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Friday, November 7, 2008

::NAIJA NAVY HOUSE OF HORROR::

well some pips never learn do they.Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade whoever he is just soaped his uniform. This same incidence reminds me of the okada guy that got shot in the head by a naval officer @ Ikeja sometime ago. And to think that it was even a lady that was so treated is a big slap not only to our democracy but also to 'rationality'.

I first saw this video on STV and i listened to the victim being interviewed and believe me this rear admiral and his 6 bodyguards need some 'lynchin'



"On the third of november 2008 on Muhri Okunola Street, victoria Island Lagos, the traffic was chaotic. A young lady (Uzoma Okere) driving home from work didn't move her vehicle out of the way of a millitary convoy on time, resulting severe beatings by armed Nigerian Navy men. The convoy consisted of Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade's personal Navy saloon car and his pilot truck, consisting of 6 armed bodyguards. The body guards in the process physically beat up several Price WaterHouse Coopers staff and destroyed cameras that were filming the event as it unfolded. The video clip was recorded from the PricewaterHouseCoopers office on a personal camera. "-ireport.com

photocopy 'o' easy ::ISOLATE::

isn't it amazing how things we say turn out to be so ironic,..lol well my was in ma office minding ma own business when i come across this dude called: ISOLATE never heard of him before apparently 9ice has got a perfect twin in him. Don't believe me? think You should listen to the guy, id like to know what you think.

*for the record i know Isolate is gonna be stereotyped as a 9ice copy, but in my opinion, I think he adds a bit more class to

Sobusun-ISOLATE

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama's Security

For those of us who feel that more than ever before Obama needs to be protected then you shouldn't underestimate the power of the US secret service check this out:

Have u ever wondered what in those black GMC jeeps that flank the US President's Convoy?



also check out Obama's house..lol



Although I must say that God's protection is the SUREST!

Yes We Can

After over 21months of optimism, the King of Optimism himself, Barack Obama, made history by becoming the 1st black president of the United States of America. Find videos and transcripts of his speech below:




:: Speech Transcript::

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation's next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House. And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn't do this just to win an election and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection." And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

:M:ost :I:ncredible

2nd November, 2008
swe bar, Lagos
Naija

This short black boy sure had Lagos stand up for him as he had his Album listening party @ swe bar(city mall), on the wheels of steel was DJ XL.

Jude Abaga, popularly known as M.I had swe on lock like never before, and the Prominent Naija hiphop heads were present. damn i hate it when i sound like i'm writing for some tabloid...lol.

Now i must say at this point that for some reason i can't explain rappers find it very easy to hate on each other esp. as it helps generate the kind of controversy which in turn sells records...lol.
Not Judo, he flows and fights fair plus M.I. got so much love from other artiste and record bosses which is unusually uncommon for a listening party, I mean the kinda luv you'll get from Album launches, celebrity weddings...etc.

The 'P' @ M.Is gig was 'M'ost 'I'ncredible & very heavy, he simply blew every1 away as he featured 1st as a ::producer::, and then as an ::artiste::, and finally as a ::performer::.

On his third presentation to the audience as the performer he showed us what the 'short black boy' could do by squashing the 'crowd mentality', 'Blazing' the audience and then finally bringing the rhymes home 'Safe'...lmao

Indeed M.I is a breathe of fresh air to the industry,if the likes of Tuface and Dbanj got their international recognition @ MTV as a result of the creation of some special category this dude M.I isn't gonna fly their style.., I believe very much he's tight enough to go head to head with the likes of kanye west, lil wayne, Flo-rida... with good and calculated management.

Its the grammies baby yeah... they said we couldnt do it from home...(noting that artistes like seal.. have done it from the diaspora), well with artists like M.I, Naeto C, Ikechukwu, Mtrill, M9 and every other tight rapper on air all we need is some solid links to those that have voting powers for such events as the grammies(esp. the major labels...Arista, Defjam, Atlantic... Audu please don't take this for granted). We already have the international media...

anyways it was fun to see M.I once again hustling, and I'll bet he made 'more customers'. some of the celebs at this event were:

see pictures here

Record Label Bosses
1.Obi Asika (Storm Records)
2.Kwame
3.Audu Maikori(chocolate city)
4.Steve Babaeko(X3M Music)
5.Tjoe(also markerter)

Artistes
1.M.I.
2.Rooftop MCs
3.Banky W.
4.Obiwon
5.Djinee
6.MP
7.Ice prince
8.Jesse Jags
9.lil flow
10.Omawumi
11.Dipp
12.pype
13.so sure there were a lot more...

Other Celebrities
1.T.A
2.DJ Jimmyjat
3.MAI
4.Ebuka (BigBrother)

Media
1.HipTV
2.Soundcity
3.Quest
4.Applause
5.Thisday
6.Guardian
7.STV e-weekly
8.MBK
9.Nigezie


but of course all the swag wouldn't have been, save for pips like: Tosyn Bucknor, Noble Igwe, Chocolate City crew, Godwin Tom, Bobby Taylor & her crew, Ajibola Anthonia Olubiyi(Swe bar) and lots of other wonderful pple i dont knw and most importantly crazy FANS like meself...yeah 'we''we'...lol U guys ur seeds of love haven't gone unnoticed before long you'll blow in ur fields...AMEN

Now to some lows and wierd stuff of the event: the program started @ bout 7:00pm as against 4:00pm, that sound man was a rude boi...lol, at some point i tot Omawumi was really High cos she kept dancing like...sheba and Djinee was actin like he wasn't 'safe' esp. after taking some of that dope from the 'i no dey shame video'...just kiddin. Why was Kunle's(rooftop) voice the loudest all through the event, tot he was supposed to be a lyrical evangelist, sure hope he didn't do the 'short black boy drink'?

Another risky but smart arrangement cos it worked fine was the fact that there was no classification or screening between the 'celebrities' and the audience/fans and so it was an oppurtunity for pips to relate with artistes.

In all, the event went well...cant wait for the Albums to drop starting DEC 1st 2008- 'Talk about it' and Illegal Music sometime around that time too (only available online as FREE downloads) and ONE sometime in January.

Like i said some time ago...3 Albums in 40days, not even Kanye can match that.

M.I is mosdef a BRAND NEW EXPERIENCE like 7 (vista is dead)...lol.

-=gossim=-

Friday, May 30, 2008

Nigerians in Hollywood, season 1 contd.


Sophie Okonedo (born 1 January 1969) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress with Nigerian blood of course...LOL

Biography:
Early life Okonedo was born in London, the daughter of Joan, a pilates teacher, and Henry Okonedo, who worked for the government. Her father is Nigerian and her mother, a Ashkenazi Jew, was born in the East End to Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Poland and Russia; Okonedo was raised attending synagogue. Her father left the family when Okonedo was five, and she was subsequently raised in poverty by her single mother.

Career
Okonedo trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She performed in Scream of the Shalka — a webcast based on the BBC television series Doctor Who — as Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor. As well as providing the character's voice, Okonedo's likeness was used for the animation of the character. Okonedo also played the part of Ms. Tulip Jones in the movie Stormbreaker (2006) and Nancy in the 2007 television adaptation of Oliver Twist. She was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her role in Hotel Rwanda and nominated for a Golden Globe for a Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath. Personal Life Okonedo has a daughter, Aoife, from her previous relationship with Irish film editor Eoin Martin. They live in Muswell Hill, London. On her heritage, Sophie says, "I feel as proud to be Jewish as I feel to be black" and calls her daughter "a gorgeous Irish, Nigerian Jew, so she’s really got it made."

here are some of the films she has been in:
    1.Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
    2.The Jackal (1997)
    3.This Year's Love (1999)
    4.Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
    5.Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    6.├ćon Flux (2005)
    7.Stormbreaker (2006)
    8.Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
    9.Martian Child (2007)
    10.Oliver Twist (2007)
    11.Skin (2008) (post-production)
    12.The Secret Life of Bees (2009)
pretty impressive aiight... believe me how could one have imagined such pedigree. Yeah you could say she never had anything to do with Nigeria true that, but it still doesnt change the fact that she's got a Nigerian Spirit.
Sophie has had a pretty impressive career her awards and nominations are strong evidence to this fact:

*Academy Awards 2005,
Best Supporting Actress: Hotel Rwanda (Nominated)

*Black Reel Award 2005,
Best Actress in a Drama: Hotel Rwanda (Winner)

*Golden Globes 2007,
Best Actress in a Television Movie/Mini-Series: Tsunami: The Aftermath (Nominated)

*Image Awards 2007,
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Tsunami:

The Aftermath (Winner)2005,
*Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Hotel Rwanda (Nominated)

*MTV Movie Awards 1996, Best Kiss: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls shared with Jim Carrey

*(Nominated) Screen Actors Guild 2005, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: Hotel Rwanda

*(Nominated)2005, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Hotel Rwanda (Nominated)

Nigerians in Hollywood, season 1


Hey folks once again my my 'creatively restless' mind is at it again. For some time now perhaps by some coincidence i have stumbled upon stories of some Nigerian actors who have been making waves in Hollywood.

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor actor,( Inside Man, Dirty Pretty Things)
  • Sophie Okonedo, actor, (The jackal, Dirty Pretty Things).
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, actor, (Lost, The Bourne Identity, GI Joe).
these three name amongst the growing number of Nigerians who have found and are still making their way to the limelight called hollywood. on this thread i will attempt to bring you a profile of them, their current projects and their lives.

did u know that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a Buddhist

yeah thats right there is a lot more to Nigerian professionals in diaspora than meets the eye.

Here is a brief Bio on Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje:

Name: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Height: 6' 2''

Sex: Male

Nationality: British

Birth Date: August 22, 1967

Birth Place: London, England, UK

Profession: Actor, Model

Education: Kings College, the University of London (masters in Law)

Claim to fame: Played the criminal Simon Adebisi in the HBO prison series Oz (1997-2000), as well as Mr. Eko on the second season of ABC's survivor drama Lost (2005)

Nigerians in Hollywood, season 1 would be continued.

Attack on South African Embassy in Nigeria.

its Official as i write this post some Nigerian youths calling themselves students are threatening to burn down the South African Embassy in Nigeria 4, Maduike Street, off Raymond Njoku Street, S.W. Ikoyi
Lagos . if have been been on my blog you will remeber a few days ago i wrote on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians based in SA, apparently this move by the Nigerian youths was anticipated by the authorities at the SA embassy see here . I would bring you more information as events unfold.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

**vision from within**



It is often said that when u loose one of the five senses the remaing four become enhanced, how true that is scientifically i cannot ascertain, but imagine if one was born that way what becomes of the other senses: my opinion is that those active senses move to a state of 'over perfection' if there is any word like that.
Such is the tale of one young Nigerian, Cobhams Asuquo that has continued to inspire me. Undoubtedly he is the best producer in Nigeria..., which prompts me to ask:
'If cobhams had his vision fully active what would he have become? '
Indeed his unusual and very humble persona has been a marvel to me ...
he believes he sees alot of things that his eyes may not have been able to see...
I my next post i'll explain what exactly i mean... keep it glued.

Monday, May 26, 2008

more than a friend (PSquare) new video

Tight Videos...


Last night i couldnt't help but marvel at the level of positive development that the Nigerian music industry has experienced. I saw the fresh set of PSquare videos, a new one from Nigga Raw. really splendid. Ifeel really excited about people like DJ Tee, Jude 'ENGEES' Okoye, some of the brains behind these fabulous videos...walai...LOL things really looking up. Also the level of organization of recent shows and awards like SMVA, Hipworld awards 08, and the likes have really been impressive. like all developments its always a rush when its the make it season, so i hope it only gets better. Here its a big thumbs up to people giving the industry some good PR with their passion.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Out of the Box!



i've been told that the solution to a challeneg lies within that challenge. True that, sometimes alot of what we go through in life come our way not by accident but as some form of divine arrangement to move us to another level.
It is my believe that the term 'perfection' in itself is a disguised limitation that hinders further development. On a lighter note a car dealer in cansas city who wanted to boost sales of his trucks came up with an idea to offer his customers a hang gun or a fuel voucher worth $250 each for every purchase and with 3 days he sold 30 cars that is mosdef thinkng outta the box...LOL.
The fact that somethings work fine dont mean they can't work better, there is always a better way to do stuff.
This single act of creativity is the way out of being a 3rd world country in Nigeria. Like i always say we need to re-invent the wheel all it takes is for us to be more creative with what we already have.
You want proof.... check out the Nigerian Music Industry.

Friday, May 23, 2008

xenophobia!

its 7am this morning and i wake to a bright and wonderful start, only to turn on the TV briefly for the morning news and somehow my dial is on channels TV Nigeria, where this funny looking and wierd sounding work is the topic on sunrise. And then some how by chance i check AIT and the secretary of the Human Rights Commision is being interviewed on this same issue: 'xenophobia'

The recent Killing of some Nigerians in South Africa is the issue.
On getting to my office i got online & checked that word out and this is what i got for a definition:

"A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples"

I first heard of the SA killings sometime last week but to think that this has continued unchecked. What actually prompted me to write this is that i remember a certain documentary i watched by the American Defence Department where it was said that every US marine was a little more than a $1million package and that they where trained to protect the US integrity and Citizenry...

Why at this time our Nigerian government has not done anything concrete on this foreign massacre of Nigerians is what baffles me. I mean..., i'm not saying we should attack nobody,the least they can do is demand some form of justice, or does the government just say 'after all they went there themselves...'

First it was Damilola Taylor (photo left) a 10-year-old Nigerian boy, who was then left by passers-by to die in an open stairwell of a rundown London housing project.
His accused killers whose photos on the right where later .....


Next it was Nigerians in Libya some of whom where butchered and others deported.
But to be honest with y'all, nothing could ever stand as a justification for the snuffing of any human life not even war.

"But what continues to be a source of worry to me is why Nigerians even after being subjected to this inhumane treatment abroad they still would rather hang around than come home".


I thought we had a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or does their job description not include protecting the interest of Nigerians in diaspora.

Whatever happens, we'll be watching.

Eedris ya'll....

Hey guys its actually funny how one minute an artiste is in the spotlight and next minute pofff...
so latety i have been wondering what Eedris Abdulkareem has been up to especially after making up with international rapper 50cents at the Kora pre-event.
Listen to thi and you'll find out whats he's been up to.

Koleyewon ft. Ruggedman -

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Extra-Ordinary People…

isn’t it amazing how a few men make a huge difference in world affairs. A wise man once said that where there is a vision there is a flock, meaning it doesn't matter what the vision is once you’ve got extraordinary people behind it people will most definately buy into that vision.

*check out Adolf Hitler despite the brutality of his vision till today we still have people who believe in his course years after his death.
*Another very good example is the US presidential aspirant: Barack Obama, the chicago Illinois senator has proven over the last couple of months that he is indeed a potential leader and that there is a new breed of politics that is far more effective than what was obtainable in the past. Enough of my ranting…

My point exactly is that every man has been blessed with a unique potential to do extraordinary things. It is my understanding that for every challenge a man faces he has already been equipped with the solution. the fact that you could even recognize that challenge is simply an indication of the fact that you can solve it.
Fela Durotoye a business consultant once echoed: "in order to achieve what has never been achieved, one must be ready to do what has never been done". this obviously means that it is only a fool that keeps doing the same thing and expects a different result. This is definately the attitude of extraordinary people like Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Woods,  and Steve Jobs.

Extraordinary people make things happen while ordinary people simply stand by and watch things happen. my question to you then  is  which would you rather be?
So every day you wake up always have it on your mind that you are alive for a reason, and that reason makes you a unique being .
till my next post…ciao.
stay Extra Ordinary.

-@gozzim

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