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Annual voodoo celebration takes place in Benin

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Annual voodoo celebration takes place in Benin

Thousands of voodoo followers on January 10th converged at the beach in Ouidah, Benin where they worship spirits and pay homage to the millions of slaves who have passed by this road, when Ouidah was a key location for slave trade in West Africa.

Born in the kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Togo and Benin), voodoo has been exported to Louisiana, Brazil, Haiti, and now has 50 million members worldwide.

Despite the huge criticism this festival receives because of its animist ways, the practice of voodoo as a pristine religion was carried by African slaves to spread in Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and New Orleans in America.

While it is practiced among the Fon people along the West African coast in Togo, Benin and parts of southwest Nigeria, the undisputed capital of voodoo is Ouidah, about 42km west of Cotonou the commercial capital of Benin.

According to agency report, at the ceremony in Ouidah, spiritual leader Daagbo Hounan Houna II appealed to the dead to help keep order during the vote.

“The elections will pass in a peaceful manner in the name of the bounties of the ancestors,” he said. Further inland in Savalou, the hometown of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, priests and dignitaries set a chicken on fire at a ceremony before spreading its blood and palm oil on a fetish made out of cowrie shells and sand.

The election campaign has been overshadowed by a controversy over the ruling party’s choice of Zinsou as its candidate, a pick approved by outgoing president Thomas Boni Yayi.

Festivals celebrated by people in West Africa are often a representation of their traditional beliefs, religious heritage and cultural identity. That is why the roots and origins of some of the most popular festivals are steeped in religion and religious activities and worship.

The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace.

The Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country’s presidential election scheduled for February. Bonny Amadi with Agency Report

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THE IRONY OF ASSUMPTION IN THE LIFE OF ENUGU YOUTH AND THE ENTIRE CITIZENS

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THE IRONY OF ASSUMPTION  IN THE LIFE OF ENUGU YOUTH AND THE ENTIRE CITIZENS

THE IRONY OF ASSUMPTION IN THE LIFE OF ENUGU YOUTH AND THE ENTIRE CITIZENS

It is important that we understand that no society thrive in the place of sour and agitative statements geared towards bitterness and endangering the life of our youth especially in Enugu state. The present administration has taken SME to another level in the state and many of our youth are empowered via this sector, urban and rural developments are not left out. Peace has been maintained within all axes across board in the state through dynamic leadership. This should be given more support and accolade so that the state can have more peaceful co-existence. It is also important to draw the attention of the youth on how the current tension and insecurity all over the nation has been brought under control by the pragmatic approach of his Excellency, Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, through peaceful approach to issues. Therefore any youth, organisation or any person trying to lead any protest or match against the government is doing more harm than good to the state, and they must understand that the hoodlums may be waiting to hijack such a purported one million match. The Ohaneze Youth Council in Enugu State thereby call and counter any attempt of such match as security agencies shall be on alert against anyone who want to disturb the state and ignite more tension and sorrow. We therefore call on any one who feels their expectations are not met to embrace logical dialogue and consultation for effective result rather than declaring for one million match. We shall continue to ensure that government at all level embrace good governance in the best ethical practices. OYC Enugu state ably led by Comr. Ifeanyi Ogbodo thereby call on all the youth of Enugu State to embrace peace and peaceful dialogue so as to obtain our desired result.

Long live Ndi-Enugu

Long live Enugu State Government

Long live Ohanaeze Youth Council

#Igwebuike

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Davido’s N250m Orphanage Fund: How to Apply as Portal Opens, Deadline Announced

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Davido’s N250m Orphanage Fund: How to Apply as Portal Opens, Deadline Announced

Few days ago, Nigerian Afro-pop star David Adeleke, aka Davido, announced that the N200 million he got from his friends and fans in an unprecedented social media fundraiser will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria.

He noted that he will add N50 million to the money to be donated to the orphanages, making it N250 million. The registration portal for Davido’s N250m orphanage fund opens on Monday, November 29. Photo credit: @davido Source: Instagram

Davido afterwards announced a five-member committee to oversee the distribution of the donated funds to beneficiaries.

In a statement via his Instagram page, the music star has now announced details on how orphanages can apply for the fund. According to him, only government accredited orphanage homes are qualified for the donation

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Pope Declares Feb. 23 World Fasting, Praying Day

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Pope Francis has invited Roman Catholics, all Christians and members of other religions to observe Feb. 23 as a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace.

Francis while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing,  on Sunday urged everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.

According to him, the appeal is  because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence.

He said “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?’”

“Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories, while working for peace benefits all,” he said.

He specifically invited non-Catholics and non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they saw fit, “but all together”.

Francis said the prayers and fasting should be offered in a particular way for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

South Sudan has been hit by a prolonged civil war and humanitarian crisis. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit by unrest this month following the shooting of protesting pro-democracy churchgoers opposed to President Joseph Kabila.

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