Wednesday, December 12, 2007

VideoBytes: Nwantinti, Omo Alata and Naughty Girl


Tis the season to be jolly - that is why my VideoBytes this month will come in threes - as per Christmas pressies now. Call it "Celebrating Big Things outside Nig" LOL.

First Video - Nwantiti (U Drive Me Crazy) by Komo

Interesting Video.... (love the beat)





Second Video - Blak J*sus is Back with a PREMIUM RENDITION titled Omo Alata.

Featuring Iceberg Slim (Naija's own)




Third Video - Naughty Girl by Zaina (feat. Zara)



Funny enough this her flyer was in my blog folder for months, I didn't find any reason to blog about her (see myspace). Now I do - check out her Naija Party Scene and Naughty Girl Video. I love the Zara rap bit.

Okay so what do you think about these 3 artistes? Give me your feedback xx



Friday, December 07, 2007

Book Reading Tour, Videobyte and Free Song


Farafina are going to have my head because I put this up too late! I meant to put it up yesterday but hey, thankfully the tour is on for 3 different dates from tomorrow. :o)

Farafina is pleased to announce the release of its latest book The Phoenix by Chika Unigwe.

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Chika Unigwe is an Afro-Belgian writer of Nigerian origin. She is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. The Phoenix is her first full length novel. It was originally published in Dutch.Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children.She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, having completed a thesis entitled "In the shadow of Ala. Igbo women writing as an act of righting" in 2004.

The Phoenix Book Reading Tour will be at the following venues on the following dates:

  • Jazzhole (8th December)
  • Quintessence (14th December)
  • Bookworm (15th December)


See Flyer (above) for more details.



Secondly, I've got a videobyte for you - Guess Who is in the new iPod Video?




Her New Album (which has apparently leaked all over the internet) will be out on the 18th of December titled - Growing Pains. My gurl Mary has done it again! :o)


FREEBIE - The Julie Video is finally here! As soon as I can upload it, I will do so but you can watch it on facebook - here [just scroll down]



For those who don't know, Julie is a new popular club-banger (well okay maybe in Bacchus sha) by Shank (Nigerian R&B-Reggae/Dance Hall Rapper).


For a little tease/sneak peek, here are some pics from the video shoot. Click to Enlarge - I suppose the vid was shot at Piccolomondo:








Hmmm Tasty! Lol

Julie mp3 up for grabs here [limited time only]



Thursday, December 06, 2007

December: Celebrating World Aids/HIV

Dear Readers, do not be puzzled by the title - it is not what it seems.



As we are in the month of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, this calls for celebration. Every post I will put up this month will be celebrating one thing or the other and it is worth participating and joining me to do this.

December 1st was World Aids Day but due to the hustle and bustle in the life of Mona, I was unable to blog that day. This however does not stop me from blogging about it and reaching out. Celebrating World Aids/HIV means celebrating the increased awareness, increase in treatment and prevention of HIV and Aids. Please read this post and be more aware. Thanks xx




Looking closely at HIV in Africa - Nigeria in particular:

Among approximately 130 million citizens, at least four million adults live with HIV/AIDS. Recent studies reveal an alarming rate of increase in cases of HIV infection among children, 90 percent of which is due to mother-to-child transmission. Because so many people carry the virus, Nigeria stands at a vulnerable intersection, facing a much larger AIDS epidemic: recent studies indicate that as many as 15 million Nigerians will be HIV positive by 2010 unless urgent action takes place now.


I really don't need to say much or give a long lecture. A lot of us know the facts, are aware and know how to prevent, test or treat other people who are victims thanks to lack of ignorance. However, there are millions more who are totally unaware of the causes, prevention, etc. Take England for instance, still 1 in 5 youths between 15 and 49 do not know that it can be contacted through sexual contact. This is a country where the population is a lot more literate than many African countries (no offence) so I imagine there are hundreds of thousands who are still very ignorant about HIV/Aids.




Worse, still there are so many Africans/Nigerians who treat HIV positive and/or Aids victims inappropriately. These are human beings living with a sickness (not necessarily minor) but it is due to our lack of education that makes us treat people as such and for others, it is a general fear, uncertainty and lack of accurate information.


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Betty Irabor, for instance, publicly apologised after writing an article in Genevieve Magazine that made her appear extremely ignorant about HIV positive mother - Yinka Jegede Ekpe. A lot of readers were offended. See her apology on Bella's blog.

World Aids Day encourages awareness and support from everyone to fight the war against Aids and HIV.

Companies such as Shell Nigeria and Total ensure their employees are made aware and have made commitments to enforce this in the workplace.

See Shell's commitment here
Total Nigeria's company policy includes non-discrimination against HIV positive employees - here

Census.gov stats on HIV/Aids in Nigeria - link




For people interested in getting into the nitty gritty, you can access this document on what HIV/Aids means for Nigeria.

What the Nigerian Government is doing - (i) Antiretroviral Programs [read] (ii) Nigeria HIV/Aids Summit




What You and I Can Do:

(i) Support the Cause in any way you can

JoinRed -By supporting joinred.com provides an HIV/Aids victim with 2 pills a day: you are providing an HIV patient in Africa with the medicine they need to return to health. This transformation occutrs after about the first 60 days of a 2-pill a day treatment regimen.

Supporters include - Gap Clothing [www.gap.com/red]; Converse Footwear [www.makeminered.com]; Apple iPod [www.apple.com/ipod/red]; Hallmark Cards [www.hallmark.com/red]; Motorola [www.motorola.com/red]; American Express (UK Only [www.americanexpressred.co.uk]; Emporio Armani [www.emporioarmaniproductred.com]

By buying any of the products listed in the above websites, you are providing 2 pills a day. However, more can still be done:

Support HIV/Aids organisations in Nigeria - visit NigeriaHivInfo.com

(ii) Educate others - if you are AIDS aware, find a way to pass the message on, even to younger ones.

(iii) Practise safe sex - abstinence is the best option but if you are going to do it, use a condom to prevent HIV/Aids through sexual contact. HIV/Aids can be contacted in many other forms but this is the most prevalent mode of contact.


(iv) Get Tested - many people risk the chance of spreading this disease if they refuse to get tested out of fear or ignorance

(v) Do not discriminate against anyone you are aware of who has the virus


Celebrities like Fela Kuti and Julia Roberts are also supporting the cause, not to talk of Bono, etc.

See Julia's red bracelet - link
See Femi Kuti article on Fela, the shrine, HIV/Aids and being a UNICEF Ambassador - link




Excerpt:

In July of 1997, one of Fela’s dancers-turned-wife, Alero Obutu-Kuti also lost her life to the disease. In a report of Inter Press Service filed by Remi Oyo, January 18 , 2000, Alero was admitted at the general hospital in Lagos for AIDS-related complications. “Kuti, 43, with two children, says her illness, for which there is no known cure, is worsening”. “I am afraid I am going to die.” Alero Kuti disclosed her status in November of 1999.
Femi was soon to inherit the legion of Fela’s fans that continue to miss their hero dearly, and was daily proving that he is capable of continuing where daddy stopped. With his band, the Positive Force, he had established a distinct identity for himself, while still drawing largely from his father’s goodwill. He once declared to patrons “I can’t do what my father did, I can’t act like my father to support the way you are ruining your lives.” A visit to the Shrine will confirm if Femi is able to keep his words.

Please let us join the fight against HIV/Aids so we can CELEBRATE LIFE INSTEAD :o) See videos below:







Other Resources:
http://www.ng.undp.org/hivaids.shtml - United Nations Development Programme
http://www.magicjohnson.org - The Magic Johnson Foundation
http://www.nigeria-aids.org/ - Journalists against Aids Nigeria
http://nigeria.unfpa.org/hivandaids.htm - United Nations Population Fund
http://www.sim-nigeria.org/content/blogcategory/66/70/ - SIM Nigeria and Mobile Testing clinics
http://www.aidsalliance.org/sw7216.asp - International HIV/Aids Alliance