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Meet the pretty Yoruba Slave who became Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter (Photos)

Sarah Forbes Bonetta was originally born ‘Aina’ in 1843 to Egbado parents of the Yoruba ethnic group.

Her father was the high chief of Oke-Odan, an Egbado village in western Nigeria, till he was killed in 1848 when King Gezo of Dahomey , one of the notorious slave raiders in the 19th century , raided his village.

Sarah’s parents and siblings whose names are unknown were killed in the raid which turned Sarah, an Egbado princess, into a slave. Many of the villagers captured during the raid were made slaves and sacrificed to the gods of Dahomey but fortunately for Sarah, she was saved by the quick intervention of Captain Frederick E. Forbes , a British naval officer who was on a visit to Dahomey kingdom to persuade King Gezo to abolish slave trade. Captain Frederick E. Forbes persuaded King Gezo to present Sarah (then Aina) as a gift to Queen Victoria, he said: “

She would be a present from the King of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites. ” King Gezo agreed and thus Sarah’s life was spared and subsequently she was named Sarah, Forbes, the captain’s surname and Bonetta which was the name of his ship (HMS Bonetta).

On the 9th of November, 1850, Captain Frederick Forbes took Sarah to Great Britain to meet Queen Victoria at Windsor castle. The Queen admired Sarah’s intelligence and ability to learn quickly. Even Captain Frederick wrote: “ She is a perfect genius; she now speaks English well, and has great talent for music… She is far in advance of any white child of her age in aptness of learning, and strength of mind and affection…” Shortly after, Captain Frederick Forbes died and so Sarah was sent to the Schoen family in Palm Cottage, Gillingham. Queen Victoria adopted Sarah as her goddaughter and sponsored her education. Being the Queen’s goddaughter, Sarah had unlimited access to Windsor castle like other members of the royal family. Shortly after Sarah began to live with the Schoen family, she developed a health problem due to the damp weather of Britain. Queen Victoria arranged for her migration to Sierra Leone to continue her education at the Female Institution, a CMS school in Freetown where she excelled in music and her academics. In 1855, Sarah returned to Great Britain.

In January 1862, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, now 19 years old, attended the wedding of the Queen’s eldest child, Princess Royal Victoria, as a guest. Seven months later, she was offered a marriage to Captain James Labulo Davies , a 31-year-old wealthy Yoruba businessman who lives in Britain. Sarah was reluctant to accept the offer due to reasons known to her but she eventually accepted after much persuasion. The wedding took place in August 1862 at the St. Nicholas Church in Brighton, England. It was such an extravagant one; dignitaries from different parts of the world were in attendance.

The new couple moved back to Africa and settled in the town of Badagary in Lagos, Nigeria. Shortly after her marriage, Sarah Forbes Davies had her first daughter and requested for permission from Queen Victoria to name her Victoria. The Queen granted the permission and also adopted baby Victoria as her goddaughter. In 1867, Sarah and her daughter visited the Queen then returned to Lagos where she had two more children named Arthur and Stella. Sarah was diagonised with tuberculosis and later died on August 15, 1880 at the age of 37. She was buried in Funchal, Madiera Island, Portugal. It was such a sad moment for her family. Queen Victoria wrote in her diary, “ Saw poor Victoria Davies, my black godchild, who learnt this morning of the death of her dear mother ”. Queen Victoria took good care of Sarah’s children and maintained close contact with them. Till today, the decendants of James Labulo Davies and Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies lived in England, Sierra Leone and Lagos, Nigeria.

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Davido mocks Caroline Danjuma, calls her a gold digger

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Just when we all thought the war of words between Davido and Caroline Danjuma was near over, we heard something in DJ ECool’s new song, and it was a subtle jab to Carolina again.

Recall, the DMW Boss had previously attacked her in his hit song, FIA, telling her to “save her drama’ after she accused him of knowing the cause of Tagbo’s death. But we felt the feud has been settled last year.

In Davido’s new song with Dj Ecool, Ada, Davido has called out the actress again.

The pre-chorus of ADA reads “Filomina, I know me now, you know say that was a f**king mistake. What of Carolina, that one na gold digger, chai, so me I no do again.”

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Guests choreograph Big Shaq’s ‘Man’s Not Hot’ at Nigerian wedding reception (watch)

One of our favorite highlights from Dorcas Ekanem and Rotimi Ogunleye's wedding reception, last weekend was the wedding guests' dance off and choreography to Big Shaq's Man's Not Hot track!

"Man's Not Hot" is a song by British comedian Michael Dapaah. It is his first single released under the name Big Shaq.

The song saw commercial success, peaking at number five in the United Kingdom.

The song has been certified silver in the UK by the BPI, indicating 200,000 combined sales and streams.

The music video has also gained over 150 million views on YouTube.

The Lagos wedding also had some more interesting moments like the Father/Daughter dance where the bride sprayed money on her dad to appreciate him and the wedding entrance dance of the beautiful couple.

Check out our video clips from the event below:

The Choreography

#partyjollof When your #weddingguests lit up your #afterparty with a #MansNotHot...

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KFB Movie Review: ‘The Bridge’ is a movie you have to see…

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For the Newbies, the KFB movie review is an every Friday column that gives you a cinema guide on which movies to watch and not watch!

Today’s other movie review is done by CinemaPointer.com

Synopsis: Obadare, a Yoruba prince and Stella, a young lady from a distinguished Igbo family are a couple whose relationship is threatened by tribal prejudice and parental plans for each's life. When the couple secretly weds against their parents' wishes, the consequence shakes the very foundation and sustenance of both families. (Written by Genesis Cinemas)

Starring: Chidinma Ekile, Kunle Afolayan, Demola Adedoyin, Tina Mba, Zack Orji, Lere Paimo, Jimoh Aliu, Ken Eric, Iya Awero, Baba Gebu.

Verdict: Powerful! Riveting. Captivating. Authentic. A bonafide "must watch", 'The Bridge' is a triumph for sure. It excels with beautiful story telling, superb acting, top of the line production, plus a delicious soundtrack we couldn't get enough of. A true...

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