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SONG OF THE WEEK

"Paradise"- COLDPLAY Artiste: CO LDPLAY Year: 2011 Album: Mylo Xyloto Genre: Alternati ve/I ndie Awards:Grammy(nominated), MT V Music Vid eo (won) Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland. After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as bassist and they changed their name to Starfish. Will Champion joined as drummer and backing vocalist.The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998 before recording and releasing three EPs: Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999, and The Blue Room in the same year. They achieved worldwide fame with the release of the single "Yellow" in 2000. This was followed by their debut album Parachutes released the same year, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The band's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), won multiple awards. Their next

Book Review: BLACKASS (Igoni Barrett)

Book cover- Amazon.com Imagine what it feels like to be white-skinned, and thrust at the centre of a city like Lagos, one of the most populous cities in Africa, where foreigners are common in some parts, but rare in most. The protagonist, Furo, a Nigerian from the Niger Delta wakes up suddenly one day to find himself, for some reason, a white man. He tries to cope with this new identity, as it charts a whole new course for his life to follow. Because of this newfound ‘advantage’, opportunities open up to him abundantly, yet the whiteness was not without its own challenges, for example, being automatically assumed for a wealthy person, or being stared at incessantly. There’s a catch. Though the protagonist is now white-skinned, his buttocks remain black, to his embarrassment and annoyance. He tries to deal with this problem in various ways, yet without success. To the normal observer, Furo looks like an average ‘oyibo’ (foreigner). Yet, the presence of his blackass remai

POETRY: STAY IN YOUR HOUSE

In Lagos you don't talk to strangers You do not answer when Someone calls 'Sister!' or 'Brother' By the roadside, in a park, in a market Lest you become something strange- Something else Don't help that old woman pick her money from the floor Or else you'll turn into a yam tuber If you help that man pass his bus fare He will make you disappear Like magic Don't give alms to beggars They will surely transfer their infirmities to you Because they are that powerful The lame will walk home rejoicing, while  You are left to wonder what suddenly happened To your legs If someone stops in their metal-on-tyres To ask for directions You'd better not answer them! Next thing you have been TAKEN And Liam Neeson won't come for you In fact, if you like yourself Just stay in your house Don't answer any visitors Don't come out

SONG OF THE WEEK

"Just Give Me a Reason"-Pink ft Nate Ruess Artiste: P !nk ft Nate Ruess Year: 20 12 Album: The Truth About Love Genre: Pop Awards: Grammy won     P!nk is an American singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. She started out in 1995 with an Rnb girl group called 'Choice', which disbanded three years later. She released her solo debut album, Can't Take Me Home in 2000. Some of her other best-selling albums include; Mizzundaztood(2001), Funhouse(2008) and The Truth About Love(2012). She has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, and has won three Grammy awards. Nate Ruess is an Americ an singer and songwriter, and the lea d singer of the band FUN. He is also a solo musician. I think the collaboration of these two pop/rock artistes was a genius idea Download "Just Give Me a Reason" Lyrics   Right from the start You were a thief You stole my heart And I your willing victim I let you see the parts of me That weren&

FICTION: A FAMILY AFFAIR

Photo Credit: Vi Truong It came out of nowhere- like a sudden sharp blow. No one suspected that anything of the sort could happen. We were, to many, a model family, well-to-do and happy and beautiful. My mother, Bola Chibuzor was a very good-looking woman, her looks betraying her 45 years. She was born in Ibadan as the last of four children and the only girl, to Pastor Adewale and his wife Funlola, a businesswoman. She was very light-skinned, and sometimes got mistaken for an Igbo woman. She was a disciplined and religious woman, and this discipline, with pure talent, had helped her build her fashion design company from scratch.  My Father was a businessman involved in three businesses- Oil, Shipping and a restaurant chain. Daddy actually started out as a cook. He still boasts that his excellent cooking had been too much of a temptation for our mother, who was a regular at his mother’s restaurant during her Youth Service in Imo state. Four years later they were

Movie review: QUEEN OF KATWE

Year : 2016 Director : Mira Nair Producer : John B. Carls Screenwriter : William Wheeler Cast : Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo Genre : Biographical, Drama, Sports Based on the ESPN article and book by Tim Crothers Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the slums of Katwe, Uganda, discovers chess, and with the help of her coach, Robert Katende, becomes a prodigy, overcoming numerous obstacles. Rating: 4/5 Phiona Mutesi(Nalwanga) lives with her mother(Nyong’o) and siblings in a hovel in katwe. Life is tough and they barely scrape by. One day, she discovers a group of children playing chess, tutored by Robert Katende(Oyelowo). This discovery leads Phiona into a realm of greater possibilities, as she masters the game, despite not being able to read. Katende sees the potential in her, and takes her under his wing, training her for greater aspirations, like representing the whole country internationally. This was the first movie I ever we