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7 Things You Can Learn From Toke Makinwa's Book

Toke Makinwa. OAP. Tv Host. Vlogger. Event planner. All around beauty. Now an author...?

Last year news broke out that Toke's Husband, Maje Ayida had not only been having extra marital affairs with Anita Solomon but also put her in family way. The gossip swirled and the story soon became the trending topic; how a relationship expert became the butt of her own joke. People judged and called her out for spending too much time working instead of taking care of her man, while people were also sympathetic towards the celebrity and gave her their support.

Now Toke has released a tell all book, giving us all the juicy details of everything that went on behind closed doors. From her parents’ tragic death to how she managed to survive after Maje got another woman pregnant. I really have to say; this book is a must read! I was a bit reluctant to read it at first, but once I had the book in my hand, it was difficult to let go (I finished reading it in one night! Who had any idea she was such a terrific writer!) ghost writer? Maybe.

Here are 7 things you can learn from reading 'On Becoming' by Toke Makinwa

1. That Toke Makinwa is human just like you and I; Toke suffered a great loss at the tender age of 8. She lost both her parents to a fire caused by a leaking gas. She faced tragedy again when her husband impregnated his long-time mistress--Anita Solomon. Say what you will about the OAP but, she's a tough cookie to have made it this far, when many people would have crumbled under so much pressure.

2. That anyone can be a fool for love. In the book, Toke writes in detail about how Maje Ayida was in total hold of her mumu button and every time she convinced herself he wasn't for her, all he had to do was say a few words and she was back at his feet. It was truly sad to read how easy he manipulated her.

3. That through great pain anyone can emerge a victor; Like I said, miss Makinwa is one tough cookie. She not only rose from the ashes of what had seemed to be her defeat but she turned it around and reshaped it into something lucrative.

4. A man who lies and cheats before marriage will likely, lie and cheat after marriage; people seem to be under the false illusion that marriage fixes a broken relationship. Not at all. But don't take my word for it, ask Toke.

5. Sometimes, listen to your friends and family. They want the best for you. Toke's cousin constantly warned her about Maje but she refused to listen. Even Maje's sister warned her!

6. Never close your eyes to the warning signs. If you suspect something is up with your man or your woman there's a chance you are right. Instincts are very powerful. Don't brush them off.

7. Always keep God first. You'll see that in the book Toke talked a lot about God and her encounters with him, and how much God helped her get through all the hard times with Maje. Who knows where she would have been without the Almighty.

I recommend this one for anyone going through heartbreak, a bad divorce or break up (or for those of us that just want to get the gist of what happened). The pain will only last for a while, for there is hope for the future. Here are some wise words from the OAP herself:

'In the beginning, you'll be mad, you'll feel disrespected. Hatred is your fuel and Revenge becomes the mission. But as time progresses so will your numbness and then you'll realize the Hurt you feel has blessed you tremendously' - Toke 

 

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The History of Halloween

In recent times Nigerians have progressed towards celebrating American Holidays, more often than not most people don’t know the history of these holidays so here’s a brief history of Halloween.

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighbourhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

So for those of you that have been going for Halloween parties all this time and just think it’s about the costumes (although it basically is) this is what its actually about…

Here’s a few of your favourite celebrities in Halloween costumes.. You’re welcome J

- Riri in a half shell… Turtle Power!

- Only Kim can make Skeletons look sexy     

- Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller spotting one of the most iconic partnerships ever experienced in the gaming world

              

- Channing Tatum looking all cute and stuff..

- Jay and B looking like african royalty.. yup Beyonce was wearing Ankara

- Samurai Kendall, Taytay the Snowman and Ariana Grande

 

 

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Independence: Nigeria’s Imaginary Achievement

It is Nigeria’s Independence Day and I am currently not in the country. I will definitely represent my country today by highlighting any of the national colors on my attire for today. I am happy and proud to claim Nigeria despite the present unimaginable tragedy and economic situation. I love the people and greatly appreciate the strength Nigerians portray in all kinds of situations. Nigerians are great. We are Special. We are Kings and Queens. We are intelligent. We are Innovative. We are Valuable. We are the World’s Greatest Story Told. We are all these positive things but one thing we are not is INDEPENDENT.

Our slavery began during the colonial periods when Nigeria was formed and its people began to adopt Western culture. Even after our supposed independence on October 1st, 1960, we still struggle with our understanding of freedom and independence. It seems like that freedom exists but every situation paints the picture of slavery and total dependence. We are dependent on policies that do not foster progress in our land, dependent on people who only utter words and neglect the deeds. We are enslaved by bribery and corruption. We are enslaved by people who destroy lives because they do not know the value of lives. We are a nation richly blessed but poorly managed. We are yet to take off the blinders of slavery and step into freedom.

Even though we are still bound by our enslaved policies and principles, let us celebrate this day because of the undying hope Nigerians have grown to adopt. We are a great nation and hopefully today marks the day when the blinders in the eyes of all Nigerians from the East, West, South, and North gradually begin to come off.

Happy 56th Independence Day Nigeria!

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Who Needs Friends When NEPA Is Giving Us Light Like This?

Saying power supply has increased over the last few months is an understatement. Areas where there has been little or no electricity supply all year have witnessed some of their finest power moments in years.

I stay in an area in Lagos where we average about 20 hours of light every week but all that has changed... There’s light on an almost constant basis and we now average 18 hours of electricity ever day.

It is safe to say that before May 2016, majority of us spent more time in the dark with the ever increasing fuel prices and the ever present power outage.

Over the years, one of the problems we faced as a nation was the issue of electricity. If all else doesn’t go right with Nigeria and we don’t have jobs to keep us busy, the least we can do is stay home and enjoy some decent television – we couldn’t do that before with the kind of power situation we had to endure.

There has been so much light over the past months, I have had to continue paying for my DSTV; something I considered a huge waste of cash back in February, and if things stay like this, I might just get myself the recently released play station 4 (If the dollar says so).

 

So now that there is so much light, if you’re wondering what you should do with it, here are a few suggestions... If you don’t have job, that is.

 

Video Games

This one can really ruin you so before you decide on this path, you have to make absolutely sure that you have no job, commitment or any(thing/one) depending on you for food or basic shelter. Video games are amazing when there isn’t NEPA to cut your joy in half just when your autosave is autosaving. There has been an amazing stream of video games this year alone and with the new play station 4 on the way, combine the 4k resolution with FIFA 2017 and you have yourself a My-Life-Is-Finished cocktail.

 

Watch Television

This sounds like a regular advice but chill... There’s so much good stuff on DSTV these days (If you pay for it). If you watch cartoons, there are new episodes of Regular show, Adventure Time, Gumball, and Clarence to start your day. I wouldn’t advice to switch over to the movie stations (There’s laptop for that) but if your DSTV Catch up works, you can binge watch TV shows and re-watch every gruesome minute of Arsenal’s win this weekend.

Ps, if you didn’t get the memo, with 6,000 you can watch all the football you want and in HD too if you buy a Zapper decoder for 9,900.

 

The Only Thing You Need Friends For Is To Collect Movies

Since there’s almost always light, your PC never really runs low so the best thing you can do for yourself is to stock up on motion pictures... Movies, shows... Anything that works for you. The worst thing that can happen to you is to have a fully charged PC that cannot deliver simple entertainment. If you need a list of movies to see check this compilation but if you’re a series person, check this.

 

Start A Blog

If there’s one thing you’d quickly realize, it’s that boredom is just boredom regardless of how much fun things you think you’d rather be doing. Sometimes, the best way to handle it is to write down your thoughts and a very productive way of doing that is by starting a blog. Take this serious and you might just become the next Linda Ikeji.

 

You’ve Been Using The Internet Wrong

If all you do with the incredibly cheap internet we have today is tweet, snapchat and whatsapp, then you’ve been using the internet wrong. The most fun you can have online is on YouTube. Head on to YouTube and enter the keywords “Honest Trailers”, “Elders React”, “Teens React”, “How It Should Have Ended” and be marvelled by the amount of great stuff you’ve been missing on.

 

Find A Way To Pay Your Bill

If you’re living with your parents, this might not be for you but if you don’t then you probably should think about finding a way to pay for all the electricity you want to blow on playing Video games, Binge watching shows, and watching YouTube funnies all month.

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A Sallah Story

Nope, that picture has nothing to do with this post.

You know how you Christians have a Christmas story, well I’m a muslim and I have a sallah story. Those stories you tell when the whole family is around for sallah. Stories that almost everyone there already knows but someone still tells it from time to time and nobody complains because you all still like it. This is one of those stories.

A typical sallah day in my house starts after my Popcy has killed the rams. There is a ram that is killed to be shared by my dad among family members, that is from my mum to my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, everybody. The size of the meat you get depends on the number of rams killed, what you do with your share is your business.

            Now, your next course of action if you’re a young guy like me depends on you. Are you going to fry it and keep it so you can give your friends when they come over? Are you going to use it to make barbecue or suya? Are you going to eat it raw? It’s your decision.

The easiest thing to do is to hand over your meat to my mumcy, that way anytime you need meat you just go over to her and she keeps giving you since you have meat with her, that is, till she snaps and tells you have exceeded the amount of meat you have with her which is still negotiable or you can keep your meat to yourself and process it by yourself and risk her not giving you anything out of hers’ which is also negotiable, but it has to do with a lot of begging.

If you pick this second option, you still run the risk of having pieces of your meat stolen by other people who know where you kept it after processing it.

I’ll soon get to the actual story but I need to paint you a picture of how everything goes down first so you can understand it better. The only meat that can’t be stolen is the one in mum’s room which is also negotiable depending on how good a thief you are, every other person’s meat is fair game as long as you steal it one at a time to give the owner the chance to change his/her hiding spot. Finally, most guys like myself can’t sadly process the raw meat ourselves, so you have to give my sister or nieces or aunts to help you with that. They ask for a share of your meat as payment even if you know they’ve probably stolen out of it while they were helping you process it.

            Now to the actual story, during this particular sallah, a cousin of mine decided to go with option 2. He could actually process the meat himself, he’s a good cook. His plan was to take all the meat with him when he’s going back to school to live like a king among his friends with it for a while. So, he did all the boiling and frying and every other thing they do to it the day after sallah and managed to keep it out of reach for everyone, he kept changing the places he hid the meat when he went out, so it will be hard to figure out and when he was home it was always with him. Finally, the day he was to leave for school comes, he packs his stuff, I drop him off where he boards a bus to his school (we stay in Lagos, his school is in Osun). I get back home and lo and behold, he left the meat on the bed. While he was packing he had forgotten to put it in his bag. Everybody at home called him to thank him for the meat, it was the least we could do before we descended on it.

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Do you have a sallah story? Make use of the comment section.

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Success: How Old Is “Too Old”?

Does success come with a “Best before date”? If so, when exactly am I regarded a lost cause?

Success usually comes quick for those who put themselves in the right position for great things to happen to them. It usually is advisable for you to begin early. By begin early, I mean gather the right skills early enough. It is believed that new languages cannot be learned without an accent once you’re over the age of 16. Whether you believe it or not, the habits we form during our early years go a long way in determining how far we go.

By the age of 10 (1994) Mark Zuckerberg had taught himself how to use a computer, by 11 he developed a program that connected his father’s home and office computers, and later went on to build Facebook in 2004.

Elon Musk however started reading 10 hours daily at the age of 8 and in two years had read everything he considered interesting in his neighbourhood library, by 11 he learned BASIC by completing a 6 month course in 3 days, and by 15 (1986) he decided his life mission was to save humanity.

Once you’re a certain age, you begin to think “Can I still do this? Is this entrepreneur life even for me”? Well, according to the Forbes List, 35 is the most common age to start up a business that would eventually grow into a multi-million dollar company. The future doesn’t look so gloomy now yeah?

While I cannot explain why this is so, I can come up with a theory which suggests that contrary to what we believe, desperation and the sheer need to succeed can indeed inspire you to make some live changing decisions which most times turn out to be good if you just have the courage to believe.

“There is creativity for validation, and there is creativity for survival” Macklemore.

Pardon the hip hop reference but that could just work out as well in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Creating because you need to and creating because you can are two different things.

People who start companies early enough often do so because they want to and rarely because they need to. Usually they go on to build empires for themselves. On the other hand, late bloomers often have a stronger cause which is the “need” factor. Wanting to do something and needing to do something are two different things because of the level of urgency attached. More often than not, the urgency that comes with age inspires us to do great things we never thought possible during our early years.

Graduating from the university, with a lot of expectations from your parents, you could begin to lose hope when you turn on the TV and see young CEOs doing big things and making huge impacts in the world around.

So what if you’re 27 and you don’t have your life in order just yet? Did you know that ‎Charles Flint founded IBM at 61? A platform which might have had a direct or indirect impact in Zuckerberg’s life. Success is relative but you have to admit, whether you’re a Zuckerberg starting Facebook at 19 or a Flint starting IBM at 61, you’re a success regardless.

Here’s a list of people who founded multi-million dollar companies at a much older age than you are now.

Cher Wang – HTC 39

Masaru Ibuka – Sony 38

Liu Chuanzhi – Lenovo 38

Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn 36

Gordon Moore – Intel 39

There could be several reasons why you’re a late bloomer. It could be that the platform required for you to create your breakthrough business just hasn’t been created yet or the market you’re going to dominate isn’t big enough to be noticed just yet.

Whether you’re a Gordon Moore or a Charles Flint, there’s no reason to feel out of place in this world, keep believing and keep getting better.


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Read The Remarkable Story Of This NGO Doing Everything The Government Can’t

Growing up, I watched my mother being nice and courteous to everyone; from the neighbour to the trader and to the beggars at the traffic stops. Many years down the line, I am volunteering after classes and spending part of the summer holidays in rural locations to work on development projects. I cannot say for certain that these were the beginnings of lofelofe.com; but till date, it’s still touching to see the impact that a simple expression of care can have. People showing that they care is a culmination of my experiences and this has purposefully led me here, to lofelofe.com

Lofelofe.com is simply a place that allows anyone, in their own way, to give back and still have a significant impact in the lives of other people. It is not always about money. You can give your time, share a skill, share a ride, and give away items that you no longer use. There are unlimited options and it is always easier when everyone plays different, tiny parts. At lofelofe.com, we say, “give and receive for free” because the hands that give also receive.

 

Lofelofe.com has executed a few community projects in Nigeria – The Food Kitchen Event and Paint the City project. These projects help to foster a community spirit, encouraging others to care; but also our community projects show that citizens can make the difference they will like to see. This is possible because our little resources and efforts combined make a bigger impact that any one individual, organization or government could. What is needed is the will power and an easy avenue for anyone to join the pool and be a part of making a positive difference.

This year on the 24th of September 2016, we are hosting the second edition of the Food Kitchen Event at the Archbishop Aggey Memorial in Mushin. Last year, the same event was hosted in the Agege area with more than 2,400 beneficiaries. This year, we are in Mushin where beneficiaries are registered, attended to by medical doctors for free, medicines are provided for free if needed. Beneficiaries also receive gift items; then a full meal for the day with counsellors available for them to discuss their burden. It is about serving the community for the day, showing concern for their wellbeing, sharing the love that we have inside of us and showing compassion.

If we are any better than the man living on the streets, than the mother struggling to feed her children, than the child who is grooming a life of crime for his livelihood; then we, who are in the right, who are relatively better off should restore them gently and carry each other’s burden. I encourage everyone not to be weary of doing good especially now.

By 2017, we will be following on some of the beneficiaries and empowering them even further, so that they can start making an economic contribution to their communities and multiplying the effect. So far, we have captured the Agege, Oshodi and now Mushin areas. In the future, we will be including other states in Nigeria and other locations on the continent.

 

Paint The City Project

 

Lagos has been described as a city of slums because it is seen as an unplanned city of chaos. The lack of environmental care plus continued lawlessness and a bad maintenance culture perpetuates this belief. The growing infrastructure gap between old Lagos and new Lagos has continued unabated. Former glory areas like Yaba now look abandoned and have become breeding grounds for slums whilst the state government’s attention remains on developing newer areas.  This is why the Oshodi market area is getting a facelift for free at the ‘paint the city’ project, organized by Lofelofe.com

Lofelofe.com is a social enterprise that facilitates the distribution of give-away items. Sourcing and redistribution is at the core of what lofelofe.com does as well as organizing community projects. Last year, lofelofe organized a food kitchen event where more than 2400 people received free meals and basic medical care. With paint the city, the organization is inspiring a future of colorful, liveable and vibrant communities in Lagos.

Learning from the Broken Windows Theory, an unkempt environment can be a catalyst for an atmosphere that breeds crime and disorderly conduct. Paint the City hopes to create a spiraling effect that will turn a shunned environment to a place where community members can begin to take pride and ownership of where they live and continue to improve their living conditions.  

“Oshodi is the first stop for many areas yet to be transformed” says Nike Alao, one of the organizers of the event. Oshodi is also significant as it is a gateway and entrance path into Lagos and even Nigeria. “Many of the international travelers coming into Nigeria through Lagos pass the Oshodi bridge to continue to their destinations. It is as such important, that this area is properly managed to present a positive light/image about the country”, she adds.

The paint the city project starts from the 5th of April to 21th April, painting the building facades from Bolade bustop, around the Oshodi market to Ireti Oluwa street; covering about 60 building structures. Other activities will include tree planting performed by volunteers. Already lofelofe.com has received over 100 buckets of paint for free from Triton International and will be receiving the other supplies needed for the project in a similar benevolent manner from citizens.

Lofelofe.com and its free community projects (Food Kitchen, Paint the City) show the potential of people-led projects and what citizens can do on their own to make the changes they will like to see.

 

Visit Lofelofe to find out how you can be a part of this campaign and make Nigeria a better place.

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Growing Importance of Big Data and Big Data Analysis in Business

Big data is an emerging trend shaping the future of data-driven businesses. I hadn’t heard of it up until a few months ago in a documentary. Big data is playing a huge role in the success of quite a number of multi-national firms around the world. Some could even argue that for firms to maintain their competitive advantage in the present day business environment, they would have to adopt the use of Big Data Analysis Technology (BDAT).

What is big data? Big data is simply a term for large amounts of data sets that cannot be analyzed merely by traditional analytic methods but require more complex methods of analysis.  This data is voluminous and rapidly growing as it obtains its source from cheap and countless information-sensing devices such as our phones, cameras, microphones, radio frequency identification readers, etc.

Big data analysis when applied properly allows for more efficient decision making, spotting of emerging business trends, prevention of diseases and even combating crime. It all sounds very futuristic and complex. The truth is that it is. The era of big data is still emerging and there haven’t been any core breakthroughs on analysis. According to IDC’s Digital Universe Survey, by 2012 only 0.5% of the world’s data was being analyzed.

Value creation has however been a proven result when businesses adopt big data in marketing strategies, making decisions and evaluating situations and stakeholder behavior thereby improving efficiency, profitability and reducing risk. In fact, according to some research if the U.S healthcare system were to use big data to push efficiency and quality, it could result in the creation of $300bn in value every year. Imagine that! Some even argue that by the year 2020, big data will enable scientists predict individual behavior.

The possibilities are endless with big data and leading firms such as Amazon, SAS and Macy’s and even small firms are making it a core part of their marketing and business strategies.

Big data is here to stay so why don’t you look into it today.  Take part in this new trend and see what value it has to add to your business.

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Kentucky’s Ark Encounter Features A Replica Of Noah’s Ark

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Kentucky’s creationist Ark Encounter is an 800-acre park in located in Kentucky with a 510-foot-long replica of Noah's Ark built to meet the exact specifications described in the bible.

The park which is a profit driven entity designed to spread creationism is a secondary attraction to the Creation Museum 40 miles away. The structure which has the capacity to contain thousands of people at the same time is described as the world’s largest timber framed structure. Although the turn out on opening day wasn’t much as the ark isn’t complete yet, this attraction could be the next spot for Christian tourists all around the world. A few concerns have been raised concerning the structure’s historical accuracy. The structure presents a more biblical approach to things as it suggests the world is 6,000 years old as opposed to the 4.5 billion proposed by scientists and as a result includes model dinosaurs in the belief that humans and dinosaurs coexisted at the time of the big flood.

 

Source: Vice

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Every Active Kickass Torrent Mirror Is Actually Just A Dressed Up Piratebay

Since the arrest of Kickass torrents’ owner Artem Vaulin, there have been several mirror sites that have operated as make shift kickasses. At least that is what we think, yesterday I went in search of a particular file and I discovered the truth; the kickass torrent mirrors are in fact not mirrors at all but dressed up piratebays converting contents from the parent piratebay site to Kickass UI format. This deceptive little trick is really easy to notice and if you’re willing to find out, I’ll guide you.

So let’s pick a random searchword and run it through Kickass.mx; one of the last surviving supposed reincarnations of KAT.cr. Let us use “titanic” as an example.

This is what you would find under the results page on the supposed Kickass body double.

Now head over to piratebay and search the exact keywords, notice anything?

The results are the exact same thing arranged the same all the way to their seeders and leechers. I don’t know who thought this to be a good idea but that man deserves an award. I personally think Kickass got really popular because of its visual appeal hence the reason why piratebay is taking advantage of this.

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Successful People Are Sharing Their First Seven Jobs On Twitter And They’re Really Inspiring

So this is Nigeria and for the most part, we all probably had to take some degrading job at some point to earn extra cash. Over the weekend, we got to see how people made money early in life and some of the most inspiring stories came from those living the life now... obviously. These popular celebrities are living proof that where you start doesn’t really matter if you know what you’re doing.

WTH is a table sleeper?

Of course, everything is a joke to some people.

Stephen Colbert: Before the show, starring... Boring Jobs

House of Cards creator Beau had 14 jobs before finding fulfilment, what a life.

Greatest tweet EVER

These tweets were pretty awesome... I mean, I’m on my 3rd job now and I think I’ll be alright.

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Trump Or Clinton? Who Is Best For Nigeria

It’s nearly decision time in the United States and whether we like to admit it or not, that means it’s decision time for the rest of the world.

Nigerian reporter, one of my favourite internet hiding places shares its thoughts on how the campaigns and results could affect Nigeria.

The transition of democracy in Nigeria has brought about an improved bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America. The US has continued to support and rebuke the Nigerian government when necessary, as Nigeria consistently remains a pro-American nation.

According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 77% of Nigerians approve of U.S. leadership, with 9% disapproving and 14% uncertain, and according to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 59% of Nigerians view U.S. influence positively, with 29% expressing a negative view. According to a 2014 Global Opinion Poll, 69% of Nigerians view the U.S. favorably. An estimated one million Nigerians and Nigerian-Americans live, study, and work in the United States, while over 25,000 Americans live and work in Nigeria.

This report shows how important the Nigeria-U.S. relationship is, as Americans decide the start of a new political era.


"Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are hoping to occupy the oval office as the 45th President of the United states after the November polls. Each presidential candidate continues to plead his/her course during rallies, debates and conventions. Over the past few months they have shook hands, held babies, and been asked what is best for America moving forward. One of the most contended issues is how they intend to strengthen foreign relationships. Nigeria remains a close ally of the U.S., hence it is important to know whose policy would best favor our country.

Donald Trump, as a political figure, is a man who seems restive. The Republican presidential nominee has been so open with his immigration plans. He has promised to build walls to shut out immigrants, promised to create a deportation force, and he plans to re-negotiate trade deals and security aids to less privileged countries, he even threatened to deport Nigerians during a speech in Wichita, Kansas.

Hillary Clinton on the other hand seem to be Nigerians’ favorite, although not every Nigerian agrees. She has been in the political spotlight for decades hence, she’s believed to be a steady and safe hand in the White House. However, following the recent allegation from the Republican party about her inaction towards the Boko Haram crises leading to the kidnapping of school girls in northern Nigeria, many Nigerians have become skeptical about her presidency.

As Americans decide who will be occupying the White House for the next four years, Nigerians hope that their choice of president favors Nigeria and the international community at large."


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Source: NigerianReporter

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Entrepreneurship: The New Password to Global Productivity

Entrepreneurship according to Professor Howard Stevenson, “is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled”. Entrepreneurship has to do with creativity, discipline, willingness, invention, and management of resources inclusive. It is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize, and manage a business along with any risks that come along with the business in order not only to just make a profit but also to expand its horizon for further opportunities unrevealed. Entrepreneurs create jobs, drive the economy to increase its opportunity, and most importantly entrepreneurs transform lives.

To be involved in entrepreneurship is hard work and it requires certain skills which include:  

  • Creativity
  • Self-confidence
  • Ability to identify opportunities
  • Vision and influence
  • Ability to undertake risks
  • Efficient and realistic decision-making
  • Financial management skills
  • Flexibility of ideas and structure

Being an entrepreneur goes beyond being able to discover or create innovative ideas, it also takes diligence and hard work to produce results of a successful entrepreneur.

Society benefits from the works of entrepreneurs in many ways and some benefits include:

  • Increase in job opportunities
  • Encouragement of innovative thinking rather than a fixed business thought process.
  • Increase in economic profits
  • Increase in standard of living
  • Management of resources to produce greater profits

The advantages of having entrepreneurs in the society cannot be overemphasized and these benefits need to be considered in every sector of the economy. In order for the world to increase in opportunities and growth, we need individuals who are ready to take risks for potential opportunities that can be beneficial to the entire globe. Entrepreneurship is the global password to increased levels of social and business productivity.


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Everything You Need To Know About Konamii 2016 Lagos Edition

All roads lead to Campus Square Mini-Stadium in Lagos, July 30th when the Konami 2016 Charity Games will take the centre-stage. The event which will also feature top class entertainment will have six orphanage homes from across Lagos State participating.

Organisers said, there will be no winners and no losers as the event is aimed at giving the inmates a sense of value, entertain them and as well see to their needs.

According to the founder of Konami Nigeria, Olamide Olabisi, Konami was born out of a passion and need to help the less privileged, particularly the orphans in the society by blending sports, entertainment and charity to raise funds, provide gifts and give orphans a sense of belonging in the society.

The programme which is in its fourth edition, according to Olabisi, “will witness an expansion, in terms of participating orphanage homes from the usual four to six.

“Two more orphanage homes have been involved, bringing the number to six,” he said, adding that top Nigerian artistes like YCEE, Adekunle Gold and Nollywood stars will be on hand to provide the desired entertainment.

He also disclosed that the Lagos State Sports Commission and the state ministry of Tourism and Culture have indicated interest in the event. “They have pledged their commitment to the event and we are pleased that they have agreed to identify with the charity project,” he said.

The proceeds from the event would be given out to the participating orphanage homes in form of cash and material.

Photos: Vivid for NG

 

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Beyond Oil

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Beyond oil, what’s next? : The Niger Delta Avengers Blow up Another Pipeline

Recently, the Niger Delta Avengers have threatened to blow up several pipelines of oil operating companies which have exploited their lands without compensating the people of Niger Delta adequately. The rise of these avengers is due to the poor state of these people who believe they provide the source of Nigeria’s wealth through the sale of crude oil. While the federal government of Nigeria has been thinking of what step to take to alleviate the uprising of these avengers, they have just blown up another pipeline Qua Iboe 48-inch oil crude oil export line belonging to Exxon Mobil in Akwa Ibom state. The avengers have vowed to obstruct all means by President Muhammadu Buhari to export crude oil because he did not address their demands. Qua Iboe recently resumed operation in June after an attack which the avengers claimed the responsibility for.  The spokesman of the group Gen.Murdoch Agbinibo said, “The Niger Delta Avengers blew up ExxonMobil Qua Iboe 483 crude oil export pipeline. When will these International Oil companies learn to listen, we (avengers) said no export.”

According to the Vanguard newspaper, “Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) shut down the Trans Niger Pipeline, one of the two major pipelines that carries the Bonny Light crude grade for export following an outflow in Gio, Ogoni land, Rivers State.” The militant group which declared its close monitoring on repairs being carried on damaged pipelines attacked the Nembe 1, 2 and 3 Tedeba Brass trunk lines in Bayelsa and Rivers states on June 8, after the company carried out repairs on leaking Nembe Creek Trunk Line, NCTL (Amaize). In addition to this, they also bombed the Forcados 48-inch Crude Export Terminal in Delta State last month because Shell flouted its order not to carry out repairs of any sort on its installations damaged by the militant group until government addressed its demands. All these attacks have hampered oil production in oil companies.  The militant group said, “Until President Buhari takes our demands seriously and set up a genuine framework to address the Niger Delta question, we will continue to obstruct all avenues to export our crude oil”(Amaize). The armed forces are working on a plan against the next attack of this group of people.


Reference: "Avengers Blows up Another Pipeline as FG Considers Action against Militants - Vanguard News." Vanguard News. N.p., 2016. Web. 13 July 2016.

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This Popular OAP Wants You To Take The Minimum Wage Challenge

What Is The Minimum Wage Challenge?

The minimum wage challenge is an initiative first used in the U.S. in 2014. It was a call for all elected officials and community members to live on Florida’s minimum wage of $8.05 an hour for 5 days and document the experience on social media. The reason behind this was that some felt the need for the minimum wage to be increased and what better way to convey this message to the “men in power” than to make them experience what it felt like to live with that as an income for a month. Since then, it has been kept in the wraps until May, 2016 when former Florida Democratic Party Chair and Candidate for Congress District Bob Poe, announced that he will take on the Minimum Wage Challenge.

The minimum wage in Nigeria is 18,000 naira and despite the rumours of an impending review and possible upgrade to 45,000, Nigerians are not keeping their hopes up just yet. Former NLC leader, Oshiomhole said that N200 to one US Dollar means Nigerian workers are earning just meagre income of $90 per month at the current N18,000 minimum wage, The Union reports, but that was before the Naira to Dollar relationship became what it is now.

As a result of this, Popular Nigerian OAP and to a fair point, social media influencer @Osi_suave took to twitter and decided to live on 18,000 a month. I mean, if Ben Murray-Bruce could get us purchasing indigenous stuff all from the comfort of his internet enabled smartphone, surely we can get the likes of him to take the Minimum Wage Challenge.

 

And he is ready to give you a hand if you are willing to join him.

 

Poor Osi even got a little motivation from IK.

 

Okay, sorry, this is funny.

 

Barely two days in and Osi is already losing his mind. I know a lot of you would read this and dismiss it without giving it a second thought and I was going to ask for us to all get involved but then again, most of us already live this life unknowingly and I know that no amount of involvement can make elected officials here take this challenge and see it truthfully but it’s worth a shot.

If you feel inspired to take on this challenge, feel free to do so and document your experience online to help spread the word... 18,000 a month is just not going to cut it.

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Forget Everything You Ever Knew About Your Zodiac Sign

For people who believe in this type of stuff, I’m not sure how you to break this to you. Recent discovery has led to a new belief system about the constellations and the birth of a new zodiac sign, the effects of which have sent reverberations echoing all round the world... for people who believe in this type of stuff.

Let’s Back It Up A Little

The photo circulating all over the internet was from a TIME magazine publication in January 2011, a publication that wasn’t acknowledged well enough for people to change what they believe about the zodiacs. However, the way twitter works; we expect the resurfacing of this photo to cause a lot of controversy.

So What Is TIME Magazine Saying?

When Astrologers say “The sun is in Pisces”, the sun really isn’t in Pisces and since your astrological sign has been determined by the position of the sun on the day you were born, you probably are not what you think you are – And the reason is this:

Astrologers had a little problem right from the inception. Ancient Babylonians had 13 constellations, but wanted only 12, so threw out Ophuchicus, the snake holder. Libra didn’t even enter the picture until the era of Julius Caesar.

So here’s the deal, if all the constellations are to be taken into consideration, this is how the real signs of the zodiac should look like.

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces: March 11-April 18.
Aries: April 18-May 13.
Taurus: May 13-June 21.
Gemini: June 21-July 20.
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17. 
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

So there you have it, if you believe in this type of stuff, everything you ever believed about yourself is wrong and if you ask me, you’re better off in the hands of fortune cookies.

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Is Western Racism A Problem For Africans Too?

Derek Luke, plays Silla Ba Dibba, in History's New Orleans-shot remake of the slavery epic 'Roots.' (A E Networks) 


Too many African Americans, adults and children alike have been shot by police in the back, unarmed, after stops for minor violations totaling in more than 500 deaths in just 2016 alone. Thanks to social media, the world is bearing witness to the face of systemic racism.

In 2010 a swell of violence against African-Italian farm workers in southern Italy left 70 people injured which lead to the evacuation of 300 farmers from the region.

In 2009 and 2010, there were increasing racist attacks against Indians in Melbourne. Fearing racist attacks and lynching, the Indian government issued an advisory warning on the dangers of travelling to Melbourne.

Racism goes beyond what makes up the thoughts of an individual person at the moment of a particular act. Racism is the swelling history of all those thoughts and acts. They add up to a system in which people of color are consistently treated differently from white people. Unfair racial stereotypes have taken root in the hearts of people. They cause us to react to people differently—in stores, on the streets, in encounters between police and citizens no matter what country. They even affect the way we see ourselves. Nigeria has its fair share of problems but as a Nigerian, when I see yet another black person gunned down on the news in a distant country, I see myself because they are in fact our brothers, the descendants of our ancestors stolen from our home. The treatment they endure is a reflection of the perception white people have on the citizens of African countries.

 

Racism splits people into groups, based on physical characteristics. Groups create cultures that they live by and groups with thriving cultures are difficult to repress.  A Racist society suppresses the cultures of a particular race by appropriating, smudging, profiting and distorting facets of that culture in order to spread myths about the races, their abilities, and their roles, which provide the bases for racist belief and action in the other social institutions.

There is a western invention called “whiteness” pushing black people to marginalise themselves. Culturally and aesthetically, all good and pure things are white and all bad and impure things are black. Jesus is white, the angels are white, history is white, religion is white, philosophy is white, white is right and the colour black denotes everything ordinary. But that is a lie, a lie that will always be perpetuated because of racism, because it still festers in the world. Who created those constructs that we all seem to adhere too? It wasn’t people of African descent I will say for sure.

Ironically Africa is the cradle of civilization, the originator of mathematics, medicine, architecture, dance, music, art and science but again comes “white washing” the erasure of our original authorship, a cultural smudging of what is ours becoming to become theirs. Culture is important because your culture is way of life and if it is taking away from you what do you have to live for.

Racist attitudes are now woven into our systems and institutions like poisonous threads, hurting us all.

The world is a global community with resources flowing through all channels. History has proven racist logic led to slavery and the raping of our land and resources. History has proven that racist stereotypes linger and have an alarming effect on the way white business employ black people, immigrants and do business with African countries.  Presently Nigeria still deals with the effects of pollution caused by western oil exploration companies and Libya still burns from the interference of the United States in their political atmosphere.

The media encourages this racist stereotype just for more clicks and hits. Hollywood distorts our history with casting white actors to erase our origin, identify countries in film as just “Africa”, ignoring our identity, restructuring our stories to brand us as helpless by-standers while white people are the heroes who set us free of our ignorance. Our music and dance founded in rhythm, beats and blues are exported out of our land, given a new name and replanted into the ears of the west as “edgy and innovative”.

Nothing real can be threatened and African culture is the real thing. It was the first concept ever made and will always exist no matter how many bullets go through its back. The bigots, racists and extremists all have an agenda against people of darker skins, which transcends countries, borders and blood. If they come for our brothers, one day they will come for us. I pray that the bank of truth, equality and justice shall never be bankrupt.

 

Doyle

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BrymO's Music Is Great, His Tweets... Not So Much

 

I’m not quite sure what prompted BrymO to tweet these words. Was it the fact that well over 100 unarmed black people were killed in the US by the same people who were meant to protect them, or could it be because of Alton Sterling; the latest victim to this sad fact, or is it the fact that Nigeria as a whole is sinking in a mess created by its own political leaders who are for the most part, obviously black?

Well whatever the reason is, surely BrymO could have represented it in a more reasonable, and sensible way.

Read this tweet.

 

Now what is BrymO saying? I agree with him to a point; which point? "Black Man likes to suffer"

That in its own is a pretty senseless talk and trust twitter to give him a taste of their crase.

 

Now if you're feeling slightly swayed to BrymO's side, read this.

 

I'd say, fuck you for making us like you with your good music, otherwise, this is unacceptable.

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Ambode, Hawking And Every Single Facet Of The Dilemma Lagos Is Faced With

Ambode is chasing hawkers away from the street and into the waiting arms of social vices.

Lagos feels different these days; new laws are put in place every now and then but the latest addition to this collection isn’t looking as good as the governor intended. A ban has been placed on street hawking with the consequences being a fine of 90,000 or 9 months in prison for both buyer and seller.

People are already having their say because not only is buying items on the road a fundamental part of being a Nigerian, it is a source of income for those who still look for honourable ways to make money, and serves as one of the backbones of music distribution in Nigeria. For the love of God, there would have been no Olajumoke the bread seller without street hawking - Which makes me ask, HOW ARE WE TO GET BREAD?????

 

Why Do People Hawk?

The sad reality is that for most street hawkers, they hawk not because they want but because they have to. It doesn’t take much to become a petty thief in this economy but some will still take their chances making a profit of 500 Naira per day hawking fruits or gala in traffic. Stores are expensive to rent and even more expensive to maintain. An example of a failed project to curtail street hawking is the new Tejuosho ultra-mordern market at Yaba which as we speak has 95% of its store spaces still intact because of the cost implication on sellers.

 

What Are People Saying?

Everyone has what he believes and I think for the most part we all correct in our own sense.

  • There is the issue of the young sellers being prone to certain things like rape for the young females, young girls who hawk goods end up almost too often been raped. This is not a good thing and it makes it a risky business for most girls pushed into the business by their caretaker but what happens when they quit this job because of the new law? Having no other way to earn a living, some if not most would gladly exchange sex for money... but you can say at least now it’s their choice.
  • There is the issue of highway robbery. Have you ever been robbed on the highway? Personally, no, but I do know a handful of victims. You cannot punish every street hawker for the actions of a few pretend street hawkers and the ineptness of the law enforcement agencies. If anything has to be done about this, it should be strengthening the police and highway patrol, not taking away a job that gives more than it takes.
  • There is the issue of it being illegal in the first place and should not even exist.
  • There is the issue of the street hawkers constituting a nuisance on the road causing congestions almost on every road but really though? You cannot blame traffic congestion on a little human traffic.

Here are my two cents on the issue; this is an attempt in futility much like the past administration’s attempt to get motorcycle riders in helmets. Street hawking may or may not have such negative effect in the society but if this is to end like this, a countermeasure should be put in place so the people who benefitted from hawking don’t resort to worse things to make money.

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The All White Yacht Party, Starring: YCEE and Dorcas Shola Fapson

The All White Yacht Party is the first of its kind ever held in Nigeria. The exclusive event, organized by Amberrich Lifestyle, hosted a few familiar faces such as Tinny Engertainment music sensation, Ycee, actress/ presenter extraordinaire, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Spice Tv Presenter, Elma Godwin, while Chocolate City Dj, Dj Lambo was on deck, amongst other luxury lifestyle enthusiasts. Creative Director of Amberrich Lifestyle, menswear designer, Ifeanyi Nwune, says "the event was put together to give people out here a different vibe of night life and create a situation where every single moment is an adventure they would never forget." The event was supported by Bella Naija, Lasena Water, Billion Champagne and Spice Tv.

The event lived up to expectation as invited guests enjoyed a taste of the luxury life, you can see for yourself.

 

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It's Data Wars In Nigeria And Airtel Is Winning, For Now

There was a time when 1,000 could only get you 200mb at best on any decent network. Honestly, these times were simple, all you needed was money. After years of throwing away money to the likes of MTN who had pretty sweet internet connection but over the top prices and Airtel who was considerably cheap but very unstable network connection, Nigerians got fed up, at least I know I did.

To our rescue came Mobile wifi routers; first swift then spectranet then smile. Anyone who uses internet for anything serious wouldn’t mind paying through their teeth for internet connection that good; it was 4G LTE after all.

It seemed all was good again, internet users happy. But then something happened. It all started this year and it all started with a network you wouldn’t even think could make it happen.

MTN decided and said ‘you know what, screw this, let’s have a party’, and just like that, MTN subscribers like me could get 1.5GB for 1000 naira, 3.5GB for 2,000 and 10GB for 5,000.

Scary right, the one network who hadn’t changed their plans in years decided to slash prices. I’m sure you can guess what came after, the only network people actually use because of internet decided to join the madness, Airtel raised the bar with this one allowing customers get 4GB for 2,000 and 9GB for 3,500. I actually thought, maybe...just maybe i should have stuck around with Airtel a little longer.

It actually does get better than that. Etisalat came with a crazy offer, and believe me, unlike most other networks, Etisalat’s promotions come with no strings attached and their network can only be matched by MTN’s. 1.5GB for 1,000, 3.5GB for 2,000, and 6.5GB for 3,500. At this point, intensity had intensified and nobody knew what to do... Well that was until Glo decided to end the campaign once and for all, 10GB for 2,500... Doesn’t make any sense to you yeah? Well, me too.

6GB for 2,000

2GB for 1,000

And the mother of all data giveaways, 10GB for 2,500.

You might think that’s all but there’s talks of Airtel selling 11GB for just 2,000.

Picking a mobile data plan just became pretty stressful but it’s the kind of stressful I like.

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Nigerian Politics: Good For The Internet, Bad For Us

Politics wasn’t designed to be this entertaining but if it was, I’m entirely sure it wasn’t designed to have this much stupidity floating around.

Ever since the previous elections were conducted, the whole world turned to Nigeria who got rid of an incumbent president for the first time in recent years – A change Nigerians accepted in good fate, APC and PDP fans inclusive. But before I proceed, what does that even mean to be a fan of a political party? Well, in Nigeria, a PDP fan would abandon all logic and reasonable thinking and vote in a PDP president no matter how badly unqualified he is – That is how bad politics is here. Political parties have been reduced to no more than football clubs with fans that will go against reasonable thinking and place bets to favour their club regardless of the odds and how bad recent history is.

Ever since President Muhammadu Buhari became President, it has been one “pardon me to use the word” stupid complain or the other from his rival party. Instead of these complaints being directed and represented in the most dignifying of manners, PDP will take to social networks and prove to Nigerians why we didn’t vote them in again by being such jokers.

There has been a lot of recent activities but I’m really only going to throw light on the most recent squabble between one unsupportive group of individuals and one First Lady sick and tired of their crap.

In the recent Halliburton scandal that led to the imprisonment of Congressman Williams Jefferson in the United States, a certain Aisha Buhari was named to have played a criminal part in the affair and although the media claims that Aisha Buhari isn’t our First Lady, the Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose (who, mind you owes his workers and pensioners at least 5 months’ salary) goes and accuses her of being involved.

Angry, our First Lady says this:

 

Now how does PDP react to the First Lady’s tweet?

 

Nigeria is in a mess, let’s rally round and be supportive, as oppositions in power, we understand your eagerness to reclaim what you lost but this is certainly not the way to go about it. The next elections aren’t until 2019 anyway so let’s put aside petty rivalry and wait a while before we display campaign antics.

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Diary Of A Tomato Seller

I guess we have all heard of the tomato madness in town, sadly that’s the reality we have to face. With tomatoes being sold at one for a hundred naira, one can’t help but think of how tomato sellers fend for themselves and their families.

I recently had the opportunity to interview a tomato seller, Mrs Abiodun. She is a tomato seller at Adaranijo market, Pedro area of Lagos State. I will be the first to admit that being a journalist is not as easy as it seems, I honestly had my hopes high about interviewing a particular woman who is our regular customer however she was reluctant. She said she didn’t want me to take her pictures or record her voice. Luckily for me she wasn’t the only tomato seller in Lagos, so I had to go all the way to Pedro from Anthony.

Mrs Abiodun who was one of the main tomato sellers at the aforementioned market gave me accurate answers to all my questions and I was so excited about her willing to allow me interview her, although she doesn’t really like smiling. Please enjoy the interview:

 

 

Titideyeri: Please can you introduce yourself.

Tomato seller: My name is Mrs Abiodun.

Titideyeri: Have you heard about the tomatoes Ebola and is it the cause of the tomato scarcity?

Tomato seller: Yes I have heard. But it is not the tomato Ebola that is causing it. There is one insect that eats the farm product before it can germinate. You know when they grow the tomato it needs some rain before it can germinate, so when there is no rain you know there has not been enough rain this year. That is what is causing the insect to come out because there is not enough water for them to spread out. It is not Ebola that is causing it.

Titideyeri: Are you feeling the impact of this tomato scarcity?

Tomato seller: Yes, very well.

Titideyeri: Are your customers still coming to buy like before?

Tomato seller: There are buying, but not like before. We are selling the way we are buying unlike before when you buy a basket of tomatoes for three thousand naira you can see three thousand naira gain. But now we buy a basket of tomatoes for twenty thousand naira, before we can see gain of one thousand naira it is hard. We are selling at a loss.

Titideyeri: How has the current tomato scarcity affected your business, is it good or bad?

Tomato seller: It is very bad, because we have spent all our saving into this business. Because there is no way you will not spend extra money.

 

 

Titideyeri: How do you want the government to help everybody involved in the tomato business one way or another?

Tomato seller: They should give the farmers money and facilities, so that this kind of situation will not happen again.

Titideyeri: Do you do any other business apart from tomato selling?

Tomato seller: Yes, I do make hair for people.

Titideyeri:  What do you think us as individuals can also do to help with this tomato scarcity?

Tomato seller: We should encourage ourselves in going for farming, because it is only in the North that they do farm tomatoes. The one we grow here in the south is not as good in the north, so we should encourage our students to know how they plant their tomatoes in the North. So they can bring it down here for we in South can also learn from them.

Titideyeri: Thank you so much ma, for your time.

Tomato seller: We thank God.

So there you have it, no one ever said a three minutes interview could be so enlightening. Please feel free to share your own views about the tomato crisis in the comments section.

 

WITH LOVE

 TITIDEYERI

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Muhammad Ali: Death Wins This Round But Legends Never Die

There isn't a way i can accurately express the pain i felt when i logged into my twitter and saw Muhammad Ali tributes on my "Incase you missed it". I didn't know what to feel, could it be that the great Ali had taken a hit he couldn't recover from?

It took me some time to learn to appreciate this great man but alas, my dad made sure I accorded Muhammad Ali the respect due before he met the same inevitable fate as Ali. I almost immediately remembered the witty quotes... the trash talking... the Rope-a-dope... everything that made Ali a boxer unlike any other.

 

He wasn't only good with his fists, his words hurt equally also.

Here are my best 18 quotes from the greatest.

 

1. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't.

2. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

3. "I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat."

4. "Don’t count the days; make the days count."

5. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it."

6. “It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am."

7. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

8. “If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”

9. “Braggin' is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”

10. "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."

11. "Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

12. "I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."

13. "I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked."

14. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

15. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

16. "A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

17. “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

18. "I shook up the world. Me! Whee!"

 

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., Muhammad Ali fought against a lot of things; men, the government, racism and more recently, Parkinson.If a life was a movie then it certainly is this man's life. From winning the  heavyweight title to going against the government to being stripped of his boxing titles and been denied of a boxing licence, an ordinary man would quit... an ordinary man, but this man wasn't one.

He got up and with his return even more glorious winning the world heavyweight title two more times and till today, remains the only professional boxer to do so three times.

His notable fights include: "Fight of the Century", "Super Fight II" and the "Thrilla in Manila" versus his rival Joe Frazier, the first Liston fight, and "The Rumble in the Jungle" versus George Foreman.

I'll leave you with 10 of his best knockouts, not knockdowns, knockouts cause when Ali sends you down, you stay down.

 

 

Rest well, Ali.

Rest well, Legend.

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