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The Broken Woman: On Bended Knees By Blossom Obi

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‘‘My dad killed my mum in cold blood, so I would never let a man hit me and go free” Susan said voicing her thoughts while she sat on one of the single sofas in the sitting room. She picked a framed photograph of her mum, stared hard as if it would come to life, but it didn’t. Tears dropped on the frame as she recalled how her mother was also her best friend.

‘’Nothing is certain, everything is temporary and everybody leaves’’ with the back of her palm she wiped the tears off her face, as if wet palms were better than wet eyes.

Susan parents met at a wedding party of one their friends, had similar interests, he got more attracted to her because he had always admired an independent woman who wanted to achieve her own dreams, in this world where most women had little or no clue of what they wanted for themselves.

They realized they had similar interests. His love for independent women was stirred up when he realized she was just a perfect example of a lady who knew what she wanted in life.

A journey of few meetings and visits, turned to marriage and just like the priests would wish in their prayers, things were rosy until the beast in her dad stepped out. He was extremely jealous and a true woman beater.

The feeling of knowing her mum was beaten to death followed her each time she met a man. Even when she tried so hard to put that behind her, it always came into play whenever she senses any violent act from the man she is dating.

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Alex was different from other guys she had broken up with and just because she never double dates, she was always alone after each breakup. She would know only her pillow at night until the next guy shows up.

Aside her calm and determined nature, Alex was attracted to her fine figure. A curvy Coca-Cola bottled shape that would attract enough attention. Six months into their dating were all rosy and arguments was on a minimal until she came late to one of their regular eat-outs. He got so upset that they didn’t eat anymore, he left immediately after she came in.

She ran after him trying to explain, but unlocking the car and entering the driver’s side, he screamed; ‘’get in’’, she immediately obeyed trying to continue her apology.

‘’I don’t want to hear it’’, He screamed, cutting her off with his right hand almost close to her face, as he  speedily drove off despite the warning of the traffic light.

He pulled up in front of his house, opened the door to go out but was pulled back by Susan and that was when he stared at her as if he would hit her. His eyes did anyway. She got the message and withdrew as they came out and entered his flat which was on the second floor of the two story building, without saying a single word to each other through the stairs.

‘’I would need a very good explanation because an apology won’t solve this case, what the hell happened?’’ he yelled as he sat down on the couch facing the television in the living room, but Susan was tired of his yelling so she decided to keep quiet ignoring him, as she walked towards the room.

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‘’now where do you think you’re going woman, I asked you a question’’ he turned in her direction. She stopped and she said ‘’I have been trying to talk to you but all you do is shut me up, so this is me following your lead’’ as she opened the door walked in and sat on the bed pouting. He strolled in yanked her up from the bed demanding an explanation but she kept mute, it infuriated him the more and he hit her.

She tried to leave but he pulled her back, that was when the memory of what happened between her parents started to flash through her mind and she began to jerk with a seizure. Alex was worried as he carried her close to himself knelling down as he held her and promised heaven and earth.

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You owe it to yourself to be stronger. To find out what you want for yourself, to say no with a passion and mean it, to want something with a passion and go for it. To become a better version of yourself, not dwelling in the past but molding the lessons to transform the person you are becoming. There is greatness and light inside of you, you just have to see it too.

Blossom Obi writes from Owerri, Imo State. For comments and responses, reach her via obiblossom8@gmail.com

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Award of Excellence: Eze declines nomination

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A vocal good governance advocate in the Niger Delta, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has declined accepting the Oil City Advancement Awards 2019, citing personal reasons.

Eze, according to the organisers of the awards, had been nominated due to his “immense contributions towards humanity and service towards ensuring peace, development and advancement of the Niger Delta region”.

However, responding to the award offer, Eze, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an opinion moulder in the oil-rich region, said he had to turn the offer of award down for now so he could work more dedicatedly and become more worthy of the honour in future, even as he expressed gratitude to the award organisers.

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According to him, he had not achieved his actual mission in the region, which he said is to ensure the total enthronement of genuine democracy, through the election of APC government in the entire region, adding that until he achieves thist, he would not consider himself as being ready to accept an award for his inputs to what Niger Delta region is at the moment.

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He also reassured the people of the region that he will not relent in his struggle to ensure that the region benefits from what is due to her in the politics of Nigeria being the main source of the wealth of Nigeria.

“I will beg to decline accepting this prestigious award at this time for reasons surrounding my devotion and the need to give more of my time to ensuring that the people of the region get a deserving good governance”, he said.

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25 year old Orphan stranded in LUTH, three months after surgery

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A 25-year-old Nigerian orphan, Adeniyi Onalaja, a generator repairer, has been in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos in the last three months after undergoing surgery in his stomach. His ordeal started when he was experiencing pain in his stomach and the journey began from a hospital at Agbowa, Ikorodu and he was eventually referred to LUTH on April 4, 2019.

Upon medical examination, he was advised to go for a CT-Scan and this showed that a tumor was growing in his stomach and he was scheduled for emergency surgery on April 10, 2019, after signing an undertaking that funds will be made available. Afterward, there was a little complication that made him undergo another surgery because he could neither sleep nor eat on April 23, 2019. He has since been a resident of Ward E6 in the hospital.

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According to Onalaja, who hails from Ijebu-Ode, his father passed in 2006 and his mother died not more than a month ago. He is currently owing the hospital about Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000) only which are the expenses incurred from the surgery, admission, laundry, and drugs from the pharmacy.

The orphan said he is currently living on the remnants of other patients on admission in the Ward because he has nobody catering for him. He expressed his readiness to fend for himself through his generator repairing skills if he has the opportunity to leave the hospital.

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He is appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to please help me out of his travail. Adeniyi Onalaja can be reached on 08165635903 and financial assistance will be appreciated, payment can be made into his Sister’s bank account- Bassey Rukayat Aduke, 3107620191, First Bank.

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BUSTED: Imo State Government Recover Mansion Ex-Governor Okorocha Gave To His Ethiopian Girlfriend [VIDEO]

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A video trending online shows the moment Imo State Recovery of Moveable Assets Committee stormed a property belonging to the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha in Imo State.

A voice as heard in the video clip claim the former governor gifted the house to his Ethiopian girlfriend and she has been evacuated from the premises.

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Various items along with the lady’s undies were seen littered over the place.

According to Information Nigeria, the recovery team was led by Governor Emeka Ihedioha, who visited the place, with men of the Nigeria Police.

 

You will recall that officials of the State Government Committee on Recovery of Government Property, have broken into the sealed premises of Nneoma Okorocha, wife of former Imo state governor in search of stolen property.

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