May: The Audacity of Hope

Hello Dear Reader,

Permit me to say once again, “Happy Children’s Day” (LOL. Aren’t we all children of someone?). The month of May is particularly special for the little cherubs being that it is the one day set aside to celebrate their existence and the immeasurable joy they bring into every household.

Life, they say, is full of ups and downs. There is a time to mourn and there is a time to celebrate. This statement sums up the events that unfolded in the month of May. From the deaths of beloved Pastor Dare Adeboye, son of the General Overseer of RCCG Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the author of the National Pledge, Prof. Felicia Adedoyin, to the billion-dollar divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates, the month of May has been indeed eventful.

Sadly, Nigeria lost its 25th Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, along with dignified officers of the Army, in a fatal plane crash, leaving the nation in a state of mourning.

Meanwhile, May was not all about tears as there were events of good news.

Fredinard, a little promising boy from Makoko, Lagos, won the Chess Tournament in his neighbourhood. What is rather striking about Fredinard is that he has cerebral palsy. But he proved to the world that his condition does not make him handicapped but rather, ‘handi-capable’.

Muslim faithful also celebrated Eid-al-Fitr in the month of May to mark the end of Ramadan. It was a wonderful sight seeing Muslim faithfuls troop to praying grounds in their numbers, wearing ‘abaya’ outfits of different colours to go offer Eid prayers to Allah. Social media was agog with pictures of muslims, men and women, posing in the popular celebration gown which has become the new symbol of Islamic celebration.

In all that we do, is always here to celebrate with you. We wish you a pleasant month of June.

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Here are the highlighted headlines for the month of May:

Boy with cerebral palsy wins chess tournament in Makoko
British fashion brand Timbuktu comes under fire for trademarking “Yoruba”
Lagos to close Eko Bridge for repairs
Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years of marriage
Author of Nigeria’s national pledge, Felicia Adedoyin is dead
Yaba LCDA is among most secure Lagos councils, says Omiyale
Pastor Adeboye’s son dies at 42
Uber increases fares by 13% in Lagos
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