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Prettilyn by Peggie Partners Asotiayé to Develop Beauty Line

An indigenous beauty brand, Prettilyn by Peggie has announced its partnership with Asotiayé, a Lagos based fashion house. 

The organisations disclosed that the partnership is aimed at developing a lip gloss and lip liner collection called, “Baddie” which drops on the 31st of July. 

The brands further explained that these new products are made using all natural ingredients and different kinds of oils to achieve that signature high-shine lipgloss.

They also pointed out that the oils used in making these products are castor oils(for shine), olive oil( for moisture), coconut oil(which stretches the lipgloss base), vitamin E( which works as an antioxidant) and shea butter or beewax(which are thickners that helps the gloss stick to the lips).

“The Baddie Line is dedicated to all beautiful and badass women doing amazing things. 

“Each of the glosses have a story to tell and we are super excited to unveil all of them to our wonderful customers. 

“We believe adding a hydrating gloss to your daily routine will prevent your lips from appearing dull and flaky, Creative Director, Precious George revealed.

They explained further that exfoliation keeps lips looking hydrated, smooth and soft.

The glosses provides both the colour you want and the benefits of a moisturized formula, infused with oils and vitamins.

They also made us know these glosses gives not only a bold tint to the lips but also conditions them and prevent them from drying due to weather conditions, such as extreme cold air or excessive dry heat.

Prettilyn by Peggie vibrant lip glosses always compliment a little black dress for that always party-ready look.

The new lip gloss collection will be available via the brands instagram page.

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Massage Therapies are Vital for Enhancing Health Care

Massage therapies are known to help release muscle knots, and it’s also a good choice when you want to fully relax your body, mind and soul.

According to experts, massage is vital for relaxation or taking care of minor pains as the massage therapist performs a combination of certain actions like kneading, long flowing caresses towards the region of the heart with deep circular motions, vibration and stroking, also accompanied with passive joint movement techniques. Usually, it lasts for 60 to 90 minutes.

These therapeutic massages helps with easing muscle tension, improving blood flow, reducing the effect and feeling of pain as well as relieving stress.

For instance, a certain sort of massage called, aromatherapy is best for people who seek to have a reasonable volume of emotional healing.

Lagos based massage therapist, Umulor Jefferey explains to The Parakeet Show during an interview on how massage therapists do a lot of mental healing like psychotherapists do. As a matter of fact, therapies like Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy possess the ability to ease mental stress in clients and literally get rid of mental and physical knots.

Also, he shares bits about himself and his journey so far as a massage therapist; his visions for the industry. Emmanuel Obokoh presents the excerpt:

We caught up with @grievy holmes( Umulor Jefferey) a Lagos based Massage Therapist and he got to share bits about himself, his career so far as a massage therapist and also his visions for the massage therapy industry with Obokoh Emmanuel @mizta_emmy for @theparakeetshow

How are you doing?

I’m doing great. Happy to be able to contribute to the discourse on massage therapy.

 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am also known as Grievy Holmes, a 24 year old certified freelance massage therapist and Multimedia Student at Aptech.

 

What massage therapy school did you attend?

I did my training at the Sweet Brook Spa, at Ikeja, and got certified by The Learning Edge.

 

When did you graduate?

I completed my therapy training some time in July last year after being certified.

Why did you choose massage therapy as a career?

There was a sudden need to touch lives. Also I’ve always been the type who enjoys being touched therapeutically so it was an easy decision to learn the therapy and make a career off it.

 

What type of massage techniques are you most proficient at?

For techniques, there’s an obvious knowledge of various types but during sessions you often find yourself going with the flow. There’s easily a different technique for different scenarios and sessions, mostly depending on the physicality of the client you’re working on.

 

What type of clients do you prefer working with?

Just as doctors would want to work with everyone to help heal them, I also believe I can work with everyone but the thing about massage therapy is clients don’t always share your train of thought. As a male therapist, I tend to get more female clients, and vice versa.

What would you say is your philosophy regarding healing?

I basically just enjoy literally touching lives with my therapy. It’s equally as therapeutic for me on the giving end, as it is for my clients on the receiving end. There’s always a transfer of positive energy and that’s the beauty and one of the many benefits of massage therapy.

 

What would you say is the toughest part of being a massage therapist?

The misconceptions can be tiring. One being that massages are a luxury. What people fail to understand is that massages are of great value. Massage therapists around the world make way more money in a 1 hr session than we do over here. From time to time, my love for the therapy over shadows my want for money and I end up having to subsidize the rates for my clients.

 

What is your vision and what are you working towards accomplishing through massage therapies?

My vision is to become renowned in the profession and recognized in the country. I’m certain I’m one of the best therapists in the country, even in my short time of practicing. When people think of massage in Nigeria, I want to be the first therapist that comes to mind. I plan to create a set-up where massages can be subsidized, hence providing an opportunity for people to afford regular massages without having to break sweat.

 

What do you think is the future of the massage profession?

I foresee a lot of people going into the profession in the near future, with myself being one of pioneers and inspiration. My trainer who’s also a published author once highlighted the importance of marketing. In essence, we need to get the message on massage across. People need to know.
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We Celebrate Emancipating Black Heroes

Regina Ogwuche and Joy Ibifuro

Black history month is a time whereby African-Americans honor and celebrate what the people before them fought for as it is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time specifically designed for recognizing the central role of blacks in United States of America’s history.

Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrate black history.

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

The Black History Month 2020 theme: “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.

Meanwhile, we have witnessed revolutions spear headed by Africans. Hence, bringing about the reduction of what could be described as black trolling, and corrupt government conducts.

These brave men and women set the trend the younger generations follow, thereby standing for liberty, equality, peace and freedom of the black clan. Their accomplishments nevertheless still linger in our minds and sands of time. One of whom was a prominent freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela who contributed immensely to the fight for South Africa’s independence.

This, which till date contributes towards reducing racism and apartheid that was the order of the day as the tenure of the then Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, Hendrik Venwoerd began in 1958 till 1961.

However, apartheid is not only practiced in South Africa. But other parts of the world; either being persecuted for being black or getting oppressed.

Another fella who contributed his quota towards the emancipation of blacks from racism and hate crimes is Martin Luther King Jr, who was what you can refer to as a freedom fighter, contributing towards the spread of the black gospel.

Also, in more recent times times the likes of Fela Kuti, Ex. First Lady of United States of America, Mitchell Obama the mother of charity, or Micheal Jackson the world peace promoter emerged to make their immense impact.

Owing to this, we honor Africans who have made an impact in the lives of the masses and communities around them won’t be enough to explain their doings which is paving the way for a more flexible future for the black generation z.

One thing to note is that, every year and every decade produces determined and innovative thinkers who aim to improve the quality and standard of living of others.

 

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Mount Kilimanjaro: An African Jewel

SAMUEL OLUBOKA

Oh Mountain Kilimanjaro!

The home of hospitality without discrimination and brutality

Men and women in every city, come enjoy our iced volcano in tranquility

Arms wide open with unfeigned affection

With hearts wide open, we cause a turnaround across the end and genesis that we abound.

This, is the booming sound of the Afrikan race

A-free-caucus

Black is the colour!

Strong is the Armour!

Fierce is the clamor!

Bold is the culture!

It is the sound of the greatest

The sound of the mightiest

The sound of the strongest race

On a pace to a higher phase

Blessed by the wonder of nature

Follow me as we ascend to an ever true great wonder known to the sand of times

 

Having her home in Tanzania, the great mount Kilimanjaro emerged as Africa’s highest mountain

So in our hearts we rise up to about sixteen thousand feet to protect the ones we love

We grow stronger to attack conflict

We stand sternly to defend our pride

Like the mount Kilimanjaro attracts the sight of many

Our love is coveted by the world

No mountain too high for us to scale

No tides or wave to strong for us to sail

The strength and nature of Kilimanjaro lives in us!

In unity,

In oneness,

In harmony;

Let’s continue with the booming of the sound as we abound in what we have found

We touch the ends of the earth as we resound

Love so strong!

Love so high!

Love so true!

Love so obvious, even to the blind

 

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National Museum of Unity: A Mausoleum for Nigerians’ Antiquity

Seye Fakinlede

After days of careful thoughts, I decided to pen my experience at the National Museum of Unity, Ibadan, which houses a collection of forgotten culture; tradition and history as each compartment acting as some resting home for our once loved artifacts as well as fast-fading away identity and truth.

I found my way to the museum even though it was threatening to rain that Thursday. And it was quite easy to locate as passers-by and the bike man were maps.

Its environment was serene, only for some audible religious activity coming from a small amphitheater, adjacent the main entrance to the gallery. Soon, my tour began from one section to another with a plump beautiful woman who became my tour guide.

Museums are time machines and truth centres that can give you a different outlook, a change in perspective and a better appreciation of one’s history and tradition.

I discovered that…

The 2-3 hours movement from one segment to another was enough to re-orientate, learn, unlearn and re-learn a lot about Nigeria’s cultures, places, people, and traditions.

Although, the largest collection asides the musical instruments are the earthen wares for various purposes, sadly, most of these things have been regarded local, uncivilized and worst of all, fetish.

A tour around the museum indicated that Nigeria was once largely into the production of pottery, thereby appreciating every form of it. There is pottery for everything, like cooking, preservation, eating, storage, refrigeration, carriage, dirt, including special potteries for rituals.

Although, presently, few people are still involved in this craft as pottery purchase is mainly for decoration; and are no longer considered for utensils or any of the aforementioned usage.

The National Museum of Unity, Ibadan is built on the principle of constantly reminding citizens of the things that binds us together as Nigerians. Emphasis is based on the fact that sounds from the hides and strings are universal, no matter the region it comes from in Nigeria. And despite the different shapes, designs, size and length, they produce same musical sounds when blown or beaten.

The museum has a special stand to represent this called, “The Unity Stand”.

Also, I discovered that working in a museum or visiting one, has the tendency to help relearn and unlearn if you are open minded.

Remember the plump beautiful woman? Yes, she is an example.

She says, “I used to have some crazy ideas about our culture but since I started working in this museum, I have understood some things better …we have allowed our newly found religion to sweep our culture underneath the carpet.”

I guess this explains why people visit (and they should visit) historical sites not just for sight-seeing but to reaffirm or affirm a belief, be wiser , better informed and know what’s up.

The effigy of a onetime wealthy and scholarly Yoruba monarch, Oba Abimbola of Ijebu Remo was another discovery.

According to history, his regalia were made of about 7 million beads just to differentiate himself from the other monarchs. History has it that it took him five years to complete this rare robe. He was a retired policeman.

You would also learn that indigenous Nigerians have medicine for every ailment and solution for every issue even though many consider the processes fetish. From barrenness, impotency, child bearing, malaria, sickle cell, knowing ones path for life and the lists goes on.

Answers and solutions are either carried out by simple ritual dance, àwúre (prayers), ìwèréré (good behavior) or àṣèje (concoction) as directed by the deities when consulted.

Seye Fakinlede, Unity Museum, Ibadan

Tips when visiting the National Museum of Unity

It is very important to be open minded towards learning about the culture, people and history of Nigerians.once you decide to visit the National Museum of Unity, Ibadan. In case you consider visiting the museum for the first time, the following tips should help: The entrance fee is #200. Do note that pictures with phones are not allowed in the gallery. The museum is opened from 9 am till 5 pm.

Also, you should prepare to ask questions. The curators are very much open to answer all your questions, and they are sincere if they can’t answer any at that time.

Looking at how one of the major purpose of visiting is to have a bit of history, get writing materials or at least make an audio recording as you journey through the compartments

Final thoughts

The beauty of traveling to some destinations is to know, see, then listen.

The price for “civilization” involves trading then shaming some aspects of culture, tradition ,and crafts and no nation remains the same if these things are lost or abandoned.

But is abandoning ones way of life “civilization?

At first, I sincerely find this challenging because of the no picture rule (A rule in most museums) thinking of how best to relay a message but thank goodness I didn’t undermine the power of words.

However, you can always visit the National Museum of unity, Ibadan to see these bits of history, culture, and practices laid to “rest” . Perhaps then, you would see that they were once Nigeria’s and similarly Africa’s treasures laid to rest for new ways.

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This Article was first published on https://sasedotng.wordpress.com/author/sasaycom/

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Novographer Discusses Journey as a Nigerian Photographer

We caught up with budding event and celebrity photographer, Novographer who granted us a sneak peek into his journey thus far as a Nigerian photographer.

Hamid Ayodeji presents the excerpts:

How did you come up with the name Novographer?

My Nickname happens to be Novocaine and I am a photographer. When I started, I had problems getting or picking a name. So a friend actually, Samuel Ogbeh picked the name. He just added Novo and Photographer. First said Novothegrapher then I finally coined it into Novographer

So what’s your real name?

Olayinka Oluwatobiloba Adedipupo

How long have you been a professional photographer for and why photography?

I’ve been a Photographer Since my 200L long holiday break, that was 2015, but professionally, 2016. Well, photography because I really didn’t get along with school, so I felt if I didn’t have good grades at the end of my fourth year, I should have something to fall back on.

Who has been your most interesting client to work with thus far and why?

I’ve had a lot of fun shoots along the line. But I’ve not had THE ONE yet I guess…

via @novographer

In few sentences tell us how Nigerian women have been treating you since you went into photography professionally

Nigerian women… Let me say babes…
Mehn… At first the attention wasn’t all there. Till December 2017 when I got to work with my first Celebrity, YCEE and boom!! Everything changed. This 2018 also, has been a cool year as far as my career. Most girls even some guys see me as one big man. But mehn, I’m really just that guy they all knew November 2017. But then, It’s much easier to talk to girls now ‘cause at the end of the day, they want to get in front of my camera. Lol.

Is there anybody you are looking forward to working with, who if yes?

Kenvshots!!! That’s his instagram Handle. His name is Kehinde I think, he’s a Nigeran UK based Event Photographer and his images give me chills always and always. He said if he comes to Nigeria I’d work with him. Damn I’m so excited honestly.

 

 

 

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Black History Month: The Nigerian Perspective

Seye Fakinlede

The Black History Month which began as a way of remembering all the black heroes and heroines and their struggles towards the emancipation of African Americans in the United States of America (USA) at that time, is a celebration of black cultural heritage, music, and arts, as well as a means of immortalizing the African American stars responsible for their emancipation.

Birthed by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, as a struggle for a relinquishing identity, and a fight for the recognition of blacks in America, the annual Afro American holiday, since its birth, in 1929 is being celebrated annually every month of February.

However, Nigeria being the most populous black nation in the world, the “Black History month” is an “unofficial” celebration in Nigeria except by the Afro American literary scholars in the country, the American Embassy in Nigeria, and also at the Center for the American Studies in Nsukka.

Thus, the idea of immortalizing our heritage and a constant celebration of them has not been fully tapped into.

Out of the many facets of life, is the world of Art, of which Nigerian art creators, have stood tall to contribute their own quota to promote, re-shape, correct, the Western Nigerian narratives, most especially by re telling our own stories, fighting our own battles as against the idea of Africa’s voicelessness.

In view of this, in no order of importance we take a peek into those black curators whose ideology, resonates the liberation of black freedom and empowerment.

In a move to constantly promote, the African culture is Tola Wewe‘s whose contribution to the preservation of the Yoruba culture, especially in regards to shedding more light on the ways and tradition of the highly esteemed water goddess, Yemoja. Tola. Also, a frequent collaborator with Nike Davies-Okundaye, he was a founding member of the Ona movement in art.

Bernard Olabinjo Benson is another Nigerian entertainer and musician who had considerable influence on the Nigerian music scene. His music changed the West African music narratives, and this is evident in the introduction of big band and Caribbean idioms to the High-life style of popular West African Music.

Taking a peep into the world of Arts and crafts is Ladi Kwali, OON, MBE, a Nigerian potter. Kwali’s work projected Nigeria as a creative country as opposed the notion of it being a dark country with no creative capacity. According to history, Kwali with little formal education was a teacher of teachers when it came to pottery.

Also, taking a look at Nigerian Stars in diaspora is to celebrate the Lijadu Sisters, Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu. The duo amazons are Nigerian identical twin sisters whose musical success and influence has become a house hold name both home and abroad. They have been described as the “Nigerian twins who fought elites with funk” by an American Journalist. Sadly, Kehinde passed on to the next world last year at age 71.

Another is Aina Onabolu, famously known for being a pioneer of modern arts teacher and painter, and an important figure whose work caused a revolution for the inclusion of arts in the Nigerian Secondary Schools. Also is Victor Ehikhamenor whose work is influenced by his attempt to sustain the traditional African motifs and religious cosmology.

Another whose celebration should be sung in the promotion of Nigerian Art is Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye, who is the founder of Nike Art Gallery, the largest in West Africa. As an artist and textile designer, she is famous for her batik weaving and dyeing workshops and her elaborate and intricately designed art.

Fela Anikulapo‘s music, life and ideology are a similitude spirit to the Black History month, as we celebrate Fela every first week of October, during a festival called, Felabration. This yearly music festival is a remembrance of Fela’s ideology, and its immortalization in the minds of every participant.

The idea behind the “Black History Month” is to yearly preserve the Afro-American consciousness in the minds of the African-Americans in Diaspora, by immortalizing their black celebrities and every event that mattered to them, which is only made possible through the documentation of their history.

Similarly in Nigeria, as part of the Black race, we all resonate with the idea of the black month most especially in the areas of our arts, craft and music for their revolutionary power in preserving our culture, and arts in a contemporary world of cultural conflict, and a quest for the African identity among many identities.

Although Nigeria has an endless list of personalities who have contributed immensely to the nation, however, to remember some of the aforementioned is to remember what our blackness stands for such as, resilience, determination, creativity, ubiquity, spirituality, and expressiveness.

 

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Victor Gbenga Afolabi: Africa’s Culture and Art is the Gateway to a Buoyant Tourism Destination

The Chief Executive Officer of GDM group, Hazon Holdings and Founder of Eko Innovation Center, Victor Gbenga Afolabi in this interview with The Parakeet Show speaks on his journey into becoming a successful serial entrepreneur as well as the enormous potentials of the country’s Culture and Tourism space. Happiness Irabor presents the excerpts:

Tell us a bit about your background and journey into becoming an entrepreneur

I got my Bachelors Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where I studied pharmacy, and then moved on to a Master’s Degree in Managerial Psychology from the University of Ibadan in 2016, as well as an MBA from Manchester Business School in 2018. I am also an alumnus of Lagos Business School as well as the Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria, which has been of great help towards my entrepreneurship journey over the years.

Currently I find myself playing in the various key sectors of the economy where we have been able to make a lot of social economic impact.

What brought about the drive to establish Eko Innovation Centre and how has the innovation hub been able to support curators thus far?

My passion for creating enterprises of the future led to me founding the Eko Innovation Center which is basically a place where we accelerate technology driven innovative ideas by providing curators with access to capital, mentor-ship schemes, and all the support structures required to help businesses grow.

We have been able to identify the various vital sectors of the economy in which we are interested in accelerating innovations and enterprises that are adding value to the country and citizens.

Also, we are delighted to have partnered with the Lagos state government last year in an attempt to get the state government to handshake with the ecosystem of innovators, hubs and enterprise curators through design thinking sessions, in order to co create and accelerate innovations and startups.

Thus, we have been working on accelerating enterprises to their maximum potentials by providing all the required support needed to upscale. We have provided mentor-ship and hand holding initiatives, as well as the funding needed for the startups to become sustainable businesses.

At the Eko Innovation Centre we have an ideology of concept to commercialization. We believe it is okay to have an idea if you are ready to work towards making that idea a reality and available for patronage. It is in view of this we are ready to work with entrepreneurs and startups to support them with generating structure and funding that would sustain-ably develop the businesses across the various sectors of the country’s economy.

Also, remember that the innovation center is just 7 months old and yet we have been able to contribute quite a lot to the development of the Eco system.

How do you think innovators and curators can infuse African Culture into their solutions and enterprises in order to yield greater results?

One of the authentic things I believe Africa has is her Art and culture, which makes it a perfect tourism destination for local and foreign investors.

Her culture and Art is the gateway to a buoyant industry called, Tourism. Thus, we need to study the sector more in order to understand and harness its enormous potentials. Entrepreneurs should be able to build their business module in such a way that they tap into and leverage on the enormous potentials the sector has.

We have a very diverse, beautiful and rich culture that the whole world looks at and admires; so, it is up to us to leverage on it and create standard and conducive destination experiences for indigenous and foreigners across the globe that are looking to invest towards the sustainable development of our Society.

Meanwhile, on our part, we are working on a global Jazz Festival called, Runway Jazz because we know when you integrate Art and culture, into a business, you are projecting such enterprise for long term growth and higher yields.

Victor Gbenga Afolabi

How can we harness the rich volume of innovators and curators in the country and change young entrepreneurs’ mentality of selling off their ideas as a result of impatience and lack of access to capital?

That is why I created an enterprise that can mentor people, train and assist people to scale up. Young startups do not need to have such a mindset of selling off their ideas. Instead they should do the necessary ground work required to develop and accelerate such ideas into a sustainable and efficient innovation. Entrepreneurs need to have a long term perspective towards business and innovation.

One of the things that lead to that is when you do not see the potentials of what you posses. For instance; you are holding a seed and people tell you it is a mango seed and if you plant it, within five years it will be a mango tree and that mango tree will produce lot of mangoes that will last for the next ten years and you can then open a mango juice factory from the mango tree. Instead of working smart and being patient you decide to break open the mango seed and eat the nut instead of waiting five years to manufacture a mango juice factory.

What do you think is the level of innovation in Nigeria?

I think we are just scratching the surface, I think a lot of work needs to be done. We find some hubs which we think are not so vast in acceleration of innovative ideas, but rather, more into offering co working spaces. We think the business at hand is bigger than that. We think the real deal is how we create the mentor-ship and the hand holding experience for these entrepreneurs who are emerging into the economy as scalable businesses; how we can support startups to harness the tools required to change the lives of our people thereby, bringing out that local solutions that will transform the landscape which, is one of the major foundations upon which Eko Innovation Center was founded. Hence, it is okay to have an idea; it is okay to build castles in the air because we are ready to provide the pillars that would help the castles become a reality.

 

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Revenge Porn: Sharing Nude Online without Consent Will Land You in Jail

I AM A VICTIM!!!!!!!!!!

My name is Mira, a 300 level student in one of the most prestigious university in Nigeria studying communication, whilst also training to be an On air Personality as I wish to become a full time on air personality someday. But waking up this morning, checking my social media account, to find the greatest shock of my life: MY NUDE PICTURE IS EVERYWHERE ONLINE!!!!!!! With my name tagged on it and millions of comments. Everything I ever imagined to be came crashing down.

Who on earth could be responsible for this? Only one person’s name could come to mind, which was Dave Matthews my supposed ‘Ex-Boyfriend’ who had threatened to leak my nudes’ online if I ever ended the relationship.

I met Dave Matthews at a red carpet event in Lagos, where we connected instantly, so we started dating. We saw each other a lot, mostly because we were able to get in touch whenever we felt like it. But I started suspecting and hearing rumours of Dave cheating on me. Anytime I confronted him, he usually denies it until I caught him red handed. He came back and apologised and I told him this time, we are so done. Then he decided to take the rough part telling me if he can’t have me then nobody else will. He threatened to leak my nudes which I sent to him during the course of the relationship during our freaky moment. Don’t judge me, I love him and I did everything I could to hold on to him. What Dave Matthews did is a perfect example of what we call ‘Revenge Porn’

According to Wikipedia, Revenge porn or Revenge Pornography is the distribution of sexually explicit images or ideas of individuals without their permission. The sexually explicit images or videos may be made by a partner of an intimate relationship with the knowledge and consent of the subject, or it may be made without his or her knowledge. The possession of the material may be used by the perpetrators to blackmail the subjects into performing other sex acts, to coerce them into continuing the relationship, or to punish them for ending the relationship causing distressed embarrassment which could leave a person feeling vulnerable and could possibly put them in danger.

At this age and time, the use of social media is wide spread across the globe that by the mere click of a mouse or the push of a button on a computer, mobile phone devices, or electronic tablets, messages or information may be sent across the whole universe whether as email, status uploads or broadcast. While social media platforms are now in vogue in terms of reaching out to the world, dissemination of information, keeping-in touch with friends, family, and loved ones, it has also become an instrument of betrayal, backstabbing, and blackmailing, causing distress to others in form of revenge porn.

Till date, the most commonly reported incidents of revenge porn have come from those who are in their teens, adults in their late twenties. The recurring case is jilted lover who is full of anger willing to seek revenge, cause annoyance to the person who gets in contact with such pictures with the intention to extort. Whichever is the case the victim of such revenge suffers injury to character, shame and unwanted exposure which can be extremely damaging for the victim. A violation such as this may leave the victim scarred psychologically and jeopardize future relationships.

BUT WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY ABOUT REVENGE PORN?

While the UK government has acted swiftly to delineate from the crime by passing a law to check the crime in April 2015, the Nigerian counterpart is yet to specifically define revenge porn. In the United State of America, regardless of the fact that some states have passed laws prohibiting either the production or distribution of non-consensual pornography, there appears to be no federal law regarding this content.

The Communication Decency Act, a federal law passed in 1996 regulating pornography on the internet protects the websites and service providers from liabilities for content posted by users that they are not co-creators of.

In Europe, there is a ‘right to be forgotten’ law potentially resulting in European union wide-range revenge porn prohibition individuals have the right-under certain conditions to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them. This applies whereby the information is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive for the purposes of the data processing.

In Africa, there are no express laws regulating revenge porn. Although rampant, the society would rather castigate the victim than help get the culprit to justice.

REVENGE PORN: NIGERIA AS A CASE STUDY

In Nigeria, there have been series of revenge porn cases on the internet a recent example is the case which happened on twitter when some ladies alleged that a twitter user called ‘Asiwaju Michael’ raped them and the guy feeling his name has been soiled decided to release the ladies nude pictures and videos as a revenge for the alleged rape.

The question being, is there any law against REVENGE PORN in Nigeria?

The answer is YES!!!!!

Section 170 of the Criminal Code Act and section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act 2015, and section 37 of the 1999 constitution are the Nigerian enactments covering the field on the issue of revenge. A strict review of these two provisions covers some part of revenge porn if done on the internet and the perpetrator will be liable on conviction to a fine of not more than N7,000,000 (seven Million Naira) or imprisonment for a term of not more than 3 years or both such fine and imprisonment.

Under section 24 of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention Act 2015), revenge porn is also a punishable offence. The Act touched a great portion of the grey areas. It provides that ‘any person who knowingly or unknowingly sends a message via a computer network system which is false, grossly offensive, pornographic, obscene, indecent or menacing commits an offence and is liable to a fine of 7 (Seven Million Naira) and or a term of up to 3 yearrs imprisonment.

A recent case was held in Ekiti State Jusice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, the suit, FHC/AD/17c/2017, filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Maami (SAN), and Ayan the complainant.

Counsel and FIDA member to the AGF, Mrs. Oyewole, told the court that Ayan had threatened to post Arare’s nude pictures on social media sometimes in 2017, when the lady told him she was no longer interested in the relationship

Oyewole further revealed to the counsel that, Arare, had pleaded with the convict, who is married with children, not to carry out his threat.

She added that: “the convict then requested N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) as inducement for him to rescind his decision.

“Ayan however posted the victims nude pictures as she was unable to meet up with his demands. The prosecution called four (4) witnesses to prove his case against the defendant.”

Meanwhile, FIDA Ekiti in a statement released, praised the decisions of the Federal High Court stating that revenge porn is a gender based violence against the victim and totally condemns same. It is a crime against humanity and gross wickedness against womenfolk.

“It is condemnable and should not be allowed to strive in any civil society. We commend this judgement and hope it will serve as deterrence to others who are in the habit of abusing and molesting children girls.’’

Also, a cursory look at the provisions of the law would reveal that it is not in fact prosecuting the said offence, therefore, the legislators have a great work to do in passing the law that will reflect the face in issue wherein, revenge porn will be added. The world is evolving daily therefore; laws should be made to dance to the tone of this situation.

With the prominence of social media, there is an increase rate in the cases of revenge porn. However, a few persons have the knowledge of what steps to take towards stopping such menace.

Let me also mention that to avoid being a victim of revenge porn; don’t send your explicit pictures at all. Like the saying “PREVENTION IS BETTER THEN CURE!”

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A Colorful Rich Heritage of the Benin Kingdom

A Rich, Colorful Heritage of the Benin Kingdom

Oluseye Fakinlede

“He, who knows not the Oba, let me show him, he has piled a throne upon a throne…”

The lines of this panegyric revealed the underlined drama, a recount of history and entertainment during the 40th Coronation of the Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Apolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, gallery exhibition at The Thought Pyramid Norman Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos.

Like a time traveler on April 29, 2018, I metamorphosed to become a participant in the coronation of the Oba as he makes his way from Benin, after the transition rites of the late Oba to Uselu, Eko Ehae, Usama Palace, Use Village and back to Benin even as Omoregie Osakpolor, the gallery exhibitionist and a Nigerian Documentary Photojournalist became my eyes and a raconteur telling me all about the coronation and explaining every detail, reason for the crowned prince’s movement at the gallery.

Thought Pyramid, Lagos, Nigeria

Participants of the royal occasion were art admirers; renowned photojournalists; and a writer who loves writing and telling entertaining African visual stories, whilst the colorful and epical avalanche pictures also re-affirmed my earliest beliefs in regards to how Benin is culturally endowed and why the Oba is greatly referenced.

The Ediaken (the crowned prince) leaves Benin for Uselu, after the transition rites are over, to Uselu, a symbolic place in the Benin history.

Asides form the other things he does at Uselu is the climbing of the symbolic palm tree which fed his fore-father, Ewuare, during a time of self-exile. He moves to Eko Ehae, Bachelors Camp, which is another symbolic place the crowned prince goes to for some ritual rites.

Next, he moves to the Usama Palace to Use Village where he plays the Akhue-a game that he played to get his addressed title and he is proclaimed by the Usama as the Oba of Benin with the title. It is noteworthy to know that the crowned prince spends three or seven days in these places to complete his ritual rites of 21 days.

Asides from the beauty and the scenery at the gallery, the coronation pictures, the costume, the improvisation, plot and setting have some underlining elements of drama, re-enactment, entertainment and mysticism.

Thought Pyramid, Lagos , Nigeria

According to my guide, at Uselu, the Ediaken, symbolically climbs the palm tree known as Udin ama meieson, to re-enact the suffering of Oba Ewuare; all crowned princes must go through this rite as a norms for their coronation.

Additional dramatic aspect of the coronation is the re-enactment of the crossing of the bridge at the Omi River which is followed by a mock battle between Oba Ewedo and Ogiamen with his followers.

From the coronation pictures of the Oba, placed on the wall, I could deduce that the whole process has a large percentage of music, songs and dancing as the Ekassa Dancers, are known for the symbolic spiritual cleansing dance.

The mysticism dancers are mostly male, wrapped in their white wrappers. The dance is only performed at the demise of an Oba and the coronation of a new Oba. Asides the Ekassas are the Ikppakohen, Isienmwenro amongst others. The beauties of these dancers are accompanied with songs and various dance steps as captured by the decisive shots of Osakpolor.

Lastly, the coronation pictures also revealed a rich referenced culture. African monarchs are highly referenced and the coronation pictures confirmed this. My raconteur revealed that trading activities in Benin was practically short down during the Oba’s coronation most especially on his way back to Benin after the completion of his 21-days coronation rites.

The gallery exhibition was an avenue to learn about art, history and entertainment even as they accompanied the coronation rites of the Oba of Benin. . . Long live the Oba, long live our traditions.

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