Separated from his daughter, a father with an intellectual disability must prove his innocence when he is jailed for the death of a commander's child. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2019) // 7. Koğuştaki Mucize (2019) Genre: Drama Release Date: Oct 10, 2019 Stars: Aras Bulut Iynemli, Nisa Sofiya Aksongur, Deniz Baysal, Celile Toyon Uysal Source: Miracle.in.Cell.No.7.2019.1080p.NF.WEB-DL.DDP5.1.x264-Ao Language: Turkish Subtitle Language: English IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10845262/
Inmates at a Korean prison join forces to protect a comrade and his young daughter, who cannot bear to be separated for even a moment. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013) // 7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul (2013) Genre: Comedy, Drama Release Date: Jan 23, 2013 Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, So Won Kal, Dal-su Oh Source: Miracle.in.Cell.No.7.2013.KOREAN.1080p.BluRay.H264.AAC-VXT Language: Korean Subtitle Language: English IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2659414/
There is a silent war brewing between Big Brother Naija housemates and lovers ,Miravle and Nina after the lattar called Miracle her bestfriend on Sunday. During their respective diary sessions today,Nina who has a boyfriend outside the house, revealed Miracle has been upset with her,since she referred to him as her bestfriend during the live eviction show last week . She revealed he means so much to her and nothing changes when they leave . On his part,Miracle revealed she has to pick a hustle as she can't tell him she loves him at night,and call him boo boo when they are alone and then call him a friend to the world .
Inspiring story of a 94 year old Nigerian sickle cell survivor and how she survived against all odds.
A beautiful 94-year-old Nigerian woman has shared her motivational story of how against all odds, she survived being a sickle cell for all these years. Ninety-four years and still alive and kicking, Alhaja Ashiata Abike Onikoyi nee Laguda's story is one that defies logic. Born with the dreaded though relatively unknown Sickle Cell anaemia at the time, no-one expected her to survive childhood. But Laguda, who could well qualify as the oldest Sickle Cell survivor in Nigeria, not only survived, she weathered the perennial illness days and became as strong as a fiddle. She regaled Medinat Kanabe with her story. There is a notion in Nigeria that anybody living with the sickle cell anaemia, more popularly referred to as SS, hardly lives beyond 40 years. As a matter of fact, when you come across anyone living with the condition, the next thing that comes to the mind is death, premature death. As a result, there is a subtle discrimination against them; they are treated differently from other people; not given jobs and worst of all, no one wants to marry them. It is for this reasons that the story of Alhaja Ashiata Abike Onikoyi nee Laguda, who will be 94 years old this October stands out like a lone star on a rainy night. Born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Onikoyi of Lagos in1924, Alhaja Laguda's parents had first lost a child, most probably, to Sickle Cell Anaemia; but because the disease was then unknown, no one paid attention. In any case, infant mortality rate at the time was still very high and hardly seen as unusual. As fate would have it, her father died before her mum could have other children, so she became an only child until her mother remarried. Amazing alertness Looking nearly two decades younger, Alhaja Laguda welcomed this reporter with the cheer and alertness of a youth. Her smiles and amazingly strong voice immediately dissipated the fear this reporter had about coping with interviewing a nonagenarian, who may be nursing health issues. Without any prodding, she showed this reporter her photos, several of them taken during her visits to the Muslim holy land, Mecca. She has been to Mecca 13 times, she announced with visible contentment. After making sure her reporter visitor was comfortable, Alhaja Laguda continued: "My dad died too early, so my mother remarried another person and had other children for him." She recalled that being sickly was a terrible thing at the time she was growing up because nobody knew about sickle cell anemia. She was always sick to the point that in a whole year, she may attend school only about three months of the entire annual school calendar. "I would spend the other months sick and at home." In a bid to find cure by all means for her condition, which the people had ascribed to the rascally supernatural reincarnation of spirit children or "Abiku", she was given all sorts of concoction. "I was taken to the hospital; then they still brought all sorts of concoction from the Igbo tribe, from Yoruba people and from Hausa part of the country, because it was a very serious sickness. I just took everything that they gave me. They would cut me on every part of my body but I gave myself to them because I wanted to live." When the illness attacked her hands, she recalled that she would not be able to use them for anything - not even to eat. When it attacked her legs, she would not be able to walk, and whenever she was at home, she must be by the fire-side, to keep her warm. "They called me abiku and several other names, but thank God things have changed today. Also, the government is doing everything within its power to enlighten the people about the disease." Left to her father, Alhaja Laguda recalled that she would not have had any education, as he pampered her, much like a jewel he was going to lose at anytime, and kept her at home rather than let her go to school. "If he didn't die, I probably wouldn't have been educated because he said I should be left at home, so that they can watch over me every time. "He insisted that because of my nature, no teacher should beat me. He would say I should be left at home even when I was not having any attacks; but when he died I had no choice because my mum insisted I went to school. That, in a nutshell, was how it became possible for me to go to school." Growing up, she said she never felt bad even though she knew she was different, maybe because nobody taunted or bullied her. Instead, she said she was protected and given a lot of care and attention. "If I went to school and it was going to rain, they would bring a car to pick me, because the rain must not touch me. I must not go out in the cold, I must not step on wet ground; I couldn't even stay where there was a fan, let alone in a cold weather. But all that is gone now. Since I clocked forty, I have not had any attacks," she said joyfully. When she wanted to go to England for Secretariat Studies in one of the colleges of secretariat studies, her mother was advised against the idea because of the cold weather but she insisted and went. "I told my mum that the God that lives in Nigeria also lives in England, and although I had attacks, I visited the hospital and got better because they knew about the genotype and gave me good care. However, I am not saying going to England is the one factor that has kept me because I had had four of my children before traveling." Asked if there were times when she thought she would die, she answered in the affirmative, relieving her experience during the delivery of her last child. "I remember when I had my last child, I told the doctor that I would die that day but he said no, that I would not die. He and other doctors on duty were on ground, telling me that they were weighing the blood I was losing and they gave me the best treatment. In fact, at lunch time I was up and doing; I even had lunch with the doctors." Unlike what many people would think, childbearing was not difficult for her at all. According to her, anytime she was pregnant, she didn't feel any pains or get any attacks. "See how wonderful God is? I also had good care." As she grew older, she channeled her strength to work and praying to God to heal her or make it easier for her. She worked with the now defunct national post and telecommunication company, P&T for many years. She recalled that she and some others were the first set of people to be trained in tele-printing by the company. "What gave me the strength is God because I am a prayer warrior. I prayed, I fasted regularly and I have visited the holy land (Mecca) thirteen times, to serve my God and ask him for what I want." On what her don'ts are, Alhaja Laguda said she doesn't have any. "I eat everything that people eat. This morning I had bread and egg. I don't have any don'ts at all. I eat sugar also. "Doctors see me and wonder what a miracle I am. I stopped having attacks since I turned 40 but they say my blood genotype still reads sickly. "I eat dates a lot also because they are from Mecca and they are very good fruits." Until she stopped going out by herself four years ago after she had a fall, Alhaja Laguda used to go to hospitals to talk to people living with the genotype, lecture and encourage them. She washed her cloths herself until she turned 90, as she never felt satisfied with anyone washing them for her. "It's either they're not washing it clean or they're not rinsing it clean; so I washed them myself." Narrating the story of her fall, she said: "The day I fell and broke my leg, I caused the accident. That day, I told my grandson, Bolaji that I wanted to wash but he told me not to, that he would do it himself when he gets back. When he left for work, I washed the cloths and left home to visit a friend. On returning from her place, I decided to take the cloths from the line but missed a step and fell. Since then I have been here. I don't go anywhere except I want to go downstairs and I must use my walking stick." Consequently, she said she is fed up with sitting in the house. "I want to go but God has not killed me, so I have no choice but live." Not being able to walk around, whether long distance or short and exercise her limbs is perhaps the major reason she is fed up with life. Said the nonagenarian, "Before I fell, I used to walk from my house here in Ilasamaja, Lagos to Mushin and Oshodi market as a form of exercise because I believe walking is the best exercise one can engage in. I walked like that until I was 90 when I fell and had to stop." Because she didn't know her illness was a genotype issue, she said she never blamed her parents. Even when she grew up and realised the cause of her perennial illness, she still did not blame them. "I didn't blame them because they were not civilised. Besides, in their time there was nothing like checking genotype before marriage." Asked how she met her husband, she laughed and said, "I had many husbands o!" Her first husband, whom she called Dr. Alakija, was her doctor, who took interest in her and married - even though he was already married at the time. "I know he loved me. He knew my situation but still went ahead and married me. I remember while attending Queens College, I was told that I would take swimming compulsorily; he stood his grounds and insisted that I be left alone. "Swimming in those days was a compulsory subject but I couldn't swim because of my genotype, so he saved the situation for me. "I married another husband when he died. I had two children for him." All the men she married knew she was sickly but they didn't care because in those days, not everyone knew about sickle cell anaemia. "They loved me so, and married me so." Alhaja Laguda called on parents with children who have SS to take care of the children very well, feed them well and show them lots of love. "This will make it easier for them to live with the disease. When it is cold, keep them warm; don't keep them at home because they are always sick; let them go to school, it is very important." Would she accept an offer to go live in an old people's home, where she would be well taken care of and have her age-mates as playmates? She said she has been told on several occasion that she should be taken to one but refused. "I don't have anything against old people's homes because I visit them when I was able to walk but I can take care of myself. I pay for every service I need by myself; I am not a burden to any child. This house belongs to me and the tenants pay to me; I have a two-storey building on this street and on the other street; so I can take care of myself. I also have some shops in front of the buildings. I think these assets are enough to take care of me." Asked how she made enough money to build the houses and shops, she said, being sickly didn't make her lazy. When I was working, I was trading too, so I had money to build the house. But this one we are in now was built by my late husband. Proud Lagosian "I am a Lagosian from the Onikoyi Chieftaincy family. We are the owner of Ikoyi but my family house is in Idumota, very close to the Tower clock. "My mother hailed from Ibadan, Oluokun side, Kudeti, Oluyole. My father is the one from the Onikoyi family; we were a chieftaincy family before but now we have been upgraded to a kingship family. So we now have Oba OniIkoyi. So now our chief has moved from Idumota to Eko Hotel side with some other family members. My dad died in 1936 while my mum died at the age of 70. I am a replica of my mum." - The Nation
Perhaps, only few women, including men, would remain in one piece after experiencing what Ms. Calista Offor, 45, has gone through in the hands of her ex-husband, 50-year-old Felix Oshai. For a woman who worked hard to build a thriving company, had good cars and did well for herself, but now living at the mercy of well-wishers because her husband (allegedly) arrived from the United States and hijacked her company, sold two of her cars, took the remaining one for himself, gave her serious beating, converted her properties into his and worst still, married their sales girl, her emotional and psychological wellness can only be imagined. When our correspondent visited her where she now resides in Lagos during the week, her story is one that could make anyone cry, more so that she alleges that the same man has not stopped humiliating and threatening her as each day passes by. She made strenuous efforts to hold back tears from rolling down her cheeks throughout the conversation, thus every word came out with so much effort and pain. Flanked by her only child, identified as Onyeka, 17, who suffers from autism, Calista's torturous journey to her present predicament began when her husband was allegedly deported from the prison in the US and he moved in with her. Soon after, all she had worked for vanished before she could say, because according to her, he took over the company, took all she had and went away with the company's sales girl. Following series of battery, his absence from home for about a year, his refusal to take care of the autistic girl and his alleged infidelity, which made her to contract venereal disease, a sexually transmitted disease, Calista filed for divorce in 2010, which an Ikeja High Court granted in 2016. Since he left with "everything", Calista and her autistic daughter had been living from hand to mouth. With the support of Child Dignity Foundation and others, Onyeka now enjoys scholarship at a special school for people with her condition, but getting transport fare from Ipaja, where she lives with her mum, to school is usually a herculean task and so she's absent regularly. And this is after she had been out of school and therapy for four years due to lack of funds. A beautiful woman with confidence and good accent, Calista, in an emotive voice, explained that they met while both of them were in school but he travelled to the US while she went for the National Youth Service Corps programme. She added, "I was 25 when we got married. I was under serious pressure to get married on time, and then he seemed to me as a good man; gentle, meek, intelligent, caring and I was intrigued by his ingenuity. If we had courted much, I would have seen that violent part of him." She said it was not until they got married and she joined him in the US that she found out he was involved in nefarious activities. She also recalled that her experience with him in the US ranged from frustrating to ridiculous. Calista, a graduate of Mass Communication, said, "In the US, we lived with his sister who later threw us out. We moved to an uncompleted building where we lived with all kinds of reptiles before we could raise money to rent an apartment. He confessed to me he was involved in credit card fraud and that he was released from jail to pay restitution. He couldn't pay up and they rearrested him. I needed to survive, so I got a job in a company. There, I had leg injury and I had to use crutches for some time. "I was eight-months pregnant when he was rearrested and he was in jail when I had my baby, Onyeka. It was when my daughter was two months old that he was released, with the mandate that he must pay back that money. Onyeka became autistic when she was two years old. I had to sell my jewellery and native wear to raise money and survive. "Given all the troubles, he suggested we should come back to Nigeria to start afresh but that I should go first so he could work some more and continue paying the restitution." While she came back to Nigeria to start life afresh, Calista alleged that she never knew Felix went back to the same credit card fraud, which led to his arrest again before he was later deported. But while Felix was allegedly languishing in cell in the US prior to his deportation, Calista accepted fate, took the N2m she had saved before travelling and established a company, called FELCAL International Ltd. in Mushin, Lagos. She said FELCAL was an acronym of their names; Felix and Calista. She said the company which was into selling printing materials, got the sole distributorship for a top product in West Africa, making people from other countries to come to Nigeria to buy the product. Providence smiled on her and the company began to flourish. When Felix returned from his sojourn, and failing to raise money to start anything, he joined his wife in the business, and they lived as a family. But, according to her, running the company together was the beginning of the end to her happiness and that of her daughter. She recalled, "At a point, he told me to stop coming to the office. I had to get a job in a consulting firm. I decided to build a career there and I was getting promotion as and when due. Then, he came again and said I should stop working in the firm, but I refused. I felt I was dreaming, but he beat me black and blue. I lost two of my teeth to that battery." Unknown to Calista, more troubles lay ahead. She added, "It's by miracle that I'm alive. He was beating me, hitting my head against the wall and punching my breasts. There were times he would lock me inside the store in the house from morning till evening for me not to go to work. Knowing I'm asthmatic, he would seize my inhaler and beat me like drum. "He would say the rate at which they were promoting me, I would soon become a boss and it would get into my head, so, in his words, he needed to stop me." Eventually, Calista left the job and resorted to travelling abroad to buy things to sell, but that didn't change anything. She said, "Despite the money he was making from the company he already hijacked from me, he was still stealing my money. He forced me to close my personal account and insisted that we run a joint account, which he cleaned up before he left. He really dealt with me. He refused to take care of Onyeka because of her condition and he would even tell me I don't have a real child. I wouldn't know whether his attitude was because of Onyeka's condition. Whereas, autism runs in his family, because one of his siblings was autistic while one has an autistic child. So, he's even the one who has the problem. "Due to beating and stress, I had two miscarriages respectively. Already, he was cheating on me. He would come back late and tell me not to sleep until he came back. He was very mean and would beat me at any opportunity. I noticed he stopped moving close to me, but I didn't know he had infected me with venereal disease. He was already treating himself but he never told me. "I must tell you that the infection pains me more than the money he stole from me, because I'm still suffering from it as I'm talking to you." Soon after Calista discovered she was infected with the disease, Felix moved out of the house, but not without leaving her empty. She said, "He knew he was leaving and was already making plans, so he cleaned the joint account and forged my signature to sell two of my cars I bought in the company's name; Chrysler, a sport utility vehicle and a Mazda car. He also took the Honda Civic saloon car I was using to sustain myself and move my daughter. He's still making attempts to take over my property in Ajah. He connived with the lawyer to alter the document and told me to forget the property." "Since he went with my last car, we now board public transport, and given my daughter's condition, she could be touching people and be acting funny in the bus, which some people find embarrassing. I learnt he gave the car to his new wife who used to be the company's salesgirl." Interestingly, when Calista took the matter to court in 2010, the presiding judge, Justice (Mrs.) L.A.M. Folami, admitted several documents tendered by Calista. Calista alleged that Justice Folami, in her judgment in June 2016, granted her ownership of the property, among other rulings. However, according to the judgment's Certified True Copy, sighted by our correspondent, Felix has ownership while a quarter of the property was given to the child (Onyeka). This didn't go down well with Calista, who also alleged that the judge was silent about the ownership of the company. But on the other hand, the obligations the court imposed on Felix had not been fulfilled till date, which from all indications, had hampered the well-being of the autistic child. According to the CTC, Felix (the respondent) was directed to "pay the school fees of the child to university level and pay the medical bills of the child; the respondent shall pay the sum of N50,000 monthly (subject to review) for the upkeep and maintenance of the child; and a lump sum of N5m is awarded in favour of the petitioner (Calista) to be paid forthwith, among other issues." But Calista said Felix had not done anything since the judgment was given in June 2016. At the moment, Calista is facing another likely eviction as her rent would soon expire, with no hope of being able to raise a quarter of it. She said the company makes money till date and that it operates three accounts, out of which only one of the banks made the statement of account available in court, "and which was in millions." In spite of the judgment, Calista and her daughter have continued to live from hand to mouth, and at the mercy of well-wishers; the girl had been out of therapy, which is why she throws tantrums and eats her own hand, among other challenges. While on the other hand, Felix allegedly lives in affluence with the millions of naira in the company's account, domiciled in naira, US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros, according to the bank statements sighted by our correspondent. Beyond these, he has also, allegedly, married the company's sales girl, Blessing Oshai, with whom he now has children and they live as a family. But a child protection, development and advocacy organisation, Child Dignity Foundation, which intervened in the matter, followed the case and ensures that Calista does not sleep outside or go to bed hungry, has called on the state government to intervene in the matter and compel the girl's father to obey the court judgment and "act responsibly." The Executive Director, CDF, Mrs. Amaka Awogu, thanked the sponsor of her scholarship and the school that admitted her, noting, however, that lack of funding as it is at the moment could pose grievous harm to the child, especially in terms of her therapy, supplements and diet. She said, "For autism and any condition that needs intervention, early intervention is always key, coupled with enabled environment. This child has not got any of these. She was out of school for two years. For people with autism, there are dos and don'ts in their feeding, but how can this woman afford that. We have also spent so much and we no longer have the capital to sustain the prescribed feeding. Whereas, since last year, the court ordered the father to pay those bills, more so that he could afford it, but he flouts the court order in style and nothing happens. "We need the government to intervene. The mother is also psychologically affected and her life is at a standstill. She can't do anything for herself. They are struggling and it is worrisome for us. Emotionally, that child is not doing too well, and it's not her fault that she was born like that. She was once used to a good lifestyle until the father came into the show. Government needs to do something. "We went to Corporate Affairs Commission and saw that truly, that woman registered the company in her name while he was still in the US. She later gave the man 40 per cent of the company, she took 30 per cent and gave her daughter 30 per cent. "For us, the child shouldn't suffer as she is at the moment. All we want is a better life for the girl. The father should be responsible." Awogu said even though the foundation gives the woman some money monthly, it couldn't be enough to meet their needs. She added, "Even if it covers their feeding, what about their transportation? We even planned to get her a job, but that child is her major occupation at the moment. "We know how he (Felix) threatens the woman, and we have their audio conversation. Lagos State government needs to step in and that case didn't need to be in court for seven years, given that a child with special needs was involved." Meanwhile, the man at the centre of the issue, Felix, in an interview with our correspondent on the phone on Thursday, claimed that the case was still in court. When reminded that judgment was delivered in June 2016, he said he had appealed the case. "I can't say much because the matter is in Appeal Court," he said. But our correspondent was reliably informed that he only filed preliminary objection at the commencement of the original petition that his new wife, Blessing, should not be joined in the case in 2010, and it was after that objection that the matter was heard for six years and the judgment given in 2016.