Sunday, December 22

Guys, Meet America's First Openly Gay Imam (Photo)

He’s been condemned by other Muslim leaders, and some local imams have even refused to greet him.
But Imam Daayiee Abdullah – believed to be the only openly gay imam in America– is proud of his story.
According to Aljazeera, Imam Abdullah was born a Christian, born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists.

But at age 15, he told his parents he was gay.
At 33, while studying in China, Abdullah converted to Islam, and went on to study the religion in Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
But as a gay man in America, he saw that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims had unmet spiritual needs, so he decided to become an imam to attend to their needs.

“Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. And because of the necessity in our community, that's why I came into this particular role,” he told America Tonight about his journey.

His first act as an imam was performing funeral rites, Muslim body cleaning ritual for a gay Muslim who died of AIDS.
Pained Abdullah said:

“They had contacted a number of imams, and no one would go and provide him his janazah services. This pained me. I believe every person, no matter if I disagree with you or not, you have the right as a Muslim to have the proper spiritual [rites] and rituals provided for you. And whoever judges you, that will be Allah's decision, not me.
"The beautiful thing about God is that when you change your attitude, and say, 'God, I need some help,' and mean it sincerely, God is always there for you,”

Abdullah serves as the imam and educational director of the Light of Reform Mosque in Washington, D.C.
A mosque he helped form more than two years ago, to be a safe space for values and practices that other mosques may eschew.

In his mosque, women and men kneel side-by-side and women are allowed to lead prayers – actions that have sparked controversy even among American Muslims.
His mosque’s congregants are diverse and represent a wide range of cultures, religious upbringings and sexual orientations.
For its LGBT congregants, the Light of Reform Mosque is a rare safe space. But not all of them are gay. Many are just Muslims looking for a mosque that accepts all kinds.

Not everyone is happy with the mosque though.
Some local imams have refused to greet Abdullah, and many others across the country argue his work performing same-sex marriage is not legitimate, and that he should control his “urges.”

But Abdullah is firm in his belief.
"Being an openly gay imam and having been identified as such, I do get a lot of feedback and also kickback, but that's OK,” he said. “I think that when people are unfamiliar with things, they tend to have an emotional knee-jerk reaction to it.

Abdullah has hope that the message he is working to spread will continue to resonate: "It is our relationship with God and our relationship with each other that really establishes our faith." Not whether you are gay or straight.

Pastor Chris Okotie Acquires N120m Rolls Royce Coupe To Mark 30 Years Of Him Being Born Again.

Pastor Chris Okotie, the Pastor of the Household of God Church International, recently bought a Rolls Royce Coupe, the 2014 Bespoke Edition, to mark his 30 years as born-again Christian and 27 years as a pastor.

punch reports that according to Okotie’s close aide, the pastor spent N120m on the luxury car and had earlier spent N33m on a Range Rover Autobiography to mark a milestone of his church.
The source, in a text message, said:

“Pastor Okotie just bought a Rolls Royce Coupe, 2014 Bespoke Edition at N120m to mark his 30 years as a born-again Christian and 27 years as a pastor.
He had earlier bought a Range Rover (Autobiography) 2014 Model for N33m, reputed to be the costliest SUV in the world to mark this ministry’s milestone.”

Checks on the Internet showed that the cheapest price of  same Rolls Royce model is about N65m, but it could be more expensive if armoured.
Fifty-five-year-old Okotie was in the news recently for the controversial comments he made during a church service in which he claimed that “all Catholics will go to hell,” and referred to Pope Francis as anti-Christ.

Pictures: Celebrities At The Music Meets Runway Event Last Night

The Music Meets Runway held last night in Lagos with Angela Simmons and IK as the event's hosts.
Our celebs looked smashing. Check out their outfits below.

'I Found Christ' - Charles Okafor On Why He's Been Off The Scene

How I  found Christ –Charles Okafor

Just incase you've been wondering where actor Charles Okafor has been all these while, no need to worry any more, he’s finally broken his silence.
In a chat with The Entertainer, Charles said he's been off cos he found Christ.
Charles said:
I’ve been lying low for a while because I diverted into Advocacy and human-angle films as a consequence of my new found faith.  I’m still a career actor and a film maker but I am mindful of the scripts I do.  
A time come in the life of any professional when he seats back and takes stock of his

PR Exec, Justine Sacco, Fired After Her AIDS Tweet

Media company InterActiveCorp has "parted ways" with now infamous Justine Sacco, the company PR executive who tweeted: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"
According to an IAC spokesman in a statement:
"The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC. We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question. There is no

Photo: Wizkid Looking Sooo Hot In Suit & BowTie

Wizzy looks so good in this, that even the curtain is coming off. *hehe*

Actress Gabrielle Union Engaged to Dwyane Wade! See Picture of Her Engagement Ring

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Hollywood top actress Gabrielle Union is engaged to boyfriend Dwyane Wade!
The couple announced their engagement and shared a picture of her engagement ring on Instagram last night Saturday, Dec. 20.
"Sooooo this happened...#Yessss," the 40-year-old actress wrote via Instagram. 

More Ibadan Airport Pictures: Aeroplanes Waiting To Fly Passengers At The Ibadan Tent Airport

Here are more unbelievable pictures of the Ibadan Airport in Alakia.
And according to my source, it's most times Arik that takes off and lands at the airport.
Currently, the Ibadan Airport comprises canopies for the arrival and departure lounges, with fans and ACs to cool them. 
I'm also told the airport looks this way 'cos the airport is being renovated/remodeled.
See more pics after the cut

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