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South Sudan’s first lady honoured in Nigeria


December 3, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s first lady Mary Ayen Mayardit has been honored by the Nigerian community at a colorful ceremony held in the capital, Lagos last week.

Owusi Patgrace who represented the Nigerian community (L) presenting the gift to South Sudan’s first lady (Photo credit: Larco Lomayat)

Ayen, who had visited the West African nation, received a gift with a sword inscribed at its edge. The accolade reportedly symbolised a weapon capable of defending South Sudan’s sovereignty from external threats.

The first lady, largely speaking through a translator, thanked the Nigerian community for the unique gift and vowed to spearhead stronger future relations with them.

In a separate development, Ayen and her Nigerian counterpart, Patience Goodluck Jonathan discussed how new nation could join the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM). Formed in 1995, AFLPM strives to promote peace and harmony on the continent.

The South Sudanese first lady also toured the AFLPM secretariat in Abuja and later discussed with her Nigerian counterpart prospects for stronger future relations.

While in Abuja, Ayen also met the South Sudanese community in the country and encouraged them to promote the good image of the world’s youngest nation.

Parmena Makuet Riak, South Sudan’s head of mission in Nigeria described the first lady’s visit as a "real" boost to the new nation’s image in the West African country.

Nigeria was one of the first African nations that recognized South Sudan’s independence when it seceded from Sudan on 9 July 2011. A member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Lagos reportedly played a major role in peace efforts that ended two decades of the north-south Sudan civil war.


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  • 4 December 2013 09:49, by Ahmed Chol

    Nigeria is a highly corrupted country, there is nothing good to learn from them. They can teach is corruption.

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    • 4 December 2013 10:14, by Bentiu son

      Do the mongery from Nigeria know that Mary Ayen is a thief who had looted n robbered the country resource in collaboration with her thievery husband Salva Kiir? What a shame for Mayardit family whereby Salva Kiir is illiterate n his Wife Mary Ayendit is illiterate who spoke through the help of translator in Nigeria.It is really too bad for our country to be leading by blind family of Awan Chan Nya

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    • 4 December 2013 11:14, by Mike Mike

      Actually, it was not supposed be like that but if it happened for our country be ruled by weak and undignified family then let’s not take it as a big issue.The first lady is innocent she can’t be blame for her being illiterate in her own country and that mistake was caused by their parent who failed to sent her to school when she was young.May God help people of S.Sudan from their problems.

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    • 4 December 2013 11:33, by Mayom County Boy

      @Ahmed Chol how do you know that Nigeria is acorrupted country in african ?
      please do n.t just comment like some body who is diying
      you should understand all the point after all you can put your comments for submission

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      • 4 December 2013 11:41, by omoni jr.

        Mayom County Boy.
        AHAHAHAH, you are really a boy when tried to challenged the Ahmed Chol for pointing the truth about Negeria as leading nation in corruption. Study Africa and the world history Boy. In facts boys are not supposed to be here,you need to be in the class and read.

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        • 4 December 2013 12:13, by Mayom County Boy

          To:moni jr please tell me what i will do
          because you say i chellenge Ahmed chol because he is history boy to you
          idiot stupid how can some body like me can be call a boy while iam a measure man from my family hood !
          listen let me tell you i will fuck your stupid anus if you does n,t take care my friend !

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          • 4 December 2013 13:36, by Mi diit

            I don’t blame Mary Ayendit for the blind tour of the region. She is innocent used by greedy clever family members to milk her meaningless visits. She doesn’t have knowledge nor language to speak with, so how can you just let her loose in the region. The Nigerians and the rest will mock South Sudan for having a primitive illiterate first lady. Confine her at home as a good house wife.

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    • 4 December 2013 17:48, by mimi nema

      Ayen when to look for magic from Nigeria which can kill Dr Riek Machar haaaa Kiir and His wife fail last time in Uganda and Now Nigeria Ngundeng will destroy any magic against Riek Machar Teny.

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    • 5 December 2013 07:34, by Gatluak

      Nigeria is most corrupt. can remeber our former Anti corruption commssion went to Logas & she was told 1 page in her passport is missing. she got confused becoz all pages were there. after long discussion they realized she is anti corruption & let her go. she pple who recieved her the story some 1 told every body who comes to nigeria puts 10$ at the last page of the passport. she mad at nigeria.

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  • 4 December 2013 10:13, by Gat-khir

    she is alcoholic and primitive like her husband. How can a first lady speak through translator? That family is a shame to this country.

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  • 4 December 2013 10:22, by Marco Bul

    Aaaaah hah ha.......the first lady speaking through a translator ...hahaha.Sorry.This is disgracing,especially in the 21st Century.No no .....

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    • 4 December 2013 10:46, by Mack

      I think there is nothing wrong speaking through translator. You can’t be illiterate if you cannot speak in English. In the United Nations, major world leaders speak through translators if they chose to speak in their native languages. English is not our mother tongue or native language anyway.

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      • 4 December 2013 12:13, by Toney Toney Matot

        Dear Anti Salva Kiir,
        please base your criticism on Kiir’s government but not to the extend of his family, they have nothing to do with who is doing what in the government. criticizes and have respect to elders.

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        • 4 December 2013 13:43, by Mi diit

          I don’t blame Mary Ayendit for the blind tour of the region. She is innocent used by greedy clever family members to milk her meaningless visits. She doesn’t have knowledge nor international language to speak with, so how can you just let her loose in the region? The Nigerians and the rest will mock South Sudan for having a primitive illiterate first lady. Confine her at home as a good house wife.

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      • 5 December 2013 01:18, by Wicdail

        To Mack,
        for your info. speaking through translator in an international forums is not bad when you know what you are talking about. I meant when you have your own formal language which is technologically translated into different languages. I think this is where the criticism against our first lady came in. She should have acquired English language there in Australia where she had granted--------

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        • 5 December 2013 01:37, by Wicdail

          an asylum during the war. Unfortunately she didn’t considered. Kiir and his wife must consider education for themselves if they need to be respected. It’s very embarrassing when a nation’s first can’t addresses her audiences in a foreign language such English, even on gender issues.

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    • 4 December 2013 13:49, by dude

      Oh my God.
      The first Lady of South Sudan does not no English. She was supposed to address Nigeria by speaking in Dinka. Hahahahahah. What is she even doing there. Maybe for investment of the corrupted money.

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      • 4 December 2013 14:06, by Mi diit

        I begin to get worried fast that this family will soon be conned by the Nigerians and sell this nation with fake dollars.

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  • 4 December 2013 14:45, by Simbaya Afrika

    This lady and her husband have been frequently visiting west Africa for last few months, and the motive for the visit is to meet many witchcraft to install them permanently in power. This is the fresh news I got from one of his body guide! Now I know some of you here will try to urge with me. In addition, the president of South Sudan is engage in prostitution with girls age ten years.

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    • 4 December 2013 16:02, by Ahmed Chol

      Witch craft for what? There is enough of it here in South Sudan. Let them consult with Kueth Dak, the Lou Nuer self proclaimed prophet if that is the case.

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  • 5 December 2013 10:08, by wen dengdit

    I can see how shallow minded are some brothers here. Why is it always easy to criticize even when unnecessary? Abusing innocent people like Ayendit will not solve this politically crisis in Juba so lets challenge Mr president politically without being influence by hatred.

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