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Oscars’19: Checkout Red Carpet Moments At The 91st Annual Academy Awards; See Photos

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It’s one of Hollywood’s biggest nights – Oscars Sunday!

The 2019 Oscars has kicked off and the stars are starting to arrive on the red carpet. There are a lot of great performances lined up for this year’s show, with four out of five of the nominees for Best Original Song performing tonight.

Tonight, there will be so many celebrities hitting the stage to present awards, introduce performers, and honor the Best Picture nominees.

There will be no host this year for the first time since 1989.

So far some of our fave celebs have hit up the red carpet in style.

See the red carpet outfits below.

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Top 10 Health Benefits Of Eating Eggs

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Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as "superfoods."

They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet.

Here are 10 health benefits of eggs that have been confirmed in human studies.

  1. Incredibly Nutritious
    Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.

A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken.

A single large boiled egg contains (1):

Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA
Folate: 5% of the RDA
Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA
Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA
Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA
Selenium: 22% of the RDA
Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc
This comes with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.

Eggs also contain various trace nutrients that are important for health.

In fact, eggs are pretty much the perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.

If you can get your hands on pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs, these are even better. They contain higher amounts of omega-3 fat and are much higher in vitamin A and E (2, 3).

SUMMARY
Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. Omega-3 enriched and/or pastured eggs are even healthier.

2. High in Cholesterol, but Don't Adversely Affect Blood Cholesterol
It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol.

In fact, a single egg contains 212 mg, which is over half of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg.

However, it's important to keep in mind that cholesterol in the diet doesn't necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood (4, 5).

The liver actually produces large amounts of cholesterol every single day. When you increase your intake of dietary cholesterol, your liver simply produces less cholesterol to even it out (6, 7).

Nevertheless, the response to eating eggs varies between individuals (8):

In 70% of people, eggs don't raise cholesterol at all
In the other 30% (termed "hyper responders"), eggs can mildly raise total and LDL cholesterol
However, people with genetic disorders like familial hypercholesterolemia or a gene variant called ApoE4 may want to limit or avoid eggs.

SUMMARY
Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not adversely affect cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people.

3. Raise HDL (The "Good") Cholesterol
HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. It is often known as the "good" cholesterol (9).

People who have higher levels of HDL usually have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems (10, 11, 12, 13).

Eating eggs is a great way to increase HDL. In one study, eating two eggs per day for six weeks increased HDL levels by 10% (14, 15, 16).

SUMMARY
Eating eggs consistently leads to elevated levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases.

4. Contain Choline — an Important Nutrient That Most People Don't Get Enough Of
Choline is a nutrient that most people don't even know exists, yet it is an incredibly important substance and is often grouped with the B vitamins.

Choline is used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signaling molecules in the brain, along with various other functions (17).

The symptoms of choline deficiency are serious, so fortunately it’s rare.

Whole eggs are an excellent source of choline. A single egg contains more than 100 mg of this very important nutrient.

SUMMARY
Eggs are among the best dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that is incredibly important but most people aren’t getting enough of.

5. Are Linked to a Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
LDL cholesterol is generally known as the "bad" cholesterol.

It is well known that having high levels of LDL is linked to an increased risk of heart disease (18, 19).

But many people don't realize that LDL is divided into subtypes based on the size of the particles.

There are small, dense LDL particles and large LDL particles.

Many studies have shown that people who have predominantly small, dense LDL particles have a higher risk of heart disease than people who have mostly large LDL particles (20, 21, 22).

Even if eggs tend to mildly raise LDL cholesterol in some people, studies show that the particles change from small, dense to large LDL, which is an improvement (23, 24).

SUMMARY
Egg consumption appears to change the pattern of LDL particles from small, dense LDL (bad) to large LDL, which is linked to a reduced heart disease risk.

6. Contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin — Antioxidants That Have Major Benefits for Eye Health
One of the consequences of aging is that eyesight tends to get worse.

There are several nutrients that help counteract some of the degenerative processes that can affect our eyes.

Two of these are called lutein and zeaxanthin. They are powerful antioxidants that accumulate in the retina of the eye (25, 26).

Studies show that consuming adequate amounts of these nutrients can significantly reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, two very common eye disorders (27, 28, 29).

Egg yolks contain large amounts of both lutein and zeaxanthin.

In one controlled study, eating just 1.3 egg yolks per day for 4.5 weeks increased blood levels of lutein by 28–50% and zeaxanthin by 114–142% (30).

Eggs are also high in vitamin A, which deserves another mention here. Vitamin A deficiency is the most common cause of blindness in the world (31).

SUMMARY
The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are very important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs are high in both of them.

7. Omega-3 or Pastured Eggs Lower Triglycerides
Not all eggs are created equal. Their nutrient composition varies depending on how the hens were fed and raised.

Eggs from hens that were raised on pasture and/or fed omega-3 enriched feeds tend to be much higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce blood levels of triglycerides, a well known risk factor for heart disease (32, 33).

Studies show that consuming omega-3 enriched eggs is a very effective way to lower blood triglycerides. In one study, eating just five omega-3 enriched eggs per week for three weeks reduced triglycerides by 16–18% (34, 35).

SUMMARY
Omega-3 enriched and pastured eggs may contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating these types of eggs is an effective way to reduce blood triglycerides.

8. High in Quality Protein, With All the Essential Amino Acids in the Right Ratios
Proteins are the main building blocks of the human body.

They're used to make all sorts of tissues and molecules that serve both structural and functional purposes.

Getting enough protein in the diet is very important and studies show that currently recommended amounts may be too low.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, with a single large egg containing six grams of it.

Eggs also contain all the essential amino acids in the right ratios, so your body is well-equipped to make full use of the protein in them.

Eating enough protein can help with weight loss, increase muscle mass, lower blood pressure and optimize bone health, to name a few (36, 37, 38, 39).

SUMMARY
Eggs are fairly high in quality animal protein and contain all the essential amino acids that humans need.

9. Don’t Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease and May Reduce the Risk of Stroke
For many decades, eggs have been unfairly demonized.

It has been claimed that because of the cholesterol in them, they must be bad for the heart.

Many studies published in recent years have examined the relationship between eating eggs and the risk of heart disease.

One review of 17 studies with a total of 263,938 participants found no association between egg intake and heart disease or stroke (40).

Many other studies have arrived at the same conclusion (41, 42).

However, some studies have found that people with diabetes who eat eggs have an increased risk of heart disease (43).

Whether the eggs are actually causing the increased risk isn't known, because these types of studies can only show statistical association. They cannot prove that eggs caused anything.

It is possible that people who eat lots of eggs and have diabetes are less health-conscious, on average.

On a low-carb diet, which is by far the best diet for people with diabetes, eating eggs leads to improvements in risk factors for heart disease (44, 45).

SUMMARY
Many studies have looked at egg intake and the risk of heart disease and found no association. However, some studies have found an increased risk in people with type 2 diabetes.

10. Are Filling and Tend to Make You Eat Fewer Calories, Helping You Lose Weight
Eggs are incredibly filling. They are a high-protein food, and protein is, by far, the most satiating macronutrient (46).

Eggs score high on a scale called the satiety index, which measures the ability of foods to cause feelings of fullness and reduce later calorie intake (47).

In one study of 30 overweight women, eating eggs instead of bagels for breakfast increased feelings of fullness and made them automatically eat fewer calories for the next 36 hours (48).

In another study, replacing a bagel breakfast with an egg breakfast caused significant weight loss over a period of eight weeks (49).

SUMMARY
Eggs are highly satiating and may reduce calorie intake later in the day. Regularly eating eggs may promote weight loss.
The Bottom Line
Studies clearly show that eating up to three whole eggs per day is perfectly safe.

There is no evidence that going beyond that is harmful — it is just "uncharted territory," as it hasn't been studied.

Eggs are pretty much nature's perfect food.

On top of everything else, they are also cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost any food and taste awesome.

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All You Need To Know About Chioma Onwutalobi, Founder Of Glam Africa magazine, And The Formula That Turned A One Man Business Into An International Business.

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Chioma Onwutalobi was recently featured on Forbes highlighting her story as a successful entrepreneur. This feature highlights the journey of a 24 year old entrepreneur seeking to change the narrative associated with Africa. From a thriving legal career to diving into the publishing industry, she shared what led her down the path to working with some of Africa’s most prominent celebrities making Glam Africa the most distributed African lifestyle magazine today.

A Career in Law & Media to Get the Needed Experience:

Chioma’s career began in the legal department of London-based oil & gas firm. Qualifying as a lawyer was something she had always wanted to do. As part of her role, she found herself frequently traveling to various parts of Africa, often for months at a time, including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Whilst working on deals, she felt significantly disconnected to her country of origin and came to the realization that she knew very little about its neighboring African countries. When sharing this with her peers (many of whom are also second or third generation African immigrants) it became clear that this was a common theme and concern for them also. At university, Chioma had previously created one of Nigeria’s most popular news websites, which at one point ranked in the top 100 on Google Analytics so was familiar with the concept of distributing online content that would keep readers engaged and updated with trending news. It was a business model she could replicate on a larger scale. However, she wanted her platform to work across all mediums, from print and digital to social media and events.

Validating the Idea & Taking Steps to Make it a Reality:

In 2014, Chioma conducted the vital research required to get her business off the ground and create a lifestyle platform that would become Glam Africa. Luckily, she found herself in a favorable position with her media experience and legal career as, although the hours were long and she often worked into the early hours of the morning, the vast amount of corporate travel involved allowed her to keep on top of the key news stories in the various African countries. Over the next 12 months, she diligently mapped out her business structure, clearly outlining how she would finance the project, where and how she could distribute the product and which marketing channels would be most effective in Africa’s most vibrant communities. Unsurprisingly, however, she constantly ran into discouraging reactions when she shared her business plan with others in the publishing business. At that time in 2014, due to the increased use of online mediums for news, many publishers were shutting down and those that still remained were frantically restructuring their businesses in order to survive the changes. Unfazed by the noise, Chioma decided that she still wanted printed media to be a substantial element of the business, to complement the other online products and that she would figure out the best way to distribute the magazines in both Europe and Africa. Others whom she spoke with disapproved of the magazine’s name ‘Glam Africa’. Her critics commented that it was an unnatural juxtaposition, given that it was unusual to associate the two words with one another. However, Chioma knew exactly what she wanted her brand to convey and stayed true to the core message. The name stuck – something that would come to be a significant benefit later down the line.

Building Glam Africa as a business:

A year of planning later, Chioma was finally ready to launch her platform. She sought seed investment however, after some unsuccessful attempts, opted to take the riskier route and spent her savings on getting the business started. She had already researched the process of producing the magazine itself, however, two other variables required interest from external parties: getting her magazine stocked at retail stores and finding companies who would buy advertising space in the magazine. Chioma was fortunate with the timing of her venture, given that the perception and appreciation of African culture was on the rise, with persons of African origin around the world reconnecting with their roots through music, fashion, and art. Put simply, African culture was trending globally. International brands were, therefore, looking to gain exposure in the sub-Saharan region, and would only collaborate with professional and trustworthy media platforms. Moreover, African celebrities, business people and influencers were seeking fresh avenues to connect with their audiences. Brand and celebrities alike were intrigued by the company’s name and took interest in its ethos and mission. Glam Africa was perceived as a platform which had the pulling-power to attract their target customers effectively and many brands were keen to buy up marketing blocks. When approaching celebrities and influencers to feature in the magazine, Chioma always lead with her unique story and spoke with conviction and enthusiasm about what she was trying to create. Her brand identity was clear, bold and intriguing. This approach drew the interest of celebrity clientele, who wouldn’t normally feature in a lesser-known publication such as Glam Africa at the time of its inception. Chioma admits that the “timing was key, had I done this 10 years ago it may have not been possible or would have required substantially more investment”.

Glam Africa Today:

Today, Glam Africa publishes magazines globally on a quarterly basis. International superstars, such as Davido, DJ Zinhle and actress Omotola Ekeinde have famously featured on the covers. The magazine is distributed through thousands of stores across Africa such as Shoprite, Checkers and is also stocked in major retailers such as WH Smith in the UK. The online magazine is performing well in the US and its social platforms are thriving with high customer engagement on both Instagram and YouTube.

More recently, Chioma launched the “Glam Africa Beauty Box” where beauty brands could include their products in beauty boxes that are sent for free to new magazine subscribers. Chioma has made her business a success with her own resources and she is proud of her achievements. Rightfully so.

Keeping The 5 Year Old Business Relevant:

She also hopes to have a positive impact on others through her platform. This desire was the motivation behind the “Beyond Beauty” campaign she ran last year, which featured inspirational women from all walks of life gracing the cover of the magazine, including a model with burns another with alopecia and vitiligo. She is continuing her mission with follow-up events such as the flagship “Diversity Forum Live” to be launched in London this June, in collaboration with the prestigious London College of Fashion, The Muslim News and support from Olympia Beauty.

Glam Africa is set to achieve big things and Chioma’s decision to switch up her career, take a risk with her savings, conduct in depth research before starting a business is one which she absolutely does not regret.

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Guys Are Turned On By Their Girlfriends’ Farts, Science Says.

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Farting is probably the last thing that comes to mind when you think of potential aphrodisiacs, and that’s probably because no one in their right mind could possibly find the loud, stinky outbursts to be sexy, right? Well, not necessarily. While most people would agree that flatulence is not hot, a new study has proven that some people are turned on by their partners’ farts. Yes, seriously.

A survey performed by Seniorliving.com discovered that a whopping 11% of men (and a much lower yet still questionable 3% of women) find their partners’ farts to be attractive. What about it is attractive and why on earth they feel that way wasn’t explained, so I guess we’ll have to take that at face value.

The survey also discovered some other interesting facts about passing gas, including that men tend to wait roughly 6-5 months before breaking wind in front of their partners while women hold it in for so much longer, waiting an average of 1-3 years! WTF? When it comes to pooping at a partner’s place, guys dropped a deuce after an average of 4-5 months while again, women were much more shy about their number twos and held it in for an average of 4-9 months. Go figure.

While it makes sense that you don’t want to be super gross around someone you actually want to have sex with, it’s also important for women in particular to realize that it’s perfectly natural and holding it in could actually harm your health in the long run. As the survey puts it, “Even though people will sometimes go to great lengths to avoid making an embarrassing sound or smell in front of someone they love, there’s no escaping a simple reality: Everyone farts, and everyone poops.”

You heard them, ladies—let it out! You never know, you might just end up with a guy who’s really into it

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Accra Fashion Week Set To Host Runway Shows On Rooftop At Silver Star Towers.

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Next week, we are set to see fashionistas from USA, Europe other parts of Africa and more congregate in Accra for all Accra Fashion Week activities hosted this year at Airport, Accra, in both the Silver Star Towers and Carbon Night Club. The phenomenal fashion event has grown from strength to strength and has proven to be Africa's leading fashion ceremony.

The Week of fashion that begins from the 28th to the 31st of March is jam packed with exciting activities from fashion presentations, cocktail networking, student and graduate competitions without excluding the main runway shows.

A number of celebrities are promised to rock the runway, as well as introducing designers, for the first time in Ghana, from Italy and Barbados. The week will also host the upcoming phenomenal FashionGHANA Honors & Awards at the Silver Star Towers where we will get to see who really matters in this industry.

The event continues to take the nation by storm and this year it launches it student/graduate competition of which in future will be turned into a web series of success stories. The fashion week is supported by Woodin, Ciroc, The Sheer Butter Guys and Coco Lounge and brought to you by FashionGHANA.com. Check out the full designer schedule at www.accrafashionweek.org/schedule or call +233233622009 for more information.

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