A Week In Color 22

Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


Nigeria

West Africa

Busola Dakolo and her husband harrassed at their place of residence by armed men in uniform.

3 weeks prior, Busola Dakolo; a known photographer, came out in an interview to speak her truth as a sexual assault survivor.

He said, ‘be happy a man of God did this to you, disvirgined you’. At this point he was already a pastor in Ilorin, his wife had given birth to their first child Shindara and I was in the choir.”

  • The perpetrator of the assault, to members of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church dismay, was head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo.
  • Busola Dakolo is the wife to popular musician Timi Dakolo.
  • Leading up to the table-shaking interview, Timi Dakolo published a series of post on his social media, instagram, accusing the head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo of being a serial molester that particularly preys on young women seeking salvation from the church.

On Saturday, 3 armed policemen barged into the Dakolo’s Lagos residence demanding the couple come to Abuja against their will.

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  • The van had the plate number; BR932KSF.
  • There were rumors that armed officials allegedly attempted to coerce the couple into rescinding the statements made in their riveting interview.

Busola Dakolo is a case study for why survivors may feel unsafe to, if ever speak up against their abusers. Head pastors from other Nigerian mega churches seemed to be in solidarity with the infamous COZA head pastor. Some, subtly alluding to ‘Jezebel’ attacks from morally corrupt women through the sermons they preached at the peak of the scandal. Meanwhile, others, like reverend Israel Akanji of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) outrightly came out to vehemently defend their “man of God”.

CAN has later denied showing solidarity to Biodun Fatoyinbo

Some Nigerians sound off;

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The U.S

North America

NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo involved with the death of 43-year-old father of 6; Eric Garner 5 years ago goes scot-free.

On monday; July 15 the Justice Department decided not to file federal civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo.

  • 4 months after the death of Eric Garner from a fatal chokehold with Daniel Pantaleo involved, a Staten Island grand jury chose not indict the officer on any criminal charges.
  • The decision to not press federal civil rights charges came in a day before the 5th anniversay of Garner’s death.

5 years later, still no justice.

The decision came in one day before the expiration of the statute of limitations.

The Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute Pantaleo was made by Attorney General William Barr, who decided to follow the recommendation of the Eastern District of New York.

This should not have ended with the death of a person, but that’s a very different question than what’s presented to a prosecutor when deciding under the Justice manual whether a person should be indicted,” a senior official said.

Eric Garner’s last echoing dying words were “I can’t breathe“.

Garner’s mother; Gwen Carr spoke with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn saying the Justice Department “has failed us“.

We wonder if it ever was meant to work for Black people.

5 years of no justice but constant turmoil & reliving of pain for the Garner family & the Black community.

Buy Black. Buy power! & support Black bussinesses.

It’s no secret that it’s way easier to locate liqour stores in lower income neighbourhoods than grocery stores in the US but here’s one savior making a difference.

Kia Patterson is changing the narrative one store at a time with her store in Compton, California & her work ethic is exemplary in itself.

  • Patterson worked in grocery stores for 17 years before owning a Grocery Outlet in 2017.
  • When Patterson took over the store there were 9 employee. After, she had a staff of 25 people.

Patterson does not get high-strung on power & isn’t afraid to work alongside her employees.

I’m not one of those owners that dictates things. I mop the floor, I do car runs,” she said. “I’m very hands on with my team, and there’s nothing that I would ask them to do that I wouldn’t do myself.

Patterson’s Grocery Outlet is also heavily involved in the community, hosting events for the people in it.

What’s better than ownership for people who actually care about the communities they make a profit off of?

You tell us.

STOP. KILLING. BLACK. TRANS. PEOPLE.

We would not be free, till we are all equally free. This the includes queer Black folk in our community. The divide & the spread of hate only futher perpetuates our continued downfall.

Rest in power to Denali.

Meanwhile, the US has may skillful ways they boldy say; who cares about the negroes again?

  • Blackout was purposefully carried out in Canarise a largely Black neighbourhood to prevent an outage in the richer; whiter neighbourhoods in NewYork.

Ethiopia

East Africa

More than 17 Ethiopian activitist were killed on Thursday; July 18th, in a confrontation before security forces & Ethiopians seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group.

The Sidama, the largest ethnic group in the southern region, have been calling for their own semi-autonomous state [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

Shubale Buta, head of the town’s Malga district confirmed the deaths of 13 civilians killed in Wotera Rassa; a town near Hawassa city. Saying the soldiers were travelling to contain the violence in a nearby town on July 18th.

When they saw people gathered near the roads, they thought they were there to create a problem and that is how the killings happened,” he told Reuters via telephone.

A Malga resident said late on Friday he saw 14 bodies after a shooting.

The Sidama is the largest ethnic group in the Southern region.

As weird as it may sound, it is their constitutional right to be able to request autonomy as it is in fact in Ethiopia’s constitution.

  • The constitution requires the government to organize a referendum for any ethnic group that wishes to form a new entity within a year of their intial request.
  • Ethiopia is already divided into 9 semi-autonomous regions.
  • The Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) -at the forefront of the calls for the new state- have accepted the government’s request to wait pending a direct vote of all members of electorate before the end of the year.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country.

Kenya

East Africa

On Friday; 19th July, Kenya revealed Africa’s largest wind power plant.

The 80,290,000,000.00 Kenyan Shilling –$775m– wind farm containing 365 turbines is located in nothern Kenya; on the shores of Lake Turkana.

It is aimed at lowering Kenya’s fossil fuel dependency & cost of electricity.

  • It is designed to boost the country’s electricity supply by 13%.
  • 70% of Kenya’s electricity comes from renewable sources- more than 3 times the global average- making Kenya a global leader in renewable energy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the country’s plans to move to 100% green energy by 2020 while Nigeria continues to daydream of broken promises & vision 2020. #GodWhen

#GodWhenChronicles

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Review For You: The Men’s Club

The Men’s Club : TV show

Location: REDtv / Youtube

Alright, so we stumbled upon The Men’s Club tv show on a trip with a bunch of dear friends. It was at the point of the interaction were we had completed our various catch-ups, tuning into whatever anyone would like to share about their lives giving advice or support where necessary.

Then, someone tuned in; The Men’s Club.

Written by Dami Elebe & produced by Tola Odunsi, The Men’s Club follows the lives of four far from veracious Nigerian men & how they navigate their mainly drama-filled tumultuous love lives.

Season 1 was jammed packed with some of your known faves like Youtuber; Grace Ajilore starring as “Naomi” , Sharon Ooja “Jasmine” , & tall dark & handsome; Ayo Ayoola starring as the wealthy “Aminu Garba” located in Lagos.

It’s important to note that albeit somewhat an accurate depiction of life in Lagos, The Men’s Club is just a bird’s-eye view into a very specific niche; the Nigerian elite. Upper middle class & above.

After you watch season 1 on Youtube, you’d get the exact picture we are trying to paint. However, one thing that is similar & accepted amongst all the socioeconomic classes in Nigeria seems to be infidelity in marriage. Pushing the scamming & dangerous boys will be boys agenda, as women found in this boat are quickly castigated & branded with the scarlet letter A.

Season 2 touches on some marriage customs observed around the world like, the marriage of convenience “keeping the money within prominent families, defunct of love & passion. Simply, an arrangement of commerce & how the women usually end up with the shorter end of the stick in these agreements.

You can catch-up on both seasons of The Men’s Club on REDtv or YouTube. It is sponsored by UBA & they aren’t afraid to plug this all throughout the episode. Just remember; WhoToldYou because; we did!

Have some fun! Entertain yourself!

A Week In Color 20

Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


Here’s a brief rundown on some interesting developments that have been happening leading up to this week.

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The United States will now require all visa applicants to provide their social media usernames.

Yes, it is as bad as is sounds like & no you won’t be able skate your way through it If you’re planning to travel to the US. Time after time again, America goes against its own marketing of being a country that values freedom.

A civil rights group; the American Civil Liberties Union made a statement saying there is; “no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair“. They believe it will cause self-censorship online.


Duh!

We are guessing the American President is more sensitive than he lets on.

  • The new State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names.
  • Visa applicants would have to provide 5 years’ worth of email addresses & phone numbers.
  • This includes people coming into the country to work or study. Only certain diplomatic & official visa applicants will be exempt from these new strict measures.

The State Department reportedly made a statement saying; “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,

Previously, only applicants who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorists groups were required to provide this extra information.

An official spoke to The Hill threatening that; “Anyone who lies about their social media use could face “serious immigration consequences

& so it begins…

Make a difference cause you can.

Organizers in Washington D.C pushed to introduce a new bill decriminalizing sexwork in their state.

This event took place on June 3rd.

Most people think sex work is morally wrong. However, considering the fact that morals are widely subjective, does this mean these individuals do not deserve the right to protection?

The criminalization of sex work does more harm than good.

  • According to researchers, 80% of street-based sex workers experience violence in their course of work.
  • Criminal penalties on sex workers only make them more vulnerable to violence & police abuse.
  • 1 in 5 sex workers have been solicited police for sex.

This legislation seeks to remove the criminal penalties of sex workers which would in turn curb the exploitation & violence they experience in their line of work.

It also seeks to promote public health by improving access to service & help address human trafficking.

Does President Donald Trump care about the people who voted him in?

  • Trump’s 2017 tax law already wiped out all but $100 off the average American household benefit. & this last $100 in tax-cut gains is in danger to some additional tariffs the President has announced or is considering.
  • The President has made threats to impose levies on all imports from Mexico & China.
  • These tariffs would most affect middle-earning households who could allegedly pay up to $4000 more for a number of goods; from produce to smart phones.

President Trump also proposed additional tariffs in May on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. According to “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland; a coalition of business groups, this would increase the cost for an average family of 4 in the US to about $2,294 annually. The president has made good on his threats to Mexico starting with a 5% tax which began Monday; June 10. He has promised this would continue to increase to 25% in October unless Mexico curbs illegal migration to President Trump’s satisfaction.

  • Research done by the Tax Foundation says that only the top 5% of earners would continue to see a net tax cut of more that 1%.
  • The tariff would also depress wages by about 0.5%. Subsequently leading to a loss of nearly 610,000 full-time jobs. Hello unemployment line!

The American president’s decision seems to be bringing about turmoil in his political party, but what’s new?

The tax cuts “vaulted America back into the most competitive economy,” said Representative Kevin Brady, the Texas Republican who led the passage of the tax cut legislation in the House. “Higher tariffs and the uncertainty that comes with trade disputes hurt the economy,” he said.

  • Mitch McConnell; the Senate Majority Leader, encouraged the administration to delay imposing the tariffs on Mexico until Republicans in Congress could plead their case to the American president.
  • Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat said “This is a man-made disaster, because Donald Trump is not focused in any way on advancing a well-thought-out doctrine“. “He seems to be carrying out at times personal vendettas, at other times political objectives and sometimes an effort to distract from the news of the day” Jeffries said.

It’s June. So you know what that means??!!

It’s Pride month!

WhoToldYou is all about all negroes living their best possible lives while being safe. We love all the negroes regardless. If you have a problem with the LGBTQ based on the grounds of “religion”? We suggest you shove your hate up somewhere, educate yourself & explore why you weaponize your beliefs as a tool to spread hate.

Happy Pride! & thank you for being brave enough to live in your truth. You make the world a better place.

Now some Black girl magic in case you ever forgot Black women are the most valid beings on this earth.




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Let’s start with some humor…before we dive into the precarious situations.

Nigerians react to the new requirements implemented by the United States to now obtain a visa.

The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is yet to address the Nigerian people since his suspicious-to say the least-re-election. However, he is making sure his impact is being felt…dictator-style.

Everyone knows the first order of a budding dictator is to stifle the media. How else would they commit various atrocities with little to no world attention on their actions? Just ask the internet shutdowns across the continent, most recently Sudan.

On Tuesday; June 6th the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), under the orders of the President, made the decision to indefinitely suspend the broadcasting & media licence of Daar Communications PLC.

Daar Communications is home to legendary Nigerian broadcasting station; Africa Independent Television (A.I.T) & Raypower.

  • Kakaaki a political show which airs on A.I.T seems to be the main point of contention.
  • The NBC claims Daar Communications is in violation of the NBC Act Cap N11. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria & the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
  • The NBC claims AIT has been pushing out hate speeches & divisive rhetoric. Examples they listed were comments made in a segement of the political show; Kakaaki Social. “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta” “Nigeria irritates me” .

One deep look into the state of the Nigerian economy can give incite to why there might be some truth to at least the latter statement. But, that’s our opinion. Ignore it.

  • NBC says it has held multiple meetings with Daar Communications & letters of caution expressing the commission’s concern for the company’s violation.
  • NBC claims Daar Communications responded with a smear campaign because they posted said letters on the company’s social media.

We would have just assumed they were doing their job…telling the news. But, again, please,

Ignore us.

Below is the alleged video that broke the dictatorial camel’s back.

  • The NBC claims Daar Communications is partisan & biased.
  • Daar Communications has been suspended until further notice.

Nigerians react.

Speaking of dictators; present & past, General Sani Abacha seems to be the evil gift to Nigeria that keeps on giving.

On Tuesday, June 4th, money to the value of £211,000,000 ~ 86,243,183,689.46 NGN belonging to the late dictator, was seized from a Jersey bank account held by Doraville Properties Corporation, a British Virgin Islands .

  • General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian army officer & de facto president between 1993 until his death in 1998.
  • He laundered money through the US into the Channel Islands & now that money is being recovered.
  • The money is currently being held by the government until authorities in Jersey, Nigeria & the US can come to an agreement on how it should be distributed.

Any money Jersey does keep would be alloted into the Criminal Confiscation Fund to be used to pay for a variety of projects. The fund has been used in the past at La Moye Prison to build a new police station & more developments.

  • More money held by Doraville is expected to be confiscated & paid into the Civil Asset Recovery Fund in the future.

Some Nigerians sound off on it.

Below is a young man’s detailed experience in the Northeast region of Nigeria.

  • It is no secret that the insurgent terrorist group; Boko Haram has been active in Northeastern Nigeria, Chad, Niger & Northern Cameroon.
  • Nigerians in other states are particularly apathetic to the situation. Shrouded by the illusion of a false sense of security perhaps.
  • A quick skim through this young man’s thread (above) will give another perspective.

A man in Abuja, FCT laments about the incompetence of the Nigerian police after his car was burglarized in less that 12 minutes while he made an ATM stop.

Nigeria irritates me” word to A.I.T

As frustrating as the country is, despite the odds stacked up against them, the Nigerian people remain the center for excellency.



On Monday; June 3, paramilitaries in Khartoum threw dozens of bodies into the Nile in an attempt to hide the number of casualties they inflicted during a pro-democracy protest at the capital.

According to doctors & activists, more than 100 people have been killed in the crackdown against demonstrators by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) across Sudan.

As covered in previous Week’s In Color; Sudan has been under military rule since President-dictator Omar al-Bashir was knocked off his 30-year reign.

It was suggested that a military-led transitional government would lead the country to democracy.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has been the leading opposition to military rule & one of the forefronts in the demonstrations.

The Sudan Doctors’ Committee; the medical arm of the SPA, said security forces retrieved more than 40 bodies from the Nile.

  • This contradicts previous estimates on Monday’s attack in the central Khartoum, which puts the death toll at 20 people.

Eye-witnesses beg to differ. According to the Guardian, images passed by opposition organizations showed multiple corpses with concrete blocks tied to their feet after residents & activists retrieved nine bodies from the Nile on Wednesday.

The RSF led by Mohamed Hassan Dagalo, popularly known as Hemedti, is made up of militia who have already been accused of systematic human rights abuses during the war in Darfur. Hemedti is also the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC).

On Wednesday; the week of the attack, Hassan Dagolo said in a televised address that Sudan would not be allowed to slip into chaos. “We must impose the authority of the state through law.

Details of rapes by the RSF are also coming to light.

Weam Shawga, a women’s rights activist, said she was threatened with rape when the RSF attacked the sit-in.

I was beaten with sticks and they told me: ‘We could’ve raped you as we did with other women … We know that you are here because you want to have sex,’” she said.

Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of the TMC said on Tuesday; June 4th, elections were projected to be held within 9 months. However, his attempt to reach protest organisers to resume talks were dismissed.

A spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa said the proposal couldn’t be taken seriously.

Burhan and those under him have killed the Sudanese and are still doing it. Their vehicles patrol the streets, firing at people“. “We will continue in our protests, resistance, strike and total civil disobedience” he said.

  • Burhan claims the violence is due to impostors wearing RSF uniforms & promised to inquire about it.

Sudan has been suspended from the African Union as a consequence of the ongoing chaos.

The union; comprising of 54 other member states issued a strongly worded statement denouncing the wasteful loss of innocent lives in recent days in Sudan. The statement also called for the military & security forces to ensure the full protection of civilians & respect for human rights.

The break down of possible negotiations between the military & protest leaders began due to disagreements over military or civilian leadership of a transitional body.

  • The internet has been shutdown in Sudan.


Tales of An African; American

Writing this recently after attending an event many Africans; well at the very least Nigerians are familiar with.

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A celebration of life, the quintessential 40th birthday party of some relative.

To my best knowledge, it doesn’t really have to be on your 40th per say. Nigerians love to party, the older ones?

They go even harder.

The party was supposed to start at 4:00pm. But we are Sub-Saharan; Black.

African Standard Time factors in at least a 1.5hr delay.

Okay, sure.

It’s terrible that we collectively make excuses for our tardiness. Worse even that we use our race as an excuse…but this isn’t that type of story.

Nevertheless, my African-American ass had me early & in there at 5pm.

Now, those of us who have been previously strong armed into assisting with the setup to an event like this, may be familiar with the setting I am trying to describe.

Setting up church related events are also sometimes parallel to it. It goes a little something like this.

The DJ is setting up.

Aluminum trays packed with steaming jollof rice are being brought in & placed in food chafers while some one tries to locate a lighter.

Usually, from the Uncle allegedly “quitting” smoking.

Cultural disclaimer!!!

Showing up early -or really on time- for an African event is tantamount to volunteering to help.

Women are automatic servers & the men lift things that need to be moved.

Ugh!

New faces get a guest pass. However, that quickly wears out the more familiar & acquainted you get.

At this point in my life, my hair is grown out & in braids; my favorite protective style. Also, a taboo to my parents & their Nigerian culture.

Since doing so, Nigerians have began to assume I am African American.

Which I am.

Catch my drift though.

They react to me as such.

Saying hello in an American accent. Shooting me the weird tight lipped foreigner smile & then proceeding to joke me in Yoruba to the nearest person that will listen.

This speaks to a bigger issue on Blackness & how we interact with one another within our own community. I can’t say the animosity shrouded in ‘jokes’ are strictly one-sided.

But this isn’t that type of story.

Since then I have realized how rude Nigerians naturally are.

As if growing up around them wasn’t enough of a longitudinal case study.

Right?

Anyways, upon arriving to the party, the hired photographer was; doing his job. Taking pictures behind me, he did not fail to say something slick in Yoruba about my ‘Akata’ hairstyle.

The word ‘Akata’ is vile. It has done so much damage within our community, affecting inter-cultural relations & it needs to die.

Talk-less of the fact that Nigerians don’t know their own history because before colonization we braided our hair regardless of gender.

Ah! Good ole western brainwashing.

I mean, ‘education’.

What’s even more absurd?

Sometimes, the jokes are so funny I laugh. Then they realize I understand my language; Yoruba & they begin to stare at me like I grew a third head.

Who are the parents of this miscreant?

How come they let him out into a public like this?

You can see the thoughts spinning in their puny minds.

Who cares though?

I’m grown.

Besides, my favorite part of the party has already commenced.

The prayer over the food which means it’s almost time to chow down!

& with that, mo lo jeun mehn!

A Week In Color 18

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


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Gifty Twum Ampofo the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has announced that the government would continue to relentlessly strive on its efforts to provide free skill, techincal and vocational training to the cooperative youth.

  • In a speech addressing master craftsmen, apprentices, workers & skilled experts, Mrs Twum Ampofo who is also the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North says;
    Let us strive to build ourselves and add value to our skills using the Ghana TVET Voucher Project as the springboard”.
  • According to Mrs Twum Amopofo global labour market trends are indicating a high demand for skilled trade workers. She stressed the importance of the Ghanaian youth positioning themselves in an favorable stance for the global labour market by making good use of Ghana TVET Voucher Project.
  • The Ghana TVET Voucher Project was launched to teach & upgrade the skills of the artisans, local master craftmen & those in the grey economy to be on par with the international standards to enable them benefit from the global labour market.
  • The Ghana TVET Project is under the Ghanaian-German Financial Development Cooperation. It was co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMW) through KfW Development Bank & the Government of Ghana.
  • Since it’s intiation in 2017 September the TVET project is said to have trained over 5,000 people in trade areas such as Beauty and Cosmetic (Cosmetology), Consumer Electronics, Automotive Repair, Building Construction (Welding) & Garment/tailoring/dressmaking.
  • Plumbing, Furniture making, Electric Installation, Block Laying & Tiling, & Catering & Hospitality were also recently added to the project.
  • TVET is estimated to be at a value of 127,162,255.00 GHS ~25M USD.
  • TVET was piloted in 4 regions; Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern & Volta Regions. Due to its immediate success it was further expanded to cover up 3 other regions including Central, Western & Eastern Regions.
  • TVET is a 5-year development project & it aims to about 16,000 master craftsmen & apprentices during its duration. 
  • Mrs. Twum Amopofo futher commented that the government would review the project after the 5-year time limit & then make the decison to strengthen it inorder to benefit more people. 

The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy was another iniative launched in September 2017. This resource promises to ensure free secondary education with emphasis on TVET training for all children in Ghana

  • This was a huge platform President Nana Akufo-Addo ran on in the 2016 Presidential elections.
  • Although the Free SHS policy says it offers absolute free secondary education to Ghanaian citizens, parents are still instructed to pay some fees to the Parent Teacher’s Association with many other hidden fees. What’s new?

The entire board of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GMC) had been charged by the Auditor General for the unlawful & colossal increase in the monthly fees & sitting allowances of the chair & members between; 2016 – 2017.

  • The audit showed in the 1st minutes of a meeting held by the Board of Directors on Thursday 21st September, the directors by-passed seeking the approval of members at a general meeting, increasing their monthly fee & sitting allowances for the chair & members between 2016 & 2017. 

The monthly fee was increased from 650 GHS -126.48usd- for Chairman and 580 GHS -112.86usd- for members to 3,000 GHS -583.77usd- for Chairman and 2,000 GHS -389.18usd- for members. The sitting allowance was also, increased from 600 GHS -116.75usd- for Chairman and 500 GHS -97.30usd- for members to 1000 GHS -194.59usd- ,” the audit report said.

  • Frances Essiam the CEO of the company was also charged with for increasing the salary of the staff on a whim, without following the due process.

“The Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Company, arbitrarily increased the salary and wages of the workers by 30% to 50%. She again increased the number of staff from 36 to 59 without approval from the governing board, or reference to any approved salary structure and scheme of service. This resulted in an increase of the Wage bill astronomically, from  44,531.81 GHS -8665.44usd- in June 2017 to 112,404.78 GHS -21872.85usd-

as December 2017”.

According to Starr News; monthly fees have seen some 400% incremently increase since the new board took over

  • Due to a stalement between the board & the CEO the dissolution of the board was brought about last year. 
  • Officials of the company declined to comment when contacted by Starr News.

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In a country where to attain the real truth the youth has to ask the questions & seek the answers themselves, down below is a thread of a young Nigerian reviewing the Nigerian budget; credible sources included.

The future is woman; & we are banding to together. One search of the hashtag #AbujaPoliceRaidOnWomen would get you up to speed on one example of how the world hates women. It would also make you realize you never thought you had to obviously say out loud that “Sex for bail is rape”.

Unfortunately this was the faith of some sex workers in Abuja. We would love to archive this as an usual occurrence. Sadly, we cannot be naive to the fact that sex workers experience one of the highest rate of sexual assault. Yes, their line of work makes them more likely to be in harms way, however because of their line of work society generally tends to think they are worth less; deserving of less or no protection.

This is simply; wrong.

  • Between April 24th- 26th members of a Joint Task Force led by law enforcement carried out illegal raids in several parts of Abuja. Particularly focusing on nightclubs in Aminu Kano cresent, Gwarimpa & Katampe extensions.
  • Mostly women were targeted; with the police rounding anyone they presumed were sex workers.

It gets even more despicable.

  • The Nigerian police were alleged to solicit sex from the presumed sexworkers incarcerated. Offering this as a means of bail to those who could not afford to pay. …so rape?

  • This, -& rightfully so- spun an outrage to the Nigerian public when word got out.

Nigerian women immediately took matters into their own hands organizing a moment that started on line, to the streets of Nigeria.

The hashtag #SayHerNameNigeria became so big Nigerian women protested for 2 weeks.

Even after the attempt of the Nigerian government to prevent the peaceful prostest by refusing to offer protection for the demonstrators.

One hiccup never stopped the show & the women did not back down . Taking to the streets of Nigeria with or without the approval of the commissioner of police.

Not long after, their impact was felt & the protests became somewhat of a global movement. African women stood in solidarity & did women in the diapora.

https://twitter.com/poabaje/status/1126791777472720896

According to Sahara Reporters the Federal Captial Development Authority was ordered to demolish Caramelo Club. The infamous club located in Abuja where most of the raids took place.

Your voice matters, so use it.

Now this maybe a small win, in the grand scheme of thing, but it was definitely an eye-opener for the governement & the Nigerian people.

Your protests work. & it is hard to silence a lot of people. The word would eventually get out.

Meanwhile, would Africa’s largest city ever secure a proper drainage system?


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Diaspora link-up! This time on less than favorable circumstances.

Prank gone wrong!!!

Popular Ghanaian internet comedian/host Kelvin Asiedu “Mr. Cocoyam” was arrested on May 5th; Sunday after going too far with a foolish prank.

Asiedu; 25, walked into the Culinary Institute of America on Sunday while an event; Marist College’s Harmony on the Hudson, was being held with a backpack.

  • Kelvin Asiedu walked to the front of the venue. Sat down, remained seated, then he got up & left the bag on the seat, left his row & stood in the aisle starting at the stage.
  • Asiedu told officers that his “actions were intended to cause alarm,”.
  • He was arrested, & two other people were detained although they weren’t charged.
  • The backpack was later only found to contain paper.
  • Kelvin Asiedu has been released on bail with his court date set for May 30th.

Meanwhile, negros in Washington, D.C are protecting their space & protesting the infringement on their self expression.

Under the hashtags #DontMuteDC #Moechella you can do your own futher research.

D.C  was been experiencing the wave of gentrification, & like most gentrifiers do; complaints to law enforcement by the newcomers about the culture of the environment they moved into.

D.C previously had such a high negro population it was once dubbed “The Chocolate City”, although the capital’s negro population isn’t what it used to be, the culture still remainsn very present & intact. D.C is known for some stores blasting go-go music to the streets as music is also part of the heart on D.C.

Well the gentrifiers were having none of that; reporting the “loud” music to law officials, insisiting it be shut down.

So D.C locals decided to welcome the newcomers on to the block; protest-style.

One today’s episode on “If you needed more proof that racism against negros in the U.S was a thing

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2000px-Flag_of_Guinea-Bissau.svgGuinea-Bissau 

Guinea-Bissau held their legislative election on March 10 & all seemed to be well in the land.

This is was the 1st election in the country with the capital; Bissau since then President Jose Mario Vaz came to power in 2015.

  • That year Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira whose party had won majority of the votes in the 2014 elections.
  • Since then Guinea-Bissau had be experiencing a level of unpredictability in governement with 7 different heads of government popping up.

Things seemed to be looking up for the West African country located on the Atlantic coast.

David McLachlan-Karr the Deputy Special Representative of the secretary-general in Guinea-Bissau said the March 10 election was “a very positive result for the people”. “A new chapter” for Guinea -Bissau.

However, it seems the inverse has been the reaction.

Guinea-Bissau has been entangled in a political crisis since the legislative elections.

  • This is due to a power struggle in the legislature; between the ruling party & its oppostion.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari; the Chairperson of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) sent a group of representatives lead by Geoffrey Onyeama who is the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Guinea-Bissau in hopes to curb the political unrest.

  • The ECOWAS Chairperson directed that the issues be solved by the sub regional body.
  • Geoffrey Oyeama is also the Chairman, ECOWAS Council of Ministers & he led the ECOWAS peace delegation. He seemed quite optimistic.

We are very happy with the way it went, and commitments that were made and we believe that if those commitments are respected and kept, this problem will be over in a matter of a week or two.”

In a video broadcasted to the public on May 1; Wednesday, Onyeama expressed that all the parties involved in Guinea -Bissau’s legislative crisis have pledged their commitment to peace.

  • The representatives met with President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz; the Prime Minister Aristides Gomez; President of the National Assembly, Mr Cipriano Cassama & various parliamentary groups in the Guinea-Bissau’s National Assembly.

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In this week’s edition of policing black bodies:

Kenyan two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya, recently lost her appeal to an IAAF (International Association of Athletcs Federations) regulation for female classification, making May 4, the last 800m race Semenya is eligible to run in, unless she decides to take hormone suppressing drugs. 

Caster Semenya, as well as any other female athlete with higher testosterone levels than average, will be foreced to take hormone suppressants or be barred from competing at the Olympics & other major international competitions. The Kenyan team has since dropped Maximila Imali(2017 world athletics competitor) & Evangeline Makena due to this regulation. 

The new IAAF regulation, which went into effect May 8, 2019, states:

(a) she must be recognised at law either as female or as intersex (or equivalent);

(b) she must reduce her blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months (e.g., by use of hormonal contraceptives); and

(c) thereafter she must maintain her blood testosterone level below five (5) nmol/L continuously (ie: whether she is in competition or out of competition) for so long as she wishes to remain eligible.

In a world where athletes like Lance Armstong, Alexandr Zubkov, & Tyson Gay –to name a few– have been stripped of Olympic medals for the use of performance enhancing drugs. The most powerful sports regulatng organization is now requring that women alter their naturally occuring hormone leves to be allowed to compete is quite odd to say the least. This brings questions like “what exactly makes a woman” into the mix.

We think Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba’s answer is all that is needed: 

How isn’t this bully?

How isn’t this eugenics?

#StopThePolicingofBlackBodies

Athletes participate in sports to support themselves & their families. #Blacklivesmatters


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On this month’s episode of African leaders having way too much power & literally changing the constition to remain so;

Togo’s parliament has approved a constitutional change allowing President Faure Gnassingbe to potentially remain in seat until 2030.

  • Long-standing President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe has been on office since 2005.
  • President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe took over from his father who seized power in 1967 by way of a coup. What’s new?

The change caps the presidential mandate to 2 5-year terms.

Here’s the catch

It doesn’t not apply retropectively, President-Dictator Faure Gnassingbe would be able to run in the 2020 & 2030 elections despite already ruling for 3 terms prior.

The change also includes life immunity for ex-presidents, who under the new constitution cannot be prosecuted for any illegal activity they may have carried out as sitting president.

  • The law was passed overnight with 90 out of 91 members of parliament voting for it.

As a form of protest against the 63 year reign of the Gnassingbe family the oppostion refused to participate in the December 2018 Legislative elections, boycotting it. The turnout for Togolese people are the voting polls were extremely low.

This, however also ensured the opposition had no seats in parliament thereby no real power to effect the laws.


On today’s epsiode on the West continues to purposefully spread mis-information;

“May All Your Enemies Fall Inside A Gutter”

*Based off real stories by “Anonymous”. Names changed to protect identity.

Short Stories By Anonymous

Olotoro lo man koko jiya. ‘Slang’ Yoruba.

A simple adage that translates to; the person telling the truth is always the first person to suffer.

I tell my daughter this all the time.

Is it dreary? Absolutely.

However, in a society like mine where power & influence overcome common sense -coupled with the wicked tendencies of man’s heart- one could only imagine what consequences you will suffer for being extremely passionate & loud about the truth.

Obviously, if everyone speaks up, eventually a wave of change would come, but the first person(s) to start this domino effect always bares the consequences.

Life just isn’t necessarily always ‘fair’.

& there he was, inside the gutter.

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It’s been almost 10 years since I have been labelled the title “Widow”. It’s still extremely shocking to me because I could have never predicted this, & honestly; neither did I want the responsibility.

My husband & I were somewhat of ‘highschool sweethearts’; we didn’t attend the same Secondary school but we met each other around that age.

Today was a regular, Tuesday in Akure.

Although, to shake things up. I got up super early, & headed to the yard to see if I could nab some tardy employees. A little bit of unpredictability; used in the right context of course, is necessary to run a thriving business in my country.

Quite, alright & just as I had expected, upon arriving to my establishment; I discovered most of the staff had yet to resume.

This is where the unpredictability in context plays in.

I lock the gates of my establishment 20 minutes after the staff ought to have resumed to work, intending to catch the awfully tardy ones red-handed!  Hear their excuses & write them up the ones with bad stories.

The regular.

After an additional 20 minutes, I walk outside, open the establishments gate, with all the zeal necessary to chastise my late employees. You see, I’m a woman & we need to be ferocious around these parts to be taken seriously. Even then you aren’t assured anything regardless of your work ethic.

& there he was, literally -maybe even metaphorically- in the gutter.

Just outside the company gate.

Pastor *Bassey’s vehicle; with him in it,  had somehow fallen into one of the gutters near the side of my office.

Even more interesting?  He was calling out for my assistance.

Moi?

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This Pastor that had a hand in his demise.

Yes, it’s no secret that my husband & I have always had a strained & tumultuous relationship. Ever since the conception of our first child! But that gave Pastor Bassey no right to exploit a weak marriage for his personal & selfish gain.

Unbeknown to me, Pastor Bassey was one of the people poisoning my husband’s heart against me. The spearhead leader of the ‘Your wife is a witch’ campaign. I found out about this from him, during  his dying moments.

He told me everything & kept apologizing profusely.

Much like Pastor Bassey is doing right now.

All I’ve done is stare at him. I haven’t uttered a word. 

Why is he apologising? 

‘Alhaja, e ma binu, se mo se yin ni?’

‘Alhaja, I’m sorry, did I offend you?’

People think women lack gumption around these parts.

They see a hijab-wearing middle-aged lady & they automatically assume their half-apologies should always be met with ingress.

This outward appearance may read as ‘docile’ for some around these parts.

I just keep watching him -for what seemed like- a while. At least to me, I was cut away from my thoughts by his cries of apology.

So I cut him off; ‘you didn’t offend me, you offended God’

I replied.

It is very common for ‘Men of God’ to exploit their social status as ‘holy men’ within the community for their self gain; around these parts. 

Pastor Bassey was no different. He saw some money, a weak marriage, & a husband with a huge ego. Ergo the perfect breeding ground for greedy men who seek to exploit.

The mere fact that he felt the need to apologize on the spot, coupled with him -& his car- physically being in the gutter, while he keeps calling out from my help, all seemed oddly symbolic for me.

I should let him sort it out by himself.

He never reached out one time, after my husband’s unfortunate demise.

Not even one phone call!

Extremely atypical behavior for someone who stayed in contact with our family regularly. Checking into my husband’s ear every other day.

Purposefully misleading him, massaging his ego, in exchange for money offered for church donations & “prayers”.

Now the idiot needs help?

Life really does come at you full circle abi?

I intended on leaving him there. Sorry, stuck & wretched.

Then something made me stop & think; why do you always come up on top?

Even when I’m oblivious & unaware that I’m walking through the valley of the shadow of death -which could honestly describe my 15 year union- things always found its way to turn around back in my favor. I equate this to my lifestyle. I avoid causing any unwarranted harm or hurt to my fellow human.

I am a woman of my word & whenever the opportunity presents itself where I can comfortably be of help to my fellow human; I take it.

Pastor Bassey -as disgusting & off-putting as he was to look at now- was not going to be any different.

He was not going to dictate my character.

Was this a life test?

God knows.

All I know was, I asked some of the tardy employees to drive my car out; I got in it.

I had a meeting to catch. I also told them to help Pastor Bassey & his vehicle out of the gutter. I watched them push & pull his car out, he face seemed a little less distress once his car tyres were actually on the main road.

Pastor Bassey even broke a smile & my direction. He began to walk to in the direction of my car.

Surely, he didn’t think my being of assistance meant an open invitation for conversation?

I waited for him to get as close as possible to my vehicle, while I waited with the car door open. Once he was close enough & with earreach, I watched him gather his wits. As he summoned enough confidence to talk, I slammed my car door in his face & sped off!

‘Ode!’

Idiot

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What does he think this is?

The next week I got a very important call. I found out a contract I had been gunning for for the past 8 years -& to no avail- finally came through! & I didn’t have to grease any hands.

I was flabbergasted! & immediately my mind casted back to my encounter with Pastor Bassey.

Do you believe in Karma? I don’t know.

I just know I feel better when I don’t play God.

Olotoro lo man koko jiya‘ but it always pay off in long run.

…at least this has been my experience.

Wanna tell your  story? Contact us in the contact box down below.

Support the Artist: Lady Donli

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Meet Lady Donli 

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Are you ready to fall into a trance?

A pleasant musical one that is.

Okay… let’s be real.

She was slept on; actively.

& you hate to see it.

Sometimes even the best ears fail the listener. One listen to Lady Donli – Cash will put things into correct perspective.

The listener falls into a blissful musical retreat.

If you so allow yourself.

Lady Donli has been up to it for a while. Having made waves in the Nigerian music industry like most #WhoToldYou artist, you could say she’s somewhat of renaissance woman. Signed to her own record label, writing her music for herself & others.

Lady Donli – Kashi Ni She classifies her music as Neo-Soul. However because her sound is so new & fresh, we would like to propose further even highlife vibes.

Some West-African seasoning if you will.

Quick Side Note

  • Highlife is a music genre originating from West Africa, present day Ghana.; in the early 20th century.
  • It spread to Nigeria; here mixed with the Yoruba people’s asymmetrical drum rhythms from traditional drumming practises & displaced-accent guitar melodies, transformed further.
  • The earliest form of highlife was performed by brass bands. In the early 20th century singing was incorporated, western instruments (western imperialism), local music styles & jazz. Highlife is said to be a cool combination of African, African-American & some European musical styles. So basically blackity black!

Phew!

Lady Donli says she has always been musically inclined; writing poetry since she can remember.

Oh!

& she also has a Law Degree!

Like most Nigerians –that can afford it-, fulfilling all righteousness to her parents first before chasing her own passions.

Fun fact!

She’s the 6th child out of 6 siblings in her household.

Lady Donli – Games (feat.GJtheCaesar) is another example of her versatility.

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Get ready to bop your head to the beat.

Her voice so distinctive, She sings with depth; almost like going under.

Don’t expect her to sing over predictable beats either cause she can flow on Techno/House -esque beats.

Lady Donli‘s instrumentals are never overpowering or over-saturated. You can follow every beat; not sure if this is intentional but however, it does make for an enjoyable listen. Ice Cream – Lady Donli Ft Tomi Thomas is one example.

We love her vibe & are so happy to have caught on.  Lady Donli is very on brand with her message of self acceptance. When you listen, you get the sense that she’s doing it for the thrill of it.

Lady Donli has released 2 EPs thus far; Wallflower (2016) & Letters To Her (2017). Fall into her vibe.

Lady Donli is that girl & she should know it, as she does describes herself as an “all-round creative human being” on her official website.

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Support the artist by purchasing some merch!

P.S: She has an extremely cute bucket hat on there.

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An artist with a sense of humour?

We love to see it.

Another fun-personal fact; her birthname is Zainab.

Lady Donli‘s official debut album is titled ‘Enjoy Your Life’; cause that’s how she’s feeling.

& we love her vibe, & can’t wait.

just remember;

WhoToldYou.

remember,

WE TOLD YOU

Sure, you’re mainstream but we want you in the know!