Author: Isioma Osakwe

The Therapeutic Advantages Of Having A Pet.

Its ‘Pet Week’ on Haba Naija this week and we shall be talking about the various aspects of pets and pet ownership. Most Nigerians, however, do not know or have never experienced the joy of having a pet. In a country like ours where we struggle to make a living and put food on our tables, keeping a pet is the last thing on our mind. In the villages and for those who rear animals, animals are quick to end up in a steaming pot of soup when the owners of these animals hit hard times. One person who could testify to this story is my Aunty who once had a dog. Unfortunately, the proud status of ‘dog owner’ was gone with the wind during a certain period when the government was late in paying salaries- several months late. One morning when she had gone to work, her two sons who were badly in need of some cash but had no way to get it suddenly began to look at their dog as a very good and easy investment. Having no love for the dog, they quickly sold it and happily counted their ‘hard’ earned money! When my Aunty got back and realised the dog was gone, she got furious and demanded that the boys take her where the dog had been sold. To her utmost surprise, they took...

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Bodycon Dresses: what they really are and how to rock them!

What is a Bodycon dress? Popularly known as ‘Bandage Gowns’ in these parts, the Bodycon dress has become a major fashion trend among many ladies and by the looks of it, this trend has come to stay. The Bodycon dress which is a contraction of the phrase ‘body conscious’ is designed to cling tightly to your body, showcasing your figure, and leaving little to the imagination of your admirers. In essence, wearing a Bodycon dress is a bold statement of self-esteem and body confidence. A bodycon dress is a one-piece figure hugging garment that clings tightly to the body from the bust to the lower hem and they are made from a blend of polyester and lycra composites, to give them enough elasticity to hug the figure smoothly. These tight fitting dresses are popular as evening wear and dinner gowns, but can also be worn as day wear when correctly and creatively accessorised. Who is the Bodycon dress best suited for? It is erroneously thought that Bodycon dresses are worn to make a woman look slimmer and smaller than they really are. This is not true. As stated earlier on, the Bodycon dresses are designed to cling to every curve and bump of the body. This means that it would either reveal every flattering curve you possess or also show to the world your embarrassing lumps, bumps and celluloids!...

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Independence Day 2013: President Goodluck Jonathan’s Address.

FELLOW NIGERIANS, 1. Today marks 53 years of our Independence as a nation. First and foremost, I would like to say congratulations to us all. Through thick and thin, we have built this country together. Through triumphs and trials, we have developed a Nigerian identity in our own way. 2. In truth, Nigeria is still a work in progress and we are challenged everyday to keep building in spite of the various obstacles that we face. Our strength has been in our diversity. If we look back over the years, we can say confidently that there is every reason to celebrate. 3. Today’s Independence anniversary is unique because it is the last before we mark our centenary. On January 1, 2014, Nigeria will be 100 years old as a country, following the amalgamation of the Protectorates of Southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914. 4. Beloved country men and women, traditionally, the Presidential address on this symbolic day has served two purposes. It has, quite rightly, been used to remind all Nigerians about our heritage. It has also allowed my predecessors and I to comment on our stewardship to the nation and make political capital out of a state occasion. 5. But this year, I will not. Because, today of all days, we should not be scoring political points. On the contrary, in this last year of the first century...

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People Magazine’s fashonistas of the year – See them all!

Haba Naija style brings you your weekly dose of fashion, style and everything gorgeous! See what people are wearing and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of fashion. Today, we shall be taking a look at the gorgeous ladies that ‘People Magazine’ has named the fashonista’s of the year! First on the list is actress Kerry Washington who is famous for her role in ‘Django’ where she played Jamie Fox’s wife. Kerry Washington has been named the 2013 ‘World’s Best Dressed Woman’ by People Magazine. People said they picked her because of her great sense of style. According to People magazine Executive Editor, Elizabeth Sporkin “There has been a trend this year in lady-like fashion and I think she is almost single-handedly responsible for it.” Others who made it were: Actress Jennifer Lawrence who played Katniss in ‘Hunger Games’ was named the celebrity with the best high fashion style. Actress Jessica Chastain was named best in red carpet style. Solange Knowles, Singer and younger sister to Beyoncé was recognised for her style risk-taking and confidence. Zoe Saldana, known for her role in ‘Colombiana’ was named the best in denim style. ‘Mirror-Mirror’ actress, Lily Collins was named the best for up-and-coming style. Actress, Emma Stone, famous for roles in The Help, Amazing Spider Man and Easy A, won praise for her classic style & timeless look. While Fashion designer and...

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Spooky Stories behind Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th, a day popularly known to be fraught with bad-luck, misfortune and accidents! Now, one good thing about Nigerians is that we are a deeply religious people and therefore the fear of Friday the 13th also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia is almost non-existent. In actual fact, there is no logical explanation as to why people are unnaturally scared of Friday the 13th but one thing is sure- the mystery of Friday the 13th is shrouded in a lot of superstitions and myths. The superstitions, however, does have deep, compelling roots and the origins help explain why the belief is so widespread today. In this article, we’ll look at some of the interesting stories behind this unluckiest of days. For starters, the fear of Friday the 13th stems from two separate fears – the fear of the number 13 and the fear of Fridays. The number thirteen was considered by the ancients as irregular and transgressing completeness as compared to the number twelve which was popularly considered as the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, twelve signs of the Zodiac, etc. In Christian theology, the number 13 is significant to Christians because it is the number of people who were present at the Last...

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