Saturday, March 4, 2017

What has happened to Port Harcourt, my birth city?


Recently, in our country Nigeria a lot of sectors and industries have started embracing technology. Few years ago Nigerians were barely interested in technological development but today the reverse is the case. The very interesting part of this tech revolution is the emergence of tech and business hubs in some part of the country.

A revolution like this is expected to be encouraged by society leaders at different levels ranging from federal government down to local government but the opposite has been what we see. Some of our leaders have woken up to the new age and others are still deeply asleep.

I have been recently following a lot of news and reports on business and tech hubs in different part of Nigeria. At first it was as doe it’s just in Lagos state that this hubs existed, before long I heard of a co-working spaces in Jos, Akwa Ibom and most recently Akure. I looked deeply at the opportunities these hubs are offering young people with awesome ideas. The big question now, why are these hubs only available in very few states and largely privately owned?

I wouldn’t be able to speak so much about other states but I have a reasonable knowledge of my birth city Port Harcourt.
Port Harcourt is one of the very few metropolitan cities in Nigeria but it’s regrettable that there is really not so much the state has to offer right now. Comparing it to Uyo city, the remarkable turnaround the city experienced in the last five years is one that is worth emulating. The city went from being a local city to a beautiful paradise for tourist and investors, currently it has two amazing hubs that are helping young entrepreneurs develop awesome ideas.

My concern is largely on Port Harcourt. One of the most dissatisfying thing in Port Harcourt is the high priority young people place on politicians over their future. Young people in Port Harcourt are so willing to sacrifice their precious lives to help a visionless politician achieve his personal interests.

On the other hand, they are highly concerned about sharing community lands and money from oil companies.
Port Harcourt can potentially produce business moguls and tech innovators because it experienced the wave of industrialization very early.

This is not another write-up to spell out problems but a call to awakening of the young people in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. Before this article I did a lot of research and discovered Port Harcourt has a wonderful Hub that has been existing for about three years now but has very little presences in the city.

Let us together work to support our hub and create new hubs, host mega business conferences, attract investors and grow our state’s revenue. We have to quit waiting for our leaders and so called wealthy people in the state. The future belongs to us and it takes us and us alone to decide the outcome. We have to quit offering ourselves as weapons for political wars, we have to stop tying our future to peanuts we receive from oil companies, and we can together build the rivers of our dream. There are already amazing young people doing amazing things lets come together and develop our state.

Do not forget our future is in our hands, not in the hands of our political leaders nor oil companies but in our hands.

WAKE UP MY FELLOW RIVERS BORN OR RIVERS INDIGENES!

Article by a great Rivers Indigene, Paul Confidence.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Music : Dope Hardd - Kaytee


Here is a dope track from one of Nigeria's finest upcoming artistes named Kaytee. The track is titled 'Dope Hard'.

For contact and enquiries about Kaytee, contact 08062848671

Listen and download below

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Unilag Introduces New Dress Code For Students

The management of University of Lagos has introduced a dress code for the students of the institution to curb the indecent dressing among the male and female students.
This was made known on a notice pasted in the school, it was stated clearly that lecturers and administrators are empowered to correct/exclude students from lectures and official business when they are not properly dressed.

Cool or nah , you think ?
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

AFCON 2017 quarter-final fixtures

Following are the quarter-final pairings at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, after the conclusion of the group phase matches on Wednesday:
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in Libreville     —–   Burkina Faso  vs  Tunisia
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in Franceville   —-   Senegal vs Cameroon
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in Oyem             —–    DR Congo vs Ghana
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in Port Gentil      ——   Egypt vs Morocco
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IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH DATING YOUR FRIEND'S EX?


We have heard people say it’s ‘wrong’ and ‘disrespectful’ to get involved with the same person your friend has been with in the past, but the funny thing is, every time people say that, they don’t usually back it up with a solid reason. It’s always something about ‘girl codes’ and ‘boy codes’. Who made these codes? 

Who says your heart has to follow codes when it comes to whom to love or like? If it has to be that way, then, there’s nothing genuine about it. In my little experience, no one ever gets to choose who they really love, especially when it’s true, these things just happen sometimes.

I understand why anyone may feel like they’re betraying a friendship by dating their friend’s ex; it’s mostly because you feel like you would be hurting your friend’s feelings, but really, you wouldn’t. Your friend decided to call it quits with the other person, it was their decision to leave, not yours, so why should anything stop you from being with that person if eventually, you get to know them, and they’re worth giving a try? 
The only reason one may have to think twice about dating their friend’s ex is if their friend was actually dumped, and it wasn’t a mutual break up. In that case, your friend didn’t want to end the relationship, but was forced into it.
Other than that, I can’t see any other reason why one can’t possibly date their friend’s ex. And I think that those who have a problem with it need to grow up. It’s plain immaturity and wickedness (for lack of a milder word) for one to be against their friend trying to do something they think makes them happy. 
The fact that it didn’t work between you and this person doesn’t mean it’ll be the same with another. And for anyone reading this who likes their friend’s ex, please, don’t let anybody stop you from being happy. Do whatever makes you happy, as long as you aren’t stealing another’s partner. Lol.
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See the young Nigerian student that sacrificed his life to save hundreds

A young schoolboy has died a heroic death after he prevented a suicide bomber from detonating a bomb in a Mosque where hundreds would have lost their lives.

A young student, Yakubu Muhammad Fannami, is now a hero after he sacrificed his life to save hundreds of worshippers at a Mosque in the Kaleri area of Maiduguri, Borno State

According to Alhaji Adam Mustapha who posted the heroic act on his Facebook page, the young Fannami had confronted a female suicide bomber who was trying to force herself into the Mosque in the early hours of Wednesday, January 25, 2017, to detonate a bomb she had strapped to her body.
Fannami who witnessed the suicide bomber’s movement, was said to have swiftly moved to prevent her from going into the Mosque and in the process of struggling with her, she detonated the bomb and they both lost their lives in the process while the throng of worshippers was saved due to the brevity of the young chap.
This is the tribute Alhaji Mustapha, a human rights activist based in the state captured the courage of the late Fannami.
"The management and entire academic and non-academic staff of Darussalam Science and Islamic Academy wishes to announce the death of its student, Yakubu Muhammad Fannami, who courageously sacrificed his life to protect the lives of hundreds Muslim Ummah in a mosque in Kaleri.
The deceased made his encounter with a female suicide bomber who tried to force herself into the mosque and detonate the explosive device in the early hours of Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
May aljannatul firdaus be his final abode, ameen."
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May the soul of Yakubu Muhammad Fannami rest in peace.
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MMM participants will be shocked after reading this

The hope mavrodians have of retrieving their ‘investments’ and ‘profits’ from the Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM) Ponzi scheme continues to dim by the day, as Nigeria’s top guider, Chuddy Ugorji, has reportedly fled the country.
It was gathered that Ugorji, left Nigeria with his wife to the Philippines.
He fled the country when many investors were waiting to be paid their money with the accrued interest, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Chuddy’s relocation came barely 24 hours after he released new conditions for payment of participants.
He had given the impression that the Ponzi scheme had started paying outstanding money to participants of the scheme. But the payment is just symbolic.
Meanwhile, the ponzi scheme issued new guidelines on Wednesday.
It said, “As a necessary measure, we decided to set limit to withdrawal this week thus the N31,000 maximum withdrawal on your PO.
“We are still committed to prioritise paying smaller amounts first and gradually increase the amount to higher ones. The system does the calculations and knows how to calculate everyone’s mavros.
“Between Friday that we opened and today, hundreds of thousands of GH orders have been matched.
More and more GH orders will be matched as time goes on. If you see error notification when trying to GH, just keep trying.
“PH to GH is still a suggestion to be tabled before Sergey Mavrodi for consideration. Disregard any info suggesting that you must PH to GH till further announcement in your PO. Freezing of bonuses for now is another suggestion to be tabled before Sergey Mavrodi for his consideration. Which means if approved, you will only be able to GH your personal contributions for now until the system recovers and stabilises.”
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Gambia - Why is there a 'the' before this African country's name?


Go into history and find out why The Gambia is one of the most unique names in the world.

Surely, one of the puzzling things in life is why the African country of Gambia is officially known as The Gambia.

Why does Gambia have a 'the' prefix? Apart from 'The Bahamas', Gambia is the only country with this unique name.
Now that the eyes of the world are now on the country thanks to Yahya Jammeh channelling the spirits of past African dictators and refusing to step down, it is the right time to look into this matter.
Firstly, when the Portuguese came into the country, they named the country after the River Gambia. Now, when the English came into the country they continued this tradition. There was no need to give the country another name.
Secondly, the country is officially known as The Gambia in order to differentiate from the African country Zambia. You could see why this makes some sort of sense, Gambia and Zambia do rhyme very well.
In May 1964, the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN) received a letter from the Gambian Prime Minister requesting that the country be officially known as The Gambia to differentiate it from Zambia.
"We do have a letter dated May 1964 from the Gambian prime minister's office which instructed us that it should be The Gambia with a capital T. One of the reasons they gave was that Gambia could be confused with Zambia, which was a new name to the international community at the time" revealed Becky Maddock of the PCGN.
Source : Pulse.ng
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Teenager dies as friend kicks his stomach

A 15-year old boy, Yahaya Yau, has died in controversial circumstances in Katsina after he was kicked in the stomach by his friend, Mannir (surname withheld).
The incident which was initially reported at the Sabon Gari police station by the deceased’s father, Mallam Yahaya Umaru, is now being investigated by the state Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
Mannir appeared before a Katsina Senior Magistrate court on Thursday charged with culpable homicide.
He was subsequently remanded in the state’s Children’s Remand Home, Katsina.
According to the police, the incident happened at Abatua Quarters when the late Yahaya was playing with his friends, among who was Mannir.
The other friends that were reportedly at the scene included Adamu Mohammed, Usman Babangida and Haliru Babangida.
The police First Information Report with number: KT/802X/16, read in the court alleged that the offender “out of play, hit Yahaya Yau on his stomach with his leg as a result of which he developed serious stomach pain and was taken to the General Hospital, Katsina, where he later died.
The FIR added, “His corpse was examined and certified dead by the medical doctor. He (Mannir) thereby committed an offence contrary to section 222, subsection 7 of the penal code law.”
Police prosecutor, Insp. Kabir Muhammed, told the court that the offence was culpable homicide, adding that he was still awaiting legal advice on the case from the state Ministry of Justice.
He said, “The case is that of culpable homicide. We are still awaiting legal advice. We hereby apply for the new date for the case to be mentioned.”
The Presiding Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Dikko, in her ruling adjourned the case till March 6, 2017 for mention and ordered that the accused be remanded in the children’s remand home.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Study Discovers Cooking with kerosene is dangerous for pregnant women. See why.


A new study conducted in Ibadan, Oyo State, has revealed that the use of clean-burning ethanol stoves, as against kerosene stoves, can reduce hypertension and cardiovascular risk in pregnant women.
According to the lead study author and professor of medicine and family director of international programmes at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Christopher Olopade,  pregnant women who were used to using kerosene stove had lesser chances of developing high blood pressure when they switched to ethanol stoves.
In report titled, ‘Randomised Controlled Ethanol Cookstove Intervention and Blood Pressure in Pregnant Nigerian Women’, researchers stated that the frequency of developing hypertension and diastolic blood pressure were decreased in pregnant women who cooked with ethanol, rather than with traditional cookstoves fueled by wood or kerosene.
They, however, noted that systolic blood pressure levels of the pregnant women that took part in the study did not change significantly.
Olopade stated, “Although previous studies found that exposure to household air pollution increased the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, no randomised, controlled trial had investigated whether clean-burning fuel would reduce the incidence of hypertension in pregnant women,”
According to the report, Olopade and his colleagues enrolled 324 pregnant women living in Ibadan. However, women who smoked or lived with a smoker or who cooked for a living were excluded from the study.
None of the women enrolled were hypertensive when they enrolled and  they were randomised into the study between the 16 and 18th weeks of pregnancy.
Half of the participating women who previously cooked with firewood or kerosene were randomly assigned to cook with ethanol. The other half continued to cook with either wood or kerosene. Blood pressure was recorded during six patient visits.
By the end of the study, the researchers found that 6.4 per cent of those cooking with wood or kerosene became hypertensive compared with 1.9 per cent of those cooking with ethanol. The study also showed that 8.8 per cent of those who cooked with kerosene became hypertensive compared to only 1.8 per cent who stopped using from kerosene and switched to ethanol.
It stated, “Mean diastolic blood pressure was 2.8 mmHg higher among those cooking with wood or kerosene than those cooking with ethanol. It stated. The mean diastolic blood pressure was 3.6 mmHg higher among those cooking with kerosene than those cooking with ethanol. “
Olopade said the findings have echoed the call by the World Health Organisation to remove kerosene as a home cooking or heating fuel.
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Blogger’s Wife to hit the Country soon


The newest item in Nollywood, perhaps, is a movie produced by Seun Oloketuyi, directed Toka Mcbaror and titled Blogger’s Wife. The movie tells the story of a male blogger whose power lies in his internet-enabled personal computer. The quest to overcome the challenges facing him and to meet his wife’s expectation leads to a succession of events that add a twist to the story.
Starring Segun Arinze, Adejumoke Aderounmu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ijeoma Grace Agu and Adeniyi Johnson, among others, Blogger’s Wife has stirred up different opinions from viewers since the official trailer was released a few days ago.
The producer thinks that viewers have a lot to gain from the movie. He says, “Blogger’s Wife, is a different Nollywood movie with a fresh storyline. It has a lot of moral lessons. We get to see how a man plays the role of a blogger, which is regarded as a woman’s job. This is the kind of movie that everyone should see this Valentine season. It will teach us how to handle occupational problems in our families and build a happy home.”
The movie, loaded with suspense, intrigue and such intense drama, promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish as it opens in cinemas across the country as from Friday, February 10, 2017.
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AY Makun announces new movie ’10 Days in Sun City’


Award-winning Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, is set to release a new movie “10 Days in Sun City”.
AY who dropped the hint on his Instagram handled and shared a photo from his production wrote: “Production meeting is in progress for my new movie ‘10 Days in Sun City.”
He is yet to reveal more details about his upcoming movie.
The actor is still basking in the success and popularity of his movie, “30 Days in Atlanta,” with the highest domestic gross of N137m.
The comedy movie was also recognised by the 2017 Guinness World Records, as one of the films with the highest domestic gross in the territories of Bollywood and Hollywood, listed alongside “PK” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,”.
It was the first time that the Nigerian movie industry received such recognition by the ‘Guinness World Records’ since inception in 1955.
Thereafter, AY’s second movie titled: “A Trip to Jamaica” was premiered in Sept 2016, and grossed N168m at the box office within three months of its premiering at cinemas.
It surpassed the N137 million record set by Guinness World Record holder, “30 Days in Atlanta”, to become the highest grossing movie of 2016 in Nigeria.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

VIDEO: Mz Kiss – Fuji ft. Awanjo

Capital Hill Music artiste, Mz Kiss is out with the official video to her hit single, Fuji. Seeing as she can switch effortlessly from one genre to the other, this video is bound to get you grooving.
Featuring the Awanjo dance group and cameo appearance by Fuji superstar, Pasuma, this is one video to look out for in 2017.
Directed by Clarence Peters.
Little wonder she keeps being at the top of her game.
Connect with MzKiss
Subscribe to her channel: http://bit.ly/1lobKYS
Twitter: Mzkiss – http://bit.ly/1xTnvvA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialmzk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mzkissofficial/

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Travel Goals: 6 tips to help aspiring globetrotters accomplish their goals this year


Every year, we make a list of all the things we will love to do and how we would love to make a change. But of all these goals, the hardest to cross off the list might be that you wished you had travelled more. The New Year affords you another opportunity to gift yourself a lasting memory of some of the most captivating cities in the world.
Making a list is just never enough, you have to make appropriate plans as well. Planning allows you get rid of nervous tensions or anxiety, avoid overspending and make the most out of your travel experiences.
I recently interviewed a number of influential travel bloggers, see here and here. Some of whom have been fortunate to have visited close to 50 countries.
Here are some of the tips I picked from the interview to help you accomplish your travel goals in 2017
1.       Do not be in denial of your money situation:
Depending on your income, set up a dedicated saving account to help meet your travel goal. You will be surprised at how quickly it adds up to make a whooping sum of money. Declutter your home or wardrobe and get rid of anything that is unessential. Put them up for sale on an online market place and put the money straight into your dedicated savings account.
2.       Plan according to your budget:
Pick destinations within your budget and start planning. Making plans always get easier once you know what destinations you can or cannot afford. If you have an endless budget, good for you as there are endless possibilities just for you.
However, all hope isn’t lost for everyone else on a low budget. You just need to be more tactical about your travel plans. Consider going to an affordable destinations closer to your country, focus on places where the currency exchange leaves you at a considerable advantage or where local lifestyle is much affordable than back home.
3.       Explore your backyard:
Who ever said traveling mean going far away and for a long time? Explore nearby cities, visit ancient landmarks and museums or take a vacation to one of the best resorts in Nigeria. Enjoy a weekend getaway at La Campagne Tropicana Resort in Lagos or Sheraton hotel Abuja.
Get to know your own country and check off all the tourist attractions and sights on your list of things to see. Remember that awesome things are happening all around you and your travel goals might take flight if you start with a couple of “staycations”, enjoy and learn more about the place you call home.
4.       Make the most of long layovers:
Getting the longest layover possible is recommended as your fare is likely to be cheaper. Layovers can be a blessing, whether it’s for a few hours at the airport or a night’s stay in an unknown city, take advantage of that layover time to the fullest. Enjoy 2 trips for the price of 1, as it gives you the chance to get out of the airport and experience a middle destination ahead of your final one.

5.       Take advantage of your business trips:
Congratulations! If you are lucky enough to have a job that allows you travel. Going to a seminar in Tanzania, obviously doesn’t mean you’ll be spending the day at the beach or a game reserve. But if you have a bit of free time on your hand, enjoy a couple of touristy visits or even just hang out in a bustling city centre to feel the local vibe.
6.       Find the right travel buddy:
If travelling solo isn’t your thing, find a travel buddy with similar interest. This may inspire you to visit places that you have never heard of before. The right travel companion may not be your closest relative or spouse. It could be your colleague or a new friend. Once you’ve succeeded in finding your partner in travel, be sure to discuss interests, expectations and budget before traveling.


Writteh by: Mariam Banwo Barry
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Talented Young Attacker Extends Loan


Chelsea Academy player Alex Kiwomya will continue his loan at Crewe Alexandra until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old winger/striker, who is an FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League winner with Chelsea, has played 24 games for the League Two side this season, scoring seven goals. 
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