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Nigeria’s Bumpy but Sure Ride to Development Nigeria is pursuing her determined drive towards progress and development and it seems that fate is on her side. This is the general opinion of Nigerians, particularly the ruling elites in the country. Most have been expressing the view that the recent apparent cold shoulders turned to Nigerians by developed countries might be the needed catalyst to make Nigerians look inwards in their drives to emancipation. Commenting on the recent indemnity of 3000 pounds imposed by Britain on Nigerians travelling to Britain, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, the minister of National Planning Commission, said an average Nigerian, who is not lazy, can make up to one million Naira from Agriculture. Though he did not mention the time this will take, it was obvious that he perceives that the imposition of the indemnity would help to dissuade more Nigerians from the usually unnecessary search for the Golden Fleece outside the shores of Nigeria. We in Nigerian Canadian News are encouraged, not by this unfriendly move of the present British authorities, but by the attitude to this new challenge. If this diplomatic gaffe of the British Government is what will help to divert the attention of our youth to the increasingly available opportunities in our growing economy, then so be it.

After all, it took Chairman Mao Tse-tsung the closure of the borders of China to divert the attention of the Chinese to their own possibilities. May be this aggression will turn to our advantage in Nigeria. Another impetus that keeps recalling is the rate successful Nigerians are giving back to Nigeria and indeed to Africa and the entire black race. The latest Nigerian patriot to contribute immensely to empowering Nigerians is African business leader Tony O. Elumelu, who is committing US$2.5 billion to the power sector in Africa as part of his commitment to deliver affordable and accessible power to the continent. The investment is being made through his pan-African proprietary investment company: Heirs Holdings (http:// www.heirsholdings.com/). Nigerians continue to contribute to the social, political and economic standards, wherever they are domiciled. And this continues to tilt our image positively despite the likes of Aswad Ayinde the award-winning Nigerian music director, who, however, has dented his image by being found guilty of fathering children with his daughters. Accordingly he will spend the rest of his life in jail. Mail Online reports that Ayinde, 55, of Paterson, New Jersey, United States, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after

being found guilty in the second of five expected trials in which he is accused of repeatedly raping his six daughters, resulting in six children being fathered. But, Nigeria’s image is salvaged, thanks to the likes of John Olumba, a 31-year old Nigerian, who is running for mayor of the city of Detroit in Michigan. He is a lawyer, an ordained pastor and serves currently as a State of Michigan House Representative. According to Wikipedia, he is the first Nigerian elected to a state office in Michigan history. His dad is from Owerri in Imo State. The criticism leveled against the EFCC by Jega that the EFCC headed by its inaugural leader was something of a gra-gra agency – a body that is peopled with exuberant officers eager to arrest suspects in order to hit the headlines- has turned out as an opportunity for Ribadu to lecture the public about operations of EFCC. He replies his critics that their assessment is faulty. He blames the press for the bad image. He posits that this resulted from the fact that it is arrests that make news; and that is what the press pays attention to; thus the public erroneously perceives the body from the image created by the many successfully arrests and convictions in his time. Notwithstanding the bumps on the road to suc-

cess, Nigeria continues to march relentlessly to development. It is therefore disturbing that the Acting Chief Judge of Abia state, Justice Shadrack O. E. Nwanosike had to wait for the National Judicial Commission to sack him over his falsification of age. It is a wonder what kind of conscience sustained him in office all the years he sat in judgment over others. The news of “deportation” from Lagos of fellow Nigerians within the country needs to be investigated with a view of verifying the veracity of the report. However, a routine look at the progress recorded in Abuja and Lagos is encouraging. Both cities are fast creating settlements comparable to the developed cities of the world. Lagos is not even ready to wait for hydro generated electricity. It is now powering its traffic lights by solar energy. And Abuja should learn from Lagos traffic control to pre-

vent the carnage resulting from over speeding on its modern roads. The adage now in Lagos is “the fear of LASTMAN is the beginning of wisdom”. It may be a tall order to declare that Nigeria is slowly but surely moving to its El Dorado, but we are moving towards the right direction. And that agrees with our goal in Nigerian Canadian News. With our paper, we hope to create the enabling environment for all our readers and patrons to have access to such news and information to keep them abreast of the latest and the best. So let’s join hands to develop our community here in Canada and extend this gain back to our people at home. Keep patronizing us as we put in our best to serve you. We are back with our regular columns that give you all the information you need. Consider what you will be remembered for and let it guide you.

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An award-winning Nigerian music director, Aswad Ayinde, found guilty of fathering children with his daughters will spend the rest of his life in jail. According to Mail Online, Ayinde, 55, of Paterson, New Jersey, United States, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being found guilty in the second of five expected trials in which he is accused of repeatedly raping his six daughters, resulting in six children being fathered. Mr. Ayinde in his latest trial was found guilty of many crimes including having intercourse with one of his daughters when she was as young as eight-years-old. In a disturbing disclosure dur-

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vealed that Mr. Ayinde began having intercourse with his second daughter from the time she was eight-years-old, impregnating her four times. The sexual assaults happened for almost 30 years until Mr. Ayinde and his wife separated, officials said. They occurred in numerous homes across northern New Jersey, even while the family was

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igerians have been advised to stay at home, instead of going overseas to suffer. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, stated this in Abuja recently when he presented his mid-term scorecard at the ongoing ministerial platform. Ashiru quoted the minister of National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman who said an average Nigerian who is not lazy can make up to one million Naira from agriculture and that the Nigerian economy was a very viable one. Ashiru said this during the question and answer session where a lot of questions about the ill treatment of Nigerians abroad and the outrageous new £3,000 cash bond for entering United kingdom arose, he stressed the need for Nigerians to stay at home because the foreign lands are not better in any way than Nigeria and that’s evident in the rush for Nigeria by foreigners. He, however, said the United Kingdom have not communicated officially to them as regard this new requirement and that until they do he will not comment, he also said the ill treatment of Nigerians in Kenya was temporal while that of South Africa was unfortunate and had been looked into. On the allegation of foreign office collecting money for the running of generators in countries like United kingdom and America where electricity is constant, he said they were just fiction and that money was for heating during winter and not electricity. The foreign office says it is using the new Foreign Policy to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that will create job opportunities for

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Nigerians. He said consequent upon the dynamic economic diplomacy Nigeria received $8.9 billion in foreign direct investment in 2012 alone as confirmed by the United Nations World Investment Report. Ambassador Ashiru mentioned General Electric of the United States whose investment of $1 billion in the construction of a factory in Calabar to manufacture gas turbines for the power sector in Africa. He said “the factory would employ over 2, 500 skilled manpower and an equal number of unskilled workers with wealth creation in the added value chain”. The Minister added that Procter and Gamble had begun the construction of a factory in Agbara, Ogun State to manufacture health materials with the potential to create over 1000 skilled jobs. He said following the signing of Bilateral Agreement with Germany in 2011, Siemens is establishing local manufacturing company in Lagos for the production of small and medium scale gas turbines for the power sector in the country. Speaking further on the financial inflows, the Minister listed Euro 65 million going to the construction of 30 megawatts Kiri Dam Project in Adamawa State; Euro

50 million for the 20 megawatts Yola Solar Power Station; and Euro 1.5 billion for the 450 megawatts National Integrated Power Project Geregu Power Station Phase Two in Ajaokuta, Kogi State. According to Ambassador Ashiru, Euro 8.2 million grant had been secured for the construction of 5 to 10 megawatts solar power plants for universities in Ibadan, Sokoto, Bayelsa and Yola. Speaking on NigeriaChina relations, the Foreign Minister said in addition to China’s involvement in the development of infrastructure and construction, the country granted soft loan of $500 million to Nigeria for the construction of a light rail in and around Abuja. On bilateral relations with Mexico, Ambassador Ashiru disclosed that investment worth $54 million had been secured for the development of agriculture plantations for the cultivation of pineapple and other crops for export to European Union market. In his remarks, Information Minister Mr. Labaran Maku said the Information Ministry and that of Foreign Affairs are collaborating to post Information Attaches to Nigerian embassies abroad for the purpose of projecting the image of the country as well as showcasing investment opportunities. He said Nigeria’s foreign policy has been retooled by the Jonathan administration to promote democracy and development in Africa. “What the President said when he was being sworn in was that in the last 50 years, the struggle of Africa was to end colonialism; end apartheid; end military rule and in the next 50 years, this country will be dealing with issues of political and economic transition”, he said. Source: gongnews.net

U.S. senator says a low-cost, high-tech cable sensor system could be planted along the Canada-U.S. border to boost security without impeding business. Montana Democrat Senator Jon Tester, who will chair a special field meeting of the U.S. Senate homeland security committee today focusing on the northern border, said cutting-edge technology, private partnerships and bilateral collaboration are key to closing potentially critical gaps — especially at expansive unmanned stretches. “I think there’s some real opportunity to save money and get better border security,” Tester told CBC News. “I’m not talking drones here, I’m talking low-level radar. I’m talking things like Blue Rose technology, where you can lay a cable in the ground and determine whether a gopher runs over it, or a human being, or a horse.” Blue Rose is an inground perimeter defence and security system developed by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and based on fibre optic technology. According to an abstract summary prepared for Homeland Security, the system detects the sound and vibration of intruders, such as people and vehicles, moving near the sensor. System would detect, distinguish intruders It has potential border security applications that could reduce manning requirements and overall costs, according to the abstract, but it is not yet being used along the Canada-U.S. border.

Sheriffs, border patrol agents and business representatives will be among the panelists at the hearing in Montana. With $600 million in trade and 130,000 jobs at stake in Montana alone, tackling the security challenges of the remote, largely agricultural border is critical to the economy, Tester said. With money tight on both sides of the border, costs of implementing and maintaining the program could be worked out and shared by the two countries, he said. Surveillance technology could monitor who’s coming to the border, could prevent drug smuggling and terrorism, and is particularly effective in vast areas like Montana. “I don’t think we need a border guard every thousand feet — I do think there are opportunities with technology to save money and help secure the border,” he said. Technology at expense of human resources? Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union in Canada, said there could be environmental concerns about ripping up land to install sensor cable. He also worries about the trend of increased reliance on technology and equipment for security

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Nuhu Ribadu: Truths, Lies And My EFCC days by Nuhu Ribadu I read Mahmud Jega’s Daily Trust column a fortnight ago, with the title “Gra-gra versus softly-softly”. It was composed in his characteristic meticulousness which also touched a nerve that concerns all. It also involved me, personally. It involved me because the piece was not only about anti-corruption struggle, something I came to be mo re identified with in the course of my career, but also because I was mentioned, or referenced to, many times in the piece. In the piece, Jega repeated several erroneous notions about my work at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). But to be fair to him, those insinuations were far from being his concoctions. They have been held for a long time by a section of Nigerians who were largely misinformed about the modus operandi of the EFCC I headed, or about me as a person. I therefore thought it a duty to correct some of the wrong impressions people have about what we did, for the sake of futurity and the reading public. I must, however, appreciate many of the positive things about our operations and modest achievements at the EFCC highlighted by Jega. Those were things we achieved largely because of our resolve to form a strong and professional agency, from the outset. Strong institutions are at the base of whatever things to come out of a system. This was a major focus for us. There were deliberate steps at capacity building that would prove extremely advantageous for the work we did in the five years I was there. I use “we” because the work was never a one man job. EFCC was beyond Nuhu Ribadu, or any individual for that matter. It was a team work. The patriotism, esprit de corp and professionalism exhibited by the team were

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the secrets for our successes. But as I always insist, success of anti-graft efforts is hinged largely at the leadership level, especially the political leadership. We were lucky to have the cooperation of the leadership at the time. To the credit of President Olusegun Obasanjo, he let us do the work even at a time we were going against some elements that were extremely close to him. It is therefore amusing when I hear people these days charge me of “selective justice”. Well, perhaps those charges could be passed as the example of what Wole Soyinka called ” our collective amnesia”. Take a comprehensive list of high profile people EFCC brought to justice, majority of them were people that could be correctly tagged “Obasanjo boys”. Even though some of them suddenly turn around the moment they found themselves in trouble with the law, as a way of buying public sympathy. Unfortunately, many people don’t strive to stretch the facts to reveal this truth. One largely neglected pillar of our work was the Judiciary and the criminal justice system generally. We had the support of other people in the justice administration chain. Without the will of incorruptible judges and other law enforcement officials, all our modest effort would have come to nought. However, the main thesis of Jega’s essay, which was also made clear from the title, was that the EFCC I headed was something of a gra-gra agency – a body that is peopled with exuberant officers eager to arrest suspects in order to hit the headlines. This is a flawed assessment of it. It is

also something that people come to believe, largely on account of the agency’s portrayal in the media. EFCC was, and is, never about arrests. In fact, arrest was just a fraction of the entire work. But because arrest is what makes the news, the myriad of steps and processes we follow before and after arrest are mostly overlooked. Every step in administration of a corruption case is carefully outlined and has its rigours and identified procedures. A lot of work would have to be put in from the point of accepting a petition or starting a case, analysing it, identifying the key issues and persons, investigation, sourcing documents, obtaining arrest and search warrants, preparing charges and then arrest. We tried to work on each of the steps in a very meticulous manner. It is a little surprise therefore, that throughout my period there was only one person who took me to court challenging his detention by the EFCC. He also lost the suit. The reason was simple: we followed the law and therefore had to do our homework before we pick anybody. Similarly, to point to the meticulous nature of what we did, it is in record that the EFCC recorded a world record of over 90 percent convictions on all the cases we prosecuted. I don’t think gra-gra would yield these results.
It is also incorrect to say that EFCC didn’t pursue preventive measures as regards corruption. We fully appreciated the fact that the twin strategy of prevention and sanctioning must always go together in law enforcement in general and fighting corruption in particular. The preventive measures of the EFCC were often overshadowed by the news selling headlines about arrests but EFCC took a lot of preventive measures. Major ones include the establishment of the Training and Research Institute that has been

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Child’s death raises private daycare questions It will likely be days before it’s known how the toddler died, but the death of a two-year-old at a home north of Toronto is raising new questions about conditions at private daycares. Paramedics responded to a home Monday operating as a private daycare near Dufferin Street and Highway 407 in Vaughan. Inside they found a child without vital signs who could not be revived. York Regional Police homicide detectives are investigating, as is standard procedure when a child under the age of five dies, but the daycare has since been cited for health violations. Police will wait for the results of an autopsy before determining whether charges will be laid. Officials said the body showed no signs of trauma. Provincial law limits to five the number of children under 10 years old allowed at private daycares who are not related to the operator. Officials found more than that at the Vaughan daycare. York Region’s community and health services department confirmed that they know of 29 children so far who were being cared for at the Vaughan daycare. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there were

29 children at the home on Monday. The Ministry of Education, which deals with unlicensed daycares, is involved in the investigation. “No this is very unusual,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe of Toronto public heath about the child’s death in Vaughan. “It could be toxic, it could be a metabolic illness, it could even be an allergy, there’s all sorts of possible reasons,” she said. Government oversight lacking Don Giesbrecht, CEO Canadian Child Care Federation, was interviewed about the issue Thursday on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Giesbrecht told host Matt Galloway that while many unlicensed private daycares offer great service and fill a need for working parents, there is little government oversight about how they operate.

“The majority of child care in this country is being done in unregulated unmonitored, unlicensed, environments,” he said. “Until somebody says something is wrong, there’s no mechanism that’s going to stop them. There’s no daycare police that are going to shut you down unless there’s a formal complaint.” Giesbrecht said the demand for daycare spaces in Canada far outstrips supply. He said there are 900,000 licensed childcare spaces in Canada but there are three million children with parents in the workforce. While not speaking specifically about the toddler’s death in Vaughan, Giesbrecht said the demand for daycare creates a situation in which daycares aren’t held to a high standard.

carrying out studies on corruption prevention in both public and private sectors. The institute is in the lead in training of detectives, public servants, bankers and so many others in Nigeria today. The establishment of Financial Intelligence Unit is one of the most important steps in preventive measures of controlling corruption globally, EFCC has done it for Nigeria. EFCC also worked to establish international networks and linkages, notably with the United Nations, FBI, Metropolitan Police, German BKA, and West African anti-money-laundering group, GIABA, among others. We also worked closely with many departments of governments, civil society groups, religious organisations and schools, on public enlightenment to stem corruption in the society. EFCC also engaged the National Assembly to amend laws, the judiciary on corruption prevention and justice delivery, the customs, the FIRS, NPA and many states and local governments. In fact, many of the arrests made by EFCC arose out of whistle-blowing efforts through these mechanisms. By the way, arrests and prose-

cutions are also very powerful tools of preventive measures, because they do send a strong message that one cannot get away with corrupt practice, no matter how highly placed. The article also mentioned the impeachment of three governors allegedly influenced by the EFCC. I try as much as possible not to be personal by commenting on such cases but the fact that it is suddenly gaining currency, makes it only sensible to clear the misconceptions. The EFCC did not and could not have impeached any governor or force legislators to do so. It will be unfair to deny the legislators the credit of doing their constitutional responsibilities. The EFCC did its part of the responsibility of investigation and submission of findings to the various State Assemblies all over the nation. Some state assemblies had cause to act on such reports, others did not. But we certainly did not force anyone to take any action. My understanding of events then was that two out of the three former governors got arrested in London with millions of Pounds. They absconded from justice there and that triggered chain of events that

culminated in their lost of political control of their states and thereby resulted in their impeachments. The former governor of Ekiti state had his own local issues. He lost out with the elite of the state, his political party, and other stakeholders. His ordeals had nothing to do with the EFCC. In all the cases, it was obvious that the governors lost out with their political parties and therefore the assembly members were more than willing to act on the thorough investigation reports of the EFCC. The reports were the extent of EFCC’s involvement in those impeachments. As a proviso, I want to state that all the actions we took while at the EFCC were taken with the purest of intentions and based on available facts before us at the time. But it is understandable that in everything we do as humans, we are bound to be misunderstood. However, fear of being misunderstood should not be an excuse for not moving to salvage our country. As citizens, we all have the civic responsibility of playing our part in healing the country of its myriad of maladies and guiding it to the coast of prosperity.

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5 Northern Govs – We’ll Bury PDP If Our Efforts Fail The five Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors of Adamawa, Sokoto, Jigawa, Niger and Sokoto currently consulting with former heads of state with aims to save the party and polity have threatened to bury the party if their consultations end in failure. At the end of the latest consultation, the five governors were hailed by former president, General Ibrahim Babangida as real patriots, who have taken it upon themselves to address real threats to the polity. Four of the five governors — Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano met with Babangida and another former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, during which they relayed their fears and apprehensions on the polity. Nyako was the only one of the five northern governors, who commenced the consultations with the country’s

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From left: Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State; former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd); Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) after a meeting at the Presidential Lodge, Minna, Niger State elder-statesmen, that was absent at the consultation with Babangida and Abubakar. His absence, the other governors said, was due to a previously scheduled commitment with officials across the border in Cameroon. Nyako, nevertheless, said that ongoing consultations by the governors were meant to

help save the PDP from complete collapse, but in the event of their failure they would help bury the party. The Adamawa State governor said he had given the nod for his supporters to decamp to the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, though he said he would remain in the PDP. Nigerianmonitor

FG to Criminalise Oil Spillage By Omafume Amurun The federal government has presented a bill to the National Assembly that would make oil spillage a criminal offence, the Minister of Environment Mrs Hadiza Mailafia has disclosed Mrs. Mailafia said in Abuja that the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), a parastatal agency under the ministry, had presented the bill to the National Assembly that would make oil spillage a criminal offence. “We are working on the proposed bill presented by NOSDRA to the National Assembly; when it comes up, there

will be more stringent measures on those oil companies that pollute the environment. “Remember, this is transformation agenda in action; before now, these things were happening unattended to, but now, we are determined to transform the environment sector.’’ On measures to mitigate effect of flooding, she said that the Federal Government had started dredging some major rivers to allow free of water across the country. She further said that aid the ministry had stepped up sensitisation on the need to keep the environment clean to avoid a

Mrs Hadiza Mailafia has disclosed recurrence of the 2012 flooding. In addition, she said that ministry had embarked on tree planting campaign to safeguard the environment. nigerdeltastandard.com

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Canadian experience. They also face obstacles when trying to get professional accreditation since some regulatory bodies will not admit new members without prior work experience in Canada. As a result, they end up in jobs that do not correspond to their education, skills and experience. The new policy sets out the OHRC’s position that a strict requirement for “Canadian experience” is discriminatory, and can only be used in rare circumstances. Employers and regulatory bodies need to ask about all of a job applicant’s previous work - where they got their experience does not matter. The policy also tells employers and regulatory bodies how to develop practices, policies and programs that do not result in discrimination. “We welcome this new policy,” said Bill Thomas,

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner, KPMG. “Businesses that invest in newcomers benefit from the skills and rich experience they have to offer and in return, become more competitive in today’s global economy.” Last fall, the OHRC consulted newcomers to Canada in the last 10 years about their experiences looking for jobs in Ontario since their arrival, and employers or human resources representatives, who use “Canadian experience” as a job requirement. The OHRC also spoke with a number of organizations and individuals, including agencies serving newcomers, employers, government and regulatory bodies. Aussi disponible en français SOURCE: Ontario Human Rights Commission

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TORONTO, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) new Policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier was launched today by Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall in partnership with KPMG. “Ontario attracts highlyskilled immigrants from all over the world,” commented Hall, “but if they have to meet a requirement for Canadian experience, they are in a very difficult position - they can’t get a job without Canadian experience and they can’t get experience without a job. In most cases, that is discrimination under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.” The OHRC found that many newcomers turn to unpaid work such as volunteering, internships or low-skilled “survival jobs” to meet the requirement for

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The world’s most populous black country lags behind five other African countries – Lesotho, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad and Angola - all classified as countries with slow declining HIV infection rates. A report entitled “The 2013 Progress Report On the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive, notes that while Botswana has the most rapid decline of HIV infection followed by Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, in Nigeria, the number of HIV infections among children aged 0-14 and women aged 18-49 has declined very slowly. According to data sourced from the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, the Report states that childhood HIV infection rates dropped by just 8 percent from 65,000 in 2009 to 60,000 in 2012. Further, only 1 in 10, or 12 percent (260,000) of children infected with HIV, were eligible for antiretroviral therapy in 2012, compared to 8 percent in 2009.
Data from the report also shows that the number of women of child-bearing age (15-49) acquiring HIV

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infection has not changed substantially since 2009. The number dropped marginally in four years from 120,000 to 110,000. Worse still, only 20 percent of pregnant women living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral medicines to prevent motherto-child transmission of HIV. From the Report, Nigeria still accounts for one third of all new HIV infections among children in the 21 priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa – the largest number of any country. The Report notes that “nearly all indicators assessed show stagnation and suggest that Nigeria is facing significant hurdles. Other findings showed that the number of women becoming newly infected with HIV between 2009 and 2012 remains stable in most of the assessed countries. Only Ghana (44 percent) and South Africa (28 percent) have substantial declines in the number of women acquiring HIV infection. PMTCT 
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The Gay Conversion Therapy A group of 260 churches founded in the United States since 1976 to help gay people overcome their “sexuality” through prayers was reportedly shut down recently after its leader offered an apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and admitted that he was attracted to men. The Christian ministry known as Exodus International based in Florida was until its closure the largest “ex-gay” ministry in the United States. The leader, Alan Chambers, who was a previously openly gay man, had gone on to marry a woman and was appointed president of the ministry in 2001 but was never after all “cured” of being gay. He was reported to have written and campaigned extensively against homosexuality, but it became clear that he merely attempted to “deliver” others without having first delivered himself. Still it takes an extra-ordinary courage to confront and lay bare one’s perceived error in the public. Everyman and everywoman can draw allusion to himself and herself from this story; we can all look inward to examine the content of our apprehensions. Fear, they say, is borne out of guilt, but what about hatred? Is our hatred an indication of our affinity? An African proverb says what we hate outside is a reflection of what we hide inside. As none is born to hate, is not hatred, prejudice or bias something of a self-imposed burden from which we must hurry to free ourselves? What lies beyond all intellectual analyses? Is there an incontrovertible spiritual viewpoint on the subject of homosexuality? Would it matter if it wasn’t for the fact that the physical form is not all there is to a person? When a human body is lifeless, is it not said that the person is “gone”? If the lifeless body is not the person, then where has she or he gone? Or is the “he” or “she” designation no longer relevant outside of the human body? Does the notion of sex go beyond the physical? What informs the incarnation that determines the sex on the one hand and the sexual orientation on the other hand, of a person? How can we recognize the scientific limitations or the spiritual authority on this subject? Can we gain any insight in the simplicity and logic of nature around us? Do we have to learn to read and write or listen to preachers before we can grasp the

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simple truths of life? Is there an order in Nature? Is any such order observable? Could this order be disturbed by an individual or a group of people? Is there any consequence to the disturbance or distortion of the natural order? How could any such distortion affect our state of mind and our world? What are the consequences of the disturbance of a natural order, or the violation of a natural law? Would the consequences be comparable to what may be suffered by an individual who disturbs public order in a society? It is possible to outwit the laws of the society, but what about the laws of nature? Do we reap what we sow? When and how does a man or woman reap the fruit of a seed that will ripen for harvest only in two hundred years? Do we come back to the earth to finish any unfinished business of a previous earth life? The consequences of our present thoughts, words or actions, when would they fully manifest? Is there more to the male and female genders than meets the physical eye? In a married gay or lesbian couple why is there one party that is still considered “husband” and the other “wife” despite the fact that they are both of the same sex? Could it be a case of a man’s soul incarnated in a woman’s body and a woman’s soul in a man’s body? What could bring about the situation whereby a male soul is incarnated in a female body or a female soul in a male body? Could the surgical procedure for transgender be achieved alternatively through natural development? Is there a situation whereby a soul is incarnated or has developed midway in the transformation process? Is there any such thing as being transformed midway and attracted both ways? Is it all a reflection of nature striving for redress and enforcing a balance? Is the female human born

generally with finer physical features as opposed to a male human born with rougher physical aspects? Are there other features that are not apparent? What about the natural male and female hormones -- are they developed according to the sexes or indiscriminately irrespective of sexes? Does it matter the blurring of lines between the sexes? Is there anything to the feminine and masculine embodiments, passive and active attributes, negative and positive paradigms, reserved and gregarious tendencies? Do we get to keep what we don’t use in nature? What would happen if a woman of finer outward features cultivates and develops rougher features instead? If she loses her finer features through excessive physical exertion, would it impact her physiology or does she remain essentially the same? Does the man also lose his masculine attributes out of disuse? Do all these bear any impact upon the soul? How and when is it revealed? Who, where and how are we? Where do we come from? Where do we go to? How do we proceed? Are we altered, transformed, distorted, converted? How was it meant to be? What do we do now? Is there any guidance? What is the relevance of our intuition? Does anyone know it all? Is it a simple question of one and its opposite? Are there not many a case that is neither one nor its opposite? Are we loose upon a loose world without bounds? Is there no relevance to the power of good volition? Does freedom not reside only in the fulfillment of responsibility and obedience of law? Are we not individually and collectively at liberty to exercise our freewill? Must we not be mindful of the inalterable repercussions of every thought, every word and every action? Richard Meseko richmeseko@gmail.com


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THIS TIME AROUND continued from last issue Antonio kept his eyes on Misan, watching her like a cat would watch its prey. He would wait until she finished eating before going over. He opened his book and began to read, keeping an eye on her. Some few minutes after, he looked in her direction and saw Misan and her friend walking toward the door. He was surprised. Didn’t they eat - he thought as he got up with the book in his hand and followed them. He met them at the lobby, waiting for the elevator. Misan looked at him briefly and looked away. This man is not serious, what’s his game? “Hi.” He greeted Ruth with a smile, extending his hand. “I’m Antonio.” Ruth took his hand. “I’m pleased to meet you. I’m Ruth.” She smiled at him.” Then he greeted Misan. She answered coolly, without looking at him. From the corner of her eyes, she could see Ruth watching them. “I’d like to see you.” Antonio said. The words were softly spoken. Misan’s eyes went to his earring. She had been fascinated by it before. It made him look rugged at that time but now … she thought it made him look irresponsible. Yet she had a child by him. No way would she tell him about Weyin. She didn’t need such a person in her child’s life. She had to push him far away from her. “I’m busy.” She answered, looking at the many people who went in and out of the hall. Antonio wasn’t surprised to hear that. That was a woman’s excuse. He decided to say what he had to say right there even though he had thought she would be alone. “Well, I want to say this, I’m sorry for whatever my offence is, but well, I wish you’d tell me.” He stared at her and then at Ruth who was openly staring at them and listening. Misan didn’t like how he was talking in the presence of Ruth. That annoyed her more. She turned to tell him she didn’t know what he was talking about when the elevator came. She entered with Ruth. He followed. “Antonio,” She called to stop him but he was already in. As the doors slid

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shut she said, “Antonio, you have not offended me.” She paused and then continued, her voice trembling. “I just want you to leave me alone.” She felt like telling him we have a child and she’s so adorable, you need to meet her - but she couldn’t. Tears coursed down her cheeks. Why should the tears come now? She felt embarrassed. “You are crying!” Antonio exclaimed, clearly surprised. The elevator stopped on the 8th floor to pick more people. Misan used the back of her right hand to clean her face as she moved back to allow the people enter. Antonio and Ruth also moved back. “Misan, why are you crying?” Ruth asked, whispering in her ears. She didn’t answer. The elevator closed and continued its smooth descent. It stopped again on the 7th floor. Antonio had to move closer to Misan to create space for people to come in. His hand brushed hers lightly. He looked at her and said, “I’m sorry.” He could smell her perfume. She remained quiet. Her mind was twirling at his closeness and her hand which was brushed by his, still tingled. She was surprised by her feelings. Could she still be attracted to him? The doors closed again and the elevator didn’t stop until it reached the 4th floor. Antonio held the doors for Misan and Ruth and they got out. He followed. Misan stopped and faced him. “Please leave us.” “I want to know what is wrong.” “Nothing is wrong.” She waited for him to leave. “Well, I wanted to tell you that I’ve changed. I’m now a believer.” A believer? Did she hear him right? She turned slightly to look at him. The tiny earring was still there and she

didn’t think he looked like a believer. He must be joking. What about the redhead she saw with him just some minutes ago? Oh, probably he didn’t know she saw the lady - Misan hissed under her breath. “Humph, congratulations.” She said through tight lips. “I wish you all the best.” Or what was she supposed to say? She asked herself silently. Or did he say that just to convince her to be with him? That thought angered her. What did he take her for? Well, if he had changed, she would prove to him that she had changed as well. “Just stay away from me.” She added. Antonio hesitated for several seconds and then pressed the button for the elevator. As Misan turned to leave, she saw him put his hands in the pockets of his pants, looking away. As she and Ruth walked to her room, Ruth asked her, “What exactly is it?” “Well, I used to know him sometime back. He offended me. I guess I’ve not gotten over it.” Misan explained. “But he has apologized. You should forgive him.”Ruth reasoned. “I know. I have forgiven him. It’s just that I’ve not forgotten about it.” In Misan’s room, Ruth continued with the questions, “What exactly did he do?” Misan shook her head sadly. She hoped Ruth would not persist. She couldn’t tell her. Ruth knew she had a daughter but how could she tell her that Antonio was the father? If she told Ruth, the questions would never end. And if she told her how Weyin was made, Ruth would be shocked. “We’ll talk about it later.” Misan said and changed the subject. They continued talking until Ruth said,“Hey it’s almost eleven. I think we need to hurry up so as to go out and see what Cozumel has to offer.” Both of them went to the balcony, looked down toward the shore and found people were already leaving the ship to go into town. Misan and Ruth also left for sightseeing, wearing sunglasses. The continued on p(17)

Dear Agatha, I once dated his younger brother while we were studying abroad. I actually had a child for him which we both agreed to put up for adoption because we were at that time ill-equipped to take on the responsibility of caring for a child. Along the line, we had to part ways when he met an ‘akata’ woman who could give him the kind of security he wanted to remain in United States. I had to move on to another country; Canada: when I got the opportunity to. I came back to the country to start a new life. During a friend’s birthday, I met this man who I got talking to. One thing led to another and we eventually started dating. Even though something about his surname sounded familiar but at 40, I considered myself lucky to attract such a man so didn’t bother to probe him or his family. Being desperate, I immediately set about getting pregnant. Luckily, I was able to get pregnant six months after our meeting. I waited for five months before telling him about the pending baby to avoid him asking me to abort the child. I am blessed with a good physic so he didn’t know I was in the family way at all. When I eventually told him, he protested my pregnancy insisting we never discussed it especially as he has a family. He said our relationship wasn’t meant to last forever but I ignored him and made my way to see his parents confident no sane person would ask me to terminate an almost six months pregnancy. It was while I was there that his younger brother walked in. I didn’t know he was back from the United States let alone aware he is the younger brother of my unborn child’s father. His presence erased any hope of the family accepting me as the second wife of their eldest son. They practically threw me out when they discovered I had a child for their younger son. They said it was abomination in their family for two brothers to sleep with the same woman let alone have children by her. They said they didn’t want a curse upon their family hence told me to go and remove the child inside of me to avoid the repercussion of having children for

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two brothers. They also said if I decide to keep the child, it would be my decision, not theirs since they will never have anything to do with me and my child for life. This is why I need your help desperately. I don’t know what to do. If I give birth to this child, there is no guarantee that the father’s family will ever welcome the child. Though there is a clause in the adoption paper that we signed that when the child is 18, she will get to know who her biological parents are. How do I explain to the world that I bore my two children to two brothers? On the other hand, I am getting advanced in age by the standards of a woman’s reproductive years. What assurances that I will ever get pregnant again? I am as confused as to the path to take in my situation. Please help me as a part of me wants to keep this baby because I need it to ensure this man comes back into my life; a baby to bargain with in my latter years should in case no man comes for my hand in marriage again. Please help me. Worried Woman. Dear Worried Woman, Abortion is certainly out of the question. Whatever the consequences are, you are not allowed to take the life of that baby because you didn’t create it. You ran ahead of your legs by getting pregnant for a man you knew had a wife and who didn’t discuss you getting pregnant for him. You thought you could use the baby to trap him into marrying you; unfortunately you thought wrongly as there was never an agreement between the two of you that you were going to have a baby for him; or him marry you as his second wife.

If you weren’t that desperate to marry at all cost, you should have investigated the similarities in the names of both men. This would have saved you the embarrassment of sleeping with two brothers and going to the extent of being pregnant for both of them. The choice before you is a very difficult one. This might be the last chance you have of being a mother; nobody can predict correctly what one’s destiny is in life. It gets to a point in life when one just must go against conventions and do what is right in the situation one finds oneself. You have found yourself in one of those circumstances where you must tow the path of honor irrespective of what the world thinks of you. What should matter to you now is how you judge yourself at the end of the day. If you end up not having a child in life, how would you feel especially seeing your friends, siblings in company of their children? How can you terminate a pregnancy that is this advanced? You will only end up jeopardizing your own life in the process and even if you survive it, what about the state of your womb? At 40, your womb is aging and having gone through some experiences, might not be able to recover from the ordeal of an abortion. So why compromise your womb and life in the process of ending this pregnancy? At 40, you are not too young to have a baby; after all you must have thought it out thoroughly before embarking on this journey of deceit so why are you hesitant to continue what you started out with? Wasn’t this what you wanted; to have a baby for this man? The only difference here is that he won’t be around to help you with this baby as you planned. Only the living, tell tales or care for a child. Don’t forget that this child has a right to life just like you, so begin to plan for it as soon as possible because the task ahead of you is a difficult one; the kind that requires so much wisdom and determination to win. If the paternal family has rejected it, you as the mother cannot. The child is your responsibility to care for because you owe it continued on p(16)


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happening between Nigeria and UK. We all know that there is an age long relation between the two countries.” Fashola, in his speech said that London and Lagos have made tremendous progress in various sectors of their economy, saying,“I believe that with this, we can learn from each other’s success.” The governor said; “Today, Lagos is now dealing with challenges of becoming a global city state in the sense that there are several opportunities in the state. And it has become an attractive destination for the world. “And as we move towards improving our economy in Lagos, there is need for us to strengthened our bilateral ties especially with United Kingdom,” he said. Speaking earlier, Mr. Gifford said “London is a very great

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The Ile-Ife community in Osun State, Nigeria has declared one Kolade Ihekoronye Paul for openly declaring his gay status and for involving in homosexual activities, offence punishable by Death if found guilty. It would be recalled that sometime in January 5, 2013, Kolade Ihekoronye Paul openly declared his gay status and confessed to have engaged in homosexual acts, an act considered as taboo, despicable and immoral, the situation generated tension in Ile-Ife, a community noted for upholding Africa culture, norms, and value in Nigeria.

When the council of Elders and Chief met to review Kolade Ihekoronye Paul’s case, the verdict of death was passed on him, continued on p(48)

New services: CRA mail online (NC)—Did you know that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has added a new feature to its online services that will give businesses the choice to receive most of their CRA mail online? Through My Business Account, businesses that sign up for this service will receive an email notification when there’s mail to view in their secure online account. No more paper correspondence to pile up! Using the CRA’s new online mail service is faster and easier than managing paper correspondence from the CRA. It also reduces your cost of doing business by saving you time. You’ll be able to receive notices of assessment and reassessment and

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Back to school laptop tips (NC) As another school year draws closer, weighing technology options is probably the furthest things from the minds of parents and students. But with laptops now a staple in most lecture halls, it’s hard to shelve students’ needs for quality technology. Parents and students also have different views on what to look for in a laptop. According to a national survey of 1,000 Canadians, 23 per cent of students considered support for gaming a priority in a laptop, compared to only 10 per cent of parents. “Picking the right laptop doesn’t have to be a daunting task,” says Toshiba’s education specialist Trevor Dantas. “There are many laptop options available for work and play; the key is to decide what the machine’s primary function will be and narrow down the features you require.” • Functionality Consider whether you are looking for a laptop that will be solely used for typing essays and research or for entertainment purposes as well. While word processing remains a necessity, students are known to watch the occasional movie on their laptop. Even with minimal entertainment needs, certain programs

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Nigeria: Shameless Senate OUR Senate is in the caves. We have a duty to save it, from itself, and for Nigerians. How can the Senate in the 21st century be proposing that Nigerian girls can be married at an indeterminate age? The Senate is shamelessly broadcasting its determination to insert the profane

provision into the Constitution. Those limiting impacts of the Senate’s decision that girls are ready for marriage at any age they are married to abuse of the girl child massively miss the point about its implications for the future of our society. What would a society be

where children are meant to raise their own children? How can a girl by law attain womanhood once someone marries her? Is the Senate banning childhood for girls? Our laws recognise adulthood at 18 - for rights of litigation, voting, and the definition of “minor”. A woman married at less than 18, according to the Senate, would be an “adult” by an act that has telling effects on the health of the girl child. At what age would the “senate adult” have any legal rights? Is a definite age for adulthood unimp or t ant? Is it not discrimination, contrary to Section 42 of the cont on p(22)

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Make your list of back-to-campus essentials (NC)—Sending your child off to college or university is a daunting experience for both parents and students. No matter whether they are first-year students planning their first extended stay away from home, or returning to a dorm or to independent housing, making sure they have everything they will need is a big job. According to experts, the best way to prepare yourself and your son or daughter for this big change is to, well, prepare. Start a conversation with your child about what they hope their dorm life will be like. Get specific about visualizing their room. Talk about what things will make their space feel like “home”. The more they can “see” it, the more relaxed they will be about the move. From there, together you can make a list and plan a shopping trip to select the things

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chine and hypoallergenic. • Mattress topper Sleeping well is crucial to performing well in school. A foam mattress topper can make all the difference when added to the dorm mattress and can help alleviate restless tossing and turning. The Obusforme 4-Zone reversible mattress topper (also found at Sears) is an easy way to add comfort and is machine washable. • Appliance essentials Look for small appliances such as a single-serve coffee brewer for those all night study sessions. Compact blenders and indoor grill/ meal makers are space-saving items that can help your child make healthy smoothies and quick meals on their own. More information is available online at www.sears.ca.

continued from p(14) life, care and love. The fact that you didn’t intentionally sleep with the two brothers is enough reason for you to go on. Even though you had the feelings, given the similarities in their names, you met them differently and had no way of knowing they were brothers. No matter what, always remember and never take it out on the child. As for the curse, once you anchor your faith in God,

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holding Him to every word He has spoken concerning you, you will overcome at the end of the day. You won’t be the first woman to find herself in this kind of mess but since you didn’t sleep with the two brothers intentionally, your case is understandable. Your only fault here is your cunningness to entrap the man into a marriage he didn’t bargain for. You knew he was not in search

of a second wife. Even if he wanted a second wife, you still should have discussed the issue of pregnancy with him before getting pregnant. Besides, at your age, you ought to know that there is more to marriage than a boy meeting a girl. As for the child you gave up for adoption at birth, it might not be so easy to get her back so this child might just be all that you have at the end of the day. Good luck.


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My Brother’s Fiancée is my Ex-girlfriend

A Little Difference Uju Onyechere He was born June 28, 1940 in the village of Bathua, in Hathazari, Chittaagong to Hazi Dula Mia Shoudagar. His early childhood was spent in the village before his family moved to the city of Chittagong, where his father had a jewellery business. Mohammed Yunus first got involved in fighting poverty during a 1974 famine in Bangladesh. He was then doing field work as a rural economist at Chittagong University, where he met a woman named Sufia Begum, a 21-year-old mother of three, who was trying to make ends meet by making bamboo stools. He discovered that very small loans could make a big difference to a poor person. However, traditional banks were not interested in making tiny loans at more reasonable interest rates to poor people, who were considered repayment risks. Yunus decided to take the bull by the horn. He choose to trade where the big banks thought were too risky. He choose to lend money to the poor. His first loan consisted of US$27, which he lent to women in the village of Jobra – near Chittagong University – who made bamboo furniture. His idea was that the poor could be as credit-worthy as the rich and that small

loans could unleash the entrepreneurial talents of people who had historically been written off as economic basket cases. Thus Yunus founded the Grameen Bank and a microcredit institution that extends small loans to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. Since opening its doors in 1983, the bank has made small loans – usually about $200 and some as little as $20 totaling more than US$5.1 billion to more than 6 million borrowers, almost all of them women. The bank operates without the traditional collateral, which is the main obstacle in our banks. To ensure repayment, the bank uses a system of “solidarity groups.” These small informal groups apply together for loans and its members act as co-guarantors of repayment and support one another’s efforts. The success of the Grameen model has inspired similar efforts throughout the world. It is currently been emulated in more than 23 countries. In recognition of his efforts, Yunus along with

continued from p(14) weather was very warm. Misan had her camera with her. They entered different stores, bought straw hats and put them on their heads. Quite a number of the tourists wore sunglasses and straw hats as well, Misan noticed. They saw four natives playing some musical instruments. Some of the tourists joined them to take photographs. Misan and Ruth watched for some minutes and then decided to take photographs with them too. They gave their cameras to two white tourists to snap and then hurried to stand with the natives. As they posed, Ruth nudged Misan,“That’s your friend coming.” Misan looked in the di-

rection of her gaze and saw Antonio coming in their direction with a camera and a plastic bag in his hand. Her heart began the familiar race as she quickly looked away. She hoped he would pass and leave her alone or better still, that he would not see her. She risked another glance at him and saw him coming toward them. He had seen them. When Antonio saw what was happening, he set his camera. It was too late for Misan to pull away from the group. She fixed the smile on her face even though she was wondering what he wanted to do with her picture - show it to his friends and tell them she was one of his conquests? She saw

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Grameen Bank won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. The citation for the $1.4 million prize award said “Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical actions for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh but also in many other countries.” In his response after receiving the award, Yunus said, “I will work to create some more new things in the world, and will use the award money to start a company to produce cheap, nutritional food for the poor and to set up an eye hospital to treat impoverished patients.” Yunus is not new to awards, as he has won several international awards like the Mother Teresa, The Economist, World Food, UNESCO amongst other awards. Dear reader, a little difference in your community could make the big break in the world. Don’t wait for the government or anybody, just do the little you can and God will do the rest. God is watching. The world is watching. Yours truly will be happy to inspire the world with your story. Make it happen. Dear Lord bless my friends reading this article and give them the boldness and opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face in Jesus name! To our success!

cameras flashed. Why would he not go away? As she collected her camera from the white tourist, Antonio greeted her, smiling. She answered with a question. “Do you know what you just did is wrong? Taking my photograph without asking for my permission. I could sue you, you know!” That was a language she knew people understood very well in America. To be continued. This story is from the novel, This Time Around To order this book and others by the same author, Call: 1-410-519-6888 1-410-818-7482 Website: www.pastortaiwoodubiyi.org.uk

Dear Pastor, Few years ago, while I was in the higher institution, I met and dated a girl briefly. We did not have the best of relationships. I was very unfaithful to her and gave her so much heartache within the short time we were together. She walked out on the relationship and we have not seen for a long time. Just recently, my elder brother who I am staying with, informed me he was bringing the girl he was marrying home to introduce to me. Lo and behold, the girl he brought in was my ex-girlfriend. I was actually very surprised to find out she was the one. I have since given my life to Christ and would not in any way want her back. I know my brother who happens to be my only brother loves her very much. I would not want to cause my brother any pains. I have since moved out of my brother’s house after I had a discussion with the girl in question. I feel she deserves to be happy after the pains I caused her. I asked for her forgiveness and promised her I will never tell my brother about us. Do you think I did the right thing? Jason Dear Jason, I must commend the level of maturity you have displayed in this situation. I thank God that you

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have met and accepted Jesus into your life. You are a new creature. Old things are passed away. II Cor. 5: 17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”. I am happy to hear you had a discussion with the lady before you moved out of your brother’s house. But Jason, I have some few concerns about your not disclosing your relationship with this lady to your brother. Did your friends know about your relationship with her? What of her own friends? Do they know your family members? Have you both considered what would happen if your brother got this gist from outside? What mess it would generate? Between you and the lady, one of you must have a discussion with your brother. I would suggest the lady brings this to the knowledge of your brother. Her

marriage must not be built on deceit. She must be as open as possible to your brother. Let her tell your brother the truth. If your brother truly loves her as you have said, then he will stay on. You see the bible says in Songs of Solomon 8: 7 “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned”. The bible in I John 4:18a further says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear. And of course I do not need to remind you that “love covereth a multitude of wrongs”. Prayerfully bring this to your brother’s knowledge. It is better to have a broken engagement than a broken marriage. If this truth is hidden from your brother now and he discovers it in the future, it could lead to a marriage break up. It is better to deal with the situation now. Please do not postpone it.

There is no limit to what God can do in you and through you when you reprogram your thinking and start believing that you’re blessed. -Joel Olsten

‘How we carried out first metallic surgery in Nigeria’ BY CHIOMA OBINNA

“I saw him yesterday. For the first time in the past five years, he looked at his arm and burst into tears,” with these words Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham United Kingdom, UK, Dr. Segun Abudu, recounted how he and his team at the Lagoon Hospital Lagos successfully carried out the first metallic replacement of a whole arm bone and joints on a patient. The surgical feat which is the first of its kind in West Africa, according to findings showed that only two or three centres could per-

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form similar operations in UK. Describing the feat as a pride to Nigeria and as one of the high-end surgery performed at Lagoon hospitals, Abudu noted that it is a testimony of top of the range specialists’ skills and care services available in the country.
Abudu said the “historic” surgery was performed on a banker in his late 30s who was involved in a road accident four years ago and was left with a nasty fracture of the right arm bone. The patient’s arm was damaged in the accident and he could not use it for four years. The arm was also infected from the shoulder, down to the el-

bow. The patient had surgeries performed in four hospitals such that the bore failed to heal and got infected. However, during the eight – hour surgery, Abudu and his team replaced the shoulder, elbow and arm to have what they describe as “a bionic man.” Narrating the experience, Abudu said: “I have been to several countries doing this type of surgery and it really pained me that I am not able to offer same in Nigeria for years. Now have a hospital with the necessary facility that allows us to offer the surgery, is for me, God sent! continued on p(50)


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ter they stop laying eggs, meaning a lengthy commitment from owners. For the most part, it is illegal to keep chickens in the city. However, since 2011 there have been a few pilot projects in Montreal boroughs. Chickens on the street Devine says there has been an increase in stray chickens picked up from the street over the past six to eight months, with a new chicken or rooster arriving at the Montreal shelter “every single week.” After the city held public consultations last summer,

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A review of NIDO and the TORONTO chapter I write to remind you all about Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, what it stands for and the need to propagate these. Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) was founded in 2000 at the behest of President Obasanjo at Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Thereafter, NIDO was established in four areas throughout the world: namely: NIDO AFRICA, AMERICAS, ASIA, and EUROPE. Our focus here is NIDO AMERICAS. NIDO AMERICAS (NIDO-A) NIDO-A was formally launched by the then Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Professor Jubril Aminu in 2001. It was incorporated in 2001 and adopted and ratified in 2002. NIDO AMERICAS was housed by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC. The affairs of NIDO AMERICAS were run by a 21 member board (16 elected – 2 from each of NIDOA’s 8 Regions and 5 appointed at large.) The Board was assisted by a paid NIDO-A office manager between 2002 and 2011. NIDO AMERICAS has 8 Regions. There are 6 Regions in the USA, Canada is Region 7 and South America and the Caribbean is Region 8. Canada as Region 7 had two people on the NIDOA Board of Directors. They were Dr Ola Kassim and Mr. Jimmy Lawal. Dr. Kassim became the Vice Chairperson, and later, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors between 2003 and-2007. Because of the Board’s inability to elect a Chairperson after the 2007 AGM, an Interim Committee with two co-chairpersons and 4 other members were constituted to address the problems of leadership. A formal election was conducted in 2009 to usher in

new set of Board members and it’s Executive (Management Committee). But, problems continued to beguile the NIDO AMERICAS. Presently, a 3–member Committee is reviewing the situation and the Bylaws of NIDO Americas Region 7 – CANADA Region 7 consisted of seven Chapters: Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba and Montreal. However, as at this time of writing, only five Chapters (Toronto, Windsor, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton) are functioning. BOD of Region 7 Region 7 or NIDO-A Canada constituted its own Board of 14 members (as at this time of writing): Manitoba 0, Edmonton 2, Calgary 2, Ottawa 0, Montreal 3, Windsor 2, and Toronto 5. The Management of the NIDO-A Canada Board consists of the Chairperson, Secretary, the Treasurer and Public Relations Officer. NIDO-A TORONTO CHAPTER AND NIDO-A Usually, Chapters should remit members’ dues to NIDO Americas and a certain percentage was expected to be remitted back to the Chapters. However, because NIDO Americas did not remit any amount back to the existing Chapters, in 2007, the Toronto Chapter decided that it would no longer remit paid dues to NIDO America. In spite of this, Toronto Chapter is still recognized as a very viable and active member of NIDO-A In 2005, The Toronto Chapter had opened a bank account. However, NIDO Americas’ Board insisted that the Toronto Chapter closed this account. The Chapter complied with this order in order to meet the tenets of the NIDO-A Con-

stitution. Registration of “NIDO CANADA” and the Ensuing Court Action “NIDO Canada” was registered at the initial stage of the formation of the Toronto Chapter with the agreement or knowledge of Dr. Ola Kassim and Chief Emmanuel Mbulu. In May 2005, “NIDO Canada” was formally inaugurated at the Nigerian High Commission Ottawa with an Interim Board set up to replace the Initial Board Members However, when the Interim Board wanted the Registration Certificate to enable it to carry out its official businesses such as opening a bank account, the Board was told that the certificate was with Chief Mbulu. When the Board asked Chief Mbulu for the certificate, he refused to relinquish the certificate as he advised that “NIDO CANADA” was registered by him. Many emissaries were sent to Chief Mbulu but, he refused to change his mind on his stand. In 2007 at a general meeting of members of NIDOA (Region 7) held at the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa, a substantive Board was elected for Region 7. They comprised of Dr. Ola Kassim, Chief Tunde Olagundoye and Dr Peter Ozemoyah representing Toronto Chapter, Mr. Wale Adesanya representing Ottawa Chapter, and Dr Benedicta Egbo representing Windsor Chapter. Though Montreal Chapter was present at the meeting, they did not present anyone for the Board elections. In 2007, NIDO Canada

renewed its registration and replaced the name of Dr Kadiri (one of the original/initial director) of the NIDO Canada by Mr. Isaac Okoboh. However, Industries Canada asked for clarification of members who constituted the Board of NIDO Canada since Chief Olagundoye had sent the five names elected in Ottawa as the updated directors of “NIDO Canada”. Travails of NIDOA/ Region 7 In 2008, the Toronto Chapter organized NIDOA World Conference. A gift of $2000 was given by Dr. Jude Igwemezie towards the conference. NIDO Canada (as registered by Chief Mbulu) got to know about this money and embarked on a court action claiming that the name “NIDO Canada” was used to raise money illegally and that the five-named Region 7 directors should desist from doing so. NIDO Canada was claiming $500,000 damages in the court action. In Feb. 2009, NIDO Canada sought a court injunction to stop any NIDO activity in Canada until the determination of the $500,000 damage claim. The injunction was thrown out and NIDO Canada was asked to pay $2000 as cost. At this point, moves were made to settle the case out of court. The then NCA President, Mr. Billy Etuk, was asked to mediate in the matter. But unfortunately, this came to naught like previous attempts. In 2010, the then NIDOA Toronto Chapter President, Dr Peter Ozemoyah,

insisted on his preference to get the case settled out of court when he came into office. Again, emissaries were sent to discuss this with Chief Mbulu in order to settle the case out of court. However, this was to no avail. In August 2011, the Court ruled that the initial directors of NIDO Canada comprising of Chief Mbulu and Mr. Kentebe (Dr Kadiri having resigned) were the directors of NIDO Canada, and not the five that were elected at the Ottawa meeting of 2007. A cost of $4,500 was awarded against the five representatives of NIDO-A Canada or Region 7. It is to be recalled that these five persons were elected to administer Region 7 which then was called “NIDO Canada”!! The five cited in the case paid this cost on behalf of Region 7. In May 2012, Region 7 won its appeal of the earlier ruling, which NIDO Canada won because of the absence of the five representatives of Region 7 in court in November 2011 and a cost of $10, 000 was awarded against NIDO Canada. However, the $500,000 damage claim by NIDO Canada is still pending in court for the next action of NIDO Canada!! With this ruling of May 2012, the Chapters in Region 7 were again able to function and carry out their mandate of helping to improve the lot of Nigerians in various capacities in Nigeria. Relationship with NCA It is being reiterated here that NIDO-A Chapters in Canada were and are not in competition with the Nigerian Canadian Associations (NCAs). Rather, it is necessary to demonstrate that these two Nigerian organizations should collaborate in their various activities. This is because while the Nigerian Cana-

dian Associations take care of issues concerning Nigerians in Canada, NIDO-A Chapters in Region 7 focus on the goings-on in Nigeria and how to enhance Nigerian socio-political development. There are so many countries that Nigerians could borrow leaf from such as Israel, China, India, etc. Already, Nigerians abroad are enhancing the economy of Nigeria by the massive remittances made to their relatives in Nigeria. There are several ways in which NCAs and NIDO-A Region 7 Chapters could engage in collaboration rather than in rivalry. This could include: Sharing office space for NCA and NIDO-A Chapters; Communication between NIDOA Chapters and NCAs i.e. Membership of both bodies; Encouragement of members to participate actively in events hosted by both bodies. Without a doubt, some of these points mentioned above are already being done by some NIDO-A members who incidentally, are also active members of the NCAs. However, many NCA members are yet to reciprocate this gesture. Our role as NIDO-A members is to ensure that this collaboration deepens by our example and our ability to explain what NIDO-A stands for. In conclusion, the Toronto Chapter of NIDO-A will continue on the path of peace as much as is humanly possible both in the ongoing court issue and in fostering relationship with all and sundry Thanks. Sincerely, Patricia Williams President and Chairperson of the Board NIDO-A Toronto Chapter

Justin Trudeau slammed for backing marijuana legalization Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has come out strongly in favour of legalizing marijuana, a position the Conservatives strongly oppose and one even the NDP calls political pandering. Speaking in Vancouver on Thursday, Trudeau said he now backs the legalization — not just decriminalization — of marijuana. “Decriminalization is a great first step [but] I’m

in favour of legalization as well, because we control it, tax and regulate it, we allow for development of a medical marijuana industry.” Trudeau says regulation will also help keep cannabis out of the hands of young people because — just like with cigarettes and alcohol — they will be required to provide proof of age. “I certainly wouldn’t

want to encourage people to use it... but in terms of respecting Canadians and their choices... and following where the science leads us is a responsible way of government,” he said. Trudeau admits his opinion has changed over the years, but he says recent studies and evidence indicating that pot is no worse than nicotine or alcohol has swayed him. “The Conservatives base

their approach on ideology and fear. I prefer to base my approach on evidence and best practices and I think that is what Canadians will respond to,” he said. The Harper government has been quick to react. “I find it quite strange frankly that Mr. Trudeau would be talking about legalization as a priority at this time,” said Justice Minister Peter MacKay in

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Halifax on Friday. “Our government has no intention of legalization. I would think Mr. Trudeau should look at other areas in which we can end violence and drug use and end this societal ill,” MacKay added. Even the NDP — which has only gone so far as calling for marijuana to be decriminalized — calls it “political pandering”. “[It’s a] complicated is-

sue,” said federal NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie. She said Canada would have to consider what impact legalization would have in terms of health, our relationship with the United States, and the economy — especially if it creates tensions with U.S. officials on border security issues. Cbc.ca


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My Wife’s Past Troubles Me! As-salaam-hu-alaikum. I have been married for 14 years and have two children. During a business trip I began talking to my wife because we missed each other and we began discussing our past. I was shocked when she told me she had let a man touch her vagina and fondle her on two occasions. She was not dating them but just wanted to fool around. She told me she never dated anyone she only dated me. I was naive and never did those sorts of things. I had two girlfriends and the worst I did was kiss them. I never touched any part of their body. When I met my wife she told me she will not date me as she did not want to have a fling. I never understood her train of thought until today. I now understand what she meant. As time progressed she fell in love with me and we had premarital sex. I felt so ashamed I immediately proposed to her and got married the same year. I feel like such a fool. I always thought I led her astray. I repented for leading her astray and performing Zina. She says she regrets what she did but she sleeps so peacefully. I cannot sleep or work. I am a practicing Muslim and she performs her salah as well. I do not know what to do. I feel my world has fallen apart. Should I divorce her because she lied to me and never told me the truth when I asked her before we got married? I do not want to destroy my kids’ lives and she does not deserve a miserable life. I was sexually abused as a child and told her before we got married. I feel betrayed by her. I told her I have forgiven her but keep thinking of it and feel hurt. What should I do? Asalaamu alaikum, JazakAllah khairan Thanks for writing in with this issue and highlighting a very important problem. May Allah reward you for doing so and ease your pain… The problem you describe is complicated. When we are married, we often assume that a good marriage means that we should be able to share ‘everything’ and yet when we do so – we most often cannot accept that which we have heard and then we suddenly feel that the preexisting intimacy and close-

ness we had that caused us to have the intimate conversation in the first place is suddenly worthless/ nonexistent.  (This is not your case of course but this is where the complication lies.) We interpret the past in the light of current events and not in the context of the past – where the reality of it lies. We then take the problem out of its context and behave as if it is a current event. So, no wonder that such conversations can create difficulty. I am not denying the impact that past events have on the present and the implications of such information, but I am trying to explain how they can contribute to perpetuating the past and causing even greater problems in the future. Shariah tells us that the past should remain in the past and what happens before we marry should neither be investigated nor revealed. Furthermore, Allah covers our sins and ordains that we also do not reveal them. Therefore, such conversations are not encouraged precisely because of the consequences you are now experiencing. This also means that you should not feel betrayed because from a Shariah point of view your wife was right not to tell you earlier (or at all) and you were wrong to tell her about your past before you had met her. Confession is not always the best thing and when it comes to our sins – we are advised to leave the confessions for Allah and make Istighfar and not repeat the mistake. Since you have both been married and have stayed faithful to each other – this is what you should be focusing on. Do not let this past event come between you and her – we are in the days of forgiveness in this blessed month; so as you forgive your wife so Allah will forgive you. Whilst there are situations where marriages are dissolved or nullified – it does not encourage divorce at all and there is no real reason here since this all occurred before you met. Your wife should not and does not have to explain her past and nor should you. Live in the

present, brother, value what you have together, and remember she has not been unfaithful to you in your marriage and what she has done in the past is between her and Allah and not between you and her. Also remember that you have had similar experiences yourself before your marriage to your wife kissing is still touching; it is just a different body part! So reflect on your own behavior and consider how you may excuse your own behavior but you are unable to excuse your wife’s. You wife also had to hear about your pre- marital experiences and she has been able to accept them so there is forgiveness from her side. Do not take a moral high ground and assume because the wrong was done by your wife is greater than your own wrong – technically it is not. She was not your wife then and cannot hold accountable to you – only to her Lord. This in itself is an unjust manner to view and manage problems; and there is no excuse for doing this in spite of how you feel. You say that you cannot stop thinking about the problem - this is the exact thing that will increase it. The more you think of the conversation the more your feelings will be perpetuated and then the more you will reflect on what is making you feel so bad returning you to the conversation. It is a destructive vicious circle you are in. Remember the satan who causes a divorce between a couple is given the greatest reward from Iblis… So you will experience a lot of waswasa as you feel that the relationship is fragile. Be aware of this and work against it not with it. What you have learnt is not pleasant to hear for you but people are able to hear unpleasant things and still manage. In my experience sometimes working through such negative experiences can actually bring people closer together because of the degree of forgiveness and effort involved so it has a major impact. I understand that women can be more forgiving, and as a man this feels continued on p(37)

Should gay marriages be approved? By: Pastor Taiwo Odubiyi God instituted marriage and sex, and His word must prevail over humanity and nations. But let us first consider some facts that will guide us into the truth. 1) Procreation was one of the purposes of marriage but same sex marriage cannot produce children, and the use of sperm banks to have them is unnatural. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply. (Genesis 1:28) The normal and natural way for procreation is for the man and his wife to come together and that was why God designed our bodies the way He did to complement each other for a perfect fit that could produce children. He made the female with a womb to

have children. The fact that a same-sex union cannot bring about human reproduction makes it obvious that it is wrong and unnatural. 2) Sometime ago, I read about a family where both parents were women. The adopted children called the male figure in the same-sex marriage ‘Dad’, but when referring to her, they used ‘she’ because indeed, she was a she inspite of what she did and tried to make people believe. This sort of thing causes confusion in the minds of younger ones which could be disastrous and harmful. Governments and leaders need to consider how this could affect children. 3) The Bible says a lot to condemn homosexuality and its practices, and if homosexuality is not God’s will, then it is obvious that

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same-sex marriage is not God’s will and will never be even if a license is granted to a same sex couple to marry and a clergy performs the ceremony. Make no mistake, this does not mean that God hates these people practicing homosexuality, what He hates is what they are practicing – homosexuality in all its forms. “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, it is a detestable sin.” (Leviticus 18:22) NLT) continued on p(43)

Are Inter-tribal marriages ideal? JIDE ANIMASHAUN AND CHINWE ANNIE AMAECHI

It can be very challenging Hmmm… inter-tribal marriage, that hydraheaded situation in which nobody wins and nobody loses. I may be crucified for my position here, especially in these days and age. Some people may even say that what I will write here is not in conformity with the ideas of the modern man that I’m always talking and preaching about, but the truth is that when it comes to inter tribal marriages, especially in Africa, there are so many inbuilt fears and differences that in most cases, people who go into inter tribal marriages especially the women are the ones who come out the worse for it. Most people will tell you that inter-tribal marriages bring unity and understanding between people from different backgrounds. They will go further to say that broaden the views of the people in the marriages about life, issues and makes them better at coping with varieties. They will finally say that help in nation building because builds tolerance

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of other people’s cultures. Most people who also support inter-tribal marriages will say that it helps to enlarge ones frontiers and entire concept and opinion about life, because they believe that you get to appreciate other people more. Yes, everything I have mentioned above is true and I’m not one to disprove all that without letting you know why. I must tell you its challenges can be daunting. And that trust and bonding may be difficult to achieve and the ease of separation is high. It is expensive as it entails patronizing two cultures whenever there are challenges – death in any of the families and its attendant burial, marriages in the families, other cultural ceremonies and parties. Children born into such homes may end up not having clear cultural identities about where they belong.

This is one of the major reasons why a lot of our cultures are dying out today, especially as English language will become the language of both choice and necessity in the home. There is also the problem of the parties trying to adjust and accommodate each others’ differences especially when we think of the fact that they both had different backgrounds in terms of orientation while growing up in different cultural settings. In some cases, issues such as which language should the children also learn and master while growing up aside English becomes a serious bone of contention that if not quickly checked and resolved, can tear the fabrics of the relationship apart, the husband will want the children to be identified on his side and the fact that he is not always at continued on p(50)


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‘a woman is deemed to be of full age once she is married’, irrespective of the age she did so. What importance does this provision have for the welfare of the society? Is the provision for pleasures of some gentlemen, who delight in marrying children under guises of religion,

culture and personal preferences? A senator is facing charges for allegedly marrying an under-aged girl. Would the Constitution also be retroactive to protect him? Is the provision for those who harbour similar ambition? Granted, most of the proposed changes in the Constitution are self-serving, it would be stretching things to shattering for Nigerians to permit this provision. Further protections for the girl child are in Articles 21 (2) of the African Charter on Rights and Welfare of the Child, Article 6 (b) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Section 21 of the Child’s Rights Act of Nigeria (2003), Article 18 (3) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Nigeria will be in perpetual danger if provisions like these are in the Constitution. It would damage our demographics beyond immediate contemplation. Nigerians have to stop this provision and other obscenities the National Assembly can insert into the Constitution.

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continued from p(16) Constitution, to have different adulthood age for female and male Nigerians? Under Section 29 (4a and 4b) of the Constitution, a woman shall not be qualified for marriage until she is 18 years of age. The Senate, on Wednesday, proposed to change that provision to

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OTTAWA — Mere association with a government that commits war crimes doesn’t make a person complicit with such crimes and shouldn’t exclude them from refugee status in Canada, the country’s top court ruled on Friday. In a 9- 0 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada said a person must have “voluntarily made a significant and knowing contribution” to an organization’s criminal purpose to be denied refugee status in Canada. The ruling in the case of former Congolese diplomat Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola is a victory for refugee lawyers and advocates who have long contended Canada’s definition of complicity with war crimes is out of sync with international law

and denies refugee status to people with no involvement in committing crimes against humanity. “It’s an extremely important decision, and it brings Canada in line with other jurisdictions,” said immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. “( The Supreme Court) rejected the idea that someone could have individual responsibility just based on their association in an organization, without any evidence of a significant contribution.” Friday’s ruling sets a new test for the degree of participation in alleged war crimes that justifies denying refugee protection. The court rejected a “guilt- byassociation” approach to determining complicity with such crimes, saying a “contributionbased” test should be applied.

At issue was how Canada interprets a particular article of the UN Refugee Convention, which excludes people from refugee protection if they have “committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity.” Ezokola resigned his job as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s No. 2 man at the United Nations in New York in 2008 after a disagreement with the ambassador, and fled to Montreal with his wife and eight children, fearing for his safety. He was initially denied refugee status in Canada when the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled he had “personal and knowing awareness” of the crimes committed by his government and was thus complicit. Vancouver Sun

Most frequent governor in the Villa award By Olalekan Adetayo State governors come to the Presidential Villa, Abuja regularly either to confer with the President or attend one meeting or the other. Some are frequent faces while a few others are seen once in a while. Since there is no attendance book for governors to sign every time they come to the Villa, it is extremely difficult to identify the most frequent governor but a simple analysis might give a fair result. In the last six months, in my estimation, the award of the most frequent governor in the Villa will not even go to a Peoples Democratic Party governor, though one of their governors may come second. I give it to the soft-spoken Peter Obi of Anambra State! The reason is not farfetched. Except for the meetings or events that are strictly for PDP members, Obi is not known to be absent from any event that has governors in attendance in the Villa. Maybe that is one of the reasons why some people

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refer to the Alliance for Progressives Grand Alliance governor as ‘a PDP member in Diaspora’. Obi is faithful when it comes to attending the National Economic Council monthly meetings chaired by VicePresident Namadi Sambo. He is not too disposed to sending his deputy to represent him. I did a random sampling of my colleagues in the State House Press Corps and none of the about 10 of them I spoke to know his deputy. As a member of the Economic Management Team, the governor also attends the team’s monthly meeting religiously. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State is also a member of the EMT. He was also regular at such meetings until lately when a state of emergency was declared in his state. Apart from these regular scheduled meetings, Obi is also a member of some other presidential committees that meet regularly in the Villa. One of such is the Committee on Police Reforms and Funding. Apart from meetings, he also breezes

in once in a while to discuss issues relating to his state and other matters with the President. The likes of Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State also belong to committees that have to do with power or privatisation. But in all, Obi carries the day while Nyako is second. Some governors are ‘scarce commodities’ as far as visiting the Villa is concerned. One that stands out is Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State. He is not known for regular visits. Many times, he will not attend NEC meetings and will not bother to send a representative. Somebody close to the governor said he vowed that he would only attend such meetings when serious issues are discussed. His definition of ‘serious issues’ is only known to him, so he goes with his own award……the least visiting governor! Punch ASOROCKLENS@ GMAIL.COM


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Few weeks ago, we gave you a peep into the world of lace on velvet. This week it’s about the sequined gele. It’s the trendy look at weddings these days. So if you are getting married any time soon, then go get your sequined gele. If you are really serious about bringing the sparkle on your wedding day then you need to rock this trend. The sequined gele can also be matched with aso ebi for friends and family of the bride. Now many cosmopolitan women are ditching the regular gele for the sequined type. It’s more classy and elegant. The good thing about them is that they come in different beautiful colours like aquamarine blue, pink, gold, red, orange, purple and many more. This trend works best on aso oke as the stiffness of the fabric is the perfect canvas for the eye-popping embellishments. The best way to tie this gele is the back to front style, but before you catch the sequined gele fever, here are tips on how to tie it. 1. Fold the material depending on its width to make sure it covers your hair entirely. 2. Make sure you have a mirror stationed properly so you can easily see what you are doing. 3. Hold the folded part of the material away from your face. 4. Wrap the fabric over your head. 5. Adjust the material so its middle is at the base of your neck. In doing so, you will have two ends of the material, then hold your head up, look straight ahead, grab the right end of the material midway to the end with your right hand and hold on while grabbing the left end of the material with your left hand. 6. Hold the ends close together with your thumbs, keeping the rest of your fingers free. 7. Keep holding the material with your thumbs, but use the two fingers next to your thumbs to switch the right end of the material to your left hand and the left end to your right hand. 8. Tighten the gele by pulling the ends, your right hand holding the formerly left end of the material that will be up above your right ear. 9. Let go of the left side of the material but keep the right side still. 10. Hold your head tilted a bit from your neck. Take the right end around your head with your right hand until it gets to the left ear. 11. With your left hand, move the left end away from right side you are working with. Now here’s where your creativity comes in. You can twist, tuck, or tie this end. If you want to make a crown gele, you’re going to be tucking the ends in, so no piece shows. Then when the right end is tucked in, you will do the same with the left end. 12. Tie the right end and the left end together at the base. Tie the ends so that they are comfortable on your head. You should now have a head-wrap that covers your head with two pieces hanging down-one longer than the other. You could just leave it like that, or you could experiment with twisting, tucking one end at a time or tying both pieces together until you end up with what you are satisfied with. Sun

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A NIGHT WITH AFRICAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE By Amina Okoye

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frican Theatre Ensemble recently opened its 2013/14 Season at the Toronto Centre for the Arts with a double package featuring a new play, “Lost”, and a classic, “The Meeting.” The settings of the two plays could not be more different. The plays not only allowed the audience to explore the diversity of approaches and artistic styles but also allowed them to enjoy the different stories and engage the different themes. LOST is set in 2006 in a region in Central Africa just emerging from a gruelling war. According to the director, Jude idada, “the play brings to fore the fears that are part of the human genetic makeup.” It focuses on the circumstances that confront a set of twins,

Kaza and Kurima, during their return journey to their homeland after the war. Idada asks: Is it really possible to

find a child who is not afraid of darkness? Who does not dread the thought of getting lost in the middle of nowhere

with the knowledge that your fate lies in some divine intervention by persons or events that you have no control over? That was also the plight of these twins.

They are lost in the middle of nowhere, a ravine with which they are not familiar. Forced into a vigil to wait out the night, they re-enact their lives through stories: the loss of a father they never got to meet, the plunder of war, separation, deprivation and displacement. All of this is done using songs, dance and mime against the framework of the African ageold custom of storytelling. The story of these fearful yet playful twins mirrors the plight of humans in conflict with themselves and their environment. The play reminds us that the people at the receiving end are always the children, women and wildlife who are exposed to harm. This production exposed me to the reality of the awful experiences of those who have suffered countless wars ravaging the African continent in particular and the world in general. But it also gave me hope. I was quite thrilled by the heart-warming performance of the actors who captured the witty dialogue between the twins, Kaza and Kurima, and the empathy of Sokwe’Mtu, the mountain gorilla cum Spirit of the Forest, who protects the twins. THE MEETING, on the

CAST LOST Playwright Director Kaza Kurima Sokwe’Mtu/Mountain Gorilla Spirit of the Forest, Woman THE MEETING Playwright Director Malcolm X Dr King Rashad

MODUPE OLAOGUN is the founder of African Theatre Ensemble. Under her leadership, the company has staged several productions, many of which have been Canadian premieres. Dr. Olaogun has a B.A and an M.A degrees from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a PhD from York University, Toronto, where she is an associate professor of English, specializing in African and postcolonial literature. “Lost” is her debut sole-authored creation. She has co-written another

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other hand, depicted an imagined meeting between Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. held in a hotel room in Harlem, New York in 1965. This is the story of two iconic figures that fought for justice and the right of Black men to be confident in their identity, to know who they are and not have their values shaped by someone else. Malcolm X and Dr King talked and argued about their respective movements, whose goal was to win the struggle to be accepted for what one is and not to be judged by the colour of one’s skin and to be fully integrated into the society. The sharp and soul searching dialogue between Malcolm X and Dr King, their arguments, their disagreements, their hand wrestling, the unexpected gift from Dr King’s daughter to Malcolm X’s daughter and the utmost respect the two men have for each other reconfirm one thing-- unconditional love is what can bind everyone of us together, regardless of the colour of our skin. Director Awoba Bob-Manuel succeeds in making this message shine and the trio of actors delivered a truly memorable performance.

Modupe Olaogun Jude Idada Andrea Brown Tony Ofori Brandyn Mckinson Jeff Stetson Awoba Bob-Manuel Aieron Munro John Phillips Uriel Campbell

play, “Woman King,” with Olabisi Gwamna. LOST and THE MEETING ran from July 3rd to 13th. Coming this October by African Theatre Ensemble is COMA, a new play written and directed by Jude Idada. DATE: Oct, 30 - Nov 3, 2013 TIME: 8.00pm Wednesday to Saturday; 3.00pm Sunday. To buy tickets: www.africantheatre.org (647) 527 9995


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BOKO HARAM- 1 By Akadu

I am not trying to develop a conflict story line on Boko Haram, a group regarded as an Islamist, that has been waging, long-standing unconventional war against the Federal Government of Nigeria. It has made the use of violence as part of freedom of expression; and drive-by shooting as a metaphor for settling disagreements.
Its members pursue radical religious politics than Secular democratic politics; and right from its inception till today, has continued to spread the virus of extremism in the Muslim areas in Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram members are masters of destruction and continue to show disdain for democratic rules.
Boko Haram leadership is scornful of compromise; because it lacks the temperament that allows arguments, allows discussions, then to draw reasonable conclusions on ‘matters’ that are of concern to them. Leadership in reference, can be defined as ‘commitment to values and perseverance to protect those values’. And Boko Haram cannot offer such leadership, because it has no nonpartisan candidate for such position. Now, the legitimate questions become: 1. Who is the standard bearer or the Top echelon for Boko Haram? 2. What is their political motivation? 3. Who are the affiliates? 4. To reconcile with Boko Haram is like being in a ‘fog’; as they neither wish to surrender nor pursue serious negotiations. How long will they keep up with this charade or razzmatazz? 5. Are they willing to abandon their politics of ‘grip it and rip it’ and join the current landscape of Nigerian politics? In fact, Boko Haram as it stands is a motley mixture of: foreign fighters, Islamic fundamentalists, extremists, Jihadist and even some criminals.
Boko Haram has become a generic name for Islamists/Jihadists and others. Hence, their demands have become irrational and without a recognizable leader! 
Since there is lack of leadership, the group is not interested to hold any thoughtful conversation with the Federal Government, to restore healthy po-

litical culture. The inconvenient truth in dealing with Boko Haram; there are no room for benign indifference or for spiral of silence. It is equally important for all Nigerians that support Boko Haram, to understand that the congruence between Islam and democracy is not a philosophical issue, but a political one. But it is debatable if the members actually understand the difference? Yes, I want the vocal advocates and so-called sympathizers of Boko Haram to revisit what this group really represent – not as a mere perception but the reality of who they are as you ponder through these facts: · What will be its medal of distinction? · Why is targeting Christian communities in the North and burning down schools their objectives? · Who does it serve? · Is it not a fact that those Northerners that Boko Haram claims to represent enjoy free education from nursery to university? · Is it not a fact that ‘Haram’ means ‘forbidden’ in Hausa dialect, in reference to Western Education? Who will fund the alternative plan this group has? · Isn’t its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian Government and create Islamic State? · Isn’t Boko Haram known to employ strategy of fear, intolerance, and hate? This group does pose an existential threat to the separation of religion and state. In fact, it wants to limit government activity to enhance freedom their way while actively pursuing deadly ambition. 
The group has shown to be an incompetent opposition, rather as an irritant group, not problem-solver and not interested to engage in any strategic discussion to end the crisis. Nigeria is a ‘Big Tent’, but Boko Haram does not see it as such! But if Boko Haram continues to remain intolerant of this idea of accommodation within the Nigerian Federation, and continues to seek for ‘asymmetric federalism’, with special status for Northerners; then it will result in return of Nigeria to Regions as before the Civil War. The respective regions will control its resources. Then, pay shares by agreement to the Federal Government. The bulk of power will remain with Regions in the continued on p(37)

14 years prison term for same-sex marriage? BY SABELLA ABIDDE (SABIDDE@YAHOO.COM) Politicians anywhere in the world are, for the most part, nefarious. However, many Nigerian politicians are in a class all by themselves. Many are devious and hypocritical. With these politicians, there is no prison term for misappropriating and or for stealing $2 or $20m; and no prison term for marrying and having sex with minors. But they want 14 years jail term for those who committed no offence other than for loving and for marrying consenting adult of the same gender. A couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill that makes same-sex marriage a felonious act punishable by up to 14 years in the penitentiary. Those who arrange, enable, or support such relationships, according to the bill, may incur a 10-year prison sentence. The bill also forbids anyone from operating a gay club and or associated organisations. It also criminalises public display of affection by the homosexua l community. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2011. Once both bills are harmonised, and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, it becomes the law of the land. Politicians anywhere in the world are, for the most part, nefarious. However, many Nigerian politicians are in a class all by themselves. Many are devious and hypocritical. With these politicians, there is no prison term for misappropriating and or for stealing $2 or $20m; and no prison term for marrying and having sex with minors. But they want 14 years jail term for those who committed no offence other than for loving and for marrying consenting adult of the same gender. A couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill that makes same-sex marriage a felonious act punishable by up to 14 years in the penitentiary. Those who arrange, enable, or sup-

port such relationships, according to the bill, may incur a 10-year prison sentence. The bill also forbids anyone from operating a gay club and or associated organisations. It also criminalises public display of affection by the homosexual community. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2011. Once both bills are harmonised, and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, it becomes the law of the land. There are a dozen and one related matters our lawmakers should or could have worried about, i.e. violence against women and children; sex with minors by adults; the inequality of sexes; adults who marry underage girls; child labour and child slavery; the exploitation and subjugation of the poor and the needy; and the severe lack of goods and services for our nation’s teeming underclass. The negative attention, and the condemnation directed at our fellow Nigerians who are of different sexual orientation and belief and practice are wholly uncalled for. In essence, this bill is much ado about nothing! Sadly, this legislation has the backing of both Islamic and Christian clerics. Shouldn’t they be the ones preaching and encouraging universal love? Shouldn’t they be the ones encouraging tolerance and the equality of all Nigerians? Today, we find the Church and the Mosque at the forefront of hate, intolerance and prejudice. We hear supposed men of God spewing vile against those they consider different. Unfortunately, the Nigerian media and the civil society have not been of much help. Their silence has been deafening, and their indifference, regretful. And even the great Nigerian people – many of whom are uninformed, ill-informed or totally unschooled in general human sexuality — are complicit in the official fight against our homosexual brothers and sisters. For those of us who are heterosexuals, we cannot and must not acquiesce

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to the criminalisation of same-affection affection. We cannot! We cannot because all consenting adults have the right to love whoever loves them. They have the right to be with whoever makes them happy. They have the right to be free, and to live free and happy in a free world. Millions of Nigerians probably do not know that when some of these politicians visit the United States, Canada, Germany and other parts of the world, they engage in “sexual perversions” – perversions that may include fisting, rimming, anality, double-penetration, gang-bang, and circle jerk. Some have even been said to attend orgies and swinger parties. And they do these and many other sexual and non-sexual activities with the taxpayers’ money. Yet – yet – back in Nigeria, many behave as if they are paragons of morality, keepers of the moral cathedral. But really, at what point did the Nigerian politicians decide they were going to confront the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community? At what point did they dream up such an inchoate and dehumanising legislation? If I were a gambler, I’d bet that a sizeable number of Nigerian legislators (since 1999) are not wholly heterosexuals. Even so, I won’t and you too should not hold it against them. Human sexuality is simply what it is: Natural! The American Academy of Paediatrics, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the

Royal College of Psychiatrists all agree that homosexuals and their sexual cousins are “created by nature.” After all these years, there has not been any credible scientific organisation anywhere in the world –including Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria or Saudi Arabia — that labelled the LGBT community sick, diseased, or unnatural. Not one! Today, the world is gradually moving towards this scientific reality. And in the not-too-distant future, social and cultural mores in all parts of the open and civilised world will catch up with this thinking. The problem with the vast majority of Nigerians and other Africans is that they are afraid – fearful of the unknown. But they need not be afraid. Homosexuality is not an unknown phenomenon on the continent. It is as African as tribal marks, indentured servitude, polygamy and circumcision. If you doubt me, ask faculty members at the department of History or the department of Anthropology at any Nigerian university. So, please get over it! However, what you should not get over are politicians who, on a daily basis, embezzle our money with impunity. And even if you wholeheartedly believe that homosexuality is bad, well, look at it this way: they engage in joyful rides with consenting adults. They are about love and happiness and mutually consenting activities. They are not the ones damaging our economic space; they are not the ones weakening our governing institutions. They are not the ones who refused to build and repair the roads, bridges and hospitals across the country and in the process causing thousands of preventable deaths every year. These politicians deserve to be locked up for 14 years for the trillions of naira they have stolen since 1999, at least. Not the homosexual community. Punch


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Small businesses are the economic lifeblood of this country, and the majority of them began with help in the form of a small business loan. Very few small business owners have the funds available privately to start or expand their enterprise, so most are forced to seek out loans to move their vision forward. But, there are some things that everyone should know before applying for a small business loan. It’s always important to know what the bank or lending institution is looking for, what factors go into their decision to either grant or reject your loan. By playing to these factors, you can better your chances of securing that money for your business. What is your personal story?

Firstly, the bank will want to know about you. Your credit history, experience and education will all be factors preliminarily considered in the process of your application. These things speak to who you are as a business person, your credibility for running your own business. What is your business plan? The meat of your proposal will be in your business plan. This is an outline you will present to the bank detailing your business idea while providing answers to questions the bank has. How much are you applying for? This figure should be allencompassing. It should include costs for startup and overhead, as well as operations costs like payroll and

inventory. It is very important to you and the bank that this number be as accurate as possible. Where is this money going? Again, accuracy and detail are important here. Your business plan should have a detailed breakdown of how much is going where and for what. When can you repay your loan? This is the question that anyone, from the bank to your wealthy relative will want an answer for. Be professional. Use financial statements and cash-flow projections to illustrate how your business will generate profit and be a good investment for the bank. Source:howlifeworks

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Can you prepare your home for a flood? Many Ontarians live on floodplains or close to lakes, rivers and creeks. Despite the obvious benefits of living close to bodies of water the risk of being impacted by flooding can be a serious concern. In Canada, flood insurance isn’t available to home owners. Certain water damage may be covered by homeowner policies, including sewer backup and burst pipes but overland flooding is not covered. According to Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, while a flood can happen anywhere it rains, home buyers should assess flood risks in the area they plan to buy – including reviewing floodplain maps and speaking to the municipality about the risk and history of flooding in the area. To Dorner, “Home buyers need to carry out due diligence before purchasing a home and part of this is looking at the whole picture. Speak to your Realtor about your concerns and carefully review any and all risk factors – including flooding.” The Ontario Real Estate Association offers the following tips to reduce the chances of flood damage to your home, courtesy of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver:

(NC)—Whether it’s your dream car or just a grocery getter, your want for wheels is likely going to require a significant financial investment. In fact, for most people, purchasing a vehicle will represent their largest personal spend, after their investment in a home. Since the majority of vehicles purchased in the country are ones that have been previously owned (approximately a 60-40 split used vs. new), it is well worth it to first look at buying used. In large part, used car popularity is due to the sheer volume of quality vehicles available to the public—many of which are near new and still offer the bells and whistles that come with brand new models. Here are a few reasons to consider buying a used vehicle, courtesy of the experts at autoTRADER.ca: Depreciation nation: Generally speaking, new cars automatically lose nine per cent of their full price value the minute you drive them off the lot; around 20 per cent in the first year;

and anywhere from 40-60 per cent in the first three years. Overall new cars depreciate about 15-20 per cent per year, while used cars at 10-15 per cent. Allowing someone else to pay for the depreciation is the strongest argument in favour of buying used (and it’s hard to refute). Tested and true: As mentioned above, late model vehicles—those up to three years old or so— will still like likely have much of the same technology and functionality as the brand new model. The rise of certified pre-owned programs from dealerships offers buyers yet another

layer of protection, in writing no less. Negotiation room:

Used cars are purchased at various prices, so there is no set invoice price at which a dealer must begin negotiations, and there is more competition to choose from with models from several years available at a similar price range. Less fees please: Fees such as freight and PDI, which can add up to thousands more to the sticker price, aren’t a factor when buying used. The less you pay in fees, the more your wallet will thank you.

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Tips for overcoming minor financial setbacks • Access material about flood reduction from your local municipality; contact your municipality to find out where sand and bags are available should a flood occur. • Walk around your home after a heavy rainfall to see where water is pooling. If water flows toward the home, seek professional advice about directing water away from the home. • Clean gutters and downspouts. • Make sure your home’s drain tiles work. The basement may flood if tiles are old or plugged and need replacing. • Flood proof the basement or ground floor, which involves sealing the foundation. • Install backflow valves on basement floor drains, washing machine drains, toilets and sink drains. • Locate the storm sewer on

the road. If it’s plugged with leaves, phone the local municipal public works department and they will clean it. • Buy a sump pump and make sure it’s ready to be used if needed during heavy rain storms. “Whether you are a home buyer or a homeowner, understanding the risks associated with a prospective or current home is the first step in protecting yourself from any number of risk factors,” says Dorner. “When considering purchasing a home, speak to your Realtor about the area and any potential risks that you need to know about. From there, do your due diligence and use your municipality’s resources to help you along.” The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources keeps an up-to-date information page regarding local and provincial flooding, www.mnr.gov.on.ca

(NC)—Ask any financial advisor and they’ll tell you that it’s never too early to create a solid financial plan, regardless of whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or even 40s. The idea is to set the plan in motion. But after the market instability of last several years, many people remain uneasy. What’s the best way to give your money a chance to grow? The experts from Desjardins Group suggest that while there are risks associated with investing, they are manageable if you know how to overcome potential setbacks. What’s your biggest risk? Volatility: This is caused by market fluctuations. For example, volatility is caused when prices on the market swing high and then low in quick succession. During

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these periods, the strong upturns followed by strong downturns sometimes lead to short-term gains or losses in your investments. By talking to a qualified financial advisor, you can identify your risk tolerance and invest in suitable financial products that will grow your capital even in periods of high volatility. Setting your priorities: Start by being honest with yourself: Are you carrying too much debt? Would you have cash on hand in case of emergency? Having the full picture of your financial situation will put you in a better position to achieve your goals. Become a super-saver: Get into the habit of forcing yourself to save. While this takes discipline at first, you’ll appreciate the effort

you put in when an emergency arises like an illness, accident or a job loss. Usually, a good emergency fund is the equivalent of three months’ worth of living expenses. Begin by saving the equivalent of one month’s groceries. With each paycheque, put aside 1 to 10 per cent into a separate account— like a TFSA. And remember: it’s more important that you’re saving than the total amount that you’re saving each month. Time’s on your side: The impact of volatility on your savings depends on your investment horizon. In other words: the longer you have to invest, the more likely you’ll be protected from market shifts, which will allow you to save more. So it’s important to stay on course — continued on p(37)


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Appreciation in the workplace goes a long way NC)—Summer’s officially here, and with it comes barbecues, parties and outdoor activities aplenty. But for the majority of adults, weekdays are usually spent grinding it out to earn a paycheck. With some effort, however, companies can make work more enjoyable for their employees by taking the time to show appreciation – and by having a little fun. According to the survey findings of Staples Advantage Canada, who recently polled their customers about work satisfaction, 84% of employees enjoy office events or parties, and 87% look forward to such occasions to let loose and socialize with coworkers. And perhaps not surprisingly, this ties into work productivity. Over 80% of those polled said they feel appreciated because their employers host team events, which has contributed to increased loyalty, hard work, and job satisfaction. So why delay? The warm

weather offers companies an opportunity to host outdoor functions with the purpose of rewarding employees for their contribution to the company success. Shaking it up at work can be extremely beneficial, say specialists in this field. Simple gestures such as a manager bringing in coffee and snacks to celebrate the successful completion of a project or task, can speak volumes to those who put in extra hours and go out of their way to support the team. “Stocking up your breakroom with snacks and beverages for employees is an easy way to boost morale and show your appreciation,” says Ilada Bori-

boun, category manager at Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of the major retailer. “A little goes a long way when it comes to making employees feel valued.” Bring fun to the workplace as well. According to the Executive Center of Excellence, “fun at work lowers stress levels, boosts optimism, and increases motivation to move up in the company. Additionally, fun improves concentration and perseverance.” At the end of the day, setting aside time and money to host work functions is a small price to pay to keep employees happy and working hard. If employees are driven, the business will be too.

Warning signs that you’re about to lose your job Do you ever get that sinking feeling that you’re doomed at work and about to be fired? There are some clear signs that you can watch for to help determine if you’re just being paranoid because your boss snubbed you in the elevator or if the end really is nigh. You are suddenly in charge of fewer things. Decisions that used to be yours are now being made by other people. Responsibilities are being taken off your plate. This implies that your influence is on the decline, and that the company is ready to move on without you. Similarly, you are invited to fewer meetings than usual. This also indicates that your input is no longer valued or required in group discussions – plans are being formed and decisions made without you. Your company is suffering financially and there are talks of cutbacks and projects being cancelled. Companies generally only cut staff as a last resort, but when the bottom line is on the line, reducing staff is one way to cut costs and overhead. Your manager starts avoiding you. If a manager who used to spend time with you

suddenly becomes distant, avoids eye contact and stops mentoring, it could be that they know you’re on your way out. In that case, coaching becomes unnecessary, and socializing awkward. Be careful not to let paranoia about someone else’s behaviour become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Stay friendly and upbeat with your boss. Look for chances to small talk. Book a one-on-one meeting for feedback or advice on a recent project. You start to receive written warnings about minor infractions. This could be a sign that your employer is planning to let you go and that they want to protect themselves from wrongful dismissal claims. They can do this by building up a paper trail of official warnings about workplace behaviour or performance in advance. While no one likes being micromanaged and constantly criticized, you should accept constructive criticism gracefully and use it as an opportunity to learn. If this really is turning your workplace into an unpleasant place to be – start your job hunt. Also be sure to document all of your success and

achievements. You’re suddenly asked to document everything you do – or train someone on things that are normally your sole responsibility. This can indicate that the company doesn’t expect you to be around much longer – so they’re making sure that someone knows exactly what you do and how to do it. If you suspect that your company is actively trying to replace you – you should actively (but quietly) be looking for a new job. A new manager being brought in is always a risky sign too. New leaders are sometimes put in place to make changes – and this can include a change in staff. Managers often want to bring in their own teams that they have worked with before, and people naturally feel more loyalty to workers that they hired rather than inherited. Remember, this isn’t the end of your career, just one job along the way. For most of us, there will be plenty of those. Start preparing to make your exit as soon as the signs become clear. It’s often easier to line up a new gig while you already have a job.

continued from p(21) harder because men feel their honor is in some way greater when it comes to their wives. Again, do not do Satan’s job and let this problem destroy all you have both achieved.   Let the past stay in the past, and, do not, as I said right at the start of my reply, let this past experience obliterate 14 successful years. The processing of this information will take time as you go through and overcome the feelings, but whilst your reaction is understandable, that does not mean it is permanent state. Practically whenever you think of the conversation: *Recite Ta’wudh because Satan will want for you to repeat the conversation and this will lead you to avoid

your wife. *Think of all the reason you were married in the first place. *Go over all the positive achievements you have made in 14 years – it’s not possible to think of two things at the same time so replace those negative thoughts with these positive one’s instead. *Go to your wife and show her some affection and love (even if you do not feel like her reaction; this may help you feel it is easier to reciprocate positive feeling). It is wonderful you are both praying, so I advise that you both read the beautiful and oft recommended d`ua in the Qur`an after each Salah: “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes

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and make us an example for the righteous.” [AlFurqān, 74]. Since you should really not have had that conversation in the first place, I advise that you do not discuss this again with your wife. Whilst I understand how painful this is, you are as we are told in Islam garments to each other. It is best to consider the whole conversation in context and with a clear (and just) perspective. May Allah return with speed the peace, mercy and love that He tells us of in the Qur’an and that is all we need for marital success. It can and does happen, so inshaAllah do not give up! Allah Knows best.. Salaams and d`uas. Counselor: Dr. Feryad Hussain Source: onislam.net

continued from p(36) Tips for overcoming... no matter what the market is doing. With proper planning, you have reasonable assurance that you can achieve your goals over the target period, despite occasional market downturns.

Diversification: Basically, it’s all about making sure that your investments are well balanced to protect yourself against volatility. With an advi-

sor’s help, look into savings products that offer protection against volatility. For more investing tips, financial calculators and simulators, visit Desjardins Group at www.Desjardins.com.

Federation. Exactly what Nigerian civil war was intended to accomplish. I wondered if these people understand that their demand could lead to a different negotiation of Nigeria’s political arrangements that would be inclusive of all in the Republic? Boko Haram and its sympathizers and supporters should be reminded that Nigeria will never restart ‘culture of entitlement’. It is a done deal. The Solution to Boko Haram challenge! - (my opinion): · Regional conference to be convened expeditiously with Nigeria’s neighbours - Cameroon, Chad, Niger – to forge a fundamental strategic move by these governments that share borders with Nigeria, to hold a joint, sustained actions against terrorism, militancy and insurgency. Also, to discuss increase in flow of illicit weapons into the region! · And to establish close channels of communications with allies and neighbors to ensure an aversion to instability and chaos in the region.

· Federal Government to challenge Boko Haram by showing that Islamic Education alone will amount to nothing in the face of today’s economic reality. The Ministry of Education should counter narratives by going on drive for real (good) education. ·Creation of forum for a political dialogue and invite Boko Haram leadership to join in civilized discussion – agenda to include shared values; democracy, rule of law, human rights, and religious freedom of all Nigerians. And to emphasize traditions of tolerance in multicultural society in Federal Republic of Nigeria. · Federal Government should not encourage disloyalty within its civil servants. That is a treasonable offence. Those supporting Boko Haram actively, should resign from the government rather than to sabotage the policy of the government they serve. · Elected Governors in Northern States to be responsible for Peace and Community Policing; plus ban Imams who in-

cite public discord. · Compulsory education for children as in the Southern States. · Investigate Governors for wasteful use of money earmarked for development. · As an option for the Federal Government, to invest in “Drone attack” to disrupt the staging areas or bases of operation for terrorists.
 Boko Haram should be made to realize that they cannot cross borders into the neighboring countries as they wish! Such ‘open boarders’ would change the National Identity. I am thrilled that President Goodluck Jonathan finally decided to declare state of emergency in those Northern States where terrorists are killing peace officers and innocent civilians.
For supporters of Boko Haram, just remember that: ‘it is often difficult to put lipstick on the pig’. So is like getting the Boko Haram members to comply with the values we share as Nigerians. They view it with disdain.

And if the axe does fall before you make your getaway, be sure to leave gracefully, be polite and professional. You

have your reputation to think of, and anyway – these decisions are made for business, not personal reasons. Don’t

let it get you down.

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State news BILL GATES HAILS PETER OBI •Anambra Gov’nor bags Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award

EDUCATION NOW COMPULSORY for school-age children IN DELTA The Delta State Government has concluded plans to stop underage children from hawking in the streets and ensure that all children of school age compulsorily attend school as part of the free education policy of the state government. Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed this yesterday in Asaba, the state capital, during the funeral Service for Mama Angelina Onyebuchi Azinge, mother of Prof. Epiphany Azinge, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Legal Studies. He said: “Education is important and it is our responsibility to make it possible for our people to attend school especially those who cannot pay for it. It is our responsibility to ensure that our children go to school. That is why we made it free at the basic and secondary levels. Soon we will deal with the case of our children who are hawking rather than being in school. It is our responsibility to ensure that they are in school. We want to ensure that our children and youths get basic education and skills to survive in life.” Dr. Uduaghan admonished parents to ensure the good moral and spiritual upbringing of their wards so that they would become useful citizens, saying that parents should create enough time for their children’s welfare, moral and spiritual training. He called on parents to take care of the children’s physical and moral upbringing and mould them into nation builders, explaining that lack of care and discipline has led to a lot of security and criminal challenges among youths. “It is your responsibility as parents to ensure that your children are brought up physically and morally because lack of care and character has led to a lot of the security challenges we face in our society. Take out time to mould your children because if they are not well cared for and brought up, they will grow up to become security problems for the nation rather than nation builders,” the governor said. While commending the late Mama Angelina Azinge for her tireless efforts in raising and caring for her children who are now contributing to the development of the nation, he urged parents to emulate her and raise their children in the way of the Lord. Dr. Uduaghan described the life of Mama Angelina Onyebuchi Azinge as a study in human capital development, explaining that through the trials and challenges she faced, she turned out to be an industrious and virtuous woman. Describing his administration’s 3-Point Agenda as not misplaced and important to the development of the state, Governor Uduaghan called on political leaders to play key roles in providing free health

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care, free education and security to the people explaining that it was their responsibility to meet the needs of the people. “Leaders are assessed by their developmental achievements but if the people have nothing in their stomachs and their interests are not considered, they will not appreciate whatever efforts you make,” he said, adding: “It is our responsibility to provide the opportunities our people need to get better education, better health care and ensure their safety as well.” In his sermon, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately sign into law the bill prohibiting same-sex marriage which he described as “an evil curse from the pit of hell, which is against the moral values, norms and traditions of the African Society.” He opined that same sex marriage has nothing to do with human rights or freedom of association. According to him, “the Western world cannot dictate the moral values and norms of our society. I wish to condemn their stance and pressure on Africans to accept same sex marriage and remind them that same sex marriage is unbiblical and against the ethics of marriage. They can keep their aids and assistance if acceptance of same sex marriage is a pre-condition.” Rt. Rev. Mogekwu commended the National Assembly for taking the initiative in passing the bill against same sex marriage and recognising that it is evil. He enjoined the political class and indeed Nigerians to appeal to the President to immediately assent to the bill and not bow to the pressure and blackmail of the Western countries. The Bishop commended the life of late Mama Angelina Onyebuchi Azinge, whom he described as a virtuous and industrious woman who catered for her children and imbibed in them the Christian values which they exhibit today. He called on the children to maintain the legacies of their mother and continue to serve humanity in all they do and advised them to put their trust in Christ as their mother did, and seek His face always. Dignitaries at the funeral service included members of the Delta State Executive Council,

World’s richest man and famed philanthropist Bill Gates has showered praise on Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State for his commitment to childhood immunisation and the eradication of polio from the state. “Your commitment to eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization in Anambra State, your personal leadership and support for these efforts and your engagement with traditional rulers in 2012 has been impressive,” Gates, who is Chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told Obi in the letter dated March 20, 2013 and personally signed by him. He hoped that with the kind of leadership being provided by Obi, Nigeria would soon eradicate polio, “thus benefitting Nigeria’s children for generations to come.” The Microsoft founder pledged his foundation’s funding for Anambra’s health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) projects. Meanwhile, Obi was yesterday conferred with the Best Performing Governor on the Eradication of Polio in the South-East by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at a well attended ceremony at the Women’s Development Centre in the Anambra State capital, Awka. The award goes with a cash prize of N120 million. Speaking while presenting the award to Gov. Obi, the Minister of State for health, Dr. Moham-

Gov. Peter Obi (right) receiving the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award from the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate (left)

mad Bate, said the award was not by chance as Gov Obi had distinguished himself in the health sector. The minister cited achievements such as the provision of ambulances to hospitals, accreditation of schools of midwifery and partnership with the Church as some of Obi’s legacies. He noted that the state had remained poliofree in the past five years. Responding, Gov. Obi thanked the minister for coming to the state to present the award on behalf of Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation. He noted with satisfaction that it was not one of the awards anyone could suspect as having been bought and said that his administration would match the N120m it received with another N180m which would be ploughed into the building of ten more health centres in the state. Recalling some of his strides in

the health sector, the governor cited the state’s first teaching hospital as an example. “What happened was that the government of the day admitted medical students without a medical school in place and the assessors said they would not accredit the university but I pleaded with them when I came in to give me two or three years to put a teaching hospital in place but they could not believe me as they thought it impossible that a teaching hospital could be built in two, three years. It was one of them that pleaded with them to give me a chance and they did. When they returned at the appointed time they were shocked to see the teaching hospital in place. It has since become the fastest teaching hospital to be built in Nigeria,” Obi stated to the applause of the packed audience.

Kebbi spends N122.9m on school fees for foreign studies The students are studying in different foreign countries including India and Egypt. The Kebbi State Government on Saturday said it released N122.9 million for the payment of tuition and registration fees of 62 indigent students in Indian and Sudanese universities. The Executive Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, Murtala Yauri, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi. He said 32 of the students were in Khartoum College of Medical Science and Ahfad University for Women, Oundurman, Sudan, undergoing courses in Dentistry, Human Medicine and Pharmacy and that N11.62 million was paid to the universities as tuition fees and other charges.

He said 30 students were studying Medicine, Dentistry Science and Pharmacy at Bharati Vidyapeth University, India. He said the state government had recently approved additional

National and State Houses of Assembly, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, the Archbishop Metropolitan and

Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Church, The Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, the Bishop of Enugu

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foreign sponsorship of 100 students to pursue degrees in Computer Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences. He said the state government would also sponsor 38 students to Egyptian universities to study medicine. He said the effort was aimed at improving the number of medical doctors and other professionals in the state. “We will adequately arrest the dearth of doctors and other professionals in our hospitals and the economic sector,” he said. The state government has so far sponsored 332 students to pursue medical courses in foreign universities, while 100 were offered sponsorships to study sciences in the North-West University, Kano. (NAN) Diocese, Rt. Reverend Emmanuel Chukwumah and an array of other Bishops from all over Nigeria.


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NJC Sacks Abia Chief Judge Over Falsification Of Age

Obong of Calabar dethroned by court The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has recently nullified the March 31, 2008 selection and proclamation of Etubom Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu as the Obong of Calabar. The court gave the ruling in a judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Garba assisted by Justices Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu and Onyekachi Otisi. The court also upheld an earlier judgment of the lower court that due process was not followed and that the selection of the incumbent was null and void. It also ordered for a new selection process for the enthronement of the Obong of Calabar. The judgment followed an appeal filed by Etubom Essien Ekpenyong Efiok, Etubom Okon Asuquo, and Etubom Micah Archibong against the lower court’s judgment. Justice Garba said, “The selection and proclamation of the 6th respondent as the Obong-elect of Calabar by the Etubom Conclave of the Palace of the Obong on 31st march, 2008 is hereby set aside”. The conclave is hereby ordered to conduct another process of selecting a new Obong of Calabar in which all qualified candidates including the 6th respondent will be given the opportunity to participate.’’ According to the court, the process of selecting a new Obong of Calabar should be done “in strict compliance with the rules of natural justice’’. Mr. Garba said that the first respondent, Etubom Anthony Ani’s, right to fair hearing was breached during the selection process conducted by the appellants. “For the breach of principles of natural justice and the first respondent’s right to fair hearing, the selection process conducted by the appellants which culminated in the selection and proclamation of the 6th respondent by the Etubom’s Council represented by the appellants is hereby set aside,” he said. Mr. Garba also set aside the High Court’s decision that “the appellants had waived the requirement of capping and induction of an Etubom by the Obong of Calabar into Etuboms’ Councils of the

Obong’s Palace as a qualifying factor to vote and be voted for as the Obong of Calabar in favour of the 1st respondent”. He also ruled that the first respondent who admittedly was not capped and inducted into the Etuboms’ Council of the Palace of the Obong at the time of the selection process was not qualified and eligible to vote and be voted for as the Obong. It will be recalled that a Calabar High Court Judge, Justice Obojor Ogar, had in suit, HC/102/2008 on January 30, 2012, brought by Mr. Ani, restrained Mr. Otu from participating in the selection process. The lower court also declared the process that brought the Obong to the throne as null and void and restrained Mr. Otu from participating in any selection for that purpose. Justice Ogar specifically restrained Mr. Otu from parading himself as the Obong of Calabar until proper election was done. The judge also restrained the Etuboms’ Traditional Council from excluding Messrs Ani and Mbiabo Ikoneto from any election or selection of an Obong. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after the judgment, Mr. Ani, a former minister of Finance, said he would take the matter to the Supreme Court for further arbitration. “I was not in court and my lawyer just briefed me. So far, I see the ruling as 50-50 affair. I will look at it, see how it affects me and may be appeal the judgment. However, one thing we are sure of for now is that there is no Obong of Calabar because the judgment today has nullified the entire processes. For the Efik people now, there is no Obong,’’ he said. Counsel to Mr. Otu,

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Mr. A.A Archi, said, “The judgement is a vindication that capping is a fundamental requirement for a candidate to be eligible to contest for selection, election or appointment to the Obong of Calabar throne. “The judgment also upheld our view that a learned trial judge, with all due respect, sought to perpetually alter the standing and recognized customs of Efik people which would have affected the lives and people of the community. It is also a vindication that the 6th respondent was eligible to be selected and appointed as Obong although the court nullified the processes. But we are still confident that he will, after due processes have been followed, still emerge.” The counsel to Mr. Ani, Bassey Offiong, who stood in for Joe Agi, commended the court for its judgment. He said: “The Court of Appeal delivered judgment in part. So, many issues were in contention including first, whether Etubom Anthony Ani was qualified to contest for the stool. “The court ruled that since he was not capped, he was not qualified to contest for the Obong stool based on the Obong Constitution. Secondly, the court considered the issue of natural justice and said Etubom Ani was not given fair hearing during the selection process because his complaints were not listened to. Consequently, Court of Appeal made 6 orders. But the summary of it is that the court set aside the whole processes of selection of Obong of Calabar. It also ordered that a new process be undertaken. We will study the judgment and later decide what to do next.” (NAN) Premium Times

Nigeria’s National Judicial Council announced the compulsory retirement of the Acting Chief Judge of Abia state, Justice Shadrack O.E. Nwanosike over the falsification of his date of birth. The council found that Nwanosike falsified his date of birth which invariably affected his retirement age and ordered him to embark on a compulsory retirement. In a press release signed by Mr. Soji Oye, the Acting Director of Information and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the council stated that the compulsory retirement slammed on the Abia state Acting Chief Judge was part of the recommendation of the council at its meeting presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN,

Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, held on 17th & 18th July. The Council during the meeting also considered and deliberated on the Report of its Committee on Performance Evaluation of Judicial Officers of the Superior Courts of Record in the Federation at the end of which it constituted a five-man Committee comprising its members to invite Judicial Officers with “Very Low Performance or Non-Performance”, to appear before it to show cause why they should not be removed from office. The press statement also indicated that the council considered and recommended the appointment of some Judicial Officers in the Federal & States Judiciaries to the Executive, respectively.

The recommendations were for the appointment of a substantive Chief Judge for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja which the council made to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Chief Judge, Rivers State, Chief Judge, Jigawa state, Chief Judge, Katsina state which were made to their respective governors. Others are for the appointment of President of Customary Court of Appeal in Taraba state, two Khadis for the Sharia Court of Appeal in Kebbi state, two Khadis for the Sharia Court of Appeal in Sokoto state, one Judge for the Customary Court of Appeal in Delta state and two Judges for the Customary Court of Appeal in Ebonyi state. PMNews

Lagos ‘deports’ 67 persons to Onitsha … It ’s not true –Lagos govt From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha The Lagos State Government has allegedly deported no fewer than 67 persons from the city of Lagos to Onitsha in Anambra State. It was gathered that the people who were transported in a truck arrived Onitsha accompanied by armed policemen who returned to Lagos shortly after the ‘human cargo’ was off loaded. Some of those who were brought in said they were detained for crimes they did not commit before they were subsequently moved out of the state. But the Commissioner for Information in Lagos State, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba denied the speculations that the government deported 67 persons from Lagos. He said: “We did not deport anybody. By the constitution of Nigeria, everybody has a right to live in any part of the country. But we have

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been emphasizing that people must live within the law. However, it is not true.” Some of the 67 persons, who were dropped off told newsmen that they were arrested, detained and subsequently brought to Lagos by law enforcement agents. One of them who gave her name as Chima said: “I was on my way home to Okokomaiko in Lagos when a group of young men accosted me and took me to a place I do not know. When I got there, I met these people and over 29 some of who died in detention. I thank God that I am now free and I want people to help me so that I can find my way home.” Another who gave his name as John Irabor from Benin, Edo State

said he and his fellow inmates had a traumatic time while they were in detention. He insisted that he did not commit any crime and said they were neither charged to any court nor incarcerated in prison. His words: “While we were in detention, they fed us only once a day and even when the food was brought, it usually tasted bad. If you look at us, you will see that we were treated badly.” When contacted, the Onitsha Area Commander, Mr. Benjamin Woru said the police would investigate the incident and ensure that the victims were monitored so that there would be no security breach. Sun


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A young girl thoughtfully considers her family tree and the vibrant ancestors who populate it. As each family member’s story is revealed, her quiet meditation—transforms into a testament to the importance of sharing.

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RELIGION - FICTION & NON FICTION Song of Solomon

A Man’s Worth Silver Lining Unresolved

Issues

By Nikita Lynette Nichols

At age forty-five, Dr. Neil Taylor is an eligible bachelor, living a seemingly satisfied existence as a deacon of his church and director of Kingdom Builder’s Academy. But despite outward appearances, Neil harbors secret pains that have caused him to erect a well-constructed wall of defense around his heart. Everything changes, however, when Shaylynn Ford, a beautiful young mother, strolls through the doors of his office.

Managing Conflict God’s Way

Joy the Power of Your Strength

By Wanda B. Campbell

By Wanda B. Campbell

By Kendra Norman-Bellamy

Randall Loomis and Pastor Cordell Bryson were as close as two blood brothers could ever be. Like peas in a pod, their friendship was unbreakable until Amaryllis Price stepped onto the scene. The moment Randall set his eyes on her, all heck broke loose. Who knew that a woman’s beauty and sex appeal could cause a God fearing, faithful church going, dedicated man, to literally lose everything that’s dear to him?

Never Say Never

After exchanging vows with a prominent physician, Marlissa Scott-Jennings is prepared to enjoy the life most women dream about, but only a few achieve until demons from her past resurface with a vengeance. Overnight, the perfect life she’d hoped for crumbles and leaves her finding comfort in alcohol.

Stacelyn thought her life was complete the day she married Dr. Derrick Garrison. The fairytale life she envisioned quickly vanishes, however, when Derrick’s late nights and unexplained absences cause her to question his motives for marrying her. As secrets from the past and emotional wounds are revealed, Stacelyn discovers the hard way that it takes more than love to build a marriage.

Why Church Matters: Understanding Discovering The Purpose Your Place The Gospel for And Power in the Family Muslims: An Encouragement Of Prayer of God to Share Christ

with Confidence

By Victoria Christopher Murray

In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage and change lives forever. When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her.

By Keva N.E. Newbold This book will help motivate and uplift your spirit. It shares her life experiences, memories, pains, disappointments, joy, and peace. All stories are true, some will make you laugh, some would make you smile, and some may make your eyes misty. Whatever it does it will motivate you. You will be encouraged by the testimonies and inspiring words, which will help you to find peace, love, joy and happiness in the midst of your tribulations…..

Children The Boy To a Child Love Who Changed Is Spelled Time: the World What a Child Really Needs from You

By Deborah Smith Peques

Managing Conflict God’s Way is an easy to read, biblically based primer on how to deal with conflicts and offenses in a direct but nonoffensive manner.

Act like you’re blessed. Talk like you’re blessed. Walk like you’re blessed. Put actions behind your faith, and one day you will see it become a reality.

God, God Almighty, God the Creator of man––this same God, in all His power and all His majesty, stops and listens when you pray. All that God is––and all that God has––may be received through prayer. Everything you need to fulfill your purpose on earth is available to you through prayer. The biblically–based, time–tested principles presented by Dr. Myles Munroe will ignite and transform the way you pray. Be prepared to enter into a new dimension

By Joshua Harris “Christians belong in churches--the only places where we can thrive and grow spiritually. In Why Church Matters, Joshua Harris makes this case with wisdom, clarity, and graciousness.” --Charles W. Colson of faith, a deeper revelation of God’s love, and a renewed understanding that your prayers can truly move the hand of God.

There are between five and eight million Muslims living in the United States today. They either are, or soon will be, your neighbors and co-workers. Does the thought of reaching out to them with the gospel make you nervous? How can you effectively communicate the good news with such large theological differences? The Gospel for Muslims can help make sharing your faith easier than you think.

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Did you know that what you do today can change the world forever? The Boy Who Changed the World opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing in his family’s cornfields with his sisters. One day, Norman would grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world! Or was it Henry Wallace who

By Mac Anderson Parents work very hard to give their children what they desire. Whether it be the newest video game or the latest fashion, they strive to make their children’s lives better, Reveals the one thing children need the most is often in the shortest supply - their parents’ time. Encourages parents to make time for the things that are truly important.

changed the world? Or maybe it was George Washington Carver?


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Worth more than Oprah: Meet China’s female real estate tycoon Working in factories since age 14, Zhang Xin becomes China’s self-made woman Zhang Xin, like many of her generation, grew up in poverty and began working in a factory at the age of 14. Zhang today is richer than Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. Worth $3.6 billion, according to Forbes, Zhang is worth $800 million more than Oprah Winfrey, the world’s best known self-made female billionaire. A Chinese real estate developer, she is responsible for the majority of the “new China’s” city scapes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Zhang’s logo of her company, SOHO China decorate the sides of buildings wherever you turn in Beijing. SOHO China has 18 developments in Beijing, many of them landmark buildings. Her base of operations has since extended to Shanghai, where it has bought or built 11 properties. Two of her Beijing projects, one completed last year and another under construction are designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The 47-year-old Zhang was born in Beijing just before Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Educated people like her parents were sent to the fields for “re-education.” She

Amazingly, Zhang Xing’s story is not unique. Of Forbes’ 2013 list of 24 self-made female billionaires, six are from China, including one from Hong Kong, more than any other country outside the United States

returned to Beijing with her mother, where they weathered poverty and hardship. “I was born and grew up when the city was very quiet: no cars, no shops, no lights, no machines. People were just on bicycles,” she said. She and her mother moved to Hong Kong when she was 14, where she spent five years in low-paid factory jobs, manufacturing toys, clothes and electronics, trying to save enough to go to England for an education. “As a new immigrant to Hong Kong with no education, no background, didn’t even speak the local language or dialect, Cantonese, and it was just a hard way to live in Hong Kong,” Zhang says. It took Zhang five years to save enough for a plane ticket to London and an English language course. She won

a scholarship to university, studied for a master’s degree in economics at Cambridge University and landed her first job at Goldman Sachs in New York. Zhang chose to return to Beijing, where she met her husband, and together they started SOHO China. “There was excitement of people talking about how to change China, and it was a very intellectually vibrant time,” she said. “I felt that this country was really making a transition, and I wanted to be a part of that.” Zhang and her husband, Pan Shiyi, formed SOHO China in 1995. It swiftly became China’s largest commercial real estate developer, with 56 million square feet in prime developments in Beijing and Shanghai. Amazingly, Zhang’s story is not unique. Of Forbes’ 2013 list of 24 self-made female billionaires, six are from China, including one from Hong Kong, more than any other country outside the United States. “I think women of our generation went through Cultural Revolution, went through hardship, coming from nowhere, and suddenly see China’s amazing opportunity,” Zhang says. Catholic online

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, aides sleep while Africa was thinking Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, 89 years of age, was recently at the 2013 African Union of Heads of State Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia precisely 19th-27th May, 2013. An interesting feature of the 21st summit is that, where all the leaders of Africa teemed up to deliberate on possible ways of Africa getting it right and how to tackle poverty, find lasting solutions to problems of Africa in food production, eradicating of HIVAIDS scourge with 23.5million people affected, terrorism like the Nigerian version of boko haram, among other burning issues. President Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe for scores of years tuned to sleep mode and dosed off completely. If the President is sleeping, what about his aides too? Did they ride a

President Robert Mugabe…sleeping in peace

molu bus to Adis? Since his assumption of office in 31st December 1987 as President, the octogenarian has no intention of relinquishing power but prefers to sleep over whatever problems Africa is faced with. For how long do our African leaders want to continue to make the African continent and her people the butt of joke to the international community? When the veteran ‘war-

lord’ is asleep when the battle is so fierce, obviously, the other soldiers are fighting a lost battle with sleep too. So, what are they watching over? There are many sleeping dinosaurs like Mugabe roaming about Africa’s political landscape; these are the people that have really caused the continent to be sleeping in all ramifications. Source: gongnews.net

Malala says Taliban used bullets to silence her, but failed Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, told the United Nations today she has the strength and courage to continue her campaign despite her ordeal. - Pakistani girl shot by Taliban released from U.K. hospital The teenager was honoured at the UN headquarters in New York City, where she addressed the UN Youth Assembly with a speech advocating global education. “Here I stand, just one girl among many. I speak so those without voice can be heard,” she told the UN audience, adding everyone has the “right to live in peace and to be treated with dignity.” She recalled the day she was shot on a school bus on Oct. 9, 2012. “They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed, and out of that silence came thousands of voices.” The teen also said she will not be stopped from speaking out in support of human rights. “The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. “I’m not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak for the right of education for every child,”

Malala Yousafzai

she said. Malala said the Taliban and other extremist groups are motivated by fear of equality and the power of education when they attack students, teachers and schools. The teen appeared at the United Nations alongside former British prime minister Gordon Brown — now the UN special envoy for global education. Brown delivered a petition demanding education for all. Yousafzai has become an international figure as a symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women’s rights. She is also among the nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The UN has designated July 12 as Malala Day. Yousafzai was brought to Britain from Pakistan’s Swat Valley for specialist treatment after she was shot in the head at point-blank range by a gunman last October. She left a hospital in Birmingham in February following a surgery in which doctors mended parts of her skull with a titanium plate and inserted a cochlear implant to help restore hearing on her left side. Some 500 youth leaders

from 85 countries will be on hand in New York to hear Yousafzai speak. This was her first public speech since the attack. Her speech was delivered amid the release of new UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) research showing 48.5 million children of primary school age and living in areas of armed conflict are not getting an education. According to the report by UNESCO and the Save the Children aid agency, the total number of children of primary school age who are not getting an education has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011, but during that period the percentage of youth in conflict-affected countries who aren’t at primary school rose from 42 per cent to 50 per cent. In Syria, about 3,900 schools have either been destroyed, damaged or are occupied for non-educational purposes, the report released on Friday said. The report says more than a fifth of Syrian schools have been made unusable since the conflict began in March 2011. Reprinted with permission from CBC.ca

Meet the World’s Oldest Mother, Who Gave Birth at Almost 70 When Rajo Devi Lohan made headlines around the world by becoming the world’s oldest firsttime mother, critics said she was putting her health at risk and condemning her daughter to the agony of losing her parents at a young age. She gave birth, following controversial IVF treatment, at the age of 69, then nearly died from complications with the delivery. But now, five years later,

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‘World’s oldest person’ found in South Africa At 119 years old Johanna Mazibuko, who lives in small town south-west of Johannesburg, could be the world’s oldest person. Ms Mazibuko was born in 1894, according to her identity papers, and has outlived five of her seven children. “God gave my life in abundance, plus a bonus. I am very old now,” she told South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest living person is Misao Okawa, from Japan, who is 115. Ms Mazibuko shares her house in Klerksdorp, which is about 160km (100 miles) south-west of Johannes-

Johanna Mazibuko

burg, with her 77-year-old son, Tseko Mazibuko, who is also a pensioner. According to the Sowetan, Ms Mazibuko prides herself on still being able to make her bed every morning. “I’m doing alright,” she said.

Her ID book, issued in 1986, shows her date of birth as 11 May 1894, the Sowetan reports. South Africa’s home affairs ministry has not confirmed the authenticity of Ms Mazibuko’s identity documents, but the AFP

news agency says it has seen a copy of them. Ms Mazibuko, the oldest of 10 siblings, reportedly cooks, dresses herself, does the laundry and watches television. “She is able to move on her own but cannot stand for a long time. She gets dizzy,” her son told the Sowetan. Ms Mazibuko has lived through British colonialism, apartheid and the era of democracy led by Nelson Mandela, who was elected South Africa’s president in 1994. The oldest person recorded in history was Jeanne Calment from France who died 4 August 1997 aged 122.

South African chef ‘too fat’ to live in New Zealand Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 130kg (286 pounds), did not have “an acceptable standard of health”. He now faces expulsion despite shedding 30kg since he moved to the city of Christchurch six years ago. New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world, with nearly 30% of people overweight. Mr Buitenhuis and his

wife, Marthie, moved from South Africa to Christchurch in 2007. At the time, the chef weighed 160kg. Until now, their annual work visas had been renewed with “very little problem”, his wife said. “We applied year after year and there were no issues,” she said. “They never mentioned Albert’s weight or his health once and he was a lot heavier then.” But in early May, the

couple was told their work visas had been declined because of Mr Buitenhuis’s weight. “The irony is that at the moment he weighs less than when we first arrived in New Zealand and also less than in his first medical, which was accepted by [immigration authorities],” his wife said. The couple has appealed to New Zealand’s immigration minister, citing the chef ’s recent weight loss.

An immigration spokesman said Mr Buitenhuis’s application had been rejected because his obesity put him at “significant risk” of complications including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. “It is important that all migrants have an acceptable standard of health to minimise costs and demands on New Zealand’s health services,” he said.

living together, and pleasing oneself. It’s about God. As I wrote some time ago, God’s plans and will were first revealed in the book of Genesis in the Bible. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27) When God wanted to create a companion for Adam, He could have made another man but he did not, He made a woman. She was different from the man in some ways yet alike. Adam was pleased to the extent that he exclaimed, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” The Bible adds that God looked at everything He had made, the man and the woman, (both naked) and indeed it was very good. It was a perfect creation, and

God was pleased. Thereafter, whenever marriage is mentioned in the Bible, it is between a man and a woman. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.[24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. [25]Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Ephesians 5 :23-25) Many years later, when some people asked Jesus concerning marriage, He took them back to the beginning, reminding them of God’s words. He left them in no doubt concerning God’s will: marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman, till death do them part. 4 And He answered and said to them, “Have

you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Matthew 19: 4-5) In verse 4, Jesus wondered as he asked them, “Have you not read that …” This statement revealed that He expected the people to have read and known the will of God concerning marriage. If they had known, they would not have done some things. Lack of information can lead to destruction. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6) Mark 10:6 puts it a little differently. “But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.” The means that the will of God remains the same, it has not changed.

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25 years for woman who hid gun in vagina An Oklahoma meth dealer who hid her loaded gun in her vagina when she was arrested has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Christie Dawn Harris, 28, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, gun possession, and bringing contraband into jail, reports The Smoking Gun, a site that posts court and police documents. She’d already been convicted of a long list of felony charges.

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Upon arresting Harris, officer Kathy Unbewust reported: “I observed at that time a wooden and metal item sticking out from her vagina area.” Unbewust “pulled the item from her vagina, and found it to be a 5 shot revolver with rounds in the chamber.” She was sentenced to 25 years for each charge to be served concurrently, court documents show. Toronto Sun

Joke The definition of a Pharmacist Teacher: Who is a pharmacist? only Akors raised up his hand. Teacher: So it's only Akpors that is the most intelligent student I have in this class? Still there's nobody else to answer the question except Akpors. Teacher: Ok pors, use this flog them ten cane each! Akpors filled

now Akcane and strokes of with hap-

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Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1Corinthians 6:9-10) Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:26-28) 4) Marriage is much more than sex, desires,

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Marriage is honourable among all, and the bed undefiled. (Hebrews 13:4) 5) Homosexual sex is destructive to the human body 6) The Bible reveals that everyone at the back of their minds knows that homosexuality is wrong and unnatural. Since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. (Romans 1:19) Should same-sex marriage be approved? To approve same-sex marriage would be to approve the homosexual action and lifestyle which the Bible, nature, and conscience reveal is immoral, unnatural and sinful.  Some countries may enact laws approving it, this does not in any way change the word and the will of God concerning it. E-mail: info@pastortaiwoodubiyi.org.uk

piness, gave all the students ten hot strokes of cane.... Teacher: oyaa my dear Akpors, tell this dumb students who a pharmacist is... Akpors: A pharmacist is a farmer who assist people. Teacher fainted... continued from p(19) 2 tsp (10 mL) PC black label harissa spice blend 1/4 cup (50 mL) chicken stock Half lemon Instructions In a saucepan of boiling water, cook carrots for 2 minutes. Add peas, leeks and snap peas and return to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain vegetables and gently rinse with cold water. Set aside. Remove and discard small side muscle from scallops. In bowl, toss together scallops, olive oil and harissa spice blend. Heat large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Arrange scallops, flat surface down, in a single layer in pan. Sear for 1 or 2 minutes, depending on thickness. Turn scallops over and sear for 1 to 2 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer scallops to a plate and keep warm. You can learn more about sustainable seafood on any of these websites: www. msc.org, www.wwf-canada. com, www.oceansfortomorrow.ca or www.loblaw. ca/seafood.


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‘I won’t sign any artiste until Psquare stops singing’ – Jude Okoye CEO of Northside Entertainment/Square Records, Jude Okoye says he is not looking forward to signing any new artiste in the nearest future. The multi-award winning video director and elder brother of Psquare told Hiphop World magazine in an interview ’I don’t know about Peter and Paul but me personally I won’t sign any artiste until P-Square stops singing, that is the same thing I said when you asked me why I’m not shooting videos for other artistes, everyone that comes under this umbrella will start comparing.’ The label boss who has also scored some of the biggest videos in Africa also explains his not shooting for other

By Charles Mgbolu

artistes too. ‘That’s the reason why in managerial aspect and even shooting videos, people will definitely want to compare, so because of that I made up my mind that I’m better off on my own’.

Square Record’s attempt at experimenting with non-Okoye acts failed last year, with the drama surrounding May D who was eventually dropped from the label. Nigerian Monitor

Superstar Tina Turner, 73 and Erwin Bach, 57 Sets Wedding Date! Tina Turner is getting married at 73. The music legend is to set to wed her long-time love, German producer Erwin Bach in a private ceremony in Europe in just over a week, sources tell Page Six. Turner will marry her partner of 27 years, whom she met while he worked as a record producer at EMI. They have been dating since the ’90s, and she has been living with him in Zurich, Switzerland, for more than 15 years. According to reports, Turner and Bach will tie the knot at their home on Lake Zurich on July 21. “I am happier than I could have ever dreamed of,” she recently said. But other sources say the couple may also throw a wedding bash at their villa on the French Riviera. Expected guests include Giorgio Armani We truly wish them all the best. Love can find you anytime, place, and or with anyone. Never give up on

2013 BET Awards: Ice Prince knocks Tuface, others to win ‘Best African Act’ Award

yourself!

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Aboki crooner Ice Prince knocked out 2face Idibia, Toya Delazy from South Africa, Donald from South Africa, R2Bees from Ghana and Radio and Weasel from Uganda to win the 2013 Best African Act at the BET Awards held June 30, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Ice Prince had been nominated to this category in 2012 but lost it to Wizkid and Sarkodie. Tuface as you know is no stranger to grabbing international awards. In 2011, he shared this same award with the Koko master D’banj. Other winners are

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Rihanna Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Chris Brown Best Group: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Best Collaboration: A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – F***in’ Problems Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj Video of the Year: Drake – Started From the Bottom Video Director of the Year: Benny Boom Best New Artist: Kendrick Lamar Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary Best Actress: Kerry Washington

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx Young Stars Award: Gabrielle Douglas Best Movie: Think Like a Man Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Gabrielle Douglas Subway Sportsman of the Year: LeBron James Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Drake – Started From the Bottom Centric Award: Tamar Braxton – Love and War Best International Act: Africa – Ice Prince (Nigeria) Humanitarian Award: Dwyane Wade Lifetime Achievement Award: Charlie Wilson FAN Demonium Award: Chris Brown Vanguard

Kerry Washington Secretly Weds NFL Star Nnamdi Asomugha By Rebecca Detken | The Juice Kerry Washington definitely knows how to keep a secret. The “Scandal” star, 36, quietly married San Francisco 49ers cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha ,on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho. While the remote location was sure to keep the paparazzi away, was it really necessary when no one even knew they were a couple in the first place? According to TerezOwens.com, who first reported the nuptial news on Tuesday, Asomugha and Washington have been dating since last summer. A 2003 graduate of UC Berkeley, Asomugha, 31, played for the Oakland Raiders for eight seasons and the Philadelphia Eagles for two before signing with the 49ers in April. (Though he’s bounced around a bit when it comes to committing to a football team, it seems he was not afraid to commit to Kerry!) He has also dabbled in acting, with gueststarring gigs on “Friday Night Lights,” “The

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Game,” “Leverage,” and “Kroll Show.” Another thing Asomugha and the stylish “Django Unchained” actress have in common? Giving back. The political activists are both involved in various philanthropic ef-

cow (better known as the kid who turns into Tom Hanks in the 1988 flick “Big”), but called the wedding off in 2007. Since then, she’s kept everyone in the dark about her personal life — but gave a little clue on Twit-

forts. Asomugha has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009, while Washington addressed the crowd at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This marks the first marriage for both. Washington was previously engaged to longtime boyfriend David Mos-

ter recently that she could be headed off on a honeymoon. “Ok. Logging off! See u in a few weeks! SO excited 4 all u UK #Gladiators about 2 experience Season 2! Spread the word! July 4th @More4Tweets,” posted the newlywed. http://ca.omg.yahoo. com


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Reward yourself with the trip of a lifetime NC)—From Carnival in Brazil to the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, many people dream of that oncein-a-life-time vacation where they can explore a new place and experience a spectacular event at the same time. Stephen Menon, Associate Vice President at TD Canada Trust, said planning an affordable but spectacular getaway starts with calculating the full cost of the trip and creating a budget. “The right travel rewards credit card can help you afford the trip of a lifetime to see your favourite sports team, musician or other event by allowing you to use rewards you’ve earned on that card to offset all or part of the cost of your vacation,” he said. “Look for

a travel rewards credit card that allows you to redeem points or other rewards for everything related to travel, from flights, car rentals and hotel costs to taxes, gratuities and parking.” Menon said some travel rewards cards even allow cardholders to earn extra points or others rewards for using the card to pay for their holidays. For example, TD First Class Travel cardholders can earn additional TD points on travel booked online through Expedia For TD and charged to their TD travel card. “Whether your vacation plans include attending a premier world-class event or just lying on a beach, having access to one of the largest online selection of travel options and an in-

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Accept Yoruba Leader Or Leave Lagos Igbo Traders Warned The traders of Igbo origin operating at the Ladpo Auto Spare Parts Market, Mushin, Lagos have been told to accept Yoruba man as leader or leave the state. The ordeal was handed down to the protesting traders due to their continued resistance of Alhaji Oladotun Abibu Oki as the Babaloja of the market. Lamenting their ordeal, the royal father of the market Chief Nwosu told reporters that “99 percent of marketers in Ladipo are Igbo. To be fair to all, he should come and contest if elected he will be accepted. “We appeal to the South East governors, Igbo leaders across the globe to come to our aid. They asked us to go back to our villages, if we are not ready to accept the leadership of Alhaji Oki. We pay our taxes in Lagos and have every right as Nigerians to buy and sell anywhere in the state.” Meanwhile LACEC Secretary General, Pastor Steve

Ijioma told reporters : “There has been controversy over the imposition of Alhaji Oki as the Babaloja. This led to several clashes and it was agreed that Alhaji Oki should restrict his authority in his unit pending when the matter is sorted out. During the environmental sanitation, he encroached on our territory and we resisted. The protest is to pass the message across that we do not want his leadership rather a free and fair election should be conducted. It is a pity that an Area Commander could openly ask us to accept Babaloja or return to our various states.” LACEC, according to the President General, Comrade Ikechukwu Animalu, is opposed to the imposition of Alhaji Oladotun Abibu Oki because “out of the 34 existing units in the market, Alhaji Oki controls only a unit. There is still an on going battle over his appointment as the new Babaloja. It was his attempt to impose his

authority on us that led to the crisis that erupted on Thursday. We demand a formal election, so that the people will decide who their leader will be. “We also appeal to the police to be fair in this controversial matter and call to order those who openly ordered us to either accept the imposition or return to our various states.” Stating his part of the story, Alhaji Oki said that he was ready to dialogue with aggrieved members of LACEC to find a way forward. He told Sun: “I was nominated two years ago to be installed the Babaloja of the market. LACEC through several petitions frustrated that move and the process was delayed. However two months ago, the late Abibat Mogaji finally installed me. To pass their message across they did not attend my installation, which was held in June 27, 2013.” Nigeriana.org

Meet 7 Internationally acclaimed Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Nigerians While it is public that Sade Adu, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chamillionaire, Wale, Tine Tempah and Adewale Akin-

Tyler the Creator Yes, do not be shocked. The ‘Black Eminem’ is Nigerian. Tyler the Creator’s actual names are Tyler Okonma. His father is Igbo. The leader of the music collective ‘Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All’ claims he never met his father. Maybe that is why he is not too fond of him. In 2009 Tyler released his first album Bastard. His buzz started growing from then on mainly backed by his offensive, homophobic and disgusting lyrics. He released his second album Goblin two years later and became a national sensation without the backing of any major record label in America. He released his third album Wolf this year.

nuoye-Agbaje are Nigerians, there are still a couple more in the entertainment industry that you never knew. Have a

Dizzie Rascal Dizzie (Dylan Kwabena Mills) is one of the most respected rappers in the UK and also happens to be Nigerian. His Nigerian father died when he was young and he was raised by his Ghanaian mum. He had a rebellious childhood and that’s how he got the name Rascal. He was a friend of Nigerian footballer Danny Shittu when he was a kid. At 16 he produced his first single ‘I Luv U’ and in 2002 formed the collective Roll Deep Crew. Dizzie Rascal has released 5 solo albums till date making him one of the biggest rappers in the UK. He performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London and won the Best International Act at the BET Awards in 2010.

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This list has dug a little deeper and discovered 7 more celebrities you never thought could be Nigeri-

Lemar Lemar Obika (born 4 April 1978), professionally known simply as Lemar, is an English R&B singer– songwriter and record producer. His Nigerian fans probably didn’t know that the UK singer was born in Tottenham.

Donald Adeosun Faison Fans of the popular television Comedy-drama “Scrubs” would know this one. Not only is he one of our favorite character, you probably didn’t know this American actor’s middle name is Yoruba. Richard Ayoade This is another Brit-Nigerian. Richard Ayoade was born to a Nigerian father and Norwegian mother. The 36 year old comedian, actor and writer has written several awards winning stage plays in the UK. He is also a known face on British TV.

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Taio Cruz

The 25 year old British singer is of Nigerian heritage. He was born to a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother. Taio Cruz who started penning songs at 12, began writing professionally 7 years later. He released his debut album Departure in 2008. The following year he released his sophomore Rokstarrwhich featured the hit song ‘Dynamite’. He dropped his 3rd album TY.O three years ago. Taio Cruz has won several awards including the BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards and American Music Awards.

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Get ready to be shocked as we present you 7 well-known International celebs who are Fellow Nigerians.

Hugo Weaving

Do you remember Agent Smith in Matrix? Yes! Neo’s arch-rival is Nigerian. How? Well the 53 year old actor was born in Nigeria at the University College Hospital in Ibadan. This makes him Nigerian by birth. His parents moved back to England a year after. Hugo Weaving has acted in several blockbusters such as V For Vendetta, The Matrix Trilogy and Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Transformers Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy and Captain America. Who said Ibadan boys don’t go far?


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Kumuyi’s son apologizes for ‘flamboyant’ wedding; suspended by church

Observing Fasting in the Holy Month ‘Ramadan’ “It is made lawful for you to go unto your wives during the night preceding the day’s fast: [Your wives] they are as a garment for you, and you are as a garment for them. God is aware that you would have deprived yourselves of this right, and so He has turned unto you in His mercy and removed this hardship from you. Now then, you may lie with them [your wives] skin to skin, and avail yourselves of that which God has ordained for you, and eat and drink until you can discern the white streak of dawn against the blackness of nigh, and resume fasting until night fall; but do not lie with them skin to skin when you are about to abide in meditation in houses of worship. These are the bounds set by God; do not then, offend against them- [for] it is thus God makes clear His messages unto mankind, so that they might remain conscious of Him”. [Al-Qur’an chapter 2 : 187]

the Holy Book ‘Al-Qur’an’. In Ramadan Muslims around the world seek closeness to Allah and forsake bodily pleasures.   Fasting is an act of worship in Islam that provides nourishment to the soul as the way good food gives live to the body. Fasting is defined in Islam as abstention from food, drink and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims fast for twenty nine days or thirty days according to the appearance of the new moon in Arabic calendar. In Islam, every Muslim who reaches the age of maturity (adolescence) must observe fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. It is mandatory to all. People who are suffering from mental illness and those people who are in coma for a longer period are excluded from this mandatory worship until they are mentally recovered. Muslim women are temporarily waived from Ramadan is the ninth fasting at the time of menmonth in Islamic calendar. struation and breastfeeding. Literary, the word Ramadan They are allowed to pay back is driven from a root word the fast any other days dur‘ramad’ meaning scorching ing the year before the next heat and Ramadan means Ramadan. dual scorching heat. The “The month of Ramadan is Holy Promise Messiah (AS) that in which the Qur’an was explained that during the sent down as guidance for holy month of Ramadan mankind with clear proofs Muslims face two types of of guidance and discriminaheat, the natural heat of sun tion. Therefore, whosoever of and the heat of spirituality. you is present at home in this Fasting according the tra- month let him fast therein. dition of the Holy Prophet But whoso is sick or is on a Muhammad (SAW) is Al- journey, shall fast the same lah’s property and it is only number of other days. Allah Him, Allah who looks into desires to give you facility ones fasting and rewards and He desires not hardship that person accordingly.  for you, and that you may The Holy Quran was re- complete the number, and vealed to Prophet Muham- that you may exalt Allah for mad (SAW) in the month of His having guided you and Ramadan so this month is that you may be grateful”. [ a month in which Muslims Al-Qur’an chapter2 : verse intensify their recitation of 186]

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Muslims are encouraged to remain pious and be more kind and generous to everybody. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) mentioned that even if someone directly or indirectly assault, reprimand or course any sort of abuse to us during the month of Ramadan we should calmly announce to such person that we are in the state of fast and we should not retaliate in any manner. Ramadan is a peaceful month which returns to us annually to remind us of steadfastness, endurance, and fear of Allah. In Ramadan Muslims learn more about the suffering of poor, starvation and hunger so that we can be kind to others and feed the poor and homeless with passion and respect because we know what is means to hungry or stay a whole day without food. Such are the conducts every Muslim should have not only in Ramadan but such conducts should be part of our lives so that we can be distinguished in every community and entice others to come and join us. Islam itself is peace and security to humanity. Having self-respect and respect for others is part of our faith. Violence in any kind is never accepted in Islam. Any Muslim practicing disorder is committing a big crime in Islam and such person shall not be called a Muslim any more. Ramadan is a period in which one should sit back and take account for self, repent and seek forgiveness from Allah and think and act for the betterment of everybody, love every one and hate no body.

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espite tendering a “wholehearted” apology to the church’s elders, the Deeper Life Church last Saturday suspended John Kumuyi over his recent controversial wedding in Jamaica. Mr. Kumuyi, son of the church’s General Superintendent, William Kumuyi, walked the aisle with Love Odih on June 15 in a ‘society’ wedding which attracted widespread condemnation. The bride, decked in a flowing white gown – a shift from the traditional Deeper Life wedding dress – looked radiant at the wedding, her face dabbed with a touch of make up, including a lipstick. The church operates a strict regimen on ceremonies which outlaws even

NIGER State Governor Babangida Aliyu has carpeted human rights activists and organisations defending a Bida-based Islamic scholar, Mohammed Masaba, said to be married to 86 women. The defence put up for Masaba by the groups, the governor said, was morally wrong and unjustified. Aliyu spoke on Tuesday while swearing-in the first female Chief Judge in the state, Justice Fati Abubakar. The new CJ is the wife

Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu

of former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. For marrying 86 women, the state government had engaged the cleric in a legal tussle, an action that prompted over 20 human rights groups to defend

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Masaba. The governor on Tuesday noted that the groups would have risen in defence of the women instead of supporting the cleric. Aliyu said, “We can deceive ourselves but we cannot deceive God.” The governor, who also decried the incidence of harmful practices against the girl-child, called for the implementation of the law to stop the practices in the state. continued on p(48)

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gized “profusely” during the mid-year celebration programme at the LagosIbadan expressway last Saturday. “We unreservedly and wholeheartedly stated that we did not intend and do not intend that our act or omissions in any way undermine the great work that God has done through the Deeper Christian Life Ministry through our father, continued on p(48)

Aliyu faults support for cleric with 86 wives

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video coverage during nuptials. Mr. Kumuyi and his bride were even driven in an ashcoloured limousine, creating a buzz on social media with people wondering whether the church had relaxed its rather conservative rules or their leader’s son had become exempt to them. The groom, realizing the embarrassment he had caused the church, apolo-

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Pope Francis too busy cleaning house to attend gala concert in his honor By Catholic Online

6/24/2013 Pope Francis flexed his papal muscles yesterday by skipping a concert where he was to be the guest of honor. Instead of being entertained, he spent his time working and said that bishops should not have “the mentality of a prince.” VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The classical concert was scheduled in March, before his election, but he was still to be the guest of honor. However instead of performing for the Holy Father, the musicians played before a great white, empty chair. Minutes before the start of the concert, a spokesperson entered and told the crowd that an “urgent commitment that cannot be postponed” detained Pope Francis and was preventing him from attending. The crowd was assured that health was not the reason for the no-show. The actual reason is that Pope Francis was working and he does not care much for concerts and other entertainments. The day be-

The empty papal chair set out for Pope Francis. It remained empty as the Holy Father worked

fore, he admonished this bishops to be “close to the people” and not to have “the mentality of a prince.” Meanwhile, it is believed that Pope Francis was spending his time working on new appointments for the Curia. The Curia needs change since this is where scandal appears to have rooted within the Vatican, although details remain murky. Pope Francis has dedicated his first months in office to reorganizing the Curia to operate in a manner he feels is most consistent with the mission of the Church. These changes are expected to occur within the next few months.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis continues to eschew the limelight and privilege of the papacy, being far more contented to live a simple life of labor and love. He continues to reside in a Vatican guesthouse, eats his meals in a common area, and does not use a private chapel for Mass. Pope Francis is something of a maverick, but he is decidedly what the Church needs. Clearly, the Cardinals of the Church listened to the voice of God and Francis was elected for a reason. His most recent no-show wasn’t a publicity stunt, but rather a genuine sign of how hard he is working for all of us.

Remembering our dead with flowers an ancient tradition, researchers say. 14,000 years ago! Practice is at least 14,000 years old, with discovery of Israeli burial grounds At graveside, we frequently leave behind flowers in memory of the deceased. Archaeologists say that humans have been decorating graves with flowers for almost 14,000 years. The first evidence the tradition of floral tributes has been dug up in Israel where sage, mint and other plants were used in ceremonial burials. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When we leave flowers on gravesites today, it is intended as a sign of respect or remembrance. In ancient times - flowers probably served a more utilitarian purpose - disguising the stench of the rotting corpse. It was also believed that scent of the plants would stop animals being attracted to the grave to dig up the body.

When we leave flowers on gravesites today, it is intended as a sign of respect or remembrance. In ancient times - flowers probably served a more utilitarian purpose disguising the stench of the rotting corpse

The ancient Romans often laid out the ground of the tomb as a garden so the spirit could enjoy itself as it wandered. The latest example of this practice was found at the bottom of 13,700 to 11,700 year-old graves at a scenic prehistoric burial spot known as Raqefet Cave

overlooking the Mediterranean coast. Professor Dani Nadel and his team used radiocarbon dating on the lining of tombs containing 29 skeletons, of children and adults, with four containing large plant impressions identified as the stems of sage, mint and figwort. “Flowering plants possess mechanisms that stimulate positive emotional and social responses in humans,” Professor Nadel, an archaeologist at Haifa University in Israel says. “It’s difficult to establish when people started to use flowers in public and ceremonial events because of the scarcity of relevant evidence in the archaeological record. “We report on uniquely preserved 13,700-11,700-year-old grave linings made of continued on p(48)

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Nigerian Pastor Who Predicted The Death Of Patience’s Mum Says Tinubu Is Next Pastor Claims He Predicted Death Of First Lady’s Mother, Says Tinubu Should Be Careful The General Overseer of Mountain of Liberation And Miracle Ministry, Chris Okafor has said he predicted the death of the mother of the first lady which recently happened. It was said that the man of God predicted that, there will be death in the

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President’s household, and it was meant to take away someone close to them

mysteriously but could be averted if they showed interest. He has also advised Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to beware because some of his strong opponent have vowed to ensure that he will not see May 29, 2015. Lastly, this one is for the people of Anambra State. Senator Chris Ngige is going to rule you again, the Pastor said.

Nneka The Pretty Serpent Actress Turns To God…Join Eucharia Anunobi On The Altar Can somebody shout Halleluiah? It’s indeed glorious to know that Ndidi Obi, the Nneka the Pretty Serpent actress has been called to the altar officially. The lady is now a worker in the vineyard just like her colleague, Eucharia Annunobi. The rate at which Nollywood actors are now turning to God speak volume and it’s indeed a welcoming idea. From the inventions or device of Nollywood, Liz Benson, Obot Etuk, Orisabunmi etc. are the first starters. Then, Mr. Koldsweath, Mr. Okonkwo etc. followed up.
Recently, Eucharia, the daring actress, whose foray into the vineyard it’s no longer a story, joined the list as she has since repackaged herself for Christ. As you are reading this,

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Ndidi Obi, the beautiful actress got ordained in her church as a church official. Now as a new creature, she will be more committed to God’s work than mans. Meanwhile, the actress has said that her new position in church will not

stop her from acting; she still wants to keep her fan base and give her lovers in the movie world what they have always loved to see about her. May God help you o! Onlinenigrian.com

Cameroon: FIFA Pardons Cameroun FIFA passed a decision today, 22 July 2013, to lift the suspension of the Cameroonian Football Association (Fecafoot) given that the conditions previously set have been met. As requested by the FIFA Emergency Committee, the normalisation committee that was appointe d on 20 July 2013 was able to take up its duties this Monday, 22 July 2013, at the Fecafoot headquarters, with FIFA and CAF observers present.

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The lifting of the suspension means that Fecafoot's clubs, officials and other representatives can immediately resume their activities, which had been interrupted. The same applies for the resumption of the courses and various

programmes provided by FIFA, CAF and other member associations. FIFA and CAF will continue to closely monitor the situation, particularly in relation to the revision of the Fecafoot statutes. This Day


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sports Juventus top Bayern in Champions League earnings The Italian champions raked in a staggering €10 million more than winners Bayern Munich from last season’s competition despite going out in the quarter-finals. Juventus earned more from the Champions League than any other club last season. The Serie A club were beaten by eventual winners Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, but still made €65.3 million from the competition – compared to €55m collected by the German champions. This was mostly due to the Italian side gaining much of the TV money in their own country, with Uefa explaining that “monies from the market pool were divided according to the proportional value of the national TV market each individual club represented”.

Under the European governing body’s system for distributing Champions League cash, the amounts given to clubs varies by country and is related to the performance of all teams representing a particular nation. Bayern – who also won the Bundesliga and DFBPokal in 2012-13 – earned less because fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund also made the final at Wembley. Jurgen Klopp’s side took home €54.16m, thanks partly to the reward for winning four of their six

group stage games, which brought in €1m per match. Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona were the next biggest earners, gaining €51.3m, €48.4m and €45.5m respectively, even though the latter beat the Serie A side in the last-16 stage. Manchester United, who lost to Madrid in the last 16, were the best rewarded Premier League side with €35.5m. By comparison, Chelsea made €60m from winning the competition in 2012. In total, €904.6m was handed out to 32 clubs, while in the Europa League the overall fund was €209m. Semi-finalists Fenerbahce were the biggest earners from the competition with €11.18m, while winners Chelsea made €10.7m to add to the €30.5m they made from the Champions League.

continued from p(47) flowers suggesting such use began much earlier than previously thought.” Part of plants cells called phytoliths from grasses, leaves, reeds and sedges were identified all over the cave and on its terrace. Crafted and natural stone objects, perhaps as markers or symbols, as well as a prev-

alence of flints and butchered animal bones suggesting celebratory feasts. “Some of the plant species attest to spring burials with a strong emphasis on colorful and aromatic flowers,” Nadel said. “Cave floor chiseling to accommodate the desired grave location and depth is

also evident at the site. Thus, grave preparation was a sophisticated planned process, embedded with social and spiritual meanings reflecting a complex pre-agricultural society undergoing profound changes at the end of the Pleistocene.”

using wooden boards and steel-toed boots for even “minor transgressions,” Ayinde’s wife testified at the first trial. Some of the children Ayinde fathered with his daughters were born in the home, with at least two babies dying in the home, having been buried without notifying authorities or obtaining birth certificates, NBC New York reported. Ayinde’s tortured daughters were home schooled and isolated from other children, so as to keep the

family secrets hidden, the station added. With his wife too afraid to confront him, Mr. Ayinde carried out his evil plan without hindrance even while directing the music video for the Fugees 1996 breakout hit ‘Killing Me Softly, for which he won ‘Best R&B Video’ at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards. The Fugees are also originally from Northern New Jersey. This man sure needs psychiatric evaluation.

continued from p(46) Aliyu faults support for... He urged the Ministry of ments to the development Women Affairs to avail his of the girl-child. office with the report of According to him, the a committee set up to in- new Chief Judge has been vestigate a man in Gwada, able to attain an enviable who reportedly poured height in the judiciary acid on his wife during a because she followed the quarrel. path of education. Canvassing better opDescribing her as “a portunities for women, paragon of empathy and the governor sought the welfare,” the governor removal of all impedi- urged her to help to trans-

form the judiciary in the state. He particularly advised her to instill discipline in the judiciary in order for the citizens to have confidence in the system. Born on April 12, 1951, Justice Abubakar studied Law at the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University.

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continued from p(7) case workers removed multiple children from the Ayinde household in 2000, resulting in Mr. Ayinde being arrested for kidnapping and trying to take them from state custody in a medical center, NBC New York reported. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received a year’s probation – as he continued raping one daughter for at least another two years, according to officials. The depraved father also beat and starved the girls

Nigeria’s Okagbare Breaks Her New African Record

BY TUNDE ELUDINI

Okagbare’s new record is 10.79 seconds. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare was in the form of her life on Saturday in London as she entered the record books as Africa’s fastest woman of all time. After first setting a new African record with her 10.86 secs time in her semi-final race, Okagbare upped the mark in the finals racing to an awesome 10.79secs to effectively throw into the thrash can the record of former com-

patriot, Gloria Alozie, set 13 years ago. Before the finals, Jamaica’s reigning Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ran a world leading 10.77 seconds to win thereby setting the stage for a keenly contested battle in the final. Fortunately, Okagbare was in her best frame of mind in the final, storming out of the blocks in bullet-like fashion to win the race and the maximum IAAF Diamond League points to take her tally to 10, two behind FraserPryce who could only

manage a fourth place. Barbara Pierre of the United States (10.85) came second behind Okagbare. With Saturday’s performance, Okagbare further brightens Nigeria’s hope for a medal at next month’s 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Aside that she is on the path of rewriting history to become the second Nigerian woman after Alozie to win an individual medal at the IAAF flagship championships.

blood to clean the Ile-Ife community which he has polluted has proved abortive. It would be recalled that the Nigeria National Assemble outlaw gay marriage or union in any parts

of the country, making if a punishable offence for anyone to engage in gay relationship. But the case of Ile-Ife, in Osun state is punishable by death.

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continued from p(15) however, the whereabouts of Kolade Ihekoronye Paul is unknown as he has since disappeared from the community. All effort to track him down to enable him pay for his crime, with his

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& LIKE US ON FACEBOOK continued from p(46) the General Superintendent,” read the letter of apology addressed to the church and read out to the entire congregation. The apology, however, did little to assuage the anger of the church’s elders, including the groom’s father, who recommended that the couple be placed “under discipline.” The Senior Kumuyi and some leaders of the church attended the wedding. “The church, Deeper Life, remains committed to the biblical practice and standard of almost 40 years Christian dressing and still

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remains and does not compromise on biblical Christian dressing,” said Philip Oluwi, who spoke on the church’s behalf. “Hence, deviation warrants the displeasure and frown of God and the leadership of the church,” he added. The couple’s letter of apology was re-read several times at the 50,000 capacity church auditorium, sending a strong message of intolerance to disobedience to the members. “We have now realized the far reaching effect of our actions and omissions

and do plead with the church for forgiveness and also appeal that any action that should be taken be directed at John and Love, as we take this time to prayerfully reflect on our actions,” the couple’s apology read. “We take full responsibility for what has happened and this action should in no way be blamed on the General Superintendent or the leaders of the church in Nigeria, United States, Jamaica, or United Kingdom and beyond.” Premium Times


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Nigerian Judge Serving As Acting Chief Justice Of The Gambia Caught On Tape Negotiating Bribe A senior Nigerian judge serving as the Acting Chief Justice of the Gambia, Joseph Wowo, has been sacked for soliciting a N2.5 million (500,000 Dalasi) bribe from a Gambian-based Dutch businessman in return for a favourable judgment in a land dispute case. Mr. Wowo, also a former President of the Gambia Court of Appeal, was caught on tape holding a surreptitious meeting with the former Gambian Justice Minister, Lamin Jobarteh (who has also been sacked), a Dutch national, André Klaarbergen, and his Nigerian Lawyer simply identified as Mene, negotiating the price of subverting the judgment of a Gambian High Court over a land dispute case, which Mr. Wowo agrees the Dutch rightly lost. “How much are you willing to offer first so that we can negotiate,” Mr Wowo was heard saying on tape, now posted on Youtube. “You know my position based on my position I’m not even supposed to come here in the first place. I’m the President of the court of Appeal and now I’m acting Chief Justice,” he continued, openly admitting he was sabotaging the course of justice by even agreeing to be at the meeting. “I’ve read your file at the Court

of Appeal, [and] that is why I said you don’t have any case at the Court of Appeal. You will lose at the court of Appeal because the way they deal with the case at the Court of Appeal, the lawyer messed it up. That is why I called your lawyer and said let us see how we can help you,” confirming that the lower court had made the right call in the case. Mr Jobarteh then cuts in and suggested a quick resolution of the matter. “The fact of the matter is that the error has been made and it’s irrecoverable. The issue now is how can we meet each other to correct the problem,” he said. Mr. Wowo then demanded a bribe of 2.5 million Dalasi (N12.3 million) but Mr Klaarbergen, who complained that his business had been slow lately, offered to pay 500,000 Dalasi. The disgraced Attorney-General, with a tone of threat, then appealed to Mr Wowo to accept the bribe. “Come a time you people will come running to me and in view of all other consideration and the man financial predicament now, I appeal to you to accept the 500,000. “Because of Justice Jobarteh, honourable minister, that is why I’m accepting,” Mr Wowo replied.

Even when the Dutch businessman expressed some reluctance and suggested talking to his partner, Justice Wowo asked him to “go and borrow” if he could not raise the agreed bribe. Fearing prosecution, Mr Wowo is feared to have fled the Gambia furtively. His whereabouts is currently unknown, and he did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ series of calls to his Gambian mobile telephone. Guinness and Brandy However, the Wowo bribery transaction also revealed a flabby underside and worldliness of the Nigerian judge. Once he was satisfied that the bribery deal had gone well, Mr. Wowo then complained about the choice of drink on offer. “You didn’t bring my choice. Me I take only Guinness and brandy.” When

his host (Mr Jobarteh) offered to give him non-alcoholic wine apparently due to his religious leaning, Mr. Wowo complained that it would “run my stomach” and jocularly threatened to sue his host if that happens. Nigerian Mercenary Judges The report of the scandal in the Gambian media shows that Mr. Wowo and other Nigerian judicial officers have tainted reputation in that West African country. Many Gambian newspapers openly refer to Nigerians working as legal personnel in the country with derogatory monikers such as “The Nigerian Mercenary Judges”, “the Nigerian Mafia” and the “Nigerian cowboys”. The President of Gambia, Yayah Jammeh, had on June 13 named Mr. Wowo as replacement for another Nigerian, Akomaye Emanuel Agim. A source that asked not to be named told that Mr. Wowo was allegedly instrumental to the removal of Mr. Agim as the Chief Justice of the Gambia after he reported on him to Mr Jammeh. With his removal from office the somewhat astronomical career growth of the 47- year old judge came to a disgraceful end. Once he was satisfied that the bribery deal had gone well, Mr. Wowo then complained about

the choice of drink on offer. “You didn’t bring my choice. Me I take only Guinness and brandy.” When his host (Mr Jobarteh) offered to give him non-alcoholic wine apparently due to his religious leaning, Mr. Wowo complained that it would “run my stomach” and jocularly threatened to sue his host if that happens. Nigerian Mercenary Judges The report of the scandal in the Gambian media shows that Mr. Wowo and other Nigerian judicial officers have tainted reputation in that West African country. Many Gambian newspapers openly refer to Nigerians working as legal personnel in the country with derogatory monikers such as “The Nigerian Mercenary Judges”, “the Nigerian Mafia” and the “Nigerian cowboys”. The President of Gambia, Yayah Jammeh, had on June 13 named Mr. Wowo as replacement for another Nigerian, Akomaye Emanuel Agim. A source that asked not to be named told that Mr. Wowo was allegedly instrumental to the removal of Mr. Agim as the Chief Justice of the Gambia after he reported on him to Mr Jammeh. With his removal from office the somewhat astronomical career growth of the 47- year old judge came to a disgraceful end.

11-Yr-Old Maid Battling For Her Life After Woman Sets Her Ablaze Over Piece Of Meat Doctors at the General Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, are seriously battling to save the life of an 11-year old girl, Ita Bassey-Eno, who was allegedly set ablaze by the woman she lives with, Mrs Nkese Iroakazi, a nurse at a hospital in Surulere. Iroakazi was alleged to have poured kerosene on Bassey-Eno before lighting a match stick to set her ablaze after the girl was said to have stolen a piece of meat from the pot. Witnesses said the girl ran out of their apartment at 7, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, unto to the main road with fire all over her body as she cried for help from passers-by to rescue her. It was gathered that someone quickly stopped his vehicle and used his fire extinguisher to put out the flame on her body. The incident, which occurred last Saturday, was immediately reported at the Bode Thomas Police Station and the police from the station arrested Mrs. Nkese. The little girl was rushed to the Burns and Trauma Centre, an annex of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital at the General Hospital, Gbagada, for urgent attention as the doctors in the hospital said she had suffered 95

percent burns and would take a miracle for her to survive. Bassey-Eno’s private part was damaged, while almost all her body is burnt. The whole of her body, except her face and her feet, are bandaged, while she wears pampers because her private part was damaged. On her hospital bed on Monday when NE visited, the little was groaning in pains while health officials described Nkese as callous woman and that she must be made to face the music. Executive Director, Esther Child Rights Foundation, ECRF, Mrs. Esther Ogwu, who was at the hospital to see the girl, wept when she saw her pathetic state, saying that in all her life as human rights activist, she had never come across such a gruesome case as that of the little girl. According to Ogwu, “the situation is terrible. The doctor said the girl suffered 95 percent burns and that her private part has been damaged. This woman is more than wicked. Justice must take its course. “One of the health officials at the General Hospital, Gbagada called me and said a woman poured kerosene on the little girl staying with her and lit up a match stick

and set her ablaze. The girl ran out of the house to the main road where a Good Samaritan used her car fire extinguisher to put out the fire.” Little Bassey-Eno, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, southsouth Nigeria, was brought from the village with another girl, Happiness Okon-Bassey, 13, to live with Nkese in June 2013 on the premose that she would send them to school, but that was not to be as the two girls allegedly performed the function of domestic servants for Nkese. The second house girl, OkonBassey, said she did not see when her colleague was set ablaze but that she heard her screaming when their mistress was beating

her shortly before the she saw flame all over her body when she ran outside their home. She alleged that they were maltreated and beaten thoroughly very often and that they had no time to rest as they work almost throughout the day for their mistress without going to school, saying that they normally eat twice daily. Daughter of the alleged culprit, Ijeoma Akiti, 27, said she was not at home when the incident occurred and that she could not tell whether her mother poured kerosene on the little girl’s body and set her ablaze, but that she heard such story at the police station. She said her mother was first married to her father and later re-

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married into the family of Iroakazi and that her mother’s husband had gone on a business trip to the eastern part of Nigeria. At the Bode Thomas Police Station, police sources alleged that the little girl confessed that her mistress poured kerosene on her. The police at the station said the woman would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti for further investigation into the matter, but Ogwu alleged that the police were trying to shield the woman from prosecution. In her statement at the police station, Iroakazi denied that she poured kerosene on the little girl’s body and set her ablaze. According to her, she was in the sitting room when she heard a loud cry and rushed out only to see the girl on fire and called on people to help put out the fire. Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, were at the hospital and the police station where they spoke with the woman, but she denied the story. WAPA officials took OkonBassey, the second girl with them for rehabilitation pending when she would be reconciled with her real mother.


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continued from p(21) home and the woman is close to the kids makes it difficult for this to happen. The marriage will at this point become an issue of whose culture is better, thereby creating more problems for the relationship. The ‘in-law problem’ is magnified in inter cultural marriages. It is not as if there are no ‘in-law’ problems in intra cultural marriages, it is just that intra cultural marriages brings in people of the same cultural perspective who understands the politics at play in marriages. A woman who is coming from a culture where woman are culturally emancipated will be at a lose when in a marriage in which the man comes from a culture where woman are only to be seen and not heard or where the woman is not even reckoned with at any social settings. Another point to be seriously looked out is that of different cultural practices like female genital mutilation. This is a practice erroneously referred to as female circumcision. This is a practice that whether we like it or not, is still common in different parts of the country. For someone that is an advocate of its’ abolishment, getting married to a woman or vice-versa who come from a culture that

still supports it may seriously cause a major wedge in the marriage. Some cultures abhor it while some are still holding it in high esteem. Other cultural extremes can be seen when there is a preference for male children and the clamour may even get to the point where it is only male children that gets sent to school at the detriment of brilliant female children. That people marry into new and different cultures will not stop our attitude towards nepotism or any other anti-social behaviour. What we need is a mindset based on attitudinal change that will make us tolerant of each other whether we are married into those cultures or not. Mindsets that will make us see each other only as humans. This is the only way we can truly say we have evolved beyond the petty and narrow mindedness of the hobbesian man. It should be approached with caution The concept of inter-tribal marriage is something that is discussed all the time and despite the alleged disadvantages or challenges of such marriages, there is no indication that the worldwide rate has dropped. With over 370 tribes/ ethnic groups and over five hundred and twenty languages, the level of intertribal marriages in Nige-

ria is very high. There are several schools of thought for and against inter-tribal marriages, but the point for discussion is whether such marriages are ideal from the woman’s point of view. Generally, marriages are bound to face challenges because of the differences in gender, background, education, preferences, temperament, etc which naturally exist between husband and wife. Let’s face it: no matter how alike two people seem to be, there must be friction in relating to each other from time to time. You would still have marital problems if you were married to your clone!! However, it has been said (and it is quite true) that the chances of such challenges or marital problems can be reduced by deliberately cutting out points of difference which are avoidable. This is why we hear about the different areas of compatibility: mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, cultural, etc. Educated people are advised not to marry illiterates, people who have the ‘A-S’ genotype are not to marry each another and people are told to marry within their religious beliefs. In the same way, people are strongly advised to marry within their tribes, and in a lot of cases, from the same village.

surgery involved dissecting all the vessels, nerves and muscles to get to the bad bone; remove the whole of the arm from the shoulder. A specially made prosthesis (an artificial part of the body) was to replace the shoulder, elbow and the whole of the arm-bone. “Not just that, though that allows him to move his shoulder and elbow to do other things, but he would still be deformed because the arm was short. So, we needed something that allows us to lengthen the arm so the arms will be equal in size again. And that is what we were able to do using expendable prosthesis. “We worked with prosthesis engineer in this highend surgery. Only 50 or 60 of these cases have been done in the whole of the UK ever. And I believe this is not a surgery that would have been done in Africa, certainly not in West Africa.” An elated Abudu hinted that the team was able to carry out the surgery successfully, with the support of a competent team and facilities available in Lagoon

hospital. “It is not just being able to do the surgery that is important but being able to do it safely and successfully. The patient left the hospital about two weeks after the surgery and is currently undergoing physiotherapy. His surgeon expects him back at work in three months, though it will take another two months before he can drive his car. The prosthesis would last at least 20 years. “I’m pleased that the Lagoon Hospital and its management – as a strategy – has thought it fit that Nigerians deserve to have good healthcare. He further added that they have been able to review the first 80 cases of knee and hip replacement surgeries done in the hospital, adding that it is comparable to what obtains in the British National Registry. Chief Executive Officer, Hygeia Group, Mr. Lars Stork said there was no need for Nigerians to travel abroad for medical services that could be obtained in the country. Vanguard

continued from p(17) “It is important that as a country, we should be able to provide care for Nigerians in Nigeria and by Nigerians. I see it as a mark of national pride. Lagoon indeed allowed us to pride ourselves as a nation that we can deliver quality surgical services. “He could not lift his hand, all the bones were infected. The only option available in many parts of the world would have been to amputate the arm. This man has not been able to go to work for three years. He was about to lose his source of livelihood. He has not been able to care for his family and that is not good prospect that any of us will like to bear. “But the challenge then was how to remove all the infected bad bones. He had not moved the shoulder for about four years. The shoulder and the elbow were stalled there. Not only could he not do anything for years, he was feasibly deformed. We needed to be able to correct the deformity and give him an arm that works.” Abudu explained that the

The ‘marry-from-thesame- tribe’ syndrome is so bad amongst some tribes that parents have disowned their children for insisting on marrying their “true love” from other tribes. The truth is: there are many levels of compatibility for the purpose of marriage and tribe is just one of them. Therefore, it is the individuals that would decide whether tribe is such a fundamental factor in choosing a spouse. When it comes to choice of relationships, there is a thin line between caution and tribalism. If one looks deep into this issue, you will see that those who make personal vows not to have close relations with persons of a different tribe than theirs do so not because of the differences in culture (language, beliefs, religion, etc) which may cause friction, but because of their mindsets about tribes other than theirs. Let’s be real: the Hausas feel the Igbos are —, while the Yorubas are —; the Igbos feel the Hausas are — while the Yorubas are —; and the Yorubas feel the Igbos are — while the Hausas are —-. (Please fill in the gaps, dear readers!) These are general mindsets that people develop over the years. People say that humans are tribalistic by nature, but of course, there are exceptions to the general rule. There are people who have risen above tribal idiosyncrasies and other unnecessary avenues of conflict in order to live harmoniously with those around them. In spite of all

these, the pertinent question is: who does an intertribal marriage relationship affect more, the man or the woman? I say it is the woman. It is she who has to adjust to fit into the man’s culture and traditions and has the mandate to train her children accordingly. It’s a big task, but it need not be burdensome. Women must understand that an agreement to marry a man from a different tribe amounts to an agreement to give up (or at least render secondary) her cultural roots and all its off-shoots – language, food, dressing, etc. Also, she must take all necessary steps to imbibe the man’s culture and tradition, speak his language and cook his tribe’s food. But if this is all that is required of a woman in such a marriage arrangement, it would not be a big deal. In other words, the need to acclimatize in terms of culture, tradition, language, food, etc is not the main challenge a woman married to a man from another tribe would have. There are many other issues which, if not handled properly, can lead to a failed marriage. The truth is that the problems women face in inter-tribal marriages are hardly caused by their husbands; the problems come from third parties like the husbands’ family members and friends; the women’s friends and, sometimes, neighbours. For instance, if a man’s mother had a ‘better homegrown candidate’ for her son to marry and he mar-

ries this ‘outsider’ instead, no matter what the chosen wife does to ‘blend’ into the family’s culture and traditions, she may have a hard time pleasing her motherin-law. In such an instance, the man’s mum may attribute the wife’s flaws to her tribe. Woes betide a woman who cannot understand or speak her husband’s language!!! She must be ready to ignore a lot of conversations in that language if she must remain sane. Trust me; suspicion can drive any human being crazy! So, it is either you learn the language fast or you just deafen your ears to such ‘suspicious’ conversations. I must admit that not all inter-tribal marriages face such problems/ challenges. In fact, from what I hear, the stereotype which a lot of us have of such marriages is quite unfounded. I remember listening to a popular call-in radio show recently when the challenges of inter-tribal marriages were to be discussed. To the shock of the host and lots of listeners, almost all the callers who were in such marriages testified that they were enjoying their marriages. The said that most of the presumptions people have about such marriages are false and baseless. At a point, some people started calling-in and sending text messages to allege the callers of telling lies. That experience gave me a new mindset about inter-tribal marriages. So, are intertribal marriages ideal from the woman’s point of view? It depends.

And their doubts appeared to be justified when Rajo fell gravely ill, almost dying from post-birth complications related to her IVF treatment. But after battling back, Rajo has even outlived her doctor who guided her through the process, and she puts it all down to having something to live for – daughter Naveen. Rajo said: ‘When Naveen was born the Doctor had asked me to take complete bed rest but I did not listen to him and that’s why my health got so bad. ‘I am not used to resting and that’s why I could not help myself but work even after she was born. For me work is what I have done all my life. ‘But I am feeling much better now. The doctor took very good care of me, but unfortunately he has since died. He spent a lot of mon-

ey on my medical expenditure, to help me get a child. ‘When I used to look around and see children, my heart felt sad that I couldn’t have one – I desperately wanted to have a child of my own. ‘Every one celebrated when she was born. The villagers were very happy and every one came to see her.’ Despite entering her twilight years, Rajo isn’t worried about Naveen’s future when she dies. ‘Naveen does not need to worry about her future, she has her other mother, Umi, her uncles, relatives and father to look after her,’ she said. ‘As Naveen is the my only child she will inherit all my property which includes 566,280 sq/ft of land. Her fut ure will be secure.’

continued from p(42) and helped her live longer. Following her bout of ill health, the frail mother believes her desire of seeing her little one marry is giving her the strength to fight on and live to see the special day. Rajo, who lives in the remote village of Hissar, India, with Naveen, her husband Ballo and his second, younger wife Umi, said: ‘The only reason I am still alive in spite of my illness is Naveen. She is a gift to me from God and until I get her married I cannot afford to die. ‘I will get her married when she turns 15-yearsold, but until then I simply cannot die.’ At the time of Naveen’s birth, many questioned whether it was morally right for a pensioner to have children, while also suggesting it is detrimental to the health of an OAP.

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