God bless winnie! A grandmother has bared all to show that ‘beauty is beyond skin’ after learning to embrace the vitiligo which will one day turn her skin completely white and previously left her suicidal.
Model, business owner, and mother-of-four Iomikoe Johnson, 37, from Lake Charles, Louisiana first noticed a tiny spot of white skin under her arm 12-years ago.
At first, she thought she had cancer but it then spread to her eyes and genital area.
At just 25-years-old, Iomikoe was scared that she would be bullied for being ‘two different colours’ after spending her childhood being taunted for having dark skin.
Iomikoe contemplated taking her own life as strangers would stare at her in the streets with some even refusing to shake her hand.
She would spend up to an hour a day on her makeup to cover up and would only wear long sleeved clothes.
It wasn’t until her fiancé Phillip told her that he loved her no matter what that she decided to ditch the makeup bag.
‘I got vitiligo when I was twenty-five-years-old and I’ll never forget it, I was devastated, I felt like my world had been shattered,’ she said.
‘My first spot was under my arm where no one could see. When I was a kid, I used to get bullied for having dark skin and now I’m two different colours, so I feared I would have to re-live that experience all over again.
‘It was painful and devastating I even thought of taking my own life many times, but I had kids which kept me going.
‘People used to look at my hands and not want to touch me and they didn’t want to shake my hand. People stared and said very mean, disrespectful things to me and children were afraid of me.
I didn’t know what this was, I thought it was cancer at first. I was scared and very emotionally depressed I didn’t know what was going on with my body, my parents were also concerned but told me no matter what they will always love me and they told me not to worry.’
Iomikoe has four children and two grandchildren and says that despite initially being petrified of her vitiligo, she loves being different and wouldn’t be able to exist without it.
She admits that her family encouraged her to embrace it and she’s now a model and wants the world to see her body as art, walking human art.
‘Well it would take me forty-five minutes to an hour to put makeup on to cover spots and it was becoming very tiring,’ she explained.
‘My fiancé told me that I didn’t need to do it anymore because he loves me no matter if I wore makeup or not. One day I woke up and I saw this picture on my Facebook of Winnie Harlow, the vitiligo model and I was like oh my god she’s so beautiful.
‘She has the same skin disease as me and she embraced her beauty so I thought why shouldn’t I do the same.
‘I woke up one day and I didn’t put on any makeup and since that day I haven’t worn makeup I was tired of people defining what they think is beautiful and it was my job to show them that beauty is beyond skin.
‘I want people to be empowered by my story and for them to remove the mask of feeling judged.
‘I want them to know that I’m cheering them on and that they are freaking beautiful creatures and “spotted with a purpose”.
‘Vitiligo can appear at any time in your life and all races can get it, vitiligo is not prejudiced anyone can get it at any time at any age.’
“I Killed Him And Used His Blood To Make Money Rituals (Oshole) for Yahoo Boys” – 22-year Old Ritual Killer Confesses
A 22 year old suspected ritual killer, Idowu Talabi from Ikenne-Remo has been arrested by the Ogun State police command for killing a tenant, Tobi Yisua, who lives in his maternal grandfather’s house.
During interrogation by a reporter of Alaroye, a dedicated Yoruba news platform, Idowu Talabi confessed to committing the crime.
He said, “he (Tobi Yisua) is a lotto operator (Baba Ijebu). Whenever he keeps money at home and they steal the money, he will accuse me of stealing his money.
One day, he was sleeping on the bed in his room, he did not lock the door, he only locked the net outside. When I wanted to enter, I used knife to cut the net and I unlocked it.
When I entered his room, I saw him sleeping naked on the bed lying face down and I landed the cutlass I was holding at the back this neck. When I saw that he was trying make noise, I used pillow to cover his mouth and used the cutlass on him again.
After killing him, I took part of his blood and mixed it to prepare “Osole”, money ritual charm. I made the charm to sell it to customers who will be interested in it, I did not do it for myself.”
Asked how he knew how to make the charm? He said he saw it in his father’s account.
On how he was exposed? he said, “the second day, when the wife of the deceased came from church, she found the dead body of her husband on the bed. She then came to me in the backyard, locked my shirt and accused me of killing her husband. When I got to the police station, I confessed to the police that I was the one that killed her husband.”
Politics Of Bitterness and PDP’s Deadly Plots Against Me, APC MUST Stop Nown – Chief Nelson Agbamuche
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its operatives in Akwukwu-Igbo in Delta State, led by Kelvin Onuwa Anyakwu and Victor Nzediegwu have been doing everything possible to harm me, my family and political associates.
There have been series of attacks on my properties and plots to eliminate me, leading to some unfortunate attacks on my supporters.
The reason for the acrimony is due to the fact that I choose to identify with a progressive party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which has brought and still bringing development to my community.
As a traditional title holder whose allegiance is to my people, I thought it wise to join the APC having spent years in the PDP without any noticeable benefit to my people, but my former party chieftains won’t recognise my fundamental human rights of freedom o association guaranteed in our constitution and the African charter.
Consequently, they have resorted to attacks and threats to my life, destruction of my properties using thugs and local vigilantes to hound me and my associates.
I have already petitioned the Inspector General of Police on this matter, having lodged formal complaints at the state level with no visible action taken.
As if that was not enough, they also resorted to political intolerance against myself and members of the All Progressives Congress.
This was brought to bare on Saturday when the PDP unleashed an unprecedented level of violence against APC faithfuls during the Local Government elections that our party was clearly winning.
After noticing that APC had won most of the units in the election, thugs led by Ikechukwu Joseph Iwegbu, known as Presidential General, invaded the units fully armed at the point of counting to disrupt the exercise. They carted away all the ballot boxes and shot at us recklessly, many of our people sustained various degree of injuries.
The Police in our community witnessed the incidents, they can attest to the brazen attacks.
No result was announced anywhere in Akwukwu-Igbo ward. Of course APC clearly won five out of the seven polling units in the ward. If they are in doubt, let us repeat the election, APC will still win.
After the violent attack on Saturday, they used the instruments of the state to move against us, arresting our people who are APC members. This is one oppression taken too far.
They kept saying they don’t want APC, that Delta state is a PDP state yet all the development we have today in Akwukwu Igbo were brought by the APC government.
New transformers came about 6 months ago, Rural electrification is near completion, soon to be commissioned.
Renovation of our primary schools with perimeter fencing. We have the Agbogidi primary school, Atuma Primary school etc.
Road projects are equally ongoing.
Akwukwu-Illa road project alone is about 4km, you also have Engr. Sunday Gbamdi road and others.
Why are we not going to join a party that has brought development to our communities?
Since we joined APC, they have been Using hoodlums and local vigilantes to unleash terror on us. We have reported to different authorities, yet the thugs are becoming more brazen. They boast openly that no one can arrest them because they are backed by powers from above.
Since they have openly sworn to use everything to fight APC out of the state and we, on our part, are equally resolute in our journey to bring development to our people through the APC led Federal Government, I use this medium to call on all security agencies and well meaning Nigerians to take urgent steps with a view to safeguarding my life and properties in Akwukwu-Igbo and the state in general, as well as calling all the aforementioned individuals and their enablers to order.
Chief Nelson Agbamuche
Odoziani of Akwukwu-Igbo
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