Here are five in style Naijagal looks we absolutely love!!!
Here is why we love the look above! Well for starters the silver on top works well with conveying a look of prestige. The yellow on the bottom works absolutely wonderfully with her gorgeous brown skin! Ms Foyeh is one Naijagal to watch yes indeed.
Djcuppy, need we say more? This Naijagal sure knows how to work magic with style! Did anyone notice the beautiful pink lip color working with her whole look! It is what we call effortless chic on Naijagal! She is one gorgeous superstar! Dj and dare we say super intelligent!
Naijagal Genevieve Nnaji superstar actress is amazing at coordinating outfits what with the peeptoe shoes and the applique on the ankara dress cut to shape is enough to make any man swoon! These ladies are what we call Badass (meaning they do it all) Naijagals!
Apparently Karrueche Tran is actually in Abuja. The model arrived Nigeria on Sunday to host a pool party in Abuja check out some photos of her thanks to social media of her in Abuja! Rock on Karrueche get that money!
I am liking Dele Momodu’s new Boss Newspaper already. This is an interesting read! According to Vanguard:
What you are about to read is probably the most anticipated story of the year birthed in the long awaited authoritative investigative newspaper of the future. This pregnant saga fell into labour last week in the pre-natal wing of Pendulum ward and it has now given birth to a big bouncing baby christened, The Boss.
This is an apt metaphor for the melodramatic scoop which is the cover of the first edition of what I believe will be a catalyst for unbiased investigative reporting in Nigeria. The Boss had long been conceptualised as a leadership newspaper to occupy the void created by lack of true and credible investigative journalism in some traditional and online media. The original plan was to launch in December or early January. But the Diezani-Alison Madueke story changed all that. It was too compelling to restrict to the Pendulum column alone. And here we are with what promises to be an exciting addition to the media landscape in Nigeria and beyond featuring an enthralling cover story that will run and run.
After that effervescent introduction of the meeting between this reporter and the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, published in Thisday, everyone requested for details of the encounter. Some unbelieving Thomases even suggested the story was pure fiction, or at the very best “faction” to borrow Kole Omotoso’s word. They wondered why a more comprehensive interview could not be published, garnished with clear crispy pictures of Madame Diezani.
It was obvious many had read the story in a hurry and did not assimilate the carefully worded tale of a woman in deep pain and anguish for variety of reasons. Of course there were insinuations that it was a public relations stunt but mercifully most readers thought it was a well-balanced story. It even went viral.
At any rate, those who took their time would have noticed that I had to settle for such a gripping monologue because it was virtually impossible to extract more information from a cancer patient who had spent her day with her medical team in a private London hospital. Our protagonist had also probably taken the risk of meeting this reporter in order to check if he was going to play the quintessential antagonist or do his job professionally and dispassionately.
That meeting obviously impacted on her decision to open up eventually, two days after Episode One. A call came through on Friday, November 6, 2015, from a female aide of Mrs. Alison-Madueke to request for a meeting the following day at 2.30pm at a location yet to be determined.
The appointment was immediately approved. Later in the evening, this ubiquitous aide made yet another call shifting the appointment forward by a few hours to 11am the same Saturday. My response again was yes. The pot that would eat pepper must endure some heat, says a Yoruba proverb. The Diezani story was worth all the sacrifice in the world. In other climes, journalists would have shown more than cursory interest in chasing that super exclusive chat. Her copyrighted picture would have fetched a few million dollars, probably. Anyway…
A text message flew into my phone very early Saturday morning. It contained the address and full postcode of a new venue different from the one of two days earlier. Not to worry. My wife offered to chauffeur me again but without her sister this time around. While on our way, the female aide called to ask if we were going to make the 11 o’clock time pronto or arrive late. I replied we would arrive earlier rather than later. I would soon understand the import of her question. Madame Diezani was apparently on her way and I was expected to be comfortably seated prior to her arrival. Presumably, so I would not know how and from what direction she had come. There was no sign this time of any overbearing or anxious security man. Mrs. Alison-Madueke had laughingly dismissed as funny my James Bond imagination of Thursday, in any event. Since the meeting was supposed to be strictly one-on-one, my wife had to wait in the car while I was away. The venue turned out to be a popular restaurant near Regent’s Park, famous for its breakfast.
I was a bit surprised and disappointed at the choice of location. I was hoping she was going to give me access to her now famous apartment which was said to have been bought at a most staggering amount, or the new multi-billion dollar home that was rumoured to have triggered the alarm leading to her arrest, claims she would dismiss as tales by moonlight.
I called the mobile number I had been given as I approached the doorway of the restaurant and her female aide emerged from the bowel of the restaurant to lead me to a somewhat secluded corner where a table had been reserved. I was seated facing the entrance and hoping I could catch her glimpse whenever she arrives.
After waiting for about 20 minutes or so, I heard some footsteps and the once most powerful woman in Nigeria surfaced. She looked slightly better than at our last meeting for which I was glad. I sprang to my feet as we exchanged pleasantries. I mentioned to her that she looked better and she said she’d been resting and gaining strength in preparation for the radiotherapy sessions expected to last five agonising weeks.
She ordered for full English breakfast while I settled only for a cup of cappuccino. But when the meal arrived, she didn’t eat it because she had lost appetite for food generally and was more on fluids but had hoped this would return if she saw the food.
She then asked for American coffee, water and fresh lime instead. She also ordered for tea at some point. Most of the time we spent talking, she coughed intermittently into a napkin and dabbed her mouth with it but she was clearly determined to pour out her obviously heavy heart despite the discomfort I could notice she was struggling to endure.
Let me reiterate for the sake of those who missed the first part of this story that our two meetings took place on Thursday, November 5 and Saturday, November 7, 2015 at different locations. The first was in a private apartment while the second was in this restaurant. Unlike the first which lasted less than half an hour, we were able to spend more time together this time. Indeed, we were at it for a total of just over four hours, and I believe she spoke from the heart, I believe, but the reader is always the judge.
There were several off-the-record interludes. More than anything, we were both careful not to discuss in detail matters which might impact on the cases and legal problems now bedevilling her.
I did not expect otherwise. Mrs Alison-Madueke is a smart and intelligent woman and had recently benefited from being advised by lawyers both in the UK and Nigeria in connection with her arrest in the UK and the search of her Abuja home.
Getting and persuading her to talk in detail about a lot of issues was therefore very difficult. There were other reasons. First, was her obvious paranoia of the Nigerian press. She’s been bruised, battered and blistered, especially in print and on social media. She’s been scandalised, summarily tried and precipitously convicted by the media, according to her. She did not expect anyone to lend her an ear or listen to her now muffled voice.
On top of her problems, she’s having a running battle with the most dreaded form of cancer of the breast and she’s had to undergo surgeries to remove the lumps and later some chunky tissue. The treatments have not been that successful and it’s been a ding-dong affair for this once ebullient and elegant lady.
We had to give assurances of not sensationalising her story if granted access. Of course it has never been our practice to do so and thus, this was not a problem. We promised not to embellish her stories in any way or reveal off-the-record discussions which were truly personal and confidential and had nothing to do with her travails. There was a strict proviso that no form of recording would be allowed and we had to adopt the novelistic style. The result of that covenant is what you’re reading today.
We must note that we were highly restricted and encumbered by strings of events as well as existing litigation and other possible future developments. We could not get as much revelations as we expected but the little we managed to get provided enough insight into a woman who had achieved so much and enjoyed substantial accolades before the sad turn of events. Had she remained in Shell, where she became the first and only female Director, and shunned the murky water of Nigerian politics, maybe she would have savoured the klieg-lights forever.
We knew it was going to be very difficult getting pictures in her present not too genial or glamorous condition. That was practically tough on our first meeting as she was just returning from her hospital rounds and looked totally exhausted. We however succeeded in getting a few pictures this time some of which we are revealing for the first time today.
Intrigues of power play
The Diezani Alison-Madueke story is a classic study in the intrigues of power-play. Barely months ago, she was at the pinnacle of the temple as Minister of one of the biggest oil-producing nations on earth. She was elected the President of the powerful Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). And the world was at her feet. The cancer issue had crept in, like a thief in the night, but was being treated and managed by the best doctors available in England. There was that optimism that all shall be well at the end of the day until everything that could go wrong started going wrong, like in Murphy’s Law.
Madame Diezani confirmed that she and the government she served loyally and passionately never thought for one second that the Nigerian general elections could turn out the way it did or that they would suffer the crushing and devastating defeat that they did. The first and major casualty would be the woman who controlled the destiny of Nigerians as Petroleum Resources Minister. Under her care, a whopping $20 billion was alleged to have literally vamoosed into thin air. Till this day, no one has come forward to authenticate the veracity or otherwise of such mind-boggling claims. Instead we’ve received conflicting figures on the supposed infractions.
This is a story like no other and it cannot be told like any other. It is a tale from the super highway of power and the fast lane of confusion. Nothing is sweeter than power and money, in no particular order, as long as you have both you are in the rarefied company of national decision-makers. And nothing is sadder than having both and falling from grace to grass or from fame to infamy. Mrs Alison-Madueke had the world not just at her feet but firmly in her palm. She could apparently turn a certified pauper into a certificated billionaire within the twinkle of an eye. In short, she could make and unmake. Diezani was the subject of many fables. And this is the crux of the matter. Her closeness to President Goodluck Jonathan and the influence she wielded on him was never a hidden matter. This lent credence to the mystical power over the Nigerian economy that it was claimed she possessed. I fired my first shot from that direction and it was as if she expected it.
“Is it true that a sister of yours has a kid or kids for President Jonathan?” I asked. “That is totally untrue as I don’t have any such sister or relative!”, she said. She wondered how people could fabricate such blatant lies.
I soon followed with what I regarded as an upper-cut: “It was said that you and the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan were in permanent conflict; why was it so?” She responded that their relationship was cordial enough and she gave the former First Lady the respect she should give the wife of her boss. She went further to say: “What people don’t know is that we’ve been family friends for long. My mum, Mrs Beatrice Agama, has always played the role of a godmother in the Niger Delta and all the militants love and respect her. I come from a royal privileged background and lacked nothing.” She said she was not unaware of certain insinuations about an intimate relationship with the former President but she never bothered her head about them because some people had made up their minds to spread those ugly tales about her. “If you are in the corridor of power, you must expect anything, including mud and even bricks being thrown at you.”
Now wait for the next shot! “You’ve been linked to so many young guys who made so much money from you and later absconded or turned against you… What was between you and Chris Aire, Kola Aluko, Jide Omokore, Tonye Cole, Dapo Abiodun, Wale Tinubu, Igho Sanomi and others?”, I queried her.
Madame Diezani’s response was calm and unruffled: “I vehemently deny any intimacy or liaison with any of these gentlemen.” She noted that she is happily married like most of them are happily married and asserted that she is not the Scarlet Lady that people paint her to be. She sees those rumours as insults on accomplished women who cannot be seen in sensitive positions without running riotous with some men. She said it was important to put in context how she met most of them:
“I was the Chairman of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board and I did my job to the best of my ability and intentions. My boss and I were determined to empower Nigerians, especially the young ones, who had the brains and guts to dare.” She pointed out that her firm belief and desire to empower Nigerians stemmed from the manner that she and her parents and siblings were unceremoniously dumped out of Shell Camp where her father worked and lived while she was young.
The memory was apparently traumatic as I could notice her wiping her eyes with another napkin. She said: “I remember that day vividly. It was definitely one of the worst days of my life. We were not even allowed to finish eating before they hurriedly packed our belongings, threw them into trucks and drove us into an uncertain, unknown future.” She continued: “I was determined that what my father fought for, which was to ensure that Nigerians had a greater say in the scheme of things in Shell and thus in the petroleum industry, would be championed and achieved by me in government”.
She noted that in every government, some people must land the big jobs which every human being would love to have. She said: “I chose to empower mostly Nigerians and took the power away from foreigners who used to dominate the sector. That was why we pushed for the Nigerian Content Bill, which mercifully we got through. So you cannot expect some forces not to hate me but I was shocked that Nigerians themselves were ready to crucify me mostly on rumours and not verifiable facts. Most leaders before me have suffered a similar fate, so I take some comfort from that experience.”
She added that people seem to forget that she is happily married to Rear Admiral Alison-Madueke and would not do anything to jeopardise her marriage or smear herself in the eyes of her husband, children and family. She also said that some of these men were unknown to her until she became a Minister and that although, in some cases, they later enjoyed a cordial relationship with her, it was no more than the kind of relationship she enjoyed with other successful Nigerian businessmen who respected and admired her for the way she was bringing Nigerians to the forefront of the industry: “It is unfortunate that things didn’t work perfectly all the time as expected and as a leader I take the blame for those imperfections, but I’m certainly not a demon as being portrayed. I have no doubt that I served my nation well, the reason my colleagues at OPEC supported me despite the opposition from my own people. I still maintain that level of relationship with my former colleagues despite not being in government.”
I then asked, why is she so controversial? “Controversy has nothing to do with your qualifications or performance. As a matter of fact, people often hate you for knowing so much and for being efficient and confident which they mistake for arrogance. We had to confront so many challenges, including oil theft and general insecurity but we did very well even if we did not succeed 100 percent. I must say that some of our own people delivered responsibly while a few of them breached the faith and wasted the opportunities handed to them by my boss, President Jonathan. Unfortunately, no one ever remembers the things that went right but everyone remembers and tends to emphasise the things that went wrong…”
We soon moved the discussion to the many allegations of financial impropriety under her tenure, especially the alleged disappearance of $20billion and other wasteful spending authorised by her. She observed that she could not go into any real details because of the criminal investigations in Nigeria and England as well as the civil case here. However she told me she would try and provide general details about these matters because it was important to shed some light on her own involvement from the vantage point of someone actually in government who believes these things simply cannot happen.
She was visibly angry at the mention of the $20billion: “If there is one issue I must pursue in this world it is the biggest lie of this money.
How can $20billion disappear just like that? Where did it disappear to? Is it possible that such an amount would not be traceable? This is more painful coming from someone I considered a good friend who should appreciate the gravity of such allegation. I challenge anyone to come forward with facts showing that I stole government or public money. I’ve never stolen Nigeria’s money…
“Rather, I worked hard to halt the rampant business of round-tripping. When I brought in Reginald Stanley to clean up the place, I requested for a list of the defaulters. There were about 92 of them and I made sure we sanctioned them. You can imagine the threat to my life but I was ready to defend the economic interests of my country. In fact, we were able to reduce the oil subsidy by about half. No one has applauded our effort.
“There were those who said the then Governor of Central Bank must have been angry at me because of the way the Presidency treated him. In all honesty, he was being blocked from seeing the President by some of Oga’s people (presidential aides) but it had nothing to do with me. I was the one who even told Oga about the development and Oga said he would meet him in London on one of his trips. Unfortunately my boss fell ill and was rushed to King Edward Hospital and the meeting was aborted.
“Sanusi and I had been friends. There was no way I would have done anything bad to him. He even came to my house to inform me about his interest in heading the African Development Bank and we discussed for about two hours. I promised to support him and I spoke to Oga about it. We were together on the Reconciliation Committee that looked into the accounts of NNPC. Yes, there were gaps but not on the alarming scale being circulated. Markafi (former Governor of Kaduna State) did a thorough job. You know he is a very sound accountant.”
What about the allegations that she owns choice properties everywhere? “It is so sad that anyone could say such about me. Let me say something to you. I live with my husband in the same house we’ve lived since we married in 1999. Ask anyone who knows us. Our house in Abuja was bought in 2007 by my husband and as an architect and lover of interior décor I did it up to our own taste. It is not over the top because I have good taste and appreciate bargains. I shop in regular shops like B & Q to do up all the places where I live. Anyone who tells you I have houses anywhere should feel free to publish them. That was how they said I bought an expensive property in Vienna. I went to court and I won the case. I never saw the house before except in picture. The house I stay in London is rented. As a woman I love to look good. Some of my dresses and jewelleries are often dumped on me by those I buy from and I pay them when I can”
She went on to explain that virtually all the transactions in respect of which allegations of corruption are being levelled against her went through due process and that the Group Managing Director of NNPC was actively involved in ensuring that the best international practices were maintained. She added that her involvement in the conclusion of these transactions was limited and that some of the contracts had been executed before she became Minister of Petroleum Resources. In some other cases she only got details after the contracts had been concluded when approached by some businessmen who complained about the terms. She usually admonished them to forego the contracts if they felt they were not profitable and seek other ventures within the industry.
She reiterated that she could not speak in detail since she is currently facing charges and criminal investigations in England. But she emphasised that her boss neither discriminated against nor favoured anyone. She claimed some of those who benefited the most were even in opposition and mentioned how a renowned opposition leader and vocal critic of the government at the time met her on about three occasions to discuss his interests in the business of oil. “My boss didn’t want Nigerians to suffer because of politics; so we agreed to offer certain support to a company we knew was owned by the opposition once we were satisfied they controlled the market substantially and have what it takes to deliver the goods nationwide. We were that tolerant…”
This interview was conducted by Dele Momodu and first published in THE BOSS, his new online publication. It is reproduced here with his consent
Recently, the management of Facebook made a Safety Check request following recent attacks in Paris. Many Nigerian’s changed their facebook profiles to French flag on the social media to show solidarity, however some Nigerians made their opinions known on their profile timelines to ask why other Nigerians already bought into the idea, when they have their own with Boko Haram.
user of the platform, Ugoji Maximillian had this to say: “No Nigerian should try changing hisor her profile picture in support of France. This attack on France is a child’s play to what we have suffered in the hands of Boko Haram. They are calling for a global support now because France was hit by her own people?
“Let France cry their own cry for now, because we’ve got a lot of cries to cry as Nigerians. Am not against the principle of ‘different nations, different cultures, one globe’, I am not against the interdependence of nations in this our globalized world. I am simply being realistic. It’s unpatriotic to be crying for France when we have more corpses buried every day.”
But Cynthia Ogunedo-Oguntoye does not agree with Ugoji’s submission. She said: “I think a lot of people have it wrong. It is about basic respect for human life. Do you remember how the world stood with Nigeria when the Boko Haram bombings started? No one could comprehend the shock and support that came with the Eagle square bombings; or the UN bombing; or the Chibokgirl’s kidnappings.
“But this is what happened when things degenerate in a country – when killings become a norm. When bombings and kidnappings become a way of life – I don’t think the world’s reaction would have been the same if Paris had bombs and suicide bombers exploding themselves every day.
“The reaction would not have been the same if that were the norm like it has become for many of us here that pick the routes we follow every day to avoid having bombs blow up in our faces. Either way, I do not think that standing against terrorism in any way one can, should be criticised in anyway.”
Mark Zuckerberg responded to questions over the French-flag profile picture situation, this is what he had to say: “Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places.
“Until yesterday, our policy was only to activate Safety Check for natural disasters. We just changed this and now plan to activate Safety Check for more human disasters going forward as well.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and concerns about this. You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world. We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”
Ouch! So really did you change your profile picture?
On November 14, 2015 Miss Kanekalon 2015 crowned Naijagal Esther Chiamaka Chukwujekwu the winner of the pageant. We love how the annual pageant is a unique celebrates the Nigerian “braid” culture and style. Sure beats weaves right? Go girl!
The Urhobo nation has disowned the pro-Biafra agitators, saying they are not a part of Biafra.
The Urhobo nation demanded that their community be removed from the proposed map of Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) this according to Vanguard.
Mentioned in a statement yesterday written by Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha, the national publicity secretary of the Urhobo Progress Union.
The statement states categorically: “IPOB have their rights of agitation for freedom of self-determination as enshrined in the United Nation declaration stressing that other ethnic groups should not be dragged along to avoid the mistake that led to the civil war.
“The magnanimity of Urhobos in allowing Igbos celebrate the Igbo Cultural Day should not be taken for granted as we urge IPOB to delist Urhobo from its proposed map.”
Mumakai-Unagha warned that Urhobo and its territories should be counted out from any IPOB plan.
The Nigerian government has described the pro-Biafrans as an “insignificant number of frustrated people who are not a threat to the existence of Nigeria.”
Missy Elliott’s new single “WTF (Where They From)” ft. Pharrell Williams available now! We love the video! Its really cute! Pharrell’s puppet is hilarious and on point, lyrically speaking of course! Love the fact that Missy is back, I love that she is entertaining in her videos.
This is the hilarious moment two strapping defenders discover the man who has been running rings round them is actually a woman.
The pair’s jaws drop when pretty Brenda Perez takes off her wig and fake beard as she prepares to take a free-kick after coming on as a substitute and leaving her opponents speechless with her skills.
The footage was filmed as part of an experiment for Spanish TV show El Hormiguero to ‘destroy some of the myths’ around women’s football.
This is from China! Yes people, this is a fun story!
Apparently the husband is a super drunk! So he still has not consummated the marriage and this has his wife seething mad!
After Half a Year of Marriage, Woman Wants to Sue Husband to Force Him to Carry Out Marital Duty.
After half a year of marriage, one husband takes very good care of his wife, but is not willing to cohabit with her. “Is it possible to have the court force him to cohabit with me?” Ms. Liu asked a lawyer from the Morning Post online.
This February, Ms. Liu (pseudonym) and her husband registered their marriage. On their wedding night, her husband was extremely drunk and Ms. Liu spent the night alone. Surprisingly, on the second night her husband moved his bedding to another room and again the couple slept separately. Everyday, as Ms. Liu argues with her husband because of his habit, but he never loses his temper at her. He is always trying to soothe her and is very considerate of her in the details of everyday life.
When Ms. Liu asks her husband if he has any physical problems, he denies it, but is also unwilling to go to the hospital for a checkup. Feeling helpless, Ms. Liu, who doesn’t want to get a divorce, asked the Morning Post if she could take her husband to court in order to force him to carry out his marital duties.
A Lawyer’s Take
Yao Xiuxiu, a lawyer from the Hubei Peng Law Office, and Ding Yan from Hubei Zun Erguang law office explained that the husband has a moral and legal obligation to carry out his marital duties, but the court is unable to force a man to carry out obligations involving his body. Because of this, the only way Ms. Liu can solve her problem is by communicating with her husband to find the root of the problem so they can fix it the proper way.
Even with the quantum of criticism that greeted his statement that Nigeria at the moment can’t afford to pay 36 ministers in far away India on Friday, last week, president Mohammad Buhari Tuesday in Abuja ruled out the possibility of assigning portfolios to all the confirmed 36 ministerial nominees by the senate.
Though he gave vent to the constitutionally mandatory 36 ministerial slots, he also reiterated that the economy was battered to accommodate the number.
This came as the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki said that the idea of having ministers without portfolio was not entirely novel in the Nigerian political system.
President Buhari spoke when he received the second and last batch of the screened nominees from the senate president at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Saraki had at a brief ceremony to mark the presentation stated that the senate had concluded the assignment.
Aware that the he had come under heavy criticism following his statement on the state of Nigeria’s economy, the president said he would continue to speak the truth about the economy.
He said: “Mr. President, we have finished the screening of the last batch of the ministers on Thursday and we waited for our vote of proceedings today which we finished this morning.
“I want to formally present the list of the 18 ministers who have now been cleared to you and that makes a total of all your 36 nominees that have been cleared by the Senate.
“I was just engaging the SSA to check in the record when last that has happened. So it must be credit to the nominees that were submitted and also credit to the Senate”.
What caused the fire in the first place has not been ascertained. However what is known is that the place pretty much burned down to the ground because the fire folks did not have enough water! What ? How sad! Here is the shocking video from today’s fire!
The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that a suburban Chicago school district is violating the rights of a transgender student by refusing to allow her the unrestricted use of a girls’ locker room.
Education Department officials and lawyers for the student say the decision was the first of its kind on the issue.
The student, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal complaint against Illinois‘ Palatine Township School District 211, asking for unrestricted access to the locker room. The district had proposed a compromise that would allow access but require the student to change and shower in a separate area.
“All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities — this is a basic civil right,” Education Department Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room.”
Lhamon went on to say the district can provide access to the student while also respecting all students’ privacy and encouraged the district to comply with the law and resolve the case.
District 211 has 30 days to change the policy, or risk losing millions in federal funding.
In a statement issued by the ACLU, the student, who hasn’t been identified, said she was pleased by the Education Department’s decision.
District 211 Superintendent Daniel Cates said in a statement the district does not agree with the department’s stance.
The policy the department “seeks to impose on District 211 is a serious overreach with precedent-setting implications,” Cates said. “District 211 continues to believe that what we offer is reasonable and honors every student’s dignity.”
The district will continue to have settlement negotiations with the Education Department and is “prepared to engage in all avenues of due process to determine whether our position of honoring the rights of all the students is within the law,” Cates said.
ACLU lawyer John Knight said the complaint against the school district was filed two years ago, noting the student then had to dress for gym in a restroom. Knight said that when in the girl’s locker room, his client is required to use a privacy curtain, which is not required for other girls and shames her.
Knight contends the district’s position stems not from any issues raised by other students, but from “speculation” by the district’s administration. He added that District 211’s insistence on separating the student from other girls “is blatant discrimination.”
“Rather than approaching this issue with sensitivity and dignity, the district has attempted to justify its conduct by challenging my client’s identity as a girl,” he said.
Cates contended that the “students in our schools are teenagers, not adults, and one’s gender is not the same as one’s anatomy.”
Iara Oshiomole met with Kebbi state first lady Zainab Bagudu, Ebonyi state first lady Racheal Umahi and actress Toyin Aimakhu at the recently held medicaid cancer awareness white concert. The first lady looked stunning again!
For a different perspective on the proverbial Man in the Street … you need only look at the works of painter Kehinde Wiley, as our Rita Braver has been doing:
“If you look at the paintings that I love in art history, these are the paintings where great, powerful men are being celebrated on the big walls of museums throughout the world,” said Kehinde Wiley. “What feels really strange is not to be able to see a reflection of myself in that world.”
So the New York-based Kehinde Wiley set out to create a new paradigm. Men of color in street dress painted in classical styles, often echoing masterworks. The images are considered so hip they’ve even been used as a backdrop in the Fox series, “Empire.”
He was good enough to earn a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale, and in 2002 a prestigious Artist-in-Residence slot at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
It was in Harlem that he found a mug shot on the street:
“It crystallized something that I’d been thinking about for a very long time, which is that black men have been given very little in this world, and that I as an artist have the power and the potential and the will to do something about it.”
So he and a team of helpers began pounding the pavements of New York asking young black men if they’d like to be photographed and painted in classical style.
Nigeria First ladies met yesterday November 1 at the the annual Arise Women’s Conference which happened to be hosted by Pastor Siji Iluyomade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s City of David parish.
The 2015 Arise Women’s Conference which took place at the City of David church focused on many of the pressing issues facing families in Nigeria today. According to Siji Iluyomade, “This year’s conference addressed the current changes in our society, how they affect women and how women can overcome them”.
“This is the 7th edition of the Arise Women’s Conference, Seven in the biblical study of numbers signifies perfection. With our country witnessing a change in government at different levels, the economy a bit shaky, our children dealing with challenges of sexuality and pornography, is this not a ‘perfect’ time to Arise?” She added.
Arise Women Conference is a yearly conference whose primary aim is to encourage women all over Nigeria!
Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola just made it known that Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the new Ooni of Ife.
Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
The new Ooni of Ife is a 40-year old real estate entrepreneur. He attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy. He is currently the Managing Director of Howard Roark Gardens Limited which is undertaking multi-million naira Jacob Mews Estate project in Yaba and the Lakeview real estate development in Lekki
Khloe and Lamar have jointly, through their lawyers, gone to court to dismiss their divorce case, because they want to give their marriage a second chance and remain husband and wife .
Khloe’s lawyer Laura Wasser went before a judge Wednesday morning, asking a judge to withdraw the papers they both signed to end their marriage. The file was sitting in a pile waiting to be processed and signed by a judge.
The judge granted Wasser’s request and the file is now dead.
The will remain as husband and wife! We have to say, we were really seriously rooting for this couple! Looks like dreams do come through eh Khloe?