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118-year-old accepts appointment as government aide in Bayelsa, unfolds agenda



On Thursday, February 6, 2020, social media was awash with the news about the appointment of a 118-year old woman as special adviser on elderly matters to the vice-chairman of Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government of Bayelsa State, Mr Brian Wotari Alagha.

The oldest woman in Sabagreia community, Ma Dani Omonigbalibo Orogono says that she will be doing her  job from her home in Sabagreia.

Ma Orogono who spoke in her native Ijaw dialect when Daily Trust Saturday visited her residence at Sabagreia  community, said everything  given to her for elderly people will surely get to them.

While promising to give elderly women good advice that will help alleviate their plights,       Ma Dani said: “I thank God that I’m alive to see this day, for other elders, I pray for them to get to my age. God should protect them and provide everything they need.

“I also  pray for the politicians including the one that gave me the appointment, that God protect them, so that they will be in unity and get the wisdom to move Bayelsa state forward.” She said.

Some neighbours in the community told Daily Trust Saturday that Ma Orogono, though not an active politician during her early days, she was an active women leader in her younger years. She is the oldest person in the community who has the experience to advise the leaders on how to handle issues concerning elderly people as people, especially women still come to her for advise and counselling.

However, Ma Orogono’s last daughter, Sarah Iko, who is over 50 years, disclosed that her mother’s actual age is 130 years, not 118 years as speculated in the media.

“Mama will be using her home as her office because at this age, mama cannot stand the stress of going to the local government headquarters in Kaiama.

“It was God that did it for us, myself, I am mama’s last child and I’m about fifty years plus, people have been calling us suffering people but God still remembered us through mama. I give glory to God.

“She gave birth to thirteen of us with my father. She didn’t marry another man. The Vice-Chairman that gave her the appointment is her brother’s son. He has also promised to build new a house here for us.

Meanwhile, the vice chairman, Mr Brian Alagha, has denied media reports that he appointed an 118 year old elderly woman as his special adviser. In a statement by an aide to the council vice chairman, Mr Woyeingidipamo Victor, in Yenagoa, he said the vice-chairman never appointed Ma Dani Orogono as his special adviser, but included her in his empowerment scheme with a monthly stipend, which he uses in supporting the aged in the council.

Part of the statement read,  “We will like to state clearly that Ma Orogono was not appointed, but was included as a beneficiary of the scheme which is part of the Vice Chairman’s programme to cater for the elderly and in line with the Ijaw traditions of giving honour to the oldest person in a community.

“Secondly, the letter that is in circulation was not duly signed by the Vice-Chairman, who ought to sign such an appointment letter. The old woman in question can barely walk or talk and her inclusion was to enable her benefit from the monthly stipends.

“Furthermore, this is not the first time the person of the Vice-Chairman has reached out to the elderly, widows, youths and children of the council as there are periodical engagements in terms of empowerment programmes for women and widows where they are encouraged to go into small and medium scale businesses.

“Finally, we will like to let everyone know that there are several beneficiaries of the special scheme for the elderly and that everyone deserves equal opportunity no matter the age as this is the problem with our society when it concerns the old. They deserve love, respect and honour.”

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156 new cases of “Coronavirus” recorded in Nigeria




Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria


156 new cases of Coronavirus were recorded in Nigeria on Friday September 4, as confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).


A breakdown of the new cases across states is as follows; Lagos-36, FCT-35, Oyo-29, Kaduna-10, Abia-9, Osun-5, Ogun-5, Enugu-5, Rivers-4, Nasarawa-3, Ekiti-3, Imo-3, Edo-2, Kwara-2, Katsina-2, Plateau-2, Niger-1.


There are now 54,743 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country and 1, 051 deaths have been recorded, 42,816 patients who recovered from the disease have also been discharged.


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Widow abandoned by inlaws because she is from Ngwa




A Nigerian lady has narrated how her in-laws abandoned her and her children after her husband’s death because she is from Abia tribe ‘Ngwa ‘.

The lady who is celebrating the birth of her son, said he was born weeks after her husband’s death. She also claimed that even after she notified her late husband’s parents of the birth of their grandchild, they blocked her number and abandoned her thereafter.

Dorine Darlington Obi also recalled being told several times that “her sin was coming from the ‘Ngwa’ tribe in Abia state.” She further disclosed that after her in-laws got news of her becoming successful than everyone expected, they attributed it to prostitution.

She wrote;


On this day , four years ago , I removed my mourning cloths. See me looking hungry and unkept. In fact I was even glowing here…lol

Let me share something God did .

My pastor’s wife had advised me not to have my baby while mourning . that I should try and remove the mourning cloth before baby comes.

OK, baby’s date was Oct 4. My late daughter was born on Oct 5th.

I prayed and cried before the alter that God brings my baby before October. I asked that my baby comes ending of September as I was even tired of everything.

After three months of mourning and I had fixed the Thanksgiving date for Sept 18th. So I could prepare for baby’s arrival .( working with doctor’s timing )

One afternoon, I started crying while singing, questioning God . I cried and slept off.

In a trance kind of, I was told to remove my mourning cloth that weekend. I woke up, wiped my tears and put a call across to inform the church that I have changed my mind on the date. As it would be done that weekend.

Guess what, I removed my mourning cloth on 4th September and had my baby a week after 12th Sept. ( God’s timing)

If i hadn’t listened, I would have had my baby while mourning as I had already fixed on 18th Sept.

Even God knew I had a great child in me and didn’t want him tied to mourning tradition.

Thank you God for how far I have come.

I am here to return all the glory without reservation.

A week later I had my king. My great man came through.

I put a call across to his dad’s parents to tell them I had given birth to a son for Obi.

I called both of them severally without response. Then I sent a text message telling them I had put to bed to a baby boy and also told them the name of their child. Prince Jassiel Chikamso Obichukwu jnr.

I sent the message to both grand parents number.

I got a reply ” To God be the glory . amen. And Glory be to God respectively.

The next thing. My number was blocked from both numbers . lolzz.

That was how I packed myself and told myself the bitter truth.

Dorine , you are not wanted neither are your kids.

Brace yourself, take care of them. They are all you got right now and make your late hubby proud.

At a point sometimes, I would cry while breastfeeding my son . I would apologise to him and his sister for facing such hatred. I beat myself up severally for going into a family where I was not loved ( I wasn’t aware before marriage ).

I was depressed those times. Postpartum depression set in. I started seeing my getting married as the worst mistake I ever did. I was very young .

My kids were rejected. I wish Obi in his grave could see that a family he slaved for abandoned his children after his death.

The only crime I committed was coming from Ngwa ( Abia State) I was told to my face severally.

Till today , non of their father’s family came to see their grand son and nephew . lolzz.

I gave myself courage to hustle very hard and smart to give them the best I could .

God came through and bestowed strength and Grace on me.

Today , we are doing well. We do not look a bit like what life put us through .

Our trials has shaped me into a strong, resilient, confident , hardworking , streetwise ,happy woman .

When men thought I couldn’t do it. God did and still does it for me.

I have come to return the glory after four whole years.

Chukwu okike , oke mmuo, Chinasaram Okwu, chinalurum Ogu, Ebubedike , Chi si n’ebe ikpofu ahihia bulue Dorine na umu ya elu, Omeokachie . naara ekele m ooo.

Allow me laugh while I can. There were times laughter was far from me, all I had was tears .

Severally , I was mocked to my face. They said let them see who will buy me expensive gifts again. That I will see the real frustration.

I remember one encounter , I was walking out of the market during those times .

I saw one of my sisters in-law and brother in-law. The brother in-law on seeing me turned his back while the sister in-law laughed rhetorically at me.

She said, see her. This is just the beginning of your frustration.

I walked past like I didn’t see anyone nor hear anyone.

When the news came that I was beginning to do better than everyone expected .

They said I was into prostitution . lolzz

On hearing that, My prayer request changed . I asked God to give me more customers because a prostitute without a customer will be frustrated with hunger.

Today, I can eat , feed my kids. Cloth myself , cloth my kids and still have a little to feed the homeless with .

Is this God not amazing ?

In whatever you are passing through . hear me now, no man has the final say over your life. Maduabughichi ma ncha.

I promise you I am not crying , just cutting some onion . lolzz.



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One dead, six injured in Ondo auto crash



A yet-to-be-identified man was killed in a road accident that occurred on the Benin-Ore Expressway in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday.

The accident was said to have involved a Nissan Vanette Bus with registration number REL882XA and a DAF Truck with number LAR 261XV.

It was gathered that the accident happened when it was drizzling and the road was wet.

One of the vehicles involved was said to have driven against the traffic on the expressway, thereby causing the crash.

The Ondo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps confirmed the incident.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Tola Ogunbanwo, said six persons were injured in the fatal accident.

Ogunbanwo said, “The victims were taken to the state General Hospital by the police working very close to the scene while the corpse was deposited at a morgue in Opeyemi Hospital Hospital Ore.”

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