Imagine waking up one morning ready to start the day, then notice there’s a strange looking massive structure suspended in the sky. Curiosity lures you along the investigative path then you realize, yikes! It’s an alien ship! What!!! How did they sneak in? What do they want? Are we going to hear the famous words “Hello Earthlings”? Hold on to your horses because Hollywood’s ace director Denis Villeneuve beautifully adapts Ted Chiang’s short story titled "Story of Your Life" to produce the blockbuster Sci-fi film titled “Arrival”. The film stars Amy Adams (one of the highest paid actresses in the…
Monday, 01 October 2012 04:27

5 Ways Slow Internet Connection Can Help You

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For a guy, whose life depends on internet (being a freelance writer and all), last few days of the month can be really frustrating. My unlimited internet plan, which sheds the speed dramatically crossing the 10 GB mark, is usually that way for the last two or three days. The pack renews on 1 st of every month leaving me to deal with the creepy connection. Although I vow every end of the month to download lesser software, songs and games, it’s the same story every time. This time though I discovered how slow internet connection can be fun in…
Saturday, 29 September 2012 00:00

Rise of the Machines I

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I am a little crazy with my stuffs. Be it my phone, laptop, books or just about anything that I spend a lot of time with. I just feel too much connected to these things. May be that’s why I am very possessive about these things too, can’t share (smug). Sometimes, I really have to struggle to let things go, replacing a phone is a big process for me. Anyways, the jest is that I fall in love with my things. That’s what prompted me to think about things that my things would say if they could talk. I started…
Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:35

Yoruba Drama and Theatre

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If your idea of a good party is staying home and watching movies or if you want your guests to have something to do while waiting for your party to start, kick back and enjoy Yoruba theatre and movies.There's a plethora of movies to choose from depending on your taste – old or new school.Hubert Ogunde (1916-1990) is considered the father of modern Yoruba/Nigerian theatre, launching his theatre group in 1946 following the pattern of traditional Alárìnjó dramas which accompanied the Egúngúns. Since Ogunde, there have been other theatre groups and more recently, movies which artistically combine drama, music, and…
Thursday, 24 May 2012 14:16

Girl in Red and Guy in Black II

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Guy in black: What’s your favorite food? Girl in red: Noodles with a touch of cheese and flavored with mint. Guy in black: Just like your emotions. Girl in red: How come? Guy in black: Don’t know where and when it starts, every noodle spiraled with another one. You put the fork to lift one and end up messing up with something else. You try messing with many at a time and look stupid on the table in a restaurant. Girl in red: Stupid? Guy in black: Ya both with mouthful of noodles and crying girl on table, nobody asks…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:03

Girl in Red and Guy in Black I

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Guy in black: Isn’t sadism infused in human psychology? Girl in red: And I guess pessimism is infused in men’s psychology. Guy in black: I doubt a sailing Titanic would have performed better than a submerged one. About girl in red and Guy in black: This is a popular online series that is also published in the local newspaper. This series presents conversation between two main characters, i.e. Girl in red and Guy in black. This series will now be available on the website, hope they entertain you.
www.lavondastaples.com It’s like a kind of prison really. A prison in which seats are in high demand. They want to be there. We looked out at them – those who sit like abandoned children waiting to be claimed. We feel sorry for them. We have compassion and concurrent contempt for them. They wanted the agony we experienced each and every day. The agony of knowing and not knowing. We are creators of gods. We, apart from each other, having never met and with only a vibratory knowledge of each other had truly created a god. Men and women, since he…
A couple of months ago, I picked up my 13 year old daughter from an outing. Getting into the car, she told me excitedly that she could sing a new Yoruba song. "Really," I asked skeptical, wondering how she could have learnt any Yoruba outside my tutelage. She proceeded to sing, "Awon ele, awon ele, won bad gan." "What?" I asked scandalized, "that's not Yoruba!" "Yes, it is. I'll show you on Youtube when we get home," she piped. And sure enough, she did. She unearthed a treasure trove of Naija songs. From Wiz Kid's "Don't Dull," we clicked on…
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 07:30

I Sabi Am: A Parable

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For those of you who like to Facebook, Twit, blog or Youtube what you did, what you said, read, smelled, saw, OR heard, let me tell you now – I didn’t tell you what I am about to not tell you. There I was, a cockroach on the wall of Bandy Enterprises, when… Every morning a cleaning crew from Shiny Cleaning Service will come in, dust the shelves, wipe the tables, and sweep the floors. They left nothing uncleaned, not even the wall. If not that I use camouflage, I would have been history. And I wasn’t the only one…
Saturday, 24 December 2011 02:39

Nollywood, Hollywood, and the African Diaspora

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Nollywood refers to the West African centered movie industry that germinated from South-Eastern Nigeria in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. It presently comprises of a decentralized tapestry of film production outfits from Nigeria to Ghana, other regions of West Africa, and the African Diaspora. Most credible and knowledgeable movie industry buffs rank Nollywood as the 2nd largest production outlet in the world behind Bollywood the Indian motion picture industry and in front of Hollywood the North American motion picture business headquartered in California. In Nigeria, the film industry arose as a progressive social marketing rebellion against the dictates of…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:25

The Dog Who Could Not Be Brought Indoors

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I saw it. I had no idea if it was a boy or a girl. That didn’t matter because I saw the condition of the creature’s life and I was touched. Deeply touched. I had to show that beast love. It was obvious that it hadn’t seen goodness in such a long time. The coat was tattered even though the fur was magnificent. The eyes were beautiful even though they held no shine. This poor disregarded life held my stare and he recognized me. I stood still. Not knowing if the cur would advance to attack or knowingly wait for…
“Our Deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our Deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure ….we ask ourselves…who am I to be so brilliant So talented, so gorgeous, so fabulous ….who are you not to be?”. Humanist, philosopher..Marianne William Is the above quotation not an apt depiction of feminine heroism par excellence and the fear and humility that usually accompany woman achievement anywhere in the world? Suppressed by religion, culture, and tradition for centuries, women tend to feel afraid at the edge of success. They seem to wonder if the success would attract disdain from sexists’…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:45

Film Review: Carlos (2010)

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Terrorism as a sub-species of warfare, civil insurrection, and as an apparatus of state oppression has existed for millennia. The slaughter of high status officials, combatants, civilians as well as the destruction of property, is a weapon which is purposefully calibrated so as to effect a result in which the level of psychological damage exceeds the attendant human and material destruction. carlosAs a tool of liberation, there is some evidence of its success. The terror tactics utilised by the Kenyan Mau Mau, although a largely defeated group, created the circumstances in which the British will to continue to govern Kenya…