Aruidimma 4

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Zemaye’s Take: For those of you who told me that salicylic acid doesn’t do anything for your breakouts, here are two new things to try: sulphur and charcoal.

Charcoal absorbs excess oil. Masks and scrubs that contain charcoal are good for oily skin that easily gets pimples.

If you can’t find a mask or scrub with charcoal, then make one.

Please where are all those people who studied biochemistry and chemistry and nutrition in university? Why are they not making things? Charcoal is easy to get. Charcoal works as a skin treatment. They should make products with charcoal abeg.

Also buy sulphur ointment from the pharmacy. Wash your face gently. Don’t over-wash or over-do anything because you will just annoy your skin and make it produce more pimples. Use charcoal mask. Wash off after thirty minutes. Rub a bit of sulphur ointment on the pimple. Be patient. A pimple treatment needs at least two days to work.

Source: News

Ifem & Ceiling 8

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Alphonsus made vegetable soup. Ceiling and I were hanging out at the dining table after eating.

“What a stupid idea to announce a ceasefire with Boko Haram, who came up with that? Is it that these people don’t think?” I asked.

“They are eager to announce good news. Elections are coming fast.”

“Announce good news and then make a fool of yourself. Haba. The most stupid part was suggesting a day for the release of the girls.”

“Beyond stupid. You know you are dealing with mad people in Boko Haram. You also know the average Nigerian does not trust you and your stories. Best thing is to shut up and say nothing and let the action speak for itself.”

“In short, they should be like Sullivan Chime. The man doesn’t talk at all but look how he has transformed Enugu.”

“Exactly. And also like Peter Obi.”

“The problem is that Obi’s achievements are not as easy to see.”

“Yes, because they are not visual. They are not roads. And remember he started with nothing. Anambra was a mess after all the rubbish that went on there. Awka was just a village that became a capital. But Enugu has a long history of infrastructure and development. It will take Awka a long time to get to Enugu’s level.”

“Nneoma was telling me how Obi changed education in Anambra. She said Anambra is the best performing state in WAEC in Nigeria. I didn’t know that.”

“He also invested Anambra’s money well. No more stories about the state not paying salaries and pensions. The man had a real vision. He just doesn’t do public relations.”

“And it doesn’t help that Igbo people are so detached from politics. Nobody in Nigeria knows how well Obi did in Anambra because Anambra people are not telling the story. Instead they are busy unloading their containers in Nnewi and Onitsha. And Enugu people are not telling the story of how well Sullivan has done because they are busy eating abacha.”

“Anambra chauvinism!”

Source: News

Ifem & Ceiling 7

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I hope the Doctor Without Borders Ebola patient in New York makes it. American politicians are like Nigerian politicians – they will use anything to score political points. So, some New York politicians who have upcoming elections are trying to scare people with Ebola, and then position themselves as Ebola saviors. Even if the so called saving doesn’t make sense. Shame. And the governor of New York has no business scolding that Doctors Without Borders doctor. The doctor followed the protocol that he was supposed to. And he bloody donated his time to fight Ebola at the source – something that the politicians in America might want to focus on. Ebola is about ALL humans, not just about African humans.

Anyway, Ceiling and I were talking about this and I told him I have always admired Doctors Without Borders.

He told me he has, too.

He said he loves what they stand for and what they have done and did I know the organization itself started as a response to the massive human suffering in Biafra?

I told him I knew. I told him it was part of the reason I donate to them. I donate to them every month. Automatic deductions from my credit card.

He said – me too.

I said – are you serious?

He said – yes. I started a long time ago. For the past five years.

I said – me too!

So, we support the same Charity. We started supporting the same Charity at about the same time without, of course, knowing what the other was doing. #Lovenwantiti #truecompatibility #mostromanticcoincidenceever

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Problem and Solution 7

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Nigeria has been declared Ebola-free.

On October 20, 2014, The Washington Post wrote this:

According to WHO, the success of Nigeria — Africa’s most populous nation — was attributable to ample funding, quick action and assistance from the WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the non-profit Doctors Without Borders.”

This is a lie.

Below is a direct quote from the WHO report (in case you are wondering who WHO is: World Health Organization)

“What accounts for this great news?
To a large extent, the answer is straightforward: the country’s strong leadership and effective coordination of the response. The Nigerian response to the outbreak was greatly aided by the rapid utilization of a national public institution (NCDC) and the prompt establishment of an Emergency Operations Centre, supported by the Disease Prevention and Control Cluster within the WHO country office.
Another key asset was the country’s first-rate virology laboratory affiliated with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. That laboratory was staffed and equipped to quickly and reliably diagnose a case of Ebola virus disease, which ensured that containment measures could begin with the shortest possible delay.
In addition, high-quality contact tracing by experienced epidemiologists expedited the early detection of cases and their rapid movement to an isolation ward, thereby greatly diminishing opportunities for further transmission.”

Also, WHO writes about the investigation into the possible spread of Ebola in Port Harcourt here:

“An investigation undertaken by a team of epidemiologists from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme and the State Ministry of Health, assisted by WHO, revealed an alarming number of high-risk and very high-risk exposures for hundreds of people.”

WHO certainly does not dismiss the impact and importance of foreign help (and this being a WHO report, WHO always seems to be in the middle of the action but hey.)

WHO however is clear about this: the success in Nigeria was mostly as a result of NIGERIAN action.

Why then does the Washington Post not credit a single Nigerian body?

This is very poor journalism.

This is the kind of journalism that is not about informing the reader but about making sure that the readers’ real and imagined petty prejudices remain undisturbed.

In the mind of the Washington Post, the American reader thinks that all the problems in the world are solved because of American action. And the American reader expects that Africa is a continent of people who cannot act, who are limp dolls, who have no agency.

And so the American reader has not been informed about this simple truth: it is mostly local Nigerian action that helped contain Ebola in Nigeria.

And while we are at it, here’s the New York Times of September 30 2014, writing about the containment of Ebola in Nigeria:

“The success was in part the result of an emergency command center financed in 2012 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight polio…Also, the C.D.C. had 10 experts in Nigeria working on polio and H.I.V., who had already trained 100 local doctors in epidemiology; 40 of them were immediately reassigned to Ebola and oversaw the contact tracing.”

All well and good. America The Beautiful.

But if you are going to have that level of detail in a newspaper piece, why not start with the most significant details? First Consultants Hospital in Lagos and Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh.

Nigeria is a country that has no history with Ebola. We Nigerians think Ebola happens to other Africans. So in comes a man with symptoms. If he had not gone to a good hospital and if he had not been diagnosed by an excellent and conscientious doctor (who I am assuming had never had to diagnose Ebola in the past) and if the staff of First Consultants Hospital had not resisted the intense political pressure to release the Ebola patient and if hundreds of Nigerians had not volunteered in the Ebola effort and if federal and state governments had not acted quickly and if religious and community leaders had not educated their members, then Nigeria would have ended up with a big Ebola outbreak like Sierra Leone. Even with a thousand American CDC experts.

And if Doctors Without Borders and the American CDC are solely responsible for the success in Nigeria, why have they not succeeded in other countries? Are we to assume that they are not helping our brothers and sisters in Liberia and Guinea and Sierra Leone?

This is not to discredit the wonderful work of so many dedicated foreigners (more on Doctors Without Borders, tomorrow) but the story of Ebola in Nigeria must be told with honesty, and without the small-minded arrogance that comes with power.

If a doctor like Ameyo Adadevoh had been in that Dallas Hospital the first time the Liberian Ebola patient arrived with symptoms, perhaps the United States would not be in the Ebola panic that it is in now.

Sometimes it takes a small, local effort to prevent a catastrophe.

Those small, local efforts must be acknowledged – and encouraged.

Source: News

Problem and Solution 6

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Handwash Nigeria did well with Ebola. Me I am proud o. Oga Jona deserves credit. If we were like Liberia now, everyone would blame him for not dealing with Ebola. Oga BRF deserves credit. Not only because Lagos state really started working fast but also because he understands that symbolism matters – he went to the health facilities himself, he took pictures with survivors; he made sure he was PRESENT. The biggest heroes are our health workers. The doctors and the nurses and lab technologists and the people who traced contacts. May those who died continue to rest in peace. May we always remember them with gratitude. We are trying. They are taking temperatures at airports. And banks. And public offices. But most people who travel in Nigeria do not do so by air. They do by car. Every day buses enter this country from other parts of West Africa. Why are motor parks not getting the same attention as airports? (I remember Oga Health Minister – before he left to run for governor – saying that sick-looking travellers need to show a health report before boarding buses at motor parks. What kind of rubbish is that? Health report kwa? In Nigeria? Me as I am here in Enugu I can produce twenty health reports now from a typist on Ogui road). Just because the first person who brought Ebola into Nigeria came by air does not mean that the next possible person will also come by air. Let us pay attention to road travel. We have tried but Ebola is still spreading. There is still a big chance that we will have another Ebola patient in Nigeria. So please keep washing your hands.

Source: News

Ifem & Ceiling 6

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African american man shouting Remember that story Nneoma told us about her flight back to Lagos? Here is how it ends.

A man and a woman are in a relationship. The woman is unhappy. She decides to end the relationship. She tells the man she is done with him and then gets ready and leaves for Lagos. She wears jeans and a yellow top; she likes yellow because it brightens her mood. The man is furious that she dared to end the relationship. He goes online and finds the number for alerting authorities about Ebola ‘suspects.’ He calls the number and tells them there is an Ebola ‘suspect’ on the Arik flight from Enugu to Lagos. He tells them she is fair and is wearing a yellow top and jeans. He tells them she has symptoms and he is worried that she will spread it to the people on the plane.

And so the authorities jump into action.

Up Nigeria!

Down with that stupid idiot nonsense of a man who thinks Ebola is something to play with!

Source: News

Asari Dokubo refutes arms deal involvement

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Alhaji Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari, has come out to refute any form of connection with the $9.3 million botched arms deal in South Africa. Whilst, trying to clear himself off any involvement
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Style 2

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Classroom Rules

Zemaye’s Take: Bandwagon imitative fashion babble talk.


PAIR as a clunky verb – Play with texture by PAIRING a velvet skirt with a silk top.

STUN as a verb but oddly without an object – Ada STUNNED in a red dress

Clothes (often poorly-tailored) referred to as PIECES to justify inflated prices – she wore a piece from the Spring/Summer collection

Pretentious jargon that nobody understands – Ada’s new Spring/Summer resort collection.

Biko what is ‘resort’?

And what if we created our own language and let oyibo copy us? What of Harmattan collection? Rainy/Dry collection? Early/Late collection?

Solution: The best language is simple, sincere, and should actually make sense. Be original. Be real.

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Water in Africa now and ahead

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This slide was presented at a training workshop I participated in this week. The left hand image of Africa is the surface ‘blue’ water situation in 2002, the right hand side what its likely to look like in just over a decade’s time..

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Prose poem for Eid Mubarak

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In the local park, hundreds are out in their finery. Young men wear snazzy Bez-specs; little girls are startled in their wedding cake frocks, while older girls and women wrap translucent shawls over dresses in the northern style.  

The pony handlers are doing brisk business, two-up per under-nourished horse.  The grass smokers loiter contentedly in their usual spot, puffing out sweet herbal clouds.  The photographers’ patch is thronged, a little photo printer rolling out future nostalgia inside the scrum.

The tensions of the last few days: no fuel, insecurity and the Mpape demolitions, seem to float off, at least for the while.

And then, the firmament opens.  Damina rain gushes down with pent-up fury.  People race for cover under the trees, cram beneath sparse umbrellas and sardine their way inside the keke napep.   

All scamper except for one or two rollerbladers, who sense that a stage is theirs.  One has lights on his blades that sparkle to his rhythm; another twists and turns in arabesques of rain-soaked delight.

All of life waits for the downpour to stop.  And I trudge home, drenched to my bones.

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The House of Obong Eyo Honesty IX, Duke Town, Calabar

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An inspiring morning with Jide Bello, talking Nigerian culture.  I had no idea the Ife exhibition had moved to the National Museum in Lagos.  Great publicity Lagos State!

Meanwhile, he showed us some fascinating pictures of a recent trip to Calabar (to witness the filming of Half of a Yellow Sun), including these images of Obong Eyo Honesty IX’s house in Duke Town.  The descendants of the old King still live in the house, which features beautiful wood panelling and stained glass windows.  To think that former governor Donald Duke wasted all that money on Tinapa, which no one visits except to stay in the hotel, when he could have spent a relatively tiny amount of government money renovating the magnificent old buildings of Calabar and turning them into museums.  Calabar’s tourist potential is yet to be untapped.

I wonder if this is the house of Duke IX of Old Calabar (an earlier post).  Umoh Bassey-Duke/Nkoyo Toyo – can you help?  I’m not sure that it is, but he would surely have lived in a house similar to this (and its probably another still-standing place of faded grandeur).  To think of all the things that old mirror has seen!  Surely its not too much for the Government of Cross River to realise what enormous cultural wealth it has on its doorstep and do something about it…

Images by Jide Bello.

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Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan from N-Katalyst

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16 A7 Street

CITEC Mbora Estate

Jabi/Airport Road Bypass


June 6, 2012



State House

Aso Rock


Your Excellency Sir,


We the undersigned representatives of N-Katalyst, a non-partisan network of individuals from diverse sectors committed to the promotion of Nigerian unity and progressive change, hereby request the establishment of a publicly accessible and representative inquiry into the Dana Air crash of June 3, 2012.

Background and Purpose
The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas 83 (MD83) with Registration Number 5N-RAM and 153 people on board departed Abuja for Lagos in the afternoon of June 3 but crashed five minutes to landing at Iju-Ishaga, a densely populated neighbourhood in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos. All the 153 passengers on board were reportedly killed as well as unverified number of persons on ground. The fallen aircraft destroyed several buildings and rendered a good number of others uninhabitable by the force of the impact on earth surface. Environmental experts have also reported possible emission of radioactive materials in the neighbourhood.

Available information from insider sources and passengers who have flown in the aircraft before the incident suggests that it ought not to have been in service on that day and in fact should have been retired on account of incessant engine faults if the oversight agencies as well as the airline had been steadfast with maintaining aviation safety standards, although the Dana Air disputes these claims.

Therefore, an open and accessible public Inquiry will help in ascertaining what really caused the crash and resultant deaths and destruction of property by investigating the immediate and remote causes and bringing to justice any persons or corporates found culpable.

Chronology of major Air Crashes in Nigeria

Nigeria has experienced one too many crashes resulting to mass deaths in the last twenty years and all the aircrafts involved were registered and operated in the country, which calls into question how serious we take aviation safety and security:

1.    September 26, 1992 – A Nigerian Air Force C-130 crashed minutes after taking off from Lagos airport. Around 200 people died.
2.    June 25, 1995 – A Harka Airlines Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-134 crashed at Lagos airport, killing 15 people.
3.    November 13, 1995 – A Nigeria Airways Boeing 737 crashed on landing in Kaduna, killing nine people.
4.    November 7, 1996 – A Boeing 727 operated by Nigeria’s ADC Airlines crashed on its way from Port Harcourt to Lagos. All 142 passengers and nine crew died.
5.    May 4, 2002 – A Nigerian EAS Airlines BAC 1-11 crashed in Kano. At least 148 people were killed, 75 on the plane and at least 73 on the ground.
6.    October 22, 2005 – A Nigerian Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Lagos. All 111 passengers and six crew were killed.
7.    December 10, 2005 – A Nigerian Sosoliso Airlines DC9 from Abuja crashed on landing in Port Harcourt, killing 106 people, half of them schoolchildren on their way home for Christmas.
8.    September 17, 2006 – Twelve Nigerian military personnel, mostly high-ranking officers, were killed in a plane crash in Benue state. Six survived.
9.    October 29, 2006 – An ADC airliner with 114 passengers on board crashed and burned after take-off from Abuja, killing 96 people.
10.                       June 3, 2012 – A Dana Air passenger plane carrying 153 people crashed in the Agege suburb of Lagos, killing everyone on board and an unconfirmed number on ground.

It is disheartening to note that the standard response of the Government of Nigeria (GON) to all these aforementioned crashes was to set up secretive technical investigation panels whose reports were apparently neither made public nor acted upon. In a way, these technical panels became a tunnel through which successive governments ran away from their responsibility of making Nigerian airspace safe and secure for all stakeholders.

Your government is in a historic position to break this vicious cycle of public deceit if it heeds our request to convene a public inquiry into the crash.

Possible Terms of Reference

The Panel should among other things look into the following as part of its Terms of Reference (ToR):

a.   Investigate and determine the cause of the crash and examine contributory factors;
b.   Examine what regulatory guidelines, instructions and orders were applicable and whether they were complied with;
c.    Determine the state of serviceability of the aircraft and relevant equipment;
d.   Establish the level of training, relevant competences and qualifications of the crew members involved in the crash;
e.    Ascertain if search and rescue facilities were fully available, utilized and functioned correctly;
f.       Ascertain the number of people on ground that lost their lives and value of property destroyed at the site of the crash.
g.   Assess any health and safety at work and environmental protection implications to the residents of the area in which the crash occurred.
h.    Determine and comment on any broader contributory factors or causes including, management, oversight, maintenance culture and resources.
i.        Make appropriate recommendations.

We request that the membership of the panel should be broadly representative including members of non-governmental human rights organizations and Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). This is to ensure transparency and accountability.

We look forward to a favourable and timely response to our request in order to take advantage of the mood of the moment; provide some assurance to the bereaved that the death of their loved ones will not go in vain; prevent avoidable air mishaps in future and more importantly ensure that the Nigerian airspace is not only safe but complies with international aviation safety standards.

We thank you for your kind consideration and attention to our request.

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jibrin Ibrahim                                      Dr Otive Igbuzor
Saudatu Mahdi                                      Bilkisu Yusuf
Ayisha Osori                                   Prof Ebere Onwudiwe
Yemi Candide-Johnson               Ayo Obe
Saka Azimazi                                 Maryam Uwais
Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim                     Innocent Chukwuma
Chris Kwaja                                    Hassan Hussaini
Dr A. S. Mohammed                     Nsongurua Udombana
Asma’u Joda                                 Nsirimovu Anyakwee
Dr Kabir az Zubair                          Martin Obono
Dr Hussaini Abdu                           Aisha Oyebode
Hubert Shaiyen                             Dr Arabo Ibrahim Bayo
Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman                  Dr Charmaine Pereira
Yusufu Pam

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National Symposium on the Findings of the House Committee on Fuel Subsidy by N-Katalyst

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Like most Nigerians, N-Katalyst, a non partisan network of individuals across different sectors who have deep commitment to the promotion of Nigerian unity and progressive change are shocked at the revelations from the House Committee on Fuel Subsidy. We have evidence before us of the most monumental mega corruption on our nation’s history. Nigerians must rise and stop this massive looting of our resources and punish the culprits. N-Katalysts invites citizens, the international community and the media to a symposium to address the issues and map out a plan of action on the imperative of accountability.
Chair:                         Maryam Uwais
Speakers:                 Dr Otive Igbuzor – Review of report
                                    Dr Chidi Odinkalu – Corruption and the Human Rights of
                                    Dr Hussaini Abdu – Civil Society Engagement
                                    Yemi Candide-Johnson SAN – What Anti-Corruption
 Agencies Must Do
                                    Clement Nwankwo – What the Legislature Must Do
                                    Bashir Ibrahim – Urgent Imperatives on the Executive
Date: Monday, 30th April 2012
Time: 10 a.m.
Venue: Gombe Jewel Hotel, opposite Dennis Hotel, Wuse 2, Abuja
Dr Jibrin Ibrahim                                          Dr Otive Igbuzor
Saudatu Mahdi                                            Bilkisu Yusuf
Ayisha Osori                                                 Prof Ebere Onwudiwe
Yemi Candide-Johnson                             Ayo Obe
Saka Azimazi                                                Clement Nwankwo
Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim                                  Innocent Chukwuma
Chris Kwaja                                                  Hassan Hussaini
Dr A. S. Mohammed                                    Nsongurua Udombana
Asma’u Joda                                                 Nsirimovu Anyakwee
Dr Kabir az Zubair                                       Martin Obono
Dr Hussaini Abdu                                        Aisha Oyebode
Hubert Shaiyan                                            Dr Arabo Ibrahim Bayo

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