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Muslim model commits suicide over fear of arranged marriage by her parents

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A model was found hanged after fearing she was about to be forced into an arranged marriage by her Muslim parents.Nadia Menaz, 24, was found dead at her home in Oldham, Greater Manchester in May, five months after taking out a court order to stop her family from forcing her to marry.

The mother-of-one had already married in an Islamic ceremony, but the union was not recognised under English law, and her family did not approve of her husband, Umar Rasool.

Ms Menaz, a former army cadet who had wanted to join the police but started modelling after leaving home at 16, had met Mr Rasool, 25, in 2010.

They began dating, initially keeping their relationship hidden from her parents until they married in an Islamic ceremony in April 2011. The marriage was never formally confirmed under English law, but the couple had a daughter who was born in March 2012.
In December last year, Ms Menaz took out a forced marriage protection order at the Family Court in Manchester against her father Sabir Hussain, 60, and her mother Ruksana Kousar, 55, and three of her eight siblings. According to government guidelines, the legislation protects women if they are being threatened with a forced marriage or are already within a forced marriage.

At the hearing, Mr Hussain and Mrs Kousar denied attempting to force Ms Menaz into marriage and initially claimed they were unaware of the forced marriage protection order.

Her father
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Hussain told the hearing:

 ‘Once she got married there was no point in having issues. He used to assault her physically. They used to have a lot of arguments at home.

‘When I found out about the marriage protection order I was still in contact with her and totally shocked. I don’t believe my daughter killed herself. All of her life I never realised and never sensed it that she was having any problems that could cause her death this way. I think my daughter has been killed and she has not died in the way described.’
Mr Hussain said since her death he had received text messages from Nadia’s phone number which said: ‘Nadia has passed away but now it’s your turn. You are going to be next.’
Mrs Kousar said:

 ‘Nadia was already married and she had a daughter as well so there was no point of having this forced marriage protection order.’

Ms Menaz, the second youngest child of five sisters and three brothers who also worked as a wedding planner and florist, had been ‘distressed’ prior to her death, according to her cousin.
‘She was quite distressed about quite a few things,’ Mohammad Nakash Ali, said.
‘It was mostly her family from what she told me and she had a quarrel with her husband which is normal with every relationship.
‘She was stressed about her future and relationship and family and business and children. She vocalised her problems with her family in terms of her brother and relationship with her father and siblings.
‘She told me she was stressed about things that has happened in the past and she was dealing with things by self-harming. She said her relationship with her immediate family was very strained, she tried very hard to make amends but it wouldn’t work.’
In the weeks before her death Ms Menaz underwent psychiatric treatment at Royal Oldham Hospital but was later discharged.
On the day she died, May 1, she had argued with Mr Rasool, who then went to see his family and go to their local mosque, the court heard.
She had sent him a text saying she was going to hang herself and when he returned home at around 6.30pm he found his wife’s body.
Culled from Daily Mail

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Tekno debunks claim of receiving N1bn royalties for Kizz Daniel’s ‘Buga’

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Tekno, the Nigerian singer, has refuted claims that he received royalties worth almost N1 billion from Kizz Daniel for their hit song ‘Buga’.

In May 2022, the duo put out the hit song which enjoyed massive reception across different countries.

But on Sunday, a blog alleged that they had an interview with Tekno, wherein he said he “got featured on the song with no legal agreement”.

The post also claimed the ‘Pana’ singer “said Kizz Daniel sends him 50 percent of the revenue generated from the song every month”.

It alleged that the 31-year-old “admitted to receiving almost N1 billion from Daniel after his ‘Buga’ tour”.

“Him money no reach. Anybody wey put out that fake interview, thunder fire your mama,” he wrote.

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Blackface accuses Shallipopi of copying his song

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Ahmedu Obiabo, the Nigerian dancehall singer better known as Blackface, has accused Shallipopi of “copying his song”.

In a post via his Instagram page, the 50-year-old shared a video where he played a snippet of his song ‘Enemy Plan Enemy Fail’ and ‘ASAP’, a track of ‘Shakespopi‘, Shallipopi’s new album.

Listen to both songs below:

‘Enemy Plan Enemy Fail’ by Blackface

‘ASAP’ by Shallipopi

He further questioned if other Nigerian artistes could not make their music without “copying my song or melody”.

“Una mean say if them no copy my sound or melody, them no go get song to sing? Okay I don make remix for una so make una better abandon this una project,” he wrote.

This is not the first time Blackface has accused another artiste of stealing his song.

In October, he accused Olamide of copyright infringements, adding that the YBNL boss stole several songs in his career. He also claimed that Asake sampled his song ‘Ikebe Super’ in ‘Joha’.

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Juliana Olayode reveals how Funke Akindele emptied her bank account to save her mother from Fibroid

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Nollywood actress, Juliana Olayode has recounted how her senior colleague and boss, Funke Akindele emptied her bank account to save her mother’s life.

In the wake of claims that Funke Akindele doesn’t treat her staff right, Juliana debunked it as she made it known that Funke is the reason her mother is still alive after battling Fibroid.

In a lengthy post on his Instagram page, Juliana showered encomium on Funke as she recalled how the movie star emptied her account to make sure her mother was taken to a private hospital and treated immediately. She noted how the movie star does a lot of good for people, yet doesn’t post it for publicity.

Juliana added that Funke has worked hard to be where she is today and God backed her up. Raining prayers for her and her children, she wrote,

“Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaa @funkejenifaakindele
Olufunke Omo Akindele, the one who the Lord delights in.
The apple of God’s eyes, the one who has found favor in the sight of God, the one whom God has clothed with so much grace and glory, the one whom God has enthroned!!!! The one whose path is like a shining light, the one whose light can not be dimmed!

Olufunke Omo Akindele, the one who has gone through fire and came out without smelling like smoke, is a strong woman, a resilient woman, an Amazon, a phenomenal woman, a pacesetter, a record breaker, and a good woman.

My mum would have died of fibroid years ago, had you not emptied your account to make sure that she was taken to a private hospital and treated immediately.

You do a lot of good but you don’t post about it, you don’t do it for publicity, a lot of people are on your payroll, and you have done so much that an Instagram caption would not be enough to talk about it.

You have worked so hard to be where you are and God backed you up. You will never fall and you will never fail, the mighty hand of God will continue to carry you for the rest of your life.
You, your children, and everything that concerns you is covered by God!!!!

I LOVE YOU MAMA”.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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