​George Junius Stinney Jr; the youngest person executed in U.S.A.

This week on History, we share the controversial story of a the youngest person ever executed in the history of the United States.  
George Junius Stinney Jr. (October 21, 1929 – June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. The question of Stinney’s guilt and the judicial process leading to his execution remain controversial. Stinney, who was black, was arrested on suspicion of murdering two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 8, in Alcolu, located in Clarendon County, South Carolina, on March 23, 1944. 

The girls had disappeared while out riding their bicycles looking for flowers. As they passed the Stinney property, they asked young George Stinney and his sister, Katherine , if they knew where to find “maypops”, a type of flower.When the girls did not return, search parties were organized, with hundreds of volunteers.

The bodies of the girls were found the next morning in a ditch filled with muddy water. Both had suffered severe head wounds. Stinney was arrested a few hours later and was interrogated by several white officers in a locked room with no witnesses aside from the officers; because there were no Miranda rights in 1944. Within an hour, a deputy announced that Stinney had confessed to the crime.
No written confession exists, only a few handwritten notes a deputy who was present during the interrogation. Reports said that the officers had offered the boy ice cream for confessing to the crimes. According to the confession, Stinney (90 lbs, 5’1″) wanted to “have sex with ” Betty and could not do so until her companion, Mary was removed from the scene; thus he decided to kill Mary Emma. When he went to kill Mary, both girls “fought back” and he decided to kill Betty, as well, with a 15 inch railroad spike that was found in the same ditch a distance from the bodies. According to the accounts of deputies, Stinney apparently had been successful in killing both at once, causing major blunt trauma to their heads, shattering the skulls of each into at least 4-5 pieces. The next day, Stinney was charged with first-degree murder. 
Jones describes the town’s mood as grief, transformed in the span of a few hours into seething anger, with the murders raising racially and politically charged tension. Townsmen threatened to storm the local jail to lynch Stinney, but prior to this, he had been removed to Charleston by law enforcement.
Stinney’s father was fired from his job at the local lumber mill and the Stinney family left town during the night in fear for their lives.
The trial took place on April 24 at the Clarendon County Courthouse. Stinney’s court appointed lawyer was 30-year-old Charles Plowden, who had political aspirations. Plowden did not cross-examine witnesses; his defense was reported to consist of the claim that Stinney was too young to be held responsible for the crimes. However the law in South Carolina at the time regarded anyone over the age of 14 as an adult.

The jury returned a guilty verdict and Stinney was sentenced to death in the electric chair. When asked about appeals, Plowden replied that there would be no appeal, as the Stinney family had no money to pay for a continuation. 

The execution was carried out at the South Carolina State Penitentiary in Columbia, South Carolina, on June 16, 1944. At 7:30 p.m., Stinney walked to the execution chamber with a Bible under his arm. Standing 5’1″ and weighing just over 90 pounds, he was small for his age, which presented difficulties in securing him to the frame holding the electrodes. Neither did the state’s adult-sized face-mask fit Stinney; his convulsing exposed his face to witnesses as the mask slipped free, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth “. After two more jolts of electricity, the boy was dead. Stinney was declared dead within four minutes of the initial electrocution. From the time of the murders until

Stinney’s execution, eighty one days had passed.

A sad way to end a beautiful life.

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Diego Frazao Torquato

​I came across a powerful picture that told a heartbreaking story  of a boy from Brazil named Diego ‘Violin’ Torquato. 1997- Apri 1, 2010.

Diego was part of the violin’s string orchestra named Afroreggae which became asymbol of hope” for the fight against leukemia and indignation against the crime.

Sadly, Diego contracted meningitis at age four, aggravated by pneumonia, and struggled with memory difficulties. He still managed to learn the violin. Diego, born and raised in the slums of Parada de Lucas, dreamed that the violin would take him to see the world. Sadly, shortly after this photo was taken Diego died of leukemia. 

The occasion which this picture was taken, was the funeral of his social project coordinator, Evandro João Silva, who was murdered in downtown Rio. 

Diego defiled the odds to play at the funeral of a man who gave him hope and took him off the dangerous streets of Brazil.

The newspaper O Globo reported the image “as one of the most exciting in recent memory”. 

Diego participated in the workshops of the group in Parada de Lucas and became the star of the orchestra’s string orchestra Afroreggae, an NGO that works to combat the trafficking of young people. 
In December 2009, he participated in the campaign to end years of Rede Globo. 

He was appointed in 2010 to Make a Difference Award from the newspaper O Globo. 
His childhood was marked by an environment involved in crime and disease, of which the last one led to the hospitalization of 24 days, where he suffered a massive infection after appendix surgery which led to the aggravation of the case. 
During this period, he was also admitted to hospital with acute leukemia Saracuruna but could not do chemotherapy at risk of the procedure. He depended on the help of machines to regulate blood pressure and had a cardiac arrest. Shortly after he died.

At Diego’s funeral José Júnior, the coordinator of Afroreggae stated,

I think the legacy of Diego is hope, it is the willingness to change, to transform“.

How will the world remember you?

What is your greatest legacy? 

Like Diego, life is an unfair play gound full of bullies an challenges. Yiu either get rolled over. Or you stand and fight back. Diego chise to fight back and continues to inspire millions around the world.

Live to Inspire!

Patriot or Citizen?

​If only Nigerian youths can show half of the commitment, passion and enthusiasm they show to Big Brother Nigeria and their contestants, the country would be great again.

Yesterday, I was fortunate to catch a glimpse of the much talked about show in a bar I usually watch football matches. 

To my surprised, the bar full to capacity but silent. I imagined Barca’s match had kicked off, but on seeing the undivided concentration on the faces of the gentlemen, Was Messi shot on the pitch? I feared the worst. To my amusement, Big Brother Niaja was been televised! Holy Kunle! BBN!

I settled on a seat near by. It took me 5 minutes to be abreast of past episodes. A young man who sat few seats away proudly gave us a detailed recap from day 1 to the applause of the audience. Ebuka Obi and Payporte must have been proud of him. You can bet I left few minutes later.

Watching Big Brother Nigeria, Football, Zee World is not a criminal offence by law, but i only wonder why same passion isn’t matched in national discuss.

The average Nigerian youth spends more time and resources on social media and other frivolities than on things that actually matter. 


How do you defend having more apps than more news related outfits on your device? How do you understand a social media generation, who are obsessed with likes and comments than important discuss? 

How many youths follow elected members of their constituencies on social media to? Fear not, Kim Kardashan, Nicki Minaj, Ronaldo, Justine Bieber, Zee World fill that gap. Patriot or Citizen?
Last week, a hard working young Jumia delivery officer tragically lost his life to thieves and cold blooded Nigerian youths who wanted Iphones they didn’t work for. Why kill a man who upholds dignity in labour, and in search for a legitimate living? 

How about the recent attacks on Nigerian youths in India? Youths like you and I.  As expected, the Nigerian youth kept mute, but thanks to bloggers it would have gone unnoticed.

Rather than demand for justice, resources and productivity is channeled to canvassing for support for  TBoss, Efe, Bisola, et al.  Patriot or Citizens? Our founding fathers did not die for this.

Rather than show solidarity with the slain Nigerian youth, who was one of us, we preoccupied our minds with the #KeeptheChangeBae euphoria, while the men in agbada were keen on a certificate drama from their chambers. 
How can we be taken seriously by the older generation when they can easily distract us?  Patriot or Citizens?

The Nigerian youth loves to follow the trend, rather than set the trend.

              -Mallam Ezera Emetu

Sad to admit, the Nigerian youth is more of a citizen than a Patriot. 

A citizen feels entitled, a patriot feels responsible for his country. We must graduate with distinction from being citizens to patriots, and cease being a social media generation only revelant on social media space.

We must take a hard look in the mirror and see why this country has failed our generation. Every generation negotiates terms and conditions they get, we must do same and cut a better deal. 
The internet would always be there. We fail Nigeria and posterity if we elect not to unite and fight the common enemy, ourselves. I hope we do better and become Patriots and Citizens on the lips of generations to come.

I have elected to be a Patriot. What have you elected to be?
Mallam Ezera Emetu.

Social Commentator, Active Patriot and Citizen

I Remember

​I Remember.


I remember the days of letter writing
Days when it took days, weeks, sometimes forever to get your thoughts across.
I remember the days of Pen Pals
Coloured writing pad

Fancy pens

And rehearsals to write like a keyboard.
I remember the long wait for a reply
Wait for the postman’s beacon

Hoping the letters were from known destinations 

Abuloma preferably!
I remember FGGC Abuloma
Federal Government Girls College

I remember Port Harcourt
I remember Onyinye Omiri

My pen pal of life

How her letters made me smile like Kojo

And walk like Mensah.

I remember my heart racing
Faster than Hamilton of Formular 1

And devouring her letters like Dracular.

Sucking every bit of its content.

I remember Ojimba Kingsley Charles
How we met secretly like cabals in Nigeria

To decide who next to be our pen pal.

I remember when life was simple
When you meant words you said

And said words you meant.

Lets toast to my generation
We had fun with the pen and paper

Were devoid of data

Of WiFi and social media

Yet we were content and we lived.

Mallam Ezera Emetu.

LIDS

Sometimes, it is easy to give a brilliant excuse, than to get the work done. 
Time and time again, people have crafted intelligent excuses to avoid reprimand. But how long do we intend to make up excuses rather than taking responsibility for what life throws at us?

I grew up having difficulty in speech. Since I stuttered, I developed a complex, and felt less of who I was. Always in awe how kids conversed like the speed of a typewriter. And wondering if I would ever mutter words without been jeered or mimicked.

Luckly, no man is born perfect or without LIDS.  LIDS serve as a  reminder that no man except the creator is perfect.

LIDS are natural limitations we have no power over. Some, are as a result of circumstances we may have had power over. Circumstances we choose excuse over action. 

LIDS are limitations at their very best. They are powerful, make no mistake about that. Capable of preparing you for life or throwing you completely off course. 

Famous Nigerian actors Chinedu and Osite Iheme better know as  ‘Aki’ and ‘Paw Paw’ are the greatest examples of natural LIDS. 

Ever imagined how many times they had been taunted and told off while growing up? Ever imagined their confidence level as men in kids apparel? Life could truly unfair! 

They could have been forgiven if they resigned to fate and threw the biggest joint self pity party, or chose blame rather acceptance. LIDS!  

Luckily, they believed. They fought and are regarded highly across the globe. The power of LIDS!

What is your favourite excuse? What has held you down?
Poverty? Background? Location?

Fela Durotoye once said, “your background has no right to put your back on the ground.” Those words have stayed with me till this date.

Here are few classic examples of people who chose Action over excuses.

 


FEW TIPS

  • Acceptance is the first indication to breaking free from LIDS. Accept who or what you are. Its difficult but, it helps you digest the truth.
  • Have a plan. Don’t sit around waiting for a Messiah, a destiny helper.
  • Act on your plan. There is always a chance of survival.
  • Persevere. Hanging on would break you, test how much you want it, but you are stronger. Believe me.
  • Reap your reward.
  • Stay humble.
  • Lift others.

Moses in the Bible, had every reason to decline the offer to deliver a Israel out of captivity. You carry a generational mandate. You can’t afford to fail. Stop looking for excuses, and start experimenting solutions.

Photo Credit: Mind Blowing Facts.

Mallam Ezera Emetu is a Life Coach, Founder Talk Factory Media, Social Commentator and Friend of God.

​KARMA: Man Rapes Facebook Lover In Lagos Who Coincidentally Turned Out To Be His Niece.

A 25-year old man, Abuchi Stanley has been arrested and charged before a Lagos court for allegedly abducting, drugging and raping a physically challenged 17-year old teenager in Lagos.
As fate would have it, the victim turned out to be the suspect’ aunt’s daughter from Umuezeleke family in Azia town in Ihiala local government in Anambra State.


According to the police source, the victim left her parents’ house in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos and was taken to a hotel in Ikorodu where she was drugged with apple, raped and then abandoned by the suspect despite her condition.

It was while she was wandering in Ikorodu the next day that a Samaritan met her and contacted her mom.
The girl was handed over to her mom at Ketu police station. It was gathered, that Chukwukere met the victim on Facebook and they started love chatting since last year.

However, last week, Chukwukere invited her out and they arranged to meet at Oshodi area of Lagos.

When the victim arrived at Oshodi, she contacted the suspect who reportedly took her to the hotel in Ikorodu.

The matter was reported to the police at Aguda division who trailed the suspect through his Facebook page and got him arrested at Second Gate in Agidingbi area of Ikeja where he sells second hand vehicles and spare parts.
The suspect was charged before Surulere Magistrate and Family court on Tuesday with the alleged offence and he pleaded not guilty.

It all became dramatic in the court room when the suspect’s father recognised the girl’s mom as one of his relatives.
The court, however granted Chukwukere bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties and one of the sureties must own a land property in Lagos. 

The case has been adjourned till 7 April 2017.
Hope he rots in Jail!

CARNAGE: Abia Headmistress Demoted For “Embarrassing Ikpeazu’s Wife” over salary arrears.

​Reports say the headmistress of a primary school at Amaetiti Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area, Abia State, Mrs.

Maryleen Ezichi, has been reportedly demoted to a classroom teacher for allegedly embarrassing the wife of Abia State governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu.

It was gathered that Ezichi has been transferred to the Ukwa-East Local Government Area — about 140 kilometers from her former school — to serve as a deterrent for her ‘impunity and lack of respect for constituted authority’.

The headmistress, it was learnt had, during an interactive session with Ikpeazu’s wife after the inauguration of her free meal programme for primary school pupils in her school, complained that ‘teachers were being owed several months of salary arrears and allowances’.
Ezichi was quoted to have told the governor’s wife that teachers had been finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations like the payment of house rents, school fees for their wards, medical bills, transport fares and had pleaded with her to intercede on their behalf.

Furthermore, it was gathered that two days after, the embattled Ezichi was whisked away to Umuahia from the school, where she was handed a letter of deployment and instructed to proceed to the new station immediately.

While defending the headmistress, one of her colleagues, who spoke on condition of anonymity, queried the appropriateness of the government’s action, maintaining that if the government felt embarrassed by her appeal it should do the needful.
He said, “By the way, of what importance is the meal programme to the pupils in particular and the schools in general? What about other schools in the community? All we are saying is that the government should pay us our entitlements period.”

In January, the state’s wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers had embarked on an indefinite strike over their six-month salary arrears, non payment of leave allowances and non-implementation of their promotions.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman of the state’s NUT, Chizobam Akparanta, stated that he was not aware of the incident, adding that if the teacher complained about it to the union, the NUT would look into it.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state Ministry of Education, Chris Ogbuehi, denied any knowledge of the matter even as he insisted that he was not in the position to speak on such a sensitive matter without the permission of his boss.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Enyinnaya Appolos, said the information made available to

him by the Commissioner for Education, Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji, had it that there was no such incident in the state. He added that the state would investigate the allegation to ascertain what truly happened.