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Mother’s day: Funke Akindele’s stepchildren celebrate her, say she’s the best step-mom ever

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Mother's day: Funke Akindele's stepchildren celebrate her, say she's the best step-mom ever

Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele has been celebrated by her step-children on mother’s day.

The ‘Jenifas diary’ actress who is no doubt the sweetest step-mom ever got her husbands children eulogizing her on their social media pages.

Tamira wrote: ‘Also a big Mother’s Day to my step-mom. I’m thankful for all you do.’

Josiah wrote: ‘Happy mother’s day to the best step-mom. Love you.’

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Seun Ajayi calls out men in Nollywood who harass women (Video)

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The actor said he has witnessed multiple cases of sexual assault on set and some of them were so bad.

Nigerian actor, Seun Ajayi has detailed some of his experiences on set as he captioned men in Nollywood to desist from harassing women.

He said he has witnessed multiple cases of sexual assault on set and some of them were so bad.

He mentioned a particular incident where a man kept groping a woman on set and refused to stop even after he was cautioned.

He only stopped after he got a letter from the lady’s lawyer.

In a video captioned:

“Sexual harassment in Nollywood! My brothers let’s do better”

The actor said:

“This video is directed to my brothers in the Nollywood industry.

“I see this a lot and whenever I get the chance, I speak about it.

“You see, it’s very important for us to let women feel safe in their work environment, but the truth is, if we really really check out, we dey mess up. In fact, forgive my French, we dey f**k up.

“I went to sleep agitated and I woke up with my heart beating very fast because I could not wait to address this.

“Many times I’ll see male colleagues harass ladies on set.

“There was one time I was on set and it was so bad and this guy was constantly commenting on this girl’s bum and groping her and everyone told him to stop. I told him to stop several times and he didn’t until he was officially written by the girl’s lawyer.

“Now, what tends to happen is that this goes on, but men stay silent. The men that know better, they stay silent.

“I urge you, my brothers, that the next time you see that kind of behavior… it’s not only rape oh, it’s not only rape. To be inappropriate with your language is harassment, it is sexual harassment.

“The reason why these things are still sliding is because nobody has been arraigned in court for sexual harassment, nobody has lost their endorsement for sexual harassment. It’s coming and we need to be careful, my brothers, we need to be careful. We can’t continue to just act. We have to think before we do it.

“Please, put a lid on it and act right. It’s not only producers that are preying on the ladies trying to get in the industry. It happens in many shades, in many manners. We need to be careful oh, we need to be careful.

He also called on producers and directors to intervene if they notice a crew member harassing a woman on set. He added that it’s “rampant” and needs to stop.

“We need to stop this and if you see it around you, nip it in the bud. Talk to your guy,” he concluded.

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F*ck all so called men of God, 2Face fumes

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Legendary singer 2Baba Idibia has gone off on religious leaders in Nigeria.

He took to Twitter to say that Africa needs to change the education system, religion and tribal “nonsense”. He went further to slam pastors, Imams and all men of God.

He berated them to speak the truth and not be embarrassing God everywhere, Read his tweets below…

“Fuck all PASTORS & IMAMS and all so called MEN of God!!
GOOD is GOOD and BAD is BAD
Preach TRUTH.
Don’t be embarrassing GOD every where
#ONELOVERELIGION

“My GOD no go tell me 2 collect money for am.
My GOD no go tell me 2 fight or kill person for am
My GOD no weak like that.
My GOD don package everything keep, that’s why I get BRAIN. I no go turn the other chick again.
#WARRIORS
#Standwellwell
Make una still dey follow men of god wey no do anything 2 help. Instead them been dey try to still find way 2 collect from una lean change. Smh

“GOOD is GOOD
BAD is BAD
No ojoro.
Use ya brain.
ONE LOVE is the ONLY solution.
There’s enough for everybody.
Greed is the major problem.”

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Nigerian writer wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-Story for African Region

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A young and promising Nigerian has won the 2020 Commonwealth Short-Story For African Region.

A Nigerian writer, Innocent Ilo, has been named the regional winner for Africa of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story, “When a Woman Renounces Motherhood.”

Founded in 2012, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction. It is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and older in five regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and the Pacific.

The prize is awarded to the five regional winners with each receiving £2,500 (approximately N1.2 million) and a publication with Granta, The global winner gets an additional £5,000 (approximately N2.4 million).

23-year-old Mr Ilo is the youngest writer to be awarded the Africa region prize since its establishment in 2012.

He joins an illustrious line of Nigerian literary figures like Jekwu Anyaegbun who won with the entry, ‘Morrison Okoli’ in 2012; Lesley Armah who won with ‘Light’ in 2016; Akwaeke Emezi who won with ‘Who is like God’ in 2017 and Efua Traoré, with ‘True Happiness’ in 2018.

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Mr Ilo’s award-winning story is about the bond between a woman and her mother in the face of a sexist tradition.

The chair of the judging panel, Ghanaian writer Nii Parkes, praised the story for its “particularly striking confidence switching between languages and Mr Ilo’s unapologetic use of interspersed, un-italicized Igbo and pidgin.”

The regional prize judge, Mohale Mashigo, said:

“When a Woman Renounces Motherhood’ is one of those stories that tell you something shocking and yet leave you with empathy for the characters in a story. The writing is so specific and intimate which makes you want to go back and read it again… and again.”

The five judges representing the regions of the Commonwealth are Mohale Mashigo for Africa, William Phuan for Asia, Heather O’Neill for Canada and Europe, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw for the Caribbean and Nic Low for Pacific.

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In his reaction to the win, Mr Ilo said he was too emotional and all he could do was to share the good news with his mother.

“I still can’t wrap my head around it. You know you always dream of this moment, how you’ll scream from the rooftops and rent your clothes. Then it comes by sudden and the only thing you can do is call your mother and cry over the phone about how proud your father would have been if he was alive.

“This means so much to me. I feel grateful, honoured, proud and humbled at the same time. This is one of those moments that make me look back at all the late nights and piles of rejection emails and say, ‘Maybe, just maybe, this writing thing is worth it’,” he said.

Asides from the £2,500 cash prize, each winner will have a publication in Granta, a renowned literary journal.

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The 23-year-old writer has been a finalist for the Gerald Kraak Award and Short Story Day Africa Prize; his works have been featured in Fireside Magazine—Overland, Strange Horizons, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores and Cast of Wonders.

He has also won the Africa YMCA and Oxford Festival of the Arts short story contests.

The other regional winners are:

“The Great Indian Tee and Snakes” by Kritika Pandey (Asia Region), “Wherever Mister Jensen Went” by Reyah Martin (Canada and Europe Region), “Mafootoo” by Brian S. Heap (Caribbean Region) and “The Art of Waving” by Andrea E. Macleod (Pacific Region).

The overall winner will be announced during a special online award ceremony at 1 p.m BST on June 30.

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