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Cultural Queen advocates for legal actions against rapists

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Miss Iyimide Shola-Shittu who reigned as the immediate past Queen Moremi Ajasoro has called for severe legal actions against rapists to save the lives of young and innocent girls in the country.

Shittu said this on Sunday in Lagos following the recent recurrences of rape of some young girls in parts of the country.

She said that if proper investigations had been conducted and penalties meted on past perpetrators, intending rapists would have learned their lessons and stayed away from the act.

” The act keeps going on because of lack of proper investigations and the enforcement of strong legal actions against those heartless men who do not have moral upbringing.

” Any suspected sexual harassment or assault should be reported to the appropriate government agencies, while the culprits should be exposed and be treated like hardened criminals.

” When the victim keeps silence, the rapist will go ahead with his act unchecked. So, every victim must always summon the courage to speak out against the injustice done to her.”

She advised both the Federal and state governments to impress on security agents the need for them to be strict on rape perpetrators without sentiments.

” The government needs to take rape seriously because it is equivalent to murder,” she said.

According to Shittu, society needs to understand that the stigma that rape brings on its victims makes it difficult for them to voice out, thereby allowing the predator to go scot-free.

She noted that the public should always sympathize with rape victims instead of stigmatizing them because the victims never wished to be raped.

Shittu advised the public to always listen to the stories of rape victims and help them with proper legal action against rapists.

She also added, ” A proper education on rape should be given to both genders at a tender age. The thought of rape does not come up in a day, it lingers in the mind for a very long time and such should be monitored.

” Let people understand that jokes about rape is not acceptable and should be condemned as victims can react violently to such,” she said.

She also suggested that proper medication and therapy should be given to victims of rape to avoid them from becoming rapists themselves.

The former beauty queen, who currently runs a non-governmental organization against child molestation said that girls should learn self-defense as a way to escape an unsuspecting rapist.

“ A child must not be allowed to grow up with pains and scars from a painful past, child molestation and abuse are some of the factors that can hinder a child from having a fulfilled adulthood.

” Due to the hazardous effects that come with it, we should teach our children how to avoid being victims of rape, and how to defend themselves against unsuspecting criminals, ” she said.

She said that her pet project, the “Queen Iyimide Foundation (QIF)” had continued to carry out awareness programs against child molestation and abuse across the country.

She added that it had also been addressing the problems associated with incessant rape in society.

“The last edition I had was in Ekiti in May which preached love and respect for the young ones instead of molesting and endangering their lives,” she said.

QMA beauty pageant was an initiative of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, aimed at encouraging young girls to learn and promote the heroic virtues of the legendary Queen Moremi Ajasoro in contemporary society.

History has it that Moremi Ajasoro saved the people of Ile-Ife from their attackers several centuries ago.

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Courtney Adeleye supports Black women with $30 million

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Beauty mogul Courtney Adeleye has seen a lot of success in entrepreneurship and is paying it forward by investing in the futures of Black women business owners.

According to Black Enterprise, The Mane Choice founder and CEO has teamed up with the company MAV Beauty Brands for the creation of a fund designed for women of color.

The Fund—dubbed The Generational Advantage Fund—was created to empower Black women entrepreneurs and help them lay the foundation for building generational wealth.

The initiative will offer programs and resources surrounding securing funding for business ventures, financial literacy, housing and other areas. Adeleye has contributed $30 million to the fund.

“I made this move to expand the company’s reach and ultimately create more opportunities for my community, so they can get on a path to creating advantage and wealth,” said Adeleye in a joint press release by The Mane Choice and MAV Beauty Brands.

News about the fund comes shortly after Adeleye’s 5-year-old daughter Lily Adeleye became the youngest CEO to have her company’s products sold at Target.

The youngster’s brand Lily Frilly—which was designed to inspire young girls—sells a variety of products including backpacks, dresses, lunchboxes and bows.

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Tacha announces Tiwa Savage ex as manager, Teebillz

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Disqualified Big Brother Nigeria, BBNaija housemate, Tacha Akide has announced Tiwa Savage’s ex Teebillz as her new manager.

She made the announcement via Instagram.

This comes after Teebillz defended her hours after she was disqualified from the Big Brother Naija house. At the time, Teebillz said Tacha is “the most bankable brand out of all” the Big Brother Naija season 4 housemates. He added that he will make Tacha “the biggest brand out of Africa….. Bigger than Big brother itself.” He went on to add that “Tacha is the Kim K of Africa.”

Apparently, Tacha believes he’s the right manager for her as she has now revealed she’s under “New Management.” Her announcement leads her followers to believe deleting all her Instagram history is part of her rebranding process.

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Kannywood actress Maryam Yahaya debunks death rumors

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Kannywood actress Maryam Yahaya has debunked rumors that she is dead.

Maryam made this known to the public in a video post on her Instagram page on Friday.

She also said at no point was she sick in recent time.

“I read on social media pages that I am dead and buried. Let me say to everyone watching this video and to the general public that I am not dead. I am alive and healthy.

“I read on Facebook that I died last week. Let me tell everyone here that I do not have a Facebook page. I only do Instagram so all the pages you come across with my name and picture are fake ones.”

The actress expressed gratitude to all the people ”who tried to reach her and those who even started condoling with her family and friends for the love they have for her”.

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