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Meaning and Uses of Accolade – touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword

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Meaning:
a light touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword or formerly by an embrace, done in the ceremony of conferring knighthood.

The accolade is a ceremony to confer knighthood. It may take many forms, including the tapping of the flat side of a sword on the shoulders of a candidateor an embrace about the neck. In the first example, the “knight-elect” kneels in front of the monarch on a knighting-stool. First, the monarch lays the side of the sword’s blade onto the accolade’s right shoulder.The monarch then raises the sword gently just up over the apprentice’s head and places it on his left shoulder.The new knight then stands up, and the king or queen presents him with the insignia of his new order. Contrary to popular belief, the phrase “Arise, Sir …” is not used.

There is some disagreement among historians on the actual ceremony and in what time period certain methods could have been used. It could have been an embrace or a slight blow on the neck or cheek. Gregory of Tours wrote that the early kings of France, in conferring the gilt shoulder-belt, kissed the knights on the left cheek. In knighting his son Henry, with the ceremony of the accolade, history records that William the Conqueror used the blow.

Francis Drake (left) being knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581. The recipient is tapped on each shoulder with a sword
The blow, or colée, when first utilized was given with a bare fist, a stout box on the ear. This was later substituted for by a gentle stroke with the flat part of the sword against the side of the neck. This then developed into the custom of tapping on either the right or left shoulder, or both, which is still the tradition in Great Britain today.

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KenPoly graduate who killed himself, cheated on his girlfriend

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Shocking news of a graduate of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (Kenpoly), Charles Orji who killed himself over a breakup with his girlfriend broke the internet last week.

KenPoly graduate who killed himself, cheated on his girlfriend

The sad news was shared by a Twitter user who wrote,

“A Graduate From The Department Of Estate Management KenPoly Named Charles Orji Has Reportedly Committed Suicide This Morning After his girlfriend dumped him!!! Na wao!”.

KenPoly graduate who killed himself, cheated on his girlfriend

Ken Saro-Wiwa polytechnic officials reported that Charles took in “sniper”, a strong insecticide, as a means to end his life.

According to reports by close persons, Charles was hurriedly buried in his hometown due to the unfortunate nature of his death.

KenPoly graduate who killed himself, cheated on his girlfriend

As of last week, the reason behind the break-up wasn’t not know until Charles’s family member revealed the unknown. Charles cheated on his girlfriend and killed himself because his girlfriend refused to continue with the relationship.

KenPoly graduate who killed himself, cheated on his girlfriend

The family member wrote,
“Charles I’m mad at you for what you’ve done and what you put my sister and our family through, we all loved you for who you were to her and to us. This isn’t the first time you’ve tried to kill yourself for a girl you love, but why make rejoice take the blame for your suicide this time around?

KenPoly graduate who killed himself, cheated on his girlfriend

“You weren’t faithful to her but you claimed to love her, you confessed to sleeping with her close friend and even other girls, you weren’t faithful but she forgave you, even though she decided not to put up with your unfaithfulness anymore. You made such a rash decision drinking 3 bottles of sniper just because of the text she sent to you, didn’t even wait to talk to her, when you were rushed to the hospital, she had to send 20k to your people for hospital bills, money she doesn’t even have… before you died you told people that she is to be blamed for your death, now on social media people are cussing her out because of you, your family is threatening her, she’s not safe anymore.

charley, you’ve brought her pain, and no one is even giving her a listening ear… you don’t do that to someone you love… I’ve said enough, let me not say anymore.

“Rest In Peace”.

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Lady who videoed Success, cries out for her own share of money

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We’ve waited a very long time for this. A time when the lady who videoed Success will ask for her own share of the cake.

Recall the viral video of a school girl, Success Adegor who was chased home for not paying her school fees.

Success got several monetary donations from Nigerians and the Delta State government. Some promised to look into her school’s improverished state and fund her education to tertiary level.

Lady who videoed Success, cries out for her own share of money

Well, the director of that video,a lady identified as Stephanie Idolor has cried out for her own piece of cake. Obviously, nothing has gotten to her yet as she wrote a piece on Instagram which reads.

“It’s not like I want to share any percentage of the money they have made with them, they are my neighbours, but If Success and Her Family Have Made Over N5Million I deserve at least N1Million”.

Well, to me, I think Stephanie Idolor deserves more than one million naira. She carried out pure Journalism.

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