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Kola Nut Can Cure Ebola- Prof. Iwu

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Professor Maurice Iwu, said a plant commonly eaten in West Africa, popularly known as kola nut can cure the deadly Ebola virus as shown in its tracks during a laboratory tests.
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The Professor, who made the revelation while speaking at the 16th International Botanical Congress in St Louis in the United States of America, also disclosed that a compound taken from kola nut plant have also proved effective against some strains of flu.
He stated that if the anti-Ebola compound proves successful in animal and human trials, it will be the first medicine to successfully treat the virus that causes Ebola haemorrhagic fever which is usually a fatal condition.
Iwu, who set up and heads the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, led the research that reportedly started 10 years ago, after researchers were led to the plant by traditional native healers who said they have used the plant for the treatment of infectious diseases for centuries.
Prof. Iwu who also came from a family of traditional healers after the tour said: “This is a very exciting discovery. The same forest that yields the dreaded Ebola virus could be a source of the cure.”
He, however, noted that tests are still in the early stages, adding that researchers hope that if the compound continue to prove successful the US Food and Drug Administration will put it on a fast track and produce drugs for humans within a matter of years.
 
“The discovery of these important properties in a simple compound, flavonoids was very surprising. The structure of this compound lends itself to modification, so it provides a template for future work. Even if this particular drug does not succeed through the whole drug approval process, we can use it to construct a new drug for this deadly disease” Dr. Iwu said.
He said the Garcinia kola compound has been shown to halt multiplication of the virus in the laboratory, noting that If repeated in humans, it would give the body a chance to fight off the virus.
Meanwhile, Ebola virus was first recorded in 1976 after an outbreak in Zaire now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 88 per cent of the 318 people that were infected died. Another outbreak in 1995 also claimed the lives of 81% of the 315 infected people. There are four types of the virus; Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan and Ebola-Ivory Coast all affect humans, while Ebola-Reston has so far only affected monkeys and chimpanzees. The virus multiplies rapidly in the human body and quickly overwhelms it, and in advanced cases the patient develops high fever and severe bleeding. It is reported that doctors are unable to curtail the virus once infection has taken over the victim, giving the disease a terrifying reputation.
Maurice Iwu, who is a Professor of Pharmacognosy was appointed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in June 2005, and was later removed from office in April 2010. He wrote this article when he was still a Doctor, and the article was first published by the British Broadcasting Corporation on August 5, 1999. He studied at the University of Bradford, England, where got a Master of Pharmacy degree in 1976 and a Ph.D in 1978. The Professor is believed to have since returned to researching after ceding office to the current INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

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7 Comments

  1. PAT O

    August 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    You see, this is the man’s specialty, not elections.

  2. Stephen

    August 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Wonderful God do not forsake us o.

  3. Pedido

    August 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Who will help send Ebola virus to all Boko Haram terrorists and their sponsors? Help invoke Ebola Zaire, Ebola Sudan and Ebola Ivory Coast upon them to save our military men and other helpless ones from being used as fodder? Let even Ebola-Reston befall all of the terrorists, for there to be peace in Nigeria and the entire world! Oh, Ebola, Boko Haram welcomes you! MAKE HASTE!

  4. Christodans

    August 2, 2014 at 2:41 am

    May God inspire you d more to bring dis disease to it’s end…

  5. Ol'chux

    August 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Good one, Prof. #Squarepeginasquarehole

  6. pbedbest

    August 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    God is still God ,he will come to our aid

  7. Donchine

    August 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Oh! God have mercy on us and save us from this deadly disease.

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School teacher reportedly flees after allegedly flogging his student to death in Lagos

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In what will come across as a really shocking development, a Twitter user has accused a Lagos teacher of killing his brother.

The man alleged that a Lagos teacher beat his junior brother to death over the boy’s failure to correctly answer a question asked of him during their mathematics session.

The man, whose Twitter handle identified him as Ridwan Oyewunmi, on Friday narrated the incident, which he claimed involved one Elihans College in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

He said the school authorities had made them believe the young boy, whom he identified as Boluwatife Omelaja, had slumped and died while attempting to answer a question in the front of the classroom.

“I just lost my brother to School Teacher Brutality. Mr. Emmanuel is a sec school teacher at Elihans college, Ikorodu in Lagos,” Oyewunmi wrote in a Twitter thread.

“He beat up my brother Boluwatife Omelaja (frame 2) to death on the 26th of November on the school premises because he couldn’t answer a math question he was asked correctly.

“The school initially made us believe he slumped and died while he was trying to answer the question on the board, a boy who wasn’t ill or showed any sign of sickness before.

“He was brought home in the school’s bus by the school proprietress and principal, along with Mr. Emma-whom we didn’t know was the killer at that time, and he was buried a few hours later according to the Muslims doctrine.”

Oyewunmi also said the principal conveyed the boy’s corpse with the school bus to his parents’ home.

He, however, added that one Lateef Omelaja, the deceased’s sibling, “who was prevented from leaving the school,” later returned and narrated what he claimed transpired.

“Meanwhile Bolu’s other brother, Lateef Omelaja was prevented from leaving the school premises, in order to prevent him from spreading the true news to us at home and to buy Mr. Emma more time to run away,” he added.

“We believed the cock and bull story the school fed us not until Lafeef got home at around 5 pm and narrated what really happened at the school to us.

“We also confirmed this from other students of the school including classmates of Boluwatife.

“The painful part is, the school keeps trying to cover up for Mr. Emma claiming he didn’t beat Bolu. Mr. Emma is on the run, nowhere to be found.

“I know no amount of punishment for him will bring back my brother but I just want Mr. Emma located and justice served.”

As of when this report was filed, TheCable Lifestyle has reached out to the school involved to hear its side of the story.

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I am happy without marriage, kids – Don Jazzy reveals

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Michael Collins Ajere, professionally known as Don Jazzy has said he is happy without marriage and kids.

The iconic music producer said that contrary to many people’s belief, he is happy not being married at this point in his life.

Don Jazzy stated this during an interview with The PUNCH, while speaking on the level of fulfilment he feels.

According to him, his business is doing well and family is comfortable, so the believe that he is not happy about not being married and not having children is untrue.

The music producer noted that he is very happy currently and would only start missing children sometime in the future.

When asked if he feels fulfilled, he said;

“Pretty much, yes. I am doing well and I have a beautiful business. My family is healthy and comfortable. I know a lot of people would say because I am not married and don’t have children, that means I am not happy.

“But, I am very happy (laughs). I am not missing anything. Perhaps, in the future, I would start missing little children but for now, I am actually fine. I feel fulfilled and grateful. I thank God.”

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Falz excited after a street in Lagos was named after him

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Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has taken to social media to show his excitement after a street got named after him in Lagos state.

Street named after Falz in Lagos

The Bop Daddy crooner disclosed this on Friday, November 27, on his Instagram page after he shared a photo of himself standing under a street sign .

On the street sign, one could see “Falz Falana Lane” boldly written on it.

Street named after Falz in Lagos

Sharing his excitement, the rapper stated that there is “wahala” for anyone who doesn’t have a street named after them.

In Nigeria, streets are named after people for a purpose. It could be for their affluence, impacts or landmark achievements.

There is no doubt that Falz was honoured for his impact in music and society at large recalling how he used his voice during the recent EndSARS campaign.

His fans and industry colleagues have reacted to the photo of the singer. While Many hailed him with different love emojis, others noted that he deserved it.

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