Shock After Woman In Coma For 14 Years Gives Birth

Police in Phoenix, Arizona, United States are investigating how a woman in coma for more than 14 years gave birth at Hacienda Healthcare, a nursing facility.

A local CBS News affiliate, Arizona’s Family, first reported the incident Thursday. According to their report, the victim, who remains unidentified, gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Dec. 29.

A whistleblower, who remains anonymous, told the CBS News affiliate that none of the staff knew she was pregnant, thehill.com reported

“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” she said in a TV segment that disguised her voice and hid her face. “From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her.”

In a statement, Hacienda HealthCare said it would also conduct an “internal review” to evaluate patient safety.

“As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter,” spokeswoman Nancy Salmon told Arizona’s Family.

“We are already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible. Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company’s leaders and the communities we serve.”

The victim has reportedly been a patient at Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix for at least a decade after nearly drowning and falling into a coma.

Male staff are no longer allowed in the rooms of female patients at the facility as the investigation is underway.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said in a statement that it is also helping with the investigation.

Ighalo Unveils Multi-million Naira Mansion In Lagos

Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo has proved his taste for luxury with his new residence in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. Changchun Yatai of China star Odion Ighalo flaunted his multi-million naira residence in Lekki, Lagos State.

The 29-year-old shook off the disappointment of his club’s relegation to the Chinese League One with a state-of-the-art mansion he calls ‘Ighalo residence’; an edifice equipped with a swimming pool, a gym and a mini-football pitch.

Last year, the former Watford player launched an orphanage home in the same city that has helped to cater for the less privileged. On the field of play, the Nigeria international was in his best goalscoring form this year in the Chinese Super League scoring 21 goals in 28 matches that made him the second highest goalscorer in the 2018 Chinese top-flight season.

However, his proficiency in front of goal could not help his side stay afloat and there has been questions regarding his future in China.

 

THE OFFICIAL ALBUM…#Laiyepeat50: Celebrated Haute Couturier, Mariam Alaari Hosts Superlative 50th Birthday Party For Husband, Olalekan Shittu, In Atlanta

Friday, 23 November, 2018. The day was indeed great, full of glamour and fun when handsome gentleman, Murzeek Olalekan Shittu, accomplished businessman and property merchant, celebrated his 50th birthday in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Though some people were involved in the preparations, there was no doubt that at the thick of things was his beautiful and elegant wife, Maryam Alaari, celebrated haute Couturier, who was working the phones even till the very last minutes to ensure that the day was a huge success.

Indeed, the day turned out very grand and colourful with an assortment of prominent Nigerians turned out to honour the celebrant and his wife.

The event was held at The Horizons Event Center, 4990 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross GA. On the bandstand to entertain the guests was David Ayinde, a Fuji artist based in Atlanta. The aso ebi for the day was a peach lace affair; and this was supplied by Alaari Textiles. The HOH lace outfits, worn by the chief hostess and some of her friends were supplied by Elsie Fabrics, the wave-making, Lagos-based lace fabric store, owned by Jumoke Jinadu Animashaun. And so also were the Atiku designed outfits, worn by the celebrant and the children.

Tagged #Laiyepeat50, the Shittus were ably supported by their friends, who flew in to Atlanta from different parts of the world, in making the event a most memorable one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americanah, Things Fall Apart Make Obama’s Favourite Books of 2018

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and the late Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart have made the 2018 list of favourite books of the immediate past president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

The 44th US president released a list of his favourite books, movies and songs of 2018 on Friday on his official Facebook page.

Americanah ranked third on Mr Obama’s list behind An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and his number one best of 2018, Becoming written by his wife Michelle Obama.

Things Fall Apart came 15th on the list.

Blockbuster movie Black Panther released early in 2018 took second place in Obama’s list of favourite movies of the year.

Naomi Campbell Lands First Beauty Campaign

Would you believe that supermodel Naomi Campbell has never had a beauty contract until now? It sounds unbelievable given that she has reigned supreme over magazine covers and runways for nearly 30 years, but—somehow—it’s true.

Thankfully, this egregious situation has been rectified as Campbell has just been named the new face of Nars Cosmetics for its spring 2019 campaign. “Naomi is a living icon and brings such strong personality to the camera,” says François Nars, the company’s founder who also photographed Campbell for the brand. “She and I are like family. I have known her since the very beginning of her career. From the start, I have admired her, her beauty, and her style.”

“Very excited to be the new face of NARS Cosmetics Shot by my dear friend François Nars,” Campbell wrote announcing the news to her 6.1 million Instagram followers.

It’s rather mind-boggling that at 48, Campbell is still experiencing “firsts” in her illustrious career. Of course, she is one of the original supermodels who rose to international superstardom in the eighties and nineties. And she’s been breaking barriers ever since. In 1988 she was the first black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue, and in 1989 she was the first black model to grace American Vogue’s coveted September issue.

Campbell has also long been a voice for diversity and inclusion in the fashion and beauty worlds. And the fact that she’s only now getting her first beauty campaign in 2018 is evidence that more work is necessary.

Michelle Obama Named America’s Most Admired Woman in new poll

Former first lady Michelle Obama has been named America’s most admired woman of 2018, according to a Gallup poll. This is the first time in 17 years that someone other than Hillary Clinton was at the top of the list, according to Gallup.  As for the most admired man, former President Barack Obama won for the 11th year in a row.

The annual survey asks Americans to name the man and woman they admire most, living anywhere in the world. Mrs. Obama placed first, with 15 percent of people naming her, followed by Oprah Winfrey, who was mentioned 5 percent of the time. Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump followed with 4 percent mentioning each.

Gallup attributes the switch at the top of the women’s list to the fact that Clinton “more fully retreated to private life after a long career as first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate.” Michelle Obama is currently touring the U.S. to promote her best-selling autobiography, “Becoming,” putting her back in the spotlight despite the fact that her role as first lady is over.

Queen Elizabeth also made the top 10 for a record 50th time. Other world leaders, activists, entertainers and one Supreme Court justice rounded out the list.

Gallup Poll: Most Admired Woman, 2018

Michelle Obama           15% mentioned

Oprah Winfrey              5%

Hillary Clinton               4%

Melania Trump              4%

Queen Elizabeth            2%

Angela Merkel                2%

Ruth Bader Ginsburg    2%

Ellen DeGeneres            2%

Nikki Haley                     1%

Malala Yousafzai            1%

Nancy Pelosi                   1%

As for the most admired man, former President Barack Obama’s 11-year winning streak leaves him one first-place finish short of tying former WWII commander and President Dwight Eisenhower for the most times being most admired man, Gallup writes.

This year marks the 13th time since the poll began in 1946 that the incumbent president did not win. However, President Trump did make the list, coming in second, with 13 percent of people surveyed mentioning him.

Other former presidents, former presidential candidates, religious leaders and two American billionaires rounded out the list of the top 10 most admired men.

Gallup Poll: Most Admired Man, 2018

Barack Obama            19% mentioned

Donald Trump            13%

George W. Bush           2%

Pope Francis                2%

Bill Gates                       1%

Bernie Sanders            1%

Bill Clinton                    1%

Dalai Lama                    1%

Joe Biden                       1%

Elon Musk                     1%

Mike Pence                   1%

Guess Who Was Going to Die in Sex and the City 3?

Sex and the City 3 isn’t happening—but apparently the swirling chatter about it still is. And it turns out that had the SATC trilogy gone forth with more cosmos and Islamophobia, a very major character was slated to die. According to Season 5 of journalist and Vanity Fair contributor James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast, which deep-dives into how the Hollywood success story started, the would-be third Sex and the Citymovie would have brought the death of—drumroll—Mr. Big, aka John Preston, played by the inimitable Chris Noth, who was slated to die of a heart attack in the shower.

Ironically enough, Noth tells the podcast that he was no fan of the first and second film adaptations (same here)—“I just hate the cornball shit . . . I thought they were sentimental as hell,” he said. But Noth had heard good things about the script for the hypothetical third installment: “I heard it was really a superior script.”

The dramatic plot twist was yet another reason Kim Cattrall declined to sign on for Sex and the City 3, according to Miller’s sources. “People close to Kim believe the script for the movie didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha,” Miller says on Origins, adding that Big’s death early in the film made “the remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women.” So it was all about Carrie—again? Color me utterly unsurprised. (Can we even imagine how insufferable Carrie’s widow couture would have been?)

Of course, money also played a role in the untimely end of SATC 3. Miller reports that Cattrall wasn’t satisfied with the salary proposal for the franchise’s four famed ladies, which proposed that each of them—Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis—be paid $1 million up front, and share back-end revenues with showrunner Michael Patrick King. “We negotiated in good faith. We wanted Kim to be there. Michael and I worked all summer. I had many, many, many conversations with her manager where I was told, ‘She’d love to hear from you.’ I emailed her. I tried to reach out to her and say, like, ‘We want you [to be] part of this . . . I hope when you read this script you’ll see the beauty, the joy, the heartbreak in it that I see,’ ” Parker told Miller. “We did negotiate through the process, and ultimately the studio said, ‘We can’t meet those asks of hers. We’re not able to do it . . . the economics don’t make sense for us.’ So, then, it’s over, but that’s not a character assassination—that’s just the way business works.” Cattrall declined comment, claiming she’s said her piece on the would-be movie.

I can’t help but wonder: Is this the final chapter of the Sex and the City 3 saga? Here’s hoping. Now back to your regularly scheduled Woke Charlotte reading.

Ed Sheeran Becomes Highest Earning Musician Ever With £342m In One Year

Ed Sheeran has got plenty to celebrate this Christmas after becoming the top-earning musician ever.The Shape Of You hitmaker raked in a whopping £342.4 million in 2018, meaning he’s earned more more in one year than any other musician ever has.Ed, 27, beat his mate Taylor Swift as well as other huge US stars like Beyonce and Jay-Z to the top of the list.The stats, gathered by Pollstar , means Ed Sheeran pocketed an eye-watering weekly salary of £6.5 million.

Ed’s Divide tour also saw him earn more than any other performer has in the last 30 years, after he sold almost five million tickets across 53 cities and 94 shows.

His Multiply tour, in 2014/15, earned him £119m, meaning he’s already doubled his record with 50 shows still left to go in 2019.

Ed’s old pal Taylor Swift joined him on the list of 2018’s top earners in second place after making £244m.

Jay-Z and Beyonce shared the third spot after taking in £201m with their joint stadium tour.

Pink, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters and The Eagles also made the top 10 list.

It’s been a big year for Ed, who recently hinted that he’d secretly married his fiancée Cherry Seaborn.

In August, he smiled bashfully and gestured towards his ring finger when asked in an interview if they’d already tied the knot.

And low and behold, he was wearing a silver band on his ring finger.

Ed confirmed his engagement to long term girlfriend Cherry, 26, in January this year.

Announcing the news in a loved-up Instagram post, he wrote: “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”

(Mirror)

Gang-up Against Nigeria’s Most Bankable Actress: ‘Powers That Be’ Block Genevieve Nnaji’s Movie, LionHeart At Cinemas

Cinema screening of ‘Lion Heart,’ the directorial debut of veteran actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been halted due to alleged industry gang-up.

Although the movie was purchased by Netflix in July, Nnaji’s team announced last Friday that its cinema screening would commence on Dec. 21.

Following that announcement, a viral statement from the ‘Lion Heart’s team alleged that the “powers that be” (distribution companies) have refused to show the movie in their cinemas.

The statement further claimed that one of the major distributors, who had agreed to show the movie, backed out of the deal after being “arm twisted”.

Reacting to the statement, Patrick Lee, chairman of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) clarified the association’s position in a public statement.

He said that the Lionheart team did not adhere to the processes involved in exhibiting a film in cinemas in the country that’s why most of its members “rightly refused to take the movie.”

“We expect the movie to come from a licenced distributor, we expect the movie to be given adequate run time in the cinemas before it is officially released on other platforms.

“And also for our cinemas to be provided with adequate notice for the inclusion of the movie in an increasingly crowded calendar.

“It is clear from the approach taken by the Lionheart team that these processes were not adhered to and most of our members rightly refused to take the movie.


“It is also important to note that this movie had been signed up by Netflix months ago, thereby giving Genevieve’s team ample time to secure a spot on the calendar.

“An option they did not take until quite recently thereby ensuring the possibility of the movie not being shown by cinemas during their preferred date.

“Genevieve has starred and produced movies for cinema exhibition in the past so should be familiar with the way the industry works which is why this is a cause for concern for us in the cinema association.

“Finally it’s worth pointing out that other movies such as Chief Daddy, KOB and Merry Men had all been slated from early March this year.

“Mo Abudu, AY and Kemi Adetiba who are industry compatriots of Genevieve’s followed the right approach by scheduling early for cinema release.

“It’s not fair that they may now possibly have their screen times reduced because of the rushed inclusion of Lionheart in the cinemas.

“We at the cinema association are also not pleased about the attacks in the statement on some of our members and the sweeping generalisations the statement makes,” Lee said.

Lee added that the association expects to seek further clarification from its author before determining if further action needs to be taken.

It will be recalled that ‘Lion Heart’ had successful screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Marakeuch, Morroco and will be available on Netflix in January, 2019.

    

Good Governance Possible In Nigeria – Ezekwesili

Prof. Obiageli Ezekwesili, the Presidential Candidate on the platform of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), on Tuesday said that good governance was possible in Nigeria if youths would be the agents of change.

Ezekwesili, a guest at the 2018 The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) in Lagos on Monday, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that youths should stand up to be counted among those that would change the country.

“They need to know that they are the future of this country. The youth need to look out for the candidates who are the true symbol of change.

“I want youths to stand up and be counted among their contemporaries all over the world. We can only achieve this through good governance.

“A country that is governed well will not concern itself with the past and I am resolute that good governance is possible in Nigeria, I am certain about it.

“The youth can achieve their dreams through creativity, resilience and productivity with right attitude and associating themselves with the right group,’’ she said.

Ezekwesili advised youths to inculcate the right character and shun all things that might jeopardize national interest and development.

“Youths should exemplify good characters and not just acting like. They should make well-informed choices that can help them grow and also in the national interest and development.

“If the youth understand what quality leadership is all about, they will not continue with the recycling pattern they are into now which is poor choices of political leaders.

“Every young one come 2019, should decide because they now have their choices to make without anybody forcing them to choose.

“It is in their own interest to ensure that governance system in Nigeria is right; they need to dream what they want their future to be,’’ she said.