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6 Amazing New Albums You Should Listen To All Weekend

Maren Morris Hero

Maren Morris’ hero is a classic example of what 90’s country would sound like if it met the 20’s poppy vibe. It’s a great album if you listen to new age country music as she talks about the things she loves and the way they make her feel.

 

American Authors What We Live For

If there’s one thing American Authors will never do, it is producing a below par album and they surely lived up to expectation with this amazing work of art. Their energy and synergy have not been well put together like this EVERRRRR. Claps, sneers, shakes and feet stamping, this is the album.

 

PUP The Dream Is Over

PUP is a Canadian punk band from Ontario and if there’s anything to take away from here, think of them as a more edgy punk Bon Jovi with full on yelling yellingness all through their songs.

 

Jon Bellion The Human Condition

Practically one of my best albums from this year, this album is everything you wish Chris Brown will do. He raps, he sings, and he writes his own music from inspiration drawn from god knows where.

 

The Temper Trap Thick As Thieves

Coming from Conditions and their self titled project, the temper trap reminds us why their music is evergreen with some of the pop/synth sounds found on their second album, The Temper Trap. Thick as thieves is a subtle touch from the rest and stands out for me.

 

Kygo Cloud Nine

You could search for months for a better compilation this year but you just simply would not find one. Kygo has his production on fleek with every song put out in this project.

 

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This NGO Is The Face Of Mental Awareness In Nigeria

It always starts with not knowing, doesn’t it? Especially when excuses become likely but as we’ve all come to accept, ignorance isn’t an excuse anymore.

Let’s task our minds a bit.

Imagine waking up to find that by no fault of yours, you can no longer smile; you feel unnecessary guilt; don’t feel like doing anything at all; and you are getting irritated far too easier than normal. You don’t have a fever; you are not coughing, but somehow food no longer appeals to you.

 

Imagine having to feel that way for a week, then a month, then some more.

Imagine not knowing why exactly you feel that way or have anyone to talk to about your issues.

Imagine finding out that you are indeed, sick, and still not be able to tell someone about it.

Then the voices in your head start to have a voice. They torment you with persecutory thought insertions. Insomnia follows; no interest in anything pleasurable.

Imagine finding out about a terminal illness, but not having someone to take care of you because of societal stereotypes.

 

That’s just a glimpse into what people suffering from mental illnesses have to deal with and more so, in this part of the world.

Contrary to popular opinion, mental illness isn’t madness. Yes, shocking. What’s actually shocking is that there are more mentally ill people at home than on the streets and in the markets. It’s clear that people need to start taking their mental health serious.

Mental illness is likened to the cancer of the mind; one that has been cruelly and unfairly neglected in our society even with the advent of civilization and education. We need to do more. We need to understand that with the way the world is set up right now, it’s important to be in optimal health; physically, and mentally. There’s the need for everyone to agree that health isn’t complete if we can’t maintain healthy minds.

 

In making conscious efforts to create awareness and take a stand to end stigma, a few of us decided to institute a platform to reach out as advocates for mental health. We formed a non-governmental organization whose primary goal is to take advantage of the reach that social media offers to enlighten people about the importance of maintaining optimal mental health.

Using campaigns that run every other month and sometimes throughout the year, we will look to engage with people, using both online and offline events.

We hope to impact people’s line of thoughts positively even as we advocate for greater focus on our mental health by the government.

To become a part of this great and long overdue cause, do visit:

www.mentallyaware.org to volunteer and get involved with our campaigns.

Also, follow our social media accounts:

@mentallyawareng twitter and instagram

And like our page on Facebook – MentallyawareNG.

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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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Windows 10 Battery Drain Now Has A Fix With The New Build

In the second week of June, Windows users who own either a mobile or PC running on Windows 10 were finally able to get their devices running on the new 10586.420 build. This build contains no major new feature but addresses some very important issues users have battled, with the most important improvement being the battery drain fix.

Windows 10 PC

KB3163018 (OS Build 10586.420) includes major upgrades and security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update.

  • Internet Explorer 11 performance is improved when loading web pages with roaming user profiles.
  • Improved reliability. Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Cortana, audio playback, audio playback in Groove Music app, Maps app, Miracast, and Windows Explorer are all more reliable.
  • Balloon tip notifications no longer always appear in the upper left side of the screen.
  • VPN now works properly when switching between different network interfaces (for example, switching between Wi-Fi and cellular).
  • Narrator improved to read bulleted lists, hyperlinks, and image information better.
  • Location services fixed so that navigation apps can keep up with a user’s actual location.
  • Security issues fixed with Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Server Message Block (SMB) Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Group Policy, DNS Server, Windows Diagnostic Hub, Kernel mode drivers, Microsoft Windows PDF, Windows Structured Query, Adobe Flash Player, JScript and VBScript, and Web Proxy Autodiscovery Protocol (WPAD).
  •  Additional issues fixed with Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Bluetooth, Cortana, Wi-Fi, Windows Camera app, revised daylight saving time, USB, TPM, Graphics, Group Policy, downloading music or movies purchased through the Windows Store, Network Diagnostics and Windows Explorer.
  • Battery drain which made a lot of windows users downgrade back to 8.1 has now been taken care of.

 

Windows Mobile

  • General improvements. Microsoft made improvements to reliability, performance and stability.
  • Cortana. Cortana was improved with a fix for a problem that sometimes resulted in a crash when performing a search, and corrections to inaccurate times after Daylight Savings Time (DST) on meeting cards and reminders.
  • Battery drain fix. This fixes a problem that could result in unexpected battery drain while syncing mail using IMAP.
  • Maps improvements. The Maps app includes better stability, improved accuracy, and reduced latency with driving directions.
  • Messaging offers improved reliability when syncing text messages from the phone to the cloud.
  • Power down. The amount of time it takes some phones to completely power off after “Goodbye” disappears has been reduced.
  • Re-add a Microsoft account after an upgrade. Some phones were unable to re-add a primary Microsoft account without resetting after upgrading from Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Install keyboard and languages after an upgrade. Some phones were unable to install keyboard and languages without resetting after upgrading from Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Update schedule. The number of days a phone can go without restarting to receive an update has been reduced from 14 days to 7 days.
  • Phone will keep ringing when interrupted by an SMS.
  • Project My Screen fixed. It would stop working on some phones.

 

 

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Veteran Nigerian Actress Bukky Ajayi Has Passed Away

Nigerian Actress Bukky Ajayi passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, according to The Punch, the source refused to disclose the primary cause of her death. She was 82 years of age at death.

Born Zainab Bukky Ajayi, this Nollywood legend has graced our television screens too often with a career stretching on for decades. She studied Drama at the institute of drama, London as a government scholar before returning to Nigeria in 1965 to work in Nigerian Television as a presentation assistant the following year.

She was famous for her role in the TV series Village Headmaster which aired in the 1970s before playing a part in Amaka Igwe’s Checkmate and took home a Merit Award in the recently concluded AMVCA.

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Thelmz Is Giving You A Helping Hand For Eid-el-Fitr

It’s a holiday today and luckily for us, we sort of have a good weather and that calls for a good barbecue. So during the weekend I organised a bbq, good food, drinks and of course good company. This post will be about how I prepared and executed it. 

Marinating the chicken and meat is very important for a tasty barbecue. This could be done a day or two before your barbecue day. You cannot marinate meat and leave in the fridge for more than 2 days, but you can freeze for longer. 

Ingredients for marinating

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Scotch bonnet peppers 
  • Stock cubes
  • Salt
  • Curry
  • Thyme 
  • And of course your chicken, beef, pork or fish. 

 

 

Instructions

  • Clean your meat/ chicken and keep aside. Put your chicken in a strainer to drain water.

Peel onions, garlic, and ginger. Chop in small pieces and put into your blender. Add curry, thyme, stock cubes and pepper. Blend till smooth.

  • Make incisions on your chicken, rub a bit of salt on it and pour seasoning on it. Make sure it covers all your meat. 

 

  • Put chicken and meat in a freezer bag and refrigerate till the barbecue day.

 

BARBECUE DAY


 

  • Get your fire ready, get all you need out and arrange nicely before your guests arrives. 
    • Start your roasting and enjoy your meat, music, friends and sunshine 
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12 Free Apps That Make Using An iPhone Totally Worth It

Droids are cool, there’s no disputing that but even though using an Apple iPhone can sometimes be pretty demanding, they are just better generally. Although 95% of these apps I’ll be talking about can only be found in the Apple App Store, they are totally worth every megabyte which is okay really ‘cause they are FREE too.

 

Fresh Air

Weather

Fresh Air is a beautiful weather app designed with a minimal approach. It beats the pre-installed weather widget hands down, it graphs your weather in a minute by minute graph based on temperature, feels like, wind, humidity etc. It makes it easier to plan your day and sends notifications and calendar changes for your existing event. It makes weather look so beautiful and you will almost wish it was your lockscreen.

 

Hyperlapse

Photography

Hyperlapse from Instagram is a much needed app for travellers. What this app does is that it creates a time lapse video from already taken videos or series of photos so let’s say you were hiking and you take 5 photos every 5 minutes for 3 hours, it combines these images and creates a beautiful timelapse spanning just about 5 seconds and it magically erases every rough or blurry photo.

 

Litely

Photography

Litely is a photography app that polishes your images to get a subtle more refined photo finish. Already comes with over 66 presets you can install so you can get that gorgeous film-inspired look.

 

Photoshop Fix

Photography/Editing

The most deceptive app ever to be developed gets its most deceptive feature of all time straight to your mobile app. The power of image retouching is now in your hands. It also allows you sign into your Adobe Creative Cloud and get images from your desktop and export them there also.  

 

Paper

Utility

Paper is iOS’ ultimate sketchpad. It is the best way to create a list, capture and connect notes, check details in photos and sketch diagrams with uneatable ease.

 

Afterpulse

Games

Afterpulse is the next generation of mobile gaming, it is a beautiful shooting game very similar to the Call Of Duty we all play in terms of gameplay and all round strategy, and it is specifically built for Apple users.

 

Bumble

Social

Bumble is a match finding app much like tinder that I was sceptical to get considering my ordeals with tinder. Upon installation and first use, I figured there was just one major difference between the two apps; with bumble, the female HAS to be the one to initiate the chats which is great lol. So finally, we’re saying goodbye to those pointless “sup babe” conversations.

 

Fear The Walking Dead: Dead Run

Games

Fear the walking dead puts you inside the zombie apocalyptic fall in L.A. from the AMC show. Relentlessly pursued by the zombies, you have to navigate a way out for yourself while shooting (which slows you down), it’s a very strategic and exhilarating game.

 

Spendee

Finance

If you’re like me and you have no idea how your money goes, download this app. This app allows you manage your finance in a beautiful way using cool infographics. Track your income and find out where your money goes every month, set a monthly limit and set personal preference lists based on what you need the most.

 

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Television

Todo Movies is the best way to find movies you want to see, avoid the ones you have seen before, create a custom list, and discover new movies. It contains posters and other unique contents like cast profile, release notifications, bonus scene indicators etc.

 

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Utility

If you run a tight schedule daily, you need to get this app, not only does it correct sleeping patterns, it helps you sleep good as you can choose between deep to light sleeps at any time. It finds the optimal time to wake you up, notifies you when you have a sleep debt to pay up, and monitors your phone’s accelerometer to detect which sleep mode you are without you knowing.

 

MSQRD

Photography/Meme/Editing

This live photo filter video app lets you swap faces to anything on your phone. You can choose from over a hundred faces and meme worthy face swaps.

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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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