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Meet Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, the brilliant African researcher who has developed a ‘cure’ for Ebola

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  • Ebola is one of the deadly viral diseases in the world.
  • It has taken the lives of nearly 1900 people since it broke out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August 2018.
  • This is about to change thanks to a new treatment by a team led by top Ebola researcher Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum.
Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese doctor behind the Ebola cure (Royal Society)

Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese doctor behind the Ebola cure (Royal Society)

A group of researchers have found a cure for Ebola, a deadly disease that has infected nearly 2,800 people and killed over 1,800 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past year.
This team lead by Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum initially started with four treatments but only two have shown remarkable promise at treating Ebola.
During the clinical trials, these experimental drugs — an antibody cocktail called REGN-EB3developed by Regeneron and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 — improved “survival rates from the disease more than two other treatments being tested.”
They increased the survival rates for infected people from 89 to 94 per cent by attacking the Ebola virus with a combination of monoclonal antibodies that neutralise its deadly effect on human cells.
“From now on we will no longer say that Ebola is not curable. This advance will in the future help save thousands of lives that would have had a fatal outcome in the past,” Muyembe, director-general of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale, announced. 
Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese doctor behind the Ebola cure (The Independent Uganda)

Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese doctor behind the Ebola cure (The Independent Uganda)

According to Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which co-sponsored the trial, the results are “very good news” for the fight against Ebola.
NIAID added: “They are the first drugs that, in a scientifically sound study, have clearly shown a significant diminution in mortality.”
The Congolese doctor behind the Ebola cure
Dr Muyembe started fighting Ebola after the deadly disease made its first appearance in the DRC (formerly known as Zaire) in 1976. He was 34 at the time.
Since then, he has been helping his country in the fight against all outbreaks including the ongoing massive epidemic that started in August 2018.
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Explaining how much work has gone into finding a cure, Dr Muyembe told BBC: “I spent four decades of my life thinking about how to treat patients with the Ebola virus. So this is the achievement of my life.”
His hard work finally paid off when two Ebola patients were declared ‘cured’ after using his experimental drugs and released from a treatment centre in Goma, DR Congo.
Asked about how he felt about this, he said: “I’m a little sentimental. I had this idea a long time ago, and I’ve waited patiently for it. I’m very happy, and I can’t believe it.”
Dr Muyembe shared the good news on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at a press conference in Goma.
He said, “Ebola kills quickly and Ebola heals quickly. That’s the message. These cases were detected very quickly. The husband was infected, he was at home for 10 days and his wife and son were infected. As soon as the response teams detected these cases, they brought them here to the treatment centre. We gave them treatment that is effective and here in a short time both are cured.”
The Congolese doctor added, “We are waiting until the end of the 21-day surveillance period. We are at day 13, so there are still 8 days to go before we can say that Goma has won against Ebola.”
Dr Muyembe’s cure will now be offered to all infected patients at no cost for “compassionate use.”

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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