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They Thought I Was Dead – NYSC Member Infected With Lassa Fever Tells His Story

According to a report by Punch Metro, Olayinka Emmanuel, a 2019 Batch ‘A’ corps member, infected with Lassa fever, on Thursday, rolled out drums of joy during his passing out ceremony in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Olayinka was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, a month ago by his colleagues, where he received first aid treatment before he was referred to the Emergency Unit of the Specialist Hospital, Irrua, in Edo State.

There were reports that his health had deteriorated but Emmanuel appeared in his fully-kitted NYSC outfit at the Cenotaph on Thursday, saying, “Here I am, I am alive. I give all thanks to God for keeping me alive, even though rumour spread that I was dead. All glory to God that now I am better and in perfect health.

“I want to thank the state NYSC Coordinator, the CMD of FMC Asaba, the CMD of Irrua Specialist Hospital and my fellow corps members who rushed me immediately to FMC. Now, I am passing out in good health.”

In her address, the state coordinator, Olutayo Samuel, who glorified God for Yinka and his 3,011 colleagues, lamented that a total number of 52 corps members, who were found wanting during the service year in the discharge of their duties, will face sanctions.

“They will have their service year extended by a period ranging from two weeks to five months while others whose cases have hit the abscondment mark have been forwarded to our National Director Headquarters Abuja for ratification towards a repeat of the service year to serve as a deterrent to other serving corps members,” Olutoye said.

Anthony Joshua Praises Rival, Tyson Fury’s Mentality (See What He Said About Him)

Heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has for the first time come out to praise his rival, Tyson Fury’s mentality

He said Tyson’s Mentality to battle with mental health issues, alcoholism, drug addiction and depression made him a better fighter.

Fury was away from the boxing ring for 30 months after winning four Heavyweight title belts following his 2015 massive win over Vladmir Klitshcko.

During that period, he almost drank poison, jumped off a bridge, took cocaine, became overweight, avoided his wife and kids but became a christian and started a remarkable journey towards coming back to active sports which resulted in his draw with then WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2018 and his massive win over Wilder last month.

And Joshua who now holds the four heavyweight belts vacated by Fury five years ago due to mental health issues feels Fury’s break from the sport between November 2015 and June 2018 has made the Gypsy King an even better boxer.

Joshua, speaking on Lucozade Sports Running The Show Podcast said

‘Fury is very talented. Wilder is very talented. They went in there and gave their best and one man came out on top.

‘Maybe Wilder thought it was going to be an easier fight because Fury had a long lay-off and had his own issues outside of the ring and stuff like that.

‘They were both physically conditioned for the fight but sometimes when you have been at rock bottom where Fury was the only way is up.

‘You can’t actually go any lower than that so he picked himself up and only he knew how high he took his heights. You can only let yourself get to rock bottom again.

‘I think he was at his highest height that night so it paid off for him. Mentally he was at the best place possible and he just pulled off a great performance against a dangerous puncher.

Joshua plans to fight Fury this December as long as both fighters win their next fights.

Twitter CEO Will Not Move To Africa Again, Here Is Why

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Twitter, Jack Dorsey has cancelled his plan to relocate to Africa for up to six months in 2020. Jack described his tweets about moving to Africa as “a mistake”.

In November 2019, after visiting Africa on a month-long trip, Dorsey tweeted:-

“Sad to be leaving the continent … for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part.”

However, Dorsey has now said that he needs to re-evaluates his plans about living in Africa due to the Coronavirus outbreak amongst other things

He said this while speaking at an investor conference sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

“When I tweeted about my intention to spend a few months in Africa this year, I made a mistake and should have provided more context about why. T

he continent will be one of the most populated in the next 20-30 years, and room for tech innovation there is incredible, but in light of COVID-19 and everything else going on I need to reevaluate.

Either way, we’ll continue to pursue opportunities in Africa.” Dorsey said.

Coronavirus aside, Dorsey risks being replaced as Chief Executive Officer of the company he co-founded due to the new activist investors that are currently rooting for his removal.

News reports last week said Elliott Management, the activist hedge fund founded by billionaire Paul Singer, a major Republican political supporter, has acquired nearly 5% in Twitter and is now pushing for the removal of Dorsey as CEO, and has nominated four members to Twitter’s board.

The firm pushed for the change stating that Dorsey’s attention is divided between running Twitter and his financial transactions startup Square, and that Dorsey intends to live part of each year in Africa.

Dorsey said he remained capable of managing the two San Francisco-based tech firms.

“I have enough flexibility in my schedule to focus on the most important things and I have a good sense of what is critical on both companies,” he said.