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I considered suicide at age 9 – Chinedu Ikedieze speaks on being bullied for stunted growth

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Legendary actor and half of the iconic duo Aki and Pawpaw, Chinedu Ikedieze aka Aki, has disclosed that considered suicide because he was bullied for his stunted growth.

He was recently a guest star in the popular With Chude Podcast hosted by Chude Jideonwo where he recalled his struggle with accepting his condition at nine years old.

The star of the big screen revealed that there was a point when the thought of jumping off the third mainland bridge entered his mind. This was brought on by bullying that sent him spiraling into sadness. The series of attacks on his person were carried out by his peers at the time, and even adults.

He said, “While they were throwing all those tantrums I cried several times, it got bad o and there were times that I thought of ending it all. Thank God I didn’t o.”

The veteran narrated that he was officially diagnosed by the family’s medical doctor at age nine after it was observed that he was not growing like his peers were. The actor mentioned that after hearing his diagnosis, he picked up a dictionary to find the meaning of the word ‘retardation’, and how to pronounce it.

“I remember the doctor speaking to my mother and then telling me ‘What you have is stunted growth, I saw another word, ‘growth retardation’, I was looking for the meaning of the word but first of all how to pronounce it,” he said.

The actor, however, expressed his gratitude to God for seeing him through the depressive episode.

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Ayra Starr to perform at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Ayra Starr is one of the fastest-rising artists from Africa with her music enjoying global commercial success.

After the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘The Year I Turned 21,’ Ayra Starr is set to take on the famous stage of The Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon.

The award-winning sensation is expected to perform songs from her new album including ‘Last Heartbreak Song’ featuring American RnB star Giveon.

With her upcoming performance on The Tonight Show, Ayra Starr joins Wizkid, Tems, CKay, Burna Boy, Asake, and Rema as Nigerian artists who have performed on the late-night American TV Show.

Since making her debut with the self-titled EP in 2021, Ayra Starr has been a sensational artist whose captivating melodies and versatility as won her the hearts of millions of fans and several awards.

Her debut album ’19 & Dangerous’ had the hit song ‘Rush’ which earned several accolades including a diamond certification in France, the highest viewed music video by a Nigerian female artist, and a Grammy nomination for Best African Song Performance.

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GWR snubs Onakoya, announces Norwegians as new chess record holders

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Odin Blikra Vea and Askild Bryn, two men from Norway, have broken the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon.

In a recent blog post, GWR said Blikra Vea and Bryn “earned a place in history” after playing chess for 61 hours, 03 minutes, and 34 seconds.

The British reference book added that the feat was achieved in Stavanger, Norway, on June 4, 2024.

“In a stunning display of endurance and mental fortitude, and after playing a total of 383 five-minute blitz games, the record was officially confirmed at 10 p.m. local time in Stavanger, Norway,” it said.

The GWR, however, remained silent on Tunde Onakoya, the Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate, who completed a 60-hour chess marathon in New York without losing a single game.

On April 17, Onakoya embarked on his record-breaking attempt and even played chess with Shawn Martinez, also a chess master. During the attempt, he launched a fundraiser to empower illiterate children across Africa through the feat.

On April 20, the Nigerian surpassed the 56-hour mark; the previous record set by two other Norwegians Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad on November 11, 2018.

GWR is typically expected to vet an attempt before confirming that a new record has been set on any task.

While Blikra Vea and Bryn’s record of 61 hours may be ahead of Onakoya’s 60 hours, the British reference book appeared to have taken no notice of the Nigerian’s attempt.

How long does it take?

The length of time for the application process and then the evidence review for the attempt itself depends on the type of application selected.

The GWR reviews documentation in 12 weeks and tells applicants whether their attempt has been accepted or rejected — that is for standard record attempts. When there are many applications, the waiting time may be longer, at least 16 weeks.

It however remains unclear why the Norwegians, whose attempt was concluded on June 4, were responded to while the GWR has yet to reveal if they accepted or rejected that of Onakoya (April 20).

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Guinness World Records confirms Isreal Adebanjo’s twerking record

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A Nigerian man has thrown social media into a frenzy after he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest duration of twerking by an individual.

The man, identified as Babajide Isreal Adebanjo, was confirmed as the new record holder by the Guinness World Record on its official website.

On 14 January 2024, Babajide Isreal Adebanjo twerked non-stop for three hours and thirty minutes.

According to GWR, Babajide saw the record attempt as a personal opportunity to step outside of his comfort zone and to bring attention to the plight of those who suffer from depression worldwide.

“No record is too insane, large, ambitious, or modest to be accomplished. Everybody and their special qualities have a place,” Babajide shared as his message.

Babajide aimed to push beyond his comfort zone and raise awareness for depression.

His message emphasises that anyone can achieve their goals, regardless of their uniqueness.

While his achievement has garnered attention, it has also sparked diverse reactions from social media users upon sharing his certificate.

Between January 2023 to January 2024, there was a remarkable surge in the desire among West Africans at large to break and set new Guinness World Records.

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