Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Periscope The many shades of Linda Ikeji

If only acclaimed millionaire blogger Linda Ikeji reads, she would have learnt a thing or two from the charming and brilliant Michelle Obama, former first lady of the United States.






But because Ms. Ikeji is given to fabu, gossips and petty snooping on other peoples’ lives, she forgot to understand that honesty and integrity matter.

“We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square,” Michelle Obama wrote.

For too long, Linda had set out to write her own rules and even for other people. Time and time again, she lied her way through it especially to pliant young girls who dream of the billions she makes from blogging.

But is life all about bling without the intrinsic value of honesty and integrity? For Linda, life is a game of numbers and possibly, theatre.

She created her own reality and lived by it while she constantly held others to scorn who she deemed where morally poor.

She led many to believe that celibacy was cool, actually it is cool if you can hold it, while she was busy getting laid and having a baby outside wedlock.

To her hordes of supporters, some even avowed ‘Christians’ it is not about holding one standard in public and living by another code in secret.

Nobody asked her to be celibate and only less than three years later it comes to light she was shuttling between Lekki and Banana Island to get screwed. Who is the fool?

Dear Ms. Linda Ikeji. You could be smiling to the banks with the millions of hits on your story, but in the bank of what matters in the end – trust- you have lost it and it could be damaging in the long run.


Donald Duke’s political purgatory

Fine boy former governor of Cross River state, Mr. Donald Duke, seems to have come full circle in his political odyssey.

Since he left office in 2007, Duke has increasingly found himself at the outside perimeter of key decision circle.

His latest effort to run for president and remain a focal person in Nigeria’s turbulent political waters has been stymied by the FCT High Court which ruled that he is not the legitimate candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.

The court in a ruling by Justice Baba Hussein-Yusuf ordered the party to replace Duke with former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana.

Though Duke had polled 812 votes to defeat his close rival, Gana, who polled 611 votes in the party’s national convention held in Abuja, Justice Baba-Yusuf held that the emergence of the former governor of Cross River State as SDP’s presidential candidate violated the zoning and rotation formula provided in section 15(3) of the party’s constitution.

With what has happened, will Duke who dumped the his party, the PDP, find the courage and ‘face’ like they say in his part of the country, go back to his vomit?

This question is pertinent because he postures as a man of value who abhors the usual shenanigans of politicians in this part of the world.

Should he scale back from going to the PDP, can he venture into the APC where in all likelihood he will find space and be put to much use.

Whatever the case, it is pertinent that Duke redirects his resources to a political end that will up his waning influence if not the stay in purgatory will be long and lonely.



Charly Boys walk the aisle

Indeed, there is always a time for everything under the heavens. For maverick Nigerian entertainer and activist, Mr Charles Oputa, better known as, Charly Boy or Area Fada, last Saturday was a day to walk his long time consort, Lady Diane, down the aisle.

Lady Di and Charly Boy exchanged marital vows after living together for 40 years!

According to Oputa, “We have been following through with the process of annulment for sometime.

My former wife who has since remarried cooperated very well. “She had no objection. The reason I put forward for the annulment was that I was underage. My mother actually got the wife for me at the age of 19 because I a little rascally with women.

“Getting me married at that age was supposed to curb my sexual excesses.”

The couple who have three children explained why it was a low key affair.

“This is not that kind of marriage with fanfare. I am doing it to please my aged mother. She has been pleading that we do the right thing.

“This is a woman I have been living with for 40 years. We know each other well. This is about obedience to certain demands of the society.

“People wonder how I am able to live with one woman all these years. It is not that we do not have misunderstanding.

“Marriage is successful when you are able to manage your incompatibility. I saw my parents’ quarrel, reconcile, kiss and hold hands again. These are the values that have guided me my relationship.”

To the newlyweds, may you live happily ever after!


















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