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Beautiful deaf lady shares her inspiring story

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...

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Sex worker, 22, sells baby for N50,000 in Lagos

Sex worker, Blessing Udoh, allegedly handed over her three-month-old baby to a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Philip James, at Oko Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos. In return, she collected N50,000.

Soon after the transaction, it was  learnt by Punch that the police were alerted that she might have sold her baby, Destiny, when her neighbours no longer saw the child. She was subsequently arrested and on Friday charged with engaging in prostitution and selling her child before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. court u
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor, Kehinde Omisakin, said the accused sold her baby on June 30 at about 6pm in abattoir area of Oko-Oba to Mr. and Mrs. Philip James who are both residents of Oron, Akwa Ibom. The offences contravened Sections 142 and 276 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias, ordered that the accused should be remanded in police custody pending her bail application. The case has been adjourned till August 23 for hearing on the bail application.

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Kenyan makeup artist shares grass to grace story

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.

Rose did odd job and would borrow money for fare to search for jobs. Read her story below:

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 enough?I 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!

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Woman falls off balcony while laughing and dies

A 50-year-old Pennsylvania teacher, on holiday with her daughter, died from injuries she sustained when she accidentally fell off a rooftop balcony while laughing so hard.
 
Sharon Regoli Ciferno, 50, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in the Burrell School District in western Pennsylvania, was on holiday with her daughter and two other people in California. They then decided to cross the southern border and spend a few days in Mexico. On August 4, while in Mexico, sitting on a rooftop deck at a friend's house, Sharon accidentally fell and sustained injuries to her body and brain.
 
Her brother, David Regoli, said both the Mexican and American emergency services worked to quickly transport his sister back across the border. She was hospitalized at the UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, where doctors placed her on a respirator. But eventually, they had to make the tough decision to let her go. She died on Monday.
 
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Explaining how his sister fell, David Regoli said: "The deck had a ledge that acted as a bench for people to sit on that went around the deck. Unfortunately, there was no back on the deck. Remember, the building code standards in Mexico are not the same in the states. She was sitting on the bench when she started laughing very hard and when she put her head back she lost her balance and fell back. She suffered multiple injuries to her body and brain.
 
"Her injuries proved to be more than she could handle and the family made the most difficult decision that we could make and we let her go," said Regoli, who insists that alcohol played no part in her death.

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Nigerian bride sues American Airlines for $3.4million

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.

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Lost engagement ring turns up 13 years later

A grandma lost her diamond engagement ring while gardening in 2004 only to find it wrapped around a carrot 13 years later.
84-year-old Mary Grams from Alberta Canada was devastated when she lost the ring she's owned for 5 decades and searched everywhere for it to no avail. She eventually replaced the ring without telling her husband so he wouldn't be upset. Then this week, her daughter-in-law found the ring, wrapped around a carrot growing in the same garden.
 
Gram's daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, who found the ring didn't know who it belonged to so she asked her husband.
Daley said: "I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot."
When Daley returned the ring to Grams, she knew instantly it was her long-lost engagement ring. Surprisingly, it still fits. Sadly, Grams’ husband died shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary five years ago, and wasn’t able to witness the discovery. But Grams is still excited about the find.
She told CBC, "I'm going to wear it because it still fits."

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Father arrested for raping 14-year-old daughter

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

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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.

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Tips to Protect Babies from Rainy Season Diseases

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?

  1. geyyyyKeep Baby Clean and Dry
The rains require a lot of attention to baby and toddler hygiene. Ensure that you keep them clean by giving them a bath (or at least a sponge bath) twice a day. Pay extra attention to the underarms, neck, genitals and other folds and creases in their body. Also ensure that their care-takers are wearing clean clothes and are free from infections.  
  1. Dress them in Comfortable Clothes
Dress your little-one in comfortable cotton clothes to beat the humidity, but always carry a cardigan or jacket, which you can use in case it gets cold. Ensure that baby’s clothes are completely dry; clothes tend to retain dampness which could lead to fungal infections.  
  1. Keep Mosquitoes Away
Diseases like malaria and rigor are extremely prevalent in the rainy season, so it is very important to keep babies protected from mosquitoes. Wearing clothes with long sleeves, using mosquito nets as well as clearing away stagnant water from around your home can help to a great extent. baby 8
  1. Stay Away from People who are Ill
Viral infections are extremely common and are very contagious as well. Keep your child away from people who have a flu or any kind of infection. Ask your family and friends to wash their hands and use a sanitizer before they touch your baby, since they may be harboring germs even if they don’t show any symptoms.
  1. Avoid Crowded Places
Crowded places like malls are hotspots for germs and it’s very easy for babies to catch any disease since their immunity isn’t fully developed. It’s best to avoid such places or at least go when it is least likely to be crowded.
  1. Wash your Own and your Baby’s Hands often
All the hand washing awareness programs have a point – the best way to stay safe from infections is to keep your and baby’s hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after handling dirty diapers or coming in from outside. Also ask older siblings to do the same before touching the baby. hyimmzz
  1. Stick to Boiled Water
Ensure that you use boiled and cooled water for your baby’s formula as well as to drink since stomach flu and diarrhea are mostly waterborne diseases that are more commonly seen during the rains.  
  1. Wash Fruits and Vegetables Thoroughly
Keep you little one away from all raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit, especially from outside. At home, ensure that you wash all fruits and vegetables with a teaspoon of salt and water.   These are really easy tips that hardly need any special effort but are very effective! With little babies, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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Transgender parents and effects on their kids

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.

The mum of the family was born a man but is having hormone treatment to fully transition to a woman, while the dad of the family, Nikki, is a pansexual who was born female but sometimes dresses as male and sometimes as female. The couple is bringing up their son to "not be hung up" on being a boy.
Star Cloud has been told by his parents that he is "a person" rather than "a boy". He is free to wear make-up, paint his nails, pick out boys’ or girls’ clothes and play with dolls. He will go to school for the first time in September wearing a boy’s uniform, but with pink vest and socks that he has chosen for the occasion. The young boy has said he might grow up to be a man or a woman.
Former pub bouncer, Nikki, 30, says: "Neither of us gets hung up on the gender we were born as. We don’t want our child constrained by that either. We’re just an ordinary family being who we want to be.
"We want to give him the confidence to be who he wants – growing up, we didn’t have that. We never tell Star he’s a boy, we tell him he can be whatever he wants. We don’t buy gender specific toys or clothes and we let him choose what he wears. Pink is one of his favourite colours.
"He loves wearing leggings and, because of his name, he loves clothes with star patterns on. He loves Barbie dolls, dressing up and fairies – but he also likes toys considered as boys’, such as cars.
"We use the words 'he' and 'him' but don’t make any kind of big deal out of him being one sex or the other."
The mum of the family, Louise, is Star’s biological father, while Nikki, who Star calls Daddy, is actually his birth mother. Nikki says Star chose which of his parents would be which by saying his first word, "Da-da", and allowing her to lift him out of his cot rather than Louise.
Asked by a Mirror reporter if he is a boy or a girl, Star says he is a boy. But he changes his answer when Nikki interjects with: "Or are you just a person?"
A year after Star was born, Nikki and Louise has a second son, but he died of a kidney problem at 21 weeks. They have since had a doll created from a picture of him, which Star often plays with.
Louise, 31, has lived as female since a year before Star was born, having felt she was a girl from the age of eight. Nikki identified as lesbian when she first met Louise, who was then male, at an LGBT meeting in 2011. They wed in a Pagan ceremony in January 2012.
Nikki says: "I don’t fall in love with someone because they’re male or female. It doesn’t matter to me what they’ve got between their legs. It’s the mind, personality and soul I fall in love with, not the body."
Nikki and Louise’s approach is likely to spark a national debate on whether the urge not to force his birth gender on Star is projecting their own issues, denying him his true identity.
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10 men allegedly killing four-year-old girl

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday said 10 persons had been arrested in connection with the suspected ritual killing of a four-year-old girl at Iwaya, Lagos.

Owoseni, who described the incident as ‘sad’ during a media briefing in Lagos on Wednesday, said the girl’s throat was slit and the body was dumped behind her parent’s window. According to Vanguard,“A sad incident happened this morning when the Divisional Police Officer at Iwaya was alerted after Mr. Taiwo Sulaiman and his wife came with the dead body of a four-year-old girl. “When questioned, they asserted that the child went with two of her siblings to pray at the mosque at 1:00pm and since then, she had not been seen. nigeria-police-696x464
“After searching thoroughly for the girl, her dead body with a slit throat was found behind her parent’s window, close to an Ogun shrine in the compound. “The corpse had been recovered with the knife used to commit the murder and 10 persons are presently in custody for interrogation, including the parents. “Investigation, however, revealed elements of conspiracy in the matter. We will continue to update you as investigation continues. “We have deployed heavily into the area which is densely populated to prevent any form of jungle justice,” Owoseni said. The police boss, who condemned the act, said people have thrown away their moral values. He appealed to members of the public to provide information that would assist in the investigation, adding that residents living around the shrine could not claim ignorance of the rituals being carried out at the site. “This is the essence of the warnings we had been giving the public. If you cover crime at one time or the other, the crime will come and consume you,” Owoseni said