3 interesting to know about Umoh Jessica

The first notification I got regarding a Cussons Baby Competition was via WhatsApp. Someone sent me a broadcast with a link, asking me to vote for their friend's baby.

Then, I got a notification in a WhatsApp group. Yes, a lot of the babies are cute – every parent thinks their child is the cutest.

Some will also go to incredible lengths to win a prize, especially if online popularity + N1m are involved. Just ask Umoh Jessica Ogbenyalu. The 'mother' of a really beautiful baby called Diamond who decided that the N1m would be hers at any cost.

Many Facebook users were appalled when they saw that Mmesoma Vivian had posted an update with baby Diamond's pictures, claiming that the baby was a) hers and b) dead. A while later, Jessica appears on the post to canvass for votes! I mean, every outraged person who went ballistic on Vivian's post was implored to vote for the baby. And as we love the underdog that's being fought by haters, some people went and voted.

When the red mist cleared from some people's eyes, they started to wonder why Jessica was still canvassing for votes. And on the very post where someone falsely claimed her baby and declared her dead. I mean when someone says something derogatory about you on social media, you either gather voltrons to cuss the person out, and/or you report the post.

Or at least that's what many a Nigerian would do. But a mother stays on such a post, typing in very bad grammar (“My baby is not died”) and begging for votes? Then, some things began to get clearer – Jessica and Vivian attended the same secondary school …

Someone offered to get Vivian arrested, only to get verbally abused and blocked by Jessica. She then said her baby should die if she was lying. With all the curses she's 'vomm-ing', did this woman not read the story of king Solomon?

The one about how the mother of the living baby offered her baby to the mother of the dead baby, because that was preferable to watching her child get sawn in two? Even women who aren't mothers won't say certain things.

What would make a mother say, “If I am lying, let my baby die?” What kind of sick woman goes on an attention-seeking spree at the expense of her baby? When I reached out to her, among other things she said was that “she had actually been trying to delete comments, but ended up posting voting links instead”. Then she said that “she had made a mistake and didn't see why we were capitalising on it”.

The sense of entitlement exhibited by the self-confessed Mass Communication graduate, weakens me. She claims the father of the child is aware of what she planned to do. And I have to ask, “Is Baby Diamond safe?”

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