Sunday, August 21, 2016

#SaveMayowa TO #RIPMayowa: THE BATTLE IS OVER






For a long time, the #SaveMayowa campaign to raise money for Mayowa Ahmed, who was stricken with Stage IV ovarian cancer, was one of the most talked about and trending topics on social media. It became a volatile saga  after  Mayowa's family was accused of scamming Nigerians of their hard earned money; in a controversial post by celeb Linda Ikeji. This caused a chain of scepticism, with people taking different sides and views of the matter; the police getting involved to the extent the campaign account was even frozen until it was proven the family was innocent, and allowed them to take Mayowa to South Africa.

Was Mayowa herself aware of what was going on at the time? We will probably never know, but I hope she never did- I cannot imagine that poor young woman lying so ill in that hospital bed, worried and upset at the slander her family got because of one act of bad judgement.

 Mayowa Ahmed died today at a South African hospital and social media is still streaming with condolence messages to the family after her death was announced; genuine sadness at the loss of that young woman who so wanted to be free of that disease. The trend #SaveMayowa has now been replaced by #RipMayowa.

Right now on Twitter, controversial blogger Linda Ikeji is being slammed for that  post she had on her blog (which she later took down), people saying the same thing- her post delayed Mayowa's trip; she probably would still be alive if she had  been flown out of the country at the time she was supposed to be, if not for that damned post.
I have no ill will toward her BUT she should have verified properly before posting it at all and I felt the apology she later gave was not sincere enough and downright smug. Where do you get off issuing a public apology but then say and I quote:

"What I am happy about is that; even if the family had had dubious intentions initially, now they can't do any of that, as everyone is now watching. So maybe a good thing came out of the whole chaos."

I never felt so disgusted in my life.

Some argue Mayowa shouldn't have travelled out at all; Stage IV of cancer was the advanced stage of the disease and from the heartrending photos of her, she really did look far too frail. But the family's determination to get her treatment and her own determination to get well,just  shows they refused to simply give up on her; they believed that she would eventually win the battle with the right treatment. 
Well, now the battle is over; Mayowa Ahmed has gone to rest. Nigerians who donated the money to help her, now mourn her. It just shows how warm people in a country can be, even in this hard times- more than kind enough to try and help out a person in need. 
May the soul of Mayowa Ahmed rest in perfect peace; May God accept her among his chosen few. 
Amen.
Good bye Mayowa. You are at peace now.





Saturday, August 13, 2016

"CRIMINAL MINDS" Season 12: Thomas Gibson Bounced!

The good news first...



 -Recurring character Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler) will be a season regular in the 12th season of Criminal Minds, returning on the 28th of September.




-  Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) will return again, only this time will appear in more than one episode (yay!!!) 




- The BAU will have a new agent to take Derek Morgan's (Shemar Moore) vacated place in the team;   played by C.S.I: Miami alumni, Adam Rodriguez. He'll definitely add flavour to the team for sure and I certainly hope he gets along with  Morgan's 'baby girl' Penelope Garcia- who as we all remember- hates change. After being  the somewhat reserved  and sometimes moody Eric Delko in CSI : Miami, I can't wait to see how Luke Alvez's  personality going to be like.

Now the bad news...


- Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) will still be smarting over Derek's absence.
Seriously? For heaven's sake, Derek is not dead (thank God for that), why must that still be dragged on? Yes... like I mentioned in my previous 'Criminal Minds' post, we all remember sensitive Spencer has abandonment issues- thanks to what his father did to him and his unfortunate mother when he was a child but I really hope the writers will not turn Spencer the wrong way, just because he misses his adopted big brother's presence. Again I'm not been insensitive towards Spencer , I love Spencer. But some seasons ago, he was seen being rather childish and petulant, which was not pleasant and I never want to see Spencer that way ever again. 
Personally, I feel what the writers should really do is give Dr. Reid a new girlfriend once and for all! 

And the really, really bad news....


Team leader, Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), will not be in Season 12. And that's because Gibson has been been fired from the series! Describing this development as a huge blow would be an understatement; this is devastating, heartbreaking and shocking! Fans have seen characters come and go from Season 2 to 11... but how on earth is 'Criminal Minds' going to be like without Hotch?!
Sad to report, Gibson got into an altercation with a writer that apparently got violent; which first led to a suspension and then being bounced from the show entirely. While watching actors and actresses in particular T.V shows for a particular period of time, one does not stop to think what they are like off-screen. Long before 'Criminal Minds' I was a huge fan of 'Dharma & Greg', the sitcom Gibson starred in with Jenna Elfman. FYI... the unsub, Peter Lewis,  in Season 10's "Mr. Scratch", who also appeared briefly in Season 11's "The Storm" is Jenna Elfman's real-life husband, Bodhi Elfman.
But I digress, seeing Gibson play Dharma's 'straight man' husband who at times got to scrapes and some funny situations; I never imagined him to be capable of a fierce temper, the same temper that got him suspended and then later fired.
I have to say, I'm really upset; not only for Gibson getting the sack but the circumstances behind it- 11 years down the drain! However way the writers are going to explain his absence, 'Criminal Minds' is never going to be the same again. 

Now fans will have to sit back and wait to see who's going to be the BAU's new Unit leader. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

THE RETURN OF "PRISON BREAK"



First off, I really, really regret giving my boxed set of the original "Prison Break" series away. But at the time, I was so bitter with the finale. The final few minutes ...Sara Tancredi (SarahWayne Callies) was seen with a little boy; obviously Michael's son and hers, Fernando Scure (Amaury Nolasco) at home with his daughter, C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar) became a UPS delivery man, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell)  back in close terms with his son L.J and running a scuba shop, T-Bag (Robert Knepper) back in jail where he belonged, Paul Mahone (William Ficthtner) arm in arm with his former colleague. They all meet and go to a grave... and to my devastation, Michael's name was on the headstone. After everything... Michael was dead. 
Call me emotional and remind me it's all fiction. Okay, you are right. But from the moment I watched the first episode of "Prison Break," I was hooked. Not just to the story line  but to the back histories of the characters. 

Michael (Wentworth Miller) was obviously my favorite, I was really drawn to this character. He was something you would want as a friend and protector because you can be sure he would go out of his way to be there and come up with solutions to any tight corner. I found his devotion to his brother Lincoln touching; considering they were so different and he was more than willing to throw his comfortable life and career to break Lincoln out of prison, by manipulating his way into the prison itself. 
To cut a long story short, I was very upset he was killed off instead of a happy ever after with Sara and their son; after everything they went through to bring down "The Company" and finally walk around freely in public. I mourned him and felt I was cheated, more so after watching "The Final Break." Hence I gave my boxed set away and wanted to forget I ever watched the damn series. 
Then I heard the good news and it took me a bit to absorb... "Prison Break" was returning and ding, ding, ding!... Michael IS NOT DEAD!

I saw the trailer naturally. In it, the emotional way Sara described Michael to their son Michael Jnr. clearly showed she was not over his death. Then comes a surprise,  T-Bag shows up  at Lincoln's doorstep with a photo. Okay, 3 questions... WHAT is that sociopath doing out of prison, how did he get the information and why did he go to Lincoln with it? 
Sara's reaction, though it looks like she has a new man in her life, wants the possibility of Michael being alive to be true. Where is Michael? In Yemen, a Yemen prison. But of course, yet how did he get there?  And that's where the story starts- Michael has to be broken out of prison... with Lincoln and Sara's help.
We are sure to see nail-biting scenarios as yet another prison break plan is carried out. While I'm still a bit shell-shocked at the news of "Prison Break"'s return, all I can think about is seeing my favorite character again.