that there is fire on the COSON Mountain, we as an association have made concerted efforts to gather the facts and not pay attention to any mud being slung.

Despite the fact that Mr. Efe Omorogbe is not only a bonifide member, but a founding member of our association, we decided to adhere to the principles of “Audi Alterem Partem” (let the other side be heard as well) and give both sides a chance to present the facts as they see it.

We had a meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 with Chief Tony Okoroji and his team comprising of Director at COSON, Azeezat Allen, Mr.  Tony Allen, the MD of COSON,  Mr.  Chinedu Chukwuji, the COSON consultant from Edo state, COSON Head of New Media, Mr. Tolu Balogun, while Association of Music Artiste Managers of Nigeria (AMAMN) was represented by the President,  Sijuade Adedokun,   PRO Godwin Raphani Omadibi,  Ayodeji Alawemo (member, AMAMN), Mr. Lanre Lawal (member, AMAMN), Benjamin Omesiete (member, AMAMN) and Mr. Oladehinde Fajana (member, AMAMN).

A week later, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, AMAMN met with Mr. Efe Omorogbe and Mr.  Joel Ajayi, AMAMN was represented by the President, the PRO, Mr. Michael Odiong (member, AMAMN), Mr. Chinedu Adigwe (member, AMAMN), Benjamin Omesiete (member, AMAMN) Mr. Lanre Lawal (member, AMAMN). Both meetings were held at Radisson Blu hotel,  Ikeja and were STRICTLY fact finding meetings. They both gave us their narrative and we are presently engaged in the course of cross checking the facts received.

However, of particular interest, was the role and seemingly silence of the regulatory body, Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) in this matter. The regulator has finally spoken and we are grateful.  We implore ALL parties to please adhere to the ruling of the NCC and allow the proposed probe and forensic audit that the NCC has asked to be carried out.

As a body, we have resolved to follow this situation to a legal and logical conclusion and ask all artiste managers, to join in this agitation. We don’t get paid if our clients don’t get paid, let us therefore secure the rights and livelihood of our clients. WE ARE ALL AFFECTED,  big or small,  known or unknown,  international or local,  our rights MUST be protected. We MUST all be involved and make COSON work.

God bless AMAMN, God bless COSON, God bless the NCC and God bless Nigeria.

British Deputy High Commissioner Hosts Private Screenjng of Mo Abudu’s New Movie, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

The British Deputy High Commissioner, Laure Beaufils, last Sunday, 18 February, hosted a private screening of “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel”, the new blockbuster movie, produced by Mo Abudu.

Here are pictures from the event

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rihanna, Vocalist Extraordinaire, Cosmetic Genius, and Overall Badass Turns 30

Rihanna — the brilliant mind behind Fenty Cosmetics and the powerful vocalist behind hits like “Love On The Brain”, turns 30 today. An iconic birthday for an iconic woman.

A celebration is obviously in order, but where do we even begin?

First, a bit about our queen: Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados in 1988. Her birth name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — hence the name for her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. She began singing at the age of seven, and in 2003, at the age of 15, she formed a musical trio with two classmates.
When they managed to land an audition with record producer Evan Rogers, everything changed for Rihanna.

Rogers pulled her from the trio, and she went on to record “Pon de Replay” and “The Last Time” as part of her demo tape (recording while on holiday breaks from high school). When she auditioned for Jay-Z at Def Jam, Jay thought she was so talented that he wouldn’t let her leave the building until the contract was finalized, for fear of her signing somewhere else.

Since then, Rih has gone on to win nine Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 12 American Music Awards, and eight People’s Choice Awards. She’s won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAS, sold over 10 million albums, and amassed 14 #1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (which is the third most #1s in the chart’s history).

Her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, is also widely popular for some pretty significant reasons.

Fenty Beauty offers a whopping 40 shades for a huge range of skin colors and undertones. Her attention to this detail set off waves within the industry, in terms of more representation in the beauty world.

With all of this in mind, we only have one question left: What will Rihanna do next?

Riri once said:

“When you realize who you live for, and who’s important to please, a lot of people will actually start living. I am never going to get caught up in that. I’m gonna look back on my life and say that I enjoyed it — and I lived it for me.”
So here’s to living for yourself and enjoying your life (while wearing some badass Stunna Lip Paint). Happy birthday, Riri. We love you.

Stop The Rumour, I’m Not Dead, Says Hollywood Legend, Sylvester Stallone

Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone has dismissed reports circulating on Monday on social media claiming that he is dead.

A message had appeared on Facebook claiming Stallone had been found dead at his Los Angeles home.

Stallone who took to his twitter handle to debunk the reports expressed sadness over the death prank which emanated from a site notorious for sharing celebrity death hoaxes.

He said: “Please ignore the stupidity,” the 71-year-old actor tweeted on Monday. “Alive and well and happy and healthy…Still punching!”

Stallone also dismissed images which depicted that he was suffering from an illness, prompting him to lose his hair, pointing out that the photos are most likely are from a scene he had filmed.

His younger brother Frank Stallone also took to social media where he slammed the hurtful gossip.

“Rumors that my brother is dead are false,” the 67-year-old tweeted Monday.

“What kind of sick demented cruel mind thinks of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and don’t deserve a place in society.”

Report of his death began to circulate on social media over the weekend claiming the “Rocky” star had died after battling prostate cancer.

Bewildered Twitter users began to immediately ask if the actor had really died or if he was just the victim of another cruel joke.

This isn’t the first time Stallone has been the subject of a death hoax.

A UK-based news site had circulated rumours of his death back in 2016, prompting Stallone to upload a photo of himself with Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev on Instagram.

The same site had previously claimed the likes of Vin Diesel, Jaden Smith, Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey and John Cena had all died.

This time around, the rumour returned claiming Stallone had died from prostate cancer.

RIP messages were being shared by his fans, with many questioning the validity of the claims.

His last post was made Sunday to promote his new film “Creed II.”