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How I overcame the shame of being called a ‘bastard’ – Helen Paul

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Nigerian comedian, Helen Paul, has shared a story of societal stigma of being labelled a bastard while growing up.

Helen Paul had disclosed a few years ago that she was conceived through rape.

In a widely circulated video on social media, Helen Paul revealed that some family members labeled her as a “bastard” with a bleak future.

“Some of us can’t take rejection. Some of us don’t know that our words can make someone feel rejected forever but it worked for me differently.

“I was born out of rape and I grew up with my grandmother, where everyone in the area called me a bastard. So I grew up hearing that I’m a bastard.

“When my aunties come to give grandma money for feeding, they will say ‘Don’t use this money to take care of one bastard child, use it to take care of yourself and buy your medicine’.

“Once they leave, mama would turn to me and speak in pidgin ‘you don hear wetin dem aunty dem dey talk, na so this world be o. Na people wey suppose be your mama blood be that oh but dem don tell you who you be. If you like, grow up, forget yourself, say if person no do well, nobody they celebrate ham’.

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“But I realize that anytime I offended Mama, she would not want to touch me because they have warned Mama not to beat me. So you think a child looking at different talk will grow up with love?

“But today, I am a comedian in Nigeria and a professor in the United States.”

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 Fire guts Nigerian singer, Small Doctor’s house

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The house of Adekunle Temitope, the Nigerian singer better known as Small Doctor, has been gutted by fire.

A viral video captured how the fire consumed the singer’s properties worth millions of naira.

Some persons were also seen in the footage trying to salvage the little left of the home that had been reduced to ashes.

The singer took to his Instagram page to confirm the fire incident while appreciating God for life and safety.

In the post, the Afro-pop recording artiste said the property loss is a sign of greater things to come.

“No pressure for the Lord is with me,” he wrote, adding “that no life was lost”.

“Ile Alaafin to jo, ewa lo bu kun, that is to say king house wey burn na make beautification fit plenty,” the post reads in part.

Small Doctor kicked off his music career in 2012. He, however, shot himself into the limelight after the release of ‘Penalty’, his 2018 single.

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‘Penalty’ won the award for ‘Best Street Hop’ at The Headies 2018.

Small Doctor has since then made a name for himself in the Nigerian music industry with a number of awards to his credit.

His songs are mostly composed in English and Yoruba.

 

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Mohbad: Toxicology test on body ongoing in US – Coroner

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The Lagos Coroner Court sitting in Ikorodu on Wednesday heard that the most crucial aspect of autopsy to determine the cause of death of the late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad is being conducted in the United States (US).

State Counsel, Oluwaseun Akinde, told the coroner, Magistrate Adetayo Shotobi, that the autopsy into the external body of the deceased has been completed.

He said, “The toxicology test, which has to do with internal body, is being done in the US.”

Akinde made this known following insistence of other counsel to the father of the deceased, David Fadimu; that of the TNKay Music Worldwide, David Nawoola, representative of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikorodu, O.S.A. Aranmolaran and Jennifer Nina.

The coroner asked to know why the toxicology was taken abroad when there are toxicology laboratories in Nigeria.

 

Akinde told the coroner that Lagos State decided to do it in the US because of the nature of various substances alleged to have either been injected or taken by the deceased and the need to prevent controversy over the autopsy report when finally presented.

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He said it was also because the death of the deceased had become a worldwide issue.

He said there was no point in inviting Prof. Soyemi, the pathologist in Lagos to present an uncompleted report.

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Mohbad: Naira Marley, Sam Larry regain freedom

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The Lagos State Police Command has released singer Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley and Balogun Samson, known as Sam Larry, after the duo met their bail conditions.

This was made known by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin on Friday in a terse statement saying, “Naira Marley and Sammy Larry, having met their bail conditions, have been released.”

Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police, made this known on Friday afternoon after the artiste and the socialite perfected their bail conditions granted by a Lagos State Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrate, on Monday, November 6 granted the duo bail in the sum of N20m with three responsible duties.

“As part of the bail conditions, the defendants are to surrender their passports and make weekly appearances at the State Criminal Investigation Department,” the court ruled.

They were arrested as part of an investigation into Mohbad’s death after videos of assault against the late singer surfaced online.

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