March 24, 2017

Review Category : PEOPLE

In Nairobi slums, grandmothers learn to defend themselves

NAIROBI, 21 August 2013 (IRIN) – Wairimu Gachenga, 70, lives in Nairobi’s Korogocho slum and looks after the two orphan children of her late daughter. Once a week, a group of grandmothers from the area get together to practice self-defence techniques after one of them was raped in 2007. “I started the self-defence classes because men used to rape us, so we saw the need of coming together as grandmas. And at first we did not know how to defend ourselves. “I’ve never been raped. But one day my son was attacked. And they really hurt him. They cut him ...

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52-year old mid-wife shares amazing story of how she became a mom after waiting 19 years

Mrs Kate Fezigha, 52, has described the birth of her baby after 19 years of marriage as “the Lord’s doing”. At a thanksgiving service in a Bayelsa church, Fezigha, a mid-wife who has, in the course of her long career with the General Hospital, delivered several hundred women of their babies, shared her heart-warming story about finally joining the rank of motherhood herself. She christened her baby girl Prudent, her first child with her husband whom she married in 1994 at age 33. They journey to parenthood was certainly tumultuous. With each passing year, as her chances of carrying her ...

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Teenager becomes youngest ever to be called to the Bar

At age 18, American student Gabrielle Turnquest is the youngest person to be called to the Bar of England and Wales after passing her exams, Telegraph reports. The average lawyer takes the Bar Professional Training Course at age 27. The very impressive teenage says she will not work in the UK, however, but will be headed to the United States to qualify as a lawyer in her home country. Gabrielle, who hails from Windermere, Florida, also plans to take the Bar exams in the Bahamas, the country of her parents. While she will be qualified as a lawyer on three ...

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Nigerian student jailed over sham marriage in the UK

A UK court has sentenced a Nigerian student to 12 months in jail after he was arrested last year for taking part in a sham marriage. Authorities revealed that Jayeola Abiola made plans for his fake wedding in November 2012, months before his visa was to expire in January 2013. But his plans for wedded bliss were halted after a registrar at the Hull Registry alerted the UK border agency that the couple barely knew each other, as was revealed by their interview. The registrar revealed that bride had given a fake name, looked nothing like the image in her ...

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Can you recite the Nigerian pledge? Many Nigerians tried to in this funny video (WATCH)

Battabox’s mission was simple, find the patriotic Nigerian who could correctly recite the nation’s pledge with pride and gusto. The result was a bit of an epic fail. Many Nigerians could not pull of this feat. Watch the hilarious results below: Perhaps we could chuck it up to corruption disillusioning the average Nigerian and sucking up all our patriotic pride. Here’s the Nigerian national anthem and pledge (which we pulled off Wikipedia as we couldn’t write it from memory ourselves, what shame!). “Arise, O Compatriots” (1978–present) Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey To serve our Fatherland With love and strength ...

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Meet Sujari Brit, 11 years old and a prodigy cellist

At only 11-years old, Sujari Britt, a cellist, is prodigy whose skill with the string instrument far surpasses her years. She was two-years old when she began tinkering on the piano, her mother said, but when she realized that her daughter was not just tinkering but actually making music she had her husband start giving the toddler actual lessons. The piano was just the first step into the world of music for Sujari who says her life “would be impossible” without it. “Then I heard Yo Yo Ma playing ‘Kim Yo Se Schezwan’ and I simply fell in love with it,” ...

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Niger urged to release Al Jazeera crew, including Yvonne Ndege

Al Jazeera’s four-person Niger team is still being held by authorities, despite the Attorney General saying there was no evidence to detain them, and the fact that their footage was earlier approved for release by the police headquarters. Al Jazeera’s correspondent Yvonne Ndege, camera operator Romuald Luyindula, producer Mohammed Abubakar and driver Rabiu Abdullahi have been held in Zinder for the past three days. In that time, their equipment was confiscated, cleared for release, and then confiscated a second time with no explanation. The team was initially detained at around 9.00 (GMT) on Saturday, questioned, and asked to hand over ...

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Fatai Rolling Dollar suffered respiratory complications

Fatai Olarenwaju Olagunju, the highlife maestro popularly known as Fatai Rolling Dollar, died on Wednesday morning after suffering respiratory illness for a short while, reports have said. The star was 86 when he died at the Marittol hospital in Surulere. He was admitted two weeks ago to the Ahmadiya Hospital but later transferred to a different institution where he died. The “Won Kere Si” singer will be missed by many. His death was mourned by some of his associates, including CEO of Jazzhole Records, Mr Kunle Tejuosho, who produced the artiste’s most successful alb, “Won Kere Si Number Wa” upon ...

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Nigerian oil tycoon’s daughter becomes first black marchioness after controversial wedding

Emma McQuiston, daughter of millionaire Nigerian oil tycoon, became the first black marchioness over the weekend when she tied the knot to the future Marquess of Bath, Caewlin Thynn, but the marriage is anything but a fairy tale. Not everyone shared in the couple’s love and happiness, including Thynn’s parents who were conspicuously absent from the wedding ceremony at the landed gentry’s familial seat of hereditary power, Longleat House in Wiltshire. It was a snub felt severely by McQuiston, who has said she does not feel welcome in her husband’s elite world. The black marchioness claims she is discriminated against ...

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