So much happened in September and I’m so excited that I can’t wait to share them with you! But hey, forget my gists for a second. How are you guys doing? Hope you’re happy and blessed in your various countries?
I pray for you guys everyday…yea for all you doubters, prayers STILL works and for as long as it works…I won’t stop praying and I urge you to do same. The truth is, you can’t live in Nigeria without hoping for God to send help. Life’s so hard enough as it is.
So guess what? Peace Ben Williams Blog has been cured of it’s glitches…forever…yay! All the problems you complained about; not being able to post your comments, not being able to access the blog with your mobile devices have all been taken care of. The blog has also taken a new look. My primary brand colour used to be purple but the blog designer chose to incorporate the colours on my brand logo which is hot pink, purple and white to design the blog. Tell me what you think about the new look. And please feel free to tell it as it is.
my OUR blog celebrated its one year anniversary, September 4. It’s still a baby but we’re getting there. A big shout out to all who made our celebration memorable.
Okay let’s get down to all the hot topics that trended in September…
1. The Uncanny ‘Love Triangle’ Between Bianca Ojukwu, Femi Fani-Kayode & Kemi Omololu Olunloyo
So Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos ‘deports’ some Igbo destitutes to Onitsha. Ex-Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu condemns Fashola’s move…calling Lagos, “No man’s land.” This angers former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. He writes an essay about it calling the Igbos “usurpers.” The Igbos in turn wanted his neck so they attacked him on social media; calling him a racist and even publishing character-damaging articles about FFK’s wife and daughter.
So FFK, the essay writer publishes another essay to clear the air that he isn’t a racist. Then he mentions he had intimate relationships with 3 prominent Igbo women; including Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu…the widow of late Biafran leader, Chief Emeka Ojukwu.
The Igbo nation took his comments about Bianca very personal and Bianca probably in an effort to appease them demanded a public apology from FFK and went on to hire Wall Street lawyers to sue him.
This drama further inspired Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo a former Oyo State Governor’s daughter to release series of audio recorded messages; claiming that Bianca INDEED had an intimate affair with FFK and even got pregnant for him twice…one miscarriage and another abortion. KOO even claimed Bianca made Ojukwu believe she was a virgin before he married her.
This seemingly mild drama which started like a joke translated into one of the most ugly scandals of contemporary times; making sensible onlookers cringe in shame.
I just have to say this, sometimes KOO speaks sense; other times, she could be totally delusional which brings me to my question: What are the symptoms of schizophrenia again?
2. Senator Yerima & Stella Damasus On #ChildNotBride
There was a hot debate about the Child-Bride law in Nigeria on Al-Jazeera’s The Stream between Nigerian senator, Ahmed Yerima, Nollywood actress Stella Damasus and some leaders of Islamic thought. If you didn’t watch that video, click HERE.
Clearly most Muslims who endorse the culture that a girl can marry at age 8 do not know what the disease, Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) is. This condition damages the female genitals and bladder for life making the victim stink badly.
So it was with shock when we saw Yerima in the video dismiss so coldly and nonchalantly the possibility of a girl’s life being ruined permanently. He said “it was unfortunate,” that VVF could afflict a female of any age…that it was a narrow pelvis which caused difficulties in childbirth and not necessarily a girl’s tender age.
Personally, I think Senator Yerima’s callous comments make him an embarrassment to the nation…especially his people who voted him in as a lawmaker.
3. Stella Damasus Diaries & Miley Cyrus
After her viral video where she vented about the cruelty of the Child-Bride law and her seemingly great performance at the Al-Jazeera debate, Stella Damasus obviously felt inspired to started a new video blog where she can discuss anything and everything with her fans. She called her Vlog, the Stella Damasus Diaries.
Just like many of her fans, I was very excited to see what she was going to make of her SDD. After the 1st episode which she titled ‘The Introduction’, my appetite was wetted enough. So you can imagine my disappointment when the second episode came out and she tried to justify, albeit in a neutral way Miley Cyrus‘ current disturbing behaviour.
Stella, I love you girl but truth has to be told…you can’t say you don’t support Miley’s behaviour then turn round to say ‘the girl is making her money, while we are talking.’ Since when has any form of making money…even up to shocking and damaging behaviour become acceptable? As a mother and a girl-child mentor, your stand on ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR for young women should be clear cut and unambiguous. You had no business using Miley’s conduct as a prologue to address the rumours going on in the media about you.
Just as you’ll never find Oprah drawing such a ridiculous inference to make a valid point. Then what would she tell those impressionable young women she’s mentoring in South Africa and elsewhere? Yes, I compare Stella to Oprah because with the current projects Stella is handling, she’s well on her way to walking the path of Oprah.
Miley lost Liam Hemsworth; a guy with values. Did you know Liam took permission from Miley’s Dad, Billy Ray Cyrus before dating and engaging his daughter? Liam said he wanted to show respect to her Dad and do things the traditional way. That tells a lot of the guy. Liam has a chronic degree of hotness and moral values. Any girl would have killed to be in Miley’s shoes. But she chose boosting her career…in controversial ways…instead of love.
Now in her latest interview with Rollingstone Magazine, Miley encourages the use of hard drugs by saying mixing weed (igbo) with ‘Molly’ (MDMA) is good. This is a girl who every young girl in America …and indeed the world looked up to.
I even got a call from my mother in California about what Stella said. Stella can do no wrong in my Mummy’s eyes but on this one, my Mum totally disagreed with her.
No sane person should endorse Miley’s new behaviour in any form or manner.
4. The Kenyan Westgate Mall Massacre
The world woke on September 21 to hear that a high-brow shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya had been besieged by bloodthirsty Islamic terrorists believed to be the al-Shabab group of Somalia, who are also linked to the Al Qaeda.
Kenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed confirmed that ‘two or three’ Americans and one British woman (the white widow) were among those who attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
This attack which al Shabaab claims was in retaliation for Kenyan military operations in Somalia, ended after a four-day siege by security forces. Five of the attackers were killed, but not before they left about 68 people dead in a carnage which left dead bodies littered around the mall in front of little children. The number of those missing went from 61 down to 39 and the victims whom the terrorists held hostage were tortured before they died.
According to The Independent, a police doctor, who is also a forensics expert, narrated the victims ordeal:
“They removed balls, eyes, ears, nose. They get your hand and sharpen it like a pencil then they tell you to write your name with the blood. They drive knives inside a child’s body.
Actually, if you look at all the bodies, unless those ones that were escaping, fingers are cut by pliers, the noses are ripped by pliers.”
One particular story which I regret not having the time to report was the remarkable story of a 4-year-old British boy who stood up to the terrorists. His mother had been hiding under a cold meat counter in the Nakumatt supermarket for an hour-and-a-half with him and his 6-year-old sister before terrorists finally found them and shot his mother in the thigh. The children’s uncle told The Sun:
‘The terrorists said if any of the kids were alive in the supermarket they could leave. Their mother made the decision to stand up and say “yes”.’
After they shot his mother in the thigh, the young boy told the gunman:
“You are a very bad man!”
That brave boy must have driven home a message to the evil man because he later begged him and his mum for forgiveness and dashed the boy and his sister, Mars chocolate bars and even released them to go.
The brave boy and his family escaped…with two other children, including a 12-year-old boy who had at first refused to leave his dead mother.
The family’s escape is particularly astonishing in light of the indiscriminate slaughter of men, women and children throughout the mall after Al Shabaab launched their assault on September 21.
May the souls of all who died rest in peace. Much thanks to the Kenyan military troops, the Red Cross and all who helped to end this madness. God bless you all.
5. The Rihanna Navy And Their Attack On Me
For those of you who don’t know who The Rihanna Navy is, let me explain…
They are a bunch of crazed fans who idolise American pop star, Rihanna. They have no life and no job more important than to scour the Internet for negative news about Rihanna and attack the author of the news on any social media platform.
So it was one fine day in September, that I came face to face with members of RiRi’s Navy, when they attempted to chew me because of some piece of “negative” news I published about Rihanna.
Now, I’m a huge fan of Rihanna’s. I have all her songs and I love to sing them as I work. My kids even call me Mrs. Rihanna, but Rihanna is a cyber bully and we all know it. And I hate every form of bullying. So I might be right to say I’m a huge fan of Rihanna but I’m NOT in her navy…never will be and will never support her bullying anyone.
The latest ‘victim’ of Rihanna’s bullying was American singer, Teyana Taylor…a protege of Kanye West. I reported the story. (Read it HERE). Rihanna made fun of Teyana’s singing so I analysed her actions as is my custom and also posted a video where Rihanna flunked her rendition of Mariah Carey‘s Hero.
Rihanna Navy saw those posts and came attacking me. Unfortunately they deleted most of their tweets before I could get a chance to screen shot them. The tweets I managed to screenshot were the not-so-bad ones. One particular white girl told me to die and give up my blog forever, because ‘it was lame’ and even told me to “go work on that massive growth on my face, I called a nose.” Then she mentioned she liked the rhinoplasty job actor, Ving Rhames had on his nose. I’m not aware Rhames had a nose job? I’m probably sure she meant Vin Diesel.
Anyway, my point is…it’s comments like these…ignorant or not that makes people of African descent living in a foreign land feel self-conscious and uncomfortable with their body parts. That’s what made Michael Jackson opt for a plastic nose which later fell apart.
Never let anyone make you hate yourself…DO NOT give them that power! I responded well to that ignorant teenager, matching her and every member of Rihanna’s rotten navy word for word. No wonder, they later deleted their tweets.
I promise to lose the B* word next time…not proud of it. Sorry, Mum and Dad *covers face* (They both read my blog)
NIGERIA’S 53RD INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY
Usually in my home this is a very big day. My father worked with Shell Oil and in the late 80s, early 90s in Warri; Shell always made it a point to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence in a week-long carnival-like fiesta. They even set up a Nigeria Independence Anniversay Committee (NIAC) to ensure we had the perfect celebration every year. We had parties, live bands, shows, games and prizes. That was how I got to see Mike Okri, Majek Fashek, Christy Essien, Ras Kimono and Geraldo Pino of Port-Harcourt play, live.
As kids, we felt so important ‘rubbing shoulders’ with celebrities. We always looked forward to it. I even did a mock backup singing and dancing for Geraldo Pino, once.
As a wife and mother, I brought in that tradition of celebrating Indepence to my new home with an elaborate meal of rice and chicken and exotic drinks. A few guests who stumbled in for a visit never quite got why I did it, but you know…old habits die hard.
Today what can I say? I’m fighting a serious bout of malaria fever to write this to you. But if I was well, I’d never celebrate. Why should I eat chicken when my brothers and sisters are being killed like chickens in the North for something they are totally innocent about? Why should I drink wine, when the colour of the wine remind me so miserably of the blood of over 60 students massacred at the college of Agriculture, Yobe? Why should I make merry when the wails of the loved ones they left behind still rings in my ears?
Nay, I shall not celebrate. I shall go down on my knees and pray for Nigeria, because the only thing I can hold on to so tenaciously in the bleak future of my beloved country is my faith in God.
Fours days from today, it’ll be one year since four students; Lloyd Mike Toku, Chidiaka Biringa, Tekenah Elkanah and Ugonna Obuzor were brutally murdered by the irate mob of Aluu community in Rivers State. But justice is yet to be served.
Please join me to say this prayer for Nigeria:
O God, Almighty…God of Nations;
Hearken to our cries as your children come under the affliction of bad leadership;
Just like you took pity on the children of Isreal after 430 years in bondage;
Forgive our sins; deliver us and cleanse our land of the blood of the innocent;
Help Nigeria rise again to become the pride of Africa.
This we pray in Jesus name, Amen.
God bless Nigeria. This is my Deevanalysis.