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A Rundown Of Happenings This Week

Emily Egan

How would you describe the week? Just when the world thought things were returning to normalcy, each day came with its own surprising element, testing our capacity to adjust quickly to new information.
From startling influences on political decisions to shocking revelations to the rising calls for justice, here is a rundown of the week:

Miraculous polyglot
We have every reason to believe that we are officially living in strange times and we have Emily Egan to show for this. The 31-year-old British woman had her life changed dramatically in January after suffering from a mysterious condition that left her unable to speak for two months. Egan who spoke no foreign language complained of headaches for two weeks before one day, she developed a deeper voice. Then, in March, something happened. She started to sound Russian, French, Italian, and Polish depending on how tired she is. Turns out that this rare condition is called Foreign Accent Syndrome.

A tale of “K-Pop” influence
What influence does the South Korean “K-Pop” music community have? Well, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, found out after his weekend rally was beset by an embarrassingly low turnout, no thanks to K-pop fans. Prior to the event, Trump’s campaign chairman tweeted that more than a million tickets had been requested. But it turns out that these tickets were reserved by legions of K-pop fans and TikTok users who had no intention of attending the event. According to the local fire department, just 6,200 people attended.

Vindicated?
Justin Bieber has denied an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2014. Trouble began for the singer after a woman posted from an anonymous Twitter account claiming that he allegedly assaulted her on March 9, 2014 — the year Bieber made a surprise appearance at the South By Southwest music festival. In his response, Bieber wrote “there is no truth to this story” and provided emails, receipts, social media, press reports and articles showing he stayed at an Airbnb on the night of the alleged assault and at a hotel the next night. The account has since been deleted.

Twists and turns
Considering the rape allegations levelled against Dapo Oyebanjo by Seyitan Babatayo, popularly known as D’Banj, there has been an unusual turn of events between the accuser and the accused. Recall that before now, D’banj had slammed the Babatayo with a N100million defamation suit. Barely 48 hours later, the accused was allegedly kidnapped and threatened to silence by the accuser. In response to the call-outs on social media on this development, D’banj posted a video of him dancing to his song, “Olorunmaje” with the caption, “innocent until proven guilty.” She, in turn, released a statement alleging that he boasted “that he can buy off anyone within the justice system in Lagos.”

Sure bet?!
How angry can a man get when his “bet cuts”? Taylor Biggins will serve jail time for two years and 10 months after being found guilty of throwing a five-month baby at a TV cabinet after he lost a live football bet. According to reports, Biggins had lost money betting when the baby started crying. In anger, he threw the baby, causing the baby to have a crack in the head. Just as the baby’s mother said, “The sad reality is that no prison sentence will compare to the life sentence he has caused.”

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