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who was able to make the case in court that Joy is a Benin woman and as such is of Yoruba cul­tural tra­di­tion in which force feed­ing chil­dren with akamu (pap), is the cul­tural norm and can­not there­fore be con­sid­ered to be tor­ture. The judge ad­mit­ted that the ar­gu­ment might be co­gent but the baby had by then lived with Nor­we­gian par­ents for 18 months and it would be cru­elty to the child to break the strong bonds he has now de­vel­oped with his Nor­we­gian fos­ter par­ents. The prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to Nwosu, is that some Nor­we­gian par­ents are now de­vel­op­ing a strat­egy of get­ting chil­dren from this pool of Nige­ri­ans in Oslo’s un­der­world but his strug­gle to re­cover th­ese 68 Nige­rian chil­dren would con­tinue.

Nwosu has also made it a mat­ter of pub­lic record that he him­self is the prod­uct of a sin­gle mother who be­came a vic­tim of cir­cum­stances. His mother was a 16-year old sec­ondary school stu­dent in Port Har­court who strayed into a party in Shell vil­lage and got se­duced by an old Amer­i­can oil worker who gave a lot of money to his grand fa­ther but then soon there­after left the coun­try at the on set of the Bi­afran civil war. It’s wrong, he says, to judge his own mother, who is a great mum and there­fore wrong to judge th­ese Nige­rian sex work­ers in Oslo and con­sider them un­fit to bring up their chil­dren. I wish my pal Elvis Chi Nwosu the best in his strug­gles and his mes­sage to the Nige­rian author­i­ties is that they should con­tinue to re­sist the at­tempts by the Nor­we­gian author­i­ties to con­vince Nige­ria to ac­cept that th­ese 68 women whose chil­dren have been seized by the Nor­we­gian State be de­ported to Nige­ria.

Not all Nige­ri­ans in Nor­way are in the un­der­world. I met a Nor­we­gian star, Char­lie Chi­rah Ab­boh, a man of in­tel­lect who had done post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence be­fore mov­ing into the mus­cle industry of body­build­ing where he won the Mr. Uni­verse ti­tle four times for Nor­way, his coun­try. The other star I met is the young Nor­we­gian woman, Lioness Oy­ibo, who is cur­rently rock­ing the Lagos Afrobeat scene. Lagos, she told me, is the world head­quar­ters of the best con­tem­po­rary mu­sic so when she de­cided to be­come a mu­si­cian, the log­i­cal place to de­velop and grow is Lagos. Check YouTube for my song “Any­thing for love” and you will see that thanks to Lagos, my mu­sic is de­vel­op­ing fast, she told me. I wish Lioness Oy­ibo great suc­cess in the Lagos, rather the world mu­sic industry.

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