Being challenged physically or otherwise is never the end of the world. It should never get you depressed and you can still achieve your goals and purpose no matter the issue. Beautiful Ayanna Michele who is completely deaf shared her inspiring story on Instagram. According to her, she wasn't born deaf but had hearing problems. She started using hearing aids when she was 6 years old but went completely deaf this year. She was given an option by her doctors to go through the rigorous series of surgeries in an attempt to at least have a percentage of her hearing but she decided not go through the process.She wrote; "I wasn't born deaf. I was born hearing; although I don't remember being able to hear at all. I've been having hearing problems since I was a child. My mother just thought I was mischievous and I didn't like to listen. Until they found out I actually couldn't hear. I ended up wearing a hearing aid in my left ear & remained completely deaf in my right ear. Ever since I was 6 years old. Regardless of my disability I've always excelled in school & amongst my peers. My doctors use to tell me... one day you're gonna go completely deaf. I am in my 20's now & I actually went completely deaf this year (2017). My doctor gave me an option; I could choose to go through a long process of surgery; which would give me an attempt to at least have a percentage of hearing or remain completely deaf. -No, no need. I'm gonna do my thing... the world will adjust OR not." More photos below...
Being successful takes a lot of determination, dedication and hardwork. What is important is doing what is right when climbing the ladder of success. Rose Ntong'ondu is a successful makeup artist in Kenya. Long before success came calling, she could barely afford to eat one square meal.
I remember some situations of my life so clearly. Tough tough situations.
About 9 years ago I had no stable job. I was doing odd jobs to help fund my makeup career! I cant tell you how it was.
Coz its was a very difficult time in my life. I slept hungry many times but I knew since I had a sound mind and could work, I was going to make it somehow.
I lived in kahawa and most times I spent my time dreaming of how my life was going to be. And calling every salon, spa asking to work with them.
Most times I was turned down, BADLY! I wasn't really looking to be employed, what I wanted was partnership (didn't even know what that meant).
I had no money for lunch so would buy a queen cake and Fanta for lunch. But I was OK, because this wasn't permanent. Right?
Things would finally change if I worked hard enoughI would borrow like 200 bob just for fare to town.
When I got to town I would go to POSTA Kenya, with my note and pen, turned the yellow pages and jotted down contacts of the Best Salons and spas in Nairobi.
The reason I went to Posta was because previously I would walk to businesses and they would look down on me, I hated being viewed like a Hawker!!
I would call these salons and say " Hi, My names are Rose Nton'gondu. Im a professional makeup artist and would love to have a meeting with you to discuss how we can work together".
I was so used to getting turned down when I just walked up to salons that I came up with this tactic. Lol. And it actually worked!!
Now because of all this going to town, I had a lot of debt from the fares I used to borrow, so for about one week wasn't able to go anywhere.
I remember taking uji for almost a week( breakfast, lunch and supper). My mum had sent me the wimbi from Meru. Wah! si things were hard??!
I pondered on what to do next, I had taken so much uji that the thought of it made me throw up!! I had no electronic to take to the shylock, nothing that I could give as security to get a loan!!
As I was digesting all this in my little bed sitter, I noticed in the corner of my room, near the stove a couple of soda bottles.
Then it hit me, I could actually sell the bottles in the shops as returns and get some money for food. They were like 20 bottles.
I took them to 3 different shops and sold each one for 15bob. Hiyo si pesa?? We I was so excited. I bought some food, bought some paraffin for my little stove and left kidogo money to hassle kesho, and life went on.
I never stopped working towards my dream. NEVER WILL!! I urge you do the same. NEVER EVER GIVE UP, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU ARE GOING THRU RIGHT NOW!More photos of her below...
A Nigerian woman of American and Jamaican descent whose wedding day suffered a mishap, has sued American Airlines after she alleged that the airline's flight attendant deliberately destroyed her wedding dress while she was travelling for her wedding ceremony in August 2015.In a 31-page lawsuit filed on behalf of Yewande Oteh by her mother in United States District Court, District of New Jersey on Tuesday, she claims she 'suffered severe diarrhea, dehydration and depressive symptoms' after a flight attendant went into an overhead bin and dumped red wine on her wedding dress. She also claims that she remained 'physically and emotionally ill over the next week' and was unable to enjoy her Jamaican wedding, which took place back in August 2015. Oteh was flying from Philadelphia International Airport to her destination wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica, when the incident took place. Court documents, obtained by the Courier-Post, reveals Oteh's complaint that describes her ordeal began when authorities asked her to remove her gown from a checked bag at the Philadelphia airport. She said a ticketing agent told her that there would be room to hand the dress in the aircraft's closet. However, after she boarded the flight, the Airline attendant Melanie Masters did not allow her to store her dress in the closet, saying that it was not for passengers to keep their items. Masters "became indignant and agitated, and began to talk to the plaintiff in a hostile aggressive way, instructing her that the closet space was not for passengers," the lawsuit claims. Oteh was later told to store the dress in an overhead bin. Oteh, who was traveling with her then-would-be-husband and their 9-month-old son, saw the flight attendant reopen the bin while conversing with two of her co-workers. “It was Oteh’s belief that the flight attendants were placing something in the bin and making fun of Oteh and her wedding gown,” reads the lawsuit, according to the Courier-Post. When Oteh arrived in Jamaica she found that her dress was covered with wine stains. The incident made Oteh “emotionally distraught” and forced her to cancel planned events with her guests, the lawsuit claimed. She then claims that she was forced to search in Jamaica for a new wedding dress and that her sister had to fly home to Florida to look as well, returning with gowns that were not properly fitted to her body. Oteh’s mother, Yvette Sterling reportedly said: “American Airlines and its personnel robbed us all of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.” The lawsuit is asking that Yewande, her lawyer husband Chidi, their then-nine-month-old son, her mother and attorney Yvette Sterling and her sister Dr. Kemi Fajolu each be compensated with $850,000 each of the four counts: Negligence, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress and Negligent Hiring and Negligent Retention. In a statement by the American Airlines they said they will be “reviewing the lawsuit,” but no other detail was given out. Despite the whole drama, in one of her wedding photo below, she can be seen smiling in her white dress while holding a flower.
The Kano State Police Command has arrested a 40-year-old man, Nuruddeen Abubakar, for allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter.
Spokesperson for the Command DSP Magaji Musa Majia, disclosed this on Tuesday, August 15th, while parading Abubakar alongside other suspects. Read his statement below.
"Offences in relation to child abuse are on the increase despite multiple efforts by the Police Command, sister security Agencies, NGOs and relevant Stakeholders
t is alarming to see the persistent cases of rape, incest and unnatural offences clamoring up to an unprecedented level. From the 1st of August to date, 34 cases were recorded, which in essence is translating to an alarming situation if efforts are not multiplied against it.
In the light of this ugly development, it is necessary for us to call on the general public especially parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders to take firm stand on the general activities of their wards who always turn out to be victims of such dastardly acts.
Members of the community especially neighbours and relations are also enjoined to keenly and closely look into their neighbourhood with a view to detect any unruly behavior. This is because, the attitudes of some parents, relations and family friends is turning out to be shocking.
It is unimaginable to see a father taking advantage of his biological daughter in the absence of her mother. Such instances are where one Nuruddeen Abubakar 40yrs old of Unguwa Uku Qtrs Kano was found to have raped his biological 14yrs old daughter who survived 3 abortions from him.
Also one Musbahu Ibrahim 25yrs old of Zangon Marikita Qtrs was arrested for severally raping his cousin sister.
In another related matter, one (Pastor) Samuel John of No. 26 Whether-head, Sabongari Kano was arrested for raping 13yrs old twin sisters and their 11yrs younger one.
Also, one Dahiru Haruna and Hamza Lawan all of Sheka Qtrs Kano conspired and act in an unnatural manner against their 9yrs old male victim. All the suspects confessed to the commission of the crime.
From the 34 cases recorded, 35 suspects were arrested while 36 victims aged between 5-13yrs are involved. Presently, about 15 pending cases of sexual assault will be transferred to SCIID for discreet investigation from various divisions.
The Command finally wishes to appeal to all and sundry to put hands together and fight rape, incest, unlawful offence and other heinous crimes evolving in the society.
It’s raining pretty much everywhere in Nigeria, with torrential showers in some parts of the country! The humidity, mosquitoes and countless infections in the air make it a tough time for little babies and toddlers and this obviously means more trouble for mothers too! But the rains needn’t be a time of strife for the entire family; with a few simple tips, you and your baby can also enjoy the cool, rainy weather, just like everyone else! So how do you protect your little ones?
These days children are faced and find themselves in various issues and circumstances that they are unable to control . How else do you want to describe a child adopted by transgender parents.
How does a child grow up normally like his peers when his parents are both females or males? How do you explain to such a child and what does he or she become later in the future?
Louise and Nikki Draven are a queer couple who are being referred to as Britain’s first gender-fluid family and they are raising their 4-year-old son, Star Cloud, as gender neutral.