Thursday, 19 October 2017

Telon Nights' BLOODY BURLESQUE SHOW: A Halloween Special.


The city of Lagos is starting to embrace a new concept of entertainment as the stereotype in nightlife has become officially boring.

                                        Telon Nights presents 

The anticipated night of raw and uncut display of pure vain ecstasy through the art of Burlesque by professionally trained performers, will take place on Saturday, 28th of October 2017 at C O V A (the roof top of Mega Plaza), Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria.

The 3rd edition of Telon Nights aims to tantalize your body and mind, bringing all 5 senses to a halt with live performances, spoken word, theatrics, and exotic cocktails by Remy Martin.

The Burlesque show will include mind blowing performances and will also double as a costume party, as guests are expected to show up dressed as their alter egos, super heros or just highly creative pieces put together. The guest with the best costume will be awarded gifts.

BURLESQUE:  The literary art of entertainment through a dramatic or musical work, is usually performed by professionals with a combination of sensual extravaganza intended to cause excitement, intrigue and laughter by re-enacting popular works, societal occurrences or movies. 

Telon Nights is a unique event that focuses purely on nightlife entertainment putting into consideration all exciting elements that fun seekers are deprived of. This show is produced and choreographed by A Seal Kamson Concept who put together the very first burlesque show in Nigeria.

Anticipate nothing but pure entertainment!

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Nigeria Army’s ‘By Force, By Fire’ Immunization.

Reports from the Southern part of Nigeria inundates us with news of school children scampering for safety and Parents rushing to pick their wards from school over a suspicious immunization outreach programme being conducted by the Nigerian military. It is not unusual for Nigeria's Military to conduct socially responsible activities aimed at forging closer ties with civilians; they've done so for decades. Also, the Nigerian Military has good quality medical personnel within its ranks, hence carrying out free medical support services shouldn’t be out of place.

Unfortunately, 'Trust' has become a very rare currency in the Nigerian polity, and it has gotten worst in the almost three years of Buhari's administration. The Nigerian Military have long deviated from any tiny circle of trust they may have enjoyed with the populace at any given period. Sordid tales of brutality which the Nigerian military left behind in places like Odi, Zaki Biam and more recently among Shites in Zaria are still fresh in our memories. The Nigerian military has also gunned down peaceful protesters in the East expressing their right to self-determination.

In recent months, the Nigerian Army has launched unpopular military exercises in the South; ‘Python Dance’ in the South-East, ‘Crocodile Smile 2’ in parts of the South-West and South-South. Most Nigerian residents in affected regions are neither impressed nor convinced about the real motives behind these friendly military invasions. While these Nigerians were still trying to get a grip on seeing Pythons dance and Crocodiles smile, they were certainly not prepared for any Monkey immunization. Reports have been quite sketchy such that we do not have details on the diseases Nigeria’s Army is being sent to immunize Southern children against. Surely, if there had been sufficient sensitization on the part of Military authorities, citizens’ reactions would have been different.

Even though the Southern part of Nigeria shares part of the total rot in Nigeria's health system, the region has fared better when compared to the North. There is already high immunization awareness in the South and the region has never really lacked adequate personnel to carry out immunization activities. One would have expected the Nigerian Military to take its immunization agenda to the far North, especially in Boko Haram ravaged areas where Polio is still being recorded and access to proper healthcare still a challenge.

If the Nigerian Military wants to redeem its image among a cynical populace, perhaps, rather than engage in forceful immunization of school children, how about embarking on Human rights programmes? How about explaining to civilians the rationale behind leveling of Odi, killing of IPOB protesters or the massacre of almost a thousand Shites in Zaria and unlawful detention of Zakzaky? 

Instead of chasing Southern school children all over the place with injection syringes, how about Nigerian Army initiating self-defense and awareness programmes for communities constantly ravaged by Fulani herdsmen?

Better still, can the Nigerian Army just let the rest of us be and concentrate all their efforts in rebuilding the North East and putting a final stop to Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen?

~Stanley Nwabia

Sunday, 15 October 2017

President Jacob Zuma And The Mad Man Of Owerri.

Sane societies erect statues in order to immortalize great individuals or historical icons; people whose lives, ideals and legacies have made lasting impact on society. 

In the Eastern Nigerian state of Imo, an overzealous Governor has taken an unusual brand of lunacy to continental levels. Governor Rochas Okorocha in commemoration of South African leader Jacob Zuma's visit, commissioned a towering statue and named a street in Zuma's honor.

Jacob Zuma Statue in Owerri, Nigeria
Nigeria woke up to images of this embarrassing event that has made Nigerians the laughing stock of Southern Africa social media platforms. This ridiculous calamity awkwardly coincides with Nigeria's grievances over reoccurring deaths and extra-judicial killings of Nigerians resident in South Africa. 

Indigenes of Imo state are now being forced to re-evaluate the Mental health of not just their Governor but Imo society at large. Trying to rationalize the construction of a Jacob Zuma statue in Owerri, we just have to wonder: Who is Jacob Zuma? Is he a descendant of Amadioha's lineage? What role has he played in the lives of Imo people? What moral, social or political ideal does he represent to Imo state, the Igbo race or Nigeria in general?

For those who don't know, President Jacob Zuma is currently facing serious corruption allegations in his home country. His administration had driven South Africa's economy into recession. There have been sex scandals too. So, what the hell was Governor Rochas Okorocha thinking?

Some have said that Governor Rochas is either preparing for his 2019 retirement in South Africa or just living in character of Nigeria's ruling party the All Progressives Congress (APC). A party that has shown Nigerians the personification, justification and glorification of Bad Leadership at federal, state and local government levels.

We understand that a few more statues are still under construction within same Owerri vicinity: here's looking forward to the likely unveiling of more inspiring statues of African Heroes such as Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Mobutu Sese Seko and Muammar Gaddafi.  We trust Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Nigeria.

~Stanley Nwabia

Friday, 13 October 2017

'Hurricane Trump' Ravages Iran Nuclear Deal.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

Trump announced the major shift in U.S. policy in a speech in which he detailed a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.

He accused Iran of “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear agreement and said his goal is to ensure Tehran never obtains a nuclear weapon, in effect throwing the fate of the deal to Congress.

US President Donald Trump
He singled out Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for sanctions and delivered a blistering critique of Tehran, which he accused of destabilizing actions in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” Trump said.

Trump’s hardline remarks drew praise from Israel, Iran’s arch-foe, but was criticized by European allies.

The move by Trump was part of his “America First” approach to international agreements which has led him to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

His Iran strategy angered Tehran and put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union - some of which have benefited economically from renewed trade with Iran.

Responding to Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday on television that Tehran was committed to the deal and accused Trump of making baseless accusations.

“The Iranian nation has not and will never bow to any foreign pressure,” he said. “Iran and the deal are stronger than ever.”

European allies have warned of a split with the United States over the nuclear agreement and say that putting it in limbo as Trump has done undermines U.S. credibility abroad, especially as international inspectors say Iran is in compliance with the accord.

The chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog reiterated that Iran was under the world’s “most robust nuclear verification regime.”

“The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, referring to the deal by its formal name.

U.S. Democrats expressed skepticism at Trump’s decision. Senator Ben Cardin said: “At a moment when the United States and its allies face a nuclear crisis with North Korea, the president has manufactured a new crisis that will isolate us from our allies and partners.”

While Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact.

If Congress reimposes the sanctions, the United States would in effect be in violation of the terms of the nuclear deal and it would likely fall apart. If lawmakers do nothing, the deal remains in place.

Stanley Nwabia's Take:

'Igwe' Trump is keeping up with his campaign promises thus far, there should be no surprises here. I'm actually surprised that he hasn't terminated the Iran Nuclear deal entirely. From the look of things, all Trump wants to do is shuffle or harden certain terms in the Iran Nuclear Deal which he believes former US President Obama entered into from a position of weakness.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

2019: Where Are PDP’s Northern Candidates?

Stumbled upon local news report coverage on recent meeting of Northern PDP members where it was resolved that the zoning formula adopted by the party be strictly adhered to. This was coming on the heels of recent Presidential declaration by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.

Months after its 2015 electoral misfortune, the People’s Democratic Party in its new role as Nigeria’s main opposition party set up a review committee which recommended that the Presidency be zoned to the North. By this action, the PDP had somewhat admitted that fielding then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, a Southerner, must have been a mistake. Also, the PDP by this move may have acknowledged that the North was cheated when President Jonathan was allowed to ride on after Yaradua’s death. These Party zoning permutations in favor of the North arose from arguments that since Nigeria’s return to Democracy in 1999, the South has enjoyed more slots as President. Obasanjo had eight years, Goodluck Jonathan five years, making a total of thirteen years while Yaradua (representing the North) barely did three years, and now President Buhari also approaching his third year – making it a total of five to six years for the North.

Proponents of PDP’s zoning arrangement conveniently decided to forget that the North has cumulatively produced more Nigerian Presidents since 1960…all of a sudden we are being programmed to pretend that Nigeria got her independence in 1999.

Strategically, there is nothing wrong with PDP zoning its Presidential ticket to the North, the problem is that the party took that decision from a position of weakness, a somewhat defeatist move. President Buhari has enjoyed cult following in the core North for decades; in 2015, extraordinary media propaganda helped consolidate and spread his cult followership down South, especially in the SouthWest. When PDP took the decision to zone its Presidential ticket to the North, it was still quite early in the life of Buhari’s administration, no one knew the monumental failure his government would eventually become.

Today, there is anguish, despair, anger and frustration in the land. Beyond Buhari’s clannish support within some ethnic and religious quarters, a larger chunk of Nigerians probably now want a genuine leader that can provide solutions regardless of where he comes from. By hastily zoning its Presidential ticket to the North, PDP has robbed itself off an opportunity to think outside the box now that situation demands it.

President Buhari’s lopsided anti-corruption war has targeted several members of PDP, Northerners inclusive. There’s hardly any mainstream PDP leader that is not on EFCC’s radar. Many have ongoing Court cases already, only those that decamp to the ruling APC are automatically cleansed and set free.

It is barely fourteen months to the 2019 general elections, as I type this, no Northern PDP candidate has boldly declared his/her intention to contest the Presidency. A few have shown body language but seem to be foot dragging due to known or unknown Corruption allegations; none has declared like Fayose, and time is going. 

There is palpable fear that most Northern PDP candidates might stall and sellout to Buhari by 2019, in exchange for Corruption-free clean bill of health. It is true that as a serving Governor, Fayose enjoys immunity from prosecution and this may have emboldened him. But PDP has two serving Northern Governors, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe and Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba, both men have not indicated interest in 2019 Presidency.  So when Northern members of PDP gather in Abuja to condemn Fayose’s declaration and insist PDP’s Presidential ticket stays zoned to the North, we ask, where are PDP’s Northern candidates?

~Stanley Nwabia