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Organisers, AU postpone 7th edition over COVID-19

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WEEKS to the seventh edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, the organisers have announced the deferment of the 2020 edition of the award ceremony to 2021.


In a statement from the AFRIMA headquarters, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of AFRIMA announced the deferment of the awards ceremony in the light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic.


The decision to suspend the ceremony, which had been scheduled to hold in Nigeria between December 2 and December 6, 2020, was revealed earlier in the week.

The statement pointed out that the decision was reached after several months of monitoring the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and careful consultations with AFRIMA stakeholders on the continent and around the globe.

The African Union Commission and AFRIMA further stated that the cancellation brings with it great opportunities for future awards planning and preparation by utilizing the digital platforms and gains the new normal has thrust upon the world.

“The health and safety of the community of AFRIMA Stakeholders is of utmost

importance to us. Many of our awards nominees and delegates travel from different parts of the continent and from other parts of the globe to Africa each edition and fully understanding the risks involved with such movements, the suspension of the 2020 edition of AFRIMA is the only prudent course for us. We work day and night each year to ensure we provide a world-class and safe awards event. Now, we are focusing all of our efforts on making our future events even better. We hope that the world will be able to take adequate action and that the spread of the virus will soon be contained.

“We would like to thank all our stakeholders and partners for their support, open

discussions, and encouragement. We will continue to work with every one of you and share more information about our plans for the coming year which has been declared by the Policy Organs of the African Union as the year of Arts, Culture, and Heritage and will be celebrated under the theme ‘Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building Africa We Want’,” the statement read in parts.

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Woman tortures in-law with hot knife in Ogun

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The Police in Ogun state have arrested a woman identified as Iswat Taofeek for allegedly using a hot knife to burn a 12-year-old old boy living with her.


Iswat Taofeek, a resident of No 36 Isoka Kugba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, was arrested after a neighbour took the injured boy to a police station to report the abuse.


Wicked: Woman tortures in-law with hot knife in Ogun

The Ogun State Police command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this to newsmen on Monday Nov 23, in a statement issued in Abeokuta.

Oyeyemi said,

“The suspect was today arrested at about 8:30am, following a complaint by one of her neighbors who came to Adatan police station with the little boy whose body was full of injuries inflicted on him with a hot knife and cutlass.

“While the report was being lodged, the little boy fainted at the station and was quickly rushed to a hospital for medical attention”.

“On the strength of the report, the DPO Adatan division, CSP Samuel Aladegoroye detailed his detectives to the woman’s house where she was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect explained that the little boy is a son to her brother-in-law and he has been living with her for some time.

“She stated further that she kept the sum of 5,000 Naira somewhere in the house but couldn’t find it and she believed that it was the boy who stole it and that was why she put a knife on fire until it was red hot before she used it to burn the little boy all over his body.”

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the case to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.

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“Susu’s beauty is TIMELESS!” – Banky W gushes over Adesua

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They really are the cutest!


Banky W is gushing over his wife Adesua Etomi-Wellington‘s beauty and we’re here for all of it.

The singer shared these beautiful throwback photos of Adesua, stating that she would have been his spec even when he was 10 years old. How sweet!

He wrote,

I hereby interrupt your day to let you know that Susu’s beauty is TIMELESS!!! She would have been my spec even when I was 10 years old!!! Just look at this supermodel!!! 😍😍😍😍😩😩😩😩🥰🥰🥰🥰

Swipe to see that the cuteness actually runs in their family lol @adesuaetomi @ozzyetomi lol goodgenes.com

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Funmi Iyanda Discusses Healthcare And Religion In Episode 4 of Public Eye

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On Sunday, November 22, 2020, Funmi Iyanda had conversations about what should comprise primary healthcare in Nigeria, and the implications of a fusion of traditional and modern medicine with the founder of Pax Herbals Clinic and Research Laboratories, Father Anselm Adodo, The CEO of Quincy Herbals, Mrs Tobi Ayodele-Keeney, and The Head of the Centre for Research Complimentary Traditions & Alternative Medicine (CRTCAM), Dr O.O. Aina.


We were taken on a journey to Ibadan – the traditional medicine markets, Bode and Oopo-yeosa precisely. The bustle of the markets implied that many have begun to favour traditional medicine over synthetic medicine. At the markets, the Public Eye team interviewed three women who have practised traditional pharmacology and healing for decades.


Father Anslem Adodo, a Benedictine monk with a passion for pharmacology, in a discussion about why traditional medicine has been painted black by Nigerians stated, “The confusion comes from religion, Christianity in particular. Religion makes us throw away everything in our culture.”

He also criticised the current system of medicine practised in the country. “The current high-tech medical system is focused on waiting for people to fall sick so they can use high-tech machines to diagnose and treat them.”

Funmi Iyanda agreed wholeheartedly. “We live in a world that has to have an answer for COVID-19 and needs to develop alternative systems for these complex situations going on in the world.”

Tobi Ayodele-Keeney and Dr O.O. Aina dropped their two cents on the current COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mrs Ayodele-Keeney, “Drug-resistant malaria is more of a problem than COVID-19.” Dr Aina believes that a majority of Nigerians have the coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

In a follow-up conversation about the challenges of integrating traditional and modern medicine, Mrs Ayodele-Keeney revealed, “There needs to be research and development of African traditional medicine. We need to standardize the process and the people in the practice.”

Public Eye airs every Sunday at 5 pm on TVC News. You can catch them on any of these television channels: DSTV (channel 418), Startimes (channel 307), GOTV (channel 45), or channel 572 on Sky.

Public Eye is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

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