A pastor whose pregnant wife was killed in November 2015 during a home invasion robbery has remarried.
Pastor Davey Blackburn, of Indianapolis, announced his new marriage on Facebook on Monday. He made the announcement with a simple bible verse and a picture from his wedding day.
He wrote: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah? ?43:19?.”
In November, Blackburn announced his engagement on the two-year anniversary of the day his wife was killed and this didn’t go down well with some people who felt he could have chosen a more appropriate time.
Blackburn’s late wife, Amanda, (pictured above) was shot in the head during an attempted burglary when three men entered the family’s home through a door Blackburn left open when he left for work.
Amanda, who was 12 weeks pregnant, was home alone with the couple’s then 15-month-old son, Weston at the time. Waston was not harmed. Later, Jalen Watson, 21, Larry Taylor, 18 and Diano Gordon, 24, were arrested and charged with Amanda Blackburn’s murder.
Blackburn’s engagement to Kristi Monroy was announced on his blog. He said he first spotted Monroy at this church. In the blog post entitled, “I just popped the question… & she said yes!” Blackburn documents his story of grief after Amanda’s death, to meeting his now-wife.
He wrote: “I realize for many people this may seem a bit soon and trust me, it did to me as well.”
In August, Blackburn and his new woman Monroy spent a week with his family and a week with his late wife Amanda’s family. Blackburn popped the question to Monroy on Nov. 8.
Blackburn said his late wife’s dad had given him advice about his relationship.
“Davey, take it slow until you know she’s the right one. Once you know, go fast, and we’ll be right there with you.”
People are now suspecting he may have had a hand in his wife’s murder…
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival
Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.
Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.
But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.
“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.
The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.
Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.
The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.
That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.
Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.
“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.
He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.
“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”
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