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The Untold Truth: How Fela’s Mother, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Died



There were so many controversies that surrounded the death of Fela’s mother, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. Some say she was killed by Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president when he ruled as military head of state, others say she died from injuries sustained as she was thrown from the first floor of Kalakuta’s repulic (Fela’s home)

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti image credit: Pulse.ng

With all these and for history’s sake, we have a rare photo that shows Fela’s mother in a hospital bed some months after she was thrown down from her son’s house and it would be a good time to find out how her life really ended.

During his lifetime, Fela was in the habit of telling everybody that cared to listen that his mother was killed by Nigerian soldiers. He immortalized that claim in songs like “Coffin for Head of State”, “Unknown Soldier” and “Beast of No Nation”. It is true that “unknown soldiers” stormed Fela’s Kalakuta Republic in 1978 and threw his mother out of a 2nd floor window.

But the question is “Did they really kill her?”. Well, according to an American author, the answer seems to be no.

Recently, I was listening to a programme on National Public Radio called The Kojo Nnamdi Show (Kojo is a Guyanan-American). During an interview segment with an American author who wrote a book on African Musicians, Kojo remarked that Fela’s mother was killed by Nigerian soldiers.

The author disagreed saying that was not the case. He admitted that Fela’s mother was thrown out of the window by Soldiers but noted that she died some months after that incident.

I have seen a picture of Fela’s mother sitting on a hospital bed, alert though with a bandaged leg. I don’t know if the picture was taken after that incident. If that’s the case, then the author may be correct.

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Rare picture showing Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (Fela’s Mother) on hospital bed

However, Wikipedia is reporting that Fela’s mother slipped into a coma after the attack. There is no point in asking what really happened since none of us was there. A better question should be: Who do you believe? The American author or Fela?

Below are some questions and answers that proves how Funmilayo Ransome Kuti died

Question: What brought the Police to Fela’s compound on that fateful day?

Answer: According to Kevwe (Fela’s wife), the Police were chasing a suspect (believed to be Fela’s son) and he ran into the compound.

Question: Why did the Military become involved as this was a Police case?

Answer: Apparently, two Police Officers were electrocuted by Fela’s electric fence in their attempt to gain entry into the compound. The other Police Officers then ran to a nearby Army Barracks and got a reinforcement of military personnel.

Question: Was the attack on Fela’s compound approved by Theophilus Danjuma?

Answer: If Danjuma or other high ranking government officials were involved in this matter, their involvement must have been after the fact. Certainly they did not start the fight. It was a small matter that got out of hand as can be seen from item 1 above.

Question: Did the Military throw Fela’s mother out of the window?

Answer: Conventional wisdom has it that Fela’s mother was thrown out of a first floor window. But there are strong indications to suggest that she actually jumped out of the window to escape the fire that was engulfing the building.

Question: Who or what killed Fela’s mother

Answer: In the absence of an autopsy report, we may never know. What we do know is that she survived the attack on Kalakuta Republic and died a few months after. The picture above shows Fela’s mother in the hospital after the incident. Her only injury appears to be a broken leg. Her face does not look beat up.

Source: Nairaland

9 Types of Women Nigerian Men Love to Marry



Marriage itself, is entirely different from being in a relationship. Although, marriage is a simple but yet advanced form of relationship because its for better for worse until death separates both parties. Nigerian men are one of a kind and could be intolerant when it comes to the type of women they want to marry and spend their lives with.

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As God would have it, women are beautiful. It is something no man has fully understood as to why they can do without women. Although, all kinds of Nigerian women are appreciated by Nigerian men, not all are qualified to be a man’s eve. Trust me, no man loves to spend his time, effort, energy and money on a woman who does not fit into any of these criteria below

Types of women Nigerian men want to marry

A home keeper

Nigerian men love to marry industrious women they can leave the affairs of their homes to. Trust is one of the greatest gift a man can give a woman. Women who are home keepers can cook and raise children the right way by instilling the core values and morals. A man who marries a real home keeper feels more relaxed and secured that he had made the right choice.

Women that are hard to get

Its normal with women to play hard to get so as not to fall cheaply into men’s traps. These women are seen by men as virtuous and they would die to have them by their side as they see them as a potential wife material.

Intelligent ladies

Every man trips for a lady who is intelligent as no man would want to marry a dummy. Men know a smart women when they see them as these women are always successful in their careers.

A disadvantage to this is that some men who are not in the same class may feel intimidated by them as no man wants to be controlled by a woman. Women please note that Men are naturally proud and would do anything to maintain their ego.

Ladies who are understanding and genuine

Most Ladies who are honest, understanding and genuine are rare. Women like these love in totality. Men want women that would stand by them even when things are not moving well; Women who can understand and encourage them. Women should know that your words can either destroy or uplift your man.

Women that are beautiful

Every man has his own definition of beauty as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder; Nigerian men go for that which are appealing to them. She doesn’t need to be the most beautiful woman in the world but should possess those strong features and characters that men can’t resist.

Ladies that are not loose morally

Most men are guilty of jumping from one lady to another before they get married and trust them, they tour clubs, looking for girls that are ready to satisfy their sexual urge. Believe me, men don’t appreciate women who are morally loose but the ones who are disciplined.

Ladies with class

Nigerian men love to marry women within their social status. They feel proud to have women at their side who have the class, women who know how to dress and behave mature in public.

Women with sumptuous shape

Hmmm, you won’t expect a Nigerian man to see a figure eight and throw away his eyes or a busty woman without having to fantasize. The reality is that most Nigerian men love their women curvy and fleshy as they do not want to feel bones when they touch or lie with these women.

God Fearing Ladies

Most Nigerian men want God fearing ladies that can raise the spirituality of their homes. Women that are prayerful. Although, men don’t like it when such women over do it. They want a woman that can raise their children in a Godly way.

Biography Of Salisu Buhari: Disgraced Former Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives



Salisu Ibrahim Buhari was the sixth Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives. He headed the lower chamber for the short period of one year between 1999 and 2000.

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According to a publication in his praise in an article on page 7 of The Guardian in October 1999, by one Amadi, Ibrahim Salisu Buhari had become an accountant by profession and then did his National Youth Service Corp with Standard Construction, the indigenous company that built the NPA Ship House in Abuja.

He was later retained by Standard Construction as its General Manager. Amadi went on to say that Salisu left Standard Construction for private business management shortly afterwards when he handled several of his business interests in Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos, Kano.

Before he was appointed as the Speaker, the former legislator was already mired in a little bit of controversy about whether or not he partook in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service. But he scaled through that and became the Speaker of the House of Representatives, only for him to meet with an insurmountable one. One that would get him kicked out of the National Assembly.

In his bio-data made available to the electoral commission, Salisu Buhari had claimed that he was 36 years old and had obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1990; and also a diploma in Accountancy from Ahmadu Bello university, Zaria, in 1988. He also claimed that he had served in the National Youth Service Corps in 1991.

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A group called the “Network For Democracy” decided to investigate these claims based on suspicions that it had. They found that:

– Ibrahim Salisu Buhari was actually born in 1970 placing his age at that time at 29 years old not 36 years.

– That he was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, but was withdrawn because he falsified his credentials.

– That he was at no time a student of the University of Toronto in Canada nor did he obtain a degree in Business Administration.

– That he did not take part in the National Youth service Corps(NYSC)

These findings not only made the legislator out to be a blatant liar, they meant that according to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Buhari was ab initio unqualified for the election to become a member of the House of the Representatives.

What made his downfall worse was the fact that Buhari tried horribly to conceal the truth by putting out advertorials insisting on his age and academic qualifications.

After an intensive investigation commissioned to the NSA by the Presidency which yielded the same findings that he was lying, the Speaker weepingly resigned.

Resignation

In an emotional speech on the On October 23, 1999, to other members of the National Assembly, Mr Buhari said: “I apologise to you. I apologise to the nation. I apologise to my family and friends for all the distress I have caused them. I was misled in error by zeal to serve the nation. I hope the nation will forgive me and give me the opportunity to serve again.”

And he got his second chance 14 years later in 2013 when he got appointed as a member of the governing council of University of Nigeria by the Nigerian government. This was during the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

Naturally, this was attended by a lot of criticism. Reuben Abati tried to justify the move on the grounds that Salisu Buhari had already been pardoned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo after he had apologised to his colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives.

According to him:

“Salisu has brought these comments and they are very controversial. People are saying that he was convicted for forgery and perjury under the Obasanjo’s administration. If you recall after that conviction, he not only apologised on the floor of the House of Representatives, the administration at the time subsequently granted him pardon.

“Pardon means you can no longer be punished for whatever offense you have committed. It means that your rights have been restored and you can again legitimately act for the society. The pardon says you can’t be shut out of the society. If you have opportunity again to serve your country, of course, you can be asked to be part of the process.”

As far as we know, the youngest Speaker of the House of Representatives has been quietly serving on the governing council since then.

Popular Yoruba Herbs: English Name & Uses



Before the coming of the orthodox medicine which we know as the English medicine, each and every tribe had their own herbs which they use in treating diseases.

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Some of these popular herbs are used across ethnic groups while some are more common in some places.

While some of these Yoruba herbs that are common in some places, they are known with different names depending on area they are located.

This means you might know a particular herb in Igbo and someone will be talking about that same herb and it will seem to you as if that person is wasting his or her precious time.

This article will let you know the English names of common herbs in Yoruba land alongside their uses.

Mint Leaf (Ewe Minti)

Mint leaf is known as Ewe Minti in Yoruba. It is a very common and popular herb. Mint is a popular herb that can be used fresh or dried in many dishes and infusions.

Mint oil is often used in toothpaste, gum, candy, and beauty products. Some of the health benefits of mint includes relieving someone of allergies and pains, it helps prevent against gastric ulcer. It is good for oral health as well as skin among other benefits.

Spinach (Efo Tete)

Efo Tete is the English name for Spinach. This green plant is used among various cultures and had come along way as a herbal plant. To some, they don’t even know of it health benefits.

They only know it is edible and it appeals to their taste bud. If you are one of those persons, just know that spinach possible health benefit includes cancer and asthma protection, reduction of blood pressure, diabetes management and promotion of healthy skin, hair and bone.

Parsley (Effirin)

The English name of Effirin, a common herb in Yoruba is Parsley.

Parsley benefits the body in many ways and is considered a naturally effective treatment for a wide range of symptoms and diseases.

Derived from the petroselinum plant, parsley and parsley essential oil have been used as a natural detox remedy, diuretic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent for centuries in folk medicine.

Today, fortunately, many studies back up health claims about parsley that traditional populations have believed for many years.

Cayenne Pepper (Ata Gun Gun)

Cayenne pepper popularly known as Ata gun gun in Yoruba language is a popular herb not only among the Yorubas but other cultures in Nigeria and the world at large.

Cayenne pepper benefits are numerous and effective; it’s used to help digestion, including heal upset stomach, slow intestinal gas, stop stomach pain, stop diarrhea and as a natural remedy for cramps.

It’s also used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels – including to improve poor circulation, reverse excessive blood clotting, lower high cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

Cinnamon (Oloorun)

The popular cinnamon herb is known as Oloorun in Yoruba. It health benefits includes; high source of Antioxidants, contains Anti-inflammatory properties, promotion of heart health and help fight diabetes and lower the risk of cancer among others.

Turmeric (Atale Pupa)

Atale Pupa is the Yoruba name for Turmeric. This herb increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, lower risk of brain damage and heart disease.

It can help prevent cancer and could delay aging and fight age-related diseases among others.

Basil (Basil)

The Basil herb is also known as Basil among the Yorubas. Basil of course, is used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but what may surprise you is the many benefits of basil that make it well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties.

Basil extract, or basil essential oil, is proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions, which makes it one of the most important medical herbs known today.

Its health benefits includes, it serves as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it fight against cancer, and it is a pain and fever reliever, it prevent diabetes, help boost the immune system, protects the liver and also used as an anti-stress solution.

Bay Leaf (Bay Bunkum)

The English name of the Bay leaf is Bay Bunkum. Bay leaf is packed with nutrients.

It eases joint pain from arthritis, provide immune support, help in sugar level balance, aids in digestion, reduce congestion and help in improving scalp health.

Marjoram (Efo Ewuro)

Marjoram, known as Efo Ewuro in Yoruba, can be taken orally in a more concentrated medicinal form or used topically and in aromatherapy as an essential oil.

The inhalation of marjoram essential oil actually has been shown to calm the nervous system and, in turn, positively impact your cardiovascular system by improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

It’s been used to treat coughs, runny noses, gallbladder issues, digestive problems, depression, dizziness, migraines, nervous headaches, nerve pain and paralysis as well.

Celery (Seleri)

The Yorubas call the celery herb seleri. This is also a popular Yoruba herb that helps in lowering inflammation, reducing blood pressure, reducing risk of cancer and help in preventing age-related vision loss.

How to Pay For Facebook Ads in Nigeria (2020)

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Advertising your business on Facebook can help you get that needed exposure to help sell that particular product you wish to promote. Facebook ads helps present your business or product to the right target if you know how to select the target audience properly.

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Since Facebook is the biggest social media network with more than 1 billion followers, it would only make sense that business owners utilize this platform, not only to sell but in reaching out to others for businesses.

You can tap into this trend and make money via Facebook ads. If you are looking for information on how to pay for Facebook ads in Nigeria, this post will provide you with details on how to do just that.

Problems Faced by Nigerians When Trying To Run Ads on Facebook

Below are certain challenges faced by Nigerians trying to pay for Facebook ads:

  • Unable to pay for Facebook ads in Nigeria with the Naira denomination. This has been rectified by Facebook recently as they now accept Naira as opposed to before when it was not permitted.
  • How to create Facebook adverts to meet the right target audience.
  • ATM card restrictions by Nigerian banks

How To Pay for Facebook ads in Nigeria using Naira

Paying for your Facebook advert using Naira is now possible with two methods. The fist method is via your Domiciliary account or through payment agents in Nigeria.

If you have a dorm account, you can request for a dollar card which you would have to add to your Facebook payment data base so as to make necessary payments for the Facebook ads.

The other method is to use trusted online payment agents. They will help you make payment when you send the Naira equivalent of the amount you want to pay Facebook. Although, they charge. You should consider the cheapest one among the list of these service providers.

Using PayPal payment method

You can also pay for Facebook ads in Nigeria directly using PayPal. It is no more news that PayPal currently allows Nigerians to own and fund PayPal account. By linking your bank account to your PayPal, this can be done easily.

To use PayPal as a means of payment on Facebook, you would have to add the PayPal account to your Facebook payment account page. This method is quick as you can use the fund transferred into the PayPal account to pay for Facebook ads easily.

Using your debit card

If you want to use debit MasterCard, there are two banks in Nigeria that supports payment for Facebook ads using the conventional debit cards.

These banks include FCMB and GTBank.

You can use their debit MasterCard to make payment for your Facebook adverts. The only pitfall is that they limit you to the Naira equivalent of $100 a month. Please note that you would be charged the equivalent in Naira as the flunctuation between the Naira and Dollar might be the stumbling block.

New Info: As for debit card, you have to use a dollar card. I use a GT Dollar card to advertise on Facebook and they charge the Naira equivalent.

Hope this information helps.