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Kanye West Releases "Ultralight Prayer" For Easter

Kanye west has just released “Ultralight Prayer”.

Kanye west tweeted a link to listen to his new track via soundcloud. He also used that to wish his fans a Happy Easter.

The song features Kirk Franklin continuing his outro on “Ultralight Beam” the leading song off West’s latest album, The Life Of Pablo.

Listen to the brand new track here

 

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Meet George, The Accidental Nigerian Movie Star

George is one of those people who always ends up in preposterous situations, at least that’s what his cousin Jamie says. A couple of years ago he went backpacking in India, where he got kidnapped on arrival and held for ransom on a houseboat in Kashmir for a week.

Later that year, while George happened to be in Ghana, he managed somehow to be part of Festival of love, a Nigerian movie about Christianity and witchcraft filmed entirely in Ghana.

 

Jamie got talking with his cousin George and reported the entire conversation to VICE, a North London online editorial.

VICE: Hey, George. First off, I guess tell me how the hell all of this happened.
George: Well, I was volunteering at a football organisation in Ghana, and I'd go drinking at this bar every evening with Dundo Nsawam, a Nigerian politician I'd met out there. It turned out one of his best friends is a top Nigerian casting agent, and he desperately needed a white guy for his new film.

Just any white guy?
Yeah, basically. Any English-speaking white guy. He said he really liked the chemistry between me and Dundo, so he wanted me to be in the film, but I was like, "This is absurd. I've never acted before in my life."

Did you have to audition?
Yeah, I got taken to some back alley in Accra, the capital city, and walked into a room where there were these five huge Nigerian guys in suits who were all smoking Cuban cigars. There was only one other guy there to audition – this overweight Ukrainian guy covered in gold chains – so he went first and had to say the line, "You are the most beautiful black creature I've ever seen in my life." But he had a really thick accent. I got up, said the line, and they were all over me. They asked if I was Christian, and I lied and said yes because I figured I was there and might as well go for it. I saw Dundo later that day and he told me I got the part.  

I bet you were psyched. How soon did you start shooting?
I think it was about two weeks between the audition and the first day, so that gave me a bit of time to look at the script, which was full of the most horrendously cringeworthy lines I've ever seen in my life. Anyway, two weeks later, they picked me up in this van with the other 30 members of cast and crew and drove us three hours to this hotel in the Ghanaian rainforest, which also acted as the palace in the movie.

Very nice. What is the movie about, exactly?
It's set in a village called Insawa, which is famous for practicing old African magic, some of which involves killing babies and stuff. The prince of Insawa had gone to study at Oxford, where he met Pastor Williams – my character – who converted him to Christianity, so the prince goes back and tries to convert his village. But there's an evil goddess of dark magic there who makes it very hard for him. So, he asks me to fly over to Insawa to spread the word of God, but this goddess tries to kill me and – spoiler alert – we end up falling in love, she stops being so evil and the whole village gets converted to Christianity. The final scene is me and her with a mixed-race baby, living happily ever after.



Ah, you ruined the ending.
Well, the film's five hours long, so I was just saving you a bit of time. It's weird; I never, at any point in my life, thought that I might contribute to the Christianisation of Africa. It kind of became a real moral dilemma for me, because I think it's the most horrendous thing that's been done there.

What did you do to fill the hours between shoots?
Well, it got weird before we even started filming. The night we arrived, I found out I was sharing a bed with the producer and one of the lead actors, who were both absolutely massive, so that was kind of awkward. It then turned out that they were all uber-Christian, so they started listening to all this insane preaching, then began talking in tongues for a bit. Then, right after that, they whack on this ridiculous porn, so it goes from Christian love-in to porno session. 

 

What about your groupie experience?
Oh god, yeah. That night, they left me in there by myself, then I get a knock on the door and it's three of the actresses holding a big boombox, playing all this hypersexual R&B. They all started stripping all around me and trying to get me up to dance with them. I was already so uncomfortable after that weird porn experience, and I think they were a bit disappointed I didn't join in, but I was scared.

Ha, fair enough. And this was all on the first night?
Yeah, I still couldn't really believe it was happening. The next day we had the costume fitting, and I was 18, had just lost about two stone, because I wasn't really eating, and I'd shaved my head pretty recently, so they put me in this ridiculously oversized suit and whacked a load of thick hair gel in my hair, so I look about 12 years old.

What was you first scene?
It was right in the heart of the rainforest, and I was surrounded by about 20 people. They gave me a loudspeaker and told me to improvise a monologue about the beginning of time and why I was there as a Christian missionary. The most ridiculous thing, though, is that everyone was about a metre away from me, so I'm screaming in their faces about how time began at the beginning of the Old Testament and all this stuff about my purpose as a messenger of God.

Wow. Then what?
I think next up was a scene where I had to perform an exorcism on a woman who'd been possessed, and this was during the local school's lunch break, so I had about 200 children watching me in hysterics as I was screaming stuff like, "Deliver the devil from the depths of your soul!"

That sounds like a lot fun.
It was horrendous. In the next scene, I was supposed to recite a prayer in front of about 50 locals, but, of course, I don't know any prayers, except for what I could remember of the Lord's prayer from school. They said, "OK, just talk in tongues for a bit." Obviously I'd never talked in tongues before, but they said if I just got in touch with the God inside me, or whatever, then it would be easy. I took a deep breath and just tried to copy what I'd heard the guys do in the hotel room the night before, and it obviously worked, because all these locals started going completely mental

Oh, I forgot about my absolute favourite moment from what I've seen of the film. The love scene with the goddess in the waterfall.
Oh yeah, that was hilarious. It was a silent monologue where we had to pretend to be in love, and I hated the actress playing the goddess by this point. She was such a prima donna. You know, clicking her fingers for people to bring her stuff – I couldn't stand it. Anyway, we were supposed to be in love, so we'd be looking lovingly at each other, then she'd point at something in a tree and be like, "Oh my God, do you have any pets? What's your favourite food?" And I'd be like, "Oh yes, a cat, and I love shepherd's pie and pizza." Then, after that scene, I take her hand and lead her to this rock, look at her very sincerely, and say "You are the most beautiful black creature I've ever set my eyes on," which is just the most ridiculous thing I've ever said. It's very painful to watch.

I'm actually very jealous in a lot of ways. What happened after the movie wrapped?
Promotional interviews where I had to say stuff like, "I've been blessed by these people, and I think the script was so beautiful and eloquent, and it's so important to spread the word of Christianity," and a load of other ridiculous stuff. I also started seeing my picture everywhere, because the film got released in, I think, 13 African countries, and the method of advertising a film out there is to stick a load of posters on the side of a van, and drive round with a loudspeaker shouting about the film. So I started getting people shouting "Pastor Williams" at me in the street.

So you suddenly had an army of fans?
Not quite, but even as I'm talking to you now, I'm getting messages and friend requests from Nigerian women, either complimenting me on my chemistry with the goddess, or suggesting that we get married so they can get a visa. Wait, one just popped up on Facebook chat – someone called Promise Love – she's asking if I know how she can get an audition for a film.     

Hook her up.
Oh, also, about a year after all this, I was out at a club in Manchester. It was about five in the morning, and I was having a pee. This guy taps on my shoulder and goes, "Are you that boy from that movie Festival Of Love?" I told him I was, so he got five of his mates into the loo and they made me reenact the "You're the most beautiful black creature..." scene in this nightclub toilet at five in the morning. It was bizarre.

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Drink Responsibly, What Does That Even Mean?

There’s practically no liquor commercial that doesn’t say “Drink responsibly” just before it ends. This phrase has been brandished so much that it has lost its meaning and really doesn’t serve its purpose anymore.

“Drink responsibly, nobody ever takes that seriously” said my friend Wale, a 22 year old graduate of the University of Lagos.  While some alcohol consumers say it’s a kind warning for people who do not know how to control their alcohol intake to back off, some think it’s a trick to coax you into purchasing their product even while being fully aware of your health status and the implications of further alcohol intake.

“Drink responsibly is a cynical and cruel joke that demonstrates the contempt that the liquor industry has for its most loyal customers, anyone who understands the nature of alcoholic behavior knows that If you say you are trying to control your drinking, it means your drinking is controlling you” said Lew Howe explaining how seven months of sobriety has helped him come to the conclusion that liquor companies just do it...as Nigerians will say “for doing’s sake

I’m inclined to believe that Mr Howe is right, after all, most liquor commercials say “Drink responsibly” or “Enjoy in moderation” but how many of these commercials go further to give a more specific responsibility message? Well, research done at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore found that over 80 percent of magazine ads for liquor, beer and so-called alcopop beverages contained a responsibility message. Yet among the 1,795 ads reviewed, taken from U.S. magazines published 2008 through 2010, not one had a responsibility message that gave specifics.

Health warnings must be specific to change ones behaviour, if you want to warn people against something, you need to be clear about what you’re warning them against and why.

There’s a whole bunch of liquor companies parading almost senseless warnings calling them responsibility messages, an example of such is the Hennessey cognac which says “Flaunt your taste” then further below, “please flaunt responsibly”

If you believe there is some sort of rule of thumb when it comes to drinking, actually there is. The National institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism defines moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. Binge drinking is generally considered to be four drinks for women, and five drinks for men, within about two hours. Surely, putting this in your alcohol ad wouldn’t do that much damage to your liquor sales and even if it does, you probably would have saved some lives while doing that.

Now, while the rule of thumb from the National institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism may be vague, here is a list of more specific things to take into consideration before or during drinking.

Don’t drink till you’re of legal age

Here is one thing liquor ads do, they tell you not to purchase till you’re 18 or 21 in the United States, the reason behind this is simple, unless you’re ready to face legal consequences, don’t purchase until you’re of legal age.

Know your limit

Find out how much drink you can consume while still being in control of yourself. A lot of people do not know their limit and thus drink to stupor every time. You can easily find this out by drinking with friends or family with the aim of observing what effect each glass has on you.

Mix it up a little

When at a party, have a non-alcoholic drink between the alcoholic one to keep your blood alcohol concentration down. Space your alcoholic drinks out to keep the desired blood alcohol concentration.

Avoid unfamiliar drinks

Drinks like Orimalu, Baby Oku and practically every drink that comes in little sachets aren’t too good for you.

Know how you’re getting home

Regardless of all I’ve said, when you drink, you always run the risk of getting tipsy, make sure you know how you’re getting home. If you’re driving, have that in mind before you drink.

Don’t drink if you’re not in a positive mood

Alcohol is a depressant, so if you're already feeling angry, upset, or just unstable, it is very likely to make you feel worse. You may think that drinking will make you have the time of your life and forget all of your problems, it'll actually make you feel much worse. You may feel an initial buzz and relief after your first drink or two, but you'll drink yourself into a much worse mood than you started with.

 

I’m pretty sure this isn’t all there is to it but if you follow these few tips, you shouldn’t have much problem with alcohol.

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The Smoothie Modus Operandi

Most people might not know this but a vitamin-packed smoothie is a great way to start the day and also a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. It’s also a great way for parents to get their kids to drink a healthy beverage without even knowing. So here’s how to make the perfect smoothie;

STEP 1

First you have to go decide what flavour of smoothie you would like to prepare (I’m more of a citrus kinda guy), I would recommend overripe banana (that’s right overripe; the riper the sweeter) and that’s simply due to its sweetness and creaminess when blended. At this point there’s no right or wrong, the choices are endless. In fact go crazy, experiment, have some fun, what’s the worst that could happen. We learn every day. So keep on trying out new mixes until, what was the word? That’s right Eureka! you get that mind blowing, palette tingling mix. After that’s done you wash and chop up your fruits to blendable chunks, by the way if you have some frozen fruits you would like to use that would be a great option (I’ll let you know why later).

STEP 2

You then pour in your liquid base into the blender. Your liquid base could be water, milk, yoghurt or fruit juice depending on the kind of taste you’re going for. For those of you trying to get a more wholesome taste I recommend yoghurt unless you want a pure fruit smoothie, then water is better suited.

SIDENOTE: Always pour in liquid first to prevent the risk of damaging the blades of your blender and to also help uniform blending throughout the mixture (Trust me you don’t want to try a chunky smoothie).

STEP 3

Add something frozen which could be ice, fruit juice or frozen fruit. This acts as a thickener for your smoothie, although ice is the obvious choice, frozen fruits could be a better option if the fruits have been picked at its freshest point. Also the texture of the frozen fruits adds a level of consistency and improves the all-round quality of your smoothie.

SIDENOTE: If you’re taking your smoothie as a complete meal and not as a side beverage, add some protein powder to your mix as it gives you the much needed energy boost to start your day. And for those looking to improve the goodness of your smoothie you can try adding vegetables like spinach, kale, carrots etc. And if you’re looking to sweeten your smoothie just pour in a little honey.

 

STEP 4

This point is where you begin the blending process. First start at a slow speed then work up momentum to move the larger chunks of fruit to the base so the blades can chop them finely. Let the increase in speed be a gradual process because if you start too fast you run a risk of having chunky bits which you would eventually have to scoop out. Once ice cubes or frozen fruits are done blending, turn off the blender and let it set for a minute.

FINAL STEP

Pour your cool smoothie into a tall glass, open an issue of NG and enjoy ;)

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Dawn Of Justice, A Visual Spectacle

Before i begin, i would like to apologise because what you’re about to read contains spoilers you could do without if you haven’t seen the movie but i guess that’s part of the reason you are here; to see what you will be getting yourself into if you’re thinking of purchasing a ticket.

We’ve been spoiled by the Marvel franchise over recent years and the first hour and a half of this movie shows you why we shouldn’t take that for granted. DC fans have had to wait years to see their beloved Justice League take centre stage and go toe to toe with Marvel’s Avengers. With Dawn of Justice signalling the beginning of a new era of DC movies, one would assume it’s going to be DC DC DC from here.

A movie that quite frankly begins just after over one hour of screen time, Dawn of justice is a slow burner. I personally had a hard time watching the first half of this movie which shuffles between lengthy scenes scarce of any proper dialogue which wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t inside Batman’s hallucinations half of the time.

The movie begins with Thomas and Martha Wayne’s funeral then turns focus to Superman’s glorious beginning and reign as “God”, a title that received full criticism right away from people who barely managed to stay alive from the large scale destruction caused by Clark Kent during his first few moments on earth. Then comes Lois Lane, award winning journalist who is willing to go to the ends of the world trying to prove to the world that her superhero boyfriend isn’t who the world thinks he is.

It began to look like there wasn’t going to be any action in this one and i remember thinking to myself how bad this review was going to make the movie look, but one stupid Wayne financial employee, one court hearing, one silly Jessie Eisenberg character and 5 cool Superman landings was all it took for before Bruce realizes he had to end Superman’s reign. Realizing this, it was time for a trademark Batman scene showing Billionaire Bruce lift some weights and do a few pull-ups like he was fighting a mere mortal.

It seems like a mismatch if you’re going to think about it logically with Clark being in his prime and Bruce in his 40’s but trust Superman to rely so much on his physical strength, he forgets to think at all... For the love of God, if you’re going to get hit by gaseous Kryptonite the first time, one would think you should evade the next shot instead of trying to catch it, you’re certainly fast enough.

Seeing this movie really made me think about how awesome the possibility of Man of Steel 2 would have been instead of this - what’s the word now... over-glorified superhero matchup which gets a little irritating when Batman completely steals the show.

Fortunately, things would get interesting and soon too as Batman puts aside his bruised ego to team up with Superman and Wonder woman when Lex creates Doomsday from the remains of Zod. A move that probably saved this movie as the whole “Batman vs Superman” thing was shoved aside pretty quick... If you follow the Justice League animations, you wouldn’t be surprised to see Batman completely missing from the fight the instant there’s an extra-terrestrial superpower on board. I wouldn’t be too critic if i said the only thing good about this movie are the fight scenes which got better as the movie progressed.

Lois Lane got a little too much screen time, Wonder Woman had a bit more than the cameo appearance we were promised which i’m forever grateful for cause the movie looked like it could use another hero.

Apart from the first half of this movie being extremely painful to watch, there is the issue of Lex Luthor, who i’m afraid doesn’t fit well into any version of Lex Luthor i’m familiar with... he just seemed to be off, too edgy. Starting off with a few good lines and a villainous laugh that got my interest from the start, he became less appealing very quickly.

Then for the grandmaster of all movie spoilers in the history of theatre, Superman probably dies in this movie...Yes, he actually dies... pierced straight through the chest by Doomsday meters away from a foot long Kryptonite. The movie ends with his funeral by the way.

I wouldn’t be so quick to compare this with the Avengers or Iron Man 3, i mean, the acting was top notch and the writers could have done a better job but coming from Man of steel, you could say it’s a step in the right direction. If i’m going to recommend this to a friend, it would have to be because of its visual splendour and kickass fight scenes and hey, it’s the only time Batman and Superman go head on so i guess you just have to see this.

Overall, if you think of BvS and its effect on the DC franchise you will feel slightly encouraged when you take a look at the line-up of Superhero movies coming from them and with this level of visual beauty, up is the way to go.

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ORIJIN ZERO, why should you try it?

We all know Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero, well Guinness Nigeria Plc’s Holy Grail Orijin which was originally launched in 2013 has been given a new dimension this month with what is called Orijin Zero. I know you want to dismiss this one as another of those alcoholic experiments gone wrong but i suggest you hold on to that thought until you try it out for yourself. With the original alcoholic drink gaining thumbs up from every consumer and practically overtaking Star lager beer as Nigeria’s favourite drink, everyone wants to have a taste of it, even religious “extremist” and self righteous friends who wouldn’t drink alcohol for some reason or the other.  If that is your case then believe me when i say the new Orijin is just as awesome as the original orijin. This new carbonated beverage just like the original contains 100% natural herb and fruit extracts and is bubbling with the same bitter-sweet goodness Orijin enchanted us with. The carbonated drink comes to go in an attractive can for just 100 naira and is also available in the traditional bottle for us simpler folk for 90 naira.

The Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa had this to say about Orijin zero: “At Guinness Nigeria, we are known for our consistency in delivering great brands with ground-breaking innovations that gives our consumers unique experiences. Orijin Zero is a brand that is positioned to redefine the experience in the carbonated beverage market as it is masterfully crafted …to re-awaken consumers to “rethink their soft drink”.

Having tried out this new Orijin, i can guarantee you it’s worth the price. You can take my word for it. Grab one today and rethink your soft drink.

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How To Get The Best Prices While Shopping In The Nigerian Market

Parents get the best deals while shopping and it’s no surprise; they really do understand the marketers from their years doing business them.

Mothers go really reckless with their “pricing” but still end up getting their way. The last time i tried that, i was chased away with a mop-stick. That prompted me to look into the Nigerian market and how to get the best out of these marketers. If you are a person like me who wouldn’t shop at expensive stores with fixed prices but would rather shop the traditional way where you have a say in how much you spend, here are a few helpful tips.

  1. Find out before hand: Always try to find out how much your item costs before proceeding to the market. Of course you should carry along extra cash but this gives you an idea of how much you are likely to spend.
  2. Don’t start the conversation in English: This sounds silly but really does determine how the seller perceives you. Speaking in your local dialect can be a helper especially if the seller speaks the same language. It creates a friendly and warm environment to do business.
  3. Be careful with your beat-down price: When a seller gives the price of an item, the next thing to do is to suggest a counter offer i call the “beat-down” price. This is the most important phase of any transaction. It should be a price low enough to avoid being swindled and high enough to still be considered a serious buyer.
  4. Better too low than too high: While suggesting a counter offer, remember it’s better to go low and run the risk of being insulted than going high which could mean going higher than the originally intended selling price of the seller. Knowing this is important; the counter offer sets a marker as a price you cannot go less than during the “pricing” that follows.
  5. Be a reckless pricer: If there is anything shopping with your mother teaches, it’s that persistence pays. Don’t be ashamed to go as much as 10 rounds with the seller. If he calls an amount, call yours... go back and forth... better to waste time than money.
  6. Lie if you must: You could say you already got a better deal somewhere else and that store wasn’t the first you visited that day.
  7. Take your money elsewhere: Whether or not the seller agrees a suitable price, it’s always good to move around to find out what the average cost of the item is. If at the end of the day, he calls a price you think is a bit over the edge, hit him with the “let me check another store” stun gun.
  8. Be patient: If the first two or three sellers don’t help your case, have some patience, shopping takes time and strategy if you’re planning to go home happy. Check around some more, there is always that seller not doing so good and would settle for any patronage.
  9. Don’t be scared to check back: After a few stops, compare the prices you got at various stores. Do not be scared to check back even if the cheapest amount you got was the first.
  10. Collect their contact and promise to be back: This gives the impression that you are going to be a frequent customer and that they shouldn’t be scared to make a loss now, after all you’ll be giving them several other opportunities.
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Every Man's Guide To Watch Selection

With almost everyone owning a smart phone and/or a smartwatch, wearing a wristwatch could seem pointless... at least from a utility standpoint. Nonetheless, it goes without saying that you cannot complete the gentleman look without sporting a wristwatch. Unfortunately, matching the right wristwatch with the right occasion can prove a difficult task but that is why you have us, i guess.

 

THE METAL WATCH

This is the everyday watch; every man should have one of these as they are ideal for work, hangouts with friends and even a late night out with your significant other. The metal watch goes well with any formal or semi-formal outfit and shimmers day or night. In terms of colour picking, this is your pick as it goes really good with any outfit colour.

It is usually advised to go with the ones that weigh less, they are a lot easier on the hand and tend to cost less. Suggested brands include Casio, Hublot, Seiko and Rado.

 

THE SPORT WATCH WITH RUBBER STRAP

This belongs in a very peculiar class and could be worn on a Friday at work, at the gym, hangouts and when having fun or being active in general. The rubber sport watch wouldn’t be any good on a formal outfit and wouldn’t make any sense on traditional attire either and so should be limited to casual outings.

One particular characteristic of the rubber watch is its durability which makes it ideal for fun events. Suggested brands include Casio, Diesel and U.S. Polo Assn.

 

THE LEATHER WATCH

My personal favourite and pick of the bunch by the NG fashion experts: The leather watch stands out in every outfit be it formal, casual or even traditional attire. The leather watch oozes style and sophistication and can be worn to work, hangouts or quick trip to the barber or the grocery store.

The leather watch is known for its light weight and usually comes in black or brown strap; the black strap for a modern sharp appearance and the brown for a vintage look. We recommend leather watches with missing numbers on the clock face for a more sophisticated look.

Leather watches are usually high-end and so for the sake of clarity, we’ll have to draw a thin line.

Affordable: The Fifth Tribeca, Curren.

Splurge: Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer.

 

THE RING WATCH

These are not too common but they could come in handy if you’re trying to recreate a proper vintage look or trying to impress that girl or dressing up as Jidenna for Halloween. They wouldn’t blend smoothly with the usual formal outfit but would go well if you’ve got the whole Jidenna thing happening with the walking stick and multicoloured suit. From a traditional attire standpoint, this is a must have.

 

THE POCKET WATCH

If you’re going to be appearing wearing a 3-piece suit to that function and hope to turn heads, then you probably should get yourself a pocket watch. This is the gentleman’s ultimate symbol and as such should be kept out of sight except you’re going for that elegant prince charming look.

The first known pocket watch came to be in 1675 when King Charles II of England introduced a new concept of waistcoats that featured pockets perfectly designed to fit most pocket watches. Despite pocket watches existing prior to 1675, they were normally worn outside of the pocket due to sharp edges of the pockets. While originally intended for women to wear, the pocket watch has indeed become the “gentleman’s timepiece” and has such should be worn only when you’re deciding to go all out with the gentleman look.

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