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Nigerian youths lack intelligent curiosity, they want things quick and easy – Wole Soyinka

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Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he would not keep silent whenever injustice is done to any powerless or vulnerable Nigerian by the people at the helms of affairs of the country.

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In an interview with Premium Times, the Nobel Laurete said he feels himself reduced whenever some horrendous violation is being done to another human being, especially the downtrodden.

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“If I step out of my house and there is some horrendous violation being done to another human being, I feel myself reduced, and for the rest of the day, maybe the rest of the week, I’m not really whole. It preys on my mind. In other words, there are other things that I would rather be doing than going out on a limb to bat.

“If you live in a society like this where you feel, sometimes, that you are completely alienated from the rest of society, where society itself doesn’t seem to share, in the main, same principles, where very often, in fact, you find the very people you’re trying to defend turning on you because they prefer to take the side of power. They feel more comfortable under tyrannical forces because they perhaps feel that, if they just endure such tyrannical forces, they might go away in the end.”

Speaking on the Nigerian youth, Soyinka frowned at the treachery of the so-called young generation saying many of them are only just waiting for their own slice of the national cake, stressing that they admit it, they co-opt others and even ridicule the progressive ones among them.

“The first thing is that I have never given a blanket endorsement of youth. I used to exchange friendly disagreements with Tai Solarin from time to time over this. I remember I took him on once when he said, I can die for the young generation, and I said, don’t say that. Don’t be so sweeping in your statement, some of this young generation is treacherous and many of them are only just waiting for their own slice of the national cake.

“But something has been happening to our youth. It’s probably the technological strides in communication and dissemination of information. Far too many of them, empty-headed, really think that they know. They are what I sometimes refer to as the generation of be–the- first- to- comment. It’s like they are sitting down there, they don’t understand the issue somebody has just posited, either as a blog or whatever you people call it, I don’t know– I don’t live in that virtual realm,” he added.

He said some Nigerian youth lack intelligent curiosity, adding that they want things quick and easy and that they ridicule those who take the trouble to set a standard.

“They strike me as capable of betraying a serious, genuine cause and endangering themselves–-which is okay–-but to endanger the overall movement is unacceptable. They want everything quick and easy, and they want knowledge as pre-digested mush.

“Anything that requires even figuratively chewing over an idea, a moment, an occurrence, they resent it, they ridicule those who take the trouble to set a standard-– it’s too much labour for them to aspire to a higher level. I become sickened, in the main, by this so-called new generation,” he said.

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#BBNaija: Frodd speaks on Esther dumping him for Nelson after TV show

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Big brother Naija house mate Frodd on Friday revealed that he would not be upset if fellow housemate, Esther, dates evicted housemate, Nelson, after the ‘Pepper Dem’ edition of the reality television show.

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The BBNaija housemate also admitted that he is not in control of his feelings about Esther, adding that he does not know if she was happier when Nelson was in the house.

Frodd stated this while speaking with fellow housemates, Mercy, Diane and Gedoni during a chat in the house garden.

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He said: “I will not be upset if Esther date nelson after the house. I don’t know if she was happier then when Nelson was in the house. But it is not enough for me to kill myself.

“If our feelings extents outside this house fine I will be happy.

“But the honest truth is that am not in control of my feelings about her.”

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Moment teenager was bitten by rattlesnake outside California home

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A footage showing a teenager is recovering after a snake bit him on the foot as he stepped out his front door in California.

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Bryce Russell, 19, was attacked by the venomous snake after he stepped out onto his front porch barefoot while looking for his car keys on August 18.

His sister killed the poisonous snake after it bit him and the teenager was rushed to the hospital. He received 24 vials of anti-venom over two days in the hospital. He is now recovering at home.

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The 19-year-old has spoken about his encounter with a rattlesnake that bit him outside his home in Norco, California.

He told CBS Los Angeles: “I was going to go dirt bike riding with one of my friends so I was looking for car keys and that’s when it gets me. I was texting him and that’s when it bit me.”

Surveillance footage from the family’s home shows Russell ljumping up after the snake, which was coiled up underneath a chair on the porch, bit his foot.

Speaking to KABC, Russell said: “It didn’t really hurt to get bit, just a prick, but I definitely felt a sense of dread because you could see the venom start to inflame my foot and work its way up.”

Russell’s mother and sister are nurses and were able to provide first aid until paramedics arrived at the scene. His mother sprayed the snake with a hose to get it away from the front door so she could go back inside. His 24-year-old sister then picked up a shovel and beheaded it.

Russell said he plans to take the snake’s body to a taxidermist and make a belt out of it.

The teenager spent two days recovering at the Corona Regional Medical Center after receiving 24 vials of anti-venom. “My face, tongue and lips were kind of tingling, I guess that’s an effect of the venom,” he said.

“[My foot was] bleeding a decent amount for how small the hole was. I guess the venom kind of messes up your clotting,” he added to CBS.

The family said it is not unusual to see rattlesnakes in the area, but this was the first time that one has come so close to the home.

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Jada Pinkett Smith says sex toys are the key to her successful marriage with Will Smith

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Wife of American Actor Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith has credited the use of sex toys for her successful marriage to Will Smith.

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The celebrity couple have been married for 22 years and Jada confessed the reason her marriage has lasted over two decades is their spicy sex life.

She told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “People are shocked about my love for using sex toys. I know damn well I’m not the only one that uses them. Nobody has to feel any shame about it but I’m still surprised how people relate to sex, specifically female sexuality – it’s still such a taboo.”

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The Red Table Talk host also said opening up about their marriage problems has brought her and Smith, 50, closer and she hopes it inspires others when they see that their relationship isn’t perfect.

She said: “Will and I really wanted to dissolve the myths that surround partnerships that are in the public eye, as if they’re easy. Those partnerships are going through the exact kind of difficulties everyone else is going through. We got a lot of positive responses from people in our industry. I think it gave people the opportunity to sit down with their partner.”

The mother-of-two previously admitted her relationship with Smith is not a “conventional marriage”.

She said: “I knew that I was not built for conventional marriage. Even the word ‘wife’: it’s a golden cage, swallow the key. Even before I was married, I was like, ‘That’ll kill me.’ And it damn near did! So why wouldn’t you share what you’ve been through, when you see that other people are out there, trying to figure this crap out? We decided to make it public because it’s part of the healing. I feel like if we don’t have real understanding about it, I don’t know if interpersonal relationships are possible.”

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