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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Must-Read Career Tips for Every Woman

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5 Must-Read Career Tips for Every Woman

Brigadier General Racheli Tevet-Wiesel, Women's affairs Advisor to the IDF. shared personal, live examples and tips on how women could grow professionally whether they are in business, tech, marketing or still searching for their path during the annual conference of NATO's Committee on Gender Perspectives in Brussels, Belgium.  Read below:

1.  Forget the ceiling.  Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel is currently spearheading an innovative high school program for girls to prepare them to enter largely male-dominated STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] fields in the IDF. Dare to go into fields with fewer women. Don’t even toy with the idea that you face some sort of ‘glass ceiling’ because you’re a woman.

2.  Search for solutions. Women should identify gaps that no else has even thought of, take initiative and start designing the solutions. Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel herself noticed that a large percent of women were dropping out of combat training regimens, so she changed enlistment policy for women. The army now enlists women to their units a few weeks earlier than their male counterparts to receive fine-tuned physical and mental preparation for their combat roles.

3. Never pity yourself. Don’t psyche yourself out. Never pity yourself, no matter how difficult it may be for you. Follow other women like the religious female pilot who graduated from the elite Pilot’s Course this summer. She didn’t dwell on how hard it was, but rather charged forward and made her dream a reality.

4. Be gritty. The women who succeed are those who can bounce back immediately. You may fail, but always expect to get right back up. This thinking inspired an IDF program designed for female officers in the rank of major, where they learn how to navigate through a male-dominated military and advance up the ranks. The next female major general may end up being a graduate of this program.

5.  Strive to achieve family-career balance. Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel advises women to set their minds on reaching their full professional potential while still maintaining their aspiration to have a family. The story of Lt. Col. Oshrat Bachar, who was named the IDF’s first female battalion commander last year, proves that this is possible; Lt. Col. Bachar serves in the Combat Intelligence Corps, and has a young daughter. “A more gender-diverse army does not only benefit women – it is beneficial for the IDF as a whole and for the State of Israel,” says Brig. Gen Tevet-Wiesel.


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Drinking too much water could be dangerous to your health - read how

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Drinking too much water could be dangerous to your health - read how


According to a new statement from this year's International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference, drinking too much water during exercising can be harmful 
and that one should drink according to thirst.

When a person drinks too much water during exercising, exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) can occur. Researchers explain that if the amount of intake of water is higher than the body can expel through urine or sweating, then the body’s sodium levels begin to become diluted. Sodium levels in the body are important as they as they help to regulate internal systems.

When the body undergoes EAH, common symptoms are headache, confusion, seizures, and vomiting. These symptoms come directly from brain swelling and the body’s inability to handle the changes.

The updated report states that people need to be careful about how much water they drink when exercising, especially in the summer months when the heat can drive people to drink even more.

“The safest individualized hydration strategy before, during and immediately following exercise is to drink palatable fluids when thirsty,” says the Consensus Panel. 
"The 2015 EAH Consensus Guidelines focuses on safe drinking guidelines balancing the risks for dehydration and, most importantly, the well-described deleterious effect of aggressive hydration. The consensus group feels that EAH is completely avoidable and with training and education regarding safe drinking/hydration that this goal is achievable. Indeed, the next step for the consensus group is dissemination of this information to all stakeholders and athletes. Our goal is that no other athletes die from EAH."

Source: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine


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Cheap and Super-fast internet to be a reality soon

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Cheap and Super-fast internet to be a reality soon

According to a research published in the journal Science, a a major breakthrough that can make the internet super-fast and cheap, researchers have successfully increased the maximum power -- and therefore distance -- at which optical signals can be sent through optical fibres. 

The advance has the potential to make the internet super-fast by increasing data transmission rates for the fibre optic cables -- which serve as the backbone of the internet, cable, wireless and landline networks.

A long-standing roadblock to increasing data transmission rates in optical fibre has been that beyond a threshold power level, additional power surge irreparably distorts the information travelling in the fibre optic cable.

"Today's fibre optic systems are a little like quicksand. With fibre optics, after a certain point, the more power you add to the signal, the more distortion you get, in effect preventing a longer reach," said corresponding author Nikola Alic from the Qualcomm Institute at University of California -- San Diego.

"Our approach removes this power limit, which in turn extends how far signals can travel in optical fibre without needing a repeater," Alic said.

In lab experiments, the researchers successfully deciphered information after it travelled a record-breaking 12,000 km through fibre optic cables with standard amplifiers and no repeaters, which are electronic regenerators.

The new findings effectively eliminate the need for electronic regenerators placed periodically along the fibre link. The breakthrough in this study relies on wideband "frequency combs" that the researchers developed.

The frequency comb ensures that the signal distortions called "Crosstalks" that arises between bundled streams of information travelling long distances through the optical fibre are predictable, and therefore, reversible at the receiving end of the fibre.

"We have presented a method for leveraging the crosstalk to remove the power barrier for optical fibre," the authors said.

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Former Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala spent $2.1bn without authorisation - FG

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Former Minister of Fiance, Okonjo-Iweala spent $2.1bn without authorisation - FG


The National Economic Council, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday accused a former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of spending $2.1bn from the Excess Crude Account without authorisation.

“We looked at the numbers for the Excess Crude Account. The last time the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, reported to the council, and it is in the minutes, she reported by November 2014 that we had $4.1 bn.

“Today, the Accountant-General Office reported we have $2.0bn. Which means the honourable minister spent $2.1bn without authority of the NEC and that money was not distributed to states, it was not paid to the three tiers of government,” Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole told State House correspondents after the NEC’s 58th meeting in Abuja.

The ‘unauthorised’ spending, according to the economic council, is among the several anomalies discovered in the management of the nation’s economy between 2012 and May 2015.

Within the period, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was said to have earned a total of N8.1 tn but remitted only N4.3tn.

Consequently, the Federal Government has constituted Oshiomhole, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel; and Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, into a panel to probe the NNPC and the ECA between 2012 and May, 2015.

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Caitlyn Jenner flaunts beautiful figure as she dined in New York City

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Caitlyn Jenner flaunts beautiful figure as she dined in New York City

65 year old former Olympian, Caitlyn Jenner stepped out in a skintight outfit in New York City on Monday night.  She was photographed walking out of Tribeca Italian restaurant Tutto II Giorno.   Nice outfit!

Caitlyn Jenner opted for a casual wrap dress for dinner in Tribeca on Sunday.




Caitlyn Jenner flaunts beautiful figure as she dined in New York CityCaitlyn Jenner flaunts beautiful figure as she dined in New York City
Caitlyn Jenner flaunts beautiful figure as she dined in New York CityCaitlyn Jenner flaunts beautiful figure as she dined in New York City



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Genevieve Nnaji steps out looking Stylish

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Genevieve Nnaji steps out looking stylish

The actress shared above photos on social media.  She is indeed ageless!  Stylish!!!
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

12 Ways to Teach Kids About Money

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12 Ways to Teach Kids About Money


We’ve all seen it, and if you’re a parent, you’ve certainly experienced a similar scene: Kid melts down, whining in the store that he must have a candy bar, toy or whatever is important in the moment. As the noise escalates, the parent gives in to avoid embarrassment.

That’s no way to teach your kids about money. If you want to avoid (or at least curtail) in-store tantrums, you should start teaching them early that money does not grow on trees, and that a want is not a need.

"People start too late," says Dr. Connie Hebert, an educator and literacy consultant and author of "The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids."

A toddler on your hip at the post office can watch you give the clerk money for stamps. A 5-year-old can hand the money to the clerk. A 10-year-old can calculate how much you’ll need to pay for 20 stamps.

"Kids are never too young to start," says Denise Winston, a former banker and author of "Money Starts Here! Your Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive in Any Economy." "We don’t teach kids to brush their teeth when they’re 18. ... We have to make sure that we teach them these fundamental life skills."

One problem is that many parents never learned how to handle money themselves, making it harder for them to teach their children. Too many parents let their children manipulate them into spending money they don’t have, and that’s not good for either side, says Janet Lehman, a social worker and creator, with her husband, James, of "The Total Transformation Program" for problem children.

"Parents do not need to feel like they’re bad parents because they can’t give their children anything they want," she says. "They need to understand if they’re indulgent, [their children] are going to have problems later."

A key way to teach money smarts, as well as the value of time, is with allowances and chores. Experts disagree about whether chores should be tied to allowances, but most agree that kids should be required to help around the house. Doing extra chores (washing windows, cleaning out the garage, raking leaves) can be a way for children who aren’t old enough to get a job to earn money while also learning the value of time.

Here are 12 ways to teach your kids about money:

Use cash. Kids can see it and understand it, and it gives them a better sense of how much things cost.

Play games that involve money. That could be Monopoly or a variation of store, where kids create a pretend store and sell things for play money.

Show and tell through everyday lessons. Take kids shopping and discuss what things cost and why you’re buying what you’re buying. Take them into the bank with you and explain what you’re doing. "It’s getting harder and harder to do that with devices in everybody’s hand and everybody’s ear," Hebert says. But many teachable moments occur in the car and while you’re making your own shopping choices. With younger children, you can make up stories that involve good and bad money choices, as well as share choices you’ve made in your lives.

Teach kids to divide their money into the categories of spend, save and give. Pay them their allowances in smaller bills and coins, and they can divide it into envelopes or jars. They may need two save categories, one for short-term goals, such as a new iPad, and another for long-term goals, such as college. For their give jar, kids could pick a charity and then set a donation goal.

Model good money behavior. Let them see how you make money choices and that you don’t always buy everything you want.

Involve kids in the planning. This could be clipping coupons, reading grocery ads, making the grocery list or searching for good school supply deals. "I think the secret, at least for me, was to give them choices," Hebert says. "They felt they had more control."

Use devices to discuss money concepts. Instead of you and the kids being immersed in your separate devices while waiting for the dentist, use your cellphone calculator to discuss money concepts or solve word problems.

Give kids a lump sum of money and let them decide how to spend it. That could be setting a school clothes budget and letting your child decide whether to buy one expensive pair of jeans or six cheaper items (and then living with the consequences). Or, you could provide a weekly or monthly allowance that includes money for clothes, school lunches and sports fees and requiring the child to live within that budget.

Share family financial realities. You don’t need to share all the family financial details, but it’s good to let kids know how much you pay for things, such as mortgage payments, utilities, cellphones and clothes. If the family clothing budget is $10 a month for four people, let them know that

Don’t be afraid to confess your own money mistakes. "If you’re upfront with kids about your mistakes with money, they learn from your mistakes," Hebert says.

Say no and stick to it – but explain why. "A lot of people are quick to just say no without going into the explanation," Hebert says. And the explanations help kids learn about making good choices. But, she says, "Sometimes you just have to take a stand and let them scream."


Source: U.S. News
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Friday, June 26, 2015

You can now use Facebook Messenger without Facebook account

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Messenger Sign Up Android, Facebook Messenger

Largest social network, Facebook Inc has enabled users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app. This is created to give people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts.  Here’s how it works:

*  On the Messenger welcome screen, you will now see an option that says “Not on Facebook?”
*  From there, you can sign up with your name, phone number and a photo.


Welcome development.


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INEC Chairman Jega, 6 INEC Commissioners bow out Tuesday

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Following the expiration of his five-year tenure, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, is set to vacate office Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Department of INEC said that Jega, who hails from Kebbi State, is to bow out of office with six National Commissioners who were appointed the same day with him by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010.

They are: Col. M.K. Hammanga (rtd), Adamawa State (North East); Dr Ishmael Jikiri Igbani, Rivers State (South South); Prof. Lai Olurode Osun State (South West); Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Abia State (South East); Mrs Thelma Amata Iremiren, Delta State (South South); and Engr. Dr. Nuru Yakubu, Yobe State (North East).

Similarly, four other National Commissioners will equally leave the commission in July and August this year. They include: Dr. Abdulkadir Oniyangi, Kwara State (North Central) and Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa State (North West). Their tenure will expire on July 21 while Dr. Chris Iyimoga, Nasarawa State (North Central) and Dr. Mohammed Wali, Sokoto State (North West) will complete their tenure on August 11.

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So Adorable! Photographer TY Bello bonds with Her Twins in New photo

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TY Bello & her twin boys

TY Bello shared above picture on Instagram.  Her twin boys are so adorable.  Nice shoot!
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Read Top 10 Behaviors That Could Launch Your Career

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Read Top 10 Behaviors That Could Launch Your Career


Over the past 9 years, I’ve worked at large companies like Cisco and VMware and have joined smaller start ups like Box (now a public company) and Optimizely as well. I’ve also worked at MTV, a small boutique law firm, and UCLA.

No matter where I’ve worked, I’ve noticed a recurring pattern of what creates success at work and have worked on a list.

The more I’ve followed these, the more success I’ve found. I hope it helps you too.

Here’s the list of the top 10 behaviors that could launch your career.

1. Be authentic.

Bring your whole self to work! You’d be surprised at how many people appreciate real, meaningful connections at work. You don’t need to be a corporate robot. Sheryl Sandberg has a great quote about this:

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about, but it also comes from working with people we care about, and in order to care about someone you have to know them. You have to know what they love and hate, what they feel–not just what they think. If you want to win hearts and minds, you have to lead with your heart as well as your mind. I don’t believe we have a professional self from Mondays through Fridays and a real self the rest of the time. That kind of division probably never worked, but in today’s world it makes even less sense … It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.”

2. Be passionate.

You care. You want to make a difference. People can hear that in your voice, the way you move. And guess what? Passion is contagious. It can inspire your staff. It can make your customers your champions. It can carry you through the journey. If you treat work like a grind, it will feel like a grind. If you’re passionate about what you do and how you can make a difference, work will no longer feel like work. It’ll feel like a mission. And that changes everything.

3. Be focused.

At some point, you’re going to have a list of things at work that you can’t get to. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and giving up, focus on what’s really truly important to accomplish that day. Each day, I try to create a list of three really critical things I need to work on that can have a huge impact at work. Focus drives results.

4. Look forward.

It’s easy to caught up in your mistakes. You look back, dwell on the issues, and suddenly you can’t focus on the task at hand. This can have a huge impact on your present performance. Here’s what I’d suggest – it’s called the “10 years test.”Ask yourself – is this a big issue in 10 days, 10 weeks, 10 months? What about 10 years? Will this issue matter in 10 years? 99% of the time, the answer is no. So stop dwelling on it, lift your head up high, and look forward.

5. Own it

You’re going to be successful at some things and you’ll fail at others. One of the best things you can do through it all is to own it. People will respect you for that. Why? Because you’re willing to show them that you’ll own it through both the good and the bad. Most people are only willing to own it when things are good.

6. Be an artist

“Are you an artist or just following instructions?” – Seth Godin

Following instructions is safe. It’s easy. It’s also usually less likely to add a huge amount of value to the company. You create value by challenging the status quo. By pushing the limits of what can be done. And often times, this involves a huge amount of creativity and out of the box thinking. Don’t be afraid of being an artist at work.

7. Stay Persistent

Most people cannot handle rejection or adversity well. No one said solving tough and important problems was easy! The ones who remain persistent are the ones that persevere. Stay the course. AirBnB did (it took over 1000 days) and look where it got them!

8. Embrace your fears.

Afraid you might not be good at a potential job that you’re looking at? Afraid of speaking up at work for the promotion you know that you deserve? Afraid of trying out a new business idea? Here’s a question you should ask. If you never try, how will you ever know? You know what you should really fear? The fear of having a huge amount of regret many years from now, because you never really tried.

Hustle is the antidote to fear. Go and make it happen.

9. Don’t make excuses.

Just go and make it happen. I’d talk more about this – but theHolstee Manifesto sums it up perfectly.

10. Enjoy the moment.

Life is short. Make the best of it. Smile. Inspire someone. Laugh until your stomach hurts. Do a fist pump. Yell out “WOOO!” when you close a big deal. Tell your coworkers how awesome they are.

Go out there and have fun. Because you know what, awesomeness is contagious.

Source: Forbes
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Singer Davido launches own clothing line 'O.B.O'

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Singer Davido launches own clothing line 'O.B.O'

Davido has launched his own clothing line called 'O.B.O'.  He shared some pictures on social media showcasing his T-shirts yesterday and wrote:

“My Official clothing line website is up an running! Make sure you check it out and get your O.B.O T-Shirts today www.HknGangWears.com more designs and clothes coming soon!”

Recall that Wizkid launched own range of face caps recently.

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Actress Dayo Amusa Shares BTS Photos of her latest music video "Aiye Mi"

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The actress shared some beautiful behind the scene photos of her new music video shoot titled "AIYE MI". Directed by Joseph Dreams. She hopes to release the video on July 20, 2015 to celebrate birthday.

Actress Dayo Amusa Shares BTS Photos of her latest music video "Aiye Mi"

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Beauty Queens Munachi Abii & Enemaya are featured on the latest edition of 'The Celebrity Shoot' by Abbyke Domina

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Beauty Queens Munachi Abii & Enemaya are featured on the latest edition of 'The Celebrity Shoot'

Munachi Abii & Ene Maya are featured in the latest edition of "The Celebrity shoot" by Abbyke Domina. They talked about their lives and career in the publication. Nice shoot!



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

World's most powerful woman meets world's most famous woman (photos)

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The world's most powerful woman met the world's most famous woman
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, world's most powerful woman received world's most famous woman Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip with a handshake at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday, June 24.
The world's most powerful woman met the world's most famous woman
The Queen and her husband are on four-day state visit to Germany.  The royal couple will stay at the Hotel Adlon near Berlin's Brandenburg gate, the same location where Michael Jackson infamously dangled his baby from a balcony.
The world's most powerful woman met the world's most famous woman

Angela Merkel presides over the richest economy in Europe and is the central broker in the massive euro-bailout deal.

Lovely!

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Apex Bank will no longer support the importation of toothpick, fish, eggs, sugar, others — CBN Governor

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Apex Bank will no longer support the importation of toothpick, fish, eggs, sugar, others — CBN Governor

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, yesterday said that importers of rice, cement and other products will no longer access Foreign Exchange from CBN, banks and bureaux de change for such importation.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said the measure would prevent further depletion of the country’s foreign reserve.

He said the country was spending huge amount to import things that could be produced locally, adding that the apex bank would not continue to support the importation of such items through the use of the hard earned foreign exchange.

Some of the products include margarine, palm kernel, palm oil products, meat and processed meat products, vegetables, private airplanes and jets, Indian incense, tinned fish, galvanised steel sheet, roofing sheet and furniture.

He said: “Importers who may want to continue importing these goods would have to sort their foreign exchange from their own private sources. The CBN will continue to be vigilant around this policy, keep reviewing the list of items as it becomes comfortable that these items can be produced locally if we apply ourselves sufficiently.

Emefiele said the CBN was forced to come up with the new policy to exclude importers of rice and 40 other items from the foreign exchange market in order to save the nation’s economy.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, he said the time has come for Nigerians to decide what must be done to realise the much-desired economic development, rather than making the nation a dumping ground for other economies of the world.

According to Emefiele, importers of the listed items would not be allowed access to foreign exchange even from the bureau de change and that any bank or bureaux de change that tried infractions would be severely punished.

His words: “We will not make foreign exchange available to such importers from any market. If you read that circular, it said ‘from Nigerian foreign exchange markets’, plural not singular. Foreign exchange will not be provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the banks or by bureaux de change. If we find people flouting it, luckily these people we have mentioned are under our regulation, we know how to deal with them.

“Sometimes, policy changes are forced on policymakers as a result of exogenous shocks beyond their control. While most people do not like to be forced to do something, one of the hallmarks of effective policymaking is to be nimble and responsive when such situations arise.

“In the case of yesterday’s (Tuesday) announcement, I am happy to inform and underscore that this policy change is in line with my long-held believe that Nigeria cannot attain its true potentials by simply importing everything. At some point, we have to all decide what we really want for our country, and I believe that the time is now right for that deep and honest conversation.”
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Beyoncé shares TBT photo to wish her sister Solange a Happy 29th Birthday

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Solange Knowles, Birthday, Beyonce, Solange 29th Birthday



Beyoncé shared above Throwback photo to wish her beloved sister Solange a happy birthday as she turned 29 on Wedneday, June 24.  Bey and her sister dressed in a colourful outfits, were sitting next to each other at the time.  She wrote:

"Happy birthday my sis! I love you deep," Bey wrote next to a throwback photo of them playing around as kids.

Happy birthday, Solange!

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Check out Mary Akporobome's gift to hubby Alibaba on his 50th Birthday + birthday photos

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Check out Mary Akporobome's gift to hubby Alibaba on his 50th Birthday + birthday photos


Comedian Alibaba's wife, Mary Akporobome presented a Mercedes 500 car (pictured above) as gift to him on his 50th birthday yesterday. His wife is the Managing Director of Heritage Bank. Nice one!



Below are some photos from from the event.


Check out Mary Akporobome's gift to hubby Alibaba on his 50th Birthday + birthday photos

Check out Mary Akporobome's gift to hubby Alibaba on his 50th Birthday + birthday photos











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