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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Heavily armed and under orders to break up an ethnic militia, a combined force of Nigerian police officers and agents of the country’s domestic spy agency instead found themselves the target of a brutal attack that left at least 30 of them dead and others still missing days later, authorities said Thursday.
The attack on the officers in Nasarawa state, near Nigeria‘s central capital of Abuja, again showed how overwhelmed security forces are in this nation as they continue to be targeted in an increasingly bloody insurgency led by Islamic extremists in the country’s north. The killings even forced President Goodluck Jonathan to abandon a much-heralded diplomatic visit to southern Africa to return home to speak to security forces about the increasing body counts from violence across the nation.
The attack Tuesday in the village of Alakio, near Nasarawa’s state capital of Lafia, saw members of the Ombatse militia attack and rout the contingent of officers. At least 30 officers of the police and the State Security Service were killed in the attack, Nasarawa police spokesman Michael O. Ada said. Another 17 remain missing and “might be held hostage,” Ada said.
Ombatse, a militia of people belonging to the Eggon people of the region, had been forcing Christians and Muslims to convert to their quasi-religious organization, Ada said. The security forces had planned to raid Ombatse’s local shrine, the spokesman said.
The killings come after Islamic extremists in Nigeria’s northeast armed with heavy weapons and anti-aircraft guns raided a town called Bama also on Tuesday, killing at least 42 people, including 22 police officers. In a statement Thursday, Nigeria’s federal police said commanders received orders to stop the violence.
“We consider the attack not just an attack on the Nigeria Police and its officers and men but an attack on the collective will of Nigerians to protect and preserve our dear fatherland; this we have vowed to put an end to,” the federal police command said.
The killings in Nasarawa state, as well as relentless violence across Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north, forced Jonathan to return early from a trip to South Africa and abandon a promised state visit to Namibia. A statement from his office said he would meet immediately with military, police and security officials upon returning to the Nigerian capital.
“The president is returning to Abuja immediately to personally oversee efforts by national security agencies to contain the fresh challenges to national security,” the statement read.
Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people, is home to some 250 different ethnic groups. In recent years, the rising Islamic insurgency in the country has seen more than 1,600 people killed, despite authorities sending more police and soldiers into affected cities and towns. Meanwhile, human rights activists say security forces continue to kill and torture civilians, further alienating them from the people they are assigned to protect.
This year’s edition of the prestigious award was tagged ‘Africa One’. The event was hosted by Comedian Ayo Makun and British/Ghanaian television presenter and actress, Ama K. Abebrese. Winners were determined by a diverse jury panel comprised of seasoned film journalists, veterans in cinematography, experts in acting and production from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Nigeria. The award covered over 40 African countries, and nations like the US, Trinidad & Tobacco, the United Kingdom, Canada and Jamaica.
Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has seen a wide acceptance of the brand across the globe. This was testified during this year’s awards ceremony which saw an unprecedented number of over 671 entries (in competition)…one of the highest, if not the highest number of entries for the event since it started. Out of the 671 entries, the highest number of entries interestingly were made by Francophone countries.
Some of the artists that performed at the event include: P-Square, Flavour Nabania, Waje and Timi Dakolo.
Below is a list of the winners of the AMAA 2013 Prizes in different categories.
Best Short Film: Kwaku Ananse – Ghana
Best Documentary: Fuelling Poverty – Nigeria
Best Diaspora Feature: Stones In The Sun- Haiti/USA
Best Diaspora Documentary: Fan Do Brasil (Brazil/Guatamela)
Best Animation: Adventure Of Zambezia– (South Africa)
Best Film By An Africans Abroad: Last Flight To Abuja– UK/Nigeria
Best Nigerian Film: Confusion Na Wa/Nigeria
Best Film In An African Language: Moi Zaphira/Burkina Faso
Best Promising Actor: Belinda Effah – Kokomma
Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Gabriel Afolayan – Hoodrush
Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Hermelinda Cimela – Virgin Magarida
Best Actor In A Leading Role: Justus Esiri – Assasins Practice
Best Actress In A Leading Role: Florence Masebe – Elelwani
Best Director: Niji Akanni – Hereos And Zeroes/Nigeria
Best Film: Confusion Na Wa/Nigeria
For Achievement In Production Design: Elelwani from South Africa
For Achievement In Costume Design: Blood And Henna (Nigeria)
For Achievement In Make-Up: The Meeting
For Achievement In Soundtrack: The Last Fishing Boat
For Achievement In Visual Effects: The Twin Sword
For Achievement In Sound: Nairobi Half Life
For Achievement In Cinematography: Uhlanga, The Mark
For Achievement In Editing: Hereos And Zereos
For Achievement In Lightning: Moi Zaphira
For Achievement In Screenplay: Hereos And Zereos
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tunde Kelani, Chief Eddi Ugbomah, Sir Ositadinma Okeke Oguno (Ossy Affason), Ayuko Badu and Chief Pete Edochie
Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood @ 20: Emem Isong, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo and Film/Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN)
Special Jury Award: Ninah’s Dairy (Cameroon)
African Celebrities Magazine (ACM) wishes all 2013 AMA Award winners a big congratulation.
Home Magazine Celebrities Videos Rich Zambian Born Scottish Singer Emeli Sandé Breaks ‘The Beatles’ 50 Year Record
Zambian Born Scottish Singer Emeli Sandé has broken a 50 year music chart record for ‘the debut album to spend more consecutive weeks in the top 10 UK’s biggest-selling records’. Her record breaking debut album “Our Version of Events” has just entered its 63rd week among the UK’s biggest-selling records more than any other album since ‘The Beatles’ “Please Please Me,” album which spent 62 weeks in the top 10 in 1963 and 1964.
The Announcement was made on Monday April 29, 2013 by UK’s ‘Official Charts Company.
Until this week, The Beatles had held this record for 50 years. Following the News, Emeli Sande is quoted as saying: “It feels quite surreal to even have your name mentioned in the same sentence as The Beatles”.
In an interview with the Official Charts Company’ Emeli also said: “I’m completely lost for words and this is something I could only have dreamed of. The Beatles are the greatest band of all time and their legacy lives on and continues to inspire all of us that make music. I’m so happy that so many people have connected with the stories and the songs on the record; this really is our version of events now. I’d like to say thank you to everyone that has bought, played or shared my music in the last year, without your support this would never have been possible.”
Her debut album “Our Version of Events” was released in February 2012. The release brought several successes for 26-year Emeli Sandé. Prominent among them was Sandé’s performance at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic, her winning of ‘best British female artist’ and ‘best album’ at the BRIT Awards just to name a few.
The Soul & R&B singer/songwriter who started her music carrier in 2008 also won three No. 1 singles in the United Kingdom with the songs: “Read All about It” with Professor Green, “Next to Me”, and “Beneath Your Beautiful”… a collaboration with Labyrinth.
Emeli Sandé was born in Sunderland, North East England to a Zambian father (who studied in the U.K) and an English mother on 10 March 1987. She moved with her parents to Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland when she was four. Her last name “Sandé”…a Zambian name, came from her father.
In an Exclusive interview with AfriPOP, she reveals that her dad’s Zambian culture was a major part of her life…in the music her dad would play, the stories he would tell and definitely the emphasis on education. These she said made her very connected to Africa. Emeli also added that since childhood, she has maintained communication and contact with her African cousins.
Asked if she might want to go back to Africa, she replied: “I’d love to. I’m trying to”. About sharing both European and African cultures, the singer explained that she has been lucky: “I’ve always been embraced by them (British family) and they always supported my music and my education. And my family in Zambia is just so excited that I’m kind of waving the flag for them so I’ve always had just so much support and love from them”.
Emeli Sandé is also a former medical student who studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow, but stopped in her fourth year.
For the first time ever in an Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) or Africa’s Oscars, a Cameroonian movie has won the Special Jury Award in order words, the award for Africa Movie Academy Awards Best African film of 2013. The Movie is this discussion is called ‘Ninah’s Dowry’ written, produced and directed by Cameroonian born filmmaker and director Victor Viyuoh.
“Special Jury Award” is usually “A special Award” given to someone (Actor, Producer, Director, Filmmaker etc) chosen by the jury to recognize a great performance by either an actor, Producer, Director, Filmmaker for that year or for years past.
Special Jury Awards are usually awarded with a cash prize and in some cases a certificate of merit. Special Jury Award recipients usually represent the best productions from that Competition. It should be noted that on that night, three films, “Elelwani” from South Africa, “Nairobi Half Life” from Kenya and “Ninah’s Dowry” from Cameroon were battling for the prestigious title of Best African film of 2013.
It is a big issue. Cameroon’s Ninah’s Dowry won the prestigious title of “Best African film of AMAA 2013 beating “Elelwani” from South Africa, and “Nairobi Half Life” from Kenya. Ninah’s Dowry was originally nimonated for seven (7) Africa Movie Academy Awards in the following categories: AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement in Make-up; Prize For Achievement in Screenplay; Prize For Best Child Actor; Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mbufung Seikeh); For Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Crista Eka); For Best Actor in a Leading Role (Amurin Wumnembom); and finally AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film. To have an idea of the movie being discussed please read a synopsis of Ninah’s Dowry below.
SYNOPSIS (Summary of the Movie) NINAH’S DOWRY
At 20, Ninah is a veteran wife of 7 years and a mother of 3 who is stuck in an abusive relationship with no hope of change. When news of her gravely ill father reaches her, she disobeys her husband’s orders not to go so she could speak her peace to the man who put her in bondage. After her father dies, Ninah refuses to return home and stays instead to run a small restaurant. When news reaches her husband that Ninah is pregnant, he comes to recover the dowry he paid or take home the woman he owns. By any means necessary.
About The Director VICTOR VIYUOH
VICTOR VIYUOH is a WRITER, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR. He is the Director of the Africa Movie Academy Awards winning movie ‘Ninah’s Dowry’ and according to the official website of Ninah’s Dowry; he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch.
Victor Viyuoh wrote and directed the short film MBOUTOUKOU which was filmed entirely in Cameroon, Africa. In one year on the circuit, Mboutoukou played at over 100 festivals including Venice in Italy, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam. Beginning with its nomination for the 2002 Student Academy Awards, Mboutoukou won over 20 awards including Best Short at SXSW, Best Short film at Urbanworld, and the Rights of the Child Award at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Victor is an alumnus of USC’s School of Cinema-Television and IFP/LA’s Directors and Screenwriters labs
Since Time Magazine published its annual list of ‘100 Most influential People of 2013’ on April 18, 2013, there has been so much buzz within African circles, especially by African movie fans about the unexpected featuring of Nollywood A-lister Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in this year’s edition. In fact many have consciously or unconsciously cared less about the other African Celebrities that have also featured on Time Magazine’s list.
African Celebrities Magazine (ACM) has decided to bring to the attention of its readers, the full six African Celebrities that were named in Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People of 2013.
In all, there are three (3) African Presidents; one Satirist, one Businessman (Founder of SpaceX and Tesla…a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) and one female actress.
As earlier mentioned above, the most interesting, most talked about African celebrity on the list by Africans and supporters of Africa because of the pleasant surprise is the featuring of the beautiful Nigerian born Movie actress, singer, philanthropist; Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde on what is the prestigious Time Magazine’s exclusive list of the most influential people of 2013.
The other African Celebrities on that list are President of Malawi- H.E Mrs. Joyce Banda; President of Somalia-H.E Mr. Hassan Sheik Mohamud; President of Tunisia-H.E Mr. Moncef Marzouki; South African born Elon Musk (Founder of SpaceX and Tesla…a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation); and finally Egyptian born Bassem Youssef…satirist and host of El Bernameg (“The Program”), a kind of Egyptian version of the American Comedy show ‘The Daily Show”.
Let’s take a more detailed look at the six African Celebrities involved:
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, 34 (Actress, singer and philanthropist)
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is referred to as the Queen of Nollywood (Nigeria)…the world’s most productive English-language film industry which produces about 2,500 movies a year…”most of them direct-to-DVD quickies mixing melodrama, music and an evangelical Christian spin”..quoting Richard Corliss (TIME’s movie critic).
34 year old Omotola Jalade is also called OmoSexy by her fans because of her beauty and elegance. She is arguably the best female actress in Nollywood as judged by African celebrities Magazine (ACM) and according to TIME’s movie critic, “Africa’s most renowned leading lady”.
She has featured in over 300 films since the 1996 ‘Mortal Inheritance’ to the 2010 super production ‘Ijé’…shot partly on location in Los Angeles. Omotola is married to an airline pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde. Apart from working as an actress, Jalade-Ekeinde is also a singer, reality-show star, mother of four and philanthropist (Founder of Omotola Youth Empowerment Program).
Joyce Hilda Banda, 63 (President of Malawi)
Joyce Hilda Banda, born 12 April 1950 is Malawi’s first and Africa’s second female President since 7 April 2012. She is the founder and leader of the People’s Party, created in 2011.
An educator and grassroots women’s rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012. She was a Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children’s Affairs and Community Services. Before her active career in politics she was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, founder of the National Association of Business Women (NABW), Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project.
Forbes Magazine named President Banda as the 71st most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa. Banda took office as president following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Hassan Sheik Mohamud, 57 (President of Somalia)
Hassan Sheik Mohamud is the current president of Somalia since September 2012. A 17,000-strong African Union force finally helped to restore security in Somalia paving the way for the election that brought President Sheik Mohamud to power. He is the leader of Somalia’s first constitutional government in 20 years.
Moncef Marzouki, 67 (President of Tunisia)
President Moncef Marzouki was born on 7 July 1945. Through his career he has been a human rights activist, physician and politician. On 12 December 2011, he was elected President of Tunisia by the Constituent Assembly (a body elected to govern the country and draft a new constitution).
Bassem Youssef, 39 (Satirist and TV host)
Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef, born March 21, 1974 is an Egyptian cardiac surgeon, satirist, and the host of El Bernameg (“The Program”), a satirical news program broadcast by Egyptian television
station Capital Broadcast Centre (CBC). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.
Bassem began his first satirical show in March 2011 in response to the Egyptian Revolution.
Elon Musk, 41 (South African born entrepreneur and business man)
Elon Musk is a South African born American entrepreneur and business man. He is the co-founder of PayPal (initially known as X.com), co-founding of Tesla Motors and founder of SpaceX.Born on 28 June 1971 Elon Musk is currently the CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. SpaceX is the company he founded in 2002 to build the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft with the ultimate goal of extending human life to other planets. He designed Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit, as well as the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station on May 25th, 2012. In 2008, NASA awarded SpaceX a $1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo flights to and from the International Space Station, effectively replacing the Space Shuttle. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit; a feat previously only achieved by a few nations. In 2011, the company started work preparing the spacecraft to carry astronauts under a NASA award. The first manned flights are expected in 2015.
Musk holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Wharton School, and a second bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dear Michelle Obama,
I’m addressing this to you because I admire you. Because you’re smart and a mum to two young girls. And you’re the First Lady of the USA. And because you were recently quoted as saying that Beyonce is a great ‘role model’ to your two daughters, and because you recently tweeted, after the Superbowl, that you were ‘so proud’ of her. I’m writing because everything you do is admired and emulated by so many; but when you endorse a recording artist like Beyonce, I see the most misogynistic aspects of the music industry (that prefers girls to be no more complex than dolls) interpret your comments as a seal of approval for the thoughtless cultural currency that they flood the youth market with. I’m writing because I think it’s time to stop suggesting to very young girls that ultimate feminine success – in the music industry or anywhere else – comes with the need, or the expectation for them to undress.
When Beyonce kicked off her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour two nights ago, wearing her sheer bodysuit with nipples showing, to me she performed the final degradation of her talent; a retrogressive transformation that has taken someone stellar and otherworldly, and made them into something dreadfully familiar and sad.
Variations of Beyonce’s body suit can be found in brothels, strip clubs, and red light districts across the world – where sex is for sale and it happens to be dispensed through a woman’s body. That she is a human being with feelings and dreams, perhaps a sister, a mother, a leader, a teacher, a student – ALWAYS – a daughter – all of this can be forgotten. In those surroundings a suit like Beyonce’s would look far from glamorous. Maybe just downright heartbreaking as a woman somewhere becomes an object, available for the gratification of a desire – at a price dictated by her ‘managers’.
Next time you’re presented with a shortlist of people in popular culture who you should spend time with or commend, think about how many young girls want to be just like Beyonce: Beyonce who sings ‘Bow Down Bitch’ and wears sheer bodysuits and high heels, singing about making money and being independent.
Remember that in the USA, the average age of a girl when she is trafficked for sex for the first time is 13.
Remember that she’s often brought into the ‘life’ by drug dealers who promise her a celebrity lifestyle, clothes like the ones Beyonce wears, and situations where she can live like Queen Bey: looking hot, being desired by alpha males, wielding power over others with her body and sexuality.
Understand that in an obscene act of manipulation by the young men who will pimp them, for a very short amount of time – maybe only for a half an hour in one of their early encounters – young girls who are trafficked do actually get to taste the experience that they have identified as ultimate feminine success: they get given hot pants or body suits like the one Beyonce’s dancing in, they dance for men who find them alluring, and for a very short time, these very young girls are convinced that they’ve made it – only to be assaulted, abused, and sometimes murdered in the years ahead, by the men who they thought wanted them.
Beyonce, performing in sheer body suits, nipples displayed, mouth open, high heels and sheer tights, shaking her butt on stage, can no longer be held by world leaders as an icon of female success.
Because for as long as she is, we are feeding a demonic myth that women must make themselves sexually available to enjoy ultimate success. And it is demonic because the impact this myth has on those most vulnerable young girls who fall pray to, is unimaginably horrible.
It can take years of a young girl’s life away from her when she tries to escape a life of abuse at home by believing promises of money and glamor, sexual allure and power – a life just like the most successful women in the world; only to be sold for sex, beaten, and made addicted to drugs. It can take a chance of an educated, secure future away from her; and sometimes, if she can’t find an exit – it can take her very life away from her.
Beyonce is a singer and a songwriter. She doesn’t need to wear see through clothes or body suits to sing. We know that because we’ve seen her singing accapella in a hospital in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and – and she sounded like a celestial being from a different dimension.
She doesn’t have to do this. She’s choosing to. And she’s not the first or only one woman to do it. And like the many women who have played this game the way they have, her reasons may be economic, artistic, personal or even misunderstood. But whatever her reasons, her influence cannot be underestimated or misunderstood.
It’s time that young girls were sent a different message. A more refined, intelligent message. A message that engaged them at the level of their intellect and potential because implicit in our message to them should be the acknowledgement that they are naturally brilliant and that we believe that they are capable of everything – without ever having to undress to achieve their success.
The work here is to re etch the self image and self worth of young girls who think that sexualizing themselves is necessary to be powerful or successful.
So please, let it be known that Beyonce is not a role model.
She may have a lot of money, and she may have enormous influence.
But she can no longer be called a role model.
(Unless you think it would be really cool for Sasha or Malia to follow her example and sing songs for people on a stage whilst wearing sheer gold glitter bodysuits detailing the contours of their body, under the management of their daddy and/or their husband).
Instead, call out those who deliberately allow their sexual identity to eclipse the genius of their spirit and sacredness of their soul. Tell young girls that they are more than that. Engage with artists who sing, dance, write, design, perform – but whose presentation centers on showcasing the brilliance of their brain, not their body.
If I had daughters I’d tell them to pass on the Beyonce show because when you’re wearing a sheer see through body suit with nipples on display, no matter how much gold thread in it – I don’t see any light coming out of it. I just see a glowing ball of soullessness.
I’d say to my girls: all that’s gold doesn’t glitter. Let’s find something genuinely luminous…and take them to a Lorna Simpson exhibition, or a C.C White concert, or hand them a Zadie Smith book.
In fact, the last thing on most women’s minds (especially with all the discomforts that can come with pregnancy) is feeling sexy.
Following are some fun tips to help you do just that: be pregnant, sexy, and happy.
Wear mini-dresses. No matter how pregnant you are, wearing a minidress is sexy.
Purchase jeans a few sizes larger instead of pregnancy jeans. Pregnancy jeans are just going to make you feel heavy because they go up over your belly. However, buying jeans a few sizes up will make you feel sexier; just wear them so they fit beneath your belly.
Wear platform shoes that are a few inches higher all the way around. This will make it easier for you to balance (since your balance is off when you’re pregnant), it and will make your legs look longer too!
Continue to wax or shave. Just because you’re pregnant is no excuse to let all that hair grow in places you wouldn’t normally. If you did that, it would make you feel reallyunsexy.
Take a walk at least once a day. Walking daily will help to combat bloat. It will also help to keep you regular. There’s nothing that will kill a sexy feeling more than being constipated!