A woman had to undergo a liver transplant after a nose piercing infection led to a life-threatening condition.
Dana Smith, 37, got a nose piercing shortly after last Thanksgiving.
About a month later, Smith started to have stomach pains but was reluctant to go to the hospital because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to CBS New York, Smith described her symptoms as “stomach pain. I felt…
President Buhari’s body language emboldens terrorists- Aisha Yesufu
The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Aisha Yesufu, appeared on Channels TV on Friday night, February 26 where she criticized President Buhari over his handling of the deplorable state of insecurity in the country.
According to Ms. Yesufu. President Buhari’s body language has continued to embolden the terrorists.
“We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one…
EFCC arraigns insurance broker for diversion of N26bn PHCN pension
An insurance broker named Abiodun Waheed Hassan, alongside his firm, Bestworth Insurance Brokers Limited, was arraigned on Thursday, February 25, on a five-count charge of misappropriating over N26billion PHCN pension fund.
Hassan was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), before Justice S.C Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja.
Tonto Dikeh releases statement as NCPC denies appointing her as Peace Ambassador
Tonto Dikeh has released a statement after NCPC denied her claim that she was appointed Peace Ambassador for the Commision.
Tonto had taken to Instagram to write that she’s now a “proud Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) Ambassador for Peace Building.”
She added, “finally, I wish to announce my position as the new Ambassador of the Commision for peace building.”
She also told her…
”We will not succumb to blackmail tactics”- President Buhari warns bandits, asks state governors to stop granting them amnesty
President Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors.
According to a statement released by Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, President Buhari is quoted as saying that “this administration will not succumb to…
Go after Sheikh Gumi, Shekau and bandits before coming for me
Popular Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has spoken up against his failed arrest on Friday February 26.
Reacting to a face-off between him and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in an interview with Punch, Igboho told the Federal Government to go after Boko Haram leader, Ibrahim Shekau and Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi…
“Too many people speak after hearing just one side of a story. Judging a situation without being there & knowing the actual facts ruins lives and relationships, so you best know the full story before attacking someone & making false accusations.”
Governor Matawalle orders the closure of all boarding schools in Zamfara
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the state.
This comes after 300 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe in the early hours of of Friday, February 26.
He Wants to be Your Husband
There are many advantages to living in a small town. I have always enjoyed being with people who require no backstory to understand, just tell the new addition to your tale and move on. Everyone remembers the time you peed your pants in third grade or how you missed that important catch in high school or any number of embarrassing stories. In a small town you hear phrases like: “She always was a little off.”, “The apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.”, “This isn’t the first time he’s done something like this.”, etc. Each major life event, and many of the minor ones, are stored away in the collective community memory. New information is added to your file as it happens. It may make it hard to break out of the mold of public opinion, but it does allow for a certain safety and acceptance. Each person is taken for who they are known to be and life flows on with hardly a ripple.
After my enlistment in the Air Force, I moved to a small village in Wisconsin. It took me a few years to know everyone’s backstory, but I am a good listener and caught on eventually. My parents had grown up near there and my father was an endless fount of old stories and juicy tidbits. We often travelled together for work and our short trips always included a few new facts and old dirt. He had been telling me the stories of his youth for years and was finally able to put a place to each tale. As I write, I can picture him raising one eyebrow, taking a draw off his pipe and offhandedly mentioning some new semi-scandal. I never cared about the topic or the details, it was the joy he got from the telling that I loved. These shared moments developed into a sort of shorthand or coded language for father and son. Dad would mention “the Yellow Farm” or “that darned flat tire” and we would both smile at the reference. I loved my little village and its endless tales of intrigue. I even found the stories of my own life entertaining when they filtered back to my ears. Sometimes they were even accurate.
For a year or so, I lived on the main street of town in a hundred year old, two story farm house. One summer afternoon I was driving through the village headed home when Spirit spoke to me. I was to go to the gas station and tell a woman “God wants to be your husband”. I said out loud “No, I’m going home!” It had been a long day and I did not want to give this word. Thanks to local gossip, I knew a few things about her situation and I was afraid of what might happen. In the half block that it took to drive past the convenience store and to my house, I doubled over in stomach cramps. That has always been the signal from Spirit that I “will” give the message. Fighting it just prolongs the discomfort.
I had always liked the woman at the store. As our work was seasonal, my father and his friends spent hours there each day in the winter, drinking coffee and telling tales. I knew that she and her husband had recently divorced. Another couple in our town had also recently divorced and the rumor was that they had simply switched partners. Her ex did indeed marry the other wife, although I don’t recall whether it happened before or after this incident. I was aware that she had taken up with the other, newly single, man and that he owned the convenience store. As I have already stated, not much happens in a small town without everyone knowing. Now the store owner had a reputation for a hot temper and this was the cause of my outright refusal to give the message. As a rule, I do not gossip and I am careful to keep my nose out of other people’s affairs. This is one of the reasons I have lived all these decades without once throwing a punch or being in a real physical fight. That and a natural born fear of being beaten.
I knew there was no point in going home without doing what Spirit said to do. God always wins. So I swung the truck around and parked near the gas pumps. My cramps ceased as soon as I made the turn. To my pleasant surprise, the store was empty except for the intended recipient. She was probably in her fifties, very much a white, mid-western lady with a hairstyle left over from the 1970s. This was in the mid-1990s. As usual, she had a big smile and a friendly hello for me as I walked in. I was my father’s son. He was loved in that town and, therefore, so was I. The only way I could think to deliver the words were to simply say them.
“I was driving past here and the Lord put something in my heart to tell you.” That is not a sentence most of us hear every day. I had to live in this town, so I was trying not to be perceived as crazy. She nodded and was still smiling so I kept going. “God says He hears your prayer, He loves you and He wants to be your husband.” A moan came from her lips, tears began to flow and her legs gave way. She dropped to the floor. From her place on the cement, she sobbed out that she had begged him to marry her, but he just wouldn’t do it. The “him” she meant was the store owner, her boyfriend. She felt used and betrayed. She had made a horrible mistake, but she loved him so. The hurt came pouring out. Over the counter and on the floor I could see a strong woman breaking in her anguish. I tried to find words of comfort.
Just then the doorbell chimed once, announcing a customer had entered the building. She was struggling to get to her feet as my own father walked in for an after work cup of coffee. He smiled at me and then noticed our friend getting up from the floor behind the counter. “Are you alright?” He said. Her hair and makeup was a mess. Her mouth had trouble forming words as she regained herself. “I’m fine” is all I remember her saying. I told her I would continue to pray for her and walked back out to the truck. My father was left standing in the store with a “What the hell?” look on his face.
The next day he wanted to know why our friend was so upset. “Did she say anything? I asked. He said “Not much. She cheered up within a few minutes and was back to herself”. After work I stopped by to check on her. I was greeted with a smile and a free cup of coffee. She told me the day before she had asked God if this man would ever marry her. Within minutes I gave her God’s answer. Although she was heartbroken, she seemed relieved to have an answer. We prayed together over the counter and I left. This would be our pattern every few days for the next several weeks. Spirit was preparing her for the next step in her journey.
A month or two later the store owner died of a heart attack. They were still a couple at the time. My friend was not his wife. She was not in his will. They had not been together long enough to claim common law marriage. Her boyfriend’s adult children kicked her out of his house and closed the store. Still, Spirit had heard her cry and carried her through the storm.
After a few more years, I moved to Arizona and lost track of the tall tales and semi-scandals of my beloved village. Now I live in a new small town. Safe here in my tiny spot of desert, I know everyone and everyone knows me. Sometimes I take my son for a drive and I can feel one eyebrow raise as I smile and tell him the newest addition to the backstory of the world around us.
“The single life hits different” Tyrese laments having to start dating afresh and getting to know new people after his marriage crashed
Tyrese Gibson took to Instagram to complain about how hard it is meeting new people and getting to know them after his marriage crashed.
The actor and his wife Samantha announced their split only weeks ago and Tyrese says having to date again as a newly single man isn’t easy, especially considering he didn’t imagine he’ll ever be there.
He wrote: “Dear God, With a healing heart I post this…..…
Woman discovers her Tinder match is married so she confronts him with the truth by offering to invite his wife to their date
A woman who discovered her Tinder match was actually a married man decided to surprise him.
TikTok user, Nadiyah took to the platform to narrate how she clicked with a man on Tinder and they planned a date.
He told her he was really eager for a date and promised to buy her flowers, but before committing Nadiyah decided to look him up on Facebook and quickly discovered he’d been married for…
Mum disgusted with homework that asked her 10-year-old daughter to write about ‘fingering’
A mum said she was “mortified” and “disgusted” after her ten-year-old daughter was given homework which included a suggestion that she write about “fingering”.
Annette Farrington, 27, slammed the teacher who sent out the “inappropriately sexual” creative writing prompts in a worksheet.
She said the homework had been sent out to her daughter at Our Lady and St Philomena’s Catholic Primary in…
Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola says Third mainland bridge will be reopened fully this weekend
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos would be totally reopened to traffic this weekend. The bridge has been partially shut since July 2020 for repairs.
Fashola, who gave the assurance during a radio phone-in program, did not specify which day of the weekend to expect the reopening. He said
“I can tell you now that this weekend, it…
I love when I have warned people not to tell me things (gossip) that they do not want others to hear, because I’m not about that life;I’m a say what you mean and stick to it kinda girl (Special surprises are a different story), Then they rattle off something to me because they can’t keep their trap shut and get butthurt after I repeated it.
Umm.. News flash darling, you were warned. Don’t want people to think you’re an ass?
1- don’t say it (write it down if you have to get it out)
2- keep your statements factual
3- don’t back up over yourself when confronted with it, stand by it.
I’m not going to stand by while you talk shit then play the victim. Oh no princess, Not this Queen.
Joe Biden orders military air strikes in Syria against Iran backed militia
For the first time as US president, Joe Biden ordered a series of US military strikes in Syria on Thursday February 25, against sites used by two Iranian-backed militia groups in response to rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized not just to respond…
Nigeria’s economy is moving in the right direction
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has said that Nigeria’s economy is moving in the right direction.
She stated this while speaking at a meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment in Abuja.
“This is a country that is diverse in nature, ethnicity, religious backgrounds and…
Imo court grants interim forfeiture of Rochas Okorocha’s properties
Justice F. Njemanze of a High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Thursday February 25, granted an application filed by Louis Alozie (SAN), seeking the interim forfeiture of all properties allegedly illegally acquired by immediate past Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The suit, with case No. HOW/191/202, had the former Governor’s wife, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha, Incorporated…