Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke Puts Name Forward To Be First Female James Bond
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Emila Clark has arguably become one of the most sought out actors following her performance as Daenerys Targaryen in Games of Thrones.
The 33-year-old stole the nationals (and worlds) heart’s as the Mother of Dragons during all eight seasons of the HBO drama.
The A-lister confessed she would love to play 007 when Daniel Craig retires from the role after 13 years as the British spy.
Speaking to Empire, Emilia delighted fans after she was asked if she’d be keen to take on the role of a female James Bond.
“Yeah! Of course,” she screamed, “Hell to the yeah! James Bond is one of those franchises where it’s never not cool
“You could literally make the naffest James Bond in the world and it would still be cool.”
But fans won’t be seeing Emilia as 007 anytime soon as the next film., No Time To Die, starring Craig is set for an April 2020 release.
There have also been rumours that British actress Lashana Lynch could be set to put her spy boots on to take over from Craig
Lashana would not only be the first-ever female to take on the role but also the first-ever black person to star as James Bond.
However, 007 are torn on whether the next Bond should be a woman, with it causing a divide in the fanbase.
Ab Fab’s Joanna Lumley recently spoke out, declaring it should not be given to a woman.
She told Metro: “[Author Ian Fleming] took very special pains to describe James Bond, who was a man, and this was written in the early 50s, who was a British man of a certain height and build and a rather cruel face, a lean build.
“It seems odd to me that you’d make that a woman.”
She added: “By all means write another character who works for MI6, write a new one, but don’t tag on to this lazy business of pretending it’s James Bond.
“Make a different one. It would have to be 008 or somebody else and make it a woman if you have to.
“Remember James Bond is a character written by a real writer. You wouldn’t make Mr Pickwick into a 23-year-old girl.”
This day, November 12, 1994. Odumegwu Ojukwu got married to the then beauty queen, Bianca (Photos).Throwback 1994 wedding photo of Bianca and Ojukwu.The wedding held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church in Abuja, and it was officiated by the Arch Bishop Onaiyekan- who was the Archbishop of Abuja Diocese at that time.Bianca remains the only Lawfully wedded wife of the late Biafran Warlord.Their registry wedding was held at the Kaduna registry as witnessed by Ojukwu's friend, the late Clement Akpamgbo, and reception followed after the event at Apo Quarters, in Abuja.
Lets talk: Why are women so often relegated?Time and time again, rhetorical questions have been asked about the role of women in the society. More often than not, women have been avoided like plague and treated as though they don’t exist in the gathering of men. Truthfully, this is a bitter pill to swallow as the complimentary sex is been given a healthier preference on all fronts of life. Why is that? Going back to the religious indices of the bible describing men as the head and women being submissive to men, there is no doubt that the demands of the most popular religion in the world will be honoured. Excuses are created on a daily basis why women should be behind men rather than compete with them. All these stem from the fact that the man has been handed a natural leadership and kingly role from the day he is conceived and pronounced to be a male foetus. Fathers instill this mentality in their male children and more often than not, these boys grow up seeing women as below par. As a man,I have been educated differently to see this century long advocacy for male and female equality as balderdash. In my opinion, they’re equal and that’s because they’re both humans that can function in the same human way. If men say women do not deserve to hold key positions but only men do, that statement is as fallacious as it sounds. Show me a man that can make a good leader, and I’ll show you ten women that can make better leaders. The worse of it all is what most women think of themselves. Often times, women see themselves as the worthless vessel as compared to their male counterparts. They have overtime groomed a latent mentality that limits them from thinking that they’re better than they actually are. In most cases, they willingly give up juicy positions or privileges to men, describing it as the man’s birthright. How shameful! No one was born to lord it over another in the affairs of life; we were all born with equal IQ and ability to function properly. If there is any breach or vulnerability in there, then it is that person’s making. Confused Women are so often relegated because they think less of themselves in comparison to men. Part of this ridiculous way of thinking is because of how our culture has placed so much importance on marriage which has forcefully made the woman overly submissive even when her rights are being trampled upon. Parents educate their female children to literally worship their husbands even when he is wrong, and then society in her foolishness see a man as a natural head in the corporate world and other public dispensations. After all said and done, this mental carnage can be won. When fighting a psychological war of this nature, it is imperative to understand that the secret required to win it is rooted in the person being talked about. Women must change their mentality and outlook of who men really are. She must come to appreciate herself and her abilities, and strive hard to be better regardless of whether a man is in the running or not. She would talk, work and create as the society have allowed men to. Nobody was created to be foolish for the other. This relegation battle is gathering momentum and every other day, women are subtly pushed to the back row of life’s affairs. The stage is set and the time is now!
MEET FUTURE STAR OF HIGHLIFE: CHIJIOKE CHARLES, WINNER, HI-LIFE FEST 2019After 12 weeks of amazing musical performances across southeast Nigeria, the search for the 2019 Hi-Life King came to a fitting conclusion on Sunday, the 18th of August, 2019 as Imo State native, Chijioke Charles, emerged as the winner of this year’s edition, earning himself the grand prize of five million Naira.Hi-Life Fest is proudly sponsored by Life Lager, the beer brand renowned for inspiring progress, and for celebrating the culture of the people.The conclusion of this year’s edition of the fest marks another landmark achievement in Life Lager’s growing list of successful consumer engagements.Winners of the last two editions of Hi-life fest, Dons Ifeanyi and Chibest David.The competition which is in its third year has been a huge success, with various regional knockouts across the south-east of the country. The search for the next Hi-Life king saw Life Lager head to cities such as Awka, Asaba, Onitsha, Enugu, and Port-Harcourt.After two months of exciting musical events across these cites, four finalists emerged as the cream of the crop, and these talented artistes took to stage in Onitsha, hoping to do enough to impress the judges on the night.All four finalists of Hilife fest 2019 (Frank Morroco Jnr, Chijioke Charles, Umunnukwe Nwanja, Chimaroke Chimex).After a keenly contested showpiece, Chijioke Charles emerged as the winner of the singing category while Ofu Obi Dance Troupe won in the dance category.All winners on the night were clearly elated, particularly as they were handed their cheques.Chijioke Charles, who won on the night, spoke of his excitement. “I dedicate this win to God, my family and everyone who supported me, I am lost for words. This is definitely the happiest day of my life and I am so grateful to Life Lager.”The host of Hi-life fest 2019, Gideon OkekeSpeaking after the showpiece on the success of the competition, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager, Mr. Omotunde Adenusi, said: “Life Lager is all about progress. Giving these talented acts a platform to showcase their talents has been a thing of joy for our brand. We believe everyone who has been on this show is a winner, and we look forward to seeing how they will progress in their careers. We also thank our loyal consumers for constantly coming out to support these contestants. We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing these nights with our consumers and they can expect more of these in the coming years.”The new Hi-life king being coronated highlife music legend, Bright ChimezieThe night also featured guest performances by some of the finest entertainers in Nigeria, such as KCEE, Onyeka Onwenu, and Life Lager Brand Ambassador, Phyno.
30 YEARS AGO TODAY, BIANCA ONLY WINS 'MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA BEAUTY PEAGENT', DEC 4, 1988."Thirty years ago this day, 4th Dec. 1988, I ventured in trepidation onto the grand stage of the National Theatre, Lagos, as a contestant in the MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA PAGEANT by Silverbird Productions. By the grace of God I won the contest. I was then a law undergraduate at the University of Nigeria. The rest, as they say, is history. Then it was the era of ‘winner takes all’ as pageant winner. From there I took off to Banjul, where the MISS AFRICA Pageant was held and I once again emerged the Winner. Next was the MISS CHARM Contest in Moscow which saw me emerge as Miss Drushbah. After that was the MISS INTERCONTINENTAL Pageant. I am the firstnAfrican ever to have won this Pageant.This was an awesome experience which provided a wonderful opportunity to visit over 20 countries of the world in the space of one year of my ‘reign’( a great privilege for a mere student) including 12 European countries as well as several other world destinations including Singapore, Japan,Russia, Taipei, Dubai, Republic Of China, Hong Kong where I represented Nigeria at the MISS WORLD beauty Pageant and Cancun, Mexico where I was the Country’s representative at the MISS UNIVERSE Pageant.It is to God’s glory that I went this far. Today, as always, I continue to celebrate the amazing opportunities God has thrown along my path in life. This is just one of them."BIANCA OJUKWU(ONOH)
Remembering Late Reggae Legend, Bob Marley 37 Years AfterHistory has it that “Money can’t buy life” were the last words late music legend, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley uttered to his son, Ziggy as the 36 year-old Jamaican passed away on May 11, 1981 at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, USA surrounded by members of his family including his weeping mother, Cedelar Booker after his long battle with cancer and brain tumor.Today mark 37 years after his death and it’s safe to say that his legend, music and impactful message still lives on!At the time of his death, the world was shook with the news but comforted by the illustrious legacy the iconic figure left where he used his music as a tool to fight societal ills as well making it an avenue to unite the human race.The late Bob Marley had a humble beginning. He was born in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica on February 6, 1945. His father was Norman Marley, a British Naval Captain posted to the West Indies during the Second World War.Late Marley had little Western education as he dropped out of school at 14 to become an apprentice welder. He soon quit welding to team up with Peter Tosh whom he had met recently and both released a single, Simmer Down which enjoyed a considerable airplay on the local radio.In 1964, Marley and Tosh formed the Wailing Wailers together with Bunny Livingstone Wailer, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, Rita Anderson (who later became Rita Marley in 1966), Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffith (the 1-Three). The group was popular in Jamaica as it performed in many shows.In 1972, the Wailers was signed on by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records and the following year, 1973 came out with their debut album, Catch A Fire an album that launched the Wailers into superstardom.The group toured Britain, but as successful as the tour was, it turned out to be the turning point for the group. Back in Jamaica, the group split with Peter Tosh and Bonny Walter opting out after alleging Bob Marley’s domineering role while on tour.Bob Marley married Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson in Kingston, Jamaica, on 10 February 1966. Marley had many children: three with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita’s previous relationships, and several others with different women. The Bob Marley official website acknowledges eleven children.With 42 official releases, plus countless photos and videos of him captured both on and off the stage, the story of Bob Marley is one of the most chronicled in all of music historyThirty Six years after, Bob Marley’s work still lives on, he would constantly be remembered as the apostle of reggae music, a thorn in the flesh of the oppressors and the wailing voice of the oppressed.He was the cultural ambassador of the Carribean Island and his indelible mark in the world and influence on music even on generations yet unborn cannot and will never be rivaled.Below is a video of Bob Marley performing on of his most Iconic songs ‘No Woman No Cry’.Continue to Rest In Peace Bob.
It’s a fact that I’m the best African player ever – Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o saysCameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o has declared himself the best African player to ever play football.The 38-year-old began his career with Real Madrid and went on to play for 13 clubs including Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Everton, and Sampdoria.He won one Champions League with Inter Milan. But while at Barcelona, Eto’o won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies and also helped his country to win Olympic gold at the 2000 Games in Australia, the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002.“I don’t need to lay claim to anything, it’s just a fact. Whether you accept it or not, it’s a fact,” Eto who retired in September told AFP.“When I look at where I came from and how far I got, I tell myself that I am entitled to be proud. That doesn’t mean I am big-headed, far from it. It is just that, in this world, people like puppets and I don’t accept being one.”
Remembering Late Music Legend, OJB Jezreel Two Years After His DeathOn June 14, 2016 Nigerian music producer, Babatunde Okungbowa popularly known as OJB Jezreel died just a few days before his 50th birthday in Lagos.Before his death, OJB and his team were happy, optimistic and putting finishing touches to plans for his 50th birthday. OJB however suffered a terrible relapse of his kidney ailment which ultimately led to his death 3 weeks before his golden jubilee.The respected music producer and singer battled with kidney problems since 2013. He was consequently flown to India for a transplant. After the successful surgery, OJB Jezreel thanked his first wife, Mama J for being there for him and donating one of her kidneys to save his life.He was buried on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Ikoyi cemetery. The funeral service held at RCCG, Grace Chapel at Ogunlana Drive, Surulere before his body was moved to Ikoyi cemetery where he was buried in the same spot where his mother was buried 14 years earlier.He is survived by three wives and eight children.As the entertainment industry remembers him two years after his demise, his legacy as a legendary music producer who launched the careers of countless A-list music stars including Paul Play, Ruggedman, X-Appeal, Jazzman, 2face Idibia, and many others remains indelible.Continue to Rest In Peace!
FIVE THINGS WORKERS LOOK FORWARD TO AS WE CELEBRATE WORKERS DAYEvery first day in the month of May represents an otherwise escape route for workers to take a deserved rest from the hectic schedule of work they have to deal with all year round. It is interesting to celebrate this day because it usually falls on weekdays when an average worker is supposed to be deep with work. As we join millions of people across the country to celebrate this special day, we look at some of the most pressing demands of workers in Nigeria. 1. Payment of Arrears As we know it, so many states in the country still owe their civil servants for several months, forgetting they have family and needs to cater for. In this case, May Day may not be tagged as a celebration for these ones, especially as they head into the holidays empty handed. We implore the relevant authorities to use this day as a great opportunity to pay up arrears and stabilize salary payments for these ones. When salaries are paid as at when due, workers are encouraged to put in their best at work which will in turn affect positively the growth of the organization. This is a clarion call. 2. Good healthcare It is a pitiable sight these days when we see workers go through untold hardship just to get access to good Medicare. As matter of fact, their health is put on the line whenever they’re working. Working conditions these days are not friendly as every individual is expected to give 200% of his time and energy before it is said that you’ve done well. These sometimes affect workers with fragile health and could also trigger certain life threatening ailments in workers due to excess stress. Companies and ministries must ensure they key into the contemporary initiative of HMO (Health Management Organization) and ensure that their workers are well registered to this plan so as to guarantee proper Medicare for themselves and their families. 3. Enabling working environment It is no News that one of the hazards that is plaguing work environments these days is bad working environment; These includes so many and not limited to provision of basic working tools to ease workflow, good working conditions among others. With all these put in place, a worker is excited to work well with less stress and creativity is enhanced as such. Creative input in work enhances results and every organization craves for positive result in the scheme of things; a conscious effort to put this in place will be positive for the growth of the said company. 4. Job Security This is one aspect every worker needs as guarantee. Considering the situation in the country, people need to be reassured that their Jobs are intact so that they can fend for their needs. In Nigeria today, people lose their jobs on a daily basis and head home without a clear picture of what happens next. As we celebrate this year’s workers day, Nigerian workers need to be reassured that their jobs are safe and they won’t be victim to the mass retrenchment plaguing the nation at the moment. 5. Food and steady transportation Food is the basic necessity of life after water. At least the energy that the body requires to function properly is gotten from the intake of good food. Apparently, one of the most expensive commodities to purchase in today’s Nigeria is food. The cost of food items is astronomical and just a few people can afford good food. May Day should serve as a great opportunity for companies to ensure that their workers don’t lack access to good food. They can design frameworks that would give these workers access to good food items at affordable prices so that their energy is sustained for proper work. Transportation is also very necessary. Staff buses can work the magic and ease workers commute to work without too much hassle and transport fare. This will also encourage good work flow. As workers across the country take this timeout to relax and celebrate efforts, we must not forget to rest properly and relax our nerves. We must not get carried away with work and the excessive thirst for more money at the expense of our health. We must maximize the day and have good time with our family, friends and acquaintances. Happy workers day!
See The Last Moments of Music Legend, Ras Kimono Before His DeathRas Kimono, the Nigerian reggae star, died yesterday, sparking sad reactions from around Nigeria.New details have revealed some of the things what happened during his final moments. According to Punch Metro, it was gathered that the dreadlocked musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night.According to sources close to him, Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning.The death of the artiste, who was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and who recently clocked 60, was confirmed by the President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor and the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji.The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning.