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Health benefits of cucumber (3)



Cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trailing or other supporting frames, wrapping around supports with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit. Face Mask: For oily skin – grate 1/2 cucumber into a bowl and add one tablespoon of honey.

Apply to the T-Zone, which is the forehead, nose and chin. To reduce pores and tighten skin – apply the mixture all over the face including under the eyes and eyelids. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water, Pat dry with a clean towel.


Fighting cancers: Cucumber is known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol which are linked to a reduced risk of several types of cancer. Controlling blood pressure: Cucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium, fiber, and phytonutrients that work effectively for regulating blood pressure.


Aiding digestion: Their high water and dietary fiber are very effective in driving away the toxins from the digestive system. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation. Relieving gout and arthritis pain: Cucumbers are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.


When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering uric acid levels. Cucumbers also contain a substance needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. Researchers have found that sterols in cucumbers help reduce cholesterol levels. It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.


Cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation, and offers some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. It is a very good source of  potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte.


Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte that helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium. Cucumbers contain unique antioxidants in moderate ratios such as ß-carotene and a- carotene, Vitamin- C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein.


These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Cucumbers have mild diuretic property, which perhaps attributed to their free-water, and potassium and low sodium content.


This helps in checking weight gain and high blood pressure. Ongoing research indicates that Cucumbers play a key role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

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Mikel set: to roll against Serbia



Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Mikel Obi will lead the Super Eagles when they file out against Serbia in London as part of preparation towards this year’s World Cup in June. Mikel could not feature in yesterday’s encounter with Poland at the Municipal Stadium, Wraclow due to work permit issues at his China base. Having established himself as one of the most reliable members of the team, the Tianjin Teda midfielder is expected to add vibrancy as well as stability to the middle of the Nigerian team.

Mikel’s importance to the Super Eagles is huge as he also commands the kind of charisma similar to that of Stephen Keshi while the late big boss played for Nigeria. Apart from the influence he wields in the team, it would be interesting to see the Nigerian captain and Nemanja Matic, his former Chelsea teammate, battle for superiority in the middle of the pack. Both players are known for their dominance especially when they are in possession of the ball.

The former Lynn FC of Norway man was instrumental to Nigeria’s great showing at the Rio 2016 Olympics where, as one of three averaged players, he led the U-23 team won bronze. Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr also highlights the importance of Mikel’s value in the team stressing that the team’s only loss in over a year was the game against South Africa which Mikel did not feature in. “The only game we lost was against South Africa last year in June. So I hope this time will be better, we have a team but we need a leader,” Rohr said.

“John Obi Mikel is our uncontested leader but it will be interesting to see how the other players can do without him. “Unfortunately he had this problem with work permit in China which means he could go out and not come back so it was a problem.

Rohr’s submission was echoed by Vicecaptain Ogenyi Onazi who stated: “We all know our captain will be missing from the game (against Poland), but I’m confident the rest of us here can hold our own ….” Mikel had stated that the World Cup in Russia is a special occasion for him and his readiness to put up a commanding performance at the global football showpiece will be put to test starting with Tuesday’s game against the Serbs.

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Travails of single dads



It is often said that we live in men’s world. This is due to some rights, privileges, and honour that our culture, value system, and gender disparity bestow on men. It is ordained from the creation that the man is the head of his woman.

Feminism as a movement strives to challenge male dominance and imbalance in social affairs by championing the equal rights crusade. Patriarchy places on the man the hegemonic responsibility of administering his family, community and, indeed, the world around him. Basically, the man is the father, the provider for his family needs, the ruler of his environment, and the protector of his people.

These functions, I believe, were the reasons the Creator made the man physically stronger than the woman. Despite his masculine attributes, the man is still in need of a woman to complement his being, and assist in effectively discharging his roles.

Major among the roles of a woman is to stimulate emotional stability, companionship, homecare, and pro-creational purposes. If the woman is missing in the equation, the man is prone to falter emotionally; physically stressed, financially reckless as well as psychologically traumatized. Knowing that the man is stronger by nature, the woman, as a weaker partner, now becomes well protected by the rules, laws, and ethics of the society.

That is why in case of rape or domestic violence, whatever she says is believed to be the truth until otherwise proven. By this, women get away with a lot of shenanigans. The western world is worse. Women are so protected that contrived mischiefs are easily admitted in law as true accounts in their favour. Going through divorce is hellish for the man. Men suffer many deprivations because the woman is believed to be vulnerable to male chauvinistic manipulations, abuse, and gender prejudices. Unfortunately, some callous women take the utmost advantage of this parochial legal and social framework to inflict pain on their men, thereby helping to create an ever-increasing pool of single dads in the society. While we are more familiar with the phenomenon of single moms, the travails of being single dads are no less excruciating.

The single dad lives lonely life, feels emotionally ostracized, and endures challenging domestic duties. He thinks and plans alone. He cares for the children and pays the bills without a helper. He moves about with a burden in his heart but smiles to everyone. He goes about with pains and loneliness in his strides.

He performs domestic chores like laundry, wash dishes, clean the house and car, tender the children, and cook. Factors that often breed single parents are: death, separation or divorce, and parenting out of wedlock. The society is more sympathetic towards single moms than single dads. People easily offer help to mothers than fathers.

It is common to support single moms but people still demand for help from single dads. What a life! In his book, “Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage,” Kenneth E. Hagin of blessed memory narrated the travails of a pastor whose wife walked away from the marriage leaving behind her five children, including an 18-month-old toddler. He recounted how this man of God would carry the baby on his laps and wept in the closet of his house because there was no mother or helper to cater for the children. Honestly, the life of a single dad is more traumatic and challenging than imagined.

A 46-year-old man suddenly found himself a single dad when his wife disappeared with a man she had been parading as her “uncle” and relocated to a neighbouring African country. He has two children aged four and seven. He described the difficulties of coping with the challenges of single parenting as daunting. Nobody cares about his situation in the face of his efforts at making a living. “My feelings on becoming a single parent were very much akin to bereavement followed by worry, panic, anxiety, and bouts of severe melancholy.

I realised that adapting to the situation was the only route out of my collapsed world. “There’s the challenge of coping with demands of my employer whether he would show understanding when I need to respond to emergencies whenever my children fall sick beyond the usual light cough and cold. Or the school would call to say, ‘Your child has a high temperature and is feeling unwell, can you come and collect him?’ Will my employer understand or sack me?

In other words, my anxiety is, do I neglect my children to put work first? However, for the sake of children, single dads must encourage themselves and brace up for the challenges.” In our clime, some dads stay single for a long period of time until their children come of age and are able to take care of themselves. This is to avoid being maltreated by step-moms.

The man may choose to keep out of social life and possibly not have a stable love-life. All these sacrifices are for the protection, growth, and character-moulding of the children. Men hardly find helpers or empathizers in this condition. They go about with bottled-up sexual urges, emotional cravings, and burdened minds.

Society and women alike should appreciate single dads. They should see them as men in need of special attention, care and love. Pray with them, support them, and be kind to them. Just like single moms go about smiling but carry a heavy heart, single dads also are heavy burden-bearers. Send your responses/private issues to: or 08035304268 (SMS/WhatsApp)

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Is Rochas Okorocha a mistake?



“Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he is a prince or one of the people”
– Jean De La Fontaine quotes


Is Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s governorship of Imo State a mistake? If you throw the above question to a gathering of many Imo citizens you would get a resounding YES answer. Most will even go further to tell you that it’s a huge regret having him as their governor.


But I hold a different view, Rochas Okorocha coming as a governor of Imo State is not a mistake. Nothing that God endorses is a mistake and if God did not endorse his governorship, it would not have materialized abnitio.
Often times, we react to political issues without putting into account the spiritual dimension to it.


Another way to address the above question is to put it differently, like, do Imo people deserve Okorocha? It’s most likely that those who would say that he is a mistake would still insist that Imo people do not deserve him.
Political Musing this week is approaching the Imo political imbroglio from a different evaluation. The Imo political elites who are most hit by the Rochas gerrymandering ahead 2019 knows too well that they made Rochas governor and aided him to rule thus far and may still inadvertently be helping him to install his daughter’s husband as his successor.


Every Imo person you meet is livid with anger on Rochas’ moves ahead of 2019, all of them saying it would not happen and can never happen. But when you stretch them further into how they want to make it not happen you discover that there is no strategy on ground but only emotions.


The only strategy going on in Imo polity right now is the one by Governor Rochas. What the opposition does is raise some sentiments and react to various mannequins being displayed by Rochas.
Some political pundits are saying that Rochas may have gone mental but that exactly is what he wants to hear. While you continue to place yourself ahead of a mad man’s thinking, he steals the opportunity of your wrong assessment of him to carry on his perceived ‘madness’.

Rochas himself has said repeatedly that his vision is driving him crazy and has taken him to try all kinds of experiments. One thing is clear: Rochas has remained himself and credit must be given to him on that. Even before becoming governor, Rochas has shown clues of a wacky man ready and willing to do the unthinkable. His life has been embroiled in a lot of uncommon things and this unhidden character of him should have been enough for a state like Imo to avoid him emerging as governor in the first place but they could not because of their internal contradictions. These contradictions have not abated rather Rochas’ seven years worsened it.


Before expatriating on this Imo incongruous political arrangement that is dragging the state to the dyke, may I digress a little and inject the possible biblical dimension to the matter.

When the people of Israel wanted statehood and asked for King instead of Judges as designed for them by God, they got Saul as a King and what they eventually saw with Saul made it clear to them why they would have remained with what was designed for them even if it was not too rosy. Jumping from frying pan to fire due to ones’ error in judgement or selfishness and greed always comes with had I known.


The people of Imo State had a peaceful eight years under PDP with Achike Udenwa as governor. Even if his reign was not as colourful as they desired, the discipline in his government provided grounds for progress.
Instead the people abandoned PDP and went for a new baby called PPA with Ikedi Ohakim who himself could not remain in the platform that brought him. “ikiri” (devious animal) as he was called was such a torn in the flesh of Imo polity that the people would settle for anything but Ohakim. They didn’t know something worse than Ohakim existed.


The people had to even conspire using the church to remove him. As the church was to confess later, it was a fabrication that a priest of the Catholic Church was flogged by Ohakim and his men. Before the confession Ohakim had gone and an Emperor like Saul had taken the throne.


Today, Imo people including the church are bemoaning their action, having concocted the preposterous whipping of a priest, this time it has happened realistically not to just a priest but a “Baba”, the highly revered Archbishop Anthony Obinna, one of the topmost clergies in the entire Catholic family in the country who was reportedly assaulted openly by the forces of the reigning regime in Imo State. Could this be a ‘reward’ for the church for the role in the falsehood in the past, even after their confession?


By the disruption of Ohakim’s tenure, Imo drastically altered the state political system. The zoning arrangement among the three senatorial zones of Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe was interrupted and the entire polity is paying the price.
In addition to power remaining in Orlu for 16 years out of the 19 years of democracy so far, the plan is on ground for it to continue not just in Orlu but in one family.


While every other person is shouting blue murder saying it would never happen, arithmetically it’s happening. Orlu with 12 local governments out of 27 and with the largest voting population in the state continues to sway votes. The unending in-fighting between Owerri and Mbaise people in Owerri zone has also continued to fertilize Orlu political grounds. The Okigwe zone has also remained divided and undecided where to align with, Owerri or Orlu?
All these lacunas are what Rochas saw and hopes to take advantage of with his curious decision to pocket Imo government house for himself and the family.


The gladiators in Imo politics particularly the trio in the three zones, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of Owerri zone, Senator Hope Uzodinma of Orlu and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of Okigwe, must find a meeting point to rescue Imo from Rochas and his family.
Except for greed and avarice associated with black man and political power, nothing can explain why Rochas family should after their overwhelming presence in Imo State government in the last seven years still feel unquenchable for power.
Having realised as they now say in Imo that ikiri is better than what they now have; the best thing is to ensure that the mistake of the past is not repeated.


Politics is one area you cannot eat your cake and still possess it back. Anambra is an example, since 2003, the PDP in the state ate their cake and wanted it back but has not been able.


If there is no concrete strategy on ground to attend to all these inhibitions, Imo would just be playing into the hands of Rochas and his family. After all the current Imo government house is designed for the Okorocha family in mind not for the next governor outside the circle.

One huge problem with power is obsession. Once you get some of it and feel it, it dominates your whole life and it’s all you can think about. That doesn’t have to happen but it’s about happening already in Imo State ahead of 2019.
When an unconventional man like Rochas with history of profound political eccentrics is having with him power and resource and is going into a contest with you, taking him for granted on the ground that his actions are unwelcome and unpopular would only amount to scoring own goal.


When Plato said long ago that “the measure of a man is what he does with power” he had in mind that people like Rochas would be born and in one way or the other he would grab power and the fear of losing it would drive him crazy. I don’t think one is blessed who cannot forgo what he has because it’s too sweet and good to let another possess, such attitude is just the other name for greed.
God bless Ala Imo.

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