Tuesday, 31 July 2012

NFL Player Commits Suicide: The Fifth One in Two Years – Is This a Trend?

In what some think might be a disturbing trend, a fifth NFL player has committed suicide in the last two years.  OJ Murdock of the Tennessee Titans becomes the latest athlete to kill himself, setting off alarm bells for those who worry that the mental health of NFL athletes is increasingly deteriorated due to a variety of factors, including head trauma from taking so many hits.

Murdock shot himself while sitting in his car on Monday, parked outside of Middleton High School in Tampa.   He was found in critical condition and taken to the hospital at 8:30 am, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wounds to his head.

The 25-year old Murdock signed with the Tennessee Titans one year ago, but never played a single game.  Around 3:30 am, Murdock sent a text message to Fort Hays State receivers coach Al McCray.

“It was like, ‘Coach, I appreciate everything you’ve done for me and my family,’” the coach told the Tampa Bay Times.

“At the end of the text he said, ‘I apologize.’ I figured he’s apologizing because he texted me so early.”

The coach says that Murdock seemed to be in good spirits just days before the incident took place.   As a receiver at Middleton High School, Murdock was rated the 10th best wide receiver in the nation.  He only played four games for the University of South Carolina, however.  He was arrested for shoplifting in a Florida Department store and suspended from the team.

Murdock finished his college career with Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and then Fort Hays State in Kansas. During his senior year, he had 60 catches for 1,290 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, but never suited up for them.   The Titans issued this statement.


“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning.  In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year’s training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.”

Oh my! Really sad.

 

PROFILES YOU NEED TO READ

LATE PRESIDENT ATTA-MILLS


John Evans Fifii Atta Mills was born July 21 1944. He was the third President of the Forth Republic of Ghana. He was the inaugurated on January 7 2009 having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election. He was the Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mills was a Fanti from Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region of Ghana. He was born in Tarkwa a town located in the Western Region of Ghana. He was educated at Achimota School, where he completed the Advanced-level Certificate in 1963, and University of Ghana, Legion, where he received Black man of the month several times.

INCOMING PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA



John Dramani Mahama was born on November 29, 1958. He is a communication expert, historian and writer, former Member of Parliament and Minister of State. Until his swearing, he was the Vice-President of Ghana under late Atta Mills.
He was born in Damango, which is in the Northern Region of Ghana. His father Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first Member of Parliament for West Gonja Constituency and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region during Ghana’s First Republic.
Upon the successful completion of his degree program, Mahama them went on to pursue an additional post-graduate diploma in social psychology at the institution of social science in Moscow.
After completing his education, Mr. Mahama returned to Ghana and from 1991 to 1996, he worked as the information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra.
From there he moved to the non-governmental agency (NGO) PLAN International to become Ghana’s Country Officer, where he worked on International Relations, Sponsorship Communications and Grants Management.
Mahama loves to read. He is also an avid writer and he had numerous articles published nationally and internationally. His first book, ‘My First Coup d’Etat’ and other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa, was published by Bloomsbury on July 3.  


Pastor Juanita Bynum Says That She Has Slept with Women

Of all the celebs that are coming out of the closet lately, the last one you would expect to do so would be pastor Juanita Bynum.   But then again, pastors are doing all kinds of crazy things these days and in all days past.  Bynum, during an interview on V-103, admitted that she’s been around the block, getting with all kinds of men, sleeping with women, doing drugs and having a life that appears to be as wild as another prominent, wealthy Atlanta pastor we know.  Wait, you probably know a few wealthy Atlanta pastors who fit that description.
Bynum made her morning confessions on the show, “Frank & Wanda in the Morning.”  While they expected that the highly-respected Juanita Bynum would give them an interview worth remembering, it’s hard to imagine that they expected all of this.  The last time the world thought anything about Bynum was when she claimed to have been beaten by her ex-husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks.  At that time, Bynum drew the ire of millions by immediately proclaiming herself to be the new face of domestic violence.

I think she did this to demonstrate to other people that they too can rise from the ashes of self destruction.  everyone in the Bible had pasts as well except Jesus himself. He was the most blameless on earth, but he was our example because he knew we would fall. She fell, and rose and now she is teaching others, that their past is apart of who they later become. Meaning that anyone can make it out of who they once were, so that they can be a mere inspiration of survival, love and truth and yes, even a testimony as the religious would say. If no one can see the point of her speaking the way she did, then they are proving to be religious instead of spiritual. When you step out of religion, and become spiritual, then you can better understand the intentions of someone’s actions, whether they be good or bad.

THE PEAK OF GLORY


Peaklane School celebrated God’s faithfulness and his abiding grace as she celebrated her12th graduation ceremony and gala night.  The outer tent vibrated with pulsating beats. Contemporary hip-hop music caused a shiver down the spines of the young and old. Lower kindergarten group, nursery and the primary pupils were in no other mood than that of extreme joy and exhilaration, as they displayed deep emotions. 





School Administrator 






Teachers


‘ONE THING’ SO THRILLING


Fast rising saxophonist, Bee Jay Sax thrills audience at the launch of his eight track album, ‘One Thing.’ The rapturous roar of sax, the candid rave of melody, the splendid rock on the canvass and the steady reign of comedy readily created a fertile platform for the album launch. The ambiance, the crowd and the performances was a testament to the fact that Bolaji Banjoko popularly known as Bee Jay Sax is loved by many.  

Micheal Abdul and Bouqi

First Born

Bee Jay Sax

Sammo

Lepacious Bose and Micheal Abdul

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Olu's Drums of Joy

Family, friends, business associates and society icons gather for the 50th birthday of Mrs Oluyemisi Olutoyin in London. The matchless mix of screaming colours and the seamless spread of superior cadences elevated the birthday banquet of an upper class feast with fascinating luscious sights and vivacious sounds. Enjoy!
Celebrant




Celebrants husband and guests


Buga











Wednesday, 25 July 2012

ADAMS OSHIOMOLE GOES GAGA

Goodness me! See what winning an election can cause. In case you did  not know. This is the returning Governor of Edo State in Nigeria.

The Beats The Bliss and The Blitz

The pounding beats of King Sunny Ade tore through the rooftops; pouring bliss and thrills in and around the Haven, Oba Akinjobi Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. The strength of refreshing sound and the sight of excited dancers created an admirable vista of carnival. Indeed, extreme joy floated to great heights all through the wedding ceremonies of Adesola Victoria Osifeso and Dr. Ayodeji Bamidele Akerele. Theirs was a love story that was supported by all and sundry as family and friends came out in droves to make sure Vicky and AY had an outlandish wedding.


 The Engagement at Anchor Events Center saw Yinka Ayefele mounting the stage.








 The church wedding and reception.