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Tonight We Become gods

I’ll be the harmer, you be the chisel, Carve me out and i’ll be forever yours. From the thick brown earth my love shall arise, For my desires will she be formed. Ours is the wedlock of the gods, Even when our mortality gives way, our love shall stay strong....

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Nigerian ankara baby dolls stand up to Barbie

In Nigeria, Barbie has some fierce — some brown — competition: Taofick Okoya, a 43-year-old entrepreneur, has created Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls that are outselling Mattel’s classics. Okoya tells Reuters that he sells about 6,000 to 9,000 dolls a month and that he has “about 10-15 percent of a...

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QUEEN AMINA OF ZARIA – The Warrior Queen

The seven original states of Hausaland: Katsina, Daura, Kano, Zazzau, Gobir, Rano, and Garun Gabas cover an area of approximately 500 square miles and comprise the heart of Hausaland. In the sixteenth century, Queen Bakwa Turunku built the capital of Zazzau at Zaria, named after her younger daughter. Eventually,...

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JOROMI – The pride of Africa

  In the glory of the dark I hear strange melodies Beckoning on me to dance with the gods of this land I take one step, and yet another My legs; fresh succulent stems Springing forth in bold splendour From the ancient womb of the earth Today I declare:...

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THE LEGEND OF PRINCESS MOREMI

Moremi Ajasoro, Princess of the Yoruba People, was a figure of high significance in the history of the Yoruba peoples of West Africa. She was a member-by-marriage of the royal family of Emperor Oduduwa, the tribe’s fabled founding father. The Olori Moremi hailed from Ile Ife, a kingdom that...

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The Baked Dough Swordsman of The North

Hero Name: “Mai Shayi” Translated: “Tea Owner” Decoy Occupation: 24 Hour Breakfast ‘eatery’ Owner Aim: Fill the belly of the hungry citizen Special Powers: Brews tea in the most dangerous and awesome manner while frying eggs and cutting bread simultaneously. Makes the best noodles. Fills the belly of the...

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THE MAD KING

For all she was a Rauspidour Yet she dined the swamp Just to prove to all the land A defying daughter of the man!   She taught legends to myth Tarnished superstitions and hoax Created a Kingdom, the swamp yield To the rambles of a Rauspidour spring   If...

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Winners for the Pride Competition

We are glad to finally announce the winners of our debut competition after what has been a long wait for our competitors. We’ll bring you more details about our winners much later, However these are their names: The winner by your popularity vote is Amarachi Ekekwe Priscilla and the winner...

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The Transformation Agenda: How Far….So Far?

  Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan won the 2011 Federal government elections on the strength of goodwill and popular support from all regions of the country. With a strong focus and sincerity to move the country forward on the path of economic growth and sustainability, a Transformation Agenda that...

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The Case for the Igbo with Jonathan

  I was surprised at the increased rate of violence in the North. I still find no words on such human cruelty, barbarity, wickedness and cannibalism. If Jonathan was the president and then because he is then the North decides to frustrate a sitting president what justifies the why...

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Voting instructions to finalists

  Congratulations once again on your selection for the final phase of the Naija Pride competition, we the entire AwaNaija Team wish you all the best. Please take out time to send us your experience thus far and what winning this competition will mean to you as an email...

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Nigeria – Our Country, Our Legacy

We are not Nigerians because we were born in Nigeria, we are Nigerians because Nigeria was born in us, both as an individual and as a people, we are all there is to be ashamed of or proud of…

It’s really frustrating to see how much of ourselves (Nigeria) we have lost in our need to be accepted, appreciated, heard and defined. I am not an exception and neither are you. there’s no sense in blaming our leaders for our mistakes, we are responsible for all that happens to us as an individual and as a people. maybe i will believe the masses are justified when people start coming from Togo, Namibia, Ghana or some other countries to rule us; because as long as it’s Nigerian people becoming Nigeria leaders, i’ll uphold my opinion of status change and not difference in national identity. our leaders are only a mere representation of who we are deep down within; our greed, lust for power, selfish interests, our ambitions etc.

Good citizens make good leaders, it’s not the other way round. we may have so many short comings as a people but there’s good in everyone of us. We only need to emphasize it more in our words, attitude and actions.

We have a rich cultural heritage. a history of model citizens to learn from, people who gave their lives and lots more to get us where we are, both the ones that made it to our history books and the greater ones that didn’t.

i hope the video below can give you a glimpse of what we have lost.
I challenge you this day to become a model citizen to the generations yet to come. to aim for legacy and not riches.

for more insights into what we hope to achieve, you should click on this post title and see our model citizen video.

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Finalists – Our Pride Essay and Poetry Contest

As we draw close to the final lap of our Essay and Poetry contest, we want to sincerely acknoladge the creativity displayed in some of the submissions we’ve recieved and even though some of their names are not included here, we’ll read their works over and over and for...

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A SALUTE TO THAT BLACK SOLDIER

  And when the call came, refusal wasn’t an option, wrapped in a warm embrace from her family, amidst tears, she walked briskly forward and accepted the call. For sure she knew what the call was about. It was a call to save to serve and to protect. Did...

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The 9-year-old Wizkid who passed WAEC

Anjola Victoria Mautin Botoku is a student of Edidot Primary School, Badore, Ajah, Lagos. She was not too long ago awarded by the Lagos state house of Assembly At plenary as the youngest person to have achieved this feat. Anjola stood in the stand reserved for the governor and received a handshake...

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TRIBUTE TO THE TYPICAL NIGERIAN LOVER

  He lives each day trying to please his woman, he may have other girls but he places no one above her, his wish, above all things is peace, a month, a week, or even a day without her ‘nags’. He keeps up with her PMS secretly praying for...

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THE WATCH WORD

Poverty came knocking, it stared us in our face and whispered to us things we didn’t understand. we thought it was hungry  and homeless so we let it in. it dealt with us, made us walk miles in search of work it exchanged the peacefulness of our home into...

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The Nigerian Story

 My father told me the story of a green field, where the horses and eagles lived and made a coat for their arms, resigning from war and just recovering from the brisk hold of slavery, they called it colonialism. Where the people sit daily counting their days without a...

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You can- Anywhere Anytime

You can have a heart that forgives, But to do this, you will need at least a person that offended you, a willing spirit, a Heart wanting to be freed from pain and you; A person that knows we are all but humans…     You can become deaf...

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Voting Slots for the essay and Poetry Competition

Here are the slots how ever, you can find all the contestants here http://www.awanaija.com/vote/mypride SLOT 1 Voting link: http://www.awanaija.com/vote/slot1 TIMOTHY OLATILEWA OLOLADE AROWOSHOLA OLUWAFEMI JOHN OKECHUKWU IROEGBU K OLALEKAN AREMO MAGNUS TAIWO GBOLAGADE AYODEJI JOY ADENIYI OLUWATIMILEYIN PETERS OLUFUNKE DEBORAH DAVID CHUKWUMA CHUKWUEMEKA OKECHUKWU NWAEZIDE DANIEL CHUKWUKERE NWOVIKE JUNIOR...

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Why I Believe GEJ Deserves another Term

  Time, they say, flies very fast. It feels like it was yesterday when tens of millions of Nigerians trooped out to vote and a majority gave then acting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan their mandate to administer the affairs of the country for four years. From the day he...

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