Tuesday, 23 January 2018

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Fresh Job Recruitment (23 Positions)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Fresh Job Recruitment (23 Positions)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Fresh Job Recruitment

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.



We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

1.) Health Manager

Location: Borno

Deadline: 4th February, 2018.

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2.) Programme Specialist (Convergence)

Location: Abuja

Deadline: 7th February, 2018.

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3.) National Education Consultant (EMIS Officer) 

Location: Kastina

Deadline: 31st January, 2018.

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4.) WASH Manager
Location: Borno

Deadline: 5th February, 2018.

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5.) National/International Consultant (Assessment of Communication for Development (C4D) in Basic Education)
Location: Unspecified

Deadline: 23rd January, 2018

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6.) Polio Access Analyst
Location: Borno

Deadline: 25th January, 2018.

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7.) Human Resources Officer
Location: Abuja

Deadline: 24th January, 2018.

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8.) International Polio Eradication and Communication for Development Consultant
Location: Abuja

Deadline: 24th January, 2018.

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9.) Polio Data Manager
Location: Abuja

Deadline: 28th January, 2018.

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10.) Education Manager
Location: Borno

Deadline: 29th January, 2018.

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11.) Emergency Specialist
Location: Borno

Deadline: 29th January, 2018.

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12.) Chief of Communication (Re-advertised)
Location: Abuja

Deadline: 4th February, 2018.

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13.) Supply Assistant

Location: Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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14.) Programme Assistant

Location:  Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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15.) Administrative Assistant

Location: Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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16.) Communication for Development Specialist

Location: Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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17.) Education Officer

Location: Borno

Deadline:2nd February, 2018.

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18.) Health Specialist

Location: Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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19.) Child Protection Officer

Location: Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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20.) Child Protection Specialist

Location: Borno

Deadline: 2nd February, 2018.

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21.) 
Executive Officer

Location: Abuja

Deadline: 5th February, 2018.

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22.) Human Resources Officer

Location: Abuja

Deadline: 6th February, 2018.

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23.) Information Management Specialist


Location: Abuja

Deadline: 6th February, 2018.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Swine Flu Hits Ghana killed 11 and 44 students 44

Swine Flu Hits Ghana killed 11 and 44 students 44




 44 students of the Kumasi Academy Senior High School who were infected with the dreaded H1N1 influenza, have been discharged from the hospitals, Ghanaian Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu announced Friday.

This was after they successfully completed the 3-dose Azithromycin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic medication administered to them at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) where they were admitted.

Health officials have so far confirmed the 11 deaths reported between April and December with four of the deaths occurring just within the past week, at the time the school was preparing to climax its 60th-anniversary celebrations.

The celebrations, nonetheless, were carried through without the school authorities making the deaths public, according to reports.

The Ministry on Thursday announced the students who died over the last few days died of Influenza Type A, popularly referred to as Swine Flu.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, who announced this at a news conference, said 12 out of the 19 cases sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute tested positive for the virus.

An assuring Kwaku Agyemang Manu, speaking Friday on Joy FM, told Super Morning Show host, Kojo Yankson that:

“All the kids that were admitted, the 40 people, have all been discharged [and are] in their homes and I think we are comfortable.”

The Minister said health officials have also mapped out several activities including “following up to visit them; we have a bigger medical team now that is doing this work so we are not just keeping our fingers crossed.”

His major concern now is to trace the students who have been taken home by their parents out of panic, and he has, therefore, directed health officials close to the school’s immediate community to visit their homes and “try to look at what [the situation] is.”

“We announced that anybody who begins to get the symptoms…should report immediately to the nearest health centre or facility and let us see what it is that we have such that we don’t get anybody spreading the disease again,” he said.

Despite that challenge, the Health Minister said some of the students who went back home have started returning to the school to take the medication and they hope to keep them in the school for a couple of weeks before they are formally released to their parents.

“…and we are trying to look at containing them for about two weeks before we allow them to go home officially.” (JoyOnline)
Orezi Drops Bombshell-I Have Not Slept With Any Woman Throughout This Year

Orezi Drops Bombshell-I Have Not Slept With Any Woman Throughout This Year


Nigerian singer, Orezi whose real name is Esegine Allen, has opened up that he has not slept with any woman this year and he doesn’t plan to do so anytime soon.

Speaking with Sunday Scoop, he said: “I am not in a relationship at the moment because I have yet to meet a lady I like. I have been single for about a year now and I have not had s*x with any woman since I’m not dating anyone. But I must admit that it is not always easy to stay away from women because they compliment us.”

According to him, his focus now is how he can be a better musician.

He stated, “If you are not successful, women will not come after you. I am aware that I must get married someday, but I don’t know when because I must plan things well. No doubt, there is pressure from my father and mother, but I believe it will happen at the right time.

“Inasmuch as we have promiscuous women in Nigeria, I believe we have the good ones too. But the truth is everyone cannot be good. Even in the Bible, we have good and bad people. In the church too, we have bad and good women.”

Orezi, who has never hidden his admiration for American superstar, Rihanna, said he would love to meet her someday.

“I have yet to meet Rihanna. The last time I thought I met her was in my dream. Something interrupted the dream and I woke up.

“I admire everything about her. Apart from being a pretty woman, she is a goal getter and she has achieved so much in life at a very young age. She ventured into cosmetics this year and she is doing well. I just admire her as an artist and individual.”

Admitting that he has not been able to meet his goals this year, he said he was excited that he became a solo artist.

He explained, “This year is better for me because I am now my own CEO, which is a big progress. Though I have been doing things on my own, I plan to unveil my record company in January.  So far, I have released three singles and they are all doing well. The recent song I released two months ago was Hallelujah. I didn’t exactly meet all my goals this year, but I still give thanks to God.”

Friday, 8 December 2017

TSTV Announces Date for Sale of  Decoders Nationwide

TSTV Announces Date for Sale of Decoders Nationwide

 
The Management of the much awaited indigenous Satellite TV, TSTV  inaugurated on Oct. 1, on Friday said the TStv decoders would be in the market from next week.
 
Mr. Ernest Essien, the TStv’s Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure in an interview with them to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
 
Essien said the TSTV company had concluded arrangement to roll out its commercial decoders from next week after the successful test run of its promo decoders distributed before Nov. 1.
 
He said that the service provider was committed to making sure that all the intending customers should have their decoders before Christmas.
 
“We are almost done with our test transmission and we are just putting some finishing touches and hopefully by the grace of God, between now and next week the TSTV decoders will be out for sale.
 
“We are informing Nigerians that they must enjoy their Christmas with their TSTV decoders. So before Christmas, the decoders will be everywhere in the market.
 
“Everything is in place we have done everything we needed to do before coming out and I want to let you know that TStv is still on course.’’
 
Essien reiterated that the price of TStv decoder would remain at the initial N5,000 with all the packages promised, adding that there would be additional surprise packages for its customers.
 
He said that the management of TSTV had decided to keep the packages secret until the decoders were rolled out.
 
“We will display all the packages accordingly but the one we can assure you now is that the price will not change, it remains N5,000.
 
“We are trying to see how we can make it simple and easy for every Nigerian to be able to afford the TSTV decoder.
 
“We are keeping our promises on the channels and all the channels including BEing Sports channels are there with even more other channels that were not included in our bouquet before.
 
“We have more channels that are coming and the total number of channels will be over 70,’’ he said.
 
NAN reports that the new satellite pay-TV TSTV which was inaugurated on Oct. 1 commenced distribution and installation of promo decoders nationwide on Oct. 31.
 
Some of the beneficiaries of the promo decoder had commended the improvement in the number of channels and quality of the programmes.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

 Malaysian Magic Man Accidentally Cooks Himself To Death During Magic Stunt

Malaysian Magic Man Accidentally Cooks Himself To Death During Magic Stunt




A self-proclaimed magic-man steamed himself to death in Malaysian while trying to ‘cleanse his body and soul’. The 68-year-old medium was performing the human steaming ritual on Monday night when the incident happened. Lim Ba sat on a large wok for around 30 minutes with fire underneath in Nine Emperor God prayer session at a Chinese temple in Kuala Sanglang, Kedah when the incident happened. Devotees removed the cover after they heard knocks from inside the wok. They quickly removed it find him lying unconscious inside. Footage of him convulsing while people try to get him away from the heat was widely shared on social media. Lim Ba who is also known as Black Dog had been steaming himself for 10 years.

By the time the ambulance arrived the self-professed magic man had stopped breathing and was later declared dead. He died from heart failure and massive second-degree burns. Lim Ba’s son Kang Huai said his father had undergone a heart bypass last year and was on medication for hypertension. As per reports, Lim had been performing the stunt for more than 10 years despite objections from family members. According to Star Online, his daughter Wei Ling said that Lim’s longest record for sitting inside the wok was 75 minutes.

Reportedly, Federation of Taoist Associations of Malaysia (FTAM) president Tan Hoe Chioew said the ritual was not a normal Taoist practice. Hoe said that it was more of a theurgy or magic performance. He said, “This ‘steaming man’ ritual is rarely performed, and I dare not comment on what preparations are needed before you perform this. But in general, doing physical endurance stunts is not advisable.”





Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Buhari Against Same Currency For West Africa By 2020

Buhari Against Same Currency For West Africa By 2020


President Buhari is against the idea of West Africa countries adopting the same currency to boost integration and business activities.  
 
 
President Muhamadu Buhari on Tuesday in Niamey, Republic of Niger, urged member countries of the Economic Community of West African States to to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020.
 
President Muhamadu Buhari cited the challenges faced by the European Union in realising the same goal to buttress his position.
 
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President made his position known in his speech at the fourth meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS Currency Programme.
 
President Muhamadu Buhari said the necessary economic fundamentals among countries continue to differ over the years, making it more difficult to pull through with the project by 2020.
 
“Nigeria advises that we proceed cautiously with the integration agenda, taking into consideration the above concerns and the lessons currently unfolding in the European Union.

“To that end, Nigeria will caution against any position that pushes for a fast-track approach to monetary union, while neglecting fundamentals and other pertinent issues,” the President was quoted as saying.
 
Buhari noted that some of the obstacles to realising the roadmap for the implementation of a single currency include diverse and uncertain macro-economic fundamentals of many countries, unrealistic inflation targeting based on flexible exchange rate regime and inconsistency with the African Monetary Co-operation Programme.
 
The President Muhamadu Buhari said domestic issues in ECOWAS member countries relating to their constitutions and dependence on aids continue to affect the framework for implementing the single currency in the sub-region
 
President Muhamadu Buhari said, “Although the ECOWAS Commission has anchored its pursuit of the new impetus to monetary integration on the information presented to the Heads of State which were the basis for their recommendations, we are concerned that we have not properly articulated and analysed a comprehensive picture of the state of preparedness of individual countries for monetary integration in ECOWAS by 2020.

“In previous meetings, we had specifically raised observations on the state of preparedness of the member states, the credibility of the union if anchored on watered down criteria, and the continuing disparities between macroeconomic conditions in ECOWAS countries, amongst others. And I would like to reiterate this concerns.”
 
The President Muhamadu Buhari told the Heads of State that the conditions that pushed Nigeria into withdrawing from the process in the past had not changed.
Tecno Launches New Phantum 8-See Specifications

Tecno Launches New Phantum 8-See Specifications

TECNO, a premier mobile phone brand under Transsion Holdings, has launched its newest addition, the Phantom 8 in Middle East and Africa region. The regional launch took place in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai in the presence of 200 guests.


Addressing the media at the event, Arif Chowdhury, Vice President of Transsion Group – the parent company of TECNO Mobile, spoke about the brand’s fortunes, advancement of smartphone technology and the brand’s expansion strategy into new markets. “We are very excited about the launch of the Phantom 8 today. It has not been an easy ride to success but as they say in the end, success is all that matters and I can say 2017 has been a very remarkable year for us as a company. We have received admirable awards and recognitions like the Smartphone Brand of the Year Award at Titans of Tech Awards in Lagos this year;  and recognitions in key markets, expanded our product lines, ventured into new markets and raised the bar on smartphone innovation.”

The newly launched Android operated Phantom 8 features a revolutionary camera, attractive design and high-speed experience. Debuting an impressive 20MP bright front Camera and 12MP + 13MP dual cameras at the rear with 10x super zoom, single shot HDR, “4 in 1” skin brightening technology, real-time refocus and filter, ultra-quality super pixel lens with great noise control, the device is powered by a 6GB high speed RAM, 64ROM, 2.6GHz MediaTek Helio P25 processor and a 3500mAh battery with 50% extra ultra-fast charge capacity, all of which ensures that the device is faster and consumes less energy. The device is wrapped in a diamond design uni-body with drip screen, 2.5D glass and has a 5.7 Full HD screen mounted on its surface. With a glass fingerprint scanner that guarantees 50% more responsiveness planted at the rear of the device, handling and securing the Phantom 8 is such a delight.


The Phantom 8 will be available in Shadow Gold, Galaxy Blue, Royal Purple, Jack Black and Diamond Blue colours and fully supports VR Videos.
The Phantom 8 will ship to several markets across the world.
The new Phantom 8 is compatible with Micro SIM or Nano SIM Card and supports up to 2TB (Terra Bytes) TF (Trans Flash) Card, and it holds 4 modules, 20 bands and covers more than 200 countries and zones.

In Nigeria, customers can start to pre-order the Phantom 8 exclusively from SLOT shops across Nigeria from Monday, October 23rd– Thursday, October 26th, 2017.  Smartphone retailers SLOT Systems, will have the exclusive rights to the sales of the Phantom 8 for a period starting from Friday, October 27th- Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Other retail outlets across Nigeria will start selling from Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.
Nigerian Pastor Nsikakabasi Admits Defrauding Atiku's Wife of N918M

Nigerian Pastor Nsikakabasi Admits Defrauding Atiku's Wife of N918M

 A Nigerian pastor confessed how he allegedly defrauded former vice-president Atiku Abubakar's wife.
 
 
 A Nigerian pastor confessed how he allegedly defrauded former vice-president Atiku Abubakar's wife.A confessional statement tendered before an Ikeja High Court on Tuesday exposed how Pastor Nsikakabasi Akpan-Jacobs voluntarily confessed defrauding Mrs Titi Atiku, the wife of former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku of N918 million.
 
Mr Dickson Graymond, a retired detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) insisted on the voluntariness of Akpan-Jacob’s alleged confessional statement while giving evidence during a trial.
 
While being led in evidence by Mr Babatunde Sonoiki, the EFCC prosecuting counsel, Graymond said: “There are so many things that he confided in me that he refused to put into writing.

“He admitted to me that Florence Doregos was Titi Atiku but he refused to put that into writing.

“He confided in me that he wanted to contest in the Akwa-Ibom elections and that as soon as he begs Her Excellency, the matter will be over.

“All what he told me were not forced, I did not even force him to write all what he confided in me in his confessional statement.

“All what he said in his statement was of his own free will.”
 
During his cross-examination by Mr Amos Ibe, Akpan-Jacob’s defence counsel, the retired detective denied illegally detaining the pastor in EFCC’s custody for three weeks and denying him access to legal representation.
 
“The first defendant (Akpan-Jacobs) was served with bail conditions by the EFCC but he could not provide sureties and we could not grant him bail on self-recognisance because of the gravity of the case against him.

“He did not spend three weeks with us but six days and he was given the opportunity to produce a lawyer but he refused, saying he will write his statement on his own.

“Dapo and Chima (EFCC operatives) did not force him to write any undertaking,” he told the court.
 
Graymond also denied bringing Akpan-Jacobs to the Abuja office of the EFCC on the influence of Titi Atiku.
 
Earlier during the proceedings, Ibe had objected to the tendering of statements Akpan-Jacobs had made at the EFCC offices dated Feb. 6, 12, and 13, 2009, March 4 and 5, 2009 and April 2, 2009 on the grounds that they were not given voluntarily.
 
Following Ibe’s objection, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, in her ruling, ordered that a trial-within-trial should commence.
 
The EFCC had slammed Akpan-Jacobs; Abdulmalik Ibrahim, a lawyer; and Dana Motors Ltd with a 14-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of property worth N918 million belonging to THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd.
 
THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd, a company created in 2000, is owned by Titi Atiku, Akpan-Jacobs and Fred Holmes, her German business partner.
 
Mrs Atiku was allegedly the majority shareholder with 49 per cent shares, while Messrs. Holmes and Akpan-Jacobs each had 25 per cent shares.
 
Akpan-Jacobs, who also doubled as the company’s Managing Director and Secretary, was alleged to have gone to the Corporate Affairs Commission ( CAC ) to alter the shareholding in his favour and forged the company’s board resolutions.
 
Under the new shareholding arrangement, he allegedly allotted 51 per cent shares to himself and 24.5 percent shares each to Mrs Atiku and Mr Holmes.
 
According to the EFCC, welding a fraudulent shareholding power, Akpan-Jacobs also sold a property belonging to the company to Dana Motors Nigeria Ltd for N918 million.
 
The property is located at Plot C63 A, Amuwo-Odofin Commercial Layout along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos.
 
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye adjourned the case until Oct. 25 for the continuation of trial-within-trial.
 
-NAN
 Man Who was Caught Wearing Cloth Stolen from a Boutique in Umuahia (Photos)

Man Who was Caught Wearing Cloth Stolen from a Boutique in Umuahia (Photos)

Man caught wearing clothes after stealing from a boutique along Ikot Ekpene road in the Umuahia area of Abia State, today and mercilessly beaten by some residents of the area.

 
A young man who allegedly stole from a boutique at Ikot Ekpene road in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on Tuesday, was caught wearing a cloth from the shop and mercilessly beaten by a mob.
 
According to reports the suspect was seen by the owner of the boutique wearing one of the clothes allegedly stolen from the store, and when quizzed by his captors, the young man said he didn't steal the cloth and that it was given to him by one of his friends.
 
 See the Video below;

He was tied up and beaten by the residents before he was handed over to security operatives - not after the said cloth was stripped off him.
 
Photo:One Confirmed dead as Aye(Axemen) and Eiye(Eagle) Clash in Ekiti State University

Photo:One Confirmed dead as Aye(Axemen) and Eiye(Eagle) Clash in Ekiti State University



Reports has it that there was a clash between two rival cult groups, Eiye and Aye, on Monday night at Osiketa area, Satellite road, Ado Ekiti.

A student was reportedly killed at the Aye base and pandemonium broke at the Ekiti State University following the clash.


See the reactions below;
miz_dummi All this cult killing each other..what if dey channel that energy into protest and taking out our corrupt leaders?just saying my own oh..you leave the enemies and be killing your brother is that one a good cult?


SUV Gets Burnt to Ashes in Oshodi Lagos State

SUV Gets Burnt to Ashes in Oshodi Lagos State

An SUV has been burnt to ashes along Oshodi Lagos State, a development which has caused quite a stir in the area. 
Confusion has presently taken over the Oshodi area of Lagos State as huge flames reportedly envelopes the area.
Daily Sun reports that the smoke billowing from on top of the busy bridge was as a result of a SUV which gutted fire and burnt into ashes.
Officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) are just arriving the scene of the incident. The plate number of the vehicle could not be immediately ascertained as at time of filing this report.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Akwa Ibom State Police Command-Man decleared wanted over kidnapping

Akwa Ibom State Police Command-Man decleared wanted over kidnapping



Akwa Ibom State Police Command has declared one Akaninyene Jimbo Uko a.k.a Isoakpaefit ‘m’ of Ikot Ibekwe Ukanafun L.G.A, whose photograph appeared above, wanted. He is wanted by the Police in connection with series of kidnapping cases and killing Ukanafun L.G.A in Akwa Ibom State.


The command is appealing to members of the public with useful information as to his where about to kindly contact the nearest police station or call the following numbers 08020913810, 08039213071, 08028916010,08026418716, please.

DSP BALA ELKANA
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
AKWA IBOM STATE
07063116303
Ronaldo Beats Messi And Neymar To Win The Fifa Best Player

Ronaldo Beats Messi And Neymar To Win The Fifa Best Player



Cristiano Ronaldo has don it again.With the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo running out of space for awards, it can be difficult to tell the difference between what they are lifting every year, and why.

The Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony will be held in London tonight at the London Palladium, and is the second since the Fifa award split from France Football’s Ballon d’Or prize.


Cristiano Ronaldo – the current Ballon d’Or holder – is defending his Fifa Men’s World Player of the Year award tonight against Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The Fifa World Player of the Year award was merged in a partnership with France Football’s Ballon d’Or in 2010 to become the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the next six years.
See what this Lady wore to a Pool Party

See what this Lady wore to a Pool Party



The Black American model Symba has been disturbing the Nigerian nightlife scene for days now and it seems she isn’t stopping anytime soon.

She hosted a ‘Wet 0 Holic’ pool party in Lagos over the weekend and her outfit was quite scandalous.

The model has been viral on the Internet after she and her team caused light traffic on Victoria Island in Lagos, just for a rare kind of photo shoot.

See more photos below:




Unbelievable: Photo of Man who spent 3 years Living on Top of a Tall Coconut Tree

Unbelievable: Photo of Man who spent 3 years Living on Top of a Tall Coconut Tree


Gilbert Sanchez, a 47-year-old man from La Paz, in the Agusan del Sur province of the Philippines, had last felt solid ground under his feet in 2014, before climbing a 60-foot-tall coconut tree near his house.

According to Oddity Central, he had never come down since, and would have probably stayed atop the tree till the end of his days, had authorities not rescued him by force recently.

The man had apparently left his home to live atop a nearby coconut tree three years ago, after being hit on the head with a gun, during an altercation.

His mother remembers that he was so afraid that someone would come to kill him that he felt that the only way to stay alive was to climb the tallest tree he could find and stay there. And that’s exactly what he had been doing for the last three years, surviving only on the food and water his mother brought him every day, which he would pull up in his tree haven with an improvised rope. He would relieve himself from the top of the tree, and not even the raging storms, the blistering heat or the ruthless insects could get him to come down.

Winifreda Sanchez, Gilbert’s mother, had been trying to convince him to come down from the tree at least to get a bath, but he always refused. All she could do for him was deliver food, water, clothes and cigarettes to him every day, hoping that they would at least keep him alive. She would shout to him to lower his rope, tie the supplies tightly, and he would hoist them up to his tree-top haven.
 



Aldrin Sanchez, Gilbert’s brother, said that both he and the other members of their family had been constantly pleading with him to come down, but he just waved them away.

“One time, I asked him to come down,” Aldrin told KMJS Exclusives. “He said ‘Be quiet, I won’t go down. Someone would kill me if I do.'”

A widower since 2000, when his wife died giving birth to their second daughter, Gilbert Sanchez didn’t even come down from his tree-top home when his mother told him that she was too old to take proper care of his children and that they didn’t even go to school anymore.

Even though everyone in La Paz knew Gilbert Sanchez’s story, no one did anything about it until an obscure article about him went viral on social media and was eventually picked up by major news outlets in the Philippines. They sent film crews to his village, and their coverage finally convinced local authorities to help the man’s family get him down from his tree.

On October 11th, a team of 50 people along with Gilbert’s family tried convincing him to come down voluntarily, one more time, after which they started cutting down the coconut tree with a chainsaw. It was a difficult operation, as one wrong move could make the difference between bringing the man down safely or killing him, but in the end, everything went as planned, and Gilbert was once again on solid ground, after three long years.
 


Videos doing the rounds on Facebook show Gilbert Sanchez’s body covered in blisters and insect bites. He also suffers from muscle atrophy and his spine has become deformed after so much time spent crouching in the coconut tree. But the man’s mind is by far the most damaged.

According to a psychiatrist’s initial assessment, the 47-year-old exhibits symptoms of psychosis, including delusions, hallucinations and the fear that someone is trying to kill him. He has been put on a medication and will have to take it regularly in order to have a normal life.

Gilbert’s tragic story made quite an impact on Filipino social media, with many users asking how they could help him and his mother get their lives back on track.

A bank account in Winifreda Sanchez’s name was set up so people could donate whatever they could to their cause.