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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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5 Amazing Mobile Games For Football Lovers

Do you ever just want to play a not so serious football game to pass time or kill boredom? That’s me most of the time. I’m home or at work and I need the time to go a little faster but  I don’t have 1GB to waste on FIFA ultimate team or Real football or any of those properly established football games for mobile. If you’re like me then this post is for you. All under 300mb, these are the 5 best mobile games for football lovers.

 

Score! Hero

Rated 4.5 on the Apple App store, this game is a guaranteed boredom killer. It features a young you rising up from trials to becoming a world legend with options to choose which clubs you play for and of course customize your player.

 

Dream League Soccer

Also rated 4.5 on the Apple App store, Dream league soccer is probably the best thing to happen to mobile gaming. You start off with a handful of unknown players, earn money and purchase as you go. Play it so good and you could unlock legends like pele, maradona etc, what’s more,it has a multiplayer mode that works with Bluetooth and local internet connection for both Apple and Android users.

 

Flick Kick Football Legends

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were stuck in a 70’s football game? Then this game is for you, perfect retro gaming graphics coupled with comic book interface like its 2007 again and you’re reading the Supa Strikas. Don’t front on this one.

 

Score! World Goals

Made by the same company which made the Score! Hero game, this is a perfect one for people who watch football religiously as the game takes you back to your favourite matches to relive the goals your favourite team scored, however this time, you can score the goal however you please.

 

Top Eleven Manager

4 stars, Editor’s choice and with over 100 million players in the world, Top Eleven Manager is perfect for the football manager type people. You can join a football team, build your players and play against any of the 100 million people who use this app.

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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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Game Of Thrones Recap: Fire, Ice And Everything Nice

Ever been so moved by the sheer brilliance of what you had seen a week ago, or by the prospect of what you’re about to witness that you let the 145 second theme song blare out in the background while you passionately sing out loud knowing well that this is going to be the last time for a long time? That was me watching the season finale of Game Of Thrones.

Everything about the finale was perfect; the cinematography, the plots, the scripting, the score and the attention to the little details which in general has been the hallmark of this amazing Tv show. I might say “Oooh, not another long wait” but the happenings in the season finale are more than enough to chew on for 10 months.

I had a hard time picking a title for this post but this really does it and don’t worry, my other title options are coming as sub headings in this pulsating recap.

 

The Weight Of The Crown

 

Right from the start of this episode, you could sense something special was cooking up especially with the awkward silence hanging in the air, it was Sir Loras and Cersie’s trial day and just one of them was present and you can guess who that was.

Sir Loras had confessed to his crimes and was willing to join the seven fully aware he would be giving up his Tyrell name, his lordship in Highgarden and his bloodline. Missing from the trial was the queen mother herself and her son who she stopped from attending – You could already put two and two together, this wasn’t a trial, it was the greatest plot in the history of television overseen by Cersie herself. Curious and furious, Margaery  who got nervous a little too late demanded that the building be cleared out but the high sparrow wasn’t having any of that, a decision that cost all present their lives and made Cersie a few new enemies. The type that call out for blood right away.

The idea was simple, kill them all... the means, cruel even by her standards. She unleashed a weapon four seasons old as she blew the citadel up with wildfire. At that point, my thought was “Really, Cersie, you don’t need more enemies now, DAENERYS IS COMING”. Having seen what happened from the throne room miles away, King Tommen does what he thought logical; drop the crown and take your own life... This is not a game for little kids.

After the death of the king, Cersie having run out of male children to make king was crowned queen all over the seven kingdoms. That would be a good thing but trust me, her reign will be short...death is coming for her across the seas on both sides.

 

Ice: His Name Is Jon

 

Having secured the North, Jon and his half... or is it step now? Ooh, wth? Jon and his stelf sister Sansa made their way to Winterfell. Surveying the great dinning, Jon took a trip down memory lane telling Melisandre how he used to be with the true born Starks. Sir Davos made his way into the scene forcing Melisandre to confess to her earlier crimes working with Stanis. Jon hearing all of that banishes her from the North and that could well be the end of her role on this show.

The North is up for taking and Baelish wants to have it with Sansa by his side but that’s just hopeful talk as the North agree to Jon being the White wolf who avenged the red wedding.

By the way, who is Jon?

In another one of Brandon’s time travel epistles, he goes back this time to see who Jon Snow really is. Apparently, Ned Stark the man of honour isn’t Jon’s father, but rather Ned is an uncle to Jon who is son to Lady Lyanna, Ned’s sister... ugh, I’m sure there must have been a better, less complicated way to put this.

 

In other less interesting news, Arya strikes Walder Frey off her list as she puts an end to his pervy little run on the show. Also, Sam Tully has found the well of infinite knowledge, where he shall drink and learn to become a maester.

 

Fire: The Red Capes Are Coming

 

After the whole thing in Kings Landing, Olenna Tyrell is out for revenge as she sets up a meeting with the Dawnish who have as good a reason as any to want Cersie’s head in a spike... Who set up this meeting you might ask, well, Lord Varys. The only other dickless person on the show that isn’t a soldier.

Why did he set it up? Lol, easy... Daenerys who has acquired ships, dragons, dickless fighters, Dothraki fighters, and the wisdom of Tyrion her queen hand is going to do either of the following:

  • Join forces with the two houses and storm Kings landing all dragons blazing
  • Wait for Cersie to battle the other two united houses and attack when she’s out of resources

Either way, Cersie is in deep deep shit.

 

 

 

 

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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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Now That Brexit Has Happened, What Could Be The Implications?

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Britain has voted to exit the European Union following a referendum held on Thursday. The decision to leave the European Union is believed to be what’s best for the nation in terms of moving forward, re-establishing the nation and redefining its place in the world. Although the re-establishment has begun following this decision, it hasn’t been for the best so far.

 

What is the European Union?

The European Union began in 1951 as the European Coal and Steel Community after the World War II, it was an effort by six nations to foster unity through duty-free trade. Six years on, the Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community, or Common Market.

Britain tried to join later, but President Charles de Gaulle of France vetoed its application in 1963 and in 1967. Britain finally joined in 1973.

 

 

Why Brexit?

 

The referendum asked voters whether Britain should remain a part of the European Union or not.

The reason is this; those who voted to stay think that in order for Britain to have any real influence on the world, the nation has to be a part of a larger piece consisting of other likeminded countries that have the same goal but cannot function as efficient if standing alone.

Those who voted to leave share the thought that European Union has been reformed over the last four decades with regard to the size and the reach of its bureaucracy, diminishing British influence and sovereignty... Here is where the problem lies; both parties have pretty genuine reasons to believe they are right.

Leading the campaign to remain is Prime Minister David Cameron who later resigned after Britain decided to leave. Although with the backing of the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party, the campaign to leave edged them out having 51.9% of the total votes.

The leave camp was led by Michael Gove, the justice minister, and Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, over half the Conservative members of Parliament , and the members of the U.K. Independence Party, or UKIP, and its leader, Nigel Farage. Their main concern being sovereignty and immigration.

 

Who Voted

 

  • British citizens 18 and older.
  • Citizens abroad who have been registered to vote at home in the last 15 years.
  • Residents of Britain who are citizens of Ireland or of the Commonwealth which consists of 53 countries, including Nigeria.

 

What has happened since Brexit?

 

The pound plunged to its lowest level since 1985.

• Investors fled risky assets and turned to the dollar and the yen.

• The Bank of England earmarked £250 billion, about $344 billion, for potential stability measures.

Oh, yeah, Asos crashed due to Nigerians and other opportunistic set of individuals taking advantage of the precarious currency sway.

 

What happens to British tourists visiting Europe?

 

“Open skies” represents one of the most tangible benefits of European Union membership. Since 1994, any EU airline has been free to fly between any two points in Europe. If Britain is to continue enjoying this benefit, Britain must rejoin the European Economic Area and negotiate terms based on bilateral benefits.

That’s just one, accommodation will be a lot more expensive, passenger rights could be affected and British citizens might need to queue up at embassies to obtain a visa.

 

Looking Forward, What is Article 50?

 

Before any state can leave the European Union, the rules for exit which are contained in Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon must be satisfied. Triggering Article 50 by formally notifying the intension to withdraw, it starts a two-year clock running. After that, the Treaties that govern membership no longer apply to Britain and according to Telegraph, the terms of exit will be negotiated between Britain’s 27 counterparts, and each will have a veto over the conditions.

 

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There’s A Movie Showing At Silverbird Today And It’s Not Inside

It’s just common sense to pay your debt.

AMCON, The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria this morning took over all the assets of several companies belonging to Senator Ben Murray- Bruce. The companies to be affected by this are Silverbird Galleria Limited, Silverbird Promotions Limited and Silverbird Showtime Limited.

To save you the stress of reading a lot of legal jargon, here is the gist.

Murray-Bruce borrowed several sums of money from the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc using these companies in 2005 and 2007. Since then, he has defaulted in paying back the money he owes which is estimated to be around 11 billion Naira.

“The said loan was purchased by AMCON in 2011 after the capital base of Union Bank was terribly shaky and the common sense senator has persistently failed to pay the loans and yet has been pretending to be concerned with the welfare of Nigerians whom he has been skinning alive in order to remain relevant and live like a king,” Adegoke said to SaharaReporters.

Mr. Adegoke who is counsel to Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), the receiver/manager over the assets as appointed by AMCON, was part of the agents who ensured the affected companies were shut down earlier this morning as a result of the court order.

 “The exercise of this morning has all the paraphernalia of legality. Aside from the fact that the receivership was done pursuant to deeds of legal mortgages duly executed by the three companies and guaranteed by Ben Murray-Bruce and four of his brothers, there is a court order backing same up.  

 "It must be borne in mind that innocent depositors’ money is what the common sense propagator and his brothers have been living large and feeding fat upon without recourse to the interest of the real labourers who own the money,” Adegoke said.

With that rusty old place locked down for good, I guess it’s hello FilmHouse.

 

 

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What Does The Game Of Thrones Finale Trailer Tell Us About What Happens Next

If you don't know, well now you do. The season is coming to an end on sunday and we have to endure another horrifying year until it graces our tv screens again..

Looking ahead to the epic conclusion to what has been for me, one of the best seasons politically in the show, the only question i have now, are we looking at an all female ruling?

Have a peek of what the finale has for us.

 

I once asked our twitter users what they felt Game Of Thrones would be like in the end, I got some very interesting answers, the most impressive of them all was a suggestion that things would return to the way they were at the beginning with the Starks ruling over the North, the Lannisters being once again powerful and being friends with the Starks once more, Kings Landing been controlled by a mad king who somehow has dragons to spare but somehow losing his life later on.

In an interesting turn of events, the Starks took back the North last Sunday and i fear my Twitter follower might be on to something. I'm not here for all that though, let's see what Sunday looks like.

 

Here we see the bastard behind the Red Wedding, Walder Frey and Jamie having a "peaceful talk". Jamie who has been a friend to the Starks (at least to some extent) is joining forces with the Freys... or is that a double agent set up just initializing? could Jamie be the one to kill off that selfish old bastard?

 

This one is pretty intense stuff, we see Loras Tyrell getting ready to atone for his sins and of course, just like Cersie, he has gotten the buzzcut treatment too. Is this all part of his sister's plan to free all the Tyrells from the grasp of Cersie by hiding them under the protective arms of the new law in town?

 

"Are you afraid? Good. You're in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying."

The smartest shortest man to walk the streets of Westeros, or rather the seven kingdoms, Tyrion. In this scene, he basically is telling Daenerys about what she has gotten into, the bloody game... There is no turning back, a great woman once said "You either win, or you die"

 

Finally, we hear Sir Davos screaming at Melisandre in front of Jon Snow "Tell him what you did to her". The obvious bit here is that he was making reference to the Baratheon daughter she burned alive at the stake. Her reaction is pitiful really.

She looked ashamed, a woman who had lost fate in her practice for the longest time but found a new reason to believe in her one true Lord again. Sad stuff.

 

 

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