Star South African 800m athlete Caster Semenya held her traditional wedding ceremony over the weekend.
According to the SA Fame Awards Facebook page, which forms part of Limpopo Media, Semenya and her long-time girlfriend, Violet Raseboya, had their traditional wedding ceremony in Ga-Dikgale in the Capricorn District of Limpopo.
According to reports, Semenya and Raseboya got engaged in May last year.
However, Semenya was quick to dispel those reports, saying, “There is no wedding. Don’t believe the rumours you read in the news,” Semenya said according to the Sowetan website.
However, according to the Daily Sun website, Semenya, 24, sent her parents to Raseboya’s family in Polokwane to negotiate lobola.
An insider revealed at the time that both families were happy to negotiate lobola, with Semenya’s family paying R25?000.
Semenya first shot to stardom in 2009 when she won gold in the women’s 800m at the IAAF’s World Championships in Berlin, before being controversially subjected to gender testing.
She was cleared and won the silver medal at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu.
Semenya’s greatest achievement to date was a silver medal in the 800m at the 2012 London Olympics.
Social media posted numerous pictures of the happy couple on Monday.
Mother of 11-day-old baby killed, burnt to ashes on way to church
The dead body of a 35-year-old nursing mother, Mrs. Idenyi Ebere Ukamaka, was at the weekend discovered in a drainage behind Enugu North Mass transit park along Afikpo road Abalaliki, the capital city of Ebonyi State.
The deceased, popularly known as Mama Ebuka and nursing an 11 days old baby, was said to have been murdered by suspected assassins with parts of her body burnt to ashes.Confirming the ugly incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Odah Loveth, said the team, led by the DCO Kenneth Owo, visited the scene of incident and the remaining body parts have been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.
According to her, at about 12noon of January 12, one Idenyi Festus, male, of No. 11 Awolowo street Abakaliki, reported at the station that at about 4:00a.m. of the same day, his wife, a nursing mother named Idenyi Ebere Ukamaka, left her 11 days old baby in their residence for early morning prayer at St. Theresa Catholic Church Abakaliki.
“The woman did not return and he searched for his wife on that day to no avail but at about 9:00a.m. of January 13, he found her dead body in a gutter behind Enugu North Mass Transit. He said his wife after being killed was also burnt, adding that it was through her head that didn’t burn that he was able to recognize his wife.
The late Ukamaka left her home at No. 11 Awolowo street, around Water works road to St Theresa’s Catholic cathedral last week were she said she wanted to have some spiritual meditation in the chapel only for her body to be found mutilated and burnt in a drainage.A source told our correspondent that the family members after discovering the lifeless body immediately went to their village in Izzi local government area of the state to report the ugly incidence to the elders of the family.
Kano father gives conditions to son’s American lover
A 46-year-old American woman and mother of two, Jeanine Deslky, is set to tie the nuptial knot with her 23-year-old Kano-born lover, Sulaiman Babayero, whom she met on Instagram.
It was gathered that the lovers had met on Istagram about a year ago, and what started as a normal platonic relationship grew and blossomed into online courtship. The lovers are now set for marriage in a few months following the arrival of the American woman to Nigeria to meet her heartthrob and his family members in Kano.
Delsky, who arrived at the Panshekara residence of her online lover, said she was in Kano not only to see her heartthrob and his parents but also to declare her intention to marry him.
According to her, she decided to trace her heartthrob to Kano because of her “genuine feelings” for him, adding that she had several online dating but found Isa “more real and sincere.”
The mother of two said they had both agreed to get married and fly to the US where they intend to settle, adding that she had seen her dream coming to reality by meeting the love of her life. Sources close to the family of the man hinted that the marriage is expected to be consummated in March this year.
The young Kano lover who has just finished his secondary school, has not only agreed to marry his much older lover and but has also expressed his readiness to follow her to America to settle and start a family. Malama Fatima Sulaiman, the mother of the young man, said she had no objection to her son’s relationship with the woman, adding that she would pray for them to have a happy married life in America.
Meanwhile, the young man’s father said he would report the matter to the State Security Service (SSS) before giving his consent. Mr. Isa, a retired superintendent of police, told an online medium, Kano Focus, at his home in Panshekara yesterday that he had consented to the wedding based on four conditions.
The first condition, he said, is to seek security clearance. “We are trying to do that, we’ll do that, we can’t do without that, we must do that. As a retired security officer, I know what I’m talking about. In fact, I’ll be seeing the SSS by Monday to tell them about the situation.” Kano focus quoted the father. According to the report, the second condition is that his son would be allowed to further his education in the US.
He said the third condition is that Isa would maintain his adherence to the Islamic religion. “I want him to further his education and maintain his religion. No problem, maybe she may become a Muslim too,” he said. The retired police officer added that his final condition is that the bride-to-be must produce a written document of consent from her parents or relations as Muslims are not allowed to marry a woman on her own.
The woman, whose real name is Janine Sanchez, is reported to be set to depart Nigeria in a week’s time and return in March for the wedding.
Court Sends Sotitobire Founder To Prison
A Chief Magistrate in Akure, Ondo State, Charity Adeyanju, on Friday, ordered the continued detention of Prophet Babatunde Alfa, standing trial over the case of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, who went missing in his church.
Magistrate Adeyanju ordered that Babatunde remain in detention at the Olokuta Correctional Facility till February 5, 2020, pending the hearing of the legal advise from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
However, journalists were barred from covering the trial as Adeyanju ordered all journalists in the courtroom to vacate their seats without giving reasons.
The suspect was brought into the court premises alongside six workers of his church amidst heavy security after the journalists vacated the court.
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