Nigeria: Hurricane Sandy – Lagos Warns Residents to Stay Off Atlantic Ocean-Allafrica

By Abiodun Oluwarotimi and George Okojie, 31 October 2012 Following the giant cyclone, christened Hurricane Sandy, currently wreaking havoc in some parts of the United States of America, the Lagos State government yesterday warned people living along the Atlantic ocean to relocate immediately, saying there could be ripple effects in seven days. As of yesterday, 7.5 million people were left without electricity in the US following the hurricane. The Lagos State commissioner for waterfront and infrastructure development, Prince Segun Oniru, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen alerted the residents to a likely effect of the hurricane in the state’s coastal areas. There could be a strong surge in the next seven to 14 days, he said. Oniru, flanked by commissioner for information and strategy Lateef Ibirogba and special adviser to the governor on environment Taofeek Folami, urged residents in coastal areas to be watchful. The commissioner attributed the likely ripple effect of the hurricane to the location of Lagos parallel to the South America region. Said Oniru: “We want to let Lagosians know what is going on, and what to expect; it is not to create panic. They should be careful around the ocean and lagoon. In the last five to six days, around the Caribbean — from Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba — Hurricane Sandy has hit the east coast of America. “Normally, when such happens and the magnitude if it hits that part of the world, we always have a ripple effect in Lagos and around the West Coast of Africa. Our main concern is Lagos; it is a warning but not to create panic. Lagos lies parallel to the South America part of the world on the map, but Super storm Sandy has hit New York City and the Atlantic and the West part. That part of the world is northern to us, but we need to note...

Usher Africa Rising interview in Nigeria (Oct 2011)+Usher Dead? Nah, Just Another Internet Death Hoax Victim -Eonline.com

========================================================= Usher Dead? Nah, Just Another Internet Death Hoax Victim Before you yell OMG, relax. Usher is still with us. The R&B sensation is the latest victim of what has become quite the trend lately—creating fake celebrity death stories and watching the rumors spread like wildfire on the Internet. MORE: Patrick Dempsey Dead at 46? Nope, Just Another Twitter Casualty The one announcing the false demise of Usher appears to have originated with Global Associated News, which claimed that the Grammy winner was killed in a car crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The site, it should be noted, is a place for morbid folks to go and plug in a famous person’s name into a generator that creates their own celebrity death headlines. Nice, right? Usher quickly assured fans that there’s no need to worry. “I must’ve died and went to heaven…Alive and cold kickin ass!!” he tweeted along with a photo showing off his buff bod, later adding: “Livin’ Legend!” To which we say: Yeah! Read more:...

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Just a Band Self-described as “Africa’s Super-Nerdy Electronic Music/Art Collective,” Just A Band is a four-piece from Nairobi, Kenya, made up of “Blinky Bill” Sellanga, Dan Muli, Mbithi Masya and Jim Chuchu. With cohesive production blending elements of electrofunk, neosoul, house and pop, they draw a surprising spectrum of emotional hues from an electronic pallet. Their sound runs the gamut, shifting smoothly from irresistible disco to haunting tales of love and longing. Add to that a series of well-produced online videos, including a rough-cut tongue-in-cheek homage to Blaxploitation flicks — “Makmende Returns” resurrected a Kenyan folk hero and garnered so much online attention it landed the band on CNN and Wired.com — and you have the makings of an international phenom. The band’s online bio reads as a superhero origin story, a fantastic tale that includes pygmy tribes, a Volkswagen van, a giant she-lizard and a freak accident involving carnivorous pigs. The “humdrum” story is that Jim and Bill met in high school and formed the band when they ended up in University with Dan. Mbithi, who takes co-director credits on many of the band’s videos including “Makemende,” stormed the camp just a year ago. “No one really received schooling for what they do in the band,” Muli explained via email. “Everyone was just a rabid fan of music and film and art and such, and wanted to participate in contributing to these art forms.” Citing a wide range of audio influences from Daft Punk to the Neptunes, the band always saw the value of approaching their craft as multimedia artists. “We don’t necessarily work on the visuals and the sound in tandem, but sometimes they do influence each other,” Muli said. “When we formed the band we thought it might be more interesting for us, as well as a stronger project, if we pulled together all the things...