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Ay Makun Sets Another Standard For Nollywood With ‘A Trip To Jamaica’

The first review of a movie can usually give box office rakings a good or bad effect – this does not seem to be the case of AY’s latest comedy flick. The first review released for the movie was nothing to write home about. It was a scathing review that could easily make anyone strike off the movie from their itinerary. The trailer was nothing close to exciting or stimulating and the movie’s first instalment ‘30 Days in Atlanta’ was not in any way mind-blowing. A ‘trial will convince you’ is simply what will attract many naysayers to see this one; fortunately so many Nigerians seem to fall under this category.

‘A trip to Jamaica’ chronicles more adventures of Akpors. The movie tells the story of Akpors customarily played by (AY Makun) and his fiancée Bola (Funke Akindele) who travel across the Atlantic to visit a cousin Abigail (Nse Ekpe Etim) and her extremely wealthy husband (Dan Davies); what ensues after is far from what the comedic duo bargained for. The movie did not try to do too much. Akpors was his usual self, maybe funnier than the Akpors in the first instalment. Funke Akindele did give the movie major spice as most Jenifa’s Diary fans will troop in to see this movie because of her but may be letdown being that she isn’t  the ‘Jenifa’ from the series rather a little toned down version, who speaks better English. AY and Akindele make a fine pair for good humour.  The fact that the ‘Jenifa’ character was not reprised was a breath of fresh air: as it would have played down what the character has become and make the movie a bit too lowbrow. However, it is likely that some of the series fans would have rather seen a ‘Jenifa’ than a ‘Bola’. Nse carried her character well enough; from the scene at the airport, it was easy to tell something was wrong─ a nuanced portrayal that was engaging enough to send a message.

Sound was a major problem as most of the scenes played out with discordant soundtracks. The Director Robert Peters clearly put some effort into his craft as most of the scenes were glitzy and beautifully shot. ‘A trip to Jamaica’ has a totally different plot from its predecessor, it happened to have more intriguing and less clichéd subplots. It is not the kind of movie that will leave anyone in stitches from start to finish, as the really funny scenes were countable: five or so. This seems to be a major issue for most of the viewers but what movies guarantee hundred percent laughs? Even stand up comedy shows don’t. Aside the comedy, there was a human side to the story of fear, betrayal and romance that was well played out and the end was not evidently predictable, that is good kudos for comedy if you ask me.

Whether we like it or not, AY’s latest movie will be a box office hit as reports have claimed the movie has already raked in over 80 million naira in its first ten days of release, making it the highest grossing Nigerian movie yet for this year. The mere fact that the movie hasn’t been released in Ghana and Jamaica already proves it will break a bigger record than its first instalment as the movie features Ghanaian and Jamaican heartthrobs Chris Attoh and Paul Campbell.

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What Has Feminism Ever done For You?

 

No, really what has it done for you? Has it made you angry? Has it made you bitter? Did it disgust you? If it has ever stirred up any sort of emotion in you, I’m glad, because it means it is working.

Personally, when I learned about feminism, it made me angry, angry at the situation, angry at the society, and most of all angry at myself, I was hit with a self-realization so big, I was in denial for a while. I was a decent guy, how could it be that I was part of the problem? How could something so obvious be staring me in the face and I didn’t know it?

Feminism isn’t about women who hate men, but you knew that already. Feminism isn’t about bitter women who can’t get a husband, but you also knew this already. You know feminism isn’t about all these things but you would rather make it seem that way because you are probably weak and can’t face up to what feminism is really about.

Feminism;

  •  The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
  • The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities
  • The term feminism can be used to describe a political, cultural or economic movement aimed at establishing equal rights and legal protection for women.

 

If there was any positive I got out of all this, it is to say that I have learned, and I have also ‘unlearned’, down to the most basic things, I now know I can’t go around saying things that may seem little like ‘It’s because she is a woman’ or tell a guy ‘Why are you acting like a woman?’

I think one subtle thing feminism has managed to do without even trying, is to teach us how to raise our sons, because maybe if we raised our sons right there might actually be no need for feminism. The same way there wouldn’t be an anti-racism campaign if there was no racism. Wouldn’t the world be a better place?

I don’t act like I speak for women, I can’t, I didn’t even really know about feminism till like 3 years ago, I don’t have a first-hand experience of what women face daily but I can talk about it, I can educate people on feminism, I can demand for a change in how women are treated starting from the people closest to me. I can and would help in any way I think I can.

So, when someone asks you what feminism has done for you, you don’t have to reply them anyway tell them it hasn’t done something for you, tell them it’s doing a lot of things for you, and with a smile you can tell them it has taught you common sense, because

It is common sense that you cannot sum of the totality of someone’s life as a place in the kitchen

It is common sense that you cannot tell someone all they can aspire to be is married

It is common sense that you cannot expect praises for changing your child’s diaper

It is common sense that you cannot expect someone to always cook for you even days when she comes back from work knackered

It is common sense that people should be paid equally for skills acquired or services rendered regardless of their gender

It is common sense that people cannot be insulted and shamed just because they refused your advances

It is common sense to know that how a girl dresses or act is not an invitation to rape

It is common sense to know that a person can have an opinion on a topic regardless of their gender

 

Yeah, what feminism has really been doing all this while is to teach us common sense.

 

“Men ran the world, and look at the mess we have” – Isabele Allende

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You’d Be Surprised How Much Nigerians Studying Abroad Are Making From Sugar daddies

We had agreed to meet at the wine bar around West Hampstead, a modern bar filled with intriguing bric-a-bracs, so posh that people said you could see Simon Cowell having a glass of wine on Thursdays. I walked in to find Amanda with a glass of wine in hand, already waiting for me. She was dressed casually in sweats and a ponytail and had a welcoming smile.

 

Amanda, a 21-year-old International student at Middlesex University London is a sugar baby. It is a controversial topic, but I was here to understand a day in the life of a sugar baby. Her perfume wafted up reminding me of Giorgio Armani. “You're right it is actually one of the gifts I got from one of my sugar daddies’’. On that note, my ears and eyes popped and our conversation began.

Originally from Nigeria, Amanda knows the struggles of being an international student with expensive pressures on her family back home. Like hundreds of students all over the UK, Amanda signed up to a sugar baby website because she “loved the glitzy life and needed extra cash.... some of the men on the website are really creepy but you have to know how to look for the nice ones”. Amanda explained, in cold terms, that this was just business, a business in which she made strategic decisions to her benefit. “I am not a gold-digger!’’ her hand gestured like traffic warden's “It’s a matter of mutually benefit, some of the men genuinely love spending money on women’’.

Amanda was introduced to the dating website over a year ago by a girl friend who was over the moon and excited by the idea of being in the company of rich men. She told Amanda, “I thought, maybe I would get to go to some nice places and get some nice gifts, but baby I got a whole lot more”. Soon after uploading her profile picture, her inbox exploded. All filled with the possibilities of expensive gifts and new vacation spots.

Hard up for cash, Amanda didn't need much convincing and soon sent out her own profile. With a calm face, she explained to me, “normally the first exchanged are inbox messages, and if it sounds like we can get on then I give them my number... Then I opened a new email address, and set up a second number for the second Amanda’’. Almost like a second life? I asked. She smiled a broad knowing smile. “I must admit, I am excited being this ordinary Naija student by day and this elegant woman by night, a kind of grown up Hannah Montana”.

Her first date picked her up right on time ‘’it was one of these cool sport cars. Ha! It was love at first sight with the lifestyle”. Karl, the 42-year-old Marketing and Sales Director was gentlemanly and charming. The date was at a posh west end restaurant in London and ‘’oh my God, the wine!’’ She said, making a praying gesture. Karl opened her door, paid her the right attention, asked the right questions and even bought her a bracelet on the first date. ‘’He kept it simple in case it wasn’t my style’’.

The lovely night was followed by subsequent dates (spa included), trips, gifts “but of course he was married… so it was going to end sooner or later’’. “I hate the fact some of them were married, but I block it out” she tells me. “It's sad, because married men really know how to treat a girl’’.

With those words she seemed lost and finished her glass of wine with two gulps. She seemed to be having conflicting feelings and while I wanted to problem I thought to save this for the end of the interview. “Let’s talk about the goodies’’ I said, trying to lighten the mood. Amanda laughed and told me in just over one year she has had 4 vacations she would have never been able to afford. ‘’There was the ski resort in Finland’’. ‘’And the trip to Ibiza when he let me bring 2 friends’’. She explained how it differs with each man, ‘’some like to give you a fixed allowance while others just offer you gifts and then there are the ones who just ask you what do you want”. She didn’t seem to like the fixed allowance type, saying it made it feel like ‘‘she was in the escort business; am not that type of girl’’.

‘’So what type of girl are you”, I asked. I couldn't resist that question. “I am a business girl but It’s business plus. These guys are buying my companionship and not just sex; some are just looking for someone to talk to. I do get intimate with these guys, but it's not prostitution. That’s why I prefer it when a sugar daddy offers gifts. It feels more like a relationship with a little business deal’’.

Amanda has had 7 consistent sugar daddies but has also had dates, many dates. ‘’You can tell if you’ll get along from the first date and I only keep around the ones I know I’ll have a mutually beneficial relationship with’’. But how rich does a man have to be? Amanda gave me this humorous smile ‘’It’s more about being generous than rich but when they are both that’s a bonus!’’ She then went into detail about a schoolteacher she had met on the website, ‘’he wasn’t oozing money but he got me really nice dress once in a while”.  But she quickly added “with men like that, it doesn’t last very long’’.

“But do you expect it to last long with any of them”? I asked as my wine glass reached the bottom. She paused for a moment and looked and me for a long second and looked into her empty glass. I continued studying her face and could see it changing, ‘’hmmmmmm’’ she said for a long drawn out moment. She quickly asked ‘‘my real name is not going to be in this report, right?’’ As I assured her that her name would not appear she called for a second glass of wine, white wine this time. “After my first date, all I felt was shame, I really try to block out some of the bad experiences I’ve had doing this. I don’t expect to find love on the website, I don’t even expect it to last long because deep down you know what type of arrangement it is. You try and cover it up, make it feel like a relationship. Oh well!’’ she sighed. “I really have had some great experiences through these men and some are lovely but you just have this gut feeling of being dodgy. I suppress mine. It’s a business, I have to make the best decisions to benefit me especially with how damaged it makes me feel sometimes, the least I deserve is a nice bag’’. It felt like I had known Amanda my whole life as we exchanged this look of understanding and warmth.

‘’Last question! Would you recommend to a friend that they should go into this business?’’ She gave a very quick ‘’Nope’’ and downed the rest of her wine. We sat down after the interview for some more wine and even more discussions. She was funny, witty and had a lot of opinions and I hoped leaving the interview Amanda found what she was looking for.

 

 Written for NG by Aisha V. Hashim

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Guycode: Urinal Etiquette

Yo broheims! It’s another instalment of the ‘Guy Code’. If you didn’t already know, the GUY CODE is that most sacred rulebook that ensures guys act like “guys”. First carved on stone by the cavemen and passed down from generation to generation, this most revered book has guided guys’ action in major things like World wars and even little things like cheating on a test. It’s next after whatever holy book you hold dear and if you’re atheist; well this is your Bible.

So you’ve just had an awesome night at the bar and have outdone all your bros by drinking the most but now nature’s come-a-calling and you’ve gotta go. Here’s what the Guy Code says about ‘going’ in a public urinal.

Rule 1: Do Your Business Quickly

Unless, you’re having sex in a public restroom (which I highly recommend), on no account should a guy spend extended periods of time in there. This is what makes us guys and not women. Since there’s no sex at urinals, folks should get in and out of the restrooms and help prevent a line in front of the door.

Rule 2: No Talking

Chatting is for the bar. Political and sports debates are for the living room with your boys. Public urinals have the strictest “no talking” policy no matter who you meet there. The brief “Hey” or “Hi” upon entrance to acknowledge the fellow male is permitted but that’s where it ends. Unless the guy next to you is about to have his penis bitten by a snake, you do not need to communicate. Any similar life or death situation is also an exception.

Rule 3: Eyes Front!!

This is the golden rule of the public urinal: Never, ever, ever, ever look sideways. That’s just plain weird. Eyes forward always and even in the event of an emergency, communicate without making eye contact.

Rule 4: Use the Urinal Properly

It may come across as a bit of a shock but ‘real men’ are clean men. Make sure to urinate inside the bowl and not on the wall or the sides. Urine art is NOT a thing!! Also, don’t ever shit in the urinal just because the stalls are full. Hold it till there’s a free stall; like a man!

Don’t ever forget to wash your hands after use. Only cavemen use toilets without washing their hands. You are NOT a caveman!

Rule 5: Keep the Margin of Error

Forget my use of superfluous words. This simply means there should always be the space of at least one bowl between each man. If the urinal is well under-utilized, then the maximum space possible between each other should be observed. It might be a public restroom but everyone still needs their privacy. Make sure to put the spacing into consideration when choosing a spot if the urinal is empty or largely empty.

 

Rule 6: What happens in the Restroom Stays in the Restroom

No matter what you see – awkward, violent, sexual, etc. – in the public restroom while at the urinal, Guy Code says you take it to your grave and never speak of it with another soul. Unless you are required to provide a police statement or are subpoenaed for those details, never tell.

Don’t forget to zip up after guys. This is not a rule but definitely a major key.

Well, that’s all for now folks. We hope this helps you handle yourself better at public urinals in the future.

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Here Are 5 New Albums You Should Take Into The Weekend

I'm going to start from home with this one.

Redemption EP – Burna Boy

I’ve never really been a fan of Burna. Not because I don’t think he’s good enough but because for the clearly abundant talent he’s got, he seems to be taking a hands off approach to his career and that is only a recipe for disaster in this Nigerian industry. Anyway, he recently released an EP which I hope he follows up with an album much later. Redemption is what he titles it and my best track from it? Pree Me

 

 

Young as The Morning Old as The Sea – Passenger

There’s no disputing the King of modern day folk rock, Michael David Rosenberg of Passenger as you know him stepped into the limelight after a song (Let He Go) from his 2012 album All The Little Lights became one of the most played songs on the radio. He has since then released 3 studio albums with the most recent of them coming late in September and has since then been the most played album in my library.

 

 

Wild World – Bastille

Bastille are a British Indie pop band led by Dan Smith. They started their journey in 2010 but their big break came in 2013 after their hit song Pompeii led the way for what would later become a career changing album in Bad Blood. Since then, the band toured for a while before giving us Wild World early in September.

 

 

Farewell, Starlite! – Francis and The Lights

I haven’t known this guy for that long but I made my discovery after I heard a catchy tune from Chance The Rapper’s latest EP Coloring book. The song titled Summer Friends made me look into that melody only to see Francis was the one behind the last few seconds of the song which for me was one of the highlights of the album.

Only recently, he released his first studio album and he named it after himself Francis Farewell Starlite.

 

 

22, A Million – Bon Iver

You’re excited too yes? Well we had to wait sooooo long for Justin to release something… Anything even when we’re sure as hell we wouldn’t hear 90% of what he says. Justin Vernon responded with 22, A Million, an album with a barely pronounceable track list and awesome vibes throughout.

 

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Meet the Google Pixel, and you might forget the iPhone.

Google today announced it’s very first smartphone, and It’s called “Pixel”. Wait, what? Yeah you read that right. Unlike previous attempts with the Nexus and Motorola, the pixel is #madebygoogle, and a high-end competitor at that. Not unlike the iPhone and Galaxy s-series.  The Pixel comes in two models: The 5 inch Pixel, and the 5.5 inch Pixel X, and three colors: Quite black, really blue, and very silver.

From products, like the OnHub router and the Chromecast, it’s safe to say googles isn’t shy about hardware anymore. Let’s get to the details.

the Highest rated camera ever

Under the hood, Both phones feature a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB base internal storage, an 8MP front facing camera, and a 12.3 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture (touted to be he Highest rated camera ever.). What's more, is the unlimited storage for photos and videos to google drive, which comes in handy when shooting 4k videos. 

optical image stabilization on the Pixel

The new Pixel phones come with built-in superfast charging capability, Google claims the battery lasts all day, and the device can run for 7 hours under a 15minute charge. The phones aren't as cheap as we hoped. If you've ever owned a nexus, this might come rather surprising as google ditches the affordable prices for the now-common $649 base price.

Perhaps on of the most important features on the phone is google's new assistant, simple called "Google assistant". with it, you can kick off a conversation which feels a lot like talking to Siri or Cortana. the assistant also has the ability to respond to follow-up conversations and dig into your preferences and other services such as Uber. 

And hey, there was also a really cool silicon valley intro, for Silicon Valley lovers at the #madebygoogle event. Here you go!

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Retweets Are The New Currency

Retweets is the new online currency and people are already cashing out.

If you’ve been on Twitter for the past two days you already know what I’m talking about, so this post is mainly for those people who live under rocks and only come out to check our website.

People asking for retweets in exchange for something isn’t a new thing on Twitter, we have all seen people asking you to retweet a tweet so they can take someone who is supposedly out of their league to prom and we have seen giveaways of products to the person who could pull the highest number of retweets.

It’s all cute and nice right? Well this last few days have seen these sort of tweets increase exponentially and they range from the cute to the funny to the downright ridiculous

First one we check out

just look at the camaraderie

 

And celebreties got in on the act also 

 

Then there was this

 

 

Nothing Could go wrong with that. we're all having fun right?

Yes, there is always that person 

 

So people, spend your retweets wisely, they come at a premium now. 

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