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Saturday, May 31, 2014


Ramona asked Marianna if she was glad she was having a baby. Marianna admitted she was but very sorry it had come about now; with  Luis Alberto so enraged with her. Ramon was confident that Marianna’s pregnancy would bring them back together and Marianna wondered if she should tell Luis Alberto right away. Ramona replied, as soon as possible and she would phone the best hotels in the city to locate him.
However she couldn’t because Luis Alberto had already left Mexico so Ramona sends a telegram. Luis Alberto is in Brazil with his partner, Mr. Duarte to begin their construction project. Mr. Duarte hands him a telegram that had arrived for him. Opening it, Luis read the message: Marianna is pregnant and she needed him. But Luis Alberto’s face hardens instead and doesn’t bother replying.
A few weeks go by and while Luis Alberto is resting on a hammock, he opened his eyes to see Marianna standing over him, looking very pretty in her white suit. Luis Alberto is not pleased to see her, demanding to know what she was doing in Brazil; to tell him in person about the baby.
Marianna actually came because she assumed he didn’t get Ramona’s telegram so she was very hurt by his words, didn’t he care about their unborn child?
‘Why should I?’ was Luis Alberto’s cold question.
Mariana said it’s his baby but he rudely interrupted her, saying it was a lie; what she had in her womb was not his baby but another man’s, just like with Esther when she claimed her baby was when it fact it was Diego’s. Marianna just wanted him to believe otherwise. Marianna should simply take the child to Leonardo after it’s born!
Marianna, some of her old fiery spirit returning, demanded that he listened to her for once but Luis Alberto stubbornly maintained he was not the father and Marianna was only trying to trick him. Twice, Esther had tricked him; a fake pregnancy and then a pregnancy that wasn’t his- two lies. Now Marianna was coming up with the same story. Mariana snapped that her own pregnancy wasn’t fake, they can go to the nearest hospital and he will know. But Luis Alberto said then it must be that imbecile’s child, not his; the imbecile she betrayed him for. Marianna said she never cheated on him, how could he think that of her? Luis Alberto asked, what was Leonardo doing in their bedroom, holding her like that?
Marianna kept insisting it was all a misunderstanding; Leonardo came by to wish them well but alas, Luis Alberto still didn’t believe her, really certain she was carrying Leonardo’s baby and said he hated her and she shouldn’t come looking for him again. (Poor Marianna!)
Summoning one of his workers, he instructed him to take Marianna to the airport and again telling her he didn’t want to see her again; she mustn’t come back. Marianna left, weeping pitifully.
 Luis Alberto sent a telegram to his parents; informing them his work in Brazil was going on well and he’ll be there for another 5 months.
Back in Mexico, Ramona and the other servants take care of Marianna who was having a rather difficult pregnancy; along with stress and worry and she’d lost hope of Luis Alberto returning to her. She is very sad Luis Alberto denied his own child. Ramona consoled her, at least Marianna was wealthy; she had enough to see to the child’s needs. Ramona went upstairs and Maria hands her a letter delivered by the mailman.

It’s a letter from Luis Alberto; he has decided to file for a divorce and suggested that Marianna asked Leonardo to take care of her child since he’s the ‘real father’. Filled with sheer anguish, Marianna fled the house. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Okay... what more does this freakazoid have to do before the authorities do something to curb his ridiculous behavior with celebrities? Not long ago he managed to slip under America Ferrera's dress at the Cannes Festival ; now we hear that Vitalii  Sediuk struck Brad Pitt on the face (imagine that!) during the premire of Angelina Jolie's movie: Maleficent. The crazy man actually jumped over the barricade and slapped the actor before  taken away and I hope it's a polite word for 'arrested' because I  can't imagine them letting him go just like that this time.

Seriously, WHAT is this guy's problem and what exactly is the meaning behind these stupid pranks of his? Some sort of statement because honestly I really don't see why he insists on making a real nuisance of himself like this. It's either he wasn't given a warning after his behavior at the Cannes Festival or chose to ignore it; I didn't think he would pull another red carpet stunt that soon. It may not even be statement, it may be Sediuk wants his own amount of fame even if he winds up regarded as the 'celebrity pest' or just wants to see how far he can go and how often he can get away with his weird behavior.
But whatever his reasons for these stupid pranks, they are NOT FUNNY. If Sediuk wasn't given a warning the last time, he should be given a serious warning now; stop the 'pranks' or go to jail. Honestly, the man has turned from weird to simply ridiculous. They are calling Vitalii Sediuk  'the serial prankster' now, what will they call him if one of his 'celebrity pranks' causes an accident or worse, he walks up to a celebrity with a weapon in his hand? This man is no prankster, he's just a major stalker and a nuisance  looking for attention and notoriety. If that's the case, he's winning. It's best he should be treated like the freakazoid that he is, given ZERO attention and lock his ass in jail for a few months.
That will clip his wings!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


What can one say about Dr. Maya Angelou ? Her numerous fans will talk about her books; her beautiful poems, her plays, movies her T.V shows as well as her active role in the Civil Rights movement. When she was alive, I followed her on Twitter. Though I never tweeted  her, I always made sure I read her tweets, which were usually wise sayings. Her last one was on May 23th, 2014; which reads...

Dr. Maya Angelou was a very remarkable woman. Not just because of what she accomplished but how she started in the beginning and forged ahead. She experienced racism, sexual molestation and a period when she couldn't talk after that sad incident. But she created a niche for herself after discovering her love for books; thus became the woman we will always remember. She was very open about her past in her autobiographies; her struggles made her even more human. Aside from her writing, she learnt several languages, was one of the advocates of Civil Rights and Education. Here in Nigeria, her book "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is widely read; I found a few copies at a book stand in The University of Lagos. 

In Tyler Perry's 2006 movie "Madea's Family Reunion", Dr. Angelou had a cameo role and recited this lovely poem in the wedding scene: 

The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance…
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out of time.
When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I had always loved you more.
You freed your braids…
gave your hair to the breeze.
It hummed like a hive of honey bees.
I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
Mmmm…God how I love your hair.
You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….
Trying to change our nightmares into dreams…
The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time.

And there was her memorable poem in 1993's "Poetic Justice": PHENOMENAL WOMAN; from her 1978's "And Still I Rise" 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 

Today, a very remarkable woman has passed on to the world beyond. And the world will never forget her as we pray to God to grant her soul eternal rest.



The first telenovela to hit Nigerian T.V was 1979 Los Ricos Tambien LLoran; what we know as The Rich Also Cry; starring Veronica Castro as Marianna and Rogelio Guerra as Luis Alberto. It’s a telenovela we’ll never forget; Marianna and Luis Alberto almost forced apart for good no thanks to his awful cousin who trapped him into marriage- Esther, played by Rocio Banquells; the real-life daughter of the show’s director, Rafael Banquells- who was also in front of the camera as Father Adrian, the family’s priest.
After several months of angst, the telenovela ended with Marianna and Luis Alberto’s wedding. Or, so we thought.

The Rich Also Cry is one of the oldest and longesttelenovelas so maybe NTA decided to end the story there so as to move on to the next one, which was Tu O Nadie; No One ButYou. But we are entitled to know the rest of the story; long or not. Hence, I’ll be posting snippets of the remaining part of The Rich Also Cry and draw your own conclusions! 

After the wedding reception, Luis Alberto and Marianna spent their honeymoon at the cabin he bought specially for her. Over dinner by candle light, Luis tells her how very happy she’s finally his wife after all the trouble they’d experienced, it felt like a dream. They toasted each other and enjoyed the rest of their time together.
Sometime after they return from their honeymoon, Luis Alberto had to go on a business trip and at the same time, Don Alberto and Mrs. Elena are moving to Europe. But Marianna couldn’t see them off at the airport as she’s not feeling well. Luis Alberto offered to postpone the trip a few days but she urged him to go, she would be well soon. He kissed her goodbye while Don Alberto and Mrs. Elena do so as well; wishing her speedy recovery.
A few minutes after their departure, Marianna is informed she has a visitor and she gives instructions to the servant to send whoever it is up; she’s too weak to go downstairs.
Her visitor turned out to be Leonardo, her ex fiancé; who came by to see how she was doing and to give her his sincere congratulations on her recent wedding and asked for Luis Alberto (Give me a break, seriously?  How do we know he’s not just using a ruse to see the woman he’s clearly not over one more time? And he never liked Luis Alberto!)
Marianna thanked him graciously, exchanging pleasantries but all of a sudden feels very dizzy and collapses; Leonardo caught her just in time, calling her name anxiously as he lowered her on the bed.
Unfortunately, Luis Alberto walked in and, needless to say, absolutely furious on seeing his former rival holding his wife. (How many Nigerian fans remember this guy’s very hot temper?). He glared at Leonardo and then at Marianna who was slowly coming to and surprised he was back. Luis Alberto didn’t fly to Brazil because the flight was cancelled due to bad weather. Luis is very angry, accusing them both of using his absence to sneak around behind his back. Refusing to listen to Leonardo’s explanations, he threw him out. Marianna tried to follow but another wave of dizziness stopped her. Ramona (Esther’s mother and now Marianna’s personal maid) hurried in anxiously and Marianna tearfully told her what just happened. Ramona is dismayed and advised her to convince Luis Alberto it was a misunderstanding. Luis Alberto came back, ordering Ramona out. He coldly told Marianna that he didn’t want to see her in the house when he came back from Brazil. Marianna protested her innocence but he still wouldn’t listen to her; as he’d heard Leonardo address her as ‘my love’ when he was trying to wake her up. Marianna protested she’d fainted, she didn’t know the reason.
But Luis Alberto is adamant, saying she was a liar like Esther! Marianna was even more upset; reminding him she broke up with Leonardo to be with him. The stupid man told her he was going to sleep at a hotel that night and he never wanted to see her again. He walked out, leaving poor Marianna in tears.

She was unable to sleep that night, Luis Alberto’s words running through her mind.Ramona and the housekeeper Maria came up to console her, assuring her Luis Alberto would come round and apologise to her. Marianna suddenly began wriggling about as though in pain and Ramona told Maria to call the doctor.
The doctor arrived and after hearing about Marianna’s weakness and fits of dizziness, told her what was wrong with her.
Marianna is pregnant!

Monday, May 26, 2014



Somehow or the other, one half of a couple strays and has an affair. When caught, the usual words of defence are "It didn't mean anything." Two results, either the wounded party either ends the marriage due to breach of trust or all if forgiven (usually with a certain amount of difficulty and it's more about forgiving than actually forgetting because during a likely future argument, it's bound to be used to rub the cheater's face ) or filing for a divorce. 
In this country when a man gets caught having an affair, there would be a buzz but he wouldn't exactly be condemned, oh no. The woman would turn a blind eye because she doesn't want to start over or a family meeting will be held... where she would be persuaded and advised to give her husband another chance. After all, men are men and the children must not suffer from a broken home. Then how come a woman is caught cheating, she is condemned and called everything from a harlot to a slut? Why is she more of the sinner, more than the men? Adultery is Adultery and no matter the gender; the person has done a bad thing. 
I’m not going to go into the reasons why there are cheating husbands and cheating wives, it’s the way society handles it that bothers me. Society is more judgemental towards the woman than the guy, like it’s the husband’s privilege to have a mistress but more than ready to stone the woman with insults. Like I said earlier, the guys always get away with what they do, even after they get caught. In most cases, after the mistress winds up pregnant, the family intervenes and the wronged woman is presented with her ‘junior wife. In other cases, if a guy happens to bang someone else’s wife, the wife protects him rather than tell on him because for sure her husband will get a real beating from the man he made a cuckold and it’s more about preventing her children from being fatherless than actual loyalty from him. It’s not like he deserves it anyway.
But a cheating wife is made a pariah. She’s a prostitute, a harlot and a slut. She’s prosecuted by the family and sent packing and for a very long time, she’s publicly gossiped about, more than a cheating husband. She is not protected nor shown any loyalty, she would probably be cursed.
Most countries are male dominated, like Nigeria. When it comes to something like adultery, the men are well protected because... well, because they are men after all. Women are not because they are the second class gender, they are expected to be the epitome of virtue and patience and being otherwise reduces them to be lower than the dust. A cheating husband should get as much judgement like a cheating wife would and his act not to be taken lightly and he should not be allowed to get away with it. If society would condemn a cheating wife, then the cheating husband should be treated that way. While cheating wives are called names like 'tramp', 'slut' or 'ashewo', what are the cheating husbands usually called... 'dogs'? Ironically, it sounds more like a compliment than an actual insult.
Seriously, am I the only one who thinks than when it comes to marital cheating, the guy gets off lightly? 

Sunday, May 25, 2014


We're still getting over the news of rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding in Florence and I hope it works well for them. This is Kanye's first marriage and Kim's third- her previous marriage to  basketball player Kris Humpheries ended  72 days (lord knows why) after the wedding.after she began dating West and had their little North, I was wondering if they would actually take the plunge and walk down the aisle. Well they are Mr. and Mrs. now and I hope they'll be very happy.

However there's another new bride, Lisa Niemi who just got married to jeweler Albert DePrisco. Lisa Niemi is the widow of actor Patrick Swayze (Ghost, Dirty Dancing) who died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer.While Patrick is no doubt missed, life of course has to go on. The happy couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in Florida, the bride reported decked out in a dress designed by Oscar de la Renta. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness as well.


Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 

I've seen Angelina in dark roles before, the one I find memorable is her role in Girl, Interrupted where she played Lisa; a manipulative sociopath with a very nasty temper. But for her to be cast as the evil fairy  from the  Sleeping Beauty tale, I honestly didn't see that coming but I honestly can't wait to see it. I don't know much about the movie's plot but from what I gathered, it is a live action adaptation of  Sleeping Beauty, only this time the story is  in Maleficent's point of view. Maleficent's origins will be shown and why she decided to curse the 'Sleeping Beauty'- Princess Aurora. But apparently, something or someone just might change her mind. After watching Once Upon A Time, I'm prepared for anything in this movie.

Saturday, May 24, 2014



                                                PETER RECKELL 

                                              As The World Turns
                                                    Knots Landing
                                               Days of Our Lives
                                                  Venice: The Series
                                                      The Groove


                                                  SHEMAR MOORE

                                            The Young And The Restless


                                            DRAKE HOGESTYN 

                                             Days of Our Lives


                                               BRYAN DATILLO

                                              Days of Our Lives



                                                   Days Of Our Lives
                                                    Venice: The Series 


                                              KRISTOFF St. JOHN 


                                              The Young & The Restless 


                                                 SHAWN CHRISTIAN 

                                                    As The World Turns 

                                                     One Life To Live 

                                                     Days Of Our Lives
                                                    Venice: The Series  


                                                 VINCENT IRIZARRY 

                                                       Santa Barbara 

                                                        Guiding Light 

                                                      One Life To Live 

                                                       All My Children 

                                              The Young & The Restless 


                                                    A. MARTINEZ

                                                  Falcon Crest    
                                                 Santa Barbara 

                                                    General Hospital 

                                               The Bold & The Beautiful 


                                           JASON WINSTON GEORGE 

                                                  Sunset Beach

                                               MICHAEL EASTON  

                                                Days Of Our Lives 

                                                Port Charles 

                                                One Life To Live 

                                                General Hospital 

                                                CLIVE ROBERTSON 

                                                   Sunset Beach 


                                                  ERIC MARTSOLF 


                                                   Days Of Our Lives


                                            JOSHUA MORROW 

                                         The Young & The Restless 


                                                      LANE DAVIES 

                                                      Days Of Our Lives 

                                                      Santa Barbara 

                                               The Bold & The Beautiful 

                                                      General Hospital 

                                                          The Bay 

                                              DOMINIC ZAMPROGNA 

                                                  General Hospital 

                                                    JAMES SCOTT 

                                                     All My Children 

                                                     Days Of Our Lives 


                                                      RON MOSS 

                                             The Bold & The Beautiful 

Friday, May 23, 2014


 Late comedian Kenny Everett as Sid Snot trying to sell a watch to singer and actor, David Essex.


I came across this sentence on Twitter and it goes like this... the reason why ex-lovers remain friends is either because they’re still in love or they were never in love with each other in the first place. Is there a grain of truth in that?
There are breakups and divorces and if the circumstances are right, an ex wife can remain friends with the ex husband and the ex girlfriend can remain friends with the ex husband. With the ex married couple; they usually remain friends if the divorce was amicable. They could still be love with each other but are simply not compatible enough to live together and there are some couples- married or dating- are better off as friends than lovers anyway and manage to salvage their friendship after the marriage ends, not always though.
 But there are marriages which end badly with a bitter divorce, maybe because of adultery, a flaw on the part of the husband or the wife or  if it was an abusive relationship. If a woman ended things with an abusive, possessive boyfriend, she wouldn’t feel inclined to see him ever again; so friendship is out. With a cheating husband, the woman would most likely tolerate him if there are children involved.
But what about the case  where the breakup isn’t mutual; where the party- especially  the woman- is still in love with the ex? She could feel betrayed if the reason is because another woman and would be bitter about it. But would she be willing or capable of being merely friends with him?
There’s a friend of mine who had several boyfriends but there was a significant one whom she still regards as the love of her life. When she saw him again after they drifted apart, 15 years had gone by and she was devastated to see he was now married with four children. Devastated, because the moment she laid eyes on him, she knew she’d never stopped loving him. But being around him was very hard for her; all she could think about was what could’ve been and wishing it was. He was over friendly towards her but she was the opposite, she was distant; more melancholy than jealous. She was glad he was happy but also knew she couldn't be friends with him, the old feelings were still there and she couldn't pretend nor could she show them. For her, it was all or nothing and there was no way she would welcome an affair if it ever crossed his mind and it wouldn’t because he’s a committed family man. Friendship was out of the question, in her case.
Aside from the exceptional cases; where love but incompatibility was the cause and the decision to break up/divorce was mutual and amicable,   I don’t think women can actually be friends with their ex-husbands or lovers. There’ll always be the stabs of bitterness, the sad moments when they reflect on “what might have been” or resentment for their successors and that is a usual scenario. Based on these reasons, it’s probably best if they simply remain as distant as possible or just learn to tolerate each other if they have no other choice, but not actual friendship.


Half of a Yellow Sun is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s second book; after the successful Purple Hibiscus and I have a battered copy, bought back in 2007.
I admit, when I initially realised the subject matter, I wasn’t pleased. I’ve read about the Biafra war in Isidore Okpewho’s The Last Duty, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Survive the Peace, Festus Iyayi’s Heroesand a bit of it in Rosina Umelo’s Felicia; so what more about Biafra still needs to be told? But from the first page to the next one and to the next one enthralled me; the book was about life before and during the war and the story revolved around the strong willed fraternal twins- Olanna and Kainene; Olanna’s eventual husband Odenigbo, Kianene’s English boyfriend Richard and Olanna and Odenigbo‘s servant, Ugwu. The way Ms. Adichie told the story was as if she was right there at the time (Adichie was born 1977) and it was obviously a work of meticulous research and her own creativity.  Despite the sober tone of the story, I honestly enjoyed it. Adichie was bold and unrestrained and really gave it all she could.
So when I heard there was going to be a movie adaptation, I was thrilled and I was able to view the trailer on YouTube; vowing to save up and watch it at the E- Centre; the nearest cinema where I live. British Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast as Odenigbo. Ejiofor recently made Nigeria proud for his recent portrayal of Solomon Northup in Twelve Years A Slave for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar(which went to Matthew McConaughhey for Dallas Buyers’ Club instead) and earned him a BAFTA award. Olanna is played by English actress Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose is Kainene, English actor Joseph Mawle (currently in Game of Thrones) is Richard Churchill, veteran singer and actress Onyeka Owenu is Odenegbo’s mother, Zack Orji is Chief Ozobia; the twins’ father and Genevieve Nnaji as Odenegbo’s Yoruba colleague- Miss Adebayo; Tina Mba as the twins' mum and Gloria Young as their aunt. 
 But then I started hearing reports here and there about its première here being cancelled and then the rumours started; that the Federal Government banned its screening! I was like... what the f***?
However, the reports say the movie was actually banned by the Nigerian Films and Censors Board. Probably because of the sex scenes, I initially thought. Long before the adaptation, Ms. Adichie got some criticism about the rather graphic sex scenes in the book, very ironic since there was a lot of that in Cyprian Ekwensi’s Jagua Nana & Jagua Nana’s Daughter and that was a very long time ago. And many Nigerian women read Harlequin and Mills & Boon. Seriously, are we that straitlaced in this country?
But it may be another reason entirely. Professor Chinua Achebe’s last book before he died was There Was A Country and it caused quite the controversy here as it apparently brought a lot of bad memories best left forgotten.  Before the war started, there were the terrible riots between the Igbos and the Hausas. To put it bluntly, many people were slaughtered; even children. This was graphically described in Half of a Yellow Sun. Reading it is one thing but having to watch the tribal riots’ re-enactment was apparently a cause of worry and concern; it would no doubt upset the viewers and in a country where the political atmosphere is already tense, there would probably nasty repercussions- especially with the Boko Haram issue yet to be resolved. Hence, for that to be avoided it looks like we won’t see Half Of A Yellow Sun... at least for a while.
No country exactly has a savory history...  that we know. The USA with its slavery/ segregation era, the assassination of some of their presidents, the time when black men would be lynched without trial (the basis for Billie Holiday’s song, Strange Fruit ), Italy, when scientists were shouted down, the Inquisition in Spain, apartheid in South Africa, The Holocaust in Germany  etc and there’s been movies about these past events.  In Nigeria, it seems we simply want to shrink away from the past... our core historical past. In Primary School there’s the subject Social Studies, where the pupils are taught states and capitals, what the symbols in the arms of government mean, about Jaja of Opobo and how Mary Slessor ended the killing of twins. But History is absent in the secondary school curriculum... why? Surely, when one wants to know where he’s going, he must know where you’ve been... that’s the aim of History. But since History isn’t taught in secondary schools anymore because it’s considered a touchy subject, perhaps that’s the same reason why Half of a Yellow Sun is not to be screened, this is a visually re-enacted piece of history; the main characters are fictional but the war and the riots aren't.
 I’m not pleased Half of a Yellow Sun’s movie adaptation is getting this treatment from the Censors Board. But considering the problems we’re still tackling right now... it wouldn't for things to escalate more, like tribal fights. But this is 2014. Can’t they at least give Nigerians the benefit of the doubt... that nothing horrible would happen after it’s released, after all  the book itself is still selling away well in the bookshops. Do the Actors’ Guild agree with this ban or will they stage a protest?

Maybe, maybe not.