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“He had an opportunity to make real reforms early on, to boldly reshape Nigeria’s path. He wasted it,”
List of largest cities in Nigeria is different from the list of most loved cities in Nigeria
It started as a movement in Africa, Ankara, the African prints has become the latest fashion trends in the globe. Ankara Inspired by the locals and designers in Africa has become the next big thing. Osas eye brings you a collection of the best Ankara dresses
If Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can free the missing girls, he would have done it before now. He can't. He failed
African wear continues to rock the fashion trend. From Nigeria to South Africa, Osas eye gives you look at some of the jaw dropping traditional wear by African designers for men
Monday, September 30, 2013
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Do you know a Nigerian ‘Star’? Then, submit an original article about an individual who is MAD [making a difference] around you: in your community, school, workplace, marketplace, locale or state. It is your turn to have a go at inspiring Nigerians and Africans at large, and celebrating the Stars that you encounter on a daily basis.
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4. Kindly ensure that your submission is accompanied by a short profile of you.
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Ø Chika Oduah: Freelance Journalist and Wordsmith.
Ø Bola Essien-Nelson: Blogger and Author of the 'Desperate Naija Woman' Diaries and True Confession.
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attack was at a college in the north-eastern Nigeria, a region where Islamist rebels had already attacked schools and colleges. assailants broke into the school of agriculture in the state of Yobe and shot about 70 students sleeping in a dorm . Then they rooms where classes are held on fire and evacuated about 1,000 students.
The exact number of victims of the recent bombing according to information obtained by the BBC stands at 50 students. However, Nigerian military in an interview with The Associated Press reported that the army found 70 bodies dead of the student victims and many injured or missing.
Islamist group Boko Haram seeks to overthrow the current government of Nigeria and the creation of an Islamic state. They are the suspect for the attacks.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
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Announcing the commencement of the gesture, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, Dana Air’s head of commercial said, “as our great nation marks its 53rd independence anniversary this October, there is no better way to celebrate than to offer more Nigerians the freedom to fly. This is why we have introduced the freedom ticket initiative to encourage business and pleasure trips for family and friends.
“Starting September 27, 2013, simply buy a Dana Air ticket for yourself and a companion and you will get one ‘freedom ticket’ for travel to any Dana Air destination; the more ‘companion tickets’ you buy online, the more freedom tickets you get! The freedom ticket is valid for travel in the month of October only,” Mbanuzuo stated.
Dana Air currently operates 12 flights daily.
Do you know of any events going on this weekend?
Friday, September 27, 2013
Abdullahi Shehu, the Executive Secretary of the Board of Management of primary health Kano, said the deaths were recorded in the 8000 cases of the disease recorded so far.
"Measles remains the most deadly childhood disease affecting the state and it can be prevented by vaccination," the official said during the closing ceremony of the integrated campaign against measles in 2013 in Kano, the capital of the state.
According to Abdullahi, it is unfortunate that parents and caregivers of children concerned had not been present for vaccination and thus exposing them to the disease.
He noted that the government of Kano State had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the richest man Aliko Dangote Africa and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the revitalization of routine immunization and other services of primary health care in an effort to curb the outbreak.
The training of local vaccinators, technical leaders and state leaders of local communities, which is about to begin, aimed at addressing the challenges facing vaccination in the northern state, does he added.
Youth unemployment especially in Nigeria has become a threat to socio-economic peace and stability.
Nigeria has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment (23.9 percent in 2011) in Africa and with jobs scarce and the ever-mounting pressure to earn; many young Nigerians between the ages of 15-24 years (about 30% of Nigeria’s population) turn to cybercrime to earn a living.
“Nigeria is a country where students do not study, workers do not work, ministers do not administrate, and where cunning religious clerics hold the order of the day. However, it is terrific for the future of the country to finally discover a fast growing community of young Nigerians – some of Africa’s finest self-made intellectuals, strategic thinkers & career leaders of struggle who notoriously do not rely on the Nigerian government.” mentioned Dr. A.N Adewole, a respected senior lecturer of the University of Ibadan.
This past year, eStreet.com.ng is focused on addressing the unemployment crisis through Entrepreneurship Development & Supporting Innovation by engaging in expansive regional business plan competitions to select winning proposals by eStreet ‘’Roundtables’’ (StartUps’ Innovation Challenge) and creating access to markets for goods and services for young entrepreneurs – Web Trade. eStreet is also dedicated to providing small grants (ranging from $500 to $3000) to support new ideas from young entrepreneurs and from organizations with creative programmes for supporting Nigerian youth.
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The new cable channel hit the television landscape in Nigeria in July 2013. EbonyLife TV Network premiered to million homes and it has since inspire Africans and the rest of the world on how viewers perceive the continent.
Mosunmola 'Mo' Abuduthe, the 48 year old British born Nigerian has been considered Africa's Oprah Winfrey. Let's take a look at how EbonyLife TV is doing so far.
- July 1, 2013 EbonyLife is born
- July 9, 2013 EbonyLife TV Launch its first magazine Issue
- August 1, 2013 Forbes confirms Mo Abudu as first woman in Africa to launch a TV channel
- September 2013: What We've Learned So Far
Since then the introductions of TV drama 'In Love & War,' and shows like Vision from Within , The Spot, Calabar Festival, and Ojo's in the House, the cable channel is running high.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Hellofood in Abuja and Lagos and place your order online. Few minutes later, your food is at your doorstep.
He’s arrogant, rude, a rebel, and may quite possibly have a borderline personality disorder… But yet women fall head-over-heels for the bad guy.
Wong says that women who fall for “bad men” often have unresolved issues that make them attracted to these individuals.
“In a normal situation, a woman would be attracted to someone who would make a potential life mate, and father to her future children,” explained Wong.
“However, there are some cases where women may have unresolved childhood issues, and have the tendency to fall for bad boys as a way to deal with these issues,” she said.
Wong says that women from dysfunctional families, whose father had affairs with other women, or women with father issues, who did not get much attention from their father, may also fall into the cycle of dating “bad men”.
A distant or emotionally detached man may be a relationship that is considered normal for the woman.
“It is an accustomed and familiar relationship, and when you’re familiar with something, it’s comfortable, and you will become unconsciously attracted to the same sort of man your mother was,” said Wong.
Wong said that low self-esteem is another reason women fall for “bad men”.
“This is when women don’t have a healthy image of themselves. They often do not think that they’re worthwhile to be with a “good guy”, so they settle for the “bad man”,” said Wong.
Wong said that many of these women put the man’s faults on themselves; blaming themselves for his bad behaviour.
“They will think that maybe he is ignoring me because I’m not good enough, so I need to be better,” explained Wong.
“Men who do what they like and rebel and who is not afraid to get into trouble, may seem attractive because they have that seemingly powerful aura. So by associating herself with that person, it makes her feel powerful by association,” she said.
“It almost becomes an obsession or love addiction,” said Wong.
“He becomes an obsession and the focus of your life. You feel like you have no other reason for living and that your role as his girlfriend defines you and that without him, you are nobody,” she adds.
“There will come a point when the “bad man” can’t deal with this, and leaves them. The woman will then move on to the next “bad man” that comes around,” she said.
She also adds that women who are attracted to “bad men” find “good guys” boring and non-attractive.
Wong says that if these women ever date a “good guy” they will end up feeling unsatisfied and bored.
“She will keep trying to sabotage the relationship to “test” him because she doesn't believe that the “good guy” wants her,” said Wong.
“She may even cheat on this “good guy” with a “bad man”, because they feel like the “good guy” will leave her anyway,” she adds.
Wong advices women who realize that they’re in this unhealthy cycle to seek help from a therapist.
“Once you’re aware that you have predisposition to go out with “bad men”. Ask yourself if you’re ready to break this cycle and visit unresolved childhood issues,” said Wong.
“You have to be ready to take that step, even though it may seem scary,” she added.
Charis Wong is a marriage and family therapist and the director of Kin & Kids, a marriage, family and child therapy centre.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has confirmed the 50-year sentence for former Liberian President Charles Taylor.This judgment was announced on Thursday by the Appeals Chamber of the Dutch resident in Leidschendam, near The Hague Special Tribunal.
Judge Taylor , the Appeals Chamber affirmed the sentence of 50 years in prison and order the punishment to be implemented immediately. The defense asked for an acquittal for Taylor(65) who denies the allegations of any involvement during the civil war in Sierra Leone where about 120,000 people died.
This new form of rhinoplasty should be used in future large scale in the country after the world premiere. The young man in the picture, a Xiaolian, is only 22 and is the recipient of the first in human experiment.
Almost a year, he suffered from a car accident and lost his nose. The infection from the accident rapidly advancing itself and destroyed the nose cartilage. Thanks to the talent of doctors and advances in medicine who has parts of drawn and gradually cut into the shape of a real nose.
When the new nose is fully developed, it will be implanted in the right place within a few days.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The incident came to light on Tuesday after the family lodged a complaint with the superintendent of police (SP) Kushinagar accusing the police in-charge of demanding Rs 50,000 to register a rape complaint and humiliating the girl and her family for failing to meet his demands.
As per the complaint, when the family failed to meet the demands of the police officer, he asked the girl to accompany him into a room where he locked the doors from inside and asked the girl to strip saying he wanted to verify if she was raped.
"He took me into a room and closed the door and asked me to remove my clothes," the girl was quoted in the complaint. The police officer also allegedly abused the girl and her parents and chased them away without filing a first information report (FIR).
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The house is located at Asuquo Eyo Street in Ifa Ikot Okpon in the Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state. Daughter of the deceased, Ms Emem Akpan, narrated the incident to reporters, saying that the tenant-landlord dispute started when her father asked Ime to move out of his house.
Akpan said that the suspect refused to park out and threatened that if her father insisted on ejecting him, he would kill them and burn down the house.
"We thought what he said was just a mere threat. None of us could believe that Ime was capable of doing what he said. Two days ago, we saw him bringing worn-out tyres into the compound. We didn't know he had a plan".
"Yesterday, before we left for church in the evening, he brought 20 litres of fuel, more than what his generator could contain. I remember a neighbor asking him what he was going to do with such amount of fuel, but he told him that he was going to run the generator overnight".
"This is what we saw this morning as we returned from church, that the fuel and worn-out tyres were weapons used by the assailant to kill my parents," she said.
Just like Miller's Death of a Salesman stems from both his personal experiences and the era in which the playwright was bred. The RIM confers upon itself a blackdeath. Read More about the Death of the Blackberry: Decline, Sale.
Fairfax, its largest shareholder who already owns 10% of the manufacturer of Waterloo, a town south of Toronto, has partnered with a consortium of investors whose identity is not specified to buy the entire capital price of $ 9 per share. An appreciation of 3% at the opening on Monday.
The Board of Directors of BlackBerry "has approved the terms of the letter of agreement under which the consortium," which seeks financing from two banks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital Markets, "will acquire BlackBerry and stop its listing, "said a statement from BlackBerry. This delisting could occur on November 4.
This purchase is a good deal for Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry former Siemens, which was given until November to find a buyer.
BBM was supposed to launch on Android and iOS at the weekend but was cancelled again at the last minute after an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online
BlackBerry said over a million people downloaded an unofficial version of BBM which somebody posted on the internet.
The head of BBM said this "impacted the system in abnormal ways" and the launch would be delayed by at least a week.
The BlackBerry company is up for sale and could be sold for around £3 billion.
On Friday the smartphone giant said disappointing sales of its BlackBerry Z10 phone had cost it about £600 million.
Monday, September 23, 2013
“DPDHL is passionate about giving back to the community and Global Volunteer Day is a priority for our company. Our project locally is not only aligned to this global enthusiasm and our international goals and approach, but also fits into the national agenda, creating hope for local communities and the people of Nigeria, says Randy Buday, Country Manager, DHL Nigeria.
The day started bright with about 100 DHL employees turning up at the Isolo office premises to set up rides, games, music as well as food and drink serving points for the visiting children. At about 11am, two buses conveying 100 children from the orphanage drove into the DHL compound amidst smiles and cheers from the employees.
The children were first treated to some light aerobic activities before the fun and games began with activities such as singing, dancing, bouncing, sliding and more. The children also enjoyed a wide selection of mouth watering meals as well as cotton candy, ice cream, popcorn and other kiddies favorites. By the end of the day, it was obvious the children didn’t want to leave the little wonderland the DHL employees had created for them.
After the event, one of the children had this to say: “My name is Akinyemi Ephraim George one of the children in Little Saints Orphanage. I really want to use this great opportunity to appreciate the company (DHL) and the manager for their love, care and time spent with the children. I want to say a very big thank you sir and ma and I pray may God continue to bless the company and all the staffs of DHL.”
“At DHL we believe that people are our greatest resource and the company aims to encourage employees to actively participate in community efforts, as well as inspire the spirit of volunteerism,” says Olufunmilayo Glover, Human Resources Manager, DHL Nigeria.
For Global Volunteer Day 2013, Deutsche Post DHL offices around the world are participating in many diverse community projects in support of various local causes. These programs deliver to the company’s three Corporate Responsibility programs – GoTeach (championing education), GoGreen (protecting the environment) and GoHelp (delivering help).
“Global Volunteer Day is a key part of our sustainability focus and an integral part of our company’s commitment to deliver its Corporate Responsibility strategy through GoGreen, GoHelp and GoTeach,” comments Randy Buday.
“If we can just make a difference in our local communities; imagine an entire globe full of corporate volunteers banding together. Global Volunteer Day is just that – an international organisation standing together to effect change in the communities that we serve.”
Angered by the federal government's delay in putting an end to the ongoing ASUU strike in Nigeria, Nollywood,, Nigerian movie industry has now produced a film mocking the ASUU strike. The movie has been received wholeheartedly by Nigerians and students who are fed up with the current administration.
Dear Comrades, As the struggle to save Nigerian University system is being pursued, I'll like to salute all our members for their resoluteness in ensuring that the 2009 ASUU/Government Agreement is implemented in accordance with the Roadmap defined by the 2012 MoU. We believe very strongly that the rot and decay in the University System is not only arrestable but also reversible. We believe even more strongly that, the key to turning round the University System lies in the sincere implementation of the Agreement.
What government has so far been doing is no more than a repeat performance of a one- act-play: all the deceptions, propaganda, lies, mischiefs and such other Shenanigans were tried by previous Governments,
including Military Juntas, but our resolve to save the University System and our Country remained unwaivered.
We will continue to carry the banner of this struggle to its logical conclusion. I urge all our members to maintain the spirit of camaraderie and remain firmly resolute in ensuring that our patriotic struggle succeeds. United we Bargain, Divided we Beg!
In a statement signed by its University of Ibadan branch chairman, Olusegun Ajiboye, ASUU renewed its call for the scraping or a total overhaul of the regulatory institution if the nation wishes to get it right in university education management.
While calling on the National Assembly to beam its searchlight on the activities of the NUC, Mr. Ajiboye said the recent NEEDS assessment report on universities reflects how much the commission has failed in its duties as a regulator.
According to him, the report undertaken by genuine academics contradicts NUC’s accreditation exercises which gave ‘controversial’ clean bill of health to most universities through “magomago accreditation.”
The union contended that only in a society like Nigeria would Mr. Okojie still remain in office after being heavily indicted in the report, saying “in sane climes, the NUC boss ought to have resigned through the revelations made in the NEEDS assessment report.”
Mr. Okojie had, last week, absorbed his commission of any wrongdoing in the rot plaguing public universities in the country, particularly as regards undeserved accreditation, blaming members of the ASUU instead.
Mr. Ajiboye, who described the statement credited to the NUC boss as ‘careless’, accused Mr. Okojie of using his cronies who can do his biddings to embark on accreditation.
He said the success of the 2011 elections was based on the patriotic zeal and contributions of genuine and patriotic ASUU members nationwide saying that was why the election was free of hanky-panky recorded in past elections.
The ASUU statement titled ‘Where Okojie Got It Wrong,’ insisted that the NUC boss is fond of using his ‘yes sir’ boys to do hatchet jobs during accreditations, thereby compromising quality most of the time.
The union said its almost three-month-old strike is fully on, adding that the it would not allow itself to be fooled again with ‘promisory notes’ of the federal government which had never worked in the past.
“ASUU cannot be blamed for NUC ‘magomago’ accreditations. Rather than blaming the Union, Okojie should take full responsibility for all the fraudulent deeds in the NUC, including the work and eat accreditations.
“The NUC knows the kind of academics they select for their ignoble exercises. These are cronnies of the big man in the NUC. They can never say no to his biddings. Nigerians should be proud of ASUU in it’s efforts at repositioning public universities in the country. One of these major efforts is the NEEDS Assessment Document.
“This was a product of a rigorous academic exercise carried out by dependable and credible members of our Union. Unlike the numerous faulty accreditation reports which had given these universities clean bill of health, the NEEDS Assessment Report stands out as a classical document of reference detailing the rot and decay in public universities in Nigeria. All well meaning Nigerians can see the contrast between okojie’s ‘packaged accreditation reports’ and a credible job done by ASUU.
“It has become very clear from the Needs Assessment that Okojie and his cohort of accreditors have fooled this country for too long. Enough they say is enough. Time is now for the Government to beam a searchlight on the activities of the NUC.
“The Education Committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives have an arduous task to do here. Nigerians are calling for dismantling of an omnibus body that has done the country more harm than good. NUC must go.
“Professor Julius Okojie cannot absolve himself from the rot in the university system by regulating quantity instead of ensuring quality delivery,”
Sunday, September 22, 2013
‘Obama is the coolest person ever. He represents our country well and what we should be representing, something new and freedom and being capable of anything you want to do,’
‘I’m on such a platform where I can speak to so many people and I think it’s important to send a message to my audience, and say be who you are, do what you do, be who you wanna be, live your life and don’t worry about what people have to say about it.’
‘I feel like the best way of fighting my haters is just keep letting them do what they do and don’t let them faze you, just keep doing what you do. Success is the best form of revenge.’