July 27, 2017

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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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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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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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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INCREDIBLE PHOTOS: Mom gives birth on a sidewalk, right outside hospital

A South Florida mother couldn’t wait to get inside the hospital and instead gave birth on a sidewalk outside a Boca Raton hospital. Her birth photographer, Emily Robinson, who was there to capture the amazing moment, described it as the “most incredible, beautiful, wild birth I’ve ever had the pleasure to document”. Robinson’s client, Amy Beth Cavaretta, had experience a fast birth with her first daughter and handled the pain well, so the photographer thought it’d be a good idea to be around for the ride to the hospital, so as not to miss a moment. Good thing she did. ...

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Don’t sweat the technique! Amazing video of six-year-old breakdancer

Watch the video below and be amazed by BGirl, Terra. A six year old breakdancer from London, UK. The pint-sized performer took part in the Baby Battle division of the Chelles Battle Pro competition held in an Eastern suburb of Paris, France on Saturday. Dressed the part in a grey tracksuit with pink stripes, Terra owns the dance floor showing off an impressive array of fierce moves. From head stands, splits and raw energy, Terra captivates her audience and has the crowd cheering by the time she’s done. Terra is part of UK dance Soul Mavericks – a UK B-Boy ...

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