Friday, 31 August 2018
Stephanie Hegarty a BBC correspondence who was covering for the news outfit in here Nigeria, departed the country today. She penned down this beautiful poem for Nigeria and Nigerians.
Nigeria mo chroi. (A poem... kind of)
There will be never be anything like you.
This city Lagos, that took me in and tucked me deep
In its wild soul.
Nothing like the wahala and its best friend, camaraderie
Sharing the struggle of traffic and gens and terrible roads.
Though some of us much less than others...
To the fiery fuse of Lagosians
And every shouting match I witnessed on your streets
AND the plenty I took part in.
To the many who said “Welcome”,
even though they saw me every day
for two and a half years. I’ll miss you
and the short, sharp expulsion of air
from deep in the lungs of a Lagos street
that followed me everywhere “Oyinbo!”
And the akara lady on the corner,
who saw my “fine” dog taking a stroll with my friend Niyi
and shouted, “Dog, where your oyinbo?”
To the flight nearly missed because two men
locked in the middle of an intersection in a battle of ego,
refused to budge.
Until my taxi driver said get out and beg them. It worked.
And the many flights not missed
because a late arrival rescued this late passenger.
The endless conversations about food.
And the tragedy, that after two and a half years in Nigeria
I’m cursed, never again to enjoy food that doesn’t taste
I’ll miss the grin of “Happy Weekend”.
Or “Madammmmm, turn your hand."
of plenty men eager to help me park,
each with diametrically opposed ideas of how to do it.
And every Uber driver who took the trip
but didn’t show up
because he didn’t like where I was going.
And even the hours, days and weeks spent
hounding government ministries
for documents, information, permissions.
When all along I should have known,
they had no light.
Magnificent waterfalls, hills above the clouds
long lines of cattle on pink sunset hills.
The clambering, choking green of the bush,
as it creeps up tall palms.
And the dusty deep ochre north.
All this beauty so hard to reach
because roads begin and end, with no middle.
I’ll miss late night chats by the guard house with Mohamed
about the wonders of the earths ecosystems.
Trying to describe what snow is like
in mediocre Pidgin.
And Light, oh Light. I could dedicate an entire ode
to the joyful sound of the siren
triumphantly announcing the return of Nepa.
Kanye said, the most beautiful things sit next to the darkest.
Naija, I’ll miss you. 💚
Credit: STEPANIE HEGARTY TWITTER HANDLE
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Sunday, 8 October 2017
*TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN*
If Only I can sit on a WHEELCHAIR
My names are Olatunbosun Babatunde Kosoko, a 2009 Lagos State University graduate of history and International Relations, a descendant of the Kosoko family in Lagos. I was shot at the back by suspected armed robbers three years ago. This has affected my spinal cord and I have been going from one hospital to another.
My dream after the completion of my course at the Lagos State University (LASU ), Ojo, was to work in an embassy if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, when I completed my studies I worked briefly in a private firm – Lagos state Tertiary Institution Transport Corps – and I was looking forward to working in an embassy when tragedy struck.
My travails started three years ago (on September 11, 2011)-when I was driving out to meet one of my friends who was preparing for a wedding, he was preparing for his wedding and I was going to his place in order to assist him do shopping. When I left home on that Sunday morning, I never knew it would be my last outing or else I would have turned back home on seeing the heavy traffic. When I got to Agric Bus stop in Ikorodu area, I tried to avoid a gulley. Suddenly I heard a big bang on my Camry Car, and when I looked back, I saw two men on a motorbike, I again looked back whether I knew them but when their faces were not familiar, and I kept on driving. As I attempted to drive into a filling station the two men crossed me again. I glanced at them to ascertain whether I knew them. They later pursued me and demanded for the gold necklace I was wearing, my wedding band, wrist watch, trinkets and the money I wanted to use to buy clothes as one of my friend’s grooms men. I quickly obeyed and quietly gave them all without objection and they left. But again, they in a jiffy returned to me and by this time they meant business. When I saw that one of them cocked his gun and was about to pull the trigger, I immediately sensed that he was going to shoot me and I quickly bowed my head to avoid hitting me on the head. Lo and behold, that was all I could remember until I heard the sound of a gunshot. “Four days later, I found myself on the hospital bed where I was told that I had been unconscious for four days. I learnt that I had been taken to Ikorodu General Hospital where I was rejected but later referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. It was there that I was told that the bullet hit my thoracic 3 and 4 and I was operated on but was later told after the operation that there was possibility that I would lose my lower limbs. A surgery called ‘exploration of spinal canal’, was performed on me on September 23, of 2011.”
More problems after the operation
As the medical doctor confirmed my state of health, saying I would not be able to sit down not to talk of walking in my life again. “The doctor told me about 11days after the operation that the gun has done a severe damage to my spinal cord and that it had affected my number 3 and 4 spinal vertebra and that I would need another major operation in order to be able to be confined in a wheelchair for life if I am going to be well at all. The doctor advised that I should build on my upper limbs. I went from one hospital to another, I went to Eko Hospital where I underwent another surgery. I spent some months before I was later discharged. Later, I realised that one of my legs had swollen up and I was directed to another hospital where they specialize on bone at Mile 12 where I stayed for two years. But there was no improvement – I couldn’t walk. I became devastated. I said many who have spinal cord injury can still sit up, but for me I couldn’t sit on a chair except lying on my back. I couldn’t stand up too. I went to Igbobi Orthopedic Hospital to see how I could treat my swollen leg but the doctor after many X-rays said the bone in my pelvic had removed from the joint and healed in a wrong place as the pelvic had been shattered by the gun. I was told this was serious. They said if they open it again it could degenerate to another thing.
“My problem continued as I came home and discovered that I could not pass urine as my system had been badly affected. There was no money to go to the hospital so a nurse was brought to me to fix catheter on my bladder but she blew the balloon and blood did not circulate in there. I became uncomfortable as I later discovered that there was no urine in the urine bag. I sent for her and when she removed the rubber blood was rushing out, which could fill a bottle of water can. I collapsed and fainted because I had lost some pints of blood. I was later rushed to the hospital that night where another surgery was performed pending the time the urethra will be functioning on its own. They then performed a minor surgery and I had been using urine bag but blood was still coming out. I spent another one week at the hospital. Now, I am still using the catheter. The doctor had advised him to go to Israel for the surgery to enable him sit on the chair. He said, “I was told to go and do spinal cord operation in Israel so as to be able to sit on a chair. The doctor said the pellet broke my spine and left a big gap, he found out that the space was too big and it had affected my lower limbs, immediately the pellets went into my spinal cord it affected my bone, and I couldn’t push and my urination was no longer regular. I was going to the toilet 10 times a day until it went to once in a week, now the legs gap has become tiny.”
Furthermore, there are contractions on my knee and ankle as they can't be fold properly on wheelchair as a result of the stiffness on the pelvic.
Deserted by family and friends
As am talking to u none of my family and friend do come to check on me to see how I am fearing as they all expect me to die in dis condition, I only sees very few of my friends now as many have deserted me. “When I was working and making money, I assisted many but when I had this problem some were coming until they stopped. I was on a temporary employment and it was a private job and the job had stopped since my family had deserted me, only few of my friends come here. But I thank the few who remembered I had assisted them when I was still agile for they gathered money to rent this self – contained apartment for me and my wife last year September.
I don’t want to be a burden to anyboblameh I had wanted the operation done if I can only sit on a wheelchair for life. “I want the operation to be done because all my friends have tried their best. My wife has tried but it would get to a point when she too would be tired of my problem, and one cannot blame her.”
Don’t let me die!
Kosoko is appealing for assistance from good -spirited people of the world “I came home to stay waiting for death. I realised that I had bedsore, I was bed wetting and I am just lying on my back all along. My held dream had been shattered and I am unable to fulfil my long dream and ambition -no thanks to the wicked armed robbers that struck. The gunshot which affected my numbers T3 T4 spinal cords resulted in many complications. Now, I cannot sit or shift my body except I am carried or lifted up or turned.” as am writing this, I am in excruciating pains. My two legs had started withering and going numb while from my waist downwards has remained motionless – I could no longer lift or move my body on my own.
In tears, I am appealing that if I can get support to do surgery to enable stand up or sit on my own, I will be glad. This is how I had been lying for the past three years. Now I am developing bedsore, and I know the implications. I heard of a polish man that has a severe spine damaged and a surgery was carried out in one of the hospital in London and the man is in rehab now walking, so I have hope I can still walk with the help of sympathetic people across the globe.
I am Still hopeful
But one thing about me is that I wants to live and do not want to be a burden because, my hands and brain are still very active. I know I cannot walk or stand on my feet now but at least let me be sitting on a wheel chair to enable me do something and not be totally useless and be a burden on anybody.
My wife, Oluwakemi sekinat Kosoko, also a graduate of Business Studies from LASU “since he was shot my world has crashed.” I am unhappy because I had been denied the joys of marital life, “We courted for six years and after our marriage the devil crawled in. I felt bad because I didn’t enjoy my marriage.” A charity group called IFECO has come up with a fund raising programme to help him achieve his dreams and walk again. The group can't do it alone and as such is soliciting for help from well meaning Nigerians home and abroad in this drive to help him walk again. For more information please call the number below and donate into the account below. IFEDOYIN AND FRIENDS CHARITY ORGANISATION. GTB 0147965830. TELEPHONE: 07083301224
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Latest Video: Ghanaian football legend Odartey Lamptey cries as he reveals how he discovered 3 kids with ex-wife of 21-years were not his
A week ago, ex-Ghanaian football star, Odartey Lamptey broke down in tears during an interview on GHOne TV's with Nana Anamoah where he spoke about discovering that three children with ex wife of 21 years were not his.
We reported how a DNA test revealed that the children he had nurtured and believed to be his own for 21 years were actually not his.
During the divorce ruling, his ex-wife defended herself by saying Lamptey was impotent and couldn't have children.
Odartey Lamptey has since remarried and has two children. In this new interview, he shares how he became a new man and how happy he feels each time he holds his new kids in his arms.
Below is the full length programme monitored from Ghana.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Starboy and Sony Music Act, Wizkid keeps making Nigerians proud in one way or the other. Now he has won the 2017 BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards "Best AfricanInternational Act Award".2017 has been a great year for 26 year old Nigerian singer Wizkid. Last year, he was all the rage when he made the hit One Dance with international singer/rapper Drake. This year, hecontinued with hits such as Come Closer featuring Drake and very recently, Naughty Ride featuring Major Lazer. Nigerians were gutted when he did not win theGrammy award he was nominated this yearbuthe has made it up to us because yesterday, Saturday June 25, BET officially announced him as the the 2017 "Best African International Act Award" recipient.For those who are wondering what the big deal is, his fellow nominees were: Tekno (Nigeria), Mr. Eazi (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria), Stonebwoy (Ghana), AKA (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa), and Babes Wodumo (South Africa)
Friday, 16 June 2017
A former Ghanaian footballer, Odartey Lamptey, has won a lawsuit in which his wife claimed 50 percent of his fortunes.
An Accra High Court ruled that Gloria Appiah (Lamptey ex-wife) committed ‘adultery’ when she gave birth to three children outside wedlock and subsequently nullified her request of being given half of her ex-husband’s wealth.
Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey who presided over the case also ordered Lamptey’s estranged wife to vacate the footballer’s plush 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon within 30 days.
Lamptey who granted an interview after the ruling said he is grateful that all he had gathered through his toils for the past 21 years did not go in vain.
He said, “I thank God for taking me through this fight successfully because I didn’t know how far I could go. Though I’ve lost a few properties, I’m very content that at the end of this case, I have retained most of them and I’m still alive too.
“When I was informed that the three children were not mine, I know how I felt. Playing the role of a father to children I thought were mine for 21 years and realizing otherwise later, I nearly committed suicide. God gave me a renewed energy and courage to withstand these pains and today, I can say I have gotten over them all.
“And today, with the final judgment, I thank God that my properties, my school and others I have kept them. She can take the little awarded to her.
“Today the divorce has been granted and that burden that was on me is gone. Now, I’m a free and happy man, ready to start life again.”
The relationship between Odartey Lamptey and Gloria Lamptey went sour in 2013 after DNA results revealed that he was not the biological father of his three children after 20 years of marriage.
Lamptey has insisted he never asked his estranged wife to sleep with other men to get pregnant for him over claims he was ‘impotent’.
The ex-Ghana star now has two children with an actress Ruweida Yakubu.
Lamptey owns the Golden Lions Soccer Academy and Glow Lamp International School.