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Talented actress Nana Ama McBrown has finally reacted to accusations that she snatched her boyfriend Maxwell Mensah from musician Mzbel.
The award-winning actress on Pluzz FM in an interview with Sammy Flex on Friday made it clear that she has never in her life snatched any man from another woman but the men rather run after her.
The rumor of Nana Ama McBrown stealing Mzbel’s boyfriend gained roots after the actress was seen hanging around with Maxwell three months after he dumped Mzbel.
Some women in Central Africa, South Africa, and Indonesia go through harmful practices to “dry” their vag*nas because of a cultural belief that doing so increases the sexual pleasure of men they sleep with.
According to Daily Mail, these women insert materials like sand, chalk, pulverized rock, herbs, sponges, or paper before sexual intercourse. In addition, they douse their privates in bleach, alcohol, detergents, antiseptics. Women in Java, Indonesia are said to “smoke out” their privates, by standing over burning
In addition to the belief that the practice will give men pleasure, it is also believed that the dryness will make the vagina firmer, as men are thought to reject women whose privates have been “stretched out” due to s#x.
However, drying makes intercourse extremely painful for the females, and can lead to cuts, sores and inflammation in the vag*na, and increases the likelihood of condoms breaking. This in turn puts the women at a higher risk for contracting HIV.
Speaking on the practice, a South African doctor named Marlene Wasserman, says:
“It’s definitely a class issue. Basically, a woman’s reputation depends on the size of her vag*na. Among women who are less informed and less educated, there’s an unbelievable ignorance around the idea the vagina adapts to the penis.
There is also an incorrect cultural belief that if a woman has a partner with a large penis, her vag*na will remain permanently ‘stretched’ – and future partners will think she is promiscuous.”
Boys and girls nyinaa abr3!
In the economy that we have found ourselves in, in Ghana, everyone is looking for ways to pull in a little bit of extra money to support their lifestyle.
Some turn their talents and expertise into a second source of income, providing consulting services on the side while holding on to their full-time jobs.
But all who call themselves successful share similar characteristic: a rock-solid work ethic and a willingness to roll up their sleeves. If you count yourself among them, the following money-making opportunities might help give you the raise you deserve.
1. Share knowledge for profits
Use what you know and know how-to-do to create a side business you can engage in at nights or weekends. Can you speak French? Are you good at math, science? Start a tutoring gig with the kids in your community. Cake decorating, wedding photography, really the opportunities are endless and those who can stand out can generate an extra 1000 GHC a month.
If you are handy you can double that amount with computers. Web and Graphic designers charge anywhere from GHC 500 to several thousands of cedis to create websites for companies.
2. Speak for success
There is a reason why public speaking is everywhere in Ghana. Why not get in on the fun? Get over the hump of being shy and flat out afraid of public speaking. Politicians and celebrities rake in hefty amount of speaking gigs around the country. However, you and i can make enough to cover up our monthly expenses, but you have to bring something refreshing to the table. Don’t worry if you have to start speaking for free, look at the bigger picture.
Look within you to find your areas of expertise and start developing your message, do no limit yourself to the cliche financial workshops and motivational gibberish.
3. Create passive income
If you want financial freedom, you will have to go after passive sources of income, which simple is investing to generate wealth with little to no involvements from you. Eg: profits for business partnerships.
4. Rent your things
This is something that people just don’t think about in our part of the world. Your possessions can help supplement your income. Just keep it to those in your community, you can rent out your tools, appliances to those wanting to use them without having to buy.
5. Office cleaning
If you’re naturally tidy, you might find the idea of office cleaning an appealing option. Banks, schools, business offices are willing to pay for a little extra help in organizing their space.
Beautiful and healthy hair is usually a result of a healthy diet and a healthy body in general. If your body misses some of the essential nutrients, it can lead to hair problems like dryness, dandruff, brittleness or even hair loss. However, there are some foods that can improve the condition of your hair. Have in mind that hair is largely made up of protein. Therefore, foods that are rich in protein are definitely good for the health of your hair. Besides healthy food, exercising, getting enough sleep and reducing stress can also make your hair look and feel better. This is the list of 15 foods that will make your hair look more fabulous than ever and maximize your hair growth potential!
1. Eating carbohydrates is an essential source of energy for your body, but also it will help the growth of your hair. It is recommended that around 50-60 % of your daily calories come from eating carbohydrates. Therefore, you should eat more complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, brown rice and whole grains, instead of simple sugars and food based on white flours. Food rich in complex carbohydrates is a source of B complex vitamins, and these vitamins are very important for the health of your hair. So get rid of the junk food and start eating carbohydrates in order to make your hair grow stronger.
2. As we have already mentioned, protein is essential to hair. That being said, try involving as much protein in your diet as you can. According to some studies, a diet for healthier hair should make up at least 20 % of your daily calories. Thanks to the protein diet, your hair becomes stringer and chances of hair fall are reduced. If you don’t eat enough protein, your hair will become more prone to snapping and splitting. Not to mention that inadequate protein intake actually has a great impact on major hair losses in future. So invest in your hair today and change your diet to more protein, which will affect the texture and the quality of your hair in general.
3. One of the ingredients your health diet must contain are essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are very good to brittle hair because they improve hair texture. These fatty acids usually come from vegetable oils, legumes, fresh nuts, oil seeds, whole grains, spirulina, flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds. But don’t exaggerate. About 15-20 % of your daily calories should come from these sources in order to maintain healthy amounts of nutrients in your body. Keep in mind that exaggerating is as harmful as neglecting, so balance is the key to healthy body and mind.
4. Food rich in the different B vitamins will ensure that your hair does not split and it will influence the overall health of your body tissue. Foods rich in vitamin B are beans, lentils, whole grains, many fresh fruits and vegetables but especially tomatoes and citrus fruits. Also, biotin rich foods are brown rice, green peas, oats, cracked wheat, lentils, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts. Deficiency of B complex vitamins has been linked to hair loss. Besides this, if you don’t incorporate enough vitamin B in your daily diet, your hair might get more greasy, you will notice dandruff, hair loss and even gray hair.
5. Vitamin C is of course very important for your hair. It has a positive impact on circulation, hair color and hair growth. By eating enough vitamin C you improve the strength of your hair and you reduce the splitting ends. Vitamin C is a very important antioxidant for the human body. It promotes cell and tissue repair besides improving the immune system. For more vitamin C try citrus fruits like oranges, lime, berries, lemon and vegetables like cucumber, tomato, brussel sprouts, red peppers, cauliflower and green leafy vegetables. Putting some lemon juice on your hair will make it brighter, according to some people so next time you are on the beach try putting some vitamin C directly on your hair if you want it brighter.
6. Foods rich in iron help to carry oxygen to the hair. And oxygen is essential for the health of our cells. If your body misses iron, hair and its follicles are literally starved of oxygen. This makes all the good parts of the root of your hair much less effective along the length of the strand. In order to increase the iron intake, you should eat more dark green vegetables like spinach, whole grains, garden cress seeds. Another way to take iron is by adding iron supplements. However, be careful to do this only under professional supervision.
7. Zinc is very important for the health of your hair because it builds hair protein. Therefore, it has an essential role in maintaining good condition and looks of your hair. Zinc has a stimulating effect on hair growth by improving immunity of your whole body. If you don’t take enough zinc into your organism, your hair will grow slower and you may experience some hair loss. You can find zinc in legumes, mushrooms, spinach, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. So besides being very good for your hair growth, zinc is actually very good for your whole body (nails especially).
8. Water makes one fourth of a strand hair. Therefore, hydration is vital for the supple hair. It is also essential for detoxification and elimination of all chemical wastes and other bad stuff in our bodies. This means that water is not only good for hydrating our bodies, it is also very good for our hair since it makes hair silky and shiny. It is recommended that we drink between eight and ten glasses of water a day. So try drinking as much fluids as you (and your bladder) can, because the moisture is very important when it comes to maintaining your hair strong, healthy and beautiful.
9. Certain lifestyle changes can improve you health more than you think. Living healthy and trying to avoid as much stress as you can will not only put your body into a better condition, but you will also notice that your hair looks better than ever. One of these lifestyle changes you can make is to exercise regularly in order to ensure that proper amounts of blood flow right to your scalp which enhances the hair growth. Also, try avoiding unnecessary brushing and combing. Treat your hair delicately and use softer bristles brushes. Be sure to get plenty of rest which will allow your body to grow hair. And of course, make a good and healthy food plan.
10. Healthy food plan should be consisted of quality ingredients that will make you feel and look better. So try eating healthy during the whole day and you will see how your body changes to better, including your hair. For breakfast, try drinking soy or skim milk and eat a bowl of fresh fruit or whole grain bread. For lunch you can choose between green veggies, fresh vegetable soup, tofu and brown rice. Snacks are also allowed! Instead of chips, try eating kurmura or roasted channa or even popcorn! For dinner, your menu should include more vegetables, chapati, buttermilk and fresh veggie soup or a nice fresh salad with sprouts. With this kind of menu your whole body will start looking better, including your hair!
11. You probably haven’t heard so much about vitamin K. But the truth is, this lesser known vitamin is very important for maintaining healthy hair. Foods that have vitamin K are figs, dairy foods, asparagus and broccoli. You can also find significant amounts of vitamin K in lettuce, brussel sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables but also in oatmeal, rye, wheat and yogurt! Vitamin K will have a positive impact on the overall condition of your hair- it will become more shiny and the ends won’t split so much.
12. If you want your hair to look better, try to avoid junk food as much as you can. It is hard to stop eating junk food for good, especially if you are somehow addicted to it, but you should take baby steps in getting rid of this unhealthy food. Not only that junk food has no nutrients at all, it also makes you more anxious and therefore- more stressed. Hair fall is often caused by anxiety, insomnia, too much hair abuse and use of chemicals. Bleaching treatments, perming and coloring have negative impact on your hair as well. But if dying your hair is the part of your style, try avoiding junk food for starters.
13. Try to avoid sugar. This one may sound too harsh, but the truth is- sugar is not doing any good to your hair. On the contrary, sugar is highly acidic, which destroys B vitamins and decreases minerals, which eventually leads to bad hair condition. Also, soft drinks and snacks that are fried or overcooked also have detrimental effects on your hair. Sugar is also present in alcohol drinks and in most drinks with coffee. You should avoid caffeine and nicotine if you want your hair to grow faster and to be silkier than ever. Finally don’t forget- we are what we eat.
14. Magnesium is one of the minerals that is very important for hair growth. Magnesium is generally vital for the overall functioning of our health system. Among other things, magnesium is very good for your heart. If you don’t take enough magnesium you will probably feel a bit sleepy and tired. So be sure to include foods like whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, pulses, fruits and dairy products in order to ensure a healthy hair growth.
15. And the last, but not the least important among the vitamins, vitamin A! Vitamin A is actually essential for a healthy scalp. Beta-carotene which is found in green and yellow vegetables, sweet potatoes, broccoli and apricots i very good for our sight, skin, hair and nails. Many cosmetic products for skin, hair and nails consist beta-carotene, including SPF creams. Besides these reasons, vitamin A is vital for hair growth as well. Therefore, if you want your hair to look shinier and to grow faster, eat more carrots and apricots,
Modern way of life helps us conserve our food easily. The whole point of having a large refrigerating systems is not having to think about food going bad two days after we spent money on buying it. However, there are some types of food that shouldn’t be stored in refrigerator because your food will change flavor. The worst case scenario is when your refrigerator alters the quality of the food you store in it. There are even some cases when storing food makes it moldy faster. This is the list of foods you definitely should not refrigerate!
1. Tomatoes definitely do not belong to your fridge because they will lose their flavor. The reason for this is the cold air in the refrigerator that stops their ripening process and therefore their flavor is endangered. Also, cold air has an impact in the texture of tomatoes because it breaks down the membranes inside the tomatoes and turns them mealy. The best way to keep your tomatoes is in a basket or a glass bowl on the kitchen counter.
2. The biggest problem with keeping basil in the fridge is that he will absorb all the smells of the food that surrounds it. Instead, try keeping it outside the fridge, in a cup of fresh water. If you really need to keep the basil for a longer period of time, try some of the freezing tips for basil on the internet.
3. There is a big misunderstanding with keeping potatoes in a cool and not cold place. Cold temperatures turn the starch of potato into sugar more quickly than you think. Try putting potatoes in a paper bag in a cool and dark place in your home instead. It is better to put potatoes in paper and not plastic bags because potatoes can receive more air in paper bags, which will slow the deterioration process.
4. Garlic has the same problem with fridge that potatoes have. You should keep it in a cool and dark place instead of the fridge. In cold temperatures, garlic will start to sprout and it may become moldy too.
5. The moisture in onions makes them soft and eventually moldy of you put them in the fridge. Instead, keep them in a dry, cool and dark place. However, keep potatoes and onions separate when placing them in that dark and cool place at your home. The reason for this is because when stored together- onions and potatoes deteriorate faster.
6. There’s a catch with keeping avocados in the fridge. If you bought them ripe and you don’t need to use them right away, they can go to fridge. However, if you want your avocados to ripen, don’t put them in the refrigerator. The cold air will stop the ripening.
7. Most of people agree on this one- do not put your olive oil in the fridge. In low temperatures the olive oil condenses and turns into a harder consistency, similar to butter. Instead, keep your favorite olive oil in a cool and dark place.
8. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with keeping your food fresh is to put bread in the fridge. You should keep bread out on the counter because the fridge will dry out your bread very quickly. Generally, the bread that you will eat in the next four days should be sliced and ready to be eaten and the rest should be frozen. Be sure to wrap the bread in the freezer so it keeps its moisture. Also, when removing it from the freezer, let it thaw slowly and completely before you toast it or eat it.
9. Coffee will lose its flavor when put in the refrigerator. Just like basil, it may take on some smells of other food in the fridge. Instead, you should store coffee in a dark and cool place so it retains its freshness and full flavor. However, you can store larger quantities of coffee in the freezer!
10. You should not keep honey in the fridge because- there is no need to if you keep it tightly sealed. This way it will be good forever. On the other hand, if you keep honey in refrigerator it may crystalize.
11. Lemons, oranges and limes should be stored at room temperatures and on your kitchen counter. Cold air can damage the quality of these fruits. Be sure not to keep them too closely outside the fridge, though. Keeping them to tight together can make them mold more quickly.
12. Pickles are high in preservatives, mainly vinegar. This makes them crisp even when you leave them in the pantry. However, if you demand your pickles cold, you should store them in the refrigerator door, because you leave the coldest places if the fridge for some items that need them more than pickles do.
13. There is actually no need to place those nice herbs you bought at the market in the fridge. Instead of killing its flavor in cold temperatures, place them in a water-filled glass jar and keep them on the kitchen counter. This way your kitchen will look nicer and your herbs will appreciate it too.
14. Most salad dressings, just like other condiments, can be stored outside the refrigerator, especially ones that are vinegar or oil based. Have in mind that salad dressings that are cream, mayo or yogurt based should be kept in the fridge.
15. Don’t be surprised! Even when opened, ketchup can be kept in the pantry. Because it contains large amounts of vinegar and preservatives, it will not go off outside the fridge. And if you don’t believe us, just think of the ketchup packets at fast food restaurants.
A new book has stoked controversy in the already churning cauldron of religious conspiracy theories with its claims that Jesus was married and had two children.
The Lost Gospel, which is based on ancient religious texts held by the British Library, asserts that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and they had two children.
It also reveals that there was a failed attempt to kill Jesus and the children, and rape Mary Magdalene — although it does not reveal who was behind this heinous ploy on the holy family.
“The book also describes Jesus’s alleged connections to top political figures in the Roman empire such as Emperor Tiberius and his best friend, the soldier Sejanus. In addition, it explains why Jesus was constantly on the move to avoid Herald Antipas,” writes Richard Brooks, The Sunday Times Art Editor.
The controversial book, co-authored by Israeli-Canadian writer and film maker Simcha Jacobovici and religious professor Barrie Wilson, was released last month to a sceptical public and a dismissive clergy.
It has been termed as “speculative” and “allegorical” since the ancient manuscript it is based on does not explicitly mention either Jesus or Mary Magdalene.
The Lost Gospel takes its cue from a new translation of a historical document, The Story of Joseph and Asenath, which was originally written in Syriac — a 1500-year-old language that is believed to have been Jesus’s mother tongue.
While most religious and historical experts think the Syriac manuscript chronicles the life of a Hebrew patriarch named Joseph, authors of The Lost Gospel insist that it is in fact a coded chronology of Jesus’s personal life.
“It returns Jesus to history, it returns Mary Magdalene to the story,” Jacobovici said during the launch of the book at the British Library in London last month.
“Not only is he married — but [the manuscript] celebrates his sexuality. She, his wife, is not just Mrs Jesus; she’s actually a goddess. He’s the son of God, she’s the daughter of God.”
While the assertions that Jesus may have been a husband and father might seem blasphemous to many Christians, they are hardly new.
And although accounts of Jesus’s personal life have over the years been documented in several religious texts and, therefore, have long been studied by religious scholars, it was not until 1953 that these assertions exploded into public domain when a Greek author published a book exploring the theme of Jesus’s marriage.
“In 1953, Nikos Kazantzakis’ book — The Last Temptation of Christ — made the same suggestion, but it stated that their marriage occurred after Christ was taken down from the cross. In 1988, Martin Scorcese made a film of the same name,” writes Brooks in the November 9 edition of The Sunday Times.
However, it was not until Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code in 2006 that the world really took notice of the possibility that Jesus might have had a life that was not documented in the Bible.
In his best-seller, Brown’s central plot is that Christ was married to Mary Magdalene, and that their bloodline was continued in the Merovingian kings of France. The book claims that Jesus’s descendants live on even today, but their identity is protected by a secret organisation known as the Priory of Scion.
The book’s central theme is that Mary Magdalene is herself divine because she carries Jesus’s bloodline, but that the church has for centuries worked to erase all evidence of her sacred nature, even going to the extent of depicting her as a prostitute in the Bible.
According to the novel, The Holy Grail, which is thought to be the cup from which Jesus drank during the Last Supper, is in fact an allegorical allusion to Mary Magdalene.
More intriguing is the book’s assertion that while the church has for centuries fought to hide this bit of information and has gone as far as murdering those that might propagate an alternative Gospel to what is written in the Bible, evidence of Jesus’s union with Magdalene lives on and is hidden in plain sight in famous works of both old and modern art.
Brown claims that the sacredness of Magdalene has been acknowledged not only in the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, but also in the Walt Disney’s animations, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
Brown’s book drew harsh criticism from a section of the clergy who viewed it as an attack on the Church. The film adaptation of the book did not fare any better.
“In the Philippines, which has Asia’s largest Christian population, the City Council of Manila, the capital, passed a resolution banning the film in local theatres. Greek authorities banned the film for viewers under 17, saying it touched on “religious and historical questions of major importance that a minor is not able to evaluate.
An Athens court rejected a religious organisation’s petition for an outright ban, citing freedom of expression,” reported The Washington Post in May 2006.
Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Birmingham, England, also castigated the film, telling The Post: “The Da Vinci Code’ gratuitously insults Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, it deliberately presents fiction as fact.”
While Brown’s Da Vinci Code was denounced even by non-religious scholars for peddling historical and scientific inaccuracies, The Lost Gospel might endure a better fate due to the strength of the work it is based on.
“What makes this book in principle more significant is that it is based on a manuscript known as The Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rhetor (of Mytilene), which has been with the British Museum and then the British Library for nearly 170 years. It was purchased originally by the British Museum in 1847 before being transferred to the British Library about 20 years ago,” The Sunday Times reports.
That has, however, not managed to convince the book’s critics of the veracity of its claims. The Sunday Times reported that when reached for comment, the Church of England said, “It seems another text is discovered every year as a ‘lost gospel”. This book appears to share more with Dan Brown than with Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.”
Closer home, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has also rubbished the ‘truths’ revealed in The Lost Gospel, terming the book speculative and sensational.
“There is a lot of speculation that goes on about the life and person of Christ. Unfortunately, they are not based on fact,” says the NCCK General Secretary, the Reverend Canon Peter Karanja.
“It is true that there are certain things in religion that you cannot entirely resolve. But Christians only believe what is written in scripture. Protestant churches have the 66 books of the Bible, Catholics have added a few more, and all these books have been authenticated to determine their veracity. We stand by what they say,” he adds.
But even as the Church fights off what it says are fantastical works of fiction, it cannot be escaped that differing accounts of Jesus’s life keep springing up every now and then. If there is no truth behind the humanised life of Christ, why do they keep popping up?
“Speculation does not die off because it presents exciting information that goes against the grain of what is taught in church. It keeps people fascinated. But we must not forget that none of it is anchored in fact,” Rev Karanja says.
On a personal level, the canon is not averse to reading The Lost Gospel once it finds its way to Kenya.
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(Daily Mail) Nigerian women are being trafficked to Italy under the pretence that they will be working as nannies or in factories – but often end up working the streets as prostitutes.
Their plight has been highlighted by Paris-based photographer Elena Perlino, originally from Italy, who began to notice the presence of young African women working on the streets during her commutes from Turin.
She said: ‘I decided to start from this surreal vision to tell a story. I have been working on the topic for several years, focusing mainly on the Italian connection.’
Perlino reveals that many Nigerian women come to Italy hoping to make enough money from honest work as nannies or factory workers to support their families back home, but are tricked by traffickers into working in the sex trade.
|A Nigerian called Faith having a blood test at the Amedeo di Savoia Hospital in Turin|
|Nigerian woman Fatima shows the scars on her body due to vicious fighting with collegues working as prostitutes in the outskirts of Acerra|
|Nigerian women in a Catholic shelter for victims of trafficking|
Eighty per cent of women trafficked to Italy come from Benin City, Edo State, in south Nigeria.
The photographer explained: ‘My work attempts to show a complex phenomenon that crosses Italy from North to South.
‘This involves many cities including Turin, Milan, Genoa, Rome, Naples and Palermo and thousands of Nigerian and Italian people.’
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime declared Nigeria among the top eight countries with the highest human trafficking rates in the world.
|A Nigerian in Italy waits for a client in the countryside during the winter season|
|A Nigerian in Italy waits for a client in the countryside during the winter season|
|A Nigerian woman in a temporary detention centre|
|Italian police review the documents of a Nigerian woman working as a prostitute|
|A Nigerian woman, working as a prostitute in the countryside, is taken to a police station because she was found without a passport|
|This photograph shows a Nigerian woman waiting for a client in the summer season|
|A Nigerian woman commuting between Turin and Milan on the 4am train|