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  • Excerpt from #Abel Tesfaye's interview with Billboard

     

    Billboard: You’re representing for different ­places — Toronto, #Ethiopia. How do you approach that?

    Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd): I made it known that I’m Ethiopian. I put it in my music, and my style of singing is very Ethiopian-inspired. I’ve never even been there. I’d love to go home and see my roots.

    Billboard: Where would you direct a Weeknd fan in terms of Ethiopian music?

    Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd): Aster Aweke, for sure. You can hear her voice at the end of “False Alarm” on the new album. Her voice is the greatest thing you’ll ever hear. There’s a great composer named Mulatu Astatke, he’s probably the most famous Ethiopian musician right now. Jim Jarmusch used his music. I’d love to meet him and work with him somehow. Mahmoud Ahmed is a great singer, and so is Tilahun Gessesse. Teddy Afro is more of a pop singer, great voice. This is what I grew up on. I’d wake up in the morning, and my mom would be listening to all this stuff while she was making coffee. I’m working on University of Toronto getting its own class [on Ethiopian language studies].

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  • Nigerian Billionaire Shuts Down U.K. With £5 Million Wedding of Son

    The wedding of Nigerian-born Folarin Alakija to his bride and Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar over the weekend will likely top the list as one of the most extravagant weddings in the world.

    Alakija’s wedding to Nazanin cost an estimated £5 million, is described as one of the most lavish affairs the U.K. has ever seen, according to the Daily Mail.

    Alakija is one of four sons of Nigerian oil tycoon Modupe Alakija, and his mother, Folorunsho Alakija, is one of Africa’s richest women with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion, according to Forbes.

    In 2014, she replaced TV personality Oprah Winfrey as the richest Black woman in the world.

    Mrs. Alakidja, 66, is also one of the most influential people in Nigeria with connections in high places, and she spared no effort in treating the more than 200 A-list guests, including friends and family members have flown in from Nigeria to a memorable occasion.

    The wedding was held on the grounds of the famed Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire with the Woodstock venue of the event adorned in seemingly endless amounts of roses and white orchids by celebrity florist Jeff Leatham.

    The eight-tier wedding cake, intricately decorated with iced flowers and doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, which caters for an exclusive list of clients that include celebrities, royalty, and high-net-worth individuals.

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  • Man with 176 children seeks govt support

    A 65-year-old man, Mustafa Magambo Mutone, wants the Government to support some of his 176 children. “I have tried to feed my 13 wives and over 170 children and it is not easy. I request the Government to at least sponsor 30 of my children in secondary schools and tertiary institutions,” Mutone, a businessman and a resident of Kyaterekera trading centre in Kagadi district, said.

    He added that he has over 40 children in primary school and has plans to establish his own nursery and primary school in Kyaterekera subcounty. He says he has about 10 children in the universities (Makerere, Mbarara and Kyambogo), most of them on private sponsorship. Mutone has five pairs of twins among his children. His children will hit the 180 mark by the end of the year because six of his wives are pregnant.

    Mutone, a Mubwisi by tribe, is the chairman of Kyaterekera A village. He says he was born on January 1, 1952 in Kiryabwenju, Nyamiti parish, Muhorro town council in Kagadi district. His first marriage was in 1968 at 16 years of age.

    He explained that he is still strong enough to marry more wives and bear more children, since he does not drink alcohol, smoke or take sugar. Mutone, who deals in produce (beans, maize and coffee), also owns a wholesale shop at Kyaterekera trading centre. Mutone said some of his wives are working as midwives at Mulago Hospital and Mbarara Hospital and in Rwanda.

    “Two of my wives who gave birth to twins are in Kampala and Isingiro, working as midwives, while another two — Haniffer Kabasomi and Jane Tuhaise — work as nurses. My youngest wife is 25, and the eldest is 50, but I had about 10 girlfriends before I married officially and they all delivered the same year,” Mutone said.

    He added that his first born child is 49 years old, while the youngest are four-year-old twins. He further noted that he has over 90 grandchildren. The grey-haired Mutone, said he has a special book where he records every child born whether within the country or outside, because he has some wives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

    He said one of the challenges he faces is the long distance as some of his women live in different parts of the country. ‘’I receive about 10 calls every day from different wives who want attention but I cannot be everywhere. I have seven wives in Kagadi alone,” he said. “I do not have any challenge of supporting them because some of them support themselves since they work,” Mutone said.

    Madina Tibasiima, 45, one of his wives who has nine children, said she has not faced any problems with a big family because most of her children are working as soldiers, civil servants and nurses. She, however, said her younger children need school fees; some are in primary school and others in secondary school. One of Mutone’s sons, Kyaise Suwedi, 40, the Gombolola internal security officer of Kyaterekera, said his monthly salary caters for some of his brothers’ education.

    “We were groomed by our father to be responsible, have good morals and work hard. The only challenge is the big number of dependants of other wives who have children aged between four and 13 years,’’ Kyaise said. Muhamad Byarufu, 45, also a son of Mutone, said he owns a business and helps pay school fees of some of his younger brothers.

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  • 14 Cancer-Causing Foods You Should Never Put In Your Mouth Again

     The American Institute for Cancer states that “Exploration has demonstrated that most cancers can be avoided. Researchers now guessed that 60 percent to 70 percent of tumors are all preventable through as of now accessible data and straightforward changes in eating regimen and way of life.” 

    This is an empowering explanation, so this article will point at those cancer- causing foods that should be avoided in your regular dietary way of life, in order to discard toxins that can expand your possibility of cancer and thus enhance your wellbeing.

    1. Sugar

    For the individuals who are facing up with cancer, the key is to eliminate the sugar. Cancer cells advance in sugar and any nourishment that changes over to sugar, for example, grains, pastas, carbs, bread and most organic products. For the individuals who want to maintain wellbeing, having balanced eating routine that incorporates organic products is the best alternative.

    2. Non-organic fruit and vegetables

    Non- organic fruits and vegetables are developed with GMO seeds, pesticides and herbicides. All of these are dangerous to your health.

     

    3. Hydrogenated oils

    Hydrogenated oils, otherwise called trans-fats, are in fact, a man-made product. The Harvard School of Public Health states that trans-fats advance immune system over-action and inflammations are connected to coronary illness, stroke and diabetes, among other endless infections.

    Their synthetic structure has been adjusted to keep the item from going rancid with a specific end goal to expand their timeframe of life. Chemicals are likewise used to mask the smell and change the essence of the oil.

    4. Processed foods

    Nitrites and nitrates which are in high amounts present in cured meats, which are additives that can, in vast sums, conceivably expand your danger of stomach and different tumors. Prepared foods are brimming with sugars, oils, colors, white flours, flavorings and other horrible ingredients.

    5. Soy protein isolate

    The American Dietetic Association indicates that soy protein isolates are known to consist of anti-nutrient that can create or delay the body’s capacity to process food and absorb the supplements into the circulatory system. 90-95 percent of U.S. -- developed soybeans, used to make soy protein separate, are “roundup prepared,” which means that they have been hereditarily changed to withstand herbicides.

    Soy undergoes acid washing in aluminum tanks industrially, and aluminum is profoundly poisonous to the nervous system and kidneys.

    6. Cured and smoked foods

    Apart from being used as additives to keep food from rotting, nitrates and nitrites are also used to add color to meats. When cooked, nitrites and nitrates change into by-items called N-nitroso mixes, for example, nitrosamines and nitrosamides. N-nitroso mixes are connected with an expanded danger of cancer.

    7. GMOs

    GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food ought to be avoided. However, these harmful food items have penetrated our nourishment supply at a dangerous rate.

    8. Grilled meat

    PAHs, or polycyclic scented hydrocarbons, are delivered through specific sorts of burning, for instance, the burning of coal or wood. The danger for cancer-causing presentation is expanded by the extra issue which is created when fat from meat trickles onto a flame. Then, in case of a sudden outbreak and smoke, the PAHs join themselves to the nourishment you are cooking.

    9. BPA lined cans

    Laboratory studies in cells and animals have connected BPA to cancer, impotence, diabetes and obesity. This component found in hard plastics and sticky substance is used to coat metal cans. It can also be found in various plastic items and dental composites. Unless a canned thing is named BPA free, it most probably contains bisphenol-A (BPA).

    10. Farmed fish

    Farmed fish contain more prominent levels of chemical pollutants than wild fish, including PCB’s a known cancer-causing agent, according to Food and Water Watch. Fish are more likely to be influenced by sickness expanding the utilization of anti-infection utilization, as a result of overcrowding in fish ranches. Moreover, they are more vulnerable to sea lice, which implies they are additionally treated with pesticides.

    11. White flour

    The seeds from which are developed the commercial grains are treated with fungicide. The plants are then splashed with pesticides, and collected and put away in bins covered with bug sprays. Grains are then prepared in high temperature speed rollers. Chlorine oxide as a chlorine gas shower is used as a whitener, and in addition as a maturing agent. In the end, the starch we are buying has no supplements and is brimming with poisons.

    12. Microwave popcorn

    Microwave popcorn are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluoroalkyls and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to keep oil from dousing through the packing. When warmed, these chemicals filter into the popcorn and act as blood contaminants when ingested. PFOA has been linked to tumors in animal organs (liver, pancreas, testicles and mammary organs in rats), and grows in prostate cancer in PFOA plant specialists.

    13.Soda- sports drinks

    Drinking soda or sports d rinks possess no dietary quality. In contrary, these beverages contain brominated vegetable oil (a fire resistant), aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, colors, and different chemicals.

    14.Refined sugars

    The link between sugar and various issues has been scientifically discovered, for example, sugar is related to low HDL levels, corpulence, immune suppression, expanded danger for coronary illness, undesirable levels of blood fats, higher blood triglyceride levels, joint inflammation and a large group of different ills. As mentioned, tumor cells advance in sugar.

    Source: supertastyrecipes.com

     

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