COURAGE IS A WOMAN & HER BIRTHDAY IS TODAY. Enjoy my Anecdotes

On this day is a precious milestone in your life and am wishing you a very lovely birthday celebration for being a silent pillar that holds the core of our home. Today you represent my rainbow glowing in the sky, my flash of pride. Today rise and shine because not even time and space can dim the vivacious ness of your free spirit of selflessness and caring that you exude to your family and children, I thank God for your radical transparency which re invigorates you and everybody around you. As we celebrate you today; do not forget to give all the glory of surviving till today to ” the way maker: the promise keeper: the miracle worker and the destiny maker of your life till day. ” Once again wishing u a very lovely birthday to you my dearest.

I want you to take your time to go through these Jokes & Anecdotes on God & Godliness, Humility, Prayers etc on History famous men on their last moments and nuances.

George Herbert said in a quaint poem that God made man with “a glass of blessings standing by; and poured the blessings on his creature-man till only one was left in the glass. Then God looked up and down and paused, God then stayed his hand, fearful that having all things, man would never seek his face again, it shows that God is a jealous God and expect us to worship him at all time, without an excuse…not even a birthday celebration lol

At his death-bed, someone asked Alfred Lord Tennyson if there was anything he wanted. Yes, said the great poet “a new vision of God. God is like an Octagon we see him from different dimensions

Rudy Kipling was once desperately sick and burning with fever. He tossed on his bed and mumbled words which no one could quite understand.one morning a nurse bent over him and asked Mr. Kipling, what is it you want? The great poet ceased his restlessness, open his weary eyes, and feebly whispered “I want God’ showing that God is indispensable in our earthly life and beyond.

Ampere, the brilliant discoverer of electrodynamics, when talking to his dear friend Ozanam, he was quoted as always saying and bowing his head, “how great God is, Ozanam; and how nothing is our science” for God is omniscience indeed.

When Astronaut Yuri Gagarin came back from space and said that he never saw God in heaven, someone in Moscow quickly remarked, “if you have not seen him on earth; you will never see him heaven” lol what are we going to do with the Russian Atheists.

This one is about Dr Benjamin Jowett of Balliol with a lady; oh doctor, do tell me. What do you think of God.? Gushed the old lady. But Benjamin replied “ is very unimportant question; the only thing that matters is what God thinks about me’

Even President Theodore Rosevelt played with his boys. When asked why he spent so much time with them, he replied “if every father were so close to his sons, few boys would seek all their amusement away from home, and fewer fathers and mothers would carry arching hearts”

On humility anecdotes; Joshua Ben Hananiah who lived in the second century AD is said to have been one of the wisest men of human history. He was positively not handsome. A Roman princess who met him for the first time said disappointedly, “oh, that such glorious wisdom should come from such a homely vessel” And Hananiah replied” Princess, wine is not kept in a vessel of gold’

This one is very interesting from medieval France, Notker the monk was greatly esteemed by the King of France, Charles the Bald, for his virtue and learning. Once the King spent three whole days in the monk’s monastery taking counsel with Notker. When the nobles heard about it, they were very jealous. One enraged royal counsel planned to humiliate Notker, can you imagine that. Notker was at his prayers in the church when together with many nobles, the counsellor walked up to him and asked in a very LOUD, sardonic voice.” You who are so learned, could you tell me what God is doing right now?” Prompt came the reply from Notker “ God is now exalting the humble and humbling the arrogant”

On Prayer; in praying do not multiply words. The Latin poet Terrence implored his wife, “oh, please wife, stop pounding away at the gods with your thanks- unless you rate them by your own brilliance and think they do not understand a thing if it isn’t repeated to them a hundred times” – A Roman Catholic joke kind of.

On motherhood; Frederic the Great, King of Prussia, could not sleep one night and called the guard in the antechamber to bring a book. The guard who later would be General Ziethen had stayed up several nights, and had now fallen asleep on duty. When no one answered, the King angrily got up and saw that Ziethen had fallen asleep while writing while writing something. It was a letter to his mother; “Mother, I feel very sleepy because I have stood guard for the last few nights, although it was not my turn, in order to earn more money and send it to you. I am sending you ten thalers that I have earned this way” The King went back and brought enough gold coins and drop on him without waking him up.

This one is very emotional indeed; when the squadron under Dewey arrived at the Manila Bay before the battle with the Spanish ships, a sailor asked for permission to jump overboard for his coat, which had fallen into the water. He was refused. But he jumped in, climbed aboard again with the coat and was promptly arrested.

Dewey sternly asked the young man why he had disobeyed orders. The sailor broke down “in the pocket, he explained, “was my mother’s picture, and I didn’t want to lose it” Dewey had him released.

MY MOTHER & THE AMAZONS A TALE IN A MOTHER’S DAY

By Stanley Chinedu Acholonu ( Executive Editor @ Smutkut Entertainment Blog)

By sheer coincidence of nature, we are all product of a mother I mean all living organism. Every mother’s day I think about one lovely Amazon of a woman, a strong beautiful African woman that had walked among giants and angels. A mother like no other mother. My mother was like a rainbow prism, she means many thing to all of my siblings throughout her short gracious sojourn on earth. Am using my mother as a metaphor of
expression to congratulate all mothers together. My mother Eleogu Rosemary Acholonu reside in a five bedroom deluxe apartment- rent free in my head lol for almost 2 dozen and half years. We never lose or forget those that we love they live forever in our heart. My mother literally existed for me, Chinedu this ! Chinedu that, i was her golden child. I can do no wrong- you feel me. that is how all mothers are. She was virtues, strong, resilient, caring and so resourceful & creative like most mothers. my mum literally waxes music in my name as a child growing up. My mother was my soulmate. from the day i opened my eyes to recognize her as my mother till the day she closed her eyes in death i was the last person that she talked to. We were in separable in life and would also be  in death.

The sobriquet of a mother is a title no woman can lay claim to without the extreme crucible of pain, a pain like no other pain, a pain only a mother can endure and understand, a pain that eventually subside into love to the passage of time, a love of a child that is unbridled and that passes all understanding. A love that only a mother can give. A love that is like no other love.

I grew up understanding that mother is supreme that mothers know all. From a child’s point of view, mothers assume this larger than life image, they are almost literally infallible, and no child has ever imagined her mother being capable of being wrong. Is not that mothers are perfect, but we chose to represent them in absolute flawless position. Being an adult has never diminish the wondrous effect of missing your mother. Mothers are biologically irreplaceable, you only have one go at them. If you still have your mum please cherish her forever.

Being a mother comes with so many genetic traits; God in his awesome wonder gave mothers a maternal instinct that covers a whole spectrum of 911 calls embedded in a mother’s brain regarding her kids. They are now strongly becoming breadwinners, house police, doctors & nurses, handyman, lesson teacher, house maid, house wives they never sleep they just exist for us, a mother is an equivalent of an angel to child’s perspective. No one can ever define the maternal instinct of a mother.

Mothers are fighters too, they fight to the end for their children only, and it does not matter if their child is at fault. An African mother & her American cousin are warrior queens,  Amazons who strategizes and defend their kids from all external aggressions by any means necessary. They share the same similarities with mother Hen. Mothers by default are design to love their kids without any condition – anything contrary is an anomaly

In fact, every aspect of human endeavor has the handprint of a motherhood. From cradle love to our early education woven into watching our characters being molded, then being present in all our milestone successes in life. Still mothers are human- they have silent high dosage of jealousy in their maternal instinct too. This trait has helped them to be on a constant battle with almost all their daughters-in-law – a battle that has lasted almost 3500 years. The heart of a mother was not programed to easily relinquish the control and love of her beloved son. However, times are changing and mothers are adapting to that. Today, let us all rise and salute all mothers and the mothers to be for wonderful selfless services that they have rendered in the lives of their children… to God be the glory…By Stanley Chinedu Acholonu ( Executive Editor @ Smutkut Entertainment Blog)

 

VIVACIOUS SOCIALITE QUEEN OF HOUSTON DEBUTS MOVIE CAREER IN GRAND STYLE.

Talented and vivacious Houston Socialite Queen Nonyelum Okadigbo debuts her movie passion career in grand style, as she appears in an urban genre epic movie being produced by delectable Nollywood actress /producer Chinwe Isaac. The urban epic movie is being directed by SMUTKUT Movies and Documentary Production company based in Houston Texas, which is run by the multiple award winning Nollywood film director and screen writer Stanley Chinedu Acholonu.

Queen is a talented up-coming Nollywood USA actress. On the set she showed so much ability and initiatives for a promising career in film making. SMUTKUT Entertainment Blog captured many faces of her emotional display;

Also on my set, is the Mercy Okon Atang who unknown to everybody , would become the new Miss International World Classic crowned Queen for the 2017/2018 year. A narrative close to an anecdote happened on set. A very interesting situation occurred, where her relations came to take her off the set on a particular night of our recording, I told them that they cannot take her away because – that would destroy her continuity in subsequent scenes of the movie in Nigeria, the Producer Chinwe Isaac chipped in saying unless she would forfeit her Nigerian roles- everybody laughed; later I used my executive director power to make her stay, so she stayed through the shoot, few days after I saw her on the news and online as the newly crowned Queen- I said wow ! my bad , another big lesson learnt, always try to be flexible in certain situations, be moderate in everything you do.

I was very happy for her, and for making Nigeria and Africa proud by beating other 40 beauty icons in a keenly contested pageant show. The young Nigerian UNIZIK Undergraduate who recently reigned as the face of democracy Southern Nigeria in 2014, impressed the world flying the Nigerian flag at that colorful event at the sun washed Miami Florida USA. At least I got the bragging right- she was one of my cast….

By Stanley Chinedu Acholonu-( Executive Editor @ SMUTKUT Entertainment Blog)

EZINNE BEATRICE AMADI – EVA BANKS SWEET MOTHER GOES HOME

My dearest Fans and Friends!

I’m still in shock, can’t believe that I lost my Mom! can’t forget how she calls me Nnem” meaning her mother’ ‘feeling so sad! Please am sorry to share this sad news and peaceful exit of my mother, sweet mother, Mother General, Nneoma,

Beatrice Amadi Uche “MamaDidi” – My mother’s sweetness emanates from being a woman of beauty & wisdom – a natural caregiver, my role model. she lived a fulfill beautiful life. my ever-smiling, fun-loving, kind hearted mom! we will gradually accept her gracious exit, to be with her maker in heaven. She is already dearly missed by many, including her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, in-laws, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, surrogates and many, many friends, old and young.

It has been just few days, but it hurts so much and feels like eternity already! she would be remembered as Ezinne, Nneoma to us all, We are somehow comforted that we will see you in the next world, flashing your beautiful gap-toothed smile, with everyone again admiring your beautiful tatoos, which your loving parents decorated you with, from birth.

As a devout Catholic gem, you were titled Nneoma in the church. At home, the children and the widows are still gathering to be teased, counseled, and fed by Nneoma.

the young ones have been stopping by as usual, to ask you for advise or for you to speak to their parents on their behalf. They have been going away in tears, as they have been greeted, not by your warm and calming smile, but with your now permanent absence. The older ones yearn for your telling them the truth as you see it, without making them look stupid. They miss your insisting they eat something or take some along as they leave. You did touch so many lives, mom, and your phone still rings.

You now need to rest, mom. We will continue to celebrate your generous life, while here on earth. I will continue to try to emulate you, but I can never fill your shoes. We love you, but it looks like God loves you more. Adieu. Laa n’udo. Nnem Oma!!

BY EVA C. BANKS ( Nollywood Actress/ Producer )

NOLLYWOOD USA-INAUGURATES ITS FIRST RULING BODY ON OCT. 15TH 2016 by Stanley Acholonu

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guild-of-producers-flyer-1They say that every art has its rules. For example, Literature and English will surely lose its basic essence with miss-spelling and wrong Punctuation, so will our chisom-oz-lee-1movies be affected with bad camera work, scripting, directing and production logistics, drawing attention to itself and away from the art of film making, so the need to have a ruling body is surely a step in the right direction. We have had many false start of the Nollywood USA Producer’s guild in the past. Thank God this time we are set to roll for good.

nollywoodmoviesThe Nollywood Producers nollywood-guild-photosGuild USA is an organization of seasoned and upcoming film makers whose sole interest is the projection and propagation of the art of “African Film Making” outside of the continent. Nollywood Producers Guild USA is particularly film-makers-2 focused on promoting the general welfare and improvement of excellence of the Industry through the creation of a secure distribution structure for fair and efficient content distribution. NPG USA hosts important industry events including Film Screenings, Conferences, Filmmakers Galas, and Awards/Recognition programs.guild-of-producers-flyer-2-2

For some time, film making in the USA have stuck in the revolving door of ‘lack of fund & un professionalism” while most Practitioners have strived to improve their works despite great odds. On October 15th, 2016 filmic history would be made as the founding members of the Nollywood USA Producer’s guild takes up the mantle of leadership to steer the recalcitrant Guild with its truculent & defiant members to what we are inaugurating on the 15th of October, is highly commendable for the New executive members of the guild.oliver-mbamara-1As Nollywood enters this next phase where mediocrity is frowned upon and excellence is lauded. It has become imperative that the founding IMG_0547executives should make sure that all practicing Nollywood film makers on American soil are adequately represented in the composition of its constitution regarding future executives of the guild.ikechukwu 4b

They say that when cob-webs unite, that bethel-1they can tie down the mighty lion. We believe that it is time to come together under one umbrella and usher in this new dispensation in the history of Nollywood USA.  Franchised Nollywood USA has come a long way and on October 15th 2016, NPG-USA will be inaugurating the body that has struggled over the years to keep the filmmakers together.npg-inaugtn-artist-performaers-9-27-16-2 It is very important to know that NPG-USA received a Proclamation of Support & official ik33backing from the commissioner of New York City Office of Film & Media Entertainment.

As we continue to celebrate and honor the brightest brains of our young Nollywood USA Film industry, un equivocally through the proliferations of various movie awards which comes as a two edge- knife lol, first we must recognize our efforts, to encourage others to do better, I call it healthy rivalry- because competition brings out the best in us.nollywood-guild-photos-2

mamie-6dIt now behooves on the new Nollywood Producers Guild to fashion out an acceptable guiding rules and standardization for organizations giving awards to adhere to. They must be seen to have the intrinsic power to exercise thischisom oz3 delicate anomaly within the industry. The basic responsibilities of the new guild are to continue upholding the development, the nurturing and promotion of Nollywood USA Filmic industry to an enviable height. They have to encourage & accommodate more women & other African film producers to be more active within the new guild of Producers. This is an epic event- and they should send out nationwide invitations to all film makers to attend.

BLINDFOLDED FLYER 1Former US President Theodore Roosevelt said that one tenth of wisdom is being wise on time. The new executives must apply the wisdom of Solomon to chima event 4offer olive branch to the uncooperative members so that we can move forward forever this time. They say old habits die hard especially when glory hunting is at stake. Finally, some events test our courage & loyalty, some people inspire our strength & a sense of unity, and some moments define our spirit & passion for what we believe in, that we are film makers, we make mere ideas & words come alive on screen. Nollywood USA Producers are enthusiastic, passionate & resilient. Congratulations Nollywood USA PRODUCERS GUILD.

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stanley-acho-1Stanley Chinedu Acholonu

( Executive Editor @ Smutkut Entertainment Blog)fall15c



 

ANATOMY OF TIME MY BIRTHDAY GIFT; by stanley Acholonu

dollar-photo-1-revpascal-5Time is the only true global currency, once you spent it, you will never get it back. It’s a colossal force of nature, nothing can abate its ravaging progression on our body, day by day, week by week, month by month we grow older, we count our blessings for being alive. Everything is calculated in time. We breath time, we eat time, we kill time in schools lol, we run against time to work, time even tries to choke us @ our deadlines. We have good times and bad times.

stanley5dPersonally, time has always been a problem for me, finding it, keeping it, using it well and being exhausted by it. I write every time, as a book reviewer, Newspaper Reporter, screen/cyber-net blogger, I require uninterrupted peace & tranquility, I need a stretch of time. Time is so intangibly scarce. Albert Einstein said that gravity is a curvature of time and space. I can preamble forever on time contexts, but today as always is my birthday and I have upgraded to one more year. Giving God all the glory.

pascal-3In an unbroken 6year tradition of my birthday, I spent it reminiscing & musing about everything that comes to my mind in no particular order. Items that made my agenda include God, the Bible & other famous books, Shakespeare, Homer-The Illaid of the Greek Myths, the Biafran Story narratives by Frederick Forsyth my family, love, logic, man & the lure of power, a tribute to Mamie & all women, my step-daughter a poem for the Veterans, a tribute to Ali the greatest, random thoughts of life on the human brain, heart surgery and the sickle cell syndrome.

mamie-6cI also mused aBLINDFOLDED FLYER 1bout my memorable movie lines and famous quotations and anecdotes of history famous people. In fact, my article is for those who enjoy reading and have time for it, I will begin with the greatest.

Mohammed Ali broke the nadir of arrogance in a way only a Greek god can do, especially a bragging god like Zeus. He defined and paved his own way, ideas & nuances and we all had fun riding on it with him.

His death was epic and it clarified our vulnerabilities and mortality. Ali elevateda2 the trashery of words to an unprecedented degree. “Am bad, I can make medicine sick, I handcuffed thunder, drowned water, wrestled Alligator and can injure rocks- am the greatest, I said that before I knew I was.” When Parkinson arrived at his doorstep, it stole that gushy, brashy nuances, his tonality that only him could act. We were so awed & wowed! On how anybody could exceed and shatter that ceilings of arrogance & pride and still be acceptable.

His verbal dexterity was absolute and infinite, so was the impact of his epic death. He was truly the greatest. If he had been a Greek, he would have transcended into their god of trashery. I remembered him dearly on my birthday. I have a childhood friend Innocent Uzoije he influenced my love of Ali, he bought every magazine that Ali ever grazed.

‘As a man thinketh so is he’   the Bible that irrepressible and greatest book of all time said so. How interesting to find out that during difficult times, when you turn to face God that he has been facing you all the while. Today the dynamics of faith have changed. How could we make the illogic become logical and the crooked become straight- you need to open your Bible and find out great stories of that. Last year I talked about who man is, but today and talking about his mindset.

In man’s extreme chauvinism, it delights him to know that a woman was not taken from Adam’s head in the Genesis creation story. Man sincerely believes that a woman must not rule him.

holiday-easter-title-fullscreen-16x9In fact, it delights man that Eve was stripped out somewhere under Adam’s armpit lol. So Eve fitted into man’s chauvinistic mindset. So she must be protected from injuries and harm. The concept of the Bible’s narrative is in resonance with man’s pomposity and arrogance.

Man’s theory of leisure offends the law of conspicuous waste. Man is a cumbrous semantics. He satisfies all the canons of orthography. To man, speech is a civilization given to him by Egypt the watershed of all civilization. The holiest of all books the Bible gave credence to the semanticism of man “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” man is born infinitely unsatisfied. What a tangle web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Always remember that the minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less of what you settle for.

I think that the Bible has a circumference that is everywhere, unlike Shakespeare and other famous books. But most people who reads the Bible regard it as divinely inspired, if not indeed, supernaturally composed. The Bible’s center is God, or perhaps the vision or idea of God, whose location necessarily is unfixed. Shakespeare works have been termed the secular scripture or more simply the fixed center of western canon.

homer-illaid-2-revIn the Greek Myths, Homer’s Illaid ruled homer-illaid-1-revsupreme. I enjoyed how Homeric gods like Zeus and his brothers at the Mount Olympus, can command the obedience and veneration of humans because of their superior powers. And how the humans must seek their favors through offerings.

In the first chapters of the Illaid, I noticed how it was set side by side with radical reconsiderations of the basic principles of Heroic culture, such as the assumptions that honor bearing gifts are worthwhile compensation for the loss of life in battle. Homer’s Illaid has an unparalleled clarity of details and epic battles of adventure.

troy-3-revAchilles evolution from unbridled wrath against King Agenamon of Greece to forgiveness; from savage fury against the Trojans to compassionate reception of King Priam gave the Illaid its moral axis. It moves with marvelous speed and flows with translucent simplicity- the events are clearly ordered, with syntax para tactical with connectives and sub ordinate clauses that are relatively rare. This plainness, so necessary in oral style gives the poem its kinetic energy.

Frederick Forsyth is a larger than life international Non-fiction writer. Whobiafra-book-cover wrote masterful thrillers for more than 40yrs, “The day of the Jackal” “Dogs of War” “The Odessa File” “The Kill List” and now “The Biafran Story” it marked Frederick’s transition from a Journalist to author.   “The Biafran story is one of the most brutal conflicts the Third World has ever suffered” according to Frederick Forsyth. It has become a classic of modern war reporting. The book gave me the impression from the Frederick’s point of view, voicing his outrage not only at the extremes of human violence, but also at the duplicity and self-interest of the Western governments, most notably, the British, who tacitly accepted or actively aided that violence.

biafra-2-revThe combination of this shocking annihilation of indescribable pogrom of unimaginable degree and the shocking exposures combined with Frederick’s forthright perceptive style of simple sentences makes the Biafran story as compelling a read today as when it was first written.

Biafra_Map_FlagI have a feeling that the concept of Biafra is an immortal desire in the innermost hearts of every Igbo extraction anywhere in the world. You can be an Igbo man without being a Biafran, you can be a Non Igbo man and be regarded as a Biafran. This was how the last battle at Uli Airport went down. “Biafrans looked up in the sky and heaved a collective sigh of relief and prepared to die in peace as Ojukwu’s plane left for Ivory Coast. How dramatic the last epic scene of the Biafran fate would be.

Ibos soldiers, civil war, Biafra, Nigeria, April 1968
Ibos soldiers, civil war, Biafra, Nigeria, April 1968

Do you know what? they did not kill Biafra and let her go in a blaze of glory, they proved to be a reliable Sadists. They did something worse, they raped their women, whipped their men and kids at will. By then, Biafra was war weary, Nigerians were war weary too. They were so tired of killing Biafrans and dying on their lands.”

In summary, my holy Bible would always remain the greatest and most popular piece ever written. Shakespeare & Homer both have great styles & classic coolness. Frederick Forsyth hit gold with the narratives of the Biafran tragedy.

They say, that a person is only as good as what they love. Never forget that in Charity there is no excess, so you have to be careful as a giver to set limits because takers rarely do. What we have done for ourselves alone die with us, what we have done for others and the world remains immortal. Never look down on anybody unless you are helping him up. I have learnt that it is our choices that shows who we are truly far more than our abilities. We never see things as they are, but by auto-suggestion, we see them as we are.

dollar-photo-2-revAm a bit confused to note how habits seems safer than rules, because you don’t have to watch them, and you don’t have to keep them either, they keep you lol. Interestingly, men do not quit playing because they grow old, they grow old because they quit playing. Always remember in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years. I cracked up thinking on the concept of how religion keeps the poor from murdering the rich

Common sense, which is not really common is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be. Tears shed for oneself are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are signs of strength. Once in a while, it is better to remain and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubts.

stan-lisa-5I believe that life appears too short to me to be spent nursing animosity or registering wrongs. To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both side. I personally believed that it is better to be loved and lost and never to be loved at all. It is said that the best proof of love is trust. Love is the triumph of imagination and fantasy over intelligence and reason.

The first duty of love is to listen. Have you noticed how grass can grow through cement, it also proves that love can find you at any time of your life. We seem most alive when we are in love, because love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired by somebody.

stanley-3Now switching to marriage musings. You must understand that marriage is not all about four pairs of legs on a bed. Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not ceremony, not a piece of paper from downtown or a certificate from the Pulpit. Marriage is not a noun, it is a verb, it isn’t something you get, it’s something you do. It’s the little way you love your partner every day. In reality, marriage has no guarantee, it is what it is an act of God, which must be entered with good intent. Love and passion are the basic ingredients that run a successful marriage.

stanley4bIn fact, passion seems to be the quickest to develop in a woman, and it is equally the quickest to fade. Intimacy by default develops very slowly, while marriage bad boy the ‘commitment ‘usually need a lot of incentives to be moved to any point. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Nobody can ever love two persons at the same time.

stanley-2Finding her was like finding Nimo & Doren, it literally took a life time to find her, finding her was like finding me. She epitomizes or typifies concisely that concept of a strong courageous woman. A master planner, a resourceful home maker, evoking and eliciting that spiritual aura that pervades in any stable home. Should I go on gushing ! nope. Mamie Acholonu is the heartthrob that I have searched for a lifetime. She can be meek as a Lamb and as fierce as a Tigress when pushed to the wall. Among many other things she is a prayer warrior lol, a good one. My swearing habits has been under the Holy Ghost attack everyday lol oh.

STAN LEY reserved picture 1On Mamie’s strength, I salute and honor all women, in every circumstance, women wish to be loved without a why or wherefore not because they are pretty or good, graceful or intelligent, but because they are themselves. They are like pictures, of no value in the hands of a fool until he hears that men of sense bid her for the purchase.

IMG_5516Women has strength that amazes me, they smile when they feel like screaming, they sing when they feel like crying. They cry when they are happy, and laugh when they are afraid. Their love is so unconditional, only one thing is wrong with women, they forget what’s their worth, in the kitchen, bedroom and at various work places. Our women are so priceless indeed.

nelson-mandela-2a-revIt takes courage to achieve greatness. I don’t chase dreams I hunt goals by Chinedu Acholonu. Nelson Mandela said “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”

roland-reagan-1-revFormer US President, Ronald Reagan said “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Today I remember my step-daughter Olivia, joining the US Army, very talented young woman, resilient, focused, iridescent, pristine now army strong. On her strength, I will compose a patriotic poem on the life of the Veterans in war zone.

“America, birthplace of Liberty; Immigrants, centuries at the gates of Ellis & JFK they rush. In search of your fabled dreams; few find it in fame and cash. While thousands; destiny they blame. Tell me America, why their rush, why do they seek you; maybe they seek your immortal liberty, freedom of expression, the rule of law & due process of Justice. You are paradox personified.

Uncertain and troublesome is the Veteran’s day in war; hope belied his fear & his fear belied his hope. His mission has no margin of error ; is zero failure. The law of Yukun he must remember; that only the strong survives. In Ottoman’s region every inch hundred lives perish; every house, every alley, suicidal determined enemy lurks. Every Veteran’s step is assured by fate and rigorous training.

mamie4cHis life span in Ottoman’s land is zero; he survives each day to fight another day, like the ancient Roman gladiators. The enemy’s determined hate; the Veteran’s unconquerable will. In Ottoman’s mamie-5dregion of war; they clash, the Veteran’s courage stood like the colossal; in harm’s way he gallantly stood, never submitting, never yielding until victory was achieved in that land of complex religion.

mamie-5cThe Veteran’s code; leave no one behind, all for one & one for all is the Veteran’s last hope in battle. You put your life down if need be to protect our freedom & liberty. On my birthday I honor your courage & supreme sacrifices with all my heart, for the sake of freedom, Justice. This is for Olivia my African Amazon.

The purpose of power is the exercise power, how else can I say it, that the aroma of power is sweet is already been clichéd. Interestingly, the real purpose man seek power is often and extensively and thoughtfully hidden, by deliberate misstatements. His crafty intention would be most eloquently in styling himself as the friend of the masses, masses my foot indeed.

mamie-5adollar-photo-1-revIf you are poor, you want to become rich, while people rich obviously wants to upgrade themselves among the powerful. This I call the fallacy of human folly. To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it and weld it. To know its pleasure, we must go to those who seek it, those willing to sell their soul to amass it. Surely the deep fire of ambition rage in them.

The lure of power is immensely immense, elaborate rituals of obeisance, admiring multitudes and being caught up in the trappings of Self adulations that my people wants me to lead them. The odd is a heavy burden. I see in my mind’s eye, that to demand excessively for power, is for man to live on the PRECIPICE of vanity, and a one-way ticket to the pit of Hades.

That brings us to the only word nobody wants to ascribe to themselves, nobody not even kids. It is called Selfishness. In the end we are all humans, being human could mean that morality can quickly jump out of the window. And being human again could mean that there’s some degree of selfishness. As for me I like changes that does not affect my vested interest period.

We always forget or never aware that the DNA of all humans are intricately wired with a strand tint of Selfishness embedded in the cortex of our brains. Its starts with mere babies crying all night when not attended to, two year olds will vehemently refuse to share their toys. Three to five year olds will run away with their IPADS, selfishly play it all day. Six to Nine years will finish the last Apple or fruit drinks straight from the bottle in the family Fridge without any sense of considerations for others.

As we grow older, it becomes Self Preservation. Inside air-borne flight, you would be seriously advised to be very selfish. It would be gross foolishness not to put on your life gear & oxygen mask before helping others. I call this calibrations of human selfishness in our human existence.”

troy-2-rev3600 years ago when the Greek state were evolving, Socrates the great Philosopher propounded the theory of ‘Self Preservation’ he literally demonstrated it in the market place. A live coal was thrown in between the breast of a nursing mother and her baby- the mother threw away the baby and remove the live coal, then quickly rushed to retrieve the baby.

He defied & compromised a mother’s love that was on a scale of 10 to 10 for her new born baby, just to prove the theory of selfishness & Self Preservation. For centuries, humans have evolved several categories of selfishness. Most people find it very inconceivable and awkward to admit that they are selfish. We are all selfish to an acceptable level of Self Preservation.

dollar-photo-2-revNow I want to reminisce about real money, real men and loud money lol. By default, real money is not loud neither do real men waste their lives in hollow pursuits of vain pleasures, material acquisition and conspicuous consumption. You would have noticed that real money has a sense of privilege and the responsibilities that comes with it.

When I was growing up in Nigeria, I saw a lot of real men who bought and drove flat boot Mercedes and Volvo cars were ubiquitous. Loud men are car worshippers, they literally worship their fleet of cars, they rather acquire the latest car than pay an urgent extended family member hospital bill, school fees etc.

Real men are very inconspicuous and selfless in whatever they do. As a writer I have experienced loud men who strived so hard to get cheap naked publicity as a young news reporter for the Nigerian Television Authority NTA at the beginning of my career. As a feature writer for the TV GUIDE Magazine of NTA then, my pen witnessed all the arrivals, rise and fall of literally all the Nollywood stars from 97 – 2016.

DSC02471I was a star writer, they seek my face, and I seek their own too lol, they lobby me & I lobby them to have a scoop. I have experienced a lot of news makers & movie Stars trample on modesty with ease. I have never seen anything among men swifter than rumor & gossip. In fact, gossip is a vice enjoyed vicariously by the high and low in any society.

Life has to be lived forwards but understood backwards. Everyman is a hero and Oracle to somebody. troy-1-revHistory remembers Kings and not Soldiers, King Agenaemon of Ancient Greece told Achilles deep into the mythical Trojan war set 3650 years ago. Today Goodluck Jonathan Nigerian last former President had captured the heart of a nation by accepting his political defeat, the same way Nigeria got her Independence from the British.

I think history & posterity will be fair in judging him. Jonathan had the fate of the Roman Julius Caesar, stabbed and betrayed by those he trusted most. Shakespeare put it this way, “ security is man’s chiefest enemy.” And I said that “we learn from experience at the cost of mistakes.” On a comic side, his wife lady Patience’s vocabulary inadequacies awed and entertained a jaded nation.

Its time now to have my random enlightening thoughts about the medical facts of life. For Example, something like an open heart operation, what does it really involve, simply draining blood from the body, before this process of draining blood, the human body must be cooled to 15-heart-surgery-1-revdegree centigrade temperature. Medically, cooling our body to this degree temperature almost stops all body function since the function of the organs are slowed down, our bodies does not need flowing blood supply. Apparently, the organs and tissues will keep surviving and continue to live just for a short period while the operation lasts.

brain-1-2revTalking about the human brain is another interesting part of my random thoughts this year. At jonathan-ebele-goodluck-3-revconceptions, the Chromosomes the building blocks of life will gradually begin to assemble as the brainy part of the fetus, which will then write out our genetic map within the next nine months.

Our brain is about 1/40th of the human body mass, faster than the super-computers that it created. Our brains sent man to the moon, and recalibrated the sonic sound of the ocean depth. Within the human brain is a complex group of 10 billion nerve cells. Nature did a calculus of the number and finalized that he will not replace them- our brain cells are never replaced. They apparently remain enough within our life span. Our God of creation is awesome indeed.

About two centuries ago in the deep mangrove rains forest of Nigeria, Ogbanje & Abiku reigned fearfully. The coming and going, the re incarnation of an evil child to a particular mother was how the dark side of Pre-colonial Nigeria entertained the issue of Sickle cell anemia. Enlightenment on this is my last random medical thoughts. We thank God for science and a quantum leap in medical science.

sickle-cell-pic-1-revI was amazed and happy to understand that Sickle Cell Anemia is caused by a mere minute chemical change at the molecular level in the DNA of our gene, this fundamental little change results in the production of a slightly changed Hemoglobin known by the public as Hemoglobin S.

In people possessing only Hemoglobin S, the ultimate effect of this small but mighty change is a severe ill health and unusual death, circulatory disturbances, physical weakness anemia and Brian damage. It is said that those who transfer knowledge are also capable of transferring error lol so be careful of what you read.

All men fall, but only the great ones that get back up. I have candidly observed that we, men do not really decide our future, we simply form a habit, then our habits will decide our future. When you give, it shows that you have started conquering your creed. We also know that the proof that we desire something is the pursuit of that thing. Patience is the weapon that forces deception to reveal its ugly face.

The down fall of many great men is their appetite, and many of them repeat their failures because they refuse to be guided by the lessons of history. One of the pragmatic signs of a matured mind is the ability to dissent without creating IMG_1183dissension.

IMG_1182Reminisces of an epic class room event, the setting was Government College Owerri, Chemistry lab of class 3, equivalent of US middle school kind of, we were being introduced to the periodic table, calculations involving masses & Gases etc. I have a permanent seat at the front row, that day as soon as our very skinny Asian Lady Chemistry teacher came in, her funny accent reverberated in the dead silence classroom as she called out my name to state “Gay Lusac’s Law” you can literally squeeze out the silence that follows in your hands.

I stood up in my impeccably clean uniform with glasses properly fixed and answered “it states that when gases react, that they do so in volumes, their temperature pressure remaining constant” she grinned from ear to ear exposing her yellowish teeth, then followed by a resounding ovation. That morning I was lucky to memorized that chapter at the boarding hostel. Till today I have never forgotten the definition of Gay Lusac Law” lolIMG_1190

Another classroom epic moment was more dramatic than the Gay Lusac definition. It was our Philippine mathematics teacher who enjoys math’s so much, that day he asked the whole class to explain what a Right Angle Triangle means. Three students already failed it before he called me out and gave me chalk to go and explain it graphically.

But I choose to explain it. I stated that “in any right angle triangle, that the squares on the hypotenuse is equal to the squares on the other two sides” waoh. He nodded his head in agreement with my answer. The two above definitions have been rendered permanently in my brain.

 

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VETERAN FILM DIRECTOR STANLEY ACHOLONU STARS IN “NDOLLO & THE SENATOR”

 

                        By Bradley Williams Jr.  Associate Editor  @ SMUTKUT ENTERTAINMENT BLOG

                        “Creativity is allowing you to make mistakes; Art is knowing which one to keep”

                                                         Scott Adams

Award Winning Film Director/Screen writer Stanley Chinedu Acholonu celebrates his ndollo poster 2DSC03228booming new career in film acting. The Film“Ndollo & the Senator” A Cameroonian USA Blockbuster film is his latest carefully select-movie appearances. On January 30th 2016, all roads lead to the famous AMC Studio 30 @ Dunvale Street off Westheimer Street, Houston Tx. The movie is produced by Mbango Adambi, written and directed by Gordon  Che. It has become obvious that        Ndollo & the Senator would become the first Cameroonian movie that would be premiered this year. An outstanding production from the Edge Media in Collaboration with Afropora production.

stanley in NDOLLO 2Starring in “Ndollo & the Senator” are Nollywood Super Star Frank Artus, Producer /actress Mbango Adambi & Nollywood USA Prolific filmmaker Kelechi Eke BigObi as the distinguished Senator. Also featuring are Sunnyfield Okezie, Jasmine Roland, Edith Pikwa, Kester Kenny Kuku, Milred Kwasima, Samson Tarh, Eko Leonel, Ruth Taku, John Okafor, Praxedes Wara, Beverly Ncho and many more. “Ndollo & the Senator “were filmed by Nollywood USA Veteran DOP Nick Angwafo.

DSC03290In this film, Award Winning Film Director, Stanley Acholonu has moved from plain anonymity to an unprecedented delightful visual appearance with his unique brief style of dialogues and his signature dark sunshade & bowler hat. Stanley’s talents are layered inconspicuously; you just can’t notice them in just one meeting or in one movie. Chinedu started as a feature writer, reviewing published books, Magazine Editor, film directing/screen writing and now into character acting in carefully select-movies.

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PICT4467His previous film appearances include; “ Caged “ as an Eccentric Billionaire, “ Message to Bryan “as an Insurance Executive, the “ Fall Guy” as a smooth unassuming Mobster. Chinedu’s recent film appearance in “Ndollo & the Senator” puts him up among a band of unscrupulous government contract Lobbyists, who influences an African Senator of Cameroon for his supply of American car models to that country. Stanley’s character seems to be wearing a sneaky polished sophisticated appearance with a tint of dignity, but with a lot of ethical contradictions.

 

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The Lobbyists @ their game

Chinedu’s persona embodies great intellectual capacity with a flair for glamour. As a budding actor, he is obviously learning very fast from one select movie to another. One of the challenges facing Stanley is trying to re-adjust from the role reversal of being in charge as a Director to being an inconsequential actor who waits for the Director’s orders. As a writer, Stanley comes out easily as the quintessential example of the ideal writer, analytical mind, focused, determined and persevering in approach.

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Script Reading with Director

Actually, I find him as a voracious reader, and admire his specific attention to details, quick –witted and excitedly conversational on virtually any subject. His other earlier background includes: A television Journalist with the Nigerian Television Authority of DSC03267the News Directorate NTA.   Columnist & Newspaper Reporter with the “African American Pride Newspaper” in Houston Texas. A Researcher and the Editor of the “People Of The Africa “ POA Magazine in Houston before going into Film Directing and screen writing.

DSC03256Asked if he has left the lofty career of a Film Director for mere acting role, he quickly enthused this way “ No I have not left film directing, am seriously engaged in an Epic-Documentary project which has been going on for over 3yrs , it is about 90% completed. I never knew I was born with an inert acting ability. This realization came out after acting that silly awkward role of an eccentric Billionaire MR HUMMA in “Caged” Movie with JJ Bunny. I like to be in hilarious and exasperated scenes, characterized by sumptuous colorful imagery and make-belief roles of fantasy Mobsters. In fact, its fun being on a movie set as an actor than being on a set as a Director. On set as an actor, you lack a sense of responsibility to the project, while you are also seriously DSC03239pampered as a 5th Grader, nice food, variety of drinks, candies and over exaggerated attention lol. It’s interesting how much fun actors have on a movie set, but as a Director, you hit the ground running saddled with the responsibility of making the movie successful in any way possible. I also realized how important it is for an actor not to forget his or her lines and the need to have good presence of mind on the set and why every director dreads Truancy on a movie set, is because it could compromise the whole movie project or sky rocket the budget. Talking on my current apparent acting career, I DSC03233have realized that this is the moment in my career when I have to stretch one more element of my ability beyond the comfort zone of that ability. When you define yourself, people will always live up to your standard.”

For the film Ndollo & the Senator, Stanley indicated that his role was not much but it was remarkably felt. The Film was a bold storyline woven intricately around some concepts of ndollo poster 3Altruism, a traditional virtue in many cultures, where the practice of unselfish concern or devotion to the welfare of others is paramount. The need to be our brother’s keeper even at a risk or cost to DSC03250ourselves was very commendable. In “Ndollo & the Senator” it could also mean that being Human could be beneficial as well. Equally, wearing a Human face has its merits & demerits, it could also bring a feeling of being exposed to emotional hurt or being taken advantage of or abused. It also presented situations of choices, of sacrificing to be a brother’s keeper. The suspense is very scintillating and gripping, buy your ticket now and mark your calendar for 30th of this month end…fall15c Bradley Williams Jr. is an Associate Editor @ SMUTKUT ENTERTAINMENT BLOG

 

 

 

 

UNRELENTING ENTHUSIASM OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS INC @ 9

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By Stanley Chinedu Acholonu (Executive Editor @ SMUTKUT ENTERTAINMENT BLOG)

A double minded man will find it difficult to commit to anything; you can never rise above your thinking, never forget that it is in your area of need that the temptation comes strongest”

LANRA ARABA 4               Anonymous

Whenever, I remember the word enthusiasm, the first person that comes to my mind is the famous Houston Pastor Joel Olsten of the Lakewood Church; he has invariably clichéd the word in my mind. When you add unrelenting to it, the next person that comes to my mind is Lanre Araba the CEO & Founder of the Nigerian Arts, Fashion & Beauty (NAFB) Awards under the Founding Fathers Inc.

In fact, let a man lose everything in the world but his enthusiasm and he will rise again to success. If you have a dream, enthusiasm will surely add a reason to it, very interesting indeed. If you also have a project, enthusiasm will ensure it is completed and not abandoned. It is so forceful and infectious that Teachers totally count on it; students usually fail without it, especially in their Maths & Physics classes lol) Again, our leaders and Politicians desperately demand it from us. Put enthusiasm & unrelenting together, that maybe how you can define Lanre & his NAFB Awards project for over 3285 days of existence.

No man has ever succeeded, who was not accountable for his actions. Accountability protects us from the urge to abdicate our responsibility. Lanre Araba is a man wh
o has taken a step of faith towards his goal of NAFB Awards; he has practically compelled success to yield to him.

We live in a world of that is enmeshed in mediocrity. Everybody wants to be somebody, without doing what it takes to stand out. Excellence is not an accident but something you consciously and conscientiously work at. That is why there are always only a few people in every place who are discernibly more prominent than others.

The Nigerian Arts, Fashion & Beauty (NAFB) Awards is one year shy of a decade of soldiering and advocating for the absolute sartorial African cultural costumes and the promotional of fashion and artistic entrepreneurship for a consistent period of 3285 days of existence. Over this period about 250 coveted trophies have been presented to the most deserving Nigerian extractions in the Diasporan USA.  Houston American’s 4th largest city delights in its Cosmopolitan atmosphere with its famous diverse traditional populace. Within the southwest part of the city the atmosphere become more Nigerian, the ancestral origin of NAFB Awards. Every March/April of the year, Lanra Araba struggles to dress Nigerians in Diaspora in neck deep formal traditional attire, his select audience bejeweled in the most brilliant beads and the finest Aso Oke that the Yorubaland could weave. Lanra Araba enthused that “a people without a culture and a traditional way of identifying themselves are lost literally’ the greatest legacy we can leave for our children in Diaspora is to introduce them gradually to our cultural heritage. His event without doubt have captured in unbroken Nine years the core rhythms and rituals of untainted Africanness. At a glance inside the event, you could think that you are attending a mixed tribal wedding deep in the underbelly of Isala Eko – Lagos Island. The guests all staying in character of their costumes as carefully directed by Lanre Araba & his unrelenting Fashion Police.

LANRA ARABA 7ALanre Araba’s (NAFB) Awards is a good example of my favorite lines of “we learn from experience at the cost of mistakes” in 9yrs of consistent manner, affable and amiable Lanre have never failed to impress us with each year’s Award ceremony. Starting from the 4th edition it became more outstanding with more sponsors joining the bandwagon of successes. Each year the event gets better than the last one. They say that “success has a thousand fathers; while failure is an orphan “his passion in promoting African traditional sartorial dress codes have finally paid off. Lanre is utterly determined in everything he does, his determination not to compromise the very essence of his events visual delight- dressing African is a study in the perseverance of a vision and purpose.

LANRE ARABA 1Martin Luther King did not have a dream, he had a mission Lanre also had a mission to compel us as fashion Police to be proud to wear our African costumes at least within the boundaries of his prestigious event. This year, the NAFB Awards will be shared among stakeholders in the Arts genre- writers, musicians, movie practitioners, fabric merchants and in the fashion sectors- designers, makeup artists, hair stylists and entertainment enthusiasts. The highlights of this year’s event will focus on two outstanding Nigerian International fashion designers. There is a strict dress code of nine years of existence that would be intensely enforced, which says “Formal Traditional Nigerian Attire Only.

LANRA ARABA 2The event would be held as usual inside the main bowl of the prestigious Hilton Houston Southwest Hotel @ 6780 SW Freeway, Houston Texas, 77074, the select attendees are expected to clad in distinguished and glamorous  African attires . For sponsorship considerations, call + 1 832 894 5698, + 1 323 246 7369, our email is – info@nafbawards.com fall15c