Goodbye SARS, RIP Aretha And Other Stories That Made Our Week
Drama and suspense were the themes surrounding each day of the week. With each topic generating mixed reactions, Nigerians were met with events that will change the course of the years to come. Here are the stories that made our week:
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According to the 2018 Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and World Bank, Lagos State has been ranked the third worst city for humans to live in the world and ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking. Scoring a relatively low score of 38.5% percent, Lagos only outperformed Dhaka in Bangladesh and Damascus in Syria. Other African cities that got featured on the index were Dakar-Senegal (131), Algiers-Algeria (132), Douala-Cameroun (133), Tripoli-Libya (134) and Harare-Zimbabwe (135).
Love gone cold
In an alleged domestic abuse incident, New York rapper Nicki Minaj has been accused by her ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels of stabbing him. Narrating his experience on Twitter, Samuels wrote that he almost died.”The police and ambulance had to take me out the crib on a stretcher. I had to lie and tell them I was trying to kill myself so they wouldn’t take you to jail.” The rapper responded by saying Samuels was lying but did not address the domestic violence allegation.
Aretha Franklin has been confirmed dead after battling pancreatic cancer. According to Franklin’s oncologist, Dr Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, she died of advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. The self-taught pianist came into the national limelight in 1967 with her hit song, Respect. She is an 18-time Grammy awards winner and is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The acting president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo directed the immediate ‘overhaul’ of the Nigerian Police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS). The directive came after months of street and social media protests against the police unit which has become synonymous with brutality and wanton arrest. To this, the convener of the #EndSARS Movement, Segun Awosanya, wrote “We WON Guys! Congrats to PoliceNG as we begin to reform. Out with the Old and welcome the New”.
Lara and the Beat
This coming of age film talks about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal with their late parents’ media empire. It forces the sisters out of their privileged bubble, and they must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past. The formidable combo of Chioma Akpotha, Toni Tones, Lala Akindoju, Seyi Shay and Shaffy Bello will let you know Lara and the Beat is not something you want to miss. Catch it at your nearest cinema.