Some youths, under the aegis of The Flagship, have threatened to
shutdown South African firms operating in Nigeria over the alleged
killing of Nigerians and looting of their property in the ongoing
xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The aggrieved youths said this on Monday during a protest at the office
of telecommunications giant, MTN, on 3rd East Circular Road, Muritala
Muhammed Way, in Benin. the Edo State capital.
They also carried placards with several inscriptions, some of which
read, ‘Xenophobia is inhuman’, ‘Zuma, call your boys to order’ and
‘S/Africans can’t be making money from us, killing us’.
Spokesperson for the group, Austin Enabulele, described the alleged
attacks as inhuman and condemnable, adding that the protest was a
warning to the South African government to put a stop to the attacks on
Nigerians or risk losing its foreign investments.
Enabulele said, “We are all Africans; we wonder why they should attack
our fellow Nigerians who are doing their legitimate business in South
Africa, when we have shown them love to operate in Nigeria.
“We have come here to say to (President Jacob) Zuma to call his people
to order(caution them) because if he fails to call them to order(caution
them) we will do the needful. We are aware of all their business in
Nigeria; we know of MTN; we know of Shoprite; we know of Multichoice
company and we know of every other companies that belong to South
“We will shut down all their services if they continue the killing of
our brothers and sisters. So, we have come here to tell them to put an
end to the killing of our brothers and sisters, who are doing their
legitimate jobs in South Africa.”
Also speaking, the Vice President of the group, Gloria Noren, decried
what she described as ingratitude of South Africans, whom she said had
received financial support from Nigeria during the apartheid era.
It is no news that after wedding
ceremony, newlywed couples usually rush to their bridal suite or hotel
room to have some post-nuptial romantic exercise or sexual congress. It
is usually one night too many for many, mainly for the romp in the sack
(great sex), and the eager consummation of the marriage that follows
that long and enduring expectation is usually historic and unique.
According to some religious beliefs,
people are not expected to have sexual intercourse until they are
legally married, hence, the high sexual plans and expectation built
around the wedding night cannot be over-emphasised.
However, in spite of the high expectation
and readiness of either or both parties, studies have shown that many
end up not having sex on the wedding night. Perhaps the tradition of
wedding night sex is fading away.
Reasons adduced for this trend include
exhaustion, fatigue, intoxication, physiological stress and emotional
overload. Regardless, weddings are beautiful and lovely, but they can be
exhausting and tiring.
One of the studies pointed out that the
groom being too drunk to make love, the bride falling asleep and couples
having arguments during the wedding ceremony, especially at the
reception, were popular reasons why couples don’t consummate their
marriage. While another study emphasised that the refusal or inability
of many to wait until marriage before having sex has reduced the
significance and once-upon-a-time importance attached to wedding night
In this study, a United Kingdom-based
stationeries company, PaperShaker, surveyed 1,000 newlyweds. It was
found that the biggest reason for the decline in wedding night sex was
that many people don’t wait until marriage to have sex.
In fact, about 16 per cent of the
participants admitted to having more sex since becoming engaged. While
25 per cent said they did not have sex on their wedding night. Also,
about 60 per cent said they slept with two or more of their wedding
guests, more so because about 30 per cent said they invited their
ex-lovers to their wedding. Men were more guilty of this.
It could be deduced that majority of
couples getting married have already been around the block in the
bedroom together, so the rush to finally do it on their wedding night
isn’t nearly as intense or necessary.
Commenting on the study, a relationship
expert, April Masini, said sex on the wedding night used to symbolise
the end of virginity that was guarded until marriage unlike now that it
has become more fashionable to have sex before marriage. “Because sex
before marriage is now the norm, the tradition has lost its meaning, so
sex on the wedding night might not have the significance that it used
to,” she said.
In another survey by a money-saving
website, VoucherCodesPro, which involved 2,128 newlyweds, it was found
that more than 52 per cent of the participants didn’t have sex on their
There were many reasons given for this
unfulfilled expectation. These include the bride or the groom getting
drunk, the bride or the groom being too tired and falling asleep,
couples having argument during wedding reception, travelling to their
honeymoon destination and looking after or being distracted by their
children, for those who already had children before marriage.
reasons given by the participants include staying up all night partying
and celebrating with guests and that neither of them felt like having
sex, for whatever reason.
The Marketing Director, Voucher Codes
Pro, George Charles, said the emphasis of sex on wedding night for
married couples is no longer a huge factor because of several reasons.
He said, “It may be that the stress and
pressure of organising a wedding take the main priority, especially
considering such a large proportion of couples have been together for
“From this study, we gathered that about
52 per cent said they did not make love on their wedding night while 17
per cent of them waited for more than three days after the ceremony.
“Of those who did not consummate their
marriage on their wedding night, 24 per cent said it was because the
groom was too drunk. 16 per cent said it was because the bride was too
tired and fell asleep, while 13 per cent said the bride was too drunk.
In four per cent of cases, it was the groom who fell asleep.
“Furthermore, 11 per cent said it was
because they had their children to look after, and nine per cent
admitted that they had an argument before the wedding reception ended,
hence, they could not have sex.”
According to the report, nine per cent of
the participants said they spent their wedding night travelling to
their honeymoon destination, while seven per cent stayed up all night
partying and celebrating with guests. Interestingly, only four per cent
said neither of them felt like having sex.
Other reasons given include being busy
with saying goodbyes, revelling in some shindig with friends and
colleagues in attendance, and in some cases, while the bride or groom
was busy with friends or attending to friends and making sure all was
well, the partner had gone to sleep.
According to one of the participants in
the survey, she said her bridegroom left shortly after the reception,
and she was the only one who said goodbye to their guests. “When I
finally got the chance to break away from the crowd, I returned to my
honeymoon suite to see that my drunken husband had locked me out. He
shut the door and slept off.
“I knocked, I banged, I yelled and called
his cell and the room phone over and over, until some other guests in
the hotel called the security to stop me. I had to go down to his
parents’ room and confessed what had happened and spent the night with
“The most surprising thing was that my
husband was utterly oblivious to the chaos, mayhem and embarrassment he
had caused the night before. He wasn’t aware.”
It is also worthy of note that many
couples see wedding as a once in a lifetime event, thus putting on a
celebratory nature to make it memorable.
In another survey by Chillisauce, an
events company in the UK, 67 per cent of British couples don’t actually
have sex on their wedding night. About 5,000 people responded to the
Meanwhile, a survey by an online dating site, WhatsYourPrice.com,
which polled 11,243 of its married American members showed that nearly
half of American couples don’t consummate their marriage on their
wedding night, as about 42 per cent didn’t have sex on the day.
Commenting on the study, a psychologist,
Prof. Toba Elegbeleye, said there is a possibility of drunkenness and
tiredness on wedding day due to the number of activities that
characterise the ceremony, but that tiredness would be a stronger factor
than drunkenness. He noted that wedding in this part of the world
usually comes with travelling, which could be tiring.
He added that wedding night sex has lost
relevance because many couples these days would have satisfied
themselves sexually before wedding and there would be nothing to look
forward to again.
He said, “In the time when people go into
marriage with their virginity, wedding night may symbolise an exciting
experience and something to look forward to, but nowadays, the cases of
couples who haven’t had sex before wedding are very rare. This is
because people would have had all the sex they needed for their lifetime
before the wedding day that they may not be in a hurry to have sex that
“Also, for people who have not had sex
before wedding, they may be faced with the issue of anti-climax because
of anxiety and some physiological stress because anxiety about sex
hampers performance. So, issues of tiredness, drunkenness and inability
of couples to refrain from sex before wedding all make wedding night sex
to be not so achievable and interesting.”
Kurt Zouma admits that he “dreams” of winning the Fifa Ballon d’Or, having broken into Jose Mourinho's first-team plans at Chelsea this season.
The powerful young Frenchman has made 11 appearances in the Premier
League thus far this season and impressed as a defensive midfielder in
the Blues’ 1-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday.
But Zouma reveals he has even grander ambitions for his career - namely,
to follow in the footsteps of Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro by winning
the Fifa Ballon d'Or as a defender.
"Yes, it's a dream for me,” he told Canal + when asked about his desire to win the prestigious award. “I am someone who dreams.”
Zouma has been likened to former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly due to
his athleticism, tenacity and tacical versatility, but he has played
down such comparisons.
"People often compare me to Marcel Desailly, but he has made his
career,” he added. “This is a football legend. He played in a lot of big
games. I have only just arrived and I still have a lot to prove. "
Zouma was signed from Saint-Etienne in January 2014 and immediately
loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the remainder of the campaign, but
despite taking his time to fully earn Mourinho's trust, the 20-year-old
is adamant he holds no regrets over his decision to move to Stamford
"I do not regret [joining Chelsea] at all, because it's the club I've
always loved,” he insisted. “I did not play much at first but now it's
starting to get better and I am very happy."
Despite appeals by South African President Jacob Zuma and other
political leaders for calm, violence against foreigners have continued in
parts of South Africa.
South Africans living and working in other African countries braced for
reprisals on Saturday as protests were reported in Mozambique, Malawi and
At least five people have been killed, thousands displaced and extensive
property destroyed in the latest wave of xenophobic violence in South
Africa, after a March 20 speech in which tribal Zulu King Goodwill
Zwelithini said foreigners should leave the country.
As the violence spread from the eastern port city of Durban to
Pietermaritzburg and the inland financial hub of Johannesburg, Zuma
announced the deployment of South African National Defence Force troops.
He said the SANDF would transfer 350 soldiers to work as immigration
officers at border posts. “Furthermore, the SANDF has deployed military
personnel along the borderline in seven provinces to prevent border
crime activities and illegal border crossings.”
Most of the targets in South Africa have been Mozambicans, Malawians,
Zimbabweans, Somalis, Congolese and Nigerians. An April 16 march against
xenophobia in Durban, attended by up to 20,000 people, did little to
stop the simmering tensions. There were scuffles when people opposed to
foreigners tried to disrupt the march.
In their speeches in the South African Parliament on April 16, none of
the main political leaders mentioned Zwelithini’s inflammatory comments,
as they fear his influence over the 11 million Zulus in the country
could cost them votes at election time.
However, Corne Mulder, leader of the minuscule Freedom Front Plus party,
criticised Zuma, who is himself a Zulu, for not taking Zwelithini to
task. In addition the South African National Defence Union on April 16
lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission over
In his March 20 address in Pongola in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Zwelithini
said: “We are requesting those who come from outside to please go back
to their countries.”
He said the fact that other African countries that played a role in
South Africa’s struggle for liberation “should not be used as an excuse
to create a situation where foreigners are allowed to inconvenience
Zwelithini said that during South Africa’s liberation struggle, South
Africans did not set up businesses in these other countries. Yet now
nationals from these countries were setting up businesses in South
This speech touched on a common grievance among poorer South Africans,
who claim foreigners are depriving them of jobs and business
opportunities. For example, on Friday, The Times newspaper in
Johannesburg reported that a man “hunting foreigners” and stoning cars
in Actonville, east of Johannesburg, said: “These foreigners don’t pay
taxes but they have jobs.”
The official South African unemployment rate hovers around 25 percent,
rising to 36 percent when the definition is expanded to include those
who have given up looking for work.
However, the unemployment rate in some South African rural areas can reach 80 percent, especially among the youth.
In his parliamentary speech on Thursday, Zuma said the attacks on foreigners were “shocking and unacceptable.”
He said no amount of frustration or anger could ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.
“We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms. The attacks
violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the
respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu,” he
Ubuntu is a South African word for compassion and humanity.
“Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism,” the president said.
Zuma extended condolences to the victims’ families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“Any problems or issues of concern to South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue”, he said.
Zuma said South African police had been directed to work “round the
clock to protect both foreign nationals and South African citizens and
to arrest looters and those committing acts of violence”.
However, while Zuma strongly condemned the attacks, he was sympathetic to the concerns of South African citizens.
“We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not xenophobic.
If they were, we would not have such a high number of foreign nationals
who have been successfully integrated into communities all over our
country, in towns, city and villages,” he said.
Zuma said that while some foreign nationals had been arrested for
various crimes, it was misleading and wrong to label or regard all
foreigners as being involved in crime.
“In addition, not all foreign nationals who reside in our country are here illegally,” he said.
This and other messages from South African politicians were seen as
contradictory by Ingrid Palmary, associate professor at the
Witwatersrand University African Center for Migration and Society (ACMS)
She said the rhetoric from the South African state was “unhelpful, overall”.
“What we’ve seen are contradictory messages from government officials.
Sometimes there has been condemnation, but there has also been support
for anti-foreigner sentiment, and sometimes inaction. What is needed was
a decisive message of condemnation from all sectors of society,” she
According to her, the brutality of the attacks shows a failure in South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.
“This kind of violence has a long history in South Africa. It shows the
lack of faith that people have in official institutions”.
Nigeria is now set to begin the process of evacuating its
citizens from South Africa this week over xenophobic attacks on
immigrants from other African countries. Nigerians who are interested in
returning to their country have been told to contact the Nigerian High
Commission in South Africa.
The tribal Zulu King, Goodwill
Zwelithini, was alleged to have said foreigners should leave the country
in a speech on March 20, which led to the uprising.
A statement issued by the by the
Nigerian Office in Pretoria on Friday called on nationals in the country to contact the office
through telephone or Twitter.
1. RiRi hit back at fans who dared to question what
the suspicious white powder on top of the man's head was in a photo she
posted at Coachella Festival, labelling them 'pathetic c*nts'. Nice.
While there isn't hardly an inch of Rihanna's skin we haven't seen
before, we were still shocked when she stripped completely naked for GQ
used to love the c-word, and would wear it emblazoned on necklaces and
t-shirts, that was until she was shocked to discover the word was
As RiRi hit a strip club with her pals in 2012, she was seen throwing
dollar bills at the performers. She tweeted: "#ROCstarshit my daddy
would be proud". Yep, bet he was beaming.
Rihanna appeared on 'The X Factor' final in 2010 along with Christina
Aguilera, their raunchy performances racked up over 1,000 complaints to
media regulator Ofcom. It led to a ruling stars would have to cover up
to appear on TV before the 9pm watershed.
was seen brazenly smoking a suspicious looking cigarette whilst
holidaying in Hawaii in 2012. She even tweeted: "Kush rolled, glass
full...I prefer the better things!" - and for those of you not down with
drug lingo (unlike Rihanna), 'kush' is a type of marijuana from the
7. "Come here rude boy, boy can you get it up?" sings Rihanna on her 2010 hit 'Rude Boy'. Such a good role model.
had us all worried when she tweeted a picture of herself hooked up to a
drip and then went quiet. While everyone speculated she had been rushed
to hospital, suffering from exhaustion, others said she was receiving
an intravenous vitamin boost, popular with many popstars.
and Chris Brown teamed up to record 'Birthday Cake' for her sixth album
'Talk That Talk' in 2011, giving us the first sign they were back in
contact after he beat her in 2009.
10. Rihanna dresses as a weed fairy for a Halloween party in Hollywood in 2012. Whatever happened to plain old Frankenstein, eh?
While most of the male population may love RiRi getting naked, one
person who didn't was farmer Alderman Alan Graham. After she froliced
around topless while on his farm to film the video to 'We Found Love' in
2010, he insisted the star cover up or get off his land.
was the scene of a New York nightclub in June 2012 after a brawl
erupted between Chris Brown and Drake, allegedly over Rihanna.
world was aghast when Rihanna confessed she was still in love with ex
Chris Brown during a tearful interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2012.
14. Rihanna unveiled a shocking new addition to her body art in 2009 - a tattoo of a gun on the side of her rib cage.
singing about 'chains and whips', whilst provocatively sucking on her
finger. Her video for 201 hit 'S&M' was RiRi at her saucy pop best.
In what was to become the biggest PR disaster ever, Rihanna invited a
bunch of journalists and fans to fly around the world with her as she
plays seven gigs in seven countries in seven days. The result was far
from a party in the sky, with the journos comparing it to prison as RiRi
refused them access to her, and only made two brief appearances during
the whole week.
rumours they were more than just friends again, Rihanna planted a
smacker on ex Chris Brown at 2012's MTV VMAs, leaving viewers
was at the centre of a race row when she picture of a bag of rice cakes
wearing sunglasses and a pair of earrings alongside the caption: "Ima a
make u my b****". Later in 2012, her best friend used the term (which
is a slur against people from Asia) to insult Chris Brown's ex Karrueche
Tran, who is part Asian.
She may have appeared as a guest at the Victoria's Secret Show in 2012,
but RiRi saved her sauciest antics for after the show when she tweeted a
snap of herself in a state of undress.
has never made any secret of her fondness for a bit of the green stuff
and told fans she 'didn't really give a f*ck' what they thought when she
tweeted a picture of a nug of weed in 2012. Charming.
months of speculation, Rihanna finally confirmed she was back wither
her abusive ex Chris Brown in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine
in January 2013.
was branded a 'desperate freak' by PETA in 2012 when she stepped out
wearing snakeskin boots. "Rihanna may not have a clue that snakes killed
for boots are often nailed to a tree and skinned alive. Of course, they
can't go on Oprah to cry about it," they said. Ouch.
seemed to enjoy riding on a rather suggestive looking pink tank during
Last Girl On Earth tour in 2010 a little too much, if you ask us.
was criticised for a shaky performance at a Swedish music festival in
2012 after she arrived 45 minutes late on stage, seemed disorientated
and was accused of miming. It followed the death of her beloved GranGran
Dolly days earlier.
25. Errr, yes Rihanna, we can see your nipples. And your underwear.
RnB singer, Paul Play Dairo has dragged mobile telecommunications giant,
MTN and Ultima Limited to court for the unlawful use of his smash song,
"Angel of my life" in the popular reality TV show, MTN Project Fame West
The music star was faraway in the United States of America last year when the song was used without proper licensing.
Speaking on the matter, Paul Play confirmed that his management was
hiring the legal services of Festus Keyamo chambers to serve both
organisations the suit. "Yes, it is very true that I am suing MTN and
Ultima Limited for the unlawful use of my song. I have contacted my
lawyers and they are on it" he said.
According to reports, the Rn B crooner is demanding a huge sum of N500 million as compensation from both organisation.
Meanwhile, in a reaction posted online, Ultima Limited (Ultima)
which has produced the reality show for the last five years, claimed
that it has annually made the statutory payments due and required for
the use of musical works for both local and international artistes used
on the Project Fame show.
"In the first two years, Ultima paid the Performing and Mechanical
Rights Society Ltd/Gte (PMRS) – which was the government approved
collecting agency at the time, for all musical works that Ultima used;
and from the third year when PMRS became Copyrights Society of Nigeria
(COSON), Ultima paid COSON for all the songs used in those years.
For the past five seasons of Project Fame therefore, Ultima has
annually made the statutory payments due and required for the use of
musical works for both local and international artistes used on the
Project Fame show. Ultima duly paid COSON for use of such music and as
such if Paul Play has any issue with payment of royalties for the use of
his musical works, it should be worked out with COSON and not Ultima
nor MTN," Ultima management stated.
part-time Business Administration Student of Lagos State Polytechnic,
Miss Olayinde Bournes, 22, has allegedly been beaten to death by her
boyfriend, Abuchi Cyril.
The incident happened Thursday at Shorinmade Street, Aguda-Ogba area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
According to Miss Titilayo Fagbamila, friend of the deceased girl, she
always complained to her that her boyfriend, Abuchi always beat her at
the slightest provocation.
She said that on Thursday when the tragedy occurred, Abuchi invited
Olayinde to his house along Shorinmade Street, to see his travel
The late Miss Olayinde Bournes
Titilayo said nobody knew what happened when the lovers were together
but it is believed that they had a misunderstanding which may have led
to a fight.
Sources at 17, Muibi Street residence of the deceased told P.M.NEWS that
after the fight with her boyfriend, the victim was rushed to G&S
Hospital where she was confirmed dead before the corpse was taken to
Ikeja General Hospital for autopsy.
Abuchi was immediately arrested and taken to Area 'G' Police Command, Ogba, for interrogation.
When our correspondent visited Area 'G', Ogba, Friday morning, the suspect was seen writing his statement.
When contacted for comment, the Area 'G' Commander, Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ishola Abdulahi, declined to speak on the
issue, saying it was too early as investigation was going on.