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A hairdresser, Mrs Suzy Adeleke, on Friday urged an Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve her six-year-old marriage over alleged s*xual weakness by her husband.
Suzy, who resides at No. 2, Anifowoshe St., Ewu-Elepe in Ikorodu, said that her husband, James, had not performed well on bed since they got married in 2008.
She told the court that she was having s*x with her husband only once in two months when they were living together.
Suzy added that the union had not produced any child.
“I do not want the marriage any longer.
“The s*x problem was there before marriage but I thought the situation would change”, she said, adding “I later discovered that there is no more love; I am fed up”.
The petitioner submitted that she had packed out of her matrimonial home.
“I came here to seek for dissolution because he paid my dowry; please separate us to enable me move on with my life”, she said.
Responding, James said that he and his wife had been living apart for the past four years.
“Truly, I have s*xual weakness but I believe it can be cured; now, she has deserted me; I have seen her with different men.
“If she says she is no more interested, please separate us”, he prayed the court.
The Court President, Mr T. K. Dabor, adjourned the case to June 2 for possible reconciliation of the estranged couple. (NAN)
Hello everyone, trust you’re doing ok and you’re back at work. Today on
H.E.B wedding I’ll be discussing how to announce your wedding
engagement without hurting the feeling of your loved ones. The
experience I’ve had with some of my closest friends actually prompted me to write this article. I remember while I was still in the University and a very close friend
of mine got engaged, being a ‘nice girl’ and considering that we’ve
been friends for over 4 years, I decided to congratulate her but guess
what? She pretended like she didn’t know what I was talking about.
Fast-forward to a 2years later, my ex-roommate/close family friend got
engaged and I heard from someone else. In fact, I knew about her
engagement i knew about it few days to her introduction. Fast-forward
to two months ago, my ex-classmate chatted me up on BBM wanting to
find out if I was in a relationship/engaged. Being a sincere person, I
told her I wasn’t in a relationship talk less of even getting engaged.
She also created the impression that she wasn’t in any relationship
and boom! She got married on thursday. I was shocked when I heard and
saw pictures and then I had to ask myself if this is the way
it’s meant to be.
When a lady gets engaged. Who are the first set of people she’s
meant to inform? When you get engaged, your parents and siblings are
the first set of people you’ll inform and then you inform your close
relatives and your friends. When I mean friends, I’m referring to
those who are very close to you. If you already have children, it’s best you
inform them first before you inform your parents. It is a very wrong
move to announce your engagement on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
before you inform your family, close relatives and close friends.
Although you’ll be excited to share the good news but it’s better to
announce the right way. Imagine finding out your best friend is engaged on Facebook.
You’ll hurt the feelings of your friends by doing that. You could
send an sms, call or invite everyone to a surprise engagement party.
Do’s & Dont’s Of Announcing Engagement
DO: Post something more than just changing your relationship status. Just changing your status to “Engaged to” almost feels like you’re trying to sneak it by. In addition to changing your status, post something fun!
DON’T: Post a picture of just your ring. It’s tacky. You can post a picture of the two of you and you can be holding your hand up, but posting a photo of just your hand or only your ring isn’t the classiest thing. There’s a fine line between being excited about something and showing something off.
DO: Post a photo or change your profile default to a picture of the two of you. It’s a great way to show your special someone how much they mean to you. Also, for those “friends” on your Facebook who may not truly know you, it will give them a picture of what you look like as a couple.
DON’T: Post on Facebook or Tweet it out the minute you get engaged. Although it’s exciting news and you want so badly to shout it from the rooftops, take a second to make this moment precious between the two of you.
DO: Wait until you’ve told everyone important the news before you post it to your social network sites. The worst is to have a close friend or family member see it on Facebook. The close ones deserve face time or a personal call or email!
DON’T: Post a link to your wedding website. You have no idea who you’re going to end up inviting and the list will change over time, so be careful who you share wedding details with.
She shared the sad story and a graphic photo of her badly injured face/body below:
“This might be a little graphic but I just want to let everyone know that I am okay. I am a survivor of domestic violence with a boy I dated for 8 months.
I really thought everything was fine but he constantly questioned me about cheating and flirting. Non sense. I never looked at someone the way he looked at me. Thought I loved this boy. How can someone that ‘loves’ me do this to me?
The scars on my chest are way worse and extend down to my right nipple, completely scarred. The skin on my shoulder has been completely skinned. And i have bruising on my rib cage, neck, and my muscles. I was kicked out of a moving vechile, then beaten and dragged, as I blacked out and was left lying there in my own puddle of blood.
Doctors said I could have died if not made it when I did. I am so blessed and beyond lucky to be alive and have so much support from friends, family, and strangers. As I try to recover I ask to please keep me in your prayers. I have to wear a neck brace for 3-4 weeks, an arm cast and I can barely walk for now.
Thank you for all the love. I hope to be an inspiration to women and anyone involved in domestic violence.” she said.
When virgin Gregg Casarona had s*x for the first time he smashed his girlfriend’s head through a wall.
Obese Gregg had been dating Jen Gerakaris for a month when they decided to sleep with each other.
Unfortunately as 31 stone Casarona became Casanova he failed to take into account the power behind his near quarter of a ton weight.
As the amorous 21-year-old and his eight stone girlfriend got intimate, her head went right through the wall behind them.
Gregg said: “My initial reaction was, ‘I killed her. This is my first time. And Jen is dead.’”
Fortunately she saw the funny side and as she freed her head quipped: “Why did you stop?”
She said: “I wanted to lighten the mood.”
He took her to hospital but the couple were embarrassed to reveal the true reason for Jen’s concussion.
Luckily, a scan found there was no brain damage and tactless Gregg joked she “didn’t have a brain to begin with” much to his girlfriend’s displeasure.
The incident happened eight years ago but was re-enacted for TV series s*x Sent Me to the ER on TLC.
A teenager’s face MELTED when she suffered an extreme reaction to a heartburn pill.
Leanne Howes, 17, has survived despite doctors saying there was a low likelihood that she would pull through.
She took over-the-counter Zantac tablets but within days she had a one-in-a-million allergic reaction and her skin started to fall off her entire body.
The trainee hairdresser from Hoveton, Norwich, was in hospital for several weeks after what started out as an itchy rash in September 2013 quickly developed into blisters the size of tennis balls.
She said: “I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t move and my face was so swollen that my eyes had fused shut.
“Everywhere was itching and my skin was weeping a thick yellow pus.”
She bought the tablets from a local chemist after feeling unwell at work, but felt tired and nauseous when she got up the next day.
She went with boyfriend Jake Round, 25, to her mother’s house where things got significantly worse.
That night blisters formed in her mouth and throat, causing difficulties with breathing.
She was rushed to Norfolk University Hospital when her mother Amanda Corley, 38, found her lying on the bathroom floor where she had crawled because of the blisters on her feet.
When doctors applied cream, her skin fell off in their hands and in just a few days she lost most of the skin on her face.
She was suffering from Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a condition that affects two people per million with 40 per cent of those affected dying.
Miss Howes had to be fed through a tube and was allowed home in October 2013 where she is now recovering.
A spokesman for GSK Pharmaceuticals which produces Zantac said: ‘We deeply sympathise with anyone suffering from SJS.
‘We are committed to the highest standards of patient safety, and as such take reports of side effects very seriously. We have a robust and ongoing safety monitoring system for all of our medicines.
‘If a patient has concerns or experiences side effects relating to any medicines, they should talk to their doctor, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.’
34-year-old Matthew Hogg has a rare condition – auto-brewery syndrome. Every time he eats starchy or sugary foods, his body converts the food into alcohol that is released into his blood stream. This alcohol is so strong that he ends up intoxicated without even touching a single drink.
While this might sound like an alcoholic’s dream, for Matthew, it’s nothing short of a nightmare. He’s been suffering from the rare condition since primary school and his parents have spent their entire life savings of over $80,000 on diagnosing his illness. After seeing several specialists, the condition was finally identified when a test by Dr. Keith Eaton in London revealed high levels of ethanol in his blood and indicated bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. It is this yeast overgrowth that converts his meals into alcohol.
“I have experienced symptoms from birth and during my childhood there were countless times I suffered drunkenness without having consumed an alcoholic beverage,” said Matthew. “Every time I eat bread, potatoes or starchy rice I produce 100 percent proof drinking alcohol that travels around my body through my bloodstream – if I eat a portion of rice I would suffer a hangover equivalent of having glugged three bottles of red wine the night before.”
The hangovers that Matthew suffers are horrible, leaving him bed-bound and exhausted. He started off as a straight-A’s student and made it to Sheffield University for a computer science degree, but he had to drop out of school, unable to concentrate because of his condition. “I would start feeling intoxicated a few hours after having something to eat as my body began digesting it. My overriding memory of this time is feeling frustrated that my brain wasn’t functioning at the level I was used to. I looked at equations in my favorite science classes and I knew I should have no problems understanding and solving them, but they now looked like gibberish.”
“There were times when I also acted out of character. I was generally everyone’s friend at school – a social butterfly. But there were instances when I upset people with uncharacteristic behavior akin to a drunk who stirs up trouble or lets things slip that they wouldn’t have when sober.”
Matthew’s entire life has been affected by the auto-brewery syndrome. He tried working for a while after quitting school but the effort was just too much for him, with all the dizziness, nausea and aggressive behavior. He then lived off disability benefits that were granted to him after he developed irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and anxiety.
“I lived on disability and family support from 1999 until 2008, when a website dedicated to information about poorly understood chronic illnesses that I set up – The Environmental Illness Resource – began to produce an adequate income through advertising,” he said. Unfortunately, that lasted only until 2012, and he’s now being supported by his parents and his girlfriend, Mandy.
26-year-old Mandy said that although she loves Matthew, the relationship isn’t always easy sailing. Since he switched to a controlled diet of meat, fish, vegetables and nuts, she needs to make sure there are no tempting snacks or banned foods around. Alcohol is a ‘big no’ in their house.
“I watched other friends in their ‘normal’ relationships and did feel envious of what they had but this made me fight for Matthew and make him realize that his syndrome should not dictate his future happiness,” she said. “He would never control or tell me what to do but I don’t want to sit and eat or have things in the house that would make him feel tempted or negative about the foods he has to stick to.”
Mandy said that she enjoys living an active lifestyle but unfortunately, Matthew isn’t always able to participate and she ends up going out alone. In fact, his condition is so severe that none of the usual treatments have had any effect on him. He’s been on anti-fungal medications, probiotic supplements and selected nutritional supplements, but nothing has worked.
“For many years I’ve eaten something close to a Stone Age diet, which is based on meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Despite this, the underlying cause of the condition has not been successfully treated, so I still suffer chronic symptoms, including fatigue, aches and pains, exercise and stress intolerance and cognitive dysfunction, just not the symptoms of an acute severe hangover.”
“We now have no savings left and even if we did, are at a loss as to how to regain my health – the most precious gift a human being is endowed with,” said Matthew. “It’s a frightening amount of money we’ve spent and the fact that I have not been effectively treated as a result is a real kick in the teeth.”
People’s reactions to Matthew’s auto-brewery syndrome are varied – stubborn disbelief to support from those who understand. His advice for others with the same condition is simple: don’t ignore it. “There are effective treatments out there, especially if the condition is recognized early. I spent the first 10 years doing all of the wrong things as a teenager and making the situation many times worse and more difficult to recover from.”
“I hope my story helps people recognize this condition in themselves or their loved ones, and that they seek help and advice as soon as possible,” he said.
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Finland is the best place in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s 14th Mothers’ Index. The US, (where most Nigerians run to) is ranked 30th, while our beloved Nigeria is ranked 169…it’s in the bottom 10.*sigh*
The index ranked countries according to 5 indicators of a mother’s well-being: 1. Maternal health (the risk of maternal mortality); 2. Children’s well-being (the mortality rate of children under five); 3. Educational status (number of years of formal schooling a woman receives); 4. Economic status (gross national income per capita); and 5. Political status (the participation of women in national government). See the top 10 and bottom 10 after the cut…
167. Cote d’Ivoire
171. Central African Republic
174. Sierra Leone
176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Women who go braless may actually be better off health wise, if results of a 15-year study in France are anything to go by. The brand new study shows that brassieres (bras) provide virtually no benefits to breasts and, on the contrary,may actually be harmful to breasts over time.
Researchers spent all this time studying the breasts of over 330 French women, and concluded that wearing a bra does not prevent sagging or ease back pain as commonly thoughtand even warned that breasts do get saggier with a bra.
Taking measurements with a caliper, the researchers found that by not wearing a bra, muscles around the breast actually strengthened and the nipple 7 mm per year toward the shoulder. However, they did not recommend all women abandon their bras since their muscles had probably alreadydegraded.
According to Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, “Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity.”
In the study conducted at the university’s hospital, Rouillon and others measured and examined the breasts of more than 300 women, aged 18 and 35, taking note of how the additional support provided by bras affects the body over time. (It should be noted the study does not mention breast size.)
Overall, they found that women who did not use bras benefited in the long term, as they developed more muscle tissue to provide natural support. They noticed that in women who went braless, the nipples gained a higher lift, in relation to the shoulders.
When bras are worn, the restrictive material prevents such tissue from growing, which may actually accelerate sagging, the study concluded.
A 28-year-old woman, who participated in the research, found that she breathes easier without the constraints of a bra. Initially, she was a little reluctant to the idea of running without a bra, but got started and after five minutes, had no trouble at all.
Despite the findings, the researchers said it would be dangerous to advise all women to take off their bras based on the study’s sample, which may not be representative of the population.
They cautioned women who have worn bras for a long time — several decades — from following the recommendation since they would not benefit from taking off their bras now.
Nevertheless, being braless is still largely seen as the exception rather than the rule and most ladies may not be as ready to throw away their bras just yet.
While going braless is fast becoming politically correct and fashionable, the undergarment industry has continued to come up with increasingly structured and expensive designs,raking up to $11 billion revenue every year according to Business Week.
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Have you and your girlfriend seen one too many movies together? It may be time to add some fun to your dates! Here are 25 ideas for fun things the two of you can do together.
Ah, love is in the air. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?If you’ve finally met the right girl and you want to make sure she stays around for a while, then you need to come up with some fun and creative things to do together.After all, dinner and a movie can get boring night after night after night.
Here are 25 fun ideas for things that you and your girlfriend can do together:
- 1. Cook together. Nothing is more romantic than making a meal together. Go to the grocery store and pick out your ingredients and then head for your kitchen. So you’re not a great cook? Make the salad while she makes the pasta.Make the sauce together. Open a bottle of wine and take your timepreparing a meal to remember.
2. Get pampered. Who says pedicures are just for women? Treat your girl to a day at the spa. As a special surprise, joinher for a relaxing pedicure and massage. You’ll both feel refreshed and relaxed afterwards.
3. Run a marathon together. So you’re a little out of shape? Start out by going for short jogs together and work your wayup to a 5K run (3.2 miles). You’ll be ready for a marathon in no time flat.
4. Read together. Find a book that interests you both and take turns reading it aloud to each other. Have a discussion about the book when you’re done.
5. Go camping.Show your woman how to rough it by taking her on a camping trip. Explore nature while you’re out in thewoods. Go for a long bike ride or a hike and look for interesting birds and butterflies. Pick wildflowers along the way.
6. Build something together. An ongoing project is a great way to keep your relationship energized. Research for plans to build a bookcase or another piece of furniture. Build it andstain it together. The piece will be a one of a kind, long lasting reminder of something you did together.
7. Take a walk down memory lane. Take your girlfriend to her hometown and do a tour of special places from her past. Drive to the home she grew up in, the schools she went to, her favorite hangouts, etc. Then, take her to your hometownand do the same.
8. Go shopping together. Most men hate shopping and women know it. But by accompanying your girl to the mall you can get a good taste of what she likes to shop for, whichcan come in handy when it’s gift-giving time.Utilize her fashion savvy and let her pick out an outfit for you. Treat her to a special lunch afterwards.
9. Go on a picnic. Surprise her by packing a picnic lunch of sandwiches, fruit and cheese and eat lunch on a blanket in the park. Afterwards, fly a kite together.
10. Go to the zoo. You don’t need to have a little kid with you to have an excuse to go to the zoo. Take your girlfriend and enjoy all the unique and exotic animals. If you haven’t been to the zoo in a while, you may have forgotten how much fun it can be.
11. Work out together. Join a gym together and run on the treadmill, use the exercise machines and lift weights. You’ll both get fit and you’ll be motivated to go if you do it together.
12. Go caroling. Sound corny, but it’s fun. If it’s holiday time,shock your girl by suggesting that you go to a retirement home to sing to the elderly residents. Even if she snickers atthe suggestion, she’ll be secretly impressed by your kindness. But if she says yes, you’d better be ready to sing!
13. Go to an apple orchard. Pick a bushel of apples and makehomemade apple pie together. If neither of you are great bakers, learn together.
14. Get spiritual. If you and your girl practice different religions, try visiting each other’s church once in a while. It’simportant to share in something so important, especially if marriage is in your future. If neither of you are religious, tryto find a place of worship to visit together. You may be touched in a way you didn’t expect.
15. Change your oil and knit a scarf.The two of you can teach each other things– so share your knowledge!Next time her car is due for an oil change, do it together in your driveway. Then, sit down with her and learn how to knit, sew, cook or whatever else her specialty may be.
16. Go bowling, roller skating, ice skating or play a round of miniature golf. Better yet, if you’re an avid golfer, take her to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls. You may soon find that you have a new golfing buddy.
17. Play tennis. Brush up on your skills and hit the courts– this is a game you can enjoy together on an ongoing basis. Iftennis isn’t your thing, try ping pong.
18. Take an adult education class together. Many local schools offer adult evening classes. You can take a cooking class or learn about wine tasting, art or computers.
19. Go to garage sales. Get up early on a Saturday morning and take your girl on a whirlwind ride to all the area garage sales.Or, scour all of the local antique shops for unique finds.
20. Get your fortune told. Even if you both scoff at the thought of psychics, go to one together just for fun.It will be interesting to see what the psychic predicts for your future together.
21. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Have you ever seen one of those beautiful balloons in the sky and wished it were you? Consult a local balloon riding company and book a romantic early morning ride for you and your sweetie.
22. Play paintball. Get your adrenaline rushing by challenging your girl to a game of paintball tag.Check the yellow pages for a paintball facility near you.
23. Go boating, skiing, or horseback riding. Rent a boat and sail along the river. Or trek to the nearest mountain and hit the slopes.Even if you’ve never set foot on a horse, try taking a lesson together.
24. Enjoy the local culture. Go to museums, galleries and local historical sites. Learn about your neighborhood together.
25. Finally, go to a professional photo studio and have your portrait taken together. It will be a lifetime memory of your happy relationship and it may come in handy some day in the future– when you need a photo for the newspaper engagement announcement!
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