Tuesday, February 13, 2018

To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals by Reuben Abati

To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals  by  Reuben Abati

Read Abati's piece below...
Dear Editor, NatGeo,
I am a great fan of your magazine, National Geographic, and your sister platform, National Geo Wild, and your coverage of natural history, particularly the behaviour of animals in the wild. I must commend you and your organization for the high level of commitment, attentiveness to details and professionalism consistently and habitually displayed in your various reports both in print and the broadcast form. As a journalist of many years standing myself, I will like to suggest to you and your various channels, a story idea that you may probably find interesting, for professional reasons and for reasons of corporate social responsibility. Kindly pardon my presumptuousness in this regard, but I crave your understanding. Knowing how busy your schedule is likely to be, I will try to be quick and as specific as possible.

This is about my country, Nigeria, a land of over 900, 000 sq. kms., with rich biodiversity and ecosystem, and definitely the largest market for both human and natural resources in Africa. Since May 2015, when a new government took over power at the centre in our country, I have observed a curious and intriguing change in the behaviour of animals in Nigeria, suggestive of a certain transmutation, or perhaps transformation within the animal ecosystem, resulting in patterns of behaviour and interaction that may be of interest to your readers and viewers.

The Most recent incident in this regard and the trigger for this letter is the current news in Nigeria about how a snake, described as a mysterious snake, has reportedly swallowed a sum of N36 million ($100k) belonging to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). JAMB is the national regulatory body in charge of admissions into tertiary institutions, very much like UCAS in the United Kingdom. This incident occurred we are told, in the process of the attempt by JAMB to audit the accounts of its zonal headquarters. In Makurdi, one Ms. Philomena Chieshe who has now been suspended, allegedly could not account for the said N36 million, being part-proceeds from the sale of forms for students seeking university admissions. When interrogated, she reportedly said her maid had confessed to the missing money having been taken by a mystery snake.

As a media channel that reports animal behaviour, this must be of great interest to you. I don’t know whether this happens in other parts of the world, but here in Nigeria, we now seem to have a variety of snakes that are attracted by the smell of raw cash, and which feed on vaults and bags of money. A documentary on this new variety of snakes, and a proper documentation of the genus and peculiarities would be good for filming. What exactly does the smell of national currency do to snakes? How nutritious is paper currency to snakes? The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isi-aq Oloyede who has turned JAMB, for the first time in its existence, into a revenue generating body by plugging all loopholes within the system, and without increasing any fees, is insisting that this is a case of corruption and that he will get to the root of it. The Professor probably may not understand the way of snakes and the new variety in Nigeria. He is a good man and I like him. I wouldn’t want him to be bitten by snakes.

Your investigative intervention should assist him. Your experts and investigators can deploy the tools of science and investigative journalism to seek out these snakes and catch them in action, and document for your numerous patrons, this new scientific development. Right now in Nigeria, we are preparing for the general elections scheduled for 2019. We need information and knowledge because if the Makurdi snake gets away with the N36 million, the same snake and its family could return in 2019 to swallow ballot boxes and papers and thus compromise Nigerian democracy.

I am, however, tempted to believe that the snakes in Makurdi may have become quite audacious, in reaction to a recent declaration, under this same political administration, by a high-ranking state official, that he bought two houses in Dubai from the sale of snakes! Are snakes vengeful? Is this nemesis? Do they resent being sold for profit? Do snakes have the capacity to feel and settle scores? Could the sale of snakes, with the profit of houses in the UAE by a senior official, have motivated some snakes in Benue state to swallow money meant for the national treasury? What does the process of swallowing, and the digesting of money by snakes entail? Many young Nigerians and I believe other persons across the world will learn a lot from this.

I therefore hope you will consider this a very urgent subject for your consideration and editorial intervention. Sir, the truth is that animals all over Nigeria are growing and becoming wild. They have no respect anymore for Nigeria’s constituted authority. We could wake up one of these days to hear that elephants have invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria, and swallowed all the bank’s vaults, leaving the entire country impoverished. The way things are, nobody will be surprised. I am sure you would not want that to happen, considering Nigeria’s strategic importance and population. If that were to happen, neither Africa nor the West would be able to handle the natural and humanitarian crisis that would ensue. And if that were to happen, I am sure you will not want to miss the story.

I made the point that Nigeria has become such a wild zoo where the animals no longer respect constituted authority, and where there seems to be a conflict of roles between animals and human beings. Let me elaborate a little. Every year, Nigeria holds what is called Armed Forces Remembrance Day on January 15. One of the highlights of the event is the release of pigeons by the President at the end of the ceremony to symbolise the release of peace upon the land. I became really worried about the Nigerian animal kingdom when in the last three years, the pigeons released by the President simply refused to fly. Government officials shouted at the pigeons to fly. Some waved their hands and even tried sign language. Some professional sycophants flapped their arms like birds to guide the pigeons. But no way! The pigeons just jumped onto the floor and behaved as if they were having an evening-time promenade.

When you focus on birds on NatGeo Wild, the birds are shown flying. What’s going on here then? Why are some birds in Nigeria refusing to fly? The President of Nigeria is the most powerful man in the land. When he asks human beings to jump, they actually do more than jump; they make an effort to somersault. But birds, common birds, are defying Presidential orders. What kind of birds are these? A deaf and dumb specie? Or are they resisting being used as symbols of peace? Is it possible that birds have witchcraft? - because since those birds refused to fly, Nigeria has not known peace.

I began to suspect that something was indeed terribly wrong with the animal kingdom in Nigeria when sometime in 2017 rats invaded the President of Nigeria’s office! These criminal rats chased the President out of his office for more than a month. They tore the furniture in his office apart, littered the place with their droppings and disrupted Presidential work. I am not making this up. The Nigerian Presidency issued an official statement to this effect. Your publication and the Nat Geo Wild Channel missed the story, quite unfortunately. But you have a second chance. You can do a good story, investigating the furniture-eating rats in Nigeria’s Presidential Villa. The President has since returned to his office, but what if the fangled-teeth rats are still around the place? What else will they eat? Having eaten up the President’s furniture without consequences, or implications, they may most certainly, just decide to munch the country’s security vote and foreign reserves! This then, is a matter of national security. If your cameras can just unmask these disrespectful rats, that will be the story of the decade.

I believe you will also get good stories and footages from covering the story of cows in Nigeria. I must tell you, cows have become far more important in my country today than human beings. Whereas many Nigerians have become homeless and defenceless, cows have bodyguards wielding AK-47 guns, bodyguards who insist that the life of cattle is more important than that of human beings. In your experience, you may have heard about cattle ranches and modern ways of processing cattle, but in Nigeria’s animal kingdom, there has been much talk about creating colonies for cattle in Nigeria: as in plans to take land from human beings and give to cattle! Many Governors in the country have resisted this, even the President has said that he has no constitutional powers to seize anybody’s land, but one young Governor, the one in Kogi state, has donated 15, 000 hectares of his people’s land, as cattle colony. This must make a good story for your National Geo Wild Channel. Why would any state Governor prefer cattle to human beings? What kind of behaviour is that? What is it really that attracts human beings to animals?

My knowledge of the Bible tells me that the battle between herdsmen and farmers is an old, original battle. Of the two sons of our father Adam, and our mother, Eve, one was a farmer – Cain, the other was a herdsman – Abel. Cain killed Abel. Since then, the world has not known peace. Their descendants have been at each other’s throats for as long as antiquity. I sincerely hope that it is not this original battle of vengeance that is now being re-enacted in Nigeria today over the battle of the cows and the farmlands. Herdsmen are killing farmers and vice versa and many of us are scared. Some people are even now saying they will create a Third Force to put an end to the drift. But nobody is sure of what tomorrow will bring. You have expert photographers and cameramen; they should be able to tease out the finest strands of this story.

Should you decide to take on this story, and do a documentary on how Nigeria has been turned into a wild zoo, within three years, I must advise that your reporters and experts should also be prepared for the shock of hearing some prominent Nigerians making references to animals all the time. One of our more outspoken Senators who should be a good interview subject about ten months ago actually told Nigerians that the seat of power, that is the Presidency of Nigeria, had been taken over by hyenas, wolves, and jackals in the absence of the lion-king. He also drew attention to a mortal combat between crocodiles and fishes. This remains a great puzzle.

The wife of the President would later reply that the hyenas and jackals would soon be expelled from the Kingdom. I am not sure this has happened, and I do not intend to go near the place to find out the truth. I can tell you why in a private conversation. But the other day, a prominent government official, a Professor of Law, who should know what he is talking about, but who has been sounding like one of the hyenas the Senator complained about, gave a lecture in which he himself complained about how Nigeria has become an animal kingdom! This same Professor not too long ago, also announced that the ruling party of which he is a member, is led by “rogue-elephants.”

I have a confession to make. I worked in government until recently but I am frightened by the manner in which wild animals are now all over the place. When public officials talk, they see animals. When events occur, they blame animals. When things get missing, animals creep into the future. Fela, the musician once warned us about animals but I didn’t take him serious. As a responsible media house, interested in the life and times of animals in the wild, please hurry up and investigate how Nigeria has become a country of snakes, fishes, hyenas, crocodiles, cows, lions, wolves and jackals in just three years! Your audience will be supremely enriched by the effort.

I also assure you that there are many knowledgeable persons on ground who can assist you to do a good story or a series of excellent reports. Incidentally, we have a former President who once wrote a book titled: This Animal called Man, and who is a famous chicken farmer to boot. We have another former President who has a Ph.D in Zoology and was once described as a fisherman. We also have a sitting President who before becoming President, a second time, owned 150 cattle (I don’t know how many he has now) and who is a life patron of the herdsmen association of Nigeria. We even have a Nobel Prize winner, who enjoys hunting in the forest of a thousand animals. And you have me here, waiting, expectantly, who can serve as your consultant (my charges are modest) - as you write the story of how Nigeria, suddenly, before our very eyes, became a country of wild animals.

Thank you very much for your time and attention. Please don’t delay until rogue elephants swallow the Central Bank or wolves eat up the NNPC – our treasure trove. Best regards.
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New lawsuit says Harvey Weinstein employed a female entourage to help him meet young women, and teach his female assistants how to smell and dress to his liking

New lawsuit says Harvey Weinstein employed a female entourage to help him meet young women, and teach his female assistants how to smell and dress to his liking

A new lawsuit alleges shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein employed an "entourage" of "wing women" on the company's payroll to help him meet women "with whom he could attempt to engage in sexual relations."

Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault and harassment,  has been hit with the new lawsuit which also alleged that his "wing women", or "roster" as they are sometimes called, were allegedly expected to teach Weinstein's female assistants how to dress and smell to his liking. The "wing women" were allegedly employed by The Weinstein Company to accompany Harvey to parties and help him meet new women there.
A lawsuit filed Sunday by New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against The Weinstein Company claims there was a complicated apparatus to enable Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct over decades, and that the company failed to appropriately reprimand its former CEO. 
"While they had different titles, as a practical matter their primary responsibility included taking [Weinstein] to parties at which he could meet young women, and introducing him to young women seeking opportunities at [The Weinstein Company] with whom he could attempt to engage in sexual relations," the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims these women were on payroll in the company's New York, Los Angeles, and London offices.
"One of the members of this entourage was flown from London to New York to teach HW's assistants how to dress and smell more attractive" to Weinstein, the lawsuit alleges.
Employees were often hesitant to challenge Weinstein, according to the lawsuit, out of fear of angering him.
The lawsuit states: "On certain occasions, company employees expressed concerns about his improper charges to company accounts, but would be dissuaded from following through by fear of angering him."
But in 2015, company management requested that the "roster" of women be taken off the payroll, according to the suit.
"While [Weinstein's] use of corporate cards after this 2015 meeting remains under investigation, certain members of the 'roster' remained on staff after that date," the lawsuit says.
The Weinstein Company is yet to comment on the recent allegations.
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Photos: Calabar residents shocked to find coloured water flowing from their taps

Photos: Calabar residents shocked to find coloured water flowing from their taps

Residents of Calabar, the Cross River State capital woke up last Thursday to find coloured water flowing from their taps
This is coming after a year of irregular public water supply and weeks after being cut off completely. Areas that got coloured water supply include Eta -Agbor, Ekpo Abasi, Mayne Avenue, Marian Road and State Housing.
Photos: Calabar residents shocked to find coloured water flowing from their taps
The rsidents blamed the management of the Cross River State Water Board Limited (CRSWBL) for incompetence. A resident of Mayne Avenue, Emeka Ndubuisi, lamented that it would have been better to remain without water than to supply one that was likely to be injurious to health.
"We have tried to cope with this irregular supply of water in Calabar for more than one year . It was a shock to find coloured water flowing from the taps on Thursday. It was like that for more than five hours and it showed that those managing water supply in the state are playing with people ’s lives," he said.
Photos: Calabar residents shocked to find coloured water flowing from their taps
The CRSWBL blamed the supply of coloured water on what it called flushing of storage tank and pipe network.
Managing Director of CRSWBL, Dr . Godwin Igile, assured residents that clean potable water would be restored that day.
"Please rest assured that management is doing everything possible to ensure restoration of regular clean, potable water before evening fall." said Igile.
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Father & Son: Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr rock matching denim to promote their new clothing campaign (Photos)

 Father & Son: Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr rock matching denim to promote their new clothing campaign (Photos)

Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo,33, and his eldest son Cristiano Jr, 7,  teamed up together to promote a new campaign for the footballer's fashion line and his new kids' brand.
In the newly released images, the pair posed in matching denim jeans for his CR7 range.
 Father & Son: Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr rock matching denim to promote their new clothing campaign (Photos)
Another joint photo shows the father and son rocking smart shirts which they paired with black CR7 jeans and white sneakers.
 Father & Son: Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr rock matching denim to promote their new clothing campaign (Photos)
 Cristiano Jr also posed for some solo shoots to promotes his new range of kids' brand.
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 Father & Son: Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr rock matching denim to promote their new clothing campaign (Photos)
 Father & Son: Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr rock matching denim to promote their new clothing campaign (Photos)
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'Its wrong for parents to do spiritual background check for your spouse before getting married' - Nigerian writer, Tope Delano

So there's this trending question on Nigerian twitter that says, 'Is it advisable or proper for your parents to help do a spiritual background check of your potential spouse before you get married to them"

Now, writer and music critic Tope Delano, has reacted to the tweet by sharing a personal story to butress her point.

Read below...

This right here is the reason so many humans are LOCKED marriages they shouldn't be in, in the first place.

As. Yoruba girl, my people believe so much in this...'oh, we have to pray and find out of he or she is the one.' in my language they say it is 'ama lo wo boya oko e Ni. I laugh in hiccups.

I have absolutely no issues with prayers and all but I deeply do not believe this is necessary and this is why.

Sometime in the early 2000's I was seeing this young man, who was just about amazing, when I say amzing, he was. Spiritual, not the spirikoko type, kind, deeply read, he is just a beautiful soul. But then we were hit with the he is not your husband talk.

You guys will never have kids should you get married. I heard things like he will die early or you would....bla bla bla...we went our different ways....bad move!!!! Marriage is between two people, two humans who live their lives as one, away from people who have one thing or the other to say about y u shouldn't be together.

Personally, I believe these two humans should be the one to seek God's face respectively. Ask God Al the necessary questions not someone who won't b in the house with u, doing it
What if the pastor they went to meet tells u the wrong person is the right one?

What if that one they claim is ur oko dies the night of your wedding, or weeks, months, later? What if he turns into an abusive person who greets u in the morning with a slap or a kick or harsh words.

While they are searching for spiritual answers, is anyone searching for emotional and psychological stability answers on ur behalf as well? I am a Stupid Yoruba GIrl, I know...but it's high time we all calm d fuck down, think things through properly before signing those papers in court.

Prayer is key in any relationship, however do it on your own and with ur partner if u must.
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Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house

Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house

Former president, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, today visited President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting lasted for 25 minutes. General Abubakar kept mum over the outcome of the meeting. See more photos below

Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house

Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house

Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house
Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house
Photos: Former President Abdulsalami Abubakar visits President Buhari in the state house
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Senator Shehu Sani storms JAMB office with snake charmers to search for the N36 million swallowed by a mystery

Senator Shehu Sani, on Tuesday morning, shocked the staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, as he stormed their office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers, days after a staff claimed a missing N36 million was swallowed by snake.

According to Premiumtimes, JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, went into rounds of laughter when the lawmaker presented him with two packs of anti-snake venom and offered the services of two snake charmers to fish out snakes that swallowed huge amount of money.
The exams board said it suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office following the bizarre claim. In reaction to the development, the senator visited the JAMB headquarters to ascertain the truth of the matter and to lend his “assistance”.
“The reason for my presence here is in response to the story that a snake swallowed about N36 million. It is my concern that such a huge amount of money is reported to have been swallowed by a snake.
I believe the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office to help them fish out the snake or weed out snakes from their premises,” Mr. Sani said.
“If a snake can actually swallow N36 million one day we may wake up in this country to see that a snake has swallowed our foreign reserve or it has swallowed money that was gathered in the TSA.”
One of the snake charmers, Tasiu Abdulrasheed, who claimed to have been a professional snake charmer for up to 20 years, said he has never encountered a money-swallowing reptile.

JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the board is dealing with more frivolous stories like Ms. Chieshe’s. “There was even a case in Nasarawa when a staff claimed that on his way to come and submit the scratch card, he had an accident and the car got burnt with the scratch cards,” he said.

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"They said their bosses in Abuja take the money and they only get something small' -APC Chieftain reveals he paid N20m to kidnappers for his release

"They said their bosses in Abuja take the money and they only get something small

Former senator and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ayo Arise, last Sunday revealed how he was set free by kidnappers after parting with N20 million ransom.
Arise was kidnapped along Lokoja –Abuja road last December while returning to the Federal Capital Territory after visiting Ekiti State. He was held by his captors for six days.

Speaking at the SS, Peter and Paul Catholic Pro Cathedral, Oye Ekiti, at a thanksgiving service on his release, he said he had a good reason to thank God for surviving the kidnap as not all persons kidnapped come out alive.
“After my experience, someone was kidnapped and was still killed even after paying N25million twice, as ransom. So, how do you describe that?” he said.
He recalled his ordeal at the hands of the kidnappers, noting that he was with the kidnappers from Sunday, December 3 to Friday, December 8, 2017.
“I can assure you that it’s not an experience that you’ll want to have. There’s nothing more frightening than for you to know that you don’t even know what would happen to you,” he said.
He said he advised them to consider taking up up other businesses and live a better life after collecting millions, but the kidnappers replied that it was their “bosses in Abuja that actually take the money and that they only get something small.”
“So I have doubts in my mind that even if jobs are provided for those ones, would that be as lucrative as kidnapping one person or two people and collecting N20 million. That’s the fear, it’s like they have tasted blood and it has become very, very dangerous,” lamented Mr. Arise.
Mr. Arise expressed profound gratitude to his people for showing concern during his ordeal.
“Between Oye and Ilupeju, they contributed N4 million within 24 hours. So that is one of the things that touched me to the marrow. My friends rallied round; the people of the town are showing appreciation for having a son that believes in them,” he said.
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Wow! Y'all need to see the look on CeeC's face as Tobi and Bambam bond

Wow! Y

The look on Ceec's face as Tobi bonded with Bambam is priceless. Earlier today, Biggie chained housemates together with someone who isn't their official pair and instructed them not to talk to anyone except the person they are chained to. 

Tobi, who is officially paired with Ceec was chained to Bambam. The look on Ceec's face as he was having an interesting conversation with Bambam was epic. Watch the video below:

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Governor Ambode wins "Most Innovative Leadership" Award in West, Central Africa

Governor Ambode wins "Most Innovative Leadership" Award in West, Central Africa

Security Watch Africa, organisers of the African Security Summit has named Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as the ‘Most Innovative African Leader in Governance in West and Central Africa’.

The State Government also bagged a Golden Star Award in recognition of its Exemplary Service in Africa. The awards were presented to the Government at a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana at the weekend.

Governor Ambode was nominated for the award after a careful selection process by a selection board who considered him the most qualified for the award based on his performance in the last two and half years in office, especially in good governance.

The State Government was also recognised based on the quantum leap in infrastructural renewal and overall service delivery to the people of the State. Receiving the awards on behalf of the State Government, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, dedicated the awards to the people of the State for their utmost cooperation with government in keeping the peace and supporting programmes and policies of the present administration, which according to him, is a prerequisite for development.

Edgal also bagged an individual award as he was recognised as ‘The Most Outstanding Anti Crime Police Chief In West Africa’. According to the organisers, the CP was nominated for the award after a careful selection process by a selection board who considered him the most qualified for the award when compared with his contemporaries in the West African sub region; especially for his uncanny ability to strategize, prevent and resolve all manner of crimes and criminality.

The Commissioner of Police, in his acceptance speech, expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the award and vowed to do his best to ensure a more secured Lagos and indeed Nigeria where citizens can go about their lawful business without let or hindrance. He said the award would serve as a motivation and a call to work harder for the benefit of society.
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"He took out a knife and stabbed me in my ribs, breasts, fingers before swallowing poison" - Woman shares her story of domestic violence

"He took out a knife and stabbed me in my ribs, breasts, fingers before swallowing poison" - Woman shares her story of domestic violence

A Kenyan domestic violence survivor, Mary Nkirote has shared her story for the first time since her late husband stabbed her seven times before he drank poison, thinking she had died. Read her story below:
“My name is Mary Nkirote. I am a 39-year-old mother of two girls and one boy. These are the beautiful children I had with the man of my dreams, to whom I was married for 12 years.
“I can still remember the first time I saw him in early 2003. I was taking a hair-dressing course in Dandora, Nairobi, where he worked as a casual labourer.
"One afternoon while on my way home, I heard brisk steps coming towards me. ‘Excuse me,’ he said. I turned and was stunned. He was in blue jeans, a khaki short-sleeve shirt, and the glitter of his white teeth dazzled as he spoke. He was very handsome. ‘My name is Peter. I have been seeing you around, and wondered if I could get your name,’ he said. From that moment, we began to bump into each other regularly. “Whenever we met, I could feel a rush and my heart would beat fast.
But I was reluctant to say yes to his advances. I wanted to see if he really liked me too or just wanted to toy around with me. My reluctance fizzled out on Valentine’s Day in 2003 when he took me out for lunch. I had no doubt: I was in love. I could see us raising a happy and prospering family. After four months of a steamy relationship, we decided to move in together as husband and wife in July 2003.
“Our early marriage days were blissful. We rented a house in Dandora. He opened a small butchery while I ran a small shop in the neighbourhood. In February 2004, we had our first born daughter, Rachel. We would later be blessed with two other kids in 2006 and 2011. All through, he was not abusive. We had our disagreements but he never hit me.
“Things took a nose dive in 2014. At that time, his butchery business was not doing well. More butchery businesses had mushroomed in the area. He had lost many customers and the profits from his business kept on dwindling. On the other end, my shop thrived. I had rented a bigger space and increased my stock to include cereals, fruits and soft drinks.
“He felt threatened by my success. He feared that I would undermine his position as the man of the house. Whenever we had a minor disagreement, it would turn into a mountain. His outbursts escalated into threats of battery. Towards July 2014, things had gone so sour that instead of threatening to beat me up, he would threaten to kill me. ‘I can kill you, I’ll kill you one day!’ became regular threats.
“In December that year, he moved out of our home. He said that he could not stand to see a woman running his household. He moved to Thika where his parents lived. At first, I thought that perhaps this separation was necessary to allow us reflect on how our once blissful marriage had gotten to this point. I deeply wanted it to work. This never came to be.
“One morning in April 2015, at around 7.30 am, he came to my shop. I had just opened and was in the process of cleaning it up. I was shocked because I was not aware that he had returned to Dandora. ‘I want you and the kids to come and live with me in Thika right now. You can’t live here anymore,’ he said. I refused. I told him that I had a business which was our sole bread winner, but he stuck to his guns. An argument ensued and quickly escalated to the threats and warnings.
“Before I knew it, he grabbed me and banged me against the wall. He took out a knife and stabbed me in my ribs and breasts. I turned in an effort to get away and he stabbed me again on my back. I tried to scream but many of the shops in the neighbourhood were closed. He grabbed my hand and slashed my fingers, nearly cutting off my thumb, index and middle fingers. The pain was too much and I fainted. I would later learn that after fainting, he took out bottle of poison, swallowed it and fell next to me. He thought that I had I had succumbed to the stab wounds.
“A customer came to the shop and saw us lying in front of the counter. My blouse was doused in blood and a bloody knife was on the floor. My husband was foaming at the mouth. By then, more people had started to come out to the shopping centre. The customer screamed, alerting neighbours and passersby. We were rushed to Mama Lucy Hospital where I regained my consciousness. I was admitted for a few days, during which my seven stab wounds were stitched and treated. Unfortunately, my husband did not make it and died the following morning.
“It is now three years since he died. The pain of my broken marriage is still etched in my heart. I still run my shop and still have the same aspirations we both shared. My late husband will never get to read this, but now his kids are nearly all grown and I know that they miss him too. Our first born is in Form One while the other two are in primary school.
“There are days when I miss him so much. But I don’t blame him for what he did. Neither will I ever forget how he used to make me laugh, the joy he brought to our family, and all the happy years we had together.”
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Blonde beauty Iggy Azalea shows her off long hair and curves while out in LA (Photos)

Blonde beauty Iggy Azalea shows her off long hair and curves while out in LA (Photos)

Rapper, Iggy Azalea on Monday made an appearance at the Jimmy Kimmel Live Studios in Los Angeles, and flaunted her banging body.
The 27-year-old blonde beauty who carried a stunning long hair looked very sexy in her nude-coloured bodycon dress which showcased her enviable curves.
Iggy completed her outfit with a pair of Christian Louboutin heels.
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Blonde beauty Iggy Azalea shows her off long hair and curves while out in LA (Photos)Blonde beauty Iggy Azalea shows her off long hair and curves while out in LA (Photos)Blonde beauty Iggy Azalea shows her off long hair and curves while out in LA (Photos)Blonde beauty Iggy Azalea shows her off long hair and curves while out in LA (Photos)

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Photos: President Buhari meets with APC leaders Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande

Photos:?President Buhari meets with APC leaders Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande

Today, President Buhari met with APC National leaders Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande at the State House.

The meeting comes barely a week after he appointed Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts in the party.
Photos:?President Buhari meets with APC leaders Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande
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Jay-Z, Big Sean and Lebron James pose for cute pic

 Jay-Z, Big Sean and Lebron James?pose for cute pic

These men are not just rich but they are successful in their respective careers. 
 Jay-Z, Big Sean and Lebron James?pose for cute pic
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DPR seals 70 filling stations in Delta State

DPR seals 70 filling stations?in Delta State

The Warri Zonal Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has sealed 70 filling stations for alleged sharp practices in parts of Delta in the past six weeks.

The Operations Controller of the zone, Mr Antai Asuquo, made the disclosure saying that the stations were sanctioned for hoarding, under-dispensing, over-pricing, abandonment and diversion of products.

He said that the stations were sealed in Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Ozoro, Olleh, Kwale, Agbor, Obiaruku and Asaba. According to him, the 70 stations are part of over 446 filling stations visited by the department’s surveillance team.

He said that fuel was given to motorists in two of the 70 filling stations at no cost because the stations were hoarding products.

“The exercise is a continuous one until the petroleum marketers complied with government’s approved pump price of N145 per litre. It is not our intension to seal a petrol station that has products but the products should be sold to the public at the regulated pump price. The premium motor spirit remains a regulated product and the price is N145 per litre. The marketers have their complaints but the Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC) imports and sells product to the depot owners at the regulated price of N133.28k per litre. So if marketers know that they cannot sell at the approved price of N145 to customers, they should not buy.”

Asuquo urged marketers, who indulged in sharp practices to desist from it because the regulatory agency would continue to go after them until full compliance was attained. The controller also warned depot owners against selling products above the ex-depot price as well as selling to third parties.
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Cameroonian president, Paul Biya and his stunning wife, Chantal, celebrate his 85th birthday(photos)

Cameroonian president, Paul Biya and his stunning wife, Chantal, celebrate his 85th birthday(photos)

President Paul Biya of Cameroon celebrated his 85th birthday today February 13th. Himself and his beautiful wife, Chantal, are pictured above cutting his birthday cake. Biya has been in power for 35 years. He became president in 1982.
Cameroonian president, Paul Biya and his stunning wife, Chantal, celebrate his 85th birthday(photos)
Cameroonian president, Paul Biya and his stunning wife, Chantal, celebrate his 85th birthday(photos)
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''Boko Haram membership thinning out'' President Buhari says

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said the era of Boko Haram terrorism is gradually drawing to an end, with the narrowing of the recruitment base of the insurgents, and renewed onslaught by the Nigerian Army.
Receiving the Letter of Credence of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, at the State House, President Buhari said the terrorist group had lost appeal in its initial strongholds, necessitating a steady retreat that will eventually culminate in ending the insurgency.
“You can’t indoctrinate people who are below the age of 14 years and blow up churches, mosques, markets and you keep shouting God is great.
“It is either you don’t know what you are saying, or you simply don’t care or believe what you are saying. It is part of our success story that Boko Haram is finding it more difficult to recruit people.
“The Nigerian Army is also not making it easy for them to grow, with more intelligence, orientation and regular, measured onslaught on their camps,’’ he said.
The President said the ongoing effort to dismember the terrorist group, and render it completely powerless will be intensified.
President Buhari, who described the Catholic Church as a strong partner in the development of Nigeria, noted that the church had made very significant contributions to the development of the educational and health system of the country.
On corruption, the President said the fight against the culture of pilfering public funds would be prolonged, and would require a new orientation by repositioning the entire educational system.
“I am pleased that the African Union has spoken out boldly against corruption and appreciated the work that we are doing here,’’ President Buhari told the Archbishop.
In his remarks, the Archbishop Filipazzi said the Holy Father, Pope Francis, had taken a keen interest on the fight against terrorism, corruption and reviving of the Nigerian economy.
“Mr. President, the Holy Father, sends his warm greetings and he is keen to denounce corruption everywhere,’’ he added.
The Apostolic Nuncio said he had travelled to the North East and was pleased with the efforts of the Nigerian Army in tackling the insurgents, and recovering some of the earlier lost grounds.
President Buhari also received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr. Alat Mogaskia and the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa.
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Former minister, John Shagaya dies in fatal car crash

Former?minister, John Shagaya?dies in fatal car crash

Gen. John Shagaya the former Minister of Internal Affairs during the administration of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has been reported dead.  Although details of the incident were still sketchy,

According to reports, he died today in an auto crash while traveling from Lantang to Jos, Plateau State and his corpse has been reportedly taken to the mortuary.  

Shagaya before his death was chairman, Governing Board of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos; and his last public assignment was about two weeks ago in Abuja.
Former?minister, John Shagaya?dies in fatal car crash
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