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Ex Nigerian Basketball Player, Onwude Acquires A House In the US

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Ex Nigerian basketball player, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, goes emotional as she acquires a house in the US.

She took to her Instagram to mention some of her ordeals, before eventually getting a house. In her words;

“This post bout to be hella emo… what’s the word to describe it? Of course I’m happy, that’s def a good word. But a better word is peace… I feel peace. I own a home, the first time our family has lived in a house or owned one. What little we once had we lost. I feel at peace to have a home base. I’m on the move a lot, partially because of my career, but probably, honestly, because I haven’t had anywhere stable to go. And while I try to repress memories of anxiety filled nights or finding us sitting on frigid cold New York City streets. I’ll never let go of the warmth of many kind people during this journey. S/O to all the places I’ve been given the grace to rest my head at when there was no where to go. Chrissy’s crib, Ashley’s mom’s bed, Sasha’s attic, Warren’s guest room, Suzy’s basement, Richie and Nancy’s office, the couches of Rebecca and Vickie and Alana and Jess and Christine and Sharon… there’s too many couches to name… some of people I knew well, and some of people I knew less but they still looked out…”

Revealing how she had to jump from one house to another, and being in social workers’ care, she said “So much thanks to all the loved ones who have kept my belongings for me for years; who are holding random family heirlooms like picture albums, or a varsity jacket, or my birth certificate.

“Thank you to social workers who actually cared, women’s shelters, community homes that have helped our family through the lowest of times. I am so thankful but especially to my mother Patricia Gold, without whom none of this is possible, and out of all of us has endured the most trials and tribulations. I wish her life was easier for her; I wish for a lot for her. That’s all I’ll say about that for now. This is a cherished precious slice of the American dream for the Gold-Onwude’s and now we have a place to be. Amen.”

Ros Fatima Gold-Onwude, is an American-Nigerian sports broadcaster. A native of New York City. Gold-Onwude played college basketball at Stanford and played on the Nigeria women’s national basketball team.

Ros covers NBA basketball on ESPN’s TV, digital, and radio platforms and is a fill-in host of “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman each week. Since 2012 Ros has covered March Madness, the NCAA tournament and Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s college hoops in both the analyst and reporter role for Pac-12 Networks. Most recently Gold-Onwude has joined forces with Kevin Durant’s and Rich Kleiman’s 35 Ventures as one of the faces of “The Boardroom”. Ros was also the host of a sports debate show called “Don’t At Me” presented by The Players Tribune and streaming live Twitter.

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Zambian President Grants 246 Death Row Inmates Clemency

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President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has removed 246 inmates, who were on death row, and commutated their sentences to life sentences.

Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, on Wednesday, said that among the inmates includes 225 males and 21 females.

He announced the commuting of the sentences during an event held at Mukobeko Maximum Prison in central Zambia’s Kabwe town which was streamed live on Facebook.

He made the clemency of death to life sentences for over 500 after 332 inmates had their sentences commutated in 2015.

He said the commutation of sentences of inmates would help decongest the section of condemned inmates at the prison which was meant for 50 people but now has over 400 inmates.

The move, he said, was also meant to protect inmates from contracting COVID-19.

In spite of the death penalty being on the country’s statutes, Zambia has not carried out any execution since 1997.

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Nigeria Confirms 15 Additional COVID-19 Deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 15 additional deaths from COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of death toll in the country to 1,522.

The NCDC disclosed this on its website.

The centre also said that 1,303 new cases of COVID-19 was recorded, bringing the total number of infection in the country to 124,299.

The new infections were reported in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The centre said Lagos, FCT and Nasarawa recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 478 , 211 and 83 cases respectively.

Others state with new infections are Rivers-72, Kwara-42, Edo-36, Ondo-34, Benue-32, Kaduna-32, Katsina-26, Plateau-26, Kano-25, Taraba-25, Osun-22, Delta-21, Oyo-21, Niger-19, Sokoto-18, Ebonyi-17, Ekiti-14, Gombe-13, Ogun-12, Bauchi-11, Zamfara-eight, Borno-four and Jigawa-one.

The 1,270,523 people have been tested since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020.

The agency also announced that 917 patients have been discharged from isolation centres across the country after testing negative to the virus , raising the total number of patients discharged to 99,276.

It added that the discharged included 542 community recoveries in Lagos State, 103 in Plateau and 22 in Kwara, managed in line with NCDC guidelines.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level III, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

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Police Rescue 5 Newborns from ‘Baby Factory’ in Anambra, Southeast Nigeria

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The Nigerian Police have rescued five newborns from a baby factory in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.

According to CSP Haruna Ahmed – the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state – 10 suspects were arrested over their roles in the baby factory where young girls are impregnated and their babies sold by human traffickers.

Mohammed, in a statement on Wednesday, said three more children and five pregnant girls were also rescued in a raid on the factory.

“On January 26, at about 7 a.m., following an intelligence report, police operatives attached to the SIB and Area Command, Oraifite, coordinated by the Area Commander, ACP Afolabi Wilfred raided the house.

“The house which belonged to one Melvina Uju Uba is located opposite Nnamdi Azikiwe Orthopedic Teaching Hospital Oba in Idemili South LGA of Anambra state,” he said.

The spokesman listed the arrested suspects as Edna Nnadi, 37, Ujunwa Nweke, 25, Izuchukwu Uba, 24, Chinasa Ibeh, 19, Peace Effiong, 25, Gift Collins, 20, and Chimkaso Kingsley, 25.

Others are Happiness Monday, 18, Chioma Okonkwo, 25, and Uchechukwu Nwankwo, 18.

According to Mohammed, five of the suspects are heavily pregnant.

The rescued children would be handed over to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women’s Affairs for proper care.

He added that efforts are being intensified to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice.

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