Pulse Blogger: Why do you love yourself?

Why do you love yourself

t is easy to ask someone if he or she loves you, it is also easy to ask “why do you love me?” because we are curious and we want to know our partner’s opinion about us.

“Why do I love myself?” I asked a few persons this question, some replies were hilarious, positive, some lived for people they love and others were not sure if they loved themselves.”

It is easy to ask someone if he or she loves you, it is also easy to ask “why do you love me?” because we are curious and we want to know our partner’s opinion about us.

It’s one of the driving forces of relationships. We want to feel loved and cared for by someone.

Which is a wonderful feeling but have you taken a step back from all the drama in the society and asked yourself this question “why do I love myself?” I asked a few persons this question, some replies were hilarious, positive, some lived for people they love and others were not sure if they loved themselves. I could deduce this from the replies I got.

Self-love is a great factor in determining the quality of life we live as an individual, It is regarded as the instinct by which one’s actions are directed to the promotion of one’s own welfare or well-being.

Relationships experts all over the world have claimed you can only love someone when you love yourself. You can show love to yourself by:

  1. First, make a list of positive qualities you think you have, you will be amazed at what you come up with.

  2. Focus less on seeking the approval of people before you do things for yourself, you don’t have to do things because everyone is doing it or because someone said you should. Ask yourself these questions “do I like it? “Or do I want it?

  3. Relationships are essential in life, surround yourself with people that love and appreciate you genuinely. Keep friends who motivate, inspire and respect you. Stay away from people who disrespect your feelings because this can affect your confidence level and self-esteem. Also, accept corrections with an open heart.

  4. Forgive your past, no one is perfect we’ve all made mistakes in different areas of life. What makes us better individuals is taking a moment to forgive ourselves, learn a lesson and move on. When you linger in guilt you will not move forward in life and it affects your happiness.

  5. Appreciate where you are at this moment in life, you may not be where you want to be in life but you are not where you used to be. So stop complaining about your present status and be thankful. Keep striving and you will get there

  6. Believe in your abilities, be your greatest supporter. The key is to identify who you are and believe that you are worthy to have it.

Furthermore, you should take out time to give yourself a treat, go out and have fun. It’s not all about work and struggles of life. Moreover, do not take life too seriously,try to loosen up don’t beat yourself if things do not go as planned sometimes you should loosen up and laugh it off.

People who have a great sense of humor regarding life issues often times do not end up with high blood pressure. Finally be kind to others, seek to understand them better. People will come and go, time will pass but a true love for yourself will bloom and aid you in loving another beautifully. Let’s see your thoughts in the comment box below.

Jennifer Umoru is a passionate writer who believes writing can change the world’s perspective about life and make it a better place for the future generation. jenniferumoru45@gmail.com

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Keita Balde: Senegal striker keeps Lazio’s Europa hopes ticking over

Lazio's Balde Diao Keita celebrates after scoring against Empoli at the Castellani Stadium in Empoli on Febuary 18, 2017

Lazio remain in fifth place at 16 points behind Juventus, who saw Paulo Dybala hit a brace in a 4-1 win.

Senegal striker Keita Balde came off the bench to hit a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of Empoli that boosted Lazio's Europa League hopes on Saturday.

Lazio remain in fifth place at 16 points behind Juventus, who saw Paulo Dybala hit a brace in a 4-1 win over former club Palermo on Friday to stretch the Turin giants' Serie A lead over Roma to 10 points.

Roma, in second, can restore their seven-point deficit with a win at home to Torino on Monday. Fellow title challengers Napoli, two points further off the pace, sit third before visiting Chievo on Sunday.

Simone Inzaghi's Lazio are one of several sides looking to secure at least a top-five finish and an automatic place in the Europa League.

And he told Sky Sport: "We're up there and we want to stay here. The fans really gave us their support and I think we paid them back because we saw a good performance tonight."

"The only negative aspect was not scoring in the first half when we had a few chances. As so often happens, you pay for those misses."

"But the lads did well to pull it back and claim the victory."

Lazio were under pressure to keep pace after unheralded Atalanta, in fourth, maintained their purple patch with a 1-0 home win over struggling Crotone.

And Empoli were in no mood for giving up their fight to stay away from the relegation zone.

Giovanni Martusciello's side are a notoriously tough nut to crack at their Castellani stadium, which almost saw a candidate for goal of the season when Manuel Pucciarelli's volley edged just over Thomas Strakosha's crossbar.

At the other end, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile stung Lukasz Skorupski’s gloves and saw an angled drive finger-tipped round the base of the upright.

When sent clear on a through ball, Felipe Anderson scuffed his finish with the goal at his mercy.

Skorupski had to perform heroics to keep out Marco Parolo's daring shot from distance, then produced a great one-handed save on an Immobile cutback from the by-line as Anderson lurked in front of goal.

It took until halfway through the second period for the deadlock to be broken, and Rade Krunic had the home fans in raptures with a 25-yard drive whose swerve in flight gave a diving Strakosha no chance.

But their joy was short-lived. Anderson's cross was deflected and Immobile, spotting the opportunity, held off his maker on the edge of the box to expertly poke the ball past Skorupski.

Balde, recently targeted by hardline 'ultra' fans, replaced Milinkovic-Savic just before the hour but needed a slice of luck to clinch Lazio's 80th minute winner.

A through ball by Anderson came off an Empoli body and Keita pounced to fire a deflected volley past Skorupski from eight yards.

Empoli's 13th defeat kept them in 17th, eight points above third-from-bottom Palermo.

They also own the league's worst goals record, having now scored just 15 in 25 outings, but Martusciello said: "If you look at the league it's true we haven't scored a lot, but more than anything we've wasted a lot of the chances we created.

"I would be far more worried if we weren't creating anything."

Earlier, Atalanta made it three wins on the trot to maintain their dream season and push for a place in Europe next year.

Andrea Conti hit a 48th minute winner for Gian Piero Gasperini's men under the watchful eyes of scouts from Chelsea, who according to reports in Italy will "make a serious" offer for the right-back next summer.

He said: "I always try and go out and give it my best, but in spite of my goal it wasn't one of my better performances."

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Skales: Singer is on course to drop sophomore album

Skales

The Baseline singer is confident the album will be bigger than any the industry has ever heard and also be anything but your average album.

Skales has revealed he is on course to release an album – his second studio album to follow his debut LP "Man of The Year" which he dropped in 2015.

Speaking with The Nigerian Tribune recently, Skales talked about his career, the album and thriving in the highly competitive music industry.

On building his brand and staying relevant, Skales says it lies in his plans to keep putting out relevant music.

"It's been a challenging journey to be honest, there are bittersweet experiences, both negative and positive but at the end of the day the fact that my fans pay attention and always have something to say in the social space is somewhat gratifying and keeps me motivated," Skales says.

On what he has been up to lately, the 'Komole' singer notes that he just released a song titled 'Temper' that has been catching a lot of attention and reveals he also has been working on his sophomore studio album which is about ready, and just requires finishing touches.

On whether the notion that artists who have achieved a certain level of success are no longer unable to release hit songs is true, Skales is of the opinion that this is not entirely true, adding that only artists who get too comfortable become inconsistent and unproductive. "As long as you push yourself further and not be overly complacent your craft you will always remain relevant, hence making hits effortlessly," he remarks.

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Speaking of the story behind his collaboration with Burna Boy in the remix to 'Temper', Skales remarks the story as an interesting one, saying he sent Burna the instrumental to record his verse, and Burna Boy simply changed the whole song. He further commented that the chemistry between them was strong and instantaneous, and there was a direction planned out for the song which was for it to be a street anthem, and to resonate with everyone out there, hence its success.

On international collaborations, Skales says he's got a couple in the bag, saying collaborations at such level is the only way to share his culture with the rest of the world. "I really fancy the idea of international collaborations", he adds.

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La Liga: United nations Granada boost survival hopes

Atletico Madrid's forward Kevin Gameiro (L) vies with Granada's Belgian midfielder Andreas Pereira during the Spanish league football match October 15, 2016

Just a third win of the season moves Granada to within two points of safety, although they remain 19th.

Granada made La Liga history by naming a team of 11 different nationalities as on loan Borussia Dortmund striker Adrian Ramos scored twice in a 4-1 thrashing of Real Betis on Friday.

Just a third win of the season moves Granada to within two points of safety, although they remain 19th, whilst Betis stay eight points above the drop zone in 13th.

Three goals in a 15-minute first half spell put Granada well in command as Mehdi Carcela opened the scoring before Ramos netted his first Granada goal and Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira made it 3-0.

Ramos only joined Granada in January ahead of a move to Chinese club Chongqing Dangdai Lifan at the end of the season because both clubs are owned by Chinese businessman John Jiang.

However, the Colombian international could have a vital role to play in keeping Granada up as he finished off a sweeping counter-attack for the hosts' fourth before Petros registered a consolation for Betis.

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Doomsayer: ‘If Buhari does not die in office, then I am not a man of God’ – Nigerian pastor

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

A Nigerian prophet has declared that God told him President Buhari will die soon if the presidency does not come ot see him.

A Nigerian seer, Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi, the General Overseer of King of Kings Deliverance Church based in Ebonyi State, has made a damning declaration the President Muhammadu Buhari will die in office and the Vice President, Yomi Osinbajo, will rule in his place.

Prophet Chukwudi made the startling declaration in one of his prophetic revelations at a service in his church located at Mgbo Court, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi where he stated that if President Buhari does not die in power, then he is not a man of God.

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Chukwudi in his statement said that although he hoped that the president is hale and hearty as the presidency has continued to tell Nigerians, the Lord revealed to him categorically that Buhari will not complete his first term as president of Nigeria.

"Buhari will die in office; if he does not die, then I am not a man of God. Osinbajo will rule in his stead. I told them a long time ago to pray for their master, that he needed urgent prayers to avert the calamity of death at Aso Rock, but they were lazy.

No one has bothered to reach me, now see what is happening. They don't want to come for prayers. Things will get worse," he emphasized.

Addressing the presidency directly, Prophet Chukwudi said:

"I had early said he will die, now see what is happening. Nobody wants to come and see the man of God, no one cares. You think it's like something you can wish away. You cannot wish it away.

You people around the president, you are sleeping. You won't do anything to pray for him. Let me tell you, until you come before the man of God, and kneel down and pray for the president, you are also heaping curses upon yourself.

You think the calamity will visit only him? It will visit those who also heard and refused to do anything to save the president.

While it's still early, seek the face of God for the sake of Nigeria for the sake of President Buhari, and save the situation.

But the Lord has even said that you will suffer due to your obstinate mind. Unless one arises to save the president, he shall never rule beyond one term.

He shall certainly die in office, says the Lord, unless I am not God, says the Lord."

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It is not certain if Prophet Chukwudi has reached out to the presidency to come to him for prayers to avert the 'imminent' death of the President or whether he would beg God to avert the danger ahead.

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Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea, Malaysia row as assassination film emerges

North Korean female agents are believed to have killed Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un by spraying poison in his face

Malaysia's probe has put five North Koreans in the frame for the airport assassination of Kim Jong-Nam

North Korea and Malaysia on Monday exchanged barbs over the investigation into the killing of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, as footage emerged of the moment he was fatally attacked in Kuala Lumpur airport.

Malaysia's probe has put five North Koreans in the frame for the airport assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, but Pyongyang said it had no faith in the investigation and claimed Kuala Lumpur was in cahoots with "hostile forces".

The diplomatic confrontation gathered pace Monday when Malaysia recalled its envoy to North Korea and summoned Pyongyang's ambassador Kang Chol for a dressing down.

But an unbowed Kang hit back.

"It has been seven days since the incident, but there is no clear evidence on the cause of death and at the moment we cannot trust the investigation by the Malaysian police", he told reporters in the Malaysian capital.

Pyongyang has also criticised Malaysia for carrying out a post-mortem examination without North Korean permission — a complaint Kuala Lumpur said was groundless.

"The ministry emphasised that as the death occurred on Malaysian soil under mysterious circumstances, it is the responsibility of the Malaysian government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death," the foreign ministry said.

"The Malaysian government takes very seriously any unfounded attempt to tarnish its reputation. The Malaysian Government views the criticism… as baseless".

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak backed those running the probe, saying it would be "very professional".

"I have absolute confidence that they are very objective in whatever they do," he said in his first comments since news of the killing broke.

"We have no reason why we want to do something that would paint the North Koreans in a bad light. But we would be objective and we expect them to understand that we apply the rule of law in Malaysia."

Slumped

CCTV footage aired on Japanese television on Monday gave the first public glimpse of the apparent moment Jong-Nam was attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The dramatic film shows two women approaching a portly man — identified as Jong-Nam — with one of them grabbing him from behind and appearing to push a cloth in his face.

The man is then seen talking to airport staff and apparently explaining to them what had happened, gesturing to his head.

The staff then lead him to the airport clinic.

Photographs showing a man slumped in a chair at the clinic, consistent with the CCTV images of the attack, were published in the Malaysian press over the weekend.

Seoul has pointed the finger of blame at Pyongyang for the attack last Monday, citing a "standing order" from the leader to kill his elder sibling and a failed assassination bid in 2012 after he criticised the regime.

The claim was bolstered over the weekend, with Malaysian police saying they believed five North Koreans were involved in the killing.

One of them was already in custody, and four are believed to have fled the country on the day of the murder.

Detectives are also holding an Indonesian woman and her Malaysian boyfriend, as well as a Vietnamese woman.

Three other North Koreans were wanted for questioning, police said.

At least three of the wanted North Koreans took a flight from Jakarta to Dubai on the evening of the murder, an Indonesian immigration official said.

They had travelled from Malaysia to Jakarta and after Dubai returned to Pyongyang via Russia, Malaysian media quoted official sources as saying.

South Korea's Unification Minister Hong Yong-Pyo said Monday it was becoming even more clear that the North Korean government was behind the killing of Kim Jong-Nam.

"The Malaysian government is prudently investigating the case and we think it's significant that it officially announced North Korean suspects were involved," Hong told reporters.

Kim Jong-Nam was once thought to be the natural successor to his father, the then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

But after Jong-Il's death in 2011 the succession went instead to his younger son Kim Jong-Un.

Reports of purges and executions have emerged from the current regime as Jong-Un tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of international pressure over his nuclear and missile programmes.

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Adolf Hitler: Nazi leader’s phone sells for more than $240,000

This undated image obtained from Alexander Historical Auctions shows a phone belonging to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler

The relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat.

Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced.

Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat.

The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000. The starting bid was set at $100,000.

The Maryland company auctioned off more than a thousand items including the phone and a porcelain sculpture of an Alsatian dog for $24,300.

Both winners bid by telephone.

More than 70 years old, the Siemens rotary telephone is embossed with a swastika and the eagle symbolic of the Third Reich.

Alexander House dubbed the phone — which Hitler received from the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany's armed forces — as "arguably the most destructive 'weapon' of all time, which sent millions to their deaths."

It said Hitler used it to give most of his orders during the last two years of World War II.

Russian officers gave the device to British Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner during a tour of the bunker shortly after Germany's surrender.

Rayner's son, who inherited the phone, put it up for sale, its paint now peeling to reveal the original synthetic black resin surface.

Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander House told AFP its estimates were based on a number of factors, including "rarity and uniqueness."

"It would be impossible to find a more impactful relic than the primary tool used by the most evil man in history," the auction house said in a statement.

"This was not a staid office telephone."

"This was Hitler's mobile device of destruction."

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El-Rufai: ‘I’m not part of Aso Rock cabal,’ Governor says

 

El-Rufai said further that he does not participate in federal decision making despite being close to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that he is not part of a cabal which is controlling things in the Presidential Villa.

El-Rufai said further that he does not participate in federal decision making despite being close to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the comments during a recent meeting with journalists in Lagos.

“Am I very close to Buhari? Yes. I worked very closely with him in the CPC (Congress for Progressive Change) when everyone had given up on him. I know him, I know how he thinks and he trusts me,” the governor said according to The Nation.

“He knows that I am driven by public interest. Do I participate in federal decision making? I don’t. I am too busy addressing Kaduna problems to be part of it. When I am called for an opinion or when I happen to be around, and I have an input or if I see something going seriously wrong; I drive and go and see Mr. President I have heard A, B, C, D. I don’t think it is right, you should consider doing C, D, E. I do that and I drive back to Kaduna.

“My primary assignment is Kaduna. I am not involved in the Federal Government. People like to say and attribute so much to me, and sometimes it is good for me, it gives me a larger than life image!

“There is always a cabal. Even in your own newspaper, there is a cabal. Nobody can run an institution without a coterie of two, three, four trusted people. There is always a cabal; the issue is whether it is a positive or a disruptive cabal. Am I a member of the cabal? No, I am governor of Kaduna State, I work for Kaduna State 24/7. Why have you not transmitted some good things you did in Kaduna like the attachment of portfolios to commissioners-designate to the president?” he added.

First Lady, Aisha Buhari caused controversy in October 2016 when she said that her president’s government had been hijacked by a cabal.

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“The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don't know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” Mrs Buhari told BBC.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she added.

President Buhari however dismissed her comment by saying that she belongs in the kitchen and the other room and does not have any business commenting on politics.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has said that he is honoured to be a member of the supposed presidential cabal.

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Super Eagles: Nigeria to face Burkina Faso in London

Super Eagles

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Burkina Faso in London in March to prepare them for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers against South Africa.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Burkina Faso in a friendly game on Monday, March 27.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been looking to arrange friendly games for the Super Eagles to prepare them for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

According to the media officer of the Super Eagles Toyin Ibitoye, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Burkina Faso in London in March.

Before that game, a friendly against Senegal has been confirmed for Thursday, March 23.

The two teams that the Super Eagles will play have been confirmed. Nigeria will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal on March 23rd and then meet Burkina Faso on the 27th,” Ibitoye said.

Both games will be in London and it will provide us with a stern test as we prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.

In a recent interview, Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr revealed that he wanted two friendlies against teams that are similar to South Africa and Cameroon whom Nigeria will face for the qualifiers for AFCON 2019 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Rohr confirmed that the friendly against Senegal is to prepare them for the game against Cameroon while the other friendly will be to prepare them for South Africa.

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Rohr revealed that Ghana might be the friendly to prepare for South Africa but Ibitoye confirmed that the deal for the friendly game against the Black Stars did not work out.

We had a few teams in mind, but we have finally received confirmation for Senegal and Burkina Faso. The Ghana deal didn’t work, presumably because they don’t have a coach now after Avram Grant resigned,” Ibitoye added.

But all have been settled now, Senegal and Burkina Faso will be the two teams the Eagles will face in the March FIFA window.

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Mike Pence: US VP faces anti-Trump protests, calls to oppose EU breakup

US Vice President Mike Pence held talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the US embassy in Brussels, on February 20, 2017

Pence was in Brussels at the end of a European trip aimed at reassuring allies fearful that US President Donald Trump might abandon them.

US Vice President Mike Pence began talks with EU officials on Monday in the face of anti-Trump protests and calls from his Belgian hosts to oppose any breakup of the European Union.

Pence was in Brussels at the end of a European trip aimed at reassuring allies fearful that US President Donald Trump might abandon them.

"No question of allowing the European Union's breakup. That message was given," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told Belga news agency after a dinner with Pence on Sunday.

"I feel that it was heard," he said.

Pence began talks Monday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the US embassy as scores of protesters gathered outside, criticising the Trump administration's attitude toward women, gays and climate change.

"We are here to protest against the visit of Pence because we are revolted by the decision of the US administration to undermine women's rights worldwide," Irene Donadio, who works for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, told AFP.

Pence will also meet European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The Brussels trip follows a visit to the Munich Security Conference, where Pence told European leaders and defence experts: "The United States is and will always be your greatest ally.

"President Trump and our people are truly devoted to our transatlantic union."

'Absolutely disgusting'

Trump's criticism of NATO as "obsolete", his praise for Britain's decision to leave the European Union, and his apparent tilt to Russian President Vladimir Putin have unnerved US allies.

And they continue to seek reassurance from Washington even though Pence, US Defence Secretary James Mattis and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stuck close to established policy during their foray into Europe.

Pence said Washington would push Russia to honour the Minsk ceasefire accords in Ukraine, while Tillerson said the US would only cooperate with Moscow if it benefits the American people.

But French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he was "struck" that Pence had not mentioned the EU, after Trump welcomed Brexit and appeared to voice hope that other EU states would follow suit.

Mogherini has said Pence's visit is "a very important political sign," though she suggested EU-US relations may become more pragmatic and less automatic than before.

During her visit to Washington 10 days ago, Mogherini warned Trump's administration not to "interfere" in European politics.

Addressing fears that businessman Ted Malloch might be named the next US ambassador to Brussels, Mogherini said she had been told "there is no decision taken and no specific name considered at this point".

In the German and British press, Malloch reportedly said Brexit was a harbinger of the EU's eventual disintegration and he has compared the bloc to the Soviet Union.

Tusk and Juncker, who will also meet the new vice president for the first time, have expressed concerns about Trump.

Juncker said after Trump won the election that he feared the new president will implement everything he said he would during a "campaign that I found absolutely disgusting".

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