Friday, 20 April 2018

Politics: Theresa May's Irish Brexit border plans have been 'annihilated' by EU negotiators

NEWRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 02: A bus crossing along the border between Northern and southern Ireland passes a sign campaigning against a so called hard Brexit, on February 2, 2017 in Newry, Northern Ireland. The British government today published an official policy document setting out its Brexit plans, the white paper outlines the govermnets 12 principles including migration control. Northern Ireland will have the only hard border with the rest of the European union with many in Ireland fearing that a manned border between the north and the south could lead to ramifications for the peace process in the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

'It was made clear that none of the UK’s customs options will work. None of them.'

  • Theresa May's proposals for the Irish border after Brexit were reportedly "annihilated" by European negotiators this week.
  • "It was a detailed and forensic rebuttal," a senior EU source, who was directly briefed on the meeting, told the Telegraph. "It was made clear that none of the UK’s customs options will work. None of them."

  • The UK has ruled out remaining in a customs union because it would limit Britain's ability to strike free trade deals, and insisted it can find "technical" solutions which avoid the need for a hard border between north and south Ireland.


LONDON — Theresa May's proposals for the Irish border after Brexit were reportedly "annihilated" by European negotiators this week, who said her plans were unworkable.

Senior EU diplomatic sources told the Telegraph that UK proposals to avoid a hard border in Ireland were subjected to a "systematic and forensic annihilation" this week at a meeting between EU officials and Olly Robbins, the UK's lead Brexit negotiator.

"It was a detailed and forensic rebuttal," said the source, who was directly briefed on the meeting. "It was made clear that none of the UK’s customs options will work. None of them."

The meeting threw serious doubt upon the deal UK and EU negotiators are trying to strike on the terms of Britain's departure from the EU.

The UK has ruled out remaining in a customs union because it would limit Britain's ability to strike free trade deals, and insisted it can find "technical" solutions which avoid the need for a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, but has

But the EU's destruction of the UK's customs proposals adds to a growing consensus that May will have little choice but to remain in the customs union if she wishes to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

The blow followed a government defeat in the House of Lords earlier this week, which will force a vote in the House of Commons on whether May should negotiate for customs union membership.

Rebel Tory MPs could back the amendment, meaning that government defeat on the vote — likely to be held in May — is a distinct possibility.

A UK government spokesperson said Britain is continuing an "intensive work programme to engage" the customs option set out in the joint report published in December by EU and UK negotiators.



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MUSIC: Mz Kiss x Slim Case – Merule (Prod. By Tiwezi)

Listen To J. Cole’s New Album ‘KOD’

After J. Cole made some noticeable changes to social media accounts this week, fans began speculating that the North Carolina rapper was gearing up to release new material.

Hours later, Cole confirmed his latest project, KOD, would arrive on 4/20.

On Thursday night, Cole unleashed KOD on all major streaming services. Stream it on Apple Music/iTunes or below via Spotify.

His 12-track album (which is his fifth) follows the 2016’S 4 Your Eyez Only.

Kanye West Announces Release Dates For Two New Albums – Including Kid Cudi Collaboration

The album features Kill Edward.

KOD, according to Cole’s tweet, means Kidz On Drugz, King Overdose and Kill Our Demonz.

Last year, Cole jumped on Jeezy’s new song with Kendrick Lamar, “American Dream.” He also released a new HBO documentary about 4 Your Eyez Only. In it, he teased a new song.

To listen, click here

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It’s Official! Arsene Wenger To Step Down As Arsenal Manager After This Season

#BBNaija: “Nobody Holy Pass” – Small Doctor Defends Cee-C Despite Heavy Social Media Backlash

‘I Am Single But I Know So Many Girls That Think We Are Dating’ – Mayorkun

#BBNaija 2018 Day 81: Housemates Produce A TV Commercial

The evening of day 81 saw the four #bbnaija Housemates who progressed from the first Minimie task earlier getting asked to pair and create a two minute Television commercial.

Unfortunately for Tobi, he didn’t make it to the next round of the task which is worth 500,000 Naira. However, Big Brother allowed him the opportunity to be the go to guy whenever the pairs needed help.

Nina and Cee-C joined forces while Alex and Miracle formed another team and were given a three hour time frame to complete their task.

Tobi’s excitement when he saw the camera was too visible to contain as he shared his knowledge with his fellow #bbnaija Housemates on how the equipment worked.

His willingness to help wasn’t without drama though when Cee-C lashed out on him when he was trying to help them.

Dressed in a school girl’s uniform, Cee-C and Nina were ready to shoot their video when Tobi explained how the camera works. Cee-C then pointed out that Tobi has a negative energy and he’s reluctance to help is obvious.

The few exchange of words between Cee-C and Tobi had Nina fatigued and she told Cee-C that she had lost interest but made it clear that they will use Tobi’s help when they need to.

For their skits, Cee-C and Nina chose to do a commercial focusing on a young girl who enjoys a variety of Minimie’s offerings.

Miracle and Alex on their part chose to take an adult route where they’re portraying a couple who’s expecting and the wife craves Minimie’s variety of noodles.

The pair that wins will walk away with the cash prize and a year’s supply of Minimie Noodles and Minimie chinchin and that has been enough motivation for the #bbnaija housemates to put in their best.

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(VIDEO): ‘A Powerful Media Man’ Sexually Assaulted Me At Age 17 — Chimamanda Adichie

A popular Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has revealed how she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 by a big man in the media in Lagos, Nigeria.

Speaking on Tuesday while delivering the closing keynote speech at the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality in Sweden, Adichie said the unnamed individual assaulted her in his office in Lagos when she went to seek his help for a book launch.

Narrating the incident, Adichie said, “When I was 17 years old, I wrote a book of really bad poetry which I hope no one will ever read. But true to the delusional ambition of youth, I thought that it was a wonderful book.

“And in Nigeria, when a book is published, it is customary to have a book launch, to introduce the book to the public. And so I set about planning a book launch for this terrible book.

“There was a powerful man in the media who I knew could help with this book launch. And so I found my way to his office in Lagos and I told him about my book. ‘Would he please support the book?’ I asked.

“He was very impressed that while other teenagers were hardly reading at all, I was serious and focused enough to have written a book.

“He was pleasant, warm and then he got up from his desk and walked around to where I was seated, and he stood behind me, and in a move that was as swift as it was shocking, he slipped his hands under my buttoned-down shirt, under my bra and squeezed my breast.

“I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds. Then I pushed his hands away, but gently, nicely because I did not want to offend him.

“Later that day, I broke into a rash on my chest, my neck, my face, as though my body were recoiling, as though my body was saying what my lips were not saying.

“I felt a deep loathing for that man and for what he did. I felt as if I didn’t matter; yet I told no one about it and I kept talking to him, being polite, hoping he would help.

“I was a feminist long before I knew what the word meant. I did not read feminist text. I knew that the world would not give to women the same dignities it gave to men.”

Below is the video of her speech – start watching from 3:44: 29 mark.

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MUSIC: X-kid – African Bad Girl

Video: Abiodun - ''Living For The Positive''

Abiodun, a founding member of the Bantu band releases video titled ''Living For The Positive''

Abiodun, a founding member of the Bantu band formed alongside Afropolitan Vibes boss, Ade returns to the Nigerian music scene with visuals for new single 'Living for the positive'.

The singer who was known under the moniker Don Abi, has been musically active in and out of Nigeria / Germany for the past 2 decades.

 

He is currently working on the promotion of his new single which was released on Friday, April 13th 2018 on his independent label Ajazco Records.

''Living for the positive'' is an up-tempo song reminiscent of the legendary soul sound of Stax and Motown incorporating timeless, punchy gospel and rock influences.

The singer who gained fame in Germany as a member of the Afro-German collective Brothers Keepers which sold over 220,000 copies of their single ''Adriano'' (the final warning) is making a comeback to the music industry.

The single is available on all major digital download and streaming platforms, and the video was produced by FYA Visuals.



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Politics: James Comey says he pities Trump: 'I don't dislike him, I actually feel sorry for him as a person'

james comey newsnight

The former FBI Director also said Trump had a 'corrosive' and 'staining' effect on his people.

  • James Comey delivered a personal assessment of Donald Trump's character in an interview with BBC Newsnight.
  • He said the President has a "corrosive" and "staining" effect on those around him.
  • Comey concluded: "I don't dislike him, I actually feel sorry for him as a person."
  • It is latest of many verbal blows the US President and former FBI Director have launched at each other.


James Comey has said that he doesn't dislike Donald Trump, but pities him instead.

"I don't dislike him, I actually feel sorry for him as a person," Comey said of his ex-boss in an interview with the BBC which aired on Thursday:

Comey went on to say that Trump had a "corrosive" and "staining" effect on his employees, and the nation as a whole.

He told the flagship Newsnight programme:

"I think the way in which he acts, especially his corrosive effect on norms — truth-telling being the most important of them — has that staining effect on institutions and people who are close to them.

"He has a habit of — and even who support him would agree with this, I think — of telling lies, sometimes big, sometimes casual, and insisting that the people around him repeat them and believe him.

"And that stains any human."

Comey's jab at Trump on Newsnight is the latest of many verbal blows the US President and ex-FBI Director have exchanged since Trump fired Comey last May.

Immediately after Comey's dismissal, Trump called Comey a "showboat" and a "grand-stander."

Last week, following the publishing of excerpts from Comey's memoirs, the President called the ex-FBI Director a "slimeball," "slippery," and "a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!)."

Last week Comey compared Trump to a mob boss, and described the President as "morally unfit" for his office.

Watch BBC Newsnight's entire interview here.



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Politics: The 6 most controversial senators in Nigeria

The 6 most controversial senators in Nigeria

BI Sub Saharan Africa chronicles some of the lawmakers, whose actions have not only made more headlines but will go down as most controversial in the country’s history.

 

  • Members of the 8th assembly have made the red chambers politically charged with fiery comments, personality clashes and superiority battle.

  • Just like legislative chambers world over, the Nigerian Senate is filled with lawmakers that court controversies at the slightest provocation.


Like most legislative chambers world over, the Nigerian Senate is filled with lawmakers that court controversies at the slightest provocation. Members of the 8th assembly have made the red chambers politically charged with fiery comments, personality clashes and superiority battle.

Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa chronicles some of the lawmakers, whose actions have not only made more headlines but will go down in the country’s history.

Dino Melaye - The comedian

The representative of Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye leads the pack as one of the most controversial lawmakers, the National Assembly has ever produced. In 2017 alone, the Senator was slammed with an allegation that he never graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, ABU. The claim will for a long time put the lawmaker in the spotlight. He was again in the news when 188,580 of his constituents signed a petition for his recall. The process is currently being delayed due to the legal process initiated by the lawmaker. The lawmaker is famous for being ostentatious and glamorous in his display of wealth. His dalliance with women has seen more than three women going public with various allegations. Currently, the Senator has been in the news for battling the governor of his state, Yahaya Bello.

Ademola Adeleke - The dancer

 

The Osun West representative in the Senate is another controversial Senator, whose name cannot be omitted on this list. Senator Adeleke’s weakness is music and great rhythm. A fun-loving personality, Senator Adeleke joined the upper legislative chamber following the death of his elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke. He has made headlines for throwing caution to the winds and dancing carelessly at every opportunity he gets. He’s been labeled the dancing senator and is currently eyeing the seat of power at Osun State.

Ben Bruce - The common sense teacher

Senator Ben Bruce is another member of the 8th Senate that has become controversial. This representative of Bayelsa East Senatorial constituency has been nicknamed the common sense senator. Known to be more vibrant on social media platform, Twitter, Ben Bruce continues to preach the need for Nigeria’s leadership to govern with common sense. The founder of Silverbird group was found wanting when the debt accrued by his organization was made public and left him at the mercy of the Nigerian citizenry. He’s quick to condemn the current administration being a strong member of the opposition party but he has continued to meet his match on Twitter.

Enyinnaya Abaribe - The Surety

 

This 63-year-old Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State joined the upper legislative chambers in April 2007. Senator Abaribe became controversial after he named alongside other Nigerian lawmakers, who were involved in $96,000 foreign training fraud. The lawmakers reportedly got $96000 each for a training they never participated in.

Abaribe became one of the Senators that openly discredited President Muhammadu Buhari and decided to stand as surety for Eastern region separatist, Nnamdi Kanu, who later jumped bail. The Senator has since been in the news battling to save himself from the hands of the law as Kanu has remained incommunicado.

Shehu Sani - The alarmist

Senator Shehu Sani is one of the Senators who court controversies in the 8th Nigerian Senate. Aside his unending battle with the governor of his state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Senator representing Kaduna Central is quick to release statements on happenings in Kaduna state and around. His ability to raise an alarm where none is needed -most times - has earned him the alarmist. From his battles with President Buhari to his disgust for Gov El-Rufai, Shehu Sani isn’t backing down one bit. Shehu Sani was quick to tell the world that he released his belt in place of the mace after it was stolen by thugs that invaded the red chamber.

Omo Agege - The ‘mace’ lawyer

 

The latest entrant on the list of most controversial Senators is Delta Central representative, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. This lawyer and son of famed Chief Justice James Omo Agege, who sentenced infamous armed robber, Lawrence Anini, Monday Osunbor and George Iyamu, a police officer, to death by firing squad in the 80s, crept into controversial issues when he dumped Labour Party for the ruling APC. Shortly after joining APC, Omo-Agege had continued to flaunt his loyalty to President Buhari at every opportunity but met his match in Senator Melaye, who told him that Omo-Agege was ‘laboring for LP when he (Melaye) was busy campaigning for the President.

Omo-Agege’s popularity rose after he sued the Senate and was subsequently suspended for 90 days only for him to return to the red chamber days after his suspension to attend a plenary sitting. The lawmaker’s entry created chaos as some thugs allegedly followed him in and stole the mace during the session.  



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Timaya: Singer shares photos of his mansion for the 1st time

Timaya

Timaya lets us into his mansion and the photos will keep you guys stunned.

Ok, guys, we have the official photos of the palatial mansion of the singer, Timaya as he shared the photos of the amazing building.

The singer took to his Instagram page on Thursday, April 19, 2018, where he shared photos of the gigantic mansion and well he said he misses home with his quote. "I miss HOME. @beyondarete Thank U!" he captioned the photo.

Who won't miss home when you have a crib that looks like something close to what you can see in best highbrow areas in the world.

 

This is not the first time we will be getting to see photos of Timaya's house but today the singer is sharing the photos by himself. Since the beginning of 2018, we've had a number of celebrities show us how they live flamboyantly by showing us their exquisite mansions.

ALSO READ: D'banj engraves signature logo in his luxury swimming pool

 

Recall when photos of the singer, D'banj's crib showed up on the Internet. The musician took to his Instagram page on Monday, March 12, 2018, where he posted photos of his exquisite living room. In one of the photos, he captioned it with the quote "Have a kokocious week."

 

We can also remember when former child star, Williams Uchemba announced that he had gotten himself a new crib in the United States Well, he didn't just announce the big news but also released a couple of photos of the house.

 

Back in December 2017 when music star, Tiwa Savage announced that she had gotten for herself a new house, she also released a photo of the beautiful crib for her fans.



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Pulse Music: 10 new songs you need to listen to

Pulse Music unearths ten of the best new songs this week

Every week, Pulse brings 10 of the best new songs for your listening pleasure.

We have carefully selected the under-listed songs, do listen below and share.

1. Yemi Lawal - 'Quiet Storm'

 

Yemi Lawal is a young upcoming rapper who claims that he is living proof that God is real.

The rapper who has been on his grind for a while releasing singles consistently, recently dropped a freestyle over the classic Mobb Deep record, ''Quiet Storm''.

This one sure got our attention as his delivery comes on point, with his lyrics talking about the things he has done to survive.

Listen Here

2. Jolomi - 'Want More'

Vibey tune to get you into the groove as talented singer, Jolomi delivers 'Want More' produced by Amazing Sleek.

Listen Here

3. Tenola - Show 'N' Tell

 

Tenola is out with her debut single, “Show ‘N Tell”.

Show ‘N Tell is an Afro-soul song about the little efforts people make in relationships.

The lyrics such as “I can care for you, I just need to read books on care” put sarcasm to good use with a catchy and groovy tune.

The song is delivered in a mix of English and Yoruba languages.

Amazing song, listen and enjoy.

Listen Here

4. Reggie. SabiBoy feat Chika Blaze & EhzyBeatz - 'Ring On It'

 

Reggie.SabiBoy is a Nigerian based Hip -hop/Afro-fusion act.

‘Ring On IT’ is a single off his forthcoming Ep, ‘Popular Demand ' and it features Chika Blaze.

The duo jump on the 'Pon Pon'  wave to deliver a lovely tune produced by Ehzybeatz.

Listen Here

Also Read: 10 Essential songs by Fela Kuti

5. Nathmac - 'Adesua'

 

Ebiama Abraham, professionally know as Nathmac is an alternative rock singer/songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nathmac, who has previously released singles like 'Kill Myself' delivers a new tune titled 'Adesua'.

Adesua is a song specifically designed for the hopeless romantics and love birds. If you’re keen on good sounds, this beautiful piece is sure to make your heart melt.

Listen Here

6. T-Klex feat Rymsta Ray, Dewyne and DJ Ernesty - 'Blessings'

 

Gospel singer, writer and music producer, T-Klex made waves with his “Miracles in the air” single released some months ago.

The singer drops a freshly gospel inspired track entitled “Blessings” featuring ”Rymsta RayDeewyne and DJ Ernesty”. 

No doubt these amazing voices did justice to "Blessings" song.

Listen Here

7. Sifon - 'Do For Love'

 

Sifon, one of Nigeria's most promising hip-hop acts returns to the scene with a brand new banger, "Do 4 Luv".

Sampling the 2Pac classic with the same title, the rapper delivers effortlessly as he recounts all he has done and will do for his love of music with his emotional verses. 
   
Sifon, who is currently working on a compilation project is one rapper to look out for as his style is unique and different.

You can connect with him on social media @lifeofnofis.

Listen Here

Also Listen: 10 New songs for the week

8. DJ Gavpop X Oyinkanade - 'Jeje'

 

Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2016) Disc Jockey of the year, “Dj Gavpop” is the Official DJ of Splash 105.5 fm & Lagelu FM 96.7.

Dj Gavpop hooks up with Ibadan based singer Oyinkanade on Jeje.

The song is produced by GID and mixed and mastered by Kentee Beatz (Wicked Mix).

Listen Here

9. Astro - 'Night and Day'

Astro makes a return to the scene after his successful Zone Out session, which earned him positive reviews.

He shows off his range of lyrical ability and story telling on this new track.“Night And Day”. 

The song is certain to leave listeners eagerly anticipating the release of forthcoming project.

Listen Here

Also Read: 10 New songs you need to listen to

10. Tayo featuring Adey - 'Ready'

Temitayo Jaiyeola better known as Tayo  is one of the emerging voices booming out of the Nigerian music industry.

Tayo recorded his first song when he was 10 years old performing a cover to a classic, Opposite Of Adult by Chi bangz.

His latest single ‘Ready’ features incredible music producer and sound engineer – Adey, who produced the hit song 'Juice' by Ycee.

Tayo explains that the outcome of the song was due to the sharp chemistry formed by the two music makers.

He is presently working on a music video for the single and has recorded a couple of songs for his fans.

Listen Here



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Da dumi-dumi: Arsene Wenger, kociyar kungiyar Arsenal yayi murabus

Arsene Wenger

Zai bar kungiyar ne a karshen kakar bana kamar yadda ya sanar a wata takarda da ya fitar ma kungiyar

Shaharren mai horas da tawagar kungiyar kwallo ta Arsenl wato  Arsene Wenger yayi ta maza, yayi murabus.

Kociyar ya kwashi tsawon shekaru 22  yana horas da sannanen kungiyar kwallon kafa ta kasar Ingila.

Zai bar kungiyar ne a karshen kakar bana kamar yadda ya sanar a wata takarda da ya fitar ma kungiyar.

Kamar yadda labarin ya fito a shafin kungiyar ta yanar gizo, Arsene Wenger yana ma kungiyar da dinbim magoya bayan ta dake ko'ina a fadin duniya godiya game da damar da aka bashi na jagorantar tawagar yan wasan ta na tsawon shekaru 22.

Dan kasar faransa mai shekaru 63, shine kociya mafi dadewa a tamaular firimiya na Ingila kuma yayi nasarar horar da Arsenal a wassanni 823.

Yayi murabus ne kafin karewar kwantiragin sa wanda sai cikin kakar badi zai kawo karshe.

 



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Tech: Barbie apparently has a surname — and people are beyond shocked

Barbie

Ken has one too.

  • The Barbie Twitter account has revealed that the doll's last name is Roberts.
  • She was apparently named Barbara Millicent Roberts when she was invented in 1959.
  • However, like many famous people, she became known only by one name.
  • Ken's full name is apparently Ken Carson.


If you grew up playing with Barbie, chances are you assumed she didn't have a surname. After all, she's got by just fine with only one name since 1959.

However, fans were shocked when the brand recently announced that she does have one after all.

In honour of National Siblings Day on April 10, the Barbie account tweeted: "Happy #SiblingsDay, from the Roberts sisters!" alongside a photo of Barbie and her sisters.

Hundreds of users have commented and the post, which has been liked over 10,000 times.

A number of fans expressed their shock at the idea that Barbie had a surname.

However, according to the Evening Standard, this isn't the first time the name has been revaled.

Barbie creator Ruth Handler christened the doll Barbara Millicent Roberts after her own daughter of the same name, so it's always been there.

However, she quickly became known simply as "Barbie" — in keeping with other famous people like Madonna, Adele or Prince.

Despite her surname fading from common knowledge, there is even more backstory.

In 1960 a series of Random House novels revealed Barbie's parents' names were George and Michael Roberts. The family came from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin, where Barbie attended Willows High School.

Ken has a surname, too

Barbie's boyfriend, Ken, also reportedly has a surname.

The doll, introduced two years after Barbie, is apparently named Ken Carson.



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Sports: The Premier League's longest serving manager Arsène Wenger has dramatically quit Arsenal after 22 years

Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal

Arsenal's longest-serving manager Arsène Wenger will leave the club at the end of the season.

  • Arsène Wenger has resigned from Premier League club Arsenal FC.
  • The Gunners boss ends a 22 year relationship with the North London team.
  • He will leave at the end of the season.

The Premier League's longest serving manager Arsène Wenger has dramatically quit Arsenal FC.

Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup victories but will end his 22 year relationship with the club at the end of the season.

"After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season," Wenger confirmed on the club's official website.

"I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. I want to thank the staff, the players, the directors and the fans who make this club so special.

"I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever."

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Movie Review: Blockers as a film satirical note for parents and their children

The movie advocates the sanctity of chastity, sexual purity and being a responsible parent and young person.

The parents’ moves to prevent their children from having sex is an attempt at preventing them from adulthood as experiencing sexual intercourse is expected to be an initiation into adulthood

When you have to see a movie that is woven around expressive teens hell-bent on having their virginity squashed at a prom and how their parents are nuts on foiling the despicable plan, you would wonder what the hell you are wasting your time doing at the movies.

But “Blockers” comes with all seriousness of a classroom lecture where the lecturer is the cinematographer breaking up the lives of these teens and their parents into crazy and seemingly unserious scenes.

Teens’ coded language

The free spirited dialogues and the touch of erotic innuendos would set your mind off. Kayla says, “Tonight is the first night of our adult life. I want to go to prom and lose my goddamn virginity.” When you hear Kayla say that, you just want to see the next crazy things the teenagers are up to. The teenagers chat using coded language.

They have a bizarre way of using emojis such that when you read their chats, you would not understand. Their parents have a hard time breaking the codes when they stumble on the chats. Lisa says, “We don’t understand what they’re saying so it’s not snooping.” Trees are weed, eggplants are dicks. The parents begin to decode the emojis. When the reality dawns on them, they begin to struggle with the idea of their children making a stupid sex pact.

 

Read Also: Your tush is not my tush.

Cannon’s first directorial attempt

“Blockers,” Kay Cannon’s directorial debut is not only high on humour but also intelligence so that you don’t just get to laugh alone, you also get to see daylight on informed mind-brightening scenes. Your analytical antennae are made to point northward and your sense of empathy is given some kicks. And to think that this is the first time Kay Cannon, the writer of “Pitch Perfect” franchise would try her hands on directing, it’s not such a bad attempt. You won’t even know if you are not told as the expertise she brings to this movie does not give her up as a beginner.

Actors’ performances

The performances of the cast would certainly keep your eyes glued to the screen as you giggle through the well-lit scenes that beam with such unspeakable cinematic brilliance. The acting prowess of Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Philips and the likes lends some creative energy to the movie.

Wit-coated plot

The engaging pillar stone of this riveting comedy is in the wit-coated plot that follows the reactions of parents who get the word that their teenagers have a pact to willingly give themselves up for being deflowered at the prom. What eventually happens as these jealous overprotective parents make daring moves to thwart what they deem senseless act?

Blocking the teenagers

The parents’ moves to prevent their children from having sex is an attempt at preventing them from adulthood as experiencing sexual intercourse is expected to be an initiation into adulthood. The parents’ monitoring of their children reveals their refusal to come to terms with the new adolescence of their children. Mercie says, “Kayla’s becoming a woman, you’re going to have to deal with that.

These parents would love it if their teenagers remain their puppets forever hence the attempt at forestalling their devious acts.  Mitchel speaks of his daughter, I can’t even hug my daughter anymore without feeling her boobs.” That’s a jealousy creamed submission from an overprotective father. Hunter says, “I can’t believe it’s prom. They’re so grownup.” This goes to show that the parents would love that their parents remain tied to their apron strings both physically and psychologically.

 

Widening the gaps

These parents find it hard to believe that their children would make such silly agreement as it was not like that in their own days. Many things are becoming unthinkable but parents must learn to let their children lead their lives as constant monitoring will keep widening the ancient generational gap between parents and their children.

It's not that these parents were perfect teenagers when they were growing up. Their teenage years could have been worse than that of their children. Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell are reliving their youth through the adventurous escapades of their teenagers. Why are they so curious about the “behind the scenes” life of their children if they were not terrible when they were young?

Dangers of a deliberate loss of virginity

The movie does not laud the teenagers on the parlousness of their sexual pact. It’s not the pact that is really unsafe but the “how” of it.  Virginity is not something you decide on losing in that insouciant manner. Sex, protected or unprotected could lead to many things which the teenagers are not yet ready to take responsibility for. The funny thing therefore is that only one out of the three girls gets deflowered at the end of the day, though it is understood that they have already lost their psychological virginity.

No doubts parents and young people around the world would connect easily with the core of this prom-night comedy which not only exposes certain parental pitfalls but also shows the way forward.

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Don’t blame the parents yet

We may be quick to blame the parents for being overprotective of their children, but which parent would have such information about their teenagers and not rant at the despicable idea? Eventually, the movie advocates the sanctity of chastity, sexual purity and being a responsible parent and young person.

Parents are responsible for the upkeep of their children but their duty is not to beam a searchlight on their children every moment. They are simply to inculcate in their children a sense of responsibility so that when their children are far away from home, there’d be no need for hypertension.

Blockers” starts playing in cinemas from 20th of April 2018.

Written By Omidire Idowu.



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Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Beautiful literary star talks fashion as the new democracy with Porter magazine

Chimamanda Adichie poses in Porter magazine

Chimamanda looks stunning as she sits down with Porter magazine to discuss feminism and transcendent fashion in Nigeria.

Literary star Chimamanda Adichie, in equal parts feisty, intelligent and beautiful sits down with Anne McElvoy, the senior editor of The Economist for an interview with Porter magazine where she spoke about fashion being the true meaning of democracy in Nigeria and shared her thoughts on her cultural identity.

In the interview, Adichie comes across as composed, candid as usual and speaks on the reaction to her controversial view of transgender issues, feminism, fashion, her relationship with Dior and her unwavering support of Nigerian designers.

The author looks absolutely breathtaking as she is styled simply in Dior pieces.

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See excerpts from her interview below:

On her first brush with the idea of feminism

Her first experience of feminism came about in way that reflects her upbringing in Nigeria. Her family had live-in help, whose son she would play with after school. After one stand-off, he cried crossly: “You are a feminist.” She giggles at the memory: “And I really didn’t know what he meant,” so I said, ‘Yes, I’m a feminist.’ You should have seen his face. Then I went home to look up what it meant. And the more I read about it, the more I thought: yes, I really am.

So I was a feminist before I knew the word.” I tell her that my own early immersion in the subject of feminism came from reading miserable tomes written by Marge Piercy or Marilyn French, which turned me away from the feminist section in bookstores for a while.

How does she avoid preaching to the converted? “I agree there was a sense that we weren’t taking people with us in the argument, especially men,” she says, not entirely addressing the question. Her background, however, was storytelling, rather than politics. After gaining a prized place to study medicine at the University of Nigeria, she pestered her alarmed parents to take literature in America instead and sent off applications “really not knowing much about the whole business at all, except that America was the aspirational center of the world.”

On her love of fashion

One thing that intrigues me about Adichie is her keen interest in fashion, particularly for a writer associated with strong causes. This was highlighted when her “We should all be feminists” slogan was adopted by Dior’s artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, who sent models down the catwalk at her inaugural 2015 show with the slogan emblazoned on plain white T-shirts and handbags.

Did she have doubts about turning up to fashion shows or fear that her core audience might think it frippery? “As well as being flattered, I thought it might start a conversation or inspire someone, so why not?” Fashion clearly comes naturally to her.

She often gives speeches wearing beautifully striking Nigerian clothes to support home-grown designers. The Dior connection means she can borrow dreamy dresses for special events. “So I am a muse!” she laughs heartily at the notion.

On race and fashion

On race and fashion, she’s less forgiving of the delay. “For too long the view has been, ‘We already have a black model’, as if one is all you need.” More racial diversity in the fashion press is, she reckons, “a moral obligation, and if the sales aren’t great at first, then you might have to go through that.
 

But fashion has such broad appeal, we can change the status quo. If you put me in charge, I could find the models and sell the issues!”

On fashion being the true meaning of democracy in Nigeria

More irritating to her, I sense, is the notion that being interested in fashion is unworthy of those with leftist consciences. “In some ways, fashion is the true meaning of democracy. You can see women in Nigeria, with really low incomes, but beautifully dressed and proud of their appearance.”

When I ask her who she’s fond of wearing at the moment, she says she’s going through a “fashion nationalist” moment and points me to her Instagram of Nigerian designers. “My defense is, I’m bringing aspects of Africa to the global stage. But, fundamentally, I’m having fun too,” she admits, with a smile.

If she has a quest at the moment, in an America riven by divisions around the Trump presidency, it is to keep debates lively on feminism, race and the difficult stuff of democracies, where we often grow tired of challenging themes. She’s courted controversy with the American Left, who she refers to as “my natural tribe.” “The assumptions run quite deep that you will think the same.

And I want to make the case that it’s okay not to know something, or to use the wrong or not approved word.

The important thing is to be curious.

 

Credits

Photography: Heather Hazzan, Getty Images

Styling: Calvy Click,

Hair: The Yoko Project,

Makeup: Mali Thomas,

Set design: And Or Forever,

Production: Erin Estelle Productions



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