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A Nigerian website, BattaBox.com, released a video detailing the peculiar tattooed beauty trend.

“We help men who have black lips. We clean up their lips to make them pink lips,” says the tattoo artist in the video as he scribbles the Nicki-Minaj inspired tint to his Nigerian customer’s lips.
I don’t know about this one people. I’ve heard of permanent tattooing of various parts of the body like eyebrows, eyeliner and the likes, but your lips? Would you want your whistle blower to be permanently pink?
Women have been known to be the beauty craziness of the world but this new trend by Nigerian Men is perhaps the craziest.
Women are always flocking to the latest beauty craze to make themselves appear more beautiful. From concrete butt implants to miles and miles of sewn Indian hair, and butterfly-inspired eyelashes. There are no limits to how far women will go just to attract shallow thinking men.
Unrealistic Beauty standards set by some chauvinistic men is the reason women do it. So what is the reason behind the pink lip painting of these men? IF you have the answer please share so we might know.
Topafric

Our Leaders have failed us in so many ways than one at least during the course of the last twenty odd years. They have not put in place any LONG TERM national developmental agenda that cuts across all partisan ideologies in term of infrastructural provision and development for the country; and the needed legislation that NO GOVERNMENT SHALL DEVIATE FROM.

I have been on the motorway for some days now and all I THINK OF IS MY MOTHERLAND with despair. Simple provisions to reduce road accidents are even lacking in our motherland. In the UK there is a service station at approximately every 20-25 miles on every stretch of motorway in the UK. On most motorways, drivers are constantly reminded to take a rest at the next service station because "tiredness can cause an accident and accidents KILL innocent people!!

On two occasions these reminders compelled me to join the exit from the motorway and just take a rest in the huge car park provided for motorway users to stretch me legs. I found at least 60-80 drivers just out of their cars stretching their legs, with some just about to continue their journey as other newcomers came in.

The sad state we find ourselves in Ghana is that these leaders we have had so far, are well-travelled. Most of them had some aspects of their higher education in a developed country that prides itself of all the infrastructural development which makes life worth living. IF THEY CANNOT BE INNOVATIVE, CAN'T THEY SEE AS WELL?

We have a group of elders of the council of state, most of whom, WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT, have no admiring track record in their public lives. Not to single out anyone, but FOR INSTANCE, on what beneficial take to the highest think-tank of the state, is Ms Ama Benyiwah-Doe included to the elders council of states?

WHAT SPECIALTY IS SHE BRINGING ON THE TABLE?
WHAT IS HER LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS ON A NATIONAL FRONT TO GIVE HER THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE?

UNTIL WE GET A SPECIAL KIND OF LEADERS OCCUPYING THIS EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY SEAT, WE WILL KEEP MARKING TIME AND SPINNING AROUND AIMLESSLY AS A NATION.

That is a fact!!!

Amakye Ansah-Yeboah 

“I speak of the compulsive and obsessive politicisation of our society, which now virtually compels us to look at every issue from the narrow and darkened prism of party politics”. The practice does not give room to independent thinking and must not be allowed to fester, he observed.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has roundly condemned the growing culture of the serial callers, partisan communicators and propagandists for creating a polarised partisan political climate.

He said it can be dangerous for the country’s democracy if this is allowed to fester.His comments formed part of his lecture delivered during this year’s Democracy Lecture organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)on the topic: “Advancing Together”. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said the serial caller phenomenon has “pushed Ghana into an age of the howlers’.

He noted that politicians “in and out of government” were inflicting irreparable damage to each other.“Who was funding the serial callers, he asked rhetorically and said “it is the same politicians whether they call themselves communicators or propagandists”.

He said by funding the “blatant lies and malicious gossips” spewed out by so-called communicators and serial callers, politicians were killing sound scholarly discourse.This resulted in a situation where “perpetrators jump in glee” while “victims frets with anxiety”.

He said, with the challenges facing the country, there was the need to focus on solving everyday concerns on the labour front, utilities and general economic hardships.One does not have to be an economic genius to recognise that there are tough challenges facing the economy, he said.

African Development Bank (AfDB) Press Release
For over four decades, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has been involved in Nigeria's development process. In assisting the country it has been employing a full range of sovereign and non-sovereign instruments including private public partnership (PPP). The Bank's Private Sector Department in particular has been playing active role in mobilizing other investors and leveraging third-party co-financing investments.

As AfDB unveils its 2013-2022 Ten Year Development Strategy, anchored on Africa's economic transformation, Nigeria's development agenda will continue to rank high for the Bank. Nigeria's infrastructure including power, transport and water supply will remain one of the key areas in which the AfDB and Nigeria will be collaborating for a common transformation goal.

In this regard, the Bank's Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2013-2017and Nigeria's Vision 2020 will provide a joint framework for collaboration. The framework boldly embraces the future and will help reduce the country's development deficit at least on infrastructure side.

A number of Bank funded infrastructure projects clearly advance Nigeria's aspirations to be among the top 20 economies in the world by the year 2020. While focusing on the aspirations the two vision documents will primarily contribute to Nigeria's achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as enhance the country's development sustainability.

Projects like the Lekki Toll Road, Lekki Deep sea Port, Nigeria-Benin Power Transmission, Cross River State Rural Access and Mobility projects, to name just these, are synchronized result-driven projects. They have a high dose capacity of unlocking new sources of growth for the country's structural economic transformation and inclusive growth.

AfDB's core infrastructure projects in power, transport and even in water supply have traditionally played obvious catalytic roles in the past. The ones hereby outlined will not be less effective as they are designed to align both the key pillars of the Bank's Ten Year Strategy and Nigeria's Vision 2020 goals.

Copyright © 2013 African Development Bank.

Unconfirmed Information available to TopAfric.com from a reliable source indicates that, Former President of South Africa Nelson Madeba Mandela is dead.

According to an unconfirmed report to TopAfric.com from a reliable source he died this Afternoon.

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spent four days in Hospital on Monday after being admitted for a fourth time since December of last year, Mandela was fighting a lung infection that seems to be taking its toll on him.

It will be recall that the South African presidency releases a statement earlier stating that the 94 year old´s condition was `unchanged` adding on to an earlier statement that described Mandela`s condition was` serious but stable``

Before he became the South African president in 1994,Mandela spent 27 years in Robben Island prison, where according to information available to TopAfric.com contracted tuberculosis, it is believed that the disease permanently damage his lungs, indirectly leading to the numerous infections he has suffered since retiring from public life in 2004.

Stay tune more confirmed story soon.

Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN –TopAfric.com

 

Arusha — The African Union is calling for the International Criminal Court to drop cases against three Kenyans, including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto. This came in a resolution adopted Monday "by consensus" at an AU summit in Addis Ababa.

Kenyatta and Ruto were elected in the first round of presidential elections in March, despite crimes against humanity accusations against them. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda accuses them of having played a key role in post-election violence in 2007-2008 in their country.

Speaking at the end of the AU summit on Monday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accused the ICC of targeting Africans.

He said the ICC had been formed more than a decade ago to end the culture of impunity, but "now the process has degenerated into some kind of racial hunt".

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, who chairs the AU, said African leaders were concerned that out of those indicted by the ICC, "99% are Africans". "This shows something is flawed within the system of the ICC and we object to that," he said.

AU Commission President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa said that now Kenya has introduced reforms to its justice system, Kenyan courts should be allowed to take the ICC cases.

President Kenyatta's trial is due to start before the ICC on July 9. Ruto's case was due to start this month but has been postponed, with a new date still to be set. The two men have so far appeared voluntarily before the court. Bensouda has threatened to issue arrest warrants against them if they do not continue to do so.

However, in March Bensouda had to drop charges against another prominent Kenyan, former Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura, saying a key witness had recanted evidence while others were "too afraid to testify for the prosecution".

The AU resolution cannot force any action from the ICC. Only the UN Security Council can request a suspension - although not a withdrawal - of ICC procedures.

"In any case, Bensouda's task will be a tough one," one Kenyan lawyer who did not wish to be named commented to Hirondelle. "It won't be easy to convince Kenyan witnesses to come and testify against their democratically elected President and Vice-President."

© 2013 Hirondelle News Agency

During a working visit to the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis on 3rd May 2013 , Nizir Baraka, Moroccan Minister of Finance, and Chairman of the AfDB Board of Governors, welcomed the support of the Bank to his country's quest for green growth.

In his words, the AfDB is the country's leading partner. «The Institution works hand in hand with us and is the driving force of our economy towards green growth,» he said.

Baraka urged the AfDB to assert its role as leader in Africa's development before making an assessment of the state of progress of the preparations of the AfDB Annual Meetings to be held in Marrakech, Morocco from the 27th to 31st May 2013. « These meetings will be a turning point for Africa,» he concluded.

The President of the AfDB, Donald Kaberuka, welcoming the minister expressed satisfaction about the commendable relations between the Institution and his country, and laid emphasis on the volume and quality of the country's portfolio, making Morocco the Institution's leading client in the past years.

Baraka found the theme of the Annual Meetings, "Africa's structural transformation", to be very pertinent "for our continent poised to play a primal role worldwide." According to the Chairman of the Board of Governors, discussions on this subject will help illustrate best practices and define the modalities required for this transformation.

He expressed satisfaction about the remarkable enthusiasm surrounding the Annual Meetings which will be a "turning point for Africa." Addressing the Board of Directors, Baraka acknowledged the excellent financial results of the Bank and its initiative to establish an infrastructure fund.

The AfDB is the lead donor in Morocco with operations focused on infrastructure, human development, governance and energy.

Copyright © 2013 African Development Bank

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