Writing-Worthy Lessons From A Movie

Last weekend, my friend Perk recommended a movie to me. “You’d love it”, he convinced me. “It is about writing”, he added. And that last sentence was how he got me to add watching a movie to the list of things I had to do that weekend.

Rebel In the Rye, the title of the movie I ended up watching on Sunday, was released in September 2017. It was written and directed by Danny Strong and based on a book Kenneth Slawenski authored entitled “J. D. Salinger: A Life”.

By this time, I am sure you can guess the movie is a biographical one. It portrays the world of legendary writer J. D. Salinger and vividly brings to life the experiences that shaped one of the most renowned, controversial, and enigmatic authors of our time.

Some of the stars who played various roles in the movie include Nicholas Holt, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson.

I hate spoilers so I won’t spend time to tell you about the storyline of the movie. Get it and watch it for yourself. Also, it is not a movie review so I won’t bore you with my impressions of it either. What I intend to do is share the writing-worthy lessons I picked from this movie that offered a tantalizing window into the life and times of a writer described by some as a little-understood genius who broke the rules and redefined American literature.

In the early scenes of the movie, Salinger’s mentor and lecturer in Creative Writing at Columbia University, Whit Burnett, spelled out the importance of a writer’s voice to the writer and his writing.

“Your voice is what makes your story [writing] unique,” he said. And he was quick to add a caveat, “But when the voice overwhelms the story, it becomes an expression more of the writer’s ego than the emotional experience of the reader”.

Take a moment a brood over that.

Burnett also in Salinger’s first class at Columbia made it clear to the students that there is a difference between wanting to be a writer and actually being one. This is a simple but very important statement especially to people who describe themselves as budding writers. My friend, Nesta Jojoe Erskine says, “There is no such thing as a budding writer. You are either a writer or you are not. There is no middle ground.”

Is there room for training and development for writers? Yes. But that room can only be explored through doing what writers do – writing and being a writer. There is no set time too fully blossom and receive an official certificate to tell you now you can fulfill your writing dreams. Even if you study writing as a programme or a course in the university, it does not qualify you as a writer until you actually write. The proof of the writing pudding is in the writing.

One of Salinger’s goals as a writer was to get published. His agent, Dorothy Olding pushed the idea further down his throat with the mantra, “Publishing is everything”. With this refrain, Olding advised Salinger in one of the scenes to do everything possible to get published in The New Yorker. “There’s nothing wrong in dumbing it down once in a while,” she said.

Publishing should not be the desperation of a writer. Desperation for anyone is not good. It causes you to do silly things – like dumbing it down. Stay authentic and true to your writing and your break out or breakthrough might come.

What if it doesn’t? The breakthrough – what if you never get published? This question was also answered in another conversation between Burnett and Salinger. The teacher spelled it out to his student that he may write the best works and may still never get published.

Seeing a surprised look on Salinger’s face after that statement, Burnett asked, “Are you willing to devote your life to telling stories knowing that you will never get nothing in return?”. Salinger disappointingly did not answer so Burnett did. “If the answer to this question is no,” he said. “Then go out there and find something else to do with your life because you are not a true writer”.

Going back to subject of publishing, while it is not everything, it is important. Every writer should try to get published but don’t write only for the sake of publishing. If this is the case, you must understand that the road to publishing is not an easy one. Rejection lurks in many corners of that journey and will ambush you a thousand times. That was a lesson Salinger learned the hard way. His mentor, Burnett, was the first person to give him his rejection notice. And it was right after showering praise on the same piece of writing. “This is the second most important lesson you will learn about writing”, Burnett told the young Salinger.

Typical of Burnett, he did not leave the lesson there. He went on with a solution. “What are you going to do now?” he asked. “Write another story. Then another one after that. And then another after that. And then another one after that”, he screamed after a disgruntled Salinger stomped out of the former’s office.

Write as many articles, stories, poems or whatever it is you write one more than the number of times you are rejected. Another one after your last rejection.

Finally, Burnett asked Salinger the question almost every writer has been asked or has asked himself or herself: Why do you write?

One of my mentors advised that you do not always have to have an answer to this question however I could not help but find Salinger’s answer to this question interesting. And more interesting was Burnett’s response to Salinger after his answer.

“[I write] because I get angry about a lot of things,” Salinger explained. “When I’m writing, I feel like I’m doing something about it [the anger]. Like I’m finally getting to speak my mind”.

To which Burnett replied, “Explore what it is that makes you angry and put that into a story”.

On this note, I leave you with a paraphrase of Burnett’s words. Find what makes you write and explore it to create the best pieces of art. We can only get better. It can only get better.

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Chelsea line up Marco Silva as caretaker coach if Conte is sacked

Chelsea have reportedly lined up Marco Silva as temporary replacement if Antonio Conte is sacked

Conte has told club owner Roman Abrahamovic that it will unfair to be thrown out in a short period of time

– The Blues have all to play for when they face West Brom at Stamford Bridge in the final match of week 27

Premier League defending champions Chelsea are reportedly considering Marco Silva as a short-term replacement for Antonio Conte if they sack the Italian before the end of the season.

Conte has been under severe criticism after failing to replicate the title winning form of the 2016/17 season and the pressure is mounting after defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.

According to The Times, should there be another bad result, the Chelsea board could act and get rid of Conte and bring in a caretaker boss which Silva will be given priority.

The former Watford boss has been named as a potential candidate to try and get the Blues back on track and finish the season strongly.

Silva’s appointment would also give Chelsea’s management more time to identify a long-term replacement with the likes of ex-Barcelona man Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri on their radar.

However, Conte has told Roman Abramovich it would be ‘stupid’ to get him sacked after such a short period of time as manager in Stamford Bridge.

Conte said: “You continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him.

“Then you build something with him.

“That doesn’t mean you have to win something because that’s not simple. Not easy. Especially in England.

“But in my vision you can win, yet at the same time the club might not be happy to stay with you and for this reason it’s right to send the coach away.

“Or you can trust in a coach and his work and continue with him even if you don’t win, and try and build something important.

“There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.”

Chelsea will be filing out with all to play for against West Brom in a week 27 Premier League match at Stamford Bridge and if Conte’s men does not get maximum points, he may be shown the way out of the club.

The Blues are currently fifth with 50 points behind Tottenham who are fourth with 52 and a win for Chelsea takes them to fourth one point above their London rivals.

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Opinion: The ‘defeat’ of Boko Haram by Sonala Olumhense

Editor’s note: The author Sonala Olumhense in this piece talks about the declarations made by different officials in authority that the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram has finally been defeated.

Last Monday, Nigeria’s highest authorities declared Boko Haram, the militant group which has caused tremendous violence and agony for nearly 10 years, finally contained.

Speaking during a Town Hall gathering in Maiduguri, the ground zero of the menace, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, the Minister of the Interior, described the group as “completely decimated.”

He added that the group’s structure was degraded and its leadership, dismantled.

Minister of Information Lai Mohammed cited the “resumption of flights, bubbling nightlife, and football matches in Maiduguri” as signs normalcy has returned to the Borno State capital.

It is interesting to note that the report of the event was filed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), and nobody explained why the national and international media in the area appeared unable to find the venue.

As part of the back-slapping, Defence Minister Mansur Dan Ali announced that at least 30,000 hostages kidnapped by the insurgents were freed by the troops.

Two days earlier, also in Maiduguri, Rogers Ibe Nicholas, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, also declared Boko Haram “completely defeated.” Speaking at the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroun Military Joint Mission, he explained that only the previous day, his troops had overrun Boko Haram’s “Camp Zero,” dislodging the militants and occupying the area.

“We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs,” Nicholas said. “They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere.”

The news comes some six weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari first made the announcement of the militants’ fate. In a statement on the eve of Christmas 2017, he declared “the long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest.”

That was followed on January 7 by another affirmation by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, that his troops have won the war against Boko Haram.

The declarations come exactly three years after President Buhari said Nigeria had “technically” won the war. But the militants had then mounted more attacks against troops and populations.

All of this comes six months after Mr. Buratai gave the soldiers 40 days to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the terrorist group, “dead or alive.” He ordered the then Operation Lafiya Dole chief, Ibrahim Attahiru, to spare no trick in his wine-skin bag “to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.”

Given Shekau’s habit of re-appearing each time the army claims he has been killed or wounded, there was little surprise that after 40 days, the army could present to Buratai neither the militant nor his head.

On the contrary, there followed a new wave of Boko Haram attacks upon Nigerians, and an embarrassed military early in December went on a face-saving mission. Major General Attahiru was summarily removed and shoved to a desk assignment described as “policy and planning.”

While it would be incorrect to attribute the latest developments to the military wizardry of Nicholas, what he has achieved in such a short time is highly impressive. Despite that, using such language as “totally defeated,” or “crushed,” or “completely decimated” seems overblown, particularly with Shekau still in play.

And he didn’t take too long last week to announce himself. On Wednesday, he published a new video in which he declared Nigeria’s version of recent events to be false, affirming that he is in, and still controls Sambisa forest.

Obviously, until the challenge of finding Shekau is answered and his means and methods decapitated, the claim the insurgency has been defeated will continue to sound hollow. Among other questions is: where are the remaining Chibok High School girls? Where are the members of an oil exploration team the militants snatched in July last year which included policemen, NNPC researchers and University of Maiduguri professors? It is notable that Shekau brags about this point in his latest video, which he autographs as “the one that is an invincible enemy that you are fighting.”

These evident elements of doubt may explain why only NAN directly reported the government’s landmark celebrations last week. But the declarations of victory raise a key question about the $1bn the government announced in December it wanted to take from the Excess Crude Account allegedly to fight the insurgents.

Where do we go next? Despite the giant strides the Nigerian military has made in the combating Boko Haram, Buhari lack of both vision and patriotic ambition as a leader have become apparent in the past three years, and one of those areas is in sadly mistaking propaganda for action.

To that end, how does the government intend to handle the huge rebuilding and restoring challenge in the northeast, given how much officials such as the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal have taken advantage of Buhari’s weaknesses to exploit the poor and dispossessed.

In November 2016, the United Nations said in Abuja that Nigeria faced a massive humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency, and that 26 million people would be affected by the crisis into 2017. At the time, it also warned that about 75,000 children could die from hunger within just two months.

On March 30, 2017, the New York Times reported that over 130,000 people fleeing Boko Haram had amassed in Niger’s Diffa region, along National Route 1 in the southeast of the country, with nowhere to go. In May, Medicins San Frontieres, quoting the authorities, said that number had almost doubled, to 240,000. Nigeria has never responded to their presence.

Only last week, UN-OCHA announced that over 8.5 million persons need life-saving support due to the humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency; in 2017, it had targeted 6.9 million displaced persons.

This is a good time for the government to come up with a massive plan not only to help victims of the insurgency, including those outside our borders, but to address the national problems that facilitated the rise of Boko Haram in the first place. Sadly, those problems exist all over the country, and we have seen how they drive Nigerians into desperation, and sometimes out of the country into slavery and death.

The question is whether Buhari, given his alarming and disappointing record in the past three years, and confronted over the next with trying to remain in power in 2019, can summon the inspiration and strength he has lacked in three years, to tackle these problems.

The truth is that in view of Nigeria’s burgeoning population, business as usual is no longer an option. The tens of millions who have barely survived Boko Haram, in addition to the tens of millions all over the country who continue to be neglected while officials connive and help themselves to a lifestyle of opulence and privilege in the face of a weak anti-corruption preachment, is a tinderbox waiting to consume the unwary.

The poverty of purposefulness in high places must end now. Hopefully, it is clear to all that the days of hoodwinking the populace—like the days of coup-plotting and election-rigging—are over.

Boko Haram is not defeated until Nigeria is not just a political playpen.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of africanentertainment.info

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Banky W And Adesua attend Noble Igwe and daughter’s birthday party

A few days after celebrating his daughter’s birthday, Noble Igwe also celebrated his birthday on February 10, 2018.

Media personality and blogger, Noble Igwe recently celebrated his 36th birthday. The fashionista who is known for his sense of style has become one of Nigeria’s powerful fashion icons.

He had earlier celebrated his daughter as she turned one on January 31, 2018. Since their birthdays were only days apart, they had a joint celebration and power couple, Banky W and Adesua Etomi were pictured in attendance.

Noble Igwe had earlier taken to Instagram to celebrate his daughter with beautiful pictures and a cute message. He captioned one of the photos: “JAX IS ONE .They Say you are not meant to love one child too much but they didn’t tell you what to do with the one that first called you “Dada”.We bought toys for this gem but she prefers DSTV remote control. She does not eat rice yet but she understands Chioma’s “ If you touch that,I’d beat you” .We thank God for Jax and we know with your help, she’s grow up to be the best babe .

Banky W And Adesua attend Noble Igwe and daughter’s birthday party

Banky W, Adesua, Noble Igwe with his family Source: Instagram

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Buhari loses 2 family members in quick succession – Presidency

​Presidency has said that President Buhari lost two family members in quick succession

President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu identified one of the deceased as Hajiya Halima Dauda

– He identified the second deceased as the wife of the president’s older brother, Alhaji Mamman

The Presidency on Saturday, February 10, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended family was bereaved with the deaths of two members in quick succession.

Punch reports that the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement made available to journalists.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended family has been struck by the loss of two senior members who died within a few hours of one another,” the presidential spokesman said.

African entertainment  gathered that Shehu identified one of the deceased as Hajiya Halima Dauda.

He said the deceased who was buried in Daura on Saturday morning, February 10, was the President’s niece and younger sister to his close associate and nephew, Mamman Daura.

“She died at about the age of 56, leaving behind 10 children, four of them male and six female including one of President Buhari’s personal assistants, Mohammed Sabi’u Tunde,” he added.

He said the burial was attended by a federal government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Others on the team were the minister of state, aviation, Hadi Sirika; two businessmen- Alhaji Isma’ila Isa and Sayyu Dantata; three senior special assistants to the President – Sarki Abba, Ya’u Darazo and Shehu; the director general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, the permanent secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.

Shehu said the Buhari family had earlier on Friday buried Hajiya Ai’sha Alhaji Mamman on Friday, February 10.

He identified the second deceased as the wife of the president’s older brother, Alhaji Mamman.

Receiving condolences, Malam Mamman on behalf of the family and the Emir, Alhaji Umar Faruk for the people of Daura Emirate thanked God for the lives of the deceased and all the visitors for sharing the moment of grief with them.

Among those received by the family in Daura were the Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu; and a former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa (retd.).

Meanwhile, African entertainment had previously reported that a sister in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajiya Aisha Mamman, is dead.

It was gathered that the information officer of the Daura Local Government Council in Katsina, Alhaji Salisu Haro, made the disclosure in in Daura.

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Top 10 highest paid CEO in Nigeria

Who is the CEO?

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the senior manager in the company whose main responsibilities include the development and implementation of high-level strategies, the making of major corporate decisions, the management of all operating activities and company resources. He/she acts as a link between the board of directors and corporate management. The Chief Executive Officer is often a member of the board of directors and in some cases even its Chairman.

There are also other names of the CEO post, for example, the President or the Managing Director. The role of the CEO may differ significantly from company to company, depending on size and organizational structure of an enterprise.

In small organizations, the CEO often plays a leading role in the company’s activities making many business decisions, even lower-level ones such as hiring full-time employees. However, in larger enterprises, the CEO deals only with the high-level strategy and the direction of overall company’s development. Most other tasks are delegated to managers and departments.

Top 10 highest paid CEO in Nigeria

Top 10 highest paid CEO in Nigeria

High wages are a good reason for pride. However, not every CEO wants to publish such data. Therefore, it is not easy to find fresh information in media.

The last rating of such was drawn up in 2016. Since then, the situation may have changed, but the list below still gives an approximate idea of how wealthy these top CEO’s are.

highest paid CEO in Nigeria

These prominent persons certainly deserve your attention:

  1. Segun Agbaje is GTBank CEO whose salary reaches N204.2 million annually.
  2. Emeka Emuwa of Union Bank earns N166 million.
  3. Kennedy Uzoka of Uba Bank – N119 million.
  4. Sola David-Borha, Stanbic IBTC earns N117 million.
  5. Nnamdi Okonkwo, Fidelity Bank has the N102 million income.
  6. Peter Amangbo, Zenith Bank has salary N88 million.
  7. Herbert Wigwe Access, Bank – N85.2 million.
  8. Tunji Oyebanji of Mobil Oil Nigeria Limited earns N85 million.
  9. Ladi Balogun of FCMB – N81 million.
  10. Uzoma Edozie of Diamond Bank has salary N25.2 million.

CEO Segun Agbaje

Segun Agbaje

Emeka Emuwa gained a lot of experience during his 25 years with Citibank. Of course, Union Bank had to offer a truly tempting labor environment to make Emuwa move into their organization and transform it into something new and better. The company almost collapsed in 2009 and was rebuilt in many aspects thanks to Emuwa’s efforts.

CEO Emeka Emuwa

Emeka Emuwa

Looking at the end of the rating, you will see that the salary of CEO in different banks can differ really greatly. Compare income of Uzoma Edozie and Segun Agbaje. Edozie gets as much as a deputy general manager in many other commercial structures.

CEO Uzoma Edozie

Uzoma Edozie

Perhaps you have noticed that the First Bank wasn’t mentioned in this list. This is due to the fact that at the time of the rating compiling there was no available information about the wages of its CEO Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan. Relying on the known data, one can conjecture that he receives about the same sum as the Union Bank CEO.

CEO Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan

Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan

As you can see hard work and persistence lead to wealth and success. Strive for your goal and someday your name will appear in one of such ratings.

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President Buhari has spoken on herdsmen-farmers clashes and alleged nepotism

He said has no plan to colonise any part of Nigeria with proposed cattle colony

– Buhari lamented that the government’s intention to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, misconstrued as another form of colonisation

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the policy proposed by federal government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country is not meant to colonise any part of the country.

Premium Times reports that while receiving Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, on Thursday, February 8, in Abuja, President Buhari said the intention of government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, which has now been misconstrued as another form of colonisation.

African Entertainment  gathered that President Buhari said he regretted that the “well-thought out policy of the federal government, which was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders”, had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.

He, however, assured the Catholic Bishops that the federal government will continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas.

Condemning recent spate of killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states, the president said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas.

‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest.

‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.

‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert,’’ he said.

Buhari told the Catholic Bishops that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘We have done very well on security in the northeast, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now.

‘‘On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for bountiful harvest.

‘‘People have taken advantage of federal government policies and programmes to return to the farm and they have not regretted,’’ he said.

On the fight against corruption, the president said the government would be guided by the law in the investigation and prosecution of all graft-related cases.

‘‘People are being prosecuted systematically with evidence.

‘‘If a permanent secretary has five houses in Abuja, two in Kaduna and one in Borno and Sokoto and he can’t account for the properties and there are bank transactions linking him to the properties, the prosecuting agencies will not have difficulties to make progress on the case,” he said.

In his remarks, Kaigama pledged that the Catholic Church in Nigeria would continue to support the Buhari administration and make its contribution to nation-building through prayers, admonitions and assistance to needy Nigerians.

‘‘As the voice of the people, we shall continue to highlight the plight of our people and play our prophetic role of sensitising the government, thus promoting good governance, national unity and cohesion,’’Kaigama said.

Meanwhile, African Entertainment had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was chided by a former governor of Benue state, Dr Gabriel Suswam, for not paying a visit to the state since the invasion by herdsmen which led to the murder of 73 people.

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Yam pepper soup with goat meat recipe

To tell you the truth, there are different versions of pepper soups in Nigeria and they all are delicious. You can cook this meal with different meat and fish. Right now, it is time to prepare yam pepper soup with goat meat. Are you ready? Let us begin our culinary guide.

Pepper soup ingredients

Before we explain to you how to make pepper soup, it is necessary to understand what its main ingredients are. Here are the main products required for this African native soup:

  • Goat meat – 650-750 grams
  • Onion – two regular size pieces
  • White yam – 500 grams
  • Pepper – use as much as you like in your regular meals
  • Salt – to your personal taste
  • Stock cube – two good-size pieces
  • Basil – a couple of pieces
  • Aromatic spices (it could be nutmegs, ehu seeds or ariwo) – a little bit
  • Dry ashanti pepper leaves – two tablespoons (it is possible to replace scent leaves with this ingredient)
  • Big pot or pressure cooker – 1 piece
  • Water – several cups

You can cook the goat along with its skin. As for the pepper, it is better to use the Habanero Pepper or any other chili peppers type as well as ground pepper.

Yam pepper soup with goat meat recipe ingredients

How to make goat meat pepper soup

Any type of native soups tastes better with goat meat in them. This ingredient adds an incredible flavor to the old-style recipe.

  • Step 1. The meat needs to be washed before cooking. Make sure to cut it into pieces (chunks will work great). Take a big pot (better with a lead) and put your goat meat inside. Pour some water to be sure the meat is fully covered. Some people enjoy soups with much water in them. Others like the vegetables and meat more. It is up to you to decide on the amount of water that is perfect for incredible and extremely delicious yam pepper soup with pieces of tasty meat.

Yam pepper soup with goat meat recipe how to cook

  • Step 2. Wash onion. Cut it into pieces (minor or big, depending on what family likes more). Place them along with ehu seeds and stock cubes into the pot.

Yam pepper soup with goat meat recipe onion

  • Step 3. Begin cooking. Use either a good size pressure cooker (this is the best dish for cookers) or use a pot with a lead. You should boil everything for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 4. It is time to peel the yam which should be afterwards cut into good-size pieces. Add all these pieces to your soup. Now continue simmering everything at low heat for another 30-40 minutes.

Yam pepper soup with goat meat recipe cooking yam

  • Step 5. In addition, when you feel that the meat is nearly done you should take out the big pieces of onion. Those of you who love onion can leave them in the soup.
  • Step 6. Now add some pepper to make the taste better and scent leaves to add flavor.
  • Step 7. Leave the soup to simmer for another 4-6 minutes. Ready-to-eat yam and goat meat should be soft when you deep you fork into it.

Yam pepper soup with goat meat

  • Step 8. You can serve the delicious yam pepper soup with goat meat with other meals. Enjoy the soup with your family and friends.

The delicious mix of different spices (pepper and other ingredients) and goat meat tastes like a real delicacy. This African recipe is for those who want to try something incredible and easy-to-cook. Eat yam pepper soup with goat meat and feel refreshed at any season of the year.

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SUGABELLY STORY: top 5 lessons we should learn(Must Read) 

Sugabelly’s story of Rape. Everyone in Nigeria, especially those people, who love Twitter, are aware of an unpleasant episode in the life of Mustapha Audu, son of former governor of Kogi State. This story was first revealed in 2015, and still, none of us can’t tell how exactly things went wrong for 17-years old alleged victim.

Sugabelly story victim

Story of Sugabelly

In 2015, a popular Nigerian blogger, Sugabelly revealed in the article named “Surviving Mustapha Audu, and his Rape Brigade”. She described a poor Nigerian girl (her name wasn’t revealed at first) survived multiple rape from Mustapha Audu and his closest friends.

In the Sugabelly story, lots of dirty stuff happened, including Mustapha gifting his girl as a birthday present, group rape acts etc. Mustapha himself thinks, that every point in this story is a fake, and in whole, it is just a bad attempt to make easy money. So where is the truth?

Mustapha Audu and his friend

Mustapha Audu with his friend

The main clue, which is used for the verse of governor’s son is the fact, that this story wasn’t unveiled since 2006 when Lotanna (real name of the victim) started dating him. The girl said, that she was afraid of the consequences, but Mustapha thinks, that this whole story is charged only because he didn’t married Lotanna.

Young Lotanna

And still, we can’t say exactly what really has happened between these persons. Maybe, the truth lies somewhere on the half, or, maybe, one of them is a clear criminal. Because false accusation is a crime also. But, we can try to carry some useful lessons from this story, so such a story will most likely not repeat itself among younger generation.

Mustapha Audu nowadays

Mustapha Audu

5 lessons we should learn from Sugabelly’s story

Lesson #1: Bad boys style is not a good tendency. Look, in Nigeria, women always have to be good mothers, faithful wives, and tireless domestic servants. How do we see men in Nigeria? They are drinking, showing their bad behavior in public, and the only reaction for such things would be “Ah, they are boys, so what can we do with it?”.

Lagos hood boys

The only case, where it could work, if we would try to raise tons of future pirates, goons, and other criminals. To be a man doesn’t mean to be a pig. It’s all about responsibility, proper attitude to the parents, and to your mother in the first place. Men are stronger and have more will, so why do we have to spend all these priorities for abusing someone, who is weaker? And everything begins in early ages for males. You would never rape someone if you have a kind and respectful relations with your mother. Actually, both parents should teach their sons respectful and protective attitude to those who are weaker.

Nigerian gang

Lesson #2: Remember: a woman is the guardian of life. Therefore, it is necessary to instill in your daughter basic safety rules. The girl should be sensible. Teach your daughter to understand people and situations right. You should not intimidate her, only warn against excessive credulity. Bring her the thought that wise people learn not on their own, but on other people’s mistakes. Talk with your daughter, tell her about dangerous life events of your friends, discuss what was written in the press or known from television. The education of a girl must teach her to avoid what might threaten life, reputation, and health.

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Nigerian teen

A girl from an early age should learn to understand who she is dealing with, what to expect from this person, whether it is possible to trust him, whether he is good or bad. It is important that she can assess the emerging situation, and draw the right conclusions. This is especially useful to her when you are not around, and the girl will be able to decide for herself how to act.

Lesson #3: Police in Nigeria doesn’t know how to prevent and investigate rape acts. There is no real procedure to identify and preventing cases of rape acts. Again, don’t get us wrong, this is not about the police being unprofessional. It is about lack of legal materials and mechanisms, that should be provided by the government.

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Lesson #4: Parent lesson. Every reader can understand what is going to say further, proceeding from the name of this lesson. Parents, if you wouldn’t educate your little princesses, if you wouldn’t love them, take care of them, then (at least) you will grow another unhappy and cruel woman.

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Now, fathers, the main thing, that you have to do for your daughter through her childhood is to give her the feeling of safety. You have to be the guarantor of safety, in fact. Of course, this is not the only thing, but maybe the main, that you could do for your little girl. Because in another way, she could try to find this feeling in the arms of someone who can draw her down into something even worse, than Sugabelly’s story.

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Lesson #5: Nigerian society has to stop pursuing rape victims. We mentioned earlier, how its difficult to say to someone, that you were raped. Even, if you want to say something like that to your parents or other people you love, it would be difficult too. Because our society prefers to laugh at such people, ignore them, treat them like a dirt.

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Let’s not wait for someone implementing right procedures to catch the rapist. Instead of these, let’s try not to make fun of rape survivors, but figure out how to help them. Let’s be the ones, who you can come to and ask for support. Because it is not so hard, to sympathize with people.

Sugabelly’s story could be fake or real. In any case, we should think about, how to build up the society, in which such story would be just an unpleasant myth or a relic of the past.

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Gulder Ultimate Search 6 finalist Vivien Okafor weds her sweetheart

Congratulations are in order for the Gulder Ultimate Search 6 Horn of Valour edition finalist, Vivian Okafor Chisom, who tied the knot with her sweetheart, Emeka Stanley Ibeh, in February 2017.

Photos from the special wedding ceremony which was held in Abuja have been making rounds on the internet with everyone pouring out congratulatory messages to the couple.

The wedding was well attended by a host of elite guests including Sir KC Ibeh (Ochiliozua 1 of Ius-Awaa), Sir Maxwell Ibeh , to mention only a few. The event was brilliantly anchored by MC/Comedian MC Sam of Wazobia Fm.

Here are the beautiful photos from the lovely event below;

Guilder Ultimate Search 6 finalist Vivien Okafor weds (photos)

Sealed with a ring Source: instagram

Guilder Ultimate Search 6 finalist Vivien Okafor weds (photos)

Couple Source: Instagram

Guilder Ultimate Search 6 finalist Vivien Okafor weds (photos)

Bride and groom Source: Instagram

Guilder Ultimate Search 6 finalist Vivien Okafor weds (photos)

Vivien Okafor and husband Source: Instagram

Guilder Ultimate Search 6 finalist Vivien Okafor weds (photos)

Bride with her girls Source: Instagram

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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