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Foremost Nollywood actor, and commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Richard Mofe Damijo, this morning survived a ghastly car accident in Warri, Delta State, that left his SUV damaged beyond repair.
The actor was rescued from the vehicle and taken to the hospital where he's currently receiving treatment. But those who have managed to speak with him since the accident say his injuries aren't life threatening and will soon be discharged.
Police investigation: Both Daniel Echaniz, above left, and Monique Amin, above right, have been removed from the Big Brother house in Brazil while police investigates claims that Monique was raped after a house party
Shocking scenes: Daniel (circled) can be seen in Monique's bed. Despite her barely moving, something is going on under the covers for more than seven minutes.
A housemate on Brazil's version of Big Brother has been raped live on TV, it has been alleged. Police today confirmed they had begun an investigation and carried out a search of the studios in Rio de Janeiro, where the popular reality show is being filmed.
Viewers were shocked in the early hours of Sunday to watch contestant Daniel Echaniz 31, apparently force himself on 23-year-old student Monique Amin, who had passed out drunk after a boozy party.
The decision to remove the contestant, who if found guilty of rape faces between six and ten years' jail, was explained in a statement read out by the show's presenter Pedro Bial. He said: 'Since Sunday morning, the board had been evaluating the behaviour of Daniel, who is suspected of having infringed the rules of the programme.
'Big Brother examined his behaviour without jumping to conclusions and with the utmost care. The images showed a breach of the rules of the programme. 'After careful evaluation, the direction of the programme found that the behavior of the contestant on the night of the party was seriously inadequate.'
Makers Endemol - which is known for encouraging outrageous behaviour among its contestants - today refused to comment on the latest scandal to rock the worldwide Big Brother format. Big Brother Brasil, which is in its 12th series, is watched by an average TV audience of eight million. In last year's final over 154 million votes were cast.
At 23, Imoleayo Adebule is one of Nigeria’s youngest female pilots. Intelligent, daring, and confident are three words that best describe the tenacity with which she passed through one of the most complex schools in the world – Flying School, to obtain her license as a Commercial Pilot. Imoleayo has excelled in a profession that is not only averse to people of her gender, but quite difficult even to people of the opposite sex. Having graduated at the top of her class at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Kaduna, she now works with Aero Contractors where she is making giant strides. She shares her inspiring story with us in this exclusive interview.
moleayo has always been a brilliant girl. Born on 25th September, 1988 in Kaduna, she sailed through Primary and Secondary Schools faster than most of her peers. At 15, she was already through with her Secondary education at Royal College, Kaduna. Then came her search for an admission into the University where she wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. This was a very frustrating period for her as it lasted three years. “I finished in 2003 and I couldn’t get admission into the University,” she recalled. “I wanted to go to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, but between 2003 and 2006, I didn’t get admission.”
It was during her search for admission that she heard about an Engineering course being offered at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Kaduna. “A family friend that works in Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Kaduna, came over and told me about an Engineering course going on in the school, so I decided to apply for it. The name of the course is Air Frame and Power Plant,” she said.
To Imoleayo, becoming a pilot was “fate”. When she got to the College, she was disappointed to find out that they were no longer admitting students for the course. She was faced with the option of waiting for one more year or applying for the other available course which was Standard Piloting. Reluctantly, and with urging from her Mum and some Instructors at the College, she applied for the course.
Crossing the Hurdles
Getting admitted for the course was no mean feat, she recalls. “140 people did the interview that year. Only nine made it to the class and one person joined later on, so we were just 10 in the class. A lot of people might go in for it but it is not meant for everybody. There is a particular level a pilot’s IQ has to be at. If you can’t meet that level, then you can’t become a pilot. It was a two weeks interview. The first week, they gave us brief lectures on how everything works around the plane. The next week, we went in for the test. We used a Simulator in the school, which is the model of an aircraft, but on ground. You really won’t fly but basically what you see in an airplane is in it. And the view and everything is just the same. We had a class of about an hour and they just told us all that is in it to give us an introduction. I have a younger brother and we love to play video games together. When I went in, I just thought it was a video game. They ended up dropping a lot of people. If you want to crash, you hear a warning sound. A lot of people crashed that day. Then we did a complex coordination test. They wanted to know how we could handle multiple tasks at once. I did my best and at the end, my instructors were surprised. They were asking me if I’ve ever flown before. One of them said, oh, you did everything like you’ve flown before. Then I asked myself what did I do that was so special?”
After crossing the hurdle of getting admitted for the course, Imoleayo was faced with another challenge, raising money to pay for the course. At that time, it cost a whooping N7,250,000 to attend the Flying School and till date, she is still awed at the way God provided the funds for her. “I was lucky and it was just fate for me to become a pilot,” she said. “During that time, my mum was going through a very challenging time in her business. I finally got an admission but I couldn’t raise the money to get myself into school. We did the interview in November and were to begin school in April, so I had about five months to raise the money. I wrote hundreds of letters to various airlines, various companies. The letters were flying everywhere, I was just writing to any place that comes to my mind. I wrote to my state government (Ogun) and they told my dad that the money was too much and the government couldn’t raise that money, that they could use that money to train about 10 doctors instead of training one pilot. I was so sad. Then I tried with Kaduna state government because I was born and brought up there. A woman there, then the personal assistant to the state governor’s wife told me that if I had claimed Kaduna state right from birth, she would have been able to get it for me in one day. Luckily for me, one of my instructors at the College gave me the names of three airlines that I should write to- Pan African Airlines, Aero Contractors and Bristow Helicopters. I wrote to the three of them and fortunately, it was Aero that called back. I went in for an oral interview. They sponsored three girls in the class. Amazingly, we got our fees paid the day our admission was to be nullified if we didn’t get our fees paid. If we didn’t get our fees paid on the 24th of April, we wouldn’t have been able to get in to the class but amazingly, the fees were paid on the 24th of April.”
Soaring With Wings
Eventually, Aero Contractors’ investment in her paid off as she was the best graduating student in her class. She was the second person to fly solo in her class, which means, flying the plane without an instructor. “When the instructor thinks you are fit enough to fly an airplane on your own, he would release you to take the airplane up and bring it back. In this case, an instructor needs to have enough confidence in you because you are actually flying on his license. If anything happens, he will be held responsible not you. I flew 10km away from the airfield and came back safely.”
This was a far cry from her first flying experience with an instructor in 2008 in which she felt so nervous, she said she would never fly again. “I felt so nervous during my first time in an airplane, and a small one for that matter. We were up in the clouds and it was a little bumpy bumpy. I was thinking in my mind, Lord just put me down and I won’t come back again. The instructor gave me the controls, and said hold it this way, you remember what you did in the interview, and I held it. Then he said, do you want to turn left, and I turned left. Later on he said I should leave the control that the airplane would keep flying. I looked at him thinking he must be crazy, I was not going to leave the controls and my grip tightened on it. Then he said Ayo, leave the controls. I was reluctant, but I gave the controls back to him. Then he said, Ayo I am going to release it and we are not going to fall from the sky. Immediately he left it, I jumped at it, and he was laughing at me. But I left it and he said now you see, we will not fall from the sky, the airplane is built to fly, it will not fall like a stone.”
Since then, Imoleayo has flown hundreds of times to various parts of the country and beyond its shores. She holds a Commercial Pilots License and was recently promoted to the rank of First Officer. She has been well exposed as she goes to different parts of the world every six months for training and occasionally, when she wants to learn the grips of a new aircraft. For her, the job of a Pilot is very lucrative, “I don’t earn an armed robber’s salary,” she is quick to add. “But I don’t think I could ask for more. I basically have everything I could ask for and I am very grateful to God. Even though I wanted to become an Engineer, I don’t think I would have been happier than I am right now. With God, nothing is impossible.”
Imoleayo Adebule (middle)
Imoleayo Adebule (first from bottom left)
Facing Challenges and Excelling
On her time spent at Flying School, Imoleayo says it was “interesting and challenging at the same time”. Even though the basic academic requirement to gain admission into the Flying School is similar to most Higher Institutions – 5 credits in Science subjects at O’levels, Imoleayo says that the level of competition there is more than the norm. “It was so competitive. 75% is the pass mark to a course; else you have to take it again. But that 75% was just like scratching the surface. Everyone was aiming for 90%.”
While comparing this to what she might have gotten if she attended another institution, probably a University, she says this level of competition might have affected her social life in a way. “To some extent, I miss that life. If I’m seated with my friends, the way they socialize is quite different from the way I socialize. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a different world. But I try so hard to mix up with people of different professions.”
However, she has no regrets. For someone who learnt how to fly a plane before learning how to drive a car, Imoleayo is “100% sure that it is still the safest way to travel.” She loves flying and can’t think of anything else she would rather do than flying. A key ingredient to succeed, she says, is doing what you are good at. “Know your strengths. I am poor with writing, I wouldn’t deal with English but I love Mathematics.” Secondly, aiming for the best. “Anything I find myself doing, I put in my best. It is a man’s world but we are women and we are doing it. It’s not like it is impossible. If you have the determination, there is nothing you can’t do.”
Happy New Year my most precious members. I know the fuel subsidy removal thingy has got the whole lot of us practicing our structural adjustment programs but believe me that's the best thing to do especially with this surprise new year present that our government has given us. well yours truly has compiled a list of ways to curb excessive use of our resources which i have coined into what i call the Austerity Measures. they include:
No use of car ac in the mornings and evenings; fresh air is better for your skin No driving to distances less than 5miles Nasco cornflakes is just as good as kellogs; help build the local economy!
Mainland - Island is now categorised as long distance relationship Forget your vehicle, Trek more, its healthy! 6.)Generator now on time table, some meetings na over fone now o, start walkin to church, family visits now once a month, ijebu garri is no longer a snack it is now officially on d list of foods Sleeping wit gen overnight will now be every other night Drivin to ur house n not meetin u there like agreed is now treasonable felony )If ur event is not within a 15miles radius, I won't attend, infact I will insult u as being insensitive if u invite me sef
Offer(s) of employment must now have fuel subsidy allowance