Congratulations galore are pouring in for NY Giants Osi Umenyiora and former Miss Universe Leila Lopes, who tweeted their engagement from Europe. The newly engaged couple spent this week in Europe with friends and family (his brother Okwi and his wife) visiting such sights as Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo and posted photos from Twitter and instagram. The couple are both African. He’s Nigerian and she’s Angolan!
A gynecologist who was recently fired for secretly filming his female patients was found dead in his Maryland home after committing suicide.
Dr Nikita Levy, who worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for two decades up until last week, is suspected of covertly taking pictures and shooting videos of his exposed patients.
Levy was found dead by police who arrived at his Towson home at 7am on Monday morning in a suspected suicide. They would not reveal his cause of death except to say that neither a gun or knife was used.
The 54-year-old doctor had not been charged with any crime, but his lawyer confirmed that he was representing Levy at the time of his death.
Levy had worked as a doctor at the prestigious school’s East Baltimore Medical Center in their gynecology and obstetrics department.
His trove of patients received a letter last week notifying them that he would no longer be working at the practice, but many are infuriated by the fact that a key piece of information was left out.
The letter did not mention anything about the allegations against him, leaving out the fact that a co-worker discovered that the doctor was using personal recording devices to capture his patients in their most vulnerable moments.
Source: Mailonline, UK
Eko Hotel, Victoria Island: the scene of so many expensive misdemeanours in the past, did its best not to disappoint. Kim Kardashian (pictured sailing into the salubrious Murtala Muhammed International Airport) was billed to “co-host” an event with R’n’B crooner Darey Art-Alade in honour of “Love..Like a Movie”. In other words, it was a “Vals” thing. Lagos being familiar to the metallurgy of snobbery, this involved platinum ticket holders being invited to an exclusive pre-dinner event with her K-ness. Pseudo-ogas lower down the corporate food chain only got to see the show.
I was just over a thousand miles away from the action in Freetown, watching my Twitter timeline cascade with commentary as the evening unfolded. Tweets purred with pleasure at the acrobatics segment, and at the godly qualities of Waje’s voice. There was a sense that in production values and packaging, Lagos had outblinged itself.
And then Ms Kardashian appeared, said, “hey Naija” and vamoosed. The rumour was that she’d been paid 500,000 Benjamins for the honour of mixing with the petro-class. She arrived on Saturday evening (on Air France), and left within twenty-four hours (someone Instagrammed her back at MMIA). Prole class tickets were apparently N100,000 ($640), although quite a few got in gratis on the guest list.
The Lagos elite blows money at puffery, while most of Nigeria suffers. It’s the same as it ever was. I recall Carlos Moore railing against the Gowon era on his trip to Nigeria a couple of years ago – how Lagosians were partying while bodies were lying unburied in the street. Gowon was famous at the time for saying that the problem in Nigeria was not money, but how to spend it.
Reflecting a little on the unfolding disappointment in Lagos, I couldn’t help but think that the narrow slice of KK the audience were granted reflects a cargo cult/import economy/colo-mentality, that dresses its shame in dandified arrogance. Last year, Hugh Masekela played the Motor Boat club. I was lucky to be there (I think I paid 15,000 naira for the privilege). People chatted noisily throughout. The great jazzman could hardly hide his disgust.
There’s something Dubai-esque about the children of the Islands. Pampered lives told in British public school brogues. Bubbles of air-conditioned comfort, which we might think of these days as “Lekki blindness”. Fela is long since dead, but his words rework themselves in the present with ease.
As the disgruntled tweets flowed out on my timeline, I thought of Special K, comfy in her jimjams, the plane rising gradually above the Atlantic, safe from all Lagos harm, smiling to herself that she’d actually 419’d the 419ers. And I went to bed with one final thought: oil turns all who touch it completely insane.
When Peggielene Bartels went to bed on a summer night in 2008, she was an ordinary administrative assistant living in a modest one-bedroom condo just outside Washington D.C.
But a few hours later, when a persistent ringing phone woke her up in the dead of the August night, the 55-year-old found out she was much more than simply a secretary.
At the other end of the line was Bartels’s cousin, from Otuam, a small fishing village on the coast of Ghana. Excited and humble, he congratulated her on being the new king of Otuam.
“I said, ‘listen, it’s 4 o’clock in the morning in the U.S., I am very tired, let me sleep,'” remembers Bartels. “I thought he was trying to really play games with me.”
But this was no time for games.
The previous king of Otuam, who was Bartels’s uncle, had just died. The village elders, who remembered Bartels from the times she’d visited with her mother, had decided to anoint her as their new ruler.
After the initial shock, Bartels decided to accept the kingship. Over the course of a few days, she went from being plain old Peggielene Bartels, who had worked for nearly three decades at the Ghanaian Embassy in the United States, to becoming King Peggy — the first female king of Otuam, reigning over approximately 7,000 people.
“It never ever occurred to me [that I’d be Otuam’s king],” says Bartels, who’s been living in the United States since her early 20s. “I realized that on this earth, we all have a calling. We have to be ready to accept it because helping my people has really helped me a lot to know that I can really touch their lives,” she adds. “I would have really regretted it if I hadn’t really accept this calling.”
Although she still works at the Ghanaian Embassy, Bartels uses all her holiday every year to spend a month in Otuam.
First Lady Michelle Obama will be attending the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year -old Chicago teen who was shot in the back during a rainstorm, on Saturday. She will be joined by White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Pendleton performed at the Presidential Inauguration a little over a week from the day that she was killed on January 29th. Pendleton’s death has brought Chicago’s already high homicide rate to the forefront of media attention and highlighted the issues of gun violence throughout the U.S.
May Her Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace, Amen!