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Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Moroccan Grilled Lamb Chops

Nothing screams dinner party like a succulent grilled rack of lamb. These Grilled Lamb Chopscut straight off the rack, make a speedy yet elegant main course, served with creamy tahini and mint pesto.

Gorgeous Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Whether you choose a classic all-white palette or incorporate your color theme into your ceremony decor, these ideas will inspire you to tie-the-knot with style and create a wedding ceremony worthy of a photo shoot.

Escort Cards Table : Floral Arrangements and Decor

Splurging on your escort cards table is a MUST. Here are a few reasons. First, it’s a great place to showcase your entire color palate and theme to your guests.  Second, it can be used as the show stopping piece of your entire wedding, especially when it’s actually placed in the reception and not the cocktail hour space. Third, it can often times have two jobs- offering a great place to display your favors at the end of the event. I want to show you a few examples of different types of escort card table arrangements to give you some inspiration and direction when it comes to your own.

Busola and Ugo: Our Traditional Wedding, Lagos, Nigeria.

This week I have a cute bride in the house Busola. Meet Busola and Ugo on their traditional wedding in Lagos. Thanks to Bayo Omoboriowo who documented this for Jide Odukoya Photography.


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It’s Official: Mike Tyson’s 1-Man Show Will Play On Broadway This Fall w/ Spike Lee Directing

It was revealed (but not confirmed) last week that Mike Tyson’s Las Vegas one-man show, The Undisputed Truth, would be heading to Broadway under Spike Lee’s direction. Today, it’s been confirmed in a press conference held by the producers of the show. Announced early this morning, Tyson will indeed bring his one-man show to Broadway for a limited, six-night engagement (July 31 to Augugust 5) at the Longacre Theatre. This will be Spike’s Broadway directorial debut (he filmed a stage production Passing Strange; but he’s never actually directed a Broadway show before), with James L. Nederlander producing.

It is an honor to work with Spike Lee… I have always admired his work. Sharing the highlights and lowlights of my life with New York is especially important to me as I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I am thrilled to bring the story of Undisputed Truth to Broadway,” said Tyson. The upcoming show is being billed as “a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown… This riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.“ A website has already been set up (http://tysononbroadway.com/), and tickets are now on sale. This should be interesting. It’s a one-man show, but Spike could get creative with it.

It’s Official! Arsenio Hall Is Returning To Late Night TV!

It’s done! After all the rumors that it might happen. In an exclusive interview with Nancy O’DellArsenio Hall revealed that he IS returning to late night TV with a new talk show. And the crowd goes wild! But you’ll have to wait until the Fall of 2013. It’ll be on CBS. Who would his dream first guests be? Jay-Z, Beyonce and the baby. Who would he love to have as his first musical guest? Eminem.

But to give a bit further background on the new talk show, the syndicated late night talk show will be produced byCBS Television Distribution and Tribune Entertainment targeting a 11PM time slot (10 PM Central) with key markets in New York, Chicago and L.A, already on board. The as yet untitled program (Arsenio perhaps?) will be carried in other cities such as Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit and Pittsburgh on CBS CW network affiliates. Already the show has been sold to TV stations covering over 50%  the country

But what’s even more interesting is that the show is intentionally focusing on attracting multi-racial, older viewers from 35-54. Networks execs believe that that audience is being underserved and the most available. According to Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting presdient of progamming and entertainment, “We can’t shy away from it. Forty, 45, 50 – those are the sweet spot of our demos. We can get caught up in trying to be hip and fresh, when in really 45 is not old. And these are the people who still watch traditional TV and have traditional viewing habits.”

He futher continued: “These viewers have found memories of Arsenio and of him as a personality. Why wouldn’t we want to bring him back?

As a TV analyst was also quoted about the show that she sees “an opening for a reconstituted Hall to click with multiculturial audiences in a big way than network or cable latenight fare. There’s an opportunity there. He’s someone who can appeal to a multiculturial audience and can gave a different favor to latenight.”

Meet Bolaji Badejo – The 7ft 2in Nigerian Actor Who Played The Alien In 1979′s ‘Alien’

It never occurred to me to browse through the credits of Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic sci-fi/horror flick Alien, to find out who was underneath that monstrous Alien suit. as I learned a few moments ago, the man inside the infamous Alien suit we’ve all come to love and fear, was 7ft 2in Nigerian actor Bolaji Badejo. Did you know that? I certainly didn’t. Alien was Badejo’s SOLE film credit, and sure enough, if you look at the film’s IMDB page, scroll down the cast/character list to the name “Alien,” sure enough, the actor’s name right next to it reads “Bolaji Badejo.”

With much interest, I did some digging on this fellow to learn that he was a 26-year-old graphic arts student in London, when he landed the role “purely by accident,”


We are happy to start our exclusive weekly features on African fashion brands with B U B U S H II K Y. B U B U S H II K Y is a leading African Accessory brand producing high quality fashion products to all its customers. They  create products intended to compliment the personality of each individual, bringing out their personal style more, while encouraging them to explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. B U B U S H II K Y uses style and fashion to help customers communicate their identity. They major in female footwear and accessories but also do a wider range of fashion and products.

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Mother City’s most beguiling occasion stage is set for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town

THE Mother City is set to strike a pose when the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from July 25-28 with legends of past fashion weeks making a return to the limelight this year to unveil their Spring/Summer 2012 collections on avant-garde runway shows. Now in its 10th year – and the first for its new sponsor – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town has secured the return of established designers after a hiatus of varying periods of time. Big names include Hip Hop, Habits by Jenny le Roux and Rosenwerth along with the appearance of exciting new designers to the AFI platform such as Rachel De Mart, Adriaan Kuiters and Ruald Rheeder. In addition, revered fashion designer and convener of the inaugural Cape Town Fashion Week in 2003, Gavin Rajah, will also be showcasing his grand collection.  Other designers showing collections in MBFWCT will be announced in coming weeks.

With 18 shows over four days, this year Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town presents a theme of “icons” – from  fashion to cars and venues – to add an extra dimension of global relevance, innovation and lifestyle to this, one of Africa’s premier fashion events. “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, brought to you by AFI, will bring a new interpretation of iconic fashion to this pre-eminent preview of South Africa’s spring/summer seasonal trends,” says African Fashion International (AFI) Global Brand Manager Allana Finley “With the anticipated reunion of established and celebrated designers along with the entry of upcoming designers, this year promises to unveil an abundance of extraordinary and revolutionary fashion.”

New to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, Rachel De Mart epitomizes high-end fashion with signature black dresses much-desired by an elite clientele of fashion-conscious women.

Two strong new additions to the menswear genre include the Adriaan Kuiters label that offers timeless, tailored pieces with classic edges in a muted palette as well as Ruald Rheeder, the popular men’s label in YDE, who also produces custom couture designs for an array of elite clients and celebrities.

AFI will also host AFI Fastrack Seminars during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. To be held on 27 July at the CTICC, in providing education and inspiration for the development and success of the fashion industry, the seminars will include presentations by Foschini head of design, Johan Crouse, a report on global fashion industry trends, and an exclusive “icons of fashion” panel discussion.

MTN Nigeria To Offer Samsung Galaxy S3 For N108,000

We’ve just learnt that the smartphone device is coming to the MTN Network soon and pre-orders have already started. The device would be offered in two colours — Marble white and Pebble blue — and according to TechSuplex, it would come bundled with 750MB of data valid for 3 months for all orders. The third-generation Galaxy S smartphone runs on Samsung’s new 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor with 1GB of RAM. The display has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, sporting a 1280 x 720 pixel. With an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel shutter in front, the phone is launching with HSPA+, but there’s an LTE version in the works.

The phone sports an S Voice feature that “listens and responds”, just like Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S. Also, a new feature called Smart Stay keeps screen intelligently awake while reading. MTN Nigeria would be offering the device at N108,000 (about $699) with 3 months free Internet and a flip cover for the first 100 orders from MTN. You can pre-order the device from MTN through its pre-order page. For now, it is unclear what the official release date would be or when pre-orders would be announced for other Nigerian mobile operators as well as pricing and availability.

Will you buy the Samsung Galaxy S3?

Why Nigeria is attending UN confab, by Minister

Minister of Environment, Mrs Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia has said the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janerio, Brazil (RIO+Conference) will focus on issues of sustainable developments affecting the world. The issues, she told reporters in Abuja, include jobs, energy, cities, food, water, ocean and disasters. She said although Nigeria is interested in all the subjects its major challenge is to generate more power from all possible sources including solar and other clean energy sources

Mrs. Mailafia said the country’s Report, which represents Nigeria’s position on issues to be discussed at the conference is ready as well as members of the delegation including, negotiators, Non- governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community bBased Organisations (CBOs) and the media. Many groups and individuals were heading to the conference on their own, and not as government ponsored participants, she said. The Minister called for the support of the media in reporting the country’s participation at the United Nations Conference on sustainable development (RIO+20) holding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil positively.

She said: “Every Nigerian has a responsibility to protect what God has bestowed on this country, which is hardly found anywhere else in the world. This is a country where on the ground, under the ground; you have different kinds of resources. Everyone accepts that Nigeria is a blessed country.” Mrs. Mailafia enjoined Nigerians to partner with the Ministry of Environment as issues of environment cuts across geographical boundaries. She urged Nigerians to become part of the green economy and implored the media to continue reporting the activities of the ministry accurately and dispassionately.

According to her, there is need to direct efforts towards recovering degraded environment, including forests, wetlands and rangelands. She called for public awareness creation, tree planting and a renewable programme to maintain our forests and find alternative sources of energy to improve the fertility of our soils and ensure that all the industrial, agricultural and other activities that support our economy are undertaken through the conduct of Environmental Impact Assessment (eia) reports.

She said: “In spite of the paucity of funds, the ministry had tried to “educate people, because at the community base, it was easier to educate people, to control people and to check environmental challenges.” For instance, we are all aware that 75 per cent of the land mass of the Northeast, and 35 percent of the Northwest is under the threat of desertification. When they move, they will move somewhere. When they move somewhere, they find some people there, and then there is always friction”. She observed that most of the problems experienced in some parts of the world are environmentally related, such as migration as a result of shortage of portable water, lack of arable land, or migrations because of desertification or acute insecurity.

How Sleeping In Can Make You Fitter

How do you stay there? But the pros aren’t the only ones affected by a lack of sleep. Check out how a lack of ZZZ’s is harmful to your health.

Your Anxiety Skyrockets

Researchers from the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, exposed 18 people to a series of unpleasant or neutral images and monitored how their brains reacted to each photo. The first session took place after a normal night’s sleep, and the second after a sleep-deprived night. The results: Sleep-deprived people were more anxious, and showed more activity in the amygdala—the part of the brain associated with responding to negative and unpleasant experiences.

Your Driving Skills Take a Hit

The driving skills of 30 medical trainees were tested, split between those who worked an overnight shift and those who scored a full night of sleep. Both groups were asked to complete a boring simulation course. The researchers analyzed driving ability, reaction times, and average speed. Not only did the sleep-deprived drivers fail to control their speed, they also had difficulty maintaining a straight line.

Your Waistline May Pay the Price

In another study, 23 adults rated their desire for healthy or unhealthy food after getting a normal night’s sleep or a night of sleep deprivation. By using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers from the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered the sleep-deprived had increased brain activity in the frontal lobe—the region responsible for controlling behavior and making complex choices. The researchers hypothesized that this is why sleepier people choose unhealthier foods.

Vicks could affect your baby’s breathing

Over-the-counter remedy may do more harm than good. Babies and infants at risk from popular cold remedy

New research out of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center suggests that Vicks® VapoRub®, the popular menthol compound used to relieve symptoms of cough and congestion, may instead create respiratory distress in infants and small children. Researchers say the product may stimulate mucus production and airway inflammation, which can have severe effects on breathing infants or young children because of the small size of their airways. “The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway,” says Bruce K Rubin, MD, lead author of the study and a professor in the department of pediatrics at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist. “Infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of adults, so any increase in mucus or inflammation can narrow them more severely.”

Vicks® VapoRub® is widely used to relieve symptoms of colds and congestion, but there are few data supporting an actual clinical benefit, according to Rubin. Vicks has been reported to cause inflammation in the eyes, mental status changes, lung inflammation, liver damage, constriction of airways and allergic reactions. His interest in conducting the study developed after he and colleagues treated an infant who was taken to the emergency room after developing severe respiratory distress following the application of Vicks directly under her nose. Researchers sought to determine the effect of the product on the respiratory system using ferrets, which have an airway anatomy and cellular composition similar to humans. The team conducted tests on healthy ferrets and ferrets that had tracheal inflammation (simulating a person with a chest infection) that measured the effects of Vicks on mucus secretion and buildup in the airways, and fluid buildup in the lungs.

Results showed that Vicks exposure increased mucus secretion in both normal and inflamed airways. In addition, the studies showed that exposure to the product decreased the rate by which mucus was cleared from the trachea. The findings support current product labeling, which indicates the product should not be used on children under 2 years of age. However, many parents continue to use Vicks on their sick children, often rubbing the salve on the feet or chest, Rubin says. “I recommend never putting Vicks in, or under, the nose of anybody, adult or child,” Rubin said. “I also would follow the directions and never use it at all on children under age 2.” 

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