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Tonto Dikeh reveals how she attempted suicide, drinking a bottle of sniper

  Tonto Dikeh reveals how she attempted suicide, drinking a bottle of sniper  

Tonto Dikeh, the Nigerian actress, says she once attempted suicide over criticisms and negative perceptions about her personality due to her knack for controversy.

The movie star spoke at a recent Tedx where she reflected on her past struggles with suicidal thoughts and how she finally managed to leverage the controversy.

Dikeh said at the time, she usually go indoors to cry when people say negative things about her due to their misconceptions about her personality.

The mother of one said the situation left her heavily depressed that she drank a bottle of sniper to end her life.

The actress said amid her suicidal thoughts, she ruminated over how her action could make life difficult for those who are looking up to her and decided to have a rethink.

“For years, I allowed the controversy to break me because I was not using it. Every time someone says a negative thing about me, I would go home and absolve it. I never knew what to do with it, I was stagnant,” she said.

“I let negativity got to me so much that I became what people thought I was. Then, if you call me a fool, I’ll act like one for you because I was in pain and need to let people know they’re hurting me.

“One day, I was in my room and was so tired. God knows that I was so tired that I took a bottle of sniper and drank it all.

“I just wanted it to be over. It was too much for me that I couldn’t control it. In my mind, I knew who I am but you’re telling me I’m someone else.

“My life was in a fix. I took the poison and kept waiting for what would happen….in that instance Jesus spoke to me ‘I gave you a second chance.”.

The entrepreneur said she has mastered the art of leveraging on controversies since the experience that she no longer allow negative remarks get to her.

“I am probably one of the most controversial persons on earth, proudly. The only reason why I can be proud of it is that I’m not fighting it, I’m using it for my advantage, I’m using it for my growth, for my satisfaction,” she added.

The spotlight recently beamed on the actress over her failed relationship with Prince Kpokpogri.


2023: Jonathan, other defectors may enjoy automatic ticket for – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said it has not granted an automatic ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is being rumoured to be planning to defect to the party ahead of 2023 general elections.

It also said that waiver granted new defectors does not exclude them from undergoing nomination processes of contesting for positions in the party and as its flag bearers in general elections.

APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, made these declarations in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

He said defection into the party by any person does not confer the status of an automatic candidate of the party on such individual.

Akpanudoedehe, who was reacting to a misrepresentation of his views on the waiver granted new entrants and defectors by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its December 8, 2020 meeting in a television programme, said all party members, irrespective of the status of the person must go through the party’s nomination process as outlined in it’s the constitution.

He maintained that the waiver by NEC was not restricted to anyone.

According to the Secretary: “The waiver is not specific to anyone as being misconstrued and misrepresented in some sections.

“Coming into the party gives no one special status of being an automatic party candidate in any election. All aspirants must undergo the nomination processes outlined by the APC constitution.”

Akpanudoedehe recalled that the party’s NEC resolved and granted waivers to persons who have recently joined the party and those desirous of joining the party in the nearest future to contest for positions in the APC and as party flag bearers in general elections.

He explained that by the NEC resolution, “new members will enjoy all the benefits and privileges accruable by the APC” but not the status of automatic candidate of the party.”

According to him: “For the records, in my recent television interview reaction to the rumoured plans by former President Goodluck Jonathan to join the APC, my statement was that NEC resolution was a blanket waiver to ALL new APC entrants, including the interviewee.

“The waiver is not specific to anyone as being misconstrued and misrepresented in some sections. Coming into the party gives no one special status of being an automatic party candidate in any election. All aspirants must undergo the nomination processes outlined by the APC constitution.

“Excerpts of APC NEC 8th December 2020 resolution reads: “…new members will enjoy all the benefits and privileges accruable by virtue of their membership of the party. So, they will be able to contest for positions in the party. They will be able to contest elections without any requirement of being members for several years or period.”



S’east govs silence on Kanu’s fate, suspicious – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described as suspicious and distasteful the complacent attitude of South East and South South Governors as well as religious leaders over the fate of its detained Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

It said it was regrettable that the Governors and religious leaders were yet to openly condemn Federal Government impunity since June 19 Kanu was arrested in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria.

In a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB noted that the Governors’ silence was a confirmation of its fears that the leaders might be part of Kanu’s ordeals.

It however commended efforts of few among them genuinely committed to the freedom of its leader, especially the pro-active movement South East national Assembly cacus for Kanu.

The statement reads in part: “We the global family of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu find loathsome and distasteful, the complacent attitude of South East and South South Govs and religious leaders over the fate of our Leader following his abduction and extra-ordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria.

“It’s baffling that since June 19th Kanu was abducted in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria in clear violation of international laws, the South East and South South governors and religious leaders are yet to openly condemn the act or take any action to register their displeasure with the impunity of the federal government of Nigeria.

“This criminal silence strongly confirms our earlier understanding and fears that these hypocritical leaders and traitors may be part of our leader’s ordeals.

“While leaders from other zones are courageously speaking up for their own, Governors and religious leaders from South East and South South have kept mute for reasons best known to them.

“We are watching and keeping records. When the chips are down we will know who is who.”


CBN accuses BDCs operators of funding Boko Haram, kidnappings

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has declared that Bureau de Changes (BDCs) were funding terrorism and kidnapping in the country.

Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, made this disclosure in Abuja on Friday after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Meeting.

He said the CBN will not rescind its decision to ban the sale of foreign exchange to BDCs.

Shedding more light on why the apex bank took the the decision, Emefiele noted the CBN has resolved to stop funding BDCs by dipping into the nation’s foreign reserve to fund BDCs all for the sake of stabilising the forex market.

According to him: “We have decided that this will stop and it has stopped for good. It beats my imagination that Nigeria carried on with this kind of practice that tended to support illegal activities of people who are involved in graft and involved in corrupt practices”.

He added: “Instead of collecting naira as bribe you tell the person to exchange it to dollar so that you can have some packet of dollars in your pocket. Yet the CBN in an attempt to moderate the market decides that it will take dollars and beings to support the corrupt tendencies of people”.

Another reason for the decision, he said, is “we have unwittingly supported activities of those who illegally buy foreign exchange from this illegal market carry them in aircrafts out of the country and go to buy arms and ammunition and bring them back into the country and conduct crime whether it is Boko haram, kidnapping all sorts of nefarious activities.

“We the CBN take our country’s dollar and sell to people to go and buy arms ammunition to come and hurt us that is what we are saying that people want us to continue to do. We cannot do that any longer”.



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