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Beauty in the cell: Murder suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu crowned in Nigeria’s prison

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A Nigerian young woman who is facing trial for the suspected murder of a CEO of a media house has been crowned Miss Cell 2022, at Kirikiri correctional facility in Lagos.

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos, who allegedly stabbed her victim to death in Lekki, Lagos in 2021, emerged Miss Cell 2022 in a beauty pageant organized at the prison centre to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day theme: “BreakingTheBias,” reported Nigeria’s DAILY POST Newspapers.

Furthermore, photos also showed other female inmates who contested in the pageant, all dressed in dinner gowns with sashes supposedly representing their prison wards, according to Nigerian online news publication Punch news.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), formerly known as Nigerian Prison Service, has reacted to the public outrage that followed when pictures of Ojukwu, the alleged killer of Super TV CEO, Micheal Ataga, winning a beauty pageant in jail, surfaced on the internet.

In June 2021, Nigerian Police arrested Ojukwu, an undergraduate for the alleged murder of a businessman.

In an interview with Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper, Miss Ojukwu recounted how she killed the Super TV boss.

According to her, the 300-level Mass Communication student of UNILAG narrated that she first strangled Ataga before stabbing him to death.

Police detectives found a fake International Passport with No. B50010434, a fake Drivers’ license showing ‘Mary Johnson’ with the suspect’s photograph, an Access Bank statement of account slip.

Others are a National Identification Card bearing the suspect’s name, complimentary cards, a United Bank for Africa ATM debit card bearing the suspect’s name and a UNILAG identity card bearing the suspect’s name.

However, Lagos State Government in October charged the suspect to court for the murder of the Nigerian businessman.

Miss Ojukwu has been remanded to Kirikiri, Nigeria’s fiercest prison by the Lagos state high court since October.

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Veteran Nigerian entertainer Charly Boy vows to divorce wife if Kamala Harris doesn’t win US presidential election

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Veteran Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has vowed to divorce his wife of 47 years if US Vice President, Kamala Harris, does not emerge victorious in the US presidential race in November.

Charly Boy, who is called Area Fada, made the vow in the wake of President Joe Biden’s recent decision to step down as the Democratic Party’s candidate and endorsement of Harris as the party’s flagbearer.

Charly Boy who posted the vow on his Instagram page, said he strongly believes that after Barack Obama became the first Black male President, the time is ripe for America to elect its first female President.

The activist described Harris as his “crush” and emphasized the significance of her potential presidency for both the U.S. and global politics.

Writing in Pidgin English, Charly Boy said:

“If dis my crush, Kamala Harris no win the USA presidential election, I swear, I go divorce my wife of 47yrs.

“After the first Black Male President, America deserves the first Black Female President. Sorry rednecks. Dats how we Roll,” he added.

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19th edition of Egyptian Book Fair attracts summer visitors to Alexandria

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The 19th edition of the Egyptian Book Fair currently holding in the coastal city of Alexandria has seen thousands of summer visitors flocking into the country for the two-week event which will run until July 28.

The event is held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the modern Library of Alexandria, an elaborate piece of architecture which opened in 2002.

Media reports say “stacks upon stacks of books are lined up on the shelves, tables and walls as over 77 publishers are participating at this year’s fair while an entire section is dedicated to children’s literature.

Mohamed Soliman who leads cultural outreach at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, told journalists that some visitors are bringing their children to the book fair for the first time.

“The two-week exhibition will feature 160 cultural events involving around 600 artists and intellectuals,” Soliman said in a statement posted on the library’s website said.

Ahmed Diouf, director of Koutoubia publishing house, also said there are increasingly more events in the book fair every year.

“The exhibition is growing. You see new events every year, along with new publishing houses.”

“The timing of the book fair is convenient for visitors from out of town who are already streaming into Alexandria,” said Yousef Shammah, who is touring the exhibition.

Shammah said he was impressed with the variety of books on display.

“As for the prices, I think that they are neither expensive nor cheap given that prices have generally gone up,” he added.

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