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Tobi Sunmola's "Childhood Culture EP" is out and its Mad!!

UK-Based Nigerian Rapper, Tobi Sunmola is one of the most exciting and unique young recording artists to emerge from the North West England rap/alternative scene to date. Originally from Nigeria, now living in Manchester, Tobi fuses thought-provoking lyrics with catchy chants and innovative production. He is fast gaining notoriety not only in the streets of Manchester but also throughout the UK – and for all the right reasons.

Tobi first caught the attention of the public with the release of his single “Hear Me” which was heavily supported by UK regional radio stations and newspapers throughout the North West, including Metro, Manchester Evening News and Unity Radio, to name but a few. Since then, Tobi has gone from strength to strength, getting airplay on BBC Radio 1xtra, BBC Radio 1 and Classic FM. After winning the “Adidas: Take the Stage” competition, Tobi Sunmola had the opportunity to make music with BET award winner and UK charttopper WRETCH 32, Jacob Banks and producer Wizzy Wow. Tobi also performed at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year.

His latest work Childhood Culture EP which is available on soundcloud is explained by him as a sonic sounding project which is a fusion of his heritage and where he's come from to his present environment.

Tobi Sunmola’s ancient vocals and lyrical chants are that of a new culture; he is definitely one to watch. 

So for the lovers of good music out there, Childhood Culture EP is a must listen.

We loved it... you'll most likely love it too.

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What Is The Value Of Education In Nigeria?

So, you know how you are supposed to go to school, get good grades, get a good job… and so on? We have all heard that mantra before but we also know how Nigerian schools actually are. In this article, I’m trying to stick mainly to a tertiary institution setting. A typical Nigerian university is not a place that will prepare you for life outside school.

In Nigeria, learning is mainly aimed at passing exams and not actually acquiring knowledge, you have lecturers who don’t care about students getting an A in their course any more than they do students learning.

So, you know how to define the ‘Theory of special relativity’ but do you understand it in depth? Of course, not. That question is not in the past questions for the last 5 years, they probably won’t ask it and even if they do, you can answer the other 4 questions whose answers you have crammed.

Nigerian schools are so far away from the level of education required academically that the Nigerian schools on any list of ‘best schools’ are there in spite of the Nigerian system rather than because of the system. You have final year students in schools doing the projects done by students of other schools with all confidence because ‘they can’t know’ or just grab the whole thing online, it is not like they check for plagiarism (public universities mainly).

Okay, you kill yourself in school doing a program in school that you would rather not do but you have done JAMB thrice and you just take any program given to you, you work extra hard because you have no flare for the said course, you do extra research online in your spare time into what you’re being taught and find out your lecturer is teaching the wrong thing but you can’t tell him because he will think you are acting like ‘you know more than him’ and you sure as hell know we can’t have that. You make sacrifices, give up playing the guitar, drawing and singing just because you want good grades.

DON'T LOSE YOURSELF FINDING YOURSELF

You finish school with a good grade and want to get a job but they won’t hire you without an NYSC certificate, so you go to the other end of Nigeria to spend a year and you are posted to a secondary school where the students can’t spell the subject they are having but the principal tells you that you have to help them during exam periods because ‘they are your younger ones’ but even though you know that your younger ones are at home, you help them because your principal said so and that’s what everybody is doing. You finish your NYSC and the students’ situation haven’t improved but you convince yourself that it is the work of the government and that you can’t really change anything.

You go back home and start job hunting, you apply for 20 jobs a day and you are not called for any interview because they are looking for 23 year olds with 5 years of work experience, after 3 months, your friend/uncle/aunt hooks you up with someone who asks you to come for an interview, you are so happy that things are finally looking up, it doesn’t matter that you studied engineering in school and the job has to do with accounting, why? you convince yourself that you can adapt, you get to the interview and find you are competing with 37 other people. The person whom you’re supposed to put down your name with has only an SSCE certificate, is rude and screams insults at all of you just because, but you take it because you need the job and insults won’t show on the face when you start making money. You take the exam and find out that the questions don’t have anything to do with the job you’re applying for. You pass anyway because you’re sort of bad like that and you go for the oral interview, which you also pass and the people conducting the interview tell you how exceptional you are and how they would love for you to work for them, you are so happy and say you would love that too and they tell you they will pay you 40k per month, you try to see if they’re joking and realise that they are not and you make some calculations in your head. You see that if you accept the job you will be spending 20k on transport per month, that’s half of your salary gone already without thinking about food, other expenses, and God forbid you have to pay tithe out of what is left. You suck it up, after all the alternative is a company that wants you to come and work for free for 6 months and then they ‘might’ employ you after as a full staff.

You get home and tell your father who blows up and tells you that it is unacceptable, that the school fees he paid for you per semester in school was more than that – Even though you know that’s clearly a lie, you attended Unilag but can understand his frustration. He decides you are to do your masters now so as to increase your chances of getting a well-paying job. But this fills you with dread because you remember Nigerian schools and just the thought of this kills you. How are you supposed to find a well-paying job in the same market as Femi who graduated from Stanford University three years ago but still unemployed? You try to convince your parents to put $20,000 into your Master’s program but even you know that’s a huge ask – that could be anything from 6 to 20 million in Naira…If you can even make it into the school with your half-baked knowledge. You’re not entirely sure your parents have the money but then you realize even if they do, can they afford to part with it, and in exchange for what anyway? A probable shot at a 300k monthly job? Which on a global scale adds up, or rather down to about $650. You then realize cashiers at Walmart make over two times that amount and you’re depressed… Why did you even go to school in the first place? How valuable is education in a country such as this?

 

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'Better Call Saul' Spoilers, Updates: Walter White Is Playing A Part In Season 3

The Third instalment of Better Call Saul airs next Spring and along with that announcement, fans of Breaking Bad can have more reason to be happy because Bryan Cranston (Walter White) himself will be directing the first episode of the show. As explained by the showrunners Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould, the idea of Cranston directing an episode will be exciting for both them and the viewers. "I think he'd love to direct one. He wants to - it's just a matter of fitting it into his schedule," Gilligan added.

Directing isn’t something new to Cranston as he has helped direct several shows including Modern Family, The Office, Malcolm in The Middle, and of course Breaking Bad.

Previous Seasons have kept fans happy with the resurfacing of characters we fell in love with in Breaking Bad. However, with the show’s interesting and not surprising interconnection with Breaking Bad, fans are waiting to see if we indeed will get to see the W.W. Meth empire take center stage or any stage at all.

Although we can’t confirm Cranston’s character being played out, according to Newseverday, one of these three Breaking Bad stars Gustavo "Gus" FringChuck McGill, and Mike Ehrmantraut will be responsible for Jimmy McGill’s unsurprising transformation into the Saul Goodman we all want to see.

 

Bob Odenkirk teased about Saul’s transformation saying saying that "Innocence gets Torn Away" implying Jimmy might have been put to the limit with the Mesa Verde's case, whatever the reason will be, we should find out next spring.

Teaser images for Better Call Saul season 3 shows Saul with his new mustache and Cinnabon outfit, don’t get ahead of yourself, that’s just Gould showing us Saul’s transformation into Gene, the manager of Cinnabon.

There was also a photo of Jimmy in the same room with his brother Chuck whose electromagnetic hypersensitivity seems to have gotten worse.

 

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Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’ Is One Of The Must-See Movies Of The Year

Six years after the Nigerian Civil war, ‘76’ follows the story of Captain Dewa (Ramsey Nouah) a soldier whose honour is tested when his co-officers plan to execute a coup and in the process, try to involve him against his will. The movie tries to shed light on the heroism of Soldiers’ wives and how the decisions their husbands make directly or indirectly have great impacts on their lives in general. Suzy (Rita Dominic) is Dewa’s heavily pregnant wife faced with a dilemma of fighting to save her husband or leaving him to face the repercussion of his actions.

‘76’ is a project well done after spending about six years in making and been shot on the 16mm in order to reflect perfectly the period the story took place. The Direction by Ojukwu was nothing short of superb as it oozed out from every scene and sequence. The movie was shot in Mokola barracks, Ibadan and a great attention to detail was ensured so we didn’t have to see recent billboards or anything to insinuate the actual year it was shot as is common in way too many Nollywood period pieces.

The Cinematography by Yinka Edward was exceptional and the Afrocentric scores were well fit for every scene though some scenes had dialogue blurred out because the background score was higher. The acting performances were remarkable from Ramsey to Dominic to the faces we have never seen on screen before especially Eunice (Memry Savanhu); the dirty dancing neighbour of the Dewa’s and Aunty Mary (Ada Ofoegu) who made us believe their every action and nuance without a think through.

While Emmanuel Okomanyi’s screenplay had the originality of an adaptation; the first act of the movie seemed to be a particular cause for concern as it crawled and nothing seemed to happen. This could be attributed to Emeka Ojukwu’s editing that felt like several unsynchronizing montages playing out. This flaw was however corrected in the later parts of the first act and the movie in general. The scene where Dewa escapes from his co-officers during a festival was a tad too confusing and didn’t quite add up; but aside that ‘76’ had way too many glorious moments for the minor flaws to hold sway. If this prediction is anything to go by then ‘76’ will definitely be a major contender at every award it will be submitted for in 2017 – covering all notable categories I daresay. The movie has already garnered critical acclaim from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), British Film Festival (BFI) and the just concluded Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).    

 

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Nigeria’s First Shawarma Festival Is Happening This December, Excited?

So here, we all love Shawarma, we know but have you ever imagined a festival dedicated entirely to the love and consumption of Shawarma?

HECK YEAHHHH

Fen Rouge and Café Neo are bringing to Lagos its first Shawarma festival. There’s going to be all sorts of Shawarmas sourced from the finest shawarma outlets in the country all for a 2,000 gate fee. Tickets come with raffle number and here is why, there will be 20 shawarmas expected to be way larger than usual. Rumours say they might actually be the biggest shawarmas ever made. That should be a record of some sorts. Anyhow, they will be given out based on a ballot of those raffle numbers.

FREE INSANELY BIG SHAWARMAS UP FOR GRABS

There are more freebies up for grabs and there is also supposed to be a secret cinema as well as fire entertainers.

Shar-fest is a first of its kind in Nigeria and will be held at Café Neo’s outlet in Ikoyi: 19b Adeyemi Lawson Street off the part of Bourdillon road near Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos.

It’s a one of a kind event with celebrities and entrepreneurs coming in to entertain and inspire; whichever you’re interested in, come through. In addition to this, the first 200 people in get free Gizz-dodos.

YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO FREE PLANTAIN

There's going to be a variety of shawarmas to be sold at the event, there are snail shawarma, Catfish shawarma, gizzard and cheese shawarma, sea food shawarma, chicken shawarma, beef shawarma and Pomo shawarma... If you're into that type of stuff.. Tacos will be sold also - Let's pretend we know what that means for a second.

All that been said, there’s just one problem… it’s almost impossible to eat shawarma like a responsible human being; you know how twitter reacts to those photos.

DON'T BE THIS GUY.

 

You can get your tickets here.

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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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10 Books You Should Read Before 2017

Hi there! Today, I’ll be writing about the top ten books I know I need to read as November bids us goodbye. (TBR means To Be Read, just so you know.)

The last time I checked my Goodreads account, I had over a thousand books added to my TBR shelf, but these ten are the ones I really need to get to. In no particular order, they are:

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling

Everyone is talking about this book. It’s actually written in form of a script and follows the life of Harry Potter as a Dad to three children and husband to Ginny. And one of his sons is called Albus, (remember Dumbledore?)
I can’t wait to start reading my copy.

2. American Gods – Neil Gaiman

I’ve wanted to read this for a long time. It’s about a man named Shadow, who just gets out of jail. He loses his wife and best friend to an accident and agrees to work for a strange man called Mr Wednesday. This book promises a great deal of creepy goodness, American myths and lots of symbolism.

3. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

This is a story of two high school misfits who fall in love. I’ve read a bit of this, but I’m yet to finish it. A lot of my friends like it. I hope to read it this month.

4. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

I automatically read anything Dan Brown writes. This one is a rich mixture of religious symbolism and cryptography. Brown never disappoints. I actually left my copy in school but my Dad was kind enough to let me borrow his.

5. Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult

Everyone who knows me well enough knows I’m a sucker for this woman. I read everything she writes and this won’t be an exception. (I have six of her books now.)
This one is about a group of teenage girls who target the main guy with a very dreadful allegation. This book promises to be so good. Can’t wait!

6. November 9 – Colleen Hoover

I saw this book all over Bookstagram a while ago and a lot of people really loved it. I hope I do too. It’s the only romance book on my list and I’m hoping I don’t get disappointed.

7. Room – Emma Donoghue

This book made headlines a while back. Told from the perspective of a five-year-old child who has spent all his life in one room with his mother, Room is a book that discusses the power of resilience and the bond between parent and child.

8. Run – Kody Keplinger

This is the only YA book on my list. It’s about two girls, Bo and Agnes who come from radically different families. The book explores sexuality, family and living with disability. I hope I like this one.
 

9. The Martian – Andy Weir

I’m probably the only one who hasn’t read this book on bookstagram. It’s about a guy who gets stuck in Mars and how he survives. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi but this book comes highly recommend.

10. Under The Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

This book should be the only Nigerian book on LGBT issue (I’m not so sure), but I’m excited to read it. I’ve had it for a while now but just haven’t gotten to it yet. It’s a story woven around two young girls who fall in love during the Nigerian Civil War.

Well, there. These are the books that are at the top of my list this month. Have you read any of them? What book(s) do you want to read so bad this month?

For NG, by ThatGirlDorian

 

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Spots.ng Is Making Sure Every Tourist Finds Something He Loves Before Leaving Nigeria

From Yankari to Badagry, from Lokoja to Ife. We just about know the popular tourist attractions in Nigeria and the historical significance each represent. But there’s more than just a handful of tourist attractions in Nigeria and in what could be the most significant attempt by the Nigerian tech industry to preserve the history and beauty of Nigeria, CEO of Nigeria’s largest hotel booking platform Mark Essien has now given us a useful tool which enriches our tour experience.

Spots.ng is a product which the pioneers deem fit to “shake up tourism in Nigeria, and redefine travel, discovery and fun.” And we believe so because not only can you find fun spots close to you,you can also check out comprehensive reviews from previous guests, get exact directions for people who aren’t familiar with the environment, and also get a hotel nearby to rest your head… Sound like the complete package? Absolutely.

“With spots.ng, you only need to say where you want to go – a museum or restaurant in Lagos, the Erin Ijesha waterfall, a polo club or nightclubs in Abuja, somewhere in Calabar, and in an instant, you have it; a list of fascinating spots that best fit your query. Also, a comprehensive review that provides you with all the information that you will need such as directions, safety level, age limits (where they exist), and other such details is made available at no cost. Finally, we link you to great hotels nearby that will fit your bill no matter your preferences.”

The idea behind this came as far back as December 2015 when the parent company’s growth team tinkered with ideas to enrich the hotels.ng consumer experience. Already, the platform boasts of over 3,000 fun spots in Nigeria with Lagos having the most interesting spots.

The entire platform was built by a fantastic team that did well enough to earn high praise from their CTO “we were lucky to have a beautiful team that turned the main challenge into the most exciting part of the entire building process.” – You can tell why when you look at the platform’s attention to user experience.

By interesting spots, the platform doesn’t mean just the fancy and expensive, it also means the Nigerian air, and the amazing cheap local food joint.

“We do not want our users to enjoy only the famous tourist attractions, we want them to truly live in the moment, breathe the local air, discover local delights, enjoy local food, and have a more fascinating experience discovering their locations of interest at their own pace and off their own inclination through a platform that prioritizes their safety, and complementary travel and lodging support.”

The whole package boasts of a lot but what easily stands out is the ability to merge the two concepts together… Hotels and other exciting locations, the way the platforms work hand in hand is incredible.

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