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Africa roots for Ngugi as Nobel winner emerges today

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Feelers emerging from the Swedish Academy indicate that it will announce the winner of the 110th Nobel Prize for Literature today

Last year, American singer and songwriter, Bob Dylan, was awarded the prize and thus became the second songwriter to win it, 103 years after Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, emerged winner in 1913.

For daring to break from convention by naming another songwriter as the 2016 laureate, the academy was severely criticised and hailed all over the globe. It was also accused of ‘polluting’ the prize, which was previously deemed the exclusive preserve of writers published in print.

The last few days have witnessed intense speculation about the likely winner of this year’s prize.

However, there is an indication that the Nobel committee received and approved applications from 195 candidates for the 2017 prize. The list of writers believed to be in contention for the prize include Kenyan author, Ngugi Wa Thiongo; Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood; Haruki Murakami from Japan and the South Korean, Ko Un, to name but a few.

For the second time running, some members of the African literati are rooting for Ngugi to win the literary prize this time. Several posts have appeared on the social media in the last few days from writers and well meaning individuals on the continent pledging their support to the author.

In one post on Facebook, Nigerian writer based in the United States, Okey Ndibe, wrote, “It’s high speculation season on the 2017 Nobel laureate for literature. One of my all-time favourite writers, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, is once more part of the conversation. My view: Ngugi is so accomplished the Nobel Prize should desire to win him.”

Ndibe’s post immediately drew reactions from other social media users who also wished the judges’ decision would swing in favour of the African writer. While some retained the old doubts about the judges’ real criteria for selecting the winner, others hoped that there would not be a repeat of what happened in 2016.

Ngugi’s son, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, betrayed his excitement when he also posted on Facebook on Wednesday, “On my father winning the Nobel Prize for Literature this Thursday, I am going full reverse psychology. Not this year, please!”

Beyond their yearning for the fame and prestige that comes with winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, it appears that many Kenyans on social media also feel that Ngugi’s possible emergence as winner will be vital to the unity of their country.

One of them, James Wamuhiu, seemed to convey this feeling in his response to Mukoma’s post. He wrote, “We need Ngugi to get it. It will bring us together as a country, now that we are so divided because of our desire to end aristocracy that has persisted for too long since independence.

“Wangari Maathai did unite us when we were also facing a national crisis. For a moment we appreciated her as a country. If Ngugi wins, Matigari will be very happy. God bless Ngugi.”

Founded in 1901, the Nobel is considered to be the biggest and most prestigious literature prize in the world with a cash reward of almost $1m. It is awarded every year, as directed by the founder, Alfred Nobel, to the “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”

source: Punch

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OAP Toolz Recounts How Almost Everyone In Her Home Tested Positive For COVID-19

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Media personality, Tolu Demuren alias Toolz, has narrated how she and the members of her household tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The on-air personality, in a string of tweets, mentioned that she was mainly concerned about her two children but fortunately, they did not contract the virus. Toolz also revealed that they have all fully recovered in her home.

In her words;

“Feeling super thankful to God today! This time last month, we were going through a very scary period! Almost everyone in our house (including myself) tested positive for Covid-19.

I was just about to return to work after my maternity, and it all started with Captain complaining of ‘malaria-like’ symptoms. He had them for a few days, and didn’t seem to get any better…so we ended up taking him to hospital.

He had taken a Covid-19 test a few days before which was negative, so I thought it was a bad case of malaria. He was admitted with malaria and a bacterial infection we were told. After being given intravenous antibiotics and other meds he still wasn’t getting better.

I decided to move him to a different hospital, and they tested again, and he ‘blew up’ the test according to the doctor. My body went cold, and my first thought was ‘OMG the babies!!’. Then a short while later, I thought about myself. I did a rapid test, and it was positive.

Neither of us initially had the common symptoms- no coughing, no breathing issues…although I later lost my smell and taste. Captain was in hospital for a week and this was around the time of the Lekki shooting, so I was doubly terrified.

My main fear was the babies…especially our youngest son as he was just about 3 months old. We didn’t test them, but I was certain they had Covid too as we literally kiss and cuddle our boys every day. The doctor assured us that they wouldn’t be affected.

Thank God the doctor was right, other than a sneeze here & there, our babies were perfectly fine. I was generally ok too, just scared. Once you get that positive result, you get all these random symptoms you didn’t have before. My back would hurt…I’d be like hmmm corona oo

The weirdest thing was the taste and smell thing. Everything Captain had tasted bad, he’s a foodie so that was strange. One of my super powers is my sense of smell…and it just gradually faded. I actually put a bottle of bleach under my nose one day and…nothing.

I kept waiting to fall ill, and it didn’t happen. I started thinking I had indaboski blood, but then I had 2 days where I felt like I had the worst hangover in the world, then there was some fatigue, but I was generally ok.

Captain on the other hand felt super rundown, couldn’t keep food down, had cramping all over and a bunch of other symptoms. After a week, he came back home, and we finished our isolation period together.

After 2 weeks we all retested and were all thankfully Negative. Thanks to Almighty God for seeing us through, a big thank you to the doctors that looked after us… especially Dr Majekodunmi of Eurocare for the constant reassurance, and for taking my a million and one calls.

I’m super thankful I didn’t get it while I was pregnant. Imagine I travelled to have my baby, came back, did a 7 covid tests, and it was the 8th that was positive. The craziest thing was that a week before I legit told someone that there’s Covid in Lagos anymore. Silly me”, she concluded.

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‘Many Christians Speak In Tongues But It’s Hard To Find Interpreters’ – Uti Nwachukwu

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Popular media personality, Uti Nwachukwu, has come for Christians who speak in tongues without interpreters. The ex BBA winner took to his official Twitter account to state that he finds it weird that a lot of Christians speak in tongues without anyone to interpret the tongues, stating that it is contrary to what is in the Bible.

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His tweet reads:

“I find it sooo weird that a LOT of Christians speak in tongues, But till today I have not met ONE person that can interprete the tongues. Afterall the Bible (1 Cor 12 V10) says Holy Spirit gifts some with tongues and others with interpretation? Where are the INTERPRETERS?”

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‘Do Not Turn Your Mentor To Your Competitor’, Helen Paul Advises

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Popular Nigerian comedienne, Helen Paul, has taken to Instagram to share some words of advice. The stand-up comedienne cum TV host and actress shared a write-up on her page with a lengthy caption that states that it is only for the wise.

The post reads:

“Do not turn your mentor to your competitor, respect who saw the light before you… *Onlyforthewise*”

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Part of her caption reads:

“Only the wise will understand this. E dey happen when they think they know it all… Learning for mentors too is necessary, leadership skills and training is very much needed. Understanding temperament and when to draw the line is very much needed.”

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