Top Ten Worst Jobs To Have In Lagos

10.  BUS CONDUCTORS

There’s the long working hours. There’s the life threatening occupation of hanging half-outside a speeding bus while keeping an eye out for passengers. There’s the smoke and the people you have to deal with everyday.

But the worst of all ultimate worst-part of being a bus conductor is having to shout out the unpronounceable names of bus stop names while mentally calculating how much change you owe the guy in the distracting pink shirt. It easily combines our two worst activities: Shouting unpronounceable bus stop names and mathematics.

That’s why they sweat so much. You would to, if your entire day consisted of shouting such destinations as:

SABOYABACOSTAINPANGORIGO. SABO YABA COSTAIN PANGORIGO. All at once like its a pastor in the spirit. lol

or

OSHODIOSHODIOSHODIOSHO

or

OJUELEBGBAONIPANPANGROOO.

9. NEPA POLE GUY

First of all, working for NEPA is already considered not cool by the general populace. There was this guy in Secondary school whose dad worked for The Authorities, and every time the lights went off, we’d all look at him and shake our heads.

So not only is working for NEPA not cool, but being the Pole Guy who has to go around cutting people’s power lines just has to suck in the worst way. You’re like the bad news guy the Army sends to tell families they’ve lost someone in battle. Only imaging if it’s an army that’s already generally hated by the populace.

It’s up to you to ride in that van with the ladder, get to someone’s house, climb up the pole, disconnect the power, look down, see the crowd of angry faces waiting for you at the bottom, and decide whether descending the ladder is the best option for your general health and longevity.

8. LASTMA OFFICIAL

Everybody’ in Lagos knows who the LASTMA are. Nobody likes them. There job description consists mostly of stopping you when you desperately need to be somewhere important and having the most dull drawn out conversations. You’ll never hear a conversation like: “Oh, there are the LASTMA. Let’s go hang out with them.”

Or “Hey, let’s get them some drinks shall we?”

Never.

You just know you’re in the wrong line of work if the mere sight of you causes 20,000 people to start saying mean things about your uncle’s father’s friend in the village whom they’ve never even met before.

7. BANKER

To everybody who wants to be a banker: Undeceive yourselves. Do yourselves a favor and change your future ambitions as soon as possible. It is a trap. Banking jobs are sort of like babies. You see them all cute and cuddly and you’re like, “Awww, I’d really like to have one of my own.”. Then you decide to have one of you’re own and one day you’re up by 3 a.m changing diapers and you realize that somebody, somewhere, engaged in a bit of false advertising.

Bankers have it the worst. Their working hours are horrible. The Tellers sit behind counters all day counting money an dealing with the most obnoxious customers (to be honest, we ourselves have been the obnoxious customer many a time). Then you stay back after work closes and balance accounts. And if you make some small computing error, you can’t leave until you sort that out. And then they’re targets and goals and deadlines and stuff and about 100 million fresh eager graduates out of school just waiting to take your job.

Next time you go into a bank, show a little compassion will you? Those people have it hard. There was this guy behind the counter where I formerly used to bank, and every time I went there, his face was a cry for help. It was like dud, get me out of here.

You do not want to be a banker. Especially not in Lagos. Trust me.

6. INTERNET CAFE OWNER

Remember 2001? Internet Cafe Owners had it good that year, didn’t they? Nobody understood what the internet was really about and we were all easy prey. We’d spend 1 hour waiting for an available system, hoping the guy with 12 minutes remaining wasn’t going to purchase more time. Then you’d pay some ridiculous amount for your one hour ticket. You’d sit there in front of your system for 30 minutes waiting for Yahoo Messenger to finish loading. And at the end of it, you’d look at the owner and say Thank You Sir, For Letting Me Use Your Internet Facilities.

Now if you’re an internet cafe owner, it may be beginning to dawn on you that maybe, just maybe, you’re in the wrong line of business. Maybe it’s those empty seats. Maybe it’s the drastic reduction in cashflow. Maybe it’s just how people don’t really need you anymore. Maybe it’s how people don’t even bother to accuse you of harboring Yahoo guys.

Everybody’s got a laptop now. And those who don’t have smart phones. And guess what, they can access the internet too.

Internet cafes have gone from this:

To this:

To this:

If you know any internet cafe owners, give them a hug.

5. PLUMBER

Quite possibly, and this is just an assumption made after a few months of casual observation, Lagos has the worst drainage system in the world. There are literally hundreds of thousands of houses in Lagos. This translates to millions of toilets flushing at any point on time.

We don’t want to dwell on this too much, but imagine for a moment the nasty surprises that await the Plumber. Imaging the sort of surprises that get mixed up in the convoluted network that runs beneath the city.

You’d turn up to fix a blocked pipe in Festac, and before you know it, you’re unclogging bottles from Alausa, pure water packs from Fadeyi and perhaps a Yatch or two from Ikoyi.

4. GATEMAN

There’s nothing wrong about holding doors open for people. Gates on the other hand, are a problem.

It would drive me crazy, repeating that simple process of walking to a car, looking at the occupants as if they were all under suspicion, walking to the gate, dragging it open, dragging it shut, and then waiting for when the people who just drove in minutes ago, want to leave. Then the other 90% of the time, you’re sitting out there in the sun doing absolutely nothing.

3. CHAUFFEUR

People always complain about the Lagos traffic. The only people who don’t are Drivers. Why? They’ve seen it all. All sorts of traffic. The short ones. The long ones. The ones that end at the next red Light, and the ones that end in another state. They’ve spent hours on 3rd Mainland enjoying the view. They’ve understood the inner workings of that Iyana Ipaja. They have a fond relationship with Ibadan Expressway.

I’m not talking about cab drivers, who spend a lot of time coasting around eyeballing pedestrians and dreaming up impossible price fares. I don’t think anyone who hasn’t been a driver can adequately appreciate how much misery the job must entail.

2. NSCDC LAGOS COMMANDANT

Man. This is a major contender for the worst job in Lagos. You know Mr Shem of course. And if you don’t you need to watch this.

Let’s just put it this way, there’s no man in town who is the brunt of as many jokes as this poor fellow.

First came the memes

And merchandise.

And a remix.

And a skank

1. GOVERNOR- LAGOS STATE

There are about 21 million people crammed into this tiny state. And every morning, every one of these people is looking up to this guy to somehow keep them safe and magically better their lives.

And if you’re the governor, while you’re doing this you have to keep an eye out for political enemies who are trying to make you look bad and summarily lose your job.

Then figure out how to deal with pollution.

And over population.

And crime.

And bad roads.

And Commandants who don’t know their organisation’s website addresses.

And 21 million of us.

Worst. Job. Ever.

 

 

Well i’m not saying this are the worse jobs, but i think they are surely the top ten. What do you think? You can add yours if you please

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The ever Lively Nigerian Entertainer Susan Oluwabimpe a.k.a Goldie Harvey is Dead

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This is the most shocking news i’m hearing this night and i seriously want to believe it’s nothing but a mistake or a bad dream.

First i got this from Linda Ikeji’s blog

I’m in shock. Just got a call from her best friend and my close friend, Denrele Edun. He told me Goldie died a few minutes ago in his arms at Reddington Hospital in Victoria Island. Goldie just came back from the US today he said, and was so full of life, then something went tragically wrong. Will get all the details from him in a bit, he was crying so much and had to switch off his phone. I’m shaking so bad. She and I had a conversation a few days ago while she was in the US. Oh dear Lord. Is this how people die? May her soul rest in peace..Amen.

Update: Goldie’s management have released a short statement via her Facebook page.

This is so disheartening. Why Goldie, Why!!!!!!!!! She was the only reason i watched Big Brother Africa Star Game. This tears cannot just stop rushing down my eyes. RIP Jawo Jawo. O ma se o

‘Corps members’ call-up will now be tied to JAMB admission’ – Okorie-Affia

NYSC Director-General, Brig. General Nnamdi Okore-Affia

NYSC Director-General, Brig. General Nnamdi Okore-Affia

 

The National Youth Service Corps on Wednesday said  only eligible graduates, who pass through duly accredited, full-time courses from higher institutions, would be mobilised for participation in the forthcoming 2013 Batch ‘A’ scheme, scheduled for between March 6 and 26.

Already, the NYSC has started collaborating with relevant regulatory organisations of corps producing institutions, such as the National Universities Commission for universities and degree-awarding institutions, and the National Board for Technical Education for monotechnics/polytechnics and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

A statement bythe Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. General Nnamdi Okorie-Affia, in Abuja said any prospective corps member, whose admission status was not known to JAMB, would be deemed to have been improperly admitted.

He said, “Accordingly, the data of all prospective corps members, as submitted for mobilisation by their respective institutions, are subjected to screening for conformity with the requirements of these regulatory/examination bodies.

“In this regard, all prospective corps members whose admissions are not known to JAMB will be deemed to be improperly admitted. The admission status of such students will require the affected CPIs to regularise same with JAMB. Similarly, all CPIs have been advised to abide by the  extant admission quota approved by the NUC and NBTE respectively in making submission for mobilisation.

“Any submission in excess of quotas approved will not be accepted.  Graduates of courses not duly accredited by these regulatory bodies will not be mobilised for service.”

The NYSC noted that “the regularisation of admissions with JAMB is the duty of the CPIs; the confirmation of approved admission quota for each course and the determination of their accreditation status is the prerogative of the regulatory bodies – NUC and NBTE”.

Okorie-Affia added, “It is imperative to state that the NYSC will not act as a liaison office between the CPIs and these regulatory/examination bodies.”

Actor Hanks Anuku – “TB Joshua rescued me from alcohol, drugs and mental issues’

The actor and former addict tells how TB Joshua rescued him from alcohol, drugs and the mental problems that plagued him for many years in a recent interview. Hanks battled alcohol and drug addiction for years and his mental state deteriorated over time. The former SA to Delta governor, Uduaghan, who has since relocated to Ghana tells his story…

“Yes I got my healing through TB Joshua. It is our Lord’s doing. I never believed in miracles until this happened to me. I was having issues with mentality for over seven years, you will notice I have not been that frequent in movies for long. Even when I was special assistant to our dear governor, I was not in a good state of mind and this affected my work in the government before I was advised to seek for solution in Ghana. I spent so much money visiting hospitals, orthodox and unorthodox doctors without positive result. Until I was introduced to TB Joshua. I was only watching his TV programme in Ghana and was healed. I put my faith into it just like the woman with the issue of blood and knew that I would be healed and I got my healing. I am now a mentally stable man. I have dropped drinking and smoking habit, glory be to God.”

Price Water-House Coopers (PWC) Recruitment 2013

PWC
Graduate Opportunities 2013
Our professionals are Constantly challenged to learn more so that they can provide our clients with the highest quality services.

Vacancy – Graduate Trainees Needed

We invite Nigerians Graduate to join us, If you are a young graduate with a minimum of a Second Class Upper degree, have completed National Youth Service and ready to learn wih others in a diverse organization. Apply for the position before 25 February 2013 using the reference 125-NIG00013..

Application Process
If you need more guidance on the application process, please contact our Human Capital department.

All applications received will be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in the assessment process. Progression to the next level will depend on your performance at the initial assessment.

At the interview stage, you will be required to complete a Personal History form which will be attached to the invitation email you receive for our interview. The completed Personal History form and the originals of the under-listed items will be vetted by our Human Capital team, and copies of all the relevant documents will be collected.

WAEC certificate
University certificate
NYSC discharge certificate
Birth certificate
Any relevant Professional certifications
1 colour passport-sized photograph
If you are successful in all the assessment stages, you will be offered a career with us. All successful candidates are expected to resume in July 2013.

We look forward to receiving your application, and subsequently welcoming you to our team!

Visit http://www.pwc.com/ng/careers to apply.

Deadline: 25th February, 2013

The Opportunity of a Lifetime…

 

Career At Wema Bank

 

Wema BankWema Bank Plc Need graduates at all degree levels [ Bachelor’s HND, and OND.) into Graduate Careers & Experienced Hires Professional. Ideal candidates should have strong academic credentials for the Latest Graduate Trainee Entry & Experienced Hires Professional in Wema Bank.

Entry Requirements – Graduate Careers

Qualification: University Degree or its equivalent, with a grade not lower than Second Class Lower Division. Professional qualifications and and/or certifications proffer added advantage.

Age: As specified.

Communication Skills: Advanced competency in oral and written English with the ability to communicate clearly and confidently in a professional work environment.

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrable and proven interpersonal skills; the ability to work and interact with people regardless of age, sex, background, religion, colour, or origin.

Flexibility: Be adaptable and demonstrate the ability to traverse different assignments and work locations.

Analytical Skills: Possess the ability to apply strategic thought process to complex business challenges and develop innovative, yet practical, solutions.

Commitment & Aspiration: Possess the aspiration towards growth and achievement of personal and corporate goals.

Application Process – Graduate Career

All Fresh Graduates with a Minimum of a university degree not below Second Class Upper Division, or its equivalent. Candidates must have completed the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme are encouraged to send their applications to hcm@wemabank.com OR Visit the SITE: www.wemabank.com

All Eligible Candidates will be batched and invited for the Computer-Based Test (CBT). This is the preliminary phase of our entry-level recruitment process. Once successful, they are scheduled for the next phase of the process, leading eventually (for successful candidates) to an exciting career with the Bank.

Nigerian Pastors make the top 5 list of richest pastors in Africa

Pastors are no longer solely interested in getting people to Heaven; they’ve devised intelligent ways to make good money while reaching out to souls.

Forbes releases its list of the richest pastors in Africa and Nigerian pastors made the top 5

Below are the 5 richest pastors in africa.

1. Bishop David Oyedepo

Affiliation: Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel

Estimated net worth: $150 million

David Oyedepo is Nigeria’s wealthiest preacher. Ever since he founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has grown to become one of Africa’s largest congregations. The Faith Tabernacle, where he hosts three services every Sunday, is Africa’s largest worship center, with a seating capacity of 50,000. Oyedepo owns four private jets and homes in London and the United States. He also owns Dominion Publishing House, a thriving publishing company that publishes all his books (which are often centered on prosperity). He founded and owns Covenant University, one of Nigeria’s leading tertiary institutions, and Faith Academy, an elite high school.

2. Chris Oyakhilome

Church: Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy

Estimated net worth: $30 million – $50 million

Last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35 million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds from his church to foreign banks. Pastor Chris pleaded no wrongdoing and the case was eventually dismissed. His church, Christ Embassy, boasts more than 40,000 members, several of whom are successful business executives and politicians. Oyakhilome’s diversified interests include newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and extensive real estate. His Loveworld TV Network is the first Christian network to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world on a 24 hour basis.

3. Temitope Joshua

Church: Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN)

Estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million

Nigeria’s most controversial clergyman is also one of its richest and most philanthropic. T.B Joshua heads the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays. The Pastor has remained controversial for several years for his inexplicable powers to heal all sorts of incurable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, cancer and paralysis. For miracle-craving worshippers, it’s the perfect seduction. The church currently has branches in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece. In the past three years, he has given over $20 million to causes in education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs for former Niger Delta militants. He owns Emmanuel TV, a Christian television network, and is close friends with Ghanaian former President Atta Mills.

4. Matthew Ashimolowo

Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)

Estimated net worth: $6 million – $10 million

In 1992, Foursquare Gospel Church, a Nigerian church, sent Ashimolowo to open a satellite branch in London. But Pastor Matthew had other ideas and decided to set up his own church instead. Today, his Kingsway International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. In 2009, the church posted profits of close to $10 million and assets worth $40 million. Ashimolowo earns an annual salary of $200,000, but his real wealth comes from varied business interests including his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media, which churns out Christian literature and documentaries. Ashimolowo’s representatives did not respond to a request confirming his net worth and ownership of all these assets.

5. Chris Okotie

Church: Household of God Church

Net worth: $3 million -$10 million

Pastor Okotie made his first success as a popular pop musician in the 80s. He found the light, embraced the bible and set up the Household of God Church, one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant congregations. His 5,000 member church consists predominantly of Nollywood celebrities, musicians, and society people. He contested and lost in the Nigerian presidential elections for the third under the Fresh Party, a political party he founded and funds. An automobile lover, he owns a Mercedes S600, Hummer and Porsche among several others.

South African Paralympic and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius shoots girlfriend dead for suprising him on Valentine’s day

South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been arrested and charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.

Pistorius is understood to have shot her in the head, chest and arm, although the circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear. He may have mistaken her for a burglar.

This morning Pistorius was questioned at Silverwoods Country Estate in connection with the shooting at his home in a gated community in the Silver Lakes area of Pretoria.

 Star attraction: Pistorius competed at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

It was reported that his girlfriend, former FHM model Miss Steenkamp, 30, was trying to surprise him for Valentine’s Day and he thought she was an intruder.

He is expected to appear in Pretoria Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.

Police revealed that a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene and that 26-year-old Pistorius had been taken into custody. The woman was apparently shot four times.

Police spent the morning investigating the scene and taking statements are being taken from neighbours.

 Star attraction: Pistorius competed at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Pistorius’ medal haul:

Paralympics

2004 Athens – Bronze 100 m (T44) Gold 200 m (T44)
2008 Beijing – Gold 100 m (T44) Gold 200 m (T44) Gold 400 m (T44)
2012 London – Silver 200 m (T44) Gold 400 m (T44) Gold 4 × 100 m relay (T42–T46)

World Championships

Daegu 2011 – Silver 4 × 400 m relay

Paramedics were called to the house after the shooting and attempted to resuscitate the woman before declaring her dead at the scene.

Police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale said: ‘I can confirm that a woman has been fatally wounded in a shooting at Oscar Pistorius’ house.

‘A 26-year-old man has been taken into custody.

‘The incident happened at 3am. We received a call and attended the scene. The call did not come from the man in custody but from another person.

‘Currently there is an inquiry into what happened.’

 Flying the flag: Pistorius leads out his fellow South Africans at the Paralympics

Flying the flag: Pistorius leads out his fellow South Africans at the Paralympics

This tragedy has happened before:

A former South African rugby player was charged with murder in 2004 after he mistook his daughter for a car thief and shot her dead in the family’s driveway.

Rudi Visagie thought his 19-year-old daughter Marle was asleep when he heard her Volkswagen Golf being driven away in Maggiesdal, in the Mpumalanga province.

He got out of bed, took his 7.65mm pistol, and fired a shot through the bedroom window.

When he went outside he found his daughter slumped behind the wheel. She was declared dead upon arrival at hospital an hour later.

She had been on her way to surprise her boyfriend on his birthday.

A police spokesman added: ‘We can’t comment on his emotional well-being, but he is traumatised after losing someone close to him.’

Sarit Tomlinson, Steenkamp’s publicist, told Sky News: ‘She was the sweetest human being and an absolute angel on earth. She was the kindest, most unbelievable girl.

‘They had been together for a couple of months and it had been a healthy, fabulous relationship. At the moment it’s shocking. No-one knows what’s happened.

‘She was a rising star. There was so much in the pipeline for her: she was just about to explode into the media.

‘She was a very talented, very bright young girl. It’s too shocking for words. We’ll miss her so much, too much. Our condolences go to her family.’

Steenkamp tweeted just hours before her death: ‘What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay’

 Tragedy: The woman found dead is believed to be Reeva Steenkamp (left)

Tragedy: The woman found dead is believed to be Reeva Steenkamp (left)

Pistorius talks about his guns:

This is an extract from the New York Times:

‘As he put together lunch for all of us – fruit smoothies, breaded chicken fillets he pulled from the refrigerator – he mentioned that a security alarm in the house had gone off the previous night, and he had grabbed his gun and tiptoed downstairs. (It turned out to be nothing.)

I asked what kind of gun he owned, which he seemed to take as an indication of my broader interest in firearms. I had to tell him I didn’t own any. “But you’ve shot one, right?” Actually, I hadn’t. Suddenly, I felt like one of those characters in a movie who must be schooled on how to be more manly.

“We should go to the range,” he said. He fetched his 9-millimeter handgun and two boxes of ammunition. We got back in the car and drove to a nearby firing range, where he instructed me on proper technique. Pistorius was a good coach. A couple of my shots got close to the bull’s-eye, which delighted him. “Maybe you should do this more,” he said. “If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly.” I asked him how often he came to the range. “Just sometimes when I can’t sleep,” he said.’

Pistorius recently took a New York Times reporter to a shooting range with a 9mm handgun. The article which followed reads: ‘Pistorius was a good coach. A couple of my shots got close to the bull’s-eye, which delighted him. “Maybe you should do this more,” he said. “If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly.” I asked him how often he came to the range. “Just sometimes when I can’t sleep,” he said.’

Peet van Zyl, Pistorius’ manager who assisted at the scene on Thursday morning, said he would not comment.

‘I can only confirm there was an incident and a woman was killed,’ Van Zyl told Beeld. ‘I do not want to speculate about what happened.’

Arnu Fourie, Pistorius’ room-mate during last year’s Paralympics, said shortly after he heard the news, ‘my heart is broken for Oscar’.

Fourie said after he practised on Thursday morning in Stellenbosch that he had dozens of messages on his phone about the incident.

‘I feel for Oscar and the girl’s family, I pray for him and her family, I can not imagine how they feel,’  Fourie added.

‘Poor Oscar in his life had so many disappointments and tough times. Now. My heart is broken.’

The International Paralympic Committee expressed sorrow on hearing of the incident.

In a statement, it said: ‘Following the news of the alleged shooting incident involving South African athlete Oscar Pistorius this morning, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will not be passing any comment on the case at this time.

‘This is a police matter, with a formal investigation currently underway. Therefore it would be inappropriate for the IPC to comment on this incident until the official police process has concluded.

 Poster boy: Pistorius was billed as one of the heroes of London 2012Poster boy: Pistorius was billed as one of the heroes of London 2012

 

‘The IPC would like to offer its deepest sympathy and condolences to all families involved in this case.’

Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), said he did not want to say anything until he did not have more details.

‘SASCOC, like the rest of the public, knows no more than what is in the public domain, which is there has been an alleged fatal shooting on the basis of a mistaken identity and an apparent assumption of a burglary,’ a statement read.

Pistorius’ tattoos:

 Body art: Pistorius shows off one of his tattoos - a bible passage

Oscar Pistorius has two tattoos – each with a deep personal significance.

On the inside of his right arm, he has his mother’s date of birth and date of death tattooed.

His mother Sheila died 10 years ago, at the age of 42, from an allergic reaction to her medication and Pistorius credits her as being a major influence in his life.

When his mother made the decision to amputate his legs at 11 months, she wrote him a letter which read: ‘The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The real loser is the person who sits on the side. The person who does not even try to compete.’

On his left shoulder (right), he a version of the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, which begins: ‘I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. I execute each strike with intent. I beat my body and make it my slave…’

Behind the scenes: Pistorius plays with his dogs and his guitar at his home last year

The reaction on Twitter:

Adam Gemili, British sprinter: ‘Terrible news to wake up to about Oscar Pistorius! Thoughts are with him!’

Michael Rimmer, British Olympic 800m runner: ‘#PrayersForoscar’

Jessica Ennis, British Olympic gold medallist: ‘Woken up to the horrendous news about Oscar Pistorius mistakenly shooting his girlfriend. What an awful tragedy.’

Phillips Idowu, British triple jumper: ‘Waking up to extremely sad news about Oscar Pistorius mistakenly shooting his girlfriend. Terrible tragedy, thoughts & prayers with you.’

Sarah Storey, British Paralympian: ‘Such sad news that Oscar mistook his girlfriend for an intruder

Michael Owen, ex-England footballer: ‘ My word, if these reports on @SkyNewsBreak are true, this story regarding Oscar Pistorius accidentally killing his girlfriend is horrific.’

Iwan Thomas, former British 400m runner: ‘I am in total shock to hear the news about athlete and friend Oscar, my thoughts are with him and all involved. That’s all I have to say’

Gurthro Steenkamp, South African rugby player: ‘My condolences and prayer go out to the family and friends of #ReevaSteenkamp and #Oscar ! #shocked’

Marlon Devonish, former British sprinter: ‘Terrible and tragic news about @OscarPistorius my heart goes out to all involved.’

Danny Cipriani, England rugby player: ‘It’s shocking to read the Oscar Pistorius story as an Englishman, shows the level of worry and crime in SA.’

‘The organisation is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned.’

Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner, made history at the London Olympics last year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Games and is one of South Africa’s most famous sportsmen and a national hero.

Having had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was less than a year old, he campaigned for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes and finally was cleared by sport’s highest court to be able to run at the top events.

He competed in the 400 metres and on South Africa’s 4×400 relay team at the London Games and also retained his Paralympic title in the 400 metres in London.

South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime and some home-owners carry weapons to defend themselves against intruders.

Great Britain’s 400m runner Martyn Rooney had been living and training with Pistorius in Gauteng until only three days ago.

Pistorius was scheduled to run two races in Australia next month – the Sydney Track Classic on Saturday, March 9 and the Go for 2&5 Perth Track Classic on Saturday, March 16.

On January 19 he took part in the Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony, carrying a South African flag onto the field in his capacity as ‘the ambassador of peace for the African Union’.

On February 7 he presented the Deloitte Outstanding Contribution to South Africa Sport trophy to AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Jacques Rudolph and Faf Du Plessis who collected the award on behalf of the South African cricket team. Pistorius won the award last year.

 

OSCAR PISTORIUS FACT FILE

1986: Born November 22, in Pretoria, South Africa, without the fibula in both legs.
1987: October – aged 11 months, his parents make the decision to have his legs amputated below the knee. Despite this he played rugby, water polo and tennis as a schoolboy.
2004: January – After shattering his right knee playing rugby he reverts to athletics at the age of 17. Runs the 100 metres at an open competition at the Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria. Despite only training for two months, he sets a new world record of 11.51sec.
September: Wins gold in the 200m at the Paralympic Games in Athens, setting a new world record of 21.97sec, and bronze in the 100m.
2005: March – Competes in the open/able-bodied category at the South African Open Championships, finishing sixth in the 400m.
May 15 – Wins the 100m and 200m at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, both in world record times.
2006: September – Wins three golds in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the IPC World Championships in Holland.
2007: April – Breaks his own 100m and 200m world records at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically Disabled, winning gold in both events.
December 9 – Awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason award, for outstanding courage and achievement in the face of adversity.
2008: January – Athletics’ world governing body the IAAF rules that Pistorius’ prosthetic legs are ineligible for use in competitions conducted under its rules, including the Olympic Games.
February – Appeals against the IAAF’s decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
May – Makes Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
May 16 – Court of Arbitration for Sport reverses the IAAF’s ban, allowing Pistorius to try to qualify for the Olympics.
July 16 – Pistorius fails in his final attempt to achieve the able-bodied Olympic qualifying time for the 400m, despite running a personal best of 46.25sec.
September – Competes at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, winning the 100m, 200m (in a Paralympic record time) and the 400m (in a world record time).
2011: July 19 – Sets personal best in 400m of 45.07sec, meeting the World Championship and Olympic Games qualification mark.
August – Included in the South Africa team for the World Championships in Daegu. Qualifies for the semi-finals of the 400m.
Runs the opening leg of a semi-final 4x400m relay as South Africa set a national record, but not selected for the final where his country win silver.
2012: July 4 – Named in the South African Olympic team for the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
August 4 – Becomes the first amputee runner at the Olympics when he finishes second in a 400m heat. He was eliminated at the semi-final stage.
August 9 – Part of the South Africa team which finishes eighth in the 4x400m final. Pistorius is chosen to carry his country’s flag at the closing ceremony.
August 29 – Carries the flag at the Paralympics closing ceremony.
September 2 – Finishes second in the final of the 200m T44 classification, squandering a lengthy lead to Alan Oliveira. After the race, Pistorius raises issue with the length of his Brazilian rival’s blades, causing a huge media storm. Later apologises.
September 8 – Secures gold in the 400m at the Paralympic Games.
2013: February 14 – A 30-year-old woman is shot and killed at Pistorius’ home in Pretoria. Police question a 26-year-old man, reported locally to be Pistorius, over the shooting.