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Dice Ailes’ “Miracle” Is That Feel Good Jam

Dice Ailes (pronounced Ales) of Nigerian/Ghanaian decent is a versatile Artist with a Rap/Afro Pop sound. Born and bred in Victoria Island, Lagos as Shasha Damilola Alesh.

 

Signed to Chocolate City where there’s a lot of expectation, this young man is doing his part to justify his position at the label with his new song “Miracle” featuring Lil Kesh.

We’re pretty sure this is going to be the best song you hear all week..... and wait for the Lil Kesh verse.

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What Are We Supposed To Do With The New Snapchat Glasses?

Surely they don’t expect us walking around with these ridiculous spectacles.

Snapchat, the company responsible for the whole of humanity’s recent hunger for filming their every activity, yesterday unveiled its new name Snap Inc. It also unveiled a new piece of hardware; glasses that come with inbuilt cameras that capture videos you can upload immediately via the Snapchat app.

WELL, THANKS TO SNAPCHAT SNAP, YOU CAN NOW HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE AT A WIZKID CONCERT AND SHOW THE WORLD AT THE SAME TIME

 

This makes me think, what am I supposed to do with this? Does it even have a preset for me – I’m short sighted and I don’t suppose you just have it in your pocket till you need to film a Snapstory.

According to Wall Street Journal, when you slip Spectacles on and tap a button near the hinge, it records up to 10 seconds of video from your first-person vantage. Each new tap records another clip.

That’s how it works but what happens when you run out of battery?

Well, you simply put in inside its special case to charge again.... when fully charged, it can film an entire day’s worth of events according to Verge

The glasses will cost $130 (that could be anything between 40,000 to 500,000 these days), will come in one size, and be available in three colours: black, teal, and coral.

How do I transfer the video?

Apple iPhone trumps Droids... yet again. “If you have an Android device, you have to transfer them via Wi-Fi. If you have an iOS device, they will transfer by default via the glasses' Bluetooth connection. Or, you can choose to can transfer them at a higher resolution over Wi-Fi”. That’s what Verge said.

The glasses Spiegel refers to as a “toy” is designed to be worn for “kicks” during fun activities that require active participation like an outdoor barbeque or something like that. Spiegel also admits it will take some time getting used to “We’re going to take a slow approach to rolling them out... It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it.”

With Instagram joining in the game, CEO Evan Spiegel is hoping this can re-establish Snapchat’s dominance as the one true annoying video exchange platform.

So back to the original question, what are we supposed to do with this piece of hardware?

Wear it clubbing and get reminded that there’s no sun inside?

 

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Chocolate City First Lady, VICTORIA KIMANI Returns With “GOTA”

Victoria Kimani has released her first official single off her soon to be released “SAFARI” album. The track titled “GOTA” is the singer/songwriter’s first ever song in her native Swahili language, and it was produced by Chocolate City Producer Reinhard, and features Congolese band AIRLINE.

“GOTA” was premiered earlier today on Kiss FM Nairobi and received positive reviews from listeners who called in and sent in messages of support on social media.

Victoria Kimani who recently released “All The Way” featuring Khuli Chana says “I am excited about this song because of the energy and passion with which it was made. I know it is something my fans across Africa will be proud of”

The singer who has been influenced by Nigerian, Kenya and American cultural influences just concluded recording her first ever album which is due to be released before the end of the year. The album “SAFARI” lends credence to her image as a wholly pan-African artiste with a global sound who is proud of her African roots.  

“GOTA” is available on iTunes and other major music platforms globally.

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BOVI’s Feature Length Debut Film ‘It’s Her Day’: Arguably The Best Romantic Comedy Of 2016 So Far

It’s her day is one of those movies that one may not take too seriously or place in a movie itinerary even though the trailer gave signs of an original concept and a few laughs. It’s the type of movie you get compelled to see after a number of good reviews or when you get to the cinema without checking movie show times and you are left with no choice; give this comedian a fair chance with your money and then you enter the theatre reluctantly and get blown away by what you least expect: a fresh ROMCOM idea and a brilliant screenplay written by Bovi himself which boasts of a surprisingly good cast and one thing good cinema must have ─ unexpected plot twists and suspense.

The story revolves around Victor (Bovi Ugboma) and the entire wealthy Hernandez family including the family’s butler (Femi Durojaiye), Omonigho (Gregory Ojefua) Bovi’s best man to be and a surprisingly impressive Aunty Fowe (Najite Dede). ─ The house’ viewers will understand what ‘surprising’ stands for; the over-priced  wedding fixer (Adunni Ade) coming each day with a fresh bill and list for the wedding; an unforgiving Ex (Omoni Oboli) and a host of other particularly good extras.

Bovi’s love interest out of the four daughters of the Hernandez is Nichole (Ini Dima-Okojie) a pompous returnee who agrees to marry Bovi (they both studied at the same school in the U.K).  She wants a fairy tale wedding, He promises the family and his friend that he can ‘chest’ the bills like a man and then the bills start rolling. The movie is the first to capture all the behind the scene tricks of weddings on social media pages and blogs these days. The acting is very commendable specially the lead actor Bovi who studied theatre arts but has never really shown his acting skills this much aside from stand up comedy. The overegged acting from a couple of the rookies didn’t in any way mar the savour of this comedy. With Mildred Okwo behind the casting direction there was little wonder why the movie was so adroitly cast.

One hour forty minutes did not seem enough for the little premise that was the story -- the pace never draggy. It was hard to believe Bovi wrote this screenplay, because the lines came with so much artistry resembling a Tunde Babalola piece of work. The story threw jabs when needed for example in the scene where a Nigerian designer who is described as making menswear that are more expensive than Armani is called out; the audience echo the name MAI ATAFO without hesitation and when Bovi’s character says he hates Bovi as a comedian that was Bovi playing the humble card. The scenes with Omoni and Bovi seemed to have been reserved for the best lines; for example when Bovi reminds her that he is ‘child-like not childish’ and the date scene when she sermonises him for what he has become and tells him ‘I ordered those words for you’ instead of food?

The Director Aniedi Anwah has vision and an eye for what he wanted from his characters, which they usually delivered. Nothing about the humour in ‘It’s her day’ felt lowbrow or cliché. The way the action sequences played out will definitely keep you guessing till the very end: when the movie plays a prank on our imagination twice before the closing credits roll.  Since Omoni’s Okafar’s Law; Kemi Adetiba’s The wedding party and Ay’s A trip to Jamaica are yet to be released, it is fair to infer that ‘it’s her day’ is the best comedy of the year yet.

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Steve Gukas’ “93 DAYS” Pays An Unforgettable Tribute To The Heroes Of The Ebola Virus In Nigeria

Every Nigerian can remember vividly the tension that arose in the country when the Ebola Disease found its way to our doorsteps with the caution it added upon many, the source of amusement it caused to a fair number, and the pain and loss it caused a few−the intense pain which most Nigerians did not know. Some even went as far as debating the fact that the disease actually made it to our borders: arguing that it was only a political gambit to help promote the campaign for second term of the then government.

The Director Steve Gukas (A Place in the Stars, Keeping Faith) was among the many who understood this pain and the urgency which birthed the idea to tell the story he told. Then he engaged Paul .S. Rowlston to carry out a proper research into the lives of both the living and fallen heroes of the virus and write a sophisticated screenplay to resonate the events that happened. The opening scene shows an aerial shot of Lagos; the complexities and congestion of this city. The artistic voice over of Somkhele Idlahama (Dr Ada Igonoh) playing like music in the background as she is taken to the Quarantine center. ‘Moments that can change your life forever’ closing the scene and ushering the audience into this emotionally gripping tale.

When Patrick Sawyer (Keppy Ekpeyong) a Liberian-American collapses at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, he is quickly rushed to the First Consultant Medical Centre Obalende. He is down with fever-like symptoms and in denial of contact with any Ebola Victim in his home country. Keppy reignited the distaste we had for Mr. Sawyer with good expressions and niceties−but inconsistency in a flawed accent bludgeoned the actor’s skill. Against his denial of contact with any living or dead Ebola victim, the team at First Consultants ably led by the impeccable Bimbo Akintola (Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh) who’s every gesture, expression and demeanor embodied this woman many Nigerians never knew−aside a picture or two from the internet. The story delves not only into her devoted life at work but the caring and mild-spoken mother and wife that she was at home. The vigilance of the First Consultants team, leads to an early detection that Mr. Sawyer indeed had the Ebola Virus Disease. Now it is a race against time to contain the disease from breaking out into a megacity with a population of over 21 million persons.

The movie starts off with a swift pace; drawing the audience in from the scene a troubled Mr. Sawyer is rushed into a car for the hospital. The minor introductions into the lives of the main cast did not distract the audience as it helped us start to sympathize with the characters; knowing   the story and how the true events turned out, it was still impossible to lose focus from the big screen. The movie took a parabolic path from Act I, taking the audience through the journey with so many characters and overwhelming performances, from the second Act we are drawn into the full crisis. Seeing the entire human story behind this story we thought we truly knew. From Zara Udofia (Nurse Justina’s) fear and worry for her unborn child; to Francis Onwuchei (Dr. Abaniwo) steadfastly praying with his wife and reading his bible in another scene; to Gideon Okeke (Dr. Morris) going from the excited doctor relaxing with his brother to the troubled man begging his little nephew not to come close, though his performance was affected by the lack of consistency in his Igbo accent, the character still resonated. These scenes put the audience in a lachrymose mood just like the characters; no tears yet, just heavy eyes.

Then the projectile finally completed the parabolic course by Act III. The surprisingly humorous scene were a profusely bleeding Nurse Justina is brought to the hospital and the Driver (Kayode Olaiya) makes us forget the sorrows of the characters with the way he reacts to the fact that his passenger had the disease.  After this scene, the third act fully delves the audience into the characters’ depression and dismay.

Danny Glover’s (Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri) emblematic presence gave the movie its touch but his utterances usually felt labored and inaudible. Franca Brown (Dr. Igonoh’s mother) graced us with her presence in 3 scenes after such a long time been off screen with  a performance devoid of  words but only expressions, that will give the similarly short Oscar winning screen times of Judy Dench and Beatrice Straight a run for their money. In that Bimbo Akintola reminded us of her artistry, Somkhele Idhalama shined so bright with her performance that she deserves every best Supporting Actress nod and award for 2017. The third act was where the tears were allowed to roll−were all the tension and sorrow was allowed to flow. When eventually Dr Igonoh wailed in her death bed, the audience followed suit. The tension well developed and carried by the screenplay till the projectile completed its parabolic path. With the victory of the first survivor igniting the audience once more and the eulogy of the fallen heroes at the closing scene; taking the audience back and forth the joys and pains caused by this deadly virus leading seamlessly to a riveting and very conclusive finish.

A TRULY FANTASTIC MOVIE WHICH SHOWS NIGERIA'S STRUGGLE WITH THE DEADLY VIRUS AND THE FEAR IT BROUGHT ALONG

‘93 days’ explores a true story in the true Nigerianness of the story; depicting Nigerians as a people that can stand strong in times of crisis. Contrary to certain quarters, 93 days is not the ‘moralistic simplistic’ saga of Nigerians trying to portray themselves as saints and Liberia as the devil instead, it tells a factual tale that for once depicts the sentimental religiosity of Nigerians in a positive light; from Dr. Abaniwo and his wife praying like no tomorrow, to Dr. Igonoh placing her phone as it plays a gospel song to the dying nurse in her ward: all a breath of fresh air from what is lavishly obtainable these days from modern Nigerian literature.

This masterpiece has with no doubt created a spot for Steve Gukas’ name in the classical history books of Nigerian filmmaking−when eventually we have one.

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5 Life Hacks

This is a post with tips on how to better your life, it’s a list of things you already know but still need to be reminded every once in a while of their importance in your everyday dealing. The list is by no means exhaustive, but I just find these ones to be very important. Let’s get into it then;

 

  1. Be Time Conscious- Own at least one “working” wristwatch. Always be punctual. These are things most people take for granted. The truth is people would rather deal with people they know would always be on time than people who aren’t. Knowing how to manage your time also has a positive effect on your productivity.
  2. Dress Appropriately- I’m not here to lecture you about your wardrobe choices or to tell you to ‘dress the way you want to be addressed’ but you don’t show up for a stripper job dressed in a 3 piece suit, same way you shouldn’t go for a bank interview with your pants sagging or your butt crack visible. Your appearance goes a long way in the first impression people have of you.
  3. Act Confident- I said ‘act’ because confidence takes a lot of time to be built for some people, while for others, they have to be in a very comfortable situation for them to feel confident. The easiest thing to do is to apply the ‘fake it till you make it’ motto. Face any situation with your head held up. When meeting people, look them in the eye especially when you talk to them. Most times, acting like you know what you’re doing is all people need to see from you.
  4. Count your Blessings- Most people get hung up on the things going wrong in their life that they forget about the things that are good. Did you lose your job? Did your partner break up with you? Well at least your Twitter and Instagram followers are now more than 2000, and what’s more important than that?
  5. Have Great Friends- This is a much underrated point. You need good friends at every point in your life. It can be your partner, or your parents or anybody. Just have friends you can call to share good news with. Friends you can talk to when you are at your lowest. Friends you can call at 4AM when you can’t sleep just to wake them up just so they can’t sleep either. Friends make life easier.

I know I said 5 but I feel like I need to add this next one

  • Stop Procrastinating- A lot has been said about this that I feel I don’t need to add anything to it.

Procrastination is a thief of time – Wise man

The best way to get something done is to begin – Wiser man

Never leave till tomorrow that which could be done today – Another wise man

Just do it - Nike

 

You get the point. As I said at the beginning, there are way more than 5 Life Hacks. Knowing them and applying them are two different things. Start applying them.

"Never stop trying to improve yourself"- Me (2016)

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A Sallah Story

Nope, that picture has nothing to do with this post.

You know how you Christians have a Christmas story, well I’m a muslim and I have a sallah story. Those stories you tell when the whole family is around for sallah. Stories that almost everyone there already knows but someone still tells it from time to time and nobody complains because you all still like it. This is one of those stories.

A typical sallah day in my house starts after my Popcy has killed the rams. There is a ram that is killed to be shared by my dad among family members, that is from my mum to my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, everybody. The size of the meat you get depends on the number of rams killed, what you do with your share is your business.

            Now, your next course of action if you’re a young guy like me depends on you. Are you going to fry it and keep it so you can give your friends when they come over? Are you going to use it to make barbecue or suya? Are you going to eat it raw? It’s your decision.

The easiest thing to do is to hand over your meat to my mumcy, that way anytime you need meat you just go over to her and she keeps giving you since you have meat with her, that is, till she snaps and tells you have exceeded the amount of meat you have with her which is still negotiable or you can keep your meat to yourself and process it by yourself and risk her not giving you anything out of hers’ which is also negotiable, but it has to do with a lot of begging.

If you pick this second option, you still run the risk of having pieces of your meat stolen by other people who know where you kept it after processing it.

I’ll soon get to the actual story but I need to paint you a picture of how everything goes down first so you can understand it better. The only meat that can’t be stolen is the one in mum’s room which is also negotiable depending on how good a thief you are, every other person’s meat is fair game as long as you steal it one at a time to give the owner the chance to change his/her hiding spot. Finally, most guys like myself can’t sadly process the raw meat ourselves, so you have to give my sister or nieces or aunts to help you with that. They ask for a share of your meat as payment even if you know they’ve probably stolen out of it while they were helping you process it.

            Now to the actual story, during this particular sallah, a cousin of mine decided to go with option 2. He could actually process the meat himself, he’s a good cook. His plan was to take all the meat with him when he’s going back to school to live like a king among his friends with it for a while. So, he did all the boiling and frying and every other thing they do to it the day after sallah and managed to keep it out of reach for everyone, he kept changing the places he hid the meat when he went out, so it will be hard to figure out and when he was home it was always with him. Finally, the day he was to leave for school comes, he packs his stuff, I drop him off where he boards a bus to his school (we stay in Lagos, his school is in Osun). I get back home and lo and behold, he left the meat on the bed. While he was packing he had forgotten to put it in his bag. Everybody at home called him to thank him for the meat, it was the least we could do before we descended on it.

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Do you have a sallah story? Make use of the comment section.

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