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Ijeoma the youth corper that hawks for her mother.
Photographer @ferdinandnoveltyphotography

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By Ferdinand Novelty

On one of the previous Saturdays, I left a shoot for the market because I was affectionately in need of ukwa when I stormed into this peanut butter. At first, I didn’t know what it was but I knew there was something. I got attracted and I didn’t even know when I removed my Canon baby for a shot. She obviously didn’t know I was doing my art (do you know I almost forgot what I came to buy 😋😋😋😋 )

I was inbetween going to talk to her when I got a call from Oscar and it was emergency, plus I suddenly remembered I came for ukwa. Somehow I had a strong conviction that I would see her again (I just didn’t know where, but then I remembered my philosophy of ‘this world is a small room’).

I got my ukwa finally and immediately left for home. I was restless to be honest. I had many thoughts; like how would such a beauty still dry herself outside when this contemporary society has offered more options or was she a victim of early marriage struggling to survive? Either she still has more options, why choose hawking? I kept on asking myself questions over and over until I slept off. I didn’t relate my encounter to anyone so I was alone with my thoughts and confusion.

The week had just begun and shoots were just on for me. I had no time for the market and it pained me because I was missing someone I didn’t even know (I really commend those in love. You guys are doing well). When it was Thursday I couldn’t hold myself anymore, I just knew my spirit was already at the market so I came up with an emergency excuse (if you guys see this, ignore it ooo 🙌🙌🙌) and oh my! My crew bought it. So off I went. I arrived at the market and went straight to the spot I met her praying anxiously that I meet her there but sometimes, it is what it is. I didn’t see her! My heart was ripped! I was disappointed . I searched all over but couldn’t find nobody 🎶🎶 you know the song right? It kept singing in my mind.

I wasn’t in any mood for songs chacha so I left the place angrily, but an Angel, yes, an Angel said to me, “why not ask people around?” So I walked back to my miracle scene and lucky met a patient old woman whom really didn’t get my description but still signaled to me to go to ogbo Anu. Oh my! Why didn’t I think of that place earlier (because I didn’t think of it). I was already at Ogbo Anu looking helplessly for her but still couldn’t have a glimpse of her. Hope and patient was no longer by my side. I already concluded it was just coincidence.

As I was about leaving, my heart skipped when it saw something. As typical of me I didn’t recognize it immediately so I had to look again and Wala! There she was in the most shocking clothes I never imagined she could have! Khaki? Nigerian corper? Incredible! My Canon baby was out as usual but this time she saw me. I said to myself the only thing that would stop me from talking to her today is if only the ground opens to swallow me (when you know what you want, you have to be more serious than your government). I waited for her to finish serving some of the customers she had at that time before taking my gentle self to her 😃😃. The first thing I said to her was, “it’s like you have another plan for selling plantain.” She smiled. Chai if you see smile eh! Well as a no dulling guy that I am, I asked her why she was wearing khaki (I no wan assume). I wan know weda na her way na but she said, “oh! Today was my CDS and my mother hasn’t really sold much so I decided to carry it around.” Her English bugodi standard. Your guy lost his head na.. Babe digodi set na suzi suprisupri with plantain obunisi. What other thing could have intoxicated me bikonu?

Her smile alone na European currency (no wonder my Nigerian brothers too like Europe). I got to know a lot about her with time and I have learnt a lot from her over this short period. One thing I know for sure is that Ijay wants to model.

One thing that took me time to understand was how someone as beautiful and elegant as she preferred hawking foodstuffs and even still helping her mother to running the streets like other girls (forgive my ignorance but this is Nigeria na). Anyways, meet my model and my melanin peanut butter. She is up for any endorsement or workmanship. She’s open for modelling and she really needs our support!

Make this go round until her helper sees it!

For Ijay.

Photographer @ferdinandnoveltyphotography

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TODAY’S MARRIAGE; WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M IN SUCH CONDITION AS A BELIEVER?

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TODAY’S MARRIAGE; WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M IN SUCH CONDITION AS A BELIEVER?

Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU HAS LOST CREDIBILITY, SAYS FSD

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU HAS LOST CREDIBILITY, SAYS FSD

By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

  • PunchNg

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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