Looking Back Through a Misty Film: Recollection from the 2019 Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop

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by Bura-Bari Nwilo

In December 2019, I stood over Oly in my apartment in Nsukka and drew her attention to posts of Facebook friends who had screenshot acceptance letters signed by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the year’s creative writing workshop. And in my eyes, she could see mild fury hinged on disappointment. I deafened her with tales of my yearly rejections and why I felt I had a right to be disappointed with all things Nigerian.

Then by whatever stroke of fate it was, I checked my email and saw my own letter. Like a letter I had once received explaining how I was among a shortlist of 50 amazing writers and the apology for what could not become my invitation letter, I read those years of rejection and apology into what was an acceptance letter for 2019. When I read through to the second paragraph, I felt an inch taller and almost swiftly, I was massively subdued, like I stood on a tower of resentment for all that had been my misfortune and it turned out it was a day of glory.

When I read through to the second paragraph, I felt an inch taller and almost swiftly, I was massively subdued, like I stood on a tower of resentment for all that had been my misfortune and it turned out it was a day of glory.

Oly shared kind words with me and I went back to the email to see if I had not been too optimistic to have read into a poor letter an acceptance that was only in my imaginations. And I was not dreaming. I was truly invited to the now renamed Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop after more than five rejections.

At the workshop, I shared experiences of my years of application and some of the wild thoughts I had nurtured. Once, I had thought that my serial rejection, after many of my friends were invited, was because I was not Igbo and I thought I could change my name to allow me entrance. Don’t die yet. And for the year I received a consolidation email signed by Ms. Adichie, I could not mix anger with such obviously patronizing letter. Goodwill messages from Facebook friends, of how I was such an interesting writer, added in me some courage to keep writing. And looking back at such thoughts, I am grateful it ended up between Arinze and me.

And for the big question in class, I asked Ms. Adichie what interested her in my entry that did not meet her many years ago, especially since it was just a regular story, something I had not even taken seriously, against the many I had written with all hopes and concern. And there, I concluded that maybe what makes the big mark comes in the funniest wrap. I had written a story about a serial killer who lured her victims, especially taxi drivers. The killer writes about the incidents on her blog. The few paragraphs I sent were the reason I was invited.

And there, I concluded that maybe what makes the big mark comes in the funniest wrap.

I come from a place of ‘serious’ literature. And I have tried creating most of that seriousness. I have given elbowroom to experimentation and maybe it is why I am yet to decide on writing a novel. And after listening to other participants share their acceptance tales; I knew that I was not alone. We were a universe of people motivated by Chimamanda and would do as much as applying for several years just to hear her up-close, watch her read and share thoughts on story writing and being a writer while addressing us by our names and whatever it was that made us stand out.

The 2019 workshop had it a bit unfortunate. The classes were cut to five days instead of ten days and a lot of things had to be stuffed into a really tiny car. Chimamanda, Lola Shoneyin, Eghosa Imasuen, and Novuyo Tsuma Rosa gave us thrilling experiences with backbreaking tasks: reading multiple stories into late night and class writing tasks that would see you read aloud your writings and listen to others and give constructive feedback. We made a coolly glossy family in a few days than would have been imagined. And maybe the shared rooms enabled bonding, but the 2019 workshop was tense, practical, overwhelming, indulging, compelling and it ended on such evenings where writers knew tears like they knew words and sentences. And those whose tears did not make the warm walk through cheeks, it formed a bubble in their hearts and stayed there as a priceless memory.

Her brilliance lies more in her ability to share quite controversial yet informed thoughts without breaking anyone’s back.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is brilliant and adorable in giving kind words. We share a birth date with a ten-year age difference and that’s my consolidation for being a lazy writer. Her brilliance lies more in her ability to share quite controversial yet informed thoughts without breaking anyone’s back. Her playfulness and humane jibes and photo sessions informed me that it takes more than a fine head and great skill to be a superstar. A sprinkle of warmth, friendliness and sometimes vanity could be other awesome additions.

With the workshop, Chimamanda builds confidence, encourages collaboration, and invents homes for broken yet agile storytellers whose shortcomings are not only placed outside the spotlight, but their strength and wellness are given so much cheers and support to germinate.

Bura-Bari Nwilo is the author of The Colour of a Thing Believed, a book of short stories.

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Kenyan Mum, Connie Muuru, Advises Women As She Marks 4 Years Since Her Daughter Was Battered To Death By Boyfriend – Motherhood In-Style Magazine

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Yesterday, January 14, marked the fourth anniversary of the death of a young Kenyan woman, Sharon Muuru who was killed by her boyfriend, Salim Kipruto Seem. The deceased’s mother, Mrs Connie Muuru, a Nairobi businesswoman took to Facebook to mourn and warn victims of domestic violence as she always does since the untimely loss of her daughter, who was a single mum.

Connie, who has started a project that would empower victims of domestic violence, says her daughter’s experience has made her cognizant of the morbid experiences people in violent relationships go through. She narrated that Salim made a habit of getting violent with the deceased even though he was jobless, lived in her daughter’s house and was fended for by Sharon.

The deceased was also not married to her killer and her only child was from a previous relationship according to Connie, who only got to know of how serious her child’s travails had been, only after the young mum had passed.

She narrated to eDaily what transpired until her daughter died.

”If someone shows you little elements of violence, walk out. Don?t wait to be beaten to death ? this applies to members of both genders.

Let the wrangling couple, whose relationship is marred by violence, to separate and solve their differences when not living under the same roof.

They can come back together later after their problems are solved amicably. For instance, my daughter knew her partner Serem was not a good person because she was beaten severally. She shouldn?t have waited until she was killed.

I am not against families, I am not against marriages. But when it comes to death, nothing can be compared.

My daughter thought since she was the one providing and paying the rent, then the man was the one to leave.

But that shouldn?t be the case. If you are the one providing and your partner becomes violent, please leave him or her. You can get another house and other properties, but not another life.”

Read Connie’s Facebook post from yesterday below:

Baby girl I wish there’s anything I can do to bring you back… It’s exactly 4 years today, since you left us.
January 14th will remain dark and sad day all my life!

It’s more painful to remember the man you cared and loved, decided to kill you.
Sadly you allowed him to continue staying in your house, even after many nights of violence.

You were kind… brilliant…considerate and selfless… maybe that’s why he took advantage of you.

But it’s doesn’t matter now though…I only hope that you made to heaven child

Continue resting with Angels, because you are one of them!

Your beautiful memories are with me daily and have consciously, refused to forget you.
IN MEMORY OF MY DAUGHTER SHARON MUURU, I CONTINUE SAYING NO TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

If your spouse can’t solve problems without a fight just part ways, while you are alive.Remember you have only one life… once you lose it, it’s forever!

MAY THE BEAUTIFUL SOUL OF MY DAUGHTER SHARON MUURU REST IN PEACE

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COCA Spotlight: Young pianist knows score on film soundtracks | COCA

500Music is a calling for film composer and pianist Matthew Cravener. The 25-year-old virtuoso has created scores for 17 short films, one documentary, two audio books and an epic Christmas poem. He was selected as the Florida Young Soloist of the Year by Arts4All Florida and has released his own albums. 

When he isn’t in front of the piano, he’s out in the yard keeping his hands busy. He’s often at the keys though, whether he’s playing the Blue Tavern at happy hour or performing for Canterfield Assisted Living every Sunday. Composing inside his home studio, Cravener finds peace at his keyboard.

“Music makes me feel very calm,” says Cravener. “I have autism and Tourette’s. For a very long time and in my adolescent years and it was hard for me to function. Playing piano used to calm the tics down. It relieves a lot of tension and makes my mind go to better places.”

After experimenting with guitar and drums, Cravener was given a miniature piano at age 4. He often requested to hear Andy Griffith’s music and would play along with gospel albums. His father walked by his room one day and was shocked to find Cravener playing “Amazing Grace,” all from memory. 

Cravener still plays by ear. His first piano teacher had him turn around while she played three keys on the piano and he recognized them without any trouble. His next teacher worked with him on scales, arpeggios, phrasing and dynamics, which Cravener says he still uses within his repertoire.

By age 9 he was regularly playing at Black Dog Cafe though his feet barely reached the pedals. He once held a conversation with someone while he continued to play the psalm “We Gather at the River,” quite a feat given the coordination the piece requires. 

Cravener was moved to make his first Christmas CD when a young church friend contracted cancer and was struggling to pay medical bills. In a big-hearted gesture for a young musician, Cravener produced “Matthew’s Christmas for AJ,” which sold 500 copies on its first day. All proceeds went towards his friend’s family and  “Angels We Have Heard on High” became his favorite song to play and record.  

“It was a hard piece to play, but it was really rewarding when I learned it,” says Cravener. “The tempo is uplifting and fast and I enjoy the complexity.”  

At age 14 he produced a gospel album, though shortly after, his Tourette syndrome worsened and inhibited his ability to perform live. During this time, he would watch television shows and movies on YouTube and became interested in the musical scores that would play behind the action. 

Though he believed his performance days might be over, he was captivated by the promise of creating music behind the scenes for films. He attended TCC and was connected with aspiring film director JT Timmons, and began scoring films for Red Eye Productions.

Cravener ambitiously submitted his work to award-winning Los Angeles film composer, Christopher Young. Young called Cravener and sponsored him for an emerging artist residency at Tilden House in Culver City, California.

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Chioma Akpotha Launches New Restaurant To Commemorate Her Late Mom

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Nollywood actress, Chioma Akpotha has taken to her Instagram page to celebrate the 70th posthumous birthday of her late mum, Grace Egoyibo Chukwuka.

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Chioma Akpotha and her mom, Grace Egoyibo Chukwuka

The actress shared a couple of photos of her late mom with the words,

“My mum raised my siblings and I and sent us to school with the proceeds she got from the restaurant she ran and some other side hustle.
Today , my Mother ,who sat and watched , would have been 70!
As a little girl I had watched her toil day and night in sickness and in health.
When I grew up, I promised myself that I will not just make her proud but also wipe her tears and the memory of the pain she had endured… In that moment, when she took her last breath in my arms, I knew that I had made her proud. •••••••••••••••••
Today, I have a chance to do more.
So, in her memory, on this day the 28th of December 2019, I launch “UGOMBA’S KITCHEN”.
*** See my next post for details!
Continue to Rest In Peace Ugomba…Nwanyi Oma!”

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My mum raised my siblings and I and sent us to school with the proceeds she got from the restaurant she ran and some other side hustle. Today , my Mother ,who sat and watched , would have been 70! As a little girl I had watched her toil day and night in sickness and in health. When I grew up, I promised myself that I will not just make her proud but also wipe her tears and the memory of the pain she had endured… In that moment, when she took her last breath in my arms, I knew that I had made her proud. ••••••••••••••••• Today, I have a chance to do more. So, in her memory, on this day the 28th of December 2019, I launch “UGOMBA’S KITCHEN”. *** See my next post for details! Continue to Rest In Peace Ugomba…Nwanyi Oma! #UgombasKitchen @ugombaskitchen @ugombaskitchen @ugombaskitchen

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Praying For Your Enemies Death Is Antichrist: Daddy Freeze Tells Pastor Adeboye (Video)

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Popular controversial OAP, Daddy Freeze has accused the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of going against the laid down commandments of Christ.

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The controversial character made this statement while reacting to a video of the pastor praying for his congregation. During the prayer session, the clergy prayed that everyone working against his members not to see a new year won’t make it into 2020.

Reacting to the prayer point, the controversial OAP expressed that praying for one’s enemy to die is both pagan and going against the commandment of God.

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Dear Pastor Adeboye, This right here is an antichrist prayer which goes against the laid down commandments of Christ. – Your prayer point which translates thus: “Anyone that does not want you to get to where God is taking you to, will not see the new year” is both pagan and a contrary gospel to what Christ taught the church and carries a CURSE! – ◄ Galatians 1:8 ► New International Version But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! – Furthermore, prayer points like these are suicidal, because most of the problems these people are facing are self inflicted, making them their own enemies, therefore praying for their enemies to die is suicide. – Kindly look at the verses below to refresh your memory about the instructions Christ gave us regarding praying for our enemies. – Do stay blessed and all my love going into the new year. – ◄ Matthew 5:44 ► New Living Translation But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! – ◄ Luke 6:28 ► New Living Translation Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. – ◄ 1 Thessalonians 5:15 ►. New Living Translation See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. – ◄ 1 Peter 3:9 ► New International Version Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. – ◄ Romans 12:17 ► New Living Translation Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. – ◄ Acts 7:60 ► New Living Translation He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. – ◄ Luke 6:35 ► New International Version But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – ◄ Galatians 6:10 ► New Living Translation Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

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Mum stabbed toddler son to death after being tormented by Ryanair pilot fiancé – Mirror Online

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A mum stabbed her 23-month-old son to death after she suffered a mental breakdown triggered by her bullying and cheating Ryanair pilot fiancé.

Former flight attendant Magda Lesicka, 33, was subjected to relentless psychological torment by Peter Chilvers, a flight captain with the budget airline, as she felt trapped in the toxic relationship, a court heard.

Lesicka, who met Chilvers while also working for the Dublin-based carrier, inflicted a sustained attack on their son, James Chilvers, at her home in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, on August 26, 2017.

She tried to kill herself after knifing the boy multiple times.

Chilvers had inflicted a campaign of cruelty against Lesicka, forcing her into degrading sexual acts and into eating hairs he plucked from his head, while he had an affair with another flight attendant, Lisa Spencer, who is now his partner and mother to his two young daughters.

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Lesicka, a Polish national, was jailed for 15 years last year after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, the Manchester Evening News reports.

She was sentenced on the basis that her mental illness emerged suddenly and without any warning, and she had no memory of committing the offence.

Chilvers, 33, from Northwich, Cheshire, denied any wrongdoing and subsequently went on trial at Manchester Crown Court where a jury convicted him last month of controlling or coercive behaviour.

Reporting restrictions were lifted on the case on Thursday as Chilvers was jailed for 18 months, allowing the facts to be reported for the first time.

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The former couple were dealt with in separate hearings.

Chilvers, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, returned home from a flight to Tenerife in the early hours when Lesicka fell injured into his arms, the court heard.

As he rushed her to hospital he had no idea she had killed James.

Police found the toddler dead in an upstairs bedroom at the family home after concern was raised for him.

At Lesicka’s sentencing hearing in Preston in July last year, the court heard she suffered “deliberate, relentless and ultimately overwhelming psychological torment”.

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Chilvers was violent towards her, repeatedly threatened to kill her if she removed their son from his care, carried out bizarre acts of cruelty, isolated her from her friends and restricted her finances.

On one occasion, he squeezed her nose tightly so she couldn’t breathe.

He also nicknamed her “sheep” and referred to himself as a “sheep owner”, the court heard, while Lesicka told the jury the pilot would pick errant hairs from his forehead and force her to swallow them.

He demanded they continue to live together at a new home he bought in the Cheshire village of Wincham, jurors heard.

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The pilot warned her in a “visceral” 33-minute phone call – played in court – on August 26 that she did not have the financial resources to win a custody battle and shouted: “I want James to have brothers and sisters… not a half-brother and sister with a f***ing moron that you find.”

The pilot had downloaded an app on to his mobile phone which enabled him to record his calls.

The court heard Lesicka had been planning to leave Chilvers in the days before she killed their son.

The couple had been in relationship since 2010 but Chilvers cheated on Lesicka from 2014 with another Ryanair cabin crew member.

Her fear of him was revealed in court, which heard Lesicka made internet searches about “taser UK law”, “self defence weapons UK” and “killing in self defence” in the days before James’ death. She later contacted domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid.

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Lesicka phoned Greater Manchester Police and two police officers were sent to her address on August 25 where she showed them bruises to her arms and thigh.

She was informed the next day – the day of the killing – that Chilvers would be arrested after he flew back to the UK and a scared Lesicka said she did not want that to happen.

However she was told it was police policy to take positive action over such allegations.

The Crown accepted Lesicka’s defence that she killed James following a breakdown induced by the “deliberate, relentless and ultimately overwhelming psychological torment” inflicted by Chilvers who had portrayed a “landscape of unending misery if she did not comply with his demands”.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Dove told Lesicka: “As a tragic, innocent victim he (James) was caught, caught between two warring parents.

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“Whatever the rights and wrongs of that dispute, the last thing that should have happened was that he should have lost his life – killed by a parent.”

At Manchester Crown Court last month, Chilvers was found guilty of controlling or coercive behaviour between December 2015 and August 2017, as well as counts of common assault and damaging property.

The trial heard that Chilvers had been violent towards his partner after finding out she had had an abortion without telling him.

Rob Hall, prosecuting, told Chilvers’ trial: “(Lesicka) could not cope with being trapped in an abusive, humiliating and dishonest relationship with the father of her son.”

He said Chilvers’s intention may have been to aid any forthcoming legal proceedings over his son’s future but instead he had inadvertently confirmed his “bullying, controlling, self-centred nature”.

Lesicka had described their relationship as a “living hell”.

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Chilvers told her he wanted to stay with her for their son’s sake.

Police had told Lesicka that they would arrest Chilvers on the night of August 26, 2017, once he returned home following a flight from Tenerife.

But she begged the force not to arrest him and to just log her complaint.

Lesicka killed James the night that police said they would arrest Chilvers.

Her solicitor, Timothy Roberts QC, told the court that pressure “had caused her crack”.

When she was sentenced, Mr Justice Dove told her: “James Chilvers was not quite two years old when he was brutally stabbed to death by you.

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“It was a sustained attack with a knife in which multiple blows were struck whilst he was on his bed at home.

“There was no conceivable outcome other than he would be killed.

“His unique presence in the world was taken from us.

“Who knows what he might have grown up to achieve?”

Speaking of her mental illness, Lesicka’s barrister Mr Roberts said: “It was not a condition that had been previously diagnosed.

“It was not a condition that was wilfully exacerbated by the defendant.

“The significant feature of this case is this accused has never had any mental health difficulties at all in her life.

“The onset of this particular abnormality was very rapid and sudden.

“It was induced by the deliberate, relentless and ultimately overwhelming psychological torment inflicted on her by Peter Chilvers.

“It was imposed upon her repeatedly.”

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I get advances from men but i don’t allow that to confuse me – Nollywood actress Toyin Alausa

Nollywood actress, Toyin Alausa, starred in Dayo Amusa’s recently premiered movie ‘Omoniyun’, which brought to the fore the issue of oppression of the girl-child. In this interview with JOE AGBRO JR., she talks about her role in the movie, how women cope in a patriarchal society and her expectation at finding love again. Excerpts:

Tell us about your role in the movie ‘Omoniyun’

I played Mama Fiyin. Mama Fiyin is one of those African mothers who have experienced bad marriage. Her first husband left her and she was left to train her daughter Fiyinfolu.

She shut her eyes to  the molestation her daughter was going through in the hands of  the prince and by the time she wanted to take action, it was already too late. She was just particular about her marriage to the prince.

I can say she was lackadaisical because if she was attentive, she would have noticed the signs. The warning signs were there but she did not notice them.

She was busy looking forward to her marriage to the prince and of course that caused her a lot. It actually cost her daughter.

YOU MARRY SOMEBODY WHO HAS TEMPER ISSUES, YOU BEGIN TO GET MOLESTED, AND THEY BEAT YOU UP

You played the mother of Fiyinfoluwa whose character was played by Seliat Adebowale, a relative newbie. What was it like?

Surprisingly, I didn’t see her as a newbie because she did quite well and she really put in her best and it was easy for us.africa

No matter how professional you think you are, you shouldn’t be too full of yourself because you also can make mistake. So I think we all came together to work as a team.

It wasn’t a seniority cadre kind of relationship. We didn’t have that kind of relationship. We were more or less like one big family.

You know we are here to do a job, we have to get it done and we have to do it with love, with mutual respect and that was how it was.

What exactly came to your mind when you read the script for the first time?

This is not my first time of working with Dayo. I know she takes care of details and her stories are always unique. So when I read ‘Omoniyun’ and I saw my character, I was angry with my character.

And I could relate it to a true life experience; you know when you are molested by someone who you are entrusted to, who is supposed to be your guardian, who is supposed to be your protector and then the person is the one molesting you.

You are just alone in the world because nobody is going to believe me. It is your world against his. So when I read that part, I said aaah, I wish I could have been able to do something different, like this is the way it’s supposed to be. I wished this was what I was going to do but well, that’s how the story goes.

The fear of stigmatization has lured a lot of women into marriages especially in Nigeria, and Africa by extension.

What would you want to say to women who find themselves in situations like that?

Candidly, I think the African society hasn’t been too fair on women. And in this dispensation, in this generation,  women are trying to do things differently.

They are beginning to believe more in themselves than the standard that the society has raised for them. Coming to your question, the truth of the matter is, if the deed has been done, there is nothing we can do other than to live either with the regret or to live with the mistake.

Or if you can correct or undo the wrong that has been done, you can undo it. If you can correct the mistakes, then you try as much as possible to correct the mistakes.

But don’t allow the society to push you into what you do not want. Don’t let them set a standard for your life. If you are not prepared for marriage or if you have not gotten the right partner, you don’t have to stay because of family pressure, peer pressure, societal pressure, or religious pressure too.

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There are some churches who just believe, if you are of  age, they will match make you and  get you married whether you like it or not. And these are the things that now bounce back.

You marry somebody who has temper issues, you begin to get molested, and they beat you up. You marry someone who is impotent, who has hidden it from you, and then you now live with that regret.

You know, there are so many things that happen at the end of the day when you have been pushed or forced or coerced as the case may be, into marriage before you want to. You know, when the deed has been done, you just live with the regret or try and make a correction.

 At 41, you still look beautiful, do you still get advances from men?

Well, yes I get advances from men but I don’t allow that to confuse me, let me use that word. I don’t allow that to confuse me.

I am not somebody who  is going to be pushed into what I am not ready for. I believe at the right time with the right person, whatever expectations we have will come to pass.

 And what makes a man, the right the person for you?

Well,  when I see the qualities I desire in a man,  I will know I’ve seen them.

What measures do you think the government could take to stem the menace of rape?

They should make the punishment more severe so that it gives people a mental alertness in their heart, and in their mind.

Let the punishment be more severe.. Whoever goes through rape or molestation, I promise you that no matter how young that child or that lady or that boy is, it stays in the memory. It only takes one incident to trigger it. And they will remember.

The flashes of the event will come. So, there is no amount of punishment that they give them that would really minimize the effect on the victim.

The only thing is, let it sink in their hearts and in their head that if they do this and they are caught, this is the punishment. I believe that if they put in more weighty and severe conditions or punishment as it may be, to the offence of rape and child molestation, it will help curb it and reduce it.

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Tears as Salome Abuh, PDP woman leader burnt to death, buried — Daily Times Nigeria

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Lokoja – The charred remains of Mrs. Salome Abuh, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) woman leader, who was burnt alive at Ochadamu, Kogi State, on Nov. 18, have been committed to mother earth.

Abuh was laid to rest amid tears and wailings by relations, friends and associates on Saturday at her village, Aji-Obala, Ofu Local Government Area.

The Officiating Minister, Rev. John Adino of the United Evangelical Church, Idah, in his sermon, called on Christians to give their lives to Christ before it is too late.

He said that death could come at any time, saying that anybody could die under any circumstances.

”It is always good for people to die in the course of the Lord,” he said.

While reading from the book of Revelation, chapter 14 verse 13, Adino said that all human beings would face the ultimate judgment of the Almighty God.

“Whether human beings like it or not, judgement day is awaiting every mortal.

“No lawyer will defend or stand for any one except the good things people did while on earth,” he stated.

The cleric lamented that public office holders in the country had lost focus and failed woefully in providing basic amenities for the people

He charged political leaders to always remember that they would account for their deeds and misdeeds before God.

Abuh was burnt alive in her house at Ochadamu Kogi State on Nov. 18, shortly after the announcement of the results of the governorship election held in the state on Nov.16.

The state police command has said that six suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The husband of the deceased, Elder Simeon Abuh, in a tribute, said that his late wife had paid the supreme price for the unity of Igalaland.

He described her as “a martyr, whose political sagacity will remain fresh in the mind of her associates”.

Abuh called on the police and the Federal Government to ensure that the killers of his wife were made to face justice.

The candidate of the PDP in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, said that the late Mrs. Salome Abuh died for Kogi and Igala nation as a while.

Wada promised to keep her memory alive by maintaining focus on plans to liberate the people of the state from the hands of oppressors.

He said that no amount of intimidation and harassment could stop him from reclaiming the stolen mandate freely given to him on Nov. 16.

“I am not going to relent a little bit; I will pursue this gruesome and senseless killing of Mrs. Abuh to its logical conclusion.

“Whenever I think of the circumstances of her death, I wonder who will ever wish that for his enemy, but the unfortunate thing is that the killing was perpetrated by the children of Igala nation, who joined hands with the oppressors to kill members of the opposition parties.

“Regardless of their intimidation and oppression, we will reclaim our stolen mandate because they are just keeping it temporarily,” he said.

Mrs. Margaret Omoniyi, the State PDP Woman Leader, described the late Salome Abuh as a lively person, and a committed and versatile politician.

She urged the children of the deceased to follow her footsteps by upholding her good legacies.

Also speaking, the only son of the deceased, Mr David Abuh, described his mother as a lover of people, who had invested much in assisting the needy in the society.

He called on the Federal Government to ensure that justice is done over the killing of his mother. (NAN)

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Salome Abuh: PDP woman leader burnt to death, buried amid tears – Daily Post Nigeria

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The charred remains of Mrs. Salome Abuh, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) woman leader, who was burnt alive at Ochadamu, Kogi State, on Nov. 18, have been buried.
NAN reports that Abuh was laid to rest amid tears and wailings by relations, friends and associates on Saturday at her village, Aji-Obala, Ofu Local Government Area of the State.
The Officiating Minister, Rev. John Adino of the United Evangelical Church, Idah, in his sermon, called on Christians to give their lives to Christ before it is too late.

He said that death could come at any time, saying that anybody could die under any circumstances.

”It is always good for people to die in the course of the Lord,” he said.

While reading from the book of Revelation, chapter 14 verse 13, Adino said that all human beings would face the ultimate judgment of the Almighty God.

“Whether human beings like it or not, judgement day is awaiting every mortal.

“No lawyer will defend or stand for anyone except the good things people did while on earth,” he stated.

The cleric lamented that public office holders in the country had lost focus and failed woefully in providing basic amenities for the people

He charged political leaders to always remember that they would account for their deeds and misdeeds before God.

DAILY POST had reported that Abuh was burnt alive in her house at Ochadamu Kogi State on Nov. 18, shortly after the announcement of the results of the governorship election held in the state on Nov.16.

The state police command has said that six suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The husband of the deceased, Elder Simeon Abuh, in a tribute, said that his late wife had paid the supreme price for the unity of Igalaland.

He described her as “a martyr, whose political sagacity will remain fresh in the mind of her associates”.

Abuh called on the police and the Federal Government to ensure that the killers of his wife were made to face justice.

Also speaking, the candidate of the PDP in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, said that the late Mrs. Salome Abuh died for Kogi and Igala nation as a while.

Wada promised to keep her memory alive by maintaining focus on plans to liberate the people of the state from the hands of oppressors.

He said that no amount of intimidation and harassment could stop him from reclaiming the stolen mandate freely given to him on Nov. 16.

“I am not going to relent a little bit; I will pursue this gruesome and senseless killing of Mrs. Abuh to its logical conclusion.

“Whenever I think of the circumstances of her death, I wonder who will ever wish that for his enemy, but the unfortunate thing is that the killing was perpetrated by the children of Igala nation, who joined hands with the oppressors to kill members of the opposition parties.

“Regardless of their intimidation and oppression, we will reclaim our stolen mandate because they are just keeping it temporarily,” he said.

The only son of the deceased, Mr David Abuh, described his mother as a lover of people, who had invested much in assisting the needy in the society.

He called on the Federal Government to ensure that justice is done over the killing of his mother.

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Salome Abuh, PDP woman leader burnt to death, buried amid tears

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The charred remains of Mrs Salome Abuh, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) woman leader, who was burnt alive at Ochadamu, Kogi State, on Nov. 18, have been committed to mother earth.

Abuh was laid to rest amid tears and wailings by relations, friends and associates on Saturday at her village, Aji-Obala, Ofu Local Government Area.

The Officiating Minister, Rev. John Adino of the United Evangelical Church, Idah, in his sermon, called on Christians to give their lives to Christ before it is too late.

He said that death could come at any time, saying that anybody could die under any circumstances.

”It is always good for people to die in the course of the Lord,” he said.

While reading from the book of Revelation, chapter 14 verse 13, Adino said that all human beings would face the ultimate judgment of the Almighty God.

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“Whether human beings like it or not, judgement day is awaiting every mortal.

“No lawyer will defend or stand for any one except the good things people did while on earth,” he stated.

The cleric lamented that public office holders in the country had lost focus and failed woefully in providing basic amenities for the people

He charged political leaders to always remember that they would account for their deeds and misdeeds before God.

Abuh was burnt alive in her house at Ochadamu Kogi State on Nov. 18, shortly after the announcement of the results of the governorship election held in the state on Nov.16.

The state police command has said that six suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The husband of the deceased, Elder Simeon Abuh, in a tribute, said that his late wife had paid the supreme price for the unity of Igalaland.

He described her as “a martyr, whose political sagacity will remain fresh in the mind of her associates”.

Abuh called on the police and the Federal Government to ensure that the killers of his wife were made to face justice.

The candidate of the PDP in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, said that the late Mrs. Salome Abuh died for Kogi and Igala nation as a while.

Wada promised to keep her memory alive by maintaining focus on plans to liberate the people of the state from the hands of oppressors.

He said that no amount of intimidation and harassment could stop him from reclaiming the stolen mandate freely given to him on Nov. 16.

“I am not going to relent a little bit; I will pursue this gruesome and senseless killing of Mrs Abuh to its logical conclusion.

“Whenever I think of the circumstances of her death, I wonder who will ever wish that for his enemy, but the unfortunate thing is that the killing was perpetrated by the children of Igala nation, who joined hands with the oppressors to kill members of the opposition parties.

“Regardless of their intimidation and oppression, we will reclaim our stolen mandate because they are just keeping it temporarily,” he said.

Mrs. Margaret Omoniyi, the State PDP Woman Leader, described the late Salome Abuh as a lively person, and a committed and versatile politician.

She urged the children of the deceased to follow her footsteps by upholding her good legacies.

Also speaking, the only son of the deceased, Mr David Abuh, described his mother as a lover of people, who had invested much in assisting the needy in the society.

He called on the Federal Government to ensure that justice is done over the killing of his mother.

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