Social media war trails Nigeria model’s N40M claim signature hairstyle

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Comments across various social media platforms have continue hitting Nigerian model, Chika Lann, after she claimed that signature hairstyle cost N40 million.

Lann, who made the claim during media chat, stated that she that her hair in several long strands of woollen threads strung together to form a ‘basket like’ shape, said that the sytle cost several millions of Naira if she was not exaggerating.

.The top model and fashion enthusiast added that she loves to showcase her unique personality and thus, and that her personality could be difficult to understand.

She said, “I have been asked on several occasions about this question. Sometimes is not really easy to understand my personality.

“Talking about my hairstyle, this hairstyle is worth 40 million”

“I love to be unique. Because when you look around you will see that everyone style look alike and I am the kind of person that can spend any kind of money.

“I can go through any kind of stress or inconveniences just to stand out from the crowd,” Lann added.

Her claim was met with skepticism and clap backs from some Nigerians on social media, especially Instagram, who argued that the hair could not cost so much.

A social media commentator wrote, “She said 40 million, so till she defines the currency, we would say it’s just nothing.”

Another Tallyenzo said, “40 naira or 40 million, because its thread that I see.”

Another one @Anike_fabrics wrote, “We are sorry, we are not fighting you. On behalf of fellow Nigerians, 40 million what? Thank you.”

However, Lann shared a video on Friday, in response to the criticisms reiterating that the hair actually cost N40 million.

She dispelled the notion that she was hard on drugs for claiming that the hair cost that much, stressing that she was in her right senses when she grated the interview.

Attributes of The Servant of The Most Merciful (9): Avoiding killing

 In The Name of Allah of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful,

Text Being Fifth Sermon For The Month of Jumadal Ula, 21th J. Thaniyyah /1439AH (16th Match, 2018) delivered by The Muslim Congress (TMC).

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Who says: (وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا (68) يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا (69) إِلَّا مَنْ تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا (70) وَمَنْ تَابَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَإِنَّهُ يَتُوبُ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَتَابًا ﴾) “Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred except for just cause, nor commit fornication; – and any that does this (not only) meets punishment. (But) the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignominy,- Unless he repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful,” (25:68-70). We praise Him, thank Him, we assert our belief in Him, and put in Him our trust. We seek refuge in Him from the evil of our souls, and deeds. And we bear witness that there is no God but Allah alone, the compassionate, the merciful, the oft-forgiving, and I bear witness that our master Muhammad is His servant and messenger. May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be on him, his household, companions and whoever follow their guidance and footsteps till the day of accountability.

As to what follows:

Dear Muslims, I advise you all and myself to fear Allah, in the open and secret, because that is the objective of all acts of obedience and commands and prohibitions. Allah, the exalted says thus:
(يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا (70) يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا) “O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. ( 71 ) He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” (33:63).

Dear faithful, this is the fourth sermon in the month of Jumadal thaniyyah, and we are continuing our discussion on the Attributes of the Servant of the Most Merciful, taking the ninth attribute which is “Sincere repentance” as elucidated in Suratul Furqan having discussed; humility, forbearance, Qiyaamul-layl (Standing for prayers at night), being fearful of the fire, Moderation in spending, upholding Tawheed, Avoiding killing and protecting life and Avoiding Zina.

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, we are still within the vastness of the Qur’an with the servants of the Most Merciful whom Allah is pleased with and are pleased with Him in Suratul-Furqaan.
They are a set of people who do not get involved in the major sins of shirk of calling on other than Allah, murder, or zina. “Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred except for just cause, nor commit fornication; – and any that does this (not only) meets punishment. (But) the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignominy.” These are major sins which punishment are doubled chastisement and perpetually repeating. This punishment is not like that of this world, not for a day or two, nor a month nor a year, rather it is forever. In addition to the accompanying humiliation in the fire, (and he will dwell therein in ignominy,), regardless of his status in life, and before men, he will be humiliated before Allah.
This is the case for he who commit any of those sins, however, is the door of opportunity closed against them? Would there be for them the chance to access mercy and pardon? Really Allah made some exception as He says: “Unless he repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful,”. Thus Allah opened to them the door of repentance, this is the way of compassion of Allah with his servants. Allah knows their weakness, the domineering influence of their desire, the whisper of Shaytan and that man was created weak; many a time he gets incited into evil and sins, he could slip off his balance thus following the devil, therefore, Allah recognizes all that and He opened the door of repentance to His servants. He, Allah created them like that because He loves to accept repentance of His servants, His name is “Accepter of repentance”. “For Allah loves those Who turn to Him constantly And He loves those Who keep themselves pure and clean.” His name is “The Oft-forgiving” thus it is of His nature to forgive, and His name is “The Pardoner” thus it is of His nature to pardon. Thus, Allah did not make them as angel, but humans with wishes and desires, which could cause them to sin and seek forgiveness and Allah forgives them. In the hadith: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you do not sin, Allah will take you away and bring a people who will be sinning, but will seek forgiveness and He will forgive them.” (Muslim and others)
Repentance cleanse the sins like water cleanses dirts, and he who repents from shirk, Allah accepts his repentance. “Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning for them).” (8:38) Islam cleanses what sins came before it, and repentance cleanses what came before it.
Some companions differ on the acceptance of repentance of the one who killed a soul, because the it affects rights of three: rights of the slain person; rights of the relative of the slain person; and the rights of Allah. They say when the killer repents, Allah pardons him and drops His right, and the relatives pardons and drop their right through resolution or receipt of blood money, then there remains the right of the slain. But the correct view is that when he does a sincere repentance, and the relatives of the slain pardon him, Allah will accept it by making the slain pleased with him on the day of resurrection. Repentance covers all sin; as Allah mentions Shirk, murder, and fornication, he says: “Unless he repents…” covering all the three sins.

What is acceptable repentance?
The sincere repentance is that which is free from deceit, that is a repentance that is not fraud, not like the repentance of liars, who claim to repent with their tongues but their hearts are bent on sins. The pillars of acceptable repentance are the following:

First: Regretful: Anas and some of the companions of the Prophet-pbuh were asked: “Did the Prophet say: ‘Regret is repentance? He said: ‘Yes’. This means it is the greatest of the pillars of repentance, as it he said: “The hajj is ‘Arafat” (Ahmad, Ibn hibban, Hakim, Darqutni, and Bayhaqi). Regret is to be sorrowful and saddened, the grief that consumes the heart, internally when he remembers he sinned against Allah, he is not at peace, he could not sleep, engulfing his day and night. It is a feeling of deficiency before Allah, he realizes his sins against Allah, and the kindness of Allah towards him. In an alqudsi hadith: “I and the Jinns and men are in a great reality; I created (them) but they worship other than Me, I provide for (them) but they thank other than Me.” (Hakim, Tirmidhi, Bayhaqi). “My favour to the servants descends, but their evil ascend, I engulf them with My favour, for I am free of all needs from them, they instigate My anger with sins, but they are greatest in need before Me.”
Whoever intends repentance should remember the favours of Allah, then his sins against Allah, that produces a feel of regret, which dissolves in the heart, like the salt dissolves in water. Allah describes the psychological feeling of those who repent is suratul taubah thus: (﴿ وَعَلَى الثَّلَاثَةِ الَّذِينَ خُلِّفُوا حَتَّى إِذَا ضَاقَتْ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَرْضُ بِمَا رَحُبَتْ وَضَاقَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ أَنْفُسُهُمْ وَظَنُّوا أَنْ لَا مَلْجَأَ مِنَ اللَّهِ إِلَّا إِلَيْهِ ثُمَّ تَابَ عَلَيْهِمْ لِيَتُوبُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴾ [التّوبة : 9/ 118]) “(He turned in mercy also) to the three who were left behind; (they felt guilty) to such a degree that the earth seemed constrained to them, for all its spaciousness, and their (very) souls seemed straitened to them,- and they perceived that there is no fleeing from Allah (and no refuge) but to Himself. Then He turned to them, that they might repent: for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.” (9:118)

Check the statement: “the earth seemed constrained to them, for all its spaciousness,” the earth seemed constrained to them despite its vastness, their souls closed up against them, “and they perceived that there is no fleeing from Allah (and no refuge) but to Himself.”. This is the feeling of the repenting one and the meaning of regret.

The second: A strong resolve not to return to the sin: There is no repentance except with this determination. But if he repents but still stays in between, tilting towards the sin, his mind still attached to the sin, and still thinks about it, then this is no repentance. It is imperative to be firmly decisive, at the time of repenting, not to return to sin, as it is impossible for the extracted milk to return to the teat. After that, he could be weak, he could be tempted by his desire, he could be overpowered by Shaytan, because the struggle between good and bad is unending, but the important thing is to be determined at the time of repentance not to return back to the sin.

The third: To withdraw practically from his sin: Repentance is the withdraw from sin to obedience, from evil to good, from the path of shaytaan to the path of Allah. It is imperative to change his ways, … change his companions, … replace a place with another, … replace persons with persons, as demonstrated in the hadith of the man who killed 100 persons, … and was advised to leave his community where evil reigns to a place where there are good people who worship Allah … The prophet – pbuh said: “And follow evil deed with good one to obliterate it.”
When all these conditions are complete then the repentance becomes acceptable.

There is an important condition for repentance, if it is between a person and his Lord, the matter is simple, Allah will accept it without doubt, however the challenge is where there is a right between you and other people, particularly monetary rights, like debts. If you embezzle their money, or steal, or defraud them in trade, or you consume a property in your trust, then you must return it. Scholars say, you must return it and return its accrued profits. For instance, if you have One million naira, and it stays with you for ten years with profits. The mandatory thing for you is to return the principal amount and the accrued profit to the owner, because if it were to be with the owner it would have grown. It is reported in a sound hadith: “The matyr will be forgiven all sins except debt.” (Muslim). Whoever repents sincerely must return the rights to their owners, if the owners are late, then he should return to their heirs, if the heirs are late, he should return to the heirs of their heir.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, May His peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, family, companions and all believers till the last hour.
Dear faithful, we commence discussion on understanding Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah which we promised to be dosed in bits weekly, and today we shall discuss as follow:
Names of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah: they are described with some nicknames ahich were derived from the hadith of the Prophet-pbuh, these include:
1- The saved sect (Al-firqah An-najiyah): the title was derived from the hadith of Abdullah bn ‘Amr bn Al-‘aas: he said: the messenger of Allah says: “Verily, it come upon my Ummah what came upon the children of Israel in the extent of a feet to feet, to the extent that if anyone of them copulate his mother in the open, there will be among my Ummah someone who will do that. Verily the children of Israel are divided into seventy-two sects, and my Ummah is divided into seventy-three sects, all of them will be in fire, except one sect. They say: Who will that be O messenger of Allah? He said: “(Those who are) on what I stand upon, and my companions.” (Tirmidhi, )
2- The victorious group (Al-toifah al-monsurah): this also ased on the hadith: “A group among my Ummah will not seize to be victorious in fighting for the truth till the day of resurrection.” (Muslim)
3- The righteous predecessors (As-salaf as-solih): The prophet- pbuh says: “The best of centuries is my century, then those after it,..” (Bukhari & Muslim)
Oh Allah descend peace; flowing with continuous tranquility and security upon Nigeria and all other Muslim nations. O Allah accept the worship of the pilgrims of hajj and Umrah, and grant us all Your pleasure, And the last of our call will be, “Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds!”

Mix reactions over Davido’s $5,000 donation to Rwanda musical school

By NewsDesk,

Mix reactions among Nigerians have trailed pop star, David Adeleke , popularly called Davido, $5,000 the renowned singer pledged to support a Rwandan music school, the gesture of which did not go down with some his in mate back home in Nigeria.

Against party’s opposition the kindness, the music star fans commended him for the generous act though advised Davido to extend gesture to music schools established by Nigerians.

Majority were of view that that those with interest in music could be sponsored by Nigerian artistes in music school to curb social vices.

One of them, a Nigerian flutist, Omatshola Iseli, popularly known as “Tee Mac”, said that such an act of generosity was not supposed to be publicized and that the donor should have done it quietly without bringing it into public limelight.’’

Iseli said that celebrities as public figures should be more concerned about giving back to the society just as Davido had done and that they should try to minimise how members of the public sing their praises due to their generosity.

“As celebrities, we need to give back to the society depending on how buoyant we are but this must be done without publicity.

“And I believe such will be appreciated more by God, as Davido has tried,” he said.

Another one, folklore musician, Ayo Orobiyi, popularly called “Adunni Nefrettiti” said that Davido’s generosity was a beautiful development for the Rwandan music industry and the African nations musical industry was below acceptable standard when compared with music produced by other African countries.

She said that the school should channel the donation to the right direction for the improvement of the Rwandan music industry so that arties  that it would be able to pace up with the qualities of music produced in Nigeria and some other African countries.

“This is a good development coming from one of us in Nigeria.

“I believe he must have observed that Rwanda needed such help more than Nigeria because their music is nothing to be compared with ours,” she said.

For Nigerian reggae musician, Austin Peters, known as “King Wadada”  Nigerian artistes who were financially buoyant should start to demonstrate such generous act to music schools in the country and that the Davido’s gesture to Rwanda was a testimony that Nigerian youths could also be assisted in enrolling in Nigerian music schools.

According to him, musicians can train the less privileged Nigerian youths who are interested in becoming musicians by sponsoring them in music schools.

Wadada said that this would curb the crime rates and other atrocities engaged in by youths.

“ Davido has tried so far; aside the pledge to the Rwandan music school, he has created a niche for himself and this is highly commendable.

“ I will call on other Nigerian artistes to emulate him but this time such assistance must be for music schools in Nigeria.

“There are many youths who will appreciate being trained in the music school as a way to further their career in singing.

“Such youths can be sponsored in music schools and we will discover that crime rates and some other social vices will be minimised,” he said.

Peters also advised Nigerian musicians to ensure that the contents of their music were edifying to the souls of the listeners and serve as tools for behavioural change.

“Our music should be capable of achieving positive results, changing the negative behaviour of people to the positive.

“Let us change the societal problems through our songs,” he said.

FG commends trio of Mo Abudu, Omotola, Adichie over global stage honor

By NewsDesk,

The Nigerian Government has commended trio of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, Chimamanda Adichie and Nollywood star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, after they were honored recently, with the global stage, describing the three women great ambassadors of Nigeria.

Through Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who issued statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, it said the three honorees are iconic women in the Creative Industry who have brought great honour not only to themselves, their families and their industry, but also to the country.

The government described the women as well deserved listing of Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV, and Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde among the top 50 women ”who are doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage” by Variety magazine, a weekly American entertainment magazine.

It said that the already well-adorned cap of Adichie has been further festooned after her novel, Americanah, was listed in the New York Times’ list of 15 remarkable books by women that are ”shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century”.

He said the women are role models whose achievements will inspire a generation of young Nigerians to also do extraordinary things.

”Of more importance is the fact that these women’s achievements have transcended gender, nationality or race, placing them on the rarefied class of global, timeless achievers,” the Minister said.

He said the great honours bestowed on the women will further focus world attention on the nation’s burgeoning Creative Industry, thus placing it on the right pedestal to take the world by storm.

Olamide, baby mama step further relationship

By NewsDesk,

Nigerian pop star, Olamide Adedeji, populalarly called ‘Baddo,’ and his baby mama, Adebukunmi Suleiman, have step further their older time relationship with the musical star proposing to his long standing girlfriend and mother of his son.

The love birds have been together since 2011 and have had a son Maximilaino Adedeji, born in 2015.

However, Baddo announced the proposal on Snapchat on Friday, hours after the young artist sent his lady birthday wishes on same platform.

The YBNL boss was said to have bent on his knee before Aisha as he proposed to her birthday on Thursday which coincidentally was marked International Women’s Day with the theme: “Press for Progress”.

Olamide wrote: “My senior wife… Oya we have a wedding to plan.”

Olamide, who raps mostly in Yoruba, has been described as ‘the voice of the ghetto’.

The Bariga born artist recently released a seven minutes visual to his hit song ‘Science Student’ amidst controversies surrounding the message of the song.

He recently bagged the ‘Listeners choice’ award at the just concluded Sound city MVP awards.

Olamide came into limelight in 2011 with his debut album ‘Rapsodi’ before starting his label ‘YBNL’ in 2012.

Wizkid prepares debut for Indio valley music, art festival

By NewsDesk,

The Nigerian musical star, Ayo Balogun, popular called Wizkid, has been announced would make his debut at popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival popular known as Coachella in Indio, California.

However, Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world and with 2017 edition of the festival been attended by 250,000 people and grossed $114.6 million.

Wizkid who is one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, confirmed his participation through tweeter on yesterday.

“We taking the African culture to Coachella BTW and am bringing out everybody”.

The “Soco” crooner will be performing along sides international acts such as The Weekend, Beyoncé, and Eminem.

Other artists on performance list includes; Black Coffee, Jorja Smith, Migos, Cardi B, Jidenna, Tyler the Creator.

Meanwhile, `Daddy Yo’, Wizkid’s 2017 hit song is part of the soundtrack for British-Nigerian actor John Boyega’s new film, ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’.

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’, is an upcoming American science fiction and action film set for release on March 23.

The film is co-produced by Boyega; written and directed by Steven DeKnight in his feature film directorial debut.

Gaga halts European tour due to devastation

By NewDesk, with Agency report, 

US pop star Lady Gaga Saturday announced she had cancelled the last 10 shows of the European leg of her world tour due to severe pain.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Grammy award-winning singer told fans she that has cancelled the tour due devastation but said the decision to cancel the dates on her Joanne World Tour, her fifth headlining tour, was “beyond her control.”

“My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home,” she said.

“I need to put myself and my well-being first,” she added.

Shows affected include dates in London, Paris and Berlin, as well as Stockholm, Zurich and Copenhagen.

Dates in Cologne, Germany and Manchester, England were also halted.

It comes after the “Born This Way” singer cancelled another show in Rio de Janeiro in September after being hospitalized, also due to severe pain.

Lady Gaga, who shot to global fame in 2008 with her hit debut single “Just Dance,” has previously revealed she suffers from the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia.

According to a post by Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

“Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

“Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

“Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

“While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help”, Mayo Clinic wrote.

Olamide loses mother same day son celebrate birthday

By NewsDesk,

Nigerian Popular Rapper, Olamide Adedeji, who is known as Baddo on stage, has lost his mother reported to had passed away few hours after he celebrated his son’s birthday

The YBNL Boss, announced his mother death through his Instagram account where he wrote: ” Orisa bi Iya ko si laiye ( No god like a mother in the world), and with black, symbol to indicateher transition.

However, The “science student” crooner, had earlier penned a birthday message to his son, saying; ‘Happy birthday from Dad, your best pal’.

About four hours after, he post himself and his mom on Social media, on Instagram, where the announcement generated over 7,000 sympathetic comments by midnight.

Some fans expressed their condolence to the popular musician, with one liners: ‘Stay strong brother’, one fan said.

“Stay strong brother … God got you, said inxsprince. Orisa bi iya ooo, may her soul rest in perfect peace, stay strong bro, what a coincidence, another person wrote, with the name _banksmj”

NDE trains 2,000 youths in cosmetology, technical vocations

By Zulaykha Abodunrin,

The government of Adamawa state, under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), on Monday, commenced the training of 2,000 unemployed youths.

A press release issued by NDE Information Officer, Aishatu Fika, disclosed that 1,400 of the participants were females while 600 were males.

The statement read in part, “The training will last for three months will based on cosmetology and other technical  vocations. The total number of 2,000 in Adamawa are part of the 76, 600 beneficiaries nationwide. Trainees would be supported by government and other stakeholders in setting up their businesses after the training.

“The objective of the training exercise is to give access to  unemployed youths to acquire  skills for self employment and income generation. It is expected that at the end of the training,  the beneficiaries will be supported by government, NGOs and other critical stakeholders to enable them set up their businesses,” it added.

Nollywood star arrives Italy, begins human traffic advocacy tours

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

A Nigerian popular movie star, Stephanie Linus, has began an advocacy visit in Italy where she hope to raise awareness on heinous crime of human trafficking and give hope to victims.

It was learnt that Linus would be advocating for victims of human trafficking in partnership with the international medical humanitarian organization – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranean.

Through a statement on Saturday the Nollyhood star disclosed that victims in Italy have been sharing their experiences with her.

“It got even more interesting when the women decided to prepare a meal together, sing and exchange hand-made gifts.

“It was truly a heart-warming experience as hope was renewed in their midst,’’ she explained.

She also visited United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office where she was given a deeper insight into the operations of the organization in Italy.

This is coming in the wake of the increasing rate of human trafficking involving Nigerians who are trying to migrate to Europe through Libya.

Linus, a film director and model, also visited the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations.

Actress Stephanie Linus on board The Rescue Ship “Aquarius” in Italy

She had a tour of the ship, and afterwards, held discussions on the overall need to educate people on the dangers of “being trafficked and integrating the rescued victims back into the society’’.

Linus also had a press conference with the international media, where she spoke about measures that could be used to curb human trafficking.

Linus has been at the forefront of advocacy over sensitive issues affecting the rights of women and girls.

She had carried out the advocacy through several movies, especially, “DRY’’.

She has also demonstrated her passion for fight against trafficking through her role as UNFPA Ambassador; and her charity organisation,“ Extended Hands Foundation’’.

Linus has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress and Three nominations for Best Actress in leading role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

She was the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty Pageant 2002.

An increasing number of women, mainly from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014.

Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures.