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Eric Shoen-Ukre and David Shoen-Ukre walked down the aisle for the first time as a legally married couple

Eric Shoen-Ukre and David Shoen-Ukre walked down the aisle for the first time as a legally married couple

We tried very carefully to make sure this wouldn’t happen. Guests were instructed not to take photos during the ceremony. We were very particular about who was invited. It was a sad added bonus that most of the guests from Nigeria cancelled just 24 hours before the ceremony.

 

On July 30, I married a Nigerian man. Although he is very special to me, he is not famous. He has never done anything to warrant so much media coverage. We had a small ceremony under the leaves of some great old trees on the lawn of an adorable little restaurant. My family and our closest friends joined us. Our vow exchange was only 30 minutes long.

What followed was a day of love, laughter, joy, eating, sore feet, kids running circles around the yard, and family and friends celebrating our day together. We posted only a few photos to our Facebook pages and asked guests to not post photos or mention our marriage.

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The groomsmen and the couple take a stroll before the reception

The groomsmen and the couple take a stroll before the reception

 

That night, we went out dancing to a club with friends who stayed over. The next morning, we decided to take some friends with us on the first day of our honeymoon to see Niagara Falls. We were still enjoying every moment of calling each other husband, taking photos kissing in front of the falls, getting sprayed at the Cave of the Winds, and accepting well wishing texts from family and friends.

Monday morning, I woke up early to return the rental car that we had used for the weekend. When I returned, my husband was pacing and crying, distraught, pointing to his phone. Somehow, someone had either sold or given photos from our wedding and first dance to one of Nigeria’s notorious gossip bloggers, Linda Ikeji who chose to publish them on her blog. Whether to out David and make a mockery or to somehow use it as advocacy, no one knows. What we do know is that she had no permission from either of us to use our photos or story.

My husband calls me “the fixer” for a reason. I felt like I might be able to fix this before it got out of control. I called my sister who is an attorney for advice. Given that the information was posted on an international site, there was little we could do. My friends at Google and Blog-spot, and attorneys who are friends of mine gave me the same unfortunate news. Mind you, this is all happening at 6:30 a.m. on a Monday morning. Friends from all over the USA messaged me as soon as I posted on my Facebook for some assistance.

I did contact the blogger directly via email and asked that the photos of our wedding, of our trip with my family, photos of our groomsmen, and direct quotes from my Facebook page be removed. I quickly locked down the security on my Facebook which had been relatively open so that I could use it for advertising and sales. I never heard back from her.

Eric and David take a moment to dance outside in the sun after celebrating their wedding together

Eric and David take a moment to dance outside in the sun after celebrating their wedding together

At 7:00 a.m. I got a call from my twin brother, who is my best friend:

J: “Eric, which blog are you talking about?”

Me: “There should only be one”

J: “It’s already on at least a dozen blogs.”

I had to tell David at this point that there was little I could do. At the same time, his phone and my phone started to heat up with Facebook messages from strangers condemning us for being gay. His phone started to ring continuously from unknown Nigerian phone numbers.

I felt lost. I still get a terrible feeling in my stomach just a week and a half later. I hate being helpless. How could our tiny, personal wedding in Rochester mean so much to hateful people on the other side of the planet that they would find us on the internet so they could harass us?

I worked as fast as I could asking bloggers to remove our photos and mention of us, but only one complied. By the end of the day, more than 150 sites had blogged about us. They were not saying anything overtly mean for the most part. The comments, on the other hand, mostly mentioned the “end of times,” beheading us if we came to Nigeria, asking God to rain down evil upon us, suggesting that we get anal cancer and die, calling us devils, and threatening us in various other vulgar ways. Some people commented positively, but they were in the minority.

David’s family was harassed by neighbors and local hooligans. He hadn’t told his family we were getting married. They were not even aware he was gay. David’s sister called to make sure we knew that she knew and she supported us. She relayed that his mom was not admitting anything and continued to defend David to anyone who bothered her. His other siblings also messaged us to say that they were being harassed via telephone, in person, and social media.

You might ask yourself why I would share this story.

Groomsmen pose for a selfie before the reception.

Groomsmen pose for a selfie before the reception.

You see, I fell in love with an amazing Nigerian man. I knew it was illegal for him to be gay in his country. I knew it was illegal for his family to know he was gay and not report him. I never thought that my tiny little wedding in Rochester, New York to this man would go any further than between our close friends who were invited and maybe some of their friends.

David was afraid to come out of the closet to his family for so many reasons, some of which I recognize in my own coming out story. Telling my parents was very frightening, painful and tough, but they support me now. I grew up here, where letting someone know you are gay was tough, not illegal. Some of David’s reasoning can only be understood by someone who grew up in Nigeria or a similar country where it is illegal to be gay.

Why would this be such big news in Nigeria? I believe it is because the press still wants to vilify gay men and women. They want to show that the USA is a place that corrupts the morals of children and is a den of sin an iniquity. The current political election probably isn’t helping change that impression much. The mere thought of two men getting married is enough to incite vitriol from all corners of Nigeria, and other parts of the world still today.

We queer folk still have a lot of fighting to do. We may have thankfully won marriage equality here on American soil, but until it is legally safe for our gay, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming brothers, sisters, and family to live their lives as they wish to be in all corners of the world, the fight must go on.

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Published in News & Stories
Friday, 12 August 2016 12:06

Pictures: Buhari meets Wole Soyinka

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met the Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the State House, Abuja.

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(R-L) President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari and Executive Director Tanus Books Ltd, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi during a meeting at the State House in Abuja.

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President Muhammadu Buhari usher in Prof. Wole Soyinka to his seat during a meeting at the State House in Abuja.

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President Muhammadu Buhari usher in Prof. Wole Soyinka to his seat during a meeting at the State House in Abuja.

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President Muhammadu Buhari escorting Prof. Wole Soyinka out after the meeting

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President Muhammadu Buhari leads Prof. Wole Soyinka out after the meeting

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President Muhammadu Buhari bids Prof. Wole Soyinka farewell after the meeting

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Prof. Wole Soyinka speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

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Prof. Wole Soyinka moving out of State House after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari

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The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday named a former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan; and a former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, among other individuals, government institutions, security agencies and their personnel, as contributors to the widespread electoral fraud in the 2007 and 2011 general elections.

The NHRC stated this in a report it released at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

It stated that the individuals and institutions were among those indicted by the election petitions tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 election cycles.

Also contained in the list of indicted persons and institutions are a former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, a former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Obafemi, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor.

A former Kebi South Sentor, Maj.-Gen. Tanko Ayuba (retd), and Ekiti North Senator, Ayo Arise, both of whom were elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2007, as well as former Ondo South Senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo, who was first elected to the Senate and re-elected in 2007, were also on the list.

Also on the list were the INEC and many of its officials, the PDP, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, and the All Nigerian Peoples Party.

The NHRC recommended some of the individuals to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, for criminal prosecution.

Some others, including government institutions, political parties, lawyers were recommended to relevant government agencies for administrative and professional sanctions.

The report was titled Phase 1 of the Final Report of ‘An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violations of the Rights to Participate in Government, to Public Service, and to Fair Trial Through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2007.

Responding to the report, Uduaghan said the NHRC did not study the case properly before making its recommendation.

He explained that said his 2007 election was nullified by the Court of Appeal based on the law of burden of proof and that hence he could not go to the Supreme Court because then governorship polls ended at the Appeal Court.

“But the Supreme Court ruled that there can be no passing the bucket until the petitioner has discharged the onus cast on him by law, meaning the onus does not shift to the respondent.

“Therefore the appeal court judgement in Benin was wrongly against me. Unfortunately the NHRC did not study my case properly before making their recommendation.

Published in Business and Economy
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:08

By Anthony Chuka Konwea, P.E.: Imade at War

Uyi Idemudia, PhD, internationally acclaimed expert in particle physics was born Omoruyi Agbontaen to pagan parents.  He had a name change as he was certain from past experience that Americans found it difficult to pronounce his real names. You see before he became third time lucky, he had attempted on two separate occasions to illegally migrate to America.

The first time he entered the US, he came in disguised as one of the Boat People – i.e. as a Haitian refugee. The second time he came in by foot across the Mexican Border.   On both occasions he was easily apprehended and deported. The third time therefore fearing that his identity was sorely compromised, he swore to an affidavit and officially became Uyi Idemudia. This was far easier to the tongue and could bring him some good luck he reasoned.  Fate proved him right.

In those days and about a year before he was born, Imade his mother had lied to Pa Idemudia Agbontaen his father, that she was a virgin.  She had been introduced to Pa Idemudia by his younger sister Iye Lucky (Lucky’s mother), who was married to a man from Imade’s village and who felt her sisters-in-law were not taking good care of her elder brother in his old age.

Imade was the grand-daughter of one of Iye Lucky’s closest friends in her marital village. Iye Lucky had watched her closely while growing up and was convinced that she would make a good wife to some lucky man. Indeed, her original intention was to marry her off to Lucky her own son. On one of her rare visits to her ancestral village for the wedding of the daughter of a close relative, Iye Lucky had picked up a series of quarrels with her elder brother’s wives who she felt were neither respectful enough to her brother and their husband, Pa Idemudia, nor to herself, their sister-in-law.

Determined to teach her brother’s wives an abiding lesson, Iye Lucky decided to cheer up her brother’s spirits by injecting fresh and rather young blood into the family in order to grant the old man a new lease of life while at the same time putting his unruly wives in their proper place.

She convinced her brother Pa Idemudia that it was time for him to pick a new wife. Pa Idemudia was initially skeptical, not because he did not fancy the idea, but because as he told his sister, “it is far easier to find a monkey that does not like banana than it is to find a young girl of nowadays that does not enjoy sampling multiple men.”

“Ah Epa Monday,” (Monday’s father) replied Iye Lucky, clearly relieved that her elder brother had not been bewitched by his stubborn wives into dismissing such an idea right out of hand. “If that is your only concern, leave everything to me. I will bring a fresh young girl from my husband’s village to you. She is only about sixteen years old and I have been monitoring her very closely right from the very day she was born. I can vouch that she is still intact unlike many girls of her age.”

“Yes I can vouch that she is still unpolluted unlike all the young girls we see nowadays who individually have more physical encounters with men in one year than I have had with my own husband after more than 40 years of marriage.”

“Just give me enough money to make all the necessary arrangements including notifying the girl’s parents and relatives and entertaining the relevant people in my husband’s village. Once this is done I will bring your new wife to you within two to three weeks.”

Pa Idemudia’s first wife Iye Monday (Monday’s mother) who was eavesdropping on the siblings’ conversation behind the door, could bear it no longer. “Epa Monday, you will do no such thing,” she said emerging from her vantage position. “I have said it time and again that this sister of yours is too covetous. She wants to grab her husband’s money as well as grab other women’s husband’s money too.”

“Do not give her a farthing. If she likes you her brother so much as she claims, let her use her own money and marry a new wife for you.”

“By the way, why should she be the one to marry a wife for you? Are you no longer capable of acting like a man? When you married me or any of your other wives did anybody help you? Did you not chase and marry each one of us by yourself?”

Iye Monday, struck the fatal blow. “Epa Monday, something must be wrong with you. No wonder all your wives are complaining behind your back that you have changed.  When did you meet me last? Is it not over two months ago? I asked all your other wives and each of them said it is over a month since you met with them last.”

“They said when it is their turn to serve you dinner, you fall asleep immediately after eating.  If you cannot maintain your current wives, from where will you muster the energy to maintain a young girl if your sister brings a new wife into this house?”

By this time all Pa Idemudia’s wives had gathered around the scene and were all nodding in agreement and solidarity with the Senior Wife.

Buoyed by the public show of support from her co-wives, Iye Monday declared with a tone of finality. “Epa Monday, we your wives want to let you and your sister know that we shall not tolerate any woman bringing a bastard into this house. My fellow wives is that not our joint decision?”

“Yes!  oh yes!!  yes – oh!!!  oh yes!!!!  yes - oh!!!!!” they all thundered back almost in unison.

Iye Lucky was besides herself in anger. “Stupid women. You call yourselves wives and you are coming here to disgrace yourselves that your husband has not met with any one of you for over a month? How can a man meet with stubborn and unruly women like you?”

“Don’t you all realize that a man’s inflatable is very fragile and needs to be handled with tender, loving and respectful care, otherwise it can easily get punctured and fail to reflate?”

“As women don’t you all understand that you have to stoop down and flatter a man into thinking that he is conquering you when in reality you are the one actually conquering him?”

“With your unruly attitude and insolent behavior, from where do you expect a man to muster the energy to reflate himself in order to mount you, querulous lot. Or do you think that a man’s body is like an automatic machine that can pump itself up with the single press of a switch?”

 

“I don’t blame you stupid women. It is rather my own brother that I blame for being too gentle and lenient with all of you, ungrateful lot. If it were my own husband, he would teach each one of you useless wives a very bitter lesson.”

Iye Monday was furious at the sharp rebuke and public humiliation by her sister-in-law. “Don’t come here and lecture us ‘Mrs. Good Wife’. What are you doing here? Go back to your husband’s house. You think we don’t know about you and your husband? Tell us are you the only wife of your husband? If you are so good, why did your husband marry many other wives?  Nonsense.”

In spite of the women’s bedlam, Pa Idemudia did not utter a single word. When eventually he spoke, it was to ask his sister, “Iye Lucky, how much exactly do you need to bring this young girl you have spoken of so highly into this house?”

Iye Lucky did a few mental calculations. “You know we have to impress the elders as well as the aged women of the village. Then the village youths have to be taken care of as well as the girl’s parents and close relatives as well as….”

Pa Idemudia cut in exasperatedly. “Just tell me how much exactly you need.”

“Okay, okay” Iye Lucky said as she completed her mental arithmetic. By her own estimation after allowing for all conceivable contingencies, she was coming close to a thousand units of the local currency. She shrewdly added an extra two hundred and fifty units of the local currency for herself.  “I would say about a thousand, two hundred and fifty units of our local currency,” she said excitedly.

Pa Idemudia again said nothing but went into his bedroom. After a short while he re-emerged with a bundle of money in his hands. “Here you will find two thousand five hundred units of our local money. Take it and do exactly as you have said. I hope to see you back here with the girl in not more than two weeks.”

Iye Lucky was beside herself with excitement as she grabbed the money. She made a point of counting it slowly to the chagrin of Pa Idemudia’s wives who were looking on forlornly like dogs deprived of juicy bones. Her hands shook with excitement as she counted. “One hundred, two hundred, three hundred….” Every once in a while she would wet her fingers with her lips while looking on triumphantly at each of her brother’s wives.”

 

Iye Monday could take it no longer. “Epa Monday, where did all this money suddenly come from. I remember asking you for money just yesterday to buy and sew new school uniforms for Monday and his sisters and you said there was no money and that all of that has to wait till the end of the month….”

Pa Idemudia did not even wait for her to complete the statement. He got up, picked up his cloak and walking stick and went outside to join other men from the village playing draughts across the street. As he left Iye Lucky shouted on top of her voice, “Epa Monday expect me back with the girl in one week’s time.  With this money, things will move much faster than I earlier anticipated.”

Energized by their potential in-law’s display of affluence, all traditional wedding ceremonies in Iye Lucky’s husband’s village were hastily completed. And true to her word, Iye Lucky proudly escorted the young bride, Imade from her marital village to her own ancestral village and handed her over to her brother, Pa Idemudia as his newest wife.

That very night just before Pa Idemudia was about to consummate his union with his newest bride, the young Imade who was barely 16 years old laced herself with copious amounts of pulverized tomatoes, mixed with warm water and palm oil which she brought along with her for that very same purpose. On the first physical contact, Imade jerked abruptly as if she had suffered an electric jolt. 

Pa Idemudia was joyously startled. “Imade, so really this na your first time? (Imade so this is truly your first time?)” he said rather excitedly. Actually it was more of an assertion than a question. “Yes-oh Epa (Oh yes father),” Imade replied with feigned agony. That tearful admission seemed to energize and invigorate the old man.  He then proceeded to accomplish the task at hand without caution but with such vigor that defied belief and an energy and enthusiasm that belied his age.

A tactical battle not too much unlike the one fought over control of the strategic Mosul Dam in Iraq between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the one hand and coalition forces ably led by the United States on the other hand soon erupted on the marital bed. Pa Idemudia could be said to have aptly prototyped the allied forces while young Imade could not unjustly be cast as having pre-modeled the ISIS who were in control of the dam at the time of that battle.

Imade proceeded to re-enact the Kegel muscle maneuver she had been practicing feverishly day in and day out over the past one week since she learned she was to be married off to an elderly man. It seemed as if she was trying to behead Pa Idemudia’s masculinity thereby decapitating his claim to manhood.

With his opponent mounting such a fierce resistance and proving such a stalwart territorial defender, Pa Idemudia had to deploy all the mesmerizing acrobatic skills he had acquired in his significant years of invading both friendly and unfriendly feminine territory.

Like the U.S., it was Pa Idemudia’s aerial bombardments with his hands and lips that proved decisive in distracting and dislodging his enemy’s defences thus allowing his “inflatable” ground troops access to secure the beach-head. Once he did this and thankfully in this case the supposed dam did burst, he felt some warm liquid substance on his body. ‘Truly dis pikin na virgin (truly this child is a bonafide virgin)’ he admitted rather happily to himself.  Immediately Imade’s unit corporal value soared rather bullishly in Pa Idemudia’s mental stock exchange to reach stratospheric record heights hardly attained by any of his older wives.

Now a working definition of family life is that ‘marriage is a subtle declaration of war by other means between two or more consenting or non-consenting people joined together in a permanent or non-permanent physical union.’  Going by that street definition of marital relationship, after that first night, Imade had already realized her barest minimum objectives of waging marital war with Pa Idemudia and his extant family by successfully pulling off her macabre stunt and entrenching herself firmly in the pole position inside his heart.

Imade now known today of course as Iye Uyi (Uyi’s mother) had never before experienced something like she witnessed that first night, not even once with all those young boys she used to play with under the moonlight in her village. For in those days she would habitually sneak away from her parents’ home when they were fast asleep just to play outside with boys. That night however she felt completely fulfilled. There was no need to sneak outside again.

Epa (idiomatic expression for Father in the local language), her new husband was a man of considerable means, so she had no fears about being well looked after. Her singular fear was in that delicate and sensitive area of conjugal acrobatics. She had feared that Epa could be so incapacitated by age as to be an unworthy sparring partner. Amazingly what she had borne witness to that first night was a tour de force.  Epa was still capable of giving her everything a young woman could conceivably dream of without ever needing to go outside for solace.

It is true that after that night’s grim opening skirmish with Pa Idemudia, Imade an adolescent child according to biology but a seasoned adult according to exposure, had seemingly lost her ‘corporal integrity’. The manner of her ‘loss’ however meant that she became strategically poised to win the larger intra-family ‘war by other means’ just declared separately and jointly between her and her future offspring in one corner, Pa Idemudia standing alone in a separate corner, as well as his wives and their various offspring in their own respective corners.

At the first break of dawn while Epa was still sleeping, exhausted by his exertions of the previous night, Imade gingerly smuggled away the bed sheet from under him without waking him up and took it outside to wash. Epa’s senior wife (first wife) Iye Monday (Monday’s mother) who had hardly slept all night but had been eavesdropping and keenly monitoring the goings-on in the master bedroom from a secret location accosted her. “What are you washing so early this morning?” she asked. “Iye (mother) it is the bedsheet” replied Imade.  Iye Monday hissed loudly and sniggered “Why did you not wait so that I can inspect it at daylight?”  “It is because I am ashamed” Imade replied.

“Ashamed indeed!” snapped Iye Monday as she snatched the bedsheet from her. But she was too late, for by then Imade had already dipped it in soapy water and squeezed it a bit with a physical agility that lay far beyond her years on earth. When Iye Monday inspected the bedsheet with a lantern, all she could see were some dull wet stains on it. “I am almost certain that this is not human blood” she concluded loudly.

The following morning, she hastily reported her findings to her husband. “Epa Monday (Monday’s Father), this your new wife is not a virgin as she claims.” But Pa Idemudia would have none of it. “What concern is it of yours?” he replied harshly.  “Or were you the one that broke her?” But Iye Monday insisted. “Epa when you married me I remember I preserved my loin cloth and the bedsheet till day-break to show to your mother. Why was Imade so quick to wash hers early this morning?”  

Epa himself was surprised by Imade’s precipitate action but he could not betray his fears to his quarrelsome senior wife as she would taunt her ceaselessly, thereby turning himself into a collateral object of public ridicule. “Iye Monday, you know these young girls of nowadays are not accustomed to the old ways” he explained rather gently but to no avail.

“Young girl indeed” sneered Iye Monday. Seeing that Iye Monday remained unconvinced and adamant, he changed tactics by adding rather pensively, “besides my mother is long dead. Are you now my mother that she should report herself to you? Maybe she was afraid that the cloth could be used for juju by her rivals.”

With a tone of finality and beating of his chest he quickly added the coup de grace. “I am the one who went in. And I know what I saw.” Iye Monday walked away in annoyance, “Epa Monday” she hissed, “I can see that this young girl has bewitched you.”

It was into this pagan polygamous family setting that Uyi was born. Between Iye Monday the eldest and Imade the youngest, there were five other wives. Pa Idemudia had 10 daughters from his six wives and a single son Monday born to the first wife before he took in Imade as his youngest wife. Monday was the fourth and last child of his mother.  By this time, five of Pa Idemudia’s daughters were already married to men from neighbouring villages.

There was great fanfare and not a little envy therefore when Uyi, Pa Idemudia’s last child was born to the young Imade and found to be a male child. Given the family background, it was understandable that at Uyi’s birth, all of Epa’s wives took it in turns to inspect the new born thoroughly to be sure that he actually belonged to the family and was not a bastard.

His resemblance to Pa Idemudia was so striking as to dispel all unreasonable doubts concerning his paternity.   When the child was weaned, Iye Monday the matriarch immediately took the child from his mother and brought him up under her immediate care. Uyi who was to be the only child of Imade therefore grew up believing that Iye Monday was his biological mother.

Now Monday, Uyi’s half-brother, who was about 15 years old when Uyi was born, was a rascally lad. When Uyi was 8 years old, he came back from school one day to witness great commotion in the village. It transpired that Monday had broken into his father’s room, forced open the trunk box where he kept a large chunk of money and made away with it, some said to Benin-City, others said to Lagos.

Pa Idemudia was so livid with rage that he brought down a curse on Monday right on the spot. In addition, Monday’s mother was banished from the compound unless and until the missing box of money was retrieved intact.

When young Uyi came back from school to meet Iye Monday his presumed mother weeping and rolling on the ground begging for forgiveness, he broke down in tears. Pa Idemudia was adamant that Iye Monday had to leave until the missing money was recovered. The intervention of the village elders pleading with Pa Idemudia to rescind the banishment order was to no avail.  But the young Uyi clung to Iye Monday not letting her leave without him. He wept loudly that he would go with her wherever she went.

That was the moment when Uyi was told that Imade was his real mother. But young Uyi would have none of it. The more Iye Monday handed him over to Imade, the more he cried inconsolably that she should take him with her. At this moving scene all the women of the village including Imade broke out in tears, in the case of Imade, for a different reason of course.  The men of the village, trying in vain to hold back a tear or two in accordance with African tradition which forbids men from crying in public, took to staring fervently and rigidly at the ground.

Pa Idemudia ordered the village youths to restrain Uyi until Iye Monday had departed on exile.  But all the onlookers stood still as if they were frozen to the ground. Not one single person volunteered to help in restraining the young Uyi not the least Imade who was thoroughly embarrassed.

Pa Idemudia was too proud of course to physically restrain Uyi. Faced with the looming prospect of either losing his only other remaining son or having to take back the mother of his errant and fugitive first son, Pa Idemudia was forced to rescind his banishment order on Iye Monday.

That was how Uyi saved Iye Monday.

However, from that day onwards Iye Monday was banished permanently from Pa Idemudia’s bedroom. It was also from that moment onwards that Iye Monday stopped addressing Uyi as my pikin (my child) but resorted to calling him publicly ‘my husband’ and more pointedly so in Pa Idemudia’s presence in a feminine act of taunting defiance.

From that day, Uyi’s stature grew within the village. The elders said the little boy had done what the entire village could not do in overturning the orders of the mighty and powerful Chief Idemudia Agbontaen. Uyi must be destined for very great things they concluded.

Their prediction was not in vain for great things indeed Uyi later did accomplish.

 

-       The End   -

 

Disclaimer: All the characters in this piece are absolutely imaginary and reside solely and exclusively in this writer’s imagination.  They are not intended to bear any resemblance either by name or by conduct to any person living or dead. Where a resemblance is found to exist, it should be considered as purely coincidental, and an unintended consequence of artistic liberty.

 

P.S.   This piece is dedicated to the long suffering poor masses of my home country Nigeria who have had the singular misfortune of perenially enduring shoddy leadership. In the immediate past and up to the present day, the poor folk in Nigeria have endured two different and unequally debilitating forms of impotent laissez-faire leadership back-to-back. First there was the criminal laissez-faire attitude of the Good-luck Jonathan Administration to the plundering of the national treasury by political buccaneers and economic piranhas.

Now there is the even more dangerous, vicious and treasonable laissez-faire attitude of the current Muhammadu Buhari Administration to the pillage of the nation and wastage of innocent lives by terrorist Fulani Herdsmen, ably supported by over-zealous agents of the State. As if this is not enough the situation is further compounded by the Buhari Adminstration’s enthronement of internal apartheid as its modus operandi and its adoption of geo-political segregation and targeted regional exclusion as the official state policy.

If in spite of this turmoil, further aggravated by economic meltdown and hunger in the land, this piece is able to draw laughter from Nigerian readers, then this writer’s mission can be considered as fully accomplished.

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The Attorney -General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), has directed agencies with prosecutorial powers to compile pending cases they are currently handling in various courts.

This, he said, was with a view to determine which of them falls within the category of high profile cases to be taken over by the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC).

A statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Salisu Isah, said Malami gave the directive when he met with the various agencies in his office on Monday.

Malami, the Minister of Justice, briefed them on the exigency and existence of the committee, adding that the meeting was to fashion out a synergy between the committee and the agencies.

Isah who is the NPCC Head of Communication and Public Affairs, said

Malami’s message was read by Mr Sylvester Imhanobe, the Special Assistant to the President on Research and Special Project.

Imhanobe, who is also the Secretary of the committee used the occasion to inform the agencies of the objectives for setting up the prosecution committee.

The AGF explained that for a case to be tagged high profile, it must have overriding public interest elements, but that ultimately, he determined what case was tagged a high profile case.

He added that sometimes, the quantum of value of a case and its sensitivity also influenced whether a case was a high profile case or not.

According to him, members of the committee are mainly his aides as well as eight external members selected on the basis of experience and expertise.

He stressed that Heads of agencies were not part of the NPCC due to their busy schedules.

Malami also hinted that the intention was not to distract the heads of these agencies, but rather to engender smooth synergy between the committee and the agencies.

The Special Assistant to the President on Coordination and International Affairs under the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Pius Oteh, chaired the meeting.

Oteh emphasized that the AGF in his wisdom saw the need for coordination and cooperation between the NPCC and these agencies with prosecutorial and investigative powers.

He said that it was important for cooperation and synergy between the committee and the agencies to be consistent with the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the anti-graft war.

The agencies present at the meeting were Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services, and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices & other related offences Commission and the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

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Brazil won their first gold medal of the Rio Olympics as Rafaela Silva triumphed in the women’s 57kg judo.

Silva defeated world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia by Waza-ari to delight a partisan crowd at Carioca 2.

The gold medal marks a fairytale rise to Olympic triumph from a childhood in Rio’s notorious ‘City of God’ favela for Silva.

She qualified for London 2012 Games but was disqualified in the early rounds for a rule violation.

London champion Kaori Matsumoto of Japan took bronze alongside five-time European champion Telma Monteiro of Portugal.

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5 killed in Ogun auto accident

Five persons were confirmed dead Monday afternoon in a motor accident which occurred in Sagamu township, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The accident involving two trucks and three commercial motorcycles, occurred at Ajegunle-Akarigbo Road, close to a first generation bank around 2 p.m.

A witness, Yusuf Adebayo blamed the accident on overspeeding and break failure.

Narrating the incident to our correspondent, the witness said, “the accident involved two trucks. One of the trucks broke down on the road and was being repaired. The other truck, with registration number MU 008 rammed into it after he driver lost control.

Another victim

Another victim

“The driver of the second truck was trying to avoid the broken down truck when it swerved to the right and hit commercial motorcycles, killing three riders and two passengers.

Some of the injured were taken to the hospital in the town.

A police source at the Sagamu Police Command confirmed the accident to our correspondent, adding that the deceased had been taken to the morgue at OOUTH, Sagamu.

One of the dead

One of the dead

A member of the Red Cross, Yinka Fashina, who took part in the rescue effort also confirmed the accident.

According to her, ”we were having our camping at the NYSC, Sagamu yesterday when someone came and informed us of the accident.

“We rushed down there and met some of the victims in a pool of blood. Those that have died were deposited at the mortuary of OOUTH while those injured were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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KANO— THE factional chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State, Hussaini Mairiga, yesterdaty came down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as a total failure.

Mairiga, who spoke with journalists in Kano, said “from the looks of things, President Buhari has betrayed the confidence of the Nigerian masses who voted for him massively into power.”

The factional chairman said it was not an exaggeration that members of many families in the country go to bed without at least one square meal, while others had fled their homes because they could no longer provide the basic needs of life for their loved ones. Mairiga, who is known for his bluntness, expressed worry that after one year of the Buhari administration in power, there was nothing to show while poverty in the country had reached an unprecedented level. He lamented that while a bag of rice now sold for N16, 000, prices of other essentials commodities had tripled. Mairiga noted with dismay that prices of goods were rising at a time the ordinary man did not have money to make a living.

Another disturbing scenario, according to the factional APC chairman, was that those around the president, including his ministers, had refused to tell him the truth and advice on the reality on ground. He reminded Buhari of his campaign promises, stating that he did not like the way the masses were allowed to wallow in destitution and penury. He said Nigerians were in the worst condition that needed urgent attention.

The APC chairman advised the President to stop deceiving Nigerians that the nation had no money whereas on monthly basis, the federal and states governments continued to enjoy a boost in their allocations.

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Seyi Tinubu, one of the sons of APC chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his fiancée Layal J. Holm are married. They had their court wedding today (Monday) and an engagement party took place at the Oba of Lagos’ palace this afternoon. Present at the occasion were Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, former VP Atiku Abubakar, Ooni of Ife Oba Ogunwusi and his wife Wuraola, amongst others.

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L-R: Former VP Atiku Abubakar, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi, the couple, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, Governor Akinwunmi of Lagos State and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

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L-R: Former VP Atiku Abubakar, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi, the couple, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, Governor Akinwunmi of Lagos State and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

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The couple and Lagos white cap chiefs

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The couple and their parents

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Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos and former VP Atiku Abubakar at the ceremony

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Laral Holms, the beautiful bride.

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The couple and Lagos white cap chiefs

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Nigeria have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games football event after a 1-0 victory over Sweden.

The country’s U-23 team early Monday went on the offensive early in the match with Umar Sadiq and Mikel Obi forcing saves from Sweden’s goalkeeper, Linde Andreas, in the 9th and 10th minutes respectively.

Oghenekaro Etebo, who scored four goals past Japan’s goalkeeper in their first game of the competition, was denied time after time by Andreas.

Sadiq finally broke the deadlock at the 39th minute when he nodded home a looping cross from Stanley Amuzie.

Both sides had chances throughout the game but could not find the back of the net.

Nigeria top the Group B table on six points ahead of Colombia.

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