Thursday, 27 October 2016

Brazil’s legend, Carlos Alberto finally laid to rest

Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto, who died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, has been laid to rest. The 72 year old, who scored one of the greatest World Cup goals against Italy at the final tournament game in 1970, was laid to rest on Wednesday with a Brazilian flag draped over his coffin at the Iraja cemetery in Rio de Janeiro. More photos after the cut.

Some of the deities we worship have roots in the holy books- Ooni of Ife says, frowns at misrepresentation of African religion

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has cautioned people to stop misrepresenting the importance of festivals and deities celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa.

Speaking at the 2016 celebration of Oranfe the god of fire in Ile Ife, Osun state yesterday Oct. 26th, the Ooni said that some of the deities being worshiped in Africa have their roots in holy books like the Bible and Quran. 

He lamented that many people failed to promote the positive aspects of the yoruba and African festivals due to slavish mentality and over-Westernization. According to him, no human being can survive without what the dieties represent.‎

"Our people really need to be enlightened. A lot of these festivals have been misconstrued, misrepresented and demonized as if we are idol worshippers. We are not idol worshippers. We are rather believers in nature. ‎I am not saying the commandments of God should not be adhered to, but we must know that all these dieties are messengers of God. They represent nature. Nothing can be done without nature regardless of our religion be it Islam or Christianity or even traditional. We only honour nature because we are all integra part of it, and not worship idols. Some of the dieties we worship have roots in the holy books. We are also following the instructions of God needed for the sustenance of mankind as everybody, including powerful leaders rely on nature to survive." Ooni Ogunwusi said


He faulted the influence of westernization on the cultural belief of Africans, adding that it is a major factor responsible for the increasing poverty facing the immeasurably blessed continent. 

"Those who keep sensitising people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to history. I am proud to be associated with nature. Ife has 201 out the 401 dieties and they are all relevant.‎ These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is ORANFE the god of fire being celebrated here today. It is a pity that all powers in the possession of blackmen are being used for battles and power tussles. It is from this unique powers that the west sourced technology and development from and they are now using it against us. We will continue to experience poverty all over the place if we don't celebrate the good side of our culture. Some of these dieties also show the mysteries of God. God wouldn't have made mistake in the creation of the dieties. They are representatives of sciences being taught in schools. It is very sad that the western world has messed up our psyche and inflicted slavish mentality on us making us to believe we are idol worshippers as our pitiable neglect of our own culture and traditions a major factor responsible for the poverty in the land. We left the positive sides and allow the west to implant the negative side in our brain."

NPFL Champions Enugu Rangers reward coach Imama Amapakabo with 2 year contract

Imama Amapakabo, the coach who led Rangers International football of Enugu to its first Nigeria Professional football league title in 32 years and a N40m cash reward, has been rewarded with a new bumper contract by the club. Imama, was a free agent at the end of the season and rumours circulated that he would ditch the club but the club announced on its official Twitter handle that he had agreed to a new contract that will keep him at Enugu's most illustrious football club till 2018. Congrats to him!

Michael Phelps secretly married to his child's mother Nicole Johnson since June

Olympic champion, Michael Phelps has been secretly married to his fiancee, Nicole Johnson since 13th of June 2016. TMZ exclusively gathered that the couple had their wedding ceremony at Paradise Valley, AZ, where they just moved to. The wedding was officiated by Michael's agent and longtime friend, Peter Carlisle.

Michael and Nicole got the marriage license June 9th and filed the Record of Marriage June 15th.

"Its fascinating during Olympics everyone reporting they were engaged, they had already married for two months. We did find a clue ... on June 13th -- their wedding day -- Nicole posted a pic of the 2 of them casually dressed with the baby in tow with the caption, "Such a memorable night with my lil fambam." TMZ reports 

Police uncovers fraudsters den in Ogun State

The Nigerian Police force on Wednesday uncovered a den of fraudsters located inside the bush in Abule Ifa area of Siun, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the Ogun state. Led by the commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu, the team uncovered the den which has a bunker well sealed with cement where unsuspecting members of the public have been swindled of money and other valuables.

Speaking with newsmen after inspecting the hideout, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajid Ali said

“I think you have gone around yourself and see some funny stuffs they put in place. This is not a theatre place. This is a place for organised crime, where fraudsters use to deceive innocent citizens and part with large sums of money. I have gotten a lot of report about them and we have been monitoring them and we have successfully arrested two of them,” During the raid, two members of the group were arrested.

Narrating his experience in the hands of the fraudsters, one of the victim said:

“When I got inside, they were in the dark and they were talking to me saying that they wanted to make me the richest person in this country. In this wise, I asked them what my next action should be. They said that they will cut down and Iroko tree, calve a box for me and that I will have to look for a house where nobody will enter and put it there. They said I will have to put 40 million Naira there and that it will be converted to dollars”.

Photo credit: Channels TV

Body of 2 year-old girl in Gbodofon River in Osun State

According to Facebook user Lanre Adredenu, the body of the 2 year old girl was found in Gbodofon bridge Ogo Oluwa area, Osogbo, Osun state. This is so sad...

From Nigeria to Italy: Women trafficked into sex work tell their stories "I had no choice, I had to pay him... I was like a prisoner"

A Nigerian lady , Victoria, who was told she was going to Italy to study and work afterwards tells her story of how was forced into prostitution and how she sufferered in the hands of her traffickers 

''They promised me an education. They promised me if I came with them I could go to school and get a good job" 18-year-old Victoria tells ITV her story from a small cafe house in Turin, a shelter for rescued Nigerian prostitutes.

 The promise was the slick patter of a modern slave master, who saw Victoria in her native Lagos back in Nigeria, and realised she was rich pickings. Her trafficker, whom she trusted, said he could get her to Italy.

With little to live for in Nigeria, Victoria found the money to pay and with her head full of teenage dreams of a better life, she went for it. She is one of thousands of Nigerian women who take the gamble every year - the numbers have shot up in the past two years as the traffickers hide their victims in the endless flow of migrants heading to Europe.

Victoria's 2,500 mile journey became an epic of exploitation and abuse. By the time they'd got her to Libya, Victoria had been beaten and forced into prostitution: making money for her trafficker to pay off her now endless debt to him. Her eyes widen as she tells ITV presenter she had no choice. Her dismay is heartbreaking.

"I had no choice, I had no choice! I had to pay him... I was like a prisoner", she said.

But thankfully the shelter we're chatting in is a place of safety. Just a few weeks ago she arrived in Italy by boat via the now well worn route of thousands of Nigerian women. Before the traffickers awaiting her in Italy could pluck her from the crowd, she was spotted by a charity run by Princess Inyang Okokon, who was herself trafficked from Italy to Nigeria, via London, nearly 20 years ago.

Her husband Alberto is happy to admit he was once one of her paying clients.

But when he met Princess, his eyes were opened to the phenomenon of modern slavery: she was trapped in a life of prostitution in Italy, her documents kept by her female trafficker - and with massive debts to pay. He helped her get out. For Princess, Victoria's story is her story.

She and Alberto now run shelters for women just like her, but are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer numbers they are dealing with. The couple took the reporters onto the streets of Turin late at night: in one suburb there is a sex worker on almost every corner - nearly all of them we are told, will have been trafficked from Nigeria.

Wearing barely any clothes, they stoke fires they've made in small oil drums to keep warm whilst they wait for the next car to pull up (see video in the link) Rescuing them is dangerous work: the traffickers watch their every move.

ITV spoke to many of the women Princess and Alberto care for. All of them had tales of rape, beatings, enforced servitude. Two of them had babies with them - thrown onto the boats from Libya to Italy because their trade value went down when they got pregnant in Libya. Every single one of them had been bought, sold, used, and resold. They were treated as goods in transit.

Source: Itv News

Nigerian activist and asylum seeker held in solitary at a detention centre in Tokyo, Japan

A Nigerian asylum seeker and activist, Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza is being held in solitary confinement at a Tokyo detention center, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release. 


Reuters reports that Obueza was detained two weeks ago after authorities turned down an appeal against her asylum rejection.The 48-year-old woman campaigns for asylum seekers and the 4,700 people on "provisional release" from immigration detention - a status that lets foreigners out from detention but bars them from working and traveling freely.

Obueza's arrest is part of a wider campaign by the Justice Ministry, which in September 2015 said it would take steps to reduce the 60,000 foreigners living in Japan without visas. People on provisional release, many of whom have lived in Japan for decades, have been among those targeted, activists and lawyers say.

"Elizabeth was targeted and detained for being an activist," said immigration lawyer Shoichi Ibusuki. "I want her released immediately."

The crackdown on people like Obueza comes even as people on provisional release, despite being legally unable to work, power Japan's construction and manufacturing sectors as companies scramble to find workers in the worst labor shortage in decades.

"Elizabeth is held in solitary because she's an activist and immigration officials don't want her causing trouble," said Mitsuru Miyasako, head of the Provisional Release Association in Japan, a group representing refugees and immigrants.

"Locking someone up alone in a tiny room is to ruin them psychologically."

Naoaki Torisu, a senior Justice Ministry official overseeing immigration detention, declined to comment on Obueza's situation, saying he could not discuss individual cases.

Obueza, an evangelical Christian, said she fled Nigeria for Japan in 1991 to escape female genital mutilation and applied for asylum in 2011. She told Reuters she was locked up for more than 22 hours a day. Typically, detainees at the Tokyo Immigration Bureau, where she is held, are locked up for 18 hours a day, according to the Justice Ministry.

"I want to help people," Obueza told Reuters from across a security divide in a small meeting room at the detention center. "Give me the right to help people - don't put me in here."

During her previous 10-month arrest in 2011 at a different center, Obueza organized detainees to write a petition to immigration authorities calling for better medical care, Miyasako said. For more than a decade, Obueza has visited immigration detention centers across Japan, helping detainees navigate the asylum system and find legal help, said rights groups, lawyers and former detainees.

"She has supported so many people as an activist and that's a nuisance for the immigration authorities," said Miyasako, who has worked with Obueza, adding that she had helped hundreds. Former detainees and people on provisional release visit her in detention every day, sometimes waiting for hours, he said.

Solitary cells, usually for detainees who are ill, unruly or have tried to harm themselves, are about five square meters, detainees say. In 2014, a Sri Lankan man died in a solitary cell at the same center, highlighting problems with medical care.

Isolation has not stopped Obueza from fighting for detainees' rights.

"When I go outside my room, I go around the windows and talk to the others," Obueza said. "I advise them."

Obueza said of the immigration officials who locked her up: "You might think you arrested me, but I think God wants me here to help some other people."

Source: Reuters

Have Adekunle Gold and Simi broken up?

Singer Simi and Adekunle Gold (right) have been dating for many years now and despite Simi's closeness and musical collaborations with FalzTheBahdGuy, many still believed Simi and Adekunle were still together. But last week, Adekunle went on a radio programme to say he was single and searching and even asked the radio host to organise a search for him as he wanted love. Whether he was joking or serious is what remains to be seen. We will dig further on this. But if you know what's going on, spill in the comment section...

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Barcelona stars boycott La Liga award ceremony because their coach wasn’t nominated in the ‘Best Coach’ category

Barcelona stars were all absent at the 2015-16 La Liga award ceremony simply because their coach Luis Enrique wasn't nominated for the best coach of the season category.

 Although the glittering awards ceremony which took place in Valencia on Monday saw Barcelona stars, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez winning Best Forward and La Liga World Player of the Year award respectively, the whole Barcelona team didn’t show up because Luis Enrique who guided the them to La Liga trophy last season didn’t even make the nomination list with the Best Coach award given to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.

PDP, not APC, killed my Husband – Alameiseigha‎’s widow says

Widow of the First Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alameisegha,  Magareth Alameiseigha, yesterday alleged that the treatment meted on her husband by his political party, PDP led to his sudden death in October last year. Speaking at his 1 year memorial service in Yenogoa, Bayelsa state, Mrs Alameiseigha said the killing of her husband started with his removal from office, arrest, trial and confiscation of his properties under the leadership of the PDP. Leadership quotes her as saying her husband's death was not in anyway caused by APC.

“I can categorically say today that it was the PDP that arrested my husband, seized all his properties and humiliated him to the point of his death. It is PDP that killed my husband and not the APC.

It was PDP that arrested my husband, it was PDP that humiliated my husband and killed him. At the end they seized everything that belonged to him. It was the PDP that tormented my husband and he died as a result of the humiliation he suffered in the hands of the PDP. As far as am concerned, the humiliated me and took everything away from us.”

Speaking further, Mrs. Alamieyeseigha said her husband's people sold him out to the PDP who "finally killed him".

“When my husband took over the mantle of leadership, he saw how his people were suffering. As an intelligent man, he saw the need to fight for resource control as the way out for his people. But at the end it is the same people that he fourth for that betrayed him. They sold him out to the PDP that eventually killed him. I want to advise the Ijaw people to stop betraying their leaders, so that they can move forward.”she said

Make service year voluntary- Sen Shehu Sani tells FG

Senator Shehu Sani has asked the Federal government to make service year voluntary or provide life insurance cover for all corpers during the programme. Sani said this during a condolence visit to the family of Lawal Kontagora, a youth corps member allegedly killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna recently.

“This is not the first time, it has always been the case, when it happens, we mourn we condemn the action. This happened in my constituency and he is part of my constituency. I have a duty to pursue this case to its logical conclusion. If such things happen to others and they are being ignored, I virtually will not fold my arms and see this kind of things happen. I am taking this issue to the National Assembly. We have to choose what to do and being a corps member. It is either the government makes the service year voluntary or there should be increased funding or insurance’’ he said

Antoine Griezmann is crowned ’Best La Liga player of 2015-16 Season

Atletico Madrid and France striker, Antoine Griezmann has been crowned the best La Liga player for the 2015 -16 season.

The 25 year old, whose performance was super impressive last season, scoring 22 goals out of 38 appearances for the Spanish giant was announced as the winner at the glittering awards ceremony which took place in Valencia on Monday, while his fellow teammates, Jan Oblak, Diego Godin and his coach Diego Simeone also went home with awards.

Best player: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Best coach: Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Best goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Best defender: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
Best midfielder: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Best forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Best Newcomer: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid*)
La Liga World Player of the Year: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Container truck loaded with liquid sugar falls on Iganmu bridge in Lagos

A container truck loaded with drums of liquid sugar has just fallen on Iganmu bridge, Apapa area of Lagos. The officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are on ground to rescue the vehicle and clear the road. See more photos after the cut.

8 suspected prostitutes arrested at the abandoned Lagos home of Gen. Azazi

Eight suspected prostitutes and three men have been arrested by the Lagos State Government at the abandoned home of former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit and the police from Ikoyi Police Station, today stormed Azazi’s abandoned house at Number 5 Club Road, Ikoyi and arrested the women and the men. The arrest is part of the Lagos State Government’s clean up exercise in Ikoyi and Victoria Island which have been overtaken by illegal and abandoned structures.

One of the suspected prostitute named Patience Ajoke, said prior to their arrest, nobody had come there to warn them against using the home of the late military chief.

“I don’t know anything happening in the compound until Saturday when they came to arrest us by police from Ikoyi Police Station, they released us to come back and pack our things, when we were inside to pack our loads, they came back and arrested us again. Nobody has come to warn us to stay away from there,” said Patience Ajoke, one of the suspected prostitutes.

20 year old Mary Augustine from Benue state said contrary to claims by the task force officers, she is a cleaner and not a prostitute.
Chairman of the Lagos task force unit, Yinka Egbeyemi refuted claims by the women that they weren't prostitutes.

“We have been there once with the DPO of Ikoyi Police Station. They sell ‘paranga’ aka alcohol in that place. During the clean up exercise, we were asked to move there again. We saw policemen and military men there and all sort of human beings. They are doing prostitution business there. We are going to charge them to court' he said.

'I believe we're winning in polls, don't believe the media' - Donald Trump tells rally

Donald Trump  on Monday told a crowd of supporters in Florida that he is in the leading the White House race in polls, telling them to forget reports by the main stream media such as CNN who in a recent poll said Clinton was passing Trump by 5% among likely voters..

"Some great polls have just come out. I believe we're actually winning," Trump said, while slamming the mainstream media.

The Billionaire business man then cited two polls, which show he's in the lead.

"The Investors (Business) Daily poll, which was the single most accurate poll for the last three cycles. The last three presidential races. We're up. We just went up. We were down three. We were down five. We're now two up in Rasmussen. Just came out this morning. We're up in another couple of polls," Trump said.

However, the majority of national polls show Trump isn't leading. 

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Clinton with a 12-point lead over Trump among likely-voters. 

Trump also told the crowd in Florida he was leading in key states.

"We're up in Ohio, we're up in Iowa. We're doing great in North Carolina," he said. "I think we're doing great in Florida. I think we're really -- I think we're going to win Florida big."

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway revealed over the weekend that Trump was behind and said Clinton's big name supporters such as Obama and Bill Clinton is responsible for her position in the polls.

"We are behind. She has some advantages," Conway told NBC's "Meet the Press," adding that Clinton "has a former president, happens to be her husband, campaigning for her; the current president and first lady, vice president -- all much more popular than she can hope to be. And she's seen as the incumbent."

Jason Miller, Trump's senior communications adviser, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on the "Situation Room" Monday that the campaign is doing "fantastic."

"Let me tell you where he's behind. He's behind in Pennsylvania, slightly. He's behind slightly in Michigan. There's these blue states Mr. Trump is putting into play where we get zero credit for doing so," he said. "We're leading in places like Iowa, which has been blue the last couple of cycles. We're leading in Ohio. We're probably a tied race in North Carolina. We might be slightly ahead there. In Florida, I believe we're within the margin in that state. We're ahead with absentees at this moment.

: "We believe we're winning this race. Mr. Trump said that in his very last rally that he was in. That's the real reflection of where we are as a campaign."

Woman files a $20m lawsuit against KFC for $20 bucket of chicken she ordered

A New York grandmother says she spent $20 for a bucket of chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) last summer and was disappointed when she didn't get what was advertised. She said:
“I came home and said, “Where’s the chicken?’ ” Anna Wurtzburger said.  “I thought I was going to have a couple of meals.” She claimed that KFC's advert showed a “bucket that’s overflowing with chicken,” which was what she expected.

She’s now suing them for $20m claiming false advertising.

Wurtzburger complained to the company but said she was told that the reason why all bucket was overflowing with chicken on the ads was to give the opportunity for the public to see the product. But because she wasn't satisfied with the explanation, she hired a lawyer, demanding the company change its advertising.

The company did send the 64-year-old grandmother two gift certificates as an apology, but she sent them back, instead asking for $20 million in damages.

She said she's demanding $20m because “It’s the principal of the matter,” Wurtzburger told CBS Local. “Sometimes you gotta hit people where they feel it.”

KFC responded saying the lawsuit is “meritless.”

Source: New York Post

Monday, 24 October 2016

5 dead after plane carrying European Union officials crashes in Malta

Five people have died after a plane believed to be carrying EU border officials crashed and exploded into a ball of flames in Malta. The light aircraft crashed shortly after taking-off from the runway at Malta Airport in Luqa at around 5.30am today, reports say.

No one aboard the flight, heading for Misrata in Libya. is thought to have made it out alive. Emergency services are now on the scene searching the burning wreckage for any survivors.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Tonto Dikeh's Ex Boo Malivelihood Shades Her On Snapchat Over Her Lexus Gift.

Malivelihood,Tonto Dikeh's Ex boyfriend Shaded Her on Snapchat Over Her Lexus SUV saying His Girlfriend's Wrist Watch is Worth $129, what?

If she is excited over getting a gift from her husband,how does it concern Mr Malivelihood?

Or they might have planned this as a PR stunt and will be laughing whilst you guys argue and break your heads over nothing

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How a Nigerian girl was incacerated and exploited as a domestic slave by a wealthy family in the UK

26-year-old Cynthia is one of the thousands of modern slavery victims whose suffering has been highlighted in a report published by the University of Hull and YouGov on Tuesday, October 18th, about the lack of awareness of the scale or nature of modern slavery in the UK.

In December 2013, a year after she escaped, Cynthia, then 23, reported the abuse and exploitation to the police. Her case is currently in its final stages. And three years later, precisely last week, she won her asylum case and is now working for a charity alongside her Accountancy studies. 

However, walking away from slavery was terrifying for Cynthia. Enslaved at the age of 13 after being tricked into leaving her home and school in Nigeria for a better life, she had spent a decade incarcerated and exploited as a domestic servant at the hands of a wealthy family in Essex.

"I knew I had to leave," says Cynthia. "But I was very afraid. I didn’t know where I was going or where my future lay. My head was all over the place."

During those 10 years at the mercy of a rich, well-connected and seemingly highly respected family from Nigeria, not a soul batted an eyelid at the young girl in their community who would take other pupils to school, then pick them up, but at no point attend classes herself. In most respects, she was invisible to the outside world.

The study finds that just eight per cent of the UK population understands the true extent of slavery in this country, while more than 55 per cent admit to not being aware of the most common sign. This lack of awareness about modern slavery among the British public is highlighted in Cynthia’s story. 

As a young teenager she would walk the family’s children to school each day and then return home again, without neighbours voicing any concern. When she was 15 she started attending evening classes at the local school, but none of the teachers questioned why a teenager was studying in the evening and not during the school day.

"People didn’t care," Cynthia recalls. "It’s one of the things that really bothers me. I was only 13 years old, but nobody took issue with the fact that I shouldn’t be doing these things. I didn’t speak about it because I was told not to talk, but it’s sad that it took 10 years for anyone to say something."

A report published by Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, recently revealed “chronic weaknesses in modern slavery crime reporting,” pointing to a lack of intelligence reporting and evidence-based action, leading to victims such as Cynthia being failed by the system. In response to Cynthia’s story, Mr Hyland said: 

"There are many girls and women being brought over and working in the shadows. Cynthia was taking the children to school at the age of 13, and people didn’t take notice. She was clearly a child being treated differently from the other children, but no one spoke out or took action. It’s a problem with the law as well. It needs to be dealt with like any other crime of abuse."

Before she moved to the UK, Cynthia was attending school in the village where she grew up in Lagos State, Nigeria. Although she was in school her family was poor, and when the offer came up through a distant family friend for her to move in with a rich Nigerian family in Britain, her parents didn’t want to turn down the opportunity for her to escape poverty and gain access to a better education. But on arriving in the UK Cynthia quickly discovered the reality was very different. 

"The day after I moved here the man of the house threatened me," Cynthia says. "He said I had to wake up at 5am every morning to clean the house. I wasn't allowed to go to school. I had been told I would take the kids to school and then go to my school for the day. But they said after I did the school run I wasn’t allowed to leave the house – just do the chores. That blew my mind."

Cynthia became one of the 13,000 victims of modern slavery suffering in silence in the UK. She realised she had left behind a much happier life in her home country, but she found herself trapped and was unable to break out. She says:

"In Nigeria I had friends and I would play. But when I came here I had to become an adult even though I was a child. I had to take on loads of responsibility. It was a lot to cope with and I had no privacy at all. My bedroom door was always kept open so they could call me at any time. Sometimes at 1am I’d have to get up and work."

As time went on her treatment became worse. Several weeks after her arrival Cynthia wrote a letter addressed to her parents, telling the reality of what was happening, but kept it in a closed notebook. 

"The woman somehow found it," she says. "That’s when I realised I was really afraid of them and I couldn’t do anything. I had to beg her for forgiveness. She wouldn’t talk to me. I became like an enemy in the house. I couldn’t talk to people. I didn’t have anyone to talk to. I tried to tell my family in Nigeria but they didn’t believe what I was saying. The woman told them things that weren't true – that I wasn't behaving."

While struggling with her deep loneliness, Cynthia pined to go to school again. After a year of living in the UK she got another chance at education.

"The family realised I was constantly crying about not going to school," she remembers. "I would have swollen eyes at the end of every day from crying about it. The woman spoke to a friend who worked in a college and I was enrolled onto evening classes." But succeeding in her studies while completing her daily domestic work was no easy feat. "Before going to classes I had to finish all the housework, The woman would inspect it before I went. Sometimes I would be late for school, other times I couldn't go at all. But I couldn’t talk to anyone there about what was happening. I had to pretend everything was okay."

Despite missing a year of classes and studying only in the evenings, Cynthia passed her GCSEs just a year late. After that she was hungry to continue her education.

"I wanted to do a Business qualification, but it was full-time," she says. "The woman said I had to look after the kids, so I couldn’t do it. I had to do evening classes again. Accounting was the only evening class available, so I took that. I had to put so much effort in. I was determined. I had to do the housework too. I had to make sure everywhere was clean before I went to the library or anything."

Despite missing a year of classes and studying only in the evenings, Cynthia passed her GCSEs just a year late. After that she was hungry to continue her education.

"I wanted to do a Business qualification, but it was full-time," she says. "The woman said I had to look after the kids, so I couldn’t do it. I had to do evening classes again. Accounting was the only evening class available, so I took that. I had to put so much effort in. I was determined. I had to do the housework too. I had to make sure everywhere was clean before I went to the library or anything."

At around the same time as she began her college studies, Cynthia met someone who made escaping seem possible.

"I met a woman in town. She was Nigerian but not within the right-knit Nigerian community," she says. "I was sitting in a bench and she came over with her kids and started talking to me. She could see that I was worried. We got talking and she gave me her number. I called her a few weeks later. Gradually I was able to open up to her. She said the best way was to move out of the house. From there I was able to make that choice. I knew it was the right time for me to move."

By talking with someone about her situation, Cynthia eventually grew the confidence to tell the family she was leaving.

"I was very afraid of the future. I didn’t know where I was going," she says. "I made up my mind that I wanted to go, but it was really scary. I had been in there for 10 years."

Cynthia found a room to rent with the help of the woman who encouraged her to leave. The family reluctantly agreed she could leave, but kept her passport. She did not initially report them to the police. She thought she could swiftly move on from what had happened, but soon found the experience was causing her distress, heightened by financial pressures. She recalls: "It was a stressful time, and I found it hard to pay the rent. I would clean for people, I would iron clothes. But I was drained emotionally and physically.  

"I couldn’t sleep for the fear of what was going to happen to me. Then I started hearing voices in my head at night, shouting orders at me. I got to the point where I was sleeping for one hour a night. I thought if everything got that difficult I would pack my bag and go back to my country, but I couldn’t even do that. They still had my passport and I had no visa, nothing. That’s when I decided I had to tell the police what they had done to me."

Cynthia reported the abuse to the police in December 2013, a year after she escaped, and her case is currently in its final stages. Just 28 per cent of modern slavery crimes in the UK that get recorded; despite there being 3,146 potential victims identified by the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in England and Wales last year, only 884 crimes were recorded by police forces.

Three years after escaping from the labour exploitation she was subjected to, Cynthia has just won her asylum case last week and is now working for a charity alongside her Accountancy studies, with plans to work as an account in the future. But her relief and hope for the future are infused with a sense of frustration and sadness in knowing that that there are thousands of other victims in the country who are still suffering in silence. “A lot of people in the UK don’t even know what child trafficking is," she says.

“It saddens me that even though I’ve come out of it there are still thousands of people out there in the position I was in. The victims are kept inside the house. They’re crying but people aren't listening out for their voice."