Friday, 15 April 2016

Photos: China develops 'first of its kind' home-grown human-like robot... a beautiful woman and it looks so real!

China’s University of Science and Technology today, April 15 released a human-like robot that is comparable to Japanese models seen in the past. They said the robot is "the first of its kind in China"

According to CCTV News, not only does it have the face of a beautiful woman, it also capable of interacting with people next to “her.”

Zoo arts C.E.O & visual artist Olumide Oladipupo speaks on art, success & more

Olumide Oladipupo talks to Business Day in this exclusive interview...
When I paint I try to show people the beautiful colours of life. I always try to show my audience that life is beautiful. I believe you could look at a painting and be healed from a sickness. Just staring at a lovely landscape or garden painting can ease the mind and ultimately the body. I am simply trying to radiate positivity through my paintings.”

This striking quote from Olumide Oladipupo, CEO of image zoo arts and visual artist extraordinaire gave me the chills. It actually made me realise that so many things in life are taken for granted and not much appreciation is given to the beauty God has given us as a world.

The talented visual artist who has been drawing and painting as far back as when he was in junior high school said he first painted on canvas in 2015 at an art class in Houston, Texas USA, where  he got an overwhelming reception from other artists. 
“There was something about the painting that caught the attention of everyone who saw it.  I always knew I had it in me but that was the moment I realised I wanted the world to see my work,” he said.
So I decided to take a step back and allow my mind to explore our beautiful world through the eyes of an artist as I had a chart with Olumide who has numerous art works displayed at different exhibitions, Facebook, Instagram, the online shopping mall and on his website

Walking into his art room, which lit up with vibrant, eye catching, colourful paintings, brought to my memory the popular hymn ‘all things bright and beautiful… the Lord God made them all’. Little wonder why Olumide says he gets his inspiration to draw and paint from everything around him.
“I could be watching a movie, listening to music or just looking out of my window and something tells me to get my brush and paint and after thinking about it as a finished product, I begin to see a concluded masterpiece, then I start getting excited,” he said when asked where he got his inspiration to paint from.
The artist who looks up to the historic Vincent Van Gogh as his role model says
“Van Gogh’s story was so touching to me and he made thousands of beautiful paintings while he was alive, he only sold one in his lifetime, but after his death, he started gaining recognition and his artworks sold at auctions for millions of pounds. I like him because he painted things around him and I find myself doing the same thing. I try to travel as much as I can and I take my camera everywhere with me so I can take pictures of inspiring sights and scenes.”
As I watched Olumide speak so passionately about art, I could tell that it was in-born and that the young fellow remains hopeful to the acceptance of art in Nigeria. To him, his effortless work of art is a gift from God and nothing can take it from him. However, he acknowledged that interest and talent is not enough as he has improved enormously having learnt new techniques from the internet, art classes and painting with kids at schools.
“I don’t think art work is dying in Nigeria, it has just begun with emerging artists like me and some others trying to come up the ladder. We are just getting started, there are too many talented people in Nigeria, but there aren’t enough platforms to show their work. If you take it serious you will earn more than white collar jobs. I feel people should respect artists for their time and effort. I have just started my career and I have sold over 100 pieces.”
“Everyone is my target audience, children, teenagers, adults, old people, black or white. I want to be able to relate with everyone. Some people don’t even like art but they buy it to fill up spaces in their house, office, and hotel or to beautify their surroundings. I will keep putting my work in their faces on social Media networks, exhibitions and art lessons.
“I see my signature in thousands of houses all over the world. My goal is to showcase art to a global audience so the world can see how blessed we are as a nation,” he added.
Reacting to how well Nigerian’s accept and appreciate paintings; Olumide said people appreciate art and it is accepted in Nigeria but only a few people understand it. If you can get a loan from the bank with a piece of art then I think that is acceptance.”

I insisted that the young, vibrant but quiet artist give words of encouragement to others who aspire to showcase their talent in drawing and painted and here is what he had to say;
“I will like other artists to keep on working hard, they should present their artworks in better ways to their audience, package them well and they will get more attention. Even if you have never sold keep on painting, you never can tell who will be interested in buying them all.”
As Olumide gave me some history lessons on art, its value, the meaning and importance, I couldn’t help but appreciate his God given talent and needless to say what joy it was to watch nature and life depicted through talented hands.

Culled from Business Day Online
 Business Day Online

You can win one of the numerous art works on by following Olumide Oladipupo on Instagram via @imagezooartwork

Oby Ezekwesili reacts to Senates proposed amendment of CCT Act

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the senate's proposed amendment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal act. The senate yesterday passed the 2nd reading of the CCT amendment bill which according to them, will remove the Tribunal from the office of the Presidency and make it more independent.

See the way Japhet Omojuwa jammed Governor Fayose..

Lol. Internet is so sweet! See some reactions after the cut..

Photos: Kidnappers den demolished in Abia

A kidnappers den located at Nkporo community of Ohafia LGA of Abia State was today demolished on the instruction of the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu. The building is said to have been used by some kidnappers to keep their victims until ransom is paid. Continue to see more photos

Photos: Coco Austin almost bares it all as she models her lingerie line

The 37 year old who just had a baby in November, showed off her curvy post baby body as she modeled sexy lingerie from her line of Lingerie called Cocolicious. She posted these photos on her instagram with the caption:

Chris Tucker and his look-alike son step out for some shopping!

The comedian and movie star was spotted shopping with his look-alike 18 year old son, Destin.

Fayose hails US govt, UK Telegraph reports on Buhari's witch-hunt of opposition, calls for investigation

Read the press statement from Ekiti state governor below...
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has hailed the international community, especially the United States of America and the United Kingdom for joining lovers of democracy in Nigeria to speak out against the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Buhari's use of State security apparatus to oppress opposition. 

Play date! Ciara and Kelly Rowland take their sons to the park

Ciara and Kelly Rowland hit the park with their sons Titan and Future Zahir this week for a play date. More photos after the cut...

Read Betty Irabor's toast to Single Mothers

Genevieve magazine publisher, Betty Irabor, shared this toast to Single Mothers on her Instagram page this afternoon.
"Toast to single mothers I would really love to raise a toast to all single mums out there. I was raised by a single mum and believe me, I know what it is for a woman to be both mum and dad to a child.... Mum raised 4 of us by being resourceful; in the day time,she worked at Nigeria Tobacco company and nighttime at NITEL (don't know what it was called then) and in between she was a seamstress.
And when a prospective affluent husband/step dad came along she refused his marriage proposal and a chance to have a life because the package he offered her didn't include us; her children! He wanted her exclusive of us...perhaps he wanted her to drop us off at an orphanage or something like that. Of course it was no deal for mum!!! Who would accept such an offer any way? It's not a walk in the park for single mothers and I think every man who deliberately makes a single mother of a woman because he cannot stand up to his responsibilities deserves a special day of reckoning before God. Here's toasting to every woman doubling up as mom and dad to their kids because of a man who isn't man enough to to be a real dad. - Betty Irabor

Lol. Check out a fan's drawing of Yemi Alade...

Lol..the singer shared the artwork on her IG page...

Photos: See the state of PHCN pole in Ojodu, Lagos

These photos show the poor state of the PHCN poles in Olaoluwa street in Ojodu, Lagos state. Twitter user, O3luwatosin shared the photos.

'Musicians are too self-absorbed to be good in bed' - JLo

Jennifer Lopez covers the newest issue of W magazine where she talked about her failed marriages, men, being a woman in the entertainment business and more. Speaking about dating musicians, JLo said they were too into themselves to be good in bed.

Photos: Vice President Osinbajo arrives Delta State for assessment of gas pipelines destroyed by vandals

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived Delta State today and is headed to Escravos to carry out on the spot assessment of gas pipelines blown out by vandals which consequently led to shortage on the gas power turbines.  Osinbajo was received at Osubi Airport by the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Shell Managing Director, Mr Osagie Okunbor and other government functionaries.
More photos after the cut...

You men need to start asking for birth certificates these

Trans everywhere!

Photos: Aisha Buhari visits Maiduguri

Aisha Buhari is presently on a visit to Maiduguri, Borno state. She was welcomed at the airport by the state governor, Kashim Shettima. See more photos after the cut.