Africa in 601 minute read
In case you missed it, here are the stories across Africa that made the headlines on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, all in one minute.
Dele Giwa: Heroes Don’t Die, They Look On
In Nigeria, it is extremely difficult for the children of the common man to rise and shine. It takes hard work that is twice as much as the normal, and an extremely good talent to thrive.
This ladder of greatness and difficulties was climbed by Dele Giwa, son of a laundry man and he became one of the most loved heroes of journalism in Nigeria. Fate was cruel to Giwa, but it had excused him for some years to leave a mark indelible enough for Nigerians to remember him thirty-nine years after his demise.
The nature of the death of the former publisher and founder of Newswatch is one that will never be forgotten by Nigerians. In a period when the military went over the confines of human rights to dish out savagery, Giwa stood, critiqued and criticised when necessary without a tinge of fear. He made the Ibrahim Babangida government stand on its toes and that was what they hated him for. Oppressors hardly love to be questioned and this, Giwa did glowingly, when it was of utmost necessity.
Many stories have been told about his death and not a single one of them described him less than the excellent man he was. Even in death, his great works are still seen wide and far, sparking courage in the modern journalist and daring the younger generation to question oppression.
The truth is what many people, especially those in authority don’t like to hear but it is what always stands the valiant out. It is the forte of the best journalists in every generation and it is the hope of the common man. Giwa came from the common clan but wrote his name in gold, with his talent, penchant for the truth and love for his people.
He died at the young age of 39 but had done enough to live far longer than his presence – the rare reward of a hero; immortality. Not much has changed since Giwa left the surface of the earth, in fact, he will be rolling in his grave to see the current state of his darling country. Nigeria is far worse than Giwa left it and the legacy he built has not been really followed, most thankfully to a very media-stifling government.
Giwa’s biggest achievement was putting the government on its toes, and he showed precepts of how to become better citizens without selling one’s soul. His presence sparked courage for the populace and his death left many more with clenched fists, but struck by their powerlessness at the face of powerful, careless and disregarding leaders.
Today, some journalists have trailed Giwa’s path, revealing stories out of the needle’s eye and putting their careers, and sometimes lives on the line to tell the truth, reveal the details and spill the beans. Their courage, and hope, like Giwa’s is to see a better Nigeria, and they’ve shown a relentless poise to ensure this becomes a success.
More importantly, Nigerians have grown more courageous, are telling their own stories and are the investigative journalists themselves. A lot has changed since Giwa’s death, for worse, but the little that has changed for better leaves a mark of belief in the fact that, the son of a common man will someday change the course and cause of this great country, like the great Dele changed journalism and his country.
His stories are still much present and the narratives he painted in the past now strike Nigerians at every turn and in every corner. The Nigeria he so much desired is yet to be, but there may be light at the end of this long tunnel so Dele must watch on. Heroes don’t die, they look on.
”Government Sent Soldiers To Kill Innocent Civilians For Their Economic Gain” – Chioma good hair
The CEO of the famous restaurant; Brass and Copper, and Good Hair Ltd has come to a conclusion that the Government of Nigeria, specifically that of Lagos state sent military men to kill Nigerian youth protesting for the end of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, and she has said the reason behind this is because, the pocket of the Government has been crippled due to the fact that the Lekki Toll gate has not been bringing in money because of the ongoing protest.
In her words, ”We have barely finished saying the names and mourning the death of our beloved fallen innocent citizens by SARS and you do this????? You send the military to kill us innocent protesters ???? I am so angry I am so so angry the words fail me.
How many more names are we going to add to the list ??? How many ???? Oh God why ? Why have you allowed these monsters Fail us like this !?!?!
Lekki has been one of the most peaceful protest ground- no thugs, no bad eggs- pure unity. So why would you ever send soldiers to kill innocent civilians if not for the economic gain?
You remove the cameras, turn off all the lights and unleash uniformed armed killers on women and children? The AUDACITY!!! And then you’ll wake up tomorow and start giving speeches and audio promises!!
Nah this is demonic!
It’s simple- because their pockets have been crippled they have decided to kill because of a weeks loss of earnings on the routes of the protest?!?!
Thank you for letting us know where it hits you the most because you didn’t send soldiers to Alausa or Orile where police statios were being burnt (by your own thugs anyway) you sent them to Lekki toll????
No no no no these INNOCENT PROTESTERS cannot die in vain! Something must give!
My people let’s now get serious! It’s time to STRATEGIZE!”
Emphasizing on how peaceful the protest has been, the Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur and executive coach, takes to her instagram to rant about the unrest that happened in the country yesterday.
”Na who chop belle full go protest”… funny enough at the Lekki Protest we’ve actually managed to keep a lot of potential ”hoodlums” engaged by feeding them because they spend majority of their time eating or queuing for food as opposed to causin trouble.
But in other areas, since we crippled your police you decided to set the unemployed youth (Still caused by you) on us.
Boldly delivering them in police vans, BRT buses and range rovers to cause total chaos.
Update: And now you send soldiers to shoot at innocent civilians at the Lekki Toll gate after turning off all the lights and screens and strategically rmoving all the cameras earlier today???? SMDH!!!!
This has been the most peaceful protest location so far, so what is it that pains you people so so much about us being there? what exactly????
Nigeria you have failed us! Lagos state you have failed us!!!
I’m happy the world can see! Everyone please stay safe but trust me this is far from over- in fact we’re just getting started”
Actress Ada Ameh Loses Only Child
Nollywood actress and ‘The Johnsons’ star, Ada Ameh’s daughter, Aladi Godgifts Ameh, is dead.
Aladi died on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
The Benue-born actress, who confirmed the death on her Instagram page, expressed sadness over her daughter’s death.
“Fams!!! My lovely people ❤. Pray for me🙏
My beautiful darling Child choose to go and be with the Lord early hours of today.😭😭💔💔
Aladi Godgifts Ameh
@lalas_touch why did you choose to leave me now?😭😭😭 Ladi how you want make i do na?
I will be strong 💪!! GOD Has to help me”
Ameh gave birth to her daughter at age 14. Her daughter was a Makeup artist, an actress, a fashion enthusiast and a business woman.
Till now we do not know the cause of her Death, but one of the deceased Instagram post points out the fact that at some point she was highly depressed and devastated. This post also revealed that a lump was found in the deceased breast, and at some point, she began to lose weight, and thought she had cancer. Ada Ameh’s daughter also revealed that she had a lot of family issues.
“The last one year has been eventful. I am using these pictures to say thank you God for ALWAYS coming through for me. The first picture was taken exactly this time one year ago. Even tho i looked good, behind those mask of makeup was a highly depressed, devastated and empty girl. Few weeks to my birthday on a movie set i got to know my beloved aunt passed away, while this may not mean much to some people it took almost everything away from me including my faith and trust in God.
Moving on and trying to see the “light at he end of the tunnel” a lump was found in my breast plus other family issues that just became TOO MUCH for me to handle alone. In a space of weeks i had lost so much weight that i started believing it could be cancer. Although I smiled to everything and everyone but i cried A LOT and felt TIRED OF LIVING inside. Then i really understood why some people decide to end it all especially when everyone sees you as the “strong one with a perfect life”.
But one day i heard God in my place of prayer say ” how long will you try to do the things only i have power over”, it was then i decided to let go and let him. Several tests were carried out and all came out negative. Lump melted and dried up. God helped me to really make peace with my past, gave me a better understanding of my life and purpose,forgive those who had hurt me deeply in the past and also trust him again. Better alignments and relationships were formed and one of my desires as a business person became a reality. I just want to encourage someone here that God is indeed DEPENDABLE.”
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