By Vanguard Reporter
A roundup of the weeks biggest news and newsmakers.
1. 47 killed in suicide bombing attack in Yobe State
On Monday, dozens of students were killed in a suicide bombing at an all-boys high school, the latest in a series of such attacks.
Monday’s bombing, in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, occurred just before 8 a.m. as students gathered at the Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School. The attacker came disguised as a student wearing a school uniform, witnesses said.
The blast killed 47 people, mostly students, said hospital and morgue officials. Two teachers were among the dead, and 79 people were injured, some critically.
“We had gathered in rows at the assembly ground outside the principal’s office waiting to be addressed for the morning assembly when we heard a huge explosion from the middle of the rows,” said a student, Adamu Ibrahim, 17.
“The explosions flung students at the center of the blast in all directions. It also sent many of us reeling on the ground. I found myself under the weight of another student who fell over me. I’m certain he was dead,” he said in a telephone interview.
“We were waiting for the principal to address us, around 7:30 a.m., when we heard a deafening sound and I was blown off my feet. People started screaming and running. I saw blood all over my body,” he told the Associated Press from his hospital bed.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said authorities blamed Boko Haram, the militant group that has been fighting to impose an Islamist state in Nigeria.
–latimes.com, bbc.co.uk, edition.cnn.com
2. Muhammed Makungwa sjamboked on his way to work by unknown assailant
Muhammed Makungwa, 22, was nearly ridden over by a BMW X5 and then beaten with a sjambok by its driver on Sunday morning as he was on his way to work in Claremont, Cape Town, said Western Cape police. He suffered injuries to the head and bruises to his body.
He told the Cape Times he was confronted as he was on his way to do some gardening in Rondebosch. “I got out of a taxi in Main Road and was running to work down Palmyra Road because I was late. Someone in a car started shouting at me, but I don’t understand English very well and could not understand what he was saying. I kept on running and he then tried to drive his car into me. I stopped and he got out and started whipping me with a sjambok. He just went crazy and didn’t give me a chance to explain myself,” he said.
“He was shouting at me and I could make out that he thought I had broken into his car. I tried to explain to him that I was on my way to work, but he just kept on hitting me. My lunch box fell as he was whipping me and that’s when he stopped. He then asked me where I worked and after I told him he took me to [my] employers.”
“I’m very upset… Why would someone just start hitting another person? I was happy living in Cape Town, but this attack has made me scared for my life,” he said.
Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance national spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme has made a call asking the man who attached Makungwa to turn himself in.
“Reports of the violent sjambok attack of Philippi resident, Muhammed Makungwa, by an unidentified man are upsetting. There is no space for such brutality in a democratic South Africa,” she said in a statement.
3. Black man attacks white man after being called “dirty black kaffir”
Western Cape police are investigating an incident of assault at an upmarket shopping centre in Green Point after a confrontation caused by racist remarks from one person to another.
The assault took place at an ATM in Cape Quarter. Two white men, who were apparently inebriated, had been taking too long withdrawing cash from the ATM, a witness has told SA Daily News.
When asked by another customer to hurry up, the men at the ATM turned and said “you dirty black kaffirs…”
A cellphone clip of the incident then shows one of the white men rearing for a fight and promising the black man he will “fuck you up”. The black man then knocks the white man to the ground and pins him down with his foot. The black man then shouts repeatedly “who’s a black kaffir hey”.
A woman, Jenna who was witness to what happened, says she witnessed the entire incident said that the drunk men were insulting women too. She says that the video doesn’t give full context:
“I wish this video showed the full context. I was there. Not only were these 2 men racist before they started with the K word they were offensive to the women in the queue as well. The name calling went on for about 3-5 minutes before this guy actually got physical with him. This altercation and screaming started simply because we asked them to hurry up after waiting 6 minutes while they fumbled to draw money in their drunken state. Also the security guard helped this guy up and a few minutes later we watched him scream at the very same security guard saying he was useless and worthless and probably only earns R4000 per month.”
In a post on Facebook, the shopping centre said the matter has been escalated to the police and CCTV footage has been handed over to assist in resolving the dispute. The individuals involved in the incident have been banned from Cape Quarter.
“The safety of our shoppers is a priority and cases like these will not be taken lightly. The individuals have been banned from the centre and we’d like to thank everyone for their concern.”
4. Nicki Minaj hosts 2014 MTV European Music Awards
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of MTV’s European Music Awards, this year’s ceremony held on Sunday night in Glasgow, Scotland’s SSE Hydro Arena, had a time-travel theme.
At one surreal moment, hostess Nicki Minaj calling a stage-invading T. Rex “a stupid fucking dinosaur”, but mostly it meant turning back the clock to the days when guitar bands roamed the earth – and its awards ceremonies.
Pop superstars One Direction, with three awards, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds Of Summer, with two apiece, might have been the big winners, but when it came to the performances, rock ruled the roost.
At various points in the night, the stage was filled by U2, British newcomers Royal Blood and an all-star Ozzy Osbourne tribute, alongside more typical 2014 MTV stars such as Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Kiesza and Enrique Iglesias.
And, while Minaj is a hip hop artist, it turned out she enjoyed the rock revival: “I love the spirit of rock & roll, I love what it represents,” she told Rolling Stone after the show. “To me, it represents what hip-hop represents. It’s not only about the music, but about the attitude.”
There wasn’t so much attitude elsewhere, as the ceremony largely avoided the controversies that have become commonplace at MTV awards shows in recent years, and for some this proved to be a lacklustre affair.
Full list of winners here
5. K-Ci and JoJo reunite at 2014 Soul Train Awards
After years of rumors that the bad boys of 1990s R&B, K-Ci & JoJo would reunite, they made it official on the 2014 Soul Train Awards stage with a performance that took those at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas back in time to a place where Jodeci ruled the airwaves and likely assisted in the conception of this generation’s children.
The Soul Train Awards has distinguished itself from other awards shows by catering to an older demographic over the past few years. The 2014 edition was a bit more old school than previous instalments with the likes of Jodeci, Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, Da Brat, Total and Mase gracing the stage while also honouring the legendary Kool & The Gang.
The show opened up with today’s king of R&B, Chris Brown, who launched into a medley of hits from his more humble beginnings (“Yo (Excuse Me Miss)”) to today’s more edgy smash hit “Loyal,” which took home Soul Train awards for “Best Hip Hop Song” and “Best Collaboration.”
Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, MC Lyte, Tamar Braxton, Joe, Liv Warfield, Tessanne Chin and Mase all performed songs to honour 50 years in the music business for Kool & the Gang.
To close the evening, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot and Da Brat reunited on stage with their own take on a Kool & the Gang classic as they performed 1997’s “Not Tonight”.
Full list of winners here