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Meagan Good’s star is shining bright lately, with her recent lead role in the movie “Think Like a Man” and her recent nuptials to Seventh-day Adventist pastor and Sony Pictures executive, DeVon Franklin.
According to Upscale magazine the actress shared, in a interview, that she felt like she was being stereotyped because some of the roles she has played have been promiscuous.
The 30 year old spoke about wanting to show movie directors other aspects of her acting skills that did not have to include sex appeal.
Good says that she has had auditions where a director told her ‘We really like you, but you’re a little bit too sexy,’ and that even if she tried to dress differently it would not help because it’s just something that she “gives off”.
The actress does not necessarily agree with the directors, saying,
”I believe that people, when they have a preconceived notion of who you are, and things you’ve done in the past, sometimes they forget that as an actor you’re able to shut off whatever you need to shut off, and you’re able to turn on whatever you need to turn on.”
Even though, Good has to listen to directors and others tell her what they think of her and what she is capable of as an actress, she still firmly believes that it’s important for her to define herself and what power means to her.
She defines it as:
“…being able to move, and live, and do the things that you aspire to do and that you believe are part of your purpose to do, without letting other people’s opinions or judgements manipulate your direction, without getting discouraged when a door closes, and just kinda having a good sense of self, and knowing who you are, and being strong in your walk with God. All of that, to me, is what power is.”
The actress is currently working on filming for “Infamous,” the new series on NBC that she will be starring in. She shares that she has had to adjust to being a pastors wife, saying that she has noticed that people tend to sensationalize her life more in that role.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court on Thursday gave CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a last chance to obey court order or face “the consequences of disobedience’’.
Baba-Yusuf gave the warning following complaints by Chief Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), counsel to Chief Chudi Chukwuani, that the CBN had flouted a court order that mandated it to pay his client the sum of N160 million .
It would be recalled that Justice Ufot Inyang of the FCT High Court sitting in Apo on August 1 ordered the CBN governor to pay Chief Chukwuani N160 million.
The amount, the court said, was payment for a contract executed by Chukwuani’s company, BPS Engineering Construction Ltd., for the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Justice Inyang had given the CBN governor till August 7 to pay the complainant or face contempt charges before it proceeded on vacation.
Chukwuani filed a motion before Justice Baba-Yusuf, who is the vacation judge, seeking enforcement of the order on CBN.
At the hearing of the motion for the execution of the court order on Thursday, Onwugbufor told the court that the CBN had yet to obey the order issued by Justice Inyang, and prayed the court to ensure that the bank complied with the order.
In his ruling, Justice Baba-Yusuf refused an oral application for adjournment by CBN counsel
Kenneth Obi, who held briefs for Chief Olumuyiwa Akinboro (SAN).
Baba-Yusuf expressed displeasure at the CBN for refusing to obey the order of Justice Inyang.
“My business today is not to grant adjournment. I have a court order issued by my brother Judge ordering the CBN to pay Chief Chukwuani the sum of N160 million. My business is to ensure that the court order is obeyed to the letter.
“I am giving CBN Governor Sanusi; Mr Emmanuel Malomo, the senior manager banking services; and Jude Onwuharonye, manager, legal services of the CBN, till the close of work on Friday
August 10 to pay the sum.
“I hereby also order the registrar and the deputy bailiff of the FCT High Court to enforce this court order on the CBN.
“The CBN will obey the order of court willingly or unwillingly, and if by tomorrow they refuse to implement the court order, the consequences of such disobedience will be visited on them,” Justice Baba-Yusuf said.
He wondered why the CBN, having not controverted the claim that they were owing Chief Chukwuani the sum of N160 million on behalf of FERMA, had still refused to pay the sum. (NAN)
BOWEN University in Iwo, Osun State, has received the nod to run a college of medicine. With the accreditation by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
A statement by the MDCN, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro, said the university fulfilled all requirements through its focus on academic learning and development, investment in manpower and infrastructural development.
He said the vision of the school is to produce first-class graduates in key disciplines, adding that the college of medicine is one of the strategies adopted by the school to become a centre of learning and research of distinction.
Acting Chief Medical Director of Bowen University Teaching Hospital and Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. Olusola Akute, said MDCN’s accreditation is fundamental to the offerings of the college.
USAIN Bolt will get the chance to fulfill one of his sports dreams after getting a “trial” with English Premier League soccer club, Manchester United.
Bolt discussed his love for soccer after his sensational performance in the men’s 100 metres final on Sunday, insisting that he has the physical attributes to make it as a professional player.
United has responded by giving him the chance to prove his talents after the Olympics, with a source telling Yahoo! Sports that the Jamaican superstar would be invited to the team’s training base in Carrington, a suburb of Manchester.
“Just like everyone else, the players are huge fans of Bolt and have massive respect for him. We would love to have him along,” the source said. “After he spoke about the club after the most-watched race in the world, it makes perfect sense.
“We would welcome him with open arms, and it would certainly make all the boys and the coaching staff pretty excited to meet him and see his skills. They would love to see what he has got with the ball.”
United’s veteran defender Rio Ferdinand contacted Bolt through Twitter on Tuesday to offer congratulations on his Olympic record triumph in the 100 metres. He tweeted: “If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me. I’ll speak to the boss. Well done in 100m.”
Bolt replied: “After the Olympics we work on that … lol … thanks man.” As it turns out, United’s marketing staff is already working on the trial. The primary incentive is not, perhaps surprisingly, the positive publicity that having pictures of Bolt in a United shirt would bring.
United and manager Alex Ferguson are conscious of the value of keeping the team’s spirits high and go to extreme lengths to care for the players. Players can call a club employee at any time of day or night for assistance with even the most basic task.
Such an environment has helped United claim 12 of the past 20 EPL titles. Inviting athletes from other sports to the training venue is seen as a helpful distraction. The source added: “Think about it. It would be the kind of thing that would give everyone a lift. We’ve done similar things before.”
The move, on United’s part, is proof of Bolt’s remarkable worldwide appeal, which has only increased since his devastating surge past Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin to clinch the gold last weekend.
Though Bolt’s blistering speed would be a major advantage in soccer, it Is unlikely that without years of training he can match the skill of the club’s stars. All the same, he and the squad will have fun finding out.
Bolt insists that he has the ability to play at the top level, even though soccer is not his strongest sport outside track.
That distinction lies with cricket, with some in Jamaica believing that Bolt could have had a career as an international standard player if he had not decided to stick with sprinting.
Two suspected bombers, yesterday, attempted to attack Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, state secretariat on Akilu Road, Sokoto State.
The unidentified assailants, who rode on a motorcycle, tried to hand over a black polythene bag, suspected to contain a bomb, to a police officer who was on duty at the party office, saying Ga kayan Gwari, meaning “Here is a perishable item.”
Suspecting that the bag contained explosives, the police officer refused to collect the bag and drew the attention of police anti-bomb squad, which moved in and defused the bomb.
Eyewitnesses said the man dropped the item in front of the PDP secretariat and sped off. Vanguard gathered that when men of the anti-bomb squad arrived, they ordered an evacuation of all persons in the nearby offices and residences.
State Deputy Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, told newsmen at the scene that their attention was drawn to the incident.
He said: “Our attention was drawn to the ugly development, but we are grateful to God that it did not explode.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Musa Aliyu, said the Anti-Bomb Disposal Unit of the Command saved the situation.
He called on members of the public to complement the efforts of the Police by providing information at all times.
“On our part, we will continue to do our best to sustain the peaceful nature the state,” he added.
Tragedy struck at Setraco Road construction site in Ogboin-ama community, Bomadi Local Government Area, Delta State, on Wednesday when a bulldozer operator was stung to death by bees.
The victim, Mr. Samuel Onuabuchi, had been working with the company for about five years before his death.
The deceased, a father of four, who hailed from Anambra State, was felling and evacuating trees and debris at the site from Ogboin-ama to Akugbene community around 2pm when the bees attacked him.
A source, who did not want his name mentioned, said there was nothing the deceased’s co-workers could do because of the large number of the rampaging bees.
The source said, “Though he tried to run, the ferocity of the bees was so much that he fell down and was pleading for help, but nobody could get close for fear of being attacked too.
‘’The attack reportedly weakened him as he was already gasping for breath before we could go near him.’’
It was learnt that by the time Onuabuchi’s co-workers got to him, he was already unconscious and could not speak.
Onuabuchi, 44, was immediately rushed to the General Hospital, Bomadi, where he reportedly gave up the ghost a few hours later.
When contacted, a top management employee of the company, who pleaded anonymity described the incident as ‘’shocking.’’
‘’Michael would be missed for his commitment and dedication to whatever job he was given,’’ he said.
The New York Times Co. is selling its troubled website About.com for $270 million.
The site, which provides basic information on a wide variety of topics, is being sold to St. Louis, Mo.-based Answers.com, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Because the deal is still awaiting financing, the person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
The Times confirmed discussions of a sale but said no definitive agreement has been reached.
About.com caused the Times to record a $195 million write-down in the April-June quarter, pushing the company to a loss despite a revenue gain.
The Times purchased About.com in 2005 for roughly $410 million but the site has suffered in the last year because of a change in the way Google handles search results.
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Wednesday claimed that he was briefly detained by operatives of the State Security Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
In posts on Twitter, the former minister said the incident occurred as he was about to board an Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai around noon.
“The SSS at the Lagos Airport tell me they have orders to detain me and prevent me from traveling….the waiting game starts.
“I have just been stopped at Lagos Airport again by the SSS. I wonder what it is this time.
“Where is your boarding pass? This is your passport. You can go sir” said the SSS oga that is not in a black suit and not wearing dark goggles.
“So after some 15 minutes of fidgeting and unlawful detention, I am seated in the lounge and on my way to Dubai.
“Our security agencies are a joke. Secession in Ogoni, BH (Boko Haram) killings in Kogi, war-mongering by Dokubo, they don’t do jack! But they have time (for) me..SMH (shaking my head),” he wrote.
However, SSS officials in Lagos and Abuja denied knowledge of the incident.
The ex-minister, who recently advised President Goodluck Jonathan to resign for being incapable of running the nation, was detained for some hours in July 2011 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way from a foreign trip and taken to the Yellow House headquarters of the SSS, where he was interrogated by a team of top officials of the agency led by the Director-General, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong.
The former minister was interrogated over a presentation he gave in London on the 2011 elections.
Some months ago, el-Rufai had tweeted from a foreign country that the SSS were planning to arrest him on his arrival in Nigeria.
But this did not happen.
The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, has said the insecurity problems in the northern part of the country may not help Nigeria to move forward.
He also said it was regrettable that the northern part of the country, which he said was once leading in peace and tranquillity, had become the theatre of war.
The minister spoke on Monday night at the First Dialogue and Peace Iftar Dinner organised by Ufuk Dialogue Foundation in Abuja.
Maku said Nigerians must be worried that a region once known for its peaceful atmosphere and co-existence was already having dwindling fortune due to incessant terrorist attacks mostly by the Boko Haram sect.
He said, “Unless we are able to stop the fire, development will continue to elude the North. If the North lags behind, the whole country may not move forward.”
He called on Nigerians to embrace dialogue as the best option to settle their differences, adding that since almost all Nigerians believe in God, they should not resort to self-help when there were grievances among them.
He said, “If there are two religions that share the same ancestors, they are Islam and Christianity. These two religions not only share the same prophets, what you say in Quran is what you read in the Holy Bible. If there are two peoples that share same values, they are Muslims and Christians.
“I see no reasons why Nigeria cannot succeed. The way of Nigeria is important for all Africa. What we do today (the dialogue) is what we must do often.”
Also speaking at the event, the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwanbo, said suspicion remained a contributory factor fuelling insecurity in the country.
“There is a lot of misunderstanding, a lot of suspicion not only along religious lines but among individuals, the only way we can clear this misunderstanding is through dialogue,” he added.
Archbishop of Catholic Diocese of Abuja, Rev. John Onaiyekan, said he was happy that such dinner was organised during the Ramadan.
He said he and other religious leaders would continue to “go all over the world and say ‘if you want to see where Christians and Muslims are living together in peace and mutual respect, come to Nigeria’.”
He added, “The average Nigerian Muslims and Christians want to live together and they are doing so. This two great religions – Islam and Christianity, we are able to manage our difference; above all we are able to exploit them to maximum our commonalities.”
The President of Ufuk Dialogue Foundation, Oguzhan Dirican, said the foundation’s aim was to promote peace and dialogue, cultural coexistence and mutual understanding among every nation.
He said the sustainable contribution would continue with a series of conferences and events in different states of Nigeria.
Investigations into the death of a 16-year-old boy, Seubow, who was allegedly killed by her foster mother, Olayemi Ayangbe, popularly called Iya Anu, has shown that she and her husband, Timothy, were culpable.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, who spoke with our correspondent on the phone on Tuesday, said this was the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the matter.
She said, “The incident was reported at Isheri Oshun Police Division on Sunday evening and the DPO personally quizzed the couple. They both confessed to beating the boy to death.
“Olayemi started the beating while Timothy later joined her in battering the boy up till the time the boy gave up the ghost.
“Timothy admitted he joined in battering the boy because of his habit of stealing. He said he had continuously soiled his name within the neighbourhood as a result of the development.”
Braide confirmed to our correspondent that the police had in time past quizzed Olayemi for battering the boy.
She said, “The deceased is Timothy’s nephew and the police had arrested Olayemi before on complaints of battering but the present DPO was not the head of the police station at that time.
“The deceased’s father is late but his mother who stays in the Badagry area of the state has been informed about the incident and will be meeting with the police tomorrow (Wednesday).
“The couple are still in police custody and investigations are ongoing. The case will be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department on Wednesday.”
Olayemi had allegedly beaten Seubow to death at their residence at 8, Amosu Street, Ijegun, Lagos, on Sunday on the allegations that he stole N50 to buy Gala after he was starved throughout Saturday for misplacing a N1,000 note.
Residents of the area had told PUNCH Metro that Olayemi battered Seubow, who moved in with them in December 2011, till he gave up the ghost on Sunday afternoon.
Olayemi, who was described as violent by her neighbours, was said to be in the habit of inflicting injuries on Seubow and her own children whenever they erred.
Besides, they alleged that she often transferred her belligerence to her neighbours by attacking them with objects on the slightest provocation.
Olayemi, a mother of four, is a serial divorcee. Timothy is her third husband.
Alexander Akinnurun , the Proprietor of Alex Group of Schools, Ijegun, where Seubow attended before his death, had told our correspondent on Monday that he reported Olayemi at the police station in June when the deceased came to school with a battered face.