Archive for September, 2012

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa used this year’s edition of Peace Day which took place on September 21 to create awareness about the human and emotional cost of domestic violence. And what a splash the event made!

During the event, a short documentary was shown, which highlighted the scourge of domestic abuse, using the experiences of several abused women. Some of the ladies aren’t so well known, but there were of course the two poster girls of domestic abuse – wife of Frank Edoho, host of popular TV show, Who wants to be a millionaire; and wife of musician Zaaky Adzay.

The two women gave chilly accounts of their ordeal as wives of those two celebrities. It was painful to watch.

FRank Edoho and Ex wife

First Obiang, ex-wife of Frank Edoho:
“Just to dare to argue with your husband is like a challenge in your home,” she said. “The woman is challenging the man and tempers flay and then you snap, then there is a slap. He says ‘I am sorry it is a mistake’ then says ‘sorry I won’t do it again,’ then he does it again, again and again.”

The case of Zaaki Adzay’s ex-wife Hadiza was even more troubling. She recounted a particular bizarre experience. “He slapped me on the face so (and said) ‘get up you must abort this pregnancy today. Now that I am married to you, you want to hook me with pregnancy because I am a celebrity.’ Then there was a wardrobe in our room so I put my tummy in there and then he continued beating me. He had some folic acid* in his hand and said I should swallow it and abort the pregnancy. When he gave me I said he should allow me take water, thank God the door was open so I ran away.”

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Election PSA in 2011

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Shot this PSA in the creeks of the malicious Niger Delta Region in Nigeria. Its a Public Service Announcement in Respect to the 2011 General Elections in Nigeria.

Environmental officers have arrested two men identified as Tolu Makanju and Jonathan Ogbeide, for allegedly being in possession of 85 dead chickens they were processing as frozen food for sale.

The suspects were arrested at 3/5, Olusegun Babatunde Street, Igando, by officials of the Environmental Health Unit of Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.

Sources say the dead chickens after being processed were usually neatly packed and sold to eateries as frozen foods and also supplied to caterers who cook for big events such as birthdays and weddings.

They had since been handed over to the police at Igando police station for prosecution.

A police source at the station who pleaded anonimity said that they would be charged to court after a thorough investigation into the matter.

The council’s Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mrs Omowumi Onibudo said concerning the suspects; “some of the women working for them became jittery when we caught them unawares and started confessing to the crime we held them for before their master came to obstruct our vehicle.

“One of our officers, while on routine inspection, saw the workers processing dead chickens meant for sale to the public on a soak away. They were actually pulling their feathers when they were caught red handed. Their master claimed they slaughtered them but the amount of blood in the premises does not measure up to the amount of chicken found with them.

“The officer accosted them and called the office for reinforcement because she could not handle the situation alone. As the exhibits were about being transferred to the council’s bus, the owner blocked our vehicle from going out of the compound, saying we were not going to move an inch away from the compound.

“We had to call for policemen from Igando police station to assist us in getting them arrested. He still put up some resistance until the policemen made him realise they were not there for child’s play. They were arrested and made to write statements. We confiscated the dead chickens and buried them the following day.

“There are further actions to be taken against them. The Customary Court under our jurisdiction, sit on Tuesday and Wednesdays and hopefully we are going to charge them to court on Tuesday to serve as deterrent to others who equally engage in such illicit acts,” she said.

One of the suspects, Tolu Makanju, a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos denied the allegations saying; “I’m a law abiding citizen of this country. We have been in this business for close to three years now and I would not because of money endanger the life of others. Those chickens were bought alive. We were the ones that slaughtered them.

“We have our customers whom we supply them to every weekend. My partner had a poultry farm before it was pulled down by his elder brothers in that same compound. Since the poultry farm was pulled down, we take the chickens to a farm at Akowonjo except on rare occasions when we have less quantity.

“We didn’t know it is not right to be doing this kind of thing in a residential building until now. I make bold to say again that those chickens were bought alive before we brought them there. We can take you to where we bought them for confirmation.”

His partner, Jonathan corroborated his story. According to him, “we have where we normally process these chickens at Akowonjo whenever we have them in large quantity but these ones were not much and that was why we gave them to those people to do it for us because they were complaining that school has resumed and that they wanted to pay their children’s school fees; if not we would not have brought them home.”

 

Police Gun down Graduate 5 days After his Wedding.

The story below, is reported by a Nigerian close to the victim. He wept on how a friend was cruelly gunned down, just a few days after his wedding ceremony.

The Report:
“Ugo Ozuah was an amazing guy. Ugo went to Kings College, Lagos. He attended University of Ibadan but finished from UNAD. He got married last week Saturday”.
“He was shot by the Nigerian Police 5 days later in front of the UPS office on the Gbagada Express as he and his friend that
visited Nigeria from London for the wedding, were flagging down a taxi cab.

The police pickup pulled up and shot Ugo twice in his chest at close range as the bullet came out his back. He was not resisting arrest, he was not arguing with
the police, he was not asked to identify himself, he just stood
with a friend”.
“These policemen in uniform were drunk. The Inspector General of police has said they were not his boys. I guess he saw them from his Abuja office. We may not get justice for Ugo but please help me tell the world. It may be your brother, sister, friend, child, parent etc tomorrow God forbid. But there
has to be a process for the Police force. If they suspected Ugo he should have been asked to identify himself. Now killed like an animal and left to die. Thank you
and God bless.” – Gbenga Adewuyi, Gbagada, Lagos.
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What’s your take on this issue?

It is interesting how movements begin. I love looking back and seeing how history unfolds. Opportunities arise for people to step up and call their generation to see things differently, to believe accurately and live passionately. Some movements are short-lived while others have a lasting impact. You have micro-movements of subcultures—smaller cultures within the greater culture. You also see macro movements that can change nations or potentially the world. They are led by imperfect people who oftentimes did not necessarily desire to start a movement. God, in His sovereign plan, weaves people into His story to play roles that bring about His purposes. They are bit players in a bigger drama.
I have been thinking about a specific group of guys for a long time. I have watched their lives and considered the impact they are having. I have wondered how far reaching their scope potentially could be and marveled at how God has orchestrated their lives for such a time as this. I have often thought about how powerful the gospel is to transform and redeem as I have considered their ways. In short, this group has been an encouragement to me in a way that has caught me off guard. This group consists of four front-line artists who simply don’t want to waste their lives: LecraeTedashiiTrip Lee and Sho Baraka.

They are Christian rappers who formed ReachRecords and 116 Clique with a passion to reach this generation with the gospel. It’s not gimmickry. It’s not ego. It’s not hype. They are cultural missionaries who use the medium of rap to share the message of Christ. It’s not unlike a medical missionary using the medium of surgery to win the opportunity to share the message of Christ. They are preachers without a pulpit, teachers without a podium. They are slowly infiltrating the hip-hop culture with turntables and microphones, seizing the opportunity to share the gospel by utilizing their gift as a platform.

I found their calling significant for several reasons. First, they are unashamedly preaching the gospel of Christ. Their music is Christocentric and culturally decipherable. Every song and every lyric points to the Savior in some form or fashion. Every event is a crusade. Every medium is an opportunity to preach.

Second, rap and hip-hop is far reaching in scope. Rap music appeals to the inner-city teenager as much as it does to the upper-middle class yuppie. This style of music draws from a diverse group of people. It is hard to profile; therefore, their reach is wide.

Third, they are African-American role models. The fatherless epidemic has plagued the inner-city and contributes to many of the cycles that continue to bind this segment of society. Here is a group of men being faithful husbands and faithful fathers. Here is a group upholding the worth of marriage and esteeming the role of a father. Here is a group deflecting fame and fortune to show that Christ is better. As they live faithful lives, a generation is watching.

Fourth, they are doctrinally solid. On the whole, the African-American church has been strong in faith but weak in doctrine. These men espouse the need for both. They are not watering down lyrics to make them palatable; instead, their lyrics are rich with sound doctrine that teaches the deep truths of God’s worth. They are Christ-centered, not man-centered. They call a generation to forsake worldly pleasures and seek prosperity in Christ alone.

Fifth and finally, their calling reminds me that mine is no different. We certainly have different mediums and spheres of influence, but I am called to unashamedly preach the gospel of Christ. God has placed me in an arena of influence in which I am to be faithful. I am a role model to the next generation. Even if I impact no one else, I will impact my family. I want my wife to marvel at the love of God because of how I love her. I want my children to see a marriage saturated with grace, godliness and goodness. I want to pass on to my little ones the beautiful reality of the Savior and watch them, by God’s grace, pass it along to their own. I want to see chains broken and new branches of a family tree begin. I desire to see our little home play its part well in the drama of God’s unfolding, redemptive story. I want to teach them the rich and deep truths of Scripture. I want our home to be free in the Lord and bound in His love. Regardless of musical taste, we have a lot more in common through Christ. It is stronger than beats or rhythms. It’s a family called the Church and each member is faithfully playing their part.

I hope this is much bigger than a movement. I hope it’s a revolution, a gospel-centered revolution. Rap it. Preach it. Live it. Don’t waste your life.

Jealous man sets live-in lover on fire in Lagos

A 35-year-old lady yesterday told how her live-in lover poured fuel on her and set her ablaze in Ikotun area of Lagos State.

The lady, Janet Udegba said her lover, Mr. Kehinde Adesamuye, 39, set her on fire because he was angry and jealous over her relationship with other men. She said she was at the Junction where she does her business of selling cooked Indomie before kehinde came that night, poured petrol on her and lit it with fire.

Janet after the fire

 

Janet however says Nigerians should not let kehinde go scot free with what he has done to her.

‘’My husband has always been jealous. He used to beat me every time, under any guise and excuse.

I’ve tried several times to leave him, but he always threatens to harm me. I stayed with him because I was afraid of him and my life. He always told me that I could never escape from him, except I leave Lagos State. Anytime I said I was leaving him, he would say, no problem, but that he would do something to me which I would not forget. Now, see what he had done to me. He wanted to kill me.

“I used to sell indomie at Ikotun round about. There are other men and women selling there too. We’re all friends. Last two weeks Friday, one of the traders had a baby. We went for the naming ceremony. Kehinde was there with me. One of the traders gave me a drink; I just took a sip because I was in my flow.

“That was how it all started. He said I was kissing another man in his presence. He said that I sipped from the bottle that the man drank from. Right there, he started threatening that he was going to deal with me when we get home.

To be on the safe side, I called my younger sister, telling her that I might come over to spend the night at her place. I didn’t want him to beat me. When we got home, he cursed, abused and said all sort of things, but I didn’t respond or reply because I didn’t want him to pounce on me. This behaviour continued till Saturday. He even kicked off the bed, but I didn’t mind. I slept on the floor.

When I woke up on Sunday, he had gone out. I rushed to take my bath because I wanted to leave the house before he came back. But he suddenly came back, and started beating me for no reason. He beat so much that I thought he was going to kill me. It was due to the intervention of our landlord that he left me. After that beating, I moved in with my younger sister.”

Government should make sure Kehinde pays for what he did to me. I am an orphan. I have no father or mother. I sell Indomie to live. Now, I’ve spent all my money. In fact, I need help she said.

For reasons best known to Kehinde, he started sending friends to Janet’s shop, to beg on his behalf. He wanted her to forgive him and come back. But she refused. Last week Tuesday, Kehinde came to the shop with another friend to beg once more, but Janet told him that she was through with the relationship. Fuming, Kehinde jumped up from his seat, told her that he had nothing against her leaving, but that he was going to deal with her. He made good the threat by dousing her.

The following day, Kehinde was arrested by policemen as he was strolling along the streets of Ikotun.

The Suspect and the dead Baby

 

Unconfirmed reports says the man was caught with the dead baby stuffed in a suitcase at Tipper garage near Gwarimpa in Abuja yesterday.

Man after Arrest

Another reports says the conductor of the bus he board on suspicious of his bag ask him what was inside and he refuse to respond but the bag was seize from while he try to alight and arrested.

Pls Read This article. it left me speechless

 
Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in town. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride a bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d  better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’
Then he thought, “Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter; who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.”

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here, you gave me too much  change.’  The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied.  ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too  much change. I’ll see you at church later.’

When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally  grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’  Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read.

This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and  will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name  of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself “Christian”.

I’m glad a friend shared this with me as a reminder, and I chose to share it with you.  If you don’t share this, nothing would happen; but, if you do, you would have ministered to someone today.

The proposed N5000 note, which the Central Bank of Nigeria planned to bring into circulation next year is meant to serve traders and other people who move about with large amount of money.

As part of its plans to make transaction easier, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it is making plans for the introduction of coins dispensing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

The apex bank Head of Shared Services, Mr Chidi Umeano said that the coins dispensing ATMs would speed up the acceptance of coins by Nigerians and change misconception about their use.

He said: “To achieve this plan, what is needed is to facilitate the inclusion of a process called “add-on” to the ATMs.

“Good enough, the existing ATMs have the “add-on“ feature that will easily make them adapt to coins dispensing, “ he said.

Umeano said that the apex bank would ensure that newly deployed ATMs had the “add-on“ feature among others.

coins

“It is very possible to achieve Automated Teller Machines that will dispense coins.

“This “add-on” feature can be activated on the ATMs at any time by the CBN and this is not new because it is being practiced in advanced countries.
“This proposal is in consonance with our cash-less policy and also in line with the CBN’s effort to encourage Nigerians to appreciate coins, “he said.

It would be recalled that CBN Director of Banking and Payments System, Mr Dipo Fatokun in August said that the Central Bank would soon facilitate the introduction of multi-functional ATMs.

He noted that such ATMs would also be able to accept deposits from customers and credit their accounts immediately.

Google said on Friday that it would not comply with a White House request to reconsider the anti-Islam video that has set off violent protests in the Arab world in light of its rules banning hate speech on YouTube, which it owns.

Google said it had already determined that the video did not violate its terms of service regarding hate speech. In this case, the video stays up because it is against the Islam religion but not Muslim people.

The company also said Friday that it had blocked access to the video in India and Indonesia because it violated local laws.

These actions came after Google temporarily blocked the video on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya of its own volition — not because it violated laws or YouTube’s terms of service — an extraordinary measure that it said it took in response to the delicacy of the situation. The video is accessible in the rest of the world, even as protests spread to nearly 20 countries, from North Africa to Indonesia.

Google said its decisions were consistent with a 2007 policy for controversial content in which the company would take into account not just laws and its own policies, but cultural norms.

“One type of content, while legal everywhere, may be almost universally unacceptable in one region, yet viewed as perfectly fine in another,” Rachel Whetstone, senior vice president for communications and public policy at Google, wrote in the 2007 policy. “We are passionate about our users, so we try to take into account local cultures and needs.”

YouTube said it was continuously monitoring the circumstances in other countries.

The controversy over the video has raised questions about the role of Google in governing free expression by determining which content is acceptable to show online and which is not.

The company does not police videos uploaded to the site because of the sheer volume involved; 72 hours of videos are uploaded each minute. It reviews videos only if users flag them as inappropriate or if it receives a valid court order or government request to remove them for violating the law.

That was the case in India and Indonesia, which have laws restricting content that provokes enmity.

Also, Google removes illegal content only in the 45 countries in which it has local Web sites, which include Egypt, Indonesia and India but not Libya, Pakistan or Afghanistan.

“We’ve restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia as well as in Libya and Egypt given the very sensitive situations in these two countries,” YouTube said Friday in a statement.

“At Google we have a bias in favor of people’s right to free expression in everything we do,” Ms. Whetstone wrote in Google’s 2007 policy. “But we also recognize that freedom of expression can’t be — and shouldn’t be — without some limits. The difficulty is in deciding where those boundaries are drawn. For a company like Google with services in more than 100 countries — all with different national laws and cultural norms — it’s a challenge we face many times every day.”

Meanwhile, a Facebook spokeswoman confirmed that the company had restricted access to a link to the film in Pakistan, at the request of its government.

Kevin Bankston, director of the free expression project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit group that focuses on digital civil liberties, said that Google, as a private company, could decide what was appropriate on its sites and what was not. But he added, “Considering the power that many of these platforms have, it’s important for them to be as clear and transparent as possible about those decisions.”

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