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Glory Osei and Muyiwa Folorunsho: another case of undercover fraudsters?3 min read

Twitter handle @therealada_ replied the tweet levelling accusations of fraud against the entrepreneurs

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Glory Osei & Muyiwa

Nigeria’s twitter community was hustling and bustling with Glory Osei’s story on Monday. Who is Glory Osei and why was she trending? Glory Osei is a Nigerian social media celebrity and self-acclaimed International Procurement Expert. According to her Instagram bio, she co-founded Landlagos, Porkmoney, Porkoyum, Hyperfactory and founded Femfunds. All corporate entities.

All was going smoothly for Osei until she advertised two job openings in her company Hyperfactory, on her twitter handle on Monday, 21 October. No sooner had she tweeted about the jobs, a Twitter handle @therealada_ replied the tweet levelling accusations of fraud against the entrepreneur, her husband Muyiwa and the various companies the duo floated. 

Osei’s ex-employee, Ada revealed that she had worked with the couple who elaborately concealed their marriage from their social media followers. In her tweets, she narrated how Osei’s husband Muyiwa fraudulently sold many plots of land to people with defective titles. Lands that were later reallocated to some other persons by the government. The ex-employee went further to accuse the couple of running a Ponzi-styled Pork business and selling fake hair to women.

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The ex-employee also narrated the poor treatment she and her former colleagues suffered in the hands of Osei who she described as a rude, high-handed boss. She further disclosed how the couple would randomly deduct huge part of their salaries for minor work offences like late coming. According to her, Osei’s presence commanded fear from all the staff as one could easily be relieved of one’s duties for the most insignificant reasons.  

These revelations appeared shocking to many because of the saint-like life Osei made her followers on social media believe she lived. In fact, many young people admired her business acumen and entrepreneurial skills, aspiring to be just like her. This is not the first time a prominent figure that many have looked up to would turn out to be either confirmed or alleged to be fraudulent.

Recall that months ago, a certain Invictus Obi trended when he was declared wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for running a wire-transfer syndicate that defrauded hundreds of Americans millions of dollars.

Invictus Obi carefully concealed his criminal activities from the public while marketing himself as a very hardworking gentleman who, by dint of hard work, has achieved what many people of his age can only dream of. When he was finally disgraced many were left bewildered.

These crop of people dish out motivational quotes and tips on how-to-make-money. They flood Instagram and Facebook with pictures of their opulent lifestyles; holidays in Ibiza, Santorini, Aruba and the best destinations in Africa and the world; buy expensive automobiles, fly business class, lodge in high-end hotels and don designer wears. A young follower, after seeing the flaunted affluence, starts questioning the very essence of his or her existence. The impact? Crime triple in the society, suicide rate increases!

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It is about time the government regulate working conditions in private workplaces. How some private organizations treat their workers is nothing to write home about. Sometimes, there is no clear distinction between some of these jobs and what many would call slavery. An employer should not wake up one morning and decide to slash the salary of his or her employment by half because the employee spilt water on the floor! 

Again, these employees should be properly sensitized on their rights and duties as employees. Let them understand the implications of the inclusion or omission of certain vital clauses in the contractual agreement.

Finally, these allegations of fraud should be investigated and necessary actions taken by the relevant authorities. More than just venting on social media, the accuser and her ex-colleagues should come out and make a proper case of this issue.

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Richard Branson apologises to South Africa for ‘non-inclusive’ tweet

yesterday’s choice of a photo to go with my tweet clearly lacked diversity. Apologies

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Richard Branson apologises to South Africa for 'non-inclusive' tweet

British billionaire and Virgin founder Richard Branson apologised on Tuesday for posting a picture on Twitter he admitted “clearly lacked diversity” as he launched his new entrepreneurship development centre in South Africa.

On Monday he tweeted a picture of himself and eight others captioned “We aim to become the heart of entrepreneurship in Southern Africa”.

It featured no blacks in a country where they make up 80 per cent of the population.

That sparked outrage as racial tensions remain high and the majority black population is still economically marginalised 25 years after apartheid.

“Where did you find so many white people in South Africa?” one tweet said.

“I wish there were more BLACK entrepreneurs in this picture,” @NomsBomba said.

Following the flurry of angry and sarcastic tweets targeting the mogul, who runs a chain of gyms in South Africa and whose airline daily flies the London-Johannesburg route, Branson deleted the tweet and apologised.

“The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship is for all South Africans, but yesterday’s choice of a photo to go with my tweet clearly lacked diversity. Apologies,” he said.

The centre serves as business development hub aimed at supporting entrepreneurs.

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Radio station shuts down after death of broadcaster in DR Congo

We are victims of our commitment to the awareness campaign about the spread of Ebola virus disease.

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A local radio station in eastern DR Congo said Monday it was closing down after one of its broadcasters was murdered.

Joel Musavuli, head of Lwemba radio in Mambasa in Ituri province, told AFP that the station had been targeted by armed groups hostile to its campaign to roll back the Ebola epidemic.

“Each of us have received threats since last month. We have now decided to stop broadcasting, Musavuli said, adding that he himself had escaped two kidnap attempts.

“We are victims of our commitment to the awareness campaign about the spread of Ebola virus disease. We don’t know why the militiamen are targeting us.”

Nearly 2,200 people have died since the notorious haemorrhagic disease erupted in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2018, according to the latest official figures.

The fight against the outbreak has been hampered by local fears and superstitions exploited by militia groups that are rampant in the remote region.

Several health workers have been killed and media that have supported the campaign have received threats. Several radio stations in the Mambasa area say they have stopped broadcasting anti-Ebola messages because of intimidation.

On November 2, Lwemba broadcaster Papy Mahamba was killed at his home by unidentified men. His wife was injured and their house set ablaze. 

The station said the authorities had failed to take action against the threats. It said it would resume broadcasts after “the state has restored authority in the area”.

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Burna Boy confirms show in South Africa

Burna Boy promises to donate part of proceeds from South Africa show to Xenophobic attack victims.

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Burna Boy promises to donate part of proceeds from South Africa show to Xenophobic attack victims.

Burna Boy has indicated his readiness to perform in South Africa and donate part of the proceeds to victims of the xenophobic attack.

Months after weighing in on xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Burna Boy has confirmed his preparedness to perform in the country.

In a recent tweet, Burna Boy noted that the show, which is tagged Africans Unite, will be the first of many.

The African Giant singer also hinted that he will be donating part of the proceeds from the show to victims of xenophobic attacks in the country.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of Xenophobic attacks by me!” Burna Boy’s statement said in parts.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, a South African online platform reported that Burna Boy will be in South Africa for a concert.

In September, Burna Boy had weighed in on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa vowing not to step in the country again.

The ‘African Giant’ further narrated how he suffered a Xenophobic attack in 2017 and had since refused to return to the Nelson Mandela country.

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