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My Married Ex-Boyfriend Came To Propose Marriage To Me

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After high school, I studied a certificate course and got a job in a health facility. I worked for a while and saved some money to further my education. I couldn’t afford to pursue a degree, so I applied for a diploma course somewhere in 2017.

I had some trouble printing out my application letter so I asked my friend, Akua to help me. She couldn’t do it so she introduced me to a guy named Harry. “Harry is a tech wizard. He will help you print your letter.” She said.

True to her words, Harry helped me with my printout. About two weeks later, he called me to wish me a happy birthday. I was surprised, “How did you know it was my birthday? And how did you even get my number? Because I know Akua wouldn’t give it to you without asking me first.” He laughed, “Is it supposed to be a secret? Don’t worry, I’m not a stalker.

I saw your details the day I helped you print out your confirmation letter.” Upon hearing that I felt at ease, and continued talking to him. We had more conversations following that one, and that’s how our friendship started.

We were talking one day when he told me “I liked you the very first day I saw you. And my feelings for you have deepened these past few weeks. I want you to be my girlfriend.” I wasn’t ready for a relationship at that time. I was nursing a five-year heartbreak. So I turned him down.

He wasn’t ready to give up, “How can you say no just like that? At least take some time to think about it.” I shook my head at him; “There’s no point in stringing you along. I am just not interested in a relationship right now.” After that conversation, things became strained between us. It got to a point we stopped talking to each other completely.

Somewhere in 2018, Harry reached out to me on Instagram. He said he lost my number, and that he wanted us to talk. I sent my number to him and he texted me. We chatted about how we were doing in life and how we missed each other. “If you’ve missed me, then come and visit me.” He asked.

I really did miss him, so we fixed a date and I went to his place. It was my first time going there. He lived in a single-room apartment. He had a mattress that looked like it had been passed down from generation to generation, lying on the floor. He didn’t have a TV, only a standing fan. His room was so dirty that I asked for a broom and swept it, before sitting down on his couch. Half of the couch was occupied with dirty laundry. I was uncomfortable the entire time I was there. I kept wondering why he didn’t bother to clean when he knew that I was coming over.

He smiled shyly and said, “I don’t have anything to offer you besides a bottle of fruit juice, and a piece of bread.” I didn’t want to eat it but I also didn’t want to be rude, so I shared it with him. That da he proposed to me again. I asked him “Are you not dating my friend Akua?” “Oh no. Akua and I are just friends. And I have no interest in her. You can ask her if you don’t believe me.”

I didn’t believe him but I still wasn’t interested in dating him so I didn’t bother asking Akua. This time we continued to stay in touch. By 2019 I had learned that my friend was crushing on him but he wasn’t interested in her. I considered giving him a chance if he proposed to me again.

Later that year, he called to tell me he had moved to a new place. “You should come and see it.” So I went to his new place. It was better than the previous one. That day we talked and he proposed to me again. I was ready for him this time so I said yes. Our relationship had its sweet and sour moments.

We hadn’t met each other’s family in the course of our friendship. So when we started dating, I introduced him to my sister. After that, we made plans for him to meet my family. But I couldn’t go through with it because something was off about him.

Every time I visited him, I’d see a woman’s belongings either hidden somewhere or just lying around in the room. The first time I asked, he said “My sister came to visit me, and left them here.” I had never met his sister but I had a feeling he was lying. This continued for a long time.

One day I decided to go through his room to see if I would find anything that would give away the owner of the clothes. I searched the entire room and came across a marriage list. What broke my heart the most was, that he had bought the items on the list, and hidden them where he thought I wouldn’t look. That day I cried till I felt there were no tears left in my tear ducts.

When he came home I confronted him about what I saw and he looked confused. I started crying while asking him “What did I do to you that you’ve deceived me like this? You are getting ready to marry someone but you are pretending I’m the only woman in your life.

How did I offend you?” Harry also started crying, “I don’t know what you are talking about. I haven’t seen any marriage list or items in this room. Why don’t you trust me?” I showed him the list and the items and he insisted he didn’t know anything about them. Later he concluded that his sister must have hidden them in his room for safekeeping. I didn’t believe him but I didn’t have any evidence to prove he was lying either.

As fate would have it, I received a call from a lady named Betty in 2020. She introduced herself as Harry’s sister, “I have seen that my brother is always talking to you. When I ask him about you, he acts shy. Are you his girlfriend?” There was just something about the way she spoke that told me she is not Harry’s sister.

To confirm my suspicions, I told her everything about my relationship with Harry. Her reaction to the vivid details I shared with her confirmed my suspicions. She told me “Harry is my fiancée. The marriage list and the items you saw are mine. All the clothes you’ve been seeing in his room are mine. We will be getting married in a few weeks. I’m sorry you are finding out like this.” She added Harry to the call and confronted him about his deception. He couldn’t talk, he just hang up.

After my conversation with Betty, I called Harry. He answered and said, “I will call you back.” He didn’t call me back till January 2021. He apologized, “I am sorry about what happened. I didn’t mean to lie to you. If you must know, Betty left me. She is married to another guy as we speak. If there’s a part of you that still loves me, please give me another chance to prove my love for you. Let me make things right by marrying you.”

I told him no. This guy called my mother and pleaded with her to talk to me on his behalf. He sounded so sincere, but I just knew he was lying. I didn’t have proof of his lies so I called my friend Akua and asked her some questions about Harry’s marriage. She told me he was married and sent me his wedding invite and photos. He married Betty two months after she called me. I was shocked that Harry still had the guts to come back into my life with the intention to deceive me again.

I don’t know what I did to him to make him do that to me. My experience with him has made me wary of men. Whenever a guy approaches me, I think “He is a wicked man pretending to love me. I’m sure he’s probably married or has a fiancée.” I see all men as wicked creatures. At this rate, I’m sure I will never love again.

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Things to think about before breaking a Guinness World Record

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Breaking a Guinness World Record is a difficult but rewarding endeavour that demands thorough organisation and execution. Aspiring record-breakers may improve their chances of success and create a memorable experience for themselves and others who witness their amazing exploits by taking into account the criteria described above. Remember that breaking a record is about motivating others to push their boundaries and strive for greatness as well as attaining a personal milestone.

The desire to pursue or break records captivated many people in 2023, with some reaching viral fame while others went disregarded.

However, attempting such exploits needs considerable preparation outside of the spotlight.

Before going on a record-breaking adventure, consider the following factors:

Think About Your Health

The pursuit of a record sometimes necessitates considerable physical and mental effort. Before embarking on such endeavours, it is critical to analyse your existing health situation. Consider the toll it may have on your body, since inconsistent sleep patterns and hard exercise regimens may hurt your health.

Take into account the available resources

Record-breaking attempts have financial ramifications. Determine if you have the means or funding to support your endeavour. Consider the price of a decent automobile, gasoline, maintenance, and other necessary expenses for certain records, such as a drive-a-thon.

Think about what you’ll get out of it

Recognise the motivation behind your ambition to set or break a record. Common motives include recognition, personal fulfilment, and promotional chances for your company. If the prospective rewards coincide with your objectives, it may be a worthwhile endeavour. However, if the endeavour does not provide real rewards, you should reassess your commitment.

Take a look at the rules and regulations

Each record category frequently comes with a set of regulations and guidelines established by organisations such as Guinness World Records. Learn about these rules and restrictions. Check that you can follow the regulations, as failing to do so may result in disqualification. Wasting time and effort on a project that does not fit the requirements yields an unsatisfactory result.

Prepare for a Positive or Negative Outcome

Understand that not every attempt to break a record will result in immediate success or fame. Prepare for the consequences, whether success, failure, or a lack of attention. Consider how the experience, whether you win or lose, may help you with personal development, skill development, or other elements of your life.

Setting off on a voyage to establish or break a record is admirable, but it takes careful planning and deliberation.

You may make an informed selection and boost your chances of a successful and enjoyable record-breaking event by carefully assessing these elements.

Conclusion

Breaking a Guinness World Record is a difficult but rewarding endeavour that demands thorough organisation and execution. Aspiring record-breakers may improve their chances of success and create a memorable experience for themselves and others who witness their amazing exploits by taking into account the criteria described above. Remember that breaking a record is about motivating others to push their boundaries and strive for greatness as well as attaining a personal milestone.

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Consumers of pepper soup enjoy longer lives

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Food containing 3% chilli powder, on the other hand, reduced the longevity of male cohorts by 9%. According to a study of diet and mortality data from four big, multinational studies, ingestion of chilli peppers may lower the relative risk of cardiovascular disease mortality by 26%, according to a previous research by the American Heart Association (2020). Chilli pepper usage was related with a 25% reduction in all-cause mortality and a 23% reduction in cancer mortality when compared to persons who never or only seldom ingested chilli pepper.

Consumers of pepper soup should rejoice. A recent study by Semaniuk et al.(2022) found that eating chilli peppers regularly, whether in soup or other forms, increases life span.

Chilli pepper fruits do contain phenolic compounds that are structurally similar to those that have anti-ageing activities.

Chilli powder given to diet at doses of 0.04%-0.12% significantly increased the median longevity of fruit fly cohorts of both genders by 9% to 13%.

Food containing 3% chilli powder, on the other hand, reduced the longevity of male cohorts by 9%.

According to a study of diet and mortality data from four big, multinational studies, ingestion of chilli peppers may lower the relative risk of cardiovascular disease mortality by 26%, according to previous research by the American Heart Association (2020).

Chilli pepper usage was related to a 25% reduction in all-cause mortality and a 23% reduction in cancer mortality when compared to persons who never or only seldom ingested chilli pepper.

This research piqued my interest in Nigerian pepper soup and Ghanaian light soups with spicy spices. For example, Jiang TA(2019) discovered that frequent consumption of spicy meals was also associated with a decreased risk of mortality from cancer, ischemic heart disease, and respiratory system disorders.

However, the real effect of spices and herbs in health maintenance, especially in preventing the development of chronic, noncommunicable illnesses, is still unknown.

Nigerian pepper soup has a rush of natural flavours and spices that excite your culinary senses and put your hunger right. It is quite adaptable since it can be created using a variety of meaty meats such as turkey, chicken, fish, and even our nutrient-dense offals.

Adegoke et al. (2015) conducted a study to assess customer perceptions of the gastronomic, social, and health characteristics of pepper soup. A systematic questionnaire was utilised to determine the reasons for eating pepper soup, the chosen type of pepper soup, the social setting for pepper soup consumption, beverage accompaniment preferred with pepper soup, and food categories preferred as accompaniment with pepper soup.

It also assessed people’s perceptions of the stated health advantages of pepper soup’s ingredients. According to the poll, respondents ate pepper soup on a weekly and occasional basis for enjoyment (68.3%) and relaxation (55.8%).

90.2, 85.9, 90.2, and 92% of respondents liked catfish, goat meat, chicken, and cow tail as the meaty components in their pepper soup, respectively.

Colour, texture, and flavour preferences were light or dark brown, thick or light, and peppery and spicy. 97% of respondents chose hot pepper soup, while 65.8% preferred warm pepper soup.

Respondents (66.3 and 79%) chose beer and wine with their pepper soup, whereas 75.9 and 90.7% selected non-alcoholic beverages as accompaniments, respectively, carbonated beverages and juices or mineral water.

The majority of respondents (60.5 8.52%) strongly disagreed that pepper soup held the majority of the health advantages associated with herbs, spices, and other pepper soup elements, showing that pepper soup may not be taken for its claimed therapeutic value.

The nutritional value of pepper soup is usually dependent on the components used in its preparation. The spices and condiments utilised have shown to be useful in medicinal treatments.

Pepper soup is a nutrient-dense, nutritious food. The soup is low in calories and fat, and it’s high in protein.

Pepper soup has a lot of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Pepper soup is not only nutritious, but it is also tasty and simple to prepare. You may make the soup using chicken, goat meat, or yams. Spice the pepper soup to taste.

An article in the Tribune by Eunice Olaleye(2022) stated that a scientific evaluation by Dr Heben’s team on DrHealthBenefits.com concluded that the soup does assist in managing heart rate.

It also aids in blood pressure regulation, preventing it from becoming dangerously high or low. In other terms, it aids in blood pressure stabilisation.

Because pepper soup is an antioxidant, it also drives away free radicals that might cause cancer (Nwose EU, 2009; Agbor et al., 2019).

Pepper soup might help you recover from a cold or cough. There are various therapeutic benefits that you should be aware of.

The soup is also beneficial in chilly weather, according to the author. Hot and spicy pepper soup is crucial for keeping your body warm. It’s a win-win situation. You enjoy your pepper soup while also warming up your body.

According to youmustgethealthy.com, the elements in pepper soup are what make it healthy. Pepper soup contains unripe plantain, fresh catfish, cow skin, beef, or goat meat, which not only tastes good but also contains anti-oxidants.

Consuming pepper soup is one strategy to maintain proper vitamin intake while being hydrated. Because of the spicy nature, one tends to drink a lot of water.

Key Takeaways

According to the literature, pepper soup with local spices has several health advantages. According to a review of diet and mortality data from four major, multinational studies, intake of peppers or spicy spices may lower the relative risk of cardiovascular disease death by 26%, according to the American Heart Association(2020). Chilli pepper usage was related to a 25% reduction in all-cause mortality and a 23% reduction in cancer mortality when compared to persons who never or only seldom ingested chilli pepper.

With this knowledge, fans of spicy spices may include them in their diets in any way to improve their health.

NB: Prof. Nyarkotey follows stringent source requirements and bases his articles on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutes, and medical societies. My posts are for educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice for treatment. My goal is to educate the public about scientific evidence-based Naturopathic Therapies.

The author is a Naturopathic Healthcare Professor, a Medical Journalist, and a scientific writer. Professor40naturopathy@gmail.com is the email address.

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Accra College of Education: History, Programs and Location

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Accra College of Education is a leader in teacher education, educating the next generation of educators who will play a critical role in shaping the minds of Ghana's children. With a commitment to quality, a long history, and a devotion to comprehensive education, the institution continues to have a significant effect on the Accra and beyond education sectors.

Accra College of Education is a notable teacher education college in Ghana, located in the Eastern or Greater Accra zone. Following the Colleges of Education Act of 2012 (Act 847), the college was upgraded to tertiary status, allowing it to issue degrees in Basic Education. The university recently welcomed 321 new students into its academic community, demonstrating the institution’s ongoing involvement in creating the next generation of educators.

The college’s dedication to practical, scientific-based education is seen in projects such as “Experiment Share,” which attempts to improve science instruction through engaging and exciting live experiments.

History and Background

Accra College of Education’s long history and commitment to educational quality have positioned it as a significant role in Ghana’s teacher training and growth. The institution’s programmes and activities, as well as its cutting-edge Teaching and Learning Resource Centre, highlight its continual efforts to improve teacher education quality and foster creative, practice-based learning.

The college’s willingness to adapt to the changing demands of the education sector, emphasis on practical teaching techniques, and excellent leadership under Dr. Samuel Awinkene Atintono, Principal, highlight its importance in the field of teacher education in Ghana.

Accra College of Education continues to play an important role in defining the country’s educational future by providing prospective teachers with the information, skills, and practical experience required to flourish in their careers.

Academic Programs

Accra College of Education is well-known for its wide range of academic programmes for prospective educators. The institution provides a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme that is aimed to provide students with the information, skills, and pedagogical strategies necessary for effective teaching. The programme frequently includes specialisations in many fields, allowing students to focus on their individual areas of interest.

Furthermore, the institution may offer diploma programmes in education, which would provide an alternate avenue for students seeking a more condensed teacher training programme.

Faculty and Staff

The quality of any educational institution’s faculty and staff is directly related to its success. Accra College of Education is proud of its staff of passionate educators and professionals who are not only specialists in their disciplines but also dedicated to building a supportive learning environment. The faculty frequently engages in research and intellectual endeavours that help to develop education in Ghana.

Campus Facilities

Accra College of Education provides a welcoming learning environment with cutting-edge technology to improve the entire student experience. These may include well-equipped classrooms, scientific and computer laboratories, a library with pertinent materials, and recreational areas where students may relax.

Campus Life

The institution emphasises a comprehensive approach to education, recognising that the college experience goes beyond the classroom. Accra College of Education has a bustling campus life that includes a variety of extracurricular activities, organisations, and events. These programmes allow kids to gain leadership skills, create long-lasting friendships, and participate in community service.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Accra College of Education frequently forms alliances and collaborations with other educational institutions, both nationally and worldwide, in order to keep informed of educational breakthroughs and global best practices. These collaborations may enable student exchange programmes, collaborative research projects, and faculty development opportunities.

Contributions to Education

Accra College of Education has made important contributions to Ghana’s education landscape by generating a cadre of trained and competent teachers who go on to serve in a variety of positions within the education sector. The college’s effect extends beyond its campus, impacting the quality of education in schools and communities across the country.

Conclusion

Accra College of Education is a leader in teacher education, educating the next generation of educators who will play a critical role in shaping the minds of Ghana’s children. With a commitment to quality, a long history, and a devotion to comprehensive education, the institution continues to have a significant effect on Accra and beyond education sectors.

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