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Aquaman Movie Review

  • Monday, Feb 11, 2019
  • by Admin, 118 Views

I’m no comic head, but the portrayal of the DC universe on the silver screen is often dark, dreary and lackluster and it appears Aquaman’s corner of this universe is no different.  

Apart from the Batman franchise (specifically Christopher Nolan’s) and the surprise success of Wonder Woman, DC movies are typically tragic.

Jason Mamoa , breathtaking underwater scenes and surprisingly good acting from Patrick Wilson an actor with as much personality as a wall painted beige, hold the movie together somewhat.

The story of Aquaman mirrors that of King Arthur, a seeming misfit with redeemable attributes must go on a journey of self-discovery to lay hold of his destiny, except in this story a golden pitchfork not the Excalibur.

It’s important to mention that Jason Mamoa is much more than a delectable slab of meat, he has a depth of character, quick wit and swag for days all of which make him a leading man worth his weight in salt. The movie Aquaman despite its best efforts, did not taint all that Jason has going for him. A testament to the fact that the movie is bad, but perhaps not that bad.

Ladies if you decide to defy this article and brave this movie, bear in mind that you are going in to watch  your typical over bloated CGI blockbuster, with a rickety storyline and awkwardly timed humor-but console yourself with the fact that Jason will make it all worth it.

For the guys, well… you’re going to be upset all through the movie, till you get to the fight scenes somewhere towards the end of the movie.

As far as we are concerned here at the Buzz Stop, there’s literally one scene that tickled us a little bit. It involves an octopus and a set of drums.

That’s all we’ll say about this movie. We rate it a 3 out 10.

Have you seen it? Share your comments with us in the section below.

Aquaman is now showing in cinemas across Nigeria.

Movie Review: Aquaman 


Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Artiste Expose: There’s Something About Teni

  • Monday, Feb 11, 2019
  • by Admin, 194 Views

With a dimpled smile, unique vocals and refreshing authenticity, Teniola Akpata popularly known as Teni the entertainer, has taken the Nigerian music scene by storm and we’re here for it!

Younger sister to the Nigerian House Music queen Niniola (Maradona) Teni is charting her own path, showing her versatility with songs like “Case” and “Askamaya” two of 2018’s biggest songs.

Teni has warmed her way into all our hearts.

On Instagram she has this uncanny ability to make her followers feel like they are a part of her life.  She entertains us all with hilarious skits and angelic vocals. But the familiarity that comes with being a part of someone’s life virtually, can erroneously get one think they’ve seen all that there is to an individual. We thought we knew all the dimensions of the 26 year old crooner, but it appears we were sorely mistaken.

She has shown us a new angle to her with her most recent release Uyo Meyo. Done mostly in her native Ondo dialect, the song is reminiscent of an evergreen Ebenezer Obe track and it’s a great way for the 2018 Headies Rookie of the Year, to show she is going to be here for a long, long time.

It is seemingly difficult to compare Teni to anyone in the music industry now and in times past, but if you think hard enough, a name should come to mind.

Teni bears a striking resemblance in terms of persona, lyrical genius and oodles of swag, to the queen of Waka herself- Salawa Abeni. There is a similarity in the boldness and sheer thuggery of both women that could inspire one to say Salawa lives somewhere inside of Teni.

Teni is indeed one to watch, her tracks like Case, Askamaya, Uyo Meyo and the newest track featuring B.O.J, show her versatility and her love for what she does. 

Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Social Media Influencers, Religious Beliefs, Ethnicity: What Sways the Vote of the Average Nigerian?

  • Monday, Feb 11, 2019
  • by Admin, 135 Views

Its common knowledge that the internet has democratized the concept of celebrity. In today’s world, anyone can say anything on whatever platform they so desire, and this has given rise to some of the world’s most influential people.  

Social media influencers are the cool kids of the social media space. To use any 90-2000’s high school movie worth its weight in salt as an analogy, influencers are the popular kids and everybody else is well…everybody else. They set the trends, they go for all the best parties, hang out with the high and mighty and get all sorts of cool freebies. They lead charmed lives that make us green with envy and all that good stuff, but when it comes down to it, how much influence do these people really have in the scheme of things?

 As elections inch ever closer this question is very important. 

To provide an answer to my question, I’d say they do have the wherewithal to stir up the polity somewhat. They can decide to make divisive statements on their social media handles for example, this could cause people to engage in a war of words in the comment section. They could even go as far as endorsing a candidate and proceed to throw shade at people that don’t side with them. Yes, that sort of rabble rousing could definitely ruffle feathers, but as far as I’m concerned it won’t cause that much damage and this why I think so.  

First of all, the base that social media influencers appeal to, are the educated elite. These people have way more agency than a person living in abject poverty in a backwater community, in the north east for example. The opinions of the educated elite would not be as easily swayed as their uneducated counterparts. They are also less likely to vote, so they aren’t your typical politician’s target audience in the scheme of things. In my experience “Stomach infrastructure” isn’t likely to sway the average educated Nigerian, compared to their poorer less educated counterparts. 

Also, throughout Nigeria’s embattled history, there is a tried and tested duo that has never failed to deliver desired results to people who choose to employ them. Good old divisiveness along ethnic and religious lines, are part and parcel of our murky polity and it is amplified during election season. 

It gets scarier. There is a new kid on the block that has caused this infamous duo to morph into a winning trifecta, that third element is called fake news. Considering its far reaching effects in America’s 2016 presidential race, it is indeed one to fear. 

Ethnic bias, Religious strife and fake news, a truly deadly combination. 

In all of this madness, what then can we do to avoid playing into the hands of people who hope to profit from our country plummeting into anarchy?

The first tip would be to not allow ourselves to be swayed by so called religious and traditional leaders, who are for lack of a better phrase “stirring shit up” to make a quick buck at the behest of their patrons.

It would also be useful to get acquainted with the many ways we can spot fake news and allow our mobile devices be the place fake news comes to be buried. Here are a few tips courtesy Facebook:

  1. Be skeptical of headlines. False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.
  2. Look closely at the link. A phony or look-alike link may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the link. You can go to the site to compare the link to established sources.
  3. Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy. If the story comes from an unfamiliar organization, check their "About" section to learn more.
  4. Watch for unusual formatting. Many false news sites have misspellings or awkward layouts. Read carefully if you see these signs.
  5. Consider the photos. False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo may be authentic, but taken out of context. You can search for the photo or image to verify where it came from.
  6. Inspect the dates. False news stories may contain timelines that make no sense, or event dates that have been altered.
  7. Check the evidence. Check the author's sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.
  8. Look at other reports. If no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate that the story is false. If the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it's more likely to be true.
  9. Is the story a joke? Sometimes false news stories can be hard to distinguish from humor or satire. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun.
  10. Some stories are intentionally false. Think critically about the stories you read, and only share news that you know to be credible.

Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Panther Power or Good old Pandering: Is the Black Panther Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture Merely a Platitude?

  • Monday, Feb 11, 2019
  • by Admin, 99 Views

The movie Black Panther is on a roll garnering awards from the Golden Globes, to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and I don’t know what to feel about it.

Here’s a quick rant on how doubt started to creep up on me insidiously.

I remember feeling elated that Black Panther has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category “Best Picture”.  Yeah the Golden Globes, the SGA’s are all great but the Oscars are a whole new level. 

Upon hearing the news, being the drama queen that I am, I erupted in glee screaming a heartfelt “oshey” on the open office floor.

Feeling a little embarrassed, I shared the reason for my joyful outburst with my colleagues, only to receive a well-timed hiss from some, and others just sighed and went back to typing furiously at their laptops. 

I found one or two people that shared my sentiment, and we happily yapped away about how this is a win for black people everywhere and how it means that the academy is recognizing work by people of color. 

My joyful yapping was cut short when another colleague and dear friend of mine, dropped a truth bomb that disabused me of my sentiments rather quickly. 

Her stance was simple.

She was of the opinion that the nomination was merely a platitude, a follow up to the “Oscars So White” hashtag that had cast a shadow over the Academy Awards two years ago. Actors of color had rebelled against the glaring lack of representation in the 2016 lineup the Oscars had put out. The hashtag became a proper movement, with notable black actors like Will Smith refusing to attend the ceremony that year.

My rebuttal to that was that the following year, Viloa Davies won the coveted statue in the category “Best Actress in a supporting role” for her performance in Fences. Mahershala Ali also won in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, for the movie Moonlight. In one night! 

If at all the Oscars were pandering, they have pacified the black community with those wins. Why would they feel the need to pander again this year? Plus movies like Black Panther i.e. superhero blockbuster’s, aren’t usually big contenders at the Oscars and definitely not in the Category of Best Picture! As far as I was concerned The pandering narrative seemed a little farfetched.

Right?

She laughed, perhaps reminiscing on the days she was as naïve as I currently am.

She insisted that it was in fact pandering. “Black Panther was great, but not Oscar great” she said matter-of-factly.

Let’s just say after some deep thinking, I must say if only for the reason she sited, maybe Black Panther really isn't Oscar worthy. You don’t have to be a top movie critic to come to that conclusion. Black Panther is a fantastic movie but perhaps we need to think a little deeper lest we get ahead of ourselves.

Yes Black Panther is a more than just a film. It is a testament  to the fact Black people are made of magic. It brings a whole new perspective to the term "black excellence".

It is also a movie of many firsts. First Marvel Super Hero movie  with a black lead and predominantly black cast, its one of the highest grossing super hero movies of all time….the list goes on.

But let’s be honest, a best picture nomination at the Oscars is a bit farfetched. It’s the sort of affirmative action that can come across as an insult. It’s akin to giving a wailing child a gold rattle in the hopes that it would shut up, forever. It may seem like progress, but then again…is it really?

Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Chess and its benefits for children

  • Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019
  • by Admin, 123 Views

Chess is a very complex game with many rules and millions of possibilities. It teaches children many fundamentals, like problem-solving, focus, patience and follow-through, helps to train some academic skills, while still being a very social game.

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Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yoghurt

  • Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
  • by Admin, 242 Views

Sweet kiwi is a yogurt brand founded in 2011 by Ehime Eigbe. It is made fresh daily with natural strained yogurt and carefully whipped for your pleasure.

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Femi Adeosun – Mechanic

  • Friday, Jan 18, 2019
  • by Admin, 245 Views

Femi Adeosun lived near a mechanic workshop, watching the workers fixing, dismantling and coupling car parts inspired and motivated him to join the business.

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Tewogbola Boluwaji – Pig farmer

  • Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
  • by Admin, 219 Views

Pig farming also known as piggery is another aspect of farming in Africa that is making smart investors and entrepreneurs tremendous cash on a day-to-day basis. Good pig farming relies on a combination of inter connected aspects such as housing, breeding and reproduction, nutrition, disease prevention & control and management; which are incorporated into intensive system of pig keeping to achieved a desirable and sustainable production.

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Rowland Oshiotse – O&O Agro Farms

  • Friday, Dec 14, 2018
  • by Admin, 262 Views

Located in Obafemi Owode-Egba in Ogun state, Nigeria and founded by Rowland Oshiotse, O&O Agro Farm grows full organic cassava tubers and process to clean, dry sour-sweet sandless Garri while adhering to the best standards.

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