By Musibau Tunde Akanni PERMIT me to renew or share with you some didactic, relevant literary experience availed the world by the duo of Ghana’s Ayi Kwei Armah and Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe, both writers of indomitable renown. We resorted to Armah because of the similarity in the political history of the two countries being former British colonies. A constant reminder of this tie today perhaps is the Nkrumah Award for Good Governance which contemporary Nigerian politicians are always excited to be honoured with. Armah via his probably best known work The Beautyful Ones Are not Yet Born tells the story of a corrupt society such as contemporary Nigeria presents. But we all know that no matter how pervasive the decadence of a society may be, some of us will still be consistently critical of the situation at whatever cost. This is also in addition to steering clear of corruption’s unworthy benefits as much as possible. The protagonist in the novel made all efforts to … [Read more...] about Deem yourselves beautiful
Michael Jackson may have died 10 years ago ( or not, if you believe the diehard fans ), but his bizarre life is still the subject of intense speculation. From rumours about his chimp, Bubbles; his apparent need to sleep inside an oxygen chamber every night, and the shocking allegations surrounding his inappropriate behaviour with underage boys, speculation about Jackson is just as rife after his death as it was while he was still alive. One rumour that keeps re-emerging over the years is the supposed castration Michael's father Joe Jackson put him through pre-puberty to keep his singing voice high. Michael's own personal doctor, Conrad Murray - who served two years in jail after being found guilty of Jackson's involuntary manslaughter - gave credence to the theory in his 2016 book This Is It! The Secret Lives Of Dr Conrad Murray And Michael Jackson. In it, he claimed that the patriarch of the Jackson 5 had forced Michael to have hormone injections at the age of 12, ostensibly to treat … [Read more...] about Was Michael Jackson really castrated? Conspiracy theory debunks Conrad Murray’s bombshell claim
Behind the TV persona of the Emmy-winning standup comedian Garry Shandling, the funnyman struggled with deep insecurities and the 'mind f**k' of his older brother's death, a new book by Judd Apatow reveals. Shandling idolized his older brother Barry, who had cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. Their mother Muriel moved the family from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona, to ease Barry's difficulties with breathing, knowing he wasn't going to survive. But when Barry died aged 13, Shandling's mother lied to him, claiming he'd gone to live with their grandmother. Reflecting on Barry's death decades later, Shandling wrote to himself: 'His death was a mind-f**k event and disappointment you had to deal with on your own. Go back into your body and don't try to avoid pain. It is a struggle to stay in the body.' The comedian's hoarded notes from throughout his life were … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘She’s a monster!’ How Garry Shandling never got over the ‘mind f**k’ by his mother who lied to him about his brother’s death, as decades of notes hoarded by the late comedian are revealed in Judd Apatow’s new bio
With 150 cameras and 46 hidden microphones recording the every movement of the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here stars, there's no place for privacy in the jungle camp. This year will see the likes of Caitlyn Jenner, Jacqueline Jossa and Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle battle hunger, exhaustion and a host of stomach-churning challenges to see who will be crowned king or queen of the jungle. But not everything that happens will make it to air, with some of the most juicy jungle goings-on from the show's 17-year history ending up on the cutting room floor. From rule-breaking and escape bids to x-rated sex confessions, here's some of the biggest backstage secrets that never made it to TV... Begging for meals The stars of I'm A Celeb are given a "talk of doom" before they sign up for the ITV show so they know what to expect. But more often than not the rations come as a shock, especially when their attempts to beg the crew for food fall flat. "People start getting hungry, then if it … [Read more...] about I’m A Celebrity off-camera secrets exposed – from desperate escape bids to disturbing meltdowns
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. The statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health on depression in the United States are very concerning. In 2016, 6.7% of all U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode (16.2 million). If we focus only on teens, the prevalence jumps to 12.8%. The rates are even higher in adolescent females, 19.4%. In other words, almost 1 in every 5 female teens have experienced a major depressive episode. Many people who suffer from depression don’t seek treatment. And out of the ones who seek treatment, many are not helped by these treatments. Typically, treatment is medication, talk therapy or both. Antidepressants are effective in treating 40% to 60% of patients. Similar success rates have been reported for psychotherapy treatments of depression (1). Why do not treatments alleviate the suffering of more people? Is there any way we can increase the success rates of medical and non-medical … [Read more...] about 20 Shades of Sadness: Why Do We Get Depressed?