Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
Popular singer, Joy Eseoghene Odiete, also known as Jodie the Kuchi Kuchi singer, has cried out for help over her special child who has left her broke.
The concerned mother took to her Instagram page to write an open letter to Nigerians for financial help.
According to the lengthy letter, she couldn’t afford paying a media house to help her publicize her story.
The letter titled “Open letter to Nigerians” disclosed her struggles over the years and how she had tried other professions like hawking products just to sustain her child’s needs.
The child, according to an interview she granted years ago, was diagnosed with Lissencephaly and Cerebral Palsy after two weeks of birth.
Jodie also blamed the doctors in charge of her birth for the disorder.
Speaking further, she disclosed that her friends and family have deserted her because of her constant borrowing for the child’s upkeep.
The letter read, “AN OPEN LETTER (Pardon) This message is not for the Kings, Queens or Men and Women of substance of Nigeria. This message is for the sons, daughters, servants, security agents, concubines….ANYBODY whom the Kings and Queens have a soft spot for their opinions.
“I would have paid a media crew, to make a compelling and attractive video, but, please forgive me… I cannot afford it now.
“I am not a lazy person. I sang a song, Kuchi Kuchi in 2010, which Kings and Queens have listened to and enjoyed. I am using the soft spot that song may have created to make this appeal.
“In the past 6 years, I have hawked beaded jewellery in offices like Total, Noah’s Ark, DDB etc. I have sold hair care products. I have begged. I have borrowed. Nigerians are kind. Even Bellanaija has sent me 100k…
“I have been a beneficiary of Air Peace’s Thursday session with the Chairman as a social responsibility to help the less privileged – SEVERAL TIMES. The truth is, I am a NOBODY, but I was inspired, years ago to sing a song even when I didn’t know myself – a song that still resonates till date.
“Who knows? Maybe the essence of Kuchi Kuchi was not for my popularity, but to respond to the silent cries of mothers who gave birth to special needs children.
“Maybe its essence was to speak for the blood of the special needs children that has been spilled IN SECRET by helpless mothers who did not know what else to do. I know this, because some strangers have advised me to kill or abandon my son, because such children are sent to swallow up finances.
“My finances have been swallowed. My friends have abandoned me, because I am a beggar. My debts are new every morning. But I am a mother who would rather DIE first before her son does not eat.
“Special needs children do not eat normal food. Special needs children need a lot of medical, emotional, etc care. Special Needs children require the help of well established world-class organisations, because it is not their fault that they were born that way.
“In my case, the hospital I delivered my son had a hand in it. I blame myself for not going to a general hospital. It is past. There is nothing I can do about it now.”
The singer released her hit song Kuchi Kuchi’ (Oh Baby!) in 2010.
Tattooed grandmother shares photos taken decades apart to show how much she has changed
A grandmother who has spent so much on tattoos, has shared series of photos taken decades apart to show how her image has changed over the years.
Kerstin Tristan has so far spent £25,000 (€30,000) on her inkings, and now she’s uploaded a before and after photo to her Instagram account.
But the two images were actually taken 30 years apart, illustrating what Kerstin looked like in 1992, 2014 and 2022, and clearly showing Kerstin’s devotion to her hobby.
Daily Star reported that the age-defying grandmother began her inking love six years ago and enjoys showing off her body to her 184,000 followers under the name @tattoo_butterfly_flower.
Not only is Kerstin now covered in breathtaking tatts, but her red hair is a far cry from the bright, bleached blonde hair she sports now.
In her 1992 snap, she appears far more innocent-looking than in the saucy pictures she now uploads.
. reads: “#1992 #2014 #2022 #change #changes #necktattoo #colortattoo #colorlove #blondie #beautifulgirls #ink #tatted”
Amaechi resigns as minister
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has finally resigned from his position to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
Amaechi reportedly sent in his resignation letter on Monday May 16, the deadline issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to political appointees contesting elections to resign.
The Minister who thanked the president for the opportunity to serve, also requested for his support in his political ambition.
The letter read;
“It is with mixed feelings that I tender my resignation as the Minister of Transportation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to contest for the Presidential ticket of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.
“Your Excellency, it has been a great honor and privilege serving as a member of your cabinet following your historic victory at the polls in 2015. Under your administration, the Ministry of Transportation has recorded significant achievements, made possible by your visionary support and commitment to ensuring that we deliver on our mandate.
“As I embark on the next phase of our mission to work towards a better Nigeria for ALL NIGERIANS, I humbly seek Your Excellency’s prayers, and blessings, and look towards your continuous support and guidance.
“Your Excellency, whilst humbly seeking your kind consideration of my request please accept the assurances of my highest esteem”
‘How we tried to save sound engineer murdered by okada men’
The management of Beer Barn, the upscale leisure facility in the Lekki area of Lagos around which a sound engineer, David Sunday Imo, was burnt to death on Thursday May 12, by irate commercial motorcyclists, has disclosed the efforts it said it made to save the deceased from his assailants.
The disclosure was made in a statement released in Lagos on Monday May 16. According to the leisure facility, its staff had been told by three naval officers when trouble broke out that they were trying to resolve the dispute that led to the mob setting Imoh ablaze as well as its failed attempt to kill Imoh’s colleague, Philip Balogun, after they were accused of using charm on a commercial motorcyclist who lost, but later regained consciousness.
Beer Barn stated that Imoh, a sound engineer with a live band it hired to provide musical entertainment for its patrons, was killed after the naval officers were unable to get the situation under control because of the intensity of the anger of the mob, who thought that the okada man had died.
The leisure hub’s management said the first hint of trouble was a commotion at the entrance and was marked by the mob trying to force its way inside.
“We requested to know what the issue was and members of the mob replied that somebody from our facility had used a charm to hit one of its members, who was presumed dead.
“While we were engaging the mob, David, who was alleged to have used the charm, came out of our facility and was forcibly taken away from our premises by the mob, which insisted he was a yahoo boy (internet fraudster) trying to use the victim for a money ritual.
“Our internal security men couldn’t stop them in spite of their best efforts,” the statement read.
It added that outside, four members of the band, including its founder, were locked in a car surrounded by the angry motorcyclists, who were allegedly being engaged by the three naval officers. However, the management said when it observed that the military men were not making progress, it called the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Police.
“Noticing that the military men were not making any headway in their efforts to bring the situation under control, we called the RRS because the number of angry motorcyclists was increasing.
“The RRS team arrived but said the crowd was too big for them to control. At the time of their arrival, nobody had died. The victim of the altercation with the band boy had also regained consciousness,” Beer Barn said in the statement.
Beer Barn said in desperation, it called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Maroko Police Station, but his team did not arrive before Imoh was killed by the mob.
“Before his team could get to our facility, the mob had already burnt David and was on the verge of doing the same to his colleague, Philip Balogun, when policemen arrived and dispersed the crowd by firing in the air,” it added.
The leisure facility expressed sadness at the occurrence and support for efforts to bring perpetrators to book.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the David Imoh. We unreservedly condemn the mob action that led to the unfortunate incident, as it indicated disrespect to life, and are in full support of the efforts to ensure that justice is done in the matter.