Category: "Offbeat"

'Sperm' widow in mistress twist

October 18th, 2010

'Sperm' widow in mistress twist

This was no ordinary love triangle.

The following is a bizarre nonetheless true story and involves a would be surrogate mother with an Ethiopian sounding name. Read the story and have your say.


A grieving Manhattan widow who won a court order preserving her husband's sperm named his girlfriend to be the surrogate mother of his child, sources told The Post yesterday.

George Kamau, 37, killed himself Monday in the Norwalk, Conn., home of Etaghua Asefa, 35, who identified herself to cops as the dead man's girlfriend, the sources said.

In court papers filed in Manhattan, Kamau's wife, Victoria Chege, named Asefa as the "family friend and appointed surrogate" mother who would receive sperm harvested from her late husband's corpse.

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Police parade goat as robbery suspect in Nigeria

January 24th, 2009
The goat "robbery suspect"

Police parade goat as robbery suspect in Nigeria

Written by Demola Akinyemi

The Vanguard

*For attempting to ‘steal’ a Mazda car

It was a shocking sight yesterday as men of the Kwara State Police Command paraded a goat as an armed robbery suspect.

The goat "suspect" is being detained over an alleged attempt to snatch a Mazda car. The mysterious goat, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tunde Mohammed, while briefing bewildered journalists at the Force headquarters, is an armed robber who attempted to snatch the said car, Wednesday night, and later transformed into the goat in a bid to escape arrest.

He explained that men of a vigilance group in Anifowose Ipata/Oloje areas of the state capital had chased two armed robbery suspects who wanted to demobilise the Mazda car with the intention of stealing it, and

"while one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is.’’ Mohammed said.

The police spokesman said the goat "armed robbery suspect" will not be left off the hook until investigations into the case are concluded.

He also said that no fewer than five stolen vehicles have been recovered by the state Police Command while some suspects were also arrested. Among those arrested, he said was one Idowu Oni of Araromi area of Akure who escaped from Akure Prison.

He added that the escaped convict was arrested in Ilorin after stealing a Mazda 323 car belonging to Mrs. Henrietta Ayijesu.

He also said another armed robbery and rape suspect was in their custody, assuring that the suspects will soon appear in court.

ETHIOPIA: Cappuccino with condom - make that to go

August 20th, 2008
Ethiopian beauty queen links business with a message for sexually active people

ETHIOPIA: Cappuccino with condom

ADDIS ABABA, 20 August 2008 (IRIN)
- Bellissima, on bustling Gabon Street in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, could be just another upmarket café, except that each order comes with a packet of 'Sensation' condoms, and is served in 'Sensation' cups by staff wearing 'Sensation' T-shirts.

"I wanted to link business with a message for sexually active people," Bellissima's owner, Hayat Ahmed, 26, told IRIN/PlusNews. "I am the brand ambassador for 'Sensation' condoms in Ethiopia, and I want to spread the message that condoms can protect you from HIV/AIDS."

Hayat, a former beauty queen, has been involved in HIV/AIDS campaigns since she was crowned Miss Ethiopia in 2003 and subsequently named an HIV/AIDS ambassador.

Her face adorns billboards and she regularly appears on Ethiopia's only television station promoting condom use. "When I walk down the road even children recognise me," she said. "But they do not call me Hayat; they call me 'Sensation'."

Modelled on 'condom bars' in Asia, Bellissima handed out six boxes of condoms, each containing 48 packets of three-in-a-pack, within two days of opening its doors.

The free condoms have elicited mixed reactions, with older patrons tending not to like the idea, while younger ones love it and sometimes ask for a second packet.

"We have had young people come in and ask 'Is it true that you actually give free condoms?' and when we say, 'yes', their faces brighten up and they quickly order," said one waiter. "But we have also had people who get shocked when we bring the bill with a condom, some saying we are promoting immorality."

Guests do not have to take the packs home when they leave the restaurant. "It is your choice to take it or leave it," Hayat said. "We also plan to set up condom vending machines in the toilets."

Her campaign is supported by social marketing groups such as the non-profit organisation, DKT-Ethiopia, which sold almost 60 million condoms in 2007 and also launched a coffee-flavoured version of Sensation condoms. Ethiopia is widely thought to be the birthplace of coffee and is drunk nationally.

Hayat intends to open more cafés in the capital and other towns, and continue promoting various anti-HIV strategies, including abstinence and faithfulness. She might even expand the 'condom bars' concept to other African countries.

"A lot of people in Ethiopia are ashamed of talking about or using condoms," said. "Yet some companies put condoms in their toilets and when you go to look, each day, the boxes are empty. I don't care if the condoms are used behind closed doors or in public – as long as many people use them."

Ethiopia's HIV prevalence is estimated at over two percent among sexually active people aged 15 to 49. A report by the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office in March noted that between 2000 and 2005, condom use among males increased from 30.3 percent to 51.9 percent, and among females from 13.4 percent to 23.6 percent.

According to Ethiopian government data, half the public sector institutions and 20 percent of private businesses have mainstreamed HIV/AIDS prevention in their operational policies.

However, Philopos Petros, head of the Ethiopian Civil Service College's HIV/AIDS management unit, noted that "There are still educated people exposed to HIV and dying of AIDS," and said greater awareness was necessary.

"One person cannot change the world, but I want to make a contribution," Hayat said. "I have a name and the will, and I will use that."

Ethiopia - Ethiopian woman opens 'condom café' and restaurant

August 18th, 2008

Ethiopia - Ethiopian woman opens 'condom café' and restaurant

By Addis Mulugeta

Source: Capital

Model and international beauty contest winner, Hayat Ahmed of Ethiopia, opened a ‘condom’ café and restaurant called Bellissima, an Italian word meaning beauty, Bellissima is located near Meskel Flower hotel.

According to Hayat, “I have always had an interest of going into private business. However, I wanted more than just business. I wanted to open an establishment that will have an impact on the lives of people and also business that would be a role model.”

She added that the idea of opening a condom café and restaurant came to mind while on a visit to Bangkok, Thailand, where she learnt about concepts of promoting safe sex in a café setting.

During the press conference, Hayat said that, beyond her modeling career, she is also committed to eradicating HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia along with DKT Ethiopia. She noted that this is great opportunity to make people aware about the epidemic and tackle HIV/AIDS.

Hayat said that the means and ways of teaching people in the café is through wall paintings, and café items such as cups and tables, etc are themed around condoms. Free condoms are available for clients. The business has created jobs for about 50 individuals, DKT is responsible for furnishing and training staff on how best to serve clients.
Yearly, five per cent of profits will go directly to HIV prevention programs and to people living With HIV/AIDS, (PLWHA).

Bellissima serves western food, focusing on Italian, and a wide range of deserts and pastries. Hayat expressed her appreciation DKT Ethiopia and to Marie Stopes International for their encouragement and support for the successful realization of Bellissima Café and Restaurant the two NGO’s have promised to deliver free condoms and other items for at least three years. She commented that in the near future, additional branches will open in various parts or Addis as well as in other countries in Africa.


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China bans dog meat before Olympic Games

July 11th, 2008

Beijing orders dog meat off the menu during Olympics

In an unusual Chinese campaign against canine-based cuisine, Beijing has called on hotels and restaurants to stop serving dog meat during the August Olympic Games.

The move is part of a drive by the Chinese capital to present its best possible face during the games. It reflects concerns among senior officials that the sight of roast or stewed dog might offend visitors from western nations.

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