Day: November 29, 2017


Jay-Z has opened up about therapy and the problems that led to him being unfaithful to wife Beyoncé in a new interview.

Speaking to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Baquet for The New York Times’ T Magazine, the rapper confirmed for the first time that he cheated on the former Destiny’s Child singer, saying that his tendency to “shut down emotionally” led to the infidelity.

Describing how he had been raised to “put on this shell of this tough person”, Jay went on to say: “You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect… In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity.”

Jay said that he “grew so much” from his therapy sessions, explaining: “I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at… such an advantage.”

You realise that if someone’s racist toward you, it ain’t about you. It’s about their upbringing and what happened to them, and how that led them to this point. You know, most bullies bully. It just happens. Oh, you got bullied as a kid so you trying to bully me. I understand.”

Of his and Beyoncé’s decision to work through their problems instead of splitting, Jay said: “You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself. So, you know, most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself. And so you walk away.”

Revealing that the couple had initially planned to release a joint album together, Jay described making their respective albums ‘4:44’ and ‘Lemonade’ as “almost like a therapy session”.

“We were sitting in the eye of that hurricane,” he said, “but the best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that’s where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Jay revealed that he and Kanye West are back on speaking terms.



After reviewing the gruesome images and videos that have populated the news media, today, the Senate took action on the ongoing slave trade in Libya.

At todyas sitting, the Senate passed a Resolution calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria to discuss ending the ongoing Libyan slave trade of black Africans — many of them of Nigerian descent.

The Motion titled “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auctions” also called on Mr. President to use the opportunity of the ongoing EU-AU Summit in Abidjan to table the matter before the Libyan delegation.

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A statement by the Senate President Bukonla Saraki said “As a country it is a slap in the face if Nigerians can be treated in this manner. Other countries are taking necessary actions to bring back their citizens, we need to be doing the same”.

“In this regard, he continued. “we resolved to condemn in totality the current depravity and sheer animalism being exhibited by the Libyan slave traders, who are selling fellow Africans as slaves”.

The Senate also urged the federal government to urgently investigate how many Nigerians are affected and urgently commence the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of Nigerian citizens caught up in these despicable treatment and human rights abuses.

The Presidents Special Assistant on Diasporan Affairs abike Dabiri speaking on the worrying issues earlier twitted “I got those calls since I was in the House of reps . We brought back 24 that were to die. Under PMB almost 5000 brought back, after years stranded in Libya.. But you bring back, some still go despite warnings. Hopeful with massive evacuation, all will be back. What plans to do now is send a couple of Aircrafts to airlift ALL still remaining”

The APC also tweeted “242 Nigerians returned from Libya this evening. The aircraft touched down at around 9.10pm. Registration & profiling is ongoing by relevant agencies.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is alerting Nigerians to the dangers being faced in Libya and is warning citizens against travelling to such countries. “The Commission continues to sensitize our countrymen & women to desist from any form of irregular migration”



The 2017 AFRICAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS Holds at the UK House of Parliament on 30th November.
A press release by the organisers of the event said the theme for this Year’s Ceremony is “GIRL CHILDS RIGHT TO EDUCATION: A CASE FOR AFRICA”

The African Achievers Awards has consistently honoured great African Achievers ranging from African Leaders, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent.

The Awards ceremony has fast become established as one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African Achievers on the continent, the occasion is very grand and elegant.

Past recipients of the African Achievers Awards include

Arch. Bishop Desmond Tutu,

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete former President Republic of Tanzania),

Dr. Margaret Blick Kigozi. (A University chancellor and sports woman who currently works as a consultant at United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO). She also served as the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority).

Other past recipients include. John Momoh, Chairman and Founder of Channels Television, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, Justina Mutale Foundation, The African Development Bank (AFDB) Sinanch (International Gospel Songstress), Dr Mathews Phosa, Moggesukkel Foundation, H.E Dr Dlamini Zuma former Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Now in its 7th Edition, this year’s Ceremony which includes a seminar will be hosted by Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott, Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP and UK Shadow Home Secretary.

It will be Chaired by Cllr. Susan Fajana Thomas -former civic Mayor of London Borough of Hackney & Chairperson African Achievers Awards Board.

Debbie Ariyo OBE. (CEO Afruca) will chair the discussions and provide an overview of the state of girl child education in Africa while Dr. Josephine Ojiambo Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General will give the Key note address.

According to Rex Idaminabo, Founder/Principal Partner of the African Achievers Awards, despite progress in Education, there are many reasons that prevent girls from going to school. Poverty, pregnancy, school-based violence, child marriage and discriminatory gender norms are some of the major obstacles to girls’ education worldwide and the seminar will be addressing these issues.

Other Speakers will include top policy makers from the Commonwealth, UNICEF etc.
The high point of the Ceremony, is the Achievers Honours presented to Africans making a difference.

The AAA event 2017 is supported by 3 International NGO’s: SFT Foundation Trust, AFRUCA Children’s Charity and Justina Mutale Foundation.

A high powered dinner to host dignitaries will follow at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at Tower of London.

Interested individuals desiring to attend the dinner can contact the organisers via